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Today's date: Wednesday January 17, 2018 Vol 51 Issue 02
   
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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.

Heavy rains and healthy soils: keeping your soil on the farm

ST. JACOBS - It may be cold and snowing outside, but the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is looking ahead toward warmer days as they host a free workshop to share ideas on what farmers can do to help protect their soils from heavy rains.

OMAFRA Report

A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website: www.ontario.ca/omafra.

Guelph-Eramosa man faces seventh arson charge

A Guelph-Eramosa man charged earlier this year in connection with six suspicious fires now faces a seventh arson charge. On Jan. 2 Justin Nicholas Johnathon Beal, 28, of Guelph-Eramosa, was charged with arson in relation to a suspicious fire at 7070 Fife Road in Guelph-Eramosa on Dec. 5, 2016.

So close

So close

The Guelph Marlins held one of the biggest meets of the year called the Dash for Cash and attracted over 500 swimmers from all over Ontario. A new national record was attempted also for 200m medley relay by the 13 and over boys, from left, Liam Baena, Colin Campbell, Thomas McDonald and Russell Burton. The record, a time of 1:51:27 currently held by the Etobicoke Swim Club, was missed by a bittersweet 0.3 seconds.

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.

Champion

Champion

Nathan Skoufis, 23, attended and claimed the world championship at the National Black Belt League Supergrands World Championships in New York from Dec. 25 to 31. Countries including Canada, U.S., Ireland, Iran, Iraq, Dubai, France, Greece, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Italy, Turkey and more competed.

Guelph Little Theatre offers new stage

GUELPH - The Guelph Little Theatre is offering a new performance space this year.

Gloria’s Guy takes the stage at Guelph Little Theatre this winter

GUELPH - From Jan. 26 to Feb. 10 Gloria’s Guy will be on stage at the Guelph Little Theatre. This is the theatre’s Western Ontario Drama League Festival entry.

Young Artist Mentorship Project

GUELPH - In 2017, with support from the Ontario150 Partnership Project, the Guelph Arts Council (GAC)and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM) completed the first two sessions of the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia coming to Guelph’s River Run Centre on Jan. 21

GUELPH - Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will bring the magical and mysterious tale of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia to life on River Run Centre’s Main Stage on Jan. 21, at 2pm.

New online process for Kindergarten registration

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

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.

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.

Fire engulfs garage on Highway 7

GUELPH - On Jan. 3 at approximately 11:30am the Guelph Fire Department responded to a reported fire at on Highway 7 west of Guelph.

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.

Drinking and driving

On Dec. 27 at about 12:25pm, Wellington County OPP officers received a complaint of a possible drunk driver. Police say a Volkswagen Jetta was located and stopped on Wellington Road 22 in Erin.

Speeders of the Week

On Dec. 22 at about 9:30am, a Wellington County OPP officer was monitoring traffic on Highway 6 north of Sideroad 5 in Centre Wellington. Police say the officer observed a car that appeared to be travelling above the posted speed limit. The vehicle was allegedly clocked on radar at about 130km/h in an 80km/h zone.

County led all OPP jurisdictions in drinking and driving charges

WELLINGTON CTY. - Local police officers laid more drinking and driving charges over the Christmas season than any other OPP jurisdiction in the province.

Many thefts across county

WELLINGTON CTY. - OPP officials say there have been many recent thefts across the county.

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.”

Canada Summer Jobs program accepting applications for 2018

PERTH-WELLINGTON - Local MPP John Nater, announced Dec. 20 that employers can begin applying for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs 2018 program.
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Elora teacher brings science, fun to the classroom
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OPP identify Erin man charged with sexual assault

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