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Friday, November 16, 2012

Conestoga Wind Energy Centre proceeds to construction phase

Citizens honoured - Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece presented Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to three Mapleton residents at a ceremony in Arthur, Nov. 7. Receiving medals were, clockwise from above: Pat Salter, Jean Campbell and Paul Day. photos by Kris Svela

Locals receive Queen’s Jubilee medals by Kris Svela ARTHUR PerthWellington MPP Randy Pettapiece presented Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals to three Mapleton residents at the library here on Nov. 7. The medals, honouring the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s assention to the the throne and her contributions as the sitting monarch, are handed out to Canadians for contributions to their communities. Some 60,000 people across Canada have been honoured with the medal, including the six recipients at the presentation who were joined by friends and family members. “All of you are deserving because of your commitment to your community,� Pettapiece said in handing out the medals. In addition to Jean Cambpell, Paul Day and Pat Salter of Mapleton, medals were also presented to Dr. Bob McFarlane and Donna McFarlane of Mount Forest and Ray Wightman of Clifford. Jean Campbell Jean Campbell is a retired, former clerk of the Village of Drayton, and is an outstanding volunteer in the Township of Mapleton,� the MPP said. “Campbell was a Rotarian for many years, and has served on numerous community groups including the Drayton Citizens’ Association, the Cemetery Committee and Mapleton

Horticultural Society.� Campbell is Mapleton’s local historian having been a key individual in recording the history of Drayton in 1975 and a more recent reprinting in 2000. She also writes a weekly historical article in the Community News.� Campbell was a founding board member of the Drayton Festival Theatre, one of Wellington County’s prominent tourist attractions. “For many years, she was the theatre board’s secretary and assisted with costumes and other tasks that have built the theatre into one of Canada’s top theatres,� Pettapiece said. “She quietly, unassumingly volunteers by driving local residents to various appointments and is always willing to lend a hand.� Paul Day “Paul Day has been a leading volunteer and land steward in our community for many years,� Pettapiece said of the Mapleton recipient. “Day coordinates and chairs the Trees for Mapleton program, overseeing tens of thousands of trees being planted to improve crops and air quality. This program has led to the creation of the Wellington County Green Legacy program, which has received not only national attention, but was recently recognized by the United Nations for environmental steward-

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ship.� Day, said Pettapiece, has been a member of the Wellington County Stewardship Council for many years, and has spent countless hours educating the residents of Wellington County about the importance of tree planting. “He is also quite involved in the Mapleton Historical Society and was chair of the Portraits of Peel-Attiwandaronk to Mapleton history book committee.� Pat Salter “Pat Salter is an extremely active volunteer and community representative,� Pettapiece said. “Salter has a long career at Sussman’s of Arthur and has always been extremely involved in our community. She served as a councillor for Peel Township from 1988 to 1990 and was reeve from 1988 to 1990. Salter currently serves as the Mapleton/Wellington North representative on the board of the Grand River Conservation Authority. Pettapiece said Salter also has an extensive volunteer background, serving as warden of Grace Anglican Church, volunteering with the Alma Women’s Institute and the Drayton Festival. She is also involved in the Seniors for Excellence feeding program, the Arthur Chamber of Commerce and various hospital boards.

by Patrick Raftis DRAYTON – Just under two years after a public information meeting on a proposed wind turbine project here drew about 700 people, including hundreds of protestors, an update on construction of the project was provided at a much quieter meeting on Nov. 7. The second meeting of a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) for the Conestoga Wind Centre at the Drayton Community Centre drew only one member of the general public and Mapleton public works director Larry Lynch, in addition to committee members and officials of Next Era Energy Canada and committee facilitators from the IBI Group. Although the meeting format allowed for presentations from up to three delegations, no requests to make presentations were received, said Amy Shepard, a committee facilitator from the IBI Group. Construction on the project is now underway and earlier in the day, CLC committee members had visited the site of the wind centre, where the first turbine was already standing with the rest expected to be set up over the next two weeks. The wind farm is expected to be generating power to the grid by mid-December. Next Era spokesperson Josie Hernandez said pub-

lic concern over wind turbine projects typically dies down once the project reaches the construction phase. “There are always some concerns when a project is announced, because it’s new,� said Hernandez. “Once construction begins, historically, we don’t hear anything unless something goes wrong.� Project construction manager Mike Bogie addressed questions and comments raised since the last CLC meeting, including an inquiry about Sunday construction activity. “There is activity on Sundays. Absolutely we try to minimize it for all sorts of reasons, but we do have a schedule to meet,� said Bogie. Bogie said wind turbine assembly and construction is currently underway and the process of commissioning the 10 turbines on the site is expected to be completed by the end of the November or early December. Bogie reported that the 200-square-metre foundations have been poured. The electrical collector systems, consisting of a pad-mounted transformer and underground cabling systems, have also been completed. A substation located on private property on the west side of Sideroad 17 is also nearing completion, Bogie said.

A secondary containment system with a .25m high concrete berm will be installed around the main transformer to prevent contamination, “in the unlikely event of an oil leak,� Bogie said. “The oil is all kept right there – there’s no harm to the environment,� he explained. Before the end of November, two permanent 80m-high meteorological towers for the collection of data on wind conditions will be installed. Site cleanup, Bogie noted, will take place in the spring. Doug McIntosh, regional operations manager, explained that once facility is running, two or three full-time technical administration staff would be required to maintain and operate the facility. Primary workers will be wind technicians who carry out maintenance on the site and a site supervisor. Wind turbines will be in operation 65 to 75 per cent of the time when wind speed is within the operating range. If conditions fall outside of normal operating range (i.e. low hydraulic pressures, unusual vibrations or higher generator temperatures) the wind turbine will immediately take itself out of service and report the condition electronically. McIntosh noted the turbines are shut down immediately Continued on page 3

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Big blades - A dump truck is dwarfed by the blades of one of the giant wind turbine propellers ready to go up at the Conestoga Wind Energy Centre in Mapleton last week. photo by Patrick Raftis

Wind energy centre nears completion FROM PAGE ONE if icy conditions develop and restarted after the icy conditions are over. McIntosh noted the turbines “won’t ice up” when not operating, so shutting them down “actually results in less downtime.” The energy centre’s 10 turbines are expected to generate up to 23 megawatts of energy,

enough to power 5,750 homes. Also announced at the meeting was a plan to donate $20,000 per year over the next five years to the Trees for Mapleton program. Derek Dudek, community and municipal relations director, said Next Era “thought it was a good synergy for what we’re proposing,” as one of the

purposes of the organization’s tree planting is to create windbreaks to protect farm fields from wind erosion. The next CLC meeting has been tentatively scheduled for some time in February. Shepherd said the fourth and final committee meeting would likely be held closer to the end of 2013.

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PALMERSTON - A welltravelled Dave and Barb Huntley, a husband and wife team from Palmerston, took members of the Palmerston Branch of Retired Teachers of Ontario on a virtual tour of New Zealand at their meeting on Oct. 26. Last November the Huntleys travelled over 14,000km on their trip to Australia and New Zealand. Their numerous pictures focussed on the diverse landscape, vegetation and unusual birds and animals of New Zealand. Pictures of places where the movie Lord of the Rings was filmed were of special interest. Fjords, active volcanoes, world heritage sites and hot springs were all part of the presentation. The pair were introduced by fellow teacher and friend, Kathy Watt and thanked by neighbour, Lynn Hodgins. President Kathy Brown welcomed members and guests and introduced provincial president Leslie Uttley and retired teacher Marilyn Troyer from Arthur. Uttley spoke briefly about the uniqueness of the various branches she has visited. She also entertained the group with a couple of humorous stories about Hallowe’en from her teaching years. She encouraged everyone to “pull out those memories” and share them with others. As part of the “caring and sharing” motto Kathy reminded members they will be able to purchase bed kits for Sleeping Children Around the World again this year at the Christmas Dinner at the Chop House in Drayton on Dec. 7.

Kathy Watt reported 17 bed kits had been purchased by members last year. As well, Brown thanked all the members who had donated a new Teddy Bear to be given to the Palmerston and Mount Forest hospitals to comfort young patients. The branch’s efforts towards “caring and sharing” continued when Lorraine Ballard, on behalf of the branch, gave a donation to member Lynne Bullock who is helping to raise money for the Africa Arise Mission in Uganda. Lynne showed a quilt she had made as a fund raiser. She became involved in this project because of Trisha deBoer, birth sister of their youngest daughter. deBoer, formerly from Harriston, has spent many years working in orphanages in Africa and ministering to the Acholi people there. She started the Africa Arise Mission in Uganda a couple of years ago to support people who had been forced off their farms during the civil war. Lynne thanked the group for their generous donation. Historical Day planned Oriole Blyth, dressed in vintage hat, gloves and shawl, encouraged the ladies to prepare over the next few months for the May meeting at which members will be asked to sport their hats and clothing “from the past” to help celebrate a Historical Day. Joan Simpson was the greeter at the door. Marilyn Cherry won the lucky draw which was donated by Ada Mason. Only one person paid a fine for not wearing her pin.

The Charity Bottle was passed around for donations. Travel convenor Lynn Morrison outlined the various trips and events being planned for the upcoming year. A trip to Deerhurst Resort with a matinee show to see Decades is planned for June 11, 2013; an Orillia boat cruise and theatre trip for next spring is in the planning stages; Agawa Canyon and Mackinac Island for Sept. 23-27; Fiddler on the Roof at Stratford on Oct. 18 is also planned. Trips to Boston and Washington, D.C. are being considered for the future if there is enough interest. Reports by goodwill convenor Lorraine Ballard and insurance convenor Mildred Francis were given. Donna McFarlane reminded the group of the visit of some Maasai warriors from Kenya at Victoria Public School in Mount Forest on Nov. 15 and Wellington Heights Secondary School and St. Mary School in Mount Forest on Nov. 16. On Nov. 8, an information meeting regarding trips to India and Kenya in 2013, as part of the Free the Children organization, will be held at Wellington Heights Secondary School along with a trunk sale of jewelry, books, t-shirts and other items available for purchase. On Dec. 2 there will be a “Taste of India” and silent auction at Pike Lake at a cost of $25 per ticket. The meeting was adjourned with plans to meet at the Chop House in Drayton on Dec. 7 for a Christmas Dinner.

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The lowest of the low

Few things make our stomach turn more than individuals desecrating cenotaphs or war memorials. These incidents may not be regular occurrences, but they still happen far too often for our liking. We were once again shocked to read on Monday that a vandal had defaced the war memorial monument in Coronation Park in Toronto - just hours after the Remembrance Day service there. The individual(s) responsible actually had the gall to inscribe “Canada will burn praise Allah” in permanent marker on the monument. City workers were on hand quickly to remove the disgusting message, police are investigating, and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacted as most Canadians would to the news. “It really, really bothers me,” Ford was quoted as saying in the Toronto Sun. “For someone to stoop to that level … people have sacrificed their lives for us to be here. It makes me absolutely sick.” Given the nature of this particular desecration, many might assume these incidents only happen in larger urban centres (remember the idiots who urinated on the National War Memorial in Ottawa in 2006?), but unfortunately, these lowlifes are everywhere. In late September, vandals hit the Arthur cenotaph, scribbling with green chalk on the faces of soldier statues there. Luckily the chalk was quickly removed with no permanent damage. In my hometown of Orangeville, the cenotaph was egged by vandals in 2008 just before Remembrance Day that year, costing the town $2,000 to remove the mess. A few years earlier someone spray painted “heartless souls” across the monument bearing the names of our town’s war dead. The incidents prompted Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson to introduce a private member’s bill seeking to amend the Criminal Code of Canada and impose harsher penalties on anyone convicted of desecrating cenotaphs and war memorials. Bill C-217, Mischief Relating to War Memorials, was passed in the House of Commons late last month (by a 181-to-98 vote) and it is expected to receive approval of the Canadian Senate in the coming months. If approved, the bill will establish a fine of at least $1,000 on the first offence for those convicted of defacing a war memorial. A second offence will result in at least two weeks of jail time and any subsequent offence means at least 30 days in prison. While we welcome the passage of the new bill and look forward to its implementation, we are shocked 98 MPs actually voted against the bill, including most NDP members. We also wonder if the penalties could have been even more harsh. Many reasons are offered to explain the actions of those who deface a war memorial or cenotaph - including age/immaturity and ignorance - but quite frankly, there is no acceptable explanation. Even in my teenage years, during which I did partake in some ill-advised vandalism, never once did the thought cross my mind to target a site as sacred as a cenotaph. It’s unfathomable. Disgraceful. Sickening. Being a relatively recent arrival to the nation and/or having religious or cultural differences, are not acceptable excuses either. I often recount the story of a group of students at Humber College in Toronto who loudly busted through a moment of silence on Nov. 11 and seemed dumbfounded when told people were trying to honour Remembrance Day. “What’s that?” one of them actually asked. And this was at a place of supposed higher learning. This incident happened over a decade ago, but things have likely worsened since then. With the number of our Second World War veterans dwindling, it becomes increasingly important each year to recognize the sacrifices they made so we can enjoy the lives and luxuries we have today here in Canada. Desecrating a war memorial or cenotaph is akin to spitting in the face of those responsible for delivering us our freedom. A lot of liberal-minded folks preach forgiveness and prefer education over harsh penalties for those who commit these heinous acts, but for us, the only way to deal with scumbags is to treat them as such. Physical retaliation aside, a stint in prison may well be what they need to finally appreciate the freedom they have taken for granted and so cowardly abused. Chris Daponte


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Mapleton Musings

Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society

Community fund raising It seems every Saturday from mid-October to early December one can spend the day attending bazaars, craft shows, luncheons and charity auctions. On offer at these events are many kinds of crafts, home baking, pickles and other preserves, and beautiful hand make quilts. The organizers all wish to make a profit which they can apply to their worthy individual causes. What is the history of these events? Did they evolve after the Second World War? Did the individuals of the community who had worked together to provide supplies for the fighting forces find that they missed the fellowship? Perhaps it was time to put their efforts into improving their community? From the time churches were established in the township, teas and dinners were used as means to raise funds. These were social gatherings in the community and everyone in the community was invited. The Christian Church Ladies group minutes record the date of a tea or dinner was changed because another church had

already planned their event for the same date. During the 1939–1945 war, church groups, Women’s Institutes, fraternal lodges and neighbourhoods all raised money and worked together to supply clothing, knit socks and gloves, and make quilts for the armed forces. Some unique fundraisers were employed, for example Drayton Women’s Institute campaigned to raise a mile of pennies for the cause. Pennies were taped to cards and a committee recorded the results, reporting that they had attained their goal and more. A group of ladies from the 12th line made quilts during the war. One in particular I remember was pieced from scraps of men’s dress shirts, obtained from a shirt factory in Kitchener. It was an attractive design using triangles of blue, sand, pin-stripes and white. A community bazaar was organized in Drayton in 1971, and their first bazaar was Dec. 3 of that year. They raised funds for cooking equipment for the community centre (at the old arena on Elm Street), playground equipment, minor sports and other community

needs. Unfortunately one of their first intended projects, a foot bridge over the Conestogo River, to connect the two sections of the park, has never been realized, mainly because of the river’s unpredictable flooding. Over 35 years later, there are still church groups and community minded groups hosting bazaars, craft shows and meals to raise funds. At these events there is usually no admission charge, but rather one is asked to donate to the local food bank. Their efforts support their church work, school activities, minor sports, our closest hospital, medical research and other community projects. Good examples of this type of community effort are the new community hall in Alma, the ball parks in Moorefield and Drayton, and the community park at Glen Allan. It seems people and their intentions have not changed much since our township was first settled. Interested citizens still volunteer their time and talent to raise funds to help others and for the betterment of the community. submitted by Jean Campbell

Health team warns of “portion distortion” It’s no big news that portions have gotten bigger over the last 20 years. For instance, a blueberry muffin 20 years ago was 1.5oz and 210 calories. Today an average muffin is 5oz and 500 calories. We would have to vacuum the house for an hour and a half to burn off these extra 290 calories. What about another breakfast favourite, the bagel? Twenty years ago they were about three inches in diameter and 140 calories. They have doubled in size to an average of six inches and 350 calories. We would have to get out and rake leaves for 50 minutes to burn off the extra calories. Twenty years ago, an 8oz coffee was the norm. With whole milk and sugar this would be 45 calories compared to today’s 16oz mocha, which is 350 calories. An 80-minute walk would be needed to burn off the extra 205 calories. What about dinners out? If we ordered spaghetti and meatballs 20 years ago we would get one cup of pasta and three small meatballs which would be around 500 calories. Today we would get two cups of pasta and three or four large meatballs that would more than double our calories to 1,025. We would need to clean the house for 2.5 hours to burn off these extra calories. At least our floors would sparkle. And don’t be tricked by restaurant salads - a chicken caesar salad 20 years ago was 1.5 cups and ran about 390 calories. Today the average restaurant salad is three cups and 800 calories. We would have to golf for 1.5 hours to burn this off – no cart of course. To see more examples and to try the portion distortion quiz visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at: So, what can we do about it? To start off, we need to know what exactly a portion is. A portion is the actual food we put on our plate and in our mouth. The experts give us recommended portion sizes: 2.5oz of meat, chicken, and fish; a half-cup of pasta, rice, potatoes; three quarters of a

cup of yogurt, hot cereal, and tofu; one tsp. of butter and oil; 1.5oz of cheese; and two cups of vegetables. That’s great but I’m not carrying around measuring cups and a scale with me so how can I estimate? Use our hands and common items to gauge a sensible portion: Meat/chicken/fish: palm of hand or a deck of cards. Pasta/rice/potatoes: computer mouse or a medium potato. Yogurt/hot cereal/tofu: a tennis ball or the size of our fist. Butter/oil: thumb tip. Cheese: two thumb tips or four stacked dice. Vegetables: both palms open. Some other ways to help

us keep our portions down include: - use smaller plates and bowls – we can trick ourselves into eating 30% less if we do this; and - put food on a plate/bowl rather than eating out of the container – we often eat more if we can’t judge the portion. Using some these tips and slowing down to really listen to our body’s true hunger and fullness signals can help us fight the battle against increasing waistlines For more information about free services from the MintoMapleton Family Health Team visit or call 519-638-2110 in Drayton, or 519-327-4777 in Clifford, to book an appointment.

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Beach Volleyball Comes to Drayton DRAYTON - That’s not a giant sandbox at the ABC Park. The Rotary Club of Drayton has teamed up with community members to build a beach volleyball court. With sponsorship of The Murray Group and Spaling Carpentry, 200 tons of sand were brought in to fill a two-foot hole excavated by Mapleton Township.

There are some competitive volleyball players in Drayton who travel to Elora to compete in summer leagues. Competitive or recreational, the court will be open for all in the community to enjoy. Completion of the court is expected in the spring, in time for a community league. For information on joining

the league, email Gina Dobben at Organizers thank Rotarian Lorrie Spaling for coordinating the construction and Gina Dobben for organizing the league. Anyone interested in joining or volunteering with Rotary email Bob Bignell at Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”

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By Dave Tiessen, Pastor, Community Mennonite Fellowship, Drayton

“Better Than You Found It” When I was a kid I had the opportunity a couple of times to go to children’s camp at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp near Sauble Beach. One of the things that was ingrained in campers was that we were enjoying the gift of God’s creation, made possible by the labours and sacrifices of the people who built and maintained the camp. We were encouraged to enjoy that gift to the max, but with the clearlystated expectation that each one of us was to “leave the place in better shape than you found it.” “Leave the place in better shape than you found it” – what a simple concept. Kind of

like the stuff from that popular book of a few years ago – All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten – which suggested such common sense nuggets as “play fair,” “don’t hit people,” “put things back where you found them,” “clean up your own mess,” and “don’t take things that aren’t yours.” But if you think about it, that admonition to young campers – “leave the place in better shape than you found it” – has some interesting and profound implications. To we little ankle-biter campers it was a clear message this place – the camp – did not belong to us. It was available to us on loan, like a book from the library, and we were not free to do with it whatever we wanted. Moreover, in accepting the privilege of enjoying the use of the camp, we were also accepting a responsibil-

ity – the responsibility not only of making sure others after us could enjoy it but the obligation to make sure they would find the place in even better, more enjoyable shape than we had found it. One of the reasons most of us have life so good is we are the beneficiaries of many, many people who came before us and lived their lives, whether deliberately or intuitively, with this core value - “leave the place in better shape than you found it.” They dedicated themselves to making a better life for their kids, to building farms and factories, schools and churches, roads and playgrounds, communities and countries, marriages and families. This past weekend we remembered and celebrated the very special contributions and sacrifices of those people

who figured that to “leave the place in better shape than you found it” meant they needed to assume the terrible task of going to war to protect all they held dear. It seems to me there is a great irony here. Our society and culture has been made possible by the self-giving work and sacrifice of millions of people who indeed left the place in better shape than they found it. One would think that a society/culture thus “bought” would then exemplify these values and prize them above all. Instead it would appear our culture/society, thus bought, exemplifies and esteems consumption, entertainment, selffocus, accumulation of wealth and possessions, sexual satisfaction, excess, status, power, etc. We are treating our world like a camp that is our own private playground in which

we can do whatever we want and make however much mess we want, and we take the attitude “cry me a river” about those who might want to use it after us. I think it is terribly important to our wellbeing for us to recognize, respect and honour the selfless work and sacrifices of the previous generations who made our lives what they are. To do so helps us understand that most of what we “have” is gift not possession or entitlement. Which in turn helps us understand that what we have is on loan – meant to be enjoyed but also conserved for the enjoyment of future generations. To do so also helps us understand our irrevocable responsibility to “pay it forward” – to work and sacrifice ourselves in order to make a better life for future generations. In other words to

“leave the place in better shape than we found it”. A bitter irony in all this is many of us moderns have chosen a self-focussed, consuming way of life in the quest to find happiness and fulfillment, to enjoy life to the hilt. Yet while this way of life may provide much entertainment and distraction, it ultimately provides only fleeting happiness and precious little joy or fulfillment in life. The people who ran Silver Lake Camp understood this priceless secret and did their best to share it with us campers: that life at its best is not about getting and using but about caring and contributing – care for and contribute to the camp and the camp will reward you multi-fold. Or in simple terms – “leave the place in better shape than you found it”.

Juno winner to perform in Palmerston PALMERSTON - Juno Award winner Fred Eaglesmith will take the stage at the Palmerston Legion on Nov. 23 at 8pm. Katie Butterill, a young, local farmer who has just enjoyed her first season in the Palmerston area, has finished her harvest and is now busy sewing seeds on another local project; helping to present a concert with Eaglesmith and his Travelling Steam Show. Butterill, whose

Smallholdings farm is a plot at Mapleton Organic Farm on Wellington Road 7, is excited to offer a taste of the music which helped cement her love of all things rural the first year she spent on a farm as an agricultural intern in 2010. “I met Fred when I helped put on a concert at a farm near Creemore, Ontario. That year, we spent an entire summer listening to a CD of his that was in an old farm vehicle. For me, his music is linked to my road



Red-Breasted Nuthatch I was under the impression that no red-breasted nuthatch had ever visited our yard. That all changed on Oct. 13 when I took a good look at the feeder. I knew from the 2006 area bird survey that two readers had seen this nuthatch. Andy Bezener writes in Birds of Ontario “ID: rusty underparts (male deeper); grey-blue upperparts; white eyebrow; black eye line; black cap (female dark grey). Size: 11cm or 4.5 in.” The conservation status is vulnerable due to logging of coniferous trees. In our area their status is “fairly common year-round resident.” During the breeding season they may be found in pine, spruce and fir forests where they forage trees face-down probing for “larval and adult invertebrates. In the winter they prefer mixed woodlands. During winter they eat pine and spruce seeds. Often frequents feeders where they eat sunflower seeds and suet.” This nuthatch is classed as irruptive (or sporadic mass migration) some winters. The reason, cone failure in northern conifers drives these birds south in search of seeds. The voice description of the red-breasted nuthatch is open for dispute, but a continuous, nasal yank-yank or rah-rah and a short tsip is commonly cited. Nests are built in cavities or abandoned nests. They may take up residence in birdhouses. An interesting trait is their habit of smearing sap from pine or spruce trees at their nest entrance. “This sticky doormat might inhibit ants and other animals from entering. Invertebrates can be a more serious threat because they can transmit fungal infections or parasitize nestlings.” This bird has been observed in the company of birds from many other species. I was thankful to receive a kind letter and a good list of birds seen in our area. This came from Irma Beisel. Thank you Irma for your participation again. Next month I will share some of both of our area sightings.

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to agriculture.” Those songs became the soundtrack of her summer, and her love of organic agriculture its link to the community. It is this same love that has motivated the 20-something Markham native to organize this event. “Even though I am relatively new to the area, I am excited to help out on this concert in Palmerston and share his music with my new community,” she said. Guest spot on Letterman Eaglesmith, a native of Port Dover, has won several music awards, been covered by artists such as Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert,

and has earned a spot as a guest on David Letterman. The artist’s songs span over 19 albums, tell stories of the land, lives, tribulations and triumphs of everyday people. Says Butterill, “His songs tell stories about life. Everyone will get something different and find something to which they can relate in their own life. Plus - he puts on a great show, so above all else, it will be a good time.” Tickets for the Nov. 23 show are available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door of the Palmerston Legion, or online at www.fredeaglesmith. com.

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Guides at service - Representatives of local Brownies, Sparks andGuides Keely Franklin, Moriah McCracken and Ashley Peppler lay at wreath at the Drayton Cenotaph on Sunday. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

Salute to the fallen - Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson and Legion member Rod Lambert at the cenotaph during the Nov. 11 services in Drayton. photo by Kelly Waterhouse

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