COLLEEN GREEN The Standard
The storm that started this weekend caused more than two hundred broken poles and downed power lines. It has now moved into eastern Ontario and continues to cause power outages. Hydro One crews have restored power to more than 300,000 customers but expects customers in parts of the province to be without power overnight and potentially into Wednesday. At press time about 82,000 customers are without power.
"As this storm system continues to cause outages, our crews are out in full force doing whatever they can to get the power back on for our valued customers," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer with Hydro One. "We appreciate the support we've received from our customers and know they are depending on us to help get life back to normal and we won't stop until we do that."
Just like fire fighters and police officers, Hydro One crews work to resolve emergencies in often the worse possible conditions. This particular storm was no exception. Our family experienced their hard work this past Monday. One of our neighbours trees lost two large limbs, taking out a hydro line and blocking our road. The force of the tree limb falling ripped the hydro line out of our neighbour's house. A good samaritan offered the use of his generator to our fellow neighbour until his power could be repaired.
A Hydro One crew was on the scene within hours to access the damage, resulting in our road being closed so crews could safely restore power.
According to Hydro One's website, the estimated time of power restoration for my neighourhood, south of Little Britain, was Wednesday at 8 p.m. However thanks to their hard work in treacherous weather we got our power back by 5 p.m. on Monday.
All available Hydro One crews are working to restore the damage. Additional staff is being sourced from neighbouring utilities to bolster the restoration efforts, as they become available after restoring their own systems. In addition to its own crews, Hydro One is receiving power restoration support from London Hydro, Entegrus, Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. and Centre Wellington Hydro.
Customers looking for information on power outages can call 1-800-434-1235, download the free Hydro One power outage app or visit www.HydroOne.com/stormcenter. Customers can also register to receive proactive personalized text or email alerts about power outages at HydroOne.com/MyAccount.
The 160 players named to rosters for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Gold Cup will have greater development opportunities and more training directly from Hockey Canada, thanks to a new format being introduced for the 2018 event. This is being done to create greater symmetry between the OHL Gold Cup and the National Under-17 Selection Camp, which is the next step for these players in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence.
“After five successful events under the old format, we are pleased to have developed a new structure which better serves the development of the players,” says Phillip McKee, of the OHL Gold Cup Steering Committee. “Working under the guidance of Hockey Canada staff, we believe this new format will help prepare Ontario players for the rigours of a national selection camp.”
New features of the OHL Gold Cup in 2018 include: three off-ice education sessions, dedicated position-specific practices, and a full-team game-day skate. Additionally, the format of the tournament itself has been updated, to feature three pool games and one crossover game on the final day. The OHL Gold Cup champion will be the winner of the A1 versus B1 crossover game.
OHL Gold Cup Rosters Released
The rosters for eight teams attending the OHL Gold Cup (ALLIANCE, GTHL Blue, GTHL Red, HEO, HNO, NOHA, OMHA Black and OMHA White) have been released and are attached or available at ohlgoldcup.com.
Highlights of the rosters include:
• All eligible players from the first round of the OHL Priority Selection have been named to OHL Gold Cup rosters (19 of the 20)
• 130 OHL Gold Cup players were picked in the OHL Priority Selection
• Top teams represented on rosters: Thunder Bay Kings (11), Sudbury Wolves (9), Toronto Marlboros (9), North Bay Trappers (8), Oakville Rangers (8), Mississauga Reps (7), Vaughan Kings (7), and Rockland Nationals (6)
• From the 2017 event, 22 OHL Gold Cup alumni were selected to play for Hockey Canada, at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
About the OHL Gold Cup
The OHL Gold Cup is an annual showcase event, featuring top under-16 talent in Ontario. As part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, select players from the OHL Gold Cup will be invited to attend the National Under-17 Selection Camp, where they will have a chance to compete with other top talent from across Canada, to earn a spot at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins held their postseason banquet on Monday, April 9th, at Scrambles in Uxbridge, to close the book on a successful 2017-18 season.
The event allowed the Bruins to recognize those responsible for helping operate the team over the course of the season: the executive board, players, staff, families and media members. As well, the team honoured several players with individual awards over the course of the evening. As well, Darryl Knight and Roger Varley named Michael Rennie the inaugural recipient of the new Media Award.
The team also had the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to head coach Rob Acton, who will be taking his talents up a peg in the hockey ladder next season.
Acton was recently named as head coach of the Junior ‘A’ Stouffville Spirit, after an impressive rookie campaign behind the Bruins’ bench that saw the team finish in third place in the regular season standings.
“I am really excited to take on this job,” Acton said. “Just being from Stouffville, having played for Stouffville and with my brother (Will) having played here makes it the job. I hoped this would happen some day, but I didn’t think it would happen this quickly.”
Coming off an improved season, the Bruins will have a new face behind the bench. But, the cupboard will be far from bare, with most of the team’s young core eligible to return in black and gold this fall.
The Bruins will lose three players graduating due to age: Adam Bartholomew, Jake Joosten and Derek Dolan.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge’s Haley Smith had the ride of her life last week, taking home the bronze medal in Mountain Biking, at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Ms. Smith finished behind a pair of English riders and just ahead of fellow Canadian, two-time Olympian Emily Batty, of Brooklin, on Thursday, April 12th.
Starting strong, and challenging for the lead through the first lap, on the 4.6 kilometre course, Smith stumbled on a steep climb, and had to work her way back to the front from seventh place.
Eventually, Smith would work her way past Batty on the fourth circuit, but the front-runners were out of her reach for the rest of the field.
“I didn't have a lot of expectations for a specific performance when I came here,” Smith explained in a Cycling Canada press release. “I struggled this week with believing that I deserved to be here, so my Games experience was about feeling the atmosphere and being confident in myself and my preparation.
“When I got to the start line, all I wanted to do was race and it worked out,” she continued. “The first climb has three technical up sections, and I think everybody had problems at least once during the race, but unfortunately mine was on the first lap. I kept my head down and kept at it, and it played out.”
This was the first Commonwealth Games appearance for the 22-year-old Uxbridge native, and veteran of the World Cup circuit. Canada had owned the podium in Women’s Mountain Biking since the sport was first introduced in 2002, winning Gold in all previous Games.
“This is a very different event (from world championships); this is a major Games, but it is a smaller field,” Smith explained. “There are some top international performers here, and I didn't really know what to expect of myself, and I don't know I can compare it to a world championships. But I'm really happy, and this is something I will have for the rest of my life. I feel very proud and humbled, and fulfilled.”
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
Herrington’s Quality Butchers won over Canadian Tire, 10-8. Scoring for Herrington’s Quality Butchers were Jackson Powell (8) and Max Silverwood (2). Canadian Tire’s goal scorers were Griffen Jones (6) and Luke Shisko (2).
The champs for the tyke division were Hunter Sports Photography, after beating W.O. Insurance, 3-2. Hunter Sports Photography’s goal scorers were Mitchell Blakley (2) and Trayson Jewellz, with assists from Blake Morden and Blakley. Scoring for W.O. Insurance were Lucas White and Avery Chambers, with an assist from Onyx Kench.
Krown Rust Control took the win over Scugog House Cleaners, 6-5. Krown Rust Control’s goal scorers were Ethan Binns (3), Joel Morrow (2), and Jackson VanKessel. Morrow also earned one assist. Scoring for Scugog House Cleaners were Carter Scott (3), Ryan White and Korbin Barr-Waudby.
Unifor Local 1090 won over J.F. Construction, 13-10, to earn the championship. Unifor Local 1090 had goals from Cole Price (9), Liam Craigen (2) and Caitlyn Milford (2). Assisting were Price, Milford and Lucas Culbert-Castelo. J.F. Construction’s goal scorers were Liam Shisko (7), Charlie Langford, Addison Noakes and William Aldridge. Assisting were Noakes (2) and Langford.
Port Perry Dental Associates beat out Buck’s Construx, 4-3. Port Perry Dental Associates had goals by James Leith (3) and Oliver Worona. Assisting were Hunter Doble and Worona. Buck’s Construx goals came from Merrick Lawson (2) and Nick Smurthwaite, with an assist from Ethan Powell.
Low & Low Funeral Directors ended the season on top, beating Eco Water Systems in the final game, 12-1. Low & Low Funeral Directors goal scorers were Ryan Vernon (5), Cohen Cabral (3), Jackson Cole (2) and Jessi Stokes (2). Cole (3) and Cabral also made assists. Scoring the single goal from Eco Water Systems was Nolan Keith, who was assisted by Franklyn Sleep and Austin Dale.
PEEWEE / BANTAM:
All Flags Auto Service beat out Cochrane Tree Service, 8-2. All Flags Auto Service had goals by Tyler Malarczuk (6), Brooklyn Pall and Lance Miller. Assisting were Deanna Shaw, Cole Stephens and Dylan Grant. Cochrane Tree Service’s goals were by Lucas Braband (2), with Thomas Langford assisting.
Goble Transport won the division, after facing Mondo Hair Salon and winning, 5-4. Goble Transport’s goal scorers were Logan Kveton-Roy, Adam Goble, Tyler Moore, Leah Seeney and Bailey Wilson. Moore also made one assist. Scoring for Mondo Hair Salon were Bradley Hext (3) and Braedon Byer, with an assist from James Shier.
Luchka Float Service won against Urban Landscape Solutions, 4-3. Luchka Float Service had goals from Cael Williams, Leam Maisonneuve and Allison Brewster. Assisting were Maisonneuve and Jordain Jolicoeur. Urban Landscape Solutions had goals by Sean Ashby (2) and Chad Arney, with an assist from Karrah Mulligan.
The Comfort Shoppe earned the title of Champion, after winning against Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz, 11-3. The Comfort Shoppe’s goal scorers were Corey Van Camp (4), Jake Buchanan (3), Benjamin Sargent (2), Cameron Barkey and Hannah Buchanan. Assisting were Katie Brown (2), Natasha Ashby, Barkey and Jake Buchanan. Rebecca McGarvey – Remax Jazz had goals by Aidan Braband (2) and Lane Horton, with assists by Sierra Frew and Horton.
Thanks for a great season to all players, coaches, refs and league organizers!
JACQUELINE DEMPSTER-O’HALLORAN Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Time to dust off the old mitt and get ready for another fantastic fun filled summer with Port Perry Minor Softball.
Being in shape at the start of the softball season helps you perform and stay healthy the entire season. That is why we have continued to provide our annual winter Pitching Clinic.
Once again, we are fortunate enough to have expertise training provided by Ryan Swift and Scott Perry of SpinMaster Pitching School.
Six weeks into the sessions, the participants are working diligently on some of their pitching mechanics; like mastering proper grip, achieving accurate stance and applying correct arm rotation. We anticipate rolling out some good pitchers by the end of this clinic and it’s going to be an exciting season for everyone.
Our new website is leaguelineup/portperrysoftball.com
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UXBRIDGE: Durham police are looking to the public to help identify two suspects, who recently used stolen gift cards that were taken from a break and enter at an Uxbridge church.
According to police, on Tuesday, March 13th, at approximately 9:00 a.m., members of North Division responded to a break and enter call at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, on Toronto Street South in Uxbridge. The suspect(s) broke into the property sometime overnight and into a safe, stealing numerous electronic gift cards. These gift cards belonged to Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.
Two suspects were seen utilizing these stolen cards at grocery stores in Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby. One suspect is described by police as male, white, in his forties, with short brown hair, wearing prescription glasses, a dark jacket with tan collar and tanned pants. The second suspect is described as male, white, in his forties, medium build, short hair, goatee, wearing a hooded Under Armour sweater and dark pants.
The suspect vehicle is believed to be a red Dodge Challenger.
Police have released photos of the suspects that can be seen online, at www.drps.ca under Newsroom.
Anyone with new information about these break and enters is asked to contact D/Cst. Fisher of North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2674.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477, or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: By simply filling out an online customer experience survey, after shopping at Vos Independent in Port Perry, Anthony Gledhill of Blackstock was entered into a Loblaws contest and was later named a winner of $5,000.
Every month, the company conducts a draw and rewards one customer, across Canada, who filled out a survey at storeopinion.ca with either $5,000 or 1,000,000 PC Optimum points.
Mr. Gledhill was named the winner of the February draw, and recently received the $5,000 cheque.
“You never expect to win that kind of amount, and I’m absolutely thrilled,” Mr. Gledhill said. “I would like to thank the Voses, [and] I thank Loblaws for allowing me to do it and win. It’s fantastic."
Mr. Gledhill was the second person who shopped at the Port Perry store to win the contest. Store owner Terry Vos spoke about what it means, for the store to have a second winner in the draw of customer responses nation wide.
“What it means for us is, people in our area are actually responding at a very good rate,” he said. “You’ve got all these people across the country filling out the same application and here we are at this little North Durham store and we’ve got two winners.”
Loblaws has been running this program for approximately three and a half years now, according to Mr. Vos.
If your vehicle isn't as smooth to drive, after a few years, it probably has something to do with its suspension system. This is called ride control. It's really a combination of all the factors that determine how well your car, truck or SUV navigates the road while it's in motion.
Many believe ride comfort is the main reason shocks or struts may need replacing. However, ride control is especially important with today's antilock brake and stability control systems, as well as electronic suspensions and self-leveling suspensions.
With all these variables, however, the vehicle's suspension system, including the shocks, struts, and springs, must be in good condition. Worn suspension components may reduce the stability of the vehicle and passenger comfort. Even more concerning, it can reduce your braking distance.
Worn out shock absorbers not only affect your ride, they will impact wear and tear on your tires, because when shocks get bad enough, they will affect how well your tires contact the road. Bad shocks often cause what's known as “cupping,” where you can see small patches of heavy wear created when a tire bounces as it rolls. Steering stability and control will be improved and excessive wear on tires will be reduced by eliminating excessive bounce or vibration.
It only takes a few minutes to conduct an electronic shock or bounce test, to ensure your shock absorbers and suspension systems are operating efficiently. Preventive maintenance is the key to avoiding more expensive repairs down the road and keeping you and your passengers safe.
If your vehicle's suspension system is telling you it needs to be checked and new shocks are needed, don't hesitate to replace them.
J. Wally Nesbitt Special to The Standard
Stouffville’s Ed Hakonson Racing will return as a full-time entrant in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series this year, and has signed 25-year-old Cole Powell to pilot the No. 3 Team 3 Red Chevrolet Camaro, in all 13 events on the 2018 NPS tour.
Powell comes to the E.H.R. team with a resume that includes success not only in Southern Ontario, but also south of the border. The Mount Brydges, ON resident has raced on the CRA Super Series and All Star tour, as well as in the intensely competitive ARCA and Whelen Modified series. Most recently, Powell has entered a handful of contests in the Southern Ontario-based APC United Late Model series, his efforts resulting in one pole position, one win and a trio of top ten, finished in just five, race starts.
“We stepped back from the sport for a couple of years to deal with some family stuff, but then we began looking for the right deal, something that we could get into on a full time basis,” explained Powell. “We started talking with (team owner) Ed (Hakonson) and (driver) Jay (Jason Hathaway), saw the potential of a strong partnership, and came to an agreement for this year.”
Although still finalizing sponsorship, in order to run the full campaign, Powell is confident of success in his Pinty’s Series rookie season.
“I’ve been to the E.H.R. shop, met with the team members and seen the equipment, it’s all first rate. Jay will be my ‘go-to’ guy this year if I have any questions. He’s been at this a long time, he knows the series, the tracks, and the drivers as well as anyone.”
Vastly experienced on ovals, Powell recognizes his road racing skills will need development.
“I’m kind of behind the eight ball on road courses, but we’ve got some pre-season test days scheduled at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. I understand, that can be a bit of an intimidating track, but if I can come to terms with that one, I feel better about our chances when we get to Toronto and Quebec (Trois Rivieres).”
He continued, “A lot of the short ovals that I’ve run on in the States are similar to the ones on the Pinty’s tour. I think I’ll be able to adapt to those tracks pretty quickly. And I have raced at New Hampshire before, that should give me a bit of a head start over the other drivers.”
The season opener for Cole Powell, Team 3 Red, and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will take place over the Victoria Day SpeedFest weekend, where Canada’s only professional stock car racing series will be the headlining event, at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
For fans of the regional road racing scene, the CASC-OR calendar begins one week prior to the NASCAR date, May 12th/13th, with the BEMC Spring Trophy Races. This inaugural 2018 racing event also marks the first Motorsport Marshalling Service school of the year, geared at introducing potential race marshals to the intricacies of the sport, from a safety stand point.
If you are looking to become a vital part of the motorsports fraternity, while enjoying the second-best seat at the track, the MMS would love to hear from you. For complete details and requirements, in regards to becoming a race marshal, visit the MMS website, at www.motorsportmarshalling.on.ca. arshalling.on.ca.