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Community News Volume 46 Issue 22
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Friday, May 31, 2013
Municipality continues to seek ways to move mountain of topsoil in Drayton
Doing Drayton proud - Students, staff and volunteers from Drayton Heights Public School took part in the Special Olympics Track and Field event at St. James High School in Guelph on May 24, competing with schools from both the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board. photo by Kelly Waterhouse
by Patrick Raftis DRAYTON - The search continues for a solution to a massive mound of topsoil bordering the backyards of several homes in a subdivision here. Public works director Larry Lynch advised Mapleton council at its May 14 meeting that he has discussed the situation in the Drayton Heights subdivision with Peter Armbruster, chief operating officer of subdivision developer Activa Holdings. A number of Drayton Heights residents have been living with what councillor Andy Knetsch has described as “a mountain of topsoil” along their backyards since 2007. Council wants Activa to consider solutions, but recently supported the developer’s request for a five-year extension of draft plan approval on the subdivision.
Final approval of the extension rests with the County of Wellington. Lynch said Armbruster is willing to consider the idea of giving the topsoil away to those willing to haul it out, however he conceded the material isn’t high quality fill. Armbruster estimates the pile contains about 40,000 cubic metres of material and can’t be easily moved. “It did cost about $100,000 to put it there and it will cost about $100,000 to move it,” Lynch said. “That wasn’t a very good financial option for them.” Lynch stated he would continue discussions with the company about the problem. “I’ll stay on it the best I can,” said Lynch. Later at the May 14 meeting, councillor Jim Curry provided notice of intent to
introduce a motion that would require the developer to present a “detailed plan” for removing topsoil before any further building permits are issued for Drayton Heights. A total of 46 detached and 10 semi-detached lots remain in the subdivision draft plan. Future registrations are contingent on additional capacity being allocated in Drayton by the Ministry of Environment. “I’m getting calls on this from the public. It’s to the point where windows are getting broken,” said Curry. Curry told the Community News he has received numerous complaints about the situation from subdivision residents, including one caller who said a window in their home had been damaged by a piece of material from the topsoil mound. He said the caller didn’t clarify “how it was propelled.”
Municipal operations discussed at town hall meeting in Mapleton by Patrick Raftis DRAYTON - Less than a dozen citizens showed up for an update on local municipal matters at what was billed as a “town hall” meeting at the PMD Community Centre on May 23. Those in attendance heard from Mapleton council and staff on township operations, including 2013 capital projects, the municipality’s five-year roads and bridges plan, parks and recreation master plan, water and wastewater issues and the new corporate strategic plan. Mayor Bruce Whale led off the meeting with an overview of the municipality’s 2013 budget, which saw the township’s tax levy increase by 12.27 per cent and the tax rate increase by 7.34 per cent. Whale explained challenges such as ongoing reductions in the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF), a transfer from the province to municipalities intended to make up for a decrease in the municipal share of farm taxes, make it difficult to hold the line on taxation while providing services. For 2013, Mapleton received $85,900 less than 2012 in OMPF funding. While noting municipalities anticipate the funding level to eventually “stabilize,” Whale said, “I’m certain we’ll continue to see that drop over the next five years.” The mayor pointed out the municipality has a “healthy level” of reserves, with “just under $6 million” between general reserves and reserve
Budget talk - Mapleton Mayor Bruce Whale provided an overview of the municipality’s 2013 budget at a town hall meeting in Drayton on May 23. photos by Patrick Raftis funds for designated purposes. “If you keep building reserves, you’re going to have flexibility down the road,” Whale pointed out. He explained it’s important to have sufficient funds in reserve to be able to take advantage of shared infrastructure funding programs offered by the provincial and federal governments. Councillor Neil Driscoll opened a presentation on roads and bridges by noting finances may force the municipality to reconsider the level of service it can provide in some areas. “We have a lot of small bridges that are probably over 100 years old in the municipality that we just can’t afford to replace,” said Driscoll. He noted, “it’s not the bridges themselves that are hard to finance, it’s the engineering and the GRCA requirements.” Financial restrictions will also likely mean there won’t be many current gravel roads
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getting paved in the township in the near future. “At this point in time we can’t afford to create new paved roads. We just have to try and maintain the pavement that we have,” said Driscoll. In response to a question on bridges, public works director Larry Lynch explained that rather than replacing bridges on some roads, the municipality could designate them for use by horse and buggy only in order to facilitate the large Mennonite community in Mapleton. “It’s a lot easier to go around a five mile block in a car than it is in a horse and buggy,” he noted. Load restrictions that would limit vehicular traffic to “cars and pickups” might also be an option on some roads, Lynch added. Councillor Mike Downey, who provided an overview on parks and recreation matters, noted new washrooms at the Moorefield ball park are
Town hall meeting - Mapleton council members discussed various aspects of municipal operations at a town hall meeting in Drayton on May 23. From left: councillors Mike Downey, Andy Knetsch, Neil Driscoll and Jim Curry. among the priorities in this year’s budget. “We kind of sprung it on our director of public works at the last (regular council) meeting. It’s in the budget so we’ll get it done,” he said. Downey noted that again this year, several recreation projects will be completed with the assistance of local service groups through the municipality’s 50/50 funding program. “I just can’t express enough my appreciation for the service groups in our community,” Downey said. A new partner for the municipality is a group planning to build a tennis court/ ice rink facility in Glen Allan. Downey noted the municipality will be providing $30,000 toward the project, with the community group kicking in the other half. Councillor Jim Curry provided an update on water and wastewater issues. Curry explained, with areas of the municipality experienc-
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ing water volume and pressure issues that affect firefighting capability, the municipality has commenced an environmental assessment as a first step toward the construction of a water tower or standpipe. “It’s very essential for health and safety,” he stated. Curry explained the municipality is currently seeking to have the wastewater capacity at the Drayton sewage treatment facility upgraded from 750 to 950m3/day. To this end an assimilative capacity study is being done on the Conestogo River and meetings with environment ministry officials are planned in the fall. Currently, capacity restrictions at the sewage treatment plant are preventing further development in Drayton. Councillor Andy Knetsch discussed local economic development activities. “We as a community face a lot of different challenges, so it’s really important that we think outside the box when we
look at the money that is drying up at the provincial and federal levels.” Knetsch told the gathering the local economic development committee (EDC)is currently updating the existing strategic plan for the sector and working with Wellington County on a business retention and expansion project, which would see Mapleton focus largely on the agricultural sector. Knetsch also pointed out the EDC has heard from local business owners recently expressing interest in re-establishing a Chamber of Commerce in the community. Business owners who are interested are urged to contact EDC members and the committee will attempt to help move the project forward. Knetsch also said the expansion of rural broadband needs to be an area of focus for economic development. EDC members and staff recently participated in the Western Ontario Continued on page 6
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Building activity down in township
Council to consider motion to declare municipality unwilling host for turbines by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Council here will consider a motion declaring the municipality “not a willing host” for wind turbine developments. Councillor Jim Curry provided notice of intent on May 14 to introduce the motion at a future council meeting. Curry said he knows of about a dozen local residents who have been experiencing health issues since wind turbines were first put up in the
area around Arthur and feels it’s time to take action. Numerous communities in Ontario have passed similar resolutions since Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s first throne speech promised municipalities more say in the location of wind turbines. “Our economy can benefit from [wind farms], but only if we have willing hosts,” she said. Minto and Centre Wellington are also considering not-awilling-host motions.
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MAPLETON - Building activity in the township in 2013 continues to lag behind last year’s levels. The latest report from chief building official David Kopp, presented at the May 14 council meeting, indicates 40 building permits were issued in April for construction valued at about $3.4 million, compared to 44 permits for $4.4 million worth of construction activity in April 2012. Year to date, the township has issued 69 permits for construction valued at $5.9 million, well below last year’s level of 100 permits for $9.8 million worth of construction. The township collected $29,363 in building permit fees in April, about $10,000 less than in April of 2012. Year today, permit fees total $53,412, compared to $85,855 last year.
Mapleton to purchase new server for network for municipal office by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - The township will take a technological leap forward with the purchase of a new computer server. Council authorized the purchase of a replacement for the current computer server in the municipal office from a local company, WireQ, at a cost of $15,328 plus HST. A quote from the municipality’s current IT service provider, Compugen, for $20,665 was also received. However deputy treasurer Teresa
Armstrong reported the WireQ system, “will provide a larger capacity and newer technology by using a network storage device instead of storage tapes, which are becoming obsolete.” Armstrong pointed out the current server had reached it’s maximum data capacity and the backup drive had become “intermittent and unreliable.” CAO Patty Sinnamon stated the current server was in need of immediate replacement. “It was antiquated five years ago,” she observed.
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Rodeo kickoff - Jamie Warren is headlining the Mapleton Rodeoâ€™s Saturday night concert. Guests at a May 21 kick-off event at the Drayton Festival Theatre were privy to a preview of Warrenâ€™s talent. The inaugural Mapleton Rodeo runs July 5 to 7 in Moorefield. photo by Helen Michel
Perth-Wellington NDP choose new candidate for riding Ball hockey - The ice may be out, but the action continues at the PMD Arena in Drayton. The floor was filled with youngsters playing ball hockey on May 23. photo by Patrick Raftis
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STRATFORD - Perth-Wellington New Democrats chose Western University journalism professor and community activist Romayne Smith Fullerton to be their candidate in the next provincial election. Smith Fullerton described to the packed nomination meeting, held in Stratford on Sunday night, how she came to throw her hat in the ring. She said what propelled her from the world of academia into the public arena was the plan to develop a below water level gravel pit on a flood plain adjacent to the Thames River. â€œIt seemed so unfair,â€? she said. â€œIt seemed wrong to me that a company with a poor track record of following the rules at another pit they own should be able to exploit the fragile land along the Thames and forever change the area, and the lives of my neighbours,
many who have lived in the [area] for generations.â€? â€œGiving voice to their concerns was rewarding,â€? she said During the summer, Smith Fullerton said her campaign will focus on a process of sharing information, exchanging and respecting different perspectives and the opportunity to listen and learn from the residents of Perth-Wellington about their concerns. Yet she noted the process was not about her. â€œIt ought to be about all of you. It ought to be about hearing your concerns, your ideas, hearing what you want from those you choose to represent you. I can listen â€“ and package those concerns and move them forward so that together we can translate interest in issues into concrete political action for change in the larger community of PerthContinued on page 5
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Challenging environment It’s probably no reflection on the level of community interest when a forum on local political affairs fails to draw a dozen citizens from a municipality of nearly 10,000 people. After all, with two NHL playoff games on the tube, farmers hard at work with spring planting and any number of spring activities in full swing around the area, it’s difficult to attract a crowd for anything optional at this time of year. Or perhaps, between the efforts of the municipality and the media, local citizens feel sufficiently informed on local municipal affairs. Regardless of the reason, there were only 11 members of the public on hand for a town hall meeting presented by the Township of Mapleton at the PMD Community Centre on May 23. Those present received an interesting overview of township operations; one that aptly illustrates some of the challenges facing cash-strapped local governments in these days of diminishing federal and provincial funding. As Mayor Bruce Whale pointed out, the local budget itself was heavily impacted by a reduction of almost $86,000 in Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund dollars flowing from the province to the township. That amount of money represents more than two percent of the 2013 tax levy and would have been sufficient to cover any number of projects that instead fell on local taxpayers to fund. A presentation on roads and bridges revealed the grim situation small municipalities are facing in terms of simply maintaining existing standards. It’s reaching the point where any number of less-travelled roads in the municipality may have to be closed or load restricted, because it’s not considered financially feasible to replace bridges. In terms of enhancing the local road system with new paved roads, residents were told that’s simply not in the budget. Development has been strong in Mapleton’s urban centres in recent years, but that too comes at a price. More residences place additional pressure (or lack thereof) on the local water and wastewater systems and the township has determined a new water tower or standpipe is needed in Drayton to ensure adequate pressure for firefighting and other needs. Even if provincial and/or federal funding can be secured, that project as well represents a significant financial challenge. A report on economic development indicated Mapleton has the lowest rate of internet connectivity in the county and one of the lowest in southern Ontario. Rural broadband connectivity is a key factor in attracting and retaining business in today’s virtual commercial environment. Councillor Andy Knetsch stated the municipality needs to be a “launching pad” for a solution to that situation as well. That’s another challenge on the agenda of local council’s that has cropped up in just the past decade. A positive note was sounded in the report on parks and recreation. Councillor Mike Downey pointed out local service clubs and community groups have been stepping up to fill the void left by diminishing provincial and federal transfers by raising money for local projects and pitching in to get the jobs done. It’s great to see that such community spirit is alive and strong in Mapleton. It would appear all that and more will be needed for the municipality to continue to thrive and prosper in an increasingly demanding political environment. Patrick Raftis
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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society Rural crime Each week I scan the police report in the local paper to see what crime may have happened in our neighbourhood. Today’s reports just give us the bare facts of each event. Not so in the years gone by, as evidenced by a write-up of a burglary spree in Drayton in the 1930s. Seven stores were entered in the early morning hours in what was described as “the most prolific episode of its kind in village history.” The stolen goods were valued at about $700 and damage amounted to probably $100 - a significant amount when one compares the
values to those of today. The reports of the villagers’ activities that night were gathered. Local Constable Lee reported that when he made his final tour of the village at two o’clock all was quiet. At three o’clock Elmer Walker went to “put” the bread at the Drayton Bakery and nothing was stirring. Sometime during the early morning hours, Miss Belva Perkins, Mr. Robert Cutting and Mrs. S. E. Fisher all roused and thought they had heard a loud noise and a dog barking, but each drifted back to sleep. Mr. Enos Colquhoun, “a late traveler” reported seeing a car
heading off toward Kitchener just before four o’clock. Bert Andrews arrived at his confectionery store shortly after four o’clock and found a banana peel on the step. The night was very cold and the peel had not frozen, so it was deduced the burglars had left only a short time before he arrived. The burglars were apparently after money and goods that could be easily sold. J.M. Amy, the local tailor, lost gloves, ties, belts, shirts and sweaters, but no money was on the premises. Henderson’s Drug store lost about $50 in bills, but the small change was left in the till. Fountain pens,
pencils and a large quantity of aspirin were also taken. The reporter commented that the “burglars should at least be able to write home about their exploits.” At Bert Andrews’ store, the burglars took a large quantity of tobacco and cigarettes, and “helped themselves” to the bananas. “Apparently they did not have a sweet tooth for the chocolates were not bothered.” At Hefkey’s Shoe Store they took two pair of shoes after ransacking drawers and shelves and apparently trying on a number of shoes to get the right fit.
These four merchants all had their front door locks forced, resulting in some damage to the doors. Charlie Heffernan wasn’t quite so fortunate. His front door was smashed and the burglars made off with a small amount of money and tobacco. John Lunz and O. B. Henry had stout wooden doors and heavy brass locks on their stores. Although the burglars tried, they failed to gain entrance to those two stores. Constable Lee called in the Guelph Police for assistance. As well as collecting evidence locally they made an “intensive” search of the county.
The reporter or perhaps the editor closed the article by commenting on the need “for some greater method of security in small towns now that better protection in the cities and fast motor travel is driving the criminal elements of the population to turn their eyes on the unprotected small town where a few hundred to a few thousand dollars worth of loot can be secured with much less danger of detection.” Eighty-some years later police are still challenged to apprehend the “criminal elements of our population” in the rural areas. submitted by Jean Campbell
NDP chooses local candidate
FROM PAGE THREE Wellington,” she added. Smith Fullerton’s selection was the first time in a number of years that the provincial riding association had a contested nomination. With the announcement of the results, runner-up and former provincial and federal candidate Ellen Papenburg of Drayton graciously moved that the meeting’s decision be made unanimous. During the meeting both candidates responded to a
broad range of questions submitted by members, including: how to connect young people to the NDP, the party’s stance on sustainable agriculture, how to encourage greater use of alternative energy sources despite the negative experience with wind farms, the party’s position on the Liberal-Conservative vote on Bill 115 and its effect on collective bargaining rights of teachers and education workers in Ontario, and approaches to fighting the next election.
Drayton Location Storyteller - Palmerston historian Chad Martin used stories and slides to illustrate the early history of the town at a storytelling session hosted by the Town of Minto at the Harriston library on May 23.
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Event revives storytelling tradition by Patrick Raftis HARRISTON – Like any community, Minto has its share of good stories and storytellers. The town is working to keep the art of the verbal tale alive and recently hosted its third storytelling event at the Harriston Library on May 24. The evening featured stories by Campbell Cork, a veteran radio journalist and author of the Pig’s Ear collection of tales from around the region. Cork shared stories from his books, including several featuring Minto characters and settings. Local historian Chad Martin told stories of the early days of Palmerston, illustrated with slides of vintage postcards showing the evolution of the town, beginning with the construction of the first log cabin in the area in the 1860s. “I love postcards. I call postcards a 100-year-old version of twitter,” Martin quipped. “In about 140 characters you could fit a message on a card and it usually had some sort of interesting picture with it.” Minto Mayor George Bridge shared some stories from the memoirs of his father, Milt Bridge, covering the elder Bridge’s time as a Second World War fighter pilot. Bridge noted he recently donated a copy of the book to the Harriston Historical Society and it is now available in the society’s display room at the library. Harriston history buff Carol Homuth spoke of a time in the late 1920s, when a small oil drilling operation was set up along the Blind Line at the edge of the town. “They were drilling with a water drilling apparatus so they weren’t drilling that deep. But they got enough to heat an
old shack for the winter,” he recalled. During the event, the floor was opened up to allow other participants to share their memories of local people and events. Recreation and marketing coordinator Mandy Jones said the event was designed to help preserve an aspect of local
history that might otherwise be lost. “So much of our history is in the stories we tell around our kitchen tables,” she noted. The May 24 event was videotaped and the stories will be transcribed by Matthew Grant, a university student working with the town for the summer.
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By Laurie Langdon
A quiet revival I have yet had the opportunity to see revival in its purest form. While there have been occurrences of it here and there and while I have read about revivals that have taken place, I have not yet had the joy of witnessing it for myself. At least, I don’t think I have. It could have happened and, because I was looking for some other sort of manifestation, I missed it. But, yet, in solemn reflection, maybe what many in the world are experiencing right now is a powerful move of God. Oh it may not appear like anything significant is happening. In fact, the opposite may seem to be true. The pews are still empty, the prayer room is still vacant, volunteers are still hard to come by, church leaders are still coming under powerful attacks and, while there does seem to be life, it’s a struggle. Let me ask, “What is the first thing that happens when fire comes?” Stuff catches fire, that’s what happens. And when stuff catches fire stuff burns up and is no more. The stuff of religion, of familiar patterns of church society, the stuff of structures that have existed for hundreds of years, may just be coming under the scrutiny of the Holy
Spirit and under the influence of God’s holy fire. Friend, be not dismayed: God is at work, moving by His Spirit. Oh, it’s not on the plane we would expect, it is a quiet revival. It is a “burning” revival, the result of which might be one day classified as a reawakening, or a re-birthing, of new things in the spirit realm. But yet it is quiet, unheralded, unseen, and yet, powerful. It is so powerful, I would predict, that it could be classed as “the big one.” The prayers of the saints are taking hold in the spirit realm and the fire of God is falling: burning, scorching, melting removing all that is unnecessary so that His people can become implanted with that which is alone necessary: God through Jesus Christ by means of the Holy Spirit. God must be reproduced in us, then He will be revealed in our world. It is time then to get serious, time for the Body of Christ to be made pure. Enough already of church life as it is, of the old patterns of worship and of the works of the flesh, impressive as they were. We are on a new track now. We are burning up - totally - so that there may be nothing left except God ... only God. “Is this true?” you ask. “Well, you tell me,” says I. “Have you yourself not become dismayed at the apparent lack of power in our praying? Have you not become discontent over the apathy in the Church? Have you not become
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dismayed over the lack of impact your testimony has had on those around you?” “But have you also not been turned recently in your heart,” I continue, “to seek God in a new way? Gone are the old prayers. Gone are the things that you once held dear. Gone are the days you just attended Church and were generally happy with the way things were flowing. Is your heart not burning now with a new desire; a deep burning desire - not for another “move” of God or another “wave” of whatever might be flowing here, there or somewhere else? No, there’s something new pumping through your veins and gushing through your heart. You have never felt this effect before. It is a burning desire, not for something fresh and new, but for something very real ... very, very real!” “So real, in fact,” I persist, “that there will be no denying the fact that it is God, because no man could have created this, not even a genius. “No amount of skilled leadership could have initiated this, for this is so real that it is unreal. The power of God is being manifested in areas you have not seen or heard of. This is mighty. This is powerful. This is unquestionably divine: in origin, in advancement and in effect.” “But you’ll be surprised,” I conclude, “to know that it has already begun.” “Where?” you say. “Right there!” I say. “Right where?” you say. “Right there!” I say, point-
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you might just get the opposite. You might become the despised, the rejected, the forgotten, the no-name. But you will be effectual: serving as you never have, blessing as you never have, ministering as you never have.” “Will you see people saved, healed, delivered? Oh yes. Will you see mountains move, the lame walk and the dead come alive again? Oh yes. But be aware of two other realities. Number one, the manner in which you see it will both shock you and delight you at the same time. Second, the person you will see at the front of the crowds will be a familiar one, someone you have walked with for a long time. He’ll be the one you have wrestled with for so many days, the one who walked into your life some time ago, snatching you from your wasted life, nailing your sins to a cross and raising you up with himself from the dead, causing you to walk in newness of life. “You mean ... ?” “You got it. The one at the front will be Jesus.” “Jesus ... yes, Jesus. The one, the holy one and the only one I want to see at the front, the only one who can handle the front, the only one who is worthy of the front. Jesus ... Jesus ... yes, Jesus, the only one, the only one, the only one.” “Praise His matchless, marvellous, incomparable, holy name ... His wonderful name!” “But now we must go, for a great work awaits us. We must go, and do His bidding.”
retaining businesses in the area. While he pointed out area company Mornington Communications has plans to bring fibre optic service to urban areas like Drayton and Moorefield, CAO Patty Sinnamon explained connec-
tivity is also key in rural areas. “How farmers do business today is much different than how they did it just five years ago,” Sinnamon said, adding the Mapleton municipal office, located in a rural area, also struggles with connectivity.
Porter appointed to EDC by Mapleton council by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - The township’s economic development committee has a new member. Mapleton Council approved the appointment of Jennifer Porter to the committee at its May 14 meeting. In her application, presented at the meeting, Porter stated, “As a resident of Mapleton Township, I have a vested interest in making our town the best and most vibrant place it can be. I also run a small business.” Porter, a former teacher,
states she is “passionate about supporting the local economy by shopping locally and encouraging others to do so.” CAO Patty Sinnamon noted in a report to council that Porter expressed her interest in joining the committee after attending several recent meetings as an observer. “She would be a tremendous asset to the committee given her interests and experience in organizing events such as Movies in the Park, which she plans on coordinating again this year,” said Sinnamon.
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because God’s holy fire is burning in our souls. That’s the reason for the dryness. He is taking away our life - putting us to death, if you will - so that we become so “dead” that there is no longer any life in us ... absolutely none!” “Dead? No life?” “Yes. Because it is only in death that we become absolutely surrendered: no more gimmicks to rely on, no more popular personalities to keep us motivated, no fresh ideas to hang our hats on, nothing. Nothing, that is, but God. No me, no you, no anybody else, only God. “And, if it is only God it is holy. If it is only holy, it is unhindered. If it is unhindered, the power of our holy God is unleashed as it has never been able to be expressed before.” “Why not?” “Because we have been in the way!” “I think I’m starting to understand.” “I think you are.” “You see, in order to walk into that place of true revival, define it as you may, you and I must be absolutely empty of ”you” and “I,” transfused with the virtue of our heavenly Father, being made like Him in virtue and unleashed into our world: empty of flesh, unencumbered with human will and ambition, absolutely re-created in His image, transported by His love and emitting the radiance of His glorious presence.” “No, you will not be hailed as the greatest person alive. Neither will you get the citizen of the year award. In fact,
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ing at your gut. “God has begun something in you that is presently secret, yet powerful. In fact, what He has begun in you he has also begun in literally millions around the world.” “He has?” “Yes, he has. The living God has placed within each of the hearts of these untold millions the very same passion that is burning in you.” “But I don’t have a passion,” you retort. “Then what is it you have?” I reply. “Just this empty feeling, this dryness, this powdery taste in my mouth; the kind of taste one would have when his throat is parched and dry from thirst.” “Uh-uh.” “You see, there’s nothing there: no faith, no passion, no life.” “Exactly.” “But what are you saying? You seem to be assenting to what I am feeling as if it were all right. You scare me.” “But, you see, that’s exactly my point. What you are feeling is not life, but death.” “Death?” “Yes, death. Death to your self.” “But. I don’t understand.” “Neither do I. And that’s my other point: this is a mystery.” “You have to give me more than this.” “Don’t you get it? You and I, along with the millions of people around the world mentioned earlier, are witnessing a divine move of God. We are looking for life and we see death everywhere. That’s
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On track - Maryborough Public School held a track and field meet recently. Clockwise from left: Grade 3 boys race to the finish line; Georgia Ellison picked up first place ribbons in several events; action from one of the girls racing events; Grade 6 student Jana Bieman catches some air in the running long jump. submitted photos
ALMA - Alma Womenâ€™s Institute members and friends enjoyed a demonstration on deboning a turkey and making a turkey roll. Lenora Arbuckle gave a demonstration and participants had a chance to enjoy the finished product at the end of the evening. The annual meeting with the election of officers followed the demonstration. Results of the election were: president Helen Moffatt, secretary Margaret Hall, treasurer Ruth Grose, first vice-president Shirley Fletcher, second vice-president Lenora Arbuckle. PRO is Pat Salter, who installed the officers. Plans were made for the mystery tour meeting to be held June 20. Participants are to meet at the hall at 11:30am. A shower of saleable gifts for the gift shop of the newlyreopened Erland Lee Museum will be held in the future. A letter will be written
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