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Today's date: Friday December 09, 2016 Vol 49 Issue 50
   
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Hospital help

Hospital help

Carolyn Vodarek was on hand to help at the annual Christmas for Groves event at the New to You store in Fergus on Nov. 25. Organizers thank members of the community for their donations, customers for their purchases and volunteers and staff at the store for “an outstanding sales day” to benefit the hospital.

Rash of vacant building fires continues in Wellington County

Rash of vacant building fires continues in Wellington County

GUELPH - Two more vacant buildings have been destroyed by fire in the south end of Wellington County. On Dec. 5 at 1:30am the Guelph Fire Department responded to an abandoned workshop fire on Silvercreek Parkway North. Then, just two hours later, the department was called to an abandoned barn fire on Fife Road.

Erin moves forward with Hillsburgh bridge, dam EA

ERIN - Despite one councillor’s objections, Erin council is moving ahead with the Station Street bridge and dam environmental assessment (EA) process.

Puslinch supports move to end age discrimination for stroke patients

ABERFOYLE - Councillors here are offering their support for the recently-introduced Bill 9, End Age Discrimination Against Stroke Recovery Patients Act, 2016.

Food funds

Food funds

Sensational Elora gave over $10,000 on Dec. 2 to the Centre Wellington Food Bank. Sensational Elora holds various events throughout the year including a Jazz Series, Pumpkin Day and Soup Off.

Mount Forest Kin Club disbands after 50 years of service

Mount Forest Kin Club disbands after 50 years of service

MOUNT FOREST - The Kin Club here is no more. The handful of members left in the once-robust service organization announced on Nov. 29 that the club is disbanding.

Wellington County food banks providing care, joy this Christmas

Wellington County food banks providing care, joy this Christmas

WELLINGTON CTY. - Food banks and other organizations throughout Wellington County have put together various programs to help provide a Christmas meal and ensure there are presents under the tree for members of their communities.

Secret Santa Centre Wellington fundraiser supported Big Brothers Big Sisters and local shops

CENTRE WELLINGTON - For Melissa Seagrove, community building is part of what she does as a local realtor for Edge Realty Solutions.

Waterloo Wellington achieves a number of top results in Ontario for safe and efficient care

WATERLOO - Waterloo Wellington residents received some of the most efficient and highest quality care in the province according to data released on Nov. 30 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Eye care advice offered at diabetes information meeting

Eye care advice offered at diabetes information meeting

CLIFFORD - Chairman George Van Ankum welcomed 21 people to the information meeting on Diabetes and vision held recently at Knox United Church in Clifford.

Teach kids how to avoid flu

OTTAWA - Everyone over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine every year to protect against the flu.

New requirement of 25 signatures may raise red flag for smaller municipalities throughout rural Ontario

ABERFOYLE - Like other municipalities in Ontario, Puslinch is raising concern about a new Ministry of Municipal Affairs requirement that anyone wishing to run for council must submit the signature of 25 voters supporting the nomination.

CWDHS offering new student night

FERGUS - Grade 7 and 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to Centre Wellington District High School (CWDHS) on Dec. 14 to learn more about the opportunities the school offers – from academics and trades to sports, music and art. Learn about programs, pathways, course selection, and the registration process.

Tree of Remembrance up at mall

GUELPH - The Tree of Remembrance will be at Stone Road Mall in Guelph until Dec. 23.

Puslinch believes more types of watertaking need to be considered with any new regulations

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors believe bottled water companies should not be singled out when it comes to new proposed provincial regulations.

Community dinner

Community dinner

Retired Chef Alexander Mowatt perpared turkeys for a community dinner at Knox Presbyterian Church in Elora. The turkeys along with all the fixings were served on Dec. 2 as an annual event.

Draft budget projects 3% levy hike

MINTO - “Keeping it Real” is the theme of this town’s 2017 budget, presented in draft form at a special council meeting on Dec. 2.

Theft from trailer

FERGUS - On Nov. 29 at about 7:50am Wellington County OPP received a report of items stolen from a locked construction trailer on Watt Street in Fergus.

Campaign exceeds goal for housing homeless

GUELPH - Six months after the Guelph-Wellington 20,000 Homes Campaign announced it intended to help 30 of the most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness find and maintain housing, the goal has been exceeded.

Arnott supports greenbelt exclusion around 401

ABERFOYLE - Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott is adding his voice to support Puslinch’s bid to exclude the Highway 401 and Highway 6 corridors from the province’s Greenbelt Plan Area.

Jean Campbell honoured posthumously for volunteer role with theatre

DRAYTON - Longtime community volunteer Jean Campbell has been recognized posthumously with one of the province’s highest honours.

Puslinch OMPF funds drop by $35,200 for 2017

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch Township is not going to receive as much money next year through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).

Minto couple organizing dinner to provide fellowship at Christmas

Minto couple organizing dinner to provide fellowship at Christmas

MINTO - No one in this community needs to spend Christmas Day alone. Local residents Jean and David Anderson are organizing a community Christmas dinner on Dec. 25.

Food bank support

Food bank support

Edge Mutual Insurance has once again demonstrated its support for the local food bank. Staff recently donated food items, personal items, small gifts and new hats and mitts to the Drayton Food Bank. The company also made a $500 donation.

Hydro One offers advice for energy efficient holiday decorating

TORONTO - Hydro One is offering advice to help Ontario residents bring holiday cheer to their home and neighbourhood without breaking the bank this year.

Local shopping

Local shopping

Emma Clemmer, left, with assistance from elf helper Nicole Clayfield, picked out Christmas gifts for her family at the Santa Sale at Drayton Heights Public School on Nov. 26.
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Centre Wellington Winter 2016 Community Guide

BUZZ

Mount Forest Kin Club disbands after 50 years of service
Santa’s coming to town for special home visits
Puslinch believes more types of watertaking need to be considered with any new regulations
Draft budget projects 3% levy hike
Jean Campbell honoured posthumously for volunteer role with theatre

COLUMNISTS

Bruce Whitestone
Michael Chong, MP, Wellington-Halton Hills
Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015
Kelly Waterhouse

EDITORIAL

Dave Adsett: The art of socializing

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