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Friday, October 28, 2011
Alma, Centre Peel and Maryborough projects to cost $1.5 million
Financial trends bode none too well for council
School board unveils $90-million full-day kindergarten capital plan
by Chris Daponte FERGUS - Three Mapleton Township schools are expected to undergo renovations totalling $1.5-million over the next three years to make room for new full-day kindergarten students. The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) does not have any capital plans for Drayton Heights Public School, but the projects at the other Mapleton public schools include: - Alma: $250,000 to expand one existing classroom into a full-day kindergarten (FDK) room (for the 2013-14 school year); - Centre Peel: $950,000 for renovations to expand one classroom into an FDK room and to add three new classrooms (2014-15); and - Maryborough: $300,000 to renovate two classrooms into one FDK room and a seminar room (2014-15). However, Paul Scinocca, UGDSB capital projects manager, warned some of the cost estimates in the board’s $90-million capital plan are “a stab in the dark, at best.” Scinocca made that revelation in front of about 40 Wellington County residents - mostly parents - at an information meeting on Oct. 19 at Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus. “I can tell you 100%: things will change from this plan,” Scinocca said. The plan, to be completed by September 2014, is expected to make enough room to accommodate about 2,200 new
full-day kindergarten students. Scinocca said some cost estimates for the board’s 53 projects - ranging from minor renovations and additional classrooms to new schools are more accurate than others. Some are currently underway while others have already been completed. The uncertainty surrounding other projects, Scinocca said, can be attributed to a number of factors, including the amount of future funding that comes from the province, as well as the board’s mandate to make changes as equitable as possibly throughout the board. “[We’re] on tremendous deadlines that are almost impossible to meet,” Scinocca added. He said the board will have to make decisions on each individual project along the way. The province has dictated that full-day kindergarten will be implemented in all Ontario schools by the 2014-15 school year. Funding sources for the UGDSB’s capital plan include: - $8-million in proceeds from selling board properties; - $27 million in regular new pupil places (NPP) funding from the Ministry of Education; - $11 million in FDK funding already promised by the ministry. The UGDSB has requested an additional $37 million in FDK funding, but Scinocca said he suspects the board may not receive that much, as the requests are getting bigger and the competition for funding Continued on page 8
Local election results closer than originally reported PERTH-WELLINGTON - It appears it was a closer race than first thought between PC Randy Pettapiece and Liberal John Wilkinson. The original story in the Community News was based on results available on election night (Oct. 6) and the following few days. However, after the Community News’ deadline, it was reported that Elections Ontario had failed to include one poll in the results first published on its website. The new results, while still considered unofficial, revealed only a 0.5% difference (210 votes) between Pettapiece and Wilkinson. It was reported that Wilkinson was not seeking a recount. The updated results on the Elections Ontario website are: - Randy Pettapiece, PC, 14,845 votes; - John Wilkinson, Liberal, 14,635; - Ellen Papenburg, NDP, 5,836; - Chris Desjardins, Green Party, 918; - Irma DeVries, Family Coalition Party, 627; and - Robby Smink, Freedom Party, 164.
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Council hears grim reality about keeping up with road work by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - It will continue to be tough to hold down taxes and keep up with all the road work that needs to be done in the township. Director of public works Larry Lynch presented a report on the township’s five year capital roads rehabilitation plan on Oct. 11 and there was little good news in it. He noted work on the plan began in 2008 with a road tour survey by R.J. Burnside and Associates to develop priorities for road needs in Mapleton. That report is the main tool Lynch and council use in determining annual capital road reconstruction priorities. It is based on a number of factors, including condition of pavement, structural adequacy of the road base, ride comfort
and surface problems. Yet Lynch said in his report, “What it does not address, but equally important in the decision making process, is proximity of roads to residential areas, institutions such as schools, medical facilities and business areas traffic volume, social impacts such as primary access routes to business, recreation or amenities frequently lining by automotive traffic. “All of these social factors must be considered when making the ultimate strategy decisions on road rehabilitation priorities,” Lynch concluded. He also presented council with another set of factors: - rehabilitation is based on an annual budget of $500,000; - improvement costs and benchmark cost are based on dollar values from the 2008
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data; - suggested rehabilitation strategy might have to be changed during actual construction; - annual average daily traffic is based on best guess only; and - the total cost of work in 2010 and this year was supplemented by Canada/Ontario infrastructure grants. Lynch told council he tries to follow the plan closely, and as of that night, all the rural work scheduled for 2011 was completed. There were only two small “semi-urban” projects in Alma left to do. This year, the township did work on nine kilometres of roads, pulverizing the existing hardtop or surface treatment, Continued on page 3
by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Finance director Mike Givens gave councillors some general numbers on the township’s financial outlook on Oct. 11, and like most municipalities, Mapleton is facing challenges. “Grants continue to sink,” Givens said. “We continue to have expenses.” He provided figures from 2008 through 2011. He noted the 2011 figures are based on budget projections. The total take in taxes in 2008 was $2.8 million (all figures rounded off) and they climbed to $3.25 million this year. Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) grants climbed slightly for the township, from $1.2 million in 2008 to $1.24 million this year. But other grants, dropped from $2.7 million to $808,000 in 2011. Township reserves went from $3.8 million in 2008 down to $1.8 in 2011. The reserve fund balance dropped over the four years from $821,000 to $706,000. Meanwhile, operating expenses climbed. Salaries and wages were $1.55 million in 2008 and they are now $1.8 million. Benefits during that period climbed from $263,000 to $309,000. Total operating expenses went from $2.97 million in 2008 to $3.34 million this year. Givens told council the township owns $46 million worth of buildings and equipment, but they continue to depreciate at a rate of about $4 million each year. “That’s less than our capital,” he said. He predicted, “It’s going to be tough over the next four years doing capital projects without a major impact on taxes.” He said of other municipalities, “Some are worse off than us.” Councillor Mike Downey said of the report, “It’s just a reality. There are no grants and reserves are down.” Whale said of the OMPF grants, “It was never a guarantee. We hope its lasts.” Neighbouring municipalities such as Centre Wellington have seen those OMPF grants slashed by hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years.
MAPLETON BUSINESS PROFILE Music forCraft Young Children aids development, improves self esteem Christmas Show returns to PMD Arena
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Winner -fun Drayton Festival at Theatre Kim Allred, left,a Festive - Students Musichouse for manager Young Children enjoy and loungeconcert manager Jalyssa volunteer Christmas every year.Steinmann, right, pose with submitted photo usher Cassidy Burchat, who won a draw for a flat screen TV. paper mittens for five happy spring. Of course, special holipractices. The mittens were days are incorporated into Ms. placed on the studio wall in the Tanis’ MYC classes, such as Canada Music Week, shape of the 5 Olympic rings. When the rings were com- Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. are plete enjoyed an thank localTheme businessesdays for their The students annual youth volunplanned as well. Olympics music party class.at This donations. teer appreciation the prize Throughout year the her past year Ms. Tanis encouraged They also wishthe to thank Drayton Festival Theatre studentsin the participate the only praccommunityinfora was students held on not Sept. 24 toafter a youths Christmas concert, a spring tice but also to think of others, their hard work andand dedication 16-week season. recital and have the option to by practicing for pennies. Once this season. Gibson Sound and Vision the 12Palmerston the pennies proudly were allsponsored collected participate All youthsinaged and over of Waterloo Canada Musicto Week Festival they donatedTV, to which Camp are welcome volunteer as a 22”were flat screen and the Bucko, victims. Usher Drayton informationMusic will was wonforbyburn volunteer Cassidy ushers. Festival. For the upcoming year she be announced at local schools Burchat. “Children soseason. receptive is planning new incentives; for theare 2012 Theatre two officials want to in April a “Tree of Thanks” incentive to music that it makes sense to around Thanksgiving time and use this medium to spark their a “Seed Incentive” in the creativity and develop their
skills and confidence at an listening, reading, fine and gross motor, social skills and early age” said Ms. Tanis. She offers four of MYC’s has been proven to enhance music programs: Sunrise, children’s social development Sunshine, Sunbeam and and learning skills, improve Moonbeam. Children who memory and problem solving, complete the most advanced and bolster confidence and level of MYC are well pre- self-esteem. Ms. Tanis also offers a pared for early intermediate piano studies, or the study of Music Pups program, which is especially unique since it is a another instrument. Sunrise is a pre-keyboard music program for babies. This music and movement program is a playful and creative music that teaches music concepts and movement class for parents through singing, rhythm and with children ages newborn to games. This program is for age 4. Children are introduced children ages 2 to 4 and devel- to a wide variety of musical ops listening awareness, fine scales, tonal and rhythm patmotor skills, social interaction, terns and instruments that help confidence and attention span. to stimulate musical growth. Children can easily attend with Each child participates at his or a grandparent or caregiver, plus her own level. To find out more siblings can attend the class as about Pups and to view class videos visit themusicclass.com. well. The Sunshine keyboard The ultimate success of any program is geared towards MYC program lies behind the children ages 3½ and 4; the teacher and Ms. Tanis is no Sunbeam keyboard program exception to that rule. It’s obvitoward ages 5 and 6; and the ous she is an enthusiastic Moonbeam keyboard program teacher who cares a great deal is for ages 7 through 9. All for her students. three keyboard programs inte“Their struggles are my grate creative movement, struggles,” she states. “And rhythm, singing, music theory their were triumphs are during equallythe triYouth group - Volunteer youth ushers thanked and composition for parent and umphant for me.” Drayton Festival Theatre’s annual appreciation party on Sept. 24. child in a weekly one-hour sesFor more information visit submitted photos sion. www.myc.com, email tanisParticipating in a MYC firstname.lastname@example.org or class helps children develop call 519-638-5715.
her report on Oct. 11 the proby David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - gram was created as a result Council here agrees that staff of the 2006 municipal needs done by the needs to continue theirFOR educaFITNESS THEassessment WHOLE review FAMILY association and the Ministry tion. 1 Year and 6 Month Memberships It voted unanimously to per- of Municipal Affairs and 12 chief Visit adminisand Day Passes Housing.Available mit clerk and Co-ed Gym, 30 Minute Circuit Sinnamon noted she partrative officerFull Patty Sinnamon Classes for All Ages, Personal Training review panel, and finance director Mike ticipated in that 89 Wellington DRAYTON where officials determined Givens to enroll in an execu-St. S., N0G 1P0, (519) there was a lack of public sective diploma municipal man- 638-2100 www.bodyworksdrayton.ca tor-specific management and agement course. email@example.com That is being offered in part- training. She said the curriculum nership with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks being offered now is comprised and Treasurers of Ontario of 20 workshop days held over with the University of Western two years, and it is followed Ontario and Seneca College by a research report submitted by each student attaste the end Centre for Financial Services. “A nostalgic of of Sinnamon told council in the term.
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Sinnamon had a say in the recommendation that came from the ministry after the 2006 study. Sinnamon said she believes the program now being offered “seems to be a good fit” for Mapleton employees. Whale asked if Sinnamon would be able to provide a course outline. She said she could do that. Whale said, “Any time we have a chance to have staff upgrade their skills is good, but that’s nice to know.” Council approved the request. Councillors Neil Driscoll and Andy Knetsch were absent.
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Scenes from the Community Christian School Bazaar last weekend included the following. ABOVE: Peddling the wares - Crafts, wares and baking were just some of the items for sale at the event, which is held semi-annually as a major fundraiser to offset the cost of Christian education. ABOVE RIGHT: Buried treasure Children dug through a sandbox of corn to find wrapped prizes. LEFT: Alanna Parker tried her hand at a game of Plinko. Children were entertained throughout the day with a variety of carnival games. photos by Wilma Mol
Parental care seminar is Nov. 12
DRAYTON - The Mapleton CATS (Community Awareness Training Seminar) team is pleased to announce that Helen Edwards and Robin Smart will lead seminars on Parental Care and Intervention. Their focus will be on the signs of normal forgetfulness, beginning stages of dementia and legal aspects of parent care, as well as what services are available in the community and access to nursing homes. Edwards is the seniors’ health services co-ordinator for the Township of Mapleton as well as the program co-ordinator with the Seniors Centre for Excellence. She works closely with seniors and knows firsthand what the needs are as well as how children can help provide care for aging parents. Smart is the public education co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society of Guelph -Wellington. She has also worked in long-term care positions (working to address seniors’ dietary and recreation needs), including as the admissions coordinator for one facility. The CATS committee is having an Information Mall with representatives from Warm Embrace, Hospice and
the Community Care Access Centre confirmed to date. Life Line is also providing information resources for this event. “This promises to be a very informative morning which will help us be better caregivers to parents, grandparents, close relatives, or others that we find ourselves looking after,” said CATS chairman Jim Curry. “Also some of us may be nearing the time of our lives where we need to consider our long-term care and how to help plan for that. I encourage adults of all ages to join us on Nov. 12.” The CATS committee would love to hear from those involved in seniors support organizations that would be able to join the event (they should let organizers know in advance so they can be acknowledged). Organizers say the more resources they have the better participants can network to provide the best possible care for those they love. The CATS team is a group of individuals who give their time and talents to host seminars in Mapleton that focus on mental health and learning issues. Members include:
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Council hears grim reality about roads FROM PAGE ONE adding five to six inches of granular A gravel, compacting it, and topping up shoulder gravel. The township also used dust suppressant. Lynch said the spring road tour provided the basis for what was done the rest of the year on township roads. “What we’ve been doing is rural in nature, but that’s where we get the biggest bang for the buck,” he said. But the spring tour also identified a need for paving at the PMD Arena and in a municipal lot in downtown Drayton. Lynch said the unit cost of road work is based on $86,000 per km of road plus 15% to achieve the approximate benchmark cost of $100,000 per km. He said the balance of funding to meet the $2.5 million five year total would be $697,000 and that would be spread out to fund: - the PMD Arena lot rehabilitation and driveway; - the Drayton municipal parking lot rehabilitation and expansion; - street upgrades in Drayton, Alma, Rothsay and Moorefield; - improvements to the Drayton sewage lagoon access road; and - paving unfinished areas
Lynch said he has talked to a couple of companies about that service already. He added it might be possible to borrow road counting equipment from neighbouring Centre Wellington Township. Or, he said, he could send staff out to do counts. Curry said there are problems with urban roads, and that is mainly due to having so much work on rural roads. “It would help to have the information,” he said of the road counts. Whale said council identified priorities during its road tour, and he is aware of deficiencies in urban areas. “All our hamlets need work.” He added, “Nothing prevents identifying [road deficiencies] but that’s subject to budget restraints.” Lynch added the roads study dealt strictly with the condition of the roads, and did not include such things as culverts that need replacing. Whale asked that Lynch attach tentative dates for the work on roads for his next report.
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between the Moorefield public works shop and the Moorefield fire hall. Mayor Bruce Whale noted Concession 4 is the road in the worst condition, but it does not get much traffic. He added Sideroad 12 is more “semiurban.” People there have been clamouring to have sections of that road re-paved, plus speed limits reduced. Whale added, “We’re never going to catch up at $500,000 a year” in roads spending. Councillor Mike Downey agreed “It’s going to be tough” to decide where to spend township dollars on roads.” Lynch said he could bring a priority list of road work to the council meeting that was held on Tuesday. He said he cited the arena because of problems there, and the downtown parking lot, and “they both need lights.” Councillors were also concerned about traffic counts. Councillor Jim Curry wondered if placing a trip meter across the road would eliminate the need to guess about traffic counts.
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We have heard the howls of outrage over several business deals that went down last week. Those noises are instructive - even if they are unpleasant realities for some people. At the federal level, a $25-billion combat vessel contract went to Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding, while a second worth $8 billion went to the west coast-based Seaspan Marine Corporation to build non-combat ships. Meanwhile, a Quebec-based shipyard came away with nothing, and ain’t they hollerin’ in la belle province. To which we say, in all sincerity, tough! It was Quebec-based favouritism that left Canada with the government of today. Brian Mulroney and his cronies handed an aircraft contract to Quebec, while a Winnipeg company with a cheaper deal and better product got bypassed. Mulroney got what he deserved (the Reform Party of Canada), which knocked off one of the two old line parties. The federal Progressive Conservatives no longer exist. Stephen Harper, a former member of Reform, can grin and honestly say the best companies won - even as he chortles that a province that did not elect many Conservatives got a figurative boot. And, we ask, why should Quebec get lucrative government contracts just because it hollers? We’re told media there went ballistic. Let them. The Quebec bid was from a company that was in no way ready or able to do the work properly. It’s time to wake up to the real world, folks. Canadians got the best deal this time, instead of political considerations a la Mulroney. Meanwhile, there is high dudgeon and breast beating in Kitchener over the Maple Leaf Foods decision to close the J.M. Schneider plant and move the jobs to Hamilton. Ironically, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina used to live in Wellesley village. We knew him from our days working there and even visited with him in his home. He followed his radio career back to Hamilton and the soft spoken but passionate man went on to lead his city. We read some comments on news reports about Kitchener losing Schneiders. Our own family ate nothing but that company’s products except when buying its own quarters of beef or halves of pork. Commentators vowed to boycott Maple Leaf Foods, something we have done ever since some of its products killed over 20 customers a few years back. In fact, we tend to avoid most processed products made by large companies these days. A number of people decried the secrecy with which Hamilton won its bid over Kitchener. When citizens refuse to take time to understand how things work, they will always be vexed at decisions because they never understood the rules in the first place. One leak and that Hamilton deal would have been finished. Someone even suggested bringing in the staff, congratulating them and then firing them for keeping Hamilton council in the dark. They never noted Kitchener officials were doing the same quiet work to keep the company there. With citizen ignorance at its peak, we are glad only 48% voted in the provincial election. As for generations of Schneiders workers now forced to look for work, we read one comment that education there didn’t matter if one was willing to work. Today, we have lots of well educated people willing to work - who can’t find jobs. Pay well over $20 an hour was a reason the company was no longer competitive. We’re betting few will get jobs that pay as well as Schneiders did - but did they inherit a right to a great job, or should they have to earn it with good education and a good work ethic? That is something many are going to be confronted with in the coming years. My generation was told to get an education to get a great job. Today, those who followed suit are having trouble. Meanwhile, we see auto mechanics, with dirty hands and greasy coveralls earning $40 or more per hour. Maybe everyone would be better off doing something they love - and hoping that it pays the bills - always remembering business is very self serving these days. David Meyer
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NOTICE TO SUMP PUMP OWNERS Pursuant to By-law 2007-03, please take notice of the following prohibitions:
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No person shall drain any pool, ice rink or sump water within the Municipality of the Township of Mapleton other than in compliance with the provisions of this by-law. No person shall drain or permit the drainage of any pool, ice rink or sump pump in such a manner as to cause flooding to any adjoining property including property owned by the municipality. All drainage shall be directed by means of pipes or hoses directly to the side or rear yard of the property and from there to the sewer or, to a drainage ditch or swale in the property. Where water is drained to a drainage ditch or swale, the water flow shall be restricted so as to prevent flooding onto a roadway or to cause icing of the roadway.
PENALTIES AND CONDITIONS: Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine as set out in the Provincial Offences Act. ($5,000.00 for first offence).
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COUNCIL DATES Tuesday, November 08, 2011 7:00 p.m. - Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, November 22, 2011 1:00 p.m. - Regular Meeting of Council
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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society The Dilemma of Success The Mapleton Historical Society’s purpose is “recognizing, documenting, preserving and sharing the local heritage and culture of our area, to further the continuing awareness and appreciation of that heritage by the present and future generations.” Many generous people of the community have donated documents, newspapers, scrapbooks, photos and other articles to the Mapleton collection. At the present time the society has a small space at
the Drayton Library where its archivist and her committee catalogue and store those donations. This limited space prohibits the storing of larger items. A large display case in the main room of the Drayton Library gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the collection as well as items from private collections. As volunteers we have limited knowledge about the conservation of those documents, papers, photos and articles. There is no venue for sharing
the collection with the general public except for the display case in the library or by appointment with a member of the archival committee. The Wellington County Museum and Archives opened a new state-of-the-art facility in June 2010. This facility has atmospheric control for storage, equipment to digitalize records and computers to access those records. The facility is open regular hours, and the archivist and curator and their staff are available to assist anyone wanting
to research the records or view the displays. It became apparent to the directors of the Mapleton Historical Society that we may not be able to establish a separate facility, staffed and open to the public on a regular basis. Therefore, we have had talks with the staff at the Wellington County Museum and Archives about working together to preserve and store items in the Mapleton collection. The Mapleton Historical Society and the Wellington County Museum and Archives
have reached an agreement whereby original pictures, documents and other items will be deposited with the Wellington County Museum and Archives and catalogues as the “Mapleton Collection”. Copies of pictures, documents, etc. will be kept by the Mapleton Historical Society to be used in its displays, to illustrate newsletters and articles and to share information with the general public. As well, the society may borrow items for a period of time to be used in any display
maintained by the society. The directors of the society feel we have been able to reach a workable compromise to ensure items of historical interest from Mapleton are preserved, stored and shared with the general public. The Mapleton Historical Society will continue to seek donations and will continue to engage the public’s interest in historical events and matters by way of exhibits, displays, meetings, news articles and special events. submitted by Jean Campbell
Learn about trees from experts at Oct. 28 workshop MAPLETON TWP. - On its 10th anniversary, Trees for Mapleton is holding its fifth annual hands-on tree care workshop. Organizers of the event, which is set for Oct. 28 at Samis Farms outside of Drayton, are expecting lots of people to learn about trees from the experts. The day is free and includes lunch and a tour of two farms where trees have been planted. It also features information about the Trees for Mapleton program, how to get help developing a tree planting plan at no cost, and how to get financial assistance for the trees. Then, most importantly, it provides information on why to plant trees, where to plant them and how to look after them. There is also a pruning workshop. Trees for Mapleton has been dedicated to planting trees because current tree cover in the township is under 10 per cent, and it is even as low as three to four per cent in some areas. That is a long way from the 30 per cent forest cover recommended by Environment Canada for a healthy watershed. Mapleton Township has some of the lowest tree cover in the Grand River watershed due to its highly productive agricultural land and the hard working farming history, said Myles Henderson, Trees for Mapleton coordinator. By adding trees as buffers along streams, living snow fences, shelter belts around
homes and farm buildings, and wind breaks along farms tree cover would increase by 20 per cent and farm yields could go up. So far, Trees for Mapleton has more than 160 property owners planting trees, but there is room for more. One of the first of those was Paul Day, who has planted 20,000 to 25,000 trees on his property since 1974 and said he still has room for more. It is the economic factors that are the most convincing for many landowners, including Day. “Trees are a production tool, just like seeds, soil drainage and machinery,” he said. For example, the price of heating and powering barns may vary, but a $40,000 heating bill for a barn each year is common. Trees around that barn can cut those costs by 25 per cent. “We’re up against emerald ash borer. It is biting at our heels and taking trees out,” said Day, who is also chairman of
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The best costume This is a time of year when many people dress up and go door to door imitating a hero, or a ghost or a goblin. Some people like the really ghastly, like having an axe and gooey blood dripping from their foreheads, while others prefer the costume of a superhero, a politician, a movie star or an historical figure. The Bible tells us that as
Christians we are to dress up as well, and the person we are to imitate is Jesus Christ. Don’t be surprised then if you see a lot of Christians coming to your door this year dressed as Jesus. (1 Thessalonians1: 6 “You became imitators of us and the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”) Of course the Bible isn’t talking about Halloween costumes, it is saying that everyday we should look like Jesus.
That doesn’t mean that we dress in old fashioned first century robes or try to imagine what Jesus looked like and produce “Jesus look alike” masks, but it does mean that we should show the character of Jesus in all we do. What would that look like? St. Paul, writing to the early Christians, urged them to “be imitators of me just as I am an imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Later he describes what those who have the Spirit of Jesus will look like.
He says: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Wouldn’t it be great if all Christians were a living image of Jesus? What a different world it would be. Paul says “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians3:27). Just like on Halloween some costumes we put on are a lot more authentic than others, the witness of Christians imi-
tating Christ can be of differing quality. Sometimes people go to the door and the person handing out the candy asks, “And who are you suppose to be?” Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived full of Christ’s grace and truth, so when people saw us they’d say: “Oh, you’re Jesus aren’t you.” That is how Christ intended us to be and when we do it the world will become transformed into the kingdom of God. Once I heard a preacher ask his congregation this question: “If it were against the law
to be a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Happily there are thousands of Christians who everyday live life to the full in imitation of Jesus but there are still many of us that others don’t see the image of Christ in very clearly. Let us on this All Saints Day (All hallows eve, also called Halloween) be more committed than ever in presenting a good image of Jesus so that all the world will want to imitate Him ever day in their lives too.
Drayton Entertainment unveils ‘Paintertainment’ at St. Jacobs theatre ST. JACOBS - For one night only, Nov. 8, Drayton Entertainment’s popular Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs will be transformed into a painter’s studio as renowned Kitchener-Waterloo artist Peter Etril Snyder takes to the stage for Paintertainment, a rare glimpse into the process of creating a masterpiece. This event should provide plenty of laughter as everyone’s favourite emcee, Neil Aitchison, plans to add strokes of colour to the evening with anecdotes and stories, while Snyder delves into the world of art armed with only a blank
canvas and some brushes. Together, these two performers tap into their imagination for an evening of Paintertainment. “Peter and Neil are a genuine dynamic duo,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “They are utterly engaging co-hosts, and this event is a wonderful opportunity to see a professional artist at work. We are very excited to present this one-of-a-kind event, which will appeal to everyone, whether you have an artistic bent, or not.” Ticket holders for this
fundraiser for Drayton Entertainment’s charitable programs will be offered a wine and cheese reception where they will have the opportunity to mix and mingle, and meet the hosts. At the end of the night, each ticket will be entered into a draw to win the painting created by Snyder that evening before their very eyes. Snyder retired from a long and immensely successful career in 2009, when he closed
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hand in the community and for the past 10 years he has created a new artwork each year in order to raise awareness for KidsAbility. Throughout his career he was also involved with many community organizations including Mosaic Counselling and Family Services, The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival and Pride Stables to name a few. Paintertainment takes place on Nov. 8 at 7:30pm
at the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs. With limited seating capacity, those interested in attending this unique event are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information contact the Drayton Entertainment box office at 519-638-5555. For a more on Snyder’s history, involvement in the community and his works of art visit www.snyder-gallery.com.
Federal government supporting green agriculture GUELPH - Farmers will benefit from a partnership between the federal government, industry and universities across Canada to enhance producer profitability through green agriculture technologies.
On Oct. 13, parliamentary secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced spending of nearly $4 million for the University of Guelph to study and develop on-farm
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the doors to his Waterloo gallery. Snyder’s work is known for highlighting the Mennonite community and the local countryside, along with picturesque scenes from his extensive travels. In June 2011, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Arts Awards of Waterloo Region in recognition for his work and contribution to the community. Snyder continues to lend a
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economic returns. The second will focus on agroforestry, and look at tree-based inter-cropping, a European agricultural practice that incorporates trees onto the farm to reduce emissions and increase a farm’s profit potential. Funding is through the agricultural greenhouse gases program, a five-year, $27-million initiative.
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Alma alteration - Included in the UGDSB’s $90-million capital plan to make room for new full-day kindergarten (FDK) students is a $250,000 renovation at Alma Public School. That project, expected to be completed for the 2013-14 school year, involves expanding one existing classroom into an FDK room. photo by
Maryborough metamorphosis - The school board has proposed spending $300,000 at Maryborough Public School in Moorefield to renovate two existing classrooms into one FDK room and a seminar room. The changes should be completed for the 2014-15 school year. photo by Wilma Mol
No plans - There are no capital plans proposed by the board for Drayton Heights Public School, which first introduced FDK last year. Officials expect there to be enough capacity at the school for some time to accommodate the new students. photo by Wilma Mol
Centre Peel conversion - At Centre Peel Public School, the board has proposed a $950,000 addition to be completed for the 2014-15 school year. The work will involve expanding one classroom into an FDK room and adding three additional classrooms. photo by Wilma Mol
New buildings in Rockwood, Centre Wellington part of $90-million plan FROM PAGE ONE more fierce across the province. That prompted one woman in the audience to ask if any schools or communities can or will fundraise to help cover capital costs. Scinocca replied some communities have fundraised for items like playgrounds, but not for capital projects. “The responsibility to build school rests with taxpayers and the provincial government, not parents - that’s been the philosophy,” Scinocca said. Another woman asked if local schools or parent councils will be consulted about the changes at each school. “In some cases, yes, and some cases, no,” Scinocca said, adding in many instances the board has no choice about the proposed projects. UGDSB trustee Bruce Schieck said after the Oct. 19
information meeting he has heard no questions or comments about the capital plan from residents in northern Wellington County. “Basically, it’s a nonissue in the north,” Schieck said, noting there are no new schools or boundary reviews proposed in the area he represents (Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North). Trustee Kathryn Cooper, who represents Erin and part of Guelph-Eramosa said she, too, has heard very few questions or concerns from parents. “This isn’t a big growth area at this time,” Cooper said specifically of Erin. She added she is very excited the board will be able to offer spaces to new kindergarten students. Changes proposed in other areas throughout the county include the following. Centre Wellington
The biggest changes proposed in Centre Wellington Township are a boundary review for James McQueen Public School in Fergus, which cannot accommodate any portables, as well as a new public school somewhere in the township. The boundary review is expected to take place next school year to prepare for future changes. The new 19-room, 450-student school is to be built in time for the 2014-15 school year. The preliminary cost estimate is about $7.6-million. “I honestly don’t know where it will go,” Scinocca said, adding UGDSB officials are starting now to look at possible locations for the new school. Once built, the new school would necessitate a boundary review. There will be no capital projects at Elora Public School
or John Black Public School in Fergus. Other changes at Centre Wellington schools include: - Salem: $950,000 to expand one existing classroom for a FDK room and to add two new classrooms (for the 201314 school year) - Victoria Terrace: $575,00 to add one FDK room and minor interior renovations (completed this school year); - Ponsonby: $400,000 to expand two existing classrooms (for 2012-13); - J.D. Hogarth: $225,000 to convert the original lunchroom into a FDK room (2014-15); and - James McQueen: $300,000 to renovate three existing classroom into two FDK rooms. Erin There are no capital changes proposed for Erin Public School. At Brisbane, the board
Conservation Officers urge safe hunting WELLINGTON CTY. Despite unseasonably warm weather across most of Ontario, fall is upon us and with fall comes the time for thousands of Ontario residents to participate in a wide variety of hunting trips throughout the province. The Ontario Conservation Officers Association reminds anyone venturing outdoors this fall to be aware of the dangers of an emergency in a remote location. Even the most experienced outdoors enthusiasts often forget to adequately plan their
activities before heading out. The OCOA offers the following basic advice to hunters: - tell someone the destination and a return time; - dress appropriately since fall weather can change without warning; - carry basic survival equipment at all times; matches, a compass, a whistle, and a survival blanket could save your life; and - know abilities and limitations - don’t put yourself at risk. “Every fall, our members are required to assist with the
rescues of people who find themselves in danger due to their lack of preparation”, says OCOA president Mike Duncan. People who hunt on or near water in the fall should take extra precautions. Bodies lose heat approximately 25 times faster in water than in air of the same temperature. The OCOA joins the Canadian Safe Boating Council in partnership with the National Search and Rescue Secretariat to remind Canadians to take a few extra precautions to guard against the dangers of a fall
into cold water. - always wear a life jacket; don’t just have it with you but wear it; and - if the boat capsizes, stay with the boat and try to get as far out of the water as possible. “I plan to hunt this fall - and by planning ahead I’ll be able to do so safely. I encourage everyone to do the same,” concluded Duncan. Anyone looking for more information regarding safe hunting and boating is asked to visit www.ocoa.ca or www. SmartBoater.ca.
plans to spend about $100,000 to renovate one room into an FDK room (2012-13). And at R.R. MacKay it proposes about $200,000 to renovate two existing classrooms into one FDK room and a seminar room (2014-15). Guelph-Eramosa The board plans to spend about $300,000 at Eramosa Public School to renovate one existing classroom and part of a staff room into an FDK room (2014-15). There are no capital plans for Rockwood Centennial school, which may come as a surprise to some considering the school is full now and the population of the village is expected to grow over the next several years. “We don’t really have a case for a new school for Rockwood yet,” Scinocca said. However, the long-term plan is to have two schools in Rockwood, he added, alluding to proposed new development in the village’s south end. For the 2014-15 school year, the UGDSB has proposed a new $2.8-million “early learning centre” in Rockwood that will include a 2,400 squarefoot play area and six classrooms for about 150 junior and senior kindergarten students. Scinocca said he envisions the centre eventually being expanded in the future to a full-size elementary school. He opined the proposal may be attractive to the province because that new school would be about half the cost of building one from scratch. However, he admitted the ministry doesn’t yet have early
learning centres on its radar. Dennis Cuomo, UGDSB’s planning manager, said the new Rockwood centre would not require a boundary review, but the board would host information meeting for affected parents. If built, all kindergarten students would attend the centre and those in grades 1 to 8 would attend the township’s two existing schools. Minto Capital plans at Minto schools include $200,000 to renovate two classrooms into one FDK room and a seminar room at Minto-Clifford school (done this year). At Palmerston school, the board proposes spending about $175,000 to expand one classroom into an FDK room (201213). Puslinch At Aberfoyle Public School the capital project will include $300,000 to renovate a classroom and corridor into an FDK room for 2012-13. Wellington North Proposed capital plans at Wellington North schools include: - Kenilworth: $400,000 to expand one existing classroom into one FDK room (2014-15); - Arthur: $575,000 for renovations to expand one classroom into an FDK room and to add one new classroom (already completed); and - Victoria Cross: $175,000 to expand one classroom into an FDK room (already completed). For more information on the capital and boundary review plans visit www.ugdsb.on.ca.