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Friday, September 7, 2012

Jumping for dollars - Final tallies are in for the recent jump-a-thon to raise funds for pools in Minto. Participants in the Palmerston pool event, pictured, raised $3,081, while $1,889 was raised at a jump-a-thon in Harriston. Funds go to upgrades and equipment for the local pools. “We are very lucky to have such great community involvement and buy-in,� stated Minto recreation and marketing coordinator Mandy Jones. submitted photo

Annual Terry Fox Runs set for Sept. 16 in Drayton and Palmerston Local Terry Fox Runs are set to take place in Drayton and Palmerston on Sept. 16. The Drayton run commences at the old arena at the

fairgrounds, with registration, lunch and activities for all ages, including live entertainment, from noon until 1:25pm. The grand kickoff for

the run will be at 1:30pm. Entrants can choose from a wellmarked 10km route through the country, or a 2km mini route through town. Pledges sheets

are available from several local businesses. The Palmerston run takes place from the Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum with an

open start between 8am and 2pm.
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Inundation study could reduce cost of Conestogo Dam spillway project by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON TWP. – Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) officials are hoping a new study will result in a lower cost for a major spillway construction project at the Conestogo Dam. The authority has been facing a 2015 deadline to address deficiencies to the Conestogo Dam spillway capacity identified in a 1997 dam safety study. Based on that study, a cost estimate of over $20 million was placed on the spillway project, which would involve constructing a channel around the dam to direct water into the Grand River. The channel would run under Wellington County Road 11, requiring construction of a bridge, which GRCA communications officer Dave Schultz said would represent the largest single element of the project cost. “Bridges are very expensive,� he noted. The $20 million project estimate was based on existing standards. However, in 2011, the Ministry of Natural

Daunting dam project - Over $2 million worth of work on the Conestogo Dam’s stilling basin in 2010, above, could be a small expenditure compared to the emergency spillway required for the dam in southwest Mapleton Township. GRCA officials are hoping a new study will result in lowering the original $20-million estimate for the spillway. Community News file photo Resources (MNR) updated the technical guidelines relating to the design criteria of dams in Ontario. Schultz said that could

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for the dam at Conestogo Lake. The HPC categorizes dams according to the consequences of a failure or mis-operation of a dam. That information includes the effect on the potential risk to people and property in the event of a large release of water from the reservoir. Estimates provided at a public meeting in 2009, indicated about 240 homes and 800 lives would be at risk from a major dam failure. Schultz said the spillway would allow for a managed overflow, “If the water ever got so high that we had to get rid of some it to prevent a dam break.� While the financial impact won’t be known until the inundation study is completed, Schultz said the GRCA is “expecting,� and “hoping� that the new technical requirements will allow the projected cost of the project to be adjusted downward. When the new technical requirements were implemented, Schultz said the MNR granted the authority an addi-

tional year to finish the spillway, pushing the projected completion date back to 2016. However, he noted, funding sources for the project are still not determined. “Generally speaking, the province, when you’re doing this kind of a project, has a policy of helping out through a fund that will provide 50 per cent,� from a pool of up to $5 million for all 36 conservation authorities in the province. “The problem is, in this case, this project at 50 per cent would use up all the money in that fund for at least two years.� Schultz said GRCA directors have been lobbying provincial officials to provide additional funding “for this type of major, multi-year project.� Meanwhile, the spillway project remains in the authority’s five-year capital budget forecast at the original estimate of over $20 million. “Hopefully it will turn out to be less expensive. Then we will roll that into our five-year forecast,� said Schultz.

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4-H Press Report By Laura Shaw The combined fifth and sixth meetings of the Mapleton 4-H Club “A Walk on the Wild Side” was held on May 23 at 4:30pm, at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area in Waterloo. The meeting was opened with the 4-H pledge led by president Marina Meulenbelt. A Laurel Creek

representative then explained how to use a net to catch tadpoles, frogs, and crayfish. Club members then proceeded to the pond and tried to catch aquatic species. Afterward, everyone showed each other what they caught before releasing their catch back into the water. The meeting was ended with a barbecue at the conservation area.

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and contribution to Ontario’s agri-food sector. “In 2009, Ralph and Paulette Coneybeare of Conlee Farms lost their barn and cows to a fire. From this tragedy, the Coneybeares started over. They came up with a simple but effective invention that helps cows be less stressed, give more milk and have fewer foot problems. Farmers worldwide use their system today. “Kim and Ben Dietrich, owners of Full of Beans in Bornholm, had a son who became sick after eating wheat products. This led them to make gluten-free baking mixes using Ontario bean flour. Their products are distributed in more than 50 stores and bakeries. Continued on next page

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QUEEN’S PARK – PerthWellington MPP Randy Pettapiece paid tribute this week to four Perth County farm families for winning the Premier’s Award for AgriFood Innovation Excellence. Established in 2006 to recognize and foster innovation in the agri-food industry, the program encourages the development of prosperity in Ontario’s rural communities and on farms by recognizing innovations that add value to existing products, create jobs and drive economic growth. Pettapiece made the following remarks in the Ontario legislature on Aug. 29: “I want to congratulate four farm families in PerthWellington who were recently recognized for their innovation

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community calendar September 8 - Annual Fall Community Corn Roast at the Alma Bible Church, Alma. Games & activities beginning at 4pm. Bring your own lawn chair. All food and events are free courtesy of Alma Bible Church. Everyone welcome! September 15 - Youth Outdoors Day at Luther Marsh. Students who are aged 9 to 16 can register by going on line: Youth Outdoors Day was created to introduce youth to outdoor activities and gain an appreciation for their natural environment. Activities will include bird identification, banding and calling, birdhouse building, supervised target shooting, wetland habitat rehabilitation and fly fishing. There will also be a number of demonstrations such as the use of retriever and pointer hunting dogs, bow hunting, and a falconry demonstration. Drayton Youth Centre: Wednesday from 7pm to 9:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 11pm.

Thursday, September 6 Minor Hockey Registration, 7:00pm-8:00pm Saturday, September 8 Soccer Shirt Return, 10:00am-11:30am Figure Skating Registration, 9:30am-11:00am Thursday, September 13 Figure Skating Registration, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Ice rentals start Monday, September 17, 2012. Some available ice time left, call arena for times at 519-638-3333.

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GWTG previews original musical at blues festival in Kitchener KITCHENER - A preview performance of an original blues musical was presented at the Kitchener Blues Festival in August.. The Grey Wellington Theatre Guild (GWTG) staged a workshop production from Job’s Blues, an original blues opera scripted by R. William Muir and featuring music by Chris Michie and Andy Kulberg, at the Little Bean Café. The show, which will be staged by the GWTG in November, is a modernized adaptation of the Biblical story of Job. The story is set in a bar room, and features a cast

of characters which includes a bartender, waitresses, bar patrons, God, the Devil and, of course, Job himself. The workshop production included a selection of numbers from the show, which is now in production with a cast drawn from the Kitchener-Waterloo, New Hamburg, Listowel, Kincardine, Mt Forest and Harriston areas. Job’s Blues is being brought to the stage through collaboration between the GWTG and the Grand River Blues Society (GRBS). “We’re very excited about this project; it’s not often a group gets to stage an original

show that is so fresh and different.” says GWTG President Peggy Raftis, who is directing the production. “Were really looking forward to working with the Grand River Blues Society on this, and the workshop performance at the festival was a great opportunity to showcase the incredible music this show is built on,” she adds. The show will be performed by a cast of 11 and a five-piece band which includes Musical Director Brenda Manderson, at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre, Nov. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are available through the GWTG box office, 519 338-2778.

Singing the blues - Cast members from the Grey Wellington Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of Job’s Blues performed selections from the original blues musical at a workshop session at the Kitchener Blues Festival. From left: John Stewart, Daryl Meijer, Brian Tovey, Brenda Manderson.

Area Parkinson SuperWalks will contribute to $3 million fundraising goal Events in Guelph, Kitchener on Sept. 8 part of national awarness campgain GUELPH – Walkers from across the region will unite in a joint effort to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease on Sept. 8 A Parkinson SuperWalk event will be held in Guelph, beginning from First Christian Reform Church, 287 Water Street. Registration for the two and seven kilometre walks will start at 9:30 a.m., with the walk set to begin at 10:30. A barbe-

cue and prize presentation will follow the Guelph walk. Walkers from across the Kitchener-Waterloo area will meet at Victoria Park. 57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener, beginning at 9am for registration. The Kitchener walk is slated to start at 11am Parkinson SuperWalk is the primary national awareness and fundraising event for Parkinson Society Canada (PSC), with

95 participating sites and committees from British Columbia to Newfoundland. This year, organizers hope to raise $3 million nationally and to reach $50,000 in the Waterloo Region. Organizers note that what started out as a small, singlefamily walk for Parkinson’s evolved into a national event that attracts family and friends from all across

Canada. Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario began with one walk in 1995, raising $11,000 and has grown to 13 volunteer-driven walks. “We are proud and appreciative of our Southwestern Ontario community for having raised just over $3.3 million since our beginning. Clearly, this demonstrates the power of volunteers and is proof of the communities’ growing support

and need for better services and further research to help our Parkinson’s cause,” states a press release from the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario. Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive, neurological disorder that makes the simplest tasks, like walking or eating, overwhelmingly difficult for someone who has the disease. The most common symptoms are tremors or shaking, slowness

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Movie in the park - Families gathered for an outdoor viewing of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at the soccer fields in Drayton, Aug. 31. The movie was displayed on a jumbo, outdoor inflatable screen and hosted by area businesses. Admission cost was a donation to the local food bank. Last month the Community News reported that the Drayton and Community Food Bank supplies were very low. Shelves for the food bank are now fully stocked thanks to the generosity of movie-goers and businesses alike. submitted photo

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The discrimination card Former colleague David Meyer was renowned in the office for railing against former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The veteran reporter would repeatedly lambaste the 1982 Charter and muse that the document, though often heralded by liberalminded Canadians as a landmark moment that ensured fair treatment for all, has caused far more problems than it will ever solve. The rest of the office took his comments with a grain of salt, but every so often something strange happens that causes some of us to surmise Meyer may have been onto something. Don’t get us wrong, we would never accept legitimate discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability. And the Charter has actually served to advance the rights of many groups, notably gays and lesbians. But what it has also led to - something I’m sure Trudeau and his cronies never anticipated - is the total disregard for common sense, thanks to the belief of many that the Charter is the be-all and endall of Canadian society. The charter has repeatedly produced unfounded incredulity in certain individuals and groups eager to find someone else to blame when something in life just doesn’t go their way. Instead of looking in the mirror and deciding to face challenges and difficulties head-on with humility and courage, as did the people that built this great country from the ground up, those individuals look for the easy way out and, in many cases, the easy pay cheque. People have become so self-absorbed, taking offense to the slightest possibility that others may not share their opinions, leading to myriad unfounded accusations of “discrimination.” Ironically, those who whine and moan about being so hard done by, are often the same individuals wanting to push their own agendas and beliefs onto others. Case in point is the Grimsby couple who want to have books on atheism distributed to students of the District School Board of Niagara and who, unbelievably, have been granted a hearing on the matter with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Rene and Anna Chouinard have three children and have been fighting with the board for more than two years to have two atheistthemed books distributed to Grade 5 students. To summarize, the Chouinards were outraged when their daughter came home with a consent form allowing her to distribute Gideon International Bibles at her school (Gideons International has been distributing Bibles to public schools since 1936). Yet they think it’s a perfectly normal request to want to push their own Godless literature on the rest of the board’s students. The Chouinards allege they were discriminated against “due to creed.” If the Chouinards are so against religion - and we respect their right to voice their beliefs - they could have simply insisted their children not be included in the Bible distribution and not read the book. Simple. Matter solved. But no, they had to take offense to the distribution of a certain book because they don’t agree with its contents. Instead of simply acting out their own beliefs, they cried “discrimination” and insisted their beliefs be forced onto all students in the entire board. What’s worse, according to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the case “could have consequences for school boards, students and parents across Ontario.” So instead of thinking of others and simply deciding not to participate in the Bible distribution, one family has decided the “proper” thing to do is possibly ruin something for every school and student in the province. Charter or no Charter, that kind of thinking is wrong on so many levels. Whether or not they want to embrace religion, it sounds to us like the Chouinards could learn a few things from the Bible. For instance, Philippians 2:4 states, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Chris Daponte

Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society Lebanon Today Lebanon is still a small residential settlement on the 3rd Concession in the south west corner of Mapleton. There are perhaps 20 homes on lots fronting farmland on either side of the concession road. However there is no longer any store or other commercial shop. Mail is delivered from Listowel. Not so from 1855 to the 1950s. Thomas and John Marks settled on Lots 2 and 3 of the 3rd Concession. They were masons and carpenters and are known to have constructed the first school on Lot 5, Concession 3. This school building was replaced by a white brick one in 1880. In 1902 a cyclone severely damaged the school so a new red brick one was

built. This school closed in 1961 when these students were bused to the area school at Wyandot. The old school is now a private home. The first church, a Primitive Methodist, was on Lot 7 Concession 3, on land donated by Samuel Foster in 1873. It was small log building with a cemetery beside it. All that remains are the grave stones in the abandoned cemetery. Church union Strong feelings about the idea of church union in late the 1880s apparently caused a split in the congregation. A new white brick church was built on Lot 4, Concession 3, and named Sharon Methodist Church. The cemetery on Lot 7 was still used. After Church union, the church was known as Lebanon

United Church. The last service was in September, 1970. The old structure is still standing strong with few alterations; a beautiful home to some lucky family. Today there is little to pin point the exact location of two hotels, a saw mill and a grist mill, a shoe shop, two blacksmiths, two general stores and a post office. History tells us that the post office, established in 1874, and closed in 1918, was in the general store. The blacksmiths were Joe Watson and Yetman Cherry. Hotel keepers were Mr. Shirer and Robert Bodden. John Scott was the shoe maker. The grist mill was first operated by Bill Tromenhiser. Later operators were Abe Weaver, and Martin Beckner.

The mill burned down in 1949. It is believed the last operator was Colonel Marks. The saw mill was run by Abe Weaver and then H. E. Ratz. Store keepers were Robert Kincaid, a Mr. Glenville, Roberrt Brooks, Wesley Brooks, Charles Love, Philip McLeod, John Law, R. B. Quantz, Steve Playford, and John Templeman. The last store in Lebanon burned down in March of 1952 and was never rebuilt. While the passage of time and the changing needs have taken their toll on the make up of this little settlement, no doubt the residents are happy to be able to make their homes in this quiet rural area just a short drive from several urban areas. submitted by Jean Campbell

Draft source protection plan to be released Oct. 3 CAMBRIDGE - A plan to protect the sources of water for municipal drinking water systems in the Grand River watershed is now available for public comment until Wednesday, Oct. 3. The draft source protection plan outlines the policies and programs needed to protect municipal wells and surface water intakes from contamination. The plan is available online at and will

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nificant threats, and to prevent new ones from developing. The plan uses a variety of “tools” to protect water sources such as municipal zoning bylaws, negotiated risk management plans, incentive programs and educational programs. The work of developing the source protection plan was led by the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee. It is a multi-stakeholder committee with representatives from throughout the Lake Erie Source Protection Region which includes the Grand River, Kettle Creek, Catfish Creek and Long Point Region watersheds. The committee worked closely with municipal officials to develop the plans and policies that are included in the plan. Owners of land where significant threats to water sources have been identified will also be notified of the public meetings and their opportunity to comment on the draft plan. Public meetings Public meetings will give people the opportunity to learn more about the plan and provide comments. All meetings are from 7 to 9pm The local meetings will be held on Sept. 18 in Guelph: Room 112, City Hall, 1 Carden, and on Sept. 19 at Aboyne Hall, Wellington County Museum and Archives, 536 Wellington Rd. 18. Written comments can be sent to

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MINTO - The second annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by the Town of Minto and Pike Lake Golf Centre Ltd. drew 32 teams from across the County of Wellington and surrounding area on Aug. 23. This year’s proceeds will be shared among the Clifford and District Horticultural Society, the Norgan Theatre and the Palmerston Skating Club. An official cheque presentation will be made at the Minto council meeting on Sept. 11. The winning team consisted of Walter Twommy, Bruce Mosur, Kevin Murphy and Ryan Murphy of Kitchener, with a team score of 59, 13 under par. Plans are already underway for the third annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament.

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REGISTRATION New men’s choir seeks participants from across Wellington

Fair performer - Derek Moore of the Drayton School of Music provided some outdoor entertainment at the Mount Forest Fall Fair this past weekend. photo by Patrick Raftis

Tips to help navigate the transition to high school FERGUS - School will begin soon enough. For Wellington County students who said goodbye to elementary school earlier this year, this fall represents the start of a critical transition to high school. High school means new beginnings, experiences and challenges. And while these changes - new friends, new teachers and new school environment - can be exciting, they also can be a bit unnerving for new high school students. During this single year, a new high school student must assimilate, make new friends, set goals, establish habits and attitudes, select courses, discover talents and interests, learn new skills, and begin to build confidence in this new environment. Making sure a student handles this year well should be an important goal for parents. In fact, a primary indicator of a successful high school experience is a positive transition from elementary school.

And the key to that positive transition is good preparation. Here are some of the most daunting changes local students will encounter during this first year of high school and some tips from Sylvan Learning on how to work through them successfully. Negotiating the new environment The locker scare: One of the biggest concerns incoming high school students have is the locker. Instead of lugging their stuff around in one bag, students now have a place to store everything safely. The best part about the locker is being able to personalize it with photos, drawings, magazine clippings, and anything else that makes it feel comfortable. Ease locker fears by purchasing a combination lock and practice before school starts. New school If your student has to go to an entirely new school, it may seem overwhelming at first. Explore the school’s website

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with your child or, better yet, explore the new school. The better your child understands the school layout and rules, the more at ease they will feel on the first day. Ask the school if there are any tours or orientations available to parents and incoming students. Get a map of the school and take your child to explore. Be sure to check in with the school office to get approval for your explorations. New schedule With different classes in different rooms on different days, high school schedules can seem confusing during the first few weeks. If your student needs help finding something or keeping track of where he has to be, encourage him to ask a teacher

or other school staff for help. Acquiring new academic tools Work together on a schedule and develop an organizational system with your student. Acknowledge and make allowances for anxiety; at first, your student may need to carry everything for all classes all the time in order to feel prepared. General skills preparation Summarizing, paraphrasing and identifying main or important ideas and details are three skills that are essential in all content areas. After reading a book or watching a show/movie, have kids summarize what happened orally. Or have them recount the most important events.

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DRAYTON - Do you love to sing? Is four-part harmony your thing? If so, you may want to consider signing up for a new men’s choir that is in the process of being formed. John Deetman and John Dekker who have held a lifelong passion for singing, having performed in various choirs, are hoping to form a men’s choir, with the hopes of attracting 50-plus men voices to their endeavor. The choir is expected to is to work on various Christian hymns and songs in addition to classic Broadway numbers. The aim is to explore a broad variety of music, through a weekly or biweekly choir practice, begin-

ning in October, with the eventual goal of performing concerts throughout the Mapleton area. Deetman and Dekker are open to ideas from interested individuals, and are not only seeking male voices, but are also looking for a director. The invitation to join the choir is open to all men from Wellington County and beyond. The location for practices is yet to be determined, depending on where the majority of members travel from. Anyone interested in participating in or joining the choir is asked to contact John Deetman 519-323-2285


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PAGE SIX The Community News, Friday, September 7, 2012

By Rev. Calvin Brown, Knox Presbyterian Church, Drayton

Happy celebrations The family and friends were gathered around the old couple whose faces showed the joys and sorrows of fifty years of marriage. We had a good time reminiscing about the life they had shared over half a century and even recalled the times of challenge with thanksgiving. Times when more than ever they had gotten through by trusting in the grace of God. Times when verses of the Bible like Psalm 91:12 were especially meaningful. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” It was clear to all there that their devotion to one another had not waned over the years. No doubt, there had been struggles and even failures but these were not what lasted. We were all celebrating this successful marriage especially that they had someone like no other who had stuck by them through thick and thin. That was worth celebrating. There is a special bond that comes from that. It is not unlike the bond between soldiers who have come home after the war. There is a special bond that no one who hasn’t been through it can ever fully understand. The bible often reminds us that life is like a

war zone. There are all kinds of things that seek to spiritually wound us and tear us down, divide us and even set us fighting among ourselves. Our enemy the devil, the father of lies, lets loose his propaganda in our society so we can be seduced by the clever lies that end up putting us on the wrong side of all that’s good and under the boot of tyranny. This war image may seem too dramatic for some but those who have been through the war know that this is no exaggeration. The war is real and the casualties are real but the victory is even more real. This year, the congregations I serve will also be celebrating significant anniversaries. Knox, Drayton will be cele-

brating 130 years and Knox, Palmerston will be celebrating 150 years since it’s founding. In Drayton we have lived as a family in the same building since around 1882. The Palmerston congregation has suffered through several moves, including one when their former building had to be replaced because of an engineering problem. The trial led to blessing though, as a newer and more efficient building was built. Through it all both have sought to be family. They are not only family for themselves but a place where others in the community looking for friendship and family can come and belong, discover their identity as children of God and be intro-

duced to brothers and sisters they didn’t know they had. Both congregations have been there for the town for a very long time offering encouragement, sharing in times of sorrow, reaching out to help those in need, pointing beyond our own needs to share the good things God has blessed us. We seek to do this not only in our own back yard but to those in need right around the world. As we gather for the Anniversary celebrations this year we hope that you, our friends and neighbours will come and share in our joy. It would really make our joy complete to have you share these times with us. And on your personal birthdays and

anniversaries take time to stop and take stock of both the past, which helped form you, and the future you pursue which reveals the kind of person you are. Blessings and happy celebrations to you all. Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Broadway Across Canada touring production of Wicked makes sense of Oz antics with humour and drama by Patrick Raftis KITCHENER - If you’re a purist who feels a classic tale like the Wizard of Oz should remain unsullied, with Dorothy, Toto, et al forever etched in the public consciousness as they were when the original MGM movie was released in 1939, then Wicked is probably not for you. However, if you’re that adamant about maintaining the cinematic integrity of a film about flying monkeys and ruby slippers, you probably need to stay home and relax a bit anyway. For anyone else, Broadway Across Canada’s touring production of the musical, currently playing at Kitchener’s Centre in the Square, is a heck of a good night out. Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is both prequel and sequel to the original Oz story. Essentially, an origin story about the Wicked Witch of the West and her saccharin counterpart, Glinda the Good, the show has the audacity to provide some perspective on the events of the Wizard of Oz, which, when you think about it, was a pretty disjointed effort in the first place. The result is an enlightening explanation of how all of Oz came to be in the mess it was when Dorothy and her dog blew into town. Creating a credible vision of Oz onstage would clearly challenge the imagination, but everything from the set design and special effects, to an amazingly effective effort by the wardrobe department makes this show a wonder to watch unfold. The early scenes in the boarding school where the future witches first meet are set in a medievalish world reminiscent of J. K. Rowling’s Hogwarts, the Emerald City is

Which witch is wicked? - Jeanne De Waal, left as Glinda the Good and Christine Dwyer as the Elphaba portray reluctant roomates during the characters formative years in Wicked. photo by Joan Marcus

a phosphorescent spectacle and the Wizard’s castle is a far more chilling place than Judy Garland’s band of misfits ever had to contend with. The story of Wicked takes a more in-depth look at the characters of the Oz universe than was possible in the original. So instead of a live-action cartoon featuring black and white good guys and bad guys, we get a nuanced story that blurs the lines between good and evil.

Who’s really wicked here, the tormented and misunderstood Elphaba, or the vacuous, but wildly popular Glinda? This is a story that has a sense drama when it needs to, and a sense of humour throughout. Christine Dwyer does an amazing job with the role of Elphaba. Let’s face it, it can’t be easy to make people care about a character that’s better known as the Wicked Witch of the West, but she brings a surpris-

ing warmth to the role. Still, a single wicked (no pun intended) laugh mid-way through the show clearly indicates Dwyer would have the acting chops to play the role as straight out evil if that’s what had been called for. Jeanne De Waal is also strong in the very different, but no less demanding, role of Glinda. She manages to create a character who comes across in turn as both ditzy and dangerous, yet can manage to be empathetic when nothing else will do. Both actresses get a chance to shine on some of the betterknown numbers in the show – De Waal demonstrating a pretty voice on Popular and Dwyer just about lifting the roof off the cavernous Centre in the Square with an incredible display of vocal power on Defying Gravity. Aside from the hit songs, the Steven Swartz score is solid stage fare, although the cheery tune of a couple might have you flipping through the program for a Disney logo. Wicked is stunningly choreographed, with the ensemble numbers moving at a whirlwind pace that makes the relatively compact cast seeming to triple in number. The pace is near perfect, with no numbers dragging on past their prime and most leaving you looking for more. Given the base subject matter, this is a show that exceeds expectations and outshines many others of its ilk. It’s always chancy to mess with the classics, but the braintrust behind Wicked has pulled it off with a show that should actually age better than the original. Wicked runs until Sept. 9 at the Centre in the Square. For more information go to www.

Ready to rock - Elvis impersonator Roy LeBlanc brings the music and legendary style to the Drayton Festival Theatre Sept. 12 to 29.

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Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King DRAYTON - After four months of sold-out performances last year at the Schoolhouse Theatre, Roy LeBlanc returns to entertain Drayton Entertainment audiences in Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King, a salute to the music of Elvis Presley. Audiences are invited to relive the hits of the King of Rock ’n Roll, Sept. 12 to 29 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. “Blue Suede Shoes is a captivating theatrical tribute to one of the greatest entertainers of all time and it’s a show that audiences of all ages will enjoy,” said artistic director Alex Mustakas. Theatregoers will be offered

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a nostalgic line-up of music that includes one chart-topping tune after another, including Elvis’ hits from the 50s and 60s including Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, Suspicious Minds, Heartbreak Hotel, Viva Las Vegas, In the Ghetto and more. World-renowned Elvis impersonator Roy LeBlanc takes to the stage as the American icon who transformed popular music. “The music is absolutely infectious and theatregoers can’t help singing along with the King,” Mustakas said. Co-creators Chris McHarge and Colin Stewart play dual roles as director and music director. The talents of Dean Harrison, John Kenny and Howard Gaul provide the nonstop rock and roll music. “McHarge and Stewart have created a charming theatrical homage that perfectly encapsulates the life and times of Elvis Presley. With this show, audiences are given a chance to relive a simpler time in our history, when a young man rose from small-town life to worldwide fame,” says Mustakas. Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King plays eight shows in a week, from Sept. 12 to 29. Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 519638-5555 or toll free at 1-855372-9866. Visit for more information.

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12 Wellington St. N., Drayton ON 519-638-0033 |

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concerning the number of projects his company can take on. Martin hopes to continue serving this community well and is not only committed to the economic growth in Mapleton, but also to its social growth and development. Stirton Construction Ltd. continues to be a proud supporter of the local Terry Fox Run, Drayton Heights Public School Fundraising Golf Tournament and Menno Homes Inc. in Elmira. So when considering any renovation, addition or construction project call Stirton Construction Ltd at 519638-5462(bus.) or 519-8956234(cell) for a competitive estimate. “There is no project too big or too small!” Or check out their website for examples of their handiwork at www.

11 Wellington St. S. DRAYTON, ON

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Tues’ 10am-12 Tues’ 4-5pm | Wed’s 4-5pm | Thurs’ 3:45-5pm | Sat’s 9:30-noon | |

adults | starts Sept 11 ages 8-12| starts Sept 11 | ages 4-7 | starts Sept 12 | 8 + up starts Sept 13 | | open age starts Sept 15 | | |

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With fall just around the corner, many homeowners are considering home renovation projects and Stirton Construction Ltd is ready and willing to assist. From early stages of planning and design, to construction and job completion, Dave Martin and his skilled team can offer their expertise with your interior and exterior renovation ideas. They are the “go to guys” for kitchen and bathroom renovations, laminate and hardwood flooring, window and door replacements and they can offer all kinds of solutions for your current living space. Summer may be winding down, but it’s not too late to turn that backyard space into an outdoor oasis. Stirton Construction Ltd. will design and build garden sheds, gazebos, decks and privacy fences.

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