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  • The Wellington Advertiser - County officials visit to put names to faces for municipality
    under age 35 and We re not a transient community She said every county municipality has a greater population growth rate than the provincial rate and added The quality of life is seen as particularly high She noted Mapleton is the most rural of Wellington municipalities and agriculture grew by 16 between 2006 and 2009 She noted in particular there is a prospect for agricultural products for the ethnic market When it comes to business she said a survey indicated there are three major complaints by employers She said there is a shortage of skilled labour there is a shift away from general labour the taxes are high and there are cost pressures for such things as gasoline other fuels and hydro She added the strengths are as one businessman put it We are close to everything but far enough away She said being close to major populations is a major strength for the area Weaknesses include no public transit a lack of local food options a lack of branding and a lack of cohesion between the upper and lower tier governments Reichert added household debt in Wellington is too high but there were signs in November the economy picked up with people spending for Christmas and more jobs in retail and health care She added there is a chance of a resurgence in manufacturing because there appears to be a slowing of China s economy as costs increase there and manufacturing might be shifting to the southern United States When that part of the continent is working Canadian exports can do well She noted that in southern Ontario 48 companies are seeking placement of students from Conestoga College another good sign Councillor Andy Knetsch noted there is an absence of skilled labour and asked why Canada is not importing people from Europe who have English as a second language White said That s the reason why we re doing this It s a pretty basic item There s a lot of businesses out there that need people He said informing colleges and universities of what skills are going to be needed would allow them to offer the right courses That along with recruiting overseas could halt the shortage of skilled workers But White said some things go beyond core municipal services We re trying to step up and work with businesses He cited a recent job fair held in his municipality in Marden that attracted 200 people Mayor Bruce Whale told council Reichert is one of those assigned to the new county economic development committee White added She will report back County chief administrative officer Scott Wilson introduced all the department heads and said All of us at the county are very proud of what we do All department heads were given a brief time to introduce themselves and explain their roles When that was completed councillor Neil Driscoll asked if Mapleton could use the county s human resources department to help the township Several municipalities are looking at

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - 2011: Mapleton Year in Review
    advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs after scoring the series winning goal that lifted the Nashville Predators over the Anaheim Ducks Nashville would go on to lose its second round series against the Vancouver Canucks Mapleton farmer David Ellison and lifelong friend Matthew Klumpenhouwer of Perth County announced they would appear on an episode of the OLN television show Mantracker in May Ellison was the only one to cross the finish line but both called the experience a great team victory May Incumbent MP Gary Schellenberger won his fifth consecutive election on May 2 defeating four other candidates in the Perth Wellinton riding Schellenberger garnered 55 of all votes cast in the riding Paul Day was honoured at a county council meeting as the volunteer of the year for Mapleton Township Day is an active member of the Trees for Mapleton group as well as the local historical society Despite an increase in local break ins and domestic disturbances OPP Inspector Scott Smith said Mapleton Township remains a very safe place to live Hall revenue at the Maryborough Community Centre topped the list of concerns expressed by over 50 people who attended the town hall meeting at the Moorefield centre Other issues included water meters wastewater costs the condition of local sidewalks and roads and changing road signs to read Mapleton instead of former township names Mapleton blood donor Allen Martin was recognized by Canadian Blood Services for making 75 donations The Ministry of the Environment announced the opening of a 60 day commenting period for NextEra Energy s application for a 10 turbine wind farm southwest of Arthur The Palmerston Legion received a 69 000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide a more accessible and energy efficient building Council unanimously approved a 20 year 950 000 Infrastructure Ontario loan application to cover the purchase of 59 acres of land to make room for a new lagoon at its wastewater treatment facility The township received the loan and in July passed a bylaw officially approving the debenture June The township s auditor announced Mapleton will have to spend 4 8 million per year just maintain its current infrastructure assets Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting an official plan amendment that would allow the Glenaviland Estates subdivision and golf course to proceed provided the developer meets the requirements of the MNR and the GRCA Mapleton and Wellington County officials met with Wind Concerns Ontario president John Laforet to discuss NextEra Energy s proposed wind farm near Arthur Over 70 trucks attended the 14th annual Bob Tail Truck Show in Palmerston despite rainy weather MPP John Wilkinson announced a 439 000 grant for Mapleton Township to cover costs for the installation of water meters for users in Drayton and Moorefield Installation was delayed until spring of 2012 Six workers were injured after the roof of the new Norwell Diary building at the Drayton industrial park collapsed None of the injuries were life threatening and the Ministry of Labour was called in to investigate the incident Officials at the Groves hospital in Fergus which is used by many Mapleton residents announced the successful completion of the 2 6 million CT scanner fundraising campaign Students from both the public 84 and Catholic 86 school boards had success rates higher than the provincial results 83 in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test issued by the Education Quality and Accountability Office The Conestoga Sailing Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event at Conestogo Lake A busy weekend in Moorefield included three annual events the Mapleton Custom Rodders Car and Truck Show the Optimists Garden Tractor Pull and Minor Ball Day July Hundreds of locals packed the new Optimist hall for a grand opening ceremony at Wallace Cumming Park in Alma The federal provincial and municipal governments each provided one third of the cost for the 1 5 million building Mapleton council approved the formation of an economic development committee Councillors also approved a 2 5 pay increase for themselves and township staff members The annual Canada Day fireworks display at the Drayton fairgrounds sponsored by the Mapleton Fire Department was attended by hundreds of people NHL player Nick Spaling and NHL linesman Scott Cherrey both Drayton natives were honoured during an event at the PMD Arena in Drayton The celebration included the unveiling of framed jerseys Council defeated a proposal to make all township parks smoke free citing concerns about enforcement and signs But they all agreed more should be done to get smokers away from entrances to public buildings Alma s Acadia Northfield was awarded a 1 000 scholarship through the Tim Hortons Scholarship Program She planned to put the cash towards her post secondary education at the University of Windsor in the forensic science program Moorefield arm wrestler Tyler Robinson was named the Ontario Rookie of the Year by the Ontario Armwrestling Association Robinson who was born with cerebral palsy is widely regarded as one of the sport s rising stars Tractor enthusiasts gathered as usual at the Upper Canada Two Cylinder Show at the Drayton fairgrounds Extremely hot weather in July led to a county wide fire ban although the ban was repealed within a week August Council voted in favour of a new Bell Mobility tower north of Alma to help improve cell phone and Internet service for those in the area Council also approved a zoning bylaw amendment to allow the construction of a 4 800 square foot Mennonite church on Wellington Road 10 but rejected the developer s proposal for a cemetery on the site The Harvest Table located in Parker received a 59 562 provincial grant to promote local food and help local farmers The annual Drayton Fair was well attended and great weather helped ensure the event was another success for the local community The Alma Bantam girls ball team captured the intercounty softball championship at a tournament in Cambridge Another successful summer event took place in Drayton as hundreds gathered for

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - MAPLETON BUSINESS: Wellington St. Caf offers fresh, local food
    all cravings and gift certificates are available Bignell Matthews welcomes everyone to the Cafe where staff listens to you Here you can make suggestions or submit your own sandwich or salad recipe to be considered as a featured weekly special Having been a commuter Bignell Matthews knows the challenges first hand Thoughts of feeding a family after a day at work and a long drive home can be overwhelming at times The Wellington Street Café offers some relief with hot homemade meals bowls of salads and big pots of homemade soup to name a few all prepared and ready for pick up No work no fuss for the working family People can call ahead and have their order ready for pick up at a specified time Remember if it s not fresh it s not the Café s so what s on your plate The Wellington St Café prides itself on fresh ingredients and great customer service and it guarantees to put a twist on your favorite classics It also offers a relaxing and cozy environment to meet with friends for breakfast or lunch In addition to this the Café boasts delicious cookies muffins tarts cakes and pies sold whole or by the slice Soups sandwiches wraps salads and all day breakfast is part of the regular fare along with daily specials Bob s Big Breakfast is a popular choice In fact the menu is ever evolving and very affordable For the summer the Café will once again offer scooped ice cream thick milkshakes frozen fruit yogurt and an array of fresh salad plates The Café also caters business luncheons and small parties and offers the café for private dinners Building catering menus to suit the occasion whether it s sandwich plates salads pots of soup complete meals desert trays or special occasion cakes is what gives the Café it s personal touch Enjoy the same fresh ingredients and twist on classics as you do in our cafe for your conferences meetings or for any special occasion The Café can also develop a menu catered specifically for your needs just give us a call at 519 638 2177 and ask for Debi Bignell Matthews is also a strong believer in supporting and promoting quality Canadian products Therefore all her vegetables are locally grown With such a strong bounty of fresh local products Bignell Matthews makes as much as she can from scratch From the farms to our kitchen to your plate is Bignell Matthews motto One visit and you ll see why a walk to the stoplights in Drayton is worthwhile The Café is open at 6am during the week to help get you going for the day and 7am on Saturdays The Wellington St Café aptly named is located on the corner of Wellington and Main Drop in for a coffee Debi and her crew will welcome you with a big smile and open arms For more information call 519 638 2177 January 13 2012 Tweet Tell Us What

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Drayton Entertainment announces line-up for 2012
    This show runs from July 18 to August 12 Sleuth is a murder mystery of love and betrayal that rungs from Oct 3 to 21 Rounding out the season Annie will capture the hearts of audiences young and old in time for the holiday season This show runs from Nov 13 to Dec 23 The St Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre features Norm Foster s winning comedy The Love List a tale of perfection and the pursuit of happiness that runs from Sept 12 to Dec 23 Drayton Festival Theatre begins its season with The Sound of Music Featuring the iconic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein This timeless classic runs May 15 to June 9 Following this show is the comedy Perfect Wedding It takes the stage from June 27 to July 14 Remembering the golden age of country music Johnny June offers a nostalgic tribute to the Man in Black and his wife June Carter This show takes centre stage from July 25 to Aug 11 The Melville Boys opens Aug 15 bringing humour and great storytelling to the stage until Sept 1 Rounding out the season will be hip swiveling lip curling salute to Elvis Presley in Blue Suede Shoes Memories of the King This energetic tribute will grace the stage Sept 12 to Oct 6 For more information on Drayton s other venues in Grand Bend and Penetanguishine visit www draytonentertainment com To order tickets or to receive a complimentary 2012 Theatre Guide simply call the Drayton Entertainment box office at 1 855 drayton 372 9866 January 6 2012 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Mapleton Historical Society in review
    wooden spiles and buckets metal spiles and buckets to the modern plastic tubing system were on display A replica of a sugar sack complete with simulated smoke and steam fascinated the child in both young and old A collection of pictures taken during the 2011 maple syrup season showed the contrast of the old method collecting sap in buckets and boiling it down in open evaporators and a new pipeline system with vacuum pumps in ground storage tanks and the processing of the sap by the use of a reverse osmosis system and reusing the heat to warm the sap as before it enters the stainless steel evaporator At the 2011 annual meeting in May Robert McEachern relayed the history of railways through Mapleton and this part of southern Ontario In November Goldstone Church was filled to capacity to hear author Barb Draper tell her story of the history of the Mennonite Churches in Waterloo Region and Mapleton Township Throughout the year some of our members have been travelling the concessions taking pictures of the farmsteads Of particular interest are the barns Many farmers are finding the old wooden bank barns no longer viable to their operations so these barns are being removed and replaced with buildings more suited to their needs This pictorial record of the farms in Mapleton is an ongoing project of the society As well we hope to gather histories of the properties and families of the township In 2012 we hope to continue creating interest in our township s history Mapleton Historical Society meetings are open to anyone everyone Watch our local paper for announcements January 6 2012 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - MAPLETON BUSINESS: Dynafit offers great equipment, flexible service
    there but knowing what really works for the most effective and long lasting results isn t so easy said Heenan We take pride in educating people on how to eat whole foods and achieve the body that they want through quality nutrition and foods they love Heenan Kurz and Vines have held a lifelong passion for personal fitness having been very involved in sporting activities as youths Keeping healthy is a huge priority in our lives and providing a quality service for others to stay fit has become a priority of Dynafit said Kurz The trio offers 12 years combined experience in the fitness industry Heenan graduated from Norwell District Secondary School and obtained his honours degree in science kinesiology from the University of Waterloo He has been working in the fitness rehab industry for the last six years Vines has become a certified personal trainer through the CHEK Institute which integrates both corrective exercise therapy and sport specific training and has been involved with in the fitness industry for three years Kurz obtained his business degree from Fanshaw College and recently became a certified personal trainer He has also been involved in the fitness industry for the past three years Locals will most often meet Mari Anne Tinholt at the Drayton facility She has been part of the Dynafit staff for quite a few years and lives locally Her upbeat and caring personality is a great fit for Dynafit and she is always willing to take the extra time to help those with questions regarding their fitness goals As with most businesses one challenge for Dynafit is to stay current The team is always examining new ways to expand and offer new services equipment and fitness nutritional counseling at affordable gym rates Unlike many gyms there are never any initiation fees and Dynafit offers custom memberships group family and couples memberships to suit any budget As an added bonus Drayton members may also use their membership at the Listowel location Community work is also very important to the team at Dynafit The gym is a proud sponsor of different charity events including the Terry Fox Run the MS Ride Relay for Life and many others Recently Kurz completed a 130km run from Listowel to Stratford and back to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis CF To date Kurz has raised over 40 000 for CF Dynafit takes pride in providing the community with quality service and results A healthy community is a happy community said Vines We want to educate everyone on how easy and enjoyable it can be to get stay and be fit So whether you are already involved in a fitness regimen or have recently made a commitment to become fit in 2012 drop by and visit for a tour and or information session Dynafit is located at 89 Wellington St S Drayton and its staffed hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 4 to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm For more information call 519 638

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Local team receives goalie kit
    an effort to support children who have dreams of becoming a hockey goaltender by providing a set of goaltending equipment to 5 to 7 year old players interested in trying the position In addition IBAO will provide minor hockey associations with goalie resources to aid coaches Over 40 sets of new equipment will be given to young players across the province IBAO and Josslin Insurance Brokers are thrilled to support OMHA an organization focused on building and growing the skills of youths in our communities said IBAO chief executive Randy Carroll Brokers are committed to the people in their communities This type of sponsorship directly relates to that commitment by encouraging youths to be active The program was launched in September and comes with an appropriate tagline to showcase the partnership between OMHA and IBAO Just like insurance the first save is the biggest one For information about IBAO visit www ibao org or www ibao org blog December 16 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories MAPLETON BUSINESS Wellington St Caf offers fresh local food Drayton Entertainment announces line up for 2012 Mapleton Historical Society in review MAPLETON BUSINESS Dynafit offers great equipment flexible service Friends of Tikinagan Canadians helping Canadians Local team receives goalie kit From Drayton to the NHL Spaling Cherrey took two very different paths Drayton benefit for Goderich Parental care seminar is Nov 12 in Drayton Haunted house at

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Woman killed in car crash
    collided with a northbound 2005 Chevy Van The van was operated by Mary Stuebing 65 of Rothsay who was treated at Palmerston and District Hospital for minor injuries Noble and passenger Sean Gregersen 31 of British Columbia were transported to Listowel Memorial Hospital where Noble later succumbed to her injuries Gregersen was treated for non life threatening injuries Coroner Dr Arif Qureshi was notified a post mortem examination was conducted at Stratford General Hospital on Dec 28 West Region OPP Technical Collision Investigators attended the scene to assist with the collision investigation The roadway was closed for approximately five hours due to the investigation December 30 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Council passes taxes borrowing bylaws Slower calendar sales could mean less funding for two local events Debris unlicenced vehicles keeping new enforcement officer busy Council could be using laptops by February Success at last Council to meet with CN Decision on turbines could be made Jan 24 Township residents appeal turbine ruling to environmental tribunal Year One Long term look at services one goal of new mayor Bruce Whale 2011 Mapleton Year in Review FHT Locals should make resolutions they can keep County officials visit to put a names to faces for local municipalities Woman killed in car crash Council rejects three bids for roller due to high cost lack of information County officials visit to put names to faces for

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