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Thursday, May 28, 2020

A little pizzazz for the village

To help people rediscover St. Jacobs and aid in rebranding the village, the Business Improvement Association tasked Waterloo artist Stephanie Scott with...

GRCA, townships move to reopen outdoor rec...

With loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions, Ontarians now have more options for enjoying outdoor recreation activities at parks and beaches. Municipalities and agencies...

Small abattoirs see increase in demand due...

Issues of food security have been high on the list of changes and adaptations demanded by the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, the...

Racing to resume at Grand River Raceway

And they’re off ... even if nobody’s there to see ‘em. When harness racing resumes next week at Grand...

Local Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our reporters are tracking down the latest local information to keep our communities informed about COVID-19. We'll keep you posted with daily updates, global tracking and resources to help inform you.

LOCAL NEWS

Fourteen-year-old dies after tractor rolls over in on-farm accident

A 14-year-old boy was killed Tuesday night on a farm near Winterbourne when the tractor he was driving rolled over.

Martin’s Family Fruit Farm to hold off on reopening its retail store

While other businesses are taking tentative steps into reopening as coronavirus restrictions are eased, one St. Jacobs farm has decided to hold off...

Number of coronavirus cases stabilizes in Waterloo Region

The spread of the novel coronavirus continues to slow in the region, with the number of cases now at 1,082, a slight increase...

COVID-19 cases trending down in region

The spread of COVID-19 has slowed in Waterloo Region, with the daily number of new cases at the lowest levels since the early...

Neighbours see bigger as better when it comes to free “library”

At the corner of High and Charles streets in Elmira, three neighbours have come together to launch the new ‘Northeast Branch Elmira Library,’...

POLICE REPORT

Fourteen-year-old dies after tractor rolls over in on-farm accident

A 14-year-old boy was killed Tuesday night on a farm near Winterbourne when the tractor he was...

Police ask residents to refrain from gathering in larger groups

Over the past two weekends, Waterloo Regional Police have received several reports of people gathering contrary to...

CRIME OF THE WEEK

HESPELER RD, CAMBRIDGE, ON Canada

Crime of the Week: March 30, 2020 Case#: 1717 Offence: Distraction Theft...

Plenty of opportunities for charitable work

With more and more people finding themselves on hard times because of the virus pandemic, there are those in the community who are taking it upon themselves to step up and find ways to support the less fortunate. Creekside Church recently completed a project of their own, this one aimed at helping the local food bank.

Pet adoptions on the rise during lockdown

Everyone’s life has been altered during the coronavirus pandemic as we adjust to the current version of the new normal, a situation...

Finding some time to be creative with wood

Derrick Stryker has always had a passion for working with his hands and learning to do things on his own, but it...

Wellesley Idol competition to stay virtual after ABC Fest cancelled

The cancellation last week of the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival didn’t mean just the postponement of the long-running event, it...

Building more than birdhouses

Unquestionably, COVID-19 has been great for one thing: The virus has successfully increased the call to “love thy neighbour.”

Elmira long-term care facility see residents coping well with COVID-19 restrictions

By this point, it is a fair assumption that every group in society has been experiencing some form of loneliness and isolation....
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COMMENT & OPINION

COLUMNISTS

LOCAL SPORTS

Sugar Kings’ Brody Waters heading to B.C. for next season

A member of the Elmira Sugar Kings, Heidelberg’s Brody Waters will be playing a bit farther from home next season, as he’s joining the Nanaimo Clippers. The team is part of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), a tier-two Junior A league. Brody Waters The 18-year-old says he’s feeling “awesome and really excited about” the move some 4,500 kilometres west, a sentiment shared by his family. “I think they are more excited for me than anything else. A new chapter.” The move...

Local soccer season to be delayed; potentially shortened

There will be plenty of local soccer players and fans disappointed that games won’t be starting when they should, as the coronavirus...

Pair of Elmira players OHL-bound

Fifteen-year-old Elmira residents and Waterloo Wolves teammates Liam Eveleigh and Lucas Carson were both drafted to the OHL during the Ontario Priority...

Local hockey player gets signed by American college

He has loved hockey since he was a young boy and always dreamt of playing professionally. Now Keanan Stewart is taking the next...

Widespread cancellations put an end to playoff runs of...

In the wake of major sports leagues suspending their seasons, fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have now reached local hockey teams.

EDSS boys win CWOSSA hockey title

The EDSS boys’ hockey team is heading back to the provincials, having emerged victorious this week at the regional level.

Jacks drop new series opener against Tavistock

It wasn’t the start the Wellesley Applejacks wanted to their third-round series against the Tavistock Braves, but it’s early yet.

Pair of artistic swimmers take part in the Ontario...

Joy Szabo and Audrey Hodgson both placed in the Ontario Winter Games for artistic swimming on March 1. Wellesley...

Kings advance after sweeping Brantford in four straight

The Elmira Sugar Kings advanced to the second round of the GOJHL playoffs, having swept the Brantford Bandits in four games. A 6-1...
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BUSINESS VENTURES

Return to shopping beyond the essentials

Add ‘bargain hunting’ to the list of shopping options in the restarting economy, as thrift stores have gradually been opening their doors.

Cancellation of YouthForce program will make job market tougher...

People across the country are struggling to find and maintain work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now local youth, who...

Retirement prompts sale of St. Clements farm

Nauman’s Farm near St. Clements has been synonymous with pumpkins for two decades. Now, while the Nauman family retires from the business,...

Elmira Golf Club reopens over weekend as province lifts...

It seems like most of the world has been sitting indoors forever, waiting for the chance to see some semblance of normalcy...

More businesses can reopen as province eases restrictions

Some retail businesses with a street entrance were able to reopen last week, subject to guidelines to ensure the continued safety of...

Restaurant donating money from every meal to mask-making efforts

Takeout and delivery are currently the main ways people are continuing to get their favourite meals and support local restaurants during the...

Still too many close calls and safety issues for farmers

The COVID-19 pandemic fallout – in particular, the food shortages we’ve experienced in some commodities, due to either increased demand or decreased...

Frontline food workers to Ontario: We’re here for you

We’re pretty attached to our neighbourhood butcher. He’s always been renowned for quality, let alone service and friendliness. And...

Tree planting is cool. So why not crop planting

Arguments over whether international workers or homegrown Canadians should provide the labour to grow our crops and raise our livestock fizzle when...

CREATIVE ARTS

Critical Mass’ first single in seven years

Mental health concerns abound in the climate of anxiety and isolation prompted by the novel coronavirus, a reality not lost on musician...

The evolution of Joshua Sade James’ musical style

He used to describe his musical style as the love child of Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Now, Joshua Sade...

Guelph indie-pop artist sees international success

With influences ranging from Coldplay to Marina and Lana Del Ray, Guelph teen indie-pop musician Mikalyn Hays has her mindset on a...

Performing live from their living room

Necessity means we’re finding more ways to do things ‘from the comfort of home’ these days. It’s a list that hasn’t traditionally...

ON THE MENU

A quick change in the weather brings BBQ season

A quick change in the weather brings BBQ season. One time while vacationing in Florida, I met a local...

Spicing up your eggs for breakfast … or anytime

Perfect for breakfast or any meal of the day, this dish is made with simple ingredients and is a fun twist on...

A soufflé is an original culinary high point

A long time ago when I was in culinary school – I won’t divulge how long – the world was a different...

Mom’s breakfast made simple

Breakfast in bed is a Mother’s Day staple. Also common is a big mess in the kitchen for someone – i.e. mom...

Enjoying the tastes of BBQ from your kitchen

As we hopefully near the spring it’s great to feature a recipe that both combines one of the first seasonal ingredients of...

A good way to ham things up

If you tossed any leftover ham or potatoes into the freezer following your Easter dinner, this recipe for Leek, Potato and Ham...

STRANGE BUT TRUE

They may have a bad reputation, but wasps are useful critters

Q.  As far back as the fourth century B.C., Aristotle lamented the shortcomings of Greece’s young people, saying “They think they know...

Love is a drug, with real medicinal benefits

Q.  Have you heard talk about a “love medicine”?  Is it a new wonder drug? A.  It’s certainly wonderful...

We have many phobias, and the words to describe our fears

Q.  2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, founder of the nursing profession and undoubtedly the most famous...

MARYHILL NEWS BY DIANE STRICKLER

New Horizons

The monthly session of New Horizons took place at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre on Thursday, March 12th at 10 a.m.  Guest speaker was Ken Becker who is a Cruise and Travel Consultant from Expedia Cruise Ship Centre in Kitchener.  His topic was “Travel..the World is Waiting for You!”  Ken has been with Expedia for 13 years.  Although with the Coronavirus upon us he was optimist that things will eventually turn out.  Now would be the time to think of where you would like to go. The best...

CWL Meeting

The St. Boniface  Catholic Women’s League held their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 12th at 7 p.m. in the Edward Halter Home. ...

Bloomingdale W.I.

The monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Women’s Institute was held at the home of Brenda Hallman on Monday, March 9th at 5:30...

Shrove Tuesday

The Maryhill Knights of Columbus held their annual pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 25th. This was held at the Maryhill Heritage Park...

Heritage Week

Ontario Heritage Week is always the 3rd week in February.  This year it was held from February 16th to the 22nd.

100th Birthday

There was a special occasion on Friday, February 21st when one of the residents at Twin Oaks celebrated her 100th Birthday. Mary...

OBITUARY & IN MEMORIAM NOTICES

Martin, Hannah

Passed away peacefully at her residence in Carthage on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the age of 103. Hannah (Gingrich) Martin was...

Martin, Daniel H.

Passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at his home RR 1, Wallenstein, in his 85th year. Husband of the late Ada...

Scarrow, Grace

Peacefully passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Barnswallow Place Care Community, Elmira, at the age...

IWAGASE, Eiko

Passed away at Chartwell Elmira Long Term Care on Tuesday May 12, 2020 at the age of 89 years.

Stella Marie Girardi (nee Meechan/Kerr)

December 30, 1948 - May 15, 2020 We have lost our beloved Stella.

Townsend, John Herbert

John Herbert Townsend Passed away suddenly at his home in Elmira on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the...

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