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Thursday - 10th January, 2019
Wellesley opts in to province’s new framework for cannabis retail stores
WHILE WELLESLEY IS UNLIKELY to see any pot dispensaries in the foreseeable future, the township will...
Thursday - 3rd January, 2019
Spate of barn fires have officials asking farmers to take precautions
A STRING OF RECENT barn fires in the province, some of them closer to home, have area fire officials...
Thursday - 27th December, 2018
Closed for good?
Engineering reports recommend permanent closure of Middlebrook and Peel bridges, with Glasgow struct...
Thursday - 20th December, 2018
Councillors like speed humps in bid to boost traffic-calming measures
SPEED HUMPS IF NECESSARY, but not necessarily speed humps. The vehicle-slowing roadway addi...
Thursday - 13th December, 2018
Questions remain despite account of e-voting woes
THE COMPANY THAT DROPPED the ball during Woolwich’s first foray into electronic voting offered up ...
Thursday - 6th December, 2018
$5.1-million land purchase ‘strategic investment’ for airport, says region
A RECENT PURCHASE OF 212-acres of farmland in Breslau is being described as a strategic investment i...
Thursday - 29th November, 2018
Breslau home under construction explodes
STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, A Breslau house was reduced to rubble last week in a fire that caused dama...
Thursday - 22nd November, 2018
Local youngsters enjoying a hands-on introduction to building robots
PLAYING WITH LEGO IS literally a moving experience for a group of young tinkerers making a foray int...
Thursday - 15th November, 2018
Getting warmed up
IF THE THERMOMETER WASN’T clear, stepping outside these days is an indication you’ll need to sta...
Thursday - 8th November, 2018
Elmira sees rotating postal strikes
IF YOU NOTICED A slight delay in your mail delivery last week, that is because the Canadian Union Po...
Thursday - 1st November, 2018
Latest version of new Birdland subdivision in Elmira gets OK
ELMIRA’S BUILDING BOOM WILL continue in the south end, Woolwich council this week approvi...
Thursday - 25th October, 2018
Elmira’s Maureen Phillips named Oktoberfest Volunteer of the Year
YOU MAY NOT THINK of it while you’re doing the chicken dance, but the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfe...
Thursday - 18th October, 2018
Woolwich backs plan for new museum of Mennonite culture
PLANS FOR A NEW museum to document the area’s Mennonite history are moving ahead with the support ...
Thursday - 11th October, 2018
Woolwich residents get a chance to meet and quiz election candidates
WITH THE EARLY VOTING now opened in the townships this week, residents of Woolwich had the opportuni...
Thursday - 4th October, 2018
WMC to get an energy overhaul courtesy of cogeneration project
LOOKING TO REDUCE SOARING operating and maintenance costs at the Woolwich Memorial Centre, the towns...
Thursday - 27th September, 2018
Marking a digital ‘X’
WHEN WOOLWICH AND WELLESLEY voters head to the polls next month, they’ll be doing so without tradi...
Thursday - 20th September, 2018
Woolwich signs on to changes in election audit committee
THE MUNICIPALITY IN THE region most experienced with the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committ...
Thursday - 13th September, 2018
Our ‘fair’ ladies
AMANDA LEBOLD WAS CROWNED as the 2018 ambassador at the 165th Wellesley North Easthope Fall Fair on ...
Thursday - 6th September, 2018
Province, educators at loggerheads over sex ed. curriculum
“A PROMISE MADE, A promise kept,” has been the recurring motif of the newly minted government at...
Thursday - 30th August, 2018
Kings take two of three in pre-season competition
WITH A STARTING LINEUP coming together and a roster in the making, the Sugar Kings kicked off the pr...
Thursday - 23rd August, 2018
Kiwanis Transit ready to debut new Elmira bus route
FROM THE LATEST STAGE of the Birdland subdivision in the south end of town to the sprawling Lunor de...
Thursday - 16th August, 2018
Flying in out of the past
A BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS nicknamed “Fifi,” one of only two remaining flying examples of the S...
Thursday - 9th August, 2018
Breslau Memorial Park to get new picnic shelter in the latest community-led upgrade
BY STEADY STEPS AND degrees, the Breslau Memorial Park is getting upgraded and improved upon by loca...
Thursday - 2nd August, 2018
Woolwich to see election races in just two wards
THERE WILL BE A race in Woolwich; two, in fact, as the addition of a final newcomer into upcoming mu...
Thursday - 26th July, 2018
Three candidates are vying to be regional chair
NO MATTER THE OUTCOME of this October’s municipal election, Waterloo Region will have a new figure...
Thursday - 19th July, 2018
Educators react strongly to PC bid to roll back Ont. sex ed. curriculum
ONTARIO’S NEW GOVERNMENT LAST week announced plans to scrap the Liberal’s updated health curricu...
Thursday - 12th July, 2018
Tragedy ends Elmira couple’s national milk tour
ELMIRA’S HENK AND BETTINA Schuurmans’ national milk tour ended in tragedy on Monday morning, whe...
Thursday - 5th July, 2018
Farmers’ market crosswalk gets green light, work expected to be done by next month
A LONG-AWAITED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market should be in place by next mo...
Thursday - 28th June, 2018
Wellesley continues to tweak its noise bylaw
THE LATEST REVISIONS TO Wellesley’s proposed new noise bylaw was a much quieter affair Tuesday nig...
Thursday - 21st June, 2018
CATTLE PERISH AS FIRE LEVELS BARN NEAR FLORADALE
Cattle and crops were lost, though no people were injured, when a barn caught fire near Floradale in...
Thursday - 14th June, 2018
Learning on the job
AS THE DUST SETTLES from Ontario’s province-shaking general election last week, the newly elected ...
Thursday - 7th June, 2018
Democracy in practice
WHILE ONTARIANS OF VOTING age were making their choices at polling stations, future voters were bein...
Thursday - 31st May, 2018
Elmira shuttle service would provide link to GRT route 21 in pilot project
LOOKING TO BOOST FLAGGING ridership levels of GRT route 21, Kiwanis Transit is proposing to launch a...
Thursday - 24th May, 2018
Sweet reward for community
THE ELMIRA MAPLE SYRUP Festival is known for its massive crowds, its colourful spectacles and, of co...
Thursday - 17th May, 2018
Woolwich pledges $250,000 to regional economic development group
HAVING ALREADY DUMPED $160,000 into a regional economic development scheme, Woolwich is now in for a...
Thursday - 10th May, 2018
Storm unleashes destruction
THE TOWNSHIPS, ALONG WITH much of southern Ontario, were battered on May 4 by strong gusts of wind t...
Thursday - 3rd May, 2018
GETTING READY TO HIT THEIR STRIDE
Sarah Bradshaw, organizer with the Woolwich Great Ride N’ Stride, spoke to participants along with...
Thursday - 26th April, 2018
Former Jakobstettel Inn property generates heritage, redevelopment concerns
A HERITAGE DESIGNATION FOR the former Jakobstettel Inn building shouldn’t delay redevelopment effo...
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...
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