Monthly Archives: November 2010

New Hamburg band looks sharp in new uniforms

The instruments are in tune, and the players look sharp.

The New Hamburg Concert Band changed its look this month, with new uniforms for the group’s nearly 40 musicians.

The band played a concert at Nithview Community Nov. 23 with the new duds: burgundy blazers and black ties, which the musicians wore over their own white shirts and black pants. The band’ had been wearing its old uniforms since 1979.

Several local groups helped pay for the uniforms, including the Township of Wilmot, the New Hamburg Lions and Lionesses Clubs, the New Hamburg Legion and its Ladies Auxiliary, and the Community Players. The jackets and ties were purchased from Murray’s Clothing and Footwear in New Hamburg.

The band wants to extend thanks to all the generous donors.

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Youngsters learn to sharp-shoot safely at Wilmot Rod and Gun

Chuck Bender, of the Nith River Wild Turkey Conservation Association, watches as 12-year-old Nick Hiuser, of Waterloo, eyes his target and shoots for the first time at the Wilmot Rod and Gun Club’s firing range. Bender invited members of his youth archery class and other first-timers out to the range in cooperation with members of the rod and gun club. Sunday’s class marked the group’s second time at the range after learning about safety and proper handling. The Wilmot Rod and Gun Club provided mentoring for the young hunters in training.

Read the Independent’s story on Bender’s archery club HERE.

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Nice surprise for retiring mayor

Mayor Wayne Roth reacts to shouts of surprise after walking into a party in his honour at the community centre room at the Wilmot Recreation Complex last night.

The mayor was under the impression he was there to give representatives of another municipality a tour of the complex. Instead he walked into a room filled with family, friends and colleagues there to celebrate his 33 years of service to the township. Wilmot’s longest serving mayor said he was extremely humbled and honoured by the tributes that followed, including speeches from Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Pastor Bob Thaler, Wilmot CAO Grant Whittington, past police chief Larry Gravill and Kitchener Wilmot Hydro president Jerry Van Ooteghem.

Roth’s last Wilmot council meeting is Monday night, followed by regional council on Wednesday. Mayor elect Les Armstrong and the rest of the new council will be sworn into office on Dec. 7 Dec. 6.

A public open house, inviting everyone to drop by and extend best wishes to Mayor Roth, is scheduled for Nov. 25 at the Wilmot Administration Complex in Baden from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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W-O hosts Facebook safety workshops for parents and students

Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School will host a pair of workshops Nov. 22 to educate students and parents about safe and appropriate use of online social media.

The high school has invited Chris Vollum, a Facebook and Twitter expert, to give his “Facebook 101” presentation. Vollum will talk about how to understand privacy settings, monitor friend lists, and keep personal data secure.

“We were aware that there were some issues around students and what I’ll call the appropriate and inappropriate use of social media,” said W-O principal Ed Doadt.

“Kids are using social media much more than they were before. We want to teach them how to use it in a responsible way.”

There will be an afternoon session for students, followed by a free parents’ workshop at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. The evening event is open to the public, with no registration needed. The school’s parent council is sponsoring the workshop.

With the growth of popular networking websites like Facebook and Twitter, personal lives – especially young people’s – are increasingly available on the internet. But teenagers may not be aware of how a careless photo or comment can damage their real-life reputation and haunt job prospects in the future. The workshop will help them stay safe while still getting the most out of social media sites.

The workshop will also be useful for parents who don’t use sites like Facebook and may not understand how they work, Doadt said.

Starting this fall, the Waterloo Region District School Board has allowed Facebook access on its high school computers.

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Mission Day money goes to Wilmot Family Resource Centre

Holy Family School’s annual Mission Day gets students involved in activities geared toward raising money for a community charity. This year the student-run activities and silent auction raised close to $1,800 last spring and all of the money will go to the Wilmot Family Resource Centre’s various programs. Holy Family principal Kevin Hynes was at the centre today to present a cheque to WFRC executive director Trisha Robinson. WFRC is hard at work collecting food, clothing and toys for its annual Christmas Hamper program, which will distribute approximately 160 hampers to families in Wilmot and Wellesley next month.

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Wilmot shuffleboarders need new players

New Hamburg’s shuffleboard club is looking for some fresh rookies to join their weekly games.

The group wants new recruits after a half-dozen spots opened up, says co-ordinator Guy Sisco. There are nearly 80 current players, aged 50-92.

The games are good social times for people to get out of the house, he says. “You can tell, they really have fun.”

“You get stuck in the house, you get stuck in a rut,” he says, adding that some newer residents to New Hamburg might not know the games exist.

Shuffleboard is played at the Wilmot Recreation Complex on Tuesday mornings and afternoons, as well as Wednesday mornings.

The group has played upstairs at the Rec Complex for the past two years, after starting nine years ago at the Haysville community centre.

Registration is $10 for new members, and each playing sessions costs 50 cents. Players are randomly matched with playing partners for each day.

Bonnie Hell takes her shot as teammate Graham Allen looks on.

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New Hamburg woman named fitness star

Liliana Dominguez won 1st prize in her category in a Fitness Star Competition at the International Center in Toronto. She also won 3rd prize overall in the swim suit category.  Liliana who lives with her family in New Hamburg works as a personal trainer at ABsolute Fitness & Personal Training and teaches Zumba classes in the wider community. She was supported by her husband William who works for ARGO, their children Juan, Melissa and Nickolas, as well as Chris Spotswood the owner of ABsolute Fitness and a number of her clients.

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Hundreds remember in New Hamburg

Dozens of people gathered at the New Hamburg cenotaph this morning to watch the Remembrance Day parade and service under a beautifully-sunny sky. The New Hamburg Legion’s colour party led the parade of veterans, dignitaries, police and scouts. At the cenotaph, Rev. Bob Thaler welcomed everyone, called participants to lay wreaths and asked the crowd to bow their heads for a short prayer and moment of silence.

The parade continued down Huron Street to Peel en route to the New Hamburg arena where a larger ceremony was scheduled to mark the two-minute wave of silence at 11 a.m.

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Forest Glen club works to beat hunger

Forest Glen students devoted to global and local issues have collected over 1,200 pounds of food for the Wilmot Family Resource Centre.

Earlier this month, the Forest Glen global issues group ran a campaign called “Halloween for Hunger: Make Joe and Geordi disappear.” The goal was to build a tower of non-perishable food that would dwarf grade eight students Joe Lass and Geordi Frere.

They reached that goal, partly because all the students in the group agreed to bring 10 cans themselves.

“We’ve had kids who brought in 60 or 70 items on their own,” said Katherine Borovilos, a teacher who organizes the global issues group.

The club was inspired by the “We Day” event they attended in Toronto on Sept. 30, a rally where the charity Free the Children promoted social action for schools.

Grade eight students Joe Lass (right) and Geordi Frere stand beside the pile of donated food which stands higher than they do.

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The Fix is On: Who can get this couch out of the river?

At least the ducks have a comfortable seat.

A New Hamburg woman spotted this couch in the Nith River below the New Hamburg footbridge and decided to do something about it yesterday.

She was concerned the leather-like piece of furniture was leaching bad stuff into the river.

Her first call was to the Grand River Conservation Authority. The GRCA told the caller the couch wasn’t their problem and recommended calling the Ministry of the Environment. A call to the MOE resulted in more runaround and the eventual suggestion she call her local municipal office.

Fearing another runaround, she called the Independent with the hope we could get some answers.

We called Wilmot Township this morning, but were unable to reach a staff member from facilities and recreation, or public works.

Our second call went to Ward 4 councillor and Mayor elect Les Armstrong. He thought the township’s parks staff could handle the task of removing the couch and said he would call to ask if it could be done.

A week later, the couch was still in the river. It has since either floated away, or been removed.

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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Art lovers get in touch with their Rural Routes

The 7th annual Rural Routes Studio tour is underway this weekend with more than 15 local artists and crafters taking part in New Dundee, Petersburg, Baden and New Hamburg.

Everyone is invited to drop by any of the participating artists’ homes and studios to see and purchase their work, in some cases watching them create their pieces.

Pictured above, Kevin Martin demonstrates how to make marbled paper. By splattering different coloured paint into a viscous solution and then combing it for effect, he is able to create a one-of-a-kind piece of paper. Martin and his partner Audrey Hollinger own and operate The Papertrail in New Dundee, featuring handmade and marbled papers, and fine letterpress printing.

Below, Eileen Boulet gets some tips on how to balance and spin a piece of clay into a finished piece of pottery from friend Lisa Stockie while checking out New Dundee Pottery and Stained Glass. Stockie has been taking classes for about a year. It was Boulet’s first time working with clay.

The Rural Routes Studio Tour  is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, check out

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CIBC donates to the United Way

CIBC’s New Hamburg branch presented a $1,000 cheque to the United Way to mark the bank’s customer appreciation day on Nov. 5.

Across Canada, CIBC gave $1.1 million to the United Way today, which supports the community by helping youth, families, and newcomers. Some of the local donation will be passed on to the Interfaith Community Counselling Centre, which provides low-cost help to Wilmot individuals.

Branch manager Katherine Delves (left) and CIBC employees Florence Habel, Mark Imola, Laurie Verbaas, and Marjorie Heimpel presented the donation to Interfaith executive director Christine Bruder and United Way employee Alison Erb (right).

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Grain-loaded trailer overturns on Wilmot farm property

Police attribute speed and driver inexperience to an accident yesterday involving a tractor trailer full of grain on a Wilmot farm property.
At approximately 2:30 pm a tractor trailer operated by a 48-year-old Kitchener man rolled over on a farm laneway at 1193 Witmer Road. As the truck descended a small grade on the laneway, the driver failed to negotiate a turn at the base of the grade causing the unit to roll on its side and lose its load.
Waterloo Regional Police, EMS and Wilmot Fire Department responded to the farm. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to hospital for treatment of injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision.
The Ministry of Labour also attended the scene to investigate.

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Crusaders sports report

Here’s an update on how your Waterloo-Oxford Crusaders have fared in recent weeks. Above, Rebecca Payne drives to the net against Glenview Park, helping the junior girls win 47-22 on Nov. 2.

Junior Girls Basketball

Oct. 19: PHS 46-WODSS 43 (points: Madison Horst 18, Rebecca Payne 11)
Oct. 21: WODSS 55-KCI 27 (points: Madison Horst 16, Rebecca Payne 14)
Oct. 26: SSS 32-WODSS 53 (points: Becca Payne 11, Mallory Kropf 10, Madison Horst 9)
Oct. 28: WODSS 42-EDSS 41 (points: Madison Horst 14, Alisha Glendinning 14)

Senior Girls Basketball
Oct. 19: PHS 49-WODSS 41 (points: Shelby Hofstetter 11, Spencer Mitchell-Becker 11, Carly Kowalik 11)
Oct. 21: WODSS 32-KCI 49 (points: Barbara Robertson 13, Kate McTavish 10)
Oct. 26: SSS 33-WODSS 27 (points: Shannon Finn 6, Carly Kowalik 6)
Oct. 28: WODSS 32-EDSS 41 (points: Shelby Hofstetter 8, Spencer Mitchell-Becker 6, Carly Kowalik 6)

Girls Field Hockey
Oct. 19: SSS 1-WODSS 2 (goals: Chelsea Hyde, Alyssa Bearinger, keeper – Hilary Neeb
Oct. 21: WODSS 1-SJAM 2 (goal: Lindsey Werner)

Junior Boys Football
Oct. 20: SMHS 26-WODSS 35 (points: Matt Corey 15, Nick Hammer 8, Isaac Macdonald 6, Addie Cober 6)
Oct. 27: KCI 0-WODSS 53 (points: Matt Corey 23, Nick Hammer 14, Jesse Sop 12, Kris Wilhelm 2, Team Safety 2)

Senior Boys Football
Oct. 20: SMHS 12-WODSS 30 (points: Jake Egers 6, Eric Williams 6, Gavin Koenig 12, Connor Eagleson 6)
Oct. 27: KCI 10-WODSS 8 (points: Connor Eagleson 6, Gavin Koenig 1, Trevor Lass 1)

Junior Boys Soccer
Oct. 19: WODSS 2-SJAM 4 (Alex Trotter, 2 goals)
Oct. 26: WODSS 0-CHCI 4

Junior Boys Volleyball
Oct. 19: WODSS 0-PHS 3
Oct. 21: KCI 3-WODSS-1
Oct. 26: WODSS 2-SSS 3

Senior Boys Volleyball
Oct. 19: WODSS 3-PHS 1
Oct. 21: KCI 0 WODSS 3
Oct. 26: WODSS 3 SSS 0

Madison Horst (#4) launches a shot in junior girls basketball action. Horst scored 23 points in the Crusaders 47-22 win on Nov. 2.

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Different thrills and chills for kids at Banana-Rama

Almost 250 kids and parents attended the Banana-Rama at Wilmot Centre Missionary Church on Oct. 31. The church has run this event for 20 years as an alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating.

Kids played games, raced tricycles, rode carnival-style rides, and ate cotton candy. Of course, the event’s namesake banana splits were also devoured, and bags of candy handed out at the door.

Below: Michael, Thomas, and Ashley Ropp of Tavistock dig into their custom-made ice cream sundaes.

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