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Rotary hosts 10th annual tree planting

GUELPH-ERAMOSA - The Grand River Conservation Authority will launch Canada 150 celebrations on April 22, Earth Day, at the Guelph Rotary Forest with the planting of a maple grove that will be shaped like a maple leaf and will be visible from the sky.

Helping hands

Helping hands

These youngsters were picking up garbage on their walk home from Victoria Terrace Public School recently along Gibbons Drive in Fergus. From left are: Noah Wright with his cousins Travis Courtney and Wyatt Sealey. Submitted photo

Earth play for Earth Day

Earth play for Earth Day

Remember how you played as a child? Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and get your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering? This type of play is rapidly disappearing from our world.

Library hosting Earth Day events

WELLINGTON CTY. - Local libraries are hosting events to celebrate Earth Day.

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.”

Results of Guelph and Guelph/Eramosa Tier 3 Water Budget study released

CAMBRIDGE - The Grand River Source Protection Authority has released the results of the Guelph and Guelph/Eramosa Tier 3 Water Budget and Local Area Risk Assessment study. The study’s findings were presented to the members of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee at its meeting on April 6, 2017.

Seniors group receives 150 grant

Seniors group receives 150 grant

ROCKWOOD - The Eramosa Eden Retreat Centre in Rockwood has been awarded a Canada 150 Grant to involve local seniors in the celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial. The name of the project is Canada’s Seniors: Our Roots, Our Future.

Caressant Care residents visit Belmore Maple Syrup Festival

Caressant Care residents visit Belmore Maple Syrup Festival

BELMORE - Activities assistant Jaylene Roswell invited residents, staff and volunteers from the Caressant Care Nursing Home in Harriston to board a bus on April 6 and head to the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival.

Governor General recognition

Governor General recognition

Fergus’ John Scott received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of 27 years of research and advocacy on Lyme disease and tick populations in Canada.

EWCS recognizes volunteers

EWCS recognizes volunteers

WELLINGTON CTY. - From April 23 to 29, East Wellington Community Services will celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week (NVW).

Fergus mom recognized for school volunteering

Fergus mom recognized for school volunteering

FERGUS - “I think a lot of people think that they don’t have time to volunteer until they try something,” said Melina Gillies, a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Fergus. Gillies will be recognized at the Wellington Catholic District School Board’s Staff Volunteer Recognition Night at the River Run Centre on May 8. Nominated volunteers from each school in the board will also be recognized.

Volunteers honoured

Volunteers honoured

Members of the Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society were recognized at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards held recently in Stratford.

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.”

Fergus grandmother, granddaughter team up for VON friendly visits

Fergus grandmother, granddaughter team up for VON friendly visits

FERGUS - A Fergus grandmother and granddaughter have found a unique way to spend time together while also giving back to their community: they’re a volunteer team.

Arthur Optimists to give back to community with splash pad project to celebrate 50th year

Arthur Optimists to give back to community with splash pad project to celebrate 50th year

ARTHUR - This year is a big one for the Arthur Optimist Club. Not only is it Canada’s 150th year since Confederation, but the local club is celebrating 50 years in the community. That is why the club is planning something big.

Guelph/Wellington volunteer centre celebrates National Volunteer Week

Guelph/Wellington volunteer centre celebrates National Volunteer Week

GUELPH - National Volunteer Week is April 23 to 29. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and thank Guelph and Wellington’s 98,000 volunteers.

Tier 3 Water Budget and Local Area Risk Assessment released

WELLINGTON CTY. - The Lake Erie Source Protection Region released the results of the Guelph and Guelph-Eramosa Tier 3 Water Budget and Local Area Risk Assessment study at the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee meeting earlier this month.

Education

Education

About 1,000 Grade 8 students attended the Career Education Council’s Career Pathways Dufferin event on April 4 at the Compass Community Church.

‘Destination Animation’ launched in CW

CENTRE WELLINGTON - From Feb 5 to 7, a group of 22 keen, engaged and dedicated businesses participated in an experiential tourism workshop which included the brainstorming of unique and exciting experience possibilities that promote Elora and Fergus, heritage town charm, arts, culture and nature-based assets.

Township says ‘no’ to discounted hall rental rate for Scientists in School

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch council is saying ‘no’ to a discounted rental rate for Scientists in School.

Mount Forest Queen Street repaving receives financial boost from province

KENILWORTH - The province has provided a financial boost to help repave a section of Queen Street in Mount Forest this year. On April 10 Wellington North council shared a letter from transportation minister Steven Del Duca that announced the township will be awarded just over $233,000 for the project.

Council approves new pickup truck for fire department

KENILWORTH - The Wellington North fire department is getting a new pickup truck for its fire prevention officer.On April 10 Wellington North council approved a request to purchase a $40,000 pickup truck for the fire department’s full-time fire prevention officer.

Refugees leaving

Refugees leaving

The Soes are moving to Toronto and, on April 2, the congregation of the Mount Forest United Church along with the United for Refugees Committee that brought the family to Mount Forest, formally said farewell and presented them with gifts.

Firm hired to redesign website

MAPLETON - Council here has chosen a firm to redesign the municipality’s website.

Generations

Generations

Early Years Program participants visited the seniors of Royal Terrace Long-Term and Residential Care in Palmerston on April 12.

Puslinch council addresses water budget report

ABERFOYLE - On April 5, Puslinch councillors briefly discussed correspondence regarding the Guelph and Guelph-Eramosa Township Tier 3 water budget and local area risk assessment.

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.

Council: new aggregate fees a positive first step

ABERFOYLE - Aggregate fees are set to double as of July 1, says Puslinch Mayor Dennis Lever. Lever noted he had a conference call with Ministry of Natural Resources staff in Peterborough a few prior to the April 5 council meeting.

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.

Councillor wants to revisit decision to pay for future tile repair

MAPLETON - Council here may revisit a decision to pay for potential future repairs to a private drain crossing a township road.

Erin residents speak out against Nestle’s voluntary levy before council makes decision

ERIN - A voluntary levy offered by Nestlé Waters Canada to the Town of Erin has sparked outrage from community members. While council decided in a 4-1 vote on April 18 to accept the levy, residents gathered prior to that decision to voice their concerns.

Concerns raised that rural school closures have negative impact on communities

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors share concerns being expressed across the province that school accommodation reviews do not reflect the reality of rural schools or community life.

Council approves purchase of new plow truck for $260,000

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council has approved the purchase of a new plow truck for the roads department to replace an aged vehicle.

GRCA installing warning booms and buoys

CAMBRIDGE - The Grand River Conservation Authority is installing warning booms or white buoys upstream of GRCA dams to warn paddlers, anglers and boaters to stay away from the dams.

McCaughan hired as interim head of public works in Wellington North

KENILWORTH - Former Erin interim CAO Derek McCaughan has been hired as interim public works director in Wellington North.

Guelph-Eramosa, Erin hire new shared bylaw and property enforcement officer

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa has a new bylaw enforcement and property standards officer. In a shared 50/50 position with the Town of Erin, Alison Krueger began with both townships on April 10.

MPPs support Rea and Walter Act

QUEEN'S PARK - The Rea and Walter Act, a bill that would give firefighters better information to fight fires, cleared a major hurdle on April 6 in the Ontario legislature, where MPPs unanimously supported it.

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.

Township awards line painting contract

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa Township has awarded a road line painting project to RanN Maintenance.

Norwell hosts youth forum on social media and drug awareness

PALMERSTON - Norwell District Secondary School is inviting the public to a youth forum evening on the topics of social media and drug awareness.

Free Wi-Fi available at NWHC hospitals

MOUNT FOREST - North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) now offers free WiFi service throughout its two hospital sites in Mount Forest and Palmerston for patients and visitors.

Habitat for Humanity WDG is building affordable housing for 30 families in Guelph region

GUELPH - Rising house prices across Ontario have now made their way to Guelph, making the average price of a home a reported $475,717.

Key tags help save money on replacement

OTTAWA - Most of us don’t realize how valuable our car keys are until we lose them.

Township awards street sweeping contract

MAPLETON - The township looks set to save some money on street sweeping for the next two summers.

Council defers decision on rezoning application to allow apartment in semi-detatched housing unit

MAPLETON - Council here has agreed to defer a rezoning bylaw that will allow an accessory apartment in a semi-detached residence.

Speaker delivers message of hope with humour at Lenten Tea

DRAYTON - A passion for reading, studying and listening to others share their faith was evident in the message delivered by cancer survivor Peg Bauman, guest speaker at the annual Lenten Tea hosted by the Drayton Reformed Church on April 12.

Township officials encouraged by meeting on water, wastewater

MAPLETON - Mayor Neil Driscoll was encouraged by the outcome of a meeting between township officials and provincial infrastructure minister Bob Chiarelli on April 6.

Finance department staffing situation discussed in-camera

MAPLETON - Discussion of matters pertaining to the township’s understaffed finance department were among numerous topics covered during an in-camera session at the conclusion of the April 11 council meeting.

Extension of Moorefield streetscape lighting approved subject to input from meeting

MOOREFIELD - Township council has approved an extension of the lighting portion of the streetscape design for the McGivern Street reconstruction project slated for the village this summer, at an estimated additional cost of $235,475.
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