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Today's date: Thursday May 05, 2016 Vol 49 Issue 18
   
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Winner

Winner

Almost 300 people enjoyed the 37th annual Lions breakfast at Rockmosa Community Centre hall in Rockwood on ApriI 11. From left: Rockwood Lions president Kirby Ayles congratulated Doug Breen who won the 50-50 draw. His winning ticket was drawn by Mayor Chris White.

Daffodil Luncheon

Daffodil Luncheon

Helen Braun and Joan Buhrow show Gladys Zimmerman some of the items up for bids in the silent auction at the Daffodil Luncheon held April 13 at the community centre in Clifford.

Your Metal Matters campaign supports Groves hospital foundation

FERGUS - Your Metal Matters offers a chance to clean out the garage and help out the local community.

Awards

Awards

North Wellington Bowl for Kids Sake 2016 raised $52,478 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington during multiple bowling events in February. BBBS held its awards breakfast on April 9 to thank those involved and recognize top fundraisers. Winners for the community category are: 1st Arthur, 2nd Minto-Mapleton and 3rd Mount Forest. Winners in the business category are: 1st Armstrong Trucking, 2nd Brenmar Transit and 3rd Solowave Design. Winners in the service group category are: 1st Alma Optimists, 2nd Palmerston Legion and 3rd Mount Forest Lions Club.

Rotary Forest Planting

Rotary Forest Planting

Hundreds of volunteers came out to help plant trees for the Rotary Forest near Guelph Lake Conservation Area on April 23. Approximately 2,000 trees were planted on the site of the new forest, which will eventually be home to over 65,000 trees.

SaveOurWater launches Water for Life, Blue Ribbon campaign

SaveOurWater launches Water for Life, Blue Ribbon campaign

ELORA - Local residents say they are stepping up efforts to keep Nestlé Waters out of the community. On April 23, SaveOurWater invited all “water allies” to join an Earth Day celebration at the Elora Greenspace for the launch of the “Water for Life, Blue Ribbon campaign.”

Town provides support to youth centre

MINTO - The municipality will provide YFC/Youth Unlimited of Minto with $2,000 to help the organization provide a youth centre and programming.

Council prefers education over banning cyclists on Watson Road

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors seem to prefer educating motorists and cyclists about sharing the road, rather than banning cyclists from Watson Road South.

Clean-up

Clean-up

On April 22 approximately 200 Centre Wellington District High School Students participated in the garbage clean up on the school grounds and in adjacent areas.

United Way invests in 92 local social service programs

GUELPH - In an effort to meet the local community’s emerging needs, United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is investing in 92 social service programs at 57 community agencies during 2016-2017.

Fergus Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History May 29 at FreshCo.

FERGUS - Join the community in the May 29 Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History. This year there will be a local walk in Fergus on May 29, at 10am starting at the FreshCo plaza with participants walking along the Trestle Bridge Trail.

Elora Farmers’ Market opens April 30 at Bissell Park

ELORA - The Elora Farmers’ Market is starting its 11th season outdoors in beautiful Bissell Park this Saturday, April 30.

Walkers supporting brain tumour research May 29

GUELPH - The 10th Annual Guelph Brain Tumour Walk is taking place on May 29 at the University of Guelph arboretum.

Car seat clinic booking appointments now

GRAND VALLEY - A free car seat check clinic will be run at the Grand Valley Fire department on May 14 from 11am to 3pm.

Erin council receives fourth closed meeting complaint

ERIN - After receiving another report on closed meeting complaints in Erin, Mayor Allan Alls announced someone has filed a fourth complaint. At the April 19 council meeting, Alls said there has been another complaint on the actions of council in a closed meeting.

Lever: ‘credibility with ministry undermined’ by leaking of Morriston bypass announcement

ABERFOYLE - Mayor Dennis Lever is disappointed and considers his credibility with the Ministry of Transportation undermined after an announcement about the government’s approval of the Morriston bypass was leaked last month.

Elora students fight to keep music program alive

ELORA - Three students at Elora Public School (EPS) are fighting to keep their school’s instrumental music program intact. About two weeks ago, Grade 7 students Quinn Caplice, Jamie Weaver and Luke May started a petition to keep the program running with current music teacher Kelly Stronach after they heard Stronach may be leaving the school.

Controlled barn fire provides opportunity for research, creation of safety video

Controlled barn fire provides opportunity for research, creation of safety video

PUSLINCH - As odd as it sounds, setting a fire now may help prevent barn fires in the future. Puslinch Fire and Rescue Services conducted a controlled barn fire on April 22 to learn more about how fires act and then using that information to better protect residents.

Louise Marshall Hospital volunteer retires after 11 years as co-convener

Louise Marshall Hospital volunteer retires after 11 years as co-convener

MOUNT FOREST - After 11 years as co-convener of the gift shop in the lobby of the Louise Marshall Hospital here, Annette Lefrancois has announced her retirement.

Erin council revisits $21.6-million five-year capital plan; strikes committee

ERIN - When council passed its capital budget in principal in December, it decided to put off its look at the five-year capital plan.

Mayor defends wastewater comments; council weighs in

ERIN - During the revamped public question process last week, Mayor Allan Alls defended his previous comments about how the town would pay for a possible wastewater facility, while the rest of the council weighed in for the first time.

Awards gala

Awards gala

The fourth Educational Student Support Personnel annual gala for students with learning differences took place at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex in Fergus on April 20.

Puslinch resident questions need for fire permit renewal

ABERFOYLE - A local resident is not getting the response he wanted from Puslinch council after asking fees charged after being invoiced for a fire call to his property either be reduced or eliminated.

Keeping the past alive at Puslinch library branch

Keeping the past alive at Puslinch library branch

ABERFOYLE - Finding out about some of the successes of Puslinch residents will now be as simple as heading to the local library.

Minto offers to help find alternatives to capping French immersion enrolment

MINTO - Council here will offer municipal support to the Upper Grand District School Board to assist in finding alternatives to proposed limitations on the board’s French immersion program.

French immersion cap opponents appeal to council

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council has passed a motion of support for the parent group fighting the Upper Grand District School Board’s (UGDSB) French review.

UGDSB hears appeals to stop French immersion cap

GUELPH - Parent representatives from northern Wellington County asked Upper Grand District School Board trustees to oppose a French immersion program cap at the April 26 meeting.

Council requests new community safety zone

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa Township is requesting a community safety zone on Highway 7 and Main Street North in Rockwood.

Gary Will chosen as 2016  Puslinch Volunteer of the Year

Gary Will chosen as 2016 Puslinch Volunteer of the Year

ABERFOYLE - Gary Will is the 2016 Puslinch Volunteer of the Year. Mayor Dennis Lever said Will’s selfless commitment to others “is an inspiration to us all.”

Lawn bowling property transfer could impact space-time continuum

HARRISTON - While it’s well known the local lawn bowling greens are located on a flood plain, Minto council recently learned the land is also stuck in a time warp.

CAS strike continues after mediation comes to a halt

GUELPH - Children’s Aid Society (CAS) workers with Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County remain on the picket line after mediation talks between their union and management broke down on April 20.

Erin posthumously names Bill Dinwoody Citizen of the Year

ERIN - At a special event, the Town of Erin posthumously awarded Bill Dinwoody the Citizen of the Year award in recognition of his great contribution to the town.

Garbage clean up

Garbage clean up

Belwood Lions Club members, along with some volunteers, were up early on April 23 for their annual roadside clean up. The group scoured Wellington Road 26 from Wellington Road 18 to 19 and Wellington Road 19 from 8th Line to 6th Line.

Erin celebrates volunteers

ERIN - At a special event the Town of Erin celebrated seven volunteers who have gone above and beyond expectations in their contributions the community.

Puslinch council stays firm on Nestlé permit

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors have reiterated their preference that any renewal of Nestlé’s permit to take water be for a five-year period, not 10.

Erin council supports Canada Day event, despite CAO’s warning

ERIN - Town council has declared Erin’s Canada Day event as municipally significant, despite CAO Kathryn Ironmonger’s recommendation to deny the request.

Students auction art for SickKids hospital

Students auction art for SickKids hospital

FERGUS - Local students are selling their art to raise money for SickKids hospital in Toronto.

Minto takes steps to provide parking for tenants in downtown Palmerston

PALMERSTON - The Town of Minto will provide additional parking for tenants of downtown buildings here, council agreed on April 19.

Laird Road barn donation allowed training and research opportunities in Puslinch

Laird Road barn donation allowed training and research opportunities in Puslinch

The Puslinch fire department organized a controlled burn of a barn on Laird Road on April 22 in an effort to provide training and research and also to create a safety video. Along with crews from Puslinch Fire & Rescue, reserachers from the fire lab at the University of Waterloo were making the most of a unique research opportunity. photo by Mike Robinson

Minto Rural Health Centre set to open on May 4

PALMERSTON - The new Minto Rural Health Centre is ready to open for business. The 11,000-square-foot medical arts building located on the Palmerston and District Hospital property will be officially opened on May 4.

Source water protection, new development discussed

BRUCEDALE - Source water protection, a fire report and a new subdivision were a few of the items discussed at the April 18 Guelph-Eramosa council meeting. Councillor Louise Marshall was absent.

Guelph-Eramosa endorses condo application

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council has endorsed the condominium application for the Rockwood Mews.

Pasta dinner

Pasta dinner

Guelph Eramosa Refugee Sponsorship Project (GERSP) officials thank over 300 people who attended and supported the successful “Spring into Action” pasta dinner at Rockmosa Community Centre on April 16.

County: Guelph-Eramosa to see population, housing increases

BRUCEDALE - According to Wellington County growth forecasts Guelph-Eramosa Township is predicted to see both population and employment increases by 2036 and again by 2041.

CELP students coordinate local Earth Day clean-up

HARRISTON - Community members are invited to join local high school students in an Earth Day cleanup of trails and parks here on May 7.

Trafalgar Roadside cleanup

Trafalgar Roadside cleanup

The Clean Team - Participating in the Hillsburgh Lions roadside cleanupwere, from left: Kim McKinley, Teena McDiarmid, Jim McKinley, Shannon Irons-Crocker (RBC), Stacey Swartz (RBC). Kneeling is Ashlee Lugano (RBC).

Wellington North council interested in allowing ATVs on roads

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council is taking small steps forward when it comes to allowing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on roadways.

Minto council approves zoning change to allow yarn processing operation

MINTO - The municipality has approved an amendment to site specific zoning on a rural property to allow the establishment of a yarn mill.

Thinking Green

Thinking Green

Puslinch councillors Wayne Stokley, Ken Roth and Matthew Bulmer took part in the April 23 Green Legacy tree distribution in Aberfoyle. In a later email, Bulmer noted “we were able to deliver 341 pounds of food and $50 of cash to the Guelph Food Bank thanks to the generosity of our residents. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the six blue boxes we brought that day would not hold all of the items people brought.”

Students gearing up for provincial Skills Competition

GUELPH - Students from across the Upper Grand District School Board are heading to the largest skilled trades competition in Canada from May 2 to 4.

Upper Grand schools celebrate Education Week

GUELPH - The Ministry of Education has designated the week of May 2 to 6 as Education Week - a time to “celebrate our accomplishments and reflect on new and exciting challenges ahead.”

Wellington North launches Youth Action Council

KENILWORTH - Wellington North is set to be the second municipality in Northern Wellington to host a Youth Action Council, a platform that gives a voice to youth wanting to make a difference in our community.

Emergency preparedness May 2 to 6; Know the risks, get a plan

ABERFOYLE - This month’s message from Puslinch Fire & Rescue is the importance of being prepared. Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

Obstetrics program enhances culture of safety at Groves Memorial and North Wellington Health Care

FERGUS - Physicians and staff from both Groves Memorial Community Hospital (GMHC) and North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) participated together in an obstetrical training program aimed at enhancing a culture of safety in every aspect of their working environment.

Annual conference to connect youth to LGBTQ students and allies

GUELPH - Students from across the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) are invited to connect at a conference that celebrates LGBTQ youth and their allies.

Difference makers

Difference makers

Halle Detweiler of Drayton met celebrated Paralympic athlete Rick Hansen on April 20. Hanson, best known as the “Man In Motion,” for his 1985-86 wheelchair trip around the world to demonstrate the potential of people with disabilities, was speaking at the Home Hardware Spring Market, a semi-annual gathering of the hardware chain’s dealers in St. Jacobs.

Key tag program underway

The War Amps begins its 2016 key tag mailing to Ontario residents of Postal Code ‘N’ this week with the theme “Key Tags at Work,” marking the 70th anniversary of the Association’s Key Tag Service.

Dolls for Syrians

Dolls for Syrians

Community Christian School students have been learning to knit over the winter. The enthusiastic knitters were busy making ‘izzy dolls’ for Syrian refugees.

Women share stories of faith at interdenominational event in Drayton

Women share stories of faith at interdenominational event in Drayton

DRAYTON - Women of various denominations joined together for an evening of worship and to hear stories from two local women and a mother/daughter duo. The event, What’s Your Story? Every Story is a God Story was held at the Drayton Reformed Church on April 16.

Smoking cessation among first steps to better breathing

DRAYTON - The Lung Association says it best: “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” With the spring blossoms in the air wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take a deep breath? Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) is the term used for lung conditions such as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. When a person suffers from COPD the damage done to the tissue of the lungs makes breathing a chore.

Zoning change would allow metal works on 6th Line

MAPLETON - Council here will attempt to determine if neighbouring residents have any objections based on noise concerns before considering a draft zoning amendment to allow a shop expansion and metal fabricating operation on a Sixth Line property.

Support for IPM 2016

Support for IPM 2016

Anne and Earl Schneider, host farmers for the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM), purchased the first raffle ticket for the IPM from quilt committee chair Renske Helmuth.

Greening up

Greening up

A free tree pickup for property owners hosted by Mapleton’s Green Legacy program was held on April 23 in Moorefield. Jon House, and Bosworth, received their pre-ordered tree seedlings from councilor Michael Martin.

Donation from Blessings

Donation from Blessings

Blessings to You Thrift and Gift Centre located at the corner of Main and Jane Streets in Palmerston is devoted to helping its community. Members of the Harriston Food Bank were recently presented with a $1,500 cheque to aid in their mission by volunteers of the Blessings Centre.

CAS workers back to work Monday

GUELPH - Children’s Aid Workers (CAS) will be back at work on May 2 at Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County.
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