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WORDS OF WISDOM IMPARTED
Judy, played by Cheryl Tulloch, left, perches where she can as she has a girl-to-girl chat with Jenny, played by Nicole Wahl, in OnStage Uxbridge’s world premiere production of Renovations. Written by Sunderland resident Graeme Powell, Renovations opens with a gala evening tonight, and runs this weekend and next. For a review of the show, see page 6. For more information on play times and ticket information, see ad on page 10.
Photo by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove
 

Inside This Week’s Cosmos

A reno review . . . 6
Santa’s deals . . . 8,9
A lesson for charity . . . 10
‘Coffee’ goes to the birds . . . 13

 

 

SPORTS

 

Mastrangelo sparkles in three Bruins wins

by Roger Varley

Led by the line of Marco Mastrangelo, Jarrett Smith and Tyson Eastgate, the Uxbridge Bruins scored a ton of goals over the weekend to take three wins in a row. They defeated the Georgina Ice 7-3 on Friday and 6-1 on Sunday and followed that with a 5-4 victory over the Lakefield Chiefs on Tuesday.
In the process, Mastrangelo racked up six goals and two assists, Jarrett Smith had two goals and four assists and Eastgate posted four goals and three assists.
The weekend's action did not start well for the Bruins. In Friday's game against the Ice, it was a full 13 minutes into the game before they made a serious challenge on the Georgina netminder. For most of the scoreless period, the Bruins had trouble getting out of their own end, let alone past the neutral zone. Late in the period, Georgina's Cameron McSween came close to scoring a short-handed goal and it was goalie Brandon Francey that kept the Bruins in the game.
However, it was a different story in the second period. Mastrangelo opened the scoring with an unassisted power-play goal. The Ice replied with their first and then Mastrangelo scored again, converting a great pass from Carter Vahey at the blue line. Jarrett Smith also registered an assist. As the period dwindled down, Eastgate scored a short-handed goal after stealing the puck at the Bruins' blue line and skating in alone on the Ice goalie. Less than a minute later, Mastrangelo scored his third, again on a power play, assisted by Vahey and Connor Evans. Georgina narrowed the gap with their second goal with less than 30 seconds left in the period.
In the third stanza, Eastgate scored his second of the night as he combined with Jarrett Smith on a classic two-on-one rush followed three minutes later by Mastrangelo's fourth goal of the night, assisted by Eastgate. Georgina managed one more power-play marker late in the period as Aiden Reilly was serving five minutes in the sin bin for head contact, but Eastgate replied with an empty-netter, assisted by Korey Brand, with 20 seconds left in the game.
On Sunday, at the Sutton arena, Evans sent a rocket from the blue line into the back of Georgina's net midway through the first period, but the goal was nullified by a penalty to Brand. The Ice took the lead late in the period with a power-play goal following a quick one-two-three play that goalie Jake Joosten had no chance on. But Mastrangelo evened the score three minutes later, also on a power play, when he passed the puck to Jarrett Smith and then raced into position to convert the return pass. For some reason, the officials also gave Evans an assist.
From then on, the Bruins lowered the boom. Eastgate took a long pass from Mastrangelo that put him in the clear to score Uxbridge's second goal. Then Shane Smith made it 3-1, assisted by Alex Williamson and Dylan Locke, followed eight second later by Jordan Nesbitt's marker, assisted by Locke.
The third period opened with the Ice changing goalies, but Daryl Thomson welcomed him with a high shot over the shoulder less than a minute into the period. Vahey was credited with the assist. Robert Freckelton rounded out the scoring with his second goal of the season with assists going to Williamson and Nesbitt.
In a back-and-forth battle in Lakefield on Tuesday, with Francey back in the net, Evans opened the scoring in the first, assisted by Mastrangelo and Jarrett Smith, followed by Mastrangelo's marker, assisted by call-up Liam Knoll. The Chiefs narrowed the score with a power-play goal before the period ended.
In the second period, the teams traded goals, with Jarrett Smith scoring for the Bruins, assisted by Eastgate.
In the third, the Chiefs took the lead with two goals, one of them on the power play, but the Bruins came back to tie the game with Nesbitt's power-play goal, assisted by Evans, and then Jarrett Smith scored the winner, assisted by Eastgate, with seven minutes remaining.
The three wins moved Uxbridge into second place in the seven-team OHA Junior C Central Division, two points behind the Port Perry MoJacks, although the MoJacks have a game in hand. As for Mastrangelo, his points collection moved him into third place in the scoring race, although he leads in goals scored with 17.
The Bruins host the struggling North Kawartha Knights tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. and then travel down the road to meet the MoJacks on Sunday at 2:25 p.m.

Bear pause: Tomorrow night, Uxbridge's Care-a-Van will be at the arena looking for donations of cash and non-perishable food items for the local Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. A great way to help those of our neighbours who are struggling.

 

Tiger Talk

Charity Holiday Dinner at USS

by Alysa Wilson

Presents, hot chocolate and carols are all great parts of this snowy (or, at least almost snowy) winter season in Uxbridge, but what really makes it special is when the true meaning of the time is expressed through the actions of the community. The true meaning of Christmas is being demonstrated by USS' own business leadership course this holiday season.
Each semester, a course designed to further student's understanding and involvement in business is offered at USS, during which they pick two charities for which to put on a fundraiser. The students are getting experience in the area of business, but they are also donating time and effort to good causes. The class is separated into two teams of business leaders, and one team this semester is putting on a Charity Holiday Dinner.
This pasta dinner will take place on December 2, in the Uxbridge Secondary School cafeteria amidst festive decorations and entertainment as holiday music plays. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m., with the time packed full of fun and good food. It is a great outing idea for families, as kids four and under eat for free. For ages four to 12 years old the cost is $5, and it only increases to $10 for those 13 and up. The cost is very minimal and all proceeds will be going towards the Uxbridge Christmas Hamper Charity. This charity is deeply involved in the Uxbridge community. According to the coordinator, applications for the program are received through social services, the Uxbridge Loaves and Fishes Food Bank and Sunrise Pregnancy and Family Support. The charity then proceeds to send the applications out to people and organizations that wish to “adopt” a family for Christmas. The people “adopting” provide food for the hamper and gifts for the members of the family. A shopping list is provided which includes suggested items for breakfast, Christmas dinner, and holiday treats. There is also access to the Uxbridge Toy Drive in which people can pick out toys for their families. The people adopting receive a letter on how to be in contact with their adopted family.
The holiday dinner is sure to be fun-packed and tasty event through which one true meaning of Christmas, giving, will bless the families supported through the Christmas Hamper Program.

 

 A Cup of Coffee...

 with Derek Connelly

by Roger Varley

(Occasionally, we call on someone we know little about to join us for a cup of coffee and often such people prove to be fascinating interviewees. Derek Connelly is such a person. A former Port Perry science teacher, he moved to Uxbridge about 15 years ago to pursue his passions: bird watching and nature.)

Derek, the only thing I know about you is that you are a bird watcher and a member of a nature club.
What is the club?

I'm a director of North Durham Nature.
Is (Cosmos contributor) Nancy Melcher a member of that club? It just occurred to me that she writes the Nature Nut column.
Yes, she was one of our founding people. The club is only a year old and it came together because a bunch of environmentally interested people felt it was time. Most of them were birders, interested in birds and working with me to do bird-related things such as the Christmas bird count and a bird course we did at Durham College. That sort of amalgamated us together and we realized that it was time we had a club that did more than just birds because of our interest in nature in the area.

How many members do you have in the club?
We've got about 70 members.

You're doing better than some of the service clubs. And the club takes in the three northern municipalities?
Yes, it takes in Scugog and Uxbridge and Brock. We wanted to hit those three areas because some of our members were from that area already and there is a club in Oshawa that focuses mainly on the lake and we felt there was a need in the north.

What does the club do?
We're interested in educating the public about nature and nature-related activities and we're interested in bringing the ideas of what concerns there are related to nature to the people and providing some entertainment as well as education. Both for children as well as adults. We're also collecting data, because we're combining the Christmas bird counts for Uxbridge and Beaverton and that census of birds is part of our group, as well as butterfly counts, anything that involves collecting data about nature. We're also interested in enhancing nature, so we're involved in bird box projects, helping birds that need cavities to nest in. Anything to do with nature we get involved in.

You mention children, do you have child members in the club?
Yes, we have family memberships and, in fact, we're working with Friends of Nonquon on Saturday (Nov. 29) for the kids' bird count, which is something that's brand new which I started in Uxbridge two years ago. I believe there were four (clubs) in all of Ontario that were doing this. Now it's expanded across Canada and there are 29 cities involved in the kids' bird count which gives kind of a training area for future children that will eventually take over the Christmas bird counts. It's a big census that's carried on all across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and there's now a count in Antarctica. That census started over 100 years ago. In the early 1900s they used to have a Christmas hunt and they'd go out and shoot everything they could and count how many things they'd killed. Then a guy named Frank Chapman said: "Why don't we count the birds instead of shooting them?" and so they started the census. Toronto was one of the first cities, along with New York, and the U.S. National Audubon Society took over.

Do you mean the count takes place on Christmas Day?
No, during the Christmas holidays, from about the middle of December to the first week in January. It's a one-day thing, but you pick which day. This way you could go to Oshawa and do that count, do the Uxbridge count and then go to Beaverton and do that count.

Do you find many different species around at Christmas?
Christmas is the best time to count birds because they're not migrating. During summer, spring and fall, a lot of birds are moving around and you're getting different birds coming through, but at Christmas-time, the birds that you have are the birds that are going to stay all winter long. That way, you can pretty well get an idea of what's happening in your own backyard at your bird feeder. But you're right, there isn't a lot of birds for us in the north.

About four or five weeks ago, I took a stroll through the nature preserve and didn't see a single bird. What's with that?
It's about the food. Where's the food? For us, in the wintertime, most of the birds are coming to the bird feeders, so they'll be hiding in the cedar hedges and then sneaking out to go to a bird feeder because there are no bugs right now. So all the warblers are gone, all your insect-eating birds are not here. We're only looking at birds that eat the nuts and seeds and berries.

How long have you been involved in the Christmas count?
I've been in a lot of different counts, in British Columbia and Ontario, but in Uxbridge for 10 years now.

Are there any trends you've seen in that 10 years?
Not for Uxbridge, no. It fluctuates based on two things: the number of participants; have a lot gone south like the birds? And also the weather. If it's a really bad day that we do our count on, then we're going to get a lower count. There are a lot of factors that determine how many birds you'll count on that day.

But if the count can be affected by so many factors year after year, why do you do the count?
The count data is useful when you look at long-term trends. If everybody in Ontario doesn't see a chickadee, that would be an extremely rare occurrence.

So your results are shared with all the other counts?
Absolutely. There's a book put out every year called American Birds and that gives us the summaries of all the counts across Canada and the U.S. And then they do summaries of the changes that they see: how high are populations this year compared to other years, what birds are in different locations.

Can you give me some idea of how many species there might be in Uxbridge?
Oh sure, about 40 or 50. The highest we've got so far is 53. That was a couple of years ago. And our lowest was in the 30s. But our list of birds (species seen over the years) is about 70.

Do you count such things as the gulls and the crows?
Oh yes, everything.

As a birder, what's been your most exciting spotting?
There's been lots of exciting spottings, but probably the most exciting just recently, last year, was the snowy owls that migrated down. But another exciting bird right now is the red-bellied woodpecker which people are seeing at their feeders more and more. Most people are familiar with the downy woodpecker and the hairy woodpecker, but the red-bellied woodpecker is usually found a little further south and now we're seeing more and more of them in the north.

I read recently that we are seeing more and more birds moving further north, possibly because of climate change. Are you aware of this?
Yes, there are definitely some indicators that show that, For example, we have had the Carolina wren on a couple of winter counts hanging around, and Carolina wrens are normally further south. But now we've seen a few in Uxbridge and even further north than us. That's a bird that appears to be increasing its range. And there's a number of other birds that seem to be showing up more than we expect.

This would be exciting for birders, but not necessarily for the birds themselves, right?
Well, not if they get caught in a cold snap and that can be a concern. Last year we had a particularly cold winter and a number of birds were affected by that.

How did you become interested in birds?
I think I started getting interested in high school. I met a fellow in Grade 10 who was a bird watcher and then I got more interested in birds from various jobs that I had. I worked in Algonquin Park and that was a good summer job that involved meeting other people who were interested in nature. And then I headed west to B.C. and joined clubs.

When did you come to Uxbridge?
I came in 2000. Then I met the birding network that was here. We're very fortunate in Uxbridge, We have a lot of people that are experts in nature.

Let's get to the nature side, Derek. What activities does the North Durham Nature club do?
Talks and walks. We provide talks with experts. In fact, this week Martin Galloway is giving a talk on invasive plant species at the Senior Centre. We've had talks on frogs, turtles, astronomy even. We cover a lot of things related to nature. And then we have guided walks.

Talking of invasive species, in the Countryside Preserve we have Scotch pine being called invasive. It seems odd that a pine should be called invasive in Canada, land of the pine.
We have quite a number of pine trees, but Scotch pine was brought over from Europe a number of years ago, and it’s quite aggressive in terms of its ability to move through an area and spread. In the Countryside Preserve we have some nice meadows and thickets and forest and plantations, but the meadows are being taken over by the Scotch pine. I'm trails captain on the Countryside Preserve. With Scotch pine, it's easy to get rid of it. Unlike others which you cut at the base but its roots continue to grow, that doesn't happen with the Scotch pine. If you cut it at the base, it dies off. But we're just getting them out of the meadows, because the meadows are a grassland and we want to encourage the grassland birds.

Do you do school programs?
I was a teacher. I just recently retired. I taught Grade 9 and 10 general science at Port Perry High School and I taught mathematics.

All the subjects I was terrible at, which is why I went to the arts side.
Well, I dabbled in the arts, too. When I first moved to Uxbridge I was involved in South Pacific and The Music Man with Conrad (Boyce). But I haven't done anything since. Mike Bridgeman wants me to get in uxperience because I haven't done that yet, which would be kind of fun.
If someone wants to join the nature club or get more information, how do they do that?
They can call me at at 905-852-5432 or go to www.northdurhamnature.com.

Thank you, Derek.
Thank you.

 

Theatre

 

‘Renovations’ on the ladder to success

by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove

Sunderland playwright Graeme Powell’s much-touted play Renovations is exactly like the Victorian fixer-upper in which it is set - it may be a work in progress, but it definitely has a lot of potential.
The main thrust of the play is focused on Brent and Jenny, a young married couple who have bought a house in Small Town Ontario, and the house requires major fixes to make it livable. The two learn some life-changing news early on in the play, and the remainder of the time is spent dealing with the fall-out. There to support the couple are various neighbours and a father-in-law.
It’s an interesting parallel that Powell draws between the fixing up of the house and the news that sends the couple reeling. Both the house and the relationship need TLC and care to stay standing strong on their respective foundations. However, neither seems to move very far along in this endeavour. The house, actually, becomes more decrepit looking as the play goes on, making one wonder if it is a metaphor for what may happen to the couple. Brent and Jenny seem to be so caught up in themselves as the story moves along that they, particularly Jenny, are almost unlikeable by the end of the play. It is true to life that couples do “grow apart”, but the reasons given for why this happens in Renovations are almost superficial and cliché.
This isn’t to say that Brent and Jenny aren’t well portrayed. Brent, played by Imre Szabo, has a lot of energy on the stage, which he expends by pacing about his construction-zone living room. His voice is big, strong, and his presence on the stage is always felt. Nicole Wahl plays Jenny, and she does well with what she’s given. She portrays the single-mindedness that her character possesses quite steadily, and is a perfect match for Szabo’s feisty energy in “discussion” scenes.
The supporting cast is like the sturdy two-by-fours found in the walls. It would likely take a couple more viewings of the play to really ascertain why some of these supporting characters are even there, but their presence is welcome, nonetheless, as their stories are almost more interesting than the main plot. Especially entertaining are Colin Murphy, in the role of Gil, and Cheryl Tulloch, who plays his on-again off-again girlfriend. The audience quickly learns to look forward to the appearance of these two on the stage. They have some of the best lines, and they deliver them perfectly.
All of the actors are strong and relaxed on the stage; there are no weak elements in the cast at all. Brendon Jones and Carolyn Arnett make a cute, mischievous couple as Brandon and Amber. Keith Kidd plays dutiful son Daniel to Peggy Wrightson’s Harriet, and Rob Goodale plays Ernie, the best father-in-law anyone could ever hope for. He brings coffee and donuts and knows when to go away! Directors Annette Stokes and Michael Serres have worked well with the cast and brought out the best in them.
The story itself takes awhile to get to - obviously there is a house that is in dire need of care - what of the people that are in it? The appearance early on of a hidden letter piques the interest, but no one seems to care about its existence until the very end of the play. Who doesn’t find an old letter in a wall and want to read it from beginning to end right away?
Speaking of the walls, they play a starring role. The curtains are never closed, and upon entering the theatre, one might be inclined to think that the crew is not quite finished getting the stage ready before the show opens. The set has been designed to come apart brilliantly, complete with squeaky nails and flickering lights. It’s often a feat to perform a play in one little room on set, but this room has ample space for stairs, neighbours. even toilets.
It is tremendous fun to hear all the references throughout the play to anything Canadian (being as used to Americana as we are). It’s neat to hear Tim Hortons and Toronto be mentioned on purpose, and not simply replacing other names to try and make it all seem closer to home. It also brings a smile seeing some of the paraphernalia that makes its way on to the stage - Rexall bags, Home Hardware bags, a Presents Presents Presents bag, Coffee Time cups and donut boxes (don’t see the show hungry, or you’ll be drooling by the end of the first act).
Powell has done an excellent job, and should be very proud of himself, as should the cast and crew that have put this on. OnStage Uxbridge knew it was taking a risk putting on a first-time play as part of the 2014-2015 season, and the risk has paid off.
For ticket information, visit www.onstageuxbridge.com, or see the advertisement on page 10.






 Funding denial a provincial slap at Uxbridge

by Roger Varley

The provincial government's recent denial of Uxbridge's request for funding for the Brock Street culvert and the Brookdale culvert is just the latest move by Ontario to affect taxpayers in Uxbridge, says Councillor Pat Molloy.
In an interview with the Cosmos on Tuesday, Mr. Molloy, chair of the finance committee for the past four years, said the province has cut funding to Uxbridge by hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years. He said Uxbridge received $1.08 million dollars in 2013 from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. In 2014, that amount was cut to $922,000 and in 2015 it will be reduced even further to $737,000.
He said the fund was established years ago to be split up between all municipalities in Ontario, based on population, to help with things like infrastructure. He said it became part of the budget because it was an annual amount, but now the province is changing the program.
"They're using a very complicated formula . . . based on what percentage of the population is rural and what percentage is urban," he explained.
Mr. Molloy said Uxbridge was deemed to be between 41 and 49 per cent urban, resulting in the $184,000 lower payment. He noted, however, that Scugog was classified as close to 100 per cent rural and saw a cut in payment of only $4,000.
"Residents don't seem to understand - we're not spending more, we're getting less," he said, explaining that the amount cut by the province last year represents a two-per cent tax increase. "These aren't handouts. This is our share."
Turning to the the province's rejection of Uxbridge's expressions of interest in applying for funding from the Building Canada Fund-Small Communities Fund and the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, Mr. Molloy said the township is "really upset" because it was told by federal government representatives that the $10-million Brock Street culvert project specifically was "perfect" for infrastructure funding. He said the township met with Granville Anderson, now MPP for Durham, prior to the last provincial election, about funding for the Brock Street culvert and was told by Mr. Anderson that the province also thought it was a great project. The replacement of the culvert is said to be necessary to alleviate the possibility of a disastrous flood in the downtown area in the event of a major storm.
"Then, all of a sudden, we get a letter saying both of our projects are declined," he said. "We haven't got any provincial support in a long time."
Noting that the rejections stated income levels in Uxbridge are too high for the township to be considered, Mr. Molloy said what that means is that Uxbridge residents are not only paying high property taxes but also a substantial amount of personal income tax.
"They (the province) are essentially saying: 'You've got too much money, you're too financially responsible and we don't need to give you the money, we should give it people who aren't responsible'."
Asked where the Brock Street culvert project stands now that the province has rejected funding, Mr. Molloy said the township will have to take another look at it. He said with property taxes and the federal gas tax and other federal programs, the township takes in about $15 million in revenue.
"For us to raise $10 million out of that $15 million, we would have to add a 10 per cent surcharge each year for the next 10 years just for the Brock Street culvert," he said. "We can't suck that much more money out of our residents."

Earlier this year, council was given a list of options for the Brock Street culvert, ranging from a low price tag of $1.8 million up to $18 million and settled on an option costing $10 million. Mr. Molloy said the township now has to re-evaluate that decision.
"We decided on the option because it was the most viable of all," he said. "It wasn't a quick fix, it was a real fix that would last forever. It was what needs to be done. At this point, we're still not finished with the feds and the province yet."
Mr. Molloy said that if the so-called 200-year storm happens before the culvert project is completed, he doubted the township could be held responsible for any damage or claims because Uxbridge has shown "due diligence" in trying to get the culvert fixed.
Asked what options will be open to Uxbridge should it not convince the province to change its mind, Mr. Molloy said he wasn't sure. He said the township could try to find funding through other programs.
"I don't believe Uxbridge can raise $10 million," he said. "I don't see that happening without federal and provincial funding. Whether one of the less expensive options would be viable, I don't know."
Pointing out that the region has earmarked $2.5 million for the project, he said that would leave the township with $7.5 million to find.
"It's pretty clear we need that culvert fixed," he said.


 Art-y Facts with Nancy Melcher

We've had our first tastes of winter, and look forward to celebrating with friends during the Christmas holiday season. Here are several fun things to do to relax and enjoy at this busy time that will help to remind us of the reason for this season.

The Monday Morning Singers under director, Anne Mizen, present their annual Christmas concert, "Celebrating Dylan Thomas", with special guests actor Kenneth Welsh and musicians Edward and Diane Tait, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at St Paul's Anglican Church, 65 Toronto Street South Uxbridge. Tickets at Presents, Presents $15. Children under 12 free. www.mmsingers.org, 905-852-3693.

Handel's Messiah makes its biennial appearance at Trinity United Church, on the evenings of Dec. 15 and 16. This very popular event fills up very quickly, so get your tickets early, available from chorus members, Blue Heron Books, Presents Presents Presents, and Brian J. Evans Financial Services. A goodwill donation of $20 is suggested, but larger amounts are always appreciated.

There will be “An Old Fashioned Christmas Concert” on November 29 at 7 p.m. in Leaskdale. The whole family can join the carol singing and fun, and enjoy a visit from Santa. Community talent will take the stage for an evening of music, dance, recitation and skits. It's all happening at the old Leaskdale church, sponsored by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (LMMSO). More info at www.lucymaudmontgomery.ca .

Drama fans have several opportunities to see live theatre. St. Paul's Anglican Church hosts a staged reading of The Fundraiser for just one night on November 29 at 7 p.m. It's only $10 to see several local regulars and other actors perform this funny play, written by Uxbridge resident Jackie Bennett, about a church's attempt to raise funds for a new roof by hiring the Rolling Stones! Tickets at Blue Heron Books or at the door. Info at: thefrplay@gmail.com.

A world premier will take place at the Music Hall over the next two weeks. Renovations is about a young couple in the midst of re-doing an old Victorian house in a small Ontario town. Even though Brent and Jenny are madly in love, there are cracks in more than the plaster, and the past and future exert plenty of pressure. Is the foundation strong enough? Tickets $20 and info at The Little Acorn or online at www.onstageuxbridge.com. Show runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 6.

December 14 marks the single performance of A Kindred Spirit Christmas at the Leaskdale Manse ,presented by The Spirit of Maud Theatre Company. Tickets are $20 at Blue Heron Books (aren't we lucky to have this wonderful place?!), or at the door. The play features four delightful stories that celebrate the Christmas season, taken from the writings of Lucy Maud Montgomery, in a dramatization by Marion Abbot. Two will highlight Anne Shirley, Canada's favourite redhead. This is part of the Open House and Choir Service by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario. www.lucymaudmontgomery.ca

Uxbridge Baptist Church hosts A Merry Little Christmas on Friday December 12th at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:40. It will feature “Pilgrimage” by Steve Bell www.stevebell.ca. Tickets are $20, available at the church or Sign Post Music (1-800-434-3499).

If you have an artistic event or milestone you'd like mentioned, please contact Nancy Melcher at ArtyFacts@bell.net.



Christmas Calendar
Sat., Nov. 22: The Cannington Skating Club hosts the 2014 Christmas House Tour
in Cannington. 1-5:30 p.m. Features 7 houses beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. Tickets $28, includes lunch (served throughout the day at the Lion's Hall.) available at Jingles in Cannington 705 432-3330 or at Branching Out in Port Perry 905 985-3033. Email info@canningtonfigureskatingclub.ca

Sat., Nov. 29: Christmas Bake Sale and Soup Lunch 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 70 Toronto St. N., Uxbridge. Home made baking and more. Soup lunch available 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5, includes roll, sweets and a beverage.

Sat., Nov. 29: An Old Fashioned Christmas Concert at the Historic Leaskdale Church, 7 p.m. Community talent takes the fore in an evening of music, dance, recitation and skits. All the family can join the carol singing and fun, and enjoy a visit from Santa. www.lucymaudmontgomery.ca

Sun., Nov. 30: Udora-Leaskdale Lions Club Breakfast with Santa. 9 to noon, Santa arrives at 10 a.m. $5/adult, kids eat free. Kids will receive a gift and photo from Santa. Please bring a donation for the food bank. To register your child please call or text 289-926-0313.

Sun., Nov. 30: Snowflakes & Memories Mom to Mom and Gift Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Uxbridge Arena. Elsa & Anna will be there for photos. 42 vendors. Lots of great gift ideas. 647-462-5596 for info.

Sun., Nov. 30: Holiday Tea/Silent Auction Fundraiser - North Durham Otters Swim Team (Greater Durham Special Olympics Ontario)1:30-4 p.m., Uxbridge Seniors Centre. All proceeds go to support this local swim team. Tickets $10 at the door.

Sun., Nov. 30: Trinity United Church presents “Sing Christmas Joy“, featuring BonAccord and The Bernard Pears Chorale. 7 p.m. Tickets at the door or at Trinity Church office Monday through Thursday, $15 ($5 of each ticket goes to North House Transitional Housing.

Tues., Dec. 2: Pinegrove Pioneer Church Carol Service. 7 p.m. Featuring Jennifer Neveu and stories by Kenneth Welsh. 905-649-5158 for more information.


SHOPPERS DRUG MART ROBBED

Police are searching for a male suspect after a drug store in Uxbridge was robbed at gunpoint.
On Tuesday, November 18, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a man entered the Shoppers Drug Mart on Toronto St. South, pointed a gun at the pharmacy employees and demanded narcotics. After receiving an undisclosed quantity of narcotics, he fled the store on foot.
More than a dozen patrons and employees were in the store at the time. No one was physically injured during the robbery.
The suspect is described as male, white, mid 40's, 5'11” tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, blue jeans, black boots, sunglasses and a white bandana covering his face.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Det. McKinnon of the Major Crime Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5362.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.



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