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Rabies vaccine baiting is underway in Wellington and Dufferin counties

Rabies vaccine baiting is underway in Wellington and Dufferin counties 
WELLINGTON COUNTY - Public health officials have announced the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is dropping rabies vaccine bait in targeted areas of the province, including Wellington and Dufferin counties.

OPP: Child 'mistakenly' taken from woman in alcohol-induced incident

MOUNT FOREST - A mother was shocked earlier this week when someone walked away with a shopping cart containing her child. But police have characterized the incident, which took place on Aug. 9 in the parking lot of the Mount Forest No Frills, as a mistake that may have been fuelled by alcohol consumption.

Construction of new Groves hospital officially underway

Construction of new Groves hospital officially underway 
ABOYNE - Construction of the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Aboyne is officially underway. After more than a decade of waiting a ceremonial ground breaking on the 14-hectare new hospital site took place on Aug. 9 where it was announced the hospital is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Recent vandalism in Erin sparks online community watch

Recent vandalism in Erin sparks online community watch 
ERIN - Increasing reports of vandalism in Erin village have led community members to create an online community watch group and councillors to seek strategies to curb vandalism. Smashed windows, road signs pulled out of the ground, street signs set on fire, garbages and picnic tables dumped on Main Street and large house parties are just some of the incidents that have left local residents upset.

Cemetery master plan development contract awarded

DRAYTON - Council has authorized Mapleton Township staff to award the design and development of a master plan for the Drayton Cemetery to Hilton Landmarks, a division of GSP Group, for their bid total of $20,260 plus taxes.

Brampton man, woman charged in RBC robbery

Brampton man, woman charged in RBC robbery

Caroline Sealey - Police have charged two Brampton residents in connection with recent armed robberies in Drayton, Milverton and Brampton.

Three students awarded bursaries from Groves volunteer association

Three students awarded bursaries from Groves volunteer association

FERGUS - Three local students have been awarded bursaries from the Groves Hospital Volunteer Association (GHVA).

Arthur-based group offers PTSD program for veterans

ARTHUR - Participants must be diagnosed with or have symptoms of PTSD. The pilot program is fully funded by the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Guelph-Eramosa opens new Rockmosa Skatepark with a party

Guelph-Eramosa opens new Rockmosa Skatepark with a party

ROCKWOOD - The Township of Guelph-Eramosa celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary with the opening of the new Rockmosa Skatepark and the burial of a time capsule.

Minto, Mapleton residents eligible for province’s disaster fund

TORONTO - Provincial officials have notified seven Ontario municipalities, including Mapleton and Minto, that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas.

Centre Wellington to hire new building official due to ‘unprecedented’ growth

ELORA - “Unprecedented” growth in Centre Wellington has led council to hire another building official to keep up. Council noted the growth will pay for the position, as the building department is 100 per cent funded through revenues generated through items such as building permits.

Drexler wins Rockwood watermain connection bid

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa has chosen Drexler Construction Limited to complete the Valley Road to Richardson Street watermain connection.

Aug. 11 is Heritage Day at farmers’ market

ERIN - Erin’s history will be celebrated at the Heritage Day event during the Erin Farmers’ Market on Aug. 11.

Speed activated signs approved for Brisbane Public School

Speed activated signs approved for Brisbane Public School

BRISBANE - Wellington County, the Upper Grand District School Board and the Town of Erin have agreed to a three-way partnership to pay for digital speed activated signs near Brisbane Public School.

Farmers’ Market Local Taste

Farmers’ Market Local Taste

Local food - The Elora Farmers’ Market hosted Farmers’ Market Local Taste on Aug. 5 to celebrate Food Day Canada. Visitors could pay $20 to sample food prepared by regional chefs. LEFT: Andrea Lines-Botell of Peachies Pantry in Elora prepared a double chocolate brownie and bruschetta for the Food Day Canada event.

Builders busy in Town of Minto

MINTO - The value of building construction in the municipality is up more than 100 per cent over last year at the half-way point of 2017.

Truth About Youth  initiative brings leaf raking effort  to Minto seniors

Truth About Youth initiative brings leaf raking effort to Minto seniors

MINTO - The local Seniors Centre for Excellence and area youth groups are expanding a popular leaf raking program to Minto.

Mapleton extends draft plan subdivision approval

DRAYTON - Mapleton council has granted an extension for the Glenaviland Estates subdivision draft plan approval.

Pearle allowed to defer payment on Metcalfe parking lot upgrades by two years

ELORA - As Centre Wellington continues to finalize the municipal land sale/swap with Pearle Hospitality for the Elora Mill project, councillors agreed to a two-year deferral of Pearle’s cost associated with the upgrades to the Melcalfe parking lot.

Local resident closer to claiming lottery prize

CLIFFORD - Michael Broadfield of Clifford is one step closer to claiming his lottery win of $10,000 with Encore in the May 26 Lotto Max draw.

Minto approves purchasing bylaw

MINTO - Town council has approved a new purchasing bylaw that clarifies a number of procedures and responsibilities. The bylaw was passed following a report by CAO Bill White on Aug. 1.

New Director of Finance

New Director of Finance

New employee - The Township of Mapleton has hired a new director of finance, Karmen Krueger, right, effective July 24. At the July 25 council meeting, in Mayor Neil Driscoll’s absence, acting mayor Lori Woodham presented Krueger with a township pin and a Canada 150 pin. Photo by Jaime Myslik

Students invited to ride bus at Kindy Ride Day

GUELPH - Do you have a little learner that would like to know more about riding the bus before the first day of school?

OSPCA campaigns against leaving pets in hot vehicles

TORONTO - Summer is here, and for some people that means road trips and exploring the outdoors with family and friends - including furry companions.

Mapleton signs on for county’s Live and Work Wellington program

DRAYTON - Mapleton is the latest township to sign on with the county’s Live and Work Wellington program.

Living with Loss Program launching in Guelph

KITCHENER - When a loved one dies, feelings of grief, loneliness and isolation can be overwhelming. To help support community members during a profoundly difficult time in their lives, Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO-MR) is launching its Living with Loss Program in Guelph in September.

Erin part of tri-village treasure hunt

ERIN - Looking for a fun late-summer fling? Why not take a casual road trip in the heart of Headwaters and the Greenbelt.

Tea time

Tea time

Tea time - In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary the Wellington County Museum held its annual tea on Aug. 2. Tea was served by event staff and treats came from Bentley Tea House in Fergus. Along with the formal tea, a croquet game was set up in the Victorian Garden. Grace, left, and Beth Gibney from Kitchener enjoyed game. Inside at the tea tables, Betty Knight, left, and Winn Ingham try out the drink that so many Britons enjoy. Photos by Bill Longshaw

OPEN MIND Talking helps

Sometimes things happen in our lives that we just can’t seem to shake. When the topic of suicide is part of that experience, our reactions can be intense. After four student suicides, the University of Guelph is taking action by addressing this with various new initiatives.

Guelph family health study says kids develop lifelong health habits by age six

GUELPH - The Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS) is in the early stages of what will be a 20-year study, looking at how interventions made in young families when children are small could have an impact as the children become adults.

What can I drink?

It’s that time of year when you might be reaching for that extra beverage to quench your thirst. What you choose is very important for your health.

Stay safe when gardening in hot weather

Although gardening when temperatures are mild, such as in spring and fall, can be relaxing, gardening can be much more physically taxing and even dangerous when temperatures rise during the dog days of summer.

Road closure at Alma postponed for one week

ALMA - The start of a planned road closure for a construction project here has been delayed by a week.

Long term employee

Long term employee

A barbecue was held on July 20 for Mapleton Township employee Linda Hahn who officially retired on July 27 after 23 years of service with the township.

Tests confirm algae toxins at Conestogo Lake

MAPLETON - Recent samples taken from Conestogo Lake have tested positive for low levels of algae toxins.

Township seeks input on local urban design

DRAYTON - The township is hosting a community information night to assist with the preparation of urban design guidelines for Mapleton’s urban areas (Alma, Moorefield and Drayton).

Operation Dry Water launched for 2017

ORILLIA - Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.
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