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Mayor, finance director critical of past councils’ budget decisions By Aryn Strickland

Ringing in the new year in Minto Family fun - Hundreds attended the third annual Minto Fire and Ice Family New Year’s Celebration at the Palmerston arena on Dec. 31. While rain forced cancellation of most outdoor events, fireworks went ahead as scheduled and there were plenty of indoor activities. ABOVE: Enjoying some free ice time were, from left: Graham, Laura and Leah Baillie and Elija Kaufman. BELOW: From left: Beth, Chloe and Mike Dobson tried out some of the games in the auditorium. BOTTOM: The event wrapped up with an impressive fireworks display. Photos by Patrick Raftis

MAPLETON - During a Jan. 3 budget meeting Mapleton council discussed placing the minimum 2019 tax rate increase at zero per cent and the tax levy increase at 7.8%. If the draft is accepted, it will mark the first time in the last four years Mapleton will not have a double-digit levy increase, according to councillor Michael Martin. Adjusting the levy increase to 7.8% from the 3.75% originally proposed by finance director John Morrison, means raising an additional $298,000 in taxes. Council agreed that money should be used to increase reserve funds if the draft budget is approved. “In order to fund the capital budget over the next 10 years, we are going to see or must see an average increase in the reserves of about 9.3% per year,� Morrison said. “Otherwise we may not be able to fund the capital projects as we move forward.� The capital budget for 2019 is projected at $6,015,315. However, it includes projects carried over from the 2018 budget, which was set at $13.6 million.

“You didn’t have $13.6 million in the reserve, you didn’t go out and fund it, you didn’t get grants, you didn’t properly account for it,� said Morrison. He added current staff had to revise the previous budget and finish the projects the township could afford before looking at projects for 2019. Given Morrison’s explana-

ing sources. So yes, it’s in the budget ‌ in reality we didn’t have the money for it but we weren’t going to spend it unless we got the money anyway,â€? Martin said. CAO Manny Baron added that the previous council was at times working with flawed reports that included the wastewater rate study. “That is why in 2019 we

‘The way I look at it ... council was given a rainbow and a pot of gold ... In reality, they were given quicksand and we all sunk.’

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tion, Mayor Gregg Davidson said, “The way I look at it, last term of council, council was given a rainbow and a pot of gold ‌ In reality they were given quicksand and we all sunk to the bottom.â€? One of three returning councillors, Martin attempted to shed some light on the 2018 budget. “To be fair to the 2018 staff and council, over $7 million dollars of that was water and wastewater which is included in that $13 million capital budget which was always contingent on fund-

are re-doing the asset management plan, we are re-doing the roads needs study, we are re-doing the wastewater rate study,� he said. “We are trying to find new ways of financing; we are progressively seeking grants to try to reset ourselves and give us a new starting point where we can properly plan over the 10 years, and properly set tax rates.� Based on current budget projections, the largest share of township expenditures goes towards roads and sidewalks: about $3.1 million, or

52% of the total budget. Wastewater and sewers is the next largest item, at just over $1 million or 17.8% of the capital budget. “Salary and wages currently represents about a third of our budget,� said Morrison. It was also one of the items with the largest variances from 2018 to 2019. The main reason for the variance is the two new staff positions added this year: a deputy clerk and a planning clerk. It is projected salaries and wages will account for $3.5 million in the 2019 budget. Council and staff then discussed the draft capital budget item by item looking for areas to reduce costs. One area identified was Christmas street lights for Glen Allan and Rothsay, which came in at $35,000 on the budget. Council agreed to remove this item from the draft budget as neither of the areas have main streets or a lot of businesses. The draft budget was to be presented during another public meeting on Jan. 10 at 7pm in the municipal building at 7275 Sideroad 16. The budget is expected to be approved by the end of January.

2018: The Year in Review By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON The Community News would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 2019, as we take a look back on an eventful year in 2018. The following is just a small sample of the news that made headlines in Mapleton Township in the past 12 months. January Recently-released 2016 census data revealed Mapleton had the lowest unemployment rate in Wellington County. Mapleton had the lowest unemployment rate (2.6%) and GuelphEramosa had the highest at 5.1%. All municipalities were under the provincial unemployment rate of 7.4% and federal unemployment rate of 7.7%. Mapleton stats: - 2.6% unemployment rate;



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- 6.4% unemployment rate among people 15 to 24; - 26.4% self employed; - 28.7% of workforce working part time; and - 49.2% working full time. Mapleton Township announced the hiring of Manny Baron as its new chief administrative officer at a special meeting on Jan. 3. Baron, who was CAO/clerk for the Town of Petrolia for the previous five-plus years, replaced acting CAO Murray Clarke, who was appointed on Nov. 7, 2017. Clarke was appointed to fill in after previous CAO Brad McRoberts resigned in October of 2017 to take a position with another municipality. Township council passed a 2018 budget with a 3.2 per cent increase in the local tax rate. When blended with projected county and education taxes, the increase totals 1.27 per cent, explained finance

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director Karman Krueger at the Jan. 9 meeting. The Mapleton budget calls for local expenditures of about $11.6 million, compared to just over $10.8 million budgeted in 2017. After factoring in revenues of about $4.25 million, the projected 2018 tax levy of $7.36 million is up by about $697,000 or 10.4% from the budgeted 2017 levy of roughly $6,661,000. Jacobus (Jim) de Bock was one of 11 Ontarians to receive the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in a ceremony in Toronto on Jan. 17. De Bock, 74, was heralded by the province as “a dedicated member of the Alma Optimist Club and a former public school teacher, who uses creative recreational activities to promote youth development and the importance of healthy, active lifestyles.�

February Tin can curling, one of the first events organized by the Moorefield Optimists 49 years ago, returned to the community on Feb. 3. The 2018 Moorefield Optimist Tin Can Curling Bonspiel was held at the club’s outdoor rink in Moorefield. Members of the community worked hard making ice for the bonspiel. Ten teams competed, with proceeds supporting children’s activities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington (BBBSNW) kicked off its largest annual fundraising event, Bowl for Kids Sake, on Feb. 11. The Minto and Mapleton community bowling day coincided with the kickoff at the Mount Forest Bowling Centre. Campaign co-ordinator Teri Dykeman said 178 bowlers raised a total of $11,302 at the event. SEE 2018  3

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Mapleton-Minto 81’s seventh heading into stretch run By Patrick Raftis PALMERSTON – The MapletonMinto 81’s sit in seventh place in the 14-team Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior loop following action last weekend. After dropping a 6-5 decision to the ninth place Rock in Elora, and losing 3-2 to the Petrolia Squires, the team fell to a 9-7-0-2 record, for 21 points on the

season. That leaves the local squad 14 behind the league-leading Clinton Radars, but only one behind the Squires and Shelburne Muskies, who sit tied for fifth. Centre Adam Kawalec leads the 81’s in scoring with 32 points (15 goals and 17 assists), followed by Austin Gaboury (four goals and 17 assists), Riley O’Connell (12 goals and nine assists),

Wade Pfeffer (four goals and 15 assists), Colin Hartwick (10 goals and six assists) and Brady Anderson (five goals and 10 assists). The team’s next action is set for Jan 12 at 7:30pm in Lucknow against the Lancers, followed by a Jan. 19 home tilt against Tillsonburg at 4pm. The Mapleton-Minto 81’s host the Elora Rock at 2pm on Jan. 20 to wrap up the regular season.

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Hitting the ice Shinny session - Luke McCarey, left, and Jake McLeod were among those enjoying a Christmas break shinny session at the Harriston arena on Jan. 4. Photo by Patrick Raftis

WELLINGTON COUNTY Wellington County OPP officials say local police continually strive to make the roads safe for everyone. “This holiday season, with the help and support of the public, we’ve made a positive impact,” OPP officials state in a Jan. 2 press release announcing the results of the local Festive RIDE Campaign. During the campaign there were 193 reported collisions; eight involved drug or alcohol usage, 167 property-damageonly collisions, 25 personal-injury collisions, and one fatal collision. OPP conducted 110 separate RIDE checks throughout Wellington County, and more than 6,000 drivers were engaged. As a result, 28 drivers were charged with impaired driving offences (including refusal to provide a sample) and 43 more received warning range suspensions (50-80mg/100mL blood). Last year, the Festive RIDE Campaign

results included: over 100 RIDE checks, 27 impaired/breath sample refusal charges and 34 warning range suspensions. While conducting this year’s RIDE programs officers also investigated traffic and cannabis offences. This resulted in four drivers being charged with driving while suspended, 20 cannabis charges, three probation breach charges and nine drug charges. “Choosing to drive while impaired is choosing to put lives at risk and that is unacceptable,” said Wellington County OPP Inspector Scott Lawson. “Our motivation has been, and will continue to be, to improve the safety and security of everyone in Wellington County. This is a big part of why Wellington County OPP is able to take pride in being a provincial leader in road safety through enforcement - a role we’re planning on maintaining into the future.”

Across the province the OPP conducted a total of 10,270 RIDE events, laying 539 impaired charges (135 in the OPP’s West Region) and issuing 384 warning range suspensions (110 in the West Region). During last year’s Festive RIDE Campaign (2017-18), the OPP conducted 9,830 RIDE stops across Ontario, laid 587 impaired charges and issued 366 warning range suspensions. The Wellington County OPP press release states police are thanking “all who helped keep our roads a little safer this holiday season by choosing not to drive impaired and calling 911 if they suspected someone else was putting lives at risk and driving while impaired.” Police are also reminding drivers new legislation “has clarified rules and stiffened penalties for the serious driving offences of impaired and distracted driving.”

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January 18 - Drayton Legion monthly Euchre, 15 Elm Street, 7:30pm. No experience necessary. All welcome. January 19 - Jamming at the Drayton Legion, 15 Elm Street, 2pm. Join us for an afternoon of entertainment. January 25 - Welllington County Cattlemen’s annual general meeting, Alma Bible Church. Trade show & social 5pm, dinner 5:45pm, $25 complete roast beef dinner, $10 with Cty 4-H beef member. Pre-register by January 11, 519-843-5083. January 30 - Friendship Circle at the Palmerston United Church, 10am, presented by the Seniors Centre for Excellence. Coffee, Tea and cookies will be served while the conversation flows. Plan to attend. February 1 - Palmerston Farmers’ Market Trivia Night, Palmerston Legion. Sign-up: 7:30pm, trivia: 8-10pm. Teams of 2-6, all ages welcome. 4 rounds of random trivia. For more info contact Luke at 519-497-4559. February 6 - Drayton Rotary Club meeting every first Wed. of the month. Meet at Drayton Chop House: supper 6pm, meeting 6:30pm. All welcome. Info: Lorrie 519-998-2154. March 1 - Join us for a night of clean comedy with Jimmy Boyle & coffee house. Doors open: 7pm, Show starts: 8pm. Tickets: $15, call Drayton Reformed Church, 519-638-2035 x21.

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Diners enjoy musical program in Clifford By Bonnie Whitehead CLIFFORD - Seniors Centre for Excellence program coordinator Helen Edwards invited Mary Cain to offer grace before the meal on Dec. 21 at the Knox United Church in Clifford. Donna Gingrich and helpers Victoria Remuga and Mary Cain served glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, buttered carrots, cranberry walnut salad, cheese rolls, fruit salad, Christmas squares and cookies. Maryanne Holst presented a musical program filled with familiar family favourites from Christmases long ago. She introduced each carol with the year and which artist sang it

most famously, starting with Winter Wonderland from 1934. She invited everyone to listen, sing or dance along to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree or Jingle Bell Rock. She finished with Santa Claus is Coming to Town and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and played a special request for Santa Baby. Helen Edwards wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and expressed hope to see everyone back in 2019. The seniors centre dining program is held the third Friday of each month in Clifford. Call 519-638-1000 to reserve a place at the table. Meals are $12, but the programs are free.

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Shriners help hospitals - The Pal Mocha Shrine Club recently donated a total of $30,000 to three local hospitals. Dale Franklin, development officer for Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation; Rick Sinnamon, chair of Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation, and Ron Coghlin, chair of Listowel Hospital Foundation, attended the club’s December meeting and each received a $10,000 cheque to be applied to equipment needed for their respective hospitals. Palmerston will purchase a medicine refrigerator and medicine cart, Mount Forest a laparoscopic camera controller and Listowel a portable bladder scanner. “The Shriners are so proud to support our local hospitals and local children who require special medical treatment,” club officials state. The Pal Mocha Shriners, with members from Palmerston, Mount Forest, Harriston, Listowel, Wingham, Drayton and surrounding area, also support the Shriners Hospital in Montreal, a burn hospital for children. ABOVE FROM LEFT: Club president Ron Faulkner presented cheques to, Franklin, Sinnamon and Coghlin. Submitted photos

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Township council awarded the contract for design and administration of construction of a water tower for Drayton to R.J. Burnside and Associates Consulting Engineers. At the Feb. 13 meeting, council waived the township’s procurement procedure and authorized staff to contract Burnside to do the work for $459,000. In a staff report, public works director Sam Mattina indicated sole sourcing the engineering assignment to Burnside will result in significant time savings. March “Owen’s First Heartiversary” on Feb. 19 at the PMD arena featured skating, face painting, children’s activities, a silent auction, photo booth and more. Proceeds went to Sick Kids Hospital (Labatt Family Heart Centre), with Scotia Bank matching 100% of donations up to $5,000. Over $13,000 was raised. The event was a celebration of the oneyear anniversary of Drayton youth Owen Drost’s life saving open heart surgery. He was four months old at the time of the surgery. The Seniors Centre for Excellence in Drayton hosted a shuffleboard “Try It” and registration event at the PMD arena on March 1. The Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association hosted its annual

January - The 2nd annual PA Day Stuffie Sleepover began on Jan. 26 at the Drayton library. The event was held to celebrate Family Literacy Day on Jan 27. Leah Frey of Stirton and her stuffie, Star, were among the participants. Community News file photo pancake breakfast and safety day on March 3 at the Alma Community Centre. Guest speakers at the Seniors’ Centre for Excellence’s first International Women’s

Day Luncheon reflected on equality, empowerment and changes women make in the community. The luncheon, on March 8 at the Palmerston United Church, featured Janice Benson and Brenda

Rawlings from the Raw Carrot and Sharon Lewis of 100 Women Who Care Guelph. The RBC bank in Moorefield was the site of an armed robbery on March

13. Wellington County OPP officials reported two males wearing disguises entered the bank and stole cash. Police said one of the suspects was carrying a handgun and the suspects escaped in a vehicle that may have been driven by a third person. The township filled two key staff positions, CAO Manny Baron reported at the March 13 meeting. John Morrison will be the township’s new finance director/treasurer. Baron also advised council Trish Wake will be joining the township as economic development coordinator. April The Mapleton Splash Pad will come to fruition in 2018, thanks to a capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The Drayton Kinette and Rotary Clubs were successful in securing $150,000 from the OTF in order to purchase and install splash pad equipment. The announcement comes after more than three years of fundraising and hard work by the Mapleton Splash Pad Committee. Maryborough Public School Grades 4, 5 and 6, recently hosted the Mapleton Shuffleboard League during gym classes. The Seniors’ Centre for Excellence encourages inter-generational activities whenever and wherever it can. Participants from the

league volunteered their time and expertise to promote to students an activity they are enthusiastic about. Ena Petty, John Luth and Mary Miller offered their coaching skills on April 13. “It is proven that engaging seniors in the community, especially with youth, reduces ageism, which in turn reduces elder abuse,” noted seniors centre coordinator Helen Edwards. Council received a rare surprise: a bridge project with a surplus larger than the tendered cost. At the April 24 meeting, Mapleton council awarded a tender for replacement of a culvert on Sideroad 19 to Kurtis Smith Excavating Inc. for the tender price of $208,000 plus HST. A report from public works director Sam Mattina notes $570,000 was allocated to the project in the 2018 capital budget, resulting in a surplus of $360,000. Wellington County awarded the contract to install a roundabout at Teviotdale to The Murray Group on April 26. Council approved a roads committee recommendation to award the tender for the work at the intersection of Wellington Roads 109, 123 and 7 to the Mapleton-based contractor. Tenders ranged from the Murray Group bid of $1,624,627 excluding HST to a high of $1,842,989 from Guelph-based Cox Construction. SEE 2018 » 5

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Memorial donations - Minto Minor Hockey (MMH) Day was held on Oct. 20 to raise funds for two families within the local hockey association that lost loved ones in tragic accidents during the past year. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses from the community the association was able to raise over $2,400. The funds raised were divided and donated to the More and Hoover families. The More family has chosen to donate its funds to The Isaac Foundation to further research into finding a cure for MPS VI. The Hoover family is going to donate its funds to the Palmerston District Hospital and the Minto Fire Department. LEFT: From left: MMH president Dale Litt with Pam, Jasper, Clayton and Daphnie More. The More family lost Darren More on July 11. RIGHT: From left: Litt and Jessica, Maribeth, Alex and Amanda Hoover. The Hoover family lost Derril Hoover on March 17. Submitted photos

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OPINION: OFA focuses on industry opportunities One year ago, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) unveiled a plan to promote rural economic growth in the province with its Producing Prosperity in Ontario campaign as a focus for the provincial election campaign. OFA’s focus on growing Ontario’s agri-food sector and rural communities has gained momentum throughout the past year, and OFA members are attending the 2018 AGM to continue the conversation and celebrate successes. This year’s AGM theme is an extension of the campaign for rural economic growth – Prosperity Grows Here. The theme celebrates the opportunities Ontario’s agri-food industry and rural communities offer for the economic wellbeing of the entire province. The event runs Nov. 19 to 20 in Hamilton and will draw more than 350 OFA members, industry representa-


Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: An open letter to the residents of Mapleton. As we passed the two-year mark from the day our lives changed forever, I couldn’t help but think back over all the amazing support and love we have received and continue to receive. Jakob’s diagnosis, surgery and treatment was, without doubt, the most challenging time, but we will never forget how surrounded and loved we felt throughout. I have tried to write this letter so many times, but words don’t ever seem to be enough. So, to the amazing staff at the Moorefield Diner, the

tives and government. Keynote speaker and author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, Doug Griffiths will highlight the importance of rural and small communities. There will be leadership elections for two vice president positions and one director-at-large. And five workshops will cover mental wellbeing, technology and data on the farm, succession planning, supporting value-added opportunities and how to influence municipal politicians. All speakers and workshop topics support this year’s event theme and provide learning and interactive opportunities for event attendees. OFA’s continued focus on prosperity stems from successes the organization has seen over the past year. The Producing Prosperity in Ontario theme drove OFA’s provincial election

Mapleton Fire Department Moorefield firefighters and our Kin families - thank you. To our families, friends, neighbors and community who made meals, bought gifts for the boys, and supported us in so many ways, from the bottom of our hearts - thank you! For everything. We are so grateful to live in such a caring and supportive community. Jakob may never fully understand everything that he went through, and what Jennifer Richardson our family endured, but we Sales will make sure he knowsRepresentative how Jennifer Richardson Richardson Jennifer Richardson Jennifer amazing our community is. Sales Representative Representative Jennifer Richardson Jennifer Richardson Sales Representative Sales 519-635-7113 226-818-HOME(4663) Erica Klaassen, for Sales Representative Sales Representative John Henry, Jakob and 519-635-7113 226-818-HOME(4663) 519-635-7113 519-635-7113 226-818-HOME(4663) 226-818-HOME(4663) Benjamin, Mapleton 519-635-7113 226-818-HOME(4663)

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February - Among those helping to kick off the 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser on Feb. 11 were, from left: Minto Mayor George Bridge, Mapleton councillor Dennis Craven, Teri White (constituency assistant to Perth-Wellington MP John Nater), Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox and Wellington County councillor David Anderson. Community News file photo

July - Kiddie Kicker Timbits Soccer in Drayton had its last session on July 19 at the fairgrounds in Drayton. Over 120 youngsters enjoyed weeks of fun learning new soccer skills, playing games, eating snacks, playing mini-soccer games and making new friends. “The excitement in the air each week was palpable as the players came with their parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. Their coaches had fun, too,” officials noted. Drayton Minor Soccer is planning to run the program again in 2019. ABOVE: Members of the Orange squad in action. Submitted photo

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May Strong winds, with gusts estimated at up to 120km/h, struck the area on May 4, downing trees and power lines, damaging property, blocking roads and leaving area residents without power. Some residents in the Alma area were without power from 3:30pm on May 4 until 4pm on May 6 after a hydro pole snapped on the 12th Line near Wellington Road 12, damaging a transformer. Across the province the storm caused widespread damage and three deaths - two Milton men and a Hamilton resident. Mapleton council removed plans for two windows in a bid to keep costs down on the Maryborough Community Centre renovation project. At the May 8 meeting, council was presented with a recommendation from public works director Sam Mattina to approve an additional expenditure of about $43,605 plus HST to complete the project, to be funded from surplus funds from 2018 bridge and culvert capital projects. Council agreed to eliminate the front windows, saving roughly $11,500 and approved the remaining additional expenses totaling about $32,000. Construction of a new splash pad at ABC Park in Drayton was set to get underway after township council agreed to provide about $31,000 needed to complete the project. Mapleton coun-

cil held a special meeting on March 27 with members of the Mapleton Splash Pad Committee on May 15 to discuss project finances and the committee’s request for funds to assist with hooking up the pad to utilities. June ATVs and other off-road vehicles won’t be allowed on municipal land here, but the township will otherwise stick to existing provincial regulations regarding their use. The township had explored the idea of implementing an ATV bylaw since the summer of 2017. MPP Randy Pettapiece was elected for the third time in Wellington’s northern riding. Results in PerthWellington mirrored the overall results in the June 7 provincial election, though the Progressive Conservative incumbent received even stronger support (50.7 per cent) than his party overall under leader Doug Ford (40.6%). Mapleton council is considering a proposal to create a cannabis production and

warehouse facility in the Drayton Industrial Park. On June 12, council authorized CAO Manny Baron to negotiate with the Autobahn Group for the purchase of the land and for details of location within the industrial park and to work with Wellington County on required zoning amendments. July A new Made in Mapleton Pop Up Shop officially opened on July 5. The downtown Drayton store was set up to sell locally-crafted items, baking, produce and other unique offerings on a consignment basis. The venture, a collaboration with the Mapleton Chamber of Commerce, is a pilot project designed to cover costs. The store closed down at the end of the summer and the project is under review. The renovated Maryborough Community Centre was officially reopened with an open house on July 12. The $800,000 renovation project on the 51-yearold hall was completed with the assistance of provincial

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going to be shovels in the ground in Mapleton, hopefully as early as this fall,” said Mayor Neil Driscoll at the Aug. 14 township council meeting. Consulting engineers EXP Services Inc., the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), the MOECC and Mapleton staff had worked collectively over the last several years to acquire approval for a capacity re-rating of the wastewater treatment system from 750 to 900 cubic metres per day. The Wellington Federation of Agriculture (WFA) wants Ontario residents, especially politicians,

municipal election. A $10,000 reward was offered for information on a bank robbery here earlier this year, as well as several other similar crimes being investigated by the OPP. On March 13, two suspects entered an RBC branch in Moorefield wearing disguises and left with a quantity of cash. August The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) approved a re-rating of the local wastewater treatment plant, paving the way to end a decades-long development freeze in Drayton and Moorefield. “Finally there’s

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Meet God Our Father II Wrapped I am engulfed with the disposition and incredible nature of my Father. I am the object of his joy and he is the reason for mine. He is my “I AM” (Ex. 3:14): the maker and fulfillment of every passion, dream and romance. He made the laughter that comes out of me and he is the source of every good desire I have. He is the creator of all pleasure and the joy in all enjoyment. He is my satisfaction. He is the goal of all I seek and the supply of all I long for. Everything that satisfies me is in him. He is the person in my dreams, the riches I possess, the joy that is mine and the true love that I crave. His “unfailing love surrounds [me].” (Ps. 32:10) I


to know farming is “producing prosperity” in the province. A delegation led by Wellington North beef farmer Ruby Lennox addressed Mapleton council on Aug. 14 and offered to consult with the municipality on farmrelated issues. “Farming is a major business, a major part of your tax revenue here,” Lennox noted. “What we want to do is work with council because a lot of change is coming forward.” Mapleton council declined a proposal from a trucking company to purchase land in the Drayton Industrial Park for a cannabis processing plant. Council made the decision on Aug. 28 following a closed session discussion about the Autobahn Freight Lines proposal. The Brampton-based trucking service, which according to its website primarily hauls regular and hazmat truck loads from Canada and the U.S., entered negotiations with the township in June. September Organizers report the 2018 Drayton Terry Fox Run was a huge success once again, as 174 participants and 12 volunteers braved the heat on Sept. 16. Over $16,000 was raised at the event. Since its inception the Drayton Terry Fox Run has raised over $490,000. Mapleton Township’s Tate Driscoll, 17, was crowned 2018-19 Princess

am engulfed with everything that he is. My prevailing tendencies, moods and inclinations come from his presence. My temperament and makeup come out of his disposition. When I act, I have the power to act fully and freely according to the resources which he supplies. I can do all things because I do all things according to the power he transfers to me. At peace I am at peace and complete, since he has become my bounty. And, having his serenity of mind and tranquility within me, my relationships will prosper. I do not need to scream and stomp my feet. I never need to defend myself or lash out with revenge. I never need to get even. Struggle and contention is totally unnecessary, because everything I need I have in him. I am a beneficiary of my

Father’s “kindness, forbearance and patience.” (Rom.2:4) He is steadfast, constant and dedicated to me. Without wavering, he loves me, pursues me, and gives me ample room to make mistakes and be fickle. He is eternally committed to ensuring that I finish well. His “love is better than life” (Ps. 63:3). Saturated with his personality, I am enabled with his kindness. He is my well of integrity, generosity, honesty, excellence and consideration. His nature at work within me has become my exclusive source of fairness, tenderness, courteousness and civility. To be in Christ and to have Christ living in me allows me to possess a character that is beyond what I can ever hope to gain by my own efforts. His Spirit in me is my source of everything necessary. I am empowered with his virtuous and kind character.

His excellence, decency, dignity, innocence and perfection are mine to draw from. He is practically liberal, always appropriate and incomparably generous. Fervent devotion I am a target of his covenantal and fervent devotion. His “unfailing love and faithfulness” (Ps. 40:10) establishes the fact that he is dependable in fulfilling his promises and carrying out his word. He is absolutely reliable, constant, and steadfast. When disease inflicts my body I have full assurance in his promise to bring me through to wholeness. When storms rage around me I have great confidence in his steady hand. When my life has been wrecked and torn apart I find unbelievable delight in the truth that he holds me still. The “the humility and gentleness of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:1) is mine. It is mine to run

to when treated harshly and it is mine to draw from when I am tempted to be unkind with others. I am amazed at how his dealings with me are continuously pure, peaceable, full of mercy and goodness, without partiality or hypocrisy, bursting with patience and abundant in mercy. My heavenly Father hems me in, “behind and before.” (Ps. 139:5) I will sit and be still in the storm, I will stand and be strong when offended, and I will run and not grow tired, and I will win, because I am held together by his composure. In him I can master every desire, every passion and every appetite. Perfect Balance I serve a God of perfect balance. • He is emotionally balanced. While his passions are intense and splendid, he is in control, to supply joy when

my balloon has just been popped, or to deliver zeal when my gumption just does not function. • He is intellectually balanced. While his understanding is fully complete in all matters, he does not make me know more than I need to know. Nor does he overwhelm me with burdensome data. • He is willfully balanced. While he has the profound ability to act exceptionally on any occasion, he chooses to do so at my pace and according to my capacity, ensuring that I fulfill my destiny well. The truth is that in Christ I can live vigorously, while at the same time retaining perfect emotional, intellectual and willful balance. This is so because the God of perfect balance lives within me. I am free to feel as he feels, think as he thinks and act as he does.

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of the Furrow during the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM), held Sept. 18 to 22 in Pain Court (Chatham-Kent). “I’m really excited for the year ahead, to represent not only Wellington but the Ontario Plowmen’s Association as well,” said the Grade 12 student at Norwell District Secondary School moments after being crowned. The third annual Journey for Jasper was held at Lions Heritage Park in Palmerston on Sept. 29. About 300 people showed up for the Isaac Foundation fundraiser, turning the park into a sea of orange for the 5km walk/run/ bike event and raising over $51,300. The Isaac Foundation supports research for a cure for MPS, an extremely rare degenerative disease. Jasper More of Palmerston was diagnosed with MPS over seven years ago at the age of two. Organizers at the event are hopeful that within two years there will be a cure. This year’s event was even more impactful for the community because Jasper lost his father, Darren, early this summer in a tragic auto accident. Darren was a leader in the search for a cure for Jasper’s disease. October Cyber security is becoming a major concern for municipalities and the Town of Minto has taken steps to insure against the possibly of hacks, virus attacks


or ransomware incidents. Treasurer Gordon Duff advised council in a report at the Oct. 2 meeting that several municipalities and smallto medium-sized businesses have been attacked through viruses in emails, which cause databases to be seized and encrypted with demands for payment before they can be unlocked (ransomware), as well as fraudulent transfers of funds out of business bank accounts. Gregg Davidson defeated incumbent Mayor Neil Driscoll in the Oct. 22 municipal election. In the only contest for a council position on the local ballot, Davidson, who previously represented Mapleton on Wellington County council, received 1,245 votes to Driscoll’s 801. “I’m so excited by the community voting and electing me to be mayor for the next four years,” said Davidson shortly after the results were announced to a small crowd at the PMD Arena. Incumbent Mayor George Bridge has secured a third term as mayor of Minto, after out-polling challenger Terry Fisk in a rematch of the 2014 mayoral race. The margin this time was closer, as the final unofficial count on Oct. 22 had Bridge ahead of Fisk by a margin of 1,722 to 1,480. In the 2014 election, Bridge topped Fisk at the polls, 1,976 to 1,368.

October - Incumbent Mapleton Mayor Neil Driscoll, left, and challenger Gregg Davidson took questions from a large crowd at the Alma Community Centre on Oct. 11. Community News file photo

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September - Drayton Reformed Church members hosted a Community Block Party in the church parking lot on Sept. 8. The free event was held to help celebrate the church’s “Ministry Kick-off Weekend.” Youngsters enjoyed a train ride at the event and so did driver Hank Ottens. Community News file photo

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