FERGUS - There is a brief respite for some workers at A.O. Smith (GSW) who were facing the shutdown of the company's manufacturing operations in Fergus.
Police investigated a death after a body was discovered in Victoria Park early on May 15.
Wellington County OPP officers responded at around 7am and
BELWOOD - A bit of frigid weather didn’t stop dozens of area residents from taking a stand against proposed wind turbines in the local area. On May 11, the Oppose Belwood Wind Farms group gathered for a video to be created about their work. The video was being produced as a result of the group being nominated for a Centre Wellington Environmental Excellence Award.
FERGUS - The Fergus Home and Leisure Show has marked another successful show. Fergus Lions Club member Don Doyle, a member of the home show team quipped his job for the show often depends on the day of the week.
Groves Memorial Community Hospital picked up a top award for its display at the 36th Annual Fergus Lions Home and Leisure Show. Presenting the award was Lions president Eric Peterson to hospital board chair Jayne MacKenzie, board member Ian Hornsby and project manager for the new hospital, planned for completion in 2016, Dan Brzak.
Wellington County OPP officers chatted with show-goers from their booth at the Fergus Lions Home Show.
Lions at show - The Fergus Lions promoted the annual Walk for Guide Dogs from their booth at the club’s annual home show at the sportsplex in Fergus, May 8-10. This year’s walk is set for May 26 at the Fofar ball park. Lion Ben Collings chats with Leigh Nash of Arris at the show.
Balloons and seedlings were handed out to attendees at the Fergus Lions Home show on May 8-10 from the RBC booth. Sherry Mills of RBC helped Jack Woolner secure his balloon.
A large contingent of St. John Ambulance personnel were on hand at the Fergus Lions Home Show.
On May 11, the Fergus M&M Meat Shop joined sister locations across Canada for the annual charity barbecue for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). From left are Matt Robichaud, Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj, John Rutledge, Terry Rickman, Greg Ballah and Chris Kay.
ELORA - There’s a lot more than meets the eye in Artcetera. For artists, it is a chance to have their artwork be seen with their peers, while for the public it is a chance to see artwork on a local, regional and national level - while supporting the Elora Centre for the Arts.
It was a busy morning in Salem as the Elora and Salem Horticultural Society held a spring plant sale on May 11.
Volunteers Nancy VanVeen, Anne Tinker and Claude Lacroix help out at the Elora and Salem Horticultural Society plant sale on May 11.
FERGUS - Eager gardeners lined up early to snap up bargains at the Fergus Horticultural Society’s May 11 plant sale. The annual event is the society’s only fundraiser. It allows them to purchase new plants for the group’s gardens and to carry on horticultural activities throughout the year.
Rob Rosso, Sam Baker and Brad Hickman took part in this year’s Green Legacy tree giveaway in Centre Wellington. The goal on May 11 was to help distribute 5,000 native and locally grown trees.
The Elora Farmers’ Market opened at its outdoor location, at Bissell Park, on May 11, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a host of vendors offering fresh market produce, baking, and other food products. The market will operate until mid-October at the park location every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, rain or shine.
The Bears cheerleading squad peformed routines at its booth throughout the Fergus Lions Home Show from May 8-10 to the delight of showgoers.
Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington held its fourth annual mulch sale on May 11 in Fergus. Volunteers were kept busy in the early morning with a steady stream of vehicles arriving to take their pick of mulches of different colour. This year the mulch is available in several colours including Red Devil, Mocha Brown, Black Beauty and Canada Red.
Karen Watson, of Fergus, finally met her pen pal of 50 years, Karen Huffman of Waverly, Iowa on April 18 in Las Vegas. The two had been corresponding since the age of 12, connecting via a school booklet of pen pals from all over the world.
ABOYNE - Across Ontario, May is Museum Month. To celebrate, the Wellington County Museum and Archives is hosting an evening presentation on the history of tarot.
FERGUS - Timing is everything when blood is needed and for O-negative donors, it often comes down to seconds. Canadian Blood Services encourages Centre Wellington residents make blood donation part of their seasonal plans with the first clinic of the spring and summer season just around the corner on May 21, from 2pm to 8pm at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.
FERGUS - The Centre Wellington District High School (CWDHS) social justice class is hosting a buffet-style dinner and evening of entertainment on May 22 to raise funds for Raising the Roof.
CENTRE WELLINGTON - On May 4 at about 11:45pm, the Wellington County OPP received a call from a female in rural Centre Wellington who said she awoke to find an unknown person in her residence, and the unknown subject fled the scene quickly.
There was quite a selection of artwork on display at the Elora Centre for the Arts annual fundraiser.
BELWOOD - Wellington County won’t get directly involved in efforts to declare portions of the county “Not a Willing Host” when it comes to wind turbines.
Jacquie D’Abbenigno and Mister, a St. Johns Ambulance therapy dog, were out and about at this year’s Fergus Lions Home and Leisure Show on May 10. The show was held at the Fergus sportsplex from May 8 to 10.
The Centre Wellington District High School’s Food School Farm officially turned the sod for the future food growing area of the school’s sustainable agricultural program, the Food School Farm, located next to the Centre Wellington Sportsplex. Fittingly, the plow was pulled by John Parkinson, a grade 11 student who refurbished his grandfather’s Massey Harris plow, bridging the past and future of agriculture.
FERGUS - Mary Pryor, of Guelph, took up the xylophone five years ago by joining the New Horizons Music program. Now 92, she doesn’t miss a note.
The Centre Wellington Celtics Major Bantam Girls recently won silver at the Ontario Basketball Championships in Ottawa.
FERGUS - Bodybuilding is not a hobby for Garrett Bohn, it is a lifestyle. At the age of 29, he has 11 years of training behind him and a strict routine to help him get pumped up to compete at the Ontario Physique Association (OPA) Provincial Championship this June.
Rugby stars - Future rugby stars Lois and Reuben Bowley, members of the Fergus Highland Rugby Club, took part in a rugby clinic held at BMO Stadium in Toronto on May 5, put on by The Rugby Alliance and Rugby Canada.
BELWOOD - The community of Pine Meadows is proactive about the health and safety of its neighbours, and in doing so is leading the way for other adult lifestyle communities.
ELORA - As the Elora Writers’ Festival turns the page on its 20th year, one of the women who started it all will return, this time to the podium to read from her first novel, coming full circle from a fan of literature to an emerging voice within it. The festival began with the youthful energy of two university students from the Fergus-Elora area.