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Report highlights dangerous intersections across Mapleton By Patrick Raftis

Tin can talent - Tin can curling, one of the first events organized by the Moorefield Optimists 49 years ago, returned to the community on Feb. 3. The 2018 Moorefield Optimist Tin Can Curling Bonspiel was held at the club’s outdoor rink in Moorefield. New Optimist members Tim Bates and Ryan Campbell supported bringing the event back this year. Members of the community worked hard making ice for the bonspiel. Ten teams competed with paint cans from 30 years ago, with proceeds supporting children’s activities. ABOVE: Team Excellence, including from left: Arend Kraehling, John Henry Klaassen, Tim Bates and Ryan Campbell, won the event. Submitted photo LEFT: Moorefield Optimist President Dan McIntyre takes a shot during competition. Photo by Caroline Sealey

MAPLETON – A report from Mapleton Fire Rescue indicates the corners of Wellington Roads 8 and 12, and Wellington Roads 7 and 12 have historically been the most dangerous intersections within the township. Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson explained at the Jan. 23 council meeting the report includes research by Matthew Broadhaecker, a co-op student working with the department last spring, on motor vehicle collision that occurred within Mapleton Township over the

past 20 years. The report indicates 34 collisions have occurred at the Wellington Road 8 and 12 corner during the study period. However, the report notes that only one minor accident has occurred at the corner since the construction of a roundabout in 2015. Intersections with the next highest accident figures include: - Wellington Roads 7 and 12, 30 accidents; - Wellington Roads 9 and 8, 17 accidents; - Wellington Roads 8 and 10, 15 accidents; and

- Wellington Roads 11 and 7, 14 accidents. Richardson noted the report only covers accidents responded to by Mapleton Rescue. Fire Township Responses within Mapleton by Arthur, Elora, Floradale and Linwood fire departments are not included. Richardson also pointed out the report does not contain information on accidents at Teviotdale (Wellington Roads 7, 9 and 123) and Wellington Roads 8 and 9 between Drayton and Palmerston, known locally as “the S-Bends,” as both SEE FEWER » 3

Nater okay with anthem change but feels debate was cut short By Patrick Raftis HARRISTON – PerthWellington MP John Nater is okay with recently approved changes to Canada’s National anthem, though he feels there should have been more opportunity for public input. On Feb. 1, a bill that effectively makes the anthem gender neutral passed the Senate and now awaits royal assent. O Canada was written by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908 and was altered in 1914 when

the author changed the phrase “thou dost in us command” to “in all thy sons command.” MPP JOHN The new NATER wording will have Canadians singing “in all of us command.” “My concern with the change is it was never really discussed at any great length,” said Nater.

“It was debated in the House of Commons for about two hours. It went to committee, there was no witnesses called, there was no discussion at committee, so I don’t really think the Canadian public were really given an opportunity to have their input. “But, at the end of the day, it did pass through the House, it passed through the Senate. It’s the law of the land, now … once it receives SEE CHANGES » 5

‘Owen’s First Heartiversary’ celebrates life-saving surgery By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - A routine medical appointment for four-month-old Drayton resident Owen Drost turned into a month-long hospital stay. During that month, Owen underwent life saving heart surgery. Owen was born on Oct. 20, 2016 with multiple congenital heart defects, including a double outlet right ventricle, large ventricle septal defect and tetralogy of fallot. The birth took place at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto to allow medical staff to monitor the infant. “Owen’s conditions are not genetic,” said his mother Stephanie Drost. “Statistics indicate that one out of 100 babies born in Canada have a heart condition.” On Feb. 6, 2017, during a routine cardiologist appointment at Credit Valley

Hospital in Mississauga, Owen’s oxygen saturation levels plummeted and he started to turn blue. Emergency room staff stabilized Owen. Tests indicated that he had tetralogy of fallot, a condition involving the formation of bundles that are blockages in the heart. Owen had experienced what is commonly called a tet spell, when he turned blue. Admitted to hospital under quarantine, additional tests revealed Owen had respiratory syncytial virus, a common virus that can be serious when contracted by high risk babies. Three days later, on Feb. 9, doctors were considering releasing Owen. That evening, he experienced another tet spell with oxygen levels dropping to 40mm of mercury, far below the normal of 80 to 100 mm. As Owen continued hav-


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OWEN DROST ing tet spells with oxygen levels recorded in the low 20s, he was transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “Both hospitals were amazing and we were thankful that Owen received such awesome care,” said Stephanie. Initially, Owen was sched-


uled for open heart surgery at six months of age, as the heart is larger and easier to operate on. Because of the frequency and severity of the tet spells he was experiencing, the surgical team began discussions on moving the date forward. A 10-minute walk from the hospital, Ronald McDonald House became a home away from home for Owen’s parents Stephanie and Matt. The couple’s other two children Ethan and Adam stayed with their grandparents during the ordeal. The Sick Kids Bravery Bead Program, run by the hospital’s women’s auxiliary, gives each patient a strand for beads. The strand contains beads with the patient’s name and beads that represent each brave test, procedure or poke the child receives - a keepsake that tells the child’s story.


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On Feb. 20, Owen had two back-to-back tet spells that left him clinging to life. The spells prompted the surgical team to reschedule Owen’s surgery for the following day. “It was one of the scariest times of our lives, not knowing if Owen was going to make it, “ said Stephanie. “True to the meaning of his name, warrior, Owen fought for his life.” After a successful five hour surgery, Owen was placed in the cardiac critical care unit. After major cardiac surgery, he was heavily sedated to allow his body to recover. A temporary external pacemaker regulated his heart rate and rhythm. The medical team gradually removed medications, the pacemaker, drains, breathing tubes, wires and cords. By Feb. 27, Owen was moved to the cardiac care floor where the family was


educated on care protocols for his return home. On March 2, he was discharged. “Owen continues to have regular appointments and will for the remainder of his life. His heart is functioning well but it is not a normal heart, “ Stephanie said. As Stephanie reflects back on this time last year, the one emotion that stands out is gratitude. She is grateful Owen fought for his life, for answered prayers, a strong support system, medical care and for the surgeon and medical team who saved his life. Stephanie ponders how to properly thank someone, or in Owen’s case, an entire team, for saving her son’s life? She decided the best way to thank Owen’s medical team is to ensure that the team can continue to save the lives of critically ill children, making sure they have SEE EVENT » 6

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Seniors centre launching new shuffleboard league for Mapleton By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – The Seniors’ Centre for Excellence (SCFE) will soon be launching a new shuffleboard league. The Township of Mapleton announced on Jan. 30 that the project is being made possible through a $24,995 grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) - a federal program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors wanting to make a difference

in their communities. The idea for the new league came from Gord Oosterveld, one of Mapleton’s senior resiHELEN dents, who EDWARDS used to organize a wintertime shuffleboard league in Florida, the township explains in a press release. “My wife, Ann, and I used to travel to Florida to orga-



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nize a shuffleboard league that had over 80 players,” said Oosterveld. “But, due to health reasons, we’re not able to travel as much as we used to. Projects like these will help to encourage seniors from Mapleton, and across Wellington County, to stay active and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.” The league will be managed by the SCFE, a new part-time coordinator, and volunteer seniors from across Wellington County. Volunteers will not only be involved in the sport of shuffleboard but also designing, marketing, launching and managing the project itself. “We are very excited

about this opportunity,” said Helen Edwards, seniors’ health services coordinator for the SCFE. “One of the most significant effects of the cold winter months on aging adults is the increased risk for social isolation. By launching a wintertime, indoor shuffleboard league, we will ensure that our seniors have more opportunity to be both physically and socially active in the Township of Mapleton.” The township will work with the SCFE to host a series of information, training and registration events. As a result, seniors and youth across Wellington County will be introduced to the sport of shuffleboard. The program is scheduled to

BETHEL 5 DRAYTON 3 Drayton opened the game in first with a goal by Jessie Hoekstra, assisted by Mark Scholten and Jason Mohle. Brandon Wideman tied the game for Bethel later in the period. Nathan Holland and Ben Wideman assisted. Bethel took the lead as

Laverne Metzger scored the only goal in the second. Drayton responded early in the third with two goals. Eric Decker tied the game and Dave Mulder scored the goahead goal. Colton Hoekstra, Scott Nieuwland, Brandon Rumph, and Herman Mulder assisted.


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A three-goal Bethel surge late in the third settled the game. Ian Martin struck for the tying goal and Laverne Metzger added two more for his hat trick. Assists on the goals were earned by Metzger, Matt Martin and Mark Paisley. FLORADALE 5 LISTOWEL 3 Floradale scored three unanswered goals in the first. Braeden Gingerich, Clinton Dechert and Corey Wideman scored the goals, assisted by Dechert (2) and Ryan Weber. Gary Martin added an unassisted Floradale goal in the second. Listowel finally struck for three in the third period but Floradale responded for one. Willis Martin scored the third period Floradale goal, assisted by Javan Martin. Listowel offence was supplied by Phil Shantz, Brad Gratz and Max Brubacher. Dustin Gingrich, Josh Gingrich, Curtis Wagler,

Travis Kuepfer and Kyle Streicher drew assists. COMMUNITY 5 MISSIONARY 2 Kyle Wideman scored the only goal in the first period to give Community an early lead, assisted by Cal Martin. Four more unanswered goals in the second gave Community a commanding lead. Wideman scored again and assisted on another. He was joined in scoring by Dustin Bults, Kevin Gingrich, and Gerald Martin. Assists were awarded to Ryco Martin (2), Gingrich and Cal Martin. Missionary owned the third period rallying for two goals in the third but the game had already been decided. Pat Landman scored the first goal unassisted. Nathan Rhame scored the second, assisted by Landman and Dylan Bults. Submitted by Willard Metzger




explained in her report. The league is scheduled run until the end of May, utilizing both the PMD arena and the Maryborough Community Centre. “On behalf of council and staff, I would like to thank the New Horizons for Seniors Project for this grant opportunity,” said Mapleton Mayor Neil Driscoll. “Seniors are valuable assets to our community. By empowering and encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience, we will continue to build a stronger community.” Seniors wishing to assist with the league are encouraged to contact Edwards at the SCFE, 519-686-1000 or

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begin in February and a celebratory banquet will be held in June. At the Jan. 23 council meeting, Edwards explained grant funds will be used to purchase portable equipment which includes; four portable courts, that will allow up to 16 people to play at one time. Funds will also be used to hire a part time coordinator, cover the costs of facility rentals and the year-end banquet. She also noted there will be an inter-generational component to the project, as it was supported by the Mapleton Youth Action Council. “The grant will also allow seniors to play without fees, for the first year, removing economic barriers,” Edwards

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Tin can curling - Ten teams participated in the 2018 Moorefield Optimist Tin Can Curling Bonspiel on Feb.3 at the club’s outdoor rink in Moorefield. Proceeds from the event will support local children’s activities. ABOVE: A series of cans crowd the house during competition. RIGHT: The Twisted Sisters team was dressed for the occasion. From left: Normanby Optimist Joan Hayward, Mid Western Ontario Optimist Lieutenant Governor and Sydenham Optimist Doris Haw and Normanby Optimists Marg Rapp and Ken Hayward. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Mapleton receives $44,960 in provincial ‘main street’ cash across Ontario. The province states in a press release the initiative will fund a variety of projects, including landscaping or pedestrian crosswalks. Municipalities can also direct funding to local businesses for projects like improving the appearance of their storefronts by renewing façades or installing new signs. Wellington County municipalities receiving the funding include: - Centre Wellington, $52,207; - Erin, $45,733;

WELLINGTON COUNTY - County municipalities will receive more than $320,000 in main street revitalization funding under a new provincial government initiative. At the recent Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Ontario the conference, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced the Main Street Revitalization Initiative, which will be administered by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and ROMA, to support the revitalization of downtowns

- Guelph-Eramosa, $46,931; - Mapleton, $44,960; - Town of Minto, $43,388; - Puslinch, $42,257; and - Wellington North, $46,135. MPP Perth-Wellington Randy Pettapiece issued a statement indicating he supports the investments, but said the government needs to do more. “I want to congratulate all the municipalities I represent,” he said. “They will put that money to good use. “Unfortunately, the province is still shortchanging small and rural municipalities.”

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Scandal boom While observing the never-ending stream of scandals emanating from the government of our neighbours to the south, it’s sometimes easy to be smug about being Canadian. But a look at headlines in recent weeks, or even just last week, gives one pause. By my count, we currently have more scandals on the go at the federal and provincial levels, than we have major political parties in Canada and Ontario combined. The lion’s share of the scandals currently festering have flowed from the fallout from Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown being forced to resign his post after allegations of sexual misconduct with two younger women, one a political staffer, while he was an MP in former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s federal Conservative government. This led to further scandal, including the resignation of PC party president Rick Dykstra from his post after an allegation of sexual assault surfaced against him from before he became a candidate for Harper’s Tories in the 2015 election. It was all so sordid newly-minted PC interim leader Vic Fedeli had to admit he will be too busy for a run at the permanent leadership, because he must “root out the rot” in his own party. I guess that’s encouraging in a “Just give us a few weeks to fix all this rot and we’ll be good to govern” kind of way. On top of the misconduct allegations and resignations, it turns out Fedeli’s investigations have already discovered the party has almost as many fictional members as real ones and their data base has apparently been hacked, so stay tuned. You really do have to feel sorry for Fedeli, given that once he’s done with his current role as rot rooter in chief, he’ll likely have to turn his attention to whatever fresh mess loose cannon leadership hopeful Doug Ford will have created by then. The Ontario Liberals have nothing currently in the courts scandal-wise, in the wake of the recent dismissal of bribery and elections act charges relating to a Sudbury by-election in 2015. However, David Livingston, former chief of staff to Dalton McGuinty, was recently found guilty of deleting documents in a scheme to protect the Liberals from the fallout of power plants axed for political purposes before the 2011 election. While the conviction is current, the charge predates the current government, or at least the current premier, so this one’s a little stale, as scandals go, but it still smells bad. Interestingly, while the gas plant scandal has long been trumpeted by both Conservative and NDP opposition politicians as a sign of the Liberals’ moral bankruptcy, both of those parties indicated during the 2011 campaign that they would have, if elected, cancelled those same projects. Still, in that case, the old Watergate axiom may apply, i.e. the coverup was worse than the crime. Moving on to the feds, literally every party most people reasonably could name has at least one scandal on the go. The governing Liberals have been keeping pretty quiet after Sport and Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr resigned from cabinet pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accepted Hehr’s resignation, but calls it a “leave of absence.” Not sure why. The rate of politicians rebounding from such scandals of late has not been particularly encouraging. SEE SCANDALS » 5

Ok, let’s examine how to stick to your New Year’s resolution for those that are still adhering to their plan. The absolute main way to success is not allowing yourself to accept excuses which will cause failure in reaching your goal. The goal can be weight loss, an exercise plan or to quit smoking. Once you give in and say, “Just this one time,” you’re most likely not going to succeed. Look back on previous New Year’s resolutions and remember why you didn’t’ reach your goal? You’ll most likely recall the time that you gave an excuse such as “I’ll do it tomorrow,” “I’ve had a hard day and I deserve this treat” or “I’m so stressed out.” So now let’s look at how you can change your attitude about making up excuses. Let’s acknowledge how hesitation can derail your goal. If you hesitate more than just five seconds you’re most likely to give in. So next time someone offers you a something that you know you should avoid, just immediately walk away. Each time you’re able to do this it actually gets easier and gives a feeling of being successful that builds up will power. Many people will say I can’t do it because I have no will power, which is a false statement. This is not something that you are born with but is developed from numerous small successes. The more you accomplish any task, big or small; your will power will grow in strength. Another popular New

Year’s resolution is starting an exercise plan. Again the main excuse is there just isn’t enough time. So instead of not doing your 45 minute workout just do five minutes so you don’t get out of the routine. Five minutes is better than zero minutes and anyone can find this amount of time to do a mini exercise session. Remember, no excuses. Start trying to think in a more positive matter, it really works. Many people have a deep subconscious belief of being a failure and basically fulfill that without knowing it. The good thing is your subconscious mind can be reprogrammed. It takes time but can be done simply by thinking good thoughts about yourself and by accomplishing small tasks. So remember the two things not to do are allowing excuses or hesitate from being the best that you can be. Have a great new year. More information For more information about any of the free services offered by the MintoMapleton Family Health Team, visit the website at or call the Drayton/Palmerston 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. Mike Libbey, is a Registered Dietitian with Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

Safe Communities hosts video contest WELLINGTON COUNTY Communities Safe Wellington County (SCWC) is inviting all Wellington County Youth to participate in a Distracted Driving Video Contest. Any county resident, 19 and under is invited to 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, states SCWC. While youth only make up 12 per cent of

the licensed drivers, they account for approximately one fifth of all road-related injuries and fatalities. “Teens and young adults need to realize they are at a higher risk of getting into an accident, because they are new and inexperienced drivers, states SCWC program coordinator Christine Veit, Visit http://wellington. for more information on how to create and submit a distracted driving contest video.

Super STARS - Among the skaters participating in the Drayton Figure Skating Club’s Super STAR Showcase on Jan. 26 were: front, Caitlin Rogerson; back, from left, Danica Lee, Bria Moore and Madison Cos ens. Submitted photos

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Skating club hosts Super STAR Showcase DRAYTON - The Drayton and District Figure Skating Club hosted a new club event, the Super STAR Showcase on Jan. 26 . The DDFSC welcomed skaters’ families and friends for a fun evening of exhibition skating. The showcase was an opportunity for almost 30 of the club’s Star level skaters to present their individual skating programs. The event also provided an opportunity for all skaters to exhibit their individual Freeskate and Interpretive programs skated to musical selections. Club officials were “delighted” to see many skaters perform individual skating programs on clear ice, setting the stage for the Star

skaters to pursue further personal growth during the remainder of the season. Upcoming club events will involve on-going Skate Canada assessments and Skate Canada test days, as well as the culminating event of the season - the annual carnival. This year’s carnival will be held on March 3, with two performances, at 2 and 6pm, at the PMD arena in Drayton. “This will be a wonderful way to wrap up the winter season, following the undoubtedly exciting skating that will be highlighted during the Olympic games in Pyeongchang, Korea from Feb. 9 to 25,” club officials state.

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Not that anyone’s “rooting” for them, except perhaps Fedeli. The federal Conservatives, oddly, have been drawn into the Brown fiasco, given that Brown was an MP when his alleged misconduct occurred and the party allowed Dykstra to remain on the ballot even after senior officials learned of the allegations. The latest revelation here was that Harper himself was in on a conference call during which the decision to green-light Dykstra’s candi-

dacy was made. It should be noted that Harper has stated he was under the impression the investigation into Dykstra was closed by the police, when actually the victim declined to pursue the matter, and current leader Andrew Scheer has ordered an independent investigation into the whole mess. Not to be outdone, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh announced last week there will be an independent investigation into an allegation of “harassing behaviour

toward women” against NDP MP Erin Weir. In Weir’s case, neither the names of the accusers, nor even any specifics of the allegations are known, even to Weir, who was reduced to pleading, “…I do not know what is being alleged. I am confident that I have not harassed anyone…” in lieu of an actual defense. Even the Green Party perhaps wary of being left out, is investigating Elizabeth May for alleged bullying behaviour toward staff members. May for her part, has alleged

Changes approved to make anthem gender neutral » FROM PAGE 1

royal assent. So I think that’s where we work from going forward. It’s properly gone through the legislative process ... so it will be the law of the land.” Nater noted the new wording actually reflects the anthems’ original gender neutral lyrics. “From a historical standpoint, the original wording was ‘thou dost in us command.’ So if we went back to that original … phraseology it would actually reflect the original pre-1900s, early 1900s language,” he pointed out. “So, I mean there is precedent for changes to the anthem. It’s happened a few times before. “In the great scheme of things, it’s not going to

change the world. But it does make it gender neutral, and I think that was the major concern. So, it’s achieved that outcome. “I’m just disappointed there wasn’t more engagement with the public and more debate allowing the public to have the opportunity to have a say in


how they wanted to see it, because there was a couple of options.” Some of those options, the MPP suggested, might have resulted in a slightly more singable anthem. “There is an argument that, with the way it’s written, the new version it is a bit of a tongue-twister,” he said.

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the allegations are “sexist.” Someone should probably look into that, but I mean, who’s left? How many actual “investigators” do we even have in this country?

It never used to be such a thriving industry. Maybe whoever wins (survives?) the next election can tout the investigations boom as “job creation.”

Not to make light of what are some serious issues, but really, government scandals have always been with us, you just never used to need a program.


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Turn Around I have some great news to share. This applies to all people, whether you are a follower of Christ or not. Here’s how it goes. All of us have been shaped by family history, religious and non-religious influences, community environment, educational persuasion, etc. We have been trained to think and act in certain ways and now we come to conclusions and react to situations without much thought given to how and why we do so. We think and act based on how we have been shaped.

Having lived a number of years and repeated the same thought patterns and activities over and over we have developed a mindset, which may have a down side. It may have us in what I would call a “vice grip” - a pattern of life, which results in us living our life, including our faith life, that consists of attending functions, following procedures and practices, keeping rules and/or adhering to principles – all without passion or zeal. The spice is gone and our relationship with God is diminished to stale religion or, if you are not religious, the tragedy of never knowing an incredible God who loves you and can lead you into a life of dig-

nity, hope, vitality and abundance. Here’s the great news. In Matthew 3:1,2 we read about the forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” We also hear the words of Jesus in Mark 1:14,15 after he came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.” Again, in Acts 2:38 Peter, an apostle of Christ, gives this directive: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The word “repent” used here actually means “to change or turn one’s mind

or purpose.” In other words, after living with certain patterns for so long, we are called to think differently. Just like something lost can be found, something old can become new, something broken can be fixed, someone tired can find rest, someone sick can get well again, someone blind can see again, broken bones will heal again, a forest destroyed by fire will come to life again or a broken relationship can be mended again, so also a life so ingrained in thoughts and activities which have left it blasé and lifeless can live again – I mean, really live again! “So,” you ask, “what’s in it for me? Well, here is the great news. If you are willing to make that choice you will receive an outstanding compensation: the kingdom of heaven.

Here’s what your life will look like: - you will instantly come under God’s sovereignty and royal power; - you will have complete and full access to everything that God is; - you will have royal power so that you will never need to succumb to or be overwhelmed by situations again; - your sphere of influence (family, friends, relationships, finances, health, etc.) become subject to the rule of a new king – Jesus Christ; - the atmosphere in your life will take on a delightful or blessed nature; - you will come under the exalted and perfect order of things which already exists in heaven; - you will experience eternal life that finishes spectacularly in Christ’s return from the skies, the dead

being called to life again, the ills and wrongs which burden the present state of things done away with and the powers hostile to God vanquished. Did you know that you can live again – I mean, really live again? Yes you can. It’s simply a matter of choice. It is as simple as saying to God, “I am stuck in this ‘vice grip.’ My life is stale. I turn to you and make you king of my life again. Lead me into the vital, abundant and eternal existence you promise in your word.” Then, ask God daily to fill you with his Holy Spirit and open your eyes so you can see him at work. I guarantee that He will use you in ways you never dreamed possible, so that at the end of each day you can reflect on that day and declare, “Wow, I have really experienced God today!”

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Kids Hospital, Owen’s First Heartiversary will take place on Family Day, Feb. 19, from 10 to 11:30 am at the PMD arena in Drayton. The event includes skating, cake, a photo booth, silent auction and children’s activities. Donations for the Labatt Family Heart Centre, Sick Kids will be accepted with Scotia Bank matching 100 per cent of the donations up to $5,000. For more information contact Stephanie at 519638-2495 or steph_bain1@ or go to the Owen’s First Heartiversary Celebration Facebook page.

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Family Day DeEaadrly line VANDEN HAZEL, Sylvia Marlene of Moorefield went home to be with her Lord surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in her 53rd year. Beloved daughter of Bert and Gerdy (Katerberg) Vanden Hazel of Drayton. Cherished sister of Wes Vanden Hazel of Moorefield, Joyce and Jeff DeVries of Moorefield, and Kevin Vanden Hazel of Kitchener. Dear aunt of Cam DeVries and his friend Olivia and Brianna DeVries both of Moorefield. Fondly remembered by her aunts, uncles, cousins and

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ASH, Marion Murel (nee Middleton) passed away peacefully at Heritage House Long Term Care, St. Jacobs, on Monday, February 5, 2018, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late James Edward Ash (2003). Dear mother of Robert and Suzanne Ash of Palmerston, Donna and Ralph Klink of Breslau, Ron and Karen Ash of Palmerston, Debra Ash and Linda Thomas of Cambridge and Shirley and Randy Korell of Linwood. Loving Grandma of 12 Grandchildren and 23 Great-GrandChildren. Fondly remembered by her two sisters Gretta and her husband Bill Gill of Collingwood and Nancy and her husband Harold Ellis of Harriston. Sister-in-law of Daphne Middleton of Keswick, John Fortune

of Tottenham, Bill Ash and his wife Bev of Tottenham. Predeceased by her parents Robert Edwin and Murel Harty (Walker) Middleton (1977) and one brother Bob Middleton (2003) and one sister-in-law Jean BartonFortune (2018) and one brother-inlaw David Barton (1991). Special thanks to Dr. Peter Whitby and Staff at Heritage House for their excellent Care and Compassion. The family will receive friends at the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 11:00 am until time of Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m. Rev Elaine Beattie will conduct the Funeral Service in Funeral Home Chapel, on Friday, February 9, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. Spring interment Bethesda Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to Moorefield United Church or Palmerston Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


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Weskate event - From left: Carmen Duimering, Dajung Yoon, coach Kelly Culp and Sierra Martin at the Weskate competion in Walkerton on Jan. 13. Submitted photos

Pre-Stars - Pre-STAR skaters Kandice Roth, left, and Abigail Duimering attended their first Star Skate competition on Jan. 13.

Final competition - Daphne Culp, right, who skated in her final skating competition at Weskate in Walkerton on Jan. 13, with her long time DDFSC coach Jeannette Shaw.

Skaters bring home medals from Weskate WALKERTON - A dozen Drayton and District Figure Skating Club skaters attended the Weskate competition this year. The Skate Ontario event was hosted by the Walkerton Skating Club on January 13. These DDFSC skaters competed individually, as partners or in small groups of skaters. Entries included

freeskate element or programs, interpretive programs and group showcases. Talent and skill “The DDFSC and its club coaches Kelly Culp, Jeanette Giffin-Shaw, Micayla Shantz and Carolyn Borges are proud of the talent and skill shown during Weskate 2018,” club officials stated in a press release.

Medal winners included: - Daphne Culp, bronze in introductory interpretive; - Abigail Duimering, bronze in Star 1 freeskate; - Bridget Duimering, silver in group showcase; - Carmen Duimering, silver group showcase, silver Star 3 freeskate; - Brianna Flewwelling, silver Star 2 freeskate;

- Molly Frook, bronze Star 1 freeskate; - Sierra Martin, gold group showcase, bronze Star 3 freeskate; - Sarah McIntyre, silver intorductory interpretive, gold group showcase; - Kadice Roth, bronze, Star 1 freeskate; and - Dajung Yoon, silver group showcase.


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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE MAPLETON ZONING BY-LAW AND NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION ZBA 2018-04 TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Mapleton has received a complete application to consider a proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-80, pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended. PUBLIC MEETING Mapleton Council will consider this application at their meeting scheduled for:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Mapleton Township Municipal Offices, Council Chambers, 7275 Sideroad 16 Location of the Subject Land The property subject to the proposed amendment is legally described as Lot 20, Concession 1 (Peel) with a civic address of 7215 Wellington Rd 86. The property is approximately 1.13 ha (2.88 acres) in size and the location is shown on the map below. The Purpose and Effect of the Application The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to rezone a portion of the subject lands to permit a take-out restaurant. The lands are currently zoned Rural Industrial (RIN-31.192) Zone. The applicant wishes to operate a mobile kitchen trailer serving prepared fast food on a permanent basis. Additional relief may be considered at this meeting. Oral or Written Submissions Any person or public body is entitled to attend the public meeting and make written or oral submissions in support of or in opposition to the proposed zoning by-law amendment. Written comments should be submitted to the Township Clerk. Power of OMB to Dismiss Appeals If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Mapleton to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. Request for Notice of Decision If you wish to be notified of the decision in respect of the proposed Township of Mapleton Zoning By-law Amendment, you must make a written request to the Clerk. Additional Information Additional information regarding this application is available for inspection at the Township of Mapleton Municipal Office. Dated at the Township of Mapleton This 24th day of January 2018.

Mardis Gras - Daphne Culp and Sarah McIntyre both skated an interpretive solo in the Mardi Gras themed competition.

First competition - DDFSC Pre-STAR skaters, from left: Marisa Martin, Leah MacKay and Molly Frook were entered their first Star Skate competition at Weskate on Jan. 13.

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Drayton Community News February 8, 2018  

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

Drayton Community News February 8, 2018  

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