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Friday, April 5, 2013
Decisions loom on budget
Eco-Fair - Alma Public School held its 6th annual Eco Fair at the school on March 27. The fair provides an opportunity for local residents and businesses to celebrate the earth and learn how the community is coming together to be environmentally responsible. LEFT: Alma resident Lori Skerritt and daughter, Kezia, 7, selling Beads For Life. The beads are handmade from recycled paper by impoverished women in Uganda, with funds going to support efforts to pull women in the country and their families out of poverty. ABOVE: Oliva McCready, 3, Courtney Trudell, 15 and Lucas Trudell, of Alma, manned the healthy snacks booth, offering samples of homemade breakfast bars, soup, fruit snacks and chickencheese quesadillas in an effort to promote healthy eating by bypassing pre-packaged foods. photos by Patrick Raftis
Warrior Challenge coming to Mapleton by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON The Canadian Cancer Society’s Wellington County Unit has announced Mapleton will be the site of the first spring Wellington Warrior Challenge. The event, a fundraiser for the cancer society will be held at Mapleton Organic, RR 3, Moorefield, on June 1, beginning at 10am. Billed as “Wellington’s extreme survival race,” the warrior challenge is a fivekilometre run that “demands endurance to trek through the unknown, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, and a complete lack of shame to sludge through dirt and mud all in the name of a good cause,” the society states. Last year’s inaugural event, held at the Cox Creek Cellars property south of Fergus on Oct. 20, raised over $50,000. The event will return to the Cox Creek location for another run this fall, on Sept. 21. “Being as the first one was so successful in the fall, we decided to add a second event in the spring,” said cancer society volunteer Sara Orrell. Participants can compete individually, but team participation is encouraged. For more information on Wellington Warrior Challenge go to www.cancer.ca/wellingtonwarriorchallenge.
There will be mud - Participants in the 2012 Wellington Warrior Challenge at Cox Creek Cellars near Fergus navigate a water hazard.
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by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council here was considering a number of options as it headed into final discussions and a public meeting on the municipality’s 2013 budget. A report by CAO Patty Sinnamon provided to council for its March 26 budget meeting presented options for a budget showing levy increases ranging from 10 to 12 per cent. The former option would mean a tax rate increase of 5.732 per cent to fund a levy requirement of $3.95 million. Under the 12 per cent scenario, the municipality would raise $4.05 million through taxation. In 2012, the municipality raised $3.56 million in taxation. Under the lower increase, reconstruction and paving of the 16th line is budgeted over two years, with the unfinanced Continued on page 6
Duplication concerns raised over safe communities plan by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Some members of Mapleton council expressed concern about potential duplication of efforts after hearing a presentation from Safe Communities Wellington County (SCWC) at the March 26 meeting. County councillor Gary Williamson, co-chairman of SCWC, updated council on local activities, as well as the committee’s bid to attain a national designation under Parachute – the umbrella organization for Safe Communities Canada. The local committee is hoping to become the first county to be recognized nationally under the Safe Communities banner. Williamson pointed out SCWC’s focus is on injury-prevention, not crime prevention. He noted Wellington County’s recent designation as the safest community in Canada by MacLean’s Magazine was based on crime statistics. “We’re about injury prevention and trying to reduce injuries in Wellington County,” he stated, noting that involves coordinating the efforts of a number of local and county organizations. “Part of the goal of Safe Communities Wellington County is to try and bring those
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groups together and try to be more effective about working together for the same cause,” said Williamson. “It’s not that we want to change what these organizations are doing; it’s simply to make them aware of what the other groups are doing.” Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson advised council the local Community Oriented Policing (COPS) committee has already adopted the “Safe Communities” identity. “We changed our name to Safe Communities two years ago,” explained Richardson, pointing out the local group has since hosted information days on bullying, internet safety and drug awareness. “We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel or go out there and be Big Brother … we’re just looking to work together and see what we can do,” said Williamson. Councillor Neil Driscoll asked Williamson how SCWC ties in with the Wellington County Home and Farm Safety Association. Willaimson explained SCWC will probably have a booth at future Farm Safety Day events to promote awareness. Councillor Mike Downey said the farm safety association
hasn’t had any contact with the safe communities group, and questioned the need for a coordinating body. “I think it’s a lot of duplication of what we already have. Farm safety have been working on these things for 35 years and we’ve had no discussion on this (the SCWC movement),” he stated. “It’s just stacking of resources and expenses. That’s my take on it.” Mayor Bruce Whale suggested it would be a good idea for SCWC to make a presentation to the county farm safety group. “There may be some things you can work together on.” Driscoll noted that Wellington North, which Williamson represents at county council, “doesn’t take part in the farm and home safety association so they are a little out of touch, and now we hear this county committee is doing the same thing.” However Richardson said he felt there is considerable opportunity for “sharing resources” through the county organization. Downey wondered if SCWC would be taking an active role in promoting safety, or a passive approach. “Are they going to be drivContinued on page 6
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A Division champs - Drayton recently won the Nichols Division title in local church league playoff hockey action. From left: front, Scott VanOostveen, Kevin Ottens, Rob DeWeerd, Mark Timmerman; back, Jerry Robous, Scott Nieuwland, Herman Mulder, Eric Dekkers, Rick Robous, Robyn Curry, Mike DeWeerd, Pat Landman, Brandon Rumph, Dave Mulder. Absent: Brent Dekoning. submitted photo
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pads and into the net. Floradale tied the game shortly after. Some good forechecking by Floradale caught the Drayton netminder behind the net. A quick wrap-around by Mike Martin slid the puck into the open net. The goal was assisted by Javon Martin and Tim Freeman. Floradale fought hard and
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took the lead. Javon Martin fed the puck to Freeman at the left side. Freeman blasted a shot past the glove of Kevin Ottens for the goal. But Drayton evened the score again. Scott VanOostveen carried the puck deep and blasted a shot wide of the net. Rob DeWeerd followed the play to snap the rebound off the backboards into the short side corner. Drayton took the lead early in the second. Jerry Robous and Pat Landman set up Dekkers on the right side. Dekkers rang a shot underneath the crossbar for the go-ahead goal. Drayton added to the lead midway through the second. Landman carried the puck deep and slid the puck to Dekkers cutting in front of the net. Dekkers snapped a low shot through the five hole to earn
his hat trick. Drayton added two more goals before the period ended. Timmerman set up Landman in front of the net. A hard shot along the ice beat netminder Jason Newton for the first of the pair. Dekkers then ended the period with another shot to his favourite spot: high and underneath the crossbar. Assists went to Mike DeWeerd and Scott Nieuwland. Drayton added three more unanswered goals in the third period to finish the solid win. Herman Mulder, Timmerman and Dekkers scored the goals, assisted by Robous, Dave Mulder, Landman and Dekkers. Eric Dekkers carried the victory, amassing five goals and one assist. submitted by Willard Metzger
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community calendar April 4 - General Meeting of the Canadian diabetes Association, North Perth - North Wellington Br., Thursday, 7:30pm, Drayton Reformed Church, 72 Wellington St. S., Drayton (lower level, enter at back of church). Speaker: Dr. David Schieck, formerly of Drayton, Family Physician, Guelph. Topic: Living Successfully with Diabetes. Come and bring a friend. April 8 - Mapleton Historical Society Meeting, 1:30pm at the Goldstone United Church. Everyone is welcome to attend. April 9 - Bethesda Community Cemetery Annual Meeting at the Maryborough Terrace, 11 Caroline St. Moorefield. Tuesday, 7pm. Plot holders and interested persons please attend. April 11 - Drayton Legion Member Meeting, 8pm at the Legion, 15 Elm St. Drayton.
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Area residents return from trip to Nicaragua PALMERSTON â€“ A team of southwestern Ontario residents recently returned from a â€œwork-filledâ€? six-week mission trip to Nicaragua. Palmerston area resident Mark Robinson, a director of Friends of the Orphans Canada (FOTOCAN), has been taking part in similar trips for the past 10 years. â€œWhen our team of 31 arrived in 2003, I looked around and said, â€˜Why are we here? They seem to have all they need.â€™ That was before I knew of NPH and their philosophy,â€? states Robinson in a newsletter to supporters. Fotocan is a registered, nonprofit organization, that supports â€œNuestros PequeĂąos Hermanosâ€? (NPH, Spanish for â€œOur Little Brothers and Sisters) homes for orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children, who live in conditions of extreme poverty, in nine countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Robinson explains the mission of NPH is â€œto provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and education in a Christian family environment based on unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, working and responsibility.â€? While not related by blood ties, every child in the NPH organization is treated as a member of a single fam-
ily. Raised and provided for as such, none of the children are available for adoption. â€œThe result of this active philosophy and mission is to engender in the children raised in the homes a spirit of trust, confidence, and sharing toward others; attitudes which are rare in persons with histories of abuse or being abandoned,â€? Robinson notes. Earlier this year, four teams of volunteers went to Nicaragua. Peter and Joy King of Walkerton and Robinson coordinate the teams. The medical team experienced five successful outreach clinics. This is the second year they have worked with the local health professionals, seeing to the needs of those in the small villages surrounding the NPH Home Another team of volunteers was the student team from Sacred Heart High School. Under the direction of Joy King, they accomplished tasks such as treating, varnishing and installing shelves in each of the 10 storage closets in the school building, planting in the rotundas at the girlsâ€™ casa area, plastering and painting, refinishing and painting the metal and wooden tables in the dining hall, tilling the field and planting beans (by hand), cleaning out the greenhouse and pruning. â€œThere was always a need
for help in the English class - which everyone enjoyed. Private English lessons were given during some of the free time for the children â€Ś they in return, helped some of our team members with their Spanish,â€? notes Robinson. Every year the teams do a short presentation for the young people, much to their delight, and they in turn do something for the mission teams. Both groups, brought together for a short time, relive the memories of the two weeks they spend together and through the language of photography, share laughs, smiles and happy tears. Team members also got to experience some of the country with trips to the Masaya Market, a coffee plantation on the side of Mombacho Volcano, a visit to Granada to take in a mass at the cathedral, a boat trip on Lake Nicaragua, and a tour of the coastal city of San Juan del Sur. Anyone interested in becoming a member of a Nicaragua team in 2014, may contact Robinson at m.v.robinson@ hotmail.com or Peter and Joy King, pbjking0755@hotmail. com For information on teams going to other countries, contact Ruth Blass, at Friends of the Orphans Canada in Woodstock firstname.lastname@example.org. Costs for the trips are $2,500. This breaks down into
Drayton Entertainment celebrated World Theatre Day on March 27 DRAYTON - As far as I can remember, everything I have ever learned, and that has mattered to me, I have learned through storytelling. And I have learned much by being told and telling stories through theatre. Those words were among the sentiments expressed by Canadian messenger Micheline Chevrier on World Theatre Day, 2013, March 27. Chevrier, associate director of Imago, was chosen to deliver the English-language message on behalf of Canada. Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by theatre communities around the globe. The impetus behind World Theatre Day is to honour and further UNESCOâ€™s International Theatre Instituteâ€™s goals to: - celebrate the power of theatre as an indispensable bridgebuilder for mutual international understanding and peace; - promote and protect cultural diversity and identity in communities throughout the world. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited to craft an International Message to mark the global occasion. Drayton Entertainment artistic director Alex Mustakas issued his own World Theatre Day message on March 27. In a press release, Mustakas stated, â€œToday, Drayton Entertainment proudly celebrates World Theatre Day in each of the unique southwestern Ontario communities in which it operates: the original Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton, Huron Country Playhouse and Playhouse II in Grand Bend, Kingâ€™s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs, St. Jacobs Country Playhouse in Waterloo, and the new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, located in the heart of Galt.
â€œAt its core, Drayton Entertainment has always understood that good theatre doesnâ€™t just portray life â€“ it encourages us to participate and experience it at a much deeper level. It encourages us to think, to cry, to laugh, to learn, to form a sense of the purpose of life, to be sympathetic with others â€“ the list goes on and on.â€? â€œTheatre is one of the cornerstones of a healthy, vibrant society. It is a conduit for the convergence of community, commerce, and creativity, building new synergies between the traditional and innovative â€Ś enhancing the lives of all Canadians in the process.â€?
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Local MPP critical of new recycling fee QUEEN’S PARK - Buying tires just got more expensive – much more expensive, a local MPP is pointing out. Starting April 1, increases to the cost of replacing tires for farm equipment, in some cases by more than 2,100 percent, went into place. The province’s newly established “off-the-road” category includes tires for agriculture and construction equipment including tractors and dump trucks. For just the front tire of a combine, the eco fee will jump from $15.62 to $352.80. Perth-Wellington MPP
Randy Pettapiece wonders why Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is also minister of agriculture, didn’t object to the steep hikes in the new Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) fee structure. “Where was she when these new fees were approved?” asked Pettapiece. “Where was she when farmers needed her? If the premier wants to be minister of agriculture, she needs to stop this increase because farmers can’t afford it.” Pettapiece continued, “This looks like just another attack on rural Ontario.” The Ontario Federation of
Agriculture (OFA) has also spoken out against the increase, adding that it was done with no consultation process for farmers or farm groups. Recently the Municipality of North Perth passed a motion against the increases. The Liberal government created Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) in 2009 and gave the organization a monopoly on tire recycling. No one opposes recycling tires, Pettapiece says, but the sudden jump is totally unrealistic. Instead of looking for new revenue “to make up for failed
programs,” he’s calling on the government to re-evaluate the current model of recycling in Ontario. The Ontario PC caucus has advocated holding manufacturers and importers of tires responsible for recycling. They also say they would allow them to find the best way possible to carry out that responsibility. Pettapiece serves as the PC caucus’ deputy agriculture critic. A petition on the issue is available on Pettapiece’s website: www.pettapiece.ca.
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Ray of sunshine A proposed solar farm project in the Town of Minto, recently endorsed by the municipal council there, is part of a hopeful trend for the future. First Ontario Energy and Bondfield Construction are planning to apply under the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) FIT program for approval for a 10-megawatt solar farm on leased property in the Drew area of Minto. The company is also in talks with landowners for property to locate a 15-megawatt facility in the Palmerston area. The combined 25 megawatts of production would be enough to power about 3,000 homes, which is pretty close to the total number of households in Minto. If the projects go ahead, they would take up about 200 acres of Class 4 farmland. The company is also planning projects in a number of neighboring communities and looking at generating around 100 megawatts of power from mid-western Ontario facilities. If such projects proceed across the province, they could be powering rural Ontario, during peak business hours, almost completely by solar energy within a few years. Earlier this week, the provincial government approved a massive 40-megawatt project in the Sarnia area, expected to provide enough power for 10,000 to 15,000 homes on a sunny day. Across North America such projects are gathering steam as improved technology makes them financially viable. Solar farms are a pollution-free means of generating electricity, without the aesthetic, noise and motion issues that plague wind turbine projects. Currently, it takes around 80 acres to house a 10-megawatt facility. Technology is bringing that figure down rapidly enough that First Ontario Energy officials are hoping it can be accomplished on 60 acres by the time the Minto facilities are actually built. Imagine powering whole communities from just a couple of hundred acres of lower-quality farmland. While the power produced will still, for now, be more expensive than that created with the use of fossil fuels or nuclear technology, it won’t be subject to the environmental and health costs associated with those fuel sources. For environmentalists, governments, industry and citizens, this kind of news is quite literally, a ray of sunshine. Patrick Raftis
Watershed heroes Do you know a watershed hero? They are the individuals, families, groups and businesses that put their time, energy and sometimes money into improving the environment in the Grand River watershed. Many do it without recognition, satisfied with the legacy they leave for future generations. The Grand River Conservation Authority wants to acknowledge these citizens and is looking for nominations for its annual Watershed Awards. The GRCA has presented the awards since 1976. There are two categories of awards: - Watershed Awards for outstanding examples of conservation and environmental work; and - Honour Roll Awards for a sustained record of achievement over an extended period of time. Nominations can come from anyone in the watershed. The deadline for nominations is May 31. More information on the program, including short biographies of past winners and a nomination form, can be found in the Watershed Awards section of the GRCA website at www. grandriver.ca. The winners will be honoured at a special event in the fall.
STATEMENT OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - JEPP The Township of Mapleton would like to acknowledge the financial support received from the Government of Canada thru the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP). The funds were used to purchase and install an Emergency Generator at the Alma Community Centre in Alma that will serve as the Evacuee Centre for the north eastern part of the Township in the case of an emergency.
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The Green Legacy continues in 2013. 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 trees (subject to availability). Pre-ordered trees will be available for pick-up on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at the Township of Mapleton Works Building 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 Clues to the history of an older house Some years ago an old house on a quiet street came up for sale. The lot was large and boasted mature trees, both maple and evergreens. Overgrown lilacs and other shrubbery added to the greenery. In fact it was so well treed that one had to look closely to see the house. I was intrigued. The owner, a 96-year-old lady, was ready to move into a smaller home. After several weeks of negotiations I was the owner of this little gem. A title search showed that
I was the ninth owner of this property. Edward Dales, who was my paternal grandmother’s great uncle, obtained the crown deed for 50 acres, part of Lot 1, Concession 10, Peel Township. When Drayton was incorporated in 1875 he had done a survey setting out lots one chain (66 feet) wide, and named the streets, Union, Edward, Spring, High and Queen on his plan. Family history tells of his grand home, built in the 1800s, on High Street. Perhaps this modest little house was his first home. The house, in the Old
Ontario farm house style, had six rooms. There was one small closet upstairs and one of the bedrooms had been had become the bathroom, with dated fixtures. Inside, the walls were covered in that fake wood paneling that was so popular in the 1950s. A small enclosed porch covered the front door and a leaning sunroom was a place to take off your rubber boots at the back entrance. There was no garage or shed on the property. A builder confirmed the house solidly built. It had been built in two phases. The front four rooms, two up, two down,
were originally clad in wooden board and batten. There are round tree trunks adzed flat on one side for level flooring instead of floor joists in this part. The second phase, housing the kitchen and a third bedroom, which dates to about the 1880s, has regular sawn floor joists. At that time, the whole house was clad with the yellow brick made in Drayton at Clark’s brick works. Square cut nails and spool and bobbin electrical wiring helped date the addition and the installation of electrical power.
Some major renovations and an addition were in order. First that paneling covering all the walls and the outdated plumbing had to be removed. What a revelation! There were holes where stove pipes had been put through both walls and floors. Plaster and laths were cracked and loose. Once that was removed we found wide rough-sawn boards on both sides of the wall studs, with the cavity filled with river gravel for insulation. In fact, when removed, it filled a dump truck. When landscaping the lot we found the foundation of a
small barn. There was also evidence of a small chicken coop. William J. Lowry owned the property from 1916 to 1932. A picture, circa 1920, of Lowry’s garden, shows the barn and smaller building, with the bell tower of the United Church in the background. Another interesting find was an old china cup sitting under the old bathtub enclosure. One wonder if the plumber or carpenter had enjoyed a cup of tea then forgot about the cup until the enclosure was finished. submitted by Jean Campbell
Community Christian School planning spring carnival on April 20 at arena DRAYTON - It’s carnival time as Community Christian School will host its 2013 Spring Carnival Bazaar and Auction on April 20 at the PMD Arena. Community Christian School has been holding this event every 18 months for the last 32 years. This year, doors will open at 9:30am and the event will feature many different events throughout the day
and evening. Admission is $2 for adults, which includes one free door prize ticket. To entertain children while shopping, participants can choose from a variety of carnival-style games, including a bounce castle, cotton candy, peddle cart races, bean bag toss and more. Also, a Magic Show with a real clown will be offered at 11am followed by the making of balloon animals
until 1pm. All Lego builders are invited to enter the Lego Car Race for only $2. Cars should be in place by 12pm so the judging can start at 12:30pm and the race at 1pm. The baking table will feature a variety of items, including apple pie, banana bread, Dutch-style raisin bread, cookies, squares, cupcakes, butter tarts and more, which are all
nut-free. To help get ready for spring, carnival-goers can order hanging baskets for garden or patio use. Other items available include children’s pajamas, little quilts and Jenny Roubos’ pottery. The kitchen will be serving muffins and coffee in the morning and a chicken parmesan dinner in the evening. Eat-in or pre-ordered take out options
are available by contacting the school at 519-638-2935. Laurie Frey from Living Books will be selling a variety of children and adult Christian Books, and greeting cards. Tryphena DeBoer, with Pampered Chef, will also be available.
Running though out the day will be a variety of silent auctions and then in the evening the live auction starts at 7pm with auctioneers Doug Gilmore and Jason Heimpel. The option of bidder’s numbers can be Continued on page 6
MPP Pettapiece renews call for turbine moratorium PERTH-WELLINGTON MPP Randy Pettapiece continues to press the government on wind farm development. In a question to energy minister Bob Chiarelli in the Legislature on March 27, Pettapiece asked the government to make good on promises in the throne speech by issuing a moratorium on wind farm development.
“The Liberals’ throne speech talks about suddenly wanting to work with municipalities,” Pettapiece said. “It talks about respecting local decision-making when it comes to energy infrastructure development like wind turbines. It stresses the need to have willing host communities.” Chiarelli promised the government is “working on some
changes” to give municipalities more control over the location of energy projects. Pettapiece remains concerned the government has yet to take any action. “Minister, across Ontario, including Perth–Wellington, there are proposals for industrial wind turbine projects that are strongly opposed by the host local community,” he said.
At a minimum, Pettapiece is asking the government to provide another 90-day review period after Invenergy, the company proposing a wind farm in North Perth, tries to fill in the information gaps identified by the municipality.
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By Rev. Rosemary Godin, Minister, Moorefield-Rothsay United Church
Songs of praise not only heard in church Try as it might, this secular society of ours just can’t get away from good values that are found in any legitimate religion. I can’t turn on the radio or TV without hearing some song that uses spiritual language either overtly or in some way that can easily be construed to be religious. I’m old enough to remember when the Beatles burst onto the scene and even though, at first, they were accused of writing songs about drugs, as time went on, people began to hear religion in their lyrics. The song Let It Be is often
the first one thought of. The lyrics go: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.” The words of the song are dripping with spiritual language! And yet, the truth about the background of the song is that Paul McCartney - whose mom named Mary died when he was a child – was anxious about something one night and had a dream in which his mom came to him telling him to “let it be.” The references to Mother Mary and his hour of darkness
are as religious as they come, yet it wasn’t intended by Paul to be a Christian song. In fact, the Beatles would never have written a Christian song on purpose. Despite all of them having church upbringings, they were youngsters who rebelled against the church as many do. Our society is dripping with religious or spiritual language as a way of expressing our joys, our sorrows and our anxieties. But mostly, in expressing our hope. David Bowie isn’t thought of as a Christian singer, yet he wrote a song called Word On a Wing that goes: “Lord, I kneel and offer you my word on a wing And I’m trying hard to fit among your scheme of things
Baumlisberger’s video took the group from the first step of growing their mushrooms - pasteurizing and sterilizing clean, dry straw - into their growing room, and then to the final picking of the mushrooms. Their mushrooms are hand-picked daily to guarantee freshness. Baumlisberger dispelled the idea that mushrooms grow in the dark - theirs have 14 hours of light. The oyster and shiitake mushrooms also don’t spoil quickly. They can be kept in the fridge for many days. She brought some blue oyster mushrooms to the meeting for members to see and to
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Monday April 29, 2013, 7pm @ Hesselink Jack & Associates 11 Wellington St., Drayton, Ont. Financial Support for Groups & Organizations in Mapleton Township are hereby invited to be submitted by written request.
purchase. After a question period, chair Renske Helmuth thanked Baumlisberger for her presentation of this interesting topic. Lunch was served by Katharine Bourgon and Trudy Stroetinga. During the business meeting members were reminded of the annual Spring District Meeting to be held on April 27 in Fergus. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Clara Bauman before April 20. The Maryborough Society’s annual Plant and Bake Sale will be held on May 11 in downtown Moorefield. The next meeting will be on April 23 at the Optimist Hall in Moorefield at 7:30pm. submitted by Linda Timmerman
ALMA Wellington County 4-H will hold its annual beef barbecue on April 6 at the Alma Community Centre. The event will include a bake sale, live and silent auction, raffle table and meal. Proceeds raised will go into future event planning and club activities. New this year, mem-
FROM PREVIOUS PAGE used again, for the kitchen, games and everything in between, so there is no need to bring a lot of cash. Buyers may pay for items once ready to leave, except for the Living Books table and Pampered Chef items. Live auction packages will include: a weekend at Chesley
FROM PAGE ONE portion of $800,000 to be paid in 2014 utilizing the 2014 gas tax allocation and general levy. “This option funds all projects as proposed in the ini-
tial budget with the exception of the additional accessibility upgrades at the Maryborough Community Centre. Council should engage in further discussions as to the use of this
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bers can sign up for spring clubs - and information on projects offered will be available. 4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running organizations for youth aged 6 to 21. Youth can take part in a variety of projects ranging from photography to chocolate clubs to cattle show-
ing and everything in between. The annual beef barbecue is open to everybody - not just 4-H members. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 8 and free for children under four. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by contacting Barb McAllistor at 519-8242959
Lake motel from May 17 to 20, one week at Adventure Camp for Grades 4-9 age youth at Camp Shalom, and several Blue Jays ticket packages to choose from in July (7 to 12, 14 to 19 and 27) and August (4 to 9, 11 to 16). Everyone is welcome to come “clown around” for the day with friends and family,
bidding on auction items, buying some fresh baking goods and having a bite to eat. School officials point out it takes many volunteers to put on the carnival, plus hundreds of donors and attendees and the school thanks everyone who helps make the community event happen.
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their faces fills my heart even though I have to cover my ears. They say it takes courage for a pop artist to sing a religious song. It seems that only country artists can get away with it well. Think of what Jesus Take the Wheel did for Carrie Underwood! Art, however, is an expression of our hearts. And it seems that our hearts – whether formally religious or not – often turn to expressions of faith in someone or something that offers hope and comfort. Those of us who recognize our natural-born spirituality know exactly where our faith and trust in hope comes from. So write on all you people of song and word! Write from your hearts and let’s hope that the rest of us listen and learn.
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become closer to Christ. The language of our faith is all around us. Irish rock band U2 wrote a whole song about Psalm 40 (aptly named 40); and after a near-fatal car accident, rapper Kanye West wrote a song called Jesus Walks that his handlers worried would never get out into the public because after all – rappers don’t write about Jesus. But it did get out there. I don’t know about you, but these days I can’t hear or understand the words when a young band plays. I have a son who’s in a band and when I watch him on stage, I don’t get the words at all. But what I do enjoy, is watching the crowd bopping up and down in some weird dance reminiscent of my old gym classes at elementary school. The joy I see on
Wellington 4-H plans annual beef barbecue
Horticultural society holds March meeting MOOREFIELD - The Maryborough Horticultural Society welcomed Julie Baumlisberger to its meeting on March 26. Baumlisberger and her husband grow specialty mushrooms on their farm in the Grand Valley area. Their mushrooms are grown for restaurants, sold at a farmer’s market and delivered to a wholesaler as well. Their specialties are blue and brown oyster mushrooms and shiitakes. The oyster mushrooms take three to four weeks to grow while the shiitakes take several months. She noted that shiitakes are “a work of art.”
It’s safer than a strange land But I still care for myself And I don’t stand in my own light Lord, my prayer flies like a word on a wing...” In this case, it appears that Bowie was intentionally writing a prayer-like song to the Lord. The outrageous performer Lady Gaga expressed her knowledge of the Bible when she wrote the song called Judas. In it, she sings how much she is in love with Judas. And yet, rather than being a song that at first appears to revere the man who betrayed Jesus Christ, some feel that this is her way of acknowledging that she, like the rest of us, is a sinner struggling to leave her transgressions behind and
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facility prior to spending additional capital dollars,” the report states. The option also maintains the same level of contributions to reserves and reserve funds as in 2012. Under this scenario, the average single-family dwelling assessed at $290,914 would see an overall increase of $38.29. The proposed 12 per cent levy increase would include an additional $100,000 moved to reserves that could be used for various projects, including dealing with mould and mois-
ture problems at the municipal administration building. While estimates for dealing with the mould issues have not been completed, the report notes, “It would not be unreasonable to expect that costs would be in excess of $200,000. Council could consider increasing the contribution to reserves in anticipation of these repairs.” A public open house on the budget was planned for April 2, with council aiming to approve the budget at its April 9 meeting.
Community safety discussed FROM PAGE ONE ing the educational component? That’s what it’s all about. Have they got people going out and doing these things, or is it all going to be about glossy folders? Whale suggested approach-
ing the topic “from both ends.” He suggested Downey discuss the committee’s proposals with the local farm safety association, while Richardson could discuss them with the Mapleton Safe Communities organization.
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Join us in worshipping God on Sunday, April 7 10:00am: Mr. Jamie Vandenberg, Campus Minister at the University of Guelph, will lead morning worship.
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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The Mapleton & Area Business Profile
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