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  • The Wellington Advertiser - BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Brighten up your mind
    of them are immediately recognizable such as the classic K NEX Those of us who have been around a bit longer might enjoy a little nostalgia while browsing Lincoln Logs the classic construction toy that predates Lego has been re released The original designs have been resurrected and the pieces are made from wood as before Brighten Up has them in stock Meccano is another toy that has endured and is making a comeback We should mention that most of the product at Brighten Up is Canadian made of very high quality and offered at prices that will surprise and please you But let s go beyond the colourful offerings at the front of the store and peer into the inner workings for innovation lingers behind the counter and shelf displays It is in the classrooms of Brighten Up where the minds of adults and children are truly given the chance to learn and grow You ll discover a surprising variety of subject offerings Chris is the Executive Director at Brighten Up He is a successful entrepreneur with a proven track record in business and corporate ventures He holds an honours Bachelor s Degree in management and organizational studies He also has solid experience as a teacher s assistant loves to teach and never tires of learning and meeting new challenges Stephanie holds an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a specialization in history from the University of Guelph In 2011 she completed her Bachelors of Education in intermediate and senior drama and history education at Queen s University She holds a teacher s certificate and also loves teaching However the expertise does not and will not stop there Brighten Up offers tutoring in all manner of subjects by a variety of experts One on one sessions are available or small group tutoring if appropriate Another dimension to Brighten Up is the type of classes being offered because the subjects are by no means restricted to academia For example they intend to bring in an expert to teach sign language including an innovative sign language option for babies Basic computer skills is another classroom option useful for those who perhaps struggle with technology Brighten Up will expand the boundaries of the mind both young and old It s a fascinating exciting concept and well worth a visit There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan 17 at 11 20am and then their Grand Opening is planned for Jan 21 and 22 Join special guest Face the Art for balloon art face painting and Henna Art on Saturday from noon to 3pm For more information call Chris or Stephanie at 519 833 9258 Visit us at www brightenuperin ca for further details Brighten Up is located at 67 Main Street Unit D in Erin 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

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Carbon Nation kicks off enviro-film fest Jan. 18
    Automotive Service in Erin is a departure from most eco films it is an optimistic solutions based non preachy non partisan film and it will probably leave viewers hollering for action on many green energy fronts All Fast Forward films are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month from January through May at the Erin Legion 12 Dundas Street East Admission to the event is free though donations are appreciated Special thanks to Jay Mowat Swift Creek Oil Corporation for his general sponsorship of the 2012 series In addition to Carbon Nation the 2012 film fest will feature Water On The Table Feb 15 sponsored by Credit Valley Conservation The Last Mountain March 21 sponsored by Uphill Farm Organics and Hodgson Law White Water Black Gold April 18 sponsored by Everpure Biodiesel Co op and Queen of the Sun May 16 sponsored by Treehaven Natural Foods For more information about the series contact Liz Armstrong Climate Change Action Group Erin at 519 833 4676 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 Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb 2 Erin wages hiked 3 Chapman concerned current

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Erin postmaster retiring
    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 Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb 2 Erin wages hiked 3 Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Brighten up your mind Board of healths elected officers Carbon Nation kicks off enviro film fest Jan 18 Erin postmaster retiring Divisions remain council balks at mayors initial request to amend agenda Council approves creating a special policy area for waterworks extension Price of vandalism high in the Town of Erin The Wellington Advertiser News

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Divisions remain; council balks at mayors initial request to amend agenda
    minutes read none Maieron said that according to a Wellington Advertiser a notice of motion was made Tocher clarified that while her comments occurred at the point of the meeting between notices of motion and the adjournment she had not presented a notice of motion I just made a comment to you she said At that time Tocher had recommended council no longer alter its agenda at the beginning of the meetings Maieron asked what heading the comments were made under Tocher said they happened after the notices of motion and before council adjournment Maieron said during the discussion he had agreed to take Tocher s concerns under consideration Tocher said what was being discussed was if council should amend the council minutes Those minutes were then accepted as originally presented Under business arising from the minutes clerk Kathryn Ironmonger stated she had been requested to provide documentation on an item from a closed session of council She asked that council consider adding that item to a closed session at the end of the night s meeting so that item could be dealt with and a decision made about if that report could be brought presented as a public document Additionally she said there was a time sensitive issue involving potential litigation that would need to be considered in closed session as well Maieron asked if she was asking council to amend the agenda which we just said we wouldn t do to add two items to the closed session portion to which there were no materials provided in advance Tocher said the matter was time sensitive according to the clerk Procedurally how do we deal with this Maieron asked We just said we wouldn t amend the agenda Ironmonger said she was simply looking for direction from council Council has the ability to either agree to allow those discussions to take place in closed session or if not the items will come at the next council meeting Maieron said that is playing with technicalities and earlier that night council took the position that the agenda would not be amended Tocher moved that council move into closed session later that night to deal with the items arising from business arising or the time sensitive legal matter Maieron said he just wanted to have consistency on how business happens at council He said that since council had a recorded vote on whether to amend the agenda earlier in the meeting he sought a recorded vote this time as well I just want to show how consistent we can be The vote was unanimous to allow the items to be added 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

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council approves creating a special policy area for waterworks extension
    like to see the existing private wells decommissioned so people have the option to replace septic systems or maybe build additions to their homes Stull said when the issue first arose the estimated cost to bring a water pipe from Mills Street to 109 Trafalgar was 78 000 The argument then was if the water line was being brought in it made sense to connect other properties along the path rather than dig up the street again to make any connections in the future Stull attempted to show the economies of scale when all properties participate in the area service charge and if the town waives connection fees there would be an opportunity to decommission wells that we know through hydrogeology are generally shallow wells It was pretty clear that most people recognize there is a problem She said there was really no argument that current water quality is not particularly good Some residents have put in drilled wells but those are generally north of the area being examined I believe this is a fair and efficient initiative she said If council were to proceed the next step would be work towards tendering drafting a bylaw and communicating directly with the property owners to make them aware of what is happening She noted the area that is the most affordable to service is the downtown properties with the small frontages which need the service She said if the overall issue is not addressed by council then you are asking for holes in your downtown Councillor Barb Tocher asked what would happen if a homeowner did not wish to hook up immediately but agreed to the charge Stull said the intent would be to have to hookup happen Tocher asked what would happen if the property owner disconnected all piping from a dug well but kept the well for other purposes rather than decommission it Would that be appropriate And would it be jumping the gun if someone wanted to use it for geothermal heating Tocher asked Stull said those are shallow wells and that approach would not work Councillor John Brennan asked about a special area bylaw with costs of 113 000 He referred to other options that had other costs attached His question was if all the costs would be added together Stull explained her intent was to show savings that would be generated by going to a special area charge to bring in the water line for all the properties She said the long term policy of the official plan is to have those properties serviced eventually Of the 14 affected properties Brennan wanted to know how many owners are in favour Stull said four are in favour two are opposed and the remainder had not responded Brennan asked what are the requirements to have a septic system Stull said it includes a five metre buffer from the edge of the property line and five meters from any building Brennan asked what happens if someone does not have

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Price of vandalism high in the Town of Erin
    or replacements washroom repairs soccer net repairs and other items such as removing paint equipment repair seeding topsoil bench and table replacements and repairs and light and kiosk repair Overall impact to town Hass suggested that overall based on a three year average vandalism costs amounted to 74 310 or roughly 24 770 per year Councillor John Brennan said 25 000 per year is a lot of money Hass pointed out the amount could be higher but staff generally have not kept track of vandalism costs but that could be done in the future It s surprising how quickly things add up she said Hass added because each vandalism incident incurred damages under 5 000 the town has to pay the costs because the town s insurance policy has a 5 000 deductible Mayor Lou Maieron asked that vandalism costs be tracked by each department Councillor Barb Tocher asked if that could be made into an annual report Council subsequently directed staff to prepare a tracking method to record vandalism costs quarterly Maieron added Now that council knows the costs the big question is Are we going to do anything about it He said he was not looking for a response that night But this is becoming more and more serious and dangerous especially when we are looking at the removal of stop signs He said there is a big difference between someone doing something stupid and someone who does something stupid that could result in serious injuries Councillor Deb Callaghan recommended the report be brought to the community policing committee and forwarded to the OPP to provide an idea of how much the issue is costing residents January 6 2012 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Tourism issue clarified for Erin councillors
    services and this is our way of getting to the on ramp He added communications is a key focus driving traffic to the RT04 sites and its partner sites Peacock said one of the key areas is the area s heritage towns Peacock said The fact is that we have appealing small towns against a rich and picturesque rural area He foresees being able to incorporate those features into usable itineraries for visitors Peacock sees another area of growth being the Grand River with recreational activities such as biking and fly fishing He saw promotion of recreational activities having a direct impact to communities such as Erin He said culture is a big demand sector for tourism in the region Peacock said the RTO4 region works closely with its partners in Wellington County to coordinate resources There is a budget of roughly 500 000 to promote the region He sees opportunity for promotions between the regions We re very pleased to have Erin in RTO4 and see it as part of the rich agricultural and rural heritage of the province Councillor John Brennan said he was interested in the funding This has sort of been the crux of my dilemma I know the province has come forward with immediate funding to get the programs up and going but what do you see as the longer term funding for the RTO groups Peacock said at this point one item being discussed is a regional tourism tax that would be placed against accommodations such as hotels As you may be aware that has been challenged at numerous levels of government Peacock believes the bigger issue is if the RTOs are a viable tool to promote tourism in a region While long term funding appears to be available Peacock said there is government funding commitments until 2013 Brennan asked if regional tourism levies would be directed at individual tourism businesses or toward marketing groups such as Hills of the Headwaters Peacock said the regional tourism levy is not set up yet but his understanding is it would be directed at accommodation businesses Mayor Lou Maieron asked Can we have our cake and eat it too referring to if the town can remain in RTO4 and still participate in Hills of the Headwaters We have a historic connection with Hills of the Headwaters He said Peacock had mentioned the Grand River watershed while the Credit River is a significant part of Erin Maieron added the town s connection with Hills of the Headwaters predates the regional tourism groups How do we proceed Peacock said There are no limitations on how you market yourselves Maieron said Erin provides financial support to the Hills of the Headwater and asked if in the future it would have to provide similar support to RTO4 Peacock said Erin s financial contribution to RTO4 is covered through the Ministry of Tourism He said the bottom line is if Erin s relationship with Hills of the Headwaters is beneficial Councillor Barb

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Successful tree establishment takes much advance planning
    is a higher ratio of organic matter and microbial life Areas cleared for agriculture have disturbed heavy clay to loam soils where white pine will have a much harder chance for long term survival Tree species suited to wet areas tend to clog drainage tiles Shallow rooted trees can clog drains from a greater distance than the deep rooted trees but deep rooted trees will also clog tile when planted in close proximity If possible line the area of a tree buffer with non perforated tile that way roots will not interfere with the tile drain function Species such as white spruce and sugar maple are less likely to clog tiles if non perforated tiles are not an option That again is a situation where putting the correct tree in the right spot is very important The Trees for Mapleton program promotes planting in plastic mulch which is a layer of black film The mulch is placed on top of well tilled soils using a plastic layer or bed shaper creating a row of plastic mulch covering a planting bed Trees are planted directly into the mulch and then the film is stapled down near the new tree Plastic mulch creates a micro climate that can accelerate growth in new plantings The soil temperature rises soil moisture is retained unwanted vegetation is greatly hindered and soil crusting is prevented Proper tilling of soils prior to laying the plastic mulch is essential The fall is a good time to lay plastic mulch though it may lead to extra work if winter and early spring winds displace it Spring is the next best time to lay it but the time window between planting and when the soil is dry enough to cultivate and lay the plastic mulch may be very small Planning to lay the mulch in spring can lead to a very late planting or a postponed plant especially in a spring like we just had The use of post emergent or pre emergent herbicides is an effective vegetation control when cultivation or plastic mulch is not a choice A backpack sprayer is an option for smaller sites while application in bands at the desired row spacing is suitable for larger sites Similar to cultivated sites trees should be planted in the middle of sprayed areas of dead vegetation All safety precautions should be taken to protect everyone and the environment from use of herbicides Diligent use of protective equipment and consulting the product label for instructions on proper use storage handling and disposal of herbicides is essential Avoid spray drift to non target plants and areas Another form of vegetation control is the cultivating or scalping of the planting site That will create an area temporarily free of vegetation to the benefit of newly planted trees and make the planting and future maintenance much easier That should be done in the fall so that winter freezing can further break up soil clods Trees should be planted in the middle of

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