DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: A funding announcement last week was cause for celebration for a number of upcoming community events.
On Tuesday, June 11th, Pickering-Uxbridge MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy announced at the Uxbridge Town Hall that several community events have received a financial boost through the province’s new Celebrate Ontario funding.
Through this new initiative, 105.5 FM Hits Fest on July 19th in Elgin Park will receive $3,727, the Uxbridge Scottish Festival on July 27th in Elgin Park was granted $3,183, and the new Uxbridge Holiday Festival, slated to run on weekends in November and December, received $36,056.
“Through Celebrate Ontario, our government is investing in Uxbridge’s tourism industry, supporting local jobs and highlighting our community’s unique and rich cultural heritage,” explained Bethlenfalvy.
“This funding demonstrates a clear return on investment, respect for taxpayer dollars, and a focus on increasing tourism in Uxbridge and across the province.”
According to a press release from the Province, Celebrate Ontario is intended to support programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.
“We want to make our Hits Fest event bigger and better every year to draw more people to Uxbridge. That’s why we have brought in a craft beer element this year,” 105.5 FM Program Director Dan Pollard explained to The Standard. “This funding is important, because it helps us to mitigate factors like the weather. If you’re putting on an event like this, and are reliant on ticket sales, which are reliant on the weather and it doesn’t work out you can quickly find yourself in a hole and poof the event is gone. This will give us a boost and enable to us to put on a whole day of entertainment from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., promote our great local talent and bring in people to Uxbridge.”
Hits Fest Craft Beer Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 19th in Elgin Park. The event will feature a full day of craft beer and cider, local music, foodtrucks, vendors, and live music. For additional information, please visit www.hitsfest.com.
EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge Scottish Festival, a popular—and free—family event, returns to Elgin Park on July 27th. And so do the long-haired Highland cows. “Kids all love them,” said co-organiser Stewart Bennett.
Mr. Bennett gave Uxbridge Council a preview of the 2019 event, telling Council the children’s heavy games will return. Rick Blair will oversee the tossing of smaller cabers (logs), stones, and hammers. Two more pipe bands have agreed to perform, bringing the total to five. “We got a small grant from Tourism Ontario and we’re excited to do it again, as a no-charge event,” he said.
Co-organiser Lew Gregor stepped up to the microphone to ask Council for a few favours. Smiling, Mr. Gregor asked permission to burn the Viking ship in Elgin Park again, noting, “this year, the ship won’t be cardboard. We’re using paper so it doesn’t burn, er, quite so much.” The request was granted, as was use of the Township’s loader, if an insurance-appropriate operator was found. The big machine is required as part of a fire safety plan.
Despite Council’s disappointment, at not having a pipe band entertain them, prior to the requests, the festival was also granted use of Elgin Park for set-up on Friday, and was declared a Municipally Significant Event, needed for the sale of alcohol.
After the two men left the chamber, Mayor Dave Barton noted, event organizers ought to appear before council farther ahead of scheduled events, asking, “What if we turn down their requests? They need to allow time for making other arrangements.”
The 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards ceremony took place on May 28th, at The Copacabana in New York City. Medal winning books are listed from around the world: five Australian states, seven Canadian provinces, forty-two United States, District of Columbia and Guam, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and seven winners are from the United Kingdom. Gold, Silver and Bronze IPPY medallions were awarded in 85 national, 24 regional, plus 11 e-book categories. This year's contest drew 4,500 entries. For more info go to www.independentpublisher.com.
Mrs. Kiely's Irish father is the fourth of ten children, and her French Canadian mother the baby of twelve. These young parents are like two sticks of dynamite. When the author asks her Irish Granny, "If you were so poor why did you have ten kids?" Granny replies, "To be certain, there was no poverty between the sheets!" And the title was born.
This riveting memoir guarantees to stir emotions you may have forgotten you had. The story spans four generations and brims with animated characters. Readers are treated to holidays in Ireland, and camping adventures throughout Ontario. Family, friends, and pets all come alive in this hilarious family saga. 'No Poverty Between the Sheets' is cloaked in love, and the story may rekindle thoughts of your own ancestors. Mrs. Kiely's writing is honest, captivating, and this author brings an authentic fresh voice like no other.
Jim Barnes, Director of the Awards, says, "The creators of our IPPY medal-winners are truly out to make a difference. With inspirational storytelling, independent publishing is all about compassion for people and dedication for improving the world. Congratulations to all medalists for their independent spirit!"
This hot summer read, is available at: Books Galore in Port Perry, Kent Bookstore, Coles in Lindsay, Chapters in Peterborough, and from the author, at www.paulinekiely.com
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
DURHAM: Sam was just 13 when she thought opening up a lemonade stand would be a fun thing to do. She teamed up with her friend Megan, and together they turned a simple idea into a thriving small business. A gorgeous little stand, built by Megan’s father, was created and then decorated, and they now provide their homemade, refreshing drinks at the Uxbridge Farmers Market every weekend, and at other locations hosting special events. The girls are both loving the experience and are learning, firsthand, about the hard work and dedication it takes to meet the challenges of running a profitable enterprise, because lessons learned through small business initiatives often mirror those of a larger venture.
However, through this business, the seeds of understanding how making money isn’t just for one’s own benefit but can be used for a greater cause, has begun to impact the way Sam and her friends feel about their efforts. Sam explained, “I volunteered to go on a mission trip to Honduras with my church last February because I wanted to help the people there build a church. I needed to raise even more money for this, so I decided to start another business making bracelets. I asked my other friend Analisa to be my business partner.” When Analisa, who is just 15, heard this she told me, “I couldn’t believe it. I’d never thought of having a business before, and I said, are you serious? But then Sam just said yes, we’re doing it, and so now we are.” Sam and Analisa bought their supplies wholesale and made beautiful beaded bracelets that accent any fashion choice. By selling to family and friends, and all their teachers, they could pay back their investment in the supplies, and raise $400 that went directly to paying for the building materials for the church in Honduras. Sam said, “I believe we have to make a difference in the world. I wanted to help the people in Honduras, and I think we all have to see the bigger picture, and not just do things for ourselves.” Analisa agrees with Sam and said, “I also volunteered with my church to create packages for homeless people in our community, so we can help them. I like being able to help.”
On May 5th, Analisa and Sam also participated with McHappy Day, bringing their business, aptly named ‘Bead by Bead’, to the Uxbridge and Port Perry McDonalds. As a result of their efforts, they raised enough money to donate $425 dollars to GrandviewKids. Sam has continued to make donations, and over the last year and a half, she has donated about $1,500 to charities. Sam’s advice to other young people is, “the most important thing to remember is to not be afraid to take risks. People always think the worst thing can happen, but if you put work into it, it will pay off. Stay organized, have fun, make the sales, and be yourself. Trying something new is hard, but stay positive. We’re all here to make a difference in the world, and when you believe you can do something...you usually can!” Analisa also added, “start with a partner because you can rely on them, and that will help you stay motivated. Doing this helps build confidence, and its fun.” Both Sam and Analisa credit their success to the support given to them by their parents, who guide them and give direction and advice.
So my challenge to all the youth in our community is to put your thinking caps on, and decide on how your hobbies, interests and likes can be utilized. Talk to your parents, and your teachers, and see if you can start up a small venture to earn money for yourself, and your community so you too can truly make a difference. Then contact us at The Standard Newspaper and let us know what you are doing. We’d love to write your story too!
SCUGOG: The Scugog Island Community Association is pleased to present the first in a concert series in partnership with Lynn McDonald. Join us on Saturday, June 8th for a very energetic evening of music with Melissa Payne, her fiddle, and Dylan Ireland to accompany her. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Redman’s and Eco Port. This is not a licensed event and is open to ages 16+. Doors open at 7:15 and refreshments will be available.
The Scugog Island Community Association is committed to revitalizing the Scugog Island Hall as a place for Island residents and guests to gather and connect through cultural and community building events. Join the Scugog Island Community Association page on Facebook or contact us at email@example.com to get on the mailing list for future events.
Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) and their partner municipalities would like to express sincere thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Durham Woodworking Club, for helping them get up close and personal with turtles in Durham Region’s coastal wetlands.
This partnership involved CLOCA supplying the materials and the Durham Woodworking Club members providing carpentry expertise, design, prototype development and over 100 hours of their time to build turtle monitoring boxes. These boxes are one more tool in the tool box to support the Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program, delivered by CLOCA each year in local watersheds.
“We collect data on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, wildlife, coastal wetlands and water quality in creeks and groundwater,” says Dan Moore, Aquatic Biologist for CLOCA. “The turtle boxes are designed specifically to support our Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program.” The boxes will improve their understanding of turtle populations in the coastal wetlands, located along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Of Ontario’s eight native turtle species, all are considered Species At Risk. CLOCA’s focus will be primarily on two of the more common turtle species, Midland Painted and Snapping Turtles, but they will be looking for the less common Blanding’s and Map Turtles as well.
The boxes were installed in local wetlands last week. The boxes act as a basking site for turtles with an opening that leads the turtle into an underwater enclosure once they have warmed themselves. Here, they are free to swim and feed, until the daily box checks by monitoring staff. Once the turtles are marked and assessed, they are released. The marking program will help when turtles are recaptured in future monitoring efforts and also when the turtles are observed naturally using their wetland and adjacent upland habitat. Upon the completion of monitoring efforts each year, the nets will be removed, and the boxes will continue to offer basking sites. “Based on the results of data collected, we look forward to future restoration activities and habitat enhancements, to ensure long-term survival of turtle populations in local wetlands,” notes Mr. Moore.
Everyone can do their part to help turtles, by watching for them when driving or assisting them if they are trying to cross a road or trail. Always help them travel in the direction they are heading, even if the wetland is behind them. Females often leave their home wetland in June, and travel up to a kilometre away to lay their eggs, often, unfortunately on road shoulders.
Central Lake Ontario Conservation offers nesting protection structures, and if you happen to find an injured turtle, check out the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre website, at https://ontarioturtle.ca for information about their rehabilitation programs.
An annual spring tradition for many, is back again this year, on May 25th at 7:30 p.m., at the Port Perry United Church.
The Church has a long history of community musical presentations. The talented Choirs of Port Perry United are proud to present “Thanks for the Memories”, a musical reflection of the events of the past 20 years, under the skilful leadership of Music Director, Joan Bretney.
It all started in 1999, as a means to raise money for the Grand Piano, which now graces the platform in the sanctuary. The event was so well received it has become an annual event and is in its 20th year of entertaining audiences of all ages. The Grand Event is presented and enjoyed by all ages!
The sanctuary will, once again, be filled with a wonderful variety of music, sure to please.
Tickets are $15.00 per adult, $5.00 for children under 12. They can be purchased at the Church office, on sale now. If any tickets remain, they can be purchased at the door, the evening of the show.
For more information please contact the office, at 905-985-2801, or go to www.portperryunited.com
KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes Economic Development invites everyone with an interest in the future development of the local cultural sector, and our creative economy, to participate in the 2019 Kawartha Lakes Cultural Summit.
The full day Summit will include an overview of the accomplishments, from the 2013 Cultural Master Plan, along with brainstorming and visioning towards a new Cultural Master Plan.
Join us, on Thursday, May 9th, at the Lakeview Arts Barn (Globus Theatre), from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cultural performances, lunch, and beverages are included.
“We’ve accomplished so much over the past 5 years. The Kawartha Lakes Cultural Master Plan is the key guiding document for sector development, providing direction and strategies to successfully grow the sector,” stated Debra Soule, Arts Culture Heritage Development Officer. “However, the plan is now dated. It’s time to hear from you, to help us update the plan and generate a new vision for cultural development, cultural tourism and the creative economy in Kawartha Lakes.”
For those interested in attending, or for more information, please contact Debra Soule, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1498.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Alexandra Hartmann, Uxbridge Public Library’s former CEO, who died in September of 2018, will be memorialized with a sculpture.
The sculpture will be created by local artist Wynn Walters, and according to a press release “depicts a book, with a hand delicately turning the page.” The sculpture will be cast in bronze, and will be installed in an alcove beside the main entrance of the Uxbridge Public Library.
At a meeting on Monday, April 15th, Mr. Walters a5nd Corrinne Morrison, the Uxbridge Library’s Program and Outreach Coordinator, presented to Uxbridge council the idea about the sculpture.
Ms. Morrison said Ms. Hartmann “made Uxbridge Public Library a better place for our community” and “valued and encouraged great customer service above all.”
Ms. Morrison told council she heard from a lot of patrons, who asked her if there would be some type of memorial done for Ms. Hartmann.
“This sculpture is a fitting tribute, and a perfect way for the community to work together to honour her memory and the legacy that she left,” she said.
Mr. Walters said the theme of the sculpture is turning the page, or turning over a new leaf.
“I see it as not only in memory of Alex Hartmann, but also as recognition to the community of the importance of books and reading,” Mr. Walters told councillors.
Total cost of the sculpture is expected to be around $6,000, and 100 Men Who Care has pledged to cover about half of the cost. The sculpture will be funded through donations.
Those looking to help fund the project can make donations at the Uxbridge Public Library or can send donations to the library.
Canada's AC/DC tribute band, The AC/DC Show - Canada will be at the Townhall1873 Theatre on Saturday, April 27th. Their last performance in the area was a sold-out performance in Lindsay on March 23rd. The band members include Shamus Black - lead vocals, Gino DelSole - lead guitar, Steve Macpherson - rhythm guitar/backing vocals, Steve Maclaren - bass/backing vocals, and Jeff Salem - drums. They refer to their show as "An authentic audio/visual recreation of the legendary Australian band". Join Ultimate Artists Live as they bring this fabulous performance to town. The Townhall1873 is located at 302 Queen Street in Port Perry. Tickets can be prchsed at the venue box office or online at www.townhall1873.ca