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May 24, 2008 Volume 4, Issue 10

Convincing wind test results push Georgina Island windmill project forward After two years of capturing wind resource information from a 50 metre meteorological tower on Georgina Island, the Chippewas of Georgina Island are moving ahead on a “green energy” project that will result in the installation of 10 windmills on the island. According to Brent Kopperson, Executive Director for the Windfall Ecology Centre and the manager in charge of the project, the meteorological tower collected information on wind speed, direction and temperature for two years and the results were convincing. “The results have told us, at current prices, we have a viable wind farm opportunity,” he said. An environmental assessment for the project has been underway for more than a year and later this spring two public information forums will be held—one in Sutton and one in Pefferlaw, Mr. Kopperson said. To date, a number of community meetings have been hosted on the island and according to Mr. Kopperson, the support for the project has been very strong. Ten, 80 metre-tall windmills will be installed on the north-east quadrant of Georgina Island approximately 25 acres apart. Each one can produce two megawatts of

power a year and are said to turn at approximately 23 revolutions per minute. The entire project is expected to produce 20 megawatts of power a year and will be connected to the Hydro One Networks grid lines on Highway 48 via a substation that will be installed between Park Rd. and Hadden Rd. “Twenty megawatts will provide enough electricity to power about 7,500 homes and would result in annual greenhouse gas emission reductions of about 15,000 tonnes,” Mr. Kopperson said. The $41 million project is being designed as a co-operative venture providing an opportunity for local residents to invest directly in the co-operative, Mr. Kopperson said. “This is green energy that is going to be meeting the needs of northern York Region which happens to be very stressed for power right now, which is why they are trying to build these gas-fired power plants,” Mr. Kopperson said. “Part of the money raised will be through a community based co-op creating an opportunity for the general public to be involved through ownership,” he said. The first of the 10 windmills is expected to be installed by 2010.

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Historical tour of Wilfrid great success

Between 70 and 75 people took part in the Historical Tour of Wilfrid on Saturday, May 10. Participants were guided through the town and private historical residences before traveling to the art studio (formerly S.S. #6 Reekies School) owned by Viktor and Judith Tinkl and taking a tour of a working dairy farm. The cost of the tour was $15 which included lunch at the Wilfrid Hall. “It was absolutely wonderful,” said tour organizer Dorothy Shier. “I think we did very well and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

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Mixed bag of ravings

Thanks to John Hix from Orchard Beach for sending in this cartoon.

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off their brand new crocs and it wouldn’t budge. When my daughter sees their clothes and I heard the other day that the Ontario Minister of Health, Mr. those shoes, she is going to wonder if I put the kids into a Smitherman is considering reinstating OHIP coverage for coal mine to play. What are these ridiculous tires doing in a sex change operations that playground in the first place? were de-listed in 1998. Now, don’t get me wrong...if we can The very least that could be afford to provide OHIP cover- done is to finish them with a age for 10 people a year to un- tough, clear-coat of polyuredergo a sex change operation, thane. that’s OK with me—but then Karen Wolfe, don’t tell me that millions of Editor. Ontarians are denied coverage for a necessary eye exam or chiropractic services and physiotherapy because we Publisher/Editor can’t afford it. If you are going Karen Wolfe to restore funding for one, (705) 437-1216 you’ll have to restore funding karen.wolfe@sympatico.ca for them all. Advertising Sales

Huge tires in playground have got to go I had the pleasure of looking after my two young grandchildren for a few days and took them to the park at the Lions Hall in Pefferlaw to play in the playground. They spied the two huge ‘earth-mover’ tires that have been set up there for kids to play on and they decided that was where they wanted to play. Imagine my surprise/horror when they both emerged with black rubber residue all over their hands, face, clothes and new shoes. I couldn’t believe that someone thought this was suitable playground equipment. I used bleach to try and get it

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Pioneer Village re-enactment of 1837

Rebellion was a winner Visitors attending the re-enactment of the Rebellion of 1837 sponsored by the Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives on Saturday May 10 were treated to an action-packed interpretation of how Upper Canada William Lyon Mackenzie (left) directs the fought for control reformer militia in firing upon British troops. over its own domestic affairs. tle, gave spectators a realistic The live-museum type presenta- view of how the reformers were tion began with William Lyon defeated in the Battle of MontMackenzie making a bid for gomery’s Tavern. (Although the support from reformer sympaReformers lost this battle and thizers. Next, Governor Bond several rebellion instigators were rounded up and hanged, responsible government was eventually brought to Canada). The audience applauded the spectacle and many remarked on the excellent performances given by both men imperGovernor Bond Head gives a less than insonating Mr. spiring speech as he tries to convince his Mackenzie and audience to fight for the British. Governor Bond Head presented the Tory posiHead. tion in hopes of shoring up Loy- Congratulations to all who paralist support.. ticipated and particularly the The finale of the show, which volunteers who put on such a pitted militia forces against Eng- convincing performance. lish soldiers in a mock gun bat-


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Cryderman’s Chronicles The Sutton Marathon Bridge Club had their annual meeting and lunch at The Briars Resort on May 13th. After the lovely buffet lunch they played bridge in the dining room for the afternoon. If you wish to join please call Ruth at 905-722-3399 for more information. They start up for the new season in September. Birthday Greetings to Pauline Moore who celebrated her birthday on May 15th. Happy Birthday Pauline from your friends. Albert Colyer of Jackson’s Point celebrated

his 64th birthday on May 19th. One of Albert’s favorites is a line from a song by The Beatles: “Will you still need me will you still love me when I’m 64“. Birthday greetings are from Julie and of course Poppy. That was a great birthday cake.

and neighbours send their very best wishes. Get well soon Les.

Also, we send Birthday Greetings to Evelyn Drolet of Sutton. She will be celebrating her birthday on June 6th. To a lovely and kind lady, we wish you a Happy Birthday Evelyn. Last week the Salvation Army had a Newfie Night complete with a wonderful Jiggs Dinner and great Newfoundland music. If you have never attended one of these evening plan now to attend next year . It is a sell (L to R) Peter Coggon, Maria Coggon and Gregory Szuch joined Debbie and Brett out and you will be Eustace on Mother’s Day to celebrate a well entertained . Get Well Wishes go out to Les Blake of Virginia. He recently underwent surgery for spinal stenosis at Trillium Health Care Centre in Mississauga. His friends

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7th Annual Decoration Day at Cooke’s Cemetery The Cooke’s Cemetery Board is hosting the 7th Annual Decoration Day service on Sunday, June 1 at 2:00 pm and invites family and friends to visit the cemetery on Pine Court in Pefferlaw to participate in a service of remembrance. The cemetery was closed in 1980 and re-opened in 1993 under the leadership of Bob Chirnside and other community-minded volunteers. Since re-opening, the GeorginaBrock Garden Club has donated funds and expertise in planting and maintaining the gardens. The Lioness Club of Pefferlaw erected a monument in 1995 in the memory of the individuals interred in unmarked graves. More recently the club, through its Community Betterment Project, installed gates

and an arbour for the pedestrian entrance from Pine Court. A stone bench was also donated by Gord and Marion Calvert of Port Bolster Natural Stone. This year, the cemetery board will be remembering a friend of the board, Larry Hunter, who so generously donated his time and energy in past years toward developing the space. A retired Salvation Army Officer, Max Bulmer, will be conducting the service and Mary Pearson will provide the music. “Cooke’s Cemetery is an attractive and distinctive place and a worthy contribution to the community,” said cemetery board Chair, Eleanor Gallinger. In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Youth Centre followed by refreshments.


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Tennyson Tidbits Happy Birthday to Len Donner who turns 80 on June 6. Cheers to you Len...left, right, left…. Birthday greetings also go out to Jay Giles who celebrates his 11th birthday on May 23. Hope you have a great day, Jay! Happy 65th Birthday from Patches and Shannon to Dennis Storry on May 25. Cheers, Dennis. Little Daniel Shier wants to wish his Poppa a Happy Birthday on May 15. Daniel himself will celebrate his 4th birthday on May 29. Best Wishes to you both! Congratulations to Wilf Tamblyn who will celebrate his birthday on May 24. Have a great day Wilf! Cheers to Clive Moody who turns the big 5-0 on May 29. Happy Birthday Clive! Happy Birthday greetings to Arnie Hall who celebrates his special day on June 5. Best Wishes, Arnie! Kudos to Lesley Bird and her family from Pefferlaw who participated in Megan’s Walk in Toronto on Mother’s Day. Megan’s Walk attracted 2,000 walkers who raised close to $300,000 this year to support research of childhood brain tumours which are the leading cause of cancer related deaths in children.

The Pefferlaw Lions Club wants graduating students at Sutton District High School to know they sponsor three $500 bursaries for Pefferlaw and area students who are planning on a post-secondary education. Students must have a financial need and must apply immediately by first contacting their guidance counsellor. The process of choosing candidates for this year has already begun. One bursary will go to a student planning a career as a technician, technologist or engineer. Another bursary will be awarded to an individual interested in a career in computers and the third is available for a student with a record of solid academic achievement and good citizenship who wants to study one of a variety of programs. Members of Bill Card’s family were on hand as members of Club 55 in Pefferlaw gathered to commemorate his passing by planting a flowering crab tree in front of the Lions Hall on May 20. Bill was remembered for his generosity toward others and his sense of humour.


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A full complement of artistic talent and cultural events is set to entertain and engage the residents of Georgina for three days during the Second Annual Blue Bridge Festival on June 6, 7 and 8. The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a Cabaret and reception to be held at the Georgina Arts Centre at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, canoeists and kayakers can paddle down the Black River to opera singers and songs by Magoo or sit in on a creative writing workshop at Knox United Church or join the kids on the lawn at St. James Hall for an entertaining morning of song and musical theatre. Other Saturday activities include a horse drawn tour of heritage sites in both Sutton and Jackson’s Point. Along the way, musicians and poets will be providing entertainment at the Jackson’s Point Bandshell and Sibbald Point Provincial Park picnic shelters. On Saturday evening, the Festival Orchestra and York Region choirs will perform Pergolesi’s Magnificat under the direction of Tonly Browning at Knox United Church. Other performances at this Gala Concert include the Tapestry Chamber

Choir, the Ardeleana Trio, the Yellow River Ensemble and vocalists Wallis Giunta and Andrea Cerswell. The Chippewas of Georgina Island will be festival hosts on Sunday morning as participants are invited to ride the ferry from Virginia Beach to the island for a traditional Chippewa brunch, a walk through Nanabush Trails and a poetry workshop. A Children’s Corner will be held at the St. James Hall lawn where the Legend of First Rabbit will be narrated by composer Mary Gardiner and a musical theatre production of Melissa’s Song will be presented by Brenda Muller. The festival will wrap up with a Sunday Matinee Concert and Strawberry Social at Knox United Church beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The festival has been organized by the Ardeleana Chamber Music Society and will feature 18 events over three days. Volunteers are invited to participate in a Black River clean up event on May 31at 10:30 a.m. behind No Frills in Sutton. For times, venues and passport reservations and ticket prices call (289) 470-1099 or visit www.bluebridgefestival.com


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Digital age expands range of services offered by Sutton photographers ductions for business promotion camWhen Neil Kinnear and Leslie Chung paigns is quickly gaining momentum. started their photography business seven years ago, their medium of choice was 35 “For instance, we have put together a mm film. But within four months the Sut- package for Bed and Breakfasts where we take photos for their websites. B&Bs really ton couple traded their old photography equipment in for digital—a technology that depend on their websites. We have put together a small, medium and large offerhas allowed them to not only provide instant results to their customers throughout ing so they can get whatever is affordable for them,” Mr. Kinnear said. the GTA, it opened up an entirely new range of services that drew on their former The multi-media foray has found them using photos, video, knowledge and expertise sound, music, in information technolvoice and graphics ogy (IT). to produce promoPhotographs by Neil tion campaigns for Kinnear and Leslie trade shows, webChung is a family busisite commercials ness that specializes in and AGM presenproducing studio-quality tations. photos on location for “We are noticing businesses, families, that as the digital pets, newspapers, magacameras explode in zines and not-for-profit the consumer marorganizations. And, even ket that our opporthough Georgina is their tunities for stillhome base, their photos photo work is gethave appeared in nating more difficult. tional newspapers, EnSo, while we are route magazine and a not losing our fowebsite in the U.K. They cus on that, we are also provide photoincreasing our graphic services for (L to R) Neil Kinnear and Leslie Chung scope to include small, rural schools and are expanding their photography busimulti-media proschools catering to speness, Photographs by Neil Kinnear and duction,” Mr. Kincial needs children. Leslie Chung, to include multi-media near said. “Our specialty actually is productions for small and mediumMs. Chung says to go on location ,” Mr. sized business promotion. their business phiKinnear said. “The benelosophy is based on fits there are for young a combination of personal service, technichildren and animals and we find people cal expertise and a strict attention to qualare generally more comfortable in their ity and she says they particularly enjoy own home.” While people and pet photos are the bread taking photos at family and charity events and butter of the couple’s business, expan- such as birthdays, small weddings and golf tournaments. sion into areas such as multi-media pro-

“We like people and interacting with people and we like the challenge of producing something that is really good,” she says adding the technical challenges associated with a business that is based on digital technology gives them both an outlet for their creative side. Her partner agrees. “This is so broad and so new that the new media are really exciting. The digital advancement just opens doors to try new things and it is really interesting,” said Mr. Kinnear. “And when you meet the people who want something and share the excitement, you pitch them an idea and see their eyes light up, that is really cool, that’s the best,” he said.


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Coming Events & Announcements Third Annual Give a Miracle a Chance Slo-Pitch tournament will be held June 21 & 22 at West Park in Keswick in support of children and families dealing with Cerebral Palsy. Call 1 (877) 603-9991 or visit www.giveamiracleachance.com Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Pefferlaw River Family Fishing Festival. This is a free family fishing event to be held at the Peninsula Resort on July 5 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. It is being held in partnership with the Aurora District MNR and York Environmental Stewardship (YES). Some fishing equipment will be available for use although everyone is encouraged to bring the own. To pre-register call Paul Kirby at (647) 828-5100 or visit www.pefferlawfreefishingkids.ca effective June 1.

Auditions for the Georgina Idol competition are being held on Sunday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Stephen Leacock Theatre in Keswick. Contest rules and registration forms can be found at all Georgina Libraries and various businesses. Or you can visit www.town.georgina.on.ca Deadline for applications is May 30, 2008. Looking for an activity you can enjoy with your baby and toddlers? Join Strollers in Motion every Thursday from 10:00— 11:00 am. Call (905) 722-4200 for more info. Attend the Georgina Cares Kidfest for a one-stop-shop for all things kid related on Sat. May 24 from 11:00 am—5:00 pm at the Georgina Ice Palace. Loads of events and activities scheduled throughout the day. Call (905) 476-4305 x.517 for more information.

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May 24, 2008 Issue