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Wallace Cumming Park master plan top priority for 50/50 fund By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - A parks master plan for Wallace Cumming Park in Alma is the Mapleton Parks and Recreation Committee’s top priority for 2018 50/50 funding from the township. On Sept. 26 Mapleton council approved the committee recommendation to prioritize project funding requests in the following order: Community Alma -

Association, Recreation Wallace Cumming Park Master Plan, $7,000; - PMD Minor Hockey Association, portable board system, $4,288; - Drayton Minor Soccer, $4,250; and - Mapleton Splash Pad Committee, walkway from parking lot to splash pad, $4,462. Councillor Lori Woodham explained the committee wants the township to maintain its current funding level

of $20,000 for the 50/50 program. Since “the requests we had were more than the full $20,000,” Woodham said the committee prioritized the list to assist council during 2018 budget deliberations. CAO Brad McRoberts noted it would be up to council during the budget process to “determine if that amount stays the same or changes.” Michael Councillor Martin asked why Wallace SEE PARK PLAN » 3

Council approves Canada Day spending limit By Patrick Raftis

Safety first - Jacob Armbrust, Carley Smith and Allie Oelschlagel from Alma Public School learned about fire safety and escape plans during the annual Safe Communities Day on Oct. 5 at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre in Marden. The theme for this year’s event, which included Grade 6 students from the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board, was “Injury Prevention Day.” Representatives from Wellington County OPP, Guelph/ Wellington EMS, area fire departments, Grand River Conservation Area, Canadian Mental Health Association, Operation Lifesaver and more, helped educate students on safety. “Safe Communities Day ... is an educational, fun and interactive day where Grade 6 students can learn how to be ‘safety ambassadors’ within their school and communities,” said Safe Communities Wellington County cochair Gregg Davidson. Photo by Jaime Myslik

MAPLETON – Canada’s 150th anniversary year may be winding down, but July 1 will continue to be a big day here in 2018. On Sept. 26 Mapleton council approved a recommendation from the township’s economic development committee (EDC) to allocate up to $15,000 for the planning and implementation of 2018 Canada Day activities.

However EDC member councillor Lori Woodham noted council does have some leeway in the spending. She noted the committee’s recommended allocation of “up to” $15,000 gives council “an opportunity to maybe move it in a little on the scale.” Community guide The EDC minutes also contain a recommendation to create a request for proposals for development of the 2019

Mapleton Community Guide. Woodham noted “a lot” of responses to a questionnaire included in the 2017 guide suggested “it was a little bit too much back to back.” Woodham said the committee recommended publishing guides to coincide “with terms of council … with the next one being in 2019.” A staff report was scheduled for presentation at the Oct. 10 meeting.

Ventus Machina brings woodwind sound to Mapleton By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - The home studio of bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson was one stop on the Ontario CD Launch Tour by a New Brunswick woodwind quintet. Based in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Ventus Machina’s CD titled, In The Weeds, will be showcased at five other venues across Ontario this fall. Formed in 2011, Ventus Machina, Latin for “wind machine,” is known on Canada’s east coast for its chamber music concerts and educational concerts in both English and French. On the quintet’s schedule are an annual summer tour, workshops for students ages 12 to 22 and an adult chamber music retreat. A feature of Symphony New Brunswick’s Virtuoso Series of chamber concerts, Ventas Machina presents three programs each season. Although classically based, the group performs other genres including jazz, opera, Latin and pop. Members of Ventus Machina are: Karin Aurell,

Music performance - Karin Aurell plays solo on the bass flute during the CD Launch Tour of New Brunswick-based woodwind quintet Ventus Machina. The quintet performed at the home studio of Drayton resident and bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson on Sept. 29. Other members of the quintet, from left: oboist Christie Goodwin, bassoonist Patrick Bolduc, horn player Iris Krizmanic and clarinettist James Kayln. Photo by Caroline Sealey flute; Christie Goodwin, oboe; James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone; and Patrick Bolduc, bassoon. With the recent departure of horn player Ulises Aragon, the quintet was able to obtain the services of Toronto horn player Iris Krizmanic for the Ontario tour. Aurell, a native of Sweden, was inspired as a child by a seven-year-old flute player she saw on television. At that point she decided, “That’s what I want to do.” After


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living in Cape Breton and returning to Sweden, Aurell decided to take up permanent residency in New Brunswick. While in Sweden, Aurell was a member of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. “There’s something magical about New Brunswick,” Aurell said. “The rest of the quintet may not agree with me but I’d rather perform there than anywhere else.” Aurell freelances as a musician playing with Symphony Nova Scotia and


the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra. She has released CDs, is an active chamber music performer, teaches flute at the Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University and coaches the flute section of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. Originally from Alberta, Goodwin at age nine was challenged by her father, a band teacher, to play the oboe. She took the challenge and began what continues to be a successful career in


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music. Goodwin has held positions with the Niagara Symphony, KitchenerWaterloo Chamber orchestra and the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as a freelance musician with ensembles in Southern Ontario and the Maritimes. Currently, Goodwin plays with Symphony New Brunswick, teaches oboe and piano from her home studio, co-ordinates educational outreach activities for Symphony New Brunswick and Université de Moncton and does occasional music festival adjudication duties. Goodwin is married to fellow quintet member, Patrick Bolduc. Kalyn had the desire to play all types of music on every instrument that he could. Kalyn has been playing the clarinet and the saxophone for over 25 years as a soloist and orchestral musician. He is also an international performer, conductor and teacher who teaches saxophone, clarinet and conducting at Mount Allison University.


“Conducting was something that I fell into. I was playing with the Windsor Symphony orchestra and the conductor was unable to make the performance so I volunteered, “ Kalyn said. “I did a lot of on-the-job training and learned by observation.” Kalyn plays the role of conductor of the school’s Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Pep band. He works in China with the Oberlin Conservatory and studies Mandarin. One of the founding members of Ventus Machina, Bolduc has performed across Canada, United States, Japan and France as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Quebec Oboe Band. The principal bassoonist of Symphony New Brunswick, Bolduc is originally from Quebec, but now resides in New Brunswick. He teaches bassoon at Université de Moncton. As a native Quebecer, Bolduc assists with the French language portion of the quintet’s performances. SEE WOODWIND » 3

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through the period. Tony Martin intercepted the play along the right boards and skated in on a breakaway. Martin slipped the puck past the goaltender on the blocker side. Missionary responded with a goal less than a minute later. Dustin Bults blasted a shot on the pads and Thomas Ruttimann buried the rebound. FLORADALE 7 LISTOWEL 1 Floradale took the lead early. Set up passes by Nick and Greg Martin gave Clinton Dechert a wide open net for the goal. Floradale added three more goals before the opening period ended. Braeden Gingerich, Ryan Martin and Greg Martin scored the goals, assisted by Dechert, Gingerich, and Gary Martin. Listowel finally responded midway through the second period. A wrist shot by Josh Shantz beat the glove of the goaltender, assisted by Phil Shantz. Floradale answered with two more goals late in the period. Gary Martin scored with a slap shot and set up SEE DRAYTON » 6

Slo-pitch champs - The Knights are the 2017 champions of the Mens Friday Night Slo-Pitch League, after winning the year-end tournament Sept. 22 to 24. From left: front, Rob DeWeerd, Jesse Hoekstra, Jason Wigglesworth, Frank Deen and Mark Scholten; back, Darren Mohle, Jason Mohle, Colton Hoekstra, Aaron Keunen, Sean Kraal, Ben Kraal and Colin Vos. Absent: Adam Deen. Submitted photo

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Lambier Court and no small acreage lots in any industrial park and recommends council consider budgeting to service recently-opened Noble Family Road to create four new serviced lots in 2018. “These lots would be less than an acre in size and should sell for more than $15,000 per acre given anticipated servicing costs,” the report states. “Obviously we’re very quickly running out of land and we definitely need to be looking at the 2018 budget and servicing Noble Road to open up some small parcels of land,” said Wick-Graham. She added a 14.2-acre site that has been certified as investment-ready under a government of Ontario program is the last remaining serviced industrial site in the town’s inventory.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS October 13 - St. Martin of Tours’ CWL, Drayton Annual Euchre, 12 Union St., Doors open 7pm. Euchre 8pm. Admission $5. Prizes and lunch. Everyone welcome. October 14 - Jammin at the Drayton Legion, 2pm. 15 Elm Street. Bring an instrument or come and listen. This is a licensed event. October 14 - Hot Ham Supper, 5-7 pm. Alma Community Centre, hosted by Alma Presbyterian Church. Adults $14, Children $6. October 20 - Euchre, Drayton Legion, 7:30pm. 15 Elm Street. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary.

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Park plan - Creation of a master plan for development of Wallace Cumming Park in Alma will be among the top priorities considered by Mapleton council for the township’s 50/50 shared funding program in 2018. Photo by Patrick Raftis

Park master plan labelled funding priority » FROM PAGE 1

Cumming Park requires its own master plan. “What makes this park unique in ... that it needs its own internal plan versus our Mapleton Parks and Recreation Master Plan?” McRoberts said although “they use the same jargon,” the proposal is not for a fullscale master plan - “This is more of a drawing of where things are supposed to be.” McRoberts told council Wallace Cumming Park is

Carnegie Café Exploring Ontario - The Carnegie Café, new adult programming at the Drayton library, made its debut on Sept. 25. Librarian Joanne Wiersma, a local travel enthusiast, introduced workshop attendees to author Ron Brown’s book, Backroads of Ontario. The next Carnegie Café: Ukulele Boot Camp takes place on Oct. 30 at the library. Submitted photos

meeting in the absence of Mayor Neil Driscoll, asked for clarification on why a request for funding from the Reach Forth Hockey program was not endorsed by the committee. Woodham explained the request was for jersey funding. “We’ve never used 50/50 money to provide uniforms and didn’t feel that was the intent of our goal with respect to 50/50 funding,” she said.

Woodwind group performs in Mapleton » FROM PAGE 1

Panflute master to perform charity concert in Drayton DRAYTON - It’s a musical instrument that’s not heard often in Ontario, but a master of the panflute will bring its unique sound to this community next week. A concert by panflute master Liselotte Rokyta is scheduled for Oct. 21. Accompanied by Andre Knevel, a world-renowned pianist and organist, Rokyta is making a rare appearance in the province. The concert will be held at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church, 888 Main Street, at 7:30pm. Admission is free with a goodwill offering to provide subsidies for individuals and families who need professional counselling but are unable to afford the fees associated with their therapy. It’s a tremendous opportunity to take in a unique concert while supporting a charitable cause, said Rev. Brian Lise of Warman, SK. Lise, who is on the board of governors with the Canadian

“relatively incomplete” and the plan would allow future additions to be made “in an orderly, planned fashion.” Portable board system In response to a question from another councillor, Martin explained the portable board system would allow the PMD arena playing surface to be split up for hockey games involving younger players, or for events like ball hockey tournaments. Councillor Marlene Ottens, who chaired the

Bible Society and has over 35 years of experience working with Christian charities, will be the master of ceremonies for the concert on behalf of New Life Charity. “In my work with Christian charities and through daily interaction with people, it is evident that so many of us carry burdens that affect our mental health,” said Lise. “For many people, seeking professional counselling is not an option they can afford. The work that New Life Charity does brings hope to such people by filling the financial gap, so that they can get the help they need.” Lise said the charity works in partnership with By Peaceful Waters, a Christian counselling agency with a network of offices in local churches across Ontario. Lise said Knevel and Rokyta have been offering benefit concerts in support of Christian charities for the past six years all over

Canada. Lise first got to know the musicians several years ago, when they performed in Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall. “They were looking to do a dress rehearsal for the concert,” recalls Lise, “So they decided to do a benefit concert in a church. I knew a number of musicians, as well as choir people and a director, so that’s where it started about 15 years ago. For the past six years, they’ve done the concerts specifically for Christian charities.” He noted that while the musicians’ expenses are paid, money raised at the concert goes directly to the charity. Lise said people may be surprised at how beautiful the panflute sounds live. “This lady is an absolute master of the instrument,” he stated. “It will be an experience for the audience.” For information contact Lise at 519-501-0656.

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“I am employed selling sports equipment for a large number of sports equipment companies. There is a good balance for me with sports and music in my life,“ Bolduc said. Krizmanic, a Toronto resident, is the principal horn player with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and will perform with the quintet during its Ontario tour. “I am happy to join with these great colleagues for the tour,” Krizmanic said. “I’m always on the lookout for diversity in music as I don’t want music to become like work. There must be an element of fun.” At age six Krizmanic’s mother enrolled her in the Toronto Children’s Chorus and piano lessons. In high school she decided she wasn’t going to be part of the school choir and the

French horn became her choice of musical instrument. Some of Krizmanic’s accomplishments include performing with the Niagara Symphony, Ontario Philharmonic, Greater Toronto Philharmonic and the Windsor Community Orchestra. She is also an accomplished singer and plays the cello with Quintagious, a woodwind quintet. Mackie Jackson and fellow Drayton resident Lucas Rogerson opened the familyfriendly event with renditions of their favourite tunes. Show-goers were taken on a trip around the globe with songs from South America, Latin America, Italy and the United States during Ventus Machina’s performance. Showcased throughout the evening were selections from the quintet’s CD.

Songs performed included Libertango, Milonga Sin Palabras plus recognizable tunes from the Big Band or Swing era and West Side Story. Sounds from the piccolo and base flute added to the sound. “There is a lot of respect between the members of this quintet. We learn so much from each other in the way we individually approach the music, talk about and perform it, making us all richer musicians,” Kalyn said. “A group where everyone can also play with the symphony orchestra and have a life of their own, even though we all have complicated schedules.” The evening ended with a standing ovation from the audience. More information on Ventus Machina can be found at

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EDITORIAL By Patrick Raftis

Planning saves lives

As Fire Prevention Week 2017 wraps up this weekend, it’s worth a reminder to all local residents that it’s always a good time to formulate and practice a home fire escape plan. The theme for the week, which runs from Oct. 8 to 14, is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” As fire officials pointed out in their promotion material for the week, “Fire and smoke move faster than you,” and “There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts.” Fire departments and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office have been urging such preparations for years and they, along in many cases with local schools, have done a great job of promoting the practice. At our house, we have such a plan largely because one of our children came home from school a few years back with an assignment to get the family involved in creating one. It turned out to be a fun learning exercise for the whole clan. Along a similar vein, Minto firefighters are hosting a “Spook-tacular Superhero Party” for local families participating in Minto Fire’s Fire Prevention Week home escape plan activity. From 7 to 9pm from Oct. 10 to 12 firefighters travelled around the community to answer fire safety related questions and practice escape plans with families. Fire Prevention Week officially ends on Oct. 14 and the biggest related event in Mapleton is set to take place that day. Mapleton Fire Rescue is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day and Pancake Breakfast at the PMD Arena Complex from 7 to 11am. A fire safety house, junior firefighter competition, demonstrations, giveaways and a meet and greet with Sparky the Fire Dog will all be part of the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation toward fire prevention programs. In addition to being a fun way for families to spend some time together, the event offers local residents another chance to pick up some information that may help save lives. Mix that with pancakes and syrup and you have the recipe for a can’t-miss event.

Legion hosts mini-putt PALMERSTON - The Palmerston Legion branch is hosting its third annual 3D Glow in the Dark Mini-Putt event on Oct. 20 from 7 to 9:30pm and Oct. 21 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9:30pm.

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Happy Healthy Families urges residents to eat well, be active By Jena Docking Are you a resident of north Wellington? Whether you are or not, perhaps you have heard of the great work being undertaken by Happy Healthy Families (HHF). Happy Healthy Families is a social marketing campaign facilitated by a collaboration of community members, businesses and many stakeholders, including Family Health Teams, the Township of Wellington North and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. Raising awareness of the importance and impact that healthy eating, increased physical activity, reduced screen time and good sleep habits can have on our health, and our risk of chronic disease later in life, is the cornerstone of the project, in an effort to make north Wellington the healthiest place possible to raise a child. The campaign launched with “Veggies and Fruit Every Day” and this has been the theme over the last year and one of the action items for HHF. In May 2016 at the Mount Forest Farmers’ Market, residents, including Mayor Andy Lennox, signed a banner pledging their support. A partnership quickly developed with the Mount Forest Foodland where a healthy check-out lane was launched, and a food skills

workshop led by 22 students from Wellington Heights Secondary School for students at Victoria Cross Public School took place in November. The HHF have also made appearances at the Fergus Family Fair, International Plowing Match, Rural Romp, Doors Open, Fireworks Festival and Wellington North Showcase. “Move and Play Every Day,” the focus for the upcoming year, has just launched. This action item is intended to promote physical activity and help families and children achieve 1 hour or more of daily physical activity to meet Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines. Currently, only nine per cent of children between the ages of five to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of heart pumping activity each day and billions of dollars are spent each year treating chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease in adults, and increasingly seen in children, that may have been prevented. Let’s take a closer look at the true cost of inactivity. It was estimated that sedentary behaviours cost the Canadian economy $6.8 billion in lost productivity, time off work and health care costs, but only 5% of our health care budget is allocated to preventing disease versus the huge investment

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we are increasingly facing this exact dilemma. Already 20 million people globally die every year from preventable deaths including stroke, heart disease, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Many of these people are aged 65 and younger. My question to you is ... what can you do to shift from reactive to proactive to save millions of lives (potentially your own) and billions of unnecessary health care dollars? If you are interested in learning more about or getting involved with HHF visit, call the Mount Forest Family Health Team at 519-323-0255 ext. 5085; like us on Facebook at or follow us on Instagram @happyhealthyfamilieswn. For more information about any of the free services offered by the MintoMapleton Family Health Team, visit the website at, call the Drayton office at 519-6382110, the Clifford office at 519327-4777. Like the team on Facebook (Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team) and follow them on Twitter (@ MintoMapleton) for healthy living tips and information on upcoming programs and events in the area. Jena Docking, is a kinesiologist with the Upper Grand Family Health Team.


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Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society 150 Facts - Part 1 As we enter into the last quarter of the 150th year since the formation of Canada, it might be good to look at our own community and how it came into being. The Township of Mapleton was formed in 1999 and is made up of the former townships of Maryborough and Peel and the former Village of Drayton. Before 1999, the townships and Drayton operated as their own legal entities. There were many places in the township that were once thriving centres but now all that remains is an intersection. Members of the Mapleton Historical society gathered facts that we thought might be of interest to Mapleton residents. Over the next few columns, we will highlight some of these unconnected details. A lot of this information can be found in the Maryborough and Peel Township history books that were written in 1998 and 1999. The township of Peel’s first inhabitants were the Attiwandaronak, led by Chief

Souharissen. These natives hunted and farmed the land during the time that Samuel D. Champlain explored the area. The Attiwandaronak were considered neutrals and they traded flint with both the Iroquois and the Huron tribes. These two tribes were enemies of each other. In the 1650s, the Attiwandaronak were slaughtered by the Iroquois tribe, who by then had guns and gun powder and no longer needed flint from the Attiwandaronk. (The Peel History book has further information on this period) In 1843, the Township of Peel was surveyed by Robert Kerr and named after the British Prime Minister of the time, Sir Robert Peel. Squatters lived in Peel Township previous to the survey of 1843. Many escaped slaves from the United States lived on Concessions 1, 2 and 3. After the survey of Peel, applications for land and the taking up of every lot, took place within a space of 10 years. Some of the descen-

dants of those families who took up lots are still in the township today. In the early years of this area wheat, peas, oats and barley were the main crops grown. A farmer would consider 30 bushels of wheat, 30 bushels of peas, 60 bushels of oats and 35 bushels of barley a fair, average yield. Fall wheat was sown after a summer fallow and clover and timothy were grown for hay. Wellington Road 7, known as the “gravel road,” was first blazed in 1851 and built through Peel Township in 1861. The road was once the main thoroughfare from Southampton to Guelph and Hamilton. This gravel road was 14 feet wide and had a five cent toll every four miles. The Wellington Grey Bruce Railway was built as far as Drayton in 1872 and carried on to Palmerston in 1873. Government-sponsored roadside tree planting took place from 1860 to 1880. The purpose of the planting was to hold snow on the roads

for sledding in the winter. Farmers were encouraged to move sugar maple, Elm and Chestnut trees from the back of the front of their farms. It is interesting to note that in 1933, Peel Township council authorized a payment to farmers of one cent per rod for those cutting roadside weeds in the front of their farms. A rod was a measurement used before the metric system became the standard. One rod was 16 1/2 feet in length. In 1990, an average acre of land cost $2,500, labour costs were around $9 an hour, interest rates were 8% and the average tractor at 45 horsepower cost $35,000. More information on the former Peel Township can be obtained at the Drayton library or by purchasing a copy of the Peel Township history book at the Mapleton Township office. The next Musings column will feature some tidbits of information on Maryborough Township. Submitted by Liz Samis, Mapleton Historical Society

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Expression is freedom I write this on Thanksgiving weekend as I count the blessings that I want to give thanks for. Almost all of these thanksgivings are not without the “balance” of unfinished reason to be thankful. For example I’m earnestly thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in this country but I’m also aware that the freedoms are being challenged daily even by those who think they are champions of freedom. I refer to the politically correct who judge anyone with an alternate opinion as

prejudiced, or even evil. It is not tolerance they are calling for but acquiescence to their strong opinion. It isn’t that they are always wrong except in the sense that it is wrong to try to enforce your opinions as the only opinion, which can be expressed or even believed. People must have the right to be wrong so they can learn and grow as others express alternate views. So I am thankful that in spite of the growing tyranny of political correctness we still have some who are courageous enough to express alternate perspectives. We live in a time when

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heterosexual marriage. The matter is now before the Supreme Court. As an act of thankfulness for the freedoms expected in this land you may want to express your view to your MP. I am thankful for the material wealth most in this nation enjoy but I know the gap between the rich and poor grows tremendously every year. I am thankful for the relative peace in this land although there have been an increasing number of terrorist acts and expressions of public discontent in the last decade. I am thankful that there is serious work being done to encourage reconciliation with our Aboriginal friends and fellow citizens, but we know we have just really begun to deal with all the ur-

gent issues needed to be addressed. We are thankful that Canadians have been so generous both in welcoming refugees and in reaching out to refugees in other lands in need and in sending relief to victims of natural disasters, but we know we have just scratched the surface of the need. There are so many qualified things to be thankful for in this country, but we know the price of keeping them is to remain constantly vigilant and to speak out in the early stages. In the end as I made my list I realized that the real issue is not so much to list what we can give thanks for but to list those to whom we need to give thanks. At the end and at the beginning of the list is the name of God.

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Ryan Martin for a goal. Floradale added one more in the third period to put the game away. Greg Martin claimed the goal, assisted by Dechert. BETHEL 1 DRAYTON 1 Bethel opened the game with a short handed goal late in the first period. Jim Wideman sent a pass along

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running show in Broadway by Ethan cheek tribute to the classic arrangements history. It premiered in Los rock scene, it includes Popp, Rock of Ages is one of Angeles in 2006, debuted offthe most successful jukebox behavior associated with Broadway in 2008 and quickly that culture – like explicit musicals of all time playing moved to Broadway in 2009 language, the mention of for over seven years on the garnering five Tony Award casual drug use, and sexual Great White Way and holding nominations. A feature film the record as the 27th longest innuendo. Rock of Ages is loud, crass, playfully suggestive and ultimately geared to adult audiences. Mustakas himself leads the creative team as director. He is joined by choreographer Robin Calvert, music director Konrad Pluta, set designer Samantha Burson, costume designer Adrienne Pink and lighting designer Jeff Johnston Collins. A rock solid cast has been HELP WANTED assembled. Vancouver’s Kale Penny makes his Drayton PART TIME HELP REQUIRED FOR OUR Entertainment debut as BROILER HATCHING EGG OPERATION. Drew Boley, the bus boy with Position is for a healthy, mature individual seeking agriculture a heart of gold who dreams of employment (processing eggs & cleaning duties). Position is for every making it big. other day including weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Located between Listowel and Moorefield. No stranger to the Please email resume to or fax 1-519-638-7710 Drayton Entertainment stages, leading lady Jayme Armstrong takes on the role of naive Sherrie Christian, an aspiring actress who sees the strip as her chance for fame. We are looking for a mature, punctual, She recently appeared as hard working person to join our crew as a Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain. Fresh from his performance as the title Willing to train the right applicant, experience on a character in Joseph and construction site would be valuable. Wage to be discussed the Amazing Technicolor with those applicants we choose to interview. Dreamcoat, Jamie McKnight Email resumes ONLY to brings his soaring tenor voice to the role of rock megastar Stacee Jaxx belting out hits like Wanted Dead or Alive, and Rock You Like a Hurricane. Broadway performer Aaron Walpole makes his Drayton Entertainment Full-timePrimary position available productionofoflight-gauge light-gauge metal flashings and other Duties: for Production debut as Lonny, co-owner metal flashings and other building materials. An individual building materials on late-model CNC machinery including Cincinatti press of The Bourbon Room. A who can give attention to details and precise workmanship Legionnaire processor/slitter, and inVario-bend double folder. former Canadian Idol semiwould bebrake, well suited for thiscoil position. A background finalist, Walpole has built a frame building construction would be an asset. Qualifications: very successful stage career · Attention to detail and precise workmanship person to: 7806 Sixth Line, Drayton appearing in Les MisérablesApply in · Adept math skills. · A team player. or contact us at: 519-638-2746 ext 1, or and Jesus Christ Superstar · Experience in metal fabricating or in frame-building construction on Broadway and on the would be an asset. national tour of Kinky Boots, Apply in person to: 7806 Sixth Line, Drayton among other shows. or contact us at: 519.638.2746 Written by Chris or send a resume to D’Arienzo with

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Mapleton Fire Rescue recertified for water shuttle service By Caroline Sealey MAPLETON - Mapleton Fire Rescue received recertification of its Superior Tanker Water Shuttle Service Accreditation on Sept. 30. Re-certification is required every five years (last completed in 2012). The accreditation involves the provision of an alternative water supply for public fire protection. Residences involved in the alternative water supply provision include those that are more than 300 meters (1,000 feet) from a fire hydrant or those within eight kilometers (five miles) of a fire station. The Mapleton Fire Department along with assistance from the Minto and North Perth fire departments completed the accreditation. Two tankers from Moorefield, one from Drayton, two from Minto and one from North Perth Fire departments took part in the

testing. Tankers were filled with water from a fire hydrant located outside and a water source inside the Mapleton Fire Hall in Drayton. The tankers then proceeded to the Moorefield Fire Hall to unload. The water tanker shuttle took place over a two-hour period with Fire Protection Services representatives Pete Rose and Mike McKenna of the Orillia area overseeing the shuttle. Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson said, “Residential property owners located more than 300 metres from a fire hydrant and within eight kilometres of a fire hall should contact their insurance company to see if they are eligible to receive a reduction in their fire insurance rates because of the re-certification. Some insurance companies offer this option to their clients.” An updated certificate will be posted on the Mapleton Township website.

Accreditation exercise - LEFT: A Mapleton tanker is filled with water inside the Drayton Fire Hall during an accreditation training exercise on Sept. 30. ABOVE: Mapleton tankers unload water at the Moorefield Fire Hall parking lot. Photos by Caroline Sealey

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that there was no key destination for youth to have access to events, workshops, and various resources that were available in Minto, so they decided to change that and implement the youth boards.” MYAC chose to support local business by collaborating with Weathered Minto in Harriston to help design and create the boards. Weathered also partially sponsored the boards. The Minto Youth Action Council will also use the boards to share information pertaining to all of the youth council’s future events, workshops, volunteer opportunities and more.

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Drayton Community News October 13, 2017  

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