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Town Talk Tidbits July Fun Facts

Community Calendar Cont’d July 2016

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Your Community Ride to Remember Brent

6 Peacefully Productive Shedding your Skin

7 Agricultural News Burd’s Family Fishing

8 Community Calendar July 2016

Guest Column Bike Safety

11 Faces of Uxbridge Luke Kimball

12 UTT Kitchen BBQ Asian Chicken Salad

13 My Environment Bursting with Bugs

July! What a wonderful month. Warm weather, all things outdoors, vacations, family time, the list is endless. We start July by celebrating Canada Day, here in Uxbridge you will have seen a wonderful display of fireworks, celebrating the birth of the country we have the privilege to live in. A huge shout out to all the incredible people who make the annual Uxbridge celebration a memorable one; yes I am on that committee, but cannot speak about Canada Day’s fireworks display without saying I am a very small part of an incredible group of volunteers. Without all of you, Canada’s birthday celebration would not be what it is. I thank you all. To celebrate Canada is to celebrate Canadians, we are a kind and generous bunch who want nothing more than peace and happiness for all. I often wonder what it is like for new Canadians watching Canada’s celebrations. Did their country have similar celebrations? Certainly a worthy future story. My family, many years ago, ( before I was born) were new Canadians, leaving their home and country for Canada in the hope of having a better life. For them, they left behind family and friends but left by choice. For many they leave family, friends and a country they love, to save their lives, a concept I find hard to imagine. I cannot perceive what it must have been like for them, but as Canadian’s we will welcome them, embrace their traditions and help them transition. They will come to love Canada as much as we do, not only because its a great country, but because our spirit as Canadians is impossible to ignore. Canada Day, we celebrate our country, our lifestyle, and we celebrate who we are!!!!

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town talk tidbits

| july fun facts |

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Larger than France and Spain, combined More than 8 times the size of England. About the same size as Texas & Montana, combined. More than 3 times the size of Germany. Home to, the world’s longest freshwater beach, Wasaga Beach Close to one-third of the world’s fresh water.

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Lightening Severe thunderstorms peak in summer. London, situated in Southern (Southwestern) Ontario, has the most lightning strikes per year in Canada, averaging 34 days of thunderstorm activity per year

The highest temperatures ever recorded were 41C (105F) from July 7-9 in 1936

UV Index For a nation that’s undoubtedly well known for its cool climate, it seems somewhat surprising that Canadians invented the UV Index, a measure of the intensity of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation in the sunburn spectrum. As UV increases, the sun’s rays can do more damage to skin, eyes and the immune system. In 1992, scientists at Environment Canada developed the index as a health protection tool for Canadians, and it is now forecast for 48 locations across the country.

The humidex is a Canadian innovation, that was first used in 1965. It describes how hot, humid weather feels to the average person. The humidex is widely used in Canada. However, extremely high readings are rare except in the southern regions of Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec


BY: ELAINE LEIGH

I wrote about the “Ride to Remember” last year in the hope of raising awareness to this great cause. This year I will share with you the same story, the cause is the same, the people are the same, but what they do has even more significance. This group has raised over $50,000 for the Bereaved Families of Ontario/Durham. I have a story to tell about a group of incredible and passionate people who continue to bring something positive to others, while remembering tragic times in their own lives. We celebrate four faces this month that are bringing awareness and donations to a very worthy cause: The Bereaved Families of Ontario/Durham. I would like to introduce you to Lorne Johannessen, Donna Sherrard , Brian and Jackie Foster. My initial interview began with Lorne Johannessen and Donna Sherrard and I was inspired by their passion and empathy. Lorne is a firefighter and best friend to Brian Foster who, also a firefighter. Lorne shared his enthusiasm about this event that was born with a conversation in his driveway. Emotionally affected, along with strong determination, combined with Donna’s organizational skills, have resulted in a fun and well run event. To date, this group have raised over $38,000 with $13,500 being raised in 2014, unbelievable for this terrific cause! The Ride to Remember Brent originated in 2011 over a 3 year period after Brent Foster, son of Jackie and Brian Foster, tragically lost his life. I was amazed at the positive outlook that Brian and Jackie displayed when I spoke to them. Not only do I have felt honored to have met them but feel they are participating in something great. They are setting a great example of helping others go through the difficult period of loss. Jackie volunteers with Bereaved Families of Durham; helping people get through tragedies that most of us could not even begin to comprehend. The Fosters have found a way of sharing their experience to help others. In their words; “This is a Ride to Remember all of our loved ones. There are many families in our group suffering a loss. Brent was the catalyst for the ride, but it is a very individual event as we all have our own experiences and memories of loved ones. Hopefully this is an avenue to remember and honour the spirit of who they are in a positive way”. Many people of Uxbridge have generously donated to this cause already. But let’s try and make this year a record breaker and honour our loved ones lost. Help this family create a legacy by helping “The Bereaved Families of Ontario Durham Region”, in a way that is positive and fun. You can Join them for a day of motorcycling on a 200 km leisurely ride through the rolling and scenic hills surrounding Durham. After a stop for lunch and another break to mingle, the riders then return to Uxbridge where the party begins at Wixen’s, 65 Brock Street West, Uxbridge, a local popular restaurant in Uxbridge. Enjoy a live band, a silent auction, 50/50 draw and raffles. Your meal can be

purchased with a portion being donated to this great cause. If you have the opportunity join in this event, register online before July 1st for a chance to win a barbecue (winner announced the day of the even) or on the day of the event July 26th 9:00 am at the Tim Horton’s /Canadian Tire parking lot. Each participant receives a t-shirt lovingly designed with the event in mind, which is unique every year. As well, Tim Horton’s generously donates a beverage and snack to each participant. Remember a loved one in a positive, enjoyable way on this day. Ride to Remember Brent.

“If you listen to the wind you can still hear him play”

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Sometimes a group of people stand out as dedicated, compassionate and real, this is one of those groups.

As a resident of Uxbridge Elaine has taken the helm of Sweet World Media, publisher of Uxbridge Town Talk. Elaine has three passions, family, photography and her Golden Retriever Jake. With a new business, four grandchildren and plenty of photo opportunities in Uxbridge, life’s been busy but fun!

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peacefully productive

| shedding your skin |

BY: DARRIN DAVIS

I don’t know why you say good bye I say hello..

-The Beatles, Hello, Goodbye

Our lives are often measured in the entrances and exits we make. Sometimes the entrance is grand and filled with applause. Sometimes the entrance is humble and accompanied by no fanfare at all. The same can be said of our exits. We’ve all left places with our heads held high, sweetly burdened by the hugs and goodbyes of the friends we are leaving, by the weight of the cherished memories made in that place. We’ve also all left places and situations with our tails between our legs, regretful of things we did or didn’t say, perhaps a little angry at someone for not acting how we felt they should have. Often those swift, unceremonious departures are the easier ones. It’s certainly less of a challenge to make up your mind to leave those unpleasant situations.

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And while the real protein in the sandwiches of life lay in the moments between our numerous arrivals and departures, it’s during those bookend phases when we tend to most accurately take stock of ourselves. We stop and gauge who we’ve become during the phase that we’re now leaving, comparing that person to the one we were when we crossed the threshold on our way in.

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Keeping a journal or diary is one sure-fire way to ensure that you’re paying attention to life. In this age of limitless distraction, setting aside a few minutes each day to jot down things we’re grateful for, reflections on recent events that have mattered, our individual hopes and dreams, and a loose gameplan for our days can really open our eyes to the now, and keep us receptive to the gifts that are always on offer, ripe for the taking. Even writing out our fears and worries can have the magical result of making us chuckle at how silly some of the things are that we waste time concerning ourselves with. Or occasionally, journaling can shed light on a blind spot, or draw some needed gravitas to something we’re taking a little too lightly. I began my daily journaling habit in the 9th grade, so I’m not just passing off information I read in some self-help book. Journaling is a powerful exercise for many reasons, but the two greatest insights that I’ve learned with absolute certainty from my daily journaling habit have been: 1) the vast majority of things you fret over never actually come to be. 2) nothing exists with absolute certainty.

My wife, daughter, dog and I are moving north at the start of July. Uxbridge has been an incredible place for us. A place I’m rather heartbroken to leave. We moved here from Toronto’s High Park area 5 years to the day that we’re now moving further north, to Orillia. Uxbridge has made such an impact on my life. The wonderful trails, which I’ve written about and photographed ad nauseum for years. The awesome shops and cafes and restaurants and pubs, and the amazing people that work in them. The vibrant music and art scenesuch a strong community of creators. And so many cherished friends, who have opened their hearts and homes to us. This week, as I’ve been packing up my belongings, I’ve spent many hours (to my spouse/taskmaster’s chagrin) reading through the hundreds of old journals I’ve filled with my ramblings over the years. I’m amazed to see how much history repeats itself. How much we can change in a short period of time, and also how much of us remains the same. It’s been so helpful to read how nervous I was leaving Toronto after nearly 15 years, moving to this little town that I didn’t know a single soul in. ‘Will I be able to make friends here?’ ‘Will I be able to find places to play music? Will I be able to find likeminded musicians to play with?’ The answers to these half-decade old questions are once again rattling around in my head. But as we start a new chapter in our lives, I’m comforted to know that all the fears I had about moving to a new place were unfounded. And all the things I thought I knew for sure (there is no music scene outside of Toronto, I’ll never be able to make a living from music and art in a small town etc.) faded into a much better reality once we settled in here. On my very first trail run in Uxbridge, the morning after we moved here, I saw a snake. I don’t like snakes, I never have. But this one didn’t scare me. It seemed like a portend, like it was put there for me to see it. I started researching the meaning of snakes in other cultures, outside of the judeo-Christian vilification of the serpent that I was taught growing up. I was intrigued to learn that most cultures interpret snakes in a very positive way. In India, the most poisonous snake, the cobra, is a sacred creature. The mythological Serpent King sits next to the Buddha. The snake shedding it’s skin is an almost universal symbol of the circle of life, of spiritual renewal, and of the importance of growth and the willingness to accept change. As artists, I think it’s time we embrace the energies the lowly regarded serpent represents. Too many people involved in the arts get comfy with one particular style, or genre, or audience, and start to cocoon themselves in the safety and comfort of what has already been. Let us not be afraid to shed our skins, and see what fierce beauty might be laying just beneath the surface of what we’ve come to know so well. Thank you for all you’ve done for me, Uxbridge, Ontario. I will miss you so, and that is one thing I can say with absolute certainty. Darrin Davis is a professional musician, singer/songwriter, painter and photographer. His bi-weekly live music video series ‘Songs On A Pink Couch’ can be subscribed to at www.youtube.com/user/thedarrindavisband. Darrin hosts a weekly Sunday night Acoustic Open Mic at Colonel McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W. He lives in the wildwood splendour of Uxbridge, Ontario, with his lovely wife Amy, his darling newborn daughter Sadie, and his incorrigible pup, Dublin. All 4 are relentless Blue Jays fans.


has approximately 2000 Rainbow Trout at all times and they guarantee you will catch a fish! You can feel free to bring a cooler for a picnic lunch or purchase something from their concession stand, there are picnic tables and covered areas to relax in the shade.

The start of Burd’s Family Fishing happened quite organically, Don Burd had purchased the land and was living there when people passing would see his ponds and come by to ask if he would mind them fishing on his property. After some time of this happening he decided to make a go of making this a business. Chris, who now owns and operates Burd’s Family Fishing, worked with Don for many years, learning and growing the business before he would eventually take over the operation 12 years ago. Located on a beautiful property near Hwy 48 and Bloomington Rd, Burd’s Family Fishing is a fun, easily accessible, fun for all ages, way to spend a warm summers day. With 2 half acre ponds and a natural artesian spring water flow system Burd’s on average today

At Burd’s you can be as hands on or hands off as you like. With helpful, friendly staff available to assist you with anything you might need or to help you learn to do it yourself; from baiting the line to sorting you out once you have reeled one

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BY SAMANTHA SMITH

in. When you are ready to head home the fish are cleaned and put on ice and you are ready to get home and fire up the BBQ! With over 5000 families visiting Burd’s Family Fishing every year it is a great escape from the city, where you can enjoy a family outing and teach your children more about where their food comes from, while giving them a hands on experience. For more information on Burd’s Family Fishing please visit their website at http://www. burdsfamilyfishing.com/ After spending the last year traveling abroad Samantha has come home to discover the hidden gems in and surrounding Uxbridge. Local to Goodwood, Samantha splits her time between managing her family’s Alpaca farm, photography and traveling - so naturally exploring local farms seemed like a perfect fit!

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community calendar

| july community calendar | THURSDAY JULY 7TH

Where: Elgin park (Band Shell) Uxbridge Contact: Leo Gallard @ Gallard.leo@gmail.com

Almost, Maine A love story by John Cariani. Directed by Luke Kimball. Escape with us on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter to the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. Presented through a series of gorgeous vignettes, come see Uxbridge’s only professional theatre company tell this story for it’s inaugural production! We have the who’s who of Uxbridge talent taking part–not to mention professionals coming from Toronto– with different directors overseeing the nine individual scenes of this play. Get away for a while. Come see professional-caliber theatre in your home town! Join us for an enchanting evening in “Almost, Maine”. This event will take place at the Uxbridge Music Hall. July 7th, 8th, 9th and, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th at 7:30pm. Matinees on July 10th & 16th at 2pm.

SUNDAY JULY 10TH YDHR - Teddy Bear Day Bring your teddy bear (or other favourite stuffed animal) on this special train ride. Dr. Bear will give your teddy a check-up to make sure it can give you lots more hugs and cuddles. Children 12 and under ride for $1 when carrying their Teddy Bear (maximum of 2 children per adult) Visit our website for train departure times. For further information, please visit www.ydhr.ca Time: 10:00 am Where: 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge Website: www.ydhr.ca

FRIDAY JULY 15TH

Bonner Boys Ribfest 2016 The Bonner Boys host Ribfest once again in Elgin Park, Uxbridge. Come out and enjoy some of the tastiest food around! There’s something SATURDAY JULY 9TH there for everyone to enjoy! This event runs 20th Anniversary Gardens of Uxbridge Tour from Friday July 15- Sunday July 17 2016 Community Care Durham is proud to Time: Friday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm announce the 20th Anniversary of Gardens Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm of Uxbridge, sponsored by Investors Group, taking place on Saturday July 9th, from 10:00 Where: Elgin Park, Uxbridge a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To mark this special occasion Contact: 905-260-4622 local musicians and artists will be in attendance throughout the gardens. The tour consists of SUNDAY JULY 17TH eight spectacular private gardens, with both town and rural properties. Tickets are $25.00 YDHR - Pizza Day Come and ride our Heritage which includes a boxed lunch to take along Train through the picturesque Oak Ridges or enjoy at the Uxbridge Seniors Centre (75 Moraine. All passengers will enjoy free pizza, Marietta Street, Uxbridge). Tickets are available compliments of Pizza Pizza, at the Uxbridge Train Station from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. For by phone (905-852-7445) further information, please visit www.ydhr.ca Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Where: Uxbridge Music Hall, 16 Main St. S. Contact: mainstreetproductions@hotmail.com

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Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Where: 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge Website: www.ydhr.ca

The 4th annual Uxbridge Music and Arts Festival A celebration that focuses on the different Arts of Uxbridge. From music, live art, SUNDAY JULY 24TH culinary, and much more. A great way to enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, enjoying some of Ice Cream Day Come and ride our Heritage Train through the picturesque Oak Ridges Uxbridge’s hidding talents. Moraine. All passengers will enjoy free Ice Cream Time: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fresh juices Smoothies Organic produce Full healthy lunch counter Vegan & Vegetarian specialities

compliments of Kawartha Dairy. Ice Cream will be served at the Uxbridge Train Station from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Visit our website for train departure times. www.ydhr.ca Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Where: 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge Website: www.ydhr.ca

REGULAR EVENTS Uxbridge Farmers Market Join us every Sunday Rain or shine! 9 am to 1 pm in Uxbridge Arena Parking lot. Many vendors including fruit, vegetables, maple syrup, honey, bread, frozen meat, plants, baked goods, preserves and much more. Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Website: www.uxbridgefarmersmarket.ca

Fridays at the Foster Starting May 6th every Friday night at 7:30 PM. It is a great night of music for all. Website: www.fostermemorial.com

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with the women’s choir, directed by Anne Mizen. Practices are Monday Mornings from 9:15-11:30 am. No auditions. Visit www.mmsingers.org Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 65 Toronto St. S Contact: 905-852-3693

Wanna Dance? Line Dancing. For ages 55 plus. Line dancing is great exercise for virtually your whole body. Every Thursday.

Where: Royal Canadian Legion, Uxbridge

Taoist Tai Chi at the Uxbridge Seniors Centre. Includes a gentle set of movements that promote well-being for people of all ages and in all conditions. Beginner class: every Friday 9-10am. Continuous class: every Friday 10-11:30am. Where: 75 Marietta Street, Uxbridge Contact: 905 852 2587

The Bonner Boys Car Show in Elgin Park Starting May 26th every Thursday night , 5:00 PM. Runs until September.

Royal Canadian Legion Every Friday night we play euchre, so if you are interested please come out at 7:00 to sign up and play starts at 7:30 PM. It is a great night of fun for all in the downstairs clubroom.

Website: www.bonnerboys.org

Where: Royal Canadian Legion, Uxbridge

Baby Cafe is a non-fee drop in program offered Mondays, all pregnant women, parents & caregivers with infants are welcome. Each session is facilitated by a Lactation Consultant, and a healthy snack is provided.

Royal Canadian Legion We have Barbeque Dinner every Wednesday night. Choose from chicken, burgers, peameal, or sausage and a salad. Prices range from $7-$9. Come out and support your local legion and enjoy a great dinner.

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am Where: Uxbridge Public School, 64 Victoria Dr Contact: 905-862-3131 or office@ durhamfamilyresources.org

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Where: Royal Canadian Legion, Uxbridge.

Friday Morning Music w/ Marg Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am Where: Uxbridge Public School, 64 Victoria Dr Contact: 905-862-3131 or office@ durhamfamilyresources.org

Monday Morning Singers. Come sing

Happy Canada Day! from

Royal Canadian Legion Meat rolls run every Saturday afternoon from 4–5 pm. It has been a Canadian Legion tradition for years. Come on out and support your local legion and maybe take home dinner.. Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm Where: Royal Canadian Legion, Uxbridge

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Open Mic Thursdays. Open Mic Thursdays are every Thursday at Wixan’s Bridge Presented by Beau’s All Natural Beer and Wixan’s Bridge! The first Thursday of every month there’s a free sampling of Beau’s Lug Tread beer. Hosted by Bodan. 2 mics, an acoustic, a bass, a cajon and a foot tambourine are provided for general use! Time: 9:00pm - 11:45pm Where: Wixan’s Bridge 65 Brock Street West Contact: 416-587-4572

Karaoke Wednesday. Karaoke is now every Wednesday Night at Wixan’s Bridge in Uxbridge! It’s All Ages on the main floor. Time: 8:00pm Where: Wixan’s Bridge 65 Brock Street West Uxbridge. Contact: 416-587-4572

Friends of the Uxbridge Public Library The Friends of the Uxbridge Public Library meet on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Uxbridge Library lower meeting room. New members always welcome. Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: 9 Toronto Street South

Friends’ Meeting House Uxbridge is open to the public the first Sunday of every month from June-September. Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Where: 6800 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge Contact: 905-640-2578 or 905-852-3476

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Time: 9:00am - 11:30am Where: 75 Marietta Street, Uxbridge Contact: 905-852-7792

Monday of every month we hold a veterans afternoon from 2-4 P.M. This is open to all veterans and their spouse/guest in the area not just Uxbridge members. They enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and door prizes compliments of the Uxbridge Legion. So come out and enjoy an afternoon with old friends and acquaintances or meet some new ones. Night of fun for all in the upstairs hall.

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guest column

| bike safety |

BY KEN BOYD

It is the summer time!

When you are out on the road there is a basic rule to follow to keep everyone safe; see and be seen. There are many different types of bicycle mirrors available to the average rider. Some mirrors mount on your handlebars and others can mount directly to your helmet. There are pros and cons to each, however it is up to each rider to determine for themselves which is best. It is important to have bike mounted lights that flash to alert drivers on the road to your presence. Let’s all do our part to keep everyone on the road and out of the ditch! Sometimes the odd tumble off of a bicycle is inevitable. We all have a bike story or two to tell and we can share these stories because we took safety precautions by purchasing a helmet and actually wearing it when we hit the roads. I know that sometimes we think that helmets look goofy or they might mess up our hair, but the fact is that they are designed to take a fall much better than our heads. While it may not always be the most stylish choice, we are setting an example for our kids. Too many times have we heard, “well if Dad doesn’t wear a helmet, why do I have to?” It is a good point. We never plan to take a spill off our bikes however it does happen. Let’s set an example and make the roads a safer place.

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you want to take your bicycle out for a spin around town or to our local Durham Forest to tear up the trails. Before you do, here are a few things to consider before you leave a little dust on your tires.

Ken Boyd runs Boyd’s Sports at 4 Banff Rd in Uxbridge selling bicycles and hockey goods. His father Ian Boyd ran a successful business out of Stouffville for 30 years and continues to work with Ken today.

First of all, it is always good to perform a circle check of your bike. The ABC checklist is good to go over when performing the circle check.

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- Make sure your tires are inflated to a proper PSI. If you are unsure of what the PSI is for your particular bike, look at the side of your tire. There will be a range in which you should pump the tires up (i.e. 35-60PSI or 95-110PSI)

Brakes

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- Unless you want to get somewhere you don’t want to go in a big hurry, it is always good to make sure your brakes are in good working order. The brakes should lock up when pulled tight and your brake levers should not be able to be pulled all the way to the grip on your handlebar.

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Cables

- Usually checking your cables is something to leave to your local bike mechanic. However if you find your brakes are sluggish or your gears do not shift smoothly then you most likely have a ‘kink’ or rusty build up somewhere on your cables.

Derailleurs

- The derailleurs on a bike are the component that move the chain up and down on the cassette and crank of a bicycle. Before riding it is a very good idea to check the rear derailleur to make sure that it is not going to touch the spokes of the rear wheel. If it does, bring it to your local shop and have them inspect it. This can go from a simple fix to a big repair in a heartbeat. The ABC checklist covers the basic checklist you should go over before you set out on your ride. There is a more in depth checklist available online and for any issues that raise eyebrows, feel free to bring it by your local bike shop.

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To be or Not to be.. an actor

group of young actors including Luke who was proud to be chosen for this prestigious opportunity.

This month’s faces story is about a young man not quite 21. As a budding actor and a young entrepreneur, Luke Kimball has a passion for theatre. It seems as if he already has a life of acting behind him!

Although an actor at heart, Luke has additionally taken on the roll as entrepreneur. Along with his partner Mitchell Anderson, they have formed a production company called Main Street Productions! Uxbridge’s first professional theatre company! Their inaugural production will be right here at home in the Uxbridge Music Hall -July 7 – 10th/13-16th. This production called “Almost, Maine” is a love story written by John Cariani, and directed by Luke Kimball. Joining Uxbridge’s top talent will be the addition of professional actors from Toronto. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to support our local youth with exciting new faces too. You can order tickets online at https://starticketing.com/tktweb/ event_view?eventCode=ALM or in person at Little Acorn

Let’s start with his early years. A question from his grandmother of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” spurned the desire to follow his dream and an actor was born! Luke’s involvement in acting began with high school productions under the direction of Jeff Grujicich. His inspiration was the impetus to guide him through such plays as Bye Bye Birdie and expanding to local theatre productions such as A Chorus Line, Mid Summer Nights Dream and Mary Poppins. Luke was one of 10 students given the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks training with the amazing acting group called Groundling Theatre. What a treat to study under the direction of Graham Abby actor and John Wood director who are both Stratford veterans! They generously shared their skills with a small

faces of uxbridge

BY ELAINE LEIGH

Don’t forget to visit www.mainstreetproductions.ca. for more info!

As a resident of Uxbridge Elaine has taken the helm of Sweet World Media, publisher of Uxbridge Town Talk. Elaine has three passions, family, photography and her Golden Retriever Jake. With a new business, four grandchildren and plenty of photo opportunities in Uxbridge, life’s been busy but fun!

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| bbq asian chicken salad |

PROVIDED BY : GLORIA ENG

utt kitchen

Directions

1. In a large zip lock bag, place chicken breasts and marinade together. Let marinade for at least 1 hr, or overnight. 2. Prepare romain. Trim off older leaves, do not cut off stem , cut in half, lengthwise. Soak in cold water for at least an hour. 3. Heat BBQ to med heat. Wash and slice potatoes thinly.. About 1/8� - 1/4�. Slice spanish onion the same thickness. Slice 2 cloves garlic as thin as possible. Using heavy duty foil, large enough to make a package layer the potatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, olive oil and dabs of butter. Fold edges tightly to ensure nothing leaks out. Wrap in another layer of foil. Place on a vegetable BBQ platter if you have one. If not, directly on the BBQ. Turn package over every 5 minutes. 4. In a microwave safe container, place chicken breasts in a single layer. Save marinade for basting on BBQ. On 30% power or lowest setting, cook for 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook another 5 minutes. 5. Prepare dressing. 6. Drain lettuce. Place on paper towels to drain water. 7. Cook chicken breasts on BBQ to internal temp of 160. Baste with remaining marinade. Remove from BBQ and let stand.

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8. Remove potato packet

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9. Drizzle flat side of romain heads with olive oil. 10. Place romain, flat side down on BBQ. Let heat for about 2 minutes or so.. Then flip, BBQ temps differ. What you want is a slight wilt on the lettuce with some lovely char marks.. 11. To serve: Slice Chicken breasts on the diagonal. Drizzle salad dressing on wilted romain. Top with sliced chicken and serve with potatoes. Garnish chicken with sesame seeds.

Ingredients 2 or 4 boneless , skinless chicken breasts 2 Heads romain lettuce 3 Large Yukon Gold potatoes 1 Spanish Onion Fresh parsley 1 Head garlic Butter Olive Oil Salt/ Pepper Soya Sauce Sesame Oil Green Onions Sesame Seeds

Marinade 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tsp. Lemon juice 1/2 cup Orange juice 4 Cloves garlic- minced 1 tsp. Onion powder 1 tsp Sesame oil 1/4 cup soya sauce Dressing 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup soya sauce 1/2 tsp sesame oil Toasted sesame seeds 1 chopped green onion


BY: ELAINE LEIGH

Our series of essays on exploring our property has to include bug business. Did you know that bugs are essential to the natural grown of a pond? To help us investigate further, the study becomes a bit more interesting thanks to a group of Ryerson students who are using our pond to measure the effects of temperature change on bugs. They will install insect traps and then perform fatty acid analysis. Their focus will be aquatic insects, because their life cycle includes aquatic, i.e. eggs, larvae and pupa stages, but also includes the surrounding terrestrial ecosystems. The purpose of the study is to link the two ecosystems. The results of the study should prove interesting to those with ponds or just curious.

swatted, whichever is sooner. Looking forward to what species inhabit our pond and resulting changes to the species when the water temperature is changed.

It is always helpful to start with some known facts. Our pond and the surrounding area will have a variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects. The distinction is simple. Terrestrial insects would be found in the grasses, trees etc. and would include such insects as flies, wasps, moths etc. Aquatic Insects begin, end or have a portion of their life cycle in the water. A few examples would be dragonflies, mosquitoes and wasps. For the purpose of this article we are going to talk about aquatic insects and their significance to our aquatic ecosystem.

my environment

| bursting with bugs |

Stay tuned next month when I discuss what wildlife will be visiting us! Without fish in a pond, aquatic adult insects, become the top of the food chain. However as adults they can also become prey. They are a healthy food source for many species in the terrestrial ecosystem. Some fun facts:

As a resident of Uxbridge Elaine has taken the helm of Sweet World Media, publisher of Uxbridge Town Talk. Elaine has three passions, family, photography and her Golden Retriever Jake. With a new business, four grandchildren and plenty of photo opportunities in Uxbridge, life’s been busy but fun!

www.littleacorn.ca | 77 Brock St. W | 905 862 3524

Thomas is coming to Town... Are you ready?

• They are aquatic – they live in the water until adulthood • They eat bugs but the larger species have also been know to eat small fish • 90% of all adult dragonflies get eaten • Dragonflies have excellent vision • Dragonflies eat mosquitoes

Mosquitoes: • Only female mosquitoes bite • Mosquito can drink up to three times its weight in blood • Females lay up to 300 eggs at a time • Mosquitoes hibernate • The average mosquito lives less than two months, or until they get

Wooden Railway Trains | T-shirts Wooden Tracks | Bow Ties | Whistles

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Uxbridge Town Talk - July 2016  

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