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Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

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Local among marathon participants DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

NORTH DURHAM: The tragic bombings at last week’s Boston Marathon sent shock waves of sorrow throughout the world, and the events particularly hit home for one local resident whose sister was competing in the race. Gord Humphrey, a retired teacher at Port Perry High School was refereeing a rugby game at the time of the attack, and had no knowledge about the situation until receiving a text message from his sister Linnea Rossitter informing him that she was safe, and out of harm’s way. “I got a text from her saying ‘I’m fine, I’m at the bar’ before I even knew that anything was going on,” Mr. Humphrey told The Standard. With cell phone service in the Boston area disabled in the aftermath of the attack, Mr. Humphrey was still able to communicate with his sister since both of them own Blackberry handheld devices. “We were fortunate that we could still communicate with our Blackberries,” Mr. Humphrey explained. “While I didn’t know the full extent of what had taken place, my mother is quite a news-hound, and she was extremely relieved when I contacted her and said that everyone was alright.” TURN TO PAGE 5

SCRAP HAPPY: The Uxbridge Rotary Club was the latest North Durham organization to collect scrap metal donations this spring, during their fifth annual event in the Uxbridge Arena parking lot on Saturday, April 20. The bins and some muscle were donated by Port Perry Salvage and all proceeds will go towards the Rotary Club’s various charitable efforts, such as the Precious Minds program, building recreBENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard ation for youth and aiding those overseas.

Huck Finn returns to Uxbridge Saturday DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: The community is getting set to go fishing once again, with the 11th annual Huck Finn Youth Fishing Day returning this weekend. This Saturday (April 27), everyone is once again invited out for a great fun-filled day of fishing on Elgin Pond, which will be home to hundreds of Brook trout just waiting to be caught by any participant 15 years of age and under. The event kicks off with the popular Huck Finn parade. Starting at Elgin Park at 9:30 a.m., all children and parents are encouraged to dress up in their best Huck Finn outfits and decorate their bikes and wagons for the occasion. All parade participants will be entitled to a


V.I.P. fishing area after the parade. As well, there are lots of special prizes for those participating in the parade. Fishing will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. If you can’t make the parade, there are still plenty of fantastic prizes to be had, in addition to a guaranteed fun-filled day of fishing on the shores of Elgin Pond just bring your equipment, and organizers will provide bait to all registered participants. To register, pick up your ribbon ahead of time at any of the following locations: Uxpool, Uxbridge Legion, Presents, Presents, Blue Heron Books and Canadian Tire. You can also get them at the Pond on the day of the event. If you don’t have any gear the Pickering Rod and Gun Club will be pleased to lend it to anyone aged 15 and under.

The event, sponsored by Canadian Tire, is supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Uxbridge Township, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Optimist Club, the Pickering Rod and Gun Club, the OFAH, Zone “G”, the Uxbridge B.I.A. as well as the Durham Region Police. Since its humble beginnings in 2002, Uxbridge’s Huck Finn Fishing Day has grown into the largest family fishing day in Ontario, with thousands of particpants on hand for the annual event. Main St. will be closed between Reach/Mill St. and Elgin Park Dr. on the day of the event between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For further information, contact Pat Higgins at 905852-3315 or Amanda Ferraro at 905-852-7831.

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The  Standard

“Arts of China”

Thurs., Apr. 25, 2013

from the Royal Ontario Museum is on display at the Heritage Centre & Archives. Visit for details. MEETINGS, PROCLAMATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS Council / Committee Meeting Schedule May 6th • Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m. May 7th • Scugog Seniors Advisory Committee Meeting - 9:30 a.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 April • National Victims of Crime Awareness Week - April 21st - 27th • Pitch-In Week - April 21st - 27th • National Day of Mourning - April 28th

Council Appointments The Council of the Township of Scugog invites additional applications from members of the public who are qualified electors (18 years of age, Canadian Citizen) in the Township of Scugog who wish to have their names considered for appointment to the following Committees for this Council term: • Scugog Heritage & Museum Committee - 1 member • Blackstock Recreation Advisory Committee - 2 members • Public Art Advisory Committee - 2 members • Scugog Sports Hall of Fame Committee - 2 members • Scugog Accessibility Advisory Committee - 2 members • Scugog Seniors Advisory Committee - 1 member from Ward 1 & 1 member from Ward 4 • Fenceviewers - 2 Application forms and details regarding each of the Committees is available on the Township of Scugog web site at or at the Municipal Office, 181 Perry St., Port Perry applications will be accepted by the undersigned. Kim Coates, A.M.C.T. Clerk - E-mail:

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Summer Student Employment Opportunity – Historical Interpreter The Community Services Department has an opening for a summer student as a Historical Interpreter. The job posting listing the job duties and qualifications, and Job Application is available on our website Applications marked “Community Services” are to be mailed or dropped off at the Township of Scugog, 181 Perry Street, PO Box 780, Port Perry, ON, L9L 1A7, by 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 3rd, 2013. Applications may also be faxed to 905-985-9914 or emailed to We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in the Township of Scugog; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Township of Scugog is an equal opportunity employer.


Contract No. Q2013-02 - For Planting and Gardening Services at the Blackstock Cenotaph The Township of Scugog is seeking planting and gardening services at the Blackstock Cenotaph from an experienced landscaping contractor. Complete Contract Documents are available for pick-up at the Municipal Office located at 181 Perry Street, Port Perry during regular business hours. Sealed quotes, clearly marked as to contents, will be received by the Township Clerk until 2:00 p.m. (local time) on Friday, May 24, 2013. Kim Coates, AMCT Municipal Clerk 905-985-7346, ext. 119 Email:

PUBLIC NOTICES Second Instalment 2013 Interim Tax Notice The second instalment of the 2013 Interim Tax Notice is due for Property Tax Levied. Second Installment Payable April 25, 2013. Please pay promptly to avoid penalty. If you have not received your interim tax notice, please contact the Municipal Tax Office at 905-985-7346 ext 102 or 106. Failure to receive a Tax Notice does not excuse the Taxpayer of the responsibility of paying taxes, nor does it discharge him/her from the liability of any penalties or interest charged for late payment. Tax payments can be made in person, by mail, pre-authorized payment plan, and telephone banking. Interac is available for your convenience. Bev Goslin, Tax Collector



Sign By-Law Requirements

Pitch-In Week - April 21st to April 27th

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.

Join with various groups as they clean-up parks, ponds, roads and waterfront areas in the Township of Scugog throughout the week. A 20 minute makeover will be held Friday, April 26, 2013 where residents and businesses are encouraged to take just 20 minutes to clean up local areas (gloves and garbage bags provided).

• 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, 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.

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 Office and the Scugog Community Recreation Centre or visit the Township Website at Nominations will be received until Friday, May 31, 2013. Contact Lindsay Burnett for additional information at 905-985-7346 ext. 120 or email

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.

Please register your group online at, Environmental Initiatives. For further information contact or phone 905-985-7346 ext. 112.

The King’s Royal Yorkers, School of the Soldier Saturday, May 4th Join us from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Scugog Shores Museum Village (16210 Island Rd., Port Perry) as the Royal Yorkers recreate the time when Loyalist soldiers fled to Canada and formed the first Loyalist regiment raised on Canadian soil. The Royal Yorkers are committed to bringing alive Canada’s unique role during this conflict. Witness foot and arms drills, loading and firing practice and marching drills and discover what a military camp looked like. Free admission!

Heritage Centre Lecture Series: Ancient China with Jane Pang on Sunday, May 5th at 1:00 pm Lecture will be held in the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives, 1655 Reach Street (inside the Scugog Arena). Join us as we explore the history and culture of ancient China through our guest speaker Jane Pang’s fascinating tales. Ms. Pang is currently the principal of the Clearview School of Arts and Culture, a newspaper columnist in the field of education and culture and a researcher and observer in teaching methodology and child psychology. Admission is $5.00/ person and includes admission to the exhibit “Arts of China” on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum.

Scugog Seniors Advisory Committee Presentation Innovative Affordable Housing Options for Seniors on May 7th Join us on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers (181 Perry St., Port Perry).

Bridge Closure - Scugog Line 8 - Important Notice

Of interest to seniors and caregivers, developers and community organizations, this presentation by Solterra Co-Housing speaks to the development of co-housing initiatives introduced in Bracebridge, Brechin and Barrie.

Scugog Line 8 from Highway 7/12 to Old Simcoe Road will be closed (effective immediately) for bridge repair until further notice.

For information, contact Sandra Frey 905.985.7346 ext. 118 Solterra Website:

For information please contact the Township of Scugog Public Works Department at 905-985-7346 x112 or e-mail

Compost Giveaway Event - May 11th, 2013

The weight restriction is five (5) tonnes per axle, with no exceptions.

RECREATION Early Bird Registration Join us on Monday, May 6th from 5-7 p.m. at the Scugog Arena to register for our Summer Camps and Birdseye Pool programs, including swimming lessons. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Aquatic and Camp staff so all your questions can be answered! All early birds will receive $5.00 off per child, per family, maximum one program. A program is defined as one session of swimming lessons or one week of camp. For more information, please call Shawna at 905-985-8698 ext. 101 or email

Park and Ball Ball Diamond Bookings If you are interested in booking Palmer Park for an event or need to book one of the Township’s six ball diamonds, please contact Natalie Lindell at 905-985-7346 ext. 112 or email

EVENTS “Arts of China” Royal Ontario Museum on display at the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives 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 on display until May 26th, 2013. 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:

The Township of Scugog and the Region of Durham’s Compost Giveaway Event will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre (1655 Reach St., Port Perry). Note there is a three (3) container limit per car. Bring your own shovel and containers. Green bins, blue boxes and backyard composters will be available for sale (cash only). Damaged blue boxes and green bins can also be exchanged at this event. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food drive.

Horse Lover’s Tour: Uxbridge Tour on May 25th & Scugog Tour on 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 on the tours and a list of participating farms visit

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: Website:

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Bridal event Sunday SCUGOG: Bon Amie Bridal and Consignment will be holding a special one-day bridal sale this Sunday (April 28) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., taking place at Shaggs Hair and Body Works, located at 16121 Island Rd. New sample gowns will be available at the sale, up to 90 per cent off. Additional vendors, including Tripp Creative Photography, Lea Sophia Jewelry and Ives Personal Touch Flowers and Gifts, will be participating in the sale event. Call 905-985-0921 or e-mail for more information.

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Sale starts Friday, April 26 • 10 am Casual & Formal Wear JUST WINGIN’ IT: Harp and Wylie’s, winners of Best Wings in the 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters Chicken Wing and Pizza Night, were presented with their prize banner at the Port Perry restaurant. From left, Margaret Ayres, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters; Brent Harper and Corinna Wylie, owners of Harp and Wylie’s; Rebecca Kerrivan, public relations student; and Brenda Colvin, who donated the banner on behalf on Sensational Signs. The event raised $14,500 for the organization. Yellow House Pizza was the winner BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard of the Best Pizza title.

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Driver airlifted after Island crash SCUGOG: A 26-year-old Oshawa factor in this collision. woman was airlifted to a Toronto-area Anyone with new information regardtrauma hospital with reported life-threat- ing this collision investigation is asked to ening injuries, as a result of a single motor contact D/Cst. Al Ouellette of the DRP vehicle roll-over collision on Island Rd. Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520 this weekend. ext. 5272. On Sunday, April 21, at approximately Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime 4:41a.m., officers from North Division Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or onresponded to a reported collision on line at Island Rd. south of Stevenson Point Rd., and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 involving multiple occupants and poten- cash reward. tially life-threatening injuries. se Officers determined the silver Chevrolet Ou H vehicle, driven by the Oshawa woman, had en OPEN HOUSE Sunday March 25th 1-4pm 68 Ambleside, Port Perry on Island Rd. Op been travelling northbound when the driver lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway. The vehicle came to rest on its roof in the east ditch and both male passengers were able to get out of SCUGOG: A popular annual event the vehicle, however, the female driver had is returning to Port Perry’s downtown to be extricated by Scugog firefighters. tomorrow, sure to kick start the spring The female driver was airlifted to a for divas everywhere. Toronto trauma hospital with serious but The ninth annual Diva Night in downnon-life-threatening injuries. The driver town Port Perry returns Friday (April 26) remains hospitalized. Both male passento Queen St. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with gers were transported to a local hospital downtown merchants offering plenty of for medical treatment and later released. specials for this popular event. The first Members of the DRPS Traffic Services 250 Divas who visit the Port Perry BIA’s Branch, Collision Investigation Unit, booth will also get a special gift. attended the scene to conduct an invesFor details of shopping events and tigation. The roadway was closed for sevspecials, visit for eral hours while evidence was collected. complete details. Investigators believe that alcohol was a

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The  Standard

North Durham prepares for Relay’s return

PARTY TIME IN NORTH DURHAM: The Relay for Life Committee was in a celebratory mood at their meeting on Tuesday, April 16 when they celebrated the Canadian Cancer Society’s 75th anniversary. (Front, from left) Cancer survivors Dawson Fraser, 14, of Uxbridge and Joline Quinn, 11, of Beaverton did the honours when it came time to cut the cake. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

NORTH DURHAM: This June, local residents are being asked to join in the fight against cancer as Relay for Life returns to North Durham. Picture thousands of people - friends, families, co-workers and cancer survivors - united together for one night for one common cause. Every three minutes, another Canadian is faced with fighting cancer. That’s why people in North Durham will be spending 12 hours together at Elgin Park in Uxbridge, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7 as part of a global movement against cancer during the 2013 Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. Last year, over 200 participants gathered at North Durham’s Relay for Life to raise more than $55,000 to support Canadian Cancer Society research and community services initiatives. To commemorate the

75th anniversary of the Canadian Cancer Society, this year’s event is being hailed as ‘The Big Party’ and there is plenty local residents can do to get involved. “We had tremendous success last year in Uxbridge,” organizer Jack Ballinger told The Standard. “But, we are looking for even more support this year, and we’re hoping that in keeping with the Canadian Cancer Society’s 75th birthday, that we can get at least 75 teams out for the event and raise even more money for this great cause.” For more information on how you can get involved with Relay for Life, please visit, or contact Kristi Gregor at 905-430-5770 or Jack Ballinger at 905-8528368. You can also contact organizers via e-mail at either kgregor@ontario. or johnhballinger@

Donors recognized in Uxbridge Cenotaph restoration DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard Scugog

Standard Page Ad by Quarter the Township of Uxbridge in a special ceremony on Monday, April 22. UXBRIDGE: Donors to the recent Prior to council’s evening meeting, the Cenotaph refurbishment were honoured township recognized the 45 donors to the

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project, which saw the downtown Cenotaph revitalized and made fully accessible. Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger, who alongside Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse spearheaded the fundraising efforts for the project, began the evening with a brief history of the Cenotaph in Uxbridge as well as the great fundraising spirit of the community, which has been a vital part of Uxbridge for generations. “The year was 1920. The Great War was over, and the library was there, but there was nothing in front of it,” began Councillor Ballinger. “Then, on September 7, a flat car rolled into the Uxbridge Train Station carrying a cannon built in 1902. The Canadian government gave this cannon to the township as a gift, and it was placed in front of the library.” According to Councillor Ballinger, the cannon would sit at the corner of Toronto St. and Brock St. until 1931, when the Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) approached council with a grand idea. “The IODE, led by Lt. Col. Sharpe’s wife Mabel - the first female council member in Uxbridge’s history - wanted to put in a Cenotaph. They came before council and asked for money, and were given $500. From there they went to the residents and raised the rest of the funds to put in the Cenotaph that you see today, with a base made out of granite from Quebec and a solider made of Italian marble,” added Councillor Ballinger. The Cenotaph honours the members of the 116th Battalion, headquartered in Uxbridge, and the 17 men who paid the ultimate price for freedom. “After all that time, the Cenotaph started to look bedraggled, and the township applied for a government grant for refurbishment with a maximum amount of $25,000, which we were awarded,” said Councillor Ballinger. Faced with a tight timeline - the money had to be used by December 2012, as well as impending Remembrance Day ceremonies

- Councillors Ballinger and Mikuse got to work fundraising for the project. With the effort of many dedicated members of the community, the project was able to be finished on time, and is now fully accessible for all residents. “Before, it was on a grassy hill and very hard for veterans to get up, and you couldn’t get around to the back of the monument,” said Councillor Ballinger. “Now, if you are walking the streets of Uxbridge, take the time to look around the monument and read the names. And, I would like to say thank you to all of those who contributed to get our Cenotaph back to where it belongs.” Councillor Mikuse also took time to thank the many donors to the project for their commitment to the legacy of those local residents who gave their lives for the freedoms we continue to enjoy today. “This was a very special project and we thank you very much for your contributions,” added Councillor Mikuse. The cannon originally gifted to Uxbridge by the government in 1920 continues to be showcased in the community, and can be seen on the shores of Elgin Pond in Veteran’s Memorial Park.

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the art of STAINED GLASS Lead Came or Copper Foil Methods Begins May 7th, 8th & 9th Tuesday or Wednesday Afternoons or Evenings & Thursday Afternoons LOCAL VOLUNTEER HONOURED: Sunderland resident Josie Linton receives her 2013 Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, as the Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, looks on during the April 22 ceremony at Queen’s Park. Ms. Linton was recognized for her work in promoting agriculture and rural life through the Durham West 4-H Junior Farmers Club, as well as for helping the Canadian Cancer Society to support cancer research, working with Relay for Life events in North Durham since she was 15. Ms. Linton was among nine youths recognized for their volunteer work this year. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Police seek identity of naked walker UXBRIDGE: A suspicious man, reportedly wandering the streets of Uxbridge, wearing only boots and a balaclava, has police appealing to the public for information. According to police, two separate incidents have been reported recently in an Uxbridge subdivision. The initial report came on Tuesday, April 9, at approximately 7 a.m., as North Division officers responded to a report of a naked male walking around a residential neighbourhood on Turner Dr. The suspect was described as wearing only a balaclava and boots and walking alone, not approaching anyone or engaging in any other activities. Officers responded to

the vicinity and searched the area with negative results. A K-9 Unit was deployed to the area for tracking, but the search was unsuccessful. Officers contacted school board officials as a precaution and requested a letter of warning be issued to their community as a public school is locat-

Crandell’s reunion Saturday SCUGOG: A popular local establishment from over the years will be getting the old crowd back together, for one night only this weekend. Jude’s Sports Bar and Grill, located at 15 Water St. in Port Perry, will be hosting the Crandell’s Reunion this Saturday (April 27), drawing together familiar faces who have frequented the location over the years. The restaurant, at the corner of Curts St. and Water St., has long housed local establishments including Crandell’s, with Jude’s being the latest to occupy the popular spot. Tickets are $25 per couple or $15 each and are available at Jude’s or by calling 905-985-8080. For more information, visit www.judessportsbarandgrill. com and watch for Jude’s event calendar published monthly in The Standard.

ed in the general vicinity. A second and similar incident occurred on Friday, April 12, at approximately 3 p.m., when police were again contacted regarding a naked male walking around Turner Dr. The suspect was again reported as walking alone and wearing only a balaclava and boots. Officers responded along with a K-9 Unit for a search of the vicinity but the suspect was not located. Officers asked school officials at Uxbridge Public School to hold students inside while the investigation continued. Police believe both incidents to be connected, and an investigation into the matter is ongoing. “We are still working to

determine just who this individual is, and our investigation is ongoing,” commented Sgt. Nancy Van Rooy. Police describe the suspect as: male, white, 5’ 10” tall, approximately 150 lbs with a medium build and wearing a ski mask and boots. Anyone with new information regarding the identity of this male is asked to contact Det. Greg Collins of the North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 2677. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the web site at www. and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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According to Mr. Humphrey, his sister is an excellent triathlete, who has achieved national rankings. As such, she was finished with the race more than a hour before the bomb blasts near the finish line. The terrorist attacks will not deter Ms. Rossitter or her husband, Glenn, from competing in future events, according to Mr. Humphrey. “They are both in a lot of those types of races - Glenn actually competed in an event in Toronto over the weekend - and they will continue to do so, and I will continue to support them,” Mr. Humphrey added. “It’s my understanding that the goal of terrorism is to disrupt the activities of people. And the best way to fight back is to continue doing those things that you are passionate about and not be fearful.”

Cost: $105.00+ tax for 8 lessons plus materials.

Book by May 5th CONTACT:

Heidi Rogers 905-985-6630 LCA Stained Glass & Consulting 2436 Ma Browns Road, Port Perry


of Scugog Island First Nation IS HOSTING A

NATIVE ARTS and CRAFTS SHOW and SALE Saturday, May 4th, 2013 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Refreshments, Free Door Prizes, 50/50 Draw, Raffles, Free Admission

Health and Resource Centre, 22600 Island Rd., Port Perry (just north of the Casino) For more info call Anne 905.985.9107

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NORTH DURHAM Wednesday, April 24 to Wednesday, May 15 Sketch and Water Colour Painting with Roy Bowers. Held at St. John’s Blackstock church hall from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Price is $60. Roy has tips for everyone beginner or experienced. To register please call St. John’s Office 905 986 0557 and leave a message or email Saturday, April 27 Ham Dinner at Janetville United Church (712 Janetville Road), 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Adults $12 (Advance) $14 (Door) Ages 6 - 12 $6 Age 5 & Under are free Call 705324-4006 or 705-277-2880. - Craft and Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scugog Island Community Hall. Sponsored by the Scugog Island UCW. Get your baking, have a light lunch, buy a plant. Be early to get your pick of the baby quilts made by our ladies. Sunday, April 28 The Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society plays host to noted culinary historian Dorothy Duncan on the topic “Everyday Life in Upper Canada, 1813” at 2 p.m. All welcome at The Meeting Place, 284 Simcoe St, Beaverton. More info at 705-439-2337. - Trinity United Church in Cannington presents a dinner & concert featuring “The Four Men” with dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m. and concert to follow. A fundraiser for the Mission & Service Fund. Local artisans’ displays as well.For tickets call 705-432-2194 or e-mail May St. John Ambulance Lindsay – May 2013 courses now available. All courses are at Victoria Park Armoury at 210 Kent St. W. For more info or to pre-register, call 705-3249894 or e-mail Friday, May 3 Yuk Yuks comedy night in Ajax - profits will go to the Canadian ATV MX Race Team to help 3 young men trying to pursue their dreams and represent their country. If you would like to attend this event and need tickets, please contact any of these three racers, call or e-mail Kristin Withey at or 705 286 4714. Saturday, May 4 Port Perry Villa presents the Annual Spring Bazaar and Art Show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors, Entertainment, Toonie Sale, BBQ, Hanging Baskets and Art Show. Everyone is welcome. Sunday, May 5 Monday Morning Singers Spring Concert: Airs and Arias, Duos and Divas: with guests, soprano Sasha Liebich-Tait and bass baritone Jonathan Liebich. St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Uxbridge. 3 p.m. Tickets $15 at Presents, Presents or at the door. Children are free. More information at or 905-852-3693. - Flea Market at Nestleton Community Hall, Hwy. 7A, Nestleton, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wide variety of vendors, including hot breakfast and lunch available. Held by Caesarea Skateboard Park for Kids Fundraiser. For more info, call Susie at 905-986-4038.

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SCUGOG ISLAND by Jeanne C. Le Saux The call to worship was called by Rev Michelle Hoffman, and a warm and friendly welcome went out to all who attended the service. Thank you goes out to Michelle Hofman, for her ministry. Michelle will be the guest minister next week as well. Thank you to Doug and Susie Baird- for providing the refreshments, following the morning service at time for fellowship. Craft and Bake Sale- Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come early and get your baking, have a light lunch, buy a plant. Come early to get your pick of the baby quilts made

by the Ladies, sponsored by the Scugog Island UCW. Rehearsal for Orchestra Sunday will be May 4/13, with the Orchestra performing on May 5/13. Happy Birthdays this week goes out to: Christena Edgar and Cory Marsden (April 21), April Bell (April 23), Andy Powless and Jody Rodway (April 24), Greg Marsden (April 25), Charles Le Saux and Joan Aldred (April 26) and to Jordan Woodcock (April 27). Happy Birthday to any one else who may have been missed this week. I can be reached by phone at 905-985-7662 and by e-mail at Please have all submissions in by 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

BLACKSTOCK by Joyce Kelly The 29th annual Talent Auction (how time flies) on Friday evening was most successful, both as a fun event and also a fundraiser. A large crowd enjoyed the banter of the auctioneers Brian VanCamp and Arnott Wotten as they did their chants. Jessie Gunter and Shirley Tuner along with Shirley’s two daughters, Lauri and Ron Minshell and Jan and Jim Byers have returned home from a most interesting holiday in Arizona. Jamie Gray and Jade Vincent of Pickering were married last week in a lovely beach wedding in Dominican Republic. Members of Jamie’s family who attended were Carol and Brian Gray, Dianne and Brittany Gray, his grandmother Muriel Wotten, Pat Millson, Tom and Wilma Wotten and Jeff Norma Lott and Denise Lott. They enjoyed a lovely week in the sun. Blackstock was well represented at the Farewell

party on Thursday afternoon in honour of Rev. Dale and Anita Davis held at Trinity United Church, Boybcaygeon. Due to poor health, they have moved from Bobcaygeon to a retirement home in Etobicoke after 20 years to be nearer their family. As the time for graduation from colleges and universities is fast approaching, please share your family’s news with me so the community can learn of our young people’s achievements. Winners at the Tuesday evening card party were Alma Manns, Val Priebe, Don Trunks, Wilma VanCamp, Marilyn Trunks (low), Keith VanCamp (lone hands). Specials were won by Laura Zyck, Lawrence McLaughlin, Alma Manns, Elaine Bailey. If you enjoy playing euchre, join this group any Tuesday evening at St. John’s Anglican Parish Hall before 7:30 a.m.

GREENBANK by Mary Jean Till Greenbank Lions are placing a free monthly newsletter in Greenbank store. Money raised by the Lion scrap metal collection helped pay for the children’s Easter party and a donation to the Greenbank/Epsom school for two literacy projects. Yoga continues at the hall four times a week (held Tuesday and Thursday). Phone Kelli at 905-431-1850 for info. Greenbank Centennial Hall is available for rent hourly, or daily; for rates and info call 905985-3723. Durham Beekeepers’ meeting is on April 29, 7 p.m. at Greenbank hall. The Hall and Park Board are fundraising with Otter Greenhouse, 315 Medd Rd., Epsom, from April 8 to June 9. When you buy your plants, let your cashier know you would like your purchase to go to this fundraiser. Maple Syrup, 540ml tins

at a cost $10, is available from the Lions Club - call 905-9853723. Bring your electronic waste and scrap metal to Greenbank hall parking lot on May 4, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support the Greenbank Lions. Supper and Concert at Cannington, United Church on April 28 - call 705-432-2194 for info and advance tickets. In concert with Irwin Smith on May 4, 8 p.m. at Greenbank church. Tickets are $15 and are available from choir members or by calling 905985-8559 or 905-985-3903. Ham and Salad Supper at Wick church on May 10, 6 p.m. Tickets are $13, call 705-357-3704. Congratulations to Shauna Kuebeck, former Greenbank P.S. student who earned a bronze medal at the Canadian Cadet/ Juvenile Wrestling Championships held recently in Saskatoon.

Church news: The beautiful flowers in the sanctuary on Sunday were in memory of Dale Masche whose funeral service was on April 20 at Greenbank church. Sincere sympathy to the Masche families and Dale’s friends. Former principal of Greenbank Public School, Ralph Rowe of Oshawa, passed away earlier this month after a short battle with cancer. Mr. Rowe will be fondly remembered by former students, their parents and fellow teachers. Condolences to his wife Doreen. Happy birthday to Valerie Hunter was sung. Bible quiz answers were given by Jaelynn Phoenix and Ilak and Sophie Nixon. The senior choir’s anthem “Just a Little Talk with Jesus” was great! The message for all was “Hear Him?” Next Sunday, plan to stay for lunch and congregational meeting (one hour) following 11 a.m. service.

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SEAGRAVE by Robin Drew and Jean Short Sympathy from the Seagrave Community to the Family of Dale Mashke who passed away on April 16. Condolences also go to the Family of Harland Horner who was a former resident of Seagrave. Once again, this spring the church is raising funds through your purchases at Otter Greenhouses. When you purchase flowers for your garden from April 8 June 9, just tell them that you would like your purchases credited to our Church. Don’t forget to get your church surveys back to the church by April 28. The United Church is conducting a Comprehensive Review of the role of the church in today’s society. On Sunday, April 28, Seagrave United Church will be selecting three representatives, who along with four from Greenbank, will represent the Greenbank-Seagrave Pastoral Charge when the Presbytery representative conducts the interviews. Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. - Durham west 4-h celebrates “Giving thanks to 100 years of 4-H volunteers” at Pinegrove Church (Uxbridge). All welcome. Light refreshments to follow. May 2 - 7 p.m. Opening the Doors to Spirituality bible study. Everyone is welcome to attend. Friday, May 3 - Seagrave Youth Group invites you to join us for a entertaining movie night. Go to our web site at www. to vote for the

movie you want to see! Please RSVP to so there is enough food for everyone. Saturday, May 11 - If you would like an idea for Mother’s Day, why not take her to Miller Memorial Church on May 11 for dinner (roast pork or manicotti) and concert by North County Gospel. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the concert is at 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner and concert is $25, cost of the concert only is $10. For reservations, please call Janet at 1-705-786-2179 Please keep sending news items to or grammiejean2010@ EPSOM AND UTICA by Shari Kerry Belated Happy Birthday Wishes go out to Elva Kerry who celebrated with friends and family last Sunday in Zephyr. The 4-H exchange club are hosting a church service at Pine Grove church to celebrate 100 years of 4-H Canada on Sunday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The offering will be going to the exchange club and the Salvation Army youth. Condolences from the community go out to Jeffrey and Gregory Ward and families in the recent passing of their mother Edna in her 91st year. Comrie and Edna Ward were one of the original families that lived in the Bethesda area and moved to West Hill many years ago.

PRINCE ALBERT by Pat Boyd Prince Albert Church will be hosting the Independent Order of Oddfellows’ annual worship service on Sunday, April 28. A lunch will be served after the service. A joint worship service will be held at Port Perry church on May 5, at 9:50 a.m. Following the service is a brunch planned by the charge-wide Outreach Committee. A free-will donation will be accepted to benefit Outreach objectives. The Prince Albert Yard, Plant and Bake sale will take place on Saturday, May 25. We will soon be accepting donations for our popular yard sale. The PAPS Grade 8 class as a fundraiser for their graduation trip are having a Zumba Fitness Fundraiser with Laverne Morton, a certified Zumba instructor on Thursday, May 2, 7-8 p.m. Babysitting will be provided for the younger children. Bottled water is available for 50 cents and admission is $5 per person. Coming up on May 25 is a car wash & BBQ at Vos’s. The SCS Membership meeting has been changed to Thursday, May 30. No meeting on Thursday, April 25. The big Yard Sale takes place on Saturday, April 27, at the school. Grandparents and Friends Day will be Friday, May 3, with coffee and registration at the school at 11 a.m. The school is also fundraising with Otter’s Greenhouse. The Thursday evening euchre winners are Earla Stanfield, Shirl Leask, Merle St. John, Mac Albright, Marilyn Wallace and Rick Fink.

ZEPHYR AND SANDFORD by Pat Asling What with the continued war against winter and the tragic events in the US, it is good we have had such a busy week round and about. New plant growth continues and more birds appear despite the inclement temperatures. On Monday, five ladies from Sandford UCW attended the Presbyterial in Stouffville. The guest speaker introduced us to several new songs in Voices United that we all enjoyed learning. Tuesday evening the Zephyr congregation held their oyster soup/ham and scalloped potato supper; a great number of folk from all around partook of the tasty food. Saturday afternoon at the Port Perry Garden and Home Show, it was warmer there than on Brock St., where the BIA was holding their Green Days. I’ll bet those with booths were more blue than green! On Saturday night, the Zephyr Hall again saw an influx of visitors come to hear Allen McGillivray give one of his best lectures, this time about the hamlet of Zephyr and its history. After he talked for 1¼ hours he, daughter Bethany and her husband Lee provided musical entertainment, greatly enjoyed by all. This evening was a successful fund-raiser for the hall. Part of the Sunday service took the

form of a skit, performed by Rev. Diane and Mary Dube in Zephyr, and Rev. Diane and Carol Johnson in Sandford. The theme for the day was Earth Day and how we need to act as stewards of this planet. Casey Spencer sang a lovely solo “Second-Hand Rose” –which some of us are. Following church the choir and Rev. Diane and Chris walked in and rolled out of the Mandarin for our annual “pig-out.” Diane’s birthday was celebrated twice this day. Bruce and Barb Harwood went from there to a 90th birthday party for Bruce’s uncle Gordon McGuckin in Mount Albert. Don’t forget the UCW meeting on Thursday in Sandford where Earle Lockerby will speak about the Acadians. Men are invited as well as other groups 1:30 p.m. Sunday service will be taken by Rev. Carol McKinley, at both churches. At Pine Grove church that afternoon, 4Hers past and present will gather to celebrate 100 years of service, 2:30 p.m. All are welcome. Friday, May 4, 7 p.m., is the “Flag of Love Day” concert at the Zephyr Hall with guest Casey Spencer, Mary Dube and Brian Larter, Poor Tom and others. Free pizza/games night is on May 10.

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

ST. JOHN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 319 Queen Street, Port Perry Pastor Robert Kennedy 905-985-3881 SUNDAY, April 28 Service at 10 a.m. Sunday School and Nursery Care Available All are warmly welcome



19100 Island Road, Port Perry A warm welcome to all 905-985-4094 SUNDAY, April 28 10 a.m. Morning Service

14460 Simcoe St., Port Perry Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School (Anglican Network in Canada) All are Welcome.

UXBRIDGE TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 20 First Avenue Pastor Kirby Constable 905-852-6213


2210 Hwy. 7A (at Island Rd.) 905-985-8681 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


Rev. Elaine Hall - Rev. Don Willmer 905-985-2801 SUNDAY, April 28

593 Alma St., Port Perry,

Ontario 905-985-1346 Rev John Benschop 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 SOMETHING FOR ALL AGES

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 •


(Anglican Church of Canada)

Rev. John Anderson

266 North St., Port Perry Phone: 905-985-7278 5th Sunday of Easter Sunday, April 28 10 a.m. Morning Prayer

Join us on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. 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: Emmanuel Community Church: ‘Reaching up to God; Reaching out to our Community,’

Sunday School and Nursery available


Pastor Bernhard VanderVlis SUNDAYS at 10 a.m. Mid-week programs for youth and adults! 14480 Old Simcoe Rd. (Between 7A and Prince Albert) 905-985-9307


Rev. Paul Moorhouse 905-985-7766

SUNDAY, April 28 Seagrave (in the beautiful hamlet of Seagrave) 9:15 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

To list your church events contact Katherine at 905-985-6985

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EDITORIAL Tune out attack ads By now, it seems that most are in agreement that bullying - of any sort - is wrong, and should not be condoned under any circumstances. So, why do we continue to condone it from those elected to the highest office in the county? Last week, as the ink was drying on Justin Trudeau’s appointment as leader of the Liberals, the ruling Conservatives took to the airwaves with their latest attack ad, painting Mr. Trudeau as unqualified for the job of Prime Minister. The ad in question takes aim at Mr. Trudeau on a variety of topics, and uses small snippets of sound bites to hammer their point home. However, these clips are taken woefully out of context, and conclude with a heavily edited clip in which Mr. Trudeau appears to offer the opinion that Quebecers are superior to their fellow Canadians. In fact, the clip - taken from a 1999 episode of CTV’s W5- is actually Mr. Trudeau paraphrasing his father’s feelings regarding the FLQ crisis in the early 1970s. This is just another example of a political party shifting the message to best suit its own selfish needs. It is also extremely hypocritical, as just last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper claimed that Calgary was “the greatest city in the country.” The ads, aside from being another example of the ‘Americanization’ of our politics, are a blatant misuse of taxpayer money, as they are funded by the official agent for the Conservative Party, which receives generous funding from the federal government. So in the end, we are all paying for this nonsense. But the real problem with the entire ad is the message that it sends to Canadian kids - that bullying pays off, and if you continue bullying, one day you could grow up to be the Prime Minister.

Scout fundraiser a success Concerns over airport To the Editor, The Canadian Jamboree Scout fundraising Curling Day and Spaghetti Dinner held on Sunday, April 14 was a huge success. Over 60 people participated in curling – some for the first time. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved. The dinner was delicious and everyone had their fill. The group would like to thank our generous sponsors who donated towards our spaghetti dinner and silent auction – Port Perry Curling Club, Vos’ Independent, Hanks Pastries, Foodland, Food Basics, Port Perry Wado Kai, Village Décor Shoppe, M&M

Meats, 98 Degree Tanning Salon, Cuddly Bunny Co, Curves of Port Perry, Lukes, Paula Lishman, Meta 4, POE Design, and Millar’s Market. It is awesome to live, work and play in such a great com-

munity with tremendous community support. Marita Kersten on behalf of the 1st Port Perry Canadian Scout Jamboree Fundraising Committee

More thanks from skaters To The Editor, Once again, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our fundraiser Flea Market. Special thanks to the Thompson family of Port Perry for donating their share of the 50/50 win back to our cause. Our next Flea Market is being held on Sunday, May 5. We are going to start renting out outdoor space as well as indoor space. For more information, call Susie at 905 986-4038.

To the Editor, Peter Saunders, Linda Pitura, and the LCCW are correct. Why did ‘Greenbank Airways’ need to buy the property on Hwy. 12 and how many more are they after? Next, is it re-zoning and then, surprise, another 2.5 million cubic meters of dirt dumped to level that land for a museum and a hotel? Why not buy the lot across Hwy. 47, zoned commercial, for their hotel? Why not! It doesn’t need any fill. Could they tell us what hotel chain has shown interest in this area?

Susie Bollon Caesarea

As for noise, I can hear tailgates banging and machinery working now with windows shut. I’m so looking forward to summer. When the ‘airport’ is completed, will we have planes flying over our homes continually day and night? When ‘Greenbank Airways’ disappears in a few years and leaves behind a polluted Nonquon, wells, damaged land and ruined roads, guess who’s taxes will be raised for repairs? B.S. does baffle brains. Carol Slack Uxbridge

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Reader in favour of pulling out the stops To the Editor, It’s roughly one year that the works department, by order of the Mayor and town councillors, removed some stop signs in town and built the first full size roundabout in Durham Region. That was a year ago and since that time I have not heard of any future work to add roundabouts or remove stop signs. Wouldn’t Uxbridge benefit from more roundabouts? Wouldn’t Uxbridge also benefit from more stop sign removals? I personally use the roundabout frequently, and every time I do, I ask myself why didn’t anyone think about this many years ago. When it comes to stop signs however, I do not understand why they are not removed much more frequently from the many small intersections where they are not necessary. I remember the story in our local papers, about a year ago, where-

police told the mayor and town councillors that stop signs do not save lives. They said at the town council meeting that stop signs should never be used for traffic calming and that stop signs do absolutely nothing but cause a lot of air pollution. When cars have to accelerate from a full stop fuel is wasted and the air is polluted. Police and the Department of Transportation stated that stop signs create pollution from brake dust that washes into our streams and lakes. I remember last year’s newspaper articles regarding stop signs and they read that in order to have a stop sign on an intersection, that intersection has to have at least 500 vehicle movements in one hour. Can anyone in town tell me where we have an intersection like that? Hopefully our town officials will get back to where they left off last

year and keep the process of removing unnecessary stop signs going. Uxbridge is lucky that we still have good air quality but our vehicle pollution still effects the entire global community. We simply owe it to our children that we leave them a green planet. Isn’t that worth removing some stop signs that we now know do nothing for traffic safety and only cause pollution? To the best of my knowledge, the roundabout gets nothing but praise. The few removed stop signs saved drivers money, and pollution was reduced. The traffic problems that had been predicted by the removal of stop signs never did occur. I am one of many who support our Mayor and town councillors and encourage them to continue the removal of unnecessary stop signs. Catherine Simpson Uxbridge

Church Chicks thank the community To the Editor, On behalf of the Church Chicks United I would like to thank everyone who participated in Port Perry’s fouth Annual Easter Bonnet Contest. A very special thanks goes out to ALL Scugog Elementary schools who participated in “Crazy Hat Day” on Thursday, March 28th. This event was held in conjunction with the Easter Bonnet Contest and spear-headed by Madame Amy Killeen of R.H. Cornish. Together the students of R.H. Cornish, S.A. Cawker, Prince Albert, Epsom, Greenbank, Good Shepherd & Immaculate Catholic Schools, Children’s House Montessori & Scugog Christian raised $1,403.77 for the Scugog Memorial Library Children’s & Teen area! This year at the Easter Bonnet Contest, we had a record 180 registered participants. During the Bonnet Contest an additional $973.81 was raised

for the library by way of public donation and hat sales- that’s a total of $2,377.58 going to the Scugog Memorial Library. Special thanks goes to Stephanie Tennant of Cakes By Stephanie who was our generous contest sponsor. Thank you judges Bobbie Drew, Jennifer Hardie & Tim Griffin. Many thanks as well to Ken Koury, Todd Soomre, Richie Tripp of Tripp Creative Photography, Nicole Koojge of the Cuddly Bunny, Eric Donnelly & Dr. Daryll Workman. Thank you Port Perry! Your creativity and excitement seems to grow every year and the Church Chicks are as proud as peacocks that the community has embraced this joyful Easter event for all ages. Pam (BoPeep) Hollett Easter Bonnet Contest Church Chicks United

Days gone by I have two friends who live on Ritson Rd. that I pass by most days making the south/north trek into Port Perry. Reliably, in good weather and poor, year round, they are always there waiting by the side of the road. I’ve often taken their photographs, for which they pose patiently. Not bad for being 100-plus years old. Last week, they were in the process of being forcibly evicted from their property by men in uniform. Yes, the old stone house and adjacent silo north of Taunton Rd. are going (possibly both gone, depending on when you read this). You may have seen them in your travels. Unless there is a large rock directly overhead of where you currently reside, this is all in preparation for the long-discussed extension of Hwy. 407, slowly creeping forward across Durham’s midsection. As a result, the rural landscape of my daily commute is now radically altered. Familiar features are gone - the trusty trees and woodlots, the once-functioning barns and fields, all of them another landmark informing me of the distance from work or home, depending on the hour. The silo and house were a fortunate discovery a few summers back, travelling from dropping off my wife

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Gas pains continue at Queen’s Park Ontario’s Auditor General has confirmed what members of the official opposition have been saying all along. The auditor’s report tabled April 15 said Ontarians are on the hook for at least $275 million to cancel the Mississauga gas-powered generating station. That’s $85 million more than the amount originally cited by the government. Remember, there are two gas plants where the Liberal government had signed contracts. The government is cancelling these plants and moving them to Sarnia and Lennox. There’s still no final word on the cost of cancelling the Oakville gas plant. However, some predict the combined cost of cancelling the Oakville and Mississauga plants could hit $1 billion. Look for the Auditor General’s review of the Oakville plant later this year. In my view, the McGuinty-Wynne government failed to recognize the severity of their error in spending hundreds of millions of dollars for no reason other than saving the seats of five government MPPs in the last provincial election. It’s time for this government to be accountable, reveal the true costs of the gas plant fiasco, and tell us who was responsible. The costs will show up on our electricity bills and our tax bills. Update on Highway 407 East Extension Infrastructure Ontario is in the process of seeking potential builders to complete phase two of the Highway 407 East extension. This project includes building Highway 407 east from Harmony Rd. in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington. A 10 kilometre north-south link connecting Highway 401 and Highway 407 east of Courtice is part of this initiative. Submissions will be evaluated in order to pre-qualify project teams. The latest plans from the Province indicate three stages of construction. The first phase (to Harmony Rd.) is already under way and scheduled for completion in 2015. The first portion of the second phase (Harmony Rd. to the east Durham connecting link) is to be completed in 2017. The final segment (to Highway 35/115) would be concluded in 2020. More information is available online at I am currently working with a number of property owners who, in my view, are still not being treated fairly regarding the government’s acquisition of their land for the highway. I have no confidence in all the Hwy. 407 construction timelines being met, especially in view of the delays that have occurred in the past. If you have comments or concerns about the Hwy. 407 construction process, please feel free to contact me.

A Thousand Monkeys at GM for work and then-only child at daycare, both more or less situated along Ritson Rd., providing an almost-direct link to Port Perry (barring the slight jaunt west at Raglan to sneak around Purple Woods). That’s when I began to look forward to the morning drive, what with the scenery provided. Then repairs to the formerly nasty intersection at Winchester Rd., the site of several tragic accidents over the years, along with routine summer construction, diverted my commute back to Simcoe and alternately Thornton, also not a bad drive but out of the way. I returned this spring. The silo has since become a favourite photography subject of mine, joining a list of sites in that area - alongside stone houses and barn foundations - which exemplify the days gone long by of the city’s north end, before power lines and now, a highway, sprang up in fields that once grew crops or housed horses. I took what could be described as an obituary photo last week. The next day, the house still stood but the silo was reduced to rubble. I’m glad I stopped when I did. I realize I sound like a 407 hater. I’m really not. No, I don’t (or at least, extremely rarely) make use of it and anything that moves people and goods faster is

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a fine thing indeed. It’s just the location that sucks and I’m already looking to the future. It’ll be a different world when work is completed on the first leg of the 407’s extension, temporarily terminating at Harmony Rd. in the next few years before reaching Hwy. 35/115 by 2020. A toll highway exiting at one of the Region’s main automotive arteries will undoubtedly create for some, well, interesting driving conditions, both here and further south. At least the highway isn’t stopping at Simcoe St. as was originally planned in the 407’s phased-in extension. I also now especially cherish the beauty of the inverted commute, passing fellow working men and women in the opposite direction, but at the designated speed limit as opposed to the crawl that sometimes happens south along the way. As evidenced by my morning/evening drive, the times are indeed already a changin’. I’ve got pictures to prove it.

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Changes coming in Scugog Fire response model BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

SCUGOG: Change is coming to how local firefighters respond to emergencies, after a pair of reports from Scugog Fire Chief Richard Miller detailing departmental operations came before councillors this week. Councillors opted to approve reports detailing both a new tiered response model for firefighters and Durham EMS workers, as well as a new four-day work schedule for the department’s full-time firefighters. According to Chief Miller, the need for a new tiered response agreement between firefighters and emergency workers was determined after a similar agreement between EMS and the Uxbridge Fire Department was changed, following that department’s recent master fire plan. The chief said that the agreement will hope-

fully “alleviate unnecessary calls” from the department’s workload. While the draft agreement would still see firefighters requested to respond to calls involving difficulty breathing, heart attacks and motor vehicle collisions ‘within one minute of EMS dispatch,’ in calls originating from sites such as long-term care facilities or medical centres, firefighters will respond to respiratory or cardiac arrest incidents when requested for assistance by attending EMS workers. Lift assists will only fall to firefighters if no additional emergency personnel beyond the first responders are available, said the draft. With the average call costing approximately $1,500 for equipment and wages, Chief Miller said that savings will be “minimal to moderate” after the new agreement begins on June 1. The chief

Babysitting course returns in May SCUGOG: Spring fever has hit. It is time to consider leaving the kids at home every once in a while. What better way to prepare your children then the St. John Ambulance What Every Babysitter Should Know training course. The course is a full day in-class experience for kids aged 10 to 13. Using hands on and written learning techniques, children will gain the confidence and leadership skills required to become a babysitter. The course runs Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Curiosity Children’s Centre, located at 186 Casimir in Port Perry. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required to ensure a seat for your child. To receive more information on a program or to sign up for a class visit www. or call (905) 434-7800.

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Born April 4, 2013 at 02:31 hours Weighing 8 lbs. 3 ozs. Ecstatic grandparents are Donna & Brian Shanley of Burketon, ON; Janet Riopel & Ray Riopel of Edmonton, AB Proud great grammas are Marguerite Schmitz, AB and Violet Atkinson, ON Sharing in the excitement are Uncle Brad & Auntie Jen, big cousins - Brody and Rylie of Port Perry; and Auntie Teryl & Uncle Ryan, big cousins - Khilen and Aviana of Edmonton Bronwyn is welcomed with love by her family and friends.

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Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier and Scugog Fire Chief Richard Miller were among the local dignitaries taking part in the grand opening of the department’s new Fire Safety House, a piece of equipment that allows firefighters to educate the public on fire prevention measures. The house, recently delivered to the department, will soon make the rounds at schools and public events in North Durham and beyond. BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard

added that the benefits of reduced responses for firefighters will likely be realized by the department’s third-quarter report. While some savings will be realized in limiting the types of calls firefighters respond to, the return to an ‘all-call’ paging protocol could add another $20,000 to the department’s bottom line in wages for volunteer personnel. The new response model was detailed in a report

regarding the four-day week for the department’s fulltime firefighters, a change which will result in only one or two days per week where all three full-time responders will be working together, therefore necessitating additional personnel to provide ‘adequate fire protection coverage’ for Scugog at all times, said the report. The fulltime schedule change was a recommendation in the recent arbitration award to

the department’s full-time fire personnel announced in early February, which also recommended a pay increase of more than 26 per cent retroactive to 2009. “With the new collective agreement and mandated four day work week,” said Chief Miller, “and with compressed time that full timers will be taking with vacation, it’s not in the best interest of the fire department that we don’t go to an all-call response model.”

According to the report, the new schedule begins this coming Monday (April 29). The chief said that the ‘all-call’ model is not expected to impact response times, which he said have remained consistent since 2003, prior to the department hiring full-time firefighters. An organizational review of the department is in the works, noted the report.

Programs and more at Scugog Library SCUGOG: Sprung has sprung at the Scugog Memorial Public Library, and so has the facility’s program and presentation season. Next week, retired Special Education Teacher and owner of Online Reading Tutor Bob Almack will share his presentation “The Science of Dyslexia” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the Rotary Room at Scugog Memorial Public Library. Mr. Almack will discuss what new brain science reveals about the reading brain. Science has looked into otherwise gifted brains and has developed exercises that re-wire the reading centres in brains of struggling readers. Mr. Almack will also briefly discuss the phonemic, phonological and decoding exercises that wire the reading centres in the left side of the brain. The myths and misconceptions of reading disabilities (dyslexia) will also be covered. Finally, participants will view short

video clips of former students (all of whom had a recognized learning disability) sharing the joy of being taught to read. This session is free, but pre-registration is required. Please call the information desk at 905-985-7686 x 101. In addition to the presentation, registration is still open for the following programs offered at the library, located at 231 Water St. in Port Perry: Spring Knitting Classes: Learn to knit - or polish up your skills with a new technique! Carol McGavin, of Never Enough Wool in Port Perry, will be teaching a sixweek course offering instruction for beginners and beyond. The beginner project will be a felted bag, perfect for carrying your books home from the library! The final day of classes will be June 9, Worldwide Knit in Public Day, and Carol will host a potluck celebration following the class.

When: Sundays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., April 28, May 5, May 12, May 26, June 2 and June 9. Cost is $10 for all six classes, not including materials. Please preregister at the library or call the information desk at 905-985-7686, ext. 101 for details. Start Planning Your Perfect Garden with the Durham Master Gardeners: Join us for a presentation by the Durham Region Chapter of Master Gardeners of Ontario, and get started planning your perfect garden! This presentation will include a wide variety of information including site conditions, planning your garden space, selecting plants and much more! All attendees will receive handouts to take home and presenters will answer your gardening questions. When: Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the Circulation desk.


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DDSB motion won’t “curtail” public input, says trustee BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

DURHAM: Trustees with the Durham District School Board are considering changes to a bylaw dictating how the public can present information to the board, a move which some local residents have criticized in the wake of the looming closure of Cartwright High School, which followed a lengthy series of often emotional and heated public meetings over the last year. A motion to change the procedure was passed at the board’s April 15 meeting by a vote of 7-3, According to the agenda, the amended bylaw would ‘determine if the opportunity for presentation is available through any other public consultation process, which shall be utilized prior to approval being given for presentation in the Boardroom.’ In addition, the proposed revision states that ‘questions shall not be entertained if they relate to a matter which is under consideration by the Board and for which another public input and questioning process is available (e.g. school boundaries, accommodation reviews, school naming).’ The last point has raised concerns amongst members of the Cartwright High School community, some of whom see the timing of the proposed bylaw change as directly related to the recently-concluded Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) process for the small rural high school, currently scheduled to close in June. Trustees had earlier requested staff to clarify

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the process for members of the public to present information. Currently, members of the public making presentations must submit a written submission at least eight days prior to the board’s next scheduled standing committee meeting, with the decision to permit the presentation at the discretion of the committee. DDSB Chair and Uxbridge/Brock trustee Joe Allin, who made the original motion requesting the staff report, said that while the recent ARC process for CHS was at least partially responsible for inspiring the proposed bylaw alteration, there have been other processes, such as boundary changes, elsewhere in the DDSB’s jurisdiction that have raised similar issues. The changes, said Mr. Allin, were requested to ensure trustees have the required information beforehand to comment properly on presentations, and not to dissuade the public from speaking to the board. “This stems from delegations coming before the board over the last few years,” said Mr. Allin, adding that he is uncomfortable with the public “bypassing” the DDSB’s information presentation process. “Theoretically, when you come before the board, you’re speaking to trustees and if you present information to trustees before they have had a chance to review it, that’s an issue.... It’s just good process. There’s nothing designed to curtail input from the public - I just wanted to ensure that input is done in a timely

THE SCOOP, PERFECTED: (From left) Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor, Bob Moore and Councillors Jake Mantle and Gord Highett check out Moore’s new gelato machine inside The Perfect Scoop Gelato and Juice Bar. The business, located at 11 Brock St. West in Uxbridge, held its grand opening on Saturday, April 20 during the Uxbridge BIA’s Earth Day Celebration. Moore makes his gelato, smoothies and juice drinks by hand in small batches. BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard manner that respects the process.” Scugog trustee Carolyn Morton was among the three that voted against

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May brings animal shelter fundraisers The New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog is pleased to be presenting two fundraising events this spring. Gimme Shelter Gala, May 4 The second annual Gimme Shelter Gala happens on Saturday, May 4, at Mill Run Golf Club in Uxbridge. The event, hosted by well-known Canadian actor and comedian Neil Crone, kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner. A silent and live auction will be held along draws for door prizes, including six months’ of pizza from Boston Pizza, a Gordon Ross original photo, a patio heater from Firebridge Fireplaces, a round of golf from Mill Run, and the grand prize, a trip dream trip for two from Tickets are priced at $125 each or $900 for a reserved table of eight. A tax receipt will be issued for $50 per ticket. They are available in person at Pet Valu in Port Perry and Uxbridge, or online at Let The Games Begin, May 2-4 Let the Games Begin, a fun-filled show all about sports, is being presented by uxperience at the Uxbridge Music Hall May 2–4. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m Thursday through Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Reserved tickets, available at Sugar FX, are $18 for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds from the show are generously being donated to the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog. The volunteers with New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog extend their sincere thanks to uxperience for choosing the shelter to be this year’s beneficiary.

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LSRCA Chair endorses rescue billing BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

SCUGOG: When it comes to the issue of billing for ice rescues, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Chair and Town of Georgina Mayor Robert Grossi is on board with Scugog Township. The new LSRCA chair visited Scugog councillors recently, introducing himself in his new position with the conservation authority. After exchanging pleasantries, the conversation turned to the matter of billing for water and ice rescues, a hot topic for waterfront communities following a recent incident in Scugog this past January. In that incident, Oshawa resident Neil Robbescheuten found himself stuck in the mud of Lake Scugog off the northern shore of Scugog Island, while ice fishing during a warm stretch of weather. After a large contingent of emergency workers responded to the call, the angler

was handed an invoice for more than $5,400 for the response, a charge which Scugog councillors upheld following Mr. Robbescheuten’s March 4 appeal. Mayor Grossi was quick to commend the township on its efforts. “You need to recover the costs related to those emergency rescues,” said the Georgina mayor. “I whole-heartedly endorse what you did. Mayor Grossi went on to say that in the wake of the local incident, Georgina has since enacted “a bylaw that mirrors Scugog’s” to assist with cost recovery related to ice rescues. “This week,” said Mayor Grossi, “we made it clear it was unsafe (to go onto Lake Simcoe), but people still went fishing.... Whenever a local municipality takes leadership, it lets others see what needs to be done. Fish huts currently don’t require anything beyond a registration fee – there needs to be a better system in place when it comes to things happening on a frozen surface.”

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Durham home sales up in March The Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) reported 948 sales for the month of March. This represents a 26% increase compared to February but sales for the first quarter have fallen 15% compared to the first quarter of 2012. “The spring market is off to a slower start this year due to the low inventory. This will be self correcting as we continue to move into the spring market,” commented Ian Smith, President of the Durham Region Association of REALTORS®. The inventory of resale homes on the market increased significantly in March. DRAR saw 1,508 new listings enter the market, an increase of 30% compared to last month. As of the end of March there were 1,559 resale homes available in Durham Region which is still a 15% decline over last year. The average selling price in March fell slightly to $347,055 compared to $353,114 in February but this month’s average still represents a strong 6% increase compared to this time last year. “We often see minor fluctuations in average price month-to-month but the overall upward trend indicates growth in the Durham real estate market, “ added President Ian Smith. - Courtesy of DRAR


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Port Perry BIA wins national marketing award The Port Perry Business Improvement Association has just received a BIA National Award for Marketing and Communications at the 2013 National BIA Awards Gala in Toronto. The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) recognized the best that Business Improvement Association revitalization and management has to offer. “On behalf of the OBIAA Awards committee and the Board of Directors of OBIAA we are pleased to let you know that your submission “Port Perry Virtual Tour” has won in the category of “Marketing and Communications 2013,” said Mark Garner, Executive Director & Chief Staff Officer for Downtown Yonge BIA, to the local organization. “Congratulations for the great work your team are doing in the community and demonstrating again that focus, partnership and collaboration can achieve great things in the community.” The Port Perry BIA was able to complete and secure the most comprehensive Virtual Tour(s) of a BIA that has ever been seen, in large part due to the outstanding participation of its members and their virtual tour business partner “Got You Looking.” The other goal for this project was to provide an outstanding “first impression” look and feel for the downtown, showcasing the Victorian town and providing that catalyst to inspire people to get into their cars and take a drive to Port Perry. Congratulations to everyone involved with the project on a job well done!

THE BIG WINNERS: (From left) Port Perry BIA Co-Chair Teri Venner, Got You Looking’s Steve Cater, BIA Executive Director Kenna Kozak and BIA Co-Chair Lana Crosbie pose with the BIA National Award for Marketing and Communications won by the BIA at the recent National BIA Awards Gala in Toronto. The Port Perry BIA was honoured after completing a comprehensive virtual tour with the assistance of business partner Got You Looking and the outstanding participation of its members. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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A golden conclusion to Atom Predators’ season DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

The Major Atom Port Perry Predators closed out the 2012-13 season in grand style as the team took home the championship in the recent Spring Fling Tournament in East Gwillimbury. The Port Perry Predators Major Atom A team, proudly sponsored by Tri-Son Contracting, travelled to the East Gwillimbury Spring Fling Tournament from Friday, April 5 until Sunday, April 7. After being off the ice for nearly 2 weeks, the stagnant Predators got off to a predictably slow start on the Friday playing their first game against the Orillia Terriers. The game ended in a 3-3 tie after the Terriers scored with just 1.7 seconds remaining on the clock. The Predators were back in action later that day as they took on the host East Gwillimbury Eagles. Despite some bright spots during the game, the Predators continued to search for their first win of the weekend as the Eagles posted a 4-0 victory. After a night’s rest and time to regroup, the Predators found themselves squaring off against the Aurora Tigers, recent winners of the York-Lakeshore Challenge. The Predators were boosted by a dynamic effort throughout the lineup as they battled through a number of penalties, a player suspension and finished with a 2-2 tie to book their tickets into the semi-finals. The semi-final game - contested later in the day on Saturday - found the Predators once again facing off with the Aurora Tigers. A chippy game ensued, but the Predators battled hard and prevailed by a final score of 1-0. The hardnosed effort was enough to secure the Predators a berth in the championship game where they locked horns once again with East Gwillimbury. Although the deck was once again stacked against the Predators, with the Eagles still soaring after their 4-0 win on Friday night, the Predators once again responded with their trademark grit and determination. After an inspirational pre-game talk, the players hit the ice and played one of their best games of the entire season. Throughout the game, the Predators’ defence buckled down and gave their opponents minimal opportunities to get to their net, and ultimately defeated the Eagles 3-1 on their home ice to claim the Spring Fling crown. Goals in the final game goals were scored by Jack Geer, Mitchell Geer and Ethan Kraupa. The Predators got great balance in their scoring, with Thomas McGoey, Kraupa and Nathan Brough all chipping in assists during the championship game. Aggressive forward play and a dominating forecheck during the tournament was provided by Jack Geer, Mitchell Greer, Ethan Kraupa, Nathan Brough, Mitch-

Ethan Kraupa celebrates scoring a goal for the Major Atom Port Perry Predators at a recent tournament in East Gwillimbury. (Inset) The Predators would go on to win the Spring Fling tournament, defeating the host East Gwillimbury Eagles by a score of 3-1 in the championship game. SUBMITTED PHOTO ell Steele, Eric McLaren, Aaron Fusco, Nolan Huleatt, and Tanner Bricknell. Outstanding defensive positioning was provided by Marco Mazzorollo, Travis Hanson, Thomas McGoey and Shane Bowler. Port Perry’s dynamic goaltending duo of Owen Gilpin and Ethan MacDonald provided a number of sensational saves between the pipes over the course of the season. The coaching staff led by Head Coach Len Greer, Assistant Coach Mike Geer, Trainer Anthony Gilpin, Assistant Trainer Adrianna Hanson, Manager Erin Gilpin, and Treasurer Trudi Young provided a framework throughout the season. The Predators represented Port Perry extremely well over the course of the season, and enjoyed numerous successes over the course of the campaign as the team placed fourth in Lakeshore League regular season play, post an undefeated record in the pool play portion of the prestigious Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa including several shutout victories - and topped off the season by winning the East Gwillimbury Spring Fling. Congrats on an awesome season, Predators!

Busy week for HS rugby DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

The high school sports spring season got underway this week with a full slate of games in North Durham. The Uxbridge SS Tigers Senior Girls rugby side got a winning start to their season on Monday, April 22, when they walloped All Saints (Whitby) by a score of 22-0 in Uxbridge. Meanwhile, the Port Perry HS Rebels Girls rugby season also kicked off on Monday, with a doubleheader against the Ajax Rams. In the opening game, the senior girls got off to a rough start as they fell by a score of 17-5. However, the junior girls fared better in the second game as they posted a hard-fought 14-12 victory over Ajax. The boys rugby season gets underway later this week with Uxbridge trekking to Ajax on Thursday, April 25, to square off with J. Clarke Richardson in a tripleheader. On Friday, April 26, the Port Perry HS boys open their rugby season with a triple header in Oshawa against the Maxwell Heights Mustangs.

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Ajax Downs racing with a new deal BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

STARS HAND OUT HARDWARE: Uxbridge Minor Hockey held their annual banquet on Friday, April 19, to honour the achievements of the 2012-13 season. (Top) The family of Robert Johnson poses with Jake Vieira, the first-ever winner of the Robert Johnson Fan of the Year award. (Below, from left) Kyle Weir, Daniel Montanari, Cooper Britton, Austin Cutara and Jake Catherwood check out some of the NHL trophies on loan from the Hockey Hall of Fame for the event. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

DURHAM: Local horse farm owners are breathing a little easier, after a transitional deal was reached between the provincial government and the Ajax Downs race track, following last year’s cancellation of the slots-at-race-track program. The transition funding, provided over the next three years, will compensate Ontario’s race tracks and their related industries following the loss of revenue generated from slot machines. In March 2012, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced a number of restructuring measures, which included the closure of slot machine facilities at several Ontario racetracks, slashing hundreds of jobs in the process. In addition to the race track cuts, calls were also made for the closure of under-performing casinos and their subsequent replacement with privatelybuilt gaming facilities, including one proposed for an undetermined location in the Greater Toronto Area. The cuts are estimated to save the province more than $1.3 billion. This latest agreement with Ajax is one of the many reached between the province and Ontario’s race tracks over the last year. Deals have already been reached with Georgian Downs, Flamboro Downs, Fort Erie Race Track, Western Fair, Clinton, Hanover, Mohawk and Woodbine Race Tracks. A deal with Kawartha Downs in Peterborough is still being negotiated. With many local horse farmers producing animals that go on to race at many of these tracks, the news of another deal - particularly one at a nearby track - has been greeted with relief. “I would like to thank the Picov Family for their continued support for Quarter Horse racing,” said Nestleton resident Bob Broadstock, President of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc., in a statement to media. “Both Nick Coukos and Emilio Trotta have worked tirelessly to ensure the future of the sport.”

Zephyr motocross fundraiser approaches the starting line DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

A motocross event in Zephyr scheduled for this summer moved a little closer to the start line recently, as council further debated details regarding the event. At a recent council meeting, Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy pitched a number of changes to the event in the hopes of making the second edition of the day of races, scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21, a greater success. The changes proposed by Councillor Molloy included, practice time changed to noon until 4 p.m. instead of 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 as was originally proposed.

As well, Councillor Molloy explained that Luke Dillon, the Zephyr property owner who is hosting the event, has agreed to not race on weekends at his property during the summer months in exchange for the opportunity to host his event, which is expected to raise money for improvements at the Zephyr Community Hall. Councillor Molloy also took exception with a perceived double standard existing between the CMX motocross event, and a mountain bike race scheduled to run at the Woodnewton property on Conc. 6. “There is a big difference in how you are treating these events,” commented Councilor Molloy. “We have an agreement

with CMX that’s come before council and meanwhile you’ve made a deal with Woodnewton in the back room somewhere.” In response, Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet explained that council as well as township staff are often left in the dark surrounding details of events planned within the township. “We’re here scrambling for info and they should come in after the event and report to council if they plan to hold the event again next year,” said Councillor Highet. However, as Councillor Molloy pointed out, that is exactly what Mr. Dillon did following his event last year that saw proceeds go towards the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital, only to see his event for

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this year delayed by the township. “Mr. Dillon appeared before council in August and was told that we’d have a special events by-law to deal with this by October. And it didn’t even start to happen until February,” Councillor Molloy explained. “We’ve screwed around with this since August, and it’s been more than enough time.” Councillors would agree with Mr. Molloy’s sentiments, and later passed a motion to make the changes to the event proposed by Mr. Molloy. For more information on the races in Zephyr as well as other CMX motocross events throughout the province, please visit their web site at

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Sticks and Stones survives a blast of winter weather Golfers braving gale force winds, ice pellets and soggy fairways carded some impressive nine-hole scores at the Sticks and Stones, Port Perry Curling Club’s final event of the season. Subtracting points earned in two curling games from their one under golf total (30), the team of Don and Willie Beaton, Jim McCann and John Butler topped the day at 19. Second overall was the mixed foursome of Terry Golphin, Marita Kersten, John and Tracy McKinnon. They won a three way tie by winning more ends on the ice. Ray Brauch’s Uxbridge team of Doug Lockhart, Herb Kelloway and Bernie Jefferson came close with a final total of 21. Golphin also won Men’s Longest Drive on the third hole. Louise Haugen had the Longest Lady’s Drive on the 6th. Closest to the pin awards went to Angie Barnes and Ken Parish. Bill Clayton of the SunderlandCannington foursome won the putting contest. Mary Holt, Karen Meyer, Bev Brown and Jan Thompson were the top ladies foursome and third overall with a final point total of 30. Bev Brown’s volunteers included draw master Paul Coveart, kitchen crew of Diana Rogers, Diane Harris, Dorothy Smith with Irv Gibson at the BBQ. Wild Card rink wins Port Men’s Playoffs Ralph Fairman’s Doug Rowe, Ron Short and Graeme MacIver triumphed in the quarter finals and did it again against Ken Slute’s Third Schedule winners in the semi finals. Meanwhile, Schedule One winners Mark Howsam and Clive Powell fought it out to see who would meet Fairman in the final game of the year.

PITCH PERFECT: The LOSSA Girls rugby season got underway on Monday, April 22, in Port Perry with the Junior Rebels hosting Ajax HS. Port Perry would outlast Ajax to win the match by a final score of 14-12. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

Howsam’s rink of Paul Travers, Dan Adamson and Jake Haak advanced, but wild card winner Fairman and crew prevailed. The Men’s Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15. Bantams crown champs and dine in style Jacob Lamb guided Seth Brownrigg, Jack Blaney and Ashley Basque in a playoff victory at Port Perry Curling Club against the Daniel Kiss rink of Eric Mailhot, Ryan Brauer and William Delaney. They blanked the first end behind an impenetrable wall of rocks and then exchanged singles after that. It was a tight final end but Lamb’s side prevailed 2 to 1. In other last day Bantam games, Regan Eckhardt led Leanne Cherry, Robyn Blaney and Bobbi Christie to a one-sided, draw-based, 7-zip win over Trevor Hill, Thomas Kiss, Elliott Giles Duhamel and Thomas Stiller. And 5 to 2 was the score in the game pitting Meaghan McGuire, Alexandra Duff, Gregory Whitney and Holly Stiller against the winning rink of Aidan Bowers, Andrew Brown, Cameron Mailhot and Brendan Stevenson. Their season of games and skills training wound down with a league banquet prepared by coach Diana Rogers. The menu was salad, pasta with meat balls and sausages, peaches and ice cream for dessert. Curlers received certificates for skill achievements and they thanked Ian Emerson, Gord Humphrey, Paul Webert, Bill VanVugt and yours truly for their help. Many Bantams took

registration forms with them as they look forward to fall and another curling season. Port Perry Club’s Junior Early Bird The Ontario Curling Tour’s Junior Early Bird event set for Port Perry Curling Club in September is almost full. The 2012-13 Ontario Bantam Boys Championship team of Matt Hall, Phil Malvar, MacKenzie Reid, and Cody McGhee and the Ontario Bantam Girls Championship team of Jestyn Murphy, Leah Will, Riley Sandham and Hilary Nuhn will attend. Jestyn Murphy and Leah Will were also part of the 2012-13 Ontario Bantam Mixed Championship team, along with Jeff Wanless and Hale Murphy. Ben Bevan (a former Canada Winter’s Games champ) and Dillon Pierce from Annandale will also contend. Erin Macaulay will represent Whitby C.C. Melissa Borowski (K-W Granite) was recently in the Canadian College Curling Championships in Edmonton. Local curlers of all ages will get to see some of the best juniors in Ontario, September 13-15. The Early Bird committee is still looking for individuals or businesses to team sponsor at a cost of only $50. Anyone interested can contact Bill Rourke at 905-986-0100 or

Junior ‘C’ Finals are all tied up DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

The Clarence Schmalz Cup Championship series got underway this past weekend, with the Picton Pirates and Essex 73s squaring off for Junior ‘C’ supremacy in Ontario. The series got underway before a jam-packed Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton on Saturday, April 20, with the Pirates skating to a 4-1 win on home ice. After Picton opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period, the 73s would storm back to tie the match midway through the second period. However, a late goal from Levi George gave Picton a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The Pirates would continue to roll in the final frame, as they fired two more pucks past the Eseex netminder to score a 4-1 win and draw first blood in the best-ofseven series. The following afternoon, the two sides hooked up for Game 2 of the series with more fast and frenzied action before almost 700 raucous fans. An early goal from Jordan Ryan gave Essex a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. But, Picton would roar back in the second period with Kenny Murduff notching a pair of goals for the Pirates as the took a 2-1 lead into the third period. However, Lady Luck would not be on the Pirates’ side once again, as Essex rallied with two goals in the final frame to even up the series behind a hardfought 3-2 victory. The series now moves to Essex, located near Windsor, for the next two games as the teams engage in a weekend doubleheader. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., with Game 4 on the docket for Sunday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, May 1, the series shifts back to eastern Ontario for Game 5, scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. in Picton. Essex has been one of the dominant teams in Junior ‘C’ hockey for more than a decade. Since 2002, when the 73s defeated Uxbridge in a thrilling Game 7 for the Schmalz Cup, Essex has claimed three All-Ontario championships, and has made a total of seven trips to the finals, including this year’s run. On the opposite side of the ice, the Pirates are the first team from the Empire B Junior ‘C’ league to appear in the championship series since 1996, when the Napanee Raiders fell in five games to the Paris Mounties.

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ARIES (March 20-April 19): Project confidence in your earning ability to your boss and clients. Use your inborn talents to increase your personal nest egg. Buy something nice, something you will really enjoy. TAURUS (April 19-May 20): Happy Birthday Taurus! You will have plenty of vitality over the next five weeks since Mars is moving through your sun sign. Put extra energy into physical activity. Enjoy the new person you are becoming. GEMINI (May 20-June 21): Attend a retreat, get away to a cottage or turn off your telephone over the weekend. Find your power spot and soak up the healing waters of life. Get in touch with the angel who lives on your shoulder. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You will grow through participating with others in an effort to better society. Do volunteer work for a charitable cause like Habitat for Humanity. You could be recognized for the good work you are doing. LEO (July 22-Aug. 22): Your standing in the community is spotlighted. You or your business could come to the attention of the public. With recognition comes more responsibility. Enjoy “15 minutes of fame”. VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 22): You could gain the gift of prophecy or at least, the ability to solve problems. If you are a writer, this is an excellent time to publish. Break away from your everyday routine and learn something new.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 23): Money is power and you will grow through the proper use of funds. Keep yearly accurate financial records to make it easier at tax time. On an esoteric level, you want to understand life’s mysteries. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22): Close personal relationships are emphasized. This is not a time to go it alone, work within the framework of co-operation. Singles could activate a new and exciting relationship. If you are married, keep the flame burning. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Overindulging in work will deplete your energy. Design a better daily schedule and strive for greater efficiency on the job. Work smarter, not harder. Follow a nutritious health program and get fit. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19): Since it’s play time, you free to be yourself in the most childlike way. Remember, it is the child within that is creative and thinks all things are possible. Get down on the floor with a child and do finger painting. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 19): Fix a screen door, repaint the back steps or plant flowers in window boxes. Your home is your castle, a fortress that protects you from the outside world. Take pride in the home you have built. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Scan the newspapers, listen to the news, find out who is doing what with whom. Chair a meeting or lead a workshop. Get out in the community and network. Answer a flurry of e-mails. Exude a positive attitude.

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MASCHKE, Dale, Frederick (Freddy) It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on April 16, 2013 at the age of 58. Born April 24, 1954, and pre-deceased by his parents Charles and Colleen, and family members Craig and Josh, Dale is survived by eight brothers and sisters, Deb, Dann (Sue), Dave (Wendy), Darlene, Doug (Liz), MaryLou (Ed), Chris (Gary) and Susan (Chris), forty-four nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and counting. Dale, a Chrysler retiree since 2005, enjoyed life and lived it, uncompromisingly, his way. Friends and family shared in a celebration of Dales’ life on Saturday April 20, 2013, at Greenbank United Church. If desired memorial donations to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation or Greenbank United Church would be appreciated. Thank you Low and Low Funeral Home, Reverend Moorehouse, Greenbank United Church and the Greenbank Ladies Auxiliary and so many that contributed. Special appreciation is extended to Liz and Doug, for putting aside their own grief to guide us. And finally, to Dann and Sue, Dales’ life was so enriched by your endless and unconditional love and support. Our family circle has been broken, a link gone from our chain, and though we’re parted for a while, I know we’ll meet again. – the Maschke Family.

TWYMAN, Freda Passed away at her home in Port Perry with her loving husband by her side on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the proud age of 92. Freda Twyman dearly beloved wife of Harry Twyman and predeceased by Joe Tran (1971). Loving mother of Carolyn Tran, Betty Jeanne (Hank) Hall, Bob (Barb) Tran, Bill (Penny) Tran, Jim Tran, Cathy (Joe) Gibson, and Christine Tran (Paul). Dear grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 13 1/2 great grandchildren. Freda will be sadly missed by her many friends. Family and friends will be received at the Low and Low Funeral Home 1763 Reach Street, Port Perry (905) 985-7331 on Friday April 26, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Service to include a Rebekah Lodge Service to celebrate the life of Freda will be held in the chapel on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11a.m. with a reception to follow at the funeral home. Memorial donations to the Diabetes Association, or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.


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FOR SALE USED LAWN AND GARDEN TRACTORS AND EQUIPMENT from $495. John Deere and Murray “fixer-uppers” from $275, 5’ flail finishing mower $975, used farm machinery, backhoe buckets $250 each, 6’ grader blade (needs welding) $275, Allis-Chalmers 7 ton trailer, antique buggy $1650, and walk-behind cultivator $135. Regular and lateral file cabinets from $35. We do service and repairs to all makes. Trewin Farm Equipment 905-986-4283.

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Immunization Awareness Week in Durham in some Ontario communities, often where vaccine rates are low,” added Mr. Rew. “By keeping your immunization record up-to-date, residents can protect themselves and help decrease the spread of these diseases.” This is especially important if residents are in contact with those at higher risk of illness such as the very young, the elderly, pregnant women and those with health problems. Most vaccine preventable diseases are easily spread through coughing, sneezing, talking and sharing items like a drink. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, vaccines are among the safest tools of modern medicine. The dangers of vaccine preventable diseases may include debilitating illnesses such as brain damage, blindness, paralysis and even death. The Health Department reviews immunization records for all children in licensed day nurseries and schools. Parents are asked to report their child’s vaccine updates to the Health Department to ensure their child’s record is current as health care providers do not routinely report vaccine updates on your behalf. According to the Day Nurseries Act and the Immunization of

School Pupils Act, children must at least be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. The Health Department works with licensed day nurseries, schools and parents to ensure that every child is fully vaccinated. Parents of children who go to a day nursery or school must contact the Health Department if they object to immunization based on conscience or religious beliefs, or if their child cannot be immunized for medical reasons. “This collaboration between parents, schools, day nurseries and the Health Department helps to prevent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in our community,” explained Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health. To help parents keep their child’s vaccines up-to-date, the Health Department offers catchup clinics for those who are eligible for publicly-funded vaccines. To book an appointment, to update your child’s immunization record, or for more information about childhood or adult vaccines, call Durham Health Connection Line at 906-666-6242 or 1-800-841-2729 or visit www.


Durham Region Health Department marks National Immunization Awareness Week, April 20 to 27, by reminding residents of the importance of getting routine vaccines. “The recommended immunization schedule provides children with the best protection when they need it most,” said Stephen Rew, a public health nurse with Durham Region Health Department. “However, no matter what your age, vaccines play an important part in maintaining good health and stopping the spread of vaccine preventable diseases.” National Immunization Awareness Week is a good opportunity to remind residents to check with their health care provider to ensure their immunization record is up-to-date, especially if residents plan on travelling. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, immunization in Canada has decreased most vaccine preventable diseases, but they still exist in other parts of the world. The risk of getting a vaccine preventable disease exists for those who are not protected. “In the past few years, there have been mumps and pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks

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Ever considered exploring Durham Region’s picturesque waterfronts, rolling hills and tourist destinations via bicycle? Durham Tourism recently released the Durham Cycle Tours map, which offers 10 distinct routes that guide individuals through charming urban and rural areas, while outlining cycling-specific services available along the way. “Durham Cycle Tours was designed to highlight unique tourist destinations and attractions that can be accessed by bike, within all eight area municipalities,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “To enhance the experience, we’ve included a listing of unique shops and restaurants, quaint antique stores, local food options and other services that showcase the spirit of Durham Region.” Designed specifically for those travelling on two wheels, the map includes a list of almost 80 cyclingspecific services and amenities that are available en route. This means that accommodations, attractions, cafés and restaurants, bike rental and repair

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Lakeridge Health is helping mark the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Cancer Society by celebrating its volunteers, who play a vital role in helping our patients with cancer. “We’re proud to have one of the best cancer centres in Ontario but we wouldn’t be able to provide high quality cancer care close to home without the support of partners like the Canadian Cancer Society,” said Kevin Empey, President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. Since 1942, the Canadian Cancer Society has led cancer research, influenced public policy, and provided education and support to patients and their families, all while engaging Canadians in the fight against cancer. “The Canadian Cancer Society is an important part of our team at the Durham Regional Cancer

Centre,” said Tom McHugh, Vice President of Cancer and Clinical Services at Lakeridge Health. “With their help, we’re able to provide our patients with the information and support they need through what is a very difficult time for them. Their volunteer drivers also make it possible for some of our patients to get the life-saving treatments they need.” “The Canadian Cancer Society has worked at a grassroots level to support people living with cancer in the Durham Region community for close to 60 years. We are so pleased to mark the Society’s 75th Anniversary with Lakeridge Health,” said Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “We’ve accomplished much and look forward to continuing our work together in the future, work that we believe will change cancer forever.”

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SCUGOG: A local photographer with a flair for adventure will be signing copies of his new book in Port Perry next month. Beautiful photographs and fascinating adventures from around the world make up Jonathan van Bilsen’s new 90 page book entitled ‘A World of Paradox.’ Spectacular photos taken from his travels to more than 85 countries give the reader a sense of being there. The photos are accompanied by articles written in a humourous and informative style and are sure to keep your interest with every page turn. Jonathan will be signing copies of his newest book on May 11, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Books Galore and More, at 175 Perry St. in Port Perry. Drop buy and chat with the author.

Local photographer Jonathan van Bilsen shares his latest book ‘A World of Paradox’ with Bill Minors at Books Galore and More, located at 175 Perry St. in Port Perry. Mr. van Bilsen will be signing copies of the book - which features stunning photos from more than 85 different countries - at the store on BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard Thursday, May 11 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

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UXBRIDGE: OnStage Uxbridge recently wrapped up its 2012-13 season with a production of ‘Blithe Spirit,’ but local theatre enthusiasts should take note of the exciting 201314 season prepared by the popular group. The season kicks off with ‘The Spitfire Grill’ taking the stage at the Uxbridge Music Hall from October 10 until October 19. Written by James Valcq and Fred Alley, and directed by Phil Cook, this off-Broadway blue-grass musical

based on the award-winning film by Lee David Zlotoff has become one of the most often produced new American musicals. The next OnStage production is ‘Red,’ which is scheduled to run between November 28 and December 7 when director Andy Fiddes brings the John Logan-penned production to the stage. Raw and provocative, ‘Red’ won the Tony Award for best play in 2010. This play is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and

vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work. In January, director Cheryl Atwood brings ‘Anything Goes’, written by Cole Porter to the community from January 16 to January 25. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer

Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ rounds out the upcoming OnStage season from April 3 to April 12, 2014. A director has yet to be announced for this production of the world’s longest running play. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerveshredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. Local fans can avoid the rush, and save by buying season tickets on sale now through for just $60. The OnStage Uxbridge web site is offering a special deal allowing local patrons to see four show for the price of three.

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Foote off and running with summer movie preview With the snow gone, the weather warming and the days longer, it is safe to say summer is on the way. For me, this means two things - my daughter will be home for the summer, swimming and counting the days until she is bored enough to want to go back to school, and summer movie season. This is the time of year the studios roll out their entertainment blockbusters in hopes of major summer dollars. Some will make hundreds of millions, other will fail miserably, leaving us to wonder how they were ever made in the first place! The fare this summer is light, with no less than twelve sequels coming to screens and two more comic book hero films one a sequel, the other a reboot of a franchise. With so many sequels I worry about the lack of originality in Hollywood, but people keep going to the movies, and 2012 was a very strong year at the movies, one of the best years in recent memory. Granted, most of the good films came towards the end of the year, but it is not unheard of for a strong summer release to land in the Oscar race. If there is one film that seems to be towering over the rest in terms of anticipation this summer, it is Man of Steel, the long awaited Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder. After the failure (though I liked it) of Superman Returns (2006) and

the genius of The Dark Knight (2008), Warner Brothers began talking about a new Superman film that would breath some life back into the franchise. The greatest challenge seems to be finding the right actor, which Christopher Reeve was in the seventies, and allowing that actor to become the new Superman. British actor Henry Cavill won the role, with Kevin Costner as Pa Kent, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, which makes the cast formidable. Rumours abound that the story breathes some fresh life into the tale of the hero, and early screenings have stunned audiences. Of the many sequels, Iron Man 3 and Star Trek - Into Darkness look like the two strongest. JJ Abrams re-boot of the Star Trek franchise brought us the terrific film Star Trek (2009) and I cannot see the young cast faltering with the second film. As for Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. will continue in his part as the least likely superhero, the quickest with a quip and Gwyneth Paltrow will have a lot more to do. Ben Kingsley is along for the ride as the evil Mandarin. Though I am concerned about the film, I must confess to being interested in Kick Ass 2, only

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by John Foote because I so loved the first film. Hopefully they do not blow it. I fail to understand why there are sequels coming such as The Hangover 2, Despicable Me 2, The Wolverine, Grown Ups 2, Red 2 and The Smurfs 2. I mean, do we really need these films? No less than three big budget science fiction thrillers will deal with the post-apocalyptic world, beginning with Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman; World War Z, the big budget zombie flick with Brad Pitt; Elysium, starring Matt Damon; and the one that brings red alerts, After Earth, featuring Will and Jaden Smith, but is directed by M/ Night Shymalan, once the toast of the town with The Sixth Sense (1999) but lately, badly in need of a hit film. Badly. Baz Luhrmann has The Great Gatsby coming our way and the word is mixed. The film was set to be released last December but was pulled which is usually the kiss of death, though the studio

It’s game on for Uxperience Local residents can expect to have a ball next week as Uxbridge’s favourite annual variety show comes returns to the Uxbridge Music Hall. Uxperience 2013 will be inviting audience members to ‘Get in the Game’ for this year’s edition of the annual community variety show fund raiser with four great shows early next month. Opening night for Uxperience is Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Additional shows will

be on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and two shows on Saturday, May 4 - a matinee performance at 3 p.m. and the closing show at 7:30 p.m. Running continously for more than 20 years, Uxperience has donated close to $100,000 in proceeds to worthy causes within the community. This year’s very deserving group is the new Uxbridge/Scugog Animal Shelter, which is planned to be built on Lakeridge Rd. between Uxbridge

and Port Perry. Tickets for Uxperience are $18 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at Sugar FX, located at 13 Brock St. West. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if they are still available for that performance. Please note that box office sales are cash only. Get in the game with Uxperience next weekend for a night of great local entertainment in support of a winning local cause.

Piano students make the grade The following results were achieved by these students at the recent Sunderland Music Festival. Congratulations from their teacher Linda Hunter, A.R.C.T., R.M.T: Pre-Grade 1 Piano Solo – Madeline Massey 85 per cent Grade 1 Piano Solo (20th century) – Jack Parry 86 per cent Grade 2 Piano Solo (20th century) – Jessica Wilkie 83 per cent Grade 3 Piano Solo (Romantic) – Nicole Speck 83 per cent Grade 3 Piano Solo (Classical) – Nicole

Speck 82 per cent Grade 4 Piano Solo (Romantic) – Hayden Kerry 89 per cent - 1st place Grade 6 Piano Solo (Romantic) – Katelyn Bell 83 per cent Grade 6 Piano Solo (Study) – Maya Higeli 88 per cent - 1st place Grade 6 Piano Solo (Baroque) – Maya Higeli 83 per cent Grade 6 Piano Solo (Classical) – Samantha Allen 81 per cent Grade 6 Piano Solo (Classical) – Remy Yetman 83 per cent

insists the film has the stuff to be a movie blockbuster with summer audiences. Maybe. The last time the famous book became a movie was with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in 1974, and the issue then was the lack of chemistry between the lovers and Redford’s lack of danger. There must be something mysterious and menacing about Gatsby, and I think Di Caprio can bring that to the part. Carey Mulligan is Daisy, Joel Edgerton is Tom, and Tobey Maguire is Nick, who narrates the story. Edgerton has the toughest job, besting the superb performance Bruce Dern gave in the ‘74 film. The western makes a return with The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer as the masked man and Johnny Depp as Tonto his faithful partner. The last time this was made into a film it was so bad they dubbed the actor playing the Ranger, so terrible were his line readings, and the film was a magnificent failure. With Hammer and Depp in leading roles, and director Gore Verbinski, look for a much stronger film this time around. We have a female buddy cop flick with Sandra Bullock and the hysterically funny Melissa McCarthy teamed as an unlikely duo in The Heat, while Sofia Coppola explores a group of young women who rob celebrities in the fact based The Bling

Ring. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters could find an audience among the fantasy lovers, while Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters Inc (2003) could do strong business at the box office. Woody Allen, who has averaged a film a year (sometimes two) since 1977, will give us his latest ensemble work Blue Jasmine, featuring Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett to name the two leads. I must confess, I will watch anything Allen does, because there is always an outside chance we will get a masterpiece such as Midnight in Paris (2011). And finally, two indies out of the Sundance Film Festival could find an audience. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints features award worthy performances from Oscar nominees Casey Affleck and Mara Rooney as two star crossed lovers who reunite after he gets out of prison and comes searching for her; and Lovelace, which is indeed a biographical film about famed porn queen Linda Lovelace, portrayed in the film by Amanda Seyfried. If nothing else, they offer serious film goers a diversion from the effects driven films, and contain performances that should get their attention. All in all it is a pretty solid line up of summer flicks, and if you think that is great, wait till you see what is coming this fall/ winter.... wow, is all I can say.



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