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Police: child sex offender to live in Guelph

Police: child sex offender to live in Guelph 
GUELPH - Police are warning the public that a man with a history of convictions for sexual crimes against children is planning to live in Guelph. On April 19 Guelph police announced that “high risk sex offender” James Porter Badour, 52, was recently released from custody and plans to live in the city. He has “a pattern of offending against young children, both male and female,” police warn. “Privacy laws prohibit the disclosure of additional details, however the Guelph Police Service wants the public to be aware of this individual’s presence in the community and to contact authorities if they observe Mr. Badour engaging in any activity that could be considered a violation of his court order,” police stated.

Rockwood fire causes $500,000 in damage; firefighter sent to hospital

Rockwood fire causes $500,000 in  damage; firefighter sent to hospital 
ROCKWOOD - A fire at a home on Parkinson Drive in Rockwood caused about $500,000 worth of damage on April 18. “(The) fire started in the garage ... but it extended to the house,” Rockwood deputy fire chief Jim Petrik said. He added the fire didn’t “appear suspicious” and, “It looks like the house might be a loss, but it’s still standing.” The fire call came in at noon on Tuesday and about 15 firefighters from the Rockwood and Puslinch fire stations responded to the call.

Erin council votes to accept Nestlé Waters’ voluntary levy

Erin council votes to accept Nestlé Waters’ voluntary levy

ERIN - Council here has voted 4-1 in favour of accepting an annual contribution from Nestlé Waters Canada, despite strong opposition from many at the meeting. People packed the Erin council chamber and spilled into the hallways to hear council’s decision on April 18, many of them holding signs that read “please say no.”

Heritage designation could protect pre-Confederation schoolhouse from demolition

Heritage designation could protect pre-Confederation schoolhouse from demolition

ELORA - Centre Wellington councillors are moving to protect a pre-Confederation stone school house in Belwood from demolition.

McLeish named Centre Wellington Citizen of the Year

McLeish named Centre Wellington Citizen of the Year

ELORA - Bruce McLeish is Centre Wellington’s newest Citizen of the Year. Nomination supporter John Wheatley wrote “Bruce has contributed significantly to the heart and soul of the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club, and ... has therefore made an outstanding contribution to this community.”

Residents pack hall for township’s spring town hall meeting in Fergus

Residents pack hall for township’s spring town hall meeting in Fergus

FERGUS - The Victoria Park Seniors Centre here was packed for Centre Wellington’s spring town hall meeting on April 12 as Mayor Kelly Linton talked to the audience about the township setting priorities and taking action.

BUZZ

Young girl approached by naked man near Mount Forest
Relay for Life returning to Fergus
Hockey card fraud
McCaughan hired as interim head of public works in Wellington North
Guelph-Eramosa, Erin hire new shared bylaw and property enforcement officer
Puslinch business offers Camaro in charity auction sale

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Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik
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EDITORIAL

Dave Adsett: Surprise, surprise

Said Again:

“If I was robbing a bank of millions and millions of dollars, I wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand ... to pay off the police or the bank employees.”

Donna McCaw of Save Our Water.

April 21, 2017

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BUSINESS

John Clark Senior Volunteer Award

The Guelph and District Association of Realtors recently presented Fergus realtor Lisa Bloor with the John Clark Senior Volunteer Award, given to a member of the association who volunteers his/her time to do community work, as well as working within the association.

Finalists announced for Pitch It!

Nine finalists will compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes in the 6th Annual Pitch It! Minto Business Plan Competition.

Sports

Les Bartley Award

Toronto Rock defender Bill Hostrawser, of Belwood, was recognized with the Les Bartley Award on April 14 prior to the Rock’s final home game of the 2016-17 season.

Swimming trials

Abigail McDonald of Elora competed at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, BC from April 6 to 9 with the top swimmers in Canada competing for spots on the World Championships and Junior World Championships Team.

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