People by Eric Bunnell: a different audience for ‘My Story, My Tattoo’


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This is not your usual exhibit at the Elgin Heritage Center.


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“But we know tattoos are a popular trend these days and people have all kinds of reasons for stepping away from the artistic,” said curator Mike Baker.

Currently until December 23 at the museum is My Story, My Tattoo, a traveling exhibit of the Wellington County Museum and Archives. Click on

“The stories on the show range from life’s accomplishments to commemorating a loss or surviving a hardship, such as cancer,” says Mike.

“We hope to attract a different audience for the show than usual.”

The exhibit is complemented by tattoo tools and models on loan from Rich Lambe of Stay True Tattoo in St. Thomas.

“We established a great relationship with Rich Lambe of Stay True Tattoo, who lent us samples of older style models and machines that did the needlework and even the electrical unit that powered the ink machines. .

“The designs and machines came from a famous figure from Halifax’s early tattoos – a Sailor Jerry Swallow.”

(And I think Sailor Jerry inked her classic designs at Stay True.)

The Wellington County exhibit features 32 photographs of people and their tattoos, with audio, video and text: “The traveling exhibit attendees represent all walks of life – everyone from cancer survivors to teachers and their teachers. students, through a firefighter and a farmer. “

And the Elgin Heritage Center encourages local visitors to share their own tattoo images and stories.


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On his left arm, Tony Bendel wears a tribute to his father, inked by Billy Janes of Art Crypt in town.

Tony, who is the first vice-president of the Lord Elgin 41 branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in St. Thomas, wears his in honor of Raymond Bendel, a Second World War veteran.

And here is the story of the work told on the heritage centre’s Facebook page:

“While growing up in Belgium during (World War II), Raymond and a friend went to a field to visit the horses.

“One day the Nazis appeared in the woods across the field. Raymond had time to hide, because they shot the horses and his friend.

“They were 14 years old.

“He joined the Belgian army at 15, lying about his age when he enlisted.

“He transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps, where he met his wife and then immigrated to Canada, where he served as a police officer in Mitchell, Ontario.”

A deserving recipient

Nurses are on the front line.

And hoping to join them, Anthony Meglic, an 18-year-old St. Joe’s Catholic High School graduate who is now in his first year at the University of Windsor, is preparing to earn a bachelor’s degree. in nursing.

Anthony’s journey to school was made easier – “immeasurably,” he says – by a $ 2,000 scholarship from Walmart.

He was already thinking of a career in medicine when he began to focus on nursing – a nursing profession all the more visible in these days of COVID-19.

“I really enjoy helping people,” Anthony says over the phone from Windsor, “and just knowing that these people will be there forever (helping others)… it’s just awesome.


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For the past year, he has worked part-time in the pharmacy department at St. Thomas Walmart, behind the counter and on the floor. He sought the job at the suggestion of his mother, Jennifer, a local Walmart merchandising associate, who says it’s a great place to work.

He applied for an associate’s scholarship from Walmart Canada and was one of 69 young Canadians to receive a scholarship to cover expenses for his first year of post-secondary education.

“This annual initiative awards $ 2,000 to outstanding Walmart associates or their dependents who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance to implement into their first year of post-secondary education,” the company said.

“From the hundreds of nominations received, the recipients were chosen based on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and financial needs. “

Since 1994, Walmart Canada has awarded more than 1,300 university and college scholarships to Canadian students from coast to coast, totaling more than $ 2.7 million.

And while he’s in school now, Anthony remains a Walmart associate. Working one shift a month at home keeps him on the payroll.

Grow together

As they say, stay calm and garden.

As life begins to grow again, the St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society meets again in person.

The Hort will be holding its first face-to-face meeting since February 2020 next week on September 29.

The pandemic only disrupted the group’s work for the third time in the company’s 150-year history, with the Spanish flu of 1917 and the polio epidemics of 1937 being both.


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But in these modern times, members come together virtually.

“A panel of experienced home gardeners will answer questions from the public,” suggests Richard Cartwright, club secretary.

“There will be door prizes and Share the Wealth raffles,” he also promises.

All the usual pandemic precautions will be in place.

(Damn. Isn’t it too much to call masks, distancing, and hand sanitizer as usual now! And after this week double vaxx proof too, I guess.)

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the CASO station.

An occupied habitat

Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario has been busy building in St. Thomas.

Although he is not currently working on a new house for the community, where he has built five, the organization has put these development skills to good use, renovating the Elgin housing units of the Canadian Association for the Living. Mental Health on Highview Drive.

“Renovation projects with partners like ACSM Elgin provide us with an opportunity to broaden our impact on housing in the communities we serve,” says Habitat.

Work ended this week earlier than expected

“Eleven Habitat construction volunteers worked with our construction team to complete work on the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Elgin housing units at Highview Drive a week earlier!” “The CMHA Housing Support Program is for people with severe mental illness aged 16 and over who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or living in unsafe or unsanitary conditions.


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Master barbers

Lights, camera, haircut and shave!

Black Comb Barbershop & Shave Parlor has posted a hair model casting call for its existing clients.

The Ross Street store will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Global Barber TV Show, a show in which master barber Cedric Small travels from his store in St. Catharines, visiting barbers around the world.

Quoth the Global Barber bumpf: “Join Cedric as he travels, visits barber shops, cuts and shaves, and talks to barbers about current trends and styles in men’s grooming in different countries, across the world. “

Who knew? But the reality show airs on Amazon Prime and airs on OLN and, I think, CityTV.

So, Black Comb is asking clients to line up on October 5 starting at 11 a.m. for a chance to take part in the episode, filming this afternoon.

Delayed opera performances

The Fat Lady sang for loyal opera enthusiasts attending live performances of the Met Opera at Galaxy Cinemas in St. Thomas.

Cineplex says that due to satellite technology updates, the live offerings, which have been showing for at least a decade in St. Thomas, I’m sure, are not immediately available here. Instead, Cineplex offers delayed projections of recall performance. The first is a cover of Boris Godunov, which will be screened here on November 6.

Saturday afternoon operas regularly draw a dozen or more fans to Elgin Center theaters, depending on the popularity of the play.


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But if you want the live experience this year, including all the great interviews and behind-the-scenes views during intermission, you’ll need to trigger the flivver for London, where the Russian classic kicks off the 2021-21 season Live in HD. from the Met in October. 9. It’s a comeback to the movies for the Met, which has been bleak because of the pandemic.

Cineplex spokesperson Samantha Shecter, however, remains hopeful for the future of live broadcasts here.

“We are currently exploring new technology that will allow us to provide our customers with a superior streaming experience in St. Thomas, as well as in many other markets. “

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Stay well!

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