October 3, 2022

VIDEO: Plants and flowers will soon be blooming

Gardening season has already begun for some residents of Waterloo Region and as the weather continues to get warmer, more will tackle their gardens. There are many ways to garden, even in small spaces. Things like hanging plants and split planters can help anyone dealing with small space. Many tips can help students shop on a budget, like splitting costs with friends. 

Hespeler farmers’ market to be ‘bigger and better’ when it returns after two-year absence

June 3 is the day many people in the Hespeler community have been eagerly anticipating. The Hespeler Village Market returns after its two-year pandemic hiatus and organizers say it is ready to come back bigger and better than before. The market has been running since 2016 and takes place every Friday afternoon through late spring and summer. It consists of local vendors who can show up anywhere from once a … Continued

AUDIO: Golfers hoping to hit hole-in-one once courses open

Golfers in Waterloo Region, dust off your clubs, because the season is just around the corner. As the weather gets warmer, golfers are closer than ever to getting their first COVID restriction-free season. Many golfers are excited to have a sense of normalcy in the sport, even though they were able to play through the pandemic.  Local courses are preparing frantically as the tentative date for opening is April 8.

OPINION: Field Placements most important step in road to graduation

As college and university students look to graduation, many have vital experience in their field all because of placements. Field placements should be something every program includes because students need to have work experience on their resumé post-graduation. Kennedy Player-Reid, a sport media student at Ryerson University, is grateful for her field placement opportunity with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). “I think the opportunity really pushed … Continued

AUDIO: The top Canadian Hockey League prospects are set to shine bright in Kitchener

The Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) brightest young stars are set to take the ice at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on March 23 at 7 p.m. The game will feature Shane Wright, the projected first overall pick in the National Hockey League (NHL) draft. This is a great opportunity to see the next generation of NHL stars. Tickets are available here.

FEATURE: Point Clark is a slice of heaven for cottage goers

Yellows, pinks, and oranges light up the sky around 8 p.m. in the month of August. The smell of lake water fills the air as you take a deep breath. The grass brushes against you as you sit on the edge of the hill with rocks and water below.  Your skin is warm from a long day at the beach and you’re getting ready to have a bonfire after the … Continued

Local reflections on the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics officially ended on Feb. 20 after lots of ups and downs, but not just for the athletes.  International viewership was at an all-time low for the Games for multiple reasons. Only 11.4 million people watched during Olympic primetime, a significant decrease from the 2018 Olympics. There were several political issues surrounding the games and COVID-19 was still ongoing. Multiple countries, including Canada, avoided sending officials to the … Continued

When bone-chilling weather arrives, don’t forget to protect your pets

As the winter months continue to roll on, it is essential to make sure pets get proper protection from the Canadian cold. The months of February and early March can see some extreme cold, so being aware of the weather is important for your animal’s safety.  “If it’s too cold for us to go outside, it’s likely too cold for our pets too,” said Calla James, the director of community … Continued

New soccer development in Cambridge to benefit Conestoga athletes and students

The City of Cambridge is in the design stage of a new soccer development that will be located at 880 Linden Dr. Conestoga College will work in partnership with the city to bring this development to life and give the college a state-of-the-art field for sports matches.  “It’s exciting because we’re in a position now to offer really enhanced facilities for our outdoor programs, that being varsity and recreational,” said … Continued

OPINION – Online schooling has caused frustration for post-secondary students for almost two years now

As the return to in-person classes looms for college and university students, it is time to reflect on the entire online learning experience.  For the most part, the consensus is that students struggled with online learning and that was also my experience. All colleges and universities need to lower tuition. Students have paid thousands of dollars to sit at home or in their dorm. Multiple services, such as gym facilities, … Continued

Cambridge Christmas Market welcomes in-person shopping this year

The Cambridge Christmas Market is officially back to in-person shopping this year when the city holds its event on Dec. 11. Anyone in the community can come shop at the market but there will be health protocols in place.  This year, the market is being held at Cambridge City Hall and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free but most things in the market will cost … Continued

Teddy bears in forecast for Kitchener Rangers; Jesse Fishman recalls an emotional goal

The Kitchener Rangers 26th Annual Teddy Bear Toss game will take place on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on the London Knights at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. All the bears thrown on the ice will be donated to charitable organizations around Waterloo Region.  The rules of throwing the teddy bears onto the ice are simple. You throw them on the ice after Kitchener scores their first goal … Continued

Bingemans Gift of Lights aims to lift holiday spirits

Bingemans Gift of Lights is back for another holiday season with more than 300 light displays, including drive-thru tunnels. The attraction can vary in cost; depending on what night you go, it can be anywhere from $25 to $45. This attraction will be open all through the holiday season. Its last day is Jan. 9, 2022.

AUDIO: Local business hopes to bounce back from pandemic during the holiday season

Valerie Simpson, the owner of One Sixty One Artisan Market in the downtown Hespeler area of Cambridge can’t wait for the holiday season. The store’s “Christmas Arrives” event will be held on Nov. 13 in hopes of getting customers in the holiday spirit and also giving back to them. Without the support of the community, these local businesses would not have survived the worst of COVID-19.