MAPLETON - The Wellington Federation of Agriculture (WFA) and a number of local farmers are voicing opposition to the township’s proposal to impose development charges on new agricultural buildings.
GUELPH - Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, as well as other children’s aid societies in Ontario and key partners marked Child Abuse Prevention Month on Oct. 19 with a provincial Go Purple Day.
MIMOSA - The Food for Thought series returns this fall for the 9th season at Mimosa United Church.
CENTRE WELLINGTON - The township is reaching out to residents about the 2017 operating budget and its impact to taxpayers.
ABERFOYLE - Nestlé Waters has announced that starting Oct. 24, it will host community office hours on a bi-weekly basis at the Puslinch Community Centre at 23 Brock Road South.
HARRISTON - A new, innovative partnership between two long-term care homes is improving access to primary care for Wellington residents thanks to nurse practitioner funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the leadership of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN).
The Victoria Park Seniors Centre hosted a poker walk on Sept. 26 as an early celebration to National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. Wendy Armstrong, a certified fitness instructor, led the group in some pre-walk exercises and stretching.
In a project initiated by the Seniors’ Centre for Excellence, with help from high school staff and retired teacher Ian Turner, Wellington Heights Secondary School students were out raking leaves for seniors in Mount Forest on Tuesday morning, Oct. 18.
MOUNT FOREST - Laura Marchment will celebrate her 99th birthday in November. The oldest resident at Birmingham Retirement Community in Mount Forest, Marchment is the driving force behind a project that sees milk bags turned into mats for use in Haiti.
ROCKWOOD - The vice chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has adjourned the hearing for a Rockwood quarry. On Oct. 13 Steve Stefanko ruled the hearing would be put on hold indefinitely.
Father’s Heart Healing Centre opened in a section of the Sussman’s building in Arthur last month. The healing centre previously operated out of the former Arthur Library building.
DRAYTON - November is considered Diabetes Awareness Month, but many canvassers prefer to avoid the harsh weather of November and begin canvassing in October after Thanksgiving.
KENILWORTH - Council adopted a fleet management policy in order to develop guidelines for replacement of Wellington North’s vehicles at the Oct. 17 meeting.
ABERFOYLE - On Oct. 4, Puslinch Mayor Dennis Lever again expressed concern over proposed expansion to the Greenbelt.
HARRISTON - The Helping Hands raffle, sponsored by Germania Mutual Insurance (GMI), yielded over $27,000 to support local charities.
TORONTO - A proposed moratorium on new groundwater taking and stricter rules for renewing permits will likely put Nestlé Waters’ Middlebrook well project on hold for at least two years.
FERGUS - For people living in rural areas, volunteer drivers make a world of difference.
BRUCEDALE - At its Oct. 3 meeting, Guelph-Eramosa council deemed a section of MacGregor Lane and a section of old Highway 7 to be surplus. Both are located on the southwest side of the township.
BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council has approved a zoning bylaw amendment for the new 211-unit Bonarrow Meadows subdivision at the north end of Rockwood, surrounding the new Sacred Heart Catholic School.
On Oct. 4, the first Zehrs Centre Wellington Food Bank Walk to Stop Hunger took place. Volunteers pushed 12 carts of groceries filled with food items collected the weekend before from Tower Street to the Food Bank in the Fergus Marketplace.
The Centre Wellington District High School Student Council leadership class donated approximately 1,600 items to the Centre Wellington Food Bank on Oct. 7. The Grade 10 and 11 students challenged the whole school to raise the food during the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
ELORA - The fundraising campaign for a new Groves hospital is now two-thirds complete.
LEFT: Lucas Beatty of Arthur was presented a certificate of recognition from Mayor Andy Lennox at the Oct. 3 Wellington North council meeting. Beatty was recognized for his work with the War Amps Child Amputee program. “He has gone above and beyond to volunteer his time to spread important messages in our community,” said Lennox. RIGHT: Lennox presented congratulatory certificates at the Oct. 3 council meeting to the fall fair ambassadors for their commitment to community for the next year. From left, Lennox, Arthur Fall Fair ambassador Megan Hill, Mount Forest junior ambassador Riley Wake, Mount Forest princess of the fair Mackenzie Murden-Atkins, Mount Forest Fall Fair ambassador Allyson Illes, Mount Forest prince charming Silas Sikkema and Mount Forest little miss sweetheart Emily North.
KENILWORTH - Wellington North council is urging local storeowners to hold off on Christmas displays until after Remembrance Day.
ABERFOYLE - Residents here can now take a walk on the wild side - along the newly constructed trail along Mill Creek.
MAPLETON - Council will consider a bylaw to rezone back to agricultural land a portion of a property severed from a local grain elevator and weigh scale.
DRAYTON - Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team dietitian Paula Trinier brought good news to diners at the October Seniors Centre for Excellence congregate dinner. The news: it is not necessarily a bad thing to carry a little extra weight as a person ages.
MAPLETON - Council here has reaffirmed the township’s status as an “unwilling host” for wind turbine projects.
In appreciation of the community’s support, First Palmerston Cubs Gavyn Moore and Kaleigh Dobson distributed apples to downtown Palmerston shoppers on Oct. 15. Donations were accepted and appreciated by the club on its annual Apple Day.
MAPLETON - The County of Wellington has engaged a contractor to remove the work/protection platform from below the bridge deck of the Wyandot Bridge on Wellington Road 10 over Conestogo Lake.
MAPLETON - Council is considering a zoning amendment to allow a former church building in Rothsay to be converted for residential use.
MAPLETON - Council has been asked to provide support for a proposal to install several ground-mounted solar arrays on abandoned rail line property in the township.
Alice and George Van Ankum are looking for canvassers to help with the Canadian Diabetes Association’s annual appeal this fall.
MINTO - A recently-formed youth council in the Town of Minto is seeking additional participants.
TORONTO - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is now seeking an private operator in the West GTA area, which includes the slots facility at Grand River Raceway in Elora.