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Uxbridge talks representation at Region DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: The debate over representation from the three northern municipalities (Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge) at Durham Regional Council continued in Uxbridge this week. Included in council’s agenda for their meeting on the morning of Monday, Dec. 2, was a motion recently passed by the Town of Whitby requesting that Durham Region establish a committee to review the representation and composition of the Durham Region Council, and a question concerning the matter be included on the ballot for the 2014 municipal election. Whitby’s council, along with Ajax have been vocal in recent months about reviewing the distribution of seats at Regional Council brought about by population growth in South Durham. Currently, the three northern municipalities each have two representatives on Regional Council. Ajax and Clarington, with populations approaching 100,000, both have three seats. Pickering and Whitby have four seats apiece to represent their more than 100,000 residents, while the City of Oshawa maintains eight seats on Regional Council. “Oshawa has to be prepared to give up some of those seats to Pickering, Ajax and Whitby,” commented Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet. To deal with the ongoing matter, Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle suggested establishing an ad-hoc committee to deal with issues surrounding fair and efficient representation on Regional Council. “I don’t think we should wait, and I think there’s merit to doing the research,” Councillor Mantle explained. “Representation on Regional Council could have some impact on our local representation at municipal council.” As well, Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger questioned whether area will enter the equation when dealing with a possible redistribution of seats at the Regional level. “It all seems to be driven by population, but at some point, area has to be factored in,” said Councillor Ballinger. “The three northern municipalities make up more than half of the total area of Durham Region.” TURN TO PAGE 10

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Scugog eyes dedicated roads money BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

SCUGOG: While Scugog’s 2014 budget will not see final approval until February, Scugog Council is already discussing a one per cent increase to be tacked onto the tax bill for 2014 - and possibly the following 24 years. Councillors approved the staff recommendation for the increase following discussion of the township’s new asset management plan, which will guide future infrastructure investments in Scugog, a document required by the province to be completed by year’s end in order for municipalities to qualify for future infrastructure funding programs. According to staff, the one per cent increase will be put toward maintaining

the township’s roads, bridges and culverts - costs that sit in the hundreds of millions of dollars - to a 60 per cent ‘adequacy level’ (the township currently sits at 55 per cent), a somewhat drastic measure in the face of decreasing Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) contributions. However, to achieve that goal, funding will need to be generated over 25 years and only in 2060 do staff expect to hit that target. According to the report, a one per cent increase is roughly equal to $105,000. “Not knowing what the province is going to do for us,” said Public Works Director Ian Roger, “an increase like this is the only thing we can recommend at TURN TO PAGE 4 this point.”

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Uxbridge Legion plans thank-you event for veterans DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Legion is busy planning a grand ‘thank you’ for Canada’s troops at an event in Elgin Park next year. Legion representatives Dave Thibodeau and Jim Rowlands presented their plan to hold a special ‘Uxbridge Thanks our Troops’ event in Elgin Park on Saturday, May 31. The Legion has partnered with Wounded Warriors Canada for the event, and the charity will be the recipient of all monies raised. “We don’t want to go back to those days after the Korean War when the military seemed to be put on the back burner,” Mr. Thibodeau said. “They’re always there for us serving our country and deserving of our support. Thankfully, we don’t have the hearses going down the Highway of Heroes. But, we are still dealing with the aftermath of Afghanistan and Bosnia and the rise of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) issues.” In 2007, Uxbridge became the first community in Canada to proclaim a day in support of our troops. On that day, almost 1,300 residents took part in a parade from the Legion to Elgin Park where they were joined by thousands of other participants gathered to show support to the troops. Next year, the Legion will be calling on the residents of Uxbridge and its neighbours to come together and form a ‘Liv-

ing Support Ribbon’ in Elgin Park. “It will be a public thank you to our military and let them know that their contributions will not be forgotten. Hopefully, Uxbridge can become a pebble in the pond, and the ripple will hopefully reach other communities,” Mr. Thibodeau said. Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor enthusiastically endorsed the event, and offered on behalf of council to provide Elgin Park at no charge for the event. As well, ownship staff will investigate alternatives to insurance to aid the Legion in keeping costs for running the event to a minimum. “I’d like to work it out so that there’s no cost to the Legion and all money raised comes back to this great cause,” added Mayor O’Connor. The Mayor also lashed out at Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino in regards to the treatment of veterans by the current federal government. “Isn’t it sad to see that we have a Minister in Fantino - that has a pension from York Region, the OPP and the City of Toronto - and he can stand on TV and say that (veterans) don’t need any help,” commented Mayor O’Connor. As well, Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast had high praise for the event, explaining that two members of her family have served in the military, and her grandson recently left the military and is dealing with PTSD.

Emergency services responded to a motor vehicle collision at Reach St. and Hwy. 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at approximately 4 p.m. The collision involved three vehicles, causing one to roll onto its side. BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard

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‘Zero tolerance’ policy adopted for Scugog BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

After several months in development, Scugog’s ‘zerotolerance’ policy for municipally-owned facilities is expected to come into effect in the new year. The draft document, presented to councillors this week by Recreation and Culture Manager Craig Belfry, outlines a number of behaviours deemed unacceptable for local arenas, playing fields and facilities - such as aggressive or violent acts - as well as corresponding staff responses and penalties for offenders. Councillors approved a staff recommendation this week that the policy be adopted. The policy, which Mr. Belfry said is based on a similar document enforced in the City of Burlington, went through a lengthy review period involving consultations with local user groups, hall boards and Durham police. The policy will also be reviewed with staff of the Scugog Memorial Public Library, as peer a council amendment to the staff recommendation at the meeting. Staff training and a public awareness campaign are expected to start in the new year, said Mr. Belfry. Operating on a ‘three strikes’ basis, penalties for various behaviours range from a minimum one- to six-month ban, based on the type and severity of the incident, from all municipal recreation facilities upon the first offence,

up to a minimum three-year ban for a fourth offence. Appeals to the policy will require individuals to pay a nonrefundable fee of $200, which Mr. Belfry previously said was in line with other municipalities that have enacted such policies. Work began on the policy following a Feb. 19 assault on a hockey ref at the Scugog Arena. In that incident, a verbal exchange between the referee and two parents of Port Perry players began inside the arena, regarding calls made by the ref during the game. Police said that one parent later threatened the ref and kicked his legs in the parking lot. The assault took place in front of several people, including children, said police. One parent was charged while the ref and the second parent were later suspended for their roles in the incident. In response to an inquiry by Councillor Larry Corrigan, Mr. Belfry explained that the incident has drawn awareness to the issue of unacceptable behaviours at local facilities. “There seems to be a greater awareness since the March incident,” he said, “and a dialogue has begun between staff and user groups. It’s really started the communication. Port Perry Minor Hockey now staffs their dressing rooms with two adults - these new rules and changes are being developed.”

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Added Treasurer Trena DeBruijn: “We don’t know what’s coming the future,” she said, “so we’re recommending a made-in-Scugog approach.” The treasurer added that while the recommendation was to levy a one per cent increase for infrastructure for 25 years, the increase is “not set in stone” and could be examined every year as budget pressures change, a point which Ward 5 Councillor Howard Danson deemed “fickle,” as the council elected next October could do away with the funding plan if it so chose. “The thing we’re going to have difficulty with is telling someone that for the next 25 years, we’re going to increase taxes by one per cent,” said the councillor. “It’s going to be a hard sell.” Councillor Larry Corrigan raised concerns with increasing the levy prior to any public discussion of the budget; however, Ms. DeBruijn explained that as part of completing the asset management plan within the province’s required timeframe, municipalities must show that they are taking steps to maintain local infrastructure, adding that by not doing so, it could jeopardize future

funding opportunities. Dave Anderson of 4 Roads Management Services, which prepared the plan for the township, summed up the municipality’s current infrastructure state. “Your roads are in below-average condition,” said Mr. Anderson, “and your bridge/culvert system, on average, is beyond its design life.” Citing the number of complaints regarding local roads received by the township, Mayor Chuck Mercier lauded the plan but expressed uncertainty regarding the effectiveness of a one per cent increase dedicated to infrastructure. “The time is now for a built-in-Scugog plan,” said the mayor, adding that infrastructure concerns are the “number one complaint from the public. “The province is also basing its funding distribution on our preparedness and will only address those who meet the specific criteria. The long-term plan assures that we address the roads problem, but is it enough?” Mr. Roger responded, “it’s not enough, but in a situation where we are a Greenbelt community and our OMPF funding is being reduced, this is a long slow climb, but it’s the best we can do right now.”

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Nursery school feeling pinched in Blackstock plan BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

SCUGOG: After 35 years, the board of a local daycare fears they may be on the move due to a proposed update of a local recreation facility. Representatives of the Blackstock Cooperative Nursery School, which has operated out of the Blackstock Recreation Centre since the mid-1970s, told The Standard they are leery of what a planned renovation to the facility will mean for their continued operation in that location, after Scugog councillors were presented with the latest update on the renovation process last week. Among the changes in the renovation plan are the relocation of the facility’s bar area to the room which currently houses the nursery school, a change that the board says could more or less oust the school from the centre. “By making the room smaller,” said board representative Rob Probst, “they will make it physically impossible for us to stay there. Inevitably, if it goes through, we will have to move.” Mr. Probst noted that while the school has not been told by the township that they will have to vacate the room, the renovation would mean that to stay in the facility they would have to make use of the banquet hall - an unlikely scenario given the potential for increased rental fees and the lack of permanent space, he noted. Mr. Probst said that at this point, a possible alternate location for the nurs-

ery school has not been determined. In the recent presentation to council, architect Nick Swerdfeger, who was hired on by the township to design the facility’s updated look, was quoted as telling councillors and staff that the school had been “fully involved” with the planning process. Mr. Probst explained that the nursery school board has not been actively involved in the planning process for the renovation. This week, Recreation and Culture Manager Craig Belfry told The Standard that it was the Blackstock Recreation Centre Advisory Committee that was involved with the planning process and not the nursery school board as previously quoted. He acknowledged that while the nursery school isn’t being pushed out of the facility, they will no longer have exclusive use of the room due to a need identified in the consultation process for a multi-purpose room. With 22 families currently making use of the nursery school, Mr. Probst said that any changes to the current format will be felt beyond the immediate community. “Everyone in Blackstock knows someone who’s gone there,” he noted, adding that in some cases, multiple generations of family members have attended. “But we have families from Cadmus, Burketon and other communities who have kids here.... They’re telling us ‘we don’t want you to leave but you can’t stay in here.’”

Work progresses on new skatepark plan Scugog Township will help out with a local initiative to bring a skateboard park to Caesarea, in the form of a $40,000 funding allocation for a formal design of the proposed facility. Councillors approved a staff recommendation this week that the money be allocated from the township’s Parks reserve for the project, which has been the goal of a community fundraising initiative for several years. Earlier this summer, the skatepark committee was turned down for funding from the Ontario Trillium Grant. According to Public Works Director Ian Roger, a formal design will both narrow down the project’s final cost and also allow for the project to be submitted to the Trillium Grant for a second time. The proposed skatepark is slated for a parcel of land in Caesarea in Putsey Park, near the intersection of Cedar Grove Dr. and Pier St.

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Tigers still seeking help for charity trip UXBRIDGE: The “Hope Through Hockey� team is grateful for the incredible support from the Uxbridge and area community in their mission to conduct hockey clinics in the remote First Nations community of Weagamow (Oji-Cree for Round Lake). Over the last two weeks, vehicle after vehicle delivered equipment to Shobrook Gardens, the designated drop-off centre, carrying the love and generosity of families, teams, companies and organizations of all kinds. Due to the generosity of a private pilot from Burlington, a first shipment of some 500 lbs. of equipment will be taken on a six hour journey directly to the Weagamow airport on December 12, and a ground shipment will leave on December 17 to Thunder Bay where it will accompany the team on a chartered aircraft to Weagamow on December 28. The team will be flying with Wasaya Airlines, owned by the First Nations people. The largest remaining need is for new or almost new helmets and hockey gloves. Each player is also required to raise $800 to cover the cost of their travels to the community, so cash donations to assist in the high cost of transportation would be very helpful. With about 60 children interested in playing hock-

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CAESAREA by Eleanor Colwell

BLACKSTOCK by Joyce Kelly If you are reading this on Wednesday, you are reminded of the meeting of the Blackstock Agricultural Society tonight at 7:30 at the Old Town Hall on Old Scugog Rd. Pass the word to your friends, please. A large congregation enjoyed the Senior Choir’s Cantata, ‘I Believe He’s the Son of God’ at the regular church service on Sunday morning at the United Church. What a great job by the Choir Director Linda Kyte and her hardworking choir. Next Sunday will be ‘White Gift’ Sunday and the Children’s Pageant. On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. “Country Christmas” will be held at Nestleton

United Church featuring quartets from Durham Shores Chorus. There will be entertainment by the famous Nestleton Players. Freewill offering. Best wishes go with Joan and Glenn Grove on their move to one of the West Shores in Port Perry bungalows from the farm south of Purple Hill Road where they have lived for nearly fifty years. Linda Pyzer of Thunder Bay visited her mother Jean Kyte in Port Perry Nursing Home and stayed with her brother Bob and Linda Kyte over the weekend. Blackstock was well represented at the ‘Farmer’s Parade of Lights’ in Enniskillem-Tyrone area on Wednesday

evening. What a wonderful display of beautifully decorated farm machinery! Thank you to the organizers and all of the farmers for their hours and hours of work. Winners at the Tuesday evening card party at St. John’s Church Hall were Ken Middleton, Hazel Coates, Gerry McArthur who also had the most lone hands, George Koppens, Marie Gibson and Marg Cayer, low. Winners of the specials were Doreen Sheehey, Laura Zyck, Audrey Mahaffy and Marg Cayer. If you enjoy an evening of euchre come and join this group ready to start at 7:30 sharp along with an item for lunch.

GREENBANK by Mary Jean Till The Sunday School concert and ‘Black Light Puppet Show’ on Saturday night Dec. 7 was excellent, and enjoyed by many. There will be a second performance at Greenbank church by the Black Light Puppeteers on Saturday Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. for those who may have missed the performance on Dec. 7, or would like to see the marvelous choreography and entertainment by 22 youth Grade 7 to Grade 11 again. The past three months of practice, hard work, laughter and fun has made the show a success. On Sunday morning, Dec. 8, the puppet troop went to Brooklin United Church with their performance. Advent 2 greeters were Steve and Cheryl Luantrill. Guest organist Audrey Beauchamp led the choir in singing ‘Come, Come Emmanuel’. Guest pianist Delany Smith played a lovely medley during the offering time. The Second Advent Candle of Peace liturgy was done by John and Joanne Olivers and granddaughter Claire. Bailey Richardson gave her Bible Jeopardy answer. Sunday Dec. 15 – Mission Sunday 11 a.m. will feature slides and highlights of the Guatemala mission in October this year, by members of the team. December 22 service will include baptism.

NORTH DURHAM Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry is hosting its annual Delicious and Delightful Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, in the lobby of Lakeridge Health Port Perry. Thursday, December 12 The Uxbridge Optimist’s Fantasy of Lights returns for its sixth year – runs to December 31st from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night in Elgin Park, Uxbridge. No admission fee but donations gratefully accepted and utilized by youth organizations in Uxbridge. Grand Opening December 14th at 6 p.m. Friday, December 13 Christmas In Uxbridge - Men of Note Choir, 7:30 p.m. this premier men’s choir creates an almost perfect blend of sweet harmonious sound. Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors

Come celebrate the reason for the season at the Christmas Eve Service 7:30 p.m. at Greenbank Church on Dec. 24. Congratulations to Rodd Foster who was awarded for 50 years of volunteering to the Greenbank Park and Hall Board at the Thursday, Dec. 5 Scugog Township Awards ceremonies at Scugog Community Centre. Sincere Sympathy to Wilma Midgley and family with death of brother in law Bob Underwood who resided in Greenbank several years ago. A great evening was had by all who rode the York Durham train last Friday night. Our great little school donated a huge number of toys to CTV’s toy Mountain Toy Drive! CTV’s Tom Brown interviewed our own Danica M. who initiated the whole evening, showing great Christmas spirit! Thanks Danica! Congrats to this week’s Sunshine ticket winners: Chase A. – great focus; William P. and Alec R. - responsibility. Greenbank Hall was the scene of ‘Breakfast With Santa’ on Saturday morning, Folk Music on Saturday night, and the Baird extended family Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8. To rent Hall call 905-985-3723.

& Children (under 12) from Church Office or call 905852-7016. Proceeds to outreach projects. St Paul’s Anglican Church, 59 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge. and on Facebook. Saturday, December 14 Nestleton United Church hosts “Country Christmas” at the church at 7 p.m. Entertainment by quartets from “Durham Shores Chorus” and the “Famous Nestleton Players”. Goodies in the Tea Room - door prizes - free-will offering. - Trinity United Church in Uxbridge hosts a traveling Children’s Christmas Musical ‘We Three Spies,’ at 7 p.m. Free Will Offering. Funds to go to St. Stephens Children’s Home in Kenya. - Columbus Community United Church presents Karina Bray and the children of the Columbus community for a magical afternoon of Christmas music. 2-4pm, free admission/free will offering. Light refreshments and fellowship following. For more details please contact 905-655-8852. Sunday, December 15 Christmas Choralfest, presented by Port Perry United Church Choir with featured guests violinist Susie Fraser and family. A celebration of the Christmas Story through music. 4 p.m.

Caesarea Nestleton Euchre Here are the results from Thursday, December 5: high scores - 1st - J. Slemon; 2nd - N. Lackner; 3rd - L. Edgerton; 4th (tie) - B. Moase and D. Slute; 5th - D. McCombe; Most Lone Hands - P. Norton; and Low Score - J. Attfield. We had 11 full tables for a total of 44 people. On Thursday, December 19, we will be having our annual Christmas Potluck - social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., cards at 7:30 p.m. Bring your favourite hot dish, - drinks and prizes all night long. We will not be playing Dec. 26, but we will be back Thursday Jan. 2, 2014. Nestleton United Church On Saturday, Nov. 14, come out and enjoy a country Christmas at Nestleton United Church, featuring quartets from Durham Shores Sweet Adeline Chorus with additional entertainment by the Nestleton Players. Christmas goodies will be served in the Tea Room with tea, coffee, and hot cider. Admission is by donation. Hope to see you there. Blackstock & District Lions Club Thanks to Lion Chris Cliff for organizing our Christmas get-together at Ocala Orchards. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and the superb singing voice of Irwin Smith. This week we welcome Lion David Mills from the Haliburton Lions Club as he is campaigning for 2nd Vice District Governor for our District. The election will be held at our annual District Convention in Oshawa in April.

at Port Perry United Church, 294 Queen Street.A freewill offering will be received. Wednesday, December 18 Annual YMCA Lunch with Santa benefiting the Strong Kids Campaign will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Port Perry United Church. Tuesday, December 24 Christmas Eve service at Goodwood Church, 7 p.m. all welcome. For further information call Rev. Elaine Lush at 905640 -1781 or June Harper at 905-640-3347. - Christmas Eve Service at Seagrave United Church. Wagon rides and caroling throughout the village at 4 p.m. Followed by hot chocolate and treats. Service at 5.30 p.m. All welcome to join us in the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

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This Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent, is also White Gift Sunday. The Sunday School children will be assisting in the gathering of the White Gifts. They will also be presenting their Christmas play. Sunday is also the Christmas Choral Fest in the sanctuary of Port Perry United Church at 4 p.m. Following the music fest, an Outreach lasagna dinner will be served at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Church office. Tuesday evening, December 17, is the Comfort at Christmas service, at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary of Port Perry United Church. The UCW would like to remind you to save the stamps from your Christmas cards. The winners at the Thursday evening euchre at the Community Center are Mary Drewery, Blanch Anthony, Earla Stanfield, Owen Gray, Rick Fink and Berniece Lawley The Christmas Euchre will be held on Thursday December 19.

There are a large number of people on the prayer list, mostly our friends in Zephyr. Best wishes for improved health to all. Danny Moore recently had some successful surgery and is progressing as well as can be expected while many friends, neighbours and relatives help out back on the farm. Jason Tait is also recovering successfully. Anyone wishing to donate to a fund for Danny and family can do so through the Sandford United Church. Make sure your cheque is noted as such. Receipts will be issued.

There is also a trust fund set up at Uxbridge TD branch, # 6278999. For one reason or another I missed all the seasonal concerts this year but did manage to hear “One Voice” Sunday afternoon singing some wonderful music. They were accompanied by the Port Perry (my alma mater some 60+ years ago) Chamber Choir. These talented young people sang like the pros they are. Although we did have music-classes way back then, they were nothing like the opportunities young promising

musicians have today. I hope they appreciate all the prospects open to them. Don’t forget the ‘Living Nativity’ on again this year from Dec. 22 to 24. It is a wonderful opportunity to relive the real reason for Christmas. The second Sunday in Advent was Peace Sunday. Emily Kester provided some lovely flute music throughout the service at Sandford while David Dejong soloed in Zephyr. Rev. Diane’s message focused on Joseph and the role he played in the life of Jesus. In her “young at heart”

talk she spoke of the reasons we wrap presents and placed a mystery package under the tree to be opened Christmas Eve. Sandford UCW meets Thursday Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m. at the church. All ladies are invited. Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent. At Sandford the children will be presenting a play. Zephyr Council meets Dec. 19. Christmas eve service, on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at Zephyr is 7 p.m. (not 7:30 as previously noted) and at Sandford, 9 p.m.. Anyone is welcomed to attend these inspiring services.

ble Study, with Rev. Paul. Dec. 14 - Men’s Breakfast at 8:30am - Remember to bring a friend to breakfast. All men are welcome to attend. Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Service 4 p.m. wagon rides and caroling throughout the village followed by hot chocolate

and treats. 5:30 p.m. Service celebrating the birth of Jesus. Anyone wishing to renew or become a new subscriber to the Observer, please contact Betty Lou Beacock or Eleanor Sturman for more information. *On-going - The Seagrave United church

is collecting Campbell Soup labels, used stamps and old eye glasses. Anyone wishing to put news in this column, please contact mrsdruske@ or Happy Birthday to Len Wall of Sun Valley who will be 60 on Dec. 11.

SEAGRAVE by Robin Drew and Jean Short The community is saddened by the passing recently of Pearl Griffen. Pearl used to live in Mariposa Estates. She will be missed by her loving family and friends, which include all her friends in the local Euchre Club. Deepest sympathy to the family. The Auxilary to Lak-

eridge Health Port Perry presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Seagrave U.C.W.for the toques knitted by members for the New Life Centre. Church News: Bev Madill and Donna Wanamaker lit the Second Candle of Advent. Happy Birthday was sung to Lori

Cannon and Brooke Ashton. Bible Jeopardy contestants Jonathan Feyen, Barb Martyn and Tara Taylor presented their answers to Rev. Paul. Next weeks contestants are Devon and Spencer. Coming Events: Dec. 12 7 p.m. - Opening the Doors to Spirituality Bi-



70 Toronto St. North Uxbridge Father John Duffy Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Confessions Saturday 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For Mass through the week call office 905-852-6944


(Anglican Church of Canada)

Rev. John Anderson

266 North St., Port Perry Phone: 905-985-7278 Sunday, December 15 3rd Sunday of Advent Lessons and Carol Service 10 a.m. Sunday School and Nursery available

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,’

ST. JOHN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 319 Queen Street, Port Perry Pastor Robert Kennedy 905-985-3881 SUNDAY, December 15 Service at 10 a.m. Sunday School and Nursery Care Available All are warmly welcome

BLACKSTOCK and NESTLETON UNITED CHURCHES Rev. Linda Saffrey - 905-986-4235 Blackstock United Church 3483 Church St. - 9:45 a.m. Nestleton United Church 3991 Proutt Rd. - 11:15 a.m. Advent 2 - December 15 Children’s Pageant at Blackstock Welcome to all!

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


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. Elaine Hall - Rev. Don Willmer 905-985-2801 SUNDAY, December 15 Choral Fest at 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 17-7 p.m. Comfort at Christmas service 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 •


19100 Island Road, Port Perry A warm welcome to all 905-985-4094 SUNDAY, December 15 10 a.m. Morning Service


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


3285 Simcoe St. N., RR1 Oshawa 905-655-8852 Email: Rev. Timothy Dayfoot Dec. 14 Christmas is Calling!! 2-4 p.m. A Magical Afternoon

of Christmas Music

Dec. 15 Advent III 10 a.m. Baptism

14460 Simcoe St., Port Perry 3rd Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School (Anglican Network in Canada) All are Welcome. (905) 982-2064 or

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


Nursery Care and Jr. Church is available A warm welcome to all


Ontario 905-985-1346 Rev John Benschop Tuesday Youth Meeting and “HEARTBEAT” after school program 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

Rev. Paul Moorhouse 905-985-7766

SUNDAY, December 15 Mission Sunday Greenbank (Hwy 12, minutes. N. of Pt. Perry) 11 a.m. White Gift Sunday

Seagrave (in the beautiful hamlet of Seagrave) 9:15 a.m. Service

Everyone is Welcome Children’s Time with Services

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EDITORIAL Drastic actions Every time this year, it’s not uncommon to see a look of anxiety on the faces of local councillors and municipal staff as they await the news of how much money they will receive through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. In recent years, ‘how much’ has been replaced with ‘how much less,’ as Uxbridge councillors can attest. Last week, as councillors were beginning 2014 budget deliberations, they were greeted with the news that the municipality would see its 2014 OMPF funding cut by 15 per cent, meaning local taxpayers will be on the hook for the $162,700 reduction in funding from the province. This comes on the heels of a $119,100 cut in Uxbridge’s OMPF funding last year. While Scugog fared better - receiving $23,100 more in its 2014 allocation than last year - it hasn’t put the municipality at ease. This week, Scugog took the extraordinary step of incorporating a one per cent tax increase every year - for 25 years, no less - to be put toward maintaining the township’s roads, bridges and culverts. Staff estimate that even at that rate, with one per cent equaling approximately $105,000 in the annual budget, the entire system will be in a desired state by 2060. You read that correctly. That alone should explain the severity of the situation. While it’s commendable that a municipality has the initiative to undertake such drastic measures (measures which, somewhat ironically, will tip the scales in the township’s favour when it comes to applications for future provincial funding) local taxpayers can’t bear the brunt alone. There needs to be more appreciation by the province of the financial states of Ontario’s many smaller and rural communities, particularly those affected by provincial legislation like Scugog and Uxbridge. Let’s not forget that the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Acts are enforced at the provincial level and while both are well-meaning pieces of legislation, they can adversely impact those communities which lie along their boundaries. As for whether the province can afford to increase its funding to such communities, well, look no further than the recent gas plant cancellations. It’s evident that we have money to burn.

Seeing the bigger picture To the Editor,

More thanks from skaters To the Editor,

I have just looked through this week’s Standard. You have managed to cover so many human interest stories in our community and with pictures to go with the stories. As an average person who is concerned about the community I live in, that is meaningful. You are managing to include the whole area. That does not always happen. We need to know what is going on in the bigger community, not just our own little world. Good for you. Of course, I was thrilled to see the Monday Morning Singers on the front page, but that is not the total point. We need to see the big picture which you are doing. Thank you. This makes me want to pick up The Standard. Mary Margaret North Durham

Sally Ann offers dinner rides To the Editor,

On behalf of the Caesarea Skate Park For Kids, I wish to send a sincere thank you to all the people who helped make this event a success. Thanks to the Baagwating Community Association, Steve Kyte and Williams for their generous cash donations. Thanks to the volunteer firefighters for cooking the breakfast, the Frew family,. Katzer family and Sunnyside Market for their generous donation of the food, and all the volunteers for their time in setting up, maintaining and cleaning up, and thanks to all who came out to support our event.

If you cannot attend the Community Christmas Dinner in Uxbridge due to illness or physical challenges, then please call Salvation Army at 905852-0090 and register your name and address and phone number and we will assist in making sure you have a Christmas Dinner. And as a neighbour, check on the seniors living close by and let them know this service is available to them and assist them in registering. Let’s make sure everyone has a Christmas Dinner.

Susie Bollon Caesarea, ON

Bev Northeast Chair of the Salvation Army Ux. Unit

94A Water Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1J2 | Phone: 905-985-6985 | E-mail: 2012 CCNA


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Scugog woman one of two arrested in gas station bust WHITBY: A Scugog woman is one of two individuals facing multiple charges for drugs, weapons and robbery, after a Durham police officer stopped a vehicle at a Whitby gas station last Thursday (Dec. 5). According to police, the officer noticed a suspicious vehicle at a Whitby gas station that fit the description of one used in several recent robberies. The officer initiated a traffic stop and found the driver fit the description of the robbery suspect. Police allege more than two grams of cocaine and a replica handgun were found in the vehicle. The male driver and female passenger of the vehicle were placed under arrest. After further investigation, the two suspects were linked to four recent armed

robberies. They both face multiple drug, weapons and robbery charges. The four robbery incidents occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 2 in Whitby and Oshawa at three gas stations and one convenience store. Larry Payne of Whitby and Jordan Elliot-Dekoning of Scugog face multiple drug, weapons and robbery charges. Anyone with new information regarding these incidents is asked to contact D/Cst. Airey of the Robbery Unit at 1-888579-1520 ext. 5355. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

RIDE program out in full force DURHAM: Police charged another 22 motorists this past weekend in the third week of Durham Regional Police’s annual Festive RIDE campaign. The campaign covered roadways across the Region, including Scugog and Uxbridge: - 1,631- vehicles were stopped by RIDE - 115 – people were given Roadside Breath Tests - 12– people received three day suspensions for registering a ‘warn’ - 2 - Novice Drivers received a 24hr Licence Suspension

- 22- people were charged with drinking and driving offences - 28– Criminal Code charges were laid against the 22 people charged - 6 – G1 G2 / Young Driver License Holder Breaches of No Alcohol Condition - 29 – charged with various Highway Traffic Act offences - 10 – Arrests for a drug offences resulting in seven charges - 1- Criminal Code Charge A complete list of those charged with Impaired/Exceed will be posted at under What’s New.

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Short term energy means long term losses Hydro bills for typical middle class families will increase by more than $400 per year, according to the latest long-term energy plan released last week by the McGuinty/Wynne government. The government’s plan indicates that, instead of providing help to Ontarians struggling with higher energy costs, electricity prices will soar by 42 per cent over the next five years. PC Leader Tim Hudak said the announcement is nothing more than a short-term scheme that will lead to long-term job losses. This is based on the fact that 300,000 well-paying manufacturing jobs have already been lost under this government’s energy policies. This government is doubling down on failed energy experiments that have not worked. Ontario is the only place in the world where the government thinks economic downturn is a ‘conservation’ program, said Opposition Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod. “Too many people are out of work and energy bills are too high,” she added. Retirees, persons on disabilities, and Ontarians with low incomes will be especially hard hit by rising electricity costs. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates that, within five years, we will be paying and additional $636 per year for electricity. This is actually more than the $616 per year in provincial income tax that an Ontarian earning a minimum wage of $21,320 might expect to pay. I am particularly concerned over the government’s decision to reduce the role of nuclear power in the future electricity supply mix. Nuclear power provides the reliable, environmentally friendly, baseload energy source that currently accounts for over 50 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The Darlington Nuclear Generating Station currently provides about

Do you hear what I hear? Four years ago in this space, I ranted, entry by entry, about the annual influx of Christmas music that takes over the airwaves every December and then leaves, as suddenly as it came, by the end of the month. I did the same for seasonal films the week after. Scratch that bit about arriving in December. It usually starts in mid- to late November, usually with the Toronto Santa Claus Parade ushering in the holiday season. Like clockwork, formats switch over as the big guy makes his way down the street and before one knows it, the holidays are here (on your radio, anyway). Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy this time of year as much as the next guy, moreso now that I have little ones of my own and if you’re picturing the Grinch lamenting all that “noise, noise, noise, noise,” you’re way off. OK, maybe just slightly off. I reside in a home that has been referred to in Christmases (Christmasi?) past as where “Christmas threw up,” as the amount of seasonal decor would lead one to believe. The stereo is no exception and it is locked into one of the all-Christmas-all-the-time (until Dec. 26, that is) stations for the duration of the month (and a half). However, it only adds to the atmosphere and it would be flat-out wrong to have any other soundtrack playing amidst the seasonal display.

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Yes, the music can be incessant at times, but that’s why stereos have all those dials that control volume, station and what format of music you choose to consume. You have options. I should note this phenomenon only takes place on stations playing artists who have also recorded at least one holiday tune - not necessarily a dying art but one not as prolific as it seemingly once was. As a result, there’s a lot of repetition. For every Christina Aguilera/Cee-Lo Green duet nowadays, there’s multiple festive songs/albums from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and pretty much anyone else recording music between 1950 and 1980. Even The Ramones and Run DMC have Christmas songs. More accurately, there’s so much more music out there nowadays, not all of it geared toward seasonal hits, that new Christmas tunes are lost in the mix, not to mention the overplaying of those aforementioned classics of years past (hence my column of four years ago). All that said, I’m not immune to a handful of seasonal guilty pleasures - I cue up Wizzard (‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’) and the Jingle Cats (‘White Christmas’) this month more times than I prefer to state in print, if for nothing more than slightly-ironic holiday nostalgia and a jolly laugh.

20 per cent of Ontario’s electricity, and employs approximately 2,300. Province Seeks Public Comments on Wind Farm The Clarington Wind Farm (proposed for lands south of the 401 near Newtonville), has been posted to the Environmental Registry web site for a 45 day public comment opportunity. The registry number is 012-0615. The project is described as a Class 4 wind facility with an expected generation capacity of 8.1 megawatts. You can view the posting online and submit your comments at www. The deadline is January 17. This is your opportunity to have your say before the Ministry of the Environment begins considering final approval. Farm-Based Businesses Seek Fairer Taxation An increasing number of Ontarians enjoy visiting farms and orchards for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other products from the farm. In my view, Ontario’s property tax system needs to catch up with this trend by ensuring farms who take the initiative to launch a farm market or roadside stand don’t pay exorbitant property taxes. In some cases, farm-based businesses find themselves facing a higher tax bill because their business receives a commercial assessment. This is unfair when you consider the fact that the farmer is growing his or her crops and simply marketing some of those crops on site, rather than shipping them off the farm to be sold or processed. Also, most farm markets operate on a seasonal basis, which means they shouldn’t bear the same tax burden as a store or other commercial enterprise that operates year-round. We must ensure Ontario’s farm businesses are treated fairly if we want to ensure there is a strong economy in rural Ontario.

A Thousand Monkeys BLAKE WOLFE The Standard


It’s like one of those chocolate oranges in sonic form - bad for you as part of your regular diet but it wouldn’t be Christmas without it, and what’s this time of year without some sort of indulgence? Apparently someone’s made a documentary film (aptly titled ‘Jingle Bell Rocks’) about the great lengths that connoisseurs of holiday albums will go to acquire rare records. I was previously unaware Christmas music had connoisseurs, but apparently enough to make a 90-minute film about them. At least one collector makes annual cross-continent pilgrimages to rummage for rarities. Going across town I understand, but not for a sealed copy of The Chipmunks Christmas which may or may not be lurking in a dusty milk crate. From now on, I point to this example anytime my better half shakes her head as I dig for obscure (nonChristmas) vinyl at the local thrift shop. *On another Christmas-related note - thank you to Santa for the early visit last weekend. Same time next year?

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Uxbridge Toy Drive needs a hand DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Community Toy Drive is in need of greater support from local residents if organizers are going to fulfill their goal of 2,000 items to distribute in the township this Christmas. Currently, less than half of the Toy Drive’s quota has been met, compared to last year at this time when more than 75 per cent of the total needed had been donated. “Time is running out and our demands are up substantially once again this year,� said Toy Drive organizer Pat Higgins.

“Our biggest fear, the Toy Mountain campaign, has had an impact. Unfortunately all of those toys left our community and we won’t ever see them again.� Donations for the 2013 Uxbridge Community Toy Drive can be dropped off at several locations around Uxbridge up until Christmas Eve, including, Canadian Tire, McDonald’s, Zehrs, Little Acorn, Walmart, Williamson Uxbridge, M&M Meats, as well as Uxbridge Bruins home games on Friday night at Uxbridge Arena. For more information, visit, including possible arrangements to pick up large group donations.

SCUGOG ISLAND by Jeanne C. Le Saux-Ball Call to worship on this Second Sunday of Advent was called by Rev. Michelle Hofman, a warm welcome went out to all. There was a Congregational meeting immediately following the service. Dec. 15 - advent three : The Gift Dec. 22 - advent four: Orchestra Sunday (with practice on Saturday, Dec. 21) Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Service 7 p.m. Thank you goes out to Ron and Cathy Crozier, for providing the refreshments after the service at time for

Public Notice 2014 Municipal Election Nominations and Candidate Campaigns The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, provides that every person who proposes to be a candidate for the Office of Regional Chair in the 2014 Municipal Election to be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 shall file a Nomination Paper with the Regional Clerk. The Municipal Elections Act further provides that a candidate’s election campaign period for the Office of Regional Chair begins on the day he/she files a nomination for the office. No contributions shall be made to or accepted by or on behalf of the candidate and no expenses may be incurred by or on behalf of a candidate prior to filing the prescribed Nomination Paper with the Regional Clerk. Money, goods and services given to and accepted by or on behalf of a person for his/her election campaign are contributions. Take notice that nominations will be received by the Regional Clerk for the municipal election to be held on October 27, 2014 for the Office of Regional Chair. Nominations for the Office of Regional Chair of the Regional Municipality of Durham must be filed in the Office of the Regional Clerk, 605 Rossland Road East, Whitby, ON L1N 6A3. Nomination Procedure: 1.

The prescribed Nomination Paper may be obtained and filed in the Office of the Regional Clerk:


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fellowship and coffee hour Just a note to mention the Offices on the First Nation Community will be closed from Dec. 20, 2013 to Jan. 6, 2014 However, those First Nation Community Members that want to participate in the Fitness please check the schedule that will be posted for those who want to keep up their fitness during the Holidays. Please remember that O.V.E.R.T. has a clothing drop box located at the Health and Resource Centre. O.V.E.R.T. solely depends on donations so if you get new clothing or are just clearing out closets over the holidays, use the drop

box. The Health and Resource Centre can be found at 26000 Island Rd. and the drop box is located in the north part of the parking lot. For those who don’t know, O.V.E.R.T. is the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team. We would like to send out Happy Birthday Wishes this week to the Following: Gloria Fralick (10), Tristan Ashkewe (11), Noelle Ewing (13), Shelby Goose, Ian McLeod (14). Happy Birthday to anyone I may have missed. I can be reached by phone at 905-985-7662, or e-mail at up until Sunday evenings by 6 p.m.

Reg. chair plan raises concerns in Uxbridge F RO M PAG E 1

In the discussion, Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor expressed disappointment that a similar resolution, brought forward by the Town of Ajax, was not circulated to the three northern municipalities. Instead, Clarington sent the motion to Uxbridge to be included in councillor’s agendas for their meeting on Monday, Dec. 9. “It’s very disheartening to learn that those who we’ve sat beside for umpteen years at Regional Council don’t feel the need to include the three northern municipalities,� said Mayor O’Connor. “I think the three northern municipalities have to sit down and respond. (South Durham politicians) have to understand that we have a far better understanding up north than they will ever have. They cross Hwy. 7 and they’re lost.� Mayor O’Connor proposed that council start in on a response to the recent issues brought forth from Whitby and Ajax. Once completed, the Mayor added that the municipality should work with Scugog and Brock Township on crafting a detailed response. Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast opined that Ajax Council may be picking their battles, and rather than upset Oshawa and its eight Regional Councillors, they have directed their anger to the north instead. “It looks like Ajax is afraid to take on Oshawa, so they’re picking on the three northern municipalities,� commented Councillor Northeast.

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POLICE OFFER FREE RIDES: DRPS and OPP officers were out in force on Island Rd. this past weekend (Dec. 7), to keep our roads safe as part of their Festive RIDE campaign. Drivers are reminded to drive sober and safe during the holiday season. Keep an eye on The Standard for an up-coming in-depth look into the BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard RIDE program.






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Safe winter driving tips from accident-free pros

Canadian winters can be harsh, cold and unpredictable. This is why many new and experienced drivers become stressed or worried when it’s time to get behind the wheel during the snowy, slippery months. A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association revealed that only 36 per cent of drivers carry

a winter driving kit in their vehicle. This means that many of us aren’t adequately prepared to deal with Jack Frost. “The holidays are a busy time of year,” notes Dominic Porporino, the vice-president of operations at UPS Canada. “To ensure the season is also a safe one, it’s important that drivers keep road safety top of mind and

prepare themselves for winter driving.” As part of UPS’s commitment to road safety, the company has created a special distinction for an elite group of drivers – each with over 25 years of accident-free driving – called the Circle of Honor. Globally this group has driven over 8.5 billion kilometers; enough to circle the

globe 212,000 times. To keep drivers safe this winter, the Circle of Honor members offer these tips: Get your car winterready in the fall – Prepare for a rough winter ahead of time. Have your car serviced to ensure that fluids are changed and topped up and that brakes are in proper working condition. Purchase snow tires – Studies show that compared to regular tires, snow tires can dramatically improve your ability to effectively navigate your car through heavy snow and ice. Pack an emergency kit – If you end up stuck in a snow bank or otherwise run into trouble this winter, it’s important to have an emergency kit within arm’s reach. Pack a winterized blanket, flares, first aid kit, wind-up flashlight, whistle, water and non-perishable food such as granola bars or crackers. Give yourself extra travel time – Anticipate traffic and slower speeds

during stormy weather. A trip that usually takes 20 minutes may take 40 in bad weather, so be patient and stay alert. Charge your cell phone – In case your vehicle gets stuck or your car battery dies, you want to have a cell phone to call for as-

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Greenbank Puppeteers are back in black this Saturday


The lights go dim, the room is pitch black, and festive music begins playing. A blur of exciting neon colours fly around on stage as the music picks up tempo. Suddenly, your

eyes adjust and you realize that they’re... flying neon coloured Christmas presents and puppets? The Greenbank Blacklight Puppeteers are back at Greenbank United Church for their twenty-second annual season. With a line-up

of 23 local students performing 13 songs and using over 375 separate props and costumes, this year’s show is bound to blow you away with their second showing on Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Standard spoke with coordinator Bri-

an Jones to figure out what happens behind the stage. “This year boasts the largest group of kids we have ever had in the Blacklight Puppet program - we have 23 in total,” said Mr. Jones, who works as the Leadership Officer for Durham District School Board, teaching adults how to further themselves. “They have been practicing together for three–and-ahalf months and the show looks amazing.” Behind the neon colours and exciting music, the Blacklight Puppet show holds a deeper story. The performers often join the program in Grade 7 and continue through for five years. Once they have put on a couple of shows, they begin taking leadership roles and helping the younger students.

“I know the importance of keeping kids engaged and involved,” said Mr. Jones. “The confidence that can be built in a team environment can be very powerful. With 23 teenagers in a dark space behind the stage, they not only learn how to control their puppets but how to help each other and work as part of a team.” Mr. Jones’ payment for spending the last 13 years volunteering to organize the show is seeing the students come back year after year and build their selfconfidence. By hiding their faces, the kids learn how to express themselves. “Every puppeteer learns how to work with their counterparts, and everyone helps and learns each other’s roles,” said Mr. Jones. “This is a great activity to boost self-confidence be-

cause they get to perform, but they don’t have to perform in front of people, noone knows who is who.” As always, the Greenbank United Church hosts the show, with rehearsal on Sunday nights. The 375 costumes and props were accumulated through years of community support; Greenbank locals make create a few by hand every year. “The group gets a lot of support from the church; they basically let us take over their space for a few months and provide a venue. We couldn’t do it without them.” The Blacklight Puppet Show crew have poured their hearts into this year’s performance, so make sure you catch their performance on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Sifting through the gluten scare: a look at contemporary cooking BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard

Christmas dinner is a staple of the Canadian holiday season. Delicious and traditional foods are a must. Before you loosen the belt to have another chunk of delicious turkey, stop and remember the old saying ‘you are what you eat.’ For some Canadians, Christmas dinner could be killer. Food allergies, wheat sensitivities, celiac disease and other food-related medical problems have seemingly been on the rise recently, and the spotlight on specialized diets and organic produce has opened the door for a new section in your grocery store. Gluten-free and organic foods are a costly new contender in the food industry, as more and more people are beginning to scour the ingredients list and follow food fads. But the question asked by many – from the Average Joe to the die-hard celiac - remains the same: what do all of the buzzwords and special labels mean? The Standard sat down with Ted and Janette of Teddy’s Organic Market and John Redman of Marcelle’s Kitchen to sift through the finer points of the wheat flour scare and organic produce to rise to the top with some answers, just in time for your holiday feast. John Redman, of Redman’s Crossroads and Marcelle’s Kitchen, has been baking up a storm in his gluten-free and diabetic bakery for the past seven years. John does not have celiac disease, but his understanding of the condition stems from his personal need for diabetic foods. His methods of tweaking recipes and trial-anderror baking have brought him closer to his goal: glutenfree bread whose primary function is not a doorstop. As John puts it, he won’t sell anything he wouldn’t eat. “Gluten is a protein in wheat and barley, and when a person has celiac disease, this protein will attack and gum up the cilia in the lower-intestine,” explained John. “When the body can’t absorb nutrients, people basically starve to death no matter how much they eat.” This nutrient-robbing disease forces many people to avoid processed and packaged foods all-together, including most of the items stocked on the shelf of a typical grocery store. Luckily, John stands ready to help out his customers and free them from the shackles of stale and rather bland cooking. While gluten-free food is available in grocery stores, those with celiac disease must be incredibly careful to not poison themselves. Simply using a contaminated counter-top, knife, or dishwasher can bring on weeks of sickness and even hospital visits. “There is no wheat in my bakery, I’ve tried having separate utensils and areas for both types and it’s nearly impossible to bleach everything,” said John. “Marcelle’s

Kitchen is completely gluten-free, and I’ve learned how to cook just about anything by using different ingredients.” With the increase of medical knowledge on celiac disease, people are being diagnosed with the disease or wheat allergies much sooner and faster than ever before. According to John, if a patient presents symptoms of bloating, nausea, anemia, weight loss or fatigue, a doctor will often recommend that they give a gluten-free

lifestyle a try before committing to more serious tests. Another current food fad takes farming back to its roots. Ted and Jannette Eng of Teddy’s Organic Market and Zephyr Organics provide their customers with certified organic fruits, vegetables, and meat. The stock on their shelves is tended by their own hands to ensure that toxic chemicals are kept far away and are unable to leech into the food we eat on a daily basis.

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“We look after the food we grow like our own children,” said Ted. “If something is wrong with a baby, do you feed it chemicals and hope for the best? Or do you research and do the hard work to figure out how to fix the issue?” Ted strongly believes that modern farming methods rely too much on genetic modification, chemicals, and machinery. His wife Janette likens the deadly sprays applied to farm soil to the crisis of DDT and how we discovered its toxic effects many years later. They argue that although conventional farming methods increase yield and drive down food prices, the chemicals used can leech into the fruit of a crop and put over 350 chemicals into the average person’s body. In addition, Ted states that organic foods contain more of the nutrients and minerals that we need. “Organic and natural foods are higher in nutrients than processed foods, they will give your body what it needs,” explained Janette. “Processed food may taste great but after being machined, frozen, canned and having salt or sugar added to them – not as much of the nutrition remains.” Although organic food is touted as being healthier, the average consumer is reluctant to pay three-times the price for an organic stamp on their bag of apples. With a price driven up by higher manual labour costs and a smaller yield, organic farmers are forced to charge more for their labour of love. While the price tag may ward some shoppers off, Ted and Janette Eng are confident that their organic diet will help them to stay healthy. Some helpful tips from Teddy’s Organic Market and Marcelle’s Kitchen are to make sure you have a lot of vegetables and salads and most importantly – cook and bake everything yourself, avoid processed food as much as possible. Recipes can be found on-line at and

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Uxbridge student piling up pennies for Habitat Durham there were bags of rolled coins exchanged. The final total for the Uxbridge PS penny drive was 47,687 pennies! (Any other coins have been converted to their penny-value.) The Uxbridge PS campaign ran for a week, and the students’ goal was to collect just over 13,000. In an amazing show of generosity, they more than tripled that sum. These coins have been added to those already collected by Josh. Includeed in the total are the proceeds of the Joseph Gould PS spring penny drive (11,000); the Ux-

NANCY MELCHER Special to The Standard

As readers know, Josh is trying to collect ten-million pennies. He’s done a penny drive at his school, Joseph Gould Public School, and the idea has been embraced by the other public elementary schools in Uxbridge. Today, students from Uxbridge Public School took their collection of coins to the local TD bank. They used the coin counter machine to sort and count the loose coins. In addition

bridge Santa Claus Parade donations; coin boxes placed in local businesses and organizations; the coins collected from the Uxbridge and Ajax ReStores; and previous donations. After consultation with Josh and Debbie Cook

from Habitat Durham, Josh’s Ten-Million Pennies Campaign has raised an amazing 379,085 pennies! However, the penny drive at Quaker Village PS is still under way, so there will be additional pennies headed Josh’s way at the end of the week. Their campaign has raised about 60,000 pennies so far, with almost a week to go at press time. In addition, there are more pennies at the Oshawa ReStore. For Standard readers, containers of pennies to donate, they can drop them off at the Uxbridge

ReStore - please mention Josh’s penny drive. If your readers have too many to carry, they may contact the Uxbridge ReStore to arrange a pick-up: phone 905-852-5888 or online at There is still a long way to go until Josh reaches his Ten-Million Pennies goal. However, the Durham District School Board has embraced and endorsed this initiative. They encourage every school in Durham to run their own penny drive.

If the Uxbridge schools are any indication, all of the funding for Habitat Durham’s “Penny House” could be in place by the end of the school year. Standard readers wishing to make a donation may do so at the Habitat Durham website: www. There is also an account at the TD Bank beside Vince’s on Toronto Street South. Donations may be made at any TD bank - please ask that they be deposited in Josh’s penny drive account.

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Novice Stars are golden in Silver Stick qualifier After a disappointing triple overtime loss in the Bradford tournament a few weeks ago, the Uxbridge Stars Novice ‘A’ team (sponsored by Jones Pools and Gary Roberts High Performance Training) won 4-3 in overtime against Innisfil to clinch first place and become the 2013-2014 International Silver Stick Regional champions over the weekend at the Midland regional tournament. The Stars started off the tournament with a 1-1 tie with the Orillia Terriers Friday (Dec. 6) afternoon. They then won 4-3 against the Erin-Hillsburgh Devils on Saturday morning. On Saturday night, in their third game of the tournament, the Stars won 4-1 over the Bradford Bulldogs. Their win over the Bulldogs guaranteed them a spot in the semi-finals against Lindsay on Sunday morning. The Stars beat Lindsay 2-1, earning them a spot in the championship game Sunday afternoon. In the final game, the Stars lined up full of excitement and nerves while the national anthem was played. Then, it was time to play hard. The Stars had a lead over the Innisfill Winterhawks of 2-0 going into the second period. By the end of the second period it was 2-2. Innisfil got ahead in the third period but Uxbridge was able to tie it up 3-3. The game went into sudden death overtime when Uxbridge scored within the first few minutes and won the game against the previously undefeated Innisfil Winterhawks 4-3 in a very exciting championship game. The Stars worked hard to win the Championship title. The boys were thrilled to throw their gloves and sticks in the air and couldn’t wait to raise the trophy and banner knowing it would be coming home to Uxbridge. Winning this tournament earned them a spot at the International Silver Stick in Michigan at the end of January.

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MoJacks keep pace with Merchants for final playoff position DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

The Port Perry MoJacks were looking to keep pace with the Little Britain Merchants in the fight for the final playoff spot in the COJHL when the two sides squared off in Little Britain on Saturday, Dec. 7. First period goals from Kurtis Moore, Jesse Craig and Kyle O’Donnell gave the Merchants a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Ryan Nichols would net the lone goal of the second period, assisted by Graham Lamers and drew the MoJacks to within two goals heading into the third period. An early third period goal from Lucas Berkers, assisted by Lucas Clark and Joe Lamanna cut the Merchants’ lead to 3-2, but that would be as close as Port Perry would get as Rory McDowell gave the Merchants some breathing room when the veteran defenceman scored just before the midway point of the third period to give Little Britain a 4-2 victory. The MoJacks were looking to get back on track on Sunday, Dec. 8, when the COJHL cellar-dwelling Georgina Ice paid a visit to Scugog Arena. Georgina would take a 1-0 lead into the third period before and early goal from Lucas Clark tied the game, and sent scores of ‘Winter Woolies’ flying onto the ice as

part of the MoJacks annual tradition of collecting winter clothing in support of Operation Scugog. Buoyed by the momentum, Konrad Piorkowski added a powerplay goal, assisted by Kyle Powell and Eric MacDonald to give the MoJacks a 2-1 lead. However, the Ice would roar right back to tie the game 2-2 just over a minute later. But, just over a minute after that, Piorkowski netted his second of the night to give the MoJacks a 3-2 advantage. But, once again, the Ice would refuse to melt and captain Luke Vanderkooy, scored with the lone assist credited to Port Perry native and former MoJacks Kirk Bricknell to force the game into overtime. The teams traded scoring chances in the early portion of the overtime, before Vanderkooy’s second goal of the night gave the Ice a 4-3 win. Loose Pucks: - The MoJacks are now tied with Little Britain for fourth place in the COJHL, with each side sitting at 19 points, five behind third-place Uxbridge. - This weekend, the MoJacks will be looking to cut into the Bruins’ lead as they hook up with their rivals in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ weekend. The action kicks off in Uxbridge on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:45 p.m. The two sides will resume hostilities at 6:50 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Scugog Arena.

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COJHL Scoreboard Standings GP W L OTL PTS 21 18 3 0 36 20 13 4 3 29 21 11 8 2 24 20 8 9 3 19 22 8 11 3 19 21 5 14 2 12 Results Uxbridge 3 @ Lakefield 6 Clarington 4 @ Uxbridge 1 Little Britain 2 @ Georgina 4 Port Perry 2 @ Little Britain 4 Georgina 4 @ Port Perry 3 OT Uxbridge 2 @ Clarington 3 Little Britain @ Lakefield Upcoming Games Friday, Dec. 13, 7:45 p.m. Port Perry @ Uxbridge Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Clarington @ Little Britain Sunday, Dec. 15, 6:50 p.m. Uxbridge @ Port Perry Sunday, Dec. 15, 6:50 p.m. Georgina @ Clarington Sunday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Lakefield @ Little Britain in Fenelon Falls Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Clarington @ Lakefield Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:20 p.m. Little Britain @ Port Perry Friday, Dec. 20, 7:45 p.m. Little Britain @ Uxbridge Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Uxbridge @ Georgina Lakefield Clarington Uxbridge Little Britain Port Perry Georgina

STARS, PREDS CLASH: Port Perry’s Bennet Pehlemann keeps an eye on the action as Matt Field tangles with Uxbridge’s Ryan Fowler during the Midget Lakeshore League contest between the North Durham rivals in Uxbridge on Saturday, Dec. 7. The teams skated to a 1-1 tie with Trenton Cooper netting the lone goal for the Stars, and Andrew Crichton scoring for the Predators. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

Team Grant takes top spot at the Uxbridge Turkey Spiel ROB STEELE Special to The Standard

A total of twelve teams participated in the popular Mens Turkey Spiel at the Uxbridge Curling Club this past weekend. In the end, Randy Grant skipped his team of Gary Grant, Ray Grant, and Paul Winkle to three victories and the overall championship. Uxbridge icemaker Don McGregor also won all his games, but lost out to Grant by only a few points. Other teams that placed were Uxbridge’s Chris Smith, Scott Buncombe, Howard Harper and Lakefield’s Paul Clark. Thanks to drawmaster Bob Timbers and Len Graphics for sponsoring the event. Everyone had a great time with the winning teams going home happy with, you guessed it, turkeys. Parish and Rowe top Port Perry Mens League The first schedule of Mens play concluded last week with a

busy week of playoff action. Ron Parish’s team of Kevin Davis, Jay St.John, and Greg Muhic stole a point in the extra end to beat Bill Rourke to win the Monday night first schedule. In the Wednesday night playoffs, it was Doug Rowe’s team of Grant Laird, Lloyd Morden, and Chris St.Croix winning over Ken Jeffrey. Thanks to first schedule sponsors, Port Perry Auto Glass and Dr. Brian Hadden. Woodward wins JBOB Senior Mixed It was another successful JBOB Senior Mixed bonspiel at the Port Perry Curling Club. The team of Grant Woodward, Mary Holt, Ted Gibson and Pat Gibson won both their games edging out the other two game winner by one and half points to get their names on the trophy. Peter Warren, Louise Haugen, Bob Byers and Sue Duivesteyn were the runners-up. A big thanks to Andrea and Bob Lamb for their sponsor-

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Bruins looking for wins in weekend ‘Battle of North Durham’ DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

The Uxbridge Bruins were looking to get back to winning ways after a 6-3 loss in Lakefield on Tuesday, Dec. 3, when they took on the Clarington Eagles in a homeand-home encounter this weekend. The action kicked off at Uxrena on Friday, Dec. 6, and the first period was filled with exciting action at both ends of the ice. The Eagles took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period before ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Locke was able to tip in a point shot from Carter Vahey with just over six minutes to play in the second after fighting his way through a flock of Eagles defenders in front of the net to net the powerplay goal. Both sides hit the ice with great enthusiasm in the third period, and just three minutes into the frame, Bruins defenceman Matt Pollard brought the crowd to its feet as he thumped Jesse Hewak in a lively tilt. The Bruins dominated play throughout the third period, but were unable to solve the stellar goaltending of Clarington’s CJ Sharp. Connor Beck had a great scoring chance with just over eight minutes to play, but his shot rung off the post. With just over six minutes to play, the Eagles took a 3-1 lead. And, with time winding down, and Bruins netminder Max Tjin summoned to the bench in favour of an extra attacker, the Eagles would net an empty goal to seal their 4-1 victory. Although it wasn’t the final result he was looking for, Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson was pleased with the effort put forth by the team when speaking with The Standard following the game. “I thought we really emphasized our speed and forecheck tonight,” Hodgkinson said. “We have to continue to be aggressive on the penalty kill, and force the opposition to make mistakes with the puck.” With several players still out of the lineup, the Bruins have had to rely on contributions from a trio of Midget ‘AAA’ callups - Todd Winder, Owen Scuralli, and

Uxbridge Bruins forward Korey Brand battles for control of a loose puck with Clarington’s Dylan Howorko and CJ Sharp during the Bruins’ 4-1 loss to the Eagles in Uxbridge on Friday, Dec. 6. The Bruins will be looking to get back to their winning ways this weekend as they hook up for a home-and-home ‘Battle of North Durham’ with the rival Port Perry MoJacks. The action starts in Uxbridge at 7:45 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 13. The teams meet again on Sunday, Dec. 15 in Port Perry at 6:50 p.m. DYNAMIC DESIGNS Special to The Standard Dylan Pollard - in recent weeks. Hodgkinson added that he has been pleased with the effort put forth by the call-ups. “They’ve been a breath of fresh air on the ice, and mostly do as instructed and keep it simple,” Hodgkinson said. “Pollard brings a bit of an edge to our line-up and Scuralli and Winder are both threats with their speed.” The 17-year-old Winder, who led the Uxbridge Midget Stars in scoring last season, is currently toiling in the Midget ‘AAA’ ranks alongside Pollard with the South Central Coyotes, and feels he is adjusting well in his transition to junior hockey, and benefits from his past connection to many players in the Bruins’ line-up. “I think I’m adjusting well. There’s a lot

of bigger and faster guys, so you do have to keep your head up more,” Winder told The Standard. “I have some good chemistry with the Uxbridge guys on the team having played with them for so many years. At this level, you just have to use your body more, and can’t just focus on skill and have to get into tough spots and try and make plays for your linemates.” The Bruins were looking for revenge on Sunday, Dec. 8, as the took on the Eagles in Bowmanville. Justin Dube gave the Bruins an early lead just past the midway point of the first period, assisted by Paul Henderson and Keegan McCarthy. However, the Eagles would reply with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Marco Mastrangelo tied the game with just over eight minutes to play in the second, with Matt Allen drawing the lone assist on the play. However, just over two minutes later, Brent Hambly would score what proved to be the game-winning goal as the Eagles prevailed by a final score of 3-2. Loose Pucks: - It’s another home-and-home weekend for the Bruins as they square off against the arch rival Port Perry MoJacks in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ this weekend. The MoJacks visit Uxbridge Arena on Friday, Dec. 13 for a 7:45 p.m. matchup before the two sides head down Reach St. on Sunday, Dec. 15 for a 6:50 p.m. tilt at Scugog Arena.

All Flags Shell skates to a pair of wins in Blackstock hockey TARA FREW Special to The Standard

The action started off in the Tyke division with Canadian Tire taking Port Perry Dental for a big win with a final score of 6-2. The Canadian Tire goalie was Becca Bailey. Adam Davies scored 4 goals and Alex Mills 2. They were assisted by Aidan Elvin (3), Alex Mills, Jake Zekveld and Ian Barkey. Tending goal for Port Perry Dental was Jacob Sider. Tanner Scott and Jacob MacLennan each scored and Tanner Scott made one assist. Shagg’s earned the win against W.O. Insurance 10–4. Shagg’s goals came from Jordan King (4), Adam Goble (2), Cameron Cuzzilla (2) and Kailey Seguin (2). Assisting were Adam Goble (2), Cooper Bird, Cameron Cuzzilla, Scott Honey, Jordan King and Matthew Seeney. W.O. Insurance had goals from Brandon Parrott (2), Cameron Saller (2) and assists from Owen Griffin (2) and Saller. The Novice division had Eco Water matched with Make A Wish for an Eco Water win of 7–4. Eco Water goals came from Zeke Bailey (2), Dylan Hopmans, Abbey Moase, TJ Pomeroy, Leah Seeney, and Cameron Yeo. Assists were from Bradley Hext (2), Dylan Hopmans (2), Leah Seeney (2), Abbey Moase and Cameron Yeo. Adam Frew was between the pipes for Eco Water. Abbygale Bird (3) and Brett Hanley earned goals for Make A Wish. Brett Hanley also assisted a goal. Dallas King tended goal for Make A Wish. Krown Rust beat J.F. Construction 10–8.

Krown Rust goals were by Brodie Holmes (5), Jacob Buchanan (4) and Cole Stephens. Jacob Buchanan (2), Brodie Holmes (2), Rhianna Boadway, Alex Newhook, Cole Stephens and Connor Thomas had assists. Scoring for J.F. Construction were Jonathan Acker (4), Hayden Piney (2), Sally Loverock and Meghan Brennan. Assists were from Loverock (2), Hayden Venedam and Jonathan Acker. In the Atom division, Urban Landscape Solutions took the win against Buck’s Construx 5–3. Urban Landscape Solutions’ goals were by Jack Hurley (2), Morgan Pateras, Natasha Gay, and Owen Booker. Owen Booker(3) and Natasha Gay made assists. Joshua Ormiston tended net for Urban Landscape Solutions. Buck’s Construx goals came from Kyler Cavan, Simon Peters and Owen Seguin. Assists were by Kyler Cavan and Owen Seguin. The goalie was Aidan Joyce. Cochrane Tree Service squeaked a win against Low & Low 4–3. Cochrane Tree Service had Sam Byers in net. Goals were earned by Eric Byers (2), Tye Crouter and Emily VanUden. Assists were from Josiah Vanderboor and Mya Cochrane. Low & Low’s goalie was Scott Leslie. Shannon Arney (2) and Davis Winger scored while Cael Williams and Lukas Malhotra each had an assist. Denault Contracting beat Red Ribbon Restaurant 5–4 in the Peewee division. Contracting goals were by Zachary Vanderboor (2), Benjamin Sargent (2) and Cameron Barkey. Kevin Hetherington (2), Cameron Barkey and

Patrick Wilson earned assists. Red Ribbon Restaurant’s goals were from Owen Silcock (3) and Robert Goss. Hannah Buchanan, Robert Goss, Kadin Martin, Nathan McLennan and Owen Silcock each made an assist. Practicar faced Red Ribbon Restaurant winning 5–3. Owen Maisonneuve was the Practicar goalie. Goals were from Declan McDowell (2), Troy Larmer, Leam Maisonneuve, and Bradley VanUden. Dylan Tobin (2), Declan McDowell and Troy Larmer had one assist each. Red Ribbon Restaurant had Darren Bell in net. The goals for Red Ribbon Restaurant were by Lane Horton, Nathan McLennan and Nolan Savage. Robert Goss, Kadin Martin and Wendy Rudkin each had an assist for Red Ribbon Restaurant. In the Bantam Midget division, All Flags Shell won against Luchka 4–2. All Flags Shell’s goalie was Dylan Steward. Eric Kerr (2), Jordan Bolzon, and Dishawn Steward scored. Logan Kuipers and Dishawn Steward each had an assist, and Connor Owttrim tended goal for Luchka. Goal scorers for Luchka were Michael Bos and Corey Bray, and Benjamin Partington earned an assist. All Flags Shell also beat Omnific Design 6–4. Dylan Steward was in net and Eric Kerr (3), Billy Parkinson (2) and Jake Denault scored for All Flags, with Kerr and Clark Keenan netting assists. Omnific Design’s goalie was Mitchel White. Nathan Silcock scored all four goals and Jacob Lee added one assist.

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TAURUS (April 19-May 20): You are probably wondering why you must put leisure activities aside to deal with a heavy workload. Work will be your top priority over the next seven months. Learn to work smarter, not harder.

GEMINI (May 20-June 21): One of the most creative and romantic times of year, single Gemimis could meet a new love interest. Parents should plan fun activities with their children over the Christmas Holidays. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your challenge over the next seven months is to achieve a balance between home obligations and job demands. Invite your extended family to an open house. Show your parents how much you love them. 13 Take a gander at 21 Calendar girl 22 Escort through the door 2 Prove shrewder than 3 Garfield’s girlfriend in the 26 Negative link 27 Trilling twosome comics 29 Heroic sagas 4 Casting assignment 5 Military manufacturer ___ 30 Expels 31 French soldier’s cap & Whitney 34 Indonesian currency 6 Black ball, in billiards 7 Aerobics-class reminder 35 Old-fashioned shoe covering 8 Bakery buy 36 “Not only that ...� 9 Song feature 37 Fabric woven together at 10 It goes without saying regular intervals 11 Abuses the throne 38 Indian police officer’s club 12 The whole shebang

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LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 23): This week starts a new two year high energy cycle. Eager to get things done, you will want to have the upper hand. Be patient with others who cannot accomplish as much as you do. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22): During the Christmas Holidays, try not to take on more than you can handle. If you have time, do volunteer work for a charitable organization. Find some extra moments to rest your body, mind and spirit.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Gettogether with friends for a special evening outing. Think about the personal goals you would like to accomplish in the coming year. Jot down new ideas. Invite a shut-in to Christmas Dinner. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19): Over the next seven months, you will experience an ambitious career cycle. Take time out for family fun over the Christmas Holidays. In the new year, begin a project that will jump start your career. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 19): Energetic and enthusiastic, you will enjoy this upbeat cycle. Entertain people from different cultures over the holidays. Expand your mind through writing, education or travel.

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Dierk Brueske passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 28, 2013, at age 49. Dierk was born in Bevensen, West Germany on March 31, 1964 and shortly afterward immigrated to Canada with his family. He loved to travel and had been to each corner of Canada and beyond, leaving his memory and a smile in everyone he met along the way. Dierk will live on in his children William and Emily Brueske. He will be missed by his partner Erica Bellwood. Loved son of Astrid Mentz Brueske and the late Reinhard Brueske. Dear brother of Michael, Karsten and Guido Brueske. Nephew of Jutta (late Egon) Luhmann, Rolf (Jutta) Mentz, Jurgen (Elke) Mentz and cousin of Anke (Klaus), Katharina, Oliver, Milena, Ulrich and Christian. Dierk took great pride in building his home and he was passionate about cooking and making sausage, hunting, fishing, trapping and above all else being a father. The family of Dierk Brueske will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME “McDermottPanabaker Chapel” 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Friday, December 6th from 7 – 9 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life was held in the Chapel on Saturday, December 7th at 1 p.m. Interment Yelverton Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the charity of your choice. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www. waggfuneralhome. com

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The Standard THEY LOVE A PARADE: Awards were recently handed out from the 2013 Port Perry Santa Claus Parade. (From left) Richie Tripp, Kim Thompson Cookman and Brett Puckrin won for Best Overall Float: Canadian Tire’s Tracy Hurst and Andy Leitch won for Best Light Show: and Amanda James and Melody McArthur won Best Junior Float with Here We Grow. Lions Ted Shepherd and Rob Rice made the presentation. ALEX ROSS The Standard

Local merchants spreading holiday cheer ALEX ROSS The Standard Co-op Progam

There’s snow on the ground, salt on the sidewalks, and music in the streets. The stores all have their windows filled to the brim with Christmas decorations; trees, snowflakes and shiny red orbs. This year, the Port Perry BIA installed speakers outside of a couple stores on Queen St. including Luke’s For Home, Herrington’s Quality Butchers and the BIA itself. The speakers play Christmas music to evoke the holiday spirit for locals and out-oftowners alike. In an interview with BIA executive director and general manager, Kenna Kozak said “local shopping is important because a lot of the funds go back to clubs and other organizations.” This is especially good because people from cities as far as Toronto and Port Hope come into Port Perry just to shop and get a sense of what it’s like to be a part of society in a small town. A lot of these people come for the Santa Claus parade and spend the morning shopping and then watch the parade later that evening. A shop owner from Toronto told Kenna, “I wish I could bottle up Port Perry and sell it in my store.” The stores down Queen and Water St. are participating in the first annual 12/12 at 12. Some stores like Dana’s Goldsmithing are going as far as debuting their new Maple Leaf Boutique and giving away gift certificates

for it, and others are simply staying open later. “Christmas is a busy season, and you can’t go wrong with jewelry under the Christmas tree” said Kerry Turner, manager of Dana’s Goldsmithing in hopes that her new boutique will take off with flying colours. However, December 12 isn’t the only day that stores are staying open later: most stores have extended hours during the holiday season and even open on days they are usually closed. Of course, anybody who knows anything about the downtown area of Port Perry knows the Christmas store Millar’s Market. Starting off in the fall of 2009, they had no problems getting started with the holidays right around the corner, despite the fact that the economy had just taken a huge hit. Even during the summer, their sales fall but they stay high enough to continue on business, with people coming from big cities and even foreign tourists tend to shop there in the summer months. Teri Venner, manager of Luke’s For Home, will be hosting a special sale during the 12/12/12 where she will be paying the tax for the customers. There will also be a ‘gifts under $12’ table along with music and food samples. Another sale will be happening later in the winter from January 4 thorough 19 on their furniture. The new addition to the Water


St. portion of the downtown district, Astoria Spa, which was added in April, has been picking up with the holiday season, with couples purchasing spa packages for each other and special gift certificates: everybody wants to be pampered. Christine Currie, owner and aesthetician, will be holding an open house to celebrate the town wide event on December 12. She started off as an at home spa with loyal customers which helped her attain the successful business that she has built. Christine also offers monthly specials and there will definitely be a special for the holidays. Inspirations on Queen Street has been open since 2007 and has flourished since then. When they first started they had a small narrow store but when the store next to it moved they took over and expanded their business. At first they sold mainly home decor but with the expansion and ever growing business, they added personal accessories and other everyday items. They offer private sales for groups of five or more with a discounted price on everything in the store: afterwards they try to arrange a dinner with a local restaurant. With the holiday season around the corner, we’re all hoping to get something nice under the tree this year and it seems like December 12 might be the day to go out and get that special gift for that special someone.

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It’s been a ‘Hard Ryde’ for award winning local musician ALEX ROSS The Standard Co-op Program

SCUGOG: A local musician got awarded in a big way in November when he won ‘Banjo Player of the Year.’ Luke Puckrin, planning technician with the Township of Scugog, has recently been awarded Central Canada’s banjo player of the year. Luke won this award for his position in a band called ‘Hard Ryde’ which he joined two years ago, at a festival, that took place at the Deerhurst resort in Huntsville in November. He started playing the banjo in 2008 after his uncle introduced him to the genre of bluegrass. Don Adams, a local teacher, took Luke under his wing and taught him to play the instrument. Starting off in the band ‘Higher Ground,’ he met great people and tightened his playing skills. When the members of ‘Hard Ryde’ offered him a position he had to take it. “They’re a great bunch of guys, but I just couldn’t pass up this opportu-

nity,” said Luke about his old bandmates. The bluegrass demographic is generally older and with the members of ‘Hard Ryde,’ Puckrin feels more energy and gets a sense of inspiration from them to continue playing the banjo. The band consists of Doug deBoer (vocalist and guitarist), who is the only original member from when the group first formed in 2000: Rich Koop (bass), Will Meadows (mandolin), Shawn Kellett (fiddle), and Marc Roy (guitarist). ‘Hard Ryde’ also won three other awards: Will Meadows for best mandolin player; Melissa Sherman for composer of the year; and Carol Simpson for the recording of “A Part of Me.” The contest recognizes several categories, from instrumentals to recording to teaching. There are bluegrass clubs throughout Canada that nominate four people per category and then vote for the best one. You can purchase their music from their web site at www.

Local musician Luke Puckrin (left) was recently named Central Canada’s ‘Banjo Player of the Year’ for his work with the band ‘Hard Ryde.’ A schedule of the band’s upcoming performances can be found on their web site at SUBMITTED PHOTO and learn more about the band and their history. You can also watch videos, catch up on ‘Hard

Ryde’ news and view their schedule to go see these amazing players do what they love to do.

ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFTS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS: Artists Leslie Lynch and Carolyn Gutteridge show off some of the one of a kind, hand-made items available at the Scugog Centre for the Arts’ Sparkle Sale, inside the SCA gallery at 181 Perry St. Christmas ornaments, art work, scarves, special felted BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard soap and more will be on-sale until the show closes on December 21.

Festival of Lights returns to Elgin Park UXBRIDGE: A great Uxbridge holiday tradition is returning to Uxbridge this week. The sixth Annual Optimist Fantasy of Lights will be held again this year in Elgin Park. This popular event has become part of many families’ Christmas traditions. Beginning with 12 displays the first year, participation grew to over 50 displays in 2012. The Optimists

are anticipating even more growth this year. The lights go on Thursday, Dec. 12, and will remain aglow until Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly. Admission is free; a goodwill offering is gratefully accepted by the Optimist Club to continue their work with the youth of Uxbridge.

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Drive away a winner in Uxbridge UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge BIA is driving local business this holiday season through an exciting promotion that will award a new car to one lucky shopper. Throughout December, each time you shop or dine at an Uxbridge BIA business this holiday season, you will have the opportunity to enter your name on a ballot and move one step closer to driving away as the winner of a brand new car.

Ballots can be dropped off in boxes at participating Uxbridge businesses until the deadline on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. The randomly selected winning ballot will be drawn on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Levee at Uxbridge Arena. Discover more details about the Driving Local Business Holiday Car Draw online at

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THE GIFT OF GIVING: Utica resident Victoria Leask (right) recently presented Sick Kids Hospital with donations she gathered from the community just in time for the holiday season through the annual ‘Victoria’s Gifts for Sick Kids’ campaign. Victoria would like to say a special Thank You to the Raines family for their very generous DVD movie donation and to the Air Force Mavericks Cheerleading team for their donation of $250 and the help of their team mates to assemble gifts and craft kits. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Pine Ridge Garden Club awards its top green-thumbs of 2013

A great time was had recently at the Pine Ridge Garden Club Family Pot Luck supper. Entertainment was provided by the Pineridge Chorus. What a great group of ladies, whose singing and entertainment was greatly appreciated by members. This was our last meeting for the year and Election of Officers were conducted for 2014. This was also our Awards Night and the following were presented

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NEWS trophies for their participation in the Show, Garden and Photo competitions during 2012. Grace Bajema, Ann Julia Bajema, Shelly Brock, Delaine Dyer, Norma Haney, Doc Haney, Linda Muzik and Marilyn Trunks.

David Petrie received an Ontario Horticultural Service Certificate for his many years of service to the Pine Ridge Garden Club. Shelley Brock was recipient of the Extra Mile Award for recognition of her various contributions to the Club’s numerous activities. Our next meeting is not until March 4, 2014, but in the meantime, your Board will be busy with meetings setting up Programs and Events. A bus trip is being planned to go to Canada Blooms on March 19. Cost of bus and admittance to two shows is $45. We already have twenty names signed up, so if you wish to go, please book your seat soon. For information on any of the above, please call Shirley at 905-9865330 or e-mail her at On behalf of Pine Ridge Garden Club, have a very merry Christmas and happy gardening 2014.

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