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A friendly face - Thelma Trask of Alma is among the Ontario farmers featured in this year’s Faces of Farming calendar produced by Farm and Food Care Ontario. photo by Terry Scott White, Faces of Farming calendar
In the years since, that prized possession has been used to make tens of thousands of pies for church and community events (5,000 alone in the 12 years since she started keeping track). Today she also runs a busy pie catering business. Trask says she enjoys all aspects of the farming lifestyle, which she has been involved with all her life, having grown up on a Palmerston-area diary farm. “Of course, we milked by hand,” she recalls, adding milking was part of her daily routine
both before and after school. “I have a lot of experience milking cows,” she states. Today, the 60-plus cows on the Trask farm are milked robotically. “So none of us are really involved in milking anymore. It’s all done by automation.” Trask, whose participation in the calendar project was sponsored by Gaylea Foods, said she learned of her selection in late July. A photo session was held with photographer Terry Scott White, of Kitchener, at the Vineland Research Station involving her and several of
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Mapleton woman among 2012 Faces of Farming by Patrick Raftis ALMA - Thelma Trask is among 13 Ontario farmers featured in the eighth edition of a popular calendar showcasing the photos and stories of farm families in the province. The Faces of Farming calendar, featuring this year’s theme of “Real Farmers with Real Heart,” is designed to introduce the public to some of the people who produce food in the province. The calendar is produced by Farm and Food Care Ontario. Trask and her husband Morley have raised six children on their Alma area dairy farm. “Her countless treasured memories of their farm life include teaching her husband to dance many years ago between the rows of cow stalls in the barn,” states a brief biography included along with a full-page photo of Trask as the featured farmer for the month of June. Today, two of her sons, Warren and Gordon, and two grandsons are also working on the family farm. In addition to raising six children, Trask has worked in the fields, in the barn and “kept quite a large garden,” but these days, the 77-year-old grandmother concentrates on doing the books and her burgeoning pie catering business. “I’ve been baking pies since I was eight years old,” she says, adding, “So I should know how to do it by now.” As a young bride she was given a rolling pin as a gift.
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the other participants from the region. “It was fun,” she said. With this year’s calendar, the stories of 100 Ontario farm families have now been featured within the calendar’s pages since it was first produced. All of the calendar’s models are real, working farmers and hail from all parts of the province. One of the project’s aims is to show there’s no such thing as a typical farmer. “Their farms are as diverse as the individuals,” states a Continued on page 3
No resolution in sight on MDS waiver issue for Mapleton residents by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Confusion over Minimum Distance Separation provisions in the township’s new comprehensive zoning bylaw continue, with no resolution coming out of an incamera discussion on the issue on Nov. 13. Several local landowners have put plans for their property on hold as council attempts to determine whether building permits can be issued for several small lots on County Road 10 near Moorefield. In July of 2010 Mapleton council passed a new comprehensive zoning bylaw that waives Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) requirements for existing lots that are less than 9.9 acres. However, the bylaw did not come into effect until June 2012 due to an OMB appeal of the bylaw on an unrelated matter. Alwyn and Lori Woodham have attended several recent council meetings to express concerns over the exemption, due to the potential impact on their farming operation on County Road 10. Several small lots, created in the 1970s, exist near the couple’s farm. Because the lots are within the MDS1 radius, building could not be permitted without a specific waiver. However, the
Woodhams are concerned the change to the comprehensive zoning bylaw will allow the lots to be built on, effectively restricting future expansion on their farm. Between the spring of 2011 and August of 2012, several of the lots owned by Tony and Mary Ann Giesen were sold to new owners. The new owners contend township staff advised them building permits could be issued for the lots as long as they were consolidated into single parcels of at least an acre. However last month, the township denied a building permit to one of the new owners based on the position the consolidated lots were not “existing lots” as of the passage of the bylaw and therefore not covered by the MDS1 exemption. Following an in-camera session that included the township’s solicitor on Oct. 23, Mayor Bruce Whale advised the parties more time was needed to arrive at a solution. Council held at closed session following the Nov. 13 meeting to receive legal advice on the issue. Contacted after the meeting, CAO Patty Sinnamon said there was nothing new to report and confirmed the issue is ongoing.
Wellington plan for trail upgrades would cost Mapleton $78,000 by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON - Council here has given approval in principle to a Wellington Countywide plan for a $24 million trail system that calls for over $1.25 million in trail upgrades in Mapleton. Wellington County planner Sarah Wilhelm told council the local contribution is projected to come in at $77,800 over 20 years, with the county picking up the lions share at $1,173,440. Wilhem said much of the work to be done in Mapleton would be on county roads and funded 100 per cent by the county. “That really benefits the Township of Mapleton more than most municipalities,” she explained. By contrast, the estimated price tag for local contributions in Wellington North and Centre Wellington are expected to be around $3 million each. The Town of Minto, however, is expected to provide a local
contribution of only about $43,000 to the project. Wilhelm, along with Andy Goldie, Centre Wellington CAO who chairs the Wellington County Active Transportation Plan committee and Karen Armstrong, vice-chair of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph In Motion committee, presented Mapleton council with an update on the plan at the Nov 13 council meeting. The proposal calls for the creation of a 1,000-kilometre trail system throughout the county over the next 20 years. County-wide, about 30 per cent of the trails will be off-road, with the remaining 70 per cent making use of roadways and paved shoulders. $10,000 for first 10 years In the first 10 years of the plan, Mapleton’s contribution is estimated at $10,120 to cover the creation of about 25km of signed routes. Mapleton currently has about 4km of major multi-use trails and paved shoulders.
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Over the life of the plan, that would be expanded to include about 120km of signed routes, including 3.1km marked with cycling lanes and another 21.5km of trails on paved shoulders. 1,000 kilometres proposed Across Wellington, the current 250km of multi-use trails and paved shoulders will be expanded by an additional 750km of new trails and routes as the county creates a system of routes from Puslinch to Clifford and from Minto to Erin. There will also be connections to trail systems in surrounding counties. Noting the county is providing a large share of the funding for the trail upgrades in Mapleton, councillor Neil Driscoll wondered where the money would come from. “If you’re going to take $1.2 million out of the county budget to account for this plan, will there be other services that will be affected?” he asked. “The county will deal
with that in the budget,” said Goldie, adding he did not anticipate the county taking money from other programs to fund the plan. Armstrong pointed out “some of the estimated costs that consultants have been building into the project are very, very high,” meaning the final tally for the trail system
could be lower. “It’s a very aggressive budget,” she added. Driscoll also raised issues of safety with trails proposed along Line 14 and Concession 6. “Those are very narrow roads and we have a lot of large farm traffic. As much as I respect people walking, we have a lot of traffic on those
roads,” Driscoll said. Wilhelm replied the trails in that area would probably be cycling routes and “cyclists are legally allowed to be on those roads now.” Wilhelm pointed out the plan is not yet “carved in stone” and adjustments can be made to route locations “if local conditions aren’t appropriate.”
Council supports turbine moratorium by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Council here is supporting a call for a moratorium on industrial wind turbines. At the Nov. 13 meeting, Mapleton council agreed to support resolutions from West Lincoln Township calling on the province to impose a moratorium until the results of a federal health study are known and acted upon. West Lincoln is also calling for the expansion of the federal health study to include a review potential
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seeking to install five turbines in West Lincoln. Mapleton councillor Jim Curry cited two recent “scientific reports” released in the U.S. that indicate residents living within one kilometre of turbines suffer health effects and he advocated a moratorium on turbines until the results the federal health study are available. “Until the study is concluded I think that it’s prudent that wind turbines be put on hold across Ontario,” Curry stated.
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Nine in a row - Norwell District High School’s senior boys volleyball team will head to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships in Stratford Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, hoping to cap off a successful season that included winning its ninth consecutive District 4 CWOSSA (Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association) title, as well as the overall CWOSSA championship on Nov. 15. Front row from left are: Jonathan Reinders, Leigh Mercey and Adam Kalbfleisch. Middle: Justin Davidson, Justin Schmidt, Jamie Hoelscher, Tim Driedger and Cameron Charlebois. Back: coach Paul Frayne, Eric Macdonald, Mike McHarg, Tyler Pronk, Brendon Aitken and coach Ian Strachan. submitted photo
Norwell boys capture CWOSSA volleyball title PALMERSTON - Norwell District High School’s senior boys volleyball team is headed to the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) provincial championships in Stratford from Nov. 22 to 24.
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community calendar November 24 - Knox Presbyterian Church, Palmerston Bazaar, 10am-1pm. Soup and sandwich luncheon, bake table, gift table, “new to you” table. November 24 - Mapleton Preschool Shopping Event at Community Christian School gym, 9am-1pm. Penny table, silent auction, baked goods, garage sale & lots of local vendors. November 24 - Christmas Family Day & Craft Sale, Community Mennonite Fellowship, 109 Wellington St. South (across from Drayton library), 11am-3pm. Free family Christmas craft activities, craft vendors, Christmas baking, baked potato bar lunch & polar bear dunk tank. 519-639-3012. Free admission. November 27 - Maryborough (Moorefield) Horticulture Society, Moorefield Optimist Hall. Potluck Supper (bring your own dishes & cutlery). Time: 6:00-6:30pm. Meet and Greet. Supper: 6:30pm. Program: Show & Tell - Show or tell about another hobby or passion you have. Visitors very welcome. December 1 - Maryborough Public School Brunch with Santa. 9am-1pm at the school in Moorefield. Fundraiser for gr. 6 trip to Camp Wanikita. Tickets: 519-638-3095/Donna 519-638-5187.
to the CWOSSA (Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association) championship in Simcoe recently, where they played in undefeated sets. In the final round on Nov. 14, Norwell defeated Simcoe
Composite School in the final, 3-0, to claim its third straight regional championship and OFSAA berth. The team now heads to the Stratford Agriplex for the OFSAA championships.
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Teen Challenge event to focus on youth addiction problems
District governor inducts new Rotarian DRAYTON – It’s not every new club member who is inducted by a Rotary district governor. However, that was the case Nov. 14 as Lorrie Spaling joined the Rotary Club of Drayton. Rotary District 6330 includes 61 clubs and covers a part of Michigan and southwestern Ontario. The tiny, but very active, Drayton club increased about 12 percent in membership from nine to 10 with the addition of Spaling. District governor Thomas Robitaille from Sarnia and assistant district governor Walt Berry of Brussels travelled to Drayton to lead the new member ceremony. Spaling’s father and husband joined members for a pre-ceremony dinner with the Rotarians and their spouses. Membership chair Bob Bignell, Spaling’s sponsor, was unable to attend, but wrote an introduction speech, which was read by president Ellen Papenburg. Robitaille talked about the merits of Rotary International, an organization that started in 1905 and has over a million members worldwide in more than 200 countries. A major accomplishment of the organization is its role in assisting the World Health Organization with the near-eradication of polio. Only about 1,000 cases remain in two war-ridden
Big wig welcome - Lorrie Spaling was inducted into the Rotary Club of Drayton by District Governor Tom Robitaille on Nov. 14.
countries. Another Rotary project is training peace negotiators worldwide. Local projects are a big part of Rotary as well. Drayton Rotary recent handed a cheque for $16,000 to the Palmerston Hospital Foundation to help purchase a resuscitation unit. Crawling into the ditches along the adopted highway from Drayton to Goldstone to clean them is another local Rotary project, accomplished with help of youngsters from local churches. The Rotary Club
supports many projects around town, including new Drayton entrance signs, a trail along the river and many others. After explaining the merits of Rotary International, Robitaille presented Spaling with her Rotary credentials and Rotary pin. The Rotary Club of Drayton would welcome more new members for the 65-year-old club. For more information contact Bob Bignell at 519638-2263 or Ellen Papenburg at 519-638-5444.
DRAYTON The Community Awareness Training Seminar (CATS) group, in partnership with the Community Mennonite Church, is hosting a Teen Challenge event on Nov. 24 at 7:30pm at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Teen Challenge London is a residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment program located in London, Ontario. It offers help and hope to those struggling with alcoholism and/or addiction to other drugs. Addicts, alcoholics, their family and friends, begin their restoration to whole life at Teen Challenge All teen-aged youth and interested adults are encouraged to attend the Teen Challenge event. “If you are aware of a friend that may be battling alcohol, and drug addiction please bring them along as this event can change their lives for the better,” organizers state. Mapleton council, at its Nov. 13 meeting, agreed to allow Teen Challenge organizers to use one of the free time slots the township is allotted at the Festival Theatre under the municipality’s lease arrangement with Drayton Entertainment to host the event.
Information provided by Teen Challenge in a press release cites statistics from the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), a survey of Ontario students in Grades 7 through 12 to indicate the level of the addiction problem among youth. The self-administered, anonymous survey is conducted across the province every two years with the purpose of identifying epidemiological trends in student drug use, mental health, physical activity and risk behavior, as well as identifying risk and protective factors. Typically, the OSDUHS surveys thousands of students in over 150 elementary and secondary schools across Ontario. Some the recent findings include: - 23 per cent of Ontario students report that they were offered, sold or given a drug at school in the last year. This increases to 40% among students in Grades 11 and 12, indicating that drugs are readily available to older students; - 42% of Ontario students surveyed have used an illicit substance in the last year; - 83% of Ontario students in Grade 12 drink alcohol, 49% of Grade 12 students admit to binge drinking;
- the top four substances used by Ontario students include: alcohol 58%, marijuana 25%, non-prescribed use of prescription pain relievers, tobacco 11.7%; - in 2005, about one Ontario student in 20 (4.4%) in Grades 7 to 12 said he or she had used cocaine at least once in the past year; and - 60% of illicit drug users in Canada are between the ages of 15 and 24; A bright note from the survey is a significant decrease in drug use among students in Grades 7 to 12 from 2009 to 2011. In particular cigarette use fell from 28.4% to 8.7%, metaphenamines 5.1% to 1.5%, and alcohol 66% to 54.9%. In recent years there has been a major concern among the medical community about the consumption of high-caffeine energy drinks by adolescents. The medical community is calling for labelling, marketing and sales restrictions as a way of protecting youth. Statistics show a 34% usage rate by Grade 7 students and 60% by Grade 12 students. Anyone with questions concerning this event may call CATS chair Jim Curry at 519638-3363.
MPPs, builders’ association issue call for abolition of College of Trades in Ontario PERTH-WELLINGTON – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece believes the provincial government must do more to encourage jobs in the skilled trades. That’s why he invited his colleague, MPP Garfield Dunlop, to a meeting to discuss the issue with area tradespeople. Dunlop, the MPP for Simcoe North, serves as the Ontario PC Critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Reform. “Ontario faces a jobs crisis,” said Pettapiece. “Yet, at the same time, the province has a shortage of skilled tradespeople.”
Hosted by the Stratford and Area Builders’ Association, the discussion took place in Stratford on Nov. 6 at the Festival Inn. Discussion focused on a range of issues including apprenticeship reform, compulsory certification, and the College of Trades and its controversial mandatory membership fees. “The number-one concern expressed by Ontario’s tradespeople is this unjust membership fee that is being imposed upon them by the College of Trades. Ontario’s tradespeople deserve to be treated with respect,” said Dunlop. The College will also
undertake regulatory functions such as issuing licences and certificates of membership, as well as setting standards for training and certification. These new requirements are in addition to the ones already in place with most skilled trades professions and organizations. The Ontario PC caucus has called on the Ontario College of Trades to be abolished. “In our white paper, called An Agenda for Growth, we have proposed changes that will increase the number skilled trades workers,” said Pettapiece. “Those workers need jobs, and Ontario needs those workers.”
John Meinen, president of Stratford and Area Builders’ Association and 2nd vicepresident of the Ontario Homebuilders’ Association,
agreed he College of Trades’ mandatory fees have to go. “Trades workers will have to pay hundreds of dollars in annual fees to the newly cre-
ated College,” Meinen stated. “This will drive up the costs of operating a business in Ontario and do nothing to address our skilled trades shortage.”
Council to consider columbarium purchase by Patrick Raftis DRAYTON – Mapleton council will consider the purchase of a columbarium for the Drayton cemetery during 2013 and 2014 capital budget deliberations. Council accepted a recommendation from the Mapleton cemetery committee to consider the purchase at its Nov.
13 meeting. Minutes from the Oct. 22 cemetery committee meeting indicate the committee noted that with only four or five cremation lots sold at the cemetery, a columbarium might be a more suitable alternative. The cost of the columbarium is estimated at $25,000 to $30,000. The committee suggested if
the funds were not available in 2013 that council consider funding the project over two years. Councillor Jim Curry questioned the need for a columbarium, given the relatively low usage of the earth burial cremation option. “We’ve had requests for it,” noted CAO Patty Sinnamon.
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FROM PAGE ONE press release from Food and Farm Care Ontario, which notes participants range in age from two to 78 and produce a variety of crops and livestock from lavender to poultry, fish, mink, beef, pork, soybeans, corn and dairy. Trask thinks the calendars help urban residents gain a better understanding of agriculture and farm lifestyles. “The city people don’t always get to know that much about farming and these give them more of an insight into it,” she said. Other farmers featured on this year’s calendar include: - a fish farmer who scubadives to check on his rainbow trout; - a four-generation family that enjoys riding motorcycles
when they’re not caring for turkeys; - a young egg farmer living on a farm that’s been in her family for almost 200 years; - the winners of the 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer competition; - a molecular biology student who farms with her family in between university classes; and - a tobacco farmer who switched to growing lavender. New this year, an QR code found on each calendar page allows viewers to scan the bar codes from their mobile devices to “meet” the farmers. Each of the codes provides a direct link to short YouTube interviews with each participant. Many Ontario agribusinesses and commodity groups sponsor the calendar. Their
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logos are featured on each page. Complimentary copies of the calendar will be mailed as Christmas presents from Ontario’s farmers to politicians, grocery stores, butcher shops and media. Available online Again this year, the calendar will be sold at all TSC stores across Ontario. It is also available through the Farm and Food Care office in Guelph, by using the online order form at www.farmfoodcare.org or by calling 519-837-1326. Farm and Food Care Ontario is a new organization launched in January. It
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The Canadian electorate will soon begin to experience the effects of its decision to hand Stephen Harper’s Conservatives a majority government in the last election. The government correctly believes their majority win gives them a mandate to trim government spending. Nothing else could be expected from the election of a political party committed to fiscal conservatism. However, freed from the moderating effects of operating in a minority Parliament, Canadians can also expect the government to make the type of curious ideology-based decisions typical of rightleaning governments. One such decision is the plan (and we use the term loosely) to stop funding and close facilities at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in northwestern Ontario. The ELA consists of a series of 58 small lakes near Ontario’s border with Manitoba. It was created in 1968 as a natural outdoor laboratory to study the effects of contaminants on “entire lake ecosystems.” Research from the ELA contributed to understanding the effects of acid rain and was instrumental in helping craft the 1991 Air Quality Agreement between Canada and the U.S. The ELA is a world-renowned facility, considered unique on a planet that is expected to face crisis level issues with drinking water in coming decades. The government expects the move to save about $2 million in annual operational costs. But opponents of the move project it will cost about $50 million in site remediation costs alone to return the environmentally-sensitive area to its natural state. That’s a pretty long payback term, for a move that provides no benefit beyond the saving of an amount of money that equals about 12.5 per cent of what Harper’s Tories have spent on advertising to promote their own accomplishments through Canada’s Economic Action Plan in the first quarter of 2012 alone. Yes, the government does have a mandate to deal with the deficit. However Canadians have a right to expect savings will be sought by eliminating waste, not creating more. Given that, perhaps they should be looking to areas like partisan self-promotion ahead of valuable environmental research, to find their savings. Patrick Raftis
Letter to the Editor Drayton donors touch lives Dear Editor: I would like to thank the dedicated Drayton donors who attended the recent blood donor clinic on Nov. 12. Thanks to your generosity, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) collected 72 units of blood and saw a attendance of 79. This is one of our largest attendance numbers to date in Drayton. Since one unit of blood collected has the power to help up to three lives, we can proudly say that Drayton has helped 216 patients this past clinic in our local communities. Many thanks to the strong community support extended to Canadian Blood Services by the Drayton and Moorefield communities, Thanks to the many businesses that
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help advertise the clinics, Community Christian School for giving the clinic a home and the many volunteers who help make the clinics a success. CBS will return to Drayton on Jan. 21 at the Community Christian School, 35 High St., from 1:30 to 7:30pm. Please consider sharing your vitality by donating blood and helping others in need. Please call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888236-6283) or visit blood.ca for clinic locations, eligibility information or to book an appointment to donate. Once again, a big thank you from all of us at Canadian Blood Services. Lisa Ruck, Community Development Coordinator, Canadian Blood Services
NOTICE PROVISION INTENT TO AMEND PROCEDURAL BY-LAW TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Mapleton intends to pass a new procedural by-law at the Regular Meeting of Council on December 11, 2012 – 1:00 p.m. Consideration of the new by-law will take place in the Council Chambers, Township of Mapleton Municipal Offices, North Part of Lot 4, Concession XI, 7275 Sideroad 16. The proposed procedural by-law will amend the meeting schedule for regular meetings of Council during the months of July, August and December; and provide for housekeeping amendments. Interested persons are welcome to attend this meeting of Council. A copy of the draft by-law is available at the Township of Mapleton Clerk’s Department. Written or verbal representation, either in support of or in opposition to, the proposed by-law will be received.
NOTICE TO RS E N W O P M U P SUMP Pursuant to By-law 2007-03, please take notice of the following prohibitions: • • • •
No person shall drain any pool, ice rink or sump water within the Municipality of the Township of Mapleton other than in compliance with the provisions of this by-law. No person shall drain or permit the drainage of any pool, ice rink or sump pump in such a manner as to cause flooding to any adjoining property including property owned by the municipality. All drainage shall be directed by means of pipes or hoses directly to the side or rear yard of the property and from there to the sewer or, to a drainage ditch or swale in the property. Where water is drained to a drainage ditch or swale, the water flow shall be restricted so as to prevent flooding onto a roadway or to cause icing of the roadway.
PENALTIES AND CONDITIONS: Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine as set out in the Provincial Offences Act. ($5,000.00 for first offence).
Dated at the Township of Mapleton this 9th day of November, 2012. (Mrs.) Patty Sinnamon, CAO Clerk
COUNCIL DATES Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting of Council
(NOTE: time change) 2013 1:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting of Council
The Community News, Friday, November 23, 2012 PAGE FIVE
Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society Parker Parker, located at intersection of Wellington County Roads 7 and 12, was once a thriving hamlet catering to the needs of not only the immediate community, but also to travelers and teamsters. County Road 7 was the main road from Guelph and Elora to the west and was known as the Elora-Saugeen Road. From the 1840s when the first settlers arrived until the railway was built through our township in 1871, travel was by stage coach and goods were transported by teamsters. Teams, whether mules or horses, required feed and rest and of course the drivers needed nourishment and their thirsts quenched as well. Parker was one of the many such hamlets to provide stables and accommodations. Memories and written records don’t always agree on the exact location of the businesses. However, it is certain that the first log school was built in 1873 on Lot 10,
Concession 14. The log building was replaced by a frame one that was used until 1889 when a new masonry building was erected. As was usual in those days, the frame building was not razed. It was moved across the road to become the Orange hall, and later moved again to end its days as a straw shed attached to the barn on Lot 10, Concession 13. The ‘new’ school, SS No. 8, was the seat of learning for the area children until it was closed in the 1960s and the children were bused to the larger area schools. School pictures show 65 students in 1893 and 70 in 1895 attending this school. Today it is a private residence. A Wesleyan Methodist Church acquired a part of Lot 10 in 1871, west of the school, and built their church. The church was closed in the 1920s, the building razed and the materials used to build a house. Jonathan Jackson, a blacksmith, purchased 8.5 acres of
Lot 10 in 1887. An invoice, dated 1910, indicates he was still in business. A service station was later built on this property and now it is where the Harvest Table butcher shop and bistro are found. A sawmill and shingle factory was located on Lot 9, Concession 14. The mill pond was fed by an over-flowing well on the farm. It is believed there were also several houses and a store on this property. Hotels On the small corner property on the Lot 9, Concession 13, was a hotel, a grocery store and in the 1920s had one of three gas pumps in Parker, ending its life as a private dwelling. Many remember the small white frame house sitting right on the corner. We often marveled that it had not fallen down because so many motor vehicles had run into it. It was torn down and a new home is set well back on the property. The second hotel was a log building, located on Lot
10, Concession 13 beside the Orange Hall. It was named the Pig’s Nose Inn, apparently so named because one night a pig stuck its nose in the door when the patrons were enjoying their “mugs of suds”. When the Elora-Saugeen Road was a toll road there was a toll gate at Parker with a well and a watering trough. The Parker post office opened in 1865 with Thomas Burns as the first postmaster. It closed when rural mail delivery was introduced in 1914. It was first located at the toll gate and later in one of the stores which also boosted a telegraph service. The Parker telegraph ceased to operate when the railway and station was built a mile and a half away in 1871 (the Goldstone Station, which wasn’t in Goldstone either.) Parker today is a crossroad where one can still buy a cup of coffee and perhaps reminisce about its past.
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Wind energy ‘killing jobs’ states PC energy critic by Patrick Raftis ALMA - Wind energy is “killing jobs” in Ontario. That’s part of the message Progressive Conservative energy critic energy Victor Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, brought with him on a tour of the region last week. Fedeli visited Alma, Mount Forest, Listowel, St. Marys and Stratford on Nov. 15, accompanied, at several stops, by Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. “With a group in Alma along with MPPs Randy Pettapiece and Ted Arnott (Wellington-Halton Hills) talking about wind energy killing jobs,” Fedeli tweeted during his visit there. Pettapiece said the gathering at the Alma Community Centre was a small one and
included a few local citizens who had expressed some concerns about wind energy. The residents’ concerns focused on proposed projects in the Arthur and Belwood areas. Pettapiece said wind energy is a job killer because “industries are leaving Ontario because they can’t afford the energy prices.” The MPP said Ontario would face the same fate as European countries that have gone heavily into wind power and are now “cancelling their contracts because they can’t afford the energy.” Pettapiece said his party isn’t opposed to “green energy” but does feel that Ontario’s current approach to wind power is not efficient.
Celebrate the Holidays with The Mantini Sisters at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse ST. JACOBS - Renowned for their stage presence and harmonic style, Barbara, Sandra and Ann Mantini will take to the stage to create more musical memories in The Mantini Sisters: A Christmas Concert with two performances only, Dec. 13 at 8pm and Dec.14 at 2pm at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Fresh on the heels of their featured performance in Drayton Entertainment’s premiere of Big Band Legends, The Mantini Sisters: A Christmas Concert promises an assortment of popular classics and Christmas treasures including such standards as Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, and It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. “The Mantini Sisters are incredible performers, and their holiday concert is the perfect way to celebrate the joy of the season,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. Originally from Niagaraon-the-Lake, Sandra, Barbara and Ann Mantini have been singing together for more than 20 years. Discovered by the late Alan Lund, a prominent director in Canadian theatre (who also helped launch the
Drayton Festival Theatre back in 1991), The Mantini Sisters went from the community theatre ranks in St. Catharines to the professional stage with the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island. It was there that the Mantinis were first introduced to legendary conductor and composer Howard Cable, who was instrumental in shaping the trio for the Festival’s production of Swing! in 1985. Mustakas later produced Swing! for Drayton Entertainment in 1994, 2004, and 2008 – with each production featuring at least one, if not all, of The Mantini Sisters. Drayton Entertainment patrons will also have the chance to see the sisters perform in Big Band Legends during the 2013 season at the new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge (June 12 to 22) and the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene (June 26 – July 13). Tickets are $40 plus HST and can be purchased online at www.stjacobscountryplayhouse.com, in person at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse box office, or by calling (519) 7477788 or toll free 1-855-drayton (372-9866).
“We’re not against green energy, but it’s got to be affordable. This is not.” Pettapiece noted a visit to St. Marys Cement later in the day provided a look at what he sees as a more viable form of clean energy. A pilot project at the Perth County business funnels airborne emissions directly from the company’s smoke stack
into water tanks to create algae that is converted to biofuels. The project is a partnership between St. Marys Cement and Toronto-based Pond Biofuels. “When it’s fully developed - right now it’s just a prototype - they will be able to convert all of their CO2 emissions into biofuels,” said Pettapiece. Continued on page 8
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PAGE SIX The Community News, Friday, November 23, 2012
By Laurie Langdon
Godâ€™s refining work at consecrationâ€™s humble altar There are times when God seems to just â€œshow upâ€? in our lives. And, while I donâ€™t understand what actually happens during those times with God, I just know the effect of those times; when and as Godâ€™s holy fire comes and burns away everything that hinders holiness and fruitfulness in us. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that â€œ... we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,â€? and that it is therefore important to â€œhave grace, by which
we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.â€? (Hebrews 12:28-29) Isaiah certainly understood, firsthand, I might add, what it meant to be cleansed by this holy fire of God, for on the occasion of God choosing to reveal Himself to Isaiah in a vision, the prophet cried out, â€œWoe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.â€? Then, as one of the seraphim flew to him, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar, he touched his mouth with it, and said, â€œBehold, this
has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.â€? Furthermore, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, â€œWhom shall I send, and who will go for us?â€? â€œHere am I, send me!â€? was his immediate response! (Isaiah 6:5-8) Donâ€™t look to experience God in a particular form or in a manner similar to mine. Neither seek the experience that another person has had. Furthermore, donâ€™t seek experience alone, as if trying to jump from mountain top to mountain top. It doesnâ€™t work that way. Remember that you need to travel through the valleys in order to get to each mountain top. Nevertheless,
you still need the mountain top. Whether it be to gain new perspective in the form of wisdom and revelation or to receive new life via the fresh winds of the Spirit, you gotta have it. I have heard many people pray for the fire of God to fall. And, I must confess, I too have prayed likewise. But have we ever stopped to consider the first impact of fire? Burning. You got it. Fire burns - and fire hurts. Some time has passed now since the Lord began an incredible work in my life and enough has happened to me during this time to teach me that when God starts to move in a personâ€™s life, well, it is
glorious, yes, but not always sweet. In fact, sometimes the greatest works of God are carried out in the low places of life where no one else but me lives. Oh, I have continued to walk with and grow in God all right, but I have to tell you that the process has taken me through some grueling experiences. You see, I am learning that sometimes flames will engulf you, and as they do, and even though you strive desperately for the closest escape route, please know this - Godâ€™s greatest work is taking place. Oh yes, it is through the fire of His glorious presence that God will take you - scorching you, burning you, testing you, yet purging you,
refining you and purifying you. He has to, because you need to be prepared for the fullness of His presence, and you cannot experience it the way you are. You, like me, are too tarnished, too impure, too crude to be in His holy, awesome presence - and still live. Yes, He wants you and me where He is. He made us for that purpose and we will not be complete unless we are. Neither will He be satisfied until we are. But He has to prepare us, burning everything out of us that would hinder holy communion with Him in His glorious presence. So, get ready for fire, yes, but get ready most of all to be made like gold.
Upper Grand schools participate in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week GUELPH - Students in the Upper Grand District School Board stood up to bullying this week, as schools in Ontario recognized Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, Nov. 18 to 24. Bullying is everywhere, but many students have decided thereâ€™s no place for it in their schools â€“ and they, together with teachers, parents and school administrations are working against it.
In the recent past the Upper Grand Student Senate was behind the â€œSo What?â€? pink t-shirt campaign, which included the making of the documentary film by former student trustee Alex Vander Vlugt. Making schools safer This year, with the passage of Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, every school is engaged in strategies that include safe school committees, bullying prevention plans,
Parking ban now in effect WELLINGTON CTY. - Winter parking restrictions are now in effect across the county. As of Nov. 1, there is no parking on all public roadways or parking lots within the county between the hours of 2 and 6am.
The restriction ends on March 31. Any person who violates the provisions of this bylaw (500005) is guilty of an offence and will be issued a parking infraction notice, as outlined in Part II of the Provincial Offences Act.
school climate surveys and staff training. During Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week students get in on the act, participating in a wide variety of activities and events. Some examples of whatâ€™s happening in schools include: - the Student Senate is involved in the organization of Awareness Assemblies in secondary schools; - some schools, both ele-
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Rock inspired - Norgan Theatre will be home to the Palmerston Big Film Fest on Dec. 10, one of five sites in Canada chosen to feature the innovative short films inspired by Icelandic atmospheric rock band Sigur Ros. submitted photo
Icelandic bandâ€™s film shows at Palmerston Big Film Fest PALMERSTON - The innovative Icelandic atmospheric rock band Sigur Ros has commissioned professional and amateur filmmakers to create short films based on the
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ing morning TV announcements. Since bullying is not just a school issue, but a community issue, some schools invited parents to participate in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week events or activities. For more information about preventing bullying, download â€œBullying: We Can All Help Stop Itâ€? at www.ugdsb.on.ca/ bullying.
ranging from $490 to $2,000, along with six demerit points. There is also a provision that allows for the registered owner of the offending motor vehicle to be charged and, upon conviction, face a fine of $490. Wellington County OPP officials would like to remind all motorists to watch for and stop for school buses with lights activated. Safety is a shared responsibility.
A Living Room Christmas show coming to Drayton
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takes place; - many students and staff are wearing bracelets or pink clothing and t-shirts to show their support for bullying prevention; - students will be making posters for display in school hallways, one of the places where students say that bullying is most likely to occur; and - students in some schools are producing videos that will be shared at assemblies or dur-
Police urging drivers to watch for school buses
WELLINGTON CTY. Police are reminding motorists to be cognizant of school bus safety lights. Over the course of the past few weeks, the OPP has received several reports of vehicles passing school buses while their flashing red lights were activated. This act is punishable under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and upon conviction the driver would face a fine Â‹Â•ÂŠÂ‘Â•Â–Â‹Â?Â‰ÂƒÂ•Â’ÂƒÂ‰ÂŠÂ‡Â–Â–Â‹Â†Â‹Â?Â?Â‡Â”Â‹Â?Â?Â‡Â?Â‘Â”Â›Â‘Âˆ Â‹Â?Â—Â”Â”ÂƒÂ›Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠÂƒÂŽÂŽÂ’Â”Â‘Â…Â‡Â‡Â†Â• We would like to thank everyone
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mentary and secondary, have invited guest speakers and presenters. Each of the speakers bring a message that highlights the dangers and damage done by acts of bullying, and encourages all members of school communities to take a stand to support tolerance and acceptance amongst their peers; - in many schools bullying prevention will be a topic for classroom discussion, with a review of what to do if bullying
10:00am: Pastor Albert Dreise will lead our morning worship: Farewell service honouring Pastor Dreise for his ministry in the Chr Ref. Church and in the Drayton Chr. Ref. Church 7:30pm: Sid Vanderveen will lead our evening worship
tracks from their latest album, valtari. These films are going to be screened in select venues from Dec. 7 to 10 across all seven continents. Palmerston Big Film Fest has been chosen as one of five venues in Canada, including Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal. The short films will be streamed over the Internet instead of being distributed in hard copy form like a typical feature. The band received over 800 submissions and have selected 17 for the final line-up. The films will provide a unique viewing experience, aimed at mature audiences. Palmerston Big Film Fest takes place at the Norgan Theatre on Dec. 10 at 7:30pm. For advanced tickets call 519338-2497 or e-mail gduff@ wightman.ca. Tickets also available at the door.
The Community News, Friday, November 23, 2012 PAGE SEVEN
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Santa Claus enroute to Palmerston PALMERSTON – Santa Claus is coming to Palmerston on Dec. 1. Palmerston firefighters will host the community’s 36th annual Santa Claus Parade and an evening of activities, beginning at 7pm. The parade line-up will begin at the Ashland lot beside the fire hall at 6pm. The parade will begin at 7pm, travelling west on King Street, then north
on Lowe Street to Main Street, east on Main to Brunswick and end at the Frank Lambier Legion. After the parade, youngsters can meet with Santa at the Legion and enjoy candies and chocolate milk. Palmerston Kinettes will be collecting non-perishable food items along the parade route for the local food bank. Plaques and cash prizes will be awarded at the Legion at
9pm for: best commercial and best non-commercial floats, as well as best overall float and best walking entry. Donations toward the parade may be given through any Palmerston firefighter and anyone with questions about the parade is invited to contact Pete Henderson at 519-3432907 or Don Harrow at 519343-3488.
81’s split pair of weekend games DRAYTON – The Mapleton-Minto 81s split a pair of weekend games in WOAA Senior AA hockey action. The 81s topped the Durham Thundercats 6-4 at home in Drayton on Nov. 17, but dropped a 3-1 decision to the Ripley Wolves on the road on
Nov. 18. The team’s next action is rematch with the Thundercats in Durham on Nov. 30. Their next home game is scheduled for Dec. 1 in Harriston against the Shallow Lake Crushers. The 81s currently sit in a sixth place tie in the eight-team
north division, with a record of 4-6-0. Jordan Lang leads the team with nine points. Brent Cochrane is the squad’s leading goal-scorer with five tallies and Mike Lankshear leads in assists, with four, and penalty minutes, with 54. Christmas Village - Blessings to You Centre – Thrift and Gift in Palmerston has opened a Christmas Village for the holiday season to provide low-cost gift options to holiday shoppers. The store is staffed completely by volunteers including, from left: Connie Holmes, Mary Weber and Mary Faye Burns.
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Wind power ‘killing jobs’ FROM PAGE FIVE Pettapiece stated the St. Marys’ project is being accomplished without major financial incentives from the provincial government. “It’s not going to be heavily subsidized, which is one of the benefits of it,” he said. The St. Marys project did receive just under $1 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario in June to improve the technology and make it commercially viable. Pettapiece also joined Fedeli for a stop at Spinrite Yarns and Dyers in Listowel, where the cost of wind energy was again the topic of discussion.
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