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Buddy bench

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On May 4, Arthur Public School kicked off Youth Mental Health Awareness week with a variety of exciting events. Get In Touch For Hutch presented to the Grade 6, 7 and 8 students about the importance of taking care of one’s own mental health and reaching out to someone when one is struggling.

Individuals making a difference

Individuals making a difference

Children from the Curtis and Boyce families pose after their April 24 clean up of a private ditch on Irvine Street in Elora.

Granting program focuses on volunteerism

GUELPH - The 2016 Oak Tree Project officially launched on May 6, inviting charitable agencies from Guelph/Wellington to compete for a portion of at least $20,000 to be donated in September.

Highway 6 Cleanup

Highway 6 Cleanup

On April 30, the Fergus Lions Club held another roadside cleanup along Highway 6, south from McQueen Blvd. to 4th Line. The Lions were joined by numerous Grade 7 and 8 students from the Fergus Maranatha Christian School, along with teacher and parent volunteers.

Niska Road cleanup on May 29

GUELPH - The Niska Road community is preparing for the the third annual road cleanup.

Dismantling of homemade skate park still a mystery

DRAYTON - The mysterious disassembly of a home-made skate park remains unexplained, weeks after it occurred.

Bowl for Kids Awards Night

FERGUS - Centre Wellington Bowl for Kids awards night was held on April 23.

Daffodil luncheon raises $3,721

Daffodil luncheon raises $3,721

A cheque presentation was made to the Canadian Cancer Society after the annual Daffodil Lunch in Fergus. The lunch is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. This year’s lunch raised $3,721.

Educating the public

Educating the public

On May 21 Save Our Water volunteers, from left, Donna McCaw and Jan Beveridge. were educating visitors about the blue ribbon campaign which allows residents to show support for the opposition to Nestlé Waters Canada expanding to Elora.

Taking care of business

Taking care of business

The newly-formed “Rockwood Snow Angels” met recently with a few of the 2015-16 Snow Angel program recipients. Guelph-Eramosa Mayor Chris White attended the event that was arranged to thank all volunteers for their efforts over the winter.

Planning reports and building numbers topics of discussion at May 16 meeting

BRUCEDALE - A public meeting time, a site plan application, a consent application and a building report were discussed at the May 16 Guelph-Eramosa council meeting.

Syrian family settling into Mapleton community

Syrian family settling into Mapleton community

DRAYTON - A family of Sryian refugees has been quietly adapting to life in this country since moving into its new home here in April.

‘You feel very small’: Local wildfire fighter recounts his days in Fort McMurray

‘You feel very small’: Local wildfire fighter recounts his days in Fort McMurray

FERGUS - Chase Kowalchuk is a crew boss on an initial attack fire ranger crew with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). He recently returned to Fort Frances, Ontario after two weeks in Alberta fighting the over 500,000-hectare wildfire around Fort McMurray.

Terrace volunteer Paul Rappolt honoured for work in community

WELLINGTON CTY. - Local volunteer Paul Rappolt was honoured on May 13 at the Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence (SAGE) in Niagara Falls.

Puslinch prefers to make personal donations rather than use tax dollars

ABERFOYLE - When it comes to helping others, Puslinch councillors believe in making their own personal donations rather than using tax dollars.

Torontonians heading to Elora, Rockwood with new Parkbus program

Torontonians heading to Elora, Rockwood with new Parkbus program

ELORA - The Elora Gorge welcomed its first ever Parkbus group last weekend. On May 21, a coach bus brought visitors from Toronto to the Elora Gorge for a day trip.

New garbage bag rates, rural pickup in Puslinch

ABERFOYLE - As the price per garbage bag goes up, rural pickup begins throughout Wellington County.

Puslinch Township council adopts community-based strategic plan

ABERFOYLE - Not only does Puslinch have a plan, it now has a scorecard to let council know if its goals are achieved.

Toll Road

Toll Road

The Mount Forest Kin Club held its annual road toll in Mount Forest on May 20 and 21. Collecting voluntary tolls from drivers on Queen Street are Kin Club members Denise and Phil Myers.

Everyday Heroes for 2016 announced

GUELPH - This year there are 10 winners of the Upper Grand District School Board’s Everyday Hero Awards.

Council alters zoning to allow monster truck rides

MINTO - Town council has approved a zoning amendment to allow a Harriston business to offer monster truck rides after modifying a draft lease agreement to address neighbours’ concerns.

Erin contemplates updated bylaw for keeping of animals

ERIN - Erin council is looking to revamp the town’s bylaw for the keeping of animals.

12th annual Hike for Hospice on June 5

GUELPH - Hospice Wellington’s 12th annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser is on June 5 from 9am to 2pm, at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre.

Relay for Life is back on June 3 at Guelph Lake park

WELLINGTON CTY. - It’s time to get walking, as Relay for Life returns on June 3.

Training for nurses

Training for nurses

RBC once again provided a $10,000 donation to the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation to assist with nursing training programs. The donation will fund training programs and edu­ca­tional opportunities that will allow nurses to provide “leading edge health care” to the com­munity.

RBC Donation

RBC Donation

RBC presented a $10,000 cheque to the Groves Hospital Foundation (GHF) on May 19. This is the seventh year RBC has donated to the foundation. The funds are put toward the nursing education program.

Mount Forest Legion to unveil war mural

MOUNT FOREST - Mount Forest Legion Branch 134 will unveil its new 14-section mural depicting the story of Canadian war efforts at a dedication ceremony on June 4 at 11am.

CORRECTION:

An article on page 1 of the May 20 issue of the Wellington Advertiser incorrectly referred to an UGDSB program as “student within a factory.” The program is actually called School Within a Factory. The Advertiser regrets the error. The information is correction in our online edition.

UGDSB approves French immersion caps; parents call for advisory committee

GUELPH - Little has changed since the Upper Grand District School Board business operations committee approved French immersion enrolment caps on May 10.

Construction of Guelph-Eramosa roundabout to start this summer

GUELPH-ERAMOSA - The intersection of Highway 7 and Jones Baseline will be the site of Guelph-Eramosa’s first roundabout within the next year. Township representatives as well as Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott have been working for years to make safety improvements at the intersection.

CBO not worried about slow quarter for building activity to begin 2016

MAPLETON - While the value of building activity in the township is down from last year, chief building official Patty Wright says figures are in line with an average year.

Safe Kids Day held at PMD arena May 18

Safe Kids Day held at PMD arena May 18

Alma Public School Grade 1 student Charlie Bolger helps paramedics Brayden Stevens, back, and Ben Halyk demonstrate lifting a patient into an ambulance. The group toured the ambulance and enjoyed turning on the flashing lights. Students in Grades 1 and 4 participated in Safe Kids Day at the PMD arena on May 18.

Community groups encouraged to take active role in Canada Day celebrations

MAPLETON - Municipal officials here are hoping community organizations take a more active role in planning and implementing local Canada Day celebrations.

Council ponders proposal to build horse and buggy barn within hamlet

YATTON - Mapleton council will consider a zoning amendment to allow a small horse and buggy barn within the hamlet boundary here.

MPP Pettapiece shares survey results in legislature

QUEEN'S PARK - Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece took his constituents’ concerns directly to the floor of the Ontario legislature in a member’s statement on May 16.

Serving Scouts

Serving Scouts

The First Palmerston Scouts are among the organizations set to benefit from the 2016 Mayor’s Golf Tournament in Minto on Aug. 11.
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Two people fall into gorge
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OPP investigate threat of violence at high school

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