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Today's date: Thursday November 27, 2014 Vol 47 Issue 48
   
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Ariss Lions Club meets their sponsored hearing ear dog

Ariss Lions Club meets their sponsored hearing ear dog

OAKVILLE - On Nov. 20, several members of the Ariss and District Lions Club attended the graduation of the first dog guide they have sponsored at the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide facility in Oakville.

Volunteers recognized

Volunteers recognized

Manager Shawn Panio and volunteer coordinator Sandra Gammage expressed appreciation to three ladies who earned longtime service awards at the Canadian Cancer Society Wellington County office luncheon held on Nov. 5 at Knox United Church in Harriston.

Fellowship award

Fellowship award

Lion Eric Peterson, left, president of the Fergus Lions Club, was pleased to present a Lions Foundation of Canada (Dog Guides) Fellowship to Lion Jan Matrtaj on Nov. 11.

Fellowship award

Fellowship award

Lion Patrick Anderson receives a lapel pin and plaque from Lion Eric Peterson, president of the Fergus Lions Club at a Nov. 11 meeting.

Community leader

Community leader

Reliable Ford owner Greg McCabe was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship award by Gary Waterhouse of the Fergus Lions Club on Nov. 12.

Fielding reappointed to source water protection committee

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillor Susan Fielding has once more been reappointed as the township representative for Halton-Hamilton source water protection.

Rockers donate funds to accessible playground in Elora

Rockers donate funds to accessible playground in Elora

Rockers assist playground - The Elora Rockers recently donated $3,000 from the proceeds of a dance held in September to the new Centre Wellington Rotary Accessible Playground in Elora.

Fergus resident celebrates 50 years with Girl Guides

Fergus resident celebrates 50 years with Girl Guides

FERGUS - June Ball was honoured on Nov. 24 for 50 years of service with Girl Guides of Canada during a ceremony at St. James Anglican Church here.

McCrae House closing for renovations Nov. 30

GUELPH - McCrae House, the historic birthplace of John McCrae, doctor, soldier and author of In Flanders Fields, is closing for renovations starting at the end of the day on Nov. 30. McCrae House will reopen in May of 2015.

Long service recognized by Puslinch council

Long service recognized by Puslinch council

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch Mayor Dennis Lever spoke briefly, recognizing long and exemplary service to fire services and rescue as twenty-year fire service exemplary service certificates and medals were presented to Robert Frosh, Steven Goode and William Yates on Nov. 19.

Puslinch fire message: Carbon monoxide detectors mandatory

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch Fire Chief Steven Goode is stressing the need for residents to have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their home.

Wellington County taking special care of its citizens this Christmas

Wellington County taking special care of its citizens this Christmas

WELLINGTON CTY. - Throughout Wellington, food banks and similar organizations are stepping up to ensure families in need receive help to make the Christmas season special for everyone.

‘Violent wind storm’ downs trees, power lines

WELLINGTON CTY. - Strong winds knocked down trees and power lines on Monday, leaving thousands of county hydro customers without electricity for much of the night - and some in the dark well into Tuesday evening.

Community space

Community space

Helmot Loewen, his wife Ann and Colleen Baeumler came out to the Rockwood Library for the grand opening of the Rockmosa Older Adult Centre.

Minto receives ‘Walk Friendly’ designation

MINTO - The Town of Mino has received a bronze level Walk Friendly designation from Canada Walks and Green Communities Canada.

Minto to spend $21,000 on floodplain mapping

MINTO - Town council has authorized an expenditure of $21,000 for a preliminary floodplain mapping work plan that could lead to some easing of restrictions on development in Harriston.

One number will connect all township departments in Centre Wellington

ELORA - Residents only need to remember 519-846-9691 to get in touch with Centre Wellington staff.

Moment of silence held by councillors in memory of former mayor Brad Whitcombe

ABERFOYLE - It was a sombre beginning for council on Nov. 19, as a moment’s silence was held to reflect on the loss of former mayor Brad Whitcombe.

Puslinch Township to buy ad in military service recognition book

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch council plans to spend $492 for a quarter-page full colour advertisement in a Royal Canadian Legion military service recognition book.

Charter of Compassion

Charter of Compassion

Centre Wellington District High School is the first in the Upper Grand District School Board to have all of its students sign a “Charter of Compassion.”

Puslinch expects calls as MPAC notices arrive

ABERFOYLE - Councillors here are prepared for phone calls as the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) begins mailing nearly one million property assessment notices to property taxpayers across the province.

Water Rockers program branching out

ORANGEVILLE - A unique water conservation program started in Erin has expanded to two schools here, thanks to the efforts of Cathy Dykstra.

Excellence recognized

Excellence recognized

The 11th annual Child Care Celebration of Excellence was held on Nov. 6 at the Hanlon Convention Centre in Guelph. About 200 people attended the event, which recognizes the efforts of child care programs and home child care providers in Guelph and Wellington County.

McCotter wins Perth-Wellington Liberal nomination

McCotter wins Perth-Wellington Liberal nomination

STRATFORD - Perth-Wellington has a new Liberal candidate for the next federal election. Stephen McCotter, a St. Marys municipal councillor, small business owner and area lawyer, defeated St. Marys businessman Colin Thomson at the Nov. 9 nomination meeting in Stratford.

Adopt-A-Family’s ‘workshop’ running at full steam

Adopt-A-Family’s ‘workshop’ running at full steam

GUELPH - The Children’s Foundation’s annual Adopt-A-Family Christmas program is now running at full steam with volunteers preparing to receive and package donations.

Work progressing at Wellington Place

ABOYNE - The temperatures might be dropping, but things are heating up at Wellington Place, as construction work continues shaping the community’s future.

Collective agreement ratified for local mental health workers

WELLINGTON CTY. - Five votes made the difference as members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 291 voted on Nov. 19 to accept a final offer placed before them by the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHA WWD) branch.

Meeting with Caressant Care officials eases concerns about bed transfer

MINTO - Council members here have tempered their initial opposition to the transfer of nine long-term care beds from a Harriston facility to one in Cambridge, but still planned to attend a public meeting on the move on Nov. 25.

County poised to hire meeting investigator

MINTO - The County of Wellington is poised to hire a London-based consultant to replace retiring closed meeting investigator Norm Gamble - and Minto council wants to participate in a joint service agreement.

21st century campers

21st century campers

Walter Grose, left, and Andrew Grose of Alma were guest speakers at Arthur United Church’s 122nd anniversary service. The pair talked about 21st century camping. Walter Grose is chairman of Silver Lake United Church Camp and Andrew is a camp counsellor.

Stumbling stones

Stumbling stones

A Dutch newspaper article featuring Greta VanGroningen’s 96-year-old aunt Johannes Holle describes the horrors of her Jewish neighbours being removed from their homes by uniformed men and transported like cattle to concentration camps during the Second World War. Holle was the only resident of Muntendam, Groningen who was able to help the Valk family, descendants of Holle’s Jewish neighbours, in their search for the family’s home.

MPP Pettapiece critical of ‘secret deal’ with consultant to manage ice storm fund

QUEEN'S PARK - Perth Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece says the Liberal government has made a “secret deal” with a consulting firm to manage a provincial ice storm relief fund, as municipalities continue to wait for financial relief.

Learning in the community

Learning in the community

Students from Drayton Heights Public School’s JK/SK Class C, along with their teacher Amanda Marson and parent helpers, visited Studio Factor as part of their Community Helper Unit.

Township prioritizes projects for 50/50 funding program

MAPLETON - The township has identified five projects as top priorities for the municipality’s 50/50 funding program.

Above and beyond

Above and beyond

Alma Optimist president John Broadfoot, left, presented long-time member Barry Johnson with the club’s Optimist of the Year Award at the group’s Nov. 18 dinner meeting.

Area residents part of organization pushing Parliament for carbon tax

OTTAWA - From Nov. 22 to 25, more than 70 Canadians - including the leader of an Erin environmental organization and several other area residents - converged on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to deliverer a message to Canada’s MPs. The group wants the federal government to put a price on fossil fuel emissions (a carbon tax) - that returns all of the revenue equally to Canadian households.

Seasonal songstresses

Seasonal songstresses

The Magnolia Cafe, 88 Yarmouth St., Guelph is once again hosting Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd for their second annual Christmas concert Nov. 29 from 8 to 10pm.
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