Sharpe statue location stays undecided
by Roger Varley
It appears the issue of where to locate the statue of Col. Sam Sharpe will be up for continued debate.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor told council on Monday she had received a letter from artist Wynn Walters, in which he said the CIBC is agreeable to having the statue situated next to the bank, but it has some conditions attached.
The mayor said council has to continue to discuss where they would like to see the statue located.
That led Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger to suggest the "four corners" - the intersection of Toronto and Brock Streets - "is not the right place for it". He suggested the statue should be placed in Veterans Park at Elgin Pond....continue reading...
The Giving Garden granted a Spark
A special farm in the area has been awarded a national grant for giving back.
Daniel Forsythe, of Forsythe Family Farms, located on Cragg Rd., just east of Uxbridge, created The Giving Garden, a one and a half acre plot of farm land which welcomes volunteers to get involved in growing and harvesting fresh, healthy produce to be given away to those in need the community. Mr. Forsythe has been awarded a portion of The Spark Initiative - a 10-month Leadership Grant program that gives access to funds (between $5,000 -$20,000) training resources, gifts in kind from businesses across the country, mentorship by world class leaders, and a peer community of learners. Applicants for the grant must have started, or are in the process of starting a not-for-profit or charitable organization, or be the owner of a business that supports the social sector by providing benefits and resources to those most vulnerable and marginalized....continue reading...
Meet an Uxbridge Veteran
Submitted by Harry Stemp
When it comes to Uxbridge veterans, there are few more popular that Norm Goodspeed, 90, who was born in Maine, U.S.A., during the depression. As a youngster the family was very hard up and, although it wasn’t legal, Norm joined the army at the age of 17.
“My sister doctored my birth certificate to make it look like I was 18 and I had no problem being accepted,” he recalls....continue reading...
Josh adds one million pennies
by Roger Varley
Josh Morrison's campaign to raise 10 million pennies for Habitat for Humanity received a real boost on Saturday as his day-long fundraiser at the Uxbridge community centre pulled in more than $10,000.
Starting in the morning with a crowd of volunteers, the fundraiser offered games, activities and general fun, including an appearance by former NHL player Gary Roberts and Ward 3 councillor Dave Barton offering himself up in the Bonner Boys dunk tank.
There were a slew of items, donated by many local businesses and residents, up for silent auction, as well as crafts, free games and paid games such as tossing the toilet roll into the toilet....continue reading...
A first anniversary
By MP Jennifer O’Connell
It’s been a great month representing constituents in the House of Commons and connecting with our community here at home. October saw the opening of new businesses as well as a number of fantastic events and important holidays.
Earlier this month, millions of Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the countless blessings we all cherish while enjoying a meal with loved ones. On behalf of my team, I want to again wish everyone in Uxbridge a very happy Thanksgiving!
October also marked the anniversary of last year’s federal election, meaning it’s been one year since residents in Pickering and Uxbridge elected me as their representative in Parliament. It’s been a privilege to work on making good on the promises we made to Canadians. That includes introducing a middle class tax cut for nine million Canadians and implementing the Canada Child Benefit, which is giving more money to middle class families and those working hard to join it. We’ve also reached agreements with the provinces and territories regarding strengthening the Canada Pension Plan and building up our country’s infrastructure....continue reading...
Meanwhile, Back at the Manse with Barb Pratt
After a busy, busy summer, we are preparing for the autumn events at the Leaskdale Historic Site.
Saturday, October 29, is Lucy Maud Montgomery Day. Each year, we devote a whole day to the exploration of the life and work of L.M. Montgomery. The presentations by a variety of speakers - academics and aficionados - add to our appreciation and understanding of the much-loved author of fiction and poetry.
The subject of this year’s LMM Day is “A Celebration of Poetry”: Montgomery’s poetry, and poetry by other writers. During the day, Kathy Clulow and Kathy Wasylenky will recount the story of finding the connection between Clulow’s great aunt and published poet, Jessie Findlay Brown, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Carolyn Strom Collins, an independent scholar from St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, will search for the ideal woman in the poetry of L.M. Montgomery. And Gina Mercer, a poet from Tasmania who has just completed a month as poet-in-residence at the University of PEI will read a selection of her poetry....continue reading...
Goodwood News with Bev Northeast
Fall has arrived and the days are shorter and colder but there are still beautiful fall flowers and colors to enjoy with a walk along the country roads.
The Goodwood Baptist Church holds Sunday service at 11 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. During October the church will continue with their series of guest speakers and on October 30, Rev. Richard Kimball will be the guest speaker. For more information visit the website.
The weekly Prayer Meeting, Bible Study, Kids Club and Youth Bible Study will continue on Tuesday nights, and youth also meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.
The Christian Women's Bible Study is Friday mornings at Betty Kirk's, and on the last Sunday of the month there is a breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and a movie night at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit www.goodwoodbaptistchurch.com.
The Salvation Army will have their fundraising Kettle out near the end of November at Zehrs, and we still need volunteers to assist. Funds from the Kettle pay for the back to school packs, camp, seniors’ snow removal, clothing, food, services and Christmas hampers, so please consider giving a couple of hours to the Salvation Army Kettle. High school students who need their volunteer hours are most welcome to apply....continue reading...