ELORA - The reconstruction of Victoria Street from York to McNab Street (the roundabout on Metcalfe St./Wellington Road 21) in Elora begins the week of March 27.
HILLSBURGH - Construction of the new Hillsburgh library is going ahead, even though the Station Street dam and bridge issue has not been resolved. Wellington County held a ground breaking ceremony on March 10 to officially recognize the start of construction on the new library.
WELLINGTON CTY. - Puslinch resident Scott Graham and Fergus resident John Scott (who was unable to attend the recent ceremony due to illness) are being honoured with medals of recognition from the Governor General of Canada.
BRUCEDALE - Opponents to the proposed “Spencer pit” brought their concerns to Guelph-Eramosa council on March 6. During the public meeting three members of the public voiced objections to the proposed Tri City Lands Ltd. aggregate pit on Wellington Road 124 on the southwest side of Guelph-Eramosa Township.
MINTO - The local health unit is asking municipalities to regulate hookah establishments and restrict them from setting up in the region. “Now is the time to take action out of concern for the health and safety of your constituents,” states Medical Officer of Health and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health CEO Dr. Nicola Mercer in a letter to municipal CAOs in the region. A hookah or a water pipe is used to smoke flavoured tobacco as well as non-tobacco herbal shisha.
FERGUS - A replica bowstring bridge is off the table when it comes to replacement of the St. David Street (Highway 6) bridge across the Grand River in downtown Fergus. Following a special meeting on March 7, Centre Wellington council agreed to proceed instead with the staff-recommended option of replacing the superstructure and converting to semi-integral abutments.
QUEEN'S PARK - Firefighter safety is the focus of the Rea and Walter Act—a new bill introduced in the Ontario legislature by Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece on March 9.
FERGUS - Get ready as the Victoria Park Seniors Centre presents the 10th annual Active Living and Retirement Show on March 24 fron 10am to 2pm.
Heart disease can affect just about anyone. While it was once widely and mistakenly considered a man’s disease, since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
MINTO - The Town of Minto continues to reap financial benefits from a 2014 decision to tender for municipal insurance coverage. In 2014 council switched insurance coverage to Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc. (JLT) and local broker Wylie Insurance.
GUELPH - The Council of Canadians, Guelph/Wellington Coalition of Social Justice and Wellington Water Watchers will join forces to celebrate World Water Day on March 22.
Three Wellington County teams competed at the Skills Ontario Elementary Cardboard Boat Race Championships in Waterloo on March 2. The 31 teams in the competition were required to build a boat out of provided cardboard in just two hours.
BRUCEDALE - Fly rock is a serious concern for residents living near James Dick Construction Limited’s (JDCL) proposed quarry site just outside of Rockwood.
MINTO - The cost of paying local politicians in Minto dropped slightly last year.
ROCKWOOD - Two new drive-thru style restaurants could soon be in Rockwood. Last week Vesterra Property Management Inc. started demolishing the houses from 204 to 250 Alma Street, opening space for a proposed new commercial development.
WELLINGTON NORTH - A fire in a debris pile located at an unoccupied house is being considered suspicious by the Wellington County OPP. Centre Wellington Fire Chief Brad Patton said due to the numerous suspicious fires in the area since October, fire departments have a “heightened awareness” for suspicious fires.
FERGUS - The Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County is hosting an event to help parents and guardians learn skills to help build healthy relationships with their child’s school.
WELLINGTON CTY. - The public health unit is urging students in the region to update their immunization records soon – or face a 20-day suspension from school. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) sent notices in January to about 11,000 students with incomplete immunization records.
ERIN - Nathan Hyde will be taking over as the new chief administration officer in Erin, effective April 3.
WELLINGTON CTY. - Between Sept. 24 and Feb. 15, police investigated numerous suspicious fires occurred in areas throughout the County of Wellington.
ALMA - The results of a municipal service review of Mapleton Township were presented at a public meeting at the Alma Community Centre on March 7.
MAPLETON - Residential taxes here will rise by about $15 per $100,000 worth of assessment in 2017.
DRAYTON - Residents of Drayton and Mapleton can learn more about flooding at a public open house being hosted by the GRCA and the township on March 23.
Norwell District Secondary School students (from left) Avary Schiestel, Grace DeVries and Alana Woods headed to Guelph to compete at the regional skills hairstyling competition.