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Owner closes Marj’s restaurant amid hepatitis exposure concerns

Owner closes Marj’s restaurant amid hepatitis exposure concerns 
ALMA - Popular local eatery Marj’s Village Kitchen has closed its doors, perhaps for good, after a hepatitis A infection in an employee led to an urgent vaccination campaign by the local health unit.

Target to close Canadian stores; about 100 Fergus employees affected

Target to close Canadian stores; about 100 Fergus employees affected 
FERGUS - About 17,600 people will likely be out of work after Target Canada announced the closure of 133 stores across the nation. The closures, announced by Target Corporation on Jan. 15, will affect about 100 employees at the Gates of Fergus store on Tower Street at the south end of Fergus.

Journey to the end of the earth: Elora’s Ian Evans skis to South Pole

Journey to the end of the earth: Elora’s Ian Evans skis to South Pole 
ELORA - Elora resident Ian Evans has been back in Elora for about a week after reaching the South Pole with his expedition team on Jan. 6. At age 58, he believes he is the oldest Canadian to accomplish the feat. In addition to the inherent difficulties of the 44-day skiing trip from the Antarctic coast to the pole, Evans nursed two foot injuries, lost nearly 25 pounds and his muscle depletion reached a critical state. “It truly became a mind game," he said. "It wasn’t physical because the body was done, but somehow you survive. You’re capable of so much more. You’re capable of things that are unbelievable.”

Linton upset with Target closure, vows to support local workers

ELORA - Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton is concerned about the impact the closure of the Fergus Target store will have on the local community.

Councillors wrangle over heritage designation

ELORA - After an hour-long discussion, Centre Wellington council ultimately decided to defer a decision on the demolition of one of the last log homes in downtown Fergus. Councillors were forced to weigh the matter of heritage versus the rights of property owners.

Minto ponders draft budget, 3.8% tax hike

MINTO - Council here is considering a draft 2015 budget that projects a 3.8 per cent increase in the local levy. The draft budget, presented to council by staff on Jan. 13, calls for about $157,000 in additional funding from taxation over 2014.

Strike may lead to reduced service levels in Waterloo-Wellington area

WATERLOO-WELLINGTON - This area could see a reduction in health care services next month if 250 community care workers go on strike.

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Upcoming Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories
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Minto bust leads to slew of charges for local man

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Dave Adsett: The balancing act

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“What we’re trying to share with these young men is that it’s okay to be vulnerable...”

Local Canadian Mental Health Association spokesman Andy Best, on the organization’s recent partnership with the Ontario Hockey League to offer mental health awareness training to players.

January 23, 2015

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Town, business community partnership

ERIN - The Town of Erin, the Erin Business Improvement Association (BIA) and the East Wellington Chamber of Commerce (EWCC) announced on Jan. 8 they have formed a collaborative relationship “to strengthen the role of economic development and to establish an open dialogue within the Town of Erin.”

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Talk Today program brings mental health awareness to OHL

GUELPH - Mental health is in the forefront for Ontario Hockey League (OHL) officials this season. Partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the league developed the Talk Today program to bring mental health awareness into the locker room.

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