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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