Monthly Archives: August 2008

New residents welcomed to Wellesley

New to the village, Claire and Johnston Callaghan with twin sons, Kieren and Kaden attend the Wellesley newcomer barbecue last Thursday at the community centre.
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By Gail Martin
Special to the Independent

Newcomers to the village of Wellesley received a warm welcome on Aug. 21, at a community barbecue that was designed with them in mind.
The Wellesley Board of Trade and the Wellesley Community Health Centre combined forces last Thursday, to help new residents meet their neighbours, and get connected to the many services found in the community.
Lynda Kohler, from the health centre, said that the idea came out of community meetings held in Wellesley three years ago, when long-time residents expressed the desire to meet their new neighbours.
“They said they wanted some way to get to know the people in the community,” said Kohler.
After applying for a grant to the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, the health centre partnered with the board of trade to make the community barbecue a reality.
More than 700 invitations were hand-delivered by the Wellesley Youth Council, inviting both long-time residents and those who have just moved in.
Lisa and Keith McIntyre were among some of the newest residents at the barbecue, having just moved from Windsor last week.
They were full of praise for the event.
“It’s nice for new people in the area, to meet people,” said Lisa. “We’ve enjoyed the socializing.”
This is the second year for the barbecue. In addition to the two barbecues, the money from the Hallman Foundation has been used to produce a glossy brochure about the village, highlighting events, as well as providing a business directory.
Each new resident who came to the barbecue received a welcome package full of brochures and items from local businesses, and were introduced to others on their street, by a unique seating system that had everyone sitting in “streets.”
They also had a chance to view 19 different displays from community agencies and organizations, such as the health centre, the Board of Trade, the local 4-H club, and more.
Kohler said the idea was not only to provide information about services that are available, but to give residents an idea of the many ways they can help out.
“This gives people an opportunity to volunteer in the community as well,” said Kohler. “We hope to draw some interest (in these groups).”
Local politicians were also on hand at the barbecue, including Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht.
“It’s a great idea,” Albrecht enthused. “It’s just too easy to live in our own little subdivision, and not get to know anybody. Wellesley does a great job of things like this.”

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New Hamburg girls set up successful snack stand during Huron Street construction

Sophia and Alayna Bailey, along with babysitter Tara Otto made the most of the Huron Street construction this summer with their “Hard Helmet” snack shop, supplying the construction workers with cold drinks, freezies, homemade baking and other treats.  With construction now complete, the girls have retired their red wagon for the season.
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Local mom and daughter travel to Ontario Summer Games and bring home gold

Courtney Greer (SJAM Grade 10 Student), of Petersburg, competed in the Ontario Summer Games in Ottawa earlier this month and her team won the gold medal for U15 Girls Soccer. She plays for the Brams United Blaze in  Brampton at the OYSL level. Courtney’s mom Cora Hennel-Greer is one of the trainers for the team so it was great for mother and daughter to bring home the gold.

Here, Courtney and Cora hold the Ontario Cup Trophy (Provincial Champions) with their Ontario Summer Games Gold Medal, the Ontario Cup Championship Medal.

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New Hamburg Cruise Night — August 15, 2008

Paul Marr submitted this series of photographs taken during New Hamburg’s annual Cruise Night.

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Moparfest roars into New Hamburg

Bob Boyer, of Renfrew, with the help of IBC’s Zach Budd, attempts to navigate through the virtual streets of a driving simulator while taking a cell call. The Distractions Undermining Motorist Behaviour D.U.M.B. car is sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Moparfest attracted close to 20,000 visitors and 1,600 vehicles for the two-day event.

Cheryl MacDonald, of Hamilton, gives the thumbs up with Dukes of Hazard actor Byron Cherry, aka Coy Duke, next to a replica of the General Lee. MacDonald brought her own 1969 Charger to Moparfest.

Visitors of all ages took in the hundreds of Mopar cars on display last weekend in New Hamburg.

An old beater, for sale among the cars on display Saturday, awaits the care and attention necessary to transform it into a Mopar dream vehicle.

Some Moparfest visitors might remember seeing this police cruiser when it was on the streets of Mapleton township.

Saxophone player Gene Hardy, of Rolly Rocker and the Hemi Heads, blows away the crowd Saturday.

Gryphin Johnson, 5, receives an airbrush tattoo of the Dodge Ram logo to match his dad’s truck. The airbrush tattoos tent was one of numerous fundraisers for Juvenile Arthritis leading up to Amanda’s Cruise for Juvenile Arthritis in Bloomingdale on Sept. 29.

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Sam Whiteside in Beijing

To follow New Hamburg’s Sam Whiteside, visit our Sam Whiteside Blog

https://nhindependent.wordpress.com/sam-whiteside-in-beijing

Printed with permission from Sam Whiteside’s sponsor http://www.showyourrealface.com/

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