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.

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The Grand 101.1 FM wins!

Posted on Friday, August 18 2017

The Grand 101.1 FM  wins!

Congrats to us!  The station has won the "Gold Box" for excellence in recycling.  Collection drivers have indentified us as being exceptional when it comes to keeping our re cycling clean, properlty sorted, bundled when appropriate and never having unacceptable items in the box.

The County's Gold Box Reward Programme is designed to reward the County's best recyclers. This programme is open to every household in Wellington County. The goal is for residents to show their commitment to recycling in a fun way and perhaps create a little friendly competition with neighbours vying for their own Gold Box.  The programme is ongoing and a minimum of 25 Gold Boxes will be awarded every year. 

If you would like your own blue box to be considered for a random check see details at wellington.ca


Two Impaired Charges Laid in Fergus

Posted on Friday, August 18 2017

Two Impaired Charges Laid in Fergus

Two separate incidents involving impaired drivers in Fergus  had WCOPP busy this past Tuesday . around 9pm police located 2 subjects of a traffic complaint on Garafraxa st..

50-year-old James K. MacGILLIVARY of Guelph has been charged with Impaired. He is to appear in Guelph Criminal Court on September 29, 2017 to answer to the charge.

 And 25-year-old Jeffery John Cameron RIDER of Guelph has been charged with

Impaired by Drug. He is to appear in Guelph Criminal Court on September 29, 2017 to answer to the charge.


Break and Enter in Fergus

Posted on Friday, August 18 2017

Break and Enter in Fergus

 Opp asking for the public help in locating a suspect in connection with a break and enter to a vehicle in Fergus it happened
  On Saturday August 5, Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a vehicle that had been entered overnight on Holman Crescent, Fergus.

Suspect(s) entered the vehicle sometime overnight on August 4, 2017 through to August 5, 2017 and stole loose change, a Motorola blue tooth, a Kenwood stereo remote and a bottle of cologne.

Any person with information regarding this or any other criminal activity 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.

 

photo: stock photo


OPP Charge West Grey Man

Posted on Monday, August 14 2017

OPP Charge West Grey Man

A west Grey man is facing several charges after WCOPP . The man was caught in the act of stealing items worth $3000 from a business in Arthur

The male was located with his vehicle and an attached trailer. On the trailer police observed four Kubota tires and an upper and lower arm of a Kubota tractor. Investigation revealed that the male had stolen these items from a Machinery business in West Grey on August 9, 2017. 

A subsequent search of the vehicle located cheque books belonging to another victim.

 Charged is  30-year-old Wade BRODIE  he has been charged with:

 Possession of Property obtained by crime under $5000 x 2

  • Possession of a forged document
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order
  • Fraud under $5000

 He was held for bail court on August 11, 2017


Food Recall

Posted on Monday, August 14 2017

Food Recall

  A food recall from Maple Lodge Farms . Two types of chicken frankfurters due to the potential presence of bone fragments in the product.

The recall affects Maple Lodge Farms Big Original Chicken Frankfurters and Zabiha Halal Big Original Chicken Frankfurters with an expiry date of August 27, 2017 and the following two UPC codes: 067714004205 and 06771400423

The CFIA says the recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were originally purchased.


Tornado /touches Down Near Hawkesville

Posted on Monday, August 14 2017

Tornado /touches Down Near Hawkesville

 2 Tornados touched down in the area this past week end… Hawkesville, along with Elmira, St. Jacobs, and north Waterloo were hit with strong winds and heavy rain for most of Friday night,

 The national weather service confirmed Saturday that an EF-2  with winds of 180 km an hour  tornado touched down near Hawkesville around 7:30 p.m.

Environment Canada’s damage assessment team also confirms an EF-0 tornado with maximum winds of 130 km/h touched down near Leamington around 5:40 p.m damaging solar panels and a greenhouse.

 

Photo:Jeff Mulder


OPP Canvassing Town of Rockwood

Posted on Friday, August 11 2017

OPP Canvassing Town of Rockwood

 

The Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be canvassing residences in the Town of Rockwood tomorrow in regards to a rash of Break Ins and Vehicle Entries.

While canvassing residence about these Break Ins and Vehicle Entries, members of the OPP Auxiliary Unit will also be educating the public of the LOCK IT OR LOSE IT and CRIME STOPPERS programs.

The LOCK IT OR LOSE IT campaign is a crime prevention program that reminds the public to lock their vehicles and to remove the valuables and keys from within. This helps reduce the motivation and likely hood of these types of property crimes. CRIME STOPPERS allows anonymous reporting of crimes.

If you do suspect that your vehicle has been entered or see suspicious activity related to this type of crime, the OPP wants you to report it immediately. Any person with information regarding criminal activity 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.


Fergus Man Charged With Assault

Posted on Friday, August 11 2017

Fergus Man Charged With Assault

 

A 26 year old Fergus man has been charged with Assault after WCOPP responded to reports of an assault that occurred near St Andrews ST WE in Fergus in the early hours of July 30th Investigation revealed that two men had consumed some drinks together at a local restaurant then left the establishment. The victim started walking away when the accused called him back. When the victim came back to speak with the accused the accused immediately punched him in the face causing him to fall to the ground at which point the accused continued to hit the victim.

The victim was treated for injuries. Christopher Stevenson will appear in Guelph Criminal court on Sept 8 to answer to the charge.


Bridge Replacement Underway

Posted on Thursday, August 10 2017

Bridge Replacement Underway

The bridge on Sideroad 20 between 5th and 6th is being replaced. The bridge built in 1918 is in severe disrepair. It is anticipated that the new Bridge will be open by the end of 2017.


Boat and Motor Stolen From Belwood Lake

Posted on Thursday, August 10 2017

Boat and Motor Stolen From Belwood Lake

Police are asking for info in regards to a boat and a motor that were stolen from cottage on Belwood Lake

Investigation revealed that unknown suspect(s)  assessed the property on 4th street between August 6 and August 7, 2017 and stole the boat which was left tied to the dock along the shoreline.

The boat is described as a 14 foot Polar Kraft aluminum boat with a dent on the left side. The motor is described as 9.9 Mercury, black in colour with serial number OR514076.

The OPP are asking one who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.


Ground Breaking At Groves

Posted on Thursday, August 10 2017

Ground Breaking At Groves

The ground was officially broken on the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital yesterday. Wellington Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott who attended the groundbreaking acknowledged the many people whose efforts have helped bring the hospital project to this point. Completion of the hospital is expected by the end of 2019.


More Break and Enters in Rockwood

Posted on Wednesday, August 09 2017

More Break and Enters in Rockwood

 

More break and enters in Rockwood over the week end. Wellington County OPP  received several calls with regards to vehicles being broken into over night the area of Carroll Street, MacLennan Street, Henry Street and on to Parkedge Street in the Town of Rockwood. Suspects moved through the community checking for unlocked vehicles, entering when possible and pilfering items of value or loose change and cigarettes. In one instance a fire extinguisher was stolen and discharged into another vehicle two houses over. The value of items stolen was primarily minimal with the exception of a laptop.

Two reports were also received of stolen bikes from Rockwood Conservation area during that time frame.

The LOCK IT OR LOSE IT campaign is a crime prevention program that reminds the public to lock their vehicles and to remove the valuables and keys from within. This helps reduce the motivation and likely hood of property crimes of these types.


ConnectCW.ca

Posted on Wednesday, August 09 2017

ConnectCW.ca

The Township of Centre Wellington wants to hear from residents about four improtant projects:  Growth Management, Transportation Master Plan and the Recreation and Culture Plan.  Have your say and be part of the process visit connectCW.ca and fill out the survey.


Construction on Colborne St

Posted on Wednesday, August 09 2017

Construction on Colborne St

Colborne Street reconstruction is staring this month and  will finish up in December. The reconstruction will involve some of our new urban standards, a narrower road with sidewalks on both sides. Larger boulevards with trees and downtown urban standard light fixtures.


Suspect Wanted in Bank Robbery

Posted on Wednesday, August 02 2017

Suspect Wanted in Bank Robbery

Wellington County OPP have a description the a suspect wanted in connection with the bank robbery in Drayton yesterday. The suspect is described as being;

  • Male
  • Caucasian
  • Thin build
  • Wearing a dark blue ball cap with Montreal Canadiens logo on the front
  • Khaki shorts which fell below knee
  • Grey t-shirt
  • Black Bandanna covering his face
  •  

Investigators are considering that the same suspect may be responsible for a bank robbery which occurred in Milverton on July 25, 2017.

Any person with information regarding this incident should contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.


Elora Quarry Limits Numbers Allowed in Park

Posted on Wednesday, August 02 2017

Elora Quarry Limits Numbers Allowed in Park

Starting tomorrow the gates at the Elora quarry will be closed once 1,300 people entered the conservation area.  After that no one else will be allowed inside for the rest of the day.

The GRCA describes the move as an “interim solution,” saying more permanent measures will be decided on after the summer ends.

According to the GRCA, some days prior to 2017 brought more than 2,000 people a day to the quarry.


Bank Robbery In Drayton

Posted on Wednesday, August 02 2017

Bank Robbery In Drayton

The Royal Bank on Main St. in Drayton was robbed yesterday afternoon just after 4pm . A man wearing a disguise and armed with a weapon walked in and stole an undetermined amount of money. He fled on foot heading east on Main St.

Anyone with info on the robbery is asked to call Wellington County OPP


Do You Know This Man?

Posted on Wednesday, August 02 2017

Do You Know This Man?

Guelph  Police are asking for help identifying a man they found on Victoria ST near Natchez yesterday around 3;30 in the afternoon. The man is apparently suffering from amnesia and doesn’t appear to know his name

The  man is white in his 50s or 60s, with short hair, and grey facial hair.

He is 5-foot-5 and about 140 pounds.

He has a tattoo on his right bicep with a heart that says “Lily.”

He also has large scar on his right forearm and he is missing his right pinky toe.

At the time he was located he was wearing a black shirt, black pants, and no shoes


Nestles Pays More for Water Taking

Posted on Tuesday, August 01 2017

Nestles Pays More for Water Taking

The provincial government-sanctioned rate hike for Nestles water taking comes into effect today.  

Water taking  plants in Aberfoyle and Erin will start paying $503 per million litres drawn. That rate is up from $3.71 per million litres. The money will also go towards scientific research on how water bottling effects the eco-system.

Queen’s Park plan also plans  recover costs associated with managing the industry and saving the environment.


Rabies Bait Drops in Wellington County

Posted on Tuesday, August 01 2017

Rabies Bait Drops in Wellington County

 

Public Health is advising the community that rigorous efforts are underway to stop rabies in its tracks. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is dropping rabies vaccine bait in targeted areas of the province including Wellington and Dufferin counties.

MNRF baiting efforts aim to reduce rabies in the wildlife population and the serious risk the virus poses to people and their pets. Baiting will occur by hand in urban green spaces until October. In forested and agricultural areas, the bait will be dropped by helicopter or yellow twin otter aircraft until the end of August.

People should not disturb baits unless they are in an area where children play. If you must move a bait for safety reasons, put a plastic bag over your hand to move the bait to a suitable urban green space or wildlife habitat.

When a raccoon (or other mammal) bites into the bait and swallows enough of the vaccine it should develop immunity to rabies in about two weeks.