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Man falls into Elora Gorge, taken by air ambulance to Toronto hospital

Man falls into Elora Gorge, taken by air ambulance to Toronto hospital 
ELORA - A man has been transported by air ambulance to a Toronto hospital with serious head injuries after falling into the Elora Gorge on Monday evening. Fire crews from Elora and Fergus were called shortly after 5pm on June 19 for reports of a man falling into the Irvine Creek region of the Elora Gorge in the area behind North Street.

Wayne Stokley’s legacy lives on with launch of trail at Puslinch Community Centre

Wayne Stokley’s legacy lives on with launch of trail at Puslinch Community Centre

ABERFOYLE - Wayne Stokley’s legacy lives on with the naming of a local trail in his memory.

Costly lesson for Centre Wellington council; Bridge, culvert tenders $1.4 million over budget estimates

ELORA - Centre Wellington councillors received a tough and costly lesson with recent bridge and culvert prices far exceeding original estimates.

Council defers decision on bulk water taking

MINTO - Town council has deferred a decision on a bulk water taking policy for the municipality following negative public reaction to a decision to negotiate the sale of water to a private supplier.

Activists hold walk to protect conservation lands in Guelph

GUELPH - Several Guelph residents are organizing a walk in nature on June 17 from 11am to noon.

Town to work with Harriston Historical Society on rent reduction request

MINTO - Town officials will work with members of the Harriston Historical Society on their struggles to raise enough funds to rent the top floor of the local library building.

George Van Ankum recognized as Mapleton Senior of the Year

George Van Ankum recognized as Mapleton Senior of the Year

MAPLETON - Drayton resident George Van Ankum has been recognized as the township’s Senior of the Year. He was presented with a certificate of recognition and a township pin at the May 23 council meeting.

West End Women’s Institute

West End Women’s Institute

A plaque was unveiled in the Marden library on June 1 to recognize the achievements of the West End Women’s Institute.

Raising the flag

Raising the flag

The Lions Club is celebrating 100 years as an established club in 2017, with the first meeting held in Chicago, Illinois on June 1, 1917. The Town of Erin commemorated both the Erin and Hillsburgh Lions Clubs by raising the Lions’ 100th anniversary flag at the municipal office on June 6.

Minto weighs support for campaign against loss of councillor tax exemption

MINTO - Councillors here will consider support for a Conservative MP’s campaign against the removal of a tax exemption for one-third of the salaries of municipal councillors.

Road tenders $355,000 under budget

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa came in far under budget for the Township Road 1 replacement.

New Executive

New Executive

Elora Legion Branch 229 elects new executive body for 2017/18, at the general meeting in April. Branch 229 is celebrating 85 years of service to the Elora Community.

Bylaw officer hired to handle building department backlog

MOUNT FOREST - Due to a backlog caused by increased building department activity, Wellington North has decided to hire a contract bylaw officer.

Elora Quarry daily capacity set at 1,300

Elora Quarry daily capacity set at 1,300

ELORA - The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is setting a maximum daily capacity of 1,300 guests for the Elora Quarry park this summer.

Hospital auxiliary celebrates 95 years

Hospital auxiliary celebrates 95 years

MOUNT FOREST - The auxiliary to Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest is celebrating its 95 anniversary this year.

Erin to hold wastewater EA info night on June 22

ERIN - The Town of Erin and Ainley Group are holding a public information night for residents of Erin to learn about the wastewater servicing Environmental Assessment that is currently underway.

Rail museum dedicates library to Drs. Carol and Viola Homuth

Rail museum dedicates library to Drs. Carol and Viola Homuth

PALMERSTON - The Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum has a new library thanks to the contribution of a Minto family.

Students recognized for kindness at Vimy Ridge ceremony

Students recognized for kindness at Vimy Ridge ceremony

MOUNT FOREST - A group of Mount Forest high school students who attended the Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary Memorial Service this spring have been called “the kindest Canadian kids we have ever seen” by Legion members who met up with them there.

Breaking barriers by building bridges: students build ramp for Palmerston senior

Breaking barriers by building bridges: students build ramp for Palmerston senior

PALMERSTON - It may have been a hot and sunny school day, but 11 students from Wellington Heights Secondary School’s (WHSS) alternative education program were hard at work on June 1 building a ramp for a local senior.

Public health unit issues hot weather advice for summer

WELLINGTON CTY. - Public health officials are offering advice to deal with “hot summer days.”

New fee for water bottlers takes effect on Aug. 1

New fee for water bottlers takes effect on Aug. 1

WELLINGTON CTY. - The province has announced that a $500 increase to the fee charged to water bottling companies will take effect this summer.

Impact of marijuana legalization on municipalities concerns councillors

MINTO - Council here has directed staff to present a report on the possible impact on municipalities of federal legislation to legalize marijuana.

Welcome

Welcome

Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott was honoured to welcome Her Excellency Aung San Suu Kyi, the Head of State of Myanmar (Burma) to the Ontario Legislature on June 8.

It’s time to Connect CW and have a say in community issues

ELORA - As part of Centre Wellington’s strategic plan to create opportunities for citizen dialogue on community issues and new ways for residents to get involved in the decisions that affect them, staff have introduced - Connect CW - for residents to learn more about major projects and provide input, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from home, work or even the park.

Family physicians in Mount Forest welcoming new patients

Family physicians in Mount Forest welcoming new patients

MOUNT FOREST - The Mount Forest Family Health Organization (FHO) currently have three family physicians, Drs. Melanie Maurus, Alex Goytisolo and Russel Law, welcoming new patients at the Claire Stewart Medical Centre.

Blessings donation

Blessings donation

Blessings Thrift and Gift Store in Palmerston recently donated $7,500 to the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington.

Hospital donation

Hospital donation

Linamar Corporation presented Groves Hospital Foundation with a $100,000 donation to the New Groves Hospital Project on June 1 at the Linamar head office in Guelph. L

Part of Wellington Road 18 in Salem closed until the end of June

SALEM - Wellington Cty. Road 18 (Geddes Street), between Avruskin and John Streets is closed for the rest of the month to allow competition of remaining surface works started in late 2016.

Wellington North updates municipal servicing standards; includes sidewalks, trees, streetlights

MOUNT FOREST - Developers in Wellington North will have to follow new requirements as the township has updated its Municipal Servicing Standards (MSS) to include new guidelines for sidewalks, trees and streetlights.

Wellington North gives out $7,500 more in improvement grants

MOUNT FOREST - Wellington North council approved $7,500 in community improvement grants for three projects on June 5.

Rockwood set for LED streetlights

BRUCEDALE - The 335 non-decorative streetlights in Rockwood are set to be converted to LED bulbs.

Puslinch council may rethink deposit policy regarding community centre rentals

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors may take another look at the way deposits are charged to annual or ongoing rental groups.

Council keeps options open on Moorefield hall

MAPLETON - Township council is keeping its options open as the municipality proceeds to tender for major renovations to the Maryborough Community Centre.

School board appoints new principal for Maryborough Public School

MOOREFIELD - Maryborough Public School will have a new principal next fall. The Upper Grand District School Board recently announced principal and vice-principal transfers and appointments as of Sept. 1.

Eating better doesn’t have to break the bank

One of the major challenges people face when trying to improve their eating habits is cost. What they don’t know is that healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive - it can actually be cost effective!

New Groves hospital to cost $127.5 million

New Groves hospital to cost $127.5 million

ABOYNE - The new Groves Memorial Community Hospital will cost $127.5 million and should be completed prior to 2020. On June 15 officials with Groves and Infrastructure Ontario announced they had closed a deal with EllisDon Infrastructure GMCH Inc. for the design, construction and financing of the new hospital.

Pride flag will fly again at Wellington Heights Secondary School

Pride flag will fly again at Wellington Heights Secondary School

MOUNT FOREST - A pride flag at Wellington Heights Secondary School (WHSS) that was taken down earlier this year due to flag etiquette guidelines will fly again.
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