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					The Observer | Saturday, March 24, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                           NEWS | 

»IN BRIEF
New budget,
more taxes
                                           Have you seen Charlie?                                                                                                                                                Township
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 keeps its
  The average household in Water-          Elmira man is dog’s best friend in pursuit of his lost pet                                                                                                            head above
loo Region will pay an additional
$33.10 on the regional portion of
its tax bill this year, as councillors
                                           DESIREE FINHERT                                                                                                                        over the weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Futile attempts have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 water
this week approved a 2.58-per-                                                                                                                                                    been made to lure Char-        STEVE KANNON
cent tax hike.                             Elmira’s           Jurgen                                                                                                              lie, but the once affec-
  The 2007 budget, approved                Mannhardt feels like he’s                                                                                                              tionate dog is now said
Wednesday night, calls for a 1.62-         lost one of his family.                                                                                                                to be wary of people and       Thousands of tests of
per-cent increase for “essential            Since Charlie, his one-                                                                                                               thin with hunger.              Woolwich’s drinking wa-
service improvements” and 0.96             year-old, short-haired,                                                                                                                  Those who see the dog        ter revealed only a hand-
per cent for “maintaining service          German Pointer-Labra-                                                                                                                  are encouraged not to          ful of incidents last year,
levels.”
                                           dor cross, went missing                                                                                                                approach him because           all for lower-than-stan-
Wellesley lists                            11 weeks ago the father
                                           of six has done every-
                                                                                                                                                                                  this will mostly likely
                                                                                                                                                                                  cause him to run away.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 dard chlorine levels. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 minor non-compliance
remuneration                               thing in his power to
                                           bring his canine com-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Instead, if the dog is
                                                                                                                                                                                  spotted, particularly in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 issues were resolved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 simply by flushing the af-
  Wellesley council this week
tabled its 2006 statement of re-           panion home. He’s been                                                                                                                 residential area, putting      fected areas with freshly
muneration and expenses; the               searching far and wide                                                                                                                 out food for him regular-      chlorinated water.
province gives municipalities until        for his beloved pet, fol-                                                                                                              ly will be the first step in     The numbers reported
Mar. 31 to make the details pub-           lowing up on a number                                                                                                                  gaining his trust. This        to township council this
lic.                                       of reported sightings.                                                                                                                 trust can be furthered         week show the town-
  Former councillors Dusan Ciz-             “I hurt like crazy, I                                                                                                                 by providing him with          ship is right in line with
man, Ron Hackett, Joe Nowak and            miss that dog so much,”                                                                                                                shelter, according to the      changes to provincial
Jeff Wilker each earned $8,464.71          Mannhardt told the Ob-                                                                                                                 Kitchener-Waterloo Hu-         legislation in the post-
in 2006. Mayor Ross Kelterborn             server.                                                                                                                                mane Society.                  Walkerton era, noted
took home $10,290.04. Cur-                  “Charlie, from the mo-                                                                                                                  “We had one [situation]      manager of engineering
rent council members, who were             ment I came home to the                                                                                                                go on for over a year. It      operations Rod Kruger.
sworn in officially on Dec. 4, col-                                                                                                                                               finally happened where           Woolwich crews test
                                           moment I went to bed,
lected $769.51 for the remainder
                                           he was at my feet. He                                                                                                                  the dog kept coming to         eight water systems dai-
of 2006.
  All told, the township paid out          was very affectionate.                                                                                                                 this woman’s house. This       ly. Their work is backed
$47,226.92 to its elected officials        As I walked down the                                                                                                                   is what we did for about       up by regular testing by




                                                                                                                                                        PHOTO | DESIREE FINHERT
in 2006. As well, $5,400.24 in             hall he’d brush my hand                                                                                                                three or four weeks. This      Region of Waterloo tech-
mileage claims and $6,370.10 in            with his nose, just to                                                                                                                 woman finally coaxed           nicians. It all adds up
expenses were covered.                     touch me. … I miss him                                                                                                                 the dog into the garage        to more than $100,000 a
  Total remuneration for Commit-           just as much as ever and                                                                                                               and then we had him,”          year, three times as much
tee of Adjustment members was              when people call and tell                                                                                                              said assistant manager         as expenditures before
$1,085; the Wellesley Township             me how thin he is it just     PUPPY LOVE Elmira’s Jurgen Mannhardt continues to follow up all sight-                                   Jamie LaFlamme.                the fallout from the May
Recreation Committee got $640.             makes me want to cry.”                                                                                                                   In LaFlamme’s story,         2000 E.coli breakout in
                                                                         ings in a bid to find Charlie, his one-year-old, short-haired, German Point-
                                            It’s believed Charlie                                                                                                                 the recovered dog re-          Walkerton.
Building boom                              scooted out an open door
                                                                         er-Labrador cross, who went missing 11 weeks ago. The owner has spent
                                                                         considerable time and money advertising, putting up posters and search-                                  turned to its good-na-           Onerous new rules
 With a full slate of new building         around 3 a.m. Jan. 6,         ing the countryside for his beloved pet. Anyone who spots Charlie is asked                               tured ways shortly after       under Bill 195 (the Safe
projects, Woolwich Township this           when Mannhardt’s son          to report the encounter, but to be wary of approaching him.                                              being returned to his          Drinking Water Act),
week inched closer to advancing            left the house.                                                                                                                        family, however it’s diffi-    still   evolving,     have
three of them. Meeting Tuesday,             The following day was        safe return. Municipal                  made an all-out effort to                                        cult to know what expe-        meant more work for
councillors authorized a request           spent scouting the area       works crews, animal                     find him. Anytime some-                                          riences Charlie has had        the township to main-
for proposals on the design of a           for any sign.                 control centres, veteri-                one calls me, whether                                            over the last 11 weeks,        tain compliance, he ex-
new Floradale fire hall, a gymna-           “I’ve trained the dog to     nary clinics and local                  it’s a legitimate call or                                        which may make him             plained. The report for
sium addition to the community             come when I whistle, so I     Humane Society shel-                    not, I consider it legiti-                                       dangerous to approach.         2006 shows the work is
centre project in Breslau and the                                        ters have been contacted                                                                                   It’s expected that the       paying off – “we’re stay-
                                           annoyed the whole town                                                mate and I go check. I
addition of an elevator to the
Elmira Library.                            by whistling all over the     about the situation.                    spend hours and hours                                            dog may remain missing         ing well within the lim-
                                           place,” he said.               The reward is nothing                  looking for him in the                                           as warmer temperatures         its.”
Water controls                              Over the past three
                                           months, the dog has been
                                                                         compared to the costs
                                                                         he’s already incurred in
                                                                                                                 area where I get a call,”
                                                                                                                 he explained.
                                                                                                                                                                                  provide a greater source
                                                                                                                                                                                  of food in the wilderness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Last year, there were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 six occurrences in the
go permanent                               spotted in backyards and
                                           farm fields from Drayton
                                                                         trying to find his puppy.
                                                                          Some $2,800 has been
                                                                                                                   When Charlie first went
                                                                                                                 missing, Mannhardt re-
                                                                                                                                                                                  If he remains at large,
                                                                                                                                                                                  he may start looking for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Elmira/St. Jacobs sys-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tem, five in Breslau and
  Water restrictions observed in
previous years will continue this          to Conestogo.                 spent on advertising,                   ceived about two phone                                           food in residential areas      one in Maryhill. Systems
year and remain in place indefi-            His picture has also         gasoline and lost rev-                  calls a week reporting                                           when the colder weather        in Conestogo, which has
nitely, regional councillors decid-        been the subject of some      enue.                                   sightings.                                                       returns.                       two, Heidelberg, Mary-
ed Wednesday night.                        60 flyers posted and           “Most of that is from                    Now the sightings are                                            Anyone who sees Char-        hill Heights and West
  The Stage-2 outdoor watering             mailed throughout Elmi-       lost time at work. People               fewer and farther be-                                            lie is encouraged to con-      Montrose had no occur-
restrictions will be permanently           ra and the surrounding        would call me, I’d drop                 tween, five blocks from                                          tact Mannhardt at home         rences.
implemented by the Water Effi-             area alerting people to a     everything, leave work,                 home five weeks ago, and                                         at 519-210-0107 or on his        All were minor chlorine
ciency Advisory Committee from             $150 reward for Charlie’s     go look. We’ve really                   most recently in Drayton                                         cell phone at 519-500-6330.             See WATER page »06
May 31 to Sept. 30 starting this
spring.
  The Outdoor Water use Bylaw –
now the Regional Water Conserva-
tion Bylaw – was first implement-
                                           Program seeks to link farms, daycare centres
ed in 2005 following increases in
                                           DESIREE FINHERT               gram, ideally ending up                 tionize menus for kids                                           farmers to sign up would         So far, local farmers
peak water demands. Its goal is to                                       in better health, health-               – will be chosen to take                                         be ideal.                      have not taken to the
ensure water is available to fight                                       ier lifestyles and good                 part starting in August.                                          “Those are the big-           idea.
fires. It also reduces drinking wa-        Tots and farmers will         nutrition,” said Martha                  The organization wants                                          ger [companies] that             An information session
ter pumping and treatments costs           have something in com-        Gay Scroggins, outreach                 to supply daycares with                                          we know are backing            for farmers titled Organ-
as well as extends the existing            mon this summer as a          coordinator with Cana-                  organic dairy, meats,                                            us, but we really want         ic Transition and Certi-
infrastructures life and minimizes
                                           national pilot project        dian Organic Growers’                   fruits, vegetables and                                           to get the little guy in.      fication Workshop, was
environmental impacts.
                                           tests the vitality of or-     (COG) PWW chapter.                      grains, however a short-                                         We really want to get          to be held at Floradale
Region grows                               ganic foods grown and
                                           eaten locally.
                                                                          While most childcare
                                                                         centers in Woolwich
                                                                                                                 age of farmers at this
                                                                                                                 point has forced COG to
                                                                                                                                                                                  the local produce grow-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ers from around the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mennonite Church Mar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 23 and 24 but was can-
  Waterloo Region is now home to            Perth County, Waterloo       and Wellesley townships                 seek participants out-                                           counties. They’ll know         celled due to low atten-
approximately 506,800 people,
                                           Region and Wellington         provide half-day service                side the area.                                                   where their food is going      dance this week. Ticket
according to 2006 population es-
timates tabled at regional council         County (PWW) will be          without meal options,                    On board are several                                            and the kids will know         costs may have been a
this week.                                 one of five test areas par-   St. Jacobs Daycare and                  certified organic compa-                                         where it’s coming from,”       factor.
  The report, which includes full-         ticipating in Growing         Elmira’s Children’s Cen-                nies, including Maple-                                           she said.                        To make a rescheduled
time university and college students       Up Organic, a two-year        tre are full-day centres                ton’s Dairy, Oak Manor                                            “We hope to be able to        workshop more inviting,
in the count, shows a 1.79-per-cent        project whereby area          and have been surveyed                  in Perth County, Laepple                                         fulfill [childcare cen-        PWW is looking into sub-
increase – 8,890 people – over the         farmers grow organic          for the project.                        Organic Farm in Peters-                                          tres’] whole food basket,      sidizing a similar event
previous year. The full report is avail-   foods for local childcare      Some       15    centres               burg and Pfenning Or-                                            but might have to start        in November.
able online at the region’s website,       centres.                      throughout the PWW                      ganic Farm in Baden.                                             with milk, dairy and lo-         “I believe the farmers
www.region.waterloo.on.ca.                  “It’s an educational pro-    area – willing to revolu-                But getting community                                           cal produce in season.”               See ORGANIC page »06
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Students honoured for                                                                                                                                                   Water: Township
                                                                                                                                                                        has process in place
Optimistic outlook                                                                                                                                                      » From page 0
                                                                                                                                                                        issues, with no bacterial
                                                                                                                                                                        concerns that might lead
                                                                                                                                                                        to a boil-water advisory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ship is also moving to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     comply with provin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     cially mandated cost-re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     covery billing for water
Service club celebrates the contributions of four Conestogo PS pupils                                                                                                    Improved testing rou-
                                                                                                                                                                        tines and work on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and sewer charges. To
                                                                                                                                                                                                     that end, the cost of up-
                                                                                                                                                                        distribution     systems     dating the underground
                                                                                                                                                                        themselves – such as         infrastructure – water
                                                                                                                                                                        eliminating dead-ends        pipes and sewers – has to
                                                                                                                                                                        where water might stand      be built into consumer
                                                                                                                                                                        – have addressed compli-     pricing.
                                                                                                                                                                        ance issues.                  By 2015, the township
                                                                                                                                                                         “Over the years we’ve       will need to spend more
                                                                                                                                                                        had to spend more            than $6 million to up-
                                                                                                                                                                        money for staff train-       grade its underground
                                                                                                                                                                        ing, testing and those       inventory. As well, sig-
                                                                                                                                                                        kinds of things,” said       nificant growth in the
                                                                                                                                                                        Kruger. “You keep            population will mean
                                                                                                                                                                        looking at issues and        new systems and in-
                                                                                                                                                                        keep trying to build a       creased demand for ser-
                                                                                                                                                                        better system.”              vices – the number of
                                                                                                                                                                         Increased costs for test-   customers for both wa-
                                                                                                                                                                        ing and compliance have      ter and sewer is expected
                                                                                                                                                                        seen water rates jump in     to grow by 50 per cent in




                                                                                                                                              PHOTO | DESIREE FINHERT
                                                                                                                                                                        recent years. The town-      the next decade.




LEADING THE CHARGE Conestogo PS students Meghan Bennett (left), Stephanie Elvy, Jeremy Drung and Jason Gamble received the Optimist Student
                                                                                                                                                                        Organic: Group to
Appreciation Award at the Optimist Club of Conestogo-Winterbourne’s monthly meeting Mar. 19.

DESIREE FINHERT                          Plaques, a small gift              the youth in our commu-       a smile,” seems to ring
                                                                                                                                                                        launch pilot project
                                        and a public acknowl-               nity. This is a way of rec-   true among their other                                        » From page 0               ically grown products
                                        edgement were doled                 ognizing student leaders      feats.                                                        need more information        – no chemical fertilizers,
A cheery disposition                    out due to the students’            and acknowledging the          “[They] are commit-                                          about ‘transition.’ They     herbicides,    pesticides
and living a well-round-                academic contributions,             good work that they do        ted to learning, but they                                     think they’re going to       or fungicides are to be
ed lifestyle have paid off              community involvement               in the community and in       also take the time to help                                    lose profits for those       used.
for four Conestogo Pub-                 and leadership.                     the school. They’re good      out their peers. They’re                                      three years of transition     On COG’s end, the orga-
lic School students.                     Such     awards     have           role models for the other     happy students, the pair                                      [to organic farming]. We     nization pledges to assist
  Recognized by peers                   been given out to pupils            children in the school,       of them. They cheerful-                                       need to do a real educa-     with the farming transi-
and teachers, Grade 8                   at Conestogo PS – and               as well.”                     ly go about their school                                      tional-promotional piece     tion, marketing and crop
students Stephanie Elvy                 at the former Winter-                 The club creed speaks       work and assignments,”                                        to show that farmers can     selection.
and Jeremy Drung and                    bourne PS – for some 15             of strength despite ad-       said Grade 8 teacher                                          still reap some rewards       Similar pilot projects
Grade 4 students Jason                  years in keeping with               versity, working towards      Tracy Leighton.                                               [from the shift to organ-    are ongoing in Toronto,
Gamble and Meghan                       the club’s creed.                   the greatest achieve-          Well known for their                                         ic] and at the end of the    Winnipeg, the Yukon
Bennett were each pre-                   “The motto of the Op-              ments and, above all, be-     volunteer efforts with                                        day you really have bet-     and Ottawa.
sented with the Optimist                timist Club is ‘Friend of           ing optimistic.               pizza delivery, bake sales                                    ter soil,” she said.          COG’s membership in-
Student      Appreciation               Youth,” explained past-               For Elvy and Drung the      and dances through-                                             From a farmer’s point      cludes farmers, garden-
Award at the Optimist                   president Al Murray.                creed’s line, “To wear a      out the school, the se-                                       of view, participating       ers, processors, retailers,
Club of Conestogo-Win-                  “We like to give back to            cheerful countenance at       nior winners were also                                        would involve segregat-      educators, policy-makers
terbourne’s      monthly                the community and pro-              all times and give every      academic and athletic                                         ing one-to-two acres of      and consumers across
meeting Mar. 19.                        vide opportunities for              living creature you meet              See OPTIMISTS page »08                                land to be used for organ-   the country.




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