Farmers Market Set For May 26

MOUNT FOREST – The Wellington North Farmers Market is opening up for the season next Friday.
The Market will run every Friday afternoon from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Victory Community Centre in Mount Forest on King Street East starting on May 26th. It will run until October 6th of this year.
Several local vendors will be at the market this year selling locally grown fruits and vegetables and other food from their farms. Economic Development Officer for the Township of Wellington North Dale Small says they are really excited to be offering the farmers market to local residents once again this year.
“A Farmers’ Market is a good opportunity for the community to connect. It allows us to buy from and support our local farmers and producers, thus contributing to our local economy. We are pleased to give our residents and visitors the opportunity to experience agriculture close up and hear the story of where their food came from, straight from the person that grew and prepared it.”
They do have a couple of spots open and interested vendors are asked to contact Dale Small at the Township of Wellington North.

Steel Stolen in Mount Forest

MOUNT FOREST – Wellington OPP are investigating after a 4 tons of sheet metal roofing material were stolen from a construction site near Mount Forest.
Police say the material was taken sometime overnight between Sunday and Monday on Sideroad 2 West, south of Mount Forest. The sheet metal is worth an estimated $10,000.
OPP Forensic Identification Services attended and are currently analyzing crime scene evidence.
If you suspect someone is trying to sell stolen property or have information regarding the theft of this or other property, please 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.

New Electric Car Charging Station Opened in Arthur

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Wellington County has officially opened three Level 3 electric vehicle charging stations in Arthur, Puslinch and Guelph.
They were able to do this thanks to receiving over $215,000 in Provincial funding from the Government of Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Grant Program. The grant program is in support of the Province’s Climate Change Action Plan. Level 3 charging stations use a 480-volt system that can charge your vehicle batteries up to 80% in 30 minutes.
Warden Dennis Lever says these charging stations are great news for the County.
“Investing in these charging stations has strengthened Wellington County’s sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to our communities. We are very pleased to be working with the Government of Ontario on this project, and to be continuing Wellington County’s commitment to environmental initiatives.”
The new charging stations are located at the Puslinch Library, the Arthur Library Medical Centre, and the Guelph-Wellington Social Service Office. All Wellington County charging stations will be free to use until July 1.

Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation Receives Fund Pledge

MOUNT FOREST – The Trillium Roots Community Fund has made a pledge of $5,000 to the Mount Forest Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation.
The donation will used to purchase an ear, nose and throat or ENT microscope, which s a priority equipment for the hospital. Having this equipment in Mount Forest will keep patients from having to go to city hospitals to have ENT related treatment done.
The Trillium Roots Community Fund was established by Trillium Mutual Insurance Company in Listowel to administer the companies philanthropy program. The Roots mandate is provide meaningful financial assistance and support to rural communities in the area. The company has recently announced that up to $204,000.00 would be available for capital projects in 2017, with a focus in the areas of Healthcare, Recreation & Wellness, Emergency Response, Agricultural and Eco/Sustainability.
More information about the ROOTS “Recognizing Our Opportunity To Support” Community Fund can be found at www.trilliummutual.com.

Gas Theft

SALEM – Police are looking for a suspicious truck after the driver stole $60 in gas from a gas station in Salem.
Eye witnesses describe the driver as a white man between 25 – 35 with short cropped hair. He was wearing a black jacket, grey sweater, blue jeans, running shoes, and dark sunglasses.
The truck is a white four door Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 pick-up with the license plate AP11135. The Ministry of Transportation says these plates have been reported ‘missing.’ Police say those plates may still be on the vehicle, but it is quite possible the plates have been switched out recently.
This truck is also under investigation regarding vehicle entries in Wellington County.
The OPP ask citizens to check on their licence plates on a regular basis to make sure they have not been tampered with.