Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Hamburg Skating Club presents spring spectacle at the WRC on Saturday










The New Hamburg Skating Club presents its bi-annual Carnival An Amazing Alphabet Adventure on Saturday afternoon at the Wilmot Recreation Complex. Skaters of all ages demonstrated their skills on the ice in front of a packed gallery of spectators. Here, three flowers dazzle the audience with a colourful collection of spins and twirls as the club works through the alphabet theme. Next up was the letter G and an eerie black-light ghost show chased by an appearance from the Ghostbusters.

A second show runs Saturday night starting at 6:30.

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New Hamburg’s Marie McNabb elected to Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors











Marie McNabb, of New Hamburg, was elected to the Ontario 4-H Council Board of Directors recently at the 4-H Ontario annual meeting.

McNabb is seen here being welcomed by John Den Haan, the newly acclaimed president of the Ontario 4-H Council.  An active volunteer with the Waterloo 4-H Association, McNabb has a long history with 4-H in Oxford and Halton counties, and is currently Treasurer and Board Director with Waterloo 4-H.  Marie and her husband Ken own and operate a dairy farm in New Hamburg, along with their three sons.

To learn more about 4-H in Waterloo and Ontario, visit

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Annual Ball Hockey Tournament held at Waterloo Oxford

A big save is made during ball hockey action at Waterloo Oxford on Tuesday. The annual event is run by the school's Leadership students and is held for special needs kids from schools all around WO.

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Fashion Disaster Mismatch Dress up Day at WO

Students at Waterloo Oxford DSS pull out their goofiest looking attire for Fashion Disaster Mismatch Dress-up Day on March 22

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Small business responds to local needs with “Little Souls” fundraiser

Charlotte Muller, daughter of Baby Charlotte owner Carla Muller sits in the foreground as her mom presents a $500 cheque from her "Little Souls" fundraiser to Wellesley Township (CAPC) Family Outreach Worker, Sue Martin and Woolwich Township (CAPC) Family Outreach Worker, Shirley Redekop.

by Lynda Kohler
Woolwich Community Health Centre

Some families in our communites face financial struggles for various reasons.  When low income earners struggle to provide for their families, the Rural Family (CAPC) Outreach Workers become a key support.

Family Outreach Workers are located across Waterloo Region, providing the necessary connections, links and supports to help reduce poverty in our region.

The current economy has created many needs within Woolwich and Wellesley Townships but also many generous individuals and businesses who have supported our community and contributed to filling this need.

Carla Muller is the owner of Baby Charlotte, a children’s store in Conestogo, who before Christmas, learned about the need for children’s shoes for low-income families in our community.

She generously donated 116 pairs of brand new children’s shoes and began wrapping gifts at her store to generate some donations towards purchasing shoes of larger sizes.  She called this fundraiser, the “Little Souls” Campaign.

The many donated pairs of shoes were shared between our Woolwich Township Family Outreach Worker, Shirley Redekop and Wellesley Township Family Outreach Worker, Sue Martin, who are a division of Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), which is sponsored by Mosaic Counseling and Family Services.

The two quickly connected with families so that many of the shoes could be distributed before Christmas.

“I gave the adorable shoes to some families and I could see how proud the mothers and children were,” commented Martin. “One three year old girl kept stopping to look down at her feet and admire her new pink shoes while another two year old boy kept running with his shoes since they made a squeaking sound when he ran.”

Overall the families were very thankful for the generous donation.

Last week the two Rural (CAPC) Family Outreach Workers received another call from Carla Muller from Baby Charlotte and surprisingly, she had raised $500 in donations from the “Little Souls” Campaign.

“This donation will be so helpful in providing shoes for some of the older children who I support,” Redekop said.

When they arrived to accept the donation, Carla Muller provided yet another donation of sleepers, bibs and toys for babies, clothing items for some young children and 55 pairs of new shoes.

The generosity of this small business owner is overwhelming and will support many families within our community.  For more information about the Family Outreach Worker Program you may contact the Community Outreach Information Line at 519 883-2290.

It is inspiring to see how a small business owner, who sees a need, responded with such creativity and generosity.

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Heritage photo elicits calls to identify kids

Information is coming in about the kids in this photo, circa. 1951, that was featured in this year’s Heritage Edition.

The youth Bible club met at the Wilmot Street home of Henry Gingerich and his wife on Tuesday evenings, not Sundays as stated in our Heritage Edition. Jean Kelterborn (Lebold), second girl from left in back, and Shirley Roth (Wagler), with glasses in back row, called to identify some of the kids.

To see a tagged version of this photo with names. See our Facebook page, or post a comment below to name them yourself.

The photo was submitted by Les Bowman, in front second from right.

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Warm weather makes early March feel like spring in New Hamburg

Dexter, a Jack Russell-pug mix, enjoys the sun with owner Darlene Button outside the New Hamburg post office.

New Hamburg enjoyed warm temperatures of around 15 C yesterday, and people (and dogs) took advantage of the warmest day of the year so far.

Plenty of local residents left their homes to feel some sunshine with their pets, children, and friends.

The sun is gone today, and light rain of 1 to 3 mm is expected throughout Thursday. It’s still warm at 10 C.

Friday will be colder, with a low of -7C and 30 per cent chance of snow.

Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy, with highs of 3 and 9 degrees.

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Badminton season starts with tournament at Waterloo-Oxford

Alex Jesik and Nathan Shantz (left) played for Waterloo-Oxford at a badminton tournament March 2.

Hundreds of students from six different schools were at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School on March 2 for a badminton tournament.

The doubles competition was a friendly warm-up for players of all ages as the badminton season starts. More competitive tournaments will soon follow.

Badminton games typically end when one team’s score reaches 21, but the W-O matches started at 8-8 to speed up the tournament.

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Young ball players can register now for another New Hamburg softball season

Softball season is on its way!

Now that February is over, the New Hamburg Softball Association (NHSA) is getting fired up for the coming softball season.

The association is planning to field rep teams for males and females at every level, as well as continuing the in-house coach-pitch league it has run for the past two years.

Children born in 2004, 2005 and 2006 will be eligible for New Hamburg’s four or more teams in the coach-pitch houseleague, with a maximum of 12 players per team. This league will play on the set nights of Tuesdays and Thursdays at approximately 5:45 or 7:00 p.m. for end-of-May, June and July.

Any player who played in New Hamburg last year who provided a valid email address has been emailed a registration package for the coming season. The NHSA held in-person registrations at the Wilmot Recreation Complex on Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will host another March 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Please contact Dave Henning at 519-662-6481 or by email at for any registration questions. if you have any general questions or need some more information on the NHSA, contact Dennis Clifford at 519-662-1278 or by email at

The strength of the New Hamburg Softball Association is due in large part to the strong group of volunteer coaches and helpers. For those that are interested in helping out with a team this summer, please contact Dave Randerson at 519-662-3400 or email for the necessary paperwork. The deadline for head coach applications is March 15.

Bantam and midget boys teams are already hosting ball gatherings at the old New Hamburg arena, and interested players can contact Ed Penner at for details.

Player registration forms and coaching forms can be found on the NHSA website in the download section at

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New ukulele club is music to Forest Glen students’ ears

Teacher Jo Scott helps students tune their ukuleles during a practice at Forest Glen on March 1.

Many students are learning a new way to make music at Forest Glen. A ukulele club began last week, and membership has already grown to around 35 Grade 7 students.

The school’s new club was started by teacher Jo Scott, who has been playing the instrument for a year and a half.

Most students have pitched in $30 each and now bring their own instruments to the daily practices. After sending out requests for donations, Scott also had two instruments paid for by local donors.

She’s still hoping for more donated ukuleles for students who can’t afford their own.

For many, this is their first chance to learn a musical instrument.

Click below to see video of an early practice at the school.

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