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Friday, November 22, 2013

Council continues to ponder MDS issues in bylaw review

Supreme Ewe - Jim Driscoll of Mapleton holding his Supreme Champion Ewe at the Royal Winter Fair. This ewe lamb was unbeaten at 11 shows this year. submitted photo

Driscoll flock tops at Royal Winter Fair by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON Jim Driscoll’s sheep reigned supreme at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Driscoll, who’s been involved in raising purebred sheep for about 40 years, capped an impressive season on the show circuit by winning the Supreme Champion Flock and Supreme Champion Ewe awards at the Royal earlier this month. Driscoll and his wife Wendy raise Dorset sheep and have a flock consisting of 15 brood ewes. “We have had many champions over the years at shows in Canada and United States,� said Driscoll. He added, “This year was exceptional,� as they took the Supreme

Ewe award six times, earned Supreme Flock honours on three occasions and once took the Supreme Champion Ram prize - out of the 11 fairs they attended during the busy season between Labour Day and Thanksgiving. “We’ve done very well all year,� said Driscoll. In total, the Driscoll flock garnered 10 awards at the Royal, where this year’s sheep competition ran from Nov. 6 to 10. In the Dorset category, they won for first place Yearling Ewe, first and second place for Ewe Lamb, first place Yearling Ram, first and third place Ram lamb, first place Get of Sire and first place Breeders Flock. Top animals and flocks in their breeds are entered in the

Supreme competitions, where they compete against top sheep from all breeds at the show. That’s where the Driscoll’s picked up the Supreme Ewe and Supreme Flock awards. Driscoll used to compete annually at the Royal, but hasn’t done so since 2009, when he picked up several individual breed champion awards as well. Other Wellington County sheep breeders earning honours at the 2013 Royal included Irwin and Mary Jackson of Rockwood, who won the Premier Breeder banner, and William Mactaggart of Rockwood, who took three first place and four second place awards in sheep competitions, plus first prize for Ram Lamb in the Suffolk category.

Area food banks prepare for Christmas giving by Sarah Grandy WELLINGTON CTY. - As Christmas approaches, many families rely on local food banks to help them through the holiday season. Fortunately, members of the community continue to show strong support, donating items to keep the shelves stocked at area food banks. But according to organizers, the need is always there. Jeff DeVries has been volunteer manager of the Drayton food bank for about a year. He says the Drayton Food Bank has about 100 individual families using the service consistently, and about 30 who receive emergency and/or holiday food hampers. Although the demand for help from the Palmerston Food Bank has gone up about five per cent from 2012, chair Barb

Burrows says, “We are truly blessed with phenomenal community support. We are so fortunate to live in such a giving community. “We hardly ever have to ask for anything. We are extremely grateful.� The Palmerston Food Bank has had about 200 families access the food bank at least once within the last two years. Approximately 25 to 30 families currently use the Arthur Food Bank. “It starts getting busier in September, when kids go back to school, Thanksgiving and closer to Christmas,� said Marilyn Toyer, secretary of the food bank board. Jackie Andrews, chair of board of directors at the Centre Wellington Food Bank in Fergus, said, “We are so fortunate in Centre Wellington, our com-

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munity is so supportive, especially at Christmas.� Andrews also noted the demand for help from the food bank has gone up since 2012. Last year the Centre Wellington Food Bank had roughly 127 new clients, and this year it has roughly 157 to 159 clients. “In 2012 at this time, we had about nine child clients under the age of two, and this year we have about 31,� said Andrews. The public should remember the food bank not only accepts food donations, but also other necessities such as toilet paper, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, etc. “When people think of the food bank, they think of food, but other necessities are also very important and they’re not donated as often,� said Andrews.

by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Council here has reviewed a number of proposed “housekeeping� amendments to its comprehensive zoning bylaw, but still hasn’t addressed a controversial exemption from minimum distance separation regulations. Amendments include wording changes to sections of the bylaw dealing with hobby barns, salvage yards, swimming pools, accessory uses, buffer areas, home industry, home occupations, outdoor display areas, parking and storage of vehicles, residential conversions, temporary uses of buildings and structures, yard encroachments, industrial zones, the Conestoga Lake zone, and site specific exceptions. The amendments, presented at the Nov. 12 council meeting, also provide new definitions for storage trailers, “sea cans� and shipping containers as addressed in the bylaw. Wellington County planner Linda Redmond explained the changes introduce a whole new zoning criteria for use of shipping containers for storage. “Currently there is no criteria in the zoning bylaw at all that addresses these type of structures,� said Redmond. She noted the criteria introduces set back requirements and allows up to three such containers before approval is required. Councillor Jim Curry expressed concern he has seen sea cans, “parked for months on end in residential zones.� Redmond replied the containers won’t be permitted in urban areas. Moorefield resident Earl Campbell pointed out he had sent a letter to council asking them to address a section of the

bylaw providing an exemption from MDS requirements for new non-farm uses of property on existing lots in agricultural zones. In his letter Campbell asked for the removal of the section stipulating the MDS restrictions “shall not apply to lots existing as of the date of this bylaw which are less than 4 hectares (9.9 acres) in area.� He stated the section has had “a direct negative impact on investments by the Township of Mapleton agricultural/farming community to which lots may be located within the specified proximity.� He also said the section “contradicts existing provincial policy statements regarding MDS requirements� and has “significant financial implications for all residents within the tax base of Mapleton Township.� The exemption has been the subject of considerable controversy over the past 18 months, as it allowed for residential construction on several previously dormant lots near Moorefield within the MDS radius of an existing, but unoccupied hog barn. Last April, the owners of the barn, Alywn and Lori Woodman, filed two appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board - one dealing with the comprehensive zoning bylaw and the second with a related committee of adjustment minor variance decision. The OMB dismissed both appeals in July due to time limits on appeal filing. In correspondence with the municipality and the Woodhams, the OMB stated, “After reviewing the above appeal submissions, the Ontario Municipal Board has determined that it does not have the statutory authority to

consider these two appeals. “The comprehensive zoning bylaw was passed in 2010 and deemed to come into force on the passing in 2010. Therefore, the appeal of the bylaw was received by the municipality on May 31, 2013 after the appeal period had expired.� With respect to the minor variance appeal, the board stated, “The committee of adjustment made its decision on Jan. 9 ... and your appeal was not received until April 29, 2013. As such the board does not have the jurisdiction to give consideration to your appeal.� Campbell said he understood that of the matters that led to the proposed zoning bylaw changes, “the most pivotal issue was the lots outside of Moorefield,� and he asked why the proposed changes did not deal with the situation. Mayor Bruce Whale said, “We decided we’re going to deal with it separately – we want to look at the implications on all the existing lots in the township.� Whale said council wanted to have a better understanding of “where MDS is going to be an issue. “It’s in the works. It wasn’t ready to be part of this amending bylaw,� Whale said. “Could we have a schedule on that?� asked Campbell. Redmond replied the planning department is hoping to have a proposal ready for review at either the Nov. 26 or Dec. 10 council meeting. She added staff members were eager to get started on implementation of the housekeeping amendments. “Staff really wanted to get this implemented and get going on them. There was concern the MDS was going to hold that Continued on page 5

Rezoning proposed to facilitate mill expansion by Patrick Raftis WALLENSTEIN Rezoning to facilitate the expansion of a mill operation here will have to wait until environmental issues are sorted out. A public meeting was held at the Mapleton council chambers on Nov. 12 on an application to rezone a 2.07 acre property in Wallenstien from future development and natural environment to rural industrial. The land, owned by David and Annie Bauman, is proposed to be merged with the neighbouring Wallenstein Feed and Supply property, and used for a septic tile bed and storm

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water management area. The change would allow the zoning on the property to match the zoning on the neighbouring Wallenstein Feed Mill property. Mill owners are planning to purchase the property from the Baumans and are planning the construction of a fourth mill at the site. A lot line adjustment application on the property is to be heard by the Wellington County land division committee in December. Wellington County senior planner Mark Van Patter, in a report presented at the meeting, stated approval of the application should be deferred to

provide an opportunity to sort out the environmental issues – regional floodplain and unevaluated wetland. He noted the Grand River Conservation Authority is requesting a geodetic survey and environmental impact study. “If the environmental issues can be addressed, I would be in support of the rezoning,� stated Van Patter, adding a draft amending bylaw will be prepared for council consideration once the studies have been completed. No one spoke in opposition to the proposal during the public meeting.

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Redmen set to host invitational tournament games in Palmerston, Drayton and Harriston PALMERSTON - The Norwell Redmen Varsity Hockey Club has begun the District 10 season. The Redmen are part of a 12-team league including teams from Wellington and Dufferin County high schools. In addition to the 12-game regular season, the Redmen will play in four tournaments between now and early February. Officials state this year’s team features a solid combination of returning players and a good crop of rookies who hope to improve as the season progresses. The team is preparing to host the 20th Annual Redmen Invitational Tournament Nov.

27 and 28. Organizers note the tournament will feature 18 teams from across southwestern Ontario and will give local fans a great chance to see some excellent high school hockey. Games will be played in Palmerston, Harriston, Drayton and Listowel over the two days. The Redmen will play games on Wednesday in Palmerston at 9am versus Cameron Heights from Kitchener, at 2pm vs. Waterdown, and 5:45pm vs. Sir Frederick Banting from London. Championship and consolation playoffs begin Thursday morning, with the championship game set for 4:30pm in

Palmerston. In total, the tournament will include nearly 40 games and will attract many people to the North Wellington community. “The school and hockey team are extremely grateful to all businesses and patrons who have contributed financially to the tournament,” team officials state, adding, “Without your support, student activities and athletics at Norwell would be difficult to run.” Anyone who would still like to contribute to the tournament as a sponsor should contact the school and speak with Mark Israel at 519-343-3107 ext 427. Sponsorship can be in one of

two levels: a gold sponsor for $50 and silver sponsor for $25. Tax receipts will be issued. “The highlight of the season” will come when the Redmen travel to Windsor in midDecember to compete in an elite tournament of 12 teams from southwestern Ontario. The team will also be attending an NHL game in Detroit to enhance the experience. “We hope the Redmen will continue to represent the area with class and determination in our quest to return to CWOSSA regionals in March and then on to the OFSAA provincial championships,” team officials state.

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FLORADALE 7 MISSIONARY 0 Floradale took the lead with two unanswered goals in the first period. Tim Martin jammed in a rebound for the first goal and Josh Brohman rifled a shot past the goaltenders glove for the second, with assists going to Nick Martin, Dan Martin and Ryan Martin. Floradale added five more goals in the second to take a comfortable lead after two periods. Although Missionary held the third period scoreless, the game had already been decided. Tim Freeman scored two of the goals and assisted on one. Nick Martin set up three and scored one. Mike Martin had a goal and an assist. Javon Martin scored the other Floradale goal. Assists were also earned by Dan Martin (2) and Ryan Martin. Jason Newton held back 20

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shots for the shutout. COMMUNITY 4 BETHEL 2 Community opened the game with two goals in the first period. Trent Lutz intercepted a pass and snapped a shot into the net for the first goal. Late in the period, Tanner Hackbart slipped a rebound left by Joe Clemmer into the net for the second goal, assisted also by Terry Horst who started the play. Bethel came back in the second with a shorthanded goal. Jim Wideman started the play at the blue line with a pass to Brock Shoemaker. A tidy pass to Brandon Shoemaker gave him the chance for a high shot over the shoulder for the goal. Bethel pressed hard and was rewarded with the tying goal. Steve Wideman and Kevin Wellwood sent Brock Shoe-

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Mark Timmerman, Jerry Robous and Mike DeWeerd. Listowel edged back with another goal in the dying seconds of the period. Ray Jantzi sprang loose Mark Hockley, who went to the net and scored the goal. Drayton added the only goal in the second period. Herman Mulder fed the puck to Mike DeWeerd at the point. DeWeerd blasted a shot to send the puck along the inside of the post. Listowel opened the third with a goal to keep the game close. Nick Martin and Kyle Streicher worked the puck to the net and Hockley buried the rebound to complete his hat trick. However, Drayton matched the effort and scored a goal of its own. Mark Scholten and Mark Timmerman worked the puck around the net and Eric Dekkers blasted the puck home. submitted by Derek Bruder

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maker in over the blue line. Shoemaker blasted the puck past the blocker for the goal. The tie was short-lived. Sam Bauman and Del Frey created a scramble at net and Nick Stevens finished the play by slipping the puck into the short side. Bethel pulled their goaltender for the extra skater late in the game but Joe Clemmer skated into the loose puck and rolled it into the empty net for the Community win. DRAYTON 6 LISTOWEL 3 Listowel surprised Drayton with a quick goal in the opening shift of the game. Nick Martin took the puck to the net and Mark Hockley buried the rebound. Drayton came back with four goals. Rob DeWeerd and Eric Dekkers each scored a pair, with assists awarded to Pat Landman (2), Herman Mulder,

November 26 - Moorefield and District Horticultural Society Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper at the Moorefield Optimist Hall. Supper at 6:30pm. Christmas Show - place your entries between 6:00 and 6:30pm. See p. 26 of yearbook. (Bring your own dishes.) November 29 - Christmas Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings at Drayton Legion Br. 416, 15 Elm St. Drayton. Adults: $12, Child: $6, 5& under: free. Everyone welcome. Drayton Youth Centre: Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 7:00 to 11:00pm.

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Local retired women teachers group hears of China travels at meeting

Garden club - The Floradale 4-H Garden Club held an achievement night at the Floradale Mennonite Church recently. Members are pictured with their garden scrapbooks. They photographed their garden throughout the season, from planting to harvest, and kept a scrapbook. From left: front, Emily Hickey, Bronwyn Snyder, Marilla Gieln, Sarah Cheslock and Julia Sommerville; back, Rosaleigh Martin, Michaela Wells, Andrew Grose, Michaella Snyder and Sabrina Sommerville. submitted photo

Single-turbine proposal moving forward undertaken a preliminary review of the property and has not noted any environmental or heritage concerns. “I have discussed the file with the ministry and it is my understanding that consideration has been given to the fact that there is a small airport in close proximity (Teviotdale) to the subject property and that the appropriate authorities do not consider this to be a risk,” she stated. Sinnamon said she anticipates that “at the very least,” the township would require the applicant to enter into a road access agreement with the municipality, similar to the one entered into with NextEra for the Conestogo Wind Energy

Centre in Mapleton. A full report on the project will be presented at the Nov. 26 council meeting. Council received the report as information. Noting the report was entitled, “Wind farm proposal ...” councillor Mike Downey questioned the use of that terminology. “Should it even be called a wind farm? It’s a wind facility, but it’s not multiples,” Downey stated. “I know what your saying a wind farm you think of more than one turbine,” replied Mayor Bruce Whale. “This is old,” stated councillor Jim Curry. “We gave approval to this years ago.”

Pettapiece calls for provincial leadership on rural Ontario doctor shortage issue

MPP RANDY PETTAPIECE technology are revolutionizing local health care. Our local health care professionals in Perth-Wellington are leading the way, and they deserve our thanks,” he says. “We need the province to

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DRAYTON PerthWellington MPP Randy Pettapiece says the province needs to do more to alleviate a shortage of doctors in rural areas like this one. Pettapiece was in Drayton on Oct. 17 to hear more about progress in telemedicine by the Minto-Mapleton and Mount Forest Family Health Teams. Also attending the event were municipal leaders, representatives of the Ontario Telemedicine Network, and local patients. In the legislature on Oct. 24, Pettapiece highlighted their work. He also raised the ongoing doctor shortage facing many of his constituents. “Last week in Drayton, I learned more about the great work our local health care professionals are doing. “The Minto-Mapleton and Mount Forest Family Health Teams shared exciting developments in local telemedicine. Their innovative use of telemedicine in diagnosing symptoms means many patients now receive a diagnosis from specialists within days, not months.” The MPP says growing use of telemedicine means less travel to see specialists in major centers for local patients. It also means fewer expenses for gas, meals and hotels and less vacation time used. “It’s exciting to see how these advances in medical

June. The award was given to the Palmerston Branch for having increased the Branch membership. Members were asked to consider ideas for using the money received. Blyth was chosen as the provincial delegate to attend the 2014 Convention in Ottawa next June and Colleen Robertson was chosen as the branch delegate. Connie Robinson, reporting for Barb Thompson on Issues and Concerns, explained that signing a donor card is not enough to ensure ones wishes will be fulfilled. Those wishing to be an organ donor must register online with Service Ontario to be sure they are included on the list. Blyth gave information about the “purple crying” program which is being used to inform the public, and particularly parents of newborns, about how this is linked to child abuse. To assist the awareness program, hospitals need knitted purple hats for newborns. Blyth brought patterns for those who might wish to help out by knitting caps. Ballard visited Thelma Horne and Cicely Wareham at the Royal Terrace recently to present each lady with a framed certificate from RWTO/ OERO as part of the “over 90” group. Four get well cards and one sympathy card have been sent out. The group was sorry to hear that Bea Houston was in the hospital. Marilyn Cherry introduced her sister from

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by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – A local resident is planning to put up a single wind turbine on a property here. In a written report presented at the Nov. 12 meeting, CAO Patty Sinnamon updated council on the project. “As council is already aware, Mr. Willem Roubos is proposing to erect a single .5 megawatt turbine on his property located at Lot 2, Concession 13,” states the report. “I wish to advise that the proposal is now posted to the Environmental Registry as of Nov. 5 and the public consultation period runs to Dec. 20, 2013.” Sinnamon stated she has

PALMERSTON - Members of the Palmerston Branch of Retired Women Teachers of Ontario were entertained at their meeting on Nov. 1 by Dave and Barb Huntley of Palmerston. The Huntleys gave a power point presentation of their trip to China earlier this year. Tienanmen Square, Beijing, Shanghai, the Imperial Palace and the Yangtze River were among the places highlighted in the presentation. An interesting part of the Chinese culture shared by the Huntleys is the belief in “lucky #9” and citizens will pay up to $50,000 to have 9s on their license plates. Viewing a vase in the Shanghai Museum dating from 12,000 BC was especially impressive to the Huntleys. Pauline Brown thanked the pair for their presentation. President Oriole Blyth welcomed everyone and introduced Area 2 Director Dianne Winkler from Cambridge, who outlined some of the benefits of belonging to RWTO/OERO. She spoke briefly about the Convention in 2015 to be held in Stratford and hosted by Area 2. Winkler was presented with pins from the towns of Minto and Palmerston. Blyth announced the Palmerston Branch will be looking after the Silent Auction and Door Prizes at the 2015 Convention. Kathy Brown displayed the Barbara Baines Award the Palmerston Branch had won, along with $200, at the Convention in Hamilton in

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MDS mess lingers Mapleton council is preparing to deal with a controversial exception to Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) regulations in a review of its comprehensive zoning bylaw. In determining how to deal with the section, which for the time being allows residential development on existing lots under 9.9 acres in agriculture zones, even if within MDS radius of livestock barns, council won’t be able to look to the Ontario Municipal Board for guidance. Last July, the OMB quietly denied hearing of two appeals related to the exemption because they were filed too late for consideration. Last April, property owners affected by changes that came into force with the bylaw passage in 2010 filed two appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board: one dealing with the comprehensive zoning by-law and the second with a related committee of adjustment minor variance decision. The OMB dismissed both appeals in July due to time limits on appeal filing. In correspondence with the municipality and the property owners, the OMB stated, “The comprehensive zoning bylaw was passed in 2010 and deemed to come into force on the passing in 2010. Therefore, the appeal of the bylaw was received by the municipality on May 31, 2013 after the appeal period had expired.” However, at the time the property owners originally questioned the exception, information supplied by the municipality indicated that although the revised comprehensive zoning bylaw was passed in 2010, it did not come into effect until June 2012 due to an OMB appeal of the bylaw on an unrelated matter. While this timing would also put the effective date of the bylaw outside the OMB appeal period, the reality is the exemption was not actually put into effect for practical purposes until mid-2012. Given the obvious confusion over the issue and the importance of MDS regulations to orderly development in rural areas, the board might have been doing the public more service by actually hearing the appeal. When questioned at an open council session on Sept. 25, 2012, all of the current members of Mapleton council, who were in office at the time of the bylaw change, stated they were not aware of the MDS waiver provision when passing the bylaw - so one might conclude the situation raises issues worthy of examination by the OMB. While the quasi-judicial board has taken the easy route by declining to hear the appeal, Mapleton council does not appear to have such a convenient out. Last February, council discussed options including reverting to the previous (pre-2010) wording in the comprehensive bylaw and set in motion a review of the document that has so far resulted in only “housekeeping” changes (unrelated to MDS) being put forward. The county planning department is hoping to have a proposal on the MDS exemption ready for review at either the Nov. 26 or Dec. 10 council meeting. Any proposed solution will need to be creative indeed if council hopes to put this particular horse back in the barn. Patrick Raftis

Letter to the Editor In a pickle Dear Editor: Do we not grow any cucumbers in Ontario any more? All I see on the shelves are pickles made in USA or India. Must be a lot cheaper than homegrown goodies? Couldn’t be greed eh? Bill Worden Drayton

Correction A typographical error was made in the name of the writer of a letter (Skate Park an asset) in the Nov. 15 issue of The Community News. The letter was written by Paula Vogel of Drayton. The Community News regrets the error.

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TAKE NOTICE, that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Mapleton intends to set Parks and Recreation Fees and Charges for services provided. The revised Fees and Charges By-law will be presented at the Regular Meeting of Council on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m. 7275 Sideroad 16. Any person who has notified the Clerk Patty Sinnamon at the above address, no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013 shall be given an opportunity to make representation with respect to this proposed Fees and Charges By-law Amendment. Any written submissions received will be read at the Council Meeting. A copy of the by-law will be made available by Thursday, December 5, 2013 without charge from the Township of Mapleton Administrative Office located at 7275 Sideroad 16 during normal office hours. Alternatively, the by-law may be viewed on the Township web-site (www.mapleton.ca). INTERESTED PERSONS may attend this meeting and/or make written or verbal representation, either in support of or in opposition of the fees and charges.

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Complete cast announced for Drayton Entertainment’s holiday production CAMBRIDGE – Drayton Entertainment recently revealed the full cast of its upcoming production Peter Pan, including artistic director Alex Mustakas. “I couldn’t think of a better show to round out our first season at Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge,” says Mustakas. “Peter Pan is a high-flying fantasy that’s perfect for the holiday season and offers plenty of family fun. We are truly

excited to present this largerthan-life British panto to Cambridge audiences.” With Mustakas taking on the dual role of patriarch Mr. Darling and the despicable Captain Hook, and Kitchener native AJ Bridel as Peter Pan, the two will do battle alongside a plethora of outrageous characters portrayed by many recognizable local Drayton Entertainment favourites. Joining Hook as his faithful

sidekick in the pursuit for Peter Pan is Smee, portrayed by Nick Settimi. Serving up laughs as Delilah The Cook, a quintessential female panto character who is performed by a male, is the always amusing Keith Savage. Jackie Mustakas tackles the duel role of Mrs. Darling (mother to Wendy, John and Michael) and Tiger Lily, the brave and beautiful Indian Princess.

Hadley Mustakas is cast as the plucky, young Wendy Darling. Making his professional debut in Peter Pan is Lukas Mustakas as Michael, the littlest of Darling children. Trek Buccino is the sophisticated middle child, John Darling. Theatregoers may remember Buccino from this season’s opening production, when he shared the role of Michal Banks in Mary Poppins.

Rachel Clark, Jason Franco, Ryan Gifford, Dani Jazzar, Bethany Kovarik, and Kimberly O’Neill round out an impressive ensemble cast. This line-up of professional actors will be joined on stage by 36 local youth who are cast as the Lost Boys and dancers. “Peter Pan is a timeless tale that appeals to everyone,” says Mustakas. “Audiences of all ages will be swept away by the magic,

mischief, and wonder of it all – it’s the perfect family event for the holiday season.” Peter Pan runs Nov. 20 to Dec. 22 at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge. Ticket information Tickets can be purchased online at www.dunfieldtheatrecambridge.com, in person at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge box office, or by calling 519-621-8000 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

OPP gearing up for 2013 Festive RIDE program across province AURORA - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are taking the rare step of thanking Ontario drivers ahead of their 2013 Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign for not driving impaired over the holidays and for helping get impaired drivers off the roads. Police state in a press release the reason for the early thank you is because the OPP know the vast majority of drivers understand enforcement is only part of the solution and that driving sober is the single most important factor in ending the numerous impaired driving related deaths that occur on Ontario roads every year.

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Unfortunately, the irresponsible behaviour of one driver can negatively affect the lives of many, the OPP note. “I am calling on all road users to help us keep everyone safe over the holidays. Never allow yourself to drink and drive, never allow someone you suspect is impaired by alcohol or drugs to drive and if you are out on the road and suspect that a driver is impaired, call 9-1-1,” said chief superintendent Don Bell, commander of the OPP’s Highway Safety Division. “I would like to thank in advance the hundreds of thousands of drivers we know we can count on to take these sim-

ple but important measures to help us get everyone through the holiday safely.” OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, commander of traffic safety and operational support, said, “Our most recent national statistics tell us that there were 90,277 impaired driving incidents in Canada in 2011 and I am proud to say that Ontario had one of the lowest impaired driving rates among all of the provinces that year. “We attribute this to a combination of targeted police enforcement and education efforts by all safety partners, combined with the motoring public’s generally favourable compliance with impaired driv-

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By Dave Tiessen, Pastor, Community Mennonite Fellowship, Drayton

Suffering There’s an old country song with an intriguing twist of words in the chorus – “You can feel bad if it makes you feel better.” The line is spoken by a gal to the guy who is jilting her and putting on a show about how bad he feels for hurting her, and she, seeing through his crocodile tears, is telling him to just get lost but, “You can feel bad if it makes you feel better” (“about being the jerk you are”). It is true that sometimes we human beings, often for complex reasons, choose to cause ourselves pain and suffering, for eg. body piercings, tattoos, self-harm such as cutting, playing sports with injured bodies, etc. It seems to me, however, that these are the exceptions to

a profound dynamic in prosperous Western societies, a dynamic that is so ingrained that we aren’t even aware that we swim in it like a fish in water. The dynamic: happiness and pleasure = good; pain and suffering = bad. Think about it - what do you assume is the worst thing that can happen to someone, yourself or someone you care for? What are most prayer requests about? What are we most afraid about when it comes to our own aging and eventual death? Worst thing that can happen = that there be hardship or pain or suffering of any kind be it health or financial or relational in nature. Most prayer requests = for relief for people who are suffering with illness and pain. Most afraid of = that we will suffer from pain or declining abilities or loss of independence and control of our lives. The prosperity and advance-

ments of our Western societies have gotten us used to the idea that we are able, for the most part, to be in control of and to greatly minimize suffering in our lives. In contrast, in the past as still in many societies today, suffering was assumed to be a normal part of life, and so great effort was expended to find peace and strength in the midst of suffering, and even to find meaning and dignity in suffering. Needless to say, our Western societies have to a large extent lost the spiritual resources needed to understand and make sense of suffering. So it is no surprise that suffering has gone from being an undesirable but usually inevitable burr in the saddle of life to being a great evil to be avoided and abolished at any and all costs. To avoid suffering our society encourages us to leave lessthan fulfilling marriages, to

abort unwanted pregnancies, to demand to be given whatever medical treatment is possible regardless of cost to control illness, to take whatever drugs will help take away our pain, and to have access to mindaltering drugs (eg. marijuana, methadone) to numb us in our endurance of suffering. And currently we have begun to build our own Tower of Babel, our own ultimate effort to grasp God-like sovereignty and power, as more and more people are saying that we as humans ought to have the right to choose to end our own lives and to have medical assistance to accomplish the task, all in order to avoid having to experience suffering, pain and loss of control. Euthanasia and assisted dying are very important issues that we need to have dialogue about. But I fear that because we have essentially lost the wisdom to understand and not

be intimidated by suffering, we do not have the spiritual maturity and resources to have an intelligent and constructive debate. Most of the conversations I have listened to or read seem like tantrums of a child who knows what they want (“I don’t want to suffer, I want to have control over my fate”), and cares not how it affects others (eg. their grandchildren) nor that many wise persons over the centuries have suggested and lived more profound, creative responses to the inevitability of suffering. Most of us want to live lives that have significance to ourselves, to our loved ones and to the broader community. Many of us assume that suffering is an impediment to being able to live such a life of significance. Being in the business of spending a lot of time with people in their suffering (I am a pastor after all) it has been my observation that nothing

could be further from the truth. On the contrary, for most (all?) of us one of our most profound contributions to the people in our lives is/will be how we live with dignity and grace and courage through the sufferings of life. And though many say that suffering robs of us of our dignity especially when we become disabled or disfigured by disease, I would suggest that dignity, because it is nurtured by generous, caring, loving, spiritually-grounded living, is a trait that no disease or pain or hardship or suffering has the ability to take away or even put a dent into. Suffering is not a blessing, but it is an opportunity - for individuals, families, and communities - to witness to and model our most deeply held beliefs and values, especially to our children. Suffering is an opportunity to live and sometimes to die with profound meaning and significance.

County plans public meeting on library renovations in Palmerston by Patrick Raftis PALMERSTON – Wellington County will hold a public open house in Palmerston next spring to provide local residents with an opportunity for input into planned renovations at their local library. Renovations to the Palmerston branch of the Wellington County Library, as well as planned upgrades to the Hillsburgh library, were deferred until 2015 and 2016 respectively, to help the county limit spending in the 2013 budget. About $2 million has been budgeted for the Palmerston upgrades, while $4 million is earmarked for the Hillsburgh project. Minto councillor Ron Elliott asked county councillor Mark MacKenzie about the status of the Palmerston project at the Nov. 5 Minto council

meeting. “Is that going to be on the budget for next year and is that going to be started?” wondered Elliott. MacKenzie replied a recent inspection of the building revealed, “There are some issues there that need to be addressed, whether the future of the upstairs is decided or not, we have to do those.” A structural inspection of the building completed earlier this fall included a long-unused theatre on the upper level of the building. “(There’s) lots of interest in the project overall, including the theatre, but beyond the engineer’s report no decision has been made about the exact renovations that will be required. We do know that accessibility requirements will play a significant element in the project,” said chief librarian

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Novice hockey- The Drayton Defenders Novice Local League squad took on the Hanover Falcons at the PMD arena on Nov. 17. Hanover prevailed on the scoreboard in a game that featured plenty of backand-forth action. From left: Players fight for the puck in front of the Drayton net; Drayton wins a faceoff; a Drayton skater breaks out of the defensive zone. photos by Patrick Raftis

Citizens host recognition evening for Palmerston Lions Club members PALMERSTON Palmerston Lions Club members were honoured on Nov. 12 by the citizens of Palmerston and Town of Minto for creating the Lions Heritage Park on former railway property. By the end of last summer, the Lions had laid 250,000 bricks and toiled 20,000 hours to build the park and a pathway that spans the distance between Main and Toronto Streets. The special evening for the Lions came about because several citizens of Palmerston felt the Lions should be recognized. While these citizens walked and met in the Lions Heritage Park, a plan was hatched to provide a dinner for the members and their partners on an evening when they would regularly meet. Nov. 12 was the date chosen, in consultation with Lions Club president Ron Elliott, to coincide with an official visit by Lions district governor Jim Prenger of Kincardine. Roughly 70 volunteers came forward to prepare, to honour, to serve and to provide donations and food for the meal, including the Palmerston United Church, Palmerston Car Show members and the kindergarten class of Mrs. Verbeek and Miss Pfeffer at Palmerston Public School. After the dinner, the Lions were surprised by the arrival of about 30 volunteers to observe the presentation by four citizens who had prepared speeches to honour the Lions on behalf of

Lions honoured - Citizens of Palmerston organized a special evening to recognize the Palmerston Lions Club for the creation of the Lions Heritage Park on former railway land in the town. From left: front, Tim Meyers, Barry Colman, Andy Klonikowski, Ron Elliott, Bob Emmerson, Dave Wilson, Scott McFadden and Joanne Klonikowski; centre, Helen Meyers, Eric Gray, Bill Holzworth, Bob McEachern, David Brown, Mike Wilson, Marg Sorensen, Al Dobson, Bob Logan, Bob Lacombe and John Fotheringham; back, Kent Whetham, Harry Mangat, Keith Nelson, Murray MacRitchie, Shawn Hedge, Gary Sothern, Paddy Rundle, Bob Finlayson and Ed Podniewicz. Absent from photo: Buzz Beier, Chris Dick, Ron Holmes, Dave Huntley, Jack Porterfield and Barb Richmond. submitted photos the citizens of Palmerston and the Town of Minto. Shannon Duff, who grew up in Palmerston, was master of ceremonies, introducing a power point “walk through the park” and sharing her memories of the railway lands with knee-deep weeds before the land was beautified by the Lions. Tyler Bernier, grandson of Lion Bob Emmerson, spoke about his grandfather’s part in bringing the park to life and how proud he is of his “Lion Grandpa,” not to mention how grateful he is to all the Lions for providing a super place for youngsters to play.

Palmerston resident and Minto councillor Rick Hembly thanked the Lions Club for all the accomplishments achieved over the years, recalling his father’s time as a Lion and how he always spoke so highly of his fellow members. As a boy, Hembly explored the railway yards, arriving home downright dirty. Today he proudly runs the 19 acres, with no black soot in sight. Also expressing his appreciation to the Lions was former Palmerston Observer publisher Laverne Long, who reminisced about the Lions Club’s longtime support of projects that encourage local youth to be

active. The Lions hired a bus in the late ‘40s to transport public school children to swimming at the Fergus Beatty Brothers Swimming Pool. The club provided hockey equipment, and coached and sponsored minor hockey. Today, the Lions Heritage Park boasts a swimming pool, splash pad, sports pad and children’s playground. The presentation closed with the following words penned by longtime Palmerston resident and former high school teacher Royden McCoag. “The Lions stepped in. The club had a vision of making a park that would be the envy of

Recognition evening - Master of ceremonies Shannon Duff, left, with speakers, Laverne Long, Tyler Bernier and Rick Hembly at a Nov. 12 recognition evening for Palmerston Lions Club members. but believe me, we now have something better, much better, than anything in my memory. People, dozens of people, walk through this park every day not just because it is a short cut, not just for history’s sake, not just to walk their dogs, but because it is a nice, relaxing, beautiful place to be. “Thank you Lions! I can think of no greater gift you could give to your community. I appreciate it very much and I have yet to meet a citizen or visitor who doesn’t.” The Lions received a standing ovation from the gathering.

every small town in Ontario. Now look at what we have - an appealing entrance way off Main Street, an attractive unfenced Old 81, a children’s playground, bricked and attractively lighted trails from Main Street to King Street where we find a second pleasing entrance, logically scattered park benches, a pavilion, picnic tables, newly planted trees, and happy neighbours. “Maybe it is hard to visualize the rail yards of 50 years ago. Maybe the younger generations find the nostalgic signage, designed to recall aspects of the rail era, unbelievable,

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Pettapiece to promote five-point plan to assist horse racing industry QUEEN’S PARK - The Ontario PC Party has unveiled what the party is calling a turnaround plan for Ontario’s embattled horse racing industry. “A thriving horse-racing industry is not just something to be toyed with. It needs to have a plan,” stated PC leader Tim Hudak on Nov. 8. “The industry employs 60,000 men and women in work they love, and helps sustain small towns and rural com-

munities across the province.” He added, “It’s too important to lose because of a bad political decision.” The Liberal decision to pull the plug on the successful slots at the racetracks program devastated the horse-racing industry, and put tens of thousands of jobs at risk, states a press release from the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. “What the Liberals have done has left those in the horse racing industry having

to go begging for grants every year,” added Randy Pettapiece, Hudak’s recently-appointed Rural Affairs and Horse Racing Critic. “It creates nothing more than another (government) horse bureaucracy that can only lead to fewer jobs and fewer spin-off benefits for broader rural communities,” said Pettapiece The Conservatives say their five-point plan will strengthen public-private partnerships

with the job-creating racing industry. The core elements of the plan include “re-establishing, but fixing, a slot at racetracks program that will be transparent, accountable and affordable to the taxpayer.” The five point plan also includes: - ending the Liberals’ plan to close down racetrack slots in favour of building 29 new casinos; - forming public-private

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