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Community News Volume 45 Issue 26

Drayton, Ontario

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Big ball game - Hundreds of people attended the international fastball exhibition doubleheader between the world champion New Zealand Black Sox and the Argentina national team in Moorefield on June 20. Centre: Mapleton Mayor Bruce Whale shares some smiles at the opening, while Hetty Meulenbelt, a long time volunteer for Moorefield minor ball who threw the ceremonial first pitch, and honorary umpire Dennis Craven look on. More photos on page 2. photos by David Meyer

Black Sox sweep but mural project big winner at doubleheader game by David Meyer MOOREFIELD - A pair of international fastball teams entertained about 500 people here on June 20 - with a local mural project the big winner. The New Zealand Black Sox swept the doubleheader against the Argentina national team at the newly-refurbished ball diamond, but both teams had a good tune-up for the Legends fastball tournament that ran over the weekend in Kitchener. That tournament is operated by Mapleton Township’s public works director Larry Lynch, who is also the field boss for the New York Gremlins, one of the teams in the Legends tournament. Several of the New Zealand players play for that New York team and Lynch considers them friends as well, and arranged the exhibition series with Argentina to help raise funds for a mural project for

Moorefield. That mural has been commissioned and will feature historic scenes of the town, including fastball players. The first game was close for three innings, then Black Sox Penese Iosefo hit a triple on a shot to the opposite field that eluded the Argentina fielder and started a rally for New Zealand. He later homered, over the left field fence this time, to make it 5-0. Argentina then came to life and scored several runs, only to have the Black Sox come right back and increase its lead. The final score in that seven inning game was 7-5. In the second game, New Zealand won easily, 7-1. Trends in fastball tend to move in cycles, with pitching dominating for several years, and then batters getting better. Lynch said there might be a couple of reasons for high scores against very fast pitch-

ers who had a lot of movement on the ball. First, he said, the hot humid weather was a factor. “I think all the pitchers lost some of their velocity after a couple of innings,� he said. Second, neither team had its aces present. In Argentina’s case, its top two pitchers were unavailable for the tour. That meant the clubs were able to test some of their lesser pitching staff, staggering the workload over a few innings for each of them. Finally, Lynch said, technology is getting much better and balls tend to rocket off the bat quickly, and bats are not only several ounces lighter than the standard bats of a decade ago, they have better compression. That would explain some of the shots that were hit over the eight foot high fence, located 250 feet from home plate in the corners. It also might explain run-

ners failing to score from second base on hard hit singles to left field - with the ball reaching the field so quickly there was no chance to come around third and try for home. “The balls really fly out of the park,� Lynch said of the improved bats. He said the New Zealand players had nothing but praise for the refurbished ball park in Moorefield, with its fence moved back and its new lights now installed. There were a couple of balls dropped in the outfield near the fence on both sides, and Lynch said that was likely because neither club was familiar with the park, plus the warning track is currently inconsistent in its width, due to the fence being moved. Lynch said there will be some work done on that track in the fall after the seasons are over. There is no senior men’s team in Moorefield this year,

so that will not likely be an issue for the season. Lynch said Black Sox players were very complimentary of the setting. “When they came in, they were impressed,� he said. “They said it was a beautiful park to play in. They said we should have more events there.� Lynch agrees with that sentiment and said he will be working with a number of different groups to see more events at the park. The New Zealanders also performed The Haka, a Maori war dance, prior to the game. It is designed to intimidate the opposition, but while the crowd was entertained, Argentina players glared right back at them during the entire ceremony. Lynch said the financial picture of the event is still not yet clear, but there were between 400 and 500 fans and

he believes, “I think we’re close to [the goal of $3,000].� There were also food and refreshment booths, plus raffles for such things as a Muskoka chair and tickets for the Legends tournament that is part of the fundraising. Former catcher Bruce Whale, who is also Mayor of Mapleton, welcomed the crowd to Moorefield. Hetty Meulenbelt, a volunteer for minor ball in Moorefield for over 30 years, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Whale, which was called by honorary umpire Dennis Craven. Bat boys and girls and game bat keepers were provided by Drayton-Moorefield Minor Softball. They were Zack Newmaster, Brent Ellison, and Erica and Daphne Culp. Dozens of businesses and organizations were thanked in the event’s official program, which provided a list of all the players.

Mapleton council hears of possible in-filling in hamlet of Glen Allan by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Council here is considering selling some land in Glen Allan that would be used for a house lot and provide some in-filling. Public works director Larry Lynch told council in a report on June 12 that for some time staff has been dealing with requests for the purchase and development of a lot on Centre Street in the hamlet that runs beyond the short section of road that already exists there. There are already two homes on that street. Lynch said while the township has dealt with a number of requests over the years, Linwood developer and home

builder Steve Sebben has not only pursued the issue, but is also willing to work with the township to ensure a deal. Lynch said Sebben, the manager of BC Recreational Landscape Construction, has “considerable experience in road building, landscape development and drainage issues. “He has met with staff on numerous occasions and has gone to considerable expense to have engineered drawings prepared based on my site visits and engineering directions to him,� Lynch said in his report. He added Sebben has “followed up on issues of design as it would affect road drainage,

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impact on adjacent properties and potential for future works.� That included hiring an engineer to develop a road cross section, profile and drainage plan that would extend the undeveloped portion of Centre Street, as well as provide for an approved turn around for snow clearing and emergency vehicles. Lynch noted Glen Allan is growing. “As council knows, there has been considerable construction activity in Glen Allan in recent years. The community has seen a new bridge constructed over the river; a new access and upgrade to the adjacent community park;

Wellington County Road 45 was reconstructed in 2011 and municipal sidewalks reconstructed and extended throughout the village. “There are currently two new houses being constructed in close proximity to the proposed development, one directly off Centre Street and one around the corner on Wellington County Road 45.� Lynch concluded, “Should Mr. Sebben be given the go ahead on the proposal, he would be responsible for the full cost to reconstruct the Centre Street extension, including clearing, grubbing, road construction, storm piping, catch basins, retaining walls and landscap-

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ing, all as per municipal standards. There are significant tree removals but he will work with the township staff to facilitate these at no cost to the township.� Lynch also noted Sebben has been in regular communication with adjacent property owners about possible issues with his design. Lynch said at council the lot is an “awkward landlocked piece of property,� but an entrance is available. He noted Sebben has worked with the City of Kitchener and “knows road building. He’s really proposing to clean up a lot of drainage problems to get this lot developed.�

Lynch said Sebben plans to put in all proper piping, including double catch basins. “I think he’s doing a very good job with what he’s proposing,� Lynch said, but Sebben is unwilling to proceed much further until council gives its approval. Sebben told council he has an option “to back out of the deal if council doesn’t like what I’m doing.� He said he has talked to the neighbours and showed them the drainage plans for the area and they are pleased some problems will be solved, and they will end up with less water on their lands than they Continued on page 6

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What’s Happening @ the ball park thursday, june 28 Mixed Mites Game, Moorefield B, 6:45pm Ladies Fastball Hilltops vs. New Hamburg, Moorefield A, 8:45pm Friday, june 29 Men’s Slo-pitch, Drayton A, Moorefield A & B diamonds, 9:00pm sunday, july 1 Come celebrate Canada Day in Mapleton Start the day with breakfast in Moorefield at the Moorefield Hall, 7:00am-11:00am Alma Optimist Motorless Parade at the Wallace Cumming Park in Alma, 1:00pm Activities at the Drayton Fairgrounds, 2:00pm-9:00pm Fireworks, Drayton Fairgrounds, 9:30pm monday, july 2 - Men’s Slo-pitch at the Drayton Diamonds Bulls vs. Blues, Drayton A, 3:30pm Pirates vs. Brew Crew, Drayton B, 3:30pm Dirty Dawgs vs. Hurlers, Drayton A, 5:30pm Bulls vs. Nighthawks, Drayton A, 7:30pm tuesday, july 3 - Ladies Slo-pitch at Moorefield A & B Gators vs. Diamond Divas, Moorefield A, 7:30pm WOW vs. Titans, 9:00pm Panthers vs. Pink Ladies, Moorefield B, 7:30pm Country Air & Repair vs. Matadors, 9:00pm wednesday, july 4 - Squirt Girls Game, Drayton A, 6:45pm Ladies Slo-pitch, Moorefield B Spirits vs. Angels, 7:30pm & Edge vs. Red Sox, 9:00pm thursday, july 5 Mixed Mites Game, Moorefield B, 6:45pm Hilltops vs. Bentleys, Moorefield A, 8:45pm

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Construction activity took off in May by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Construction activity has been growing here - and it appears to have exploded in May. Chief building official David Kopp’s June 12 report showed the estimated value of construction this May was about double what it was in the same month in 2011. Kopp’s department issued 44 building permits this May with a total estimated construction value of $4.45 million. There were four new homes with an estimated value of $1.22 million, and another six additions and renovations to single family dwellings, for an estimated value of $604,000. There were another 11 acces-

Bronze medalists - The Palmerston Marlins Novice ladies softball team captured the bronze medal recently at the John Cross Memorial tournament in Cambridge. Front row are: Abby Schenk (Mount Forest) and Monica Rankin (Palmerston). Middle row from left: equipment manager Cory McEachern, Mikayla Clark (Arthur), Mariah Clark (Arthur), Ally Iles (Mount Forest) and Jenn McDonald (Drayton). Back: trainer Anna Billiald, Kayla McEachern (Palmerston), coach Terry McDonald, Kathryn Billiald (Arthur), Dallas Fischer (Tessewater), manager Joe Santaguida, Holly Jackson (Arthur), Courtney Santaguida (Orangeville), head coach Dave McEachern and Rebecca Witzel (Alma). submitted photo

Novice Marlins capture tournament bronze The Palmerston Marlins Novice ladies softball team headed to Cambridge on June 15 to 17 to play in the John Cross Memorial tournament. This division hosted 10 teams, divided into two pools of five, with Palmerston in the “A” pool along with teams from Halton, Cambridge, Dunnville and Guelph. The teams would have to play each other in round robin format to see who would advance to the semi-finals on Sunday (only the top two finishers from both pools would move on). First up for Palmerston on Friday night was Halton, a team the Marlins had never seen before. Not taking their opponents lightly, the Palmerston girls squeaked out a narrow 2-0 win. Saturday morning the

Marlin played the Guelph Gators. Everything seemed to go Guelph’s way and the Marlins did well just to stay in the game - eventually losing 7-1. Next the Marlins had to play against Cambridge. Apparently having figured out what went wrong against Guelph, the regrouped Marlins punished Cambridge for a 11-1 win. After a much-needed break before their last game of the day, Palmerston went up against Dunnville. Both teams’ energies were slowly fading but the Marlins seemed to feed off each others’ encouragement and got the job done, beating Dunnville 6-0 and securing the Marlins the 2nd seed in the ‘A’ pool. Fighting to see who went to the gold medal game,

the Marlins had to face the first seed in the ‘B’ pool: Mississauga. Having lost to Palmerston in a previous Waterloo tournament, Mississauga had revenge on their minds heading into the game. The Marlins went step for step with them for most of the game, but a few timely hits by Mississauga resulted in a 4-2 loss for Palmerston. With one more chance still left for a medal, the ladies played the loser of the other semi-final: Guelph. Having played Guelph already, the Marlins appeared to know what had to be done to win: great defence and lots of offence. The Marlins pulled off a 10-8 come-from-behind victory to take the bronze medal.

Pettapiece took concerns to legislature TORONTO - On June 6 Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece took some of his constituents’ concerns directly to the Ontario legislature. His statement included comments from people who filled out his survey, which was part of the newsletter he sent earlier this year to all constituents. Pettapiece said, “The response was very positive, especially on the survey that people sent back by mail and online. Here’s just a sample of what people are saying. “Kevin from St. Pauls writes, ‘We just want our governments to live within their means and pay the bills’.

Correction A letter to the editor from Jean Dobben on page two of last week’s Community News incorrectly stated there were over 40 people in attendance at the first “Dutch Day” event in 1969. It should have stated there were over 400 at the event. The Community News regrets the error.

“The most important issue to Joe from Listowel is, ‘Making sure that the province has a secure future’. “Rick from St. Marys is concerned about apprenticeship ratios. Roger from Stratford agrees. He also wrote that the cost of energy, taxes, CPP premiums, EI premiums, statutory holidays, insurance, fuel, accounting, legal, paperwork, maintenance and now mandatory Workplace Safety Insurance Board, are all too high.” Pettapiece added, “My constituent Darrel says, ‘Other countries are putting these wind turbine projects on hold but we are blindly going for-

ward’. “More than 77% of respondents agreed that our communities need a greater say over the placement of industrial wind turbines. Thinking of their personal economic circumstances, 38% of respondents are not confident in the future, and that’s very troubling. Over 60% believe that the provincial government is in general on the wrong track. “I am very pleased that so many of my constituents took time to respond with their ideas and concerns.” In total, Pettapiece received almost 200 responses from constituents from across PerthWellington.

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sory permits issued for single family dwellings, which equalled the total for the first four months of this year. The estimated May value of construction for that category was $170,000. The largest number of permits was for agricultural construction. There were 13 permits, bringing the year’s total to 56. That provided another $1.79 million worth of estimated construction value. To date this year, Mapleton has had an estimated $14.3 million in estimated construction value, which tops last year for the same period. In 2011

the first five months of the year had estimated construction value of $13.7 million. All that 2012 activity means the building department collected $33,274 in permit fees in May, bringing the year’s total permit fees to $119,130. In the first five months of 2011, the township collected $21,600 in permit fees in May, bringing that year’s first five months to $115,775 in permit fees. Councillors received the report, with one comment. Mayor Bruce Whale said, “We continue to have a fairly busy schedule in the building department.”

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A fond farewell

This is my final editorial for the Community News. I am retiring at the end of this week. Editor Dave Adsett told me Pat Raftis will be taking the reins in Mapleton Township, while also covering the Town of Minto for the Wellington Advertiser. I wish him well. My first encounter with Wellington County came in old Peel Township, nearly 20 years prior to the creation of Mapleton, for the Elmira Independent. I remember the editor suggesting I take along a good book as council worked its way through the issues of the day. Without a formal agenda, some of those meetings tended to wander off topic. But I also remember those councils, while less formal, had a community-mindedness that in many amalgamated municipalities has long since disappeared under the massive workload of today. I easily remember Reeve Howard Hamilton catching sight of a citizen in the office to pay taxes and inviting him to address council with his concerns. Those days, for good or ill, are mostly gone. When I was asked to cover Mapleton council, I was also told Mapleton was likely still the “most rural” municipality in Wellington County. I agree it is, and I believe that is a positive thing. On too many municipal councils in the county, there are too few farmers. I studied history and note the strongest civilizations, including Egypt, Greece, Rome and, today, the United States, all had a strong agrarian base in the years they rose to become world powers and dominate their age. Farmers have time to contemplate the state of the world in a way city folk, busy rushing from one issue or job to another, simply do not have. I also noted that all of those civilizations began their decline as people from the cities took on the role of government and power, and when urban issues began to outweigh agricultural ones. Not surprisingly, I see that same decline in Ontario today, and believe this province’s fall to have-not status is no accident as cities’ interests and concerns trump those of the countryside. Mapleton residents can be proud of their local government. It might move slowly and sometimes more carefully than some might wish, but I see it moving in the right directions. The only thing I would change about council is to have a woman or two in the council mix. There is a reason for all that reflection. I am leaving not only the Community News and Wellington Advertiser at the end of this week, but I am also leaving Wellington County - something that would have been unthinkable to me even a year ago. But life is what happens to us when we are busy making other plans, to paraphrase John Lennon. My wife Anna had been working in Toronto for nearly 17 years and conditions at her job were becoming intolerable. About 15 months ago she learned the company was moving in “new directions” and her career there was over. Some might think it odd, but we celebrated. I wanted her out of a city where stress was high and gun shots had been fired at high noon right outside her office. Anna spent several months diligently doing a job search, preparing for interviews and worrying she might not find anything. But, as I told her constantly, the right job would turn up. It did, with Union Gas in Chatham. The result is our family will be moving there sometime next month if the house closing goes well this Thursday. We have been frantically running back and forth to lawyers and dealing with real estate agents and financial people for the past two months. We found a home close to Anna’s job, and we love the property. Because Chatham is a depressed area, Anna suggested I simply retire. I might just do that, but I can still freelance from time to time to keep busy. Meanwhile, thanks to all the people who have supported me through the years, and thanks especially to those who responded to my commentary. I know some editorials were upsetting, and I thank the critics for thoughtful responses. David Meyer


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COME FOR AN EVENT OR STAY ALL DAY! TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON - WALLENSTEIN NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO CONSIDER AMENDMENTS TO THE WELLINGTON COUNTY OFFICIAL PLAN AND MAPLETON TOWNSHIP ZONING BY-LAW , NOTICE OF COMPLETE REZONING APPLICATION PURSUANT to Sections 17 & 34 of the Planning Act, the Township of Mapleton will hold a public meeting to receive input regarding proposed amendments to the Wellington County Official Plan and Mapleton Zoning By-law, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Township of Mapleton Municipal Offices, at 7275 Side Road 16. THE LAND SUBJECT to proposed Official Plan Amendment (File No OP-2012-02) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA2012-08) is located on Part of Lot 18, Concession 1, geographic Township of Peel, 6406 Yatton Sideroad, Wallenstein, Township of Mapleton. (See site location map below). THE PURPOSE of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is to redesignate an area of land from Policy Area PA4-7 to Hamlet. This would allow for proposed Residential and small scale Industrial development. Wellington County Official Plan Schedules A4-3 Wallenstein of the Township of Mapleton would be revised. THE PURPOSE of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone portions of the subject land to: Approximately 7 acres to Rural Industrial Exception (to only permit parking for trucks and employees of Wallenstein Feed Mill) Approximately 8.89 acres to Residential Exception (R1A) for four proposed residential lots (including existing dwelling on one of them) Approximately 14.76 acres will remain zoned Future Development. Zoning relief will possibly be required for some or all of the above, where zoning deficiencies may be present. IF A PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY DOES NOT make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Wellington before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the County of Wellington to the Ontario Municipal Board, and may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party. IF A PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY DOES NOT make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Mapleton to the Ontario Municipal Board, and may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. IF YOU WISH TO BE NOTIFIED of the adoption of the proposed official plan amendment, or of the refusal of a request to amend the official plan, you must make a written request to the Director, Planning and Development Department, County of Wellington, 74 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3T9, (519) 837-2600 Ext. 2080. If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Township of Mapleton in respect of the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to the Clerk of the Township of Mapleton. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION regarding the Wellington County Official Plan amendment can be obtained from the County of Wellington Planning and Development Department. Additional information regarding the Township of Mapleton Zoning By-law amendment is available at the Township of Mapleton.

In recognition of Canada Day, the Administrative Office will be closed Monday July 2, 2012 and reopening on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.

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Guiders gather - The 1st Drayton Girl Guides recently held their year-end advancement ceremony at Centennial Park in Drayton. Representatives from Girl Guides of Canada attended the ceremony. From left are: past Administrative Community Leader (ACL) Lilian Eaton, present ACL Tamara Colaizzi, 1st Drayton Guides Guider Sue Wideman, Mount Forest Guider Nancy Reaume, 1st Drayton Sparks Guider Candace Burnett, 1st Drayton Guides Guider Joan Burkitt, 1st Drayton Brownies Guider Marion Gray and 1st Drayton Brownies Guider Donna Metzger.

Celebration - At their year-end advancement ceremony the 1st Drayton Girl Guides were given awards and badges for completing another year of Girl Guides. Above the 1st Drayton Brownies perform their Brownie song in sign language. submitted photos

Summer safety on the water: Using lifejackets will save many lives Lifejackets have been saving lives for hundreds of years, with the first recorded history of use by Norwegian seamen who used simple blocks of wood. The forerunner of the modern lifejacket was invented by a Captain Ward of England. In 1854 he created a cork vest designed to be worn by lifeboat crews for weather protection and buoyancy. That early style of lifejacket can be seen in the movie the Titanic. It was a useful survival tool but eventually gave way to those made of Kapok. It was a softer alternative to cork, which was good news to navy seamen who often wore their lifejackets whenever aboard, including even when they were sleeping. No one suggests people wear a lifejacket sleeping aboard, but the message that the Canadian Safe Boating Council has been delivering for years is: Boat safe, boat smart – wear it” and “It’s your life

…. preserve it” are relevant for most other times aboard, especially in smaller open boats. The question is, why do people continue to ignore those messages, putting themselves, their loved ones and friends at risk? Interestingly, CSBC and Smart Risk’s research demonstrates that most people insist their children wear personal floatation devices (PFDs). However willingness to wear a PFD drops from 85 per cent for children under 5, to a low of 37% by the time they reach their teen years and continues to decline significantly after those teen years. What is the result of all this complacency and unwillingness to wear a PFD? Across Canada, 80% of recreational boaters who drown every year were not wearing a lifejacket or PFD. Most of those drownings occur in small open power boats, accounting for 60% of preventable deaths. A majority of victims were

many problems such as disorientation and rapid incapacitation, but the real shocker is found in the new research on sudden cold water immersion. Death from sudden cold water immersion happens very, very quickly. Research by Dr. Michael Tipton, a leading expert in cold water immersion, has shown that the “gasp reflex” from sudden immersion has led to more deaths than previously known. The reaction causes a sudden uncontrollable gasp, followed by one to three minutes of hyperventilation. The initial gasp can cause people to inhale up to two litres of water, causing drowning. That volume will cause an individual not wearing a PFD to sink and not re-appear. If the first gasp of water is not fatal, hyperventilation will lead to the rapid onset of severe hypothermia and death. So if the “gasp reflex” doesn’t get people initially, they still face the second effect

males between the ages of 19 and 35 out for a day of fishing. An average of 140 unnecessary drownings occur every year. Many boaters who drown believe they are good swimmers, so they feel having a PFD on board and within easy reach is good enough. But what good is a PFD stored under a seat or under the bow going to be when the unexpected happens? Most drownings happen unexpectedly when small boats capsize or someone falls overboard. The PFD left behind is not much use, especially in cold water. Speaking of cold water, in Canada, many boaters like to extend their boating season as long as they can when water temperatures particularly at the beginning and end of season can be very chilly. There are parts of the country where water temperatures remain cold all year around. Hypothermia is a condition most boaters have heard about, and it can lead to

Arnott asks government to reconsider equine moves TORONTO – WellingtonHalton Hills MPP Ted Arnott rose in the Ontario legislature for the equine industry recently. On May 31, Arnott called upon the provincial government to focus on the urgent priorities that really matter to Ontarians. “We have a jobs crisis in the province of Ontario. We have huge issues with respect to energy-and, of course, wind energy is a big issue in many ridings in the province of Ontario. We have the equine industry,” said Arnott. On May 29, he and PerthWellington MPP Randy Pettapiece attended a meeting hosted by Wellington County Warden Chris White to discuss the Dalton McGuinty government’s decision to end the slots at racetracks program. Arnott said, “I had the opportunity ... to attend a big

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of cold water immersion, cold incapacitation. In cold water people’s extremities will numb quickly, progressing to make it more difficult to swim and eventually, for those who are not wearing a lifejacket, swim failure and drowning is imminent. The third effect of cold water immersion is hypothermia and it can occur in water as warm as 20 degrees. With all that information, the message should be clear. Having a lifejacket on before ending up in the water will greatly increase someone’s chances of survival. So why don’t people use them? Some of the common reasons for not wearing a lifejacket are “they’re uncomfortable” and “they look stupid.” Those reasons just don’t fly anymore. Things have changed and there is a new generation of lifejackets available. Whether they are specialized lifejackets for specific on water activities or the new inflatable lifejackets, they are much more comfortable than the old standard ones and certainly put those old objections to rest. There are many new, improved (and approved by Transport Canada) lifejackets and all are all designed to be lightweight and comfortable. There is a wide range of

styles and colours and all are designed for the type of boating people do and the conditions they face. Whether it be paddling, sailing, fishing, water sports or riding personal water craft, there is a lifejacket suited for it. The new face on the waterfront are the inflatables; the most comfortable, lightweight lifejackets people can buy and they are available in vest or pouch styles. Inflatable jackets come standard with manual inflation, but a few models are available with automatic inflation, which instantly inflates the lifejacket when people hit the water. To meet Canadian small vessel regulations, inflatable lifejackets must be worn at all times when aboard and underway, and may not be worn by a person under the age of 16, or someone weighing less than 36.3 kilograms. When choosing a lifejacket follow some simple guidelines. Choose one suitable for the activity involved and check the label to make sure that it is Canadian approved and is of the correct size. Finally, make sure it fits snugly. The Canadian Safe Boating Council reminds everyone, “If you don’t wear it, it won’t work.”



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By Ken Thompson, Funeral Director, Heritage Funeral Home, Drayton

Waiting can be hard Have you ever been waiting for someone to arrive at your house and as the time passes you become anxious and your heart rate begins to increase? You are not sure why but you go to the window several times to look for their car to pull into the driveway. Finally they arrive and all is fine, but you wonder, why was I so worried about them; they arrived safely and had simply experienced more than the usual traffic.

The feelings that caused your heart to race is a form of anticipatory grief. It may seem that we are not grieving, but it is a form of grief because you had begun to wonder if there was an accident and maybe someone got hurt on their way to your house. Most parents have had this type of feeling if children are late coming home, even if it is from a friend’s house just around the corner. This form of anticipatory grief was diagnosed during the First and Second World Wars. As loved ones were sent overseas the families left behind

began to feel a great loss as there was a strong possibility they may never see their loved one ever again. Sometimes when soldiers returned from the war (if they were injured and/or after the wars were over) they felt detached from their families partially because of the traumatic experiences of the war, but also because their family had already grieved a loss all the time they were apart and when their loved one returned some years later, life was different again. There were a lot of stories to be told and worked through by both parties before the previ-

ous relationship could get back on track again. War experiences may not affect you or your immediate family. But has anyone in your family ever been diagnosed with a life threatening illness? They may have a tumor removed that needs to have further testing to determine if it is life threatening or not. The first thing that goes though your mind is they could have a long road of treatment ahead. You begin to look at things differently and you haven’t even received any results on the severity of the disease. After results come back and

RWTO group learns ‘laughter yoga’ at meeting PALMERSTON - Reduce stress, boost the immune system, stimulate the digestive system, increase awareness and have a greater enjoyment of living. These are only a few of the alleged benefits of a new and growing health craze sweeping the nation. Members of the Palmerston Branch of Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) got to experience “laughter yoga” first hand from guest speaker Dave Vervoort at their June 1 meeting. Vervoort put the ladies through a series of movements and breathing exercises designed to stimulate laughter

and cultivate a spirit of joy. Laughter yoga was developed about 20 years ago by Dr. Madan Katari in India, who wanted to find an alternative way of treating patients suffering from illness related to stress. There are now more than 6,000 social laughter clubs around the world. Donna McFarlane introduced Vervoort, who works for the Family Health Network in Mount Forest and is responsible for many outreach opportunities in the area such as working with isolated seniors and organizing the committee for HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Promoting

Empowerment) group, which has helped bring awareness to mental health issues. Vice President Oriole Blyth, along with Marya Pinder providing musical accompaniment, conducted a memorial service for three members who passed away over the last two years. Marie Spieran placed a rose in memory of her friend Ethel Whitfield who passed away in 2010 at the age of 99. In 2011 Edna Walker passed away at the age of 95. She was remembered with a rose and a few words by Betty Tarc. Shirley McKay had the honour of placing a rose and speaking fondly of her friend Iris Gray,

who passed away this year at the age of 96. Oriole read two poems and a minute of silence was observed. President Kathy Brown announced Lynn Hodgins and McFarlane will be taking over the membership position from Tarc and Shirley Jackson, who have held the position for many years. Brown thanked them for their hard work over the years. Eight members travelled to Sault Ste. Marie for the annual convention June 5 to 7. Brown closed the meeting by wishing everyone a great summer. The next meeting will be at Pike Lake on Sept. 4. submitted by Joan Woods

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have to maintain the road. Sebben said that would be the township’s job, and that is why he is providing engineering drawings. Mayor Bruce Whale said that is normal practice. Chief administrative officer Patty Sinnamon agreed and said it is no different than opening a public street. Lynch said currently there is only an unopened road allowance to the proposed lot. He added there is the potential for other lots behind the property Sebben is interested

in buying. Curry said the road would have to be built to township standards and Lynch said that is what Sebben is proposing to do. Whale agreed, and noted when the township signs off that the road is to standard, the township would take it over. Council then endorsed the proposal in principle, subject to Sebben entering into a municipal engineering agreement, and directed staff to prepare an appropriate development agreement for consideration.

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if they are not looking like there is going to be a promising outcome, you may start to feel like you have lost your loved one. They may not be able to do the things they always did with you or the rest of your family. You may even notice this with parents that are still healthy but are suffering from the aging factor. Once a family member has progressed to a certain stage where they are no longer able to take care of themselves, the hope that you may have once had for recovery may start to dwindle. It is at this time you may begin to start to mourn the loss that you are going to be suffering in the near future. Sometimes thoughts and feelings come into your head over which you seem to have no control. You may become more emotional than you regularly are and you may even seem distant to loved ones,

even the ones that are sick. In talking with families that have lost loved ones who were sick for a long time, they still say that no matter how prepared they thought they were, and although they may have experienced anticipatory grief before they had lost their loved one, they didn’t really feel the full loss until their loved one had passed away. There is no real proven way to prepare yourself for the loss of a loved one. You can anticipate that it will happen and that it will be a large loss for your family, but until it actually happens you may not be able to fully prepare yourself. If you have any questions about anticipatory grief or any other questions please feel free to call Ken Thompson, Mary Thompson or Vic Roberts of Heritage Funeral Homes Inc. at 519-638-3072.

Annual Vacation Bible School runs July 9 to 13 With all this sunny weather, thoughts are turning to summer vacation. This is a time for the kids to relax and enjoy some “down time” at home. But as many people know, after kids are home for two days, parents will surely hear “I’m bored”. Well, Drayton Vacation Bible School (VBS) is available once again to help. Local churches have combined their efforts to organize Sky VBS “Where everything is possible with God.” VBS will run July 9 to 13 at the Drayton Reformed Church (74 Wellington St.), and is offered to children who have completed JK to those who have completed grade 5. Mornings will begin at 9am with singing and announcements, and then children (in groups of 10) will travel to four different activities before returning to the sanctuary for more singing and skits. Each day the children will be offered a snack at the Skydive Diner, learn a new Bible story at Wild Blue Bible Adventures, have fun with their friends at All-Star Games and make a craft they can keep at the Imagination Station. Along the way, they’ll meet fun characters like Orville the flying pig, Apollo the caterpillar and Pat the bat. Each day they will learn a Bible point, such as, “No matter what people do ... trust God” - and this point will be reinforced with a Bible story, Bible verse and crafts and games. VBS is offered free - thanks to the generosity of the local churches - and organizers say it is an example of how the community of Drayton can

work together for the benefit of local children and, in fact, children around the world. Each year, Drayton VBS partners with a local charity to raise funds/items and awareness for those in need. This year’s theme of “Sky” gets kids thinking about clouds, kites, balloons, airplanes and flying insects. One flying insect everyone knows about is the pesky mosquito. In Africa (and around the world), mosquitoes can infect children with malaria, a disease which kills more than 2,000 children every day. Sky VBS will partner with World Vision to buy mosquito nets for children in Mali, Africa. Every $6 buys one mosquito net, which can protect two or more sleeping children from dangerous mosquito bites. Each specially-treated net can last up to four years. Children at VBS can bring their small change and help kids around the world. On July 13 at 11am, the community is invited to come to the church for the VBS closing program. This is a time for the children to show parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends what they have learned during the week of VBS. To register children, visit ez/drayton, or pick up a registration form at the Drayton library or at one of the local churches. For those unable to attend VBS but wanting to donate items for the kitchen, or money for mosquito nets, drop items off at the Reformed Church or email Teresa Rumph for other arrangements (

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PAGE EIGHT The Community News, Friday, June 29, 2012

Annual Starlight Gala raises almost $199,000 for hospital foundation

Entertainment - Guests at the recent Starlight Gala in Harriston benefitting the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation were treated to dinner music and live entertainment - featuring “A Tribute to Elton John” - following the program for the evening. photos submitted by Dale Franklin

Fun times - Dr. Tanya Norman and Greg Vader seemed to enjoy the evening.

Good food - Longtime gala supporters Earl and Theresa Campbell, and Jean Campbell, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres upon their arrival.

Auction items - The silent auction area was filled with treasures for bidding.

Bidding war? - The silent auction is always a popular feature (and fundraiser) at the gala.

Emcees - Masters of Ceremonies Scott Pettigrew and Phil Main, both from CKNX in Wingham, are strong supporters of rural hospitals in mid-western Ontario.

Thank you !!!

The Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation and the 2012 Gala Committee would like to thank all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers and supporters of this year’s Starlight Gala. With your commitment to keeping

“quality care close to home”, we were able to raise an amazing total of

almost $199,000 !!!

The communities of Mapleton, Minto and surrounding areas are amazingly supportive of the Palmerston & District Hospital and have made the 2012 Starlight Gala a phenomenal success!

Thank you ! Lisa Leslie & Jackie Ziegler Gala Co-Chairs Heather Bults Foundation Chair

Leadership team - The 2012 Gala Leadership Team took time out to pose during another successful Starlight Gala benefitting the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation. Revenues are in excess of $190,000 for the evening, which was themed “Ebony & Ivory” and held in Harriston. Proceeds will go directly to equipment purchases for the hospital. Front, from left, are: Jackie Ziegler and Josie McLaughlin. Back: Rick Gibbings, Dave Huntley, Sue Bridge, Barb Huntley, Luanne Ward, Mary MacDonald, Dan Hill, Lisa Leslie, Dale Franklin, Tracy Hill, Nancy McIsaac, Yvonne Schieck and Shirley Ann Litt.

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