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Serving the Mapleton Community

Community News Volume 47 Issue 10

Drayton, Ontario

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Friday, March 7, 2014

High risk of spring floods in Grand River watershed

Elective learning - Maryborough Public School is once again offering electives with the help of parents who lead various groups. The school is offering four sessions and the students get to choose from a wide variety of elective courses such as outdoor hockey, woodworking, Lego, arts and crafts, cooking, horse care, music and many more. Above, members of the horse care group are pictured with volunteer leader Julie Diamond (back row, centre). submitted photo

MPPs back Pettapiece on liability motion QUEEN’S PARK - MPPs have supported a motion calling on the government to reform joint and several liability insurance. Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece introduced the motion in an effort to protect municipalities facing high insurance premiums. “Taxpayers and their municipalities can’t afford premiums that keep growing with no end in sight,� said Pettapiece after the debate. “I’m very pleased that MPPs from all parties agreed by supporting my motion.� MPPs supported the motion overwhelmingly, with every

speaker supporting it. The motion called on the government to protect taxpayers from higher property taxes by implementing a comprehensive, long-term solution to reform joint and several liability insurance by June 2014. Pettapiece received 187 resolutions supporting his initiative from municipalities across Ontario. “Municipal leaders from our area and across the province have spoken,� he said in a Feb. 27 press release. “I’m pleased that the legislature seems to be listening.� An AMO survey found that municipal insurance premiums

have risen 22 per cent over the last five years. In Perth-Wellington, supporters of Pettapiece’s motion included the County of Perth; the City of Stratford; the Town of St. Marys; the townships of Mapleton, Wellington North, and Perth South; the Town of Minto; and the municipalities of North Perth and West Perth. Other supporters included the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “The ball is in the Liberals’ court,� said Pettapiece. “We recognize it’s a complex issue, but it’s now up to the govern-

ment to take the feedback they have already received from municipalities and the legal community, and come up with a plan that is fair to all concerned. “We need them to do it now, before municipalities have no choice but to pass on further increases to taxpayers,� he added, noting that it needs to happen in the current legislative session. Steven Del Duca, the Liberal MPP for Vaughan, commended Pettapiece on the non-partisan tone of his motion. Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott also praised Pettapiece’s action.

Lucas Rogerson to perform benefit at Norgan Theatre

School benefit - Recording artist Lucas Rogerson of Drayton will perform a concert in support of the Palmerston Public School Parents Council at the Norgan Theatre in Palmerston on March 27.

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PALMERSTON - Local recording artist Lucas Rogerson takes the stage in a concert to support the Palmerston Public School (PPS) Parents Council. “My daughter attends the school and after reading newsletters and attending movie nights at the Norgan in support of the council, I thought I would show support for the school and the community the best way I know how - through music,� said Rogerson. The Drayton resident is organizing the event and will perform with a new trio, featuring Caleb DeGroot and Drew Moore, in a live concert event with proceeds supporting the initiatives of the PPS Parents

Council. The trio will be performing original songs written by Rogerson which are suitable for all ages. The performance will take place at the Norgan Theatre on March 27, from 7 to 9pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $5 for students, or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Norgan Theatre box office, located at 405 Main St. E., or by calling The Mapleton Music Group at 519-993-8353, or at Drayton School of Music located at 19 Wellington St. N. Tickets are also available at For more information visit

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CAMBRIDGE - After a cold, snowy winter locals could be facing a spring of high water. The possibility of flooding in the Grand River system is the highest it’s been in years, according to flood control staff at the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Municipal flood coordinators were told recently the snow pack is higher than it has been in about 30 years. Almost the entire river system is covered in ice, as is Lake Erie. “The overall flood risk is high this spring,� Stephanie Shifflett, a GRCA water resources engineer, told the flood coordinators. “A rapid melt or a rapid melt in combination with rainfall will result in very high runoff, high river flows and break up river ice,� said Shifflett at the recent meeting held at the GRCA office in Cambridge. The high volume of ice in the river system increases the risk of ice jams, she said. Ice jam flooding can result in a very quick rise in water levels which means there is sometimes little opportunity to issue flood warnings. Communities such as Grand Valley, West Montrose, New Hamburg, Ayr, Paris, Brantford, Cayuga and Dunnville are particularly prone to ice jam flooding. A further complicating factor this year is the debris left behind by the December ice storm. As branches and trees are carried downstream, there is the chance they will clog bridges and culverts, resulting in localized flooding. The GRCA does regular surveys of the amount of snow on the ground at 12 locations throughout the watershed. This gives flood engineers a good reading on how much water is contained in the snow.

This year, many of the snow survey locations are recording two or even three times as much water content in the snowpack as the long-term average. And there’s still several weeks of winter weather ahead before the spring melt. Across the watershed the ground is already saturated with water as a result of the exceptionally wet year in 2013. Much of the ground is frozen. That means that when the spring melt starts, most of the water will run off into the river system rather than soak into the ground. The ice cover on Lake Erie also raises the possibility of ice jam flooding in the Dunnville area. Typically, the snow and ice in the river system melts before the lake ice. Chunks of river ice can build up at river’s mouth at Port Maitland creating a jam that backs water up the river to Dunnville. That last occurred in February 2009, resulting in significant property damage. In the past, the County of Haldimand and the GRCA have called on the Canadian Coast Guard to send an ice breaker to clear a channel in the lake and river. That may be done again this year. To prepare for the spring melt, the GRCA has been lowering the water levels in its reservoirs to create more storage space and allow the reservoirs to capture as much water as possible in order to reduce downstream flows. The reservoirs can sometimes cut flows by 50 per cent. However, there are limits to the amount of water they can hold, so sometimes it becomes necessary to release water from the reservoirs to protect the dams from overtopping. Continued on next page

Police seek information on theft of trailer MAPLETON - Wellington County OPP received a call on Feb. 1 about a trailer stolen from a business on the 8th Line of Mapleton Township. The theft occurred sometime between Feb. 25 at 6pm and Feb. 26 at 8am. Unknown suspect(s) stole a 2007 white, twin-axle utility trailer. A graphic wrap with “CFS� (Clean Field Services) and a picture of corn can be seen on the trailer. The suspect vehicle is a

burgundy Dodge Ram pickup, mega-cab-style, with a gas tank or box in the bed of the truck Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line at Citizens submitting tips may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

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Risk of spring flooding is high FROM PREVIOUS PAGE GRCA staff are also keeping a close eye on weather conditions and testing the flood warning system to ensure that it’s working properly. Meetings have been held with municipal and emergency service personnel to ensure they’re ready for the spring melt. In the event of a flood, the

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GRCA provides flood warnings to municipal flood co-ordinators and emergency services who then carry out the local flood response. Residents can get flood warnings from local media, or directly from the GRCA website at (to sign up for emails visit the “Newsroom” section).

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OMHA playoff action - Sunday was a busy day at the PMD Arena, with three local minor hockey teams involved in Ontario Minor Hockey Association semi-final playoff series action. The Drayton Defenders Atom Rep team downed the Dundalk Storm 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series. Also on March 3, the Pee Wee rep team edged the Creemore Valley Hawks 4-3 to sweep that series three straight and earn berth against Woodville in the All-Ontario finals. And the Drayton Juveniles blanked the Honeywood Hurricanes 2-0, after earning a 1-1 tie on the road the previous day. ABOVE: Drayton Atom players race a Dundalk player to the puck. BELOW: Dundalk attackers put one by a sprawling Drayton Atom netminder on March 2. photos by Patrick Raftis

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DRAYTON – The Mapleton-Minto 81’s hold a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven WOAA Senior ‘AA’ second round playoff series with the Durham Thundercats. The 81’s won the series opener in Durham 4-3 in overtime on Feb. 21, then earned a 5-3 victory in Palmerston on Feb. 23. The Thundercats

won game three on their home ice on Feb. 28 by a 4-2 count, but the 81’s rebounded to take game four 5-3 on home ice in Drayton on March 1. The series continues on March 8, with the 81’s playing a home game in Mount Forest at 8pm. Other games if needed are set for March 9 in Durham at 7:30pm and March 11 in Palmerston at 8:30pm.

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DRAYTON 3 COMMUNITY 0 It took until midway through the second period for Drayton to score the first goal, but that was all they needed as net minder Kevin Ottens held back 17 shots for the shutout. Jerry Robous sent the puck to the net and Eric Decker buried the rebound for the opening goal. Drayton added a second goal before the period ended when Decker was given plenty of time in the corner to feed a centering pass to Robyn Curry standing at the crease. He sent the puck to the back of the net. The two goals stood until late in the third period. Community tried to take advantage of a power play by pulling their goaltender for an extra skater, but a heads-up play by Ottens gave Curry a shot down the length of the ice for the empty-net goal. The victory advances Drayton to the ‘A’ Division Nichols finals against Floradale. The best-of-five series begins March 10 at 8pm. Bethel will meet Community in a one-game qualifying match at 9:30pm to see who challenges Listowel in the ‘B ‘Division Stelco finals.

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community calendar March 9 - Sunday Brunch at Palmerston Legion, Sunday 11am-1pm. Adults: $8; Child (up to 10 yrs old): $5. March 24 - PALMERSTON TRAIL ASSOC. Meeting, Palmerston Library, 7:00pm. Interested in our trail? Come check us out. New members welcomed. 519.343.3711. March 25 - Moorefield and District Horticultural Society’s 2014 season begins. Please note: there will not be a meeting in February. Drayton Youth Centre Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 7:00 to 11:00pm.

sunDAY, March 9 Snipaz vs. Flames, 12:00pm Novice Rep vs. Milverton, 2:00pm Atom LL vs. Walkerton, 4:15pm Juvenile vs, Honeywood (if necessary), 5:30pm Public Skating, 7:00pm wednesDAY, March 12 Public Skating, 11:00am-1:00pm thursDAY, March 13 Public Skating, 11:00am-1:00pm

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Canadian comedy thriller to launch playhouse season ST. JACOBS - If you love a good ghost story, you don’t want to miss the first production of the 2014 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Billed as “laugh-out-loud funny and scream-out-loud scary,” I’ll Be Back Before Midnight will be stage for three weeks beginning March 12. “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats,” says Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “It’s a perfect mix of comedy and fright. There are plenty of laughs contrasted by stomach-dropping plot twists, special effects and tension that builds from the first line, and leaves the audience exhilarated.” After a nervous breakdown, an emotionally fragile Jan and her archaeologist husband Greg rent an old farmhouse in the country near an archaeological dig where Greg can continue his studies and Jan

can recover. But their dream of solitude in the country quickly becomes a nightmare when their new landlord (and neighbour), decides to divulge that a terrible murder once took place in the farmhouse and a vengeful ghost is reported to stalk the night. The line between reality and imagination becomes blurred as Jan is tormented by strange sounds in the night and visions of the spirit. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from the apparition, events take an unexpected turn during a night of unimaginable suspense. Bringing this gripping comedy to life is director James Kall, who returns to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse after performing in the 2012 nailbiting mystery Sleuth. A theatre veteran with an impressive list of credits, Kall draws on

a wealth of experience to lead a dynamic cast in this spirited production. Daniela Vlaskalic, who was last seen by Drayton audiences in the comedy, How the Other Half Loves, takes on the role of the sweet but terribly tense Jan Sanderson. Making his Drayton Entertainment debut as Jan’s supportive husband, Greg Sanderson, is Andy Pogson. Elana Post creates further tension in this sharp-witted thriller as Greg’s manipulative sister, Laura Sanderson. Sandy Winsby is the seemingly wellintentioned neighbour, George Willowby who adds plenty of levity throughout this fastpaced play with his tall tales and raucous laugh. Working alongside Kall to mount the show is a creative team that includes set designer Samantha Burson, lighting designer Steve Lucas, costume designer Jenine Kroeplin and fight director, Joe Bostick. “This production is a great

way to jolt theatregoers out of the dead of winter with some great entertainment,” says Mustakas. “The intimate atmosphere of the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse is the ideal setting for this [production].” I’ll Be Back Before Midnight has been described as the most widely-produced stage play in Canadian history. It has been produced in 29 countries, 48 of the 50 states in the U.S. and every province in Canada. It has broken numerous box office records including two record-breaking UK National Tours. It was made into a Hollywood feature film starring Heather Locklear, Ned Beatty, Robert Carradine, and Susannah York. I’ll Be Back Before Midnight runs from March 12 to 30. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the theatre box office, or by calling 519-747-7788 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

On the slopes - The Centre Wellington High School snowboard team spent the day at Beaver Valley Resort recently learning the proper technique for snowboard cross. ABOVE: Andrew Grose, a member of the boys’ snowboard team, checks out the snowboard cross course. Team members each rode the course individually, then in pairs, and finally in groups of three. The board cross course challenged boarders with jumps, drops and steep terrain. Snowboard cross derived its name from motocross, as the course designs have similar features. This is the first season Centre Wellington High School has trained and competed in the sport. submitted photo

Display of local quilter’s work extended to June 15 ABOYNE - A display of quilts by award-winning quilter Renske Helmuth of Mapleton Township has been extended until June 15 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. The exhibit opened Jan. 28 and the museum announced the extension on March 4. The ex-

hibit was originally scheduled to be on display until June 1. Born in Friesland (Netherlands), Renske developed her artistic skills in teacher’s college where she was given instruction in needlework, knitting and crocheting. However, it wasn’t until she

moved to Canada in 1970 that she discovered her true passion in appliqué quilting. Renske and her husband raised their two children on a farm near Moorefield where she continued to hone her skills as a quilter, designer and teacher.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road 18 between Fergus and Elora. Admission is by donation. The facility is open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and 1 to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Long service - Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson, right, recently presented firefighter Earl Campbell with a recognition certificate for 30 years of service. Campbell began serving at the Drayton Fire Hall but in later years transferred to the Moorefield Fire Hall. submitted photo

Redmen off to OFSAA PALMERSTON - The Norwell Redmen Varsity Hockey team has qualified for the All-Ontario Championships (OFSAA) after winning twice on March 3 in Simcoe at the CWOSSA regional tournament. The Redmen defeated Simcoe 7-6 to open the day and followed that up with a 5-3 victory over Kincardine. The two wins will guarantee Norwell a spot at OFSAA for the fourth time in team history and the first since 2009. In the opener, the Redmen were led on offence with two goals each by Brad Binkle and Brendon Aitken and single goals by Cole Leslie, Blair Butchart and Justin Schmidt. In the Kincardine game, Leslie and Schmidt each scored twice for Norwell with Aitken adding a single. Butchart, Cameron Charlebois and Josh Keuneman each added two assists. The four-day OFSAA championships begin March 18 in Burlington/Oakville. Due to the significant expense of this tournament, any individual or organization willing to contribute financially to the Redmen trip to OFSAA is asked to contact coaches Mark Israel, Ian Strachan or Steve Miller at Norwell at 519-343-3107.

“Thanks for your ongoing community support as we look to bring home the OFSAA gold,” team officials state. The OFSAA tournament schedule will be available shortly via the OFSAA website and fans can follow the progress of the Redmen in Oakville.

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10:00am: Pastor Jason VanAnkum will lead worship 7:30pm: Elder Doug Sikkema will lead worship

Send your application, a letter of introduction, and your resume by Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12 noon to:

A SPECIAL INVITATION to those who are unable to worship on Sunday morning because of work, illness, or some other reason – please join us for evening worship every 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays.

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Time to head to the rink Whether or not the Maple Leafs take their fans to the promised land this spring (weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not betting large sums it will happen), local hockey fans are once again in for a treat, with plenty of top-flight playoff action on tap. The PMD Arena was busy this past weekend, with three local minor hockey teams involved in Ontario Minor Hockey Association semi-final playoff series action. The Drayton Defenders Atom rep team downed the Dundalk Storm 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series, while the PeeWee rep team edged the Creemore Valley Hawks 4-3 to sweep that series three straight, and the Drayton Juveniles blanked the Honeywood Hurricanes 2-0, after earning a 1-1 tie on the road the previous day. The Atoms continue their series on March 7 at 6:30pm in Dundalk, with a home game scheduled for March 8 at 2:45pm if necessary. The Juveniles next action is in Drayton on March 7 at 8:30pm. The team travels to Honeywood on Saturday for a 7:30 tilt and will play again in Drayton on March 9 at 5:30pm if necessary. The PeeWees will clash with Woodville in All-Ontario semifinal action, with dates and times still to be determined as of the Community News deadline. While the stands will no doubt be full of the usual contingent of family members, this time of year often results in packed arenas, as members of the wider community come out to take in the playoff excitement. Add to these tilts, the numerous other local minor hockey teams vying for titles and the Minto-Mapleton 81â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong playoff showing so far, and it appears the PMD Arena will be the place to be on many occasions this spring. Patrick Raftis

Police issue warning after thefts in area WELLINGTON CTY. Police are warning residents after recent reports of items stolen from vehicles in Centre Wellington and Mapleton. The OPP has received three reports of vehicles being damaged to gain entry during the day between Feb. 18 and 19. The entries occurred at a business parking lot between Fergus and Elora, on the side of road on the Eighth Line in Centre Wellington Township, and at a rural school parking lot in Mapleton. The OPP is reminding motorists to leave valuables at home, place them in the trunk

of their vehicles, or hide them so they are safely out of sight of would be criminals. Should any suspicious person(s) be observed residents are asked to take note of vehicle description and licence plate number. Anyone with information regarding the thefts is being asked to contact Wellington County OPP at 1-888-3101122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line at (possible reward of up to $2,000).

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safety or overcoming language and cultural barriers with migrant workers,â&#x20AC;? he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea is to get people talking about farm safety as a first step towards a safer, more successful farm.â&#x20AC;? CFA President Ron Bonnett said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human nature to think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen to me,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but unfortunately it can, especially if we continue on with this approach ... We hope that through safety week and through hearing from other farmers about their experiences, we shed

some light on the necessity of farm safety and practical ways to make it happen on the farm.â&#x20AC;? Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is a longtime and ongoing sponsor of CASW. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our fast-paced industry, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to take the time to think about the safety and wellbeing of the people who grow our food,â&#x20AC;? says Remi Lemoine, vice president and chief operating officer at FCC. Courtesy of Glen Blahey, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

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Local farm and home safety association plans annual Agriculture Safety Day by Sarah Grandy WELLINGTON CTY. Farm safety isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just for adults, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an important educational topic from which people of all ages can benefit. With that idea in mind, the Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association (FHSA) is planning to host its annual Agriculture Safety Day on April 19, from 9am to 3pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The focus is to teach kids what is safe and what isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and how to keep them safe on a daily basis on a farm,â&#x20AC;? said Laura Ferrier, president of the Wellington FHSA. Guests will be split into two groups upon arrival at the farm of Wray Brubacher, located at 7818 6th Line in Mapleton. One group will begin the day at Brubacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, where children will learn about tractor

Safety Day - Sixty students and their families from Goldstone parochial school attended a farm safety day organized by the Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association at Orvie Brubacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm last June. Board member Walter Grose (AKA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety Samâ&#x20AC;?) did a presentation on dust masks. Community News file photo safety, lawnmower safety, large animals and more. The other group will take a short walk over to MACO En-

Never safe for children to ride tractors According to the organization Kids Health, tractors are the type of farm equipment that causes the most injuries - but some adults still think it is safe to allow children to ride along.

Injuries that may result from farm machinery include bruising or cuts from projectiles thrown by mowers or other field equipment; and crushing or trapping injuries.

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The fire department will make a presentation to children about fire safety, the OPP will explain why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that they not be afraid of the police, provide them with an opportunity to have a look inside a police cruiser, and may even let them turn the sirens on. Walter Grose, secretary of WFHSA, will be in his clown costume dressed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety Sam,â&#x20AC;? and will speak to the children about safe things to do in the shop, such using as hearing protection, the importance of safety masks in dusty environments, and tools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long exposure to dust can result in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lung,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Grose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to prevent that.â&#x20AC;? There will be about 20 minutes of safety talk at each station, and the event is free for

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MAPLETON BUSINESS PROFILE Mapleton Business Profile Music for Young Children aids development, improves self esteem

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skills and confidence at an listening, reading, fine and Tanis Cowan knew a great MYC’s interactive system gross motor, social skills and early age” said Ms. Tanis. music opportunity when she motivates and engages parents time between visitsproven to the groomer or commercial ear cleaner (always The nurturing building isfamily perfectly suited for listening Barbara has been to enhance She offers four folof MYC’s and children, sawWhen it five years to ago, after Shirk a thorough grooming home. The lowing the instruction the bottle). Sunrise, radiant heat for the speak about her business and life with children’s socialat development music on programs: bonds the and business, deliveringwith valuable being introduced to a unique a dog isskills, groomed, the For shedding breeds Sunbeam (golden more air conditioning dogs, one called gets a clear feeling is winter, and learning improve Sunshine, and often experiences while for the sumprogram Music for sheco-learning greater memory the odds and of maintaining their retrievers, labsMoonbeam. and cross breeds), and who mer aand a fundamental massage-style system for among Children the fortunate few who have problem solving, Children developing firm, Young (MYC). hair length avoiding a shave. and also non-shedding ones, Shirk advises the bathof - all in a bright, fresh groomturned theirtaught passion into piano a successful and and bolster confidence complete the most advanced understanding music. Having private a proper inspection of the owners to check dirt, redness, ing space. business. self-esteem. level for of MYC are well pre-Finally, A unique aspect of MYC is lessons for 15 years, Ms. Tanis, breeds is important. Dogsa hearing or foul smells. take teeth for allMs. of with the the advantages at The students owner call of Barbara’s Tanis also offers pared for Always early intermediate the parent Some learns along as her her, was Dog long Pups hair on the muzzle tendis care of an earpiano problem immediately, Dog Grooming are early Grooming on Wellington Roadchild 7 Barbara’s Music program, which studies, or the studythat of have because they are so looking to expand her teaching bacteria inunique the hair,since which she advises, asanother delaying treatment will to carryespecially drop-offs, between and Rothsay and Parker, it can is a instrument. involved. In fact,late Ms.pick-ups Tanis and all-day horizons her music studio, Shirk with their gums This and cause more discomfort for istheapet and cause problems if required has found alwaysit been involved music program for babies. Sunrise pre-keyboard credits stays the success of the and pro- pre-arranged. and through MYC.with dogs; teeth down the road. build-up can increase costs. also does but much-needfirstMs. withTanis pets and then withthe breeding is a playful andScale creative music music and movement program gram toShirk the parents of small her sturecognized causes and the movement gums to become and Dog nails that needteaches trimming every and showing Great Danes. class forred parents music concepts program’s potential since it had dents. ed “in-between tidies” for her regular and leads to discomfort when four weeks. Ifthrough you take the time to tender, customers for free. Shirk’s began 11“I am children ages newborn to singing, rhythm and with the teacher once a never been grooming offered in career Drayton, is whyarepets should trim the tips off, you will able to is they Some the at-home other interesting facShestudents, trained for three years age 4.This Children introduced games. This beprogram for chew. week; they are ofthe ityears was ago. fun for parents chew raw marrow soup-type keep the “quick” (the soft centre the develto herdays canine career are roles as at a teacher, busy shop to abeef wide varietyor of musical children ages 2 to of 4 and ‘coach’ets several a week,” and andin itGuelph, offeredthen a went since the abrasive action acts nailenjoy that has blood) bones, a director for the KitchenerFestive Waterloo on to fine tune herprogram skills with tonal and rhythm patfun - Students at Music for Young Children a nerve ops endings listeningand awareness, fine scales, she said. piano-keyboard forspeciallike a toothbrush. You can also from getting long.skills, If bleeding Club for andeach director the Great concert every year. ist courses, terns and instruments thatbrush help submitted photo too motor social does interaction, initial goal of forChristmas children as including young as canine 3½ in first a aid. An Kennel your pet’s teeth using a toothbrush occur after trimming simple span. Danestudents Club of Canada, After finishing her training Ms. and Tanis’ to stimulate musical growth. confidencenails, and attention is to devel- and teaching group setting. and commercial toothpaste intended apply a bit of corn starch to stop the the dog grooming course for continuworking in some different styles of Each child participates at his or Children can easily attend with “I loved the idea of group op the happy habit of practic- paper mittens for five happy spring. Of course, special holifor petsher only. bleeding, suggests. In winter plus ing encourages education. her stu- practices. The mittens were days are incorporated shops, she and father, a retired own level. To find out more a grandparent or caregiver, ing. She lessons, since it’sher always more into Ms.Shirk Many people assume you will find the nails don’t seem to “All dogs are precious; they civil engineer from Niagara, planned Pupsmistakenly and to view class fun to explore and learn in a dents to practice by giving a placed on the studio wall in the Tanis’ MYC classes, such as siblings can attend the class as about is eating, their teeth. on their own, as in the sum- that if their be cherished justofas and oversaw the of building of a wellvideospet visit well. specialdeserve “super to duper” sticker and group, regardless the topic,” Canada Music shorten Week, shape the 5 Olympic rings. All were breeds shouldChristmas, have theirValentine’s ears mer. are fine. But will continue to any eat This aren’t walkimportant as a bath and a great groomequipped Ms. dog Tanis. grooming shop of each her week. Thepets Sunshine keyboard explained Thepets ultimate success of Day andis because When the rings comchecked regularly the owner, says days regardless of program oral discomfort, since ing on pavement (a natural trimmer),towards ing, theydoes arenot guaranteed be treatown. is geared “Practicing need to toplete She also liked that it was a MYC lies behind the Theme are program students enjoyed an byEaster. Shirk.class. For non-shedding breeds (Shih but rather on snow they won’t and ice. in my music children ages 3½ and 4; they the instinctively to 15kindness minutes and a dayrespect program that was tested, tried be long;ed10with teacher andknow Ms. Tanis is no as well. Olympics This planned Poodles, etc.), be sure tothe year survive exception without food. A majority of dogs deal with hair shop,” Shirk said. keyboard program she said. and true, being taught by more to start,” to that rule. It’s obviThroughout her Sunbeam past year Ms. Tzu, TanisBichon, encouraged encourage the hair to grow out of the In addition, avoid tangling, which can be very uncomThe hours at Barbara’s Dog Ms. Tanis’ creativity shines the students not only to prac- students participate in a toward ages 5 and 6; and the ous shedogs than 800 teachers to over is by an nature enthusiastic earthink canal, she notes.Christmas The hair concert, in the and showingteacher weakness, so owners really fortable. A proper brushing involvesprogram are flexible and prices start Moonbeam keyboard by offering several 24,000 students on three differ- throughGrooming who cares a great deal a spring tice but also to of others, ear pennies. is unlikeOnce the regular bodyand hairhave and thebrushing stay tune with their pet’s to the skin. A 9. need $45. And Shirk stands behind her for for ages 7 through All tofor incentives ent continents and touting extra atpractice herinstudents. recital option torightis down by practicing needsallto collected be gently pulled out or itinwill health. Shirk encourages all dog surface brushing ineffectiveprograms when inteadvertising motto of “quality at were threeis keyboard the year to ensure Canadian origins, being found- throughout “Their struggles areownmy participate the Palmerston thework pennies ball up, thus creating a prime environers to do as much personal dealing with mats, tangles or thick country prices.” students attain their musical they were donated to Camp Canada Music Week Festival grate creative movement, struggles,” she states. home ed in 1980. “And ment for infection. and the Draytonundercoat. grooming as triumphs possible. are equally triTips for dogcolowners rhythm,attention singing, should music theory have MYC’s mission statement goals. Once students their Music Special Bucko, for burn victims. Oddly enough, pulling this hair “Your pet willfor love the extra attenalso be paid to the legs, neck area, ears Proper and regular grooming is and composition for parent and umphant is to “provide the best quality lected enough stickers on their me.” For the upcoming year she Festival. outnew does not hurt your “Children pet, but even tail. 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Cold weather leaves maple syrup producers waiting for sap to flow

by Chris Daponte WATERLOO - It seems over 400 maple syrup producers in the Waterloo-Wellington area will have to wait a little longer for their season to begin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With it being as cold as long as it has been, a lot of these trees are froze through solid,â&#x20AC;? said Fred Martin, president of the Waterloo Wellington Maple Syrup Producers Association. However, Martin told the Community News some producers will be surprised how quickly sap could start flowing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as we do get the right temperatures, the right fluctuation, the thought is that it will probably start quicker than some people are thinking,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Martin was one of several speakers at the syrup producers associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceremonial first tree tap of the 2014 season on Feb. 28 at the farm of George Martin in Waterloo Region. Mapleton syrup producer Cleon Weber, of Riverside Maple Products, north of Wallenstein, said he anticipates it will take an extended warm cycle before the sap starts flowing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m kind of thinking itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a short season,â&#x20AC;? he told the Community News on March 3. He explained cold is the current concern, but if the weather gets too warm it can affect the colour and taste of the syrup - in addition to cutting the season

short. Weber said 2013 was the ideal season, noting his operation, which he took over four years ago and transformed from gravity flow to vacuum extraction, last year produced upwards of a 1,000 gallons of syrup - 33 per cent more than his average of about 750 gallons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year will probably be lower than [the average],â&#x20AC;? Weber said. The Feb. 28 ceremonial first tap was held in conjunction with the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 5. Festival officials say the event annually welcomes about 60,000 people, making it the

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worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest one-day syrup festival. Festival-goers annually consume about 180 gallons of syrup, all of which is supplied by the Waterloo Wellington Syrup Producers Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a great partner and support for the festival,â&#x20AC;? said past festival chair Cheryl Peterson, who did the honours of drilling the first tap hole of the season on Feb. 28. Dozens of people eagerly watched the tapping, including festival officials, local producers, politicians and other dignitaries, media representatives and others. Asked about the popularity of the event, Martin noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waterloo-Wellington actually has more taps than any other county does in Ontario.â&#x20AC;? Todd Leuty, an agri-forestry specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, confirmed WaterlooWellington is one of the top two maple syrup producing areas in the province, along with Lanark County. Across Ontario there are between 2,800 and 3,000 commercial producers, said Leuty. That means upwards of 13% of that total call the Waterloo Wellington area home. Leuty was at the tree tapping ceremony to speak to producers and, if they desired, to test their maple syrup. He explained different provinces and the U.S. have varying standards, but all maple syrup sold in Ontario must be a minimum of 66°Brix (or per cent sugar). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an industry standard that is pretty much set by the collective agreement by the producers,â&#x20AC;? said Leuty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have that

Still waiting - Among those on hand for the first tree tapping ceremony on Feb. 28 were Elmira Maple Syrup Festival official Doug McLean, left, and Albert Martin, a director with the Waterloo Wellington Maple Syrup Producers Association. photo by Chris Daponte amount of sugar concentration because it helps prevent spoilage organisms from getting in.â&#x20AC;? When sap comes out of the tree, it has a sugar content of about 2%. It is boiled until it reaches at least 66%, meaning it generally takes 30 to 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup. Which is why area producers are hopeful the weather wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a huge impact on sap production or shorten their season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every syrup season is pretty hard to predict,â&#x20AC;? said Leuty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never know, really until the end of April, how long the

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season will be, how many runs there will be, and that sort of thing.â&#x20AC;? Ideally, producers would have liked a repeat of 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year was fantastic,â&#x20AC;? said Martin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had the right amount of freeze-thaw action. We had a season that started on time ... it was probably the best season for most producers in this area that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever experienced.â&#x20AC;? A regular maple syrup season runs from about March 1 to April 10 or 15, but this year could be a different story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Normally we are started tapping and maybe even making syrup by now,â&#x20AC;? Martin said at the on Feb. 28 event. He added the long range weather forecast indicates the cold could hang around for a couple weeks, pushing the start of the season into mid- to late March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The danger is the further we get into March, the shorter the season it will be,â&#x20AC;? said Martin. Leuty said if the cold stays around longer and warm weather moves in suddenly, it could be a short syrup season.


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