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MAPLETON – Mayor Neil Driscoll was encouraged by the outcome of a meeting between township officials and provincial infrastructure minister Bob Chiarelli on April 6. The focus of the meeting, held at Chiarelli’s Queen’s Park office, was Mapleton’s struggles to afford an upgrade of wastewater treatment facilities that would allow a long-standing development freeze to be lifted. The mayor, along with township CAO Brad McRoberts attended. “I think the meeting went very well,â€? Driscoll told council on April 11. “We had sent our request to them ahead of time; they had done some research on our municipality, as far as our lending abilities. He made some good suggestions. I think we made some good inroads ‌ and the minister

of infrastructure is aware of our situation and he committed to getting back to us within a month or two with some more information. It was a very good meeting and I look forward to the next one.� In an email response to questions from the Community News, McRoberts explained the meeting consisted of the minister asking questions about Mapleton “and about the magnitude of the development outlined in our letter.� The CAO said the township provided “conservative estimates of the significant economic stimulus� that would result from current approved and planned development. “We highlighted that conservatively there would be an economic stimulus of over $120 million as a result of this development over the next 15 years in materials and labour from the construction

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Helping hands - Adam Deen guided his daughter Carly around the maze of Easter eggs waiting to be gathered in the 0 to 3-year-old group at the Mapleton Preschool Community Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 at Kinsmen Park in Drayton. Despite the rainy conditions over 100 children from the community filled baskets with Easter goodies during the hunt. Donations collected at the event will be used for Preschool operations. More photos on pages 5 & 8. Photo by Caroline Sealey


MAPLETON – Discussion of matters pertaining to the township’s understaffed finance department were among numerous topics covered during an in-camera session at the conclusion of the April 11 council meeting. Mapleton has been without a permanent deputy treasurer since former deputy-treasurer Theresa Armstrong resigned on Oct. 28. On Feb. 6 the township appointed John Cummings as deputy treasurer on an interim basis. At a township budget open house on Feb. 15, Mayor Neil Driscoll explained a job offer had been made but the applicant “backed out� and the township was re-interviewing for the position. At the same meeting, Driscoll told the Community News the director of finance Yufang Du was “off sick.� The agenda for the April 11

in-camera session lists seven reasons for going in camera, including three under the heading of “Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.â€? One of the personal matters listed was “deputy treasurer job description reviewâ€? and another was “director of finance.â€? The third reason was not specifically identified. In an April 14 email response to a request for an update on the finance department staffing situation, Mapleton CAO Brad McRoberts stated there was “nothing to report outâ€? from the closed session. “With respect to the discussions regarding the finance department, the township has no comment at this time,â€? McRoberts stated. Three property-related matters were also dealt with in-camera at the meeting: - sale of, disposition of, SEE STAFFING Âť 3

Councillor wants to revisit decision to pay for future tile repair By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council here will revisit a decision to pay for potential future repairs to a private drain crossing a township road. On March 28 Mapleton council agreed to rectify any future damage to a tile drain crossing Sideroad 17 until 2032 after being presented with documents supporting

a resident’s contention the road was used to transport turbine components during construction of the Conestogo Wind Energy Centre (CWEC) in 2012. At the April 11 meeting, councillor Michael Martin provided notice of his intention to introduce a motion to reconsider the decision. Resident Dunc Lamond initially came to council

about the issue on March 8, 2016, asking who is responsible for future repairs to a tile drain that crosses Sideroad 17 near his farm. He told council the transportation route outlined in the agreement between the township and NextEra Energy Canada indicates trucks would use a series of back roads off Highway 6. Yet he said he and other

area residents saw blades and turbine components transported straight to the site along Sideroad 17 from Wellington Road 109. He said he believes the heavy loads caused the road to settle and disrupted the tile outlet. The township invesconLamond’s tigated cerns, including contacting NextEra officials, who stat-

ed the company never used Sideroad 17, and declined to take further action. On March 28 Lamond presented council with a copy of a Transportation Management Plan for the CWEC project that he received from a NextEra official on March 2. The plan shows Sideroad 17 as delivery route for turbine components and a NextEra official also men-

tioned the road as part of the delivery route in a telephone conversation with Lamond. Although CAO Brad McRoberts noted a drain crossing a township road would not be allowed under current policies without a legal agreement, council approved a resolution agreeing to pay for any repairs to the drain until 2032, the estimated life of the tile.

Extension of Moorefield streetscape lighting approved subject to input from meeting By Patrick Raftis MO O RE FIE LD – Township council has approved an extension of the lighting portion of the streetscape design for the McGivern Street reconstruction project slated for the village this summer, at an estimated additional cost of $235,475. However, approval for the extension was made subject to input from a public meeting set for April 19. Wellington County is preparing to reconstruct the downtown portion of McGivern Street (Wellington Road 10) in the village of

Moorefield. The reconstruction is being planned between Hilwood Drive and Booth Street. The work will consist of road and storm sewer reconstruction as well as revitalization of the streetscape between Moore Street and Parkview Drive. The engineer’s estimate for the entire project is $3.3 million. The streetscape work, funded by the township, consists of various sidewalk repairs, impressed coloured concrete boulevards and retaining wall, street trees, decorative poles and pedestrian light fixtures, to be constructed between the limits of


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Moore Street and Parkview Drive, is currently estimated at $230,000. A staff report presented to Mapleton council on March 11 states, “This reconstruction project presents an opportunity to extend the proposed streetscape improvements to the area bound by Booth Street and Ball Street,� in accordance with goals outlined in the municipality’s 2013 strategic plan. The original plan calls for 16 decorative pedestrian light poles and fixtures at $88,000, plus associated trenching, ducts, wires and power supply for $54,475. The proposed extension


would see an additional 19 decorative poles added for $104,500 and additional trenching, ducts, wires and power supply costing $130,975. The staff report, prepared by manager of assets and infrastructure Paul Hinsperger and public works director Sam Mattina, states the lighting extension would: - enhance the streetscape appeal; - provide greater visual impact and awareness of the presence of the community; - provide greater opportunity for outdoor presence and activity by the community; and


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- provide opportunity for future development and investment. Councillor Lori Woodham asked if the project would include the boulevard between the sidewalk and the roadway in the area of Maryborough Public School. CAO Brad McRoberts said the drawings indicated a boulevard area. “I believe there will be sidewalk along the majority of the project when all is said and done,� added Mattina. Mayor Neil Driscoll said he struggles with “spending more dollars� on the lighting extension given the results of a similar recent project in

downtown Drayton. “Honestly, when Drayton was done I don’t think fifty per cent of people were happy with what was done there,� he stated. Woodham said she would be willing to support a resolution to approve the extension plan, subject to public comments and input on the design at the April 19 public meeting, “provided it’s presented as an option. “I personally don’t feel comfortable saying ‘this is what I want,’� she added. Council accepted the plan, including the extension, subject to input from the public meeting.

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Speaker delivers message of hope with humour at Lenten Tea By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - A passion for reading, studying and listening to others share their faith was evident in the message delivered by cancer survivor Peg Bauman, guest speaker at the annual Lenten Tea hosted by the Drayton Reformed Church on April 12. “Let’s become the women that God has planned for us to be. He has given us a lifetime assignment,” said Bauman, of the Elora area. From a young age, Bauman, the youngest of 11 children, was never told her family was poor or that they couldn’t afford anything. Her parents always said they didn’t need it. At the age of four, Bauman was diagnosed with polio and taken from her old-order Mennonite family to a hospital in Hamilton. “At that time, doctors were not sure if polio was contagious so I was quarantined. So was the family

PEG BAUMAN farm. We could not sell cream or eggs. The hospital experience for me was so different from what I was used to,” Bauman said. Paralysis and being thrown into another world changed Bauman’s life. Although her family life was church-centred, she didn’t fit into the proverbial box. “I was paralyzed so I lowered my standards to accommodate the paralysis and I’m

just fine now,” Bauman said. Bauman’s hospital experience lead her to be more aggressive than her eight brothers and two sisters. Raised in the country, she was determined that she was going to live in Toronto. The desire faded and was replaced with trips to the city. After 38 years of marriage to her husband Rick, she proclaimed from the front porch of their farmhouse that when he got old and lost his mind, she was going to get an apartment on Front Street in Toronto. His response was the he would paint the silo to look like the CN Tower, making the move unnecessary. “I always said I would never marry a farmer. I was the only one of my siblings that did. The romantic notion of hand in hand we will conquer the land didn’t last long. I hated chores and the side effects from polio limited me,” Bauman said. She encouraged women to share the qualities of integri-

ty, truth, kindness, goodness and to be non-judgmental. Communicate with others, rejoice in everyone’s successes and adapt to where you are at, she said. “Each one of us has a special purpose to be a true you. God needs all of us; the inadequate, educated, organized, always on time-everyone else should be people,“ Bauman said. In 2005, Bauman was tested for a persistent rash. After insisting that a biopsy be undertaken, tests proved positive for a rare form of cancer, Paget’s disease, in the wall of her chest. “My granddaughter asked if I was only going to have one boob forever. I assured her that I was going to buy another one. The $500 that I spent on a replacement doesn’t even measure up to

the real thing,” Bauman said. “God is good, He loves you, trust Him. One minute before the fateful call from the doctor and one minute after the call, I had the same faith. My faith didn’t change.” Twelve years later, Bauman is cancer free. She encourages the importance of taking charge of how one reacts to situations. “Life is not about how successfully you execute plan A. It’s about how you smoothly slide into plan B and C,” Bauman said. Bauman wanted a mural on the wall of her old farmhouse. By closing off a door, a mural could be added. As she was not able to climb ladders, Bauman’s husband, Rick, and his mother decided to tackle the project. The pair wanted everything to be per-

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designated as Mapleton’s “Canada Day Champion,” said sponsorships will help with the goal of having “activities for the whole family,” while collecting only voluntary donations at the event. Woodham said a parade is scheduled to start of 4pm and will travel through downtown Drayton to the fairgrounds at 49 Elm Street, where activities will take place. Organizers are seeking the township’s “most senior prom king and queen” to be marshals and children are encouraged to decorate bicy-

Whittaker and Kerr record high euchre score PALMERSTON Palmerston Legion Ladies Auxiliary held a Challenge Euchre on April 3. Joyce Whittaker and Lois Kerr recorded the high score, while Dorelene and Doug Anderson placed second and Liz Nickel and Eliza Tremblett placed third.

Hidden number winners were Jim and Marion Walker. Lone hand winners were Bonnie Marquardt and Laverne Stinson. The next Challenge Euchre is set for May 1 at 7:30pm at the Palmerston Legion. All are welcome.

Staffing issues discussed in-camera » FROM PAGE 1

township property - transfer of lands to County of Wellington; - sale of, disposition of, township property - request to purchase township lands;

and - enforcement of easement rights – Bedell Drive. Council also dealt with minutes from a Feb. 21 closed session of council during the April 11 session.

Officials encouraged by meeting » FROM PAGE 1

of residential homes alone,” McRoberts states. The CAO added “there was some clarifications regarding our current debt capacity” and the township will follow up with the ministry to get further details. McRoberts said the minister indicated that although he could make no commitments, he would keep Mapleton in mind if there were any infrastructure funds available in the near future. “In this regard he indicated that he would get back

to us in the next few months,” McRoberts explained. While there was also brief discussion regarding upcoming federal infrastructure funding and potential opportunities through those programs, the province was unaware of the details or criteria of those funding programs at this point, McRoberts explained. “Overall, both the mayor and I felt that the meeting was both positive and encouraging, although no commitments were made,” the CAO stated.

cles for the parade or walk in the parade with their pets. Euchre and other card games and a photo booth will be part of the fun. A community photo is planned so attendees are being encouraged to wear red and white to the Canada Day festivities. The event will culminate with fireworks at dusk. “It definitely should be a fun day,” said Woodham. Updates on Mapleton’s Canada 150 event will be posted on the township’s website and social media outlets.

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fiction It seems these days that news stories in the global community appear and evolve, though seldom resolve, at a breakneck pace. As a columnist, one sometimes finds an issue that appears in dire need of in-depth analysis as deadline approaches seems barely of consequence by the time the paper hits the street, as other issues rise in prominence (i.e. begin trending on Twitter) before the ink can dry on the page. “U.S. president’s campaign team members accused of colluding with Russians” - sorry, yesterday’s news. So this week, we thought we’d try a more scattershot approach: a quick comment on a wide range of issues and see which ones stick. The first thing that slapped us in the face Tuesday morning (by which time this epistle is due) is that British Prime Minister Theresa May had decided to call a snap election, three years early, in an effort to ensure a strong mandate for her party during upcoming Brexit negotiations with the European Union. May seems confident Britons will obediently line up at the polls to provide her Conservatives with the mandate she seeks. It seems she’s not much of a student of recent history. She might want to check with her predecessor David Cameron, who confidently sent his country to the polls last fall to put an end to this silly separation talk once and for all. Did she not just spend some time in the United States where she could see for herself that reports of Donald Trump becoming president were not, as it turns out, “fake news”? Older Ontarians might also suggest May trying Googling “Peterson, David” as part of her research efforts. Then we have North Korea, where the aforementioned Trump has engaged the only world leader perhaps more, as the British might put it, barmy than he is, in a game of thermonuclear chicken. This is especially unfortunate given the only thing Trump has done to positive effect on his poll numbers since taking office is drop bombs. It’s horrifying to think the nuclear genie might finally be unleashed over what a former reality star with a tenuous grasp on reality perceives as a ratings battle. Why was it again that people didn’t like Hillary? Oh yeah, she was careless about where she stored her emails ... the horror. Speaking of reality television personalities, we may get one of our own to show us the way here in Canada if Conservative party members stay on the trajectory indicated by many polls and elect Kevin O’Leary of Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank fame as their leader. If you thought you were tired of Stephen Harper, wait until you’re hearing the “cold, hard truth” every time the Tories need to justify their latest foray into the world of dog whistle politics. Of course, they could also select Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong, but he’s disadvantaged by his status as a member of a visible minority group: the small cadre of sane, reasonable politicians advancing sound, important ideas. And as if further proof were needed the natural order of things has been upset beyond comprehension, as of this writing, the Toronto Maple Leafs are not only engaged in a playoff series, but leading two games to one over the President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals. What is this world coming to?

Easter celebration - The Drayton United Church choir presented the Easter Cantata Hope in the Shadows by Joel Raney and Lloyd Larson at Drayton United Church on April 13. The cantata recalled Christ’s journey to the cross by examining the shadows of betrayal, injustice and agony through song. Photo by Caroline Sealey

GRCA offers tips to improve survival odds for new trees planted during Canada 150th CAMBRIDGE The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is offering tips to give the trees planted this spring the best chance of survival, so that they are tall and strong in 50 years when Canada celebrates its 200th anniversary. Every year the landowners of the Grand River watershed collectively plant tens of thousands of trees. These trees help to restore the natural environment by protecting water quality in streams and rivers, providing wildlife corridors and purifying the air we breathe. Unpredictable weather patterns mean it is even more important to keep planting trees. A number of crucial steps before and after planting will improve survival. Right tree, right place Factors such as soil texture, drainage and surrounding vegetation determine which tree species will thrive or die. Fine clay soils can hold trees like white cedar

and Norway spruce. On the other hand, loose sandy soils are well suited to white pine and sugar maple. Silver maple and tamarack like wet sites, while larch and red oak will thrive in drier locations. Road salt can contaminate the soil, but trees such as white spruce, larch and poplar have a higher tolerance for salt and these species are best for roadsides. Site preparation Preparing the land before planting will provide the best growth conditions for your trees. Clear areas of brush and invasive plants, such as European buckthorn. On larger sites, this can be done with a brush saw or a tractor and rotary mower to remove obstacles and provide growing space. Installing plastic mulch before tree planting is a great way to reduce weed competition and hold moisture in the soil. If planting into bare soil, seeding a cover crop of Dutch white clover is a great way to prevent exces-

sive weed growth. For the first years, control vegetation around the trees to make sure they have room to grow. This will give the trees the best chance of survival. Get trees into the soil quickly The roots of bare-root stock (without soil around the roots) will dry out very fast when exposed to sun and wind and need to be planted very quickly. Keep these trees in their planting bag until they are directly planted into the ground. Potted trees can be kept in a shaded area and watered until they are planted. Mulch madness Mulching is one of the best ways to keep your trees growing well. Organic matter applied to the base of the tree acts as a blanket to hold moisture, protect against extreme soil temperatures and reduce grass competition. Make sure to place mulch in a donut shape around the tree, so that

absolutely no mulch is touching the base of the tree. This can cause decay of vital rootcollar tissue. A two to four inch layer of mulch at an inch or two away from the trunk is enough. Water, water, water For the first few years of growth, a tree expends a lot of energy trying to establish roots in the soil. Watering can be very important during this time if rainfall is sparse. Water the tree right after planting and weekly during hot, dry weather. But be careful not to over water, because soggy soil inhibits the tree roots from accessing oxygen. There are many circumstances when watering is difficult due to distance from a water source or the number of trees planted. Get help — here’s how Landowners within the Grand River watershed who have at least two hectares (five acres) are eligible for help from the GRCA. This SEE GRCA » 5

Scholarships offered by conservation foundation » FROM PAGE 2

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or second year of engineering at Conestoga College. The value of the 2017 scholarship is $4,000. The submission deadline is May 31 at 4:30pm.

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Allan Holmes Scholarship Created in memory of Allan Holmes, a community leader in conservation and the GRCA’s Chief Administrative Officer from 1991 to 2000. The scholarship is for a student enrolled in a graduate-level program focused on applied research in the field of resource management. Applicants must be registered at a Grand River watershed-based university. The value of the 2017 scholarship is $2,000. The deadline is May 15 at 4:30pm. McEwen Clean Water Prize The McEwen Clean Water Prize was created in 2010 by Murray McEwen, a philanthropist and active community member. Applicants must be

enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate program, or a graduate student in any year with a strong interest in the protection, development and restoration of clean water resources. The applicant must be registered at a watershedbased university or college: University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College or Nipissing University in Brantford. The value of the 2017 Prize is $3,000. The deadline for submission is May 31 at 4:30pm. More information and applications are available at or call the foundation in Cambridge at 1-866-900-4722 or 519-621-2763 ext. 2372.


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Egg hunt in Drayton - The Mapleton Preschool Community Easter Egg Hunt was held on April 15 at Kinsmen Park in Drayton. Despite the rainy conditions over 100 children from the community brought their own Easter baskets and filled them with goodies. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Township awards street sweeping contract By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – The township looks set to save some money on street sweeping for the next two summers. Council awarded the job of sweeping urban streets to Guelph Power Sweeping at its quoted price per hour of $87, for 2017 and again for 2018. The contract estimate is based on approximately 150

working hours. In previous years the township has delivered this service in conjunction with the County of Wellington, by utilizing their contracted resource. “During the 2017 budget process it was recommended by council, that Mapleton procure its own contractor to perform this work for 2017 and 2018,” states a staff report

to council on April 11. The request for proposals process, which closed on March 14, resulted in three submissions, with the highest at $115 per hour. Councillor Marlene Ottens noted 300 hours were allocated for street sweeping last year and asked how the same job would get done “in half the amount of time.” “We’ve done some analy-

sis of the procedures done in the past,” said public works director Sam Mattina. “In addition to efficiencies we’ve implemented, we’ve set up localized dump sites so they don’t have to travel back to dump sites.” Mattina explained township staff will pick up material from the dump sites so the contractor can “concentrate on sweeping.”

Firm hired to redesign Mapleton website By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council has chosen a firm to redesign the municipality’s website. At the April 11 meeting, council authorized staff to retain the services of eSolutions for municipal website

re-design and implementation, up to a cost of $29,800. The company was one of nine firms submitting proposals for the redesign project and scored the highest on a six-part evaluation system. “The proposed fee is in line with the expected fee

for a project of this size and is within the approved budget for the project,” noted a report from economic development coordinator Martin Bohl. He said eSolutions has “strong experience in content management” and “a strong team with technical

and project management skills.” The re-design includes website’s the updating appearance and improving functionality for use with digital devices, customer service and resident engagement.

GRCA offers tips to improve tree survival » FROM PAGE 4

may include a visit by a forestry specialist, developing a planting plan, planting services and grants to offset the cost of the trees. Check online at www. or contact a forestry specialist at 519-621-2763 or for more information. Spring tree orders closed on March 1, but site visits are offered on an ongoing basis, so call anytime. Annual GRCA tree sale May 12 The Grand River Conservation Authority’s annual tree sale takes place at the forestry barn at the GRCA head office, 400 Clyde Road, in Cambridge on May 12 from 8am to noon. Trees available include small bare-root seedlings, two or three foot potted trees and five to seven foot saplings of many species. In addition to trees, the sale includes native wildflower seed mixes and wildflower plugs. Cancelled orders, trees not picked up and nursery overruns are part of this sale. The sale is first come,


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BIRDS Spring migration

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tomb. To people who aren’t Christian, and to a few Christians as well, the idea that Jesus’ very dead body was in some way brought back to life, is not only untenable, but unbelievable, preposterous and not worthy of serious consideration in our enlightened scientific world. Many people wonder how in the world normally intelligent and sane people might actually believe such obviously pre-modern mythology. I have to admit that in my younger years, I also did not think a resurrection from the dead was possible or believable. I tried to define Christian faith in a way that the resurrection was not necessary. My beliefs had been won over by the “enlightenment” worldview of everything that happens in this world is scientifically observable and explainable, and that miracles and resur-

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rections are not real. Then I heard a very rational and liberal thinking United Church chaplain talk about the numerous miracles he had observed in his many years of hospital ministry. He admitted that these miraculous healings made no sense and were rationally unexplainable, but were real and verifiable nonetheless. A couple of years later, I attended a cancer-care workshop at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and listened to the stories of a number of people with terminal cancer. These people were supposed to have been long dead but were unexplainably very much alive, either because of miraculous healing or cancer that had miraculously stopped growing. Over the years I have realized more and more that the enlightenment/scientific worldview is wonderful yet also quite limited. By no means is everything in this world scientifically observable and explainable. Moreover, the scientific perspective goes beyond what it can legitimately say and in fact makes a “faith” statement when it declares that miracles/resurrections are not possible. If I assume miracles are not possible, then

even if a miracle were to actually happen right in front of me, I wouldn’t be able to “observe” it because it can’t be there. (This is not unlike some of us Christians who begin with the assumption that evolution could not have happened, then try to logically prove that the evidence shows that evolution did not happen.) To assume, as many people do that, the resurrection of Jesus simply could not and therefore did not happen, is not logical. It is an unprovable assertion and hence a statement of faith, rather than reason. Many folks, who nevertheless, hold to this position, go on to suggest all kinds of ways in which the resurrection stories in the Bible are less than credible and probably are fabricated accounts by early followers of Jesus. A couple of years ago, I came across the writings of N.T. (Tom) Wright, a very rational and literate New Testament scholar and Church of England Bishop. In his writing and speaking ( watch?v=KnkNKIJ_dnw), he goes to great lengths to logically scrutinize all the available evidence for and against the resurrection in scripture

upon millions of people have believed and staked their lives on the life-changing truth of the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. Legions of believers were martyred for not renouncing their faith. This belief literally changed the course of world history. It has been one of the most powerful ideas in all of human history that surely deserves more than trite dismissal. The heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus was the incarnation, the very embodied presence of God among human beings. His life – teachings, healings, miracles, preaching, and embracing of outcast people – were all a confrontation and driving away of the powers of evil at work in the world. In the end, the powers of evil won the fight, when they caused Jesus to be executed on the cross. BUT, God raised Jesus from the dead, thereby reversing that victory and vindicating who Jesus was and what he stood for. Hence, salvation for humankind lies in finding in the risen Lord Jesus Christ, freedom from the power of sin and evil, as well as power for living as God’s people in this world.

and history. Bishop Wright heartily agrees that the resurrection of Jesus MUST be subjected to vigorous intellectual scrutiny, BUT, so should the claims that the resurrection could not have happened. Honest investigation of the story needs to be open to wherever the evidence leads. After completing a meticulously, careful study of the data, Bishop Wright makes a strong case for the resurrection of Jesus being the most rational explanation of the biblical and historical evidence. The most logical way to understand what happened on Easter morning is that a miracle took place with the very dead body of Jesus being brought back to life. For far too long, many Christians have quit believing in the resurrection of Jesus. Others have been cowed into silence about their belief. Non-Christians have been discouraged from considering the Christian faith because of the supposedly “scientific” proof that such thinking is silly and preposterous. Bishop Wright has calmly but powerfully called out the shallow thinking and false rationality of this critique. For 2,000 years, millions

Agricultural construction continues to drive local building numbers By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Local building activity continued strong through the first quarter of 2017. On April 11 chief building official Patty Wright reported to council that there were 32 building permits issued in March for construction valued at $5,559,500, generating permit fees of $48,885 for the month. Those numbers are

up substantially from March 2016, when 25 permits were issued for construction valued at $2,788,662, generating fees of $16,375. Year to date, the building department has issued 62 permits for construction worth about $9.3 million, compared to 59 permits for construction valued at just under $5.8 million in 2016. So far in 2017, the township has collected $88,880 in permit

fees, compared to $45,730 to the same point in 2016. Agricultural construction continues to drive the numbers, with 17 permits issued in March for agricultural buildings worth about $3.8 million. Year to date, permits have been issued for about $$6.8 million worth of agricultural construction. Permits were issued for three single family dwell-

ings worth about $961,000 in March, bringing the yearto-date total to four permits for construction valued at $1,361,000. “We’ve had a pretty good March,” said chief building official Patty Wright. Wright also noted the March building activity numbers “well exceed the fiveyear average,” while year-todate numbers are also above average for that period.

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GUELPH-ERAMOSA The Grand River Conservation Authority will launch Canada 150 celebrations on April 22, Earth Day, at the Guelph Rotary Forest with the planting of a maple grove that will be shaped like a maple leaf and will be visible from the sky. This is the 10th anniversary of the Guelph Rotary Forest planting event at Guelph Lake Park, a joint venture with the Guelph Rotary Club and other partners. About 4,000 trees will be planted that day, including the maple grove that will be part of a 40-hectare forest. This event takes place 9am to 2pm and features many

family activities, such as live music, a birds of prey demonstration and a visit from the BIObus (a mobile research unit from the University of Guelph). Park at nearby Lakeside Church on Conservation Road, where a free shuttle will take visitors to the planting site, or hop on a shuttle bus from downtown Guelph. Shovels will be provided, although visitors are welcome to bring pint-sized ones for the kids. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, including gloves and footwear suitable for digging. Visitros can hop on a shuttle bus from downtown Guelph or park at

nearby Lakeside Church on Conservation Road, where a free shuttle will take them to the planting site. An event poster on the Guelph Rotary website provides more information. The Guelph Rotary Forest has been planted entirely by the community. The Canada 150 maple grove is in the shape of a giant sugar maple leaf of the same species that is on the Canadian flag. As it grows, it will be visible from the air and on satellite images. The maple leaf will stretch 60 metres across at the widest and 50 metres from base to tip. It will be made up of 50 per cent sugar maple (Acer saccharum), 25 per cent red

maple (Acer rubrum), 15 per cent silver maple (Acer saccharinum) and 10 per cent black maple (Acer nigrum). The outline of the maple leaf will be formed by 600 white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) seedlings which, as evergreens, will highlight the shape throughout the seasons. The interior of the maple leaf will be formed by 150 native maple saplings including one large ceremonial maple at the centre. The sugar maple is Canada’s symbol and peoples’ connection to this land. The grove will be part of a future trail system that the community will be able to enjoy for the next 150 years.

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New comedy - Norm Foster, left, plays Jonas and David Nairn plays Barry in Jonas & Barry in the Home, on stage at St. Jacob’s Country Play House from May 3 to 20. Photo by Sharyn Ayliffe

Playwright Norm Foster stars in his new comedy at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse WATERLOO REGION – You’re only as old as you feel, right? One of Canada’s favourite playwrights is back with a fun new comedy filled with big laughs and an even bigger heart, officials say. Norm Foster himself stars in Jonas & Barry in the Home on stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from May 3 to May 20. Jonas Ainsworth and Barry Butterfield are as different as night and day. When the two men both move into Gateway Gardens assisted living home, they unwittingly become fast friends and look for ways to liven up the joint, while teaching each other some important life lessons along the way. “Jonas & Barry in the Home is a comedy about living life to the fullest at any age,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “Audiences are bound to laugh as these two feisty old men look for love and

laughter in all the right (and wrong) places. This is Norm Foster at his best – funny, touching and very relatable.” Foster is cast as Jonas, a former professional actor, who is jovial, charismatic and intent in wooing the ladies – “you’d almost think the role was written for him,” officials state. Appearances can be deceiving though, as Jonas has a few secrets up his sleeve. “David Nairn is the perfect foil for Foster as Barry, a reserved and anxious retired dentist,” officials say. Unsure how to fill his newfound free time, Barry is living at Gateway Gardens to reconnect with his adult daughter Rosie, who works there. Jonas’ infectious enthusiasm has a profound effect on Barry and it sparks major change for the seemingly jaded curmudgeon. Foster and Nairn captivated audiences with SEE NEW COMEDY » 8



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Guild set to stage comedy about late-blooming romance HARRISTON - When a pair of widowed senior citizens decide they want to take their relationship to the next level, their family gets the wrong idea and the couple discovers romance can be complicated the second time around. That’s the premise of playwright Henry Denker’s comedy The Second Time Around, set for a six-night run at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre between April 28 and May 6. The Grey Wellington Theatre Guild’s (GWTG) spring 2017 offering is a flat out comedy that director John Hogg says capitalizes on its late ‘70s period setting. “It is a funny play,” said Hogg. “It’s good for a night of laughter and reflection, just an all-around good play. “The costumes will obviously bring a smile to a lot of faces, and some ‘yechs’ to others,” Hogg adds. The veteran director notes interest in the guild has been strong of late and, with more than 20 hopefuls attending auditions for this production, he was able to assemble a cast of both GWTG stalwarts and stage newcomers. Fergus resident Mark Holloran, in his first-ever stage role, plays the romantically-inclined senior, Sam. Monica O’Hagan plays his intended, Laura. O’Hagan is appearing for the first time with the GWTG, after performing in productions in her hometown of Walkerton. Nicholas Hennig of

Music magic - Based on what many call the greatest jam session in recording history, Million Dollar Quartet is inspired by the legendary 1956 recording session that brought together then-rising star Johnny Cash, unknown Jerry Lee Lewis, veteran musician Carl Perkins and chart-topper Elvis Presley at Sun Records for the first – and only – time. The musical is on stage at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge until May 7. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the box office, or by calling 519-621-8000 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866). Photo by John Watson

Fashion flashback - The cast of the Grey Wellington Theatre Guild’s ‘70s period comedy, The Second Time Around includes, from left: front, Maija McCahery, Mark Holloran, Monica O’Hagan and Erin Raftis; back, Dan Bieman, Jessica Reinhart, Nicholas Hennig and Jacob Bieman. Submitted photo Durham, who plays Laura’s son Mike, has previously been on stage with the guild in The Wizard of Oz. Minto resident Jessica Reinhart, as Mike’s wife Eleanor, is appearing for the first time with the guild, although she had previous stage experience at Sacred Heart Secondary School, where she appeared in The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof. Maija McCahrey of Mount Forest plays Sam’s neurotic daughter Cynthia. McCahrey’s previous work with the guild includes roles in Artifice and The Wizard


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Alison Moran is working as assistant director for the production, which is being co-produced by Joan Hogg and Roslyn Fortier. Michele Matheson is stage manager and Patricia Von Westerholt is assistant stage manager. The Second Time Around runs April 28 and 29 and May 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30pm, with a matinee scheduled for April 30 at 2pm at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre, 68 Elora Street in Harriston. Tickets are available at Harriston Home Hardware, Walsh’s IDA Pharmacy in Mount Forest or call 519-3382778.


their impeccable comedic timing and heartfelt portrayals during the production’s world premiere in 2015, officials say. Erin MacKinnon joins the two veteran actors as Barry’s concerned daughter, Rosie, who guides social activities at Gateway Gardens. MacKinnon has appeared in numerous productions across Canada, including Steel Magnolias and Hotbed Hotel at Upper Canada Playhouse and in various film and television projects. Jonas & Barry in the Home is directed by Derek Ritschel. In addition to his acting career on stage and in film and television, Ritschel has

served as the artistic director at the Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover since 2011. He is joined by set designer Beckie Morris and lighting designer Jeff JohnstonCollins. Regular performance tickets are $46 for adults, $27 for youth under 20 years of age and $36 for groups of 20 or more. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Jonas & Barry in the Home runs at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from May 3 to 20. Tickets can be purchased in person at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, online at www.draytonentertainment. com or by calling the Box Office at 519-747-7788 or toll free at 1-855-372-9866.

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of Oz. Dan Bieman, of Harriston, who has appeared in numerous GWTG productions, including Annie and The Foursome, plays her psychologist husband, Arthur. Jacob Bieman of Harriston plays Sam’s grandson, Bruce, whose regular visits complicate life for the senior lovebirds, while Erin Raftis of Harriston plays his girlfriend Angela. Both are veteran GWTG performers. Bieman’s credits include The Wizard of Oz and Ebenezer, while Raftis has appeared in The Wizard of Oz, Annie and Oliver! Behind the scenes,

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Drayton Community News April 21, 2017  

Drayton newspaper, Mapleton Township, Community News, Sister publication of the Wellington Advertiser.

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