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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Fire department unveils new education house
    visits to the education house children will receive an initial tour before they are invited to start a fire escape plan for their own homes Then they will go back into the inflatable house to put their lessons to practice in a smoke filled environment This is a great opportunity for all of Wellington North Tout said of the house He thanked the Kin Club for its donation and assured club officials it was money well spent Benn said the house will make regular appearances throughout the township at schools churches and community events As an added bonus all Wellington North children that go through the house will be entered into a contest for a pizza dinner with Sparky the Fire Dog and local firefighters But Benn stressed the new educational house is not just for use in the township It s definitely going to be well used he said Benn explained the unit will be loaned to other fire departments in the area several of which have already expressed interest The idea for the escape planning house came up several years ago when Benn and other Wellington North fire officials discussed different ways of educating the public After searching the Internet they came across the inflatable education house which Benn said is a great complement to other fire department education initiatives This is another big piece of the pie he said with a smile before inviting those at the unveiling to enjoy a piece of complimentary cake For more information about the fire escape planning education house call 519 323 1441 January 13 2012 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

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets recognition
    planning Each agency in the BBBSC organization is studied every five years Agencies also participate in a mid term evaluation as an interim measure ensuring adherence to national standards Although this process is time consuming and seems onerous it is our responsibility as a child serving agency to guarantee their safety and well being always said Marnie Mainland executive director of BBBS of North Wellington We are proud to be part of such a reputable National organization Bruce MacDonald president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada said This accreditation program is critical as we move forward in our efforts to reach and support more children The program provides the local agency with the information and assurance that its officers need to know that they are doing a good job and that they are doing the right things The national strategic plan has outlined an ambitious goal of serving 100 000 children by 2013 our accreditation program has a direct and positive impact towards achieving the strategic goal The local group has been serving the community for more than 35 years It is currently serving 76 children January 13 2012 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters sets Bowl for Kids dates Mapleton Minto 81s have successful weekend Fire department unveils new education house Wellington North Health Care 66 000 surplus Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets recognition Local Heart and

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Local Heart and Stroke fundraisers receive award fundraisers receive award
    2007 bringing in a total of 1 500 The next year 2 000 was raised for the HSFO The fundraiser brought in 3 500 in 2009 despite tough economic times In 2010 3 250 was raised This year marked the largest fundraiser bringing in 3 700 It was Ken and Sandy s innovative business sense to tie this fundraiser in with their very popular Dollar Days sale so that they can say to the customers when they are checking out You ve saved so much today why not make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Felske said For seven years now this family run store in Mount Forest continues to support our Heart Month fundraising initiatives with outstanding results Felske added The owners of this store don t simply advertise that they are raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation they encourage friendly competitions between their cashiers by securing cash and gift prizes to award to the cashiers that raised the most and they also put strong focus on heart healthy living for their customers offering HSFO health resources They also create a fundraising wall with out large thermometer prominently displayed at the entrance with a sign encouraging customers to donate when they check out The couple credits the support of shoppers and store employees for the successful fundraisers They also support other charities including the local foodbank January 6 2012 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

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Year one: Wellington North mayor reflects on achievements, pitfalls
    mayor said of inadequate information reaching to the province You can t point fingers The fact of the matter is it wasn t done It is done now The mayor said a priority is working with staff and departments to ensure they are working together with new financial procedures taking center stage It s tough to make changes with staff he said I need them to implement changes and that s not always easy Under the new council department heads are now required to have their budgets in earlier so they can be considered well in advance That process gives departments and staff a chance to determine needs that are immediate or that can wait Tout said the township has to re establish its reserves to have money on hand if something unforeseen happens and to keep careful track of spending He wants departments and council to develop long term plans for how the township operates You ve got to plan ahead five 10 15 years he said The plan will eventually reduce the township s debt now sitting at around 12 million We paid 1 2 million in interest alone he said of the impact debt is having You can t keep doing that Tout said a municipality of similar size recently had the province take over its administration when its debt threshold of 18 million was reached He does not want a similar scenario in Wellington North If the province comes in and runs our municipality then everybody loses Tout said He wants residents to be aware of the budget process and how money is being spent and he promised a more open process to get that information out Every taxpayer should know where their taxes are going the mayor said One of the downsides of being mayor is getting the taxpayers to fully understand how the municipality is run and the financing of it He cited a project the reconstruction of Fergus Street from Queen to King that he would like to see done Tout said that could have been done if the township wasn t required to spend about 325 000 to clear contaminated soil at the Cork Street pumping station Councillor Lennox who heads the township s finance committee made it clear at a recent council meeting Wellington North has to get a handle on its spending Tout said a similar hard line can be expected when contract talks with employees take place next year It s going to be tough and it s going to be tight Everybody has to tighten their belts He is equally proud of the accomplishments the township can point to in the past year Information at a recent joint meeting of the economic development committees from Wellington North and Minto showed both municipalities weathered the recent recession well without any major job losses The indication is development and jobs will continue to grow Tout is also proud of the way the township responded to the plight of some 205

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Warm Winter Wishes in Mount Forest / Arthur this weekend
    the community Basically we raise money and go out and purchase gifts for those who do not receive anything around Christmas she said Her role includes organizing a bottle drive on Dec 10 from 11am to 2pm in the school parking lot and later at Arthur Public School from 3 to 5pm Haynes added All money raised that day will go towards those who need it the most in the community For additional information Haynes can be contacted at nicki747 live com or 519 323 3626 December 9 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters sets Bowl for Kids dates Fire department unveils new education house Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets recognition Local Heart and Stroke fundraisers receive award fundraisers receive award Year one Wellington North mayor reflects on achievements pitfalls Warm Winter Wishes in Mount Forest Arthur this weekend Local teacher receives fire safety award Economic growth may require joint effort two northern municipalities hear OMB dismisses claim by owner of furniture business Results from 4 H test at Mount Forest Fair Wellington Junior Farmers tested knowledge at fall fair Road construction uncovers contaminated soil Local ringette group gets 11 400 boost from foundation New ER ambulatory centre get green light at Mount Forest hospital BREAKING NEWS Wilkinson announces major investment in Mount Forest Hospital Fall Fair set for Labour Day weekend The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Local teacher receives fire safety award
    audience We do fire safety lessons and watch videos she said And they have a little project where they take home and create their family s fire escape plan We talk a lot about fire prevention too because it s important Working with Wellington North fire prevention officer Jason Benn Elvidge coordinates a tour for grade 2 students to the Mount Forest fire hall The children love going to the fire hall to get a full tour she said If the children have completed a home fire escape plan they are then presented with a Smoke Detective badge of honour I was surprised to be nominated Elvidge said Jason Benn approached my school s principal and some of my colleagues and they sent in a nomination The award was handed out by Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek during a recent gala in Toronto It was nice to receive recognition for teaching fire safety and I hope that it will potentially save a life down the line if my students ever encounter a fire situation said Elvidge whose teaching career has spanned 25 years She plans to keep fire safety as part of her curriculum calling it a great experience for students in our community November 11 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters sets Bowl for Kids dates Fire department unveils new education house Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Economic growth may require joint effort, two northern municipalities hear
    the county and municipal levels We should work to support your economic development because if an industry is brought here we all benefit he said Presentations by Jana Reichert of the Waterloo Wellington Community Futures Development Corporation and Carol Simpson of the Workforce Planning Board noted the county has emerged stronger from the 2008 economic downturn Reichert presented findings from a Wellington County study taken from 2006 to 2009 which indicates that job growth is expected to continue The study found that in the county the greatest growth has been in the manufacturing sector with an estimated growth of 1 318 people during the period In the health care sector job growth increased by 642 and agriculture by 634 In Wellington North the labour force working in the business finance and administrative sector grew by 111 people while natural and applied sciences grew by 74 people and art culture and recreation grew by 22 people Manufacturing jobs grew by 212 and health care jobs by 94 Similar figures for Minto showed 36 new jobs in information and culture 113 in agriculture and 150 new jobs in manufacturing Reichert said businesses are optimistic about the future with some 75 per cent predicting an increase in new customers and 69 per cent expecting increases in revenue Simpson said companies are also looking for more skilled workers The demand for general labor is dropping dramatically in comparison to skilled labour It s a very positive sign she added We re looking at a very healthy chunk of your revenue coming from the manufacturing sector Simpson said consumers are looking for products produced locally and are moving away from products from countries such as China The growth we see is in the small and medium size businesses that have control locally she said From a labour perspective we re seeing a steady increase In agriculture crop production remains steady and strong Simpson added Where we are seeing issues is in animal production where we re not seeing the growth we would expect to see Simpson urged committee members to look at new opportunities for economic development to create jobs on a smaller scale You re not going to get the next Toyota plant so you re going to have to be creative She said greater effort should be taken to keep residents particularly young people from moving away to find job opportunities A lot of young people and parents don t realize the opportunities that are here in their backyard Minto Business and Economic Manager Belinda Wick Graham said the meeting was an important first step to realizing how economic development efforts are not confined to one municipality She said Minto will host the next joint meeting October 28 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

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - OMB dismisses claim by owner of furniture business
    year Although there was substantial interference with access to the claimant s business and the claimant sustained consequential business losses the board finds that the interference was not beyond what the claimant ought to have expected given the nature on the neighborhood in which its business is located the OMB stated in its ruling The reconstruction undertaken by the township was necessary While carrying out its statutory duties in a timely and efficient way to maintain its roads and services the township needed to close the road on which the claimant s business is located and which provided access There was no other option that could have been employed by the township This was unfortunate but unavoidable On balance the need far outweighed the temporary interference suffered by the claimant The board also ruled the township and Oakes will pay their own legal costs I accept the decision Oakes told the Advertiser I m also slightly relieved I took a big chance in proving my case He added They found my case to be valid It s unfortunate it went as far as it did All I was doing was trying to protect my business It was never about the money To me it was the principle Mayor Ray Tout said he was pleased with the outcome of the hearing but declined further comment October 28 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 Big

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