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Township has special meeting to consider wind farm comments by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Councillors here held a special meeting on June 21 to consider what comments it should make about the NextEra Energy proposal for wind turbines southwest of Arthur. The township has agreed to comment to the Ministry of Environment about some issues it sees affecting the municipality if the turbines are approved by the province. Chief Administrative Officer Patty Sinnamon presented a report to council outlining some of those issues on June 14. She said that report “detailed what we look for.” She said she spoke with eight or nine municipal officials to find out what they required or learned from hosting an industrial wind farm. She said consultation was “mainly in the United States. She said those municipalities told her Mapleton should obtain an agreement that the wind company guarantees property values. She added that is “a concern here.” They also suggested Mapleton have a decommissioning plan signed by the wind company. She explained that in many places in the United States, the turbine agreements are coming to an end, and when that happens, the property owners are permitted to collect the money from the scrap metal. Another agreement would have to deal with “What happens to the concrete base that is poured in the farmers’ fields to support the turbines.” Sinnamon said she learned that many places force developers to remove at least eight feet of that concrete and fill in that whole, thus permitting the

land to return to agricultural uses. Sinnamon said the township and company will have to identify vacant land receptors and consider minimum setbacks. She said if a landowner “wants to build a residence smack in the middle of a farm, it’s not good land use.” Sinnamon told council once the township has its comments ready, it has until July 15 to sent them in. She added if councillors find more to say after that, “We can still comment right up to the time of approval.” She said the township can ask the wind farm proponent to do a road study to determine the condition of the roads before work commences, and if moving the turbines in causes damages, pay for that damage. The developer can also be forced to do another study after the construction, and any defects that work caused would have to be fixed. She added the township will need to require “letters of credit.” Those are cash the developer would have to deposit with the township to guarantee the work, and they would have to be in place before any building permits are issued. She added the developer will need transportation permits and will require escorts on local roads - all at the developer’s expense. The developer will also have to improve intersections if they are unable to accommodate the large turbine wings or cranes used in the construction. She said the American municipalities were adamant the turbine companies must provide a guarantee that land values will not decrease, or Continued on page 2

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DRAYTON - John Laforet, president of Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO), will lead a delegation coming to the PMD Arena in Drayton on June 29 at 8pm. The purpose of the event is to inform the public of the potential impacts of industrial wind turbines. WCO is a coalition of over 50 citizen groups promoting awareness of the potential impacts of industrial wind power facilities. Laforet will be discussing the concerns surrounding

industrial wind turbines at the meeting. Since the NextEra Energy project in Mapleton Township between Arthur and Drayton is in the commenting stage with the Ministry of Environment, the meeting will be somewhat specific to that application, with some ideas as to how and what to comment. The deadline to comment is July 9. Commenting is very easy and there will be details at the meeting on June 29 - or visit www.smwf.ca for more information.

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All set - Austin Manion took his dad, John, to the Garden Tractor Pull in Moorefield for Father’s Day last weekend. Austin earned first place in his class at the event, which was organized by the Moorefield Optimist Club and held at the Moorefield Community Centre. Additional photo on page 8. photo by Wilma Mol

Pettapiece unveils PC platform, bashes McGuinty with help from MPP by Chris Daponte MOUNT FOREST - Randy Pettapiece vows that if elected, his party will give the planning authority back to municipalities when it comes to industrial wind farms. As the provincial PerthWellington candidate for the Progressive Conservative party, Pettapiece says he has seen firsthand how divisive the Green Energy Act - which delegates that authority to the province - has been in Wellington County, and particularly in Mapleton Township. “We have neighbours who aren’t talking right now ... and that isn’t right,” Pettapiece said on June 15 at a campaign press conference on Main Street in Mount Forest. He was joined by fellow PC Party member Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson at the event, which was part of a crossprovince PC media blitz pairing prospective candidates with current MPPs. Pettapiece was holding several such events with Wilson across the PerthWellington riding. The local candidate committed to changes to the Green

Energy Act that would restore some power to municipalities when it comes to wind farms, but he acknowledged it will be too late for projects approved before the Oct. 6 election. “We will honour the contracts already awarded,” Pettapiece said. That may include the NextEra Energy project - a 10-turbine proposal located southwest of Arthur, in Mapleton Township - which Pettapiece agreed officials are trying to rush through before the provincial election. “Anybody in [the wind farm] business is trying to get their projects through quickly because they’ve seen Changebook,” he said of his party’s 43-page platform package. One of the other major problems with the Green Energy Act, Pettapiece noted, is “it’s not affordable.” If in power, he said renewable energy will remain part of the PC platform, but the new government would negotiate “much lower” rates. When asked about other major election issues in his riding, Pettapiece said one of the

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biggest is energy. “Hydro rates have gone up ... all over Perth-Wellington,” he said. According to Changebook, a PC government would remove the harmonized sales tax (HST) from home heating and hydro bills and also get rid of the debt retirement charge on hydro bills. Pettapiece said his party would also increase spending for health care and education - two issues which are always important for locals. He explained the PC party formed Changebook with input from people all across Ontario and he added voters need more of that type of constructive interaction, especially locally. “Politicians should listen to people in their riding,” he said. Both Pettapiece and Wilson were available to answer questions on the PC platform, but a large majority of their time at the media event last week focused on trying to discredit Dalton McGuinty. “He taxes, he spends, and then he taxes some more,” Wilson said of the premier, Continued on page 3

by Chris Daponte WELLINGTON CTY. County high school students continued their high level of success this year in the annual EQAO literacy test. Students from both the Upper Grand District School Board (84%) and the Wellington Catholic District School Board (86%) had success rates higher than the provincial results (83%) in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test issued this year by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). The test, which has been in place for about a decade, measures how well students are meeting basic reading and writing standards at the end of grade nine, as set out in the Ontario curriculum. Locally, two of the four public high schools in Wellington and three of the four Catholic schools in Guelph exceeded the provincial mark of 83% this year. Public high schools Of the 2,552 Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) students who participated fully in the test, 84% were successful. At Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus, 306 students fully participated in the test, of which 82% were successful (down 4% from 2010). At Erin District High School, 135 students fully participated and 87% were successful (up 2%). At Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston, 155 students participated fully and 85% were successful (down 3%). At Wellington Heights Secondary School in Mount Forest, 134 students fully participated and 78% were successful (down 2%). Catholic high schools For the Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB), 86% of the 638 students who participated fully were successful. Results for the Catholic board’s four secondary schools are as follows: - at Bishop MacDonell Catholic High School, 177 students participated fully, of which 87% were successful (down 1% from 2010); - Our Lady of Lourdes, 188 students, 88% successful (same as 2010); - St. James Catholic High School, 267 students, 86% successful (down 1%); and Continued on page 2


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Township has special meeting to consider wind farm comments

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Donor tree - Alma Optimist fundraisers Ray Grose and Lloyd Scott stand beside the Alma Community Hall donation tree located in the entrance of the new hall. The tree was created to thank supporters and donor plaques were just posted. Thanks to the generosity of local individuals, families and businesses, over $187,000 of the $300,000 goal has been raised to date and the Alma Optimists still welcome donations. photo by Sharon Grose

FROM PAGE ONE be forced to make up the difference. After that proposal, Sinnamon told council, “There needs to be a lot of discussion.” She added the township will “still want to reinforce human and animal health.” She said that means while the township has the ministry consent form, there is no place on it for some things, but the township can add its own concerns to it. “We can ask the ministry to make the approval conditional upon the developer entering into an agreement with the municipality,” Sinnamon said. Mayor Bruce Whale said he sees other issues, and it is “inappropriate to be using class 1 and 2 farmland” for wind turbines. Sinnamon said Mapleton’s concerns are with the Green Energy Act itself. She noted one county in Illinois demanded a letter of credit to ensure its roads were covered for repairs at the time of decommissioning, which is 20 to 25 years for the deposit to sit with the municipality. She added the township can also ask for a market value report for lands located near the turbines to ensure no loss in property values for people

who own that land. She said the value of scrap metal should also be tracked every three years, and be tied to a letter of credit “to ensure the protection of the property owners.” Councillor Neil Driscoll asked about traffic management. Sinnamon said that is a key issue. Driscoll replied, “Stay with that.” Sinnamon said it would require the developer notifying everyone along the travel route what time the company would be moving turbines and machinery on the roads. Sinnamon said when it comes to problems of shadow flicker, developers elsewhere were required to plant trees as a buffer. However, she noted the township must designate the type of trees because in other places developers planted coniferous trees, and they shed their leaves in winter, leaving people to suffer shadow flicker. In answering a question by councillor Jim Curry, Sinnamon pointed out there was no section in the ministry commenting form dealing with shadow flicker. Curry also asked that all wires from the project be buried a minimum of eight feet below ground. Sinnamon said she could check that, but

believes that falls under Hydro One’s mandate. Other issues Whale then turned to the issue of the company holding public meetings. He noted the first one the company held was not even within Mapleton Township. Sinnamon said she planed to bring that to the ministry’s attention. Whale added NextEra’s tactics do not sit well with him. He said the company first looked for farmers to host the turbines, and did not approach council until well after that. “I don’t think that was what the ministry wanted,” he said. At that point, a dozen people opposed to the wind farms entered the council chamber. Among them was John Krul, who has been opposing the wind farm since the beginning. Council accepted two submissions from that group; its comments against the proposal. After looking it over, Whale said their demands for protection of ground water were the only issues that council had not discussed that evening. Council then accepted Sinnamon’s report, and set a separate meeting for 1pm on June 21 to further work on the comments.

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of the hard work and efforts of students, and of their teachers.” He added, “Of course there is always more that can be done. “We especially need to support students who did not pass the test the first time, or who have special needs, so that they too can achieve this important milestone.” Dom DiBartolomeo,

Superintendent of Education with the WCDSB, said, “Our results overall continue to exceed the provincial average... “[The test] provides important information that will help us address any performance gaps ... our work is really beginning now.” About the test Using the test data collected over time, school boards and

individual schools can establish ways to help students improve their learning. For more information on the EQAO test, including past results and sample questions, visit eqao.com. For a more complete story, and specific firgures for the public and Catholic boards, see this week’s Wellington Advertiser.

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Rolling out the campaign - Perth-Wellington PC candidate Randy Pettapiece, front, was joined on June 15 by Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson for a media event in downtown Mount Forest. The pair unveiled this huge scroll outlining what they say are numerous tax increases and new taxes imposed on Ontarians by Premier Dalton McGuinty. photo by Chris Daponte

Pettapiece, MPP bash McGuinty FROM PAGE ONE adding McGuinty has twice broken election promises not to increase taxes. At one point, Wilson even compared McGuinty’s “siege” on family budgets to a raccoon trying to pry into a family’s

garbage. “There is only one way we can prevent Dalton McGuinty from raising our taxes after Oct. 6 - and that is by replacing him,” Wilson said. At the end of his McGuintybashing speech, Wilson pro-

duced a scroll measuring about 10 feet long. He and Pettapiece posed for photos with the prop, which featured a lengthy list of what Wilson called tax increases or new taxes imposed on Ontarians by McGuinty.

Council to consider much higher permit fees for wind turbines by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Councillors here have shot down a proposal to double the building permit fees for wind turbines from $10 per $1,000 worth of construction to $20. That’s because some of them want to investigate the possibility of doubling those fees yet again. Deputy Chief Building Official David Kopp was asked by council to find out what other places are charging for building permits for wind turbines. He brought his report to council on June 14. It stated regular residential fees range from $7 to $10 per $1,000 worth of estimated construction value. Farm fees are $10 to $15 per $1,000, and commercial and industrial ranges from $15 to $20 for that same $1,000 in construction value. Kopp then told council the average cost of a wind turbine tower is $180,000, and it costs

another $305,000 on average for the concrete foundation for a total of $485,000 in estimated construction value. He recommended increasing the permit fee from the current $10 to $20. That would double the fee from $4,850 to $9,700. Kopp said he had checked a number of municipalities and their fees per $1,000 of construction are: - Centre Wellington, $12; - Minto, $9; - Wellington North, $10 plus $200 per turbine; - Guelph-Eramosa, $11; - Erin, a flat fee of $1,000; - Puslinch, $10; - Chatsworth, $40 per turbine over 100 feet high, otherwise $15 per $1,000 of estimated value; - West Gray, $15; - Brockton, $20; - Georgian Bluffs, $20; Ashfield Colburne Wawanosh $12; - Huron-Kinloss, $15;

- Kincardine, a newly set fee of $20; - Chatham-Kent, $13; and - Dufferin County, a $5,000 flat fee per turbine. Kopp said the fee Mapleton charge has to reflect the costs of the building department. Councillor Jim Curry asked if the building department is responsible for inspections of the base or the entire tower. Kopp said he is unsure. Curry asked him about the Chatsworth fee, and asked, “What do you have to do to inspect these?” Kopp said with large steel structures, “I wouldn’t be climbing them.” He said that was the same situation as a recent Wallenstein Feed building in that community. Curry asked him if he had any discussions with Chatsworth about why that municipality set a fee for towers over 100 feet high. Kopp said he had not done that. Continued on page 6

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On June 3, this newspaper published a front page article that had a provincial official explain why the government took over powers of local municipal councils when it came to making land use decisions for wind turbines. Director of the approvals program for the Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch of the Ministry of Environment Doris Dumais told Wellington County council “municipalities struggled with the difficulties of balancing the proposals of wind farm proponents and the desires of their residents.” We can only imagine a Toronto bureaucrat deciding rural folks being not quite smart enough to reach their own conclusions. It is a city attitude that causes us rural folk to gnash our teeth and mutter curses and imprecations on the idiots at Queen’s Park who might not even recognize a cow, let alone understand farmers’ concerns for its milk production loss due to stress from wind turbines. Dumais then admitted there was another reason for the power grab. The Liberals were determined to hammer the Green Energy Act down the throats of, at the very least, skeptical and suspicious councillors who had plenty of questions and few answers. How else could she state, “The legislative intent was to move away from differing municipal standards and to create a strong, uniform province-wide standard”? Uh, and that was to aid the municipalities who were struggling? We noted in the article that before Premier Dalton McGuinty made a deal with Samsung for $7-billion, the county was told to set standards for turbines. In six months, the planning department presented a document to county council for all of Wellington. It took six months only because it was an extensively researched document. Fast forward to Mapleton Township council’s meeting of June 14, where well over 90 minutes of council time was spend debating related wind farm issues, from building permit fees to the use of roads during construction, to decommissioning. During that, opponents congregated outside the council chamber, and when council learned about them, Mayor Bruce Whale invited them in. He allowed the group, which was not on the council agenda, a chance to speak. Most urban councils strictly follow an agenda, and those not on it are not allowed to speak. In rural areas, councils behave a little more, shall we say, neighbourly. Mapleton met that test. But the province thinks rural councils are struggling. We somehow doubt it. Mapleton would have simply followed the rules the county had set down about three years earlier. Indeed, it was not the inability of local municipal councils to set standards that caused the province to act unilaterally on wind turbines. The province provided a sudden, done deal announced by Premier Dalton McGuinty out of the blue, and we have to wonder how much even his caucus knew in advance of that announcement. We suspect not much. We have also seen just how McGuinty and his government stick to their guns. He declared the Not In My Backyard (NIMBYism) syndrome was dead, and the Green Energy Act would proceed, come hell or high water. Then he killed offshore turbines because they spoiled the view of beach goers. He killed a gas fired power plant in Oakville because rich folks there demanded it. He will probably, if he is still around, kill a similar plant set for Mississauga. Why? Because Liberal MPPs (at least, those who are still running in the coming election) know full well their seats are in jeopardy if they keep pushing power projects. Out in the countryside, things might be different. At least, the current government MPPs can only hope they can ram through power plants that will mainly benefit the city - at a high cost in the rural areas. It seems to us it is not the small, rural municipalities that are struggling with hydro rules and regulations - it is the “experts” at Queen’s Park. David Meyer

Stop Mapleton Wind Farms is hosting an information session on June 29 at the PMD arena in Drayton. The speakers for the event will be John Laforet, President of Wind Concerns Ontario, and Ian Hanna, who launched a lawsuit against the Ontario government and the Green Energy Act. Those two speakers are extremely knowledgeable and will show how everyone will be affected - even if you are not in the direct vicinity of a

turbine. Skyrocketing hydro costs, potential increases in property taxes, health and water issues, decreased dairy output and the negative impact on wildlife are just a few of the items that will be covered. The session is slated to start at 8pm and an invitation is extended to all in Wellington County and beyond, to attend and find out the truth about turbines. Wendy Gascho, Alma

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its concerns and get the point across that we do not want our countryside littered with industrial wind turbines, which will ultimately affect our health and quality of life. To add your thoughts and comments about the project, go to the EBR website (www.ebr. gov.on.ca) and search project number 011-2606, or by the name given above. That is your way to have a say. For those who remain undecided or “don’t understand what all the fuss is about,”

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PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING: Drayton water and wastewater bills would normally be mailed the week of June 20th and due on July 5th. Invoices for other services provided by the Township (facility rentals, etc.) are normally due thirty (30) days after the invoice date. Please note that the Township does offer a Pre-authorized Payment option. Please contact our COUNCIL DATES office for more information.

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2010 PERFORMANCE MEASURES Municipal Performance Measurements, as they pertain to the 2010 Financial Information Return and as designated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing under Section 299 of The Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c. 25, as amended, are required to be published. Municipal Performance Measurements are a means of measuring the municipality’s performance with regards to the provision of specific services that are provided by the municipality. Please take notice that the Performance Measurements for the Township of Mapleton for 2010 are available at the municipal office during normal office hours. Please note the documents are available on the Township website: www.mapleton.ca Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mike Givens, Director of Finance

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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society

Old business - The Drayton Mills circa 1900.

Drayton Mill In 1858 Thomas Jackson Owens purchased the mill lot (Lot 113 Bolton’s Survey, Wellington Street, South) from William S. Hambly to build a grist mill and a planning mill. Rev. Ezra Adams, John Clark, John Dales, Edward Dales, William C. Wortley, Joseph H. Hartney, John Gilchrist, John Haight, William S. Hambly, Almon Healy and John McKague, prominent men of the community, backed his venture by loaning him of 300 pounds. As well, Owens borrowed money from two other sources to build his mills and set up the operations. Records of several mortgages and a power of sale show

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Councillors support zone change near Dorking by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Council here has agreed to expand the highway commercial zoning for a property in Dorking so its current use as a contractor’s yard meets the zoning rules. Planner Mark Van Patter told council during a public meeting the hamlet’s grocery store is immediately east of the site. “It’s kind of a mixed use area,” he said. The property had highway commercial zoning with a site specific zone to allow trucks to be stored there. Now, a new user wants permission for a contractor’s yard, for cement forming. The land is Part of Lot 19

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Concession 1 (Maryborough) and is about half an acre. It has a 2,400 square foot building on it. Van Patter said he does not have many concerns about the proposal. He added the owner, Elmer Bowman, would also like some outside storage. Van Patter said that might include “some lumber,” and that could require a tree buffer. Councillor Mike Downey was curious about the proposal. He said the land is already zoned highway commercial, and asked what difference the zone change would make when the change was from trucks to cement forms. Van Pater said the land has been in that zone for years,

but highway commercial, by itself, does not allow for the storage of trucks. Currently, with the extra zoning, it does allow them. Downey said he did not like the proposal because if a cement form business falls through, the owner could no longer permit truck storage, and would have to start rezoning all over again. “He’s already paying commercial taxes, but he’s restricted,” Downey said. Van Patter agreed council might want to expand the permitted uses. Mayor Bruce Whale asked about the buffer, and if it was for the view from the road, or for the neighbour.

Van Patter said it is for both, but that will not be onerous. He explained the buffer area is already planted half way with trees. “It’s a matter of filling in,” he said. Van Patter heads Wellington County’s Green Legacy tree planting program, Downey wondered if its officials would be happy to supply the trees. Van Patter said with a grin, “They would.” Council then agreed to consider the zoning bylaw at its next meeting on June 28. Councillor Jim Curry asked if the property use will be just storage, and to ensure there will be no fabrication. Bowman said it will be only for storage.

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Owens struggled to make a success of the operation. He sold the mills to three Kirkland brothers from Peel Township in 1872. Again the owners struggled financially. The interest rates were from 5% to 6% at a time when cash transactions were often less used than bartering. In 1891, brothers Peter Pollock and John Pollock, local flax millers, purchased the mills with the help of a $2,000 loan from the Village of Drayton. Payment records are signed by John Lunz, treasurer of the village at that time. This was, no doubt, a means by which the village council hoped to keep a necessary industry operating in the village. George Fisher and O.B. Henry joined with Pollock in 1909, operating the business under the name Fisher, Pollock and Henry Company Limited for a number of years. When the Bucknam brothers purchased the mills in 1914 the deed described the lands purchased as Lot 105, 106 and Lot 113 together with all and every saw mill, flax mill, chopping mill and other mills, buildings, office, steam engine, boiler, shafts, gearing, fittings, motive power, planning mill machinery, fixed and moveable, including all apparatus and implements used in connection therein. A news article of the time reported rates at the chopping mill and saw mill were 5 cents

per bag for grinding grain and 50 cents per 1,000 feet for sawing logs. The property changed hands several times and George Pfeffer, who built a grist mill on Wellington Street, North, owned it briefly before David A. Downey purchased the mills. Downey had been working at the mills prior to his purchase. A 1920 deed describes the land buildings and machinery and notes the exception of a gasoline engine and tools belonging to D. Downey. Downey operated the mills until his retirement in 1947, when he sold the business to Litt and Brown. They closed the business in 1956. David Downey was a carpenter who worked with his father, Reuben Downey, from 1890. David Downey drew plans and blueprints for many houses in the area. In an interview with the editor of The Advocate, he recalled that he and his father worked on over 100 buildings in the Village of Drayton and the Townships of Peel and Maryborough, as well as some further afield. They worked with local masons and brick layers and other carpenters. In 1949, at the age of 78, Downey worked on the renovations of the old Royal Hotel on the corner of Main and Wellington Streets when Percy Trussler converted the building to a garage and apartments. submitted by Jean Campbell

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PAGE SIX The Community News, Friday, June 24, 2011

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

Lessons from Toy Story 3 make us thankful for gifts of all Remember that hymn we all love to sing that goes: “Count your blessings, count them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done.” That refrain is a testament to the fact that we are all blessed. That’s the wonderful thing about living in a world designed by a loving Creator. We have all been given gifts of one kind or another that enable us to share in the goodness of the world. There’s a phrase now for the discerning of those gifts and how they can be used to make a church or an organization better. It’s called “Asset Mapping,” which is a way that we can all get together and share our amazing gifts from God to open up all kinds of possibilities in our churches. Biblical Paul tells us that we are all gifted. In Ephesians

4 he says, “God is the One who gave some the gift to be apostles. He gave some the gift to be prophets. He gave some the gift of preaching the good news. And he gave some the gift to be pastors and teachers. He did it so that they might prepare God’s people to serve. If they do, the body of Christ will be built up.” When we get together and pool all our abundant gifts, we develop a positive energy that we can use to build our congregations up and energize each other. Together we have a power to spread the good news in the world. One of the greatest gifts some people have is the ministry of encouragement. How blessed organizations, churches and institutions are to have people who are enthusiastic, vital and supportive. These are the people who recognize and value gifts and diversity in others around them. We see this kind of ministry in - of all places - a children’s movie. In Toy Story 3, Andy, the owner of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and other toys, is all grown up and preparing to leave for college. At the end of

the movie, he decides to give his toys to a young girl named Bonnie. Offered as an illustration on preachingtoday.com, we’re told the scene starts with Andy entering the front gate of Bonnie’s home with his box of toys. Andy says: “I’m Andy. Someone told me you’re really good with toys. These are mine, but I’m going away now, so I need someone really special to play with them.” Then as Andy hands the toys to Bonnie, he introduces each one by saying something special about them. He begins with his toy cowgirl Jessie: “This is Jessie, the roughest, toughest cowgirl in the whole West. She loves critters, but none more’n her best pal, Bullseye.” Andy then hands the girl his toy Tyrannosaurus Rex - “the meanest, most terrifying dinosaur who ever lived.” For the Potato Heads, Andy says, “The Potato Heads— Mister and Missus. You gotta keep ‘em together cause they’re madly in love.” Slinky the Dog “is as loyal

as any dog you could want.” Buzz Lightyear is “the coolest toy ever. Look, he can fly, and shoot lasers. He’s sworn to protect the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg!” Finally, for his pal Woody, Andy says, “He’s been my pal as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special? He’ll never give up on you - ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.” If only we could all get together and recognize how each one of us has gifts and skills that can come together to make “one body” that is strong and alive with the energy of the Holy Spirit. It’s a good way to see our cup as half full and remember to be thankful for all that God has given us. There isn’t a person in our communities who doesn’t have something to give that will make the world a better place. The challenge is to encourage people to recognize they do make a difference, and support them to discover how their actions can be positive.

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Celebrations Happy 50th Anniversary

Lyall and Ruth Shantz Please join us for an Open house

Saturday, July 2, 2011 2:oo-4:30pm Drayton Community Menonite Church Best wishes only, please

Kadie-Lynn Bults & Kevin Foell were united in marriage on Saturday, June 11, 2011

The marriage took place in Jeremy and Karen Moore’s backyard in Moorefield. It was a lovely day with God’s creation all around us . May God bless you both. Love your Family.

Kids display knowledge - Parents and grandparents came to Community Christian School, Drayton, to celebrate with the Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten class all the learning they had done throughout the year. The students sang, recited, counted and performed several plays. Above are the students singing I’m in the Lord’s Army. Refreshments were served afterwards. submitted photo

Council to consider much higher permit fees for wind turbines FROM PAGE THREE Mayor Bruce Whale noted three other communities have set fees at $20. Kopp said $20 is the recommendation from the building department. Whale asked if the township is liable if a turbine blows over. Kopp said the towers would be scrutinized by an engineer. Chief Administrative Officer Patty Sinnamon said the township can ask for an engineer’s certificate when they are built. Kopp said of an engineer’s inspection, “We are relying on his [the engineer’s] comments.” Councillor Andy Knetsch said, “If that tower blows over, NextEra [the company proposing the wind farm] is on the hook.” Whale concluded council had asked Kopp to find the costs, and, “He came back with an extensive list.” Curry offered an amendment that any towers over 100 feet be charged $40. Sinnamon said council is not permitted to amend an official’s report, but it could set fees that it wishes. Any changes to the permit fee bylaw would require public notice and then can be debated at a public meeting. Whale agreed, and said acceptance that night does not actually set the fee - but just sets the process in motion. Curry said council also asked about decommissioning of the towers, and he wondered if the building department has that information. Kopp said it is still working on that. Sinnamon said that will be part of a document that she is preparing. Councillor Neil Driscoll said he would be upset if he supports $20 and it turns out to not be enough. Curry said council still has to complete the fees process, and argued to set them now. Councillor Mike Downey wondered what a three week difference would be, and added, “I agree, you want to put it to these people.” Curry argued, “We don’t know what needs inspection.” Downey said of the Chatsworth fee, “I think they picked a figure out of the sky.” Driscoll said council does

not know the costs. He said if the building department has to go on the towers to inspect them its officials will need training. “That doesn’t come cheap. If we hire an engineer, where do we recover those costs?” he wondered. Kopp said the township would receive $9,700 per turbine, and there are ten of them. But Downey noted they are going to be “built start to finish in three months.” Sinnamon added an engineer will not be constantly on site. Driscoll said, “This is not a house construction. There’s tons and tons of rebar.” Whale said the inspector does not inspect rebar in houses, either. Kopp cited the Dufferin County fee of $5,000 and said he believes it is “in line.” Driscoll asked if anyone has asked Chatsworth why it set its fees the way it did. “What does Chatsworth know that we don’t?” he asked. Whale said probably less than Mapleton council, because there are no turbines in that area, and none proposed for there. Knetsch said Ashfield Colburne Wawanosh charges $12, and that area has a lot of experience with turbines. “I don’t believe it’s ethical to charge $40 per $1,000 right off the bat,” he said. Whale said council could ensure it is covered through liability insurance “if we have to inspect.” Sinnamon said the township “has to show due diligence.” Whale wondered if the township will be relying more on outsiders. Sinnamon said it generally does, because when it comes to steel, the township relies on engineers. Council then defeated Kopp’s recommendation of $20, with Downey in favour, and Driscoll, Curry and Knetsch opposed. Council then went into a lengthy discussion about what the next step is to be. Whale finally concluded council did not have to make a decision that night, and it will consider the issue again on June 28. Council also planned to discuss the turbines at a special meeting on June 21.


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PAGE EIGHT The Community News, Friday, June 24, 2011

Busy Moorefield weekend featured cars, tractors and ball Conestoga Sailing Club celebrates 50 years

Young competitor - The Garden Tractor Pull in Moorefield on Father’s Day seemed to be a hit with both dads and kids. The Moorefield Optimist Club annually organizes the event at the Moorefield Community Centre. photo by Wilma Mol

Entertainment - The band Loose Change provided the musical back drop at this year’s Mapleton Custom Rodders Car and Truck Show photo by Wilma Mol in Moorefield last weekend.

Game on - Minor Ball Day on June 18 was yet another attraction that made Moorefield a very busy place last weekend. Games, raffles and a barbecue were held throughout the day. photo by Wilma Mol

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The sailing club is a notfor-profit, volunteer-run organization. About 160 youths participate in the sailing school each summer, and about 40 adults take the learn-to-sail adult program. Six youths, who typically come up through the ranks, are employed each summer to teach the sailing school activities. The club also hosts a competitive racing team. Members of the pubic are invited to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations to learn about the club and the summer youth and adult programs. In conjunction with the celebration, the club is undertaking a fundraising campaign to replace the nearly 50-yearold docks. The total campaign is for six sections, each costing $3,500. Pledges and donations will be collected at the celebrations with a special recognition program. For more information on the club, including racing, camps or lessons, visit www. kwsailing.org.

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Big winner - Local Ray Ellis’ 1968 Camaro won him the “Rodders Pick” of the show award at the Mapleton Custom Rodders Car and Truck Show in Moorefield on June 17. photo by Wilma Mol

MAPLETON TWP. - The Conestoga Sailing Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this weekend. On June 25, starting at 1pm, the club will host a ceremony and cake cutting, followed by a barbecue and, of course, sailing at Conestogo Lake, southwest of Drayton. Local dignitaries, including Grand River Conservation Authority officials, founding club member Ronald Sills and past commodores will be making presentations to past members, sailors, sailing students and members of the public. The Conestoga Sailing club was established in 1961, immediately after the Conestogo Dam was built, with a mandate “to encourage all phases of sailing activity on Conestogo Lake and to promote a high standard of skill in seamanship and in the handling of sail craft.” The club is a prime example of the spin-off benefits of the dams and the flood control structures that were built in the 1950s.

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