Monthly Archives: August 2011

New Hamburg Firebirds prepare for upcoming hockey season

Hockey season is fast approaching, and the New Hamburg Firebirds’ coaches and managers are pruning their roster in time for the season-opening game on Sept. 16.

Players were watched carefully when the club held a two-hour scrimmaged on Tuesday night. Some players have already left training camp, but the team looks to cut more players in the coming weeks.

The Firebirds have played two exhibition games so far: a 5-2 loss to Norwich and a 6-3 win over Tavistock’s Jr. D squad.

The next exhibition game will be Sept. 9 at the Wilmot Recreation Complex.

The club is also selling season passes for the 2011-2012 season. Adults can get tickets to all 18 home games for $40. The price for public school students is $30. Preschoolers and younger are always free.

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Classic cars line up at Expressway Motors Cruise Night

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Dark storm clouds and a tornado warning may have scared away some people, but Expressway Motors’ Cruise Night still went ahead Aug. 24.

The seventh-annual car show and community barbecue attracted people to the New Hamburg dealership under a grey sky.

This year, only 123 cars registered for the show, which is less than half of last year’s total. Visitor totals were also down slightly, said organizer Ian Hasler.

The tornado warning and impending rain that could damage cars likely scared away many owners, he said. The show also ended early as people went home to take shelter from the coming storm.

“Obviously we were disappointed there weren’t more cars,” Hasler said. “But considering the weather we weren’t expecting that many people to show up.

Expressway’s Cruise Night also featured a charity barbecue run by the New Hamburg Lions Club and a DJ playing music.

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Team raises over $12,000 for Multiple Sclerosis research

A team from the Waterloo Regional Police Force traveled to Niagara Falls on Aug. 21 to participate in the Rona Multiple Sclerosis Bike Rour.

The team of 16 riders has been working for months to raise over $12,000. Their efforts were organized by New Hamburg resident and police constable Sandra Tout. Tout was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis last year, but is using careful diet and rest to control the disease, which effects the brain’s ability to communicate with the body.

The team’s fundraising total includes $5,000 from a boxing event called “Knock Out MS,” where local police officers trained and then fought against other police on July 22.

In total, over 600 people participated in the Niagara MS Bike Tour. The summer fundraiser sees over 10,000 participants across Canada at 21 locations, according to the MS Society of Canada.

In 2010, the bike tour raised $9 million to fund research in the search for a cure and vital services for people currently living with multiple sclerosis.

Note: two faces have been blurred out for privacy reasons.

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Seven singing contestants vying to be crowned Wellesley Idol

In back, from left: Ali Carroll, New Dundee; Regan Schneider, Wellesley; Taylor Pfaff, New Hamburg. In front, from left: Amy Rola, St. Agatha; Greg Rola, St. Agatha; Sarah Gingerich, New Hamburg and Ashley Jeffries, Wellesley

An August 21 elimination round in the Wellesley Idol contest narrowed the competition down to seven finalists.  These seven young people will be progressing to the semi-finals at the Wellesley Fall Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.  From there the top three will be chosen to compete at the Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival, as well as a “People’s Choice” voted on by the audience at the Fair.

The finals at the ABC Festival are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 on the stage by the Wellesley Post Office.

Cash awards are 1st Prize – $500; 2nd Prize – $300 and 3rd Prize $200 compliments of the ABC Festival, and $125.00 for the People’s Choice Award compliments of the Wellesley-North East Hope Agricultural Society.

This competition was open to youth 10 to 18 years of age who live and/or attend school in Wilmot, Woolwich, Wellesley and Perth East Townships.

Twenty talented youth originally competed on June 12 at the Wellesley Community Centre and the competition has been tough to judge – great talent!

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Nith River Wild Turkey Conservation Association helps fire department buy new ladder truck

The conservation and hunting group raised money at its annual banquet and donated $1,000 to the Wellesley Fire Department.

Members of the Wellesley Fire Department accepted a $1,000 donation last week from Sadie, Casey and Chuck Bender as well as Derek Snyder, who are members of the Nith River Wild Turkey Conservation Association.

The association was able to raise these funds at their Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet that was held at the Wellesley Arena in May.

The fire department plans on using the funds to help outfit their newest ladder truck.

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Wild circus wedding turns Blue Moon into a carnival

A dining room at the Blue Moon was decorated with colourful cloths and circus-themed decorations. Many of the guests were also in circus costumes.

The Blue Moon Restaurant in Petersburg hosted an unusual celebration on Aug. 20.

Part of the 163-year-old hotel and tavern was transformed into a circus tent for a themed wedding.

Ben Juhn and Samantha Meyers, originally from Waterloo Region and now of San Francisco, wanted to make their wedding fun, so they invited guests to dress as clowns, ringmasters, or other circus characters.

The festivities included performers, like hula-hoop dancers, stilt-walkers, and belly dancers (pictured below).

The wedding ceremony was held earlier in Waterloo Park where circus games and a clown entertained, and lemonade and peanuts were served.

A hula-hoop performer dances in front of the wedding party's table.

A belly dancing troupe from Kitchener shook the Blue Moon's dance floor while the crowd hooted and cheered.

A colourful candy buffet and Teletubby cake awaited guests, along with a sign reminding them that "Diets are for losers."

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Cruise Night fills New Hamburg streets with classic cars

The New Hamburg Board of Trade’s annual Cruise Night filled the streets of downtown New Hamburg with a slew of classic cars Aug 19, kicking off a weekend filled with vintage vehicles.

The cars began pouring into town on Friday afternoon, and eager enthusiasts came early to set up chairs on the downtown sidewalks.

New Hamburg’s downtown was closed from Peel Street at Bleams Road through the downtown, and Huron Street was shut to through traffic to Union Street

The family event fills the streets with displays and live music, while admirers of the polished-chrome oldies listen to a dj spinning classic rock tunes. Food tents offered various meats on a bun and downtown businesses finished their week of sidewalk sale specials.

In case you were not around to get your classic car fix on Friday, Moparfest takes over the New Hamburg Fairgrounds all weekend, with more than 1,600 Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge vehicles on display.

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Thrift Centre garden yields bounty of vegetables this summer

Rebekah McGill was hired at the New Hamburg Thrift Centre this summer to manage the Centre’s garden. The 22-year-old McMaster University student planned, planted and coordinated volunteers to help maintain and harvest the vegetable garden which is a significant fundraiser for the Centre.

New Hamburg Thrift Centre shoppers can get their local produce and help Mennonite Central Committee at the same time this summer.

For the third year the Thrift Centre’s garden project is producing fresh vegetables for sale in the store with all money raised going to MCC.

Started by volunteer Allan Grose, the garden project was managed this summer by student worker Rebekah McGill after the Thrift Centre received a partial grant from the federal Summer Jobs program.

“I think people really like it,” says McGill, who’s been busy harvesting a wide array of vegetables all season. McGill was tasked with planning, planting and harvesting the garden with the help of about 10 volunteers. Grose advised McGill throughout the summer. Since blight led to disappointing tomato harvests for the last two seasons, the group decided not to plant them this year.

Despite the dry weather, the summer harvest has been good, said McGill.

Planted in May, the half-acre garden has yielded hundreds vegetables including swiss chard, spinach, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, zucchini, beets, lettuce and beans, all for sale inside the store.

Although the garden is winding down now since much of the harvest ripened earlier than expected, there are still plenty of fresh vegetables for sale inside.

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Hitting homeruns for charity at Wellesley’s Don Green Memorial slow-pitch tournament

Coulton Roe swings for the fences at the Don Green Memorial Tournament in Wellesley Aug. 13.

Wellesley hosted the Don Green Memorial slow-pitch tournament on Aug. 13 to raise money for the village’s new splashpark.

This was the 27th edition of the annual two-day baseball tournament, hosted at the Wellesley baseball diamonds. Eighteen men’s, women’s and co-ed teams played last weekend.

The tournament usually raises between $5,000 and $6,000 through a 50/50 draw, team fees and the Wellesley and District Lions Club’s barbecue and drink sales.

The Lions have organized the yearly fundraiser for the past two years, long after the Green family started the baseball tournament in Don’s honour.

This year’s funds will help pay for maintenance at Wellesley’s new water park.

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Oktoberfest music starts early at Baden’s summer concert

The Edelweiss Trio brought the sounds of Oktoberfest – with a twist – to Castle Kilbride Aug. 11.

The three-piece band played 50s and 60s classics with accordion for a crowd outside the historic house in Baden.

The Edelweiss Trio’s drummer is a current Baden resident

The free concert was part of Wilmot Township’s summer concert series at the castle. The final performance will be Aug. 18, when The Shananigans bring their East Coast Irish and Scottish tunes to Baden.

The band covered songs by bands like the Beach Boys, and also played the Oktoberfest classic “Chicken Dance Song,” to the delight of children in the audience.

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Peewee team hopes pink flamingos will carry them to Nova Scotia

Shea Brenneman, who plays right field for the New Hamburg peewees, collects pink flamingos from the lawn outside TLC Pet Foods.

The New Hamburg Peewee Heat fastball team’s fund-raising drive is in full flight. The team is currently planting flocks of pink flamingos outside local homes and businesses, then collecting a donation to move the plastic birds to a new spot, chosen by the previous donor.

Another fundraiser took place on Aug. 6, when the Heat, along with the coaches, parents and siblings, soaked and scrubbed over 80 vehicles and fed hundreds of mouths during their community car wash and barbecue.

The boys cleaned everything from a smart car to a tractor and everything in between during the day.

No vehicle was too large for the Pee Wee Heat Boys as they cleaned a tractor and a pick-up during their community car wash and barbecue. Left to Right: Carson Hammer, Brady Gerber, Marcus Roth, Avery Fried, Matt Ramseyer, Colin Hammer, Jake Simpson, Daniel Mackenzie, Tyler Randerson, Shea Brenneman. Standing: Alan Cunning from Premier Equipment and Eric Dakin

The car wash and barbecue saw friends, family, neighbours, ball fans and other members of the community donate towards the team.

“We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful community,” said Ian Mackenzie, father of one of New Hamburg’s ball players. “The support we have received has been incredible.”

The team is raising funds for their August trip to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for the Eastern Canadian Softball Championships. This championship, which hosts the best teams from Ontario to Newfoundland, has been running since 1976.

Last year, an Ontario team, Chepstow, took the gold medal with the help of New Hamburg native, Tyler Randerson, pitching for the team.

This year, New Hamburg Heat is one of two teams representing Ontario with 13 boys making the trip. Eleven boys from New Hamburg and Baden and a player from both Shakespeare and Cobourg have been picked up to compliment the Team Ontario roster.

This is the first time a team from New Hamburg has made it to these championships.
The team is also organizing a corporate sponsorship banner. The sponsorship banner will be making the trip out to Nova Scotia with the team.

If you are interested in being a part of the Corporate Sponsorship Program, please contact Deanna Dakin at 519-662-1482 by the end of this week.

Next weekend, the Pee Wee Heat team is off to Ponsonby (near Guelph) for the Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) finals. They will compete against teams as far away as Napanee and Cobourg and some local teams such as Shakespeare and Kitchener- Waterloo.

To follow the team, check out their Facebook page, New Hamburg Heat Pee Wee Boys.

The team thanks all the businesses that helped make the car wash and barbecue a success. The team also extends special thanks to the coaches, Dave Randerson, Paul Hammer, Dwight Brenneman, and Nathan Roth for their incredible dedication.

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Summer fun fills Constitution Park in New Hamburg

THE TAUNT - Jesse Unger, 10, teases a dunk tank hurler.

THE THROW - Emily Church, 12, winds up and throws a pitch at the bullseye.

THE SPLASH - Jesse goes down.

Wilmot Family Resource Centre turned Hincks Street’s Constitution Park into a carnival Wednesday night with dozens of parents and kids participating in games, dress-up, story time, a bake sale, barbecue, inflatable castle and a dunk tank. Money raised from the annual event supports WFRC’s summer youth programs.

Two-year-old Avery Schaub was catching some air in the bouncy castle.

Brooklyn Pollard, 3, gets a stylish summer makeover from volunteer artist Rachel Haid.

Librarian Jeanette Vincent engages an audience with a story.

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New Hamburg fastball team raising money tomorrow to compete in Nova Scotia

The New Hamburg Peewee Boys are hoping for plenty of hungry stomachs and dirty cars on Aug. 6.

The team is holding a fundraiser Saturday to raise money for their trip to the Eastern Canadian Championships.

The tournament is being held in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. The team is trying to raise money in order to help offset their traveling expenses.

WHEN: Saturday August 6th from 10:30-4:30
WHERE: No Frills Parking Lot
WHAT: BBQ and Car Wash

The boys hope to continue playing high-level ball and showcase the talent as they represent New Hamburg in New Glasgow, NS.

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Kids work to turn sweet snack into musical dreams

A bake sale?  Music to my ears!

Some young entrepreneurs took to New Hamburg’s streets to sell home-baked treats in the hopes of getting instruments for their new band.

Ella Nafziger, Olivia Miller, Maddy Yosty, and Sam Miller were selling cookies, brownies, and lemonade yesterday in hopes of buying or renting instruments for the girls’ band, the Checkered Laces.

The pop music group have guitars, but needed some extra funds to find a drum set. The music enthusiasts have already played for a school talent show and written their own songs.

The Checkered Laces may be holding a bake sale, but don’t accuse this band of selling out.


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Peel Street plaza back to full access tomorrow after construction

Shoppers visiting the Peel West plaza in downtown New Hamburg on Thursday were forced to go around a construction crew from Kitchener Wilmot Hydro.

Cars can still enter the parking lot by driving beside the construction zone. The work should be completed by tomorrow, Aug.5.

The workers added new, higher-capacity power lines under the Peel Street sidewalk for new apartments in the old Golden Hammer building.

Local developer Shain Arnott has been renovating the historic piece of downtown New Hamburg to make low-income public housing units. No completion date is yet known for the project.

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