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GOOD FORM
Nancy Norris, a member of a bowling group for seniors, kept her eye on the ball at Parish Lanes on Monday. The group meets weekly at the local bowling lanes for fun, prizes, and some great indoor exercise during the winter months. Parish Lanes features both regular and glow-in-the-dark five-pin bowling for all ages on its 12 lanes. Photo by John Cavers

 

Inside This Week’s Cosmos
Budget slims down . . . 6
Tribute to Ron Tindley . . . 8
Two teams are Stars . . . 9
Bruins on a roll . . . 9

 

 

Local Council

 

 Council trims $650,000 from proposed budget

by Roger Varley

By the end of Tuesday night's budget discussions, councillors had cut between $650,000 and $700,000 in expenditures from the 2015 budget as it was initially presented. And Councillor Pat Molloy, chair of the finance committee, said he expects council to find more savings when the second round of discussions begins tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Tuesday's session began with councillors debating where they need to go in the next few years and how to get there. The difficulties they face in attempting to keep costs down in the face of declining revenues was evident in their faces and in their voices.
Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Svelnis, talking about $20,000 she had requested to formulate a "corporate plan", said it would set council's goals for the next five years, but added that such a plan could be affected by continuing cuts to funding from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund.
"If OMPF cuts continue, we might have to talk about what we can do without," she said.
Councillor Pat Mikuse said she would rather see a business plan, similar to one drawn up by Scugog council.
"We need to know what direction we're going," she said. "We have to look at what we need, not what we want."
Ms. Svelnis admitted that a corporate plan would have loftier goals than a business plan, and eventually agreed with councillors that the requested $20,000 could be cut from the budget.
That set a whole list of cuts in motion: $5,000 here, $3,000 there, until by the end of the night $153,900 had been pared from expenditures. Many of the cuts came from repairs and maintenance budgets for the various township facilities.
After discussing the extremely small budget of economic development, resident Brad Buss, who is also president of the Uxbridge Historical Society, asked whether it is time for the township to hire an economic development officer whose mandate it would be to draw more revenue into the township. Councillor Gordon Highet said the subject of an economic development officer, who would also be a communications officer, would be discussed near the end of the budget process.
On the financial activities file, the revenue side showed the township collected almost half-a-million dollars in both 2013 and 2014 from penalties and interest on property taxes. Asked whether those figures indicated some residents were having trouble paying their property taxes, Treasurer Donna Condon said she did not think that was the case.
One item that was cut was the summer and fall weekend horse-and-wagon rides from the train station, even though the cut would have no affect on the budget, since the cost of providing the service was covered by donations from corporate sponsors. Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said she did not think it right for the township to be seeking sponsors for the rides since they only benefitted the York Durham Heritage Railway. She said it would be more beneficial for Uxbridge if train riders walked into the downtown for an ice cream or cup of coffee and a chance to see what local stores have to offer instead of riding the wagon around a couple of streets and then heading back to the train station. The mayor noted that train ridership has increased steadily over the past few years and the YDHR should be able to pay for the wagon rides themselves.
Nevertheless, Michael Whiston, a member of the tourism committee, said he was disappointed in the decision to cut the rides.
At the end of the meeting, although Mr. Molloy announced how much had been cut from the budget so far, he would not say what the tax rate would likely be at this stage. However, given that he has regularly said that approximately $100,000 represents one per cent, cutting up to $700,000 would translate into about a seven-per-cent reduction from the 11.2-per-cent increase the original budget represented.

 

Let’s Get Happy

with Jacquie Hermans
Inspirational Comedian & Emotional Intelligence Specialist

Catching Those Emotions To Create A Shift

Having a regular awareness of where your emotions are provides you with the opportunity to shift your thoughts to create a happier day. All of your thoughts impact your holistic health, your interactions and your “reality”. Your thoughts determine whether you'll have a bad day, a good day or a great day.
Every single thought you have immediately creates an emotion within you that produces an energy, which impacts the cells of your body. The energy you generate either helps you to feel lighter and energized or it can create a heaviness or density within you.
Your thoughts can determine your happiness level, and the energy they produce radiates off of you, impacting your interactions with others.
For this week’s article, I want to focus on creating an awareness of your emotions so you can shift your thoughts to enhance the way you feel, while increasing your personal JOY and the positive impact you have on others in your life.

Emotional Check-Ins
Throughout the day perform Emotional Check-Ins: “How am I feeling right now?” Your first emotional check-in should be in the morning when you wake up. An awesome habit to create is to find a thought every morning that makes you feel even better than where you started. Throughout the day the goal is to keep that positive energy flowing.
Keep tuning into the way you are feeling and name the emotion: “I'm feeling tired”, “I'm excited”, “I'm stressed or anxious.” If you’re not within an emotion that feels good, find a thought that feels a little better, then find another thought that feels even better, and so on.
For example, let's say the doors on your vehicle are frozen and you can't get in. You are now going to be late getting the kids to school and late for work. The thoughts popping into your head have obviously been negative. You’re frustrated, angry and maybe even fearful as to how the next hour will unfold for you. Remaining in this energy, will guarantee a horrible morning. Attempting to shift your experience will only create the potential for feeling better than how you are currently feeling. Find a better thought! Here's how your thought patterns could potentially evolve: S#*@! There’s a good chance my kids will be late for school and I'll be late for work. $#%@!
What about: “Eventually these doors will thaw and I will get into my car. Yes this situation is a bit yucky, but in the end things normally work out. Who knows, maybe this situation could work out for the better. I could call it a “snow day” and use this as an excuse to have fun day with my kids, or maybe I can find a quick solution. I could get an extension cord and my hair dryer and see if that works! Let's see how this situation evolves. I will trust that it will work out for the best. Maybe I'm missing a car accident right now because I'm not on the road like I usually am at this time”, etc.
It maybe a longer process to get to the “feeling good” about the situation, but it can happen with one better thought at a time. You can choose to have a good day, a bad day or a great day! Make your choice and make it happen!
Send me your relationship questions for my “video blogs” and get entered into a draw for a FREE one on one session to clear any dense energy you've been holding onto (laugh@lightnup.ca).
Mark Sunday, February 1, in your Calendar for my next Light'n Up Women's Circle. The topic is relationships. You'll have an opportunity to shift your thoughts and release some patterning and dense energy around any of your relationships. You'll leave feeling lighter, happier and inspired to create positive changes in your life. Visit www.lightnup.ca (upcoming events) for details or call (905) 758-0565
Come to “Play with Me”, a program to LAUGH, PLAY and CONNECT with your kids. Drop-in or register for the Monday nights you have available. Call (905) 758-0565.
LIKE my “Light'n Up with Jacquie Hermans” FACEBOOK page to get regular inspirational video blogs to brighten your day.

Family FUN Activity-“Gratitude Circle”: While sitting at the dinner table, everyone takes a turn to share something they are grateful for about their day. Even if you had a horrible day, you find something that you appreciate. You can go around the circle once or several times to find more and more things that you appreciate. Practicing gratitude is a wonderful way to remind yourself about the great things you are experiencing even when you might be immersed in the stressors of life. When you take the time to be grateful, you help yourself to manifest more of what you love.

 

SPORTS

 

BRUINS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FIVE

By Roger Varley

With a 5-2 victory over the Clarington Eagles on Friday and a 7-3 thumping of the Port Perry MoJacks on Sunday, the Uxbridge Bruins extended their current winning streak to five games.
The two wins stopped the Eagles and MoJacks from moving ahead of them in the seven-team OHA Junior C Central Division and placed the Bruins two points behind the league-leading Lakefield Chiefs with a game in hand.
In Friday's game, the Bruins were on fire, with all members of the squad playing solidly as a team. Korey Brand opened the scoring midway through the first period with an unassisted marker, followed less than two minutes later by Robert Freckelton's backhanded goal, also unassisted.
The Eagles tied the game in short order with two power-play goals in the second period when the Bruins took three interference penalties in the space of 71 seconds, but Marco Mastrangelo scored what proved to be the winning goal as Clarington took two penalties at the same time, giving the Bruins a two-man advantage for a full two minutes. Mastrangelo was assisted by Carter Vahey and Michael Spataro. Then, with only five seconds left in the period, Connor Evans scored another power-play goal, assisted by Spataro. In the third period, Mastrangelo finished off the scoring at the 14:53 mark, assisted by Jarrett Smith.
At the Scugog arena on Sunday afternoon, the game started out as a classic match-up of the two arch rivals. Aiden Riley opened the scoring for the Bruins just 80 seconds after the opening whistle, assisted by Daryl Thomson and Todd Winder, and the MoJacks came back with a short-handed goal by Lucas Clark with just 80 seconds left in the period.
In the second period, however, Uxbridge showed why they are the best penalty-killing team in the league as they scored six goals in a row, four of them short-handed. Jason Simmonds made the score 2-1, assisted by Adam Bartholomew and Shane Smith early in the period. Then Tyson Eastgate, assisted by Thomas Sheedy, and Mastrangelo, assisted by Vahey and Spataro, both scored while Bartholomew was serving a minor. That was followed by Brand, assisted by Dylan Locke, and Winder, assisted by Vahey and Spataro, both scoring while Shane Smith was in the sin bin. Patrick Bolahood rounded out Uxbridge's scoring with an unassisted goal late in the period. Finally, the MoJacks managed to score on a power play as the period entered the dying seconds.
Following that outburst of goals, the final period saw only one score, when Clark again scored a short-handed goal for the MoJacks.
As the regular season nears its end, there are still only five points separating the Chiefs from the Eagles and MoJacks, who are tied for third place. The Bruins face the toughest schedule in the remaining games, but goalies Brandon Francey and Jake Joosten have a combined goals-against average of 2.22, well ahead of Port Perry's combined average of 2.54 and the Chiefs' 2.64. As well, the Bruins' defence has suddenly gelled, particularly with the pairing of Vahey and the newly-acquired Spataro, and all defencemen are adding their punch to the scoring.
Head coach Geoff Hodgkinson said one of the keys to the Bruins' recent roll is concentrating on "the little things".
"Every player has a role and, as coach, I insist they fulfill that role," he said.
The Bruins are back in action at the arena tomorrow at 7:45 p.m., when they host the Little Britain Merchants before travelling north to Lakefield to meet the Chiefs on Tuesday.


Uxbridge Stars Teams Dominate Silver Stick Internationals

Submitted by Jackie Kosurko

Uxbridge Stars Minor Peewee Team A, above left, and Major Atom A team, right, both celebrated major victories this weekend. Photos submitted with story

This past weekend was an exciting time for two young Uxbridge Stars teams who qualified for their respective Silver Stick International Tournaments.
Both the Minor Peewee A and Major Atom A teams were successful taking home championships and winning the prestigious “Silver Stick”.
Uxbridge Stars Minor Peewee A Team, sponsored by the Ryan Waters Foundation, played their tournament in Newmarket, facing top competition with teams from around Ontario and the US. After placing first in their division, the boys headed into semis with a 4-0 record. The team went head to head with their rivals, the Whitby Blue Wildcats in the finals, winning 3-2 for the championship.
The Uxbridge Stars Major Atom A Team, sponsored by Foxfire Equestrian and Cartcon General Contracting, travelled to Sarnia with 16 other teams from Ontario and the US to compete in their tournament. In the round robin, they went 2-1 in their division to qualify for the quarter finals. Their loss came to the number one ranked Krivo School of Hockey from Colorado. After winning both the quarters and semis, they got their chance at revenge in a rematch against Krivo. The boys tied the game 2-2 with seven seconds left to send it to overtime. Overtime was 3 on 3 and after two scoreless periods, the team broke through in the third overtime with a goal to win.
Both teams are heading into the OMHA playoffs at the top of their divisions and it would be great to see the community out to support the boys as they battle for the division titles in hopes of winning the OMHAs.
Please check the website for
schedules www.uxbridgeminorhockey.com; they would love to see the stands packed!
GO STARS!

 

Community

 

 Uxbridge loses a legend: Ron Tindley, 1934 - 2015

by Barbara Pratt

Many Uxbridge residents will be saddened by the news that Ronald Tindley, a former resident of Uxbridge, died peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness at Belleville General Hospital last Wednesday, January 14.
Ron and his wife of 57 years, Rita, were best known around Uxbridge for the many years they owned and operated the popular Hobby Horse Arms, located on Main St. Before the Hobby Horse, Ron and Rita had the Penny Farthing Café at the corner of Church and Brock Street.
Though he trained as an engineer, Ron was the quintessential entrepreneur, with great imagination and energy. He and Rita arrived from England in the early ‘60s, newlyweds who were soon building their own house in the country outside Uxbridge. Rita, fine cook that she is, opened the Penny Farthing, while Ron worked in Toronto. They acquired a bicycle built for two, and loved touring the country roads. They biked further afield too, out west in the Rockies, and once followed the roads all around Lake Simcoe.
Ron will be remembered for his fund-raising bike ride for the Cottage Hospital, which went from the Lakehead back to Uxbridge.
In the early ‘80s, the old Commercial Hotel on Brock Street was slated for demolition. Ron bought the building for a dollar, and had it moved to its present location on Main Street. They called it the Hobby Horse Arms, and operated it for some 15 years, Rita in the kitchen, Ron at the bar, greeting, serving, and conversing with customers. Their cats and dog were part of the family, and part of the pub atmosphere. Ron's abiding admiration for Winston Churchill was demonstrated by the photographs around the pub, (behind one of which a customer used to hide his bottle of ketchup, which had been banned by Rita) and by the collection of Churchill writings in his home library.
Ron was a dedicated supporter and friend of the arts and the community, and during his time as proprietor of the Hobby Horse, was one of the founders of the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, along with John Richmond, Christopher Chapman, Tom Baker, and Roz Pritchard.
After they gave up the Hobby Horse, Ron and Rita opened a successful catering business in Uxbridge, which they ran for five years. But they had their eye on Prince Edward County, an area that suited their love of good food, wine, and hospitality. They moved there some years ago, and lived with their two beloved cats in a little house overlooking the Bay. They opened another catering business in nearby Picton, Rita doing the cooking, and Ron delivering the food, and taking orders.
They have made many friends in the County who will miss Ron. But Uxbridge has lost an important figure from our past, especially from our arts and commercial communities. Ron Tindley was legendary.
In lieu of flowers donations in Ron's name may be made to the Loyalist Humane Society at loyalisthumaneso-ciety.com. Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street, Picton. www.whattamfuneralhome.com



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 Pan Am Games Torch Relay to pass through Uxbridge

by Roger Varley

Uxbridge recently learned that it is officially on the list of 130 Canadian communities that will see the Pan Am Games Torch Relay pass through this summer.
Recreation Manager Amanda Ferraro announced the news to council on Monday. Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said this is a "great opportunity" for Uxbridge and recommended that council choose a "handicapable" person to run with the torch and represent the town. Councillor Pat Mikuse, noting Uxbridge is the Trail Capital of Canada, suggested an alternate carrier could be a member of the trails committee.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger then suggested that council nominate Daryl Picov be the torch bearer, based on his exceptional volunteer record and his leadership commitment within Uxbridge. Two other individuals would also have to be nominated as alternates. Council supported the decision to nominate Mr. Picov.
The nomination procedure for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is still in early stages, and proposed candidates must go through several steps and procedures before any one person is selected to be a torch bearer. The relay with the torch, whose flame originates in Teotihuacan, Mexico, begins in Canada on May 30, and ends in Toronto at the Opening Cermonies of the Pan Am Games on July 10. The Parapan Am Games begin August 7.
The Cosmos will provide detailed information closer to the date that the torch will travel through Uxbridge.
In a related matter, council agreed to exempt local business from bylaws restricting deliveries at night for the two-week period of the Pan Am Games in order to facilitate the Off-Peak Deliveries program designed to alleviate traffic congestion in the GTA while the games are on.
In other council news, Council found itself in a sticky situation Monday when a deputant asked that it reverse a decision made last September by the old council to allow eight-foot-tall privacy screens on a residential property on the Wyndance estate near Coppins Corners.
Jason Shapardanis of Empire Communities, a developer of the community, said his company owns a vacant lot next to the property with the screens and that they are impacting the company's ability to sell the vacant lot. He said neither Empire nor nearby residents were notified of the applicant's request for an exemption from the township's fence and screen bylaw restrictions in order to erect the screens.
Clerk Debbie Leroux said the original request was not something that would go before the committee of adjustment and therefore would not automatically require notification.
However, Mr. Shapardanis pointed out that the condominium board at Wyndance had written a letter to the applicant, Cathy Knoll - before her request was considered by council - advising her that the board had "no objections to the installation of privacy screens as long as they conform to the Town of Uxbridge's by-laws and the rules of the (condominium) corporation". The letter went on to say that "if a request is submitted for a variance . . . the corporation would request that a maximum height of 2.5 metres above grade be maintained".
Ms. Leroux said council had not seen that letter.
Mayor O'Connor said council had been told by the applicant that the condominium board supported the application and "that's why we decided what we did".
Councillor Fred Bryan said it appeared the applicant had held back an important piece of information.
"If we allow (the decision) to stand, are we rewarding bad behaviour?" he asked.
Regional Councillor Ballinger said he thought Mrs. Knoll should have to come back before council.
Councillor Gordon Highet, who referred to the privacy screens as "godawful", successfully moved that the issue be referred to staff for direction.
Also at council on Monday: in her annual report to council, Animal Control Manager Victoria McWhirter showed that 40 dogs were impounded in Uxbridge in 2014. Of that number, 30 were reclaimed by their owners, eight were adopted and one was euthanized.
However, when it came to cats, of the 92 that were taken in in Uxbridge, only one owner went to reclaim their pet. Sixty-four were adopted and 19 euthanized.
Asked if the figures indicated people were using cats as disposable pets, Ms. Leroux said all potential pet adopters are screened closely to make sure the owner-pet relationship will be a good match and the number of times a person adopts a pet is also tracked.


Big names to answer airport questions at Town Hall meeting

by Nancy Melcher

Mark you calendars for a very important meeting! Next Wednesday, January 28, will see a Town Hall meeting in Brougham about the Pickering Airport, starting at 7 p.m.
Co-hosted by Land Over Landings, Environmental Defence and the Greenbelt Association, it will be moderated by Ajax Mayor Steve Parish. Panelists will include Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki Foundation, LOL Chair Mary Delaney, renowned environmental lawyer David Donnelly, Debbie Crandell of STORM, Susan Swall of Environmental Defence, and Ian McLaurin of the Ontario Soil Regulation Task Force.
2015 is the International Year of Soils. What better time to participate and let your voice be heard? Environmental Defence has listed the proposed Pickering Airport as one of the top threats to the Greenbelt. The Weather Network recently named the proposed building of the Pickering Airport one of the top ten environmental stories for Torontonians (and other residents of the GTA) to watch in 2015.
The thousands of hectares of land currently slated for development for the airport and supporting industry are designated “Class 1”, the very best soil for agriculture. In addition, the Oak Ridges Moraine runs through the northern portion of these lands. This meeting is an opportunity to ask questions and hear from experts about the proposed development, and the threat it poses to farmland, drinking water, forests and fields.
These organizations are working to keep the 'airport lands' to be used as they are at present: farmland, forests, and towns. Come to the meeting to hear what these people have to say, and to voice your opinion.


Goodwood News
with Bev Northeast

The weather is cold and blustery and the birds are looking for food. So please don't forget to feed the birds who grace us all year with their beautiful songs.
I hope everyone has been taking advantage of the new lending library at the North Park beside the postal kiosk. It is so convenient and the selection is varied, so no excuse for not reading a different book every week! Don't forget, you can make donations to the lending library to keep the reading material fresh and interesting.
The Lions Club has flooded the rink in the north park and it’s good to see the residents are out enjoying the rink, regardless of how cold it has been. Don't forget to say thank you to the Lions for their hard work.
If you want to get into shape after all the Christmas goodies, or just want to increase your energy level, visit the community centre and the Zumba classes there on Tuesday nights.
The Goodwood Baptist Church holds its Sunday Service at 11 a.m., along with Children's Church and all are welcome to attend. On Jan. 18 music will be by Aaron Clubine; Jan. 25 music with David Lawrenson; Feb. 1 music by Jean Liew; and Feb. 8 music by Cheryl Hockley.
Every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. is Kids Club and youth fellowship. At 7 p.m. is Bible Study and Prayer meeting, and on January 24 at 7 p.m. is men's fellowship at the church. There’s lots going on, so come out and join the others, see your neighbors and meet new friends. For more information call 905-640-3111 or visit www.goodwoodbaptistchurch.com.
The Gospel Hall holds its Sunday Service at 11 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible reading. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information visit www.goodwoodgospelhall.com.
The Goodwood United Church will host “The Original Soup Lunch” next Thursday, January 29 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For Just $5 you can enjoy some homemade soup, bread, dessert and a beverage. Fun and friendship are free!
I hope everyone saw Murdoch Mysteries on January 12, as it was filmed at the Thomas Foster Memorial. I am sure it will be back on again so look for it. Also, don't forget that the CBC’s Schitt's Creek was filmed in Goodwood and premiered last Wednesday, so keep an eye open for this to be repeated as well.
I recently attended the Township budget meeting and was disappointed to see such few residents in the audience. The budget meetings are so important; this is what sets your tax rate so come out and let Council know what you want. The remaining dates of the budget meetings are Jan. 23 (1-4 p.m.), Jan. 28 (1-6 p.m.) and Jan. 29 (1-6 p.m.).
Thank you to those who drive through the community at the speed limit. Your life matters, don't speed.



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