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Friday, February 22, 2013

Council considers motion to commit to preservation of agricultural land

Pioneering - Throughout the month of February, students from Community Christian School in Drayton have been learning about life in the early Canadian pioneer times. Staff from the Wellington County Museum hosted a series of demonstrations and workshops at the school that included making old fashioned candles. Clockwise, from front right, are: Kirsten Duimering, Finley DeVries, Rebecca Mohle, Elisa VanderKooi and Dyson Parker. submitted photo

by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - A motion which would commit the township to supporting farmers and “policies that protect integrity of agricultural lands” was introduced at the Feb. 12 council meeting here. Moved by councillor Mike Downey and seconded by councillor Andy Knetsch, the motion states, “The Township of Mapleton is protecting the integrity of the prime agricultural land base by prohibiting the creation of lots for new residential uses, including farm retirement lots and residential in-filling, on these lands.” The motion further states the benefits of this approach include: - increased protection of agricultural uses by restricting the introduction of potentially noncompatible uses in these areas; - promotion and protection of all types, sizes and intensities of agricultural uses and

normal farm practices; - increased flexibility for siting of livestock operations and ability to comply with the Minimum Distance Separation (MDS). The MDS is a planning tool used to determine a recommended distance between a livestock facility and other sensitive land uses. The objective of the MDS is to prevent land use conflicts and minimize nuisance complaints related to odour; and - further the Township of Mapleton shall defend these policies at whatever level necessary, including, but not limited to, the Ontario Municipal Board. Councillor Jim Curry expressed concern that adopting the policy would impact the municipality’s ability to expand the boundaries of existing urban areas. “In the village of Drayton, before long, we’ll be moving toward some agricultural land

or else we’ll have to stop growing altogether,” Curry said. Mayor Bruce Whale questioned the idea of creating a policy that would compel future councils to pursue specific matters to the OMB. Downey explained the wording of the motion was taken directly from a provincial policy on the subject. “This is actually provincial policy. The only thing I changed was the Township of Mapleton, instead of Province of Ontario. I want to know if we endorse this provincial policy,” he said. Whale suggested, municipalities “do have some flexibility,” in applying the policy to individual situations. However, Downey disagreed. Council agreed to defer the motion pending further information and discussion on provincial policy regarding agricultural land and MDS guidelines.

by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council here has agreed to a lower rate for auditorium rentals during games at the PMD arena for the local Senior AA hockey team. Minto-Mapleton 81’s president Uwe Claussen attended the Feb. 12 meeting to ask council to reconsider a local parks and recreation committee decision not to grant the team relief from

paying the going rate for the auditorium, which the team uses as a “Blueline Club” for liquor sales during intermission. Claussen requested the club be allowed to continue renting the hall at the same rate as they have for the past two seasons, rather than paying the current rate ($510 including HST). He pointed out the club generally only makes about $400

from liquor sales at a game, “so there’s no point in having a Blueline Club,” if compelled to pay the full rate. He explained that when the club plays homes games in Palmerston, the Blueline Club is profitable even though the team receives only 40 per cent of liquor sale proceeds (as compared to 100% in Mapleton) Continued on page 3

Township to work with GRCA on funding for Drayton flood prevention project Hockey team gets break on hall rental cil dredging might not be the if the funding can’t be obtained, by Patrick Raftis

MAPLETON - Council here has directed staff to work with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to develop a plan to fund a clean-out of the Conestogo River to reduce the risk of flooding in Drayton. Dwight Boyd, senior water resources engineer with the GRCA, attended the Feb. 5 meeting to discuss the situation, in response to a previous request made by council. At the Jan. 8 meeting councillor Andy Knetsch said he feels the river should be dredged through parts of the village, considering the investment local residents have made in businesses and homes in the area. However, Boyd told coun-

answer to avoiding a major flood. “Lowering the channel would probably reduce the frequent flooding in the fairgrounds, but when you get into a major flood, you get into bridge capacity issues,” he pointed out. Nonetheless, Boyd said “a clean-out would help things.” He told council provincial funding for the project may be available through the Watershed Erosion Control Infrastructure (WECI) program, but the deadline to apply for this year is fairly tight. If WECI funding is available, the project could be done with a combination of WECI and GRCA funding. However,

the cost could be split between the conservation authority and the municipality. The scale of the clean-out chosen will impact the cost of the project, and the amount of paperwork involved, Boyd noted. “If you don’t really want to do a lot of excavation and just want to trim the vegetation back a bit, there’s really no permit required for that,” he explained. Council authorized public works director Larry Lynch to work with the GRCA on preparing an application for WECI funding. Railway embankment Both council and GRCA Continued on page 6

Public input sought on strategic plan

by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Council here is seeking public input on a draft community-based strategic plan. Approval of the plan in draft form at the Feb. 5 council meeting set in motion a public consultation period that ends March 23. The process of creating the plan began in January 2012 and Mapleton residents provided input through participation in a “conversation café” at the PMD arena, as well as an online survey. In a report at the Feb. 5 meeting, CAO Patty Sinnamon said the strategic plan should be “a living document” which

is continually referred to by council and staff. Rather than set out timelines for completion of actions suggested in the plan, Sinnamon said township staff prefer to use the document as “a day-to-day tool; one that will guide our day-to-day activities, budget process and long-term planning.” She also said the plan would “create an opportunity for ongoing dialogue between council staff and the community.” Among the goals outlined in the 17-page draft is to “align available financial and staff resources to meet council and community objectives.” The draft plan also outlines

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a number of priorities and challenges anticipated in the next 10 years, including: funding challenges, communications technology, economic development, maintaining infrastructure and planning for growth. The municipality is inviting residents and business owners to comment on the plan, which is posted on the township’s website (www.mapleton.ca). Hard copies can be obtained at the municipal administration centre. Comments will be accepted until March 23 and will be taken into consideration when the plan is presented for adoption at the April 9 council meeting.

Whale receives Diamond Jubilee medal

by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Mayor Bruce Whale was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Feb. 12 council meeting. Whale was nominated for the medal, which was presented by Mapleton CAO Patty Sinnamon, by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. “This comes as a surprise,” said Whale, who was elected mayor in 2010 after serving seven years on council. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a bachelor of science (agriculture) degree, Whale spent three years working in Thailand with CUSO and travelling before returning to Mapleton. He has also been involved with PMD Minor Hockey, Peel/Maryborough Mutual Insurance, George Morris Centre, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, and Dairy Bureau of Canada. Noting the medals are awarded based on community involvement and volun-

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Lions Club takes over operation of CNRA Clubhouse by Patrick Raftis PALMERSTON - The local Lions Club, which spearheaded the revitalization of the Palmerston Railway Heritage Park, will now make its permanent home there. Minto council approved an agreement at its Feb. 5 meeting that will see the Palmerston Lions Club take over operation of the building known as the CNRA Clubhouse. The agreement extends an arrangement to allow the club use of the building that has been in place since the Lions took over operation of the facility from the now-defunct Palmerston Lawn Bowling Club. The lawn bowling club ceased to operate in the spring of 2012 due to declining membership and the cost of maintaining the property on an ongoing basis. In a report at the Feb. 5 meeting, Minto recreation director Matt Lubbers explained the town owns both the building and the land it occupies and will be responsible for any future upgrades for accessibility and health and safety. The Lions will use the facility under an arrangement similar to the lawn bowlers. There will be no charge to the club for the use of the building, but the club will pay all operational costs. One change is that the town will waive all water and sewer charges in exchange for free

Lions Den - The Palmerston Lions Club will take over operation of the CNRA Clubhouse in Palmerston. The building was formerly operated by the Palmerston Lawn Bowling Club. photo by Patrick Raftis use of the facility by the municipality. The club will also absorb the cost of electrical power for some lighting and other features for the adjacent park. The Lions Club will look after the building and keep all revenue from any bookings. Major capital costs will be the town’s responsibility, while the club will do minor repairs to equipment and fixtures. Lubbers said waiving the water and sewers charges should prove worthwhile for the town, as there are a number of meetings for which the club house is used and he is planning to utilize the facility for a number of other activities “from a

programming perspective.” Lubbers explained that, while the facility is not licensed, the town could cater to events there under the municipality’s permanent liquor license. “This agreement ensures that a valuable landmark in our community can continue to operate cost effectively while providing ideal space for the Lions Club to meet and the community to rent,” stated Lubbers in his report. “I think this should work well for the club and for the town.” Councillor Ron Elliott, a member of the Lions Club, said, “Even though we haven’t had a signed agreement, it’s

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community calendar February 26 - Maryborough (Moorefield) Horticultural Society meeting, 7:30pm, Moorefield Optimist Hall. Program: Janna Dodds - “Bees”. Visitors welcome. March 2 - Genealogy Day at the Drayton Library. Hosted by The Mapleton Historical Society, 11am to 3pm. Society members will be there to assist you with your research. March 9 - Jammin’ at the Drayton Legion Branch 416, 15 Elm St. Drayton. Anyone with musical instruments or interest is welcome to either play or listen. Saturday, 2pm. Drayton Youth Centre: Wednesday from 7 to 9:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11:00pm.

ThursDAY, February 21 Parent and Tot Skating, 11:00am-11:50am Adult Skating, 12:00pm-1:00pm Pee Wee LL vs. Wingham, 7:00pm FriDAY, February 22 Parent and Tot Skating, 11:00am-11:50am Snipaz vs. Desperado, 9:00pm SaturDAY, February 23 Mites vs. Woolwich, 12:00pm Public Skating, 1:00pm-2:50pm sunDAY, February 24 Atom R vs. Walkerton, 2:00pm Novice LL vs. Arthur, 3:15pm Bantam vs. Goderich, 4:15pm Public Skating, 6:30pm-8:20pm monDAY, February 25 Pee Wee R vs. Wingham, 6:30pm WednesDAY, February 27 Parent and Tot Skating, 11:00am-11:50am Adult Skating, 12:00pm-1:20pm Atom LL vs. West Grey 2, 6:30pm ThursDAY, February 28 Parent and Tot Skating, 11:00am-11:50am Pee Wee LL vs. Blyth-Brussels, 7:00pm FriDAY, March 1 Sorry, No Parent and Tot Skating DDFSC Carnival, 7:00pm-9:00pm SaturDAY, March 2 Sorry, No Public Skating DDFSC Carnival, 2:00pm-4:00pm

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WWCCAC to hire rapid response nurses

Caring co-workers - Owners, co-workers and customers at a local business recently pitched in to help out the family of Andrina Duff, a cashier at the Drayton Foodmarket who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has had to take a leave of absence. To show their support and concern, owner Deb Ramage and staff decided to host a draw. Customers, staff and the local community were invited to purchase raffle tickets for $10 each with 100 per cent of the proceeds going Duff and her husband Bob, who were presented with $2,650 on Valentine’s Day. The winner of the duffle bag prize package was Sylvia Mitchell. Andrina and Bob, centre, were surrounded by Drayton Foodmarket staff for the presentation. photo by Wilma Mol

Drayton and Floradale take lead in playoffs FROM PREVIOUS PAGE in the third period. Timmerman started the play with a pass to Dekkers at the left face-off circle. Dekkers held on to the puck and drifted a pass to Pat Landman, who blasted a rising slap shot over the shoulder of Stevens for the goal. Community pulled their netminder in the final minute of the play. But the extra skater didn’t help. A face-off scramble saw Brandon Rumph send the puck rolling into the empty net. The win gives Drayton a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three A Division semi-finals. FLORADALE 4 BETHEL 2 This tightly-fought game resulted in the opening goal late in the first period. Javon Martin picked up a loose puck in front of the Bethel net and knifed a shot behind Derek Wideman for the Floradale goal. Floradale added a goal late in the second period. Javon Martin won the face-off to send Ryan Weber in on net. Weber deked the netminder to slip the puck into the open corner. Floradale added their third goal to start off the final pe-

riod. Netminder Jason Newton cleared the puck to Ryan Weber, who skated around behind the net and sliced a backhander in for the goal. Bethel edged into the game shortly after. Matt Smith drove the puck to the net and Derek Frey sent the rebound behind Newton for the goal. Tough forechecking by Javon Martin brought the puck to the Bethel net once again. The scramble that followed saw Ryan Weber poke the puck into the open corner. Assisted also by Josh Brohman. Bethel refused to quit however, and came back with a goal. Jim Wideman and Mike Veens sent MacKenzie Bauman through the neutral zone with the puck. Bauman split the defence and rifled a slap shot to the back of the net. However the goal was too little, too late. The win gives Floradale the 1-0 lead in their best-of-three A Division semi-finals. LISTOWEL 6 MISSIONARY 5 (4th OT) Missionary struck for two quick goals midway through the first period. Dave Schol-

ten set up Ryan Roth along the right side boards. Roth drifted forward and snapped a shot in on the short side. A minute later Steve Slot teed up Dennis Gleeson, who rifled a slap shot to beat Charlie Wagler in the Listowel net. Missionary added a powerplay goal early in the second period. Bryan Deen set up Paul Vandenberg with the puck deep in the right corner. Vandenberg circled around the back of the net and rifled a shot in the short side. Listowel came back with two quick goals. Curtis Wagler and Trevor Streicher set up Travis Kuepfer in front of the net. Kuepfer sent a screened shot into the net for the goal. A minute later Kuepfer worked with Ray Jantzi to create a short handed scramble at the net. Curtis Wagler finished the play with a shot into the net. Missionary came back to build back their lead. Steve Slot set up Dave Scholten in the slot. Scholten snapped a low shot along the ice for the goal. Listowel responded with a powerplay goal. Kuepfer and Lowell Weber teed up Max

Brubacher at the point. Brubacher blasted a shot through the crowd for the goal. Listowel tied the game in the third period with another shorthanded rush. Ray Jantzi cleared the puck to Josh Shantz along the right boards. Shantz raced down the ice for a break away and snapped the puck into the top corner for the goal. Missionary took advantage of a powerplay late in the game to regain the lead. Steve Slot and Matt Duff created a scramble at the net and Scott Vandenberg poked the puck past a sprawling Charlie Wagler in net. With only 10 seconds left Listowel stormed the Missionary net. Josh Shantz and Max Brubacher circled the puck around the net and Trevor Streicher snapped the puck into the corner to send the game into sudden death overtime. The was not decided until the fourth overtime period. Then a quick pass by Phil Shantz gave Josh Shantz a shot into the high corner for win, giving Listowel a 1-0 lead in the bestof-three B Division semi finals. submitted by Willard Metzger

WELLINGTON CTY. Rapid Response Nurses from the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (WWCCAC) will care for patients with complicated health needs in consultation with care coordinators, community nurses and other community health providers by providing care at home within the first 24 hours after the patient is discharged home from the hospital. As part of a provincial initiative, six rapid response nurses are being hired by the WWCCAC to provide enhanced front-line care to some the most vulnerable patients: frail seniors and adults, and children with complex, serious illnesses. Although patients prefer to be at home after their acute care needs have been met in a hospital, some patients end up returning to the hospital shortly after they have been discharged because they did not receive the clinical care they needed to help them return home. Over 35,000 patients each year depend on WWCCAC care coordinators who are regulated health care professionals - nurses, social workers, occupational therapists - to lead their clinical care at home. Now, WWCCAC will be able to intervene to support patients with a range of transitional care needs to successfully return home from the hospital. The nurses will be responsible for ensuring the patient is connected to a primary care provider and has an appointment within seven days after discharge from hospital. Rapid response nurses will help patients: - understand their illness

and symptoms; - understand their hospital discharge plan; - understand how to take prescribed medications; - arrange for follow-up medical appointments or tests; - connect with their primary care providers, ensuring everyone has necessary information, about each step of the patient’s journey; and - receive appropriate home supports as quickly as possible so that they have everything they need to stay at home safely. Officials say CCACs know the communities they serve and help people connect to the right health care, at the right time, in the right place. CCACs connect people with the health and support services they need to: - remain at home; - avoid hospital admission; - access support upon discharge from hospital; and - explore long-term care options For further information, contact Lee-Ann Murray, client services manager at 519-8835500 extension 2215. The WWCCAC is one of 14 CCACs in the province. In 2011-12 the organization helped 36,000 people of all ages access the health and support services they need to stay in their own home, return safely to home from hospital, or to prevent unnecessary hospital admission. The access centre also helped over 1,800 people make the transition into long-term care. This year the WWCCAC celebrates 40 years of publiclyfunded home and community care in Ontario (http://youtube/ KScnwOnTv60).

Council agrees to hall rental price break for 81’s FROM PAGE ONE because the Town of Minto charges them only about $200 for the use of the hall. “If we have to play in Palmerston, it kind of defeats the purpose of having an amalgamated team,” he pointed out. “All the groups have difficulty with the rate structure. Why are some groups treated differently than others?” asked Claussen. “Arenas are subsidized by tax dollars. Why are the user fees suddenly so high?” Public works director Larry Lynch said recreation department staff “have been very supportive” of keeping senior hockey in the community. “Any small town that has a Senior A hockey team is a better town in my opinion,” Lynch observed. However, he said staff have no authority to “cut any deals” with individual facility renters. “The direction we have as

staff is not to cut the rates.” He noted ice rental rates at the PMD arena are “absolutely the lowest” - in some cases by up to $60 an hour - among Wellington County communities which host senior hockey teams. “Didn’t parks and rec suggest we give one free rental?” asked councillor Neil Driscoll, noting that local minor hockey and figure skating groups are allowed one free use of the hall adjoining the arena per season. Lynch pointed out the town is working toward making the PMD community centre a fully-licensed facility, which would allow liquor sales in the lobby or other areas, possibly eliminating the need to rent the entire auditorium. He noted the 81’s Blueline Club could be operated in about one-quarter of the space available in the auditorium. However, he noted, that won’t be arranged in time for this sea-

son and the team’s upcoming playoff round. Claussen pointed out the team has unpaid invoices for the current season as it awaits a final decision on the hall rental price.

Council agreed to charge the team their 2011-12 rate of $220 for hall rental, plus five per cent for a total rate of $231 (plus HST) for the 2012-13 season. The regular 2013 hall rental rate is $451 plus HST.

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EDITORIAL A time for family Ontario parliamentarians headed back to work for Tuesday’s Throne Speech after a lengthy layoff enforced by Premier Dalton’s McGuinty’s decision to prorogue the legislature last fall, while his Liberal party sorted out its own messy political affairs. Interestingly, on the same day, the rest of the province’s citizenry were also headed back to work, following a much shorter and more welcome break, also brought to us courtesy of the outgoing premier. When Family Day was introduced by the McGuinty government back in 2008, he called it “a powerful recognition of our priorities.” Promised in the run-up to the October, 2007 election campaign, Ontario’s ninth statutory holiday was approved following the Liberals’ re-election that fall. It was an announcement met with mixed reactions at the time, with many celebrating the idea of a genuine holiday during one of winter’s bleakest months (let’s face it, Groundhog Day doesn’t incite much partying outside of Wiarton), while others dismissed it as a cynical election ploy. And so, six years later, what have we got? Does Family Day actually do more than provide a brief respite and some extra couch time to the working classes? At a glance, it would appear the holiday is well taken in many communities. Family Day celebrations were held in numerous local municipalities this year, offering residents a chance to get together, not only with family, but with friends and neighbours, for some rare mid-winter social time. Activities ranged from iceskating to rock climbing, as local residents got active for the occasion. At our home, Family Day has evolved into exactly what the name suggests. We spend time together either on board games or simple outdoor activities and enjoy an evening meal that isn’t restricted by tradition to turkey and trimmings. We’re also not tied up with the type of televised spectacles that occupy many more venerable holidays - there’s no football games or major hockey tournaments to distract. Perhaps our family’s ready acceptance of Family Day as a legitimate occasion followed our experience on the first one, back in 2008. A rapid snow melt followed by a flash freeze had turned the vacant lot next door into a pretty fair skating rink. Unable to resist the smooth surface, made all the more tempting because it was created without the usual requisite weeks of flooding and shoveling, all six of us were soon on the ice enjoying a rag-tag game of hockey and some sunshine at the same time. It was a lot of fun until Dad’s rusty blade got caught in an ice rut, calling an immediate halt to both my forward motion and my tentative recovery from an earlier back injury. Despite my additional three days of back misery, Family Day 2008 remains a day we all look back on fondly and each year since we have gathered for further shared experiences. I have to admit this year I passed on the hike through the Greenway Trail that a couple of the kids enjoyed Monday. Crashing though crusted snow drifts on a sub-zero day sounded like it had too much potential to cause a repeat of the 2008 back woes and we can hardly expect our kids to be quick learners if we aren’t. I did get involved in the board games, including a complicated card affair called Munchkin Zombies that left me, for a time, feeling like I was trapped in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Even though an after-dinner movie was cut short due to a bad call on Dad’s part (Who knew a movie called The Runaways wouldn’t be great family fare? Sounds like a Disney pic, right?), the day actually provided more quality time for the immediate family than more hectic holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Like any holiday, in fact like any day, Family Day is what you make of it. Hopefully, you had a great one! Patrick Raftis

Under Section 357 of the Municipal Act, 2001 the local municipality may cancel, reduce or refund all or part of taxes levied on land in the year in respect of which the application is made if the property:

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Ceased to be liable to be taxed at rate it was taxed Became exempt Was razed by fire, demolition or otherwise Damaged by fire, demolition or otherwise – (substantially unusable) Mobile unit removed

Please note that Section 357(3) states that an application under this section must be filed with the treasurer on or before February 28 of the year following the year in respect of which the application is made. 2001, c. 25 s. 357(3). If you require additional information please contact the municipal office at 519-638-3313 ext 22.

VACANCY REBATE Vacancy Rebates are available for eligible properties within the Commercial and Industrial property tax classes. Properties with these classes must have vacant units. A rebate is provided based on the period of time the unit was vacant, subject to eligibility requirements. Application forms are available at the Township office. Deadline to apply for a rebate for the 2012 taxation year is February 28, 2013. Please note that such properties are subject to inspection. If you require additional information please contact the municipal office at 519-638-3313 Ext. 22.

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In an effort to make obtaining dog tag s easier for our constituents, Maurita Boyle, Township of Mapleton By-law Enforcement Officer will be visiting each Mapleton proper ty to sell dog tags. If you are a dog owner who has not purchased a 2013 tag and you are not home at the time of the visit to your pro perty, a card will be left for you with further instructions. Fees are as follows: First Dog - $20.00, Second Dog - $30 .00, Third Dog - $45.00 After May 15th an additional ten dollars is added to each tag. If you require further information reg arding kennel licenses or dog tags, please contact the Municipal Office.

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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society Your family history One of the objectives of the Mapleton Historical Society is to preserve the history of the township. By collecting photographs and other artifacts from the residents of Mapleton, we are achieving this goal. We have also received several published histories of families which settled here back in the 1800s. Members of these families have taken the time to research and record their genealogy so their families can know about their history in our area. We encourage everyone who has done such a family history, no matter how recently your family arrived in Mapleton, to donate a copy to the Mapleton Historical Society for our archives. Genealogy is a hobby that has become very popular in the last 20 years or so. Many people who begin genealogical research on their family soon learn that knowing the history of an area helps you discover more information about the people you are researching.

Learning about emigration projects can tell you where families were likely to settle in a new country. Knowing about territorial changes over time within countries can help you learn where to find the records you are looking for. Many times the two are connected as wars and other military service often resulted in a change of location for those serving or being persecuted. Wars were often a time of huge family relocation. Genealogy is very much influenced by history and as such the two subjects are very closely related. On March 2 the Mapleton Historical Society will be holding its second Genealogy Day. This will be held at the Drayton Library from 11am to 3pm. We want to help you find more information about your family. We will have displays of records that can be found and will show you were some of these records can be located. Records such as immigration, census, cemetery, birth, marriage and death will be exhib-

ited, and military records, wills and land records will also be displayed. One of the largest sources of genealogical information is the website Ancestry.com. Anyone who has used it is familiar with the enormous amount of information that can be found there. It has replaced much traveling and searching through microfilms for records and the number of records on the website is constantly being increased. We are fortunate in Wellington County that our library system has a subscription to Ancestry.com. It usually costs upwards of a few hundred dollars to have your own subscription but usage at the library is free for members. At our Genealogy Day, we will have people available to help you with your Ancestry. com research problems. Among the Canadian records available are all of the census images that have been released for public viewing. These include the Canada as well as Western Canada censuses from

Pettapiece questions new premier’s decision to take agriculture portfolio QUEEN’S PARK - PerthWellington MPP Randy Pettapiece is not impressed with new Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to appoint herself as agriculture minister. “The new premier will have a lot on her plate,” said Pettapiece. “Ontario needs a fulltime minister of agriculture who has the time needed to do the job. We in Perth-Wellington need to know, will she be a part-time premier or a parttime agriculture minister?” In a Feb. 13 press release, Pettapiece also noted Wynne served with former Premier Dalton McGuinty. “This is the same team that ignored rural and small-town Ontario, increased red tape on agriculture and manufacturing, forced industrial wind farms on communities that don’t want them, and devastated the horse racing industry,” he stated. However, Ontario Federation of Agriculture president Mark Wales has stated his organization looks forward to working with Wynne on issues relevant to Ontario farm families. “The OFA had the opportunity to reach out to Wynne about the four key issues the association is tackling for the coming year,” Wales said. “We received some honest answers from her on each issue, and look forward to continuing that dialogue and further developing Wynne’s relationship

with agriculture in the months to come.” Wales said the OFA will be addressing four areas of focus with Wynne and Liberal party policy makers in the upcoming legislative session, including Ontario’s agriculture and food strategy, energy, regulatory modernization and investing in rural Ontario. Pettapiece was also critical of the size of the incoming premier’s new cabinet. Numbering 27 ministers, Ontario’s new cabinet is “larger and more expensive” than outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty’s last cabinet, he pointed out. “It shows the Liberal government is still spending too

much, and is still out of touch with many of the people I’m privileged to represent,” said Pettapiece, who was at Queen’s Park on Feb. 11 to attend the new cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony. The local MPP noted that, from a caucus of 52 Liberal MPPs, Wynne appointed 27 as cabinet ministers and 20 as parliamentary assistants. Four Liberal MPPs are planning to retire, and one was elected to serve as Speaker of the legislature. “The new premier seems to have an aggressive job-creation strategy for Liberal MPPs, but we need one for the rest of the province,” he stated.

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By Pastor Mark McCready Alma Bible Church, Alma

We all need advocates When was the last time you relocated to a new community and had to find a new job? How hard was it to make friends? How hard was it to get the job? My wife and I moved to Alma just a little more than two years ago so that I could take a new job as pastor of Alma Bible Church. The transition had its challenges, but I knew some people who helped to make the transition easier. In fact, as I look back, one thing that has made a huge difference every time I have relocated was having some kind of referral - someone who could

speak on my behalf, introduce me to others, someone to help me have a fresh start. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how many times I have been told that success in this world is in part determined by â&#x20AC;&#x153;who you know.â&#x20AC;? References are important. They are key when it comes to applying for a job. They often introduce us to new people who sometimes become new friends. There is a story found in the New Testament of the Bible that is a perfect illustration of what I am talking about. In the book of Acts, chapter nine, we learn of a guy named Saul (sometimes known as Paul). This man was pretty highly regarded among his Jewish friends. His reputation was gained through a number of things: he was highly educated,

well trained, and was extremely passionate for his religion. His passion showed in his hatred for these new Christians that were cropping up. Saul was known to make life difficult for them. Talk about bullying - this guy was the bully of all bullies. One day Saul made his way to a town north of Jerusalem, and on his way he has this miraculous encounter. He meets Jesus. Suddenly Saulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is turned upside down. He goes from being a passionate Jew to a passionate Christian. The only problem is that, because of his past, this community of Christians doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust him. Enter the heroâ&#x20AC;ŚBarnabas. Despite everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fears, this guy stands up for Saul, befriends him and advocates

for him. Right when Saul feels all alone as he tries to enter into a community that he has alienated with his hatred, Barnabas stands up and brings him in as his friend. What a powerful gesture. Who of us has not wished we had a friend like Barnabas at one time in our lives? Someone who would stand up for us. Someone who would defend us and advocate for us. So what? Why do I tell this story? Because each of us need an advocate, a Barnabas, at some point in life. Many of us will find ourselves having to relocate to a new town or be looking for a new job. We will find ourselves entering into a new community and longing for friendship, an opportunity to connect. Having a friend

like Barnabas in these situations gives you an advantage, an edge towards getting started on that right foot. Of course advocates arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only helpful when you are moving. Some of us are already a part of a community but we have alienated ourselves through some personality or character flaw, or some addiction that we have had to overcome. Advocates are very helpful here, too. If our life is filled with people who have lost trust in us, or people who want to keep their distance because they are unsure of us, an advocate can help. They allay fears, speak to uncertainties, encourage others to give us another chance and assure them that we have changed. What a blessing that

would be. Who of us has never thought about wanting a fresh start? The best way to get that fresh start is to have a Barnabas in our life. Perhaps, with a little effort we could be a Barnabas to others as well. As I think about this, Barnabas is also something of an illustration of someone who is far greater and serves the same role far more effectively in a far more significant situation. I am thinking of Jesus. Are you being a Barnabas for someone? Do you have a story to tell about someone who was a Barnabas for you? I would love to hear your stories. Do you have questions? Either way, feel free to send me an e-mail at office@almabiblechurch.ca.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine the hockey equipment, ice time, tournaments and upgrades your minor hockey association can get with that,â&#x20AC;? the release notes. From now through to March 8, 2013, Canadians can nominate someone who dedicates their time and effort to ensure hockey goes on within their community by visiting

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Hawks are fascinating but challenging to identify. Speed, distance and elevation are contributing factors. Petersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field Guide to Birds breaks this category down nicely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawks, Eagles etc. Family-- Accipitridae. Diurnal (active chiefly during daylight) birds of prey, with hooked beaks, hooked claws. a) ACCIPITERS (Bird Hawks)--Subfamily Accipitrinae. Long-  tailed woodland hawks with short, rounded wings. Typical flight is several quick beats and a glide. Sexes similar; females larger. Birds of Ontario by Andy Bezener classes Sharp-Shinned and Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as common migrant, rare breeder or winter resident. Northern Goshawks are uncommon year-round, elusive in summer. In 2006 I spent much time trying to identify a bird perched in a spruce outside our house. Eventually I identified it as an immature Goshawk by its vertical stripes on the chest. Feeding: These species pursue small birds and mammals through forests. b) HARRIERS--Subfamily Circinae. Slim hawks with slim wings, long tails. Flight low, languid (lacking in activity or quickness), gliding, with wings in a shallow V. Sexes unlike. They hunt in open country. Birds of Ontario classes Northern Harriers as â&#x20AC;&#x153;uncommon to common in our area. Feeding: hunts in low, rising and falling flights for small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates.â&#x20AC;? c) BUTTEOS (Huzzard Hawks)--Subfamily Buteoninae. Large thick-set hawks with broad wings and wide rounded tails. Habitually soar high in wide circles. Much variation, sexes similar, females larger. Young birds are usually streaked below. Birds of Ontario classes Red-Tailed as common to abundant year-round. Red Shouldered are uncommon to fairly common breeder; rare winter resident. Rough-legged are rare to common in winter, extremely rare breeder. Broad-Winged are migrants, fairly common breeders. Feeding: most eat small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and some large insects. Red-tailed scan for food while perched or soaring. Red-Shouldered detect food while perched or flush out by low flight. Rough-Legged search for food while soaring and hovering. Broad-Winged swoop from a perch such as a telephone pole. The March column will continue the hawk study. Incidentally earlier this month, my husband and I spotted a Common Redpoll which we have never seen before and a Pine Grosbeak (last seen by us in 2008). Until next month, Susan Warren.

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FROM PAGE ONE officials feel erosion of a railway embankment along the river factors into potential for flooding in Drayton. However, the railway company disagrees. In an August 2012 letter to the municipality, included in the Feb. 5 council meeting package, CN Rail public works manager Stefan Linder states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;CN does not consider the presence of its infrastructure to be the cause or influence of flooding further downstream within the Town of Drayton, as the entire area is located within the flood plain of the Conestogo River.â&#x20AC;? Linder said a review of site conditions by CN Environmental determined

â&#x20AC;&#x153;there does not appear to be a sediment-loading issue in the Conestogo River in the vicinity to the CN crossing concrete footing, as documented in the conservation authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. However this sedimentation loading appears to be the result of an unstable bank, upstream of the CN bridge support, where the top of the bank is approximately 30 to 40 feet above water level. There does not appear to be any direct connection between the CN bridge support and the sediment loading in this area of the river. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the absence of the CN bridge support, the upstream bank would likely still be eroding and would cause the sediment loading issue.â&#x20AC;?

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PAGE EIGHT The Community News, Friday, February 22, 2013

Local schools receive mixed results in annual Fraser Institute rankings

Contribution to arts - Longtime Drayton Entertainment supporters Teri and John Hamilton of Cambridge have donated $500,000 to the theatre organization. In response, Drayton Entertainment will be naming the auditorium of the new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge in their honour. submitted photo

Philanthropists donate $500,000 in support of Drayton Entertainment CAMBRIDGE Philanthropists John and Terry Hamilton, longtime supporters of Drayton Entertainment, have gifted the award-winning theatre organization with $500,000. In recognition of this support, Drayton Entertainment will be naming the auditorium of the new Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge in their honour. Theatre patrons attending the inaugural production of Mary Poppins in March will access the venue through the John and Terry Hamilton Auditorium. “We are blessed with a cluster of arts and culture that is rapidly evolving and creating a significant impact on the economy and enhancing our quality of life,” said John Hamilton. “We believe such innovation should be celebrated, which is why we made the decision to support Drayton Entertainment’s fundraising effort with a substantial contribution to the cause.” “We are humbled by the

generosity of the Hamilton family towards the arts community,” says Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “We acknowledge this incredible support as an investment - not only in our organization, but in the future of the entire arts community in Waterloo Region. It is an exciting benchmark for family philanthropy.” The news was received warmly at City Hall in Cambridge. “This is a tremendous gift, and will undoubtedly inspire future private sector support to myriad worthy causes in the City of Cambridge – from health care to education to social services,” said Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig. “Such gifts significantly enhance the economic, cultural and social milieu of our great city. The Hamiltons are true community champions.” “In the 21st century, cities need to be strategic about how they build and sustain creative

ecologies,” adds Hamilton. “They need to find new ways to bend the market so that creative space can be fully developed. We are proud to support such vision.” Construction is nearing completion on the new 500-seat Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, located at 46 Grand Ave. S. in the historic neighbourhood of Galt. The facility will operate year-round and include Drayton Entertainment’s programming as well as myriad community events. The $14 million city-owned facility is expected to be completed on budget. As part of its contribution to the project, Drayton Entertainment (a not-for-profit registered charitable organization) is tasked with fundraising $4.5 million for specialized equipment and other items not covered through government funded programs. A public campaign geared at grassroots support will be launched at the end of February.

by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Elementary schools here received mixed results in the annual Fraser Institute report card on Ontario’s elementary schools, which was released last weekend. Two local schools improved their grades from their last ranking, while two experienced drops. Across Ontario, 167 elementary schools showed “significant improvement in their academic performance over the past five years,” according to the report. Of the improving elementary schools, 64 are in the Greater Toronto Area, 44 in southwestern Ontario, 36 in north central Ontario, and 23 in eastern Ontario, “highlighting the fact that school improvement is happening in all regions of the province,” the institute states. “This is why the Fraser Institute school report card is the go-to source for measuring academic improvement: it highlights school success stories from Murillo in the west to Cornwall in the east and from Timmins in the north to Windsor in the south,” said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies. “Our report shows that all schools are capable of improvement, regardless of the personal or family challenges their students might face. If educators

want to help students learn and improve, they should be talking to these schools,” he added. The Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools 2013 rates 2,714 public, Catholic, and francophone elementary schools based on nine academic indicators using data from the annual province-wide tests of reading, writing, and math administered by the Ontario government’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) to Grade 3 and 6 students. “By pinpointing the subject areas in which individual schools are improving or declining and how their academic performance compares to that of other Ontario schools over the past five years, our report helps parents and educators prioritize learning challenges in their schools,” Cowley said. Locally, Maryborough Public School received the highest 2011-12 ranking, with a 6.6 score out of 10. The current score is down from the 2010 report card, when Maryborough PS attained a score of 8.4. However it equals the 2009 result. The ranking places the school at 1,016 out of the 2,714 schools ranked. Alma Public School came in next among Mapleton schools, with a score of 6.4. That’s up from a 2011 ranking of 5.6 and down slightly from a 2010 score of 6.9. This year’s num-

bers place the school at 1,173 of ranked schools. Drayton Heights Public School dropped to a score of 5.5 this year, from a 2011 score of 6.9. In 2008 and 2009 the school recorded five-year highs of 7.5. This year’s score ranks the school at 1,708 out of 2,714. Centre Peel Public School’s score of 3.0 is the lowest of the local schools. However, the score is the school’s highest in the past five years. Centre Peel recorded a score 1.7 out of 10 in 2010 and received marks of 1.1 and 2.4 in 2009 and 2008 respectively. This year’s score ranks the school at 2,543 out of the 2,714 school’s ranked. Complete results The report card also includes information about each school’s make-up, including parents’ average income, the percentage of ESL students, and the percentage of special needs students. The complete results for all 2,714 elementary schools area available at www.compareschoolrankings.org where visitors can compare schools on their results over the last five years. Upper Grand District School Board communications officer Maggie McFadzen declined on Feb. 19 to comment on the rankings and said the school board would not be issuing a press release about the institute’s report.

North Wellington diabetes campaign receives nearly $50,000 in donations by Bonnie Whitehead HARRISTON - Chairman George Van Ankum extended congratulations to team captains and canvassers from the North Perth - North Wellington Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), who raised $49,457 in this year’s annual residential appeal campaign. With all the kits now collected, the branch reports its total is just $542 shy of the $50,000 goal.

Van Ankum also extended appreciation to the numerous friends, neighbours and businesses who opened their doors and wallets when close to 300 canvassers knocked at their doors throughout the branch area, which runs from Clifford to Alma and Dundalk to Mitchell. “We are so thankful for caring supporters who donated so generously in support of our mission,” said Van Ankum. The CDA’s mission is to

help people with diabetes live healthy lives, while working to find a cure. The organization provides people with diabetes and health care professionals with education and services and supports research into the condition. For more information contact the branch office at 519338-3181. The office, located at 94B Elora St. S., P.O. Box 8 in Harriston, is open every Tuesday and Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30pm.

School skate - The Maryborough Public School parents council organized a skating excursion to the PMD Arena in Drayton on Feb. 10. Among those enjoying the ice time were, above left: Jack Klaassen, Noah Schieck, Wes Schieck and Caleb Schieck. Above right: Casey Burnett, Jessica Martin and Zoey Moore. submitted photos


Drayton Community News February 22, 2013