SERVING THE MAPLETON COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY NEWS VOLUME 50 ISSUE 02
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Township moving to internet-based phone system Switching systems could save $6,000 annually By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - The township is planning to switch from traditional telephone phone lines to a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) system next month. Council approved the move at a special budget meeting on Dec. 22. The township currently has phone service through Bell and a Wightman phone system owned by the township. â€œWith the addition of the new municipal maintenance facility we are reaching the capacity of our phone system and would need to consider an upgrade,â€? explained CAO Brad McRoberts in a report to council. â€œAs such, staff have been soliciting proposals from various providers for either a standard Bell system or a voice over internet protocol system. VoIP is essentially a phone system operating over the internet versus a dedicated phone line.â€? Currently the township is paying in the range of $900 per month ($10,800 annually)
for phones, including long distance charges. The report notes capital costs of approximately $11,000 are anticipated, but operational savings of about $6,000 annually would mean a payback period of less than two years. The townshipâ€™s current contract with Bell is set to expire on Feb. 2 and will automatically renew for three years unless notice is given, the report notes. â€œUsing a VoIP system will have no external effect but will provide greater flexibility on call management. Individual numbers will remain the same, however internally staff will have the ability to transfer calls to external locations,â€? the report explains. For example, if a call came to the administration office it could be transferred to the PMD arena without the caller having to hang up and dial the arena. In the event of an internet service interruption the system would remain operational to the caller as the phone would ring and they could
reach the auto attendant. â€œCurrently, if the bell network failed we would have no service and callers may not get any answer via auto attendant. It would simply â€Ś ring until the party hung up,â€? the report states. â€œWe would still maintain a Bell line for emergency back-up purposes at the administration office and the Moorefield fire hall. This would provide some emergency communications redundancy.â€? Mayor Neil Driscoll. said, â€œThe nicest thing is if you called in and you needed to speak to our director of public works the receptionist can put you right through to his cell phone.â€? Council approved a resolution authorizing staff to obtain the VOIP system through Coppertree, one of four companies that provided proposals. The company offered the second lowest capital and the lowest operating costs. â€œThe saving in annual operating costs will quickly outweigh the higher capital costs,â€? the report points out.
Winter fun - The outdoor rink at the Moorefield Optimist Hall was in fine form for a winter break skate last week. Silas, left, and Orrin Tamlyn hit the ice for a game of one-on-one hockey on Jan. 6. Photo by Patrick Raftis
Mapleton council ponders special levy for infrastructure Mayor not optimistic about prospects for agricultural development charge proposal By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON â€“ Local taxpayers will probably see an increase of around 15 per cent in the local tax levy when the townshipâ€™s 2017 budget is finally passed. However the township is also considering implementing a special levy to cover infrastructure costs. Mapleton council held its second special budget meeting on Dec. 22. Calculations presented by staff at the meeting called for a 2017 tax levy of $6,789,114, up by $906,878 or 15.42 per cent, from the budgeted 2016 levy of $5,882,236. The levy hike would result in a 6.98% increase in the townshipâ€™s tax rate. However, when combined with Wellington County and provincial education tax rates (assuming last yearâ€™s rates), the blended tax rate increase would be 2.47%. Those numbers would result in a total property tax increase of $95 on a resi-
dence assessed at $300,000. If passed as estimated, the levy increase would be smaller than the 17.29% township levy increase approved for 2016, which resulted in a $121 property tax increase on a $300,000 assessment. While some items were â€œtrimmedâ€? at the Dec. 22 meeting and further discussions are planned, Mayor Neil Driscoll said he doesnâ€™t expect the final figures to change substantially. â€œItâ€™s not going to change a whole lot,â€? the mayor stated. Excavator cut One proposal that is being cut from the budget is the acquisition of an excavator. Council tentatively approved the purchase of an excavator and the hiring of a full-time operator at the Nov. 18 meeting. However the approval was dependent on budget discussions. The annual cost above the current staffing level to add an operator for an additional seven months (the position was to be combined with a
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seasonal public works position), including benefits and salary, was estimated at $43,000 and the cost of an excavator and a float at $200,000. A net savings of between $10,000 and $12,000 annually (including both equipment and staffing) over contracting out excavator work was anticipated. â€œCouncil just didnâ€™t feel we had enough information yet to be leaving it in the budget for this year,â€? said Driscoll. He added a funding crunch, combined with the need for a major street construction project in Moorefield, means there arenâ€™t a lot of major capital projects planned at this point. The draft capital budget includes $1.2 million for McGivern Street improvements in Moorefield. â€œThatâ€™s the frustrating part; the only key capital projects weâ€™re going to be doing is the Moorefield main street and the drain-
age issues there, in conjunction with the county,â€? said Driscoll. â€œSo thereâ€™s a lot of road projects that are again being held off.â€? Driscoll indicated he wasnâ€™t optimistic about prospects for a proposal to impose development charges on agricultural construction, proposed as a means of raising cash for roads and infrastructure. â€œWe looked at this, development charges for agricultural buildings, and obviously thereâ€™s a lot of people speaking out against it,â€? said Driscoll. â€œSo to make a decision like that Iâ€™m not getting enough people calling me saying â€˜Thatâ€™s a great idea. This is good a way to help build your rural roads.â€™â€? In the face of heavy opposition from local farmers and area farm organizations, Driscoll said council is â€œsplitâ€? on the proposal at this point. â€œThe way Iâ€™m seeing it is, it probably wonâ€™t go ahead.â€?
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A public meeting on the issue is scheduled for Jan. 27 at 7pm at the Maryborough Community Centre in Moorefield. â€œHopefully enough of the public will stand up and say this is the way we should be paying for our rural roads, but I donâ€™t see it happening,â€? said Driscoll. â€œHonestly, thereâ€™s farmers out there that have verbally said to me this isnâ€™t a bad idea,â€? said the mayor. However, when he has asked such supporters to speak out on the idea the response has been, â€œNo. No. Iâ€™m not putting my name out there on that.â€? Special levy proposed Driscoll said he has asked council to consider the idea of a special infrastructure levy in order to alleviate the cash crunch. â€œI asked council what they thought we would need to spend yearly on roads, for our next budget meeting.â€? Driscoll said that type of planning is needed to deter-
mine if a special levy could be part of the solution. â€œItâ€™s hard to say that we need a levy when we donâ€™t know, should we spend a million a year on roads or $200,000 a year on roads?â€? The special levy would be similar to a 2% levy for bridge projects imposed in Centre Wellington in 2015, which the township hopes it will be able to drop by 2022. However Driscoll noted the difference in population and assessment means Mapleton couldnâ€™t raise as much cash in this fashion as its neighbour. â€œCentre Wellington could raise it one per cent and raise a lot more â€Ś (Mapletonâ€™s) one per cent is only $45,000,â€? he noted. Driscoll said council is planning to have one more special budget meeting before hosting a public open house on the budget. While no date has yet been set for the open house, Driscoll said council hopes to pass the budget by the end of February.
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Wellington Junior Farmers on the grow WELLINGTON COUNTY - The Wellington Junior Farmers had a very exciting 2016. The organizationâ€™s membership grew significantly and the group offered many new opportunities. The club gained eight new â€œenthusiastic and motivated members,â€? organizers state, and was able to have members attend all of JFAOâ€™s provincial events throughout the year, including the March conference, Winter Games, All-Ontario Judging Competition, Autumn Profile, Sing Swing and many more. The groupâ€™s ninth annual spaghetti supper in April was the biggest success yet, with over $1,800 brought in to donate to food banks throughout Wellington County. In June Wellington Junior Farmers hosted five international delegates from Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. They toured county farms, breweries and sights such as the Elora Gorge and the Grand River Raceway. Each year, the club looks forward to hosting international delegates â€œas it is a great opportunity to make new friends and showcase ... pride [in] our county,â€? organizers state. September brought volunteer opportunities including
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Junior Farmers growing - Wellington Junior Farmers had a successful year in 2016, with the local club growing by eight members. Collecting donations for local food banks was among their activities. Submitted photo fall fairs and the International Plowing Match hosted by Wellington County. The club was proud to be a part of this historic event and volunteered by driving tractors, greeting visitors and assisting at the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario booth, where members and alumni could purchase new â€œJFAO Member Lives Hereâ€? gate signs (also available at the JFAO website). Finally, in October, members hosted the first Century Farm Sign Open House, at which members purchased signs that signify a farm that has been in the same family for 100, 125 or 150 years.
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Three signs were sold and there was increased interest in more signs. â€œIt will be hard to top the success that our club had in 2016, but we are excited for the adventures to come in 2017,â€? the club states. The first social event of the year is New Members Night on Jan. 24 at the Alma Community Hall at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend. There will be three speakers on various topics: networking, challenges with being a young farmer, and making financial decisions. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLORADALE 6 MISSIONARY 3 A high scoring first period ended in a 2-2 draw. Dylan Bults and Devin McGuire scored for Missionary, with assists awarded to Brady Franklin and Dylan Bults. Nick Martin and Braeden Gingrich scored for Floradale. Assisted by Javon Martin, Greg Martin, Willis Martin and Ryan Martin. Floradale took the lead in the second with Javon Martin scoring two unanswered goals. Martin blasted a shot from the top of the left face-off circle for the first the goal and snapped a quick wrist shot for the second. Assisted by Nick, Andrew and Tim Martin. Missionary edged back midway in the third period. A scramble at the net ended with Par Landman snapping a rebound into the open corner. Assisted by Matt Burnett and Dylan Bults. However Floradale responded quickly with a goal to stop the Missionary surge. Tim Martin dropped a pass to Josh Brohman who drifted forward and sent the puck to the back of the net
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2016: The Year in Review
Township of Mapleton
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By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON The Community News would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 2017, as we take a look back on an eventful year in 2016. The following is just a small sample of the news that made headlines in Mapleton Township in the past 12 months. January Firefighters from four stations responded to a fire that destroyed an unoccupied dairy barn on Dec. 23. Drayton, Moorefield, Palmerston and Arthur fire stations were called to the blaze at Hessel Farms on Wellington Road 7 between Sideroads 16 and 17, starting at around 7:45am. Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson said the barn contained only 100 large round straw bales and some old wagons. The municipality reached a settlement with its former CAO, but details of the agreement will remain confidential, township officials stated. Mapleton Mayor Neil Driscoll confirmed on Jan. 8, when contacted by the Community News, that a settlement had been reached with former CAO/clerk Patty Sinnamon, who was let go by the township on July 2. “I can say that that’s all finished,” Driscoll said in a telephone interview. Drayton Heights Public School welcomed its first Syrian refugee students. On Jan. 18, six children from the Al Jasem family began classes at the school in kindergarten and Grades 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8. Congregations in the Mapleton area that are part of the Markham Waterloo Mennonite Conference sponsored the Al Jasem family of 11 to come to Canada through a United Nations program. “Over the course of 2015, we all watched as the Syrian crisis escalated and people began to flee their homeland in droves,” said Janelle Zwart of the Refugee Committee of the Drayton Christian Reformed Church. The township announced the hiring of a new director of public works on Jan. 28. CAO Brad McRoberts says new director Jamie Morgan “comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience related to municipal public works operations.”
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NOTICE JANUARY 2016 - The Drayton Defenders are sporting new jerseys thanks to a donation from the Todd Hesselink Memorial Fund. Bonnie and Ab Hesselink thought it would be a fitting gesture to commemorate their son’s life by making a sizeable donation to a sport that Todd loved. Playing team sports in his hometown with his friends was always a passion for Todd, they noted. Todd Hesselink died as the result of an automobile accident in 1999, but he will be remembered and honoured every time the Defenders lace up and take to the ice, Drayton Minor Hockey officials stated. Submitted photo Morgan, who was manager of operations for North Perth, also worked previously with the Town of Minto and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. February The township opted not to join four area municipalities in the Butter Tarts and Buggies: Explore the Simpler Life tourism promotion. A promotion agreement between the municipalities of Wellington North, Mapleton, Minto, Southgate and West Grey was presented for consideration at the Jan. 26 meeting. CAO Brad McRoberts pointed out the municipality, which was in the process of replacing its business development and marketing coordinator, already has more than 20 economic development initiatives on the go. “Adding an additional program at this time may not be possible,” McRoberts stated in a staff report. A staff analysis of a consultant’s annual review of
Ontario municipalities indicates the township is on the right track in dealing with its infrastructure deficit and long-term financial challenges. Since 2000, BMA Management Consultants Inc., an independent consulting firm, has undertaken an annual comparative study on behalf of participating Ontario municipalities. In 2015, Wellington County was among the participants, with all lower tier municipalities providing data in various categories. The report looks at socioeconomic factors “which provide insight into a municipality’s collective ability to generate revenue relative to the municipality’s demand for public services,” the staff report stated. The BMA review shows Mapleton with the fifth largest population (10,359) among Wellington County’s seven lower tier municipalities and also the fifth highest average household income ($93,190).
Please note that Section 357(3) states that an application under this section must be filed with the treasurer on or before February 28 of the year following the year in respect of which the application is made. 2001, c. 25 s. 357(3).
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EDITORIAL By Patrick Raftis
Mapleton council continues to be innovative in its efforts to raise necessary funds to maintain local infrastructure. Already under discussion is the implementation of development charges on agricultural construction projects. The idea has received a rough ride from local farmers and area farm organizations and Mayor Neil Driscoll indicated last week in an interview with the Community News that he wasn’t optimistic about prospects for the proposal. The mayor feels it’s unlikely to proceed without notable expression of support from ratepayers at a public meeting on Jan. 27 at 7pm at the Maryborough Community Centre in Moorefield. “Hopefully enough of the public will stand up and say this is the way we should be paying for our rural roads, but I don’t see it happening,” said Driscoll. In what appears to be a contingency plan, Driscoll also said he has asked council to consider the idea of a special infrastructure levy in order to alleviate the cash crunch. The idea would be similar to a 2% levy for bridge projects imposed in Centre Wellington in 2015, which the township is hoping it will be able to drop by 2022. Both concepts are creative and not without merit for a cash-strapped municipal government that must provide adequate roads to meet both local expectations and provincially legislated mandates, despite constant and legitimate cries for relief from the besieged local taxpayers. The agricultural development charges would recognize the increasing impact of large scale farming operations on municipal roads due to the size of modern equipment. Farmers naturally don’t like the idea. However, no industry likes to be the target of a tax or user fee and sometimes such charges are both necessary and fair. An unbiased eye is needed here. The special levy would provide the opportunity to raise funds for infrastructure in extremely transparent fashion. Whatever the rate set through such a levy, it would be separate, visible and less likely to be simply absorbed into the regular levy as a permanent tax increase. In theory, it could be removed when financial circumstances warrant, say around the time the province decides to implement a method of providing the farm tax rebate without penalizing rural municipalities (or, more likely, when the skies open up and begin to rain $100 bills). Regardless of their merits, neither proposal is likely to be an easy sell to the electorate, or perhaps even around the council table. But regardless of the result, no one should be dumping on council for looking for innovative ways of getting a job done. Clearly, these people are trying.
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DRAYTON From improving eating habits due to a recent diagnosis of diabetes to trying to achieve a personal best at an upcoming race, many people are striving to make healthy lifestyle changes. Even if you are not actively involved in making lifestyle changes, you likely know someone who is. Believe it or not, support and a positive attitude from friends and family can have a major impact on how successful a person can be at achieving their goals. If you would like to support someone in making these choices, here are some helpful tips to follow. Ask how you can help. This is a great way to find out how you can have the biggest impact. We all face different challenges, so something you think they need might be different from what they actually need. It’s amazing how little signs of support can go a long way. It might be as simple as picking up healthy snacks when grocery shopping, packing a homemade lunch once a week, or picking up an extra chore around
the house so they have time to go for a walk Respect their choices. Once you determine what you can do to help, it is important to respect their choices. It is not your job to police their efforts. Supportive comments do not start with the word “should”. Comments such as: “should you really be having that?” or “you should go for a walk” may be well meaning, but are more likely to be discouraging than encouraging. Instead, let them establish their own limits. If they choose to have a cookie, respect that choice. If they decline to have a cookie, leave it at that. Remember, even comments such as: “is that all you’re having” or “just one won’t hurt you” can pressure someone into making the wrong choice for them. Do not offer unsolicited advice: it can be very frustrating to receive well-meaning advice that contradicts the recommendations provided by a health care provider. Advice appropriate for one person may not be appropriate for another. Different health conditions, as well as the stage of the disease, can SEE HEALTHY » 8
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Early village life - Part II The following excerpt from an essay written by Marie Day is part two of a two-art submission from the Mapleton Historical Society. Marie was born in the former Peel Township on Sept 15 1904, the eldest daughter of James McDougall and Ada Awde. From a very early age Marie wanted to be a missionary. She received her elementary school education at S. S. #4 Peel and attended Drayton Continuation School. She then graduated from Guelph Business College. First Marie worked in the Drayton telephone office, then a lawyer’s office in Windsor and in a home for Missionaries’ children in Ottawa. Marie died on Dec 29 2008, having reached 104 years of age. She was buried in Drayton Victoria Cemetery. Marie wrote the following essay and the wording and grammar are hers. Some spelling mistakes have been corrected. There were usually two lawyers in town. Mr. Jabez Coram established the Drayton Advocate and printing office. Mr. George H. Awde established the telephone office in a small corner of a store. Also, cream was brought from the farmers to the front of that store where the Palmerston Creamery picked it up. Later Mr. Awde established the Drayton Creamery. The telephone office was taken over by Jos. McCrea and was in his home on the corner of Wood and Wellington Street. Mr. Fred Lorch’s barbershop, which he and Mrs. Lorch conducted for 50 years, was formerly a butcher shop. On Spring Street, there was two music teachers. Miss Madge Smith and Miss Winnifred McEwing. Miss Smith would drive her horse and buggy down the 10th of
Peel to give lessons for 25 cents. After the pipe organ was installed into the United Church, she also taught organ lessons. Mr. George Moore had a sewing machine business, as well as a bicycle shop. There was a Millinery shop, a hair styling shop, Mr. Jos. Mason Photography, a butcher shop, and a funeral home. There were livery stables that rented out horse and buggies to travellers and towns’ people that used to go to the station and be cariole for the passengers to and from the trains. When I first went to an arena to skate, it was called a rink. It was situated between the two branches of the river. There was an Ice Cream Parlour, Hughes Massey Harris Machine Shop, Hefkey’s Shoe Store, and the Drug Store on the corner; also, Mrs. Pollock’s Dry Goods and Dressmaking shop. There was also were Mr. A.C. Halwig’s Chevrolet Dealership. At one time, there was a theatre, Henry’s Grocery, Hardware, Tinsmithing shop and Feed and Fuel business which employed many people and also Mr. Bert Amy’s Tailor Shop where his father and others carried on the tailoring business. There was the tile yard, the flax mill, the planing mill, Pfeffer’s chopping mill, and Noecker’s Feed and Grain business and the coal businesses which were made possible by the coming of the railway. Fires were a terrible thing and many businesses were wiped out with fire on Drayton’s main streets. I remember driving in to High School the morning the Queen’s Hotel had burned. One of my nicest memories of the businesses was the Magnesium Springs Hotel which was built after
the Queen’s Hotel burned down. It was Mr. K.O. Noecker’s dream. Anyone who has grown up since then or come to live here since, can’t imagine what a magnificent place it was. People came here from the U.S.A., as well as other parts of Canada to drink and bathe in the Magnesium Springs water for their health. Travellers used to make a point of getting to Drayton to stay at that Hotel. It had spacious ample rooms, and a row of comfortable leather chairs facing the street where they could relax in the evenings. The dining hall was the scene of many very formal occasions, where the diners dressed in evening wear, after descending the wide central stairs from where they had left their wraps. It was really something to walk by on the other side of the street to try and get a glimpse of the formal festivities. It brought “Class” to the village that had never been experienced before or since. The first part of the century in the Drayton area, was a Church-centered Society. Preparation was made for Sunday - shoes had to be shined, as did the cutlery. Most of the Sunday meal was prepared before. Church was three times a day. Service at 10:30 - no Nursery, Sunday School was at 2:30 p.m., and evening worship was at 7:30 p.m. Young people went to Church and that is where the friendships began. The Young People’s Society was over at 9 p.m. There was prayer meeting on Wednesday evening and Choir Practice on Friday evening. Weddings, as well as funerals were held in the homes, as there wasn’t any money. Groceries were purchased by trade and only to the amount of what the butter
and egg money would allow. Flour and sugar were bought by the hundred weight. Entertainment was homemade too. Neighbours visited back and forth and music and games and hearty lunch of cake and hot cocoa were enjoyed by all. Clothes were home made, and not always of new cloth. An adult coat could be turned inside out and a new child’s coat could be made. Socks and mitts were knitted. The Women’s Institute was the one group where women of any denomination, country and town women met together. It was truly a Service Club. The members looked after the needy of the area. They knitted, quilted, did sewing, and gave food for the Institute to give to large families and poor families. They had all kinds of courses each winter- sewing, first aid, millinery, baking, etc. They got up their own topics and made their own music, for the regular meetings. The country young people were able to stay in town in the winter, the Library was a real gold mine and many hours were spent reading books. The Town Hall was the wonderful place that served the village and area in many ways. The Presbyterian Church had their anniversary services there, and the place would be filled. Christmas concerts from many churches were held there, as well as school plays. One year, we had the Chautauqua Concerts come to Drayton and brought great world entertainment from New York and other far-away places right in our village. It was a great thrill to see the place so beautifully restored and so tastefully decorated, and to see the place filled with people right to the top of the gallery. Until 1939 and the out-
break of World War Two, Drayton was a busy, hardworking, friendly village. Although there had been a resident constable, a jail in the town hall, a 10 p.m. curfew, about the only trouble I recall was so called Hallowe’en pranks. I am glad that I have had the privilege of living in two very different worlds. I enjoy having hydro, electric appliances, gas heat, cars, and so on. I also enjoy receiving the Old Age Pension, and think sometimes of what a difference it would have made to my parents’ generation, who were always saving for their old age and fearful lest they would not be able to have enough to keep them when they couldn’t earn any more. If we were to tell some young people today how we entertained ourselves, or of the few clothes we had, or the very small salaries we
received for long hours of work, they would think we were mentally deficient. Money can’t buy happiness, contentment, faithfulness, and appreciation. I don’t think anyone needs to feel terribly sorry for those of us who lived through the twenties and thirties. We had a good life. With Drayton having a restored Town Hall, a new Medical Centre, a new Senior Citizens’ complex, a new Fire Hall, a new Bank, new Municipal Offices, new sewers and water, a variety of stores, and many new homes that are being built in every direction coming into the Village, I think it is safe to say that “every day, in every way, Drayton is getting better and better”. Signed by Marie Day.
Submitted by Debbie Oxby for the Mapleton Historical Society.
Correction A name was incorrectly spelled in an article and photo caption on page one of the Jan. 6 issue of the Community News (Hens of the Glen will never meet
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(Psalm 36:5-9) Wherever God’s presence exists and is active, everything that could harm or destroy you is dispelled. Where he dwells, sickness or disease cannot exist. Death flees in his presence, and anyone or anything that would cause harm to one of his children cannot maintain even the slightest foothold in his territory. Consequently, anyone dwelling in his presence dwells in absolute security. As the above verses confirm, he is a loving, faithful God who preserves his people. They take refuge in him and feast on the abundance of his house, and they are given drink from his “river of delights.” (Psalm 36:8) This is what heaven is. This is also what your earth is, just as it is in heaven. Think of the hundreds of things that could happen
Security (protection) The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. (Joel 3:16) Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
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But God just doesn’t entrust your safekeeping to his heavenly security team of angels, even though, in fact, he does do that. He doesn’t leave it at that, though, for God himself is your refuge. He himself has set you aside and apart unto himself and into himself. Now he himself is your shelter and protection. Now and in him you are shielded from anything and everything that could harm you, where nothing constructed against you will have any effect (Isa. 54:17), no matter how powerful. Even your final enemy, death, has no power, as you realize yourself screaming in victory when confronted with it, “O death, where is your vic-
tory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55) You are now in a place where you are motivated by hope and trust in God. You have been enabled to take chances and seize opportunities to confidently serve and grow. While your deeds may not appear impressive compared to that of others, to you they are remarkable. And God is fascinated with you. God is now your confidant and best friend. As your stronghold his companionship is constant. As a result you are free from the control and manipulation of others, the anxiety of uncertain times and the burden of insecurity and fear. In your worst nightmare or your darkest
hour, he is there, speaking purely and efficiently into your spirit. When challenged with tough choices, he walks you through, always reassuring, always enabling and always affirming. When confronted in a court of law by an accuser, he is your defendant. When pursued by the armed forces of your enemies, he is your fortress. When pummelled in the head by those who would destroy you, he is your helmet. In moments of weakness and vulnerability, he is your protection. When walking through dangerous territory, he is your safety. When you feel fragile, he is your strength. When besieged, he is your stronghold.
2016: The Year in Review
whelming success once again. The 35th annual show, held on March 30 and 31 at the PMD arena, attracted over 2,000 paid admissions, plus many children who were admitted free.
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March Students in the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) learned about accessibility, inclusion and acceptance in a new and cutting-edge way: through sledge hockey. The board initiated a new sledge hockey program for elementary schools that will be rolled out throughout the entire board over the next few years. Program facilitator and Drayton Heights Public School teacher Andy Speers said one of the major program goals is to teach students not to “judge a book by its cover.” “Just because someone might have a disability, whether it be a special need or a physical disability, doesn’t mean they can’t be a phenomenal athlete,” Speers said. A local kennel owner was awarded the contract to handle dog control services for the township. Council, at the March 8 meeting, approved a staff recommendation to award the contract to Moorefield kennel owner/manager Jennifer Walter, who took over services from previous contractor Jo-Alan Animal Care Services, which is getting out of the business. Council directed township staff to conduct a service review in response to
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MARCH 2016 - Children on March Break flocked to the Elora library for a St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17, 2016, where they could dress up, get their faces painted and try their hand at crafts. Among those on hand was Jack Wright, 3, of Alma, who dressed up for the photo booth. Community News file photo public concerns expressed through the recent Township of Mapleton Council Report Card. In October 2015, council members passed a resolution to conduct a survey aimed at obtaining feedback on their first year in office. Asked to rate council’s overall performance, about 13% of respondents indicated they were very satisfied, 26% were satisfied, 34% were
neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, 19% were dissatisfied and 8% were very dissatisfied. The Drayton Defenders Pee Wee Rep team captured the OMHA ‘D’ Championship on March 20 by defeating the Dundalk Storm by a score of 5-1. Drayton swept the Storm three straight with scores of 6-2, 11-3 and 5-1 respectively. The Drayton Kinsmen Farm Show was an over-
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April Moorefield firefighters donated $8,900 to Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) from the proceeds of a pancake breakfast and boot toll. Funds will be used for equipment, program services and research. Over 50,000 Canadians suffer from the effects of 170 forms of muscular dystrophy. Forty per cent of the association’s revenues come from the 270 supporting fire stations in Ontario. Annual donations exceed $1,185,000. Drayton Heights Public School student Willy Smart played Space Oddity with Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield at Empowerment Day on April 15 at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex in Fergus. Hadfield was the day’s keynote speaker. Originally a concept of Drayton Heights Public School graduates Alexis Kuper and Tate Driscoll, Empowerment Day is run by the Drayton Heights student council - 64 students in Grades 7 and 8 - and is meant to show students they’re making a difference in the world and in their community. The Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association (FHSA) held a Children’s Safety Day on April 23 at Farfield Farms south of Alma. Continuing a 30-year tradition, the organization offered opportunities for young people to learn about safety as it applies to hearing, shops, power take offs (PTOs), tractors, fire, large animals and, new this year, guns. May Mapleton council heard arguments both for and against allowing Sunday gun hunting in the township at a special meeting on May 3. About 25 people attended the gathering, leaving plenty of empty seats at the PMD SEE THE YEAR » 7
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arena hall. A call for written submissions on the topic generated 34 responses prior to the meeting, with 28 in favour of expanding hunting to Sundays and six opposed. Three submissions that arrived after the deadline added one voice to the proSunday hunting side and two more in opposition. Of the correspondents that clearly indicated they lived in Mapleton, eight were in favour and six opposed. Five years in the planning and just over a year from ground-breaking the Minto Rural Health Centre (MRHC) became a reality on May 4. Dignitaries and community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the new 11,750-square foot medical arts building which houses a variety of community partners in the delivery of health services to area residents. Tenants include the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, MintoMapleton Family Health Team, Canadian Mental Health Association, St. Elizabeth’s Wound Clinic and Community Care Access Centre. Dr. Christopher Cressey is the first physiciqan to open an office in the facility. Council added its support to two resolutions opposing the province’s approval of wind farms in communities without municipal support. At the May 10 meeting, council supported a resolution from the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich where Invenergy was awarded a contract for the Strong Breeze Wind project without the municipality’s support. The resolution calls on the province to make a municipal support resolution a mandatory requirement in the Independent Electricity
System Operator’s process for awarding contracts. Township council threw its support behind efforts by two local service clubs to build a splash pad in Drayton. On May 10, Mapleton council approved the minutes of the April 11 parks and recreation committee meeting, which include a resolution acknowledging a splash pad as part of the parks, recreation and culture strategic master plan. The resolution also calls on the committee to “reconnect to council to support the splash pad project with fundraising through the local Kinettes and Rotary Club.” June A former Drayton resident achieved a goal she set for herself early in her softball career. Victoria Rumph began playing ball on the “B” diamond in Drayton and progressed over the years to a position as a catcher for Softball Canada’s Women’s National Team from 2013 to 2016. Rumph’s goal to obtain employment as a softball head coach was realized when the College of Wooster in Ohio hired her on as head softball coach beginning June 13. “I am honoured to be given this head coaching opportunity at the College of Wooster as a young coach early in my career,” stated Rumph. Mapleton was among five rural Ontario communities chosen to take part in a pilot project on the creation of youth advisory councils. Having a youth council up and running was among the reasons the township was selected for Parks and Recreation Ontario’s Play Works Youth Engagement projects. “The hope is that Mapleton will become a leader in this front because you have almost a year under your belt,” Jason Cranny, a
youth engagement worker representing Parks and Recreation Ontario, told council on May 24. Township council has approved implementation of a process to identify post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among local firefighters and provide both peer-driven and professional assistance with treatment. On May 24 council approved a recommendation from Fire Chief Rick Richardson that a traumatic event post-incident procedure be adopted and adapted to identify and treat potential first responder victims of traumatic events attended by Mapleton Fire/Rescue. A report from Richardson explained that mental illness, PTSD and occupational stress injuries are on the rise in the
fire service province-wide. The Mapleton community lost a special citizen and a key figure in local history with the passing of Jean Campbell on June 14. Campbell, who died at her home at the age of 80, was a longtime Drayton village clerk, ardent local historian and active community volunteer. “She was very diligent in what she did. She was very sincere and she was very soft spoken and kind, but she had a unique way of talking you into things and getting her way if she thought it was the right thing to do,” recalled former Drayton and Mapleton mayor John Green. July Longtime local council member Jim Curry passed
away on July 3, less than 18 months after being diagnosed with ALS. Curry, 63, described as community-minded and a man of few words by his family, was active locally as a municipal councillor for 21 years. He was also a Rotary Club member and served on various committees at the Drayton Reformed Church, including mission work in Haiti. His favourite pastimes included hunting, fishing and golfing. An appreciation evening celebrating Grant and Edith Schieck’s 60 years of volunteerism in the community was held on July 7. The Schiecks received the Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society’s Long Time Service Award. Presented for the first time, the award recognizes society
members who have dedicated many years of volunteering for the organization. The annual fishing derby at the Conestogo Lake Conservation Area was held on July 10 with 91 adults and 38 kids registered. Kids biggest fish was a pike caught by Shawn Culp. It measured 58cm or 22.75 inches. Adult biggest fish was a 69cm (27.25 inch) pike caught by Jason Clowes. Wellington County and Guelph hospitals received more than $3 million in provincial funding to expand emergency mental health services. North Wellington Health Care (NWHC), which operates the hospitals in Palmerston and Mount Forest, and Groves Memorial Community Hospital SEE REFLECTING » 8
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resources available to us if we run into a situation where we have a mental health or addictions patient.” Six trucks from the Mapleton Fire Department responded to a baler fire on Wellington Road 109 in Wellington North, west of Arthur, on July 28. Crews worked quickly, spraying water around the perimeter of the area. A baler, two acres of the wheat
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NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS
WINTER PARKING Pursuant to Township of Mapleton By-law 5000-05, Section 9.10, please take notice of the following prohibition:
• No person shall park a vehicle upon a highway or on a municipal parking lot between the hours of 2 and 6 am of any day during the months of November, December, January, February and March of any year. ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTY PROVISIONS: Any person violating any provisions of this by-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine, pursuant to the provisions set out in Part II of the Provincial Offences Act.
HELP KEEP OUR ROADS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE THIS
The Township of Mapleton has important information on how we can all work together to keep our roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots as safe as possible during the winter season
When You Shovel: • Shovel as soon as possible after a snowfall • Use a proper sized shovel • Do not shovel, blow, or plow snow onto or over roads. Section 181 of the Highway Traffic Act states: “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 181.” • Keep snow piles low so as not to obstruct visibility of pedestrians and drivers • Carefully use, and only as necessary, safety salt and/or sand on the ice • If you are going away during the winter months, please arrange for your sidewalks to be cleared • If you suffer heart or other medical problems, do not attempt to shovel snow • Wherever possible, help your neighbours!
The Township of Mapleton is asking for your cooperation with the following: • Don’t park on the street during a snow storm • Keep snow away from fire hydrants • Remind children not to climb or play on snow banks or to dig forts in snow, as it is dangerous • Drive smart – Give yourself extra time and distance • Respect the Blue Light - when sharing the road with plows always have your headlights on and give the plow plenty of room, oncoming vehicles should stay to the right • Reduce your use of salt – Look for environmentally friendly alternatives • Remember, it is dangerous to pass a snow plow on the right side, the operator may not be able to see you.
under certain conditions. On Aug. 3, the township removed the remaining provisions of the ban. “Based on the amount of rainfall that we have received over the last few days and weeks Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson has declared a lift of the ban,” stated a press release from the township. Predicted thunderstorms did not materialize allowing organizers of the Drayton Fair to experience near perfect weather for the annual event. The fine weather from Aug. 5 to 7 brought steady streams of fair-goers to the Drayton fairgrounds. “It was a great weekend all around. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. The crowds exceeded our expectations. Entries were up in almost every event,” fair president Jim Zantinge said. During the week of Aug. 7 Wellington County Junior Farmers hosted five international delegates. They came from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. While in Wellington County they had a chance to experience goat farms, dairy farms, trout farms and also learned how to make a horse buggy. Mapleton council elected not to hire a crossing guard for the intersection of Wellington Road 17 and King Street North in Alma. Instead, the township made plans to address safety concerns raised by local residents by re-assigning an existing crossing guard to the village’s main intersection and extending sidewalks
AUGUST 2016 - The 160th Drayton Fair was held on the weekend of Aug. 5 to 7. The opportunity to walk an alpaca was offered for just 50 cents at one exhibit. Emmie Mensinga of Drayton was among those taking one for a trot. Community News file photo on Wellington Road 17. The local conservation authority and health unit warned people not to swim in Conestogo Lake due to the presence of blue-green algae. On Aug. 30 warning signs were posted at the lake advising people about the algae, which contains the toxin microcystin and can cause illness when ingested by people or animals. Cottagers were also notified of the algae bloom. There were no reports of human illness. Officials with the
Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health warned people not to swim in the reservoir, come in contact with the algae, allow children and pets to go near the algae, eat fish from the lake or use the water for drinking or any other purpose. Boating was allowed, but boaters were advised to avoid touching the algae. Next week: 2016 the Year in Review, September to December.
Healthy lifestyle changes possible » FROM PAGE 4
vastly change which recommendations are appropriate. For example, the nutrition recommendations for advanced kidney disease are different than the recommendations for early kidney disease. Sometimes it is better to lend an ear than offer advice that might harm the person more than help them!
Create healthy, supportive environments. Making the environment more supportive to a healthy lifestyle can greatly improve someone’s ability to stick with healthy changes. The biggest determinant of what we eat is what’s available. Have a look around your environment to see what’s easily accessible.
GREGG DAVIDSON County Councillor, Ward 2 Mapleton
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A candy dish on the coffee table, and a cookie jar on the counter mean these are the first things someone will grab when they are hungry. Alternatively, having fresh fruit and veggies cut up in the fridge increases the likelihood that these will be the snack of choice. Participate. Changing eating habits or starting a new exercise routine can be difficult to accomplish alone. Offering to participate is one of the most powerful ways you can help! According to a study published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015, “Women and men were more likely to quit smoking, become physically active and lose weight if their partner joined them in the new healthy behavior.” Who knows, you might benefit from these changes as well! Maggie Armstrong, is a dietitian with the East Wellington Family Health Team. For more information about any of the free services offered by the Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team, visit the website at www.mmfht.ca or call the Drayton office at 519-638-2110 or Clifford office at 519-327-4777. Like the team on Facebook (Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team) and follow them on Twitter (@ MintoMapleton) for healthy living tips and information on upcoming programs and events in the area.