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Special meeting set to discuss splash pad servicing funding By Patrick Raftis

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MAPLETON – Township council wants more information before deciding on a request to help fund the cost of installing water and electrical services to a new splash pad planned for construction in ABC park this spring. Splash pad committee members Erica Klaassen and Lorrie Spaling asked council to assist with the costs of running water and electrical services from the road to the splash pad during a project update at the March 27 meeting. At the time, public works director Sam Mattina said the committee and township staff were getting prices for the work, which Mattina estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000. Council directed staff to investigate the cost of the work and report back. In a report to council, committee members noted they

had raised $90,000 toward the project, with more fundraising yet to come. In April, the committee announced the Drayton Kinette and Rotary Clubs were successful in securing $150,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in order to purchase and install splash pad equipment. At the May 8 meeting, Mattina reported that two quotations for the project had been received, with the lowest coming in at $31,060 and the higher quote at $36,255, both excluding HST. A recommendation to accept the lower quote was deferred at the suggestion of councillor Michael Martin. “I’d love to have further consultation with the committee to see where they’re at with their financials,” said Martin. “It’s a fairly significant chunk that we haven’t budgeted.” Marlene Councillor

Ottens expressed concern a delay could impact the project completion date. “I’d like to see it happen this summer,” she stated. Mattina pointed out the end of May is the target to begin construction on the project, with a goal of completion in early July. “So councillor Ottens is correct. Time is of the essence,” said Mattina, who pointed out there is money in a parks reserve fund that could be directed to the project. At Mayor Neil Driscoll’s suggestion council agreed they could set a special meeting to deal with the issue in a timely fashion. Council deferred the recommendation to accept the quotation and set a special meeting for May 15 at 7pm to meet with the committee. Discussion and direction on the township’s water tower project will also be on the special meeting agenda.

County looking at child care spaces in Mapleton schools “One of major changes that’s happened in child care is there has been a lot of funding that has come to child care and that’s always welcomed and very much needed,” said Artuso. She explained the province has replaced its Ontario Early Years Centre programs with EarlyON family and child centres. The new centres also replace the Better Beginning Better Futures program, Child Care and Resource Centres and Parenting and Family Literacy Centres.

By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – This municipality is among the top priorities in a push by Wellington County’s Children’s Early Years Division to expand the number of licensed child care spaces and support services for families and children in local municipalities. On May 10, Children’s Early Year’s Division director Luisa Artuso updated Mapleton council on recent developments in family support structures.

“The ministry of education thought early years sectors would be closely aligned together because we have to follow the same sort of philosophy in teaching of young children,” Artuso explained. “Rather than independently contracting out to various agencies to provide those family support programs, they gave them over to the municipalities to sort out and plan for … that is why they changed name to Early Years divisions, because we do family support programs as well as manage the child

care centres.” The division, said Artuso, has a very broad mandate. “Basically what we need to do is be there for families, whichever way that they need us to be there for them, and whatever it is that they need. We have to be that go-to and go-through place where families with young children come to for any support they require. We also have to provide child-based programing through play groups and drop-in programs for parents,” she said noting division is also tasked with

providing families with links to recourse provided either through its own agency or “out there in the community.” Ensuring the availably of licenced child care spaces in local communities for children, from birth to age four, is among the division’s key mandates. Data from the 2016 census indicates there are 9,950 children in that age range in the Guelph-Wellington service delivery area, with 1,620 spaces available, enough for 16 per cent of the popula-

tion. However, many of those are concentrated in Guelph, which has a 1,315 spaces for 5,940 children, a 22% coverage rate. Wellington County, by contrast, has only 305 spaces for 4,010 children, a rate of only 7.5%. “When you get memos from the ministry, they’re saying across Ontario we’re at 20, we’re going to expand the system so we have 40 - and we’re saying, well, that’s nice but we’re not quite at 20 just yet,” said Artuso. At 22%, Artuso said, SEE CHILD CARE » 3

New front windows eliminated to reduce hall renovation costs By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Township council has removed plans for two windows in a bid to keep costs down on the Maryborough Community Centre renovation project. At the May 8 meeting, council was presented with a recommendation from public works director Sam Mattina to approve an additional expenditure of about $43,605 plus HST to complete the project, to be funded from surplus funds from 2018 bridge and culvert capital

projects. Mattina explained in a report that on Feb. 18 council authorized staff to proceed with additional expenditures of $219,500 to complete the project. “That initial estimate amount has fallen short of the actual submitted quotations to perform all of the scheduled items, including the stage option chosen by council through a subsequent resolution … The additional shortfall being realized is $43,605,” the report states. Councillor Michael


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Martin expressed concern about mounting project costs. “We’re up at $820,000 already on a renovation,” said Martin. “How confident are you that these quotes that we are getting are fair market value quotes and what sort of systems do we have in place to try and ensure that?” “Our architect, VG of Branford, has been very diligent in gathering the quotations with the contractor and negotiating each particular one. We’ve had quite a number of change orders … I’m


confident they have a great paper trail of all these transactions and counter offers and discussions on these quotations, so I’m confident that VG has been quite vigilant in getting us the best prices for these change orders.” Extra light not needed Martin asked if any of the additional expenditures being requested could be eliminated in light of the overruns. “The only item I can see from the list that can be eliminated is the new windows at the front of the building,”


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Mattina responded. “With the installation of the patio door to the back it brings in substantial light now to the lower hall … They’ll be no advantage to having the additional light from the other end of the building.” Councillor Dennis Craven asked about the timeline for completing the project. “Is there any hope this will be ready by mid-June?” he asked. “There is a significant amount of work still to be done … I’m hoping that if


we get moving right away, we get approval, the contractor has committed that they will complete this project by the due date of June 30,” Mattina responded. Council agreed to eliminate the front windows, saving roughly $11,500 and approved the remaining additional expenses totaling about $32,000. The township received a provincial contribution of $259,800 through the Ontario 150 Community Capital Grant Program for the project.

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Child care spaces considered for two schools in Mapleton Township » FROM PAGE 1

Guelph is doing okay. “But if you look across the entire Wellington County, we’re only sitting at spaces for 7.5% of our population ... and if you drilled that down to each lower tier municipality your looking at zero up to about 10, 10.6%” County-wide, said Artuso, only Erin and Guelph Eramosa have enough spaces to make them a low-priority for establishing more, while Mapleton and Puslinch are top priorities. Mapleton, she said, has “absolutely zero” full-time, full-year licensed spaces for roughly 775 children in the birth to age four range and it currently receives no services under the EarlyOn mandate. Artuso said the Ministry of Education has come up with a capital funding program and is asking municipalities and education boards to work together to provide the spaces, either in existing school buildings or additions, or in new buildings on school property. “We’re looking at two schools that we would

like to put child care centres in: Drayton Heights and Maryborough Public School,” she told council. “We’re asking them to seriously look at 49 spaces in each one of those two schools, but if one of them ... [says] that it’s not possible, we’re saying, well then can we build a child care centre, 64 spaces, into one? “If we go up to 98 spaces that’s bringing Mapleton up to 7.9% of the population, which still is not anywhere close to 20 per cent as a goal, but it’s a start.” Artuso said the ministry will also consider applicants for proposals for communitybased child care centres. Such centres, she explained, can’t be attached to a hospital or a school. “It has to be community space that we’re actually asking to be given to us for a child care centre.” Artuso noted, “Puslinch and Mapleton are our number one priorities and we’re pretty much not having any discussions about any other schools” until solutions have been identified in those communities.

Next on the priority list, she said, would be communities that have some licensed spaces “but not enough,” such as Centre Wellington, Minto and Wellington North. With Mapleton identified as a number one priority for both licensed spaces and support services, Artuso said community consultations are being planned for the fall. The county has hired a consultant, Sage Solutions, which will be conducting community engagement inperson sessions and working with a Toronto-based firm to develop an online survey. She asked council to appoint a contact person from either council or staff to sit down with the consultant “and tell us the things that you won’t typically know about Mapleton unless you live here. “We know where schools are, we know where agency services are, but we don’t know that maybe there’s a group of 10 moms that get together at the recreation centre. So those are the little nuggets that we need.” Once the information is collected an advisory group

will be created in each municipality. Council will be asked to provide a representative on the advisory group, which will also be opened up to interested community members. “Were going to be providing the funds to do the core services, but also coming up with some creative solutions as to how can we support the families outside what it is that we’re mandated to do,” said Artuso. “The ministry says this is for families with children birth to six. But we know if they don’t have food on the table, if they don’t have a roof over their head or if there are some sort of other challenges that family is facing, how can you ask a parent to be the best that they can be for a child when they have all these other factors? “So we look at things from a holistic sense and that’s the part that we want to better understand.” Councillor Michael Martin asked if the new centres would impact the Mapleton Preschool. “It would still exist. It’s not to replace anything. It’s to build on what exists,”

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Schieck won’t seek re-election after 27 years as school trustee By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – The Oct. 22 municipal election will mark the end of an era in local school board governance. “After 27 years, I will not be seeking re-election,” Upper Grand District School Board trustee Bruce Schieck advised members of Mapleton Township council on May 8. Schieck, who was at the meeting in support of a presentation on plans to create licensed child care spaces at

two Mapleton elementary s c h o o l s , advised council of his plans at the end of the meeting. BRUCE Schieck, SCHIECK a Mapleton resident, has served as trustee since 1991, representing an electoral district that includes the Township of Wellington North and the Town of Minto, as well as his home municipality.

In February, he was presented with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) President’s Award. The award honours trustees for their commitment, dedication and selflessness in the pursuit of improving public education. “Thank you for those 27 years,” said councillor Dennis Craven. “It’s been a great asset to have someone of your background on that committee,” said Mayor Neil Driscoll.

“I think it’s really important we have a representative in there from the north end of the county,” said Schieck. He added he has heard there has been some interest from area residents thinking about running for the position.

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EDITORIAL By Patrick Raftis

A job well done Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) trustee Bruce Schieck has officially announced he will not be seeking reelection to the position he has held for close to three decades. Schieck, a Mapleton Township resident, has served as trustee since 1991, representing an electoral district that includes the Township of Wellington North and the Town of Minto, as well as his home municipality. A fixture at commencement exercises, public meetings and all manner of education-related functions over the past 27 years, Schieck’s dedication to the cause of a quality local education is worthy of special recognition. School trustee is neither the most glamorous nor well-compensated position in local politics. It’s not one anyone undertakes for any reason other than care and concern for young people in our area and a desire to help them reach their potential. This past February Schieck was presented with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) President’s Award, which honours trustees for their commitment, dedication and selflessness in the pursuit of improving public education. During his time on the board, Shieck has seen first-hand many changes in public education, as well as the political, administrative and cultural amalgamation of the Dufferin and Wellington school boards into the present Upper Grand board. What hasn’t changed, however, stated a Jan. 29 press release from the UGDSB announcing Shieck as a recipient of the President’s award, is the local trustee’s “focus on the learning and well-being of children, youth and adult learners.” To that, we feel compelled to add: Thank you, Bruce, for a job well and diligently done.

Promoting safety - TOP: Wellington County OPP Constable John Judge gave an informative talk on ATV safety to Drayton Heights Public School students Zakk Martin and Drew Hobbs at the Kids Safety Day at the PMD arena on May 9. Judge asked each student to encourage their family members and friends to wear a helmet while riding ATVs. LEFT: Health promotion specialist Patty Montague of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, left, promoted wildlife safety to students, including Alma Public School students Teagan Fletcher, centre, and Natalie Wilkinson. RIGHT: Drayton Heights student Travis Bolton assisted paramedic John McGovern with a display by Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Six seek Perth-Wellington seat Blood donors could in June 7 provincial election win free ice cream PERTH-WELLINGTON – Two more candidates have entered the provincial election race in this riding. Brendan Knight of Stratford, was nominated as the riding candidate by the Perth-Wellington Liberals on May 8. The Canada Post worker is a volunteer with area environmental organizations, including the Avon River Environmental Awareness and the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee. Arthur resident Paul McKendrick, a local housing contractor, is running for the

newly-registered Consensus Ontario party. The new party’s stated aim is replacing the existing political party system with a system of consensus government focused around only independent MPPs. Already in the running in Perth-Wellington are: - incumbent Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Pettapiece; Stratford resident Michael O’Brien of the NDP; - Green Party candidate Lisa Olsen, a Wellington County native; and - Libertarian candidate Scott Marshall of Harriston.

Letter to the editor Job well done Dear Editor: Every so often I feel it’s important to share positive things instead of using the letter to the editor to promote viewpoints. Your reporter Jaime Myslik did a great job of covering Empowerment Day. My wife and I attended the event as proud grandparents watching my granddaughter Jessa co-introduce Michel Chikwanine, one of the speakers.

I want to thank the sponsors of this event and further state that this event was well put together with support from Upper Grand District School Board and many of the teachers and principals from many of our local schools. Job well done and what a powerful positive influence this event has in shaping our future leaders and thinking of our students! Ed and Gina Benjamins, Moorefield

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DRAYTON - A La Mode Café and Ice Cream Shop has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to help promote the local blood donor clinic on May 21. awareness bring To to the need for blood and show appreciation to local blood donors, the shop will be donating a $20 gift card. All of those who attend the Drayton donor clinic will be entered into a draw for a chance to win the gift card. “We are happy to help support and promote the blood donor clinic,” said Jennifer Landman from A

La Mode. “We are hoping that by spreading the word, and the love of coffee and ice cream, we can help save lives and really support the community.” Area residents can take part in the promotion by making an appointment to give life at the Drayton Blood Donor Clinic at the Community Christian School (35 High Street, Drayton) on May 21 between 3:30 and 7:30pm. To discover how you can help and to book your appointment, visit

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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 FROM 9AM - 1PM On Saturday morning the Drayton Minor Hockey organization will be patrolling Drayton, Rothsay and Moorefield, collecting beer, liquor and wine bottles. We would also like to help support the Drayton area foodbank by collecting non-perishable items to help keep the shelves full. We will have a trailer set up as the main drop off in the Drayton Freshmart parking lot and will gladly accept your donations there also.

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Kinsmen memories - This month marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Drayton Kinsmen Club, which has been very active in community betterment activities over the years. LEFT: Club members Jim Perkins and John Green at the club’s first beef barbecue in 1968. The community had a big chicken barbecue in 1967 that was a success so Perkins, who owned the restaurant in Drayton, built a beef barbecue. The Drayton Kinsmen in Drayton went over to see how the Harriston Kinsmen did their barbecue and then built their own. ABOVE: Charter members, from left: front, Ron Ellis, Larry Cherry, Bob McIntee, Warren Jack and Jerry Ellis; back, John Green, Glen Brunkard, Ron Tutton and Doug Groshaw. BELOW RIGHT: One of the clubs first projects was to enlarge and rebuild the front area of the old Drayton arena to accommodate washrooms and refurbished dressing rooms. BELOW LEFT: A catering bus used by the Kinsmen in the early days to fundraise parked in front of the Handy Dandy, a local hardware store once located on the corner of Wellington and Main streets. Submitted by the Mapleton Historical Society


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Campbell Cork shares tales of area history at meeting By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - Author and historian Campbell Cork presented a session on historical characters of the area and the Lynes Blacksmith Shop in Kenilworth at the Mapleton Historical Society’s annual meeting on May 4 at the PMD arena. Cork, a Mount Forest resident, began the evening with a look at famous people who lived in the area but did not necessarily stick to Grey, Bruce or Wellington Counties. He described these individuals as fairly average people who did something extraordinary; people who kept going despite the challenges they faced. “I’m not going to tell you about Willie Jackson of Wingham who hung out with Louis Riel for a spell. I’m not going to tell you about Howard Kerr from Huron County who formed Ryerson University. I’m not going to tell you about Lucknow’s Donald Dinnie, at six feet

Talking history - Mapleton Historical Society president Floyd Schieck, left, presented guest speaker historian and author Campbell Cork with a gift at the society’s annual meeting held on May 4 at the PMD arena. Photo by Caroline Sealey six inches 250 pounds, who in 1860 at the age of 23, set a world record by carrying two boulders weighing 785 pounds, while walking across a bridge,” Cork said. “I am going to tell you about William Coutts from Maxwell, Grey County. At four months of age, his father was run over by horses.

Coutts and his mother and sisters went to live with his grandmother in Feversham. Four years later his mother died from pneumonia and he and one of his sisters were sent to live with an uncle in Wareham. At the age of 16, Coutts married Charlotte Robinson and moved to SEE AUTHOR » 6


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Walking on water There is always talk and debate as to whether the actions that are reported in the Bible actually happened, or whether they are stories, myth, teachings of a distant people. I remember hearing a comedian, I don’t remember his name, saying that he believed that Jesus did actually walk on water ... in Canada, in the winter. For me I don’t need something to have actu-

ally happened for there to be meaning behind it. It is like the beginning of Aboriginal spiritual stories, where the elder starts the story off by saying, “I don’t know if this actually happened ... but I do know that it is true.” There are many truths for us to discover in the Bible. For me, they don’t have to come from historical events for there to be truth behind them. The great part about the truth in the story of Jesus

walking on water is that Peter tests him, saying, “If it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Even though Peter doesn’t believe it is Jesus performing this miracle of walking on water, Jesus doesn’t leave Peter to drown. Jesus/God is always with us. What we have to do is remember that. Peter has no problem stepping over the side of the boat and he has no problem following Jesus’ command (after all Peter did request it).

Once he gets out on the water and realizes what he is doing, Peter forgets that Jesus called him out onto the water and he starts to sink. We, like Peter, are eager to take on a challenge set to us by God. As soon as it gets scary or difficult, or we get over the excitement of being able to jump over the boat, we actually realize that we just jumped over the side of a boat. We can lose sight of God or Jesus in our panic. The biggest challenge is

not stepping off of the boat, but remembering that once you are off the boat and you get scared, that Jesus is still with you. Just because you see the sharks circling below you, don’t lose faith. If Jesus called you to walk on the water, then have faith that he won’t let you sink. Jesus would not have invited Peter over the side if he even had the slightest inclination that Peter would sink. That is the truth I try to take from this story; the one aspect that I try to remember

over the others. We won’t be asked by God or Jesus to do something that we would fail at. God will be with me just as God will be with you in whatever challenges your life brings you. When Jesus or God calls you to walk on water, don’t be afraid to take the first step, but also try not to be afraid on steps four through 20 either. But you know what, even if you do get scared and start to sink, guess who will be there to raise you up again?

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Toronto, where he worked in the stationary business,” Cork said. He continued the history on Coutts, stating that he developed a greeting card line and formed the company W.E. Coutts Co. Ltd, which grew to employ 1,000 people.

In the 1930s, Coutts joined forces with Joyce C. Hall, manufacturing cards under the Hall Brothers name in Canada. By 1958, the company became what is known today as Hallmark Cards. Coutts died in 1971 at the age of 93. “I am going to tell you


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Gary and I were sitting outside in the garden one evening last fall. Twenty-five years earlier we had bought a shallow, 7x3’ preformed pond. This has housed dozens of goldfish that have come and gone over the years. Most winters they successfully reside in the sump pump hole in the basement. Water usually trickles through sufficiently to keep them healthy. A few of the fish live long enough to produce young. That particular evening we saw a heron circling overhead. Great blue herons are 4’ tall. Overall they are grey-blue with black crest on head, long neck and yellow bill, long legs and feet, long feathers extend over wings, back and chest. Where there is water, including north to the boreal forests of Ontario, they are found. Diet is small fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, birds, aquatic insects. This heron landed beside our tiny pond. It was in the ‘attack stance’—neck tucked in, head and long bill pointing. It was patiently waiting to strike. Later we realized it had taken our largest fish and a friendly frog that had taken up residence for the summer. I guess we unnerved the bird because it walked stealthily around the garden before our very eyes. It flew away but quickly returned and sauntered around some more. I ran in the house for the camera and binoculars. I grabbed green, plastic fencing and draped it over the pond to protect our remaining 4 fish. A few days later the fencing was ripped out. We suspect this heron remembered its catch that day and was frustrated with our interference. The experience was a mixture of sadness, humour and intrigue. We lost two of our animal kingdom friends. We had about an hour to observe this bold heron up close. Others have shared similar experiences with me. (Resources: Peterson, Lorimer and Birds of Ontario.) Until next month, Susan Warren.


about John Diefenbaker, the 13th prime minister of Canada, born in Neustadt; A fiery speaker who had a vision of one Canada,” Cork said. He described Diefenbaker’s experience with tremors, which comedians imitated and named the Diefenbaker shakes. Political opponents of the prime minister questioned his ability to function in a political setting because of his health issues. Diefenbaker was the only Canadian prime minister to have a disease named after him: “The Diefenbaker Disease.” Unknown to many, Walt Disney’s roots were in Bluevale, Ontario. Cork described Walt’s father Elias as an unsuccessful contractor in 1895. After many moves and different career paths, the family travelled to California, hoping to make their fortune in the gold rush. Unsuccessful, the family moved to Chicago, where Elias was employed as a construction worker for the 1893 World’s Exposition. This event is claimed to be the source of inspiration for Walt’s Disney kingdom. The boy who was to become The King of Cash, left Ireland at the age of 14 and was employed at a bakery in Kirkton, Perth County.

“After an unsuccessful attempt at the business, the boy, Timothy Eaton, set up a cash only store in St. Mary’s near Stratford. From their he opened a store in Toronto,” Cork said. “Eaton’s success was based on buy deeply, pay smartly and sell loudly.” Cork noted Eaton went on to introduce the Eaton’s catalogue in 1884, which gave Canadians access to a variety of merchandise. After the catalogue had outlived its life it could be found in the backyard privy. Eatons was purchased by rival company, Sears Canada, in 1999. “Normanby fighter Noah Brusso was five foot seven, weighed 170 pounds. Brusso was the first and last Canadian world heavy weight champion. He was also known as the shortest heavy weight champion of all time,” Cork said. He stated that Brusso’s mother hated pugilism. While working on lake boats, Brusso fought with two ship mates, jumped ship and landed at the Detroit Athletic Club. When one scheduled boxer failed to show for a match, Brusso took to the ring and knocked out his opponent in the fifth round. By 1905, using the name Tommy Burns, he had been the heavyweight champion of the world 16 times and

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the 1840s and settled on Garafraxa Road, establishing a blacksmith shop on the Kenilworth site. Eventually, James Lynes Jr. took over the operation of the business. “By 1955, the world changed and factories started manufacturing what a blacksmith produced. The blacksmith shop was closed. James Jr. wanted his wife Mary to have a new modern home, but did not want to build across the road and sit and look at the old place,” Cork said. He pointed out James Jr. and Mary had a son, Frank, born in 1934. A Depressionera child, who went on to become a medical doctor practicing medicine in Hamilton, Frank would make monthly trips back to Kenilworth, picking apples in the family’s orchard, picking berries from the garden, attending the Sacred Heart Church garden party and would return home each time with a jug of Kenilworth’s finest water. “The family home was left undisturbed after Frank’s parents passed away. Frank returned each weekend to shake off the work week. He would climb the stairs to find his bedroom, sleep in his childhood bed and enjoy the Irish mementos on the fireplace hearth,” Cork said. SEE SOCIETY » 7

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was famous for taking on two opponents at one time, knocking out one opponent in 27 seconds of the first round. Married four times, Brusso was buried in British Columbia where his fans pooled their funds to have his tombstone engraved with the words, “Here lies Tommy Burns.” Jack Stafford had humble beginnings as a food salesman in 1894. Known as “The Jam and Jelly Man” in Bruce County, Stafford also had an interest in sports, founding the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. “In 1973, his horse, Royal Chocolate, won The Queen’s Plate and he met Queen Elizabeth II in the winner’s circle. Stafford was awarded a Sovereign Award in 1976 as Man of the Year for his contribution to the sport,” Cork said. He revealed that Stafford Farms won 131 stake races, ranking them fourth on the list of all-time leading stakes winning owners in Canada behind E.P. Taylor’s Windfield Farms, Conn Smythe and Seagram Stable. Cork also gave an informative power point presentation on the Lynes Blacksmith Shop located on Highway 6 in Kenilworth. James Lynes came to Canada from Ireland in

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May the fourth be with you - Star Wars-themed activities were featured on May 4 at the Palmerston branch of the Wellington County Public Library. Assistant branch supervisor Andrea Beattie donned a costume from the film series, while Anthony, left, and Ryan Carere stopped by after school to check out the event. Photo by Patrick Raftis

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He added Frank’s family would attend church on Sundays; the same church he attended as a child. Frank’s grandchildren visited Kenilworth and were quickly put to work painting and working in the gardens and orchard. Retired in 1999 at age 65, he attended his last garden party at the church in 2014 and passed away one year later. A will left by Frank revealed his wishes for the blacksmith shop to become a historical educational centre. The blacksmith shop remained closed and virtually untouched since 1955. A calendar from 1951 hangs on one wall and a

long row of horse shoes fills another wall. A call at the house note is pinned on a beam. Beneath 65 years of cobwebs and dust, equipment, tools and supplies can be found. Chunks of iron line the building’s narrow corridors. After the Township of Wellington North accepted the donation of the property in 2017, volunteers began restoration of the blacksmith shop. In September, the shop’s first open house welcomed 340 visitors. Plans are currently underway to work with 15 blacksmiths and countless volunteers to keep the facility viable in the community, Cork explained.

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Footlose - Theatre Norwell staged its annual musical production to sold out crowds last weekend. Footloose was on stage at Norwell District Secondary School from May 10 to 12. Under the direction of drama teacher Marla Spencer, the performance involved the combined efforts of over 120 staff and students. FROM LEFT: Moriah McCracken carries a sign promoting dance power; dancing to some country music, from left: Robert Klaasen, Billy Klassen and Daniel Weppler; cutting loose as part of an ensemble number, from left, front, Silas Tamlyn, Joanna Cashin, Julia Allen, Xavier Guevarra and Moriah McCracken. Submitted photos

Baron case put over SARNIA - The case involving a breach of trust charge against Mapleton CAO Manny Baron has been put over until June 4. Baron did not attend a court date in Sarnia on May 14, when court was advised Baron’s legal counsel had only received disclosure from the Crown on May 11. Lambton OPP filed the charge against Baron on

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She was the lone occupant. The Harriston native, daughter of Sharon Welsh MacDougall and Mike MacDougall, is survived by her husband Tim Camplin and son Logan. OPP, as well as Mapleton

Fire/Rescue and GuelphWellington Paramedics Service attended the scene. Wellington Road 8 was closed for several hours between Sideroads 12 and 15. In an update on May 15, police said the cause of the collision is still under investigation.


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