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New tower going Headline up in Uxbridge DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

SCUGOG ISLAND FIRE: Fire, police and emergency crews responded to this housefire on Portview Rd. last Thursday (Feb. 14) afternoon. According to Scugog Deputy Fire Chief Rob Gonnerman, the cause of the blaze, which resulted in more than $300,000 worth of damage, is still under investigation. He added that the homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation. Two cats (inset photo - one carried by a local resident) were also removed from the home during the fire.

Region approves $54 tax hike for 2013 BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

NORTH DURHAM: Residents across Durham can expect to pay an additional $54 on the Regional portion of their 2013 tax bill, after councillors approved a 2.35 per cent tax hike last week. Durham’s mayors and Regional councillors approved the Region’s 2013 budget last Wednesday (Feb. 13), during a lengthy discussion of the document at that day’s council meeting. The increase in taxes is the same hike passed in 2012. Among this year’s new budget items: - $55 million dedicated to the expansion and improvement of the Region’s road and bridge networks; - Funding for several new solid waste management initiatives, including the implementation of #3 to #7 plastics recycling; - Operational requirements for the launch of the new Durham Region Transit Pulse service, which will provide

rapid transit options on Hwy. 2 through Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. However, the discussion was not without a few sticking points, namely the budget put forth by Durham Region Police as well as transit funding, specifically a 50 per cent cost increase for Durham Region Transit passes for students. Several councillors criticized the police for submitting a $172 million budget that includes high-profile capital items, such as the new Clarington police complex, a building that will house such functions as a new Centre of Investigative Excellence, new facilities for the DRPS’ K9 and Tactical units and new warehouse storage. The budget includes a $5.5 million charge for architectural design of the new facility. This year’s police budget also does not include any money for new officers. According to Commissioner of Finance Jim Clapp, the new building means there will be approximately $20 million worth of debt for the DRPS in 2014. T U R N TO PAG E 5

UXBRIDGE: Bell Canada recently approached council with plans to add a new telecommunications tower to the town in the hopes of improving the area’s cell phone and wireless internet service. James Kennedy appeared before councillors at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, to outline the project, which would see the addition of a 35-metre tower at 20 Victoria St., home to Newmarket Pre-Cast Concrete Products. Uxbridge residents have long sought improved coverage from telecommunications providers, and as Mr. Kennedy explained, the new tower will go a long way to improve coverage. “Uxbridge, as a little known fact, is in the top 10 in coverage complaints in Canada,” said Mr. Kennedy. “This site is meant to provide coverage inside of town, and compliment the existing towers east and west of Uxbridge. It’s a lot like street lights. They’re designed to cover a certain distance and when coverage from one spot ends, coverage from another facility needs to begin.” Mr. Kennedy went on to explain that the tower would look like a flagpole, as the company looks to reduce the size of towers and have them look as “stealth” as possible, and have them look like they are part of the existing landscape. According to Mr. Kennedy, in addition to Bell, the site would also provide coverage for Telus customers. Construction of the tower is expected to take place closest to the train tracks on the site, and will sit approximately 96 metres away from the closest residence. “We’ve tried to be at least three times the height of the tower away from residential, or as close as we can get without impacting the facility,” added Mr. Kennedy. Later, Mr. Kennedy responded positively to a request from Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger to have trees and shrubs planted near the base of the tower. The next step in the process, as explained by Township CAO Ingrid Svelnis is to have documentation submitted to the township as well as consultation with the building department and nearby residents.

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Scugog man involved in fatal collision

A FAMILY DAY WELL SPENT: These youngsters were just a few of the many local residents who took advantage of the fine Family Day weather during the Uxbridge Kinsmen Club’s Family Day Skate on Elgin Pond on Monday, Feb. 18. The event also featured a barbeque, with all funds raised going towards the Uxbridge Youth Centre. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard


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NORTH DURHAM: A Scugog man was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Myrtle Rd. W. late last week that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old Markham man. According to police, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Myrtle Rd. W., near Heron Rd. A Honda was eastbound on myrtle Rd., when it veered into the westbound lane, striking a Chevrolet Lumina driven by the Scugog man. The driver of the Honda was transported to Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, where he later succumbed to his injuries. A 40-year-old female passenger in the Honda was also transported to Lakeridge Health, and later transported via ambulance to a Toronto trauma hospital with serious injuries, which, according to police, she is expected to recover from. The 41-year-old male from Scugog was uninjured in the collision. Members of the Durham Regional Police Traffic Services Branch, Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene to conduct an investigation. The roadway was closed for several hours, while evidence was collected at the scene. Weather conditions were less than favorable at the time of the collision. Anyone with new information regarding this investigation is asked to call D/Cst. Darrin Mac Duff of the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5267. No foul play suspected in Brock fire According to police, post mortem results have revealed that both people found deceased in the ruins of a recent Beaverton house fire died a result of smoke inhalation. Police do not suspect that foul play was involved in the blaze, and therefore will not be releasing the identities of the deceased. Durham Regional Police continue to investigate the matter, and are working closely with the Office of the Fire Marshall, as well as the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and the Office of the Chief Coroner to complete the investigation. Anonymous information can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

VON volunteers needed NORTH DURHAM: The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is currently seeking volunteers in the North Durham community, to assist local seniors by visiting or exercising with them. According to VON, there are several local seniors on a waitlist for the organization’s services. Volunteers are asked to set aside one or two hours once a week to drop in. One example of the organization’s service is a successful exercise class run by volunteers at Kellet Manor in Port Perry, which has engaged local seniors over the last year. Call Susan Gumbley at 905-571-3151 for more information on becoming a volunteer.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 • 3

Uxbridge Arena work begins DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: Councillors recently approved the purchase of three new humicon units as part of the ambitious renovation project at Uxbridge Arena. At their meeting on the morning of Monday, Feb. 11, councillors voted to approve the purchase of the units which carry a total price tag of almost $67,000 as explained in a report from Township Facilities Manager Bob Ferguson. “The humicons are essential in the building’s functionality controlling the humidity on the ice pads,” explained Mr. Ferguson in his report. The humicons are just one part of a much larger renovation project planned for the 35-year-old facility, that will also see Pad 1 nearly completely remodelled in time for next season. A condition of federal funding received for the project is that a percentage of the money is to be spent by the end of March, and according to Mr. Ferguson, the purchase of these new units allows the township to clear that particular hurdle. As part of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, Uxbridge will be receiving approximately $400,000 from the federal government for the renovations, with the township adding the remaining $800,000. “Typically facilities like this have a 35-year lifespan, so we are right in line with that since the arena opened in 1978,” Mr. Ferguson told The Standard. “It’s exciting that we’ll basically have brand new facility by the time the season starts up again in the fall.”

THE GRAND TOTAL: Justis Wheeler (left) helped his sister Sierra with counting when they dropped off the proceeds from the ‘Pennies for Pets’ with Wendy Benns and Sydney the cat (centre) at the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter on Thursday, Feb. 14. Ms. Wheeler’s fundraiser brought in over $1,200 to the animal shelter. This marked the third straight year that young Ms. Wheeler has spearheaded a fundraising campaign for the shelter, and she tells The Standard that she is already dreaming up big ideas for 2014. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

Toronto casino plans watched locally success for our community, and for Ontario,” said SCUGOG: As progress Missassaugas Councillor on a proposed Toronto Kelly LaRocca. “We oppose gaming facility moves anything that would make on, representatives of the us less of a success. Mississaugas of Scugog In a previous interIsland First Nation con- view with The Standard, tinue to rally in support Ms. LaRocca, who is of the local Great Blue also a member of the Heron Charity Casino. Baagwating Community The latest development Association (BCA), the in the proposal to create charitable arm of the a Toronto casino came Great Blue Heron Charity recently, after several large Casino on Scugog Island, commercial developers, a Toronto casino will including RioCan, criti- undoubtedly have an cized the idea of locating impact on local casino se the facility in the city’s revenues and OusubseH downtown. Such March a facilquently, the enability of OPEN HOUSE Sunday 25th 1-4pm 68 Ambleside, Perry the BCA to Opdonate proity would likely bePort built in one of three down- ceeds to local causes and town Toronto sites - the organizations. Since the Port Lands, Exhibition Great Blue Heron’s doors Place or Metro Toronto opened in January 1997, Convention Centre - the millions of dollars have latter of which is close to been donated to Scugog a parcel of land purchased Township and various by the three developers charities and non-profit critical of the proposed organizations, according facility. Coincidentally, to the casino’s web site. Ontario Lottery and In addition to any imGaming Commission mediate impact felt by (OLG) Chair Paul Godfrey the local casino’s operaalso serves as board chair tors, the announcement for RioCan. has delayed the Great For the Mississaugas, Blue Heron’s expansion little has changed. plans currently under “Our casino is a huge BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

discussion, which would add 25 tables and 300 slot machines, as well as allow for increased betting limits on a number of existing games. Those plans hit a roadblock in 2011, pending provincial approvals of certain conditions regarding the table and betting limit increases. “It makes little sense to support the set up of something in Toronto or Markham that would hurt our community or the Durham Region,” said Ms. LaRocca. “We have already communicated this sentiment to the government and the Opposition parties. We hope they are listening.

We intend to continue our opposition to a casino in Toronto or Markham so as to protect the jobs, success, and goodwill that the GBH Casino has fostered to date.” The casino proposal was part of a March 2012 announcement by the OLG, which also saw the elimination of the slots at race tracks program. The elimination of that program has also resonated throughout the rural areas of the GTA and Durham Region, where numerous horse farmers are now facing an uncertain future in their industry. The cuts are estimated to save the province more than $1.3 billion.

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How sweet it is: Syrup Festival returns to Purple Woods With the approach of spring a person may be sure of several things: birds will be singing and pancakes will be flipping at the 38th Annual Maple Syrup Festival at Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa. Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) will be hosting the Festival on March 2 and 3, March Break (9 to 17) and March 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A visit to the festival makes a great affordable family outing during the March Break! General admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 12 years and under and seniors, or $8 for a family of two adults and three children. General admission does not include pancakes, or horsedrawn wagon rides. Family passes and pancake packages are also available for on-line purchase. This year the birds will not be the only ones tweeting at Purple Woods! Follow the Maple Syrup Festival through Twitter @PurpleWoodsCA. Get daily tweets of events, conditions and yes, notifications about when the sap is running. To purchase your family pass and avoid the lineups or for more Maple Syrup Festival information visit us online at www.cloca. com. For those of you more comfortable with traditional communication ways, contact the Conservation Office at 905579-0411, phone option 3 or press 0 to talk to one of our staff. Our Sugar Shack has experienced a complete makeover with the installation of a new state-of-the-art maple syrup production system. “We are very excited about the new equipment,” said Dan Hope, Land Management and Operations Supervisor with Central Lake Ontario

Conservation. “We have fast forwarded 30 years in production technology giving us a more efficient and automated process. But not to worry, the art and science of producing our gold seal certified great tasting maple syrup, remains the same.” As in past, visitors will be able to enjoy a walk through the woods to the Sugar Shack and experience interactive historical displays about maple syrup production along the way. Don’t forget to visit the Oshawa Community Museum at our Pioneer Cabin by the Sugar Shack where you will have an opportunity to either make some butter or candles, the old fashion way. Visitors can still hop onto the horsedrawn wagon ride and travel back in time through the Purple Woods Sugar Bush. We offer the new fully accessible Discovery Trail, complete with a scoop of bird seed for your hands or to place in our bird feeder stations, complements of Wild Birds Unlimited in Oshawa. If the trails are too challenging for you or those with physical limitations, a shuttle service is available. Please inform staff when you arrive, if you require this service. We will be celebrating our aboriginal roots on March 23 and 24 with the local First Nation’s community, so lots of interactive opportunities with our volunteers, smudgings, performances by the Durham and Oshawa Métis Council and a book launch by Grant Karcich to celebrate his latest book on local First Nation’s history, the Scugog Carrying Place: A Frontier Pathway. The Heritage Store will be open daily for visitors to purchase maple syrup and maple products such as sugar candy and

fudge and a visit to the Festival would not be complete without enjoying a stack of hot delicious pancakes covered in 100 per cent pure maple syrup. Pancakes will be served at the Heritage Hall daily from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with proceeds going to local not-for-profit organizations who will be serving our visitors. Please join us in our efforts to reduce waste. Although paper plates and utensils will be available, we ask the public to bring reusable plates and utensils to enjoy your pancakes on, as well as your own shopping bags to hold General Store purchases.

Central Lake Ontario Conservation will also be hosting the 10th Annual Food Drive throughout out the Festival. The public is asked to help support the community by bringing a non-perishable food item for the drive. Food donations may be made at Heritage Hall. Sorry, no pets allowed at the Festival other than service dogs. Purple Woods Conservation Area is located on the southeast corner of Coates Rd. and Simcoe St. at the Oshawa/Scugog boundary, with free parking for over 200 cars.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 • 5

New mailbox policy for Scugog BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

SCUGOG: Rural landowners in Scugog Township can expect a new mailbox if its knocked down by municipal snowplows - but only if its knocked down by the plow itself and not the snow pushed by the vehicle. The new mailbox policy recently presented to councillors states that in such an event where a plow, but not the weight of snow pushed by the plow, pushes over a mailbox, the township will replace it with a standard metal mailbox.

The policy was developed following a request by Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten, after several mailboxes in the township’s eastern communities were knocked down by municipal plows earlier this winter. The report states that by replacing only those boxes knocked down by a plow itself, the township will not have to account for mailboxes on ‘deteriorated’ posts that could easily be pushed over by the weight of snow. The associated cost to replace the boxes is estimated as ‘a few hundred

dollars’ annually. In addition, approximately 100 mailboxes identified by township staff that have concrete or steel posts will need to be replaced prior to Oct. 1. “If you’re going to put an immovable object in the roadway, you’re going to pay the township a substantial amount of insurance (in the event of a collision),” said Public Works Director Ian Roger. “Larger objects are easier to see for plow operators. But if a new driver on a route doesn’t know the boxes, he could easily strike them.”

March Break fun in Uxbridge The Uxbridge Public Library is offering a number of programs and activities for Spring Break 2013: March 8 – World Story Telling Day – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Cost $3.50) Fortune and Fate is the topic presented by the Durham Folklore Storytellers. A family show geared to kids in grades 1-3, including parents. Other siblings are also welcome to attend. March 11 – Babysitter’s Training – 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Cost $75) This course is designed to increase confidence and provide experience on how to be a great babysitter. Includes some basic first aid and C.P.R. Please bring a nut-free lunch and life-size doll or teddy to practice on. Snacks, a handbook, and wallet card included. Grades 6-9. March 12 – Fun For Fours and Fives – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Cost $3.50) A good old fashioned program of stories, crafts, and games led by long time employee and former Children’s Librarian Pamela Noble. Treat included! Grades JK-SK. March 13 – The Brook Never Sleeps – 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (No Charge) A ‘hands on’ experiential eco-workshop in partnership with the Uxbridge Youth Centre (U.Y.C).

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OUR VALENTINE’S WINNER: Patricia Mitchell was joined by her four-month old son Barrett when she collected the Grand Prize in The Standard’s recent Valentine’s Day contest. Among the prizes collected were a dozen roses from Branching Out, a Vos’ Independent gift basket and passes to Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

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Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor later made a motion requesting a report from police justifying the per-square-foot cost of $350 that will be spent on the building’s warehouse. That motion was passed following the vote on the budget. Councillors also discussed a proposed increase to DRT’s student pass, increasing from approximately $49 to $74 this fall. The increase drew criticism from Durham Catholic District School Board representatives trustee Chris Lahey and Ryan Putnam, superintendent of business and chief financial officer, who appeared before councillors that morning to decry the increase. Although students within the Durham District School Board pay for their transit passes, Durham’s Catholic students see their transit costs covered by the board, which also receives some provincial funding to cover transit costs. Mr. Lahey and Mr. Putnam said that the jump in price will impact the board’s budget directly, by forcing trustees to choose between continuing their relationship with DRT or cutting classroom materials. The price increase was later passed by council.

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NORTH DURHAM Wednesday, February 20 Brain Injury Association of Durham Region Support Group Meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 850 King St. W., Unit 24, Oshawa. If you need transportation assistance, call 905-723-2732 or 1-866-354-4464. Saturday, February 23 Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary 6th Annual Polar Plunge, 10 a.m. Join as solo, team, or sponsor! Prizes for all plungers. Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary’s ongoing hospital fundraising initiatives. For registration and pledge info: Ruth Spearing at 905-985-6232 or Mary Jane Inglis at 905-985-6002. - Greenbank Folk Music Society presents David Essig, with Nonie Crete as opening act, 8 p.m. at Greenbank Centennial Hall, Greenbank, Hwy 12. Tickets are $25 at: Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock St. W., Uxbridge, 905852-4282; P O E Design, 146 Queen St., Port Perry, 905-985-0060; or phone 905-985-8351 for tickets and info. Sunday, February 24 The Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society annual Show and Tell, 2 p.m at The Meeting Place, 284 Simcoe St, Beaverton.Come join us, bring a treasure or curiosity and relate its provenance. Good company, and tasty refreshments afterward. For more info 705439-2337. - Blackstock Agricultural Society hosts Claidhmor and Friends, 1:30 p.m. at Blackstock Recreation Centre. Advance tickets are $15, or at the door for $20. Contact Joan Swain at 905-986-0775 or Wilma Wotten at 905-986-4602. Friday, March 1 World Day of Prayer service for Port Perry will be held at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension on North Street in Port Perry. Saturday, March 2 Fundraiser for Mandi Coates, 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 419 (484 Bay St., Port Perry). Silent auction, door prizes, dj, food and cash bar. Photobooth and fun games. Tickets are available at Looking Good hair studio in Blackstock and KJs shack in Port Perry. Donations from businesses welcome. - Enjoy a fun-filled Zumba class in support of Nova’s Ark – Where Special is Welcome. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Queen Elizabeth P.S., Oshawa. Tickets $15. Raffles, 50/50 draw & more. Contact Wendy at or (647) 234-7478 for info & tickets. Sunday, March 3 Music Fest, now in its 21st year, will be held on from 10-11 a.m. at Reachview Village, Uxbridge. We welcome everyone to come and participate – sing, dance, tell stories…the sky’s the limit! For more information please contact Jo at 905-852-6487. Saturday, March 16 St. Patrick’s Dinner, Scugog Island Community Hall, begins at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Scugog Island UCW. Adults $15, children ages 6-12 $5, age five and under free. Call Bonnie Bell at 905-985-2941 for tickets. Items for Happenings? Let us know. North Durham Happenings is a community service of The Standard reserved for Charitable and Non-Profit events. We endeavour to run all eligible items in the order which they are received.

SCUGOG ISLAND by Jeanne C. Le Saux There is still time to turn in the soup labels, pop tops and stamps before the UCW Presbyterial meeting in March. Please make sure that you keep the bar code in tack. A big thank you to the lady who delivered a large supply of labels to us, at the beginning of our UCW meeting. The winter studies series is now taking place in both churches. Wednesday evening sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. in the lounge at Port Perry, or Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship room at Prince Albert. The Lenten luncheons sponsored by the Scugog Ministerial Association begin on Wed. Feb. 27, 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. They will be held every Wednesday in Lent. Admission is free, so come and enjoy food, fellowship and reflection. The Thursday evening euchre winners at the Community Center were Mac Albright, Connie

EPSOM & UTICA by Shari Kerry Condolences from the community go out to Doris Armstrong and family and Howard Gourlie and family in the passing of their brother Howard Gourlie from Nipawin, Saskatchewan last Wednesday. Utica Memory Hall board are looking for some new board members. If you would like to keep Utica Hall going, please contact Tom Armstrong or myself. We only have 4-6 meetings a year. The 4-H exchange club is having a fundraiser selling MacMillan’s. Please contact Julie Breznikar if you are interested. Please be reminded that there will be a congregational meeting after services this Sunday, February 24 to discuss the possible selling of either Utica or Epsom church. Please try and be there.

Cloutier, Ilean Pugh, Earla Stanfield, Joyce Norrish and John Franssen. The spring sessions of Yoga with Penny begin in the Community Hall on Tues. Mar. 5. To learn more, please contact Penny at 905-982-2219 or Also an Insomnia Workshop, with Yoga and Meditation for Better Sleep, will be held on Sat. Mar.2, 9:30-12 p.m.

BLACKSTOCK by Joyce Kelly It is with regret that the Blackstock Agricultural Society announces the cancellation of Claidhmor and Friends on Sunday afternoon due to the lack of ticket sales. If you have tickets bought, the seller will refund your money. Thank you to those who did support this fundraiser by buying tickets. The Sites and Tastes of China on Friday evening was well attended at the United Church with Marlene Barkey and Dave Elliot as hosts. The pictures were excellent, the commentary very informative and the food a real experience. It was indeed a delightful evening. Glad to report that Noreen Malcolm is home again after a spell in hospital. Blackstock Fair was represented by Brenda Jones, Joan Swain and Joyce Kelly at the annual Fair Board Convention at the Royal York in Toronto last weekend. On Friday, a large number of farmers met at the recreation centre attending seminars presented by Farm Credit. Winners at the Tuesday evening card party were Heidi Krieg, Doug Day, Ellen Gibson , Doreen Sheehey. Ellen Gibson had the most lone hands. Specials winners were Tom Sutherland, Val Priebe, Barb Brigley, and Ellen Gibson.

ZEPHYR & SANDFORD by Pat Asling Our Pancake supper was quite a success. Thanks to all who shared the work, and the fun. Over 150 people were served. Congratulations to Pat and Bev Molloy celebrating their 35th anniversary Feb.11 and 42 years together. Grace Risebrough, another young rising star with instructor, cousin Melissa Briggs and 2 other students, performed highland dances at Bayview Golf Club on Jan 18th. Bill Lockey and Bruce Harwood celebrated birthdays at the homes of their daughters, the second party for both of them. Our condolences to the family of Lola Frood Kennedy! Lola and husband Mel lived in Sandford for many years. Dwight Clements and some family members spent the weekend winter camping. What a cold one! Heidi and Earle Lockerby returned from holidays in Puerta Vallarta, spending the first 4 hours on the plane on

the tarmac at the Toronto airport due to heavy snow. Bruce and Janet Smith also arrived back from a visit to Florida. Bad week to return from the sun! Sunday was the first Sunday of Lent and Holy Communion was served in both churches. At Sandford the children sang a special song they had learned, a Jewish Fare-well (Shalom), with percussion instruments accompanied by Susan Luke on guitar. The Zephyr congregation lunched after church while they awaited Rev. Diane’s return, as they held their annual meeting that afternoon. The Official Board met for the first time this year at Zephyr on Monday evening. Sunday the 24th will be the Installation of new board members. There are a number of people with various illnesses within the congregation and their families, many with serious colds or flu. Sonya Meek

has spent the week with her parents after suffering a fall. Dorothy Baker, after losing her husband Stan at Christmas, is now facing the serious illness of her son-in-law. Other community members are recuperating and our prayers and best wishes are with them. Zephyr Library has some plans for the March break, Duck Tape Art on Mar.12, 3:30-5:30 p.m., board game fun on March 14. Moms and Tots story-telling and the Zephyr Page Turners book club are active. The library is open Tues. and Thur. from 3-8 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Don’t miss the Uxbridge Genealogy Group meeting Feb.21st when Allan McGillivray tells about the Pioneer Trail that brought many of our ancestors to the Uxbridge area almost 200 years ago, Uxbridge Library, Lower Hall, 7 p.m.

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Call to worship was called by Lay Minister Doug Baird a warm and friendly welcome went out to all who attended the service. The Message was: “What is Lent?” Thank you goes out to those who provided the refreshments for time for fellowship following the service. We are currently looking for new members to join the Orchestra, if you or someone you knows plays a instrument tell them join us. Coming Events Mar 16-St Patrick’s Day Supper Island Hall. Apr 27-Bake and Craft sale Island Hall. May 31-Beef Supper Island Hall. A warm Island welcome goes out to Phil Robidoux and Victoria Leslie who moved here on Feb. 15, welcome and hope you enjoy your new home!! Happy Birthdays this week goes out to: Gary LaRocca Feb. 19; Joshua Johnson Corbin Marsden-Blackfoot, Lori Stevenson Feb. 20, Oakley Williamson Feb. 22, Jon Williamson Feb. 23. Any Island news can be left with me through e-mail at or by telephone at 905-985-7662 by 6p.m. on Sunday.

Caesarea Nestleton Euchre Seven tables of euchre players enjoyed the night of cards on Valentines Day with the following results: high scores – 1) L.Edgerton, 2)M.Trunks, 3)B.Moase, 4) D.Trunks, 5)tied – G.Davidson, M.Suggitt, & V.Priebe; most lone hands – L.Edgerton; and low score – J.Hawkins. See you all on Thursday at 7:30 p.m at the Nestleton Hall. Everyone is welcome. Blackstock & District Lions Club Congratulations to Clay Larmer who won the Blackstock Lions Junior English Effective Speaking Contest last Tuesday evening held at St. John’s Church. Clay has been invited to deliver his speech on 4H Clubs to the next level of competition, our Lions District contest on March 23rd at Trinity United Church in Newmarket. Should he be unable to attend, the contest runner-up, Jenna Bolzon, will take his place. Thank you to all the students who participated in our annual contest

and to the staff of Cartwright Central Public School who prepared them. And thank you to the judges, Jenny Beal, Linda McLaughlin and Joan Swain, and to our timer, Lynda Kendry. Pineridge Chorus Here is a date for your calendar: Monday, April 15th. That’s Family Night at the Uxbridge Music Hall. This is an opportunity to hear Pineridge Chorus’s competition entries as they prepare for their annual trek to Region 16 Sweet Adeline Contest in Syracuse, New York. Also performing that night is award winning quartet, “Here & Now”, who will be entered into the quartet contest in Syracuse as well. Here is an opportunity to find out what Sweet Adelines is all about without committing yourself to attending a rehearsal. Once you hear the chorus, you’ll probably want to try to rearrange your week so that you can be available on Monday evenings to sing.

The ‘Saddlebag Saloon’ dinner at St. Andrew’s United was wildly amusing and the men’s cooking skills amazed the women! They entertained with old and new songs and the meal was out of this world. Ladies want their names on the list for next year already. A lovely lady by the name of Dorothy Suggitt was serenaded for her 90th birthday, and again Happy Birthday Dorothy!! The Sunderland Lions Music Festival continues every day this week and next week will have the `Stars of the Festival` performing, so come on out for more ‘Sunderland fun’! This Friday, the 22nd, is free Movie Night at 7p.m. in Sunderland at St. Andrew’s and this time it’s Artic Tales and you are all welcome. Have a good week and here is a quote for now: You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu

Attention all Youth aged 8 and up. Have you ever wanted to play WII on the big screen? Well, now is your chance! Join the Seagrave Youth Group on March 1st, 7 - 9 p.m. for a WII Tennis Tournament at the church. For more information, check us out at www.seagraveyouthgroup. And for the adults... Seagrave always has a lot of great things going on! Robin Glade Estates was the place to be on February 13 as 5 tables of Euchre players enjoyed a ValentineTheme game and buffet meal at the home of the Currie family. Anyone interested in more information for future events can contact Diane Cooke at 905-985-3722. Last Tuesday saw a wonderful turnout to the Seagrave Out to Lunch event. It

was great to see some past Seagravers out enjoying a visit with old friends and making new ones too! The next luncheon is scheduled for April 9th featuring a menu of Ham & Scalloped Potatoes. It was the first Sunday in Lent and greeters Brooke and Chris Acton offered a warm welcome to the Seagrave Church congregation. Rev Paul read a children’s story about a little frog whose friends rallied around him during a tough time. We had two lovely ladies visit the birthday box... if you see Elizabeth Redshaw or Betty Somerville, wish them a very Happy Birthday!! Congratulations to Geoff Luke who was nominated for a BRAVO award from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This award recognizes his

dedication to food safety in his profession as Meat Hygiene Officer. It’s great to finally see some evidence of a real Canadian winter! Don and Lee Beacock took advantage of this fantastic weather and took to the snowmobiling trails on a father-son trip north; reportedly having a great time! The Seagrave community mourns the loss of one of its long time residents, Lloyd Short. Lloyd was raised on the family farm where King’s Bay is now located. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Another entry for your calendars: Mar. 1 - 12:30 p.m. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER II is to be held at Wick Church. Dessert will be served at 12:30 meeting to follow.

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, February 24 Service at 10 a.m. Sunday School and Nursery Care Available All are warmly welcome


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, February 24


19100 Island Road, Port Perry A warm welcome to all 905-985-4094 SUNDAY, February 24 10 a.m. Morning Service

16200 Old Simcoe Road (S.A. Cawker School) Port Perry Sunday, February 24, 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



Ontario 905-985-1346 Rev John Benschop 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)

Minister Rev. John Anderson

266 North St., Port Perry Phone: 905-985-7278 2nd Sunday in Lent Sunday, February 24 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, February 24 Seagrave (in the beautiful hamlet of Seagrave) 9 a.m. Morning Service

Greenbank (Hwy 12, minutes. N. of Pt. Perry) 11 a.m. Morning Service Everyone is Welcome Children’s time with 11 a.m. service

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

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EDITORIAL Doing less with more A sizable portion of a recent Regional Council - and at least one committees meeting before it - finalizing Durham’s 2013 budget was spent analyzing, criticizing and questioning another large budget submitted by the Durham Region Police Service, much of it going toward new police buildings in Clarington. Policing is not cheap and no one in their right mind would likely attempt a counter-argument, but it’s a tough pill to swallow, particularly for communities north of Winchester Rd. While the entire Region will be served by new facilities for various units within the DRPS, there’s not much for Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock residents to get excited about, especially in light of the fact that no new officers have been hired in the last four years. And that’s considering a budget of approximately $172 million for 2013. With an area as large as North Durham, a few more officers out there might help quash those complaints of ‘never around when you need ‘em,’ still occasionally heard despite the 2009 redrawing of police boundaries dictating which station responds first to a call. Paraphrasing Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor, the north certainly doesn’t need a “Taj Mahal” of its own, nor does the Region need a massive police hiring blitz, but a few extra bodies on patrol couldn’t hurt. During budget discussions, municipal leaders often talk of “doing more with less,” however, this does not seem to apply to our police department as their budget has increased more than $34 million over the past four years. When they are approved, the increased construction costs for the new training centre and warehouse will result in debt costs of more than $21 million for 2015, meaning that this project will ultimately cost local taxpayers dearly, both in the present and the future. It’s hard to fault the police for asking for all of this extra money when Regional Council continues to approve eight-digit increases year-afteryear, with no new officers in sight.

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An insider’s take on the ice rescue billing controversy To the Editor: As a police officer, I dealt with this particular issue whilst riding the Durham Regional Police Snow Machines in the late 70’s, and for approximately 10 years in the 80’s and 90’s as the media relations officer. Ignoring the ice conditions and warnings has been a constant problem for Emergency Services, particularly the Fire Department and their responsibility to rescue people. This problem of dealing with people who venture out on the ice during the winter, without properly consulting the weather conditions and relative advisories, is unfortunate. In conjunction with the media, police and other agencies would each year issue warnings to the public about the dangers of driving on and using frozen lakes, in particular Lakes Scugog and Simcoe, and would partner with the media and give them an opportunity to see first hand the conditions on Lake Scugog on the police snow machines. These visual awareness news stories and public service announcements would be shown

on TV and profiled by most of the media that cover Durham Region. In addition, each year police would report incidents, some of which resulted in serious injury or death. Unfortunately every year there are problems, whether it is ice fishermen requiring rescue or snow machines, ATV’s, trucks and cars going through the ice. As recently as last year, I saw how these warnings were ignored, and I want to give first hand examples. Approximately 12 months ago, I heard on television that a warning was given to stay off Lake Scugog. As I was driving north on Simcoe St. the following day, I heard the same warning on the radio. I wondered to myself ‘were people at last taking heed of these warnings’. I went to the Port Perry boat launch near the library and was dismayed by the number of snow machines, ATV’s, trucks and cars going out onto the ice. I was concerned and I called the radio station and asked that they rebroadcast their warnings, which they did. The following day I heard that at least three vehicles had crashed

through the ice and people had to be rescued. Fortunately, no one was injured. A few days later, I drove east along the causeway from Port Perry, and on the north side I saw a man, a boy and a dog on the ice approximately 25 feet from the open water. How thick was that ice? Perhaps one inch or less. In addition, approximately 12 months ago, a major rescue operation was required on Lake Simcoe, where a hovercraft had to be used to rescue ice fishermen in extremely hazardous conditions. I agree with Fire Chief Miller who said no ice is safe ice and Mayor Mercier’s thoughts of this being a positive awareness factor, but Emergency Services have been preaching this same story since I can remember, and yet these advisories are ignored. One would think that common sense would somehow prevail. So what does it take to prevent people from acting in such an irresponsible way? Obviously people have to be protected, and I am confident that no emergency call would ever go unanswered, but if it takes charg-

ing people the cost of the rescue, then so be it. The Fire Department bears the brunt of these rescues, and although it looks exciting and interesting on television, it is extremely dangerous for all concerned. These emergency worker’s lives are in danger every time they get called out. I can attest to the fact that where there are pressure cracks, and in certain areas of northern Lake Scugog there is open water even on the coldest of days, so why take the chance? It was suggested some years ago that large warning signs be posted at all boat launches. These could state that ‘All Ice is Dangerous/ Use at your own Risk’, ‘Injury Could Possibly Occur’, and possibly ‘Levies could be Charged’. Any or all could be used. In the sailing world, extra insurance is advised/required for ocean passages, as in the more dangerous/hazardous, the more one pays. Sandy Ryrie North Durham

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Soup for Thought lunch to benefit Durham Children’s Aid Nothing warms the soul more on a cold winter’s day than a hearty bowl of soup. Pair this with the chance to help a youth get the chance at a brighter future and you have a winning combination. That is what the 1st Annual Durham Children’s Aid Foundation’s Soup for Thought Lunch Benefit aims to achieve. For the past few months, with the help of local artist Cynthia Cupples, students from several local schools and young people from various organizations have been busy painting more than 200 soup bowls for the inaugural event. Eleven local restaurants and organizations will each prepare a special soup to put in these specially decorated bowls with the proceeds going towards the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation, a regional charity that provides scholarship and bursary opportunities for children in foster care. The event will be taking place in conjunction with the BIA’ Feb Fest, a winter celebration in the downtown core. Having kids take part in decorating the bowls not only helps to get the organization’s message out into the community, says event co-organizer and DCAF Trustee Laura Francis, but it provided them with the opportunity to do something they don’t often get a

chance to do: improve the lives of kids who might not have the same advantages they do. “Kids want to contribute but, often, don’t have the means - or opportunity - to reach out. Painting a bowl for our event allowed kids to connect in a way that is fun for them and helpful to our organization.” It also helps to get kids invested in helping in a way they know how. “In the same way that a little paint and ingenuity can change a plain bowl into something spectacular, so too can a little bit of time and effort to a good cause.” The Soup for Thought event was given a much needed boost when event co-chair and fellow DCSAF Trustee, Jocelyne Boissonneault, approached local business person, Terry Vos, for help with the initial material costs. When it was explained to the owner of the local independent grocer that the focus for the fundraising was on post-secondary scholarships and bursaries for children in foster care, his participation was sealed. “Many of the young people who work at my store are college- and university-bound, so I know only too well how important it is to invest in their future.” He, also, liked the idea of investing in local children in foster care who were heading for post-sec-

ondary opportunities. “It’s a cause I believe in, personally.” Here’s how the fundraiser works: On the day of the event, these unique, one-of-a-kind bowls will be set out for the attending patrons. For the price of admission ($20 for adults, $10 for students and children), each patron will choose the bowl from which they can use to sample the many soups that will be available at each sponsored soup station. This bowl will be theirs to keep. There will also be a silent auction of larger bowls provided by local artisans which patrons can bid on, as well as a draw for a door prizes. Patrons will also get to vote for their favorite soup. The winner will be awarded the coveted Silver Ladle! Tickets for the event will be $20 for adults, $10 students and children and will be available at local retailers, as well as the Port Perry BIA starting in late January. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event (Saturday, February 23) provided the event has not sold out. Doors will open from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more information about this event, please contact Laura Francis at 905-982-7431 or Jocelyne Boissonneault at 905-985-3945.

Whatever happened to accountability? To the Editor: I can’t believe “Ice Rescue” would be called a controversy. What happened to gratitude for being alive? What happened to being accountable for knowing the depth of the ice before going on it? If your car went in the ditch you wouldn’t call the snow plow to retrieve it for free. For those who believe snow machines can go safely over open water, I look forward

to seeing you try it in the summer months. Please consider the chance you are taking. That reminds me, those who have been doing the snow removal – Thank you! Dena Thompson Blackstock

Shelf life I don’t make New Year’s resolutions for one good reason – unless it involves a wager of some sort that I believe I have a reasonable chance of winning, I’m not usually game. I’ve given up bad habits for the promise of a $100 payout at year’s end (honoured, by the way) – if I’m going to be completely healthy, there will likely need to be a steady stream of gambling men and women knocking on the door on Dec. 31. While all well and good for singles, that’s hard to do when you now celebrate the turning of the calendar year with someone who also shares your bank account. While not a resolution per sé, we recently took to, bluntly put, organizing the hell out of everything in our home that didn’t already have its own place (or a good place) through the use of shelves. Lots and lots of shelves. In all honesty, probably too many shelves. Our lives have been overtaken by crap. I’m referring to myself and those I live with, although I suppose it could just as easily apply to the general population.

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Staying in touch... JOHN O’TOOLE MPP

Healthcare records need upgrading Everyone agrees that Ontario’s healthcare professionals need 21st century electronic health records. Unfortunately, the McGuinty government’s e-health record has been a disaster. Opposition Leader Tim Hudak recently warned that this government has spent an estimated $2 billion on e-health with nothing to show for it. In other words, all the bureaucracy and spending has not produced an improvement in the quality of care. If e-health were a provincial Ministry, it would have a bigger budget than Ministries such as Labour, Energy and Infrastructure. To stop throwing good money after bad, Tim Hudak called for a “transformational” approach to electronic health records. Health Critic Christine Elliott added that it’s time to give control for e-Health to the healthcare professionals who actually use the records. She also called for a full inquiry into how the McGuinty government spent a billion dollars on e-health without delivering results. The plan from our Official Opposition Caucus calls for the use of off-the-shelf and opensource components. There are already secure patient information systems being used successfully. Furthermore, the federal health infoway is in use in many provinces. The McGuinty government’s e-health failures prove the pitfalls in trying to re-invent the wheel. Ontario’s frontline healthcare professionals are the best in the world. It’s time they had the electronic records essential to delivering 21st Century healthcare, and it’s time they were consulted on how these records should work. Effective electronic health records won’t be available until the provincial government gets advice from the professionals who depend on these records every day. We cannot gain efficiencies in healthcare without an effective patient health record system.

A Thousand Monkeys It’s long been a pet peeve in our home, which continually gets smaller and smaller with all of the stuff that comes along with two kids. I’m still not used to this shelving thing. Turning the corner is still an occasional surprise, being greeted by seven-plus feet of neatly-organized stuff that was previously tucked away wherever it could be. Thankfully, the change in lighting caused by the shadow of looming storage is no longer noticeable. It’s also a lot neater where we live. There’s other effects, too. Excessive plastic shelving makes it looks like we live on the Death Star. Putting the kids to bed is now a game of escorting a pair of Wookiee prisoners to cell block 1138, much like throwing the trash out involves bracing the walls of the garbage room with discarded curtain rods in a vain attempt to avoid being crushed. Judging from the sounds, the Mos Eisley Cantina is just across the hall. I’ve only recently taken up chess and I still pretend I’m using the holographic board installed in the lounge area of the Millennium Falcon. There’s an obvious solution – get rid of it all. I’ve

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tried. We’ve tried. We push it out the door, more stuff comes in. Nothing unnecessary, either (mostly), and with two young children, stuff is a way of life. Toys, clothes, carrying devices for children of all sizes and ages, the list goes on. Resigning to live with our curse, excessive shelving is the most obvious immediate fix. There’s also the moving up solution, but it’s a trick. I rightly fear having a bigger place with more room to cram it all in. Before that time comes, we’ll likely be involved in some sort of program. It begins and ends with us. As I write this, there’s a full dish rack, various snacks to be put out of reach of little hands (mine included) and a hundred other things to be tucked away neatly. The laptop will be placed back in its bag. Where else would it go?

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Foote picks the worst of the worst In addition to being asked often which films I believe to be the greatest ever made, I also am hit upon to discuss the worst ones ever created. Frankly that might be a tougher question than the other, because I judge terrible films on a very different scale than I judge great ones. Some films, exploitative junk like I Spit on Your Grave (2010) are going to be terrible, and everyone knows that going in, so why even discuss the film? For me, a genuinely terrible film is a film that has no right being as bad as it is given the budget and talent involved. It all starts with story, and if there is no story, there will not be a film. Period. The greatest films are that because they have stories that are complex and deep, rich in character development and that often mirrors life as well as society. Bad films are pretty much

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by John Foote the opposite, with a few other aspects thrown in because I am picky. For instance, continuity is a big thing with me and most bad films have no sense of that at all. Randomly, I went back through my files and chose some of the worst films I have ever seen, and list them here for you. 1. Exorcist II - The Heretic (1977) - The wretched sequel to The Exorcist (1973), I saw this opening day and have never in my life seen anything worse in more than 30 years of going to the movies. Richard Burton and Louise Fletcher, along with a perplexed looking Linda Blair, explore what might have happened before the first film, which takes us to Africa where James Earl Jones turns into a tiger, there’s a plague of locusts that end up in a New York high rise... oh never mind. The worst movie of all time. 2. Battlefield Earth (2000) - A pretty close second. John Travolta’s dream project based on the book by Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard, the film has Travolta as a 10 foot alien, ugly as sin with tendrils coming out of his nose that look like boogers hanging by a thread. Directed by a second unit filmmaker who had no right in the director’s chair, but then again, the film has no business being a movie. A blemish to all involved and perhaps a good argument against vanity projects. 3. At Long Last Love (1975) - Once upon a time Peter Bogdonavich directed a film called The Last Picture Show (1971) which was hailed as a masterpiece causing his ego to grow like Jack’s beanstalk. During the filming he left his loyal wife and fell in love with ‘actress’ Cybill Shepard. Believing she could act, he then cast her

in this musical homage to the films of the 1940s and the music of Cole Porter. His career never survived. Karma is a bitch. And Shepard left him when his career went into the toilet. 4. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) - Director George Stevens is one of the greats having helmed Shane (1953) and Giant (1956). Why he ruined his career with his messy story of Jesus Christ is one of Hollywood’s saddest stories. Shot in Monument Valley rather than on location in the Holy Land, at any moment we expect to see John Wayne come around the mountains, the geography is THAT familiar. One of those stupid spot the star movies, with everyone in it including Max Von Sydow, the Swedish actor as a beautific and slightly less than human Christ, and yes, John Wayne as the centurion leading Christ to his death. SO bad. 5. Dr. Doolittle (1967) - Not the Eddie Murphy version, which looks like high art compared to this silly musical with the pompous Rex Harrison as the man who talks to the animals. I suppose no one else would talk to the ass... and I mean Harrison, not the donkey. I left the theatre, at seven, wondering why the animals would talk to him at all? 6. Lost Horizon (1973) - The musical remake of the classic 1937 film based on the superb novel about a lost utopia deep in the mountains of Asia is frightening in its horrific execution. The opening half hour is shot for shot like the original, and looks okay, but then they arrive at Shangra La and the singing starts, and then the madness. All of the actors are dubbed with their singing, except one, but it does not matter, the songs are atrocious, the music bad, and the acting so over the top and terrible I was ready to begin heaving rocks at the screen. Good people, Peter Finch, Liv Ullman, George Kennedy, all left on their own in this mess. 7. Bobby Deerfield (1977) - At the height of his great fame, Al Pacino elected to portray race car driver Bobby Deerfield in

this terrible love story that sees him fall in love with a woman dying of cancer. Marthe Keller, who had a pretty good run in the 1970s is the free spirited young woman and Pacino is the dull as cement racer she falls for. Not moving, except that it will have you running from the room. 8. Jaws 4 (1987) Though Jaws 2 (1978) was a hit, most people agreed that it was but a pale imitation of the first masterful thriller directed so well by Steven Spielberg. Well the fourth would have us believe that a shark, another Great White, has actually tracked the Brody family, killed the Chief (of the first film) eventually his sons, leaving his wife to find the beast with Michael Caine along for the ride. It really is as bad as it sounds. 9. Rocky IV (1985) - Made at the height of the presidency of Ronald Reagan, when it was good to be an American, when Americans loved their country and their leader. Rocky goes to Russia (cool title) to fight the murderous Drago, who has killed Apollo Creed in a promotional bout, challenging Rocky in the process. Stupider stories have been filmed, but the howler for me was when the Russian people began cheering for Rocky right in Russia under the nose of their own president. Think Stallone’s ego was out of control? 10. Jack (1996) - Directed by the man who gave us The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979), this horrific film is a bizarre children’s story about a child who ages rapidly. By the time he graduates high school he is in his 80s. Moving stuff, right? Nope, not here. Annoying, insulting and dull, dull, dull, wasting the gifts of Robin Williams, Diane Lane and Bill Cosby in a rare film role. Coppola did not direct again for more than a decade. And sharp eyed readers will note the absence of The Godfather Part III (1990) -- never forget in my world it does not exist, it was never made...

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Local bull draws national kudos Feb Fest teams up with Polar Plunge this weekend

BIG WIN FOR YUCATAN: Brian and Holli Lee of Hollee Limousin in Blackstock show off their champion bull, Yucatan. The prized animal earned high status recently. He was named the Canadian Limosin Show Bull of the Year (2012). HEATHER MCCRAE The Standard

SCUGOG: A small beef farm in the tiny hamlet of Blackstock has earned national status in the beef industry. Holli and Brian Lee, owners of Hollee Limousin, own Hollee’s Yucatan, a Limousin bull that was named Canadian Limousin Show Bull of the Year (2012). This isn’t the first time Yucatan has been a noted champion. The bull has been in the spotlight at recognized Limousin shows held at various fairs, that began with the first show at the Brooklin Spring Fair last June and continued on to compete at Warkworth, Blackstock, Port Perry, Lindsay, Kinmount, Erin and at the Royal. He became the champion at the provincial Limousin show in Brampton last September, too. Points are garnered at recognized Limousin shows. “There has to be a minimum of 30 Limousin cattle at a show to make it a Points Show,” said Brian. “After the show is finished the placings are sent to the Canadian Limousin Association in Calgary. There they tabulate all the shows throughout Canada. Our bull, Yucatan, had the highest points.” “The points he earned made him the Canadian Limousin Show Bull of the year,” said his wife, Holli. With this recognition came a gift certificate from Master Feeds and a beautiful framed picture of the champion animal. Another bull, from the Lee’s farm, TMF Zodiac, ranked 6th in Canada of the show bulls, too. Other animals from the Blackstock

farm also earned recognition. Three females from their herd were also in the top 10 across Canada, earning third, fourth and tenth placings. Pretty significant for a small breeder, I’d say. So, what do you think a judge looks for when he’s judging a class of Limousin cattle? “All the animals are judged for their temperament and conformation, particularly their muscle and mass, and the judges keep a keen eye on the testicular development of the bulls,” the Lees said. Yucatan was on the show circuit a lot last year. “He bred five cows last spring. We used him really sparingly, and then he became a show animal after that,” said Brian. Although the show circuit ended at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the announcement of his success wasn’t announced until the Agribition Show in Regina in December 2012. While Brian learned a lot about the beef industry from his father, Ken, it’s been a new and exciting venture for Holli. The couple met at the Royal in the fall of 2005, and after a brief courtship married the following spring. “Shortly after we started dating, Brian told me he was bringing me back a souvenir from Agribition in Regina. I thought it would be another of those commemorative sweatshirts, instead he brought me back my first heifer,” she chuckled. And, that’s when Hollee Limousin was formed. The herd grew and so did the number of red ribbons in the show ring.

The couple purchased a bred cow from Enright Farms in Renfrew in the fall of 2006 and that calf ended up going on to eventually be the Grand Champion Female at the Royal. “The cow and her calf went out to Agribition in Regina that year and they were in the Parade of Champions, the proudest moment of our lives,” said Holli. Since then they have had many champions. That same cow from Enright Farms was bred to an Agribition champion bull named Paynes Dynamo two years ago and the result of that union was a future grand champion named Yucatan. After the prized bull was brought home from the show ring last November he was back in working mode again, and just recently bred 15 cows. Brian, who just happens to be the vice-president of the Canadian Limousin Association, will be embarking on a new challenge this August when he moves up to the role of President. The Lees say they are fortunate their prized cattle have given them recognition across Canada in the Limousin breed. They breed half the herd using artificial insemination and the rest are bred naturally. Yucatan is far from retirement. A cute calf that he sired was born last month and there’s more to come. On March 9th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Lees are having an open house at 13200 West Quarter Line in Blackstock that will showcase their fine breeding stock as well as present a private treaty sale.

SCUGOG: Just about the time winter will be starting to get you down, here’s a chance to get out and enjoy some great fun. Port Perry Feb Fest will take place at the Lakefront and the Latcham Centre on Saturday, February 23, starting off with the Hospital Auxiliary’s popular Polar Plunge. This is the 6th annual plunge and it will bring lots of laughs and cheers as local residents jump into the icy waters of Lake Scugog for charity. The second part of the fun day, ‘Soup For Thought’ soup-a-thon, begins at the Latcham Centre, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out and try home-made soups from about 10 local groups and businesses. After tasting everyone’s best soup recipes, you’ll be able to vote for your favourite soup and the winner will receive the coveted Golden Ladel! In addition, there will be entertainment at the Latcham Centre and lots of scrumptious winter treats. Try maple syrup on a stick, Beavertails or a hot drink. There will also be crafts

for the kids and demonstrations by the Boarding Hut and Asselstine Country Snowmobiles. There will be a demonstration by ice sculptor Robert Brooks at 1 p.m. by the Latcham Centre. He will be hand crafting a creation out of large blocks of ice! The Scugog Shores Museum will be hosting winter games and demonstrations at Feb Fest at the gazebo in Palmer Park, from 1 to 3 p.m. Try your hand at spinning wool, old fashion wood cutting, snow snakes and more! And if that isn’t enough to warm the heart, then take advantage of local downtown merchants who will also be ‘Freezing the Tax’ and providing warm, yummy drinks in-store to help warm up your February (participating stores only). Feb Fest is brought to you by The Port Perry BIA, Hospital Auxiliary, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation. To register to be a Polar Plunger and for further information about the Plunge contact: Mary Jane at 905-985-6002 or Ruth at 905-985-6232.

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Lost in migration? Little owl travels across Great Lakes BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

SCUGOG: A local resident recently discovered a tiny American visitor living in the woods near his home, raising a number of questions related to the nature of owl migration. Scugog resident Don Morton said that as he was driving home along Regional Rd. 57 near St. Christopher’s Beach Rd. on Jan. 30, a “white flash” - later determined to be a northern saw-whet owl - flew past the front of his car. Unfortunately, the bird was identified after it collided with the front end of Mr. Morton’s vehicle. “I was driving home when it flew out in front of me,” said Mr. Morton. “I got out and sure enough, there it was.” Although the owl didn’t survive the impact, it yielded an interesting story in the metal band clasped to one of its legs.

After removing the band and calling a phone number stamped on it, Mr. Morton determined that it was placed on the animal by a U.S. resident participating in the North American Bird Banding Program. The program is a joint project between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Canadian Wildlife Services involving several other government ministries and non-governmental groups (such as the National Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited) which aims to monitor the ‘movement, survival and behaviour’ of birds native to the continent, as described in an information package sent to Mr. Morton. Since 1904, more than 60 million birds have been banded, with four million of those bands recovered and reported, according to the USGS. The owl was originally


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banded in October 2010 by Anthony Hill, a bander who resides in South Hadley, Massachusetts, more than 740 km to the southeast of where the owl was discovered by Mr. Morton last month. Coincidentally, like Scugog, South Hadley lies south of a community called Sunderland. In the USGS assessment, the bird, a female, was determined to have been less than a year old when Mr. Hill banded it. The northern saw-whet owl is a native species to Ontario (and much of North America) and given its preferred habitat of deciduous forest close to water or wetlands, the bird was right at home in the rural area of Scugog. Although the animal is found throughout Canada and the U.S. (with some of these owls living in one area permanently and others migratory), the origin of this particular banded bird remains a mystery. Mr. Hill told The Standard that the migration of these owls is one of the main focuses of banders working with Project Owlnet, a Canada/U.S. program dedicated to learning about the northern saw-whet. Having been involved with Project Owlnet since 2004, Mr. Hill noted that while it’s common for him to recover some birds, like sparrows, that he has personally banded close to where they were discovered, he has never recovered a band from one of his owls, adding that “very

Bird bander Anthony Hill of South Hadley, Massachusetts, attaches a band to a saw-whet owl, similar to the one that he banded in 2010 which was rePHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY HILL cently discovered by a Scugog resident. few” saw-whets have been discovered nesting in his area. He added that it may even be possible that Mr. Morton’s bird could have been a Canadian resident visiting Massachusetts when it was banded more than two years ago. “Because they are only active at night, not much is known about the sawwhet’s movement,” said Mr. Hill, a microbiologist who has been banding birds as a hobby since the mid-1990s. “One question we have is ‘where do they go when they’re not

nesting?’ What we think is that these birds may be nomadic - we’re finding out how little we know about them.” However, local birdwatcher Geoff Carpentier of Avocet Nature Services said that the saw-whet is “definitely migratory,” with many of these owls coming down from northern Ontario to the shores of the Great Lakes in late September and early October, stopping there to rest before departing for wintering grounds in the U.S. and returning in mid-

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February. “It’s definitely not unexpected - they do tend to come back along the same route they departed on,” said Mr. Carpentier. The bird was discovered at a time when numerous owls, particularly great grey owls, are temporarily moving into southern Ontario - and Durham Region - this winter from their northern homes, a phenomenon which several biologists have connected to a regular decline in northern rodent and vole populations that takes place roughly every ten years. Although this cycle hasn’t been determined as the reason behind this particular bird’s presence in Scugog, Mr. Hill noted that a similar phenomenon is currently happening in Massachusetts, where there have been increased reports of barred owls seeking food in urban areas. “Birds, like owls, that rely on such animals for food may venture elsewhere if there’s a shortage,” said Mr. Hill, adding that many of those birds reported are emaciated and have been found after colliding with cars along busy roads. “And if they’re hungry, they end up in places they shouldn’t be.” Anyone who discovers a bird with such a band is asked to call 1-800-327BAND (2263) or visit www.

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Most Canadians not ready for death: study Many people feel confident that they are prepared for their final days. Life insurance, pensions, and wills give us the impression that our loved ones will be taken care of after we’re gone. However, there is one glaringly obvious item that Canadians are not adequately prepared for when it comes to endof-life planning, and that’s funerals. When a loved-one passes away, people experience an emotional rollercoaster. The thought of planning a funeral during this time of mourning is daunting. More often than not, the burden of funeral planning is left to families coping with a loss. This burden is not only emotional but financial; in fact, the average traditional funeral in Canada costs over $10,000. Many people are not prepared to face these circumstances. According to a recent study, 64 per cent of Canadians have never planned a funeral, only 9 per cent have pre-planned their own funeral and only one-third have insurance to cover the costs. Pre-planning is simply not top-of-mind for most Canadians. But the good news is, almost 90 per cent agree that pre-planning our own funeral would significantly reduce pain and hardship on our families. So what’s holding us back from making arrangements that would save our family members money, time and stress? The most

commonly cited reasons include: not being able to afford it, not knowing where to start, and the fear of being taken advantage of. Industry experts say the first step is to ensure you plan ahead and consider an insurance package to cover the costs of your funeral. Some packages even offer 24 hour funeral planning and concierges services, and have a team of representatives that will negotiate with funeral homes on behalf of your family. “Most people when they lose a loved one aren’t in the right frame of mind to run around to different funeral homes negotiating the best price,” said Mark Duffey, president and CEO of Everest, a funeral planning and concierge service. “When the inevitable happens people tend to take the first option presented to them, regardless of whether or not it’s a smart consumer choice. Preparing beforehand can save families tremendous stress and thousands of dollars.” Making end-of-life preparations is being a smart consumer, just like planning for college, a wedding, or retirement. Funeral planning is not a responsibility that should be inherited by your loved one’s after you’ve passed away. More information is available online at www. - Courtesy of News Canada

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PPHS students offer support Downtown WiFi launched

The Living and Working with Children class of Grade 11 students recently presented the new Life Centre at Lakeridge Health Port Perry with baby blankets made as part of a class project. SUBMITTED PHOTO DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

SCUGOG: The New Life Centre at Lakeridge Health Port Perry was recently the recipient of a very generous donation courtesy of the Grade 11 Living and Working with Children class at Port Perry H.S. According to teach-

er Sue Hoard, the class brainstormed ideas and ways to give back to the Scugog community. Eventually, the class seized the opportunity to design and make baby blankets this semester, which were then donated to the hospital with the assistance of PPHS princi-

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SCUGOG: The Downtown Port Perry Wireless network is now on the air! The first phase of construction has been completed, and basic coverage is available from the eastern end of Queen St., to a connection point west of Perry St. Connection coverage is also available near Jester’s Court and into Reflection Park. WiFi coverage will be expanded throughout the next few months to eventually include Palmer Park, as well as parts of North St. and Mary St. Local retailers may also request additional indoor coverage of their locations as needed to serve their shoppers and guests. The system will help to provide medium band-

width service to visitors and residents alike, who are enjoying the beautiful downtown and wish to stay connected. The welcome page offers links to our Discoverportperry. ca and sites along with a direct link to our association for visitors who wish to stay over night! ‘Port Perry WiFi’ network, as it is labeled, is easy to log into for a free 60 minute session. Users can connect for free up to 10 times in a 30 day period at no cost. For additional time, 24 hour and 72 hour vouchers can be purchased at participating local retailers for a nominal charge. A prepaid monthly subscrip-

tion service will offer unlimited, secure access, beginning in March, for users that live or work in the area! “The network was built as a joint venture between the Port Perry Business Improvement Association, Scugog Chamber of Commerce, and Communicate Freely, a local telephone company based in Port Perry,” mentioned Tim St. Pierre, Owner of Communicate Freely, “and has been providing business telephone service since 2006, now offering high quality telephone service and symmetric Internet access to downtown customers.” For more information about the network, visit www.communicatefreely. net or call 289-225-1220.

Krown controls Blackstock Minor Hockey action MITES: MVPs for the Caesarea Fire Fighters were Brodie Bell, Kistyn Haanepen and Ryan Vernon. Gavin Bateman, Jackson Cole and Abbie Stephens earned MVP for Chicken Nuggets this week. TYKES: Shagg’s tied with Cochrane Tree Service four to four. Jacob MacLennan was the Shagg’s goalie. Jonathan Acker scored all four goals with assists from Adam Frew, Virginia Lee and Cooper Puterbough. Cochrane Tree Service goals came from Cameron Yeo (3) and Owen Griffin with an assist from Ryan Piney. Canadian Tire beat W.O. Insurance 5 to 4. Isabella O’Donoshue was the Canadian Tire goalie. Goal scorers were Aidan Lazure (3), Hayden Piney and Hayden Venedam. Zachary Stevens (2) and Hayden Piney made assists. W.O. Insurance goalie was Gavin Baker. Cameron Edgerton (2), Nathan DeBruijn and Darren Baker scored goals with Annika Shepherd adding an assist. NOVICE: Krown Rust Control took Make A Wish 16 to 5. Chad Arney was the goalie for Krown Rust Control. Scoring goals were Jacob Buchanan (6), Morgan Pateras (4), Noah Michel (2), Shannon Arney, Colin Atkins, Daymond Clark, and Brodie Holmes. Assists came from Aidan Joyce (4), Alex Newhook (2), Noah Michel (2), Daymond Clark (2), Brodie Holmes, Colin Atkins and Shannon Arney. The Make A Wish team had Toni Boadway between the pipes. Corey VanCamp (3) and Brett Hanley (2) were goal scorers. Dallas King and Zander Scott made assists. Port Perry Dental beat Eco Water Systems 11 to 3. Port Perry Dental goalie was Deanna Shaw. Keegan Edgerton (5), TJ Pomeroy (4), Daniel Vandervoort and Emily VanUden earned goals. Assists came

from Emily VanUden (3), Daniel Vandervoort (3), Keegan Edgerton (2) and Bradley Hext. Eco Water goalie was Aaron Waters. Sally Loverock, Josiah Vanderboor and Abbigail Brennan were goal scorers. Earning assists were Aaron Waters and Austin Piney. ATOM: The Atom division had a tie this week between Practicar and Low & Low Ltd. with a score of 4 to 4. Practicar goalie was Robbie Boadway. Scoring goals were Ethan Bolsonello (2) and Leam Maisonneuve (2) assisted by Cameron Barkey and Tye Crouter. The Low & Low Ltd. goalie was Joshua Ormiston. Joey Edgerton (3) and Kyler Cavan scored goals. Assists came from Owen Seguin (2), Jack Farrugia, Keegan James, John Nottingham and Simon Peters. PEEWEE: Red Ribbon Restaurant won against Denault Contracting 8 to 5. Liam Smith was the goalie for Red Ribbon Restaurant. Bradley VanUden (4) and Troy Larmer (4) scored the goals. Assists came from Jack Marshall, Declan McDowell, Zachary Vanerboor and Bradley VanUden. Denault Contracting’s goalie was Owen Maisonneuve. Goals came from Liam Maisonneuve (2), Darren Bell, Sierra Frew, and Nicholas Dafoe. Assists came from Liam Maisonneuve (2) and Ryan Hetherington. BANTAM / MIDGET: Luchka Float Service took All Flags Shell with a final score of 7 to 5. Jordan Bolzon was between the pipes for Luchka Float Service. Scoring goals were Dishawn Steward (4) Darren VanUden (2) and Brandon VanUden. Assists were from Tyler Schillings (3) and Charlotte Clemons. All Flags Shell goalie was Dylan Steward. Nathan Silcock (3), Mackenzie Mercier (2) scored goals. Ryan McCourt and Mitchell Crawford earned assists.

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MoJacks moving on to tangle with Bruins DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

A ‘Battle of North Durham’ looms for the COJHL quarterfinals after the Port Perry MoJacks dispatched the Little Britain Merchants three-games-to-one in their opening round playoff series. The MoJacks will now square off with their arch rivals, the Uxbridge Bruins in the COJHL semifinals. This marks the first playoff meeting between the two clubs since Port Perry rallied from a three-games-to-one deficit to claim the COJHL championship in 2011. The MoJacks took to the ice at Scugog Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 13, looking for a first round sweep of the Merchants after a pair of wins the previous weekend. The Merchants, however, had other things in mind as they rode a spectacular performance from goaltender Neil Pittock to a 4-1 victory over the MoJacks. The MoJacks came out flying in this contest, spending much of the first period deep in Little Britain territory. However, it was the Merchants who held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play after Mitch Berzins banged in his own rebound with just 35 seconds left in the first period. Lee Taylor evened the score midway through the second period after Kyle Schweda’s initial shot drew Pittock out of position allowing Taylor to swoop in on the loose puck and slip it into the open net. The MoJacks continued to press the Merchants as the second period wore on, but ultimately it was a form of deja vu as Little Britain netted a pair of late goals to take a 3-1 lead after two periods. Cam Palmer and Kurtis Moore scored for the Merchants, with Mark Vasey, Berzins and Greg O’Neill chipping in with assists. Both Pittock and MoJacks netminder Drew Siydock were spectacular in the early portion of the third period, turning aside numerous quality scoring chances. A late breakaway goal from Moore, assisted by Berzins, would seal the 4-1 Merchants victory as they fought off elimination from the playoffs. Merchants Head Coach Steve Gourlie, who had commented after Game 2 that his team needed to pay greater attention to detail in order to be successful, was extremely pleased with his troops’ turnaround in Game 3 when

he spoke with The Standard post-game. “It was a great team effort tonight, and everyone played their roles really well,” Gourlie said. “Our penalty killing really stepped up and Neil (Pittock) was our greatest penalty killer. He really came through when we needed him tonight.” On Saturday, Feb. 16, the series shifted back to Little Britain with the Merchants hoping for another win to force Game 5 the next night in Port Perry. A Lucas Berkers blast from just inside the blue line with almost three minutes expired from the score clock gave the MoJacks an early lead that they would not look back from. The team would put together a full 60 minutes of dominant defensive hockey en route to a 5-1 victory. Ryan Nichols would double Port Perry’s lead with just over four minutes to play in the first when he slammed home a loose puck in front of the net. A powerplay goal from Stuart Fierheller, assisted by Vasey would bring the Merchants to within a goal almost six minutes into the second period. The MoJacks would, however, make the most of late period opportunities to extend their lead over the Shopkeepers. First, Nichols added his second of the night with just over a minute remaining in the second to push Port Perry’s lead to 3-1. Then, just 19 seconds later, Logan Evans intercepted a pass and raced into the Merchants zone to net a shorthanded goal to put the MoJacks up by three goals after forty minutes. Aeric Annetta would add the final MoJacks goal late in the third period, assisted by Kyler Challis and Matt Paul, as the MoJacks prevailed by a final score of 5-1 to set up their semi-final showdown with the Uxbridge Bruins. MoJacks Head Coach Jon Campbell praised his team after the game for having the resolve to knock off a very hungry Merchants team. “The last game really was the hardest one to win,” Campbell said. “We knew we would have to match their intensity, because no one wants their season to end. And, I think we did a good job of shutting them down in the third when it mattered most.” Looking ahead, Campbell noted that his team will need to be prepared to meet their next challenge in the post-season as they

MoJacks centre Matt Johnston tangles with Little Britain Merchants Cash Cormier during Game 2 of the opening round series. Port Perry will now take on the Uxbridge Bruins in the COJHL sem-finals, starting on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:45 p.m. in Uxbridge. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard lock horns with their arch rivals. “We have had some success against Uxbridge this year. But, first place isn’t some fluke and they have a really sound system and structure to their game,” said Campbell. “All we can do is be prepared to play our game for 60 minutes, and go from there.” With their season now over, Gourlie had nothing but positive things to say for those players who had suited up for the Merchants, and given their all for the Little Britain community. “I’m proud of the 20 guys in our room for sticking together, and battling up hill all year long,” Gourlie said. “They battled adversity all year, and never gave up.” The team was rocked with tragedy just

before training camp was supposed to begin in August with the sudden passing of team captain Nolan Jewell. The coach credited his team with their poise and maturity in the wake of such a tragic loss. “Our team dealt with a adversity that they never should have had to at their age, and everyone in that room should be proud of themselves for being such great players, teammates and young men,” said Gourlie. Loose Pucks: - The Clarington Eagles rolled to a pair of weekend wins to take their opening round series with the Georgina Ice in four games. The Eagles will now square off with the second place Lakefield Chiefs in the other semi-final match-up.

Bruins vs. MoJacks schedule Gm. 1: Friday, Feb. 22 7:45 p.m. Port Perry @ Uxbridge Gm. 2: Sunday, Feb. 24 7 p.m. Uxbridge @ Port Perry Gm. 3: Tuesday, Feb. 26 7:45 p.m. Port Perry @ Uxbridge Gm. 4: Wednesday, Feb. 27 7:30 p.m. Uxbridge @ Port Perry *Gm. 5: Friday, Mar. 1 7:45 p.m. Port Perry @ Uxbridge *Gm. 6: Sunday, Mar. 3 7 p.m. Uxbridge @ Port Perry *Gm. 7: TBA Port Perry @ Uxbridge


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Slute-Beaton rink tops Men’s Open OMHA Quarterfinals The Ken Slute entry won three games and more than 47 points for first place overall in a Port Perry Men’s Open that drew teams from Tam Heather, Whitby, Oshawa, Oshawa Golf, Chinguacousy, and York. The combined sponsorship of Carl Sweeney of Invisible Fencing and Glenn Evans of South Scugog Auto Sales attracted top teams like Ray Balachorek of Oshawa Golf, Mark Howsam of Port Perry and Mark Reid of Whitby, to name a few. Second place on the day went to Bill Kennedy’s rink, also best in the second draw as recorded by draw master Ken Jeffrey. Mark Howsam led another Port Perry team to second place, first draw, and third place on the day. Yorks’ Darren Vian scored almost 34 points for second in the second draw. Jim Skelly’s Oshawa Golf wasn’t far off that pace. And Clive Powell’s rink was high single game winner. Port Perry and Uxbridge rinks win Mississaugas ‘spiel Carol Jackson’s highlytouted team rolled to victory at the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations Ladies Bonspiel.

A visitor from Guelph, Laura-Davis Cook, was the Jackson rink’s vice, lead was Nicole Mark, and Joanne Fowler and Judy Carruthers shared second. Their total, twogame score, after taking six-end wins in each of their games, was close to 38 points. Convenor Diane Harris welcomed entries from Whitby, Unionville, York, Orillia and Bobcaygeon. Another Port Perry team, Sue Duncan’s Gretchen Cornish, Carrie Rogalski and Norma Van Camp, won two games for more than 36 points and the Uxbridge team of Gail Closs, Brenda Harper, Christie Stevenson and Karen Hoyle were close and third on the day. Fairman, Kennedy win in Deloitte Super League Ralph Fairman’s Pineridge rink needed only six ends to shut out Mark St. John’s Allen’s Siding team in recent Super League action. They blanked the first ends, usually an indication of a hard-fought battle to come. But Fairman won the next end and stole the third. His thefts continued through six ends for a 6-0 win. When Bill Kennedy’s Renovations team met Rob Steele’s Last Rock it looked

discouraging for Kennedy at the start. Steele counted a four point first end. The next three ends put singles on the board for Kennedy. Steele added one in the fifth to retain a two point lead and then stole a single in the sixth. That’s when Kennedy’s side got serious scoring in the seventh and eighth ends to force an extra frame. Count one for Kennedy in the ninth on the way to a 7-6 Super League victory. Dominion Senior Men and Women at Annandale this week Oshawa’s Mary Chilvers rink carries area hopes into the finals of the Dominion Senior women’s finals at Annandale this week. Others in the field are Jan Cawardine of Leaside and Marilyn Bodough of St. Catherines. Oshawa Golf’s Ray Balachorek is the local zone’s men’s representative. Al Corbeil of Orillia and Howard Rajala of Ottawa’s Rideau Club are other prominent names on the list.

Port Perry-Tim Hortons Bantam ‘spiel big draw The draw table and money prizes help attract competitors and spectators as Bantam rinks crowd the club at Bay and Old Simcoe. Draw prizes include Blue Jay tickets, a Leaf jersey and many other attractive offerings. The Port Perry-Tim Hortons Fifth Annual Bantam Bonspiel promises lots of excitement Saturday, March 2nd. Again this season, the popular, over-subscribed event has attracted a waiting list of teams with entries of mixed, all girl and all boy rinks from Scarborough, Whitby, Gravenhurst, Thornhill, West Northumberland, Annandale, North Halton, Bobcaygeon and Unionville. Junior Curling Tour event coming to Scugog The first annual Port Perry Early Bird Cash ‘Spiel expects to draw top Junior curling teams come September. Part of the Ontario Curing tour, it will run September 13, 14, 15. There are still sponsorship opportunities including title, pool and team openings. Bill Rourke, Wilf Rapp, Rob Steele, Glenn Evans and Ken Jeffrey are among Port Perry contacts organizing the event.


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Local minor hockey teams were back in action over the weekend as the OMHA Quarterfinals opened. The Uxbridge Stars Midget team skated to a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 of their series against the Quinte West Hawks before a raucous crowd at Uxrena on Saturday, Feb. 16. Todd Winder scored both Uxbridge goals, with Coby Gardner chipping in an assist. Jake Joosten was sparkling between the pipes for the Stars, earning the victory. The Hawks would get their revenge the next night in Trenton, skating to a 5-2 win over the Stars to even the series at one game apiece. The teams will square off in Game 3 on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Uxbridge at 8:15 p.m. Elsewhere, the Minor Atom ‘Battle of North Durham’ kicked off with the Port Perry Predators downing Uxbridge by a score of 3-1 in Game 1 of their quarterfinal series on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Scugog Arena. The two sides will hook back up for Game 3 on Friday, Feb. 22 in Port Perry, with the action getting underway at 7 p.m. The Minor PeeWee AE Uxbridge Stars are all knotted up with Whitby in their series after winning Game 1 by a score of 6-4, before Whitby stormed back, taking Game 2 by a final tally of 2-0. The next home game for the Minor PeeWee AE Stars will be played on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Uxbridge. Also, the PeeWee Stars lead Napanee two-games-toone in their quarterfinals series after shaking off a 4-3 Game 1 loss to take the next two over Napanee. The Stars skated to 1-0 and 6-2 wins over the weekend to put themselves one victory away from the OMHA semi-finals. Uxbridge will look to finish off their series on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Napanee. However, should there be a Game 5, it will be contested on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1:15 in Uxbridge. Slightly to the north, the Brock Wild Atoms swept Millbrook in three straight games in their quarterfinal series. The Wild will now take on the winner of the series between Flesherton and Chatsworth. The PeeWee Wild have their backs against the wild after falling in the first two games against the Centre Hastings Grizzlies. Brock will look to turn things around in Game 3 on Friday, Feb. 22 in Marmora at 7 p.m. Should the Wild force a Game 4, it will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Sunderland at 4:30 p.m.

COJHL Scoreboard COJHL Quarterfinals (4) Port Perry vs. (5) Little Britain Port Perry wins 3-1 Gm. 1: Port Perry 4 @ Little Britain 2 Gm. 2: Little Britain 2 @ Port Perry 6 Gm. 3: Little Britain 4 @ Port Perry 1 Gm. 4: Port Perry 5 @ Little Britain 1 (3) Clarington vs. (6) Georgina Clarington wins 3-1 Gm. 1: Georgina 5 @ Clarington 4 Gm. 2: Georgina 1 @ Clarington 5 Gm. 3: Clarington 10 @ Georgina 1 Gm. 4: Clarington 4 @ Georgina 0 COJHL Semifinals *if necessary (2) Lakefield vs. (3) Clarington Gm. 1: Clarington @ Lakefield Gm. 2: Thursday, Feb. 21 7:30 p.m. Lakefield @ Clarington Gm. 3: Saturday, Feb. 23 7:30 p.m. Clarington @ Lakefield Gm. 4: Sunday, Feb. 24 6:30 p.m. Lakefield @ Clarington *Gm. 5: Tuesday, Feb. 26 7:30 p.m. Clarington @ Lakefield *Gm. 6: Friday, Mar. 1 7 p.m. Lakefield @ Clarington *Gm. 7: Sunday, Mar. 3 2 p.m. Clarington @ Lakefield

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To solve the Kids Sudoku Puzzle every number from 1-6 must appear in: Each vertical columns, Each horizontal row and each 2 x 3 boxes. No number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Attend a retreat or spend a weekend at a cottage. Appreciate the beauty and stillness of nature. Soak up the healing waters of life. Get in touch with the angel on your shoulder. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Go out with friends to parties and social functions. Attend networking meetings. Some of the people you meet at these gatherings could be part of a future network to help you realize your goals. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Enjoy your “fifteen minutes of fame”. Your standing and reputation in the community are in the spotlight over the next four weeks. You could be rewarded for public service you gave in the past. CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you travel for business, be prepared for delays. Take a course to upgrade your skill level or attend seminars and workshops to broaden your knowledge. Interact with people from different backgrounds. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Money is power and you grow through the proper use of funds. Apply for a loan or receive extra credit. Keep accurate financial records to make it easier at tax time. Share funds with your partner. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Do not go it alone, work within the framework of co-operation. Listen to others, whether your partner, friend, counsellor, child or parent. A new and exciting relationship could be on the horizon.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If your work is too demanding, you could end up with a cold. Since you must be healthy to do a good job, learn to balance the demands of your work with a regular health routine. Avoid eating on the run. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You are free to be yourself in the most childlike way. Remember, it is the child within that is creative and believes all things are possible. Play crazy eights or go skating with your children. Welcome a steamy love affair. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Schedule home repair jobs that must be done. Invite friends over for dinner and good conversation. Enjoy your home, it is your castle, that fortress that protects you from the storms of life. Curl up with a good book. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Eager to discover new things, you shine through gathering and disseminating information. Scan the newspapers, listen to the news and find out who is doing what with whom. Consider buying a new vehicle. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Use personal funds to buy yourself something nice, something that makes you feel good about yourself. Project confidence in your earning power to your boss and you could receive a raise. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Happy Birthday Pisces! You will experience a type of re-birth during your birthday month. Over the next four weeks, you are the center of your universe. Put your best foot forward and go after the things you want.

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(Member Warriner Lodge I.O.O.F. Port Perry) After a brief illness on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 85. Lloyd Short of Port Perry, beloved husband of the late Ruth (nee Duff). Loved father of Richard Short and his wife Betty Jane of Blackstock, and Deborah and her husband Terry Stephenson of Scugog Point. Loving grandfather of Ben Stephenson (Alaina), Andrea Hayward (Mike), Danielle Ouellette (Trevor), Kirsten Short (Eric Draper), MacKenzie Stephenson, and great grandfather of Jack and Parker Hayward, Adele Stephenson, Kendra MacMillan and Wyatt Ouellette. Predeceased by his sisters Helen Patterson and Betty Hamilton and his brother Clifford Short. Lloyd will also be missed by Isabell Wilson and family. The family of Lloyd Short will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermott-Panabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Friday, March 1st from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Port Perry United Church on Saturday, March 2nd at 11 a.m. Private interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Port Perry United Church Memorial Fund or the Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry. Memories and condolences may be shared at www. waggfuneralhome. com


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His life ended on Valentine’s Day with his wife, Margaret, the love of his life, at his side. With the RCAF he came to Canada from England in 1954 and played the French horn in orchestras in Ottawa and Quebec City. He and his family delighted audiences throughout the seventies with their concerts of renaissance music and folk songs. He was a music critic and instigator of educational programmes and through his superior musicianship and empathetic nature he left a legacy of fine musicians both amateur and professional. Many now perform in Europe as well as in Canada. For the last 25 years, along with Margaret and colleague Flora Lim, he was a much-loved mentor to his many students at the Markham Studio. Recently he unexpectedly turned to writing his memoirs and his readings were enthusiastically received. Heartfelt thanks to Dr Cull, Dr Brown and the Palliative Care team at Port Perry Hospital. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation. Private visitation. Memorial Service to be held in the spring. Memories and condolences may be shared at

BRINKMAN, Robert James Peacefully, on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 82. Bob Brinkman of Port Perry, beloved husband of Mary (nee Wilson). Loved father of Gina and her husband Robert Boyd of Brighton, Charles of Port Perry, and Judy and her husband John MacLeod of Oshawa. Special uncle of Gloria (Ed Sherwood). Loving grandfather of Devin, Tristan, Connor, Hayley, Cameron and Brooke. Bob is survived by his brother Bill and he was predeceased by his sister Marjorie Banks and his brothers Cyril, Albert, and Sydney. The family of Bob Brinkman will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermottPanabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Tuesday, February 19th from 7 – 9 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, February, 20th at 11 a.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation or the Scugog/Uxbridge Animal Shelter. Memories and condolences may be shared at



McLEOD, Isobel Jean Passed away peacefully at The Wynfield on Sunday February 3, 2013 in her 78th year. Beloved wife of the late Hollis (Les). Cherished mother of Paul and his wife Sandy. Loved grandmother of Crystal and Christopher. Survived by her sister Helen & Bill Cressman and their family, and brother Lester & Audrey Baylis and their family. Isobel will be fondly remembered by her extended family and friends. A memorial service honouring Isobel’s will be held at the Wynfield Oshawa on Sunday February 24th at 4:00 p.m. In memory of Isobel, donations may be made to The Wynfield Long Term Care or a charity of choice.

MACKENZIE In loving memory of our parents Doreen and Eric If tears could build a stairway And memories could build a lane We would walk all the way to Heaven To bring you home again It broke our hearts to lose you But you did not go alone For part of us went with you The day God called you home So Lord put Your arms around them Give them love and tender care And save a place beside them Until we get there. ‘Till we meet again, Mar, Lin and Dave

BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME BULL, Charlotte Peacefully at her home at Westshore Village Residence, Port Perry in her 93rd year. Charlotte (Lottie) Bull (nee Moir) loving wife to the late Edwin Bull and the late Gordon Halsey, Wonderful mother to Tom Halsey, Charlene Trimm (Vaughn), step-mother to Sandra Harvie (Bryant), grandmother of 6, great-grandmother to 9 and great-great grandmother to 1. A celebration of her life to be held in the summer.

TUSHINGHAM, Edward Arthur Peacefully, on Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 75. Ed Tushingham of Port Perry, beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Heys). Loved father of Kim Illingworth (Ken) and Lesley Holmes (Tim Dennis). Loving grandfather of Edward and Kathleen Illingworth and Julie, Jessica and Joshua Holmes and great grandfather of Brooke, Rebecca and Selby. Ed was predeceased by his sisters Doreen and Marlene. The family of Ed Tushingham will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermottPanabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985 2171) on Thursday, February 14th from 6 – 8 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Caesarea Christian Fellowship Church in Caesarea on Friday, February 15th at 2 p.m. with Pastor Mary Irvine officiating. Interment Cartwright Union Cemetery, Blackstock. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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LOCAL MERCHANTS GIVE BACK TO HOSPITAL: (Left) Dana Smith of Dana’s Goldsmithing and Silverside of Dana’s recently presented Diana Chambers of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation with $4,000 from the sale of 800 snowflake ornament sold at both of Ms. Smith’s stores. Over the last 11 years, more than $44,000 has been raised through this sale for the hospital. (Right) The staff of Shoppers Drug Mart Port Perry donated $8,683 raised through the Tree of Life campaign, to be put toward new equipment in the hospital’s New Life Centre. Pictured from left are: Shoppers owner/pharmacist Doug Brown, with front store manager Camille Casey and fundraiser coordinator Chris Murphy of Shoppers, Ann-Marie Svendsen and Dr. John Stewart of Lakeridge Health Port Perry, and Bev Bray of Shoppers, who raised more than $600 for the campaign. SUBMITTED PHOTO / BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

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KAWARTHA LAKES: The East Central Region Soil and Crop Association is the sponsor of the 33rd annual East Central Farm Show. The East Central Farm Show will be at the Farmers’ Mutual Exhibition Building, and Show Ring, Lindsay Exhibition grounds on March 6 and 7, 2013. The East Central Region Soil and Crop Association members are from the Soil and Crop Improvement Associations in Peterborough County, the Region of Durham, York Region, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County. All are part of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association More than 150 exhibitors, 28 new for 2013, will be on hand to discuss the latest in agricultural products with the farming community. The Farm Show is the only show of its kind between Toronto and Ottawa. Agribusinesses from across Ontario will have the

opportunity to show the latest in farm machinery, technology, and inform the farming community of their goods and services. Representatives from farm equipment dealers, feed and crop suppliers, organizations, insurance, financial, and program services will display their wares. The show opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, and runs through to 9:30 p.m. that evening. On Thursday, March 7, the Show is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. General admission is $5. Farm admission is free with a 2013 soil and crop membership. Memberships are available at the door for $15. Parking is free. For further information contact Neil Moore, Secretary Treasurer, at 705-324-2594, by fax at 705324-1532 or e-mail More information on the show can be found online at

Police warn of ‘romance scam’ DURHAM: The Durham Regional Police Major Fraud Unit would like to remind residents of a mass marketing scam known as the ‘romance’ scam. According to the Canadian AntiFraud Centre, in 2011, romance scams emerged as the highest grossing scam, with more than $12 million in losses reported by Canadians. These scams continue to have a profound impact and have increased as a result of social networking sites. According to police, fraudsters often find victims through social networking or dating web sites. Once the fraudster has gained the

trust and built a relationship with the victim, he/she will suggest the two meet. It is at this time the fraudster will advise the victim of financial hardship and will ask the victim to help pay for travel costs, as the fraudster is often from another country. If you are worried a friend or family member is being duped by such a scam, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s web site has provided some indicators to look out for: - a distressed citizen worried about a loved one - talking about good friend or loved one in another country that is

coming to visit or needs help - mentions Western Union or MoneyGram - making unusual withdrawals both in amounts and frequency - making multiple withdrawals ranging from $500 $3,000 in cash - making large dollar wire transfers to countries in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe. A list of other mass marketing scams can be found at http://www. If you believe you are a victim of this type or any other mass marketing scam, contact Durham Regional Police at 905-579-1520.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 • 23 FIREFIGHTERS HELP OUT: (Left) The Port Perry Firefighters Association had another successful ‘boot drive’ recently that saw $2,800 raised for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. (From Left:) Jared Olsen, Gaelan Taylor, Steven Langenhuizen and Mike Walker posed with the cheque prior to making the donation. (Right) Port Perry Minor Hockey Tyke players sponsored by the Scugog Fire Department got to visit the station recently, after fulfilling their end of the bargain by winning a pair of games against older players in other communities. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard and Submitted

Greenbank Public School would like to thank the Greenbank Lions Club for sponsoring the Mardi Gras Pancake Lunch last week. Thanks especially to Mr. Larry Doble and Mr. Rodd Foster for coming out and serving maple syrup to the kids. We couldn’t have done it without you! The school is doing a fundraiser until mid-March for Operation Scugog, so they will gratefully accept non-perishable food items and toiletries. A Canadian Tire money drive is ongoing as well. A service of remembrance for the late Isobel Baylis McLeod will be held on February 24 at 4 p.m. at Winfield Nursing Home, 471 Woodmount St. (Ritson Rd. and Taunton Rd.). Several local farmers attended the Ontario County

Holstein Club’s annual banquet on Saturday, February 16 at Sandford Community Hall. Happy anniversary to Hugh and Roberta Baird who were 55 years married on February 9. Best wishes to Roy Blain who celebrated his 80th birthday this week. Daughter Darlene Favetta of Florida came home for her dad’s celebration with family and friends on Sunday. The first Sunday of Lent was a service of communion with Keith Bacon and Harry Nixon greeting all. Dianne Pelletier, on behalf of the Mission Team, thanked all for supporting the spaghetti supper. Next event will be a euchre party at the hall on April 12, in support of the Guatemala Mission. The first Lenten Candle litany and extinguishing

was led by Joanne and John Olivero. Bible Jeopardy question was answered by -- Sophie Nixon. The senior choir’s anthem ‘What Brings Us Together’ was lovely. Coming Events: February 24 – Greenbank Congregational Merting after service, following lunch served by the Mission Team February 26 – Greenbank-Seagrave Official Board Annual Meeting at Greenbank at 7:30 p.m. A reminder to gather your pennies during Lent (February 13 – March 31) and bring them to church on Easter Sunday for M&S offering. Of note – Canada-wide United Churches in 2012 donated over $29,000,000 to Mission and Service.


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