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Neil Young tribute artist Bill Braun charms Castle Kilbride audience

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New Hamburg ladies fastball team in action

Putting the bat on the ball.

Watching a high pitch sail past.

The New Hamburg junior ladies took the field earlier this month for a night game against Hickson at Norm S. Hill Park.

After a tight 1-1 score for several innings, New Hamburg’s bats broke the game open and the junior ladies cruised to a well-earned win.

New Hamburg’s pitcher delivers the ball.

The team’s defence did enough to protect their lead in the late innings.

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Learning to fly at the New Hamburg Library

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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Speedy New Hamburg boy on a winning streak at Paris motorcycle races

Evan Perry of New Hamburg is tearing up the course at the Paris Speedway with his small, 50 cc Yamaha motorbike.

The five-year-old has won all nine of his races so far this summer, despite being one of the youngest drivers in his division.

Perry is the leader with 160 points, 39 more than the second-place driver, at this year’s Paris summer series for racers aged four to eight. There are five more races remaining.

The five-year-old motorcycle racer is supported by several local sponsors, including:

Pizza Express
Peewee (USA)
Dry Voltage
NH Cycle
Robertson Automotive
Junker Construction
PW Plug Guard
Stratford Auto Recyclers
JD Graphics
Bones Websites
Deadman Pinstriping

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New mural adds a splash of colour to New Dundee Pottery and Stained Glass

Joselyn Reid works on the colourful creation in New Dundee.

Alyssa Elkeer adds her handiwork to the New Dundee mural.


Dundee Pottery and Stained Glass has a new look, thanks to an outdoor mural painted by some young artists on July 19.

The four girls enrolled in Dundee Pottery’s summer art camp created a colourful seascape this week on an exterior wall as part of their program.

Chiara D’Angnolo, Joselyn Reid, Alyssa Elkeer, and Emily Loch created the mural using leftover paint collected by the pottery centre.

Dundee Pottery usually paints over the outside mural and creates a new painting each summer as an art project, said owner Rosemary Arthurs.

The business on Front Street in New Dundee will also hold another week-long summer arts camp from August 20-24. Spaces are still available, said Arthurs.


(From right) Joselyn Reid, Emily Loch, Chiara D’Agnolo, and Alyssa Elkeer created a new mural for the Dundee Pottery and Stained Glass building on Front Street. The art project was part of the New Dundee business’s week-long summer camp.

Young artists choose from a buffet of scavenged paint to create the new artwork.

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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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Classic cars on display each week at Baden Cruise Night

Baden’s weekly Cruisin’ at the Pond event has been attracting a steady stream of classic cars and visitors out to see the old machines on display.

Now in its third year, the show is attracting over 80 cars each Wednesday, said organizer Ron Weber. That’s an increase of around 20 from last year’s turnout.

Terry and Joyce Swannell tour some of the old machines at Baden’s Cruisin’ at the Pond July 4.

The biggest turnout so far came on a tribute night for John Hiller and Paul Cassel, when 167 cars showed up, filling the small park to over-flowing.

The Petersburg Optimist Club was also added to the event this year, and is offering drinks and burgers for sale.

Cruisin’ at the Pond takes place every Wednesday this summer, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Baden pond.

Mike Veenstra strolls through Baden’s Cruisin’ at the Pond.

Bert Wagner gives his white Chrysler LeBaron some tender loving care.

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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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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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Forest Glen hosts annual Fun Fair event

On June 14 Forest Glen Public School held their annual Fun Fair fundraiser. Students, parents and teachers all came out to enjoy some barbecued food, a bake sale, and other activities to show their support for their school.

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New Hamburg Radio Control Flying Club hosts Fun Fly

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The New Hamburg Radio Control Flying Club hosted a Fun Fly event this past Sunday allowing fliers from surrounding areas to come out and show off their skills.

The event saw planes of all sizes and pilots of all skill levels coming out and taking to the sky from the New Hamburg Flying Club’s site on Carmel Koch Road in Wilmot.

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