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Community News Volume 45 Issue 33

Drayton, Ontario

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Fine time at 156th annual Drayton Fair by Patrick Raftis DRAYTON - Fairgoers came out for a fine time in Drayton on the weekend, enjoying a great array of events despite a wet weekend. “All things considered, I think we did very well,” said Brad Schieck, president of the Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society. While the rain washed out the truck pull planned for Friday night and a lawn tractor pull on Saturday, most of the events, including all the livestock shows, went off as planned and were well attended, said Schieck. “The exhibits did really

well,” drawing good crowds all weekend, he noted. A rain delay Saturday night backed the tractor pull up by about an hour and a half and a problem with the pull boat created another half-hour delay, causing the event to wrap up around 3am. Schieck said the pullers enjoyed the event, despite the long day. “Especially the King of the Pull guys, because they’re pretty well all local.” Sunday’s demolition derby drew as well as in past years, filling the stands with about 1,200 people, Schieck estimated.

Officials: Food bank shelves looking bare Getting ready - Getting their calves ready for the 4-H Holstein Show at the Drayton Fair on Saturday were, from left: Nick Poole, Landon Smith and Connor Nafziger. More Drayton Fair coverage on pages 4, 5 and 8. photo by Patrick Raftis

Township unveils recreation master plan by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON TWP. - A proposed master plan for recreation in the township was unveiled to the public at an open house at the municipal council chambers on Aug. 8. Public works director Larry Lynch said the turnout at the meeting showed plenty of interest in the plan. “There were 10 or 12 people lined up here when we opened the door,” he said, with more citizens arriving through the hour-long, drop-in-style meeting. Among the first to arrive were a group of young people, who quizzed Lynch on why the idea of a skateboard park wasn’t given higher priority in the plan.

Lynch noted that while a skateboard facility was mentioned in surveys conducted in local schools, it didn’t come up often enough to appear “a big priority.” However, he said, “We will certainly look at it.” Five key concerns surfaced through citizen input to the plan: - poor playground conditions; - the need for upgraded washrooms at recreation facilities; - accessibility and safety issues at most recreational facilities; - the need to fine tune service delivery and organization; and - better signage and emer-

gency addressing. The plan also provides a wish list of three key items: upgrading and expanding existing trails, playground upgrades and development of a splash pad, and development of youth programming. Lynch said public input revealed an understanding of the need to rejuvenate local parks and playgrounds. While the community has a substantial number of parks and playgrounds, “some of them are looking a little tired right now,” he said. “We need to upgrade so we have things in place, and to allow us to deliver a lot more programs.” The master plan has been under development since November, 2011, when the

township hired Stempski Kelly and Associates for $15,000 to lead the study. The plan presented Aug. 8 emphasizes recommendations in eight main areas. Under Accessibility and Safety, the plan recommends washroom upgrades at the Moorefield ball park and Drayton fair grounds, as well as an access ramp for the Maryborough Community Centre. Fire code and emergency addressing issues in the township also need to be addressed, the report indicates. Also recommended in the plan is an audit of all remaining playgrounds in the municipality, a redesign of play areas and replacement of “at risk” Continued on page 5

by Kris Svela and Chris Daponte WELLINGTON CTY. - At a time when many locals are planning or taking a vacation, others are struggling just to put food on the table. The less fortunate seem to be increasing in numbers, as food banks across Wellington County are reporting bare shelves. “That’s certainly the case in Mapleton,” said Drayton Food Bank coordinator Mark Grasman. He noted the shelves are usually bare during the summer months due to residents taking holidays, but this summer seems to be worse than others. “We’re lower than normal,” Grasman said. “We’re surviving, but hopefully the food will start coming in soon.” He explained the food shortage is worrisome during the summer - but even more so as September approaches

and demand goes way up once school starts. Demand increases further still as colder weather sets in and a larger portion of household incomes is eaten up by utility costs. Yet the demand later in the year is often offset by a “rush” in donations around Thanksgiving and again around Christmas, when people feel more generous, Grasman told the Community News. He said the food bank, which is run out of the Drayton Reformed Church, is luckier than some, as it does have a bit of cash to help purchase a few more groceries - but there is still a need for more donations from the community. “We’re working with our community partners to try and get our stock up,” Grasman said. He is hopeful the proceeds from an outdoor movie night in Drayton on Aug. 31 will help Continued on page 6

Wet weather can’t derail 100th anniversary of pedestrian bridge by Patrick Raftis PALMERSTON - This community didn’t let a little rain dampen enthusiasm for its rich railway history. While the weather forced the cancellation of planned celebrity handcar races and a jigger demonstration, some other events simply moved inside and the party continued in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Palmerston Pedestrian Bridge. The event kicked off Friday night, with the muchanticipated unveiling of two Main Street murals. Artist Bert DeGraaf, of Tiverton, created

the railroad-themed murals, which now adorn the walls of the Palmerston CNRA building and Rock’s Antiques. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything with trains, so it was quite a challenge for me to be able to do it,” said DeGraaf. He took over the project at the request of artist Allen Hilgendorf, who created an existing mural in Palmerston’s downtown and was commissioned to do the new ones as well, but is battling cancer and was unable to complete the work. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Alan,” Minto busi-

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ness and economic manager Belinda Wick-Graham said at the unveiling. Minto Mayor George Bridge stated, “It’s been a great endeavour by a lot of people to get the 100th anniversary of the Palmerston Pedestrian Bridge organized.” Bridge used the occasion to commend the Palmerston Lions Club and the downtown revitalization committee for recent improvements to the community. “We’re starting to see some really positive things happening in Palmerston with the downtown,” said Bridge.

Former Minto councillor Wayne Martin, a member of the local parks and recreation committee, said, “A big part of the community, for me, is the railway and the people connected with it.” Wick-Graham noted funding for the murals came from several sources, including the federal Department of Canadian Heritage, the Palmerston lawn bowlers and the downtown revitalization committee. Dave Rock, owner of Rock’s Antiques, said coming from a family with six members who provided a total of

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110 years of service to the CNR, he was honoured to have the mural placed on the wall of his store. “This mural represents a lot of the motive power that worked up in this area,” he said. One of the marquis events of the celebration, a dinner on the pedestrian rail bridge, had to be moved to the Lions Park pavilion due to weather. The pedestrian bridge is the most visible symbol of the town’s railway heritage. “In 1910 the Grand Trunk Railway Company was ordered by the Railroad Commissioners


of Canada to build a pedestrian bridge across the rail yard to join both sides of the town,” a history on the website states. “It was opened in August 1912, and allowed west-side school children to safely cross the rail yard’s 12 sets of track to reach their school on the east.” The bridge is the only one of its kind in Ontario. The town designated the bridge as being of architectural and historical value in 2010.

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co-learning experiences while developing a firm, fundamental understanding of music. A unique aspect of MYC is the parent learns along with the child because they are so involved. In fact, Ms. Tanis credits the success of the program to the parents of her stuers state it was a great success. dents. Participants really enjoyed “I am the teacher oncethisa celebratory and week; they atmosphere, are the at-home the results followed. For the ‘coach’ several days a week,” 2011said. Run, Drayton was the she second highestgoal per capita fundAn initial for each of raiserTanis’ for the Terry Fox in Ms. students is to Run develOntario. More families having op the happy habit of practicfun bodes well for the future ing. She encourages her stuof the community event. Even dents to practice by giving a though the numbers were down special “super duper” sticker from the year before, the funds each week. per participant almost doubled. “Practicing does not need to Hoping to build on that sucbe long; 10 to 15 minutes a day cess, the Drayton Terry Fox to start,” she said. Committee took Randy up on Ms. Tanis’ creativity shines his idea right away. In addition through by offering several to himself, he has rounded up extra practice incentives some great local talent, like throughout the year to ensure students attain their musical goals. Once students have collected enough stickers on their “happy practice thermometers,” they have a party. This year, to celebrate the 2010 Olympics, students earned

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Main Street murals - Two railway-themed murals on downtown buildings, including this one on the wall of Rock’s Antiques, were unveiled at the kickoff for the Palmerston Pedestrian Bridge 100th anniversary celebration in Palmerston on Aug. 10. From left: Teresa DeGraaf, Bert DeGraaf (artist), Wayne Martin (with granddaughters Ally and Clara), Alan Nicholson (former railway employee), Dave Rock, Connie Robinson, Mayor George Bridge and councillor Ron Elliott. photos by Patrick Raftis

CNRA mural - This mural on the CNRA building was also unveiled at the kickoff to the pedestrian bridge celebrations in Palmerston. From left: Bert DeGraaf, Minto councillor Ron Elliott, Mayor George Bridge, Bill Tout, Andy Schuitema, Ron Weber, Wayne Martin, Ally Martin, Clara Martin, John Brinks.

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Going the extra mile tougher in the mud Any community event requires a massive commitment of hours and effort from a pool of dedicated volunteers. Local fairs and community celebrations don’t just happen; they are forged from the labours of numerous caring and industrious individuals. Careful planning can eliminate many of the potential problems that can hamper a festival and spoil the fun, but there’s usually not much organizers can do when Mother Nature intervenes. Storm clouds threatened to wash out two much-anticipated local events this weekend. Both the Drayton Fair and the Palmerston Pedestrian Bridge 100th anniversary celebrations were set to go when hard rains set in on Friday afternoon and looked ready to stay for the weekend. While a few of the planned activities at both events had to be cancelled, organizers in both communities stayed on the job and made sure those attending had a full agenda to take part in. In Palmerston, they switched to plan B and moved musical events planned for the Lions Park into either the community centre or the Norgan Theatre, where patrons could enjoy them in comfort. Town of Minto staff quickly disbursed information about the schedule changes via their website, Twitter and whatever means were available in order to make sure fun-seekers got to the venues. In Drayton, volunteers at the Saturday night tractor pull battled through a 90-minute rain delay and some technical difficulties, which kept them on the job until the wee hours of the morning, in order to give participants and spectators full value. There were, no doubt, many more examples of volunteers going an extra mile or two at these events and others on a busy weekend across the region. They deserve full appreciation from those of us who were able to enjoy our weekends a little more, thanks to their efforts. Patrick Raftis

Food for thought An important part of what makes any community an attractive place to live, is the willingness of its residents to volunteer to help pull off community events like the Drayton Fair and the Palmerston bridge celebrations. But perhaps more important, is the willingness of those same residents to help out not only during the good times, but also when times are tough and neighbours need a helping hand. Communities across Wellington County, in particular Mapleton and Minto, are renowned for their ability to rally around those in need, whether it be after the death of a loved one or in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Often overlooked are the day-to-day struggles of those living close to us, many of whom are too proud or private (or both) to ask for help. Included in that group are those who take advantage of local food banks to help feed their families during tough times. Those familiar with the situation will tell you that food bank clients, while often stigmatized on the basis of their need for the service, are (almost universally) among the most grateful people one could ever meet. Most don’t want to have to use the food bank, but are sadly left with little choice. Many have come to depend on a food bank just to get by. That is why news that food banks across the county are experiencing a food shortage should be cause for concern. It is our hope that locals will answer the call for increased donations to help out their neighbours. If history has taught us anything, residents will surely respond with empathy, generosity and enthusiasm. Chris Daponte

Healthy Harvest - The wide array of tempting entries in the various produce competitions at the 156th Drayton Fair last weekend illustrates the bounty of the local harvest. By contrast, local food bank’s are reporting their shelves are bare, with donations at a lower level than the typical summer slowdown. The Drayton Food Bank is in particular need of school snacks, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, spaghetti, soup, rice and pasta. photo by Patrick Raftis

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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society A recent news release about the Underground Railway Music Festival prompted me to seek more information about Black Settlers in our Township. Peel Township was surveyed in 1843 by Robert Kerr. In his field notes, he noted the names of any settlers already on the land, the lot and concession and remarks about the area of land cleared and any buildings that had been erected. Appendix A, in Portraits of Peel, 1999, is a list of 30 black settlers transcribed from Mr. Kerr’s field notes. These black settlers were on land in the southeastern section of Peel, Concessions 1, 2, 3 and 4, Lots 11 to 22, the area from Wallenstein to Glen Allan and around Yatton - except for three on land near Comnock by

Highway 6. Most had been slaves and had escaped via the underground railway. They all had some land cleared and most had some crops planted that summer (1843), which would indicate they had been living here for perhaps several years. A document entitled Elora Applications, Applications for Land, Peel Township, 1845 lists about 380 applicants. Fifty seven of them were blacks, which was noted with a “B” by their name. This document records the settler’s name, lot and concession of the land, the date of entry (which we understand to mean when they settled on the land), remarks about land cleared, buildings, payment dates. My dad had copies of all

the land transactions for the south half of Lot 1, Concession 13, Peel, from the Crown deed to the time of his purchase in 1936. These documents reveal many mortgages and, in several cases, the owner forfeited their land because they were unable to make the mortgage payments. This led me to wonder how many of the original applicants were actually able to meet the requirements (land cleared, buildings erected and cash payments) to receive the deed to their land. I chose to search for information to 1865. Of the 57 black applicants only one received the crown deed in that 20-year period: Mark Harris for the western half of Lot 15, Concession 2. Of the other 323 settlers

(who we assume were of European and British decent), only 46 had received their crown deed to 1865. Some of them may have had the monetary means to meet the requirements when they came to Peel. For example, I found my great, great grandfather, Peter Cunningham, listed as an applicant for the eastern half of Lot 18, Concession 12. He had first settled in the Guelph area. While he made an application in 1845, it is noted that he would occupy the land in January of 1846. I know he received the crown deed for that land in 1856. No doubt it was a struggle for all the settlers as they laboured to clear their land, build housing and find ways of accumulating enough cash to purchase their land.

Township unveils recreation master plan FROM PAGE ONE play structures at the Moorefield Ball Park, Kinsmen Playground and Rothsay Optimist Park. Creation of a splash pad at Centennial Park is also recommended. Expanded and improved trails were identified as “a number one priority” in the plan, which notes trails “continue to be a top trend in recreational facility development.” Proposed projects in this area include development of a township-wide trails implementation plan and a way finding and signage plan. Maintenance projects identified in the plan include roof replacements at the PMD Arena and Marybourgh Community Centre, as well as a building retrofit and new entrance sign at the Maryborough facility. Scoreboard repair at the Moorefield Ball Park is also on the project list. The plan notes that increased programing and proposed management and marketing initiatives will require “designated staff assume new responsibilities.” A job description review and provision of training for staff to implement regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is also listed under staffing issues. The plan also recommends development of a volunteer program and of an arts and culture advisory committee. Programming priorities would see increased emphasis on recreational and leisure programming for youth and seniors to “engage the community and encourage local

participation.” Projects in this area include development of a summer youth camp and March Break camp programs. A public arts program would be developed through the proposed advisory committee. The township will also explore new avenues of communication “to keep current with advancing technology.” Projects in this area would include expansion of the municipality’s website and development of a leisure guide. The plan recommends accruing additional revenue through “advertising and partnerships” to assist the township in controlling fees. Recommended actions include the appointment of a grant application writer and appointing staff to address “marketing and funding opportunities.” Promotion of advertising in the arena, leisure guide and on the municipality’s website are recommended in the report. In addition to a community survey, the plan was developed through interviews with numerous stakeholder groups, including sports organizations, service groups, youth groups, community groups, arts and culture organizations, area schools and municipal staff. The plan was scheduled for presentation to Mapleton council at its Aug. 14 meeting, the results of which were not known by press time. Lynch says the public open house “closed the loop with the community. “Now we’ll ask council to approve the report and begin a program of implementation.”

Locals rack up points in ‘King of the Pull’ series Local participants have made a good showing in the EkotuningCom King of the Pull Competition so far. Top pullers after the Drayton Fair competition on Aug. 12 were as follows. 22,000-pound Class Leon Altena, Arthur, 20 points; Arnold Bouwman, Guelph, 19; Duane Metzger, Maxwell, 18; Roger McAlister, Arthur; 17; Dennis Glesson, Moorefield, 16.

32,000-pound Class. John Driscoll, Moorefield, 20 points; Larry Schill, Alma, 19; Michelle Ray, D r a y t o n , 18; Brandon Bults, Alma, 17; Joe Kieswetter, Alma, 16; Matt Ottens Moorefield, 15. Drayton is the first leg of the King of the Pull series, which continues with upcoming pulls at the Grand River Raceway and Fergus Fair later in the season.

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As we look at the prosperous township farms today it is hard to picture them covered in dense forest that had to be hewn before crops could be planted and buildings erected. The Mapleton Historical Society is sponsoring a free Black Historical Driving Tour of the area in the southern sec-

tion Mapleton. Places of interest are the location of cemeteries, schools and churches. Pamphlets with location descriptions and a map will be available at the Underground Railroad Musical Festival at Centennial Park in Drayton on Aug. 18. submitted by Jean Campbell

Society hosts driving tour The Mapleton Historical Society will be hosting a free Black Historical Driving Tour of the area in the southern section Mapleton leading up to the Underground Musical Festival being held Aug. 18. Places of interest on the tour will include the location of cemeteries, schools, and churches en route from Glen Allan, to Yatton and Wallenstein. Ten points of interest will be highlighted on the tour. Interested participants should meet at the Drayton Centennial Park at

9am and the tour is expected to run till 2pm. Pamphlets with locations, descriptions and a map will be available at the Underground Musical Festival but will also be made available at the Wellington County Drayton Library or at the New Convent Mennonite Church in Glen Allan, for anyone wishing to take a self guided tour at another time. For more information and/or a pamphlet contact Jean Campbell at 519638-3257 or Marilyn Cherrey at 519-698-2696

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suffering. These folks usually found a much greater measure of healing and peace in their new homeland. So how are you writing your story? Listen to yourself when you talk to others about your work or business, when you talk about the government and politicians, when you talk about your income or your retirement savings, when you talk about the state of the world, when you talk about your family. Is yours a story of misfortune and woe? Of adventure and opportunity? Of persecution and oppression? Of healing and hope? Of whine and want? Of gift and gratitude? Every life has its share of suffering and deprivation, and the stories of these need to be

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tive this is one reason the Bible is so important to us. The Bible tells the multi-thousand years story of people who have heard the voice of God and sought to love and follow Him. Just like we are each a part of the story of our respective family trees, those of us who are Christian are part of this long history of ordinary folks seeking to be the faithful people of God in the world. And just like knowing stories of our familial ancestors helps us to understand what kind of people our family has, so knowing the stories of scripture are absolutely essential in making it possible for Christians to understand what kind of folks God-people are. So what’s your story? What are you stickin’ to?

FROM PAGE ONE re-stock the shelves of the food bank. For anyone looking to donate food items, the food bank is looking particularly for school snacks, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, spaghetti, soup, rice and pasta. The story is similar in other parts of the county. “We’re low,” said Marilyn Theurer secretary of the food bank in Arthur, which serves about 120 people each month. Like Drayton, the Arthur facility is using donated money to top up its food supply. In Arthur the food bank is looking for canned vegetables and fruits, juices, fruit cups, pasta sauces,cake mixes and icing. “As we’re getting down to the time when kids are going back to school we need juices boxes and pudding,” said Theurer. muscle tension

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told. But to let these stories become the story is to accept victimhood and allow hopesquelching bitterness and grief to define our living. On the other hand, it is possible to recognize and lay claim to the manifestations of healing and hope in our lives, and write the stories of our lives as tales of abundant gift and profound gratitude. Not hard to see how choosing this perspective will make a huge difference. One last angle on this story thing: just as we have a profound need to make sense and meaning of our lives, we also have a need to find our place within the story of a larger community of people - our families, our churches, our community, our country. From a Christian perspec-

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That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it There is an old country song by Collin Raye with a rollicking chorus that goes “Well that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.” It’s a silly song about a husband cooking up stories to explain to his wife why he has come home way too late. As a pastor I would be in big trouble if I encouraged such yarn spinning. However, there’s something about the line that grabs my attention. Years ago I read a sermon in which the preacher said people have a natural need to make sense and meaning of their lives and most of us do so by organizing the events of our lives into a narrative or story. Like any author, we make connections and identify causes and effects. A typical story in our neck of the woods might

I grew up in an immigrant community that had escaped communism in Russia. I remember as a kid hearing some of the older men tell bitter stories of deprivation, suffering and murder. It was years later but the anger and bitterness were palpable. These men had chosen to write the story of their lives by focussing on the suffering that had been poured out upon them. Even in the safety, peace and prosperity of Canada they could not let go of the pain and anger, and as a result their lives were often quite bitter. But there were others who made the choice to focus not on what the Communists had done to them, but to tell the story of how God had been present to them in the midst of the


go this way: “It was after the war and life in Holland was very hard, so my parents with three of us little ones left family and familiar surroundings to come to Canada to make a new life ...” Actually a most interesting way for people in a small group to get to know one another better (and for an individual to get to know him/herself better) is to take turns having each member of the group tell their life story in 45 minutes. In that sermon the preacher went on to say that our lives do not write their own “story”, that we choose the perspectives and story lines that will bring sense and meaning to the various events and experiences of our lives. And most importantly he said the choices we make in understanding and telling our story will greatly affect how much joy, peace and happiness we will experience in our life kind of that old “glass half full or half empty” thing.

East Wellington Community Services, which operated food banks in Rockwood and Erin, has also issued a call for increased donations. “The shelves of the food bank are very low but the use of this service is still required by many in our community,” said Erika Westcott manager of client and volunteer services with EWCS. Marg Rapp, who coordinates the food bank in Mount Forest, said there is a shortage of food there as well. “Our shelves are a little bit low,” she said. That food bank has also had to dip into its financial account to purchase additional food for its 100 clients. “The (food) donations have not been coming in as they have in the past,” said Rapp. What is needed most, she said, is peanut butter, soups and fresh or canned vegetables. Bev May, who operates the Harriston Food Bank, said she is managing to assist the 14 clients in her community, but food donations are always needed. In Minto, food banks operate in Harriston, Palmerston and Clifford. In Fergus, manager Fred Aleksandrowicz said the Centre Wellington Food Bank is looking for donations of canned tuna, juice, cereal, peanut butter, granola bars for children and toiletries.

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Good times and great shows at 156th Drayton Fair Aug. 10 to 12

Ready to show - Deanna, left, and Mikayla Ringelberg prepare their calf for the 4-H Dairy Show at the Drayton Fair last Saturday. photos by Patrick Raftis

Goat show - Woudy Onrust of the Palmerston area brought her goat herd to the Drayton Fair.

Taking a spin - Sewing and Spinning Traditions was the theme of the 156th annual Drayton Fair. Rueben Poot, of Brothers Bond Alpacas of the Palmerston area, demonstrated spinning, using alpaca fleece, at the event.

Easy rider - Trent Chambers, 4, of Fergus, cruises on a midway ride at the Drayton Fair.

Family time - Whitney Klaassen, centre, who now lives in Winnipeg, was home to take in the fair with her grandparents, Sieny and Jerry Klaassen of Drayton.

Demolished - The stands were packed and there was plenty of action at Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demolition derby.

Heavy horses - Larry Reinhart Jr. and Kim Foerster of Mildmay drove their team in the heavy horse show on Aug. 11.

Got his goat - Greg Elchuk of Markdale was at the Drayton Fair, helping Lynn Lightbody of Priceville handle her goat herd.

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