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Our Next COPA 45 Meeting is August 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM  at the  Goderich Airport
 Clubhouse across the tiedown ramp from the terminal.
 (Winter meetings are in the terminal building)

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May 31, 2019

On Friday May 31 COPA Flight 45 planned a welcome barbecue for the new company Glavin Coatings and Refinishing who established its’ business at Goderich’s Sky Harbour Airport in March. The company experienced a devastating fire at the Hensall location mid January in which much of the stock and partially completed projects were lost. Read more...

April 2019

At the April COPA 45 meeting, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health presented their past research projects, the present ones that health and medical students from University of Guelph and Western are pursuing. They even told us about the new research initiatives that are happening later this year once funding is in place. It is celebrating 10 years in operation. Many city hospitals have research centres within the hospital but rural hospitals do not. Hence Gateway fills that void.
Gateway is probably best known within the West Coast communities with their Hometown Heroes Hockey Game held mid July at the Maitland Recreation Centre. It has raised more than a quarter million dollars to improve health in Huron County. It is truly a night of fun, food and funds raised for local Goderich groups with NHL players of Ryan and Cal O`Reilly, MP Ben Lobb and many others. The silent auction is a huge success with outstanding donations. Yearly COPA 45 has given to the auction.
A community based organization Gateway wants to improve the quality of life for rural residents by undertaking research on such health issues, disease prevention. From the outreach programs Gateway wants to provide information and formulate a policy on completed research projects. It serves the counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth.
Why these four counties. Members heard that in this part of rural Ontario there are a higher number of seniors with chronic health conditions connected with ageing. We have high rates of stroke and heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, cancer and chronic lung problems. The lifestyle here is fairly stable. The politics here are status quo. Research shows that the wealthier a person, the better health he possess. Fortunately this area has many newly trained and highly skilled doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nutritionists, and others.
A PHD candidate from Western is researching Chronic Obstructive Lung disease, often called farmers lung disease. She worked with local farmers using masks and respirators to measure health conditions of their lungs. The farmers soon realized that these items did make a difference in their health.
Gateway has procured the first Canadian rural geriatrician. She and family are returning to Huron County. We are an ageing population. More seniors are moving from the cities to our West Coast for its landscape and lifestyle. We have the medical facilities to support that shift in population.
Gateway is rolling out its newest project, Lonely No More. Volunteers contact older adults to decrease isolation and assist to monitor their own health. Another initiative is the Safer Scripts program where a local surgeon noticed doctors were not receiving enough feedback about prescribed pain medications to ensure patient comfort and prevent possible addiction.
Gateway is now researching Food Insecurity and Rural Seniors Living Independently. Older seniors may experience obstacles to get healthy food due to low incomes, transportation issues, purchase and prepare nutritional foods.
What an interesting presentation for our COPA 45 members to hear. We are entering those years where ensuring a healthy lifestyle will bring dividends as we age.

Inspiring Women – Lauren Bos
March 2019

Lauren Bos is a girl that continually inspires. At 20 she has achieved much in rural Huron County to inspire other women. Throughout her time at school Lauren has been compassionate towards other children and is someone who encourages and supports other students to teach her goals.

When there is a task to accomplish Lauren is the first to volunteer and organize an event. She commits to the project until successfully completed.
At St. Anne’s she enrolled in the high Skills Energy program. Building construction was one course. She co-oped with Clinton’s Dykstra Construction. She was an outstanding asset to the company. Lifting 4x8 sheets of drywall and plywood were a struggle. She then chose electrical for a career. She enrolled in Georgian College’s program graduating with 89% (only girl). She has an apprenticeship with Shakespeare’s Hyde Electric.
She skates and coaches at the Clinton club. She has also coached at Owen Sound when at college. When Mitchell was desperately searching for a replacement coach, Lauren filled in. She choreographed a carnival including costumes. She convinced a St. Anne’s EA/skating coach to form a school figure skating team and helped to organize the first interschool competition.

You can find Lauren volunteering at Dungannon Tractor Pull and Fall Fair, Auburn Lion’s breakfasts, Lucknow Music in the Fields, Goderich COPA 45. and many activities in her church. For three years she competed in the Huron County Plowing Match. This year she was one of the runners up. She also competed in the Lucknow Fall Fair Ambassador competition and took home the tiara.

She cares for the family farm of cattle and pigs, helps with the house and younger sisters. Early mornings mean feeding the cattle before a 1.25 hour drive to the job site. After her father’s accident she came home from college to manage a barn of 4000 pigs.

On a plaque in her bedroom these words are written inside a cowgirl boot “Give a girl the right pair of boots and she will conquer the world” This so true of our Lauren.

Jacob Van Beets
Our airport manager became a Canadian citizen on Friday Feb. 22, 2019 in London ON.
Congratulations Jacob!




COPA 45 Plans for 2019
Jan. 24, 2019

COPA 45 can look forward to a busy year of planned meetings, events and socials. January is a month of reflecting back and then looking ahead. COPA 45 will be hosting events with other groups along with the Sky Harbour Modellers. The two groups renovated and share the former weather station into a clubhouse for BBQ’s, meetings and happenings.

On a blustery January night, Flight 45 hosted a former airport manager as their guest speaker. Jerry Sabo brought his scrapbooks of memories. He also told us how he came to live near Goderich stating that Sky Harbour Airport is one of the beautiful in all of Ontario and possibly Canada. It certainly supports the town’s motto of the “prettiest town in Canada”. Then the airport was busy with Sky Harbour aircraft Refinishing, B and B Aircraft (maintenance business), and 2 flight schools. All of those companies are no longer there. Times change and our manager is a town employee who has secured cardlock fuel and other updates.

February is heart month. Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health personnel will be presenting COPA 45 with information on rural health in Huron County. Rural lifestyle and health is different from that of the city. Physicians and other health professionals adapt for small town hospitals with fewer on-site specialists. The county is fortunate to have several specialists set up clinics in the hospital to save long drives to an urban hospital. We now have a kidney dialysis unit at Alexander and Marine Hospital.

Spring meetings include our group to host both the Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh and the Goderich town councils. Others will include what makes an aviation family? A night with a local historian should be very informative. Two COPA members will present their project on ADBS- out system, a GPS system which tracks the location of other aircraft within a pilot’s close proximity.

When warm weather arrives, COPA 45 members and friends move from the terminal to the clubhouse where BBQ’s and other socials are held. Another car show is being planned for Civic weekend in August with a local car club.

In Jun e the Sky Harbour Modellers host a jet fly in for the RC aircraft. Late August the club hosts a weekend fly in with participants from all over Canada and the United States. It is fascinating to see the speed and agility with which these small aircraft can manoeuvre through the skies.
As always there is the annual trek to the COPA Convention and Oshkosh. This year COPA is holding two conventions, one in the west at Innisfail AB and one in the east at Cornwall ON. Oshkosh is the show for all things aviation. New aircraft designs, products and other items are there for a pilot’ paradise of shopping. These shows always make for a good cross country flight with local aircraft flying in a group.

Anyone interested in our groups can come to the airport. COPA 45 meets the second Wednesday of the month. Check out our website for updated information, copa45.com.The Sky Harbour Modellers meet the last Wednesday of the month. During the winter months, the club meets at St. Mary’s School. Check out their facebook page for more information.

Now for some good flying weather to enjoy Huron County landscape and beyond.

 Larry Fred Nelson Waldie,
Jan. 21, 2019

Passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Stratford General Hospital, Stratford in his 60th year. Larry was born in Stratford Ontario, a son of the late Karl & Mae (Mogk) Waldie.

Larry will be missed by his beloved wife Sandy Waldie whom he married on April 10, 1982. Larry will be fondly remembered by his mother in law Flo and Steve Sired, brothers and sisters-in-law; Glenn (Cheryl) Bristow, Kathy (Shawn) Bonte, Andy (Brenda) Bristow, Laura Melton, Eric (Sheila) Sired, Steven (Angie) Sired, Catherine (Scott) Grant and by their extended families. Predeceased by his father-in-law Ray Bristow.

Larry was a longtime Member of the Ontario Flying Farmers, the International Flying Farmers and a member of COPA 45 in Goderich. Larry was a member of Zion United Church, Rostock.

Friends and relatives are invited to the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 7 Spencer Street, Milverton on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11 – 1 p.m. The funeral service will follow in the chapel of the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. A spring interment to take place in the Rostock United Cemetery, Rostock.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Victoria Hospital or the Stratford General Hospital would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences and donation information available at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca

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