EWCS announces cuts to bus services

The rural bus program is being cut back.

For the last five months East Wellington Community Services (EWCS) has been running a bus program that brought rural residents to Guelph four days a week for shopping or appointments. Although officials believe there is a need for transportation services, the program has been under utilized and so the bus will be running only on Fridays starting Dec. 1.

The bus will still do its regular Friday pick-ups at Centre 2000, Hillsburgh Foodland, Cedar Valley, Everton, Brucedale, and Whistle Stop in Rockwood.

The cost of a ticket is still $10 for the round trip. Call 519-833-9696 for more information about the bus service.

Volunteers needed

The EWCS is looking for committee volunteers for its events and programs. EWCS fundraisers involve a lot of planning and volunteers are a big part of that.

Leading up to those events volunteers are needed to help on the committees to recruit sponsors, help with prize donations, sell tickets, and plan the details of the events.

Workload and committee meetings can be adjusted to fit volunteer’s schedules but most commitments will be a few months long.

Anyone interested in helping with the following events is encouraged to call EWCS:

– Fill Up Your Tanks raffle, in December and January;

– Shamrock Shuffle, in May;

– golf tournament in July;

– a fashion show in the fall; and

– store coordinators all year, for the New to You thrift stores in Erin or Hillsburgh, or Book Ends in Erin. A few hours a week, help run the store and manage other volunteers. 

Hearing clinic

There is a free hearing clinic on Nov. 30 at Centre 2000. Contact Sherri Plourde at 519-833-0087 to book a free hearing assessment from specialist Yasmin Yalinda.

Last trip

The last seniors day trip of the year is actually an evening event. Call to book a spot on the bus soon for Dec. 7 to Owen Sound for the Festival of Northern Lights.

The cost is $25. For more information call Rick 519-833-9696 extension 229.