Monthly Archives: November 2011

MeMe’s Cafe celebrates 10 years of business on New Hamburg’s Peel Street

Meredith Hagen (left), founder of MeMe's cafe, shares memories of the past decade with a customer at the cafe's 10th anniversary on Nov. 30.

It’s been 10 years since MeMe’s Cafe first opened, and owner Meredith Hagen celebrated the anniversary on Nov. 30 with prizes and special deals.

In many ways, it was business as usual. Coffee was poured, and food was eaten. But it was also a chance for customers to look back on a decade of business. Some regulars cried and hugged Hagen. Local musicians played, and every 10th customer received a prize donated by another downtown New Hamburg business.

Hagen took a historic Peel Street building and reshaped it into her vision of a cafe that’s upscale but not over-the-top. Her menu focuses on unique dishes with fresh ingredients.

In 2005, MeMe’s even hosted a citizens’ election debate that was televised on CBC’s The National.

Starting a business and finding success isn’t easy, Hagen said, but she’s now glad she took that risk.

“It’s been a good day,” she said. “It’s been a good 10 years.”


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Tavistock welcomed Santa with the sun on Saturday

Float organizers got creative with the “toys” theme to make Saturday’s Tavistock Santa Parade a big success. Check out the photos if you missed it.

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Gingerbread creations on display this week

Spend some quality holiday time with your family and your friends by entering this year’s Gingerbread House Contest. This year’s theme for the contest is ‘Tropical Christmas’.

The last date for the Gingerbread Houses to be dropped off is tomorrow, Nov. 30 between 5:30 and 7:30 at the New Apostolic Church across from Forest Glen School. Judging will take place at 7:30 and viewing is open to the public on Dec. 1 from 5:30 until 7:30.

Contest rules are available HERE.

If you have any further questions please fee free to contact Helen@519-662-4089 or Kathryn @519-662-2960

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Mmmm…turkey…see you at the Legion tonight

Joan Fulton (left) and Gord Campbell (right), of the New Hamburg Legion, show off the two big turkeys cooked for the Legion’s annual Turkey Dinner Friday night.

The club is hosting two seatings for the annual event, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance. Guests are asked to wear red to support our troops and earn a chance to win a free meal.

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Crafted with care — Wilmot Seniors Woodworking Club tasked with making flag stands for Portrait of Honour’s gala return

Courtney Duczman
For the IndependentThe Wilmot Seniors Woodworking Club are constructing 158 wooden flag stands — one for each Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan — to help raise money for the Portraits of Honor National Tour.

The tour is coming to Cambridge on Dec. 10 for the Welcome Home Gala which will display the 50-foot wide by 10-foot high mural painted by Dave Sopha.

The Wilmot Senior team is making 75 stands to display at the Gala and the rest of the 158 will be constructed afterwards due to the lack of time available and the quantity of stands required.
Stephen Lock, a member of The Portraits of Honor Welcome Home Committee, says, “The Portraits of Honor Welcome Home Committee are especially grateful to the Wilmot Seniors’ Shop woodworking and Craft Club for volunteering to manufacture the bases for the flags.”

Each stand will include the wooden base, a plaque with a dedication to a soldier, and a Canadian flag attached to the stand. Sponsors purchase the stands that will be displayed at the Gala, and after the event is finished the sponsors get to keep the stands do display in their place of choice. The funds raised are given to the Portraits of Honor Tour to be used to assist our troops and their families that need help.

The Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. leaving from the Preston Kinsmen Club and heading to the Maple Grove Police Fleet Centre. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and has a public viewing of the mural until 4 p.m. The Gala Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion – Preston Branch 126.

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Residents line up in Wilmot in advance of flu season

Registered Waterloo Region Public Health nurse Marsha Koehler (right) gives a very cooperative patient, Amarjeet Dhaliwal (left), her annual flu shot at the Wilmot Recreation Complex on Wednesday. Courtney Duczman, For the Independent

 Residents of Wilmot Township came out to the Wilmot Recreation Complex to get their flu shots Wednesday. Clinics have been set up since Oct. 31, and will continue across the region until January 12. All clinics run from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Dale Russell, a registered nurse for Public Health,  believes the flu shot is really worth the while. It not only protects you and your community from the disease, but also ” the people you love” who are not eligible to get the shot.  She also believes that getting the flu shot has many great benefits.

Although the shot is a great way of preventing the disease, Dale also explains that most people will experience flu-like symptoms, such as body aches or slight fever, anywhere up to 10 days after receiving the shot. She assures that it is nothing to worry about and it is completely normal to get these symptoms and that you are not sick. This simply means the vaccine is working.

The flu shot is free to all residents of Ontario for anyone over the age of 6 months. Don’t wait until its too late, visit your family doctor or attend one of the two upcoming clinics;

Jan. 10- Public Health, 99 Regina Street S., Waterloo, Room 508

Jan. 12- Public Health, 150 Main Street S., Cambridge, Room 170

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Movember moustaches fight prostate cancer

Jason Falk (left) and Ron Weber started with a clean face on Nov. 1. They won't shave their moustaches until the end of this month, and are hoping for donations that help Prostate Cancer Canada.

Jason Falk (left) and Ron Weber want to put money where their mouths are. Or rather, where their moustaches are.

Along with over 120,000 other participants across Canada, Falk and Weber are letting their moustaches grow all month for the Movember fundraiser to fight prostate cancer.

The “Stache Riders,” their local team of 15 participants has embraced a range of facial hair styles and hopes to raise $3,000.

More information can be found or donations made at the Movember website.

Internationally, Movember has raised $176 million from 1.1 million participants worldwide since 2004.

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