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Grant application policy clarified by Centre Wellington

ELORA - Centre Wellington is attempting to clear up part of its grant application policy.

Habitat for Humanity shines a local light on National Housing Day

GUELPH - Nov. 22 marked National Housing Day and Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph (Habitat WDG) recognizes the profound impact that Canada’s affordable housing crisis is having in the community, and how Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership is an important part of the solution.

Couple raises funds to fight human trafficking

Couple raises funds to fight human trafficking

WATERLOO - Richard and Laurie Southard of Clifford are thanking contributors that helped support the 2017 Ride for Refuge (RFR).

Guelph vigil calls for action on violence against women

GUELPH - The community is invited to participate in a vigil on Dec. 6 at the Boathouse in Guelph at 6:30pm in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada.

Wellington County launches new website

WELLINGTON CTY. - The County of Wellington recently announced the launch of a new county website.

Firefighters cook for good cause

Firefighters cook for good cause

Pancakes! - The Rockwood Firefighters Association hosted a pancake breakfast on Nov. 18 to fundraise for muscular dystrophy.

Vimy oak

Vimy oak

Erin Mayor Allan Alls and Erin Legion service officer Doug Kirkwood dedicated a Vimy oak after the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11. The oak tree is a descendant of the oaks that were destroyed during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.

Groves hospital volunteers recognized at ceremony

Groves hospital volunteers recognized at ceremony

The Groves Hospital Volunteer Association held its annual general meeting and volunteer appreciation awards ceremony at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fergus on Oct. 30. There were 41 volunteers this year who received length of service awards. A

Guelph-Eramosa council debates severance application

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council has recommended approval for a severance application at Donkers Poultry Farms Inc., located at 5237 Third Line.

Guelph-Eramosa stops up, closes unopened Rockwood road

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council held a public meeting regarding the stopping up and closure of “Unnamed Street,” Evert’s Portion southeast of Main Street in Rockwood.

School board offers high school information sessions

GUELPH - Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about the opportunities at high schools in the Upper Grand District School Board, which range from academics and trades to sports, music and the arts.

Report recommends third fire station for Centre Wellington

Report recommends third fire station for Centre Wellington

ELORA - A report presented by Centre Wellington Fire Chief Brad Patton recommends council consider a long-term strategy to increase its complement of firefighters by 60% and to add a third fire station in Aboyne.

GRCA receives federal funding for projects in watershed

GRCA receives federal funding for projects in watershed

CAMBRIDGE - The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has received nearly $230,000 in federal funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Annual report sheds light on progress toward ending homelessness in Guelph-Wellington

GUELPH - The Guelph-Wellington 20,000 Homes Campaign released a 2016-17 annual report on Nov. 17 about the progress the community has made in a bid to end homelessness.

When the holiday season is anything but merry

KITCHENER - ‘Tis most definitely the season. Unfortunately, for people grieving the death of a loved one, the sights, sounds and traditions of this time of year don’t always bring joy - and they can be anything but merry.

Fighting cancer

Fighting cancer

Minto president Dory Eickmeier, left, and club treasurer Sharon Hergott present a cheque for $350 to John Vanderleeuw of Cancer Patient Services. The funds were presented at a recent club meeting.

The Lions Club of Pike Lake

The Lions Club of Pike Lake

Minto recently raised funds for club projects by raffling off an vintage tractor. The club raised $7,000 through the draw for the 1940 Allis-Chalmers. Club president Dory Eickmeier, second from left, and Lion Monique Dunlop hold a Lions centennial flag as members gather around the tractor.

Ministry pre-consultation set to discuss interim capacity for wastewater system

MAPLETON - Mapleton officials will soon meet with provincial representatives to discuss requirements for interim capacity approvals for a local wastewater system.

Mapleton council to use provincial Ombudsman as meeting investigator

MAPLETON - Township council has opted not to re-appoint the municipality’s current closed meeting investigator, meaning the job will fall to the provincial Office of the Ombudsman.

Council hears first plan for new Wellington North Power company

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council approved Wellington North Power’s (WNP) request to set up a holding company that would allow the corporation to seek new revenue while still benefitting ratepayers.

AIDS Awareness Week is Nov. 24 to Dec. 1

GUELPH - The impact of HIV is felt globally, nationally and locally. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimated that 65,040 Canadians were living with HIV in 2014, of whom an estimated 52,220 were diagnosed.

Brighten Up hosts sixth annual toy drive

Brighten Up in Erin is hosting Christmas events to give back to local families.

Public health: flu season is here

GUELPH - There has been a laboratory-confirmed case of influenza B in Guelph, according to the local public health unit.

Puslinch firefighters recognized for long service

Puslinch firefighters recognized for long service

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch councillors were pleased to present long-service medals on Nov. 15 to township firefighters.

Volunteer group celebrates Christmas with community

ARTHUR - Nine local volunteers are proving that Christmas is about community with their annual Uncle Arthur’s Christmas Party.

Centre Wellington mayor thanks local Legions

ELORA - Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton offered thanks to local Royal Canadian Legion branches 275 in Fergus and 229 in Elora on Nov. 20, “for the awesome work they did helping us to remember those who fought and those who died in the wars.”

Homecoming group shares $100,000 with local organizations

CLIFFORD - Chair Bill Smith and the 150th Community Anniversary and 2017 Clifford Homecoming committee rated its success with the number of enthusiastic volunteers who participated and 14,600 people who attended the event Aug. 4 to 7.

Erin council approves $28,000 LED sign for municipal office

ERIN - Town council has approved spending $28,100 on an LED sign for the municipal office on Trafalgar Road (Wellington Road 24).

Fergus Lions launch community toy drive

Fergus Lions launch community toy drive

FERGUS - The Christmas season is just around the corner and the Fergus Lions Club is asking the community to continue its giving spirt.

Ways to help neighbours in need this holiday

FERGUS - The number of people in this community struggling to provide for their families is increasing, according the Centre Wellington Food Bank.

Firefighters get naloxone kits for personal protection

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch firefighters now have access to naloxone kits for personal protection.
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Couple raises funds to fight human trafficking
Annual Elora Santa Claus Parade set for Nov. 25
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