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Today's date: Monday April 24, 2017 Vol 50 Issue 16
   
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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

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.

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.

 John Clark Senior Volunteer Award

John Clark Senior Volunteer Award

The Guelph and District Association of Realtors recently presented Fergus realtor Lisa Bloor with the John Clark Senior Volunteer Award, given to a member of the association who volunteers his/her time to do community work, as well as working within the association.

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.

Fergus artist commissioned for Canada 150 volunteer mural

Fergus artist commissioned for Canada 150 volunteer mural

GUELPH - Portrait and performance painter Meredith Blackmore, of Fergus, has been selected as the artist for the Celebrating 150 Years of Volunteerism, a mural project that celebrates Canada’s 150th and Guelph and Wellington County’s spirit of volunteerism.

Elora blessing

Elora blessing

People gathered at the Awareness Yoga Studio on the bank of the Grand River in Elora on April 9 to experience the magic of a “Peruvian water despatcho.”

‘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.

Centre Wellington excellence awards event set for May 16

The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce offers congratulations to this year’s nominees for the 17th Annual Awards of Excellence.

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.

Easter fun in downtown Fergus

Easter fun in downtown Fergus

Hippity Hop - Downtown Fergus businesses were decked out for spring and the Easter Bunny was stationed downtown for the Fergus BIA’s annual Hippity Hop event.

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.

Community play

Community play

Community play - Are We There Yet?, a story about Moses and the exodus, by Tom Long and Allan Pote will be performed on April 28 and 29 at St. John’s United Church in Belwood. Deb Stanson, well known to the area as a director for Elora Community Theatre, has volunteered to direct this production, ably assisted by Laura Hunter.

Fibre Art Exhibit comes to Wellington museum

ABOYNE - In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Connections Fibre Artists have chosen over 40 “artefacts” from the Wellington County Museum’s collection as a source of inspiration for their contemporary fibre art creations.

ECT presents Alice in Wonderland

FERGUS - Elora Community Theatre (ECT) is presenting the family classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll as its final presentation of the 2016/2017 season at the Fergus Grand Theatre.

Relay for Life returning to Fergus

FERGUS - The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life returns to Fergus on May 12 at the Centre Wellington District High School.

Speeder of the Week

PILKINGTON - On April 12 at about 3:40pm, a Wellington County OPP officer was monitoring traffic on Wellington Road 18 near the 3rd Line here.

Several break-ins, thefts reported across Wellington

CENTRE WELLINGTON - Police are looking for clues after several residential break-ins recently in Elora.

Fergus resident confronts man in her home

An Orangeville man has been charged after a Fergus woman came home last weekend to find an unknown man in her house.

Tricycles taken

FERGUS - Two teenagers are facing theft and mischief charges after tricycles were stolen from a local school and thrown into the Grand River.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Elora’s Bissell Park

Annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Elora’s Bissell Park

Brush with a bunny - Rain didn’t dampen the spirit of those who attended the Elora Co-op Pre-School Egg Hunt at Bissell Park on April 15. The Easter Bunny passed out toothbrushes to youngsters following the hunt.

Getting a new look for Easter

Getting a new look for Easter

Katherine Scala of Happy Art Face Painting gives Shaymus Cloakey of Guelph a new look during the Elora Co-op Pre-School Egg Hunt at Bissell Park on April 15.

Crime Stoppers mulch sale returns to Fergus

FERGUS - Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington is hosting its 8th annual community mulch sale in Fergus. The sale will take place on May 6 from 8am to noon at the Centre Wellington sportsplex, 550 Belsyde Avenue East in Fergus. Bags of mulch are $6 and all proceeds go to Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington.

Dress drive for Nicaragua to be held on May 10 and 17

ELORA - A dress drive is being held at here at Knox Presbyterian Church on May 10 and 17 from 5:30 to 9pm.

GRCA Osprey Cam is ready for return of the birds

GRCA Osprey Cam is ready for return of the birds

BELWOOD - Everything is set for season three of the Grand River Conservation Authority Osprey Cam, expected to begin sometime in mid­-April when the ospreys return.

40th reunion slated for CWDHS class of ‘77

FERGUS - It’s a chance for former classmates to celebrate great memories and great times at the 40th reunion for Fergus High School / CWDHS Class of ‘77.

Elora Handmade Market returns for spring show

ELORA - After the success of the first Elora Handmade Market last October, Mandy Morrison of reFind Salvage in Elora is bringing back the market for a spring show.

Regional championships

Regional championships

Thirteen members of the Superstars Baton Club competed in Bowmanville on April 1 and 2 at the CNBTA Regional Championships.

Les Bartley Award

Les Bartley Award

Toronto Rock defender Bill Hostrawser, of Belwood, was recognized with the Les Bartley Award on April 14 prior to the Rock’s final home game of the 2016-17 season.

Swimming trials

Swimming trials

Abigail McDonald of Elora competed at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, BC from April 6 to 9 with the top swimmers in Canada competing for spots on the World Championships and Junior World Championships Team.

Silver performance

Silver performance

After finishing first in the regular season and topping it off with playoff gold medals, the Centre Wellington Novice Local League team 13 (blue) finished second at the New Hamburg tournament on April 1 and 2.

Season end

Season end

The curling season is over at the Fergus Curling Club for the winter season. The very last bonspiel, the Bill Taylor Memorial Bonspiel, was hosted by the Taylor family and in particularly Chris Taylor in memory of her late husband.

‘Squash’ the competition

‘Squash’ the competition

Junior squash players Ravi Seth (currently studying at University of Waterloo) and Keira and Emina Hickox represented Elora Racquets at the Ontario Junior Open held at The Club at White Oaks March 31 to April 1. Keira, left, won her age group of Girls U-11. Emina, right, finished within a respectable 9-12 position in the Girls U-13, while Seth secured fourth place in the Boys U-19. Seth will be heading to Vancouver later in April to compete in the Canadian Junior Nationals. Submitted photo
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Community Guide Spring 2017

BUZZ

Young girl approached by naked man near Mount Forest
Relay for Life returning to Fergus
Hockey card fraud
McCaughan hired as interim head of public works in Wellington North
Guelph-Eramosa, Erin hire new shared bylaw and property enforcement officer
Puslinch business offers Camaro in charity auction sale

COLUMNISTS

Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik
Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015
Kelly Waterhouse

EDITORIAL

Dave Adsett: Surprise, surprise

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