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                                          March 2011

      Huron Heights Ski Team
        go to OFSAA Finals
             ON THE COVER STORY PAGE 20
IN EACH ISSUE...                             THIS MONTH...
         6        WHAT’S ON
        20        ON THE COVER               SPORTS ARE ALIVE IN EG
        34        HORT HAPPENINGS
                                             8         SPORTS COMPLEX UPDATE
                                             9         OUR HOMETOWN HOCKEY
             Decorating                                by Wayne Patterson
   19        It’s Not About Finding          10-14     REGISTRATIONS
             Time, but Finding               11        MORE HOCKEY NEWS...
             Space                           15        COMMON SYMPTOMS & SIGNS
             Susan Crema-Martin                        OF CONCUSSION
                                             20        ON THE COVER:
             Wellness                                  HURON HEIGHTS RACE TEAMS
   26        Colour Your World               21        LET’S PLAY BALL
             (Starting with Your
             Dinner Plate)
                                             24        CIRCLES: The Wheels on the Bus
             Kim Mortson                               by Vicki Pinkerton

             Garden                          38        MY OWN MAN CAVE
   31        Palm Fever                                by Roger White
             Georgie Kennedy
                                             39        IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK
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Editors’ Note

Well, March has arrived!

Many people say, “I’ve had
enough of this winter!”
I on the other hand have to admit                                          Editor: CHRISTINE BENNS
that I like winter. (no I haven’t lost it) There is             Advertising Sales: JULIE SMITH
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I do love it when it’s cold and sunny and there’s a blanket
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Commonwealth Day in Canada
Quick Facts
The Commonwealth of Nations, which includes Canada, is commemorated on Commonwealth Day.

Commonwealth Day is annually held on the second Monday of March (March 14, 2011). It commemorates the
Commonwealth of Nations, which is a union of some countries that used to be part of the British Empire. The date was
chosen because it did not have any previous historical connotations.

What do people do?
Commonwealth Day is not a widely marked day in many parts of Canada. Federal government regulations stipulate that
the Royal Union Flag, or Union Jack, should be flown alongside the national flag of Canada on or at government buildings
and premises, such as federal buildings, military bases and airports. The Royal Union Flag should only be flown from
sunrise to sunset and where physical arrangements allow. In practical terms, this means that there should be at least two
flagpoles. The Royal Union Flag should not replace the Canadian flag if there is only one flagpole. In some years,
particular communities mark Commonwealth Day with receptions or exhibitions.

In the 1800s, Great Britain controlled a large empire that included a large part of what is now Canada. Many influential
figures in Canada at that time had British roots and wished to celebrate and emphasize these. From 1898, Empire Day was
celebrated in Canadian schools on the last school day before Queen Victoria's Birthday on May 24. The celebrations often
lasted a whole day and included speeches by trustees and the singing of inspirational songs. After Queen Victoria's death
in 1901, her birthday became an annual commemoration of her life and the pride people felt for being part of the British
Empire. To celebrate, people often lit fireworks and bonfires.

As time passed and Canadians developed a separate identity from Great Britain, Empire Day became less important. In
1958, it was renamed Commonwealth Day to reflect the changes in the relationship between Great Britain and her former
colonies. In 1973, a Canadian proposal was made to observe Commonwealth Day on the same day in all Commonwealth
countries, the second Monday in
March. This date was chosen
because it did not have any
significant historical connotations.
In 1976, this proposal was accepted.
However, the last Monday before or
on May 24 remained a statutory
holiday, known as Victoria Day,
in many Canadian provinces
and territories.

Commonwealth Day is also
officially observed in a large
number of countries that were
formally part of the British Empire.
These include many of the countries
in the Caribbean and the United
Kingdom. However, there are few
notable celebrations to mark
the day. 8                                                       MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 5
                            WHAT’S ON
FRIDAY, MARCH 4                                      TUESDAY, MARCH 8
21 Day Sugar Detox Challenge                         Annual Pancake Supper
presented by Body Design                             The Anglican Church Women of St. James the
"Stop struggling with fad diets and New Year's       Apostle, Sharon, are hosting their annual
Resolutions year after year! Take the 21 Day         Pancake Supper in the Parish Hall at 18794
Sugar Detox Challenge and discover the real          Leslie Street, Sharon from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
key to lasting fat loss, for life. This 2 night, 2   Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children
hour interactive seminar taught by Registered        under 10. Tickets are available at the door.
Holistic Nutritionist Brandi McCarthy will give
you the education you need to be successful.         SATURDAY, MARCH 12
You will learn the basic science of how your         EG TRAILS WALK
body stores and burns fat, what foods trigger        Brown Hill Regional Tract. 9:00am
fat storage and what food keeps the metabolic        Parking lot on the south side of Ravenshoe
fires burning. Location: MSVA Board Room,            Road between Kennedy and McCowan Roads.
72 Main Street, Mount Albert. For more
information or to register contact Body Design,      March 15-19
905-473-3888,,                    March Break’n It                                    The Elman W. Campbell Museum will present
                                                     a variety of activities during March Break.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5                                    Drop in 10a.m. to 3p.m. March 15 Creative
CABIN FEVER RELIEVER                                 Crafts, $5.50 per person. March 16 Mad Hatter
Mount Albert Community Centre, 53 Main               Day, $5.50 per person. March 17-19 Museum
Street. 7 pm to 1 am                                 Mayhem, Free. Children under 12 must be
It features a celebrity server competition, silent   accompanied by a caregiver 18 years of age
auction and appetizers throughout the evening        or over. Parents please note: this is not a day
served by local celebrities! Tickets are $20.00      camp and there are no lunchroom facilities.
and can be purchased in advance at The Family        The Museum is located at 134 Main Street
Place or at the door on the evening of the           South, Newmarket. For more information,
event. Donations are always welcome and              please call 905-953-5314, email
sponsorship opportunities are available. Call or visit
905 473 5929 or email                       for further details.
                                                     Tuesday, March 15
SATURDAY, MARCH 5                                    Mount Albert Garden & Horticultural
EG SOCCER CLUB REGISTRATION                          Society
Walk-in from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 45 Gristmill       Success with Trees: speaker Jeff Marrin of
Plaza, Holland Landing. For a list of all 2011       Acorn to Oak Tree Service, hosted by Mount
divisions, fees, playing nights visit www.egsocc     Albert Garden and Horticultural Society at 905-898-7278                              Mount Albert Community Centre,53 Main
                                                     Street, 7:30pm. All welcome, guests $2. Bring
                                                     your tree questions. Refreshments. More

                     n                               information 905-478-8450 or

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                             WHAT’S ON
                                                     What’s On - April
Tuesday, March 15
Newmarket Horticultural Society Meeting
8:00 pm. New Location: 707 Srigley Street,           Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16
Newmarket. Guest speaker: Lynette Kirton             GIANT USED BOOK SALE
Topic: Growing Usual and Unusual Veggies.            Mount Albert Public Library, 19300 Centre
New members and guests always welcome.               Street. Early Bird Sale: Friday 7-8:30 pm
                                                     Admission $5 each or $10/family.
Wednesday, March 23                                  SALE SATURDAY 9 am to 4 pm
EG Minor Softball Registration                       Free Admission. Last Call Special 2-4pm
for the 2011 season. Visit the website for full      Fill a bin for $5. Silent Auction featuring
details:                      local artists. Bring your own bags please.
Mt. Albert Public Library Foyer and Holland          For info or to volunteer call 905-836-6492
Landing Community Centre from 7-8:30 pm

Tuesday, March 29                                    Saturday/Sunday, April 16 & 17
Zephyr United Church Community Dinner                8th Annual Scugog Spring Garden Show
Includes: Oyster Soup, Ham & Scalloped               A wide variety of vendors with garden
Potatoes.                                            products geared to the home gardener.
Scott-Zephyr Community Hall. Adults $15;             Cost is $5.00 to listen to knowledgeable
Children 6-12 $5; Preschoolers Free. Continuous      speakers both days. Judged flower show,
Serve 4:30pm to 7:30pm. For info call Audrey at      demo, etc. Hosted by Pine Ridge Garden
905-473-3627                                         Club. Scugog Community Centre,
                                                     1655 Reach Street, Port Perry.
Wednesday, March 30
Mount Albert Public School Council presents,         Saturday, April 16
an engaging presentation by Mental Health
                                                     North Union Annual Pancake Breakfast
Counsellor Randy Ketterling M.Ed concerning
                                                     8:00 am to 11:00 am
issues of anxiety in children, social and cultural
factors influencing the Mental Health of the         Adults $5.00 Children 12 & under $2.00
young, and ways to encourage self esteem.            North Union Community Centre, Boag
Complimentary refreshments and childcare.            Road, East of Woodbine. For info call Bill
Free. Pre-registration required at                   Potts at 905-478-4582
Mount Albert Public School gymnasium.                Saturday, April 30
7:30-9:30 pm                                         3rd Annual Women’s Show
                                                     Holland Landing Community Centre. 10am
                                                     to 4pm. Gift bags, silent auction, 50/50
                                                     draw. Tickets $5.00. All proceeds go to We
           ddd                                       Give to Southlake. 19513 Young Street.
                                                     30+ Vendors.                                       MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 7

sports complex update
A Little History:

April 2009: Community Programs and Infrastructure Department (CPI) applied for and successfully received a
grant in the amount of just over $2.9M from the Recreation Infrastructure Canada Fund (RInC) for the renovation
of the East Ice Pad and the Lobby of the Sports Complex.

Who pays? RInC funding structure provides one third of the total grant from the Provincial government, one
third from the Federal government and the remaining third from the Town.

Why not rebuild? A new arena would typically cost about $9 million to construct. This refurbishment is costing
$3 million and is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the Town.

Challenges Faced:
• Unexpected issues with the roof line and supporting walls, in the west end of the facility.
• Plans were re-engineered and new roof trusses had to be ordered.
• The lobby that links the two arenas had a similar problem. The original arena is 40 years old and not built to
today’s code.
• Many challenges could have been dealt with faster if the building were empty. However, keeping it open for the
various groups created more difficult challenges.

Where are We Now (as of February 11, 2011):
• The east ice pad and spectator seating are complete.
• The dressing rooms, lobby, snack bar, upper level meeting space and elevator are scheduled for completion by
the end of March.
• For safety reasons, joining the west addition cannot begin until the centre lobby is finished. If this is completed
by mid-March, the west addition should be finished by the end of April.
• The east ice pad is not only removed, it is a better ice surface.

In the End:
• The new lobby will have all the modern conveniences including a gas fireplace and snack bar.
• There will be enough dressing rooms for each ice pad to adequately handle the demand.

Watch for newsletter updates at the Sports Complex or visit the Town’s website at

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                   GET FIT ~ BE ACTIVE!

Our Hometown Hockey                                                                                - EGMHA

51 years of amateur hockey in East Gwillimbury and going strong.
You don’t need to look hard to see Canada’s common thread here in EG, hockey, nets in the driveways, on the ponds and in
the streets. Sticks in hand, they charge to the net to see how good the kid down the street is with those factory made road
hockey pads.

Generation after generation contributing to the ever-evolving game. Humble beginnings in Queensville, in no more than a
large shed, cold weather was needed to make ice. Skates were shared, jerseys were rare and sticks were pieced together with
a blade from one broken stick to a shaft of another broken stick. It didn’t matter, the thrill of playing shows through in their
smiles in those black and white photos.

The first formal arena in Sharon brought an ice making machine, dressing rooms, spectator stands and the snack bar to make
it official. Hockey was here to stay in EG. Organized teams bond in those dressing rooms, playing out each game the hockey
player learns more than just how to play a game. Being part of the team, enduring the disappointments, sharing the wins,
that makes the hockey player.

Hockey’s popularity grew, another pad was needed, a modern steel arena was built and that meant double the fun. Some
years in EG over 600 players shared the ice and shared the
game. Making friends, some for life, others that you see once
in a while, none are forgotten. Each of us achieves our own
level of the game, all the while dreaming of making the
big play.

Hockey has created a community unto its own here in EG.
The faces and the names of players, parents and volunteers
have all changed during the last 51 years, but the game is the
same, moving over the ice to make that big play, maybe for
another 51 years.

– submitted by Wayne Patterson                                                            MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 9
10 The Bulletin | 13th YEAR
More Hockey
The EG Peewee A Team Bronze medalists. The Eagles
came in 3rd out of 44 Peewee A teams competing in
the Ottawa Bell Capital Cup International Tournament.
The Eagles played against teams from Canada and the
USA for an impressive third place finish.
(pictured on right)

The EG Atom Select Team 10/11 Elmvale Tournament
Finalists. They were finalists in the Elmvale AE
Tournament ending on January 9. The Eagles lost in a
shoot-out after the game was tied 1-1 in the finals and
a 5 minute overtime could not decide the game.
Congratulations Team on your impressive result in your
first tournament! (pictured below)                               MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 11
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                                                                    This issue is filled
                                                               with activities. Check it out!

With ice time is generously donated by the Town, students, parents and staff gobble it up before the holidays.
As part of a healthy school initiative we bus the entired school to the Sharon Sports Complex for 3 hours of
fun on the ice – submitted by Vicki Janes

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Common Symptoms and Signs
of Concussion
It is important to know that an athlete does not need             Complaints
to be “knocked out” (lose consciousness) to have had              Headache; dizziness; feels dazed, feels “dinged” or
a concussion. After the concussion, the athlete may               stunned; sees stars, flashing lights; ringing in the ears;
experience many different kinds of symptoms, and it               sleepiness; loss of vision; sees double or blurry;
is important to remember that some symptoms may                   stomach ache/pain/nausea.
appear immediately and others later. Athletes may be
reluctant to report symptoms of concussion because                Other Problems
of a fear that they will be removed from the game, or             Poor coordination or balance; blank stare/glassy-eyed;
jeopardize their status on a team. But it is important            vomiting; slurred speech; slow to answer questions or
to consider the permanent repercussions of a                      follow directions; easily distracted; poor
concussion.                                                       concentration; strange or inappropriate emotions (e.g.,
                                                                  laughing, crying, getting mad easily); not playing
Without proper management, a concussion can result                as well. Note: All athletes need to consult a physician
in permanent problems and even death. Concussion                  after a suspected concussion.
should be suspected in the presence of any one or
more of the following symptoms and signs:                         Concussion - Initial Response
                                                                  1. If there is a loss of consciousness, initiate
Thinking Problems                                                 Emergency Action Plan and call 911. Assume there is
Does not know time, date, place, period of game,                  a possible neck injury and, only if trained, immobilize
opposing team, score of game; general confusion;                  the student before ambulance transportation to
cannot remember things that happened before and                   hospital. Otherwise, do NOT move athlete or athletic
after the injury; knocked out.                                    equipment (e.g. helmet).
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2. If there is not a loss of consciousness, but a          concentration, reduced speed of information-
concussion is suspected due to a direct blow to            processing, and impaired memory and learning. There
the head or a major physical trauma to other parts         may also be a significant negative effect on
of the body (causing a whiplash effect on the head         educational and social attainment as these functions
and neck): remove the student/player from the              are critical for learning new skills and attending to
current game or practice; do not leave                     school work.
  • the athlete alone;
  • monitor signs and symptoms;                            Returning to play sport
  • do not administer medication: and                      Consult a medical doctor for determining when an
  • the athlete needs to be evaluated by a medical         athlete can return to play sport.
                                                           Any time a player is involved in a contact sport, there
ii. The athlete must not return to play in the game        is a chance of sustaining a concussion. Many
or practice that day;                                      concussions are not reported until after the practice or
                                                           game. Therefore, it is important to take a preventative
iii. Inform the parent/guardian about the injury           approach when dealing with concussions.
and of the importance of an evaluation by a
medical doctor.                                            • Students need to be educated in the proper sport
                                                           techniques (e.g. correct body checking in hockey)
How long does it take for the student to get better?       • The rules of the sport need to be enforced.
The signs and symptoms of a concussion often last          • The principles of head-injury prevention (e.g., NO
for 7 – 10 days, but may last much longer. The exact       hits to the head) need to be implemented.
length of this period is unclear, but the brain            • Appropriate protective equipment needs to be worn
temporarily does not function normally, and during         and properly fitted.
this time it is more vulnerable to a second head injury.   • All protective equipment needs to be certified and
In some cases, athletes may take many weeks or             well maintained.
months to heal. Significant cognitive symptoms may         • Athletes need to respect the rules of the game and
result from concussion including poor attention and        practise fair play.

Wildfires in Ontario
- Ministry of Natural Resources responds to an
average of 1,350 wildfires per year, including both
lightening and human caused fires.
- The cost of putting out wildfires is ultimately borne
by the taxpayer.
- Approximately half of wildland fires are human
caused fires.
- Over the past 5 years municipal fire agencies have
responded to an average of 4085 wildfires per year
within their municipalities across Ontario.
- Many fires are a result of careless burning practices
and failure to properly control and extinguish
campfires, grass and brush fires.

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It’s not about finding the time,
but the space                                                                           by Susan Crema-Martin

Many of us now work from home, either full-time or part-time and sometimes finding the right type of
workspace is challenging. Some people are fortunate to have a designated office in their home, but if you do
not have one then finding space may be a challenge. A few thoughts before you start planning for a home office
is to determine how often you work from home; how much space you may require and what kind of work
you do?

There are a number of areas in a home that could substitute for a full
office such as the living room, family room, kitchen, spare bedroom or
an area in the basement.

If your home does not have a designated home office or den, then my
first preference is creating an office space in a spare room which is
typically not used as often and is quiet, separate and discreet (using an
armoire or secretary desk that can hide the office station). The spare
room can be the most private and provides ample lighting.
                                          (PHOTO RIGHT)

                                          A second option for a home
                                          office is in the living room.
                                          Investing in a piece of furniture that enhances and matches your home
                                          décor is a great way to incorporate your home office to make the space
                                          feel like it belongs. (PHOTO LEFT)

                                          As a professional home stager, I would agree that having a designated
                                          office space is a plus and most buyers would find it beneficial.
                                          However, you should avoid creating built-in bookcases and other
                                          permanent features for your home office if it’s in a non-designated
                                          room. When the National Association of Home Builders asked
                                          builders, architects, manufacturers, and marketing experts to predict
                                          the features that will be important to buyers of upscale properties in
                                          2015, 94% said a home office would be "critical”.

Reference: “Home Occupation Uses section of the Town’s Zoning By-Law No. 97-50”
Visit Martin Designs at the Newmarket Home Show, April 1-3, 2011

               Susan Crema-Martin is a Certified Elite Canadian Staging Professional – CCSP
                Mentor, and President, York Region - Real Estate Staging Assoc. - RESA. If you
                                                                  have a question for Susan?
                                       Send your questions to                                                      MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 19
Congratulations to all the skiers! It was a great day for Huron!

The Huron Boys Level I race team (pictured on front cover), with Coach Carolyn Cyarto-Rogers will be going
to OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations), which is at Blue Mountain from February 27
to March 1.

An overall 2nd place finish, behind Aurora’s team, at the YRAA (York Region Athletic Association) Skiing
Championships (qualifier for OFSAA) at Georgian Peaks on February 15, puts Huron at the final competition
of the season.

Results are the combined times from the slalom and giant slalom races. Usually, just the top team or individual
from each region goes to OFSAA, however because Aurora Boys Level I Team won last year, York Region gets
two entries in the division this year. Team mates; Adam Fairbrass, Chris Rheeder, Sean Johnson and Jacob
Wiltshire are stoked for this years finals.

Although they aren’t going to OFSAA this time around, don’t rule out the overall 3rd place finish at YRAA, for
the Girls Level I ski team from Huron. Coming up on February 24, snowboarders have their chance to place at
the top of the region at the Snowboarding Race Championships, at Mansfield Ski Club. Snowboarding OFSAA
finals will take place at Camp Fortune in Ottawa on March 4 and 5. (We will have results in the next edition!)

Photo: Huron Heights Ski & Snowboarding Race Teams and gate keepers:
Coach Carolyn Cyarto-Rogers, Sarah Stone, Jaymie Vankempen, Sarajane Lawton, Casey Croppo, Carly Emmett,
Connor McCluskey, Cody Cassell, Alexis King, Alex Clynes, Kalvin Hintz, Riley Heslop, Matt Margerison, Jacob Wiltshire,
Rachel Armstrong, Sam Benns, Lisa Margerison.
Front row: Sean Johnston, Adam Fairbrass, Chris Rheeder, Kaitlyn Woll.
Absent: Summer Malcolm, Mike Kozikowski, Sam Rykhoff, Geoff Budreo, Jacqueline Thomas, Chris Cannon,
Assistant Coach Cheryl Thistle

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                                                 Let’s Play
                                                 East Gwillimbury Minor Softball Association is ramping
                                   up for another great season. 2010 was a successful year with an increase
Softball History                   in overall registrations and many positive changes such as our newly
                                   introduced pitching clinics and the ability to put together two (2) Pee Wee
  A boating club, a boxing         Teams, registered in the York Simcoe Loop.
glove and a football game
were key parts in the very         The Lakeview Vegetable Pee Wee Team coached by Jim Chapman and the
first game of softball.            Z2 Photography Team coached by James Howard allowed the EG players
  Introduced in 1887 in the        to display their talents and skills against Bradford and Innisfil teams.
gym of a Boat Club in
Chicago where about 20             Both teams worked hard through the season and did really well and all of
young men gathered to              the players and parents seemed to enjoy themselves.
hear the outcome of the
Harvard-Yale football game.        EGMSA plans to hold pitching clinics again for the 2011 season for
After all bets were paid off, a    Squirts & Pee Wee aged kids providing them with the opportunity to
man picked up a stray              develop their skills further.
boxing glove and threw it at
someone, who hit it with a         Registrations for all ages start the beginning of March, please check the
pole. George Hancock,              website for actual dates.
usually considered the
inventor of softball, should
“Let’s play ball!” He tied the
boxing      glove     so      it
resembled ball, chalked out
a diamond on the floor and
brock off a broom handle to
serve as a bat.
  In one week, he created an
oversized ball and an
undersized rubber-tipped
bat and went back to the
gym to paint permanent
white foul lines on the floor.
After he wrote new rules
and named the sport indoor
baseball. Its popularity was
immediate.                                                MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 21
               HEY, EAST GWILLIMBURY!
East Gwillimbury Public Library is pleased to offer the following March Break Events for your children:

Crafty Kids: Join us for a messy morning of fun!
                                                                               Registration is required at least one
Holland Landing Branch - Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m.
                                                                               week in advance for ALL Programs.
Mount Albert Branch - Saturday March 12 at 10:30 a.m.
                                                                                  For more information on any
FREE! Ages: 3 - 8 (with adult).
                                                                                program please stop by your local
                                                                                       branch or call us at
March Break Movie!
                                                                                 905-836-6492 or 905-473-2472.
Holland Landing Branch - Saturday, March 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                    Or join us on the web at
Animated Dragon Movie (PG Rated) **Call The Library for Movie Title**
Fee: $.50 (includes popcorn)

Candy Sushi & Japanese Crafts: Celebrate Japan with yummy candy and crafty fun.
Holland Landing Branch - Tuesday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Fee: $1.00 Ages: 6 & Up.

Pizza Garden: Celebrate Italy by creating your won Pizza Garden.
Mount Albert Branch - Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Fee: $2.00(includes Pizza Lunch) Ages: 3 - 8.

Clay Totem Poles: Celebrate North America while you craft and paint your own clay totem pole.
Mount Albert Branch - Tuesday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $10.00 Ages: 6 & Up.

Life-Size Candy Land Game: Celebrate a Fantasy Land. Play along & collect Candy!
Holland Landing Branch - Wednesday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $1.00 Ages: 4 - 10

Applefun Puppetry Presents: “ROBIN HOOD”: Celebrate England and make a puppet after the show.
Mount Albert Branch - Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Fee: $4.00 Ages: 4 - 12

St. Patrick’s Day Parties!: Stories, Crafts, and More!
Thursday, March 17
Mount Albert Branch at 10:30 a.m.
                                                                   EAST GWILLIMBURY
Holland Landing Branch at 11:00 a.m.                                PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Fee: $1.00 Ages: 4 - 8.                               

Clay African Masks: Celebrate Africa while your craft and paint your own African Mask.
Holland Landing Branch - Friday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Fee: $10.00. Ages: 6 & Up

March Break Movie!
Holland Landing Branch - Saturday, March 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Live Action Family Movie (G Rated) **Call The Library for Movie Title**
Fee: $.50 (includes popcorn)
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Circles: The Wheels on the Bus
I don't take the bus much, do you? I have ridden them all
over the country, usually as a tourist, but at home I take
the car. This is mainly because of my rural address. It
doesn't make much sense to drive to a bus stop, find
parking and then take the bus. On the other hand I do
consider public transit to be an integral part of a vital
community and often wish I had access to it.

I remember a time when buses did not come to town.
When my kids were growing up, as soon as they got their
drivers licenses, off they went with my car leaving me
grounded. Around the time my youngest son grabbed the
keys, York Region Transit (YRT) started making stops in
Holland Landing and Sharon but not Mount Albert. I
called the YRT hoping to show them a need in our area.
Every one I talked to gave me the same discouraging
answer, “Madam, people in Mount Albert wouldn’t ride
the bus.”

Really? How did they know without giving us buses to try? I believed that if they built a useful system, people
would ride it. It was years in coming but today buses do circulate throughout East Gwillimbury and I wanted to
try them out.

One snowy day in January I decided to go shopping at the Green Lane Centre. I packed my knapsack and got
ready to go. My first set back was that the online schedule didn't make sense to me. I called the help line (1-866-
MOVE YRT (668-3978) and was told that buses run often during the traditional commuter times, heading for the
Go Train station and back, but during the rest of the day and evening they are less regular. Ah, that explained the
gaps in the schedules. I got help with times and stops so that when I left the house I felt confident that I would
not get too lost.

I drove to the corner of Royal Oak and Elizabeth St. in Mount Albert. That stop was chosen based on the fact that
I could park the car near by. The street was cold and it was snowing hard. What had I been thinking? I was glad
when the bus arrived and it was warm inside. The driver was great, I told him I was a first-timer so he extended
the length of my transfer to three hours instead of the usual 90 minutes. That would almost be enough time for
me to go both ways, but not quite.

 I was the only person on the East Gwillimbury part of the route. I got off at the 404-transfer point just in time to
see my connecting bus drive away. Aw. I had 30 minutes to wait so I took advantage of some of the services at
the mall to get errands done. It took almost 90 minutes and 3 buses to get to the Green Lane Centre. I shopped,
had lunch and headed back the other way. Again, it took 3 buses but, my connections were better and so it took
just over an hour for me to get back to my car.

24 The Bulletin | 13th YEAR                                           
Some observations:
•     Bus shelters are cold, except for the one at the Eagle St. terminal, which is heated. Amazing.
•     Bus shelters may be cold, but the stop in the Green Lane Centre has no shelter and the wind sweeps
      across the parking lots making it absolutely frigid.
•     Riding the bus is a good way to see areas of town that you don't usually pass.
•     Riding the bus is a way to meet interesting people.
•     Bus drivers, at least the 6 I met, were very friendly and helpful.
•     You walk more when you take the bus and don't have to worry about parking.
•     Buses in Newmarket are full. Buses in East Gwillimbury, during off peak times are empty. I wondered
      how the system pays for driver, fuel and other expenses with that kind of load.
•     Taking the bus is an adventure, especially if you don’t have to do it every day.

On my way home from Newmarket, the East Gwillimbury bus had only two riders myself and one other. The
young man riding with me was talkative and told me about a new restaurant in town that I will try. He took my
picture as I boarded. When he got off, I had a short talk with the driver. He told me that empty buses are
expensive to run and that only the routes with riders get regular service. He was blunt, if we don’t use it we’ll
lose it.

Looking at the schedule I realize that unless you work 9-5, it would be hard to really use our buses. For those
who work shift work, early and late service is sporadic or nonexistent. My son would not have been able to use
the service simply because the hours would have never matched his comings and goings. And yet, in this time
of soaring fuel prices and a growing environmental consciousness, people are looking to alternative ways to
get where they are going. It appears that we must take the bus to make transit viable and yet if the run times
aren't practical or convenient that won't happen. Maybe we could meet YRT half way; we’ll take the buses if
they provide them. Build it and we will come. It is true that things we put energy in to will begin to grow.
Maybe this is the year of the bus in East Gwillimbury.

              Vicki Pinkerton lives on a small farm just outside of Mount Albert when she is not driving the
              roads of Canada. She is a practicing life coach, a writer and adventurer who wonders about
              many things. or


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Colour Your World
(Starting with Your Dinner Plate)                                                                by Kim Mortson

Not all fruit and vegetables are alike, however when they are grouped by pigment into broader colour groups, it becomes
apparent that each collection offers a wide range of common vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that have unique and
positive effects on health. For the majority of these benefits extensive research is ongoing; yet for now it is encouraged that
the wider the colour spectrum, the greater the potential benefits.

In addition to eating the recommended five to ten servings per day, the best way to be sure you are getting a healthy mix is to
incorporate as much colour onto your plate as possible.

Get real with red. Fruits and veggies in this colour group provide lycopene and anthocyanins ~ two phytochemicals being
studied for their antioxidant properties and ability to prevent cell damage, fight disease and keep hearts healthy. Lycopene may
also help to lower the risk of some cancers, especially prostate. Tomato products offer the greatest source of lycopene, and the
levels increase the more concentrated the product with tomato pastes being the highest. And because the body needs some fat
to better absorb lycopene, add a splash of olive oil to your meal. The phytochemicals in red foods are also linked to helping
guard your brain against aging, so pop some berries to stay focused. Red foods to enjoy include:

Fruits – apples, cherries, cranberries, pomegranates, raspberries, red grapes, red/pink grapefruit, rhubarb, strawberries,
watermelon Vegetables – beets, radishes, radicchio, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, tomatoes.

Don’t get mellow with yellow (or orange). This group’s main beneficial properties are carotenoids and bioflavonoids. These
phytochemicals are being studied for their role in helping reduce the risk of cancers and heart disease and improving overall
immune system functions. Results have already shown that those who eat a diet rich in carotenoids, especially beta-carotene
which is converted into vitamin A, were less likely to develop age-related eye disorders. The citrus fruits in this group are also
an excellent source of vitamin C. Bioflavonoids work together with vitamin C to keep bodies healthy, boost the immune system,
strengthen bones and teeth, keep skin supple and help to heal wounds. Studies also suggest that hesperitin, found in orange
juice, may even lower the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Bottoms up! Yellow and orange foods to enjoy include:

Fruits – apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, golden kiwi, lemons, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears,
pineapples Vegetables – butternut, summer and winter squash, carrots, pumpkin, rutabagas, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, yellow
peppers, yellow tomatoes.

Green with envy. Many of the veggies in this category contain lutein, an antioxidant which assists in long-term eye health
and may reduce the risk of cataracts and eye disease. The cruciferous veggies in this group (broccoli, kale, cabbage) are
excellent sources of folate and cancer-blocking and carcinogen-inhibiting chemical indoles. These potent phytochemicals are
of extreme interest to researchers because of their strong antioxidant benefits. Mama always said to eat your greens! Green
foods to enjoy include:

Fruits – avocados, green apples, green grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi fruit, limes Vegetables – artichokes, arugula, asparagus,
broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cucumbers, celery, green beans, green peas, lettuces, spinach, zucchini.

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White’s not just for summer anymore. While this group of foods may be lacking bright colour, they still offer healthy
compounds. One of the primary phytochemicals is allicin, which is being studied for its links to helping lower cholesterol,
blood pressure, and reducing the risks of stomach and colon cancer and heart disease. Members of the garlic and onion family
may also keep your immune system strong as compounds in garlic have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and have even
been shown to fend off cold and flu viruses (not just evil vampires). Bananas and potatoes are also good sources of potassium.
White/tan foods to enjoy include:

Fruits – bananas, dates, white nectarines or peaches    Vegetables – cauliflower, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions, parsnips,
potatoes, shallots, turnips.

Get passionate about purple (blue). Fruits and veggies in this group contain anthocyanins and phenolics. Both
phytochemicals are being examined for their powerful antioxidant properties, potentially reducing the risk of some cancers and
heart disease and improving memory function. Blueberries have been found to have the greatest benefit for slowing memory
loss and improving coordination. Resveratrol, a phytochemical in grape juice, is also being looked at for the prevention of
tumor growth. Purple and blue foods to enjoy include:

Fruits – blackberries, blueberries, black currants, figs, plums, prunes, purple grapes, raisins Vegetables – black olives, purple
cabbage, eggplant, Belgian endive

A colourful spectrum of fruits and vegetables not only offers health-related benefits, but when we eat more of nature’s offerings
as a whole, we also consume a diet naturally lower in calories, increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and fibre, and offer
variety on our plates. It doesn’t take a lot of extra effort to add extra colour to your day:
         Enjoy fruit smoothies by combining your favourite fruits with some ice and yogurt or milk.
         Keep a bowl of ripe fruit and pre-cut veggies available at all times. (Kids love to dunk their foods, so have some
         healthy dipping options on hand too – hummus, etc.)
         Add a mixed green salad or vegetable soup to your meals.
         Spruce up soups and stews with extra veggies.
         Toss apples, raisins, berries, figs or pineapple into salads.
         Have a refreshing glass of fruit or veggie juice.

Sample a spectrum of fruits and vegetables and enjoy your five to ten a day – the colourful way! (Reminder: Always wash your
produce well to avoid contamination.)

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30 The Bulletin | 13th YEAR            
           in the garden

  Tropical Garden Explorations
  Part 3: Palm Fever                                                 by Georgie Kennedy, Lake Simcoe South Master Gardener

Lying on a beach under the shade of the waving fronds of a coconut tree....nothing says relaxation better than this image.
Pinch me; am I really in the Caribbean? I look up and admire the way the leaves hang so languidly. During this vacation,
I have taken every opportunity to go exploring beyond the hotel compound and ask questions about tropical trees and exotic
flowers. In the process, I have stumbled upon the strange and wonderful world of palm trees and fallen madly in love.

I see them so differently than I first did, when I thought of them as all the same. Every child can draw a generic palm tree,
but why is that so? Simple! A palm tree (any plant of the family Palmae or Arecaceae) has a cylindrical stem and no
branches, simply large leaves coming from the crown. The stem can be smooth or it can be patterned with scars of the
leaves which have fallen off. The leaf shape can be pinnate (feather-like or having smaller leaves on either side of a stem)
or palmate (like the palm of the hand, having five or more lobes whose midribs all radiate from a single point). All palm
trees are monocotyledonous. There is a single leaf inside the embryonic seed as it forms. However, this simple description
doesn’t tell the whole story. Palm trees come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and growing habits.

After deliberation, I have narrowed my list to three favourite palms. The first pinnate is the sturdy Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia
bifurcate). Feathery green leaves, looking just like the tail of its namesake, the fox, arch gracefully from a smooth, slender
stem. Reputedly the world’s most widely-used landscape palm, foxtails are planted in sunny boulevards and along roads as
they are resistant to pollution and easy to grow in most soils and situations. This native of Australia, which can achieve a
mature height of 25 to 30 feet, looks wonderful in groups.

The Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), also a pinnate, is familiar to North Americans. It’s widely used in malls and
offices to disguise an unsightly area or fill unneeded space. Tropical gardeners will plant an Areca to give a feeling of
privacy without blocking the view. Many slim yellow stems grow in a tight cluster, similar to the way bamboo grows. The
Areca palm grows best in partly shaded environments, and can reach a height of 30 feet.

The massive Silver Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis) (photo), a native of
Madagascar, is the most majestic of the three. This striking gray-blue tree has large
stiff palmate leaves shaped like stars at the end of stalks as long as 6 feet. Eventually,
the Bismarck resembles a gigantic flock of birds or a collection of fans, especially
when viewed on a breezy day. As the leaves split off or are pruned off, the stout base
of the tree develops a criss-cross design from the scars because they are attached to
the stem in a spiral pattern. Landscape designers place one or two Bismarcks at the
entrance of a grand hotel or villa for great impact. This palm definitely creates a sense
of arrival. It starts off slowly but picks up speed once established in a mostly sunny
spot. At maturity, it is known to grow to 40 feet or more tall and 30 feet wide.

I feel as if I’m about to fall asleep under the tree. Some say that to dream of palm
trees is a sign of hope and peace. I can understand why.

Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners provide free gardening advice. Send your questions to our gardening hotline at                                                            MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 31
             IN THE KITCHEN
                       with Moira Sanders

I’m not going to embarrass myself and tell you how many
of these I’ve eaten at one sitting. However, I will tell you
that they are super easy to make, especially if you have a
helper in the kitchen. The only problem you might
encounter will be the wonton wrappers – they can tear
easily, so take your time. I usually have a little bit of the
filling left over, which I promptly fry in a little oil and share
with my happy helper.

Easy Pork & Shrimp Dumplings
Makes about 50 dumplings.

½ pound raw shrimp, with the shells on
1 pound ground pork
½ cup finely sliced green onions
1 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp pure sesame oil                          Dipping Sauce:
¼ tsp fine sea salt                             2 Tbsp soy sauce
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper               2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 package small wonton wrappers                 Dash pure sesame oil

To make the dipping sauce, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Set aside
until needed.

Remove the shells from the shrimp. Finely chop the shrimp and combine with the ground pork, green onions,
garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Carefully separate the wonton wrappers and lay them out on a flat cutting board or counter. Place a mounded
teaspoon of the pork and shrimp filling on the middle of each square. Using your finger, wet two sides of the
wrapper with water and fold in half to form a triangle. Carefully press with your fingers to seal the dumpling.
For extra insurance, you can also use the prongs of a fork to press the seams together.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the dumplings in batches to avoid over crowding the pot. Let the
dumplings cook for about 2 minutes and then remove to a plate. Repeat with the remaining dumplings. Serve
warm with the dipping sauce.

                 If you aren’t going to eat the whole batch right away, wrap the dumplings really well,
                 separating the layers with parchment paper, and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

                 Moira Sanders has made a career of food which gives her inspiration for her recipe blog
                 and for cooking for her busy family. Moira and her sister, Lori Elstone, have written “The Harrow Fair
                 Cookbook”, which is now available and is published by Whitecap Books.
                 Moira can be reached at

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March Break: ideas for the kids
By Melissa Yue

(NC)—Looking forward to March Break? Chances are your child will say a definitive “yes!” especially if
they're off to a sunny destination. But if you're a parent stuck in town with zero plans and a limited budget,
figuring out how to entertain the little ones for a week or two can be exhausting.

Here are some ideas to kick-start your March Break plans:

Go on a mini road trip. Visit a town that you're not too familiar with and spend time walking around, taking
in the sights, dining at local eateries, and meeting the people. It will be a refreshing change of pace and scenery
for your family.

Let it snow. If snow has blanketed your neighbourhood, make the most of it. Don the kids in their winter gear
and help them make a snowman for the front lawn or bring them to a park so they can toboggan or make snow
angels and forts.

Visit your library. Your local library is a great resource for free family entertainment. Pick up a book to learn
some arts and crafts, research fun recipes, borrow kid-friendly DVDs, or check if the library is running any
special March Break programs.

Kid swap. If your friend's kids are also stuck in town, arrange to watch them along with your own kids and
then swap the next day. That way, you can get some much needed rest and relaxation. It's called March Break
for a reason.

Board games. Remember what those are? Playing a board game is a great way to spend time together as a
family and have face time – as opposed to video games. If your collection doesn't intrigue your kids, purchase
a new game that everyone agrees on.

Give to a good cause. Serve others at a local food bank, soup kitchen, or seniors home. You can also donate
to an organization which helps children from developing countries who need the simple necessities of life like
food, clean water, and medicine.

Before you know it, March Break will be over and you'll have some happy kids to show for it. Have fun.

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         hort happenings

Success with Trees
By Anne Hill

What a difference a couple of warmer, sunny, days make!  that one large tree can produce enough oxygen for four
The end of winter is in sight, the hours of daylight are people each day as it absorbs carbon dioxide during
getting longer and the huge snow piles are vanishing. Thephotosynthesis. The shade of a well-positioned tree can
goldfinches at the feeder are already becoming more      reduce air conditioning and energy use by 30%. As for
yellow as they grow their spring plumage, that’s always  their effect on our emotional and physical health, one
one of the first signs of spring.                        study showed that hospital patients who had a view of a
                                                         tree from their window had better recoveries than those
Our Taste of Summer on February 15, was a great escape who could not see trees. With climate change, the
from winter with author and chef Moira Sanders importance of trees is being appreciated more than ever.
demonstrating recipes from the Harrow Fair Cookbook at
our monthly meeting. About 100 people thoroughly With this in mind we have invited Jeff Marrin, owner of
enjoyed Moira’s presentation and samples of the recipes. Acorn to Oak Tree Service, to speak to us about Success
We were also fortunate to have Steve Cooper of Cooper’s with Trees at our meeting on Tuesday March 15, at
Farm with us to talk about the Community Supported 7:30pm. Jeff plans to talk about selecting the most
Agriculture weekly produce basket program. Steve and suitable trees, positioning them wisely and maintaining
Lisa Cooper are the reigning Outstanding Young Farmers their safety, stability and beauty throughout their lifespan,
in Canada! The Cooper’s Farm website is well worth including dealing with storm damage. All are welcome to
checking out:                         the meeting, bring your tree questions!

How have your trees fared over the fall and winter? A Our Junior Gardeners will be potting up cuttings and
mature tree is like a familiar old friend and it’s estimated sowing seeds on March 15, 7 – 7:30pm, and they welcome

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youngsters aged 6 and up to join them. They created
beautiful spring planters at their February meeting and
generously donated a planter to our door prize draw.                                  THROUGH
We are a friendly group of gardeners from all over East
Gwillimbury and we love to welcome guests and new
members.       Guests pay just $2 per meeting.
Membership is $20 for an individual, $25 for a couple
and $30 for a family. Youth membership is $5. For         My name is John Hayes and my wife Julia and I run
                                                          Blackwater Golf on Highway #48. I ran in the recent
more information call 905-478-8450 or visit               Municipal election and promised to write a column,
our website at                                            regardless of the results, pertaining to the issues that are         affecting us all in East Gwillimbury – so here goes.

                                                          Our new Mayor, Virginia Hackson and Councilors
                                                          Marlene Johnson, Cathy Morton, Tara Roy-DiClemente and
                                                          John Eaton all have a daunting task ahead of them
                                                          managing a new Official Plan, regional mandated growth,
                                                          insufficient infrastructure and economic development. The
                                                          intent of this column is not to criticize and critique (although
                                                          that may happen), but to provide an ongoing conduit for your
        Come and see our newly                            opinions to reach Council - at a grass roots level. All of your
            renovated space,                              comments will be made available to our elected officials.
  and our spa pedicure massaging chair                    The issue this month is the impending Town Budget for
        with whirlpool foot bath!                         next year. I looked on the internet and found the
                                                          following – Statistics Canada’s core rate was 1.4% with a
                 905 953 8980                             basket of Goods and Services Rate of 2%. The Town’s
                                                          proposed increase is 3.3%.
                             You must tell, complain, gripe, whine, cajole and if
                                                          necessary resort to blasphemy in order to make the point that
                                                          double the core rate is just too too much. It is obvious that the
                              Find us on                  HST in Ontario and the run up of energy costs have been
                                                          major drivers of this increase (a one-time spike). Our officials
                                                          have all stated that they will work hard to control the tax
                                                          burden on our residents. Let’s get them to show us that they
                                                          mean what they say.

                                                          Next, Council is in the approval stage of finalizing the times
                                                          and dates for the next three months of council meetings. It
                                                          would appear that the meetings will take place at the same old
                                                          inconvenient times (to the taxpayer) in the afternoons. In
                                                          addition, to my knowledge, no changes have been made to
                                                          allow the public to request to speak to an item on the agenda
                                                          (after the agenda has been published on Friday). The existing
                                                          system requires that you have psychic powers in order to
                                                          participate in the process. I was truly hoping that this change
                                                          would take place immediately in order to facilitate
                                                          accountability at the Town level.

                                                          That’s all for now – please watch for next month’s issue.
                                                          Please feel free to contact me at Blackwater Golf
                                                          905 473-5110 or email at No rude
                                                          emails please or I can’t forward them – thanks…                                                      MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 35
            Tax Tips

Vehicle Expenses Allowed
by Ian Hawkins

When any vehicle is used for both business and pleasure purposes, it is important to keep a trip log to identify the
business use of each vehicle.

Business use vs Personal use
 (i) Employees
 If an employee travels between home and work, the travel is normally considered personal use of the vehicle,
 unless there was a business matter attended to between the home and the place of work.
 If an employee travels between home and a customer's place of work, the travel is normally considered
 business use.
 (ii) Self-employed
 If a self-employed person has a home office and another office or place of business, usually the office outside the
 home is considered the base of business. Travel between the home office and the base of business will normally
 be considered personal use of the vehicle.
 Travel between different premises of the same business would usually be considered business use.
 Travel between the home office of a self-employed person and a customer's place of work is considered business
 use, as is any other travel incurred for business purposes.

Unincorporated businesses
An unincorporated business may deduct all reasonable motor vehicle expenses which are related to the
business use of the vehicle after applying the limitations regarding passenger vehicles. If, for instance, 60% of your
mileage is for business purposes (40% personal), you can deduct 60% of the expenses related to the vehicle.

Corporations may deduct all reasonable motor vehicle expenses, after applying the limitations regarding
passenger vehicles.

If a shareholder or employee uses a company-owned automobile for personal purposes, a taxable benefit will be
added to their income. The rules regarding automobile taxable benefits were changed starting in 2003, making it
less costly to employees and shareholders to use company-owned vehicles for personal use.

Our strong recommendation is to NOT put a passenger vehicle in the corporate name. Keep it in your personal name
and claim tax-free reimbursement of mileage-based expenses at the CRA prescribed rates which for 2010 are:

    •   52¢ per kilometre for the first 5,000 kilometres driven; and
    •   46¢ per kilometre driven after that.

What expenses are included as motor vehicle expenses?
Motor vehicle expenses include interest on loans to purchase automobiles, capital cost allowance (CCA),
automobile leasing costs, and operating expenses such as fuel, oil, maintenance and repairs, licence and insurance
costs, and car washes.

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Parking costs are not included as motor vehicle expenses. When the parking is related to business use of the motor
vehicle it is 100% deductible, and when it is related to personal use it is not deductible.

Tax tip: When a vehicle is driven for both business and pleasure use, a trip log must be used to record the mileage.
Trip logs are available free of charge at Mount Albert Tax Company and Holland Landing Tax Company.

               Ian and Dorothy Hawkins own and operate Mount Albert Tax Company next door to the post office
               and Holland Landing Tax Company in the Gristmill Plaza, Holland Landing


                  JASON SHAW

            30 Years Experience in
         Construction and Maintenance

e                905-473-7273

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 My Own “Man Cave”                                                  by Robert White, Holland Landing

“I can do whatever “manly” thing I want”, says Robert admiring his collection. (photo) After reading last months
story about designing your “man cave”, Robert wanted to share his 2 year project.

My wife and I are the proud owners of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. Over the years, since purchasing the
car, we have collected a few trophies and various artifacts.

Initially, upon moving into our current home, I built a 16 foot wall consisting of 4 x 8 sheets of pegboard and various
sizes of shelving. When I retired a few years ago I decided to expand my replica die cast collection of about 100 cars.
I have built a 12 x 16 “Man Cave” in the basement, where my die cast collection has grown to about 300 cars. The
majority of these cars come from Formula 1, the Can Am series, CART and NASCAR, with a few sports cars. I have
a number of GM replica cars within a village I have set up, (similar to a model railroad), whare all the cars are
convertibles. I even have a custom replica die cast car made of my 1969 Camaro. On the edge of the roadway in front
of the village at the other end of the room, there is a York Regional Police car numbered 22; my badge number was 22
when I was a member of the force in the early seventies. Thee is a ‘57 Chevrolet, turquoise in colour, that my wife and
I left the church where we were married. There is a Bickel fire truck similar to the Newmarket Fire Department’s.

My interest in motorsports started back in the early sixties, when I was a Mosport regular. In 1966 I was a free lance
photographer for a motorsports publication. A year later I start to freelance for a daily newspaper in Toronto. In the
ensuing years I got to know many international race drivers. In 1969 I purchased the Camaro mainly because of what
Roger Penske and Mark Donahue accomplished with them. Today I drive the convertible, in the summer, thanks to
Roger and Mark.

All of the artifacts’ in my collection have meaning; I didn’t just go out and buy something because I liked it.

In the last 10 years Robert and his wife, Hazel, have attended races all over the US and of course in Ontario. They
will be watching the Daytona 500 on TV. BTW: Upon the newspapers demise in 1971, Robert went back to school and
became a forensic photographer.

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            Holland Landing United Church
Holland Landing United Church’s last service was held
December 26, 2010. The church disbanded on
December 31, 2010 and joined with Queensville United
Church. This poem is dedicated to the people of Holland
Landing United Church by the Madeley Family.

                             IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

       Hi, I’m your church, Holland Landing United,              I now have a furnace, so modern and new;
          I have Methodist roots; strong and firm;                     with a dial and a key on a ring;
        my age is one hundred, plus sixty and eight,              but every so often my people remember;
             I’ve seen many joys and concerns.                      that stove and the memories it brings.

       Oh! There have been changes over my time,               We added some rooms, the east side has one;
       my foundation was changed were they could;                     it’s the busiest room of them all;
         It shook me a bit, but I feel better now,               between children at play and other events;
             I know it was done for my good.                             it seems to be always on call.
                                                                Ah! Sunday is used by my children to learn;
                  My windows are peaked,                                the story of when Jesus came;
               where once they were squared,                my people come down when the church service ends;
              the Narthex and Alter appeared.                  to talk and help lighten the burden of friends;
      my roof was raised, and my bottom was dropped,                 the Fellowship Hall is well named;
     with shovel and boards they accomplished this job,
              when they put a basement in me.               The west side was built in this great time of change;
                                                          and just for convenience sake, they added two bathrooms;
                    A kitchen was added;                          but also by accident put in a meeting place.
                   what a blessing it was;                  My front door is closed when the cold winter comes;
          to our ladies when suppers were given;                        and my stairs are hard to climb;
       new cupboards were hung and a counter put in;             so the side door is used and low and behold;
          this was surely a gift sent from heaven;                      that’s where we spend our time;
         A new pump helped take the water away;
       when the strainers were pulled from the drains;      In past and the present, you have each served this
      new people would stand and look so bewildered;                                mission,
            when the water would not go away.                  each trail that you’ve faced, met with grace;
                                                          the needs of a church seem to change in each season;
      Each Sunday my rooms were heated with wood;                   it is hard to keep up with the pace;
            from a side shed, just out of view;           so whatever your path on this new changing journey;
  A good soul would make sure my stove was well stocked;                 it is one of life’s mysteries;
             before everyone sat in their pews;          may the Lord bless and keep you and always remember;
                                                                   you’re a part of my church’s history.                                                  MARCH 2011 | The Bulletin 39

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