Erin Montgomery

Erin Montgomery

Erin is back at The Grand after a break to travel and be involved in several theatre productions. A Seneca Radio and Television Graduate, Erin is retired from Pearson Airport where she spent 21 years. She is a falconer and wildlife rehabilitator, freelance writer and photographer and theatre nerd. Her love of sunrises is epic. Erin loves life in Wellington County and lives with her husband and various wildlife in her grandmothers hometown of ...wait for it....Erin Ontario.

Posts by Erin Montgomery

Pet of the Week

Posted on Thursday, December 14 2017

Pet of the Week

Meet Nessa! Nessa is an active little gerbil who would love to go into a home with a big cage to run and lots of bedding to burrow in. Gerbils are social, so a home with another gerbil would be wonderful! Nessa is absolutely adorable and active, but can be skittish so a patient owner who is willing to work with her is a must. She’ll entertain you for hours though! Come and see Nessa at the Guelph Humane Society today!”

 

GUELPH HUMANE SOCIETY

P. 519.824.3091

 


G0 Fund Me Set up for Crash Victim

Posted on Tuesday, December 12 2017

G0 Fund Me Set up for Crash Victim

The first five hours of December 9, 2017 finds Wellington County rife with drunk drivers. By the time day broke, Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had arrested three drunk drivers and was deep into an investigation of a collision that has a left a 23-year-old Elora woman fighting for her life. Sarah McCormack suffered life threathening injuries when a car she was a passenger in crashed on 9 Side Road in Belwood. The community has set up a GoFundME page to help with Sarahs recovery.find the link on our Facebook page. as of this morning after only one day of fundraising donations have surpassed the goal of 15 thousand dollars.


Free Private Well Testing Available

Posted on Monday, December 11 2017

Free Private Well Testing Available

Wellington Dufferin Public health is encouraging wellington county residents on private wells to get there water tested.

 Almost half the population of Wellington and Dufferin Counties gets their drinking water from private wells. To help ensure water is safe, Public Health Ontario offers water-quality testing for bacteria.

They  recommend you test your well water for bacteria at least three times a year, with the most important time to test being the spring.

Public Health can help you interpret your test results as well as provide information on disinfection and filtration systems, well upgrading and maintenance.

How to get your well water tested  Its free:

1. Pick up an empty water sampling bottle and form from a participating Public Health office (see table below) or a municipal office (please call your municipal office to find out if they participate in this program).

2. Follow the instructions provided with the sampling bottle to take your sample and fully complete the form that accompanies the bottle.

3. Drop off the sample at The public Health office at 474 Wellington 18 Suite 100 in Fergus


Attempted Abduction in Perth County

Posted on Monday, December 11 2017

Attempted Abduction in Perth County

Perth County OPP are asking the public’s help in identify a suspect in connection with the attempted  of a nine year boy in the Town of St. Marys Saturday around 7:30pm in the Station Street and Church Street area. A man in an SUV approached the child and offered a ride, the boy refused and the man tried to pull the boy into a vehicle.

The child got away, the vehicle sped from the scene .Police say the driver is described as white, with an average build, and deep voice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

 


Elora Women Suffers Life Threatening Injuries

Posted on Monday, December 11 2017

Elora Women Suffers Life Threatening Injuries

Update on that single vehicle collision that occurred on Saturday morning around 430  o n SR 9  in Belwood Opp report the single vehicle collision resulted in the 23 year  female passenger from Elora  being seriously injured and she was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries

The driver, 30-year-old Jeffrey C. A. McDOUGALL of Arthur has been charged with Impaired driving- Cause Bodily Harm among other charges 

If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired, either by drug or alcohol, you can call 911


Break in at Fergus Car Wash

Posted on Wednesday, December 06 2017

Break in at Fergus Car Wash

BREAK AND ENTER TO SPARKLE BRITE CAR WASH

- On December 1, 2017 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wellington County OPP responded to a report of a break and enter at Sparkle Brite Car Wash in Fergus.

 Investigation revealed that on December 1, 2017 between 04:55 am and 5:58 a.m.  a single male gained entry into the car wash utility room and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

There was significant damage done to the utility room as a result of this incident.

Any person with information regarding this incident should contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line at www.csgw.tips. You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

 


Budget Deliberations Continue

Posted on Wednesday, December 06 2017

Budget Deliberations Continue

 

Centre Wellington Council continue budget deliberations today and you can following along online. The town is broadcasting live and the link can be found at centre wellington.ca. You are also invited to attend in person at the Elora Municipal Office .https://centrewellington.civicweb.net/Portal/3572/LiveStream


Erin Man Charged

Posted on Tuesday, December 05 2017

Erin Man Charged

22-year-old Kyle Hamilton of  Erin is facing impaired driving charges after  53 year old Graig Hamilton  was struck by a pickup truck and killed in Grey Highland this past Saturday morning

Grey County OPP were called to respond to a collision involving a pedestrian on Grey County Road 12. The preliminary investigation by police has revealed that a white Dodge had struck a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Kyle Hamilton is charged with impaired driving

The accused is scheduled to answer to the allegations in court on Dec. 14.


OPP Ride Checks Continue to Find Impaired Drivers

Posted on Tuesday, December 05 2017

OPP Ride Checks Continue to Find Impaired Drivers

(COUNTY OF WELLINGTON, ON) -Wellington County OPP continued their efforts to get drunk drivers off the roads with several Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) checks throughout the weekend. Since the campaign started November 20, 2017, eight drivers in the county have received three-day roadside suspensions and eight drivers have been charged with impaired or over 80. Two of the impaired driving charges came as a result of motor vehicle collisions.

This past weekend three drivers were charged as a result of R.I.D.E checks set up throughout the county.

49-year-old Jerzy SNELA of Kitchener has been charged with Impaired Driving, Fail or Refuse to Provide a Sample and Driving with Open Liquor. Aftyer being stopped at Cr 124 and Watson Rd Saturday night 

21-year-old Dylan HUNT of Branchton was charged after being stopped Sunday morning on the Hanlon Expressway near Wellington St  

On December 3, 2017 at approximately 2:25 a.m. officers were conducting another  R.I.D.E. check on the Hanlon Expressway near College Avenue, City of Guelph. A male operating a 2007 Mazda entered the check.  While speaking with the driver, officers detected signs of alcohol consumption. A Roadside Screening Test was conducted which resulted in a fail. He was arrested and transported to a local OPP Detachment for further testing.

 

22-year-old Denver WILSON-HOPE of Guelph has been charged after being stopped Sunday morning on the hanlon Expressway near College ave. 

In all three cases, a 90-day Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) and seven-day Vehicle all will appear in court in jan to anwer to the charges.

 Detachment commander Scott Lawson

"We keep asking ourselves, what's it going to take to get the message across to these irresponsible drivers? We hope that it isn't a tragedy or life altering experience; that's our police officers worst nightmare and quite frankly should be the communities as well" says OPP Detachment Commander Scott Lawson. "Our efforts to get these drivers off the roads will continue. The message hasn't changed in decades, if you drink alcohol- plan ahead. Don't drive".


Road Closure

Posted on Tuesday, December 05 2017

Road Closure

   

Price Street in Elora from Church St. to West Mill St will be closed on December 6 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. to allow for crane operations. Downtown Businesses will remain open during all construction


No Hunting

Posted on Friday, December 01 2017

No Hunting

Wellington County owns over 1,200 acres of forest lands in 11 different forest tracts. They are managed to produce a variety of forest benefits:

  • Environmental protection
  • Wood products
  • Recreation
  • Wildlife habitat

County forests are used extensively by the public. Hunting is not permitted on the following: Badenoch, Cumnock, Little, Peacock and Everton Tracts. You can download a map of Wellington County Forests by visiting our maps page at WellingtonCounty.ca


West Grey Man Faces Several Charges

Posted on Friday, December 01 2017

West Grey Man Faces Several Charges

A West Grey County Man faces a list of charges after Wellington County OPP caught him speeding on WE 109 near 4th line Tuesday afternoon in Minto

While speaking with the driver  police became aware he was providing false information. The driver was arrested for Obstruct Police.

A search incident to arrest discovered a quantity of Marihuana in the vehicle and drug paraphernalia.

33-year-old Lance HIGGINS of West Grey has been charged with Obstruct Police, Possession of Marihuana, Drive motor vehicle no permit, Speeding, Drive motor vehicle no licence and Fail to have insurance card. He is scheduled to appear in Guelph Criminal Court on January 2, 2018.  


Search of Grand River Raceway

Posted on Friday, December 01 2017

Search of Grand River Raceway

This past Tuesday  at approximately 9:15 p.m. Wellington County OPP were contacted by Grand River Raceway in Elora regarding a threat received from an unknown party.

As a result of the threat the building was searched and was found to be safe.

The investigation is on going


Pet of The Week

Posted on Thursday, November 30 2017

Pet of The Week

Drake is a super social, affectionate guy who is looking for an active home that can keep up with him. Drake is FIV+ but still expects to live a full and happy life. He must be a strictly indoor-only cat so he doesn't pass on the virus to any other cats through fighting. Drake would love a snuggle and play buddy and he doesn't care if it comes in the form of a dog, human or cat. Drake is currently enjoying himself in a foster home. If you are interested in meeting Drake or would like to find out more, please call the shelter, 519 824 3091


Gravel Truck Roll over in Erin

Posted on Thursday, November 30 2017

Gravel Truck Roll over in Erin

Wellington Road 23 from Wellington Road 22 and Sideroad 17 in Erin was yesterday after  Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a serious collision involving a single tractor trailer roll-over on Wellington Road 23, at Wellington Road 22. Initial reports indicated that a tractor trailer loaded with gravel had lost control and rolled over spilling the load of gravel into the ditch. No other vehicles where involved and the driver was not injured.

Police continue to investigate the collision and charges may be pending.

 

 


Belwood Man Killed in Head On Collison

Posted on Tuesday, November 28 2017

Belwood Man Killed in Head On Collison

A 22-year-old man from Belwood has died in a head-on collision near Schomberg, west of Newmarket.

OPP say Joshua D’Archi was the driver of a van that collided with a dump truck late Monday morning.

According to police, emergency crews had to free D’Archi from his van before he was taken to hospital in an air ambulance.

The dump truck driver was also hurt, although their life was never in danger.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

Photo:(OPP Kerry Schmidt/twitter)


Shooting in Orangeville

Posted on Tuesday, November 28 2017

Shooting in Orangeville

 

Police in Orangeville  are reporting a man in his 50s was airlifted to hospital with multiple  gun shots wounds and the suspect is still at large. It happened around 9:30 last night when Orangeville police received a report of gun shots heard near 3rd St. and 4th Ave.

Police found the wounded man on Orange Mill Dr. Witnesses report seeing a vehicle leaving the scene, but no description of the vehicle or suspect has been released. Police do not believe this was a random attack. The investigation continue


Plane Crash in Caledon

Posted on Tuesday, November 28 2017

Plane Crash in Caledon

Four people were taken to hospital one with serious injuries after a small plane crashed as it attempted to land at Brampton Flight centre.  It happened late night just before 5;30 pm .The Transportation Safety Board is investigating. The Cessna ended up on  McLaughlin Rd between old school road and King street after it hit a tree.

 

Photo:

(PEEL PARAMEDICS / TWITTER)  


Canada Wide Warrant

Posted on Tuesday, November 28 2017

Canada Wide Warrant

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public's assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of parole.

  Burt John CARTER is described as a indigenous male, 34 years of age, 5'6 (168cm), 154 lbs (70kg) with brown hair and blue eyes. His head is possibly shaved completely or a Mohawk style.

 He is serving an eight (8) year sentence for Robbery, Break and Enter, property and driving offences.

 The offender is known to frequent the Brantford and Ohsweken areas.pic on our webpage and twitter feed.

  Anyone having contact with this offender or information in regards to their whereabouts is asked to contact the Provincial R.O.P.E. Squad at 416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)   or call 9-1-1.

 


Local Runners Win Gold

Posted on Monday, November 27 2017

Local Runners Win Gold

Local Fergus runner, Jake Cousineau posted a time of 20 min. 24:9 sec. over 6KM to helped the Speed River Track and Field Club, from Guelph, win GOLD in the Under 18 division at the Canadian National Cross Country Championships on November 25th in Kingston, ON. Pictured are his teammates on the podium receiving their gold medals - Korbet C., Luke W., Nicholas B., Luke C., John W., Jake C. and Jackson B. It was the beginning of a great day for the Speed River Track and Field Club as it was the first time in club history that they won all 3 mens divisions, capturing GOLD in the Youth Boys, Junior Men and Senior Mens races.​