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Volume 6 | Issue 1 | February 2014

uxbridge town talk

tobogganing safety | what ’s in a name | facts of love | the old man at the gate


volume 6 | issue 1 | february 2014











Town Talk Tidbits Facts of Love Guest Column Tobogganing Safety Youthful Notions Hard is not a Synonym for Impossible Faces of Uxbridge Susan Fumerton


Historically Speaking What’s in a Name?

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Community Calendar February



STAFF Managing Editor: Elaine Leigh Graphic Designer: Holly Myers Sales Manager: Sandi Leigh CONTRIBUTORS Elizabeth Shortt Darrin Davis Josh Morrison Sarah Terrion Amy Jerfferies Dennis Milenov

Peacefully Productive The Old Man at the gate Spotlight On You John Cavers Guest Column NRG 4 Life Fitness Your Community Local Living UTT Kitchen Tradtional British Sunday Dinner


Feeling Fine How to Avoid Annoying Wintertime Visitors

Ok, so we have all survived the holiday season, made it through the ice storm and braved the sub zero temperatures. Blue Monday is behind us, which gave a whole new meaning to the word BLUE this year. Now we all have to admit that on some level we love the winter, whether it’s the bright white of a fresh snowfall, the crisp air, or the thought of the many activities offered in our community. From skiing to snowmobiling, skating and tobogganing, we all find some way to enjoy this time of year! Even if you’re not the outdoors type, you can curl up beside the fire, whether you are reading, writing, knitting, or just watching a good movie with family. Let’s take a minute to think about all the good things that a New Year promises. Flip through the next few pages and you’ll see there is lots to look forward to this month; Valentine’s Day, Family Day, baking something yummy, or maybe even looking forward to going someplace warm and sunny. You can catch up on some of those crafts that didn’t quite get finished over the holidays, or start that renovation project you have been putting off. Whatever Your fancy, there is someone in town that would love to help you get the things you want, just take a look at all the local amenities and services we have at our fingertips. No matter what your needs or wants, chances are, it’s just down the street. We have a wonderful community, so let’s enjoy it, and all of the other things we love in 2014.

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Pick up copies at: Zehrs, Blue Heron Books, Township Office, Uxbridge and Zephyr libraries, Vince’s Market and more. EDITORIAL MESSAGE Unless otherwise stated, all product reviews, articles and other features are chosen by us and are unpaid. If you would like to be featured please contact us. Uxbridge Town Talk is a monthly publication by Sweet World Media. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for the claims, views, opinions, comments or advertisement herein. The Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisement. Uxbridge Town Talk does not endorse any advertised product, service or event. The Publisher is not responsible for any typographical errors. Advertisers are responsible for any copyright issues. Uxbridge Town Talk will not be held responsible for errors or omissions, print or otherwise, in submitted ads. No part of this publication, including advertisements, may be reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher. Copyright © Sweet World Media 2009-2014

The font used in “Uxbridge Town Talk” is the Gibson Family Font designed by Rod McDonald to honor my father in law John Gibson. It is available for sale at gibson. All proceeds are donated by Canada Type to various programs to help improve creative arts and to elevate design programs in Canada.


Teachers receive the most Valentine’s cards, followed by children, mothers, and wives. Children between the ages of 6-10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine cards a year. The most popular flower on Valentine’s Day is a single red rose surrounded with baby’s breath. The red rose was the flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

Red hearts are a world wide Valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the color of blood. At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity

The saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve” is from the Middle Ages. Boys at this time would draw names of girls to see who would be their “Valentine” and then wear the name pinned on their sleeve for a week. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.

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| facts of love |

A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year. Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years. On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different colored roses have different meanings. Red means love, yellow means friendship, and pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forgetme-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.

Commercially, Valentine cards didn’t appear in England until almost the 1800s, though handmade cards had been popular for some time. Approximately one billion Valentine cards are sent each year around the world. Lace is often used on Valentine decorations. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart. SOURCED FROM WWW.MOMLUCK.COM

This is such a fun and easy activity to do with your kids! It’s super easy to do and doesn’t cost much money at all. This craft can be done anytime of the year and you can use any type of mold that you like.

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. 2. Unwrap your crayons, making sure you get all of the paper off. If your making a solid color crayon separate your colors into piles. If not you can just make one big pile. 3. Next break or cut the crayons into small pieces. The smaller the pieces the quicker they will melt. 4. Now place these crayons into the mold and fill up about 3/4, depending on how big of crayon you want. 5. Bake these crayons in the oven at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes. 6. After they are done, take them out of the oven and let cool completely before attempting to take them out of the molds. If you take them out to soon, they will break.


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| tobogganing safety |


We usually get our fair share of snow in Uxbridge – it’s a winter wonderland and a great place to enjoy outdoor activities! Tobogganing at the hill near the Uxbridge Arena or tubing at the local ski hills are popular activities for kids and kids at heart. The thrill of flying down a hill on a sled or toboggan requires no training, but it can still cause pain and injury for sledders who aren’t careful. We see a lot of tobogganing injuries every year (both children and parents!), many of which could be avoided. To help you stay safe this winter follow these tips: Before you ride • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen and sun glasses. • Dress properly and in layers for the weather. • Select a hill with plenty of room to stop. • Scan the hill for icy or hard packed sections and bumpy terrain which should be avoided. • Helmets are strongly advised.

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Tips • Always sit or kneel facing forward making sure you have good visibility of other sledders around you. • Keep your hands, arms and legs inside the sled to prevent injury. • Remember to tuck in strings, straps and long toques. Use a neck warmer instead of a scarf.


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Always wait until the path is clear before starting down the hill and give yourself plenty of room away from other toboggans. Quickly get out of the way when you reach the bottom. Roll off to the side if you have to get off in a hurry. Do not use your outstretched arms or feet to try and stop the sled.

Avoid • Overcrowding a toboggan with too many riders. • Going downhill head first (no lying down). • Attempting to stop the toboggan with your hands and feet if you lose control. Treating injuries • If injured, remember to PRICE — Protection Rest Ice Compression Elevation. Do not apply heat such as a heating pad or hot tub for at least the first three days following the injury. The majority of injuries from sledding are the result of collisions with objects or people. Most common are head injuries followed by back and upper and lower limb injury. To properly assess an injury and help speed your recovery, see a chiropractor or other health care professional as soon as possible if you are injured.

Dr. Dennis Milenov is owner and chiropractor at Axis Chiropractic & Wellness in Uxbridge. He is passionate about helping others improve and optimize their health through chiropractic care and other natural healing methods. For more health and wellness tips, visit or email your health questions to

It all started when I was in grade four, and my class was watching a movie about Ryan’s Well; he was a 6 year old who raised $5,000 to build a well in Africa. Because of his young age, it inspired me to collect pennies. I had no idea how many, and I wasn’t certain about what I was collecting them for but my brother and I started to collect pennies and loose change around my house. However, as some things tend to do, our project started to fade away. 2 years later, on February 2nd, 2013, I was with my Dad at the Habitat For Humanity Restore getting a new sink, when I noticed that they had a penny drive and were trying to collect 10 000 000 (10 million) pennies ($100 000) to build a town house in Oshawa for a low-income family. Immediately I felt God was telling me to help out. On February 4th, 2013, I gave a letter to my principal at Joseph Gould P.S. asking if we could collect pennies at school. She said yes, and the school collected over 20,000 pennies when it first started! At first, only my school and neighbors knew about the penny drive, so I didn’t get many donations. But as people began to hear about the campaign, it found its way into the newspaper. From then on, it really took off! Habitat For Humanity found out what I was doing to help them, so they told more people which meant more donations! More newspapers started doing articles about the campaign, and I started to get it into other schools too. Right now, the schools that are in on

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this are Quaker, UPS, and Joseph Gould. I am hoping to get it into as many schools in Durham Region as possible. If all the schools in Durham collected 100 000 pennies (which is very achievable) then we would have our goal of 10 million pennies! Right now, the count of pennies is over 625,110! That’s $6251.10! It just goes to show how a little idea can turn into something BIG! Another example of that is how in one week, I was on the front-page of the newspaper, on Global News, CBC News, and on the radio! And just a couple of weeks ago, I received a letter from John Henry Mayor of Oshawa! So, considering that, I’d like to urge everyone, children and adults, not to shrug off an idea like it’s never going to go big! Because if you go for it like it’s the world’s greatest idea, and put your heart and mind towards it, nothing is impossible! Also, if anybody ever says that your goal is too big or that it’s too hard to reach, don’t let them discourage you. Maybe the goal is going to be hard to reach, but “hard” is not a synonym for “impossible”! I’ve had people say that 10 000 000 pennies is going to be really hard to reach, but I don’t let that bother me, because my goal is going to be hard to reach, but with everybody’s help, surely we can find 10 million pennies out of the 30 billion there is in Canada! So thank you to all who have donated, and remember that we will take any form of money, including bills (if you’re feeling generous)! Thank you all again, and… TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD THIS HOUSE, ONE PENNY AT A TIME!

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| hard is NOT a synonym for impossible |

Those wishing to donate can do so at any branch of The TD Canada Trust Account Number 5240588-3184, Habitat for Humanity Restore at 141 Reach Street, Uxbridge. You can also donate online at . Just click ‘Donate Now’ and select Josh’s Penny House! Pick up available for jars that are too heavy. Just call RESTORE at 905-852-5888.

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faces of uxbridge

| susan fumerton |


Again I have had the pleasure of interviewing one of Uxbridge’s interesting residents. A mom, a grandmother, entrepreneur, local business owner/advocate, but to me an incredible women who loves people, children and Uxbridge. She is quite shy about talking about herself but I hope I am able to share her amazing story and do it justice. Most of you have probably met Susan Fumerton, owner of Little Acorn, Uxbridge’s popular children’s store. You probably walked away as I did, feeling like you just purchased the perfect toy or piece of clothing for the child in your life. Susan not only guides you with your purchase, but has the educational expertise to tell you why the interactive toy will keep your child or grandchild engaged for hours. When you visit the Little Acorn, you are not only visiting a salesperson, but someone with a degree in child studies and trained as an ABA Therapist. With these accomplishments, her most important role is still being a mom of four, now grown, children: Sarah, Kevin, Matthew and Bryan. We talked a lot about her kids growing up, I was quite surprised Susan was able to balance full time work, give back to the community, and yet, somehow stay sane. She credits an incredibly supportive husband. Susan believes strongly in giving back, working full time, and raising four very active kids didn’t seem to slow her down. She talked about all four of her kids swimming competitively. This involved travelling all over Canada, judging the events, fundraising, and just being Mom. She was active in her kids schools, was the manager to the kids’ hockey team, but I was very surprised to learn Susan also played Varsity Hockey in University.

All of her exhausting involvement came to a halt in 1997 when Susan suffered in a serious car accident. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been to suddenly not be able to take kids to school, manage hockey teams, coach soccer, or cook a meal, but Susan being who she is, bounced back, with the help and incredible support she received from friends, family and the Uxbridge community. Susan will tell you the support was overwhelming and inspired her strong dedication to giving back to the community. The first time I met Susan we talked about her work with the Durham Children’s Aid, where her and husband David, offer Respite Care, again her way of giving back. She talks about how her entire family adopts a family through Uxbridge’s Hamper Program, a program that adopts a family at Christmas and supplies Turkey with all the fixings, gifts etc. Apparently the entire family gives back. In 2012 when Susan made the decision to purchase The Little Acorn from her daughter Sarah, she not only purchased a business, but she took on a community. Again you will find Susan giving back. She is now Vice Chair for Uxbridge’s local BIA (Business Improvement Association) and business advocate. She is a judge for the BIA’s “Win this space” and on top of being a retail business owner in the Historic area of Uxbridge she also finds time to ballroom dance and has been singing with Uxperience for 24 years. Reach Susan anytime at Little Acorn, 77 Brock Street West, Uxbridge. 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, three grandchildren and plenty of photo opportunities in Uxbridge, life’s been busy but fun!

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet” You may or may not have noticed that my name (and biography) has changed somewhat since the December issue of Uxbridge Town Talk. In September of 2013 I married my best friend and assumed his family name, Shortt, - spelled with two “t”s. It has taken me a few months to fully integrate this new name into my life but I can now say that it has become a part of my identity. If you had asked me prior to the wedding (and many people did) if I was going to take Adam’s surname I would have told you outright NO. I couldn’t be a Shortt – I was an Acton through and through! “Don’t you want to have the same last name as your kids?” others asked, or “you could hyphenate the two last names”. None of these suggestions seemed like valid options for me at the time. It wasn’t until after the Wedding Ceremony when we were signing our Marriage License that I didn’t feel like an Acton anymore, I felt like a Shortt for the first time. It was in that moment, after exchanging our vows that I knew I decided to assume Adam’s last name. Not a minute before. I think I was afraid that if I changed my name I would lose myself and my Heritage which I am proud of. After working in the Genealogy Department at Uxbridge Public Library, Family History has become very important to me. The Acton’s are 8th Generation residents of Uxbridge, and I am proud to be a part of that lineage. The History of the Acton’s in the Uxbridge area can be traced back to the family patriarch William Acton (1770-1847), who immigrated to Brock Township from County Mayo in Ireland. William and his wife Mary Fair had 6 children, of which Abraham was one. Abraham Acton (1805-1873) married Mary Doble and they had 10 children, of which George was one. George Acton (1847-

1903) married Ellen Rebecca Acton (from the Joseph Acton/Elizabeth Barrett line). George and Ellen had 7 children, of which Howard was one. Howard Acton (1888-1971) married Luella Merrick and they had 5 children, two of whom survived until adulthood, one of whom was Harvey Acton, my grandfather. Harvey Acton (1924-2001) married Winifred Forsyth and they had 4 children, one of whom I am proud to call my dad, (Harvey) Brooke Acton, who I am named after. When I started researching my Family History, most of the groundwork for my family tree had already been started, but I enjoyed following my roots back through time none-the-less. I felt so excited every time I was able to form a connection and branch out a little bit further with my family tree, discovering not only the names and professions of my ancestors, but where they were born, when they arrived here, when they were married and when they died. I no longer think that by becoming a Shortt I have lost or negated my Acton heritage in any way; instead I have decided to take the glass is half full approach: I now have another whole family tree to research and flush out with my own! If you are thinking about researching your Family History, the Genealogy Department at the Uxbridge Public Library has an incredible selection of Family Histories available for reference,, Microfilm readers, a Newspaper and Cemetery database, Astra Yearbooks and more!

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| what’s in a name |

Elizabeth Shortt (Acton) is an avid reader and wanna-be writer, born and raised in Uxbridge, where she lives with her Husband and two beautiful children.


AGES 6-16 years old

Chocolate Lover’s Delight (Chocoholics) Friday, March 07, 10-1pm $20.00 Crazy About Cinnamon Monday, March 10, 2-5pm $20.00


Snowman Breakfast Wednesday, March 12, 10-1pm $20.00

Valentine Cake Pops AGES 6 AND OLDER Friday, February 07, 5-7pm Join in the celebrations at the PC Cooking School for this one of kind hands on cooking class! Children will create and decorate delicious Cake Pops and in addition each child will decorate their very own GIANT heart cookie. $14.00

Take Out Favourites (Take Away Favourites) Thursday, March 13, 12-3pm $20.00

Cake Decorating for Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 08, 11:30-12:30PM Children will decorate a beautiful two-layer cake for Valentine’s Day. $14.00

Watch out for signage about the free skate hosted at the Uxbridge arena over March Break and sponsored by Zehrs.

Flower Cupcake Collection Friday, March 14, 10-1pm $20.00 SIGN UP EARLY FOR OUR



ALL AGES- Easter Bunny Cake Day! Saturday, April 19, 11:30-12:30pm Each child learns how to cut and create an Easter bunny cake- then decorate it with lots of coloured icings, candies and trimmings. Children under 6 require an adult to stay with them. (No charge for parent/caregiver). $15.00

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Thinking Outside the Lunch Box! Tuesday, March 11, 10-1pm $20.00


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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Reading Buddies Children in Grades 1-3 will have lots of fun reading and doing literacybased activities with a volunteer from the community! $10 per child. Tuesday evenings until March 18. Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Public Library, 9 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 9747

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Valentine Cake Pops Join in the celebrations at the PC Cooking School for this one of kind hands on cooking class! Children will create and decorate delicious Cake Pops and in addition each child will decorate their very own GIANT heart cookie. Ages 6 and older, $14. Time: 5 - 7 p.m. Where: Zehrs, 323 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 5009 |

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barbecue with Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Music with Lindsay’s 91.9 BOB FM and of course plenty of Hot Chocolate to keep you warm. For those who wish to contribute there will be a donation box with proceeds to the Uxbridge Youth Centre.

Time: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Elgin park

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 “The Great Escape” 2nd Screening The Roxy is proud to present this special event screening of the original classic movie, “The Great Escape” starring Steve McQueen and a magnificent cast of stars. There are only 130 tickets available so don’t delay...get your tickets soon. Time: 1:15 p.m. Where: Roxy Theatres, 46 Brock St. W. Contact: 416 989 6963

Oil & Acrylic Learn how to portray horses, sheep or other pets using oil or acrylic. Lynda Cunningham will guide you through the process: from planning from photos, palette suggestions, and composition. Intermediate skill level suggested. 6 Weeks – Tuesdays – $150 Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282


Cake Decorating for Valentine’s Day Children will decorate a beautiful two-layer cake for Valentine’s Day. $14.

Registration Fair Families can sign up for all lessons in one evening including scouts, karate, baseball, soccer, dancing, abacus, kickboxing and many more! New this year free draws! Call to register your group.

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Where: Zehrs, 323 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 5009 |

Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Arena, 291 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 640 3966

Still Life with Caroline Doyle The tricks of the trade will be served up alongside an examination of the elements of design (proportion, shape, line, form, colour, space and value) as students draw and/or paint everyday objects and perhaps learn a little art history along the way. Ages 6 to 12 – $100.


Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Where: Goodwood United Church Contact: 905 640 3347



Make your own Memory Blocks at Blue Heron Studio Create your own Memory Blocks, using copies of your favourite family

Family Day Skating Party The Uxbridge Kinsmen Club will be holding their annual Family Day skating party. There will be a free



photos, vacation pictures, meaningful art, or images that simply speak to you. Learn the techniques to create your own personal keepsake and the knowledge to continue crafting on your own at home. 1 Day Workshop – $65 - *materials fee of $10.

Goodwood United Church Valentine’s Dinner Lasagna dinner including bread, dessert and beverage. Friends and fun added for free! Advance tickets only from June Harper at 905 640 3347

Writing for the Young Adult Market Remember being a teen? First times. Intense feelings. Everything changing, all at once, as your world seems to grow bigger and smaller at the same time. Join children’s author Erin Thomas for a six week look at novel writing through a YA specific lens. Previous writing experience or a course in writing for children is recommended but not required. 6 Weeks – Tuesdays – $150 Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Make Money Writing Learn how to navigate corporate writing, speech writing, website writing, book self publishing, and even teaching as a means to earn a living and have fun in the process. Something new, even for those who have taken Dorothea’s other business writing courses. 6 Weeks - Wednesdays – $180 Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W.

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Master Writing Class Marina Endicott brings a series of exercises and techniques for creating characters that leap off the page and make us believe in their reality. Looking at point-of-view choices, the virtues of narrative text v. scene-work, and the principles of writing dialogue, participants will explore unexpected methods for writers to deepen their understanding of characters and bring them more fully to life. Come prepared to work on your laptop or paper and pen, whatever you’re most comfortable with.

Time: 1 - 3 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

Life Drawing Artists must work at their craft with dedication if they are to maintain their own level of excellence, let alone get better. Life Drawing is calisthenics for the artists’ brain. Draped/undraped models. All skill levels. 17yrs+ welcome with parental permission. Drop In 12 Week Sessions: Thursday, February 20th to May 8th 7pm to 9pm 3 nights - $75, 6 nights - $126, 8 nights $144, 12 nights - $180 Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Picasso Portrait with Tamara Izsak-McKenney Pablo Picasso’s Cubism was a new way of ‘seeing’ that turned the art world on its ear. Embrace this modern form by creating a “crazy” cubist self portrait painting. Ages 6 to 12 – $100 Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

Yuk Yuk’s Stand Up Comedy Join us for the best stand up comedy! Featuring Alex Wood, Jen Grant and Matt O’Brien. Tickets available at the Udora General Store and the Udora U.P.I. $25 each. Time: Doors Open 8 p.m. Show Starts at 8:30 p.m. Where: Udora Community Hall, 24 Victoria Rd.

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Introduction to Acrylic Offers the inexperienced student the opportunity to create an individualistic painting(s) in an uninhibited and supportive environment. Learn techniques in application and methods in creating texture and volume while exploring colour appreciation and different ways of seeing. 6 Weeks – Mondays – $150 Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Where: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 4282

REGULAR EVENTS Soup Lunch Please donate as you are able, to support the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank, and North House. The lunches are provided by North House, local churches and community groups. Contact John Gould for more information: Every Wednesday from 12 to 1:30pm at St. Andrew’s – Chalmers Presbyterian Church on Toronto St. S.

Community Soup Lunch Donate as you are able to support the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank, and North House. The lunches are provided by North House, local churches and community groups. All Ages. St. Andrew’s Chalmers Presbyterian Church, 40 Toronto St. S. 12 - 1:30 p.m. the River Think church isn’t for you? Explore your spirituality. Come to “the River”, a new family-oriented service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 59 Toronto Street South. Doors open at 4 p.m. for children’s activities, refreshments and networking. Service with singable contemporary music from 5-6 p.m. For information, please call 905 852 7016. Taoist Tai Chi Includes a gentle set of movements that promote well-being for people of all ages and in all conditions. Beginner class: every Friday 9-10 a.m. Continuous class: every Friday 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Uxbridge BIA Seniors Day Seniors are encouraged to come shop, dine & explore Uxbridge each Tuesday. On Tuesday, participating businesses will display an orange ‘Keep Calm Seniors Day Here’ sign. Stop by to discover special Seniors promotions, sale items, in-store guests, a demonstration, a free activity or a Seniors discount.

Legion Bingo Bingo Thursdays at the Uxbridge Legion. $1200 in prizes to be awarded. Must be at least 19 years of age. Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Watercolour Learn the tricks of the trade in the art of watercolour and make your paintings come alive. Students will learn how to do value sketches and will be introduced to wet in wet techniques for skies, backgrounds etc. For beginner to advanced students. 6 Weeks – Thursdays – $150.

Annie Taking place at the Uxbridge Music Hall Feb 9, 13,14,15,16 20,21 & 22. Tickets $22 adults, $20 seniors (60+) and $12 youth (16 and under). All evening performances begin at 7:30. Saturday matinee 3pm. Sunday matinee 2pm



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“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford A rather wizened old man sits at the gates to a beautiful, sprawling ancient town. No one seems to recall quite when this man arrived here; many seem to think that he has been around as long as the town itself. He spends his hours answering the questions of travellers and locals, and in the quiet moments he carves intricate little birds out of wood from the surrounding forest, which he gives to the children of the town. One morning, a young woman arrives outside the gate, carrying what appears to be all of her belongings on her back. After greeting her warmly, the old man asks if he can help her in any way. The woman appears somewhat suspicious of this stranger, takes no notice of his carvings, but decides to tell him her predicament. “I have travelled here from many miles away. They say this town offers great opportunities, but the people who told me so don’t necessarily have the greatest taste. I am looking for a new place to live. How long have you called this town home, old man?” she asks. “When I first arrived here,” he replies, “that old oak tree was just an acorn.” The old man points to a towering oak which shaded the town’s gates. “I see,” the woman speaks, narrowing her gaze and nodding her head. “Perhaps you can help me. Tell me old man, what is this town really like?” The old man answers her question with a question, as wizened old men at the gates of ancient towns are often known to do. “First, tell me about the town you left behind,” the old man asks. “It seemed nice at first,” began the traveller. “But soon I got to know what it was REALLY like. No-one there was very friendly. Everyone talked behind each other’s back. I couldn’t trust anyone. And there wasn’t anywhere nice to get something to eat, or to buy clothes. Other people seemed to think the scenery around there was pretty, but...” “I understand,” the old man cuts in, sensing that if he doesn’t speak now, he may not get any more birds carved for a very long time. “Unfortunately, I think you’ll find this town to be no different than from where you’ve come. I don’t think you’ll find the people very friendly, and I doubt you’ll find it very beautiful around here. The shops and restaurants won’t be to your fancy. No, I’m afraid this town will be just the same as from where you’ve come.” The woman frowns, mumbles a quick thank you, and without any more discussion decides to continue walking right past the gates, bypassing the town altogether, on her quest for someplace better. About an hour later, another young woman appears on the path leading toward the gate. She also appears to be carrying all her belongings.

“Hello there,” she greets the old man. How are you on this fine afternoon?” Before he has time to answer, she compliments him on the small owl he is carving, and mentions that she had seen an owl much like it only moments before, in the ‘marvellous forest’ just outside the town gates. “Thank you, you are kind. And what brings you to our town?” the peaceful old man warmly ponders. “My heart has brought me here,” she replies. “I have heard such wonderful tales of this place, from many trusted friends.” “Ah, I see...” the old man said, stroking his beard, as wizened old men at the gates of ancient towns are often known to do. “And perhaps you would like to know what an old man who has spent much of his life here thinks of this place, before you decide to stay?” The woman smiles and nods her head. “First, please tell me what your previous town was like,” asks the old man. “It was a very special place, surrounded by beauty!” The young woman’s face lights up as she recalls her hometown. “The people were so charming. There were such lovely little shops, and there were many restaurants serving the most delectable food...” The old man smiles a warm, beatific grin. “Young woman, I think this town will be a wonderful place for you. You will love the scenery, and I think you will find the people are most friendly. And the shopping! People come from miles around for the shopping and wonderful restaurants. Yes, you will find this town to be everything you desire...” The young woman soon enters the gates, and makes a lovely home for herself in the ancient town... I believe that we create our own reality. As Wayne Dyer has stated many times, “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” Do you have certain friends who always seem to have amazing things happen to them, and others who always find something to complain about, even when they’re on vacation? Do you want to be more creative? Start calling yourself creative. Your confidence will grow, and your creations will become better almost instantly. They say the best thing you can do to improve your running is to start calling yourself a runner, and the same is true in all fields of artistic expression. If you’ve ever made a painting, you’re a painter. If you play guitar every third Wednesday for 20 minutes while the rest of your family is picking up pizza, hey, you’re a guitar player. This month, act as if you already are the creative person that you wish you could be. You may love the new scenery so much that you’ll decide to move right in. Darrin Davis is a professional Singer/Songwriter, Painter, Photographer and Creativity Coach. The CEO of Peacefully Productive Inc, Darrin lives in the wildwood splendor of Uxbridge, Ontario with his lovely wife Amy and his incorrigible puppy Dublin. (All 3 are relentless Blue Jays fans.)

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John Cavers has been in the education industry for over 45 years and is highly involved in fundraising for numerous charities – Cancer society, Easter Seals, Uxbridge Educational trust fund, Optimists, Lions Club, Minor Hockey, Special Olympics and Boys and Girls Clubs. He is an avid outdoorsman, loves kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, cross country skiing and is a former personal fitness trainer. He has coached many different youth sports teams and has his own children’s entertainment business doing magic shows. Over the years he started to take up photography as a hobby. He was already spending so much time outdoors that he thought it would be fantastic to photograph all of the many sights he sees in his travels. John always has his camera equipment with him because you never know when that special “shot” might be right in front of you. John’s work has won contests and has been published in many publications – The Cosmo, The Haliburton Highlander, The Haliburton Echo, The Toronto Sun, The Hockey News, Calendars and books. He is also the publisher of a natural science book for children – Robins of Russell Barton Lane. Being the father of 4 grown children and having 5 grandchildren keeps him busy, but he still loves to take as many amazing pictures as he comes across. John’s work is displayed at the Georgina Art Centre and Gallery in Sutton, Ontario the Granite Restaurant in Bancroft and InkNThings in Bancroft, stop by to check out his amazing work.

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| NRG 4 Life Fitness |



The new 5 000 sq ft home of NRG 4 Life Fitness as of Feb 15th, 184 Main St., N., 4th Building, Unit #100, Technology Square

Moving can be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do, and most people begin to feel the stress building from the moment the decision to move is made. For my husband Terry and I, owning and operating a large, full service fitness studio was something we had talked about for years, but not something we pursued seriously until about four years ago. Staying focused on our goal despite challenges and set backs, is what has brought us to NRG 4 Life fitness upcoming expansion to a brand new 5 000 square foot fitness facility at Technology Square. As any business owner can attest, you need to have confidence in your product and yourself to be successful, but you also need to know your demographics. Starting small and testing the market was the right approach for us. It has been a very interesting journey from our humble beginnings. Who knew that starting a 6 a.m. Bootcamp at Elgin Park 8 years ago would lead us to where we are today! At the time, Terry and I owned a placement agency for fitness instructors and the Bootcamp was just a part-time project. The positive feedback to our Bootcamp lead us to rent numerous facilities in the community, in order to accommodate various requests for more classes. When it comes to growing one’s business, you can’t be afraid to take chances and put yourself out there! Building a studio in the lower level of our home was a big step but it enabled us to add Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching to our list of services. We soon realized that a more permanent location was needed if we were to continue to grow and expand our services. We took a leap of faith and sold our other business so that we could pursue NRG 4 Life Fitness full-time. Through the growth and evolution of our business, we were able to align ourselves with some great people. Networking is very important and Uxbridge has several talented fitness and health care practitioners! To be successful, you can’t take on too much yourself and you have to be able to delegate. You must be open to new ideas, and adapt when necessary. Do not be afraid to try something different and bring new people on board to help you grow. We have sought out and attracted excellent people to our team, which has allowed us to increase our classes from 3 per week to 33 per week! Having so many classes to offer attracts a more diverse client base that we were able to draw from to take our business to the next level - a facility almost 3 times the size. Successfully growing a business requires confidence, determination,

unwavering passion, PATIENCE and to never lose sight of your goal. Finding 5 000 square feet in Uxbridge was not easy! Two and a half years ago, after looking at various locations and having my Dad provide 6 drafts of floor plans (for various spaces we’ve looked at over the past 4 years) we decided to rent a space downtown as an interim location. We believed in our vision to “Strengthen Uxbridge One Person at a Time”. Waking up everyday knowing that we only need to take one or two small steps towards our fitness goal is what kept us on course in our journey to find the right location and to finally be where we want to be – not just a studio but a full service facility that can make our community stronger! We, along with our motivating and friendly staff, can provide a brief escape from life…a place where people can come to share a laugh and leave feeling empowered and better knowing that they have done something good for themselves. We are very proud of this unique vibe and this contributes to differentiating ourselves in

Just imagine fresh colour blocking in key areas and warm, inviting staff smiles that will bring NRG 4 Life Fitness to life, giving that friendly non-intimidating vibe!

the market. You have to know what makes your clients tick and in our case, we’ve seen a lot of facilities that are full of intimidating pieces of fitness equipment and staff who just sit at the front desk. This is not what people want. People should be recognized for their effort and staff should engage in conversations. This is what will keep your customers happy, wanting to come back.  As a business owner, you have to believe whole-heartedly in your product especially when you can’t see the way or plans go awry. Building a business and expanding has it’s share of challenges, but you have to go with the flow, and stay on course even though you will be tested in many ways. This is part of the process and you learn a lot along the way. We ran into our share of road blocks when trying to find the right location and then again with construction delays, and factors beyond our control like the weather - but you have to be patient. It isn’t always easy but choosing to be happy will help keep that good energy coming your way. Realizing that you can’t do it all and finding key people who are a good fit with your company’s philosophy will allow you to focus on building the business rather than getting run down from trying to do it all.

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Loaves & Fishes Food Bank Loaves & Fishes Food Bank has been serving people in need in Uxbridge for the past 24 years. It is located in the basement of St. Andrew’sChalmers Presbyterian Church at 40B Toronto Street South. It is run by over 40 dedicated volunteers and a Board of Director’s made up of representatives from area churches. In 2013 the Food Bank served an average of 78 households from Uxbridge

Township each month. Each Wednesday afternoon the Food Bank is open from 1 p.m. – 4p.m. to distribute food to those in need. All people served by the Food Bank live in Uxbridge Township and are required to provide I.D. as proof. Food for 3-5 days is provided to each household. Loaves & Fishes is thankful for the generosity of the citizens of Uxbridge. Without this kindness it could not continue to operate. Donations of non-perishable goods can be dropped in the Food Bank bin at Zehrs or dropped off at the church from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – noon. Please remember to check expiry dates of donated food, last year one ton of expired food had to be disposed of! Financial donations are also helpful as it allows the Food Bank to purchase perishable items such as margarine, meat and cheese. Tax receipts are issued. It is always best to call first to be sure someone is available to receive the donation - 905 852 6262.

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| local living |

Uxbridge Kinsmen Family Day Skating Party The Uxbridge Kinsmen Club will be holding their annual Family Day skating party, scheduled for February 17, 2014 from 11 am – 3 pm, at Uxbridge’s Elgin Pond. There will be a free barbecue with Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Music with Lindsay’s 91.9 BOB FM and of course plenty of Hot Chocolate to keep you warm. For those who wish to contribute there will be a donation box with proceeds to the Uxbridge Youth Centre.

6-10 large potatoes Flour Beef Drippings Butter Milk

Directions Preheat oven to 325F Season the surface of the meat with salt and pepper, place in roasting pan then put in the oven basting occasionally. If you think the outside of the meat is getting too brown, cover it lightly with foil. Meanwhile, peal the potato’s, carrots and turnips and chop into toonie sized pieces. Add potatoes to a pot with water and bring to a boil, turn to medium heat and let simmer until potato’s are tender enough to mash. Add carrots and turnips together to another pot with water and bring to a boil, turn to medium heat and let simmer until they are tender enough to mash.

Drain both, saving the water for the gravy. Add butter and milk to the potato’s and mash, set aside until everything else is ready. Add butter to the carrots and turnips and mash together, set aside until everything else is ready.

Yorkshire Pudding Ingredients 1 cup flour pinch of salt 1 cup milk 2 eggs

Once meat is cooked to your liking remove from the pan cover with foil and leave to rest.

Directions Mix above together.

To make the gravy add the potato and vegetable water to the roasting pan.

Put fat from the roast or oil in the bottom of 8 or 9 inch square cake tin or muffin tins, with just the oil or fat place pan in the oven at 375 until fat is sizzling hot, add pudding batter put in oven and bake for 35 minutes. Do not open the over door. Yorkshire Pudding is done when pudding is puffy and browned.

Mix in flour over medium heat until it browns and thickens, if you like darker brown gravy you can add meat drippings to darken. Strain into gravy boat and serve with potato’s, mashed vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and roast.

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Roast Dinner Ingredients 1 – 4-6lb Roast Salt Pepper 2lb bag of carrots 2 lrg turnips


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| how to avoid annoying wintertime visitors |


feeling fine

3. Vitamin D: Dietary sources of vitamin D can mainly be found in fish, fish liver oils, dairy products and eggs. I always recommend adding a supplementary vitamin D. Take a minimum of 2000 i.u. per day. I regularly take 4000-5000 i.u. every day throughout the fall/winter months. Studies have shown that folks with low levels of vitamin D get 3X more cold/ flus each year.

We are well into winter - a season some of us love and some of us... don’t. Regardless of our sentiments about it, winter tends to be a time of reflection and withdrawal from the more extroverted days of summer...a time to cozy up by the fire with our books, our mugs, and our loved ones. (and a time to dream about beaches and hot summer days!) Sounds like a little piece of heaven, right? Not necessarily. Unfortunately, and all too often, this relaxing scene gets sabotaged by the bugs: Mr. Nasty Cold and Mrs. Yucky Flu. Hardly the blissful dreamtime we had in mind. How can this sad situation be stopped? How can these pesky bugs be held at bay...or better yet, not even come by to visit you this winter season?

4. How about some Fermented Foods and Probiotics? Did you know that about 80% of your immune system resides in your gut? And there is a direct link between the good bacteria in your GI tract and your immune system. In a healthy person, these microbes stimulate the immune system as needed. In fact your healthy bacteria and your immune cells are in a constant ‘cellular dialogue’. So it’s important to keep those little guys fortified and abundant in order to keep your immune system healthy and strong. How do we do that? By consuming healthy bacteria from our food on a regular basis. We can also buy probiotic supplements that contain an array of healthy bacteria. Here are some sources of good bacteria in food: • kefir • sauerkraut • miso • kimchee • kombucha 

Read on, friends!

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Amy’s Wintertime Tips on ‘How-To-Keep-Yourself-Feeling-Tip-TopRight-On-Through-To-Spring’:


When it comes to probiotic supplements there is a huge variety on the market and not all are of the same quality. Be sure to consult with a healthcare practitioner to find the best one for you.

1. What to eat (and not to eat): We are faced with a certain food-related ‘condition’ at this time of year, one that I have coined ‘GHES’ or ‘Gluttonous Holiday Eating Syndrome’. Yep, it’s true. It seems as though A LOT of food gets consumed over the Christmas holidays. Each day appears to consist of one gigantic ‘mega-meal’, interspersed with short breaks for napping, couch-sitting, “oh and back to the kitchen we go!” for meal prep. And this routine never really stops post-holidays...It may lessen (a bit), but by and large the bad habits of holiday eating are still there. The major culprit to be found in all of this consumption is... you got it: SUGAR. So just watch how much you’re eating and if you can, cut back. (or avoid it altogether...tricky, I know.) Sugar suppresses the immune system in a big way and therefore makes us more susceptible to getting sick. If you can’t or won’t reduce your intake (after all, something’s got to get you through winter!), my suggestion is to follow up your sweet tooth pick with a handful of kale. :) (kale is very high in vitamins A and C which are needed to ward off bugs) And while you’re at it with the kale, how about adding a daily dose of these fine specimens to your foodie repertoire: - raw ginger, raw garlic, fresh lemon, raw/local honey, fresh hot peppers (and lots of other fresh veggies and fruits, of course)

5. Why not try Astragalus? Astragalus (astragalus membranaceus) is a medicinal herb that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Astragalus is a wonderful herb and performs many different functions in the human body. When it comes to immunity, astragalus balances and builds the immune system and can be taken on a daily basis. It is available in different forms: tincture, capsule, powder, and tea.

2. Vitamin C: You can get this in supplement form (I prefer whole food supplements for vitamin C as opposed to synthetic ones. Consult your healthcare practitioner for best options), or you can incorporate it into your daily diet by eating things like: oranges (not orange juice unless it’s freshly squeezed and JUST oranges), mangos, papaya, berries, bell peppers, a variety of greens, cauliflower, cabbage, avocados, beets...And the list goes on.

Amy Jefferies is a certified Life Coach and Health Coach who owns and operates Bloom Within. An honours graduate from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine, she has a diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. She is also a DONA trained Birth Doula. Amy lives in Uxbridge with her husband and adorable puppy Dublin.

6. And then there’s the mighty Mushrooms! Some of our most powerful immune system support comes from mushrooms and science is just beginning to tap into this nutritional phenomena. Indeed, mushrooms are full of beneficial compounds that help prevent and cure sickness. There are mushrooms that kill both viruses and bacteria with a powerful 1-2 punch. We can eat them as part of our daily diet, or there are different supplement options out there. Some of the great immune-boosting mushrooms include: - reishi, shiitake, maitake, chaga, cordyceps Well there you have it folks! Here’s to you and your healthy, happy winter season!

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Charming bungalow in a sought after area in Uxbridge. Close to the high school on a quiet street.

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These bungalows don’t come on the market very ofte! Perfect for a first time buyer or downsizing.

This Barton home has all the bells & whistles! Just over 2700' sq. ft. Every bedroom as a bathroom!

2014, A year of giving back

Each month in 2014 I am pledging to give back to Uxbridge in fun & unique ways! Stay up to date on my social media!

January A fun afternoon at On The Lamb learning to arm knit. Thanks Ellen for teaching the class!

February - Contest Visit to win tickets for you & your valentine, as well as 2 tickets to bring your besties along for company to the Precious Minds Valentine’s Dance on Saturday February 8.

Watch for March to be announced on Facebook & Twitter!

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Re/max All-Stars Realty Inc., Brokerage 47 Brock St. W. Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1N5 Office: 905 852 6143 Fax: 905 852 5696

February 2014  

Uxbridge Town Talk