Monthly Archives: December 2010

Warm temperatures mean no hockey on soggy rinks

There were no outdoor hockey games in New Hamburg on New Year’s Eve. No boys or girls enjoying the last days of the Christmas holiday. Temperatures rose above freezing, and rain fell to melt snow and turn Waterloo Region into a slushy mess.

Pictured is a home-made rink near New Hamburg’s Lashinger Blvd., abandoned except for two lonely hockey nets.

The NHL’s own outdoor game, the Winter Classic, is set to go Saturday evening in Pittsburgh. Warm weather and rain is also expected there, and gametime has been pushed back to 8 p.m.

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Wilmot’s long-standing fix-it man set to retire

For many decades, Wilmot machinist Willard Cressman has used his skills to work with machines. He is finally stepping back from his work. A full retirement won’t be easy for the 85-year-old from New Hamburg, but it’s long-overdue.

Here, you can see a video of Willard working in the Baden Seniors Woodworking Club. And here you can read his profile from the newspaper.

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A selfless gift for someone in need

Twelve-year-old Meg O’Krafka, of New Hamburg, wanted to do something special for someone this Christmas, so she decided to donate some of her hair to Angel Hair for Kids. The Mississauga-based charity is a program of A Child’s Voice Foundation that provides wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged Canadian children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment. Meg’s cousin Margot donated hair in the past and Meg has wanted to do the same thing for a couple of years. Earlier this week, Meg finally went for it. After the cut, she had enough hair to donate two 10-inch ponytails to the charity. Check out her new look below.

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Local reading of Christmas Carol raises $1,800 for WFRC

This is the cast from the 2010 New Hamburg Dickens’ Christmas Carol, which was held Dec. 12 at Zion United Church in New Hamburg, and raised about $1,800 for the Wilmot Family Resource Centre. In front, from left, are actor Claire Jullien, singers Erin Bardua and Maureen Batt, pianist Charlene Nafziger, back, emcee Paul Knowles, actors Ian Deakin, Thom Marriott, Roy Lewis and Barry MacGregor and producer Nancy Knowles. This was the seventh annual New Hamburg Dickens Christmas Carol event.

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Santa on ice

Santa dropped by the Wilmot Recreation Complex this morning for the first of two visits to the free skates that are happening on the east rink this week. Four-year-old Matthew Tomic was one of about two-dozen children who had the opportunity to tell St. Nick how good he’s been this year and get a candy cane from the big guy. If you missed out today, Santa will be at tomorrow’s parents and tots free skate at the WRC from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. He’ll also be visiting all the 6:30 a.m. New Hamburg Minor Hockey practices scheduled this week.

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Santa’s workshop, or Wilmot Family Resource Centre hamper day?

Dozens of volunteers made like Santa’s elves last week, piecing together close to 200 hampers for distribution to needy families in Wilmot and Wellesley townships. Wilmot Family Resource Centre’s annual Christmas hamper program generated thousands of toy, gift and cash donations over the last few months. The community was invited to sponsor a family and donate specific items to meet their needs. Several local businesses, organizations, churches and schools pitched in, filling up hampers and donating food, including frozen turkeys, bread, potatoes, vegetables and other necessities that will help make this season special for over 180 families. Pet food was also included in some hampers this year following a successful pet food drive in October.

Below, volunteers Gary Wagler and Indy reporter Scott Cressman load up a wagon with a family’s hamper during last Wednesday’s delivery day at this year’s hamper distribution centre on Huron Street in New Hamburg.

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Mennonite Credit Union gives donation to Wilmot Family Resource Centre

New Hamburg’s branch of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union presented the Wilmot Family Resource Centre last week with a donation of $2,000. Some of the money paid for food hampers, and the rest was given as a donation to the centre.

The money came from the credit union’s Stewardship in Action fund. Local branch employees chose the WFRC as the recipient.

From left to right, Andrew Koch, Todd Steinmann, Darla Hammer, Marylou Gingerich, Charlene Huber, Katie Wagler, Jeff Foster, and Ruth Cressman presented the donation to family resource centre director Trisha Robinson.

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