Monthly Archives: June 2009

Wellesley holds open house

Wellesley councillors, residents and dignitaries gathered at the municipal headquarters last week to celebrate the newly completed building. After a year of construction, the modern facilities were officially opened during a plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony. Dozens of local residents had the chance to tour the building and meet with township staff.

Mayor Ross Kelterborn led the ribbon cutting ceremony. Coun. Shelley Wagner unveiled a commemorative plaque.


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Senior Games

Here are a few of the available results from the 2009 Senior Games.

Partners Horseshoes
John Jansen,  Dave Strand    BRONZE
Ralph Kropf, Harold Leis    GOLD
Jack Lamka, Charlie Fromm SILVER


Stella Pearsall,  Karen Banu    GOLD

Joanne  Herchenratter, Eileen Schnarr    SILVER

Frank Hinz, Grace Bard    BRONZE

Five Pin Bowling Singles
Lorraine Kidd    GOLD
Terry  Kolbinson        SILVER
Robert Lawson        BRONZE

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Truck fire on Highway 7/8

A truck fire delayed traffic on June 24 at 4:15 p.m.

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Soccer action in Wilmot

Our readers sent in these photos of soccer action in Wilmot last week. If you want to see pictures of your kids playing sports either in the paper or on the blog, e-mail us at

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Petersburg Optimists welcome 600 to Father’s Day Breakfast/Car Show


Petersburg Optimist Ron Weber said Sunday’s amazing weather contributed to an outstanding turnout for the Optimist Club’s annual Father’s Day Breakfast in the Park and Car Show.

A total of 84 vintage vehicles filled the Optimist Park in Petersburg where visitors browsed through the rows of cars after enjoying breakfast. The event started small last year with 10 vehicles, but after Weber put the invite out to car enthusiasts, the response grew. “I think it’s only going to get bigger,” he said, thanking everyone for making the event a huge success.

One of the feature displays was driver Jeff Moser in his Bast Tire dragster.

Money raised through the Breakfast in the Park events run by the Petersburg Optimists goes toward various youth oriented initiatives in the community, most recently with a donation of $2,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The next Breakfast in the Park is July 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Petersburg Park.

Photos by Gary Beach

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Great Ride ‘n’ Stride winners

NEWS - Ride n Stride (col)

Prize winners from the Great Ride ‘n Stride gathered recently to pick up their winnings. Kayla Deslippe won a bike, Evlyn Dash won a pair of shoes, Kelseigh Wood won a framed print, and Emily Dean won a set of Monroe struts and shocks. Also winning prizes but not pictured are Trevor Dusky, a bike, and Patricia Rochford, a folding chair.

Tim Murphy, Independent staff

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New Hamburg Lioness install new executive, welcome new members


The New Hamburg Lioness Club has grown over the year and the group is pleased that we have added nine new members. Here, new member Cindy Parkin, sponsor Lioness Mary Pfaff, incoming Lions president Scott Mills, new member Gail Sheridan and sponsor Lioness Joan Bilinsky gather at a recent meeting to install the new executive.

Here is the new Lioness executive for the next year, Susan Cressman, Carol Massel, Jenny Neubauer, Tricia Miller, President Mary Pfaff,Joan Bilinsky, Donna Downs-Atkinson, Bobbi Williams, absent Sandy Starr,Ellen Moore, Delores Alexander, Janet Dawson-Brock and Cheryl Ullman.

The Lioness Club for this year was lead by President Sandy Starr assisted by Lioness Mary Pfaff.  The club enjoys working in the community. We have parties for the Aldaview residents and affiliates. We host Blood donor Clinics, have a float in the Santa Parade.  Our major fund raiser is the Tree of Light assisted by the New Hamburg Lions. In the spring we either have had a Fashion Show at the Waterlot or Welcome Home Tour. We sell Daffodils and run the food booth at the Interfaith Silent Auction.
We have a lot of fun at our meetings and always welcome new members.
This year we have been able to donate back to the community over $10,000.00. Our club has served the community since 1980 when we were sponsored by the New Hamburg Lions. We assist the Lions in many of their projects.
Aside from serving, being a Lioness develops long standing friendships and personal satisfaction of knowing that the time spent has served to make our community a better place.

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