Monthly Archives: March 2016

Rainfall Warning

RainfallEnvironment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for North wellington and surrounding areas.

Rain, heavy at times, will begin this evening and end Monday afternoon. Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 mm are expected.

Rainfall warnings are issued when 25 mm or more of rain are expected within 24 hours, when the ground is frozen or saturated, and has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.

Fatal Collision in Puslinch Township

OPP 2One person has died and another transported to a local hospital with serious injuries following a two car collision in Puslinch Township on Friday. Wellington County OPP responded to Wellington Rd. 32 at Laird Rd. W. around 1 p.m. March 25, along with Guelph-Wellington EMS, Puslinch Fire and Rescue and Wellington County Roads. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation, and names have not been released pending notification of next-of-kin. Wellington Rd. 32 was closed following the accident, and the OPP are asking for anyone that may have witnessed the collision to call 1-888-310-1122. – Chris Holden

Sunday Gun Hunt Passed By Council

Sunday HuntThe Township of Wellington North has announced the much-discussed Sunday Gun Hunt in the township, passed by council back in January of this year, has gone through the regulatory procedures with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Therefore, Sunday Gun Hunting may commence within municipal borders next Friday, April 1, 2016. This does not change the fact hunters must still have permission from a land owner to enter onto private property, even if the intent is to cross into public land. Private property may not, and does not necessarily have to be posted to deny access. Trespassing on private property could lead to charges being laid. Wellington North council narrowly passed the hunt in January, 3 to 2. – Chris Holden

New Patriot Coach Announced

patriotlogo_1__small_400x400Mount Forest Patriots president Derek Bridgwater revealed ex-Patriot Trent McClement, one of the assistant coaches for the past two seasons, will be taking over the reigns as head coach. Former coach John Antonopoulos has decided to stay with the team, taking the on the capacity of Director of Player Operations. Also returning for next season will be assistant coach Mike Fischer for his second year as an assistant. Bridgwater says the team is still waiting to hear from assistant Andy Grant if he will be returning this season or not, but says the team intends to have four coaches behind the bench again this season. McClement, 32, played one season for the Patriots back in 2002-03, notching seven goals and eight assists through 29 games as a forward.

Amber Alert Ended

CeBktwiWoAAuYLUA three-month-old baby is safely home with his parents following a harrowing afternoon on Sunday in Toronto. A father left the baby in the backseat of his Camry whilst going into a flea market, only to see his car being driven away as he came out. The thief abandoned the car and child, as hours later, someone heard a child crying in a parking lot elsewhere in Toronto, and called police. Authorities have sent the car for investigative work, and are searching for the suspect. He is described as white, between the ages of 40 and 45, 5-ft. 11-in., having a medium build and short, blond hair, wearing a backpack. – Chris Holden

Break & Enters in Northern Wellington

stock-ontario-provincial-police-opp-julie-oliver-otta5111Wellington County OPP is investigating three different break and enters that happened through the night last Wednesday in North Wellington. Both the Service Ontario office and Reece’s Hairstyling on Elora St. S. in Harriston saw their front door windows smashed, with cash boxes and money stolen. Meanwhile, also through Wednesday night, the New Orleans Pizza in Arthur was broken into, falling victim to the same crime. The OPP is appealing to the public for any information they have, by calling 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). – Chris Holden

First Tornado of 2016 confirmed for Clifford

Environment Canada confirmed Friday that Canada’s first tornado of 2016 touched down last Wednesday afternoon approximately seven kilometres north of Clifford. Trees were snapped, and a barn was damaged by what Environment Canada says was a high-end F1 tornado. This would put winds at an estimated 170-km an hour. According to reports, March would be the earliest a tornado has been reported in Ontario. Environment Canada says the tornado measured at 200-metres wide, and ran for 3.5 kilometres.-Chris Holden

Amber Alert – Baby Abducted

Police: Toronto Police Service

Child : 3 month old white baby boy, short dark hair,

Abductor: Male white, 20-25 years old. Short blond hair, 5 foot 11 inches, medium build

Vehicle: GREY colored 4 Door 1997 Toyota Camry, Ontario # BWRC 161

Location last observed: Northbound Highway #27 at Albion Road

If observed call 911

Ontario Provincial Police have issued an Amber Alert after a car was stolen in Toronto with a three-month-old baby inside. The infant, who has short dark hair and weighs about 15 pounds, was last seen in a grey, four-door 1997 Toyota Camry, with the licence plate BWRC 161, northbound on Highway 27 at Albion Road in Etobicoke.

Missing Person – Jim Armstrong

Please everyone, let us help the Armstrong family to find their missing son and brother, Jim Armstrong, 53, who is:

  • 5’9” tall, 160 pounds,
  • Gray/red hair, which is both curly and perhaps twisted
  • Blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Armstrong’s whereabouts is asked to immediately contact Saugeen Shores Police at 519-832-2500


Sightings: on a bus from Port Elgin to Walkerton a.m. 10/3/16

in a Walmart in Hanover 10/3/16 @ 2p.m.

Clothing: When last seen was wearing green multi-coloured pyjama pants.

Last seen: the evening of Wednesday, March 9th in Southampton (Saugeen Shores) where he was visiting a relative.

Who is Jim and why should we care? Jim is a good soul and despite struggling with epilepsy for most of his life, has supported the cause of epilepsy through his music and volunteer work. Over the years he also helped fundraise for Multiple Sclerosis. He loves dogs, his family and many kinds of music.

There is a video of Jim playing the guitar which you can please watch at

County of Wellington Re-Opens Palmerston Library Branch

Palmerston Grand OpeningPictured Left to Right: Councillor Neil Driscoll, John Nater (Perth Wellington MP), Randy Pettapiece (Perth Wellington MPP), Warden George Bridge, Councillor Rob Black (Library Board Chair), Jennifer Dixon (Library Board Member) and Murray McCabe (County Chief Librarian).

PALMERSTON – After renovations lasting almost a year, the County of Wellington and the Wellington County Library Board officially re-opened the Palmerston Library branch today.

“The County of Wellington is pleased to return the Palmerston Library to the community,” says Warden George Bridge. “We do so with some of the character that had been lost to this building over the years. I want to thank the residents for their input and the hard work of our staff and architect in ensuring the Palmerston Library will serve as a community gathering place for many years to come.”

Community engagement resulted in a mandate to create barrier-free accessibility throughout the building and in particular, to provide an elevator accessing all levels. While the renovations return some of the building’s character, they also provide a diverse range of new uses.

The new design includes a refurbished main floor that will continue to house the children’s collection, popular non-fiction and media collections, and public computers. It will also contain comfortable new lounge space overlooking the adjacent Cenotaph area. Library service areas include a meeting room and Inspiration Lab on the lower level where the once bricked-in windows have been reinstated. The top floor is the new home for the adult collection and dedicated lounge area for young adults. Also included on the top floor is a large study area with a fireplace.

“This is another wonderful example of what can happen when the community and the County come together in collaboration,” says Councillor Rob Black, the Chair of the County Library Board and Information, Heritage and Seniors Committee. “Not only have we preserved the great sentimental significance this building holds for the community, we’ve revitalized and modernized the library to ensure it meets the needs of future generations.”

The new design maintains the heritage aspects of the original Carnegie Library and allows a seamless integration between the existing and new portions of the Library. The renovations to the Palmerston Library adheres to the County’s Green Legacy Building Standards and meets the Emerald Level of Certification, the County’s highest standard.
“I trust the community will be pleased with the changes made to one of Ontario’s most storied Carnegie libraries,” says Chief Librarian Murray McCabe. “The revitalized library will become a new focal point for the community to gather, and encourage more investments and families to locate to this remarkable town.”

Murray McCabe, Chief Librarian
T 519.846.0918 x 6224
74 Woolwich Street
Guelph ON N1H 3T9
Phone: 519.837.2600