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The cast of Fame reaches for the stars in Uxbridge Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of the award-winning musical, which opens at the Uxbridge Music Hall Thursday evening. For complete show details, see pages 4 and 12.
Photo by Lezley Woodhams




Victorian medicine reveals tricks and treatments of the trade

Why would a Victorian doctor carry a scarificator in his medical bag? How was surgical pain prevented in Victorian times? Why were early hospitals ‘gateways of death’ rather than ‘places of healing’?
All these questions and more will be answered on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m., when historian and former nurse Nancy MacLeod brings her Victorian Medicine Show to the Uxbridge Historical Centre.
Last year, Ms. MacLeod wowed us with her collection of Victorian fashions and knowledge of Victorian culture and customs. This year, Ms. MacLeod brings her knowledge of Victorian medicinal practices and her collection of tools, tonics and devices, items of a much more gruesome nature, to the Historical Centre.
Guests of the show will enjoy a fascinating display and demonstration of antique and reproduction medical equipment and treatments. Ms MacLeod’s presentation is engaging, jaw dropping and shared with humour and discretion. You will come away with new insights into Victorian beliefs, treatments, and quackery. Due to the mature nature of some content in the presentation, it is recommended that only adults attend the presentation.
This presentation is a fundraiser for the Uxbridge Historical Centre and all proceeds will help support the local community history museum. Admission is by donation, and there is limited space so make sure you arrive early. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the Medicine Show starts at 7 p.m. A question period and light refreshments will follow the presentation.
For more information, contact the museum at 905-852-5854 or museum@town.uxbridge.on.ca.




Simmonds’ Quest for Gold win a jump closer to PanAm Games

Submitted by Courtney Lawson

Uxbridge native April Simmonds negotiates a unique jump on her horse, Impressively Done, in Florida, where she trains.
Photo by Shannon Brinkman

Uxbridge student and equestrian athlete April Simmonds has been selected to receive the Quest for Gold award from the Ontario Athlete Assistance Program through the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport. April competes in in the discipline of Eventing.
The award she has won offers $5,000 in support for coaching, training, and competition costs.
The Quest for Gold Program, now in its 10th year, provides support to Ontario’s amateur high-performance athletes based on their demonstrated commitment, allowing them to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition.
“I am honoured to have be chosen for this award in my sport,” says Simmonds. “Two years ago I set a personal goal to represent Canada at the Pan Am games here in Toronto. The intensity and cost of the training involved makes this award a real encouragement to me personally and so helpful right at this time.”
Along with a dozen other Canadian riders, April is contending for selection to the Canadian Pan Am Team, which will be chosen the week of June 8. Not only has she and her horse, Impressively Done, had to qualify as a pair at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) CCI 2 star level, she also had to be in her 18th year, making her the youngest rider that can be selected.
Impressively Done is a nine year-old thoroughbred gelding that April has owned for four years. In July 2014, they won a bronze medal at the NAJYRC (North American Junior Young Rider Championships) in Lexington, Kentucky, where riders under the age of 21 from all over the continent compete.
Simmonds is up against some tough competition – including her own coach, Olympian Jessica Phoenix, the top Eventer in Canada, who also grew up in Uxbridge. They have often talked about how fun it would be to compete together as coach and student. The final selection for the team of six riders will be made following a competition in Bromont, Quebec on June 2 – 7.
Since she was in grade 7, Simmonds has been training in Florida during the winter months, achieving her educational requirements through online learning in the second semester. She is a student at Uxbridge Secondary School.
For the non-rider, “Eventing” is the equine equivalent of the triathlon — which combines the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross-country. The Dressage phase begins every eventing competition, and comprises a set series of movements performed in an enclosed arena. Precision, smoothness, suppleness and complete obedience show off the horse’s responsiveness.
Next is the Cross-Country test, which is designed to prove the partnership of the horse and rider. It also showcases the horse’s courage, speed, endurance, and jumping ability over varied terrain, through water and over obstacles such as logs, stone walls or hedges.
The third and final test takes place in the show jumping arena. A show jumping course comprises a series of coloured fences made up of rails that are easily knocked down. This final phase tests the stamina and recovery of the horse after the Cross Country phase and shows the precision and jumping ability of the partnership.


Let’s Get Happy

with Jacquie Hermans
Inspirational Comedian & Emotional Intelligence Specialist

I did It!

I completed my first ever two-day juice cleanse! Trisha Bush from The Bar Café & Market (Brock and Main, Uxbridge) provided my organic juices for the two days, along with coconut water and chamomile tea. I am more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl, so when it came to the juice cleanse I was excited that Trisha was doing all of the planning and preparation for me.
A day before the cleanse, a couple of people who were getting ready for the cleanse themselves told me of their preparations, such as getting off coffee, eating vegetarian, purchasing their produce, and it didn’t even occur to me that I should do some mental, emotional or physical preparations myself.
On Friday morning, DAY 1 of the cleanse, I began the day with a gentle forest walk, nothing too strenuous. When I got home I went into the fridge to put a lunch together for my son and noticed left over chicken legs and a half a hamburger patty and suddenly realized that I wasn’t “allowed” to eat that delicious food. “Can I do this?” Fear emerged, along with the realization that maybe I should have mentally prepared myself. I also had the thought “I normally have Matcha green tea in the morning. Is caffeine a bad combo with a juice cleanse?”
I ran to my computer and did a Google search on juice cleanses and found that eliminating all caffeine is recommended. The weight of the info settled in and I said to myself, “You can do this! It’s only two days.”
I drank a bunch of water, took my kids to school, then went to see Trisha to get my five juices for the day. She provided me with three green juices, one orange, one red, and a litre of coconut water. Each of the bottles were numbered. Trisha told me to evenly spread out the juices throughout the day - start at 10 a.m., have one every two and a half to three hours, and have the last juice just before bed.
In between juices I was to drink herbal tea, water, and coconut water to get an extra boost of energy mid-day.
The first day of the cleanse I felt amazing. Surprisingly I had lots of energy, no headaches (which I was warned could happen) and I didn’t need to nap. Trisha warned me how much of a mental game a cleanse is. Every time I thought about food I focused my attention on the excitement of tasting the next delicious juice. Because Trisha had made them for me, I didn’t know what the veggie/fruit combo would be, so it added to the adventure of the process. As I drank each juice, I sat down, as if it were a “real” meal and savored every sip and was in gratitude for the amazing nutrients I could feel coursing through my body.
On Friday night we decided to join friends to go to the movies. Don’t tell the Roxy, but I snuck my dinner juice into the theatre so I could savor that while my kids were sucking back their popcorn.
I stayed up until 11 p.m. and didn’t go to bed feeling hungry. The next morning I started my day with a walk and water, had my first juice at 10 a.m. and did a few errands. At 2 p.m. I went to The Bar Café and Market to meet a friend who was also on a juice cleanse. We had a nice chat and a sampling of a juice she made. She commented on how vibrant I was. I did feel amazing, so light, maybe even a little spacy and definitely giddy.
My number 3 and 4 green juices for the day were quite sweet with pineapple in them. They were tasty, but too sweet for me. When my daughters took a sip, the sweetness was confirmed, they loved them!
By 3:30 p.m., I felt sluggish. I needed to veg out (no pun intended!) on the couch. While I lay there, thoughts of food came up…”Wouldn’t it be so nice to have a slice of toast?” I found myself, looking at the clock, longing for my next juice. I had to tell myself, “When you wake up in the morning you can eat whatever you want!”
I may not have timed this cleanse perfectly, because we were heading to an anniversary celebration at a brunch buffet. I asked the omelette station to pack mine with veggies (skipping the cheese). I added shrimp to my plate, four potato slices and one sausage (yummy!) and finished it off with fresh fruit and a tablespoon of rice pudding. It seemed like the best meal I had ever eaten.
I treated myself to an Iced Cap on the way home-not the best after a cleanse, but I enjoyed ever sip!
Overall, my body got a reboot and has been retrained to savor and indulge in more veggies and fruits.
Along with being in gratitude for food, my skin looks amazing.
Will I do a juice cleanse again? Yes! I’d actually like to challenge myself to a five-day cleanse in September. If you’d like to join me we can support each other. For now, I will continue to juice once, maybe twice a day, because it truly feels so good! When it’s time for the cleanse, I would love to have the assistance of Trisha Bush again; not having to plan for the recipes or clean my juicer all day was so incredibly helpful!
Join me at my next Light’n Up Women’s Circle on Sunday, June 7, from 1 – 3 p.m. at 14 Testa Road (recommended donation $20).
You can still drop in to the Play with Me program at the Library. Monday nights from 7 – 8 p.m. It runs until June 8. Fun for the whole family!




Still no clue why Service shut down

by Michael Clark

There are some Uxbridge residents still discovering that the ServiceOntario Centre that was located in Technology Square, on Main St. N., has been closed for two weeks. Many more are not happy that residents were neither warned about the centre’s imminent closing, nor was alternate location information readily available.
“All we got was a small note on the door when we got there,” said Bailey Cooper. “I didn’t have time to drive all over and get all the stuff I needed to get done. It was really inconvenient.”
Some of the residents who show up at the centre are still surprised by the empty office and the little information that is given on why it closed. The centre did not provide any advanced notice when it closed its doors on May 6.
Another disappointed resident recalled that the Service Ontario center seemed to be operating as usual on May 5, but, according to him, “The next day they just packed up and left!” exclaimed Roy Stevenson. “I was there on the Tuesday, and it all looked normal to me!”
The Beaverton Service Ontario location, which was owned by the same operator as the Uxbridge centre, was also shut down the same day.
It hasn’t just been customers that have been left wondering why the centre closed unexpectedly, but other ServiceOntario centre owners were wondering the same thing as well.
David Waite, who runs the Port Perry Service Ontario centre, says he found out about the Uxbridge centre closing on May 6 from the customers who started coming to his location that day.
ServiceOntario is not offering any explanation for why the centres were closed down, except to say that it was for “personal reasons”. There is also no available timeline as to when another centre may open in Uxbridge; the ServiceOntario website only cites the Uxbridge centre as being “closed until further notice”.
Having a ServiceOntario centre in Uxbridge is seen as essential to many residents.
“It’s so convenient, to have it here, rather than drive someplace else,” says Bailey Cooper. “There are so many things, and you can’t always wait to do them online.”
ServiceOntario centres vary in what they can provide to their clients; the Uxbridge location provided both driver and vehicle services, including drivers’ licences and renewals, plate permits and renewals, off-road vehicle permits, snowmobile permits, and accessible parking permits. The centre also offered health card replacement services, and photo identification for those without drivers’ licences.
For the foreseeable future, these and other ServiceOntario services will have to be obtained at the Port Perry counter, at 72 Water Street; and at the Stouffville counter, Unit 106, 37 Sandiford Drive (these two locations offer the same services as the Uxbridge Centre did). If residents need more, then a complete list of all online services can be accessed through www.serviceontario.ca.


Tiger Talk

with Alysa Wilson

The Students’ Take

Five weeks, 23 days, and 138 hours; as of press time, that’s how long students of Uxbridge Secondary School have been prohibited from attending classes due to the Durham District School Board’s (DDSB) strike, beginning on April 20th, and there is no end in sight.
This excludes the numerous hours students usually spend with clubs, committees, and teams, preparing to represent USS in a variety of competitions and shows. These opportunities have been taken away due to the lack of cooperation between the provincial government and the teachers’ union.
Who is this strike benefiting, according to board and union leaders? The students. Who is forfeiting the majority of educationally based opportunities due to the strike? The students. Whose futures are uncertain in post-secondary education systems due to the strike? You guessed it.
James Hare, a Grade 12 who is ‘Student Trustee’ of the 2014-2015 year at USS, believes “The OSSTF strike has dragged on for far too long. Students taking Grade 12 math and science courses, as well as Grade 10s who are in Civics or Careers, seem to be the hardest hit group of youth.” The students of these courses will not receive the training required to be completely successful in the following years of education, as the information they were supposed to receive from the curriculum will not be completed.
James also points out the issue if students are sent back to school in the coming weeks: “The strike has lasted longer than all of our school holidays combined, and I think it is going to be really challenging for students to get back into the classroom- as if it was September all over again- and then dive right back into missed ISUs, unit tests, and assignments on top of the accelerated course load.”
Senior student Kennedy Clarke views the strike as unfair to the graduating class of 2015: “Personally I feel like we're getting lost in all of this! I mean, just last week, (Education Minister Liz) Sandals released a statement saying that they are just now going to that committee and asking if our year is in jeopardy, but all you have to do is ask the Grade 12 students! We don't know what's happening with graduation or getting diplomas and our university plans are up in the air!” exclaims Kennedy.
“It's kind of the worst time of year to have a strike, being a key time for academics and extracurriculars, so it's really not fair to us.”
Olivia Wilson, in Grade 11, was a part of the leadership committee at USS, which has planned all year for an event called “Leadership Camp”, used to equip younger students in leadership roles in the school. Unfortunately due to the strike, the camp was postponed and then cancelled, with months of preparation down going the drain.
In addition to the cancelled camp, the “Relay for Life” event at the school has been cancelled, and the Prom Committee at USS was scrambling to organize prom, which has been saved thanks to parent volunteers. They did, however, lose sales on tickets due to the miscommunication and limitations brought on by the strike.
The strike has, in addition, taken away the social aspects of high school as some students, especially the ones who do not drive and live outside of town, find it difficult to get together with their peers, therefore disrupting the friendships which were just beginning to develop in their USS experience.
Scholarships have also been lost, as some students found themselves sometimes as little as one per cent down from a cut off for financial assistance, which could have been remedied had they more time to pull up their grades.
Whether they return next week or not at all, the students of USS have undergone an experience which has hit their education, social lives, and finances hard. The union and board say that the strike is to benefit the students and yes, it may for the students of tomorrow, but what about the cost to the students of today?

Fun about town

Uxbridge appears to have gotten on its goofy in these photos! Top left: Uxbridge Cottage Hospital’s team for the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike fundraiser pedals out of Elgin Park. The team raised $5,000, and was one of four bikes that rode through town on Tuesday morning.
Photo by Shelagh Damus.

Members of Council and shoppers at Zehrs gathered for a group shot in the parking lot of the grocery store on Saturday morning. They were out to gather support for Uxbridge’s bid for $250,000 worth of sports equipment Fun about town from Kraft’s Project play.
Photo by John Cavers

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Get paid to grow

Can’t see the forest because there aren’t any trees? Get planting with help from Forests Ontario.
Forests Ontario is offering generous tree planting subsidies to landowners who qualify for the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree Program.
Started in 2008, the 50 Million Tree Program is trying to increase Ontario’s forest cover by planting on marginal farmland and other idle, yet productive land areas. Landowners with a productive area of one hectare or larger may be eligible. Forests Ontario connects interested landowners with local planting partners who assess each individual property to provide a thoughtfully designed planting scheme tailored for the land, plus advice on tree maintenance and management. Glenn McLeod is Uxbridge’s Forests Ontario Field advisor, and he will work with landowners to find the best solution for their property. Planting windbreaks, pond edges or marginal land can improve farm operation. Simple hedgerows can have benefits for both crops and wildlife. Planting trees on helps fight climate change, increases wildlife habitat, can improve water conservation, increase property values, and leave a legacy for future generations. In return, landowners must have one productive hectare; ensure that their land is open and has not been defined by the Forestry Act as a woodland since Dec., 1989; sign a 15-year management agreement in order to maintain the trees; and use good forestry practices as instructed.
Through the program, landowners are able to access subsidies covering up to 85 per cent of total planting costs, as well as practical support and ongoing forest management assistance.
Find out more about the 50 Million Tree Program at www.forestsontario.ca or contact Glenn McLeod at 905 342 2415 or at gmcleod@forestsontario.ca.

Tour features place to ‘Mellow’ out

by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove

The popular Uxbridge Tour of Homes, presented by the women of Trinity United Church, is all set for Saturday, June 6, and this year’s line-up features several gems from both in town and out in the country.
One house that many Uxbridge residents are often curious about that is on the tour is the Bascom-Mellow House on Main Street.
The house, originally built in 1863, is one of the best preserved frame homes in Uxbridge. It was built by Dr. Joseph Bascom for his home and medical practice in the Classical Revival style of the period. The house was originally built as a one-and-a-half storey home, but the roof was raised around 1880, and the doctor's
office was added at that time. During this period the elaborate gingerbread, barge boards and rare window valences were added. The exterior of the original house looks very much as it did when built over 150 years ago.
The interior features of the house include original paint graining and marbling on much of the woodwork, 14" baseboards, original stained glass windows at the entrances, bevelled glass doors, hardwood floors and an ornate centre hall stairway. The interior of the doctor's dispensary is preserved as it was in Dr. Mellow's time. The home was completely renovated in 2007, and the kitchen was featured on the cover of Style at Home magazine in 2009. The walk-out basement level is unique for a home of its era with full height ceilings.
The Bascom-Mellow home was recognized by the Province as historically significant and is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and was named by the Town of Uxbridge as their Centennial Home in 1972. The house's several architectural styles, its history of use as a physician's residence and office, and the excellent documentation available on the house combine to make it a significant feature of Uxbridge's heritage.
The 45th Annual Tour of Homes begins at 12 noon on June 6, until 5 p.m. Advanced tickets of $18 are available at Pharmasave, Shoppers Drug Mart, and at the Trinity United Church Office. In Port Perry they are available at Luke’s Country Store, and in Stouffville at IDA Pharmacy. On the day of the tour, tickets will be $20. Tea and cookies are included. The tour is for adults only, and slippers must be worn while touring the various homes.
For complete details on the tour, call the church office at 905-852-6213 or visit www.trinityuxbridge.com.

Leaskdale News

with Helen Harrison

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend; time to welcome spring, open the cottage, as well as planting gardens and flowers.
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the Leppard Family on the passing of Verna Leppard. Verna was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A service of remembrance was held at Low and Low Funeral Home in Uxbridge on May 2. Condolences also to her brother, Gordon Harrison, his wife Mary, and their family.
Anderson James Mac Mustard, infant son of Chris and Jill Mustard, received the Sacrament of Baptism at St. Paul's Leaskdale on Sunday, April 26.
The Men's Retreat will take place June 5 - 7, at Camp Mini-Yo-We, in Port Sydney. Sign up with Paul Meek at meekelectic@gmail.com
Rooster Chips (adjacent to Leaskdale Country Store) is now open for the season! Stop by for fries, burgers, shakes, and other goodies, and enjoy.
SonSpark Labs Summer Camp at St. Paul's Leaskdale will take place during the week of July 6 - 10. They need volunteers to run the camp, decorate, lead singing, drama, nursing, closing program, campout leaders etc. To register for the camp online, or for more information www.stpaulsleaskdale.com. A few application forms are available at the church.

Read-in might put
Uxbridge on the
lierary map

Uxbridge is a community that loves to read, and on Friday, May 29, it’s going public with its love for the written word. e Township of Uxbridge, Teacher-Librarians from Uxbridge, Goodwood and Port Perry, and the staff at Blue Heron Books have joined together for a car-stopping, flash-mob, read-in event, which will take place from 1 – 2 p.m., right along Brock St. Elementary students, teachers, family and friends will parade to Brock St. armed with books, chalk and folding chairs to share quotes by favourite authors. Young readers will be delighted that Geronimo Stilton and Captain Underpants will be making an appearance at the event. is event also kicks off the in-store Blue Heron Books Book Fair, which supports local schools. For four days, June 1 – 4, customers may apply their purchases to the local school of their choice, with a portion of sales going to the respective school. Each day a different Canadian children’s author will be in-store and showcased. Confirmed authors include Vikki Vansickle, Helaine Becker, Rebecca Bender and Wes King. In addition, loose change will be accepted in the Buckets of Change program to support Creation of Hope, a charity organized by Order of Canada recipient and author, Eric Walters. Buckets of Change provides basic necessities and education opportunities to orphans in Africa. On a literary map of Canada, Uxbridge is pretty well represented. Home to Blue Heron Books, two time winner of the CBA Libris Award for Canadian Bookseller of the Year; Ted Barris, Globe and Mail bestselling author; and one time home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, who wrote 11 of her 22 novels in nearby Leaskdale, Uxbridge is increasingly becoming a regular stop on the literary tours of well-known Canadian and international authors. e Hypatia Book Club has been in existence for over 100 years, and our library has the distinction of being the oldest building in Ontario, originally built as a library, still functioning as a library.
For a small town, Uxbridge has a long history of literary success and familiarity. One would think it would be a shoo-in for the title “Reading Town Canada”. Last year, the honour was bestowed on Red Deer, AB. is year, Charlottetown, PEI has been named Reading Town. is title bestowment was designed to bring awareness of the positive effects of literacy. Uxbridge deserves to be chosen “Reading Town Canada 2016” by the National Reading Campaign, and Council is showing support for this through its willingness to close down roads during the May 29 reading
celebration. Come out and show your support either on Brock St. on the 29th, or at Blue Heron Books the first four days of June. All are welcome to join this fun-filled event and enjoy the many benefits of reading. You can share your reading photos online at #ReadIN.

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