Veteran volunteer receives top honour for service
by Nancy Melcher
A local volunteer was given high recognition on Monday for her support of veterans and public education about Canada’s involvement in the First and Second World Wars.
Tish MacDonald received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Mayor Pat Molloy at Monday’s council meeting. On hand to congratulate MacDonald was, among several others, Jennifer O’Connell, MP for Pickering-Uxbridge, local Legion Branch 170 president Sherrill Hodgson, and several proud veterans.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. Originally called the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, this official Canadian honour “recognizes unsung heroes in our communities who volunteer their time, efforts and a great deal of their lives to helping others, and who ask for nothing in return.”…continue reading…
First Leaside hole finally getting new “lease” on life
Citizens of Uxbridge – despair no more. The much-maligned “hole” at the corner of Victoria St. and Brock St. W. is finally going to disappear.
Ward 4 councillor Fred Bryan gave the happy news at Monday’s council meeting, announcing that demolition of the crumbling foundations will begin this Friday, Sept.14. A general clean up around the property must be done in preparation for the construction of a new foundation.…continue reading…
by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove
Notes from the September 10 Council Meeting
Special Olympic swimmer called a rock star: Victoria McDonald, a member of the Uxbridge Otters swim team, received several presentations from council and others at Monday’s meeting, all congratulating her on her accumulation of no less than five gold medals at the Canadian Special Olympics Nationals, held earlier this summer.
As the Cosmos reported on August 16, Victoria swam her way to three individual gold medals: 50m Freestyle, 25m Freestyle and 25m Breast stroke. As part of Team Ontario, she also received two team gold medals.…continue reading…
Urban Pantry stocks nothing but local goodness
by Shelagh Fitz
Not all of us are culinary geniuses. In fact, few are as inspired as the chefs at Urban Pantry. By their own definition they are a “trendy casual globally influenced, locally sourced eatery” located right here in Uxbridge. The restaurant is a destination for those wanting to sample all the goodness that is naturally grown and raised and produced in this area. Urban Pantry has even been certified as a member of the Feast On™ movement, for restaurants who believe local food matters.…continue reading…
A new craft beer is all in the family
Collaborations between craft breweries are nothing new, but two North Durham breweries are celebrating what could be the world’s first craft brewery collaboration baby.
The happy parents? Both longstanding brewery employees – Megan is the events coordinator for Port Perry’s Old Flame Brewing Co. and Zach is the sales rep for Uxbridge’s The Second Wedge Brewing Co. The couple welcomed their first bundle of joy over Labour Day weekend.…continue reading…
Penny House becomes tangible reality for local teen
Josh Morrison finally got to lay his hands on a project that has been laying on his heart since 2012. Morrison was part of a wall-raising last Friday morning, when he and several Habitat for Humanity volunteers, along with several local personalities, lifted five walls into place; at least two of those walls will be part of Josh’s Penny House. The Penny House campaign raised almost $125,000, all of which went towards the CentreTowne home.…continue reading…
Art on the Fringe Festival a main event this weekend
Organizers of this year’s Uxbridge Art on the Fringe Festival promise that it is better than ever!
The Festival features over 30 emerging and established artists displaying their work, which includes paintings, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, furniture and more.
The Fringe Art Festival is presented by Artists of Uxbridge, a local art group that meets regularly to bring artists together, promoting and supporting art in the Uxbridge and area community. New members at all levels are welcome. More information about the group will be available onsite at the Art on the Fringe booth.…continue reading…
Landowners needed for tree planting program
by Nancy Melcher
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” John Muir believed, “the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” Robert Frost told us, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” Henry Davis Thoreau noted, “We need the tonic of wildness.” And Margaret Atwood said, “In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
Forests Ontario is working with governments and organizations to make the province greener through planting trees.…continue reading…