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Today's date: Saturday November 22, 2014 Vol 47 Issue 47
   
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Put safety on the front-burner this National Home Fire Safety Week

Nov. 24 to 30 is National Home Fire Safety Week, and the Canada Safety Council encourages home cooks to put safety on the front-burner and prevent cooking fires. According to reports from Canadian fire commissioners, careless cooking remains the most common cause of home fires, and kitchens remain the most common place for home fires to start.

Kindness recipients

Kindness recipients

Erin town staff members Connie Cox, Dave Knight and Shelley Ballantyne were recent recipients of the Nov. 7 Random Act of Kindness Day gifts from members of East Wellington Community Services.

Arnott continues to push for Highway 6 bypass for Morriston

QUEEN'S PARK - Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott continues to push the Ontario Government to place the Highway 6 Morriston bypass on the Ministry of Transportation’s five year plan for new highway construction.

Puslinch expecting calls as updated MPAC notices start arriving

ABERFOYLE - Councillors here are prepared for the phone calls as the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) begins mailing nearly one million property assessment notices to property taxpayers across the province.

Correction: School council to meet Dec. 2

Officials from Canada Home Stay, an organization which works with school boards to find appropriate homes for students to allow them to go to school in Canada, will be making a presentation at the Dec. 2 Norwell School Council meeting at 7pm at the school.

Arnott, Chong endorse Ontario PC leadership candidate Christine Elliott

Arnott, Chong endorse Ontario PC leadership candidate Christine Elliott

FERGUS - Ontario PC Party leadership hopeful Christine Elliott has the endorsement of federal and provincial politicians in Wellington-Halton Hills.

County takes hit in 2015 OMPF grants; lower tier allocations vary

WELLINGTON CTY. - The county will experience a reduction in unconditional Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) grants in 2015, but four of the county’s seven lower tier municipalities will see increases. That represents a change from 2014, when only two lower tier municipalities received more funding than the previous year.

Whitcombe leaves lasting legacy in Puslinch, Wellington County

Whitcombe leaves lasting legacy in Puslinch, Wellington County

PUSLINCH - Many in Puslinch Township and beyond were saddened to learn of the sudden passing on Nov. 16 of former mayor Brad Whitcombe.

Collective agreement ratified by five vote margin

Collective agreement ratified by five vote margin

MOUNT FOREST - It was five votes that made the difference as members of OPSEU Local 291 voted on Nov. 19 to accept a final offer placed before them by the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHA WWD).

UGDSB announces winner of environmental slogan contest

GUELPH - “Live Green. Learn Green. Go Green” is the Upper Grand District School Board’s new environmental slogan.

Correction

The correct date for the Arthur Legion Ladies craft sale is Nov. 29 from 10am to 2pm at the Arthur Legion.

Highland Manor residents working to make difference in community

Highland Manor residents working to make difference in community

FERGUS - A donation by the residents of Highland Manor to the Centre Wellington Food Bank is proof that helping others is a big part of the community.

‘Tiny friends’ and ‘grand friend’ visits at Highland Manor Retirement Lodge

‘Tiny friends’ and ‘grand friend’ visits at Highland Manor Retirement Lodge

FERGUS - Once a month members of the Community Resource Centre Child Care centre at J.D. Hogarth School get on their jackets and their shoes to line up and take a hold of the donut rope.

Ontario funds social inclusion projects

GUELPH - Ontario is helping Guelph seniors stay connected to the community through the Seniors Community Grant Program, the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to seniors.

Push is on to pay off outstanding costs of Elora Green Space

ELORA - Supporters of Elora’s Green Space are looking for some financial help.

Guelph MP not running in 2015

GUELPH - Liberal MP Frank Valeriote announced on Nov. 14 he will serve out his term in the House of Commons, but will not run in the next federal election.

Wellington municipalities to receive $1.5 million in infrastructure cash

WELLINGTON CTY. - Annual allocations for the County of Wellington and its seven lower tier municipalities will total more than $1.5 million under the province’s new Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

Mayor Ray Tout says farewell to council

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council held its final meeting here on Nov. 10 before the new government is sworn in on Dec. 1.

Volunteers recognized at GHVA awards ceremony

FERGUS - The Groves Hospital Volunteer Association is growing and its volunteers are being recognized.

On the march

On the march

Legion members march to the cenotaph in Drayton for Remembrance Day services.

Local Sparks, Brownies and Guides join in remembrance

Local Sparks, Brownies and Guides join in remembrance

From left: Claire Martin, Courtney Burnett, Emily MacDonald and Shayna Morphy with Canadian Forces veteran Garry Villemaire at the Remembrance Day service in Drayton on Nov. 11.

Sounding the horn

Sounding the horn

Gerrard Helmond of the Waterloo Police Auxiliary Band played the trumpet at the Remembrance Day service in Drayton on Nov. 11. Helmond was born in Gouda, Holland in 1941.

Fundraising continues for family of local youth battling leukemia

DRAYTON - Two-year-old Evan Conway of Drayton continues his battle with leukemia at McMaster Hospital in Hamilton.

Insurance cost up 5% for Township in 2015

MAPLETON - The township’s insurance bill will rise by five per cent in 2015.

Family health teams urges reducing risk of cancer through preventative methods

Cancer, it is a complex disease and there are over 100 different known cancers that affect humans. It is a group of diseases that involve abnormal cell growth that have the potential to invade and spread to other parts of the body.

In Motion winners

In Motion winners

Mr. Bachuk’s Grade 4/5 class had the highest participation level among Alma Public School classes in the recent In Motion bingo event.

Mapleton OMPF funding continues to fall in 2015

WELLINGTON CTY. - Mapleton Township is one of four Wellington municipalities, including the county itself, which will experience a reduction in unconditional Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) grants in 2015.

Building pace remains steady

MAPLETON - Building activity remains comparable to last year’s pace in the township as 2014 winds down.

School food drive

School food drive

Community Christian School students held a food drive during the school’s Colour Week, Nov. 10 to 14.

Mapleton turned down again for funding of water tower for Drayton

MAPLETON - Council and staff here are frustrated after learning the township has once again been turned down for funding for a new water tower in Drayton.
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Magician Peter Marucci receives award from International Brotherhood
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Quick response prevented structure fire at nursing home
Teacher charged with sexual assault

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Ted Arnott, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP
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