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COVID-19 vaccine arrives for Headwaters Hospital staff

By Sam Odrowski Greater protection against COVID-19 is coming to Headwaters Health Care Centre (HHCC), since they started sending their staff to Brampton for vaccinations against COVID-19 last Friday. “The Province has prioritized early doses to those that are most ...

WDG schools face extended closures for in-person learning

By Sam Odrowski All Wellington–Dufferin–Guelph schools have been instructed by Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nicola Mercer to extend online-only learning until Jan. 24, and ...

Dental professionals request early access to COVID-19 vaccine

By Sam Odrowski The first round of COVID-19 vaccines has been rolled out for healthcare workers, particularly those working in nursing homes, but one group ...

Ontario declares second provincial emergency for COVID-19

By Sam Odrowski Effective today (Jan. 14) the Province of Ontario is issuing a stay-at-home order, requiring everyone to remain in their household, except for ...

Rural students struggling with distanced learning, poor internet

By Jessica Laurenza The Ministry of Education announced that as of Jan. 4, all elementary and secondary students will be temporarily shifting to virtual, remote ...

WINTER SKATE: While the usual list of winter activities may be a bit smaller because of COVID-19 lockdowns, Orangeville residents can still get out for a skate. The outdoor rink at Lions Sports Park had the Town’s Public Works Department out in full force at the start of the week, clearing off snow. The rink is expected to open shortly, while the rink at Idlewyld Park is currently available to residents. On the north side (rear) of the Alder Recreation Centre, flooding is in progress, as well as at the Tony Rose outdoor rink. Colder weather is needed to make the ice. There are signs in place that share public health guidelines at the rinks, such as physical distancing. They also outline the limit for how many skaters can be on the ice at any one time. The Town is asking that residents stop skating on storm water ponds, since they’re unsafe. Water levels can fluctuate and the ice conditions are not stable. An 11-year old boy drowned in Milton before Christmas after falling through ice on a storm water management pond, which shows the risk these ponds pose to those who use them.

Community News

Local not-for-profit lands grant funding for agricultural programs

By Sam Odrowski Headwaters Communities in Action is receiving a much needed boost in funding from the provincial government for its Food and Farming Alliance ...

Care farm receives grant to alleviate stressors from COVID-19

By Jessica Laurenza Stephanie Deacen and Breanne Mathers, co-founders of Fiddlehead Care Farm, received $64,600 through the Resilient Communities Fund intended to help local non-profits ...

Take an exclusive look behind the scenes at Theatre Orangeville

By Constance Scrafield It is one thing to write, using the information reported by others; it is another to see the event for oneself.  The ...

Hiking trails being maintained through winter

By Sam Odrowski Those looking to enjoy the winter wonderland that is Orangeville and the surrounding area can now do so at a variety of ...

Mono Council revisits condo lighting issue

By Peter Richardson, Local Journalism Initiative Mono Council once again had to deal with the ongoing debate as to who is responsible for enforcing regulations ...

Museum of Dufferin calling all artists, photographers

By Sam Odrowski The Museum of Dufferin is calling on local artists and photographers to send in submissions for its Black History Month Exhibition, presented ...

Orangeville SBEC offering online info sessions, workshops

Small business training and development webinars The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre offers a variety of free services for entrepreneurs who are starting, ...

WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND: Those looking to enjoy the winter wonderland that is Orangeville and the surrounding area can now do so at a variety of trails. Pictured above is a mother and son walking along the loop at Lions Sports Park. While this trail is covered in snow, it is groomed and some sections are pavement. Rotary Park to Hansen (Canadian Tire) will be opening shortly and it allows for connectivity to Island Lake trails, as well as a parking area. Another trail that’s opening shortly is Parkinson Crescent and its sidewalks will be cleared. It offers a nice walking loop for residents. Other areas are currently under review by the Town and could be made available in the not so distant future. In the meantime, the Town encourages residents to get some exercise with a hike, while maintaining physical distancing and following Public Health guidelines.

It was a good weekend for hitting the snowmobile routes around Ontario with plenty of snow on the ground and well groomed trails. Martin and Josh Bamford head out for an afternoon on the trails near the 15 Sideroad north of Orangeville on Saturday, January 9.

Sports

Ski resorts blind-sided by mandatory closures

When the Province announced the current shutdown in December, most skill hill operators thought they would be exempt and could keep their hills open.  A ...

It’s turning out to be a good season for snowmobiling

This year is turning out to be a success for the members of the Orangeville Snowmobile Club and some other sledding clubs across Ontario as ...