August 24, 2011
Volume 7, Issue 16
West Nile Virus found in York Region—Georgina tests negative
According to a media release from York management ponds if evidence of mos- why we focus on the catch basins because
Region, three mosquito pools in the region quito breeding is found,” Ms. Lemieux they are a great place for them to breed as
have tested positive for West Nile Virus. said. opposed to the nuisance mosquitoes which
One pool is located at the intersection of She is advising the public that the risk of are woodland breeders. The reason why
Centre Street and Doane Rd. in East Gwil- being bitten by an infected mosquito and you see a lot of the positives (WNV tests)
limbury and two in Markham. becoming seriously ill as a result of West in Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill
Samantha Lemieux, a spokesperson for Nile Virus is low, but offers a number of is because of the container breeders.”
Community and Health Services for York prevention and protection precautions for Mr. Mancuso explained that the recent hot
Region, says these three positive mosquito families: and humid weather experienced in York
pools are the first reported in York Region Minimize outdoor activities at dusk, Region in July and August has had an im-
since 2009. night and dawn; pact on mosquito breeding habits.
“The province of Ontario has reported Wear protective clothing “Hot weather plus humidity equals mos-
mosquito pools testing positive for West Apply insect repellent quitoes,” Mr. Mancuso said. “We have had
Nile Virus are on the rise,” says Ms. Le- Repair screens a lot of both this summer and obviously
mieux. Eighty-seven positive mosquito Eliminate stagnant water the more opportunities you give them to
pools have been found in Ontario to date Areas in Georgina, including the greater breed, there are going to be more of them.”
this year which is higher than the numbers Pefferlaw area, are treated annually with The WNV is transmitted to a female mos-
reported during the same time period for Bti and five mosquito pools here are part quito when she takes a blood meal from an
the past four years. of the York Region monitoring study. To infected bird and the virus can be passed
Ms. Lemieux says the catch basins in the date, no evidence of West Nile Virus on to her young, Mr. Mancuso said. Hu-
affected areas will continue to be treated as (WNV) has been found in Georgina this mans can contract the disease if bitten by
well as surrounding stagnant water in road- year. The last specimen to test positive an infected mosquito.
side ditches and public property. here was found in Sutton in 2005. Symptoms for WNV illness consist of fe-
York Region treats catch basins along Re- The most common mosquito specie carry- ver, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confu-
gional and municipal roads over the sum- ing WNV is the Culex pipien/restuans, a sion, severe headache and a sudden sensi-
mer months with four larvicide applica- container breeder. According to Mr. Jo- tivity to light. Approximately four out of
tions of methoprene. seph Mancuso, manager of the Vector five people infected by WNV do not show
“In addition, the larvicide Bacillus thur- Borne Disease Program at York Region any symptoms of the illness at all and the
ingiensis israelensis (Bti) may be placed in Community Health Services, the majority risk of being bitten by an infected mos-
ditches and temporary or permanent stand- of mosquitoes testing positive for WNV quito and becoming seriously ill as a result
ing water pools including storm water are found in the southern areas. “That is is low, says Ms. Lemieux.
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My family is pretty healthy ence the quality health care the
(touch wood) and I haven’t had politicians are always touting is
much opportunity to experi- out there.
ence first hand the care at Southlake’s cardiac care unit
Southlake Hospital in Newmar- certainly deserves the reputa-
ket—until recently. tion it has and in my estima-
My 83 year-old father suffered tion, they have lived up to the
a heart attack and was admitted core values listed on their web-
to their cardiac care unit for site. Of note, is this one:
assessment more than a month “Care with compassion—no
ago. They discovered he one is a number at Southlake”.
needed a triple heart bypass but Even though my father was
his condition was complicated attended to by several physi-
by the presence of pneumonia. cians and nurses, they all knew
It needed to be cleared up be- him by name and personality.
fore they could proceed with They had obviously spent
the operation. much of their precious and
From what I have seen, they limited time getting to know
left no stone unturned during him and in addition to their
his 30-day stay. According to knowledge and expertise, I
him, they threw their entire appreciated this personal care
testing repertoire at him—x- and feeding of a loved one.
rays, scans, blood tests etc. etc. Kudos to all of you.
He thinks he gave enough
blood to keep a blood bank in Karen Wolfe, Editor
business for a year.
I’ve heard that Southlake has a
reputation of having one of the
best cardiac units available in
Ontario, if not Canada. Based
on my father’s experience
there, I would definitely sup- Publisher/Editor
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health care professionals about
my father’s condition. Each Published on the 10th and
and every time, each and every 24th of every month.
one of them treated me with The contents of this publica-
courtesy and patience and were tion are protected by copy-
completely knowledgeable right and may only be used
about his status and test results. for personal and non-
I’ve often been critical of our commercial use.
health care system in my edito- The Pefferlaw Post accepts
rials—long wait times in the no responsibility for claims
emergency room, wasted dol- made for any product or
lars on tele-health and the $1 service reported or
billion e-health scandal—so for advertised.
me it was heartening to experi-
Maskinonge tests reveal low oxygen levels
According to Wil Wegman, a person for the lobby group
biologist at the Ministry of “Save the Maskinonge,” said
Natural Resources, results of she is relieved to discover that
water and algae samples taken the cause of the dying fish was
from the swampy waters of the not the toxic blue/green algae
Maskinonge River in Keswick bloom as first thought, but at
did not reveal the presence of the end of the day, “we are still
the harmful blue/green algae. left with a river that cannot
“Initial identification of algae sustain life,” she said.
samples by the Ministry labo- She said an overgrowth of
ratory reported it to be fila- floating green duckweed, de-
mentous green algae and al- scribed as a mat-type weed,
though unsightly, they do not covers the river surface.
produce toxins. If large quanti- And, according to Mr. Weg-
ties are found within the river, man, a perfect storm of factors
they can also deplete the oxy- has created the duckweed
gen levels,” said Mr. Wegman. overgrowth.
He suggested the recent fish “Several factors need to come
die-off which has concerned together—typically very high
residents and a local environ- nutrient levels, often provided
mental group, may have been by phosphorus loading during
caused by low dissolved oxy- warm, dry weather conditions,
gen in the water. combined with a river-like
“We need to collect live fish system that has very little
from the area for proper testing flow.”
in the lab,” he said, adding, He said MNR continues to
these tests usually take several work with partners like the
weeks and sometimes months. LSRCA and government to
Ms. Debbie Gordon, a spokes- improve the state of the river.
Eaglewood outdoor festival gears up
for another great year
Armed with a line-up of Cana- McClelland, One Hundred Dol-
dian roots music legends, or- lars, Brock Zeman, Alejandra
ganizers for the Eaglewood Ribera, David Baster, Patric
Folk Festival are confident at- Brealey and the Hogtown Roots
tendees will get more than their All-Stars, a 13 member compi-
money’s worth in entertain- lation of well-known Toronto
ment. artists led by Sean Cotton.
“The Eaglewood Folk Festival New this year will be interac-
has a long history of presenting tive workshops offering uku-
new and exciting Canadian lele, zen guitar and song writing
roots music talent—music that instruction and a Youth Show-
has put Canadian artists on the case for young performers to
world stage,” says Eaglewood demonstrate their talent, vying
Folk Festival president, Denise for a chance to perform on the
Sheedy. main stage.
Performers at the three-day The festival is billed as a
event, which starts on Friday, ‘family-friendly’ event that
August 26 at the Eaglewood includes workshops, an artisan
Resort on Morning Glory Rd. in village, food vendors, open
Pefferlaw, will feature over 20 mic, song circles and jamming
musical acts including Juno all weekend long. “Attendees
award winners, platinum album are urged to bring their instru-
sellers and entertainers regu- ments,” says Ms. Sheedy.
larly featured on the CBC. Eaglewood Resort is a 90-acre
These will include Ken site offering camping for 400
Whiteley and Rita Chiarelli, and a playground, pony rides
Luke Doucet, Melissa and a Kids’ Town activity area.
Doors Open features lakeside community
Ten heritage sites across
Georgina’s historic lake-
shore communities will
open their doors to the pub-
lic during the 2011 Doors
Open Georgina event to be
held on Saturday, August
27. The Doors Open Geor-
gina event is being organ-
ized by the Georgina His-
torical Society in collabo-
ration with Ontario Heri-
tage Trust and the Town of
“We are inviting the public
to celebrate the commu-
nity’s heritage by exploring various his- The Doors Open featured sites are listed
toric properties across Roches Point, in the site map above and visitors are
Eastbourne and Orchard Beach,” said encouraged to park at North Gwillimbury
Phil Rose-Donahoe, Manager of Cultural Park and take advantage of the shuttle
Services at the town. “I invite residents bus that will provide ongoing access to
and visitors alike to discover Georgina’s each site between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
hidden heritage treasures and to see what “This is the second year Georgina has
a truly unique community we livE in.” participated in the Doors Open Ontario
Admission to each of the 10 participating program and we are extremely proud to
sites is free and visitors will be treated to be one of the almost 40 communities
a guided tour of some of the facilities by across Ontario celebrating their heritage
knowledgeable volunteers and site hosts. in this way,” Mr. Rose-Donahoe said.
Getting medications electronically
Getting money from an auto- trolled by the pharmacist. It
mated banking machine has picks out the correct medica-
become quite commonplace in tion, labels it, remotely pre-
our society and strolling up to sents it to the pharmacist to
an automated kiosk in a mall to validate and prints a medical
renew a health card is no information sheet. It takes pay-
longer an oddity either. But ment, validates the payment,
how about an automated phar- and checks ID before the medi-
maceutical dispensing machine cine is released,” he said.
to fill your next prescription? Designed for users in remote
MedCentre is a remote
that allows people to
pharmacy services 24
hours a day, seven
days a week and it
won’t be long before
you see one on Geor-
gina Island at their
According to Corpo-
rate Affairs Chief Ge-
rald Gradwell at Phar-
maTrust, these video
will connect users
directly to a pharma-
cist located in Oakville A prescription drug dispensing ma-
to have their prescrip- chine like one of these will be installed
tion medications filled at the Health Centre on Georgina Is-
quickly and privately. land within the next two months.
“A patient simply
touches the screen, inserts a locations and for after-hour
prescription, picks up the dispensing service, the Med-
phone and begins speaking Centre on Georgina Island will
one-on-one with the pharma- be installed within the next two
cist who appears on the screen months and will be one of five
via two-way video technol- already in Ontario.
ogy,” Mr. Grantwell said. “We are the first to do this
When the prescription is in- world-wide,” Mr. Grantwell
serted into the machine, it is said, adding, the machine can
scanned and the attending handle up to 3,000 of the most
pharmacist receives a high routine prescription drugs.
definition image of the front Although the dispensing proc-
and the back of the prescrip- ess is designed strictly for pre-
tion. First time users will be scription drugs, Mr. Grantwell
required to provide identifica- said future generations of the
tion to the pharmacist. The live machine could dispense over-
interaction with a pharmacist the-counter medications.
throughout the dispensing “These machines are built
process ensures accuracy, more securely than an ATM
maintains privacy and simu- with armored casings and
lates the dispensing process at shielding,” he said. “The main
a bricks and mortar pharmacy, point is they handle dispensing
Mr. Grantwell said. medications in the same secure
“These machines are basically and systematic manner as in a
very large robots that are con- pharmacy.”
ling College of Art and De-
sign in Sarasota, Florida
which she received after two
years of study at the United
World College of the Adriatic
in Italy. Way to go kiddo!
When arborists cut a huge Cheers to Ivan and Fran Fos-
limb from a tree facing Reta ter who will celebrate a
Rye’s apartment in Jackson’s golden wedding anniversary
Point, she saw a blank canvas on August 26. Best wishes
just waiting to be filled. To come from Mark, Karen In-
the delight of her neighbours, gram, son-in-law Keith,
the 79 year-old, self-professed granddaughter Kaitlyn, grand-
folk artist used her talent to son Kyle, Kim and grandson,
paint a cardinal sitting on a Cpl. Owen Davies. Congrats
tree branch. and we hope you have a great
Congratulations to Iris and
Dino Staniscia who will cele- IN LOVING MEMORY
brate 30 years of marriage on OF JACK RIED
September 5. Congrats you WHO PASSED AWAY
two, and here is to many more July 30, 1995
years of wedded bliss!
Lovingly remembered by
We also want to congratulate his wife Jeanetta, sons
Ilana Staniscia on receiving a Robert and Ronald and
full scholarship to the Ring- grandchildren.
Premier Splash festival “a thrill”
According to “Splash” Photos by Chantelle Cullen
champion and organ-
izer Annabel Slaight
the first-ever water
festival in Georgina,
designed to raise
awareness of the im-
portance of water in
hopes of bringing a
Water Centre to Geor-
gina, was a smash hit.
“It was great and such
a thrill,” said Ms.
Slaight. “People were
learning about water
and having fun at the
same time. It really
did show what a Wa-
ter Centre could do—
be a combination of
learning and enjoy-
Ms. Slaight said she
estimated no less than Top Photo:
2,000 people attended Annabel
the August 13 event Slaight (L)
on the shores of Lake and Geor-
Simcoe at De La Salle gina Island
Park. Elder Barb
“What surprised me McDonald
the most was how greet atten-
well De La Salle Park dees at the
really stepped up as a Water Part-
wonderful place for ners Inno-
Pro Hardware and a whole lot more... the festival. The am- vation eve-
bience was beautiful ning on
and it really is a hand- Friday
some place.” night.
Approximately 200 Centre Photo:
volunteers partici- The H2Orchestra, complete with the
pated in the event hydraulophone, plays to the crowd from
directing visitors to the water.
activities such as Bottom Photo: Kevin Gonsalves adds a
large inflated personal touch to a wall mural.
Continued on pg 9.
SHAW PRO HARDWARE
533 PEFFERLAW ROAD
Telephone: (705) 437-2397
Fax: (705) 437-2638
Monday—Friday 8:30 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
says event champion, Slaight
roller-balls on the
water, art exhibits,
musicians and ac-
tivities for children.
“We really accom-
plished what we
wanted to do and
that was to let eve-
rybody know that
Steve Mann, inventor of the hydraulo- Georgina has the
phone, demonstrates how water is used to capacity to do
create music. really fabulous
Slaight said. “I
really can’t say
enough thanks to
the people of Geor-
gina who came out
in droves and
helped. It was just
a lovely, lovely
And, she is already
thinking ahead to
the next Splash
Visitors have fun trying to stay upright on event in 2012 and
the water inside large, transparent roller beyond.
balls. She says organizers
will continue to
host the festival in
year but they want
to add a location
annually until ulti-
mately within four
years, it will be
happening in four
corners of the lake.
“Probably we will
do it in partnership
(Left to Right) Jordan, Cyndi, Libby, Katie with existing festi-
and Chloe Wadds from Cincinnati demon- vals,” she said.
strate their skills in the craft tent.
“Forgotten Graces” on display at gallery
**starters, beverages, desserts and taxes extra
A reception to celebrate a col- a legacy of hundreds of
lection of 24 watercolour sketches and watercolour
paintings and sketches by paintings that were discovered
Charlotte Price was held at the 20 years ago in long-since for-
Georgina Arts Centre and Gal- gotten, bound volumes at
lery on Sunday, August 21. Lakefield College near Peter-
The collection has been loaned borough.
by the Varley Art Gallery in Above, Doreen Hunter from
Unionville and will be on dis- Keswick was one of several
play until September 18. visitors who attended the re-
Ms. Price was a 19th century ception and examines one of
British gentlewoman who left Ms. Price’s sketches.
Old Homestead fixed under warranty
York Region shelled out $2.4 two years.
million last summer to recon- He said the chip and seal sur-
struct Old Homestead Rd. from face is a cost-effective treat-
Station Rd. in Pefferlaw west ment that was appropriate for
to Highway 48. But by spring, that section of Old Homestead
residents were complaining Road.
that the new chip and seal sur- Mr. Mukherjee admits that
face was degrading at a rapid there were potholes and minor
pace. deficiencies in the roadway
Pefferlaw resident, Hajnalka when his department inspected
Hartwick contacted the roads it this spring and says less than
department in the spring and five per cent of Old Homestead
suggested York Region go Rd. was affected. But he
back to the contractor and have agreed that the five per cent
the road fixed. “There are actu- that was affected was the sec-
ally more potholes now than tion from Station Rd. going
before the road was resurfaced west to Park Road.
last summer,” she told them. “This is a very common treat-
Last week, the road repairs ment for rural areas. It is very
Life Insurance were completed, under war- effective and although it is a
ranty. little rough when it first goes
According to Arup Mukherjee, in, over time, the way the
a Senior Project Manager for stones and the emulsion works
the Transportation Services is as the traffic travels on the
department of York Region, all road it starts to settle down and
York Region road construction it becomes smoother over time.
has a built-in warranty and Old It just needs a little more time
Homestead was guaranteed for to knead together,” he said.
Beaverton takes a Big Bite out of Simcoe St. What is all the noise
Simcoe Street in Bea- about?
verton was closed off Jackson’s Point resident Sarah Morgan is
on Saturday, August 13 convinced the Town of Georgina’s noise
as family, friends and by-law is just another weapon being used
neighbours attended the to prolong a long-standing feud between
First Annual Brock’s her and her neighbour.
Big Bite, a festival of “This by-law is ridiculous,” she says
food set up on the main while citing a section which states
street. “yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or
According to Paula singing” is deemed a “noise” and a by-
Warder, co-chair for the law infraction if it disturbs inhabitants.
event, no less than 400 She recently received a warning from the
people sat down for the Town of Georgina based on a noise com-
“long-lunch” of roast plaint regarding “hooting and hollering”
beef, roast pork, corn coming from her property located on the
on the cob, salads and east side of the Blue Bridge at the mouth
75 home made pies. of the Black River.
“It was unbelievable. According to Ms. Morgan, the “hooting
There were 70 volun- and hollering” came from kids playing
teers and they were and diving from the Blue Bridge and not
amazing,” she said. her property.
The event also included “My property is used by anglers and you
street musicians and an don’t make a lot of noise when you’re
art show in the town fishing,” she said.
hall. Featured there Georgina by-laws officer Tom Hillis said
were works by Walter it isn’t uncommon for neighbours who
Campbell who has don’t get along to use the noise by-law
moved back to Sunder- against one another. “We are in the mid-
land. dle of that all the time. Most noise com-
Much of the food and plaints are based on the fact that
the organic vegetable neighbours don’t get along but it doesn’t
table decorations were Photos by Amy O’Neill change anything because we still have to
donated to the Beaver- Top Photo: Beaverton’s Simcoe St. was the setting for deal with it.”
ton Special Events and Brock’s First Annual Big Bite—a long lunch festival. According to the by-law, the sound of a
the Brock Economic lawn mower after 7:00 pm or all day on a
Bottom Photo: Volunteering at the event were: (L to R) Sunday, is an infraction.
Development Advisory Tamara Windsor, Danielle Sedore, Eldene Nienaber, Travis
Committee members “The problem with noise is, it is subjec-
Dukelow and Christine Dukelow. tive,” Mr. Hillis says. “What bothers me
who co-ordinated the
might not bother you.” He says 98 per
event. scape initiative however, no decision had
cent of noise infractions come from bark-
“A couple who renewed their vows at the been made at press time. But organizers
ing dogs and in 10 years only three noise
church brought their guests for lunch and are already thinking ahead to next year
by-law cases have ever gone to court. A
another family hosting a family reunion when Cannington will host the 2nd An-
fine of up to $10,000 is on the books but
also attended,” Ms. Warder said. nual Brock’s Big Bite on Saturday, Au-
most “get a slap on the wrist”, he said.
The monies raised could support a street- gust 12.
Coming Events & Announcements CLASSIFIED ADS
The Eaglewood Folk Festival gets underway Cannington, Beaverton and the Georgina- Eavestrough cleaning and protection sys-
on Fri. August 26 and runs until Sun. August Brock Horticultural societies are sponsoring a tem installed. Fast service and reasonable
28 at the Eaglewood Resort in Pefferlaw. joint Open Gardens event beginning at 9:00 rates. Free estimates.
Visit www.eaglewoodfolk.com for info. am on Sun. August 28. Call (705) 437-1358. Call Eric (705) 437-4634.
Doors Open Georgina, featuring 10 lakeside The Lake Simcoe Community Stewardship CONTENTS SALE
community sites, starts at 10:00 am on Sat. Program is hosting a “Planting Trees for Sat., September 3 — 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
August 27 and runs until 3:00 pm. Visit Wildlife” workshop on Wed. August 31 at Entire contents of house and garage at
www.georgina.ca/doorsopen/ for details. 7:00 pm at the Udora Community Hall. 139 Roxanna Dr. in Sutton-by-the-Lake.
Momstown is celebrating its 2nd Bthirday The Beaverton Thorah Cenotaph Restoration FOR SALE
with a free party to the Georgina community Committee invites you to attend the re- Samsung 10,000 BTU window air
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You won’t want to miss the Art & Nature
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Celebration Festival at St. George’s and Sib-
Beef dinner at 6:00 pm on Sept. 17. (705) 426-1717.
bald Point Provincial Park on Sat. August 27 Skate Canada Lakeside will offer registration HOUSE FOR SALE
from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Art work by local, for the upcoming skating season at the Sutton Newly renovated, open concept 2 bedroom
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and on Sept. 13 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 10x10 metal shed in well maintained yard.
The Uxbridge Historical Centre is proud to
announce their 40th Annual Heritage Days PAR Rabies Clinic will open at 10:00 am on New 24x12 covered porch on front of
celebration on Aug. 27 and 28 from 10:00 am Sat. Sept. 17 at the Pefferlaw Fire Hall. house. To view call (905) 806-7186.
to 5:00 pm. Their A History of Play: A Col-
APARTMENT FOR RENT
lection of Vintage Toys and Collectables ex- Keswick United Church will host a Pancake
and Sausage Breakfast on Sat. Sept 17 from With balcony at 89 High St. in Sutton. No
hibit runs until Oct. 8.
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