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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