A full house at Sunday’s New Hamburg Firefighter Breakfast

1-year-old Keagan Ceccato investigates a Wilmot Fire Department truck during the annual Firefighter Breakfast held at the New Hamburg Fire Hall on June 10.

1-year-old Keagan Ceccato investigates a Wilmot Fire Department truck during the annual Firefighter Breakfast held at the New Hamburg Fire Hall on June 10. (Joel Wittnebel, Independent Staff)

The New Hamburg fire hall was filled to capacity this past Sunday as people filed in for a  breakfast served up by the New Hamburg Firefighters Association. The money raised during the event is put towards purchasing specialized equipment, and training for firefighters.

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Shakespeare Field Day a success despite Saturday’s wet weather

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The 65th annual Shakespeare Athletic Association Field Day and Fish Fry went ahead as planned this past Saturday, despite the wet weather.

The parade ran in one of the brief dry periods during the afternoon and the royalty themed procession, inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, had onlookers cheering and laughing.

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Participants brave the rain during Baden fishing derby

Joel Wittnebel. Independent Staff

Those not afraid of a little rain came out to the Baden pond this past Saturday to participate in the annual fishing derby put on by the Nith River Wild Turkey Conservation Association.

Earlier in the week 800 trout were loaded into the pond in preparation for the event.

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Mayor Les Armstrong helps support Tim Horton’s Camp Day

Drivers picking up their morning coffee on June 6 may have thought Tim Horton’s changed their uniforms, unless they recognized mayor Les Armstrong that is.

Armstrong was at the New Hamburg Tim Horton’s helping to support their Camp Day efforts, a campaign which gathers proceeds from coffee sales for the Tim Horton’s Children Foundation.

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New Hamburg basketball player on provincial championship winning under 19 junior men’s team

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New Hamburg’s Chris Thomson celebrated last weekend’s Ontario Basketball Provincial Championship Under 19 Division 3 win with his rep team, the KW Vipers. The Vipers beat Ottawa Next Level Hoops 48-46 in a defensive battle in Waterloo. Chris had a terrific game with 7 points and 7 rebounds.

Chris is shown with his dad Randy Thomson (Assistant Coach) after the victory. Nice father son moment.

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WO students enjoy the warm weather with Barn Yard Bash

On May 25 Waterloo Oxford held their annual Barn Yard Bash. An event comprised of everything from watermelon eating contests to line dancing gives the students a chance to blow off some steam before exams roll around in June. Here are a few shots from the day.

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Kids have a blast at the Baden Backyard Barbecue

Last night Baden Public School held its Baden Backyard Barbecue, a family event which attracted hundreds of people. Here are a few of the highlights.

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Sun shines on New Dundee’s Victoria Day parade

Hundreds of people gathered to watch New Dundee’s annual Victoria Parade wind its way through town on one of the warmest May long weekend Mondays in recent memory.

Dozens of floats, walkers, clowns and marching bands entertained the crowds gathered for the community celebration. Here are some of the highlights.

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Forest Glen students rock out at Air Band competition

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On May 16, students of Forest Glen gathered in their gymnasium to watch fellow students perform renditions of their favorite tunes. The Air Band competition, a tradition for the school since 2008, saw 12 different acts that included students from grades 4 to 8.

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Central House roof repaired after fire

Joel Wittnebel, Independent Staff

Dan Shooter (left) and Dan Robinson, with Apply Contracting LTD, work on repairing the roof of Central House Apartments last week. The roof was damaged by fire last summer.   Joel Wittnebel, Independent staff

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Local runners participate in Kitchener’s Mudpuppy Chase

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Back Row Left to Right: Owen Turner, Adam Huras, Caitlyn Armstrong, Emily
Huras, Josh Blier
Front Row Left to Right: Eric Armstrong, Luke Timmons, Holden Ehgoetz, Logan
Blier

New Hamburg was well represented on Sunday at Kitchener’s Mudpuppy 3K Run.
Nine local youth, aged 8 to 11, participated in the event and all achieved personal bests for this distance. For many in this group, this race was a warm-up for this Saturday’s New Hamburg Classic Races being held at the WRC.

 

Submitted by Colleen Huras.

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Bake sale to support relief work in Haiti

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Friends Emily Loch, 10, and Emily Smith, 9, (together known as “Em & Em”) put on a bake sale in their Laschinger Boulevard driveway this week and raised $160 for Haiti.

The pair is hoping to purchase relief kits for the Mennonite Central Committee with the money.

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1st New Hamburg Scouts thank Legion for 50 years of sponsorship

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For 52 years of sponsorship, the New Hamburg Royal Canadian Legion has received an award from the New Hamburg Scouting Group.
The trophy was presented by Commissioner and Registrar of the New Hamburg Scouting Group Garry Gibbons to Legion president Bob Anger on April 26.
The plaque has the Boy Scouts logo at the top and the 1st New Hamburg Crest along with the Legion crest at the bottom.
The legion took over sponsorship of the Scouting group in 1959 from the New Hamburg Board of Trade.

Most people don’t know that Baden and New Hamburg groups have joined together to form the 1st New Hamburg Scouting Group. They’re looking for leaders for the coming year, male or female, to lead the pack as Akela. 

Anyone interested to contact Group Commissioner Garry Gibbons at 519-662-1502. Training is available but they need volunteers immediately.

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Lions Club donates $2,000 to Interfaith Community Counselling Centre

Bill Roth (centre left) of Interfaith Community Counselling Centre, shakes hands with Lions Club President Bob Starr as the cheque is presented. Joel Wittnebel, Independent Staff

At the Interfaith Silent Auction on April 28, the Lions Club donated $2,000 to the Interfaith Community Counselling Centre. This partnership has helped Interfaith with the auction for 25 years.

“We couldn’t do this without the help of the Lions and Lioness Club,” Bill Roth, Chair of the Silent Auction Committee said.

The Lioness Club also donated $500 to Interfaith, as well the bake table hosted by the Lioness Club during the auction raised $740.

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Sir Adam Beck launches greening project

Sir Adam Beck’s Footprints Committee stands on the outdoor stage that’s part of the school’s new greening project that will see 41 trees planted around the playground over the next year.

Thanks to the work of a dedicated group of parents and staff at Sir Adam Beck School in Baden, students will have a greener outdoor play space filled with trees, shade and butterfly garden when they return next fall.

The group unveiled the  project plans at the kick off to Earth Week at the school last Thursday.

On hand was Dennis Wendland, the school’s “greening consultant” from Evergreen Learning Grounds, an agency that supports the creation of creative outdoor learning spaces and green projects.

The two-year $60,000 effort includes planting 41 trees, half of which will go in the ground this spring, to create shady spots and wind breaks.

The centrepiece is “a very cool outdoor classroom” students can play in at recess, said Footprints Committee member Sally Reijerse.

Rocks, sand and bridges will be added to create play spaces. The schoolgrounds will also house a naturalized area and flower garden designed to attract butterflies and other insects.


The Footprints Committee, made up of parents and staff, collected donations from parents in lieu of teacher gifts last December. Ongoing fundraising efforts will help make the full project a reality. The school also recently learned they are the recipients of grant money from the Region of Waterloo and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Sir Adam Beck principal Roger Boettcher said the project is a much needed effort at the two-year-old school where a lack of trees leaves the playground exposed to wind and sun.

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