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Today's date: Thursday July 31, 2014 Vol 47 Issue 30
   
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New clinic at local hospital gets green light for tenders

New clinic at local hospital gets green light for tenders

PALMERSTON - A new integrated health centre here has received the go-ahead from the provincial government, which also announced it will provide funds to increase local access to physiotherapy care.

South Ridge accessible playground starting to take shape

South Ridge accessible playground starting to take shape

Ongoing work - Construction workers were out in full force on July 18 installing equipment for the new accessible playground park by the soccer fields at the South Ridge subdivision in the south end of Elora. The park is the second accessible park structure constructed in Centre Wellington Township. photo by Mike Robinson

Correction

A caption on page 14 of the July 4 issue of the Wellington Advertiser incorrectly stated that the Conestogo Sailing Club organized the Canada Day boat parade held on July 1. The correct information is now attached to the photo in our online edition.

Larkin is United Way chair

GUELPH - United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin announced that Chief Bryan Larkin will continue as the 2014 United Way campaign chair.

Erin Vacation Bible School a hit with local kids

Erin Vacation Bible School a hit with local kids

Good times - The recent Erin Vacation Bible School from July 11 to 14 was very successful. The Wilderness Escape and Hillsburgh Vacation Bible School will be Aug. 11 to 15 from 9am to noon each day.

Fun week

Fun week

About 50 campers, aged five to 11, attended the week-long Arthur Community Vacation Bible School last week in the village. The campers participated in Epic Bible Adventures, Kingdom Crafts, Chadder’s Royal Theatre, Tournament Games, and Kingdom Kitchen (snacks).

Lemonade sales benefit hospital

Lemonade sales benefit hospital

Hospital help - Amelia and Madeleine Dunlop held a family yard sale and lemonade stand to raise money for the Groves hospital equipment fund. As a result, they recently presented a cheque for $163 to the Groves Foundation. From left are Betty and Al Boyd, Denise Boyd-Dunlop, Madeleine Dunlop and Amelia Dunlop. submitted photo

Lobbying by local Legion members results in long-delayed burial for veteran

Lobbying by local Legion members results in long-delayed burial for veteran

HARRISTON - A local veteran of Canada’s post-Second World War peacekeeping forces has received a proper burial here, nearly four years after his death.

Puslinch takes tougher stance on illegal burns

ABERFOYLE - The Puslinch fire department will be taking a tougher stance on illegal burns. Those caught conducting illegal burns or without permits will be charged the cost of the fire department’s response to the scene.

Touch a Truck event raises over $10,000 for Minto Fire

Touch a Truck event raises over $10,000 for Minto Fire

HARRISTON - Harriston Motors’ second annual Touch a Truck was another huge success, raising $10,296 for Minto Fire.

Over 100 attend tree information meeting in Minto

MINTO - Organizers were hoping for 20 to 30 people, but the Trees for Minto committee welcomed over 100 to a barbecue and tree information evening on July 15.

Erin rejects integrity commissioner report, recommendations

ERIN - Following the second of two integrity commissioner complaints against him in eight months, Erin Mayor Lou Maieron has once again been found in violation of council’s code of ethics. However, in a 3-2 recorded vote, councillors have rejected a resolution to receive the report and confirm the recommendations from integrity commissioner Robert J. Williams, which included suspending the mayor’s remuneration for one month.

Sworn in

Sworn in

Earlier this month Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott was sworn in for his seventh term of office. Arnott is pictured with Legislative Assembly clerk Deb Deller. MPPs were back to work at Queen’s Park starting on July 2 for a summer sitting of parliament.

Lyme disease fundraiser, yard sale

BELWOOD - Lyme disease and its co-infections can be a serious health threat. The disease can be contracted through the bite of a tick, flea, mosquito, black fly, sand fly, deer fly, in vitro and can be sexually transmitted.

Puslinch insurance rates jump 8%; insurers blame litigious society

ABERFOYLE - Insurance rates in Puslinch are jumping over $13,000. Insurers are blaming the litigiousness of society and “deep pocket syndrome” as reasons behind this year’s increase.

Township finances show improvements

KENILWORTH - Based on its 2013 audited financial statement, Wellington North is moving forward in its bid to lessen debt and put the township on a stronger financial footing.

Upcoming MS Relay seeks volunteers

GUELPH - The Guelph-Wellington chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is looking for volunteers in a new fundraiser on Aug. 9.

Another candidate joins race in Mapleton

MAPLETON - The list of candidates for seats on Mapleton’s next council continues to grow.

Council denies waiver of billboard fees for local preschool

ABERFOYLE - Councillors here are not waiving the costs of rink board advertising for the Whistle Stop Preschool Co-op.

Real-life collision mirrors exercise

ABERFOYLE - It was almost a case of life imitating art as an accident in downtown Morriston mirrored a proposed mock accident training exercise.

Civil marriages to be offered at renovated council chamber in Elora

ELORA - It’s not exactly the chapel of love or Honeymoon in Vegas, but soon municipal staff will be able to offer civil marriage ceremonies in the recently renovated council chamber here.

Council supports five-year energy conservation plan

KENILWORTH - A five-year plan to improve energy use in Wellington North buildings should only be a framework for improvements and not carved in stone.

Report: Opening of James Square right-of-way to improve services

Report: Opening of James Square right-of-way to improve services

ELORA - A proposal to re-open the James Square right-of-way in Fergus is paving the way for improved services.

Township applies for $25,000 county grant

KENILWORTH - The township’s economic development committee has put in an application for $25,000 in funding from Wellington County.

Fergus soldier in step with Ceremonial Guard

Fergus soldier in step with Ceremonial Guard

OTTAWA - A young Fergus woman is spending time in the nation’s capital this summer as part of the prestigious Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Contracting leukemia drove home the importance of blood donations for Goldstone resident Arnold Weber

GOLDSTONE - Arnold Weber knows first hand about the importance of blood donations. In November 2009, Weber was diagnosed with leukemia. Blood and blood products were used in the treatments he received at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener-Waterloo and at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

Renewed provincial funding for cultural attractions applauded by Pettapiece

PERTH-WELLINGTON - The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund has been renewed for 2014-15. That will come as good news to several local festivals, says local MPP Randy Pettapiece.

Pettapiece calls Ontario budget bad news, says municipalities will have to raise taxes

QUEEN'S PARK - The provincial budget, introduced July 14 in the Ontario legislature by the Liberal government, is nearly identical to the budget that prompted the recent spring election.

Residents ‘very receptive’ to exercise simulating flood emergency in Drayton

MAPLETON - A flood evacuation drill conducted in Mapleton this spring went well, but revealed some areas where work is needed, council heard at its July 8 meeting.
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