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Today's date: Friday October 24, 2014 Vol 47 Issue 43
   
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MPs safe; 'We can't let people like this intimidate us'

MPs safe; 'We can't let people like this intimidate us'

OTTAWA - Local MPs are safe and among those under lockdown at Parliament Hill after shots were fired inside the building and a soldier was reportedly shot at the National War Memorial. "I'm in my office right now … The situation is still unfolding," Chong told the Advertiser by phone about an hour after shots were first reported at Parliament Hill just before 10am. "I don't know much more than you guys do."

Centre Wellington accessibility report endorsed

ELORA - Centre Wellington is adopting the multi-year accessibility plan submitted by the manager of legislative services/municipal clerk Kerri O’Kane dated Oct. 20.

Callaghan conflict of interest hearing begins in Guelph

GUELPH - Lawyer Americo Fernandes has suggested sanctions should be issued if the court determines that Erin councillor Deb Callaghan has violated even one of the Municipal Conflict of Interest allegations heard at Superior Court here on Oct. 20.

Community comes together at Cars for Cyra event

Community comes together at Cars for Cyra event

FERGUS - Rain and cold weather didn’t deter the community from coming out to the first annual Cars for Cyra event at Centre Wellington District High School on Oct. 18.

Community gathers for conversation on World Mental Health Day

GUELPH - Since 2000, World Mental Health Day has been held as a way to encourage discussion and awareness in the face of diseases that often are ignored or silenced.

‘Race for Children’ a success

‘Race for Children’ a success

A cool, moist day greeted nearly 50 runners at the Race for the Children of Haiti in Fergus on Oct. 18.

Youth centre celebration brings community together

Youth centre celebration brings community together

DRAYTON - Horse-drawn wagon rides and a barbecue highlighted the celebration of Drayton Youth Centre’s 15th year of operation on Oct. 17.

Sign troubles continue as election approaches

WELLINGTON CTY. - “Shortly after installation, we noticed that signs were being removed and we had no idea who was removing them or what had happened to the signs,” said Maieron, who added he was told the signs were removed and placed in a “dumpster.”

Remembering the county’s fallen

Remembering the county’s fallen

ABOYNE - Remembering the fallen has special significance this year, the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

KidsAbility fundraiser held in Guelph

KidsAbility fundraiser held in Guelph

GUELPH - The provincial government has granted a one-time gift of $62,500 to KidsAbility of Waterloo Wellington to reduce wait times and enhance children’s rehabilitation services.

Hiking in heels for hospitals

Hiking in heels for hospitals

Phil Main, left, of Classic Rock 94.5 and Minto Mayor George Bridge don some fancy footwear during Heels for Hospitals on Oct. 18.

Heels for Hospitals

Heels for Hospitals

Since its inception, Heels for Hospitals has raised over $50,000. Blair Wightman gives one of the participants from Caressant Care in Harriston a push while others follow behind.This year the event raised $11,000, which was donated to the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon.

Impaired driving

On Oct. 10 at about 10:15pm Wellington County OPP officers investigated the driver of a 2011 Dodge travelling westbound in what police describe as “an erratic manner” on Wellington Road 109 near Concession 7.

About 500 trees planted at Warden’s Tree Planting Day

About 500 trees planted at Warden’s Tree Planting Day

ROCKWOOD - More than 50 County of Wellington and Township of Guelph-Eramosa councillors, employees and their families participated in the annual Warden’s Tree Planting Day on Oct. 16.

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On Oct. 17 seven students from St. Mary Catholic School in Elora donated eight inches of hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program that makes wigs for cancer patients.

Betty Stark award established for Groves nurses

Betty Stark award established for Groves nurses

FERGUS - Thanks to the generosity of her family, Betty Stark’s name will continue to be synonymous with helping others at Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

Truck-hydrant collision causes brief closure of Highway 6 in Fergus

Truck-hydrant collision causes brief closure of Highway 6 in Fergus

People travelling on Highway 6 through Fergus on Oct. 16 were left scrambling to find another route through town following an accident at the intersection of Tower and Albert Streets that blocked the highway and flooded the streets and nearby yards.

Stay informed on election night - whether in person or online

As residents across the county prepare for Monday’s municipal elections, it seems municipalities have their own approach to dealing with the results.

Wellington North candidates address funding, recreation, future, unity

MOUNT FOREST - Wellington North candidates were focused on the future on Oct. 17 as they addressed a sizeable crowd at the Mount Forest Victory Church.

Trans Canada Trail licence authorized

Trans Canada Trail licence authorized

ELORA - It looks like the path to another Trans Canada Trail extension is finally taking a step forward.

Open house winner

Open house winner

Bob and Elizabeth Ashton from Fergus, right, were the winners of a 40” TV at the recent Heritage River Retirement Residence open house. The prize was presented by Betty Coates of Heritage River.

Grant application policy earmarks $52,000 for groups

ELORA - In preparation for its 2015 budget, Centre Wellington is approving preliminary grant budgets of $52,000 subject to final budget approval.

Eating close to home

Eating close to home

Families from St. Joseph Catholic School in Fergus held a local food show Oct. 18 that featured samples from area businesses and information on how to buy and eat local.

Disaster-resilient homes start with concrete walls

Disaster-resilient homes start with concrete walls

The costs of fuel consumption and extreme-storm damage, plus costs in the way of carbon footprints, are making all of us insist on far more property benefits, including superior durability and resilience from pending disasters.

Thanksgiving means the end of cottage season

Thanksgiving means the end of cottage season

As the leaves fall to the ground and summer comes to an end, it’s time to close down the cottage.

Windows and energy conservation

Windows and energy conservation

Windows and doors have the potential to lose 60 to 70 per cent of the expensive energy produced in your home.

Conservation, the conundrum of wasting more efficiently

Conservation, the conundrum of wasting more efficiently

Consumers have many technological solutions available to reduce electricity consumption such as LEDs, Energy Star appliances and smart thermostats promise higher efficiency and ultimately lower consumption.

Attend to your home comfort before the next polar vortex sets in

Attend to your home comfort before the next polar vortex sets in

Last winter’s persistent polar vortex not only affected the majority of Canada with subzero temperatures, but it also wreaked havoc on utility bills.

Local Rotary Clubs  proclaim Oct. 24 Polio Eradication Day in  Centre Wellington

Local Rotary Clubs proclaim Oct. 24 Polio Eradication Day in Centre Wellington

CENTRE WELLINGTON - The Rotary Clubs of Fergus-Elora and Centre Wellington have proclaimed Oct. 24 as Polio Eradication Day in the community.

Going up

Going up

Noah Abel challenged his Dad, Mike to a game of Giant Jenga at the Community Christian School baazar at the PMD Arena Complex on Oct. 18.

TOPS

TOPS

The local TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group held an open house at the Palmerston United Church on Oct. 16.

Living on Less program offered for area residents

GUELPH - How can we live on less money? With less stuff? With less stress? With less impact on the environment?

Schellenberger speaks out on windmills

OTTAWA - Perth-Wellington MP Gary Schellenberger, spoke in the House of Commons on Sept. 30 about the lack of due consideration given to windmill construction and the lack of respect and proper consultation experienced by many rural Ontarians.

Construction activity holding steady

MAPLETON - Building activity in Mapleton was up slightly in September, compared to the same month in 2013, but overall 2014 figures still lag slightly behind the previous year.

Harsh winter impacts sand/salt budget

MAPLETON - A proposal by Mann Construction Group of Guelph to provide the township’s winter sand requirements for $45,000 was accepted by council at the Oct. 14 meeting.

Township eliminates four positions, creates three new ones in public works

A recently-completed organizational review of the township’s public works department has resulted in the elimination of four management positions and the creation of three new positions within the department.

Knetsch walks out on meeting as council confirms skate park location

DRAYTON - Despite initially declaring a conflict of interest on the matter, councillor Andy Knetsch had his say then walked out of a meeting last week before Mapleton council confirmed its decision to locate a proposed skate park facility at the Kinsmen Park.

Township provides use of theatre for Drayton Rotary Club talent show

DRAYTON - Mapleton council has agreed to allow the Drayton Rotary Club use of the Drayton Festival Theatre for a talent show on Dec. 6.

Council approves sound system for chamber

MAPLETON - Anyone attending Mapleton council meetings should be able to follow the proceedings more easily once a sound system is installed in the council chamber.

Pumpkin contest

Pumpkin contest

Sawyer Rumph of Mapleton Township rose to the challenge for a pumpkin carving contest at the Community Christian School bazaar at the PMD Arena Complex on Oct. 18. His creation is a smaller pumpkin inside a larger one, with faces carved into both.

Centre Wellington launches new accessible municipal website

ELORA - A new website has been launched at centrewellington.ca giving quick and easy access to essential information as part of the township’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to residents and visitors alike.
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