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New chapter of 100 Women Who Care formed in county By Caroline Sealey

Superhero adventure - After taking super hero training and making the super hero promise, children at the Mapleton Splash Pad fundraiser Super Hero Adventure Party on June 9 at the Drayton Agricultural Hall received autographs from their favourite super hero. Keian Ovubide of Kitchener got to compare notes on web slinging with Spiderman. More photos on page 8 Photo by Caroliine Sealey

PALMERSTON - A chance meeting of like-minded women at an International Women’s Day luncheon has resulted in the formation of another chapter of 100 Women Who Care. This chapter, 100 Women Who Care Rural Wellington, includes, as the name suggests, women from rural Wellington. Seniors’ Centre for Excellence program coordinator Helen Edwards was responsible for organizing the International Women’s Day event on March 8 at the Palmerston United Church. One of the speakers at the event was 100 Women Who Care Guelph representative Sharon Lewis. She was also inspired to make a difference in her community after attending a presentation in Guelph on 100 Women Who Care. Lewis encouraged the women participating in the Palmerston event to consider forming a group in their own communities. “Helen brought the organization to light at the meet-

Caring women - Seniors’ Centre for Excellence program co-ordinator Helen Edwards, left, and 100 Women Who Care Rural Wellington organizing committee member Kay Ayres are searching for rural Wellington women interested in joining the chapter. The organization raises funds for local charities in need. Photo by Caroline Sealey ing in Palmerston,” said Kay Ayres, organizing committee member with 100 Women Who Care Rural Wellington. “Mapleton resident Debra Whale was sitting beside me at the luncheon and we got talking about forming a chap-

ter. “After the March meeting Helen joined us and then Judy Dirksen came on board.” Edwards said, “Its an easy-peasy way to give to SEE NEW CHARITY » 3

Pettapiece re-elected as provincial Tories claim majority By Patrick Raftis and Olivia Rutt PERTH WELLINGTON Randy Pettapiece has been elected for the third time in Wellington’s northern riding. Results in PerthWellington mirrored the overall results in the June 7 election, though the Progressive Conservative incumbent received even stronger support (50.7 per cent) than his party overall under leader Doug Ford (40.6%). As with the provincial results, it was clear very early on last Thursday evening that Pettapiece would emerge victorious. In the end he secured 23,736 votes, handily defeating Michael O’Brien of the NDP party (14,385 votes, 30.1%), Liberal candidate Brendan Knight (5,062, 10.8%) and Lisa Olsen of the Green Party (2,746, 5.9%). “We did it,” declared Pettapiece, freshly elected to a new term, this time as part of a majority Progressive

PC celebration - Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece thanks supporters at an election night celebration in Listowel. Photo by Patrick Raftis Conservative government. “People saw a need for change and they voted for it and people are ready for new leadership and I want to congratulate premier-elect (Doug) Ford for his victory.”


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Speaking to a roomful of supporters at an election night celebration at the Listowel Golf and Country Club, he added, “Now the people will expect the new government to deliver, and


no party is perfect, but all of us want the best for Ontario. “We can have confidence in the PC team and I will work with them and the premier to ensure constituents of Perth-Wellington have


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that confidence. Change won’t happen overnight, but change will happen.” Overall, the PC Party under Leader Doug Ford secured a majority government, winning 76 seats with 40.6% of the popular vote. The NDP and Andrea Horwath won 40 ridings (33.7% support), while the Liberals had a disastrous showing, winning just seven seats (19.3% support) and losing official party status. The Green Party had a historic night, electing leader Mike Schreiner in Guelph as the party’s first ever representative in the legislature. Overall the party received 4.6% of the popular vote. The local June 7 results mark an increase in support for Pettapiece over the 2014 election, during which he garnered 39% support. After spending two terms in opposition, the MPP said he is ready to work with the new premier on issues that are important to riding residents, citing “the rising cost of living, fixing hydro, health


care and long-term care and integrity in government.” In his remarks, Pettapiece thanked his campaign team for their efforts, as well as his wife Jane and their children for their support and voters for their trust. “I’m certainly grateful to the voters for putting their trust in me,” he stated. “Trust doesn’t come from just one election campaign, it comes from helping people, one constituent at a time, one day at a time. It’s hardearned, but easily lost.” He vowed to “work for the people of Perth-Wellington, not a party, or a government,” and to continue serving as an MPP “for everyone.” In an interview, Pettapiece said putting his private member’s bill to protect firefighters – The Rea and Walter Act – back on the legislative agenda will be a priority for him. The bill was stalled when the Liberal government prorogued the legislature ahead of the election. The act, which would SEE CONSERVATIVES » 5

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Norwell varsity girls win College Heights Invitational GUELPH - The Norwell District Secondary School Varsity Red girls fastball team won the championship at the College Heights Invitational Tournament in Guelph on June 6. Despite a 5-1 deficit early in the first game against

Bishop Macdonnell, the team battled back to secure a 7-5 win. Solid pitching from Daphne Culp and strong bats from several players contributed to the win. In game two against John F. Ross, the Varsity Reds got off to an early lead with


numerous hits by all players but Ross continued to challenge until the last inning. With Erin Schill on the mound, Norwell went on to win 14-12. The Reds faced Ross once again in the final. The team battled back to tie the game at 6-6 after falling behind, forcing a tie breaker. Norwell came out on top winning the championship by a final score of 8-6. “The girls should be commended for a total team effort combined with excellent sportsmanship,” team officials state.

Tournament champs - The Norwell District Secondary School Varsity Red girls fastball team won the College Heights Invitational Tournament in Guelph on June 6. From left: front, Carley Crispin, Elizabeth Mallett, Raegan Cressman, Joelle Diamond, Julia Mantler and Mallory Crispin; back, coach Zachary Graham, Chelsey Grice, Jana Bieman, Kyla Soehner, Trista Whitelaw, Daphne Culp, Daphnie More, Erin Schill and coach Carla Ropp. Submitted photos

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Local residents travel to Dominican Republic on mission trip by Alecia Weber and Donna Hirtle DRAYTON - Under the leadership of Josh Martin, youth leader of Community Mennonite Fellowship, a group of 26 travelled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on May 4. The group included: Adam Driedger, Brent Ellison, Georgina Ellison, Jaclyn Ellison, Shona Frere, Angela Guest, Donna Hirtle, Phares Horst, Lynn Horst, Lauren Horst, Nathan Horst, Seth Horst, Calysta Kaye, Mary MacKenzie, Anthony Martin, Connor Martin, Dawson Martin, Kate Martin, Krista Martin, Luca Martin, Marlene Martin, Mike Martin, Alecia Weber, Travis Weber, Zach Woodburn, plus eight more from Harmony Road Baptist Church, Oshawa. It arrived at Lighthouse School of Los Alcarrinzos with work clothes, gloves, water bottles, sunscreen and hearts ready to serve. Although excited to be available the team wondered if they would be of any value for eight days. The group participated in an Impact Team and had the opportunity to contribute to the important ongoing community transformation work of International Teams (iTeams). The goal was to join with them to grow new friendships and to exchange knowledge, skills and resources to help interrupt the cycle of poverty. iTeams have programs all over the world. Their vision is to meet

Mission trip - A group of local residents travelled under the auspices of Community Mennonite Fellowship on a mission trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in May. Submitted photo the needs of widows, orphans and refugees by transforming lives and communities by the power of God. They do this by working with partners to provide resources, expertise, services and infrastructure to indigenous leaders and churches that exist to help the impoverished. “We were one of many churches building into the development of the Dominican Republic, more specifically the Lighthouse project for the past 26 years,” officials said. Los Alcarrizos is a municipality outside of Santo Domingo. In the 1980s, people started moving to Los Alcarrizos to work in the textile factories. Lighthouse Ministries opened a vocational school to teach adults how to use the machines in the factories for higher incomes.

Presently, 300,000 people live in Los Alcarrizos but because it is an unplanned community there is very poor infrastructure. Lighthouse started a school for the kids in the area who had moved with their families. The school goes from Grade 1 to 12, and the children learn math, English, history, geography, and more advanced courses like computers, marketing and extended ESL classes. This community has 42% unemployment. Lighthouse has also built most of the curbs and sidewalks in the community which prevents water from running into the homes. Later the government recognized the innovation and came alongside. Lighthouse builds homes for families that meet a certain criterion; these houses can be built in up to two

weeks. Lighthouse also provides affordable clean drinking water through its water filtration plant. Children no longer show symptoms of “big belly” from drinking water tainted by sewage. The Lighthouse compound now has a three-storey school, water filtration building, gym, vocational school, baseball diamond, basketball court, cafeteria and living area for the volunteer teams. The next phase is building a university to the compound. Universities only run in the afternoon and evening because they use primary and secondary schools once the school day is done. The closest university is in Santo Domingo. “One of our young translators Manuel currently trains to be an electrical engineer and daily takes the bus more

than an hour each way,” officials said. Villa Altagracia is a community half an hour outside of Los Alcarrizos and with 72% unemployment, is a haven for crime, drugs, abuse and early pregnancies. Lighthouse has been invited to work similarly in this community. It has started by building a basketball court and a water filtration building. Trust is building. One of our days commenced the paving of the laneway that would allow trucks to manoeuvre. The other half of our team introduced paint to the new washrooms and compound. They have also purchased land to build the vocation school. Lighthouse’s dream is to work in three additional similar communities throughout the Dominican Republic, which would multiply the successes Los Alcarrizos model. Another key project was preparing for the foundation of a small home. The family with major health concerns and a son’s death were receiving the very modest accommodation of living/ kitchen area, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The foremen trained volunteers in rebar preparations, which they positioned with years of experience. Vounteers mixed cement mixers and became the bucket brigade, for the foundation. Cement cinder blocks are standard building materials in the Dominican Republic. While frost, installation and heating are not an issue, termites and rainfall

are. The team did not complete this home, but the baton is in place for the next team to run with the next length of the project and so the work dovetails and continues. “Compound retaining walls for safety were still in process and we learned as fast as we could how to make mortar and lay cinder blocks. Again, our appreciation goes to the professionals and quality control,” officials said. Church, a community walk, a “tourist day” and a swimming pool were part of the rest versus intense work of the week. “Americanos” are frequent visitors as volunteers, and the community readily welcomed the team regardless of Canadian passports. The community of Drayton and surrounding areas encouraged the team with their generous prayer and financial support. Fundraisers, (rock picking, stick picking, apple fritters, apple crisps, a pancake breakfast, a recent baseball tournament and more) were a huge team builder in the 11 months leading to departure. “We are confident that our community’s prayers actively protected and encouraged us in our travels and work,” officials said. “Though economically fragile we sensed a vigour and genuine happiness and gratitude among the people we met. Despite the language barrier the message ‘love your neighbour’ is universal. The cultural education left a positive impression on our lives; it is our hope that it was mutual.”

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local charities. A commitment of one hour of your time, four times a year and four $100 cheques.” 100 Women Who Care has its roots in Jackson, Michigan where Karen Dunegan organized the first chapter. Currently there are over 200 chapters in Canada and 1,000 in the United States. Chapters meet four times a year. Each member of the chapter brings a $100 cheque

to the meeting where charity names are submitted for a chance to be the recipient of the cheques, totaling $10,000. Three charities are drawn from a hat. The member who submitted the name of the charitable organization drawn from the hat gives a presentation to the membership on the charity and why the charity deserves to be chosen for the donation. The charity must be local and must be able to issue

tax receipts. A vote is taken amongst the membership and the winning charity attends a subsequent meeting to explain to the chapter how the donation was spent. The two charities not chosen are returned to the hat. Any members who cannot attend a meeting are asked to contribute their cheque but when not in attendance are unable to vote. Ayres added 100% of the money goes to the char-

ity as there are no overhead expenses. The charity receiving the donation is responsible for issuing receipts. The chapter has had some difficulty finding local charities in need of a donation that can issue tax receipts. Edwards said, “The chapter showcases the work being done in the community. As we are focusing on rural Wellington we have been able to attract members

from Elora, Fergus, Belwood, Mapleton Township and north Wellington. To date we have 93 members and are willing to take more than 100 members.” 100 Women Who Care Rural Wellington’s first four meetings are scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Palmerston Community Centre, Dec. 17 at the Grand River Raceway in Elora, March 18, 2019 at the Drayton Reformed Church and June 17, 2019 at the

Maryborough Community Centre in Moorefield. The doors open at 6pm with meetings running from 7 to 8pm. “It’s an opportunity to have a huge impact on the community,” Edwards said. “It reflects the power that a group of dedicated women have with a small investment of time and money.” For more information on the chapter or to become a member contact Edwards at

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Students create community mural Mural - Participants in Norwell District Secondary School’s Community Work Transition (Life Skills) program have been working for several weeks to create a community mural on the sports pad in the Palmerston Lion’s Heritage Park. They are hosting a community opening on June 16 from 9am to 1:30pm. ABOVE: Teachers Lindsay Clements, left, and Mallory Tolcher coordinated the project, which involved about 20 students. LEFT: Clements and student Luke Drabyk painting a portion of the design. Submitted photos

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Time to talk Despite the efforts of community groups, government and social agencies in recent years to help society move past the stigma associated with suicide, any conversation on the topic is still a tough one to have. Losses of this nature leave loved ones in pain and struggling with questions - and friends confounded over how to offer solace. While one such loss is too many, it seems that over the past year there have been an alarming number of suicides, particularly involving young people, in the north Wellington region. An effort to bring the community together for a conversation about recent suicides in northern Wellington County is being coordinated by Minto Fire, the Town of Minto and the Norwell District Secondary School community. Billed as a Community Conversation on Suicide, the event, planned for June 14 at 6:30pm at Norwell, is being viewed by organizers as an information gathering session to “understand the needs and wants of the community.” The event grew out of a meeting - involving community partners such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, Homewood Health, Minto Fire, concerned parents and Minto Youth Action Council - on suicides impacting area youth and adults. It’s a first step by a caring community toward finding ways to help those who need it most. It’s a tough conversation, but it’s important that we have it.

Hefty donation – The Drayton Kinsmen and Drayton Kinettes made a $7,150 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from money raised at fundraising events throughout the year. From left: Drayton Kinsmen president Ray Kuper, Kinsmen and Kinette Zone B deputy governors Paul and Lori Schnarr, Drayton Kinette president Sasha Shannon and Drayton Kinette cystic fibrosis director Gina Dobben. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Letter to the editor Competing with business? Dear Editor: The June 7 issue of Community News includes an article concerning Mapleton Township going into business, establishing a “pop up” store that will be selling “locally produced items,” as well as “baking (and) produce.” It’s reassuring to read that the economic viability of this project will be assessed, but it’s fair to ask whether taxpayers will be pleased with the notion of potentially subsidizing this operation. It’s also fair to ask how this project will affect the business retention part of Mapleton’s economic development program when you have a number of local grocery businesses, for example in Drayton and Moorefield who now sell baking and produce. These will obviously be competing with this new township financed and

staffed business establishment if it is selling products that they currently are selling, including baking and produce. Economic development opportunities are recognizably limited in rural and small town Ontario, and while efforts to find new markets are to be encouraged, taking part of the market away from an existing business doesn’t seem to be very helpful. Would it not be better to work towards liaising between these existing Mapleton business enterprises and the local producers of things like baking and produce, thereby freeing up economic development money for more strategic initiatives and at the same time, strengthening businesses already operating in Mapleton? Terence Rothwell, RR1, Moorefield


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ALMA - The Alma Goldstone United Church Strawberry Social will be held on June 26 from 5 to 7:30pm at the Alma Community Hall. “For many, the Alma Goldstone Garden Party is a family tradition, with one, two and sometimes three generations of family members attending,” said Sharon Grose, member of Alma United Church. The Alma Goldstone Garden Party has been annual event for over 110 years. “There is a lot of planning and behind-the-scenes work that goes into the organizing of an event of this size,” said Grose. She explained volunteer work committees handle tasks such as menu planning, decorating, food preparation and clean up. Over 50 volunteers are busy with preparations. Organizing food lists to serve up to 700 people might intimidate some, but the Alma Goldstone ladies are known through out the country side for their catering abilities. Mention the name Alma and people associate it with good food, noted Grose. “Each family within the church contributes to the event - lists are handed out assigning tasks to be completed at the event by each family member.” “Young and old alike lend a hand,” says Grose. “From the youth delivering dessert trays to the young at heart preparing food and serving it - there is a lot of socializing that goes on at this event not only by the guests but by the congregational members as well.” The menu for this year will be an old fashioned country-style meal with all-youcan-eat ham, potato salad, cabbage salad, deviled eggs and pickles. Dessert will feature home made tarts, cupcakes and of course fresh strawberries. Boxes and boxes of fresh local strawberries are hulled for the event. Why do people keep coming back to Alma’s Garden Party? “It’s good food and warm hospitality in a pleasant rural setting,” said Grose. “People enjoy homecooked meals and church suppers are a popular evening out for folks of all ages.”


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require identification of buildings containing trussand-lightweight construction materials is named in honour of North Perth Fire Service members Ken Rea and Ray Walter, who died battling a fire in March 2011 when the roof of the Listowel Dollar Stop collapsed. “I want to move forward with that and I want to get it passed. I have support all over Ontario for that bill and I want to get it done,” the MPP stated. While much of the 2018 election centred on scandal and personal attacks at the provincial level, Pettapiece said he was pleased the campaign was more civil locally. “In this riding when we were doing the debates, none of the candidates went after each other personally and I appreciated that,” said Pettapiece. “We don’t do that out here. We keep it to the topic of the day, which is we attack each other’s politics, ideas, but we leave personal

attacks out of it. I don’t agree with that type of thing. I’ve never agreed with it. I was disappointed it got as far as it did, but that’s not what we do in Perth-Wellington.” Asked what role he hopes to play in the new government, Pettapiece responded, “Whatever my leader asks me to do.” NDP candidate Michael O’Brien said his party made progress both provincially and in Perth-Wellington. “Obviously we’re disappointed that we didn’t win. But this was exciting, nervewracking,” he said, noting many people he met while canvasing “seemed to be coming over to our side, especially in the last few weeks.” He pointed out, “We actually exceeded in this election what we got in 2011 and 2014 combined, so things were looking up for us.” While the Liberals’ voter support dropped substantially from the last election, O’Brien suggested, “I think probably the Liberal vote

Geff Emslie an Everyday Hero at Norwell PALMERSTON - Norwell District Secondary School’s Geff Emslie was awarded An Everyday Hero Award by the Upper Grand District School Board on May 29. Hero Everyday The Award recognizes outstanding achievements by employees and representatives of system partners of the Upper Grand District School Board. There were 11 awards presented this year. “Geff Emslie is someone who goes above and beyond to make Norwell a better place,” school officials state. “Geff works as an special program assistant in the technology department at Norwell but his contributions to the school do not stop there. “Geff won for his compassion in working with all

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“I think we can hold it if we show in opposition that we work with the Conservatives to improve things.” He added, “If we act in a responsible way, I think we can improve, but I think we have to keep on our left wing tags as well, because sometimes I think we tend to drift too much into the centre and that’s where the Liberals gain strength.” O’Brien said the NDP’s new status as official opposition will provide an opportunity to enhance the party’s profile. O’Brien suggested if the Conservatives follow through on their pledge “to end hallway medicine” while managing to decrease long-term bed shortages and improve home care, “I think there can be big efficiencies in hospitals.” However he was less optimistic about the Ford government’s plans for hydro reform. “He wants to return the dividends from Hydro One to the taxpayers. I think there’s $840 million worth of dividends coming to the province. If there’s 40 million Ontarians. That’s $60 each. I just went to the dentist. My bill for just cleaning and examination was $196, so it’s not going to do very much for the average person.” O’Brien said he feels some level of hydro subsidization is inevitable. “(Former Ontario Premier) James Whitney, in 1906, brought hydro into

government control because even those days privatized hydro was too expensive for companies, and even individuals, to afford.” Liberal candidate Brendan Knight thanked supporters in an interview with the Advertiser following the election. “I’m really thankful and humbled for all the support that was given and I really appreciate everyone that worked and volunteered for me, that said that they would vote for me, that liked the campaign that we ran,” he said. He said the last few weeks have been a positive experience for him. “I met a lot of great people that at the door and at debates that had a lot of great questions and concerns and I’ve very proud of the effort of volunteers, and teams had put forward,” he said The Liberals lost 48 seats in the election, obviously a disappointing result. “I think the premier (Kathleen Wynne) was quite honest and forthright a week ago, saying it was not going to be the result that we hoped for,” he said. “I think every party would like more seats, but we knew that it was an interesting election.” Knight added he is concerned about what a PC majority will bring and is motivated to keep the government accountable. Olsen said she was encouraged by the Green

Party’s results, including the election of Schreiner in Guelph. “I think it’s absolutely wonderful; I’ve seen, just in the debates, I’ve seen how much one Green voice can do,” she said. As for the PC majority, Olsen said, “Obviously it’s not what we were hoping for, not what I was hoping for, but I mean, we just have to move on and just grow for the next election.” Olsen also offered congratulations to Pettapiece for his victory and thanked the other candidates for having civil debates. “I also appreciate that we are all working towards the same goal of making Ontario better, even if our ideas of how to initiate that are different,” she said. Rounding out the crowded Perth-Wellington field, and receiving less than 1% support, were Libertarian candidate Scott Marshall (380 votes), Paul McKendrick of the Consensus Party (320), Freedom Party candidate Rob Smeenk (125) and Andrew Stanton of the Alliance Party (89). Voter turnout in PerthWellington was 62.1%, surpassing the results in 2014 (55.7%), 2011 (51.9%) and 2007 (54.6%). At the three polls located in Mapleton, voters heavily favored the PC party, which drew 1,829 votes, compared to 550 for the NDP, 169 for the Green Party and 132 for the Liberals.

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Unity doesn’t mean uniformity There is no shortage of things that divide people in this world. Maybe that is just part of human nature. We seem to love to categorize things. We put things in boxes and label them so that we can clearly see the differences and what belongs with what. Sometimes this is a good thing. I mean, nobody wants to go to the hardware store looking for some 1.5-inch finishing nails and find that all the nails of all types and all sizes are all together

in one giant box. We want them separated so we can find what we are looking for. When I go grocery shopping, the last thing I want is to go to the canned goods section and find that all the labels have been removed. Maybe I’m buying cream of mushroom soup or maybe I’m buying canned artichokes. Who knows? While dividing and labelling might work well for hardware and food, it doesn’t work so well for people. We have just gone through a provincial election here in Ontario that really seemed to highlight the divisions and separations between people. The political system seems to communicate that attacking

your opponent and communicating your platform are equally valid methods to win voters. You couldn’t look at social media without coming across posts about politics. Many of the posts that I saw showed the hostility towards the various political leaders as well as towards those who didn’t share their particular political viewpoints. To me, there seemed to be such a strong sense of “us” versus “them” which communicates separation but also that “my” viewpoint is somehow more valuable or more valid than “your” viewpoint. This seems to get to the real heart of division between people. The election, which seemed to interrupt our regularly scheduled lives, is now

behind us. There are “winners” and “losers.” Maybe the person that you voted for got in but the person that I voted for didn’t. What does life look like now? How do you and I relate to each other? Do the things that we disagreed about divide us? Is there a way forward despite our being very different people with very different opinions on government spending, tax cuts and the environment? Inspired by God, David writes in Psalm 133: 1, “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” That is God’s desire for us as people! That rather than put people into separate boxes based on differences of personality, of beliefs, of lifestyles, of ethic

backgrounds, of skin colour and of political leanings, we can live together in unity and harmony. Rather than be separated, divided and in conflict with each other because of our differences, God desires us to “live together in unity.” That doesn’t mean that we ignore differences or pretend that they don’t exist. Neither does it mean that we have to let those differences drive us away from each other. Unity is not the same as uniformity. Since moving to Drayton in 2016, I have become part of the Kinsmen Club of Drayton, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of serving the community of Drayton. In the 48 years before I showed up, I have no doubt that the club was made

up of a diverse group of people and the same is true today. The club is made up of guys of different ages, different backgrounds and different occupations. I sometimes take jibes because they’re still getting used to having “a preacher” in the club. We may not agree on all things as they relate to politics or faith or club decision making but it doesn’t matter. It is like the saying goes, “We don’t have to agree about anything to be kind to each other.” In politics, in community and in life, the absence of uniformity doesn’t mean the absence of unity. Our differences don’t have to divide us. We can live together in unity and how good and pleasant that is!

Miniature gardens - Local residents may be seeing more fairy or miniature gardens in Mapleton this year. Marlene Ottens shared her experiences for setting up these gardens at the May 22 Mapleton Buds and Blooms meeting. Many were inspired and plan to plant their own miniature gardens. The spring flower show was also held at the meeting. RIGHT: Donna Hirtle shows her first prize winning plant. Submitted photo


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of council. A staff report recommending the purchase of meeting management and video software was approved by council on May 22. The report from CAO Manny Baron notes council has shown interest in having council meetings recorded so that members of the public

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Meeting Manager Pro and Video Manager HD software at a combined cost of $12,200, which would come from the 2019 operating budget if approved. Michael Councillor Martin, who originally suggested council arrange for video recording of council meetings in October of 2015, said he was pleased to see the inclusion of a system to manage meeting agendas and information as part of the package. “Fairly time consuming to prepare agendas and the time to prepare for these meetings can take away from day-to-day activities,” said Martin. “So it’s nice to see that maybe we can kill two birds with one stone and have a software program that’s both user-friendly and easy to use and incorporate, while providing an additional service to the public in terms of transparency.” Some features of the recommended systems include: - faster and more efficient agenda item submission; - improved transparency by providing easy access to public meeting information with indexed video; and - easy access on iPads or PCs by members of council and staff. The report recommends purchase of the system to be implemented with the term of the next council. It would be installed if approved by the new council.

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MINTO - Minto Fire and emptying garbage, cleaning windows, buying supplies, the Town of Minto are spearclean empty apartments and winter snow removal. heading an effort to bring the community together If interested, complete job description can be for a conversation about picked up at Conestoga Crest on Tuesdays & Thursdays recent suicides in Minto and from 8:30 to 4:00 pm or requested by email at northern Wellington County. Resumes will be accepted “Sadly, there have recently until June 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm by mail or email. been several tragic losses in our community,” states a POSITION: Yard Operator (Job #: 346) LOCATION: Drayton press release announcing a COMING EVENTS WANTED TO BUY Community Conversation Hensall Co-op is seeking a dynamic individual to become an integral member of our team! This on Suicide set for June 14 (Job #: 346) SCRAP CARS, TRUCKS, MOOREFIELD UNITED position is full-time, working out of the Drayton location. Norwell District Secondary FARM MACHINERY, CHURCH GARDEN School. Hensall Co-op is seeking a dynamic individual to become an integral member HEAVY EQUIPMENT. PARTY, Friday June 22 “This evening is an and Responsibilities: Job Duties of our team! This position is full-time, working out of the Drayton location. Scrap metal bins available. starting at 5pm. Cold opportunity to learn and ask We sell quality used auto plate- ham, turkey, salads, questions about suicide such • Provide exceptional customer service for incoming and outgoing loads of agricultural Job Duti es and Responsibiliti es: parts. Kenilworth Auto strawberry shortcake. as how to notice signs of Recyclers 519-323-1113. Adults $15, Children 5-12 • weighing, Provide excepti onal customer service for incoming and outgoing loads of product by loading, and unloading product distress and what resources $5.00 , 4 & under free. agricultural product by weighing, loading, and unloading product there are, or need to be, PLEASE NOTE: Take out Maintain accurate records product movement ensure proper documentation is • Maintain accurate of records of product movement and and ensure proper available in the •community . meals are available as there on is completed for each load There will be time tocompleted share fordocumentati each load is limited seating at the • Perform maintenance on yard equipment, and trouble-shoot any equipment ideas on how we can all • in Perform maintenance on yard equipment, and trouble-shoot any equipmentchurch. issuesTo reserve meals support resiliency our issues call 519-573-4852, 519-638-2696 community,” the release • Perform general housekeeping to ensure yard is kept clean and safe at all times or 519-638-2971. • Perform general housekeeping to ensure yard is kept clean and safe at all times states. Cecilia Marie Roberts, Job Requirements: a life promotion/suicide Job Requirements: • Excellent customer service, interpersonal, and verbal/written communication OBITUARY prevention consultant skills from the Ontario Centre Ability to service, prioritize work load in a fast-paced • Excellent •customer interpersonal, andenvironment verbal/written communication skills M C I N T O S H , Vogel, Brody McIntosh, Jackson of Excellence, along with • Dependable with a positive attitude and ability to work in a team Mildred of Vogel, Kyla McIntosh, Aliya Adams, various local service • Strong att entionload to detail time management skills • Ability to prioritize work in and a fast-paced environment Harriston passed and Landon McIntosh. 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Large animal/ barn safety – Wellington County Queen of the Furrow Katrina Martin, left, and Wellington County Princess of the Furrow Tate Driscoll offered presentations on large animal and barn safety at the Waterloo Rural Women’s Children’s Farm Safety Day on June 1 at Milky Wave dairy farm near Floradale. Over 100 children from Wellington County and Waterloo Region participated in the event, which showcased electrical, large animal, barn, large machinery, bicycle, river and dam safety and first aid. The motto of the day was “Don’t be hasty, use safety.” Photo by Caroline Sealey

The Mapleton Splash Pad Superhero Adventure Party Fundraiser on June 9 was a big hit with local youngsters. ABOVE LEFT: Bat girl and Evelyn Petznick of Drayton. ABOVE RIGHT: Ally Ross of Moorefield meets Batman. RIGHT: Event cochairs Drayton Kinettes Brittany Henry, front left, and Stephanie Klaassen with the whole superhero gang. Photos by Caroline Sealey

End of an era Local Auctioneer Gerald Bowman sold off the contents of Gourlay’s store in Moorefield on June 1. Gourlay’s has been an independent grocer in downtown Moorefield since 1937. Current owner Barry Gourlay decided to close the store due to health issues. Photo by Caroline Sealey

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Charity auction - Auctioneer Bill Schlegel, left, auctions off outdoor equipment, assisted by Moorefield Optimist Grant Morgan, at the 48th annual Moorefield Optimist Auction Sale on June 2 at the Moorefield Optimist Hall. Photo by Caroline Sealey

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Drayton Community News June 14, 2018  

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

Drayton Community News June 14, 2018  

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