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Today's date: Saturday April 25, 2015 Vol 48 Issue 17
   
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Planting the seeds of kindness

Planting the seeds of kindness

Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie and Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton take part in the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington celebrated its volunteers on April 16 with the theme representing the way volunteers plant the seeds of kindness.

Speaker tells of wartime in Netherlands

Speaker tells of wartime in Netherlands

CLIFFORD - The Merry Makers in Clifford were greeted with sad news at their meeting on April 2 at Jamesway Manor in Clifford. Ruth Anne Cummings announced the sudden passing of their president Irene Kaufman.

Students take walk of silence on behalf of the unheard in community

Students take walk of silence on behalf of the unheard in community

FERGUS - Students at St. John Catholic School took a brief vow of silence last week to stand up for those whose voices are not heard—the children around the world who are denied their human rights or those here at home who are bullied.

Planning amendment opens doors for new development

Planning amendment opens doors for new development

ELORA - After years of discussion, it looks like final approval of the North West Fergus Secondary Plan is almost complete.

Residential development charges rise; commercial, industrial fall under new bylaw

MAPLETON - Residential development charges will rise, while commercial and industrial charges will fall under a new bylaw passed by council on April 16.

Hooves and Wheels

Hooves and Wheels

Lion Eric Peterson, president of the Fergus Lions Club, presented two $500 donations on April 14: one to Alissa Gibson, development manager at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, and the other to Harvey Thomson, in support of the Centre Wellington Food Bank’s upcoming Food Cycle Ride on May 24.

Public health: Young children most at risk for scarlet fever

ABOYNE - Students at Eramosa Public School were sent home with a Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health advisory about scarlet fever on April 16.

Linton hopeful new program helps with bridge costs

ELORA - FROM PAGE ONE Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, which helps small, rural and northern communities build and repair critical infrastructure.

Accessory apartments a possibility for rural Guelph-Eramosa properties

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa residences may all be made equal, at least with regards to the ability of homeowners to add an accessory apartment to their house.

Ground breaking set for rural health centre

MOUNT FOREST - The North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) board of directors met on April 16 to hear updates from the Palmerston and District Hospital (PDH) Foundation and the Louise Marshall Hospital (LMH) Redevelopment Fundraising Campaign.

Shamrock Awards presented to volunteers at Celebrate Erin event

Shamrock Awards presented to volunteers at Celebrate Erin event

Citizen of the year - John Barnhart, second from right, was named the Town of Erin’s Citizen of the Year at the Celebrate Erin awards banquet on April 18 at Centre 2000. Barnhart received a plaque and certificates from Mayor Allan Alls, Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong and Karen Campbell, who said of Barnhart, “He says what he means, means what he says and always does what he says.” Barnhart has coached soccer in Erin for the last 20 years and some of his trainees are now coaching.

Guelph-Eramosa council questions province’s revisions to planning act

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council sees Planning Act changes proposed by the provincial government as “black and white,” and more of a hindrance than an aid.

Transition Erin to host 3rd Annual ‘FreeSchool’

ERIN - Transition Erin is holding its third annual FreeSchool on May 3, a one day series of workshops free and open to all.

Mazerolle recognized with provincial medal for volunteer efforts

Mazerolle recognized with provincial medal for volunteer efforts

ERIN - “Do it for the fuzzy feeling that you get inside when you actually see the smile on somebody’s face when you do something to help them,” said Kylee Mazerolle, 17, when asked why youth in the community should volunteer.

Trees talks

Trees talks

The last of the tree talks for this spring was held at the Elora Arts Centre on April 16. NeighbourWoods on the Grand is an organization, chaired by Toni Ellis in Elora, which advocates the health, protection and regeneration of urban trees.

Centre Wellington will not seek recognition as intelligent community; issue deferred

ELORA - Economic Development Officer Pat Rutter is recommending Centre Wellington not pursue recognition as an Intelligent Community.

Helping women with cancer workshop

MOUNT FOREST - Learn more about Helping Women with cancer on June 8 from 1pm to 3pm at the Louise Marshall Hospital boardroom.

Lenten project

Lenten project

Full-day kindergarten students at St. Joseph School, above, in Fergus took on their own Lenten project.

Emergency Preparedness Week: Local citizens urged to plan ahead

WELLINGTON CTY. - Emergency Preparedness Week 2015 runs from May 3 to 9.

Centre Wellington Community Improvement Plan implementation process endorsed

ELORA - Centre Wellington councillors intend to move ahead to implement its Community Improvement Plan.

Gorge extraction illustrates need for caution: Patton

ELORA - A recent call to Centre Wellington Fire and Rescue illustrates the need for caution walking near water.

Erin home show set for Saturday

ERIN - See what’s new for spring at the Erin Home and Lifestyle Show on April 25.

Saved by a heart: An organ recipient’s story of the gift of life

FERGUS - “If it wasn’t for an organ donor I wouldn’t be here today.”

Zoe Clarke named Youth Citizen of the Year

Zoe Clarke named Youth Citizen of the Year

FERGUS - Zoe Clarke of RR2 Elora is Centre Wellington’s 2015 Junior Citizen of the Year.

We are silent walk held on April 17

We are silent walk held on April 17

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Fergus took part in a silent walk on April 17 to raise awareness of aboriginal issues and the plight of those in the community whose voices are unheard. photo by Mike Robinson

Scouts promoting Good Turn Week

WELLINGTON CTY. - Local Scouting youth are challenging their communities to make an extra effort to be kinder to one another by performing a good turn for a neighbour, family, friend or the community during Scouts Canada’s 6th annual Good Turn Week from April 25 – May 3.

Cut-A-Thon for Parkinson’s on April 26

TORONTO - April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario (PSSO) will be dedicating its efforts to spreading awareness and raising funds for those affected.

Public offered opportunity to consult on GRCA drinking water protection plan

CAMBRIDGE - A 40-day public consultation period is underway on amendments to a plan to protect the sources of municipal drinking water in the Grand River watershed.

New kid in town

New kid in town

Community News publisher William H. Adsett celebrated his 80th birthday on April 22. This month also marks the 44th anniversary of Adsett’s acquisition of the Community News from Gerrit Wimmenhove on April 30, 1971.

Liberals elect Skinner president

STRATFORD - There has been a changing of the guard at the Perth-Wellington Provincial Liberal Association following its annual general meeting in March.

MPP launches petition on hydro rates

PERTH-WELLINGTON - Following the government’s recent announcement that hydro bills will increase by an average of $137 next year, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece has ramped up efforts to put an end to skyrocketing hydro rates.

Building up year to date

Year-to-date building activity in Mapleton remains ahead of last year’s pace.

Building up year to date

MAPLETON - Year-to-date building activity in Mapleton remains ahead of last year’s pace.

Volunteers recognized

Volunteers recognized

At the monthly seniors luncheon on April 9 at the Alma Community Centre, Alma Women’s Institute members honoured two long-time volunteers.

Correction

The Moorefield Optimists report that due to scheduling conflicts they will not be hosting a wing and fries night at the Drayton Kinsmen Smoke ‘N’ Sounds Festival on June 10 as reported in a story (Kinsmen to host new Smoke ‘N’ Sounds Festival at Drayton Fairgrounds in July) as reported the Community News.

Ground breaking set for rural health centre

MOUNT FOREST - The North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) board of directors met on April 16 to hear updates from the Palmerston and District Hospital (PDH) Foundation and the Louise Marshall Hospital (LMH) Redevelopment Fundraising Campaign.

Township addressing ministry concerns regarding water pollution control plant

MAPLETON - The township’s water treatment operated at close to capacity but without incident in 2014, the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) reports.
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