WELLINGTON CTY. - As temperatures dip, the familiar sight of smoke from chimneys and wood stoves becomes a staple of the local landscape. However, one tradition local fire chiefs would like to eliminate is the corresponding increase in chimney fires.
MOUNT FOREST - On Jan. 29, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece will be in Mount Forest hosting two events here.
FERGUS - The Centre Wellington District High School school council (parents) meeting will be at the high school on Jan. 26 at 7pm.
TORONTO - The Ontario government is increasing wages for early childhood educators and front-line child care professionals in licensed child care settings.
ELORA - After an hour-long discussion, Centre Wellington council ultimately decided to defer a decision on the demolition of one of the last log homes in downtown Fergus. Councillors were forced to weigh the matter of heritage versus the rights of property owners.
A watermain break on Elora Street in Harriston closed Highway 9 between Arthur Street and Adelaide Streets from about 10 am to 3:30pm on Jan. 18. Through traffic was detoured down John Street while crews repaired the break.
WELLINGTON CTY. - Applications are now being accepted for grants for schoolyard and community environmental projects.
GUELPH - In February of last year a story ran about Avalon Specialized Foster Care and their need for foster parents in the Guelph and Wellington area.
MINTO - Council here is considering a draft 2015 budget that projects a 3.8 per cent increase in the local levy. The draft budget, presented to council by staff on Jan. 13, calls for about $157,000 in additional funding from taxation over 2014.
WATERLOO-WELLINGTON - This area could see a reduction in health care services next month if 250 community care workers go on strike.
WELLINGTON CTY. - Research shows reading to children is hugely impactful in their development, especially in the early years.
ELORA - Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton is concerned about the impact the closure of the Fergus Target store will have on the local community.
MOUNT FOREST - There were 143 children in Wellington North whose Christmas was made a little brighter this year thanks to the hard work of a Grade 12 business leadership class at Wellington Heights Secondary School.
GUELPH - College Heights Secondary School (CHSS) students are building 30 doghouses over the next few weeks.
The Erin District Lions Club recenlty made a $3,000 donation on Jan. 8 to Headwaters Health Care Foundation’s Commitment to Care campaign.
Minto firefighters from Palmerston, Clifford and Harriston stations worked together to quickly contain a fire on the 3rd Line of Minto to part of the driving shed at right. Firefighters were called to the scene around 8:30am on Jan. 15.
WATERLOO-WELLINGTON - Residents of Waterloo Wellington are stepping forward on Jan. 25 in support of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
MINTO - Wellington County will pay more to the town for handling winter maintenance on a section of Wellington Roads 2 and 3 and will also top up compensation for last year’s difficult winter.
Bev May was was presented with a certificate by Town of Minto Mayor George Bridge at the Jan. 6 meeting of council recognizing her 25 years of volunteer work as coordinator of the Harriston Food Bank.
Pat Savage, left, recently stepped down after 14 years of heading up youth centres in the Town of Minto under the Youth for Christ banner.
MINTO - Town council will consider a request for a $10,000 contribution to the Minto-Mapleton Health Professional Recruitment Committee during its 2015 budget deliberations.
ABOYNE - At its Jan. 7 meeting, the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) board amended a bylaw regarding reserve funds for two new buildings the organization now owns.
ALMA - Anyone who recently ate at Marj's Village Kitchen here should get a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible.
MINTO - Projected costs to service additional industrial land in Harriston are too high for council’s liking.
Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott poses with Sequoia Pallagi Hastings and Jorja Pallagi Hastings at the Family Skate Day at the Elora Community Centre on Jan. 11. RIGHT: Nevaeh Ruzycki and Mark Ruzycki take part in the event, sponsored by Arnott. photos by Mike Robinson
DRAYTON - The Conway family of Drayton was the recipient of a new high-efficiency furnace during one of the coldest days this winter. With temperatures below -25C the family stayed warm in the home during the transition.
GUELPH - An enrolment cap will not be placed on students entering the French immersion stream at schools in the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB), trustees ruled on Jan. 13.
FERGUS - KidsAbility Centre for Child Development is now in a new, custom-built facility in Fergus that is steps from its previous space but miles ahead in terms of functionality.
OTTAWA - Starting in June 2016, the new 548 area code will be introduced in the region currently served by area codes 226 and 519 in southwestern Ontario.
MAPLETON - The township has chosen a consulting firm to complete a planned Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for long-term wastewater management.
MAPLETON - Council here has agreed to provide a $10,000 contribution to the Minto Mapleton Health Care Professional Recruitment Committee.
MAPLETON - Council has selected a 30,667 square foot, one-storey structure as the preferred design for the township’s new municipal maintenance facility.
MAPLETON - Council here has supported a resolution calling on Canada Post to reconsider a plan to end residential home mail delivery.
PERTH-WELLINGTON - Local Liberal candidate Stephen McCotter was set to host two Members of Parliament in the riding.
DRAYTON - Donors are needed for a blood clinic here on Jan. 26, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) officials note.
MAPLETON - Construction activity in Mapleton last year was down slightly over 2013 numbers.
FERGUS - To accommodate the large number of people seeking a hepatitis A vaccination as a result of a previous warning about an Alma restaurant, the public health unit has added additional vaccination clinics.
ALMA - Popular local eatery Marj’s Village Kitchen has closed its doors, perhaps for good, after a hepatitis A infection in an employee led to an urgent vaccination campaign by the local health unit.