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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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