New animal shelter start date delayed until 2018
by Roger Varley
Construction of the new Uxbridge Scugog Animal Shelter will not begin until the spring of 2018, much later than the fund-raising committee and at least one councillor had hoped for.
Council decided on the 2018 start despite a report submitted by Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Svelnis and Clerk Debbie Leroux which recommended earlier requests by the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge Scugog (NASUS) be accommodated. Among those requests, made in February during a presentation to council, was a construction start in 2017.
Councillor Pat Molloy said the project is "a long way from being ready for construction. In 2018, we will be."
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said water and soil tests to be conducted on the site for the new shelter, on Lakeridge Road, have not yet been carried out and waiting a few extra months to start construction "is in our best interests." Councillor Dave Barton said if there is a rush to build the shelter, money will not be spent in the best manner, and Ms. Leroux said it will not be possible to even break ground before October of this year, thus running construction into the winter months.
However, Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger said it would be easier to raise more money for the shelter if potential donors could see an earlier start made on construction, a point acknowledged by the report.
In the February presentation, Ginger Jackson, chair of NASUS, said the volunteer group wanted to start a Major Gifts campaign to solicit donations from companies by offering naming rights to various components of the new facility. She also asked for bridge financing of $300,000 from both Uxbridge and Scugog to enable construction to begin in 2017. The money would be paid back over five years from money raised in the Major Gifts campaign. NASUS has already raised close to $545,000 since it was formed in 2011.
The report by Ms. Svelnis and Ms. Leroux recommended the campaign be approved and that both the $300,000 bridge financing and 2017 start date be considered for approval. Council approved the campaign and the bridge financing but opted for a 2018 construction start....continue reading...
Sandford family escapes house fire
Last Wednesday morning (March 15), a house fire that started in the chimney destroyed much of the house belonging to Dan and Sarah Moore, of Sandford.
Located just south of the Sandford Side Road on Concession 4, the brick portion of the century farmhouse remains standing, but the living room, kitchen and bathroom were destroyed. The Moores, along with their 11-year old daughter Mackenzie, escaped with only the clothes they were wearing.
According to Lee Anne O’Connor, Dan’s sister, the brick part of the house has suffered smoke and water damage, but insurance is currently investigating whether the building can be saved.
“It has the original stained glass and everything, it’s such a beautiful old farm home,” says Lee Anne. “It would be a shame if it has to come down, but we have to wait and see what insurance says.”
Most of the family’s pets escaped the fire as well - one of their four cats perished, and another, named Jack, was found in the debris of the house three days later, still alive. The horses and chickens from the farm, along with the dogs and cats, are currently being looked after by friends and neighbours....continue reading...
Maple syrup time in Sunderland
by Dorothea Helms
Spring is here, and so is maple syrup season! Local farmers, vendors, artisans and organizations are gearing up for the 22nd Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival, to be held on April 1 and 2. This well-loved, fun-filled event draws visitors from across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. According to Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival Committee Chair Paul South, this year’s event will offer some popular activities – and a few surprises.
“This year, we’re excited that on Saturday morning, people can attend a Northern Stoker Biomass Heating demonstration at Northern Metalworks. You can get a firsthand look at how new furnaces allow the use of grains, corn, pellets and other wood products for heating. Northern Metalworks is just down the road from Sunderland Public School and has plenty of free parking.”...continue reading...
TARTAN DAY CELEBRATION 2017
The Wee Tartan Shop in Port Perry is celebrating Tartan Day on April 2, and the Uxbridge Legion Pipe Band will start the festivities at 2 p.m. with a parade. ...continue reading...