Uxbridge hosts finance minister
by Roger Varley
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau visited Uxbridge briefly on Thursday, accompanied by Pickering-Uxbridge MP Jennifer O’Connell.
During the hour-long visit, Mr. Morneau was given a detailed description of Uxbridge’s 320-kilometre trails system by Recreation Manager Amanda Ferraro, as well as an overview of plans for the Fields of Uxbridge and the proposed new swimming pool (a planned visit to the Fields was called off due to the weather). He also took time to examine the various small sculptures in the township hall lobby: miniature versions of the L.M. Montgomery and Col. Sam Sharpe statues and the newly restored trestle bridge on the Trans Canada Trail.
While at the township offices, the minister was taken out to look at the Trans Canada Trail pavilion in Centennial Park, where he met with passing children enrolled in the Outdoor Quest summer camp program, one of numerous camps run by the township.…continue reading…
More signs set to dot Uxbridge township landscape
by Roger Varley
Uxbridge could soon be seeing new directional signs around the township in hopes of bringing visitors to local venues and attractions.
In a deputation to council on July 10, Chuck Thibeault of Central Counties Tourism said the town has three types of visitors: transient, such as cyclists, people heading to cottage country or just driving through; those with a specific destination in mind; and those visiting friends and family.
Mr. Thibeault said the first type don’t give the town or township a second thought as they pass through. The second type sees and visits nothing else other than their pre-determined destination. The third type are often left to their own devices to discover the town on their own.
He said a sign study group has mapped out all of Uxbridge’s assets, such as the trails, the train station, the Foster Memorial, the arena, shopping and dining, in the hope of moving visitors to explore more than one asset of the area.
Noting Uxbridge’s designation as “Trail Capital of Canada”, Mr. Thibeault said: “We claimed the title: let’s exploit it.”
As a result of its work, the group recommended the placement of signs on major entrance points to the township guiding visitors to the downtown. In town, the group wants clearly visible signs pointing out the way to go for venues, attractions and services and where municipal parking lots are located. In the parking lots, they want maps showing what is located where and what events are upcoming.…continue reading…
Kids + games + BBQ = fun
by Roger Varley
More than 200 Uxbridge children between the ages of six and 14 turned the arena into a massive playground on Friday as they took part in the third edition of the Uxbridge JumpStart games.
The free event, put on by the township and Canadian Tire, saw the kids divided into several groups to take part in such activities as seated volleyball, noodle floor hockey, tennis and wheelchair basketball.
“It gives them a chance to play sports they’ve never done before,” said township recreation co-ordinator Rebecca Harman.
An instant hit with the children was Lee Melymick, a member of the U23 Team Canada wheelchair basketball squad, who led them in games with wheelchairs supplied by the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association. Mr. Melymick, who has played for Canada in international competition, said he only started the sport a year-and-a-half ago. He noted that players do not have to be disabled to play wheelchair basketball.
“It’s an inclusive sport,” he explained.…continue reading…
Accident claims lives of Uxbridge couple
by Roger Varley
An Uxbridge couple was killed in a traffic accident north of Peterborough on the weekend.
George Eliadis, 52, and Shari Keyes-Williams, 42, suffered fatal injuries Saturday evening after their motorcycles and two other motorcycles were hit by a car that crossed over the centre line on Highway 118 near Essonville. Two other motorcyclists whose identities were not immediately released, were seriously injured in the accident.…continue reading…
Fall Fair looking for Ambassador and assistance
Planning for this year’s Fall Fair is well underway, and organizers are looking for more volunteers to round out the process.
The fair is searching for a Fair Ambassador who will preside at this year’s Fair, as well as at some events in 2018. Being a Fair Ambassador is possible for all individuals between the ages of 18 and 24. Further details are available on the Fair’s website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An acute need for assistance to set up the Produce section on the Wednesday and Thursday before the Fair, and for general disassembly on Sunday afternoon remains. Please contact Bev Harrison at 905-852- 5877 or email email@example.com if you can assist.…continue reading…
Goodwood News with Bev Northeast
Lots going on in Goodwood! Theatre at the community centre, volleyball groups, tennis in the south park along with baseball, and basketball is keeping everyone busy!
A reminder that the Pearls & Lace craft show is booking tables; call 905-640-3966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, before we are sold out!
There are many changes to the schedule for the Baptist Church, which will now hold Sunday service at 10 a.m. until after Labour Day weekend. Sunday School is cancelled until the fall. The 10 a.m. Thursday Bible study is continuing, but will not be held the last two weeks of August. Kids’ Club returns September 19 at 6:45 p.m. Check the website www.goodwoodbaptistchurch.com for upcoming programs.…continue reading…