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Today's date: Wednesday January 28, 2015 Vol 48 Issue 04
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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.

Five-course harvest table dinner

GUELPH - Join Artisanale French Country Cooking Jan. 29 for a special harvest table dinner in support of FarmStart, a local organization that encourages and supports a new generation of entrepreneurial, ecological farmers.

Winter warm-up fundraiser

Onward Willow Better Beginnings Better Futures is hosting its first ever winter warm-up fundraiser Feb. 11 from 11am until 2pm at 20 Shelldale Cres.

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.

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.

OMAF and MRA Report

A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). For more information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm. For technical information, call 1-877-424-1300 or visit www.ontario.ca/omafra.

New ‘cooking with milk’ 4-H club hosts meeting

A new 4-H club about cooking with milk has just been started.

Annual Guelph organic conference set

GUELPH - In its 34th year, the annual Guelph organic conference is preparing to host hundreds of guests including speakers, exhibitors and attendees from across Canada and the United States.

Guelph-based agri-business Bioenterprise receives $2.5 million

Guelph-based agri-business Bioenterprise receives $2.5 million

GUELPH - Area agri-business Bioenterprise will receive $2.5 million from the federal government over five years, public works minister Diane Finley announced on Jan. 15.

Good game

Good game

The Guelph Ringette U-9 team played its best game of the year at the 38th Annual Waterloo Winterfest Tournament, coaches say.

Talk Today program brings mental health awareness to OHL

Talk Today program brings mental health awareness to OHL

GUELPH - Mental health is in the forefront for Ontario Hockey League (OHL) officials this season. Partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the league developed the Talk Today program to bring mental health awareness into the locker room.

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.

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.

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.

Drinking and driving

Police continue to lay drinking and driving charges.

Speeders of the Week

Police continue to track down high speeders in Wellington County.

Crimes of the Week

Officials are seeking help with two separate incidents involving the theft of cigarettes.

Warrant leads to charges

HOWICK - A man faces five charges after a Wellington County OPP investigation into illegal firearms found at a residence on Fordwich Line in Howick Township.

Police seek help with collision investigation

GUELPH - Police are seeking the public’s assistance with locating anyone that may have witnessed a motor vehicle collision that is currently being investigated.

Marijuana charge

GUELPH - On Jan. 13 at about 11:55pm Wellington County OPP officers were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 6 North and College Avenue here.

Project Lifesaver

WELLINGTON CTY. - Victim Services Wellington, in coordination with the Wellington County OPP and the Guelph Police Service, are reminding county residents about Project Lifesaver.

Snowmobile safety

ORILLIA - With three Ontario snowmobile deaths already this season in OPP jurisdictions, drinking while snowmobiling was a hot topic as the OPP and Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) kicked off provincial Snowmobile Safety Week on Jan. 15.

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.

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.

Wellington Junior Farmers ready to welcome new members after busy year

Wellington Junior Farmers ready to welcome new members after busy year

WELLINGTON CTY. - The Wellington Junior Farmers had a busy year in 2014. This year the main focus will be “member recruitment, community involvement and having fun,” organizers note.

Winter Games

Winter Games

Junior Farmer members participate in many fun events. The Wellington team placed second in curling at this year’s winter games. From left: Jason Schill, Simon Signer, Theo van der Meulen Elbert Bouwman, Jen van der Meulen, Katherine Clyne and Kate Mckenzie.

2016 “faces of farming” calendar contest applications now being accepted

GUELPH - With the new year comes a new calendar, and that means it is time once again for Farm and Food Care Ontario’s annual “Faces of Farming” calendar contest.

Liberal candidate brings MPs to riding

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