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Today's date: Friday December 19, 2014 Vol 47 Issue 51
   
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‘Project Eagle’s Nest’ closes year with  over $3 million raised towards $4.7M goal

‘Project Eagle’s Nest’ closes year with over $3 million raised towards $4.7M goal

FERGUS - The renovation of the former Fergus high school is moving yet another step forward now that the “Eagle’s Nest” capital campaign has raised over $3 million.

Money for learning

Money for learning

Elizabeth Debergh, executive director of the Wellington County Learning Centre, accepts a $4,000 donation from the Fergus Lions Club, presented by Lion Eric Peterson, club president.

Minto Mayor George Bridge elected warden

Minto Mayor George Bridge elected warden

GUELPH - Wellington County’s new warden stressed communication and cooperation in his inaugural address to county council.

Dam calls for inquiry into ‘gentleman’s agreements,’ missing DC reserves

WELLINGTON NORTH - Wellington North resident Jens Dam is once again requesting answers regarding the handling of a 2011 development charge (DC) bylaw that saw the township lose two Ontario Municipal Board hearings and under-collect charges to the tune of $229,000.

Streetlight replacement savings diminished by need for additional units

MAPLETON - It’s going to cost more than expected to switch to LED streetlights, but the savings are still expected to be substantial.

Proposed road reconstruction could reshape Elora’s Water Street in 2015

ELORA - A proposed redevelopment of Water Street next year could reshape one of the main arteries between Fergus and Elora. Denis Hollands of Triton Engineering Services Limited was at Centre Wellington council’s Dec. 15 meeting to provide an update on the proposed $3-million project scheduled for the 2015 construction season.

Helpers

Taking part in the Zehrs “Extra Helping Food Drive” in Fergus last weekend, from left, were: Abby Bloor, Ben Bloor, Jacob Boles, Jackie Andrews, Joan McWilliam and Bob Coville.

Councillors wrangle over deputy/acting mayor semantics

ELORA - What seemed to be a simple list of Centre Wellington council appointments for the coming term turned into a battle of semantics, as councillors worked to decide the difference in terminologies and roles for an “acting mayor” versus a “deputy mayor.”

Guelph-Eramosa appoints committee members and township officials

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council decided on various committee positions at its Dec. 15 meeting.

100 years young

100 years young

Elora resident Gordon Byers celebrated his 100th birthday on Dec. 12 with family and friends at Heritage River Retirement Residence in Elora.

Food bank donation

Food bank donation

Arthur Caressant Care recently donated $500 worth of food to the Arthur Food Bank. From left: maintenance worker Ralph Roelofsen, nursing home food coordinator Sharon Gulley and food bank secretary Marilyn Theurer.

Merry Makers hear from USCO representative

Merry Makers hear from USCO representative

CLIFFORD - The local chapter of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (USCO)meet as the Clifford Merry Makers on the first Thursday of each month at Jamesway Manor.

Rotary Club offers support for EWCS

Rotary Club offers support for EWCS

Making a donation - The Rotary Club of Erin made a $1,000 donation to East Wellington Community Services’ Give a Gift of Community Support campaign on Dec. 11.

Guelph-Eramosa council briefs

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council unanimously made various decisions that will impact the community at its Dec. 15 meeting.

Firefighter funds

Firefighter funds

On Dec. 8 the Rockwood Firefighter’s Association presented a donation of $15,317 to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The money was raised through the firefighters’ boot drive with the support and donations from those in Rockwood and the surrounding area.

Linton updates council on county activity

ELORA - In what is intended to be the start of a new tradition in Centre Wellington, Mayor Kelly Linton spoke to council at length about the activities at Wellington County council.

County advises residents to be prepared for winter emergencies

WELLINGTON CTY. - Winter weather is here and the Wellington County Emergency Management Team is reminding residents to be better prepared.

Ministry to conduct EA study on GTA west transportation corridor

ABERFOYLE - Councillors here still have concerns whether a new proposed 400-series highway will impact Puslinch.

Reform Act moves forward with committee conclusion

OTTAWA - Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong says it is important to get passage of the Reform Act before the next federal election.

Coping with Christmas for the bereaved

Coping with Christmas for the bereaved

WELLINGTON CTY. - Christmas is a time for families to gather and friends to catch up with one another, but for those who have lost a loved one, the holidays can be one of the most difficult times of the year.

Christmas comes early for some UGDSB students

Christmas comes early for some UGDSB students

GUELPH - In a packed ballroom at the Italian Canadian Club here, hundreds of students from developmental disability programs throughout the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) were treated to a pasta lunch and celebrated an early Christmas together.

County councillors appointed to committees

GUELPH - Members of county council were elected and appointed to the standing committees, boards and associations at the Dec. 12 warden’s inaugural meeting.

New public works director setting priorities

BRUCEDALE - At the Dec. 15 Guelph-Eramosa council meeting Harry Niemi was officially approved as the new director of public works for the township.

Accommodation review committee presents final report to trustees

GUELPH - The Kenilworth Public School accommodation review committee (ARC) presented its recommendations for the school’s future to the Upper Grand District School Board at its meeting here on Dec. 9.

CWFB spreads Christmas cheer with hamper program

CWFB spreads Christmas cheer with hamper program

FERGUS - Clients were lining up before the 9am start time for the distribution of Christmas hampers through the Centre Wellington Food Bank (CWFB) on Dec. 11 at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.

Firefighters practice skills

Firefighters practice skills

Drayton and Moorefield stations of the Mapleton Fire Department took part in a fire training session and controlled burn of an abandoned house on Nov. 29.

Township approves sampling station

MAPLETON - The township has authorized the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to install a sampling station at a culvert crossing east of Wellington Road 11 on the 8th Line.

Building activity on pace to match 2013 figures

MAPLETON - Building activity in Mapleton was down slightly in November from the same period in 2013, but remains on pace to match last year’s figures.

Shop with a cop

Shop with a cop

Members of the Wellington County OPP, Mapleton Fire Rescue and Grade 6 students from Maryborough Public School participated in the annual Shop with a Cop event at the Drayton Food Market on Dec. 11.

Wintertime can be family learning time

TORONTO - With kids off school and parents home from work, the winter holidays are perfect for creating family time to play and learn together.

Students ‘Shop with a Cop’ to benefit food bank

Students ‘Shop with a Cop’ to benefit food bank

DRAYTON - Wellington County OPP, Mapleton Fire Rescue and Grade 6 students from Maryborough Public School participated in the annual Shop with a Cop event at Drayton Food Market on Dec. 11.

Citizen input on Mapleton cultural plan will be collected through survey

MAPLETON - The township is asking citizens to fill out a survey to help shape its new municipal cultural plan.

Supporting firefighters

Supporting firefighters

Deb Ramage was presented with the Rick Adamson Volunteerism Award at the annual Mutual Aid banquet in Rockwood on Nov. 15.

Ice melter offer extended for Mapleton businesses

MAPLETON - The municipality plans to expand a program designed to make walking its downtown streets a little safer in the winter.

County emergency management team advises residents to be prepared

WELLINGTON CTY. - Winter weather is here and the Wellington County Emergency Management Team is reminding residents to be better prepared.

On the money

On the money

Maryborough Public School Grade 6 students Joanna Cashin, left, and Jillian McIntyre worked with OPP officer Scott Vallier at the Shop with a Cop event coordinated by the Optimist Club of Moorefield.

Council becomes committee of adjustment; Craven advocates citizen appointments

MAPLETON - The entire township council will serve as Mapleton’s committee of adjustment for the next four years.

Township follows Wellington County lead in hiring meeting investigator

MAPLETON - The township has followed Wellington County’s lead, appointing John Maddox of London-based JGM Consulting as its closed meeting investigator.
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