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COMMUNITY NEWS VOLUME 50 ISSUE 28
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Developer offers surcharge to get subdivision moving By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON â€“ A local developer eager to see the municipality expand its water and sewage capacity to end a development freeze is willing to contribute financially to a solution. Representatives of Glenaviland Development Corporation (GDC) attended the June 27 Mapleton council meeting to indicate the company is open to working with council and contributing funding assistance for proposed wastewater capacity and water service upgrades. â€œOur proposed contribution would be through a â€˜special surchargeâ€™ development charge, paid for by GDC, on a per lot basis as future building permits are issued. This special surcharge would be in addition to the current development charges as set out by the township,â€? states a written proposal from GDC president Fred Prior. The company has a registered plan of subdivision for 88 single family homes and 101 town homes and condos on 30 acres of a 118-acre property. The plan was approved in December of 2013. Design, zoning and environmental approvals have been in place since 2012 for a planned golf course, club house and golf academy on the remaining 88-acre parcel. However the project has been in a holding pattern as
no wastewater or water service capacity has been available. At one point, a plan to utilize the golf course as a location to spread effluent from the municipal sewage treatment plant was under consideration. However, the authors of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) conducted to evaluate alternatives to expand the capacity of the Mapleton Wastewater Treatment Plant did not recommend the township proceed with the plan. GDC officials noted timelines for a capital project for an upgrade of the wastewater plant and water service capacity presented at a stakeholder meeting in September of 2013 were â€œparticularly positive and encouraging.â€? However, they stated, â€œlike all previous meetings regarding this critical project, the approximate 18-month timeline for the projects to come on stream have come and gone.â€? While recognizing a number of hurdles and approvals are required to move the project forward, the company requested council â€œfind a way to move ahead â€Ś without further delays.â€? To date all 45 of Glenavilandâ€™s lots with allocated sewage and water capacity in the Drayton Ridge subdivision have been sold. Forty homes are com-
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pleted, sold and occupied, while the remaining lots are sold or under construction. â€œWeâ€™ve sold our last lot and â€Ś the builders have built on everything that can be built upon,â€? Prior told council, adding the developmentâ€™s future relies on obtaining further allocations. While interest has remained strong from builders, the company is concerned that could waver with future delays. â€œWe want to be able to keep that momentum. If we donâ€™t, then we put the project on hold and we start all over again sometime in the distant future. I think you should know that,â€? said Prior. â€œWeâ€™ve had, in the last year, a tremendous amount of contact of people from as far as the GTA, certainly from the Oakville, Hamilton, Ancaster and the London area to come build here in Drayton. â€œA lot of people thought it was very foolish in the beginning, what we set out to do, but itâ€™s proven that plans that we set were certainly worth it and the only hurdle that we have now is the sewage and water capacity.â€? â€œNothing would please me more than to see 140 houses being built up there,â€? said councillor Marlene Ottens, who asked for more details on how the surcharge would work.
Sports enthusiasts - We Shoot, We Score was the theme of the Drayton Library Summer Childrenâ€™s program on July 5. This program featured Canadian sports stories and games. LEFT: Alicia and Brando Kramer practice their table top curling skills. BELOW: from left: Madison Fillion, Judah Snider and Kandice Roth shoot for points in table top basketball. Children rotated to various sports stations including golf, volleyball, table top hockey, basketball and curling. Photos by Caroline Sealey
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Moorefield public works facility declared surplus, offered for lease By Patrick Raftis MOOREFIELD â€“ The townshipâ€™s former public works building here will soon be offered for lease, Mapleton council has determined. Council directed staff to
prepare a bylaw to declare the building surplus to the municipalityâ€™s needs at the June 27 meeting and authorized staff to proceed with the listing of the building for lease through Royal LePage RCR Realty. The building is no longer
needed since the completion of the new municipal maintenance facility on Sideroad 16. The new facility, located at the site of the municipal administration centre, was officially opened on May 24. The previous public works building was destroyed by
fire in 2013. The township operated out of its Moorefield facility until moving into the new eight-bay shop last December. The move consolidated the townshipâ€™s public works maintenance operations into one facility. A staff report from CAO
Brad McRoberts indicates Royal LePage has proposed a lease rate for the entire building, with a reasonable amount of yard space, in the $4,000 to $5,000 per month range. Tenants would be responsible for utility expenses. The property tax
allocation for the building, as subsequently assessed by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), would be the responsibility of the tenant. â€œAs Moorefieldâ€™s municipal drinking well is located SEE MOOREFIELD Âť 4
â€˜Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack ...â€™ sorry - maybe next year By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON â€“ There will be no hot dogs at local ball parks this summer. Due to lack of bidders, the township was unable to award a contract to run concessions stands at sports fields in Drayton and Moorefield for 2017. The concession stand has
been operated through lease agreements for the past two sport seasons. A request for proposals to establish a new lease to run the concession services for Drayton and Moorefield sports fields from May to October for 2017 and 2018 closed on April 12. One proposal was received to run only the Moorefield
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stand, but not the one at the Drayton park. However, on May 8, township staff received correspondence from the bidder withdrawing their proposal due to personal commitments. As there were no other submissions staff recommended the municipality not pursue a concession services lease for the 2017 season and
re-issue an RFP for services for 2018 in the spring. A staff report from public works director Sam Mattina notes that due to the lack of food services at the sports fields, any licensed events under the townshipâ€™s liquor license will require the proponent to provide food as part of the event. Council reluctantly
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approved the recommendation on June 27. Mayor Neil Driscoll noted the lack of interest in operating concession stands might be partly due to the large number of people who bring their own food to the ball parks. While noting she hated to see the parks operate without food available, council-
lor Lori Woodham stated, â€œMaybe it will take one year with absolutely nothing for people to change.â€? Woodham wondered if inviting operators of mobile food trucks to provide services might be a solution. CAO Brad McRoberts suggested that option could be included in the 2018 requests for proposals.
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Waterball - Moorefield firefighters hosted a waterball competition, open to all ages, at the Canada 150 celebrations in Drayton on July 1 - a fun way to cool off.
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SUNDAY JULY 16 Men’s Slow Pitch Drayton A, 3:30pm, Warriors vs Pirates Drayton A, 5:30pm, Hurlers vs Bulls Drayton A, 7:30pm, Nighthawks vs Those Guys TUESDAY JULY 18 Ladies Slo-Pitch Drayton A, 7:30pm, Pitches Be Crazy vs Ball Busters Drayton A, 9:00pm, Hot Flashes vs WOW Moorefield A, 7:30pm, Matadors vs Fusion Moorefield A, 9:00pm, OTOM vs Red Soxes Moorefield B, 7:30pm, Titans vs Spirits Moorefield B, 9:00pm, Swingers vs Country Air WEDNESDAY JULY 19 Minor Ball Moorefield A, 6:30pm, Pee Wee Boys vs Hillsburgh Moorefield B, 6:30pm, Squirt Girls vs Mt Forest Ladies Slo Pitch Drayton A, 7:30pm, OutKasts vs Gators Moorefield A, 9:00pm, Cleats’n Cleaveage vs Diamond Divas Moorefield B, 9;00pm, Panthers vs OTOM THURSDAY JULY 20 Minor Ball Moorefield A, 6:30pm, Squirt Boys vs Ponsonby Moorefield B, 6:30pm, Mixed Mite #1 vs Arthur
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Local couple displays Peace Tower flag at Canada Day party By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - On display during the Mapleton Township Canada Day 150 parade was a Canadian flag, originally flown above the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. While vacationing in Ottawa in 2002, Drayton residents Kerry and Joan Reibeling placed their names on a list with other Canadians interested in receiving one of the Canadian flags originally hung on the flag pole on top of the Peace Tower. “We signed up to receive a flag and then forgot all about it. In September 2010, a parcel delivered to our home contained a flag from the Peace Tower along with a letter,” Joan Reibeling said. The letter from then Minister of Public Works and Government Services Rona Ambrose states the enclosed Canadian flag was flown from the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 23, 2010. The letter also states, “A nation’s flag is the embodiment of what a country represents. During the past 45 years, our flag has come to be regarded with respect and admiration, both at home and abroad. For many people around the world, the red maple leaf has come to stand for hope and compassion.
Massive flag - Kerry and Joan Reibeling display a massive Canadian flag they received from the federal government after a visit to the Peace Tower in Ottawa in 2002. . Photo by Caroline Sealey The flag is also a symbol of what people of diverse faiths, cultures and linguistic backgrounds can accomplish and a reminder of the responsibilities that come with citizenship in our great country.” The Peace Tower flag is
changed by the flag master every weekday except statutory holidays and during poor weather. The flag is also changed for half-masting. Other Parliament Hill flags are changed weekly and on days they are at half-mast. To replace the Peace
Tower flag, the flag master folds and places a new flag in a satchel, takes the elevator to the observation deck, and climbs 33 metres of stairs and ladders in order to reach the flag pole. The flag master then lowers the flying flag and raises the new flag.
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“Basically that’s a conceptual idea that we wanted to bring to you for discussion and fine tune it,” explained Prior. “That would be our way of giving you some relief to the total capital cost … We get capacity. We get the building permits.” Prior explained the builder would pay the regular development charges on each home and Glenaviland would pay the surcharges. Councillor Lori Woodham questioned if the surcharge would allow the township to authorize building. “It’s not money that’s holding this back is it? Is it not more approval from MOE and everyone else? Would an influx of money right now give us the ability to issue building permits?” she wondered. CAO Brad McRoberts noted the EA for the water and sewage projects is currently under review by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. “So our EA isn’t even finalized yet,” said McRoberts, adding the retirement of a key contact at the MOE has delayed the approval. “Once we have buy-in from the EA standpoint then we can proceed to design and implementation,” he said. However, the CAO pointed out council has stated it would not proceed with the capital projects unless it receives some third party funding. He noted the surcharge offer may qualify as part of that funding, but the township has also applied for various funding opportunities from upper tier governments. McRoberts said he wasn’t sure if the proposed sur-
charge would be allowed under the township’s development charges bylaw, but offered to check into it. “Is this typical? It would take so long with the MOE?” asked Ottens. “It is typical,” McRoberts replied, noting it can take several years to get the process through the ministry level. “We’ve made great strides,” he stated. “We’re at a point now that, unfortunately, the one person in the MOE that reviews these things has suddenly retired.” McRoberts said one of the first priorities for a new director of finance, when the township has one in place, will be to create a funding plan for the water and wastewater projects. The township has been actively searching for a new finance director since April, when Mayor Neil Driscoll confirmed former finance director Yufang Du was “no longer with the Township of Mapleton.” Du had not been on active duty for several months prior to that. Driscoll told the Community News on Feb. 15 that Du had been “off sick” for the past few weeks. “I’m sure council is committed to moving this project forward as soon as we can
get our EA completed and we get our director of finance in place to get back to us with a plan how to pay for it,” stated Driscoll, who asked how long it would take to complete the development if capacity were available. Prior replied that if the momentum continues, “we’d be built out within eight years.” Driscoll noted the slow pace of the approval and funding process isn’t the municipality’s preferred approach. “We would like to meet with them today, they’d get back to us tomorrow and say ‘okay here’s how you get some funding,’ but it’s just months and weeks in between,” he said. “But I do think this council honestly has brought this project along further than it’s been in 16 years - I will say that - and we intend to have this done as soon as we can.” Prior asked about earlier indications building permits might be approved based on “interim capacity,” once the municipality committed to completing the sewage and water system upgrades. “Unfortunately for us we lost our ministry lead to retirement and had to start all over and that’s where
that all got lost,” Driscoll explained. Driscoll told the Glenaviland representatives “we appreciate the professionalism of your group,” and noted staff would look into the feasibility of utilizing the proposed surcharge to aid in funding the project. Driscoll said the township would contact the developers as soon as the EA process is finalized.
Throughout the 20 to 30 minute process, the flag is never to touch the ground. The flagpole is 35.1 feet in length and the flag is 7.5 feet by 15 feet. Flags that have been flown on Parliament Hill are donated to Canadian residents by the federal government. Due to the high demand for the flags, the government
can only donate one flag per person or household. Apply for a flag via email, fax or online Canadians unable to register for a Peace Tower Flag in person at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, can be added to the flag waiting list by applying online, or by mail, email or fax to the Government of Canada.
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Summer is a always a busy time, especially for Canadians who often feel like we’re trying to pack a year’s worth of outdoor fun in the sun into a few all-too-short months. Canadian Blood Services (CBS) recently reported people across the country provided a tremendous response to an urgent call for 60,000 donors by July 1. However, the need for blood remains and the agency is headed into the heat of summer, historically a challenging time of year for the blood system. Travel, holidays, family activities and changes in routines mean there tend to be fewer donations during the summer months, CBS notes in a recent press release. “We are pleased by the strong support from donors during the month of June,” stated Mark Donnison, vice president, donor relations for CBS. “The outpouring of generosity across the country has, at times, led to longer lines in some clinics. We appreciate the patience of donors and trust they understand that together, we are giving life. Thanks to donors across Canada, the low blood inventory has been replenished but the need for blood remains. In fact, 155,000 donations are now required before Labour Day in September.” A particular need remains for O negative blood because it is the only type compatible with all other blood types. CBS is urging existing donors to continue to give as much as they can, but notes new donors are critical to meeting urgent needs. Potential donors are urged to book an appointment by downloading the GiveBlood app or visiting blood.ca. Locally, the opportunity to give the gift of life is available at upcoming clinics in Palmerston on July 20 from 5 to 8pm and in Drayton on July 24 from 3:30 to 7:30pm.
To the editor Thanks for support Dear Editor: The Drayton Kinettes would like to thank the community for the enormous support of the Strawberry Pancake Breakfast held on July 1. We appreciate the patience everyone had while we attempted to serve you as quickly as possible. A special thank you goes to Dobben’s Hardware for allowing us to restock on supplies despite their being closed for the holiday and for providing personal belongings and “man power” to aid in the cooking process.
Also a big thank you to Mapleton Fire and Rescue for allowing us to use their Drayton facilities to speed up the serving process; in addition to providing entertainment for the families attending. There were a number of individuals who also provided personal belongings to the Kinettes to assist in better serving breakfast. Thank you to them. This community continues to amaze us jumping to help whenever needed. Thank You! Sara Dineen Drayton Kinettes
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Patriotic party - Scenes from Canada Day in Drayton. Clockwise from top left: Snetto Farms entered a colorful float in the July 1 parade; Moorefield and District Horticultural Society (Mapleton Buds and Blooms) member Kim Frere handed out sunflowers during the parade; Hayley Heffernan of Holstein was among the particpants in the Mapleton Youth Action Council’s Chalkfest; and the Rogerson family of Drayton enjoys the Drayton Kinettes Strawberry Pancake Breakfast. Photo by Caroline Sealey Timeless photo - Caleb Schieck and his father, Stephen, recently returned from an outing in Mapleton Township on Canada Day. While out on a trail they took time to turn the engine off and saw two deer cross the path in front of them. They also shared a conversation about the beauty found in Canada. This picture is being placed in a time capsule that Caleb is making for Canada’s 175th birthday. Submitted photo
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directly behind the building, any future prospective tenant would need to operate a business that wouldn’t pose any future source water protection concerns,” the report states. “This may include compatible uses or the requirement to have appropriate prohibitions or risk management plans in place.” A bylaw to officially declare the building surplus was on the agenda for the July 11 council meeting.
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Wellington County municipalities ranked among ‘best places to live’ Mapleton makes first appearance on list By Olivia Rutt WELLINGTON COUNTY - Five municipalities in Wellington County are ranked on MoneySense’s Best Places to Live in Canada. The 14th edition of the list, released on July 4, included Centre Wellington, Erin, Guelph-Eramosa, Mapleton and Wellington North. The list compares municipalities and cities based on a number of factors including unemployment, taxes, population growth, crime, public transportation, weather and more. “At MoneySense we are unwavering in our views about what makes one city better than another. It should be prosperous, but affordable. Safe, yet easy to get around. And it should have the type of weather that draws you outdoors,” the report stated. This year, MoneySense studied 417 cities, towns and villages with communities with populations 9,000 and
above. The new methadology added almost 200 communities to the list. Minto and Puslinch were not included as they have a population lower than 9,000. Centre Wellington and Erin had ranked in previous years, but both dropped in position on the expanded list. Guelph-Eramosa, Mapleton and Wellington North are new additions this year. Centre Wellington was top ranked for Wellington County, placing 69th this year (34th last year). The township took a top 10 spot for its “strong arts and sports community.” It was also in the top 25th percentile of all cities in the low unemployment, healthy population growth and low crime categories. “One of the things we take a lot of pride in is our arts, culture and sports activities here in (Centre Wellington),” said Mayor Kelly Linton.
“As locals we know that we have a good thing going, but it is nice to be recognized outside of our community for our quality of life.” Guelph-Eramosa was new this year, placing 152nd. Guelph-Eramosa Mayor Chris White was happy for the strong placement in the township’s first year on the list. “Get out,” said White upon finding out the news. “Just the fact that we’re on the list is pretty exciting,” he added. “I’m not really that surprised, I’m not surprised at all ... it really is a great place to live.” Erin ranked 150th (77th last year). Mapleton was 190th and Wellington North took 272nd place. High taxes, lack of access to transit and affordable housing costs were contributors to lower rankings for municipalities across Wellington County.
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Glen Allan flooding - The hamlet of Glen Allan was hard hit by the June 23 flooding caused by a massive overnight rainstorm in the region. TOP: A drone photo taken by a local resident shows the Glen Allan Park, pavillion and tennis court underwater. Photo by Brian James ABOVE LEFT: Flood waters surround the park sign. Submitted photo ABOVE RIGHT: Damage to the base of the tennis court was substantial. Photo by Caroline Sealey
The Township of Mapleton’s Canada Day Committee would like to thank the following sponsors, community organizations and volunteers who generously gave their time, energy and resources to make this year’s Canada Day Celebration one to remember: GOLD Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society Norwell Dairy Wallenstein Feed Supply Watson & Associates
Business celebrates - A party was held on June 23 at Buehler Automotive in Alma. Owner Ken Buehler has changed parts suppler to NAPA Canada and the Autopro banner which, he says gives his customers a better warranty and roadside assistance among other benefits. Buehler has owned the business for 22 years and has five employees. Cutting the ribbon to celebrate the new arrangement are, from left: Paul Walker representing the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Ken Beuhler, Stephanie Chuchla, Mapleton councillor Lori Woodham and Chamber of Commerce director Aileen Hawkins. Submitted photo
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By Dave Tiessen, Pastor, Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora)
“Pondering God in summer” It is the season of recreation when most of us spend more time outdoors and head off for close encounters of the nature kind. Except for the blackflies and mosquitoes most of us find ourselves luxuriating in the beauty of this creation. Sometimes overcome with awe and wonder when surrounded by a quiet mist-covered lake, soaring mountains or plunging waterfalls. Such re-connection with the natural world and the re-creation with its awesome beauty, works within
us and is much to be commended. Indeed, it is not unusual to hear people say they feel more transcendence or closeness to God when out in nature than when they are sitting in church. But even so, many folks don’t allow their minds and hearts to follow the trail of their nature-wonder to consider where all this intricate beauty may have come from. Our western culture has taught us to assume that everything that exists - the universe, puppies and petunias - are here because of chance. There was a big bang that got it rolling and then a primordial soup in which chemicals, enzymes and proteins mixed together to produce
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Because they exist, universe and life had to have come from somewhere, so have to be explained. Until now the best explanations found in that toolbox have been “Big Bang” and “Evolution.” Conscientious scientists and science teachers will readily admit the limitations of these theories. Also, their failure to answer the ultimate questions of how it all started and how the complexity and precision of universe and life could have come to pass. Unfortunately students often emerge from their science education never having learned about the ultimate limitations of a purely scientific world view. Getting back to that thing about not believing what we don’t want to believe no matter what, maybe getting out in nature this summer can help us broaden our horizons and spirituality. Spending time in/with the simple sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of the natural world, allows our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits to be immersed in such beauty
and peace. These two things are often far more powerful evidence of the existence and character of the Divine than any theological argument. In the busyness of our normal lives, it is pretty easy to focus so much on the urgent now. Never tuning our hearts, spirits and minds toward the transcendent. If there is a God who created all of this wonder and beauty and gave me the life and love I cherish, then surely this God is worth recognizing and getting to know. There is no denying that the wonder and beauty of the universe and life bears eloquent witness to a Creator who is incredibly imaginative, immense, artistic, precise, orderly, mathematical, fun-loving (think giraffes), peaceful, kind, generous, and loving. Be encouraged to let your wanderings and wonderings in the beauty of nature this summer inspire you to see and know also the Loving Creator whose work of art this is.
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intricateness, precision and order of the universe and the world we live in, it would be pretty normal to assume that this could not have come about as the result of randomness. Some mathematicians have even calculated that the odds of this being possible are so infinitesimally remote as to make the idea ludicrous. However what alternative does science have? Science is not theology and cannot say whether or not there is a god or if the universe was created by that god. Science specializes in observing the natural world and rationally explaining how it works. When something happens that cannot be rationally explained such as a miracle of physical healing, science often insists that the observational data is flawed or that nothing happened because miracles are impossible and therefore not real. When it comes to explaining the existence and intricacy of universe and life, science does not have a godexplanation in its toolbox.
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The installations are all subject to compliance with the Ontario Traffic Manual and approval by the appropriate road authority, notes a report from CAO Bill White. In 2017 funds were budgeted for a pedestrian crossing at Main Street and William in Palmerston and, White noted, the crossing must be constructed according to the new standard. To ensure proper design and that all pedestrian crossovers in Minto are installed according to county and provincial requirements, Triton Engineering was engaged to evaluate each site to assess technical traffic requirements.
County road projects over budget By Patrick Raftis GUELPH – Road projects in Wellington County have been coming in over budget this spring, forcing the roads department to make some adjustments. “Capital projects seem to be coming in over budget at a fairly consistent basis so adjustments are being made,” said councillor Gary Williamson, chair of the roads committee at the June
29 county council meeting Among those adjustments, said Williamson, has been deferral of some culvert work that had been planned. Plans to deal with $1.1 million in budget adjustments include: - The Wellington Road 10 and McGivern St. in Moorefield reconstruction tender closed with an overall budget adjustment of $225,000. The adjustment will be funded by an increase in
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Strawberry treats at United Church garden party Helping hands - The Moorefield United Church Garden Party was held June 23 at the Moorefield Community Centre. The annual event feeds over 300 people. On the menu was ham, turkey, salads and strawberry shortcake. LEFT: Annie Campbell kept the dessert table filled with strawberry shortcake and tarts. RIGHT: Clayton, left, and Jasper More served juice. Photos by Caroline Sealey
River flows returning to normal in watershed CAMBRIDGE - River flows in the Grand River watershed are returning to normal levels for this time of year, two weeks after the record rainfall flood that took place in late June, states the local conservation authority. The majority of warning buoys and booms that were displaced due to high river flows have now been relocated in the rivers, upstream of dams. The buoys and booms are one of many safety procedures developed by the Grand River Authority Conservation (GRCA) to reduce the risk for those participating in water activities on rivers. While the water around dams can look peaceful, the area upstream and downstream is much more dangerous than it appears. Water surges through gates or over the dam, creating strong undertows and backwash below the dam, where a person can become trapped below the water. River users are reminded to be cautious and obey warning signage. Elora Gorge tubing Tubing activities offered
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Youth theatre in Harriston - Rehearsing a scene from The Snowman War are, from left: Samantha Willson, Sadie Bieman, Kathleen Faris, Caitlyn Aasman and Libby Holtam. Submitted photo
HARRISTON – The temperature may be climbing outside, but snowballs will soon by flying inside the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. The Grey Wellington Theatre Guild is preparing to stage The Snowman War, the latest offering from the group’s summer youth theatre company. Written by Megan Raftis, who is co-directing the show with Peggy Raftis and Dan Bieman, The Snowman War features 23 actors between the ages of 7 and 16. Participants come from Harriston, Clifford, Palmerston, Moorefield and Listowel. It is the guild’s
eighth summer production staged entirely by youth actors and the seventh written by Megan. Action revolves around several groups of youngsters who find themselves in a “cold war” over forts and mascots on the first snow day of a school year. “The play is sort of a schoolyard take on the Trojan War,” said Megan. “There’s plenty of action and lots of humour.” Noting this year’s cast is a good mix of returnees and actors new to the program, Peggy said, “It’s great to see the experienced kids being able to help the younger ones with their stagecraft.”
The main goal of the youth theatre program is creating a play that’s fun for young people to be involved in, while giving budding actors the chance to shine on stage. The shows also provide an ideal opportunity for parents or grandparents to introduce children to theatre by bringing them to watch the production. The Snowman War runs July 21, 22 at 7:30pm and July 23 at 2pm at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are a familyfriendly $5 per person at the door. Call 519-338-3681 for information or go to greywellingtontheatre.com.
Blood donor clinics set for Drayton, Palmerston as summer puts pressure on supply DRAYTON - On the heels of National Blood Donor Week that ran from June 11 to 17 the inventory is improving thanks to the response by Canadian, states Canadian
Blood Services. However, the organization remains focused on driving appointment volume, asking donors to make and keep their appointments and,
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Even though half of the Canadian population is eligible to donate, only four per cent of people do. “That small group provides blood for everyone –
and yet it’s in us all to give,” CIB officials state. Donors are urged to book an appointment by downloading the GiveBlood app or visiting blood.ca.
Upcoming clinics are planned in Palmerston on July 20 from 5 to 8pm and in Drayton on July 24 from 3:30 to 7:30pm. CIB notes that walk-ins are also welcome.
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