Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Horn Dawgs Barbecue Tap and Grill officially opened in Port Perry, on Friday, Jan. 13th.
The business is run by owner Rob Butler and his family. Mr. Butler said they decided to open the business in Port Perry with the hopes the family will also move to the North Durham area in the near future.
"We've lived in Durham all of our life, and as a family we wanted to move north,” he said. “We had sold the business that we had in Pickering, so we figured in the next year or two, if we want to start moving north, we should maybe try and plant some roots with the business up north. It is a beautiful town, we love the area.”
Despite having barbecue in the title, Mr. Butler said only a small percentage of the menu features barbecue style items.
“"We're a barbecue company, but only 15 per cent of our menu is barbecue,” he said. “ The main food we serve besides barbecue I call well constructed comfort food.”
Mr. Butler also described what people can expect when they first walk through the door.
“The way we put it, it's kind of a country roadhouse meets sports bar,” he said. “It's a good family friendly feel.”
Mr. Butler wanted to stress Horn Dawgs is a family run business, and everything they serve is homemade.
Horn Dawgs is located at 15930 Old Simcoe Rd. For more information about the restaurant, visit their website, at www.horndawgsbbq.comTheir phone number is 905-982-8851.
UXBRIDGE: Councillors heard some troubling stats about rising crime rates in the Township, during an update from the Durham Regional Police on Monday, January 16th.
At the meeting, Staff Sgt. Cyd Gillis went through the 2016 crime stats, which showed increases in Uxbridge of crimes such as sexual assaults, weapons offenses, fraud and mischief.
“In the crimes against property, the most significant increases are frauds and identity theft, and that’s a trend that’s happening all over Canada,” Staff Sgt, Gillis explained to Councillors.
Of note, there were 11 more sexual assaults than the year before, weapons offenses rose by 17, and impaired driving cases increased by 19.
“The message is still not getting out there in regards to impaired driving,” Staff Sgt. Gillis said.
He also stated crime rates have been increasing all across the country.
“Crime had been on a decrease for a number of years, but this year there’s been an uptick. That’s not just in Uxbridge, that’s a trend that’s happening across Durham Region, Uxbridge and all of Canada,” he said.
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy called the numbers “disturbing”, stating they show a need for an increased police presence in the Township.
“I think with numbers like this, we need more coverage up here, we need more visibility,” he said.
JOE CROSS The Standard
SCUGOG: On Monday, July 16th, the weekly Scugog council meeting included discussions regarding the upcoming Canada Celebrations this summer. After an hour and a half of back and forth deliberations, it was decided that there would be an Advisory Committee and a Music Committee to coordinate the big event. Don Kett Councillor (Ward 3) and Councillor Bobbie Drew (Ward 1) will be serving on the Advisory Committee. Councillor Jennifer Back (Ward 5), Councillor Don Kett (Ward 3) and Councillor Somerville (Ward 1) will serve on the Music Committee. The Councillors decided to hire a professional event co-ordinator to manage the music festival.
As the meeting proceeded, the council began to discuss Canada’s 150th Birthday. Members of the council were excited that this momentous milestone for our country will be taking place in Port Perry. The council members were eager to make this day a success. In preparation for Canada’s Birthday, the Scugog council will be coordinating many special arrangements, as this will be a once in a lifetime event.
There were many different perspectives, concerns and ideas expressed, surrounding which members of the council would be responsible for certain activities on Canada Day. Councilor Jennifer Back didn't understand why she and Councilor Don Kett were not initially asked to be involved, because “we've done the most work thus far,” she said. Councilor Kett was not included in the planning committee, even though according to Councilor Back, Don Kett had completed “a lot of extensive background work.” Don Kett created an entertainment budget for the entire committee, and he's also completed a 50-page business plan.
Certain committee members mentioned a desire to have their work efforts acknowledged. Mayor Tom Rowett maintained order as a natural facilitator and advocate for the community.
During the meeting, it was explained this coming Canada Day festivities will consist of a three-day celebration. The First day being the music festival, the second day a parade and festivities in the park, and the 3rd a pancake breakfast. When the 150th Birthday arrives, it will be an incredible celebration and will not be the same without the residents in our community attending!
MP JAMIE SCHMALE Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: Local MP Jamie Schmale is still encouraging local employers to apply for summer help through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Those interested in applying now have until February 3rd, 2017 to submit their applications.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years, who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
“I encourage small businesses, and organizations, to apply for funding. This program can benefit both employers, and students looking to gain experience while earning money for school,” said Schmale. “I fully support this program, and appreciate the additional funds being made available.”
For more information on the Canada Summer Jobs program, please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: It was the end of an era earlier this month, as Jeff’s Centre Island Store, on Scugog Island, officially closed its doors for the last time.
The store, located at 20050 Island Rd., was recently purchased by the Mississaugas of Scugog Island. Chief Kelly LaRocca told The Standard they plan to submit an application for a demolition permit, to Scugog Township, to have the building torn down.
“We hope the Township will see that the building has long outlived its useful existence, and we think the first nation would do better with a clean slate,” the Chief said.
Despite being a staple of Scugog Island for many years, and being the site for some historical accomplishments, Chief LaRocca said the building’s aging state is the main reason they would like to have it demolished.
“Although I do respect the historical significance of the building, I don’t feel the majority of Scugog Island residents would feel it is important to maintain a building that is dilapidated,” she said.
As well, the Mississaugas are planning to have a convenience store built as part of their planned commercial complex, near the Great Blue Heron casino.
Construction on the complex, which is also expected to include a Tim Hortons restaurant, is currently underway and is expected to be completed by late March or early April. Chief LaRocca said the Mississaugas have not yet decided what they will do with the Centre Island Store site.
“We know it won’t be a convenience store. It will likely be some sort of public place that would showcase our community and our culture,” she said.
KAWARTHA: Load weight will be restricted on most secondary roads throughout the City effective immediately. Road conditions will be continually monitored and the restriction will be lifted when road conditions merit.
Restrictions are typically put into place during the spring thaw, when road damage is most likely to occur due to heavy loading. This program identifies and imposes load restrictions on roads, or portions of roads that are weakened by excess water in the road base. Once the road has been determined to be structurally sound, load restrictions may be rescinded.
Due to the fluctuating weather patterns and limited frost levels in the ground, the roads affected and the duration of the restricted period will be continually reviewed. Operations will monitor conditions and amend the notice as appropriate.
For further information, please contact: Bryan Robinson, Director of Public Works firstname.lastname@example.org 705-324-9411 extension 1143.
JOE CROSS The Standard
Originally starting in the United States, and coincidentally in Britain around the same time, The Boys and Girls Club has been helping young people grow into productive citizens since the mid to late 1800’s.
Around 1900 is when the Canadian version started. It was a safe after school club for youth, mostly boys at that time.
The Club’s original message was “to give youth a chance to have some recreation and to see beyond the confines of their immediate situation.”
In 1929, under Vernon Mc Adam, the National Executive Director, there were 30 individual clubs. Eventually, in 1948, they achieved official status as a non-profit organization. In 1974, what started off as the mostly boys club, eventually included more girls as well, now properly making it The Boys and Girls Club.
Fast-forward to present day, The Boys and Girls Club has provided programming for close to 3 million young Canadians, in the almost 100 years it has been around.
Clubs today still contribute to young people, by helping develop important skills going into adulthood. The Clubs are located in a variety of locations around the county, from big cities, to small towns, as well as First Nations reserves, with a continuing goal to produce happy and productive adults out of great children. This is now done through purpose built facilities, allowing time better spent on the individual needs, helping kids grow to their full potential into the 21st century.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton will be hosting their 13th year of Wing Fest, at 7 p.m., this Saturday, January 21st. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the Big Brother Big Sister office, or at Kennedy’s on William St. South. Tickets, for the dance portion only, are $10 each.
Don't miss this opportunity to support a great community work and have a lot of fun doing it!
"Being on this trip pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best sort of way". Team Member.
The Hope Through Hockey team returned home safely, after a wonderful week, with the 750 people of North Caribou Lake First Nation, at Weagamow Lake. The formal way to refer to Weagamow or “Round Lake” in the Oji-Cree language.
110 young people took part in this year’s hockey program, with the week ending on a high note as 60 participated in the 4-team final tournament, complete with an opportunity to showcase their newly acquired hockey skills to the whole community. A new division of Little Tigers, ages 4-6, also took part in pre-tournament action. The community sponsored a post tournament dinner for the children and the leaders, using the opportunity to present 5 year old Leon with a plaque, for bravery for saving his 4 year old friend Benny, who fell in the lake last summer!
The hockey skills have improved greatly over the 4 years, but more importantly, a hopeful spirit in the community has returned. As well, the depth of friendship with the children, their families and the community has reached a new level.
The 12 person team, the largest taken to date, accomplished many of their objectives, and was made up of 6 returning members plus 6 new ones: Merrick Adams, Justin Curtis, Paul Kerrigan, Sam Luinstra, Stephanie Luinstra, Lue Mahaffey, Nicole McFadden, Kirk Meek, Wendy Meek, Katerina Noble, Tavis Smith and Don Simmonds.
The hockey development program was led by former Tigers Captain Tavis Smith, returning for his 4th year. 20 hockey bags full of equipment along with 105 sticks were taken on board a World War II vintage aircraft, that flew the team in to the remote landing strip. The families have learned to bring non-fitting equipment to be exchanged at the start of the week of hockey clinics. In addition to the annual process of refitting the kids, the team made plans for a weekly league, that would advance hockey in the community to a whole new level. A league coordinator was appointed, with plans and team gear provided for 4 teams.
There is a high percentage of young girls very interested in hockey, and team members Stephanie, Katerina and Lue led the spirited girls team clinic, while training a girls team coach, to lead forward after we left. Merrick Adams came as a goalie coach, and worked with Justin, Paul and Kirk to lead the “learn to play” and “advanced skills” clinics.
Lue, having been to the community 6 times now, as she accompanies the group of women that go in May as well, led the community interaction taking place day by day at the arena, with assistance from Wendy who, in addition, managed all of the care and feeding of the team. Nicole took over the complex registration process, and worked with a local youth who helped at the registration desk, leaving well documented participant lists for the new hockey coordinator.
A recently acquired used Zamboni was not in working order, but thanks to the duo of Paul Kerrigan, a former Tigers Captain and himself an Uxbridge arena staff member, and handyman/engineer Sam Luinstra, the Zamboni was made operational and several drivers trained.
The team had been asked if they could share parenting suggestions, when the kids were dropped off at the arena. The community radio station was used for this purpose, and Coach Don, known in North Caribou as “the old man”, led these sessions assisted with the real life stories and prayers of Lue, Kirk and Wendy.
Early one morning the team was invited to take a tour of the community with the head Counsellor. They visited the newly formed "ice road", where last season's finale for Ice Road Truckers was filmed!, and then passed the community cemetery, where the team paid their respects.
Several additional objectives included: helping to expand sales of North Caribou products to global markets; broader opportunities for teenage youth, outside of the community; and the consideration of an Elders residence, enabling care for those coming back to their home community, to spend their last days.
We had several meetings with the Chief and council on these areas of engagement, and it is likely that a group of band council members will visit Uxbridge, to investigate ideas in the near future. The community feels so much more upbeat and optimistic than 4 years ago, and we thank God for helping the people there.
The team was thanked, with beautiful gifts of moccasins, hats and beaded items, and an invitation to come back next year was extended; a significant indication of their appreciation for the friendship with the people of Uxbridge.
SCUGOG: After 20 years of helping Prince Albert Public School students succeed, teacher Rob Scott is going to be retiring.
“I’m going to miss having fun with the children, and coaching them, and just interacting with them,” Mr. Scott told The Standard. “We are very close, very respectful, and I’m going to miss our respectful group. I’m also going to miss the close staff. We have been together, many of us, for 15 years or more, so we are very close.”
Before he started teaching at Prince Albert P.S., Mr. Scott spent 10 years working at Epsom Public School.
“I’ve been pretty fortunate to work at small rural schools, where you get to know everybody and every family. That’s been pretty special,” Mr. Scott said.
He added that his fondest memory of his time working at Epsom P.S. was helping to build a competitive sports program there.
“We had no gym at Epsom but I started a really good sports program and actually got to the final four of all Durham twice,” he said. “Getting to the final four at a small school is quite the accomplishment, when there is 110 schools in Durham.”
Mr. Scott has been heavily involved in the sports scene at Prince Albert P.S., coaching their soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, badminton, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball teams.
“What has made Rob an exceptional teacher here is he gets involved with the kids, he’s number one for the kids, he does everything for the kids. He’s always saying, ‘it’s all about the kids,” Mrs. Kimber Tessier, a teacher at Prince Albert P.S., said. “He runs every extra curricular there is, every sports team there is, and he is a good social convener for the staff as well.”
Mr. Scott said one of the things he is proud of is how Prince Albert P.S. has had a good leadership program that has helped their students become successful in the real world. He also wanted to thank all of his students for their respect over the years and to thank all of the parents for their support.
To celebrate Mr. Scott’s retirement, Prince Albert P.S. will be holding a dodgeball tournament at the school, on Thursday, Jan. 26th, in the afternoon. Following the tournament, people are invited to a celebration at Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry, starting at 4:30 p.m.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: After four years of fundraising, 15 year old Josh Morrison has surpassed his goal of raising 10 million pennies, or $100,000, to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Durham Region.
On Thursday, January 12th, Habitat for Humanity Durham announced that Mr. Morrison’s Pennies4Homes campaign had raised a total of $106,155.54.
“It’s amazing because in the four years this has been going on, it has been a big part of my life. It is neat to be able to look back and say ‘we’re done, we raised the money.’” Josh told The Standard.
CEO of Habitat for Humanity Durham Mary Bone stated, in a press release, just how impressed they have been with Mr. Morrison’s drive to get this done.
“Josh is an inspiration to all of us,” she said. “Today, we celebrate Josh not just exceeding his goal, but also the fact that he mobilized an entire community to help him do so, and that is what Habitat for Humanity is all about.”
Construction on the Penny House in Oshawa is expected to begin in the summer. Josh will now have the opportunity to be part of the Habitat for Humanity’s family selection committee. As well, when he turns 16 years old, he will be able to help build the Penny House.
“It’s really cool because Habitat for Humanity Durham has seen that I’m on board with this, so they’ve given me more opportunities,” Josh said.
Mr. Morrison said when he started his campaign at 11 years of age, he didn’t realize just how large $100,000 was.
“I thought it could be easily raised in my school. As I grew up, I realized it does take longer than I thought,” Josh said.
However, Josh wanted to stress that the account is still open and people can still donate to the campaign. For more information on how to donate, call the Habitat for Humanity Durham office at 905-428-7434 ext. 24.
Mr. Morrison also wanted to thank all of those who have made a donation to the campaign.
“I couldn’t have done it without everyone. I didn’t raise this money, the town did,” he said.