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COMMUNITY NEWS VOLUME 49 ISSUE 48
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Driscoll, Davidson seeking county committee chair posts By Patrick Raftis
It doesn’t really hurt - Fake an Injury Day was the first Spirit Day the Community Christian School calendar this year. Among the “injured” on Nov. 15 were, from left: front, Finley DeVries and Meagan Roth; back, Kirsten Duimering, Kamryn Rumph, Becca Geerlinks, Gena Koetsier, Naomi Robertson-Lauzon, Beth Abel, Julia VanAnkum, Adrianne Cosens, Jocelyn DeWeerd and Mikayla Vandenberg. Submitted photo
Township faces slight increase in 2017 insurance premiums By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - The township’s insurance premium will go up by just over $1,000 in 2017. Mapleton council approved the increase on Nov. 22, after hearing a presentation from Steve Smith of Frank Cowan Insurance and local brokers Dave Campbell and Jeremy Brown
of The Brown Group. Smith advised Mapleton council the premium will rise from $205,690 to $206,805, an increase of $1,115 or just over half a percentage point. “It’s virtually identical this year to last year,” said Smith. “There have been some changes to the program with the addition of several vehicles and some property assets added to the program.
“We’ve also indexed the buildings by approximately two per cent to reflect inflationary trends.” The changes continue a trend toward smaller increases in premium costs in the last few years. In 2016, the township’s insurance coverage cost the municipality 2% more than it did in 2015, when it increased by 5% over the previous year.
GUELPH Puslinch Mayor Dennis Lever is running unopposed for the Wellington County warden’s chair, while Mapleton’s local representatives are both in two-way contests for county committee chair positions. Current Warden George Bridge, mayor of Minto, will not be seeking a second twoyear term. Instead, Bridge announced at the Nov. 24 council meeting he would be interested in chairing the county’s economic development committee, a post he held prior to becoming warden in December of 2014. Bridge cited the continued enhancement of Wellington County’s libraries as among the satisfying elements of his term in office. “People see our library system and say how we have to be really proud of it. I talk to some of our other counties and they’re closing them down, can’t really modernize them,” said Bridge, who said the county library system is “second to none. “It’s an economic driver in our communities and it’s a hub for cultural things,” Bridge stated. The completion of a new Wellington County OPP station and the hosting of the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo were
among other highlights of the past two years, Bridge noted. The warden also commented on the construction of roundabouts at several locations in the county. “I took some flack over our roundabout at the corner of White’s Road (in Minto) .. but I think now I’m getting some positives from people … If we don’t have anybody die at those intersections now that’s a big plus,” he stated. Bridge also said he was pleased to have been a part of efforts by the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus to bring high speed internet to rural areas and promote economic development on a regional level. Councillor Lynda White told Bridge, “It has been an honour to work under your guidance and your leadership … Wellington County is a leader and it is because of your leadership that we’ve gotten to where we are. “It’s been a job well done and you’ve been a great and
amazing warden,” added White, who indicated she would like to continue as council’s representative on the Wellington Police Services Board. County councillors will select the new warden and committee chairs at a special meeting on Dec. 9. Lever was the only councillor to announce his intention to seek the top job. “I think we have some significant challenges ahead. I want to see us continue to move the county forward,” said Lever, who cited economic development as a key area of focus. “Economic development to me is a competitive field. We see what’s going on with the western wardens’ caucus but at the same time, even though this is going to be an umbrella group that’s going to do something for a very large area, we’re going to end up in a situation where we’re competing with other municipalities for economic development and we have to make sure we win in those cases. It’s key to our future. “We can’t keep relying on residential taxpayers or the industrial/commercial base, we need to see an expansion in that area.” While the warden’s post seems almost certain to be filled by acclamation, there SEE COUNCILLORS » 2
Folk to Baroque concert in Drayton showcases world class musicians By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - Three world renowned musicians with three different styles of music came together at one venue to create an evening of music that warmed the heart and the soul. The combination of jazz, baroque and folk music had concert-goers tapping their feet, clapping their hands, snapping their fingers and singing along from the first strum of the guitar to the last key played on the piano. Over 80 music lovers of all ages filled the renovated church, now the home/music studio of Drayton bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson, to hear a home concert titled Folk to Baroque. Three Canadian musicians headlining the event were folk legend Valdy, jazz pianist Karel Roessingh and
Mackie Jackson. Local musicians Randy Smart and Lucas Rogerson opened the concert with solo performances of a variety of songs including their own original pieces. Valdy, Roessingh and Mackie Jackson performed as a trio and individually throughout the evening. Roessingh credits Valdy’s great instincts around putting music and people together in forming the trio. With Valdy performing on Mackie Jackson’s album Caliban Does Christmas and Mackie Jackson and Roessingh on Valdy’s album Read Between the Lines, it seemed a natural fit for the three musicians. “Putting these three types of music together is a challenge for all of us. It doesn’t happen often but it is fun when we get together,” Roessingh said.
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A singer, songwriter, guitarist and bassist, Valdy has been part of the Canadian music scene for over four decades. The recipient of numerous musical awards and the Order of Canada, he performs 200 concerts a year with 95% of his concerts taking place in Canada. The mellow voice that captured Canadian hearts with Play Me a Rock and Roll Song in the 1970s is still vibrant and strong today. In an interview with the Community News, Valdy talked about his music career while setting up lighting for the evening show and reminiscing with Roessingh and Mackie Jackson. “I’m a sound man but I’m learning about lighting,” Valdy said. “The music creates the impression on the SEE CONCERT » 7
Musical evening - Drayton resident and bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson, centre, brought her Folk to Baroque concert tour to her home studio on Nov. 15. Concert-goers were entertained by Canadian Jazz pianist Karel Roessingh, left, Mackie Jackson and Canadian folk legend Valdy. The trio will be returning to Drayton for an encore performance in April. Photo by Caroline Sealey
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MAPLETON BUSINESS PROFILE Music for Young Children aids4-1 development, improves self esteem Drayton outscores Listowel skills and confidence at an listening, reading, fine and Tanis Cowan knew a great MYC’s interactive system 2 | THE COMMUNITY NEWS | DECEMBER 2, 2016
DRAYTON 4 LISTOWEL 1 music opportunity when she sawDrayton it five years ago, after claimed the being introduced a period unique only goal in the to first program called Music for to begin to set up the win. Young Children (MYC). Eric Decker took the set up Having taught private pass from Aaron Keunanpiano and lessons for 15 years, Ms. Tanis, scored the goal. as Drayton her students added call her, two was looking to expand her teaching more unanswered goals in horizons and her music studio, the second period. Decker and found it through MYC. and Keunan repeated their Ms. Tanis recognized the feat for another goal, then program’s potential since it had Kuenan added his own goal never been offered in Drayton, inwas thefun dying seconds parents of the it for students, period. Brandon Rumph and teacher, and it offered a assisted on the goal. piano-keyboard program for Listowel opened children as young asthe 3½third in a with setting. a goal but Drayton group responded to idea ensure the “I loved the of group victory.since Curtis Wagler lessons, it’s always more scored for Listowel, assistfun to explore and learn in a group, of the topic,” ed by regardless Travis Kuepfer. Rob explained Tanis. DeWeerd Ms. scored for Drayton, She also thatScholten it was a assisted by liked Marck program was tested, tried and Readthat Shantz. and true, being taught by FLORADALE 8 more than 800 teachers to1 over MISSIONARY 24,000 students onno three differFloradale left question ent continents and in determining who touting would Canadian origins, being foundclaim this win. Two goals in ed in 1980. the first and three more goals MYC’s mission statement is to “provide the best quality music education to young children by blending the pleasure TRADES & and the joy of music making with sound instruction.”
in each ofand the engages remaining two motivates parents periods produced a convincand children, nurturing family bonds and delivering valuable ing victory. Missionary manco-learning experiences while aged a lone goal in the second developing a firm, fundamental period. understanding of music. Javon Martin led the A uniqueoffence aspect of MYC is Floradale with four the parent alongBraedon with the goals and learns an assist. child because are so Gingrich addedthey a pair of involved. In fact, Ms. Tanis goals and an assist, and credits the success of the proCorey Wideman had a goal gram to the parents of her stuand an assist. dents. The remaining goal “I am the teacher once a for Floradale was scored week; they are the at-home by Willis Martin, also ‘coach’ several days who a week,” assisted on two others. she said. Additional assists were An initial goal for each of earned bystudents Josh is Brohman, Ms. Tanis’ to develGreg Nick op the Martin, happy habit of Martin practicand Tim ing. She Martin. encourages her stuIt was left to Dustin Bults, dents to practice by giving a special “super duper” sticker the league leading scorer, to each week. put Missionary on the score“Practicing does not need to board. The Bults goal was be long; 10byto 15 minutes a day assisted Zach Franklin to start,” sheBults. said. and Dylan Ms. Tanis’ creativity shines COMMUNITY 4 BETHEL 0 through by offering several A closely-fought battle extra incentives wasn’t practice decided until the throughout the year to ensure final period. After remainstudents attain their musical ing scoreless for the first goals. Once students have collected enough stickers on their “happy practice thermometers,” they have a party. This SERVICES year, to celebrate the 2010 Olympics, students earned
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gross motor, social skills and early age” said Ms. Tanis. She offers four of MYC’s has been proven to enhance music programs: Sunrise, children’s social development Sunshine, Sunbeam and and learning skills, improve Moonbeam. Children who memory and problem solving, complete the most advanced and bolster confidence and level of MYC are well pre- self-esteem. Ms. Tanis also offers a pared for early intermediate piano studies, or the study of Music Pups program, which is especially unique since it is a another instrument. Sunrise is a pre-keyboard music program for babies. This music and movement program is a playful and creative music that teaches music concepts and movement class for parents through singing, rhythm and with children ages newborn to games. This program is for age 4. Children are introduced children ages 2 to 4 and devel- to a wide variety of musical Festive fun - Students at Music for Young Children enjoy a ops listening awareness, fine scales, tonal and rhythm patChristmas concert every year. submitted photo motor skills, social interaction, terns and instruments that help confidence and attention span. to stimulate musical growth. paper mittens for five happy spring. Of course, special holi- Children can easily attend with Each child participates at his or practices. The mittens were days are incorporated into Ms. a grandparent or caregiver, plus her own level. To find out more WELLINGTON COUNTY placed on the studio wall in the Tanis’ MYC classes, such as siblings can attend the class as about Pups and to view class - Wellington OPP and the videos visit themusicclass.com. Canada Music Week, well. shape of the 5 Olympic rings. Wellington County Chapter The Sunshine keyboard The ultimate success of any When the rings were com- Christmas, Valentine’s Day and of MADD Canada, along with plete students enjoyed an Easter. Theme days are program is geared towards MYC program lies behind the the Guelph Police Service, children ages 3½ and 4; the teacher and Ms. Tanis is no Olympics music class. This planned as well. recently launched the 2016 Throughout the year her Sunbeam keyboard program exception to that rule. It’s obvipast year Ms. Tanis encouraged Festive RIDEnot program. the students only to prac- students participate in a toward ages 5 and 6; and the ous she is an enthusiastic RIDE pro- Christmas concert, and a spring Moonbeam keyboard program teacher who cares a great deal ticePolice but alsostate to think of others, Planning planting - Planning 2017, Alma9.Garden connected grams have for proven to be an recital is spring for ages 7 the through All Club for her students.with the Alma andforhave the option to for by practicing pennies. Once Brownies and to plant specialthree edition 150th anniversary the Welcome to Alma flower effective deterrent educate participate keyboard programs tulip inte-bulbs in“Their struggles are my inGuides the Palmerston the pennies were alltocollected boxes and daffodils surrounding plantercreative boxes. The movement, Guides and Brownies were divided into groups the thetodangers struggles,” she states. “And Music Week Festival thegrate theypublic were about donated Camp Canada and headed to the fourMusic planter boxes. Pictured planting at theory the Welcome Alma box are in the south end rhythm, singing, music of driving while impaired. and theirtotriumphs equally trithe out Drayton Bucko, for burn victims. and composition for parent and leader umphant me.” Brownie and For the routinely upcoming year she Festival. of the village are, from left: Peyton Payne, Maddie Franklin, Brownie Beckyfor Koeslag, Officers check in aClub weekly one-hour ses-Grose, Noah For more information visit “Children are so Skerritt, receptiveAlmachild is planning twoimpairment new incentives; Guide leader Marlene Garden president Sharon Franklin, Lily Meszaros, drivers for by sion. Franklin. www.myc.com, email photo tanismusic that itand makes senseleader to Mickey a “Tree and of Thanks” Henry Franklin Brownie Submitted alcohol drugs. incentive to Participating in a MYC email@example.com or around Thanksgiving time and use this medium to spark their a “Seed Incentive” in the creativity and develop their class helps children develop call 519-638-5715. two periods, Community exploded for all four goals in the third. Gerald Martin opened the scoring, followed by Graham Wideman, Tony Martin and Delmer Frey. Two of the goals were assisted by Kyle Wideman. Single assists were earned by Kevin Gingrich and Gerald Martin. Chris Stevens faced 21 shots in his shutout victory.
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will be contests for several committee chair positions. Incumbent chair Don McKay, councillor for Ward 7, and Ward 2 councillor Gregg Davidson both announced interest in chairing the county’s solid waste services committee. Ward 3 councillor Gary Williamson, the incumbent roads committee chair, will face a challenge
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Talent show raises cash for splash pad By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - The 3rd Got Mapleton’s annual Talent show on Nov. 26 at the Drayton Theatre featured vocal and dance routines, piano duets, violin solos and more. Master of ceremonies Nathan Spaling shared with the audience that the two times he has been on a stage did not encourage him to enter the talent show. The first was in Grade 3 at Drayton Heights, when he practiced hard on his lines for a play but only received a non-speaking part. The second was at his graduation from law school. While handing his name to the presenter he dropped the piece of paper. Bending down to pick up the paper, he split his pants open. Fortunately,
a graduation gown covered the torn pants. At the end of the evening Spaling encouraged all the performers to believe in themselves and their talents by continuing to share them on stage and with their families. Drayton Rotary member Lori Spaling said, “Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the show. The participants did a great job.” She also thanked Nathan for his contribution to the show and Mapleton Township for its support. Money raised through the silent auction and donations totaled $1,550. These funds will be donated to the Mapleton Splash Pad Project, a joint effort of the Drayton Rotary Club and Drayton Kinettes.
Mayor would like to share citizen concerns with council By Patrick Raftis
Mapleton’s Got Talent - ABOVE: Tap Trio, from left, Clare Cashin, Karen Prior Cashin and Joanna Cashin performed an energetic routine to Flip, Flop and Fly at the fundraising talent show on Nov. 26 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. LEFT: Piano soloist Alaia Brown played two selections: Lightening Bug and Humbug Hoedown. Photos by Caroline Sealey
MAPLETON – Mayor Neil Driscoll made an appeal to local citizens concerned enough to email him about local issues, to allow him to share their concerns with other members of council. At the Nov. 22 council meeting, Driscoll commented that he often receives emails from the public on township issues “and then when I reply and ask if I can share their concerns with council and put them on the public agenda, then they get all up in arms that ‘this is between you and me as the
mayor.’” Driscoll continued, “If you want to send me a letter on any issue please let me share them with council. “I’m only one voice on this council.” CAO Brad McRoberts told the Community News that council members cannot share such communications from ratepayers without written permission. The mayor also noted that often people contact him about issues that could have been dealt with more quickly had people contacted township staff, rather than a politician.
Dave Dryden addresses RWTO about Sleeping Children Around the World PALMERSTON - “A caring, sharing kind of guy” is how Kathy Watt described former NHL hockey goalie and retired teacher Dave Dryden to members at a recent meeting of the of Branch Palmerston Retired Women Teachers of Ontario. Dryden is known for having created the first fiberglass hockey mask with a cage and being the goalie against whom Wayne Gretzky scored his first professional goal. But his purpose at this meeting was to promote Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), an organization that provides bed kits to children in developing countries around the world. SCAW was started by Dryden’s parents, Murray and Margaret Dryden in 1970 when Murray Dryden was inspired to help less fortunate children after seeing children sleeping in the streets on a trip to Pakistan. Being an action-oriented person Dryden returned to Pakistan, purchased items
for 50 children and distributed them at an orphanage. With the help of friends he and his wife continued the work and to date 1.5 million bed kits have been distributed. SCAW believes in the importance of sleep and that every child deserves a good night’s sleep. Children between the ages of 6 to 12, 50 per cent boys and 50% girls are chosen to receive a bed kit. Bed kits are tailored to the country where they will be distributed, cost $35 and consist of a mat or mattress with bedding, a mosquito net to combat disease such as malaria, a school bag and school supplies, as well as clothing and footwear. All items are sourced locally if possible, which in turn has a positive impact on the local economy. A group of volunteers in the country of distribution, often the local Rotary Clubs, look after the manufacture of the items, find the children who would benefit most from
receiving a bed kit, choose the sites for distribution and help the traveling volunteers during their stay. There is a waiting list of two years for volunteers to travel to the various countries in order to help with the distribution of these bed kits. Volunteers often help to distribute 800 bed kits in 3 to 4 hours which includes taking photos of individuals or groups of children to be sent to the donors. SCAW is a 100% charity, meaning all of the donations go directly into the purchase of contents for the kits. Volunteers pay their own travel expenses and through a legacy fund set up by the Drydens, all overhead is paid, allowing all donation money to be used for the bed kits. Most recently Sleep Country Canada, supported by Choice Hotels promoted a Sleep Day on Nov. 4 to encourage all Canadians to participate by making a small donation to go to school or work in their pyjamas. All proceeds go to SCAW. Tina Haldenby thanked
Dryden for sharing information about SCAW and for providing a real teaching and learning experience for all. The Palmerston Branch which has been supporting SCAW for a number of years, purchased 58 bed kits and Elizabeth Smith from the Listowel Branch of RWTO/ OERO presented Dryden with a check for the purchase of another 20 bed kits. President Anne Darroch welcomed visiting guests from the Listowel Branch of RWTO/OERO and invited them to attend the Christmas party at the Roundhouse in Palmerston on Dec. 2. Everyone enjoyed wearing the Halloween masks provided by the decorating committee and the delicious turkey dinner prepared by the ladies of Knox Presbyterian Church. Reports were given by treasurer Joanne Matthews and Insurance Convener Mildred Francis. Two thank you cards were read by Secretary Joan Woods.
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Christmas fundraiser - LEFT: Members of the Moorefield United Church were kept busy selling tickets for a draw featuring numerous Christmas articles at the church’s annual bazaar on Nov. 26 at the Moorefield Community Centre. The event also featured a silent auction, live auction, baking, quilt draw, crafts and lasagna luncheon. Admission to the event was a donation to the food bank. RIGHT: Auctioneer Jason Heimpel, left, volunteered his time and auctioneering skills to the live auction. Assisting with the auction was Susan Tienhaara, holding plates of Christmas baking. Photos by Caroline Sealey
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Canadians appear headed for some definitive discussions on the future of their public broadcaster. A position paper submitted by the CBC to the federal government earlier this week proposes the broadcaster move to an ad-free model, with the change to be facilitated by an additional $300 million or so in public funding. The CBC estimates if it were to eliminate advertising it would require $253 million to make up for ad revenue and $105 million to produce content to fill the gaps in air time left open free of ads. Conversely, it would save about $40 million that would otherwise be spent on ad sales efforts. Such a move would be welcomed by most in private media as the elimination of a heavily-subsidized competitor for advertising dollars. However, the move would also leave the CBC at the whims of the government of the day and the prevailing public sentiment for its very existence. The governing Liberals just restored about $150 million cut from the CBC during the Stephen Harper years and one Conservative leadership hopeful, Kellie Leitch, is pledging to have the broadcaster “dismantled.” A CBC without a supplementary source of revenue might soon be squeezed beyond usefulness, or simply scrapped by a future cash-strapped government. So Canadians may have to decide how useful they think the CBC is. Certainly some value should be put on any agency providing news with reference to established standards of journalism in an era when many are opting to ignore reality in favor of the opinion and outright lies masquerading as fact on many websites and social media channels. The CBC also provides Canadians with a common frame of reference; Rick Mercer’s insightful rants on current affairs and our shared tradition of Hockey Night in Canada (even if Rogers does get all the ad revenue now), spring quickly to mind. Those of us of a certain vintage can remember when the next Wayne and Shuster comedy special would be highlyanticipated communal viewing (even if they did start “half an hour later in Newfoundland”). It’s hard to argue the CBC does not provide some value for all Canadians. Soon, we may have to decide where that value lies in pure monetary terms.
Letter to the Editor Tax dollars wasted? Dear Editor: I can’t help but feel Mapleton council fishing around in my pocket again. Only in government does buying $200,000 worth of equipment to save $9,000 per year make any sense. Justifications for purchasing an excavator and hiring an operator include the potential to share with
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nization revealed its goal has been exceeded. In late April the campaign hosted “Registry Week,” collecting information about the wellbeing and housing history of those experiencing homelessness. The information was used to develop a list and to facilitate decisions about how best to refer individuals experiencing homelessness to housing resources. “Based on our by-name list, we know that at least 37 of the most vulnerable individuals that were previously homeless, are now housed,”
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IMPORTANT DATES Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Thursday, December 22, 2016 Monday, December 26, 2016 Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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said Randalin Ellery, co-chair of the Guelph-Wellington 20,000 Homes Campaign. “This is a reflection of how a combination of good data and information, paired with the commitment and passion of our community, can make real change.” Guelph-Wellington is just one of over 30 participating communities in the national 20,000 Homes Campaign. Local results feed up to the overall goal, which aims to house 20,000 of the most vulnerable Canadians by July 1, 2018. “Guelph and Wellington is delivering on the promise of ending homelessness by beating a really ambitious six-month housing target,” said Tim Richter, president and CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. “You are not only setting the bar for other communities but you are proving that homelessness is indeed solvable.” Officials state that while there was certainly cause for celebration, GuelphWellington 20,000 Homes Campaign personnel know they are still at the start of their journey to end homelessness. Moving forward, the campaign will continue to focus on housing the most vulnerable and has set targets to develop a coordinated access assessment system for those entering the homelessnessserving system. “Coordinated access and assessment provides a single process for people experiencing homelessness to access housing supports,” noted Lori Richer, co-chair of the campaign. “This will help move people through the system faster and ensure they are matched with the resources they need to exit homelessness and not return.” During Registry Week in April, 295 individuals were found to be experiencing homelessness over a threeday period. The full results from Registry Week, along with other information about the campaign, can be found at: www.gw20khomes.ca.
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MAPLETON - Weekly, the title of this newspaper provides a reminder. “Community News.” We are a community. We live in community. Many of us, no doubt, engage this community. Wanting it to be a desirable place to call home. Over the next few weeks, into the busy Christmas season, we’re likely to visit various communities. Those closer by as well as those further away, excited about getting together with family and friends. Once we enter into the holiday rush, it seems there’s no turning back. Things get busy. Our calendars begin to get cluttered. People and events both competing for our time and energies. Local churches know well what it means to be busy during this time of year, but we also believe it’s good and necessary to provide opportunity for our local community just “to be.” The Drayton Ministerial (fancy word for area churches) invites us to be a community together on Dec. 11. We’re inviting everyone to the Drayton arena for a Community Christmas
Celebration from 6:30 to 7:30pm with doors opening at 6pm. A dessert buffet and hot drinks will be provided, including live music by local musicians the Moore Family. As a community, we’ll enjoy food and fellowship, some traditional carols and other seasonal favourites. At Christmas time the Drayton Ministerial remembers the divine Triune community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit breaking into human community through the birth of Jesus.
Celebrating with us is Mount Forest’s Ramoth House; a non-denominational, non-profit, charitable organization inspired by the love of Jesus to provide community, or a place of refuge, for pregnant moms and new born infants. Everyone is invited to bring items such as newborn diapers, baby bath toys, 0-9 months winter outfits, Walmart/Tim Hortons gift cards, canned foods or other gifts. See you there! Submitted by Drayton Ministerial Association
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Righteousness Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; mercy and truth go before your face. (Psalm 89:14) We are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:13) Heaven is a place where all the injustices of the world have been made right. The poor and underprivileged have received an enormous inheritance and a place in society that had been denied them on earth, and the wrongly accused have received the place of honour they have always deserved. Everything has been made right and set in order to function as it should. People have been established according to their right capacities and
are functioning the way they have been designed to function. All are treated fairly and without prejudice. All is as it should be. “So then,” you ponder, “what’s with my world? If heaven has come to earth, my earth, it sure doesn’t look like it.” Well, let’s take a closer look. The writer to the Romans said that “now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed.” (Romans 3:21) This means that we have a righteousness now on earth, and its nature does not change, whether it is in heaven or on earth. Righteousness, which is essentially God’s right character, rule and activity, is never adjusted or amended, no matter where it is. God and all that God is in heaven is the very same that he is on earth. This begins in you as the very same righteousness
which God is has actually and fully become a condition you inherit and live in. In and through Jesus Christ, you have become right, like God. As his word clarifies to us, “For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Now, on earth and in Christ, you have become right in status as it is declared of you by God’s righteous declaration. You have also become right in nature as righteousness is communicated to you from God’s nature. In other words, God has given you his righteousness, so much so that it is now God who is working in you “to will and to do for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13) One of the implications of this is that, on the grounds of the blood of Jesus Christ, God deals with and gives you the power to deal with, what-
ever is necessary. Sins you have struggled with for years have lost their hold on you. Another implication is that your numerous “setbacks” have been turned into fuel, supplying what is necessary to make incredible faith advances. Furthermore, your situation, your job, where you live and your field of influence have all been made right. Beside this, he has provided all you need where you are. You are well cared for and the events of your life work together for good. In fact, because your righteous God has entered you, you are discovering rights, privileges and tribute that you had not previously realized or dreamed possible. The miraculous provisions, opportunities and workings of God are your everyday companions. Now your world is, in fact, perfect, because your world
is the kingdom of God. Your world is as it should be, you are within God’s plan and everything in your world is right. Even in the middle of apparent chaos and disorder, the following is now true: • God has established a right pattern and a right foundation for everything. He has designed your life well and established your footing on a rock that cannot be shaken; • you have been re-created in his image. As such you are holy, right, pure and whole. You lack nothing necessary. You have it all; • all people and situations are in a right order. Oh, it may not be to your liking necessarily, but understanding that everyone you know and every condition you find yourself in is in correct symmetry has enabled you to have an outstanding influence where you live; • your life is administered
properly and justly. You are not striving for a position or status but you are at rest and at peace with your lot. All is well; • everything you do has effect, as God’s power is released through you. The humblest service, the weakest effort or the most awkward deed holds reverberating consequences that will last forever; • God is placing people in your path who supply what you lack and stretch your meager resources farther than you can imagine. You are surrounded with faithful friends who have become an immense resource to you; and • you are making right decisions, deciding controversies and executing fair judgments. Even your “mistakes” are bringing positive outcomes. Your world is right, just like it is in heaven.
Funding for local hospitals aimed at increased access, reduced wait times GUELPH - The provincial government has announced funding aimed at improving access to care in Wellington County, helping to reduce wait times and supporting increased access to services that patients and families rely on . Guelph MPP Liz Sandals announced on Nov. 25 that
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have received, at a minimum, a two per cent increase to their base funding this year. Additional funding has been provided to hospitals to support population growth and changing health care needs in their communities. “I am very pleased that our government is making investments in Groves Memorial Community Hospital and North Wellington Health Care Corporation to help these facilities to continue to provide high quality health services to our community. This new investment will help to reduce wait times and to support increased access to the services that the citizens of Wellington County need,” stated Sandals.
“In recent years, hospitals have become more efficient while improving patient care, even as they face increased demand for services. Through this additional investment, our government is committed to ensuring hospitals maintain a high level of care to address the increased health care needs of a growing and aging population,” said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins. “On behalf of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for supporting hospitals with this needed investment as they work to provide care to patients under challenging
circumstances. The resources made available, thanks to today’s announcement, will help ensure continued access to high quality health services in communities across Ontario,” said Ontario Hospital Association president and CEO Dale Andrews. “Local clinicians, staff and volunteers are doing an exceptional job on the frontline caring for residents. Because of them, we’ve seen significant improvements in the quality and efficiency of care. Our hospitals continue to see more patients with more complex care needs. This additional funding will support our hospitals in reducing wait times and improving flow through
the health care system,”said Waterloo Wellington LHIN CEO Bruce Lauckner, NWHC and Groves CEO Stephen Street stated, “Each year demand for health services increase as our populations age. Responding to these pressures requires innovative leadership to work with all partners and stakeholders that make up our health care system. “We are pleased that the ministry continues to be a great partner in maintaining services to support our growing population. The funding announcement today will help us continue to offer care close to home for residents in Centre and north Wellington.”
OFSAA Competitors - The Norwell Senior Boys volleyball team won the CWOSSA championship and travelled to Windsor last week to compete at OFSAA. Unfortunately Norwell was eliminated on the second day of play. They had disappointing losses to Sir Winston Churchill Secondary and Leamington Secondary School. They also lost against the Franco Cite team that went on to win the championship. “All of our students played fantastic and were a credit to Norwell,” school officials state. Team members included: Jeff Shortt, Paul Frayne, Isaiah Thornback, Daniel Keunen, Dawson Martin, Luke Oxford, Brent Ellison, Ben Lawrence, Brodie Hoffele, Devon Pronk, Ian Strachan, Nole Black, Riley Stanley, Arden Mercey and Easton Bieman. Submitted photo
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audience, not the musician. If it touches the audience, it touches me. “I try to set up an environment with my music that is comfortable for everyone. Each venue is different and I adjust accordingly.” Valdy went on to say, “The order of songs I’m playing is always taped to my guitar but I rarely follow it. Everything depends on the crowd’s response to the songs I play. A good musician reads the audience.” Valdy said he preferred to play solo as he had the freedom to take the show where he wanted to.
However, he noted that valuable experience is gained when playing with other musicians. He conceded he learned new things every day and is currently writing the story of his life. “My favourite song? When I get asked that I always say, it’s the song that I just wrote. Right now, it’s Rolling North on Highway 63. It’s a song about the folks in Fort McMurray who experienced the devastating fire this summer,” Valdy said. Although he’s had the odd magical moment in his career, Valdy’s interactions with other musicians are his highlights. Communicating through music with a Cuban
Restaurant fined for failing to pay former workers ALMA - Failure to comply with orders to pay 15 former employees has resulted in fines totalling $37,404 against the now-closed Marj’s Village Kitchen restaurant here. The corporation failed to comply with an order issued by a Ministry of Labour employment standards officer requiring payment of wages to employees. The order was issued in May 2015. Failure to comply with an order issued by an employment standards officer is an offence under the Employment Standards Act (ESA). Employees were owed amounts ranging from over $300 to over $6,000. None of the amounts have been paid. Following guilty pleas, Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson convicted the company on 15 counts and imposed the fines in Guelph
court on Nov. 21. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The restaurant closed in January of 2015 after Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health issued a warning that an employee had a confirmed case of hepatitis A while working at the business. Anyone who ate at the restaurant during an 18day period that month was advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. Although the business later passed inspection, owners elected not to reopen the restaurant. Under the ESA, a corporation can be fined up to $100,000 for a first conviction, $250,000 for a second conviction and $500,000 for three or more convictions.
piano player who did not speak English, giving a pink blanket to a musician from Texas found shivering in his vehicle on a cold Canadian winter night and performing in Iron Curtain countries are all experiences he cherishes. A composer, arranger, producer and musician, Roessingh has written or co-written scores for over 500 television episodes, award winning films, documentaries and promotional videos. He also performed with symphony orchestras, rock, jazz, folk, show and country ensembles throughout the world in small town bars, concert halls and on battleships and cruise ships. “I’ve had lucky breaks,” Roessingh said. “I got a teaching degree with plans to be a high school teacher and play in the off hours. I never did teach and my music career took off.
“I love playing and am able to make a living without travelling too far from my home in Highlands, BC.” During an interview with the Community News, the soft spoken Roessingh said he preferred not to tour but it all depended on who he was touring with and the circumstances surrounding the tour. “I’m known as a jazz musician but I do like folk. Jazz music is not largely written down, making it spontaneous and no two performances are the same,” Roessingh said. Roessingh enjoyed the cultural identity of Drayton, citing ivy climbing up a house wall and the “Village Philosopher” sign hung over a door on Wellington Street as examples, as well as the fact there are no large stores. Aside from his musical talents Roessingh has served two terms as mayor and is
currently on his fourth term as councilor in Highlands, BC. His passion for his community was evident when he said, “I didn’t get into politics for the money; you don’t make enough when you think about all the hours you commit to the position. “I care about the community and want to protect it from development. It’s a rural municipality that needs to remain rural.” Bassoonist, visual artist, writer and host of the house concert Mackie Jackson entered university at the age of 16, and was introduced to the bassoon. By the age of 22, she won a position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. After 10 years with the orchestra, Mackie Jackson joined the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra playing the baroque bassoon. In 2000, she stared her solo career and is currently Canada’s most widely-
recorded solo bassoonist. Mackie Jackson has taught in universities across North America. As an artist she has produced large paintings for the children’s show Darwood’s Wild bassoon. The evening concert consisted of Valdy’s popular music and newer releases including a tribute to Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors titled Tom We Miss You. Roessingh’s original composition Thrift Shopping added to the humour evident all evening. An energetic performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto No 27 in E Flat Major by Mackie Jackson was among the evening’s highlights. A standing ovation from the audience and the song, Dreams about You ended the evening. Mackie Jackson along with Valdy and Roessingh will be performing an encore performance in April 2017.
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Writer in residence shares thoughts on creating children’s books By Caroline Sealey ROCKWOOD - The text of a children’s picture book is often short and simple, but it isn’t always easier to write. The potential pitfalls, target audience and illustrations, all integral parts in writing a children’s picture book, were discussed at a writer’s workshop led by Wellington County Library writer in residence Kathy Stinson. The workshop, open to writers of all experience levels, was held at the Rockwood library on Nov. 10. Stinson, a resident of Rockwood, began her writing career 35 years ago in university. Given the option to write an essay or a children’s book for a class assignment, she chose to write a children’s book. “The title of the book I wrote was Jelly Bean Jungle. My Mom has kept all my stories from Grade 4 on. To date I have written 30 books and have had stories published in many anthologies,”
Writing workshop - Wellington County Library writer in residence, Kathy Stinson, left, ran a Writing a Children’s Book workshop at the Rockwood library on Nov. 10. Goldstone resident and writer Janet Martin attended the workshop that focused on potential pitfalls, target audiences and illustrations. Photo by Caroline Sealey Stinson said. One of Stinson’s popular children’s books, Red is Best, is the story of a little girl whose mother does
not understand about red. Stinson wrote the book based on life experiences surrounding her daughter. Other titles by Stinson include The Bare
Naked Book and Harry and Walter. Novels written by the author are Seven Clues at Pebble Creek, the MarieClaire series and What Happened to Ivy? Stinson requested each workshop attendee bring a children’s picture book to the workshop that they had enjoyed anytime in their lives. A discussion followed on each book and how childhood books influence writers. “People remember images from their childhood and these images influence their daily lives. Writers should immerse themselves in picture books, which will help them with the writing of a children’s book,” she said. Stinson gave examples of pitfalls in writing and focused on children’s books relating to each pitfall. The first, an author who has something important to teach children like sharing, manners or being brave. To be successful the story needs to be a story about the topic, not a written list of rules as children’s attention spans are limited with rule-type books. Stories based on talking animals have been done many times, some well, others have
not succeeded. One exception is P.D. Eastman’s, Are You My Mother? Repetitive books work if the repetition continues in some form until the end of the book. In Jo Ellen Bogart’s Big and Small, Room for All, the author has achieved what she set out to do with repetition. Each repetitive children’s picture book needs to have a point to the repetition. “Everyone loves a good Your story. Christmas Christmas story needs to be different so the publisher will accept it. The House of Wooden Santas by Kevin Major and Imelda George is an amazing example of this. Chris Van Allsburg’s, The Polar Bear Express, is also another great example,” Stinson said. “The same is true with dog stories. How Smudge Came written by Nan Gregory and Ron Lightburn is a book that a publisher would easily take on.” Another pitfall writers fall into is the feeling that their story will make a great story once it’s illustrated. Illustrations do add visuals to the story line and enhance the book. But, Stinson asked the workshop participants if they wanted to write “a story
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BLYTH - A scam that ensnared many Wellington County residents in the early 2000s is the subject of a play premiering at the Blyth Festival next summer. The Pigeon King, based on the story of Arlan Galbraith and his company Pigeon King International, will be staged at the festival from Aug. 9 to Sept. 25. A Nov. 25 press release announcing the 2017 lineup states, “When Arlan Galbraith created his company, Pigeon King International, he boasted some 50-years as a top breeder; he was a prominent mem-
ber of the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union, the Canadian National Tippler Union, the National Birmingham Roller Club, and even the charter president of the Saugeen Valley Fur and Feathers Fanciers Association.” But around 2001, Galbraith began approaching local farmers and neighbours asking them to invest in a piece of the action. Claiming to have access to lucrative markets throughout the Middle East, the “pigeon king” began to sign contracts with guaranteed profits for buyers of his breeding pairs. Over the next seven years,
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that only compliments the artwork?” A standard children’s picture book is 32 pages in length which includes all the pages. Each book should contain less than 1,000 words but may contain more. “What doesn’t add, subtracts. There’s no point in it being there. Write when you are exhausted. Things usually don’t get filtered then. It’s a different approach,” Stinson said. “It does work.” Illustrators have their own vision for books. The writer’s ideas are not going to be what the illustrator wants to design. Some publishers can afford certain illustrators, some cannot. Stinson has suggested to potential publishers that she admires a certain illustrator but it is the publisher’s choice. “Find your place to write. Mine is down in the basement by the furnace where there are no distractions. Attend workshops like this one. Attend conferences. Gather as much information as possible about writing,” Stinson said. on information For Stinson’s workshops, contact any Wellington library or visit kathystinson.com.
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Pigeon King International became a massive empire, worth tens of millions of dollars, with farmers investing from both sides of the border, mortgaging century farms, and hatching hundreds of thousands of birds, only to collapse in a bankruptcy filing of epic proportions. Finally convicted of fraud in a Waterloo court, Galbraith was sentenced to seven years for the scheme. “The Pigeon King is a country parable for our times, reminding us that what takes flight, always comes home to roost,” festival officials state.