Simcoe woman tells tales in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Lisa Timpf learned a lot from her late dog.The retired Simcoe woman’s story about her mischievous pet, Sneeks, is included in Life Lessons from the Dog, a Chicken Soup for the Soul book.“We had a really quirky dog,” said Timpf.“She did so many outrageous things that the stories actually came very easily because there’s so much to work with.”In addition to Life Lessons from the Dog, Timpf has been published in four other Chicken Soup books:  My Very Good Very Bad Dog, which also contains a story about Sneeks; The Spirit of Canada; The Power of Yes; and Christmas in Canada.The latest book includes 101 stories from contributors that touch on how dogs have enriched their lives. All royalties from Life Lessons from the Dog are going to American Humane, a non-profit organization founded in 1877.Timpf’s first Chicken Soup piece was published in is Christmas in Canada.“I knew they were looking for stories and, at that time, I had to mail the story in,” said Timpf, noting that the process is much different now that submissions are accepted online.She studied at Hamilton’s McMaster University, where she began covering women’s sports for the school newspaper, and then went to Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where she was able to continue her sports writing into her post-graduate studies.Timpf worked as a sports reporter for a newspaper in Halifax before moving back to Ontario, where she spent the rest of her career at Honda while freelance writing.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Annan Security Council offer condolences after fatal helicopter crash in Sierra Leone

The Ukrainian MI-8 helicopter had plunged into the sea about 500 metres north of Man of War Bay, Aberdeen Peninsula, after it left the Mammy Yoko helipad of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and headed for Lungi airport. On board were four Ukrainian crew members, one Bulgarian civilian and two Zambian military staff.In a statement released by his spokesman, the Secretary-General extended heartfelt condolences to the Governments of Ukraine and Zambia and to the bereaved families. Mr. Annan also expressed deep appreciation for “the services rendered by these UNAMSIL staff members in the pursuit of peace in Sierra Leone.” According to Mr. Annan’s spokesman, initial indications are that the cause of the accident is mechanical and “no foul play or sabotage is suspected.”For her part, the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, expressed condolences, on behalf of Council members, to the Governments and families of the deceased. “Members of the Council also expressed their deep appreciation of the services rendered by these UNAMSIL staff members, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace in Sierra Leone,” she told reporters following closed-door consultations.Three bodies were recovered from the wreckage, UNAMSIL said. With four people still missing, search efforts, which had been suspended last night at midnight, continued in the area today.The three bodies, recovered after an extensive search late Wednesday, were taken to Connaught Hospital. The search was carried out using helicopters belonging to the UN mission and three fast patrol boats and crew provided by the Sierra Leone Army. The United States Embassy and the British Forces Liaison Office also supported the effort. read more