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Serving the Mapleton Community

Community News Volume 45 Issue 48

Drayton, Ontario

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Recruitment committee seeks support as physician shortage looms

Don’t forget the pets - Heartland Animal Hospitals in Drayton, Mount Forest and Listowel are acceptiung donations of pet food and treats for dogs and cats during the holiday season. The donations will be distributed through area food banks. From left, Heartland staff members: Dr. Nicole Nicholson, Cheresse Ste. Croix, Mike Kucan and Shirley Droog. photo by Patrick Raftis

Christmas pet food drive underway by Patrick Raftis MOUNT FOREST - “Even pets need our help this holiday season,� says Mike Kucan, business manager of Heartland Animal Hospitals. Donations to food banks generally rise in the spirit of Christmas giving at this time each year. However, Kucan notes, donors don’t always remember that food bank users often also struggle with bills

for pet food, as well as groceries. Kucan says many people may not even be aware that food banks accept pet food donations and that Heartland is organizing the drive as a way of “giving back to the community.� Heartland Animal Hospitals of Mount Forest, Drayton and Listowel will be accepting pet food and treats for dogs and cats until Dec. 20. Donations

will be distributed through the Drayton Food Bank, Mount Forest Community Pantry and The Salvation Army Community Services branch in Listowel. Donors may bring in pet food and cash to all three locations. Pet food and treats will also be available for purchase at Heartland. Cash donations will be used to purchase additional pet food for the drive.

Santa on his way to Christmas parades in Drayton and Moorefield next weekend MAPLETON - In preparation for the big day itself, Old St. Nick will be making preChristmas Eve visits to help make spirits bright at local parades in December. The Mapleton Fire Department is once again organizing its 23rd annual Santa Claus Parade in Drayton which will take place on Dec. 7 at 7:30pm The Moorefield Optimists will be hosting their annual Santa Claus Parade the next day

Dec. 8 at 1pm in Moorefield. In the past, many of those entering floats have taken advantage of participating in both parades and they are encouraged to do so again. Drayton parade participants should assemble in the parking lot at the fairgrounds and ball park at 7pm while the Moorefield parade line up will be at the Murray Group yard at 12:30pm. Parade-goers are also encouraged to bring a non-per-

ishable food item to be placed in the boxes available at the Drayton Fire Hall and K. A. Hammond’s in Moorefield. These donations will be turned over to the local food bank for local distribution. Children will have an opportunity to chat with Santa at those locations following the parade. The Christmas parade in Alma is scheduled for Dec. 23 at 2pm.

Construction booming in Mapleton MAPLETON - Building activity in Mapleton in 2012 continues at a pace well ahead of last year’s levels. Chief building official David Kopp filed a report updating council on building activity this year at the Nov. 13 council meeting. As of the end of October 2012, the municipality has issued building permits for construction valued at $36,968,069, compared to $23,168,065 in the first 10 months of 2011.

That increase has resulted in over $100,000 more flowing to township coffers, as fees collected so far in 2012 amount to $332,149, compared to $201,000 to this point in 2011. October was a strong month for building in Mapleton, exceeding last year’s total construction by over $1 million. There were 38 permits issued in October 2012, for a total value of $3,192,202, compared with 22 permits for construction valued at $2,084,700 in

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by Patrick Raftis MINTO – With the MintoMapleton area about to lose two long-serving doctors to retirement in the next year, council here was asked for both moral and financial support for physician recruitment efforts. Council agreed to consider a request for a $10,000 contribution to local health professional recruitment efforts in 2013 budget deliberations after hearing from members of the local recruitment committee at the Nov. 20 meeting. “In Minto-Mapleton, over the next year, we are preparing for the retirement of two longstanding physicians,� one each in Drayton (Dr. Chris Donald) and Harriston (Dr. John Vanderkooy), stated Shirley Borges, chair of the MintoMapleton Health Professional Recruitment Committee in a report to council. “We are also aware of other physicians in our area who will be planning retirement in the next five to 10 years. Without successful recruitment, the shortage of family physicians threatens not only the health and well being of residents of our communities, but also our communities’ potential for growth.� Despite increased interest in the area from new physicians, Borges said, “competition for a limited supply of rural physicians continues to be strong.� While the committee’s general mandate is recruitment of all types of health care professionals, Dr. Christopher Cressey, medical lead for the

Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team, said, “right now, we are focusing on the recruitment of physicians.� Borges noted the FHT has recently added one physician, Dr. Hao Sun, working out of the clinic in Drayton, but more will be needed to keep pace with demand. Cressey noted North Wellington Health Care’s planned construction of the Minto Rural Health Centre at the Palmerston and District Hospital site is vital to local recruitment efforts. Cressey says graduating physicians are looking to work in a team environment in a clinic setting. “You can’t recruit to a solo practice. Nobody wants that,� said Cressey. “These kids are brilliant. They can go wherever they want,� he added. Clinic environment “They are looking for a clinic environment that’s up and running and handles the business end of things and has some older physicians around that they can call on for help when they need it.� Allison Armstrong, NWHC health care recruiter, said , “There’s lots of interest. Our challenge is space right now.� Cressey urged council to continue to support the completion of the rural health centre in order to assist with recruitment efforts. In September, an architectural firm was hired to design the facility. Cressey says he would like to see the project move to the construction phase as soon as possible. “I can sell a hole in the

ground. I can’t sell architects’ drawings. Everyone has seen architects’ drawings and they could be 10 years down the road,� he explained. Minto Deputy Mayor Terry Fisk asked if there was anything council could do in terms of contacting health ministry or Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) officials to keep the project moving forward, “given how severe the shortage is and that we need this new medical centre sooner rather than later.� “I think that would be a good signal,� said Borges. Borges said to be successful, “multi-pronged recruitment strategies,� are required as “we have discovered no single strategy works.� In addition to the establishment of the rural health centre, ongoing recruitment activities include: - marketing initiatives targeting young physicians and nurses; rural - supporting learning experiences and programs for medical students; - attendance at health professional recruitment tour events sponsored by Health Force Ontario; - hosting prospective physicians for community site visits; and - increasing locum opportunities. The committee stated in its report members believe their work “will become even more important as we face the reality of physician retirement over the next few years.�

Northern Lights offers assistance to job-seekers and employers in area by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – A regional organization is providing some light at the end of the tunnel for area residents struggling with unemployment. The Fergus branch of Northern Lights Canada (NLC) attended the Nov. 13 Mapleton council meeting to provide information about services available to the local community. While Mapleton residents are welcome to access a wide range of services and assistance through the Fergus branch, the organization does provide services on an as-needed at the Drayton library, for those who have trouble making it to Fergus. Northern Lights staff also travel to the Independent Learning Centre in Arthur to meet with clients.

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Local Northern Lights team leader Theresa Shyu said NLC provides services to employers, as well as workers. “We’re helping people who are looking for work, but we really do help employers as well,� by providing assistance with applicant screening and other services, said Shyu, adding that all services provided by Northern Lights are free to employers and job seekers. It’s all part of their mandate to “help people and organizations develop to their potential by providing counsel, education, resources and connections, in a caring, respectful and professional manner.� Northern Lights offers individual assessments by employment counsellors for: goal setting, training options, career exploration and appren-

ticeships. Centre staff will also help with preparation of applications for re-education programs like Employment Ontario’s Second Career program. Workshops are also provided on a regular basis on topics ranging from career decisionmaking, to writing of resumes and cover letters. Literacy and basic skill programs are also provided, as are initiatives targeted at older workers. The NLC Employment Resources centre also offers free computer and internet access, faxing and photocopying and a resource library for use by job seekers. More information on Northern Lights Canada can be found at

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The tournament requires nearly 50 Norwell student and staff volunteers. Local businesses who would like to financially support the tournament and the Redmen can contact the school at 519-343-3107 ext. 427 and speak with Mark Israel. Goldlevel sponsorship is $50 and silver-level sponsorship is $25. The student athletes of Norwell appreciate the business community’s support of extra-curricular activities at the school, state team officials. The Redmen have started the season with a pair of losses

to strong teams in league play, falling 6-2 to Orangeville DSS and 5-1 to Centre Dufferin. The team hopes that a return to a full roster will help solidify success as the team will play seven more league games before the Christmas break. The Redmen compete in the very competitive Wellington/ Dufferin County league with 11 other schools from Guelph, Fergus, Orangeville and Shelburne. “We hope to see you out this weekend in support of the Redmen,” team officials state.

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Volunteer Centre executive director takes on new role

4-H banquet - Mapleton 4-H club catered to the Wellington County 4-H year end banquet held at the Alma Community Centre. Pictured are Mapleton 4-H club members Andrew Grose and Chelsey Flewwelling cutting up pies and cake to serve for dessert. submitted photo

GUELPH - Former founding executive director of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington, Cathy Taylor, has recently accepted a new role with the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Taylor accepted the position as the first executive director of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), a Toronto based organization that has emerged as a convener, communication broker and coordinator for nonprofits in Ontario. On secondment to the ONN since June 2012, Taylor’s role with the volunteer centre has been shared by Christine Oldfield and Liz Dennis as interim directors, who will remain in the position until a new executive director is hired early in the new year.

Impaired driving charge in Mapleton MAPLETON - On Nov. 24 at approximately 12:23pm Wellington County OPP officers received a call from a concerned citizen of a possible impaired driver on the 12th Line near Sideroad 20. Police attended the location and observed the green 1995 GMC Sierra that matched the

description given by the complainant. Police spoke with the driver and administered a roadside screening device test. Police say further investigation revealed the driver’s licence was suspended, the vehicle was not insured and the plates were not authorized for that vehicle.

Robert McGaughey, 55, of East Perth Township, was charged with driving over 80mg, driving while disqualified, using unauthorized plates, and operating a vehicle without insurance. He is to appear in Guelph court on Dec. 21.

Taylor helped to build the centre into a multi-service organization that is a community hub and leader in Guelph and Wellington. Taylor celebrated her 11th year with the organization in July. The Volunteer Centre board and staff thank Taylor for her years of hard work and dedication. Members, partners and other well-wishers are welcome to attend an open house event to be held in Taylor’s honour on Dec. 14 from 3 to 5pm at the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, 46 Cork St. E., Unit 1. For more information about the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington visit www.

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Letter to the Editor A team effort Dear Editor: So did you see the picture of the Norwell boys volleyball team in your local paper? You might think, well, that’s great, read the names to see if you recognized any and carried on with the rest of the paper. Not so fast. Did you realize that some schools had no sports programs this fall due to the government and teacher dispute? I doubt our coaches even let it cross their minds to not run a program. If you have never played a high school sport you have no idea the self esteem and character building it can do. It’s a team effort, not a one man show, sure some players excel in one area more than others but that’s what makes a team. The junior team came in second at CWOSSA and the opposing team didn’t get it given to them, they worked darn hard to beat our guys. There is no shame in coming in a hard second. They were all close sets, it could have went either way. The seniors won CWOSSA and went on to OFSSA this past weekend in Stratford. There was some amazing volleyball. These were the elite of Ontario High school teams. At most games we probably had the most parent turn out to cheer, and cheer we did. The seniors did make to the consolation round but were put out in awell played game. Hold your heads high guys you made your coach and all your fans proud. It was a very emotional final game, some of these guys had played together for five years. They knew where the other one would be on the court before they even played the ball. The thought that it was their last game together might have been harder to take than the loss. Well done guys, good

luck in the future. Thanks to the junior coach, Dale Beer and the senior coaches, Ian Strachan and Paul Frayne. You showed these young men to go with what you believe in and not just follow the crowd. Good luck next year. “Dig Deep.” Lynn Elliott, Moorefield

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Blow for democracy Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, a veteran of a dozen years of municipal politics, was ousted from office earlier this week when a judge ruled he had violated Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Ford’s case has been well documented. He initially found himself in hot water for, while an elected councillor, using city hall letterhead on letters soliciting funds for a private foundation which raises funds in support of youth football. The amount involved in the fundraising campaign, $3,150, seems relatively insignificant, perhaps even forgivable, given the money went to a charity, not to Ford. However an integrity commissioner saw it differently, stating, “In return for these donations . . . councillor Ford received the benefit of additional funding to his foundation, which he used to enhance his reputation both as a councillor via his website and as a candidate by including this information in his campaign materials.” Winning a municipal council seat, especially in a major metropolitan constituency, comes with it a stipend that hasn’t been chump change for many years. Ford later compounded the error in judgement by participating in a council discussion and a subsequent vote to compel him to repay the funds. Regardless of where one stands on the seriousness of Ford’s transgressions, and putting aside the fact this will force the city of Toronto to hold a needless $7 million by-election, there is a heartening side to the ruling. This case was brought forth by a citizen and resulted in serious consequences to a politician found to have thumbed his nose at rules governing the behavior of elected officials. It appears Mayor Ford, while apparently flouting democracy, may have inadvertently struck a blow for it. Politicians at all levels have just been put on notice. Patrick Raftis

Letter to the Editor Farmers are land stewards Dear Editor: “If you live in the country you are going to smell manure.” That’s the comment I received from a neighbour when I called to warn her I was spreading manure the next day. Yes, she was a retired farmer and had smelled manure lots of times from beside the cow, the back of the cow, and as any one who has worked with livestock knows, maybe even under the cow. It’s a fact of life: living in the country is a whole different world. We should all be paying attention to recent Community News articles regarding the Minimum Distance Separation requirements of residential lots and farm land in Mapleton Township. You may think it’s not affecting you, but down the road it will. None of us know what expansion we might do in the future. Will our children want to expand and do something we never dreamed about? What about the next owner,

will his hands be tied to what he can do with the land, so the sale price will reflect that? The lots in question at the edge of Moorefield have been there as long as I can remember and I assumed the land belonged to the farmer; the trees were just there as a snow break. Some townships will not sever lots from farms. Why? Because of past issues. So what does that tell you? Yes, there were some stupid ones in the past. There is noise, dust and manure - it’s all part of everyday life on the farm. Even as a farmer, the neighbour’s manure stinks, but your own doesn’t. So what will someone with no manure think of the smell? We deal with Environmental Farm Plans, Nutrient Management Plans, water quality control. We do our best to be good stewards of the land. So when did we loose our right to farm our land, raise our livestock and feed the world? Yes, that’s what we do, and we are darn good at it. Lynn Elliott, Moorefield

Taxes may be paid at the following locations:


• Township of Mapleton Municipal Office, 7275 Sideroad 16 by cash, cheque or debit/interac • at most Financial Institutions or • by Telebanking/On-line banking with most financial institutions.

The second installment of the 2012 Final Taxes for all property classes are due

There is a mail slot available at the office for payments being made after hours. Postdated cheques for the due date are accepted. Taxes may also be paid by mail addressed to the Township of Mapleton, P.O. Box 160, Drayton, ON N0G 1P0

Nov. 30, 2012

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. Dated at the Township of Mapleton this 9th day of November, 2012.

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

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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society One who quietly served There are many in our community who quietly go about their work without most of us realizing the contribution they make. One such person was Basil Peel. Mr. Peel had retired to live in Drayton in 1960 and many of us did not know of his years of service to the former Township of Peel. Mr. Peel’s grandfather, William Peel, homesteaded on Lot 7, Concession 8 before Peel became a township in 1854. It was just hapchance that the new township was

named Peel after Sir Robert Peel of Great Britain. This farm is now owned by the fourth generation of the Peel family, Robert. Peel took his first job with the township in 1918 when he was appointed path master to overseeing the statute labour for the one mile of road abutting their farm. At that time each land owner was required to donate seven days of labour each year to maintain the road adjacent to their property. This law was changed in 1926 when the township took over road

maintenance. In 1926 Peel became the township assessor, for a year. The pay was a princely $125 for the year. The next year he was appointed “school attendance officer” for the township. He farmed with his father and kept track of the truant students of Peel until 1934. That was the year he married Myrtle Park. He and his new wife continued to farm the family homestead. In 1934 Peel again was appointed township assessor, a position he held until

1943. In 1940 Peel was elected to the board of the Peel and Maryborough Mutual Insurance Company. He served on that board over 15 years, on the executive for eight years, and as president in 1949 and 1950. In 1951 Peel was elected to Peel Township council. The term of council at that time was for one year. He was reelected for another term. In the December 1953 election he won the seat of deputy reeve. He served as deputy reeve until elected reeve in

December of 1957. He was reeve of the Township until December, 1960. He decided to retire from farming and moved into Drayton. No longer a resident of Peel he was not eligible to be on council. However his heart must have been still in Peel, for he still sat at the council table, having taken over the job of township clerk. The former clerk had retired at the end of 1960. He recorded the minutes of council until 1968. By his own admission, Peel

was then ready to slow down a little so he became the drainage inspector for the township. He retired from this position in 1985. Peel, who was born in 1900, did not have much formal education. It was rare that one had the opportunity in that era. He applied his common sense and learned on the job. It is truly exceptional that one person filled so many positions in the township for so many years with so little fanfare. submitted by Jean Campbell

County Safe Communities Committee sets priority list by Kris Svela ABOYNE – Wellington County’s Safe Communities Committee took another step toward national recognition, with an estimated 60 local participants taking part in a morning exercise here on Nov. 22. The exercise included students and representatives from the Upper Grand District School Board, Wellington County Catholic School Board, emergency responders, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health Unit, county fire departments, Wellington County OPP, Guelph Police Services, municipal COPs and safe community groups, county and municipal politicians and staff, Cowan Insurance Company, McDonalds restaurants and Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. The exercise reached consensus on priority areas the committee will focus on in its goal to prevent accidents and fatalities and become designated as a national Safe Community. “The priority exercise was step four in a 10-step process to become designated a ‘Safe Community’ which we hope to attain by late spring or early summer in 2013,” said committee co-chairman and county councillor Gary Williamson. Over 60 municipalities in Canada have received the designation but, if successful, Wellington County will be the first county designated. The priority exercise was based on the most recent accident data provided by the health unit for 2005–2009. The statistics dealt with incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, on and off road motor vehicle accidents, agriculture and machinery accidents, sports and recreation accidents, falls, accidental poisonings and intentional self harm. The statistics were provided by Ishan Angra of the health unit and included deaths in each category, potential years of life lost (based on the age of the victim subtracted from the average lifespan of 75 years) emergency department visits,

hospitalization and length of time spent in a hospital. Ranked as a top priority by the group was falls. During the four-year period statistics show falls resulted in 60 fatalities, 14,869 emergency department calls and 1,821 hospitalizations with 12,679 days spent in hospital. Motor vehicle accidents were ranked second by the group. During the time frame accidents resulted in 39 fatalities, 3,419 emergency department responses and 336 hospitalizations resulting in 2,212 days in hospital. Intentional self harm, including attempted suicides, was chosen as the third priority for the committee, with 27 fatalities during the fouryear period, which resulted in 612 emergency department responses, 248 hospitalizations and 663 days spent in hospital. In fourth place on the priority list was sports and recreation, which saw five fatalities with 4,282 emergency responses, 87 hospitalizations and 315 days spent in hospital. Agriculture and machinery accidents was chosen as the fifth overall priority with five fatalities. The category resulted in 2,202 emergency department responses, 47 hospitalizations and 188 days spent in hospital. “There are many community leaders and community organizations, both professional and volunteers, that work very hard every day to ensure that their communities and Wellington County are safe and healthy places in which to live, work and play,” the county committee stated in a press release. “The designation of ‘Safe Communities Wellington County,’ will help us officially recognize, to our residents and visitors, the valuable contributions being made today and in the future.” High school interested Wellington Heights Secondary School teacher Adam Rowdan brought four Grade 11 students to the exercise and said the Mount Forest high school would be interested in having a member on the



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Setting priorities - Sixty people, including, Laura Campbell a health promotion specialist with Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health and Adam Rowdan, Wellington Heights Secondary School head of student services, attended a half day seminar on Nov. 22, hosted by the Wellington County Safe Communities Committee to set priorities in the committee’s bid to receive national designation.

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

A time to reflect As the Christmas season has once again come upon us, we can not help but reflect on the personal losses that families in our community and around the world have suffered not just in the past year but over the past hundreds of years. As we drive through the cemetery we see that family members have spent time at gravesites, silently, unnoticed by the general public and in some cases left a momento for their loved one. Whether that loved one be a mother, father, child, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, great grandmother, great grandfather or friend, they are never forgotten. Years have no bearing on when and how a family remembers a loved one during the holidays or any other special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries etc. during a year. When the malls are filled with gift ideas, and plenty of Christmas cheer to go around,

we tend to forget that somewhere in that mall, a grief stricken parent may well be purchasing Christmas gifts for the family members who will be spending Christmas with them, while also looking for that special gift to leave at a gravesite. No matter what the situation, this can be one of the most difficult times of the year for a parent who has lost a child as everywhere you turn the current focus is on children. When a parent suffers the loss of a child, that child, in everyone’s mind, never grows any older. A baby is always a baby or a child is always a child or a teenager is always a teenager and most often referred to by family members in that manner, even though I am sure there are many times when the parents wonder what their child would look like or be doing today and would he/she be married with children of their own looking forward to Christmas. The thoughts and remembrances go on and on as life for other family members goes on and on. Christmas and special occasions, for families

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If it takes a village to raise a child, our village of Drayton has shown itself to be dedicated to our youth! The Board of the Drayton Youth Centre would like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions toward our annual hockey tournament fundraiser: Dr. Roof Ltd. Artech Millwrights Ltd. Wellington Construction Inc. The Murray Group Ltd. Rob DeWeerd Electric Drayton Veterinary Services Martin Livestock Inc. Aveline Holsteins Ltd. AMI Attachments Mapleton Flooring and Windows Spectrum Feed Services Ltd. Gourlay’s Store Moorefield Ltd. C. Deen Electric Moorefield Tire Ltd. Bloomingdales/Paul Franklin Contracting Inc. Clean Field Services Tri-Mech Inc. Tube Line Manufacturing Ltd. Drayton Kinsmen Drayton Rotary Club Shanti Enterprises Limited Royal Terrace

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who have suffered a loss, take on a whole new perspective and meaning all their own, and as a community and family, we need to be there to support them. I am now a parent (who thankfully has not suffered the loss of a child) so Krista and I have the opportunity to experience our children, who can hardly wait for the sun to come up so they can find out what they got from Santa. I find that I am as equally excited to see the look of surprise and delight on their faces as they open their gifts. For me it is unimaginable to think of a Christmas morning without my children but because of the very nature of my profession. I cannot help but reflect and think of families who are grieving the loss of a loved one whether it is a spouse, parent, child or friend my thoughts and prayers go out to them. Most of us as parents take it for granted that our children will be living with us until

they grow up, go to college, find that perfect someone, get married and start a family of their own. We get to watch our children in every stage of their lives and give them guidance. When talking to parents who have lost a child, I realize that those parents think about their child that is no longer with them, as much and I think even more, than I think about my own children who are with me day in and day out. That is probably because I am doing things with my children and the parents who have lost a child can only wish that they could be doing the day-to-day things for their child, so they do a lot of thinking and remembering. The thoughts that grieving parents have are not any different than yours or mine as our children grow up. However, for the grieving parent it is different in that they can only dream of what their child could have become and they don’t get to witness their child grow into their fullest potential.

With the fast pace of the world we often forget about the children that for one reason or another are not with their family who loved them very much and miss them more than you could ever imagine. These families, unnoticed by many, visit memorial sites and cemeteries, remembering special occasions, while continuing to live their day to day lives, but they always remember. These are the things that we so often taken for granted. Families have their own way to work through their loss and each family knows what works best for them during the holiday season. We as a community need to be supportive on a day to day or hour-to-hour basis. When you work through these emotions as a family, you are able to give each other the support that is needed. It also helps when a person realizes that they are not alone and that others are missing that family member as well. Everything

is so fast paced and people try to deal with problems on their own, as they do not want to burden other family members. In talking and remembering as a family you are able to support and help each other. We are all individuals who feel and think in our own way, but when you suffer a loss in your family it is nice to know that you are not alone and you have a shoulder to cry on and a hug that you can pass on to someone who cares and shares your loss. As you work through your grief there will be good days and bad days; hopefully as time goes on and you begin to heal, the good days will out number the bad days. The main thing is to do what you and your family feel is right for you as family and friends. If you have any questions about grief and the holidays please feel free to call Ken Thompson, Mary Thompson or Vic Roberts at Heritage Funeral Homes Inc. 519-638-3072.

REVIEW: Annie a must-see for the young, young-at-heart by Kelly Waterhouse ST. JACOBS - If you are young or young at heart, this holiday season look no further than St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse to get your theatre fix. One of the best professional productions you will see this winter is there: Drayton Entertainment’s Annie. It has everything the beloved musical requires: a full cast of outstanding performers, live orchestral music backing up a rags-to-riches score, character-driven choreography, and the charm and simplicity of a tale that has survived both the silver screen and Broadway stage, all tucked into a neat production in the intimate and comfortable setting of the St. Jacob’s theatre. The production even has a dog to keep things unpredictable and entertaining. At first sight, audiences were smitten with the casting of local girls - 41 children in total - alternating in the roles of orphans. The students’ genuine affection for the characters they portrayed was not overrun by their enthusiasm to present a polished effort. It was baffling to believe these little girls were not experienced theatre mavens. The young orphans shone through the words of every song they sang and every line they delivered, with laugh-outloud humour and adorable mischievous intent. It could not have been easy, as they were standing in the glow of 13-year-old Nova Scotian import Dominique Le

Don’t wait until tomorrow - Catch Dominique LeBlanc, as Annie, with Victor A. Young as Daddy Warbucks in the Drayton Entertainment musical production of Annie, playing until Dec. 23 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. submitted photo Blanc, as Annie. Audiences were spellbound by Le Blanc’s humorous and innocent portrayal of the famed fictional character of Annie. From her first note to her very last, audience members could not help but feel they were witnessing the start of something special; a natural talent that will surely blossom into a professional stage career. Her professional stage presence and candor were matched by strong vocals and a confidence that didn’t overshadow the character’s vulnerability, even when upstaged by her four-legged companion Sandy, (a Nova Scotian duck tolling retriever). Le Blanc handled

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the iconic role with grace. The minute Jackie Mustakas stumbled on to the stage, literally, in the outrageous role of the often-inebriated Miss Hannigan, the audience was in fits of laughter. Bringing the character of the miserable Miss Hannigan to life, Mustakas was a comic jewel, over the top and witty in her sarcasm. When joined in the plot by Keith Savage, as her scheming brother Rooster, and his girlfriend Lily St. Regis, played by Melissa Thomson-Hicks, the havoc ensues into a coordinated effort of scheming for Warbucks’ fortune. One of the best moments for these characters was the choreographed dance scene taking audiences on a walk down “Easy Street.” Victor A. Young was a masterful Daddy Warbucks, flanked by the elegant Jayne

Lewis as his assistant Grace Farrell. These two were beautiful characters, true to the original script but they still crafted a place in the memory of audiences that stands out as unique to this production. Young gave Warbucks a humility and warmth, and while his fondness for Miss Farrell is only slightly alluded to, their chemistry was on par. The ensemble cast, taking on multiple roles, was every bit as impressive in both song and dance. Of special note was the music, directed by Michael Lerner, and the choreography of Gino Berti, set before a stage designed by Jean Claude Oliver and lit by designer Kevin Fraser. For a small stage production, the show had all the feeling and style of any big city showcase. The balance of talent made it feel like a complete production from the front of the stage to the back of the house. Annie is a family-friendly delight, with song and dance moments of hilarity and others of empathy. While audiences feel the characters and enjoy the emotions, it was refreshing to see an adaptation that didn’t make viewers wipe their eyes from tears, but instead from laughter. All the sentimental warmth is in this production, but with a genuine good feeling all the way through. Annie will be at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse until Dec. 23. It is a must-see. Tickets can be purchased online at in person at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse box office or by calling 519-747-7788 or toll free 1-855-372-9866.

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Mantini Sisters brings holiday harmony for two shows ST. JACOBS - Renowned for their charming stage presence and impeccable harmonic style, Barbara, Sandra and Ann Mantini never miss a beat connecting with the audience. This holiday season the trio takes 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 smash-hit premiere of Big Band Legends, this holiday performance promises to delight audiences with an assortment of popular classics and meaningful Christmas treasures including such standards as Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me

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Warm, Mary’s Boy Child and The Huron Carol as well as many more holiday tunes, old and new. “The Mantini Sisters are incredible performers, and their holiday concert is the perfect way to celebrate the joy of the season,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. Originally from Niagaraon-the-Lake, sisters 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 renowned 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 pro-

Singing in the season - Returning to the local stage, the family trio The Mantini Sisters: A Christmas Concert will bring their harmonies to St. Jacobs Country Playhouse for two performances only, Dec.13 and 14. submitted photo duction of Swing! in 1985. The trio has since been featured with numerous theatre companies and symphony orchestras across Canada and the United States. Tickets for the December performances are $40 plus HST

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Barenaked holiday - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) will perform with Canadian band Barenaked Ladies featuring, from left, Tyler Stewart, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson and Jim Creegan. The band will join KWS on Dec. 16 to perform Barenaked Ladies: Greatest Hits and Holiday Songs. photo by David Bergman I ever owned, and it was a revelation for me. I’ve been a huge fan ever since,” stated Evan Mitchell, who will be conducting the concert. “Experiencing their stellar live act coupled with symphonic majesty, courtesy of the KWS, at a world class venue... It’s a recipe for an unbelievably rare and incredible per-

formance; I can’t wait to be a part of it.” Audiences can expect a high-energy evening featuring a mix of BNL chart-toppers and holiday favourites, with new orchestral arrangement. Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased online at or by calling 519745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717.

OFSC reminds snowmobilers to get permits



KITCHENER The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) will join Canadian icons the Barenaked Ladies to perform some of the band’s best-loved hits and some holiday favourites. Barenaked Ladies: Greatest Hits and Holiday Songs will be conducted by KWS assistant conductor Evan Mitchell, at 7pm on Dec. 16 at Centre In The Square. Following the release of Gordon, the Barenaked Ladies have since sold over 14 million albums worldwide, racked up eight Juno Awards, and multiple Grammy nominations. The band has a plethora of hit songs including, One Week, The Old Apartment, Pinch Me, and If I had a Million Dollars, as well as the theme song for the hit CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. The band’s most recent album, Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before! is the group’s eleventh studio album, featuring ten unissued tracks and a pair of previously released rarities. The album features songs recorded between 1992 and 2003. “BNL’s 1992 release Gordon was the very first CD

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BARRIE - Ontario Get Ready for Snowmobiling Week runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 and is the last chance to buy a pre-season 2013 Snowmobile Trail Permit before the Dec. 1 fee increase deadline. This year the buying decision is about much more than individual snowmobilers saving $50 by purchasing early. On behalf of 217 notfor-profit, local snowmobile clubs and their volunteers, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) reminds riders that purchasing by Dec. 1 is a fundamental building block for the community-based clubs that deliver Ontario’s snowmobile trails. Early permit revenue provides local clubs with the necessary funding to prepare and open area trails, including all of the other associated costs to get ready for winter like groomer payments, insurance and repairs. “Early permit revenue is the lifeblood of OFSC trails,” said Paul Shaughnessy, OFSC executive director. “Without it, clubs don’t have the ability to

deliver the trails that snowmobilers want and expect or to fulfill their responsibilities for community-based snowmobiling. Without early permit revenue, clubs also can’t deliver the trails that generate considerable winter tourism revenues for many snowbelt communities.” Community-based snowmobiling can only be successful if there is a partnership between local clubs/volunteers, landowners, municipalities, business operators and snowmobilers that support the user pay system by buying a trail permit. If any one of these partners isn’t active with their support, not only will snowmobiling in that community be at risk, so will the area trail network. Organized snowmobiling in Ontario is comprised of strong local clubs with good community support. These clubs are the ones that develop, build, operate and maintain snowmobile trails, not the OFSC. Their individual trail networks combine to make the 32,000 kilometre provincial snowmo-

bile trail system. Meanwhile, the OFSC provides programs and services to these member clubs to assist them with the work that only they can do. To buy a 2013 Snowmobile Trail Permit online, visit www. Each snowmobiler must select which club to buy from online, so the permit dollars are allocated to help where the buyer wants. While the Province of Ontario continues to invest in the tourism development of snowmobiling, no government dollars go into trail operations, where permit revenue remains the primary funding source. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is a volunteer led not-for-profit association with a provincial network of organized snowmobile trails connecting Ontario communities, providing responsible riding experiences that are safe, enjoyable, and environmentally sustainable. For more information visit or contact Jean Noordhoff at 705-739-­ ‐7669, ext. 234.

Drayton Community News 113012  

Drayton newspaper, Mapleton Township, Drayton farm show, Community News, sister publication of the Wellington Advertiser

Drayton Community News 113012  

Drayton newspaper, Mapleton Township, Drayton farm show, Community News, sister publication of the Wellington Advertiser