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Friday, April 3, 2020

Number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise...

There are now 148 cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo Region, the Public Health department reported this morning (Friday), that’s an increase of...

April Fools prank hits school board social...

Normally the first day of April is devoted to good humoured pranks on friends and family. But, one person may have taken...

Region records second death due to COVID-19

A man in his 50s is Waterloo Region’s second coronavirus-related death, with Public Health officials announcing yesterday the patient had died at...

Region sees first COVID-19 fatality

There were 117 cases of the novel coronavirus in Waterloo Region as of Wednesday morning, the most recent update from the Public...

LOCAL NEWS

Woolwich approves waiving late fees in response to pandemic

Measures such as waiving late-payment charges, adopted last week by Woolwich council, may be just the first steps as the township deals with...

Avoid all non-essential public gatherings, health officials advise

There is no safe number when it comes to public gatherings, says the region’s acting medical officer of health. “I...

For these students, it’s back to school

March break rolled into April for most students in the province, but it was back to school – of sorts – for those...

Region confirms first death related to COVID-19 outbreak

Waterloo Region saw its first coronavirus-related death today (Tuesday), the Public Health department says. The patient, a man in his 40s...

Number of coronavirus cases reaches 103 in Waterloo Region

There are now 103 cases of the coronavirus in Waterloo Region, 60 of which are confirmed and 43 are presumptive, according to Public Health statistics...

POLICE REPORT

Two OPP officers diagnosed with COVID-19 virus

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is confirming two uniformed members have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Tips for businesses ordered to shut down during pandemic

The province having ordered all non-essential businesses to close for two weeks starting Tuesday night, police have issued...

CRIME OF THE WEEK

HESPELER RD, CAMBRIDGE, ON Canada

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

Sketches of our town

Slowing down and taking in our surroundings – the proverbial stopping to smell the roses – is oft discussed but seldom acted on. The measures put in place to slow the coronavirus have certainly provided us with the opportunity to do just that, however. That’s certainly the case for Della Stroobosscher, who’s got more...

Music in the time of coronavirus

An Elmira teen and his bandmates made an early release this week of their music in the form of a four-song EP...

Staying active is key for seniors

Such trips are definitely on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but four different groups of seniors got to take a journey back...

Elmira artist one of those feeling the “Bern”

After leaving 15 years in the advertising world behind him, Brent Schreiber set out on a new path, and followed his passion to...

Local universities benefit from $3.8 million in research funding

Local researchers got a boost last week in the form of $3.8 million in new funding from the province. The money will support...

Robin in the Hood Festival now auditioning performers, recruiting volunteers

What “started off as just a small group of people putting on a community event” has grown into an annual tradition, with the...
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COMMENT & OPINION

COLUMNISTS

LOCAL SPORTS

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 steps in his career to make that dream become a reality as he gets prepared to start his college hockey career. “It’s been my life’s dream to play at the college level and then go play pro,” said Stewart. “It’s been a big accomplishment and a pretty exciting past couple of days. I’m looking forward to it.” The former Burlington Cougar’s player says ever since minor hockey, he knew...

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...

Jacks up 3-2 in second round series against Ayr

The Wellesley Applejacks are in tight battle against the Ayr Centennials in the second round of the Provincial Junior Hockey League playoffs.

EDSS students join Canada-wide sock donation event

Their team scored, and so did many who are struggling with homelessness. Students from the Elmira District Secondary School (EDSS) took...

Kings wrap up regular season in first place

Having clinched top spot in the conference, the Elmira Sugar Kings may have taken their foot off of the gas pedal, at least...
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BUSINESS VENTURES

Keeping the lights on at Elmira biogas plant

With much of the province shut down, demand for electricity has dropped, but it’s business as usual for the biogas plant in...

Businesses scaling back, shuttering doors

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many businesses have changed the way they serve customers or shuttered their doors completely.

More flexibility for on-farm businesses

Already relaxing its rules governing on-farm businesses, Woolwich made even more concessions following public input on its plans. This week, councillors adopted changes to...

Aiming to lower youth unemployment

The youth unemployment rate continues to be the highest of all age groups in Waterloo Region. Numbers recently released by...

Capitalizing on the food movement

The rise of the foodie movement has certainly shaped the modern culinary landscape. Now, that extends to the offerings of the Waterloo Region Small...

While shopping, strength in numbers

A Waterloo Region startup aims to provide a new type of shopping experience, particularly those in rural communities.  Shop...

Pent-up demand for post-COVID-19 travel will be huge

Right now, the responsible and necessary thing to do is to stay isolated and try to slow the spread of the COVID-19...

Isolation brings even more challenges this planting season

This week, many of us are struggling  with coronavirus-driven isolation. But for most farmers, isolation is part the job.

North American market offers glimmer of hope for recovery

With unusually little fanfare, the Canadian government hurriedly passed legislation approving a new trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico – popularly known by...

CREATIVE ARTS

Music in the time of coronavirus

An Elmira teen and his bandmates made an early release this week of their music in the form of a four-song EP...

Ever-evolving experiences help shape his songs

Live music and beer is a fine pairing – just ask Andy Du Rego. As Black Suit Devil, he’ll be performing next week...

Getting to the truth of the matter

On route to a courtroom confrontation that exclaims “You can’t handle the truth!” there’s plenty of tension and drama in A Few Good...

EDSS performers take Broadway under the sea

By Steve Kannon skannon@woolwichobserver.com The tropics, under the sea or otherwise, seem like a much better place...

ON THE MENU

An easy way to eat healthily, a good idea just now

By today I think we’re all wishing that our current situation was just one big elaborate April Fool’s joke.

Maple syrup a good counterpoint in this salad

Since Nokomis, the grandmother of Manubush, was the first to pierce holes into a tree to collect sap, we’ve been enjoying the golden...

Spring & Ireland come together for this soup

I’ve had quite a few people asking so just a quick correction from my last recipe – yes it is supposed to be...

Getting to the root of a tasty use for an overlooked vegetable

Once upon a time, root vegetables were staples of our winter diet, simply because they stored well and we didn’t have the plethora...

Flatbreads have a long and tasty history

Well time “Marches” on and after last week I think we’re all ready for spring to arrive. With that, however, comes the panic...

Touch of Greece livens up a chicken sandwich

Sometimes you feel like something quick and easy when it comes to whipping up lunch or dinner. Sandwiches certainly fit the bill, though you...

STRANGE BUT TRUE

Technology returns actors to the screen

Q.  Audrey Hepburn was digitally recreated for a chocolate commercial in 2013, as was Bruce Lee in a Chinese-language ad for a...

There’s a run on it now, and toilet paper has a long history

Q.  Toilet paper dates back to medieval China but all sorts of things have been used as “bum fodder,” really, whatever was handy.  Can...

Beer isn’t just enjoyable, it can be good for the environment

Q.  Beer lovers, you know a good brew when you taste it.  But do you know about several unusual uses for beer byproducts that...

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

Shantz, William Bruce “Bill”

William Bruce "Bill" Shantz Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at St Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener,...

Floto, Kim Laverne

Kim Laverne Floto Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at St....

Rody, Kathryn Marie (nee Kelly)

Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, at the age of...

Pond, Raymond Edgar

Passed away peacefully on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Guelph General Hospital, at the age of 99....

Auger, Earl C.

After a courageous battle, Earl passed away peacefully on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Hospice Wellington, Guelph,...

Halstead, Raymond “Ray”

With great sadness we announce that Ray passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, March 11, 2020...

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