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Neil Young tribute artist Bill Braun charms Castle Kilbride audience

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Learning to fly at the New Hamburg Library

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Andrew Dewar has been making paper airplanes since he was a kid.

Today the Elmira resident and author of several books on the art of paper airplane design, is sharing what he’s learned through workshops.

If the more than two dozen children seated at the New Hamburg Library on Thursday morning were any indication of the enduring popularity of the paper airplane, Dewar should be busy meeting demand. The paper artist began the workshop by walking kids through a simple explanation of aerodynamics followed by demonstrations on how to make simple paper airplanes.

Dewar learned much of what he knows about papercraft in Japan, where the popularity and cultural importance of working with kami (Japanese for paper) captured his interest.

After spending 23 years in Japan since going over as a student, Dewar returned to Canada after last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Now he’s the lead organizer of the Toronto Paper Airplane Society and the Kami Papercraft Workshop.

Kids in New Hamburg had a chance to build and fly one of his designs, the Ladybug, at Thursday’s workshop. His paper airplane designs range from the simple to the exotic.

Dewar will be at the Wellesley branch Aug. 14.

Download this and this to make a Dewar-designed airplane, or follow the photo slides below to make your own traditional Japanese paper airplane. The simple design is made with any sheet of letter-sized paper.

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Sounds of summer at Castle Kilbride

Who went to see Cazu last night at Castle Kilbride?

Here are some photos of the first Castle Kilbride summer concert July 5 featuring Traces Steel Band led by Joe Lovell, sent in by Frank Beletz.


Frank says there was a great crowd in attendance enjoying the warm summers eve and the soothing Caribbean Tunes.

The series continues next Thursday with Crackerjack Palace.

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Antique tractors stop for breakfast in New Hamburg

Tim Leis, who organizes the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival’s annual tractor show, talks with another admirer of the antique tractors parked at the Waterloo Street plaza in New Hamburg on Thursday morning.

The North Easthope Antique Tractor Breakfast Club made a stop at the Waterloo Arms pub in New Hamburg on July 5, filling the plaza parking lot.

Every year, from spring to early fall, the club members hop on their antique machines and putter down local sideroads to make a 9 a.m. date with breakfast at a local restaurant, church or event. The breakfast club meets everywhere from St. Agatha to Milverton with some members travelling up to 90 minutes.

Once a month the group size swells to about 100 for a fundraising breakfast hosted by local church ladies.

The breakfast tour, scheduled every Thursday morning through the spring and summer months, is a spectacle for locals and tourists often seen slowing down to watch the line of antique tractors crawl through town.

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Dude Looks Like A Lady

Dude Looks Like A Lady

Derek Leis and Carlo Montagnese of the New Hamburg CIBC branch weren’t generating any cat calls from passersby during their lunch hour cross-dressing adventure on Huron Street on Thursday. The pair were part of the bank’s annual “Dude Looks Like A Lady” fundraising barbecue for CIBC’s Run for the Cure charity drive for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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by | June 28, 2012 · 4:25 pm

Family Fun Night at Holy Family School

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Holy Family’s first Family Fun Night on June 21 saw approximately 500 people come out in support of the school and students.
The evening started outside and quickly moved indoors once the rain began.
We had wonderful carnival events that were hosted  by the Grade 7 and 8s.
Special guest included the New Hamburg Fire Department, Waterloo Regional Police, the owner of the Promod Corvette π mile race car Al Hinds, the Halton Conservation Association’s Mountsberg Educational Programs.

The school thanks the entire community for their support. All of the children and parents had an memorable time.

Submitted by Bobbi Martinez

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Zumba in the park

About 60 people attended the ABsolute Fitness and Puddicombe House sponsored free outdoor Zumba class in New Hamburg’s Kirkpatrick Park on Monday evening. The events are running Monday nights throughout the summer.

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Artists, performers give people a reason to come to Wellesley June 16

Local artist Sean Lehan gives visitors to Wellesley’s Art ‘Round the pond a chance to see him work on one of his acrylic paintings during Saturday’s juried show and sale around the pond in Wellesley. The event featured about a dozen artist booths, live music like Wendy Tozer and Jason Carran of Jam Puree, a silent auction and children’s activities.

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New Hamburg basketball player on provincial championship winning under 19 junior men’s team

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New Hamburg’s Chris Thomson celebrated last weekend’s Ontario Basketball Provincial Championship Under 19 Division 3 win with his rep team, the KW Vipers. The Vipers beat Ottawa Next Level Hoops 48-46 in a defensive battle in Waterloo. Chris had a terrific game with 7 points and 7 rebounds.

Chris is shown with his dad Randy Thomson (Assistant Coach) after the victory. Nice father son moment.

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Sun shines on New Dundee’s Victoria Day parade

Hundreds of people gathered to watch New Dundee’s annual Victoria Parade wind its way through town on one of the warmest May long weekend Mondays in recent memory.

Dozens of floats, walkers, clowns and marching bands entertained the crowds gathered for the community celebration. Here are some of the highlights.

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Local runners participate in Kitchener’s Mudpuppy Chase

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Back Row Left to Right: Owen Turner, Adam Huras, Caitlyn Armstrong, Emily
Huras, Josh Blier
Front Row Left to Right: Eric Armstrong, Luke Timmons, Holden Ehgoetz, Logan
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New Hamburg was well represented on Sunday at Kitchener’s Mudpuppy 3K Run.
Nine local youth, aged 8 to 11, participated in the event and all achieved personal bests for this distance. For many in this group, this race was a warm-up for this Saturday’s New Hamburg Classic Races being held at the WRC.

 

Submitted by Colleen Huras.

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Bake sale to support relief work in Haiti

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Friends Emily Loch, 10, and Emily Smith, 9, (together known as “Em & Em”) put on a bake sale in their Laschinger Boulevard driveway this week and raised $160 for Haiti.

The pair is hoping to purchase relief kits for the Mennonite Central Committee with the money.

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1st New Hamburg Scouts thank Legion for 50 years of sponsorship

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For 52 years of sponsorship, the New Hamburg Royal Canadian Legion has received an award from the New Hamburg Scouting Group.
The trophy was presented by Commissioner and Registrar of the New Hamburg Scouting Group Garry Gibbons to Legion president Bob Anger on April 26.
The plaque has the Boy Scouts logo at the top and the 1st New Hamburg Crest along with the Legion crest at the bottom.
The legion took over sponsorship of the Scouting group in 1959 from the New Hamburg Board of Trade.

Most people don’t know that Baden and New Hamburg groups have joined together to form the 1st New Hamburg Scouting Group. They’re looking for leaders for the coming year, male or female, to lead the pack as Akela. 

Anyone interested to contact Group Commissioner Garry Gibbons at 519-662-1502. Training is available but they need volunteers immediately.

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Sir Adam Beck launches greening project

Sir Adam Beck’s Footprints Committee stands on the outdoor stage that’s part of the school’s new greening project that will see 41 trees planted around the playground over the next year.

Thanks to the work of a dedicated group of parents and staff at Sir Adam Beck School in Baden, students will have a greener outdoor play space filled with trees, shade and butterfly garden when they return next fall.

The group unveiled the  project plans at the kick off to Earth Week at the school last Thursday.

On hand was Dennis Wendland, the school’s “greening consultant” from Evergreen Learning Grounds, an agency that supports the creation of creative outdoor learning spaces and green projects.

The two-year $60,000 effort includes planting 41 trees, half of which will go in the ground this spring, to create shady spots and wind breaks.

The centrepiece is “a very cool outdoor classroom” students can play in at recess, said Footprints Committee member Sally Reijerse.

Rocks, sand and bridges will be added to create play spaces. The schoolgrounds will also house a naturalized area and flower garden designed to attract butterflies and other insects.


The Footprints Committee, made up of parents and staff, collected donations from parents in lieu of teacher gifts last December. Ongoing fundraising efforts will help make the full project a reality. The school also recently learned they are the recipients of grant money from the Region of Waterloo and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Sir Adam Beck principal Roger Boettcher said the project is a much needed effort at the two-year-old school where a lack of trees leaves the playground exposed to wind and sun.

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