OPP searching for missing woman in Mount Forest

Mount Forest – Wellington OPP are searching for a missing woman.
49 year old Catherine Buckle was last spotted in Mount Forest this morning at 11:15 a.m. on Main Street South. Police are concerned about her well being.
– 170cm (5’6″ tall), weighing 63kg
– Blond Hair, styled up
– Tattoo on her left arm
– Black Tank Top
– Black leggings
– White shoes
– Lanyard around her neck
The Wellington County OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.

WNFS Chief earns 40 year bar.

Wellington North Fire Services District Chief Bill Hieber (right) received a 25 year Service Medal from the Ontario Fire Marshal Ross Nichols (center). Fire Chief Dave Guilbault received a 40 year Service Bar. Event held this week in Brantford.

Minto’s PitchIt! Winner Announced

TOWN of MINTO – Shrimp Canada has won this years PitchIt! Business Plan Competition.
Pitch It was started in 2012 by the Town of Minto has a way to grow small businesses in Minto and increase the awareness of the resources available. A total of 9 businesses applied for the award this year. The four finalists were then asked to submit full business plans and make a presentation to a panel of judges in early June. The River’s own Rob Mattice was one of the judges.
The four finalists were: Shrimp Canada, Ag. Business & Crop Inc., Harriston Preschool and Alpaca Time. Past President of the Minto Chamber of Commerce John Burgess says this was one of the tightest competitions ever.
“This was an amazing group of local entrepreneurs. I found their business plans, presentations and enthusiasm made judging a real pleasure and even after all was said and done I could not have even guessed who would win they were all that good, and as it turned out ,this was the closest competition ever.”
Shrimp Canada took home the stop spot and it is owned by Dr. Ranjan Pradhan and is a new start-up business based in Guelph that will be establishing a shrimp hatchery within the Palmerston Industrial Park.
Shrimp Canada will be initiating the sustainable farming and sale of fresh white leg shrimp to local seafood distributors and consumers. Dr. Pradhan was thrilled tow in the top prize.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town, the judges, the Mayor and Council and all the people of the Town for the support and encouragement. I felt so welcomed to the community during my previous meeting with the Mayor, and now winning this competition has made Shrimp Canada so inclusive to the diversity and growth of the Town. I am proud to be part of the Pitch it Minto competition. The motivation from the outcome of this competition will surely shape my business for a great future in Minto and I am committed to drive it towards safe and sustainable employment generation in the community.”
Thanks to the generous support of community sponsors all finalists will receive over $1,500 worth of prizing and the winner will take home over $12,500 in cash and prizes.

Elora Gorge fall victim now in stable condition

ELORA GORGE – A 20 year old man is now in stable condition after falling 60 feet into Elora Gorge.
Emergency services responded to the banks of the Irvine River north of the David Street Bridge on Monday night around 5:15 p.m. When they arrived they learned a man had fallen into the gorge after trying to climb down the wall. The man was with three friends at the time.
Centre Wellington Fire and Rescue performed a high angle rescue and managed to pull the man from the Gorge. He was then taken to the Trauma Centre at St Michaels Hospital in Toronto by air ambulance with life threatening injuries.

12 Year Old Dies In Fatal Farm Accident

A 12 year old boy has died after a fatal farm accident in the Township of Perth East.  Perth County OPP and the Perth East fire department were called out to the farm on Line 61 on Monday evening. The 12 year old had been working in the barn when he died. The child was rushed to a local area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The cause of death has not been determined at this time, however foul play is not suspected. The Perth County OPP and the Office of the Coroner continue to investigate this incident.
The deceased has been identified as Samuel Zehr from Perth East.

Fordwich Man Charged With Assaulting A Police Officer

HARRISTON – A Fordwich man is facing numerous charges after Wellington OPP arrested him for driving with a suspended licence.  Officers spotted a man driving a green A-T-V in Clifford at around 9am on June 6th. They say his licence was suspended at the time, so he fled from police. Ten days later they spotted that name A-T-V parked on Union Street west in Harriston.  When police confronted the man with the intent to arrest him, they say he assaulted an officer. The officer did manage to arrest him and take him into custody.
45 year old Christopher Burton has been charged with assault police officer with intent to avoid arrest contrary to the Criminal Code, driving disqualified and driving with a suspended licence.

Elora Gorge Fall Sends Man To Hospital

ELORA – A man was airlifted to Toronto Hospital with life threatening injuries after he fell while trying to climb out of the Elora Gorge.
The 20 year old was hiking the gorge with three other men yesterday evening. They climbed approximately 50 to 60 feet in order to get out, but they noticed they were about the tresspass onto a residential property.
The man fell to the bottom while the group was trying to climb back down. The Centre Wellington Fire Department had to lift the man out of the gorge using rope and a stretcher.

James Cooper reviews “Office Hours”

Office Hours, playing now until June 30th at the Drayton Festival Theatre, is a witty play that really picks up speed, and churns out laughs as it progresses. Its six separate (yet related) scenes make watching it as fun and easy as eating six two-bite brownies, rather than the daunting ‘two pan-sized brownies’ that most plays are for more restless playgoers. Watching Office Hours almost feels like watching a really high-energy sitcom, except with a lot more people in my living room, and a much more satisfying laugh track. It’s certainly different from any play I’ve ever seen, and for that reason alone I think it’s worth the watch.
Not only does the focus of the plot completely switch from scene to scene, keeping things fresh, but the versatile cast members also switch between different goofball roles in this Norm Foster hit. The hilarious interconnectedness of it all is gradually revealed as clocks tick towards hometime for a washed-up reporter, a desperate producer, a lawyer with a secret, a jockey who’s kidding himself, a pushy salesman, and an incompetent psychiatrist who just wants to let her hair down. As the play progresses, more and more layers are added to the jokes, often requiring that the audience members stay on their toes if they want to experience the satisfaction of that giddy ‘aha! moment.’ However, if you’re looking for a night out with minimal thinking required, then fear not! Good ole’ mindless slapstick abounds in this play: from a dripping gherkin pickle to a jockey’s belly-bulging denim overalls. As with any theatre production, even if humor isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other aspects to appreciate.
I personally enjoy the beautifully constructed set almost as much as the comedy. The set’s exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and modern decor is enough to make current house hunters swoon, or at least so the Property Brothers lead me to believe. Nearing the climax of the play, the window work with artificial ‘natural light’ is particularly impressive, and when one man’s out on the ledge, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. Scrupulous detail is paid to the changes from one office to another, and though the differences are small, they are quite effective. The scene transitions, done by janitorial staff under mood-lighting and paired with cleverly chosen, groovy music, make a typically boring part of watching plays into a pleasure.
Clever pop-culture references spackle the show and keep things lively, but it is the thick dramatic irony throughout the entire show that makes it such a joy to watch. The characters themselves are rarely aware of the hilarity of their own ridiculous situation. Only the audience can see the connection that makes the lives of these people such a hoot! So, if you’re so inclined, why not feel ‘in’ on the jokes too, and come see Office Hours at the Drayton Festival Theatre, running until June 30th.

Find tickets at www.draytonentertainment.com/office-hours

James Cooper (Coupe) can be seen at 100 of events all over North Wellington, Southern Grey and are all summer long in the River Runer.

Harriston business broken into.

HARRISTON – Wellington OPP are investigating after someone broke into a business on Arthur Street west in Harriston.
When police arrived early Sunday morning they found that someone had broken a window and stolen a set of keys, leaving a side door wide open. A 2009 Nissan Murano was also missing. The vehicle was later recovered that morning on the 11th Line.
Police are currently going over the evidence gathered at the crime scene and asking anyone with information to contact them 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.


Stolen Pickup Truck West of Arthur

ARTHUR – Wellington OPP are investigating after getting a report of a stolen pickup truck from a home on Concession 9 just west of Arthur.
Police say the truck was unlocked and had the keys inside when it was taken on June 6th. The truck is a dark green 1999 Dodge Ram extended cab, short box pickup truck, with dual exhaust and a fifth wheel hitch.
It was bearing Ontario marker 2255FD, a chrome bug deflector and fencing equipment in the cab.
Police are preaching Lock it or Lose it after the theft.
The LOCK IT OR LOSE IT campaign is a crime prevention program that reminds the public to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables and keys from within. This helps reduce the motivation and likelihood of property crimes. If you do suspect that your vehicle has been entered please report it.
Any person with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.