ELORA - On April 14, councillors passed a resolution endorsing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) campaign “Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch” and calling on the federal government to increase housing options for Canadians and to work with all orders of government to develop a long-term plan for Canada’s housing future.
FERGUS - Part of the town’s local heritage is coming back to life. The property at the corner of Belsyde Avenue West and Tower Street South, which has stood vacant for nearly a decade, recently sold for $935,000 and is the future home of Emmanuel Christian High School, set to open in September 2016.
The Town of Erin is currently clearing brush that has fallen on public property including road allowances, parks, cemeteries, storm water management facilities, trails, walkways and any other municipally owned properties.
ARTHUR - The local Lions Club hosted an inter-club meeting on April 2 at St. John Parish with members from the Optimists, Opti-Mrs., Legion, Masons and other groups invited.
ABOYNE - Locally-grown food and how it can help low income families was the focus of an afternoon seminar hosted by the Centre Wellington Social Justice Group.
Volunteers with the Centre Wellington Food Bank were treated to a full meal with cake at the volunteer appreciation day put on by the food bank to honour volunteers who help out all year to make the food bank successful in helping the people it serves.
ERIN - Hope, determination and hard work. Those were just some of the answers shouted by Erin Public School students after Olympian Isabelle Baird posed the question “what does it take to reach your dreams?” at an assembly on April 10.
GUELPH - Tamara Nugent has been elected the new Director of Education by the Wellington Catholic District School Board of Trustees.
ELORA - It looks like the bridge across the Irvine River near Salem will get a heritage designation as plans get underway to rehabilitate the 85-year-old structure.
WELLINGTON CTY. - As part of reforms to physiotherapy services, Ontario is increasing access to publicly funded exercise and falls prevention classes across Waterloo Wellington. This will help more seniors stay healthy and independent.
ERIN - For those who are seniors, or adults over the age of 18, who struggle with finding a reliable transportation for medical and therapeutic appointments or basic daily activities including grocery shopping and getting to the bank, East Wellington Community Services has a solution.
FERGUS - On April 30, Centre Wellington Township is holding an information session regarding the upcoming addition to the Victoria Park Senior Centre.
The Maitland River spilled its banks and reached the edges of the trailer park in Harriston by April 13, but receded before further flooding occurred.
WELLINGTON CTY. - Heavy rains and melting snow caused some limited flooding, but little damage in the region. Flood waters that spilled over the banks of the Maitland River in Harriston and the Conestogo River in Drayton were already receding by Monday, officials report.
Flooding was clearly evident last weekend on this bridge over the Irvine River on the 5th Line north of Belwood, between Sideroads 15 and 20 in Centre Wellington.
ELORA - Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj said residents can expect higher than normal river levels over the next short while.
MAPLETON - Township council has approved, just barely, a 2014 municipal budget with a four per cent tax rate increase and a 9.8% levy hike. Mayor Bruce Whale cast the deciding vote as the budget was approved by a 3-2 margin.
Lions member Mike Marshall presented a $1,000 donation to the Arthur synchronized skating team that competed in a national competition in February in British Columbia.
Wellington County was well represented at the 41st annual Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair, with nine local students taking home awards.
CENTRE WELLINGTON - Heritage Centre Wellington has worked hard over the past few years to avoid just adding another layer of government when it comes to heritage matters. We are motivated to practically contribute to preserving and restoring our heritage properties and streetscapes.
ROCKWOOD - A public forum is planned for St. John’s Anglican Church to discuss a controversial quarry rezoning application.
FERGUS - The proposed Jennark Homes subdivision here is taking another step forward with council’s approval of the amended application for rezoning. Council’s endorsement on April 14 was not unanimous, with a show of hands indicating councillors Kirk McElwain, Fred Morris and Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj were in favour and councillors Mary Lloyd and Walt Visser opposed.
MINTO - Two more incumbent Minto council members have filed nomination papers to run for re-election on the Oct. 27 municipal ballot.
ERIN - A respected local environmentalist and historian was posthumously named Citizen of the Year at the Celebrate Erin awards evening on April 12.
WELLINGTON NORTH - Voters here will have a choice for mayor in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 27.
ELORA - It looks like there’s a full slate in the running for Centre Wellington council as of April 11. So far, those who have filed are members of the current council.
GUELPH - Pay increases for some 430 Community Living Guelph Wellington workers are on hold pending a second order from the province’s pay equity commission.
DRAYTON - It’s been one year since the Christian Aid Ministries food drying program known as Reapers of Hope was opened at 1 Parkview Drive in Moorefield.
LISTOWEL - Perth Wellington provincial Liberal candidate Stewart Skinner is hopeful the next Ontario budget will include funding to expand natural gas infrastructure to un-serviced communities.
ALMA - The Centre Wellington Branch of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) held its annual fundraiser at Alma Bible Church on April 5.
CLIFFORD - Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) Central Ontario Regional Director Kerry Bruder treated the North Perth - North Wellington Branch volunteers to a luncheon on March 25 at Greenley’s Restaurant here.
DRAYTON - Residents who want to save money, care for their gardens, and protect the environment know rain barrels help meet all three goals.
MAPLETON - Mapleton resident Kay Ayres is retiring from the Mapleton Township Committee of Adjustment after 20 years of service.
MAPLETON - Plans to remove a controversial exemption from minimum distance separation (MDS) regulations in the township’s comprehensive zoning bylaw have been deferred once again.
MAPLETON - A local citizen is asking council to come up with a way for the township to make a collective contribution to locally-based Reapers of Hope.
MAPLETON - Councillor Andy Knetsch feels members of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) are not entitled to free passes to conservation authority parks.