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Safe Communitiesâ€™ crossover proposal under consideration By Patrick Raftis
Robotic model - Community Christian School students Gabe Van Ankum, Noah Abel, Stephanie Mohle and Joshua Vanderlaan travelled to Woodland Christian High School on May 10 to build a robotic model to demonstrate the functions of the Canadarm as part of their Canada 150 project, which will be displayed at the free community barbecue on May 25 at the Agricultural Hall in Drayton. The students were assisted by Maurice Veldhuis and students from the Woodland robotics team that recently travelled to St. Louis to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship. Submitted photo
Business seeks rate relief Official: water costs increased by 534% By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON â€“ The operators of a Moorefield business are asking council to either reduce their wastewater charges or allow them to revive a decommissioned
well due to what they say are excessive charges under the metered billing system. Spectrum Feeds general manager Mark Flaherty told council the business experienced a 534 per cent increase in water and waste-
water charges for its two Moorefield facilities after metered water billing was implemented. In a letter to council, Flaherty states that from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, SEE BUSINESS Âť 2
MAPLETON â€“ Township council is considering a pedestrian crossover on Wellington Road 11 South at Andrews Drive in Drayton. The proposal was received by council for information following a presentation by Gregg Davidson, county councillor for Ward 2 (Mapleton), at the May 9 township council meeting. Davidson attended the meeting to outline a Wellington County Safe Communities proposal to Wellington County and member municipalities that all pedestrian crossovers in the county be changed to the new provincial standard, including crossovers in: - Alma on Wellington Road 7; - Moorefield on Wellington Road 10; and - Drayton at Main and John Streets. The organization also wants to see school crossings in the county changed to the new pedestrian crossovers. Many pedestrians incorrectly believe school crossings are safe to use at any time, but Safe Communities is stressing they are only designated crossings when a crossing guard is present. At
any other time they are not considered crosswalks. Pedestrian crossovers, on the other hand, must be respected by motorists at all times. They include distinctive â€œladderâ€? markings painted on the road to indicate where pedestrians should cross and â€œsharkâ€™s teethâ€? markings to clearly indicate where vehicles should stop. Councillor Dennis Craven noted â€œpedestrians donâ€™t seem to pay much attention to what theyâ€™re supposed to do,â€? and wondered, â€œWould it also be possible to put a large X or two in advance (of crossovers) ... to make sure that people in vehicles are seeing that thereâ€™s an intersection up ahead?â€? Mayor Neil Driscoll explained the county is â€œtrying to conform to what the MTO (Ministry of Transportation Ontario) standard is. What Gregg and I have been told is sometimes these Xs ahead of crosswalks, for example, are not within MTO code, so thereâ€™s no enforcement there.â€? Driscoll added, â€œI really like Greggâ€™s committee, the way theyâ€™re coming at this saying, â€˜Wellington County letâ€™s have one standard, letâ€™s educate the people once and
give them one crossover that works for everyone.â€™â€? Driscoll noted lack of consistency in crossover design makes it difficult to educate the public. â€œListowel has green checkers across the road, which conforms to no law â€Ś how can we train our residents to recognize one set of markings â€Ś and then you go to Listowel and you see the St. Patrickâ€™s Day crossover?â€? Driscoll said council should try and look at the issue ahead of the 2018 budget. However, he noted, â€œIf thereâ€™s community leaders out there willing to contribute the $5,000 to $8,000 per signal weâ€™d be more than willing to look at that too, Iâ€™m sure.â€? On the subject of the Wellington Road 11 and Andrews Drive intersection, Davidson noted the proximity of a school, medical centre, library, grocery store, seniors residence and shopping plaza. Although the intersection doesnâ€™t meet the standard for a crosswalk under the provinceâ€™s traffic count system, Davidson said in his opinion â€œnot every decisionâ€? needs to be made based only on such SEE CROSSOVER Âť 2
Thousands of brown trout released into the Conestogo River MAPLETON The Friends of the Grand River and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) have released 14,750 brown trout into the Conestogo River. The project took place on May 10 and 11 at about 30 sites along a 19km stretch below the Conestogo Dam in the communities of Glen Allan, Macton, Wallenstein and Hawkesville. The fish have been stocked annually in the Conestogo River since 2003. The stocking program has resulted in â€œa great brown trout tailwater fishery,â€? officials state. The Conestogo Dam was completed in 1957. It helps protect against downstream flooding and it is used to augment flows in the river during dry periods. Brown trout cannot tolerate temperatures above 24 degrees Celcius, so the dam is operated to release the reservoirâ€™s deep, cool water dur-
Trout released - LEFT: Joe Peegg of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry transfers brown trout to a holding tank with assistance from Al Newsome, who has volunteered for 24 years stocking fish in various rivers in the area. RIGHT: Abby Sinichko of Ancaster, a first time volunteer with the fish restocking program, throws a pail filled with brown trout into the Conestogo River near Glen Allan. Officials say throwing, rather than pouring, fish from a pail helps the fish adapt to the river environment. Photos by Caroline Sealey ing the summer, providing the cool water brown trout require. The â€œtailwaterâ€? is the water downstream of a dam and this project has taken advantage of the opportunity to create a brown trout â€˜tailwater fishery.â€?
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The real benefit of the program is how it has raised the profile of the river within the community, resulting in improvements to water quality and the protection of the river and its ecosystem. â€œPeople are more interested in protecting the river
when they have an interest in it,â€? said Brad Knarr from the Friends of the Grand River, a volunteer organization that has been assisting MNRF with the annual fish stocking. Friends of the Grand River has been very active,
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undertaking projects such as tree planting, developing access points, educational programs, clean-up days and River Watch. The brown trout are stocked from the MNRF Chatsworth and Harwood fish culture stations and the
genetic strain originates from wild fish taken from the Ganaraska River. The fish average approximately 75 grams each, but there are many larger fish in the river from previous stocking events. SEE BROWN TROUT Âť 3
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tion and direct staff to invesequipment at its own cost to tigate and provide recom“validate how much water mendations was approved by we are not returning to the council. wastewater system.” Martin suggested council “That’s our ask. We’re should consider having the flexible on how we do it,” he municipality pay for part told council. “I appreciated the fact of the monitoring system Tender lovingcome care tofor suggested the by the company that Spectrum’s as, our best intercouncil to address their four-legged member of “it’s yourinfamily. est as well, Spectrum is on concerns,” said councillor Professional quality at country prices. our water system .. if they Michael Martin. would elect not to be … the “There are other options that your company could Moorefield water system would be losing that potenhave chosen to address it and tial revenue.” you’ve kind of alluded to it “I’m sure that could be all already with your private part of the report that we’re wells.” requesting,” said Mayor Neil A resolution to receive Driscoll. the presentation as informa-
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR May 18 - Palmerston Blood Donor Clinic, Palmerston Comm. Centre 5-8pm. Book appt: 1-888-236-6283 or www.blood.ca. May 19 - Euchre, Drayton Legion, 7:30pm. 15 Elm Street. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. May 22 - Drayton Blood Donor Clinic, 3:30-7:30pm, Community Christian School, 35 High Street, Drayton. Book appointments at www.blood.ca or 1-888-236-6283. May 23 - Mapleton Buds and Blooms meeting/Spring Flower Show, 7:30pm. Moorefield Optimist Hall. Debbie Oxby speaking on growing day lilies. Spring Flower Show displays. May 27 - Mapleton Buds & Blooms Plant/Bake Sale, 9-12 Gourlay’s Store, Moorefield. Donations welcome. Call 519-638-2623. June 5 - Palmerston Legion Challenge Euchre, 7:30pm. Palmerston Legion Upstairs Hall, $5/person, must bring partner.
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Children’s chorus - The children’s chorus cast for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Drayton Festival Theatre includes: front, Greta Ofner, Jocelyn DesJardine, Ebbony Moroz, Aja Thompson, Naomi Lofft, Braelynn Lackner and Sophie Albrecht; row two, Ellie Holtam, Justine Howe, Holly Nitz, Mia Cartwright, Landen McCraney and Molly Anne Wright; row three, Miranda Franceschini, Ava Schmalz, Caleb Schieck and Serena McLean; row 4, Grace Gaetan, Sydney Schemool, Madison Bakermann, Taite Marsden and Olivia Nitz; row 5, Joel Zimmermann, Reece Hodgson, Emma Douglas and Rebecca Perry; and row 6, Joshua Bakermann, Emily Kelly, Mary-Maria Bourdeau and Annie Johnson. Submitted photo
Local singers part of children’s chorus for Drayton musical DRAYTON – A dream will come true for 34 young performers, four from Wellington County, who have been selected as members of the children’s chorus for Drayton Entertainment’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which launched the 2017 season at the Drayton Festival Theatre this week. As part of the theatre organization’s audience development program, local youth have been cast alongside professional performers in the production, which runs May 17 through June 4. “It is our pleasure to showcase the outstanding wealth of young talent in our community,” said artistic director Alex Mustakas. “We are delighted to give these aspiring performers the chance to be on stage and learn from the professional company.” Over 80 young performers attended an open call in January. To secure a coveted spot, the hopefuls had to demonstrate excellence in
Brown trout released in Conestogo River » FROM PAGE 1
Anglers are asked to refer to the 2017 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary for the regulations and other information covering fishing in Fisheries Management Zone 16 (check online and at fishing licence issuers). This year the brown trout season runs from April 22 to Sept. 30 unless the waterbody is an exception to the regulations. The stocking partners include: Friends of the Grand River, Grand River Conservation Authority, Linwood Public School, Google Canada and K-W Flyfishers.
singing along with a positive attitude to ensure that they could keep up with the rigours of a professional rehearsal schedule. Children’s chorus members, who are divided into two teams performing on a rotating schedule, include local residents Caleb Schieck and Joel Zimmermann of Moorefield and Jocelyn DesJardine and Ebbony Moroz of Palmerston. Other chorus members include: - Maya Kershaw of Beamsville; - Annie Johnson of Burlington; - Ty Campbell, Grace Gaetan, Serena McLean, Holly Nitz, Olivia Nitz,
Aja Thompson and Loralei Trafford of Cambridge; - Reece Hodgson and Ava Schmalz of Elmira; - Sophie Albrecht and Miranda Franceschini of Guelph; - Claire Le Donne of Hamilton; - Justine Howe, Emily Kelly, Braelynn Lackner, Naomi Lofft and Molly Anne Wright of Kitchener; Mia Cartwright, Ellie Holtam and Landen McCraney of Listowel - Sydney Schemool of Maple; - Mary-Maria Bourdeau of St. Catharines; - Greta Ofner of St. Clements; SEE CHOIR » 8
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Robotics team - Several Mapleton residents were part of a group of teachers, mentors and students taking part in the FIRST (For Inspiration and RecognItion of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri from April 26 to 30. Local participants included: Shae-Lynn Veldhuis, front row, fourth from right; Matthew Rumph, second row, far right; local mentor Maurice Veldhuis, second row, second from left; and Joel Deen, back row, seventh from right. BOTTOM: The team robot, nicknamed Clyde. Submitted photos
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Slow down, survive the drive
Don’t get me wrong, I know drivers in our part of the world are absolutely blessed in terms of traffic volume and the attendant risks and hazards. My own 40-minute commute to work is generally a pleasant drive in the country compared to the harrowing missions most GTA motorists are compelled to endure on a daily basis. Still, here in the hinterlands we have our own version of a rural rush hour, those early morning sessions when school buses join the rest of the motoring public, creating situations where caution and adherence to rules of the road are paramount for everyone’s safety. This time of year, you can add to that farm vehicles, which necessarily travel more slowly, inspiring far too many hasty travellers to perform the most dangerous driving manoeuvre: passing. For those who don’t think overtaking another vehicle is a big deal, I’m always reminded of a long-ago lesson from a driving instructor who suggested counting seconds after pulling back in from a pass before meeting an oncoming vehicle with what appears to be plenty of room to spare. Often, the margin of error can turn out to be just a few seconds. Not a lot when one considers the potentially catastrophic consequences of miscalculation. In Wellington County we’ve added another complicating factor a few days each month now that we have large trucks touring every byway picking up garbage and recycling. We can and should continue to debate how cost effective and environmentally impactful this is, given the dearth of rural residences that seem to have items out for pickup on the designated days. It’s hard to accurately measure the value, given the extra costs involved have been masked by the increase in user fees, keeping the bottom line in line. However, what can’t be argued is the need for local motorists to learn how to deal with such vehicles when they encounter them on road shoulders. During one drive to work this week I was forced to the shoulder twice. The first was because an oncoming car simply swerved into my lane to get around a garbage truck on a rural county road. The second incident, on a major county artery, involved an impatient motorist pulling out and passing a massive farm implement, clearly without any consideration of the potential for oncoming traffic (yeah, that was me honking and offering you a gesture considered traditional in such circumstances). All of which brings me back to my original point. We are indeed fortunate to live in an area where, if we drive sensibly, we are exposed to a fraction of the risk endured by those in more populous regions. Slow down, enjoy the drive and let’s all get there in one piece.
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The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship presented by Qualcomm Incorporated is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together tens of thousands of students of all ages for the ultimate celebration of science and technology. Over 39 countries participated in the three-day event, with 30,000 youth representing 1,394 teams. Mapleton youths Joel Deen, Matthew Rumph and Shae-Lynn Veldhuis participated with team 4678, the CyberCavs from Woodland Christian High School in Breslau. Team members spent six weeks building a robot that would compete in four tournaments and ultimately take them to the World Championships in St. Louis. Students worked with teachers and mentors to design and build a robot that had to meet the requirements set out by FIRST Robotics and compete in FIRST sponsored events. At the Waterloo Regional Competition, hosted by the University of Waterloo, the team lost in the finals, but ranked ninth out of 31
teams. It won the Excellence in Engineering Award for its student-designed gear retrieval system. April 6 to 9, the team travelled to North Bay to participate in the regional competition hosted by Nipissing University. They won this competition, earning a ranking of ninth in the province. They won the Innovation in Control Award for their gear retrieval system again. The team then travelled to Mississauga April 13 to 16 to compete in the provincial championships. They made it to the semi-finals and finished 9th in the province out of 145 teams. The top 30 teams are invited to the World Championships. On April 26 the CyberCavs travelled to St. Louis, Missouri to compete at worlds. This was the third year the team made it to the World Championships since it was started in 2013. After qualifying matches the team was ranked 52nd out of 68 teams, but was chosen by the third-ranked team to play together in the quarterfinals. They won the quarterfinal round and also the semi-finals. After losing two matches in the finals, they were eliminated. The team thanked local sponsors and families for their support over the season and hope to continue the winning tradition next year. For more information about Woodland Christian High School or its robotic team, visit www.woodland. on.ca.
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Training exercise - Puslinch Fire and Rescue firefighters Alex Young and Kyle Kack practice their skills on a mock car fire during a training event for new firefighters behind the PMD arena in Drayton on May 13. They were among 25 new firefighter recruits from across Wellington County who also received training in dumpster, grass and pallet fires, rural water supply and pump operations. Each recruit spends six weekends training in various aspects of fire fighting before completing practical and written testing by the province - and further testing is required at North American levels. Photo by Caroline Sealey
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Flower power fundraiser Helping others - Drayton resident Cali Dobben was inspired by a story her Grade 1/2 teacher, Mrs. Sommerville read to her about children living in poverty in China. She decided to make a difference in the lives of those children. After researching with her teacher and talking with her mother, Crystal Dobben, Cali decided to approach Blooming Dale’s owner, Dale Franklin about selling flowers for Mother’s Day to students and staff at Drayton Heights. Franklin suggested Cali should sell carnations due to their hardiness. On May 12, Cali delivered 100 pre-ordered carnations raising $100 for the Save the Children Fund. Submitted photo
DRAYTON - If you were in hospital, too ill or injured to speak for yourself, do you know who would make your health care decisions for you? Guest speakers MaryLou Fletcher and Jessica Hutchison will share their expertise on the process of planning for advanced care at a workshop hosted by the Seniors’ Centre for Excellence, Drayton. Mapleton resident MaryLou Fletcher is a partner in the law firm Woods, Clemens, Fletcher and Cronin with offices in Elmira and Drayton. She practices real estate law, corporate law, wills and estates serving farm and rural clients. Fletcher’s seminar will focus on the importance of having a will and a power of attorney for property and personal care. Emphasis will be placed on the consequences to individuals and their families if these documents
are not in place. Also, an overview of the new regulations that came into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 and their impact on payable probate fees. Jessica Hutchison is the Community Engagement Lead with the program Conversations Worth Having. The three-year program, through Hospice Waterloo Region, is in partnership with Hospice Wellington. The program is dedicated to increasing an awareness around advanced care planning. Hutchison will speak on the importance of planning. Deciding who will make health care decisions for individuals who are unable the make them for themselves. This free workshop, open to all ages, will be held on May 24 at the Maryborough Community Centre, Moorefield from 6 to 8pm. For more information and to register contact Helen Edwards at 519-638-1000.
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Area children to attend water festival KITCHENER - A children’s water festival for area students will take place at the Waterloo Region Museum later this month. The Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival runs May 26, 29 and June 1 at the museum. The event, one of the longest-running water festivals in the province is aimed at primary students in the Waterloo Region, Wellington County and the City of Guelph. The festival’s focus is on five water-related themes: science, protection, technology, conservation and water attitudes.
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Maintain your spirit Over the last few weeks the United Church has been doing some repairs to the inside of the church. The roof had been leaking, so the ceiling in the sanctuary was water damaged and peeling. The plaster on the walls in the front entrance way and
along the stairs leading up, was peeling as well. I was talking with one of the gentlemen who was doing the repairs and I asked while he was up on the scaffolding, how the rest of the ceiling looked. He said there were lots of little cracks in it but there was a membrane that was placed with the plaster when it was originally put on. The membrane
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holds everything in place so we couldn’t see that from the ground. I responded that the church is 125 years old this year, to which he replied “well we all get cracks when we are that age.” It is true, we all age. And most of us show that we are aging. Our hair may start to turn grey or disappear, we get wrinkles and we just get old. This isn’t a bad thing. Our bodies are designed to only work for a certain amount of time. Did you know that scientifically your body is only about 10 years old? That is because our cells regenerate, some faster than others. The cells that make up your
body regenerate at different speeds, the slowest taking about 10 years. The problem is that when they do regenerate, they do so as an aged cell. Even though they are new cells, they are aged new cells. Our bodies aren’t designed to stay young. Even at the cellular level they are designed to age. So what about our spirits? What about our faith? How do they age? We can do a lot of things to help with our aging bodies. People colour their hair and there are countless antiaging creams available. Do we care for our spirits the same way we try to care for our bodies? As our spirits
age, I feel they need care too. Just like our bodies receive more burdens as we age, I also feel our spirits do as well. We have more responsibilities and we can have more trauma in our lives that push our spirits and push our faith. So what are we doing to rejuvenate them? There are lots of things that can be done, we just have to find what works best for each of us. A lot of people find that yoga helps with both the body and the spirit. Some find going for walks in nature or just their neighbourhood helps both body and spirit as well. There is meditation, prayer, laby-
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Tree planting -The Drayton Girl Guides, with help from family and friends, planted red maple, white pine and cedar trees in a constructed wetland off of Sideroad 15 near Conestogo Lake on May 13. Grand River Conservation Authority Forestry Specialist Joseph Heeg said, “The re-naturalization of the area is done by using community volunteers. Year after year, the Drayton Girl Guides come out and help with the project. Each year I am impressed with their work. It’s because of them this site is completely planted. Next year we will be working in a different area.” From left: Heeg, Keira Beutler of Waterloo, Lily Griffin of Conestogo Lake and Courtney Burnett of Rothsay. The Guides are working on their tree planting badge. Photo by Caroline Sealey
PALMERSTON Ontario Provincial Police Constable Steven Wing will be presented with an Everyday Hero Award for his work with local high school students. Wing, who is assigned to Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston, is among winners from across the Upper Grand District School Board. An awards ceremony will be held on May 30 at 7pm in the EL Fox Auditorium in Guelph.
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Local food, agriculture highlighted during spring Rural Romp through northern Wellington County WELLINGTON COUNTY - The seventh annual Spring Rural Romp will be held on May 27, giving visitors a taste of local food, an opportunity to experience local agriculture and find the story behind their food. Thirteen locations on the tour include farms, markets, garden centres and a bed and breakfast in Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North. Visitors can begin their free, self-guided tour at any of the participating locations
between 10am and 4pm. Rompers will have the opportunity to meet local farmers, visit farm animals, go on wagon rides, participate in activities and purchase seedlings, flowers, plants, spring produce and local foods. “Taste your way through Northern Wellington County. Many Rural Romp locations will feature ‘must taste’ food samples,” states a press release from Wellington County Taste Real
MPP claims hydro rates set to spike after provincial election WELLINGTON PERTH – Progressive Conservatives say household hydro costs are set to skyrocket to new highs in Ontario, according to a leaked cabinet document that breaks down the Liberal government’s Fair Hydro Plan. A May 12 press release Wellington Perth from MPP Randy Pettapiece says the document shows rates declining in 2017, only to rise slightly the following year. By 2022, however, rates are projected to spike. Marked “confidential,” the document was presented to the Liberal cabinet in early March 2017, the release states. the says Pettapiece his confirms document view that the government developed its plan entirely
coordinator Christina Mann. Visitors are encouraged to take a felfie (farm-selfie) at each location and share the fun via social media using the hashtags #SpringRomp17 and #tastereal. All selfies will be entered in a draw to win a local food prize. Rompers also have the opportunity to participate
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craft breweries, food events and more. The event also coincides with the launch of the new Butter Tarts and Buggies brochure - a unique year round guide highlighting experiences across Mapleton, Minto, Wellington North and neighbouring Southgate Township.
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Under the sea - Theatre Norwell staged its annual musical production to sold out crowds for four shows last weekend. This year’s show, Disney’s The Little Mermaid was on stage at Norwell District Secondary School from May 11 to 13. Under the direction of drama teacher Marla Spencer, the performance was a massive undertaking, involving the combined efforts of over 100 students and staff. Principal Paul Richard commented, “Marla Spencer’s dedication to this production and to those in the past have given a great many of our Norwell students a golden memory that will last a lifetime. She fully understands the connections between our school and the community we serve.” TOP LEFT: The shipboard wedding scene of Prince Eric (Michael Storms) and Ariel (Bronte McCracken). LEFT: Ursula the Sea Witch (Mairi Frere) casts a spell on Ariel. BELOW: An undersea scene with King Triton (Dallas Frey). Photos by Patrick Raftis
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PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE The Township of Mapleton is hosting an Open House where the public will be invited to attend a grand opening of the new Public Works Municipal Maintenance Facility located at 7273 Sideroad 16, Drayton. The Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Guided tours will occur at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. For further information, please contact Public Works Administrative Assistant Sarah Wilson at 519-638-3313 ext. 21. PROCLAMATION
Month June 1 – 30, 2017 WHEREAS Seniors’ Month is an annual province-wide celebration; WHEREAS seniors have contributed and continue to contribute immensely to the life and vibrancy of this community;
WHEREAS seniors continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this community;
WHEREAS their contributions past and present warrant appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be told;
WHEREAS the health and well-being of seniors is in the interest of all and further adds to the health and well-being of the community;
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I, Mayor Driscoll, do hereby proclaim June 1 to 30, 2017 Seniors’ Month in the Township of Mapleton and encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors.
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- Rebecca Perry of St. Jacobs; - Taite Marsden of Stratford; and - Joshua Bakermann, Madison Bakermann and Emma Douglas of Waterloo. The first musical led by
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