The annual Interfaith Giant Silent Auction raised over $19,000 this year despite a blustery spring storm.
“It was a successful fundraiser,” said director Bill Roth.
He said he was pleased to see participation from MP Harold Albrecht, MPP Leeanna Pendergast, Mayor Wayne Roth and four area fire chiefs.
The kids area was well received, although the new breakfast was slower than hoped for.
“Next year we’d expect more,” he said.
The sale raised about a thousand dollars more than last year.
Saturday’s late afternoon storm snapped this pine tree at Nancy and Louis Silcox’s home in New Hamburg. The storm also smashed apart Ed Crawfords 80-foot concrete silo on Township Road 12 near Bright. Send your photos of storm damage to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them here.
Park space litter poses a hazard
Someone living near what is supposed to be a developer-maintained green space on Theodore Schuler Boulevard in New Hamburg called the Independent on Earth Day to complain about garbage and dead trees littering the space.
She said the park was being weeded last year and about a dozen evergreen trees had been planted, but it seems the developer has since neglected to maintain the park. The homeowner suggested children could use the space instead of having to walk across busy Waterloo Street to use the sports field at Forest Glen School.
After a visit to the green space, which connects to the Bier Crescent playground, it’s apparent why the homeowner called to voice the concern.
Children were playing just beyond the field that was littered with crumpled packaging, scraps of paper and plastic, broken toys, glass bottles, an old rain boot, splintered pieces of wood and tires propped up against a backyard fence. Most of the trees planted in the park have died and the sharp needles on the dried stumps could pose a hazard for children playing nearby.
The Independent called Wilmot Township to determine who is responsible for maintaining the space. Planner Andrew Martin said according to the subdivision agreement, the developer must maintain the space for a period of two years once facilities and recreation staff are able to inspect the park and determine the standard of maintenance required.
That inspection has not taken place, Martin said.
Once the two-year period is over, the township will assume maintenance of the park.
A message left on voicemail at the Ontario Numbered Company run by the Markham-based developer who owns the park was not returned by press time.
The Independent will continue to follow up and report on any action taken to address the park cleanup.
If you have a concern, or question about something in a public space that is broken, in disrepair, is an eyesore, or poses a hazard, contact the Independent and we’ll look into it and write about it here and on our blog.
The Independent wants to help make our communities the best they can be, so drop us a note, give us a call, or send a message detailing your concern and its location.
The Hillcrest Mennonite Church Youth Group, the “Hillcrest J-FROGS” made a cheque presentation for $300 to Making Waves for MS on Tuesday night.
The 22nd annual Interfaith Community Counselling Giant Silent Auction is this Saturday.
A pancake breakfast will run from 8 a. m. to 10:30 a. m., with a cost of $3.
One of the biggest new events is a large book sale.
There will be a few events throughout the day.
From 12 p. m. to 1 p. m., there will be a variety of kids events. Erick Traplin will perform, clowns will entertain, and a kids auction table will be set up.
From 1 p. m. to 2 op. m., the New Hamburg Citizen’s Band will perform.
And at 2 p. m., a live auction of pies and other items will take place.
All proceeds will go towards Interfaith, a non-profit organization which counsels individuals, couples and families through life issues.
Interfaith Community Counselling Centre is located in New Hamburg, and serves residents from Wilmot, Wellesley and neighbouring townships Perth East, Blandford-Blenheim and East-Zorra.
The auction takes place on April 25, from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the Jacob Street arena.
For more information, phone Interfaith at 519-662-3092.
New Hamburg Independent reporter photographer Tim Murphy and managing editor Doug Coxson attended the Ontario Community Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Competition in Toronto on Friday where they were up for three awards. The staff of the Indy collected three second place finishes, including second for general excellence in their circulation class, second for best photo layout and second for best tabloid front page. Here Tim and Doug stand with OCNA president Abbas Homayed.
The OCNA awards capped off another great year for the Indy. In total the newspaper collected 10 awards for work in 2008, including three first place finishes for environmental writing and photography at the national and international level.
Upper Case Books owner Kristen Hahn was recently awarded for her efforts to promote DC Comics. Hahn and her staff created a window display that beat out 20 other entries across Canada. She received a Watchmen poster, a Batman figure and an autographed copy of the graphic novel Watchmen, signed by co-author David Gibbons.