Monthly Archives: July 2011

Young campers make art at Castle Kilbride

Hannah Todd (left) and Sydney Sharpe paint during a daycamp at Castle Kilbride July 28.

This week, Castle Kilbridge hosted a daily activities for almost 25 children. Thursday was devoted to learning about Kilbride’s different paintings. The kids then mimicked the artists’ work by creating their own masterpieces.

The daily camps for kids aged 5 to 11 continues each Wednesday in August from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Castle Kilbride has run this summer kids program for over 10 years.

A different theme each day keeps the activities fresh for the young campers. This week’s themes have been Egyptian, medieval, Wild West, and archeology.

Jonah Weber works on an art project at the camp.

Mark and Rachel Habermehl practice their paint skills.


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Contestants in ABsolute Fitness challenge prove their strength and endurance

Tina Blier prepares to take the challenge.

For the third year, ABsolute Fitness and Personal Training held its annual “How Fit Are U” event on July 16.

On a hot, sunny Saturday morning, 13 contestants completed a challenging course, which consisting of exercises set up over several stations. Contestants sprinted through the course as quickly as possible, testing their speed, agility, strength and endurance.

Despite the competitive nature of the event, every contestant was cheered on and encouraged by everyone else, adding to the fun, friendly atmosphere of the occasion. When they crossed the finish line, many athletes wore their exhaustion like a badge of honour, smiling with pride.

For the first time, this year’s event also included a bench press competition to test people’s strength. Each competitor had three attempts to lift the heaviest weight possible.

Prizes for both contests were awarded in various categories.

“How Fit Are U” Challenge winners are:

Under 25
1st Place Mike Murray
2nd Place Joey Watson
3rd Place Josh Blier

1st Place Glen Blier
1st Place Nigel Gordijk
2nd Place Jim Scott


1st Place Kristina Blier
2nd Place Nicole Larocque
3rd Place Amanda Donaldson

1st Place Angela McFalls
2nd Place Janice Harder

Bench Press Challenge

Light weight
1st Place Ben Meyer
2nd Place William Linares
3rd Place Greg Voisin

Middle weight
1st Place Mike Murray

Heavy weight
1st Place Geoffrey Parr
2nd Place Tim Bailey
3rd Place D.J. Brenneman

Mike Murray powers through a strength test.

At the bench press challenge.

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Yee-haw! New Hamburg man rides in rodeo

Pictured above is New Hamburg’s Peter Hallman, a 19-year rodeo veteran riding a bronco at last weekend’s Kitchener Rodeo in Breslau.

After competing in the local competition, Hallman spent the last week touring a different rodeo in Indiana and Ohio each day.

During the summer, he usually competes in bronc riding and bull riding at several rodeos each weekend, plus more when he’s able.

The seven standard rodeo events are Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Ladies Barrel Racing. Optional events include Breakaway Roping, Junior Steer Riding, and Junior Barrels.

Photos courtesy of Beverley Wilhelm.

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Charity barbecue in Petersburg braves the heat to fight kids’ cancer

Burgers and sausages sizzled on a hot July 21 in Petersburg as Bechthold Home Improvement hosted its seventh annual fundraiser to fight childhood cancer.

Proceeds from the summer event will go to the London Children’s Hospital and the Optimist Club’s children’s program.

Organizer Warren Bechthold said that last year’s barbecue raised $2,800. He worried that extreme heat on barbecue day might keep some people indoors.

Besides eating lunch under the trees, donors also had a chance to win prizes provided by Bechthold. The fundraiser is a way for the business to give back to the community, the owner said.

Paul Tufford and Robert Yost (background) flip burgers and grill sausages at a barbecue to raise money for childhood cancer July 21.

Chad Dietrich and daughters Paige (left) and Grady enjoy lunch at the Petersburg barbecue.

Paul Tufford flips burgers for donors at the seventh-annual charity event at Bechthold Home Improvement.

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Kids staying cool as temperature climbs

Zoe Harrison, 7, of Rotterdam, Holland enjoys an ice cream while braving record-setting heat Thursday in New Hamburg.

It’s quiet in the streets of New Hamburg and the parks are virtually empty this afternoon. The only place with a bit of a crowd is the ice cream shop on Peel Street where a steady stream of customers are dropping by to beat the heat with a cool treat.

Zoe Harrison, 7, was enjoying a cone while in town from Rotterdam, Holland to visit her cousins Nicholas and Alex Pavlovic. The whole gang, including Kitchener friend Destiny Rettinger were braving the heat for a few minutes to get some ice cream

Environment Canada is warning area residents to stay cool as we approach a record high this afternoon.

Let us know how you’re keeping cool. Send us an EMAIL or leave a comment on this post.

Nicholas Pavlovic, 9, Destiny Rettinger, 11, and Alex Pavlovic beat the heat with some ice cream.

Tye Aicken enjoys an ice cream cone on July 21 with his grandmother Sandy Glenn.

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Exchange students from around the world visit New Hamburg

Lions Club Youth Exchange participants listen to wise words of canoeing wisdom from Doug Wilton (right) before departing on their canoeing adventure at Canoe the Nith.

Chris Thomson
For the Independent

The world was represented on Sunday at Canoe the Nith when the Lions Youth Exchange took part in a “Canadian Canoeing Experience.”

Twenty-one kids, ranging in age from 16-18, came from 13 different countries including Austria, Belgium, Mexico, Sweden, St. Martin, Poland, Slovenia, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Germany, and Czech Republic.

The exchange students are staying at 5 Oaks Campgrounds in Paris from July 16 to 26 as apart of their four-week stay in Canada.

The canoeing trip took them upstream in the morning, back to the site for lunch, downtown New Hamburg for ice cream in the afternoon, and then back to the site. This is the fourth year the group has taken part in this event.

One participant, Ida from Denmark, was familiar with the New Hamburg scenery. Kevin and Kelly Williams, of the New Hamburg Lions Club, has been her host family.

“This experience has been great,” says Ida. “The people here are all so kind. Even complete strangers are super nice.”

Deb and Dave Wilton, owners of Canoe the Nith, are very familiar with the program. Their son, DJay, is currently in Australia on the same program. Like all the participants, he had to give a presentation to the Lions Club on why he should be sponsored to take part.

“They don’t have peanut butter in Denmark,” says Callum Williams, son of Kevin and Kelly, when asked about cultural differences he’s discovered.

Chris Thomson, for the Independent


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Lots to do this weekend, including a Summer Fun Fest in St. Agatha

Damian Moore, 9, and his brother Logan, 6, of Baden, aim for the prize in a midway game at the St. Agatha Summer Fun Fest on Friday.

If you’re not headed to the Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show, and don’t think your kids will enjoy the sounds at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival this weekend, you might want to head to St. Agatha where the Lions Club is hosting Summer Fun Fest in the Community Centre Park.

The weekend-long event features a number of entertainers, food and midway rides through Sunday with proceeds going to support community projects and Lions Club International efforts.

Bar Code plays tonight from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and tomorrow the Newfies and Easterners are coming.

Have fun whatever you’re doing this weekend. It’s going to be a great one.

Ashlyn Witt, 5, of Tavistock, and cousin Madision McPhee-Bell, 10, of Stratford, hang out in a boat from Massel's Marine while two-year-old Gavin Witt takes the wheel. A number of boats are on display at the Fun Fest this weekend.

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