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Community News Volume 47 Issue 14

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Council told asset management requires steady increase in taxes by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – A consulting firm says the township needs to more than double its annual investment in infrastructure and steadily increase taxes in order to reduce an infrastructure deficit identified in a new asset management plan. Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. and BluePlan Engineering Consultants Limited were retained in March 2013 by Mapleton to prepare an asset management plan, after the provincial government announced such plans would be a requirement to receive funds under future infrastructure programs. Dan Wilson of Watson and Associates told council at the March 25 meeting the plan is to be used as a tool during various decision making processes, including the annual budgeting and capital grant application processes. “I think you’ll find that asset management will become a very great tool to the township,� said Wilson. “It will serve a lot of different avenues to the staff. It will definitely help identify capital priorities in relation to the budget process. It really does

become a long-term financial plan.� Wilson explained the township presently owns capital assets with a 2013 replacement value of approximately $418.9 million (excluding land assets). This total is split into $390.4 million of tax-supported assets, $11.6 million of water assets and $16.8 million of wastewater assets. “That’s a very significant investment,� said Wilson, adding that, for accounting purposes, “There’s a fairly large level of assets already at the end of their useful life.� However, he noted the accounting formula does not take into account the “actual condition,� of the assets. “Taking into account condition and risks, your immediate needs are much lower,� he explained. The plan shows Mapleton is currently investing $1.7 million per year in asset management. “You should be investing above $4 million per year, given the amount of assets you have and given what we believe you should be spending.� To fund the infrastructure deficit, Wilson said Mapleton needs to plan for a 5.8 per cent levy increase every year for 10

years and 3.4% per year after that. However, Wilson noted, those estimates don’t factor in any future infrastructure funding from upper levels of government or other third party sources. Such grants, Wilson says, would reduce the required expenditure by the township, but shouldn’t be counted on for planning purposes. “The key here is to show the province you’re committed to trying to reduce that infrastructure deficit going forward,� he said. Grant funding, said councillor Andy Knetsch, is, “one of the elephants in the room not only for this municipality but all municipalities and I think that well has gone bone dry.� Wilson replied, “Municipalities are at a point in time now where they have to decide how much they want to be in charge of their own destiny. You can put an asset management plan in place and sit back and wait for province to bail you out and, if they don’t, then you’re in trouble.� “I don’t know how we’re going to do that - tucking away millions of dollars a year,� said Knetsch. Continued on page 3

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Kilimanjaro climbers - Markus Frei, left and Bill Van Zwol of Mapleton recently returned from a trip to Tanzania, where they climbed to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. photo by Patrick Raftis

Mapleton men conquer Kilimanjaro by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON Two Moorefield-area residents recently returned from the adventure of a lifetime in Africa. Markus Frei and Bill Van Zwol climbed to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and wrapped up a three-week visit to the Dark Continent with a safari through the Serengeti National Park. The trip from Feb. 12 to March 3 was neither the first time in Africa, nor the first climb for either man. However, at nearly 20,000 feet above sea level, Kilimanjaro was easily the highest peak they had conquered. Frei grew up in Switzerland and has spent time in that county’s mountainous regions every few years over the last decade. From 1975 to 1980, he did mission work in Tanzania through the Christian Reform World

Relief Committee. Van Zwol’s climbing experience was more limited, having once ascended a 5,000 foot peak in British Columbia while visiting his son. He also spent a week in Africa as a volunteer on a mission trip through the Christian Reformed Church about three years ago. The trip was initiated by Frei’s zeal for the mountains. “I like climbing and I like hiking in the mountains,� he said. Van Zwol is a co-owner of Wellington Construction, where Frei works part time. “Bill sort of wondered what my plans were because I was nearing my retirement. I said, ‘I have to keep working. I want to stay in shape. I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro,’� Frei explains. “Well, he looked at me and said, ‘Are you sure?’ I said ‘yes’ and he said, ‘Well I’m coming too.’�

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From there, the excursion expanded to include Van Zwol’s daughter and son-inlaw, Val and Greg Huzarik, and Greg’s sister, Christa. The trip also involved a total of 20 support staff, including three guides and 17 porters, all of whom must be certified by the Tanzanian government and adhere to strict regulations, including a limit of 20 kilograms beyond their own personal equipment that they are each allowed to carry on the excursion. The large group is needed, Van Zwol explains, “because you have to carry everything you’re going to need in with you.� That includes tents, food, clothing, water and other supplies. While the guides are able to access some water en route by boiling water from creeks and melted snow, a considerable Continued on page 3

by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Council here is expected to move forward at its next meeting with plans to remove a controversial exemption from minimum distance separation (MDS) regulations in the township’s comprehensive zoning bylaw. The section in question in the bylaw, which was passed in 2010, provides an exemption from MDS 1 requirements for new non-farm uses of property on existing lots in agricultural zones that are less than four hectares (9.9 acres). The exemption has been the subject of considerable controversy over the past 20 months, as it allowed for residential construction on several previously-dormant lots near Moorefield within the MDS radius of an existing but unoccupied hog barn. At the March 25 meeting, Mark Van Patter, Wellington County manager of planning and environment, presented council with two options for amending the bylaw. Van Patter explained a review of individual property

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files indicates there are only 40 vacant checkerboard lots that need to be dealt with. He recommended that 32 lots in the Moorefield area require a rezoning before they can be developed. Eight larger lots elsewhere in the township would be allowed to develop, provided they can meet certain requirements, including compliance with MDS 1. The second option presented by Van Patter would have seen all 40 lots require rezoning before they could be built on. However, he noted that option would appear to place unnecessary restrictions on the larger lots. Van Patter said the eight larger lots all meet standard requirements for building, while the lots near Moorefield should all require the owners to come to council for a rezoning before development could occur. “All the Moorefield area lots have something wrong with them. Either they can’t meet MDS or they are too small,� said Van Patter. Resident Earl Campbell

was present at the meeting and told council he favours the first option, which would not restrict development of six checkerboard lots in the Rothsay area. “One of the reasons I asked to be a delegation is that I want to fully understand what council’s intent was and that council fully understand what their intent was,� said Campbell. Campbell also raised a question about how accessory buildings would be handled on the larger lots and how much lot coverage would be allowed. Van Patter said he would check on the issue of accessory buildings. “So we still have a little bit of homework, but we’re getting down to the fine strokes,� said Mayor Bruce Whale. “I think we should change (the name) to chessboard lots,� he quipped. Council passed a resolution to receive Van Patter’s report and directed that a draft bylaw for a zoning amendment based on Van Patter’s recommended option one be presented at the council meeting on April 8.

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81’s sweep Elora Rocks to earn berth in WOAA finals ELORA – The MapletonMinto 81’s have advanced to the WOAA Senior ‘AA’ finals. The 81’s completed a fourgame sweep of the Elora Rocks with a 6-2 win in Elora on March 28 to take the North Division title. Scott Tregunna, Andrew Coburn and Zach Graham each had two goals and one assist for Mapleton-Minto, while Reed Norman also had a pair of assists for the 81’s, and Josh Leis made 30 saves in the win. Ken Rolph and Trevor Atkinson scored for Elora. Blake Sinclair faced 35 shots in the loss on Friday night. The 81’s will now face the South Division champion Komoka Classics for the WOAA title. The series starts April 5 in Palmerston at 6:30pm.

Local teams lose in playoff action DRAYTON – Hopes for an All-Ontario title have ended for three local hockey teams. The Drayton Atom, Pee Wee and Juvenile teams were all eliminated in Ontario Minor Hockey Association final round play on the weekend. The Pee Wees lost 2-0 to Woodville on the road on March 28, losing the six-point series three straight. The Atoms also lost in Woodville last Friday night, 3-2, allowing Woodville to complete a sweep of the series. The Juveniles were defeated 3-2 in Drayton on March 28 and dropped the final game of the series in Ridgetown on March 29 by a 6-3 count. The team finished the six-point series against the Ridgetown Rebels with one win, three losses and a tie.

Knetsch not planning to seek re-election to position on Mapleton Township council by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - An incumbent Mapleton councillor has taken himself out of the running for the upcoming municipal election. Councillor Andy Knetsch announced during the March 25 council meeting he does not plan to run in the Oct. 27 election. “I have made a decision not to seek reelection in the coming election,” said Knetsch, who noted, “at the end of the year I will be pursuing other opportunities and other challenges.” Knetsch said he has enjoyed his time on council. “Rest assured that I will continue to do my

best as councillor in serving the community,” he added. “I’m sure you’ve given it a lot of hard and serious consideration,” commented Mayor Bruce Whale. Knetsch was elected to Mapleton council in 2010. He previously served on the pre-amalgamation village council for Drayton from 1988 to 1991. So far, there are two declared candidates for mayor in Mapleton, current councillors Neil Driscoll and Jim Curry. Incumbent county councillor John Green, of Mapleton, has indicated he intends to seek re-election.

Male choirs to perform at Drayton church in support of Stand in the Gap program DRAYTON - Drayton Reformed Church will host the The Men of Praise and The Men of Note Male Voice Choir on April 12. This will be the second annual Stand in the Gap Benefit Concert and Dessert Social for Countryside Camp and Conference Centre, the summer home of “Camp Shalom.” Countryside Camp and Conference Centre is the largest residential Christian Summer Camp and Retreat Facility in the Waterloo region serving close to 700 summer campers, including 150 individuals with

special needs and over 4,000 retreat guests annually. Stand in the Gap is a cooperative initiative that has annually connected dozens of churches and organizations, able to identify 90 marginalized children, and youth and individuals with special needs for the opportunity to attend “Camp Shalom” at a reduced cost. Since its inception in 2010, 317 campers and guests have been afforded this opportunity. The Men of Praise is an interdenominational male choir based in Woodstock. The choir

has participated in many benefit concerts throughout southern Ontario. Lois Goodall is their organist, Peter Schepers is their pianist, and Randall Rehkopf serves as the director. The Men of Note Male Voice Choir from Stouffville, have been performing for the last 15 years. The 40-member choir is directed by Oksana Vignan and accompanied by Courtney Britton. A freewill offering in support of the Stand in the Gap program will be available at the end of the evening.

Drayton blanks Floradale to stay in series DRAYTON 3 FLORADALE 0 For the second straight game, Drayton faced elimination but came up winners. Although the team was shorthanded for most of the game, netminder Kevin Ottens held back a flurry of shots to earn his shutout and give his team a chance to repeat as ‘A’ Division Nichols Trophy winners. Drayton opened the game

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the third period put the game away for Drayton. Reinders sent Eric Deckers away with a breakaway rush. Deckers sent the puck into the top corner to assure the victory. Ottens turned away 51 shots. The win ties the best-of-five series 2-2. The ‘A’ Division champions will be decided on April 7 at 8:30pm at the Listowel Arena. submitted by Willard Metzger

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Mapleton men conquer Kilimanjaro during three-week trip to Africa FROM PAGE ONE amount must be carried to ensure each party member has access to the required four litres per day. Clothing suitable for the four climate zones climbers travel through also adds to the burden. “When we started out it was 25 or 30 degrees and at the top it was minus 10,” said Van Zwol. The first part of the trip involved travelling through the rainforest to reach the base camp. “It was just like walking through the bush,” Van Zwol recalls. Of course the walk turned into a 72-kilometre assent of more than 5,000 metres over a period of six days, making Van Zwol glad he had done some advance training. About a halfdozen times he made the 16km walk from his home to church in Palmerston. “If you want to enjoy the trip, it’s better if you’re in shape,” he said. Frei had surgery about a month before the trip and wasn’t able to work out much in advance. “I’ve never in my life been in worse shape for a climb,” he said, noting the lack of conditioning really hampered him for the first 1,000 metres of the climb. Before tackling Kilimanjaro, the travellers began with a three-day climb up the smaller Mount Maru, “to get acclimatized,” said Frei. Van Zwol notes the oxygen level at the peak of Kilimanjaro is exactly 50 per cent of what it is at the bottom. “Your body will adjust to the altitude,” the question is how fast and how well, said Van Zwol. Climbers who develop altitude sickness, symptoms of which can range from headaches to nausea, can be turned back by their guides if deemed to have a serious case of it. Fortunately for their group, only Van Zwol developed any nausea during the trip, and that only about a half hour before

Kilimanjaro expedition - Moorefield-area residents Markus Frei and Bill Van Zwol reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro during a recent trip to Africa. LEFT: Pictured with guides at the summit are Van Zwol, front left, and back from left: a guide, Frei, Christa Huzarik, and Van Zwol’s daughter and son-in law Val and Greg Huzarik. CENTRE: Tanzanian porters carry packs on their heads. RIGHT: The ascent of Kilimanjaro takes climbers through four climate zones, beginning with a tropical rainforest. submitted photos reaching the peak. Frei says there were many highlights during the trip, including the chance to see exotic wildlife in a natural habitat. “The whole trip up you see so much, you go through all of those climate zones, it’s an experience,”said Frei. However there’s nothing quite like reaching the peak of a mountain, the travellers concur. The final assent begins at midnight, because the colder nighttime temperatures make the footing less slippery than during the day, when the snow is melting. The group reached the summit around 7am. “Emotionally it was a high, because as a group we made it - yeah you’re on top of the world,” said Van Zwol. Only a short time was spent at the peak as the group headed back down the mountain, descending from 5,768m down to over 2,000m by noon the same day. Frei estimates the

group put in about 14 hours on the final day. “We were wiped,” said Van Zwol, who for a portion of the decent was assisted by the guides due to weakness from the attitude sickness. Another emotional highlight of the trip was the traditional singing of the Kilimanjaro Song by the guides and porters after returning to the bottom. “It’s something to see, they don’t just sing, they act it right out,” Frei explained. “These guys they were as thrilled as we were. Their goal is to get everybody up there,” added Van Zwol. He said the group was very grateful to the guides for their assistance, noting, “You thank them for their efforts, for sticking with you and for helping you out.” Van Zwol said the group shared a lot and became close with the guides and porters. “Two of the main guides were fellow Christians – so as a group we could all pray togeth-

Asset management comes with high cost FROM PAGE ONE Wilson pointed out there are “different ways of managing assets” which could include “strategies to extend their useful life.” Councillor Neil Driscoll asked if the 5.8% increase factored in use of debentures or simply paying the costs outright. “We’ve identified use of debentures in years where we feel there’s more capital needs,” Wilson replied. Estimating that every percentage increase raises approximately $44,000, Driscoll projected, “We have to raise another $260,00 a year through taxation.” Mayor Bruce Whale said, “The philosophy is probably

to get started. Then, as some of this provincial and federal funding comes along, you can decrease your increase. “Still, that’s over a 50% increase over 10 years.” A resolution to accept and approve the asset management plan was passed by council.

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er and thank the Lord together for making us safe. For me that was a highlight,” he said. Following the climb, the men were joined by their wives, Mary Ann Frei and Ruth Van Zwol, for the safari, which provided a chance to see an even greater variety of African wildlife. “Basically the animals you see in the zoo here, you see in the wild there,” said Van Zwol, noting the animals included lions, water buffalo, hippopotamus, gazelles and literally tens of thousands of wildebeests. Following the four-day safari, they spent three days with a missionary at the village of Mwanza on Lake Victoria. The missionaries were focusing on helping the locals with better agricultural techniques. Frei and Van Zwol had arranged the trip through the mission leaders, who ensured they would be employing local people. “We wanted to ensure we were contributing to the local

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TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF APPLICATION FOR MINOR VARIANCE Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chap.P.13, ss.45(5) A2014/01 TAKE NOTICE that an application for minor variance, under the above file number has been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment for the Township of Mapleton. The Committee will give consideration to the minor variance application on: Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Mapleton Township Municipal Offices, Council Chambers, 7275 Sideroad 16 LOCATION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY is described as Lots 8 & 9, Plan 61M-192, and is municipally known as 58 & 66 Bedell Drive, Drayton. Both properties have an area of 580 sq.m (6,243 ft²) and are zoned Single Family Residential (R1C31.265.1). THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE APPLICATION is to provide relief from the interior and exterior side yard setback requirements of the By-law to allow for the construction of two proposed dwellings; one on each lot (lots 8 and 9). MAKING AN ORAL OR WRITTEN SUBMISSION - Any person or public body is entitled to attend the public meeting and make written or oral submissions on the proposed variance. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the variance is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Mapleton to the Ontario Municipal Board.


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It seems difficult to imagine after the winter just endured in this part of the world, but a new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of risk. Officially released on a weekend when people everywhere celebrated Earth Hour by collectively getting by without power for 60 minutes, the report by a United Nations scientific panel says the wild climate ride humanity is in for has only just begun. Extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts and flooding can all be expected to increase in frequency as the earth continues on an overall warming trend the panel says is fueled largely by human activity. A summary of the report, approved by governments from 100 countries, projects risks such as food and water shortages and extinctions of animals and plants. Crop yields in some areas could fall up to two per cent a decade, compared to a world without warming. Continued warming could mean irreversible shifts, such as a runaway melt of Greenland or a drying of the Amazon rainforest. “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri said at a news conference following the release of the report. The risks we all face are now considered even worse than in 2007, when the group of scientists last issued this type of report “We are going to see more and more impacts, faster and sooner than we had anticipated,” said report co-author Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University in Bangladesh. Ironically, for Canada there are expected to be, initially at least, some economic benefits to climate change, mostly resulting from the anticipated opening up of our arctic regions for shipping, oil and gas extraction and eco-tourism. A longer growing season is also expected to benefit the agriculture sector. Ironically, such activity is expected to actually accelerate warming and climate change. The Center for Global Development places Canada last among 28 countries which are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development when it comes to climate change remediation. While some of that flows inevitably from efforts to cope with a cold climate on a large land mass, other factors are due to choices we make, including withdrawal from the Kyoto Accord and continually rising carbon emissions - considered largely due to oil sands development. The negative effects of climate change will eventually hit home with unpleasant impacts domestically. A list of potential impacts found on the federal government website include increased smog and heat waves resulting in more temperature-related illness and death; the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria‚ dengue and yellow fever into Canada as insects carrying these diseases migrate north with the warming climate; and a decline in the quality and quantity of drinking water as water sources in some areas become threatened by drought. So, if not to be responsible global citizens, it appears there are at least some self-serving reasons for Canadians to urge their governments, at all levels, to become leaders, rather than laggards, when it comes to curbing emissions and encouraging the development of alternative energy sources. Patrick Raftis

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION regarding this application will be available for inspection at the Township of Mapleton Municipal Office during regular business hours.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING MAPLETON ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT AND NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION ZBA 2014-02 TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Mapleton has received a complete application to consider a proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-80, pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended. PUBLIC MEETING Mapleton Council will consider this application at their meeting scheduled for: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m Mapleton Township Municipal Offices, Council Chambers, 7275 Sideroad 16 THE SUBJECT LAND is legally described as Lot 5, Plan 27240D (Peel) with a civic address of 5 Snyder Avenue (Glen Allan). The property is approximately 1497.33sq.m (0.37 acres) in size. THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the amendment is to rezone the lands to permit an accessory apartment and relief from the minimum front yard setback. The applicants are proposing to construct a second story addition to provide a second residential dwelling unit. The property is currently zoned Unserviced Residential (R1A) which does not permit an accessory apartment. MAKING AN ORAL OR WRITTEN SUBMISSION - Any person or public body is entitled to attend the public meeting and make written or oral submissions on the proposed zoning by-law amendment. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Mapleton to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION regarding this application is available for review during regular business hours at the Township office located at 7275 Sideroad 16 (east of Drayton).

“THE GREEN LEGACY” - TREES FOR MAPLETON The Green Legacy continues in 2014. 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 preorder up to a maximum of 50 trees (subject to availability). Pre-ordered trees will be available for pick-up on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at the Township of Mapleton Sand Shed located at 7275 Sideroad 16 outside of Drayton between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Donations to the food bank would be appreciated. To place an order, please contact the Township of Mapleton Municipal Office 519-638-3313.

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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society “The father of the United Farmers of Ontario” - James J. Morrison James (J.J.) Morrison was born in 1861 on his father’s farm at Lot 12, Concession 17, in the former Peel Township. He received his education at the local public school until, at age 14, he started working on his father’s farm. In 1886 he went to Toronto to seek his fortune where he worked at various jobs. He married Margaret Blyth. They had nine children. In 1899 J.J. and family returned to Peel and took over the family farm. Here his family lived until the farm was sold in 1961. Morrison became involved in local government and at various times served as assessor and tax collector, a school trustee and secretary of the school board. He was a director of the Peel Maryborough Mutual Fire Insurance Company for some years. J.J. was convinced that farmers, organizing under similar lines as trade unions, could

improve their lot. In 1902 Morrison helped form “The Farmers Association.” Local Farmers clubs were organized all over Ontario, through which farmers banned together to sell their produce and to purchase farm necessities in bulk, at fairer prices. The association failed as a provincial organization, but in 1913 there were still several hundred Farmers Clubs active in Ontario. In late 1913, J.J. Morrison, of Arthur; E.C. Drury, of Barrie; W.C. Wood, of Paris; and Col. J.Z. Fraser, of Burford; met to organize a two-day meeting of about 300 farmers, held in March, 1914, in Toronto. The result was the formation of the United Farmers of Ontario (UFO), a political party, with the aim “to raise rural people to a high place of citizenship, to give them knowledge of the life of the nation, and a voice in national affairs.” The United Farmers Co-operative Company Ltd. (UFCC) was formed as well at

that meeting, with the aim “to make possible better business for members and thus better living conditions.” J.J. Morrison was made secretary-treasurer of both organizations. He held these positions until his resignation from the UFO in 1933 and the UFCC in 1935. Morrison travelled across Ontario organizing United Farmers of Ontario clubs. His daughter Norma worked with him as his personal secretary. The United Farmers of Ontario party was successful in the 1919 election, winning 44 seats in the Ontario legislature. A party leader had not been chosen and Morrison was offered the premiership. He declined and E.C. Drury was made premier. Morrison remain in a position to influence party policy, however his views were not necessarily those of his elected colleagues. In the 1923 election the party won only 17 seats and thus their power was diminished. In 1936 the UFO leaders

formed the Ontario Chamber of Agriculture, later becoming the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. In 1943 the organizations were amalgamated as the Ontario Federation of Agriculture Meanwhile the fam-

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By Laurie Langdon our humanity. Why? • It confirmed God’s promises “made to the fathers” (Rom. 15:8); • It provided an example of a holy life. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,” Jesus said in Matthew 11:29; • It revealed the Father. “He that has seen me has seen the Father,” Jesus said in John 14:9; • It enabled Jesus to become a faithful high priest. The writer to the Hebrews puts it this way: “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in

Two important questions about Jesus I have two questions on my mind. The first one is this: “Did Jesus have to be both God and man?” My though on this is that deity and humanity had to be united in order for man to be saved. The reality of the work of Christ depends on the reality of His humanity and, conversely, its effectiveness depends on the genuineness of His deity. So yes, it was necessary that God should come and take on

service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Heb. 2:17-18); • It made possible the destruction of the works of Satan. “For this purpose the Son of God was revealed, that he might destroy the works of the devil,” we read in 1 John 3:8; and • It enabled Him to “put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Heb. 9:26). The second question I have is this: “Can Jesus be known in a personal way?” My thought on this is yes,

absolutely yes! Jesus can be known in a personal way, and he eagerly waits right at your door to be discovered, not only as Jesus the man, but as Jesus our risen Lord and Christ. Jesus was not only a human person, but also a divine person; and on the basis of the fact that He is a person, whether human or divine, rests our ability to know Him in a personal way. From the very beginning Christianity has thought and spoken of Christ not merely as One who once lived among us on earth and now lives away from us in some more blessed state of being, but as One who can still be present with us, dwelling in

our hearts. He lives in us in the Word, or Logos, of God. John says, “The word of God lives in you,” and it “is at work in you who believe.” (1 John 2:14). He lives in us in the power of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 Paul says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” He lives in us personally and literally. In Galatians 4:19 Paul pleaded, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” He states clearly in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Do you not realize that

Christ Jesus is in you?” And in Romans 8:10 he says, “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness,” and elsewhere, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20). I would personally challenge you to open your heart and mind to allow Jesus Christ in – in a new way. With all due respect for how you know or do not know him already, I have a sense that He stands at your door right now waiting to be discovered in ways you have not dreamed possible. Open up to Him again and see for yourself.

Speaker on Agnes McPhail Residents petition for improvements to Sideroad 20 informs Alma institute ALMA - The weatherman was not kind for the Alma Women’s Institute March activities, sending blowing snow and poor visibility. However guest speaker Donna Mann braved the weather along with 10 members and four special guests. Mann, who was introduced by president Helen Moffat. gave a presentation on the life of Agnes McPhail, an active WI member and the first women to be elected to government in 1921. McPhail’s life spanned from 1890 to 1954. Her birthday was March 24. McPhail spoke for the prisoners in Kingston Penitentiary and the miners who worked under ground. She also encouraged WI members to continue with their resolutions for the improvement of education, food safety and road safety. The speaker was thanked by Pat Salter. During the business meeting it was reported that a life membership had been present-

ed to Wilma Snowe, who is presently a patient at Groves Memorial hospital in Fergus. Snowe had been secretary for the past 20 years and an active member during that time. District annual plans were discussed and it will be held at the Alma Hall on May 13. Alma WI will take part in a fashion show. Members will be serving the seniors dinner on April 10 at the Alma Hall at noon. The local history book will be ready for the printers in May. Members agreed to support three fall fairs with $50 each (Arthur, Drayton and Fergus fairs) to be used for prizes. Lunch was served by Joyce Wilson and Eileen Downey. The April meeting will be April 17 at the Alma Hall at 1:30pm. This will be the annual meeting and will include a demonstration of finger knitting and arm knitting. Everyone is welcome. submitted by Pat Salter

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by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Township council will consider moving a stretch of country road forward on its maintenance schedule after receiving a petition from about 40 residents citing dangerous conditions. Joyce Sloat, who lives along Mapleton Sideroad 20 between Wellington Road 7 and Line 12, represented local residents at the March 25 meeting. Sloat said the road condition includes potholes, crumbling top coat, sloping sides and a deteriorating culvert. She told council vehicles

often go into the ditch along the stretch of road because it has no shoulders. “As the road deteriorates, so does our quality of life – we find there are people that won’t walk the roads because they are too difficult,” said Sloat, who also pointed out that about 10 children live along the road, but “it’s not safe to ride bikes.” A letter presented to council by Sloat states, “As taxpayers within Mapleton, this sideroad is used each day and a constant reminder of where our tax dollar are not being spent. My greatest concern is one of

Worlds of Wonder Await you @ your Library Spring into your library Spring has arrived at the library. Do you need some new ideas on how to create a perfect flower bed? Thinking of a new outdoor walkway, or possibly a play centre for the kids or grandkids? Maybe you want to make yourself some new outdoor furniture. The library can help you find new and exciting ideas on all of these topics and more. If you’re looking for a fast read, don’t forget to browse the latest Lightning Loan titles. For more reading recommendations check out the nomi-

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safety. We have many new families with small children on this stretch of road. “There is no safe place to walk, push a stroller, pull a wagon or ride a bike. With the increased traffic outside of residential use it has become a very dangerous section of road. Present speed limits and conditions are not acceptable.” Mayor Bruce Whale told Sloat the township has scheduled work on the road for 2016, but suggested it might be possible to use funds slated for road reserves in 2014 to do some of the work sooner.

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for you and your three- to fiveyear-old to read stories, do finger plays, a craft and more with a new theme each week. For the school children there is Afterschool Adventures for kids SK to Grade 3 and Booktastic for Grade 4 and up. Each group will meet for six weeks. Adult book club is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, and new programs are adult Scrabble every fourth Monday afternoon of the month, Show and Share Family Book Club for senior kindergarten and up, and for the teens we have the Page Turners Book Club. The Record, Globe and

Mail, Toronto Star and Guelph Mercury arrive daily at the branch and patrons can browse the paper by the fireplace. The Mapleton Historical Society has done a wonderful job with our display cases. “Old Time Farming” and an amazing collection of oil lamps are featured at this time. New at the library is Lightning Loans. These best sellers are available only for walk-ins. Great new titles are always available, but items have a loan period of a week. The library is open Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5pm.

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“We try to keep on top of it all, but we have too many kilometres to do it all at once,” said Whale. Council agreed to include Sideroad 20 on an upcoming road tour before making a decision and to advise area residents in writing of plans for the road. Whale noted a drawback to road improvements is often increased traffic volumes. “The better we make the roads, the more traffic there’s going to be,” said Whale. “We just want to be able to drive on it,” replied Sloat.

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Mapleton Business Profile Willowcrest Farms offers positive, respectful atmosphere for riders

PAGE EIGHT The Community News, Friday, August 13, 2010 handle, brush, tack up and basic ridSince 2008 Willowcrest Farms has ing skills. Ladies may call or email to been offering a positive and respectsign up. ful atmosphere for riders to learn and Summer camp dates for the upcomdevelop their love for horses. ing season are: Located on Wellington Road 10 - Session 1, July 14 to 18; west of Moorefield, the farm is family - Session 2, July 28 to Aug. 1; and owned and operated by Julie and John - Session 3, Aug. 11 to Aug. 15. Diamond. Cost for full-day camp sessions The stable offers riding lessons to (9am to 4pm) for ages seven to 14 is riders of all ages and skill levels. $300. Half-day camps (9am to noon) “You are never too old to ride for riders aged four to six, are offered horses,” says Julie. for $175. Summer camps for riders are also Julie takes pride in the accomplishoffered at Willowcrest Farms and, if skills and confidence at ment an oflistening, interactive system Tanis Cowan a great her riders. reading, fine and interested, riders knew are able to showMYC’s in gross socialwere skills and early age” said Ms. Tanis. motivates and engages parents music opportunity when she “Last yearmotor, my riders chambarn schooling shows, local schoolbeenchampion proven to enhance She offers four of MYC’s and children, nurturing family saw it fiveandyears ago, afterTrillium pion orhas reserve in most of ing shows the Provincial children’s development music programs: Sunrise, being their divisions on social the Georgian Bay Circuit.introduced to a unique bonds and delivering valuable learning skills, improve Sunshine, Sunbeam and and experiences while program called Musicshowing for isco-learning Trillium Circuit,” she says. However, adds Julie, an memory and problem Moonbeam. Children who developing a firm, fundamental Young Children (MYC). The performance earned her solving, Trainer option, not a requirement. confidence and complete the most advanced of music. Having piano of the and Year bolster honors for the Georgian “I havetaught lots ofprivate students who understanding just self-esteem. level of MYC are well preA unique aspect of MYC is lessons for 15 years, Ms. Tanis, Bay Zone. ride once a week and never show,” stables and completing high school, In 1997, Julie was approached by own and make sure that they are happy Ms. toTanis alsostudents offers ata pared for said earlyJulie. intermediateIn addition learns alongtowith the a career in Glenice Demers of Windamere Stables mentally and physically,” as students call her, was the parent training sheher notes. Julie decided pursue Music Pups program, whichheris piano studies, or the study of child because they are so looking to expand her teaching Willowcrest, Julie enjoys sharing Boarding and training of horses are horses and started teaching riding. “In addition to horses we have in Baden, and was asked to help open since school it is a another instrument. involved. At In age fact, 22 Ms.sheTanis horizons and provided her musicatstudio, for horsesunique with local also services Willowcrest. cats and dogs. Horses passionespecially was accepted to and develop their new farm. She accept- goats, chickens, music program for babies. This Sunrise is a pre-keyboard credits the success of the proand Julie, foundwho it through MYC. children. For the past several years started riding at the age the equine studies program at Humber ed and was part of the Windamere fam- and animals are very therapeutic. In a playful andcare creative music musicinto andoffering movement program the parents her stu-her to take the ily for the next six years. Tanis recognized the ingram she hasis run a horse elective at of Ms. 10, has extensive experience her toCollege. fact I am looking riding This of prepared and movement for parents teaches music concepts program’s potential since it had dents. Canadian Equestrian Federation level Maryborough Public class School in her field. mentally and physically Julie and John bought Willowcrest lessons to the that through singing, rhythm community. and with children ages newborn to teacherexam once in a 1993. After in 2008 and have been growing the challenged in the never offered Drayton, Shebeen began by in taking lessons at“I am future.” one the coaching age Willowcrest Children are are introduced games. This program is forLessons week; they are the at-home itPineview was fun for students, parents offered Stables in Shakespeare, passing the exam she came back to the business ever since. A new program at Willowcrest is to aweekends wide variety musical children ages 2who to 4have and devel‘coach’Kitchener-Waterloo several days a week,” and teacher, andponies it offered evenings, and of weekdays, showing school at locala schoolfor women Willowcrest aims to provide a posi- a “ladies night” area and started scales,semi-private tonal and rhythm patFestive fun -tive Students at environment Music for Young Children enjoywanted a opsto listening awareness, she said. piano-keyboard program with group, and private ing shows and fairs and alsofor attending always try riding. Ladies fine and safe for young freelance teaching. Shortly after returnand instruments that help Christmas every motora skills, initial for each children as circuit young shows. as 3½ in available. a few ‘A’ At a18, sheAn ing night photo will provide chancesocial to do interaction, that optionsterns people and year. adults to learn about horsessubmitted to goal the area, Julie of bought a three- concert to stimulate musical atgrowth. Ms. Tanis’ students is to devel-named Dylan and animals. Providing excellent care in a fun, socialconfidence group is located 6638 ownedsetting. her first horse, a two-year-old setting. It and will attention run the span.Willowcrest year-old thoroughbred EachRoad child10participates his or easily attend happy habitDelivery. of practic“I loved of and group spring. Of course, special holi- Children mittensforforthefive happy Wellington and can be at reached quarter horsethe sheidea broke trainedoptothe aka third Tuesday of every can month from 8 with horses that live at Willowcrest Special Dylanpaper and Julie heratown level. To find more a grandparent caregiver, encourages her stulessons, it’s always Ms. Cost mittens were days are incorporatedto into by phone 519-638-5882 or out email at show in since the hunter ring. more ing. She 9:30pm. is $45 plusorHST and plus is also a priority. went on the show circuitpractices. and won The siblings learning can attend as about Pups and to view class practice by giving a placed on the studio fun While to explore and at learn in boarding a dents tomany MYC classes, as includes wall them in the all Tanis’ working local thesuch program how “I treat like they are my championships. videos visit group, regardless of the topic,” special “super duper” sticker shape of the 5 Olympic rings. Canada Music Week, well. The Sunshine keyboard each week. explained Ms. Tanis. The ultimate success of any When the rings were com- Christmas, Valentine’s Day and “Practicing does not need to plete students enjoyed an Easter. Theme days are program is geared towards MYC program lies behind the She also liked that it was a children ages 3½ and 4; the teacher and Ms. Tanis is no program that was tested, tried be long; 10 to 15 minutes a day Olympics music class. This planned as well. Sunbeam keyboard program exception to that rule. It’s obviand true, being taught by more to start,” she said. Throughout the year her past year Ms. Tanis encouraged See things you don’t see. 6638 Rd. 10, Ms. Tanis’ creativity shines the students not only to prac- students participate in a toward ages 5 and 6; and the ous than 800 teachers to over sheWellington is an enthusiastic RR#3 24,000 students on three differ- through by offering several tice but also to think of others, Christmas concert, and a spring Moonbeam keyboard program teacher whoMoorefield cares a great deal Drivingfor Course: 19, 26 and ent continents and touting extra practice incentives by practicing andMay have3. the option to is for ages 7 through 9. All for her students. pennies.April Once12, recital Boat Course: June 14,participate 9-2:30pm. Call for details. Canadian origins, being found- throughout the year to ensure the pennies “Their struggles are my in the Palmerston three keyboard programs intewere all Sat., collected students attain their musical they MTO ed in 1980. Canada Music Festival grate creative movement, struggles,” she states. “And wereApproved donatedBeginner to Camp Driver Education CourseWeek Provider MYC’s mission statement goals. Once students have col- Bucko, for burn victims. and the Drayton Music rhythm, singing, music theory their triumphs are equally triGreat Name - Same and composition for parent and umphant for me.” is to “provide the best quality lected enough stickers on their Festival. Staff & Courses For theNew upcoming year Great she Management, Formerly Drayton Driving School 83 Wellington St S, Drayton, Ontario Boarding available music education to young chil- “happy practice thermome- is planning two new incentives; For more information visit “Children are so receptive child in a weekly one-hour ses519-638-5112 sion. dren by blending the pleasure ters,” they have a party. This a, email tanisto music that it makes sense to “Tree of Thanks” incentive 519-638-9990 Contact Julie Diamond, 519-638-5882 or 519-503-1799 Participating in a MYC or and the joy of music making year, to celebrate the 2010 around Thanksgiving time and use this medium to spark their Hours: Tues-Thurs 9am-6pm | Fri 9am-8pm | Sat 9am-1pm 10 Wellington North Unit 1, Drayton develop call 519-638-5715. with sound instruction.” Olympics, students earned a “Seed creativity and develop their class helps children Incentive” inSt.the

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