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January 25th, 2021 edition

Pothole police: A councilor on the Navestock Parish Council, located 25 miles northeast of London, England, has proposed a unique way to control speeding traffic in his community. Mike Parrish is suggesting the town fix the potholes on major routes, but not bother repairing the potholes on secondary roads. That way, drivers will be forced to slow down. Another benefit to his scheme is that it would save the council considerable time and money if they didn’t have to make the repairs. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Retired police officer Roy Tyzack says it could put people at risk.

 

Dragged out spat: A husband and wife in Orissa, India, who quarreled 50 years ago, are still experiencing the fallout. Gayadhar Parida, 83, was upset with his wife and left in 1959 to live in a makeshift shed perched in a tree a half mile away. Though his wife has begged him to come home, he’s refused because he says his life in a tree has led to spiritual growth. He says he sometimes fasts and only comes out of his tree house to take water from a pond in the garden. So far, no family member has been able to convince him to rejoin his wife.

 

Smart little girl: Elise Tan-Roberts, a 28-month-old, living with her parents in North London, England, has become the youngest member of the high IQ club known as Mensa. Her IQ is estimated to be 156. Elise was talking at five months, walking at eight months, and running when she was 10-months-old. These days, she can recite the capital cities of countries around the world and distinguish between a rhinoceros and a triceratops. Professor Joan Freeman, a specialist education psychologist, tested the little girl and says she has a “superb memory” and is “gifted.” Her parents, Louise and Edward, want their child to have a normal life, but provide her with opportunities to learn at an advanced pace.

Quiet, kids! The kids at Olympia Elementary School in Universal City, Texas, were just being kids, having fun and making noise during their school’s Family Fitness Day. But all that noise didn’t sit well with their neighbour, Butch Armstrong, who could hear the racket floating over a fence he had forced the school to build between his property and the school yard. So, he called police and they issued a noise citation to the school. The school had already removed loudspeakers and installed special quiet basketball backing in an effort to please Armstrong. He told police that noise from training jets was not unreasonable, but that the noise from the elementary school was. Seems that some people just like to complain.

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Local Activities – While COVID-19 is impacting many areas of our lives, the Town of Halton Hills reminds residents that parks and trails are a great way to enjoy winter and safely participate in winter recreation experiences in their own community.

“In line with public health guidelines we’re happy to offer opportunities for residents to enjoy the outdoors this winter,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “These opportunities are a great way to stay local and discover your community while keeping physically and mentally active.”

Trails & Pathways

Expand your winter sport experiences, grab your skis, snowshoes or hiking boots and take in the beauty of Halton Hills trails. Trails are not groomed or maintained during winter, but they remain open for use. Please dress appropriately and wear appropriate footwear for winter conditions. Visit our Trails page for more information. Park pathway loops at Dominion Gardens Park and Gellert Community Park, as well as Acton Rotary Park will be cleared for use by residents.

Outdoor Rinks

The Town’s outdoor rinks at Fairgrounds Park in Georgetown and Acton’s Prospect Park are open. Enjoy this great opportunity to get some exercise but please, remember to physically distance and share the ice so everyone gets a chance to skate. One hour skate sessions (30 person capacity) begin on the hour, and will be monitored at peak times. Please note that game play is not allowed.  Please respect posted signage or directions from Town staff.  The Town is also building additional rinks at Georgetown Fairground and Acton Arena (weather permitting). Please note that the Town also supports community volunteers to create rinks at suitable locations. Residents are encouraged to contact the municipality if they wish to create a rink or help out with an existing one.

Stormwater Ponds

Residents are reminded to stay off local stormwater ponds as these bodies of water are not safe despite how they may look. Stormwater ponds are part of the Town’s drainage infrastructure and, as a result, water flow and water levels can fluctuate quickly without warning. Children should be advised that playing on or near stormwater ponds should be avoided and that these ice surfaces are unsafe for skating.

Toboggan Hills

The Town maintains two toboggan hills at Cedarvale Park (Georgetown) and Sir Donald Mann Park (Acton). Grab your sled and head out for some wintery fun.

Virtual Programs

Not brave enough to venture outdoors? No problem, the Active Easy webpage also has virtual and online programming for keeping active in the comfort of your home!

Residents are reminded that the current gathering limit for outdoor activities under the Provincewide Stay at Home Order is 5 people and physical distancing still applies. As the situation evolves, regulations may change. Please follow all current health protocols and enjoy these activities responsibly.

General park areas are not maintained in winter, so always dress appropriately for winter conditions. Please take your garbage with you if there is not a garbage can nearby.

The Town of Halton Hills is looking for three community members to serve on the Public Art Advisory Board, as volunteer representatives of the local arts community. Board members perform an important role in advancing the public art in Halton Hills by providing input into public art policies and project proposals, determining appropriate locations, and providing advice on the integration of public art into capital projects.

The Public Art Program contributes to healthy, vibrant and connected communities. An inaugural public art project, After Nature by Ingrid Mayrhofer was unveiled in 2020 and new projects are underway for 2021. For additional information on the Public Art Program read the Public Art Master Plan and Public Art Policy.

Board members will serve a term of three years commencing in March 2021.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, residents of Halton Hills, and not currently employed by the Town of Halton Hills.  Applicants to the Board should be practicing artists with demonstrated training, skill and experience who have strong connections to the local arts and culture sector. Applicants should also have a history of giving public presentations and experience working on a community-based team. Experience with public art projects and jurying are considered assets.

“This opportunity to help guide the Town’s robust public art program is an exciting one for our local artists,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.

Please visit haltonhills.ca/public art for full details and to apply. The deadline to apply is 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021.

PCMH GEORGETOWN – MEETING ON FEBRUARY 02, 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM, CMHA Halton Region Branch Office, 211 Guelph St, Suite 5 Georgetown. Parents for Children’s Mental Health provides a monthly peer to peer support group for parents with children who have mental health challenges. Please ring bell to enter the office. Email:georgetown@pcmh.ca

Halton Hills announces hiring of Jon Rehill as the Town’s new Fire Chief. Rehill leaves his position as Fire Chief at the City of Kitchener – a position he held since 2015. A Master’s degree along with numerous emergency management and technical fire certifications round out his education and ongoing training. Rehill began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Erieau, Ontario and joined the Cambridge Fire Department full-time in 1991, advancing through the ranks to hold the position of Deputy Fire Chief from 2012 to 2014.

“Kitchener’s loss is our gain,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “I am confident that Jon has the skills and experience necessary to lead our team.”  The hiring committee comprising staff and members of Council, was Chaired by Councillor Moya Johnson who noted that: “The interview process was as robust as can be expected for a position of this nature. I am pleased with the caliber of applicants we were able to attract and ultimately, I believe we have the right person for the job.”

Acting CAO Chris Mills agreed. “Jon will be an excellent complement to the senior management team and current fire leadership. I know that the Halton Hills Fire Department will continue to thrive and meet the growing demands of our community – particularly important as we manage the impacts of COVID-19.”

Jon’s first day with the Halton Hills Fire Department will be February 1.

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is intended to help small businesses (including sole proprietorships) in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under Ontario’s provincewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020. Click here for more info –  COVID-19 Business Support Grants (gov.on.ca)

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ARIES

(March 21 – April 20)

You have to decide how much responsibility you can handle now, or you may have visions of new directions in this regard. Lucky numbers: 14, 17, 29, 34, 37, 49.

TAURUS

(April 21 – May 21)

Recognition for your efforts and receiving credit for your accomplishments are likely now, if you’ve “done your homework”. Lucky numbers: 1, 9, 23, 27, 38, 40.

Gemini

(May 22 – June 21)

Right now, people seem to be drawn to you and your love life may likely be both harmonious and satisfying. Lucky numbers: 17, 19, 22, 39, 45, 47.

 

Cancer

(June 22 – July 22)

You feel energized, motivated, and eager to take constructive action on anything that promotes your own self-interests or professional objectives. Lucky numbers: 5, 11, 16, 25, 30, 38.

Leo

(July 23 – Aug. 23)

You are likely to feel the urge to do something completely out of character now. Let yourself be a little “crazy”. Lucky numbers: 9, 29, 30, 32, 48, 49.

Virgo

(Aug. 24 – Sept. 23)

Staying out of the spotlight may be just what you need this week. It could give you a breather before taking on any more projects. Lucky numbers: 11, 22, 29, 34, 40, 48.

Libra

(Sept. 24 – Oct. 23)

This is a good time to speak up and clear the air of any grievances you have been holding onto for some time. Lucky numbers: 22, 24, 26, 30, 33, 47.

Scorpio

(Oct. 24 – Nov. 22)

This would be a good time to let your mate know how much you appreciate their love and dedication. Lucky numbers: 29, 33, 37, 38, 47, 49.

Sagittarius

(Nov. 23 – Dec. 21)

Creative projects or social events involving children can be successfully undertaken during this period. Lucky numbers: 2, 19, 25, 28, 46, 47.

 

Capricorn

(Dec. 22 – Jan. 20)

This time is filled with stimulating discussions about controversial topics, unusual or offbeat ideas, or “crazy” schemes. Lucky numbers: 8, 18, 28, 38, 43, 48.

Aquarius

(Jan. 21 – Feb. 19)

This is a favourable period in which to broaden your mental and creative outlook beyond the scope of your present horizons. Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 15, 25, 36, 47.

Pisces

(Feb. 20 – March 20)

Support from close friends, family, and the women in your life gives you confidence now. This is a good time to mend fences. Lucky numbers: 12, 23, 28, 29, 32, 33.

Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Gemini and Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 22.

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Trivia answers:

1. Bird. 2. Mother-of-pearl. 3. Selenium. 4. Halley’s. 5. Belfast.

 

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