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Part 3 – Councillor Heather Stauble on Bethany

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Along with her focus on the wind turbine issue, I discussed other matters concerning Bethany with Ms. Stauble, as well as her hopes and plans for the area.

*There are plans to continue to improve roads and opportunities for agri-business.  Helping to promote business leads to more jobs for the area and an improved lifestyle for everyone.

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Highway 407 expansion map

*The expansion of Highway 407 in the future will help with the commute to the GTA, as will the GO Train coming into the area, with a stop in nearby Cavan.

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grain elevator in Pontypool, Ontario

*There is talk of the Manvers Historical Society restoring the grain elevator in Pontypool, a welcome sight for everyone.

*Hopes for a Farmers’ Market in Bethany.  Along with locally grown products, the area has such a rich artistic culture (link to studio tour)     that an arts and crafts section of a market would bring in fans and more traffic.

*Continual promotion of local businesses.  There are quite a few local businesses proving exemplary services for the community and those    passing through.  A few examples are Southpond, Me vs We, Heaven on Seven – just to name a few.  All need constant support, promotion and encouragement.

Councillor Stauble would like Bethany to be a place people can come back to.  She wants others to help, encourage and improve the community, to allow others to see the many positive aspects for the community.  Her motto is to live, stay and play in Bethany.

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– second in the three part series on Bethany councilor

“Mrs Stauble has been there for us since the beginning and fights tirelessly.”

When Councillor and former Reeve David Marsh decided to step down from his seat of 25 years in 2010, he left big shoes to fill.  Heather Stauble was eager to fill them.

A focus for Ms. Stauble has been and continues to be her opposition to the proposed wind turbines in the area.  Her ward has been front and centre in the debate about the wind turbines since the issue was raised, with the public under Ms. Stauble’s leadership taking an active part of protesting them in the area.

She states the inefficiency and expense of the turbines as a main detriment, along with the disruption of the tranquility of the area.

Bethany is part of the Oak Ridge Moraine, famous for the scenic, rolling hills and peaceful lifestyle for both those living in the communities and wildlife in the countryside.  The noise and astounding height of the turbines (comparable to a fifty story building) will undoubtedly impact every aspect of the environment of the area, without enough of a positive return for the community.

Based on research, Ms. Stauble doesn’t believe wind turbines have much value; small, personal models can store wind power in their batteries and be used in remote areas but with the turbines getting bigger, wind power produced can’t be stored.  They also require a backup of coal or natural gas when the wind isn’t blowing.

On a positive note, Ms. Stauble feels optimistic about Health Canada’s recent announcement that it will do a study on the noise effect of wind turbines.

“It’s really significant for us,” she says.  “It’s not easy to get Health Canada to do a research study.”

I have plans to try and persuade Councillor Stauble to do a guest post for me in the near future with the hope her extensive knowledge of wind turbines can educate others far more effectively than I could.

Part 3 coming soon

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Part one of Three part series

I’m detouring from my usual profile on Bethany businesses and day to day activities and delving into the political world of Manvers Township.

Heather StaubleBut rather than debating the pros and cons of the future expansion of Highway 407 and the effect it will have on the community, or exploring the disadvantages of the proposed wind turbines – more on that in the next post – I was able to spend a morning with Heather Stauble, the municipal Councillor who represents Manvers Township in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

After the amalgamation of year 2001, Manvers Township (which Bethany is part of) became The City of Kawartha Lakes.  Before then, longtime resident David Marsh was the Reeve of Bethany, and continued on as Councillor for a time.  But when he stepped down in 2010  Heather Stauble decided to throw her hat in the ring.

Dear God…When can we Move to the Country?

Ms. Stauble grew up in North Toronto, the daughter of Anne Johnston who served in the Toronto Council until 2003.  For 28 years, she was the longest serving and oldest member of the council.  Ms. Johnston was a progressive voice in Toronto, respected for her proactive approach and determined nature to issues.

Growing up in the heart of the Toronto, with a political powerhouse for a mother, Ms. Stauble left the city in 1988 to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in the country. She was nine when she first started writing notes to God about it, wanting to live where she could ride horses every day.  As a teenager, Ms. Stauble used to ride her bike to a farm near Maple, across from where Wonderland is now, in order to ride her horses.  It was quite a distance for the young girl to travel but a perfect example of her dedication and determination to live out her dream.

Her dream was to live in an area where she could walk to work, raise her kids and enjoy, train and ride her horses.  She discovered Bethany.  Her love of horses and the outdoors hasn’t changed and she has been riding and training in the area for the last twenty years.  She is an Equine Canada Certified Coach, and owns and operates The Brass Ring along with her husband.

Along with being heavily involved with the riding community, Ms. Stauble also contributed to productions at the 4th Line Theatre outside of Millbrook.  While still in Toronto, she worked with SCTV and the Financial Post so it’s not surprising she found her path leading to the local theatre.

And it’s not surprising how she became involved with the local school board.  Her children attended the public schools and Ms. Stauble was pleased with the education they provided.  Grandview and Rolling Hills Public School are“…good, strong local schools…” both with International Baccalaureate programs and providing French immersion,

It was Ms. Stauble’s involvement in French immersion advocacy issues that prompted her to consider becoming a councillor, but it was the wind turbine issue that drove home her need to become more involved.

Watch for Part 2 coming soon…

“Mrs Stauble has been there for us since the beginning and fights tirelessly.”

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I miss Bethany! 😦 Summer is here and that means kids, cottages, keeping everyone fed and amused and hydrated, not mention countless applications of sunscreen…I do love summer but this one seems busier than most.

But my thoughts are still with Bethany so stay tuned for my post about meeting with Heather Stauble, who represents Township of Manvers (Bethany) on the City of Kawartha Lakes municipal council and her thoughts about Bethany.

Live, stay and play!!!

talk soon

Holly

 

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