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Local women heading to Washington for Women’s March

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.

Donation

Donation

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.

CVC has ‘significant concerns’ with EA for Hillsburgh dam and bridge

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.

Province to provide $250,000 for Moorefield hall upgrades

MOOREFIELD - The Maryborough Community Centre here will be upgraded with the assistance of provincial grant funding.

Helping people cope with the dreaded winter blues

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.

Groups seek recognition and support of water as a public trust

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.

Supporting a thriving forest

ELORA - Supporting a thriving forest is the topic of an upcoming NeighbourWoods Tree Talk.

Be prudent with medications

OTTAWA - Approximately two thirds of seniors in Canada over the age of 65 have five or more drug prescriptions.

Three congregate dining programs left for January

DRAYTON - The Seniors’ Centre for Excellence offers various congregate dining programs throughout the month. They run from 12 to 2pm.

Shingles vaccine free for 65+

TORONTO - Seniors who are turning 65 in 2017, are now eligible to get the shingles vaccine free of charge, saving them approximately $170.

Alzheimer Society introduces new campaign

TORONTO - Each year, 25,000 Canadians hear the words, “you have dementia.” But dementia is more than just numbers.

Service pins

Service pins

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.

Lions recognize Bonnie Whitehead as Centennial member

Lions recognize Bonnie Whitehead as Centennial member

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.

Township proposes $21.5-million budget for 2017

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.

Mayor’s breakfast in Erin

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 commits $10,000 for health care recruitment

MAPLETON - Council has agreed the township will contribute $10,000 for local health professional recruitment and retention in 2017.

Floodplain fringe designation may open up potential wave of development along Grand

Floodplain fringe designation may open up potential wave of development along Grand

ELORA - A newly-created flood fringe designation in Fergus and Elora may lead to new development along the banks of the Grand River.

Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

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.

Reading Rocks set to begin in February

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.

Community Christmas dinner provided fun and fellowship

Community Christmas dinner provided fun and fellowship

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 public works director resigns

WELLINGTON NORTH - Wellington North public works director Matt Aston has resigned from his position.

Centre Wellington begins deliberations next week on 2017 operating budget

ELORA - Centre Wellington is looking at the next stage of its budget process.

Builders busy in Minto last year

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.

Emerging leader category expanded for Canada’s Volunteer Awards

GATINEAU - Canada’s Volunteer Awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country.

WDGPH elects new board chair

ABOYNE - Nancy Sullivan was elected as the new board chair of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health on Jan. 4.

Happy fundraisers

Happy fundraisers

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.

Girls aims to help African students with ‘Hennessey bag’ creations

Girls aims to help African students with ‘Hennessey bag’ creations

FERGUS - Local youth Hennessey Veit faces an uphill challenge to raise $1,500 for school uniforms, enabling children from Zimbabwe to attend school.

Township appoints councillor Dan Yake as Canada 150 leader

WELLINGTON NORTH - On Jan. 16, Wellington North announced its participation in the Canada 150 Community Leaders network.

Puslinch taxes may increase by 2.4% in 2017

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.

Winter Classic returns to Puslinch for Family Day Feb. 18 to 20

ABERFOYLE - There’s a lot going on in Puslinch at the township’s annual Winter Classic Weekend.

Centre Wellington says ‘no’ to Nestlé offer of property transfer ‘with conditions’

ELORA - Councillors here have no interest in an unsolicited offer from Nestlé Waters to transfer ownership of the Middlebrook well to the township.

Correction

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.

Hydraulic lift purchase approved by council

MAPLETON - Council has authorized spending $73,400 on rotary mobile hydraulic lift equipment for the township’s new municipal maintenance facility.

Safety planning grants awarded to area agencies

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.

New rigid facility fee policy impacts Starlight Gala donation/waiver request

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.

Additional hours approved for seasonal public works operators

MAPLETON - Seasonal operators with the township’s public works department will be getting more guaranteed work hours.
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CVC has ‘significant concerns’ with EA for Hillsburgh dam and bridge
Groups seek recognition and support of water as a public trust
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Township proposes $21.5-million budget for 2017
Mayor’s breakfast in Erin
Floodplain fringe designation may open up potential wave of development along Grand
Victim hit with sledgehammer
Winter Classic returns to Puslinch for Family Day Feb. 18 to 20

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