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Plane crash leaves one person dead

Plane crash leaves one person dead 
PUSLINCH - One person is dead after a plane crash here on Saturday. Wellington County OPP and the Guelph, Guelph-Eramosa and Puslinch fire departments were called to the scene off Watson Road south of Stone Road, at around 3:45pm on Sept. 24. OPP Cst. Kevin Martin confirmed one person, later identified as 63-year-old Alfred Brunger of Waterloo, was killed in the crash of the ultralight aircraft.

House fire, barn fire make for busy Saturday for local firefighters

House fire, barn fire make for busy Saturday for local firefighters 
MAPLETON - Saturday was a busy day for firefighters in northern Wellington. A house fire and barn fire in Mapleton Township kept firefighters busy for much of the day. Luckily there were no injuries or loss of life - human or livestock - caused by either blaze.

Public health unit cracking down on student immunizations

GUELPH - The local health unit is upping the ante this year to ensure all students have up-to-date immunization records.

Guelph-Eramosa council approves cleanout of McCrae open ditch drain

BRUCEDALE - On Sept. 6, Guelph-Eramosa council approved a new zoning bylaw and a drainage clean-out.

Density increases could change face of Centre Wellington

Density increases could change face of Centre Wellington

ELORA - Centre Wellington councillors are concerned upgraded density policies proposed by the province could wipe out the small-town feel of the township. To accommodate the new targets new subdivisions and in-fill developments may require significantly more townhouse and apartment dwellings and fewer single detached dwellings.

Regional Cancer Service launches new strategic plan

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program has launched a new 2016-19 plan for cancer services.

Councillors split on restructuring, increased remuneration

Wellington North council has decided to move forward with council restructuring, but not all members seem happy about it.

Scavenge for a cause

ERIN - Everyone is welcome to a Scavenger Hunt on Sept. 25 to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.

Car battery care in  extreme weather

Car battery care in extreme weather

Few things can be more frustrating than jumping into the driver’s seat on a frosty morning, turning the key in the ignition and failing to hear the engine roar to life. Frigid weather can cause trouble with a car’s battery.

Protect your vehicle from snow, ice and cold damage

Protect your vehicle from snow, ice and cold damage

Winter can be an unforgiving season. Freezing temperatures coupled with snow and ice can take its toll on people who live in climates where cold weather is a fact of winter life.

Wash your car like a pro to protect its value

Wash your car like a pro to protect its value

Vehicle owners know maintaining a vehicle can be a lot of work. Taking the time to properly care for a vehicle can prolong its life expectancy and help owners avoid breakdowns and other issues along the way.

The benefits of waxing vehicles

The benefits of waxing vehicles

After a thorough washing and interior detailing, many vehicle owners put the finishing touch on their cars and trucks by applying a coat of wax. Is this a practice of automotive vanity, or does waxing actually pay legitimate dividends?

Backpack donation

Backpack donation

James McQueen Public School Grade 2 French immersion students reviewed important school vocabulary as part of their back to school unit. They researched objects usually found in a backpack and decided to fill two backpacks to donate to the Centre Wellington Food Bank for children in need.

‘Hidden quarry’ OMB hearing set for Sept. 27; could last up to seven weeks

BRUCEDALE - The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing regarding the Rockwood quarry proposal by James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL) will begin on Sept. 27 at 10:30am in the Guelph Eramosa council chamber.

Council hears concerns about Francis Street water runoff

Council hears concerns about Francis Street water runoff

KENILWORTH - Water runoff issues have been plaguing one resident on Francis Street East in Arthur for a number of years.

Nylons sing for CRC on Acton stage

ACTON - The Canadian a cappella group, the Nylons is coming to the Acton Town Hall Centre on Oct. 6 with Rockwood singer and songwriter James Gordon acting as master of ceremonies.

Town proposes end to provincial incentive for lax landlords

MINTO - The Town of Minto is lobbying the provincial government to change a Municipal Act provision it feels rewards irresponsible landlords.

FCM pushing for feds to continue 50 per cent share for infrastructure

WELLINGTON CTY. - Wellington County Warden George Bridge met with other municipal leaders from across Canada last week, uniting behind a plan to ensure that federal infrastructure investments benefit all communities, including Wellington County.

Food banks call on community to help defeat hunger

Food banks call on community to help defeat hunger

ERIN - East Wellington Community Services (EWCS) has challenged the mayors of Erin and Guelph-Eramosa for Hunger Awareness Week.

Association holding second annual family conference

GUELPH - The Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County is holding its second annual family conference on Oct. 22 at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute from 9am to 4pm.

Subdivision in Kenilworth revived

KENILWORTH - The hamlet of Kenilworth may be getting some big development in the coming years.

Guelph-Eramosa appoints lawyer for OMB appeal

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council has appointed Aird and Berlis LLP to represent the township in an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal.

Belsyde Cemetery project close to $100,000 over budget

ELORA - While costs are roughly 40 per cent above projections, Centre Wellington will still end up in the black after completing work to expand capacity in Belsyde Cemetery in Fergus.

Family Counselling and Support Services opens new Fergus office

Family Counselling and Support Services opens new Fergus office

FERGUS - Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington (FCSSGW) opened its doors with an official ribbon cutting on Sept. 16. The new office is within the walls of the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce building on Tower Street South by Victoria Park.

Erin Riverwalk trail could cost up to $2 million according to Stempski Kelly report

ERIN - Town council got its first look last week into the Erin Riverwalk project, which could cost up to $2 million.

Walk for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease is this weekend

FERGUS - The 6th Annual Walk for Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) Disease will be held on Sept. 25 at 9:30am in Victoria Park.

Cenotaph repair

Cenotaph repair

Wayne Ditner, left, and Dave Horan of Wayne Ditner Construction were busy with repairs to the cenotaph in Drayton Memorial Park on Sept. 13.

GRCA seeks comment on updated mapping

CAMBRIDGE - The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has recently completed a project to update maps showing watercourses throughout the Grand River watershed and is seeking public comments on these changes.

Bridge work

Bridge work

A massive crane was used to pour concrete for the Main Street bridge project in Drayton on Sept. 16. Clockwise from right: the crane used is one of the largest available; a worker directs concrete flowing from the crane-held tube; a screen is used to smooth the concrete, except for a couple feet on each side, which has to be smoothed with hand trowels.

Pastor from New Hamburg joins local Mennonite church

DRAYTON - In August Community Mennonite Fellowship in Drayton welcomed Craig Frere as its new pastor.

Public access defibrillator donated for Moorefield hall

MOOREFIELD - A public access defibrillator will be installed at the Maryborough Community Centre here.

Council seeks solution to problem of motorized vehicles on trails

MAPLETON - Township staff have been directed to work with neighbouring municipalities on the possibility of crafting a bylaw regulating the use of ATVs on local roads and trails.

Council agrees to waive hall rental fee for anti-turbine group

MAPLETON - Township council has agreed to waive the rental fee for use of the Maryborough Community Centre by an organization opposing a potential wind power project in the area.
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