Monthly Archives: May 2009

Sock talk raises funds for breast cancer research

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Knitting guru Cat Bordhi, left, talks socks with Marian Davies during a book signing event at New Hamburg’s Shall We Knit on May 22. The US author of five books, including New Pathways for Sock Knitters, was in town as part of a K-W Knitters Guild weekend workshop and a fundraiser for breast cancer research. A talk at MeMe’s Café followed her visit to Shall We Knit. The sold-out event raised $800 for breast cancer research.

Doug Coxson, Independent staff

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MS Fundraiser

On Saturday May 23rd, the Grade 11-12 Entrepreneurship classes hosted Making Waves For MS Family Fun Day.  The day included multiple events aimed at the local community, specifically youth.  These events included a senior and junior Road Hockey Tournament, an indoor basketball clinic, and an afternoon workshop on female empowerment, beauty, and health.  In addition, there was an all day car wash, BBQ, and several activities and entertainment for participants and younger children, with live music sponsored by 91.5 the Beat and Flashpoint Productions.  In addition to the students operating the events, a few different school groups and independent community businesses joined us in our vendor area to sell various crafts and goods.
Approximately 200 people participated in the various activities to make the day a success.  The purpose of this event was to assist Jaime Doucet, another W-O student, who is swimming across Lake Ontario relay-style with swim partner Sarah Sine on August 1st, to raise funds and awareness for the benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurological disease.  It is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, however it can affect children as young as two.  Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world with women three times more likely to develop MS as men.  MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility.  Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime.  There is no cure.  The research funded by the MS Society is multifaceted: to find a cure, to protect the nervous system and repair damage caused by MS, and to improve monitoring and management of the disease.

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Organizing this event was a valuable learning experience for the 47 Entrepreneurship students.  The Entrepreneurship class would like to thank everyone who came out to support the event and all the local businesses who contributed with donations and gifts.

The day could not have been successful without your help!!!  We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted in the various areas.  The day was a great success with projected earnings of $1500 which will be donated directly to Jaime and Sarah’s goal of raising $15,000 for their Making Waves For MS Challenge.  It was an honour for the Entrepreneurship class to work for such a noble cause and we wish the girls the best of the luck in their mission!!!

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National science fair winners

Eddie Kim, of New Dundee, along with Bryan Hatton of Kitchener just returned from the Awards Ceremonies at the Canada Wide Science Fair.

Things turned out rather well for the pair, as they won:
– gold medals and $1500 cash
– Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award $1000 cash and certificates
-$30,000 worth of scholarships – Dalhousie University $4,000 Entrance Scholarship, UBC $4,000 Entrance Scholarship, University of Western Ontario $2,000 Entrance Scholarship, University of Ottawa $20,000 ($5,000 each year for 4 years)

They have also been accepted into the Team Canada MILSET 2009.
This means that we will be traveling with a group of students from CWSF to Tunisia, Africa near the end of July. NEWS - Eddie Kim (col)

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Pizza lunch for Grade 8 class

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Mrs. Rowden’s Grade 8 Class at Forest Glen won a pizza lunch for the entire class for having the most participants in the Ride’n’Stride this year.

This year’s event raised $35,935.98 (up from $30,500 in 2008) with 162 registered participants.

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Victoria Day in New Dundee

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W-O Girls rugby champs

The W-O Girls rugby team defeated Forest Heights 12-10 on Wednesday afternoon.

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Forest Glen Food Drive

In late April Forest Glen Public School had a food drive.  Mrs. Webster’s Grade 2 students did a terrific job of making annoucements regarding the food dirive and also collecting the food from the various classes.  What a successful drive, as they collected 921.55 pounds of food for the Wilmot Emergency Food Bank.

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Reading Well in Wilmot

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“Read Well” day during the Wilmot Healthy Communities Coalition’s Living Well week was a big success.
The event included readings from local storyteller Mary Eileen McClear, participation from local high school students and a visit from New Dundee and St. Agatha students, a puppet performance from Kids on the Block, and a visit from Mother Goose.

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Sunscreen for MS

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~ AVON CALLING!

Wilmot resident and Avon sales rep. Mary Beth Toman, has jumped on the fundraising wagon with a great idea to help raise some extra cash for “Making Waves for MS”.

For every 200 ml bottle of  Avon sunscreen ordered between now and May 25, Mary Beth will donate $3 back to the swim, while at the same time providing sun protection for clients.  Each bottle is $10 or buy 2 for $20 (tax included) and also receive a free “Big Summer Bag’.

Sunscreen will be available for sale at the W-O Family Fun Day on Saturday May 23 or you can pre-order by calling Mary Beth at 519-662-6575 or contact her by email at tomans@rogers.com

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Girls rugby

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Chelsea Vettoretto was tackled during the May 11 rugby game against Glenview Park..It was quarter final action in which W/O won 29-5 .Mike Frim photo

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Healthy communities

A selection of images from the Wilmot Healthy Communities Week.

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The Wizard of Oz

Here are a few images from The Wizard of Oz.

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Welcome Wagon recognizes 30 year sponsors

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Local Welcome Wagon representative Monique Rome joins area manager Anja Gangur and company president Pat Newman, right, in honouring Boshart Electric for sponsoring the neighbourhood greeting service’s efforts in New Hamburg and area for 30 years. Boshart employee Edith Gingerich was there to accept the recognition plaque Wednesday.

The women then dropped by Mark Jutzi Funeral Home to thank them for the same 30 years of support.

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Storm damage in Baden

Lori Hancock of Baden submitted these photographs she took around town following last week’s big storm.

If you have any storm photos, the Independent would be glad to post them.

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