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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Guelph Hiking Trail Club celebrates 40 years
    other area trails such as the Starkey Trail now maintained by the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Speed River Trail from Guelph to Cambridge The GHTC also maintains the first leg of the Kissing Bridge Trail the portion from Guelph to West Montrose The GHTC has gone from strength to strength bringing together people who enjoy walking in the outdoors and offering guided hikes day and evening and hiking presentations Last year the club also started offering kids hikes which have proved popular The membership fee for the club is set at 25 per year and there is always a good range of hikes offered from gentle easy ones for beginners to faster more strenuous hikes for those who enjoy a challenge The 40th anniversary celebration of the Radial Line Trail will be followed by these GHTC Ontario Hiking Week activities in the first week of October Jack Scott Memorial Hike on the Blue Springs and Sugar Shack side trails on Oct 1 at 2pm kids hike on Oct 2 at 1pm New members night on Oct 5 at 7pm Crawford Lake to Rattlesnake Park hike on Oct 8 at 10am Visit the club website www guelphhiking com or call Kathy at 519 836 9147 August 12 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Arts council welcomes new executive director Wellington Countys blue box program turns 25 Council rejects request to waive fees

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9592 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Downtown Hillsburgh residents to consider tapping into town water
    neighboring property but still would not be allowed to have septic With dug wells and soakaway septic systems I think the ultimate situation is that most people would want to be on town water given the situation Stull said councillors may be surprised at the public interest in the proposal She added if nearby property owners have been considering property improvements They are aware they can t do anything Stull said preliminary estimates indicate if the project proceeds it appears the cost would be less than 10 000 per dwelling Tocher said wells on the west side of Trafalgar and heading north are mostly dug and the water is not very good Many people in the area have not been drinking well water for a long time she said Council was warned the cost is based on frontage not per unit Tocher said council could enter into an agreement with residents to split costs according to the number of units if the residents agree Director of finance Sharon Marshall warned council to be careful what the fees are called and said there are options available to the town Stull said while there may be a perception people do not want town water there may be a different opinion when specific people are asked that same question especially those who have long term plans for a property but are encumbered by the neighbours dug wells It may be of interest to find out if they are interested Stull said she wanted to meet with people to describe the initial stage of what is happening We d been trying to determine if this was doable But even if water could be brought in Stull was asked how the septic issue can be addressed She said considering the number of dug wells in the area soaker septic pits might not be the best way to proceed Mayor Lou Maieron asked what is in use by other residents of the area Stull said the area is old enough that there are not many good records There are some records she said She added for anyone making a change the only real option would be the installation of holding tanks for septage Maieron asked why a new home would not have to meet new requirements Stull said if a new home is built to match the size and number of fixtures it might be allowed to use what is currently in place Councillor John Brennan asked what would happen if hook ups become mandatory The difference Tocher said is currently there is no waterline in place But the plan is to put one in Brennan said He said if a line is installed and it does not become mandatory to hook in people are going to crucify you Maieron asked if the costs are dependant on everyone participating in this Tocher said if it is designated as a local improvement there is no choice but to share the costs Stull was hopeful that a meeting

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10212 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Water rescue training delayed until spring
    means training will be put off until next May Mapleton is home to the Conestogo River and Conestogo Lake and he told council in August when seeking permission for the training the department is willing to undertake rescue work there if members have proper training and equipment On the positive side there will likely be money in the budget for next spring The total budget he presented for water rescue training was 19 444 He said if the training had been done on schedule having enough money in the fire department budget would be close October 7 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Council passes taxes borrowing bylaws Slower calendar sales could mean less funding for two local events Mapleton Minto 81s have successful weekend Debris unlicenced vehicles keeping new enforcement officer busy Council could be using laptops by February Success at last Council to meet with CN Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town unveils long term water sewer plans Province supports GRCA water management plan with 903 000 Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation Decision on turbines could be made Jan 24 Fire department unveils new education house Township residents appeal turbine ruling to environmental tribunal Year One Long term look at services one goal of new mayor Bruce Whale Possible unity in water protection rules 2011 Mapleton Year

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10029 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Oct. 25 water service bylaw discussion to be in Hillsburgh
    meeting but did want councillors to be aware of the limitation Tocher added she was confident people could still be accommodated Maieron clarified to the press and the public that the water meeting is being held in the upstairs hall of the Hillsburgh Community Centre on Oct 25 at 7 30pm He noted previous discussion and stressed this is not a public meeting but an actual council meeting for council to have an opportunity to review all the comments submitted the questions that were asked to determine if council needs more information He added there would be no delegations at the meeting It is our first opportunity to discuss the matter as a council Maieron said Council had held off discussion over the summer months until the return of councillor John Brennan who was absent due to health reasons People wishing to attend will be there to observe not to present their views at that time the mayor said Maieron added those individuals could make their views as a delegation at a later time We don t anticipate making a decision but we do want to air it out he said September 30 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Council passes taxes borrowing bylaws Debris unlicenced vehicles keeping new enforcement officer busy Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9960 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - GRCA presents watershed awards and community conservation grants
    company Copernicus Educational Products is based on his property in Arthur The company also gives out thousands of trees each spring to students and has undertaken many green initiatives The Fergus Lions Club Ten years ago this month the Fergus Lions Club got the shovel in the ground to plant the first trees in the Grand River Arboretum in Fergus The quiet area of remembrance beside the Grand River now has 350 trees with commemorative plaques to remember loved ones There are also many benches for quiet contemplation Cambridge WATERS Water Awareness through Education and Resource Stewardship The group of volunteers formed in 1997 tells Cambridge s water story The group has displays at special events has created educational materials and oversees Cambridge s Yellow Fish program It is a sub committee of the Cambridge environmental advisory committee Conestogo River Enhancement Work Group CREW A half dozen volunteers joined to help create a brown trout tailwater fishery on the Conestogo River in 2003 and they have been dedicated to that task ever since Over the years the CREW has helped the Ministry of Natural Resources stock 300 000 brown trout in the river They have planted 3 000 trees organized river clean ups and worked with landlords to create access points along the river September 23 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Camping reservation system now open Town unveils long term water sewer

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9923 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Station street closed in Hillsburgh; dam issue creates concern for council
    it is not known if that steel pipe is part of the original installation or was added later for widening of the road Regardless he stated the joint between the two pipes is suspect He said there are obvious issues with the intake structure There are two slots in the concrete structure to accommodate screen and boards to somewhat regulate levels but the structure is essentially an overflow outlet and is not functioning that way There is physical evidence of settlement on the south side of the road over the pipe There is concrete protruding above the pavement Staff have been told that is a result of eight cubic yards of concrete slurry placed in a hole that previously developed There are no records to indicate if the pipe was blocked and if water is bypassing or has been bypassing the pipe Ground penetrating radar has been completed to determine if there are any voids below the surface and to determine what is exactly below the surface On Nov 29 that report confirmed a void of about 6 5 by 9 8 feet extending to a depth of up to 11 5 feet Van Wyck proposed the town go into the pond to examine the intake structure and remove any wood from it In addition the intent is to measure the inside of the structure and provide that information for boards to be installed Town staff would install the boards to stop the flow and force the water through the dam until levels rise above the boards Staff would remove debris in the vicinity of the dam and break the top four to six inches off the concrete patch and smooth the road surface following completion of the ground radar work Due to the lack of information and the uncertainty of the stability of the road in the area of the dam a decision was made to close the road until such time as the town had some assurance this area was structurally sound and not likely to collapse Van Wyck wrote In a Friday afternoon update he said The road is closed and will remain closed until such time as the town can confirm there is no threat to public safety Town staff have installed boards in the inlet structure in an attempt to limit flow Van Wyck said significant water flow continues to come through the boards as several appear to be compromised He added an attempt was made to put a sewer camera thru a culvert but the significant volume of water flowing through prohibited the camera from going all the way through the pipe A cedar log was found inside the pipe The pipe is a large diameter corrugated steel and greater than 24 inches The culvert is installed approximately 4 5 metres below the surface of the road Van Wyck added that no further repairs can be attempted on culvert until such time as flow is greatly reduced or eliminated Not only is the dam

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10638 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Teviotdale top choice for new $7.5-million OPP centre
    considered a number of spots and there was one in Arthur that finished just out of the running Chris White noted one member of the search team pointed out it was a mere ten miles away from the Aboyne site and Arthur is much farther away from other parts of the north the centre is to serve That operations centre will serve Mapleton Minto and Wellington North and Lynda White said it would have 45 to 55 officers reporting to that site However she said the OPP is a mobile service and if officers are in the station all the time they are not doing their work properly They need to be on the street She added most centres in Wellington County are expected to continue their storefront OPP offices She said there will be one in Palmerston and Harriston while the one in Clifford was closed because it was not used The Mount Forest OPP station is owned and operated by the province and it will remain Grey County OPP officers also work out of that station with Wellington OPP officers All OPP officers will shift to Teviotdale when it opens The province has already announced it will place a forensic operations centre in Mount Forest Lynda White added the operations centre in Palmerston will be closed It was not designed for a police operations centre and she said it has deficiencies She added the new Teviotdale centre will look a lot like the ones opened in Rockwood and Aboyne in the past six years She added since the county built those buildings others around Ontario want to copy the type of buildings Wellington has erected Lynda White said the building the county erects in Teviotdale will always be a county building She said the county is extremely happy with the OPP service it is receiving since it has access to province wide experience in all types of crime fighting initiatives equipment and skilled people Warden Chris White said geographically the Teviotdale site made the most sense and he also noted land there was cheaper than the cost of land at a possible site in Arthur He said the cost of the ball park in Teviotdale was about 180 000 for six acres He said the county looked at many sites but the closer the scrutiny the faster some of those fell off the list He added Palmerston is not really losing a police station It s just down the street now he said Lynda White said she hopes the new police station in Teviotdale will be opened in late 2014 The proposed funding for the project includes tax levy amounts of 750 000 in 2012 and 1 75 million in 2013 debenture financing of 750 000 in 2012 and 1 25 million in 2013 and a contribution from the county property reserve of 1 5 million in 2012 and 1 million in 2013 December 2 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10509 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - OPP Mounted Unit: Horses were stars in North American competition
    with Hull and Carberry helping to get everything perfect Meanwhile other teams of up to ten members were working on the competition s horses Van Norman said the entire competition is so keen many officers told her they begin training two or three weeks after the annual competition for the next one There were seminars for search and rescue work and fun competitions for fitness There also were courses for new Mounted Unit members including the ability to work in a barn move bales and skills you wouldn t have on the street she said There was also a pairs obstacle course but competitors did not work in their normal teams Instead they drew names for partners The idea is each will have a familiarity with manoeuvres and tactics even when paired with strangers It was a lot of fun Van Norman said She added one of the more thrilling parts of the four day event was a ride through downtown Toronto Over 100 horses and riders rode down Lake Shore Boulevard and stopped at city hall Toronto Police provided an escort and Van Norman said its officers told her it was the largest parade of horses they ve ever had in the city That ride included Yonge Street Canada s longest street and she said Toronto Police took no chances A lot of the mounted units from the United States are not from large urban areas so there was a horse trailer following in case country boys horses unfamiliar with large cities had a meltdown Hull said the competition is very strong but there is also a strong sense of camaraderie He said officers from all over told him If you re ever in Georgia or If you re ever in Vancouver look us up There are two separate competitions One is for regular officers and the other is for auxiliary officers Hull finished in fourth place in the auxiliary police equitation competition and Van Norman was ninth in the uniform class We never expected to come home with anything We sought skill and experience for the horses to do something different Van Norman said Added Hull I was absolutely overjoyed with what Bosco the other county OPP horse did I am so proud of them They represented the OPP so well Van Norman said Nobody knew Wellington County Without the support of the OPP and Wellington County She also praised Carberry for all her aid We needed a hand on the ground and she really helped us Hull said The guys Jasper and Bosco are the stars We re so proud of them Van Norman said of the horses Our guys have never been near an obstacle course like that They did awesome Wellington County OPP Inspector Scott Smith said of the OPP Mounted Unit For Wellington County to have a mounted unit it really brings a lot of publicity and positive relations not only to the police but the community Smith called the North American competition a

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10197 (2016-02-16)
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