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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Record rainfall in the region

Unusual winter weather walloped local areas as well as Waterloo Region this past weekend, with record levels of rainfall across the Grand River watershed.

Woolwich looks to add green projects as...

Planting trees remains Woolwich’s priority in rolling out a 0.5 per cent greening levy on property taxes again this year. How much more...

Regional downloading adds new cost to township...

Regional downloading is expected to add $100,000 a year to the cost of operating the Woolwich Fire Department to help cover the cost...

One-day strike to close region’s Catholic schools...

Catholic schools across the region will be closed Tuesday as the union representing their teachers looks to get the province back to the bargaining...

LOCAL NEWS

Chicken barn destroyed by fire Thursday morning

Fire completely levelled a two-storey chicken barn on the Third Line of Mapleton Township Thursday morning. Damage was pegged at $250,000.

A wintry Wednesday

Bookended by mild periods, Wednesday saw wintry weather return to the area, making roads treacherous at times....

Woolwich proposes 5% tax hike for 2020

Budget talks underway this week, Woolwich council is looking at five per cent hike in property taxes, a move that would add $43.82 a...

Wellesley approves budget with 3.9% hike

The average Wellesley homeowner can expect to pay an additional $42 this year on the township portion of their tax bill under a budget approved...

Woolwich considers borrowing for road maintenance work

Falling behind on road and bridge repairs, the township is looking at borrowing money for such projects, something it’s typically reserved for more tangible assets...

POLICE REPORT

Police wrap up holiday R.I.D.E program with over 10K stops

Waterloo Regional Police checked 10,734 vehicles during the holiday R.I.D.E. program, which wrapped up January 4.

Waterloo Regional Police deputy chief to retire

Waterloo Regional Police will soon launch a search for a new deputy chief to replace Kevin Thaler, who...

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Christmas Message

On behalf of Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers, we would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a...

The new face of health promotion

There’s a new face around the Woolwich Community Health Centre. Gebre Berlihun has taken on the role of public health promoter after the retirement of 25-year employee Joy Finney in October. Berlihun brings a wealth of experience to the job himself, having previously served as a health planner for the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre...

Lending a hand, and a little bit of comfort

Handmade comforters have for decades been part of the care packages the Mennonite Central Committee has sent to aid people displaced by war or...

Serving up a local take on craft brewing

Having developed a passion for craft beer, Elmira’s Scott Willard has been spreading the word. His established Instagram reviews have recently been joined by...

Floradale PS seeks new playground

Going inclusive and safer comes with a $34,000 price tag as parents at Floradale Public School look to raise money for a new...

Wellesley family lights it up for Christmas

A glorious musical light show display is up and running once again for its eighth year in Wellesley village. Some...

Embracing the trappings of the season, writ large

A local decorator has transformed her Wellesley property into a winter wonderland, carrying on a decade-long tradition for a good cause.
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LOCAL SPORTS

EDSS student wins U.S. baseball scholarship

It’s January and nowhere near Florida, but St. Jacobs’ Blake Jacklin is in a baseball frame of mind. That’s not a passing fancy, as the sport has been a key part of his life since the age of 3. Dedication to it has earned home a scholarship to Davenport University in Michigan. For the last few years, Jacklin has been an outfielder with the London-based Great Lake Canadians program, an elite squad that has provided him with plenty of training ... and exposure to U.S. Scouts. “We play in a lot...

Applejacks extend winning streak to three

The new year continues to be good to the Wellesley Applejacks, who picked up a pair of wins over the weekend to make...

Kings win two more to keep streak alive

The Elmira Sugar Kings extended their 2020 winning streak and their hold on the conference standings with a pair of wins over the weekend.

Kings start the new year right with a pair...

It’s 2-0 for 2020 as the new year gets rolling for the Elmira Sugar Kings. Back from a two-week Christmas break,...

Jacks beat Paris in overtime

The Wellesley Applejacks scored first and last in facing the Paris Mounties in their sole game of the week. That was especially important...

Kings split a pair before heading into the holidays

The Elmira Sugar Kings went into the Christmas break having both given and received, splitting their final two games of 2019.

Jacks take three of four in games surrounding Christmas

Though the Wellesley Applejacks might have been better served by spreading out the scoring across the four games that wrapped around the Christmas break,...

League recognizes contributions of three Sugar Kings

In addition to their first-place position in the standings, the Elmira Sugar Kings have plenty of reasons to celebrate. The team swept through the...
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BUSINESS VENTURES

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...

Talking sports, and then some

If you’re looking for an in-depth analysis of major sports leagues, the On the Rise podcast has got you covered.

Even those with jobs are increasingly reliant on food...

An increasing number of full- and part-time workers across Ontario are accessing food bank services, a trend that can be seen in Woolwich Township...

Community-led housing projects marks its silver anniversary

Tucked away at the end of Cedar Street in St. Jacobs is the Meadows Residential Community Inc., which many have called home...

So what’s wrong with a $4 turkey?

Afriend of mine – let’s call her Tara, because that’s her name – visited relatives in Michigan over the Christmas holidays, and noticed the...

Major agricultural trends for 2020 taking root locally

Major agricultural trends being predicted this year for all of Canada are taking root here in the region. Although it’s months before crop producers...

Biotech ruling could change global farming through the 2020s

While most of us were preparing for Christmas, a game-changing pro-biotechnology ruling took place on the other side of the world that could profoundly...

CREATIVE ARTS

Choir to bring the sounds of Africa to Elmira

Updated Jan 21, 2020: Due to unforeseen circumstances the Watoto Children’s Choir travel has been delayed, so sadly we will have to...

Answering some of life’s mysteries, and posing one

Is there life after death? Is it better to prepare for that eventuality now, or just grab onto life and enjoy the ride?...

Traditional story maintains the holiday vibe

Travelling far and wide with his ballet company, Bengt Jörgen sees a resurgence in audiences for performing arts, the result of young people wanting...

Young performers stage Disney’s Frozen Junior this weekend

Waterloo-based drama workshop actOUT! will put on an enchanting modern classic fitting for the winter season: Disney’s Frozen Junior. The show...

ON THE MENU

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...

Prime time for an unOrthodox take on rice

Well, 2020 has certainly arrived, which of course means that it’s been 438 years since we’ve began using the Gregorian calendar, but we’ll circle...

Turkey fingers another great option for leftovers

Nothing says holiday mode like leftover turkey. This tasty recipe is a fun finger food. Using high-fibre breakfast cereal adds the right...

Getting creative with that leftover turkey

So Christmas has come and gone already – does seem to come quicker every year. If you’re like me you always...

Quick and simple snacks are ideal during the holidays

The holidays typically mean visiting, either folks coming over to your place or you heading over to someone else’s. And that always means food...

Some colour helps make this warming soup festive indeed

The holidays and the cold weather are bearing down on us, so we need something warm and healthy – in a nice festive...

STRANGE BUT TRUE

That you have a phone number can be traced to the measles

Q.  How did an epidemic of measles lead to the introduction of phone numbers? A.  At one time, all phone calls...

Size not an issue, as moquitoes top list of deadliest predators

Q.  Which of the following is the deadliest predator of people on the planet?  A. sharks   B. lions and other big cats   C. human...

Rats can be trained to drive a car, inviting comparisons

Q.  “Baby face, you’ve got the cutest little baby face,” the song goes.  New science reveals that the power of cuteness goes way beyond...

MARYHILL NEWS BY DIANE STRICKLER

New Horizons

Thirty-eight people attended the first session of New Horizons which was held on Thursday, January 9th at 10 a.m. at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre. Guest speaker was Tony Dowling who is co-chair of “The Bridge Keepers” and spoke on the West Montrose Bridge. The West Montrose Bridge is the only “Historical covered bridge” in Ontario although there are 2 or 3 covered bridges in Ontario non have the designation as being Historical. Lloyd Hartwick was the last bridge keeper and his job was to light the lanterns and to...

Santa came to Maryhill

This year again with no snow Santa toured through Maryhill on a wagon on Sunday, December 22nd at 3:30 p.m.  The...

Students visit Twin Oaks residents before Christmas

On the afternoon of Thursday, December 19th the students from Denise Hayward’s Grade 7 & 8 class at St. Boniface school visited...

Practicing the emergency plan at Twin Oaks

Woolwich Township Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Aldous visited Twin Oaks Nursing Home on Thursday December 19 at 1 p.m.  Helping to co-ordinate...

Brunch at St. Boniface school

This year a new tradition was started at St. Boniface School.  Instead of a Christmas Dinner the staff, students and...

Maryhill school Christmas concert

The annual St. Boniface Christmas Concert took place on Wednesday, December 18th at 1 p.m.  The gym was packed with some...

OBITUARY & IN MEMORIAM NOTICES

Lutz, Lorna May (nee Bosomworth)

Lorna May Lutz Peacefully passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Elgin Lodge, Port Elgin, at the...

Hachman, Ewald

Ewald Hachman Of Hanover, slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus while surrounded by his family, on Friday,...

Martin, Annie

Passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the age of 76 years. Annie (Martin) Martin was the...

Grace Kurtz

In Loving Memory of a dear Wife, the best Mom, and a loving Grandmother & Great-Grandmother Grace...

Ursla Hahn

In honour of our mother Ursla Hahn we wish to express a heartfelt thank you. The flower arrangements sent in...

Gervais, Almeda (nee Shoemaker)

Peacefully passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Derbecker’s Heritage House, St. Jacobs, at the age...

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