Monthly Archives: September 2010

Holy Family school joins fight against cancer with Terry Fox Run

Holy Family elementary students took a break from classes to run through Scott Park in New Hamburg. They joined other schools across Canada raising money to fight a pervasive disease.

“I’m sure everyone can tell a cancer story. Unfortunately, so can the kids,” said school principal Kevin Hynes. As older generations are affected more by cancer, young people will be next to work against this disease, he said.

“My hope is this disease is coming to an end,” he said. “Cancer seems to be the one that checks people out early.”

This is the school’s 10th year participating in the run, and usually raises around $2,800 each year.

The Terry Fox Run has been held since Fox’s attempt to run across Canada in 1980. This international fundraiser has raised over $500,000 for cancer research.


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Meet the candidates in Wilmot

To view a graphical representation of the four wards and all of the candidates in Wilmot Township, click on the photo below:

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Stonecroft golf tournament helps Wilmot Family Resource Centre

For the third year, members of New Hamburg’s Stonecroft community hit the links for a good cause. Representatives presented a $9,000 cheque to Trisha Robinson, the Wilmot Family Resource Centre’s director, on Sept. 27.

The centre aims to help local families through food hampers, classes, support groups, and more. They rely on private donations for half of their program costs, Robinson said.

Ninety golfers participated in the neighbourhood’s annual golf tournament on Sept. 13. Money was raised through personal donations, a silent auction, and sponsorships from 59 local businesses. The tournament donation has doubled since the group’s first gift three years ago.

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Poor Boys Lunch trades beans for over $23,000

Trisha Robinson and Jim Miller helped served lunch at the New Hamburg Community Centre on Sept. 23 during the annual Poor Boys Luncheon. The charity fundraiser collected over $23,000 for the Wilmot Family Resource Centre, a small increase from last year’s total.  This year marked the event’s 16th year, and the centre’s 30th anniversary.

Scott Cressman, Independent staff

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Crowds flock to Wellesley ABC Festival for a day of eating and entertainment

A steady lineup of food, entertainment and activities kept the crowds happy at the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival today. The rain-or-shine event welcomed sun and a few brief showers, but a little rain didn’t stop the fun. The street mall, full of food vendors like Wellesley Apple Products, had people lined up to buy everything from apple butter and fritters, to pork, sausage and schnitzel on a bun.

Top, Isabelle Robinet, Cohen Pettit, Harrison Robinet, Charlie Robinet, Sophia Pettit and Ella Pettit savour some fresh cider, which was offered at the end of the cider tour.

On the pond, the boat regatta was underway at noon where Hamiltonian Garth Parrish was guiding his classic dual cockpit mahogany runaboat scale model through the calm waters.

At the horseshoe pits this morning, Barrie native Charlie Hastings was getting more than a few ringers to challenge the competition.

Mini tractor pull competitor Seth Stewart, 3, came all the way from Owen Sound to take in the festival’s family atmosphere.

Jessie Elgood, of New Hamburg, sang first in the Wellesley Idol finals, taking on Patsy Cline’s Blue to earn applause and the attention of the singing contest’s judging panel.

Members of the Greenwood Hill Bluegrass Band, Benny Schurink on bass and Vern Brenneman on guitar, entertained an audience from a front porch.

Line dancers had toes tapping in the fritter line.

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Construction on Phase 2 of the Wilmot Recreation Complex on schedule

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Local book club wins dinner with One Book, One Community author Terry Fallis

One Book, One Community held a summer contest for local book clubs to enter by providing a short write-up on the club for a chance to win a dinner with Terry Fallis, author of this year’s book selection, Best Laid Plans.

New Hamburg’s Trinity Reading Club won the contest, giving members the opportunity to dine with the author Monday night. The dinner was held at Peter Nosolik’s house in Waterloo.

There were about a 100 people there and club member Eva Brubacher won the door  prize — an original signed copy of Best Laid Plans.

In the top photo, from left, Elaine Mohr, Eva Brubacher,  Shirley Unrau, Doris  Brubacher, Donnie Bradie. In back: Yvonne Zyma, the New Hamburg libarian who gets the books for the club each month, Heide Bolener, Kathryn Ritz, Vernon Brubacher, Ernie Ritz, Amzie  Brubacher and  Lynn Boehler.

In the bottom photo Author Terry Fallis signs a copy of Best Laid Plans for Kathryn Ritz.

Photos submitted by Lynn Boehler

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