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U.S. edges out Canada in national para...

In the natural on-ice rivalry between Canada and the U.S., the American para hockey team has had the advantage in recent years. That...

Federal funding to boost dementia research in...

An aging population and growing number of dementia cases have health researchers working on numerous fronts, from medical to social. In the latter category,...

Judgment day for seven local maple syrup...

And the winner is ... well, that’s still a secret. The winning entrant vying for the “producer of the...

Getting out for a walk, and raising...

It may be billed as the Coldest Night of the Year, but February 22 will offer up plenty of warm feelings, say organizers of...

LOCAL NEWS

Woolwich hires contractor to assess condition of its buildings

Some of the municipal buildings aren’t particularly old, but Woolwich is already planning for the eventual repairs and replacement costs associated with equipment such as heating...

EDSS student wins $5,000 scholarship to pursue his university education

Max Campbell’s dreams of perhaps one day making it to space got a down-to-Earth boost last week in the form of a $5,000 scholarship towards...

Townships look for more reliable grant funding

The province may be holding steady next year the overall funding it provides to rural and Northern municipalities, but Woolwich is planning to see its...

Looking for peace and quiet

The noise complaints of a group of Heidelberg residents whose properties back onto a Region of Waterloo works yard have so far fallen on deaf...

Township residents to feel most of the 3.84% increase in 2020 budget

Township residents are on the hook for the bulk of a regional budget that will again outstrip inflation this year. The...

POLICE REPORT

Deputy chief to retire from Waterloo Regional Police

Waterloo Regional Police this week announced deputy chief Kevin Chalk will retire after 38 years of service.

Province provides additional funding for Crime Stoppers tip line

Ontario is investing $450,000 over two years to ensure the Crime Stoppers toll-free telephone tip line can continue to operate 24...

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Crime of the Week

Crime of the Week: February 17, 2020     Case#: 1711 Offence: Email...

Under the auctioneer’s gavel to provide help Down Under

After seeing the devastation from the Australian wildfires, a local art collector sold the first painting she ever bought on Saturday to help raise money for relief efforts there. Nancy Silcox, a retired teacher and New Hamburg resident, said as an animal lover she knew she had to find a way to help when she saw...

Doggedly determined to be of service

A Breslau woman’s bit to raise funds to train guide dogs got a boost with the donation of a limited-edition print by renowned...

Shining a light on the contributions of black Canadians

February being Black History Month, the Region of Waterloo welcomed it in Saturday with a celebration of the achievements of black Canadians.

Community rallies to support Elmira man fighting brain cancer

The community is rallying to support a Woolwich man diagnosed with brain cancer. Local families, friends, and businesses have been...

Catholic teachers join public board on the picket lines

Local Catholic elementary and high school teachers hit the picket lines Tuesday, marching up and down Arthur Street in Elmira as part of...

Putting it on canvas like Bob did

Response was strong to the first-ever Bob Ross Paint Night at the Elmira branch library on January 11, leaving organizers pleased with the turnout.
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LOCAL SPORTS

U.S. edges out Canada in national para hockey battle

In the natural on-ice rivalry between Canada and the U.S., the American para hockey team has had the advantage in recent years. That was the case again last week as the two national teams took to the ice at the Woolwich Memorial Centre in Elmira. After posting a 2-2 tie in the opening exhibition match February 13, the stage was set for a deciding game Saturday in which the U.S. team emerged with a 2-0 victory. Beyond the score, however, it was a chance to showcase the sport following Team Canada’s weeklong...

Sugar Kings win three games, clinch first place

In need of just one more win to clinch first place in the Midwestern Conference, the Elmira Sugar Kings claimed all three games...

Jacks take 3-2 series lead into deciding weekend vs....

The Wellesley Applejacks are up 3-2 in their best-of-seven series against the New Hamburg Firebirds, having claimed two of this week’s three games in...

Para hockey rivals Canada and the U.S. face off...

They come from all over the country, but they’re united in one goal: take back the gold medal for Canada.

Jacks split opening pair in playoff series vs. New...

For the Wellesley Applejacks, 4-1 and 4-1 make it 1-1 in the opening round of the Provincial Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Kings one win away from clinching top spot in...

The fruits of their penalty-filled labours the previous week proved bitter for the Elmira Sugar Kings, who dropped both games over the weekend.

Young basketball players among group fundraising for trip to...

It will be the trip of a lifetime for Elmira’s Megan Hume and Conestogo’s Caela McLennan, who’ll be among 20 athletes from the region...

Another weekend, another pair of wins

A pair of wins over the weekend was somewhat routine for the Elmira Sugar Kings. The brawl and endless parade...

Kate’s Kause beneficiary of upcoming Kings charity game/auction

When the Elmira Sugar Kings take on the Listowel Cyclone February 16 at the WMC, they’ll be sporting special sweaters reflecting the recipients of...
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BUSINESS VENTURES

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...

Job vacancies become harder to fill in the townships

It’s becoming increasingly tough for employers to find the right candidates to fill vacancies, particularly in local and rural areas, says a new report...

New app a one-stop shop for region’s waste program

Not sure when your garbage will be picked up? What’s currently allowed in the recycling bin? There’s an app for that.

EDCL donates $1,000 as thank-you to Floradale firefighters

Thanking the Woolwich Fire Department, Elmira District Community Living this week donated $1,000 to the Floradale station. Firefighters from Floradale...

Turkeys take center stage at Christmas

What’s better than a turkey at the center of a traditional Christmas dinner? Why, two turkeys, of course. That’s certainly...

Farmers deserve a break for problems beyond their control

We all have to be responsible for our actions … but what about actions caused by others? Or by nature? That’s a question...

New opportunities emerge to connect consumers and farmers

On Tuesday, the agriculture sector put a lot of effort into pumping up Canada’s Ag Day, an initiative designed to raise the profile...

Forks up to farmers on well-timed Agriculture Day

February is not the most obvious time to celebrate agriculture in Canada. But that’s exactly why the timing couldn’t...

CREATIVE ARTS

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...

Family has a ghost of a chance at reconciliation

That “you can never go home again” may not be literally true, as witnessed not only by an estranged daughter’s return, but also an...

A no-nonsense group? Nunsense, they say

Behind the habit, there are hopes and dreams proving that nuns are just like the rest of us. Some of them even love...

They know a thing or two about classic rock

The band may be relatively new, but the players themselves have decades of experience with local groups, and a following thanks to time with...

ON THE MENU

On the hunt for some tasty chicken

Some of us hunt for love, some of us hunt for our car keys, and some of us hunt for chicken.

Shepherd’s pie is a staple for a reason

Shepherd’s pie is a hearty staple, one that’s earned its status as a classic. It’s also versatile, allowing you to customize it as...

A soup from where they know about romance

In the spirit of showcasing a seasonal recipe, I thought it better to skip to Valentine’s Day, as everyone must be bored with...

Right now, a hot pie is just the thing to hit the spot

The winter is rolling along – here we are on the cusp of February – but it’s still winter, despite the fluctuating weather....

Adding a bit of healthy to Super Bowl snacking

If I was to pop on a workout video and then proceed to sit on the couch and consume a bag of chips...

Time for something warming, with a touch of spice

The calendar says mid-January, so it’s definitely wintertime, though we’ve certainly had more than a few fluctuations in the weather, even just in the...

STRANGE BUT TRUE

It may not snow, but it could end up raining iguanas in the cold

Q.  They are the most abundant organisms on Earth, by one estimate over a million times more than the stars in the universe, says...

Technology means space may be the next locale for outsourcing

Q.  “Space is open for business,” and some companies are planning to use the International Space Station (ISS) as a manufacturing hub.  What technologies might...

Even medical dissection goes virtual

Q.  For almost a millennium, human body dissection has been a cornerstone of medical education, but change is now on its way at a...

MARYHILL NEWS BY DIANE STRICKLER

New Horizons

The February session of New Horizons was held on Thursday, February 13th at 10 a.m. at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre. It was a very good turnout of men and women who came to hear Natalie Stevanus and Jane van Peit speak on their passion for photography. Natalie has Down Syndrome and her photographs is so beautiful. Jane van Peit had worked with Natalie’s mother Linda and learned of Natalie’s love of photograph. One thing led to another and now these two best friends are out in the early morning or...

Rural Community Meeting

The Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre seen a very large group of concerned residents out for a meeting on Thursday evening, February...

Valentines Day

Karen Randall and her grade 2 class Bert Moores receiving a special valentine from Evelyn

Bloomingdale Women’s Institute

The first meeting of the new year for the Bloomingdale Women’s Institute was held on Monday, February 10th at 7:30 p.m. in...

Valentine Dinner

The saying that many hands make light work certainly was very true this past Saturday, February 8th.  The Maryhill Knights of Columbus...

Maryhill Historical Society

Well the weather finally communicated so the Maryhill Historical Society was able to have their first meeting of the new year on...

OBITUARY & IN MEMORIAM NOTICES

Martin, Alice

Passed away peacefully at the home of Noah Bauman on February 17, 2020 at the age of 85. Alice (Freeman) Martin was...

Bauman, Rebecca

Passed away at Victoria Hospital, London, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the age of 10 months. Rebecca was the daughter of Abraham and...

Vandenbroucke, Marion (Forbes)

Marion, age 74, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at...

Irvine, Margaret

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Lisaard House, Cambridge, at the age of 85. Margaret,...

Taylor, Dr. Margaret Jean (McKay)

Margaret passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Hospice Wellington, Guelph, at the age of...

Martin, Sidney H.

Passed away peacefully at his home, RR 1, Elmira, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the age of 85. Husband of the late Velina...

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