Monthly Archives: August 2009

Van destroyed by fire

Plattsville firefighters responded to a car fire on River Road on Monday afternoon.

A Chevrolet Venture minivan was found engulfed in flames. They quickly put the fire out.

No cause was readily determined as to how the fire started.

New Hamburg firefighters were originally called to the blaze as well, but it was determined to be a Plattsville call.

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Crowd flocks to Baden Community Barbecue

The annual Baden Community Barbecue drew over 150 hungry residents to Sir Adam Beck Park last night for a meal of grilled pork chops, burgers, salads, corn and dessert. The Baden Chamber of Commerce event is supported by a number of local businesses including Egli’s Meat Market, Baden Coffee, Stop 2 Shop, One Way Water, Teddy’s Bakery and Herrle’s Country Farm Market. Erb Transport supplied a refrigerated truck and volunteers from Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht’s office helped set up and serve guests. The Chamber has been going for 51 years and the community barbecue has been an annual event for about half that time. Proceeds from the barbecue help cover the costs of hosting other Chamber events like the annual Santa Claus Parade.

Pictured above, Glenn Brosowski grills up chops, David Wheeler and his kids Jack and Rebecca get corn on the cob ready for boiling, volunteer Jamie Hill sets up the dessert table, Baden Cub Scout Jakob Gingerich races Cub cars, and Erick Traplin entertains the crowd.

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Waterloo Region Library hosts Digital Bookmobile in Stratford tomorrow


Region of Waterloo Library’s Download Library will host the Digital Bookmobile, an immersive download experience inside a 74-foot, high-tech tractor trailer, tomorrow at the Stratford Festival Marketplace Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Readers of all ages are invited to engage digital downloading through interactive demonstrations and experience Download Library’s audiobooks and video download service at the free event.

Waterloo Region Library card holders can also check out and download digital titles anywhere, anytime by visiting

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Keep your eyes on the sky this weekend


L-29 Delfin photo by Ernst Vikne

Eyes will be on the sky this weekend when the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre presents the Waterloo Aviation Expo and Air Show at the Waterloo Region International Airport in Breslau.

The event, which celebrates 100 years of aviation, features air-show performers including Julie Clark’s American Aerobatics, Mike Wiskus, in his super-charged Pitts aerobatic biplane, and the super-sonic MiG-15 and the L-29 Delfin.

Wayne Hadath will streak over the region in his F1 Rocket and the Tiger Boys of Guelph will be showing off their restored treasures. Gerry Younger will dazzle audiences with an energetic sky dance in his Pitts S1T.

A celebration of 100 years of powered flight begins with the Canadian Harvard Demonstration Team flying the Dawn Patrol to honour soldiers from every era on Aug. 28.

Visitors are invited to stroll through a timeline of aviation history featuring a replica of the Silver Dart, built by Ed Lubitz. Vintage Wings shows off an FU Cor-sair. The infamous B-17 “Memphis Belle” is sure to be a crowd pleaser and WW1 aircraft from the Brampton Flying Museum shows us where it all began.

Tickets to the event are $12 for adults, $30 for a family of four, $8 for children aged 6 to 12, and free for children under 5.

To kick off the Saturday and Sunday event, the Flight Centre is hosting a media day this Friday where Independent reporter Tim Murphy will take to the skies in an L-29 Delfin jet fighter, flying in formation with the MiG-15.

Watch for an update here and follow Tim on Twitter.


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Construction on new Baden school to begin next week

The Waterloo Region District School Board will break ground Tuesday on Sir Adam Beck Public School in Baden.

A sod-turning ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at 1140 Snyder’s Road West, just east of Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School will mark the official start of construction on the new JK to Grade 6 school. Scheduled to open in September 2010, the school will accommodate approximately 450 students.

Sir Adam Beck was born in Baden and went on to found the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.

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The Fix is On — Baden sidewalk repair in works following complaints


A Baden parent called the Independent this week to report the poor condition of the sidewalk on Snyder’s Road East, in front of the new residential development being built on the site of the old Baden school.

The sidewalk is broken, partially blocked by soil and covered with gravel in other parts. It appears heavy machinery has led to the deterioration of the concrete in at least one section that’s been marked with spray paint.

The parent was concerned about safety and feared the condition of the sidewalk could worsen before school starts next month. A number of children use the sidewalk to walk to school.

The Independent called Wilmot Township director of public works Gary Charbonneau to find out if the sidewalk is on a list of areas to be repaired this summer, or if the sidewalk could be closed to pedestrians until it is repaired.

Charbonneau said after the township received a couple of complaints, barriers had been put up Wednesday morning to stop people from using the sidewalk.

The township’s planning department had also been in touch with the developer to fix the problem.

“We’ve requested the developer address it as soon as possible,” said Wilmot’s director of economic development Harold O’Krafka.

Developer Mike Schout has apparently responded to the township’s request and has agreed to repair the sidewalk and clear it of debris before the start of the school year.

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.

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Friends to Cuba needs laptops for November trip


The local humanitarian aid group Friends To Cuba is returning to Cuba in November to continue the work they’ve been providing to communities there since 2001.

Led by Bob and Susan Beer, Friends to Cuba provides medical supplies, clothing, toys and other desperately needed items while assisting two churches, their pastors and their families, two schools and two medical clinics in San Miguel del Padron, a borough located about 45 minutes outside Havana, and Canasi, a small town west of Matanzas.

For this trip, Bob says they are in desperate need of old laptop computers for use in a school and orphanage, and by doctors and nurses working in the communities. The laptops will be refurbished by volunteers.

Anyone willing to donate an old laptop can contact Friends To Cuba at Box 6184, New Hamburg, ON N3A 2K7, or by calling Bob Beer at 519-696-2508.

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We love what you’ve done to the place…now cut it down!

The Independent received an e-mail today from Stratford financial adviser Franklin E. Hinz that provides a good example of how a lack of communication can have hilarious results.

Hinz received notice from the city’s Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee that his Ontario Street office has won the commercial beautification award in the Stratford in Bloom competition. Congratulations!

But wait.

Hinz provided photographs taken by Stratford’s municipal bylaw enforcement officer that shows his front yard covered in flowers and various plants, some of which have apparently grown high enough to violate the city’s fence and hedge bylaw.

That’s right. The same week Hinz learned he had won the Stratford in Bloom award for his elaborate front-yard garden, the city sent him a letter detailing the fence and hedge violation. They’ve demanded he remove the offending foliage by Sept. 8.


It’s a good thing the city’s volunteer-run CBEAC is handing out his award Sept. 1.

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Kids paint demo derby car at art camp

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Maddy Struthers, Cambridge, and Alyssa Desimon, of Stoney Creek, were just two of the many children taking part in an art camp at Dundee Pottery and Stained Glass last Thursday. The annual arts camps, attended by 15 kids, had a special project last week. Armed with paint brushes, the group redecorated an old car which will be entered in the New Hamburg demolition derby this fall.

Tim Murphy, Independent staff

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Floor plans for Phase 2 Wilmot Aquatic Centre

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New Dundee Community Church service collects $800 for WFRC

WFRC Donation

Irvin Reist from the New Dundee Board of Trade presents an $800 cheque to executive director of the Wilmot Family Resource Centre Trisha Robinson last week. The money was collected during a New Dundee Community Church Service on Sunday, August 9. The annual service is held outdoors but was moved indoors this year due to the forecast of rain.

Photo submitted

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Moparfest 2009

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Cambridge man wins Optimist car


The New Hamburg Optimists held their annual car draw at Moparfest on Aug. 16 for a 1973 Dodge Charger and the winner was Mike Gilbert, of Cambridge. He wasn’t present for the draw but when contacted he was very excited. He said that this was the first thing he had ever won.
The draw was made by Wilmot Mayor Wayne Roth.
Gilbert will be picking up the car after it is certified and ready for delivery.
Proceeds from the draw are used to support Sunshine Dreams for Kids’ Childhood Cancer programs and support for local youth groups and other community endeavours.
Thanks to all the people who purchased tickets to help us with our projects

Roly Bullock
President, New Hamburg Optimists

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Magic and mayhem at the New Hamburg Library

NEWS - Library magic

Children’s entertainer and magician Owen Anderson was at the New Hamburg Library last Thursday, entertaining local youth. Children interacted in the magic show, including having the chance to spin plates during one performance.

Tim Murphy, Independent staff

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Making Waves for MS slideshow

Here is a slideshow of Jaime Doucet’s and Sarah Sine’s  Making Waves for MS charity swim across Lake Ontario. The video was created by Marta Doucet.

Visit Making Waves for MS to donate to the cause.

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