LINDA LAKE Special to The Standard
Fun and games with Robots! Yes, that's the focus this month as Ian Kershaw will introduce Port Perry Seniors Club (PPSC) members to dozens of his little robotic friends.
Just a short hop over from the Uxbridge Library, Ian has been taking these little gems on a road trip that is captivating the over 50 crowd!
Come and have some stimulating ‘laugh and learn time’ with fellow seniors. Stay for coffee/ tea and yummy treats.
Join us at the Latcham Centre, 121 Queen at Water Street, Port Perry, on Wednesday, February 13th at 2 p.m.
LINDA LAKE Special to The Standard
You won't want to miss this month's Live Entertainment at the Latcham Centre, Wednesday, January the 23rd. The Port Perry Seniors Club holds it's monthly Port Luck Dinner, followed by a Live Band. Dinner is at 5 p.m., and the Entertainment starts at 6 p.m.
This event features some of the best local entertainment, and this month is no exception. SoulBound, with musicians Will and Linda, have been performing together throughout Durham since June 2012. They play a variety of soulful classics, folk, county, jazz, and blues from the 50's right up to current day hits. Will's experienced playing, coupled with Linda's powerful vocals and sweet harmony make them a perfect choice for any event.
This is just one of dozens of activities for active seniors 50 plus, available free of charge through your annual membership with the Port Perry Seniors. The Latcham Centre is located at 121 Queen, at Water Street, overlooking beautiful Lake Scugog. Yes, a beautiful vista in all seasons!
UXBRIDGE: The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department advises residents of lane restrictions on Toronto Street South, Regional Road 47, and a road closure on Cemetery Road in Uxbridge.
Lane restrictions on Toronto Street South will be in effect from January 14th to January 31st. Road closure on Cemetery Road, will be in effect from February 4th to May 31st. Unfavourable weather conditions may influence the work schedule.
The lane restrictions will be located at the intersection of Toronto Street South and Cemetery Road in the Township of Uxbridge.
The purpose of the lane restrictions is to install a new sewer service in support of new development.
Drivers are asked to exercise caution for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and construction workers. Plan your route online at durham.ca/TrafficWatch.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) is blown away by the generosity of all who came to the Home & Christmas Show, at the Lindsay Ex, Commonwell Building, on November 3rd and 4th.
This year the show was hopping busy, and all who came through the door had non-perishable food donations or gave generously through cash donations. Our total for food donations jumped, from 3,017 pounds of food last year, to an amazing 4,815 pounds this year. Lindsay Movers & Storage donated the use of a container to store all of the food on site, during the event.
Volunteer and Event Coordinator, Rebekah Willis coordinated the volunteers for the weekend, and said, “This was an amazing show, and the kindness of people who came out was amazing to see. People were coming with just not one item, but multiple. Total cash donations were down from last year, but with such a big jump in food donations that makes sense. Thank you to all who donated.”
Mrs. Willis would like to extend a big thank you to the hosts, on behalf of KLFS, “We would also like to thank the KLFS volunteers who received the donations. We would also like to thank Lindsay Movers for the use of the container. It was a huge help to have storage on site and contained in one area.”
Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a community effort, to reduce hunger in the City of Kawartha Lakes. They operate from a centralized warehouse: collect food from reclamation sources; buy food in bulk; sort and store food; promote awareness of hunger and its impact; and coordinate fundraising. They provide food to member organizations on a monthly “fair share” basis.
This Christmas, please consider those less fortunate and donate to your local foodbank.
KAWARTHA LAKES: On January 14th, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes announced new hire Amy Terrill as Executive Director following Scott Robertson's retirement on February 15th.
Ms. Terrill, a lifelong Kawartha Lakes resident, brings with her twenty-five years of experience in the private sector and is highly respected for her work in the non-profit sector. She has extensive experience in leadership, communications, government relations and project management. Formulating and executing Strategic Plans has been essential to her success throughout her career.
Ms. Terrill is perhaps best known locally as the former General Manager of the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2006, and former producer and anchor on CHEX Television from 1994 to 2002.
Ms. Terrill holds a BA in Political Science from Queen's University and most recently held the position of Executive Vice President at Music Canada where she is esteemed by colleagues as a "visionary" with a calm, caring disposition for those she works with and for.
In her role prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, Ms. Terrill successfully led and secured the funding for an Ontario-wide music program as well as established a new national non-profit to provide stewardship of the funds.
"We're very excited to have Amy on board. Her depth of experience, knowledge and management capabilities will complement our growing team of engaged, caring employees" says David Blackburn, Club Board of Directors President.
"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes is an incredibly important organization, and it will be a privilege to work with the amazing team to improve the lives of children, youth and families." Says Terrill. "I am positively thrilled to be able to bring the experience in advocacy and non-profit management I've gained over the last few years, and to work collaboratively with our partners in order that more young people can reach their full potential".
KAWARTHA LAKES: January 14th, 2019 -The long time Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, Scott Robertson is retiring next month after almost 29 years of service.
Scott commenced his career at the Lindsay Boys and Girls Clubs (precursor to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes) in 1990 and has been an advocate for the Club ever since that time. As many folk have commented “Scott is the Boys & Girls Club”. Under Scott’s leadership, the Club has grown substantially, serving more children and youth and expanding the programs and services offered in the City of Kawartha Lakes, including satellite Club locations throughout Kawartha Lakes. He and his team have been instrumental in building relationships with governments, community partners, donors, volunteers, and board members. He has enabled the Club to accomplish many initiatives and projects, including the renovation and expansion of the Club’s facilities.
Scott has been recognized for his experience and expertise and is called upon numerous times throughout the year to conduct Peer Reviews of other Clubs across Canada. Scott and his team have been instrumental in having the Kawartha Lakes Club recognized as one of the top 10 Boys & Girls Clubs in Canada.
At a recent National Conference for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, Scott was awarded the prestigious “GOLD Keystone Award “in recognition for his Distinguished Service to Youth both locally and nationally! This award is only presented on very rare occasions. In his acceptance speech he stated he would have done the job for nothing if he could.
Scott retires on Feb 15th, 2019. There will be a gathering to celebrate his retirement on February 13th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Celebrations, Lindsay St. North (corner of Lindsay and Wellington Streets).
On the day of his retirement (February 15th) there will be another celebration from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Club on Lindsay St. South so the children and youth can give him a proper send off.
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SCUGOG: Scugog council is considering supporting the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham.
At a meeting on Monday, January 14th, Dr. Steve Russell and Anne Wright gave council an update on the project and asked the Township to provide them with $150,000.
Oak Ridges Hospice is expected to be a five bed hospice located on the property of the former Immaculate Conception Catholic School on Scugog St. in Port Perry.
“The facility will be a freestanding 12,000 square-foot building, approximately,” Dr. Russell said.
The Township of Scugog helped the Oak Ridges Hospice charity acquire the site.
“We do thank Scugog council for the role they played in helping us acquire the property,” Dr. Russell said.
As well, he said the hospice will be “staffed by doctors from Medical Associates of Port Perry, as well as specially trained palliative care nurses and personal support workers.”
Dr. Russell also gave council an update on the project.
“We have engaged an architect and are making the steps towards completing our building plans and continuing with the site plan approval application,” he said.
The charity aims to raise $6.6 million.
“While we are not at our goal, the thermometer continues to rise in redness and we’re well into our campaign,” Dr. Russell explained.
The two charity members asked Scugog council for a contribution of $150,000, to be given over any length of period council would agree to.
In the past, Scugog council has supported the Port Perry Hospital with funding.
Mayor Bobbie Drew asked if Scugog has paid off their commitment to the Port Perry Hospital. Treasurer Dianne Valentim confirmed the previous commitment was paid off.
Council later decided to refer the request, which they chose to be a four year pledge of $37,500 per year, to the 2019 municipal budget process.
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UXBRIDGE: With Uxbridge council expected to make a decision on whether or not to allow cannabis retail stores in the municipality next week, council saw the results from their recent survey at a meeting on Monday, January 14th.
Uxbridge launched a public input survey on this issue in early December, which ran until Thursday, January 10th.
“The Township received a total of 1,816 survey responses. This is an impressive accomplishment and attributed to the communication efforts of the municipality and willingness of all departments to work together,” read a report from deputy clerk Catalina Blumenberg. Of those respondents, 970 people support having a cannabis retail store in Uxbridge while 776 said they do not support having a cannabis store in the area. 70 respondents said they are not sure.
As well as running the survey, the Township of Uxbridge also held a public information session earlier this month.
“There [were] a lot of interesting questions, mostly about the placement of stores,” Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach said. “It was very calm, very good, very interesting.”
The provincial government has given municipalities until January 22nd to decide if they want to opt-in or out of allowing these stores in the area. Brock Township and Oshawa have both decided to opt in, while Pickering decided to opt out.
After home and work, the next most common place people spend their time is in their vehicles. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says the average American spends 17,600 minutes driving each year. Statistics Canada indicates that most of the Canadian population averages 1.2 hours per day behind the wheel.
Because they spend so much time behind the wheel, drivers need to be prepared for breakdowns. Packing an emergency kit in the car can help people make the best of such situations.
A car emergency kit can help drivers get back on the road promptly. Without such kits, drivers may be stranded for hours after a breakdown. Emergency kits also come in handy during weather-related events that can sideline cars until roads become passable. Getting caught in a vehicle during a snowstorm and failing to have the proper gear can be a life-threatening scenario under extreme conditions.
It is always wise to plan for the worst and hope for the best. The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Homeland Security note that these key items should always be included in a car emergency kit.
Being prepared can make a difference when vehicles are sidelined. In addition to an emergency kit, cars and trucks should be regularly maintained to prevent breakdowns. This includes ensuring all fluids are at proper levels, filters are changed, batteries are in good working order, and tires are inflated correctly. Investing in a roadside assistance service also can help get drivers back on the road quickly.
DURHAM REGION: Durham Regional Council has approved the 2019 water and sanitary sewer user rates, with a combined increase of 1.8 per cent, or $4.32 per quarterly billing ($17.28 per year) for the average Durham Region household.
“Durham Region continues to provide safe, clean water to our residents,” said John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “This modest increase in user rates supports the continued investment in infrastructure for this important resource, and allows us to maintain a safe, reliable service for our residents.”
These approved user rates, which cover costs related to system operation and capital projects, will take effect on January 1st, 2019.
Although the rates are increasing slightly, Durham Region’s water and sanitary sewer rates are one of the lowest of the 13 larger municipalities in Ontario, and fall below the average rate of these 13 larger municipalities.
Continued investment in an aging municipal water system is required to protect this important resource, and to meet obligations under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The Region’s water and sanitary sewer rates are reviewed on an annual basis, with recommendations made to Regional Council in December.
For more information on Durham Region’s water and sewer rate increases visit durham.ca/waterandsewer.
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SCUGOG: People had a chance to enjoy some free public skating, and exceptional residents were honoured, at the Township of Scugog’s annual New Year’s Levee, held at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre on Sunday, January 6th.
Six residents and a group of volunteers were inducted into the Mayor’s honour roll at the New Year’s event. Sandie Barnes, Marg Doe, Bill Minors, Joanna Thornton and a group of Scugog volunteers from the St. John Ambulance Pet Therapy Program received their awards at the event. Other recipients, who could not be in attendance that day but will be recognized at a later date, include Mark Fletcher and Neil Simpson.
“An important part of this New Year’s Levee and this tradition in Scugog has become the honour roll recognition. It provides us an opportunity to thank and acknowledge some of our community’s inspiring volunteers,” Mayor Bobbie Drew told those in attendance. “This community is so amazing, because every year people rise to the top and help each other, and help our community, and we thank them all. This year’s honour roll is a very deserving group.”
This event was Bobbie Drew’s first New Year’s Levee as Scugog’s Mayor.
Regional Chair John Henry, who was in attendance, praised Scugog’s volunteers.
“The greatest gift you can give your community is the gift of service. To all of you in the room, who’ve made a difference in the community and a difference in the lives of individuals who live within your borders, I want to say thank you and have a happy new year,” he said.