UXBRIDGE: Leah Daniels came to Uxbridge Public School, on June 19th, to give the students a special end of year assembly.
The students were dressed in hats and boots for their western day, ready for Uxbridge’s own Ms. Daniels.
She performed covers like: Somebody Told Me, by the Killers; Let it Be. by the Beatles; and her own music like: First, To Get Her, and Nothing.
The students sang along waving their arms, especially when she sang Let it Go from Frozen and How Far I’ll Go from Moana.
“This is so cool for me,” Leah said.
She remembered coming to Uxbridge Public School to play against the school in volleyball and now she was back performing for them.
Growing up in Uxbridge, Leah Daniels took part in the local musical productions like Annie, Grease and West Side Story.
She told the students that while she tried out for the position of Anine, she was cast as one of the orphans instead, but she didn’t let that discourage her.
“That didn’t stop me, and I kept singing,”.
“We thought, since we had a strong music program and a strong interest in music here, and Leah was available, we would go with a music presentation,” Principal Deborah Sansford of Uxbridge Public School explained.
Lindsay Dawson, a French teacher at the school is cousins with Leah Daniels, so she arranged the event.
“I asked her if she would be interested,” Ms. Dawson said. “We thought it would be a good connection to music, to show kids a real-life connection.”
“Just to relate music, to the different areas you can go in music,” Ms. Dawson explained. “That it’s not just about the singing.”
“I can only sound so good on my own,” Leah Daniels told the students. She shared how she relies on her tech crew, her manager, and her band to perform.
“Yes, I am a singer, but I am also an entrepreneur.” She said, highlighting the fact she puts on different hats so she can do what she loves. From prompting and social media, to song writing and designing album cover art.
She gave copies of her new CD to all the students, and they crowded around her, getting signatures, at the risk of missing their buses.
Leah Daniels will be performing in the upcoming Uxbridge Hits Fest in Elgin Park, July 14th.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: A team of Port Perry High School students are HOSA Canada medical trivia champions and have qualified to compete in the international competition in Texas.
In late March, a team made up of students Lukas Fischer, Jay Mohile, Bret Walsh, and Caleb Weller competed at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Canada Bowl, held in Toronto, which is a trivia competition involving all aspects of health care.
On the first day of the conference, the team placed among the top eight, of the over 60 teams competing, which qualified them for the live competition on the second day of the conference.
On that second day of the competition, the team won all three of their matches, finishing in first place overall in the event, making them HOSA Canada HOSA Bowl 2018 champions, and qualifying them to compete at the HOSA International Leadership Conference being held this week.
Mr. Mohile said it was a “cool experience”, noting that, going into the competition, the team didn’t expect to do as well as they did.
However, only three of the four students on the team will compete in the international competition. Caleb Weller will not be heading to Texas to compete because of the timing of the event.
“The event is teams of three or four, and I have a brother that lives on the other side of the country, and he’s flying over specifically to see me graduate, so I’m not going,” Mr. Weller said.
During their time in Texas, when they are not competing, the group plans to do some sight seeing.
Mr. Mohile said this competition is a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Mr. Fischer said this competition is a chance for the group to prove what a small group of students from a small town high school can do.
Port Perry High School teacher Rebecca Brownson praised all four of the students.
“They are incredible young men. The four of them are very bright, they have an incredible work ethic and they are very eager to succeed,” she said.
The students also wanted to thank the Durham District School Board for their support.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Gardens really are for all to enjoy, and sometimes everyone in a community reaps the rewards.
A fine example is the community at Sienna Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence. Residents there, at 60 West Street in Bobcaygeon, are showing their community spirit by pitching in to support the Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom village project.
Staff, volunteers and residents kicked into high gear on May 22nd at their Garden Party & BBQ. The party-style planting event was arranged by head of the resident gardening committee Don Patterson, Activities Director Meghan McLoughlin, and volunteer Donna Kirchen. People got busy, including residents Noreen Dixon and Edie Warren who passed the day planting annuals of all colours in the raised beds.
Several gardens receive the care and attention needed to produce the flowers everyone enjoys all summer long. The front entry and courtyard gardens are planted and maintained by residents. Ed “Eddie” Lehman has taken charge of the tomato garden and, as in past years, when the crop is harvested it will be very welcome for all to share in the dining room. Residents and their families have also been busy planting the beds by their own patios, and planters are being displayed with pride.
A “think pink” garden was started several years ago by the family of resident Nancy Hickling in celebration of an important milestone – her 20-year survival after breast cancer. Nancy lovingly cares for the garden and annual urns, and says she enjoys people stopping to chat and sit awhile when she's outside tending the plants.
Bobcaygeon Community in Blooms volunteer co-ordinator Ann Adare said, “The judges and trolley toured our town on July 11th and 12th. Why not plan a gardening event in your neighborhood? Let’s all work together to help Bobcaygeon put our best foot forward this summer to show the judges just what a vibrant village we are.“
You can reach the Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom team at email@example.com and you can find more information on the project at www.BobcaygeonCommunitiesInBloom.com
SHIRLEY LOVE Special to The Standard
The June meeting, featuring container gardening by Jon Story from The Garden Path, was enjoyed by all, and each member was delighted to go home with a plant of their choice, which Jon generously handed out.
A successful Plant, Bake & Yard Sale on May 19th. Many thanks to the generosity of the following merchants who donated lovely prizes : Canadian Tire, Port Perry.
Home Hardware, Century Home Garden Centre, Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs.
The next meeting features Gini Sage and Karen Durnin speaking on Hydrangeas and if you want to know anything about this lovely plant, then this meeting is for you.
This is also the July 'Flower and Vegetable Show' and if the entries are as lovely as shown at the June meeting, this should be a spectacular show.
Don’t forget to wear a hat for the best hat contest. The best hat will win a prize, and you could be penalized if you don’t wear a hat.
July 27th - 29th, some of our members will be attending the Ontario Horticultural Convention in Kingston, hosted by District 3. This is a full day of seminars, meetings and bus tours.
It is great meeting with other gardeners from across Ontario and talking about our gardens.
Please join us on July 3rd, at 7:30 p.m., at the Nestleton Community Centre, 3971 Hwy. 7A, Nestleton. For more information please contact S. Love, at 905-986-5330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCUGOG: Explore new horizons and admire the artistic vision of the youth in our community at the annual exhibit from the Port Perry High School art department. The show will run June 9th – June 21st, 2018 in the Kent Farndale Gallery in the Scugog Memorial Public Library at 231 Water Street in Port Perry.
The work of between 30 and 50 students, primarily from the senior grades, will be represented in the show. The styles range from paintings, drawings, and sculpture, to mixed media and photography (both digital and film).
Come enjoy this celebration of the young talent in our town.