DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Councillors were left hoping for a mild winter at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Sept. 15, after a report from Public Works Director Ben Kester that stated the cost of winter sand is set to rise by 18 per cent next year.
Councillors awarded a tender to Vicdom Sand and Gravel for the amount of $124,978 to provide the municipality with winter sand this year.
“Everyone talks about taxes, taxes, taxes, but this is a prime example of costs going up that we really have little control over,” commented Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy joked that, “maybe it won’t snow this year,” leading to Mayor O’Connor reminding councillors that sand would still be needed even if there was no snow in the event of an emergency.
Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet was left searching for answers over the increased price for 2015.
“Did they provide a rationale? Is the sand coming from Miami Beach” Mr. Highet asked Mr. Kester.
While Mr. Kester was unable to provide an exact reason for the increase, he did explain that this was likely a case of increased costs from the supplier being passed onto the consumer.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Lace up your sneakers, because the area's biggest Walk-A-Thon is returning on Saturday, Sept. 27 in support of the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog.
The second annual Walk-A-Thon is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 27, with walkers departing from either the Uxbridge Seniors Centre or Scugog Arena and travelling seven kilometres to Epsom Public School - which will be decorated as a doghouse for the occasion - and enjoy a barbecue from the Bonner Boys, along with entertainment and other family and animal-friendly activities.
Registration for the Walk-A-Thon takes place at either starting location on Friday, Sept. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on the day of the Walk-A-Thon, starting at 8 a.m. Pledge forms can be found inside this week's edition of The Standard.
Uxbridge Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger, who is also one of the organizers of the event recently told The Standard that, "everything is lined up great for this year's Walk-A-Thon." And, that he is hopeful that the event will be able to surpass the more than $23,000 raised in 2013, at the inaugural event, with even more two-legged and four-legged participants.
Durham Region Transit buses will be travelling behind both groups to provide an opportunity for tired walkers and their pets to rest. As well, there will be comfort stations throughout the route to allow participants to pause for a break.
For more information on the 2014 New Animal Shelter Walk-a-thon, visit www.animal-shelter.ca.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Struggling with a personal illness or the illness of a loved one can place extraordinary stress on a family, and navigating the necessary treatment channels can be similiar to being caught in the rolling waves of an ocean storm.
Luckily, one kind-hearted Uxbridge woman, Virginia Miles of Compass Healthcare Solutions, offers a helping hand when tragedy, crisis or illness strikes.
“We all know that the healthcare system can be troubling, and I provide access, options and information,” said Ms. Miles. “As a former employee of the healthcare industry, I make sure that people and families have their questions answered and receive the treatment they deserve.”
Two busy years as the owner and operator of her own business have given Ms. Miles the oppurtunity to build cases and support networks unique to each of her clients.
“I do a lot of work with senior citizens and their families, but am open to clients of all types,” explained Ms. Miles. “People sometimes have multiple healthcare needs, and have to navigate multiple government or healthcare channels.”
Ms. Miles continued to explain that some cases require only a one-hour consultation, and some involve long-term follow through of support and care - she handles the needs of all ages and types.
“Many people don’t know that services like in-home care can be covered by OHIP, or if they do, they don’t know how to access the service,” said Ms. Miles. “In most cases, I can save my clients a substantial amount of money, time, and stress.”
After spending over 20 years working on the business and marketing side of the healthcare industry, Ms. Miles explained that she fell into the role of advisor and mediator by helping her own friends and family members find the treatment and support they needed.
“A few years ago, my husband and I were both working full-time jobs when my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. At the same time, I was trying to coordinate my parents’ living arrangements in a care facility,” said Ms. Miles. “It was taxing and stressful, and I always thought it would be incredible if I had someone with experience to ask for advice - now, I want to be that person.”
Marrying her extensive knowledge of the healthcare system with her personal experiences of tragedy and illness, Ms. Miles brings inside knowledge and compassion to the table, with her own brand of support.
“This is a brand-new venture, and it’s very neat to be on the forefront,” said Ms. Miles. “I’m very happy that I get to make a difference in people’s lives, and help them through a tough time.”
Some medical problems can debilitate a person, and even make them unable to communicate, reach out, or access the care they need - Compass Healthcare Solutions acts as an advocate for the families and people who struggle with serious diseases, or who just need clear and concise information on their options.
“Unfortunately, there are no books on navigating the Canadian healthcare system, and regulations are constantly changing,” said Ms. Miles. “I’m here to help people discover what to look for and where - whether it’s medications, housing, insurance coverage or specialized doctors.”
Based from her home in Uxbridge, Ms. Miles offers prospective clients a free consultation by phone or in person, and will then do the research and make contacts that the client needs. She accomodates clients from across the Durham Region, and as far afield as York and Toronto.
When a medical crisis strikes, look no further - Compass Healthcare Solutions provides the tools and knowledge necessary for navigating the healthcare sea.
To get in touch with Ms. Miles, or learn more about Compass Healthcare Solutions - please visit www.compasshcsolutions.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call 647-502-9079.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: One Scugog resident is facing serious trafficking charges, after the months-long Project Bermuda drug investigation culminated in the arrest of 24 suspects last week.
Spear-headed by Durham Regional Police Service, search warrants led to the seizure of cocaine, hashish and marijuana valued at $270,000, eight firearms, two prohibited weapons, and $100,000 in cash.
Allesandro Saltarelli, a 27 year-old Scugog resident, has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking MDMA, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Psilocybin, Proceeds of Crime Over $5000, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, and Trafficking Cocaine.
From other suspects, police also seized several vehicles used for criminal activity, a trailer and a boat. The total number of charges laid now sits at 153.
Project Bermuda began in February, after weapons and drugs were discovered in an Oshawa residence. The investigation since grew to encompass street-level drug dealers across Durham Region.
The DRPS were assisted by other police services during a series of raids conducted in Toronto, York Region, Pontypool and Bancroft.
A list of those charged during this projectcan be viewed on-line at www.drps.ca/internet_explorer/whatsnew/whatsnew_view.asp?ID=28414. Of the 24 people charged, 18 are from Durham Region, six are female, 18 are male, with ages ranging from 16 to 56 years-old.
"We are not releasing anything more than the original information, as these cases are now before the courts," said Dave Selby of the DRPS.
Anyone with new information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the D/Sgt. Moote of the DRPS Intelligence Branch at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5805.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Oyez, Oyez, Oyez! M’lords, M’ladys, Port Perry’s waterfront and downtown will be home to the 30th annual Ontario Provincial Town Crier Champsionships on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10.
Held in conjunction with the Scugog Farmers’ Market and the Brits on the Lake car show, residents and visitors are invited out for a full day of fun and revelry amidst ringing of bells and delightful cries of an age-old tradition.
Featuring 17 Town Criers from across Ontario, and North Durham’s own back-to-back-to-back champion Bill McKee, two full days of competition will be a sight to see and hear.
“This year, I decided on three themes to compliment Scugog,” said Mr. McKee. “We’ll each be writing a cry about farmers’ markets, microbreweries like our Old Flame Brewery, and something to do with British culture for our car show.”
To kick off the events, there will be a small parade into Palmer Park at 10 a.m. on August 9, with the competition concluding inside the tasting room of Old Flame Brewery at 2 p.m. On Sunday, August 10, the third and final cry will take place in front of the Port Perry Post Office on Queen St., at 11 a.m. - with an award ceremony afterwards.
“I’m very fortunate to represent both Scugog and Uxbridge Townships,” said Mr. McKee. “We have a very close-knit community in North Durham, and I’m proud to showcase it to fellow Town Criers from across the province.”
Often sighted wearing his signature tri-cone hat and swinging a large brass bell, reigning champ Mr. McKee will deliver the first benchmark cry at the competition, which all other Criers will be measured against - but he wasn’t always top dog of Ontario’s Town Criers, as Mr. McKee has played many roles in life.Until retiring in 2010, Mr. McKee was a 31-year veteran Constable in the Toronto Police Service, but sought a less stressful career after decades of service.
Indeed, Mr. McKee owes, or blames, his career as a Town Crier to his brother David McKee - a veteran of the competition circuit and current crier for the City of Brantford.
“I watched him cry for years and years, and I had a strong voice from doing some work with the Canadian Opera Company. He got me interested, and I say how much fun he had,” explained Mr. McKee. “One day, at the Uxbridge Art in the Park festival, I started doing cries and announcing the names of all of the businesses and artists there - it just kind of stuck.”
Mr. McKee bested his brother in his first competition in Plimpton - David didn’t let Bill win for another two years - but now that they both have some chops, they retain a healthy competitive spirit.
Uxbridge Township took on Mr. McKee as their official Town Crier in 1999, and Scugog Township followed suit in 2002 - utilizing his special services in Township events year-round.
“People often ask me what makes a good Town Crier. The truth is, it’s all based on the clarity and quality of one’s voice, and the words they choose to use to represent themselves,” said Mr. McKee. “The fancy clothes and friendly personality help as well - anyone can hold a scroll and yell, but it’s the passion that makes people smile.”
In competition, each Town Crier is also judged on their deportment while entering and exiting the stage, and whether or not they fit within the required 100 to 125 words. The cry must be fanciful and enjoyable, but not overly complicated - short, sweet, and to the point.
“Crying is a lot of fun, and you can’t let it stress you out. When I pen the cry, I just try to have fun with it and the words flow naturally,” said Mr. McKee “The best part is the children, they always run up to me to get their picture taken with ‘the pirate,’ I just laugh and tell them that I don’t dress like a pirate, pirates dress like Town Criers!”
The term ‘Oyez’ which begins many of Mr. McKee’s cries can trace its roots to French word ‘Ecoutez’ or ‘Listen.’ The Town Crier was often emplyed by local government or royalty, to issue edicts and notices. Announcements of tax hikes in Europe stemmed the phrase ‘don’t shoot the messenger,’ as it was a federal offence to harm a Town Crier, an agent of the Crown.
“Oyez is not so much asking if people can hear me, it comes from an older practice when many people weren’t able to read the newspaper - the Town Crier would instruct everyone within ear shot to stop and listen to the annoucnement,” said Mr. McKee.
“It takes a lot of Fisherman’s Friend to be a Town Crier - if you think you’re going to get sick, you don’t! All of the Town Criers across the world are a little bit nuts, just like me,” said Mr. McKee, whose favourite closing passage is a loud cry of ‘God Save the Queen, and God bless single malt!’
The Ontario Guild of Town Criers and Mr. McKee would like to recognize the support of a few choice local supporters, including the Baagwating Community Association, Township of Scugog, Ontario Guild of Town Criers, Vos’ Your Independented Grocer for their reception room, Old Flame Brewery, Parkwood Lodge No. 695, Meta 4 Gallery, Scugog Historical Society, Port Perry BIA, Scugog Chamber of Commerce and, Ocala Winery.
Mr. McKee would like to invite men, women and children of all ages to enjoy a day out in Port Perry on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10 - and hopes that they have as much fun as he does. Ear plugs recommended, but not required.
NORTH DURHAM: Despite not manufacturing vehicles in more than 25 years, the American Motors Corporation - also known as Rambler - continues to have a strong local following amongst classic car enthusiasts.
For local mechanic Ken Edwards, his experience with the brand stretches back more than 40 years.
"I've had an AMX since 1972. One of my sister's boyfriends had one at the time, and I used to drive it when he was away working for weeks at a time with CN, so eventually I bought one for myself," Edwards recently told The Standard at his shop in Manchester. "Then, in 1980 I bought a 1970 AMX from a guy in Toronto and refurbished it, and it's still sitting in my garage today with 41,000 original miles on it."
For Mr. Edwards and fellow AMC enthusiast Don Campbell of Aldon Transmission in Port Perry, the relative ease of repairs is what they feel is so appealing about the long defunct automotive brand.
"What's appealing to me about AMC cars is that there's little cost of maintenance.
Both because I'm in the trade and there is actually not that much to maintain.
They're very low cost both in terms of restoration and repairs," said Mr. Campbell.
Both local mechanics noted that they receive regular business from other AMC collectors.
"I still do a fair bit of work on AMCs. In fact, I recently came into a 1970 AMX all the way from Cape Breton Island that came to my shop in pieces," added Mr. Edwards.
Compared to other classic cars on the road, very few AMC products were actually produced. An SC 360 Hornet owned by Mr. Edwards is one of only 852 produced, so finding parts for restoration projects can be challenging at times, but ultimately rewarding, as Mr. Edwards explained.
"The biggest challenge is finding original parts since so few were made," said Mr. Edwards. "Sometimes you have to improvise for replacement parts. AMC cars are the only ones you can't rebuild with a credit card. There has to be some innovation, and knowing what fits what."
For both men, the camaraderie of car culture is one of the great rewards of their hobby.
"The car is one thing, but the people you meet are a bigger thing. If you can go to a show and not meet new friends, you've been doing it wrong. I've met friends from all over North America because of these cars," said Mr. Edwards.
For years, the driving force behind the AMC/Rambler culture in North Durham was Jim Rae, the former president of the Northern Ramblers Car Club of Canada, who passed away in August of last year.
Mr. Rae was instrumental in bringing the club's annual Rambler-Rama to Haugen's Restaurant in Manchester, where it was recently held in June.
As well, Mr. Rae provided the spark that continues to fuel the interest of the Campbell family to this day.
"I met Jim in the mid-1990s, and bought a 1963 Ambassador when my oldest son Donald was 12 and he started working on it for himself," said Mr. Campbell.
Over the years, the Campbell family has seen their fleet of Ramblers grow to include a 1966 ragtop Ambassador "that is still on the road as long as the weather cooperates" according to Mr. Campbell, as well as a 1975 Matador wagon owned by his youngest son Steve and their current project, a 1958 Rambler Super Custom, which is being worked on as a father-son effort.
"Working on a classic car as a younger guy gives you a better appreciation for what a car should be," explained Steve Campbell. "Old cars are just built a lot more solid and you don't have to be a computer programmer to work on them."
NORTH DURHAM: The Blackstock Truck and Tractor Pull, now in its 36th year, has been an exciting kick off to the summer and a staple for local farmers, gear heads, and residents of all ages since its inception.
This past weekend (July 5 and 6) the pull attracted over 100 pullers from Ontario and as far as Quebec and New York State.
Earle Trewin, who owns and operates Trewin Farm Equipment alongside his brother Lloyd and mechanic Dale McClurg, has been hooked on the sport since 1978.
It began an a fateful day at the Millbrook fairgrounds, Earle's customer and friend Neil Brown entered Earle in the pull without his prior knowledge.
"I had no idea what I was doing, but I said yes and climbed up onto the tractor," says Earle, smiling fondly. "Next thing I knew, I was down the track and forty-feet past everyone else - someone had to chase me down to give me a trophy, I didn't even know I had won."
Earle has pulled down numerous tracks in Ontario over 1,150 times since then, leaving a familiar black smoke behind him the whole way.
"First, we get the engine hot and screaming, to get the turbo charger ready to go," explains Earle, "Once you push the throttle and slip that clutch, it's pure adrenaline - the grey smoke turns black, and the next fifteen seconds feel like a lifetime."
Earle's pride, joy and main workhorse is a 1966 Allis-Chalmers D21 named 'Killer Allis' - which many fans of the sport still recognize from their childhood, and bring their children to watch.
Earle has built three pro-stock tractors over the years. The A-C D21 tractor he calls Killer Allis was originally sold by his father in 1966 to Joel Aldred on Scugog Island. Joel traded the tractor back into them in 1987 and Earle decided to build it into a heavy pro-stock tractor.
Using specialized parts and the collective expertise of his family and friends, Earle turned the fuel sipping farm machine into a high performance five-ton beast.
Starting with a meager 125 horsepower, Earle has assembled a high pressure water injection system and managed to eek over 1,000 horsepower from the motor.
"She used to sip 68 cubic centimetres of fuel per 1,000 piston strokes," says Earle. "Once we got done with it, she would gulp down almost a litre of fuel per 1,000 strokes - something like a gallon per 250-foot-pull."
Earle has always had a strong talent for working with his hands, and all things mechanical - he began welding at age thirteen, and it remains one of his favourite activities in the shop at Trewin Farm Equipment.
"There's a lot of work that all pullers put into their tractors," explains Earle. "Beefed-up and heat treated engine parts, custom built transmissions, in-line fuel pumps and ballistic blankets around the clutch."
These are just some of the many specialized parts which can multiply an engine's horsepower output, and keep it from exploding in the process.
Admitting that Killer Allis runs one of the smallest engines in the heavy pro-stock class is a source of pride for Earle, especially when his tractor often comes in first place - "I don't have a lot of money for expensive parts and horsepower," says Earle. "But I make what I have purr and pull all the way down the track."
Earle is a proud member of the Ontario Truck and Tractor Pull Association (OTTPA) and currently sits as the heavy pro-stock representative - in the past he has taken the roles of vice-president and president.
His wife Marlene has also pulled many times in her life and sits with Earle as Secretary Treasurer of the heavy pro-stock class.
The OTTPA acts as the insurance and safety regulating board for truck and tractor pulls across Ontario, and was formed from a group of localized pulling clubs.
They began with a single page of rules, and have since developed a quarter-inch thick rulebook. The OTTPA schedule has 43 events in Ontario this year.
Earle and many other pullers laude Blackstock as one of the best tracks in Ontario - Earle chalks it up to Graham Duff and his team, who keep the dirt tamped and found the perfect mix of sand, clay and soil for the track.
"It may not be as big as the Lindsay Fairgrounds, but I've got my own cheerleaders and more friends than I can count on that track," says Earle. Rob and Dallas Gardner take care of trucking Earle's tractor to the pulls he attends - all he asks in exchange is Earle's help fixing a broken lawnmower.
Joyce Kelly, matron of the Blackstock pull and treasurer of the OTTPA, held the first meeting of the Blackstock pullers board over her kitchen table in 1978 - and remains an integral part of the committee today.
"Harvey Graham brought this crazy idea back from out west where he saw the pulls," recalled Joyce. "We had a track set up by the next fair, and our first puller went all of six inches - the rest they say, is history!"
Earle and Joyce say they can't wait for the Blackstock Fair and Port Perry Truck and Tractor Pulls this year - and are glad that the sport continues to grow and thrive.
Earle says he is looking forward to the Port Perry event on August 30 at the Port Perry Fairgrounds - and hopes to pull for years to come. He also hopes to see his sons Bradley, 17 and Gregory, 20 take over the Killer Allis in years to come and carry on the legacy, passion and pride of the tractor pull.
DARRYL KNIGHT, BENJAMIN PRIEBE
& JOE LEBOUTHILLIER The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: North Durham was well represented on the recently released 2013 public sector salary disclosure list, the annual listing of public sector employees who earned more than $100,000.
A total of nine Township of Scugog employees cracked the recently released 'sunshine list' this year, for a total cost of over $1 Million.
Each member of Scugog's senior staff, plus the Township's four full-time firefighters, pocketed more than $100,000 last year.
Topping the salary soirée is Scugog CAO Beverly Hendry, with a yearly pay cheque of $148,658 - $7,382 more than her 2012 take-home.
New to the 2014 edition are Trena DeBruijn, director of finance ($102,353) and a handful of Scugog Township Fire Department employees.
Gord Gettins, chief fire prevention officer, earned $125,427, Fire Captain Todd Soomre earned $120,249, and Fire Chief Richard Miller brought home $102,241.
Clint Walker and Joe Goris, two of the Township's full-time firefighters, made the list this year - earning $105,613 and $11,143 respectively.
"The four firefighters [Goris, Walker, Soomre and Gettins] are on the list for 2013 due to a one-time arbitrated retroactive settlement, dating back to 2009," said Captain Soomre - explaining that the elevated salaries are a special phenomenon due to a 2013 settlement, which granted a 27 per cent pay increase over the past four years.
Repeats from last year include Ian Roger, director of works and parks, and Donald Gordon, director of community services - earning $122,653, and $102,314 respectively.
This year's sunshine list salaries add up to $1,029,648 - roughly a 188 per cent increase from last year's $357,549.
The top earner from Uxbridge Township was CAO Ingrid Svelnis, who took home a salary of $139,148 in 2013.
Joining Ms. Svelnis from Uxbridge was Treasurer Al Schultz, who earned $122,212. As well, Public Works Director Ben Kester and Fire Chief Scott Richardson each earned $107,168 in 2013.
Township clerk Debbie Leroux rounded out Uxbridge's 'Sunshine Listers' with $106,066 last year.
Further to the north, Brock Township had three staff members crack six figures in salary last year, led by CAO and Municipal Clerk Tom Gettinby at $137,253. Brock's Treasurer, Laura Barta ($115,243) and Director of Public Works Nicholas Colucci also appeared on the 2013 list.
Within the Durham District School Board (DDSB), there are a number of local employees who cracked the newest list.
The number one money-maker is Caysi Stark, principal of Port Perry High School, with a $125,967 salary. That is just under a $3,000 increase from her 2012 salary.
Port Perry HS vice principals Jon Lepage ($102,483) and Dean Geiger ($111,014) also made the list.
Uxbridge SS Prinicipal Steve David also made the list, making $120,283 in 2013. Mr. avid was joined by USS Vice Principals Steve Harland ($103,303) and Concetta White ($111,014).
Created in 1996 by the provincial government, the Public Salary Disclosure Act requires that any organization receiving funding from the province to disclose the name, position, salary and total taxable benefits of any employee that earns six figures or more in a given year.
The full 2013 list can be viewed on-line at www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/publications/salarydisclosure.
JOE LEBOUTHILLIER The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: At Scugog council's meeting on April 14, the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change (DRRCC) expressed their concerns about extreme weather.
Manager of Sustainability, Brian Kelly, and a fellow DRRCC member Todd Hall, presented to councillors the research they received from SENES, a specialized consulting firm based in Richmond Hill.
Their presentation to council noted that over the next 40 years, weather will become extreme and the people of North Durham need to be "prepared, protected and safeguarded" along with the surrounding infrastructure.
"There will be less snow and more rain in the future winter seasons," Kelly said. The DRRCC's presentation also showed a rainstorm in August 2040 to 2049 will produce 79 per cent more than received in August 2000 to 2009.
Extreme wind in the immediate areas will decrease by almost 20 kilometres per hour. As well, temperatures will get warmer in the winter months by about four degrees.
Between 2000 and 2009, average days per year with the humidex being above 40 degrees sat at three days. In the SENES report, it shows that number will grow to 24 days by 2040.
A projected 20 to 40 millimetres of more rain will fall in August and about 15 centimetres less snow will fall during the winter months. This is potentially dangerous for residents near lakes, as it will increase the chances of flooding.
Along with those stats, between 2040 and 2049 there will be around 1,100 more days of the year where the temperature will be above freezing. As for days below that and require heating, there will be almost 500 days less.
Local residents who use air conditioners in the weather above 24 degrees saw 12 days per year between 2000 and 2009. However, come 2040 there will be about 90 days per year that will require AC.
In 40 years-time, North Durham is expected to receive 217 per cent more rainfall and 75 per cent less snowfall in the month of February alone.
"The hardest issue that we have is that these stats are a long-way off," said Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier. "It's hard to see it as immediate."
The councillors are unsure of what to do with no climate change price tags readily available.
"If we look at completing a plan early and paying attention to these numbers, we can potentially save money by extending the life of infrastructure by building it appropriately," said Hall. That being said, Kelly says they will not know exact costs until the municipality can provide them with volunteers.
"We need to really plan our next step," said Ward 5 Councillor Howard Danson. "I'm not sure if we have the money to plan for an event that may happen in the future, it seems like a luxury to pay for maybes."
The DRRCC wants a decision made before the municipal election this fall.
Councillors asked for more information, and the DRRCC gladly agreed to go out and talk to more experts on climate change.
BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The organization behind the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog (NASUS) is looking ahead, with exciting developments and multiple fundraising efforts planned for the coming months. Executives Ginger Jackson and Art Matthews provided councillors with an update at Scugog Council Chambers on Monday, April 14.
With new concept drawings, a floor plan by architect Peter Archer, and over $640,000 ear-marked for the NUSAS over the next two years, the group has raised a large portion of their estimated $1 Million to $1.4 Million price tag.
"We've had tremendous support from both municipalities and the local public," said Ginger Jackson, an Executive Member of the project. "Alongside our annual Walkathon on September 27, we're running the In the Ruff golf tournament again, and we have received an amazing partnership from the Bonner Boys."
The Uxbridge-based charity group, Bonner Boys, recently announced their joining in the effort for a new animal shelter in North Durham. Proceeds from their annual Car Draw event, held at the Uxbridge Arena on Saturday, June 14, will benefit the new building. "The Bonner Boys have said that they will be on-board until shovels hit the dirt," said Mrs. Jackson.
According to Mr. Matthews, the next stages for the NUSAS involve engineered designs for a new HVAC system, which will ensure quarantined animals are isolated and infections will not spread - a common issue with the current building. The NUSAS crew has asked both Scugog and Uxbridge to provide staff expertise and knowledge to future planning.
"We are also in the process of kicking off a major donor campaign, for people who have philanthropy in their heart and money in their pockets," said Mr. Matthews. "We need support from organizations and charity programs, such as an on-line crowd funding resource. More details will be available soon."