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For the first time within the framework of the Community Awards, it was decided to honour individuals engaged in voluntary activities. Thus, in mid-January, the Appreciation Award went to the Hünenberg Samichlaus Group, a charitable association inspired by the traditional St Nicholas figure, and the Sponsorship Award was presented to singer Yasmine-Mélanie, who also comes from Hünenberg.

On 25 January, building work began on the access road to the new biomass power plant in the Fildern that is to be constructed by Hünenberg Corporation and the Hünenberg Electrical Cooperative Society.

Building work on the central heating plant began on 15 March. Thanks to this new heating supply, the Council plans to save approx. 500 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The Rony Schoolhouse celebrated its 25th anniversary in the middle of April with a Games Day for the schoolchildren.

After Yasmine-Mélanie picked up the Petit Prix Walo award in 2009, this year on 17 April she was awarded the coveted Grand Prix Walo in the Swiss pop song category.

The first issue of the new Hünenberg Municipality Newsletter was published on 20 May, entitled Einblick or "Insight". This community information leaflet is to be delivered free of charge to each household four times a year.

On 21 May, the new leisure park alongside the Weinrebenkapelle was inaugurated.

Commissioned by the Municipality of Hünenberg, the VoiceSteps Musical School gave an open-air concert in the Amphitheatre of Banská Štiavnica, our Slovakian twin town, on 15 July.
A total of 67 employees from Hünenberg Municipal Administration made a 200-metre-long Barefoot Trail outside Hünenberg Lido – this was on 2 September as part of a Further Training Day.

Following the Municipal Council Elections on 3 October, Regina Hürlimann was elected President of the Municipality, the first time in the history of Hünenberg that a woman has held this office.
At the Municipal Assembly which took place on 13 December, the sum of CHF 1.9 million was approved for the building of a new youth club.


1 January saw the introduction of parking fees on communal property and the traditional New Year's aperitif was replaced by twice-yearly talks with the Council, the first of which were held in May 2011, when the public had the opportunity to discuss the village redevelopment plans.

The Community award was given on 14 January to local historian Klaus Meyer, the sponsorship prize to the family band Folka and awards to other sportsmen and women.

Katharina Sochor-Schüpbach, Zürich began a 9 month artist-in-residence stay in the Maihölzli function room.

April saw the deaths of two much-loved residents: Father Fritz Schmid (St Wolfgang) and Hedwig Bolliger, teacher, writer and honorary citizen.

The Hünenberg schools celebrated their 150th anniversary this year.

An official Council visit to Banska Stiavnica in July was followed by the attendance by the Slovak Ambassador to Hünenberg in September. A delegation from Marly FR visited Hünenberg with the aim of establishing a partnership between the two municipalities.

On 23 October, County Councillor Joachim Eder was elected to the upper chamber of the Swiss parliament, paving the way for Hünenberg's Urs Hürlimann to succeed him as Zug County Councillor the following year.

In December, the Municipality approved a building estimate for the renovation and extension of the secondary school Ehret B.


The Eiche Zunft was awarded the Community prize for their 35th anniversary on 13 January, when 13 athletes and many volunteers were also honoured.

The Council's call for residents to discuss plans for the future was enthusiastically followed by 180 people at a meeting on 17 March.  Working parties were formed and many ideas were passed on to the Council to be incorporated in their plans for the coming years.

The Hünenberg energy company EGH celebrated its centenary at its AGM at the end of March.

8 Hünenberg school children spent a fortnight in Singapore in May as part of an exchange with the Swiss school Singapore. At the end of May, 17 school children from Banska Stiavnica spent a week in Hünenberg, staying with host families. The primary schools in Hünenberg began a new era with mixed year classes e.g. first and second grades together.
The 'Weltwoche' magazine voted Hünenberg most attractive place to live in Switzerland, with its excellent schools, abundance of housing and jobs, and good child care facilities being some of the criteria.

The vineyard chapel celebrated its 250th anniversary and the adjacent vineyard produced red wine that year for the first time.

The official partnership contract between the twin towns Hünenberg and Marly FR were signed and at the end of the year, Hubert Schuler was elected president of the Cantonal Assembly, thus becoming the most important person in the canton.


The Community award this year went to Ruth and Werner Kurmann-Durrer in recognition of their 30 years' voluntary work coaching young athletes in the Hünenberg gymnastics club. Other successful athletes and volunteers were also honoured.

In March the photographer Michael Niemeier exhibited photos of Banska Stiavnica in the village hall.

On 16 March the new youth club, with its innovative design, was opened in the Zentrumstrasse

4 April saw the founding meeting of the Hünenberg-Marly society to promote the partnership between the twin towns.

At the end of May, the remodelled lake shoreline at the Hünenberg lido was unveiled and the first SVP councillor Erich Wenger, resigned and was succeeded by Beat Gertsch, also SVP.

The Raiffeisenbank Hünenberg celebrated its centenary with a gala dinner and show for over 1,000 guests and in June the Music Society gave a summer concert in the Heinrich hall to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Markus Fischer, the first parish priest of the Catholic Holy Ghost church was awarded honorary citizenship.

On 23 November, the organising committee of the 600-year celebration of the founding of Hünenberg, headed by Mayor Regula Hürlimann, gave a press conference which attracted a great deal of media attention, especially as they were dressed in historical costumes.

On 16 December at 5.52 a.m., the number 44 bus set off from Hünenberg Dorf on its maiden run, with the aim of joining the lake and centre parts of the village and improving connections, on a three-year trial project.  Sadly, the number 46 bus service from Cham to Sins had to be discontinued.

2014 was characterised by the celebrations to mark the 600th anniversary of the Municipality of Hünenberg. Various events throughout the year, organised by a committee consisting of representatives of residents and citizens, remembered the time in 1414 when the Hünenberg farmers bought their independence. Hünenberg was born on 17 January 600 years ago and to celebrate the occasion, on 17 and 18 January 2014, local historians Ueli Hess and Klaus Meyer presented the historical documents to a group of interested people in the Restaurant Wart. Barbara Suter-Kraft's jubilee song had its premiere and was enthusiastically received. The specially-formed 18-member jubilee choir, 'Blauer Faden' (blue thread) represented people of all ages from different parts of the community and their performances at all the anniversary celebrations, singing the jubilee song, provided a welcome element of continuity.

On the 4-6 April the fourth Hünenberg Trade Fair, showcasing modern businesses, was held concurrently with the Medieval market, with its insights into life 600 years ago, as part of the 600th anniversary celebrations. This event attracted a large number of visitors from all over Switzerland to Hünenberg. The festivities were graced with speeches by the President of the Zug Council, Beat Villiger and the Hünenberg Mayor, Regula Hürlimann, performances by the choir 'Blauer Faden' and many jugglers, musicians, magicians and fortune tellers.  A further highlight was provided by the Italian group Storico Fivizzano with their swirling flags and their drums. The celebrations concluded in the marquee, decorated in the style of a medieval tavern, with local dignitaries and guests from both twin towns, Marly FR and Banska Stiavnica (Slovakia).

At the end of April, Esther Signer, who had run the Debt Collection Office for 14 years, resigned and was replaced by Michele Pasqariello of Bülach.

The Senior Residence 'Lindenpark' celebrated its 5th anniversary on 24 May with an open day.

On 13 June, as part of the 600-year celebrations, the new book 'Origins and History of the Corporation Hünenberg' was presented to the public at the Wart restaurant.

As part of the Swiss Police Music event in Zug at which police bands from all over Switzerland were represented, a concert was held on 15 June in the Hünenberg village square featuring the Zürich City Police Band and the Hünenberg Musical Society.

The local firm Lustenberger & Dürst, Langrüti, celebrated their 150th anniversary with a cultural event. The park with its magnificent trees dating back to the end of the 19th century was made available to the creative talents of the artists Katharina Sochor-Schüpbach, Alfons Bürgler and the young local Daniela Schönbächler.  At the opening of the resulting show 'ParkZeit Langrüti' on 21 August, Mayor Regula Hürlimann, the firm's owner Richard Gander and the curator Gaby Hauenstein greeted many interested guests.

The final event to celebrate the Jublilee Year was the annual Fair on 23 August. On the same day, the 17-kilometre long theme trail and the adventure trail HüPfad in Chnoden were opened to the public.  The organisation 'Verein Hü' was founded with the aim of maintaining the upkeep of these trails. To the delight of the attending public, a surprise guest turned up at the fairground: Gody Bucher disguised as the young nobleman Hartmann Vlll, who promptly returned the 196 guilders, which had been the price of the freedom of the village, in the form of chocolate.

In the early hours of 17 September, fire fighters were called to put out a fire in a barn in Stadelmatt.  The barn containing over 1600 cubic metres of fodder was burnt to the ground but all 100 cattle were saved and a spreading of the fire was prevented.  Together with colleagues from Risch and Cham, over 160 fire fighters fought the flames during 3 days. The smell of smoke from the biggest fire in Hünenberg in living memory could be detected as far as the village centre.  The cause was found to be a technical fault.

26 September saw the planting of a young oak tree in St Wolfgang on the border between Cham and Hünenberg: a present from Cham to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the founding of Hünenberg.

On 28 September the doors of the Kultursilo cultural centre and the canine training centre were thrown open to the public.  These projects on the land of the Böschhof farm of the Werder family were made possible by the municipality agreeing to a change in zone designation.

Local elections for municipal and cantonal representatives were restricted to the election of the municipal auditors as all other candidates stood for re-election and were not contested.

On 9 December the large historical barn in the Langrüti belonging to the Hofer family, which had been restored by its owner, was awarded the prestigious Monument Conservation award. The building, with its unique roof design, was erected in 1881 by George Ham Page, the founder of the Cham Condensed Milk Factory, which was later to become Nestlé.


The tenth anniversary of the partnership between Hünenberg and Banska Stiavnica was celebrated with a joint concert on 6 Januar to a packed audience in the Heinrich von Hünenberg hall.
The president of the association Partnership Banska Stiavica, Richard Aeschlimann, was presented with a community award for his commitment to the twin town project on 9 January. On the same evening, the community sponsorship prize was awarded to music teacher Stephanie Murer-Jakob and to the young band members of 'Forever'.
On 9 May, the canvas roof over the small area next to the Council offices was officially opened. This forms part of the redevelopment of the village centre.
The Whit weekend (22-24 May) saw the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Church of the Holy Ghost.
A secondary school class from the twin town Banska Stiavnica stayed in Hünenberg from 7-13 June. At the beginning of July, a delegation of councillors and citizens from Hünenberg visited the partner town at the invitation of the mayor.
At the end of August, agreement was finally reached to house asylum seekers in private accommodation in the Zollweid.
The first school exchange with the twin town of Marly FR took place at the end of October. Four second-year secondary classes from each town attended school in the partner town during the two-week autumn holidays. A third week in March 2016 rounded off the project, for which the students who had successfully completed it were given a certificate.
In October, two ponds were established in the nature reserve area in the Langholz woods.
Beat Gertsch resigned his position as Councillor on 25 October after over two years' service on the Council.
On 29 November, the Hünenberg Church Choir and Marly's Ensemble Vocal Animato joined forces to celebrate Advent in concerts in both towns.
The projects for the redevelopment of the Hünenberg town centre were presented to the public on 2 December in the foyer of the Heinrich hall. The winning project is by the Lucerne architects Röösli and Mäder.
On 12 December the ZVB bus number 44 ran for the last time between Zythus and Sonnhalde. The test was terminated ahead of time for budgeting reasons.


On 8 January, various athletes and sports teams were honoured by the Council.  The incentive prizes went to Reto Benz, initiator of the Zug Trophy and to Joel Mathys, who won the bronze medal at the Swiss IT Olympia.
Thomas Andermatt, CVP, replaced Beat Gersch in the Council in an uncontested election after other candidates had withdrawn.

On 13 April, heavy smoke resulting from a technical fault in the cellar of the Matten school house was quickly dealt with by the local fire fighters. However, the damage caused by the smoke meant that the children had to begin their spring holidays two days early to allow for extra cleaning in their school house.

The Zug cantonal Schwingfest (Swiss Wrestling) took place on 24 April on the grounds of the Kemmatten and Eichmatt schools. Despite the cold, inclement weather, which brought rain and snow, 3000 spectators enjoyed the exciting competitions.

As part of the project 'Schweiz bewegt' (Switzerland in motion), a sporting duel took place between the village centre inhabitants (Hünenberg Dorf) and the lakeside ones (Hünenberg See) on 20-27 May, organised by Verein HüPlus.  Hünenberg See won the contest with 2351 hours in motion versus 2206 hours, which meant that Hünenberg citizens clocked up a total of 4557 hours of sport during this week, about half an hour per person.

On 4 June, the Council carried out a round of talks with young adults with the aim of finding out how teenagers and young people in Hünenberg could become interested in politics.

After a construction period of slightly over two years, the new secondary school Ehret B was ceremoniously inaugurated.

The U15 European Baseball B Championships were held from 17-23 July on the grounds of Rony school.  Five nations took part: Belarus, Great Britain, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland. Unfortunately, Switzerland failed to qualify for promotion to the A group. It was the first time this European Championship had been held in Switzerland.

Two years after the first show in 2014, the people of Hünenberg were invited to another art exhibition 'Parkzeit', from 25 August to 2 October, in the Langrüti park, where 5 artists presented sculptures, films and installations.

On 22 September about 120 members of the Hünenberg population took part in a workshop in the Kemmatten multi-purpose room as part of the series of talks with the Council.This time the topic was the development of the area in the Zythus which belongs to the canton of Zug and will be developed in coming years. The public was thus given the opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns.

The 20th 'Broggemärt', the market on the wooden bridge over the Reuss and in the hamlet Zollweid was held on 24 September.

On 25 September the people of Hünenberg voted to adopt the first municipal code or set of bye-laws for their community by a large majority.

The Hünenberg men's gymnastic organisation, Männersport Hünenberg, celebrated their 50th anniversary and one of the events chosen to mark this occasion was a Hünenberg day for young and old on 23 October. A delegation from the twin town Marly was invited and initiated into the traditional sport of 'Chugelitrööle', a sort of long-distance outdoor bowling. At the end of May, the club had already invited the Veterans of the Swiss Sports Union to a meeting in Hünenberg, in which 160 people from all over Switzerland took part.

The local Carnival organisation 'Eiche Zunft' was responsible for a further cultural highlight: the fairy tale about the Eiche Zunft Carnival mascot, the Eichefrässer, or wild boar, was to be filmed under the title 'Dräcksou' (filthy swine). The accompanying film music, a mixture of classical and carnival music, was premiered by the Zug city orchestra and a carnival band in the Heinrich von Hünenberg hall. The film premiere will take place in 2017.

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