Monthly Archives: April 2008

Mannheim garage sale this Saturday

If you’re looking for a bargain a one-of-a-kind antique, or just a reason to get out for a walk, the place to be this Saturday is Mannheim.

On the first Saturday in May for the last 25 years, Mannheim residents have teamed up to organize one of the largest community garage sales in Waterloo Region. Dozens of homeowners take part in the event that draws yard-sale browsers from across Ontario.

The Mannheim Optimist Club will be offering two food booths during the event, one serving sausage on a bun on Bleams Road, and a breakfast location on Mannheim Road featuring bacon on a bun. All proceeds from the food booths help support the Optimist Club’s efforts to provide money for youth events in the community.

The food booths will be open for the duration of the sale, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Forest Glen students fundraising for AIDS research

Noam Gold-Utting and Callum Clarkehave teamed up
to try to raise four million pennies to
donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Tim Murphy, Independent staff

Four million children have died from AIDS in Africa since 2001.

After learning about the disease first hand, a Forest Glen student has decided to collect a penny for every child who has died.

Noam Gold-Utting, along with friend Callum Clarke, have decided to raise four million pennies to donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Gold-Utting said last summer he went to a hospital with his mother, to visit an old friend of hers. The friend was dying from AIDS.

Touched by the situation, and looking to do a good deed for his upcoming Bar mitzvah, he decided to raise cash.

He selected the Stephen Lewis Foundation while doing Internet research because that was the foundation Gold-Utting said kept coming up. Lewis also spoke to his synagogue, and his father read his book as well.

The students hope to fill water jugs with pennies, coins and bills. Each large water jug holds between 24,000 and 25,000 pennies. To reach their four-million penny goal, they will need to fill approximately 160 jugs.

All of next week, water jugs will be at Forest Glen where students and community members can drop off cash.

The bins will also be in a number of community businesses, which have not yet been confirmed.

Gold-Utting and Clarke will also be going class-to-class, playing a video and putting on a small presentation to explain AIDS.

The cash will be used to help support African orphans with food, schooling and counseling.

“They support a number of different things that help,” he said.

Gold-Utting said through his research he found out 15 to 30 per cent of African children will be orphans by 2010.

Gold-Utting and Clarke said they both learned a number of things about AIDS during their research, along with a number of common misconceptions about the disease.

Forest Glen vice-principal Jan Hansen said this has been entirely a student-run initiative.

He said the school jumped on the idea when the office was approached.

“It is a symbolic thing to show little things do matter,” he said.

Anybody who wants to make a donation can drop by Forest Glen this week. Tax receipts will be issued for donations ten dollars or more.

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Kodaly Festival May 6 and 7

Join parents, friends and relatives as they share in this year’s 21st Annual Kodaly Festival on May 6 and 7. This on-going musical festival, put together by the Waterloo Region District School Board, will feature 600 student singers from grades four through six from 30 different schools.

Included in these 30 local schools will be students from Baden Public School and New Dundee Public School.

Tamara Schmelzle along with Marg Weigel and Marilyn Sararas, have been offering their time since September 2007, to work with approximately 26 young children as they prepare for the festival. “We’re singing 18 songs, all of which are memorized,” Schmelzle said, “And not all of them are in English.” Adding that there are some pieces that will be sung in Italian, French and even an African language. Schmelzle also added that Sararas has been selflessly donating her time to accompany the children as they work through the songs and gear up for this year’s festival, which is chalked full of folk songs, many of which will be Canadian.

As per usual, the festival will be held at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener, however this year two guest choirs will be featured during the performances. The Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute Concert Choir will be featured on May 6 and the Huron Heights Secondary School Concert Choir will perform on May 7.

Both presentations will feature guest conductor, Charles Payette, a former music teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board, who will be set to the task of conducting not only a choir of 600 young people, but he will also be responsible for a full orchestra, which is to accompany the choir in many of its pieces.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to view a performance that has been in the makings since September 2007.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through students involved in the festival or through the Centre in the Square box office. To purchase tickets through the box office call 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977.

Students at New Dundee Public School rehearse for the Kodaly Festival.

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Parent workshops approaching

Tim Murphy
Independent staff

Parents will be filling the classrooms of Baden Public School on May 6.

Organizers are working on a number of educational workshops to provide tips and help on raising children.

Rhonda Hazelwood-Smith, co-president of the Baden Public School Council, said the workshops take advantage of the skills some parents have and allow them to share it with others.

“We have this great wealth of knowledge at our school.”

The classes will also help new school parents network with others.

“I’m a new Junior-Kindergarten mom,” she said.

The workshops vary from Internet safety to organization, sexuality, bullying, reading, being home alone, financial planning and eating disorders.

“It empowers parents to be able to approach those issues,” Hazelwood-Smith said.

Class teachers vary from public health nurses, to Waterloo Region District School Board employees and other agencies.

Each half-hour session will consist of a small group of parents, who will rotate between different subjects.

Last year there was an average of five or six parents in each group.

Hazelwood-Smith said she hopes more parents attend this year.

The workshops are free, and food will be served.

Baden principal Joanne Soye flyers are also being sent home this week with students.

“It is an opportunity for people to get info and network with other parents in the community,” she said.

Soye said there will also be books on loan in the library which touch on the various subjects discussed during the classes. They can be signed out under their children’s names.

The workshops take place on May 6, at Baden Public School, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Parents can attend three 30 minute classes during the evening.

Volunteers will offer supervision for children JK to Grade 6 in the gym, as well as games and refreshments.

Childcare for two and three year-olds will be provided as well.

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Goose stops traffic

A reader submitted these photos of a pesky goose stopping traffic in downtown New Hamburg on April 23.

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Wilmot hosting fundraising meeting

Wilmot Township is hosting a free fundraising workshop for Wilmot community groups looking for new ideas for fundraising.

The workshop is being presented by Greg Burns, who is well known in the field of Recreation and is a fantastic speaker.

Burns is the Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Services Program at Conestoga College and President of his own consulting firm, Greg Burns and Associates. He has worked in the leisure services field for thirty-seven years, holding a variety of positions including community developer, sports director, program manager, and director of parks and recreation in both small and large municipalities.

Burns has many years of experience working with community groups on fundraising initiative and I’m sure you will find that he would be a great resource for any of our community groups and their projects.

The workshop is April 23, starting at 7 p.m., in the Community Centre at the Wilmot Recreation Complex. Space is limited so those wishing to attend are asked to either phone Vicky Luttenberger at 519-634-8444 or email her at vicky.luttenberger@wilmot.ca to reserve a spot.

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Fun at Baden Public School

Lukas Winter contemplates a move during a noon-hour chess tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Baden Public School.

Tim Murphy, Independent staff

Cassady Smith, Sydney Knorr and Mare Prober show off some of the colourful butterfly creations they made at Baden Public School.

Tim Murphy, Independent staff

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