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.
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!
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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.
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!
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