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KAWARTHA LAKES: A new local pharmacy store opened recently in Little Britain.
Pharmasave opened their new store at 415 Eldon Rd., on Tuesday, July 12th.
Pharmacist Carol Samuel has 15 years of experience in the industry. She explained to The Standard, the Little Britain community means a lot to her.
“I've worked in many pharmacies but this is our first business to open. I want to give it my all, and make it a successful pharmacy that provides the best healthcare for the community," Mrs. Samuel said.
She also said what sets this store apart from others is that patient care and interest comes first.
"We have more time for patients," Mrs. Samuel said. "We are here to answer the people's questions and educate them on medications .”
The Little Britain Pharmasave also offers many free services, including medication review, local delivery (Little Britain, Valentia, Washburn Island, Ball Point, Oakwood and Manila), prescription transfer, compliance packaging and flu vaccination. Mrs. Samuel said there was a need for this type of business in the area.
"If (residents) needed over the counter medication, they would have to travel for 15 minutes or more ," she said. "having a pharmacy in town is very handy and it makes getting medications easy and fast.”
Pharmasave will be holding a grand opening event, on Friday, Oct. 7th, at 11 a.m., and guests are expected to include Mayor Andy Letham and the executive director of Kawartha Lakes family health team, Mike Perry.
The September Pine Ridge Garden Club meeting, will feature Jeff Mason, who will be speaking on “Drought Tolerant Gardening.” Jeff is owner of Mason House Gardens in Uxbridge, and grows quite an extent of perennials, annuals, heirlooms and different types of bulbs.
In addition to lecturing and contributing articles to gardening magazines, Jeff has taught “The Fundamentals of Gardening” at George Brown College.
With the extensive drought we have experienced this year, this is a very timely subject, which will prepare us for any lack of rain in the future.
This evening is our annual Fall 'Flower and Vegetable' Show. Page 19 of the Club’s yearbook gives you the schedule for this show. All entries must be placed by 6:30 p.m. for the Judging.
Please join us on September 6th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Nestleton Community Centre, 3971 Hwy. 7A, Nestleton. All are very welcome. For more info please contact S. Love, at 905-986-5330 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey Partridge, of Pontypool, is making a change to prepare for the upcoming Thoroughbred Makeover in Kentucky.
After winning the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover, with her now famous Thoroughbred ‘Soar,’ Lindsey became the pride of Pontypool. She and Soar, competed against about 200 other horses from North America and England. Lindsey had two horses competing, which finished in 1st and 2nd place in the Trail competition.
After winning in Kentucky, she did demonstrations for thousands of people at the Royal Winter Fair.
After that, she was cast in the movie ‘Unbridled’, to play herself, as a natural horsemanship trainer alongside her winning horse, Soar. Her palomino horse, Dreamer, was also cast as the lead horse in the film.
Dreamer, Soar, and Lindsey, will be lighting up the movie screens in 2017 (Movie release date coming soon).
Upon returning from North Carolina, after filming Unbridled, Lindsey went to the Can Am Equine Expo, for more demonstrations, and won the 2016 Can Am Extreme Cowboy Championship buckle, with Dreamer.
What you probably don’t know is, Lindsey has been working as a full time Registered Nurse, since her graduation in 2008, as well as running her equestrian business, Partridge Horse Hill.
Lindsey explains, “I love being a nurse and I love horses - I enjoy doing both, but my time has always been tipped towards nursing, because my full time job occupies the majority of my week. On September 12th, I will be changing my status from full time to half time, which is going to balance the scales, and give me more time to coach and train with horses.”
This happens at an exciting time, because Lindsey will be heading down to Kentucky again this October, to compete in the Thoroughbred Makeover. The competition is run by the Retired Racehorse Project, from October 27th-30th. The competition has trainers take on a newly retired racehorse and retrain them, from January 1st until the competition in October.
Lindsey has been training two horses - Pentland, a 7 yr old bay gelding from Ohio, that raced 38 times, as well as Trivia Time, a 5 yr old grey mare that raced 3 times, at Fort Erie and Woodbine, and is from Ontario.
Lindsey also has a 3 yr old bay gelding named ‘You got to be Kidding’, which she has been coaching her 14 yr old student to compete with. All three horses head to Kentucky on October 26th.
“I’m feeling confident that my horses are connected to me, and well prepared for the 'trail class'. It will be nice to have the extra time off in September and October, to put more practice into my horse’s second disciplines. I will be doing 'field hunter', with Pentland, and a 'freestyle routine', with Trivia Time. The freestyle I plan to do with no saddle or bridle,” says Lindsey. This year, the competition is going to be even bigger, with about 500 horses registered to compete.
“I am definitely a bit nervous, knowing that everyone will be watching me as I try to defend my title, but all I can do, is focus on helping my horses and I be prepared, through practice. Going half time is definitely going to help with that,” says Lindsey.
For more information about Lindsey or her farm, Partridge Horse Hill, you can visit www.PartridgeHorseHill.com.
For more information about the Retired Racehorse Project, visit http://www.retiredracehorseproject.org/.
For more information about Unbridled the movie, check out https://www.facebook.com/unbridledmovie/.
On Wednesday, Sept. 14th, at 6:30 p.m., Emmanuel Community Church invites the residents of Scugog to enjoy a free evening of dinner, music, and comedy entertainment, as a launch to their fall ALPHA course.
The ALPHA course challenges individuals to bring their tough questions. Ask anything about life, faith, and God. If your daily life includes fear, indecision, moral conflict, financial challenges, grief, or if you simply want to make your life better, ALPHA can help. The Sept. 14th dinner is only an introduction and kick-off, with no obligation to attend the ALPHA COURSE itself, which will run for the next 9 weeks, on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.. These evenings will also include free dinner, a short video, and discussion in small groups. Childcare will be provided.
ALPHA is a series of interactive sessions, exploring life, faith, and God. Discover answers to your toughest questions and deepest doubts, through friendly conversation in a supportive environment. To date, over 29 million people in over 150 countries, have learned through ALPHA, how an ordinary day can be full of courage, confidence, love, and power.
Reservations are available, for the September 14th ALPHA Introduction Dinner, by contacting the Alpha Hotline, at 905-985-0222, or by emailing email@example.com.
UXBRIDGE: A 63-year-old male passenger, a visitor from China, suffered fatal injuries, in a motor vehicle collision in Goodwood, on the night of Thursday, Aug. 18th.
According to police, at approximately 8:12 p.m., officers from North Division responded to the intersection of Goodwood Rd. and Front St. regarding a collision. A southbound black Chevrolet Cruze had entered the intersection and collided with an eastbound Honda CRV.
The 63-year-old passenger in the Honda died shortly after. The 74-year-old male driver of the Honda and two other passengers in the vehicle, a 73-year-old female and a 58-year-old female, were transported to a local hospital, to be treated for minor injuries.
The 50-year-old female driver of the Chevrolet was not injured. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.
Anyone with new information is asked to contact D/Cst. Gribbons, of the Traffic Services Branch, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5225.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website, at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca, and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
NORTH DURHAM: Kawartha Conservation’s water response team recently upgraded the low water condition levels in Scugog and the Kawartha Lakes.
The announcement was made on Friday, Aug. 19th. A Level 2, Low Water condition, has been declared for the City of Kawartha Lakes, Township of Brock, Municipality of Clarington, Municipality of Trent Lakes, and the Township of Cavan- Monaghan.
Due to more severe drought conditions, a Low Water Condition, Level 3, has been declared for the
portions of the Township of Scugog falling within Kawartha Conservation’s watershed. Kawartha
Conservation is asking residents of Scugog to reduce all non essential water uses and residents of the areas under a level 2 to cut back on water use by about 20 percent.
According to Kawartha Conservation, the water levels, currently seen on Lake Scugog, are the lowest in the last 25 years, for this time of year. In addition, the weather monitoring station in Blackstock, reported only 35 percent of the average precipitation over the May to July period. Dry residential wells have also been reported in the Township.
“This year’s drought is one of the most severe events observed over the past 25 to 30 years,” said Dave Pridham, Chair of the water response team. “Drought conditions are causing many severe impacts on businesses, the environment and our local communities. Low water levels, in local rivers and streams, are accompanied by deteriorated water quality, which puts stress on aquatic ecosystems.”
There are three levels of Low Water Conditions: Level I: First indication of potential water supply problems, primarily a warning level; key focus is conservation of water. Level II: Indicates a potentially serious problem; conservation of water is extended to restrictions on non-essential uses. Level III: Indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand; key focus is on regulation & enforcement. To learn more, go to www.kawarthaconservation.com.
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHAS: Residents in Scugog and the Kawartha Lakes are being asked to take precautions, as West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the area.
On Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) confirmed mosquitoes, collected in Lindsay, were positive for the virus.
Also, on Friday, Aug. 26th, the Durham Region Health Department announced they had found positive notifications of West Nile virus in mosquitoes, collected in Oshawa and Scugog.
"With more positive mosquito results now occurring throughout Durham Region, it's important for area residents to take the necessary precautions, to avoid mosquito bites and remove standing water from their properties," said Ross MacEachern, Manager, Environmental Health, of the Health Department.
Durham Region Health has some tips on how to limit the risk of exposure to the virus, including wearing shoes, socks and light-coloured clothing, long sleeve tops and full-length pants. When outside, use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin, remove all standing water and ensure window and door screens are in good repair.
According to the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit, as of Saturday, Aug. 20th West Nile virus has been detected in 94 batches of mosquitoes collected across the province. Also, to date in 2016, only one human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Ontario.
For more information on the virus, call HKPR at 1-866-888-4577 or Durham Health at 905-723-3818.
UPDATE: The Standard received updated information, in regards to this story, after press time. Canada Post announced that they have reached a tentative agreement, therefore will not be going on strike.
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NORTH DURHAM: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has once again decided to push back their strike mandate deadline to continue negotiations with a federal mediator.
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, The Standard’s press time, the union announced they were pushing back their strike deadline to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The union announced their first delay of their strike mandate late on Sunday, Aug. 28, deciding to push back their possible strike action deadline by 24 hours.
On Friday, Aug 26, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk appointed William Kaplan the role of mediator during the ongoing negotiations.
“I am hopeful that this will bring a new perspective to the negotiating table, which could motivate the parties to find a solution and move beyond their current impasse,” the Labour Minister said in a statement on Friday.
In a press release, Canada Post said they will “fully cooperate in the process” and they “hope that the assistance of a neutral third party will help both parties address the real challenges” facing the industry.
CUPW President Mike Palecek said, in a press release, if postal workers do decide to take job action, it “will cause little to no disruption for the public.”
“We’ll still be delivering mail every day,” he said.
The possible strike action is expected to include the refusal of postal employees to work overtime.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre’s (KLSBEC) Summer Company program is once again a success, as ten new businesses are being launched in the area.
KLSBEC has been running the program for over a decade, offering students from the ages of 15 to 29 years-old mentorship support, training as well as a sum of $3,000 to start a business.
“This summer, we have an enthusiastic group of young entrepreneurs operating new businesses in Kawartha Lakes and surrounding areas,” Manager Diane Steven said in a press release. “It hasn’t been easy, especially with extreme heat this summer, but each have found ways to grow their business in a very short period of time.”
This year’s crop of businesses cover many diverse fields, from lawn care and property maintenance, to videography, business branding and a kids camp.
Abigail Crook signed up for the summer company program after hearing about it from one of her professors at Georgian College, who also was a summer company mentor. She said she learned a lot going through the process.
“How much work is put into running your own business was a big shock for me,” she said.
In addition, Ms. Crook said she learned just how important the social aspect is for running a local business.
“My business didn’t take off the day I launched it, it was contacting everyone I know and going door to door to explain what my business offers (that made it start to grow),” she said.
Ms. Crook’s business is called Lotus Glow Beauty, a “mobile spa, dedicated to providing luxury spa services to women in parts of the Kawartha Lakes and Durham Region areas.” For more information on the business and on Ms. Crook, go on-line to www.lotusglowbeauty.com.
Madeline Selby first heard about the program from a fellow co-worker. She said the hardest part of the program for her was developing the business plan, but added that after that was complete, the program was easier.
“You definitely appreciate how much work it takes (to set up a business),” she said. “I will probably continue (the program) next year. I am really glad I did it.”
Ms. Selby’s business is called Maddy’s Minnows. She offers swimming lessons at her pool in Manilla. For more information, check out the Maddy’s Minnows Facebook page.
Some of the mentors in last year’s program included Mayor Andy Letham, Colin Campbell, John Chambers and Andrew Holden.
The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre is located at 180 Kent St. in Lindsay.
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UXBRIDGE: A new healthy food option will soon be launching in Uxbridge.
Brown Bag It is a business that operates like a gym membership, where people can sign up for a subscription for as short as a week, and receive home cooked and affordable lunches or meals. When people sign up at the website at www.brownbagitmeals.com, they will be able to personalize the number of meals they will receive, and can choose from the many menu options. Brown Bag It is also willing to accommodate anyone’s dietary restrictions.
Once the orders are complete, people can either pick them up at 57 Main St., or can have them delivered. Once the subscription is up, if they are satisfied, people can choose to renew. There is also an option for automatic renewal.
The business is owned by local residents Michelle and Stephanie-Lynn Ott, with help from Chance and Brandon Ott.
“We would all like to make delicious home made meals to save money and eat well, but we don't all have the time to do it,” said Stephanie-Lynn.“ The idea behind Brown Bag It is to give people that experience without taking that 30 to 60 minutes out of their day to do it."
Michelle said they have one goal for this business.
"Ultimately we just want people to enjoy life and enjoy good healthy food,” she said.
Chance said this business will benefit many niche markets.
“We think it is going to be best for young families with young kids who don’t want to feed their kids junk food every day, and it will be good for seniors as well,” he said.
Adding to the list, he also said this business will be good for people in their 20s who don’t yet know how to make a healthy home cooked meal. Chance also wanted to stress that this is a local business.
“All of us are born and raised in Uxbridge. It’s home and we want to service our community,” he said.
Brown Bag It has several meal package options, with people being able to sign up for one week, four weeks, 12 weeks and 24 weeks; and the prices are lower per longer term subscription. Chance said Brown Bag It offers reasonable meal prices.
“You look at what your average individual spends on lunch, that could be $10 or $15 per day. Our meals are cheaper than that, and they are healthy, home cooked meals,” he said.
The business will be launching on Monday, Aug. 29. They will also have a booth at the upcoming Uxbridge Fall Fair. For more information on Brown Bag It, head to their website.