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Patriotic skate - Drayton and District Figure Skating Club saluted Canada’s 150th birthday with a routine skated to Stompin’ Tom Connors’ Canada Day song. Skaters carried flags representing each province and territory along with Canadian flags. Rehearsal was held on Mar. 10 with two performances on March 11 at the PMD arena. Additional photo on page 7 Photo by Caroline Sealey

Township taxes to rise $15 per $100,000 of assessment By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Residential taxes here will rise by about $15 per $100,000 worth of assessment in 2017. At a special meeting on March 7, Mapleton council approved a budget that is essentially unchanged from a draft presented at a Feb. 15 public meeting in Drayton. The budget calls for expenditures of $9,626,413 this year, compared to $8,774,003 budgeted in 2016. The projected tax levy of $6,554,085 is up by $671,849, or about 11.4 per cent from the budgeted 2016 levy of $5,882,236. The budget calls for a tax rate increase of 3.3%, which includes: - a 4 % increase in capital and reserve contributions to address infrastructure funding shortfalls; and - a 0.7% operating budget decrease. Blended with county and school board taxes, the tax rate increase is expected to be about 2.6%. The township keeps 37 cents out of every property tax dollar collected, with 46 cents going to Wellington County and 17 cents for the education portion. Roads and bridges will

consume 44% of the township’s budget, with administration at 14% and parks and recreation at 13% forming the next largest portions. Of the township’s nearly $4.8-million capital budget, a little over $2 million will come from federal and provincial grant funding. About $1.9 million will come from reserves and $266,700 from debt financing, leaving around $457,000 to be funded through the tax levy. The budget includes increases to reserves or capital contributions to fund a variety for capital projects. The capital fund includes an additional $85,000 for bridges. The township estimates the annual capital need at $1,900,500 per year for 10 years. The 2017 contribution of $400,000 is up from $315,000 budgeted in 2016. An additional $100,000 has been added to the road capital fund, an area where the township projects annual capital needs of $1.66 million per year for 10 years to simply maintain roads in their current condition. The 2017 contribution of $1.36 million is up from just over $1 million budgeted last year. An additional capital contribution of $15,000 will go toward capital needs to main-




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tain the township’s vehicle fleet. The township estimates it needs $350,000 per year to provide sustainable fleet funding. The increase brings the 2017 contribution to $265,000. Another $90,000 has been added to the PMD arena capital fund. A budget report from CAO Brad McRoberts notes capital reserves will be needed to fund a new ice refrigeration system in 2020 and fund driveway improvements, brine pump replacement and roof repairs in 2017. The 2017 contribution is up to $140,000 from the 2016 level of $50,000. Capital projects for 2017 include: - $16,000 for computer equipment replacement; - $30,000 for new front counter and workstations to enhance accessibility; - $1.2 million for McGivern Street improvements in Moorefield; - about $2.5 million in bridge work, including $1.4 million for PB024 in Glen Allan; and - $526,000 for Maryborough Community Centre upgrades (50% funded through a Ontario 150 capital grant). Operating budget highlights include: SEE BUDGET » 3


Review provides options for changes to municipal services By Patrick Raftis ALMA - The results of a municipal service review of Mapleton Township were presented at a public meeting at the Alma Community Centre on March 7. Less than a dozen citizens were on hand as CAO Brad McRoberts went through a report outlining conclusions and recommendations resulting from the review. Prepared by staff under the direction that “everything is on the table,” the review generated a range of options in terms of maintaining, increasing or decreasing staffing and service in all municipal operations. The review compares the staffing and service levels of Mapleton (population 9,989) to those of three other municipalities: Minto (pop-

Mapleton has the largest area, but the lowest population density among municipalities compared. While consistent with the municipality’s agricultural base, this also results in fewer residents to support municipal services over a greater area, the report explains. In the study group, Mapleton has the highest population of 0 to 14-year-old residents and the lowest population over 65. The median age in Mapleton is the lowest, over 10 years younger than the other municipalities. In terms of overall financial health, Mapleton ranked second in the group for net financial position per capita. Yet the review concludes that although Mapleton has the second highest current value assessment, SEE SERVICE » 4

PeeWees up two in OMHA final DRAYTON - The Drayton Defenders PeeWee Rep hockey team is up two games to none in its all-Ontario final against the Muskoka Rock. Drayton travelled to Port Carling to play game one of the OMHA final series on March 11. The Defenders defeated the Rock 2-1 in a close game.


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ulation 8,334), Wellington North (population 11,447) and Adjala-Tosorontio (population 10,603). “You look at the services you provide and ... compare to other municipalities,” explained McRoberts. The draft report shows that, based on full-time equivalent (FTE) figures, Mapleton has the lowest number of employees per square kilometer and the second lowest FTE number per 1,000 population of the municipalities in the study. Mapleton has the equivalent of 34 full-time employees (26 full time, 17 parttime), while Minto has 41.75 (38 full time, 11 part time), Wellington North 42.3 (37 full time, 11 part time) and Adjala-Tosorontio 29 (29 full time). The review revealed


returned series The to Drayton on March 12 at 1:45pm. A full house at the PMD arena in Drayton cheered the team on to a 7-1 victory. The Defenders lead the series with four points. The first team to reach six points wins the OMHA title. Game 3 was to be played


in Port Carling on March 14 at 7pm (results not known by press time). Game four, if needed, is on March 19 in Drayton at 1:45pm. Game 5 would be played in Port Carling on March 25 at 2pm. A sixth game, if necessary, would be played in Palmerston on March 27 at 7pm.

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Flooding focus of open house DRAYTON - Residents of Drayton and Mapleton can learn more about flooding at a public open house being hosted by the GRCA and the township on March 23. “We want to give people in Drayton helpful information about where we usually see flooding and how they will be notified when flooding is expected,” says Naomi Moore, the GRCA’s water resources project coordinator. “While this will be of interest to people within Drayton, other residents of Mapleton who live in flood-prone areas will also find good information at this open house. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to representatives from several organizations.” Flooding along the Conestogo River occurs in Drayton and some other areas within Mapleton Township. The open house will explain the flood warning system, how to reduce the risks to property and what to do after a flood. It will include displays on flood-

ing, new maps showing flood warning levels in Drayton and other information. The open house takes place at the PMD arena, 68 Main Street West in Drayton, from 4:30 to 7pm. Representatives of several organizations will be on hand to answer questions, including: - Township of Mapleton emergency responders and planners and the community emergency management co-ordinator; - Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management; - Insurance Bureau of Canada; - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health unit; and - GRCA engineering and planning A brochure called Preparing for Flooding: a Guide for Residents of Drayton will be available at the meeting. Resources, including this brochure, are posted on the GRCA’s website at

Squires eliminate 81’s from playoffs PALMERSTON - The Mapleton-Minto 81’s were eliminated from their second-round WOAA Senior hockey playoff series with the Petrolia Squires after

weekend two dropping games. After a 2-1 overtime loss at home in Drayton on March 10, the Squires pummelled the Train 9-1 on March 11 in

Petrolia. Denver Hill scored the 81’s lone goal in the Saturday night contest, assisted by Doug Costanzo and Jake Pleon.

Budget approved at special council meeting » FROM PAGE 1






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- $6,000 for Canada 150th celebrations; - $6,000 for a website redesign, plus anticipated Wellington County Business Retention and Expansion funding for the project; - $20,000 for the implementation of a Community Improvement Plan: and - $15,000 for development of a municipal signage plan and downtown signs. The budget incorporates



a 1.8% increase to the township’s wage grid. The township’s compensation philosophy ties the increase to the Consumer Price Index for Ontario. Councillor Dennis Craven, who chaired the special meeting in the absence of Mayor Neil Driscoll, noted the capital budget contains more than $1 million for a bridge project on Sideroad 17. With only three farms and one business located on

the road, Craven said “If we weren’t getting 90 per cent funding I don’t know if I’d be in favour of doing it.” The township’s share of the project is being funded from reserves. The budget was approved unopposed. Councillor Lori Woodham declared a conflict of interest on the public works portion of the budget, as her spouse is employed by the township in that department.

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NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS - ENTRANCE PERMITS PURSUANT to Township of Mapleton Policy PWD 01.01, please take notice of the following: • The Council of the Township of Mapleton deems it to be in the public interest to adopt policies to maintain the proper drainage of roads and ditches within the Township, and to address safety issues relative to ingress and egress on Township roads. • Therefore, no person shall construct any driveway, laneway or other form of access from a roadway to either public or private property without first obtaining an entrance permit from the municipality. If any person does not obtain an entrance permit, the municipality shall remove any material or objects placed on municipal property and/or otherwise disable the access to the municipal road and no permit shall be given until all of the expenses incurred by the Municipality in doing so have been reimbursed. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION regarding this policy is available at the Township of Mapleton Public Works Department, 519.638.3313 extension 28.


FLOODING The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is hosting a “Preparing for Flooding Open House” at the PMD Arena, Drayton for residents and businesses on March 23, 2017.

Wellington County and Township of Mapleton staff will also be in attendance to help answer your questions and communicate effective response and preparation for potential flooding. It is encouraged that residents and businesses within Drayton and the Township of Mapleton attend this free meeting between 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

REDUCED ROAD LIMITS PURSUANT TO TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON BY-LAW 99-60, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF THE FOLLOWING PROHIBITIONS: • All roads and / or highways within the jurisdiction of The Corporation of the Township of Mapleton are subject to the reduced load limit during the period of March 1st to April 30th of each year. • The road reduction limit shall be a maximum of five thousand (5,000) kilograms per axle PENALTIES & CONDITIONS: Any person who contravenes any provision of the above by-law is guilty of an offence under the Highway Traffic Act.


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Safeguarding firefighters

A bill aimed at safeguarding firefighters will be voted on in the Ontario legislature on April 6. The Rea and Walter Act, introduced by Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, is named for two North Perth firefighters, Ken Rea and Ray Walter, who lost their lives battling a fire in March 2011. If passed, the bill will help address one of the contributing factors in that tragedy: firefighters had no way of knowing the building used truss and lightweight construction. The bill would require most commercial and industrial buildings, as well as larger multi-family dwellings, to display an emblem alerting fire crews to a building’s use of such construction. The bill originated with a 2012 resolution by North Perth Fire Chief Ed Smith asking the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) to petition the province to make it mandatory that all such buildings be placarded. Pettapiece worked with local firefighters and fire chiefs to help craft the bill, which would be similar to bylaws enacted in some municipalities. Research indicates structural failure in a burning lightweight construction building can occur in as little as six minutes. It’s just common sense to provide a warning to fire fighters when they are exposed to such a risk. Here’s hoping this bill quickly becomes law.

Service review provides council with options » FROM PAGE 1

once weighted to reflect application of tax ratios (Weighted Current Value Assessment) Mapleton’s rank drops to 3rd. The report explains this is primarily due to the dominance of agricultural assessment. At 46.08 per cent farmland, Mapleton has the highest percentage of agricultural land of the four municipalities, with Wellington North the next highest at 30.04%, Minto at 24.17% and AdjalaTosorontio at 13.63%. The report looked at council composition and provided options for increasing the size of council, establishing wards or adding a deputy mayor role to the current configuration (a mayor and four councillors). None of those options were supported by council. However council did support a recommendation to update and revise the current procedural bylaw and review and potentially revise the existing council code of conduct and appoint an integrity commissioner. In terms of staffing, council requested a staff report

on an option to consider the development of a shared human resources professional between all or some of the northern Wellington municipalities. “This role would also provide professional support and advice to both the CAO and council on human resource issues, discipline/terminations, legislative compliance, training requirements, and recruitment,” the review explained. Council declined to support options presented for either eliminating the CAO role or separating it from the clerk’s role (McRoberts’ full title is CAO/clerk). Eliminating the CAO position would require coming up with an alternative management structure and reallocating duties to other staff. “The perceived benefit would be the elimination of wages and benefits for the position, however, restructuring and reallocation would likely absorb or exceed any potential savings. There would also be a loss


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of overall strategic administrative leadership within the organization,” the review notes. In the area of finance, council requested further reports on: - providing citizens with online access to their tax and utility accounts; - implementing electronic and online options for payment; - paperless billing; - accepting VISA payments; - a web-based tendering system; and - potentially hiring fulltime staff to manage IT and telecommunications rather than contracting. Council did not support the option of hiring additional finance staff or increasing hours of the current finance clerk to provide better customer service. Under planning, council opted for further consideration of options ranging from maintaining the current service level to retaining the township’s own planning staff. The review shows Mapleton budgeted $223,489 for economic development in 2016, compared to $605,209 in Minto ($487,709 for economic development and $117,500 for tourism), $152,191 in Wellington North and zero in Adjala-Tosorontio, where the function is handled entirely at the county level. Per capita, Mapleton spends $22.37 on economic development compared to $58.96 in Minto, $13.26 in

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repairs, that are costing so much, are needed? Buildings need repairs annually to keep them from falling apart. How do you think some of our historical buildings are over 100 years old? Generations before us kept making repairs. Politicians think they need everything brand new Just look at school boards, public buildings, libraries, the list goes on and on. They don’t keep up with annual maintenance repairs. I guess they figure it’s not their money they are spending so why bother; “we’ll get a new one in 25 years or so” seems to be their thinking. Private companies are cutting administration costs with efficient computer use. Why is the township not doing the same? By the way, I’m still waiting on the requested information, but this week I am busy during business hours so they can mail it to me. Isabel Grose Drayton


Lacking efficiency Dear Editor: On Feb. 24 in the morning I called our Mapleton Township office requesting some information. At 10:48 the employee called me back saying the information was available and the arrangement was that they would call me when it was ready (leaving a message on my phone) the following week. I said I needed it for a meeting on March 7. As of Thursday morning, March 9, I still have not got the call that it was ready for pickup. You would think with 14 per cent of our budget going to administration, the office could be run more efficiently. Oh, I forgot, maybe it wasn’t in the job description? Maybe when hiring they need to add a clause “additional jobs to run an efficient office could be required.” Yes, the Moorefield hall needs renovations, handicapped washrooms, etc. But why has it been let go to the state these other major



Wellington North and zero in Adjala-Tosorontio Council supported a motion to add a summer student position to the department during peak tourism months. Council also supported: - a proposal to have the economic development coordinator become involved with the planning pre-consultation and application process; - re-development of a Chamber of Commerce; - redesign of the township’s website to support modernization of services in coordination with other objectives (i.e. council meeting video streaming); and - allocating a larger percentage of the reception/ administrative assistant position to economic development. Councillors supported various recommendations to continue with initiatives aimed at recruiting, training, equipping and compensating local firefighters. They also requested a report on a recommendation to increase dedicated administrative assistance time from 10 to 20%. In the area of parks, facilities and recreation, council agreed to consider an organizational restructuring for the PMD Arena, Maryborough Community Centre and local parks, and to consider establishing a management position responsible for parks, recreation and facilities. “The restructuring should consider the establishment of additional limited recreation programs through the retention of seasonal recreation program staff,” the review notes. Council also supported a recommendation to increase prime time and minor sports ice rental rates to be on par with comparators. Mapleton charges $103 per hour ($91 for minor sports) for prime ice time, compared to $124 in Minto and $123 in Wellington North. Minto charges minor sports teams $101 per hour and $93/hr on Saturdays) and Wellington North charges $104. The review revealed the township’s total expenditures on roads in 2016, at roughly $1.9 million, were lower than both Minto at $2.25 million, and Wellington North at $2.56 million. The report points out, “Township of Mapleton level of service for the roads is currently at a bare minimum level and in staff’s opinion there is no ability to reduce the level of service any further ... “Council could consider improvements related the various service levels. Any increase will require additional staff and/or service providers and potentially additional equipment.” Council supported a number of general proposals, including being more proactive on maintenance of bridges and culverts, increased weed control efforts and additional ditching work. In terms of winter maintenance, Mapleton is the second highest spender, at about $413,00, compared to $456,000 in Minto, $353,743 in Wellington North SEE REVIEW » 6


Norwell set for Flare talent showcase, April 6 PALMERSTON - Norwell District Secondary School is gearing up for the annual Flare talent show. Hosted by the Norwell

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Competing with style - Norwell District Secondary School students (from left) Avary Schiestel, Grace DeVries and Alana Woods headed to Guelph to compete at the regional skills hairstyling competition. Woods won gold, Schiestel won silver and DeVries placed fourth. Woods moves on to provincials in Toronto on May 2 and has an offer to train with the world gold medalist winner. Submitted photo

Pettapiece introduces bill aimed at firefighter safety QUEEN’S PARK Firefighter safety is the focus of the Rea and Walter Act—a new bill introduced in the Ontario legislature by PerthWellington MPP Randy Pettapiece on March 9. The bill is named in honour of two North Perth Fire Service members, Ken Rea and Ray Walter, who lost their lives battling a fire in March 2011. If passed, the bill will help address one of the contributing factors in that tragedy: firefighters had no way of knowing the building used truss and lightweight construction. “This is a common-sense proposal, and I’m optimistic MPPs of all parties will get behind it,” Pettapiece said. “It could even save lives.” The bill would require most commercial and industrial buildings, as well as multi-family dwellings of three or more units (other than a townhouse), to display an emblem alerting fire

fire,” noted Pettapiece. The Rea and Walter Act is scheduled for debate and a vote in the legislature on April 6. If it passes at that stage, it will move on to a committee to consider amendments. If the government approves it, the bill will

crews to a building’s use of truss and lightweight construction. “This is about making sure firefighters have the best possible information, as soon as they arrive on the scene. It will help them better assess the risk so they can decide how best to fight a

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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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THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on April 20, 2017, at the Mapleton Township Office, 7275 Sideroad 16, Drayton Ontario. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Mapleton Township Office, 7275 Sideroad 16, Drayton. Description of Lands: Roll No. 23 32 000 013 10934 0000; 7275 Wellington Rd 109, Moorefield; PIN 714650057(LT); Part Lot 13 Concession 17 Maryborough as in DN34445; Mapleton; File No.15-03 Minimum Tender Amount: $11,105.72 Roll No. 23 32 000 012 04342 0000; PIN 71469-0051(LT); Part Lot 18 Concession 12 Maryborough designated Part 75 on Plan WAR1023; T/W DN18957; Mapleton; File No. 15-04 Minimum Tender Amount: $7,103.87 Roll No. 23 32 000 013 10908 0000; 8207 Concession 16, Moorefield; PIN 71465-0070(LT); Part Lot 13 Concession 17 Maryborough as in DN47745; Mapleton; File No.15-05 Minimum Tender Amount: $7,066.33 Roll No. 23 32 000 013 10936 0000; 7279 Wellington Rd 109, Moorefield; PIN 714650058(LT); Part Lot 13 Concession 17 Maryborough as in DN39095; Mapleton; File No.15-06 Minimum Tender Amount: $10,904.57 Roll No. 23 32 000 013 10930 0000; 7267 Wellington Rd 109, Moorefield; PIN 714650055(LT); Part Lot 13 Concession 17 Maryborough as in DN34441; Mapleton; File No. 15-08 Minimum Tender Amount: $10,599.94 Roll No. 23 32 000 013 10932 0000; 7271 Wellington Rd 109, Moorefield; PIN 714650056(LT); Part Lot 13 Concession17 Maryborough as in DN39094; Mapleton; File No. 15-10 Minimum Tender Amount: $10,886.98 Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order or of a bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount. Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to, environmental contamination, road access, or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes, HST if applicable and the relevant land transfer tax. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: Yufang Du, Director of Finance The Corporation of the Township of Mapleton 7275 Sideroad 16, PO Box 160 Drayton ON N0G 1P0 519-638-3313 Ext 30


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Truth And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in

Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

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Truth goes far beyond the context of concepts or ideas. It surpasses everything discovered in the environment of facts. Truth is a person; truth is Jesus Christ. He is true and He is truth, and in heaven you experience the full revelation of him who is true. There you have a clear and full understanding of truth because you know and possess a clear and full understanding of the fully revealed living truth, Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, here on earth, you are in Christ. Consequently, you know Him, the living truth, and are growing in your understanding of him, His ways and His purposes. You also know what He wants you to know, you feel what he wants you to feel and you do what He wants you to do. Here, and in Christ, you see how certain events, interpretations of events, traditions, understandings and opinions that were once a

strong influence on you, actually conflict with truth. Now you are able to discern truth, as opposed to what is fact, perception or human interpretation. You have insight into difficult situations, various circumstances and complex issues. You can recognize what spirit is at work and are wise as to what to do about it. For now you depend wholly on God’s knowledge and declarations, looking to Him to interpret life’s events, because he is both the inside story and the bottom line in all matters. Your Biblical convictions are now firm, bringing a new stability to your life. Consequently, you are not easily influenced, stunted or turned aside. But you never insist that others agree with you and you never get frustrated when they do not see things your way. You simply live your life with a confidence that what you know today is adequate for today only, and are assured that God will

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I have hopes that 2017 will be the year I see my first horned lark (a so-called common visitor). They are the only true, native N.A. lark. Larks are slender-billed birds found in large fields that have sparse or low vegetation; usually walk; seldom alight in trees or shrubs. These social birds keep in loose flocks. Status: common migrant and breeder from February to November; rare to locally common visitor from November to February. They are migratory and circumpolar, breeding from highest Arctic to Mexico. Winters are spent in southern Ontario. The sighting of this early arrival is a sign that spring is close. The snow will still be covering the ground, but if you are fortunate, male larks will be flying in circles (800’ high) and diving down while singing their high-pitched tinkling song. If you see birds on the roadside try to observe their camouflaged markings. Other possible birds could be Snow Buntings, juncos or Horned Larks. Size: 6 ½”/18cm, longer than sparrow. ID: Adult: Tiny tufts form decorative ‘ears’ - not always visible; black breast mark and finely detailed head pattern; immature marking is less distinct. Upperparts browns breast and belly off-white. Yellow face. Feeding: gleans ground for seeds (weed, grass, wheat, millet, corn). May visit yard for suet, crumbs or chaff scattered on ground/snow. Resources: Lovers of the Birds, Rodale, Golden and Feeding Winter Birds in Ontario. You are invited to take part in the free “Lovers of the Birds” flock together Workshop, exploring summer birds. Please register in advance at the Drayton Public Library. Event takes place Wednesday, April 19th from 1:30-3pm. Everyone is invited. Please bring your favourite bird guide. Until next month, Susan Warren


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supply further understanding to you tomorrow, as each day requires a fresh disclosure of his will. You possess also a new sincerity of mind which is no longer controlled by sentiment and is free from pretense, simulation, falsehood and deceit. You discretely display how you feel. You say what you mean. You are who you are and what people see is what they get. You are real. Your life has direction, meaning and value. While it may not always be so clear, you live with a confidence that you are on the right road and on course. You recognize that are significant and what you do matters. Beyond this, your worth in God’s heart is beyond dispute. You mean the world to him. You have a “sure and pure” relationship with God and his people. Even when God doesn’t seem to be moving where you would like, you know that he remains true and your relationship

with him remains the same, because you are rooted in who he is and not in what he will or will not do. God now uses you to detect and effectively oppose the superstitions of the ungodly, the inventions of the religious and the corrupt opinions and teachings of false instructors. This is not being accomplished with verbal confrontations or abrasive speech. It is accomplished in the meekness of your walk, the generousness of your service and the honor you give to those you meet. But sometimes you do speak. God is in charge and, at times, when your will, intellect and emotions come in conflict with his, you surrender to his. Whatever the state of affairs, you remain faithful in the exercise of your gift for ministry and reliable and constant in your service to God. God’s will is being done on your Earth just as it is in heaven.

Firefighter safety focus of new legislation » FROM PAGE 5

later come back to the legislature for a final vote. For years, many firefighters have said that truss- and lightweight-constructed buildings should be identified. In 2012, North Perth fire chief Ed Smith brought forward a resolution at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) to petition the provincial government to make it mandatory that

all lightweight constructed buildings be placarded. The resolution carried in May 2012. In September 2016, OAFC passed a resolution supporting Pettapiece’s bill. “Firefighters in our area and across the province support this idea,” said Pettapiece, who first announced his bill in August. The MPP notes it was delayed when the legislature was prorogued in September.

Review results presented to public » FROM PAGE 4

and $545,000 in AdjalaTosorontio. Council agreed to consider contracting out a portion of the winter maintenance work and to support a recommendation to contact out winter sidewalk maintenance in Alma and develop a winter maintenance policy, including sidewalks. Noted in the review is a move by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change toward greater control of stormwater quantity and quality. Council supported a recommendation to revise development standards to include consideration of control of stormwater quantity and quality. The report notes the provincial policy direction may drive more consideration of an area-rated approach to generate revenues to offset storm-



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water management costs, an option rejected by council at this point. Options presented regarding the township’s water and wastewater systems included: - consideration of operating the water and wastewater system through an independent service provider with an enhanced service level; - consideration of the township operating the water and wastewater system rather than contracting an independent service provider; and - amalgamation of water and wastewater services as a local board or commission with or without partnering local municipalities. Noting council must consider and implement option one or option two in order to maintain current water and wastewater service levels, staff recommend a detailed service option review be undertaken to consider third party versus in-house operation. Council supported the recommendation. The service review was ordered by council in March of 2016 in response to public concerns expressed through a Township of Mapleton Council Report Card survey. Asked to rate council’s overall performance, about 13% of respondents indicated they were very satisfied, 26% were satisfied, 34% were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, 19% were dissatisfied and 8% were very dissatisfied.


Well dressed - These young skaters dressed in formal 1940s attire were ready to dance for the Drayton and District Figure Skating Club’s annual carnival at the PMD arena on March 11. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Making a splash - LEFT: Terri van der Meulen, Sharon Bilton and Jamie Brock put their artistic skills to use at the March 2 Wine and Paint Night Two, held at the Community Christian School in Drayton. Sixty-one women attended the fundraising event hosted by the Mapleton Splash Pad committee, with proceeds going to the Splash Pad Project. RIGHT: Adrienne Checkley of Arthur attended the event and will be making further donations to the Mapleton Splash Pad in memory of her late mother, Heidy Schmidt, who was a longtime member of the Drayton Kinettes. Photos by Caroline Sealey

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VEENSTRA, Frederick “Fred” Hendrik of Drayton passed away at Victoria Hospital, London,Saturday, March 11, 2017 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Jantje “Jenny” Hessels (2006). Loving father of Albert Veenstra of Drayton and Tracy and her husband Mike Echlin of Deep River, Ontario. Loved Opa of Jennifer Echlin and Stephen Mask of Deep River, Michelle Echlin and Patrick MacLanders of Naniamo B.C. and Nathan Echlin of Deep River. Brother of Froukje Vander Mollen of Holland and Marijke Boonstra of Hamilton. Brother-in-law of Everet Hessels and his wife Cheryl of Blyth, John Hes-

sels and his wife Wilma of Goderich and Florence and her husband Ken Janower of Cambridge. Predeceased by one brother Meindert Veenstra and one brother-in-law Arend Hessels. The family will receive friends at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church, 88 Main Street, Drayton, Ontario on Wednesday March 15, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Pastor Paul Droogers will conduct the Funeral Service in the Drayton Christian Reformed Church on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Drayton Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Community Christian School, Drayton, Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Heritage Funeral Home, Drayton.


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