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Manny Baron appointed CAO/clerk for Mapleton By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Mayor Neil Driscoll said Mapleton council is confident in its choice of a new CAO/clerk, despite a controversial exit from his previous position. The 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 past five-plus years, resigned on Nov. 14 in the wake of conflict of interest allegations involving the leasing of property he owned to the municipality. Driscoll said Baron is the right person for the job despite the controversy. “Council is confident that Manny brings the right mix of experience and skill to lead our senior management group to success and to translate council’s vision for the township into solid corporate and fiscal programming,” stated Driscoll in a Jan. 3 press release announcing Baron’s appointment. In a later telephone interview, Driscoll told the Community News council investigated the allegations against Baron prior to the hiring. “Once we heard Manny’s side of the story, and actually we spoke with his mayor (Petrolia Mayor John McCharles) and we got that

New CAO - Mayor Neil Driscoll, left, and members of Mapleton council officially approved the hiring of former Petrolia CAO/clerk Murray Baron as CAO/clerk of Mapleton Township at a special meeting on Jan. 3. Photo by Patrick Raftis side of the story, we believed what Manny told us in the interview and we’re quite confident he’ll do a great job in Mapleton,” said Driscoll. According to published reports, Baron was placed on paid administrative leave in October after a local newspaper, The Independent, reported he had been charging the town rent, and utilities in lieu of rent, on facilities he owns through a numbered company. The town then appointed an investigator, John Fleming, to look into the deal for the properties, which were used by the town for a

youth/seniors centre and a storage area. Baron resigned on Nov. 14, after Fleming’s report was presented to Petrolia town council. Though council declined to make the report public, citing personnel issues, McCharles provided a summary in a Nov. 30 interview with the Postmedia Network. “It dealt (with) the two buildings that Mr. Baron owned and that basically was it … There were no other accusations in the report other than Mr. Baron made an error in judgment and

Ice time - Outdoor rinks in Mapleton were popular spots over the holidays. TOP: Local residents got together for a game of hockey on the Moorefield Optimist rink. ABOVE: Enjoying some ice time at the Alma Optimist Club’s rink, known locally as the“Cow Palace,” on Jan. 4 were, from left: Sophia Wilson, Megan Thalen, Hannah Thalen, Lily Vanderzwaag and Theo Wilson. Photos by Patrick Raftis

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2017: The Year in Review for Mapleton Township By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON The Community News would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 2018, as we take a look back on an eventful year in 2017. The following is just a small sample of the news that made headlines in Mapleton Township in the past 12 months. January The Maryborough Community Centre here will be upgraded with the assistance of provincial grant funding. CAO Brad McRoberts reported at the Jan. 10 meeting the Township of Mapleton was successful in obtaining a grant for upgrades to the facility through the Ontario 150

Community Capital Grant Program. The total project costs were estimated to be $526,000 with $249,800 being funded by the Ontario 150 program and $10,000 being funding through the Wellington County Accessibility Grant Program. The remaining $266,700 will be funded by the municipality. Seasonal operators with the township’s public works department were granted more guaranteed work hours. At the Jan. 10 meeting, council approved a staff recommendation that the standard work week for seasonal operators become 42 hours. In addition to retention and recruitment advantages, the change would provide the public works department with “greater operational

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flexibility to address winter maintenance needs particularly during extended active weather conditions,” a staff report stated. Local farmers mounted a letter writing campaign in an effort to convince Mapleton council not to proceed with a proposal to implement development charges on rural construction. Correspondence received at the Jan. 10 meeting included 14 nearly-identical letters (a few contained hand-written additions) from Mapleton farmers and farm families. Mapleton’s current development charges bylaw includes a 100 per cent exemption for buildings constructed for “a bona fide farm use.” A proposal presented at a public meeting on Oct. 11 would see the exemption

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reduced to 75%. February Quick responses from two local farmers and Mapleton Fire and Rescue prevented what could have been a large loss in the farming community near Drayton. Moorefield and Drayton firefighters responded to a call at 8:23am on Feb. 3 for a structure fire at on the 4th Line of Mapleton Township. “The farm owners had installed ABC fire extinguishers recommended by the Mapleton Fire Department. These extinguishers, along with the quick actions of the farm’s owners and the Mapleton firefighters, saved approximately 90 head housed in the dairy barn,” Fire Chief Rick Richardson said.

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There will be no development charges on farm building construction in Mapleton. At its Feb. 7 meeting, council passed a resolution amending a proposed development charges bylaw update to maintain the status quo on agricultural buildings. Local farmers and leaders of area farm organizations voiced opposition to the proposal at council meetings on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, and the idea was met with nothing but opposition at a public meeting in Moorefield on Jan. 26. Two Drayton youths competed at the national level in synchronized skating and came home with gold medals. Micayla Shantz and Rachel VanAnkum, skating with the Burlington-based Nexxice Intermediate Synchronized

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Club, participated at the Skate Canada National Synchronized Skating Championships in Calgary Feb. 24 to 26. March Residential taxes were increased by about $15 per $100,000 worth of assessment. At a special meeting on March 7, Mapleton council approved a budget that called for expenditures of $9,626,413 in 2017, compared to $8,774,003 budgeted in 2016. The projected tax levy of $6,554,085 was up by $671,849, or about 11.4 per cent from the budgeted 2016 levy of $5,882,236. The budget called for a tax rate increase of 3.3%. The township hired a new director of public works. SEE 2017 » 4

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Scoring surges in Monday night hockey as Drayton, Community record wins MISSIONARY 6 FLORADALE 6 A lone goal in the first period by Pat Landman gave Missionary the early lead and began what looked like a low-scoring game. However a rash of goals in the next two periods kept the scoreboard active. Floradale scored three to take a solid second period lead. Ryan Weber tied the game, with Corey Wideman and Gary Martin giving Floradale the momentary lead. Assists went to Corey Wideman, Willis Martin and Javan Martin. Missionary responded with a pair of goals to tie the game back up. Zack Leslie scored and set up Matt

Burnett for the tying goal. Assists also went to Brady Franklin, Burnett and Devin McGuire. Floradale snuck in one more goal to keep the lead after two periods. Josh Brohman scored the goal, assisted by Greg Martin. Corey Wideman padded the Floradale lead with an unassisted goal to start the third. Zack Leslie took a pass from Scott Vandepas and scored a goal to keep Missionary close. However, Gary Martin sniped a shot to give Floradale the edge again, assisted by Corey Wideman and Tim Martin. With just a couple minutes

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left in the game Missionary stormed back. Zack Franklin scored in the final minutes to bring the team within one. And a rush at the net gave Zack Leslie his hat trick and the tying goal with one second left on the clock. COMMUNITY 6 BETHEL 1 After a scoreless first period, Community took the lead with the only goal in the second. Tony Martin ripped the puck for the goal, assisted by Colin Snyder and Kevin Gingrich. It was five-goal third period that secured the win for Community. Kevin Gingrich started the period with a goal; Kyle Wideman added a pair, with single goals scored by Calvin Martin and Dustin Bults. Assists were earned by Dustin Bults, Gerald Martin, Kevin Gingrich, Calvin Martin, Delmer Frey and Ryco Martin. Bethels’ goal came earlier in the second with Nathan Holland stuffing the puck into the net for an unassisted goal. DRAYTON 7 LISTOWEL 6 One more high scoring game rounded off the busy night. Phil Shantz scored the opening goal and Zach

Gingrich added a pair of goals to give Listowel the first period lead, assisted by Trevor Kuepfer and Brad Gratz. Jessie Hoekstra scored the only Drayton goal in the first, assisted by Colton Hoekstra. Zack Gingrich completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal early in the second to pad a Listowel lead. However a string of three Drayton goals tied the game. Mark Grasman, Jason Mohle, and Darrin Mohle scored the goals, assisted by Eric Deckers (2), Brandon Rumph and Mark Grasman. Listowel responded with a pair of unanswered goals before the period ended to regain the two goal lead. Mike Gingrich and Josh Shantz gave Listowel the lead with the goals, assisted by Curtis Wagler and Zach Gingrich. It was the third period that decided the game, with Drayton storming back for three unanswered goals to steal the win. Jessie Hoekstra started the comeback with a goal. Dave Mulder tied the game, and Colton Hoekstra scored the winning goal. Assisted by Scott Nieuwland, Mike Hessels (2) and Eric Deckers (2).

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MP pleased initiatives included in PC platform PERTH WELLINGTON — Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece says his party’s election platform, the “People’s Guarantee,” which Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown unveiled on Nov. 25, “shows we are ready to form government.” Pettapiece stated in a Dec. 7 press release the PC platform includes tax cuts for the middle class, a refund for childcare expenses, a further 12 per cent cut to hydro bills, investments in mental health, and “measures to restore trust and accountability following years of Liberal scandals.” Pettapiece noted the platform includes three of his own initiatives: protecting firefighters with truss- and lightweight-construction identification; reforming joint and several liability insurance for municipalities; and support for horse racing. “It’s really encouraging to see these included,” Pettapiece said. “It tells me that we are doing something right in Perth-Wellington.” In April 2017, the Ontario

legislature endorsed the Rea and Walter Act, Pettapiece’s private member’s bill, which would mandate commercial, industrial, and many residential buildings to clearly show if they were constructed with lightweight materials. Those buildings burn quicker and pose significant danger to firefighters. That bill was named in honour of North Perth firefighters Ken Rea and Ray Walter, who died in 2011 while fighting a fire in a lightweight-constructed building. “All parties thought [truss and lightweight identification] was a good idea when they supported my bill, but so far, Patrick Brown is the only leader committed to taking it the rest of the way and writing it into law, once and for all,” Pettapiece observed. In 2014, all parties in the Ontario legislature approved Pettapiece’s motion calling on the government to reform Ontario’s joint and several liability insurance system, often blamed for higher insurance premiums for

municipalities. Pettapiece said the Liberal government “later backtracked on its promise, and refused to make any changes.” As his party’s critic for horse racing, Pettapiece has often called on the government to better support the industry and make it viable - especially for smaller tracks and those in rural Ontario who rely on them. “Again, it goes to show we are the only party that understands horse racing,” Pettapiece stated. He said the party would “fix joint and several liability issues - while still ensuring adequate protection for victims, in order to clarify that taxpayer-funded entities can only be held jointly liable when they are truly responsible for negligence.” Pettapiece also stated the PCs will get horse racing back on track by creating a horse racing scratch ticket and reviewing and fixing the sharing agreements between Woodbine and community tracks for off-track wagering revenue.

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Outdoor auction - A traditional farm auction always draws a crowd in a rural community like Mapleton. Despite colder temperatures and snow, a large crowd was on hand for the estate auction of Neil Faulkner of Moorefield on Dec. 6. Hei-View auctioneer Jason Heimpel sold the farm, equipment, straw and household items during the sale. Photos by Caroline Sealey

OTTAWA - Canadian Blood Services has seen a notable increase in donations since Dec. 18 when it issued an urgent call for eligible donors to fill 35,000 open appointments by Jan. 6. However, more new and returning donors are still needed to help fill 18,000 open appointments. “We are pleased so many

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owned the two buildings,” McCharles told Postmedia. The Independent filed a request for the report under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, but it was turned down by the Town of Petrolia. The newspaper then filed an appeal of the decision. Driscoll said Mapleton officials have not seen Fleming’s report, but a consultant assisting the township with the hiring process made inquiries on Mapleton’s behalf. “The consultant made lots of contacts within his old community and his references for sure,” said Driscoll. He suggested media reports on the issue may have been misleading. “Not to be rude, but you know sometimes stories get twisted in the paper a little bit too, right? So that’s why we researched this like we did,” the mayor said. Asked to expand on Baron’s explanation for the conflict allegations, Driscoll said, “I don’t think it all happened as the report had (it) in the paper.” Prior to joining the staff in Petrolia, Baron, a native of Timmins, worked as general manager of Brooke Telecom Cooperative for seven years. He was also briefly a member of Petrolia town council, having been appointed in 2008 to fill a vacancy created by a mid-term resignation. He didn’t run in the 2010 municipal election.

“I know both sides of the fence,” Baron observed in a Jan. 4 interview with the Community News. In the interview, Baron conceded his ownership of the Petrolia properties constituted a conflict, but he said his intent was to contribute to the community, not profit from the transaction. “There’s no doubt at the time I was in direct conflict of interest in the sense that council was unaware that I owned the building - ah, buildings,” said Baron. “However, I can assure you that the town was not out money. They didn’t pay me rent on a monthly basis. They paid their portion of the utilities. They did pay first and last, but did their own leasehold improvements. “Apart from that, I personally went and got donations to cover the expense of the youth centre and the seniors centre so the town wasn’t out any money, which in hindsight I wish I had told council at the time, but here we are now.” Baron added, “I regret not telling council at the time, but if I had it do over again we’d donate the spot and we still do. The seniors and youth centre still occupy the spot in our house and still pay their portion of utilities and pay no rent.” Asked why he didn’t disclose ownership of the buildings, Baron said he wanted to make a contribution anonymously. “My wife and I felt that being a small community in

the position that we’re in we wanted to give back, but give back in silence ... and allow the seniors and the youth to enjoy the space as they see fit without knowing who’s donating it to them.” Baron told the Community News he sees Mapleton’s long-standing water and wastewater capacity issues as a priority and noted, “I’m very fond of economic development.” He also said he plans to promptly “meet with all staff and figure out where we’re at and what priorities they have.” At the Jan. 3 meeting, Mapleton council repealed bylaws appointing Murray Clarke as acting CAO, and Ben Cornell as deputy clerk “for CAO recruitment purposes.” Cornell is an employee of Ward and Uptigrove, the accounting and consulting firm engaged to assist the township with replacing the township’s former CAO. Brad McRoberts resigned, effective Nov. 20, to take a CAO position with South Bruce Peninsula. Councillor Michael Martin expressed thanks to Clarke for his efforts. “As much as I’m excited about having Manny come aboard, I really enjoyed our acting CAO and getting to know you in your time with us. So thank you very much, it’s been a pleasure honestly,” said Martin. Driscoll added, “We’d like to welcome Manny Baron to our staff here as our CAO

… Thank you Murray for all your time. Thank you council for committing the time to go through the hiring process just before Christmas … It was a good process and I know we’ve come up with the perfect candidate for Mapleton once again.” At the meeting Baron said, “I’m extremely excited to join the Township of Mapleton team. I’m very much looking forward to our time together and looking forward to meeting everybody … “I appreciate the welcome and appreciate council for choosing me as the new CAO/clerk.”

Canadians have stepped up to fill open appointments to give blood and are confident others will join them by year-end or early in the New Year,” said Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ chief supply chain officer. The holiday season and the beginning of the New Year is a slower time for blood donations. Travel, family activities and changes in routines pose challenges to blood collections, especially the last half of December into the New Year, CBS officials note. While all blood types help patients, the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand. Donors with O-negative blood are part of a

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Sobering statistics There’s not a lot to be concluded from the results, released by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on Jan. 8, of the annual Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) initiative. The OPP charged 587 drivers with impaired driving during the campaign, which ran from Nov. 24 to Jan. 2. An additional 366 drivers were issued a warning-range suspension and had their driver’s licence suspended for having a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .08. By comparison, the agency charged 623 impaired drivers and issued 407 warning-range suspensions during the 2016-17 holiday season. Given the numerous variables that go into timing, location and duration of any given RIDE check, the difference in the figures year to year can’t really be considered an indication there are fewer impaired drivers on the road, although the number of checks conducted were up substantially in 2017 from the previous year (9,830 compared to 7,343). What the numbers do show for certain is there are still some people taking the enormous risks associated with drinking and driving, which truly begs the question, “Why?” In addition to the potentially life-altering penalties (loss of license, requirement for interlock ignition installation and even incarceration), the tragic consequences of serious or fatal automobile accidents are always magnified when alcohol is a factor. Police note 44 lives were lost in alcohol/drugrelated collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in 2017. Maiming or killing someone while drunk at the wheel is not something anyone can easily move on from. In addition to the holiday season RIDE effort, the OPP and other policing agencies expend enormous resources enforcing impaired driving laws. In 2017, the OPP charged 4,915 drivers with alcohol-impaired charges and 238 drivers with drug-impaired charges and issued 2,995 warning-range suspensions. Many believe the addition of legalized marijuana consumption beginning this summer will further complicate enforcement efforts which, it should be remembered, come with substantial tax-funded costs. The ideal solution is for everyone to recognize that sober is the only way to drive. However, as there will inevitably be those who ignore the sobering realities, the OPP is again reminding the public to call 911 if they suspect that someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. It could be a life-saving call.

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Mapleton council passed a bylaw on March 14 appointing Salvatore (Sam) Mattina to the position, effective March 20. Mattina is a civil engineering technologist (CET) with over 35 years of experience, including 14 years of municipal experience working for the City of Guelph, Town of Milton and City of Brantford. The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) hosted a public open house on “Preparing for Flooding in Drayton and Mapleton Township” on March 23 at the PMD arena. On hand to answer questions from local residents were representatives from the GRCA, WellingtonDufferin-Guelph Public Health, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Office of the Fire Marshall, Wellington County Emergency Management Services and Mapleton Township emergency responders and planners. Information was also available on the flood warning system, how to reduce risks to property and what to do after a flood. About 10 members of the public attended the event. “Once again the Drayton Farm Show exhibitors and our community has exceeded all expectations,” said Drayton Kinsmen Farm Show chair Glenn Dobben. He noted more than 3,000 people, including many youngsters, checked out the event on March 29 and 30. April Township council approved a $12,000 expenditure for Mapleton Fire and Rescue’s share of a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. The City of Guelph Fire Department has provided pager and radio dispatching for Wellington County fire departments for several years. The city recently moved to the CAD system and has updated it to allow county departments to utilize it. Fire Chief Rick Richardson said Guelph will invoice a one-time charge of $12,000 for each Wellington County fire department.

JANUARY - The outdoor rink at the Moorefield Optimist Hall was in fine form for a winter break skate on Jan. 6. Silas, left, and Orrin Tamlyn hit the ice for a game of one-on-one hockey. Community News file photo There will also be an annual fee of $1,800. Implementation of a Community Improvement Plan for the township moved a step closer following a public meeting on April 11. Among the goals of the plan, outlined by consultant Nancy Reid of Vitality Planning, are to promote Mapleton as a business friendly community and an inviting destination for visitors. The plan would establish a program of municipal financial incentives to encourage the rehabilitation and improvement of private lands and buildings in Mapleton. Participants in Norwell District Secondary School’s inaugural Amazing Race took to the streets of Palmerston on April 26. The event, organized by the Norwell Student Council, was created to raise funds for

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was built in 1911 and in 1908, the CPR built the GuelphGoderich line through Dorking. The rail line was discontinued in 1938. Macton is located on Highway 86 above Wallenstein on the way to Listowel. From the late 1840s to 1860, many Irish refugees and Scottish immigrants came to the Macton area. In 1864, the first Macton postmaster made two trips a week to nearby Hawkesville, by foot or on horseback, to collect and deliver mail. The postmaster received payment of $12 a year. The Parish of St. Joseph, Macton was organized in 1864 and the beautiful church that is still standing today was built in 1878. In 1890, women teachers were paid $260 annually and the men were paid $349 annually. Wallenstein was surveyed in the 1840s and first settled in 1847, with the exception of

enslaved blacks who settled in the Queens Bush area in the 1820s. A black Abolitionist church and school were located near where the CPR train station would later be built. The 6th Division Court was held in Wallenstein. The Wallenstein store was built as a hotel in the late 1800s with the post office located inside, drawing patrons to the store. After supper, the men would congregate to trade stories and happenings of the day. The air was reported to be blue with tobacco smoke and the spittoon rang loudly with every splat. Highway 86 runs through the centre of Wallenstein and today it is a busy intersection serving a thriving business community. Conestogo Dam and Lake near Glen Allan, situated on lot 2, Concession 4 of the former Peel Township, con-

sumed 5,400 acres of farmland. Construction of the dam began in 1955 and it was completed in 1958 at a cost of $4,850,000. Upon completion, the Conestogo River was converted into a long, narrow and deep lake. Nearby Stirton had the only remaining bridge between Drayton and the dam, thus placing Stirton as the main tourist route around the lake. Today, the lake is used for summer recreation including boating, waterskiing, sailing and fishing. Many people enjoy their cottages located around the lake and contribute to the local economy and participate in local happenings. These tidbits of information were provided by members of the Mapleton Historical Society from history books written about the Mapleton area. Submitted by Liz Samis of the Mapleton Historical Society

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was honoured by Governor General David Johnston with the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division). Created by Queen Elizabeth II, the Meritorious Service Decorations recognize Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to the country. Mustakas was celebrated for his commitment to making the performing arts affordable and accessible throughout Ontario. The township’s new $5.5-million municipal maintenance facility was completed under budget, with about $15,000 to spare, according to a final cost summary presented to council on June 13. The report from CAO Brad McRoberts indicates the final tally for the project was $5,540,879, $15,590 under the total project budget of $5,556,469. The new facility was officially opened on May 24. The previous public works building at the same

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If I was God.... Have you ever made a statement along those lines? “Well if I was in charge, I would ... ” I hear people say this quite often. I know I have. All you have to do is read the paper, and take note of the most recent plans by the provincial or federal government. For some it may be a previous government. But the point is that we read the paper from time to time and shake our head, “Why are they doing that? Why don’t they just...” I have been in more than one counselling situation where I am trying to help someone who is struggling. Take a hypothetical situation like helping someone who

was physically abused. They will tell me how hard it was. They will speak of how much pain their past has brought them. When they get to the root of it all, they will say something like “Why did God do this to me?” or “Why did God allow this to happen?” The next part of the conversation is the suggestion of how God could have acted differently and in so doing prevented so much grief. God often acts in ways that we don’t understand. In fact, if pushed, most if not all of us could come up with scenarios in our life that if we had the chance we would go back and ask God to do things differently. But how about this ... what if God were to ask us our opinion before He makes his decision?

What if God were to tell us His plans, and then ask us what we thought? There is a situation in the book of Genesis from the Bible where God actually does this. Not that He asks for permission, but in God’s gracious way, He informs Abraham of his plans to destroy the town of Sodom. Now if you were to visit Sodom, you would look back on it as a terrible episode in your life. It was a terrible place. But Abraham was a gracious man, and he knew that his nephew Lot lived in Sodom. But the way he responds speaks to his heart for people. When Abraham learns that God is going to destroy Sodom he asks a basic question: “Would you really destroy the whole town? What

if there were 50 ‘righteous’ people in that town; would you still destroy it?” God responds that He wouldn’t do such a thing. So Abraham then doesn’t give up. If you won’t destroy the town if we find 50 righteous, what if we find 40? God responds again that He wouldn’t if he found 40. Then Abraham tries again, what if you find 30? What about 20? What about 10. Each time God acknowledges that He would not destroy the town if that many righteous people were found. Many of us would seriously question the nature of a God who just goes and destroys an entire town. Most of us would think that surely there would be at least 10 good people in a town. But here is the point: God would never destroy someone who

is righteous. God is merciful. He also knows the hearts of men, and the heart of each one of us is deceitfully wicked. Look around. There is so much evil. If God were a vengeful God He should just destroy us all now. But He is not. He is merciful. The Bible tells us that He holds back from destroying us in hopes that we will turn to Him for forgiveness. I am not sure that we would share the same measure of grace. So think about this knowing God is waiting, that He is holding back on destroying you and I because He is hoping we will turn to Him - well, will you? Another thing to think about ... we serve a great God. He is merciful, patient and kind. He is also infinitely

powerful and infinitely wise. What kind of a God would He be if He had infinite power but lacked infinite knowledge? In my mind, that would result in a terrible unleashing of terror on this world. Consider the flip side: what would it be like if God had infinite knowledge but lacked the power to do anything? That would be very frightening, and God would be seen as very pathetic. It is for these reasons we can be very thankful that we have a God who is both infinite in wisdom and infinite in power. When He acts, He acts knowing the hearts of those He is impacting, and also is fully aware of all the implications His decision will have. So it is probably a good thing that God is God and you and I are not.

Canada Summer Jobs program accepting applications for 2018 PERTH-WELLINGTON - Local MPP John Nater, announced Dec. 20 that employers can begin applying for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs 2018 program. “The Canada Summer Jobs program provides young people with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills for the jobs of today and the future. I encourage local businesses and community groups to submit an application. Last summer 109 young people were employed across PerthWellington, creating jobs in our local communities,” said Nater. The application process is open from Dec. 19 to Feb. 2, 2018 with notifications to successful employers scheduled to be sent in April. While he is strongly supportive of the program, Nater stated he is disappointed that the application window opened two weeks later than last year. After previously lobbying both

the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Nater noted the date for employer notifications still has not been moved up to allow for earlier hiring. “This government is moving in the wrong direction. The application window should have been opened two weeks ago. This late start will only delay the notification to employers,” said Nater. “The April notification date is already too late for most organizations who find it difficult to find students. Most post-secondary students are looking for summer work in mid-February. I continue to call on the responsible government ministers to re-evaluate the notification period.” Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs

aims to: - provide work experience for students; - support organizations, including those that provide important community services; and - recognize that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely. Funding is available for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (under 50 employees) to hire qualified young people aged 15 to 30, who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the fall. Thousands of young Canadians benefit each year from summer employment through the program and it helps employers address severe skill shortages. The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2018 is from Dec. 19, 2017 to Feb. 2, 2018. Employers can find further information and submit applications at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj.

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Community Christmas - John and Cindy Jefferson and their Selah Fire friends hosted their annual Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 18 at Community Christian School. TOP: Guests at the event were entertained with Christmas music by Bonnie Brak on the keyboard. ABOVE: Helpers for the event, from left: Liz Hawkins, Chris Hawkins and Cathy Johnson were part of the kitchen crew who served up a traditional turkey dinner. Photos by Caroline Sealey

LONDON - In light of a recent fatal snowmobile collision and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash that seriously injured another person the OPP is issuing a warning to would-be enthusiasts, taking advantage of the increased snow accumulations, to use extreme caution. Police state owners and operators of snowmobiles

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est hit by the Oct. 15 wind storms that pummeled southern Ontario, leaving thousands without electricity, including upwards of 1,000 homes in Wellington County. But Environment Canada officials say there were no confirmed tornadoes in the province. “Everything we’ve seen ... all point towards downbursts,” said warning preparedness meteorologist Geoff Coulson. The township engaged the firm of Ward and Uptigrove as consultants to assist with hiring a new CAO. Mapleton Mayor Neil Driscoll told the Community News that council made the decision to hire the firm during an in-camera session at a special meeting on Oct. 17. The township announced the resignation of CAO/clerk Brad McRoberts on Oct. 13. McRoberts took a job as CAO of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, where he formerly worked as manager of public works. This year’s BMO Farm Family Award was presented to Morley and Thelma Trask of Alma at the Wellington County Plowman’s Banquet on Oct. 27 at the Alma Community Centre. The Trasks received a decorative bowl and plaque from Wellington County Queen of the Furrow Kayla Scott. Tate Driscoll of Mapleton was named 2017/18 Princess of the Furrow at the banquet. November An official tree planting and dedication ceremony was held for the Paul Day Forest on Nov. 4. A total of 10,000 trees are to be planted in Mapleton Township, one for each resident, as part of a Canada 150th legacy project in memory of Day. Volunteers and members of the Trees for Mapleton committee were to plant the area surrounding Mapleton’s soccer fields and river trails with 35 different tree species native to the area. Two trees originally planted at the Day farm in Goldstone by Paul Day will also be moved to the site. The plaque’s inscription says “The W. Paul Day Forest - A Living Legacy honouring Paul (1941-2016) and his vision and passion to create a more sustainable environment in Mapleton by planting the right trees, in the right places.” The end of a long-standing development freeze in the villages of Drayton and

Moorefield may be at hand. Mapleton Township’s proposed 2018 budget contains a $4.2-million allocation for wastewater capacity enhancement and $3 million for a water tower. While the allocations are provisional at this point, Mayor Neil Driscoll said council seems prepared to spend the money needed to put an end to local wastewater capacity problems that originated about two decades ago. “Our intent, as far as I can read from council … whatever system that the consultants recommend ... that’s what we’re willing to put the money in for,” Driscoll said. Township council opted not to re-appoint the municipality’s current closed meeting investigator, meaning the job will fall to the provincial Office of the Ombudsman. John Maddox, operating as JGM Consulting Inc., has been the investigator for the township since 2014 through an agreement between the County of Wellington, JGM and six of the county’s seven member municipalities. Under the Municipal Act municipalities have the option of appointing an investigator. The Ombudsman’s office is the default investigator for any municipality that doesn’t make an appointment. It does not charge for the service. December The average residential tax bill in Mapleton will rise by about $177 in 2018, based on budget projections. Mapleton council and township staff outnumbered members of the public 11 to six at a public presentation of the proposed 2018 budget at a special council meeting at the PMD arena on Dec. 6. The average residential assessment in Mapleton, $335,000 in 2017, is expected to rise to about $350,000 in 2018. Property taxes on a $350,000 home are estimated at $4,690 for 2018, an increase of $177 a year or $15 per month. The reorganized Mapleton Chamber of Commerce held a meeting and membership drive on Nov. 29 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Mapleton resident Greg Durocher officiated the election of the board. The newly-elected chamber executive consists of president Amber Tuck; treasurer Cathy Burton; secretary Dale Franklin; vice-presidents Jenn Landman, Wayne Mick and Donna Hirtle; and directors Jocelyn Martin, Dave Taylor, Beth Anne Rumph and Jeff Duimering. Memberships were accepted from 25 businesses in Mapleton Township. The Mapleton Youth Action Council (MYAC) presented its inaugural Youth of the Year awards on Dec. 12. MYAC plans to present the awards annually to Wellington County residents between the ages of 13 and 24 who are making a difference in their communities. The 2017 awards were presented prior to the Mapleton Township council meeting on Dec. 12 to: Amber Cowan, Cessale Koch, Isaac Hirtle, Jordan Turk, Jody Devries, Luke Whale, Parker Cummings, Rainen Oates, Shayna Morphy, Taylor Good and Chloe Collins.

Drayton Community News January 12, 2018  
Drayton Community News January 12, 2018  

Drayton newspaper, Mapleton Township, Community News, Sister publication of the Wellington Advertiser.