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.
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
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.
WELLINGTON CTY. - Local libraries are hosting events to celebrate Earth Day.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - “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.
Members of the Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society were recognized at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards held recently in Stratford.
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 - 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 - 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 - National Volunteer Week is April 23 to 29. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and thank Guelph and Wellington’s 98,000 volunteers.
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.
About 1,000 Grade 8 students attended the Career Education Council’s Career Pathways Dufferin event on April 4 at the Compass Community Church.
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.
ABERFOYLE - Puslinch council is saying ‘no’ to a discounted rental rate for Scientists in School.
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.
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.
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.
MAPLETON - Council here has chosen a firm to redesign the municipality’s website.
Early Years Program participants visited the seniors of Royal Terrace Long-Term and Residential Care in Palmerston on April 12.
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.
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.
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.
ELORA - Centre Wellington councillors are moving to protect a pre-Confederation stone school house in Belwood from demolition.
MAPLETON - Council here may revisit a decision to pay for potential future repairs to a private drain crossing a township road.
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.
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.
KENILWORTH - Wellington North council has approved the purchase of a new plow truck for the roads department to replace an aged vehicle.
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.
KENILWORTH - Former Erin interim CAO Derek McCaughan has been hired as interim public works director in Wellington North.
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.
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 - 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.
BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa Township has awarded a road line painting project to RanN Maintenance.
PALMERSTON - Norwell District Secondary School is inviting the public to a youth forum evening on the topics of social media and drug awareness.
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.
GUELPH - Rising house prices across Ontario have now made their way to Guelph, making the average price of a home a reported $475,717.
OTTAWA - Most of us don’t realize how valuable our car keys are until we lose them.
MAPLETON - The township looks set to save some money on street sweeping for the next two summers.
MAPLETON - Council here has agreed to defer a rezoning bylaw that will allow an accessory apartment in a semi-detached residence.
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.
MAPLETON - Mayor Neil Driscoll was encouraged by the outcome of a meeting between township officials and provincial infrastructure minister Bob Chiarelli on April 6.
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.
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.