February 24, 2009 Volume 5, Issue 4
Take a Kid Ice Fishing event draws capacity crowd at Peninsula Resort Kids, parents, organizers and sponsors alike were thrilled with the success of the first annual Take A Kid Ice Fishing Event held on Saturday, February 14. More than 100 participants, supported by 24 volunteers, took advantage of the perfect weather to try their hand at catching a fish using donated rods, reels and bait. Donna Cansfied, Minister of Natural Resources (MNR) was in Pefferlaw for the event and congratulated organizers for staging the event. â€œIt is so nice to see the children outside and being given a chance to experience ice fishing,â€? she said. The free event transported the kids and their families out onto the ice 500 metres from shore where the kids received free ice fishing equipment, bait, hotdogs, toques and a draw ticket. Although no fish were caught, everyone had a great time and a number of children went home with a prize.
Above: MNR Minister Donna Cansfield joins Keegan Poon, 11, from Toronto. Top Right: Lining up for free hot dogs and refreshments on the ice Bottom Right: Lindsay McMurter, 4, from Newmarket tries her luck with one of the free rods.
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Are they crazy? Or just incompetent? Like most of you, I received an assessment notice from MPAC (the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) and after reviewing it carefully, I’ve decided to ask for a “reconsideration”. My biggest problem with this notice is the presumption that my property will increase in value approximately five per cent a year until 2012, when in fact, market trends are going in the opposite direction. This so-called “phased-in” approach to assessing property values is not only unfair, it can’t be ethical either. Since when do Canadians pay taxes on value we don’t even own? The only way to reduce your taxes is to reduce your MPAC assessment. And the unfortunate reality in this process is that the onus is on the property owner to disprove MPAC’s assessment of property values and not the other way around. I’ve got a few other bones to pick with MPAC as well. When I received my property assessment notice, MPAC encouraged me to visit their website, enter the User ID and password they supplied me with to see a profile of my property and compare it to similar properties in the area. I’ve tried doing this several times and have never been able to get into this site. I tried for someone else too, and I wasn’t able to get in for them either. I’ve asked several real estate agents in the area to describe what has happened to property values in the past year and without exception, they all admit that prices have gone down and no one seems to know where the bottom is. So how can MPAC with any degree of certainty possibly suggest that my property value will increase by close to five per cent a year for the next three years when the best economists on the planet can’t make those predictions?
Evidently, the question of phasing in increases over the next three years in a depressed market has been asked at Queen’s Park with little or no tangible reaction from the government. I would also be interested to hear what a lawyer has to say about the legal implications of taxing Canadians on value they don’t own. I sort of liken the whole affair to the reasons the Americans staged a revolution because of “taxation without representation”. MPAC has undergone a significant restructuring process since 2005 when the Ontario Ombudsman investigated their practices and processes and found them wanting. Since then, there has been a property tax assessment freeze and the assessment notices we have just received reflect the changes in the system. One of the problems identified by the Ontario Ombudsman during his investigation was “MPAC’s blatant disrespect of the property market system”. Well, to my way of thinking, that is still a problem. Karen Wolfe, Editor
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Support Our Troops tournaments The Sutton Legion hosted a Dart and Bid Euchre Tournament on Sunday, February 15 to raise money for the troop morale fund during a Canada-wide Support the Troops fundraising event. Twenty-four teams signed up for the dart tournament and raised $240 for the morale fund. To date, Legions across Canada have raised in excess of $120,000 for the morale fund which goes toward supplying the troops in Afghanistan with Tim Hortonâ€™s coffee and donuts. First place winners of the dart tournament were Fred Morganroth and Marv Beechener. Dan Mills and Rick Newman came second.
Ontario Dart Team Champion Mike Power from Brampton was at the Sutton Legion on Sunday, February 15 to participate in the Support the Troops Dart Tournament.
Left to Right: Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary Sandy Armstrong and President of the Sutton Legion, Ray Robson show off their culinary
Twenty-eight Georgina students win Legion remembrance contest
FUNERAL DIRECTORâ€”MARVIN BECKER
Twenty-eight elementary and high school students from across Georgina were recognized for their winning posters, poems and essays at an awards presentation at the Sutton West and Area Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, February 22. Senior Black and White Poster winners were: Lyndsey Whale (first) plus Lyndsay was a zone winner and her poster will compete in the provincial contest; Daniel Stevens (second); Kelsey Nicholls (third). Senior Color Poster winners: Josh Driscoll (first) plus his poster placed third in the zone contest; Jessica halloran (second); Brittany Bamlett (third). Intermediate Color Posters: Clarissa Mahnkopf (first); Kristopher Pulinec-Sek (second). Junior Black and White Poster: Ali Brasier (first); Trenton Cawston (second); Sarah Eden
(third); Amber Rogers (honourary). Junior Colour Poster: Sage Castel (first); Mariah Denette Tepleton (second); Haylea Vanostrom (third). Primary Black and White Poster: Sebastian Nienajadlo (first) and his poster placed third in the zone contest; Adriana Liscio (second). Primary Colour Poster: Mackenzie Krasowski (first) and her poster placed third in the zone contest; Madison Beverley (second); Jesse Eluck (third). Senior Poems: Kaitlin Sibbald (first); Mike Doble (second). Intermediate Poems: Emily Carr (first); Jake Anderson (second); Kristopher Pulinec-Sek (third). Junior Poem: Sabrina Labrecque (first). Intermediate Essay: Carley Oosterhuis (first).
“Kiss N Ride” comes to Georgina
For fifty cents, Georgina residents can now catch a YRT shuttle bus at a new “kiss n’ ride” parking lot at the southwest corner of Woodbine Ave. and Glenwoods Ave. in Keswick and take the bus to the GO Station located at Green Lane in Newmarket. The 105 space car park is open 24/7 and parking is free. Councillor Ken Hackenbrook (right) supplied this photo after taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremonies on Wednesday, February 18.
Another one bites the dust
section of the barn (on the The hip-roof barn, an icon of right) in 1909 using hewn timearly pioneer life, is quickly disappearing from Georgina’s bers from another barn. The more westerly section was landscape. Every year more once owned by a Mr. and more of these Fry and was moved behemoths fall prey to storms, age Century old hip- to this location in 1937 with a team of and decay. This 100 year-old barn, roof barn damaged horses owned by a by storm is Mr. Harrison in located on HighMount Albert. Mr. way 48 at Duclos demolished. Laviolette says a Point Rd., suswindmill was lotained irreparable cated on the roof of the barn damage during a wind storm and was used to grind grain, earlier this year and is now separate cream and pump wabeing torn down. According to Nick Laviolette, ter from the well. It was used until 1929 when hydro was his grandfather Nicholson installed in the barn. Laviolette built the eastern
Thirteen Georgina Island council candidates prepare for band elections o As members of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation head to the polls on March 2 to elect a new council, the Pefferlaw Post invited all thirteen candidates vying for one of four councillor seats available to provide a brief description of their platform. The band council sits for a two-year term and provides leadership by holding a number of portfolios including economic development, transportation, public works, emergency services, social services, recreation, education, finance, health, housing, lands, the environment and human resources. All members of the Georgina Island First Nation over the age of 18 are eligible to vote whether they reside on territory owned by the band or elsewhere. Currently, approximately 117 on-reserve members are eligible to vote in this election and approximately 318 off-reserve members can either cast their ballots through the mail or in person at the Community Centre polling station on Mar. 2. Chief Donna Big Canoe has been acclaimed and will lead the native community for another two year term.
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Sheri Taylor Suzanne Howes I am running for council for many reasons. The community on the Island is something you don't find in many places and I would like an opportunity to help it grow in a way that it will also stay the way it is. All candidates were invited to participate in this feature. Those who responded are included.
Lorraine Big Canoe Brent Trivett I feel that there needs to be cohesion amongst the members of all generations to develop a support network that can better serve all members and their aspirations. If elected as a council member, my goal is to uphold the integrity of the reserve as well as encourage involvement of community members in efforts to guide Georgina Island First Nation on the right path.
The community has to come together to encourage a higher education and/or the skills level of our young people and parents. At the same time we need to create an economy as best we can for these individuals to have a decent job with a decent income right here at home. The future on the Island primarily belongs to this age group. I would like to see your new Council, with the help of community members, to seriously look at many options to create an economy for our community that will bring income to individuals as well as being environmentally friendly.
Welly Charles I have always wanted to run for councillor of Georgina Island, but decided I would wait until I knew I was ready. I feel that time is now. If I am elected I plan on having an open door policy to hear the concerns and ideas of the members. I feel I am ready to commit myself to the welfare and growth of the Island.
I feel honoured to be running for the position of councillor on Georgina Island First Nation. I was nominated by the youth which is something I am very proud of as they are "our future". The youth want to see change in our community. I’m not promising any change if elected but I would like to make a difference. There are many issues that need to be addressed, for example, cottage development, environmental sustainability, cultural growth, lowered unemployment rates, etc. I’m very proud of who I am and where I come from; there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my people and will try my hardest to make a difference in the community.
Volunteers pull it all together for Shiverfest Lake Simcoe Public School on Thornlodge Dr. in Keswick hosted “Shiverfest”, a community winter carnival, on Saturday, February 21. Kids of all ages and their families participated in numerous winter activities including skating, snow games, horse drawn carriage rides, a pancake breakfast and a chili cook off.
Nicholas Bashir, 13, of Keswick takes a slippery slide down a hill after a visit to the York Regional Police exhibit.
Alexis Fleming, 14, enjoys an early morning pancake breakfast at the school.
The most persistent skater on the ice.
Dog Races in Cannington Excellent weather provided a great backdrop for visitors attending the 5th Annual Dog Sled Races and Winter Carnival.
Photos Below (Left) Visitors were able to take a ride on dog sleds pulled by a team of Siberian Huskies and provided by Moonstone’s Windrift Kennels. Photo Below (Right) Dave Thirgood uses his chainsaw to turn a block of ice into a palm tree, one of the 10 ice sculptures that lined the streets of Cannington.
Cryderman’s Chronicles Happy Birthday wishes are extended to Cheers to Ann Hatton who will celeTed Storry who celebrated his special brate her 75th birthday on March 1. day on February 7. Greetings from Jane, Happy Birthday, Ann! Ken and family. Heather Fullerton Congratulations to Shannon Slater who of the Georgina will join the ranks of teenager on Febru- Arts Centre & Galary 28 when she turns 13. Shannon only lery was the grand gets to celebrate her real birthday every prize winner of the four years on February 29. Cheers Shan- Sutton Fair fundnon. raising lottery. Jane Clodd of Sutton will be celebrating Heather won two gold seats to a Maa birthday on February 25 and best wishes come from husband Ken, Debbie, ple Leaf game on February 17 and she took her son Adam. Shawn and Shannon. Although the Leafs lost 4 to 1, Heather Margaret and Gus Armitage will cele- said they had a great time and she sent brate 61 years of wedded bliss on March this photo along to prove it. Congratula6. Congratulations! tions Heather. Belated birthday wishes are extended to Doris Leiter who celebrated 80 years young on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Best belated wishes Doris.
Harold Denov of Virginia has been participating in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer every fall in Toronto for seven years as a walker and a training walk leader. He is on a mission to recruit Jackie Kennedy will mark her 82nd birthday on March 3 and Birdie Bull will walkers from Georgina to join him for celebrate 85 years young on March 5th. this year’s event on Sept. 11 to 13. You can email Harold at email@example.com Many happy returns to you both!
Tennyson Tidbits Brent Shaw called to say he found a wedding ring in his store, Shaw’s Pro Hardware in Pefferlaw. Call Brent at (705) 437-2638 if you’ve lost a ring. Eenie, meenie, minie, mo..to which Tim Horton’s will we go? The Beaverton/Hwy. 12 location opened on Friday, February 20. Happy Birthday to Ron Allen of Pefferlaw who will celebrate his birthday on February 26. Best wishes from Jane, Ken and family.
know Dave, it will be spent out on the lake. Hope you catch a big one! And, Dave’s neighbour Paul Whetter will celebrate his birthday on March 1. How much you wanna bet Paul will be out on the lake with Dave trying to catch an even bigger fish? Congratulations to Tim and Amanda O’Neill who celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary on February 24. Cheers to you both.
Happy Anniversary to Nancy and Alex Colville who celeBirthday greetings are also brate 44 years of wedded bliss extended to Al Peterbaugh who turns 82 on March 7. Con- on March 6. gratulations Al! Special Happy Birthday greetHappy 1st Anniversary to Wendy Schell and Martyn Rowe who were married one year ago on February 14. The happy (lucky) couple are celebrating in Barbados! Happy Birthday Dave Clyde! Dave will celebrate his special day on February 28 and if I
ings go out to Edna Pollard of Pefferlaw who turns 93 on February 27. Cheers, Edna. Our condolences to the family and friends of Earl Herdman, 79, of Pefferlaw who passed away on Thursday, February 12 at Southlake Hospital in Newmarket.
10 Congratulations to the Town of Georgina on staging a very successful and well organized Sno-fest event this year. According to event organizer Robin McDougall, the free, winter play-day for Georgina families at De La Salle park in Jackson’s Point on Saturday, February 14 attracted approximately 3,000 people. “I think this is on par with other years,” Ms. McDougall said. “I thought with less snow this year, we might not get as many people, but that was not the case.” Kids and their families had lots of activities to choose from—everything from pony rides to a petting zoo to horse pulled wagon rides. Top Right Photo: Members of the Georgina Historical Society serve up maple taffy made from boiling down maple syrup and pouring it in snow to cool. Bottom Left Photo: Tyler Burns, 7, from Keswick tries his hand at curling. Bottom Right Photo: Port Bolster resident Zeshawn Awan, 5, enjoys a cotton candy while stopping off to listen to a children’s musician.
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Demand for hot Pefferlaw condiments and sauces heating up When Sue Plumbohm and her sister Joanne Robinson were little girls they remember one dish that was always on the table at meal times— their mother’s homemade hot pepper jelly. “We used it as a condiment and when we were growing up, my mother used to make it all the time and give it away,” says Ms. Plumbohm. In fact, family and friends would clamber all over themselves to get a sample of this tangy, oldThe scotch bonnet pepper is the star of Hot Jamaican, family recipe to spice up Mamas product line of jellies and sauces. an otherwise bland meal. When their mother Phyllis died in The main secret ingredient—which isn’t so 2005, the sisters took her hot pepper jelly secret—is the scotch bonnet pepper. Accordrecipe and began marketing it to the public ing to Ms. Plumbohm, this pepper has a under the label of Hot Mamas Foods Inc. Initially, they made the jelly after hours at a unique flavour and it allows the taste of the food it is complementing to come through restaurant in Keswick—grinding, boiling, cooling, filling and labeling hundreds of jars before the “burn” of the pepper becomes evident. of jelly until four o’clock in the morning. Later that year, the sisters took 1,000 jars of Even though Ms. Plumbohm can and does their homemade jelly to a three-day Gourmet purchase fresh scotch bonnet peppers from Food and Wine show in Toronto and ran out Jamaica, she prefers to grow them herself. She still has a number of her mother’s old on the second day of the show. “It went very, very quickly and at that point scotch bonnet pepper plants from Jamaica and has taken the seeds from those to prowe said, everyone likes it so let’s move on duce more plants that have the same gene from here.” pool. And move they did. After building a com“Believe it or not, but the peppers we grow mercial kitchen in the basement of their are better than the ones we get from Jahome on Old Shiloh Rd. in Pefferlaw, Ms. Plumbohm and her family brought the busi- maica,” she said. ness in-house and began experimenting with Beyond the health benefits of the pepper itself, Hot Mamas products are sans salt, a other products. Today, Hot Mamas Foods fact that has given these piquant products a Inc. produces 14 variations of home-made marketing advantage over competitors. Achot jellies and sauces using their mother’s cording to Ms. Plumbohm, this marketing old Jamaican recipe. edge, the quality of the products themselves “Our products are made under the strict and the variety of flavours available has not guidelines of Agriculture Canada/Health Department regulations and we meet or ex- only led to increased sales at all the major ceed all standards for safety and food prepa- food and wine shows but they have boosted ration. Anyone can make a hot sauce, but to orders through her internet e-business. In make a ‘safe’ hot sauce for public consump- addition, Ms. Plumbohm and her dedicated tion is not something everyone can do,” Ms. staff of friends and family have started to offer samples of their products to shoppers at Plumbohm says.
various Sam’s Club locations in southern Ontario. The success of Hot Mamas has brought the sisters to a cross-roads where decisions on growth and expansion must soon be made. They are discussing promoting their product line in gourmet retail outlets across Canada and initial inquiries have been made to begin exporting to Europe. And once these plans are in motion, the days of pumping out 540 jars of jellies and sauces in four and half hours in the middle of the night will become a footnote in the annals of posterity—a move for which Ms. Plumbohm says she is ready.
12 There are still spaces available for Introductory Pilates Classes which started on Wed. February 11. Free for five weeks. Classes from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Register at the Pefferlaw Library or call (705) 4371514 Check out the Sutton Legion for their Friday night dinners for only $7 per person between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. February 27 enjoy meatloaf and on February 25 they are hosting a Senior’s Fish Fry at 11:00 a.m. The Lake Simcoe Minor Softball Association will be accepting registrations for the season on Sat. Feb. 28 at the Georgina Ice Palace from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Sat. Feb. 28 at the Sutton Arena from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Softball for ages 5 to 21; Blastball for ages 2 to 4. The Udora Leaskdale Lions will host their Annual Farmers’ Night on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Udora Community Hall. $14 includes meal, guest speaker and entertainment. Call Byron Taylor at (705) 228-8027. On Friday, March 6 at 2:00 pm there will be a World Day of Prayer at the Virginia United Church. This will be a multi-
Coming Events & Announcements denominational service. Everyone is welcome. The Pefferlaw Ice Pad Fundraising Committee is holding a Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Pefferlaw Lions Hall. All welcome. They are also looking for donations of both books and baking. Please contact Megan at 705) 437-4409. The Sutton Legion is also hosting a Pamper “Me” Day on Sun. Mar. 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Vendors will be available to provide massage services, manicures, waxing, jewellery, Avon products, books, Tarot card readings and much more. Free admission. Fee-for-service vendors. Georgina Brock Garden Club meeting on Mon. Mar. 9 at 7:30 pm at Wilfrid Hall. Speaker John Stratham on Bird & Butterfly Gardening. Call 437-4366 for details. Wilfrid United Church will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Dinner on March 13 at the Wilfrid Community Hall. Beef stew with biscuits and all the trimmings. $10 per person from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Entertainment by Richard McIntyre and Friends. Call (705) 437-1358. The Sutton Curling Club is hosting the
Ruth Dunn Memorial Bonspiel on Saturday, March 14. Two 4-end games with draws at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. $30 per person includes snacks and dinner. Call Sarah Stapleton at (905) 722-8701. Register for the Pefferlaw Lions Annual Mini Putt to be held on Sat. March 21 at the Pefferlaw Lions Hall. Call Brian Meredith at (705) 437-1352 for details. The Queensville Players will stage a new musical comedy, “Copacabana”, at the Stephen Leacock Centre from March 27 to April 4. Adults $20; Seniors $18. Call the box office at (905) 476-0193 to reserve. A Spring Fling Dance to raise money for the Morning Glory Grade 8 graduation trip will be held at the Pefferlaw Lions Hall on Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 pm. DJ, Cash Bar, Door Prizes and late buffet. Tickets available at Bodley’s and Udora General Store or call (705) 437-4582.
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