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Two lit figures are part of the action-packed display set up by the Bonner Boys as part of the Fantasy of Lights. Hosted by the Uxbridge Optimist Club, the Fantasy of Lights is a winter wonderland of colourful twinkle lights and fanciful vignettes, all set up by over 50 various businesses, schools and organizations from all over the township. To experience a little winter magic, visit Elgin Park between 6 and 9:30 p.m. any night between now and New Year’s Eve. Entrance to the park and the Fantasy of Lights is free, but a donation at the entrance would be very much appreciated by the Optimists. Photo by John Cavers


Inside This Week’s Cosmos

Another “Mystery” to solve . . . 6

Give the literary gift . . . 11

Count those birds . . . 13

Rotary recap . . . 15





Fantasy of Lights photos by John Cavers




 Win-lose weekend for the Bruins

by Roger Varley

Led by Todd Winder's hat-trick, the Uxbridge Bruins skated all over the Georgina Ice at the arena Friday, emerging with an 8-0 win. Goalie Jake Joosten earned the shut-out, but, in truth, was rarely tested by the Ice, although he did have a couple of close calls. However, the Bruins' firepower was lacking in Clarington on Sunday as the Eagles downed the Uxbridge squad 3-1. The results left the Bruins with 37 points and a one-point margin over the Port Perry MoJacks for first place in the OHA Junior C Central Division.
Friday's game against Georgina started quietly enough, with Shane Smith scoring the only goal of the first period, an unassisted effort just five minutes into the game. The goal unleashed a bombardment of Teddy Bears from fans in the stands, with 101 being collected from the ice for distribution to needy children.
In contrast to the rather slow-moving first period, the second was much more spirited and the Bruins lowered the boom on the Ice. Daryl Thomson scored just two minutes into the period, assisted by Jason Simmonds and Adam Bartholomew. Shortly past the midway mark, Winder scored the first of his three, assisted by Korey Brand, while the teams were playing four-a-side. Jarrett Smith made it 4-0 on a power play, assisted by Marco Mastrangelo, and then Winder closed out the period with his second goal, assisted by Thomson and Shane Smith.
Starting the third period with a new goalie, the Ice managed to hold off the Bruins for a while until call-up Owen Scuralli scored, assisted by Jarett Smith and Mastrangelo at the 8:43 mark. Forty seconds later, Winder notched his hat-trick after Shane Smith passed the puck backwards between his legs. Thomson received another assist. Less than a minute later, Alex Siblock rounded out the scoring on a power play as a Georgina player was serving a four-minute minor for spearing. Siblock was assisted by Robert Freckelton and Patrick Bolahood.
In Clarington on Sunday, the game was far different. With Brandon Francey back between the pipes, the only goal of the first period went to the Eagles, just five minutes into the game.
Freckelton tied the game for the Bruins in the second, assisted by Connor Evans and Alex Williamson, only to see the Eagles come back with two more before the period ended.
The third period saw both teams take close to a dozen shots on goal each but with no scoring.
As the holidays approach, the fans receive a present tomorrow night in the form of a match-up at the arena between the Bruins and their arch-rivals, the MoJacks, with first place on the line. Then the Bruins players receive a gift - a long layoff until Dec. 30, when they travel to Little Britain to face the Merchants.
Bear pause: The Bruins' first ever Teddy Bear Toss on Friday resulted in 101 bears, in sizes ranging from small to "it could play defence", being thrown onto the ice following Shane Smith's opening goal.


Rotary News

with Dale Hickey

The theme internationally for the 2014-2015 year was light up Rotary. We have been a very busy club doing just that!
This year's community events and fundraising events included: Brush-a -Mania, Scrap Metal Day, Le Vent du Nord Concert, Million Dollar Hole In One, Foundation Walk, (Internationally for Polio Plus) Seniors Thanksgiving Dinner, the Santa Claus Parade (where the exciting news was unveiled that the Rotary will be bringing back the Christmas Home Tour in November of 2015), the Fantasy of Lights and the Blood Donor Clinics.
The year has been filled with guest speakers young and old, and from near and far, including our past presidents of the club. We have learned, been entertained and regaled with a broad range of information and subject matter from UOIT, Flap Canada, 100 Women, Wounded Warriers. We had a visit from Uxbridge Secondary School’s Principal Steve David, members of the Guidance Department and some students, representatives from the Pan Am Games and, an award winning author. Some of our speakers (for a full list visit our website at www.uxbridgerotary.com) were Adrian Giacca, Betty Jo Parent, Bev Foster, Virginia Slike, Masey Adams, John McCutcheon, Deia Prudencio, Dr. Sheela Duraisami, Paul Jones, Steve David, Keith Pitts, Rebecca Mustard, Victoria Keho, DG Brian Thompson, Derrick Gleed, Michael Mesure, Andrea Scowcroft, Margot Peck, Alisha and Natasha Nanji, Dr. Jennifer Wilson and Don Simmonds and Ted Barris.
Trip of the Month tickets for 2015 are going fast. Thank you to all past, present and future purchasers of tickets. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket and become a member of this exclusive club, there is still time! The grand early bird draw is December 18, for $1,000 cash. Pick up your ticket at Ron Noble Insurance, Ian Morrison, Getaway Travel and fellow Rotary members. These tickets make great stocking stuffers!
Want to become a Member? Come out to a breakfast on a Thursday at 7 a.m. at Jersey's and see what Rotary is all about.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year from the Rotary Club of Uxbridge, and thank you for your support.





With less than a week to go, the Toy Drive would like to remind the community of its needs. They are always in need of donations for teens, such as gift cards or electronics. New boots, mitts and coats are also welcomed. many groups and businesses have been very generous with cash donations: special thanks to the Bonner Boys, the Roads Dept., Fraserway RV, and Sweet World Media. Drop off locations are McDonalds, Little Acorn, M&M's, Canadian Tire, 'Zehrs, Walmart, Uxbridge Bruins games and the ReStore. Any cash contributions can be made payable to “The Uxbridge Toy Drive” and dropped off at Canadian Tire.

 Santa and friends in Uxbridge,
by Renée Leahy

Build A Tower, Bring On The Tunes

by Roger Varley

An FM radio station proposed for Uxbridge a few years ago now is closer to reality following an unforeseen delay, council was told Monday.
In a deputation, Frank Torres, operations manager of SkyWords, proponents of the station, said his company received approval for an FM licence in 2011 shortly after approaching council seeking its support. He said letters of support written by all councilors at the time were crucial in obtaining the licence.
"The support of council and the public was important and a great help," he said.
However, he said, the company ran into a "lot of difficulties", including entering into an agreement with Bell for a communications tower. He said the company finally approached the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission) to force Bell to co-operate with the radio station.
Mr. Torres said construction of the tower now will begin on Brock Road in September next year.
The station - CIUX at 105.5 FM - will feature hit songs from the 1970s to the present. Mr. Torres said the station will promote local business and "voices" and will seek input from the public.
Mayor Geri Lynn O'Connor told Mr. Torres that his deputation was "a good news story" for Uxbridge.

Hours shortened for New Year's Eve party: Leo Gallard, appearing before council to give an update on his planned New Year's Eve gala at the arena, told councilors he has reduced the proposed hours for the party.
The party will run from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., he said, instead of beginning at 8 p.m. as originally planned.
The shortened time-span has led to difficulties hiring paid-duty police officers to attend the party, Mr. Gallard said. He told council police are not interested in paid duty if the assignment is less than five or six hours. As a result, he asked council to approve the use of private security guards instead. Council agreed, but stressed the security guards must be wearing uniforms.
Mr. Gallard also pointed out that Quest Taxi will station taxis at the arena during the event.

The people behind the scenes: The township has selected 40 members of the public to serve nine committees of council in the new year, including two who ran unsuccessfully for public office in the recent municipal election.
Bob Harrison, who ran for Ward 3 councilor, was named to the committee of adjustment and Gary Ruona, who challenged Councillor Pat Molloy for Ward 2, was named to the property standards committee. Among the other names are several who have served the community as volunteers for years, including Maggie McCreath (accessibility), Rick Hannah (museum) and Robin Coombs (Canada Day).
At the same time, Ward 3 Councilor Pat Mikuse announced that she is stepping down as council liaison with the Canada Day committee after eight years. Her place will be taken by new Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach.
Still on the subject of appointments, Mayor O'Connor has been named chair of the Region's planning committee and Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger has been named deputy chair of the Region's public works committee.

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Calling all Bird Lovers!
The 115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Once again, between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, the birders of North Durham join forces with birders from over 2,300 locations in the western hemisphere for the National Audubon's Christmas Count. Started in New York and Toronto over 100 years ago, the tradition continues with thousands of bird watchers fighting the elements to complete the massive citizen science census of our feathered friends. In North Durham, Beaverton's bird count celebrates 40 years while Uxbridge hits its tenth year.
This year's finch forecast, based on the seed crop in the north, calls for some northern finches to show up and Redpolls and Siskins have already made an appearance. Recent forecasts are calling for a slightly less severe winter than last year but feeders will still be important for the hungry, cold birds. What will your feeder attract?
In Uxbridge we will once again be aiming for a 50 species total, a goal only reached in 2012. Check with us or the map referenced below to see if you are living in one of the circles and can help us at home.
The count circle maps can be seen online , Click Here
For those of you willing to venture out into the field why not join one of our teams.
Count Days are: Sat., Dec. 27, for Uxbridge (Contact Derek Connelly at 905-852-5432,dconn50@powergate.ca); Tues., Dec. 30, for Beaverton circle (Contact John Mclean at 905-862-3435, jmclean@powergate.ca)
Can't Make It or Not confident on the types of birds you have?
1) Give us permission to count your feeder or walk on your property on the day. We will give you a list of birds that we see.
2) Keep track any days and submit to ebird online- http://ebird.org/content/canada/.
Fill up the feeders! Clean the binos! Find the bird book! It’s bird count time.


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