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Today's date: Thursday April 24, 2014 Vol 47 Issue 16
   
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Centre Wellington to provide options to deal with brush from 2013 ice storm

Centre Wellington to provide options to deal with brush from 2013 ice storm    
ELORA - Centre Wellington residents are being given some options when it comes to dealing with tree limbs and branches resulting from the December 2013 ice storm.

Councillors agree that a plan needed to fix Canada’s housing crunch

ELORA - On April 14, councillors passed a resolution endorsing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) campaign “Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch” and calling on the federal government to increase housing options for Canadians and to work with all orders of government to develop a long-term plan for Canada’s housing future.

Heritage building finds new life; Christian high school set to open in September 2016

Heritage building finds new life; Christian high school set to open in September 2016

FERGUS - Part of the town’s local heritage is coming back to life. The property at the corner of Belsyde Avenue West and Tower Street South, which has stood vacant for nearly a decade, recently sold for $935,000 and is the future home of Emmanuel Christian High School, set to open in September 2016.

Ice storm brush cleanup in Erin

The Town of Erin is currently clearing brush that has fallen on public property including road allowances, parks, cemeteries, storm water management facilities, trails, walkways and any other municipally owned properties.

Arthur Lions host inter-club meeting with guest speakers

Arthur Lions host inter-club meeting with guest speakers

ARTHUR - The local Lions Club hosted an inter-club meeting on April 2 at St. John Parish with members from the Optimists, Opti-Mrs., Legion, Masons and other groups invited.

Social justice group examines local food options

Social justice group examines local food options

ABOYNE - Locally-grown food and how it can help low income families was the focus of an afternoon seminar hosted by the Centre Wellington Social Justice Group.

One good turn

One good turn

Volunteers with the Centre Wellington Food Bank were treated to a full meal with cake at the volunteer appreciation day put on by the food bank to honour volunteers who help out all year to make the food bank successful in helping the people it serves.

ERINspiration week for local students

ERINspiration week for local students

ERIN - Hope, determination and hard work. Those were just some of the answers shouted by Erin Public School students after Olympian Isabelle Baird posed the question “what does it take to reach your dreams?” at an assembly on April 10.

Catholic school board appoints new director of education

GUELPH - Tamara Nugent has been elected the new Director of Education by the Wellington Catholic District School Board of Trustees.

Bowstring bridge across Irvine has cultural/heritage value

Bowstring bridge across Irvine has cultural/heritage value

ELORA - It looks like the bridge across the Irvine River near Salem will get a heritage designation as plans get underway to rehabilitate the 85-year-old structure.

Enhanced access to community exercise and falls prevention classes for seniors

WELLINGTON CTY. - As part of reforms to physiotherapy services, Ontario is increasing access to publicly funded exercise and falls prevention classes across Waterloo Wellington. This will help more seniors stay healthy and independent.

Making transportation accessible to seniors

ERIN - For those who are seniors, or adults over the age of 18, who struggle with finding a reliable transportation for medical and therapeutic appointments or basic daily activities including grocery shopping and getting to the bank, East Wellington Community Services has a solution.

Victoria Park Senior Centre update

FERGUS - On April 30, Centre Wellington Township is holding an information session regarding the upcoming addition to the Victoria Park Senior Centre.

Flooding fears

Flooding fears

The Maitland River spilled its banks and reached the edges of the trailer park in Harriston by April 13, but receded before further flooding occurred.

Communities put on alert due  to rising water in local rivers

Communities put on alert due to rising water in local rivers

WELLINGTON CTY. - Heavy rains and melting snow caused some limited flooding, but little damage in the region. Flood waters that spilled over the banks of the Maitland River in Harriston and the Conestogo River in Drayton were already receding by Monday, officials report.

Flood waters

Flood waters

Flooding was clearly evident last weekend on this bridge over the Irvine River on the 5th Line north of Belwood, between Sideroads 15 and 20 in Centre Wellington.

High water levels in the Grand River to continue

ELORA - Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj said residents can expect higher than normal river levels over the next short while.

Council passes budget with 10 per cent levy increase in close vote

MAPLETON - Township council has approved, just barely, a 2014 municipal budget with a four per cent tax rate increase and a 9.8% levy hike. Mayor Bruce Whale cast the deciding vote as the budget was approved by a 3-2 margin.

Skating donation

Skating donation

Lions member Mike Marshall presented a $1,000 donation to the Arthur synchronized skating team that competed in a national competition in February in British Columbia.

Local students take home awards from science, engineering fair

Local students take home awards from science, engineering fair

Wellington County was well represented at the 41st annual Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair, with nine local students taking home awards.

Local group getting practical about Heritage

Local group getting practical about Heritage

CENTRE WELLINGTON - Heritage Centre Wellington has worked hard over the past few years to avoid just adding another layer of government when it comes to heritage matters. We are motivated to practically contribute to preserving and restoring our heritage properties and streetscapes.

Public forum set to discuss quarry plan

ROCKWOOD - A public forum is planned for St. John’s Anglican Church to discuss a controversial quarry rezoning application.

Jennark Homes development zoning approved by township

FERGUS - The proposed Jennark Homes subdivision here is taking another step forward with council’s approval of the amended application for rezoning. Council’s endorsement on April 14 was not unanimous, with a show of hands indicating councillors Kirk McElwain, Fred Morris and Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj were in favour and councillors Mary Lloyd and Walt Visser opposed.

More candidates emerge in Minto

MINTO - Two more incumbent Minto council members have filed nomination papers to run for re-election on the Oct. 27 municipal ballot.

Steve Revell named Erin’s Citizen of the Year

Steve Revell named Erin’s Citizen of the Year

ERIN - A respected local environmentalist and historian was posthumously named Citizen of the Year at the Celebrate Erin awards evening on April 12.

New candidates file in Wellington North, Guelph-Eramosa

WELLINGTON NORTH - Voters here will have a choice for mayor in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 27.

Full slate of candidates in Centre Wellington

ELORA - It looks like there’s a full slate in the running for Centre Wellington council as of April 11. So far, those who have filed are members of the current council.

Community Living caught in funding bind over pay equity issue

GUELPH - Pay increases for some 430 Community Living Guelph Wellington workers are on hold pending a second order from the province’s pay equity commission.

Food from Moorefield combats hunger in Haiti

DRAYTON - It’s been one year since the Christian Aid Ministries food drying program known as Reapers of Hope was opened at 1 Parkview Drive in Moorefield.

Natural gas access a priority for rural areas, says Liberal candidate Stewart Skinner

LISTOWEL - Perth Wellington provincial Liberal candidate Stewart Skinner is hopeful the next Ontario budget will include funding to expand natural gas infrastructure to un-serviced communities.

Speaker shares personal challenges at CBS fundraiser

Speaker shares personal challenges at CBS fundraiser

ALMA - The Centre Wellington Branch of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) held its annual fundraiser at Alma Bible Church on April 5.

Local CDA branch raises over $46,000

Local CDA branch raises over $46,000

CLIFFORD - Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) Central Ontario Regional Director Kerry Bruder treated the North Perth - North Wellington Branch volunteers to a luncheon on March 25 at Greenley’s Restaurant here.

Kin clubs plan rain barrel fundraiser

DRAYTON - Residents who want to save money, care for their gardens, and protect the environment know rain barrels help meet all three goals.

Ayres retires from committee of adjustment

Ayres retires from committee of adjustment

MAPLETON - Mapleton resident Kay Ayres is retiring from the Mapleton Township Committee of Adjustment after 20 years of service.

Decision on MDS exemption delayed again

MAPLETON - Plans to remove a controversial exemption from minimum distance separation (MDS) regulations in the township’s comprehensive zoning bylaw have been deferred once again.

Township asked to waive water charges

Township asked to waive water charges

MAPLETON - A local citizen is asking council to come up with a way for the township to make a collective contribution to locally-based Reapers of Hope.

Knetsch objects to free park passes

MAPLETON - Councillor Andy Knetsch feels members of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) are not entitled to free passes to conservation authority parks.
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Councillors agree that a plan needed to fix Canada’s housing crunch
Ice storm brush cleanup in Erin
Bowstring bridge across Irvine has cultural/heritage value
BMX Skatepark information session
Victoria Park Senior Centre update
Public forum set to discuss quarry plan
Steve Revell named Erin’s Citizen of the Year
Centre Wellington to provide options to deal with brush from 2013 ice storm

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