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Today's date: Saturday November 28, 2015 Vol 48 Issue 48
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Homecoming logo creators recognized

Homecoming logo creators recognized

CLIFFORD - Homecoming 2017 logo conest winners Margaret Reidt, Jennifer Gibson, and Deanna Wardrop were presented with Clifford Homecoming 2017 souvenir t-shirts at the Nov. 14 meeting held at Knox United Church.

Raceway nominated for tourism award

Raceway nominated for tourism award

ELORA - Grand River Raceway has been for the Hospitality/Tourism Award presented by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (GKWCC).

CMHA runveiling new home in Guelph

GUELPH - The Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHA) is unveiling to the public its new building at 80 Waterloo Avenue in Guelph on Dec. 4 from 2 to 4pm.

Highway of Heroes

Highway of Heroes

Gallagher honoured - Naval Sea Cadet Angelus Husnik, top left, joined Puslinch firefighters and area residents in honouring former Canadian soldier John Robert Gallagher, as he returned home to his family in Blenheim on Nov. 20.

Innovative program provides laptops for home or in-branch use at libraries

GUELPH - An innovative idea to bridge the digital divide in Upper Grand communities has expanded to reach even more students.

Singers bring Christmas to Elora

ELORA - Every year the Elora Festival Singers bring Christmas to the village of Elora with the performance of Handel’s Messiah and the ever-popular Festival of Carols.



The Arthur Lions presented a cheque for $10,000 in memory of Harvey McConnell to the new Groves hospital campaign on Oct. 7.

Centre Wellington water, sewer rates to increase $2.50 per month for next decade; Systems require $75 million in upgrades

ELORA - Centre Wellington residents should not expect water and sewage costs to drop anytime in the near future. Consultant Gary Scandlan suggested locals can expect significant cost increases over the next decade - much of it directly linked to replacing aging infrastructure, some dating back to the 1930s.

Centre Wellington ‘Bigs in Blue’ program the first of its kind in Canada

Centre Wellington ‘Bigs in Blue’ program the first of its kind in Canada

CENTRE WELLINGTON - For one hour a week, six children from local schools are being mentored by police officers in a Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program not offered anywhere else in Canada.

Golf tourney donations

Golf tourney donations

Cheques were presented to the recipients of the proceeds of the 2015 Mayor’s Golf Tournament at the Oct. 20 Town of Minto council meeting.

Mayor apologizes for not stopping personal attacks

KENILWORTH - Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox apologized at the council meeting here on Nov. 23 for not standing up against personal attacks and asserted that he would stop them from happening again.

Task force asks employers to consider ‘Living Wage’

GUELPH - Eleven Guelph and Wellington County based employers have been recognized as “Living Wage Employers” after making the commitment to pay over 1,250 of their employees at least a living wage.

Celebrate #Giving4Habitat on Giving Tuesday

GUELPH - On Dec. 1, Canadians and Wellington County residents will be reminded to take an active role in supporting local initiatives via GivingTuesday to launch the holiday season after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Correction: Comments incorrectly attributed

In the Nov. 20 edition of the Wellington Advertiser an article regarding a Niska Road update for Puslinch council contained two errors.

A new holiday tradition: Helping local women in need to start over

A new holiday tradition: Helping local women in need to start over

FERGUS - A local couple and business are encouraging others to participate in what has become for them a charitable holiday tradition.

Council supports Mornington plan to extend fibre optic cable reach

MAPLETON - Council has given its support to an application for funding by a local service provider to extend fibre optic cable from Drayton to Goldstone, Yatton and Wallenstein.

Guelph-Eramosa council briefs:

BRUCEDALE - Vacant land condominium comments, an electronic documents management system and a security reduction were some of the items discussed at the Guelph-Eramosa council meeting on Nov. 16.

Cool the planet rally

GUELPH - Guelph will take part in the Global Climate March on Nov. 29 at 2pm in front of Old Quebec Street Mall in St. George’s Square.

WCDSB Grade 6 students excel in provincial testing

GUELPH - Junior Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) students beat the board’s previous year’s results in the latest Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments.

WDGPH reports first cases of flu

WELLINGTON CTY. - Local residents have been busy enjoying deceptively warm fall temperatures but that hasn’t stopped the arrival of the flu, and it’s only a matter of time until the virus arrives in a neighbourhood near you, local health officials warn.

Planner updates council on CBM pit

ERIN - Wellington County planner Mark Van Patter gave an update on the CBM gravel pit application to Erin council on Nov. 17.

Centre Wellington engages residents at 2016 budget open house

CENTRE WELLINGTON - About three dozen residents showed up to take part in an interactive discussion on the township’s budget process at a town hall meeting on Nov. 19 at Aboyne Hall.

Minto council discusses traffic control in Palmerston

PALMERSTON - Increased Main Street traffic has the Town of Minto again discussing the oft-rejected idea of a downtown crosswalk or traffic light here.

Butter Tart Trail to merge with Horse and Buggy Trail

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council has approved the merger of the township’s Butter Tart Trail and Southgate’s Horse and Buggy Trail to form “Butter Tarts and Buggies: Explore the Simpler Life.”

Erin Fire department collects for food bank

Erin Fire department collects for food bank

Gift of giving - Erin firefighters collected donations to the food bank on Nov. 21 and 22. This year, the department added a new location, collecting donations at Erin’s Valu-mart and Hillsburgh’s Foodland. The group is hoping to collect more than last year’s total of 100 pounds of food and $3,000.

Gallagher honoured in roadside memorial

Gallagher honoured in roadside memorial

Puslinch firefighters took part in a roadside memorial on Nov. 20 for former Canadian soldier John Robert Gallagher, who was killed in an ISIS attack three weeks ago while fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria. Emergency responders and residents formed a memorial tribute along Highway 401 from Toronto to Blenheim, Gallagher’s hometown, including seven overpasses in Puslinch Township. The tribute was organized by the Canadian Heroes Foundation. photo by Bill Longshaw

Sharing the wealth

Sharing the wealth

Arthur’s Second Look store presented a number of cheques to community groups throughout Arthur on Nov. 13.

Portage Ontario raising awareness of substance abuse among young people

CENTRE WELLINGTON - During National Addictions Awareness Week, Nov. 15 to 21, Portage Ontario joined health and addiction organizations across the country to help raise awareness about addiction, in particular among young people.

 Walk brings awareness to child speech disorder

Walk brings awareness to child speech disorder

GUELPH - Brooke Rea, a speech-language pathologist, hosted a walk in Guelph to raise money and awareness for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) about a month ago.

Bridge to chair committee for western wardens’ group

WELLINGTON CTY. - Wellington County Warden George Bridge has been named chair of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) economic development committee.

CWDOG plants 50 trees in dog park

CWDOG plants 50 trees in dog park

FERGUS - The Centre Wellington Dog Owners Group (CWDOG) planted twenty new trees in the dog park here on Oct. 30 as a result of a generous donation from Yard Weasels Inc.

New funding to help persons with disabilities find jobs

GUELPH - Interview skills, effective job searching and focusing on employability strengths are all key components to helping people with disabilities to cross the threshold to valuable employment.

Group calls on province to grow the greenbelt

TORONTO - Over 100 community groups, including Wellington Water Watchers, the Moraine Partnership and Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, are requesting that the provincial government grow the greenbelt to protect 1.5 million acres of land containing vital water resources.

A new home

A new home

Grace Christian Fellowship has finally found a permanent home after 20 years of renting spaces in Centre Wellington. Councillor Mary Lloyd, Pastor Mike Albano, Mayor Kelly Linton, Pastor Tony Albano and Sarah Albano, along with patrons of the church, cut the ribbon during the grand opening dedication on Nov. 21.

Province provides $138,000 for local anti-poverty program

GUELPH - Circles Guelph Wellington (Circles GW) was officially launched on Oct. 7.

Keeping new medical graduates out of hospitals may not be in best interest of rural areas: Gower

ELORA - Dr. Sarah Gower says the New Graduate Entry Program (NGEP) launched by the province this year “may create an entire generation of family physicians who are not comfortable or experienced working in hospitals (an important component of rural medicine).”

Erin to use OSPCA for canine control

ERIN - Residents will now have to drive to Orangeville if their dog is picked up by canine control in Erin.

Nater confident in Ambrose leadership

PERTH-WELLINGTON - Local MP John Nater recenty congratulated the MP Rona Ambrose on being elected interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Annual horticultural meeting

Annual horticultural meeting

Members of the Moorefield and District Horticultural Society gathered recently for their annual potluck and annual business meeting. LEFT: Christine Stanley decides which dessert to try. The financial report from the last year and a projected budget for the new year were approved.

Reptile show entertains at school event

Reptile show entertains at school event

No fear - Mapleton Preschool held a Christmas Shopping Extravaganza and Reptile Show on Nov. 14 at Community Christian School in Drayton. Jamie Parker of Jamie’s Reptiles presented an informative talk on snakes, skinks and iguanas.

New acts announced for talent show

DRAYTON - The Drayton Rotary and Kinette Clubs have announced two additions to the acts scheduled to perform at the 2nd annual Drayton’s Got Talent show.

Medication, aging focus of presentation at Seniors’ Centre for Excellence

DRAYTON - The aging process and medications were the program focus at the Mapleton Seniors’ Centre for Excellence November congregate lunch.

Nater sworn in as MP

OTTAWA - John Nater was formally sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Perth-Wellington on Nov. 16.

Annual tradition

Annual tradition

The season’s first snowfall did not deter attendance at the Country Christmas Community Craft Show on Nov. 21 at the PMD arena hall. Four boxes of food items and $263 were collected for the Drayton Food Bank. Proceeds from the annual event go to youth activities in the community, including Scouts, minor hockey, baseball, figure skating, soccer and the Drayton Youth Centre. LEFT: Collecting donations were committee members Anne Beuhler, left, and Diane Vogel. RIGHT: Ken Pedersen of Drayton was among the vendors at the show. photos by Caroline Sealey

Centre Wellington committee of whole recommends approval of $9-million capital budget for 2016

ELORA - Centre Wellington council’s committee of the whole is recommending adoption of a $9-million capital budget for 2016.
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