Pictured from left to right: Teresa Huegle (of Angie’s Kitchener St. Agatha), Rosanna D’Ambrosi (artists niece) and Susan St. John, director of the Waterloo District MS Chapter. The raffle was held for donated original painting by Italian artist, Renato Sartoretto valued at $3,000. 460 tickets were sold, raising $4,075.00 for Making Waves for MS. Winner was Frank Vena or Toronto, Ontario.
Thousands of motorists and boating enthusiasts will be on the roads and waterways celebrating what will likely be the nicest long weekend of the summer. The OPP is hoping that this Civic Weekend will be a safe one for everyone.
“Voluntary compliance of all the rules and regulations on both the waterways and roadways will keep people out of harms way this holiday weekend” says Inspector Mark Wright. Last year there were no fatal collisions during the Civic weekend in Western Region. Sadly 4 people lost their lives in the province during this period.
OPP are pleading with everyone to drive safe and sober and obey all the rules of the roads including wearing your seat belt at all times. Motorists are encouraged to take numerous breaks if traveling long distances to ensure they are well rested. Trips should be laid back and enjoyable experiences. Drivers are urged to call police immediately if they spot an impaired or aggressive driver.
15 people have been killed on Provincial waterways this year. Only 1 of these boaters was wearing a lifejacket. “Predictable is Preventable” says Traffic and Marine Staff Sergeant Steve Porter. OPP remind all boaters of the importance of ensuring every vessel is equipped with lifesaving equipment including wearing your personal floatation device or lifejacket at all times.
Safety begins before an engine is ever started. Whatever you are doing or wherever you are heading don’t forget to pack an ample supply of COMMON SENSE and feel free to indulge in it whenever necessary. All of us have a part to play in everyone’s safety this Civic Holiday Weekend.
An accident stopped traffic on Highway 7/8 on July 29 at 11 a.m. Two minivans collided during a rainy morning. One person was sent to hospital with chest pains.
Newspaper carriers for the New Hamburg Independent and our sister papers in the Fairway Group gathered at African Lion Safari on July 6 to enjoy a BBQ lunch under perfect weather. There were 450 carriers and family members present.
Pork farmers took to the streets of Shakespeare on Friday, protesting a lack of government support as hog prices collapse.
Tom Murray, an Oxford county hog producer and protest organizer, brought in a cage with several pigs to help illustrate the point of the gathering.
Murray said three years of low prices, combined with the government labeling H1N1 as Swine Flu, has led to a $30 to $40 loss per pig.
Hog producers and other associated industries were to be present at the protest.
As of 10:30 a.m., seven producers were gathered. The protest was to begin closer to lunch time, when well over a hundred farmers, grain producers and other farmers were expected to roll in.
“We’re trying to make this industry wide,” he said.
The street was to be lined with tractors and grain trucks.
Two OPP officers were at the scene making sure the protest remained calm and safe.
Murray said there have been protests across the country to raise awareness of the problems pork producers are facing.
The caged pigs he brought have been well traveled recently, as they were also trucked down to the Niagara region for an earlier protest.
“It’s a lot bigger than most people realize it is,” Murray said of the problems facing producers.
He said the goal of the protests is to convince the government to step up and provide support to the over 70,000 Ontario pork producers who are in trouble.
Murray said there is talk of loans, but that is not what they need.
“We all owe money that we can like never pay back in our life time,” he said.
A clock was installed today at the Baden commercial development in the centre of town. Plaza owners the Acitiva Group have not yet announced who the tenants will be to open up shop in the new building.