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Winegard: ‘We honour him today, the man from Guelph’; McCrae statue unveiled

Winegard: ‘We honour him today, the  man from Guelph’;  McCrae statue unveiled 
GUELPH - Church of Our Lady Immaculate steps and front terrace of the Guelph Civic Museum to watch as the Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae statue was unveiled in honour of the 100th anniversary of his world-renowned poem In Flanders Fields.

Fire destroys home, sends three to hospital

Fire destroys home, sends three to hospital 
BRUCEDALE - Three people were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation when a fire consumed a home on the Fifth Line near here on Canada Day. At approximately 11:30pm on July 1, the Guelph-Eramosa fire department received a call about a possible house fire north of Brucedale. At one point there were 35 firefighters on scene from Rockwood as well as the Puslinch, Erin, Centre Wellington and Guelph fire departments. Two residents, with the help of a third person, evacuated the home before firefighters reached the scene. They were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Teen boy dies during soccer game in Drayton

DRAYTON - Members of the local community were shocked and saddened to hear a visiting teen died after collapsing during a soccer game on Canada Day. On July 1 at about 7:51pm local police officers, Mapleton firefighters and Guelph-Wellington paramedics responded to Riverside Park in Drayton for a report of a 13-year-old boy "in medical distress," stated a press release from Wellington County OPP.

County endorses Wilson quarry settlement

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.

MPP wants to take Green Legacy province-wide

MPP wants to take Green Legacy province-wide

GUELPH - Local MPP Ted Arnott wants to take Wellington County’s Green Legacy program province-wide in celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary.

About $50,000 raised at  walk/run for mental health

About $50,000 raised at walk/run for mental health

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.

Expanded licence sought for pit

MAPLETON - The owners of a gravel pit where an asphalt and concrete recycling operation is planned are seeking an expanded extraction licence.

Arthur celebrates Canada Day

Arthur celebrates Canada Day

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

Duke visits council

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

Jackpot

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

Ontario gives $209 million for area research projects

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.

Wellington Catholic completes homebuild

Wellington Catholic completes homebuild

FERGUS - The Wellington Catholic District School Board homebuild program has completed another framing for Reid’s Heritage Homes.

South end Elora subdivision set to grow into third and final phase

South end Elora subdivision set to grow into third and final phase

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 osprey chicks banded; expected to take flight later this month

Belwood osprey chicks banded; expected to take flight later this month

BELWOOD - Two osprey chicks nesting at the Belwood Conservation Area were banded on June 26, nearly a month after they hatched.

Erin wells must be decommissioned to hook up to municipal water

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.

Council backs call for hydro rate reduction

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.”

Student  wins fire truck ride

Student wins fire truck ride

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

Donna Christie receives Puslinch Volunteer Appreciation Award

Donna Christie receives Puslinch Volunteer Appreciation Award

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.

Huge jump in frozen pipes, water mains

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

Ride to Conquer Cancer

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 CAO no longer with township

Mapleton - Township CAO/clerk Patty Sinnamon is no longer employed by the municipality.

École Harris Mill honours Everyday Hero crossing guard Philip Linton

École Harris Mill honours Everyday Hero crossing guard Philip Linton

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.

École Harris Mill celebrates Healthy School designation

École Harris Mill celebrates Healthy School designation

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.

Charity car wash on July 18

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.

Demolition day

Demolition 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

UGDSB trustees passed 2015-16 budget

GUELPH - The Upper Grand District School Board passed an operational budget of $349,624,216 at the June 23 meeting.

Shopping spree winner donates to food bank

Shopping spree winner donates to food bank

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.

Health centre construction progressing

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.

Victoria Terrace PS teacher  wins leadership award

Victoria Terrace PS teacher wins leadership award

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

Cheque presentation

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 landowners opposed to G2G Rail Trail

HURON/WELLINGTON - Some landowners in Huron County seem dead set against the proposed Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail (G2G) along former railway lands.

UPDATE: Upcoming Fergus bridge repairs

FERGUS - It looks like Wellington County will be working on yet another Centre Wellington bridge across the Grand River this summer.

Parkbus announces pilot bus service between Toronto and Elora

CENTRE WELLINGTON - Elora & Fergus Tourism has announced the launch of a pilot bus project by Parkbus.

BIA, festival partner on shuttlebus

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.

Local artists complete goldsmithing program, join touring exhibition

Local artists complete goldsmithing program, join touring exhibition

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.

Summer blood donations urgently needed

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.

Big Bike rides again

Big Bike rides again

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.

Fire service cost recovery may prove costly for those without safety equipment

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch is considering a harder stance on those not taking proper safety precautions.

Council authorizes crossing guard warrant study for busy corner in Alma

ALMA - Mapleton council will consider adding a crossing guard at a second location here after hearing of safety concerns from local residents.

Council denies request for break on permit fee from travelling grocery store

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.

Pastor Kramer retires

Pastor Kramer retires

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
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