CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: On Friday evening, October 12th, The Piano Inn and Cafe hosted its 5th Annual Grilled Cheese Contest. The cafe was packed with grilled cheese sandwich enthusiasts and supporters of this fund raising initiative. The proceeds of the event and a portion of the sales of the winning sandwiches will be donated to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
Christy Stone-Curry, owner of the Cafe, said, “The Hospital Foundation came to [the] Rotary Club explaining what they were raising funds for and we all toured the new hospital. I then thought perhaps my café could contribute in some way. Port Perry Hospital Foundation President, Mark Fletcher, was last year’s Grilled Cheese runner up, so it made sense that because he supports us, that we can also support his causes.”
Christy explained there were about 243 grilled cheese recipes entered into the contest, and she narrowed the entrants down to three. Judges Mark Fletcher, Chief Kelly LaRocca and Erin O’Toole MP had the delightful task of trying all three samples and choosing the winner. Accompanying the grilled cheese sandwiches were samples of premium beers, provided by Beau’s Brewery.
Rich Evans, of Beau’s Brewery said, “Our company loves getting involved with the community, so when Christy offered us the chance to be involved, we jumped at the opportunity.”
The judges choice for the winning grilled cheese sandwich was the “Beau goes to Bombay and Eats Italian Cheese.” This sandwich was a delectable combination of a savoury butter chicken sauce combined with sliced chunks of chicken marinated in Tagwerk beer, and smothered with melted provolone cheese.
The crowd’s choice was the “Beau’s Feeling Blue Grilled Cheese”. This sandwich included tender grilled steak, creamy mozzarella and Beau’s maple rush sweet caramelized onions.
The winners of each of the two categories will be featured on the Piano Inn and Cafe’s Grilled Cheese Menu, with all proceeds from sales of the winning entries, until December 31st, going to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
Christy continued,“Port Perry is a small but vibrant community and it’s the sum of all parts that make us thrive. We saw a lot of familiar and new faces at the contest finals. There was a great vibe in the room.
Thanks to Erin O’Toole MP, Chef Kelly LaRocca and Mark Fletcher for volunteering to eat a lot of grilled cheeses. Rich from Beau’s Brewery really stepped up to make the night happen; the people loved him, and Hometown Printing donated all the printing. This is a small representation of a few people working together for grilled cheese, with a side of community. We are looking forward to next year.”
So come on over to the Piano Inn and Cafe and try these new delicious menu items, knowing the proceeds are going to a wonderful cause!
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: Every year the Port Perry Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion raises funds through their Poppy Campaign, to be donated to local charities. Last year’s poppy campaign raised $16,000.00, and the Legion provided this funding to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
The money was used to purchase a Tourniquet, to assist doctors when performing delicate operations on the hand and foot.
Dr. Trevor Stryde, of the Port Perry Hospital, explained, this state-of- the-art device is needed almost daily. It assists the doctors with being able to see the nerves and tendons while performing surgical procedures for patients with conditions such as Carpeltunnel and Triggerfinger, or with diseases such as Dupuytren-s.
Rachel Agnozuzzi, CEO of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation stated,“The Port Perry Legion Branch 419 is truly a partner in health care at Port Perry Hospital. This tourniquet is an important tool for our surgical program, and one more shining example of the Legion’s generosity and commitment. We are so grateful for all they do.”
Since 2005 the Royal Canadian Legion Port Perry 419 has raised $119,000.00 for local charities.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Inclusive Advisory, in Port Perry, is offering residents and business owners a collection of services under one roof.
"It started as an accounting practice, and now it's a business where we offer accounting, wealth management, and soon law services," Michael Konopaski, Inclusive's managing director, told The Standard. "One of the problems that we solve is wasted time. People go to their accountants, and then they get into their car and go to their lawyer, and then they go to another building to talk about their investments. We have everything all in one building." Mr. Konopaski calls the business a "fresh, unique approach" to the three industries.
"It's one of the first of its kind in Ontario. It definitely adds a lot of value in that it saves time. Further, the business owner or individual can have a more integrated approach from their professional advisors," he said. When professional advisors are disconnected, and don't collaborate, they often disagree on solutions and strategies which confuses clients.
Formerly Scugog Accounting and Scugog Financial, the business rebranded to become Inclusive Advisory, in May. Mr. Konopaski explained the thought process behind the name.
"Inclusion is about the community, it's about working together and we want to be known as a place where people can get value added and also we don't exclude our clients based on how big they are, or how much money they can spend with us," he said.
Inclusive Advisory is located at 250 Queen Street. For more information, contact them by phone at 905-985-9791 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
KAWARTHA LAKES: Bobcaygeon has earned a prestigious 4 Blooms with a Special Mention for Community Involvement, as well as two awards for Ontario's top scores in Floral Displays and Environmental Action. Martin Quinn, Community in Blooms National Director, announced the results of the 2018 Bobcaygeon entry, at a ceremony at Kawartha Coffee, on Saturday, October 6th.
Bobcaygeon's multi-group effort competed against other Ontario towns, with populations between 5,000 and 10,000. Winning 4 blooms out of a possible 5 is considered an exceptional accomplishment for a first-time attempt.
“That moment, while we awaited the official announcement was a heart-pounder,” says volunteer Bonnie Harris. “This was an all-new challenge for all of us. When we heard the judges' decision, a huge cheer went up, but I could still hear sighs of relief. It was a powerful validation of everyone's joint efforts. We know we're building relationships that form a firm foundation for future projects, but having our effort recognized so visibly is the icing on the cake.”
Along with beautification of the entire village, participation in the program brings many benefits. It promotes green and sustainable initiatives, serves as a way to share best practices, and successful entrants often see an increase in tourism to the area. It also increases civic pride, “People, Plants & Pride . . .Growing Together”, is top-of-page, for Communities in Bloom.
“The Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom team would like to thank Bobcaygeon’s amazing business owners, organizations, residents, cottagers, and the City of Kawartha Lakes staff, who worked together to help put our best foot forward for Bobcaygeon’s Communities in Bloom effort this summer,” says Ann Adare, leader of the multi-group team. “Volunteers pitched in and helped where they were needed and groups shared their resources. So many showed up and donated their most precious commodity, their time. From stepping up to help save an island; creating, planting and maintaining our gardens, trails and parks; picking up trash left behind or participating in one of many fundraisers, and everything else in between. Looking around at what we have accomplished, we can be so proud of our village of Bobcaygeon. Individually, we had achieved a great deal but working together we have accomplished so much more.”
For more information about Bobcaygeon's Communities in Bloom project and a list of all those who helped make it a success, see www.BobcaygeonCommunitiesInBloom.com
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SCUGOG: Durham MP Erin O’Toole held an event at the Piano Inn Café in Port Perry, where he honoured members of the Scugog community for their work and unveiled his ninth series of local artists, on Friday, October 12th.
“This is the first time I’m having an open house not at my office in Bowmanville, but here in Port Perry,” MP O’Toole told those in attendance, adding he was happy to be able to hold it “on the corner of Ontario’s prettiest little town.”
This series of art features works by local artists Elaine Gillingham, James McKeag and Michael J.B. Black.
“For the next three months, in the Durham constituency office, we will have artwork hanging, for anyone to see, from Scugog artists,” Mr. O’Toole said.
He also presented Community Service Medallions to members of the Scugog community.
Longtime Terry Fox Foundation volunteers Elizabeth McArthur, Janice Beechey and Kelvin Todd were three of those who accepted the medallions.
MP O’Toole said the local Terry Fox Run has been successful every year “due to the passions of these people.”
Members of the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham board, such as Dr. Steven Russell and Anne Wright, also received medallions.
“The Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham is a passionate group of volunteers, in the last three years have been driving towards making sure we have palliative beds here in our community,” MP O’Toole explained. “Without their passion, we would not have this very important part of our health care system, here in Scugog, on the horizon.”
Other community members recognized included Gary Roncetti, Dan Stone and Christy Stone-Curry.
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SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is inviting the community to come out and celebrate the grand opening of the new youth centre, this Thursday, October 18th.
The youth centre, which has been titled ‘The Lookout’, is located on the second floor of the Scugog Community Recreation Centre, at 1655 Reach St. The grand opening will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
“Scugog Recreation is excited to open the doors to The Lookout and invite the community to come celebrate. Free t-shirts will be given out to kids at the Grand Opening,” read a press release from the township.
The release also noted “The Lookout is a place to chill with friends, [play games] or watch a movie.”
Inside the youth centre, there are Foosball and Air Hockey tables, PS4s and an Xbox, free Wifi and Netflix, as well as games, a beanbag lounge and a chalk board wall.
“The Lookout will be officially open to students on Tuesday, October 23rd and will be open daily Tuesdays to Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” read the press release.
For more information, go online to www.scugog.ca/thelookout, or call the Scugog Community Centre, at 905-985-8698.
Check out The Standard Newspaper next week for coverage of the grand opening and an in depth look at the new youth centre.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: 100 Men of Scugog has reached a milestone, as they have now donated over $100,000 to charities and organizations in the community.
100 Men Scugog held their last meeting of the year in early October, with the recipient being Their Opportunity, a charity that provides low-income families with “ the means to enroll their children in local sports programs”, according to the charity’s website.
“It’s great. We started over three years ago, and to have it grow into something that has provided $100,000 for the local community is great,” 100 Men member Richard Gauder told The Standard. “It means a lot to the community I think.”
The group of caring men hold meetings every three months, where they listen to possible recipients explain their charity and how the money will help them, and then the members vote to decide who they will benefit. Each member contributes $100 at each meeting.
The group currently has about 70 members. Mr. Gauder said 100 Men Scugog has inspired the creation of other groups in Durham Region.
“Because of the success of this one, another one was started in Oshawa, and another one started in Whitby, another one started in Clarington and Ajax. So, it’s grown.”
He also spoke about what it is like to be a part of this group of philanthropists.
“It’s fun. The group gets together, it’s a really, really fun time because they are like minded people.”
100 Men of Scugog started in 2015, with the first charity chosen being WindReach Farms.
For more information on 100 Men of Scugog, including a full list of the charities/organizations they’ve donated to, visit 100men.ca.
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SCUGOG: Durham Region police and the Scugog Fire department are continuing to search for a missing Toronto man who’s boat capsized on Lake Scugog on Monday, October 15th.
According to police, at about 5:20 p.m., they were called to respond to Centre Rd. and Crozier Lane on Scugog Island for “a boater in distress.”
Police also said witnesses said the victim, believed to be 31 year-old Phong Vu of Toronto, “was out alone in his canoe at the time when it capsized.”
The witnesses reportedly found the canoe empty and called police.
Several emergency services were involved in the search for the Toronto man on Monday, such as the Scugog Fire Department, North Division officers, the DRPS Marine Unit and police helicopter Air1.
Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney explained the investigation at the north point of Scugog Island.
“We did determine that there was a person in the water last night, and searched in rather dangerous conditions. High winds, strong current and rain and we searched until dark and unfortunately did not find the person believed to be in the water.”
“We called off the search then and this morning at daybreak we began a recovery operation and we are currently searching for the victim,” Chief Berney told The Standard on the morning of Tuesday, October 16th.
According to police, “the missing boater was not wearing a personal flotation device.”
As of press time, Scugog fire officials believe the man has drowned.
“At this time we believe that the person unfortunately has drowned, is still in the lake, and we are in a recovery operation,” Chief Berney said.
People with any further information are asked to call Constable. Lang of North Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 3977.
DURHAM: As the cold weather approaches, The Regional Municipality of Durham continues to work with its community partners, to help ensure those who are most vulnerable, primarily the homeless population in Durham, take the appropriate precautions and find an emergency shelter. The Region has also made enhancements to available programs and services for the homeless.
In the spring, the Region combined a Point in Time Count with a Registry Week, to provide a profile and better understand homelessness in our community. A Point in Time Count surveys people experiencing sheltered or unsheltered homelessness. A Registry Week surveys people who are provisionally accommodated (commonly known as “hidden homelessness” or “couch surfing”).
There were 188 individuals surveyed. Preliminary, results indicate that less than 15 per cent of those surveyed were living unsheltered in our community.
“The information obtained from the Point in Time Count and Registry Week informed our program and service planning,” said Alan Robins, Director of Housing Services. “As a result, we are better able to connect those living unsheltered in our community with available resources. Innovative and collaborative work has been undertaken, on behalf of the Region of Durham, Social Services and Health departments, Cornerstone Community Association, Salvation Army, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), the local area municipalities, and other support agencies.”
The Region also created the Oshawa Unsheltered Residents Task Force (OUR Task Force). This working group includes key representatives from the Region, City of Oshawa, Carea Community Health Centre, Cornerstone, DRPS, John Howard Society and other social services organizations.
New programs and services to address homelessness are outlined below.
Cornerstone expanded their services in 2018, to include a Bridges Street Outreach Program. The outreach team works to build relationships with those living unsheltered, by providing practical services, such as showers, laundry services, personal hygiene care packages, food services, referrals to medical supports and assistance with finding housing. The team works as long-term case managers for clients.
The Salvation Army Housing Retention Program is an evidence-based program that works to obtain permanent housing for those who are the most vulnerable to homelessness, by securing two and three-bedroom homes and apartments that individuals within the program can share. The program seeks out community-centered landlords who want to make a difference, and pairs them with individuals who would not otherwise be likely candidates for rental opportunities. The first Durham Landlord Symposium was held on September 13th, at the Ajax Convention Centre, to highlight the details of the program. Twelve landlords and property managers attended the presentation. All of those who were present have expressed an interest in working with the Salvation Army’s Housing Retention Program.
DRPS is launching a new mobile response team, to help vulnerable persons in our community, in partnership with the Region of Durham, Health and Social Services departments; Lakeridge Health – Oshawa; the University of Ontario Institute of Technology; and the Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN).
Current program and service updates are included below.
The Primary Care Outreach Pilot was introduced in July 2018. This mobile outreach unit connects an advanced care paramedic and a social worker with individuals who may be homeless, dealing with mental health or addiction issues, or unable to seek medical care, counselling, or other services. From July 23rd to August 31st, the Region connected with 77 individuals. Of these individuals, 25 were referred to other community partners; and five were housed or have move in dates for new homes. The pilot has been approved by Regional Council to run until February 2019. After February 2019 the continuance of the pilot will be evaluated.
In December 2017, Regional Council approved funding for 30 additional subsidized housing units, to be filled by applicants on the Durham Access to Social Housing (DASH) wait list by date of application. To date, 10 individuals experiencing homelessness or at immediate risk of homelessness have moved into permanent, affordable housing.
“Ending homelessness in Durham is one of the key goals of the Region’s housing plan,” said Mr. Robins. “At Home in Durham, the Durham Housing Plan 2014-2024, is an integrated housing plan that lays out the Region’s vision for housing during the next 10 years. The housing plan reinforces our commitment to developing long-term innovative approaches to help individuals access and retain housing.”
For more information on the Region’s homeless and housing programs, or to access the Durham Housing Plan, please visit durham.ca/housing.
Last month we looked at “The Senior Foot Shuffle”. We learned factors that cause impaired gait. The first major cause was emotional trauma or a fear of falling. We also learned, underlying medical conditions can affect the way you walk. The most important finding was, shuffling your feet increases your chance of falling. This month we’re looking at ways to improve strength, balance, and confidence so you can walk tall to avoid a fall.
A big cause of injury in the elderly is hip fractures. A lack of muscle strength and bone density means your mobility will be impaired. This means engaging in weight bearing exercise that builds muscle is recomended. Strong muscles protect your joints. Having strong joints means less injury. Strength training is a great way to build muscle and protect your joints from wear and tear.
When you increase your muscular strength, it’s important to improve your balance as well. This means, once again, challenging your balance in a controlled setting. I teach people how to go up the stairs and navigate uneven surroundings, using specific props. This not only engages the body, but the mind as well. You’re teaching your brain to be prepared. This gives you the confidence to navigate the world around you.
Improved confidence occurs when I help someone improve their strength and balance. When your strength improves, you stand a little bit taller. When your balance is improved, you feel more secure. You feel better about your situation. That’s the most important thing to remember. You can do something to help yourself feel better.
Improving your gait requires taking an active approach. The good news is, you can help yourself! If you want to improve your strength, balance, and confidence you’ve got to take the first step.