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Friday, May 25, 2012
NextEra awaiting building permit for turbines near Arthur by David Meyer MAPLETON - Just days after the Superior Court dismissed a petition to overturn the approval of NextEra Canada’s wind turbine project near Arthur, the company applied for a building permit. Preserve Mapleton Inc. (PMI) lost its battle in court to halt the 10-turbine wind farm in the township. The plan is for the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of a Class 4 wind facility with nine 2.3-megawatt wind turbine generators and one 2.22MW wind turbine generator, with a total capacity of 22.9MW. NextEra expects to proceed with its construction plans even though PMI is still appealing to the Environmental Review Tribunal on the awarding of the contract by the Ministry of the Environment. NextEra spokesman Josie Hernandez said in an interview the Dec. 8 ministry approval under the Renewable Energy Act gives the company the right to proceed with the project even though the tribunal dates have not yet been set. She said her understanding is those will happen in July. Hernandez explained the court case took precedence over the approval of the project. When asked if it could be a gamble (if the tribunal rejects the wind farm approval), she said the company is permitted to go ahead, but she is unable to discuss the tribunal proceedings. Yet she added, “We are not a company that takes gambles.” She said NextEra has “much experience” in the renewable energy field and she feels comfortable proceeding. Hernandez said while the company has applied for its building permit, that has not yet been issued by Mapleton Township. She said NextEra is working with chief building official David Kopp and hopes to get started soon. She added there are time limits to how long the township can delay the building permit application. “We are fully entitled to move the project forward as deemed appropriate,” she explained. Hernandez explained the tribunal is “entirely different” than the scope and mandate of the courts, and that is why the company has the right to proceed with the permit application and the work. When asked when the project might get underway, she
said, “We are still working on our schedule,” but in many ways, “We have been ready to go for some time.” Project director Nicole Geneau said some of the jobs being created by the project will be specialized, but in many other cases, “We will try to hire locally.” Hernandez expected there could be 150 jobs created to erect the turbines and connect them to the hydro grid. She explained the company will erect the towers in three separate sections using cranes. She added the turbines are the same size as the five that are located at the west side of Arthur village. The upwind, three-bladed, horizontal-axis wind turbines will each have a hub height of 80 metres and rotor diameter of 101m. The overall height of each turbine, including the blade length, will be approximately 129 metres. Hernandez said when the company is ready to start its construction it will inform the public of the construction schedule. Geneau said NextEra, in order to enable ongoing communication with township residents, is forming a community liaison committee that will be moderated by a third party. She said NextEra is in the process of developing the charter for that committee. Hernandez added the committee will be made up of five area residents, mainly from Mapleton, and it already has four people. The company is seeking a fifth person to be part of it. She said the committee will be in place for two years to “make sure there is two-way communication.” Geneau said the committee’s meetings will be open to the public and will be publicly announced. Plus, she said, “Everything will be on our website.” Hernandez said IBI Group - an architecture, engineering, consulting and design firm is working on a date and she hopes the first committee meeting is scheduled for June. The NextEra website noted the work to build the turbines includes leasing land rights for: - wind turbines; - access roads; - collection lines; - transmission lines in some cases; - short-term construction space; and Continued on page 2 Main St. W. Palmerston
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Final cheque - On May 8 Alma Optimist Club members presented the club’s final payment for the new Alma community hall to Mapleton Mayor Bruce Whale, bringing the Optimists’ total contribution to the building to $289,775. From left are: Whale, Nick Schrier, Mark Reynolds, Linda Avery and Les Skerritt. Township officials thanked the Optimist Club for its contribution to the hall, which they say will benefit the township and surrounding communities for years to come. The total cost of the building, which officially opened last year, was $1,605,166. The provincial and federal governments each contributed $512,808, while the township and Optimist Club each gave $289,775. submitted photo
Lights from Teviotdale moving to Moorefield by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - One community’s loss is turning into a gain for a nearby neighbour. Minto is losing a ballpark with the construction of a new OPP detachment in Teviotdale.
Mapleton’s public works director Larry Lynch recently said the lights from that ball diamond will be moved to the Moorefield ball park, which is receiving a number of improvements this year. Lynch added the Alma Optimists are also working on lights for the ball diamond
in that community. The diamond’s lights were all but destroyed in high winds last year and the club is working to get them replaced. Meanwhile, some of the ball teams there are playing in other communities such as Elora.
Spring Rural Romp visits township this Saturday Taste Real is offering its second annual spring Wellington Rural Romp on May 26. Find the story behind the food, enjoy the first tastes of spring and get ready for growing. The themes for the Romp are Gardens Delight and Tastes of Spring. About 14 farms, markets, gardens and restaurants in Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North will open their doors to offer self-guided tours. Participants can take part in a day in
the countryside, meet local farmers and enjoy real taste and experience agricultural education, guided tours, and children’s activities. Participants can frolic with baby animals, learn more about local community shared agriculture, buy heirloom tomato seedlings or browse and experience unique rural gardens and learn how to grow produce. Participants are encouraged to share
photos and videos from the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tastereal. Prizes will be awarded for the best photo in three different categories: farmscapes, family fun and food. The sixth annual fall Wellington Rural Romp, occurs on the last Saturday of September. The spring Rural Romp runs May 26 from 11am to 4pm. For farm locations, download the map at www.tastereal.ca.
Committee to face several minor variance requests by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - The committee of adjustment here is keeping busy. On May 8 Mapleton council received a list of meetings the committee will hold on June 9 starting at 9:30am at the township council chambers. The first is for a property at Lot 9, 104 Graham Street West, in Alma. It is currently occupied by a residence and it is southwest of Elora Street. The applicant wants relief from the maximum floor area and height requirement for an accessory building.
The maximum allowable floor area under Mapleton’s current and proposed zoning bylaws is 753.5 square feet or 1,000 square feet for a residential lot. The applicant is requesting permission to construct a 1,872 square foot accessory building (36 by 52 feet) with a height of 25 feet to the peak, for personal use, to store recreational vehicles. The variance may also address any other siting regulations deemed appropriate by the committee. The second meeting is for
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a property described as 128 Wellington Street North in Drayton. The purpose of the application is to obtain relief from the maximum floor area for a woodworking shop and a reduction in the minimum rear yard setback. The maximum allowable floor areas for the shop is limited to 4,000 square feet. The building was recently destroyed by fire and the applicant is asking to reconstruct the building at 6,400 square feet and situate it 10 feet from the rear lot line, whereas the bylaw
requires 25 feet. In the third case, the committee is hearing an application for a property described as Block 48 of Andrews Drive West and Wellington Street North in Drayton. The purpose of the application is to provide relief from the setback and maximum allowable height. The front yard setback reduction is required in order to allow a driveway canopy encroachment. The applicants are proposing to construct a three storey, 17-unit seniors’ apartment building.
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NextEra awaiting building permit FROM PAGE ONE - post construction, typically six months or less, with the land is restored and returned to its original use. No costs ordered yet The superior court has not yet awarded costs in PMI’s appeal. It suggested PMI pay $5,000 to the Ministry of the Environment and anoth-
er $30,000 in legal costs to NextEra, but PMI officials stated they will argue against having to pay those costs. Then, NextEra and the ministry will be given ten days to rebut that argument. Until those arguments are heard costs will not been formally awarded. PMI is continuing to actively fundraise to continue the ERT process.
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Local man taking part in ride to beat cancer MAPLETON TWP. - Township resident Jeff Duimering is ready to roll from Toronto to Niagara Falls to raise funds to defeat cancer. Duimering’s goal is to obtain $2,500 in sponsorships and to date he has reached $1,300. The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a cycling journey. Duimering said cancer is a terrible disease that causes so much pain and suffering, affecting also the family members of those with cancer. On his website, he said, “Cycling in the ride to Conquer Cancer is my opportunity to raise money for a good cause that will hopefully end some of that suffering. “Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at The Princess Margaret Hospital.” The ride is done over two days and is called The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, one of the top five cancer research hospitals in the world. Duimering said research at the National Cancer Institute of
Jeff Duimering Canada on June 9 and 10 shows 171,000 estimated new cases of cancer in Canada this year and 75,300 estimated deaths from cancer in Canada this year. “That’s why I’m riding. To do something big about cancer,” he said. He is seeking donations from companies and individuals. He can be reached at 519638-9948 or people can donate online at www.conquercancer. ca.
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community calendar May 26 - Home Party Show & Sale, 10am-2pm at Moorefield United Church. Featuring: Epicure, Alouette, Tea’s Living Books, Creative Lengths, Avon, Fun & Fashionable. UCW Bake Table, Lunch available. May 26 - Moorefield Optimist Children’s Fishing Derby. At Cosen’s Pond F# 8408 Cty Rd. 8, Moorefield. Registration: 9:00am, Derby Begins: 9:30am. Children 13 and under. May 28 - Drayton Blood Donor Clinic on Monday, 2:307:30pm at the Community Christian School, 35 High Street, Drayton. Call 1-888 2 DONATE to book an appointment June 1 - Salad Supper Rothsay United Church on Friday, 5-7pm. Adults $12, kids 12 & Under $5, Preschoolers free. June 2 - Annual Moorefield Optimist Auction Sale, 12:30pm at the Moorefield Optimist Hall on Ball Avenue. Snacks served all day long as well as a sit down meal at 5pm.
Friday, May 25 Men’s Slo-pitch league both Drayton A and Moorefield A & B starting at 9:00pm sunday, May 27 Men’s Slo-pitch, Drayton Diamonds Nighthawks vs. Pirates, A Diamond, 3:30pm Bulls vs. Hurlers, B Diamond, 3:30pm Blues vs. Brew Crew, A Diamond, 5:30pm Warriors vs. Dirty Dawgs, A Diamond, 7:30pm Monday, May 28 Pee Wee Girls vs. Twin Centre, A Drayton Diamond, 6:45pm Midget Boys vs. K-W, A Drayton Diamond, 8:45pm tuesday, May 29 Moorefield A & B ladies slo-pitch starting at 7:30pm wednesday, May 30 Moorefield B Ladies Slo-pitch starting at 7:30pm
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Summer workshops for kids at museum Aug. 13 to 24 ABOYNE - There will be workshops for kids at the Wellington County Museum this summer. The first week is Aug. 13 to 17 and will feature Archaeology in Wellington County… Dig it. It is for ages 8 to 12. The workshop explores archaeological discoveries in Wellington County. From ancient fossils to evidence of more recent human activity participants will get close to rarely seen objects with museum staff and special guest archaeologists and learn some of the skills used in the field. With lots of time spent outdoors, kids can try their hands at being an archaeologist. The second week is Aug, 20 to 24 and offers Be a Junior Collector. It is for ages 5 to 7.
Kids will spend the week learning how to collect, store, display and care for collections. Whatever that collection - cards, dolls, stamps, rocks, or cars - through a variety of games, activities, and crafts, kids will learn to be junior curators. By the end of the week participants will have a beautifully-displayed collection or two, and a full understanding of how to take care of it. Workshops run 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The cost per week is $150, and $140 for museum members. Space is limited and early registration is advised. To do that call 519-846-0916 extension 5221 or 1-800-663-0750 extension 5221.
Athletes and supporters - While Fergus hosted the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 17, the torch travelled throughout Wellington County, from Palmerston to Rockwood, as Special Olympic athletes and community supporters took part.
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Special Olympics Torch Run tours Wellington County Olympics are being held in Kingston from May 31 to June 3. Gruber added that in Wellington there’s been quite a bit of fundraising going on, including partnerships with Scotiabank and Zehrs. “We’ve raised over $6,500 in Wellington County to support our athletes from the area,” he said. Gruber added there is a twotiered approach: fundraising and awareness “to get everyone in the community aware of what we’re doing.” He added there were torch runs in both Palmerston and Rockwood earlier in the day. “Everyone in the north and south of the county then meet in Fergus for the final leg,” he explained. About the torch run In its most general form,
Letter to the Editor of thinking (had you been an editor in Elizabethan England, would you have defended bearbaiting? Would the slave trade have generated vital economic activity, in your opinion?). 2) Whatever else you may think of the “idiot” who lamented the use of farmland for animal feed, you cannot fault him/her in logic. Even the most carnivorous of humans, namely, cannibals, would have to admit that an acre of grain fed directly to humans is a much more efficient use of land than the same grain fed first to animals that are then slaughtered for human consumption. (And how did you deduce that this same person was oblivious to the loss of farmland to urban sprawl? The same telepathy that said you were reading the words of an idiot?) 3) The sight of an orphaned bear cub next it its deceased mother would indeed, to me at least, be devastating. Starvation is a particularly cruel method of dying. But the really devastating part of that picture would be the utter uselessness of even one such death. I know of no other game animal residing in a country with a responsible government that is hunted legally during the period of nursing its young. 4) About the $6 million lost to northern Ontario: if each hunter paid $10,000 to purchase a license to bag a bear, to travel to and in Ontario, and to
intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but “their voices” as well. Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Special Olympics empowers people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential and develop their skills through year-round sports training and competition.
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FROZEN BEEF & PRODUCTS pay for his/her stay during the Hamburger, Steaks, Roasts, Pepperettes & Jerky hunt, we would need to see 600 Lean Hamburger - $2.99 lb. licensed hunters scouring the forests of Ontario. But surely, not each licensed hunter spends $10,000 to bag a bear. So if we halve the average contribution, we would need 1,200 licensed hunters. But how likely is it that the average Ontario hunter is going to spend $5,000 to shoot Located 1 mile NE of Moorefield on Cty. Road 8 Fire #8329 X a bear? Proudly Presents 6SUL Q J5RPS Please enlighten me on this self guided tour figure, which has been bandied about with a fair bit of abanHAMBURGER LUNCH, don. I recently contacted Mark and PONY RIDES Wales and Peter Jeffrey, Garden’s both Delight and Tastes of Spring of the Ontario Federation of gardening and buy plants and seedlings at FOR PRICING INFORMATION GO TO: www.ellcrest.ca O Get Wellington Agriculture (OFA), to ask for farms and greenhouses Store Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9am - 9pm Paul & Pam Ellis 519-638-2127 Taste the first products of spring Continued on page O 8
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Stop the name calling RE: May 18 editorial and article on the spring bear hunt. Dear Editor: I would like to use your paper’s own words against it - I didn’t know “whether to chortle or turn white with indignation” when I read your editorial on the resumption of the spring bear hunt in Ontario. First off, I will refrain from calling the author a bloodthirsty heathen because I do not think I have that right since I’ve never met or spoken with him. Why, then, do you have the right to refer to me - someone who opposed and still opposes the hunt - as an idiot? The level of professionalism in Community News editorials is usually dismal, but this editorial hit an all-time low. Hurling epithets at people you disagree with does not prove a point; rather, it proves lazy thought habits. I would love to engage in a sentence-by-sentence refutation of your illogical ranting, but I fear that would require too much space. Still, some blunders scream out for a response: 1) If we are “saved from people who think their morals and ethics are better than ours,” we will likely stop progressing as civilized human beings and social animals. History recounts many such episodes of morals and ethics displacing outdated ways
the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run is a community based, province-wide event that sees the Flame of Hope carried across Ontario by members of law enforcement from various communities. The objective of this and other events is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement in Ontario. Funds raised through torch run events are directed into program support that directly affects all community Special Olympics’ programs. The Special Olympics stands as a leader in the field of intellectual disability and has sharpened the focus on its mission to be not just as a sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, but also as an effective catalyst for social change. Children and adults with
by Mike Robinson WELLINGTON COUNTY - Though the wrap-up run was in Fergus on May 17, the local Torch Run for Special Olympics encompassed all of the county this year. Police Constable David Gruber explained the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics fundraiser has taken place across North America “... for a long time.” Gruber noted the event is in its 25th year in Ontario. “Our goal is to raise funds for the Special Olympics and awareness in local communities about the event,” he said. Gruber added “Police officers around the country are participating in this. The torches get passed across Ontario and end up in Kingston for the final leg of the run.” This year the Special
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Please join the Cemetery Committee for a time of reflection as we come together to remember our ancestors buried in our two active cemeteries. Flowers placed at the grave site in containers must be removed at the end of the service, headstone saddles may remain.
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS ROAD MAINTENANCE PROGRAM The 2012 program for maintenance gravel placement and dust suppression will commence on or about May 14. The primary work on The Township of Mapleton gravel roads will include areas inside the boundary of Wellington Road 109, Highway 6, Wellington Road 17, Floradale Road, and Wellington Road 11.
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When we first met our spouse and took her home to meet the family, one of the extras we did was spend time driving around the back roads outside of our small village. We had several reasons. One was to show her and our kids where we grew up, where we went biking and fishing, where we found wild leeks growing (alas, there is a house on the property now, and no free food). Anna concluded, “You had an idyllic childhood.” Perhaps that is true, particularly in the summer (we hold no fondness for those winter mornings of snow shovelling). But once freed from the shackles of the schoolroom, kids in our neighbourhood were free to roam. In three of the four houses on our side of the street there were ten children in each home, and we had feuds, war and other chase games, played baseball until most actually got good at it and, when we got bored with ball for ten hours a day, we hopped on bikes or took off across the fields with fishing poles to chase suckers and chubs. Since it was a two-mile trek to the stream called Boomer Creek, it was a nice long walk getting there, but after hours of fishing or getting tired of that and simply jumping in for a swim, it seemed a longer walk or ride home. One thing we can distinctly remember to this day is there were no fat kids in any of the homes on our block. Some might have packed on the weight later in life, but none of us was bursting out of our pants or popping shirt buttons in those days. Of course, until we were 8 or 9, there was no TV either, but even when that arrived, we were limited to two channels for years and had too many sporting demands on our time. Alas, today’s children do not have that idyllic time (yes, we admit Anna is correct). There are a number of reasons for that. For one, it was safe for parents to simply let children be kids. Moms with one or two kids at home today will understand how tough it would have been to restrict ten children as they are governed today. We admit that it was a safer world back then, too. There were few kidnappings, sex crimes were unheard of, and the worst that any child was likely to encounter was a well deserved boot in the butt from a neighbour who wanted to ensure the sanctity of his strawberry patch and cherry trees. We admit, our parents were in complete sympathy - with the neighbour. So it was with some disgust that we read in the daily newspapers that the geniuses at Queen’s Park are going to do something about childhood obesity. The goal is to reduce the “epidemic” of childhood obesity in Ontario by 20 per cent over the next five years - and an expert panel was announced by the government on May 18. The article noted about one-quarter of kids in the province between the ages of 2 and 17 are overweight, and the problem is only expected to grow, according to Health Minister Deb Matthews. Statistics show about three-quarters of obese children grow into obese adults, costing Ontario’s health-care system an estimated $4.5 billion in direct and indirect costs. Here are Matthews’ words of wisdom: “Childhood obesity is a complex issue. We don’t know what it is we have to do.” Apparently the solution is a 17-member “Healthy Kids” panel that will report by Christmas. At least we know why the government is acting; fat kids cost the province money. Yes, fat kids. Let’s call them what they are. Let’s also make a note that all the government can do to solve the problem is to throw more money at it for experts. Meanwhile, kids are being forced to wear body armour in sports, expensive head gear on bikes, can’t play any sports in school yards, and are so bored they are addicted to video games for a modicum of excitement in their lives. We can solve the problem in four words: Let the kids play. David Meyer
This is a time to focus on final dressing of the graves by placing flowers at the grave site as people mingle, socialize and reflect on loved ones buried there. A non-denominational memorial service is held in the cemetery with all those who have gathered
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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society Farmer’s Clubs of Mapleton As early as 1856, local farmers were coming together on a monthly basis at various locations to sell their surplus livestock. We read of livestock sales at Bosworth, Drayton, Moorefield and Glen Allan; all held in the yards of local hotels or the main square of the village. After a few years livestock agents and grain buyers began purchasing the surplus animals and grains from individual farmers and transported the goods to city markets. The farmer was dependant on agents and buyers for fair prices for his produce. There was, no doubt, some variance in prices, prompting framers to seek a better way to ensure they got the best value. The railway, built through the township in the early
1870s, provided a regular and convenient way of transporting goods to the city markets. We have found record of two Farmer’s Clubs in Mapleton: the Moorefield Farmer’s Club and the Drayton Farmer’s Club. Both were organized by local farmers to function as commercial enterprises for marketing of livestock and bulk purchasing of grains, salt, fertilizers and fence materials for members. The members elected an executive and employed a buyer/shipper who was responsible for shipping the produce and the bulk purchasing of the materials needed by farmers. Newspaper ads advised farmers of the arrival of rail car loads of salt, fertilizer or fence wire. The buyers also advertised the shipping dates. For example, an ad in 1935 for the Drayton club advised farmers they would be shipping every
Ladies night - With Mother’s Day in May, the lifestyles committee for the 2012 Waterloo Region International Plowing Match and Rural Expo hosted a ladies night out entitled “The Miracles of Moms” event. There was something for everyone, from a fashion show by Expressions, to photography, artwork, clothing, jewelry and special treat samples. Above are Drayton-area guests Jean and Darlene Brodhaecker, Marilyn Cherry and Helen Moffat with lifestyle committee members Jean Rickert and Diane Burkchart. The ladies are checking out the recipe book the committee is selling as a fundraiser. Committee members will be attending local community events, farmers markets and fairs promoting their events at the IPM, which will be held in September near Ayr. photo by Sharon Grose
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other week during the year. While the clubs’ main purpose was the commercial activities ,both had educational features as well. For example, Mr. Clemens of Arthur, the Provincial Agricultural Representative, spoke and showed slides of advanced farming ideas at a May 1922 meeting of the Drayton Farmer’s Club. And we read of the Moorefield club taking bus trips to meat packing plants and abattoirs. The clubs exchanged information with similar clubs
throughout the province, as indicated by a 1922 news item in which it is reported that at the Drayton club’s annual meeting R.A. Cherrey and J. O’Donnell gave an account of the convention held in Toronto earlier that year. The Moorefield Farmer’s Club was organized in 1918 with Peter Boyer its first president and Robert McArthur the first secretary-manager. In 1976 the president was Charles Ballard and the secretary-manager was Russell Metcalfe. We
have not found the names of the men in charge in the years between. The club shipped from the Moorefield station. This club remained active for about 55 years. The Drayton Farmer’s Club was organized in 1919. The first executive was Ross McEwing, president; G. L. Waters, vice-president; Charles Schneider, secretary-treasurer and John Ritch, buyer. At its first annual meeting in 1920 the executive remained and Alex Duff, R. A. Cherrey,
H. Lowes, E. Wooddisse, R. Powley and Wesley Jackson were elected as directors. The executive reported $104,000 in business was done in 1921 and there were 140 members in the club. We are not sure how long this club, which used the Drayton rail station, remained active. Times and practices changed and the marketing boards and long distance trucking facilities replaced the need for the clubs. submitted by Jean Campbell
Annual meeting featured story of Dutch immigrants DRAYTON - The Mapleton Historical Society held its annual meeting on May 11 at the PMD Arena. President Debbie Oxby welcomed over 80 members and guests. The historical from Arthur, Minto, and Wellington County brought greetings. During the business portion of the meeting, the annual final report was presented by treasurer Helen Moffat, and the election of directors was conducted by Floyd Schieck. Founding member and director Enid Whale retired. Directors Elizabeth Samis, Lori Flewwelling and Jean Campbell, having each completed a three term, were reelected. Melissa Lynmes was elected to fill the vacancy on the 12-member board. The speaker for the evening was Dr. Frans Schryer, a social scientist, historian and
professor emeritus with the University of Guelph. Schryer, who immigrated to Canada from Holland with his family when he was ten years old, gave an historical overview of the immigration of Dutch farmers to Canada, particularly to Ontario. After the Second World War, there was no room for new farmers, or land for sale, in Holland. Dutch citizens had been impressed with the generosity of Canadian soldiers during the liberation and their stories of Canada. At the same time, after the war, Ontario farmers were desperate for farm labour because returning service men were taking factory jobs in the cities where they were assured a steady wage. An agreement was made between the governments of Canada and Holland in 1947, whereby each Ontario farmer
would be assigned one Dutch farmer and in return the Ontario farmer would provide housing and pay the Dutch farmer a wage. Bachelors and young married couples with families, mostly farmers and people with a rural background, immigrated under this agreement. The immigrants found a strange land with clay soil, often very stony, with many trees and forested areas, a climate much different from their homeland, and long distances separating the towns and villages. Often the housing provided was less than ideal. At first the language barriers were especially difficult for women. They were amazed at the quantities of food a Canadian farming family consumed, particularly all the meat. The methods of farming were vastly different from the intensive commercial farming in Holland. In a few
short years they learned the best methods to farm Ontario land - and often taught the Ontario farmer a better method as well. Each immigrant could bring only $100 when they emigrated and if they had funds in Holland often had to wait some time before any more money could be transferred to Canada. The Dutch families worked hard and overcame many difficulties. Each family member contributed by labouring alongside their parents or by earning a wage off the farm. It wasn’t many years before they were able to purchase their own farms or start up their own businesses. Today throughout Ontario, and especially in this area, the prosperous farms with flower bedecked yards and well kept buildings attest to the success of Dutch immigrants.
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By Rev. Calvin Brown, Knox Presbyterian Church, Drayton
Persistence I have an English bulldog named Ferguson, or Gus for short. Gus is the most persevering creature I have ever met. He has a favorite ball he likes to play with and even when he is told I don’t want to play he persists. He will growl playfully in front of me holding the ball and trying to entice me into responding. When that doesn’t work he will edge closer as if to suggest he is giving me a real advantage and I really should play. If that doesn’t do the trick he starts to nuzzle the ball against my leg and as a finale simply plops the ball on my lap. His persistence usually works in the end because his big brown eyes are all the time pleading for this playtime and I find it hard to resist. His persistence or perseverance usually pays off and he gets the attention he wants. As I reflected on that I remembered the Bible too often urges us to persevere. St. Paul uses several images to press this home. The first is the image of an Olympian who sets his heart on the goal of winning. Paul says this is inspiration for the Christian who also wants to win the prize of being like Jesus, which requires a constant and persistent focus. He writes: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the res-
FERGUSON urrection from the dead. “Not that I have already
obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” All of us who are mature should take such a view of
things. Paul also uses the image of a soldier who must not be distracted but remain attentive on guard duty to the one responsibility he has. Jesus also tells a story to encourage this attribute. He talks about a woman who needs the judge to take her case, but he steadfastly refuses until her persistence finally wears him down. Jesus says that if even an unjust judge will finally give in and give the woman justice because of her persistence,
how much more will God, who is generous, hear our prayers and give us what we ask for? I believe that often the Christian life does not produce the blessing we hoped for because we give up too easily in being persistent in doing good. I think that too often we give in too easily to evil. If we were persistent then I believe we would see a wonderful transformation in our lives that would emphatically
convince us of the power of God in the world today. My dog is a model of persistence and in the end he gets his reward. My prayer is that you and I will be just as persistent in living the Christian life and surrendering our wills to the will of Jesus so that we can claim the blessing that God has promised. “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
Rachel Felix as Blood Mary and the Sailors & Marines Dance troupe.
Student stars - Morgan Mitchell and Justin Davidson starred in Theatre Norwell’s recent play South Pacific. photos by Wilma Mol
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Amusing musical - Dustin Hope as Luther Billis, above with nurses, added great comedic relief during Theatre Norwell’s recent production of South Pacific.
REVIEW: Students great in South Pacific by Wilma Mol PALMERSTON - The arts are alive here. Theatre Norwell’s recent presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific was outstanding. It’s refreshing to see the arts being encouraged at Norwell District Secondary School;
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the directorship of Harvey Delport, have seen especially rapid growth in the last several years. The public is invited to attend either May 27 presentation and are invited to stay for lunch afterwards in Drayton. Graham will talk about the approach to reconciling work with Aboriginal Canadians and also explain how one can participate in and assist with this outreach. Bob will also share a message from Jeremiah 29:1-7 entitled Be Missional: Living out the Promised Land.
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not so much the case when I attended in the 1980s. The musical, presented on May 10, 11 and 12, featured a cast of over 35 students, and involved over 100 staff and students. More often than not we witness our young gentlemen “strutting their stuff” at the arena or ball diamond, but in this case it was refreshing to witness the brilliant and confident male sector of the cast deliver skilled and energetic dance routines. Not to be overlooked were the equally-delightful female dancers who “washed those men right out of their hair.” Leading actors Justin Davidson, as Emile de Becque, and Morgan Mitchell, as Nellie Forbush, interpreted their roles well and added credibility to
the entire production. Justin Hope’s strong and comedic portrayal of sailor Luther Billis left the audience in stitches. This young man should seriously consider a life in theatre or, at the very least, stand-up comedy. Nicole Freiesleben was truly notable as Bloody Mary; the convincing depth of her voice while singing Bali Ha’I drew the audience right into the south pacific. An honourable mention must be given to Braedon Keikamp for his comical performance as Commander William Harbison. The colourful staging set lighting and sound created a true Polynesian atmosphere. Congratulations, Theatre Norwell, you left this alumnus proud.
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OFA: Province sets review of Aggregate Resources Act at worst possible time by Keith Currie, Executive Member, OFA Sand and gravel are important nonrenewable resources used in building roads, subway tunnels and public buildings. They’re called “aggregate resources,” and have been under increasing public scrutiny lately, as seen in the rise of quarry issues in communities across the province. Public concerns, coupled with rapid expansion in many urban areas, have prompted a government committee to take a look at
the powerful piece of legislation that manages aggregate extraction. Recently, the provincial government’s standing committee on general government launched a review of the province’s Aggregate Resources Act, the piece of legislation meant to balance the need for aggregates with the protection of other important resources such as water and agricultural lands. Unfortunately, the committee has scheduled four days of hearings at a time when many of its biggest stakeholders – Ontario farm-
ers – can’t possibly attend. Hearings are scheduled in May - during prime planting season. From an agricultural perspective, the Aggregates Resources Act is in dire need of more balance with due consideration of our soil as a valuable resource to be protected. Most aggregate resources are extracted from Ontario’s rural areas and a lot of that from under good farmland. Extraction of aggregates also often requires digging below the water table, and can put our groundwater resource at
risk. And most importantly, it has an effect on our most precious renewable resource: our soil. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is extremely disappointed in the standing committee’s decision to hold a very brief review at planting time, instead of over the summer, when farmers would be free to participate in a meaningful way. The subject is too important to be rushed through a quick hearing in Toronto. The committee needs to take the issue out to where the extraction
happens - to hear the real concerns from those affected by extraction. The OFA is seeking time on the standing committee’s agenda to represent Ontario farmers. The OFA’s written statement will soon be available at www.ofa.on.ca. The Act needs to better provide for the protection of farmland and soil and water resources - for the preservation of agriculture. OFA will continue working with the government on this issue, and we encourage our members to contribute to the discussion.
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Hathaway, Arthur Grahame; of Palmerston and formerly of Drayton, Waterloo and Pompano Beach Florida passed away peacefully at the Royal Terrace Nursing Home, Palmerston on Monday, May 21, 2012 in his 96th year. Beloved husband of the late Doreen (Clarke) Hathaway (1985). Dear father of Stephanie Walters of Brampton, Michael & Victoria Hathaway of Pompano Beach, Florida and Trevor and Holly Hathaway of Drayton. Cherished Grandfather of Debbie Burt of Brampton, Leanne Frame and Ken Ward of Georgetown, Michael Walters of Brampton, Robbie Walters of Brampton, Kyle and Anna Hathaway
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REVIEW: Sound of Music is a delightful treat by Marie Male DRAYTON - The blessing of music is celebrated in the Drayton Festival Theatre’s first show of 2012, The Sound of Music. The beloved classic lives again in its original stage format to captivate audiences once more. The story is based on The Trapp Family Singers, a memoir by Maria August Trapp that originated as a Broadway stage production in 1959. The classic film followed in 1965 and won five Academy Awards including best film and best actress. Each version depicts an Austrian family that learns to incorporate its love of music into a lifestyle. The catalyst is in the form of a loving, would-be-nun hired as family governess. The possibility of a Nazi takeover adds suspense, as it later threatens their idyllic world. The songs, from Climb Every Mountain to My Favourite Things, are pleasantly melodic as well as profoundly meaningful. The stage is set with a beautiful preludium by the nuns of the Nonnberg Abbey. The Sound of Music features a cast of 30, including local youths as the von Trapp children and a chorus of community members plucked
Quite a cast - The Sound of Music, starring Jayme Armstrong in the lead role, plays at the Drayton Festival Theatre until June 9.
from an open audition. Jayme Armstrong plays the rebellious Maria, who leaves the convent to govern widower Captain von Trapp’s seven children. She was a shoe-in for this production after finishing as a finalist in the CBC reality television recruiting series, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Armstrong was spotted on that show by Alex Mustakas, director of Drayton Entertainment. She is an asset, bringing grace and professionalism to the role and a wonderful enunciation skill, enabling the audience to understand
more of the lyrics (such as “What’s so fearsome about that?”) W. Joseph Matheson plays Navy Captain von Trapp. Fortunately he plays the role less menacingly than did Christopher Plummer, who was said to regret his film performance as the real life captain was a gentle soul. Chemistry is evident between the captain and Maria as they sing Something Good. The seven von Trapp children are played by a delightful and talented bunch: Alyson Workman as Liesl, Jonny
Woolley as Friedrich, Brontae Hunter as Louisa, Peter Jones as Kurt, Hadley Mustakas as Brigitta, Victoria Luis as Marta and Avery Grierson as Gretl. Their version of So Long, Farewell was sheer joy to all, including “yeu and yeu and yeu.” Rebecca Poff as Mother Abbess graces the audience with her beautiful, high-range voice, especially in Climb Ev’ry Mountain. Jill Diane Filion as Elsa, the thwarted fiancée, brings the style and charm necessary to the delicate role. Karen K. Edissi shines with personality as Sister Margaretta, and Lucas Meeuse brings spirit and appeal to his tricky role as Rolf Gruber. Director and choreographer Timothy French has brought forth joy in the music and vibrancy in the performers. Set designer Kelly Wolf is only missing the smell of the mountain air. Costume designer Rachel Berchtold has gleaned outfits from those curtains as handily as Maria herself. The Sound of Music runs until June 9. Tickets can be purchased online at www. draytonfestivaltheatre.com, in person at the Drayton Festival Theatre or by calling the box office at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-855-372-9866.
Letter to the Editor FROM PAGE THREE sources for the $6 million figure and for the statement that bears are presently causing “millions of dollars of damage to communities” in Ontario. I had not heard from them at the deadline for submission of this letter. 5) When you wax poetic and try your hand at literary criticism, you outdo yourself. Northrop Frye may indeed have said the “enduring image” of Canadian literature is blood on the snow. He may be, as you say, correct. So what? The enduring image of any national literature does not determine the morality of acts within that country. (May I again presume your support of the blood on the ice floes in the spring seal hunt? After all, those Natives and Newfoundlanders have to live, right? And what are a few hundred thousand seal pups clubbed to death on the cosmic scale?). I agree with you: when the spring bear hunt was ended, more bears grew up. But you don’t explain your assertion that these same bears, for whatever reason, were unafraid of people. And on behalf of northern Ontarians, of whom I know at least three, I take umbrage at your reference to them as “socalled civilization.” 6) You then confuse me
again: was the spring bear hunt originally intended only to control the population of bears in Ontario, or was it intended to pump money into the underdeveloped economy of northern Ontario? 7) How is money from OFA spent to control the bear population? The provincial government had a program of trapand-release for problem bears, but has withdrawn funding. The government also recognized bear damage to crops and livestock as a unique category for compensation to farmers. 8) Finally, I offer you, the OFA and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters a challenge: before making a decision, the government provide a line-byline cost breakdown for the trap-and-release bear program; the government allow private groups sufficient time to raise that total cost; and the government be willing to maintain that program and continue the ban the spring bear hunt if that money is raised. Unless I miss my guess, there are enough idiots like me out there to raise those funds. But, please, for the sake of all your readers, refrain from name calling. That has no place on the editorial page of a community newspaper. Richard F. Giles, Alma
Several local branch members recognized at regional diabetes meeting by Bonnie Whitehead WATERLOO - Regional Director Kerry Bruder welcomed 120 people to the Canadian Diabetes Association’s (CDA) Central West Ontario regional annual meeting and volunteer appreciation evening here on April 25 at Luther Village on the Park. Guest speaker Dr. Peter Hall is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Waterloo. His focus is on kinesiology, with a particular interest in an aging health population. Diabetes and emotional functioning and diabetes and brain functioning were discussed. People with diabetes need to balance exercise, dietary needs and insulin every day. For some people with diabetes, depression, stress and anxiety seem to be amplified for a number of reasons. Coping mechanisms, relaxation techniques, and counseling therapy could help before turning to medication therapy. Recognize what is valuable to them and focusing on their needs and what suits them best will help bring patients happiness for a stress-free day. Dr. Hall found that brain function and exercise benefits are substantial. Cognitive functioning relates to memory and as people age, memory retrieval is somewhat impaired. Executive functioning of the brain controls emotions, habits and thinking patterns. Forgetting names and faces is different than forgetting a goal while engaged in an activity. In people with diabetes, forgetting to test or take insulin one time is a problem, but forgetting they need to test and take insulin to survive is a real problem. Two brain areas have been identified. The hippocampus shows that the volume of memory decreases after 60. Efficiency in the prefrontal cortex decreases as well. The brain is an organ that is affected by age just like the rest of the body. Evidence suggests exercise definitely helps offset age decline symptoms. Aerobic exercise to increase the heart rate could include brisk walking or cycling. Anaerobic exercise to build muscle mass could include resistance training with stretch bands or weight lifting. Studies suggest that dramatic results in brain function were mirrored with improved scores in memory. Keep one’s brain and body healthy by getting off the couch and exercising,
Half a century - George Van Ankum of Drayton was presented with the Novo Nordisk Half Century Award (for living with type 1 diabetes on insulin for 50 years) at the Central West Ontario regional annual meeting of the Canadian Diabetes Association on April 25 at Luther Village on the Park in Waterloo. From left are: Alice Van Ankum, George Van Ankum, daughter Carol and son-in-law Gord Vallenga. photo by Bonnie Whitehead eating nutritious foods, testing blood sugars faithfully, and finding a way to be happy each and every day. Regional chair Johanne Fortier then shared highlights of the CDA regarding research initiatives, community programs, summer camps, Banting House and the Clothesline program. “With nine million people affected by diabetes and pre-diabetes, there is so much to be done to find a cure for diabetes,” said Fortier. “Please join our fight; it’s a fight we aim to win. About 35,000 staff, volunteers and members make this organization a vibrant and passionate advocate and support to people with diabetes, their families and friends.” Kerry Bruder showed a video regarding the strategic plan entitled Lead, Live, Cure, highlighting many of the senior management team at the
CDA. According to the video, donations are gratefully recognized and wisely invested in advocacy, education, services and research. Volunteer co-ordinator Madeline Mills offered appreciation to all the volunteers for their dedication, commitment and ongoing support to extend programs and services to so many citizens within Ontario communities. There were 79 health presentations and 25 health displays set up in schools, work places and community groups; 83 people attended the Diabetes Fun Day to entertain and educate people with Type 1 Diabetes; and the residential campaign raised $62,514 with 410 canvassers and team captains reaching thousands of donors. Public program co-ordinator Heidi Fraser presented volunteers with a
service certificates, a pin and a bouquet of flowers. Theresa Johnston, Mary Durnford and Laurie Randerson received five-year awards; Diana Sherifali a 10-year award; Linda Gauvin-Miller and John Camelford 15-year awards; and Barbara Maughan a 25-year award. Team Diabetes co-ordinator Donna Dowsett presented the St. Agatha and District Lions Club with the outstanding partner award. The outstanding health professional award was presented to Mary Durnford. The young volunteer award went to Sarah Whynot. Community engagement co-ordinator Nicole Holder presented volunteer of the year awards to Grace Van Donkersgoed, Janice and David Walsh, Louise Marshall, Audrey Miller, Aden Brubacher, Oscar Xiang and Laurie Randerson.
George Van Ankum was presented with the Novo Nordisk Half Century Insulin Award for living with Type 1 Diabetes and having been on insulin for 50 years. “George standing here today is a testament to living well with diabetes,” said Bruder as she presented Van Ankum with a framed print by Sir Frederick Banting, the co-founder of insulin. Bruder then encouraged everyone to visit the displays set up by the sponsors of the event: Louise Gerber of Age Fit Solutions, Dana Shortt Gourmet, Lee Saunders Flowers, Schnarr Florist, Fleurish Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching, Clair Hills Retirement Community and Novo Nordisk Canada. Five of the people presented with awards volunteer at the North Perth – North Wellington Branch of the CDA in Harriston. Theresa Johnston from Atwood is the literature co-ordinator at the Diabetes Information Centre in Harriston. She helps with a number of duties around the office each week and sets up information displays at meetings and events. Grace Van Donkersgoed is the Team Captain in Listowel and looks after the coin boxes there. She has helped assemble the canvass kits for seven years at the office. For 12 years, Janice and David Walsh have done a remarkable job as Team Captains for the Kenilworth area. Their son Scott has a PhD in virology and intends to pursue a career in diabetes research. George Van Ankum is the chairman of the North Perth - North Wellington Branch branch. At the age of 22, he wasn’t quite feeling himself. A test at the doctor’s office confirmed the suspicion for him and his young bride, Alice. Van Ankum was unaware of diabetes and figured with a prescription and a week to recuperate, he’d feel fine, free and clear of his ailment. With further facts on the complications of diabetes, he resigned himself to the fact diabetes would always be a part of his life and he was going to live life to its fullest. He manages his diabetes to the best of his ability with the help of his wife Alice and his family. Their daughter Carol and her husband Gord Vallenga were able to attend the event.