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Today's date: Friday September 22, 2017 Vol 50 Issue 38
   
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Building construction value double 10-year average

MOUNT FOREST - Construction in Wellington North has seen a spike in value in 2017, nearly doubling the 10-year average.

Walk for CMT disease Sept. 24

FERGUS - The 7th annual Walk for Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) Disease is set to take place Sept. 24 at 9:30am at Victoria Park.

YMCA-YWCA of Guelph’s ENCORE program focuses on life after breast cancer

GUELPH - The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph’s ENCORE (after breast cancer) program is offered free of charge to women (both members and non-members) who have experienced breast cancer or breast reconstructive surgery at any time in their lives.

Global health expert appointed to Waterloo Wellington LHIN board

WATERLOO - Janice Kopinak is the newest member of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) board of directors.

Ministry official grilled by Puslinch council on water bottling

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors say the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC)has muddied the issue of protecting water quality by singling out water bottlers.

Rotary donations

Rotary donations

On Sept. 12, the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora presented a $10,000 cheque to the Groves Hospital Foundation. Accepting the cheque was Steven Street, Lori Arsenault and Rick Gergovich; presenting was Leanne Iravani. The Rotary Club also donated a quilt to KidsAbility.

KidsAbility celebrates 60 years

FERGUS - KidsAbility is celebrating its 60th anniversary. For each of the over 1,000 children and youth with special needs impacted by services offered at KidsAbility’s Fergus site, “potential realized” has taken on its own unique meaning.

Mapleton busy building in August, triple amount from last year

MAPLETON - The value of building construction in Mapleton last month was more than triple the amount from August of 2016.

Big winner

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington announced the winner from its WestJet Cares for Kids raffle draw.

Tourism potential of Centre Wellington could be enhanced by signs, Wi-Fi: officials

ELORA - Additional signage and downtown Wi-Fi in select locations are part of a proposed package to enhance tourism in Centre Wellington. Deb Dalziel, Dave Beynon and Greg Wolowich, along with RTO4 (Regional Tourism Organization 4) representative Napier Simpson made the pitch to Centre Wellington council on Sept. 18.

Puslinch studying feasibility of municipal water, sewage systems

Puslinch studying feasibility of municipal water, sewage systems

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch Township is undertaking a feasibility study for municipal water and sewage servicing within key portions of the township.

United Way announces $3.5-million fundraising goal

United Way announces $3.5-million fundraising goal

GUELPH - United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin kicked-off its 2017 fundraising campaign on Sept. 6, announcing a goal of $3.5 million to support local social service programs.

Clifford grist mill mural gets permanent home

Clifford grist mill mural gets permanent home

CLIFFORD - In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1 a celebration was organized to honour the settlers who built the village of Clifford and who put the unity in community by raising the rafters on a local grist mill on July 1, 1867.

50-year employee still enjoys the job

50-year employee still enjoys the job

ROTHSAY - In today’s world it’s rare to find someone who stays in one job for an extended period of time.

Minto receives five-leaf Communities in Bloom rating

OTTAWA - The Town of Minto received a Five Leaves - Silver rating and a special mention for the Green Legacy Program during the Communities in Bloom 2017 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies.

Erin Rotary Riverwalk logo contest winner

Erin Rotary Riverwalk logo contest winner

The Rotary Club of Erin announced Riley Dowling as winner of the logo contest on Sept. 18.

How to prevent car breakdowns with battery care

How to prevent car breakdowns with battery care

Many drivers have experienced the misfortune of getting into their vehicles only to realize their engines won’t turn over. Although there may be plenty of reasons why a car will not start, quite frequently a dead battery is to blame.

Signs rotors may need to be replaced for smooth braking

Signs rotors may need to be replaced for smooth braking

The braking system of most vehicles consists of brake pads, calipers and metal discs called rotors that work to slow down a vehicle. When the vehicle needs to stop, the calipers squeeze the brake pads against the spinning rotors.

Rockwood girl featured in school bus safety video

Rockwood girl featured in school bus safety video

ROCKWOOD - A Rockwood 10-year-old was recently featured in a school bus safety video that was shown to every Wellington County parent and student who attended school bus orientation on Aug. 29.

Abundance of cones may be trees’ attempt to ‘outwit’ seed predators

Abundance of cones may be trees’ attempt to ‘outwit’ seed predators

GUELPH - For those wondering about an abundance of pinecones dangling from tree limbs this year there may be a few explanations.

Former Erin Public School demolished

Former Erin Public School demolished

The former Erin Public School was demolished last week. New owners Tom Dolson and Joe Dettbarn purchased the property in July and intend to build homes for entry level home owners and seniors. Erin council decided in August 2015 not to designate the 1924 brick school as a heritage structure in order not to discourage a potential purchaser.

Centre Wellington town hall meeting set for Sept. 27

ELORA - Centre Wellington is hosting its fall town hall session on Sept. 27 at 7pm at the Heritage River Retirement Residence in Elora.

Updated snow dump facility one step closer in Guelph-Eramosa

BRUCEDALE - An updated snow-dump facility is one step closer to becoming a reality in Guelph-Eramosa Township.

Firefighting fun

Firefighting fun

Erin Fire and Emergency Services held its annual Manufacturers’ Night on Sept. 12.

Classroom crew

Classroom crew

Parents at St. John Catholic School in Arthur are planning to construct an outdoor learning area for students and teachers. The group, which has a goal of $20,000, presented the first $2,325 to the school on Sept. 15.

Parents on mission to create outdoor classroom in Arthur

Parents on mission to create outdoor classroom in Arthur

ARTHUR - The parents of students at St. John Catholic School in Arthur have taken the first step in creating an outdoor learning area on school grounds.

Council awards tender for phase one of Rockmosa Park expansion

BRUCEDALE - Steed and Evans was awarded the tender for phase one of the new Rockmosa Park expansion for $467,617 - significantly under the $1,005,010 budget estimate.

Additions double the price of Eden Mills road project

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa has approved road improvements on York Street in Eden Mills that are almost double the 2017 budgeted amount.

‘Serious’ clerical errors on Pearle transaction raise ire of township councillor

ELORA - Due to a legal clerical error, Centre Wellington councillors once again had to finalize details on the disposition of land between the municipality and Pearle Hospitality for developments on both sides of the Grand River.

Nater appointed to shadow cabinet

STRATFORD - Perth-Wellington MP John Nater has been appointed to the “shadow cabinet” of new Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer.

GRCA: Algae in area lakes could last for rest of season

GRCA: Algae in area lakes could last for rest of season

WELLINGTON CTY. - County residents looking to cool off during this recent stretch of unseasonably warm weather may want to avoid Belwood and Conestogo lakes.

Council supports severance application for residence on prime agricultural land

MAPLETON - Council here is asking Wellington County’s land division committee to consider approving a residential severance application on a property classed as prime farmland.

New news boxes

New news boxes

Suzanne Britton, above, and Caroline Sealey of the Wellington Advertiser and Community News distributed new newspaper boxes in Drayton on Sept. 13. The box at Sunny Convenience was removed and additional boxes were placed on Bedell Drive, River Run Road and Andrew’s Drive. A newspaper box for Goldstone residents was placed on Sideroad 18.

Bethesda Cemetery history dates back to 1860s

Bethesda Cemetery history dates back to 1860s

MOOREFIELD - The Bethesda Cemetery, located on Wellington Road 8, outside of Moorefield, was the site of the Mapleton Historical Society’s annual cemetery walk on Sept. 9.

Pettapiece says labour law changes ‘bad news’

QUEEN'S PARK - Ontario’s financial accountability officer (FAO) released a report on Sept. 12 warning the provincial government’s Bill 148 – the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act – would cause a minimum of 50,000 job losses in Ontario.

Infrastructure tax would net township additional $660,000

MAPLETON - The township would receive an additional $660,000 per year if a proposal was implemented to raise funds for municipal infrastructure through a provincial sales tax increase.
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Vehicle set ablaze in Belwood
Theft from ATM in Erin
United Way announces $3.5-million fundraising goal
Former Erin Public School demolished
Centre Wellington town hall meeting set for Sept. 27
Police to increase patrols after used condoms found at dog park
Belwood native Ryan Laird embarks on first country music tour as headliner
More charges for teacher

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