FERGUS - Social activist Diane Ballantyne is leading a group of 11 local women taking part in the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
On Jan. 3, Royal Canadian Legion Fergus Branch 275 Ladies Auxiliary donated $500 to the new Groves Hospital Project. This group has donated almost $9,000 since 2002.
ERIN - A Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) report highlighting “significant concerns” with the environmental assessment for the Hillsburgh dam and bridge could delay the process for the high-profile project.
The report, to be presented on Jan. 20 to the CVC board, states the Town of Erin elected to reconstruct the Station Street bridge and rehabilitate the dam “after the inappropriate removal of four of the original alternatives.”
The CVC states the rationale for removing those alternatives - all involving the decommissioning of the dam - was that the property owner, Wellington County, would not provide permission to carry out the work associated with them.
MOOREFIELD - The Maryborough Community Centre here will be upgraded with the assistance of provincial grant funding.
GUELPH - Blue Monday – the third Monday of January – once touted as the most depressing day of the year, has proven to be a myth. But with the holidays over and the grey winter weather setting in, some Canadians may notice a shift in mood and energy. These ‘winter blues’ are all too real.
ELORA - Protesters are looking for both public and government support of recognizing water as a public trust. The Elora Royal Canadian Legion hall was packed on Jan. 11 as Wellington Water Watchers and Save Our Water joined forces once again in their efforts to block Nestlé Waters from the community.
ELORA - Supporting a thriving forest is the topic of an upcoming NeighbourWoods Tree Talk.
OTTAWA - Approximately two thirds of seniors in Canada over the age of 65 have five or more drug prescriptions.
DRAYTON - The Seniors’ Centre for Excellence offers various congregate dining programs throughout the month. They run from 12 to 2pm.
TORONTO - Seniors who are turning 65 in 2017, are now eligible to get the shingles vaccine free of charge, saving them approximately $170.
TORONTO - Each year, 25,000 Canadians hear the words, “you have dementia.” But dementia is more than just numbers.
Members of the St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church women’s league in Elora received service pins recently. This event also kicked off their yearly membership drive.
CLIFFORD - The Clifford Lions Club postponed their Christmas meeting until Jan. 12 at Gramma Jo’s Restaurant here due to inclement weather in December. They also postponed presenting a surprised Bonnie Whitehead with an honorary Centennial membership to their club.
BRUCEDALE - Under the proposed 2017 budget, Guelph-Eramosa residents would see a 1.99% increase in their municipal taxes this year, down from a 7.64% increase in 2016. The total proposed budget for 2017 is about $21.5 million with $6.3 million being raised through taxation, up from last year’s $6.1 million.
ERIN - Mayor Allan Alls and council are inviting members of the community to a biannual breakfast to update and inform citizens about the Town of Erin’s efforts to support the residents and business community.
MAPLETON - Council has agreed the township will contribute $10,000 for local health professional recruitment and retention in 2017.
ELORA - A newly-created flood fringe designation in Fergus and Elora may lead to new development along the banks of the Grand River.
Derek Moore of Mount Forest, vice president of Ontario Command, recently presented Greg Oakes of Elora with the Meritorious Service Medal, the Royal Canadian Legion’s highest award.
WELLINGTON CTY. - Reading Rocks is a program offered by the Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County in partnership with the Research Institute for Learning Differences.
HARRISTON - Organizers of a community Christmas dinner here on Dec. 25 are calling the inaugural event a resounding success. “It surpassed our expectations, certainly for a first time event,” said Town of Minto resident Jean Anderson, who organized the event with her husband David.
WELLINGTON NORTH - Wellington North public works director Matt Aston has resigned from his position.
ELORA - Centre Wellington is looking at the next stage of its budget process.
MINTO - Chief building official Terry Kuipers told council on Jan. 10 the $21.3 million total construction value of 2016 building permits was the second highest in the past 10 years, just behind 2015, when the value of construction in the municipality was just over $23 million.
GATINEAU - Canada’s Volunteer Awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country.
ABOYNE - Nancy Sullivan was elected as the new board chair of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health on Jan. 4.
The auxiliary at Louise Marshall Hospital has started another year of meetings and fundraising for the Mount Forest hospital. At its inaugural meeting on Jan. 9 members had cause for celebration when it was announced the auxiliary would be presenting - one year early - the final cheque in its five-year $50,000 pledge.
FERGUS - Local youth Hennessey Veit faces an uphill challenge to raise $1,500 for school uniforms, enabling children from Zimbabwe to attend school.
WELLINGTON NORTH - On Jan. 16, Wellington North announced its participation in the Canada 150 Community Leaders network.
ABERFOYLE - Based on information provided during a Jan. 12 public meeting, residents in Puslinch can expect to pay 2.43% more in taxes this year.
ABERFOYLE - There’s a lot going on in Puslinch at the township’s annual Winter Classic Weekend.
ELORA - Councillors here have no interest in an unsolicited offer from Nestlé Waters to transfer ownership of the Middlebrook well to the township.
An incorrect date was provided for a public meeting on proposed changes to the Township of Mapleton development charges bylaw in an editorial on page 4 of the Jan. 13 issue of the Community News. The meeting will be held at 7pm on Jan. 26 at the Maryborough Community Centre in Moorefield.
MAPLETON - Council has authorized spending $73,400 on rotary mobile hydraulic lift equipment for the township’s new municipal maintenance facility.
GUELPH - Ontario is investing more than $200,360 to help the Guelph Police Service, Canadian Mental Health Association – Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHA-WWD) and Victim Services Wellington work with local partners to build a safer, stronger community in Guelph and Wellington County.
MAPLETON - The township’s new policy against reducing or waiving facility rental fees will impact the municipality’s traditional support for the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation’s Starlight Gala.
MAPLETON - Seasonal operators with the township’s public works department will be getting more guaranteed work hours.