Feature

Family, dialysis, volunteering: the story of Pat Howell

“The first phone call was around midnight,” says Pat Howell, 84, remembering the first of three calls about having a kidney available for transplant. She recalled going through the process the first time.  Howell says, in her case, the hospital had one hour to inform her a kidney was available, then she had an hour… Continue reading Family, dialysis, volunteering: the story of Pat Howell

Opinion

Giving Pets expensive funerals is foolish

Paying thousands of dollars on pet funerals is foolish. Having lost 4 pets, I know it is difficult and painful, but there is no reason to spend large amounts of money, a tasteful backyard burial is all that is required. That’s how it used to be. So how did pet funerals begin? It’s all part… Continue reading Giving Pets expensive funerals is foolish

General

Refugee family expected to arrive in Stouffville

After two years, members of two Stouffvile churches think they are getting closer to bringing a refugee family of six from Iraq to York Region. The family from Mosul, Iraq, whose name cannot be used for security reasons, is expected to arrive in Canada this summer. Eastridge Evangelical Missionary Church and Springvale Baptist Church decided… Continue reading Refugee family expected to arrive in Stouffville

Events

The ‘coolest’ night of the year

What do fundraising, weather and bunny ears have in common? The Coldest Night of the Year walk in Oshawa. Although organizers figure a Feb. 24 walk will bring with it cold temperature, it was a relatively warm 4C and sunny on when registration opened at 4 p.m. at Lviv Hall located at 38 Lviv Blvd.… Continue reading The ‘coolest’ night of the year

Feature

History and scouting fun meet at Camp Samac

“I was just flabbergasted when he pulled out money and gave it to me,” recalled Jamie Lovell, 48, camp warden at Camp Samac, a Scouts Canada camp in Oshawa. Lovell remembered a generous act from someone impacted by Camp Samac when he went to pay for and pick up an order of pellet guns for… Continue reading History and scouting fun meet at Camp Samac

Events, General

‘I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for dialysis and a transplant’

Six people all with a similar experiences to share. The six, who have either donated a kidney, received a transplant, or have had a family member affected by kidney disease, shared their stories at the fifth annual Kidney Foundation Fundraising and Awareness Luncheon at the Holiday Gardens Slovenian Country Club in Pickering on Feb. 10.… Continue reading ‘I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for dialysis and a transplant’