The Standard Newspaper March 28th, 2013
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Vol. 10 No. 13 THURSDAY, March 28, 2013 YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER COVERING NORTH DURHAM Any brand, any problem! Slow performance & virus solutions Data recovery & backup plans Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Computers Fixed Fast AWARD WINNING SERVICE -- OUR 28TH YEAR SkyviewElectronics.com Headline Citizens urge Scugog to keep fill site closed BLAKE WOLFE The Standard EASTER SUNDAY BEST: Bo Peep and Little Miss Muffet help The ‘Mature’ Woman Who Lives In A Shoe get ready for the Church Chicks United Easter Bonnet Parade and Contest, taking place Easter Sunday (March 31) alongside the annual Nutty Chocolatier Easter Egg Hunt in downtown Port Perry. See Page BLAKE WOLFE The Standard 14 for details and more Easter fun! Uxbridge pool pitch makes waves DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard UXBRIDGE: Residents got their first glimpse of Uxbridge’s proposed new aquatic centre at council’s meeting on the evening of Monday, March 25. Following a short presentation from Amanda Ferraro, the township’s Manager of Recreation, Culture and Tourism, architect Robert Allen gave a detailed look at the facility, which is slated to be installed at the Kennedy House lands, near the corner of Main St. N. and Ball Rd. A wide range of pool users packed council chambers as they waited anxiously for details of the new pool. According to Mr. Allen, the building will occupy nearly 26,000 square feet with 11,500 square feet reserved for the pool area. In addition to a six lane pool, the facility will also feature a leisure pool as well as a multi-use athletic area, which Mr. Allen explained could be used for a variety of purposes such as volleyball, floor hockey and badminton. There would also be capacity for 500 people in fixed bleachers in the pool area. Among the concerns raised by users was that a six-lane pool may not suit the needs of the municipality in the future, leading many to push for an eight lane pool. T U R N TO PAG E 4 NORTH DURHAM: Although the Lakeridge Rd. property at the centre of the commercial fill debate in Durham Region remains dormant, talk of the site’s clean-up and possible reactivation returned to Scugog Council, nearly three years after the issue was initially brought into the spotlight. According to a presentation to Scugog Council by community group Lakeridge Citizens for Clean Water (LCCW), work is progressing on a bid by Green For Life Environmental Corporation (GFL) to acquire the Earthworx Industries property at 13471 Lakeridge Rd. (located within the Oak Ridges Moraine) to re-open it as a fill receiving site. GFL is the Pickering-based waste remediation company which has been involved in numerous developments along Toronto’s waterfront, treating excavated soil for contaminants before its shipped to receiving sites. According to a document in the LCCW presentation – dated Jan. 18, 2013, and addressed to the Ministry of the Environment - the proposal by GFL to acquire the property was originally discussed in June 2011. At the township’s Large-Scale Fill Symposium on Jan. 25, GFL CEO Patrick Dovigi told the audience that if a proposal - he declined to name the interested party - to acquire the property from Earthworx Industries went through, GFL has agreed to help clean up the property. However, what the clean-up would entail was not explained at the meeting, nor did he mention at the time that it was GFL that was planning to acquire the property to re-activate it as a fill receiving site. Mr. Dovigi declined to comment on GFL’s bid to purchase the Lakeridge Rd. property. 3/$ 10 8.80/kg 299 save $2 Danone Activia yogurt 8 x 100 g or $ 299 See our Easter on pagesSection 14 and 15 $ T U R N TO PAG E 5 lb or $3.34 ea. Dr. Oetker Ristorante, Panebello or Casa di Mama Pizza selected varieties frozen 325-450 g save at least $2.50 lb. extra lean ground beef club size 199 lb less than 1/2 price boneless pork half loin rib and sirloin portion 4.39/kg Tropicana Pure Premium or Trop50 juice 1.75 L selected varieties Maple Leaf Prime extra lean ground chicken or turkey 6.59/kg CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 29 & EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Prices In Effect Friday, March 29th to Thursday, April 4th, 2013 HOLIDAY Store Hours: Regular Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 2 • Thursday, March 28, 2012 The Standard “Arts of China” from the Royal Ontario Museum is on display at the Heritage Centre & Archives. Visit www.scugogshoresmuseum.com for details. MEETINGS, PROCLAMATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS Council / Committee Meeting Schedule April 2nd • Scugog Seniors Advisory Committee – 9:30 a.m. April 8th • General Purpose & Administration Meeting – 1:30 p.m. The meetings noted above are open to the public and will be held at the Municipal Office (181 Perry St., Port Perry) unless noted differently. Proclamations for the month of March • Red Cross Month - March Proclamations for the month of April • World Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd • National Volunteer Week – April 15th – 21st • National Victims of Crime Awareness Week – April 21st – 27th Thurs., Mar. 28, 2013 PUBLIC NOTICES and menu boards must be issued a sign permit through the By-Law Department. For further information please contact the Township of Scugog Building or By-Law Department at 905-985-7346. Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan The Finance Department is now accepting registration for the PreAuthorized Tax Payment Plan for 2013. Application can be made at the Finance Department accompanied by a void cheque 2013 Assessment Appeals: The deadline to file a request for reconsideration with MPAC for the 2013 tax year is April 1, 2013. Ways to file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR): • The preferred method is to submit an RfR form online through AboutMyProperty™ at www.aboutmyproperty.ca. You will be able to attach documents, pictures and reports to accompany your RfR. You may also mail or fax an RfR form to MPAC. • Forms are available online, by contacting MPAC at 1-866-2966722 or at the Township of Scugog, Finance Department. • Write a letter requesting a request for reconsideration. In your letter, please include the 19-digit roll number on your Notice; your full name, address and phone number; and the reasons why you feel your assessment is not correct, including any information you have to support your claim. Parking Reminder Please remember that between December 1st and April 1st parking is PROHIBITED on any street in the Township between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing should they be found interfering with snow plowing operations. Please do not park on the streets as it makes plowing operations difficult and ineffective. Township of Scugog Roads - Half Loads in Effect The 2013 Weight Restriction Season for ALL Township of Scugog roads started Friday, March 1, 2013 and will end on approximately Friday, May 10, 2013. The actual end date will be determined following reviews of road and weather conditions periodically toward the end of the weight restriction season. The weight restriction is five (5) tonnes per axle, with no exceptions. Bridge Closure – Scugog Line 8 - Important Notice Scugog Line 8 from Highway 7/12 to Old Simcoe Road will be closed (effective immediately) for bridge repair until further notice. For information please contact the Township of Scugog Public Works Department at 905-985-7346 x112 or e-mail works@ scugog.ca. RECREATION Register Now for Spring Programs! Camp Scugog and Aquatic Registration begins May, 6th – 5-7 pm Check out the Spring/Summer Leisure Guide for more details. EVENTS “Arts of China” Royal Ontario Museum on display at the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives from March 3rd – May 26th, 2013 Have you ever wondered about the significance of the Chinese dragon? This and other questions are explored in Arts of China. The Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives is pleased to host the new travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum - Arts of China. Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives (1655 Reach St., Port Perry) inside the Scugog Arena on the 2nd floor. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students/seniors, $2 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Please contact us for rates for school programs and group tours. For more information contact: Shannon Kelly, Curator T: 905-985-8698 x 103 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.scugogshoresmuseum.com Easter Bonnet Contest Sunday, March 31st at 12:00 p.m. The Port Perry Fourth Annual Easter Bonnet Contest will be held in front of the Post Office on Queen Street, Port Perry on Easter Sunday. Categories for all age groups and pets too! Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. All money raised goes to the Scugog Memorial Library Children’s Area. For more information contact email@example.com. Winter Lecture Series - April 7th at 1:00 p.m. Join us at the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives for the Winter Lecture Series: Maimed and Damaged, Conserving Paper Artifacts. Admission is $5 and includes admittance to Arts of China exhibit and light refreshments. Bring along your family treasures to meet Basia Baklinski from the Conservation Clinic (www.theconservationclinic.com) who will discuss methods of preserving all things paper: photographs, diaries, prints, maps, posters, letters and artwork. 2nd Annual Gimme Shelter Gala - May 4th Tickets for the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog’s 2nd Annual Gimme Shelter Gala dinner on May 4, 2013 are now available at Pet Valu in Port Perry and Uxbridge and online at www.animal-shelter.ca. Cost is $125/ticket or $900/table of 8. (Tax receipt will be issued for $50/ticket.) Reception at 6 p.m. and Dinner at 7 p.m. Silent auction, live auction, great draws and door prize: Caribbean dream trip for two. (See website for details.) Horse Lover’s Tour Uxbridge Tour May 25th & Scugog Tour June 2nd The Township of Scugog & Township of Uxbridge have partnered together to create a “Horse Lover’s Tour”. This self guided tour will enable people to visit various horse facilities in our respective Townships. Come and visit our beautiful rural countryside farms. Be sure to mark your calendar for this free event. The Uxbridge tour will take place on May 25th and the Scugog Tour will take place on June 2nd both from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information visit www.scugog.ca. TENDER OPPORTUNITIES Contract No. S2013-03 - For Supply and Delivery of One (1) Three Quarter Ton 4X4 Pick-up Truck for the Public Works and Parks Department in the Public Works Department Complete Contract Documents are available for pick-up at the Municipal Office located at 181 Perry Street, Port Perry during regular business hours. Sealed tenders, clearly marked as to contents, will be received by the Township Clerk until 2:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday, April 5, 2013. Kim Coates, AMCT Municipal Clerk 905-985-7346, ext. 119 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contract No. S2013-04 - For Supply and Delivery of One (1) Three Quarter Ton 4X4 Pick-up Truck for the Public Works and Parks Department in the Parks Department Complete Contract Documents are available for pick-up at the Municipal Office located at 181 Perry Street, Port Perry during regular business hours. Sealed tenders, clearly marked as to contents, will be received by the Township Clerk until 2:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday, April 5, 2013. Kim Coates, AMCT Municipal Clerk 905-985-7346, ext. 119 Email: email@example.com Contract No. S2013-05 - For Supply and Delivery of One Front Mount Rotary Mower with Four Wheel Drive Complete Contract Documents are available for pick-up at the Municipal Office located at 181 Perry Street, Port Perry during regular business hours. Sealed tenders, clearly marked as to contents, will be received by the Township Clerk until 2:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday, April 12, 2013. Kim Coates, AMCT Municipal Clerk 905-985-7346, ext. 119 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org RECREATION Ball Hockey League SKBHL - a 10 week co-ed ball hockey league for children ages 4-12 years old. Teams are separated into 3 age groups: 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years old. Cost is $140.00 per person for a 10 game season, plus Saturday, June 29th – Tournament. Games on Wednesday nights between 5-9 p.m. non-contact sports. The Township is also looking for two coaches per team to help motivate and help with operating the bench doors. **Coaches will receive free registration for 1 child registered in the SKBHL. Contact Shawna at 905-985-8698 ext. 101 or email email@example.com to register! Don’t Delay, Register Today For Spring Programs! Infant, Toddlers and Pre-school Programs (0-5 years) • Wee Wigglers- Angels and Buds • Spring and Things! NEW • Jr. Sports of All Sorts NEW • Scugog Kids Ball Hockey League Childrens Programs (7-12 years) • Kid Kreations • Sports of All Sorts • Drama Club NEW • Youth Mountain Biking NEW • Scugog Kids Ball Hockey League Adults (18+ years) • Women’s Mountain Biking NEW For more information or to register please contact Shawna at 905985-8698 ext. 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Home Alone Safety Course An interactive training course for children ages 10-12. This 3 hour course prepares children for all the important steps of staying home alone safely. Class is held on Saturday, April 27th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. For more information or to register please contact Shawna at 905-985-8698 ext. 101 or email email@example.com. PUBLIC NOTICES Municipal Office Closed Friday, March 29th – Good Friday & Monday, April 1st – Easter Monday The Township of Scugog Municipal Office will be closed on Friday, March 29th for Good Friday and Monday, April 1st for Easter Monday. The Office will re-open on Tuesday, April 2nd at 8:30 a.m. Payments may be dropped off via the mail slot located at the front door when the office is closed. Scugog Sports Hall of Fame - Nominations Nominations are being invited for consideration and induction into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame. Nomination categories include; Athlete, Team and Builder. Nomination Forms and Criteria Information are available at the Township Municipal Offices and the Scugog Community Recreation Centre or visit the Township Website at www.scugog.ca. Nominations will be received until Friday, May 31, 2013. Contact Lindsay Burnett for additional information at 905-985-7346 ext. 120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign By-Law Requirements The Township of Scugog Sign By-Law regulates all signage and advertising devices within the Township, with the goal of permitting a reasonable amount of signage on properties, as well as ensuring the safety of residents and visitors. • All newly constructed signs, as well as changes to signs located within the Township, must have a permit issued by the Chief Building Official or his/her designate. If you are planning to install or alter a sign, please contact the Township Building Department regarding the required provisions. • Special sign provisions apply to all signage located within the Downtown Heritage Conservation District of Port Perry. • Portable signs within downtown Port Perry must be no larger than 0.37m2 (4 square feet), and must only be displayed in the location identified in the permit, and only during the actual hours of business. All portable signs, including A-frame, T-frame, sandwich boards, Municipal Offices 181 Perry Street, PO Box 780 Port Perry, ON, L9L 1A7 Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Phone: 905-985-7346 / Fax: 905-985-9914 After Hours Township Road Issues: 905-434-2173 / Email: email@example.com Website: www.scugog.ca The voice of North Durham Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 3 Federal budget 2013 unveiled DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard NORTH DURHAM: Moving forward with their goal of reducing the country’s $25.9 billion federal deficit by 2015, the Harper Conservatives presented a frugal federal budget last week. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the latest budget on Friday, March 21, featuring support for Ontario’s struggling manufacturing sector, modest spending, cuts to government departments as well as a clampdown on tax evasion. The most promising news for municipal leaders was likely the commitment from the Harper government to renew the Building Canada Fund, which will provide almost $14 billion to municipalities for the repair of transit systems, bridges and other infrastructure projects over the next ten years. As well, with over one million Canadians currently unemployed, an expanded skills training initiative will rely on assistance from the province and employers. Through the Canada Jobs Grant, the federal government will provide up to $5,000 for job training with the province and employers making matching contributions in an effort to upgrade the job skills of Canadians. The program is not slated to begin until 2014, and will depend on successful negotiations between Ottawa and the provinces. With Ontario’s manufacturing industry still lagging, the new budget features spending aimed at easing the tough times faced by the industry in recent years, hopefully spurring new investment in industry. The budget includes $920 million over the course of five years for the renewal of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Since 2009, almost 350 projects in Southern Ontario have received funding through the agency. There will also be $200 million allocated over the next five years through the Advanced Manufacturing Fund which aims to promote innovative product development or production methods in Ontario. There is also $1.4 billion in tax relief for manufacturers for the purchase of new equipment and machinery. Durham MP Erin O’Toole lauded the budget’s commitment to job creation as well as a balance between spending cuts and higher taxes. “Despite a challenging global economy, Canada has the best job creation record among all G-7 countries and with this e budget we are renewing us e Op n Suspect arrested in scrap theft NORTH DURHAM: Durham Regional Police recently arrested an 18-year-old suspect as part of an ongoing investigation involving the theft of scrap metal in North Durham. On Saturday, March 16, at approximately 10 p.m., officers observed a vehicle in Uxbridge that was thought to be involved in the theft of scrap metal. After making a traffic stop, officers found a large quantity of scrap metal and metal products in the back of his truck. Jamie Pattison, 18, of Little Britain, faces numerous charges related to theft, possession of stolen property and break-and-enter. Anyone with any information that might assist investigators is asked to contact Det. David Loughlin of the North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2676. Anonymous tips can be made to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the web site at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers. ca and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. OPEN HOUSE Sunday March 25th 1-4pm 68 Ambleside, Port Perry HO our focus on job creation to build upon the 950,000 net new jobs since the end of the recession” O’Toole said in a press release. “This budget strikes a careful balance to create jobs and eliminate our deficit without raising taxes for families or seniors.” As well, the budget could mean some items may be available for less with international tariffs removed from items including baby clothing and sports equipment. The government will look to close tax loopholes in an effort to boost government coffers. The new measure includes paying tipsters who report tax cheats. Disabled, ill and aging veterans will benefit from a $1.9 billion investment in the Funeral and Burial Program, which is also known as the “Last Post Fund.” And, in a measure to provide better weather forecasting, Environment Canada will receive $248 million over the next five years to improve weather monitoring equipment across the country in an effort to provide more accurate and timely weather forecasts and warnings. Since 2010, Conservatives have cut federal spending by $15 billion, with an eye towards a balanced budget by 2015, which should coincide with the next federal election. THE BREAKFAST CLUB: (From left) Joyce Leek, Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor and Shirley Mount were among the many residents that enjoyed the Uxbridge Lions Club’s annual pancake breakfast at the Arena Hall on Saturday, March 23. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard s n o i t a l u t a r g n Co e g d i r d l E n e K n your O ! t n e m e r reti Ken began his Parts career at a GM dealership in Bowmanville in 1964, and has worked in many other GM and Ford stores in the Durham Region. Ken came to Taylor Ford in 1995 and has since been a valued employee and member of the Taylor Ford family. We congratulate Ken on his retirement and wish him many years of good health and happiness! 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Dana Smith of Dana’s Goldsmithing (left) won for best business with under 15 employees, while Ken Koury of The Nutty Chocolatier won for best business with over 15 employees. Congratulations to both winners and don’t forget to visit Queen St. this Easter Sunday (March 31), as The Nutty Chocolatier Easter Egg Hunt returns for another year of fun. KELLY DOUGHTY The Standard The Standard The Easter Egg Hunt at Noon on March 31st, Easter Sunday, Queen St., downtown Port Perry. The Easter Egg hunt is free to all children aged 3-7. Happy Easter New Uxbridge pool could house eight lanes F RO M PAG E 1 “One of the things we heard from user groups, especially the Swim Club, was a desire for an eight-lane pool,” Mr. Allen explained. “That can fit into the plans, but carries an extra cost of $1.3 to $1.5 million. But, plans indicate that we could WOW! It’s Been A Year Already... since we’ve moved to our new location! We focus on the overall health & wellness of your pets through our professional services. An artist’s rendering of the proposed Uxbridge Aquatic Centre, to be constructed at Kennedy Fields. do that with this pool.” Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger later endorsed plans for an eight lane pool, not wanting to undertake a costly expansion in the future. “The arena was built on Brock St. W. in 1978, and less than 20 years later we had to expand it. It makes sense that the expansion be done now so you don’t have to go back,” commented Councillor Ballinger. “It’s not like the extra lanes are going to go bad. If you’re going to build it, build it right the first time so you don’t have to go back.” Currently, construction costs for the new aquatic centre are estimated at $10 million, with another $2 million set aside for other expenses such as site servicing. “Currently we only have $4 million, but we are looking for funding to get to the $12 million mark,” Ms. Ferraro explained. The lone change from the Kennedy House Master Plan to the current project relates to parking as plans now call for a shared lot to be placed between the aquatic centre and the skate park. Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse raised concerns over the amount of parking spaces - 90 spaces are currently proposed for the lot - and Mr. Allen agreed that parking often presents issues in projects of this nature. “Parking is a big issue. You never want to build too much or too little,” said Mr. Allen, adding that overflow lots could be added to enhance parking if large events are taking place at the aquatic centre. Mr. Allen went on to add that operating expenses for similar sized facilities typically come in at around $600,000 annually, although that figure is dependant on other factors such as wages and programs offered. More public discussions are expected to follow any grant approvals, with the pool expected to be operational by 2015. “We have designed a pool that is well within the financial framework available, by no means is this going to be some sort of Taj Mahal,” added Mr. Allen. • Nutrition • Wellness Screening • Dental • X-ray • Laser Surgery • Medicine • Preventative Care Sap flowing in Brock BROCK: A sweet rite of the Canadian spring happens in North Durham next weekend, as the 18th annual Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival returns April 5-6. The event kicks off on Friday (April 5) night at 5 p.m. with the Gable Brothers Midway for ‘Loonie/ Toonie’ night and the other festival attractions will commence Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The festival features plenty of fun for all ages, including horse drawn wagon rides, bath tub races, pancake eating contest, arts and crafts show and a fine art show and much more. For full details, check out the web site at www.maplesyrupfestival.ca. SCUGOG ANIMAL HOSPITAL “Supporting Animal Health” 15930 Old Simcoe Road, Port Perry 905-985-9748 • www.scugoganimalhospital.com The voice of North Durham Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 5 USS tops in Fraser report DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard VILLA IS NUMBER 1: Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier (left) presented Port Perry Villa General Manager Kim Mitchell with a Certificate of Congratulations during a celebration of the Villa’s top ranking by Holleran Consulting for resident satisfaction in a recent survey. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard NORTH DURHAM: Uxbridge Secondary School tied for the top rank amongst Durham Region high schools in the latest Fraser Institute rankings released earlier this month. Uxbridge tied with Whitby’s Sinclair Secondary School for top marks amongst area schools with matching 7.6 academic performance rankings, ranking 121 out of 725 Ontario High Schools. Port Perry tied with Whitby’s All Saints Catholic Secondary School for third place amongst Durham Schools, with an academic performance ranking of 7.1, 193 out of 725 province-wide. Although Brock High School place near the bottom of Durham schools with a 4.8 academic performance ranking, it was still well above the Institute’s red zone for schools with rankings of 2.4 and GFL considering fill site purchase: LCCW F RO M PAG E 1 GFL/Direct Line’s Pickering location is where trucks, hauling from former industrial sites on the Toronto waterfront, were sent for soil treatment prior to hauling the dirt to the same fill site on Lakeridge Rd. when it was operated by Earthworx Industries. According to a statement by the Ministry of the Environment dated April 12, 2011, ‘Direct Line began accepting soils in June 2010 and shipped treated soils to Earthworx beginning in September 2010.’ The Lakeridge Rd. site was shut down in 2011 following a lengthy court battle between Earthworx and Scugog, in which a provincial tribunal ruled in the township’s favour by declaring that the operation was subject to municipal bylaws. Earthworx continued dumping after its municipal site alteration permit was revoked by the township in October 2010, after soil samples from the site tested positive for excessive amounts of certain contaminants. It’s unknown whether or not GFL/ Direct Line would have received any of the soil placed at the Earthworx site that tested positive for those chemicals in 2010. However, Pickering resident Gord Hamilton has been dealing with problems on his Sideline 14 property, after he received soil, shipped to his property by Earthworx Industries in 2011, which he was told had been treated at GFL. He later found the soil to be contaminated with gasoline several times the accepted provincial limit. Yet another fill project supplied by GFL, this one in Oakwood, Ontario, was shut down by City of Kawartha Lakes Council in July 2012, after soil tests revealed excessive levels of chemical contamination, including hydrocarbons and heavy metals. GFL is also one of the sources of soil for the expansion plans at the Greenbank Airport, owned by Green For Life’s Bob Munshaw. To date, no adverse findings have been recorded at that site. The GFL proposal has drawn criticism from the LCCW, which formed shortly after the Lakeridge Rd. site was first in operation in 2010. According to LCCW spokesperson Carmela Marshall, the group contends that a reactivation of the permit would contravene the township’s site alteration bylaw, which prohibits site alteration within the Oak Ridges Moraine unless an applicant can demonstrate that the work is permitted by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP). Ms. Marshall said that in addition to municipal legislation, the ORMCP dictates that ‘the portion of the net developable area of the site that is disturbed to be not more than 50 per cent of the total area of the site,’ which may exclude the site from re-activation. “LCCW (Lakeridge Citizens for Clean Water) believes that the significant contamination on this site must be cleaned up and believes that there are viable options to make this happen,” said Ms. Marshall, who spoke to the matter at Scugog Council’s March 25 meeting. “However, issuing a fill permit to import more dirt in order for the necessary remediation to happen is absolutely not one of these options. A site-alteration permit to further fill this site would be contrary to the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Scugog by-law, as well as irresponsible and unethical.” “The proposed cleanup still leaves the site with contamination that exceeds today’s soil standards for an industrial land use in an area where the groundwater isn’t used for drinking,” added LCCW spokesperson Ian McLaurin, “but this site is next to the Natural Core Area of the Oak Ridges Moraine and people drink from wells only one-third of a kilometre away. For example, the cleanup leaves in place soil where borehole samples had levels of free cyanide 100 times the standards set by MOE in 2011.” At the recent council meeting, Scugog CAO Bev Hendry told councillors that the township will meet with representatives from the MOE on April 16 regarding the status of the site. Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier added that while the township was previously informed of the intent for GFL to acquire the property - via the letter from GFL sent to the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) regarding the site - a formal application for a municipal site alteration bylaw, as well as the MOE’s assessment of the clean-up, is yet to come forward. Until that time, Mayor Mercier said that the township is considering the site a “work in progress,” albeit one watched closely, particularly regarding the clean-up. “Without the MOE’s input, the correspondence doesn’t really mean anything,” said the mayor. “We have a strong position on managing commercial fill and a strong position on cleaning up the (Earthworx) site... (But) we’re still unaware of the scope of the clean-up, and until then, there’s nothing happening.” under. Oshawa’s GL Roberts CVI ranked lowest in Durham with an academic performance ranking of 2.9, scoring 687 out of 725 schools. Low scores don’t necessarily mean bad news, as Fraser Institute director of school performance studies Peter Cowley explained. “Every school is capable of improvement, regardless of its geographic or socioeconomic challenges,” said Mr. Cowley. “With individual school results going back five years, the annual school rankings help parents and educators measure improvement in specific subject areas and prioritize improvement plans for the year ahead.” Uxbridge’s St. Joseph Catholic School placed fifth amongst Durham schools in The Institute’s elementary school rankings, which were released in February. Among Scugog Township elementary schools, Prince Albert and Greenbank/Epsom shared top honours, with both schools scoring a 7.8 academic performance ranking. The Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools rates public, private, and Catholic secondary schools based on seven academic indicators using data from the annual province-wide tests of literacy and math managed by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). The report card also includes important information about each school’s make-up, including parents’ average income, the percentage of ESL students, and the percentage of special needs students. The complete results for all 725 secondary schools are available at www.compareschoolrankings.org. Order War Amps Key Tags to Protect Your Keys! Use a War Amps confidentially coded key tag to safeguard all your keys. If you lose them, they can be returned to you by courier, free of charge. When you use War Amps key tags, you support the Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. The War Amps 1 800 250-3030 waramps.ca Charitable Registration No. 13196 9628 RR0001 6 • Thursday, March 28, 2013 The Standard NORTH DURHAM March Operation Scugog Easter food drive. Donations can be placed in the drop boxes at local supermarkets including Vos Independent, Food Basics and Foodland, as well as participating businesses, including The Standard at 94 Water St. and Micklegate Realty, at 76 Water St. in Port Perry. Wednesday, March 27 The Port Perry Fiddle Club invites everyone to their Dance into Spring Dance & Jam at the Scugog Community Centre, 1655 Reach Rd. Plenty of fiddle music, country singing , square dances, and round dancing all evening long. Doors open at 6pm. $5 admission. For info call Barry at 905-985-7557. Friday, March 29 Everyone is invited to gather for the Annual Good Friday Ecumenical Walk at the Gazebo in Palmer Park in Port Perry at 9:30 am. A Cross will be carried to seven locations throughout Port Perry where readings and prayers will be offered and songs sung. We will conclude with a time of fellowship, coffee and hot cross buns. Please come and join us! April St. John Ambulance Lindsay – April 2013 courses now available. All courses are at Victoria Park Armoury at 210 Kent St. W. For more info or to pre-register, call 705-324-9894 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday, April 3 St. John Ambulance, Kawartha Branch is looking for volunteers for our Medical First Responder Units in Lindsay and Fenelon Falls. We are looking for individuals with an interest in ﬁrst aid and health care who wish to provide volunteer emergency healthrelated service within their community. Please call to pre-register for our next recruitment session at 7:00pm at the Victoria Park Armoury. - Cartwright Union Cemetery Annual Meeting, Blackstock United Church, Blue Meeting Room, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 Pine Ridge Garden Club meeting with Speaker Darren Heimbecker of Whistling Gardens, “Building a Botanical Garden.” Nestleton Community Hall, 3971 Highway 7A Nestleton 7:30 pm. For info on meeting and a bus trip to the Gardens call 905-986-5330. Thursday, April 4 Shout Sister Choir, 7 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, 3505 Church Street, Blackstock. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained by calling 905 986 0557. Door Prizes and Refreshments. Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 Friends of the Sunderland Library are hosting a fund-raising book sale at the Sunderland Public Library. There will be hundreds of good quality used books available, price by donation, and all donations will go to enhancing the library’s purchase of new material. Items for Happenings? Let us know. email@example.com North Durham Happenings is a community service of The Standard reserved for Charitable and Non-Profit events. We endeavour to run all eligible items in the order which they are received. SEAGRAVE by Robin Drew and Jean Short The members of the 1st Port Perry Scouts that are going to the Canadian Jamboree in July are hosting a fundraising curling day and spaghetti dinner on April 14 at the Port Perry Curling Club. Please join us and have some FUN! For yickets, please call Robin at 905-985-7676. Get well wishes to Rev. Paul, who is having minor surgery on Wednesday. On this sunny Palm Sunday, Marjorie Chambers handed out the Palm fronds to the congregation as they entered the church. Jane Pettinger extinguished the sixth Candle of Lent. The congregation sang Happy Birthday to Ethan Cannon and Brett Drew. Eleanor Sturman thanked who had helped with the set up, providing food, and clean up for the 51st Annual U.C.W. Presbyterial Meeting. Joan Lee in turn thanked Eleanor for the planning of the meeting. Tara Taylor reported for M&S and approximately $150 has been turned in during Lent. Rev. Paul explained the meaning of the Palm fronds to the children. Good Friday service will be at Seagrave Church at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday service will be at 9 a.m. Please bring you flowers in memory of your loved ones. April 4, 7 p.m. - Open the doors to Spirituality with Rev. Paul. April 9, 12 p.m. - Out to Lunch. Please bring a nonperishable item for the Scugog food Bank. The menu is scalloped potatoes and ham. To reserve a seat, please call Donna at 905-985-8350 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require a ride, please call Don at 705-357-3871. April 13, 8:30 a.m. - Seagrave Mens’ Breakfast. To have items put in the column, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 985-9921. CAESAREA by Eleanor Colwell Caesarea Euchre Scores for March 14th were as follows: high scores – 1)J.Rowe, 2)A.Manns & B.Churchill, 3)M.Ayling, 4)G.McArthur, 5)R.Harrison; most lone hands – B.Churchill & B.Moase; and low score – B.Kushner. Nine tables of card players joined us for the night. See you all again on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Blackstock & District Lions Club We were pleased that Jenna Bolzon of Cartwright Central Public School was able to fill in for Clay Larmer when he was unable to go on to our Lions District Effective Speaking Contest on Saturday in Newmarket. In the Junior English division there were twelve speakers, making the competition very close. Each of the speakers was sponsored by a Lions or Lioness Club and the first place winners will go on to our Multiple District competition in St. Catharines in May. The sponsoring Clubs were as follows: Fowlers Corners Lions Club – Junior English, Newmarket Lions Club – Intermediate English, Markham Lions Club – Intermediate French, and Mount Albert Lions Club – Senior English. The Lions Effective Speaking program has been with us since 1947 and many have attested to the value it has served them in their lives. We are most proud of the Lions Effective Speaking program. Remember our fifth annual Car Show on Saturday, May 25, in the Blackstock Fairgrounds. If you are interested in supporting this program as a trophy sponsor, please contact Lion Keith at 905-986-5603. the annual Spring Drum Social at 22600 Island Rd. at the health and Resource Centre. Potluck lunch is at 11:30 a.m. - everyone please bring a dish of your favourite meal. Happy Birthdays this week goes out to: Wayne Charles (March 27) Cooper Kozlinsky (March 28), Nolan Coons (March 29), and to Rhiannon McRae (March 30). Happy Birthday to anyone I may have missed. Please remember that I would like to receive the news by 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings, and that I can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 905-985-7662. BLACKSTOCK by Joyce Kelly On Tuesday, Gord Paisley along with his daughter Cathy of Toronto attended the funeral of his sister-inlaw Betty Paisley of Dunnville, who passed away after a lengthy illness. On Wednesday, a large number of ladies attended the annual UCW Lakeridge Presbyterial held at Centennial Albert Church in Oshawa. Michelle Adams is Vice President and Sharon Goulding is Treasurer. The ladies report enjoying the day very much. Congratulations to Wilma and Tom Wotton on becoming first time grandparents with the arrival on Saturday of baby Jax, a son of Jonathan and Brandy Wotten. Jax is another great grandchild for Muriel Wotten and Tena and John Wolters. Special services will be held at both churches for the Easter season, featuring special music. Good Friday service for the United will be a joint service at Nestleton United at 11 a.m. Note that there will be no sunrise service this year. Winners at the Tuesday evening card party were Elmo Gibson, Heidi Krieg, Dave Hudson, Barb Evans and Jean VanCamp (low). Elmo Gibson won the prize for the most lone hands. The specials were won by Alma Manns, Audrey Mahaffy and Doris Manns. SCUGOG ISLAND by Jeanne C. Le Saux Call to Worship was called by the Rev. E. Frazer Lacey, a warm and friendly welcome went out to all who came out, there was a great turn. There was a celebration of Palm Sunday, and a gathering for the Baptism of Michelle Kowollit, the daughter of Elizabeth freeman and Randy Freeman, both Rev Lacey and Douglas Baird participated in the service. Dates to remember: March 31: Easter Sunday the service will be a Communion service with Rev E Frazer Lacey presiding. You are invited to bring in flowers due to allergies, please use silk lilies. April 7: Congregational Meeting to discuss the annual report, please pick up your copy of the report at the back of the Church. April 27: Bake and Craft Sale at the Island Hall. The Orchestra will play on the last Sunday of each month. The First Nation Community went on a outing on Saturday to see “Rock of Ages” for an afternoon matinee followed by dinner on the way back to the First Nation. On April 7 starting at about 11:30 a.m., the Mississauga’s of Scugog Island First Nation will be hosting The of North Durham Yourvoice Community Owned Newspaper Thursday, October March 28, Thursday, 18,2013 2012 • •7 7 ZEPHYR AND SANDFORD by Pat Asling First of all, I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who took time to send cards, phone, attended the visitation or funeral for my father. All the prayers and concerns were deeply appreciated. He had an impact on at least four generations of family, friends, neighbours and many organizations. Elaine Cordingly spent a thrilling time lately when she toured New Zealand and Tasmania, one of the highlights being the Tasmanian Devil, an animal facing threat of extinction due to disease. Harry and Carol Johnson recently returned from very interesting and picturesque bus trip to Arizona. Besides the beautiful scenery they encountered, they enjoyed the warmer weather. Speaker Nancy Trimble, at the Uxbridge Genealogy Group last Thursday, told about the many new projects undertaken by the Ontario Genealogical Society to make searching for ancestors easier and faster. There may even be some in Tasmania as Canada shipped a number of convicts there, as England did to Australia. From Scott Central, a large number of students participated in the Sunderland Music festival and did quite well. Congratulations to both teachers and pupils for taking part. Grade 8 student hold their spaghetti dinner on March 28 at St Paul’s Presbyterian, Leaskdale, from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for children, $10 for adults and $30 for a family of four or more. Superintendent Anne Marie Laginski will join the school April 5 when they will hold and “excellence Assembly”. Sunday at church was a busy day for both congregations, being Palm Sunday with Communion as well. Everyone got their palm branch to wave during the singing. In Zephyr, special music was provided by Emily Kester on the flute and in Sandford the Luke Family Ladies shared their many musical talents with us, to the enjoyment of all. Rev. Diane executed a monologue, giving us a vision of Jesus’ triumphant parade into Jerusalem, from the viewpoint of one of his friends. Rev. Diane is a great dramatist! The Book Club meets at Sandford Church 7 p.m. A Good Friday service will be held at Sandford at 11 a.m. - all are welcome. Easter Sunday services, March 31, are held at both churches. Please join us at Zephyr, 9:30 a.m. and Sandford 11 a.m. (on Mother’s Day this order is reversed with Sandford at 9:30 a.m. and Zephyr at 11 a.m.). Zephyr congregation are preparing for their annual Oyster Soup/Ham and Scalloped Potato dinner on Tuesday, April 16 - always a treat. PRINCE ALBERT by Pat Boyd Services for Easter will begin on Maundy Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Port Perry United Church. A Passion play about the last week of Jesus’ earthly life will be performed by members of the Port Perry/Prince Albert congregations. The service will be one hour long, admission is free, and no offering will be taken. March 29 is the Good Friday Ecumenical Walk starting at 9:30 a.m. at the gazebo in Palmer Park. Easter Sunday Morning Sunrise Service is in Pine Grove Cemetery at 6:45 a.m. A light breakfast will follow at Port Perry United Church. Easter Sunday services will be held at 9:50 a.m. at Port Perry and 11:30 a.m. at Prince Albert. A choral evensong service will be held at the Church of the Ascension at 6 p.m., Good Friday evening. The Church Chicks United will be holding their fourth annual Easter Bonnet contest in front of the Post Office with registration at 11:30 a.m. Funds raised go toward the children’s programs at the Library. Thursday evening’s euchre winners at the Community Centre were Meryl St. John, Joyce Norrish, Ethel Smith, Mac Albright, Tom Sutherland and Grace Pargeter. The charge-wide Council meets on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Prince Albert fellowship room. EPSOM AND UTICA by Shari Kerry A celebration of life was held last Saturday at Epsom church for Don Asling and was attended by many. He has left a very strong legacy, that you could really see that his family was very proud to be apart of. Plans are being finalized for the BethesdaReach’s Women’s Institute’s Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon. Fashions are from Woods and Woods in Uxbridge. The date is set for Tuesday, April 9, at Trinity United Church in Uxbridge. Lunch is at noon, and tickets are $18 per person and are available from Blue Heron books or calling 905-985-3976 or 905-852-7128. The proceeds are donated to various charitable organizations throughout Uxbridge and Scugog Townships. The Canadian Food Grains Bank will hold their annual Good Friday Breakfast beginning at 8:15 a.m. at Utica Memory Hall. Everyone is welcome. There will be a free will offering. Following the breakfast, there will be the Stations of the Cross Walk ending at Utica United Church for our Good Friday Service. Our Easter service will be at Utica United church at 11 a.m. on Sunday. There will be a church beef supper on April 13 at Utica United Church from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To list your church events contact Katherine at 905-985-6985 BLACKSTOCK and NESTLETON UNITED CHURCHES Rev. Linda Saffrey - 905-986-4235 Blackstock United Church 3483 Church St. Nestleton United Church 3991 Proutt Rd. Good Friday, March 29 Joint Worship Service at Nestleton, 11 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31 Worship Service at Blackstock, 9:45 a.m. Worship Service at Nestleton, 11:15 a.m. Welcome to all! 14460 Simcoe St., Port Perry newsongportperry.ca Easter Week Services Maundy Thursday, March 28 - 7 p.m. Good Friday Walk, March 29 - 9:30 a.m. (at Palmer Park) Good Friday Service - 1 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 31 - 10 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School (Anglican Network in Canada) All are Welcome. 19100 Island Road, Port Perry A warm welcome to all 905-985-4094 SUNDAY, March 31 10 a.m. Morning Service SCUGOG ISLAND UNITED CHURCH IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 1710 Scugog Street, Port Perry Father Peter Lackmanec MASS SATURDAY - 5 p.m. SUNDAY - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. For Mass through the week call the Parish at 905-985-7071 Rev. Elaine Hall - Rev. Don Willmer 905-985-2801 Maundy Thursday, March 28 Passion play, 7 p.m. at Port Perry United Church PORT PERRY and PRINCE ALBERT UNITED CHURCHES ST. JOHN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 319 Queen Street, Port Perry Pastor Robert Kennedy 905-985-3881 www.stjohnsportperry.com SUNDAY, March 31 Service at 10 a.m. Sunday School and Nursery Care Available All are warmly welcome VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTRE Ontario 905-985-1346 Rev John Benschop firstname.lastname@example.org www.victorychristiancentre.net Tuesday - 7:30 p.m. Youth Meeting Tuesday to Thursday - 4-7 p.m. After school program “HEARTBEAT” for ages 12-17 Friday - 7:30 p.m. Prayer Revival Join us Sunday Mornings at 10 a.m. Prayer 10:30 a.m. Celebration Service Easter Morning Breakfast, 9 a.m. Everyone welcome! Service to follow at 10:30 a.m. SOMETHING FOR ALL AGES 593 Alma St., Port Perry, (Anglican Church of Canada) 266 North St., Port Perry Phone: 905-985-7278 email@example.com www.ascensionportperry.com Holy Week Services Maundy Thursday March 28 7:30 p.m. ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION Minister Rev. John Anderson Easter Sunday, March 31 Sunrise service, 6:45 a.m. at Pinegrove Cemetery Easter services at regular worship times Port Perry United Church 294 Queen St., Port Perry 9:50 a.m. Morning Worship Prince Albert United Church 23 Jeffrey St., Prince Albert 11:30 a.m. Morning Worship Nursery Care and Sunday School Available • www.portperryunited.com UXBRIDGE TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 20 First Avenue Pastor Kirby Constable 905-852-6213 www.trinityuxbridge.com Good Friday March 29 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31 SUNDAY WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL 10 a.m. COME and BE ENGAGED by the GOOD NEWS Easter Sunday March 31 10 a.m. HOPE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Pastor Bernhard VanderVlis Maundy Thursday Service, 6:30 p.m. Good Friday Service, 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. Mid-week programs for youth and adults! 14480 Old Simcoe Rd. (Between 7A and Prince Albert) 905-985-9307 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hopeforportperry.ca Sunday School and Nursery available Hope Church 2210 Hwy. 7A (at Island Rd.) 905-985-8681 www.portperrybaptist.ca Rev. Jim Clemens, Sr. Pastor Join us for worship this week: SUNDAY SERVICES 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship 6:30 p.m. Worship Nursery Care and Jr. Church is available A warm welcome to all PORT PERRY BAPTIST CHURCH Join us on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Special Guest on Easter Sunday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Jubilance Singers and Orchestra A contemporary worship experience in a relaxed environment. Staff: Dr. Fred Penney, Lead Pastor Scott Manuel, Youth Pastor Brenna Cruickshank, Children’s Ministry Director 1680 Reach Street. - 905-985-4441 website: www.emmanuelcc.ca Emmanuel Community Church: ‘Reaching up to God; Reaching out to our Community,’ email@example.com www.greenbankchurch.com Rev. Paul Moorhouse 905-985-7766 EASTER SUNDAY, March 31 Seagrave (in the beautiful hamlet of Seagrave) 9 a.m. Morning Service Greenbank (Hwy 12, minutes. N. of Pt. Perry) 11 a.m. Morning Service Everyone is Welcome Children’s time with 11 a.m. service A PLACE OF HOPE! 8 • Thursday, March 28, 2013 The Standard EDITORIAL Getting our fill Once again, talk has turned to the potential re-opening of the Lakeridge Rd. property that brought the term ‘commercial fill’ into the common vernacular of Durham Region residents from Oshawa to Beaverton. While the prospect is just talk at the moment, as no formal application for a new site alteration permit has come before Scugog Council, it’s certainly raised some red flags in the community, particularly for those living in close proximity to the property, who still rightfully fear that the contamination found in some soil samples from the dumping that took place in 2010 may negatively impact the local environment and drinking water in years to come. Given the unresolved issues with regard to jurisdiction and management of such sites, it would be questionable - and somewhat ironic - for the Township of Scugog to entertain such a proposal as signing a new permit for a different site owner to pick up where the former left off, even if the site is cleaned up before new dumping begins. And there’s the bigger issue. While not a new concern, it certainly is worth repeating: A province-wide issue like fill needs a provincial solution, not a mosaic of municipal legislation that essentially pushes problems into neighbouring communities with weak - or no - bylaws dealing with a new industry that, for all intents and purposes, is part and parcel of our ever expanding population and all the construction it demands. As Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller pointed out at Scugog’s capacity-crowd fill symposium in January, the provincial Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Infrastructure, as opposed to the Ministry of the Environment, need to take increased action as the drivers of such intensification that feeds commercial fill. A pro-active, as opposed to reactive, approach. Until then, municipal government is stuck holding the bag of commercial fill legislation - let’s hope it’s strong enough in the interim. Reader thanks Uxbridge youth To the Editor: On a recent afternoon at about 3:30 p.m., I attempted to park my car at the Elgin Park Dr. entrance to Elgin Park - to walk my dog (the Rasta-Puli in dread locks) on-leash. I thought the snow had melted enough to allow me to turn around and park off and out of the way of traffic heading west on Elgin Park Drive. The sun was bright, but not bright enough to melt the snow and I soon found myself stuck. A girlfriend came to my rescue, however, one was not enough to push the car free. I was so pleasantly surprised when a car full of youth - two young men and a lady pulled up. The two young men sprang into action, without a word. Within minutes, they had pushed the car to the road! The young men were true heroes and hurriedly walked back to their car, apparently embarrassed with the thankful praise with which I was lavishing them. I did not press them for their names but managed to confirm they were from Uxbridge Secondary School. I only got the opportunity to shake the hand of one of the gentlemen, as the other shied away from recognition. I only wish to who - which mother and father - I am to be thankful for raising such responsible and considerate members of society! I shall make report of such chivalry to the Uxbridge Youth Centre, in hopes the young men can be recognized amongst their peers! Barbara de Catanzaro Uxbridge Scouts get into spring cleaning To the Editor, The1st Port Perry Scout Group would like to invite the community to their second annual spring clean up event on April 6. The group will be receiving unwanted scrap metal, appliances, batteries, pop cans and liquor cans/ bottles. All proceeds go to the maintenance and upkeep of the scout hall. Volunteers will be at the scout hall, 15585 Simcoe St., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the day and should you require help in transporting items, call 905-985 -9048 and one of the volunteers will be of assistance. Pauline Warden 1st Port Perry Scouts Send us an e-mail to; firstname.lastname@example.org or a letter to: The Standard, 94A Water St., Port Perry ON L9L 1J2 Your opinion matters 94A Water Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1J2 | Phone: 905-985-6985 | E-mail: email@example.com 2012 CCNA CMCA AUDITED The Scugog Standard Limited is owned and operated by Skyline Media, which publishes The Standard once weekly. 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Tracey Coveart, . . . . . . . .J. ‘Wally’ Nesbitt, John Foote The voice of North Durham NEWS AND OPINION Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 9 Regional Chair recaps 2012 in Uxbridge DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard Staying in touch... JOHN O’TOOLE MPP UXBRIDGE: Improved infrastructure funding was at the forefront of discussions as Regional Chair Roger Anderson delivered his ‘State of the Region’ address to Uxbridge council on Monday, March 25. Mr. Anderson began his presentation by highlighting the Region’s continued investment in infrastructure in the 2013 budget. Included in the spending is $54.8 million for road improvements, $36.5 million in water system upgrades and $52.6 million in sanitation and sewage projects. The road rehabilitation expenses include over $1 million for rehabilitation of Regional Rd. 1 between Regional Rd. 21 and Hwy. 47. Additional funds have been set aside for Sandford Rd. repairs and improved traffic signals and signage within Uxbridge Township. Mr. Anderson also addressed changes to transit funding proposed earlier in the day by Premier Kathleen Wynne, which includes additional taxes and tolls on roads throughout the province. “They can move forward with all of the taxes they want in Durham Region, but they better stay in Durham,” commented Mr. Anderson. “As it is, Durham is on the tail end of a 20-year plan, which is unacceptable. We’ve been behind in infrastructure funding for the past 60 years in Durham.” Mr. Anderson later pointed out that both Peel and York Region have more than 100 lanes of traffic stretching north to south, while Durham only has a dozen. “Goods move all across the province, not just through Toronto,” Mr. Anderson told The Standard. “When it comes to infrastructure funding Durham Region is one of the last places they seem to look, which is unacceptable.” The Regional Chair also lauded the Region for its AAA credit rating, making it just one of eight municipalities in the country to hold such an honour. “The AAA credit rating saves literally millions of dollars for our municipalities,” said Mr. Anderson. “Our credit rating is better than the province of Ontario, meaning we can borrow money easier than the province.” Changes to the Regional Chair position were also addressed by Mr. Anderson after a triple majority was reached throughout Durham last year, paving the way for direct election of the Regional Chair in the 2014 municipal election. The Regional Chair predicted that running for the position will be costly, with him estimating that expenses incurred during the election likely to cost candidates between $100,000 and $300,000. Mr. Anderson also expressed reservations over the power held by a directlyelected Chair. “The problem is, you’ll have someone elected in Durham who is more powerful than any MP or MPP,” commented Mr. Anderson. “What I don’t want to see is a Toronto-type mandate. If you have a council that doesn’t agree with the Chair’s agenda, you’ll have problems.” Mr. Anderson also noted that office expenses, such as staff and additional costs relating to a driver for the Chair are almost certain to increase under a directlyelected Regional Chair. CHS closure needs to be reviewed Last week, I presented a binder of documents from by the Cartwright School Community to the Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education. This very thorough report from citizens calls into question the entire accommodations review process (ARC) followed in closing the school. I have asked the Minister of Education to conduct an administrative review of the accommodation review process, as requested by the community. At the very least, there should be a one-year delay in closing Cartwright High School. This would provide time to investigate the process that was followed in reviewing accommodations at Cartwright. Keeping the school open for another year would also give the community time to consider the long-range future for the site and alternative uses. For example, Scugog Township has suggested the school could become a centre for education in agriculture and trades as well as a potential e-learning site. Casino “Modernization” May Affect Local Jobs The goal of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s controversial modernization program is to build or consolidate 29 casinos by the year 2018. Many citizens are calling for referendums in casino host communities before new casinos get a green light. I am especially concerned over the impact of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation modernization on local jobs. With additional casinos being built, there is the likelihood of jobs being lost at existing casinos. The Great Blue Heron Charity Casino is the largest employer in north Durham Region, providing more than 1,000 jobs. The local casino not only provides jobs, but also does outstanding charitable work through the The Baagwating Community Association, which is the charitable arm of the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino. Scouts look to raise funds with spaghetti, curling SCUGOG: North Durham residents are invited to enjoy an afternoon of curling, fill up on spaghetti and help get local Scouts packing for a once-in-a-lifetime Scouting experience. The 1st Port Perry Scouts troop is holding a fundraising spaghetti dinner and curling event Sunday, April 14, to help with the cost of sending 16 Scouts and four leaders to the Canadian Scout Jamboree in Sylvan Lake, Alberta from July 6 to 13. Jamborees take place only every few years and this summer’s event will bring together 5,000 youth, leaders and volunteers from across Canada and around the world for the ultimate Scouting experience. Scouts share friendship and adventure while experiencing personal development that only a jamboree experience can bring. The fundraising event runs from 1:30 to 8 p.m. at the Port Perry Curling Club, or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for just the curling and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner. The cost is $5 per person for curling, to be paid at the door, and clean running shoes are required. Adults pay $10 for the spaghetti dinner, while kids two to 12 are $7 and toddlers are free. Dinner tickets are available at the door or by calling Marita at 905-985-7108. 1st Port Perry has been holding a series of fundraisers to help with the trip so that as many local youth as possible can experience the Jamboree. A cautionary Spring tail Mother Nature is a slippery devil. Just when you think you have her all figured out, she throws you a curve ball or in this case, a snowball. The US Midwest just got socked with another 25 cm of winter, and while snow this far into spring makes boarders, skiers and sledders wriggle with delight in their thermal underwear, golfers - who were swinging in 22 degree heat this time last year - must be pacing the floor in their polo shirts, putting dust bunnies. I actually feel sorry for Punxsutawney Phil, whose ‘Wanted for fraud in Pennsylvania’ poster is currently circulating on the Internet. If meteorologists can’t predict the weather, how can we expect a groundhog to do it? Spring might not be in the air but the hopefulness that is the hallmark of the season certainly is. Little flocks of impossibly round house sparrows, their feathers fluffed against the wind, are gossiping in the leafless bushes outside my window. And for the first time since winter began all those long, dark months ago, the voice of a songbird, warbling stubbornly against the cold, dragged me from my slumber a few mornings ago. Robins, harbingers of spring in these parts, flit furtively from one wet, brown lawn to the next, looking for the first worms of the new year. And the squirrels, drunk on sunshine, jaywalk brazenly in a desperate bid to find out if the bulbs on the other side of the street have begun to point their tender green arms skyward. As if to satisfy the rodents’ curiosity, the first Common Snowdrops are hanging their pretty white heads in the valleys between the shovelled mountain ranges in a neighbour’s garden. The recession of the glaciers in the street can be marked in inches each day, a wet footprint on the asphalt the only reminder of colder times, and the willow trees wear their chartreuse haze of fresh growth like a victory. A week ago - when spring pretended to arrive - basketball nets appeared at the foot of blacktop driveways overnight. Kids on skateboards braved roadways pebbled with the sandy discharge of plows that suddenly seemed like a distant memory. High school boys twirled lacrosse sticks, their optimistic bare legs poking out from shorts. And bikes with training wheels sporting small shouting children in puffy jackets sped down the sidewalk, tilting wildly in defiance of gravity. People I hadn’t seen since November popped up on their porch steps. Some had new puppies. All had a smile and a wave. Rob took Max to the park for the first time in weeks, letting him off the leash to roll lustily in muddy puddles the size and depth of small lakes. It took us hours to get him clean, but Rob had found our dog’s enthusiasm irresistible. Even when winter returned in earnest a few days later, we clung to the promise of springtime. I wore my fleece jacket not my down coat - when I took Max for his morning walk, and I left my mitts and hat in the drawer even though I knew I would return home with frosty earlobes and stiff fingers. Boys palmed basketballs too cold to dribble and clustered around their driveway nets with plumes of steam issuing from their mouths. The same steam hung behind the listing bikes, their chilly riders puffing like miniature locomotives. But it was Lucy - my friend Lynne’s Newfoundland dog Just Write! TRACEY COVEART The Standard @TraceyCoveart - that proved just how perilously close spring really is. While out for a walk on Saturday, Lucy spotted some birds perched on the frozen skin of a local skating pond and set out after them. About 50 feet from shore, she crashed through the ice and wound up clinging to the edge by her toenails, howling for salvation. A police officer responding to Lynne’s desperate 911 call tore the back seat out of his cruiser as a flotation device, tied a rope around his waist, stripped down to his T-shirt and commando crawled out to the huge dog. He managed to haul Lucy onto the seat cushion - tearing his biceps muscle and getting hypothermia in the bargain - and safely bring her back to shore. Lucy is fine. The heroic officer will require surgery. Lucy’s is a cautionary ‘tail.’ Spring is almost here, and that means waterways are often unstable, even treacherous. And while the Old Farmers’ Almanac (more reliable than poor Phil) predicts snow into April, it won’t last. Spring revellers: be patient, your wait is almost over. Snow worshippers: as you squeeze the last drop of enjoyment out of winter, please, for the sake of your loved ones and rescue workers, let common sense and discretion be your guides. 10 • Thursday, March 28, 2013 The Standard Enjoy a Safe & Happy Easter Weekend Waste collection changes for Easter DURHAM: The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents of changes to scheduled curbside waste collection due to the upcoming Easter holidays. Changes to the waste collection schedule will occur on Friday, March 29, in six of the eight area municipalities. Residents in the City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington, and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge - who have Green Bin, Blue Box, yard waste or garbage collection scheduled for Friday, March 29 - will have their waste picked up on Saturday, March 30. In the City of Oshawa and the Town of Whitby, the Region of Durham is only responsible for Blue Box collection. Oshawa and Whitby residents with Blue Box collection scheduled for Friday, March 29 (Good Friday) will have collection moved to Saturday, March 30. In addition, there will be no collections on Easter Monday in these two municipalities. As a result, Blue Box collection scheduled for Monday, April 1 will be moved to Tuesday, April 2. This shift will continue throughout the week, ending with Friday, April 5 collections being moved to Saturday, April 6 in the City of Oshawa and the Town of Whitby only. Garbage and Green Bin collection for Oshawa and Whitby residents is the responsibility of the individual municipalities, not the Region of Durham. These residents are asked to check their waste calendars, or contact their local municipality, regarding collection of these items during the Easter weekend. These changes are taking place in observance of Good Friday and Easter Monday. Residents are reminded to have waste materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of collection. For more information, please contact the Region of Durham, Works Department at 905-579-5264 (toll-free at 1-800-667-5671), visit www.durham.ca/waste or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Region hosts farm information session DURHAM: Residents are invited to attend the Farm Connections open house, an interactive way to learn about agriculture in Durham Region. The event takes place Wednesday, April 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Luther Vipond Memorial Arena, 67 Winchester Rd. in Brooklin. The Farm Connections open house allows members of the community to learn about agriculture through various interactive stations, including meeting with farmers and livestock; as well as learning about dairy, beef, pork, chicken, sheep, land stewardship, greenhouse production, apple cider and crops. A live sheep-shearing demonstration will also take place. For more information, please visit www.durhamfarmconnections.ca or contact Durham Region’s Economic Development and Tourism Division at 1-800-413-0017. The Durham Farm Connections program, now in its eighth year, is an agriculture education program that meets Ontario curriculum requirements and has been awarded with an Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence. KENNY & DOLLY TOGETHER AGAIN! Saturday April 20, 2013 • 8:00 pm TOWN HALL 1873 THEATRE 905-985-8181 www.TownHall1873.ca Answer the trivia question and drop off your entry to The Standard, 94A Water St., Port Perry. Random draw winner! Contest closes April 15th at 5 p.m., 2013. Please print below Name: __________________________________________Phone Number: ____________ Skill Question: What year did Kenny and Dolly release “Islands in the Stream”? ________________ . 302 Queen Street, PORT PERRY The voice of North Durham Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 11 $559,900 $544,900 $174,900 $439,900 New Price! 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Instead of approaching getting organized as one enormous task, Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association suggests breaking up the work into a series of mini-projects. “Mini-projects can be more manageable for busy homeowners and the satisfaction you feel when you complete these tasks can help motivate you to finish the job.” Here are Dorner’s top tricks to cutting clutter and getting your home looking and feeling organized: - Tackle one mess (and one room) at a time: Prevent getting overwhelmed by attacking one room at a time. Dedicate a few hours each week to getting one room sorted and you’ll surprise yourself with how organized you feel after a few short weeks. - Box it up: Start three piles – store, toss and donate. Go through closets, cabinets and cupboards and start sorting. With the exception of seasonal items (that should be stored in airtight bins when not in use), if you haven’t touched an item in over three months, consider getting rid of it. - Buy organizers: For use within closets and cabinets. For example, keep kitchen spices readily available with a spice shelf, or hang a shoe organizer behind a closet door to reduce clutter on closet and bedroom floors. - Organize entryway: Entryways are one of the most cluttered areas of the home due to lack of space, lots of stuff and traffic. Get shoes off the floor and onto a shoe rack or bin. Place a coat rack or hooks to hang outerwear and umbrellas. - Get ruthless: Limit clutter on tables, countertops and flat surfaces by designating spots for things like keys, mail, etc. Keep décor items simple and free of dust. Remember, less is more! - Designate drawers: Assign drawers in cabinets, desks and dressers for a specific purpose. For example, assign a desk drawer as a “homework only” zone. For many busy parents, it can feel like you are constantly picking up after your kids. Counter this by getting kids in on the action. By teaching children how to be organized, they will learn to treat their belongings with respect. A good rule to institute with your kids is the “in-out rule.” For every new item, get your child to help decide on an old one to discard. “Not only does clearing out clutter help you get organized, but it’s one of the best ways to present your home in a good light. Homes that are cluttered look messy and extra stuff ends up collecting dust, which impacts air quality, not to mention aesthetics,” says Dorner. When you’re in the process of preparing to sell your home, organization should be top of mind for all homeowners. “By getting rid of clutter you are in effect depersonalizing your home, which is one of the most critical components of preparing a home for sale.” - Courtesy of Ontario Real Estate Association How to prepare your home for a spring open house If you are thinking about selling your home this spring, preparing for an open house is likely on your to-do list. Open houses are an excellent way to showcase your home and when done right, can really ignite interest and help you achieve your end goal of a speedy sale. According to Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association an open house can be an incredible sales tool but homeowners need to be sure that they put their best foot forward. “Often, you only get one chance to make an impression on potential buyers so make sure that your home is in tip top shape for the open house. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve had serious buyers go through an open house and be turned off by messes, clutter and signs of disrepair,” says Dorner. Once a buyer makes up their mind that a property isn’t for them, it is nearly impossible to turn them around so guarantee that buyers get the best first impression of your home by following these simple steps: - Make sure your home is spotless. - Keep clutter to a minimum and put away personal belongings like family photos, etc. - Make sure that you don’t just throw excess belongings into closets - get organized first, otherwise buyers will think your home is lacking in storage. - Ensure home inspection reports, appraisals and documents describing major repairs & warranties are easily accessible. - Make sure that vehicles are removed from the driveway and that there is room alongside your property for parking. - Talk to your Realtor about signs and additional marketing opportunities for your open house. “If there is one thing for homeowners to keep in mind when it comes to preparing for an open house, it’s that the devil is in the details.” “Not only are potential buyers picky but they are likely visiting a number of other houses on the same day so the time that they can spend in your home is limited. To make sure that you make the best impression possible, do a walk-through of your home with your Realtor and listen to what they have to say about the areas that need attention - fresh eyes can help pick out things that you may be so used to seeing that you don’t even really see them, so to speak.” “A well-executed open house should get potential buyers back in and that means offers on the table,” says Dorner. For more information on preparing for an open house, visit www.howrealtorshelp.ca. - Courtesy of the Ontario Real Estate Association Spring Special 25% OFF Free in home consultation email@example.com Joe Gibson - Scugog 905.213.2583 MiKe ReiDY - Uxbridge 905.473.2020 firstname.lastname@example.org www.budgetblinds.com The voice of North Durham Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 13 Lakeside Building Co. CUSTOM HOMES RENOVATIONS • ADDITIONS www.lakesidebuilding.ca 705.308.7621 CMHC changes may impact mortgages Unlike the 2012 Federal Budget, this year’s Federal budget had very little direct impact on the mortgage client. Last year maximum amortizations were reduced back to 25 years for high ratio mortgages. The loan to value for refinances was reduced to 80 per cent but you can still purchase a home with five per cent down payment. Having said this, the mortgage industry has tightened up considerably in the last year, the tightest this writer has seen in her 35 years in this business. With rates at less than three per cent for a fixed five-year term, the banks are not making money on new mortgages but on renewals and cross selling of other bank services. Due to these low rates the lenders are looking at very, very low-risk convention deals and putting the responsibility on CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) to insure higher risk deals. CMHC has been in the market of insuring high ratio mortgages for a long time. A little bit about CMHC: this is a crown corporation of the Government of Canada founded after WWII to provide housing for returning soldiers. At this time, there was a housing shortage and a return of a large numbers of veterans. The government created CMHC to promote the development of new housing by offering very low cost mortgages with small down payments and easy terms. While the main idea stays the same CMHC has been utilized in different ways and this is where the 2013 budget comes in. In Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s words: “changing the rules for portfolio insurance to increase market discipline in residential lending and reduce taxpayer’s exposure to the housing sector to restore taxpayer-backed portfolio insurance to its original purpose”. In other words: CMHC insures or backs blocks or portfolios of Bank mortgages that don’t require insurance, aiding their investment side and their balance sheet and thus ultimately switching the risk form the bank to CMHC OR the tax payer. The government plans to alter some of the rules that will reduce the risk to CMHC and the tax payer. On the bank side, it may affect investments as it pertains to those blocks of secured mortgages and also may prevent mortgage companies, trust companies, etc., from insuring lower loan to value mortgage to minimum their risk and place it on the insurer. There are other insurers in the market, but we are not sure at this time the impact this may have on them. What does this mean to the average mortgage borrower? Mortgage requirements are more stringent; less flexibility in lending; the loss of the zero-down mortgage; few lenders allowing the use of borrowed funds for the down payment; a closer look at income tax returns on self-employed borrowers; and an all-round tightening of lending guidelines. 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The annual Nutty Chocolatier Easter Egg Hunt and Church Chicks United’s Easter Bonnet Contest return to Port Perry on Easter Sunday (March 31). Once again, kids will race down Queen St. to collect a rock or egg with their age on it, to be exchanged for a great prize courtesy of Ken Koury and The Nutty Chocolatier team. Be sure to say hello and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunnies, who will be greeting guests of all ages. Look for your copy of The Standard’s Easter colouring book, included in every prize pack! This year, egg hunters can also line up for Easter crafts, as well as free face-painting and glitter tattoos, courtesy of Lilybug Learning. The Cuddly Bunny, located at 191 Queen St. and now with a new diaper changing station, will also have their very own bunnies on hand to greet egg hunters. Leading in to the egg hunt will be the popular Easter Bonnet Contest, organized by the Port Perry United Church Chicks, with judging at 12 p.m. in front of the post office. Photographers from Tripp Creative WWW.PUCKRINANDLATREILLE.COM Custom Cakes For All Occasions 88 Water Street, Port Perry 905-982-8881 www.cakesbystephanie.net Please join us... Baby changing station available EASTER FUN IN NORTH DURHAM: (Left) Rhys Diamond, 4, shows his appreciation during the YMCA's Lunch with the Easter Bunny at Port Perry United Church. (Above) Spiro Grigoratos (right) didn't need much help from Mom Janet during Windreach Farm's annual Easter Egg Hunt. Both events took place on DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard Saturday, March 23. JUBILANCE SINGERS & ORCHESTRA on Easter Sunday, March 31st 10:00 a.m. You won’t want to miss this Special Easter Celebration! Special Easter Guests Local food banks seek Easter donations SCUGOG: With the return of spring, Operation Scugog is looking for donations to fill their shelves in time for Easter. This year’s food drive takes place from March 28 to 30. Donations can be placed in the drop boxes at local supermarkets including Vos Independent, Food Basics and Foodland, as well as participating businesses, including The Standard at 94 Water St. and Micklegate Realty, at 76 Water St. in Port Perry. Examples of needed items include: - cereal - cookies - canned pasta and pasta sauce - pork and beans - soups and stews - cheese whiz - apple sauce - canned goods, such as meats, fruit and vegetables - snacks for children’s lunches, such as granola bars - juice boxes - macaroni and cheese dinners - instant tea and coffee - toiletries, such as toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, etc. Food drive donations (as well as cash or cheque contributions) can be dropped off at the food bank, located on the right side of the Victory Christian Centre at 593 Alma St. in Port Perry. Drop-off times are Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cash or cheque donations may also be mailed to: Operation Scugog Box 353 Port Perry, ON L9L 1A4. Next month, Operation Scugog is hosting its annual Spring Children’s Clothing Consignment Sale at the Scugog Community Centre on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will once again feature gently-used kids clothes, toys and more for a great price. Contact 905-985-7030 for more information. In Uxbridge, Easter donations can be made to Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, located at St. Andrews Chalmers Presbyterian Church on the corner of Toronto St. S. and Church St. For more information, please call 905-852-6262. Everyone Welcome! 1680 Reach Street, Port Perry 905-985-4441 191 Queen Street, Port Perry 905.985.9956 www.cuddlybunny.com www.emmanuelcc.ca Find the Bunny with the Money! Hand-decorated, Delicious Belgian Chocolate Bunnies Lucky bunnies may contain $2 to $100 Variety of sizes available. ONTARIO’S LARGEST SELECTION OF HANDMADE BELGIAN CHOCOLATE BUNNIES AND NOVELTIES Bo Peep, The Mature Woman Who Lives In A Shoe and Little Miss Muffett, as well as Mary Mary Quite Contrary (not pictured), are among the storybook characters kids can meet this Easter Sunday (March 31) in the Church Chicks United Easter Bonnet Parade and Contest, taking place in downtown Port PerBLAKE WOLFE The Standard ry alongside The Nutty Chocolatier Easter Egg Hunt. Photography will be snapping photos of all the bonnets on display. Returning for its fourth year and sponsored by Cakes By Stephanie, the event will help raise funds for the children and teen area of the Scugog Memorial Public Library. Categories include: - Best Pet in a Bonnet - Kids ages 4 yrs. & under: - Easter Spirit - Best Bloomin’ -Kids ages 5-15 yrs.: - Easter Spirit - Best Bloomin’ - Most Delicious - Crowd Favourite - Most Likely to Cause a - Traffic Accident (all oversized hats 5-15yrs) Adults ages 16 & up - Loveliest Lady on Queen (hats or fascinators) - Manliest Man in a Bonnet - Family Favourite Grandparent & Grandchild (co-ordinating hats duo only) Enter the contest or simply wear your hat to show your Easter Spirit! Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. by free-will donation to the library at the tent. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Easter from CHRIST IS RISEN. We are new to the neighbourhood. Visit www.newsongportperry.ca to ﬁll out a Community Survey and tell us what you think about Church, faith and how we can serve you. 14460 Simcoe Street, Port Perry • www.newsongportperry.ca Egg hunting in Uxbridge Uxbridge residents and visitors will be able to run, walk and hop to the ninth annual Barton Farm Egg Hunt this weekend. The event is scheduled to take place on Easter Sunday (March 31), with the fun getting underway at noon at Herrema Fields. The fields are located at 103 Herrema Blvd. GOOD FRIDAY MEET Annual 182 Queen Street, Port Perry 905-985-0761 • Open 10am-9pm www.thenuttychocolatier.com WALK FRIDAY, MARCH 29 AT TH PALMER PARK AT 9:30 AM EVERYONE WELCOME! REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW AT PORT PERRY UNITED CHURCH Sponsored by the churches of Port Perry 16 • Thursday, March 28 2013 The Standard Smile and the whole world smiles with you. A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home. Everyone smiles in the same language. A laugh is a smile that bursts. Every smile makes you a day younger. Wear a smile - one size fits all. Smile, it lets your teeth breathe. Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. Keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. You’re never fully dressed without a smile. It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile. Peace begins with a smile. Start everyday with a smile and get it over with. Smile, it increases your face value. A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no chequebook. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. A winning smile makes winners of us all. The shortest distance between two people is a smile. If you only have one smile to give, give it to the people you love. What sunshine is to flowers, smiles . are to humanity. You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile PORT PERRY DENTAL CENTRE 238 Queen Street DOWNTOWN Port Perry 905-985-8451 www.iluvmydentist.com Voted Best Dental Office and Best Dentist Wheelchair Accessible KEEP SMILIN’ The voice of North Durham Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 17 THE LARGEST LOCAL SPORTS COVERAGE IN DURHAM REGION Parker leads Canisius to first ever NCAA Tourney DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard Port Perry native Ben Parker will be leading the Canisus College Golden Griffins into uncharted territory this weekend, as the school takes part in its first ever NCAA Hockey Division 1 Championship Tournament. Parker, a senior defenceman, played a key role for Canisius as the school won its first-ever Atlantic Hockey Championship on Saturday, March 23, at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York with a 7-2 victory over Mercyhurst, with Parker netting the game’s final goal. Parker was ecstatic when he spoke with The Standard following the win. “It’s really exciting for the team,” Parker said. “In my freshman year, we got beat in the semifinals by a really strong RIT team, and this time around we capitalized on the opportunity and came through with a championship. We’ve had some great recruiting classes over the past two years and it’s unbelievable that we were able to put it all together in my last year and win the Atlantic Hockey Championship.” The 22-year-old Parker began his hockey career with Port Perry Minor Hockey, before moving onto the ‘AAA’ ranks with the Central Ontario Wolves before returning to his hometown as a member of the Predators’ Midget team for the 2006-07 season. Parker would close out the season called up to several games with the Port Perry MoJacks during their playoff run. The following year, Parker jumped to the Junior ‘A’ ranks with the Bowmanville Eagles. According to Parker, it was at this point that playing in the NCAA ranks became a real possibility. “The NCAA wasn’t really on my radar until I signed with Bowmanville, the staff there said Port Perry native Ben Parker played a major role in Canisius College’s first-ever Atlantic Hockey Conference Championship on Saturday, March 23, in Rochester, New York (inset) as the Golden Griffins defeated Mercyhurst by a score of 7-2. On Saturday, March 30, the senior defenceman will be back in action as Canisius squares off against top-ranked Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Providence, Rhode Island. TOM WOLF IMAGING Special to The Standard they would do everything possible to help me land a scholarship, and I was really intrigued by the possibility,” Parker said. In two seasons with the Eagles, the rugged six-foot, 185 lb. defenceman appeared in 97 games, recording 13 goals and 31 assists. Although he had successfully transitioned from ‘A’ minor hockey to the Junior ‘A’ loop, the adjustment to the pace of NCAA hockey at Buffalo-based Canisius was daunting at first. “The speed of the game, the skill of the players and the overall style of play were all really big adjustments I had to make during my freshman year,” said Parker. Another adjustment was the balancing act between athletics and academics, but the political science major took it in stride and made Atlantic Hockey’s All Academic team in each of his first three years at Canisius. “It’s definitely a battle balancing school with hockey with all of the travel involved. Especially this year when we’ve been on the road throughout the playoffs. Missing school and having to do schoolwork while you’re away at games doesn’t make it easy on you,” explained Parker. While Atlantic Hockey is composed primarily of teams from the northeastern United States, including teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, the recent addition of the Air Force Academy resulted in the team making two cross country trips to Colorado Springs over the course of the season, in addition to a tournament in Anchorage, Alaska. This weekend, Canisius will take part in the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA Championships with an opening round game against Quinnipiac, the top ranked team in the country in the East Regional. The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Providence, Rhode Island. The team’s Cinderella run to the NCAA tournament has provided the school with great support, according to Parker. “The entire school has been really supportive, especially throughout our playoff run. We’ve never been here before and we’re looking to make the school proud,” Parker told The Standard. Once the season ends, Parker will begin the process of evaluating hockey opportunities for next season. But for now, his main focus is on leading Canisius to a championship. “I plan on going to law school eventually, but once the season is over, I’ll talk to the coaching staff about opportunities that might be out there to continue playing next year. But for now, my main focus is on taking Canisius as far as we can make it.” 18 • Thursday, March 28, 2013 THE STANDARD ON SPORTS The Standard Sensational semi-final hockey action in Blackstock Blackstock Minor Hockey teams squared off in exciting semi-final action over the weekend. MITES: MVPs for the Chicken Nuggets this week were Cooper Bird, Liam Calhoun, Jacob Sider and Owen Chaikosky. Recognized as MVPs for the Firefighters team were Kristyn Haanepen, Callum LePage, Nicholas Ormiston and Ryan Vernon. TYKES: Cochrane Tree Service took Shagg’s by a final score of 8-2. Breadon Byer was in net for Cochrane Tree Service. Johannes Kalm (5) and Lucas Vandervoort (3) were goal scorers. Assists came from Cameron Yeo, Lucas Vandervoort and Johannes Kalm. Shagg’s had Jacob MacLennan between the pipes. Jonathan Acker and Joshua Edwards were goal scorers for Shagg’s. W.O. Insurance took Canadian Tire for the win with a final score of 5-2. Alex Mills represented W.O. Insurance as goalie. Goal scorers were Cameron Edgerton (2), Darren Baker (2) and Owen Belfry. Assists came from Quinlan Cowie and Owen Belfry. Evan Hussey was the goalie for Canadian Tire, and goals came from Kaylin Seguin and Zachary Stevens. NOVICE: Port Perry Dental beat Eco Water Systems 10-6. Deanna Shaw was in net for Port Perry Dental. Keegan Edgerton (5), TJ Pomeroy (3), and Daniel Vandervoort (2) were goal scorers. Assists came from Cole Stephens (3), Emily VanUden (2), TJ Pomeroy and Bradley Hext. Andrew McKay was in net for Eco Water Systems. Abbigail Brennan (3) and Davis Winger (3) scored the goals. Assists came from Sally Loverock (2), Alex Cuzzilla (2), Sam Byers and Davis Winger. Krown Rust Control took Make A Wish 6-2. Krown Rust Control goalie was Chad Arney. Colin Atkins (3), Jacob Buchanan, Brodie Holmes and Morgan Pateras were goal scorers. Assists came from Jacob Buchanan (2), Noah Michel (2), Joel Michel and Chris Sterenberg. Make A Wish goalie was Scott Leslie. Brett Hanley and Corey VanCamp were goal scorers. Assists were scored by Rhianna Boadway, Toni Boadway, and Dallas King. ATOM: Practicar beat Low & Low Ltd. 7-6 in an overtime thriller. Robbie Boadway was the goalie for Practicar. Scoring goals were Cameron Barkey (2), Ethan Bolsonello (2), Kevin Hetherington (2) and Jenelle Abram. Assists came from Leam Maisonneuve (2), Cameron Barkey and Ethan Bolsonello. Barkey’s second goal was the tie-breaker to end the game. Low & Low Ltd. goalie was Joshua Ormiston. Joey Edgerton (5) and Jack Farrugia scored goals for Low & Low, and Kyler Cavan added an assist. PEEWEE: Red Ribbon Restaurant outlasted Denault Contracting for a 5-4 overtime win. Red Ribbon Restaurant goalie was Liam Smith. Troy Larmer (2), Jack Marshall, Zachary Vanderboor and Bradley This exciting Blackstock Minor Hockey game between the Practicar and Low & Low Atoms came down to an overtime period with Cameron Barkey scoring the winning goal to secure a 5-4 victory for Low & Low. SUBMITTED PHOTO VanUden were goal scorers. Assists came from Eric Ferguson, Troy Larmer, Grace McIntyre and Bradley VanUden. Larmer’s second goal was the game’s overtime winner. Denault Contracting goalie was Owen Maisonneuve. Goals were scored by Oskar Kalm (2), Silver Kalm and Nicholas Dafoe. Sierra Frew, Ryan Hetherington, Silver Kalm, Joshua Volpini and Nolan Renouf tallied assists. BANTAM/MIDGET: All Flags Shell took Omnific Design 5-1. Dylan Steward was the goalie for All Flags Shell. Goals came from Nathan Silcock (3), Mackenzie Mercier and Michaela Grove. Assists were netted by Michaela Grove (2), Seiji DeLuca Whiteman and Nathan Silcock. Omnific Design had Matthew Martin in net. Ben Slomiany scored the goal, assisted by Jacob Lee. Uxbridge rower wins gold at World Cup Event Wolves prep for draft DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard Saturday, March 23, was golden for Lightweight rower Jaclyn Halko, as the Uxbridge native scored Canada’s first gold medal at the Samsung World Rowing Championships in Sydney, Australia. Halko claimed the Gold medal in the lightweight women’s single sculls in the first international event of the 2013 rowing season. Halko made a huge move late in the race and got her nose in front. Halko, who became a World Champion last year in the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls for Poland, extended her slight edge and started to push away, eventually being crowned the new World Cup gold medallist. “I was pretty confident that my training would take me through to the finish,” Halko said in a press release. “We are just coming out of winter training in Canada so I am slow at the start as we haven’t been doing a lot of water time.” Halko dominated the field, claiming the win in 7:57.89, followed by Korea’s Yoo Jin Ji, with a time of 8:00.76 and Australian Sarah Pound, who finished the race in 8:01.46. Halko also represented Canada in the lightweight women’s double sculls alongside St. Catharines native Lindsay Sferrazza. The duo came in third place during their heat race before emerging victorious in the B final in 7:11.52 en route to a seventh place overall finish. The next event for the Samsung World Rowing Cup is scheduled to be held from Friday, June 21 until Sunday, June 23 in London, England. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard Port Perry Minor Hockey 2013-14 Spring Registration With the OHL Draft just two weeks away, a pair of Central Ontario Wolves Minor Midget players looked to make an impression this weekend at the league’s annual Development Combine. Port Perry’s Jake Bricknell and Lindsay native Johnny Corneil were among the 96 top prospects taking part the three-day event was held at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24. The event provided attending players with the opportunity to showcase their skills both on and off the ice to OHL personnel ahead of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection to be held on Saturday, April 6. Over the course of the event, the top players from Ontario and the United States were split into four teams to take part in fitness testing as well as on-ice skill tests and four-on-four games. This weekend, Bricknell and Corneil will be joined by teammate Austin Eastman of Lindsay as the top players from the OMHA will gather in Kitchener for the OHL Gold Cup preliminaries. Last Chance to Register! Register online starting April 1, 2013. New members can attend in-person registration at the Scugog Memorial Public Library on April 23, 2013 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and on April 27, 2013 (10:00 a.m. to Noon). Add $50.00 after May 15, 2013. For more information on Spring Registration, contact email@example.com Division Mites (09) Fee Tykes (08-07) Atom (04-03) $335 $455 $585 Division Peewee (02-01) Fee Bantam (00-99) $595 $595 Novice (06-05) $585 Midget/Juvenile www.portperryminorhockey.ca (98-97-96-95-94) $595 Register online or by mail. Only $70, includes uniform team pictures and banquet. Final deadline April 9th. No league experience necessary. Cartwright Soccer draws youth from Port Perry to Yelverton. CARTWRIGHT SOCCER Great Deal - Great Fun Hope to see you in Nestleton this Year Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan Van Camp 905.986.1249 www.cartwrightsoccer.com The voice of North Durham THE STANDARD ON SPORTS Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 19 Banner season ends for Uxbridge Stars Playoff match-ups DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard A thrilling playoff run for Uxbridge’s Cobra Metal Minor PeeWee AE hockey team came to an end over the weekend, when they were defeated three games to one by the Flamborough Sabres in the OMHA Finals. The Stars advanced to the Finals after a thrilling Game 5 overtime win over their longtime rivals, the Whitby Wildcats, in the quarterfinals and a three-games-to-one victory over the Georgina Ice in the semi-finals. Last weekend, the OMHA Finals started with a weekend doubleheader in Uxbridge. On Saturday, March 16, the Stars took to the ice for Game 1, and despite a spirited effort, fell by a final score of 5-2. The following afternoon, the two teams squared off once again at Uxrena. In a thriller that would eventually stretch into overtime, the Sabres once again came out on top by a 3-2 final score. With their backs against the wall, the Stars made the trek to Flamborough on Saturday, March 23, looking to avoid a sweep. A dynamic effort from all team members led the Stars to a thrilling 4-1 victory in hostile territory as they lived to battle the Sabres the following evening. However, all good things must come to an end, and the Sabres would rebound to win the championship by a final score of 5-2. The Stars were led throughout the season between the pipes by the dynamic duo of goaltenders Brennan Patterson and Nolan Pegg. Forwards Austin Cutrara, Tanner Foote, Jake Catherwood, Adam Paterson, Ben Myhal, Alisdair Scott, Josh Phair, Nolan Sangalli and Hayden Steinman provided numerous highlight reel goals and terrific defensive zone coverage throughout the Stars’ run to the OMHA Championships. As well, the defence corps, made up of Cameron Addison, Tim Stirling, Spencer Belisle, Ethan Warren, Jack Kent and Nathan Cook routinely shut down the opponents’ offence and keyed many offensive attacks. The Stars would also like to extend special thanks to the coaching staff of Greg Cook, Gerry Catherwood, Steph Belisle, Mike Cutrara and Jason Steinman who helped to make this year so memorable and enjoyable for all involved with the team. bring excitement to Super League They enjoyed their prime rib banquet to end the Deloitte Super League season on a festive note, but on the ice they fight to stay alive in playoff action. Sue McKnight’s Kia Lindsay meets Rob Steele’s Last Rock while Ralph Fairman’s Pineridge Impress takes on Don Beaton’s Gus Brown rink. In Consolation play, Bill Kennedy’s Renovations crew meets Mark St. John’s Allen’s Siding team and Brian Van Camp’s HUB International plays Kelly Evan’s Port Perry Sign Shop. In recent playoff games League-leading Kia, with Sue, Marg and Jennifer McKnight and Renee Cox at lead, were up two after four ends but St. John scored three in the fifth to go ahead by one. McKnight replied emphatically by scoring four points in the sixth. Mark St. John’s Karen Rowsell, Jay St. John and Peter Duivesteyn counted a single in the seventh but Sue McKnight won 7-5. In the Kennedy-Steele match up, Steele’s Last Rock (Alice Beatty, Rob Thompson and Ally Rowe in for ailing Louise Haugen) put three on the board to start with a steal. They exchanged singles in the next two ends. Kennedy scored one in the next end and stole one in the fifth. Last Rock bolstered its lead with three points in the sixth end. Kennedy managed a single in the seventh with an end-saving, angled tap back of a guard but it was too little, too late. Steele’s Last Rock prevailed 7 to 4. Don Beaton’s Gus Brown rink was up 6 to 2 after five ends against Dragon Boat races to set sail on June 15 Dragon boating continues to grow as both a competitive and recreational team water sport. Its popularity was demonstrated when a dragon boat flotilla, including a breast cancer survivor crew, carried the Olympic flame to Vancouver for the start of the 2010 Olympic Games. As well, an all-Canadian crew of breast cancer survivors, Abreast of the West, paddled in the 2012 flotilla on the River Thames, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. The ninth annual Dragon Flies Dragon Boat Festival will be held in Palmer Park, Port Perry on June 15, 2013. This popular festival is an opportunity to promote breast cancer awareness, to support local breast cancer survivors and to raise funds for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at four local hospitals namely: Ross Memorial Hospital in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Lakeridge Health in Port Perry, Uxbridge Cottage Hospital and the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre in Oshawa. There is still time to register a team for this fun-filled activity. The deadline for registration is March 31 and a few openings remain. We encourage all interested parties to join us for this enjoyable and worthwhile day. Teams are formed from church groups, schools, community service groups, corporate businesses, sports teams, breast cancer survivor teams as well as many other interest groups. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Paddlers receive instruction for skills, strategies and safety procedures at the practices during the weeks prior to Festival Day. On Festival Day each team will have the opportunity to compete in three races and to be involved in other fun competitions. As well as a recreational sport, it can also be a highly competitive one regulated by the International Dragon Boating Federation. Several competitive international dragon boat festivals occur in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. Locally The Dragon Flies Dragon Boat Festival will be staged as an exciting recreational venue with a competitive edge on the weekend closest to the June Summer Solstice in keeping with Chinese dragon boat traditions. For more information visit the web site www.thedragonflies.org , e-mail at email@example.com or call 705-932-2078. SCUGOG MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE SENIOR DIVISION GOALIE STANDINGS S 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Goalie Stacy Ballingal George Gauthier Dave Lamontaine Mike Pashley Ray Gibbson Don Miller Dave Byers Joe Faria Team GP Gus Brown 5 Allen Siding 5 Goreski’s Rooﬁng 5 Menzies Used Cars 5 Callery Group 5 J.D. Truck Accessories 5 Weisﬂock Contracting 5 J.F. Construction 5 GP W 5 3 5 3 5 2 5 2 5 2 5 2 5 1 5 1 L 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 T 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 1 OTL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W L T/OTL GAA 3 1 1 1.20 2 1 2 1.80 3 1 1 2.40 2 2 1 2.60 2 2 1 3.00 2 3 0 3.40 1 3 1 4.40 1 3 1 4.40 PTS GF GA PIM 7 16 12 18 7 17 6 20 6 15 9 12 5 11 13 10 5 15 15 20 4 17 17 18 3 15 22 16 3 10 22 16 W=Wins T=Ties PLAYER STANDINGS TEAM STANDINGS S Team 1st Goreski’s Rooﬁng 2nd Gus Brown 3rd Allen’s Siding Products 4th Menzie’s Used Cars 5th Callery Group 6th J.D. Truck Accessories 7th J.F. Construction 8th Weisﬂock Contracting Inc. Legend S=Standings P=Points S 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Name Bill Bridge Brad Menzies Dave Dickson Karl Durham Bill Arthur Tim Thompson Carl Durward Brad Bricknell Brett Laycoe Sean Tarasewicz Team GP G J.D. Truck Accessories 5 6 Menzies Used Cars 5 5 J.D. Truck Accessories 5 5 J.F. Construction 5 5 Gus Brown 5 2 Gus Brown 5 3 Allen’s Siding 5 0 Callery Group 5 1 Callery Group 5 2 Callery Group 5 3 A 5 5 4 4 7 4 7 5 4 3 P PIM 11 0 10 2 9 2 9 2 9 0 7 0 7 4 6 2 6 0 6 4 GP=Games Played GA=Goals Against L=Losses G=Goals GF=Goals For A=Assists GAA=Goals Against Average Kelly Evan’s Port Perry Sign Shop. Evans scored a single but a three point seventh end for Beaton confirmed his 9-3 win. Earlier, Ralph Fairman’s Pineridge crew of John Bredin, Gord Wallace and Brian McLatchie edged Brian Van Camp’s HUB International team of Rob Larmer, Ken Slute and Bob Byers 6-5. Auto Glass & State Farm Mixed Bonspiel You know the curling season is winding down when the best bonspiel party of the year pops up on the calendar again. Always fully booked early and generously sponsored by Kevin Spohn and Glenn and Kelly Evans, it’s probably the year’s most sought after curling competition featuring good food and entertainment Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. Sticks ‘n’ Stones April 20 It’s that time of year. The sun works wonders on those last patches of snow on the fairways. Curler’s dreams switch from ice to greens. The Port Perry Curling Club prepares to host the Sticks and Stones spring rite with barbecue on Saturday April 20. It’s time to sign up as an individual (just $55) or with a foursome. With Calaway scoring and deduction of curling score from your total, it’s a chance to start the season with fun and on winning note. Call Bev Brown for details at 985-8633. Scugog Men’s Slo Pitch Baseball League Looking for a junior ball team from the Port Perry area to join our league, Mondays and the odd Thursday. Age 20 and up. Contact Rob 905-985-6480 firstname.lastname@example.org 20 • Thursday, March 28 2013 The Standard To solve the Kids Sudoku Puzzle every number from 1-6 must appear in: Each vertical columns, Each horizontal row and each 2 x 3 boxes. No number can occur more than once in any row, column or box. To solve a Sudoku puzzle every number from 1 to 9 must appear in: Each of the nine vertical columns, Each of the nine horizontal rows, Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes. Remember no number can occur more than one in any row; column or box. Copyright © 2008 Knight Features/Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate Mon. & Wed. 8am-8pm Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 8am-6pm Saturday 9am-2pm HOURS SPRING SALE aNY Size dOwN filled 2 pieCe COatS dUvet OR COmfORteR SUitS off aNd 2 SHamS $ 00 00 14500 Simcoe St. • Port Perry • 905-982-1122 mUSt pReSeNt COUpON. expiReS apRil 30. 2013. 25% $25 10 Solutions to Coffee Break on Page 22 Horoscope Column ARIES (March 20-April 19): Work out a compromise that will work for you and your personal or business partner. Be clear if you negotiate a contract. Avoid getting involved in a dispute with a competitor. TAURUS (April 19-May 20): Adopt good health habits and improve your nutrition. Take up a sport or join a fitness club. Rework daily routines. A busy cycle on the job, try to work smarter, not harder. Avoid eating on the run. GEMINI (May 20-June 21): Take up a new hobby or craft, something you will really enjoy. Participate in activities with your children and just have fun. Visit an art gallery. Buy a lottery ticket, but try not to blow the bundle. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Try to find a balance between your home life and your business responsibilities. Schedule special time to spend with your family. If your job is too busy, rethink your priorities and make necessary changes. LEO (July 22-Aug. 22): Communicate with confidence and win others over to your point of view. If you would like to be more self assured when speaking in public, take a public speaking or join Toastmasters. VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 22): Examine the way you feel about your money, possessions and personal values. How can you improve you personal skills to earn more money? Consult with a financial planner about ways to make your money grow. MAKING MOVIES by Ives Nelson ACROSS 1 Web site? 6 Wears out one’s welcome 11 Highly reliable evidence 14 Sitcom starring Valerie Harper 15 A profane state 16 Brutally harsh 17 Big seller for Chris Rock 19 Where a doc pays his or her dues 20 Agriculturally viable 21 Wabbit hunter of toons 23 Real crybabies 26 On the train 27 Words of warning 28 Bus stations 30 Like Pollyanna’s outlook 31 Broadcast 32 Old-style PC monitor 35 Superlative finish 36 Agatha Christie’s genre 38 Yon maiden fair 39 Get the point of 40 Some bridge players 41 Inlet at the shore 42 Area of Venice 44 Allowing seepage 46 Tooth next to a premolar 48 They may be grand 49 Hot and sticky 50 Severely injured, in a way 52 “Who wants ice cream?” response 53 Colossal lack of success 58 Fleur-de-___ (Quebec symbol) 59 Catch up with again, as in sports 60 Make lean, in a way 61 Addams Family relation 62 What sultana grapes lack 63 Something from the oven by Joan Ann Evelyn | 905-725-9179 | www.astroconsultation.com LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 23): An emotional time for relationships, adjust to changes in your partnership situation. Do your own thing and be independent, but do not lose sight of your partner’s needs. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22): Schedule time for personal introspection. Think about your life and the changes you would like to make. Be sure to write them down. Seek the advise of a trusted friend or see a counsellor if necessary. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Become a team leader at work, head a committee or run for club office. Make a contribution to a humanitarian cause. Get out in the community and network. The people you meet will be helpful in business. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19): Business and professional matters dominate your life. Market your skills to the people in charge, since they are aware of what you have to offer. Push yourself forward, but try to be considerate of others. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 19): Concerned with educational matters, you could return to school or to take an Internet course. What you think and communicate will have great impact. Settle any issues you have with in-laws. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Good time to deal with joint or corporate finances. Settle any outstanding debts, buy insurance or deal with tax matters. Do not take chances with money you cannot afford to lose. Work on any bad habits you want to break. 3 Piper’s son of verse 4 “If everything goes our way ...” 5 Core groups of trained personnel 6 Pierces 7 Above average in height 8 Monastery resident 9 Who Uncle Sam wants, per the posters 10 Unknown person 11 Place to be theatrical 12 Title giver DOWN 13 Judgment payout 1 Circumference section 2 Despite the fact that, briefly 18 Easily maneuvered, at sea 22 Unit in realty 23 Anesthetizes an entire audience 24 Got up 25 Farthest from the east 26 Simon Says player, at times 28 “Same here!” 29 “___ Tu” (1973 Spanishlanguage hit song) 31 Abbr. in some office titles 33 Musical melange 34 Hank of hair 36 Follows a stream’s path 37 Bill and Hillary’s alma mater 41 New mother, at times 43 Trilogy finale 44 A fine cotton 45 Big name in flatware 46 Three-to-five-alarm dish 47 Embezzler’s worry 48 Marching-band flutes 50 Critter in house dust 51 What red indicates in litmus tests 54 Baseball Hall of Famer ___ Wee Reese 55 Area 51 craft 56 Ewe wooer 57 Airport posting (Abbr.) Heather Hill Gibson Spring Special 905-985-9108 Spiritual Coach Connect with loved ones in Spirit Saturday, April 6 • 1-4 pm Friday, April 12 • 6:30-9:30pm Readings 40 min. $40 W/CD www.heatherhillgibson.com email@example.com RSVP pp $35.00 includes workbook and Think Spring! The voice of North Durham To place an ad call 905-985-6985 firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail us at www.thestandardnewspaper.ca AT REST ROBINSON, Louis Floyd “Robin” CLASSIFIEDS READ THE STANDARD CLASSIFIEDS ONLINE ANYTIME, ANYWHERE CARD OF THANKS The family wish to express appreciation for care and concerns received from neighbours, friends and community in the loss of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend of many. We are grateful for the “best of care” received from the professionals at our local hospital and our thanks to all staff at the Wagg Funeral Home. We acknowledge with deep appreciation memorial gifts, ﬂoral tributes, condolences with cards and online, and your presence at the chapel for visitation and service. Our heartfelt thanks to members of Port Perry United Church for the outpouring of support during Bob’s long illness and passing, to Reverend Elaine Hall for home visits and the comforting message, to Barbara Taylor-Bone for the gift of song, to special friends of ‘Esther, Sarah-Ruth, Mary, Martha’ Units for delicious lunch served. Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 21 AT REST St. PETER, Charles Leo FOR RENT 1 – One bedroom, 2 – two bedroom apartments, fully renovated, across from Palmer Park. No pets, no smoking. For more info, evenings: 905-982-0143 or daytime: 416-8771620. ONE BEDROOM plus den apartment, one block from Queen Street and the waterfront in Port Perry. Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Perfect for active senior. No smoking, no pets, available immediately, 905-718-2929, evenings 905-985-8786. Robert (Bob) Brinkman On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Oshawa, at age 62. Robin Robinson of Oshawa, loved son of the late Belle and Louis Robinson of Port Perry. Dear brother of John Robinson and his wife Linda, Sharon and her husband Neil Morrison, Lindy and her husband Ken Tungatt, Brett Robinson and his wife Sharlane and Lance Robinson. He will also be missed by his nieces and nephews. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermott-Panabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171). Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert in the Spring. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society or Keeping the Pace. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.waggfuneralhome.com CARD OF THANKS The family of the late Clem Jeffrey wish to express their heartfelt appreciation for the support received during this difﬁcult time. Our sincere thanks to friends and relatives for ﬂowers, cards and donations to P.P. United Church Memorial Fund. Thank you to staff of Wagg Funeral Home. A special thank you to Reverend Don Willer for his outstanding support of Clem and family. The Jeffrey family Passed away on March 22, 2013 at the age of 71. Leo is survived by his “sweet” wife Darlene (nee Rector), son LeRoy (Kerry) and grandchildren Mackenzie and Lucas. Predeceased by his son; Anthony (Tony), father; Anthony and his birth mother Margaret Anstey (nee Theal). Leo is survived by his mother Jessie and brothers; James (Heather) Bernard (Bonnie) and Paul (Barb). Leo will be sadly missed by in-laws Velda and Archie, Rodena and John, Debi and Martin, Keith and Joe. He will be fondly remembered by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Leo grew up in Nova Scotia and moved to Ontario in 1965. Here he raised his family and worked in the trucking business for several years. He enjoyed camping and taking trips in their motor home. However, his greatest joys were his grandchildren. Family received friends at the McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax (905-428-8488) on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 2p.m. in the Chapel of the Funeral Home. An interment will follow at Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Sick Kids Foundation. A Guest Book may be signed online at www.mceachniefuneral.ca WWW.MCEACHNIEFUNERAL.CA T H R E E B E D R O O M A PA R T M E N T in Blackstock area, available immediately. Call 905-986-4246. STORAGE UNITS Starting from $85/M “EASTER BLESSING TO ALL” Mary, Gina, Charles, Judy, Gloria, and families STORE & GO 905-985-9746 OFFICE SPACE for WANTED TO RENT JC ENTERPRISES • Home Improvement • Handy Man • Small Engines • General Repairs lease, 300-800 sq. ft. finished offices available. Call Glenn 905-985-8507 or 905-718-2929. 905.985.4912 DOTEN, William E. TAX SERVICES AT REST DAWSON MONUMENTS WE COME TO YOU! We install at Pine Grove, Uxbridge, Groveside, Cadmus - Cartwright and all local cemeteries. ALL MONUMENT & MARKER ARRANGEMENTS MADE PRIVATELY IN YOUR HOME For references go to www.DawsonMonuments.com and click on Guest Book Suddenly, on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Oshawa, at age 45. Bill Doten, beloved husband of Annette Edinger of Oshawa. Loving father of Michael (10 years old), and Joshua (5 years old). Loved brother of Jim Doten and his wife Lisa, Steve Doten and his wife Julia all of Massachusetts, and Sue and her husband Mark Faunce of Maine. Dear brother-in-law of Jason Edinger of Lindsay, and Anita and her husband Kevin Jackson of Burketon and son-in-law of Helena and the late Doug Edinger of Seagrave. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. The family of Bill Doten will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermottPanabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Thursday, March 28th from 10 – 11 a.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Chapel at 11 a.m. with Father Peter Lackmanec ofﬁciating. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.waggfuneralhome.com INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Private treatment room for RMT in established spa located in downtown Port Perry. With own clientele preferred. Email: email@example.com LET ME HELP Betty English Tax Preparation & Bookkeeping 905-985-9077 IN MEMORIAM NOTICE Easter Food Drive March 28-30 Please place food donations in the drop boxes at Vos’ Independent, Food Basics, Foodland Cash of cheque donations may be received at the Food Bank on Wednesdays, 12 noon-4 p.m. or mail to: Operation Scugog, Box 353 Port Perry ONT. L9L 1A4 For further information leave a message: 905-985-3087 Also: Operation Scugog Children’s Clothing Consignment Sale Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. - 12 noon Scugog Community Centre, Reach Rd. (beside the Arena) 905-985-7030 for info. Operation Scugog Food Bank CALL NOW: 905-579-1116 AT REST PIANO TUNER – Bob Persall is coming to Port Perry Apr. 29 - May 3. Call Nancy 905985-4937 for an appointment. NEW TO YOUR COMMUNITY OR RECENTLY HAD A BABY? Our Representatives will bring gifts and greetings, along with helpful information about your new community. Attention Business Owners: Find out how your business can reach new customers. Lynn 905-985-1008 Hayley 905-985-9707 www.welcomewagon.ca Let Us Welcome You! Call Welcome Wagon 22 • Thursday, March 28 2013 The Standard HELP WANTED GOLF COURSE JOB FAIR KINGS BAY GC • CANTERBURY GC HELP WANTED We will be accepting applications for our Proshop, F&B and Maintenance departments. Positions are available for Full time, Part Time & Seasonal work. All resumes will need to be submitted in person at the Job fair as follows. Canterbury Golf Course, 127 Waterbury Cres. Port Perry Saturday, March 30 10am-3pm WE ARE MOVING!! 29 Toronto St. April 1, 2013 Stop by to visit!! Pool Store requires full/part time retail sales clerk, experienced preferred. Also required seasonal General Labourer, mechanically inclined and must possess valid license. Please call 905-985-6650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org PUZZLE ANSWERS is hiring P/T Drivers immediately. Several shifts available in Port Perry and Uxbridge. No experience needed. Call for more info PP 905-985-8294 UX 905-852-4445 ISLAND TAXI WANTED WILL PAY CASH $75 & up for SCRAP CARS & TRUCKS CALL RAY 905-985-8707 FINANCIAL Best GIC Rates from 40+ Banks Manulife Bank 1yr. 2yr. 3yr. 4yr. 5yr. 1.55% 2.00% 2.10% 2.26% 2.33% 2.52% 36 Water Street, Port Perry • 905-985-1926 • www.1fc.ca E & OE Minimum may apply. 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POOLS AND LANDSCAPING • Pools • Interlocking • Retaining Walls Phone: 905.242.3008 www.avocapools.com READY MIX CONCRETE The voice of North Durham Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 25 presents a new vision for news Who knew that coffee and muffins could have such a profound effect? The Standard recently invited local businesses and organizations out to breakfast at Port Perry’s Emmanuel Community Church last Friday morning (March 22), to meet the team and see what North Durham’s community newspaper has to offer. Guests heard from all departments - editorial, production and advertising - on what The Standard can do - and has been doing - for the communities of North Durham. Needless to say, we were thrilled with the turnout so early in the day, as well as the great response we received from the attendees. While we can’t reprint the entire presentation here, the synopsis is as follows - The Standard is not going anywhere, and we will continue supporting this great community (as it has supported us over the years) with both the information readers want and the reach that our advertisers need, while embracing our readership and clientele with new ideas and approaches. There were also coffee and muffins. For those who missed out, we hope to see you soon. Who knows? Maybe we’ll do breakfast again. The Standard once again thanks the North Durham community for its continued support over the years and through our changes. Here we grow again! - The Standard team Clockwise from top left: Production Manager Colleen Green enjoys a laugh; Editor Blake Wolfe details the ins and outs of award-winning editorial coverage; Advertising & Sales Manager Kelly Doughty discusses the presentation with Judi Weedmark; Sales rep Nancy Lister arranges some of The Standard’s many awards; The coffee and muffins proved to be a hit with all in attendance; Reporter Darryl Knight explains his role in local sports coverage; Interim General Manager Pierre Marchand addresses the crowd. CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard The Standard 26 • Thursday, March 28, 2013 The Standard New abstract show coming to Farndale Stretch your artistic perspective and explore new horizons in the upcoming exhibit “Turning Corners” by the group Abstract 10. The Opening Reception will begin Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. The show will run April 6 – May 2, 2013 in the Kent Farndale Gallery in the Scugog Memorial Public Library at 231 Water Street in Port Perry. Abstract 10 is a group of abstract painters who have been exhibiting together since 2003. These talented artists use the language of colour to capture the heartbeat of life. The artists are: Di Collins, Eugenie Fernandes, Jeannie Guillet, Kellie McDonell, Joan McIlwain, Roberta Rowland-Patterson, Anne Plaxton, Bea Quarrie, Suzanne Rubinoff, and Ellee Sturgeon. Although group members do not paint together, they use monthly meetings for the exchange of ideas and critiques of recent work. Seeing with twenty eyes nurtures new perspectives, bringing energy and challenges to each painter. Ten years and counting, they remain ‘ten brave broads’ with a simple mission statement - ‘Live. Laugh. Love. Paint.’ The Kent Farndale Gallery is open seven days a week during library hours. Please call 905-985-7686 for more information. GALA ON THE GREENS: (From left) Dini Page, Tinie Evans and Joyce Eull of the G-Moms of Port Perry check out some of the items the group will have for sale at the G-Moms’ annual Gala on The Greens fundraiser, taking place Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club. The event, which benefits the Stephen Lewis Foundation, will feature author and humanitarian Sally Armstrong as well as a marketplace and silent auction. Tickets are $75 and are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at Ooh La La (143 Perry St. in Port Perry) or Blue Heron Books (62 Brock BLAKE WOLFE The Standard St. W. in Uxbridge). David Festival hits the stage in April Snitch FRI. MAR 29 SAT. MAR 30 SUN. MAR 31 MON. APR 1 TUE. APR 2 WED. APR 3 7:00 8:55 7:00 8:55 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 The Croods THUR MAR 28 FRI. MAR 29 SAT. MAR 30 SUN. MAR 31 MON. APR 1 TUE. APR 2 WED. APR 3 7:00 1:15 1:15 1:15 1:15 6:45 6:45 6:45 8:45 6:45 8:45 6:45 6:45 Amour SAT. MAR 30 SUN. MAR 31 4:00PM 4:00PM Jack The Giant Slayer FRI. MAR 29 SAT. MAR 30 SUN. MAR 31 MON. APR 1 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:00 The David Festival, a celebration of Christian worship and the arts based in Port Perry, will take place from April 6 to April 14, and features experts in their fields providing practical, interactive workshops for participants. Multi-award winning recording artist, Ali Matthews, Gospel Music Association Canada’s Female Vocalist of the Year for 2011 and 2012 will lead a Song-Writing workshop. Andy Park, author of two books on worship and countless award-winning and well-loved worship songs, will be to lead worship band workshops. Mr. Park will also be performing a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on April 14, taking place at Emmanuel Community Church at 1680 Reach St. in Port Perry. Lori-Anne Doloff, associate professor of music at the University of Toronto will lead the adult choral workshop, while Port Perry’s own Cathy Pavlik-Griffen and Suzanne Garriock will lead the children’s choral workshop. All workshops take place in churches in Uxbridge or Port Perry over two weekends in April. The David Festival has also launched a web site this year, www.davidfestival.ca, to make it easier to register and find out more information. KENNY & DOLLY TOGETHER AGAIN! Celebrate Scotland at Tartan Parade On April 6, 1320, the declaration of Arbroath was signed which gave Scotland its independence. The Canadian Federal government officially recognized this day 2011 and Port Perry plans to celebrate this ‘grrrrrand’ occasion once again. To mark this special day in Scottish history, Port Perry will hold its third annual Tartan Day parade - the only one in Canada. Led by massed pipers, the parade will assemble at the rear of Foodland and parade down Queen St., finishing at the Latcham Centre for entertainment and refreshments. This year, the day will have some added excitement with a contest for the best Scottish historical figure dressed up in the parade. Consider Braveheart, Robert the Bruce, Flora MacDonald or even Sean Connery. A prize will be awarded for the best costume. Bill Minors of Books Galore will sponsor and judge this contest. There is a modest charge of $10 for entrance to the Latcham Centre – tickets are available in advance at The Wee Tartan Shop, located at 177 Queen St. For more information, call 905-985-6573. KENNY RogERs DollY PaRtoN by Marty Edwards by Marie Bottrell Saturday april 20, 2013 8pm DIRECT FROM LAS VEGAS ... TICKETS ONLY $30 ! 905-985-8181 www.townHall1873.ca Town hall 1873 TheaTre, Port Perry The voice of North Durham Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 27 Foote wades through the top films of 2012 The best films of 2012 are slowly making their way to Blu Ray and DVD this month and next, with the years best picture (though not really) Argo (2012) released several weeks back. Simply put this is one of those years the Academy blew it with Best Picture, giving it to an inferior film that will not be discussed in forty years as some of the nominees will. It reminded me of 1976 when All the President’s Men, Network, and Taxi Driver, were bested by Rocky, a little Cinderella film that touched millions. It seemed to me that Argo had lost all momentum until director Ben Affleck was not nominated for Best Director and then that all-encompassing guilt set in with the Academy and they just had to honour the film. It is a good film, just not a great film. The films discussed within this article are the real best films of 2012. LINCOLN (*****) -- An American masterpiece from director Steven Spielberg, who tosses out everything he does Spielbergian as a director and allows the story to rule the day, with the performances of Daniel DayLewis and Sally Field proving astonishing. Working from a literate and beautiful screenplay from Tony Kushner (who wrote Munich), the director focuses on the final weeks in the life of Lincoln, as he tries to abolish slavery in the dying days of the Civil War. Knowing he must Film with Foote by John Foote do it before the end of the war, Lincoln proves to be a shrewd talker in the back rooms of the White House, merging his folksy charm with that of a razor sharp intellectual. As one of, if not the most iconic American figures in the history of that proud nation, Day-Lewis embodies Lincoln with everything we need to believe he is the man, but most importantly gives him a soul. After researching the role for nearly a year, the gifted actor slowly slipped under the skin of the 16th US President, finding his reedy voice, and powerful presence and bringing those qualities to the screen. I left the film believing I had encountered Lincoln in my lifetime, and the actor won a much deserved third Best Actor Oscar (the only man to achieve that) for his performance. His equal throughout the film is Sally Field as the grief stricken Mary Todd Lincoln, having not forgiven her husband for allowing their son to go to war, where he perished. He understands her mental instability as she understands him, they were born for one another. What I admired about the film beyond the genius of the performances was the very quiet manner in which director Spielberg in carefully thought-out decisions shows this generation what a great President is and does. They might like to see that after suffering through George W. Bush. Without question one of Spielberg’s best films, and the best film I saw in 2012. ZERO DARK THIRTY (****) -- Incredibly, I could not decide which film was the best of year, Lincoln, or Zero Dark Thirty? So I tied it for the first time in twenty five years of writing about film. Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker (2009), the first woman to do so, is back with a searing, unsettling film that explores how the American military and CIA found and killed Osama Bin Laden. Many will be surprised to know it was a woman in her late twenties who led the charge to find this murderer, in the film known as Maya (Jessica Chastain), who is singularly focused on finding Bin Laden. Outside of the CIA she has no life, it is all about finding this man who attacked the United States. She condones and takes part in torture because she believes it to be a necessary evil, and bullies her way against her superiors to get a group of soldiers under her command to attack. For over a decade, she searches until she finds where he might be. Nothing definite, but her gut tells her he’s there. So she moves. In the dark of the night we watch the Navy Seals move ever closer to the compound, land and move in to attack. There they find him in an upstairs room and there his life ends. At last, Bin Laden was dead. Yet the toll it took on Maya was extraordinary. When it is over, she sits in the back of a massive plane and weeps, possibly for her part in the violence it took to find this man, possibly in relief that he is finally dead and Al Queda has been struck a devastating blow. Bigelow’s direction is crisp and taut, perfect for this sort of film, and everything in the film was well researched and factual. The woman is simply one of the most gifted directors in American film. Chastain is a revelation as Maya giving a performance that earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Though the picture was nominated for five and won one for sound editing, it did not receive a Best Director nod, which is to the eternal shame of the Academy. A tough movie to watch, one that has brought out great debate in North America, but a masterpiece nonetheless. LES MISERABLES (**) -- What could have been the greatest musical ever made is betrayed by the director, an Academy Award winner who fails to trust his actors. Tom Hooper was awarded an Oscar for Best Director for his film The King’s Speech (2010) but watching this film he makes all the errors of a first timer. Actors act with their entire body, they use that same body to suggest emotions through positioning and movement. Hooper seems to have forgotten that and films most the songs in a tight close-up, not permitting the actors to use their substantial gifts of body language in the film. He does one thing right, allowing the actors to sing as they act, so the songs were sung live to film, bringing out a greater degree, and much more honest emotions. That works like a dream, but those faces in tight close up drove me crazy. You have actors doing some very good work, Anne Hathaway giving the performance of her career as Fantine, singing I Dreamed a Dream, and for the entire song, ALL OF IT, we are tight on her face. It grew tiresome looking at the pores of the actors, and it weakened the drama within the film. The stage musical was astounding.Sherri and I saw it in 1990 and were in tears by the end of it with the rest of the audience...it moved us deeply. None of that is present in this film. We have Hugh Jackman woefully miscast and trying his best to give a great performance (not a chance) while Russell Crowe struggles as Javert, Hathaway soars as Fantine and Samantha Barks from the stage musical is exquisite as Eponine. As awkward as it all is, you can always close your eyes and listen to that incredible music, and you can hear the people sing.... Readers now can connect with John Foote, and join in on interactive discussions dealing with everything cinema-related through the ‘Film with Foote’ Facebook group. Simply search ‘Film with Foote’ on Facebook to get in on all the fun. Happy Easter! GREENBANK by Mary Jean Till The Greenbank Lions are selling 55 lbs. bags of lawn 21-7-7, and garden 18-1818 fertilizer, for about $25 per bag, tax free, delivered at end of April – profits to local community projects. Order now – 905-5985-3723. ASAP – Minor Ball registration forms may be picked up and dropped off at Greenbank store. For info call Barb Ward at 905-985-8903. Muriel Gibson wants to thank everybody who helped her celebrate her 95th birthday. It was a great day! Greenbank Lions Easter Party at Hall on March 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $3, children ages 1 to 9, and parents. Limit 35 children. To register, phone 905-985-3723. Church news Palm Sunday was celebrated with the children and leaders processional waving Palm branches, then placing braches on cross at front of the sanctuary. Birthday wishes were sung to Ilah and Susan Nixon and to Carson Phoenix. Lenten candle (6th) was extinguished by Tanya and Leah Marshal. The senior choir’s rousing anthem was ‘Hosanna!’ Message title ‘The Greatest Trial Ever Had’ leads us into Easter weekend. Good Friday service at Seagrave church on March 29, 7 p.m. Easter Sunrise service at Bethel Cemetery, Greenbank – to walk, meet at church 6:30 a.m. on March 31. All welcome. Hot beverage and muffins at church will follow. March 31 Easter Sunday Service at 11 a.m. Reminder please bring your wrapped pennies for M & S and place in M & S fund box on Easter Sunday, or the next Sunday, for Judy Gibson, M & S treasure. Receipts over $10 need name and address. A collection for Operation Scugog Food Bank non-perishable food items are being gathered Easter Sunday and/or the next – April 7. The Fidelis UCW are to bring baby layette items to the April 3, 1:30 p.m. meeting at the church. Evening UCW unit meet 7:30 p.m. on April 3. Guatemala Mission Team Fundraiser on April 12, 7 p.m. - Progressive Euchre Party at Greenbank Hall. For tickets at $15, call 905-985-2006 or 905985-3745. Sunday, April 14 Lasagna Dinner hosted by Evening UCW at church, seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. For tickets contact UCW members or Valerie Hunter 905-985-3586. HOPE June 1/2002 to March 2/2013 Was sent to the Rainbow Bridge the morning after arriving in Sarasota, Florida. Always by my side, forever in my heart. 28 • Thursday, March 28 2013 The Standard