Beer tent gets grudging support
by Roger Varley
Members of council gave grudging support to allowing a beer tent to operate in Elgin Park on July 1 as Uxbridge celebrates Canada's 150th birthday.
In a letter to council, Robin Coombs, chair of the Canada 150 committee, repeated his request to have a beer tent at the park as part of the festivities.
Councillor Gordon Highet was the first to say he did not support the idea. Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger said he was not initially in favour of the tent.
"It's a lot of work for four hours," he said. "Canada Day is a family event and there's a number of challenges with a beer tent. I have concerns."
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said her major concern is "how many people are going to be around on the Saturday. I don't think (the beer tent) is needed, but if the committee thinks it will work, I'll support it."
Councillor Fred Bryan said he was not in favour of serving beer at the event but added he would support the idea since a local brewery would be involved.
Councillor Dave Barton, a member of the Canada 150 committee, found himself alone in defending the idea of a beer tent. He said a number of family events in Elgin Park in the past have had beer tents with "very few problems". He said at least one vendor is interested in having the tent and it would add one more attraction to the Canada Day celebrations....continue reading...
Come ‘n try the haggis, ye
Usually when one mentions haggis, there are shouts of “Blech!” and “Ew!” and “Gross.” But unless one has actually tasted the enduringly notorious dish, one cannot wrinkle one’s nose at it! For those completely unknowing, haggis is a savoury pudding that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. It is traditionally cooked in a sheep's stomach, but most haggis nowadays is sold and cooked in a synthetic sausage casing.
The Hobby Horse Arms is offering the perfect opportunity to check “Trying Haggis” off your bucket list by highlighting it, and many other Scottish delights, at a traditional Robbie Burns Night, to be held on the evening of the Scottish poet’s birthday - Wednesday, January 25.
“We haven’t held a Robbie Burns night in 10 years or so,” says Jim Byers, owner of the Hobby Horse Arms, “so we thought we’d bring it back on his actual birthday. It’s just a great night of fun and camaraderie!”...continue reading...
with Bev Northeast
The skating rink is open in the north park and the community skating party is just around the corner with a chance to get out and see your neighbors and friends and enjoy a hot chocolate.
Don’t forget to attend the Regional meeting open house in Port Perry on Jan. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with presentations at 6 p.m.and 7:30 p.m. on the Master Transportation Plan update.
The Baptist church Sunday service is at 11 a.m. with Pastor Oates speaking and music by the Reflections. All are welcome to attend. Music on Jan. 29 with Joan Allen, Feb. 5 music with Justin Morrison, Feb. 12 music Aaron Clubine, Feb. 19 music with Moses and on Feb. 26 music by Janice Bearling, as well as a presentation on the Mission....continue reading...
with Helen Harrison
Days are noticeably longer as January is already more than half over.
Udora-Leaskdale Lions' Club is continuing their monthly Spaghetti Dinners on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Udora Community Centre. Come and enjoy good food and a visit with your neighbours
The Lions' Club also has two public skating rinks open, one in Leaskdale Park, and one at Udora Community Centre. (Weather permitting)....continue reading...
Pets and their People - The health benefits of pet ownership
by Dr Karen Bardecki, Pet Hospital on Main
If your New Year’s resolution includes improving your physical or mental health, then getting a pet may help you achieve your goal. In the US, an economic study was done at George Mason University that showed healthcare cost savings were associated with pet ownership.
There are 132.8 million pet owners in the US and they visit their doctors 0.6 times less than the average non-pet owners. The average cost of an office visit in the US is $139, so that means pet owners saved the system $11.37 billion. There are no similar studies in Canada that I am aware of, but there are plenty of studies that document a positive impact from pet ownership on cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, infection control, allergies, stress and other psychological issues....continue reading...