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Barrel race raises funds for housing

On Oct. 10, the public square was bustling with crowds of people lining up to enjoy a free pancake breakfast and watch Oktoberfest’s 31st annual barrel race. The pancake breakfast, which began at 7 a.m., was made possible by Aunt Jemima pancakes, Pillers sausages and the cooking skills of the students of Conestoga College’s culinary program. “You know there are […]

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Parading uptown

On Thanksgiving morning, thousands gathered along King Street through Waterloo and Kitchener to watch the annual Oktoberfest parade that featured 30 floats and 14 marching bands. The parade is one of many family-friendly events that brings the community together during the festival. “It’s a very busy week, but its all about the culture of this community, the family and the […]

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GO service comes to KW

On Oct. 31, the GO bus will make its first trip from Kitchener-Waterloo to Mississauga. The new route will have stops at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Charles Street Terminal, Milton, Mississauga and Toronto. The stop at Laurier will be at the corner of University Avenue and Hazel Street with 12 departures daily. A single ride ticket to […]

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H1N1 hits Waterloo Region

Region of Waterloo Public Health announced on Oct. 8 that there are five cases of H1N1 in the area. The ages of those affected range from six to 26 years old. Four of the individuals had prior medical problems. Only two of those infected required hospitalization and as of the announcement only one remained in hospital. Public Health is encouraging […]

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Going local

Last Thursday, Waterloo Public Square hosted something that the city has not had in decades: a farmers’ market. Some form of farmers’ market exists in most urban centres, but one has not been a fixture of Waterloo’s core in approximately 40 years despite the city’s close proximity to agricultural communities. Thursday’s was the first in a series of farmer’s markets […]

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Arrest made in assault cases

On Oct. 2, the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) arrested and charged 21-year-old Brandon Rehkoph in connection with two recent sexual assaults. A 22-year-old woman had been grabbed and sexually assaulted at Albert Street and Quiet Place on Sept. 23 between 6:30 and 7 a.m. The suspect has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and overcoming resistance to commit an […]

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Fun in Waterloo Park

Narrowly avoiding the worst parts of the storms that dominated this weekend’s weather, the sixth annual Fall Fun Fest proved to be a pleasant day of family fun in Waterloo Park. Sunday was a day filled with group activities like pottery, gardening and tippy baseball as well as face painting and communal drum playing. Some activities also featured an educational […]

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Eastbridge fire station opens in Waterloo

On Sept. 29, the long-awaited groundbreaking for the new Eastbridge fire station took place at the intersection of University Avenue and Woolwich Street. “It’s a really special moment for this community and a moment we’ve been waiting for quite a long time,” Brenda Halloran, the mayor of Waterloo, said during a speech. The building of the new fire station, the […]

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Supporting women in KW

For the past 26 years the Waterloo Region has taken part in the annual Take Back the Night march, which raises awareness about violence towards women. This year the walk took place on Thursday Sept. 24 when women gathered from across the area to walk from Brewmeister Green in Waterloo to the Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener, to take a […]

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Walk for mental health

Nearly 500 people participated in the second annual Minds in Motion KW Walking Classic on Sept. 27, which aims to raise awareness about mental health. “Why not put together mental health support [by] bringing it out of the shadows with a big event?” said Susan Lewis, race chair for Minds in Motion. The event featured a five and 10 km […]

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