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St. Jacobs – Alas, the proverbial winter of our discontent has arrived and with the colder months, comes a new challenge for many business owners;

Elmira – Some business ideas are just meant to be, just as some relationships are meant to happen either by good luck or karma. Lindsay and

While our neighbours to the south try to sort out their political future, we of the North continue to face and live through interesting times.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Significant celebrations were planned for commemoration, but because of COVID-19, events have had to be planned

The 3 pillars of our government’s 2020 budget are protect, support, and recover. It is a $45 billion plan to protect Ontarians from COVID-19, support

Gardeners, by now you have likely cut back your perennials and your flower beds have been cleaned out. Leaving some leaves in your garden offers

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Covid Christmas this year for local charities. As everyone knows by now, we are living in unprecedented times

Kitchener – Randy Pickles has sure packed a lot of miles and living into his life at 63. He’s gone from being a young kid racing

Hello Neighbours, As we look forward to Christmas, many people want more information about what the holiday will look like this year and on key COVID-19

It’s been a lengthy wait for many people who have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Ignite Group’s latest offering, but Crowsfoot Smokehaus officially

“How many apple pies does it take to build a church? Lee Coulman may or may not know the answer to that just yet, but he

This year, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Significant celebrations were planned for commemoration, but because of COVID-19, those events have

Everybody knows that there is no place like home. No one takes building or buying a new home lightly, nor would they take lightly the things

Local Artist Reprints Popular Book of Conestogo Sketches There aren’t many silver linings during a pandemic, so to speak, but one local artist used her time

Analogies comparing a life and career to the movements of a train are not difficult to find, but such a comparison seems rather appropriate when

There is something uniquely timeless about a business that has been running like clockwork for ninety-three years. Three generations ago, August Hartman opened the doors to

The Doug Ford government Bill 213 contains two sections that are a direct attack on freedom of religion and church marital practices, and I object! I

Renowned sculptor, Timothy Schmalz, has been working since 4 a.m. on his latest sculpture – which he estimates is six months away from completion –

As a father of five school-age children, my number one priority is listening to local parents and educators on the best way to protect students’

Old Grey Mayors is a podcast series that features Rob sitting down and talking with community and civic leaders, and other community members who’ve made

There could be any number of reasons why a person needs help in order to stay in their own home: an injury, a sudden short-term

If there is one thing that the Covid-19 pandemic has taught most of us, it’s that we must learn how to adapt and be flexible,

Dear Neighbours, To begin, I want to say thank you. Thank you for coming together and making the best of this most difficult time. I know

Old Grey Mayors is a bit misleading as a podcast title. Only the host Rob Deutschmann is always old, grey and a mayor – the

Is your lawn the picture of health, or does it look more brown than green? Chances are, it’s dying simply because it’s feeding various lawn-killers like

As George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” For inSeason’s store clerk, Laurie Hergott,

If you’ve ever tried to do in-depth research on the internet, you’ve quickly come to the realization that standard search engines aren’t up to the

Everybody has heard the old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” but when the tree happens to be the former Premier of

With millions of jobs lost and countless businesses closing, people are struggling to find a way to bring in an income. This is creating havoc on

Doug Ford’s New Social Gathering Restrictions Suggest 11 People Together for Thanksgiving is a “Wild Party”   On Wednesday, September 16th, Premier Doug Ford announced new “social

It started out in March 2018: a new idea for reselling, reusing and recycling unsold thrift store items. And now it's going to the next

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on many businesses, numerous non-profit and charitable organizations in Kitchener-Conestoga, as well as many across Canada,

Dear Friends, Fall is almost here, and I hope you and your family are doing well. This season brings new challenges and opportunities as businesses and

Dear Friends: I wish I could say all is well, we are doing great and COVID-19 will come to an end. I am sorry but

Andy is a three year-old medium male mixed breed. [caption id="attachment_7274" align="alignnone" width="225"] Andy[/caption] My name is Andy and I am an energetic happy dog. I love

As John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.” For Kitchener-Conestoga, Liberal MP, Tim Louis, life and love happened when

Running a business and struggling to survive during the Covid-19 pandemic isn't easy for some small businesses these days, but one Wellesley entrepreneur has no

For parents and children, back to school in September is always met with a combination of anxiety, excitement and a little relief. We all know,

This week, we are featuring Terra, a 3 year old female domestic shorthair cat. [caption id="attachment_7167" align="alignnone" width="398"] Terra[/caption] While Terra may look content at the moment

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” -- quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi Just as the

Dear Neighbours, As summer comes to a close, it is an opportunity to look back and appreciate how far we've come during these tough times. As

Caitlin Livingston of Wellesley was crowned Wellesley’s Fall Fair Ambassador for 2020-2021 on Monday the 31st of August by last year’s ambassador, Leah Sebben of

There are two rules for success in any business: find a need and fill it and, most importantly, love what you do and do it

On July 21, I voted ‘No’ to Doug Ford’s undemocratic Bill 195.  As a result, I was unilaterally removed from the PC caucus by Premier

There’s only one thing better than beer and pizza with your friends – local, craft-brewed beer and a wood-fired, oven-cooked pizza smothered in locally sourced

What does one talk about these days other than “Covid”.  It has affected all of us from every direction.   Main phrases these days being:  sanitizer,

Dear Neighbours, I trust that you are well and enjoying the summer weather with your family. This pandemic has pushed individuals, businesses, and industries into some challenging

I had the privilege to sit down with another old grey mayor, Ross Kelterborn, last fall (when that was still allowed) to talk about our

Q: Is there anything I should know pre or post surgery for my pet?   A: Your veterinarian will have fasting protocols in place and should provide

After six months of Covid-19 shutdowns and lock-downs, local shop owners in New Hamburg were anxiously preparing to take to the streets and get back

Our featured Pet of the Week is: Ollie [caption id="attachment_6761" align="alignnone" width="225"] Ollie[/caption] " Hi, my name is Ollie, and I’m looking for my forever home! I am

The Wallenstein General Store has been in the same location for 114 years, but according to the owner, Alice Martin, “a lot of people say

When Kylie moved to New Hamburg 17 years ago, she never imagined that she would be volunteering for 8 hours a week at Wilmot Family

[caption id="attachment_6677" align="alignnone" width="340"] Alexander, PHOTO: KidsAbility[/caption] From even before he was born, Alexander has faced many challenges. At 22 weeks into Shannon’s pregnancy, an ultrasound

What a journey we’ve been on.  We’ve gone from being a fast-paced society to a dead stop - in a single moment.  It has been

Changes in your hearing level speak volumes about your overall health. Monitoring your hearing wellness can give healthcare professionals advance warning of sickness, diseases and syndromes

The COVID-19 global pandemic has put incredible stress on Waterloo Region’s individuals, families, and businesses. Ontario responded quickly by expanding hospital capacity and testing, giving cash-flow

Our featured pet is Boom! [caption id="attachment_6637" align="alignnone" width="300"] Boom[/caption] Boom is a friendly, four year old male dog with lots of energy. He likes to go

Q: Should I give heartworm, tick and flea prevention year round? A: Many pet owners believe that protecting dogs and cats from parasites is a year-round

When you first walk into Wilmot Family Resource Centre (WFRC), you know that you have entered a warm, safe and welcome environment. And if you’ve

As your newly elected Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, it is my privilege to write my first Rural Post article. Although I was elected just one

On November 14th, Woolwich Healthy Communities hosted the Somebody Should Do Something event, with a keynote speech from the best-selling author of 13 Ways to

Our featured Pet is Mystique: [caption id="attachment_6556" align="alignnone" width="350"] Mystique[/caption] "Hello, my name is Mystique! I am a gorgeous feline looking for my perfect forever home. I’m

Q: Should I give heartworm, tick and flea prevention year round? A: Contrary to what many pet owners believe, protecting dogs and cats from parasites is

On November 22nd, I will be sworn in as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s 43rd Parliament. I could not be more honoured that Cambridge,

Of course our thoughts automatically turn to November 11th when each and every year we pause our daily routine wherever we are, for a few

Our featured Pet is Grace: [caption id="attachment_6504" align="alignnone" width="300"] Grace[/caption] "Meow! My name is Grace and I am a beautiful young lady looking for my forever home.

Q: My pet seemed to lose weight recently.  Should I be concerned? A: Pets will experience weight changes over the course of their lives, but these

Good neighbours make great communities. Congratulations to Margaret Walter of Elmira, the first recipient of the Rural Post’s “Neighbour of the Month” award. [caption id="attachment_6478" align="alignnone"

From September 11th to 16th, 36 members, families and friends of the Algonquin Regiment of Canada travelled overseas to retrace the Route of Liberation in

Summer and fall have given us so much to be thankful for and experience in and around our communities. The Cambridge Fair, one of many Fairs

Our featured Pet is: Catarina. [caption id="attachment_6447" align="alignnone" width="225"] Catarina[/caption] "Hi! My name is Catarina, it’s so nice to meet you! When I came here to KW

Q: How often should I go to the vet? A:The answer to this question depends on the age and health status of your pet. Owners of

The Wild Goats, the First Lego League (FLL) Team from St Clements, is hard at work applying their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills

Carter [caption id="attachment_6421" align="alignnone" width="391"] Photo: KidsAbility[/caption] Cambridge Ambassador (2019-2020) When you first meet Carter, you will see a vibrant, outgoing and expressive young boy. Full of life,

What’s with all of the coloured flags lining the streets in Baden? There’s a rumor floating around town that it’s prep work for the installation of

On October 1st , Woolwich Township Council declared a Climate Emergency. The concept of Sustainability isn’t new to the Township. In 2018, Council supported the Woolwich

Imagine, if you will, that every 4 years you have to reapply for your job. Now to be fair, there is very little that can

Shelters in Ontario receive thousands of lost and stray pets each year.  The goal is to return them to their owners, but sadly, this is

Our Featured Pet is: Guinness. [caption id="attachment_6365" align="alignnone" width="225"] Guinness[/caption] "Guinness is a 1 year old, handsome survivor who has been with us since August 25. When

Q: I just got a new pet.  Should I take it to the vet? A: Any new pet should have a veterinary visit scheduled within a

On October 23, The Woolwich Seniors Association held their 5th annual “90th Birthday Celebration Dinner” for 6 members who turned 90 this year. Attended by MP

Libraries have come a long way. Gone are the days of card catalogues, hushed silence and microfiche. Now more than ever your Region’s libraries provide

Located in the heart of Elmira, Kitchen Kuttings is about to move into their new home at 42 Arthur Street South on November 1st; right

This poem was submitted to the Rural Post by Ara Luckhart of New Hamburg. "I have written a poem about Halloween and drawing I have created

Greyson Kitchener-Waterloo Ambassador (2019-2020) A bright and friendly little boy who loves the camera, Greyson is 5 years old and loves running, jumping, climbing and riding his

The 17th annual Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour 2019 is coming up fast!  This year's Tour is Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27 from

Stephen Meyer and Lisa Mulligan, the owners of Hartman Jewellers on Arthur Street in downtown Elmira, are used to having Past knock on their door,

Whichever way you want to put it, it all comes down mostly to the same thing.  The terminology “seasons” might be a significant softer approach

Q: My pet’s breath smells bad.  What can I do? A: Veterinarians frequently find themselves engaged in discussions about bad breath in cats and dogs. We

Our Pet of the Week is Piper! [caption id="attachment_6287" align="alignnone" width="224"] Piper[/caption] "Hello there. My friends call me Piper. I am a loving 5 year old girl with

What a beautiful fall/summer - coats in the morning and summer clothes in the afternoon.  I met a gentleman who was born here, moved to

I recently had the pleasure of joining Minister of Agriculture, Ernie Hardeman at Browndale Farm in Paris, Ontario. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership provided Browndale Farm with

If you’re looking for a great, local laugh, look no further than the new play being put on by Theatre Wellesley, “Virgil Wins the Lottery,”

Q: Is there anything I need to do the day before my pet has surgery?   A: "How long before surgery should my pet be fasted?" is

Our pet of the weel is Cartier! [caption id="attachment_6215" align="alignnone" width="225"] Cartier[/caption] "Hi my name is Cartier! I am a male Domestic Shorthair Mix who is 6

It was lunchtime, and community members in New Hamburg couldn’t wait to grab a bite at the popular Poor Boy’s Luncheon on Sept. 26. The annual

The UN Climate Action Summit and the youth-led Climate Strike has me thinking about Township initiatives to improve our carbon footprint. First, you should know that

The success of students is our government’s central focus and principal concern for families across Ontario. As a father of 5, all under 13, it

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