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Harriston man sentenced to over seven years in connection with fatal crash GUELPH - Ethan Robert Noble has been sentenced to seven years and five months in jail in connection with a two-vehicle crash last summer that claimed the life of Palmerston’s Darren More. Noble, 22, of Harriston, was sentenced by Justice G.F. Hearn in Guelph court on Jan. 24. Though he initially faced 15 charges following the July 11 Mapleton crash, Noble pled guilty to five charges: - driving while impaired by drug causing death; - driving while impaired

by drug causing bodily harm (two counts, involving two passengers in the vehicle he was driving); - possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 (the truck he was driving was stolen); and - assault (on a female passenger in the vehicle he was driving). Noble received a seven-year jail sentence for impaired driving causing death and a concurrent fiveyear sentence for two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, plus two months for possession of the stolen truck and three

months for assaulting the passenger. Less time served, his remaining sentence totals six years and eight months. He is also prohibited from driving for five years following his release. More, 43, was a father of three children with his wife Pam. He was well known in the community as a volunteer, particularly with the Isaac Foundation, which supports research into MPS VI, a rare genetic disorder his son Jasper was diagnosed with in 2011.

MAPLETON - Discussion about the sale of a surplus residential lot in Glen Allan has led to a complete inventory review of all saleable lots in Mapleton. According to a Jan. 22 report to council, staff received a letter of interest from Mapleton resident Rod Bauman to purchase a quarter-acre of vacant land at 15 Hill street in Glen Allan. Bauman stated the land adjacent to his property “is currently vacant ... not maintained and has several aban-

doned vehicles and debris on it.� Councillor Paul Douglas noted an aerial map of Glen Allan showed five other municipally-owned parcels of land. That led councillor Michael Martin to ask whether staff should be looking into other surplus lots that could be put up for sale. “I don’t know if we track it here but ... let’s start looking at it; let’s start putting it up and declaring it surplus and getting rid of it because I am sure that those surplus properties have a lot more

value to adjoining property owners,â€? Martin said. Mayor Gregg Davidson and councillor Dennis Craven agreed. CAO Manny Baron explained staff has already started to assess other vacant land and was planning to release the information for that purpose within the year. “Prior to me arriving here in Mapleton, [clerk Barb Schellenberger] did go through that exercise ‌â€? Baron said. “So in talking to Barb and staff, what we hoped to

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Tin can curlers hit the ice at Mapleton to inventory surplus lots Moorefield rink By Aryn Strickland The Moorefield Optimist Club hosted its tin can curling bonspiel on Feb. 2. A popular event started in the 1940s, the club reintroduced tin can curling to the community two years ago. ABOVE: Madison Martin, 15, of Moorefield, throws a can as teammate Kanyon Cherrey, 12, looks on. LEFT: Leland Scott, 11 sweeps a can during the competition. Photos by Aryn Strickland



Minto recognized by EDCO for Cool Cones collaboration MINTO – The Town of Minto was the recipient of a 2018 Award of Excellence from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at a Jan. 31 awards ceremony at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. Minto placed first in the Collaboration and Partnership Awards category, for Local Collaboration and Partnership under 50,000 population. Minto was selected for last summer’s Cool Cones Crawl public art project, which celebrated a reunion of former Canada Packers employees and the history of York Ice Cream production in Harriston. “This is an extremely special honour,� said Minto eco-

nomic development manger Belinda Wick-Graham. “This truly was a project that was successful because of the community partners including the Harriston downtown revitalization committee, Town of Minto Cultural Roundtable, business sponsors and, of course, the artists.� Wick-Graham also thanked Raissa Rogers of the Magic Ice Cream Shop for her encouragement on the project “when things got difficult� and Andy Pridham at Weathered for “making our vision a reality by constructing our base cones.� Mayor George Bridge said, “Minto prides itself on our strong community partnerships and this project continues to demonstrate that we are stronger together,



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when we come together great things can happen.� The town is planning a similar project, Trendy Trains, for next summer, celebrating the railway heritage of the community of Palmerston. The awards program, which marked the finale of the 62nd EDCO Conference and Showcase, aims to seek advanced ideas with the ability to become future economic development best practices. This year, 98 entries were submitted from communities and organizations across Ontario. A judging panel with expertise in marketing, communications, tourism and industrial/commercial development met in Toronto in November to evaluate each entry and select finalists.

Excellent collaboration - The Town of Minto was the recipient of a 2018 Award of Excellence from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at a Jan. 31 awards ceremony. Minto was recognized in the Local Collaboration and Partnership, for municipalities under 50,000 population, category for last summer’s Cool Cones Crawl public art project. From left: Minto marketing and community development coordinator Taylor Kuenen, Mayor George Bridge, economic development manager Belinda Wick-Graham and Minto economic development committee chair Glen Hall. Submitted photo



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Community thumps Bethel 7-1 COMMUNITY 7 BETHEL 1 DRAYTON - Community scored two unanswered goals in the first period to start off their NDCHL game. Jeff Horst scored with a wrist shot over the glove and Brady Lane scored with a wrap around. Lane, Lamar Martin and Joe Gerbe assisted. Kevin Gingrich and Joe Gerbe added a pair of goals in the second. Lamar Martin, Colin Snyder, John Horst and Jeff Horst assisted. Community added three in the third. Lane scored twice for his hat trick, followed by Gerbe scoring his second. Jeff Horst assisted on all three. Gingrich, Lane, and Martin drew assists on the goals. Bethel’s only goal came late in the third on a shot by Nathan Holland. Laverne Metzger assisted..

DRAYTON 3 LISTOWEL 1 Drayton opened the scoring with two goals in the second. Aaron Keunan scored with a backhand and Dave Mulder with a wrist shot. Brandon Rumph, Herman Mulder, and Colton Hoekstra assisted. Listowel responded with a goal by Josh Shantz, assisted by Phil Shantz. Drayton added an insurance goal midway through the third on a screened shot by Rob DeWeerd, assisted by Eric Deckers and Colton Hoekstra. FLORADALE 5 MISSIONARY 2 Floradale scored two unanswered goals in the first. Conner Bauman rifled a shot from the point and Greg Martin scored the second in close. Dustin Gingrich, Nick Martin, Tim Martin and Ryan Martin assisted.

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Floradale added a power play goal late in the second on a wrist shot by Greg Martin, assisted by Corey Wideman and Nick Martin. Dylan Bults responded for Missionary seconds later. Matt Duff assisted. Floradale added two in the third. Corey Wideman blasted a slap shot for an unassisted goal and Greg Martin added one to complete his hat trick. Ryan Martin and Ryan Weber assisted. Missionary also scored early in the third on a rush by Brady Claussen. Pat Landman and Devin McGuire assisted. Submitted by Willard Metzger

Harriston rink sixth at Tankard ELMIRA - A team representing the Harriston Curling Club finished sixth in a 10-team field at the 2019 Ontario Men’s Tankard at the 2019 Provincial Curling Championships held Jan. 27 to Feb. 3 in Elmira. Team Dayna Deruelle, consisting of skip Deuruelle, third Brent Ross, second Ryan Werenich, lead Shawn Kaufman and alternate Shane Konings failed to quality for the playoff round, with a record of four wins and five losses. MacDonald’s Scott Kingston-based squad won the event and will represent Ontario at the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier set for March 2 to 10 in Brandon, Manitoba. The Deruelle rink earned a berth in the Tankard by winning an open qualifier event in Penetanguishene on Jan. 13.

Autoboggan - Howick Turnberry Ambassador of the Fair Kaitlyn Kamrath, seated on a 1960 Autoboggan owned by Dennis Lowry, joined volunteers to welcome visitors to the 9th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show on Jan. 27 at the Howick arena. Back, from left: volunteers Keon Atkinson, Ryan Keopke, organizer Jason Benninger, snowmoile owner Dennis Lowry, volunteer Verdun Zurbrigg. Photo by Bonnie Whitehead

Vintage Snowmobile Show held in Howick By Bonnie Whitehead HOWICK - The 9th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show was held on Jan. 27 at the Howick Arena. This collection of over 50 vintage snowmobiles was a rare sight. Few would associate Harley Davidson with snowmobiles, but a Harley sled did make an appearance at the show. Snowmobiles became popular in the early 1960s, so many were quite impressed to see a 1960 Ranger Autoboggan and 1960 Snowbug Prototype and sleigh owned by Dennis Lowry of Wingham. Don Hamilton of Guelph showed off his 1965 Trapper Snowbug, a small very antique looking one-ski machine. Percy Coulter of Listowel showed his 1969


Euchre at the Harriston, Legion. 7:30pm. Light Lunch provided. $5pp. Bring a Partner. More info: 338-2843.

February 13

Seniors Centre for Excellence Free cooking class led by Jenny, dietitian from Minto-Mapleton FHT. Learn simple, easy & healthy recipes. Harriston Arena, 11:30am. Register: 519.638.2110

February 14

Ostomy Support Group, Claire Stewart Medical Centre, 1:30pm; open to those who have an ostomy and their family members. Education, support and a variety of speakers. Call Carol: 519.323.0255 ext. 5014

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Minto Arts presents a Basement Cafe featuring “The MacQueens”, 8pm, Harriston Library. $20. Free tea & coffee. Wine & desserts for purchase. 519-338-2497.

February 15

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Jammin’ at the Drayton Legion, 2pm. Come and bring your instrument or enjoy the free entertaiment.

February 17

Jamboree at Harriston Legion. $5 entry. Doors open: noon, Entertainment: 1pm, Supper: 4:30pm, $12. Musicians, Singers, Dancers & Spectators Welcome. More info: 338-2843.

February 18

Darren’s Day, a day for family and community. Palmerston Community Centre, 8-2pm. Firefighters breakfast and chili lunch. Fun events include Plunger Toss, Snowshoeing, Games, Tug a Truck & more. Entry by donation.

February 18

Family Trivia hosted by Drayton Kinettes. 10am at Drayton Community Mennonite Fellowship. $20/team. Snacks, prizes, drinks and lots of fun! Family friendly.

February 25

Roll up your sleeve and use your power to give life by donating blood! Community Christian School in Drayton, 3:30-7:30pm. Book your appointment online or by calling 1-888-2DONATE.

February 27

Senior Centre for Excellence Friendship Circle, free event. Palmerston United Church, 10am. Coffee, tea and cookies served while the conversation flows.

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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Teen Dance Party hosted by the Drayton Kinettes. Grades 6 - 8 welcome. $7 per teen, includes snacks. 7-9 pm. 149 Elm. St, Ag Hall. Fully chaperoned.

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Snowcruiser and had a few spare parts to help others complete their snowmobiles. Steph Hood of Palmerston had one of the cutest looking machines, a tiny Arctic Cat snowmobile, a 1973 Kitty Kat. The big, bright yellow 1971 Valmont Ski-doo owned by Scott Fritz of Bluevale looked majestic balancing on one ski. A number of Dauphin snowmobiles were on the lot. Dauphin snowmobiles were only built for three years in Quebec. Ken Heipel spent two years working on his 1971 Dauphin.

welcomed Benninger Tur nber ry Howick Ambassador of the Fair Kaitlyn Kamrath, Howick Eldon reeve deputy Bowman, and Councillor Doug Hargrave to the event which was sponsored by the Howick Agricultural Society. He expressed gratitude l for all the help from volunteers Verdun Zurbrigg, Ryan Koepke, Keon Atkinson, and the Palmerston Traditional Scouts, who helped with the parking. The committee also expressed appreciation for attendees’ donations to the North Huron Food Bank.

Senior playoffs delayed by appeal of league ruling PALMERSTON Organizer Jason – The Mapleton Minto 81’s are set to open the Senior ‘AA’ playoffs Friday night, after an appeal of a WOAA ruling involving a player on another team held up quarter-final action across the league last weekend. The playoff situation was thrown into a flux just before the scheduled Feb. 1 start when the eighth-place Tavistock Royals appealed a league decision to strip the team of points for using a suspended player in two games in January. Last weekend Tavistock exhausted the appeals process. With the final standings left unchanged, the fifth

place 81’s will take on, as previously planned, the fourthplaced Saugeen Shores Winterhawks in a series that begins Feb. 8 at 8:30pm in Port Elgin. Game two of the series will be played Feb. 10 at 2pm in Palmerston. Meanwhile, in WOAA Senior ‘A’ playoff action, the Elora Rocks swept the Lucknow Lancers in a best-ofthree opening round series. The Rock won 7-1 on home ice on Feb. 1 and downed the Lancers 6-2 in Lucknow on Feb. 2. The Rocks finished regular season action in 11th spot in the 14-team league, while the Lancers were last.

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Surplus lot inventory to be created by Mapleton Township with eye to sale of property not needed by municipality » FROM PAGE 1

Museum presentation - Kyle Smith of the Wellington County Museum and Archives shared a presentation on Wightman’s, the First 110 Years on Jan. 18 at Knox United Church at a Seniors Centre for Excellence Lunch and Learn event. From left: Jean Field, Mary Cain, Victoria Remuga, Smith, Julie Duncan and Helen Edwards. Photo by Bonnie Whitehead

Local telephone company history topic at seniors Lunch and Learn By Bonnie Whitehead CLIFFORD - Seniors Centre for Excellence program co-ordinator Helen Edwards welcomed over 50 people to the Lunch and Learn on Jan 18 at Knox United Church in Clifford. Mary Cain offered the blessing before helping Victoria Remuga serve a luncheon prepared by Donna Gingrich. Orange pecan chicken was served over a bed of rice pilaf with green beans, cauliflower salad, rolls and mocha cheesecake for dessert. Kyle Smith from the Wellington County Museum and Archives researched the triumphs and tragedies of the four generations that built Wightman Telecom from climbing the first pole to installing fibre optics. Robert Wightman was

hailed a visionary who invested in his community in 1908 when Bell would not expand its telephone service to small communities. After 110 years, Paul and Blair Wightman are continuing the legacy left by great grandfather Robert, grandfather Ben, grandmother Leila, and their father Ray. Ingenuity made it possible for neighbours to connect through party lines and listen to gramophone recordings on a Sunday evening. The business offered discounts during the depression, built a new exchange in 1952, mobilized to install cable underground, and now offers worldwide communication through the internet. Many had stories to tell of how the telephone offered a sense of security in times of medical troubles and humour in the form of over-

heard conversations on party lines. Jean Field recalled her party line ring was three longs, one short. Smith brought along a book published by the Robert Wightman Telephone System outlining the rules and fines. The number one rule: never use during an electrical storm. Other rules included answer promptly, talk no longer than five minutes, the phone “is not a toy,” no prank calls, business calls take precedence over casual calls, be courteous, and no quarrelling or risk paying a $10 fee. Lunch and learn programs run the third Friday of each month at Knox Church in Clifford. The noon meal cost is $12. The program that follows is free. Call 1-519-638-1000 to reserve a spot.

Driver sentenced to seven-plus years » FROM PAGE 1

“Darren was the hero of hope,” said a family member who asked not to be identified, adding reaction to Noble’s sentence varies among More’s relatives. “My hope is however long [Noble] spends in jail ... he will come out a better person and contribute something back to society. “I hope he gets some of the right influences or access to programs that will help him overcome his [issues].” The crash According to an agreed statement of facts, on July 11 at about 7:55am Noble was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado stolen the previous day from a farm in Gowanstown. He was travelling north on Sideroad 15 at a high rate of speed, with a female passenger the middle of the front seat and a male on the passenger side of the front seat. All three were high on methamphetamines. As the truck approached the Sideroad 15/Concession 16 intersection, both passengers noticed More’s truck travelling east on Concession 16 and begged Noble to slow down. Noble struck the woman in the face with his elbow, likely breaking her nose, and told her to “shut up.” He then accelerated the vehicle, which went through the stop sign at about 120km/h, striking More’s

vehicle on the passenger side. More was trapped in his vehicle, which had flipped onto the passenger side. The female passenger was trapped in the stolen truck, while Noble and his male passenger were able to exit the stolen vehicle. After the collision Noble got in a passerby’s pick-up truck and started to ram the Silverado, which had caught fire, in an attempt to free the female passenger still inside. Noble then tried a similar stunt with another passerby’s tractor, before being stopped by police officers who had arrived on the scene. More was eventually extricated from his vehicle by first responders but was pronounced dead at the Palmerston hospital. Noble received minor injuries and while at Groves hospital in Fergus, was examined by a drug recognition expert who determined he was impaired by methamphetamine at the time of the crash. The male passenger in the stolen truck was treated for a broken arm and herniated ribs. The female passenger suffered serious injuries, including several fractures, internal and external lacerations, and third degree burns over portions of her body. She was also unknowingly 8 to 10 weeks pregnant; the fetus did not survive.

Noble was charged with impaired driving a month prior to the crash that claimed More’s life. According to an agreed statement of facts, on June 14 at about 12:40am, OPP officers noticed a gold Infiniti travelling at a high rate of speed along Wellington Road 2 in Minto. It was swerving from side to side and had no headlights on. Police followed the vehicle and a short time later observed it in the ditch. Noble, who exited the vehicle, was unsteady on his feet, kept falling down and needed help to walk. He also had slurred speech, glossy eyes, a pale complexion and a white, pasty film on his bottom lip. After admitting he consumed whisky, LSD and methamphetamine, Noble was arrested for impaired driving. Blood tests showed methamphetamine, amphetamine and bupropion in his system. Noble did not make his first appearance in court for this incident until a week after the crash that killed More. He pled guilty in October to driving while impaired by drug and was sentenced to 20 days in jail (for which he was given credit after serving 13 days prior to sentencing). He was also banned from driving for one year. - With files from Jaime Myslik

come back with at some point throughout the year is a list to determine whether they are any value to the township or not.” 15 Hill Street Council discussed whether to authorize a bylaw declaring the Hill Street property surplus, without an appraisal, at a future meeting. Two other neighbours also have properties that adjoin the vacant lot. Baron said the municipal policy is to give each adjoining owner the opportunity to purchase a portion as it relates to the personal use of their own property. “But depending on what council wishes to do, we would be willing to look at other ways to do that,” Baron said. Schellenberger said staff recommends there be no appraisal because of how much it would cost to pay surveyors and appraisers. “I think each adjoining landowner would have had the same opportunity to put in a letter of interest such as this so I would be in favour of a first come, first served kind of scenario,” said councillor Michael Martin. Before council passed the resolution regarding 15 Hill Street, Martin added an addendum to that effect. “It’s a quarter acre. Let’s get this thing done and off the books and start looking for more,” said Martin. “I think they have all had equal chance to put in an

councillor Paul Douglas was opposed. The original resolution to declare the land surplus without appraisal at a future meeting was then approved unanimously by council members.

expression of interest. Mr. Bauman has clearly put the leg work in to inquire about it.” Martin, Craven and councillor Marlene Ottens voted in favour of the first-come, first-served addendum, while

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Plunger toss tradition still alive in Alma Toilet plunger toss - Two years ago the Alma Optimist Club cancelled the popular annual toilet plunger toss in that community. That didn’t deter Tali Scott, who has continued the event the last two years for family and friends. TOP LEFT: Bill Cutten and Scott pose with the toilet plunger toss trophy during the event at a home on Elora Street South in Alma on Feb. 2. ABOVE RIGHT: Contestants enjoying the competition. LEFT: Blake Drimmie tosses a plunger during the ‘Alma Pong ‘N’ Plop’ event. Photos by Aryn Strickland


EDITORIAL By Patrick Raftis

Governing on the sly While the speed of the news cycle these days means perceptions may change by the time this is published, news early this week of leaked documents that appear to show the Ontario government is well on its way to massive restructuring of the health care sector, without any sort of public consultation, bears watching. On Monday, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath revealed new documents she claims show the province has essentially signed off on leaked health-care legislation that the Progressive Conservative government dismissed as “just a draft” last week. Meanwhile, Health Minister Christine Elliott held a news conference to accuse the NDP of “fear mongering” and stated the material consisted of non-partisan public service documents that she had never seen. In the wake of this, an as-yet unnamed bureaucrat allegedly responsible for leak has been fired and the government has called on the OPP to investigate. This is just one of many befuddling moves from Queen’s Park of late, but with a government like this one, it appears wisest just to focus on the most potentially disruptive measures. The bottom line is if the document breach has caused the government to backtrack on its plans (Elliott’s denials aside, these documents seem pretty legit and indicative of a process fairly far along) then the civil servant in question should probably have been promoted, rather than ousted. Among the most ominous items contained in the documents were references to “outsourcing” of inspections, laboratories and licensing services. Privatizing of laboratories during the Mike Harris era of Conservative government is, of course, one of the factors that led to the deadly Walkerton e-coli outbreak in 2000. In a rush to save cash through privatization, the Harrisites privatized lab testing without ensuring public health threats would be reported to the public health unit. The private lab, assuming they reported only to their ostensible employer, the Walkerton Public Utilities Commission, didn’t sound a wider alarm and seven people died and thousands got sick. It’s a bad idea to rush this kind of reform, especially when cost-cutting is the primary motive. Private labs were later required to report dangerous results to medical authorities, but that’s of little solace to the victims of the Walkerton debacle. The one advantage to having Doug Ford as premier is that he can be cowed by strong public reaction. He’s had to climb down twice from indications he would allow for development in Ontario’s Greenbelt, claiming ironically each time that the Tories would never touch the protected tract. Twice? Ford also backed down and delayed the appointment of a questionably-qualified crony as commissioner of the OPP. Lucky for him and the OPP, as it turns out, because it’s hard to imagine how the force could credibility investigate a document leak by an opposing party with the premier’s personal pick at the helm. As is often pointed out these days, elections have consequences, and there are many actions the Ford government will take that opponents will ultimately accept. But careless dismantling or partisan disgracing of institutions designed to protect public safety is not among them.

A family’s healthy new year’s resolution By Mike Libbey Most people wait till the beginning of January to focus on setting a new year’s resolution goal, usually of losing weight. I have written numerous articles on weight loss over the last 30 years that I have been a dietitian. Unfortunately, the success rate of losing weight and keeping it off over the next

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setting health goals for the new year. Well here’s the thing, once you gain adipose tissue (fat) the body will fight to maintain it. Another interesting fact is when you make new fat cells, they are there for life. They can shrink but never go away and can easily go back in size once you start overeating. So, next time you want to overindulge in your favorite food you’ll be making new fat cells that will never disappear. Let’s look on how being overweight affects children and young adults. If a child becomes overweight or obese, they now have a 75% chance of growing into an obese adult. And a 19-yearold adult who is obese has an 88% risk of being overweight the rest of their life. Most recent studies have now indicated that if both

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parents are overweight then approximately 80% of their children will also have this weight challenge. Compare this to parents that are lean; the prevalence of obesity drops to only 14%. Infants that are born to obese mothers tend to consume more calories resulting in excessive weight gain compared to mothers that are in a normal weight range. This is a very complex issue concerning childhood obesity but basically comes down to children are eating too many calories and lack adequate physical activity. So, what can parents do to decrease the risk of their children becoming overweight? The main way is lead by example. Parents can verbally stress to their children the importance of eating healthy and being physically active but when they themselves are inactive and eat unhealthy children usually copy these habits. Children need guidance and structure that includes limitations on time spent with electronic devices and scheduled physical activity. It is recommended that they have 60 minutes or more per day of moderate physical activity. It would be an added bonus if the parent spends some of this time doing some sort of physical activity with them. Try to do something that is fun for all of you. The benefits of physical activity for children include: - fewer behaviour and disciplinary problems; - better attention spans and performance in school; - increased self confidence; - increased strength, improving motor skills, flexibility and endurance; SEE PARENTS » 8


Drayton Entertainment season features music, drama and comedy DRAYTON - Drayton Entertainment will present a 2019 playbill packed with Broadway blockbusters, comedies, dramas, tributes and a number of fun-filled family musicals and pantos. Artistic director Alex Mustakas continues to aim to bring a wide variety of crowd-pleasing productions to the award-winning charitable not-for-profit theatre organization’s seven stages throughout Ontario. In 2019 as Drayton Entertainment will be among the first professional regional theatres in North America to produce the stage adaptation of Rocky: The Musical, based on the popular Sylvester Stallone film. The company will also produce the Canadian professional regional premieres of both Newsies and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Rocky: The Musical is story of struggling smalltime boxer Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to fight against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed in South Philadelphia. The production will open

Alex Kelly and Jayme Armstrong will play Rocky Balboa and Adrian in the Drayton Entertainment production of Rocky: The Musical. the season at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from March 6 to March 31, and then run in the summer at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend from July 18 to August 3. Disney’s Newsies is the rousing tale of a band of teenaged newsboys in New York City at the turn-of-the century, who rise up and strike against the unfair conditions imposed on them by the titans of publishing. Newsies will be on stage from June 27 to July 13 at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, and then July 18 to Aug. 3 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.

The Australian musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, will launch the season at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, playing for four weeks from March 13 to April 7. This stage adaptation follows three drag queens as they set out on a hilarious adventure across the Australian outback in a battered old bus nicknamed Priscilla. Other major musical blockbusters like Annie, Grease and Elf: The Musical are also on the playbill, along with the return of popular musicals like Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The family musical Annie tells the story of a brave young orphan forced to live in a miserable orphanage in 1930s New York. Annie will entertain audiences from June 5 to June 30 at the Drayton Festival Theatre, and then Oct. 2 to 27 at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. Summer brings the hit Broadway phenomenon Grease from July 10 to Aug. 3 at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, and then

Aug. 8 to 31 at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is back – this time in Drayton and Penetanguishene. The show will run from July 11 to Aug. 10 at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, and Aug. 15 to 31 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. The romantic musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie will launch the season in Grand Bend at the Huron Country Playhouse from June 5 to 2. The nostalgic Canadian musical You’ll Get Used To It … The War Show will be on stage at two venues in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. The joys and sorrows of war are explored in this sentimental musical that follows the journey of six Canadian infantrymen, featuring popular music from the 1930s and 1940s. The show is on stage as a tribute to veterans June 5 to 22 at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, and June 27 to July 13 at the Huron Country Playhouse II in Grand Bend.

Cambridge from Aug. 7 to Aug. 24. Based on the true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan The Miracle Worker will be on stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from April 24 to May 12. Two tribute shows are also on the docket – Fiddler on the Loose and Good Ol’ Country Gospel. Fiddler on the Loose is a musical variety show that features over 60 songs running the gamut of genres from country and bluegrass to Celtic, classical, pop, and more. This show is on stage from July 24 to Aug. 10 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Good Ol’ Country Gospel is a tribute to the sacred hits with a country twist. This musical tribute is on stage from Sept. 11 to Dec. 22 at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre. Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto will entertain from June 5 to 22 at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, and then Aug. 8 to 31 at the Huron Country Playhouse II in Grand Bend.

Drayton Entertainment’s 2019 playbill also includes several comedies as well as more serious fare. The new Canadian play GLORY, based on the rise of Ontario’s Preston Rivulettes Women’s Hockey Team, will be on stage at four Drayton Entertainment venues. The show runs from May 15 to June 8 at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, June 12 to 22 at the Huron Country Playhouse II in Grand Bend, June 26 to July 6 at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene and July 10 to 20 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Acclaimed plays ART, Twelve Angry Men and The Miracle Worker will be on stage next season. ART, a comedy that explores the value of art and the fickleness of friendship will be on stage from Oct. 2 to 20 at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. The courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men will play at the Huron Country Playhouse II in Grand Bend from July 18 to Aug. 3, and at the Hamilton Family Theatre

Ice anglers urged by Ontario conservation officers to put safety first CAMBRIDGE The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) is reminding anglers and anyone venturing on to frozen water bodies to put safety first. “Winter fishing is the time of year where many anglers are able to access their favourite fishing spots that are inaccessible during the open water season,” said OCOA President Sean Cronsberry. “But anglers need to be sure that ice conditions are safe and they have the equipment with them to deal with an emergency. By following some simple safety measures, it could save your life,

or the life of someone else.” Ice safety tips: - check ice thickness and conditions frequently; - clear ice should be a minimum of 10cm (4”) for walking and ice fishing, 12cm (5”) for one snowmobile or ATV, 20 to 30cm (8-12”) for a car or small pickup, 30 to 38cm (1215”) for a medium truck; - fish with a buddy; - be prepared for an emergency - wear ice picks or a floater/survival suit, and have a whistle and cell phone on hand; - let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return. This should include where your vehicle will be parked, what route

you plan to take and any stops you plan to make; and - stay off rivers and away from locks, where ice is less stable. Ice conditions in areas of moving water or spring fed lakes can be potentially unsafe at any time, ensure the ice is safe before venturing out. “Conservation officers across Ontario regularly come across groups or individuals who are ill-equipped should trouble occur,” said Cronsberry. “We strongly encourage everyone out on the ice to be prepared and have a plan on how to deal with an emergency. Should an accident occur, being prepared will greatly

Workshop offered on local food marketing WELLINGTON COUNTY – Farm and food businesses are invited to participate in a two-part Local Food Marketing Workshop at the Wellington County Museum and Archives on Feb. 11 from 9am to 4pm. The morning session focuses on optimizing direct farm marketing sales, covering opportunities and reali-

ties of value-added, on-farm sales and experiences. Jessica Kelly, direct farm marketing specialist with OMAFRA, will further explore topics such as managing the customer experience, signage, displays and pricing of farm products. In the afternoon session, entrepreneurs are invited to sharpen their digital mar-

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the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” We don’t know how long we have to live so we’d better give everything we do our absolute all. Some commentators refer to this passage we’re looking at this morning as the “Carpe Diem Passage.” Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase which means “Seize the day!” Life is short … give it your all. Life has often been described as a race. We see this also in Ecclesiastes 9:11. It is full of twists and turns as well as mountaintops and valleys. But remember, life is a marathon not a sprint so we need to persevere and keep moving forward. We are reminded to run well and to run with perseverance. And to keep God as the focus of our race. Otherwise, it is all meaningless and we are chasing after the wind.

Tips to Crime Stoppers up by 23% in 2018 WELLINGTON COUNTY - Last year not only marked the 30th Anniversary of Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW), it also marked a 23 per cent increase in tips for the program. For the calendar year, 894 tips were provided by anonymous tipsters who wanted to confidentially report crime in their communities, CSGW officials state in a press release. Thanks to those tips, 12 cases were cleared, 12 arrests made and a total of 37 charges were laid. The CSGW board of directors approved $2,920 in rewards for successful tips. “The effectiveness of this program rests with the involvement of the community,” said program coordinator Sarah Bowers-Peter. “And these numbers



all comes back to his conclusion in chapter 12: 13. “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.” Fear God and keep his commandments. We can chase after money, happiness, power, pleasure, position – anything that we think will being us fulfillment. But in the end, if God isn’t at the centre of our lives, none of those things have any meaning. Anything that we do in this life, anything that we accomplish, ultimately is going to be judged, weighed, and valued according to God. Life, really and truly, isn’t what it should be unless the Giver of life is the central part of our lives. So now, when I read “Meaningless!” I think I know what he is saying. I believe that Soloman is passing on what he has

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Safe Communities Wellington County hosts distracted driving video contest WELLINGTON COUNTY Safe Communities Wellington County is inviting all local youth to participate in the Wellington County Distracted Driving Video Contest. Anyone 19 and under and residing in Wellington County may create and submit a video up to 60 seconds long explaining “What Distracted Driving Means to you.” “Youth on the roads are still getting injured at astronomically high rates,” Safe

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Taste Real invites everyone to ‘Eat Up Their February’ WELLINGTON COUNTY - Taste Real is inviting everyone to “Eat Up Their February” as part of a local food awareness campaign showcasing local food options and experiences in the winter months. From Feb. 1 to 17, farms, restaurants and retail locations throughout Wellington County and Guelph will be offering specials, deals, local food menus and samples as part of the campaign. “We often have the perception that there is no local food available once fields are covered in snow. Fact is, there is no off-season for local food,” says Taste Real

coordinator Christina Mann. “Wellington County farms and food businesses still offer a wide variety of products, including meat, dairy, eggs, preserves, honey, syrup and prepared foods.” Taste Real hopes to engage people around food and the campaign includes experiences such as special events, workshops and tastings, as well as food and brewery tours. Residents and visitors are encouraged to explore the line-up of participating businesses on the Taste Real website and use a promo code to redeem for special offers, discounts and samples.

As part of the campaign, many local community shared agriculture farms are offering special incentives for anyone interested in signing up to their spring and summer farm share program. “It is especially important to support our local farms and food businesses in this traditionally quiet time of year,” says Mann. “Sales can be slow and expenses high as farms are investing into seeds and equipment for the upcoming growing season.” For information visit or search for the #tastereal hashtag on Facebook or Twitter.





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Icing up - Maitland Conservation issued a watershed conditions safety statement after mild temperatures and heavy rainfall on Feb. 4 raised levels in local streams and rivers. Flows were expected to remain high until later in the week. The authority also warned of the potential for ice jams, primarily in the lower Maitland River, although ice was collecting near the Elora Street bridge in downtown Harriston Tuesday morning. The conservation authority is also reminding watershed residents to stay away from creeks, rivers and other watercourses. Photo by Patrick Raftis




The event will be cohosted by Taste Real Guelph Wellington, Foodlink Waterloo Region and LaunchIT Minto. “Feedback received from our local food businesses has overwhelmingly shown that there is a great deal of interest in learning more about farm direct and digital marketing,” says Wellington County Taste Real coordinator Christina Mannn.

“The communication and marketing landscape has changed significantly over the last few years and businesses are looking to hone their digital marketing skills to be able to better navigate new tools.” Tickets are $25 for the morning or afternoon, or $45 for the full day, and can be purchased online at www. or by phone at 519-837-2600 x 2615. Foodlink Waterloo Region

is a non-profit organization that promotes local food, supports and connects farm and food businesses and provides local food education and outreach. LaunchIt strives to assist new businesses through mentorship, workshops and support programs. Taste Real is an initiative of the economic development department at the County of Wellington facilitating local food connections from farm to plate.

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- decreased morbidity/ mortality from chronic diseases in adulthood; and - enhanced emotional well-being. So, this year let’s pay attention to our health and invest in the future health of our country.

For more information about any of the free services offered by the MintoMapleton Family Health Team, visit www.mmfht. ca or call the Drayton/ Palmerston office at 519-6382110 or Clifford office at 519327-4777. Like the team on Facebook

(Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team) and follow on Twitter (@MintoMapleton) for healthy living tips and information on upcoming programs and events in the area. Mike Libbey is a registered dietician at Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

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Drayton Community News February 7, 2019  

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

Drayton Community News February 7, 2019  

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