Month: July 2017

How lemonade helped our health care

At just seven years old, Michael James saved up his weekly allowance and set up a lemonade stand to fundraise for Markham Stouffville Hospital. Fast forward five years and this young budding philanthropist has raised a total of $22,000 for the hospital. This year alone, Michael raised a record-breaking $7,000 from his annual Mike’s Love Lemonade. The event has grown to sell much more than just lemonade. Michael begins to prepare weeks in advance by baking goodies, cooking up fresh pizzas, assisting in the garden to sell plants and delivering posters to neighbours. The soon-to-be grade eight student started...

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Animal control by-law

Animal control by-law sets new rules for the town. Yes, we are “country close to the city” but that doesn’t mean you can keep or hunt wild animals in your backyard. Don’t feed them either. And, oh yeah, keep your dog on a leash for heaven’s sake. The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Council recently approved a revised Animal Control By-law that added new regulations concerning tethering, muzzling orders, dog licences and the feeding of wildlife. Runners, cyclists and pet averse residents will be happy to note specific measures for dogs whose owners refuse to believe that their precious little Rottweiler...

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Balance vs. Harmony

Balance vs. Harmony How often do you find yourself scanning the aisles or produce sections of your favourite grocery store, willing the very item you’re looking for to jump into your hands? For some, the idea of grocery shopping is a daunting task. For others, it’s an outing of discovery for those passionate to learn about the latest and greatest of new products or nature’s finest gracing the display stands. All too often, I find my clients are in one of three categories. The first, who engage in the notion that by eating the same thing day in and...

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Impaired drivers just don’t get the message

It’s like a bad copy of the movie Groundhog Day. Only it’s not Bill Murray who is frustrated with the repeated events. York Regional Police (YRP) continue to drive home the message that driving impaired will not be tolerated, but many residents just don’t get it. YRP have charged 29 impaired drivers and 97 distracted drivers in a seven-day period. Twenty-nine drivers were charged with impaired-related driving offences between July 10 and July 17, 2017. Twenty-two drivers were charged for being impaired by alcohol, three were charged with being impaired by drug and four were charged with failing to...

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Historic tidbits about 47 Church Street

47 Church St. A home well remembered. This home was built by William Mason, c. 1883, when the land was still not on a plan but part of the original parcel bought by Abraham Stouffer. Mason’s wife was Margaret Rae Mason. They were married March 9, 1870. Mason farmed on what was known as the Keith farm, but retired to Church St. He died on March 1, 1893, at the age of 49 His wife then inherited the home. She was able to share housing with her cousin Florence Rae in 1901 and later with her brother James Rae,...

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