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Friday, March 23, 2012
One third of health care workers did not receive flu shot this season
Lending a hand - Mapleton girls Tate Driscoll, Abby Wiens, Brittany Culling and Jana Bieman have organized a fundraiser to help the family of one of their friends, Sheyanne Oâ€™Donnell (below), who has cancer. The girls are making fabric handbags and selling them for $5, with all proceeds going to the Oâ€™Donnell family, of Arthur. photo by Wilma Mol
Girls organize bag fundraiser to help friend with cancer
by Chris Daponte and Wilma Mol WELLINGTON CTY. - Four Mapleton Township girls are hoping their efforts to make and sell handbags can help alleviate the financial burden on the family of their friend, Sheyanne Oâ€™Donnell of Arthur, who has cancer. Grade 5 students Tate Driscoll, Abby Wiens, Brittany Culling and Jana Bieman had planned to make the fabric â€œtie bagsâ€? and sell them at their respective schools for some extra spending money. But when they found out about the plight of 10-yearold Sheyanne, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Jana suggested the group instead donate the $5 from each sale to help the Oâ€™Donnell family. The other girls quickly agreed and set out on their fundraiser - about which word is already spreading throughout Mapleton and north Wellington County. â€œItâ€™s pretty good to see,â€? said Tateâ€™s father, Neil Driscoll, who noted people are already donating and calling to find out how they can help. Last weekend the Moorefield Optimist Club, of which Driscoll is a member, donated $100 for material. A local business has also agreed to help cover some costs and the group has received a generous discount from Spinrite in Listowel. Officials with the local GEMS Girls Club, from where the bag idea originated, have also expressed an interest in helping to make the purses. Sheyanneâ€™s aunt, Cindy
Sheyanne Oâ€™Donnell Ecclestone, said her niece is well aware of the bag fundraiser being organized by the Mapleton girls. â€œShe smiled ... she thought that was great,â€? Ecclestone said of Sheyanneâ€™s reaction when first told about the fundraiser. â€œIt was very nice of them to do that.â€? Driscoll said the girls spent a good portion of their March break making the purses. â€œThey were just working like little troopers,â€? said Driscoll. â€œI was proud of these girls to think of the idea.â€? The goal is to make and sell 100 bags over the next few weeks in order to present the Oâ€™Donnell family with at least $500 towards expenses, particularly costs to travel back and forth to McMaster hospital in Hamilton as well as lost wages for her parents. The girls are thankful for any help they receive in their quest to help Sheyanne, who they played ball against but
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have befriended nonetheless. Ecclestone said the family is very thankful for the help of the Mapleton girls, as well as others in and around Arthur who have offered help or scheduled fundraisers. â€œItâ€™s been unbelievable how the community and so many people have reached out to Sheyanne,â€? said Ecclestone. â€œOur familyâ€™s very appreciative of the support.â€? She explained Sheyanne has been in and out of hospital since the cancer was first diagnosed last month. The 10-yearold was expected to begin a second round of chemotherapy this week. â€œItâ€™s been quite a battle,â€? said Ecclestone. â€œWe just never imagined this ... itâ€™s been very difficult.â€? As could be expected, Sheyanneâ€™s parents, Kevin and Rebecca Oâ€™Donnell, have spent a large majority of their time with their daughter and, in addition to the obvious emotional strain and worry, the costs are mounting. Yet despite it all, the family, which also includes six-yearold Brittney, has remained in relatively good spirits. â€œThey seem pretty strong,â€? said Ecclestone. She added Sheyanne, at first taken aback by the news, is now acting more like herself, even joking around with nurses from time to time. The handbags are available for sale at Studio Factor in Drayton or by calling the Driscolls at 519-638-3252. The girls are hoping more businesses come forward to provide additional locations to sell the bags.
by Chris Daponte WELLINGTON CTY. - About 66% of health care workers in local hospitals and nursing and retirement homes received a flu shot this season - up almost 11% from a year ago, but still well short of the 80% target. Janice Walters, manager of control of infectious diseases, prepared an immunization rate report released last week by Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH). She said officials â€œhave to be pleasedâ€? because the 2011-12 figures represent an
increase from last year, when just 55.6% received the influenza immunization. However, she acknowledged there is room for improvement, because the local health unit, like others throughout the province, struggles to meet the 80% target. Walters said there are a number of reasons some workers did not receive the flu shot, ranging from a perceived resiliency to the flu to a belief the shot does not work. â€œPeople are under the perception that itâ€™s for themselves, but as health care work-
ers weâ€™re encouraging them to get immunized to protect their patients,â€? Walters told the Advertiser. She added public health officials will continue to remind health care staff members that they work on a daily basis with people who are more vulnerable to disease, particularly influenza. Last weekâ€™s WDGPH report states the average rates for staff immunization within its catchment area were 71% in long-term care homes, 74% in retirement homes and 55% Continued on page 7
Councillor wants notice of NextEra applications by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Council here is a long way from completing its dealings with wind turbines. Councillor Neil Driscoll made that clear on March 13 when he presented a notice of motion directing staff to â€œrequest that the chief building official provide immediate notice to the township, through [the chief administrative officer and clerk Patty Sinnamon], of any applications for building permits submitted by NextEra so that the township can, at that time, review the application in the context of other required approvals for the wind turbine project.â€? A number of people who are opposed to the NextEra Energy application were in the
audience that evening. One of them asked that the groupâ€™s spokesman John Krul be permitted as a delegation at the council meeting. Council cannot debate and does not require a seconder for a notice of motion. It is strictly advance warning that the issue will be discussed. But people in the audience suggested their lawyer has stated there are legal grounds for not issuing building permits. But Sinnamon explained that even council has no say over the issuing of building permits. She explained municipal law states council â€œdoes not have the authority to direct its CBO to authorize or withhold a building permit.â€? She explained that regula-
tion is â€œunlike the Planning Act. Our solicitor suggests I inform council if there is a permit and we can look at applicable law.â€? The NextEra application for ten wind turbines near Arthur is under appeal to the environmental appeal tribunal and also under judicial appeal by Krulâ€™s group. Council has decided it will forego the environmental tribunal and has yet to decide if it will appeal to the courts to halt the approval of the NextEra project under the Green Energy Act. Sinnamon told the group, â€œAt this point, it hasnâ€™t been established that [the approval] doesnâ€™t meet applicable law.â€? The next council meeting is scheduled for March 27.
Township, landowners in limbo over sale of Rothsay road allowance by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - An error several years ago has come back to haunt council and leaves everyone involved in legal limbo after council rejected a bylaw on March 13. That rejection came after Robert MacDonald came to council as a delegation to oppose the townshipâ€™s closing of a road allowance (Nelson Street) and selling the land to a single landowner. The issue is Ryan and Nicole Martin hold property at lots 86, 87, 112 and 113 on Concession 14, off County Road 7 in Rothsay. Several years ago they applied for and received a building permit for an accessory shed there, which they built. The township later learned the building encroached well onto the unopened road allow-
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ance, which is owned by the township. At the time, that was not evident looking at an undeveloped road. The road allowance is known as Nelson Street. It runs from County Road 7 to another unopened road allowance to the north called Head Street. Nelson Street is to the east of the Martin holdings. It is 264 feet deep and 66 feet wide. Council believed that closing the road and selling the land to the Martins would resolve the issue of the error. Normally, when the township sells an unopened road allowance, it offers the property to abutting landowners. In this case, though, the Martinsâ€™ shed is so far onto the road allowance the building would lose its sideyard requirements if the road is divided in half. Further, the landowner on
the other side of the road indicated he has no objection to the Martins buying the entire parcel. But MacDonald offered council another perspective, even as council had the road closing and sale bylaw on its agenda that night. He told council he contacted the township â€œback when they started digging a hole on the township road. I told them what was going on. I talked to the building inspector.â€? The person he spoke with was the now retired Jim Baker. MacDonald said Baker visited the site and said the shed would not be on the road allowance. MacDonald said he took that as fact. â€œI thought I must be wrong.â€? He added that years later he talked to a real estate agent Continued on page 5
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Drayton wins ‘A’ division championship; still one more game in ‘B’ division DRAYTON 7 FLORADALE 4 It was a must-win for Floradale, but Drayton scored first with a short handed goal. Eric Dekkers picked up a loose puck and skated away with a two-on-one rush with Hans Robous. Dekkers slid a pass across to Roubos, who tipped the puck underneath a sliding Jason Newton in net. Floradale tied the game with a powerplay goal after Tim Freeman teed up Leon Metzger, who snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Kevin Ottens to even the score. Drayton took the 2-1 lead with another short handed goal. Despite a five-on-three disadvantage, Pat Landman skated a loose puck down the ice and snapped it into the net. Floradale tied the game at two in the second period
with another powerplay. Tim Martin worked the puck to Josh Brohman at the point, who blasted a slap shot through the crowd to beat Ottens. Drayton regained the lead with a face-off deep in the Floradale end. Dekkers drove the puck to the net and then poked it underneath Newton for the goal. Drayton added another goal to make it 4-2 late in the period. Rick Robous and Dave Mulder set up Dekkers, who blasted a shot past the glove of Newton. Floradale opened the third period with a goal to stay in the game. Tim Martin and Ryan Weber played the puck deep to Mike Martin, who from behind the net and stuffed the puck behind Ottens. Floradale kept pressing and was rewarded with the
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third. Mike Seiling threaded a pass across the crease to Martin who tipped the puck into the open corner. The win by Bethel sets up a deciding game, the winner of which will be crowned ‘B’ division champions.
Solid financial reasons for unusual tax date MAPLETON TWP. Property taxes were due in this municipality this Friday, but the date prompted a number of questions from ratepayers. Councillor Neil Driscoll told council on March 13 that a number of pensioners approached him to ask why that date was chosen, rather than later in the month. Driscoll said those people told him they were expecting their pension cheques a few
days after the due date. Clerk Patty Sinnamon explained the township also has obligations. It collects taxes for Wellington County and the local school boards, and they, too, have due dates. She said Mapleton set its due date so it would be able to pass along the county and school boards’ shares and meet their deadlines, which fall near the end of March.
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MAX committee updates council on fundraising by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - It is not very often that a council leads a round of applause for one of its delegations, but then again, this particular one on March 13 was not asking for anything. In fact, the Mapleton Arena eXpansion (MAX) committee was bringing council up to date on its latest fundraising efforts in the community. Committee chairman Dale Franklin told council the committee made a pledge of $250,000 four years ago when council planned to refurbish its aging PMD Arena. “We’re 80% there,” said Franklin of the $200,000 the committee has already raised. She noted it can be difficult to raise funds successfully when “the bricks and mortar are there.” The work is completed; it is just the final part of the pledge the committee wants to meet. Franklin told council the committee has three events coming in the next few months and looks forward to getting closer to its outstanding pledge of $50,000.
Public works director Larry Lynch suggested council might want to have an event to celebrate once the pledge is completed. He wondered if burning the “thermometer” that marked the group’s progress would be a suitable celebration. Franklin said to laughter the committee plans “a planning hiatus” once it reaches its goal. She then introduced members of the committee to a round of applause. Mayor Bruce Whale told Franklin and a number of committee members present, “We’re glad you can participate. It’s volunteers that make the community.” He said perhaps on July 1 the pledge will be met. Coming events Franklin said in an interview the first of three coming events is April 12 to 14; it is unique because it gives children a share in fundraising activities. She said the annual ball hockey tournament is popular, and noted, “It’s hard to get fundraising that gets kids involved.” The four-on-four tourna-
ment features a goalie and three players and runs for three days. Franklin said the event is for youngsters, but all ages can participate and she expects at least a couple of adult teams will take part. The event runs Thursday to Saturday if there are enough teams, and the event has been packed in recent years. The fee is $10 per player and the committee makes about $2,000 on it. Franklin said the tournament used to be operated by the Drayton Optimist Club before it folded. For a couple of years, it did not run, but Steve Culp helped bring it back for the MAX committee. When asked if it would continue after the pledge is met, Franklin said it is popular, and “I sure hope so.” She said Culp runs the tournament with a number of volunteers and the kids really enjoy it, particularly since it falls between the end of hockey season and the start of ball and soccer. Registration forms and entry drop-off are available at the PMD arena.
On May 12, the committee is holding a dinner and Legends of Rock ’n’ Roll show at the arena. The doors open at 6pm, dinner is at 6:30pm and entertainment starts at 8:30pm. The group is bringing in tribute acts from Good Rockin’ Tonight, of London. Franklin said the troupe has performed in places like Harriston and Fergus and is popular in the area. It will feature salutes to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lewis and Buddy Holly. Tickets for that event are $35 and are available now at Blooming Dale’s in Drayton. The third event will be held in conjunction with July 1 celebrations and Franklin said details will be announced closer to that date. The MAX committee consists of representatives from minor hockey, figure skating, senior hockey and the Moorefield Optimist and Drayton Kinsmen clubs. The PMD Arena project cost $1.2 million total, with government grants covering about $500,000 of that.
Up to the challenge - Schools throughout Wellington County competed earlier this month in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health In Motion push up/sit up challenge. Students at Maryborough Public School in Moorefield competed on March 5 as part of the week-long celebration of health and fitness. Winners of the competition were not available by press time. ABOVE: Anna Ottens-Kane, Sarah McIntyre, Jessa Huberts and Lynette Woods joined forces for some push ups. BELOW: Nicolaas Kuper and Conner Woodham give it their all. submitted photos
Council seeks more information before considering trailer storage bylaw by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Councillors here are taking a hard look at a third permit extension for a man who uses trailers on his property for storage. John Martin’s Millside Industries property is at 6408 Yatton Sideroad in Wallenstein within Part Lot 18, Concession 1. The property has 10.25 acres, with about 6.9 of them for the main site and about 3.3 for a private driveway. The property also has a warehouse building with a ground floor area of 15,000 square feet. Martin wants to renew his temporary use zoning for another three years. He first obtained that zoning in 2005, and council renewed it again in 2008. County planner Mark Van Patter, working for Mapleton, told a public meeting on March 13 there are 35 storage trailers on the site, with 17 of them for other people. He noted that in 2005 there were plans for a 5,000 square foot building that was not built. In 2008, Martin applied for and received an extension. He said the land is in Wallenstein and for county rules, is zoned for dry industrial uses for small scale manufacturing and related uses such as warehousing.
The property is zoned industrial exception in Mapleton in the old township bylaw and, Van Patter said, Martin was permitted to use trailers for storage until January of this year. He needs an extension to continue the use. Van Patter said outdoor storage is the main issue, and council has to consider if trailers are proper outdoor storage. “Two [previous] councils agreed it is not,” Van Patter said of the temporary zoning they permitted. He said other parts of Wellington County define outdoor storage differently. In Erin it is “the storage of goods, merchandise or equipment in the open air and in unenclosed portions of buildings which are open to the air on the sides. In Centre Wellington, outdoor storage is “the storage of equipment, goods or raw materials outside of any building or structure. For the purposes of this bylaw, the parking of vehicles shall not be deemed to be outdoor storage.” In Puslinch Township, Van Patter said “open storage means the storage of goods and materials, or the display and sale of goods and materials including vehicles for hire or sale outside a building ...” He said Martin’s outdoor storage in this case would not
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meet Centre Wellington or Erin’s criteria. Van Patter said one reason to forbid it is because it does not look good, although he noted in Martin’s case, the vehicles are well back from the road, not visible and “neat.” But, he said, there is an impact on tax assessment. Martin is letting neighbours use trailers for storage, and the township gets no taxes from that, where it would from a building. And, Van Patter said, some storage areas have metal boxes “taking up parking space.” He said there is a concern Martin’s operation could set a precedent and others will start asking for trailer storage. Martin attended to answer questions at the public meeting. There was no one speaking in favour of the application, and
no one opposed it. Clerk Patty Sinnamon said there are no concerns from the Grand River Conservation Authority or a neighbouring sawmill operation. Councillor Andy Knetsch asked Martin his intentions for how many trailers he plans for the site. Martin said it is currently at capacity, and he has done no further planning. He said 35 is “about the maximum” he could place on the property. Knetsch said it is his understanding the last time council granted an extension, the trailers were for a business, but now neighbours are using the property, too. Martin said there have always been neighbours using trailers for storage there and, “I do charge a small fee.” When council later consid-
ered a motion to extend the trailer storage permission, councillor Mike Downey said it really is unfair to let this operation go and pay no taxes when other businesses have buildings for storage and pay property taxes on them. Martin was willing to pay a licence fee but Downey did not consider that fair, either. Knetsch said he would like to see the new bylaw more streamlined and specific. He added he would not like trailers allowed for outside storage anywhere. Building inspector David Kopp said some municipalities allow that storage, and some do not. He added some storage is seasonal, so at times trailers are full, and at others they are empty. Mayor Bruce Whale said the idea is for temporary stor-
age when a business is growing. “Do we consider a licencing system over a period of years?” Whale asked. He agreed there is a downside of appearance and revenue generation. He suggested staff come back with options before deciding. Councillor Neil Driscoll said he had visited the site that day and noted some of the trailers are in poor condition. He said there is a safety issue if some of them collapse, and he is also concerned about where firefighters would begin to work if a fire ever broke out. Whale said there could be conditions set for the physical condition of the trailers, as well as a set space between them. Council deferred a decision until it gets a staff report. That vote was unanimous, with councillor Jim Curry absent.
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Golden greeting - The Drayton and District Figure Skating club hosted its annual year-end carnival on March 9 and 10. Skaters performed to a variety of Hollywood show tunes. Donna Hirtle of Studio Factor lent her creative talents for the backdrop. ABOVE: Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece presented Leah Tenhoopen, Emily Burton and Julianne Burton with certificates in recognition of their gold medal achievements in skills and dance this season (absent: gold medalist Rachel VanAnkum). Photos of several teams are included (below and right). submitted photos
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NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS The first installment of the 2011 Interim Taxes for all property classes are due March 23, 2012 Taxes may be paid at the following locations: • Township of Mapleton Municipal Office, 7275 Sideroad 16 by cash, cheque or debit/interac • at most Financial Institutions or • by Telebanking/On-line banking with most financial institutions. There is a mail slot available at the office for payments being made after hours. Postdated cheques for the due date are accepted.
That headline is the con man’s creed. When it appears he is adding something to a victim’s possibilities, he is taking it away, and vice versa. Con men and grifters have used that psychology to snare the unwary for hundreds of years. In much the same way, Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan will practice something similar, though there are key differences. First, we are going to be unable, unlike potential victims of con men in real life, to refuse whatever schemes they come up with in order to give the appearance they can save the economy they spent the last nine years wrecking. March 27 is the date to watch; the day of the provincial budget, plus the birthday of our younger brother. We doubt Randy will be singing much, and neither, we suggest, will anyone else. We get emails that are sent to people like Dalton and his band, and they have been flowing since the Don Drummond report announced how badly our finances have been run by the Dalton Gang … er the provincial Liberals. Some pleas are real - and bothersome, too. The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups learned through access to information that Workplace Safety Insurance Board president David Marshall’s appointment by the Ontario government includes a bonus of up to $400,000, payable at the end of five years, for achieving financial goals and objectives - in addition to his annual salary of $400,000 per year. Not surprisingly, the groups fear he will collect by withholding cash from injured workers. Since that is the only way he can save money, we believe the fears of the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups are real. But wasn’t it McGuinty who asked the public sector for a pay freeze? Ahhh, it must have been somebody else. Then there is the whole issue of slots and gambling. In order to create 2,300 jobs by 2017 (something like the alleged 50,000 jobs in the green energy industry that lasted long enough for a Dalton Gang photo op in the last election) the latest jobs are not only not guaranteed, but also they will likely cost five or six times that number in rural jobs for the simple reason that the cuts and changes in the gambling industry mean crushing one of the few government programs, the equine industry, that not only worked, but also brought over $1 billion a year in revenue to the province. Anyone wondering if McGuinty has lost his mind can feel free to do so. Alas, lost or not, his is the mind that continues to run this province, and we’re betting there are enough NDP votes out there to keep him in power until he can mess up a few more files vital to this province. Consider: $2 billion for ehealth gone. Over $1 billion for the air ambulance mess (and maybe even jail time for some folks). But that is just a start. Ask 500-plus workers at casinos and slots (which were still making money) how they feel about their jobs disappearing with the stroke of a single announcement. That from the same government that bailed out auto makers to, well, ahhhh, save jobs in an industry that was losing money. Is anyone wondering yet if McGuinty has lost his mind? Oh, by the way. There will be no new taxes. McGuinty’s second or third face is telling the truth, probably. Just as he did in 2003 when he promised absolutely and completely: no new taxes. That thousand bucks per person for health care that he immediately hit everyone with wasn’t actually a tax. It was something else. And why not? So is Dalton something else. Higher car fees? We ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Consider government. It can tax us, set the rules for business and employment, make us do things we don’t want to do, and then use the force of law (guns and police) if we don’t obey it. One would think with all those powers it could at least break even. But not Dalton. When he adds (user fees, not taxes) we start subtracting - from our wallets. David Meyer
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Drayton Entertainment presents Symphony in the Country DRAYTON - Two professional arts organizations will come together when the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony takes centre stage at the Drayton Festival Theatre on April 28. Symphony in the Country was conceived as an opportunity to make cultural opportunities more readily accessible to rural communities. “This is an incredible chance to bring new audiences to the Drayton Festival Theatre, as well as introduce theatregoers to the world of orchestral music,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “It’s fitting that this event be performed in our beautiful 1902 opera house, with its rich and varied musical history.” Mustakas added the two concerts represent a rare opportunity to hear a nationally acclaimed 50-piece orchestra in an intimate setting. “It will feel like the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is playing in your
living room,” said Mustakas. “It doesn’t get better than this. It is the ultimate ‘surround sound’ experience.” Several classical and musical theatre selections will be featured, including Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, regarded as a cornerstone of the symphony’s repertoire. Audiences will also be delighted to hear West Side Story Selections composed by Leonard Bernstein and arranged by Jack Mason. This timeless music is captured in this classic arrangement and showcases songs scored by the orchestra including, I Feel Pretty, America and Maria among others. Symphony in the Country takes place April 2 at 3 and 7:30pm at the Drayton Festival Theatre. The concerts are sponsored by Heffner Toyota and Peel Maryborough Mutual Insurance. Tickets are $38 for adults, and $20 for children and may be purchased through the box office at 519-638-5555 or at draytonfestivaltheatre.com.
Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society The village of Stirton A news article written around 1956 by John T. Schmidt, suggests that with the Conestogo Dam completed, Stirton will become a livelier centre as tourists drive around the new lake and over the only bridge across the Conestogo River at the north end of the lake. There does not appear that much changed in the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the hamlet since Schmidt’s observation. However, the article did prompt me to look for some of the history of the settlement. Apparently Stirton was named after David Stirton, a member of provincial parliament from 1857 to 1876. The 1906 Atlas of Wellington County shows a plan of Stirton. A total of 16 lots are on the plan; four in Maryborough Township and 12 in Peel Township. We think the plan was drawn in the late 1850s.
Sale of Rothsay road allowance on hold FROM PAGE ONE about the 2.8 acre property he owns to the north of the Martins, near Head Street, another unopened road. MacDonald said the farmer from whom he bought the land had always used the Nelson Street allowance with his tractor to reach his property. With the shed there and the land being sold, that would no longer be an access to his land. Mayor Bruce Whale pointed out Head Street is to the east of the Martin’s property, and MacDonald could use that if he wishes to develop his land. But MacDonald said the cost of using Head Street, which is 1,000 feet away from his land is much more expensive than Nelson Street, at about 260 feet. MacDonald noted that he, too, built a shed in 2000, but, “I kept it on my property.” He said of Nelson Street, “I don’t think its fair [if] you closed it down.” He also complained about a kennel kept by the Martins, because of the constant noise. “ You licenced a kennel and they don’t even own the property,” he said. But clerk Patty Sinnamon said there is no kennel licenced for the land, and the Martins have three dogs, which is legal. Whale once again suggested Head Street can be an access. MacDonald charged, “You guys have made up your minds.” He said he had planned to put his lands on the market, but that would be difficult now with no access or a more costly one. Whale asked him what he was asking of council. MacDonald replied, “Don’t close the road.” He said a real estate agent “told me I can’t sell it with that building there.” Councillor Neil Driscoll
said, “When we made the decision to close the road and sell it, we understood we had no concerns. Now, we do. It’s not fair to the landowner because of our mistake [to force him] to put in a 1,000-foot road.” Whale pointed out that unless the township receives an application to develop MacDonald’s lands, “We can’t deal with it. Council made a decision and now we have a complaint. If we’d had that information two years ago ...” But MacDonald said, “You did.” He concluded council could be asked to reconsider its decision. When council later discussed the issue, Sinnamon told council when she spoke with MacDonald about 18 months previously, he gave no indication he was interested in selling his 2.8 acres. She added when the township closes a road allowance, it cannot take into account something that might occur years later. Sinnamon added, “We are not adversely affecting someone who is landlocked. Should he wish to develop, he isn’t landlocked.” But Driscoll argued if the township had not made the error, that point is moot. Sinnamon said MacDonald is unable to claim Nelson Street. “He never did have access off Nelson Street.” Whale said, “He doesn’t have [legal] access off Head Street.” Sinnamon said, “Correct.” She explained to develop his lands, MacDonald would have to bring that unopened road up to municipal standards, just like any other developer would. She said he could do it for a single lot, or for several. “It’s no different than it is for subdivisions today. Even if we sold Nelson Street to
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MacDonald, he still has no frontage. He would have to apply for a minor variance.” Driscoll asked building inspector David Kopp, “How could this happen? What do we do so this doesn’t happen again?” Kopp said it is difficult because the township does not always have access to old assessment maps. Some road allowances were created in the mid-1800s. “We often leave it to the applicant to place the building to meet the setback. We may ask for a survey,” Kopp said. Sinnamon said a legal solution is unlikely because the township made the error. “We can’t deal with an applicant [MacDonald] who isn’t there” with a formal application, she said. “It makes sense to transfer that property” to the Martins. When council considered a third reading of the bylaw, it was defeated 2-1, with councillors Driscoll and Andy Knetsch opposed. Councillor Mike Downey was in favour, and councillor Jim Curry was absent. After that vote, Driscoll said he is unsure what the next step is, except, possibly, to remove the building on the road allowance. Sinnamon said if Mapleton attempts to ask the owners to remove their building, the township would likely lose in court. “If the owner refuses to remove the shed I suspect we’d have a legal issue. I don’t know what more I can tell you,” she said. Whale said if MacDonald made an application, it might have an effect on council’s decision. Driscoll said, “I wish his concerns had been here before this process.”
James Newton received the crown deed for 50 acres of Lot 1, SW ¼, Concession 9, Peel, in 1856 and four parcels in the village of Stirton were sold between 1859 and 1865. Across the road, Jesse Jones obtained the crown deed in 1861 for 100 acres, Lot 1 north half, Concession 8, Peel and sold four parcels in the Village of Stirton between 1862 and 1865. On the Maryborough side of the village, all four lots were sold in 1867 and 1868; Lot 1 to the trustees of the Primitive Methodist Church, and Lots 2, 3 and 4 to Anne McAndrew, whose husband, Colin McAndrew, operated a hotel on this land for a short time. Colin McAndrew died in 1867 and his widow remarried and moved from the village. One can only assume that McAndrew built and operated the hotel prior to receiving title to the land. The Methodist Church and manse were used by the church until 1929, when the small congregation decided close the church and sell the buildings. The church was used for a honey house by Edgar B. Johnston, the purchaser. In 1965 Max and Riek Reinders purchased the manse and church building. The church building was torn down, material salvaged and the Reinders built a new house using the salvaged material. Other businesses in the 1800s on the Maryborough side of the village were a flax mill, built in 1867 by Charles
Hendry, where the Moorefield Creek enters the Conestogo River. In the same area, Henry Braun had a tannery and John Diebel a shoe shop. These businesses were all gone by 1900. A blacksmith shop sat on the corner of Lot 3. In 1875 Stirton had a post master, John Sanderson, who was also a general merchant. The village also boasted three carpenters, a cooper, a harness maker, a general store, a carriage maker, a blacksmith, a hotel and two churches. Most of the businesses were on the Peel side of the village. The second church was
the Quaker Meeting House on Concession 9 about a mile from Stirton. There was a cemetery on the Quaker Meeting House lot but apparently there were never any burials or a cemetery established on the Methodist Church lot. We believe the house on Lot 4, Maryborough side, was the McAndrew hotel. Henry Markle operated a hotel for a few years on the Peel side. This building was used as a private residence for years. The building burned in the 1970s and all that remains is the water pump and a few bushes standing on the lot. submitted by Jean Campbell
Just passing through - Tundra Swans (formerly called whistling swans) graced the landscape across Mapleton Township this week. Flocks of up to 500 swans were sighted at the Conestogo Dam and throughout the fields along County Road 8 and beyond. The swans are migrating to their breeding grounds around North Bay after wintering in the south. submitted photos see us Come the at
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Rules of the road Recently I saw a sign that notified drivers they were required to stop for school buses when its lights were flashing. It then added in bold print: “From both directions”. The purpose of this law is to protect children while getting on or off the bus. As I thought about this it brought to mind that as we travel along life’s highway we too need to be aware of dangers that can come at us from two directions. The dangers we are most aware of are the ones that come at us head on. We can see the danger coming and it is only inexperience or miscalculation that would lead us to try to beat the odds by trying to outrun a speeding vehicle. As Christians we need to follow the safety rules that God has given us and be sure and look both ways before we cross life’s highway - and then proceed with caution. I remember as a young boy that my friend and I had decided to cross the
street in front of my house to get to a skating pond. My father had told us to go to the corner intersection and cross there but we decided it would be faster just to cross between a car and a transport truck that was parked in front of my house. We stuck our heads out between the vehicles and seeing nothing decided we would cross there. No sooner had we run out into the street than we saw the folly of that decision. A car was bearing down on us and seeing us in the roadway hit the breaks. It was icy and the brakes locked. My friend was bumped into a snow bank by the sliding car but I was thrown under the front of the car and my head was pushed along the road by the skidding car tire. Happily, the road was slippery and we didn’t hit anything to stop the slide or the car would have run over my head. Due mostly to the grace of God, the only damage done was that my friend had a bruise on his behind and I had a cut and swollen lip. We both got up and ran to the safety of home.
The worst part for my friend was that the police were called and after they had tracked him to his house he had to endure the embarrassment of having the chief of police tell him to take down his pants so he could examine the bruise. The worst thing for me was wondering what my dad might do to me for disobeying him and putting my life in danger. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I do know he was more concerned about the fact that I was okay, rather than scolding me. The lesson I learned was it is wise to do what your father tells you. The rules are not put there to inconvenience us or to make life difficult; they are put there to keep us safe. The same is true of our loving heavenly father, who in the ten commandments has shown us how to live. It is complete folly to try to beat the rules because it is only a matter of time before we will have to pay the price, even if by God’s grace we are sometimes spared. The law not only requires us to deal with head on danger but to deal with danger that
can sneak up behind us. When children get off the bus they often go around to the front of the bus so that the driver can keep an eye on them. From the child’s point of view standing in front of the bus, he can see the road and may feel he is safe since all he can see is clear. If he were to run out in front it can be at just the time a car from behind the bus is passing and he would become a fatality. The child may have been trying to be careful but he just didn’t see what was coming. This can be how we are in respect to God’s law. God tells us to avoid certain lifestyles or certain attitudes, but we may think, “There is no danger there. I don’t see the harm in it.” The truth is that even though we don’t see the danger, it can be there. Proverbs gives us excellent advice when it says in chapter four, “Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; “Do not forsake my law. And the years of your life will be many” (New King James Version).
Local zone winners recognized in Remembrance Day contest
Locals lauded - Legion representative Tracy Bye presents poster contest certificates to Roy Jacob Hofman (grade 3, Community Christian School, primary colour: 1st place in zone and 3rd place in district) and Karissa Geerlinks (grade 4, Community Christian School, junior colour: 2nd place in zone). submitted photos
Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy coming to St. Jacobs WATERLOO - With tremendous audience response to 9 to 5: The Musical, the St. Jacobs County Playhouse prepares to stage the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey. A thought-provoking play about dignity, self-respect, and the loyalty of friendship, Harvey will entertain audiences for three weeks, from April 11 to 29. Theatregoers are invited to suspend their disbelief and enter the surreal world of Elwood P. Dowd, an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend named Harvey, who is described as a six-foot tall rabbit. When Elwood decides to introduce Harvey to guests at a party, his society-obsessed sister attempts to commit Elwood to a sanitarium, inadvertently setting in motion a
chain of events that will cause everyone to question their own reality. “Audiences can’t help but be charmed by the warmth and wit in this compelling story about the power of friendship and the beauty of imagination,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “With its larger-than-life characters and insightful look at the human condition, Harvey encourages each of us to challenge our perception of reality.” Over the past two decades, Mustakas has directed over 100 productions for Drayton Entertainment, and will return to the helm to direct Harvey. Written by Mary Chase, Harvey was a runaway success when it opened on Broadway in 1944. In 1945 Chase was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in drama for Harvey, which
made her the fourth woman in history to win the prestigious award. The stage play inspired the beloved 1950 motion picture starring James Stewart. A revival of the play is set for Broadway later this year, starring Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons (of The Big Bang Theory) as Elwood. The cast for the Drayton Entertainment production includes Ted Simonett as Elwood P. Dowd. Audiences will recognize Simonett as the naïve husband in the comedy Murder at the Best Western. Michelle Fisk tackles the role of Elwood’s status-seeking yet skeptical sister, Veta Louise. Fisk has performed with theatre companies across Canada and last appeared at the Playhouse in the period piece The Heiress in 2010. Canadian veteran stage and screen actor Victor A. Young plays Judge Omar Gaffney, an
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Another winner - Bye presents a certificate for intermediate black and white poster to Nicole Lee Walker (grade 7, Drayton Heights Public School), who won 1st place in zone and 4th place in district.
Young artist - Bye also recognized Rachel Mohr (grade 3, Maryborough Public School, primary black and white: 1st place in zone and 4th place in district).
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One third of health care workers did not receive flu shot this season FROM PAGE ONE in hospitals. Those figures are up 5%, 13% and 14% respectively, but still below the 80% national target set by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. According to the WDGPH report, that committee, along with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), has stated the immunization of health care workers is “a standard of care which is essential for the protection of patients and residents.” Further, a flu protocol developed in 2010 by the OHA and the Ontario Medical Association states “health care
workers and their employers have a duty to actively promote, implement and comply with influenza immunization recommendations.” Over the past six flu seasons in the WDGPH area, health care worker immunization rates peaked in 2006-07 at 69%. The next two years the results were 64 and 65% respectively. In 2009-10, the year of the H1N1 outbreak, the figure actually dropped to 61%, before reaching a five-year low of 56% in 2010-11. The 2011-12 overall rate of 66% represents the highest since 2006-07. The board report concludes
that “despite the efforts of hospitals and homes to improve influenza immunization through voluntary campaigns, convenient access to immunization and incentives, influenza coverage among health care workers ... is still below the national target of 80%.” The board of health hopes to “reinforce” the importance of the flu shots for health care workers by following the recommendations of Dr. Nicola Mercer, which include: - sending congratulatory letters to all facilities that achieved an 80% immunization rate (including the Royal Terrace in Palmerston, which had the highest rate of all facili-
ties in the WDGPH catchment area); and - publicly disclosing flu shot rates on its website. Long-term care facilities The overall flu shot rate for health care workers in WDGPH-area nursing homes during the 2011-12 season was 71%. Several hovered around the 50% mark, including Caressant Care in Fergus and Riverside Glen and LaPointe-Fisher in Guelph. Those with rates exceeding the national target include: - Caressant Care Harriston; - Eden House in GuelphEramosa; - Elliot Community in
Guelph; - the Royal Terrace in Palmerston; and - the Wellington Terrace in Aboyne. Hospitals Immunization rates for area hospitals were far below the national target (55% overall) and also by far the lowest of all types of facilities. Results for Groves Memorial in Fergus and Homewood Health Centre in Guelph were barely above 50%, while Headwaters hospital in Orangeville was also below 55%. Guelph General Hospital had a rate of about 57%, while North Wellington Health
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PAGE EIGHT The Community News, Friday, March 23, 2012
31st anniversary of the
DRAYT N FARM SHOW $3
ADMISSION with $1 GOING TO CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH PRESENTED BY DRAYTON KINSMEN
Serving the Community’s Greatest Need All proceeds going to community projects
THE 2012 FARM SHOW COLLECTIBLE
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