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Joseph Gould, left, portrayed by Ollie Claffey, argues with a British soldier, portrayed by David Fulton, during a re-enactment of an arguement over Gould’s right to assemble on the field during Heritage Days, held this weekend at the Uxbridge Historical Centre. Photo by John Cavers




Community call to help car crash victims

by Nancy Melcher

Meaghan, Anastasia and Derek Cameron, the family involved in a car crash at the beginningof August. Submitted photo

It was supposed to be a fun day at the beach, a time for a mum to relax with her two kids and enjoy some lovely summer weather. Fate intervened as a head-on collision at LakeRidge and Pefferlaw Roads, and a local family’s life has been turned upside down. Anastasia Cameron and her daughter Meaghan,8, were both hospitalized due to their injuries in the August 3 crash. Ten-year old Derek broke bones in his hand and had bruises and scrapes from the seatbelt, but was treated and released. They’re all at home now, but face months of physio and rehab.
Anastasia’s legs were pinned by the accident, and she had to be cut out of the car. She was taken to Markham-Stouffville Hospital, where she underwent surgeries to repair the broken bones in her feet. At home now, she’s confined to a wheelchair. She will not be able to put weight on her left foot for several weeks. Her right heel was shattered and it will be months before she can walk on it. She also injured her knees, pelvis and hips, and sustained a concussion.
Meaghan had fractures in four places in her spine, a broken clavicle, stretched ligaments in her neck and other injuries. She was airlifted to Sick Kids from Uxbridge Cottage Hospital, and was treated with a succession of body braces to stabilize her injuries. Family members were able to be with her throughout her stay, but she wasn’t able to be in the same hospital as her mother.
Anastasia and Meaghan were released from hospital last Friday.
“I’m not good asking for help, but I’ve been amazed by the people who are coming forward, with meals or contributing to a fundraiser. I’m overwhelmed that people in the community are reaching out trying to help. My sister-in-law is coordinating people bringing meals for us. As frustrating as all this is, it could have been a whole lot worse and I’m grateful, but we’re going to need help for months to come, ” says Anastasia.

Durham Regional Police have charged the driver of the car that caused the accident. People who would like to provide meals can contact Anastasia’s sister-in-law, Marta, at martahollinger@rogers.com for details.

Fundraising details are at: Fundraising





Seniors’ seminars back this fall

St. Paul's Anglican Church, the host of the popular Lunch & Learn Seminars, will be hosting the first event of this year’s roster on Thursday, September 17.
The guest presenter for this inaugural session will be Ingrid Fan, who is a registered dietitian from Zehrs, here in Uxbridge. Ms. Fan will speak on nutrition and the challenges of cooking for one or two.
These seminars, planned primarily for seniors but open to anyone who is interested, began in February of this year, and the plan is to hold a seminar on the third Thursday of each month. The first group of seminars will occur from September to November, with a break in December. Seminars will resume in January, 2016, adn run through to May. Each seminar runs from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Each seminar begins with a light pay-what-you-can lunch catered by North House, followed by the featured speaker and ending with a Q & A session.
Future seminars will include "Housing Options for Seniors", "Interactions between Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications" and "Surviving the Holidays". Suggestions for future seminars are very welcome.
Attendance is limited to 50 people per seminar. Please call the church at 905-852-7016 for more information or to reserve a seat.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church is located at 59 Toronto Street South, and parking is available in the municipal lot behind the church, accessible by Poplar Street. Please do not park in front of the municipal building.


Dollars and $ense

Downpayment downside

It may be that ‘child’ of yours is getting married, or that you simply want to pass along some of the wealth you have worked so hard to accumulate during your lifetime. Either way, you want to help them buy a home. So, your first thought is to give your child money – perhaps tens of thousands of dollars – for the down payment on his or her new home. But there is a downside to giving your child cash for a down payment.
When your child marries, the assets brought to the marriage or acquired afterward usually become shareable – so if your son or daughter later separates from their spouse, the cash down payment you provided is included in the total valuation of the house, which becomes a shared asset.
If you want to protect your funds, consider structuring the transaction as a loan, not a gift. You can do this through a promissory note that includes and loan agreement and security, usually in the form of a mortgage on the home.
In many cases, your child will not be expected to make payments against the loan during your lifetime, but the amount of the loan can then be offset against the amount to be inherited by that child. And as long as the loan is in place, you will have a much stronger argument that those funds must be repaid before any remaining equity in the home is divided between spouses (or common-law couples, in some jurisdictions).
It is vital that this type of arrangement is properly documented and signed by all parties to minimize the possibility of someone denying the existence of the loan at a later date. If your child is not making regular payments of interest and/or principal, it may also be necessary to ‘refresh’ the loan from time to time to ensure it does not become statute-barred (that is, when a lent sum cannot be recovered by a creditor through legal action because of a time limit imposed
by federal or provincial limitations acts).
Be sure to speak to a lawyer to be sure the funds will be treated as a loan and everything is documented. And to be sure your ‘gift’ is in line with your financial and estate plans, also discuss it with your professional advisor.

This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), and Investors Group Securities Inc. (in Québec, a firm in Financial Planning) presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact your own advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic, please contact Investors Group Consultant Dave Boulton at 905-852-3201, ext. 259.





August 20, 2015



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Farmers feed
minds as well as

Uxbridge is a rural community, yet many people are not familiar with the farming activity that goes on around the township. Which is why a meet and greet like “Farmers of Uxbridge” was originally organized - to get people familiar with where their food comes from, and the amount of work that goes into getting it there.
This year’s “Farmers” evening was held last Thursday evening at the Uxbridge Community Centre and its adjacent parking lot (it’s tough to get a John Deer combine indoors). According to coordinator and Councillor Pamela Beach, over 400 people attended the event, which featured everything from large farming equipment to a cow and her calf to fresh produce and product from several local farmers. A sheep, a goat and some alpacas also played outside.
Visitors were given a passport upon entry, and they had to ask as many questions as they could of all the farmers involved in order to fill out their passports.
“Both the participants and the vendors felt that the passports were a great idea. They increased conversation with all the farmers, about what farmers produce, the farm equipment, and the animals created a lot of interest, too,” said Mrs. Beach.
“I was busy non-stop, the whole three hours, just talking to people,” said Grant Evans, a dairy farmer whose farm is just east of Uxbridge. “Both kids and adults were really interested in the dairy industry.
Durham West 4-H also had a display there, and was telling everyone under the age of 19 about its new Pizza Club. They also have a Chocolate Club, along with the more traditional animal clubs. Ontario 4-H turns 100 this year.
Farmers of Uxbridge may be a bi-annual event, as Mrs. Beach says she has to evaluate whether she does it again, or concentrates on the Horse Lovers’ Tour in 2016.

SOFA Smiles with Gerry Roberts

It would appear that journalism is a lot tougher than it seems, or at least too difficult for this “science guy”/”hockey puck”. In my last SOFA SMILES I cheated a bit (lot) by stealing some lines from last year’s article. Who would know, right? However, since we are now in the computer age and material that isn’t erased stays with the the composition, last week’s article must appear more than a little confusing. The “new material” said that there was no sign-up at the arena, but the “saved” material from last year said that there is to be a meeting on September 3 at the arena. There is NO meeting for sign-ups. In fact, the third column of the article is from last year and is to be disregarded.
Cheating in journalism doesn’t pay. Tell that to Fox News.


Members of the Uxbridge Genealogy Group and Uxbridge Historical Centre are trying to put a name to the face of many unidentified pictures that have been donated to their respective organizations. The Cosmos is helping them put names to the hundreds of mystery photos by asking for your help. We will try to give a hint as to who the family was when we can, as well as the date the photo was taken. ELSIE is written on the matte at the top of this photo. The photographer’s stamp says “Wright of Uxbridge, Ontario”. Every two weeks we will put in a new picture and if you recognize the person, we would love it if you would contact us. Email info@uxgen.net, the Uxbridge Library, or Uxbridge HistoricalCentre.


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