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Friday, March 2, 2012
Club plans modest increase in hall rentals
Politicians walk out on McGuinty at conference Premier suggests possible changes to turbine approvals by David Meyer TORONTO - Several municipal politicians walked out when Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conferences here on Monday. Some media reports have estimated upwards of 80 people took part in the planned walkout, but it was certainly not a mass exodus from the room. Wellington County Warden Chris White said in an interview the next day the action drew little attention. “If you didn’t know it was happening you wouldn’t have noticed it,” he said, adding, “It
wasn’t a disruption.” Nevertheless, some newspaper reports indicated McGuinty is considering handing back some powers to municipalities when it comes to approval of wind turbines - but White does not necessarily believe that. He met with McGuinty and two staff members when he represented the Western Warden’s Association to discuss a number of topics, and turbine approvals was one of the major topics they covered. White said McGuinty promised to review the Feed in Tariff program and the approval process. He said a deputy Continued on page 5
Mapleton council offered compensation comparison by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Councillors here have learned what most of their counterparts in Wellington County receive in terms of pay and perquisites. The report from clerk Patty Sinnamon came as a result of a request from councillor Andy Knetsch last month. He was curious to learn what others receive for their council duties. Sinnamon was able to supply the numbers for all the other lower tier municipalities in Wellington County except Puslinch Township.
The difficulty in such an exercise, though, is that salaries do not tell the entire story when it comes to council pay. Some receive extra for committee attendance, some get mileage and there is extra pay, called per diems, at set varying levels, for other work. The salaries for mayor and councillors are: - Mapleton, mayor, $15,655 and councillors $12,176; - Minto, $11,440 and $8,440; - Wellington North, $17,909 Continued on page 5
CWOSSA champs - The senior girls volleyball team from Norwell District Secondary School won the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) championship on Feb. 23 at a tournament hosted by the Palmerston school. The Norwell senior girls defeated Saugeen, Owen Sound and Bishop MacDonell in round robin play before defeating Bishop MacDonell in the final 3-1. They will now travel to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) tournament in Amhust/Windsor, with games starting on March 5. The junior girls Norwell team had a 2-1 record at the CWOSSA tournament but was eliminated due to tie breaking procedures. submitted photo
Township gets good news in form of increased OMPF grant by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - The provincial government has been picking winners and losers when it comes to the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund grant - and Mapleton is on the winner side of the ledger. Finance director Mike Givens reported to council on Feb. 14 that the province had issued its main transfer payment, and Mapleton would
receive $1,321,800. That is an increase of $76,400 or 6.1% over last year’s allocation. “It’s trending in the right direction,” he told council. “It’s not the same for all municipalities.” Neighbouring Centre Wellington Township found that out this year with its second reduction in a row. This year it received a 10% cut in its grant, amounting to about $110,000 it has to make up on
its tax rolls. Givens said of Mapleton’s grant, “As in prior years, the township’s funding comes from the farmland and managed forest assessment component and rural communities component.” The OMPF was instituted at the turn of the century when the province downloaded a large number of services. To ease that cash crunch, it instituted the grants.
by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - The Alma Optimist Club has presented its 2012 budget to council and the numbers indicate the extent of the club’s dependence on volunteers and membership to operate the new hall in Wallace Cumming Park. There is a single line in the budget for income; all coming from hall rentals. In 2011 the rentals produced $35,206 and this year the take is expected to climb to $38,726. On the expenditure side, costs are also expected to climb modestly. There was $33,620 in expenses last year, and those are expected to climb to $35,935 this year. That means a modest profit of $2,790, compared to $1,585 in 2011. The largest expenses include $9,841 for utilities, and cleaning services set at $9,073. That last one was expected to climb from $8,274 last year due mainly to increases in the rentals. The hall opened in 2011 and it has proved to be very popular. Supplies and materials also climbed from $6,700 to $7,038 in this year’s projections. Finance director Mike Givens explained in his report to council that the hall management committee has the right, according to the township agreement, to set the budget and it is then forwarded to the club and the township. Councillor Jim Curry was Continued on page 2
Local projects included among $32.8 million in 2012 GRCA expenditures
CAMBRIDGE - Local projects included in the Grand River Conservation Authority’s 2012 budget are the design of an emergency spillway at the Conestogo Dam ($150,000) and a restoration project at Conestogo Lake ($110,000). The GRCA has approved a “stand pat” budget for 2012, calling for a small reduction in total spending - from $33.6 million in 2011 to $32.8 million this year. “We have … no staff increases,” said Jane Mitchell, chairman of the GRCA. She noted some major projects are continuing due to the support of various partners: the Township of Centre Wellington is backing the Drimmie Dam reconstruction in Elora and the province is providing more than $900,000 over three years for the development of a new
water management plan. Much of the reduction is due to a scheduled drop in provincial grants for the drinking water source protection program. The province has paid 100 per cent of the costs of that program, which is winding down this year as source protection plans are nearing completion. Last year, the province spent $3.2 million on the project while the 2012 cost will be $2.6 million. Most other areas of the GRCA budget are rising by enough to cover cost-of-living increases in salaries, benefits, utilities and other expenditures. The budget covers the cost of programs that protect water quality, reduce flood damages, preserve and improve natural areas, support responsible development and provide out-
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door recreation and environmental education. The budget was approved by the GRCA board at its annual meeting on Feb. 24. The board is made up of 26 members appointed by municipalities throughout the Grand River watershed. Despite the drop in overall spending, the GRCA is carrying out some significant projects this year, including: - about $725,000 to continue developing of the Grand River Watershed Water Management Plan. That is a three-year effort to investigate ways to improve water quality, reduce flood damages, guarantee water supplies and address climate change. The GRCA and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment are splitting the costs of the project, which will produce a report early in 2013;
- the reconstruction of the aging Drimmie Dam is scheduled to take place this year at a cost of $1.1 million. The province is contributing half of the cost and Centre Wellington is paying $200,000; - safety review and upgrades to Luther Dam near Grand Valley ($230,000); - designing an emergency spillway at the Conestogo Dam ($150,000); - safety review of the Bridgeport dike ($100,000); - safety review of the Cambridge dike ($50,000); - study of the existing flood control berm in New Hamburg to assess maintenance needs ($50,000); - upgrading the elevator ($250,000) and inspect three of the six gates ($30,000) at the Guelph dam; - reconstructing part of
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the flood wall in Cambridge $400,000; - installing a splash pad at Elora Gorge Conservation Area to provide a wet play area for children to replace an old swimming pond recently removed ($275,000); - restoration projects at several conservation areas, including Cayuga ($275,000), Conestogo Lake ($110,000) and Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area ($178,000); and - controlled burns worth $23,000 at Apps’ Mill west of Brantford and Pinehurst Lake near Paris. About $9.75 million, or 30 per cent of total expenditures, will come from residents of the watershed who pay either through their local property taxes or their municipal water bills. That works out to about
$10.05 per person. Overall, the amount charged to municipalities will rise three per cent compared to 2011. The GRCA will bring in revenues of about $13.8 million (42 per cent) from fees charged for services ranging from camping to planning. The GRCA also raises revenue from land rentals, hydroelectricity generation, payments by school boards for outdoor education programs and donations from the Grand River Conservation Foundation. Government grants, mostly from the province, will amount to $7.1 million this year (22 per cent of the budget). The remainder of the budget, about $2.1 million (six per cent), comes from GRCA reserve funds which consist of money set aside in earlier years.
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Drayton takes 1-0 series lead over Floradale in ‘A’ Division final
DRAYTON 8 FLORADALE 4 A pair of quick goals in the first and third period made the difference in this game and gave Drayton the series-opening win in the best-of-five ‘A’ Division final. Floradale grabbed the opening goal midway through the first period after Dan Martin sprang Tim Freeman loose with a pass at the blue line.
Freeman cut across the crease and snapped a low shot along the ice to beat netminder Kevin Ottens. Drayton came back later in the period with two quick goals within a span of ten seconds. Jerry Robous and Eric Dekkers set up Mark Timmerman for a wrist shot for the tying goal. Then Robous sent a pass to Dekkers for a rising wrist shot underneath the crossbar to take
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the 2-1 lead. A face-off deep in the Floradale zone gave Gary Martin a rush down the ice with only seven seconds on the clock. Martin crossed the blue line and rifled a slap shot through the pads to tie the game 2-2 as the buzzer ended the period. Drayton took the lead again to open the second when Robous sent a pass to Robyn Curry, who crossed the blue line and rifled a slap shot over the glove of netminder Jason Newton. Drayton padded its lead late in the period. Robous stopped a Floradale rush with a pass into the neutral zone to Dekkers, who crossed the blue line and scored on a slap shotto make the score 4-2. Drayton opened the third with another quick goal. Timmerman and Curry worked the puck deep to Dekkers, who drifted across the crease and fired a shot into the opposite corner.
Drayton put the game away with two quick goals by Rob Stevens and Rob DeWeerd - this time in a span of five seconds to make the score 7-2. Assists were earned by DeWeerd and Scott VanOostveen. Floradale came back a minute later to try and stop the bleeding. Willis Martin set up Dan Martin to make it 7-3. The teams traded goals in the final minute but the game was already decided. VanOoostveen assisted on Dekkers goal for Drayton and Ryan Martin set up Gary Martin for the Floradale goal. COMMUNITY 8 MISSIONARY 3 This one-game ‘B’ Division qualifier was a do or die game for both teams. Missionary scored from the opening face-off to grab an early 1-0 lead. Chris Hubers scored the goal, assisted by Matt Duff and Travis Becker. Community’s Tony Martin tied the game midway through
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and Tony Martin set up Kevin Gingrich, who fired a quick shot for the goal. Community added a short handed goal midway through the third to put the game away. Jerry Martin sprang Gingrich loose for a breakaway rush. Gingrich skated to the net and slipped a back hander into the top corner. Missionary’s Dennis Gleeson scored on the same powerplay, assisted by Adam Deen. However, Community added two more goals to finish the solid win. Metzger and Tony Martin scored, with assists by Gingrich and Stevens. Community now advances to the best-of-three ‘B’ Division final against Bethel. submitted by Willard Metzger
Club: Hall rentals to go up FROM PAGE ONE curious if the new hall rentals was much higher than the old hall in Alma, a former church. A club member in the audience said it is because the new hall has much higher usage. Mayor Bruce Whale said many of the same groups that used the old hall are using the new one. Givens said, by way of
comparison, the Maryborough community hall and the hall at the PMD Arena usually average rentals around $18,000. Councillor Mike Downey said he suspected the management committee had nothing to do with the budget. “It comes from the Optimist Club,” he said. Council accepted the report for information.
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Minor ball association wins award NORTH YORK - Drayton Moorefield Giants Minor Ball was among the recipients honoured last weekend at the Softball Ontario awards banquet at the Get in the game Symposium in North York. This is the second season the local ball association received this Safe Star award, which comes with a $500 bursary to host a junior umpires clinic for the local and neighbouring associations. A date for this clinic will be set shortly. After the players, umpires are the most important part of a softball game and the Giants are committed to providing well trained men and women in blue. “We are excited to be able to offer this clinic to train our ‘blue crew’ right here at home’,” said Kelly Culp, the association’s player/coach development coordinator, who also attended the Symposium with Giants president Denise Koepke. Last season the Giants fielded 10 teams from Blast ball to Midget, and are prepared to add more teams for the 2012 season. Registration dates are approaching (see ad at bottom of this page). The season will start off with four weeks of indoor training at the local arena.
Locals take trip to Detroit to cheer on Nick Spaling Two busloads of fans travelled from Drayton to Detroit recently to cheer on Drayton native Nick Spaling, left, as his Nashville Predators played the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 17 at the Joe Louis Arena. Though the Predators lost, Spaling managed to score the lone goal for his team. Among those on the trip, below from left, were: Dustin Bults, Jason Joostema, Wade Franklin, Zach Franklin and Matt Bignell. submitted photos
Ball group lauded - Drayton Moorefield Giants Minor Ball president Denise Koepke recently accepted the Safe Star Award from Softball Ontario’s Rory Quigley. submitted photo “We are committed to our players’ skill development and this indoor training falls in line with Softball Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD),” said Culp. “Regulations of Learn to Train, Learn to Compete will
come at the upper levels of the sport as the players graduate through the system.” She added, “We want them playing softball for life, from Blastball through to Midget and then move on to adult slopitch or fast pitch.”
Few comments, questions when council held zoning meeting acres. That property had once contained a dog kennel. County planner Linda Redmond explained the Spalings have now removed a kennel operation which had site specific zoning. “The operation is completely closed down,” Redmond said. When Mayor Bruce Whale asked if anyone wanted to speak for or against the proposal, there was no response from the gallery. Councillor Jim Curry wondered if all the lands surrounding the property are owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority, and Lorrie Spaling said they are. Whale said there had been some concerns at one point about a well. Spaling said that issue has
REGISTRATION at the Drayton Arena TWO cheques required: ONE for registration ONE for uniform deposit Fees: U6 - $60, U8 to U12 - $85, U14 to U18 - $95, Uniform deposit per player: $40, post-dated to Oct. 1, 2012
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been taken care of. Councillor Andy Knetsch wondered about regulating livestock in the existing accessory structures on what is now going to be a farming operation. Redmond said it would depend on the size and type of livestock as to how much the farm owner could place in those buildings. She explained the minimum distance separation formula would form an arc around those buildings, and its distance from the buildings would be determined by the number and size of animals housed there. With no further questions, council adjourned the public meeting. Council later unanimously passed a bylaw granting the zone change.
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by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - As public meetings go, the one held here on Jan. 24 was quiet and quick. Charlie and Lorrie Spaling were applying for a zone change for part of Lots 18 and 19, Concession 9 at 7118 County Road 11. A zone change completes a severance application approved recently by the county. That zone change was a condition of approval. The goal was to rezone the subject lands to restrict any future residential development on the agricultural portion of the property that is sold. The Spalings are severing lands with their existing dwelling and 9.3 acres from the remainder of their holdings, an agricultural parcel of 51.6
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Child obesity has been hyped to the point that even the dullest among us is aware there are fat kids out there, sitting around, not moving much and demonstrating speed only when eating potato chips or Smarties. The term, child obesity, is a bureaucratic invention designed to gain sympathy and concern. Its older cousin is child poverty; and boy, shouldn’t we all do something about that! Like, perhaps, make sure the child’s parents have decent jobs? We know of no 10-year-old who is poor. We do know children whose parents are struggling financially. Those kids are the ones a step back when in lineups for expensive extra curricular activities like hockey, baseball, lacrosse and soccer, because they know, deep down, mom and dad simply cannot afford to pay the fees. So it is with fat kids, it seems. Good food costs money, and parents struggling with minimum wage jobs often have to work twice as hard to put food on the table and have darned little time to prepare it. So kids, along with the parents, eat junk. If the kids are fat, it is easy to guess the condition of the parents. Some, of course, are as badly overweight as their offspring. But many others are simply bleary eyed and defeated looking from struggling constantly to look after their families. What really drives us bonkers about childhood obesity is it is often caused by well paid bureaucrats. They tell us insurance companies do not want children playing in school yards. Yep. No ball. No soccer. No hockey. No lacrosse. Too dangerous, they say. To a degree, we can agree with that. Fighting for a lacrosse ball or hockey puck (usually a softball in our own schoolyard days) kids could take a whack from a stick. We admit that. Kids get bumps and bruises all the time - if they are normal kids playing outside. Kids sitting in front of computers and TV consoles seldom get bruises - or any other muscles either. But school officials, having decided to spare themselves the agony of overseeing an active school yard with kids playing games all over the place, seem to have no difficulty in arranging a number of school trips to go skiing each year. Now, wait just a minute, Charlie. We’ve skied. If there is a sport where a kid, especially a beginner, can get hurt, it is skiing. A teacher at my old high school, many years ago, lost control, hit a tree and was killed. And he was a known as a good skier. Many of the kids skiing on school trips today are complete beginners. So, my son’s class held a school ski trip. Matt stayed home. The cost was exorbitant and he is in the middle of hockey playoffs. He has a commitment to his team. He was kept safe. One of the school’s buses got hit by a truck on the way home. Four kids were sent to hospital with minor injuries, plus, we understand, a teacher was shaken up. Meanwhile, our son’s team’s goalie took a header on a snowboard and smashed his thumb. We saw him at a practice a week later and he could barely hold his goalie stick. He has continued to play, though. He is a gutty kid. But the team, in first place prior to that ski trip, has not won a game since and is in danger of missing the finals. So, why do schools insist that kids cannot play sports and get good exercise in the schoolyard where Canadians played for over 100 years, but suddenly insist on offering, every year, like clockwork, not one, but two ski trips? A little math indicates teachers get a nice, inexpensive day on the slopes. What really bugs us is they are being paid to ski on our tax dime. And, we just learned, our local municipality is continuing its heavy involvement in Active Transportation (walking, running, etc.). Kids would not really need it if bureaucrats would leave them alone to play, but where is the profit (and government expense) in that? The lunatics are now running the asylum. They helped create a problem with fat kids by taking play away, and they are now well paid to develop programs to solve that problem. When are we going to wake up? David Meyer
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Politicians walk out on McGuinty at conference FROM PAGE ONE minister is now considering those factors. Still, White said, “I don’t think they’re looking at handing powers back.” In that case, he said, provincial officials “need to be in the room” when turbine proponents make their proposals to local governments, and they should hear what the program’s opponents have to say before they give approvals. McGuinty might be modi-
fying his stance slightly after Liberals were nearly wiped out in rural Ontario, losing four cabinet ministers in the last election, including Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson in the PerthWellington riding. White added Conservative leader Tim Hudak “indicated he would stop all these turbine subsidies - which would kill the program.” He said without subsidies from the provincial government for solar and wind
power, neither of those programs is financially feasible. Taxpayers are paying the cost for them now. White said it is more likely McGuinty’s government “may tinker with the process” now being used to approve turbines. One approval for Mapleton Township, near Arthur, is currently in the courts and also under appeal at the Environmental Review Tribunal. White said it appears to be
useless to simply state municipalities have some powers - if they cannot stop them at the local level. “If, at the end of the day, they can’t say no - why bother?” he said. White said provincial officials are “still trying to digest” the problems with turbines in the countryside, and he suggested that issue and several others could be part of the provincial budget expected sometime this month.
Mapleton council offered compensation comparison FROM PAGE ONE and $11,939; - Centre Wellington, $26,347 and $17,565; - Erin, $22,468 and $12,482; and - Guelph Eramosa, $14,719 and $9,812. Sinnamon also provided notes on those salaries: - Mapleton pay includes special meetings for which the mayor has requested all members of council to be in attendance, and it is adjusted annually as per the cost of living increases for municipal employees; - Minto councillors also receive $50 for each scheduled council or committee of the whole meeting; - Wellington North’s mayor and councillors are also paid $800 in November of each year to compensate for travel expenses within the township, and they receive $0.50 per kilometre for travel outside the township; - Centre Wellington pay covers all regular and special meetings of council, committee of the whole, budget and public meetings, social and ceremonial events, project open houses, and meetings of community organizations and ratepayer groups. Mileage is paid for all travel;
- Erin pay includes two council meetings a month, and per diem is paid for meetings outside the town or at conferences; and - Guelph-Eramosa’s mayor receives $50 per year as a mileage allowance, and mileage is paid to all who attend conferences, conventions, workshops or meetings approved by council, and the rate is adjusted annually to meet the cost of living increase of municipal employees. Sinnamon provided notes on per diem payments for attending events on behalf of the municipality: - Mapleton, $120 for a full day, $70 for a half day and $50 for a night meeting (for those meetings over and above regular council meetings for which a member has been appointed, and also for conferences and seminars); - Minto, $150 for four hours or more, and $89 for under four hours, for such things as special meetings and emergencies not scheduled for council, plus a maximum of two conferences a year, training sessions and standing committees; - Wellington North, $150 a day and $75 for a half day, including meetings and committee of the whole meetings and other meetings that are not
council meetings; - Centre Wellington, $95 for a full day, $75 for a half day for attendance at conferences, workshops and seminars, and $70 for attending committee meetings, on-going committees, boards and authorities, organizations, sub committees or project committees and ad hoc or special projects; - Erin, $135 for meetings outside of the municipality or for conferences. For additional meetings such as public meetings the mayor receives $75 and councillors $60 (but no extra pay for committee meetings); and - Guelph-Eramosa, $74 for special council meetings, strategic planning committee meetings, various committees to which councillors are appointed, other meetings for which a councillor has been pre-approved to attend by council resolution, and $110 per day for attendance at conferences or workshops preapproved by council, or to give evidence at a judicial hearing or legislative body. Mayor Bruce Whale quipped that perhaps the next election he should run for mayor of Centre Wellington (most elected officials there treat the job as being full time). Whale also noted “There
are some differences.” Again, he said, if council would like to review its compensation, the best time is in the final year of the term, with the increases taking effect only for the incoming council. Sinnamon’s report stated there has been much discussion about per diem payment, and she recommended “to simplify the per diem similar to what Minto’s (i.e. four hours or more receive a higher rate and under four hours receive a lower rate yet to be determined by council).” She added council might want, for consistency purposes, to consider if a per diem is paid to compensate travel to a conference on a Sunday. Councillor Mike Downey wondered about changes to mileage rates paid in Mapleton. He remembered that prior to 2005, councillors were compensated only for travel outside the municipality. He wondered about the change and if councillors are paid mileage. Sinnamon explained the change in 2005 was to pay for all mileage costs, inside and outside of the township. Whale said, “I know very few claim [mileage for travel] within the municipality.” Council then accepted Sinnamon’s report.
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Share to Keep In a couple short days, I will be joining two local guys on a trip to Haiti, to a land of great poverty and misfortune. We are going to be assisting in the construction of a church building in connection with a local mission organization. While it will be the first trip for the two of us, the other gentleman, Albert, is going on his umpteenth excursion. Each trip, the suitcases are
packed with clothes, etc., as well as construction tools and material not available in Haiti. On each return, the suitcases are practically empty, and Albert and his team often return with “only the shirts on their backs”, for the need is so unbelievably great. When sharing one of his vast experiences in a land of such apparent despair, his eyes twinkle, his face radiates with an infectious joy. Albert says without hesitation that everything is worth it: the two-leg airplane flight including a small 35-seat “pud-
dle-jumper” on the last leg, the frequent overbearing and exhausting heat, and even the almost sure bout of travelers’ diarrhea. “It’s about the people,” Albert says, his voice filled with compassion. And each time he returns to our land of abundance and wealth, ironically, he’s richer for having left it. This past week, while making a trip into KitchenerWaterloo, I passed one of those lawn signs which contained a pithy yet profound saying; short on words, yet long on meaning:
MOOREFIELD - Students at Maryborough Public School, with the help of many generous parents, are once again enjoying various elective courses. The courses range from cooking (right) and hockey (far right) to cosmotology, woodworking, Lego, scrapbooking, sewing, photography, sketching, dance and adventure. The kindergarten electives allowed younger students to make birdhouses and bird seed feeders for the forest. The woodworking students also make birdhouses, as well as tool boxes. Photography club members made their own cameras out of a coffee can, cooking students make all sorts of healthy recipes and the dance club was to make a presentation at the grand finale of electives.
shared, and joy is the result. Sharing can happen in many ways; often in small, quiet gestures like waiting a few extra moments to hold a door open for a mom whose arms are filled with groceries and children, taking a few extra steps past our properties to shovel our neighbor’s walkway, or visiting a place like the Royal Terrace in Palmerston and sitting down with the elderly to chat, allowing for their long lonesome days to be briefly interrupted with some human contact. When doing so, be ready for that giving feeling.
Vandals strike ... again - Sometime overnight from Feb. 27 to 28 several local businesses were vandalized in downtown Drayton. The Home Hardware truck (above), parked in the back parking lot of Alva Cherrey’s Garage, was spray painted. Meanwhile, nearby, Blooming Dale’s had the windows on its front door smashed (below). photos by Wilma Mol
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Does it mean that if I give someone $100, that I should expect to have money raining down on me from heaven? Sounds like a great way to get rich. However, not to disappoint, but the point is not to give to get, but to live a life of absurd generosity. Think of the best thing you can do for the worst person, and go ahead and do it Think of what you’d really like for someone to do for you and do it for them. Then be ready to feel a sense of freedom, as though a fresh spring is welling up inside, because you have
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“To keep happiness, share it.” In sharing of his time, energy and resources, Albert continues to experience the joy of sharing himself and God’s love with the Haitian people. I thought of another saying, perhaps a more familiar saying to many: “Give and it will be given to you”, which is actually in the Bible. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
$53,802 raised for diabetes research by Bonnie Whitehead Even in economic times of woe, hundreds of dollars were collected during the residential door-to-door campaign for the North Perth - North Wellington Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association. In mid-October after Thanksgiving, committed volunteers started knocking on doors in the branch area that extends from Clifford to Alma and Dundalk to Mitchell. The convenors count on
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All Women’s Institute members in Ontario were asked to enjoy a cup of tea at 3pm on Feb. 19 to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Women’s Institute. Alma WI held a tea for its branch members and also presented seven life memberships to deserving members. Ethel Bott’s daughter Jane was home from the west and in attendance as Bott received her life membership certificate and pin as a charter member from 1973 to 2012. Thelma Bosomworth, with her daughter Bev present, was also a charter member. Ruth Grose, charter president in 1973, also received honours for her years of service. Enid Whale, member from 1985 to 2012, received her certificate with daughter Donna there to observe the historic event.
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Three members who were unable to attend the tea will be presented pins at a later date. They are Jean Hanna, Leone Hagerty and Joyce Wilson. The tea was held at the home of Marg Hall. President Helen Moffatt presented the certificate and pins while Pat Salter read a biography of each
recipient, noting their achievements over the years. A lunch of cucumber sandwiches and scones-and-jam was served with a cup of tea. Much reminiscing took place about the programs and activities over the past 39 years. submitted by Pat Salter
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Mapleton Business Profile Barbara’s Dog Grooming is the perfect place for local canine care
When listening to Barbara Shirk speak about her business and life with dogs, one gets the sincere feeling she is one of the few people who have turned their passion into a successful business. The owner of Barbara’s Dog Grooming on Wellington Road 7 between Rothsay and Parker, Shirk has always been involved with dogs; first with pets and then with breeding and showing Great Danes. She now owns Bosworth Great Danes, The Canadian Kennel Club title for her breeding program. Shirk’s grooming career began 10 years ago. She trained for three years at a busy shop in Guelph, then went on to fine tune her skills with specialist courses, including canine first aid. After finishing her training and working in some different styles of shops, she and her father, a retired civil engineer from Niagara, planned and oversaw the building of a wellequipped dog grooming shop of her own. The building is perfectly suited for the business, with radiant heat for the winter, air conditioning for the summer and a massage style system for
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