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Truck purchase sparks discussion on procurement By Patrick Raftis

Cancer fundraiser - Drayton Heights Public School Grade 8 students Cohen McIsaac and Cole Murray wanted to make a difference and do something for a good cause, so on Jan. 29 they started “Fill It for Cancer.� Each classroom had a coin bucket and the two classrooms that raised the most money got to decide how the two boys would have their hair cut, styled and coloured. The winning classes were Ms. Cramer’s Grade 8 group and Mrs. Parker’s Grade 3 class. The total raised to fight children’s cancer was $1,831. ABOVE: Norwell District Secondary School hairstyling and aesthetics student Jaimi Hesselink, left, and teacher Jaime Cribbin start McIsaac’s cut. RIGHT: Students Holly Whale, left, and Renee VanAnkum give Murray a new look. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Accidents most common call for Mapleton firefighters By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Fires continue to make up a small percentage of the calls to which Mapleton Fire Rescue responds. Call statistics from Sept. 1 to Nov. 29, 2017 indicate the township’s fire department responded to two fire calls during that period, compared to 11 medical calls and 17 motor vehicle collisions. Firefighters also responded to four false alarms and

four other types of calls during the same period. The figures were provided in a Jan. 23 report to council from Fire Chief Rick Richardson. Altogether, the department responded to 163 calls in 2017, down slightly from 172 in 2016. “Our call volumes are in line with previous years,� Richardson reported. Between Sept. 1 and Nov. 29, firefighters received training on: communications,

ropes, ladders, mapping, auto extrication, search and rescue and rapid intervention. Members of the department also participated in the annual Mapleton Fire Rescue pancake breakfast, which was attended by over 500 members of the public on Oct. 14. “Public education is a key element of this event,� noted Richardson in the report. of end the Since November, the report indiwere firefighters cates

involved with Christmas parades in Drayton and Moorefield, a firefighters turkey bingo in Moorefield and the Mapleton Youth Action Council’s Community Christmas Party. The report indicates average attendance for training (Sept. 1 to Nov. 29) was 94% for the Drayton Station and 91% for the Moorefield Station (the goal is 70%). “Those attendance figures are impressive,� commented councillor Dennis Craven.

MAPLETON – Township council discussed altering its purchasing policy to recognize that calling for tenders or requests for proposals is not always a better option for the municipality than sole sourcing. The debate occurred after public works director Sam Mattina presented council with a recommendation to waive the procurement policy and accept a quotation from Viking Cives Ltd. for a 2018 Western Star tandem truck at a cost of $252,535 plus HST. “In the past, the township has purchased Western Star truck chassis supplemented with Viking Cives equipment through a sole source procurement process, to satisfy its tandem truck needs,â€? Mattina stated in a written report. “The practice of sole sourcing these tandem purchases has resulted in a number of benefits to the township. The chosen supplier ‌ is a local supplier with whom the township has successfully dealt with for many years. Their proximity ‌ provides the township with easily accessible repair services and readily available parts for the vehicles we own.

“In addition, the consistent purchase of Western Star trucks, being added to our fleet, allows for ease of incidental, relatively minor repairs, to be completed utilizing in-house staff, as this eliminates the need to familiarize oneself with the many alternative components of today’s complicated computer-based tandem truck composition.â€? Councillor Lori Woodham said she supports the town’s procurement policy, which generally requires a call for tenders or proposals for major purchases. “I’m still struggling with why is there only one quote. Why couldn’t we have had three quotes?â€? she asked. Mayor Neil Driscoll, a member of the County of Wellington roads committee, said the problem is not unique to Mapleton. “They had the same situation ... the county couldn’t get three quotes either for trucks,â€? Driscoll stated. “Just with the specs and the kind of equipment that you have to have to plow snow in rural Ontario, with the heavy trucks we’re trying to get and equipment, the other trucks aren’t available. “They just can’t come up with a vehicle that will meet SEE PURCHASING Âť 3

Over $11,000 raised at kick-off for 2018 Bowl for Kids Sake By Patrick Raftis

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


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MOUNT FOREST - Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington (BBBSNW) kicked off its largest annual fundraising event, Bowl for Kids Sake, on Feb. 11. The Minto and Mapleton community bowling day coincided with the kickoff at the Mount Forest Bowling Centre. Campaign co-ordinator Teri Dykeman said 178 bowlers raised a total of $11,302 at the event. “We had a few cancellations due to weather or illness so we expect this total to rise,� Dykeman stated in


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an email. “Thank you to all who braved the weather to help make our day successful.� She added, “Thank you to our politicians who came out to help with our opening ceremonies,� noting Minto Mayor George Bridge, Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox Mapleton councillor Dennis Craven and Wellington County councillor David Anderson were all on hand for the kick-off. The Mount Forest community bowling day is Feb. 25 and Arthur-Alma community bowls on March 4. All bowling takes place at the Mount Forest Bowling

Centre. The goal this year is to raise $55,000 and the theme is Rock’n’Roll. Anyone who would like to enter a bowling team, make a donation or obtain more information about Bowl for Kids Sake or other BBBSNW programs is urged to contact the office at 519-323-4273, email or go to Dykeman pointed out Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of mentors for its various programs. “All it takes is three to four hours a month and the rewards are unlimited,� she stated.

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motivates and engages Survey circulated onparents plan for park and children, nurturing family In and order to assess the bonds delivering valuable needs of theexperiences community, the co-learning while associationa firm, has fundamental compiled a developing brief survey ofthat is availunderstanding music. able residents Alma Ato unique aspectinofthe MYC is area. The learns survey includes 15 the parent along with the questions on family child because they size, are use so involved. fact, Ms.access, Tanis of existingInfacilities, credits the success of the proavailability of community gram to the parents of her prostuactivities, additional dents. grams and volunteerism. “I am survey the teacher a “The willonce take week; they the at-home less than 10 are minutes to com‘coach’ several week,” plete,” de Bockdays said.a “Paper she said.have been given out copies initialis goal for eachverof andAnthere an online Ms. Tanis’ students is to develsion. The deadline for comop the happy habitsurvey of practicpletion of the has ing. She encourages her stubeen extended to Feb. 19.” dents to practice by giving a Once survey results have special “super duper” sticker been compiled, the associaeach week. tion will update the Wallace “Practicing does not need to Cumming Park Master Plan be long; 10 to 15 minutes a day and present its findings to to start,” she said. Mapleton Township Ms. Tanis’ creativitycouncil shines for further through byconsideration. offering several The association plans to extra practice incentives pursue a continuation of its throughout the year to ensure students attain their musical goals. Once students have collected enough stickers on their “happy practice thermometers,” they have a party. This year, to celebrate the 2010 Olympics, students earned


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partnership with the township and incorporate support from local businesses in the future development of the site. On May 11 the community is invited to the Alma DRAYTON 7 Community Centre for an MISSIONARY 1 evening presentation of the Brent Mulder stepped into survey results. The outdoor a loose puck along the right event will include games, boards. Mulder went to the food and the sharing of ideas. net and slipped a soft shot The association will also along the ice to send the puck make survey results availFestive Students at Musicunder for Young Children enjoy a the goalie’s pads. able at fun local- Alma businessChristmas concert every submitted photo Drayton added two more es and through the year. Alma goals before the first period Optimist Club. course, special holipaper five happy spring. ended.Of Herman Mulder De mittens Bock forencouraged days are incorporated into practices. The mittens were stepped into a rebound Ms. and members of the community Tanis’ classes,bysuchEric as placed on the studio wall in the scored,MYC assisted to fill out a survey. Canada Week, shape of the 5 Olympic rings. Deckers andMusic Brandon Rumph. “It’s up to the people Valentine’s Day and When the rings were com- Christmas, Deckers scored with a shot of Alma to create a vision plete students enjoyed an Easter. Theme days are into the open corner to finish beyond the immediate needs Olympics music class. This planned as well. the period, assisted by Colton of the community. Imagine Throughout the year her past year Ms. Tanis encouraged and Jessie Hoekstra. what it would look like in the the students not only to prac- students participate in a Drayton started the secfuture. ideasofthat are Christmas concert, and a spring tice but Present also to think others, ond period with a goal. A unique,” de Bock said. by practicing for pennies. Once recital and have the option to scramble at net ended back; let your participate in the the Palmerston the “Don’t penniessit were all collected with Brent Mulder voice be heard.” Festival they were donated to Camp Canada Music Week slipping the puck a sprawling The for link the online and the past Drayton Music Bucko, burntovictims. netminder, assisted by Jason survey is upcoming available year on the For the she Festival. and Dave Alma Community “Children are Mulder. so receptive is planning two newRecreation incentives; Mohle Missionary camesense back Facebook page. to music that it makes to aAssociation’s “Tree of Thanks” incentive midway throughtothe period. Completed surveys time may and be use this medium spark their around Thanksgiving Zack Leslie back at the inAlma andknifed developa their adropped “Seed off Incentive” the creativity hander into the webbing to Daisy Mart. give Missionary the goal, More information can be assisted by Zach Franklin and obtained by calling 519-505Matt Burnett. 2459.

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skills and confidence at an early age” said Ms. Tanis. She offers four of MYC’s music programs: Sunrise, Sunshine, Sunbeam and Moonbeam. Children who complete the most advanced level of MYC are well prepared for early intermediate piano studies, or the study of Drayton responded late another instrument. in Sunrise the period. low shot by is aApre-keyboard music movement Brent and Mulder gave program him his that teaches music hat trick through twoconcepts periods, through rhythm and assisted singing, by Rumph. games. This added program for Drayton twoismore children ages goals 2 to 4inand unanswered thedevelthird ops listening awareness, fine to put the game away. Jessie motor skills,and social Hoekstra Robinteraction, DeWeerd confidence attention span. scored the and goals, with assists Children can easily attend with from Eric Deckers, Aaron aKeunan, grandparent or caregiver, Herman Mulder,plus and siblings can attend the class as Mark Scholten. well.The win gives Drayton The Sunshine keyboard a 1-0 in the best-of-three ‘A’ program is geared towards Division semifinals. children ages 3½ and 4; the COMMUNITY 5 Sunbeam keyboard program FLORADALE 3 toward ages 5 and 6; and the Floradale scored the only Moonbeam keyboard program goal in the first period. A play is for ages 7 through 9. All from keyboard behind the net had Greg three programs inteMartin tuck the puck into the grate creative movement, short side corner, assisted by rhythm, singing, music theory Nick Martin. for parent and and composition Community the lead child in a weekly took one-hour seswith two quick goals early sion. in Participating the second. Calvin in a Martin MYC scoredhelps the tying goal off a class children develop

pass by Kevin Gingrich, who stormed the net less than a minute later for the go-ahead goal, assisted by Dustin Bults and Colin Snyder. Community added an insurance goal midway through the period. A shot by Delmer Frey bounced the puck out to Tony Martin who batted the puck into the net. Floradale came back with a goal to start off the third. A quick tip in by Willis Martin slipped the puck underneath

listening, reading, fine and gross motor, social skills and has been proven to enhance children’s social development and learning skills, improve memory and problem solving, and bolster confidence and self-esteem. Ms. Tanis also offers a Music Pups program, which is the goaltender, assisted especially unique since it isby a Braeden Gingerich and Ryan music program for babies. This isMartin. a playful and creative music and Floradale movement pressed class for parents in and with newborn to was children rewardedages with the tying age 4. Children are introduced goal. to aCorey wide variety of musical Wideman skated scales, tonal puck and rhythm patinto a loose at the blue terns and instruments that help line and rifled the puck into to growth. thestimulate net with amusical slap shot. EachCommunity child participates at hislead or took the her own level. To find out more in the final seconds. Gingrich about and pass to view class took aPups centring and blastvideos visit ed the puck past the glove for. The ultimate success of any the winning goal assisted by MYC program lies behind the Kyle Wideman and Dustin teacher and Ms. Tanis is no Buts. exception to that rule. It’s obviGingrich added one more ous she is an enthusiastic empty net goal to finish the teacher who cares a great deal win and lead the best-of-three for her students. ‘A’ Division semifinalsare 1-0. my “Their struggles BETHEL 3 struggles,” she states. “And LISTOWEL 0 their triumphs are equally triAfter for a scoreless first periumphant me.” od,For Bethel up the score more lit information visit board with threeemail unanswered, tanisgoals in the second. Laverne or Metzger started things off call 519-638-5715.

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Society seeks volunteers to join board of directors DRAYTON - Who doesn’t like the sights, sounds, smells and, of course, all the wonderful tastes of a genuine agricultural fair? “Here in Mapleton, we are fortunate to have our own traditional exhibition to showcase the rural way of life, and it is a delightful mix of old and new,” fair organizers state in a press release. During the second week of August, people of all ages flock to the fairgrounds to absorb the excitement of truck and tractor pulls, the demolition derby, and the livestock shows. There’s a competition that almost anyone can enter, including the baby show, pet show, crops, culinary, horticulture, arts, and youth events. “You name it, you can most likely find it at the Drayton Fair,” organizers state.

our specs. So what the county did was offered it up to International, ‘Say … would you put this through for another two years’ … So if they will honour that, they’ll have the trucks for the next two years.” “So do you believe we got a good price?” asked Woodham. “Yes, I do believe the price that we have received is comparable in the industry,” said Mattina. Woodham asked, “Is there something that we can do in-house, as we go forward then, if we are being asked to waive our procurement that the total specs of whatever it is isn’t disclosed in our agenda package? “I feel like our hands are being tied before it comes to me. I’m elected to make these types of decisions and I take that responsibility, but when it’s full, the quote’s here, the specs are here, all the numbers are here, how can I say no? If I say no I want you to go out and tender, we’ve given the competitor the opportunity (to compare quotes).” Woodham added, “Is there something we can put in place that in the future if we are asked to waive the procurement policy that I have an opportunity to say no?” Driscoll suggested turning the issue over to staff for a report. “I just hate the thought of us having to go into closed to discuss (purchases),” Driscoll said. “Essentially, we did approve it in the budget anyway,” he continued. “We knew there was a truck coming. I even wonder why did this even have to come to council? We’ve approved the money in the budget, the truck was there ... “Really, what I think it should be is (staff) coming back just to report ‘We’ve ordered such and such a truck. It’s under budget. It will be delivered on this date.’” Finance director Karmen Krueger said the procurement policy could be revised


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to allow for a process like the mayor described. “There’s several alternatives on how it could be handled,” said Krueger. “I think the reason it’s coming to council now is our policy isn’t really addressing it, or it’s requiring it come here.” Councillor Michael Martin suggested the policy is fine the way it is. “To play devil’s advocate, I would say that I like it exactly how it is,” said Martin. “Not that council’s rubber stamping, but I think that Sam should feel that this is a given, because I think the very first question I would have if a report like this came out without a dollar value attached to it is, ‘Well, what’s the dollar value?’ Right?” He continued, “I don’t think it would meet the threshold for going into

closed session for purchasing a truck. So I think this probably is the only way. If we’re going to be sole sourcing a vehicle like this, it’s still 250-whatever-thousand dollars, so I think it’s a big enough number that I think the public needs to be aware of the fact that’s what we’re doing. Yes, you’re kind of giving away what you’re paying for it, but I think for council to turn this down at this point we would have to have some other reason that I’ve never seen yet.” Council approved Mattina’s report, including the recommendation to waive the purchasing policy to buy the truck from Viking Cives. Mattina said the truck would probably be delivered and put into service by September or October.


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It’s almost amazing how quickly many around the county, both public and politicians, have come around on roundabouts. Through 2014 and into 2015, heated debates were held at public meetings and council meetings about a proposal to CALL NOW FOR install a roundabout to clean up traffic and pedestrian safety ROB YOUR WINTER concerns at a tricky intersection on Wellington Road 17, aka AND SPRING Frederick Street, in Arthur. ELECTRICAL Despite the proposal’s support among engineers and Inc. experts on the county roads staff, Wellington North council PROJECTS! members objected and, while it was ultimately approved by DRAYTON, ONTARIO ECRA/ESA LIC 7004134 Wellington County council in February of 2015, five councillors voted against. Most of the councillors opposed cited Residential/Custom Homes | Agricultural public opposition to the proposal as their primary objection. Commercial | Service | Generators Indeed, a delegation of Arthur residents presented county council with a petition containing 370 names opposing the 519.638.2229 roundabout. Ultimately, the county stuck to its guns and the project was completed. A few years and three roundabouts later (one on Wellington Road 7 south of Harriston, and another at the intersection of Wellington Roads 12 and 8 in Mapleton, as well as the Arthur structure) and it was interesting to watch as county councillors pushed on Jan. 25 for installation of roundabouts at the county’s most dangerous intersections as quickly as possible. “When we first started talking about roundabouts in Wellington County I was not in favour of it at all,” commented councillor Lynda White. However, she pointed out that since the roundabout was installed in Arthur, “We have seen very little in the way of accidents. People are slowing down at that corner, so I have changed my mind about roundabouts. I think that they are a necessary safety thing.” Minto Mayor George Bridge pointed out that prior to the installation of a roundabout in Minto at the intersection of Wellington Road 7 and White’s Road, many local residents questioned the concept. “We did White’s Road because of traffic accidents. Since White’s Road (roundabout) has gone in, everybody says that SERVICES it’s a real good solution,” Bridge pointed out Key Cutting At the Jan. 25 meeting, some councillors argued convincHome HardwareBuilding Building Centre Home Hardware Centre ingly that roundabouts were needed at other intersections Rug Home Hardware Building Centre 7873 Wellington Road 88(1km ofofDrayton) (1kmeast east Drayton) 7873 Wellington RdDoctor more urgently than at Teviotdale, where one is scheduled to 7873 Phone: Wellington Road 8 (1kmSharpening east Drayton) Knife 519-638-2420 Fax: of 519-638-5015 Phone: 519-638-2420 be built in 2018. Public opposition to the Teviotdale project Phone: 519-638-2420 Fax: 519-638-5015 Fax: Monday - Friday: 7:00am -519-638-5015 6:00pm Screen Saturday: 8:00am - 4:00pm was again cited. Repair - Friday:- 7:00am 6:00pm Saturday: 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday Friday:-7am-6pm | Saturday: 8am-4pm However, as CAO Scott Wilson noted, county staff deter- Monday Artic Clear Water mined that various operational and financial factors made the Teviotdale project the most feasible this year. Mill Shop “We look at prioritizing projects based on a number of conCustom Sheds siderations, not just how dangerous is this intersection, how Propane many people have been killed over a period?” said Wilson. “We look at other projects that are going on. How do we Paint Matching coordinate with those? How do we limit inconvenience to the travelling public and to our residents and to the taxpayers?” Ultimately, county council agreed and ordered the project to proceed - yet only by a 10-6 margin. If recent experience is any indication, county staff seem to have a pretty good handle on planning priorities. While roundabouts at Parker and the “S-Bends” between HomeDrayton Hardware Building Centre it’s likely Road 8 (1km east of Drayton) and Palmerston should be built as soon as feasible, 7873 Wellington this will prove to be the right call as well. Phone: 519-638-2420 Fax: 519-638-5015

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Provincial champs - The Palmerston Juvenile Girls Terminators team won the provincial broomball championship at a tournament in Barrie from Feb. 9 to 11. From left: front, Jordan Scholten; centre, Maddy Valad, Kaitlin Bos, Quinn Wilson, Deanna Vaughan, Calysta Kaye and Alexis McGill; back, coach Chris Fortney, Cassidy Burnett, Kelsey Walker, Brook Drost, Brookelyn Butchart, Emma McRobb, Sarah Watke, Marina Meulenbelt, trainer Michelle Fortney and coach Char Verbeek. Submitted photo

Valentine project - The Drayton Library hosted a Cricut Creations evening for adults on Feb. 7. Librarian Sandy Sikkema taught a basic course on mats, scoring, cutting and different types of paper. Participants made two different types of boxes for Valentine’s Day. Library patrons can book one-hour appointments with Sikkema and the Cricut machine at the library. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Local MPPs Randy Pettapiece, Ted Arnott back Christine Elliott’s PC leadership bid By Patrick Raftis WELLINGTON COUNTY Wellington of Both – County’s members of provincial parliament are backing former Ontario Progressive Conservative deputy leader Christine Elliott in her bid for the recently-vacated leadership of the Ontario PC party. Elliott, the widow of for-

mer federal and Ontario Jim minister finance Flaherty, is one of three candidates to succeed Patrick Brown. leader former The resigned on Jan. 24, the same evening CTV News reported on allegations of sexual misconduct by Brown involving two teenage girls. Brown, who remains an MPP, has denied the allegations, which

date back to his days as a federal MP. Also in the contest are Caroline Mulroney, a previously-nominated PC candidate in the June 7 election and daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and Doug Ford, a former Toronto city councillor and brother of the late Rob Ford, a former Toronto Mayor.

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In a Feb. 6 Twitter post, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece stated, “Christine Elliott has the experience we need to defeat the Liberals. She knows Perth-Wellington and understands rural and small town Ontario. Her background in health care is also a major asset.” Elliott recently resigned her position as Ontario’s first patient care Ombudsman in

order to run for the leadership. Out of politics since losing a previous leadership bid to Brown in 2015, Elliott was appointed to the Ombudsman position by Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. “Most importantly, she has what it takes to be premier. I’m proud to support her,” Pettapiece stated. Wellington-Halton Hills

MPP Ted Arnott has also come out in favor of Elliott in the leadership contest, which will be decided in a vote of eligible party members between March 2 and 8. “Christine Elliott is a proven leader. Her integrity, experience, and dedication make her our best choice for premier right now,” Arnott stated in a Feb. 7 Twitter post.


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Guilty by association? I think Christianity gets a bad rap. People look at its history and make snap judgments of hypocrisy and thus reject it. I would concede that over the years there have been a lot of people who have done some very stupid things, in some cases outright evil things, in the name of Christianity.

As an example, consider the Crusades. Some have argued that those efforts are a terrible blight on Christianity. There were of course people who argued in favor of slavery, attempting to use the Bible and the Christian faith to justify their actions. On it goes ... people who call themselves Christians committing all kinds of evil. Even today there are people who call themselves Christian, and for my part, well ... I am just embarrassed

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Nature lover, Hugh Wiberg, authored “Hand-feeding Backyard Birds.” I have greatly condensed Hugh’s knowledge and experience. I recommend his book. Black-capped chickadees top the list of suitable birds ‘by a mile’. Other possibilities are gray jays, white and red-breasted nuthatches and downy woodpeckers, cardinals, jays, and white-throated sparrows. The Royal Botanical Gardens trails near Hamilton abound with birds eager to come to your hand. If you have seeds or nuts “they will come”. Be warned though, silence, patience and persistence are mandatory. If you feed birds regularly, your backyard would be a convenient location. Don’t overlook wildlife sanctuaries and woodlands. Bring a camera to capture the moment. Winter survival is an important consideration. Severe winters mean great stress for survival. Insects are scarce. Birds look for fruit, seeds, berries and vegetation to carry them through until spring. Keep feeders well stocked from November to late March, at minimum. Because food is scarce, birds are more inclined to risk human contact. Wiberg writes that optimal conditions for hand feeding are: 7-9:30am on a February morning, after a severe ice (I add snow) storm, bright sunshiny days, temperature 10-15F/-15C, little or no wind. Favourite foods by desirability are: #1 walnuts, other familiar nuts follow, peanuts, hull-less sunflower seeds, in-hull black oil and striped sunflower seeds. Procedure: pick a spot and don’t move for a time. Gradually move closer and then stand still again. Choose a comfortable spot (sitting--on chair, ladder, newspapers on ground, bench; standing etc). Be silent and motionless, with hand extended (supported if possible). Dress warmly. “Set the table”—scatter food on the ground and wait. Follow up on another day with the ‘above plan’. Get bolder as you experience success—birds have excellent memories. THE 21ST ANNUAL GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT TAKES PLACE FEB. 16-19. Anyone may take part. Participants spend as little as a few hours or as much as the entire weekend counting birds and creating a real-time snapshot of where birds are across North America. More information can be found at or by calling 1-888-448-2473 extension 124. Until next month, Susan Warren.


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that they even use the name. These people say and do things that bring disgrace on the faith that I hold to be very dear. Without hesitation I would include the Westboro Baptist Church in this category. There are preachers on TV that cause me to cringe. I wish someone would take them off the airwaves. There are people I have met over the years in the churches I have attended and/or served and these people have given me serious concerns. Some of them, yes, I seriously doubt their claim to be Christian. To be really honest, I have some in my own family who I wish would not use the Christian label because of how they live and the things they say. But collectively, all these mentioned above say they are Christians, they make claims, but I often have wanted to shout out as loud as I can from the rooftops “these people don’t represent me or my faith.” But then there is the flip side.

I have met some incredible people in the church people who the world looks at and admires. There are in fact some great people in the course of history who have done good and contributed in enormous ways to the betterment of humanity who carried the flag of Christianity. So what are we to do? Should we throw out Christianity simply because of a group of people that have tarnished the name? To answer that, let me tell you a true story. When I was young, probably right around the time that I was about to enter into high school, there was a guy who moved in next door to us. I don’t even really remember the guy, just that he happened to own a car that I thought was cool. It was a mid to late ‘60s E Type Jaguar, European racing green. That car was sweet. I would walk by that car every day. He parked it at the end of his driveway, which at first

seemed odd to me. His driveway wasn’t long. You would have been hard pressed to put more than three cars in a row into his driveway. But why he parked that car at the end of his driveway, right at the road, I have no idea. Over time, I watched as the beautiful car was slowly destroyed. Before the year was out, someone had vandalized that car. I remember thinking, if that car was mine, I would have put it up on blocks, in a heated garage and put a blanket over it to protect it. Why do I share that story? Well it is really quite simple. This guy didn’t know how to treat his fancy European racing car, and truth be known, many people don’t know how to treat and/or live out their faith. Put another way, I would hope that none of us would judge the quality and coolness of an E Type Jaguar strictly on the basis of how this guy treated his car. “It looks like junk now, so all Jaguars must be junk.”

That line of thinking defies any sense of logic. So also we shouldn’t judge the Christian faith just because there are people in this world who don’t know how to live it and do a terrible job of representing it. So here is my challenge: If you have rejected Christianity because of a bad “experience” with one or more Christians, would you please reconsider? Take some time and look at what Christianity has to say, not how other people live it. In my opinion, the Christian faith gives the most reasonable answers to life’s greatest questions. The Christian faith offers us release from the burden of guilt, the possibility to overcome our greatest addictions, and ultimately brings us the offer of forgiveness and hope. Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. - GK Chesterton

Community Christian School students share memories of beloved teacher DRAYTON - The last two weeks were emotional for students and staff at Community Christian School. Sylvia 3, Feb. On VandenHazel, a beloved member of the community, passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. “Sylvia dedicated a significant portion of her life to our school, eight years as a student and 20 years as a teacher,” stated school principal

Raymond Verburg in the Feb. 8 of edition the school’s newsletter. “She not only was a part of the SYLVIA community, VANDENHAZEL but she had a lasting impact upon the lives of students and staff. “She led a meaningful and

purpose-filled life, which creates a great sense of loss. She demonstrated her love and care for the students of our school over the past two years when she was not teaching. “Even though she was sick and receiving treatment, she visited the school, specifically to visit her students, every two weeks. “The students never forgot her. Miss VandenHazel was constantly in their prayers. She cared for them and they cared for her.” On Feb. 5, many of the school’s students celebrated her life through sharing stories, memories, games and songs. “These were joyful expressions of time spent with Miss VandenHazel,” said Verburg. “Miss VandenHazel, you were a great teacher, you were funny, kind and patient. You always had the best ways of helping us learn a lesson,” stated student Carter Slot in his tribute. “Our school will be changed forever without you, but you will forever be

remembered.” “I have realized that you have taught me so many amazing life lessons. One that I treasure the most, is praising the Lord every morning and evening with songs,” wrote Kamryn Rumph. “When you were first diagnosed, I realized how important you were and how so many things had to change just because one person couldn’t come to school anymore,” stated Jocelyn DeWeerd. “While we will miss you, we do have hope; hope in eternal life. We celebrate that you are now in heaven.” “When we first had Ms. VandenHazel as our Grade 3 teacher, she informed us that we would be singing every single day,” said Dyson Parker. “We didn’t believe her and thought that singing would be so boring. However, we did sing every single day and it wasn’t boring at all. “Ms. VandenHazel will be greatly missed. She loved our school, she loved the students and she loved teaching.”

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To streamline the printing and mailing process, the Township is moving towards plain white paper, rather than coloured printed stock. This will allow for printing on both sides of the bill and reduced administrative costs to get your tax bills out in a timely manner. Property tax bills are mailed at the end of February and August. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you from payment of taxes nor penalty for late payment. You can contact the office by email at Ptax@ or by phone at 519-638-3313 x 30 to update your mailing address.

Overdue/Past Due Taxes: Taxes are subject to a 1.25% penalty on the first day of default 1.25% interest will be added on the first day of each month until paid.


The Township of Mapleton’s Public Works Department works hard to ensure safe driving conditions on Township roads. During the winter months, we provide snow removal services on certain Township roads. For this reason, on-street parking is prohibited between 2:00 - 6:00 a.m. from November 1st to March 31st as per Township By-law No. 5000-05. Any vehicle interfering with snow removal operations or overhanging onto the street or sidewalk from driveways may receive a fine and/or be removed at the owner’s expense. The Township of Mapleton asks for your cooperation with the following: • Avoid shoveling / plowing snow onto streets or across municipal roads to far side ditches, this is a Provincial Offence under the Highway Traffic Act • Keep snow piles low to avoid obstructing visibility of pedestrians and drivers • Do not park on the street overnight in the winter months • Keep snow away from fire hydrants.


Making memories - Drayton librarian Joanne Wiersma led a workshop on writing memoirs on Jan. 29 at the Drayton library. The workshop was part of the library’s Carnegie Café series. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Memoir writing focus of Carnegie Café By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - Making memories was the focus of the monthly Carnegie Café series at the Drayton library on Jan. 29. The introductory class allowed participants to develop skills needed to write a memoir. “A memoir is the sharing of memories that are not in chronological order,” librarian Joanne Wiersma stated. “It is how you remember certain experiences.” Memoirs cover a range of topics, including marriage, family, friendship, animals, illness, business and travel. The book Leap of Faith by Queen Noor is a religious memoir. Romantic memoirs include memories of courtship, marriage or divorce. Tell-all memoirs reveal a part of the past that the reader

never expects. Mine collapses, 911 and earthquakes are a few examples of disaster memoirs. Call-to-justice memoirs focus on justice or social action groups. “Memoirs are legacies passed on to the next generation,” Wiersma said. “Journaling helps with the memoir writing process.” Wiersma challenged writers to create a six-word memoir about themselves. Examples included: - “The best is yet to come”; -“Been there done that, ate it”; - “I almost gave up but didn’t”; and “I saved the best for last.” The Drayton library has numerous memoirs on its shelves. Recommended by Wiersma for first time memoir writers is How to Write a Memoir in Thirty Days

by Roberta Temes. Stephen King’s book On Writing suggests the writer be comfortable, brave and just start. Others to consider are A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal, written by author Jen Waite; and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, a memoir about a dysfunctional family for whom good comes out of trouble. They Left Us Everything is a grief journey by well known Canadian author Plum Johnson. Wiersma noted memoirs can be found in different formats including discs, movies and books. The next Carnegie Café, entitled Winter is for the Birds, will be held on Feb. 26 from 2 to 3pm. Information will be shared on winter birds in the area.

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Regular Meeting of Council

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Drayton Community News February 15, 2018  

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

Drayton Community News February 15, 2018  

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