Archive for July, 2017

20170726 Gazette Photos

Photos by the Tavistock Gazette for Wednesday, July 26, 2017. For colour prints, please contact the Gazette at tavistockgazette@rogers.com or call 519-655-2341.
(Sorry, we cannot make prints of contributed photos).

Other stories in this week’s edition:

    • Tavistock’s own resident dinosaur
    • PeeWee boys qualify for Canadians
    • The Departed: Glen W. Masters
    • Birth: Weston Roger Richmond
    • 80th Birthday: Shirley Ramseyer
    • 70th Anniversary: Lincoln and Maryann Lichti
    • Gazette around the globe: Dale and Cathy Smythe – Scotland
    • Harrington Heritage Festival August 12th
    • Sign me up … Zehr Insurance
    • Tractor Club guests for Men’s Club breakfast
    • Oxford 4-H Farm Safety Meeting #1
    • Wayne Triemstra presented with John Tipping Award
    • Hickson Lions Club presents student bursary to Becky McIntosh
    • Editorial: Changing Tides and the draw of the east coast
    • Perth-Oxford 4-H Exchange with Saskatchewan 4-H
    • First Shift is back!
    • Wilmot Wild lacrosse
    • A Trip down memory lane – August 30, 1978

– Cindy Saranchuk wins Junior Girls Tennis Tournament



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20170705 Gazette Photos

Sisters win Fiddle & Stepdance Championships

It was a Canada Day to remember for sisters Colleen and Alanna Jenish of Oshawa. They captured the 34th Southwestern Ontario Open Fiddle and Stepdance championships this past weekend at the annual event held at the Tavistock & District Recreation Centre.

Colleen, 24, took home the Cliff Adams Memorial Trophy and $1,000 cash as the Open Stepdance champion. Alanna Jenish, 22, earned the Graham Townsend Trophy and $1,000 cash in the Open Fiddle category. Alanna also received the Don Carswell’s Memorial Waltz Award as the Open Fiddler with the highest points awarded for her waltz. To top it off the girls also won the Duet Fiddle category for $300 cash and the Bob and Betty Tanner Trophy.


Sisters Alanna (left) and Colleen Jenish of Oshawa.

Kyle Waymouth of Stratford was second in open stepdance taking home $800 cash and the CJCS Trophy. Last year’s champion Becky Reid of Arnprior was third, Charlotte Clare of Orangeville was fourth and Emma March of Pembroke placed fifth.

Second place in open fiddle went to Celine Murray of Dorchester, third to Andrew Dawydchak of Etobicoke, fourth to Paul Lemelin of Val Therese and fifth to Emma March of Orangeville.

This was the first time back to the Tavistock contest in four years as the Jenish sisters have been studying at the University of Toronto. Colleen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology while Alanna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music and will be attending Teacher’s College in Oshawa.

The Jenish sisters have quite a record at the Southwestern Ontario event over the years and had competed ten years continuously from 2003 to 2012. They took home prizes in the duet fiddle category four times and twice in the junior duet category. The last time competeing here in Tavistock, Colleen placed first in the 19-49 Fiddle bracket in 2012 while Alanna placed second in the Fiddle category for 16-18 year olds. The pair have taken home many fiddle and step prizes in all age categories over the years. Alanna took first in stepdance in 2009 and 2nd in fiddle in the 13-15 year olds while Colleen was first in stepdance and third in fiddle for the 16-18 year olds. 2008 saw Colleen win first place in the 18 & under step dance category and fifth in fiddle; Colleen earned fourth place in step. Colleen was the 13-15 year olds stepdance champion in 2006 while Alanna picked up third in step and fifth in fiddle in the 12 & under class.

In the Open Group Stepdance class, ElectriCALL SToRM took home the grand prize of $500 and the Nieberlein Family Trophy. The group consists of Clara Roth of RR 2, Tavistock and Stratford residents Leo Stock, Anna Tigani and Louisa Mueller. The group placed second in their last two years as Junior Group Stepdancers. Second place went to UnReel of Orangeville, third to Rhythm of Kinburn and fourth to Can’t Stop Stepping of Stratford.

The youngest fiddler in this year’s competition was Tate Shortt, 6, of Drayton while the youngest step dancer was Lucy McFarlane, 4, of Stratford. The Junior Group Stepdance winners were Stratford Step Sisters with second place to Steptopia of Kinburn, third to Step This Way of Stratford and fourth to One More Time of Tavistock.

Kensington Ische of Stratford was the 9 & under Stepdance winner while Caoimhe Doyle of Oshawa was first in the fiddle category. Joelle Crigger and Charlene VanBarr of Toronto were the Junior Duet Fiddle winners. For 12 & under, Lucas Candelino of Kitchener was the fiddle winner and Andrew Herwig of Eganville was the step dance champion. For 13-15 years Joelle Crigger of Toronto was first in fiddle and Katie Paradis of Milverton was first in stepdance. For 16 to 18 year olds, Diana Dawydchak of Etobicoke was first in fiddle and Maria Peppler of Orangeville first in stepdance.

In the adult stepdance class, first place went to Marlene Hundert, Stratford for 50 & over;  Jonathan Young, Kitchener for 30-49 and Katie Luckhardt of Milverton for 19-29. For adult fiddle classes 19-49 the winner was Courtney Drew of Cookshire-Eaton, Quebec; Bill Smith of Dunnville for 50-64; and Anton Toporowski of Burlington for 65 & over.

Competitor numbers were up again this year with 164 people registering. In 2016 there were 147 and in 2015 there were 138 registered.

Emcee once again for this year’s event was Judy Waymouth. Judges for the fiddle finals were Shane Cook, Greg Henry and Tyler Beckett and for the stepdance finals were Sarah Robinson, Tiffany Fewster Salt and Rhodina Turner. The house band musicians were Melika Lemelin and Dan Mighton.

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Photos by the Tavistock Gazette for Wednesday, July 5, 2017. For colour prints, please contact the Gazette at tavistockgazette@rogers.com or call 519-655-2341.

Other stories in this week’s edition:

  • Council approves condominium corp. at 53 Roth Street
  • Jacob Street reconstruction complete
  • Scotiabank barbecue for Hickson Trail
  • New book dedicated to late father: Harry Wilhelm
  • The Departed: Dan “Bucky” Gingerich
  • 70th Anniversary: Lincoln and Maryann Lichti
  • 40th Anniversary: Gary and Elaine Yantzi
  • Graduation: Kristen Lupton, Michael Stock
  • Tavistock Public School holds primary picnic
  • 150 stories: Women’s Institute publishes new book
  • Tavistock Public School 2017 Graduates)
  • Four local players to represent Ontario
  • 2017 year-end assembly held at Tavistock School
  • A Trip down memory lane – May 20, 1987
  • – Brownies Fly-Up to Girl Guides


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