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Today's date: Wednesday May 27, 2015 Vol 48 Issue 21
   
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Elora bridgework update: East sidewalk reopening delayed

ELORA - It looks like the reopening of the east sidewalk on the downtown bridge in Elora (Badley Bridge) will be delayed until May 30/31.

Downtown construction begins in Harriston

Downtown construction begins in Harriston

Harriston - Wellington Road 109 (Elora Street South) in Harriston will be closed from Highway 89 (Arthur Street) south to Mill Street beginning on Monday, May 25.

Temporary water fountain erupts near Fergus cenotaph

Temporary water fountain erupts near Fergus cenotaph

FERGUS - On May 19 Centre Wellington director of infrastructure Colin Baker explained the 80-foot geyser of water here earlier in the day resulted from construction currently underway.

Proud Lioness

Proud Lioness

Fergus Lions Club president Eric Peterson surprised Lioness Darlene Heffernan at a recent meeting of the Fergus Lioness by presenting her with a Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Fergus river land construction to take two months to complete

Fergus river land construction to take two months to complete

FERGUS - With the recent grand opening of the Fergus Library, the Township of Centre Wellington is preparing for the next phase of the Downtown Fergus river land redevelopment.

Earth Day clean-up

Earth Day clean-up

The Rockwood 2nd Brownies Unit recently participated in a community clean-up on Earth Day. The group cleaned both water catchment areas at Highway 7 and Dunbar Street in Rockwood.

New name for CFGW grant program

GUELPH - The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington (CFGW) recently launched a fresh new look for the organization to more accurately reflect the full scope of its work.

Data logger cost $40,000

ERIN - Erin Council approved contracting Selog to install the well house data loggers at its April 21 meeting

Centre Wellington officially opens $24-million sewage treatment plant

Centre Wellington officially opens $24-million sewage treatment plant

ELORA - Centre Wellington council took time this week to celebrate completion of the construction phase of the Elora wastewater plant.

CRC asks for peer review of haul route study

BRUCEDALE - A March haul route study for the proposed quarry near Rockwood provided “misleading” data, according to the Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC). At the May 4 Guelph-Eramosa council meeting CRC members Doug Tripp and Perry Groskopf made a presentation about the recently-circulated study from Cole Engineering on behalf of pit proponent James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL).

Just for Women Just for Fun raises $5,000

Just for Women Just for Fun raises $5,000

Female fun - There were approximately 65 participants, 25 workshop leaders and 10 volunteers at the May 2 Just for Women Just for Fun event in Mount Forest, which raised over $5,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Walk for Lupus moved to Palmerston for 2015 event

Walk for Lupus moved to Palmerston for 2015 event

PALMERSTON - The Amazing Lupies are hosting their first annual Walk for Lupus on Saturday, May 30 in Palmerston.

New superintendent of eduction

GUELPH - The Wellington Catholic District School Board appointed Michael Glazier as superintendent of education, effective, August 17.

Sidewalk access on Elora bridge reopened last weekend

ELORA - Residents and visitors in Elora were able to take a longer look at Mill Street as the west sidewalk on the Badley Bridge reopened to pedestrian traffic last weekend.

Three generations in Guiding

Three generations in Guiding

Lillie Massey has been attending Sparks meetings since before she was born. On May 7, Lille was officially enrolled at the annual Guiding Advancement ceremony in Elora, to become a “real Spark.”

Tree planted on trail  in memory of Ruby Bell

Tree planted on trail in memory of Ruby Bell

CLIFFORD - The late Ruby Bell loved her family, her friends, her community, and all of the creatures and wildlife found in nature. With each passing year, she felt grateful and abundantly blessed to live such a rich full life. She passed away on Feb. 22, at the age of 99.

Puslinch council turns down site alteration application

ABERFOYLE - On May 14, Puslinch councillors voted against a proposed site alteration agreement that would have brought several thousand loads of soil from the GTA to a property on Wellington Road 36.

Goal reached

Goal reached

The Grade 6 “Water Rockers” from Erin Public School surpassed their $5,000 crowd-funding goal, with a $1,000 donation made by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on May 15, taking the total to $5,595.

Radiothon raises $212,670 for kids

WATERLOO - KidsAbility hosted its 10th annual Kids Can’t Wait Radiothon at Conestoga Mall on May 1.

Provincial gold sends students to Saskatoon

Provincial gold sends students to Saskatoon

GUELPH - Three secondary school students from the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) are moving up to national competitions after winning gold medals at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo from May 4 to 6.

$10,000 RBC donation to Groves hospital one of several in region

$10,000 RBC donation to Groves hospital one of several in region

FERGUS - Building an ongoing commitment to support health care and nurses, on May 14 RBC announced its $10,000 donation to Groves Memorial Community Hospital here.

Fergus to host the 30th Purina Walk for Dog Guides

FERGUS - The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is celebrating 30 years of supporting Canadians with physical and medical disabilities, and Fergus is hosting one of more than 200 walks taking place across the country this spring. In Fergus, the annual event is on May 31 with registration at noon and the walk beginning at 1pm.

Trant selected as Liberal candidate

GEORGETOWN - Dr. Don Trant of Georgetown was chosen as the Liberal candidate for the federal riding of Wellington-Halton Hills at a packed meeting on May 13 at the Georgetown Cultural Centre.

New Legion display honours Campbell, Victoria Cross medal

New Legion display honours Campbell, Victoria Cross medal

MOUNT FOREST - When engineers from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden saw the display for Victoria Cross medal recipient Captain Frederick Campbell in the stairwell of the Royal Canadian Legion here, they knew they had to do something to further honour the First World War veteran.

Electrical fire temporarily closes The Metcalfe Restaurant in Elora

Electrical fire temporarily closes The Metcalfe Restaurant in Elora

ELORA - An electrical fire on the morning of May 14 at The Metcalfe Restaurant here means the popular eatery and patio will likely be closed for at least a week.

Erin teacher wins environmental award

Erin teacher wins environmental award

ERIN - Erin Public School teacher Cathy Dykstra received this year’s fifth annual Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education, and the honour came as a complete surprise.

Council elects construction management approach for new maintenance facility

MAPLETON - The township will hire a construction manager rather than a general contractor to oversee building of a new municipal maintenance facility.

Educators accept wheelchair challenge

Educators accept wheelchair challenge

DRAYTON - Two Drayton Heights Public School educators recently got a lesson on life with limited mobility.

Support for nurses

Support for nurses

RBC presented a $10,000 donation to the Palmerston and District Hospital (PDH) on May 14 to fund training programs and educational opportunities for nurses. The donation is part of a $70,000 RBC commitment that included donations to Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus and hospitals in Listowel, Orangeville, Walkerton, Hanover and Owen Sound.

Job futures

Job futures

Jennifer Pigozzo, left, of Build Together talks with Aaliyah Reyes of Harriston, right, and Allison Greene of Mount Forest about women’s roles in the building trades at the Norwell Job, Career and Volunteer Fair held on May 13 at the Palmerston Curling Club.

Cadet squadron holds ceremonial review

Cadet squadron holds ceremonial review

MOUNT FOREST - The Fred Campbell V.C. 895 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets held its 33rd Annual Ceremonial Review in Mount Forest on May 6.

CFGW introduces new branding

GUELPH - The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington has a fresh new look.
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Grand Valley Lions Club set to host 20th duck race on May 23
CRC asks for peer review of haul route study
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