Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tim Hortons gives to the Wilmot Family Resource Centre

Tim Hortons put a happy-face on its cookies, then passed it on to a local charity. The company presented a $4,620 cheque today from its “Smile Cookie” to the Wilmot Family Resource Centre.

The campaign ran between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26 at the Tim Hortons stores in New Hamburg, Baden, and Tavistock. The stories sold 4,620 cookies for $1, compared to 4,200 last year and 3,780 in 2008. All proceeds from the cookies were donated to the centre.

The Wilmot Family Resource centre promotes the well-being of local people and families with a food bank, educational services, and recreation programs.

Above, WFRC director Trisha Robinson (centre) accepts the cheque from New Hamburg Tim Hortons employees Wendy Bignell (left) and Kelly Lennon.

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Mystery at Castle Kilbride

A troupe of local actors staged a murder mystery at Baden’s Castle Kilbride Oct 21-23. The fictional suspects were all members of a traveling circus summoned to Wilmot, each with hidden motives and clever links to the township’s history.

The performance, written by local playwright Teresa Brown, took the audience through Castle Kilbride’s historic rooms in search of clues. This was the second year the historic site hosted a murder mystery, and all three nights were sold out.

Set in the 1920s, the play’s characters included The Great Houdini, Mysteria the Fortune Teller, and Serpentina the Snake Lady.

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Picking the perfect pumpkin

The hunt for the perfect pumpkin was on at Shantzholm Farm near Mannheim on Saturday. Here Talitha Schroth, 11, of Kitchener, carefully scans the field for just the right pumpkin as sister Maggie, 9, in purple, and cousins Anderson Riddolls, 5, in red, and  his brother Dawson pick their pumpkins. With Halloween just a week away, Shantzholm welcomed hundreds of visitors this weekend for free fun, including wagon rides around the farm.

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Waterloo-Oxford eliminated from field hockey playoffs

The Duckies came up just short in the second round of the WCSSAA field hockey playoffs. W-O’s girls lost 2-1 to a tough opponent on Oct. 21, the undefeated Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School team.

Lindsey Werner scored the lone goal for the Duckies.

SJAM was the area’s top team this year, winning 15 games, losing none and tying twice. The Duckies earned a 12-4-1 record, good for fourth place in the league.

Sir John A Macdonald will now face Forest Heights in the county finals.

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Duckies win first game in WCSSAA field hockey playoffs

Waterloo-Oxford girls kicked off their field hockey playoffs by winning a close 2-1 game against Southwood Secondary School. Chelsea Hyde and Alyssa Bearinger scored for the Duckies.

The Duckies finished fourth in their competitive division, despite a strong 12-3-1 win-loss record.

Their long road to a championship is just beginning. The Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association playoffs continue Thursday.

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Plattsville runners put best foot forward

Plattsville Christian School sent 16 cross-country runners to a meet in Fergus on Oct. 15. Above, Mitchell Davidson (in the red, long sleeved-shirt), is about to pass a runner on his way to a third-place finish in the Senior Boys 2.5 km race.

The school competed in all Midget, Junior and Senior divisions on a beautiful race day. Below, the Midget boys race off the starting line. Adam Barr finished in fourth, and Aaron Davidson placed seventh.

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Crusader girls shooting for a win

The Waterloo-Oxford senior girls basketball team faced a tall team from Eastwood Collegiate Institute on Oct. 14. The Crusaders lost the game 55-35.

Spencer Mitchell-Becker (number 11, above) scored nine points for the green-and-white, with Alana Stevenson and Shannon Finn adding six each. Below, McKenzie Mitchell-Becker plays defense (number 14, below).

W-O’s next challenge will be against St. Mary’s High School on Oct. 20.

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Fishing the Nith nets big catch

Enjoying a day of sun in New Hamburg on Friday, Welsh visitor Richard Biggs, landed this large carp while fishing the Nith River. Using hot dogs as bait, Biggs landed three carp and two catfish before releasing them back into the river.

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Baden’s Big Bird Dance Backyard Barbecue kicks off Oktoberfest

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Wellesley North Easthope Fair Ambassador looks forward to a busy year

Justine Walker, centre, was crowned the Wellesley North Easthope Fall Fair Ambassador on Sept. 14. Here she joins, from left, judge Heather Horn, judge Jennifer Campbell, former ambassador Kate Linder and CNE ambassador winner and judge Erica Riddle.

Walker, 17, is a Grade 12 student at Waterloo-Oxford D.S.S.

“When I was crowned I was honestly so overwhelmed with excitment and happiness,” Walker recalls. “I am so happy to have been chosen to represent Wellesley for the next year.”

As the fair’s new ambassador Walker will be responsible for attending local Santa Claus parades, staying actively involved in the community and attending the CNE next August to represent the fair.

Photo submitted

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Gingerbread house competition returns to New Hamburg

It’s gingerbread time again — New Hamburg’s edible architecture competition is returning for another year.

This year’s theme is “Castles around the World.”

Gingerbread artists have five different categories to enter: children, adults (16 and over), family, VIP (for businesses and public offices), and elite (for professional bakers)

Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $1,600.

The event is sponsored by local businesses, including Josslin Insurance, Cooks Pharmacy, and the New Hamburg Independent.

The winning castles will also be displayed in downtown businesses’ windows in December.

The contest usually receives some amazing creations, said organizer Helen Rempel.

Entries must be brought to the New Apostolic Church on Waterloo Street, across from Forest Glen School, between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Judging begins sharply at 7:30.

Public viewing takes place Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

The contest has grown each year, with roughly 35 entries in 2009. The committee is very excited for another great turnout.

Watch the Independent’s Oct. 20 issue for an advertisement with more information.

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Broda’s Wilmot “W” controversy sees copycat support

When Doug Bowlby heard the recent controversy in Wilmot Township’s mayoralty race, he decided to join in. Bowlby has placed a large, home-made “W” sign on his front yard. He also added a matching “W” on his pickup truck’s back window.

Both have been on display at his Victoria Street home in New Hamburg since Sept. 30.

Terry Broda’s mayoral campaign faces a complaint that it used the township’s stylized “W” logo without permission. But it seems the accusation has rallied some people, like Bowlby, behind Broda.

“We’ve seen quite a few thumbs up on the drive by,” he said. “There’s been nothing negative.”

The signs are up to protest what Bowlby said are people unfairly targeting Broda with bad publicity. Bowlby supports Broda, but is not part of his campaign team.

“What is the big deal with the W?” he asked. “Are they going to complain that I have a W on my lawn?”

The township’s code of conduct states that no township property can be used for personal gain. Broda says that township staff gave him permission to use the logo. See the full story on the Independent’s website.

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Crazy Crusader Kick Off welcomes new students to Waterloo Oxford

Brandon Love speaks at the second SAC PAC meeting.

School Co-President Jake Brenneman anxiously awaits to be dunked in the dunk tank at Crazy Crusader Kickoff.

Mr. Dertinger receives a pie in the face at Crazy Crusader Kickoff.

Two Crusaders duke it out at the gladiator battles at Crazy Crusader Kickoff.

DJ Brenneman feels the wetness after being a victim of the dunk tank at Crazy Crusader Kickoff.

‘Niners’ play with the gigantic beach ball at Ultimate Extreme Niners Night for Niners.

Colin McNabb, Dallas Preikschas, Trevor Zister, and Erich Woolley pose in their Grade Twelve yellow at Crazy Crusader Kickoff.

Kyle Weber poses after being a victim of a pie in the face at Crazy Crusader Kickoff.

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