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The moon will make it sparkle bright As Santa’s reindeer ﬂy and roam Sprinkle on the lawn at night This will guide them to your home By Sue Dickens
News – Warkworth - Those words are written on a tag attached to bags of reindeer food being sold to students at Percy Centennial School to raise money for World Vision. It’s a project inspired by nine-year-old Kamryn Woods, a Grade 4 student. “Last year we sold bunny food at Easter so this is the ﬁrst year doing reindeer food,” she said as if making and marketing these were an everyday occurrence. Last year she focused on raising money for Sleeping Children Around the World, an organization whose donations provide bed kits to children typically located in underdeveloped and developing countries. “Last year we made $335 and our goal was $35,” said Kamryn. Holding up a bag of reindeer food she said with a very serious face, “Well it’s actually quite simple to make. It’s expensive but it’s simple. . . so you just take oats and dump them in a bowl and add glitter then mix it and put it in bags.” Kamryn chose World Vision because of a book her grandparents showed her recently. “My grandparents said instead of doing Sleeping Children again you could do another foundation. They said we have a book I think you will like so I opened the book and said you know what, we’re doing this.” The book she was looking at was a World Vision catalogue. “I opened to this page and there was a calendar and a different gift each month for a different child,” she explained as her face lit up with Selling reindeer food they created in small handmade bags to raise money for World Vision is an idea inspired by Grade 4 student Kamryn Woods, right, excitement. “It’s like a Sears catalogue but you give gifts to of Percy Centennial Public School. This is the second year she has inspired a fundraising effort at the school at Christmas time. Last year they sold bunny people. It’s not like toys but there may be a soccer food to raise money for Sleeping Children Around the World. Her friends and school mates Olivia Newman, left, and Kendyl Switzer, centre, are helping. Please see “World Vision” on page 3
Their goal is to raise $600. Photo: Sue Dickens
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Havelock-Belmont-Methuen – It was a night for beaming smiles as the Smitty’s Wish team guided Santa Claus around the township bringing festive cheer and toys to over 100 local children. The Thursday and Friday distribution evenings marked the culmination of a busy week for the tireless Smitty’s Wish crew who had earlier
delivered packages to 118 area seniors and packed and delivered 40 food hampers. “The need is there,” says a grateful Norma Smith, whose late husband Bob was the original Smitty Claus delivering toys and gifts to local families from the back of an all-terrain vehicle for over 20 years. When he passed away 12 years ago, his friends were determined to carry on his
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ents. “I am just amazed at the generosity of the people who donate toys and other gifts and money. We also see the generosity of the people who receive. Food was a big issue this year and there were all kinds of hugs, kisses and crying.” “We always have glitches but it always Please see “Smitty” on page 3
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News - Asphodel-Norwood – There is nothing Grinch-like about the Norwood Lions Christmas toy drive supporters. Once again, local residents, businesses, schools and Norwood Vipers hockey fans stepped up and brought some festive cheer to children in need. “The gifts were great this year,” says Rick Bailey, chair of the Lions toy drive committee. “We try to get a couple of
“Most of the gifts are for younger gifts for every child, this year we were against the Brantford Blast. The children receiving gifts range in kids but we’re fortunate that a lot of able to give three or four gifts, everything from teddy bears and puzzles to age from about six months to 14, which people donated cash and we were able is the cut-off age for the program. to go the hardware store and pharmacy Barbie dolls.” The Lions had collection boxes at the Norwood Post Ofﬁce, J.J. Stewart Motors, the RBC branch, Mapleview Retirement Centre and the Bowes & Cocks real estate ofﬁce. At least 120 stuffed animals were collected during the Norwood Vipers Allan Cup Hockey game
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to buy gifts for older kids,” Bailey said. The number of households receiving hampers was down in 2013 but the number of children remained the same as last year, Lion Tom Deen said. “The Lions Club and the foodbank work closely together as far as distribution is concerned,” Bailey said. The club also gives the foodbank a donation towards its Christmas hamper program. “At one time we did a lot around food collection,” said Bailey. “Now our focus is on toys and children.” Bailey says he is humbled by the response from the community. He mentioned Norwood resident Hazel Wrightly who spent hours knitting children’s mittens and toques which were given to the drive. “Norwood has always responded very well to anything the Lions do, they open their wallets,” he said. Bailey was a committee member last year and received a lot of support from club members while he helmed the toy drive. “Any function I’ve been involved with the Lions the help of the members Norwood Lions Club members Vern Stockdale, Rick Bailey, Peter Oord and Tom Deen stand by some of has always been excellent; there’s althe toy hampers that were distributed to local families last week. Photo: Bill Freeman ways lots of help.”
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News - Havelock-Belmont-Methuen – Havelock-Belmont-Methuen and other rural municipalities with Ontario Provincial Police service contracts are bracing for potentially staggering cost hikes in 2015 in the wake of increases they’ll be hit with in 2014. The OPP is proposing a new province-wide per household billing model for municipalities which has raised alarm bells. “Policing is a very, very serious situation,” HBM mayor Ron Gerow said during a budget discussion with representatives of the Havelock Belmont Methuen Lakes Association. “There are some very serious issues when it comes to major increases in policing.” The complicated model proposed by the OPP and the provincial government contains two components, said Gerow, one is a per household charge which he doesn’t agree with and the other is a user charge for calls for service “which is the actual calls to the community for service by the OPP.” “We could be looking at as high as an 80 per cent increase,” he said. The proposed billing model has generated a stinging resolution from the Township of Seguin which is forecasting a 197 per cent increase and a 92 per cent jump for West Parry Sound. Seguin Township says the new “methodology” would charge each
municipality a flat $260 per household fee for base costs related to policing services plus a “variable charge” for each call for service in the municipality. The OPP says 73 per cent of its costs are fixed and 27 per cent are variable. “The rationale for this is that there is a base fixed cost for providing police services that must be borne by all participating municipalities regardless of the number of calls for service the OPP responds to in each municipality,” the Seguin resolution state. “The actual specifics of the cost for the calls for service have not been released or calculated (but) the OPP has estimated that the average cost per household in Ontario for policing services, including the base cost and the calls for service, would be approximately $369.” HBM agrees with Seguin Township that the model is “fundamentally flawed, unfair and inequitable” and is demanding that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne prevent “this type of unfair treatment towards rural Ontario and (that) this funding model be scrapped immediately.” “It’s a very good example of what is out there and what communities are facing when it comes to policing,” says Gerow. “We’re looking at major issues coming forward in 2015,” he said. “Our police services board and council are
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very concerned about this. It’s province-wide; it’s going to be a huge topic of discussion. No doubt it will have a major effect on things in 2015.” Municipalities already face an increase in 2014; HBM will need to raise $41,855 more through its 2014 municipal levy than it did last year to meet an expected policing bill of just over $901,000. Currently, the per household cost for policing in HBM is $197. “Councils are responsible for the contract the PSB is responsible for the service (but) we have no voice at the table when it comes to discussions about salaries and wages,” says Gerow. Municipalities are “fighting” the new “model” through organizations like the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, he added. Peter White of the HBMLA said his group would support the township’s lobbying efforts as would the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations.
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