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Thursday - 19th April, 2018
Spring cleaning on tap this weekend
THIS SUNDAY MARKS THE annual Earth Day event, when people all over the world are encouraged to take ...
Thursday - 12th April, 2018
POPPING OUT TO THE SUGAR BUSH
Despite chilly weather, the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was a hit last Saturday, drawing in some 50,...
Thursday - 5th April, 2018
UW study identifies 10 areas of heritage significance
TEN AREAS IN WELLESLEY and Woolwich townships have heritage characteristics worthy of further study,...
Thursday - 29th March, 2018
The rise of the machine at EDSS
THE EDSS ROBOTICS TEAM led the pack at this year’s First Robotics Competition in Waterloo last wee...
Thursday - 22nd March, 2018
West Montrose residents’ association calls for improvements to the covered bridge experience
AN EVER-GROWING INFLUX OF tourists and sightseers are putting a strain on the area surrounding West ...
Thursday - 15th March, 2018
IN A GALAXY NOT FAR, FAR AWAY
Luke and Leia stopped by the Elmira Library this week for a special Star Wars Invasion story time. M...
Thursday - 8th March, 2018
Woolwich ready to finalize changes to town boundaries
SCRAP A LITTLE INDUSTRIAL land, add a little more residential development. With a final tweak to the...
Thursday - 1st March, 2018
First tap makes syrup season official
THERE WERE A FEW drops in the bucket at last week’s ceremonial first tree tap, but it might have j...
Thursday - 22nd February, 2018
Region’s public school trustees defer decision to include naloxone kits in school
THERE’LL BE NO NALOXONE kits – used for treating opioid overdoses – in Waterloo Region’s pub...
Thursday - 15th February, 2018
Two opioid overdose kits found to contain fentanyl
A NALOXONE KIT IS kept on hand to treat someone overdosing on an opioid such as fentanyl. It ought n...
Thursday - 8th February, 2018
Breslau residents press council to reject proposed apartment building
THE SIZE OF AN apartment building proposed for Breslau’s south end makes it incompatible with the ...
Thursday - 1st February, 2018
Woolwich opts for open application process to fill vacant Ward 1 seat
THE WARD 1 SEAT left vacant by the resignation of Scott Hahn will be filled by appointment, Woolwich...
Thursday - 25th January, 2018
Woolwich Novice team skates to a perfect season
A PERFECT REGULAR SEASON record in any sport is near impossible, but doing it twice? Well, the boys ...
Thursday - 18th January, 2018
Woolwich eyes 3.3% tax increase this year
WOOLWICH IS PROPOSING A 3.3 per cent tax increase for 2018, a move that will add $27.35 a y...
Thursday - 11th January, 2018
Wellesley barn fire sees livestock perish, with damage put at $400,000
IT WAS ALL HANDS on deck for Wellesley Township firefighters as an early-morning fire Sunday destroy...
Thursday - 4th January, 2018
Cold weather, holiday schedules wreak havoc with garbage collection
WASTE COLLECTION IN THE townships was delayed last week because of the extreme cold weather, leaving...
Thursday - 28th December, 2017
Break-ins, thefts from vehicles up in rural areas, police report
BREAK-INS AND THEFTS FROM vehicles are on the rise in the townships, according to Waterloo Regional ...
Thursday - 21st December, 2017
A white Christmas and colder weather likely lie ahead
WE CAN EXPECT NOT only a white Christmas, but chillier, more traditional weather as winter makes its...
Thursday - 14th December, 2017
AUDITOR GENERAL TEARS ANOTHER STRIP OFF WYNNE
YOU WON’T FIND ANY Charlie Brown Christmas trees at Gore Park: the 1st Elmira Scouts select only t...
Thursday - 7th December, 2017
EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE AS SANTA ROLLS INTO ELMIRA
altered to better fit existing neighbourhoods following input from the public. The current version d...
Thursday - 30th November, 2017
Farmers’ market, surrounding land to be sold
ST. JACOBS FARMERS’ MARKET and market district businesses are set to change hands from Me...
Thursday - 23rd November, 2017
Collision leads to fire near Elmira
There were only minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening at South Field Drive and N...
Thursday - 16th November, 2017
Tales from the head of the class
ELMIRA DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL has a long history as a small school with a big impact. That was th...
Thursday - 9th November, 2017
Woolwich still at odds with owner of wrecking yard over methane
A MAKESHIFT PATHWAY CONNECTING the Kissing Bridge Trail and Bolender Park in Elmira is being removed...
Thursday - 2nd November, 2017
Neighbours take issue with latest subdivision plan for Elmira
WHAT THE DEVELOPER CALLS benefits in proposing a new subdivision in Elmira, existing residents see a...
Thursday - 26th October, 2017
Wellesley to look at sidewalk snow-clearing as part of 2018 budget talks
WELLESLEY TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS MAY be relieved of sidewalk-shovelling duty, as council is looking at p...
Thursday - 19th October, 2017
Kings skate to pair of wins over Guelph
THE ODDS WERE CERTAINLY stacked against the Kings this weekend as they faced off against the Guelph ...
Thursday - 12th October, 2017
Trees for Woolwich reaches goal of 23,000 plantings, opts to extend target
IT STARTED WITH A simple premise: plant a tree for every person in Woolwich. Back when the members o...
Thursday - 5th October, 2017
Township welcomes move as region simplifies water treatment process in Maryhill
A CHANGEOVER IN HOW Maryhill’s drinking water is handled should pay dividends to Woolwich in the f...
Thursday - 28th September, 2017
Local schools fare better in EQAO results
STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES IN reading, writing and mathematics continue to be a problem provi...
Thursday - 21st September, 2017
Looking for input
WHEN THE LAST OF the ash trees that lined Elmira’s main thoroughfare fell prey to the emerald ash ...
Thursday - 14th September, 2017
A bird’s eye-to-eye view in Elmira
Celebrations were held last Friday at Chartwell Elmira Retirement Residence for Grandparents Day, wi...
Thursday - 7th September, 2017
A BAD TIME TO SNARL TRAFFIC APPROACHING ELMIRA
A four-vehicle collision occurred Tuesday evening along Arthur Street near Scotch Line Road south of...
Thursday - 31st August, 2017
Two Woolwich locations part of overhaul of Ontario Early Years Centres programs
WITH PLANS UNDERWAY TO overhaul the Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC) in the region and throughout ...
Thursday - 24th August, 2017
Former foundry site now called home
AFTER A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT of hard work and community input, the affordable and accessible apartment ...
Thursday - 17th August, 2017
Storm raises questions about Woolwich’s emergency protocol
WOOLWICH WILL BE REVIEWING its emergency notification protocol in the wake of a tornado that touched...
Thursday - 10th August, 2017
Study looks to residents to provide input on significant landscapes in Woolwich and Wellesley township
A GRASSROOTS STUDY LED by two University of Waterloo students’ hopes to identify cultural heritage...
Thursday - 3rd August, 2017
Elevated methane levels at former Elmira landfill don’t extend to nearby residents
WARNINGS ABOUT METHANE LEVELS around Bolender Park, circulated last month by an Elmira resident, are...
Thursday - 27th July, 2017
TWO-VEHICLE COLLISION NORTH OF ROUNDABOUT SLOWS MORNING COMMUTE
The southbound approach to the St. Jacobs roundabout was slowed for the morning commute Wednesday af...
Thursday - 20th July, 2017
Armed with questions, West Montrose residents are seeking answers
HARDEST HIT BY LAST month’s flooding in Woolwich Township, West Montrose residents will get some a...
Thursday - 13th July, 2017
Federal ag. minister makes $2-million beef sector announcement, praises farmers’ market
FROM BREEDING TO FEEDING, the federal agriculture minister ran gamut on a visit to the area that inc...
Thursday - 6th July, 2017
Pace of Breslau park improvements now dependent on fundraising
A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR tots is the first item to be tackled at Breslau Memorial Park, with more to com...
Thursday - 29th June, 2017
West Montrose residents unhappy with response to flooding that hit village last week
TEMPERS WERE RISING AS fast as the Grand River, as West Montrose residents sought answers in the wak...
Thursday - 22nd June, 2017
Wellesley revamps fire department to help ensure better coverage
PROMPTED BY DIFFICULTIES FILLING vacancies on its fire department, Wellesley Township this week rest...
Thursday - 15th June, 2017
Woolwich expands its clean yards bylaw, taking aim at a list of problems
TAKING A PASS ON the yard work and outdoor maintenance? A really long break? It could cost you, as W...
Thursday - 8th June, 2017
Tanker truck tips over making turn at Wagner’s Corner
An overturned tanker truck snarled the intersection of King Street and Lobsinger Line in St. Jacobs ...
Thursday - 1st June, 2017
No progress on bid to bring Elmira metal recycling operation into conformity
A YEARLONG STALEMATE IS still that, as neither the owner of an Elmira metal recycling operation nor ...
Thursday - 25th May, 2017
Incentives for commercial building upgrades part of Wellesley’s community improvement plan
INCENTIVES FOR FAÇADE IMPROVEMENTS to commercial buildings and planning fee rebates for upg...
Thursday - 18th May, 2017
Marcus Shantz named new president of Conrad Grebel University College
A NEW PRESIDENT FOR Conrad Grebel University College means changes for St. Jacobs’ Mercedes Corp.,...
Thursday - 11th May, 2017
Council approves electrical grid battery storage facility for Elmira
ESSENTIALLY A LARGE BATTERY backup system for the electrical grid, a two-megawatt storage facility h...
Thursday - 4th May, 2017
Average residential property likely facing $75 cost in St. Jacobs drain project
THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY owner is looking at a bill for about $75 if Woolwich goes ahead wit...
Thursday - 27th April, 2017
Woolwich to go with electronic voting in 2018
WOOLWICH RESIDENTS WILL BE voting electronically – online or by telephone – when they g...
Thursday - 20th April, 2017
STANDOFF CLOSES BRESLAU NEIGHBOURHOOD
Waterloo Regional Police were blocking access to the area of Dover Court in Breslau Wednesday aftern...
Thursday - 13th April, 2017
Woolwich reaches fire coverage deal with Waterloo
A NEAR-FATAL FIRE A year ago is the basis of a new aid agreement between Woolwich and the Waterloo F...
Thursday - 6th April, 2017
Sunny skies, milder weather see 70,000 flock to Elmira for sap fest
THOUSANDS OF PANCAKES WERE served and gallons of maple syrup were poured on Saturday as 70,000 peopl...
Thursday - 30th March, 2017
Woolwich to force sidewalks on residents as part of Elmira reconstruction project
EVEN THE POTENTIAL LOSS of a third of the project’s funding failed to prompt Woolwich council to s...
Thursday - 23rd March, 2017
Up close and personal with the Humane Society
Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society’s Sandra Enns and her dog, Penny, visited students at St. Jacobs...
Thursday - 16th March, 2017
No industrial land expansion in Hawkesville, council decides
RESIDENTS’ OPPOSITION CARRIED THE day, as Wellesley council this week voted against plans...
Thursday - 9th March, 2017
Visible changes as new garbage collection system takes to the streets
PICK-UP SCHEDULES AREN’T THE only things changing this week with the region’s new waste manageme...
Thursday - 2nd March, 2017
More than just sap flowing at ceremonial first tap in Woolwich
IT’LL BE REMEMBERED AS the first tap that was more like the last tap. On Feb. 24, maple s...
Thursday - 23rd February, 2017
Woolwich tax rate hike officially 3.13%
FACING A 3.13 PER cent increase in their Woolwich property taxes, the average household will pay an ...
Thursday - 16th February, 2017
WINNING WAYS BEFORE PLAYOFFS
Elmira District Secondary School’s senior girls’ volleyball team defeated Waterloo Collegiate 3-...
Thursday - 9th February, 2017
MEMBERS OF MULTIPLE CONGREGATIONS came together last week at Elmira Trinity United Church t...
Thursday - 2nd February, 2017
Woolwich now eyeing 3.13% tax hike
Councillors continue to trim at the margins of 2017 budget, lowering general hike to 1.63% plus spec...
Thursday - 26th January, 2017
Strong play has EDSS junior boys eyeing basketball playoffs
IN A SCHOOL NOT known for basketball greatness, one team is bucking tradition. Elmira Distr...
Thursday - 19th January, 2017
Woolwich currently targeting 3.55% tax hike
THE AVERAGE WOOLWICH TAXPAYER will be hit up for another $28 under planned increases in spending thi...
Thursday - 12th January, 2017
Developer seeks expansion at Elmira retail centre
MORE FLOOR SPACE AND an expanded range of uses would bring new tenants into the Foodland-anchored re...
Thursday - 5th January, 2017
Police seeking suspects in West Montrose trailer fire, vandalism and break-ins
WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE ARE following footprints in the snow, looking for evidence in a New Year’...
Thursday - 29th December, 2016
Changeover to LED streetlights set to get underway in townships, region
THINGS ARE GOING TO get a bit brighter in the townships next year. The Region of Waterloo, ...
Thursday - 22nd December, 2016
Woolwich nixes additional expenditures for bus route
SIMPLY THROWING MONEY AT the system won’t improve Grand River Transit service in Elmira, ...
Thursday - 15th December, 2016
Wellesley Pond restoration gets a boost from news sediment is free of contaminants
THE TOWNSHIP’S QUEST TO reclaim and revamp the Wellesley Pond has taken another step forward, with...
Thursday - 8th December, 2016
Taking the lead on WHO study
in 2012 when they completed research which was published in one of the leading medical journals, The...
Thursday - 1st December, 2016
Park Manor students craft Christmas cards for troops
CANADIAN TROOPS OVERSEAS WILL receive a little piece of home this Christmas. Grade 7 studen...
Thursday - 24th November, 2016
KINGS SKATE OVER SISKINS IN WINNING WEEKEND
revenue from a cities-only approach, the development charge would be $3,465 for a single-family home...
Thursday - 17th November, 2016
MUNICIPALITIES HEAR ONLY WHAT THEY WANT TO
A NEW-FORMAT CROSSWALK ON Church Street West in Elmira, designed largely for students crossing the r...
Thursday - 10th November, 2016
Years later, there’s still much to learn about life during wartime
ONE OF THE FIRST things you see when walking into the Wellesley Public Library is a thick binder fil...
Thursday - 3rd November, 2016
Noise concerns see Woolwich hedge on kennel’s bid for expansion
EXISTING NOISE ISSUES AT a Bloomingdale-area kennel prompted Woolwich to suggest the owner choose be...
Thursday - 27th October, 2016
Halloween is haunting affair for EDSS drama students out for a scare on Oct. 31
BOYS AND GHOULS WILL be out in droves on Monday night, dressed as their favourite or scariest charac...
Thursday - 20th October, 2016
Public input to be sought on expanding Elmira bus service
ALREADY USED SPARINGLY, THE bus connecting Elmira to Waterloo has seen falling ridership numbers thi...
Thursday - 13th October, 2016
A few growing pains as staff and students settle in at Riverside PS
THE NEW RIVERSIDE PUBLIC School building is bright, shiny, and a big change for both staff and stude...
Thursday - 6th October, 2016
THANKSGIVING NOT A TIME OF PLENTY FOR EVERYONE
ELMIRA CHILDREN’S AUTHOR NAN Forler is ready to put up her literary dukes. Forler is one ...
Thursday - 29th September, 2016
Repairs underway, Glasgow Street bridge to reopen by mid- to late-October
REPAIRS NOW UNDERWAY TO the roadway leading to the Glasgow Street bridge should see the rou...
Thursday - 22nd September, 2016
Restoration work at St. James wraps up
ELMIRA’S ST. JAMES EVANGELICAL Lutheran Church has been under construction for weeks, but that res...
Thursday - 15th September, 2016
Woolwich defers decision on apartment plan for old Elmira neighbourhood
STILL CONCERNED ABOUT THE development’s potential impact on the neighbourhood, Woolwich councillor...
Thursday - 8th September, 2016
Wellesley approves trail plan, minus most contentious bits
A CONTROVERSIAL TRAIL PLAN for Wellesley Village will go ahead, but the most contentious section rem...
Thursday - 1st September, 2016
Scott Hahn court case adjourned as Crown decides if action warranted
THE CROWN HAVING YET to decide if it will proceed with a case against him, Woolwich Coun. Scott Hahn...
Thursday - 25th August, 2016
Woolwich approves Elmira splash pad project
ITS PROJECTED OPERATING COSTS pared back a bit, a splash pad proposed for Elmira got the green light...
Thursday - 18th August, 2016
Give him some “props” for the swing
Wellesley diamonds busy over the weekend during fundraising Don Green Memorial Slo-Pitch tournament ...
Thursday - 11th August, 2016
Councillors still not happy with projected operating costs of facility
The proposal would see the development of a 40foot by 100-foot splash pad with 23 individual water f...
Thursday - 4th August, 2016
Brother, can you spare a … ladder?
ELMIRA’S ZION MENNONITE FELLOWSHIP is ready to practice what it preaches with its new lending serv...
Thursday - 28th July, 2016
Townships still in the midst of fairly busy construction season
SUMMER IS HALF OVER but construction season rages on. Luckily for township residents, it’s nothing...
Thursday - 21st July, 2016
PUTTIN’ ON THE BLITZ
FORMER WOOLWICH MAYOR TODD Cowan won’t see jail time for his breach of trust conviction, instead f...
Thursday - 14th July, 2016
TAKING THE QUICK ROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL
The male driver of a milk tanker truck was transported by air ambulance to the Grand River Hospital ...
Thursday - 7th July, 2016
SLIP SLIDIN’ ALONG
have dug up a little part of history. Right in front of Roberta Schofield’s home on Woolw...
Thursday - 30th June, 2016
New roundabout rules look to boost pedestrian safety
CROSSING A ROUNDABOUT, AND other intersections, in the Region of Waterloo is about to become a littl...
Thursday - 23rd June, 2016
Black bear spotted near Floradale
SPRING IS OVER, AND the black bears are out looking for food to fatten up for next winter. ...
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