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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Belwood Lake 2 Men Charged

Posted on Tuesday, June 27 2017

Belwood Lake 2 Men Charged

Two men have been charged with impaired and dangerous operation of a watercraft by  Wellington County OPP conducting  marine Patrol on Belwood Lake. It happened last Friday afternoon.

20 year old Danish Mukhtar of Mississauga and 20 year old Muhammed Wasy of Brampton have been charged after police observed two personal watercrafts traveling at a high rate of speed approaching the police boat head on. Police waved frantically to get the attention of the operators believing there would be a collision . One vessel veered to the left narrowly avoiding a collision and continued. The other vessel veered to the right approximately 2 metres in front of the police while revving his engine. This resulted in one of the officers being showered with water inside the police vessel.

A 90-day Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) was initiated as per statute. Both are to appear in Guelph Criminal Court on July 28, 2017 to answer to the charge

 


Flood Damaged Materials

Posted on Tuesday, June 27 2017

Flood Damaged Materials

 

Please be advised that the County is not able to collect flood debris at curbside unless it is contained within User Pay garbage bags‎. Please bring items that won't fit into User Pay garbage bags to a County waste facility.

Note: Curbside User Pay garbage bags must be tied with nothing sticking out of the top, and must not weigh more than 18 kg (40 lbs).


Minto-Township Flood Relief

Posted on Tuesday, June 27 2017

Minto-Township Flood Relief

Local resident Cindy Bowman: took to social media to share:

There has been a tremendous amount of people wishing to help and donate to the residents of Minto a Facebook page has been created to help. Should you have something to donate or should you require assistance with anything please post and hopefully we can connect you to each other. 
There are people offering trucks and manpower so if you know of someone that is requiring assistance and doesn't have access to social media please ask on their behalf.

https://www.facebook.com/Minto-Township-Flood-Relief-39649 

 


Boil Water Advisory in Minto

Posted on Tuesday, June 27 2017

Boil Water Advisory in Minto

Residents in Harriston are still under a boil water advisory after a deluge of rain Thursday night and Friday morning flooded the southern Ontario community, part of the rural municipality of Town of Minto.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says the boil water advisory was put into place on Friday as a precautionary measure and it will likely be in effect until the end of today at the earliest,

The Minto Fire Department tweeted yesterday anyone in need of bottled water can get it at the Harriston fire hall.


The Gorge Country Kitchen Donates to Groves

Posted on Monday, June 26 2017

The Gorge Country Kitchen Donates to Groves

  This Saturday  the Xintavelonis  family  from Gorge Country Kitchen  celebrated 20 years in business in Elora.  Part of that celebration included giving back to the community by donating 50,000  to the New Groves Hospital Project. The New Groves Hospital Campaign is currently at $14.5 Million of the $20 Million Goal and construction is expected to begin later this summer; none of which would have been possible without the generosity and support of our community and families and businesses like the Gorge Country Kitchen.


Waste Facilities Open

Posted on Monday, June 26 2017

Waste Facilities Open

The County of Wellington will be opening three waste facilities today for residents to drop off flood damaged materials. 

RIVERSTOWN at 7254 Sideroad 5 Kenilworth

 HARRISTON  at 5668 highway 23 in Minto

 ROTHSAY at 8495 Wellington Rd 7 in Mapleton

Open at 8am until 6pm for flood damaged materials ONLY.


2 Suspicious Fires in Erin

Posted on Monday, June 26 2017

2 Suspicious Fires in Erin

Yesterday morning  around 8:15  Wellington County OPP along with fire crews from the Erin Fire Department responded to a structure fire on 3 Line, Erin. It was reported that an out building was seen with smoke coming from its roof.

45 minutes later at  9:00 a.m. OPP and Erin Fire Department responded to a fire on Wellington Road 125, south of Wellington Road 124. It was reported an uninhabited home was engulfed in flame.

 Both buildings are believed to be vacant and there have been no injuries reported. Damages values have not been assessed at this time.

 OPP and Erin Fire Department are currently investigating and have notified The Ontario Fire Marshall Office.

 Both fires are being treated as suspicious.

 

Photo: OPP


OPP Conducting Neighbourhood Canvass Today

Posted on Friday, June 23 2017

OPP Conducting Neighbourhood Canvass Today

The Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be canvassing residences in the vicinity of the Beslyde Cemetery in Fergus, on Friday June 23, 2017 in regards to a rash of Break Ins and Vehicle Entries. The OPP have been investigating an increased amount of reported thefts in the block boarded by Union St East, Scotland St, Belsyde Ave East. and St David St South. This neighbourhood is to the southeast of the core of Fergus, on the south side of the Grand River.

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.


Roads Closed

Posted on Friday, June 23 2017

Roads Closed

Colborne Street Elora,is now reopened

1st Line Pilkington, between Sideroad 5 and Sideroad 11 will be closed today until further notice due to flooding and road conditions.


OPP Investigating

Posted on Friday, June 23 2017

OPP Investigating

Wellington County OPP investigating after the horse statue from McMillan Park in Erin ended up 4 blocks away and on the roof of the Erin District High School.

More to come.


Dr. Ted Clarke Retires

Posted on Friday, June 23 2017

Dr. Ted Clarke Retires

 

 

After more than 30 years of tireless work in the Ontario harness racing industry, Dr. Ted Clarke is retiring from his post as the General Manager of Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON.

Clarke will continue in his role until the end of September 2017. The Grand River Agricultural Society (owner/operator of Grand River Raceway) will hire a new Director Of Operations and the search will begin within the next month.

Recognized by his peers as an innovator in the horse racing industry and highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke’s strong and steady leadership established Grand River Raceway in 2003 and its reputation as an award-winning racing and entertainment destination.


Sewer Flushing

Posted on Thursday, June 22 2017

Sewer Flushing

 

  A reminder that wastewater staff are flushing sewers in the Gartshore/Glengarry/Dickinson/Gregson area.

Work will be ongoing for several weeks.


Lock It or Lose It!

Posted on Thursday, June 22 2017

Lock It or Lose It!

Police remind residents to Lock it or lose it after several thief’s occurred to unlock vehicles in Erin last Friday night . OPP received numerous calls about vehicles being entered on Waterford Drive in Erin. 

 In all cases the vehicles were unlocked. Owners of the vehicles report their wallets containing cash and identification being stolen. One victim reported $1000 in cash stolen.

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.


Another Rescue in Elora

Posted on Thursday, June 22 2017

Another Rescue in Elora

Another rescue for Elora and Fergus Fire fighters   Yesterday afternoon 2 youths were swept over the dam at Bissell Park. The girls suffered Non-life threatening injuries.  Fire Chief Brad Patton comments Great rescue by Fire, EMS and OPP.


Man in Stable Condition After Fall in Gorge

Posted on Wednesday, June 21 2017

Man in Stable Condition After Fall in Gorge

Update on the condition of the 20 year man who fell 60 feet into the Elora Gorge on Monday night and was air lifted to hospital with life threathening injuries. He remains in St Micheals Hospital in Toronto, but has been upgraded from serious to stable condition.


2 Fergus Men face Drug Charges

Posted on Wednesday, June 21 2017

2 Fergus Men face Drug Charges

 

2 men from Fergus are facing  drug charges after Wellington County OPP

 executed a search warrant at 475 Belsyde Avenue East this morning . OPP seized a quantity of drugs and drug trafficking equipment .

 23-year-old Connor MCLEOD and 19-year-old Westin MCLEOD have been  arrested and charged for the following:

 

Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Marihuana) contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Xanax) contrary to the CDSA

Possession for the purpose of Trafficking (Acid) contrary to the CDSA 

Westin MCLEOD was additionally charged with Fail to Comply with Undertaking and Production of Marihuana.


Groves Hospital AGM

Posted on Wednesday, June 21 2017

Groves Hospital AGM

 

Last night following the open house at which the public to have a chance to see the Ellis Don renderings of the new groves memorial hospital there was an Annual General Meeting. The AGM had speakers from both the hospital foundation board and the hospital board. Hugh Calderwood (foundation chair) made a point of thanking the grand 101 for all of its ongoing support.   It was  a packed house with Ted Arnott and Mayor Kelly Linton  in attendance. Many folks commented that it was very exciting to see the pictures and plans for the new hospital.

 

Story by: Barb Evoy


Wes Snarr Retires

Posted on Wednesday, June 21 2017

Wes Snarr Retires

Centre Wellington Chief Administrative Officer Andy Goldie is pleased to announce that Mr. Dan Wilson will become the Township’s new Managing Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer effective September 1st.  He will lead the Legislative Services, Finance, and Information Technology divisions of the organization.  Wes Snarr, our current Managing Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer will retire at the end of July after proudly serving our municipality for 23 years.  The Township thanks Wes for his many years of outstanding contribution to our municipality and wish Wes well in his retirement.


Missing Fergus Man Located

Posted on Wednesday, June 21 2017

Missing Fergus Man Located

Wellington County OPP have located 77 year old Roger Daunheimer who went missing yesterday afternnoon near Confederation park in Fergus. Roger was found safe and well in Waterloo Region . It is beleived that he hitch hiked there.


Reduction in Development Fees

Posted on Tuesday, June 20 2017

Reduction in Development Fees

The Township will be allocating $150,000.00 from the 2016 year end surplus for a new "Jobs and Investments Incentive Reserve" program . The program offers a reductiion in development fees for industrial uses and a grant program to increase industrial development, thus enhancing job creation. The goal is to reduce  "up front" development cost and  encourage investment from the private sector, promote intensifaction of industrial areas and redevelopment in areas were infrastructure currently exists. It is hoped  that the program will also encourage intensification of under utilized properties inturn reducing the demand on greenfield properties.