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Today's date: Tuesday January 16, 2018 Vol 51 Issue 02
   
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Maintain Your Brain as You Age: an Eden Mills presentation

EDEN MILLS - On Jan. 16 at 7pm, Jill Simpson will address why the brain doesn’t function effectively with age in her presentation Maintain Your Brain as You Age at the Eden Mills Community Hall.

Puslinch budget information meeting on Jan. 16

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch is holding a public information meeting on its proposed 2018 operating and capital budget on Jan. 16. at 7pm.

Elora teacher brings science, fun to the classroom

Elora teacher brings science, fun to the classroom

ELORA - A local elementary school teacher is receiving international recognition for a program he created to bring real-time science, adventure and exploration to the classroom.

Half of county elementary schools maintain or improve Fraser rating

WELLINGTON CTY. - Half of Wellington County elementary schools have improved or maintained their rating on the annual education performance report card released in December by the Fraser Institute.

County proposes budget with 2.5 per cent increase in taxes

ABOYNE - Wellington County is proposing a 2018 budget with a 2.5 per cent increase in the county portion of property taxes. The increase is slightly lower than the 2017 increase of 2.9% and down from the 2.8% projected in the county’s 10-year plan.

Manny Baron appointed CAO/clerk for Mapleton

Manny Baron appointed CAO/clerk for Mapleton

MAPLETON - Mayor Neil Driscoll said Mapleton council is confident in its choice of a new CAO/clerk, despite a controversial exit from his previous position.

Safe TALK workshop set for Jan. 15

MOUNT FOREST - A suicide-alertness workshop will be taking place in Mount Forest on Jan. 15.

Mount Forest to offer breastfeeding cafe

MOUNT FOREST - The Mount Forest Family Health Team, in partnership with public health is a hosting Breastfeeding Cafe every third Wednesday of the month.

Local LHIN exemplifies patients-first approach

KITCHENER - Fifteen local community members came together to share their experience with the local health system, as the Waterloo Wellington LHIN launched its new Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) this fall.

Staying healthy during winter weather challenging

The majority of the time we enjoy instantaneous access to communications and entertainment. We have grocery stores open and refilling a prescription is a phone call away. It is easy to overlook the fact mother nature can interrupt our hectic lives. Thinking and planning ahead can be the difference between comfort and disaster.

Mental health documentary to be made available online

KINCARDINE - The Invisible Wounds Conference, which was held in Kincardine Oct. 27, was well attended with approximately 90 First Responders and others who work in high stress environments from across the province.

New online process for Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration in the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) will take place until Jan. 19.

Centre Wellington mayor reports on county’s perpetual reporting

ELORA - There may not be a perpetual motion machine, but perpetual reporting seems to be the way of the future for municipal governments.

Parkland dedication policy under review

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch council will be revising its parkland policy.

Puslinch councillors express concerns over water study, potential Greenbelt expansion

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors are concerned a study to protect water in the Greenbelt - and its potential expansion area - will affect the municipality’s control of its water supply.

Skatepark donation

Skatepark donation

The Centre Wellington Skatepark Association received $500 raised by real estate agent George Mochrie of Red Brick Real Estate from the free movie night held in Bissell Park in Elora in August. Joining him are members of the group at the site of the future skatepark at the Elora Arena. The fundraising for the project is at $49,200.

Centre Wellington renews Greenspace lease

ELORA - It’s going to be a green new year in downtown Elora. On Dec. 18, Centre Wellington renewed its lease arrangement with Suncor for the use of the property at the northwest corner of Mill and Metcalfe Streets (officially designated as 25 Mill St. W.

MacDonald Trust application deadline is Jan. 28

CENTRE WELLINGTON - Do you have an idea or project that will make a difference to residents in Centre Wellington?

McElwain: ‘jubilation ended real damn quick’

ELORA - It looks like the spectre of the West Montrose Dam isn’t fading away.

New childcare facility to open in Arthur

GUELPH - A new child care facility is opening in Arthur. The Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) has retrofitted the existing child care space adjacent to St. John Catholic School in Arthur with the support of Ministry of Education funding.

SWIFT launches first series of RFPs for high-speed network

WYOMING, ON - SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) took a leap forward on Jan. 3 with the launch of its first in a series of upcoming request for proposals (RFP).

Wellington North to create rural school zone speed policy

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council has directed staff to develop a policy that deals with vehicle speeds in rural school zones in the township.

Two babies born on Jan 1 at Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest

Two babies born on Jan 1 at Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest

MOUNT FOREST - Wellington County welcomed two babies on New Year’s Day this year. The first baby of 2018 arrived at 12:27am on Jan. 1. The baby boy was delivered by Amy Sjaarda of Countryside Midwives of Palmerston. The second baby was born several hours later to excited parents Janelle and Alan Capell of Southgate Township. Baby Sullivan arrived at 5pm on Jan. 1.

6th annual Trees for Tots raises over $55,000 for Children’s Foundation

6th annual Trees for Tots raises over $55,000 for Children’s Foundation

GUELPH - The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s sixth annual Trees for Tots event raised a record-breaking $55,024 on Jan. 6.

Winter returns to six Grand River parks

CAMBRIDGE - After an unseasonably mild winter last year prevented most Grand River Parks from offering traditional winter activities, six Grand River Conservation Authority parks opened on Jan. 6 for the winter.

Guelph-Eramosa has paid $154,000 to terminated employees since 2012

Guelph-Eramosa has paid $154,000 to terminated employees since 2012

WELLINGTON CTY. - Guelph-Eramosa has now provided settlement information it previously refused to grant the Advertiser. CAO Ian Roger, who blamed past refusals on a mix-up and “communication” error, informed the newspaper on Jan. 4 the township has paid $154,014 to terminated employees since 2012.

2017: The Year in Review for Mapleton Township

MAPLETON - The Community News and Wellington Advertiser would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 2018, as we take a look back on an eventful year in 2017.

MP pleased initiatives included in PC platform

PERTH-WELLINGTON - Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece says his party’s election platform, the “People’s Guarantee,” which Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown unveiled on Nov. 25, “shows we are ready to form government.”

Need for blood high during post-holiday period

OTTAWA - Canadian Blood Services has seen a notable increase in donations since Dec. 18 when it issued an urgent call for eligible donors to fill 35,000 open appointments by Jan. 6. However, more new and returning donors are still needed to help fill 18,000 open appointments.
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