SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Story in Stone sculpture unveiling ceremony kicked off the Juried Arts Show and Children’s Art Show, on September 19th, as a part of the annual Celebration of the Arts Festival.
The project has been over a year in the making, and was made possible through the Arts and Visual Enhancement Committee (AVEC) and generous donations within the community.
The stone structure shows a history of how early settlers first came to Uxbridge, cleared the land, built a water wheel to grow the town, replanted the cleared forests, and created the beautiful trails Canadians enjoy today.
The artist of the project, Fly Freeman told the Standard she has always been appreciative of the trails in Uxbridge, and the history behind how they were created.
“I always loved the trails around Uxbridge, and always really appreciated the fact they were replanted in the face of environmental degradation,” she said.
The stone structure is made from Indiana Limestone, and weighs close to 2500 pounds, according to Stuart Blower, AVEC chairmen.
“The nice thing about this particular material is, it has breathability to it. It doesn’t have the problem of getting wet, storing water, freezing in the winter, and breaking away,” Stuart said.
He added, that the structure should be able to withstand severe weather and will last for a very long time.
“The cap being put on the sculpture is a different form of limestone that has no velocity, so it will literally act as an umbrella and shed water away from it.”
The piece was worked on frequently by Fly, at the Uxbridge Historical Centre as a live demonstration, and she enjoyed her time at the museum.
“Working at the museum was lovely, I worked up on the hill there, so it looked out onto the town. It was quiet up there, but people could still come and see me, if they wanted to see what I was up too,” she said.
The project itself wouldn’t have been possible without all the community support, according to Fly.
Douglas Moffat and Saundra Reiner were instrumental in making this project possible, through their generous donation of $15,000.
As well, the Township of Uxbridge, Green Durham Association, Okwen Contracting, Uxbridge Historical Centre and Gordon Britton, were key in supporting the project.
“This was very much a community effort; the committee did a lot of work, so I could just carve,” Fly said.
Stuart is happy to see the artwork in front of the town’s municipal office, adding that the structure defines Town Hall as a major center.
Fly Freeman will be putting the finishing touches on the sculpture over the next few weeks, and hopes to be finished in October.
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SCUGOG: Cartwright Fields will be packed with classic and antique vehicles, on September 30th, for the Nestleton Classic Car Show.
The event will showcase several different types of vintage cars, from the community and surrounding areas.
The car show is free to attend, and will be also feature a BBQ, 50/50 draw, DJ and an array of activities for children in the “kids zone.”
The event will also be accompanied by the 17th Annual Chili Tasting Contest, where several different chilli’s will be tested by hundreds of people.
“You go around and get to try all of the different chilli’s, you get a ballot and then can vote for your favourite one,” said Melanie Wright, event organizer and Cartwright Fields Sports and Recreation board member.
Any money raised through the chilli contest and fundraising activities will go towards maintaining and updating Cartwright Fields.
Melanie said the board was recently able to add an outfield fence to the lower baseball diamond, and are trying to save up money to purchase LED lights for the upper diamonds.
“We are purely doing this event to give back to the community, so any money raised goes right back into the community,” Melanie said.
She told the Standard they are looking for volunteers for the car show, and added it’s a great way for high school kids to get hours.
The event is also a good place to learn about how to get involved with Cartwright Sports and Recreation, according to Melanie.
“Come out to learn about your community and what Cartwright Sports and Recreation is all about. We are always looking for more board members and volunteers,” she said.
The event runs, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 30th, at Cartwright Fields, located on 3951 Highway 7A.
Melanie encourages everyone to come out to the car show, and said it’s a great event for families with children. nformation, or to sign up or contribute, please contact Wilma @ 905-986-4602, Melanie @ 905-809-4240, or visit www.cartwrightfields.ca.
This fundraising event is hosted by the volunteers of Cartwright Sports & Recreation Inc., to gather the community together to celebrate the fall season and raise funds, to enhance the park and its facilities, at Cartwright Fields, for everyone to enjoy. Hope you can join us!
(NC) Feeding your family healthy food year-round can be a challenge. On top of being crunched for time, facing allergies, dietary limitations, and dealing with picky eaters, we also need to worry about the affordability of healthy eating.
Food costs fluctuate as a result of weather, global trade issues and exchange rate variability; all factors beyond the control of farmers and food producers. What farmers can impact, though, is what happens on their farms across the country.
And that's the use of modern plant science technologies that help produce more food more cost effectively. Huge gains in productivity at the farm level have brought the cost of food in Canada down, over the last 50 years, compared to overall consumer income, according to Farm Credit Canada's chief agricultural economist.
“Canadians spend about 10 cents of every dollar, on average, on food purchases,” says J.P. Gervais. “In a developing country like China, consumers can spend up to 40 per cent of every dollar on food.”
Those productivity gains can be attributed, in part, to plant science technologies, like pesticides and biotechnology, says registered dietitian Carol Harrison.
Estimates show that Canadian families would pay about 55 per cent more per year on groceries, if those tools were not available to farmers.
“It's been estimated our food costs could go up by $4,400 dollars a year, and that would make it tough for a lot of families to make ends meet,” says Harrison. “It's important that we have a safe, nutritious and affordable, food supply so we can enjoy variety, which is really the cornerstone of a healthy diet. We have to keep those food costs down, and plant science technologies help us do that.”
Research has shown that without plant science innovations, we would annually be paying approximately 31 per cent more for bread, 47 per cent for fresh fruit, 52 per cent for fresh vegetables, and up to 76 per cent more for condiments, spices and vinegars.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Hundreds of Kawartha Lakes residents will drive throughout the countryside viewing various farms in the area, for the 15th Annual Kawartha Lakes Farmfest.
The event takes place on September 30th, and is a one-day self-guided tour of farms and rural attractions, throughout the Kawartha Lakes.
Kelly Maloney, event organizer, said the tour is always a great way to kick off the fall season.
“The nice thing about the tour is, it’s at the beginning of fall, right before thanksgiving, so as people are driving, they are going to get a great view of the fall colours,” she said.
On the site map, outlining all the different stops for the tour, there are maple leafs indicating places that have a good view of fall colours.
New farms on this year’s map include, Pigfest at Three Forks Farm and Dairyfest at Vosbrae Farms.
Pigfest at Three Forks Farm will feature pigs, turkeys, and chickens. All of the animals on the farm are pasture raised and people touring the property will be able to learn about the benefits of raising animals on pasture.
The other new farm on the tour, Dairyfest at Vosbrae Farms, will show participants what an active, working dairy farm looks like.
The farm features a brand new dairy barn with a rotary milking parlor. Visitors will see how the equipment is used to operate a modern dairy farm.
Kelly said, “They milk 140 cows and you’ll be able to see all those cows at the farm.”
She encourages everyone to bring their families out. The Farmfest is a great opportunity for children to learn about agriculture and how food is made.
“The great thing is, this is a fun day for all ages. On the tour, when I’m out travelling around, I’ll see families with young children, I’ll see couples, seniors, and grandparents with their kids. There is really something for everyone to see and learn about, at Farmfest,” Kelly said.
Participants of the tour will also develop a greater understanding of farming families and their practices.
“People will learn about the farm families and how they care for their animals and crops,” Kelly said.
She added, Farmfest also brings the community closer together, and lets everyone celebrate agriculture.
“It’s both a tourism event and local community event, so people get to know their local farmers, and know where their food comes from. As well, they get to celebrate the successes and challenges the farmers have each year,” Kelly said. “As well as, see some of the hard work that goes into growing our food, we eat every day.”
The event runs, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is free to attend for kids under the age of 14 and $5 admission for adults.
Admission stickers can be purchased at Kawartha Lakes Municipal Service Centres, in Omemee, Bobcaygeon, and Lindsay. They can also be found at Kawartha Lakes Library branches, in Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay, and Bethany.
For more information about the Farmfest visit their website, at https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/business-growth/kawartha-farmfest.aspx
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
The Ridge’s Tack Shop in Port Perry offers a variety of products to meet every horse lover’s needs. The store carries an assortment of rider apparel, equine accessories, horse-riding equipment, and horse health products. As well, they offer tack repair, custom engraving, bridle rental, and horse blanket cleaning services.
Jody Urquhart, owner of Ridge’s Tack Shop Port Perry prides her store on the variety and quality of items it has.
“A lot of our products are a higher end brand that all equestrian people would know, like V.R and Tipperary Horse Wear,” Jody said. “We try to carry the good quality stuff while keeping the prices pretty reasonable.”
She also tries to carry local products and source things from Canadian companies whenever possible.
“As far as the products go, I try to carry a lot of Canadian and local brands. We have a lot of Canadian entrepreneurs that are producing great products,” Jody said.
They currently carry bridal charms, artwork, leather cleaning products, and horse treats that are sourced from locals and Canadian companies.
The store carries everything a horse owner would need, but isn’t only for horse-back riders, according to Jody. Ridges Tack Shop also carries non-equestrian related products that people can enjoy.
“You don’t have to necessarily ride to be able to use a lot of the things we carry in here. A lot of the clothing here is just outdoor wear,” Jody said.
One of the non-equestrian products that are in high demand, at Ridge’s Tack Shop, is the Back on Track wraps, which offer pain relief and can prevent injuries before they happen.
“It is a pain free alternative to using a drug or medication,” said Nanci Job, equine rep. “The products are for anybody that suffers from pain or anybody that is actually active.”
Back on Track comes in shirts, blankets, arm or leg wraps, gloves, scarfs, socks, shorts, and leggings. The products increase the flow of blood and oxygen to whatever part of the body it’s on which helps reduce inflammation and speed up recovery rates when injured.
It works through the products fabric which is infused with ceramic particles that cause infrared wave forms to radiate in the area it is on. The infrared wave forms cause people’s veins to get dilated which increases the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body.
The Back on Track products aren’t only for humans though; they were originally designed for horses and are now available for dogs as well. Horses and dogs who are athletic, or have recently suffered an injury, can benefit the most from Back on Track.
The Ridge’s Tack Shop is open, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays, the store is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sundays the store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Anyone looking to contact the Ridge’s Tack Shop can call 905-985-3780 or email
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Fire Department has recently received a donation of 216 combination smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms from Enbridge Gas.
The combination smoke and CO alarms will be distributed throughout the community in Uxbridge, to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
The donation is a part of Enbridge Gas’s Project Zero, a campaign focused on reducing the number of fire and CO related deaths each year.
“We call CO the silent killer, you can’t see it, you can’t taste it, the only way you can detect if it is in your home is with a CO detector,” said Capitan Colin Clark, of the Uxbridge Fire Department.
He added, without CO alarms people may not be aware of CO poisoning until it is too late.
“It’s so dangerous when it builds up in your home, because there is no odour, no smell, and no sign of it. It’s not until you have signs and symptoms of the poisoning that you might think there is something wrong. If you are sleeping, it can be too late,” Colin said.
CO is a toxic, odourless, gas that is created through incomplete combustion of fuel. It is important for everybody to ensure all their fuel burning equipment is properly maintained, to prevent CO buildup, according to Colin.
As the summer season comes to an end and temperatures drop, fuel powered heating appliances will be used more often, so it is important to ensure they are operating safely.
“Once we start firing up all our furnaces, it is really good to have them maintained and checked by a professional every year,” Colin said. “Clean your vents, clean your chimneys, and make sure all of the vents around the house are clear of debris.”
Water heaters, fire places, garages, and fuel burning appliances are all potential sources of a CO leak, so it is important to have them checked annually.
“If you’re not able to have your appliances inspected, a carbon monoxide detector is imperative to have in the home,” said Tanya Bruckmueller, manager of external communications at Enbridge Gas.
Enbridge Gas’s is using the Project Zero campaign to increase awareness around CO safety.
“Our goal is to also boost awareness, around the importance of installing CO alarms, and other types of preventative steps that people can take to ensure their families stay safe,” said Tanya Bruckmueller.
She added, “We’ve been doing this program since 2009. It remains to be a very important program for us, to ensure our customers and the residence that live in the communities we serve are safe.”
Colin is looking forward to distributing the 216 alarms, to people who need them in the Uxbridge community.
He said, “We need to get out there in the community, and make sure people who need these alarms receive them.”
He already plans to leave some with the Foodbank to distribute, and will be giving demonstrations, as well as donating some to Community Care.
He encourages everyone to install CO detection alarms outside of sleeping areas, adding it is the law.
The Uxbridge Fire Department will be working in the community to address other safety issues, from October 8th to 14th, for Fire Safety Week. Anyone with questions, concerning CO detection, smoke alarms, or fire safety, can receive additional information from the Uxbridge Fire Department, by calling 905-852-3393.
KAWARTHA: City of Kawartha Lakes Police has arrested and charged a Dunsford area man with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Breach of Trust after an investigation at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC).
Police were reportedly notified about the possibility that an employee of the CECC was involved in the trafficking of drugs within the institution earlier this month.
An investigation was commenced which resulted in the arrest of 57-year-old Stephen Benko of Dunsford.
It was later confirmed that Mr. Benko was a correctional officer.
Mr. Benko will appear in the Lindsay, Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, October 26th.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog will not be paying Ward 3 Councillor Don Kett’s legal fees, for a judicial review of Integrity Commissioner H.G. Elston’s reports.
At a meeting on Monday, September 25th, Councillor Kett’s deferred notice of motion from the September 11th meeting, to have “the municipality agree to pay the reasonable legal fees of counsel to Councillor Kett together with disbursements and any applicable taxes” and to “indemnify Councilor Kett against any cost awards made against him” never made it to the floor for discussion, as he could not find a councillor to second it.
Before the start of the open session portion of the meeting, there was a closed session where Councillors received advice on the topic of Councillor Kett’s motion from Loopstra Nixon LLP.
Mayor Tom Rowett told The Standard he was not surprised the motion did not make it to the floor.
“I think that even if it had not been deferred at the [September 11th meeting], in my opinion it wouldn’t have been passed,” he said.
Mayor Rowett said he couldn’t speak about the advice from the Township’s legal counsel, however he noted the cost estimate, if the Township had agreed to pass the motion, “would be significant.”
However, Mayor Rowett said Councillor Kett is still free to move forward with his judicial review, if that is his intention, but the Township will not be paying his legal costs.
“That’s [Councillor Kett’s] prerogative, his choice. but he’d have to do it on his own dime,” the Mayor said.
The motion was deferred at the September 11th meeting, because of the “ambiguous wording” of it, and because council did not feel comfortable passing it when they did not have an exact estimate of what the cost would be.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
DURHAM: The Standard Newspaper’s annual partnership with United Way Durham Region is once again upon us.
Residents will once again have the opportunity to “give where you live”.
People are encouraged to mail it in, donate online, at www.unitedwaydr.com, or you can drop it off at the United Way’s Oshawa office, at 345 Simcoe St South.
The United Way’s campaign recently kicked off, with the 10th annual Tour de Perry, held on Thursday, September 7th.
“I thought it was great. It was astonishing that when it started raining, nobody left,” Robert Howard, campaign director, said. “I think it is growing every year.”
United Way Durham Region supports several organizations in North Durham, including: Community Living Durham North, Big Brothers, Big Sisters North Durham, North House, Community Care Durham and Precious Minds.
“Residents of Durham Region, whether they live in Oshawa, Ajax, Uxbridge, Pickering, Clarington, Whitby or Port Perry may, and are encouraged to, support the local Durham United Way initiatives or “Give where you live”. Not simply because they may need one of the services which will be supported, but because someone they know, or work with, a neighbour, a family member, or someone who will never know their name, will be helped,” the United Way Durham Region’s website states.
Mr. Howard spoke about why it is important for people to donate to the United Way.
“You are creating possibility for people,” he said. “You have a vulnerable population and that manifests itself in a variety of ways. When you solve those things collectively, you stand a greater chance of success.”
For more information on United Way Durham Region, Mr. Howard can be contacted at 905-436-7377.