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Puslinch Community Newsletter – August 2021

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Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market

The Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market is your local market next door with farm-fresh foods, locally grown produce, and handmade goods. Grow with us, every Saturday 8am – 1pm (rain or shine) until the end of October. Kickstart your weekend with a hot cup of coffee and savoury sweets, or just stop by to beat the heat with locally made beverages, fruity ice pops and freshly blended smoothies. Our local vendors look forward to meeting you with COVID protocols in effect to keep everyone safe. Follow us on Facebook @aberfoylefarmersmarket and Instagram @aberfoylefarmers for regular updates throughout the season

Crieff Hills Retreat Centre

Soulful Saturday’s

This summer we are all adjusting to post-pandemic life. These events will engage your body and soul in activities that offer opportunities for reflection, joy and healing. No special skills or experience is required. Your registration fee includes coffee, parking, wifi, clean washrooms and a great workshop outdoors (rain or shine), plus the opportunity to stay all day afterwards to picnic or hike the trails. These events are by pre-registration only and have a small capacity to stay within the public health guidelines. Cost: $60 per person. Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Please register through our online portal here: https://crieffhills.campbrainregistration.com/ If you haven’t registered through our portal before please note that it will require you to fill out the information as requested. This only needs to be completed one time, and the portal will store the information for future registrations. Please email [email protected] or call 519-824-7898 if you have any questions. Pre-registration is required. Please dress for the weather. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Masks are required inside any building. Outdoors they are recommended but not required. We are following all Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph protocols to keep everyone safe.

Saturday, July 24 – Beeswax Wrap Making with All Things Preserved

All Things Preserved is a Kitchener, Ontario based business that re-purposes and upcycles pre-consumer and post-consumer materials into limited edition products. Their goal is to change the world, one upcycled item at a time. All Things Preserved zero waste living presentations provide the audience with tools and tips to reduce their footprint, simplify their lives, and improve their and the world’s health. Participants get step-by-step demonstrations, guided creation, and the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the best.

Saturday, July 31 – Indigenous Storytelling with Jan Sherman

Jan is an Anishaabe mother, culture keeper, storyteller, drummer, and spiritual guide. She has spent the last 25 years of her life helping people remember ancestral earth teachings in relation to our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical journey on Mother Earth. Jan has gathered knowledge and wisdom from Grandmothers and Aunties from around the world which she shares to support individual inner peace that she believes will become community and global peace.

Saturday, Aug 7 – Lena’s Watercolour Painting

Lena Montecalvo is a self-taught watercolour artist who began painting shortly after her artist mother’s death in 2013. Diving in headfirst and now hundreds of paintings later, Lena is an instructor both privately and with the Dundas Valley School of Art. She sells her own unique line of original works, prints and greeting cards, using vibrant hues in untraditional ways, and believes in colouring outside the lines while breaking all the rules. She truly believes art is for everyone and that we only need the right instruction, motivation, and environment to begin accessing our own creative spirit. Her love relationship with Canada’s breathtaking landscape often makes its way into her art and her abstract-feeling forms, colour choices and designs relate our prairies, mountains, lush forests and crystal-like waters to the viewer in a way that allows one to feel its true majesty.

Puslinch Township Library

For current hours and services, please call the Puslinch Branch 519.763.8026 or visit us online at www.wellington.ca/Library.

Summer Reading 2021

Join Wellington County Library for Summer Reading challenges and activities for all ages! From July 5 – August 27, participants of any age can pick up weekly herb seed kits and at-home activities. Plus, track books read to enter grand prize draws in branch! Participants can earn one ballot for each book read.

Kids ages 0-12 will also receive a free TD Summer Reading Club kit and can sign up for virtual science workshops and special guests throughout the summer.

Register starting Saturday, June 19. Speak to staff or visit www.wellington.ca/SummerReading for details and online ballot entry. Last day to enter is Friday, September 3.

Take-and-Make Activity Kits

Get creative with activity kits for preschool, school-aged children, teens, and adults! Contents may include a hands-on activity, activity sheets, and suggestions for additional library resources. Quantities are limited. Pick up at your local branch on a first-come, first-served basis.

Just for You from WCL

Wondering what to read, watch, or listen to next? Wellington County Library staff are here to help! Visit www.wellington.ca/justforyou, tell us what you love, and we’ll hand-pick a selection of titles for you to borrow.

Looking for something to read next? Try these new titles:


Atkins, Ace –
The Heathens

Castillo, Linda –

Guillory, Jasmine –
While We Were Dating

Miranda, Megan –
Such a Quiet Place

Rochon, Lisa –
Tuscan Daughter


Dowling, Daisy –

Glazer, Robert –
How to thrive in the Virtual Workplace

Standiford, Les –
Battle for the Big Top

Swift, Jamie –
The Case for Basic Income

Thoma, Marc –
Herb Gardening for Beginners

Township of Puslinch

PROPERTY TAX INSTALLMENT DUE DATE – August 31, 2021. Final property tax bills will be mailed by August 1, 2020. The installment due dates are August 31, and October 29, 2021. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


The following outdoor recreation amenities are open;

  • Optimist Recreation Centre Rink
  • Optimist Recreation Centre washrooms (Monday to Saturday during hours of operation)
  • Soccer and other sports fields
  • Baseball Diamonds
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Trails

The use of all Township facilities by the public is to be in accordance with the physical separation directives issued by the Province. Individuals using these facilities, except for members of the same household, are required to maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres or six feet. All gatherings or events must comply with all Provincial directives as well as those of Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health. We strongly encourage individuals utilizing available facilities to adhere to all physical distancing requirements.

Failure to do so, may result in the Township being directed to close facilities again. Enforcement concerns should be communicated to the OPP non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122.

The following Township closures remain in effect:

  • Puslinch Community Centre
  • Optimist Recreation Centre Gymnasium and change rooms
  • Municipal Office

Township staff will be available to assist and serve residents by electronic means. Phones will continue to be answered between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday at 519-763-1226. Email inquiries can be sent as follows:

– For a By-law inquiry or concern: [email protected]

– For Planning, Zoning or Council inquiries: [email protected]

– For Building Inspections, Taxes, Facility Rentals or General inquiries: [email protected] Access to on-line forms and applications can be found on our website: https://puslinch.ca/forms/

For more information on COVID-19, please contact Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800- 265-7293 or 519-822-2715 or visit www.wdgpublichealth.ca

ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES. The Township of Puslinch partners with the Cambridge and District Humane Society for the following animal control services: dogs at large, injured dogs, injured cats, aggressive dogs, domestic animals that are deceased in the home, injured wildlife and exotic animals. Should you require these services, please call the Cambridge and District Humane Society directly at (519) 623-6323 or email [email protected]

Whistle Stop Co-op Preschool

Puslinch Community Centre. Monday – Wednesday – Friday 9am – 11:30am. Planned reopen September 2021.For details message [email protected]