Cam’s Kids announced as uxperience 2018 beneficiary
Every year, local volunteers work for months to create and perform “uxperience” for the purpose of helping local charities and non-profit organizations. This year’s production of music and skits, themed “Battle of the Sexes,” will take place May 3, 4 and 5, and proceeds will go to Cam’s Kids Foundation.
This grassroots, Uxbridge-based organization is actively engaged in “Supporting Young People Struggling with Anxiety.” According to uxperience chair Chris Fahrner, “Anxiety is a major issue with today’s youth, and we are proud to help support Cam’s Kids in their efforts to address the problem in a positive way.”
Cam’s Kids is named for Cameron Hicks, a young Uxbridge man who struggled with debilitating anxiety. In 2014, in his second month at the University of Ottawa, Cameron was struck and killed while crossing a busy highway. His parents, Linda and Gordon Hicks, started Cam’s Kids to honour his memory and help other young people who may be struggling with anxiety-related symptoms.…continue reading…
By Roger Varley
Notes from the March 19 Council meeting
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign: Amanda Ferraro, director of park, recreation, culture and tourism, unveiled for council on Monday the “wayfinding” signs that she proposes be erected around the township this summer.
A total of 20 major signs and 11 minor signs will be positioned around the perimeter of the township and throughout the downtown core to help visitors locate various venues and attraction. The cost of the designing and fabricating the signage would be $46,000, with half of the cost coming from Central Counties Tourism. Installation costs would be $24,000, with $8,000 coming from Central Counties.
The signs presented by Ferraro would be in the familiar green with white lettering, with standard blue symbols representing attractions, sports facilities and parks and trails. Some of the signs would be double sided and all would range in height from about 13 feet to 15 feet. Some of the attractions featured on the signs would include the Lucy Maud Montgomery home, the Foster Memorial and the Uxbridge Historical Centre.
Council is expected to reach a decision on the signage at its next meeting Monday night.…continue reading…
Public invited to help plan a trail
by Nancy Melcher
The Trail Capital of Canada is about to get richer with the addition of some new trails to link up with the new Rouge Urban National Park. These trails will be in the Goodwood Resource Management Tract, which lies in the southwest part of the Township adjacent to the Rouge Urban National Park.
Last summer the Green Durham Association received a $75,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to create a master plan of this area. The purpose is to connect the Oak Ridges Trail to the Rouge Urban National Park, allowing walkers and hikers to travel out of the urban Toronto urban area, up onto the Oak Ridges Moraine, and along the Oak Ridges Trail.
The Green Durham Association has partnered on this project with Parks Canada, the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority, and the Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA). The Goodwood Trail Plan Project is underway, and the public is invited to provide input on the planning process.…continue reading…
“13 Ways” Installment #10 – Welcome to Uxbridge
This is the tenth “installment” in a series of columns and articles inspired by a book entitled “13 Ways To Kill Your Community.”
by Roger Varley
This tenth installment in the Cosmos’ analysis of Doug Griffiths’ book “13 Ways To Kill Your Community” and how it may or may not apply to Uxbridge explores the chapter entitled “Ignore Outsiders.” Griffiths’ himself nicely sums this chapter up in his column “Your Welcoming Little Lie,” which can be found on page 8.
While the Cosmos has made every attempt to remain neutral on the subjects it has presented during this series, it admits some bias with regards to this particular topic, and suggests that it is not a lie to say that Uxbridge is, in fact, a welcoming community.
There is plenty of evidence for this at the Cosmos itself. The newspaper’s founder, Conrad Boyce, came into town like a whirlwind, quickly taking over directorship of the Uxbridge Youth Choir and starting up Uxbridge Musical Theatre, which eventually merged with the Uxbridge Players to become OnStage Uxbridge. Not only was he welcomed into the arts community, he married an Uxbridge lady. He then went on to start the Uxbridge Cosmos with the help of a number of what could only be described as “old-time Uxbridgians.” He was welcomed.…continue reading…
Uxbridge man found dead after going for routine outing
An Uxbridge man who went missing from a local seniors’ residence last Wednesday afternoon was found deceased the following day.
John O’Halloran, 84, left Butternut Manor, on Norm Goodspeed Drive, for a walk just after noon on Wednesday, March 14. Police were contacted on Wednesday evening when O’Halloran had not yet returned to his residence. Police and helicopters searched the area through the night.…continue reading…