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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