Monthly Archives: July 2009

Raffle winner


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.

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Police urge common sense

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.

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Accident on Highway 7/8

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.

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Carrier Day at African Lion Safari

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.

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Pork producers take to the streets

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.

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Twilight Family Night at Castle Kilbride

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What time is it?

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.

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Police urge drivers to take the detour or face fines

Waterloo Street Staging - Stage 2 LD

Local police and the contractor working for the Region of Waterloo on the Waterloo Street reconstruction are urging drivers to take the posted detour to get around New Hamburg or face a fine for driving through a closed road.

New Hamburg Sgt. Don Scott said police have gone beyond the warning stage and will begin issuing tickets to those who ignore the signs.

Access is open to businesses and services in the Arnold and Waterloo street area, including both gas stations and the Wilmot Family Resource Centre. The road will remain open for access to those businesses for the duration of Stage 2, which is expected to last through the middle of August between Shade and Steinman streets.

Residents who live along Waterloo Street and people who are on their way to businesses in that area are the only drivers allowed on the closed road at any time.

Emergency vehicles coming from the New Hamburg fire station have full access to all parts of town at this point. When the railroad crossing is closed, which has so far been for less than two days at a time, emergency response will be directed to the Baden station for calls on the northeast end of town.
Wilmot Fire Chief John Ritz said response times to that part of town will not significantly be affected by the closure.

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Tell us what needs fixing


The Indy Blog and the New Hamburg Independent would like to highlight things that need fixing in the community in an ongoing feature called The Fix is On.

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 in the newspaper.
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 bench pictured above is not located in this area and is strictly a visual example of the types of public hazards that may need fixing in this community.

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Illustrator inspires young artists at the New Hamburg Library


Author, illustrator Werner Zimmerman was at the New Hamburg Library last week to help kick off the TD Summer Reading Club. Zimmerman is the official illustrator of the Agent 009 reading program at Waterloo Region Libraries this summer. Here Werner shows off his art supplies to an attentive group of children. The dragon in the background was drawn step-by-step, with the children following along with paper and art pencils. Zimmerman is the author and illustrator of popular children’s titles like Farmer Joe’s Hot Day, Snow Day, and Farmer Joe Goes to the City.

Photo by Lisa Gayhart, Coordinator, Library Communications & E-Services

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Aces announce top swimmers

The Wilmot Aquatic Aces named their top swimmers during a recent BBQ.


2009: Winners of the Team Competition
Tsunami’s  Jaime, Kris, Rachel,Grace,Sam, Damon,Jacob, Vickie, Meghan and Logan


Most time off by Individual events


TOP 10 Most time off


Most Improved by Age group:


Swim-a-thon award winners


Good Sport Award


Team Player Award


Special Helper Award


2009 Coaches Awards


2009 Senior Grads


2009 Aqua 7 Finals Qualifier/Participants


2009 Spirit Award


2009 Aces of the Year Award

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Thieves attempted to open safe at Wellesley Township hall

The Wellesley Township hall and council chambers in Crosshill was broken into sometime overnight July 5 to 6. The back door had been jimmied open and there was evidence of entry, although nothing appeared to be taken.

Police indicate that the door of a safe was damaged and had pliers marks on it.

There was also damage to the doorknob and frame of the front door.


Thieves made off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment after a break-in at Baxter’s Transport in Crosshill.

Sometime between July 3-6, entry was gained into the mechanical area of the business and numerous items were stolen including 32 transport truck tires, an impact wrench, a torque wrench and three alternators. Police indicate that a large vehicle would have been required to transport and remove the tires, with the help of a tractor.

Police have no suspects.

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Online access to local history available now


The first phase of the New Dundee Women’s Institute’s project to digitize local Tweedsmuir History books is now available for anyone to view online HERE.

Over the last several months, project manager Corey Everett has been scanning the books to create a searchable archive of local history through the online service Our Ontario.

The content of the books is a valuable resource for genealogists, historians, archivists, educators, students and anyone with an interest in Wilmot Township history.

The 100th anniversary gift to the township from the New Dundee WI covers 175 years of local history from handwritten accounts, to photographs and news clippings.

Everett is currently working on educational programs to complement the web-site. The program will be a primary resource for Grades 2 and 3, Grade 10 history, as well as university level courses.

The project’s $25,000 cost was funded by the New Dundee WI, various local service clubs and organizations, generous individuals and Heritage Wilmot.

The Tweedsmuir histories from New Dundee and Haysville are currently available to view HERE. New Hamburg’s books will be posted soon.

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Wilmot Agricultural Society seeks fall fair memorabilia


The Wilmot Agricultural Society is seeking memorabilia from over 150 years of fall fair history for a heritage display at this year’s New Hamburg Fall Fair Sept. 17 to 24.

Committee member Jim Burkhart said organizers are looking for everything from old trophies, fair programs and photographs to pieces of the former New Hamburg grandstand. If you’ve got an old ribbon from a fair prize, Burkhart says it would be of more interest if there’s a photo and an old newspaper article to go with it.

“There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s unknown what and who has it,” he says.

Anyone who is willing to provide memorabilia for the display can be assured it will be housed and taken care of in a secured showcase.

For more information about the display, call 519-570-6262, or 519-743-1037.

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Hitch a ride to the swim

shapeimage_2If you would like to see the start of Making Waves for MS, but can’t drive there yourself, here is an opportunity to seize!

Join the ‘landing party’ to welcome Sarah and Jaime as they emerge from their epic swim across Lake Ontario in support of the MS Society!!

We have two separate buses available to bring supporters down to the swim.

Camping Overnight – Niagara on the Lake:

This bus is being organized for the “younger crowd” and will be picking up passengers at New Hamburg and Kitchener, on Saturday, Aug. 1. They will then travel down to Niagara-on-the-Lake to see the swimmers off, stay overnight at the Shalamar camp grounds, then journey around Lake Ontario the next morning for the arrival of the girls and their crew.

Please contact either of the girls at  email for further information or to book your spot.

Day Trip to Toronto Harbour:

The second support bus (donated by SHARP Bus Lines) will be leaving from Kitchener on Sunday, Aug. 2 at approx. 8:30 am, to travel down to Marilyn Bell Park for the arrival of the “Making Waves for MS” team. This bus has 2 wheel chair accessible spots along with 40 regular spots (2 to a seat).

Please RSVP for this bus by July 27th email.

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