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Ice rescue controversy continues

Darwin stays put for now DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard


SCUGOG: The national media turned its attention to Scugog last week, as the township seeks to recoup some of its costs after an Oshawa fisherman had to be rescued from Lake Scugog last month. Neil Robbescheuten, a 62-year-old retired teacher from Oshawa, needed to be rescued from the lake on Jan. 13, when he became disoriented after a layer of dense fog enveloped the lake as he tried to make his way back to shore and he went through the ice in a marshy area. The ensuing rescue, which was completed using a raft to drag the man approximately 150 metres to shore, has netted Mr. Robbescheuten a bill for services totalling close to $5,400. Mr. Robbescheuten is the first person charged with such a bill under the new township by-law, and he has stated that he intends to contest the charge at a Scugog council meeting on Monday, March 4. Scugog Fire Chief Richard Miller told The Standard that the bill was based on a cost of $500 per truck per hour as well as the cost of manpower to execute the rescue. The chief added that Mr. Robbescheuten was not equipped with a GPS system, which made the process of locating him difficult for firefighters. “We sent three trucks because we didn’t know what was needed,” Chief Miller said. “Plus, it was at the end of the island and a lot of the time peo-

CUT OUT OF THE STORY: National coverage of the billing for ice rescues in Scugog didn’t include this interview with Fire Chief Richard Miller, after his comments were cut from the news story. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

ple don’t know where they are.” Mr. Robbescheuten was on the ice during a mild stretch of weather. According to Environment Canada, the weather did not dip below freezing at any point between Jan. 11 and 13. As well, local conservation authorities had issued warnings regarding the ice conditions, urging people to stay onshore. “It was clearly the fisherman’s choice to go out there that day,” Chief Miller said. “No ice is safe ice. I have lived here all my life, and as a 57-year resident of Scugog, I do not go out onto the ice for that very reason.” Chief Miller went on to say that his primary duty is to ensure the safety of all Scugog residents and visitors. “No one is the bad guy. We are trying to keep Scugog safe, and make sure that when someone goes out onto the Lake that they have the

tools to keep themselves safe. People on the lake are at risk and what we have done is buy the best equipment and train on a regular basis in order to provide the best possible service.” In the wake of all the media attention, Chief Miller is hoping that it will serve to educate people about the hazards that exist in the winter months on Lake Scugog. “After all this media attention, everyone in Canada should know that Scugog has tricky ice conditions at the best of times,” commented Chief Miller. Mayor Chuck Mercier also saw the attention as positive. “The public awareness factor is huge, especially if this saves lives,” said the mayor. “Hopefully, we’ll have a spring without someone falling into the water.” With files from Blake Wolfe

NORTH DURHAM: A judge ruled on Friday, Feb. 1, that Darwin, the so-called Ikea monkey, will remain at a Sunderland primate sanctuary until a custody trial later this year. Darwin has been at the centre of a custody battle between owner Yasmin Nakhuda and Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland that has garnered international attention since the primate was nabbed by Toronto Animal Services in December, when he was found in a Toornto-area Ikea dressed in a shearling coat, after escaping from his owner’s car. In making his decision to have Darwin remain at Story Book until a custody trial can begin in the spring, Judge Michael Brown reminded the court that this is not a custody case regarding a child, but a matter dealing with personal property, as he denied Ms. Nakhuda’s request to be reunited with Darwin prior to the trial. “It must be remembered that Darwin is not a human being. The custody rules regarding children do not apply,” said the judge. Judge Brown also denied a similar bid put forth by Ms. Nakuda in December. In making his decision on the matter, Judge Brown also cited credibility issues with Ms. Nakuda, but did not elaborate on the subject. “I do not believe that any irreparable harm will occur to the plaintiff and her bond with Darwin or Darwin himself, so long as an early trial date can be set,” said Judge Brown. When Ms. Nakuda left the Oshawa courthouse later in the day, she had few words for the scores of media present for the decision. “You’ve just learned that loving is not enough to win a motion,” she said outside the courthouse. “I will keep loving him. I don’t know about fighting but I will keep loving him.” Sherri Delaney, the president of Story Book, told assembled media members that she was “relieved” with the judge’s decision. “At least we know that we’ll have him until May. We’ll see what happens in trial,” said Ms. Delaney. Ms. Delaney added that Darwin is “doing very well” and “thriving” at the sanctuary.

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Scugog gets waterfront update BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

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SCUGOG: Several Scugog councillors recently raised concerns regarding the current progress made on the Old Mill aspect of Port Perry’s ongoing waterfront revitalization project. A monthly update on the project appeared before councillors at last week’s general purpose and administration committees meeting this week, outlining advancements made since November. Among those developments included con-

sultations with a number of stakeholders in the waterfront, including the Port Perry Seniors Club (who make use of the Latcham Centre) and Scugog Island Cruises. In addition, consultant T. Harris Environmental Management, Inc., has since been retained to oversee and manage the cleaning of the Old Mill stairwell, the first phase of decontamination in the currently unused portions of the building. According to the report, the stairwell cleaning will be undertaken in the near

future following the awarding of the contract this month. A structural audit of the building’s timbers and subsequent clean-up of the interior will take place after the stairwell cleaning. Responding to an inquiry by Ward 1 Councillor Larry Corrigan, Planning Director Don Gordon said that staff agreed the best way to inspect the building’s interior was to get the bottom-up view through the stairwell as opposed to peeling back a section of the building’s exterior for the top-down perspective. The report, however, raised concerns from several councillors. Ward 5 Councillor Howard Danson questioned a proposal to transfer the remaining cleaning costs (following the stairwell clean-up) to the township’s future private sector partner, in a P3 (public-private partnership) arrangement. Councillors and township staff met with representatives from Infrastructure Ontario on Feb. 4 for an information session on undertaking such an initiative. Mr. Gordon replied that “we want to see the turn out of the stairwell clean up

and then see if we can do the rest. It may turn out to be too expensive for us to take on, and then we will see if it’s reasonable to transfer that cost to our private partner.” Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew questioned the timeline of the project. “My problem is the time it has taken to get to this point – we’ve asked for this for several months now and we don’t have the stairwell cleaned,” said Councillor Drew. “I want to make sure it’s done right, but I don’t want to wait until next winter.” Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier echoed the concerns of councillors while addressing the financial considerations of staff in the project. “The best approach would be to budget $200,000 to do all the work,” said the mayor. “We didn’t do that because we don’t have the money so we’re taking small steps and now we’re tripping over each step. We hired T. Harris to do assessments on clean ups. We’re spending a lot of time on something before we get Harris report. Everyone wants to see this move forward and it’s taking some time.”

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UXBRIDGE: It was recently announced that Uxbridge Township may get a financial boost from the provincial government in connection with an upcoming reconstruction project on Davis Dr. At council’s meeting on the morning of Monday, Jan. 7, Public Works Director Ben Kester issued a report detailing the possible influx of provincial funding for the Davis Dr. project which will see road work as well as a culvert replacement between Conc. 5 and 6. According to Mr. Kester, the estimated cost of the project is approximately $750,000 and the township will be applying for 50 per cent funding. In answering a question from Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy, Mr. Kester said that the time line for the project will see it have to be completed by the end of 2014. Still some councillors were baffled by the high cost of the project. “Why is this project so expensive?” asked Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor. “We could possibly get it cheaper. Typically there are a couple of firms looking for work that will low ball the tender,” replied Mr. Kester. Mr. Kester added that there have been some discussions between the township and Durham Region about possibly transferring Davis Dr. to a Regional Road. But, to date, the Region has been hesitant to make that change. Darryl Knight The Standard

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ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES SHOW: The annual antiques show at the Scugog Community Centre held last weekend (Feb. 2 and 3) was a huge success, with event organizers like Ric Pearce (above) saying attendance numbers were good and both buyers and sellers having a great day. RIK DAVIE The Standard

Emerald Ash Borer a threat here DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

gested that the township’s parks department contact other municipalities such NORTH DURHAM: as Oakville, Richmond Renowned horticultural Hill and Markham that expert Mark Cullen issued have been aggressively a dire warning for Uxbridge meeting the challenge of councillors in regards to combatting the ash borer the threat to North Dur- through the application of ham posed by the Emerald TreeAzin. The substance is Ash Borer at their meeting derived from the from exon the evening of Monday, tracts of Neem tree seeds, Jan. 28. and has proven successful Mr. Cullen began his in the treatment of affectpresentation by noting ed ash trees. that the ash borer has devAccording to Mr. Culastated ash trees in cities len, the affected trees are such as Cleveland, Detroit injected with TreeAzin in e and Windsor since its ar- alternating years, Owith us the H rival inHOUSE the American Midprocess takingen anywhere OPEN Sunday March 25th 1-4pm p 68 Ambleside, Port Perry west from Asia nearly 20 between six Oto eight years years ago. to complete. The cost per The insect is currently injection ranges between wreaking havoc on trees $200 and $300. in Ottawa, meaning the Councillors thanked Mr. threat is looming for Cullen for his through preNorth Durham from both sentation on the matter, the east and west. and noted that decisions “Councillor (Jacob) regarding prevention of Mantle told me that you the ash borer may be comdon’t have any ash borers, ing soon. but I’m here to tell you “You have given counthat you will,” warned Mr. cil a lot of information to Cullen. “But, you’re fortu- plan with before the probnate in Uxbridge that you lem is directly in front of have some time before that us,” said Mayor Gerri Lynn happens.” O’Connor. “We’re going to Mr. Cullen then sug- spend our money one way

or another, but if we can save them, I think that’s the best course of action.” Public Works Director Ben Kester later explained that there are currently 440 ash trees on public land in Uxbridge Township, with most between

10 and 15 years old. According to Mr. Kester, the cost of cutting down and removing these ash trees would be approximately $2,000 with another $300 to $350 needed to replace the tree afterwards.

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Blue Heron celebrates sweet 16


Representatives from the Township of Scugog and the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino recently celebrated the gaming facility’s 16th anniversary. Pictured here from left are: Scugog CAO Bev Hendry, Mayor Chuck Mercier, Chief Tracy Gauthier, Councillor Della Charles and Councillor Kelly LaRocca of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Great Blue Heron CEO & General Manager Arnold Block and Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew. SUBMITTED PHOTO The Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, located on the lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, recently celebrated its 16th anniversary of gaming entertainment and providing economic support and charitable assistance to Durham Region and Scugog Township. “We are very proud of our charity casino and the contribution it has made to the region over the past 16 years,” said First Nation Chief, Tracy Gauthier. “It gives the Mississaugas of Scugog Island a great sense of pride, as it gives us the ability to support our own people and contribute to the local community.” Together, the Great Blue Heron Char-

ity Casino and its charitable arm, the Baagwating Community Association, are the region’s most significant charitable resource. Since opening its doors in 1997, the charity casino has raised more than $1.6 million through its annual charity golf tournament in support of the Port Perry Hospital and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Baagwating has donated millions of dollars to local organizations and initiatives, such as the R. S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Health and Oshawa’s University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Attawapiskat emergency relief efforts.

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DRPS busy in Uxbridge this week UXBRIDGE: A missing Pickering man was found dead at a building in Uxbridge Township on the evening of Friday, Feb. 1. Earlier in the day, Police sent out a press release looking for information regarding the disappearance of 42-year-old Leonardo Lamanna. According to police, the man was last seen at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 leaving in his personal vehicle from his Pickering residence. A family friend had phone contact with the man a short time later, the last such contact established by the man, which prompted the family to contact police for assistance. Then, just over two hours after the initial press release regarding the disappearance, police issued another release stating that the man had been found deceased at a building in Uxbridge Township. An investigation into the matter is ongoing, and police stated that there was no indication of foul play at the time the body was discovered.

Uxbridge resident arrested after fleeing A 25-year-old Uxbridge man was tracked seven kilometers in sub zero temperatures and arrested by a K-9 unit after fleeing the scene of a domestic assault incident. On Sunday February 3, 2013 at approximately 4 a.m. North Division officers responded to a domestic-related assault incident at a residence on the York Durham Line. Police received a 911 call from the female victim who sustained minor injuries and received immediate medical attention. No weapons were involved. Officers arrived to the residence where several other persons were in attendance,

but the suspect had fled the scene on foot. A K-9 unit assisted patrol officers with the search for the suspect and tracked over seven kilometers, in sub zero temperatures, of forested terrain, along railway tracks and through a gravel pit to Highway 47 to where the accused was located. The accused sustained a minor bite wound from the K-9 unit upon arrest and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. A 25-year-old Uxbridge male is charged with Assault and was held for a bail hearing. Anyone with new information to this incident is asked to contact Cst. Thorn of North Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2672. Old bomb found in home Workers made a startling discovery while cleaning out a rented residence last week when an old military bomb was uncovered. On Saturday, Jan. 26, workers discovered what they believed to be a per-

cussion bomb along with other military paraphernalia. The workers were not immediately concerned with the find, and placed the bomb in a car alongside the other items. However, when the tenant arrived home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, he immediately called 911. As a safety precaution, officers from Durham Regional Police Service created a perimeter on Hollingser Rd. and remained at the top of the home’s long driveway. Canadian Forces specialists were called in for safe removal and disposal of the bomb. Police are reminding residents that if you find a suspicious item that you believe to be an explosive, do not handle the item and call police immediately for assistance. 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.

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Bill them! Man, the hue and cry over billing a guy for a lake rescue has spread! Good ole’ Scugog became the focus of national media for a few days, after the national media types caught wind that a fellow, who went out on to Lake Scugog in less than good conditions and got himself in trouble, was being billed for not thinking a bit more before venturing onto a lake that has killed people who don’t think first. Apparently the national media had already made their minds up, because the extensive piece done by CTV News made much of the fact it had never been done before and talked to the fellow in question for quite some time. Well, they talked to our Fire Chief Richard Miller for quite some time as well... on camera... under the somewhat antagonistic questions from their reporter. And we can only guess they didn’t like the Chief ’s take on things, because no part of the interview with the guy most knowledgeable about it made it to air. Hmmmm. Now there is a loud outcry saying that we already pay taxes and charging to rescue folks is double-dipping. ‘I already pay taxes, if they are going to charge people, I want a rebate,’ some of them say. ‘You can’t regulate stupidity,’ others have told me. Well, maybe it’s time we did. But don’t put it on the back of the poor firefighters who are out there risking their lives to try and fix dumb. If you knock down a telephone pole, you get a bill for it. If you take out guardrail, you get a bill for it. If your non-permitted fire gets out of control, you get billed for it. So pass a Provincial Offences Act amendment that says that if you venture onto the ice... or the water, for that matter... without proper equipment or when the powers that be have issued weather or ice warnings, and we have to go and get you, you’re gonna get a provincial offences ticket and you can either fight it in court or not, as you please. And as for those who are simply outraged at what they perceive as more ‘government control and taxation,’ look at it from the first responders ‘point of view.... or even the damn reporters’! I have, in my time, covering the happenings on the lake, stood personal witness to many dumb things and watched as too many bodies have been dragged, pulled or otherwise removed from Lake Scugog. And it only heightens the anger I feel for people’s stupidity when I realize that most of those tragedies were completely and totally preventable. The gentleman currently outraged at the bill he received needs to think long and hard about how close he came to being a body recovery. And if billing people keeps them off the lake, then that’s just more people I won’t have to watch be loaded into body bags and that’s fine by me!

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NORTH DURHAM Saturday, February 9 Precious Valentines Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight at Mill Run Golf Club. Cost is $40 per person. Live Music and DJ. Chance to win a romantic trip for two to the Caribbean. Full details and ticket orders at Tickets also available at Blue Heron Books and Mill Run Golf Club. - Chili Cook-off at Community Pentecostal Church (Hwy 12 and 48, south of Beaverton), 5:30 p.m. Join us for a great evening of entertainment with the Soggy Bottom Boys, great chili, awards, and lots of fun. No charge, but donations are appreciated. Contact 705-426-5673 or to register for cook-off or to let us know you’re attending! Sunday, February 10 Cannington Historical Society General Meeting, 2 p.m. at the Seniors Centre, 21 Ann St. N., Cannington. Program will be the popular ‘Show and Tell / Bring an Ancestor’ feature. - Scugog Shores Heritage Centre Chinese New Year party for children, 1 to 3 p.m., in celebration of their upcoming exhibit, the ‘Arts of China,’ on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum. Cost is only $10 per child, pre-registration is required. Please call 905-985-8698 ext. 103 or e-mail Tuesday, February 12 Annual Shrove/Fat Tuesday at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 59 Toronto St. S., Uxbridge. Continuous serving from 6:15 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Join us for yummy pancake and sausage dinner. Adults are $7, children (age 5-12) are $4, pre-schoolers are FREE, and family rate is $16. Proceeds to our Church and Outreach Programs. Tickets available following 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or at the door, or phone at 905-852-7016. - Trinity United Church Uxbridge Pancake Supper, 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children age 6-12, and free for children age 5 and under. Friday, February 15 Durham West 4-H 2013 Exchange Fundraiser Roast Beef Valentine Dinner at Utica Hall, with sittings at: 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person. RSVP with Jane Johnson at 905-985-1672. Sunday, February 17 Flea Market at Caesarea Community Hall (beside Fire hall). Some spaces still available, call 905-986-4038. Put on by Caesarea Skate Park for Kids Fundraiser. Monday, February 18 Winter Wetland Snowshoe Adventure - guided hike by the Friends of Nonquon, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Nonquon Provincial Wildlife Area - Pheasant Pen Classroom Site, 19745 Old Simcoe Rd. Short and long hike options offered and open to all ages. Snowshoes available and seed to feed chickadees. Donations for hot beverages are welcomed. Must pre-register by e-mail (friendsofnonquon@gmail. com) or phone 905-985-8351 by February 14. - The Scugog Shores Heritage Centre will be open on Family Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore a variety of exhibits and activities. Admission is free on Family Day and there will be a 50 per cent off sale on select gift shop merchandise. Wednesday, February 20 Brain Injury Association of Durham Region Support Group Meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 850 King St. W., Unit 24, Oshawa. If you need transportation assistance, call 905723-2732 or 1-866-354-4464.

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The Heart and Stroke canvass officially started on Friday, February 1. Volunteers will appreciate your donations in this month’s annual campaign, as they appeal locally. Glad to know Eleanor Crawford is home from the hospital. Continued better health is wished for her. On Wednesday, February 6, the Community Youth Choir (ages 7 to 12) begins at the church, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Newcomers are most welcome. On Thursday, February 7, senior choir practice is at 7:30 p.m. at the church. If you like to sing, come and join. All welcome. ‘One-on-one reading buddies’ begins this week. For details, please contact Jenn Moorhouse at Gb_readingbuddies@ On Sunday, February 10, there will be a Spaghetti Supper at the church, served by Greenbank Mission Team. There will be two sittings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under, or $25 for a family of four. For advance tickets, call Juli at 905-985-2006 or e-mail julicon-, or contact any team member. Proceeds go to Guatemala October 2013 trip. On February 24, the Greenbank Annual Congregational Meeting will be after service. The UCW collect Zehrs tapes, postage stamps, Campbell soup labels, four-litre milk bags, and pop tabs. Carla Puckrin receives stamps; Muriel Tassie receives Zehrs tapes. Other items go to local school. Milk bags are for March UCW annual meeting, and can be given to any UCW member. Now starting at the Greenbank Centennial Hall, ‘Meditations with Brenda.’ Come out to this free introductory class on Wednesday, February 13 and find out how to reduce all the stress in your life. An Advisory Committee has been set up to accept information on local concerns and impacts resulting from the fill operation at the Greenbank Airport location. Send any letters of feedback to the Greenbank Hall, 19965 Highway # 12, Greenbank, Ontario, L0C 1B0, so that those items can be reviewed when the committee meets on March 1.

The Prince Albert UCW will meet in the Fellowship Room on Wednesday, February 13 at 1 p.m. This afternoon meeting is open to all ladies who have difficulty getting out at night. Please remember to bring in your soup labels, stamps, pop tops and glasses. A joint Port Perry/Prince Albert event will be held at Port Perry United Church on Saturday, February 9 at 5 p.m. Enjoy potluck finger food, dessert and a talent show. The Lenten Reflection Booklets will be available in the narthex of both churches on Sunday, February 10. Thank you to all who participated. The annual ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place on Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m .at the Victory Christian Center. This service is sponsored by the Scugog Ministerial Association. The Thursday evening euchre winners at the community center were: Audrey Adams, Ethel Smith, Joyce Norrish, Earla Stanfield, Edna Hodgson, and Merle St. John. Joan Norrish won the Lone Hand series with 10 lone hands.

There will be a 4-H Exchange Club beef supper on Friday, February 15, with sittings at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. at Utica Hall. This is a fundraiser for the exchange club who will be going on an exchange this summer. Prices are $15 per person or $50 per family. Greeters for the month of February are Keith and Faye Ashton, Den and Judy Collins and girls. After church services on February 10, the UCW will be selling sugar cookies. The Youth Group is planning a Pancake Supper on Tuesday February 12 at 5 p.m. at Epsom church. There will be a free will offering. UCW will meet on Tuesday February 12 at 1 p.m. at Epsom church. The next Senior’s Luncheon will be on Thursday, February 14 at 12 p.m. at Epsom church. Please call 905-852-7445 to reserve. Mark your calendars for April 13 and October 5 for the Church Beef Suppers at Utica Memory Hall.

Another week of yo-yo weather! As it grows closer to sugaring-off time, one has to wonder what the poor maple trees make of all this indecisiveness. As much as we like the warmer days, I am sure they spell death for many of our trees and garden plants, who like a blanket of snow. The many folk with coughs, colds and flu in the area are also victims. Steve and Sandra Harwood were visiting family for a few days, celebrating the birthdays of both Sandra’s mother just now, and Steve’s mother Barbara in a week or so. They are hurrying home to witness the birth of another grandchild, a new great-grandchild for Barb and Bruce. Visiting with us at church in Sandford on Sunday was James Smith and friend Maribell. James is the son of Mel and Bernice Smith, who farmed

for many years in Sandford. James and his sisters Marilyn and Donna came to Sunday school here, and Bernice taught for awhile before they moved into town. Rev. Diane brought her puppet friend Jake Sunday to talk about ‘cookie cutters’ in life. These presentations always bring a smile to the faces of young and old. The children retired to learn more about life in Jesus‘ day and made a model of a home he may have lived in. This week Rev. Diane is on study leave so Rev. Don Bell will be the guest minister at the joint congregational service at Sandford on February 10 at 11 a.m. Our UCW serve at the ‘Souper’ lunch on Wednesday - always a fun time. On February 11, the Sandford Council meets for the first time this year. The following day, Shrove Tuesday, everyone swings into action for the UCW

annual Pancake Supper, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, and $3 for children age 6 to 12. Ladies please provide desserts and all members are asked to help with set-up and serving. Please join us! Following this special day is Lent and the first Sunday is February 17, when Holy Communion is served at both churches. After this service, the Zephyr congregation will gather for their Annual General Meeting. On Monday evening, February 18, the new Official Board will meet at Zephyr at 7:30 p.m. On February 24, students of Scott Central will participate in a Rock/Paper/Scissor Challenge. The winners are eligible to enter the RPS Virtual Canadian Championship, with the goal of winning $1000 for the school intramural programmes.

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The call to worship was called by the Rev. Catharina Bowers - “Joy of The Lord.” A warm and friendly welcome went out to all who attended the service. Thank you to the Freemans, for providing the refreshments following the service at time for fellowship. Steve is looking for new members for the orchestra. If you know someone that plays an instrument, tell them they are welcome! Coming Events February 7 - Stewards Meeting at 7 p.m. February 10 - Pancake Breakfast after the service in the lower hall March 16 - St. Patrick’s Day Supper at Island hall Happy birthday wishes go out to: Alex Taylor (February 1), Adreyan Taylor, Jeff Needham (February 5), Stan Janiga (February 6), Philip Williams (February 7), and to anyone who may have been missed. I can be reached by phone at 905-985-7662 or by e-mail at and would like to receive news by 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Caesarea Nestleton Euchre On Thursday, January 31, eight tables of euchre players plus two extra enjoyed the night of cards with the following results: high scores – 1) E. Bailey, 2) B. McCombe, 3) K. Kriet, 4) tied – M. Trunks and B. Churchill, 5) T. Speck; most lone hands – G. Davidson; and low score – tied – B. Moase and D. Hudson. See you all next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nestleton Hall. Everyone is welcome. Caesarea Hall Board The Hall Board would like to thank all the businesses that donated door prizes for our New Year’s Eve dance. It was a fun night for everyone. The members of the Hall Board are to be congratulated for maintaining this facility in the community so that residents have a place for parties, dances, bridal or baby showers, etc. at an affordable price. To book the Caesarea Hall, please contact Debra at 905-9086-1803. Blackstock & District Lions This past week was a busy week for our

Lions. We attended the Tail Twisters event at the North Newmarket Lions Club on Wednesday, participated in the New Member Orientation at Greenbank Lions Hall on Thursday, and hosted the District A-16 Cabinet Meeting at the Nestleton Hall on Saturday. Thank you to all participants and especially Lion Lynda and her committee who hosted the Cabinet Meeting. Cabinet members liked our new Lions sign that was positioned at the entrance to Nestleton Fields. The community is welcome to attend our annual Lions Effective Speaking Contest on Tuesday, February 12 at St. John’s Anglican Church, beginning at 7 p.m. Why not come early - say 5 p.m. - and treat the family to a pancake supper? Birthday greetings this month are extended to Lions Doug Day (February 2), Carol Mairs (February 26) and Ken Hudson (February 28).

Word has been received of the passing of another Blackstock senior. Audrey Wright, who has made her home at West Shore in Port Perry, passed away on Sunday morning. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning at Wagg Funeral Chapel in Port Perry. Sympathy is extended to her four daughters Lorna, Lois, Eleanor and Elaine, and their families. The celebration of Chinese New Year by Marlene Barkey and Dave Elliott featuring ‘Sites and Tastes of China’ will be held this Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, February 10, the United Church Choir will be holding an Italian Dinner with entertainment by the Peterborough Pop Ensemble. It is necessary to have advance tickets, which are $15 each, or $8 for children age 12 and under. Tickets are available from choir members, and dinner will have two sittings at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There are lots of opportunities to be eating out. On Tuesday, February 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be the Pancake Supper at St. John’s Anglican Church. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children age 6 to 12, free for children under age 6, or $20 for a family. Aldon (Pinky) Hubert passed away, with his funeral on Monday. Pinky operated a store in Burketon for many years before moving to Bowmanville. The numbers at the card party were much smaller than usual due to the poor weather. Winners were Ellen Gibson and Wilma VanCamp, with Wilma having the most lone hands. Doreen Sheehey was low. The specials were won by Ellen Gibson and Hazel Coates. Remember that the card parties will be moving to St. John’s church on February 19.

What a change in the weather this week, but according to the Rodents, we are supposed to have an early spring. Glad to hear that Ruth Dacey is home from the hospital. Condolences to the family of Edward O’Neill, who passed away on January 26. Happy Birthday wishes to Warren Atherton on February 10. Greeters at church on Sunday were Verna Gagnon and Jane Pettinger. The congregation sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Keith Puckrin (February 12). If you are interested in taking charge of the VIBE program this sum-

mer, please contact Don Beacock. Tara Taylor gave a report on Mission and Services and has placed an M & S fund raising calendar on the table at the rear of the sanctuary. Bible Study will be held on February 7 at 7 p.m. Discussion will be on the first to third chapters of Genesis, and the pros and cons of the Lord’s Prayer in schools. Don’t forget to bring your sweetheart, wife, or girlfriend to the Men’s Group Valentine’s Breakfast on February 9 at 9 a.m. This is an outstanding event. For reservations call Rick McAskill at 905-985-8383. Coffee Hour hosted by

the UCW will be held after the church service on February 10. Out To Lunch will be held on February 12 at 12 noon. Please call Donna Wanamaker at 905-985-8350 for reservations, or Don Real at 705-357-3871 if you require ride. The Seagrave Congregational Meeting will be held on February 18 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. World Day of Prayer will be held at Wick church on Friday, March 1. If you have an item for this column, please contact mrsdruske@hotmail. com or grammiejean2010@ or by phone at 905-985-9921.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 1710 Scugog Street, Port Perry Father Peter Lackmanec MASS SATURDAY - 5 p.m. SUNDAY - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. For Mass through the week call the Parish at 905-985-7071

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


2210 Hwy. 7A (at Island Rd.) 905-985-8681 Rev. Jim Clemens, Sr. Pastor Join us for worship this week: SUNDAY SERVICES 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship 6:30 p.m. Worship Nursery Care and Jr. Church is available A warm welcome to all


Rev. Elaine Hall - Rev. Don Willmer 905-985-2801 SUNDAY, February 10


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

16200 Old Simcoe Road (S.A. Cawker School) Port Perry Sunday, February 10, 10 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School (Anglican Network in Canada) All are Welcome.

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



Ontario 905-985-1346 Rev John Benschop Friday - 7:30 p.m. Prayer Revival Join us Sunday Mornings at 10 a.m. Prayer 10:30 a.m. Celebration Service SOMETHING FOR ALL AGES

Port Perry United Church 294 Queen St., Port Perry 9:50 a.m. Morning Worship Prince Albert United Church 23 Jeffrey St., Prince Albert 11:30 a.m. Morning Worship Nursery Care and Sunday School Available •


(Anglican Church of Canada)

Minister Rev. John Anderson

266 North St., Port Perry Phone: 905-985-7278 Last Sunday after Epiphany Sunday, February 10 10 a.m. Morning Prayer

Join us on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. A contemporary worship experience in a relaxed environment.

Staff: Dr. Fred Penney, Lead Pastor Scott Manuel, Youth Pastor Brenna Cruickshank, Children’s Ministry Director 1680 Reach Street. - 905-985-4441 website: Emmanuel Community Church: ‘Reaching up to God; Reaching out to our Community,’

Sunday School and Nursery available


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


Rev. Paul Moorhouse 905-985-7766

SUNDAY, February 10 Seagrave (in the beautiful hamlet of Seagrave) 9 a.m. Morning Service

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

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

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EDITORIAL Time for change has come

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Once again, the federal government is turning to the idea of Senate reform. The Canadian Senate is currently an appointed body and as usual, most Canadians try to compare it to the Senate of the United States, when in fact its resemblance and heritage lie much further away. Its origins as an appointed body lie in the British House of Lords where, like the Canadian Senate, an appointment has more to do with who your parents were, where you went to school or... in the past few decades, how much you have helped the political party in power when a vacant chair comes up. We now have in the upper house several Senators whose credentials for appointment were that they were journalists that the government decided would be better off inside the tent throwing rocks out than outside the tent throwing them in. Senate reform in this country should be a relatively simple matter. Elect them. Have them elected for six-year terms with an equal number from each of the provinces and territories thus allowing each area, regardless of its size and population... and equal voice in what is supposed to be the court of sober second thought. Currently, there is no way to assure that the will of the people is represented by the upper house and the ability to use a senate seat as a darn nice way to retire has not been curtailed to any great degree. An appointed Senate is simply not a relevant body in the modern age and if anything, it harkens back to an age where it was simply a way of those with wealth and privilege from making sure they had a constant hold over the elected bodies of the common voter. An example of long-ago believes that the accident of birth determined a person’s ability to govern. In Canada, the Queen is our non-political head of state - why are we clinging to the idea of a House of Lords holding court over our elected body? The time for change is now, so let’s get at it.

Readers weighing in on rescue invoicing Landfill issues and beyond To the Editor,

Re: ‘Angler must pay for lake rescue,’ Jan. 24. 2013: I find the whole process disgusting when the firefighters are all getting well paid and are well equipped through tax payer’s money and that we may have to pay AGAIN when we actually need them. Perhaps we should just go to a ‘user fee’ system. Not pay fire protection in our taxes but pay only if we use the service. Then I understand the bill for services rendered. But when it’s already paid through our yearly taxes and we have to pay again? The double dipping by the fire department originally started with fires that you had no permit for and also fires that got out of hand even if you had purchased a permit! If you now read the criteria when purchasing a fire permit, Fire Chief Miller has made sure if his depart-

ment is called out, you WILL be paying! Apparently he’s not been satisfied to double dip only in the summer, now he’s going to do it through the winter too. It would be real interesting to see how this would play out in court should somebody really challenge the extra billing. Cannot council and the fire department not figure out something that will boost the integrity of our fire department instead of tarnishing what has always been a highly regarded profession? People who put their lives on the line, often in adverse conditions, double dipping - WHY? It is not the fire department there for EVERYONE?! Who decides on who to extra bill? Is Fire Chief Miller just billing the ‘stupid’ people for stupid or careless decisions? Let’s stop the shameful extra billing!

To the Editor: I cannot believe that Mr.Robbescheuten has been charged almost $5400 for being rescued off Lake Scugog after falling through the ice. He did not drive a car, ATV or snowmobile out onto the ice, he walked! We have a lake in this township, these things happen and frankly the comments regarding the safety of firefighters is understandable but as an ex-police officer, this is what comes with the job. If these risks are not acceptable find another line of work. I pay a large amount of taxes in this township and part of this goes towards emergency services. Think about it - what’s next, the police bill you for investigating a collision or B&E? Another political can of worms, I am beginning to feel embarrassed about this township...I agree with Neil, I would not pay this bill.

J. Norton Sunderland

Mike Galloway Scugog Island

To the Editor, Re: ‘Day-long symposium fills house,’ Jan 31, 2013: Really good overview you did on the landfill thing. Thank you. And a congratulations to Township staff. It raises many other issues in areas that take more space than Letters to the Editor. We in Port Perry tend to live in a bubble. Your ‘range’ as a local paper fills that part of our ‘need to know.’ But we all have a need to know about the larger world… how do we do that? How should we do that? That is the discussion… David Foster Scugog

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Council expenses varied SCUGOG: Council expenses for 2012 totalled more than $201,000, up slightly from the previous year. According to a recent township stafff report, a total of $201,371.44 was spent on the members of Scugog Council over the last year, covering costs including remuneration, benefits and expenses such as mileage and cellphones. Last year’s total costs rang in at $196, 849.25. In remuneration alone, Mayor Chuck Mercier received $31,641.04, while Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew got $21,319.20. Each of Scugog’s five ward councillors received $19,358.64. Other expenses billed by councillors varied. According to a staff report, Ward 1 Councillor Larry Corrigan topped the list in several categories for 2012, including conference/hotel expenses ($2,741.95), mileage ($629.74) and cellphone ($571.08). Mayor Mercier, Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten and Ward 3 Councillor Jim Howard did not invoice for mileage. Councillor Howard also did not bill for conference expenses. In comparison to mileage expenses for 2011, Councillor Wotten had the highest cost at $795.88, while in cellphone use that year, Councillor Howard spent the most at $642.18. The report states that mileage expenses, for attendance at functions other than regular council and committee meetings, are reimbursed to councillors at a rate of 53 cents per kilometre, up to 5,000 km.

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Staying in touch... JOHN O’TOOLE MPP

New Premier, same policies for province

EMERGENCY CREWS KEPT BUSY: (Top) A vehicle left the roadway at the intersection of Hwy. 7A and Simcoe St. at around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, taking out a fire hydrant. (Bottom) A vehicle struck a tree after leaving the roadway at the intersection of Perry St. and North St. in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 5. Investigations into the RIK DAVIE/DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard cause of the collisions is ongoing.

My sweet addiction It has been goodness-knows-how-long since my last confession and I have definitely sinned. The problem is, I am almost certainly going to sin again. It’s Coke, my liquid mistress. I haven’t seen her for a week and I’m starting to find excuses to sneak out of the house for a quick fix. Damn the Coca-Cola Company and its infernal secret recipe. Like any addiction, you have to want to quit if you’re going to quit. And therein lies the problem. I don’t want to quit. I have few vices. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t do recreational drugs. I don’t gamble. Basically, I don’t do anything fun. But I am a carboholic. Sugar is the monkey on my back. I am embarrassed to tally the number of times I’ve quit drinking and gone back to the can. I think the longest I went without wetting my whistle was three months, when I was on an extreme protein diet and managed to lose 35 pounds and 1200 dollars. The problem is that diets - like good intentions - tend to be time limited, and sooner or later you’re bound to slip up. A sip here, a sip there. Before you know it you’re back to your can-a-day-habit. The sad truth is, drinking Coke is one of my few pleasures and without it, life just seems kind of pointless. It humiliates me even to type these words. How can I be that weak? That shallow? That thankless? What about friends, family, the beach, the dog, movies, a good book? Don’t these things give me pleasure? Of course they do. But it’s not the same, dammit. Coke is a little jolt of happy once or twice a day.

In my view, Ontario’s new Premier could hardly be more similar than the departing Premier McGuinty. As Dalton McGuinty’s right hand in Cabinet, Kathleen Wynne stood by and watched unemployment soar above the national average. Her government raised spending to record levels. They taxed Ontarians while wasting public funds on political follies, including $1 billion on cancelling two power plants, and millions wasted at the Ornge air ambulance scandal. With a $411-billion debt on the horizon and over half a million Ontarians out of work, we can’t afford another year of ineffective leadership from this tax-and-spend government. Much will be made of the new Premier’s cabinet shuffle and her ideas for the future of Ontario. In my view, this is the honeymoon period. Ontarians have to ask themselves whether there can be any change in the movie when it’s the same cast of characters following the same script. Remember this is the same government that prorogued the Legislature for four months. I look forward to your feedback as the Wynne government prepares to bring parliament back in session. I can be reached at 1-800-661-2433 or at 905697-1501 and by e-mail at Please keep in touch. Big Move Transit Roundtable February 7 Ontario’s master plan for transit and transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is sometimes referred to as “The Big Move.” On Thursday, February 7, a roundtable public meeting is being held at the Oshawa Jubilee Pavilion Banquet & Conference Centre. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. This is one of several meetings collecting public input. A few local examples of Big Move initiatives include the future extension of GO Rail services to Uxbridge in the north and to Bowmanville in the east. Under the “Big Move” plan for transit in the Greater Toronto Area, an estimated one-third of trips to work will be taken by public transit and one in five will be by walking or cycling. The Big Move also aims to reduce congestion and integrate all transit trips throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area by a single fare card. The annual cost of congestion to commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area was estimated at $3.3 billion. This cost includes travel delays, adverse impacts on the environment, and the increased risk of vehicle collisions. The Big Move initiative is led by Metrolinx, an agency created to improve, co-ordinate and integrate all modes of transportation in the GTA-Hamilton area. Their plans, plus information on the roundtables, is posted at and

Just Write! And don’t I deserve to be happy? If happy came without any health risks or extra poundage, I’d say heck yes. But I’m going to be 50 this year. I’m squaring off against my own mortality and my metabolism ain’t what it used to be. So in desperation - since I clearly don’t have any willpower - I’m turning to scare tactics. Rob likes to send me links to every evil thing ever published on the web about refined sugar, and this week he sent me a doozy. I already know that a can of Coke (12 fl ounces/355 ml) has 39 grams of carbohydrates (all from sugar, approximately 10 teaspoons full) and 140 calories. Blah, blah, blah. And I know that diabetes is in the rise - a shocking 700 per cent increase in cases in the last 50 years. (In the States, one in four people now suffers from either diabetes or pre-diabetes.) I also know that Type 2 diabetes is preventable and reversible - here’s the catch - if you’re willing to make simple, inexpensive lifestyle changes, one of the most important of which is eliminating sugar (especially fructose) from your diet. But here’s what I didn’t know. ‘Death by sugar’ is not an exaggeration. And here’s why. Your body uses glucose for energy (regular sugar is 50 per cent glucose) but it breaks down fructose - the stuff found in soft drinks - into a variety of toxins that can have devastating health effects. Coca-Cola - originally marketed as a ‘brain and nerve tonic’ - primarily uses high-fructose corn or cane syrup as a sweetener. So I’m headed for diabetes. But wait! There’s more! I’m also courting chemically in-



duced cancer. Coke contains 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) - a chemical that is distilled down to ‘caramel colouring’ on the ingredient label - which has been linked to cancer in mice and leukemia in rats. The American watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest - a non-profit consumer group that estimates colas cause some 15,000 cancers in the US annually - found that regular Coca-Cola has at least 142 micrograms (mcg) of 4-MI per 12 ounces. California’s cutoff for 4-MI is 29 mcg. Any product containing higher levels has to carry a ‘could cause cancer’ warning label. While vigorously denying the claim - the company says the ingredients of its caramel colour are, and always have been, safe - Coca-Cola requested its caramel manufacturers to reduce the amount of 4-MEI in their caramel ... but only in California. The crazy thing is, colouring is purely cosmetic. It has no affect on flavour. If companies can make brown food colouring that is free of carcinogens, and apparently they can, why don’t they do it? Hell, I’ll drink Coke if it has no colour at all! So much for scare tactics....

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Airport meeting on Feb. 28 The Scugog Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast ‘The Business of the Greenbank Airport’ will be held on Thursday, February 28 at the Emmanuel Community Church. Now that the Greenbank Airport expansion is underway what is next? What will the business ‘landscape’ look like? Who will the clientele be and what will the Airport expansion mean for business in the Township of Scugog and surrounding areas? Join us for a complete overview with John Packer, General Manager of the

Greenbank Airport, as he walks us through the expansion and business plans. Everyone is welcome! The breakfast will be held at Emmanuel Community Church, 1680 Reach St., Port Perry. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are available at a cost of $15 per person for members, and $18 per person for future members, which includes breakfast. Reservations are required Wednesday, February 27. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Reservations may be canceled up

to 48 hours in advance of the meeting. We regret we must invoice those who fail to cancel in advance to cover preparation costs for the caterers. Chamber members are invited to bring their corporate literature and business cards for display and distribution plus there will be a business card draw at the end of the meeting for a free breakfast/luncheon coupon. For more information contact or to reserve a spot: Scugog Chamber of Commerce at 905-985-4971 or

Precious Minds holding dance ACCLAIMED AUTHOR COMING TO UXBRIDGE: (From left) G-Mom Sandy Atley, Blue Heron Books owner Shelley Macbeth and G-Mom Marilyn Baker are busy prepping for coffee with bestselling author James Rollins at Blue Heron Books (62 Brock St. W.) at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. Limited tickets are available for just $30, which includes a $15 voucher for Mr. Rollins’ new book, ‘The Blood Gospel’ along with a donation to the G-Moms of Port Perry-Stephen Lewis Foundation. The Uxbridge stop is just one of two in Canada for Mr. Rollins’ promotional tour. DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

Precious Minds is excited to announce the upcoming Precious Valentine Dance on Saturday, February 9 at Mill Run Golf Club in Uxbridge. This exciting evening will feature live music from local talent, vocalist Carlie Laidlaw along with Chris Saunders on the guitar and Barry Fraser on the piano. DJ Lynz will also be on hand to get everyone out on the dance floor! Support from local business has been fantastic. Precious Minds is thankful to their many

sponsors, Mill Run Golf Club, Rutledge Jewellers, Scarsin, Scotiabank, Bonner Boys and TD Bank for making this event possible. “We are excited about this unique event that gives people in north Durham a great evening out while raising funds for the programs and services offered at Precious Minds that make such an impact on the families who have children with barriers to learning in our community,” says Chas Harding, Director of Development

at Precious Minds. In addition to the live music and DJ, the evening will feature a light buffet, formal photo op, and door prizes. There will also be a balloon raffle with a chance to win a getaway from Gateway Travel, worth $1,500. Tickets are still available for the dance and can be purchased on Precious Minds’ web site, by calling Precious Minds at 905982-0882 or at Blue Heron Books in Uxrbridge.

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UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Kinsmen Club is once again welcoming the community to enjoy a truly Canadian pass time when they host a family skating party at Elgin Pond on Family Day (Feb. 18). Kinsmen Club member Jim Campbell appeared before council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Feb. 4, to outline the details surrounding the popular winter event. The Kinsmen Club will be setting up at the pond at 10 a.m. with their free barbeque expected to begin at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. “The long range weather forecast says it

should be good weather,” said Mr. Campbell, who added that the group will be collecting donations on behalf of the Uxbridge Youth Centre. Councillors unanimously endorsed the Kinsmen Club’s initiative, and lauded the group for their efforts within the community. “You’ve done an amazing job, and it’s something that kids in the community really look forward to,” said Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor. “We certainly support everything Kinsmen do for our community, and our kids.”

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PENNIES FOR PETS: The latest tally from the ongoing Pennies for Pets fundraiser was presented to the staff of the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter, for a grand total of $524 in coins. However, the generous staff of Port Perry’s Emmerson Insurance made a donation of their own, kicking in an extra $500 for the animals of the shelter. The money will go toward vaccinations, spaying/ neutering and other costly healthcare procedures. Donations can still be made to the fundraiser – just drop your coins off in the marked containers in businesses throughout North Durham, including The Standard at 94 Water St. in Port Perry. Pictured here (from left) are Emily Gerber of the animal shelter, Pennies For Pets organizer Sierra Wheeler, and Donna McFarlane and Roni Bourgeois of Emmerson Insurance, along with some of the shelter’s many cats awaiting adoption. BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

Preteen centre pitched in Uxbridge DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: The idea of a preteen centre was presented to Council by a group of local students on Monday, Jan. 28, and was met with great enthusiasm from councillors. A group of 10 students from Robin Vandervleuten’s Grade 5 class at St. Joseph’s made the presentation before councillors outlining their community wish. The children present noted that it is important for kids to develop a connection with the community, as well as develop social skills with their peers. Although there are a number of places around Uxbridge for young people to congregate and enjoy each other’s company, such as Parish Lanes bowling alley and the Roxy Theatre, the kids noted that some places can be intimidating because of older kids. With that in mind, the kids presented council with the idea of establishing a preteen centre in the municipality. In their well-prepared presentation, the kids outlined several fundraising initiatives that could be undertaken to offset the costs of the facility as well as a number of safeguards to keep everyone safe. Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor praised the group for their preparation, and countered with ideas that may see the dream of these students eventually become a reality. “Our community is in great hands when we see kids like you coming forward with great ideas,” said Mayor O’Connor. “We understand that you need a place to be with other kids.” The mayor added that the student’s idea of a rock climbing wall may be something that the township could look into as the Kennedy House project continues to take shape. Already home to the Uxbridge Skate Park as well as the soccer fields, the

property is intended to serve as the future home of recreation in Uxbridge Township, with a new aquatic centre possibly opening on the site in 2015. Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet, who has been active with the Uxbridge Youth Centre for a number of years, asked if there had been any conversations about possibly opening the centre up to younger kids. “It’s come up in the past about the youth centre expanding their hours and age range,” commented Councillor Highet. “That might be a good place to start.” Mayor O’Connor endorsed the plan, and suggested blocking off time at the youth centre to allow for kids in Grade 4 through 6 to make use of the facility, located at 34 Brock St. W. in downtown Uxbridge. Councillor Highet will now work with the group as well as the Youth Centre to see if such an arrangement can be agreed upon.

Regional Council going on-line The Regional Municipality of Durham would like to notify residents that Regional Council meetings will soon be available via a live internet feed, beginning in February at In an effort to make information more accessible to residents, Rogers TV will be broadcasting Regional Council meetings via the internet. This feed will coincide with the current Rogers TV broadcast schedule, which offers coverage of Regional Council meetings on cable channel 10. In addition, a limited history of meetings will be housed on the Rogers TV web site. Please note that currently this feed does not include closed captioning.

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What’s better than buying a whole new wardrobe? When you can do that and save money - and in Port Perry, The Gypsy’s Closet is just the place! Opened just last July near Port Perry’s bustling waterfront, the consignment store offers high-end women’s fashions for a fraction of the original price tag. The store is the brainchild of owner Sandy Thomson and daughter Melanie (who came up with the store’s name), after realizing that there was a need for such a business in the local community. The store is located

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in an easily-accessible shopping plaza along Hwy. 7A/ Scugog St., close to the shores of Lake Scugog. “One day, we had this idea and within 10 days, we had signed the lease,” recalled Ms. Thomson, a retired GM employee. “We cater to all sizes and lifestyles, from students to working women to stay-at-home moms. We have a vast variety of clients.” For Ms. Thomson, consignment shopping has a number of benefits. In addition to shoppers looking out for a great deal on a nice item, Ms. Thomson said there’s an equal number of people looking to find a new home for the contents of their closets. And when they can get some of that initial investment back, paring down is even more appealing. “The trend seems to be to de-clutter your closet,” said Ms. Thomson. “Consignment shopping is a real trend and its good for the environment. People also want to get a return on the clothes that they paid big bucks for. Everyone has stuff hanging in their closets they don’t wear anymore. With us, they can build a credit or take cash - or maybe they will see something on our racks that catches their eye.” Offering “just about anything you’d find in a closet,” said Ms. Thomson, the store features plenty of options for every item a shopper would be looking for. From shoes to dresses to handbags, The Gypsy’s Closet carries all the familiar brand names that fashion-conscious customers seek out, including Guess, Coach, Lindor, Valentino, Gucci and Nygard. For the younger set, Ms. Thomson said that the store often gets items from Aeropostal, American Eagle and Hollister. The Gypsy’s Closet also has numerous ongoing

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This Valentine’s Day, courageous women in Zimbabwe will be handing out paper roses in the streets. Jenni Williams, the leader of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), has lost count of how many times she has been arrested—“maybe 37 or 38,” she says. Jenni and her colleague, Magodonga Mahlangu, are only two of the many women who have been arrested, ill-treated, intimidated and harassed for their peaceful human rights work in this southern African country. Members often give out paper roses during their peaceful marches to symbolize their slogan of love and peace. At a previous Valentine’s Day event in Bulawayo, banners proclaimed “The Power of Love can conquer the Love of Power” and

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women handed out roses to the public. Three of the 53 women arrested had simply been watching. At trial, the prosecutor decided against legal action, and the activists walked free after paying fines. WOZA was formed in 2003 to defend human rights amidst the political violence in Zimbabwe, and continues their work today by mobilizing to improve living conditions in the country. Members organize vocal and colourful peaceful demonstrations to protest government policies that lead to worsening social, economic and human rights situations. Police arrest even children, women carrying babies and pregnant women. Officers release many without charge, but take advantage

of repressive legislation such as the Public Order and Security Act and the Miscellaneous Offences Act to charge some of them. The government, in an effort to prevent public protest and criticism of its policies, has become increasingly intolerant of the work of human rights defenders and is actively seeking to silence them. WOZA members will continue by peaceful means to use their freedom to meet together and criticize government policy. Members of Amnesty International around the world are calling for the protection of WOZA members and all human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. Information on how to get involved is available at - Courtesy of News Canada

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Regionals just a stone’s throw away

SCOUTS MARK 90 YEARS: Local Scouts Gregory Soomre and Jacob Woodward sign a commemorative banner with Scouts Canada Past Chief Commissioner Steve Kent, during the Scouts 90th anniversary celebrations at the Port Perry Scout Hall on Jan. 26. Scouts of all ages joined in on the festivities. BLAKE WOLFE The Standard

It’s off to the Regionals for a Port Perry Mixed team after a Whitby B-side zones win. They gave up a three point edge late in a game against Oshawa’s Nathan Martin, the A-side winner, but Rob Steele, Alice Beatty, John Butler and Susan Jantzi dominated Oshawa Golf’s Bryce Samson; 10-0 in four ends. Then Steele’s rink won the B-side, defeating Tim Morrison of Uxbridge 8-2 in six ends. In Senior Mixed play, Port Perry’s Allison Goring, Ken Jeffrey, Kelly Evans and Rob Thompson won their first two games and, in the A-side final, defeated Ray Balachorek of Oshawa Golf 6 to 3. Jeffrey throws the final stones. Goring calls the game. Uxbridge teams in were skipped by Randy Grant and Marg McKnight. 4th Annual Tim Hortons Youth Bonspiel Excited curlers and spectators had fun at the Tim Horton’s Little Rock ‘spiel with teams from Port Perry, Whitby, Oshawa and York. Port Perry’s Breanne Roulston, Nicholas Willmer, Addison Wride and Sam Tunnard were overall winners. Port’s team of Sam Chase, Pascal Vroom, Lynsey Roulston, and Kaylee Basque tied but Team Roulston’s 3-point edge broke the tie. Oshawa’s Chantal Duncan, Brooke Davies, Sarah and Maggie Gunn came third. The trophy was presented by Paul Savage, 1983

World Curling Champion, ‘98 Olympic Silver Medalist, enthusiastic grandparent, and York supporter. Organizers Mary Holt, Lynda Powell, Louise Haugen, Brooke Kerry and draw master Clive Powell thanked cheering parents and Tim Hortons. Don Beaton rink scores big in Super League Gus Brown Pontiac, Don Beaton’s team in the Deloitte Super League, ran up blow-out points in just four ends against Mark St. John’s Allen’s Siding. Beaton scored five points in the first end, did it again in the second, added one in the third and two more in the fourth to put the game away. Jay St. John had an injured knee and left the game early. On his rink were Karen Rowsell, Jay St. John and Susan Duivesteyn. In the Last Rock versus HUB International game Brian Van Camp put two on the board to start but Steele’s Last Rock replied with two in the second and three more in the third. Van Camp counted a single in the fourth end but Steele added two to lead 7-3. Van Camp managed two more points but fell short. Steele won 7 to 5.

With Valentines Day coming right up, you can take your sweetie out for a special evening this Saturday at the Sunderland Memorial Arena. For only $10 a person, The Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival Committee is having a Valentine’s Dance from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. The theme is ‘Get your Groove On’ with music by our own Cash on the Barrelhead band! ‘Photos with Your Sweetie’ will be available for $10, courtesy of Sue Wright. The Sunderland Co-Op has tickets as well, as do local committee members. Have fun!


Sue McKnight’s Lindsay Kia counted one to open the game against Wilf Rapp’s Lake Scugog Lumber. Rapp scored two in the second and after five ends had a 4 - 3 lead. That’s when Kia scored three and added one for emphasis in a 7 to 4 win. Port Perry Sign Shop, with Bob Leach subbing for an ailing Glenn Evans, battled Bill Kennedy’s Renovations. The Reno crew scored one in the first and three in the second en route to a 7 to 3 win. Scots take home the Strathcona Cup Western Canadian curlers had a ten point advantage as the 2013 Strathcona Cup Tour wound down but the visitors held their two hundred point cumulative advantage into the final games. Canadians won five years ago but this time the touring Scots took an early lead. Uxbridge and Port Perry teams added wins and two points in games at Uxbridge. In five years Canadian teams will take the challenge to Scotland. Time to sign for Sticks ‘n’ Stones set for April 20 Looking ahead, from ice to fairway, the Port Perry Curling Club is booking for the Sticks and Stones Saturday, April 20. End your season with two four end games and nine holes of golf. Subtract your curling score from your golf round to start your season on the links with an impressive total.

Most of our minor hockey teams have finished their first rounds and are heading into their second, so come out and enjoy. The Saddlebag Saloon Dinner is now sold out, but I will certainly give you all the details once it’s over. Do keep me informed of all your news. Remember my motto: “Your ‘Busyness’ is our business.” Phone me at 705-357-3327. Quote for this Valentine’s Day: “Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.” - Ben Hecht

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Bruins topple Chiefs for first place in COJHL DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

In a game billed by many as the ‘game of the year’ in the COJHL, the Uxbridge Bruins dismantled the Lakefield Chiefs by a final score of 8-2 on Friday, Feb. 1, to wrap up first place in the regular season standings. Over 400 fans crammed their way into Uxrena to witness the final home game of the 2012-13 regular season for the Bruins. With Lakefield sitting just two points behind Uxbridge coming into the contest, the game would ultimately decide who took the COJHL’s regular season crown. Although the Chiefs would take advantage of a miscue in the Bruins’ zone to take an early 1-0 lead, Uxbridge found their way just past the midway point of the first period. The line of Marco Mastrangelo, Tim ‘Honey Badger’ Bierema and ‘Killer’ Korey Brand dished out a dominating forecheck to overwhelm the Chiefs’ defence, and with just over three minutes left in the first, Bierema netted his tenth goal of the season to knot the game 1-1. A pair second period of goals from ‘The Flying V’ Joey Vocino along with a single from Matt Allen gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the period. Although the Chiefs would slip another puck past Branden Francey to cut the Bruins’ lead to two goals late in the middle frame, the Bruins netminder quickly returned to form and made several sensational saves as the second period drew to a close. Just over two minutes into the third period, ‘Stone

Cold’ Steve Douitsis fired a laser beam into the Chiefs’ net to put Uxbridge ahead by a score of 5-2. Allen would follow that score up with his second of the night just 16 seconds later, as the Bruins widened the gap on Lakefield. The floodgates swung wide open just over a minute later when Patrick Morgan stripped the puck off a Lakefield defender and slipped around the goalie for an unassisted marker to put Uxbridge ahead 7-2. With time ticking away in the contest, Lakefield came apart at the seams, and engaged in a parade to the penalty box. That opened the door for a powerplay goal from Callum Lynch, assisted by Morgan with just over five minutes remaining. Lynch’s goal would round out the scoring as Uxbridge rolled to a lopsided victory, their sixth in eight meetings between the two clubs over the course of the 2012-13 season. Following the game, Bruins Head Coach Dan West was elated with the effort put forth by his charges over the course of the season. “Nobody expected this result for this group except for this group,” West said of the team, which featured 17 new players, many of whom were playing their first season of junior hockey. By virtue of their first place finish, the Bruins along with Lakefield - have earned byes in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins will face the lowest seeded remaining team when the COJHL semi-finals kick off, presumably in two weeks’ time. The win gave Bruins forward and Uxbridge native Mike ‘Rampage’ Ramsey the chance to add an impressive bookend on his junior ca-

reer, as the team also claimed a regular season championship in his rookie season. “I’ve really gone through a phase of being the young guy on the team to one of the veteran guys, and it’s a good way for my junior career to kind of come full circle,” Ramsey told The Standard. Vocino also credited the support of the Bruins’ fans throughout the season with helping the team prepare for games. As a member of the St. Mary HS team that fell in the LOSSA Finals to Uxbridge SS last year, he has seen the effect of strong fan support on both sides of the ice. “Last year with St. Mary, I had the opposite experience, and hundreds of Uxbridge fans were cheering against us, and it was awful,” Vocino said. “Being on Joey ‘The Flying V’ Vocino nets the first of his two goals against the Lakefield the other side is amazing and we really feed off the Chiefs on Friday, Feb. 1, in Uxbridge, as the Bruins prevailed by a final score of 8-2 to wrap up first place in the COJHL. DYNAMIC DESIGNS Special to The Standard energy of the crowd.”

Bean named COJHL’s top rookie DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

Uxbridge Bruins defenceman Justin Bean capped an impressive first season of junior hockey on Friday, Feb. 1 when he was awarded the Perc Macklin Memorial Trophy as the COJHL’s Rookie of the Year. COJHL Convenor and Statistician Liz Basinger was on hand to award the trophy to the 16-year-old Pickering native prior to the Bruins’ game against the Lakefield Chiefs. Bean joined the Bruins this season after a stellar minor hockey career with the Ajax-Pickering Raiders that saw his team claim an ETA Championship last year. He made an immediate impact on the COJHL, finishing the season tops amongst defenceman in scoring and 12th place overall in the league’s scoring race with 32 points (8 goals and 24 assists) in 40 games played. Bruins Head Coach Dan West

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had nothing but good things to say about the rookie blue liner following the Bruins’ 8-2 win over Lakefield. “We saw Justin’s potential in camp, but I don’t think anyone expected him to do the things he did this year,” West told The Standard. “He worked really hard on his game and had teammates that supported him every step of the way. I honestly can’t say enough good things about him.” Bean admitted that he was surprised that he took home the honour, especially with so many impressive rookies on the Bruins’ roster this season. “It was definitely a bit of a shock to win rookie of the year,” Bean said. “Patty (Morgan) had more points, and (Branden) Francey led the league in wins and goals against average. Either of those two guys could’ve easily won.” Bean was grateful to both his coaches and his teammates in help-

ing him win this prestigious award. “My teammates and the whole coaching staff gave me a great opportunity this year, and I just tried to make the most of it,” said Bean. While the individual award was a great honour for him, he admitted that the larger goal of winning the COJHL championship was of greater importance, and he is already looking ahead to the challenges of the post-season. “The regular season championship definitely meant more. We came in this year with a lot of questions with so many new players, but we really bonded as a team and were able to give back some of the great support we got from our fans with a title. Now, hopefully we can give them another championship in the playoffs.” In other award news, Georgina Ice forward Scott Sandercock took home the COJHL’s MVP award after leading the league in scoring.

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Midget Stars shine against Ajax DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

The Uxbridge Midget Stars moved one step closer to advancing to the OMHA Quarterfinals with a spirited 3-0 win over Ajax in Game 3 of their second round playdown match-up on Monday, Feb. 4 that gave them a twogames-to-one advantage in the series. After dispatching Whitby in a first round sweep, the Stars opened their second round encounter with the Ajax Knights on Thursday, Jan. 31. It didn’t take the Stars long to light the lamp, and take an early 1-0 lead in this game, as Jason Simmonds slipped the puck past the Ajax netminder less than three minutes into the action. Brett Young added to Uxbridge’s lead just over two minutes later when he blasted a shot from the point, assisted by Todd Winder. Ajax would eventually close the gap when they scored with just over three minutes to play in the first. Then, late in the second period, the Knights would tie the game 2-2 after scoring a powerplay goal. It took Nik Yule just 11 seconds to restore Uxbridge’s lead as he netted an early third period goal, assisted by Luke Melong and Keegan McCarthy. A strong Ajax attack continued to pressure the Stars as the third period wore on, but Cody Northover was sensational between the pipes for Uxbridge, as he made several acrobatic saves to hold the Knights at bay despite some great scoring chances. A late empty net goal from Melong would round out the scoring in this match-up as Uxbridge skated to a 4-2 win in Game 1. On Sunday, Feb. 3, the series resumed in Ajax with the two sides engaging in a tennis match of sorts that saw fantastic offensive displays as Ajax stormed back to tie the series.

Brett Young fires a shot at the Ajax goalie during the Midget Stars’ DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard 3-0 win in Uxbridge on Monday, Feb. 4. Northover picked up right where he Simmonds would once again open the scoring, assisted by Winder and left off in Game 1 between the pipes for Trent Cooper, just under five minutes the Stars as he made several spectacuinto the fray. But, Ajax responded just lar saves on an early Ajax powerplay. For the third game in a row, Simover five minutes later to even the monds would open the scoring when score after one period of play. The back-and-forth play continued he jammed in a rebound near the midin the second period as each side lit way point of the first period. Young would double the Uxbridge the lamp three times over the course of the frame. Ryan Locke, Matthew advantage when he snapped home a Pollard and Liam Blais all scored for powerplay goal after being left all alone Uxbridge as they headed into the third in the slot late in the second period. Winder would seal the 3-0 Uxbridge period with the score knotted 4-4. Simmonds’ second of the night al- victory when he charged through trafmost five minutes into the third gave fic in front of the net to slip in the rethe Stars another lead, but they were bound when McCarthy’s point shot unable to hold on to it as Ajax netted hit the post. The Stars will now look to wrap up two late goals to take Game 2 by a fithe series in Ajax when the two sides nal tally of 6-5. With the series now tied at one square off for Game 4 on Wednesday, game apiece, there was excitement in Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. Should there be a the air on Monday, Feb. 4, when they Game 5, it will be contested on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in Uxbridge. series resumed at Uxrena.

MEDALS FOR LOCAL SKATER: Scugog Island’s William LeBlanc stands on the podium at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea, after landing a silver in the 500m race. William later won a bronze in the 333m race before the event wrapped up on Feb. 5. SUBMITTED PHOTO

MoJacks to face LB in playoffs DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

For the second consecutive year, the Port Perry MoJacks’ final game of the COJHL regular season came down to a must-win game against the Clarington Eagles. There was an electric atmosphere at Scugog Arena for the matinee tilt on Sunday, Feb. 3, as the MoJacks entered their season finale sitting just two points behind the Eagles for third place in the standings. The Eagles netted the opening goal of the game just over two minutes into the action, but the MoJacks quickly countered the attack. MoJacks forward Logan Evans was pinballing all over the ice in the opening stanza, and dished out several quality hits to separate Eagles players from the puck. The MoJacks had several quality scoring chances on a late powerplay, but could not solve Eagles goalie Brandon Green. Just over seven minutes into the second period, the Eagles netted a powerplay goal to increase their lead to 2-0. There was silence amongst the crowd shortly afterwards as Lee Taylor was on the receiving end of a vicious head check from Jeremy Osborne which resulted in a five-minute major penalty for the Eagles’ call-up from the Clarington Midgets. However, the ensuing MoJacks powerplay would come up empty as Clarington did an effective job of limiting Port Perry’s scoring chances. This set the stage for a hotly contested third period as the Eagles looked to drive the final nail in the MoJacks’ coffin. Port Perry, meanwhile, continued trying to claw their way back into the contest. However, the MoJacks comeback efforts would come up short as Brock Ackerman netted a powerplay goal to round out the scoring in a 3-0 Clarington victory. The MoJacks will now turn their attention to their matchup with the Little Britain Merchants in the opening round of the playoffs, starting on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Little Britain before returning to Scugog Arena for Game 2 on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., as well as Game 3 on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The MoJacks took the season series between the two clubs, claiming victory in five of the eight games between the clubs, although, they only scored three more total goals in those eight contests, six of which were decided by a single goal. “Little Britain is a hard working team and they have some real motivation behind them,” Campbell said. “We have to stick to our game plan and play to our strengths. If you don’t match the Merchants’ intensity they have the ability to eat you up, so we’ll have to be prepared to meet that challenge.”

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39 Acoustic guitarist’s lack 40 Breed 45 Let out a breath 46 Actor Guy of “Memento” 47 Trusted chum 48 “Finding Nemo” setting 50 “Crack” or “jack” follower 51 Hawke of “Training Day” 52 Ancient South American empire 53 One of three squares 54 Cosmetology procedure 55 Classic literary work 57 Arctic Ocean hazard 58 Bear’s hangout 59 Caribbean taro 61 Bridal bio word

ARIES (March 21-April 19): During the next five weeks, you will enjoy a phase of self-renewal. Slow your pace and get plenty of rest and relaxation. Adapt to a work situation that is much slower than usual. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Socialize with friends and network to make new beneficial contacts. A friend could introduce you to a potential partner. Present creative ideas to interested groups. Plan and write out personal goals. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Enjoy this ambitious career cycle. If you would like a new job, this is a great time to send our resumes. If you perfer to be your own boss, set up a home business during the next five weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Expand your mind through writing, education or travel, but if you take a trip, it could be a bit nerve wracking. Since you can sell anything, including yourself, take the opportunity to market your skills. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This is not a good time to apply for a loan or expect anyone to give you extra credit. Resolve any conflicts over money in a reasonable way. Safeguard financial information and valuables. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A tension filled period in personal and business relationships, work out problems in a business partnership and come up with a win-win solution. If single, do not rush into a new relationship.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Work will be your highest priority over the next five weeks. You may have to take on a heavier workload or a challenging new assignment. Avoid arguments with supervisors or co-workers. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Other people’s money is more available. One of the most creative and romantic times of year for your sun sign, singles could meet the person of their dreams. Find a means to improve your mode of self-expression. Acting and public speaking are possibilities. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you work from home, the next five weeks will be especially productive. You could reach a significant point in a career related project begun a year ago. Good time to start a home improvement project. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You will find it easier to argue in favour of your ideas and sell them more effectively, but should not skip over details. Be careful what you say or put into writing. Be cautious when signing contracts. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You could spend money on impulse without realizing it. If a financial opportunity looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be fiscally responsible, make sure you do blow the whole bundle. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Put personal plans into place, but do not be impatient if they do not work out right away. It may be the end of March before all the pieces fall into place. Since your energy level is high, why not start a new fitness program?

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HACHEY JR., Lawrence Bernard “Lorne” After a brief illness, on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, at age 77. Lorne Hachey of Port Perry beloved husband of the late Joan (nee Webster). Loved father of Larry Hachey and his wife Barb Grenier of Oshawa, Dina Hachey of Toronto, Elaine Dament and her husband David Uhl of Jackson’s Point, and Sharon Hachey and her husband James Ozols of Port Perry. Loved grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Lorne is survived by his brothers Raymond and Alcide, his sister Lorraine Gionet and his sisterin-law Evelyn Hachey and he was predeceased by his brothers Clarence, Emile, and Charles and his sisters Delvina, Ernestine and Albertine. The family of Lorne Hachey will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermottPanabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985 2171) on Monday, February 4th from 2 - 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday, February 5th at 11 a.m. with David Wells officiating followed by a reception in the Heritage Room of the funeral home. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Memories and condolences may be shared at

WRIGHT, Audrey Lenore Peacefully, on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 93. Audrey (nee Stinson), beloved wife of the late Walter Wright of Blackstock. Loved mother of Lorna Wright of Toronto, Lois Wright of Lindsay, Eleanor Wright of Toronto, and Elaine Young of Hamilton. Loving grandmother of Holli Young, Kirstie Young and Tony Clark and great grandmother of Adelaide and William. Dear sister of the late Floyd Stinson and Kathleen Walker. The family of Audrey Wright will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermottPanabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985-2171) on Thursday, February 7th from 10 – 11 a.m. A Service to celebrate her life will be held in the Chapel at 11 a.m. with Reverend Linda Saffrey officiating, followed by a reception in the Heritage Room of the funeral home. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be shared at


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After a lengthy illness, on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, at age 85. Norm Budd, beloved husband of Barbara (nee Spencer) of Little Britain. Loving father of David Budd and his wife Jackie of Toronto, Gordon Budd of Caledon, and predeceased by son Richard of Vancouver. Loved grandfather of Robbie, Lori, Tyler and Taylor. Dear brother of Doreen Cumpson of Niagara on the Lake, and predeceased by his sister Wanda Bryan. The family of Norman Budd will receive friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermott-Panabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985 2171) on Thursday, February 7th from 2 - 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life will be held in the Chapel on Friday, February 8th at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Paul Moorhouse officiating. Interment Pleasant Point Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Port Perry Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared at


It is with great sadness that the family of George Dale announces his passing on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at the age of 84. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Lucy Jacqueline, and his children Garry (Jody), Brad (Theresa), and Cindy. He will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren Jordan, Jonine, Aaron, Allyson, Jesse, and Brittany, and two great-grandchildren Jace and Josslyn. After a successful career in the oil industry George sold his business and enjoyed many years at the Dale Island with family and friends. George enjoyed his retirement at Canterbury Common creating wonderful memories and lifelong friendships, where he loved rocking on the front porch with the dogs, swimming in the pool, and dining at the center. We will always remember his distinguishable laugh, cheerful attitude, charismatic personality, and the way he made everyone feel so special. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Lakeridge Health Port Perry. Family and friends will be received at the Low and Low Funeral Home 1763 Reach Street, Port Perry, (905) 985-7331 on Saturday February 9th, 2013 from 1p.m. to 2 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate the life of George will be held in the chapel at 2pm. Reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal |Shelter, 1360 Reach Street, Port Perry, Ontario, L9L 1B2. On line condolences may be made at

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USC dominates swim meet The Uxbridge Swim Club hosted the Banh Brothers Invitational at Uxpool on Sunday, Jan. 27. Uxbridge had another stellar performance with 44 first, 28 second and 22 third place finishes among five Swim Clubs and close to 200 athletes. The Banh Brothers Invitational was a fun and successful event for all USC swimmers with many personal best times achieved. Boys Tyler Fitger (9), 200 IM 1st Michael Green (9), 50 Free 2nd, 200 Free 2nd and 50 Breast 2nd Conor Kennedy (10), 50 Breast 2nd and 50 Back 3rd Owen Kennedy (11), 50 Free 1st, 200 Free 1st, 100 Back 1st and 50 Fly 1st Jacob Kerr (12), 100 Free 1st, 100 Back 1st and 100 Breast 1st Duncan McDougall (10), 100 Back 1st, 200 Back 1st and 100 Fly 1st Graeme McDougall (10), 100 Free 1st, 200 Free 1st and 50 Fly 1st Jon Menard (13), 100 Back 2nd and 100 Breast 2nd Angus Redfern (14), 100 Free 2nd, 200 Free 2nd, 100 Breast 3rd and 50 Fly 1st Noah Snooks (9), 50 Free 3rd Luke Spadzinski (9), 200

Free 3rd, 100 Breast 3rd and 50 Fly 1st Lukas Vadeika (9), 50 Free 1st, 200 Free 1st and 50 Back 2nd Girls Annie Ackers-Green (11), 100 Free 2nd Meighan Alboim (9), 100 Free 3rd, 200 Free 3rd, 100 Back 3rd and 50 Fly 2nd Ariana Bailey (12), 50 Back 1st and 200 IM 3rd Jaden Bandstra (9), 50 Free 1st, 200 Free 1st, 100 Breast 2nd and 50 Fly 1st Jordyn Bandstra (12), 100 Free 3rd, 50 Fly 2nd and 200 IM 1st Ashley Basque (11), 50 Back 6th and 200 IM 6th Emma Burns (11), 100 Free 3rd, 200 Free 1st, 100 Breast 3rd and 100 Fly 1st Aislinn Campbell (9), 50 Free 3rd and 50 Back 2nd Hannah Cohoon (11), 50 Free 1st Kendall Cohoon (8), 50 Free 1st, 50 Back 2nd, 100 Breast 1st and 200 IM 2nd Avery Evans (11), 50 Back 2nd Ella Field (11), 50 Back 3rd, 100 Breast 1st and 200 IM 3rd Caitlin Finlay (11), 50 Free 2nd Madeleine Goad (11), 50 Back 1st Alexandra Greer (13), 100

Back 1st and 100 Breast 1st Cassandra Greer (10), 50 Free 1st, 100 Back 1st, 100 Breast 3rd and 200 IM 1st Emily Hodgson (9), 200 Free 4th Cearra Howey (14), 200 Free 2nd and 50 Back 1st Maeve Kennedy (7), 50 Free 2nd, 200 Free 1st, 50 Back 3rd and 50 Breast 3rd Lauren Larkan (10), 100 Free 3rd, 200 Free 1st, 100 Back 2nd and 50 Fly 1st Emily Leonard (14), 100 Free 2nd, 200 Free 1st and 50 Back 2nd Elizabeth Lukic (9), 50 Back 3rd Danielle Nobes (8), 50 Free 3rd and 200 Free 2nd Emily Redfern (11), 50 Fly 3rd Julianna Santaguida (12), 100 Free 2nd, 200 Back 1st, 100 Breast 2nd and 50 Fly 1st Emlyn Tuck (13), 100 Back 2nd and 50 Breast 2nd Kate Tuck (8), 200 Back 1st and 50 Breast 1st The USC is hosting their annual Swim-a-Thon on March 23 and 24. The Swim-a-Thon is a major national fundraising project in which most affiliated clubs in Canada participate. If you are interested in sponsoring a local athlete, please visit our web site

Local Hockey Scoreboard OMHA Second Round Playdowns Minor Atom Port Perry vs. Whitby Blue - PP leads 2-0 Gm. 1: Port Perry 4 @ Whitby Blue 3 Gm. 2: Whitby Blue 1 @ Port Perry 3 Gm. 3: Thursday, Feb. 7 6 p.m. Whitby Blue @ Port Perry *Gm. 4: Friday, Feb. 8 6:30 p.m. Port Perry @ Whitby Blue - IPSC 3 *Gm. 5: Sunday, Feb. 10 4 p.m. Whitby Blue @ Port Perry Uxbridge vs. Quinte West - Series tied 1-1 Gm. 1: Uxbridge 3 @ Quinte West 4 Gm. 2: Uxbridge 2 @ Quinte West 0 Gm. 3: Quinte West @ Uxbridge Gm. 4: Saturday, Feb. 9 4:30 p.m. Quinte West @ Uxbridge *Gm. 5: Sunday, Feb. 10 noon Uxbridge @ Quinte West


PeeWee Uxbridge vs. Clarington - Series tied 1-1 Gm. 1: Uxbridge 5 @ Clarington 2 Gm. 2: Clarington 6 @ Uxbridge 1 Gm. 3: Uxbridge @ Clarington Gm. 4: Thursday, Feb. 7 6:45 p.m. Clarington @ Uxbridge *Gm. 5: Saturday, Feb. 9 5:30 p.m. Uxbridge @ Clarington Minor Midget Port Perry vs. Oshawa - Osh leads 2-0 Gm. 1: Port Perry 2 @ Oshawa 4 Gm. 2: Oshawa 1 @ Port Perry 0 Gm. 3: Wednesday, Feb. 6 8:15 p.m. Port Perry @ Oshawa *Gm. 4: Saturday, Feb. 9 8:15 p.m. Oshawa @ Port Perry *Gm. 5: Sunday, Feb. 10 6:15 p.m. Port Perry @ Oshawa




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Choral Society needs men for ‘Mame’ The Scugog Choral Society is still looking for one more male actor to join the cast of their latest production ‘Mame,’ as well as male chorus members. The theatre group is still looking for an actor, age 35 to 60, to fill the role of Lindsay Woolsey, described by the SCS as a ‘savvy & successful NY publisher and as Mame’s most trusted friend, he appears throughout the show.’ Singing is helpful but not a prerequisite for this role. Auditions from male singers are still being accepted, particularly men for the ensemble/chorus - portraying party goers, policemen, firemen, clergy, southern gentry, college students and more. According to the SCS, auditioning actors will be asked of the following: ‘Help with costume and props - no experience necessary. Creativity, eye for detail, ability to have fun and put in some elbow grease while working as part of the production team are the only requirements. Some sewing skills (but nothing fancy) would be a great asset, but not required. For costuming, the period that the show covers is 1928 to 1946.’ Evening performances of the show at 8 p.m. are scheduled to take place at Port Perry’s Town Hall 1873 on March 21, 22, 23, 28 and 30 and April 4, 5 and 6. Two 2 p.m. matinees are booked for March 30 and April 7. E-mail immediately if you are interested in auditioning for the roles of Lindsay or the male chorus. For a show synopsis and more information, visit

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Uxbridge singer plays hometown March 2 Come see Julien Kelland in concert, with Brett Simmonds and Bodan Mulholland, at the Uxbridge Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2! Tickets are only $10 and are available at Blue Heron Books, Presents Presents Presents, Rutledge Jewellers, and at the door. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Jumpstart. This concert is sponsored by: Ron Noble Insurance, Williamson Uxbridge, Canadian Tire Uxbridge, Uxbridge Family Dentistry, Tin Mill, King Brewery, Miranda Lumley Casual Couture, Artistic Hair Stop, and Ineo Studios. Julien started singing around the same time she started talking and has been singing in and around Durham Region since she was six years old. After a surprise wedding performance at the age of six, Julien auditioned for the Uxbridge Youth Choir. Julien stayed with the Youth Choir until this past Spring. The Youth Choir received Gold standing at the Ontario Vocal Festival several times, Gold standing at Music Fest Canada Markham 2009, Ottawa 2010, and British Columbia 2011, as well Superior standing at Rhythms International Music Festival in New York 2012. Julien studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music program privately with Jennifer Neveu-Cook and is working on her Grade 6 Voice. Julien is now singing with Belle Nova, a young women’s ensemble directed by Jennifer Neveu-Cook, who also headed up the award winning Uxbridge Youth Choir. Another fun fact about

Singer Julien Kelland will perform at the Uxbridge Music Hall on Saturday, March 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO Julien: She is the third cousin to the late great Glenn Gould. Glenn’s maternal grandfather was a cousin of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Julien always says she gets her ears from her Mom’s side and her singing voice from her Dad’s side. This is an event not to be missed! Every ticket sold supports Jumpstart - please help support this great organization by purchasing a ticket even if you can’t attend. For more information, please e-mail Over these years Julien has also enjoyed singing solo at local events and at her school. Several years in a row she performanced at the Uxbridge Legion Veterans Remembrance Day dinner, Robbie Burns Dinner and the Veterans Christmas dinner and then

breaking into other more “pop” opportunities. All of this has helped pave the way to where Julien finds herself today. In 2010 Beau, Juliens older brother, told her that his friend Brett Simmonds was opening up ‘Ineo’ recording studio in Uxbridge so Julien was one of the first clients in his door. Julien has spent a great deal of time at Ineo writing and recording. She is also a guitar student of Brett’s. The past three years Brett and Julien have been performing together at various events and a year ago local musician Bodan Mullholland came on board and the Julien Kelland band was born. The 3 of them have been working on Julien’s EP for release Saturday, March 2, at the Music Hall. Over the last few years Julien spends whatever time she can find

at Ineo Studio’s co-writing with Brett Simmonds owner of Ineo & recording covers & original songs. “feeling more” original song Co-written with Brett Simmonds Nov 2011 can be viewed on you tube http:// Julien has been dancing with the Uxbridge Dance Academy since she was three. With her busy extracurricular activities she dropped a class last year keeping five classes (Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Jazz & Tapp. Julien has a great sence of humour.... recently at a family gathering someone commented that Glenn Gould had passed his final (piano) conservatory exam at age 12 and that Julien was only working on her Gr 6 (voice) so she better hurry up ... Julien quickly exclaimed “but he can’t dance!”

Feb Fest takes over Port Perry this month Just about the time winter will be starting to get you down, here’s a chance to get out and enjoy some great fun. Port Perry Feb Fest will take place at the Lakefront and the Latcham Centre on Saturday, February 23, starting off with the Hospital Auxiliary’s popular Polar Plunge. This is the sixth annual plunge and it will bring lots of laughs and cheers as local residents jump into the icy waters of Lake Scugog for charity. The second part of the fun day, ‘Soup For Thought’ soup-a-thon,

begins at the Latcham Centre, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out and try home-made soups from about 10 local groups and businesses. In addition, there will be entertainment at the Latcham Centre and lots of scrumptious winter treats. There will also be crafts for the kids and demonstrations by the Boarding Hut and Asselstine Country Snowmobiles, a demonstration by ice sculptor Robert Brooks and the Scugog Shores Museum will be hosting winter games and demonstrations at Feb Fest at the gazebo in

Palmer Park, from 1 to 3 p.m. And if that isn’t enough to warm the heart, then take advantage of local downtown merchants who will also be ‘Freezing the Tax’ and providing warm, yummy drinks in-store to help warm up your February (participating stores only). Feb Fest is brought to you by The Port Perry BIA, Hospital Auxiliary, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation. To register to be a Polar Plunger and for further information about the Plunge contact: Mary Jane at 905-9856002 or Ruth at 905-985-6232.

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New on-line heart health quiz for women An online quiz aims to put the spotlight on the 90 per cent of women in Canada who have at least one significant risk factor for heart disease or stroke. Created by the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth Campaign, the one-minute quiz at is an easy awareness tool for women who are shouldered with too much to do and too little time. Heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death for women in Canada, and kills seven times more women than breast cancer. The foundation is urging women to make healthy lifestyle choices, recognize heart attack and stroke symptoms, and seek prompt treatment, says Bobbe Wood, foundation president. “Women often don’t recognize the initial symptoms until it’s too late,” says Wood. “Sometimes, women don’t even believe they are having a heart attack or stroke.”

The quick-click questionnaire weighs all your risk determinants, including: family history, age, ethnicity, activity levels, intake of fruits and vegetables, smoking, body mass index, alcohol use, fast food frequency, stress levels, diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, hormone replacement, pregnancy history and use of oral contraception. The quiz then rates each response as a risk factor, potential risk factor or the desired protective factor. “You might find many surprises,” says Wood. For example, research shows that African

Canadians, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and South Asians from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a greater chance of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. As well, although modern oral contraceptives are safer than they were a few decades ago, research has already proven that, in a small proportion of women, they increase the risk of high blood pressure and blood clots. Women who smoke and use oral contraception are at even greater risk of heart disease, stroke and blood clots. By identifying these risk factors and embracing

incremental healthy choices, women can make good health last, says Wood. - Courtesy of News Canada

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