UXBRIDGE: As the new 2019 Provincial Easter Seals Ambassador, 16 year-old Graham Baskin is looking forward to spending the year meeting new people and improving his public speaking and media skills.
Graham will spend the year representing Easter Seals Ontario, speaking at events and creating awareness of issues facing kids with physical disabilities, the importance of accessibility and the programs and service provided by Easter Seals.
“Easter Seals is a great organization that has helped me and other kids like me over the years. Each year they send hundreds of children with disabilities to camp. The activities and people I meet are experiences I will never forget,” said Graham Baskin, an outgoing, charismatic history buff with a love for community involvement and independence.
Graham was not born with a disability. It wasn’t until age six his parents noticed he was stumbling and unable to go downstairs with alternating feet. Over the years, his symptoms have slowly progressed. Although Graham is still able to walk with a walker, he mostly uses a wheelchair to get around. Despite a lot of investigation, the underlying medical condition causing his disability remains undiagnosed.
With a passion for history, this outgoing Grade 11 student from Uxbridge is a member of his school’s Vimy Club, the Improv Club and the Student Council. Last year, he received the school’s Resiliency Award, recognizing his perseverance and a high level of engagement in school life. Outside of school, Graham enjoys reading, playing computer games and watching sports. He also volunteers in his community, plays sledge hockey, bikes, swims and likes to travel.
In 2017, Graham was selected as an Accessibility Ambassador for Uxbridge because “having a barrier in his life does not stop him from being active in the Uxbridge community… Graham’s frontal and forward involvement in our community has been one of the key movements to create inclusive environments for people of all abilities.” He hopes to pursue a future in history or dramatic arts.
As a Provincial Easter Seals Ambassador, the message Graham hopes to spread during the coming year is: “Easter Seals kids, along with other kids with disabilities, are people just like you and me, however, some of the world can’t see past their appliances. These kids prefer for people to get to know them first before they are judged. By doing these events and sending kids to camp, Easter Seals makes these kids unstoppable!”
For the past 97 years, Easter Seals Ontario has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities, from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Thanks to its generous donors, Easter Seals offer programs that enable kids with physical disabilities to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment, including funding for essential mobility and accessibility equipment, as well as fully accessible summer camp opportunities. Easter Seals helps kids BE KIDS. For more information or to donate, visit EasterSeals.org.
SCUGOG: Toronto's QUEEN tribute band, SHEER HEART ATTACK will be at the Townhall1873 Theatre on Saturday night. This will be their first performance in the area.
The band members include:
They refer to their show as "Celebrating the music of Britain's royal majesty". 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 purchased at the venue box office or online at www.townhall1873.ca
Over 175 exhibitors from across Ontario will be on hand to present the latest in agricultural products to the farming community. The exhibitor list includes a wide range of agribusinesses from across Ontario aimed at the farming community. Farm technology and farm equipment dealers, crop input and soil management companies, livestock feed suppliers, farm organizations, and more. Additional services aimed at the agricultural industry include insurance, financial and program service companies.
EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The men and women of agriculture in the City of Kawartha Lakes will be making their way back to the Commonwell Exhibition building at the Lindsay Exhibition grounds on Friday, March 22nd, but unlike their early March visit to the East Central Farm Show, this event will not involve a lot of walking. Shopping, however, in the form of silent and live auctions, will be featured.
A project of the Lindsay Agricultural Society, the first annual Spotlight on Agriculture is “a collaborative social event to celebrate the diversity and success of everything agriculture in the City of Kawartha Lakes,” said Spotlight Committee Chair, Robin Brown. “Bringing together local leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, hard-working farmers and more, for an evening of fun, food and entertainment, will be a welcome change from chores, work and meetings,” she said.
At 6 p.m., a social hour and opportunity to bid on what Harry Stoddart, the Society’s General Manager called “some fun items” begins, with a hearty meal prepared by caterer 'Heaven on Seven', served at 7 p.m. Omemee’s award-winning auctioneer, Ab Carroll, will chase bids, as the live auction raises funds for local agricultural leadership development and education.
Nominations for the Excellence in Agriculture Award and Farm Family Award were received in February, and the winners will be announced at the March 22nd event. The first award focuses on specific innovation, achievement, process development, and collaboration or other unique accomplishments by an individual, organization or business. The Family Award focuses on production practices, community and industry leadership, and new production practices or mentoring.
The gala evening, at the 354 Angeline Street South venue, will feature an entertaining appearance by western Canada’s Marty Seymour, whose biography states he is “Farm Credit Canada’s man of mileage”, since he travels extensively, talking to industry members from all sectors of the supply chain. Marty’s engaging presentation will address agricultural innovation, strength and possible disruptions.
Tickets, for the jam-packed event are $65, or $600 for a table of 10 people, are selling fast, and should be purchased before March 8th. They can be purchased online, at www.lindsayex.com, at the LEX office or by contacting Robin Brown, at 705-374-4941.
The committee is very pleased by the support received from the community and agricultural businesses, and especially wished to thank Platinum level event sponsors Farm Credit Canada, BDO, City of Kawartha Lakes, Staples & Swain Professional Corporation and Gold level sponsors KL Community Futures Development Corporation, Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton Federation of Agriculture, BMO, CIBC, Friend & Dobson Lawyers, Alliance Agri-Turf, Green Tractors and Reesor Seed and Grain.
JONATHAN van BILSEN Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Most people enjoy the prospect of venturing out for dinner, especially if the food is excellent, the service second to none and the ambiance relaxing. Such is the case in one of Port Perry’s newest eateries, the Bamboo Kitchen and bar.
The brainchild of owners Allen Lin and Jimmy Zeng, Bamboo crosses all the t’s and dots the i’s, when it comes to restaurants. Located on Queen Street in Port Perry, half a block from the lake, the bistro seats 100 patrons and, once the weather cooperates, plans to have two patios; one in the front and another in the rear.
I asked the owners, who have been in the restaurant business for 25 years, why they chose Port Perry. “It was an easy decision,” Allen explained.“The town is uniquely picturesque with a wonderful, historic downtown. Everyone we have met has been friendly and supportive, and the Township has been easy to work with, to ensure we have every opportunity to create this venture.”
The food is Asian fusion, which means a new approach to old favourites. The Poke Bowl is a hit with many patrons and features a fresh salad on a bed of rice, topped with vegetables, salmon and a homemade sauce. There are numerous options including traditional chicken and beef dishes, some of which are prepared at your table.
Combining various Asian delicacies, Bamboo also also offers a tasty selection of sushi, prepared by Jimmy and Allen. Many of the ingredients in all the dishes are sourced locally. “We believe it is important to support the community, as much as we can.” Allen explained.
Bamboo Kitchen and Bar is open seven days a week; Sundays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on.
They have an extensive takeout menu, and reservations can be made by calling 905-985-6668. Drop by or visit their website, at bambookitchenandbar.com. You will leave with a full tummy and a happy palate.
Jonathan van Bilsen is an award winning photographer, published author, columnist and keynote speaker. Follow his adventures at photosNtravel.com
March 12th is the opening meeting, for this season at the Pine Ridge Garden Club, and we are very pleased to have Karen Vanderzalm, of Century Home & Garden Greenhouses, as a speaker. She is going to demonstrate how to make a “Spring Container Garden”.
A good subject, especially for those of us who are thinking of cutting down, or even giving up gardening because of different ailments. You can sit and make a container garden; no more kneeling or bending and most important no more weeding.
Instead of the usual pot-luck, we are asking you to bring sweet and savoury finger foods.
Please join us at 7:30 p.m., at the Nestleton Community Centre, 3971 Nestleton Road., Nestleton. All will be most welcome. For more information please call Shirley Love, at 905-986-5330 or email@example.com.
Did you know that Line Dancing, Pickleball, Short Mat Bowls, Woodcarving, Ukulele Sing-a-Longs, and Euchre, are just some of the dozens of activities attracting record numbers. Come on down to the Latcham Centre to find out more. Exercise your mind, body and spirit with like-minded friends over 50.
Pot Luck and Live Entertainment
Wednesday, February 27th
2 p.m. Pot Luck
3 p.m. Live Local Entertainment
Yes, we have moved our monthly Pot Luck from dinner time to early afternoon in the winter months by popular request of our membership. Members can now come for Pot Luck at 2 p.m. and Live Entertainment at 3 p.m. Come and listen to the local musical group, Blue Notes, who have been touring Durham with their dynamic classic tunes. Come and do some toe tapping, and sing along to some old time favourite tunes!
Location: The Latcham Centre,
121 Queen Street, Port Perry
Admission: Free to PPSC Members (Annual Membership $15)
Wednesday, March 13th at 2 p.m.
Prescription drugs: Who is taking them? Do they need them? Who can afford them?
Barbara Martinez, also known as "The Drug Lady" is an expert on drug spending in Canada. With over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and Drug Benefit National Practice Leader with Great-West Life, Barbara will share where we are and where we are heading in drug spending in Canada. Are we getting good value for the money? Is all this sustainable? Come and find out. Coffee hour follows.
Location: The Latcham Centre,
121 Queen Street, Port Perry
Admission: Free to PPSC Members (Annual Membership $15)
KAWARTHA LAKES: On May 16th, 1943, the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron launched a bombing assault on two German dams that destroyed two power stations, damaged factories and mines, and killed roughly 1,600 civilians.
Dubbed Operation Chastise, the legendary secret mission is the inspiration behind Ted Barris’ latest bestselling book, Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany.
On Tuesday, February 26th, the celebrated Canadian author will stop by the Lindsay public library at 6:30 p.m., to share the true story of the night that changed the Second World War.
The secret raid against Germany’s Ruhr River dams took years to plan, involved an untried bomb, and included the best aircrews Allied Bomber Command could muster, many of them Canadian. The raid marked the first time the Allies tactically took the war inside Nazi Germany.
Every one of the 133 airmen on the mission understood the odds of survival were low. Of the 19 bombers outbound, eight did not return. The operation cost the lives of 53 airmen, including 14 Canadians. Of the 16 RCAF men who survived, seven received military decorations for valour.
Dam Busters is Barris’ 18th non-fiction book, published by HarperCollins. Two days following its release last fall, the book landed on the Globe & Mail’s bestsellers list, where it remained for seven weeks straight. His previous book, The Great Escape: A Canadian story, won the Libris Non-Fiction Book Award.
The free presentation takes place in the Meeting Room located on the bottom floor at the library. Light refreshments will be served. Barris will be available to chat following his presentation.
The reading is supported by funds from the Friends of the Lindsay Library.
Valentine's Day is an opportunity for couples to celebrate their love for each other, whether their relationship is relatively new or has endured through many years.
According to estimates by the National Retail Federation, Canadians could spend close to $2 billion on Valentine's Day this year. While chocolates and champagne are high on the list of most-purchased items for February 14th, couples should not feel beholden to tradition on Valentine's Day. This year may be the perfect time to try something new, even if it's out of couples' comfort zones.
Here are some novel ideas for couple's looking to set their celebrations apart.
Paint and sip:
Couples can take part in a growing trend this Valentine's Day. At paint-and-sip events, people are guided step-by-step through the process of painting their own masterpieces. Breaks are provided through the evening to indulge in beverages and snacks of choice. Couples can bring along a bottle or two of wine, or other non-alcoholic beverages, and a platter of cheeses, chocolates or other Valentine's Day fare. Those interested can inquire at their nearest paint and sip location, such as Pinot's Palette, for Valentine's Day specials.
Couples who are naturally competitive or devoted sports fans can enjoy the evening by engaging in some healthy competition. Some restaurants host trivia nights, or couples can head to the nearest arcade and battle it out. Panic and escape rooms are cropping up in towns across the country. These employ 60-minute real-life experiences in which participants must solve clues to escape the room. This can be a great bonding experience for fun-loving couples.
Although some couples may dine out on Valentine's Day, men and women who like to dabble in culinary arts can prepare their own meals from the comforts of their own kitchens. Others may want to enroll in classes that provide expert instruction from area chefs or culinary instructors. Cooking classes can be an ideal way to spend time together learning skills that can be put to use again and again.
Couples who like to push the envelope can explore the possibilities of thrill-seeking activities. Some may include bungee-jumping, hot-air balloon rides, taking laps at the racetrack, or hitting the ski slopes.
Valentine's Day might be a time for romance, but couples should not hesitate to buck tradition and spend the day together engaging in activities that accommodate their interests.
The 62nd annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival, will be held from Monday, February 11th until Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Again, this year, the venues for this popular event are the Sunderland Town Hall and the St. Andrew’s United Church, Sunderland.
The Festival will be officially opened this year by Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden on February 11th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Sunderland Town Hall, the home of the festival since its inception in 1958.
Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Piano classes will take place from February 11th to 15th. String classes will be on February 12 a.m., guitar classes in the p.m. Most of the vocal, instrumental and school choir classes will be during the week of February 19th to February 22nd, at both the Town Hall and United Church. The band sessions will be at Port Perry High School with a combination of elementary and secondary band performances and workshops, on Wednesday, February 20th and Thursday, February 21st, starting at 3:30 p.m. Please check the festival website for an exact timetable. Stars of the Festival Concerts, when winners are invited back for an encore performance, will be held at the Town Hall, from February 25th to February 28th with each evening performance, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children.
Programs cost $4 each and are available at the Port Perry School of Music; Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry; the Studio of Jennifer Neveu; Shopper’s Drug Mart in Uxbridge; in Sunderland at Pilgrim’s Home Hardware and Sunderland Guardian Pharmacy. A Festival Pass is available for $12, or admission to each individual session is $3. You may download the program, at www.sunderlandlionsmusicfestival.com.
The Music Festival Committee engages highly qualified adjudicators, who will assist participants in developing technique and encourage them in furthering their musical studies.
During the Festival, St. Andrew’s UCW will serve lunch daily, in the church banquet hall. Menus include homemade soups, sandwiches and delicious desserts at very reasonable prices.
The Music Festival Committee requests that participants and spectators park their vehicles in the parking facilities, adjacent to the Sunderland Arena, so the businesses on the main street can function normally.
We cordially invite one and all to attend the 2019 Sunderland Lions Music Festival.