Jun 162015

*be sure to pick up your ribbon at the Dunnville Chamber of Commerce*

Best Commercial Entry: Griffin Landscaping
Best Non-commercial Entry: Byng Conservation Authority
Best Antique Vehicle: Dunnville Fire Department’s hand pumper
Best Theme: Rosa Flora
Best Band: EL Crossley Marching Band
Best Overall Entry: Grand Erie Home Hardware

Congratulations to all!

Jun 112015


The Haldimand Press

By Jillian Zynomirski

DUNNVILLE – Having a career doing what you love is priceless. This is what Rob Lamothe and his two sons Josh and Zander said about their musical professions.

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, the Lamothes have always been captivated by music. Rob grew up with music, as his father was a singer.

Rob has performed with renowned artists such as Guns n’ Roses and Cheap Trick. When Rob toured with his band, he often brought his two boys along so it’s no surprise that at the age of fourteen the boys started playing in bands of their own.

Rob now enjoys singing, playing guitar, and producing among other talents. He is currently opening a producing studio of his own in Dunnville.

Josh enjoys singing, playing guitar, playing piano, and writing songs. He has recently made a music video for one of his songs that he will be releasing this summer.

Zander, a talented drummer, was named Hamilton’s “Drummer of the Year” in 2012. Zander has been in many bands and toured the U.S. and Europe multiple times. He has even opened for artists as celebrated as Bon Jovi. Zander is now with Hamilton-based band, The Zilis.

Rob, Josh and Zander recently formed The Josh Lamothe Band and say they bring listeners a pop/rock sound that resembles Bon Jovi, U2 & Coldplay. The trio, who often practice in their home-studio, is excited to be collaborating as a family and is planning to release a record.

The Josh Lamothe Band will be taking the stage at the Dunnville Mudcat Festival on Thursday, June 11th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information on Rob, Josh or Zander Lamothe’s music, visit www.roblamothe.com, www.zanderlamothe.com, or www.thezilis.com.



Jun 112015
Photo by Lacie Williamson

Photo by Lacie Williamson


By Jillian Zynomirski
The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE – Large crowds gather every year to watch competitors compete in a series of strength-endurance tasks at the Dunnville Mudcat Festival’s Strongman/Strongwoman competition.

The competition, established 18 years ago by Dunnville native and strength enthusiast Mark Haines, draws in crowds that have an appreciation for strength training, and those who appreciate the determination of the competitors as they complete the strength-demanding tasks.

Three years ago the Strongwoman competition materialised with women showcasing their strength alongside men. Hamilton’s Faith Simms, past Strongwoman competitor, says the competition “changed her life”.

“The competitors are welcoming, helpful and a great group of people, she said.

Faith says without the encouragement she received from the competition she would not be set to break a world record on June 20 when she will be pulling a 35,000-pound warplane at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton to raise money for the Hamilton Food Bank.

This year Dunnville’s Mudcat Festival takes place June 11 to 14, with the Strongman/Strongwoman competition scheduled for Saturday June 13 at 1 p.m.

“Competitors begin training for this competition as early as March,” says Dunnville’s Marsha Tarbutt, Strongwoman competitor. Participants are expected to participate in a series of strength-endurance tasks, including an overhead press, a 360-degree car flip, tire flips, dead lifts and, the main event, a truck pull.

This will be the first year women are set to take on the large truck pull weighing in at about 20,000 pounds.

The event is currently looking for strength-enthusiasts from all over Haldimand to compete in this year’s competition. Those who are interested may sign up online at http://tewsleyauto.com/strong/, or in person at Fierce Fitness, Dunnville or at the Dunnville Chamber of Commerce with early bird registration before May 18th. Any questions regarding the event may be directed to strong@tewsleyauto.com. For more information on the Dunnville Mudcat Festival, visit www.dunnvillemudcatfestival.ca or phone the Dunnville Chamber of Commerce at 905-774-3183.

May 282015

Kevin Torti, Mary Winger (incoming Manager), Christine Pentlichuk & Carolyn Chymko (Festival Coordinator)

Thank you to RBC for hosting our annual Mudcat BBQ Fundraiser!