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ENSS is second best in province PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy Suga Malfara   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:18
The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School board announced on April 16 that East Northumberland Secondary School was the second best fundraiaser in the ptovince in the 2013 National Terry Fox School Run.


Five KPR secondary schools are among the province’s fundraising all-stars in this school year’s National Terry Fox School Run.  The Terry Fox Foundation informed KPR the following high schools were among the top 25 fundraisers in Ontario:  East Northumberland SS, 2nd at $40,945.78; Adam Scott CVI, 9th at $23,462.87; Thomas A. Stewart SS, 17th at $16,130.90; Crestwood SS, 24th at $13,667.66; and Kenner CVI, 25th at $13,220.07.  Ontario-wide, more than 4,000 schools raised $7.2 million last fall – about $1 million more than the previous year.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:26
Try a kale smoothie PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Sellers   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:08

On Tuesday April 15th the Horticultural Society had the pleasure of listening to the Clean Eating Chef, Vibeke Vale, talking about produce from the garden, and in particular kale.  Most of us only thought of kale as a vegetable to be boiled or steamed, but our Chef was praising its virtues as an extremely healthy product to be eaten raw accompanied by a variety of fruits and vegetables, processed by a juicer.  She particularly recommended a cold press juicer which separates the juice from the pulp. Her Mean Green Juice consisted of cucumber, celery stalks, apples, kale leaves, lemon and ginger, which she processed in front of our eyes.  Samples were handed out and it proved to be a pleasingly refreshing drink. 


Her second juicer was a Vitamix blender with which she made a Pineapple Green Smoothie. This she also prepared as we watched, blending pineapple cubes, banana, water or fresh orange juice, vanilla extract, tightly packed chopped greens, such as kale or beet greens, and fresh herbs.  This Smoothie had a little more body to it but was very enjoyable.  Finally, we were shown how to create a Raw Citrus Kale Salad using curly kale, an orange, freshly squeezed lime juice, cold-pressed olive oil, raw agave nectar, minced garlic, sea salt, cayenne pepper, tangerines, currants and a large grated carrot.  After laying aside the kale, she mixed the other ingredients together and massaged them into the kale.  It made a tasty and interesting salad. 


Vibeke gave us plenty of reasons to eat our greens which are low-carb, fat-free, low-cal and gluten-free.  They also contain within them just about every vitamin and nutrient. In addition, their insoluble fibre serves to absorb toxins from the body, eliminating them through the digestive system.  They lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and aid in weight loss.  In addition to kale, she mentioned spinach, swiss chard and collards as an excellent source of nourishment.  She made a number of other suggestions for their consumption, such as adding them to a vegetable or tofu stir-fry, pasta or soup.


There is one caveat, however.  Smoothies must be consumed within a couple of days as they start to oxidize on the third day.


For those wanting to follow up further on her suggestions, she said she gave lessons on food preparation and would be giving two classes at Trinity St. Andrew’s Church in Brighton during May.  She also does a fair bit of catering.  You can find her on Facebook under Vibekekalevale and on the net under www.vibekevale.com.   

Our next meeting will be held in the Keeler Centre at 7:00 p.m. on May 20th when Dawn Golloher of Gardens Plus will be talking about the best perennials for 2014.  All are welcome.      

Jill Sellers

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:15
Tom Semple Legion Volunteer of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Friday, 18 April 2014 22:34

Four years ago, we introduced a new category of award ... a Volunteer of the Year Award. The Volunteer of the Year will be a person who, regardless of membership status has worked hard on behalf of the Branch and in doing so has upheld the principles of service, not for self but for the good of the organization. The recipient will be chosen by the President.

Our recipient last year was Comrade Frank Turcotte. He was traveling at the time of our Honours & Awards last year so his name was announced but everyone was asked to keep the secret until the award could be presented to him at the first dinner following his return. You did a great job of doing so and Frank was so not expecting to receive the Volunteer of the Year, he had to be coaxed out from behind the serving line to receive it when his name was announced.


Why is it that I never have to coax him to talk during meetings, just to receive recognition?


tom sOnward to this year.


As always, both this award and the Legionnaire of the Year award are two of the toughest decisions I have to make. The good news is, the difficulty is not from lack of candidates. The bad news is, I can't give it to all the candidates.


There are some who have their names on these plaques who could receive them again, and it may yet happen, but they would rather not if a new name could be added. That speaks volumes to the selfless nature, and service, of so many of our volunteers.


This year's recipient has primarily volunteered in one area of the branch's operations but in a manner that has been invaluable to the operation of the branch. Without this willingness to give of time and talent, we'd have been stuck many times.


This recipient showed up here one day, new in town, new to the branch and just fit in. I rather expect that would be the case just about anywhere this person went. While 'on duty' this person is quiet, unassuming and focused on the job at hand.


Off duty, that's another story. A bit of a shark at the pool table, this person can inflict great pain around the clubroom. Yep, the pain is caused by the intense laughter he causes with his incredible sense of humour and ability to deliver quips and one-liners in rapid succession.


Comrades, your Volunteer of the Year is Comrade Tom Semple.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:01
United Way holds AGM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beej McNamara   
Friday, 18 April 2014 01:10

Cobourg, ON – April 16, 2014 – Northumberland United Way held their Annual General meeting at St. Mark’s Church in Port Hope on April 16th. CEO Lynda Kay thanked all the many volunteers and staff for their hard work during the 2013 year. Recognition was given to the longstanding commitment of retiring Board members Pam Went and George Gordon, who have both served for six years, as well as Mark Holmes, Jay Robinson and Tenday Danha who retired from the Board earlier in the year.


United Way welcomed incoming Board members Janet Faas, Michael McAllister and Lana Taylor. Returning as Board members are Paul Allen, as President, Jennifer Moore, Dr. Vern Chase, Dale Chipman, Peter Delanty, Judy McLean, Leslie Orpana, Brain Ostrander, Eugene Todd, Karen Trizzino, Bill Koch, Fred Marcon, Gerald Blackstock and Laurel Savoy.


Poya Kherghehpoush, Program Manager, Organizational Business Model & Initiatives, United Way of Canada was the guest speaker at the AGM. United Way President Paul Allen stated, “In looking back over the achievements and challenges we had in 2013, I have to say that we saw tremendous positive impact throughout the community. I am proud to be a part of this organization and those associated with it. It truly is a collaborative community in which we live. I would also like to thank Poya Kherghehpoush for inspiring us with his words today.”


The year 2013 saw Northumberland United Way receive accreditation through the Imagine Canada Standards Program. This program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and not-for-profits designed to strengthen practices in five areas; Board governance; fiscal accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. The program was put into place in 2011 and we are proud to be one of 82 charities in Canada to receive this accreditation.


The 2013 Thank You Report was available at the AGM and can also be viewed, along with our audited financial statements, on the United Way website www.northumberlandunitedway.ca, or by contacting the United Way office.


About United Way:

Northumberland United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of health and social services in Northumberland County. United Way is committed to moving people from Poverty to Possibility, ensuring that children and youth grow up to be All That Kids Can Be, and helping to build Strong Communities. United Way assists 10 member agencies, will invest $50,000 in grants in 2014, and supports multiple community programs and partnerships. In 2014, United Way will invest over one million dollars into our communities. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, United Way creates positive change in the lives of 1 in 3 residents in Northumberland County.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 01:14
Dangerous excavation saga unravelled PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:01

We have unravelled most of the story about the potentially dangerous excavation on King St. E. in Colborne.


On April 1 Cramahe resident John Rutherford asked Cramahe Council to act on concerns about the open excavation adjacent to King St. E. in Colborne. A hole had been dug for a basement and left over the winter. It filled with water and posed a potential threat to public safety. It is a few hundred metres from Colborne Public School.


Mr. Rutherford was told that the township’s Chief Building Official Natalie Moroz-Cornell was dealing with the property owner. Ms. Moroz-Cornell told the resident that she was investigating her authority in the matter.


Nine days later a fence was finally erected around the hole.


On April 15 township CAO Christie Alexander was called defend the township’s role in the situation and members of council were asked for their opinions on how the situtation had been covered.


We asked the CAO to explain the procedure followed by the township when bylaw-related complaints are made. 


She replied that the bylaw enforcement officer Phil Kelly is contacted and his supervisor, Dan O'Brien is copied on all complaints. This situation was somewhat different as it was raised at a council meeting. But Mr. Kelly was never brought into the situation, and Mr. O'Brien only became actively involved on April 7 when he observed that a fence erected by the owner of the property on April 5-6 was inadequate. At the April 15 meeting oc council Ms. Alexander stated she had no idea what actions had been taken by township bylaw officer Phil Kelly.


When asked why it took so long to find a solution (nine days), Ms. Alexander replied that it would have been longer had Works Director Dan O’Brien not made an emergency order for a fence. Ms. Alexander stated that due process took time, and that “the public thinks we can just walk on (to someone’s property)”.


In our interview with Mr. O'Brien we discovered that it, in fact, took two days to get legal opinions. The emergency order to fence the property was made and issued, and the fence erected on the same day (April 10). To his knowledge, this is the first emergency order ever issued in Cramahe.


Ms. Alexander sent us the section of the Building Code Act whicih outlines the circumstances and timeline for issueing an order. It clearly states that when there is a threat to the health or safety of any person, the township can act immediately to correct the situation. It does not have to wait until te property owner has been served with papers.


That piece of information appears to conflict with her statement of April 15 that "due process takes time". It also begs the questions, What was being done between April 1 and April 7 to protect the public? and Why was the emergency order not issued much sooner?


Ms. Moroz-Cornell appeared to be taking the lead on April 1, but was there no one monitoring progress in the resolution of this problem?


Reactions to the delay brought varied answers from members of council who were surveyed over the situation and asked to provide their future expectations.


Councillor Pat Westrope said the township response should have been more immediate. The township needs to be more aggressive in enforcing its bylaws. If it was a property standards issue then the bylaw officer should have been involved.


In a measured response, Councillor Ed Van Egmond reminded council that they knew his feelings from day one. He spoke to Mr. O'Brien on April 5, expressing the need for something to be done. On Monday, April 7 the councillor called the township office again about the need for action. He wrote a letter to Ms. Alexander and 10 minutes later something was being done. "It was a danger to the public and should have been looked after on Wednesday morning (April 2)". 


Councillor Clinton Breau took a more neutral position, recognising the need for due process, and supporting the final action taken, but noted the time taken was too long. He expressed his hope that this would not happen again.


Mayor Marc Coombs acknowledged that the township can always do better, but would not criticize staff. There was a safety issue. The township has to respect private property and weigh the owner’s rights against the risk. He hopes it was a learning experience. Hindsight is 20-20.


Deputy mayor Jim Williams refused to respond directly to the questions, stating he has no intention to review staff performance in public, now or in the future.  Mr. Williams appeared to balk at even discussing the issue, referring to a rule put in place by a former mayor, disallowing questions on issues which were not on the meeting agenda. Mayor Coombs did not accept this argument and continued his policy of allowing all questions directed at staff and council by the press and members of the public.


There is one more step for the township. The order miust be brought before a Superior Court judge where it can be accepted modified or rescinded. The judge can also order that the township be repaid for expenses incurred in issueing the order.


Only one loose end remains and we hope to have an answer to that next week. When asked about the application of regulations governing firefighters entering dangerous premises, Ms. Alexander stated that we were mistaken. The fire department has no authority in this type of situation. We have not been able to contact the Fire Marshall's office to confirm this.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 00:06
Ken shares his concerns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:00

The letter written below by Cramahe resident Ken Awender was too long for our comments section under the Dangerous situation story, so we have posted it in full for our readers - 

Allow me first to thank John Rutherford for bringing this up on April 1 and Councillor Van Egmond for pressing so hard for a solution. I also found it a very frustrating ordeal myself.  This whole ordeal is clearly a pass the buck scenario; it was people not knowing the rules, people possibly not doing their duties and people doing somebody else's job. The bylaw gives specific direction in the event of potentially dangerous situation. ..this is spelled out in many other related municipal and provincial acts.

Why did it take so long? Due process doesn’t fly in my opinion. What would all of us be saying/commenting on today if I child’s life, anybody’s life had been lost because “we” were investigating our legal authority in the matter? ..how many times did somebody from the Township with the “legal” authority drive by this “Threat” and do nothing about it? I made a complaint to the Fire Dept..only to be told the risk was comparable to a fast flowing creek! And they could not step on private lands. Really?

The majority of Council agrees…something should have been done sooner, while others said they would not criticize staff. That’s fine but I will and can..I pay them! The Chief Building Official is certified and registered with various agencies including one the most important being Ministry of Municpal Affairs and Housing..an  exam component of MMAH certification is called, Powers and Duties of CBO, an exam the CBO passed in 2003. The Deputy Mayor will not discuss the ordeal ..the same person who as a previous Mayor penned his name to By-law 2003-10 on Jan 21 2003. As for the CAO contradicting herself with the statement..”Due process taking time”…this wasn’t a case of 3 bald tires and rusty old BBQ.  Ms CAO…if somebody had died…how you would be sleeping at night!

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:06
Holcim just got bigger PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:43

Holcim Ltd and Lafarge SA have merged to create the biggest cement maker in the world. The deal was announced earlier this month in various business newsmagazines. With a combined annual revenue of $40 billion US the companies are expected to have to divest 18% if their interests to meet competition requirements. Two-thirds of the divestments are expected to be in Europe, with the rest coming from world-wide operations. Together, they employ abour 9,000 people in Canada and control half the cement market.


The companies, by merging, hope to make cost efficiencies during a period of reduced demand brought on by the global recession. The merged company will be based in Switzerland, the current home of Holcim. Lafarge SA is based in France. They will be led by Lafarge SA CEO Bruno Lafont.


The companies are active in 90 countries. The deal is the second largest in the world this year. The largest was the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:57
Catch the Colborne drumline today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:07

dl14The Colborne Public School Drumline is competing today in the frst of its spring competitions. The group is competing at 1 p.m. against five other drumlines in the Canadian Drumline Association Eastern Ontario Regional Competition. It's all happening at the Keeler Centre and will be over by 3 p.m.. Admission is free, the canteen is open and all are welcome. LInes from Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton will join the Colborne kids in this event.


The regionals lead to the Provincial Championships held in Toronto on May 24. A week from now they head to Montreal for the Quebec Provincials. Under drumline rules, they could return from the April 25 competition as champions of Quebec.


This is the fifth year the Colborne Public School Drumline and its senior partner the Oak Ridge Percussion will be at the Keeler Centre. The groups are guided by CPS teacher and band leader, Chad Morford, and drumline expert, Michael Beauclerc.


The CPS Drumline receives most of its funding from the annual Festival of Trees, a celebration of Christmas and the lives of children of the community who have died prematurely.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:29
Festival to have memory wall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Owen   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:44

The Apple Blossom Tyme Festival committee has been meeting all winter and is gearing up for the May 24-5 festival. The committee has planned to add an interactive memory wall to this year’s event. The “wall” would be mounted in Victoria Square Park and children would be encouraged to put their “memories of Apple Blossom Tyme” up on display.

Committee member Jay Robinson was at Cramahe Council on April 15 to ask for permission to raise the temporary wall. He also needs the township to do locates and dig the necessary holes to support the plywood structure.

Council agreed to the proposal with one caveat – the committee must have the support of Heritage Cramahe, the body which oversees the historic park.

Gallery show opens April 19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Buntin   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:30

avrilSpend some time with artist Avril Bull and you will find yourself infused with her irrepressible energy and passion for the outdoors. The collection of Avril’s new works at The Colborne Art Gallery entitled Everything Moves, gives us a view into that energy and passion.


Avril begins most days with a walk, ride or ski through the fields around her Baltimore home, storing mental images of light, colour and design that work their way into her drawings, prints and paintings. Often collecting photos of the scenes she is most drawn to, Avril will use the photos as reference for her compositions; however it is the memory of movement in the landscape that seems to infuse her work most strongly.


The flutter of leaves catching the light, the rhythm in the sloping hills, the skyward thrust of a mountainside, the swirl of water or snow, these are the aspects of the natural world that bring the emotion to Avril’s work, taking it from strict representation to a personal response. The show title, Everything Moves, also describes Avril’s way of interacting with her world, from morning walks, energetic gardening, hiking and kayak trips through creative leaps of imagination and an uncontainable tendency to burst into dance while working in her studio. It’s not surprising then to find that Avril works in a variety of mediums, moving from one to the other to capture the essence of her current subject. Watercolour painting works best for Avril when she wants the movement and light of early morning sun on snow to come through in her lively brushstrokes.


In carving the linoblock for a relief print, Avril finds that she is physically involved in the process in a way that relates back to the essential physical place that initially inspired the piece. The resulting prints have a boldness that captures that physicality.


In order to portray a more dreamlike impression of the natural world, Avril has developed a monotype process that requires many repeated layers to build up finely detailed texture and colour. Avril describes this process as a bit mesmerizing and meditative, allowing the image to unfold in a less deliberate way which keeps the magic of a fleeting moment. A simple image of a few leaves floating through the air retains the momentary sparkle of light and shadow but also has a timeless quality which keeps you pulled in to the image.


The combined effect of these varying approaches to the subject of the natural world helps convey the changing moods of the weather, time of day and mood of both the landscape and the artist who so passionately shows us her viewpoint.


Be sure to visit The Colborne Art Gallery and enjoy Everything Moves from April 19, 2014 to May 25, 2014. The opening reception on Saturday April 19th from 2-4 p.m. is an opportunity to speak to Avril and the other member artists and enjoy refreshments. All are always welcome to attend and admission is always free!


Barbara Buntin

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:44
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