Monthly Archives: June 2011

Local students support Stephen Lewis in fight against HIV

New Hamburg students Noam Gold-Utting and Callum Clarke were in Grand Bend June 24 to meet renowned Canadian humanitarian Stephen Lewis.

The two have raised $4,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation since Grade 7.

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend hosted “An Evening with Stephen Lewis” at the Huron Country Playhouse last week.

After a career in politics, Lewis became an outspoken advocate for HIV/AIDS, and served as the United Nations special envoy for that issue before founding his own Stephen Lewis Foundation. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2003.


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New Hamburg Lions pitch in again for Wilmot Rec Complex

Lion Chief Kevin Williams (left) of the New Hamburg Lions Club presents a cheque for $7,500 to Mayor Les Armstrong for the Wilmot Recreation Complex in New Hamburg. This is the sixth installment of the Lions’ $75,000 pledge to the project.

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Wilmot ACES swim team gives out year-end awards

Winners of the "Most Time Off" award for overall improvement this season

The Wilmot Aquatic ACES swim club gave out end-of-year awards earlier in June. Here are the swimmers recognized this year:

Top 10 for Most Time off (actual time off during long-course and short-course season):

10th J.Jay Funk 196 sec
9th Jacob Isaac 245 sec
8th Grace Cameron 264 sec
7th Damon Woolvett 294 sec
6th Katie Cameron 302 sec
5th Caleb Isaac 329 sec
4th Molly Cameron 381 sec
3rd Tyler Kinzie 398 sec
2nd Celine Funk 422 sec
1st Kaitlyn Ulmer 464 sec

Most Improved: Given to the girl and boy in each age group who has shown the best overall improvement (times, stroke, attitude, work ethic, commitment, sportsmanship) during the season.

8 and under Girls: Masha Kagolovaskaya and Hanneke Isert Bender
8 and under Boys: Brayden Van De Wynkel and Nolan Kennedy
10 and under Girl: Molly Cameron
10 and under Boy: Devin Mechalko
12 and under Girl: Sydney Gunn
12 and under Boy: Jonah Noseworthy
14 and under Girl: Mackenzie Saar and Ally Govier
14 and under Boy Caleb Isaac
15 and over Girl: Mary Tilford
15 and over Boy: Kris Sanders
Most Improved Master Swimmer: Greg Hallman

Winners of the Aquatic ACES' Most Improved Award for 2010-2011

Given to at least one swimmer from Junior Aces, teal/white and green and up, who displays fair play, has fun and always works hard at getting better:
Jessica Glendinnig, Whitney Stone, Celine Funk and Kaitlyn Ulmer

Given to someone who is a very important member of the team because of their commitment, fun personality, and for wanting to be a part of this team even if they are not the best swimmer, makes people feel welcome on the team:
Trevor Mains, Katie Cameron, Josh Cober.

Alex Buehlow and Erica Buehlow for the best combined times when adding up their four 100 metre events.

A member who is always willing to help anyone out, helps with the younger swimmers, is very enthusiastic about the team and is great with team spirit:
Caleb Isaac and Elise Funk

To the swimmer who is an all round great athlete, who works hard, has team spirit, a great work ethic. The coaches love to have this person around, and they have fun with all team members:
Jacob Isaac, Damon Woolvett, Regan Kennedy, Caitlyn Armstrong, Grace Cameron, and Margaret Heckman

This award is given to the person who exudes cheerfulness, helpfulness, confidence and whom the coaches most enjoy seeing on the deck. This person shows great sportsmanship and cheers his/her teammates on, no matter what:
Erica Buehlow and Tyler Kinzie

A new award this year was called the “Above and Beyond Award“ for vounteer of the year. It was presented by the board to the parent that goes above and beyond the call of duty for volunteering with the club. The first winner this year was Jackie Buehlow for her past eight years of volunteering on the board of directors, as well as coaching and everything else involved in the team.

The ACE of the Year award for most valuable team contribution went to Elise Funk, for displaying excellent team commitment and spirit, great work ethic, team leadership and role modeling, and strong determination to excel to the best of her ability throughout the swim season.

This swimmer exemplifies what it takes to be an all-round great athlete
This award is voted on by the swimmers on the team to the person they think represents the most Valuable ACE.

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New Dundee hosts New Zealand team in all-star fastball game

Tri-County All-Stars pitcher Shaun Winship delivers a pitch.

Local fastball players faced some international competition this week in New Dundee, as the K-W Cubs and the Tri-County All-Stars faced the Black Sox from New Zealand.

The double-header was played at the brand-new Doug Fisher Memorial Park, where spectators filled the bleachers and lined both fences to watch the games.

The Optimists Club offered a barbecue and beverage sales.

Look in the Independent for an upcoming profile of Doug Fisher: his rise as a fastball prodigy, his struggle with cancer, and his dream of a new ballfield for New Dundee.

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St. Agatha celebrates strawberries and family fun

The St Agatha Strawberry mascot meets kids at the festival.

St. Agatha’s Stawberry festival celebrated fresh food and family fun on June 18 with live music, children’s games, a barbecue, and plenty of local strawberry pies, shakes, and other treats.

Dylan Leis blows a bubble at one of the festival's play areas.

Sophia Bowman races through an inflated obstacle course.

The festival's games and food drew plenty of families from beyond St. Agatha.

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Library connects to bookworms with newly-launched website

New Hamburg library supervisor Yvonne Zyma shows Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong the new site.

Book lovers have a new way to find their next great read. The Region of Waterloo library launched a brand-new website last month that it hopes will easily connect people to library information.

Besides listing the books and DVDs on library shelves, the new website also has interactive recommendation pages for different age groups, a “Homework Help” section, an events calendar, and more.

Library staff created the new website with feedback from focus groups and user interviews.

The new website is

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New Zealand Black Sox play in New Dundee on Wednesday

The Doug Fischer Memorial Park in New Dundee will host double header fastball this Wednesday when the New Zealand Black Sox softball team makes a visit as part of the team’s 20-day North American tour.

The team will play the KW Cubs at 7 p.m. and the Tri-County All Starts at 8:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and kids are free. There will be a beer tent and beef barbecue starting at 6 p.m.

Minor ball players can wear their team shirts to be eligible for a prize draw.

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