Monthly Archives: July 2010

Cycling brothers finish first leg of charity ride Saturday

Brothers Jon Ross of Tavistock and Sean Washburn of Cochrane, Alta. will finish up the first leg of their fundraising cycling ride Saturday.

Check out their blog to read about their adventure from Vancouver to the Alberta/Saskatchewan border.

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Local swimmers back in the water to raise funds for MS Society

Local Wilmot swimmers Sarah Sine, Jaime Doucet and fellow film school student Ryan Bruce pictured here at the Ht0 Thetis Lake Swim for MS held this July 25 in Victoria, BC. Their team raised $1,200 while participating in the 5 km swim for Multiple Sclerosis. Approximately 200 swimmers took place in the 18th annual swim.

It was this race that inspired them to swim 52 km across Lake Ontario last August and raise $66,000 for the MS Society.

At a swim meet in 2008, the girls were rifling through a bin filled with swim caps from events across Canada that were selling for $1. Doucet came across a cap that featured the logo for the Thetis Lake Swim race and decided they would create their own swim.

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One person injured in highway crash

One person was taken to hospital after they rolled a truck on Highway 7 & 8 east of New Hamburg Saturday afternoon.

See our website for details.

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Lizards invade Wellesley library

More than 60 kids got a chance to check out some creepy crawly spiders, snakes and lizards Thursday afternoon, when the Wellesley library hosted the Travelling Reptile Show.

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New Dundee Parks Improvement Project nears fundraising goal

The Ayr Farmers Mutual Insurance Company recently donated $1,000 to the New Dundee Parks Improvement Project.  Here Brad Smith, (middle) a fund raising representative accepts the cheque from Les Luck and Cathy Formica, who are directors of the company.  The New Dundee Parks Improvement committee is about $25,000 from reaching its $116,000 community fundraising goal.

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Storybook characters enchanting at Castle Kilbride

Friday night’s Fairies and Frogs Family Knight at Castle Kilbride welcomed about 100 young princesses, fairies and knights to the Castle grounds for entertainment by Huzzah, the Baden Storyteller’s Guild, Mad Science and The Snake Lady. Inside the Castle, costumed Waterloo-Oxford drama students played fairy tale characters and handed clues to anyone guessing their identities.

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Police find missing St. Clements man

Waterloo Regional Police are no longer looking for John Randy Belleghem of St. Clements. He was found safe and in good health July 16 at 6:40 p.m. in Kitchener.

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Police looking for missing St. Clements man


Waterloo Regional Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

John Randy Belleghem , a 46-year-old St. Clements man was, last seen by his roommate July 14.

Belleghem is described as a white male approximately six feet tall with a thin build,  short light brown hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored long sleeve dress shirt and black dress pants.

He is believed to be on foot from St. Clements however he may have been provided a ride in a vehicle from someone.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Waterloo Regional Police Division 3 at 519 650 8500 ext. 3310.

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Castle Kilbride gets enchanted

Enchanting music, strange stories and a whole host of wonderful weirdness will bring some of the best loved fairy tales to life Friday night at Castle Kilbride.

Fairies and Frogs: Family Knight at the Castle is a family event designed around favourite storybook characters.

Calling all princesses and princes to come dressed as your favourite storybook characters and come face to face with bearded dragons and the Billy Goats Gruff.

Rumplestilkin has cast a spell over the Castle Kilbride Kingdom turning it into a swamp. The handsome prince has been transformed into a frog, causing all of inhabitants to lose their minds…and their rhymes.

The Princess has been separated from the Prince and in order to break the spell — and for all the other fairy tale characters to find their true selves again — a mystery must be solved.
What could it be? Come and find out.

Castle Kilbride will be filled with costumed fairytale characters thanks to volunteers from Waterloo-Oxford’s drama department and a script written by Alysha Hunsberger.
Participate in the Frog Slime Olympics with the mad scientists from Mad Science.

Hold a snake and pet a tarantula at The Snake Lady’s display.

Baden Story Barn and Storytelling Guild with Mary-Eileen McClear and friends, will entertain visitors with a tale or two.

Huzzah with Jill Evans and Jan Hember present the outdoor live theatre of “St. George and the Dragon” and get some magical beans from Gaia’s Gardens’ Erin Autio and Sarah Moylan.

Busking group Spin Cycle will bring their juggling antics to the Castle grounds, featuring a unicycle, devil sticks and magic tricks all requiring audience participation.

Medieval peasant Marty Pullin  will delight visitors with fiddle, bagpipes, and hurdy-gurdy and teach guests some simple old folk dances.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the cost is $7 per person or $25 for families.

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Catch the Culture now online

New to the area? Looking for maps, events and a touch of history on Wilmot and Wellesley? Our interactive community guide, Catch the Culture is now online.

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Did you have the lucky duck?

In case you missed it, the Board of Trade has announced the winners of their annual Canada Day Duck Race on their website.

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Baden man suffers head injuries in motorcycle accident

A Baden man was sent to hospital with head injuries after his motorcycle collided with the back of an SUV near 2142  Erbs Road around 2:30 p.m Tuesday. Waterloo Regional Police closed Erbs Road between St. Agatha and Sandhills Road to investigate the accident.

An updated article can be found an our website.

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Thunder strikes hard in weekend bout


The Tri City Thunder beat out the Lake Effect Furies of Buffalo, N.Y. 71 to 55 Saturday at the New Hamburg Arena.

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Who did it?

This photo, taken two years ago by photographer from North Carolina and posted to her flickr account, shows some curious graffiti that one commenter says mysteriously appeared on several buildings and walls in Florence, Italy.

It looks like the culprit slathered white paint down and used a stencil to spray paint the logo featuring Castle Kilbride.

The commenter who identifies the graffiti isn’t happy and posted some disparaging comments about Baden’s inhabitants.

Is it really from Florence, Italy? And who would do such a thing and why? The photographer who posted it has an entire set of photos that are obviously taken in Italy.

The flickr post can be viewed in full by clicking HERE.

To read about who did it, pick up the July 21 edition of the New Hamburg Independent.

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River water keeps lawn lush during heatwave

There’s no reason to be concerned about this sprinkler set up on Shade Street.

Despite the lawn spraying that’s been going on and off at a road-soaking pace since Thursday morning in the middle of a 34C heat wave, Waterloo Region’s watering bylaw is not being breached.

The home’s owner, Richard Cressman, said he was expecting to hear from bylaw officers this afternoon after getting some curious looks from passersby. One concerned citizen notified the Independent about the suspected bylaw breaker.

But closer inspection reveals the water is being pumped out of the Nith, about 300 metres behind the house.

Cressman said he’d feel “terribly guilty” about using municipal water to drench his lawn. Some of his neighbours use a similar setup.

Instead he’s connected the hose to two pumps, a six and four horsepower, to get river water to the front of his house. He measures the water depth with a bucket and says he can get about two inches of water on the grass using only four litres of gas. He waters the grass once every 10 days during the driest summer conditions to keep a lush, green lawn.

He says all the excess dirty river water is filtered back through the ground instead of remaining in the stagnant river.

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