GUELPH - Wellington County council has authorized the warden and clerk to execute final minutes of settlement for the Wilson quarry proposal, but wants to ensure the concerns of the Friends of the Luther Marsh are addressed.
GUELPH - Local MPP Ted Arnott wants to take Wellington County’s Green Legacy program province-wide in celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary.
ARTHUR - Hundreds of green balloons filled the air at the third annual #GetInTouchForHutch event in Arthur on June 27. The balloon release, 1km walk and 5km run were held to honour Steven Hutchison, who took his own life in February 2013, and to bring together the community to show support for those struggling with mental health issues.
MAPLETON - The owners of a gravel pit where an asphalt and concrete recycling operation is planned are seeking an expanded extraction licence.
ARTHUR - Canada Day in Arthur - The fun started on June 26 for the annual Canada Day celebrations in Arthur. On June 27, teams continued the men’s and mixed 3-pitch baseball tournament, while others competed in a horseshoe tournament. Other events for the weekend included the #GetInTouchForHutch 1km walk and 5km run, a pavilion dance and open air movie. photos by Olivia Rutt
Duke visits council - Warden George Bridge looks on with interest as actor Gary Bryant, portraying the Duke of Wellington, made an appearance at the June 25 Wellington County council meeting in recognition of the 175th anniversary of the proclamation that created the District of Wellington. Among the suggestions the Duke offered council were the creation of a larger and more prominently located statue in his honor, and a military campaign to retake Waterloo Region, which was part of the original district.
photo by Patrick Raftis
Jackpot - Daniel Cross from Erin celebrates with a group of 10 from Ontario and Alberta that won $182,220 in the April 17 Lotto Max draw. Back row, from left are: Ross Poulter of Woodstock, Kenneth Hyatt of Acton, Alsayed Masod of Brampton, Americo Cirurgio of Brampton and Daniel Cross. Front: Connie Colangelo of Brampton, Garry Baker of Georgetown, Jose Carvalho of Brampton and Antonio Pavao Da Silva of Brampton. Absent: Paula Davidson of Edmonton. submitted photo
TORONTO - The Ontario government is giving $209 million to support research projects and talent at leading research institutions across the province, including more than $10.6 million for 16 projects at the University of Guelph.
FERGUS - The Wellington Catholic District School Board homebuild program has completed another framing for Reid’s Heritage Homes.
ELORA - Centre Wellington councillors have approved an amendment to the agreement with developers to move forward with phase 3 of the South Ridge subdivision here.
BELWOOD - Two osprey chicks nesting at the Belwood Conservation Area were banded on June 26, nearly a month after they hatched.
ERIN - Town residents hoping to hook up to municipal water and keep their existing well be disappointed, as Erin council voted against changing the current bylaw.
MAPLETON - On June 23 council here endorsed a resolution calling on the province to cancelled planned increases in hydro rates and take action to “bring rates down to a reasonable level as quickly as possible.”
Young recruits - Centre Wellington fire chief Brad Patton poses with Elora’s Logan Mulder, who brought his little brother Brandon for a ride to school in a Centre Wellington fire truck on June 25. Logan, a St. Mary’s Catholic School student, won the trip through a recent contest in which he came up with the fire safety slogan: “Fire Hurts Everything Not Just Us, So Stop It Before It Begins.” submitted photo
ABERFOYLE - “Your selfless commitment to others is an inspiration to us all,” said Puslinch Mayor Dennis Lever as resident Donna Christie was presented the 2015 Puslinch Volunteer Appreciation Award on June 17.
ERIN - This may not come as a surprise, but the winters of 2014 and 2015 were brutal, with record breaking snowfalls and cold temperatures.
Erin officials are starting to unravel the implications of the harsh winters for the town’s the water department.
Ride to Conquer Cancer - Team Cancer Crushers, consisting of from left Lisa and Ray Brown from Elora and Brad Oakman from Toronto, made the two-day ride finishing in Niagara in the pouring rain. Together they raised $8,192 with the help of Elora merchants and residents and friends and family. The participants mentioned it was a very emotional experience watching cancer survivors and their families riding across the finish to the roar of cheering and high fives. The 4,853 participants rode their bikes from Toronto to Niagara Falls, a 220 km trek and raised more than $19 million for Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. submitted photo
Mapleton - Township CAO/clerk Patty Sinnamon is no longer employed by the municipality.
ROCKWOOD - When Philip Hinton turned around in his seat to wave to the students at École Harris Mill he was greeted with big smiles, waves and even the occasional yell of “Hi Phil” from a student who was waving both arms to make sure they weren’t missed.
ROCKWOOD - École Harris Mill celebrated its designation as one of the first schools in Canada to take part in the Healthy School Initiative through Ophea.
PALMERSTON - A local business is offering area residents a chance to meet an NHL star, get their vehicle washed and support a great cause - all in one day.
FERGUS - Demolition day - After heated debate and numerous deferrals, demolition of the log cabin at 240 Provost Lane in Fergus took place on June 29. In recent months heritage activists and community members approached council asking it to stop demolition of one of the last log cabins in the area and to designate it a heritage site. However, at the April 27 meeting Centre Wellington councillors voted 4-3 to allow the demolition to proceed. photo by Jaime Myslik
GUELPH - The Upper Grand District School Board passed an operational budget of $349,624,216 at the June 23 meeting.
MOUNT FOREST - Marty Young roared through the Mount Forest Foodland on June 25, filling as many shopping carts with food as he could in two minutes.
Young of Mount Forest Home Hardware bought the two-minute shopping spree during the Fire Chief’s gala auction on June 4 for $1,000. The proceeds of the auction went to Louise Marshal Hospital.
PALMERSTON - The Board of Directors of North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) met on June 16 to discuss Quality Improvement Plan progress, Minto Rural Health Centre construction and NWHC’s financial results.
GUELPH - The 2015 recipient of the Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award is Patsy Collier, a teacher at Victoria Terrace Public School in Fergus.
Cheque presentation - At the joint annual general meeting for Groves hospital and Groves Hospital Foundation on June 16, Hugh Calderwood, vice chair and treasurer of Groves Hospital Foundation, presented Howard Dobson, chair of Groves hospital, and Jerome Quenneville, CEO of Groves hospital, with a cheque for $216,344. The cheque represents the total amount the foundation disbursed to the hospital for items that supported the lab, emergency room and obstetrics department. Since 2002 the hospital has received more than $6 million in community support through the foundation. submitted photo
HURON/WELLINGTON - Some landowners in Huron County seem dead set against the proposed Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail (G2G) along former railway lands.
FERGUS - It looks like Wellington County will be working on yet another Centre Wellington bridge across the Grand River this summer.
CENTRE WELLINGTON - Elora & Fergus Tourism has announced the launch of a pilot bus project by Parkbus.
FERGUS - The Fergus Business Improvement Area board voted unanimously to partner with the Fergus Scottish Festival and participating merchants to coordinate and sponsor the 2015 Fergus Scottish Festival Shuttlebus program.
CENTRE WELLINGTON - Angi Luciani and Celeste Sugden started university thinking something was missing.
The creative aspect of their lives was not being fulfilled until they discovered goldsmithing.
DRAYTON - The summer months usually show a decline in blood donations at local blood donor clinics. The next Drayton Blood Donor Clinic will be held on July 27.
MINTO - Big Bike rides again - A team from TG Minto was among the local groups to take a ride on the Heart and Stroke Big Bike to raise funds and awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation on June 19.
ABERFOYLE - Puslinch is considering a harder stance on those not taking proper safety precautions.
ALMA - Mapleton council will consider adding a crossing guard at a second location here after hearing of safety concerns from local residents.
MAPLETON - Council has declined a request to waive or reduce the cost of a transient trader permit for a travelling grocery store based in Gowanstown.
DRAYTON - From left: Jean Kramer, Pastor Dirk Kramer, Simon Faulkner, Sarah Rennie, Matt Ottens and Andrew Kabbes perform a scene from This is Your Life, written by Glynis M. Belec, on the occasion of Pastor Kramer’s retirement from Drayton Reformed Church on June 7. Rennie, Ottens and Kabbes were three of the first four children baptized by Pastor Kramer when he came to Drayton nearly 28 years ago. Anja Noordam photo