Monthly Archives: October 2011

Undefeated Waterloo-Oxford basketball team heads toward final game

Alisha Glendinning and the junior girls basketball team are undefeated so far this season.

Waterloo-Oxford’s Junior Girls basketball team has enjoyed a dominating season this fall, winning all 11 of their regular season games, plus two tournament championships.

The Crusaders defeated Huron Heights 69-25 on Thursday and Grand River Collegiate 43-8 on Tuesday to continue their impressive run.

On Nov. 1, the Crusaders travel to face Waterloo Collegiate Institute, who is the only other undefeated team in the league.

Alisha Glendinning scores against Grand River Collegiate Institute on Oct. 25.


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New Hamburg’s Gingerbread House contest calls for “Tropical Christmas” creations

One of the elaborate gingerbread entries from last year's contest.

New Hamburg’s annual holiday gingerbread contest returns with a new theme this year: “Tropical Christmas.”

Organizers are encouraging entrants to begin brainstorming ideas and creating their tasty masterpieces before the deadline of Nov. 30.

Gingerbread artists have five different categories to enter: children, adults (14 and over), family, VIP (for businesses and public offices), and elite (for professional bakers).

Entries should be brought to the New Apostolic Church, across from Forest Glen school, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. The houses will be judged promptly after the submission period ends.

The gingerbread creations will be available at the church for public viewing the next day, Dec. 1, starting at 5:30. An awards ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m.

Winning houses will receive cash prizes donated by local sponsors. The VIP prize is $100, while first place in the Elite category gets $300. Family, Children and Adult entries can earn $200, $100, or $50 for winning first, second, or third.

All entrants should take home their gingerbread after the competition ends.

Anyone with more questions can contact Helen at 662-4089 or Kathryn at 519-662-2960.

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Hope you brought a change of underwear to W-O’s Haunted Hall!


Wednesday, Oct. 26, and today, Thursday Oct. 27, Waterloo Oxford DSS held its annual haunted hall during lunch hour.

Students pay 50 cents at the entrance and then get to walk through the assortment of terrifying twists and turns, coming across a scary clown or maybe getting chased down by ‘Jason Voorhees’ (from horror movie Friday the 13th).

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Local firefighting history depicted on a quilt

Brampton firefighter Paul Zettel will be getting an unexpected gift from his grandmother before Christmas.

As a tribute to his chosen profession and a keepsake of local firefighting history, Nithview Community resident Miriam Zettel commissioned Wellesley quilt artist Cathy Koch with the task of making a quilt using fabric blocks imprinted with photographs of the Wellesley and Baden fire departments. A personal letter to her grandson fills one quilt block, congratulating Paul for following in his grandfather’s footsteps.

Firefighting is in the family’s blood.

Zettel’s late husband Otto (Skip) Zettel was Wellesley’s fire captain for several years. He’s in a couple of the photos along with former Wellesley fire chief Ron Futher, Miriam’s son in law Dan Diebolt, and nephew Doug Ferguson, of the Baden department. Unfortunately the photo of Paul in uniform was neglected in the quilt, but Miriam decided to add it to a pillow she’ll include with the gift.

She hopes it comes in handy for the 29-year-old firefighter. Paul lives on a sailboat throughout the year.

“I thought it should be interesting,” Miriam said of the finished quilt, which is hanging in the dining hall level at Nithview in New Hamburg. “I’m sure he’ll like it because he’s all fireman.”


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Food For Fines gets people into local libraries this week

Cans of beans and soup, bags and boxes of pasta, and every manner of non-perishable food items are pouring into local branches of the Region of Waterloo Library this week as their Food for Fines campaign continues. One non-perishable food item is worth up to $2 in library fines through Saturday, so it’s a good way for everyone to get that balance down to zero while helping to support local food banks.

Here librarians Jeanette Vincent and Leeanne Clarke stand with donations so far at the New Hamburg branch. Food for Fines is happening at all local branches, including Baden, Wellesley and New Dundee.

The campaign is part of Ontario Public Library Week.

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Say cheese! Nithview hosts portrait day to promote Family Council

Heidi Faul of Images Photography in New Hamburg prepares to take a portrait of Mary & Earl Litwiller both residents of long term care at Nithview Home. This was the first of a series that included four generations of the Litwiller’s family.

On Oct. 15 and 16, residents of Nithview and their families were invited to participate in a Family Council awareness event under the “snappy” title “SAY CHEESE.”

Free portraits were taken by local photographer Heidi Faul in an effort to raise awareness in the community about Nithview’s Family Council.

At least 100 folks, both residents and family members, participated eagerly and now await the photo results the week of Oct. 28.

Weekends seem to be the busiest time for family visits at Nithview. The Nithview Family Council was able to pass out approximately 50 brochures about the Family Council Group.

The Family Council meets the third Monday of April, May, June, September, October and November, so snowy winter evenings or summer vacations do not get in the way of one’s participation.

Family Council is a great way for family members of residents to become better acquainted with each other. It provides a forum where everyone can learn from each other as well as guest speakers on how to help loved ones and their families to better adjust to life in long-term care.

The Family Council has sponsored community awareness events at Nithview on health issues such as Alzheimers, Parkinson’s Disease, Heart and Stroke and Osteoporosis. The council will continue to sponsor several of these events each year. These events are open to the public.

The Nithview Family Council has recently provided a fish aquarium for first floor, and also maintains a bird feeder program on the patio. The council has also been dropping in on long weekend Monday’s to make ice cream treats for residents in long-term care and their care-giving staff.

To learn more about the Nithview Family Council contact Linda Kress at 519-634-8517 or linda (at)

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Fill up your bowl: Steinmann’s soup fundraiser supports Haiti

Hungry donors can eat soup and help a good cause this Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Steinmann Mennonite Church.

For $25, visitors can eat a bowl of hearty soup donated by local restaurants and organizations. After the meal, each visitor can keep their hand-crafted bowl, made by an Ontario potter.

The event, called “Empty Bowls for Haiti” has seatings at either 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling 519-696-2484.

This is the fifth year that Steinmann’s has hosted the fundraiser, which usually raises around $9,000 to support Mennonite Central Committee humanitarian projects in Haiti, a country still recovering from a devastating earthquake in early 2010.

The event is sponsored by the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, in co-operation with Rosemary Arthurs at the New Dundee Pottery Store.

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