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Community News Volume 45 Issue 07

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Knetsch wants to see comparison of councils’ pay

Mapleton Minto 81’s look to avoid playoff elimination this weekend WELLINGTON CTY. The Mapleton Minto 81’s are facing elimination this weekend, after falling behind 3-1 in their best-of-seven first round playoff series with the Durham Thundercats. Game one The 81’s finished fifth in the competitive north division of the WOAA Senior ‘AA’ Hockey League, while the Thundercats finished fourth. It was expected to be a close series as the 81’s had one win, one loss and one overtime loss in the season series with Durham. On Feb. 3 the Thundercats came to Palmerston to face the 81’s for game one. Durham came out strong and took a 2-0 lead after the first period and a 5-0 lead after two, en route to a 5-1 victory. Todd Norman scored the only goal for the 81’s, with assists going to TJ Fergus and Curtis Pinder. Game two The next two games of the series were played in Durham. The Thundercats again came out strong in game two, building a 3-0 lead midway into the second period. Dan Vaughan scored an unassisted goal for the 81’s to bring the score to 3-1. Pinder added another goal, with helpers from Simon Johnson and Adam Dejong, to make the score 3-2. But Durham replied with a goal of their own to take a 4-2 lead into the second intermission. Norman and Vaughan set up Dan Richardson make it 4-3 with nine minutes left in the third, but Durham got two

more goals to seal a 6-3 win. Game three Facing a 2-0 deficit to the Thundercats, the 81’s travelled to Durham on Feb. 10 hoping to get back into the series. For the first time in the series, the 81’s came out strong, and took a 3-1 lead after one period. Durham came out strong in the second but the 81’s took a 4-3 lead into the dressing room after two periods. Durham poured 19 shots at 81’s goalie Kyle Leavey in the third, but could not get anything by him, giving the 81’s a 4-3 victory and making the series 2-1 for Durham. Mapleton Minto goal scorers were Kyle Handsaeme, Richardson, John Thiel and Norman with the game winner. Thiel picked up two assists and singles were added by Norman, Brett Nichol, Devin McGuire, Vaughan and Matt McCann. Game four The 81’s hosted the Thundercats for game 4 on Feb. 12, hoping to even the series at two games apiece. Durham scored the first goal of the game, but the 81’s evened the score at 1-1. The 81’s then scored to take a 2-1 lead midway in the second period, but Durham tied the game at two. Once again the 81’s scored to take a 3-2 lead with 4:34 left in the second. However Durham would not be denied and scored a shorthanded goal at 2:55, and soon after that capitalized on another opportunity to take a 4-3 lead. Continued on page 4

Silver smiles - Alexandria Geerlinks and Laura Mantler won silver medals in the showcase group/family category at the 2012 Weskate Competition recently in Mount Forest. The girls were among 45 skaters from the Drayton and District Figure Skating Club who managed to bring home 59 medals, good enough for second overall at the competition, which featured teams from Arthur, Dundalk, Durham, Harriston, Kincardine, Mount Forest and Palmerston. More coverage on page 8. submitted photo

Mapleton Township better off than others on source water protection? by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Councillors here are planning to review specific source water protection issues sometime next month. Council recently considered an announcement of a report on source water protection for parts of Wellington County in the Grand River watershed, and particularly for their own township. The watershed is part of the Lake Erie source protection area and a panel of experts has

been working on regulations under the Clean Water Act of 2006 for several years. Mayor Bruce Whale noted three councillors and some staff had attended a meeting in Arthur to hear about the report. Whale said there were 17 pages of threats throughout the entire system presented at that meeting. Councillor Mike Downey said it was a good meeting and indicated the plan might not have as much effect on Mapleton Township as it will

on others. “Mapleton is probably most fortunate when it comes to source water protection,” said Downey. “We’ve just got wells to protect. Thank goodness for heavy clay.” But councillor Andy Knetsch said he has concerns about old landfill sites and the impact they could have on water. He knows they are generally covered under the county jurisdiction and said it should remain there and continue to Continued on page 4

by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Councillor Andy Knetsch asked for information on council pay at the Jan. 24 meeting here. Knetsch said he would like to see how Mapleton council remuneration compares to other municipalities. He also asked for details on how other places pay for extra meetings and mileage. Further, he said he would like to see the details on staff overtime and also wanted to know if, instead of overtime pay, staff were taking time off in lieu of overtime work. Mayor Bruce Whale said council can deal with those issues when it does its budget. As for pay, he said he would prefer to see council pay scales set in the final term of council and be in place for the new council. As for staff overtime, Whale said council is going to have to consider if it is cheaper to pay overtime or to hire enough staff to get all the work completed. “We have to decide how to do labour efficiently,” he said. Council was also told The Wellington Advertiser usually covers council salaries and pay when those items are reported to municipal councils. That usually takes place in February, and Knetsch can see the comparisons then. Knetsch also asked about town hall meetings for council, and wondered about one in Alma. Councillor Neil Driscoll noted the township is working on the recreation master plan, and said it could be one focus. Continued on page 3

Barn celebrations could be prohibited - but not if fire chiefs have a say by Chris Daponte WELLINGTON CTY. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has instructed fire chiefs to be on the lookout for barn parties - in particular stag and does and wedding receptions - and ensure they do not take place. That’s not great news for prospective brides and grooms, particularly in places like Wellington County, where many couples with strong rural roots and a limited budget decide to host events in a large barn or drive shed. But Rick Richardson said until an official announcement is made, most fire chiefs in the province have no interest in enforcing the Fire Marshal’s request, first unveiled at a fall

chief’s meeting. “Every fire chief in that room said we’ll quit before we do that,” said Richardson, fire chief in Mapleton Township. According to the Fire Marshal’s office, barns and drive sheds are built for animals and farm equipment and not intended to host large assemblies. Richardson said the argument is that those agricultural buildings do not conform to fire code requirements - including proper insulation, exit signs, emergency lighting, fire alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers and exits - depending on the number of guests in attendance. In the fall, Jeffrey Dick, acting operations manager for the southwest region of the

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“We’re not interested in doing this ... This is rural Ontario.” - Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson, on a Fire Marshal’s proposal to ban celebrations in farm buildings. Dick added it is up to the local municipality, as the jurisdiction in charge, to enforce the provisions of the Ontario Fire Code. At the time, he told Better Farming, the Fire Marshal’s

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and the Fire Marshal’s Office saying it “strongly objects to the direction from the Fire Marshal’s Office restricting” the use of farm buildings for parties. Richardson said fire chiefs in Wellington County agree. “We’re not interested in doing this,” he said. “This is rural Ontario.” Richardson did agree with Dick on one issue. Both have said they are not aware of any deaths or injuries that have occurred in farm building gatherings. “It’s not an issue,” Richardson said, noting barn and drive shed parties are common in Wellington County, several of which he has himself attended.


He lamented that the province, with insurance, security, liquor and other regulations, has made it increasingly difficult and costly for people to host wedding celebrations in public buildings. “You’re forcing people out into drive sheds with your rules, then you’re telling them you can’t do that,” he said. Richardson said the Mapleton department, as others in the county, will not be enforcing anything until something official comes down from the Fire Marshal’s office. Even if that direction does come, Richardson said he would still bring the matter to Mapleton council to see if the township actually wants to enforce such rules.

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skills and confidence at an early age” said Ms. Tanis. offers fourfor of aMYC’s up She Robyn Curry shot music programs: Sunrise, into the empty corner, and then Sunshine, Sunbeam and snapped a wrist shot himself Moonbeam. Children who for a goal. Other assists were complete the Landman, most advanced earned by Pat Jerry level of Scott MYCNieuwland are well and preRobous, pared for early intermediate Curry. piano studies, or the Drayton study of Missionary kept another instrument. off the score board in the secis a pre-keyboard ond,Sunrise but a powerplay early in music movement the thirdand gave Drayton program a goal. that Stevens teaches started music the concepts Rob play through singing, rhythmwho and with a pass to Gerby, games. aThis for snapped shot program on net thatiswas children ages 2 toRobous. 4 and develtipped in by Rich opsDrayton listening awareness, fine added another later motor skills, social interaction, in the period after Gerby cenconfidence attention who span. tred a pass and to Stevens, Children easily attend with tipped thecan puck high undera grandparent or caregiver, plus neath the crossbar. siblings can attend the class Missionary finally scoredas well. just over a minute left with in the Dennis keyboard Gleeson Thegame. Sunshine and Chris Huber set uptowards Shane program is geared Stege, whoages cut 3½ to the children andnet4;and the ripped a wrist shot intoprogram the top Sunbeam keyboard corner. toward ages 5 and 6; and the Drayton outshot Missionary Moonbeam keyboard program 49-26 and 7leads the 9.‘A’ is for ages through All Division semifinal 1-0. three keyboard programs inte5 grate FLORADALE creative movement, COMMUNITY rhythm, singing, music2 theory an early andCommunity compositiontook for parent and lead goal from the openchildwith in aaweekly one-hour sesing face-off. Gerald Martin and sion. Kevin Gingrich setin upa Tony Participating MYC Martin, who children snapped adevelop wrist class helps shot through the crowd for the goal. Floradale tied the game late in the period after Tim and Ryan Martin sent Javon Martin skating over the blue line. Martin reached back and fired a slap shot past netminder Chris Stevens to even the score. Floradale took the 2-1 lead late in the second when Josh Brohman sent a high pass to drop the puck to Dan Martin, who skated the puck to the deep right corner and centred a pass to Ryan Martin driving to the net. A quick tip and the puck ended up behind Stevens. Floradale added one more goal in the dying seconds of the period after Tim Freeman

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MAX committee still seeking financial, volunteer help

Bowl on - Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece presented an accreditation certificate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington director Marnie Mainland at last weekend’s Bowl for Kids kick-off in Mount Forest. The Bowl for Kids event benefitting the Minto-Mapleton area is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Mount Forest bowling alley. photo by Mike Robinson

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by Mike Robinson MOUNT FOREST - With a goal of $60,000, dozens of teams kicked off this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Bowl for Kids campaign in north Wellington. BBBS executive director Marnie Mainland said the school challenge is going really well with 12 bus loads from north Wellington scheduled to participate through the week. Brenmar is sponsoring the buses. “It’s very, very generous,” said Mainland. Upcoming community bowls are on Feb. 26 [MintoMapleton] and March 4 [Arthur]. Money raised goes towards local BBBS programs. “This marks our 26th year,” Mainland said. “We have some really exciting new programs. Always, the challenge over the years has been finding people and volunteers for the one-toone matches.” As a result, a number of programs were developed, including “Game-On,” which tries to help boys live better, eat better and have a better attitude. Go-Girls, Mainland said, is the similar girls program. The one-to-one matching is still considered the “Cadillac” program Mainland said, but there is also couples matching,

group programs and in-school mentoring. “That’s where all the money goes,” she said. The celebrity team for the Bowl for Kids launch last weekend included Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, Minto Mayor George Bridge and Wellington North councillor Dan Yake (on behalf of Mayor Ray Tout). Mainland noted Mapleton Mayor Bruce Whale was in Halifax and as a result unable to attend the event. To those gathered, Mainland said “we’re so very pleased to have every one of you out.” The first day saw 247 bowlers raising $21,314. The campaign continues this week with local schools taking part over the next month. Mainland added, “We are so very appreciative of our generous communities, the wonderful press coverage and the fact that we have a facility like the Mount Forest Bowling Centre to work with.” Pettapiece described volunteers as “the backbone of many communities.” - certainly in Mount Forest.” Mainland said anyone interested in taking part should call 519-323-4273. For details on BBBS programs visit www.

Knetsch wants to see comparison of pay FROM PAGE ONE He is concerned too many town hall meetings could cause attendance problems. Whale said he believes council should hold one meeting in Drayton in April. He noted that will be an opportunity to explain and take questions about the water meter installation in the community. He said perhaps an Alma

town hall meeting could take place the following year. Knetsch said he still wants the figures on council pay “to see how we stack up.” In other business, finance director Mike Givens said the budget was being sent to the township management team the following week and he expected it to be at council in early March.

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MAPLETON TWP. Officials say the Mapleton Arena eXpansion (MAX) committee is alive and well, but they want to remind the community the committee still needs financial and volunteer help in order to reach its $250,000 fundraising pledge. The committee, which consists of representatives from minor hockey, figure skating, senior hockey and the Moorefield Optimist and Drayton Kinsmen clubs, was formed several years ago to help Mapleton Township offset its portion of a project to add dressing rooms and storage at the PMD Arena in Drayton. In 2007-08 the decision was made to add the dressing rooms, a cost of $1.2 million, with government grants to covering about $500,000 of that total. “This would leave the ratepayers ... to cover the municipality’s share of the total cost,” said MAX committee spokes-

man Ron Ellis. To prevent that, and a large accompanying tax increase, the MAX committee was formed and made the pledge to raise $250,000 over five years. “To do this monumental task various fundraising efforts were shared by the groups involved,” said Ellis. To date there have been two elimination draw/dances, a tribute concert hosted by the Drayton Festival Theatre, ball hockey tournaments, two dinner and dance evenings, and a portion of profit from the Kinsmen Farm Show. “Next was the need for assistance in the form of donations from the corporate sector,” said Ellis. The call for help was answered by the following companies, individuals and organizations, which retained naming rights for various parts of the complex, as well as recognition on the donor wall at the arena entrance:

- Farm Credit Canada and The Murray Group ($25,000 each); - Cherrey Bus Lines ($15,000); - Moorefield Excavating and Peel and Maryborough Insurance ($10,000 each); - The Olliff family ($8,000); - The Drayton and District Figure Skating Club ($7,500); - Minor hockey, Jeff Duimering Carpentry, Avon Lee Homes, John and Barb Green, and Nieuwland Feed and Supply ($5,000 each); - Pit King ($3,000); and - Dave Campbell Insurance ($1,500). The donors also helped “sweeten the pot” with numerous contributions during the fundraising blitz that were also noted on the donor board, Ellis explained. “The mandate of MAX is to realize our commitment to [the township’s] municipal debt as well as provide our families the benefits of the improved facil-

ity,” Ellis reiterated. “At this time the MAX committee still feel confident that the commitment will be realized. Donations to the project are still being accepted, [and there will be] more fundraising events in the near future.” Those include the ball hockey tournament at the arena, which regularly welcomes over 100 young athletes over a three day period. The MAX committee is also busy planning another dinner and theatre production entitled Legends of Rock and Roll, which will feature songs by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis , Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins. The production will be performed by the professional cast of Good Rockin’ Tonight and the event will be held at the PMD Arena on May 12. Tickets will be available from MAX committee members and at designated locations (to be announced shortly).

Council, chief pleased with county training officer by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Council here received its first report from the new county fire training officer - and members are generally pleased with the way things are working. Wellington County’s emergency management coordinator Linda Dickson presented a report from Jonathan Karn, who was hired by the county and works out of Centre Wellington’s Fergus fire station. He has been busy since starting on July 25. Karn presented council with a list of his activities since last summer and noted he visited every fire department in the county at least once. After that, he began to evaluate training needs of all the fire departments, and then established a list of training priorities. Karn worked with the Fire Marshal’s office and developed standard documentation forms for all fire departments. That has also streamlined training records while meeting Ministry of Labour standards. Karn is developing a fiveyear plan to maximize training sessions for all departments, and a set training schedule. The training will cover the Ontario firefighter curriculum. Karn reported that to date Mount Forest, Puslinch, Mapleton and Minto fire departments have five-year

plans in place or those are already under development, and he expected the remaining departments to have theirs done by this month. Karn said all county firefighters will be enrolled for certification in the Ontario Fire Marshal’s firefighter curriculum, and at the end of five years, all 350 firefighters will have about 400 hours of training and be certified as firefighters in Ontario. Standard lesson plans are being developed to ensure the same content is being taught at all county fire departments. In the past six months, lesson plans have been developed that will be used by all stations. Karn said in the report a new website was also being developed and was expected to give firefighters access to lesson plans, training materials, documentation and other information. There will also be company officer development training. Karn developed a list of training officers in the county who can deliver courses, which saves having to send volunteer firefighters to the Ontario Fire College. There is a need to provide “live fire” training, but there are some costs associated with that and those will have to be worked into budgets. Dickson told council, “Things are going very well.”

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She said Karn was unable to attend in person that night because he was away at the Ontario Fire College. Dickson’s report noted the fire training officer is fully funded through the County of Wellington emergency management budget. Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson said, “Jonathan’s doing a great job. He’s raising the training level.” Councillor Andy Knetsch said, “When I look at what training officer Karn has done regarding the standards and training ... The report indicates he is proactive and very serious about standard training across Wellington County.” Mayor Bruce Whale asked about specialty training for firefighters in rural areas. Richardson said that is not designated by the province or the county. Whale asked if each department “looks after its own specialty.” Richardson said it does. He noted Mapleton specializes in “confined space training and

tank rescues.” He said if other departments need that kind of help, “We’d be called for that.”

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We are offering teams all the way from Tee Ball to Midget Boys & Girls Players this year must provide their own batting helmet with face cage attached to the helmet.

Questions call Scott or Holly (519) 846-0863 A Special Information Meeting will be held at the PMD Arena, Drayton February 23, 2012 at 7:00pm All parents are encouraged to attend! Many hands make light work! For more info call Joanne Keunen 519-638-3769

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Mapleton Minto 81’s look to avoid elimination


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FROM PAGE ONE Unfortunately for the 81’s the game finished with the score 4-3, and Durham taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Game five of the series is in Durham on Feb. 17 at 8:30pm.

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ABOYNE - The Wellington County Museum (WCM) is hosting a special Family Day celebration: Sugar and Gold, the Story of the Underground Railway in Canada. Presented by Chris Whitely and Diana Braithwaite, the event tells the story of the free and formerly-enslaved settlers who followed the Underground


Taking stock (oh, oh)

Has anyone noticed that Ontario appears to be heading down a very slippery and nasty slope? There are signs that this province has not only slipped a cog, but that it might not be able to right itself - even given time and a government that actually does a whole lot of things correctly. We have had discussions about that with Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott, who faithfully says he still believes Ontario’s best days are still ahead of it (he appears to believe it). We hope he is correct, but we have followed the courses of history for so long that it is difficult to agree better days are ahead. Start with cities. At one time, Halifax was the top city in Canada. Yes, it was. A bustling port and a place of importance. Then, as Montreal grew and prospered, it became Canada’s number one city. In many cases, Toronto is still attempting to emulate Montreal’s world class, but Toronto is a failure in that respect, among others. Even with a huge number of head offices, Toronto has lost a great deal of its lustre. With the recent census and huge population growths, Vancouver, and to a large extent Calgary and Edmonton, have stolen a great deal of the dynamics that once made Toronto special in Canada. Winnipeg, oddly, expected that it would have a turn being number one after Toronto, but time and chance overtook that community. Maybe someday it will get a turn. But look at Ontario. We’ve got a premier touting huge numbers of jobs that seem to come and go with the sun and wind - literally. Ontario is losing population to the west. Halifax is again doing well, and even Newfoundland is helping Ontario out financially. Our once great province is now a have-not. It is in debt up to its eyeballs and sinking fast. Its leader is pleading for help from the federal government. Not only that, while Premier Dalton McGuinty has asked a tough minded economist to write a blueprint for recovery and how to get out of deficit and debt by considering all the unessential services the province wastefully provides, and even cuts to some essential services, we doubt any government will be able to follow through on Don Drummond’s tough medicine - unless McGuinty can convince the majority on the other side of the legislature the cuts are necessary. Somehow we doubt the NDP is going to play ball, so it will be up to the Conservatives. But, they would be propping up a government they hope to replace, so how is that going to work? Before the Drummond report was released, our newspaper was receiving letters and statements from various groups like the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). It is already howling because Drummond has stated fairly strongly all-day kindergarten (we wonder what McGuinty was smoking when he dreamed up that one) is insanely expensive and makes no sense to continue. Let’s see. Toronto parents want the rest of Ontario to pay for their baby sitting so they can both go to work to pay off high cost housing worth about one third out here in the real world. Anyone who wonders why Toronto is on the down slope need only look at a city whose citizens want all the services in the world and the rest of Ontario and Canada to pay for them. When Ontario starts doubling and tripling its hydro costs to support so called green energy programs run by foreigners, the final straw was likely reached. We remember vividly a literal ghost town in upper New York state on our travels. Prosperity there had been and gone. Stores and factories were shuttered tightly and boarded up. People had left and they were not coming back, no matter how cheap the housing. Given what has happened in Ontario over the past 25 years or so, it is difficult to see how this province is going to escape that fate. Even optimists we speak to suggest there are huge problems and too much politics and too little good will to solve them. David Meyer

low under the MOE (Ministry of Environment).” He said those include tests on closed dumps to ensure they do not leach or reach water sources. Whale added Downey is correct about the local threats, “when you see what other municipalities have to deal with.” Whale said the general issues include keeping possible contaminants at least 100 feet away from wells, and limiting the use of pesticides near them. Still, Whale is pleased with Mapleton’s position. “There’s still a lot of things [to do] there ... But not as much as we anticipated when we started,” he concluded.

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FROM PAGE ONE be a priority. Knetsch added, “It’s an awesome piece of legislation, don’t get me wrong. But it’s another instance of downloading,” meaning costs will fall to the municipalities to implement all the new rules and regulations. But Whale wondered, “Do we want [outsiders] enforcing this? The closer to home we keep enforcement, the more practical we can be. But it does come with a cost.” He said it will be interesting to see if the province can put effective legislation in place. As for looking after landfill sites, Whale said there is “a whole lot of regulations to fol-


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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society THE UNITED FARMERS OF ONTARIO (a five-column series) Week Four: The Ideas of the United Farmers of Ontario The following has been compiled from a number of primary and secondary sources, including Hannam’s 1930 history of the UFO and the 1921 book of UFO executives’ writing, edited by Staples, along with Badgley’s recent book Ringing in the Common Love of Good (2000) and Winson’s history of early farm organizations in The Intimate Commodity (1993). Pulling together they break the rough soil; moving in unity - sharing the toil Rhythm of muscle, harness and chain; pulling together and taking the strain. Oh, the great work men could do on this earth! Oh, the achievements of grandeur and worth we could accomplish if we, like the team, would each do our bit in perfecting the scheme… if all made an effort and nobody shirked their jobs and their duties - and everyone worked and did their own tasks with a glad willing heart … pulling together instead of apart. - Patience Strong (1907-1990) The above, written by a well-known British poet, must have meant a lot to the members of the United Farmers of Ontario (UFO), because it formed the title of their book of 25 years of history in 1939.

Besides the fact that they actually, perhaps unintentionally, became the government (see previous weeks’ columns), the UFO were unique in their ideas, some so controversial that they even split the membership. What follows is a list of the issues they addressed in their local debates and in their politics. Rural-urban tensions: They felt many of the rural children were being seduced by the city and there was an urban bias in the traditional parties. They felt urban residents were dictating that farmers produce more food, yet were not providing them any support to do so. Tariffs: In those days, the government had large import tariffs on farm machinery and farmers felt if they could have American machinery at-price and could also have free markets around the world, they would do better. Strange to us now, but at this time the idea of free trade was very much a “left-wing” or liberal issue, whereas today it is the opposite. The “Big Interests”: Farmers believed the real rulers of Canada were the “knighted heads of combines” - not combine harvesters but companies that had combined to become monopolies that could squeeze profits from the farmers. They also believed these companies bought and controlled the government and the press. The press: Farmers believed the urban press was a “propaganda machine” and thus they supported their own local publications and the Farmers’ Sun. Prohibition: The majority of the rural people still held fast to their religious roots and believed urban people were leading others

Group offers winter tree maintenance advice

While trees are in a state of dormancy during the winter, exposure to frigid temperatures, icy winds, and snow can cause them major stress. Minimizing stress during these cold months can make for a rewarding spring. Despite being dormant, trees can be at risk of drying out in the winter. Evergreens are particularly prone to drying out because they retain their needles and can lose water all winter long. The root systems of trees can continue to slowly grow and need moisture. Water is lost through branches and needs to be replenished. As ridiculous as it sounds trees can benefit from a fall watering, especially those without mulch protecting their roots. Plants in moist soils tend to survive winter the best. The foliage of many evergreens may be injured when exposed to winter winds or afternoon sun. Protection may be provided by the use of shades and screens to cut down wind and to shade plants from sun. Burlap wrapped around stakes surrounding the plants or placed between the plants on the prevailing wind side is usually better then wrapping an entire tree. The addition of composted mulch under trees in the fall or early winter will help retain water and reduce temperature extremes. This thin layer of mulch will act like a blanket and give the tree’s roots a little extra winter protection. Salt wreaks havoc on most trees; it inhibits the plants ability to draw water from soils and can damage leaves and branches. Try reducing the amount of salt used in proximity to trees, or use substitutes such as sand or ash. Trees adjacent to roads can be damaged or killed by salt spray from winter applications of road salt. Certain trees are more salt tolerant and suitable to be planted in these areas such as blue spruce, red oak, locust, and sumac. Branches are more vulnerable to breakage in the winter, particularly for deciduous trees where the wood hardens and becomes brittle. There is also the problem of snow and ice accumulation which can affect all trees. The solution is to prune the trees to reduce the amount of deep “V” shaped branch unions and removing weak or broken limbs. It is suggested to not knock the branches to remove snow or

ice because you might end up breaking the branch. Winter is one of the best times to prune because it is easier to see the structure of the tree without leaves. Pruning in the late winter just before spring growth starts leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short period before new growth seals the wounds. The objectives of pruning are to reduce risk of tree/ branch failure, provide clearance, reduce shade and wind resistance, maintain health, influence flower or fruit production, improve a view and improve aesthetics. There are many rules for pruning. For instance, when removing a branch, slightly cut into the underside of a branch before cutting the top as to not allow bark to tear as it drops. Do not remove a branch that is over one-third the size of its parent branch or stem. Larger cuts will take much longer for a tree to wound over. It is also recommended to only remove up to one third of a tree’s live foliage at a time. When pruning to maintain health, cut out dead, detached, diseased and damaged branches. If left untreated, these branches can become a hazard or become points of infection. Good tree structure is categorized by a single dominant stem or trunk and is a desired effect when pruning a tree. The number and/or size of fruit production can be influenced by pruning. Fruit size can be increased on certain plants such as apples by removing some of the developing fruit or flowers. Winter is much more stressful for evergreens such as cedars and spruce. The best

time to prune the living portions of all evergreen trees is in the spring after the buds have opened. This timing will give cut areas a chance over the summer to prepare themselves for the winter season. Seedlings that are amongst tall grasses are susceptible to being pushed over, broken or bent over by snow laden grasses. These areas are also home to numerous rodents that feed off these grasses and seedlings as well as creating networks of tunnels in the snow. Mowing in the fall or laying wood chips as mulch will reduce the rodent and snow damage. Other news A group of students

Maryborough Horticultural Society begins new season MOOREFIELD - The Maryborough Horticultural Society will begin its 2012 season with a “Dessert Night”on Feb. 28 at 7:30pm. Everyone who wants to find out more about the society is encouraged to attend. Enjoy desserts, discover what the society has planned this season and hear about its community activities over the years. Clara Bauman will present an interesting slide show displaying “The seasons of my

garden”. And there will be a surprise giveaway. The society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from February until November, usually in the Optimist Hall in Moorefield. Speakers, demonstrations, door prizes, flower shows, flower beds, plant sales and district meetings are all part of this year’s calendar. Those who enjoy flowers, gardening and nature are invited to the Feb. 28 meeting at the Optimist Hall in Moorefield.

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from the Environmental Sciences Project Course at the University of Guelph is conducting a survey on behalf of the Trees for Mapleton steering committee. The survey was sent to Mapleton landowners who have or haven’t planted with the Trees for Peel and Trees for Mapleton programs. The purpose of the survey is to develop recommendations to improve the program to meet community needs. Contact Myles Henderson with any questions about trees or to put together a tree planting project. Call 519-621-2763 ext. 2259 or email

astray and thus, they supported the prohibition of alcohol. This, notably, was not in their best interests because it lost them potential local grain markets and caused them to lose support with their coalition, the (urban) Labour party. The threads of the organization seemed to follow the personalities of the three most prominent leaders. Drury was an evangelical Christian, a supporter of the prohibition and envisioned a left-of-Liberal party that would go beyond farmer politics. Morrison, unlike Drury, liked to have a drink or two and was anti-political, focusing more on the United Farmers’ Cooperative Company and the economic potential of farmers. Good was the most radical of the original founders: the ideas of Agnes Macphail and the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (see next week’s column) were more along his lines of thought. By the early 1920s, Drury was proposing a “broadening out” strategy to join with the Liberal party, which was adamantly opposed by UFO members, led by J.J. Morrison. They believed the movement should stick with its agrarian and working class roots and not make any form of alliance with the old-line parties that represented the elite of Canadian society. The UFO organization, led by Morrison, eventually withdrew its support of the UFO government led by Drury. This tension was likely a prominent cause for the eventual decline of the UFO, which is the topic of next week’s column.


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By Rev. Rosemary Godin, Minister, Moorefield-Rothsay United Church

Creator’s love is our example Have you ever been driving along in the car and you look over and see those beams of light coming down from openings in the clouds? I always think of our Creator and I think to myself, “Oh, there’s God’s light.” A friend of mine calls them “God’s fingers.” But as we move along and as the clouds move along and the sun moves, those rays of light disappear. And for me, I live in constant anticipation of being able to see the beauty

and wonder of God’s light and love breaking through the dark and the clouds again. It’s such a beautiful sight. God never tires of breaking into our lives and come crashing through the clouds at us. This is the time of year when red hearts are plastered all over the place. Everywhere we look we see the signs of love in the form of hearts and cupids and doves. We’re supposed to buy cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for those we love. At least that’s what retailers hope we do. Nobody really knows how Valentines Day came to be associated with romantic love. There are a lot of stories and traditions, but no one knows

for sure. It certainly is a nice tradition to keep. Everyone should have more of those days when we are reminded that someone is thinking nice thoughts of us. It’s those rays of sunshine coming through the clouds that are just one of the reminders that I am loved and cherished every day. In the busyness of an ordinary day, I see those beams of light coming down from the heavens and I think, “Wow, there’s God saying hello to earth; telling us that the Creator is with us and wants to light our way and warm our hearts.” Not everyone is going to get a Valentines card on Tuesday, but everyone, wheth-

FHT: Try something new - parsnips and leeks Eating locally during Ontario winters can be tough, but it is a great time to try new local vegetables and recipes. Not only does this reduce our ecological footprint, it supports our neighbours (hardworking farmers), builds community and can be much cheaper than buying vegetables from Spain, Mexico or California. The vegetables brought to Ontario from miles away are picked before their nutrients, taste, texture and colour have been fully developed. This can mean they have less health benefits than local foods, which are picked when they are fully ripe. Studies have shown just knowing more about the types of foods grown locally leads to an increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, which can lead to a healthier diet and reduce obesity and the diseases associated with it. To see what produce is available in Ontario during the winter months visit the Foodland Ontario website at This month work local parsnips and leeks into your diet. Nutritional tips, fun facts Parsnips are part of the parsley family. Other members of this family include carrots, fennel, dill and celery. Parsnips contain potassium, fibre and vitamin C and are

also a good source of folate. Many of the beneficial flavour compounds of the parsnip are found just under the skin, this is why many recipes call for parsnips to remain unpeeled. Leeks, like garlic and onions, belong to the allium family. They contain many beneficial compounds, which have been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. Preparing parsnips Trim tops and root ends. Rinse and scrub the skin. Leave whole, slice, dice, cut into sticks or shred. Boil, steam, bake, microwave or stir-fry. Serve raw or add to stews and soups. Preparing leeks Leeks must be cleaned well. Slice in half lengthwise and clean each leaf under cold running water to remove dirt. Leeks can be cooked by sautéing or you can add them to soups to kick up the flavour. Raw leeks may be thinly sliced and added to salads. They also partner well with fish, poultry and cheese. Parsnip, leek and carrot soup Adapted from Foodland Ontario. Makes six to eight servings. 3 tbsp olive oil 3 well washed leeks; use

white and pale green part, sliced 4 sliced, large carrots 2 sliced, large parsnips (unpeeled) 2 peeled & chopped apples 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 2 ½ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock 1 tsp granulated sugar 4-5 cups milk pepper dill sprigs In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots, parsnips and apples and cook about five minutes, stirring often. Cover, turn down heat to low and cook 10 minutes to soften vegetables. Stir in dill, chicken or vegetable stock and sugar, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender (about 15 to 20 minutes). Cool slightly. Purée vegetables in blender or food processor with half of the milk. Return soup to saucepan and stir in remaining milk. Heat through but do not boil. Season to taste with pepper and thin with additional milk, if desired. Garnish with dill sprigs. For more information about the free services offered by the Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team visit www. or call the Drayton office at 519-638-2110, or the Clifford office at 519-3274777 to book an appointment.

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er they want it or not, lives with the love of a Holy Being who will never leave us. Many people know the characteristics of love as Paul wrote about it in I Corinthians. It is a favourite passage to be read at weddings: “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. “Love never fails.” We should all read that passage over and over again. It truly is good for the soul. Now, who truly loves us like that? Love like that is called perfect love. It is the kind of love that will be difficult for any human being to live up to in our lifetimes. It is not the romantic love that we see portrayed

in the media telling us about 72-day-long marriages. It is the love of true commitment. It is love that does not hurt; love that endures tragedy and illness; it is love that is faithful and never ends. It is the love of One we cannot see with our own eyes, but who walks with us always and tears open the clouds in our lives to shine on us with warmth and light. In our lives, we all have torn places. Those places that are so ripped apart that we can’t put them back together again as neatly as it was before. But it seems as if all those torn places in creation and in our own lives, are the exact places where God comes through. And no, they may never close again as neatly as before. Maybe one of the reasons they will not close back up as tightly as before is because God is filling the broken spaces.

Things change and move and go forward and renew. That’s one of those facts and truths of life. And when we need and look for comfort and love that passes all understanding, we remember that God has the power and the will to come into - even invade - all our empty spaces that have come about each time something in our life is torn apart. On that day that John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, we are told that the heavens were torn apart. And it was after that Jesus Christ began a ministry among us in a baptism that brought us the promise of renewal. Out of the torn places in anyone’s life, comes something new … mending our wounds and giving us hope because God is in all the torn places too. We are a loved people, and we get Valentines every day. We just call them blessings.

“Seniorsational” - The Seniors’ Centre for Excellence recently celebrated its one year anniversary of the “Seniorsational Pioneers” fitness program. The group has been meeting twice a week at the Drayton Reformed Church, led by an enthusiastic fitness instructor Mary Jane Berry. The program combines a variety of low impact exercises designed to keep seniors fit. Centre coordinator Helen Edwards said the group’s success is due in part to the generosity of The Drayton Reformed Church (donation of space) and the dedication of both the participants and instructor. The group has 31 registered participants. A beginner level exercise program will be offered in April of this year for those who missed out joining the group last year. Call The Seniors’ Centre for Excellence at 519-638-1000 for more details. Below: Jerry and Trudy Koobs participate in the weekly exercise program offered by The Seniors’ Centre for Excellence. photos by Wilma Mol

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Jake Drost Sadness still comes over us Tears in silence often flow Memories keep you near us. Loving him is easy we do it every day. Missing him is heartache that never goes away. And when old times oft recall, that’s when we miss him most of all.

The Board welcomes and encourages community involvement through broad community representation on our Board and/or Committees for a three year term. Individuals interested in health care who are committed team members with a range of skills and knowledge are needed. Those with skills in governance, quality improvement or community leadership are a definite asset to the Board.


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Alma Plunger Plop becoming an annual tradition for many participants

Not the Super Bowl - Participants in Alma’s annual Plunger Plop take aim at a different kind of bowl while standing on ice and sipping hot beverages. Over 50 teams took part in the event on Feb. 4. photos by David Meyer

Starting young - Kezia Skerritt, 6, was dressed for warmth at the annual Alma Plunger Plop. She was attending for the first time ever, and judging from her smile, she thoroughly enjoyed the competition.

Casual aim - Evan Davies, 36, of Alma, took a casual aim at the bowl and ring at the other end. It was his fourth year competing.

What’s in a name - Kim Halls, of Salem, winds up to deliver her plunger. Many players simply heaved plungers at the target, but the Halls team, We Throw So Fast, bragged about it, too.

Local figure skating club brings home 59 medals from Weskate Competition The Drayton and District Figure Skating Club fared well at this year’s 2012 Weskate Competition, ranking second overall. Clubs from Arthur, Belmore, Drayton, Dundalk, Durham, Harriston, Highpoint, Howick, Kincardine, Mount Forest, Palmerston, Ripley, Wallace and Walkerton participated in the competition held Feb. 3 to 5 in Mount Forest. Drayton had 45 skaters participate and brought home 59 medals from 108 entries. There were over 669 entries in 119 events over the three days of competition. Club officials say the skaters worked hard and celebrated each other’s accomplishments and encouraged those who were disappointed with their results. Officials say coaches Kelly Culp, Jeannette Shaw and Ashley Hicks had Drayton skaters very well prepared for this competition. Below are the medal winners from the local club. Canskate Individual Elements Canskate Green: 1st: Madeline Klaassen; 3rd: Carmen Duimering. Canskate Individual Elements Canskate Red: 1st: Emme Kuper.

Canskate Individual Elements Canskate Blue: 3rd: Becca Geerlinks. Canskate Team Elements-Bumble Bees: 2nd: Becca Geerlinks, Shayna Morphy. Canskate Team Elements-Rainbows: 1st: Carmen Duimering, Madeline Klaassen, Renee VanAkum, Dajong Yoon. Free Skate Introductory A: Brittany Culling, Melanie Giles. Free Skate Pre Preliminary A: 1st: Savannah Cassel and Sierra Martin; 3rd: Elizabeth Klosa. Free Skate Pre Preliminary B: 2nd: Julia Mantler. Free Skate Preliminary A: 1st: Kelsey Flewelling; 2nd: Alexandria Geerlinks; 3rd: Haylee Kuper, Sarah Workman. Free Skate Junior Bronze A: 1st: Jesse TenHoopen. Free Skate Senior Bonze STARSKATE: 1st: Emily Burton. Free Skate TEAM Elements Senior Bronze: 3rd: Emily Burton, Micayla Shantz. Free Skate TEAM Element Introductory: 1st: Savannah Cassel, Elizabeth Klosa; 2nd: Daphne Culp, Sierra Martin; 3rd: Mallorie Jack, Sarah McIntyre.

TEAM ELEMENTS – Shoot The Duck: 2nd: Emily Burton, Julianne Burton, Micayla Shantz, Rachel VanAnkum. TEAM ELEMENTS – Spiral: 3rd: Haylee Kuper, Adyn Melebacher, Kystal Wakelim, Katie Miller. Solo Dance Pre-Preliminary: 3rd: Alanna Parker. Solo Dance Preliminary: 2nd: Sierra Martin; 3rd: Daphne Culp. Solo Dance Junior Bronze: 1st: Katie Miller; 2nd: Kystal Wakelim. Solo Dance Senior Bronze: 1st: Katrina Martin. Showcase Preliminary: 2nd: Marina Meulenbelt. Showcase Junior Bronze: 1st: Jesse TenHoopen. Showcase Group/Family: 2nd: Alexandria Geerlinks, Laura Mantler, Micayla Shantz, Rachel VanAnkum; 3rd: Erica Culp, Kelsey Flewwelling, Anna Hirtle, Julia Manter. Interpretive Pre Introductory: 2nd Rachel VanAnkum; 3rd: Julianne Burton. Interpretive Introductory: 1st: Katie Miller. Interpretive Bronze: 1st: Leah TenHoopen.

Emme Kuper, Danielle Townsend, Paige Hills and Isobel Gottfried.

Katie Miller, Haylee Kuper, Adyn Melenbacher and Krystal Wakelim

Elizabeth Klosa, Sarah McIntyre and Sierra Martin

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