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Building permit fees might drop as result of increased growth in Centre Wellington

ELORA - Councillors here are asking whether a healthy reserve fund in Centre Wellington’s building department could translate into lower building permit fees in the future.

Construction to begin on Victoria Street in Elora

ELORA - The reconstruction of Victoria Street from York to McNab Street (the roundabout on Metcalfe St./Wellington Road 21) in Elora begins the week of March 27.

Construction values surpass $151 million in Centre Wellington

Construction values surpass $151 million in Centre Wellington

ELORA - Last year was a good one for building activity in Centre Wellington. In presenting the 2016 annual building report to council on March 20, chief building official Randy Bossence said, “The numbers are quite incredible. It’s been a very large increase in a very short amount of time.” Bossence said overall construction values jumped 56%, from $96,634,306 in 2015 to $151,126,355 in 2016.

Hippity Hop event returns to Fergus on April 15

FERGUS - On April 15 the Easter Bunny will be in downtown Fergus for the annual Hippity Hop event.

Students become teachers at ‘Digital Saturday’ at JD Hogarth School on March 25

GUELPH - Back by popular demand, the Upper Grand District School Board will be hosting Digital Saturday in Fergus this month. On March 25 from 9 to 11:30am, parents and guardians are invited to the board’s technology open house at JD Hogarth Public School.

Centre Wellington council costs $171,339 in 2016

Centre Wellington council costs $171,339 in 2016

Council costs - The report of council expenses for 2016 was adopted with little discussion at Centre Wellington’s committee of the whole meeting on March 20. Although amounts claimed for meetings and expenses had dropped from the year previous, the overall cost of council crept up by several thousand dollars from $165,731 in 2015 to $171,399 in 2016. Comparing the two years, councillor Don Fisher still held the spot as the least expensive councillor, while Mary Lloyd retained top position at $26,729 in 2017. Each councillor’s overall salary is determined by a number of factors, including meetings attended and expenses incurred - such as attending municipal conferences to gain more insight and education to serve better as a municipal representative.

Centre Wellington council rejects vote-by-mail option

ELORA - Voting by mail is off the table for next year’s municipal election - at least in Centre Wellington. On March 21, councillors defeated a staff recommendation to implement vote by mail as an alternative voting method for the 2018 municipal election.

Champs

Champs

The Centre Wellington Fusion Novice A team won the OMHA finals on March 18, sweeping Barrie Colts 4-2. Over the year they participated in two AA tournaments, placing third in Whitby and second in Guelph. They placed first in the international Silver Stick tournament in Brampton and went to Michigan.

Country Queens in Fergus

Country Queens in Fergus

Country hits - Patsy Cline and the Queens of Country performed to a sold out crowd on March 18 at the Fergus Grand Theatre. Stars Heather Christine and Loralee McGuirl sang popular hits from Dolly Parton and other female county music stars.

Centre Wellington festivals, arts community and tourism officials come together for Festival Faire

FERGUS - Centre Wellington festival officials, artists, merchants, tourism officials and more are coming together to offer Festival Faire, a new one-day celebration of Centre Wellington.

Certificates

Certificates

The Fergus Legion presented award winners from the district youth education competition with certificates on March 15.

Elora woman’s story featured in national magazine

Elora woman’s story featured in national magazine

ELORA - Elora resident Michelle Duvall is featured in a national magazine. Duvall’s photo essay depicting the Fergus dog park was published in the March 2017 issue of More of Our Canada magazine, a Reader’s Digest publication - and one of her photos was chosen for the cover.

And the wall came tumbling down

And the wall came tumbling down

The west stone wall between St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and James McQueen Public School in Fergus was demolished last week.

Centre Wellington chooses firm for transportation master plan

ELORA - A Thornhill firm will be helping Centre Wellington pave the way for its future transportation needs. At a special meeting on March 7 council awarded the work to WSP - MMM Group Limited of Thornhill for $129,935.

Special Needs Soccer Festival returns July 8

FERGUS - The 2017 Fergus Elora District Soccer Special Needs Soccer Festival is set to return July 8 from 12 to 4pm at Victoria Park in Fergus.

Aboyne library reopens after renovations

Aboyne library reopens after renovations

ABOYNE - The Aboyne library was officially reopened last week after being closed for renovations since September.

Library Reopening

Library Reopening

The Aboyne library was officially reopened on March 17. Councillors, library staff, guests and children help cut the ribbon for the grand reopening on March 17. Photo by Olivia Rutt

Robots and more

Robots and more

Scarlett and Rowan Lyons play with robots in the board room of the new Aboyne library branch with their mother Diane.

Paige turner

Paige turner

Paige and Max Thalen look for their next book after being let into the newly-renovated Aboyne library on March 17.

Two local men to turn dream Peru trek into documentary

Two local men to turn dream Peru trek into documentary

ELORA - Often there’s one place in the world that profoundly resonates with someone but feels unattainable. For Jason Dekorte, of Fergus, that place was Peru.

Aboyne library reopens on March 17

Aboyne library reopens on March 17

The Aboyne library was officially reopened on March 17 after being closed for renovations since September. County councillors, library staff, guests and children helped cut the ribbon for the grand reopening. Maggie Kingdon found a book to read shortly after the doors opened. Photo by Olivia Rutt
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BUZZ

Building permit fees might drop as result of increased growth in Centre Wellington
Construction to begin on Victoria Street in Elora
Centre Wellington council costs $171,339 in 2016
Polls paint two different pictures of popular opinion about bottled water
Hunter fined after stray bullet rips through passing car
People sent to hospital after CO leak at Grand Valley arena

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