DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: At her business titled Elevated Beauty by Rachael, owner Rachael Jardine is looking to help women feel confident and empowered.
On Saturday, January 27th, she held a grand opening at the business’s location, at 18965 Hwy. 12, in Uxbridge.
Elevated Beauty by Rachael offers a service called microblading.
“Microblading is a new form of the old way of tattooing eyebrows. It is a semi permanent solution that lasts anywhere from one to three years before needing a touch up. It uses a handheld tool that embeds pigment into the skin, making individual hair like strokes,” Ms. Jardine explained.
According to Elevated Beauty’s website, microblading is different than a tattoo because “pigments are implanted 3 layers into the skin, while a traditional tattoo is 9.”
Ms. Jardine explained why she decided to open the business in the community.
“I am from the area, we live here, and I do have a visual arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. I’ve always been enthralled in the world of beauty, makeup, fashion. After having my eyebrows microbladed I knew the sense of empowerment I felt was something I wanted to share with women everywhere through microblading.” she said.
She added, she enjoys the artistic part of it, as well as giving women the shape of eyebrows they were looking for and seeing their reaction afterwards.
“People really don’t realize what it would be like not to have proper eyebrows, whether you’ve over tweezed them, over plucked, they are too thin, the shape isn’t right, etc. Being able to properly give a woman the shape of eyebrow they are looking for and seeing their reaction afterwards is my favourite part of it.
Ms. Jardine describes the businesses atmosphere as a “very chic, elegant studio.”
“I really want to create an environment where women can come, feel relaxed and like they can trust me with their face. I try to make them feel as comfortable as possible,” she said.
For more information on Elevated Beauty by Rachael, check out their website, at www.elevatedbeautybyrachael.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at 905-439-5202.
UXBRIDGE: Durham Police are looking to identify a possible suspect or suspects after finding two mail boxes in Uxbridge that were damaged, as a result of being shot.
According to police, on Thursday, January 25th, at around 9:40 a.m., North Division officers responded to the area of Uxbridge Concession Rd. 6 and Ashworth Rd. in Uxbridge, after reports of a damaged mail box. The officers investigated and located a single shot gun shell nearby and damage to a mailbox, consistent with it being shot.
Officers canvassed the area and located another damaged mailbox and evidence nearby.
After speaking to witnesses, it is believed that these mischiefs occurred sometime on Monday night.
Police say the damage “appeared to be deliberate” and are looking to the public for help identifying a suspect or suspects.
As well, police stress and request, if there are other victims of vandals, that they come forward and report the damage to police.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Schutt of North Division, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2009.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477, or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Drink some brews and share your views at the upcoming “Faith Conversations Over a Pint” event, at Wixan’s Bridge, in Uxbridge on January 29th.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church holds a monthly event at the restaurant, where people of all faiths and backgrounds can come and discuss faith, in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
Reverend Canon Mark Kingham said, “We gather together to share conversations and reflect on a question I put out there and then it goes wherever it goes. There are no right or wrong answers. All viewpoints are certainly more than welcome.”
The monthly discussions are aimed at creating a meaningful dialogue where people can share as much or as little as they choose.
“It’s not meant to be intimidating in any way. It’s very accessible and people participate as much as they would like to participate,” said Reverend Kingham.
He told The Standard that through the monthly meetings, he hopes people can dig a little deeper within themselves and also make new friends.
The focus of the group is to have deep conversations about spirituality and faith, but they often end up talking about lighter subjects too.
Reverend Kingham said, “Mainly it’s about the conversations that happen. Sometimes we stay on topic. Most times we don’t, we end up talking about a whole bunch of other things.”
He told The Standard, at the upcoming meeting, he plans to ask about where people find hope, given all the negative things we hear going on in the world today.
The event takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on January 29th, at Wixan’s Bridge, located at 65 Brock Street West, in Uxbridge.
Reverend Kingham said, “Everyone is more than welcome. Come on out. We would love to meet you.”
KAWARTHA LAKES: “Bobcaygeon's FrostFest Family Day celebration of winter is the perfect way for families to get outside and spend time together,” says Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, a founding member of Impact 32, the volunteer group organizing the event. “Building a snow sculpture can be very easy for younger children or as challenging as the older ones and adults want to make it. Plus it's totally free, and a good chance to meet and chat with other families.”
Blessed with perfect weather, last year's FrostFest brought large crowds and more than 50 snow sculpture entries. Families and visitors enjoyed gallons of hot chocolate and hundreds of homemade cookies, donated by local businesses and volunteers.
Impact 32 volunteers had a good time too, running fun games, with prizes for every child, and mascot Bobbie Constellation's visit to FrostFest was a special highlight.
This year FrostFest is again located at the park, at Lock 32 beside the swing bridge, and Impact 32 is again offering prizes for your engineering marvel! Enter as a 'Family/Group', to win one of two $100 gift certificates, or as a 'Businesses/Community Organization', to bag bragging rights and good Family Day results. Gift certificates are redeemable at the Bobcaygeon retailer of your choice.
You can build your snow sculpture any time you like, and volunteers will be on duty taking pictures of your masterpiece from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Sunday, February 18th. Ballots will be available on site, or you can vote for the photograph of the sculpture you like best on Impact 32’s Facebook page facebook.com/Impact32.
Volunteers will be posting Snow Sculpture Building Tips on their Facebook page and website, www.VisitBobcaygeon.com , as we get closer to the celebration.
“We'll be hanging out our “Flakes Welcome!” sign again this year, on February 18th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.” adds Marketing Chair Bonnie Harris. “Impact 32 volunteers are your Bobcaygeon friends and neighbours, and we all hope everyone drops by to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa, while you stroll around admiring the sculptures at FrostFest this Family Day weekend.”
For the first time in history, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than there are under 15. But if you haven't noticed a difference, it's not surprising. Today, people are no longer content with letting age dictate what they can and cannot do. We want to be proactive about our lives and our health — to keep active, try new things and stay independent for as long as possible.
Tips like these, combined with input from the right professionals such as physicians, dietitians and physiotherapists can help you age powerfully, not just comfortably.
Every step counts. No matter your age, health or physical ability, staying active is one of the best things we can do to maintain a great quality of life. Physical activity is proven to help prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and many cancers. It may not seem important in the moment, but even small changes to our routines can go a long way toward maintaining our independence and well-being in the years to come.
If you're having trouble getting motivated, just remember every step counts. Two and a half hours of physical activity each week is a great target. If you're having difficulty reaching it, start with 10-minute sessions and add on a few minutes every time. Try exercises you enjoy, like swimming or bicycling. Group activities such as Nordic walking, jogging and spin class are great ways to hold a commitment with friends or instructors.
Get a helping hand. To help you get started, there are lots of great resources online that can provide information about staying active and the exercise equipment needed to do so. For instance, to help Canadians take charge of the way they age, Shoppers Drug Mart recently launched their website wellwise.ca. It offers everything from sleep therapy to low-impact fitness and physiotherapy products, as well as supports and braces, mobility products, and tools and gadgets to stay active and well. You can even set up subscriptions for products you purchase on a regular basis.
DURHAM: The Regional Municipality of Durham is looking to support local agri-food sector. businesses.
In a January 15th press release, the region’s economic development division announced they are launching a Local Food Business Retention and Expansion project.
According to the release, in the “the first quarter of 2018”, the project will see trained volunteers, conducting “confidential interviews with a variety of local agricultural businesses to understand needs, concerns and opportunities for producers, manufacturers, distributors, and food service providers within Durham Region.”
The release goes on to state “these survey responses will then be analyzed to identify opportunities to improve the local agri-food sector in Durham Region.”
Nancy Rutherford, the Region’s Manager of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, told The Standard, the project’s goals are to understand what these businesses challenges are and what their growth opportunities are.
Ms. Rutherford added that the goal is to have the interviews conducted by late March or early April.
The information will then be analyzed, and then goals and action plans will be developed. These actions will then be implemented and monitored.
“The Durham Region Local Food Business Retention and Expansion project is in co-operation with the rural economic development program, offered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which has been facilitated in numerous communities across Ontario,” the press release stated.
Ms. Rutherford said the local agri-food sector is “definitely growing and has a big presence in the region”, adding that her sense is, it will be a “strong employer.”
For more information on the project, contact Lisa MacKenzie, Agriculture Program Co-ordinator, at Agriculture@durham.ca , or 905-668-4113 ext. 2615.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
BROCK: Edward Jones in partnership with Sunlife Financial is hosting a free seminar focused on farm retirement planning and passing down family farms to the future generations.
The seminar is meant to educate families on the options they have when passing on their farm, from a cost stand point.
A tax expert will be provided from Sun Life financial who can give insight and answer any questions people may have.
The event organizer, Tammy Scuralli, said, “This is for anyone who is considering retiring, that has been running a family farm for their whole life.”
But all are welcome to attend the seminar. Ms. Scuralli said this event may also be helpful for people who would like to pass on their small business to the next generation.
She said, "sometimes at family farms there is often another business on the side, and a lot of people do not know how the other business will be impacted."
Ms. Scuralli told the Standard that the tax laws are changing for small businesses, so it is important to know how transferring a farm or business to a spouse, or next generation, may affect a person's lifetime capital gains exemption.
The seminar will also look at how a farmer who is retiring, can replace their farming income with retirement income.
Ms. Scuralli is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones and is happy to provide complimentary reviews and advice to people who attend the seminar.
The event takes place on February 6th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sunderland Town Hall, at 120 River Street. Refreshments will be served by the United Church Women.
Those who plan on attending are asked to R.S.V.P. to 905-852-1244. Ms. Scuralli encourages all farming families and business owners to come out.
She said, "Information is powerful and knowledge helps us to make educated choices."
UXBRIDGE: Everybody who loves interacting with farm animals will enjoy the “Visiting Day” event at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, on January 28th.
The Farmhouse Garden Animal Home is a not-for-profit sanctuary, where a heard of cow’s that were destined for a slaughterhouse can naturally live out their lives.
The farm’s owner, Mike Lanigan, was a multi-generational cattle farmer who had a change of heart in the summer of 2016, when he decided to stop raising animals for slaughter.
The Farmhouse Garden Animal Home is now a sanctuary for a heard of cows, a couple horses and a donkey.
Mr. Lanigan said, “The cows get to live out their lives here as peacefully as can be, and die where they are born.”
The sanctuary has gained a large following from people across Canada, so Mr. Lanigan and his team like to let supporters come by every month or so, to visit with the animals.
“It’s a bit of a low-key event, it’s free to come visit, we’ll take donations and sell baskets of vegetables, to feed the cows, kind of like at a petting zoo,” Mr. Lanigan said. “All of the money goes to buying the feed for the cows, so we don’t make a nickel off them.”
During the event, people can feed and interact with the cows, purchase a vegan sausage on a bun, and finish off the day with a campfire, where hot chocolate and s’mores will be served.
Mr. Lanigan advises everyone to dress warm, as the event will take place outside. The campfire to finish off the event is a little bit of a walk from the barn, so he also asks those who come out to wear comfortable boots.
Mr. Lanigan encourages everyone to come out to the visiting day. He told The Standard there aren’t many places left where people can interact with farm animals.
He said, “Even when you live in a place like Uxbridge or Port Perry, there are not many of us left who have farms and not many places where you can come and visit cows.”
The visiting day will start at 3 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 28th. The event is happening at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, located at 30 Scugog Line 12, in Uxbridge.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Durham police are looking to the public for information that could potentially identify a suspect or suspects, after two pieces of heavy equipment were stolen from a Blackstock farm.
According to police, sometime between Sunday, January 14th and Monday, January 15th, a thief or thieves entered a farm, on Concession Rd. 9 in Blackstock, and absconded with a yellow Volvo mini excavator and an orange Thomas skid steer, Police say both were valued at over $25,000.
Markville Contracting, the company that owns the equipment, posted on their Facebook page they are offering a reward for information leading to the return of the equipment.
“$1,000 reward for any information leading to [the] whereabouts of either machine or $2,000 if both are found. Any information will be kept private,” the post read.
The company is asking anyone with information to contact them at 905-434-0392.
Police are asking those with information to contact D/Cst. Bycok of the East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1605.
Anonymous information can be given to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477, or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: Enjoy a trip back to the past at the 21st Annual Antique and Nostalgia Show and Sale, located inside the Scugog Community Recreation Centre.
The community centre will be packed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on February 3rd and 4th, as the antique sale goes into full swing.
Marilyn Pearce has been involved with the sale since it first started and told The Standard it is a great show for antique enthusiasts or collectors who don’t want to break the bank.
She said, “This is the only show in Durham for the everyday collector. Whether it be books, paper, jewellery, china, primitives, or small furniture, this is the only show in Durham like this.”
Since first starting with the sale in the late 90s, Marilyn has watched it grow and says antique sales aren’t what they use to be, with a stronger focus on vintage items and collectibles.
“Antique shows tend to have a real nostalgia side to them. A lot of new collectors are looking for vintage stuff, stuff from the 50s, 60s, and 70s,” Mrs. Pearce said.
She told The Standard there are a lot of dealers focused on selling nostalgic items from 1985 and earlier. But there will also be lots of older items from the early 1900s as well.
All the funds raised from the event go to the Lake Scugog Historical Society, which runs various programs, activities, tours, and speaker series throughout the year.
“They are an important part of this community and their programs are well received,” Mrs. Pearce said.
She added that the program’s success can be attributed to the level of support the antique show receives each year.
Mrs. Pearce said, “We have a large local following and we hope that continues.
We try to bring in new dealers each year and we try to freshen up the show with new ideas.”
Admission is $5 and is valid both days of the event. The sale starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m., on February 3rd and 4th. The event will be held at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre, located at 1655 Reach Street, in Port Perry.
Mrs. Pearce encourages all Scugog residents to come out and support the sale.
She said, “If you are sitting at home wondering what you can do, come out and enjoy a trip back to the past, from the antiques and nostalgia items you’ll see, to the music you’ll hear.”