Baby New Year welcomed into the world - North Durham’s ‘Baby New Year’ was born, at Lakeridge Health Port Perry’s New Life Centre, at 3:16 a.m. on Jan. 4th, as proud parents, Ryan Blaier and Rebekah Olson of Courtice, welcomed Riley, their first child. The happy couple told The Standard, they wish to thank all of the staff at the New Life Centre, who helped to deliver the 7 lb. baby boy.
Scugog approves gateway sign design - Councillors gave their approval for the Public Art Advisory Committee to proceed with a design for a gateway sign, to be placed across from the SmartCentres location, facing west on Hwy. 7A. The design, was done by local artist and advisory committee member, Jonathan van Bilsen.
School board, ETFO reach deal - NORTH DURHAM: The Durham District School Board announced, on Jan. 6th, they have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the local branch of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.
First annual Tyler Hanson tournament fundraiser held - Many people participated in the first annual Tyler Hanson Memorial 24 hour ball hockey and skills challenge tournament, held in the parking lot at Vos Independent, on Saturday, Jan. 16th. Country superstar Aaron Pritchett was a celebrity participant.
The Standard moves - The Standard moved from its home since 2004 on Water St. in Port Perry, to a new location at 182 North Port Rd., Unit 10. The Standard also changed ownership, having been purchased by long time residents, the Green family. The Standard is once again owned and operated by local residents proudly serving our community. The Standard staff are firm believers in the wisdom of Shopping Local, we earn and spend our dollars in our community.
Uxbridge looks to expand banner program - Uxbridge Secondary School teacher Tish MacDonald, and Uxbridge Legion Branch 170 President Sherrill Hodgson, appeared before Council Jan. 25th, to provide an update on the project to honour more veterans this fall, which will expand significantly this year to 107.
Successful refugee fundraiser - The Port Perry Refugee Support Group raised a total of $3,325, at a fundraising lunch at Victory Christian Centre, on Sunday, Jan. 31st.
Uxbridge considers wastewater pollution solution - A Trent University based company, called Noble Purifications Inc., promised councillors on Feb. 1st, in a deputation, to increase the capacity of the existing sewage treatment plant, allowing the development of 600 to 650 homes in Uxbridge, while also saving the municipality money and providing a more environmentally friendly solution.
Polar Plunge raises funds - The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry raised over $16,000, at their annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 6th
Beehive proposal pitched - During a Council Meeting on Feb. 8th, Christopher Campbell of Hiveshare Honey proposed to Council that live beehives be set up around prominent areas of Uxbridge, to spread awareness and educate the public about the importance of maintaining a healthy honey bee population.
Adam Wood laid to rest - February 6th, friends and family said goodbye to Adam Wood, the local teacher killed in a school shooting in Saskatchewan last month.
First family of refugees arrives in Port Perry - Thanks to the continued support of the Port Perry community, the first of two Syrian families, sponsored by the Port Perry Refugee Support Group, arrived to a warm welcome from the community on Saturday, February 13th.
Firefighters sign new deal - The City and its full-time firefighters ratified a new four-year contract on Thursday, Feb. 18th.
Tom McHugh named interim CEO of Lakeridge Health - Lakeridge Health named Tom McHugh Interim President and CEO of the hospital on March 2nd.
Tyler Briley creates Sam Sharpe monument - The unveiling of the monument for Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Sharpe, at the Uxbridge Public Library, was held on Thursday, March 10th. Lt.-Col. Sharpe was a Member of Parliament who fought overseas.
Vanessa Page gives back - When Vanessa Page turned nine years old, she asked her friends to bring donations for the Uxbridge Scugog Animal Control Centre rather than gifts. Ms. Page raised $250 for the centre, which is located at 1360 Reach St. in Port Perry.
Homestead celebrates 40 years - Homestead Furniture and Appliances celebrated their 40th Anniversary in Port Perry, with a 40th Anniversary Party right inside the store, on Friday, April 15th.
Port Perry Auto Glass celebrates 35 years - Glenn and Kelly Evans held an anniversary BBQ last Friday, April 15th. The event was a huge success, with many locals coming by throughout the day to congratulate the couple and feast on burgers, hot dogs, and cake.
O’Toole honours veterans, community members - Many local Durham Region residents were recognized by MP Erin O’Toole for their military or community service, at an event on Thursday, April 28th.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School closed - The Immaculate Conception Catholic School is set to close at the end of this school year, as the Durham Catholic District School Board approved consolidation with the Good Shepherd Catholic School.
World War mural unveiled - A commemorative mural project entitled ‘The Home Front’ was unveiled to the public, on May 13th, at the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes gymnasium.
Caesarea skate park opens - After years of fundraising, the new Caesarea Skate Park, located in Putsey Park, had its official Grand Opening Event at the park on May 14th.
Scugog takes legal action against Greenbank Airways - After waiting months for remediation to begin at the Greenbank Airways site, the Township of Scugog decided to take legal action.
Kite festival - The Uxbridge Historical Centre’s very first annual Family Kite Festival flew over to the Quaker Hill site, on June 19th.
Court rules Kawartha Council acted in bad faith - The Court of Appeal has decided to uphold a decision made by the Divisional Court in 2015, which found that the City of Kawartha Lakes acted in bad faith, by blocking the usage of Wild Turkey Rd. for the Sumac Ridge Wind project.
Video Council meetings - At a meeting on Monday, June 27th, Scugog Council approved the implementation of video recording; the posting of Council and GPA meetings, and electronic agendas; and the installation of new screens in Council Chambers.
Timms garage celebrates 50 years - To thank the community for supporting them for 50 years, Timms Garage held a Customer Appreciation Day BBQ on June 24th, celebrating their anniversary.
Greenbank Airways sues Scugog for $10 million - The Township of Scugog is facing a $10 million lawsuit from Greenbank Airways, for what the company claims is a breach of contract.
Fire destroys clearing house, auction barn - A large fire, on July 22nd, destroyed both the McLean’s Auction barn and the Clearing House store in Lindsay.
First Port Perry Ribfest - The Rotary Club of Port Perry held their first ever Ribfest in Palmer Park, July 29th until the 31st. The event was a huge success.
Drought conditions in Kawartha Lakes, North Durham - The current low water conditions are level 2 for the Kawartha Lakes and level 3 for Scugog Township.
New wastewater program in Lindsay - An innovative pilot project is underway at Lindsay’s Water Pollution Control Plant. A new waste water quality improvement technology, developed by H2Flow Inc., will be tested at the plant until June 2017.
Funding announced for Boys and Girls clubs - Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, announced on Aug. 8th, that the Government of Ontario will be investing $1.6 million, to ensure all Boys and Girls Club facilities are in a state of repair, and to support the Club’s role in the community. The funding will combine the Chimo Youth and Family Services and the Boys and Girls Club, into one building.
Canada Post, Union reach tentative agreements - A postal strike was averted, as Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached tentative agreements.
Great Blue Heron casino changes format - The Great Blue Heron Casino on Scugog Island will officially shift from a charity casino format to a commercial business under the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), on Sept. 8th.
Prince Albert United Church celebrates 150 years - A local landmark in the local Scugog community is turning 150 years old this month.
Council looks to fix BIA transparency problem - Amid recent concerns at the Port Perry Business Improvement Association (BIA), Councillors approved a motion that attempts to improve the organization’s transparency.
Erin O’Toole announces candidacy for Federal Conservative leadership - After months of speculation, MP Erin O’Toole officially announced his candidacy for the position of leader of the Conservative Party on Oct. 14th.
Kawartha cuts council in half - The City of Kawartha Lakes Council has decided to reduce the size of Council, from the original 16 Councillors down to eight. The decision was made at a meeting, held on Tuesday, Oct. 18th, after the City undertook a Ward Boundary and Size of Council Review this year.
Scugog looks at arena solar project as possible revenue source - Scugog Council has given their support for a proposal to lease roof space on the Scugog Community Recreation Centre for a solar project.
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Uxbridge joint ventures for solar - Uxbridge Council has approved the Township going into two joint ventures with Veridian Connections and Solera Sustainable Energies, for solar projects on the arena and the new fire hall, taking a 25 per cent stake in each.
DDSB to shutter Epsom P.S. - The Durham District School Board (DDSB) trustees voted in favour of the closure of Epsom Public School in June of 2017.
Scugog dredging project support - Council has unanimously decided to support, in principle, a project that would see a large portion of Lake Scugog dredged, to improve the lake environment.
Scugog grants $70,000 request for Canada 150 headliner - Council has decided to grant a request from the Township’s Canada Day 150 Entertainment Sub Committee, for funding to help secure a headline act for a concert at the fairgrounds.
Scugog to correct ward imbalance - The Township of Scugog is looking at possibly modifying its ward boundaries before the 2018 election.
Kawartha Council halts plan to close multiple arenas