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Celebrating Christmas and Canada - Members of Mapleton council ride on the township’s float celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in the Moorefield Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 2. Photo by Caroline Sealey

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Township agrees to new five-year deal with OCWA By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council here has approved a new five-year contract with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) to operate the township’s water and wastewater systems until Dec. 31, 2021. OCWA has been providing water and wastewater servicing to the Township of Mapleton since 2002. “The responsibilities of the service agreement have developed over the years into the comprehensive delivery of cost-effective and efficient operational and maintenance activities that not only pro-

vide safe and reliable production and distribution of drinking water to the community, but also provide environmentally friendly collection and treatment of the resultant wastewater,” stated public works director Sam Mattina in a report presented to council on Nov. 28. The report indicates the proposed annual cost for the service renewal agreement translates to a monthly cost of $24,477. “This is a reasonable fee to operate and maintain the system from an operational perspective,” states Mattina. Councillor Dennis Craven

suggested it would “more than likely be more expensive” for the town to operate its own system, when the cost of hiring and training staff and obtaining equipment was considered. “Mapleton’s infrastructure in water and wastewater is not, at this point, large enough to sustain its own system. To have its own department to operate the system at this time would not be financially feasible, no,” replied Mattina. The monthly cost to contract with OCWA translates to “$10 per person per month for safe clean water,” coun-

cillor Marlene Ottens pointed out. “I think most people would think that’s a bargain.” Interim CAO Murray Clarke told council that in light of “the complexities post-Walkerton in the compelling argument about the delivery of safe water,” and the relatively small number of users on the local systems, “it really is, for Mapleton, a most efficient and affordable solution.” Craven asked about the possibility of looking into forming a joint operation with a neighboring munici-

pality that runs its own system as a possible way to reduce costs. Mattina responded that “proximity to the system is important, especially emergency response. “It’s not a feasible alternative. It would still mean additional staff, additional equipment, additional administration - those factors do not go away.” While noting, “Staff would not recommend that at this point of time,” Mattina said staff could look into the possibility of a joint operation if council requests it. Councillor Michael

Martin pointed out past deals with OCWA have generally been for a three-year term. “What was the motivation to go to a five-year deal?” Martin wondered. “It’s a set price for five years …. It’s in our best interest for budget purposes and the best rate for the consumer,” replied Mattina. He added a longer deal also reduces the possibility of the deal expiring before renewal can be arranged. He pointed out OCWA is currently operating under a one-year extension of the previous three-year deal, which had expired.

Traffic study soothes concerns about tire shop location By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council here appears set to approve a zoning amendment to allow a tire sales and repair shop on a three-acre parcel of land along McGivern Street (Wellington Road 10) across from Maryborough Public School. The rezoning of the property would permit Moorefield Tire to build a shop for retail sales and repair of car, truck and agricultural tires. The amendment would also permit the use of private septic services on a temporary basis. The rezoning is a con-

dition of a severance application granted provisional consent by the Wellington County land division committee. Following an Oct. 10 public meeting on the proposal, applicant Lloyd Brubacher of Moorefield Tire submitted a traffic study and a revised site plan in response to concerns raised by neighbouring property owners. The study indicated the busiest hour in the morning is estimated at 13 trips (eight cars in and five cars out) and the busiest hour in the afternoon is estimated at 21 trips (nine in and 12 out).



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The study identified that other commercial and industrial uses currently permitted by the existing C1 zoning on the site could generate much more traffic in comparison to the proposed tire shop. The study also concluded the business would not generate the need for any improvements to Wellington Road 11. The study also recommended the proposed driveway be aligned with the existing Murray Group driveway across the road to minimize turning conflicts. However councillor Dennis Craven suggested


a different driveway placement in order to keep the driveway as far away from the school as possible. Wellington County Senior Planner Curtis Marshall said the driveway placement could be looked at as part of the site control process. Councillor Michael Martin, who stated on Oct. 10 he felt the operation would be best located in an industrial park setting, said at the Nov. 28 meeting, “I do support the current application.” Martin, who lives near the proposed development, said he “separated my personal and professional opinion on


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this” and concluded the tire shop “should be able to fit into the neighbourhood.” However, he maintained, “In a perfect world … this belongs in an industrial park.” Mayor Neil Driscoll expressed support for the local business, which is currently located on Concession 8 at the southwest corner of Moorefield. “With Mapleton being 90 per cent agriculture, I think it’s important we have a tire shop,” said Driscoll. Councillor Marlene Ottens said, “I think council wants to support any busi-


ness that wants to stay in our area.” She added, “I don’t have a problem with the driveway. It makes sense being across from the Murray Group.” Craven said, “I do not want to be part of a council that gets blamed for losing another business.” Council passed a resolution directing staff to prepare an amending bylaw for consideration, including provisions to accommodate the applicant’s requests for a front yard setback of 38 metres instead of 26 and installation of a loading dock at the front of the building.

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Late surge results in Bethel win Moorefield bank to close in May BETHEL 6 MISSIONARY 2 All six Bethel goals were scored late in each period, with four in the final minutes of play. Missionary started off strong with two goals early in the first by Zach Leslie and Devin McGuire, assisted by Curtis Bults, Matt Burnett, and Nathan Rhame. Bethel came back for a

goal in the final minute of the period. Tom Schuurmans scores the Bethel goal, assisted by Laverne Metzger. Bethel scored the only goals in the second period to take the lead. Brandon Wideman tied the game with a tidy shot and Jason Horst gave Bethel the lead with a goal, assisted by Ben Wideman, Ian Martin and Laverne Metzger.


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Missionary fought hard for the equalizing goal, pulling their goaltender in the final minute, but heads-up play by Bethel resulted in two empty net goals. Mark Paisley scores the first empty netter then set up Jason Horst for the second. Missionary put their netminder back in, but with four seconds left, Jason Horst fired a bullet that hit the twine to finish the late game Bethel romping. Derek Wideman faced 34 shots in the Bethel net. DRAYTON 4 FLORADALE 2 A come-from-behind victory kept Drayton atop the standings. Floradale’s Greg Martin opened the scoring late in the first, assisted by Ryan and Javan Martin. However, with 40 seconds left Drayton tied the game with a Jessie Hoekstra goal, assisted by Eric Deckers. Floradale regained the lead late in the second with another goal by Greg Martin, this time assisted by Ryan and Nick Martin. With just over a minute left in the game Drayton rallied to tie the game again.

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MOOREFIELD - RBC is merging its Drayton and Moorefield branches and will close the doors at the location here next spring. Regional vice-president Dan Woods confirmed via email the Moorefield branch, located at 46 McGivern Street, will merge on May 25 into the Drayton branch, located at 23 Main Street. “The branches are located less than eight kilometers apart and merging the two is the most efficient way for us to continue to serve the community in the future,” Woods stated. “We’ve been a part of the community for over 56 years and a decision to relocate was not easy (and) made only after careful consideration about how we can best serve our clients in this community.” Woods said staff were advised of the move in late October and indicated “there is a role for every team member from Moorefield within RBC and the Drayton branch.” Clients received a formal letter from RBC on



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ATM in the community. In addition to the ATM, mobile banking, online and telephone banking, he said clients will continue to be served by mobile experts including financial planners, mortgage specialists, commercial bankers and small business advisors who will meet with clients “where most convenient.” Following the merger, all accounts will automatically be transferred to the Drayton branch and Woods said the bank is open to exploring other ways to support the community following the merger. “Just because we are merging this branch, it does not mean we are leaving this community,” said Woods. “We have a long and rich history in this region and while industries like ours will continue to change and transform, we will continue our commitment to being actively involved in the Moorefield community.”

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS *Drayton Kinettes Annual Toy Drive, drop off until Dec 14 at various businesses in Drayton and Moorefield, the Drayton Santa Claus Parade and Breakfast with Santa.

December 21 & 22 - Let the Whole World Sing, Christmas musical, 8pm, Drayton Reformed Church, 74 Wellington St. Drayton. Freewill offering. Refreshments.

December 9 - Alma Christmas Tree Lighting, 7pm, across from The Spot Restaurant. Hot chocolate and cookies. All welcome.

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December 15 - Euchre, Drayton Legion, 7:30pm. 15 Elm Street. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. December 17 - Alma Santa Claus Parade, 2pm, theme: Canada 150 Christmas. Alma Guides and Pathfinders will collect donations for the foodbank.

*Healing Paws, Drayton - Volunteer cat rescue is in need of donations. Cats available for adoption. Info contact Hana 226750-5651 or *Parkinson’s Support Groups. Do you or someone you know have Parkinson’s? We’re here to help. For info on a Parkinson’s support group in your area, call Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, 1-888-851-7376 or *Rent Drayton Legion for functions Call Eliza 519-638-2950.


IPM donation - Members of the 2016 International Plowing Match (IPM) RV and entertainment committees presented two $1,000 cheques to the Mapleton Splash Pad from funds given to each IPM committee to be donated to an organization of the committee members’ choice. From left: committee members Dave Franklin, Ginny Franklin, Ron Ellis, Drayton Rotary and Mapleton Splash Pad representative Lorrie Spaling, IPM committee member Nancy McIsaac, Drayton Kinette and Mapleton Splash Pad representative Erica Klaassen (with Ben and Jakob Klaassen) and committee member Jim McIsaac. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Danish living - Drayton librarian Joanne Wiersma presented a workshop on the Danish concept of hygge at the library’s monthly Carnegie Café on Nov. 27. Hygge is a back-to-basic style of living trending in the country of Denmark. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Local librarian inspired by hygge By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - The inspiration for the December Carnegie Cafe at the Drayton Library began with Joanne Wiersma’s interest in a book with an intriguing title. In 2015, Wiersma found a copy of The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. After finishing the book, Wiersma pursued information about the trendy Danish concept of hygge mentioned in the story. Pronounced hew-gah, the word describes an atmosphere or quality of coziness and comfortable cheerfulness that brings a sense of calm contentment. “It is the art of creating a welcoming and inviting home for family and friends alike, enjoying good food, conversation, playing a game or listening to music together. It’s really about taking pleasure in the simple things in life,” Wiersma said. Denmark is a Scandinavian country known for pastries, bicycles and for the invention of Lego. Rated as the happiest country in the world by the United Nations in 2016, Denmark’s residents enjoy the shortest working days, good job benefits, long maternity leaves and extended vacations - but they pay the highest taxes. Danes also burn the largest number of candles in the world and consume copious amounts of licorice and milk. “As the country has the fewest hours of sunlight during the winter season, with temperatures around the freezing point, days tend to be long and dreary,” Wiersma said. “Not only do Danish people get outdoors and enjoy the winter, they hunker down at home with

friends and family.” Minimalism plays a prominent role in Danish homes. Houses are not crowded and texture is an important part of home decor. Texture is achieved by the use of blankets and outdoor greenery. The Cozy Life written by Pia Edberg is a suggested read that includes tips on the practice of hygge during the Christmas season. Edberg encourages everyone to keep things calm and peaceful, simple and not complicated by focusing on values and priorities such as generosity and gratitude. “By keeping a gratitude journal and following the suggestions in the book, you will increase your energy levels and optimism. Slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments,” Wiersma said. The A to Z of hygge includes but is not limited to ambience, books, candles, drawing, exercise, soup, tea,

vintage, woolens and treats. A hygge basket can be given as a gift at Christmas. Baskets could include plants, tea, a gratitude journal, books, hot chocolate, candles, a blanket and reading socks. In the home keep décor simple and uncluttered, light candles and create cozy spaces using small lamps. Incorporate natural sunlight and bring nature into the home. Keep lots of books and magazines on display. Cozy up to the fireplace or woodstove. Wear cozy socks and use throws when reading or watching a movie. Create a space for a coffee, tea and hot cocoa bar. Prepare nutritious comfort foods for potlucks with family and friends. Host a board game evening. “Most important of all, take a break from cell phones, tablets and social media, keep a gratitude journal and get plenty of rest and sleep,” Wiersma said.



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If you could talk to one of your relatives or ancestors from the past, who would it be? For me, I would love to talk to Emily Prosser Samis, who was born on Nov. 28, 1855 in North Gwillimbury Township, York County, and died in Drayton on Dec. 1, 1923. She married William Samis on New Year’s Day, 1879 and they had one son, Elmer Samis. In the year Emma Prosser was born, the definition of “person” in Quebec and the rest of Canada did not include women. In 1876 under the British North America Act, it stated that “women are not persons in matters of rights and privileges.” One of the family pictures we have that has intrigued me is of Emily (Emma) Prosser around the time of the First World War in a soldier’s uniform. It must have been her nephew Carl’s Prosser’s uniform. We find her in various pictures around the family farm with a walking stick, posing for the camera. This was at a time when women had just won the right to vote and they certainly were not

wearing pants. Was she curious what it was like to wear pants and a uniform? Women usually were nurses in the First and Second World Wars and were also given non-combat jobs such as mechanics, clerks, drivers and pilots ferrying war planes from one place to another in WWII. In 1915, a nurse by the name of Elizabeth Smellie, the first woman appointed Colonel in the Canadian Army, became head of the Canadian Army Nursing Corps. Women in Ontario got the right to vote in 1917. I know that Emma Prosser did not serve in the war. In all of the pictures of Emma, I can only glean what she was like. I know she loved to grow rose bushes from her photographs. And that she had a great sense of humour as she is posing with a horse wearing a hat by the barn silo in another photo. She is found in another photo chopping off the head of a hen on a wooden block, while her young grandson stands by and watches. Emma is also pictured with a large ladies group of the church. I have letters exchanged

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Why risk it? Even in the post-Walkerton era, it appears, many people still take their water safety for granted. This reality was highlighted by some troublesome statistics revealed at the most recent meeting of Wellington County council, during a presentation on Nov. 30 from Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CAO of WellingtonDufferin-Guelph Public Health. Mercer told council that of about 20,000 private well samples from Wellington County tested between 2011 and 2015, 17.5 per cent showed evidence of bacterial contamination. “That’s a warning. That means that well water might not be safe to drink,” stated Mercer. Combine that statistic with the reality that, on average, only 15% of Wellington County residents with private wells have their water tested in any given year, and it illustrates that far too many county residents are unnecessarily rolling the dice on their own health and that of their families. While incidents of people getting ill from drinking their tap water are rare in this part of the world, it happens. Since seven died and thousands became ill from E. coli poisoning in Walkerton in 2000, municipalities have zealously implemented extensive protocols and practices and installed pricey technology to ensure the safety of their drinking water. It looks like it’s time for the private sector to catch up. Walkerton’s tragedy resulted from a perfect storm of flooded farmland, failed equipment, negligence by local water system operators and haphazard provincial privatization of water testing labs. There was a lot that had to go wrong, but it did. The longer private well users leave between testing, the more time there is for trouble to brew. Information on how to obtain a sample kit, take a sample and return it to the appropriate drop-off spot can be found at: The health unit recommends sampling annually, but two or three times a year would be better. There are enough risks in life you can’t avoid; might as well take a pass on the optional ones.






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Christian church, also that she was very active in her household duties and in Christian work, and how she helped her friends, family and neighbours. If I could talk to her, I would thank her and all the women in this community who worked hard to make our community what it is today. I would thank them for the rights and privileges that I take for granted. As this year of celebrating Canada’s 150 years as a country draws to a close, focus on the Fathers of Confederation and the important role they played in bringing the country together. Thank the ordinary women and men who have built this nation. Thank you, Emma Prosser. Submitted by Liz Samis, Mapleton Historical Society

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by Emma and her nephews, Carl and Earl Prosser, who lived in Saskatchewan. The nephew’s letters thank the family in Ontario for their support and the lending of money, allowing the nephews to get started in farming. The letters addressed to Emma, start with “Dearest Aunt” and share details of their lives. This strikes me as being very personal for that time in our history; a time when people were less likely to share their feelings. The letters speak of the hardships of farming, living out west and how discouraged they were with the weather, crops and prices. Emma did travel out west to visit with family. Emma’s obituary tells me that she was the daughter of Solomon Prosser, who had been the pastor of the

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(located in the rear of Family Home Health Care Centre), was part of the Palmerston Merchant’s Night on Nov. 29. Customers were treated to some hot apple cider, Christmas treats and a discount on store items. Belec, Goldrick, Altwegg and Meyer are four of 55 writers from across Canada in Christmas with Hot Apple Cider who survived a competition to be included in this Canadian anthology, the fifth in a series designed to entertain, encourage, and inspire. Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is a collection of true stories, short fiction and poetry. This anthology provides a diverse look at the traditions, teaching and values surrounding the birth of Jesus. contribution Belec’s includes two pieces. The first is a story, The Christmas Forest, about a stubborn wife who realizes, after creating her own unique Christmas forest, that the season is a lot more than tradition and

twinkling lights. Her second piece—a short play, The Search shares the journey of three “Wise Women” who find Jesus in a most unlikely place and hearts are changed. Goldrick’s story, The Gifts We Didn’t Need, focuses on a family who receives a Christmas gift, and is eventually able to pay it forward. Altwegg’s story, Scary St. Nick, is a Santa-versus-theChrist-child story that talks about skipping the bribes and threats and celebrating the true miracle of Christmas. Christmas Revelation by Ruth Meyer talks of an eyeopening time as she remembered her introduction to Handel’s great Messiah in Massey Hall—quite a change from her usual old-order Mennonite surroundings. Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is sold in both print and digital format. To see all the books in this series, go to or


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By Glynis M. Belec Signature of God Another book signing. Such fun. Always different. I’ve been writing for quite a few years so it’s not a new adventure really, albeit every time there is someone new to meet or a new story to hear. I can never say book signings are boring. With Christmas just around the corner, book sales increase and opportunities to do a signing always present themselves. I am a contributing author to a Christmas book this year, so we have been doing quite a few signings of late grateful for being part of a Christmas anthology, especially because of the busy season when people are seeking the perfect gift. But it all comes down to the bottom line. We are trying to sell books. I really don’t like the selling part. I much prefer doing the writing part and then would gladly leave the marketing and sales up to someone else. It doesn’t work that way, however, these days. If you write, you have to sell. Well, if you have a career as a writer and want to make some kind of a livelihood, that is. I got to thinking the other day as I was driving home from my latest book signing, about God’s best-seller, The Bible. And then I started thinking about the signature of God. And how it is on everything from sunsets to newborn babies; from sprinkling, glistening snow to family love, compassionate hearts, a grieving soul, an old hymn, a new relationship ... Every single page. Every single parable. Every single commandment found in the Word of God bears His signature. God’s not bothered about how many books He sells, though. His longing is for saved souls. That, He makes clear in 2 Timothy 2:34: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the

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Honk! musical a barnyard tale of perseverance, redemption By Caroline Sealey ST. JACOBS - Danish Christian Hans author Ugly The Andersen’s Duckling is a timeless tale, written in 1843, that has been adapted for the stage as a high-energy, musical comedy. Honk!, the version currently on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Play House, showcases a number of actors and actresses familiar to Drayton Entertainment show-goers. The setting is a duck yard where mother duck Ida is found patiently sitting on her nest filled to the brim with eggs. Sharing her concerns about raising a family with those passing by, helps Ida pass the hours until the brood is hatched. Four of the five eggs hatch on schedule, leaving a fifth unusually-coloured egg that shows no signs of producing a duckling. Comments, jokes and words of encouragement from the farm animals around the yard distract Ida from her worries. The big day arrives with the occupant of the remaining egg announcing his birth to the farm with a loud “honk.” Because of his differing physical features and inability to speak “duck,” the new resident of the pond is named Ugly by the farm yard fowl and animals. Mother Ida sets out to protect him from the abuse directed

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role. Carroll deftly portrays the high-energy character of Ugly. It is easy to see why Susan Gilmour was chosen to play the part of mother duck Ida. Gilmour was true to the mother role throughout the performance. With a singing voice that could rival any, Gilmour was a pleasure to listen to throughout the show. One of the many characters assuming multiple roles in Honk! was Aaron Walpole. Of the four characters performed, Walpole was outstanding as the turkey and the bullfrog. His facial expressions and animal imitations through sound and body interpretations did not go unnoticed by audience members.

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his way by dwellers of the duck yard while Ugly begins the process of trying to find acceptance. Eventually, a wintertime transformation takes place and the beautiful swan’s spring return enables Ugly to finally join the swan family. Each of the actresses and actors in the production of Honk! are repeat performers with Drayton Entertainment. Kyle Blair portrays a vindictive tom cat who slithers around the stage in search of a meal. Blair’s strong singing voice and role playing captures the audience’s attention each time he is on stage. Nathan Carroll previously played the role of Ugly in the production of Honk! at the age of 15. Thirteen years later he is back in the same


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Honk! on stage - Nathan Carroll and company in Honk!. Directed and choreographed by David Connolly, the show features musical direction from Steve Thomas, set design by David Boechler, costume design by Rachel Berchtold and lighting design by Kaileigh Krysztofiak. Photo by Hilary Gauld Camilleri

The inclusion of two teams of children in the chorus no doubt kept director and choreographer David Connolly active behind the scenes. Costume designer Rachel Berchtold compiled a variety of colourful costumes suited to the production. The deep orange leggings and footwear, and bright yellow upper wear on the ducklings along with ruffled white skirts on the chickens were simple but appropriate. and Drewe Anthony George Stiles, the authors of Honk!, are a multi-award winning musical theatre writing partnership. The crew of this production has created a fun, energetic performance with attractive costumes and props, farm yard and family songs, plus a touch of humour appreciated by the adults in the crowd. The combined elements make the show entertaining for both adults and children. This reviewer was blessed to have grandchildren along for the performance. When asked about their favourite parts, the answers came easily: when the ugly duckling hatched and the white, girl swan danced. They also pointed out each fowl and animal family wore the same colour so it was easy to tell which characters belonged to each family. Honk! is on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Play House until Dec. 24. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at 1-855- 372-9866 or visit

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