Monthly Archives: May 2011

Flowers bring bloom of summer colour to downtown New Hamburg

Mark Murray added some colour to Peel Street on May 30, hanging flowers from lampposts throughout downtown New Hamburg.

The Board of Trade supplies the plants each year, and volunteers from Stonecroft water them daily throughout the summer.

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Canoe club paddles the entire Nith River this spring

Paddlers from the Waterloo Wellington Canoe Club take in the beauty of the Nith River during a paddle last Tuesday north of New Hamburg. Photo by Janet Baine.

The Waterloo Wellington Canoe Club, paddling the entire Nith River this spring and summer, will be putting in in New Hamburg tonight near the library for a paddle to Haysville.

About 20 paddlers, in canoes and kayaks, are making the end-to-end exploratory paddle of the Nith on Tuesday evenings and weekends.

“It is a beautiful river and the high water levels this year are helping us out,” says member Janet Baine. “This is the club’s 26th year. In 2009 we paddled the entire Grand River in sections. We have not done the entire Nith before.”

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Howie Meeker receives the Order of Canada

Newly invested Order of Canada recipient Howie Meeker, second from left, is joined by Dr. James Lunney (MP, Nanaimo-Alberni),left, Leah Meeker and Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht.

Former NHL great, and former Conservative MP Howie Meeker was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston on Friday in recognition of his life-long public service.

Meeker was born in Kitchener and raised in New Hamburg. He won the NHL Calder Trophy in the 1946-47 season as rookie of the year, beating the legendary Gordie Howe for the honour.  He won four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last was won on April 21, 1951, less than two months before he was elected as Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo South, which covered much of the same area as Kitchener-Conestoga now does.

He later enjoyed careers as a coach, general manager, and broadcaster; and ran summer hockey school camps in Canada and the U.S.

According to comments made by Meeker today, Canada is the “greatest country in the world,” and added that “It’s full of neat people.”

Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht said, “It was an honour to meet Howie. It was awe-inspiring to stand in a room with all the inductees, and consider not only the significance of their work, but the diversity of their contributions as well.”

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Community gathers at the Baden Barbecue

Tanner Akey learns to use a firehose with help from firefighter Adrian Walker.

Hundreds of neighbours came to Baden Public School for burgers, music, fun, and games. The school invited the local community in to kick off the summer barbecue season.

The May 26 event featured acrobatics from the school’s cheerleading club, a silent auction, a performance from Innovative Dance Studio, and music by Erick Traplin and local band Wishful Thinking.

The Wilmot Fire Department also attended, letting youngsters climb around its firetrucks and use a firehose. Meanwhile, Waterloo Regional Police demonstrated the lights and sirens on their police vehicles.

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Plattsville Christian School performs That’s So Daniel!

Dancing to "Eat, Drink. Be Healthy" in Plattsville Christian School's musical "That's So Daniel" are (L-R) Rachel Valenta, Rebecca Doering and Andrea Brodrecht.

Plattsville Christian School recently performed “That’s So Daniel!” on May 19, a musical about making good choices, based on the biblical story of Daniel.

Modern Daniel, played by Ethan Brodrecht and Zachary Luloff in alternating performances, is a young boy with a reputation for stretching the truth. When he feigns sickness to stay home from school, his mother invites his grandfather, played by Mitchell Davidson, to babysit. Daniel protests, thus setting the stage for the musical’s first Broadway-style song, “When Does A Kid Stop Being a Kid?”
The play unfolds much like the movie The Princess Bride with grandfather and grandson interacting between scenes of the choices the biblical Daniel has to make around what foods to eat, which friends to have and whether to worship God or bow to an idol of the King.

Despite his choices being unpopular and leading his friends to be thrown into a fiery furnace and him into the lion’s den (from which all emerge unscathed), the biblical Daniel challenges the modern Daniel to be faithful and courageous.

With witty one-liners and energetic songs like the rap “We Got Your Back, Boy” or 20-Minute Workout spoof “Eat, Drink, Be Healthy,” the musical was a real crowd pleaser involving every member of the school.

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Crowds celebrate Victoria Day in New Dundee

New Dundee’s streets were lined with cars and people filled the park on the May 23 holiday.

Vendors offered sunglasses, hats, and food at the annual event. Clowns and musicians entertained families, while others gathered around the antique car displays. Many people also put out goods for New Dundee’s traditional yard sale.

Skies were cloudy and rain fell around noon. Vendors covered their stalls with tarps, but otherwise continued on as usual.

The Victoria Day program also included a parade at 2 p.m. and the official opening of New Dundee’s new baseball diamonds.

Fernan Enriquez plays the panflute in the park on Victoria Day

Dave MacInnis of Cambridge brought his red 1960 Cadillac to the antique car show

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Forest Glen hosts arts show for local charities

Taylor Oakum (right) performs magic for a fascinated young audience.

Student Stephanie Rogers sings for visitors in the school hallways.

Forest Glen Public School held an arts gala fundraiser on the evening of May 18. Students’ artwork filled the hallways and parents lined up to see performances in the school gym.

Money from ticket and art sales went to the Wilmot Family Resource Centre and Lisaard House, a cancer hospice in Cambridge.

The event was organized by staff and students, and featured art and performances by students from many grades.

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New Dundee set to throw Victoria Day party

New Dundee will celebrate Victoria Day with many hours of family events on Monday, May 23.

The town will host garage sales throughout the community, and there will be children’s entertainment and clowns in New Dundee park all morning.

There will also be plenty of food available in the park, as the Board of Trade and Optimist Club run booths. Antique cars will be on display, and a silent auction runs in the park’s bandshell.

The fire department is organizing its all-you-can eat pancake breakfast, starting at 7 a.m. at the New Dundee fire hall.

Celebrations finish with a parade down Main Street and Front Street, starting at 2 p.m. The New Dundee Dodgers junior fastball team will lead the procession.

MP Harold Albrecht will be in town at 2:45 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open New Dundee’s new baseball fields for the summer.

Victoria Day celebrates the May 24 birthday of Victoria, Queen of England during Canada’s confederation. It also celebrates the current queen.

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Rain holds off for New Dundee Dragon Run

Daniel Otterbein and Cody Drzazga, in green, lead New Dundee students, trailed by New Dundee's Justin Arnott fourth from front.

New Dundee School hosted its’ 20th annual Dragon Run cross country event yesterday. About 10 schools from across Waterloo Region participated in the two kilometre run through New Dundee’s residential streets before returning to the school for refreshments and awards. Over 300 students took part in the race.

New Dundee's Katie Wiens and Kieran Shantz compete in Wednesday's Dragon Run.

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Send your sports reports to the Indy by Friday!

Because of Monday’s Victoria Day holiday, any sports submissions for next week’s paper should be sent to the Independent by Friday, May 20.

Send your game results, box scores, and high-resolution digital photos to!

Any individual athlete, club, or team from the Wilmot/Wellesley area is welcome to submit.

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Centre Stage marks a quarter century of dance

Students perform at Canada Day celebrations in New Hamburg last summer.

New Hamburg’s Centre Stage Dance Studio is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a barbecue in Sir Adam Beck park May 14, 12 to 3 p.m.

Free pilates and hip hop dance demonstrations will be available to curious beginners at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Centre Stage’s students will also perform throughout the afternoon.

Meals of a hamburger or hotdog, drink, chips, and cupcake are $2, with proceeds going to the Wilmot Family Resource Centre.

“We wanted to give back to the community and thank them for their patronage over these 25 years, because they’ve just been a fabulous group,” said organizer Monica Kauck.

Because the event will feature loud music, the studio needed a noise by-law exemption from Wilmot Township. Council granted the permit for Saturday afternoon and letters will be sent to advise nearby homes, Kauck said.

Centre Stage now has over 200 students. They previously opened a pilates studio next door, and in September founder Donna Bender started a new dance studio in Kitchener called Unlock Unleash Control. The new studio focuses on improving flexibility and body control.

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Wilmot Wild thrill lacrosse fans at the Wilmot Recreation Complex

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New Hamburg Lioness take a trip down memory lane

The New Hamburg Lioness held the club’s spring fashion show at The Waterlot yesterday with the help of a trippy selection of vintage fashions from local collector Nancy Silcox. Lioness members and a few of their husbands donned the classic clothes for afternoon and evening shows with all proceeds going to the club’s community projects.

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Mannheim’s May Day Sale is here

If you’re looking for a bargain, a one-of-a-kind antique, or just a reason to get out for a walk, the place to be this Saturday is Mannheim.

On the first Saturday in May for the last 27 years, Mannheim residents have teamed up to organize one of the largest community garage sales in Waterloo Region. Dozens of homeowners take part in the event that draws yard-sale browsers from across Ontario.

The Mannheim Optimist Club will be offering two food booths during the event, one serving sausage on a bun on Bleams Road, and a breakfast location on Mannheim Road featuring back bacon on a bun. All proceeds from the food booths help support the Optimist Club’s efforts to provide money for youth events in the community.

The food booths will be open for the duration of the sale, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Tired of the rain? Get outdoors this weekend with Waterloo Earth Day

The Laurel Creek Conservation Area is hosting Waterloo Earth Day on Saturday, May 7.

Everyone is invited to take part in the free event where more than 1,000 trees will be planted by volunteers during the festival that includes entertainment and exhibits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event gives participants a chance to help the environment, learn about green living and participate in family fun. Trees and shovels will be provided for those who want to help plant native trees in an area near the Laurel Creek reservoir.

Visitors of all ages can take part in several fun and educational activities.

Kids can build a birdhouse, use a bicycle generator to make a snow cone, and watch a live bird show.

They can take part in the Creation Africa Drum Circle, do crafts and see all sorts of interesting critters.

Adults can get advice on gardening and composting, or learn about water and energy conservation.

Kids who dig into the activities will not only get their hands dirty, they’ll be eligible to win prizes for their schools. Lug a mug to the event for a free hot beverage or get refreshed with the Region’s water wagon.

The free event is sponsored by the Suncor Energy Foundation and Earth Day Canada.

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