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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.

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.

Watershed experienced over 60mm of rain

CAMBRIDGE - The Grand River watershed has expereinced high levels of rain, said the Grand River Conservation Authority.

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.

Volunteer honoured

Volunteer honoured

June Switzer, of Erin, was one of 46 individuals who received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa in April.

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.

Mapleton declines monitoring proposal

MAPLETON - Township council has declined to ratify an agreement for a bridge reconstruction monitoring program requested by an indigenous group for a project on Sideroad 17 near Glen Allan.

Blessings to You makes contributions

Blessings to You makes contributions

PALMERSTON - The Blessings to You Centre in Palmerston recently made a huge contribution to local children and youth, as it donated $10,000 to the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Food and Friends and Free to Play programs.

LHIN launches patient, family advisory committee

WATERLOO REGION - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is seeking patients and families from Waterloo Wellington to join its new Patient and Family Advisory Committee to help “drive meaningful system change and improve the patient experience the community.”

Maintenance facility completed within budget

MAPLETON - The township’s new $5.5-million municipal maintenance facility was completed under budget, with about $15,000 to spare, according to a final cost summary presented to council on June 13.

New playground

New playground

There are lots of smiling faces at John Black Public School in Fergus as the first stage of the playground improvement project was completed this month. Principal Scott Preston officially opened the new primary playground on June 16.

Township seeks comment on kennel licensing

MOUNT FOREST - Wellington North is inviting public comments on proposed revisions to its kennel licensing provisions.

Foundation awards seven ‘mini grants’ totalling $8,500 to six local groups

ABOYNE - On June 12, recipients of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s (CWCF) mini grants program were officially announced at a public community update and mini grants event.

Board celebrates ‘Achieving by Believing’

Board celebrates ‘Achieving by Believing’

FERGUS - The Upper Grand District School Board recognized student achievement on June 6 at Centre Wellington District High School during the Student Success: Achieving by Believing Awards ceremony.

Township hires director of corporate services/treasurer

ELORA - Centre Wellington officials have announced that Dan Wilson will become the township’s new treasurer and managing director of corporate services effective Sept. 1.

Green Legacy open house in Puslinch celebrates natural heritage

Green Legacy open house in Puslinch celebrates natural heritage

PUSLINCH - It was a chance to go green at the Green Legacy open house at the Bradford Whitcombe Tree Nursery on June 17.

Celebrating Wild Ontario

Celebrating Wild Ontario

Jared Krebs of Wild Ontario shows off a gyrfalcon part of the Birds of Prey demonstration at the Green Legacy open house in Puslinch on June 17.

Teens take on mental wellness education

Teens take on mental wellness education

FERGUS - Grade 4 students at JD Hogarth Public School participated in a unique mental wellness workshop earlier this month.

Draft growth report recommendations available online

ELORA - Centre Wellington’s growth management strategy draft recommendations report is now online.

New to Canada

New to Canada

Hussein, Khadouj, Muhammad, Shaymaa, Abin and Zainab Al Janoud from Aleppo, Syria have been in Guelph for about a month after spending four years in refugee camps in Lebanon. An outdoor music festival, Sounds of Support, benefitting the family was held at Lloyd Dyer Park in Rockwood on June 17.

Guelph-Eramosa deems two events municipally significant

BRUCEDALE - Recently Guelph-Eramosa council has deemed two events municipally significant and granted three noise bylaw extensions.

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.

Stolen pickup

WELLINGTON NORTH - On June 6 at about 12pm, Wellington County OPP officers received a report of a stolen pickup truck from a residence on Concession 9 west of Arthur.

Council not on board with noise at 3am

MAPLETON - Council has denied a request for an extended exemption to the township’s noise bylaw for a wedding at the Conestoga Sailing Club.

Road construction underway in Moorefield

MOOREFIELD - Reconstruction of McGivern Street (Wellington Road 10) began here this week.

Six local groups receive funding from Drayton citizen’s association

DRAYTON - In 1971, the Village of Drayton was in need of a medical facility.

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.

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.
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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
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Motorists asked to bypass Harriston

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