DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Since it debuted in 2014, the Extreme Rodeo has become a staple of the entertainment at the Port Perry Fair.
The event is put on by Rawhide Rodeo. Company. Owner, B.J. Prince told The Standard the event was originally planned to only run one year at the fair.
“Every year the event has grown. We had originally planned it to be a highlight event for one year, but now it has become a staple,” he said. “In 2014, there was just bull riding, and it has grown to being a full Ontario sanctioned event now.”
This year’s rodeo will feature such events as: bull riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, junior steer riding, cowgirl breakaway roping, among others.
Mr. Prince explained this event gives some people, a “unique opportunity to experience rodeo for the first time.”
The Extreme Rodeo will be held on the last day of the fair, Monday, September 4th, at 11:45 a.m. The Port Perry Fair will run, from Saturday, September 2nd until Monday, September 4th. The Port Perry Fairgrounds are located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Campers, from the Outdoor Quest Summer Camp program, recently built a medium sized edible garden, from scratch, at Uxpool.
The campers learned lots about where their food comes from, and the significance agricultural has in our community.
The garden is currently growing kale, tomato, elderberries, strawberries, peppers, and lettuce.
Rebecca Harman, recreation coordinator, said the garden was very well received by campers, and will be looked after by future summer camps for years to come.
“They seemed very intrigued, very focused, asking questions, and wanting to learn,” she said. “Sometimes we think that kids don’t like doing [hands on] stuff and want to play video games, but kids actually love this kind of stuff when you give them the opportunity.”
The campers learned a lot about what it takes to grow a fruit or vegetable and get it to their table.
“The kids learned about the amount of work that actually goes into feeding a human being,” Rebecca said. “I think it really helped them wrap their brains around how things get to the grocery store.”
The kids also learned to be more mindful of where their food comes from, and to not be wasteful.
The yield from this years garden won’t be very large, but next year Rebecca is hoping to grow enough produce to make a donation to local foodbanks in Uxbridge.
“We’re hoping, as the years go on, that we’re able to pick the fruits and vegetables and donate them to local foodbanks, so they can offer a fresh produce option,” Rebecca said.
A common theme among many foodbanks is, they are filled with a lot of packaged food with limited nutrition and things people don’t want in their cupboards, according to Rebecca.
To combat this, she wants to see more fresh produce at foodbanks, so everyone can eat healthy, not just those who can afford it.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy. No matter how much money you have,” Rebecca said.
Rebecca hopes to eventually get the foodbanks offering fresh fruit and vegetables on a regular basis.
“We’re hoping we can make it so there is always fresh produce coming from us, or different organizations in Uxbridge, so we can have a healthy community for everybody,” she said.
Rebecca told the Standard, having a healthy community leads to a happy community, and there are countless other benefits to eating healthy.
“Being active and eating healthy has an impact on your mental stance, how you interact with people, and how you feel every day when you wake up,” she said.
The garden is part of a provincial program called the “Healthy Kids Community Challenge”, designed to encourage the youth to stay active and be healthy.
Due to the response to the edible garden, Rebecca plans to maintain and upkeep the garden through the summer camps programs.
She said, “[The kids] were so excited this year, we have to do this every year now.”
Traffic on roadways increases during the morning and afternoon hours during the school year. During the morning and mid-afternoon, millions of students make their way to and from school. Safe Routes to School National Partnership estimates that as much as 20 to 30 percent of all morning traffic is generated by parents driving their children to school.
Driving to school may also contribute to the obesity epidemic plaguing the nation's youth. Roughly one in five school-aged children is obese. Canada's Childhood Obesity Foundation notes that childhood overweight and obesity has been steadily climbing. Rates have almost doubled for children between the ages of two and 17.
Families can find healthy ways to transport children to school, and these alternatives can benefit the environment as well.
Walk to school
Walking one mile to and from school each day can fulfill around two-thirds of the 60 minutes of the recommended physical activity for children each day. Considering that recess times are being cut and kids are spending more time indoors or on devices instead of playing outside with friends, walking to school provides much-needed exercise.
Bike to school
Bicycling is another great physical activity and an efficient way to get to school.
When biking to school, students should follow the rules of the road and wear the appropriate safety gear, such as helmets.
Sharing rides to school is another way to cut down on congestion and air pollution. Families can work together to drive students to and from school, sports games and clubs.
Ride the bus
In districts that offer school bus service, students can take advantage of this safe mode of transport. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that traveling by school bus is seven times safer than traveling by car or truck. School buses also reduce the number of cars on the road during peak travel times.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
DURHAM: WindReach Farms is hosting their 27th annual “A Night At WindReach Farms” Gala, and it is set to be the biggest one yet.
On September 16th, hundreds of people will meet at the Alexander J. Mitchell Equestrian Centre on WindReach Farms, for a gourmet three course dinner and high energy entertainment.
“The meal last year was stunning. I had people tell me this is the best gala meal they have ever been to,” said Carol Dahlquist, event organizer.
Back by popular demand, the Leahy family is returning for their second year at the gala, to perform live Celtic music, which includes fiddling, tap dancing, and singing.
“They are the most energetic, full of life entertainers, you ever will see. Last year I had a household of people yelling, on their feet, clapping, it was just amazing,” Carol said. “They are infectious and joyous entertainment.”
The Leahy family has nine children, the oldest six perform, along with the mother and father.
“They’re very talented. When you see these little six year olds tapping and playing the fiddle, as well as singing at the same time, it’s really quite amazing,” Carol said.
The Leahy’s aren’t the only entertainment for the Gala, public speaker, author, and Oshawa Councillor, Dan Carter will be the event’s guest emcee and is a great host, according to Carol.
“He’s a character, he’s well known and he’s quite seasoned as an emcee and he’s very entertaining,” she said.
There will also be both live and silent auctions, and a 50/50 raffle, to help raise money for the services offered at WindReach Farms.
WindReach Farms is aimed towards providing life changing programs and services to people of all ages and abilities. The founder of Windreach Farms, Sandy Mitchell, was born with cerebral palsy and recognized the importance of an accessible farm and natural environment for individuals with special needs.
“The things we do in our programming is life changing for people. We have children who start in our riding programs that don’t know how to walk and their three years old and within a few months they’re actually walking,” Carol said.
WindReach Farms focuses on offering all sorts of different recreational farm-based activities to people of all abilities. Some of these activities include: horseback riding, archery, para-cycling, volleyball, trail exploration, pond studies, and wildlife education.
Carols has witnessed first-hand how people benefit from the programs offered at WindReach Farms, and it motivates her to continue the great work that is being done.
“I actually see the life changing things that we do every single day. It’s inspiring, it makes me passionate and committed to what I’m doing, in terms of building awareness and bringing funds into the farm,” Carol said.
She added, “If you know of anybody or are touched by anybody with special needs bring them here.”
The gala has grown rapidly over the past few years, from around 120 people to almost 300, after moving the venue to the Alexander J. Mitchell Equestrian Centre. This year they anticipate close to 400 people will be at the gala, making it the biggest one yet.
“It’s pretty exciting to have that many people in the room at once, supporting such an amazing cause,” Carol said.
To buy a ticket or sponsor this event email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Carol at 905-655-5827. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online, at http://windreachfarm.org/events/a-night-at-windreach-farm/.
WindReach Farms is located at 312 Town Line Rd, Ashburn.
The gala will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m., and Carol encourages everyone in the area to buy a ticket and come out.
“You come, you have a wonderful time, you are entertained, and you’re supporting a great cause, what better reason to come,” she said.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge Township has received 11 Vimy Oaks saplings, to be planted in places of historical significance, for the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
The idea to bring the oaks to Uxbridge came from Councillor Barton, after he told council the story of Vimy Oaks during a council meeting in May.
After the battle at Vimy Ridge was fought, an area once thriving with oak trees was almost completely bare. Canadian soldier, Lesley Miller saw this as an opportunity to send some of the fallen oaks acorns back to Canada, to create something to remember for future generations.
The acorns were planted and Vimy Oaks farm was born, located in Scarborough, Lesley’s hometown.
100 years later the oak trees have produced 100 offspring, and the government of Canada has made an initiative to have the oaks planted in places of historical significance.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger wrote in a justification to the government for 11 Vimy Oaks to be planted in 11 different locations throughout Uxbridge, and he received every one of them.
Councillor Ballinger told the Standard, these trees will serve as a reminder of the great strength Canadians showed during the battle of Vimy Ridge.
“They certainly represent what an oak tree stands for, strength and endurance.” Councillor Ballinger said. “When these oaks grow, they grow tall and have a huge canopy on them. I mean metres and metres of canopy that are over top.”
Oak trees have a lifespan of around 1000 years, so these trees will serve the community for a long time.
Nine of the 11 Vimy oaks have been planted throughout Uxbridge, with only two left to be planted, one at Colonel Sam Sharpe’s house and the other at the Uxbridge Cemetery.
Colonel Sam Sharpe led the 116th battalion and fought in Vimy Ridge along with all the other major battles during World War One, making his house a great spot for a Vimy Oak.
Five of the Vimy Oak saplings were planted in the hamlets throughout Uxbridge, because many soldiers are from those areas.
“Soldiers from Uxbridge Township came from every one of those hamlets,” Councillor Ballinger said.
The four other locations, where saplings have been planted, are at the Veterans park, Township Office, Uxbridge Museum, and Quaker Church.
The trees are to honour the 100-year anniversary of Vimy Ridge and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.
A plaque will accompany each tree and will read, “Vimy Ridges Oak, planted August 2017. 100 years after the battle.”
Councillor Ballinger told the Standard, these trees will hopefully become a landmark where people can go and remember the great sacrifice Canadians made at Vimy Ridge.
“It’s a tribute to our people that left our community and went over there to do what they could do,” he said.
Councillor Ballinger is thankful for the support of council and the people of Uxbridge for being so willing to have these trees planted. He hopes to see them grow into big beautiful oaks over the next few decades.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The cause of a fire, which broke out on the roof of Lakeridge Health Port Perry hospital, the evening of Friday, August 25th, has been determined to be construction-related.
The fire started around 7:15 p.m., forcing the evacuation of all patients to other Lakeridge Health hospitals. Township firefighters were assisted by those from the Township of Uxbridge and the City of Oshawa. No injuries were reported.
According to a press release from the Township of Scugog, Fire Chief Mark Berney met with an official from the Office of the Fire Marshal Emergency Management and Fire Investigation unit early on Saturday, August 26th.
“The origin and cause was determined to be a hot tar roofing application process that ignited nearby insulation,” Chief Berney said, in the press release.
The Chief estimates the fire, smoke and water damages to be about $10 million.
Lakeridge Health, in a statement, praised all of those who were involved in the fire response.
“We would like to thank Lakeridge Health Port Perry staff, the Scugog Fire Department, Durham Regional Police, Durham Regional EMS, and Port Perry Medical Associates for their quick response to ensure patient safety.”
The Ministry of Labour, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority will be completing their own reviews of the incident.
As of press time, the hospital remains closed. Lakeridge Health is still in the process of finding out what the timeline will be to restore and reopen the hospital.
“Lakeridge Health is committed to restoring and re-opening the hospital as soon as possible. During the time of closure, we will extend capacity at other acute care hospitals within our network, to help alleviate patient volumes,” Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO, said in a press release from Lakeridge Health.
The majority of surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures, in the meantime, will be done at the Oshawa and Bowmanville hospitals, and, if necessary, Lakeridge Health will make use of additional capacity at the Ajax-Pickering Hospital.
“New Life Centre expectant moms are asked to discuss their birth plan with their doctor. While all hospital-based care and deliveries will be provided at the Oshawa Hospital,” read the press release.
As well, an information line will be set up for patients, families and Health Service Partners, for quick access to information. The line is expected to be monitored by staff, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Lakeridge Health will have more information on how to reach the line, when it is set up, at www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The United Way of Durham Region will be holding the 10th annual Tour de Perry Trike Race and Barbecue, on Thursday, September 7th.
The event, which annually kicks off the United Way’s fall campaign, will run from noon until 2 p.m., on Perry St., between Queen St. and North St. The event pits teams of citizens, business owners and politicians against each other in tricycle races.
Robert Howard, of United Way, said he has seen the event grow from when it debuted ten years ago.
“Its grown nicely every year. We are pleased with the growth and the enthusiasm for it,” he said.
He also explained why he thinks people should come out to this year’s event.
“They are going to have a good time. They are going to get some fresh air, meet their neighbours, watch an interesting event, grab a bite to eat, and feel good about the fact they helped launch the United Way’s fall campaign.”
As of press time, there are 14 teams registered for the event. For those who have interest in registering a team, contact Cheryl Henderson, at 905-718-8298.
KAWARTHA: The City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development division has delivered a new Economic Development Strategy that focuses on creating a vibrant and growing economy. Council identified the creation of an Economic Development Strategy as one of the top 10 priority projects in the Corporate Strategic Plan for 2016-2019.
“The strategy has been developed with input from local business owners, business groups, Chambers of Commerce and government partners,” explains Denise Williams, Manager of Economic Development. “We have a City-wide focus and are working towards several specific goals, including welcoming new businesses and retaining and expanding existing businesses, with a goal to create jobs.”
The strategy outlines steps that will be taken to develop growth in sectors such as, the agriculture and food, culture, tourism, specialized manufacturing and engineering products, and related services business. Council will receive regular progress updates as the strategy is rolled out.
The strategy is available online, at www.kawarthalakes.ca/ecdevstrategy, or by contacting the Economic Development division, at 705-324-9411 extension 1232 or email@example.com.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: The 152nd Blackstock Fair is returning this weekend, with brand new demonstrations, attractions, and entertainment.
The action kicks off Friday night, with a demolition derby, starting at 7:00 p.m. The derby had 38 cars last year, and Fair Board President, Dale VanCamp said there will be even more this year. With an increase in prize money from years prior, Dale hopes this derby will be the biggest one yet.
The following day, the fairgrounds will be filled with all different types of games, entertainment, and fair food.
“They’re will be all sorts of concessions with all sorts of interesting fair foods. Everything from a blooming onion to a funnel cake and all sorts of things like that,” said fair organizer, Joyce Kelly.
Some of the new and main attractions at the fair to look out for are the juggling display, Sheep to Shawl demonstration, air bounce adventures, horse show, and Kids World.
“Kids World is a wonderful place for kids, they have all kinds of things there from face painting to all sorts of activities for children,” Joyce said.
Kids World will feature a variety of games and activities including the bubble zone, frog show, bouncing castle, pedal pull contest, and pepper the clown.
Adults will have no shortage of activities either with live music and entertainment to keep them busy while on the fairgrounds.
The Blackstock fair is a great place to meet with old friends as well, according to Dale.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to come back to the Blackstock Fair and see some old friends they haven’t seen in a while,” he said.
Joyce agrees and said the fair is a community event that really brings people together.
Admission to the demolition derby on August 25th is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 5-12, and free for children under 5. Admission to enter the fair on the following day is $10 for adults and free for elementary school students or toddlers. Parking on the fairgrounds cost $2 as well.
Dale would like to encourage everyone in Blackstock, Port Perry, and the surrounding area to come out to the event, and enjoy a day at the fair.
SCUGOG: Enrich your cultural perspective this fall, by visiting the new photography exhibit ‘Wide Angled & Zoomed In’ by Leif Petersen. The Opening Reception will be Saturday August 26th, at 2 p.m. The show will run August 26th to September 28th, at the Kent Farndale Gallery in the Scugog Memorial Public Library, 231 Water Street in Port Perry.
An award-winning photographer, Petersen’s interest in the medium began in 1983. This exhibit highlights a collection of images captured during his world travels, from expansive panoramic land and seascapes to architectural and environmental details.
The Kent Farndale Gallery is open 7 days a week, during library hours. Please call 905-985-7686 for more information.