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Minto, Mapleton declare state of emergency, open evacuation centres

Minto, Mapleton declare state of emergency, open evacuation centres 
WELLINGTON COUNTY - In the wake of massive flooding in the region, Mapleton and Minto have declared an emergency and opened evacuation centres. Mapleton Mayor Neil Driscoll declared the emergency at 11:15am on June 23 and announced the PMD Arena in Drayton has been set up as the township’s evacuation centre. Minto Mayor George Bridge declared a state of emergency at 10:04am on June 23. The Palmerston Community Centre has been established as an evacuation centre.

Motorists asked to bypass Harriston

Motorists asked to bypass Harriston 
HARRISTON - Due to widespread flooding on Friday morning, Minto officials are asking motorists to avoid Harriston and advising local residents to stay home if possible.

Storms cause widespread flooding, road closures

Storms cause widespread flooding, road closures  
WELLINGTON CTY. - Depending on the area, between 40 and 130ml of rain fell early on Friday morning, causing extensive flooding throughout the county. The storms flooded homes, closed many roads, caused at least one power outage and tasked area works crews with extensive cleanup. The hardest hit areas appeared to be Minto (notably Harriston), Mapleton (especially in Drayton), Wellington North and Centre Wellington.

Patriotic spirit in Belwood for Canada 150

Patriotic spirit in Belwood for Canada 150 
Belwood residents put on their patriotic gear to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a parade, street party and car show on June 17. Across Wellington County and across the nations communities are gearing up to celebrate 150 years of Confederation. Photo by Mike Robinson

New hospital to cost $127.5 million; substantial completion by late 2019

New hospital to cost $127.5 million; substantial completion by late 2019

ABOYNE - The new Groves Memorial Community Hospital will cost $127.5 million and should be completed prior to 2020.

Union Gas proposes service for Belwood

ELORA - Natural gas lines may be coming to Belwood in the next few years. On June 19, Centre Wellington councillors formally lent their support to a proposal from Union Gas to extend service to Belwood.

Pride flag will fly again at Wellington Heights

Pride flag will fly again at Wellington Heights

MOUNT FOREST - A pride flag at Wellington Heights Secondary School (WHSS) that was taken down earlier this year due to flag etiquette guidelines will fly again.

Man falls into Elora Gorge, airlifted to Toronto hospital

ELORA - A man was transported by air ambulance to a Toronto hospital with serious head injuries after falling into the Elora Gorge on Monday evening.

BUZZ

Mapleton declines monitoring proposal
Township hires director of corporate services/treasurer
Teens take on mental wellness education
Sounds of Support festival in Rockwood benefits local Syrian refugee family
Teens taken to hospital after fall over dam
Two Fergus men charged after drug bust
Motorists asked to bypass Harriston

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Chris Daponte: Flag flap folly

Said Again:

“The importance of flag etiquette can’t be denied here and that was the entire reason [the flag] was taken down.”

Wellington Heights Secondary School student Georgia Mills.

June 23, 2017

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Jester’s Fun Factory celebrates Canada

Flash mob - The parking lot in front of Jester’s Fun Factory in Fergus was a sea of red and white for a celebration in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday last weekend. Close to 200 people showed up on June 17.

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Olympian to hold hockey camp in July

ERIN - Brianne Jenner, a member of the national women’s hockey team and 2014 gold medalist, is hosting a hockey camp in Oakville this summer.

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