ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Residents of Campbell Dr. in Uxbridge are split on what type of park should be built in the neighbourhood.
During an Uxbridge Council Meeting on Monday, May 16, a group representing a part of the community that wants to retain a ‘Passive’ Park on Campbell Drive made a presentation to council stating their opinion and potential solution to the debate.
In January, council approved $20,000 to the purchase of natural playground equipment for the area. This decision did not sit well with some residents.
A passive park is defined as a park that maintains the natural aspects already in place and everything built in the area is built around allowing the public to enjoy and preserve the natural aspects of the park.
The other side of the debate would like an active park be installed. An active park is the standard metal or plastic recreational park that children can climb on, featuring various obstacles and activities.
Another group of residents, believe that an active park is a better idea for the community, bringing people together and giving children something to do. The group has been raising additional funds to support the active park.
Brenda Marshall, a representative of the group that would like to leave the area as it is, explained that residents were worried about not getting a say as to what should or shouldn’t be built there. “You can picture that for people who thought this issue would be revisited, this was really shocking,” said Marshall. “How did we go from, this would be revisited, to: a park has been approved?”
The group says they have a petition of 89 signatures, representing 44 homes to leave the park as a passive park.
The group also offered a solution to residents that believe an active park is needed. “I understand the importance of play, but the community is privileged to have this beautiful nature for play,” said Michelle Zante, a representative of the passive park group. “There is a playground less than 1.2 kms away from the passive park on Campbell Dr. at Uxbridge Public School. There is an active park there available to the public,” continued Zante.
“There is an active park there available to the public,” continued Zante.
The group says they spoke with the Principal of Uxbridge Public School and believe a partnership between the school and the town is a better place to spend the money on a new park. The group says the current park at the school has both natural and traditional park elements and has sidewalks, parking, and security already in place. The group believes a partnership could expand the existing facilities and can serve the needs of 300 to 500 children.
Ward 4 Councillor, Fred Bryan, who represents the neighbourhood, said the town is doing everything in it’s power to do what is best for the entire community. “The whole idea behind this is to make the most amount of people happy,” said Councillor Bryan.“The park has been approved, but it’s on hold until we make a better decision. We’re going take all this information that we have, we’re going to sit down and talk about it.”
KAWARTHA LAKES: A 27 year-old man from Burnt River, Ontario has been charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was located passed out in a vehicle on King St., with his 4 year-old son in Lindsay.
At 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 Kawartha Lakes Police were contacted regarding a suspicious vehicle that had been idling on King St. in Lindsay for over an hour. They found the male passed out with his son sleeping in the car. Police could also smell the strong smell of recently smoked marijuana. Police located a quantity of marijuana, a bong and an empty vial of hash oil in the vehicle.
The suspect will appear in Lindsay Court on Thursday, June 23.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Council has named Paul Allore Scugog Township’s new chief administrative officer.
Mr. Allore has spent the last 20 years working for the Town of Ajax, with his last role being the Director of Planning and Development Services. He also previously spent 9 years working for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He will officially take the position on Monday, June 13.
“I’m very excited to have this role in Scugog, which I consider to be of one of Ontario’s finest communities, and to work with Council, staff and residents,” Mr. Allore said.
Don Gordon has been acting in the role of the Township’s Interim CAO since Ian Roger announced that he was parting ways with the Township in August.
Mayor Tom Rowett told The Standard that the recruitment process did take longer than expected because Council wanted to make sure they chose the right person to fill the top staff job.
“We did not want to rush it, we wanted to choose the right candidate,” he said. “With that being said, we were very fortunate to have a big pool to choose from. We wanted to make sure that it was the right fit.”
A total of 57 people applied for the position. Mayor Rowett said that he was impressed with the amount of research Mr. Allore did on the Township, coming in to the interview.
“Already, he is bringing forward ideas that will be a big compliment to the Township,” he said. “He is a hard worker, and a take the bull by the horns kind of person, who makes sure that it is the best operation it can be.”
Mayor Rowett added that Mr. Allore brings expertise, that will be helpful as the Township prepares for residential growth.
“With him being a registered planner and with the impending retirement of current CAO and registered planner Don Gordon, it will help with the future growth of the Township,” the Mayor said. “We recognize the skills and leadership that he brought to the Town of Ajax and he will lead us to building a dream team, at Scugog Township.”
The Mayor also said that, as well as taking the CAO position, Mr. Allore is also planning to become a resident of Scugog.
One of the first initiatives Mr. Allore will have to undertake, as the new CAO, will be to give final oversight on the Township’s Strategic Corporate plan before it is approved.
“We are looking forward to the strategic corporate plan being released to the public and we will have a very proactive communication process moving forward,” Mayor Rowett said.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Councillors revisited the board of directors for their Municipal Services Corporation on Monday, May 16, deciding not to ratify the nine names that were approved at the previous meeting.
On Monday, May 9, Council approved a board of nine people, and decided to start a recruitment process to find another six at their committees meeting. However, Ward 4 Councillor brought the issue back up as she was concerned that the initial board was not selected through a transparent process.
“I am not convinced that the members were selected through an open recruitment process. Did the interim board have a criteria for the selection of the members?” she said.
Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville agreed that there must be an open process for selection of the board.
“I think that we need to have a criteria that each one is being met and have it reviewed by the Council,” she said.
She also added that she would like to see some females on the board as well.
Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew told Council that it doesn’t look great to the public if Council approves a board without going through a thorough process.
“The perception out there is that this board is hand picked. We have an opportunity now to rectify this situation,” she said.
Mayor Tom Rowett told Councillors that he did not want to “by any means jeopordize transparency” but later added that the longer the entire process takes, the more that it will end up costing the Township.
Instead of ratifying the initial board, Council instead decided to lead an open recruitment process, advertising for up to 15 people to fill the board. The board is expected to come before Council for approval by Monday, June 6.
Decisions made at Council’s committees meeting still need approval at a Council meeting to be approved, and that is why the previous decision by Council could be changed.
ROB DRAL The Standard
SCUGOG: The Chicken Coop Bakery and Restaurant in Greenbank is looking to expand on the strong roots the bakery has already grown in the community.
Shankar and Uma, originally from Markham, have 16 years of restaurant experience between them. Looking to raise their children in a smaller town, Uma and Shankar instantly fell in love with the peace and tranquiolity of Greenbank. They wanted to work close to home and when they heard a local bakery of, 48 years, was looking for someone to take over, (as long as they kept the original name) Uma and Shankar jumped all over the opportunity and opened the bakery full-time in February, 2016.
The Chicken Coop Bakery is keeping the tradition of the bakery alive, featuring an impressive selection of baked goods. Everything from bread, pies, a variety of buns, to assorted pastries, line the shelves of the bakery. The Chicken Coop currently has 8 local employees, including a couple of bakers with 30 years of baking experience, that stayed on after the change of ownership. Everything is baked in-store fresh that day. Baking is halted at 1 p.m. everyday, so make sure to stop by early, so as to not miss out on some of the more popular items.
In addition to the bakery, Uma and Shankar wanted to add their own personal touch to the restaurant, deciding to expand, capitalizing on what they knew. They added Thai and Carribean menu options, such as samosas and curry. The store is also lined with freezers, packed to the lid with everything they make in-store, including baked goods and dinner options. They say the patio will be open soon to take in some sun while enjoying a meal and additional tables are inside to sit down and relax. If you cannot make it in-store, The Chicken Coop also offers delivery to anywhere within 15 minutes of the store.
Uma and Shankar would also like to take the time out to thank the community.
They were surprised by the how much support they have received from the community since arriving. “I would like to thank the community. As soon as we moved in, neighbours were knocking on the door asking us if we needed any help,” said Shankar. “You just don’t see this kind of support in big cities,” continues Shankar.
The Chicken Coop Bakery & Restaurant is located at 19980 Hwy 12, in Greenbank. They are open Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, feel free to give them a call at: 905- 985-2416.
ROB DRAL The Standard
LINDSAY: Personal Service Coffee brings an exciting new way to buy coffee and tea, to your community. Allan Cottreau opened Personal Service Coffee in Lindsay last July, with his mother and two children, feeling it was time to downsize and spend more time with his family.
Allan wanted to bring an emphasis to customer service back into retail, after 20 years of service at Staples. The 1,700 square foot showroom is filled from floor to roof with all varieties of Keurig compatible K-Cups and Tassimo discs. They have over 500 varieties of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and ciders, including Tea Emporium loose leaf tea, Mighty Leaf and Higgins & Burke tea bags.
What sets Personal Service Coffee apart from other retailers is the ‘personal’ aspect of their business. According to Allan, customer service comes first. “What we do differently, is that we offer samples of any products we have in store. Instead of buying a 12-pack of K-cups or loose leaf tea you are not sure about, you can sample any of the products before you purchase them,” said Allan.
This kind of customer service radiates through all aspects of the store. Personal Service Coffee also offers a rewards program that features 10 percent off items in-store to members. They can even grind your favourite coffee beans in-store while browsing. They even make their own brand of coffee. According to their website, “for all your many sides, Personal Services' Medium Roast fits you best. Not too light. Not too dark. Just perfectly balanced for a deliciously smooth coffee experience.”
Popular brands sold at Personal Service Coffee include: Van Houtte, Timothy’s, Brown Gold, Marley Coffee, and Higgins and Burke.
Personal Service Coffee is located at 370 Kent Street West, Lindsay. They are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays,9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. If you can’t make it to the store, they also offer online shopping. Go to www.personalservicecoffee.ca to order online and take advantage of free ground shipping for any order over $59.99. For more information, feel free to call them at: 705-320-8218.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge will play host to the top high school mountain bikers from across the province on Friday, May 27 at Durham Forest for the 2016 Ontario High School MTB Challenge.
The OFSAA-sanctioned event runs throughout the day on Friday in the Trail Capital of Canada, with individual events getting underway at 11 a.m., and the relay event wrapping up the festivities at 2:30 p.m., before the awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
The day also features an elementary school portion, with riders from Grade 5 to 8 taking part. According to event organizers, the event will challenge Ontario's top Mountain Bikers as "they navigate twisty fast single-track, technical climbs and gnarly forest descents with speed and efficiency."
SCUGOG: The 48th annual Canoe the Nonquon will once again be hitting the water on Saturday, June 4.
Races start at 8 a.m. and people can participate in the event anytime between then and 10:30 a.m.
The course starts at the bridge on Scugog Line 12, located between Old Simcoe Rd. and Simcoe St., North, and participants will paddle across 12 kilometres of river and then there will be an 8 kilometre sprint to the finish line. Kawartha Outfitters has offered free canoe and kayak rentals for the race.
Registration takes place at the Latcham Centre on Friday, June 3 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 4 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. The minimum race entry fee is $50 per Canoe, Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard. A silent auction will also be held on the Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on the Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with many local businesses donating the prizes. Shuttle vans are available to take participants back to their cars upon concluding the race. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Scugog Shores Museums.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
SCUGOG: A strong library is vital to a strong community, and the Scugog Memorial Public Library is seeking an active community member to fill a vacancy on the library board.
According to a press release, the candidate should be "committed to continuing to make Scugog a great place to live."
Public libraries are a critical part of every community's success, providing a safe and inviting place for social interaction, a valuable source for needed information, support for ongoing literacy and the encouragement to continue to pursue lifelong learning.
Interested candidates can visit www.scugoglibrary.ca for more details. Applications can be dropped off at the library, located at 231 Water St., in Port Perry, or e-mailed to the library CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 31.
ROB DRAL The Standard
LINDSAY: A commemorative mural project entitled ‘The Home Front’ was unveiled to the public on Friday, May 13 at the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes gymnasium. The project was completed between September 2015 and March 2016 through a partnership between the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, the royal Canadian Legion - Branch 67, and mural artists Allan Bender and John Nobrega.
According to Scott Robertson of the Boys and Girls Club, the mural “is intended as a vehicle by which future generations can learn about the sacrifices made by Canadians and recognize the accomplishments of Canadians during the World Wars.”
Several students that helped with the painting of the mural were also on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the mural. “The mural will instruct our youth on what life was like during the World Wars and beautify the building for many years to come,” added Mr. Robertson.
One of the main features of the mural is a depiction of First World War pilot Lieutenant Earl Douglas Gordon who received his wings at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Lieutenant Gordon’s son Bill Gordon and grand daughter Kristy Gordon were on hand to thank all those involved for taking the time out to get to know their family and immortalizing Lieutenant Gordon for years to come. “I am very overwhelmed right now. I think he would be very touched,” said Kristy Gordon. Kristy also thanked the students involved in helping to paint the mural. “I am incredibly proud of our students. I am so impressed with how real that photo is,” said Ms. Gordon before passing the mic over to her father, Bill Gordon, who also took the time out to thank the students and the Boys and Girls Club. “I would like to congratulate the Boys and Girls Club for taking on this initiative,” said Mr. Gordon.
Another main feature of the mural is a depiction of unsung hero, Chief Johnston Paudash, who came from a long line of great warriors of the Missisauga Nation and served as a sniper during the First World War. and one of the great Chiefs of his community. Chief Paudash’s family was on site to thank all those involved in celebrating Chief Paudash. “It is a privilege to see such a beautiful painting of my husband’s grand father,” said wife of Chief Paudash’s grandson Don. “I am honoured to share some stories of this great Aboriginal man and want to let you know he loved living in Lindsay, and always called it his home and thank you for honouring the Paudash’s this way,” she continued.
The gymnasium mural as well as the mural on the outside of the Boys and Girls Club building were painted by Allan Bender and John Nobrega of Blinc Studios.
They can be seen at The Boys and Girls Club at 107 Lindsay St S., in Lindsay in the Kawartha Lakes.