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Mapleton scraps agricultural development charge plan By Patrick Raftis

Legion competition - Drayton Legion Branch 416 recently announced the winners of its annual Remembrance Day Poster and Essay Competition. LEFT: Maryborough Public School Grade 3 student Erin Misch placed third in the colour poster category. RIGHT: Drayton Heights student Emily Milanovich placed first in the Intermediate essay category. Milanovich’s essay also received first place at the zone level and then moved onto the district level, where it received a first place standing. The essay is currently being judged at the provincial Level. More photos on page 8. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Census 2016: Mapleton mid-pack for growth in Wellington County By Olivia Rutt WELLINGTON COUNTY – Mapleton exhibited the third largest population increase in Wellington County since 2011, according to new census data. Statistics Canada released the first portion of 2016 census data, which includes population and dwelling counts. Mapleton’s population is listed as 10,527, which marks an increase of 538 or 5.4% over 2011. Both figures represent the third largest population increase in the county (after Erin and Centre Wellington) and Mapleton’s growth is greater than the provincial average of 4.6%. Centre Wellington tops the list of population increases, adding about 1,500 people

over the last five years, while Erin had the highest percentage growth at 6.2%. All municipalities in Wellington County saw population gains. Provincially, census data reveals almost 13.5 million people live in Ontario, with the largest increase in Shelburne (39% increase over 2011) and Milton (30% increase over 2011). Canada’s population jumped to 35.2 million people, with Nunavut and Alberta seeing the highest gains and New Brunswick experiencing a population loss. Population numbers - Wellington County: population 90,932 (an increase of 4,260 or 4.9% over 2011); - Centre Wellington: population 28,191 (an increase of

1,498 or 5.6% over 2011); - Erin: population 11,439 (an increase of 669 or 6.2% over 2011); - Guelph-Eramosa: population 12,854 (an increase of 474 or 3.8% over 2011); - Mapleton: population 10,527 (an increase of 538 or 5.4% over 2011); - Minto: population 8,671 (an increase of 337 or 4%over 2011); - Puslinch: population 7,336 (an increase of 307 or 4.4% over 2011); and - Wellington North: population 11,914 (an increase of 437 or 3.8% over 2011). Six further releases of census data are expected over the next year. Note: Data for Wellington County was calculated by subtracting Guelph census data.

MAPLETON – There will be no development charges on farm building construction in Mapleton. At its Feb. 7 meeting, council passed a resolution amending a proposed development charges bylaw update to maintain the status quo on agricultural buildings. The proposal would have ended a 100 per cent exemption on development charges for buildings constructed for “a bona fide farm use.” A revised bylaw would have reduced the exemption to 75%, meaning someone building a new barn would have to pay 25% of the nonresidential rate of $2.65 per square foot of gross floor area, or 66 cents/ft2. Local farmers and leaders of area farm organizations voiced opposition to the proposal at council meetings on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, and the idea was met with nothing but opposition at a public meeting in Moorefield on Jan. 26. Councillor Lori Woodham noted local farm organizations offered support for council’s efforts to have the provincial government raise the amount it shares with municipalities from the farm property taxes it takes in. She suggested focusing on that route to find the money needed for infrastructure improvements. “We most recently went to the minister (of municipal affairs) and had a delegation (at the recent Rural Ontario Municipal Association convention),” said Woodham. “We talked about doing one-offs with our MPs and

delegations, and I’m just thinking, seeing this effort being put forth by everybody, why can’t we all now start to work together?” Woodham suggested the proposed bylaw be revised to continue the 100 per cent development charge exemption for farm buildings. Councillor Michael Martin said council doesn’t have enough information on which to base the charges.

‘I know we need the money. I don’t know where it’s going to come from, but I guess not here.’ Mapleton councillor Marlene Ottens “We don’t have any data to support these ideas at least at the moment … I don’t have vetted, objective data that says our roads and bridges are deteriorating at a greater rate than normal,” Martin stated. A resolution to proceed with the bylaw implementing the reduced agricultural exemption and amending the 2016 Development Charges Update Study to factor in increased estimates of the cost of upgrading water capacity was defeated. A new motion, to proceed with other bylaw changes without altering the agricultural exemption was then put forward. While initially in favour of ending the agricultural exemption, councillor Marlene Ottens said public input changed her mind. “I’ve never thought about

an issue as much as I’ve thought about this,” said Ottens. “I’ve waffled back and forth as a farmer, as someone who would be affected by this personally ... but in the end, I felt the public spoke. People came out ... again and again, and if I had heard enough from the public in favour of it, I might have changed my mind. “But all I heard were people opposed with very good reasons; very well thought out, very articulate reasons and I was impressed by that, and I was swayed by that.” Ottens added, “I guess the squeaky wheel got the grease in this case. I know we need money, I don’t know where it’s going to come from, but I guess not here.” Martin said the debate on the issue has been very civil, given the controversial nature of the proposal. “This has certainly been … probably the biggest local issue we’ve had as a council, and I know there’s been some very strong opinions voiced,” Martin said. He added, “You could tell people deep down were really upset, yet they could stand there with me and have polite, respectful conversations about it … it’s one thing that I really appreciate.” While acknowledging the need for funds to maintain roads, Martin said he felt development charges, designed to fund growthrelated improvements, wouldn’t solve the main problem. “I’m not certain that there was going to be a lot of development charge money that could have been allocated … SEE FARM » 3

Council agrees to waive facility fees for hospital Starlight Gala By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council has agreed to waive all fees for the use of the PMD Arena Complex for the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation’s 17th annual Starlight Gala on May 27. Council passed a resolution approving the fee waiver as a donation after hearing from PDH Foundation development officer Dale Franklin on Feb. 7. Franklin addressed coun-

cil in response to direction given to township staff at the Jan. 10 meeting to report on ways to minimize costs to the foundation through operational adjustments and limitations on staff time and setup time dedicated to the gala. Council passed a resolution on Dec. 13 implementing a policy eliminating fee reductions and waivers commonly provided to help subsidize facility users, particularly those raising funds for

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community projects. At the Jan. 10 meeting, where a request for a fee waiver for the gala was presented to council, Mapleton CAO Brad McRoberts estimated facility charges for the event, including about a week for set-up time, would be around $5,000. Council has traditionally waived fees for the event when it is held in Mapleton every third year. The Town of Minto, which hosts the event at arenas in

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Council supports resolution on rural/urban hydro disparity By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council here has supported a call for the province to deal with discrepancies in the way urban and rural residents are charged for electrical power. At its Feb. 7 meeting, council supported a resolution from the Township of Zorra denouncing “inequity between the cost of hydro for rural residents as compared to urban residents due to

higher distribution charges.” The resolution states the practice “targets and negatively affects rural residents, especially those who are already unable to pay for the high cost of hydro” and asks the province to: - re-evaluate the structure of hydro in terms of access to delivery; and - implement structural changes to address “the unfair practice of charging more for delivery to rural

residents.” Council directed staff to advise the Township of Zorra of Mapleton’s support for the resolution, which has been circulated to municipalities across Ontario, as well as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA), Ontario Small Municipalities Urban (OSUM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

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I’m not sure this would really have addressed our needs per se.” Councillor Dennis Craven said, “When you’re elected to office one of most important things you can do is listen to your ratepayers, and in this case, the ratepayers have spoken and I listened.” Mayor Neil Driscoll said “it’s been a great process” and indicated he would support council’s decision “110 per cent.” However, he noted the township is no closer to solving its infrastructure cash crunch and questioned farmers’ resolve to step up and lobby the province on the farm taxation issue. “Will the OFA help us when we go to delegations? No, they won’t. As soon as we start talking about the farm property tax rebate coming back to the municipality, OFA will tell you that they want further reductions on our farm property tax rebate program,” Driscoll said. “I will be so glad when this issue is over ... Yes, at the public meeting people were professional, I’ll give you that. But as a farmer and a business owner, I have to

disagree a little bit. The comments I have received, my family has received, the people who put their head down when they meet me on the street because of this issue, that’s fine, but I was elected to look after the people and to give them what I think they’re going to need in the future.” Stating he hoped he was wrong, Driscoll suggested the decision would come back to haunt the township. “I predict that farmers are going to be coming to us as a delegation saying, ‘Sorry council, these roads are not up to the standard that we need for today, we need them improved,’” he said. “And that’s great, we will deal with it at that time, but if any of the farmers that came to that meeting, or spoke to me, or called me, or sent me emails can tell me that their equipment and their farms have not changed in the last 50 years, then we need to have a discussion, because we all know that our equipment has vastly gotten larger. Let’s start with our milk trucks; they’re no longer tandems, they’re fiveaxle tankers.” Driscoll said residents

of Mapleton’s urban centres “are already paying” for future infrastructure upgrades. “Every time there’s a house built in Mapleton, a house anywhere, they’re paying ten to seventeen thousand in development charges to build that house. They’re using the same road that I am for my farm unit and for me to say I can’t afford this extra money that I would have to pay, that’s fine, but where’s it going to come from?” Driscoll added, “I said when I came on council that I don’t want to the mayor that closes bridges. But if I’m the mayor that can’t get any more tax dollars coming in, then I’ll have to be the mayor that closes bridges.” Driscoll did note that council raising the issue and citizens responding to it will help make the provincial government more aware of financial constraints faced by municipalities. “We need help out here,” he stated. A draft development charges bylaw maintaining the 100 per cent exemption for bona fide farm use construction will be on the agenda at the Feb. 21 meeting.

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Bowl for Kids fundraiser off to great start in north Wellington By Patrick Raftis MOUNT FOREST – Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington launched its 41st annual Bowl for Kids campaign on Feb. 12, with 188 bowlers from the Minto and Mapleton communities raising nearly $12,000. “This is a great start towards our goal of $55,000,” said Bowl for Kids coordinator Teri Dykeman. She noted the organization will host school challenges over the next three weeks and has a Mount Forest community bowl on Feb. 26 and an Arthur/Alma community bowl on March 5. “Once again, thank you to all those from MintoMapleton who came out to support us,” stated Dykeman in a Feb. 13 press release. On Sunday at the Mount Forest Bowling Centre, Dykeman thanked Bowl for Kids committee members for their contribution. “It’s because of their tireless dedication and effort that this event is so successful,” she said. Marianne Christie, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters North Wellington, recognized Dykeman’s lead-

Bowl for Kids - Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington launched its 41st annual Bowl for Kids campaign on Feb. 12 at the Mount Forest Bowling Centre. Front row: Bowl for Kids coordinator Teri Dykeman with “Littles” Shane and Lily; back row from left, Big Brothers Big Sisters North Wellington executive director Marianne Christie, Perth-Wellington MP John Nater, Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox, Minto Mayor George Bridge and Major George Garrard, special guest speaker for the event. Photo by Patrick Raftis ership and thanked committee members and the organization’s board of directors for “a great effort.” Christie pointed out all funds from the bowling event go directly to the organization’s mentoring programs, which include traditional adult/child matching, inschool mentoring and groups for boys and girls. “Equally important as the generous donations from the

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A proposal to introduce a new revenue stream to fund municipal infrastructure appears headed to the scrap heap. A resolution approved at the Feb. 7 council meeting will see council vote on an updated bylaw that will maintain a 100 per cent exemption on development charges for buildings constructed for “a bona fide farm use.” One could conclude council had little choice but to back down on this one, given the level of opposition from the farming community and lack of any visible support from any other quarter. However, one suspects they had to know going in that farmers would be unlikely to warm to the idea, so pushing the proposal through over their opposition would not have been entirely out of the question. They opted not to. Given the limitations on use of development charge funds (for growth-related infrastructure enhancements only) and the potential amount that might have been generated from farm buildings in any given year, it’s unclear how much positive impact the new charges could have made on town finances. Still council should hardly be taken to task for examining a new approach to funding what is clearly a massive infrastructure deficit. Farms are, after all, a business - often big business - and operators of other types of commercial enterprise could be justified in asking why the different approach. It’s also worth noting the only two councillors to express any level of support for the idea could both have been negatively impacted personally by its implementation. Mayor Neil Driscoll and councillor Marlene Ottens are both involved in the business of agriculture when not overseeing the affairs of the municipality. Their willingness to at least consider the idea shows clear desire to put the municipality’s best interest ahead of their own. Sadly, that seems a rare approach from politicians these days, as a quick glance at many of today’s headlines would attest … … and speaking of U.S. President Donald Trump (I’m hoping here for a nomination in the Best Segue category at the next newspaper awards), it is interesting to see it is possible that lying can still have political consequences in the alternate universe that is America today. Of course you have to tell a pretty big lie to a pretty big guy, but as Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security advisor, learned on Monday night, you can’t tell the vice-president that you didn’t discuss sanctions against Russia with an official of that government, when in fact you did – at least when U.S. intelligence agencies are listening. Flynn’s resignation seems unlikely to end the affair quickly, as phrases like “What did the president know and when did he know it” - cribbed directly from the Watergate script - were being tossed around in the immediate aftermath. “Teflon Don” as some call him, may well weather this particular storm as he has so many others (it’s almost more headline-worthy now if Trump or a member of his team tells the truth than if they are caught in another lie). Still it gives us cause to wonder if he might one day be compelled to adapt another phrase from the Nixon-era for his own purposes. It’s not hard to picture him, a defiant fist raised to the cameras declaring, “I am not a kook!” Fact checkers will have a field day with that one.

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community, we also depend on what our volunteers give us, their precious time,” said Christie. She added the group is “thankful to have so many wonderful mentors” and noted new volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis. She issued a special request for new Big Brothers in the Minto and Mapleton areas. “Big Brothers and Big Sisters can make a huge difference for kids in need. The friendships and relations that are formed between a child and a mentor can change a child’s world from hardships, to great potential,” said Christie. Perth-Wellington MP John Nater, one of several dignitaries who joined in the bowling, noted that while he was unlikely to beat many participants with his score, “the real winners are the kids … because of the programs that are run through Big Brothers and Big Sisters North Wellington.” Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox acknowledged the event’s Canada 150th theme in his welcome to participants and organizers. “On this occasion of Canada’s 150th - go Canada! Let’s have a great event bowling today and for the next three weeks,” said Lennox. “Thank you to all the volunteers. This event, like so many other things in our community, depends so heavily on our volunteers. We can’t say thank you enough.” Minto Mayor George Bridge said, “I love coming to this event,” and noted he was formerly a member of the Big Brothers executive in Elmira. “I know the organization well. It’s an amazing organization.” Major George Garrard, a veteran of more than 30

years with the Canadian Armed Forces, was the guest speaker for the event. Garrard, who makes his home in Mount Forest, joined the military in 1985 and has served in numerous positions, including as a bomb disposal team leader and instructor and a paratrooper. Ottawa, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan are among the locations he has been stationed during a highlydecorated career, which saw him admitted to the Order of Military Merit in 2014. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about mentoring younger folks who need someone to be a role model for them and that’s a little bit of what we do in the military,” Garrard pointed out. The need for mentors, Garrard said, continues throughout people’s lives. “I needed some very serious mentoring from some other folks because I’ve been dealing with PTSD since I came back from Afghanistan … A lot of the help I got came from other people who had this exact same problem ... not all of them were all better, some of them were still struggling with it.” Garrard said it is not unlike the mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters provides to young people. “Sometimes its not always fair … how you get to grow up, so you want some other folks around to help you do that … Big Brothers Big Sisters partners you up with somebody you can trust and they try their best to show you what’s right and what’s wrong … it’s a really tremendous organization.” For information on participating or volunteering contact Dykeman at 519-3234273 or email teri.dykeman@ bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

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Smoke ‘n Sounds Festival set for June 9 DRAYTON - The third annual Drayton Kinsmen Smoke ‘n Sounds Festival has been set for June 9 to 11. Club officials state the event is “getting bigger and better every year.” The weekend features music, a wide range of activities and great cooking, featuring world class barbecue experts. The Drayton event is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS)

and consisting of as many as 25 teams doing a four-meat cook-off. On the Friday night of Smoke ‘n Sounds, the Kinsmen are hosting a pub night with chicken wings on the menu. Attendees can vote for their favorites, and the wings champ will be announced at the end of the night. Live music entertainment will be provided. The competition teams

will have their smokers warming up on Friday night, and visitors may watch the action and ask questions and possibly even pick up a few tips. Judging for the Whole Hog competition will take place on Saturday from 3 to 5pm. Attendees can judge pork samples and enter a vote for their favorite. The best hog meat champ will be announced at 5:30pm

on Saturday. On 6pm Saturday, a pulled pork dinner will be available until 8:30pm hosted by the Drayton Kin family. The cost is $15. A Kinsmen Dance will follow after the pork dinner, from 9pm to 1am. On Sunday the KCBS competition heats up with the grand champion to be declared at 4pm.

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working at the facility. “Our vision is to create good health care for every member our municipality and the catchment area of our hospital. Our wellequipped and viable hospital is very attractive to industry and contributes to economic development. It also contributes to doctor recruitment.” Franklin explained the foundation fills a funding role not covered by government. “The province does not fund any equipment for hospitals. If you are at the hospital and someone’s using a piece of equipment on you, trust me our local folks have bought it for you.” Franklin pointed out the hospital’s 24-hour emergency department, diagnostic imagery equipment and day surgery facilities are attractive features industries consider when deciding where to locate. “It’s no secret that one of the first questions an industry asks is - ‘What is health care like in your community?’ - and without the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation we wouldn’t have a TG Minto and TG Minto doesn’t just hire its staff from within the town of Palmerston. There are many Mapleton residents who are employed by indus-

tries such as that,” Franklin stated, adding the local agriculture industry also “relies heavily,” on the hospital. Franklin pointed out the hospital gala involves 80 to 100 volunteers, plus over 40 sponsors and about 275 businesses and individuals who donate items for the live and silent auctions. “This is a very well-supported initiative. Our communities actually really support our gala and it would be wonderful if we could share with our volunteers and our donor base that even with all of your constraints we can a find a bit of grace for the one organization that actually serves every single resident.” Councillor Dennis Craven stated he supports a full exemption from fees. “Myself and my family have used the Palmerston hospital a number of times. Thank God it was there,” said Craven. “This is our hospital. We save lives, we welcome new lives into the world and if this municipality is so greedy and so in need of money that we can’t support our hospital then, really, God help us.” Councillor Lori Woodham pointed to a $9.4 million contribution from the County of Wellington to thee local hospitals, including PDH, over the next three years, stating, “So, yes, councillor Craven

we all do support our hospitals. Our county tax, which we all pay, helps support this hospital also.” Franklin explained the county donation goes toward major redevelopment projects, not equipment. In 2014, Wellington County Council approved the funding, which includes $5 million for construction of the new Groves hospital in Aboyne, and $4.4 million split between Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest and Palmerston and District Hospital for upgrades to emergency rooms and renovations to house pharmaceutical dispensing units. Woodham noted the council typically includes $15,000 in the township’s annual budget for donations and suggested the funds to support waiver of the gala facility fees be taken from that account. “So I do support our mandate that we do not waive fees. However … I do not see any reason why we, once every three years, can’t put it in our budget,” to donate an amount equivalent to the fees, she stated. A motion to support the staff recommendation to reduce the fees to $1,565 was defeated. A resolution to waive the fees for the event passed unopposed.

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By Pastor Mark McCready Alma Bible Church

Have you chosen to love? We should be known by our love. Sadly though, the whole concept of love seems to be dying in our culture. There are so many different interpretations of love out there and the result is that most people don’t know what real love is. Allow me to explain. I love hockey. Growing up, it was something I did almost every day of the week, even during

the summer. Now that I am older, I have grown to love football. I think I have always loved apple pie. I love taking a nap on a Sunday afternoon. Finally, I need to tell you that I love my wife. But notice the problem with those statements? How can I love all of those things? Is my love for each of those things the same? What is it that binds them together, or distinguishes them from each other. My love for my wife is the only love I listed for people. All the other loves in my

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Burt and Elaine are local bird-lovers. Growing up in the Cambridge area she saw “Jenny Wrens”, swallows, orioles, and robins. Her dad raised mallards in their backyard. As he cultivated their garden they followed him looking for worms. Elaine studied music and Burt radio broadcasting. After graduation from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto they married and ministered in Shediac, N.B. (Lobster Capitol of the Maritimes). Gulls were common. Next they ministered in Montreal. Memories were a Brown Thrasher on the patio, a Cedar Waxwing hovering over a spider web, two American Redstarts, Yellow- Bellied Sapsucker and Scarlet Tanager both on the same day, crow attack on an owl and an oriole drawing nectar from an apple blossom. Elaine’s mother operated a B&B on Stanley Bridge, PEI. She came to love birds and knew their songs. She shared this love with her daughter. Summers found Elaine, son and daughter helping with the B&B. Elaine enjoyed seeing a bird and matching its song. The American Goldfinch, Yellow Warbler, Purple Finch, White-Throated Sparrow (song la la la), Song Sparrow, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and oriole were common. Shorebirds included Blue Herons, sandpipers, cormorants, beautiful terns and kingfishers. Bald Eagles were seen along the river. One day a robin quickly ate 3 sour cherries and survived. Next they moved to Elmira where they walked to Carroll Creek. Memories include Snow Buntings, an oriole near its hanging nest, an Indigo Bunting fly-by and nuthatches. Next they moved in 1993 to Drayton. Memories include a baby owl, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, pair of White-Winged Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, cardinals and a Pileated Woodpecker. Recently Elaine saw a Peregrine Falcon. White-Crowned Sparrows often stop off during migration. On the St. Jacob’s trail they saw a bush full of Pine Grosbeaks. Elaine’s brother Gary lives on Paradise Lake near Lucknow. Kingbirds, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Eastern Bluebirds are common, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkeys and once 75 Tundra/Whistling Swans visited the lake. On a trip to Point Pelee they saw Indigo Buntings and Scarlet Tanagers. Over these years they have delighted in seeing hummingbirds. Thank you Elaine for sharing a lifetime of enjoying the wild birds. Until next month, Susan Warren

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we make that choice, we have made the choice to love. Emotions of pleasure and attachment will come, but love is a choice. Lets assume that my wife wants to visit Hawaii, and I want to visit Quebec City. If I love her, I will be willing to set aside my interests and goals in order for her to accomplish hers. So, instead of Quebec City, we visit Hawaii. Well that seems easy, but what if she wants a night out with the ‘girls’ and I want to watch some playoff hockey with ‘the guys’? Who wins? Who stays home to watch the kids? If I love her, I will watch the kids, so that she can have her night out. That is love. Some will be quick to say, well it should be 50/50. The answer is no. If I love my wife, I choose to let her win all the time. That doesn’t mean she won’t reciprocate, but I choose to always have

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Drayton, Floradale advance to finals DRAYTON 5 COMMUNITY 3 Drayton entered this game having won game one in the best-of-three semifinals. But it was Community which scored the first goal in the game midway through the opening period. Nice puck movement by John Horst and Kevin Gingrich set up Kyle Wideman with a clear shot into the open corner. Drayton tied the game

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her son alive. She gave up her life, so that her son could live on. That is love. Love doesn’t always have to lead to our death, but it will always involve sacrifice. The only thing that better illustrates love would be the historical events of Jesus. When God sent His one and only Son into this world, to serve us, to minister to us, and eventually to die for us. That is the one perfect picture of love. Will we receive that love? What about choosing to love others? Will you extend that act of love, that denial of self in order to accommodate and satisfy the needs and interests of others who are not our children? What about those who are not in our family? Will we choose to love them? Will we show love to those down the street? What about that guy right next door? Have you chosen to love?

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her interests, her desires at the forefront of my mind. To love someone is to spend our lives seeing that they thrive. Allow me to share with you a story that I read in the Denver Post that makes for a perfect illustration of love. This past summer a lady from Colorado was out on a boat ride with family. Somehow her two year old son fell overboard. Not wasting a moment, Chelsey Russell, the mother, jumps into the water to save her child. Without a thought for her own needs, she jumps in, and with all the strength that she has keeps her son above water. Now it is not clear to me all the details, but somehow the family was able to rescue the boy, but by the time they reached for Chelsea, she was already unconscious. They were never able to revive her. She died, giving up all her rights, interests and desires to keep

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period ended. Colin Snyder stuffed the puck into the short side corner for the goal, assisted by Lamar Martin. Community took the lead midway through the third. A face-off to the right of the Drayton net was won cleanly by Kevin Gingrich. The puck was snapped back to Kyle Wideman who one-timed a shot into the short side corner. Drayton responded shortly after with three quick goals claiming the game. Read Shantz scored an unassisted goal on a slap shot, Jason Mohle with a tuck in, and Eric Decker with a short side shot. Assists were earned by Brandon Rumph, and Aaron Keunen. The win moves Drayton into the best-of-five A Division Finals. FLORADALE 4 LISTOWEL 1 Listowel entered this game in a must-win situation. Floradale tried to end the series quickly, out-shooting Listowel 9 to 1 in the first period. The opening goal wasn’t produced, however, until midway through the second period. A point shot by Tim Martin gave Greg Martin the goal with a tip-in, assisted also by Josh Brohman. Floradale added their second goal with under a minute left in he period. A rising wrist shot by Corey Wideman beat the glove of the net minder. Willis Martin assisted. Listowel edged into the game early in the third. A slap from the blue line by Ray Jantzi was tipped over the pads by Phil Shantz.

Floradale cut the Listowel surge short with a shorthanded goal minutes later. Brohman sent Javan Martin away on a two-on-one rush. A pass to Ryan Martin led to a shot into the open corner. A goal midway through the third put the game away. A rising wrist shot by Javan Martin found the back of the net for the goal, assisted by Nick Martin. The win advances Floradale to the A Division Finals. MISSIONARY 3 BETHEL 2 Bethel came into the game one win away from advancing to the B Division Finals. Although Missionary scored first on a wrap around Bethel responded with two goals for the first period lead. Curtis Bults scored for Missionary, assisted by Dave Scholten. Eric Schuurmans scored for Bethel, assisted by Brandon Wideman. Mark Paisley intercepted the puck at the blue line and rifled a slap shot for the go-ahead goal. Missionary tied the game with a scramble at the net midway through the second. Dave Scholten finished with the goal, assisted by Dave Arndt. The tie forced the game into sudden death overtime whch lasted several periods. With a little over a minute left in the third overtime period Curtis Bults picked up a loose puck, which finally ended the game with a high wrist shot. The win ties the best-ofthree semi-final series 1-1. Submitted by Willard Metzger

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R U M P H , Pieterdina “Diny” (nee Drost) of Drayton peacefully went home to be with her Lord surrounded by the love of her family on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Wellington Terrace Nursing Home, Fergus in her 81st year. Beloved wife of Hilbert Rumph for 60 years. Cherished mother of Alfred and Helen Rumph of Drayton, Jacqueline and Ron Vanderwees of Winkler, Manitoba, Bernice Hoftyzer of Londsborough and the late Gerard Hoftyzer (2010), Nancy Rumph of Fergus and Arnold and Teresa Rumph of Drayton. Dearest Oma of Abigail, Annarose and Aidan Rumph; Jared, Michael and Felicia, Steven Vanderwees; Darryl and Jennifer Hoftyzer, Michelle and Mike DeWeerd, Krista Hoftyzer and fiancé Rob Scholten, Robert Hoftyzer; Erika, Matthew, Shawna, Joel Rumph. Great grandmother of Wesley and Greyson Hoftyzer. Sister of the late John Drost (2013) and Sharon Drost, the late Lucas

Drost (2011) and Jane Drost Grace and Bert Geerlinks, Ann and Albert Rumph, Linda and Jake Marissen, Helen and Jerry McClymont, Jenny and Sid Sigtema, and Alice and Fred Kuper. Sister-in-law of Henry and Lammie Rumph, Arnold and Cathy Rumph, Jake and Theresa Rumph, the late Hilda Steenbergen (2012) and John Steenbergen, Alice and Ralph Van Dyke. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and friends.Predeceased by her parents Lucas and Jantina Drost, and sisterin-law Annmarie Rumph (2006). The family received friends at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church, 88 Main Street East, Drayton, on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m. Pastor Paul Droogers assisted by Pastor Jake Snieder conducted the funeral service in the Drayton Christian Reformed Church on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. followed by interment in Drayton Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Leprosy Mission of Canada (Effect:Hope) or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

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Legion competition - Drayton Legion Branch 416 Youth Education Representative Mary Miller, presented a certificate and monetary prize to Drayton Heights Public School student, Josh Gerth. Gerth took second place in the Intermediate Black and White Poster division of the annual Legion Remembrance Day Poster and Essay Competition. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Junior poems - Drayton Heights students competing in the Junior Poetry category of the annual Legion Remembrance Day Poster and Essay Competition included: 1st place Kennedy Gerber, 4th place Hudson Haycock, 3rd place Lindsay Bauman and 2nd place Ashley Peppler.

Budding poet - Drayton Heights student Brooklyn Top took fourth place for Intermediate Poetry.

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FABRIC SALES EVENT WE WILL BE DISPLAYING OUR SPRING/SUMMER PRINTS SELECTION AT:

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Drayton Community Centre in the Drayton Arena Complex. Tues. Mar. 7 - 9am-8pm Wed. Mar. 8 - 9am-5pm

AFTER THESE EVENTS THE FABRIC WILL BE TAKEN TO WESTERN CANADA FOR OUR FALL SALES TOUR.

ELEGANT FABRICS STORE WILL RE-OPEN ON MAY 9TH AT 6782 THIRD LINE WEST RR#1 ELORA N0B 1S0 with our regular hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-5pm. We also are open by appointment on any other week days.

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DRAYTON – After a successful inaugural year, the Drayton Entertainment Youth Musical Theatre Program will return this summer with six, one-week training sessions for aspiring young artists throughout southern Ontario. The program will also expand to offer a brand new two-week pre-professional production program for teens that will culminate in a concert presentation of FAME - The Musical, Jr. The program requires an entrance audition and has limited enrolment in order to guarantee personal faculty-student attention. Tuition includes a ticket to a professional Drayton Entertainment production. “There is a wealth of young talent in Canada and we feel it is our responsibility to help develop the artists of tomorrow,” said Drayton Entertainment artistic director Alex Mustakas. Week-long training

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Township of Mapleton

Community Information Page

7275 Sideroad 16, P.O. Box 160, Drayton, ON N0G 1P0 Phone: 519-638-3313, Fax: 519-638-5113,

Toll Free: 1-800-385-7248 www.mapleton.ca

2017

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GREEN LEGACY

Performance time - The Youth Musical Theatre Program is returning to Drayton Entertainment for six oneweek sessions. Submitted photo sessions will be offered in Cambridge (Aug. 14 to 18; ages 13 to 18 and Aug. 21 to 25; ages 8 to 12); KitchenerWaterloo (July 31 to Aug. 4; ages 10 to 18); Grand Bend (Aug. 7 to 11; ages 10 to 18); and Penetanguishene (July 24 to July 28; ages 10 to 18). The new pre-professional production program for teens ages 13 to 18 will run from Aug. 14 to 25 at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge. Participants will gain hands-on insight into how a musical is cast, rehearsed and performed while they work with a professional creative team to produce a concert version of FAME - The Musical, Jr. Associate artistic director David Connolly will direct and choreograph the production. Connolly’s résumé includes work on major musicals like the pre-Broadway production of First Wives Club in Chicago and numerous Drayton Entertainment productions like Mamma Mia!, Red Rock Diner and Cinderella: The Panto.

Based on the hit film, FAME is the story of a diverse group of students who study dance, music and drama at New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts. Featuring a cast of young characters and a terrific score including hit songs like Hard Work, I Want to Make Magic, Bring on Tomorrow and the Academy-Awardwinning title song, the show explores issues that confront many young people today with candor, humor and insight. Hopefuls are required to sign-up online for an audition at their theatre of choice, along with a photo and résumé outlining experience. Auditions will be held in the morning on April 2 at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge for the Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo sessions; April 9 at Huron Country Playhouse; and April 23 for Penetanguishene at James Keating Elementary School. Auditions Auditions for the pre-

professional production program will be held in the afternoon on April 2 at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge. Young performers should be prepared to learn the chorus from the song Fame as well as learn a short dance combination, led by the creative team. More information about the Youth Musical Theatre Program and the new preprofessional production program, including tuition costs and audition requirements, is available at smarturl.it/ de-youth-program. About The Youth Musical Theatre program expands on Drayton Entertainment’s existing youth engagement offerings, which include the Children’s Chorus program (enabling young performers to audition for child ensemble roles in the company’s family panto productions and select musicals) and the youth usher program (offering young people the opportunity to gain work experience as theatre ushers).

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The Township of Mapleton will again be offering a “Tree Day” where tree seedlings will be made available, free of charge, to residents of the Township of Mapleton. Property owners can pre-order up to a maximum of 50 tree seedlings (subject to availability) in bundles of 10. Pre-order tree seedlings by contacting the Township of Mapleton Municipal Office at 519.638.3313.

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Drayton Community News February 17, 2017