DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Durham police have charged an elementary school teacher with sexual assault.
39 year-old Thomas Grieve of Scugog, a teacher at Robert Munsch Public School in Whitby, was charged with eight counts of Sexual Assault and eight counts of Sexual Interference, after he allegedly was involved in inappropriate relationships with some of his students. In every case, the students were under the age of 16.
According to police, it is alleged the teacher was involved in “inappropriate relations with some of his students during school hours.”
To ensure there are no other victims, investigators ask that anyone with new information on the case contact D/Cst. Briese of the DRPS Child Abuse Sexual Assault Unit, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5323.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
CHRISTOPHER GREEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: This Easter there is much going on in Uxbridge.
Trinity United Church is coming together with St. Andrew's Chalmers Presbyterian for a Maundy Thursday potluck, at 6 p.m., this Thursday, as well as a joint Good Friday service, at 10:30 a.m. Both services will be held at St. Andrew's Chalmers Presbyterian, located at 40 Toronto St. S., in Uxbridge.
There will be Easter Sunday services held at each church separately. The Presbyterian church service will be at 10:30 a.m., and the United church service will be at 10 a.m., at 20 First Ave., Uxbridge.
Goodwood-Uxbridge Lutheran Church will also have Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, both held at 11:15 a.m. The Lutheran church welcomes you to celebrate the risen Saviour with them, at 3999 Concession 3, Regional Road 21, in Uxbridge.
Also, in Goodwood, a Family Fun Day is being held at the community centre, on March 31st, from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will have games, crafts, and treats.
A few public schedules will be changed due to the holiday weekend, as well.
Any waste collection, in the region, scheduled for March 30th, will be collected on March 31st instead. In addition, the Township of Uxbridge Municipal Office will be closed on both Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd and will reopen, at 8:30 a.m., on Tuesday, April 3rd.
Versatile and flavorful, lamb is enjoyed across the globe and is especially popular come springtime holidays. Throughout the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe, lamb has traditionally been enjoyed once the weather warms and the season of fertility renews.
Christians, who refer to Jesus Christ as the "Lamb of God" pay homage to the Easter miracle and often dine on lamb as part of their celebrations. Depending on how they interpret Jewish law, Jews may or may not include lamb at their traditional Passover seder.
Lamb is a tender and tasty meat that can be prepared in various ways. Lamb can be roasted, braised, stewed, broiled, and even grilled.
To prepare lamb well, it is extremely important to follow safety guidelines concerning food cross-contamination. Undercooked and raw meats may contain E. coli bacteria; therefore, lamb should not come in contact with other foods that will be served uncooked.
Many cuts of lamb are very tender so they will not require long marinating times to help break down the fibers in the meat. Lamb does not need a lot of prep time. In fact, a simple seasoning of herbs, garlic or a spice rub will provide substantial flavor. According to The Daily Meal, New Zealand or Australian lamb has a milder flavor than domestic lamb. Over-seasoning can overwhelm the delicate flavor of the lamb in these cases.
While preferences differ, many chefs attest that a bone-in cut of lamb will be more flavorful. However, boneless cuts are easier to carve. Similarly, cooks have strong opinions on the doneness of lamb, with some prefering rare meat while others like theirs well-done. Lamb can be juicy and tender at a wide range of cooking temperatures, so home chefs can decide how they want to prepare their lamb. The average temperature for roasting lamb to medium doneness will fall between 135 to 145 F, with the USDA recommending at least 145 F as the desired temperature. Lamb roasts at a rate of 20 minutes per pound at a cooking temperature of 325 F.
Use a thermometer to accurately measure the internal temperature of lamb. Remove the lamb when it is roughly five degrees below the desired temperature, as the meat will continue to cook even after it is removed from the oven, skillet or grill. After cooking. let the lamb rest for around 10 minutes for thinner cuts and 20 minutes for roasts or leg of lamb to allow the juices to redistribute.
Certain flavors pair especially well with lamb, including citrus, mint, garlic, oregano, and curry. Lamb can be served beside potatoes, couscous, polenta, vegetables, and even pasta.
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DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog residents are invited to participate in the twentieth annual Good Friday Ecumenical Walk, on Friday, March 30th.
The annual walk sees a cross stop at seven locations in downtown Port Perry, where there will be readings, prayer and songs.
The event will begin with a gathering at the Palmer Park gazebo at 9:30 a.m., and then the walk will head to the Port Perry Canada Post office, at 192 Queen St., for it's second station. The walk will then continue to the Scugog Township municipal office, for the third station, then to the Church of the Ascension, located at 266 North St., for the fourth station and Reflection Park for the fifth station. The sixth and seventh stations are at St. John¹s Presbyterian Church and the Port Perry United Church, respectively.
There will be hot cross buns, coffee and tea at the Port Perry United Church, following the completion of the walk.
Participating churches include Port Perry United Church, Emmanuel Community Church, New Song Anglican Church, Hope Christian Reformed Church, St. John¹s Presbyterian Church, Church of the Ascension and C4 Church.
However, Chris LaRocca, from New Song Church, said “many other churches attend” and “the community are all welcome and encouraged to join in.”
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A fair amount of members faced the snowy weather to attend the opening meeting of Pine Ridge Garden Club. The pot-luck was delicious and the speaker made us forget all about the miserable weather with his lovely tropical plants.
Our next meeting, on April 3rd, will feature a noted speaker Dugald Cameron, and his subject will be “Fragrant Blooms all Season”. I am contemplating cutting down on my garden and going to container gardening, and I am sure that we should get some good ideas from the Speaker’s talk.
Garden clubs across Ontario belong to a District of the Ontario Horticultural Assoc., and an Annual General Meeting must be conducted by a Club in their District. This year Bowmanville Horticultural Society is hosting the meeting. This is a full day of meetings, great speakers and socializing with members from the other eleven clubs in our District #17.
Pine Ridge meets at the Nestleton Community Centre the first Tuesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of our March meeting, which is on the 2nd Tuesday & pot-lucks at 6:30 p.m. All are most welcome to join us. Membership fees are $15 for single and $20 for family.
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(NC) Whether your parents hope to downsize, age in place or become snowbirds, helping them create a plan for when they reach this life stage is a great way to support them. Start a conversation now so they can make informed choices about where they live and the care they receive.
Determine needs and wants. Do your parents dream of frequent travel or becoming snowbirds? Maybe they want to stay nearby to spend time with their grandkids. But if staying in their current home may not be possible--they might be at the stage where they need extra help with meal preparation or assistance with medications. Speak with your parents and work together to make realistic plans. Get finances and logistics in order to make them happen.
Find the right home. If a retirement home is an option, you'll want to think about their ideal community, accommodations style and services required. A retirement home is rental accommodation with at least two care services available. You can find information on the safety record, care services offered and more about the licensed retirement homes in Ontario through the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority's online public register. Look up homes by name, city or even postal code.
Understand safety resources. You want your parents to be safe and well cared for in their community. Make sure they choose a licensed retirement home so that they are protected under the Retirement Homes Act, which includes the Residents' Bill of Rights. These rights ensure that their choices are respected, and they are living with dignity in a safe and clean environment. As a resident you are also entitled to know what care services are provided and their costs, and to fully participate in care planning and decision-making about your care. The Act is enforced by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) and if you ever need to, you can also file a complaint with this licensing and regulatory body.
(NC) Planning for your future or a loved one's can be stressful. There are many factors to consider, like budget, lifestyle and care needs. It's a smart idea to have a plan in place early on, so when the time comes the transition is easier.
In Ontario, you can choose from a variety of options. More than 58,000 people across Ontario are living in licensed retirement homes. Here is some information that can help you make the best decision.
Management. A licensed retirement home is a privately-owned business that gives residents certain rights and privileges and is regulated by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority. They are different than long-term care homes, which require residents to meet admission criteria and are government run.
Assistance. People who live in retirement homes are generally more independent. residents may purchase any of the care services offered by the retirement home, or arrange for external care providers, including private-pay or publicly funded. Whereas, in long-term care facilities residents have their clinical care needs assessed and met through the home.
Funding. Retirement homes do not receive government funding and residents pay the full cost of their accommodation and any care services they purchase from the home directly. They can also arrange to have services provided through the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN).
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DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog council is asking the Durham District School Board (DDSB) to reconsider their decision to cut the number of trustees in North Durham to one.
At a meeting on Monday, March 26th, Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew made a motion: to have the municipality request the DDSB reconsider this decision, “and guarantee the northern three municipalities, of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock, their two trustees”; and to send a copy of this resolution to the Minister of Education, MPPs Granville Anderson, Lorne Coe and Jennifer French, Laurie Scott, Tracy MacCharles, the mayors of all Durham region municipalities affected by this decision, and to the chair, trustees and the director of education at the DDSB.
Trustees voted to change the number of trustees in North Durham from two to one, on Monday, March 19th.
“I think the process has been flawed,” Councillor Drew said, adding she was “disturbed there was not more notice of the whole process.”
In her motion, Councillor Drew cited things, such as: the municipal clerks in the region not being informed of the process; that if the one trustee for the north was absent there would be no representation “for 69 per cent of the geographic area of the Durham District School Board”; that the northern trustee would have 16 schools, which is more than any other trustee on the DDSB; and that, in the 11 trustee system currently in place, two municipalities out of seven would “hold the balance of power”, as reasons for her motion.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back said she was “disappointed” by the board’s decision, because she felt it means the municipality is “losing [its] voice” on the board.
“For three municipalities to have one [trustee] is unacceptable,” Councillor Back said.
Council later unanimously approved Councillor Drew’s motion.
After the meeting, Mayor Tom Rowett told The Standard he was surprised when he learned of the school board’s decision.
“It’s illogical to me that you would put such an onus on one trustee for three northern municipalities. It truly, in my opinion, is not acceptable that we have one school trustee to represent all of those schools,” he said. adding the “lack of consultation” was also a concern.