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Today's date: Wednesday January 28, 2015 Vol 48 Issue 04
   
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Journey to the end of the earth: Elora’s Ian Evans skis to South Pole

Journey to the end of the earth: Elora’s Ian Evans skis to South Pole 
ELORA - Elora resident Ian Evans has been back in Elora for about a week after reaching the South Pole with his expedition team on Jan. 6. At age 58, he believes he is the oldest Canadian to accomplish the feat. In addition to the inherent difficulties of the 44-day skiing trip from the Antarctic coast to the pole, Evans nursed two foot injuries, lost nearly 25 pounds and his muscle depletion reached a critical state. “It truly became a mind game," he said. "It wasn’t physical because the body was done, but somehow you survive. You’re capable of so much more. You’re capable of things that are unbelievable.”

Local fire departments encourage stove, chimney safety this winter

WELLINGTON CTY. - As temperatures dip, the familiar sight of smoke from chimneys and wood stoves becomes a staple of the local landscape. However, one tradition local fire chiefs would like to eliminate is the corresponding increase in chimney fires.

Coffee hour with MPP Randy Pettapiece

MOUNT FOREST - On Jan. 29, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece will be in Mount Forest hosting two events here.

CWDHS school council meeting

FERGUS - The Centre Wellington District High School school council (parents) meeting will be at the high school on Jan. 26 at 7pm.

ECE workers to receive $1 per hour wage hike

TORONTO - The Ontario government is increasing wages for early childhood educators and front-line child care professionals in licensed child care settings.

Councillors wrangle over heritage designation

ELORA - After an hour-long discussion, Centre Wellington council ultimately decided to defer a decision on the demolition of one of the last log homes in downtown Fergus. Councillors were forced to weigh the matter of heritage versus the rights of property owners.

Road closed

Road closed

A watermain break on Elora Street in Harriston closed Highway 9 between Arthur Street and Adelaide Streets from about 10 am to 3:30pm on Jan. 18. Through traffic was detoured down John Street while crews repaired the break.

Apply now for conservation grants

WELLINGTON CTY. - Applications are now being accepted for grants for schoolyard and community environmental projects.

Avalon Specialized Foster Care seeks parents in Guelph and Wellington

GUELPH - In February of last year a story ran about Avalon Specialized Foster Care and their need for foster parents in the Guelph and Wellington area.

Minto ponders draft budget, 3.8% tax hike

MINTO - Council here is considering a draft 2015 budget that projects a 3.8 per cent increase in the local levy. The draft budget, presented to council by staff on Jan. 13, calls for about $157,000 in additional funding from taxation over 2014.

Strike may lead to reduced service levels in Waterloo-Wellington area

WATERLOO-WELLINGTON - This area could see a reduction in health care services next month if 250 community care workers go on strike.

Group: Get siblings reading together on Family Literacy Day

WELLINGTON CTY. - Research shows reading to children is hugely impactful in their development, especially in the early years.

Linton upset with Target closure, vows to support local workers

ELORA - Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton is concerned about the impact the closure of the Fergus Target store will have on the local community.

Wellington Heights students raise $37,000 for area families

Wellington Heights students raise $37,000 for area families

MOUNT FOREST - There were 143 children in Wellington North whose Christmas was made a little brighter this year thanks to the hard work of a Grade 12 business leadership class at Wellington Heights Secondary School.

CHSS students build doghouses for canines in Aboriginal communities

CHSS students build doghouses for canines in Aboriginal communities

GUELPH - College Heights Secondary School (CHSS) students are building 30 doghouses over the next few weeks.

Significant donation

Significant donation

The Erin District Lions Club recenlty made a $3,000 donation on Jan. 8 to Headwaters Health Care Foundation’s Commitment to Care campaign.

Fire contained

Fire contained

Minto firefighters from Palmerston, Clifford and Harriston stations worked together to quickly contain a fire on the 3rd Line of Minto to part of the driving shed at right. Firefighters were called to the scene around 8:30am on Jan. 15.

Upcoming Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories

WATERLOO-WELLINGTON - Residents of Waterloo Wellington are stepping forward on Jan. 25 in support of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

County kicks in for extra maintenance

MINTO - Wellington County will pay more to the town for handling winter maintenance on a section of Wellington Roads 2 and 3 and will also top up compensation for last year’s difficult winter.

Food bank volunteer

Food bank volunteer

Bev May was was presented with a certificate by Town of Minto Mayor George Bridge at the Jan. 6 meeting of council recognizing her 25 years of volunteer work as coordinator of the Harriston Food Bank.

Youth worker recognized

Youth worker recognized

Pat Savage, left, recently stepped down after 14 years of heading up youth centres in the Town of Minto under the Youth for Christ banner.

Minto considers recruitment contribution

MINTO - Town council will consider a request for a $10,000 contribution to the Minto-Mapleton Health Professional Recruitment Committee during its 2015 budget deliberations.

Health unit approves new facility reserves

ABOYNE - At its Jan. 7 meeting, the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) board amended a bylaw regarding reserve funds for two new buildings the organization now owns.

Public health issues hepatitis A warning for popular restaurant

ALMA - Anyone who recently ate at Marj's Village Kitchen here should get a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible.

Council balks at servicing cost for industrial land in Harriston

MINTO - Projected costs to service additional industrial land in Harriston are too high for council’s liking.

Skating with MPP Ted Arnott proves popular

Skating with MPP Ted Arnott proves popular

Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott poses with Sequoia Pallagi Hastings and Jorja Pallagi Hastings at the Family Skate Day at the Elora Community Centre on Jan. 11. RIGHT: Nevaeh Ruzycki and Mark Ruzycki take part in the event, sponsored by Arnott. photos by Mike Robinson

Conway family receives donated furnace thanks to area fuel company

Conway family receives donated furnace thanks to area fuel company

DRAYTON - The Conway family of Drayton was the recipient of a new high-efficiency furnace during one of the coldest days this winter. With temperatures below -25C the family stayed warm in the home during the transition.

Cap will not be placed on French immersion program, board rules

GUELPH - An enrolment cap will not be placed on students entering the French immersion stream at schools in the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB), trustees ruled on Jan. 13.

KidsAbility opens new Fergus home

KidsAbility opens new Fergus home

FERGUS - KidsAbility Centre for Child Development is now in a new, custom-built facility in Fergus that is steps from its previous space but miles ahead in terms of functionality.

New 548 area code planned for southwestern Ontario

OTTAWA - Starting in June 2016, the new 548 area code will be introduced in the region currently served by area codes 226 and 519 in southwestern Ontario.

Township chooses Brampton-based firm to conduct environmental assessment

MAPLETON - The township has chosen a consulting firm to complete a planned Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for long-term wastewater management.

Mapleton to provide $10,000 for health care professional recruitment

MAPLETON - Council here has agreed to provide a $10,000 contribution to the Minto Mapleton Health Care Professional Recruitment Committee.

Council chooses concept design option for new municipal maintenance facility

MAPLETON - Council has selected a 30,667 square foot, one-storey structure as the preferred design for the township’s new municipal maintenance facility.

Home mail delivery gets council support

MAPLETON - Council here has supported a resolution calling on Canada Post to reconsider a plan to end residential home mail delivery.

Liberal candidate brings MPs to riding

PERTH-WELLINGTON - Local Liberal candidate Stephen McCotter was set to host two Members of Parliament in the riding.

Donors needed for local blood clinic

DRAYTON - Donors are needed for a blood clinic here on Jan. 26, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) officials note.

Building down slightly in Mapleton last year

MAPLETON - Construction activity in Mapleton last year was down slightly over 2013 numbers.

Public Health adds more hepatitis A vaccine clinics to accommodate crowds

FERGUS - To accommodate the large number of people seeking a hepatitis A vaccination as a result of a previous warning about an Alma restaurant, the public health unit has added additional vaccination clinics.

Owner closes Marj’s restaurant amid hepatitis exposure concerns

Owner closes Marj’s restaurant amid hepatitis exposure concerns

ALMA - Popular local eatery Marj’s Village Kitchen has closed its doors, perhaps for good, after a hepatitis A infection in an employee led to an urgent vaccination campaign by the local health unit.
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