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

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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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“Regazza con vestito rosso”


An update from the Making Waves for MS fundraiser.

“We have been approached by yet another individual who wants to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.
They say “A picture paints a thousand words” … this one certainly does and it’s been donated to our cause by an incredibly generous family.
This beautiful framed 30” x 30” acrylic painting entitled “Ragazza con vestito rosso” (Girl in a red dress), is the work of renowned Italian artist Renato Sartoretto, valued at $3,000. This lovely painting will be raffled off to one very lucky winner, with all proceeds being donated to Making Waves for MS.
Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 with a total of 500 tickets available. Draw will be held July 28, 2009 at
2:00 p.m. at Angie’s Kitchen, St. Agatha, Ontario.
Tickets are available by calling 519-662-9141 or email us at”

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St. James Lutheran Church in New Dundee celebrates 150 years of faith


Marie Weiss (left) and Marilyn Einwechter, curators of the St. James archives, stand in front of an extensive exhibit of historical books, photos and artifacts they’ve amassed over the past year. Many of the documents were translated from their original German versions.


The entire congregation gathers on the front steps of St. James after the celebratory anniversary worship service June 14.

“150 years Untied in Faith in Jesus Christ” was the theme for St. James Lutheran Church’s anniversary dinner which took place on June 13.  Over 200 members of the congregation, along with their extended families and friends met at the New Dundee Community Centre to celebrate the founding of St. James a century and half ago. A barbershop quartet entertained the crowd as they reminisced together and recounted the many events they had shared together over the last few decades. In many cases there were four generations of families in attendance.

Before dinner, the children from the Sunday School, led by Kim Einwechter, performed “Jesus Loves Me” and surprised the attendees by singing the refrain in German. The emcee for the evening was Jerry Finnen who introduced a number of returning pastors who have been part of the St. James family over the years. The pastors were presented with a historical account of the past 150 years at St. James. After the dinner, everyone in attendance was entertained by a former pastor, Rev. Dick Holm, who regaled the audience with a crowd favourite, “Out Behind the Barn.” He was followed by comedian Stan Iutzi who had the congregation “in stitches” with his unique brand of “Amish” humour.

On Sunday, the festivities continued with a celebratory worship service at the church. Bishop Michael Pryse, an honoured guest, assisted Pastor Bonnie Schelter-Brown and many of the former pastors of St. James were also in attendance. After the service, Pastor Schelter-Brown and Bishop Pryse dedicated an “Anniversary Garden” outside the front of the church. A photograph was taken of all those in attendance on the front steps of the church. Lunch and fellowship followed and many of the congregation lingered to share their memories and stories of their time at St. James.

Submitted by

Anne Cooper
Anniversary Committee
St. James Lutheran Church

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Area women invited to breakfast in Wellesley

Women from across the area are invited to meet in Wellesley for breakfast once a month.
The group meets to share fun, fellowship, laughter and a meal, and women from Wellesley and Wilmot township are welcome to attend.
“We started it because we heard some ladies in town were lonely,” said organizer Marg Runstedler. “Any ladies at all are welcome, [ages] 18-100.”
The next breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at 9 a.m.
The group plans to continue to meet monthly throughout the summer months and beyond.
Schmidtsville offers a special menu for the breakfast, where women can reconnect with those they haven’t seen in a while, meet old friends or make new ones.
“It’s for anybody that wants to come out and have some conversation,” says Runstedler.
Those who currently attend the breakfast are mostly middle-aged or older.
Those interested in attending the women’s breakfast can sign up at Schmidtsville, or call the restaurant at 519-656-2430.
Pre-registration is not mandatory, but appreciated.
Anyone wanting more information about the initiative can call Marg Runstedler at 519-656-2721.

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Scrapbook in works for teacher Marg Weigel’s retirement

Marg Weigel , Wilmot Senior and New Dundee School teacher, is retiring from teaching this year.

As a parting gift, I am putting together a community scrapbook for her. But I need some help.

•    Ask your kids to write something if they have a special Mrs.Weigel memory.

•    If you were taught by Mrs.Weigel, please write something and share it with her.

•    If you have wishes or advice or something else to share with Marg, that would be great too!

•    Please bring me your photos – class, medieval feast, yearbook, concert or whatever.

•    Please bring me your newspaper clippings — NDPS and Wilmot Senior in the news!

Please bring me/send me your memories. You can write them in a note and I will mount it in the scrapbook or you can send them to me via my e-mail account ( Or, if you like, you can bring them to 174 Bock Street in New Dundee.
You may also bring your memories to Marg Weigel’s Retirement Celebration on Tuesday, June 23 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the New Dundee Public School gym. The scrapbook will be there for you to add your thoughts.
And, if you know anyone else who would want to have a part in this scrapbook, share this news with them. PASS IT ON!

Jennifer Woolley
New Dundee

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Youth entries to May Flower Show


Ten youth entered the children’s competition at the Wilmot Horticultural Society May Flower Show, which was held at the Haysville Community Centre. Shown with their prize-winning entries are, from left, Alexander Wagler, Quentin Danner, Sarah Kinch, Ruby Harrison, Simone Kinch, Georgia Harrison, Cassidy Wagler. In back is Shelby Wagler, Kendra Danner and Sophia Kinch. The judge’s favourite entry was the Bunny Breakfast created by Georgia Harrison.

Submitted by Janice Wagler

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MS Dance a success

When we started the planning for Making Waves for MS Dance and Silent Auction two months ago, we had no idea that we would be shown such support for our dance from both merchants and individuals.
The most common response to our question of “Would you like to come out for an evening of fun in support of MS?” was “We’d love to!” followed by several donations dropped off at our door. In fact, the donations for the auction  kept coming and coming, right up to the night of the dance.  A grand total of 99 items were up for grabs during the night, with just over $4,000 pledged in return. All together, the evening was a huge success with just over $7,000 raised for Jaime and Sarah’s swim for the benefit of MS this coming August 1.
The generosity of the merchants who donated food, flowers, supplies, prizes, and auction items were unbelievable and we could not have been successful without your donations.
Hats off to The Hillbrook Connection, who played almost non-stop for the crowd. Our food committee put on one heck of a meal with plenty to go around, and we thank you, for all your hard work and enthusiasm. Our husband-and-wife bartending team was awesome and definitely went the extra mile. The silent auction team was outstanding and had everything set up and organized beautifully! Even our always-grinning police officer was a pleasure to have on hand to keep an eye on things.
We just can’t say “thank you” enough, whether you were many of the volunteers working behind the scenes, or one of the folks having fun bidding on the auction items who attended the dance. Team work was what made this evening such a fantastic success for all!

Jaime, Marta, Marc and Jena Doucet,
Sarah, Christina & Paul Sine,
Mary, Karolyn & Colleen Cameron
Making Waves for MS Fundraising Team

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Ontario Horticultural Society honours Wilmot’s Ruth Zehr


Theresa Dietrich, President of Wilmot Horticultural Society, presented Ruth Zehr with the Ontario Horticultural Association Service Certificate at their monthly meeting June 8. The honour was presented to Zehr for her valuable contributions to the promotion of horticulture in the community since 1986.

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Petersburg Optimists give to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


Petersburg Optimist Club president Lewis Straus, right, presents a cheque for $2,000 to Jennifer (Woolner) Straus, of the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and New Hamburg’s Michael Schnarr, who lives with Type 1 diabetes.  The Petersburg Optimist Club was able to donate proceeds to JDRF after raising the money during their regular Breakfast in the Park.  Breakfast in the park is held four times a year, during the summer, in Petersburg Park from 9 a.m. to noon.  The next breakfast will be held on Fathers Day, June 21.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is a Charitable organization dedicated to finding a cure for Diabetes. For more information please visit or call the office at 519-745-2426.

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