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Today's date: Wednesday March 22, 2017 Vol 50 Issue 11
   
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Construction to begin on Victoria Street in Elora

ELORA - The reconstruction of Victoria Street from York to McNab Street (the roundabout on Metcalfe St./Wellington Road 21) in Elora begins the week of March 27.

Hillsburgh library set for construction

Hillsburgh library set for construction

HILLSBURGH - Construction of the new Hillsburgh library is going ahead, even though the Station Street dam and bridge issue has not been resolved. Wellington County held a ground breaking ceremony on March 10 to officially recognize the start of construction on the new library.

County residents recognized by Governor General of Canada

County residents recognized by Governor General of Canada

WELLINGTON CTY. - Puslinch resident Scott Graham and Fergus resident John Scott (who was unable to attend the recent ceremony due to illness) are being honoured with medals of recognition from the Governor General of Canada.

Opponents voice concerns about aggregate pit in Guelph-Eramosa

BRUCEDALE - Opponents to the proposed “Spencer pit” brought their concerns to Guelph-Eramosa council on March 6. During the public meeting three members of the public voiced objections to the proposed Tri City Lands Ltd. aggregate pit on Wellington Road 124 on the southwest side of Guelph-Eramosa Township.

Minto looks to county, province for lead on hookah regulation

MINTO - The local health unit is asking municipalities to regulate hookah establishments and restrict them from setting up in the region. “Now is the time to take action out of concern for the health and safety of your constituents,” states Medical Officer of Health and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health CEO Dr. Nicola Mercer in a letter to municipal CAOs in the region. A hookah or a water pipe is used to smoke flavoured tobacco as well as non-tobacco herbal shisha.

Bowstring bridge option dropped by council

FERGUS - A replica bowstring bridge is off the table when it comes to replacement of the St. David Street (Highway 6) bridge across the Grand River in downtown Fergus. Following a special meeting on March 7, Centre Wellington council agreed to proceed instead with the staff-recommended option of replacing the superstructure and converting to semi-integral abutments.

Pettapiece introduces bill aimed at firefighter safety

QUEEN'S PARK - Firefighter safety is the focus of the Rea and Walter Act—a new bill introduced in the Ontario legislature by Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece on March 9.

10th annual active living and retirement show

10th annual active living and retirement show

FERGUS - Get ready as the Victoria Park Seniors Centre presents the 10th annual Active Living and Retirement Show on March 24 fron 10am to 2pm.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Heart disease can affect just about anyone. While it was once widely and mistakenly considered a man’s disease, since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.

Town’s insurance premiums remain below 2013 levels

MINTO - The Town of Minto continues to reap financial benefits from a 2014 decision to tender for municipal insurance coverage. In 2014 council switched insurance coverage to Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc. (JLT) and local broker Wylie Insurance.

World Water Day on March 22 in Guelph

GUELPH - The Council of Canadians, Guelph/Wellington Coalition of Social Justice and Wellington Water Watchers will join forces to celebrate World Water Day on March 22.

Construction time

Construction time

Three Wellington County teams competed at the Skills Ontario Elementary Cardboard Boat Race Championships in Waterloo on March 2. The 31 teams in the competition were required to build a boat out of provided cardboard in just two hours.

CRC brings blasting concerns to Guelph-Eramosa council

BRUCEDALE - Fly rock is a serious concern for residents living near James Dick Construction Limited’s (JDCL) proposed quarry site just outside of Rockwood.

Council remuneration drops slightly in Minto

MINTO - The cost of paying local politicians in Minto dropped slightly last year.

Demolition of Alma Street houses a step towards commercial development

Demolition of Alma Street houses a step towards commercial development

ROCKWOOD - Two new drive-thru style restaurants could soon be in Rockwood. Last week Vesterra Property Management Inc. started demolishing the houses from 204 to 250 Alma Street, opening space for a proposed new commercial development.

‘Heightened awareness’ after another suspicious fire in Wellington County

WELLINGTON NORTH - A fire in a debris pile located at an unoccupied house is being considered suspicious by the Wellington County OPP. Centre Wellington Fire Chief Brad Patton said due to the numerous suspicious fires in the area since October, fire departments have a “heightened awareness” for suspicious fires.

Learning disabilities workshop offered

FERGUS - The Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County is hosting an event to help parents and guardians learn skills to help build healthy relationships with their child’s school.

Over 1,300 students requiring immunizations could be suspended

WELLINGTON CTY. - The public health unit is urging students in the region to update their immunization records soon – or face a 20-day suspension from school. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) sent notices in January to about 11,000 students with incomplete immunization records.

Erin appoints new CAO

ERIN - Nathan Hyde will be taking over as the new chief administration officer in Erin, effective April 3.

Crime of the Week

WELLINGTON CTY. - Between Sept. 24 and Feb. 15, police investigated numerous suspicious fires occurred in areas throughout the County of Wellington.

Review provides options for changes to municipal services

ALMA - The results of a municipal service review of Mapleton Township were presented at a public meeting at the Alma Community Centre on March 7.

Township taxes to rise $15 per $100,000 of assessment

MAPLETON - Residential taxes here will rise by about $15 per $100,000 worth of assessment in 2017.

Flooding focus of open house

DRAYTON - Residents of Drayton and Mapleton can learn more about flooding at a public open house being hosted by the GRCA and the township on March 23.

Competing with style

Competing with style

Norwell District Secondary School students (from left) Avary Schiestel, Grace DeVries and Alana Woods headed to Guelph to compete at the regional skills hairstyling competition.
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Construction to begin on Victoria Street in Elora
Hillsburgh library set for construction
Opponents voice concerns about aggregate pit in Guelph-Eramosa
Demolition of Alma Street houses a step towards commercial development
Over 1,300 students requiring immunizations could be suspended

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