Easter Seals chooses ‘unstoppable’ ambassador
by Nancy Melcher
A well-known, well-liked Uxbridge youth will represent disabled youth throughout the province as a 2019 Provincial Easter Seals Ambassador.
Graham Baskin’s latest title was announced in Toronto last week at the annual Rogers Conn Smythe Sports Celebrities Dinner & Auction in support of Easter Seals Kids.
The annual fundraiser usually announces one female and one male ambassador for the year; Baskin’s female counterpart is Madisen Dean from Hamilton.
Baskin, a 16-year old student at Uxbridge Secondary School, already has some ambassador experience – in 2017 he was selected the Accessibility Ambassador for Uxbridge. This distinction was awarded because, according to the acclamation, “having a barrier in his life does not stop him from being active in the Uxbridge Community… Graham’s frontal and forward involvement in our community has been one of the key movements to create inclusive environments for people of all abilities.”…continue reading…
Councillor opts out of Grainboys decision
by Roger Varley
Ward 1 councillor Pam Beach informed council on Monday that she is opting out of future discussions and decisions regarding the zoning bylaw amendment application brought forward by Grainboys Inc.
Grainboys, currently running an operation in Aurora, wants the zoning amendment to allow it to build a dry grain processing plant, complete with a bank of 60-foot silos, just east of Goodwood hamlet.
Beach said she was declaring a conflict of interest even though she believes there is none and she has received a legal opinion that backs her belief. Nevertheless, she said many residents in her ward “perceive” her to have a conflict and for that reason she is taking the action she has chosen.…continue reading…
Bruins finish in first place with a bang
by Roger Varley
With a 19-0 shellacking of the Georgina Ice on Sunday, the Uxbridge Bruins put an exclamation mark on their first-place finish in the PJHL’s Junior C Orr Division.
It is the first time the Bruins have ended the regular season atop the standings since the 2014-15 season and they did it convincingly. The team finished the season with 10 wins in a row and a 16-game streak without a loss. The last time the Bruins came up short was a 4-3 loss to the Little Britain Merchants on Dec. 21.
The final tally showed the Bruins with 68 points on the strength of 33 wins (the most games the team has won in a season), seven losses and two ties. The Lakefield Chiefs and North Kawartha Knights both finished with 64 points.…continue reading…
A note from Dave’s desk
column by Mayor Dave Barton
Starting off 2019
It has been a pleasure to serve our community as your mayor for the last 72 days, along with our new council. The new members are hard at work and committed to our municipality. I’d like to take a moment to outline some of the items that we have been working on.
Communication: Most of our council committed to stronger communication for this term. All of our ward councillors have been on 105.5 HitsFM (our local radio station) with me, sharing information on social media, attending public meetings and communicating directly with the residents of Uxbridge. We have made progress on the electronic sign at the south entrance to the town, and are working to communicate more effectively with print media.
Uxbridge.ca: Previously we used the web address town.uxbridge.on.ca but it was difficult to include on marketing material and to give out over the phone. We’re pleased to announce that uxbridge.ca will now be used for all web and email addresses.…continue reading…