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Friday, December 6, 2019

Teachers hit the picket lines

High school teachers and support staff at schools across the Waterloo Region District School Board were on the picket...

Getting drivers to slow down a slow...

Traffic issues, particularly speeding, are a frequent source of public complaints received by Woolwich officials. Often more perception than reality, the topic is...

Young robotics competitors earn a spot in...

Several local FIRST Lego League teams walked away with more than just hardware after a strong showing at the Waterloo qualifying tournament last...

A-carolling we go, as covered bridge hosts...

Recently repaired and opened to traffic, the West Montrose covered bridge will be pedestrian’s only for a while next Monday for a...

LOCAL NEWS

Province rolls out new dental program for low-income seniors

As part of a plan to keep seniors healthy and end hallway healthcare, the Ontario government is investing $90 million annually for the new...

Proposed residential development raises questions for Wellesley neighbourhood

Residents of a Wellesley neighbourhood aren’t happy about a proposed medium-density development, bringing that message to township councillors during a public meeting December 3.

Woolwich to attach overdue water bills to property taxes in bid to simplify collections process

Looking to simplify the collection process for overdue water and sewer bills – and increase the chance of getting its hands on the...

Wellesley Lions Tree of Light campaign kicks off the season

December’s arrival has brought with it plenty of work – and even more holiday goodwill – for the Wellesley & District Lions Club,...

Telling the story of Christmas

Christmas has spawned many tales, but there is one that started it all – the origin story, if you will – and telling...

POLICE REPORT

Police out in force with RIDE programs through the holidays

With the holidays just weeks away, police have their festive RIDE program in full swing. Police services...

CEDARBRAE AVE, WATERLOO, ON Canada

Crime of the Week: December 2, 2019 Case#: 1704 Offence: Hit and...

CRIME OF THE WEEK

CEDARBRAE AVE, WATERLOO, ON Canada

Crime of the Week: December 2, 2019 Case#: 1704 Offence: Hit and...

Strong demand for traditional real Christmas trees can exceed supply

With Christmas just a few weeks away there’s only a short time left to pick out the perfect tree, but what will you choose: real or fake? Many retailers are facing dilemmas that is causing a shortage on the stock of trees that are available for sale during this holiday season. For some, planning...

A super event

Elmira’s Lions Hall played host to Capes and Crowns this past weekend. Children got the chance to meet...

Young competitors use robotics to help shape the city of the future

The local young tinkerers are back at it again this year, with two local FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)...

When disaster strikes, they answer the call

An Elmira couple has dedicated their retirement time to helping people across North America rebuild their lives after a natural disaster strikes.

Show Sounds and feels like Christmas

If an event that encompasses the songs of the yuletide season and the spirit of giving sounds just the thing for Christmas,...

New watering system is powered by the sun

Many hands may make light work, but automating the process really lessens the load. That’s especially helpful when the work involves relying on...
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LOCAL SPORTS

Kings win another pair, solidify hold on first place

Seven is considered a lucky number. The Sugar Kings likely agree after putting up seven goals twice on route to a pair of wins over the weekend. The effort saw Elmira gain a four-point cushion atop the Midwestern Conference standings, a now-familiar position. The Kings romped over the Bandits in Brantford Saturday by a score of 7-0, then followed up with a 7-5 win over the Kitchener Dutchmen the following night. To kick off the weekend the team travelled to Brantford, where they found success not only in...

Putting the cold on ice with the annual hat...

There’ll be no need to wait until somebody scores three goals to toss hats out onto the ice, as the Elmira Sugar...

Jacks fall to second after losing twice over the...

Sunday’s lousy weather may not have been to everyone’s liking, but the Wellesley Applejacks might have been the only ones happy...

Another pair of wins keep Jacks atop division

The Wellesley Applejacks posted another pair of wins over the weekend, helping them hang on to a one-point lead atop the PJHL’s...

Kings still in first despite a mixed-bag weekend

Picking up just half of the six points available may not have been how the Elmira Sugar Kings envisioned their weekend, but...

Bonspiels are the thing as curling season gets into...

The curling season is now well underway, with an array of events taking place at the Elmira & District Curling Club and...

Elmira’s Kambel Beacom gets hockey scholarship to Syracuse

Still a student at EDSS, Elmira’s Kambel Beacom already has her postsecondary plans in place – well, mostly – as she’s received...

Busy weekend sees Sugar Kings pick up five points

Two outta three ain’t bad. But five out of six points is better still, and that’s just what the Elmira Sugar Kings...

Team Canada prepares for para ice tournament with training...

The Woolwich Memorial Centre was the training ground last week for 22 elite athletes on Canada’s National Para Ice Hockey team. Their presence...
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BUSINESS VENTURES

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...

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...

Region’s youth job-training program wins innovation award; now set...

An employment program in Waterloo Region that “aims to break the cycle of poverty” has been officially recognized at the provincial level...

EDSS looks to make use of new push...

With measures taken on the provincial level to encourage high school students to enter the skilled trades, EDSS is in the process...

Farm-to-table route meets public demand

Meeting the growing demand for healthier meat products and more transparency in food processing while maintaining all the flavour is a tall order,...

Safety at WNH extends beyond “call before you dig”

A multi-pronged approach to safety, from the dangers posed to customer to the mental wellbeing of employees, has netted Waterloo North Hydro (WNH)...

New farm security law kicks back against trespassers

None of us – including farmers – should need to keep one eye open at night, wondering if or when our homes...

New markets for traditional crops await farmers

New crops that hit the market with an unexpected – and perhaps unproven—health virtue may capture the imagination of consumers. But for good...

Survey: Canadians less connected than ever to farmers

The new federal minister of agriculture and food is being handed perhaps the most paradoxical portfolio in the country.

CREATIVE ARTS

Answering the childhood question that rolls around at the holidays

Get into the Christmas spirit with a fresh retelling of a classic tale inspired by real events in Elora Community Theatre’s lastest offering.

Sleeping Beauty wakens to the panto treatment

The classic story of Sleeping Beauty takes on a twist – as well as a boo and hiss – as it gets...

Free to explore the sounds of many international influences

Through four albums, Amanda Martinez has explored the music of her roots – she’s the daughter of a Mexican father and South...

Virgil Wins the Lottery … but, then again, maybe not

It’s easy to day dream about striking it rich quick by winning the lottery, and all the possibilities that come along with...

ON THE MENU

Having some fun with a traditional Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup is one of those traditional dishes that allows for a great deal of flexibility on route to making a delicious...

There’s nothing like tradition for the holidays

I’m going back to my Quebecois roots for this one to show you a traditional French-Canadian meat pie that’s also very seasonal,...

A cooperative model that will warm your insides

We’ve certainly arrived in prime soup season, something to keep us warm on a cold night. Hearty soups are especially welcome, and...

Spicy and substantial fit the bill just now

Way too much of the white stuff – some of it sticking on the ground – for this point in November. With...

Taking the chill off by putting on some chili

The abrupt and unwelcome change in the weather that came along with November’s arrival certainly puts us in the mood for something...

This pumpkin treat is anything but scary

Today being Halloween, there’s no alternative but to offer up a pumpkin-based recipe. Along with being seasonal and tasty, it’s a great way...

STRANGE BUT TRUE

Other species’ adapations can be a boon to humankind

Q.  The western painted turtle, the red-eared slider and the wood frog possess superior powers that researchers are trying to copy for the...

Hedy Lamar lit up the silver screen … and radio frequencies

Q.  In the U.S., the lifetime risk of dying in a car accident is 1 in 522, substantially lower than, for example,...

Wooly mammoths a source of ivory that we didn’t make extinct

Q.  From dolphins to redwoods, species learn from and rely on their parents.  Explain, please. A.  “All around the world,...

MARYHILL NEWS BY DIANE STRICKLER

Lions Club of Ariss & Maryhill

The Lions Club of Ariss & Maryhill held their 3rd fundraising project night. Ladies in the community were invited to take in the "Do It Yourself - Sign Painting Nite" on Tuesday, November 26th where they had the choice of several various Christmas theme wooden Welcome Signs. This was held at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre at 6:30 p.m. These nights are very popular and places in the hall fill quickly. Leaders for the evening were Allie Piggott & Sam Johnston. The Lions Club began in Chicago Illinois, USA in 1917. It became...

St. Boniface School

This year St. Boniface School tried a new fundraising endeavour.  The Sip ‘N Shop experience was held at the School on Sunday November...

Catholic Women’s Meeting

Thank you to Fran Vegh for the pictures The monthly meeting of the St. Boniface...

New Horizons

The meeting of New Horizons took place on Thursday, November 14th at the Maryhill Heritage Park...

Vegas Night

The Annual Knights of Columbus Vegas Night was held on Saturday, November 16th at the Bridgeport Rod & Gun Club. The doors...

Somebody Should Do Something

The Historical Society of St. Boniface and Maryhill Community were one of 25 groups invited to participate and showcase our organizations in “Somebody...

OBITUARY & IN MEMORIAM NOTICES

Israel “Isey” Weber

June 20, 1936 – December 5, 2013 Nothing can ever...

Ritter, Ida

Passed away peacefully at The Village of University Gates, Waterloo, on Monday, December 2, 2019, at...

Forler, Dr. Claude Elton Joseph

After a long and blessed life, Claude passed peacefully at Innisfree House on Sunday, December 1, 2019,...

WILLIAM (BILL) JOSEPH FISHER

(July 21, 1948 – November 21, 2019) We said goodbye on November 21, 2019 to Bill Fisher...

Heintz, Eileen

Passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Grand River Hospital,...

Craig, Shirley Jean (Reid)

Shirley Jean Craig, of Winterbourne, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Innisfree House, Kitchener, at the age of 73. Family were...

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