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Today's date: Tuesday February 09, 2016 Vol 49 Issue 06
   
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Region joins nationwide campaign to house 20,000 homeless Canadians

GUELPH - Guelph-­Wellington has joined 28 other communities from across Canada as part of the 20,000 Homes Campaign, a nationwide campaign aiming to permanently house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018.

‘Share experiences’ at annual environmental workshop in Aberfoyle on March 5

ABERFOYLE - Community-based environmental groups are invited to participate in the fifth Sharing Experiences Workshop, held on March 5 at the Puslinch Community Centre.

Syrian family of four makes new home in Fergus

Syrian family of four makes new home in Fergus

FERGUS - Members of the Faith and Friends refugee group received a shock on Jan. 26, learning their Syrian refugee sponsorship family was arriving in Canada just two days later, on Jan. 28.

Centre Wellington council recommends  passing budget with 3.89% local tax increase

Centre Wellington council recommends passing budget with 3.89% local tax increase

ELORA - Centre Wellington residents with an average assessment of $331,205 can expect their overall tax bill to jump by nearly $90 this year - but only $37 is attributed to a rise in the township portion of the levy.

‘Cocoa and Cram’ sessions help students with exams

PALMERSTON - Norwell District Secondary School students were busy writing exams from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

Trail trees

Trail trees

On a beautiful cold winter day a group of 14 NeighbourWoods members were off on a winters walk at Starkey Hill Conservation Area near Arkell in Puslinch Township. The group on Jan. 23 took the walk to enjoy fellowship and to give them a sense of how the trees are holding up during this peculiar winter.

Former Wellington North mayor Mike Broomhead dead at 65

Former Wellington North mayor Mike Broomhead dead at 65

MOUNT FOREST - Former Wellington North Mayor Mike Broomhead has died. Broomhead, 65, passed away at his home on Feb. 5. The Mount Forest resident served 21 years on local council, including two terms as mayor of Wellington North from 2003 to 2010. Broomhead is survived by his wife Norine, four children and five grandchildren. A celebration of his life is planned for First Baptist Church, Mount Forest on Feb. 12 at 11am.

Refugee clothing drive

Refugee clothing drive

ELORA - Knox Elora is running a clothing drive for a Syrian refugee family coming to Elora. The group is unsure when the family will be arriving and would like to be prepared.

Cheque

Cheque

The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of St. Joseph’s Parish recently presented Groves Hospital Foundation with a $1,000 cheque raised through its annual Christmas bazaar. Funds will be designated to the New Groves Hospital campaign.

Township hires new public works director

MAPLETON - The township announced the hiring of a new director of public works on Jan. 28.

County taxpayers to pay $15 more per $100,000 in residential assessment

County taxpayers to pay $15 more per $100,000 in residential assessment

WELLINGTON CTY. - County council adopted its 2016 budget with a 2.5 per cent increase in property taxes on Jan. 28 - but not without some heated debate on the county’s fiscal direction.

Nater urges citizens to report fraud

STRATFORD - Perth-Wellington MPP John Nater is encouraging all constituents to report instances of fraud.

Buddy bench to show kids  they are never alone

Buddy bench to show kids they are never alone

KENILWORTH - A bright red bench will adorn the Kenilworth Public School playground to help kids see they are never alone.

Wellington North Ward 3 byelection candidate found in default of Elections Act

KENILWORTH - David Culp, who ran in the Wellington North Ward 3 byelection in November, cannot be elected or appointed to office in the next election.

UGDSB adopts Blue Dot resolution on right to a healthy environment

GUELPH - The Upper Grand District School Board has officially joined the growing number of organizations and communities that have embraced the Blue Dot environmental movement.

Council reduces fee for Classy Lane fundraiser

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors recently endorsed waiving 40% of the rental fee for use of a room at the Puslinch Community Centre for a fundraiser to support those affected by the Classy Lane Stables fire in January.

County library patrons can take high speed internet ‘hotspots’ home

WELLINGTON CTY. - Beginning this spring, the Wellington County Library branches will provide the public with internet “hotspots.”

Dancing the night away

Dancing the night away

Community members joined together for a Zumba class to raise money for Belwood’s Aleksa McWhirter, 14, (middle in sweater) and her family. McWhirter was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumour in September and her Grade 7 and 8 teachers Sarah Ladner and Heather Colburn, respectively, created a GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising $5,000 for McWhirter and her family.

Google takes students on virtual adventure

Google takes students on virtual adventure

FERGUS - Walking into a classroom and seeing students holding cardboard goggles to their faces is cause for a double take.

Council defers decision on proposal for canine control services

MAPLETON - Council has deferred a decision on selecting a new contractor to handle canine control in the township after several councillors expressed concerns over costs and service levels.

GRCA offering workshop on tree management

CAMBRIDGE - The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) Managing Trees on your Property workshop will answer questions landowners have about trees and help them to develop skills and strategies to maintain and improve their trees.

Proper sleep a major factor in maintaining health

How did you sleep last night? Do you feel well rested, refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day? Or are you feeling sluggish, “draggy,” lethargic and wondering how you’ll ever get through today? Is your thinking “sharp” and clear or do you find yourself unable to stay focused, your mind “foggy” and your thoughts scattered?

No A’s for politicians on Mapleton Township council report card

MAPLETON - Council here received some poor grades and nothing approaching an ‘A’ on the first Township of Mapleton Council Report Card.

Project still alive despite failure of 11th hour effort to include skate park in 2016 township budget

MAPLETON - While a last-minute attempt to have the Drayton skate park project included in the 2016 budget failed, Mapleton council left open the possibility the proposed facility could still be built this year.

Community Foundation now accepting camp grant applications

GUELPH - Too early to think about summer while the temperatures are low, and the snowdrifts are high? The Guelph Community Foundation is already knee-deep in summer as it opens up the application process for its Kids-to-Camp granting program.

Summer jobs program accepting employer applications

PERTH-WELLINGTON - Local MP John Nater announced on Jan. 8 that employers can now apply for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs 2016 program.

Ontario auctioneers converge for Guelph convention on Feb. 18

GUELPH - The Auctioneer’s Association of Ontario is having their annual Convention here from Feb. 18 to 20 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre.

Town hall open house Feb. 11 in Belwood

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