Monthly Archives: July 2008

Fright Night

Castle Kilbride was crawling with reptiles and animals on Friday night. For more photos, see this week’s Independent.

Tracy Loch Photos

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Wilmot Family Resource Centre hosts skate demo

Tim Murphy
Independent staff

The New Hamburg arena continues to the home for a popular sport, but its not hockey.
For a few days each week this summer, the old barn will play host to local skateboarders eager to grind up rails and ramps provided by the Wilmot Family Resource Centre.
“We’ve been getting pretty good turn outs,” said Damien Peters, a youth worker with the WFRC.
There is a day program geared towards the younger kids, as well as evening skates.
“Every Friday night we have an open skate. We try to do something different each night, and gear it towards families.”
There are a variety of contests, skate videos, movie nights and other games.
“Maybe another demo if this goes off without a hitch,” he said. “We’re doing as much as we can every week, we’ve been really busy this summer.”
He said the facilities have proven a hit with the kids.
“I think it is well received from what I gather talking to the kids. It gives them someplace to be during the day and evenings.”
This past Friday evening, local kids had a chance to watch a skills show and skate with some talented boarders from Love Skateboards.
“People who are definitely good influences,” said Peters.
Isaac Watamaniuk, who co-owns Love Skateboards with brother Joel, said the company is based out of Waterloo.
“We’re going to skate with the kids and show them a good time,” he said. “Just getting the kids excited for skateboarding and summer.”
Watamaniuk skated at the summer camp in New Hamburg for nine years while he was growing up.
“I think it is great in a smaller town like this, a small community where everyone knows everyone,” he said, adding giving kids a place to skate can help keep them from hassling business owners in the downtown.
“I think it is a good atmosphere, a good environment and activity.”
Skateboarding keeps kids in shape and helps them express themselves positively.
“I think there are a lot of identity issues with kids not knowing how to express themselves.”
Peters said the skate camp always receives positive feedback from youth.
A permanent skate park, which could also run indoors during the winter, would be a hit.
“All the kids want that, every single one of them,” he said. “Another option I’d say is to look into building a concrete skate park. I think that is something the township could look into.”
There will be skateboard competition on Aug. 14, running through the afternoon.
“Everyone should come out, everyone will be able to compete,” said Peters.
There will be prizes and other give-a-ways.
“It should be a good time for everyone.”
Registration can be taken in advance at regular skate days, or can be taken at the door on Aug. 14.
“Come out and shred, come out and hang,” Peters said.

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Me to We

New Dundee Public School students recorded a song to help raise cash to build a school in Kenya. This is their song.

River Edge Recordings generously provided their studio where the instrumentals were recorded and their engineer, Mark Fortuna, came out to New Dundee School to record the students. What an exciting day that was for the kids! The finished CDs arrived the day before school got out for the summer! School may be over…but the lesson we’ve learned about the importance of helping others goes on!

The financial support of the New Dundee and Mannheim Optimist Clubs, the N.D. Board of Trade and the N.D. Women’s Institute made the recording possible. Others can now help build a water system to provide safe, clean drinking water for the school community in Pimbiniet, Kenya by making a $10 donation for the “Me To We” CD. Thank you to these local businesses who are helping us with this important project by carrying the CDs: Me Me’s Café in New Hamburg, Teddy’s Bakery in Baden, and the Village Market and the Emporium in New Dundee.

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Wilmot Aces report results

Twenty Five members of WOA travelled to Collingwood to compete in the 16th Annual Collingwood Outdoor Swim Meet. The meet which the Aces have competed at the past two years, offers something for everyone. The team even had the opportunity to test out their boat making skills and have a captain race the boat. Jacob Isaac, 9 years, was the captain of the ship and did a great job racing the end however due to some technically difficulties Jacob sunk, but the team had a lot of fun getting ready for the event.
Aces in Collingwood
The Wilmot Aquatic Aces in Collingwood.
Gavin Tessier, 14, had a great meet, recording several best times and winning 6 gold medals. Alex Buehlow won gold in 50 bk, silver in 100 bk and 100 fr and bronze in 100 fly, 100 Im and 50 fly. Erica Buehlow won a 5th in the 50 br, and 6th in 100 br, Jaime Doucet was 4th in 50 bk and 100 fr and 6th in 100 bk, Celine Funk had a best finish of 18th in 50 bk, Elise funk had a best finish of 10th in 100 br.
Ally Govier was 14th in the 100 br, Lindsay Gutoskie 9th in 50 bk, Caleb Isaac finished 5th in 100 bk, Jacob Isaac struck silver in the 100 fly and bronze in the 50 fly, he also picked up a 6th, Tyler Kinzie had a best finish of 16th, Blythe Mackie won bronze in the 100 fly, Meghan Mackie was 8th in the 100 fly, Zachary Sanders in his first 11-12 meet was 8th in 50 br, Sarah Sine who graduated from the Aces this year was 10th in 50 bk, Sam Whiteside was 8th in the 100 fr and Vicky Whiteside was 6th in the 100 bk.
Three members of the Aces,along with three members of the Speed Sharks competed in Halifax on the weekend at the East Coast Championship. The group of six did very well finishing 23rd overall and showing they can swim with the best in the eastern part of Canada. Several Ontario team and teams from all of the the East coast provinces were in attendance at the meet. A total of 379 swimmers were at the meet.
Alex Buehlow 13, lead the way with a second place finish in the 800 fr and a club record, and thirds in the 1500 fr, 400 fr (CR), 50 fly (CR), a fourth in 100 fly and a fifth in 200 fly. Erica Buehlow, 16, also had a great meet breaking the club record in the 50 breaststroke. Erica made four finals with a best placing of 11th. Kristopher Sanders 15, also swam well with three top 16 finishes with a best placing of 11th in the 200 br.
Kristopher and Alex and Derek Govier  will be training for the next month preparing for the Ontario Games being held in Ottawa this Aug.
The Aces recently announced the teams overall winners:
Most Improved: to the male and female in each age category who has shown the most improvement (times, stroke development, attitude, work Ethic, commitment, sportsmanship) during the season.
  • 8 and Under: Damon and Rachel Woolvett
  • 10 and under: Celine Funk and Josh Cober
  • 12 and under: Annisa Malthaner and Sam Hesch
  • 14 and under: Taffin Sekulin and Derek Govier
  • 15 and over: Erica Buehlow and Trevor Mains
Most Time off:
Novice:
  • 1st Trevor Mains 101.07 sec off
  • 2nd Caitlyn Armstrong
  • 3rd Sara Kinzie
  • 4th Gavin Tessier
  • 5th Josh Cober
Competitive
  • 1st Meghan Mackie 628.36 sec off
  • 2nd Kris Sanders 519.27 sec off
  • 3rd Alex Buehlow 407.03 sec
  • 4th Taffin Sekulin 387.79 sec
  • 5th Blythe Mackie 342.74 sec off
  • 6th Elise Funk  322.85 sec
  • 7th Zachary Sanders 312.39 sec
  • 8th Lindsay Gutoskie 277.53 sec
  • 9th Vicky Whiteside  259.35
  • 10th Jacob Isaac  241.94 sec off
Most Improved Master Swimmer
  • Michele Lanthier
Good Sport Award: given to three swimmers one from each of the main groups. This swimmers displays fair play, has fun and always works at getting better.
  • Jr. Aces  Sara Kinzie and Abagale Mathews
  • Teal/White: Ally Govier
  • Green and up: Dylan Riddell
Team Player Award: is given to the swimmer who is avery important member of the team because of their committment, fun personality and for wanting to be a part of this team even if they are not the best swimmers, makes people feel welcome to the team
  • Elise Funk
Special Helper Award: always willing to help anyone out helps with the younger swimmers, very enthusiastic and is great for team spirit;
  • Zachary Sanders
Coaches Awards: to the swimmer who is an all round athlete,they work hard, have team spirit, work ethic and the coaches love to have this person around, they have fun with all team members. One from each group
  • Jr Aces: Caitlyn Armstrong
  • Teal/White: Kaitlyn Ulmer
  • Green and UP : Sarah Sine and Kristopher Sanders
IM AWARD: Best combined 400 IM from best 100 times of each stroke;
  • Alex Buehlow 4:33.94 and Brooke Davidson 4:45.66
Spirit Award: this award is given to the person who exudes cheerfulness, helpfulness, confidence and who the coaches most enjoy seeing on the deck. This person shows great sportsmanship and cheers his or her teammates on no matter what.
  • Caleb Isaac
ACE of The YEAR: This award is voted on by the swimmers, it is given to the all round swimmer who works hard, is a postive role model, has great team spirit, sets goals and tries to obtain them, is the person everyone would most like to be like.
  • A tie: Brooke Davidson and Meghan Mackie

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Ball hockey tournament

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Canada Day in New Hamburg

Wilmot celebrated Canada Day on July 1 in New Hamburg.

Here is a sample of the activities which took place, including a rubber duck race, a classic car show and shine and more

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