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Today's date: Saturday August 27, 2016 Vol 49 Issue 35
   
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Mapleton fire, building departments support firefighter safety initiative

PERTH-WELLINGTON - The Mapleton fire and building departments are recommending council endorse a private members bill aimed at improving safety for firefighters.

Tourney cancelled

DRAYTON - A golf tournament planned to raise funds for a local skate park project has been cancelled - for now.

Wellington North faces another gravel pit application

WELLINGTON NORTH - No decisions have been made on the newest gravel pit application in Wellington North. The proposed pit at Concession 4N and Sideroad 2E has to go through three steps.

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece promotes firefighter safety initiative

PERTH-WELLINGTON - On March 17, 2011, a fire claimed the lives of North Perth Fire Service members Ken Rea and Ray Walter. Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece is working on a new fire safety initiative to help address one of the factors in that tragic accident: firefighters had no way of knowing the building used truss and lightweight construction.

Guelph-Eramosa depletes Rockwood Hydro Fund to $619,573

BRUCEDALE - This year Guelph-Eramosa Township plans to draw $329,500 from the Rockwood Hydro Fund, depleting it to $619,573.

New Rockwood Catholic school set to welcome first students

New Rockwood Catholic school set to welcome first students

ROCKWOOD - The floors are waxed, the walls are painted, the grass is finally growing and Sacred Heart Catholic School in Rockwood is ready for students. The brand new school is opening on Sept. 6 - the first day of the 2016-17 school year - and the school’s mission is “heart for living, heart for learning,” explained principal Jeanette Ondercin.

Take Back the Night rally Sept. 22

GUELPH - Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis’ 30th annual Take Back the Night will take place on Sept. 22 at 6pm at Marianne’s Park, 176 Gordon Street, Guelph.

Cottagers support hospital

Cottagers support hospital

Belwood Lake Cottagers’ Association (BLCA) members John Hamilton, vice president; and Keith McKee, president; recently presented Groves Hospital Foundation with a $10,000 gift to the New Groves Hospital Project.

Death Cafe on Aug. 30

GUELPH - What if accepting death meant that we could find more purpose and meaning in our lives?

Province approves ranked ballots for 2018

WELLINGTON CTY. - When voters head to the polls for the 2018 municipal election their ballots could look decidedly different. Earlier this summer, the province passed the Municipal Elections Modernization Act, which gives Ontario’s 444 municipalities the option of using ranked ballots, starting with the next election in two years.

Township tried to purchase Middlebrook well to ‘protect’ local water supply

ELORA - It turns out the competing offer that prompted Nestlé Waters to purchase the Middlebrook well property came from Centre Wellington Township.

Rain damage

Rain damage

Members of the Palmerston Lions Club were busy on the weekend repairing damage caused to pathways and newly-planted trees in Heritage Park by recent heavy rains. At right is a waterfall feature recently installed by the group.

Algae warning signs removed at Belwood Lake

BELWOOD - Warning signs advising people to be cautious around the water due to health risks associated with blue-green algae were removed from Belwood Lake park.

Dogs, heritage walls and standby power discussion topics for council

BRUCEDALE - Standby power, dog impounding fees and historical walls were a few of the items discussed at the Guelph-Eramosa council meeting on Aug. 8.

White back on AMO board

WINDSOR - Wellington County councillor Chris White will resume his position as director for the Rural Caucus for the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors.

Youth unemployment rising

AYR - Statistics Canada is reporting the unemployment rate for youth was 16.7% in July, while the unemployment rate for the general population for this area was 4.5%.

Nestlé Waters reduces pumping by 20% in response to drought conditions

ABERFOYLE - With the local region under Level 2 drought conditions, Nestlé Waters Canada has reduced its water taking by 20%.

Aboyne library renovations begin in September

ABOYNE - The much anticipated renovation of the Aboyne branch of the Wellington County Library system is scheduled to begin next month.

New street named after war veteran

New street named after war veteran

KENILWORTH - It was an easy decision for Wellington North council to name a new street in Arthur after respected veteran and local business owner John Walsh.

Township reaches new collective agreement with union staff

KENILWORTH - Wellington North has reached a collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 17 township employees.

Grand Opening

Grand Opening

In just over a week, the former Fergus high school is scheduled to reopen as Emmanuel Christian High School. The Sept. 1 opening includes an open house and barbecue from 4 to 6pm and a tree planting at 7pm, followed by a program and desserts at 7:30pm.
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BUZZ

Guelph-Eramosa depletes Rockwood Hydro Fund to $619,573
New Rockwood Catholic school set to welcome first students
Algae warning signs removed at Belwood Lake
Arthur ambassador wins award for congeniality
Grand Valley man charged after drink tampering

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