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March 2013

Skiers from Team Canada (NOT!) play at the 9th Annual Gecko Bonspiel


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Wasaga Beach Snowman Mania

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On Saturday as part of the many events planned for Snowman Mania there was a Midway at Stonebridge, the First Annual Polar Bear Dip organized by the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club and the event raised $7500 for charity. It was held at the Wasaga Sands Park where the Toboggan party took place, sponsored by the Rotary Club and the Kinette’s Club where free hot chocolate and hot dogs were very much appreciated. Photos/Story: Enrique Miranda

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How did it get to be March so soon? This winter is flying by, but with all the snow I’m sure most of you have been out enjoying every minute of it. As you flip through this issue of Georgian Life you will see that our communities were a buzz with activities! As usual, this month, a tonne of money was raised for many different good causes and organizations. Thank you to all of the people that take the time to organize, plan and implement all of the events that keep people connected and committed to what “pulls at their heartstrings”. I hope this March Break you get the opportunity to spend some time with your families and friends doing the things you love. Take a look at the online calendar at or turn to page 12 to check out the Event Listings if you still need some ideas. Easter comes especially early this year - always a popular day for attending church, getting together for a big family meal, and staging an Easter egg hunt. Then it will be time to dust off our bikes, get out the hiking boots and slurp a fresh batch of maple syrup. So enjoy the snow while you can! See you out there!


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Please email your stories & photos to: Submit your events online: Contributing Writers: Deborah Bunn, Rhea Burns, Aranka Jones, Brian McMillan, Jane Schnurr, Melanie Vollick Contributing Photographers: Selena Blais, Bryan Davies, Enrique Miranda,, Jennifer Nichol, Julie Paleczny, Melanie Vollick, Dave West Cover Photo: Dave West Photography Design & Layout: Selena Blais - Georgian Life Please show your support for sustainable environmental practices by sharing this issue with friends and neighbours and then put it in your recycling bin. Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways we can all contribute to protecting our resources. No part of this newspaper may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. The views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertisers’ claims or for the accuracy and use of the photographs and descriptions provided for publication, and reserves the right to edit supplied photos and content. © 2013 Georgian Life All Rights Reserved

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Rompin’ and Stompin’ with Tubbs to Save One Boob at a Time! Yes it’s that time of the year when those crazy ladies in pink throw on the snowshoes at Scenic Caves and raise a lot of money and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation! The event’s tally this year was over $45,000. Tremendous support for a great cause! Well done ladies and special thanks and congrats to the ‘Breast Damn Stompers’ who were awarded for both Best Dressed Team and Top Team Fundraisers bringing in over $10,000! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Siesta Sun Spa - After 5 This month’s Business After 5 was hosted by Ingrid Bouius with Siesta Sun Spa Inc. located at 30 – 45th Street South, Unit 7, at 45th and Mosley, in Wasaga Beach.   Siesta Sun offers a safe and ultra clean environment for tanning.  All staff are “smart tan” certified so you can enjoy a controlled and comfortable tanning session.  Get a fast, efficient tan, with stand up or lie-down machines. A fabulous evening of networking, auction prizes, delicious food and great people!  Photos: Selena Blais

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Life is like a game of Baseball

e have all heard the expression ‘it is how you play the game that counts’. Most games are focused on winning; not many are cooperative. To win at baseball you have to be on the winning team and play all the innings. How many times in your life have you: • Been thrown a curve ball – you didn’t see it coming • Felt like you were in the outfield – nothing was happening • Waited for the home run - the big hit that knocks you out of the park • Wished you could stop fumbling – and be a better catcher • Keep getting walked – and you want to run • Struck out – three strikes and you were out • Found your bases loaded – you were so close and tried so hard • Wished you were on a winning team As a Coach I see many who just want their homerun. To win the game though you have to be in it for the long haul; you have to play all the innings. It takes team effort in life and in business. Who is on your team? Do they know their position and the value they bring? If you have struck out, know it is part of the game. Keep practising, work with your team, stay positive and focused. You will be back up to bat going for that home run before you know it. Life can be full of setbacks, challenges and disappointments. Without these we really would not appreciate the excitement of new opportunities and the sweetness of success. In truth, the homeruns are a bonus and a small part of the game. Keep playing ball it’s your life. Game on! To learn more contact Coach Jane, Business Coach and Leadership Development Expert at 705-444-5338 or visit Coach Jane Schnurr coaches business leaders and individuals to pursue their dreams and live an awesome life. © Awesome Coaching Enterprises 2012

Take a hike with the dogs! The GTHS first annual Wiggle Waggle Winter Walk on February 10th was a huge success! The day was gorgeous, the dogs were animated and the chili was delicious! Sponsors included: High on Health, Tim Hortons, Loblaws, Blue Ridge Meats, Science Diet, Mullin’s Pet Supplies, Kingstone Animal Chiropractic, Tempo Photography and Dogs We Love. Just over $800 was raised for the dog program, stay tuned for a possible Wiggle Waggle Fest this summer!!! Photos:


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9 Geckos in a row is? Answer: (a) a lot of Geico TV commercials to watch (even though that little green lizard is charming, colourful and cute); (b) the very successful annual curling bonspiel organized by Julie and Gareth Carter/Men with Knives Catering in support of various charities; or (c) both of the above. The answer could be (c) but in this case I’m referring to (b) as this year’s curling extravaganza surpassed other years in terms of success and speaking of our colourful green lizard friend... how about the colourful costumes some of the curling teams came up with this year! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Creemore Springs Groundbreaking

by Deborah Bunn

Creemore Springs brewed a lot of excitement when their executives, local politicians, the builder and the designer all turned the sod on their new expansion building which will increase the size of the existing plant to fill the higher product demand. Creemore Springs Brewery owned by Molson-Coors, expects to brew 24 hours a day and hire 30 more staff. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography

The Importance Of Core Strength In Pilates Traditionally, we have used our global muscles when exercising. This, however, produces short, bulky muscles, precisely the type of musculature most prone to injury. Ignoring muscles that are required for everyday tasks (or functional fitness) can leave them weak and susceptible to injury. To avoid this, we need to alter how we look at fitness, changing our focus from looking good on the outside, to building and stabilizing those muscles deep inside our bodies that form our core- that part of one’s body to which everything is attached and, from which every movement is controlled.

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In fact, the core musculature is involved in almost any athletic activity. A strong core not only affects performance, but it is crucial in preventing injuries as well. For example, a strong and stable trapezius (muscles around the shoulder) leads to scapular stability, which in turn, decreases the risk of shoulder injuries. Similarly, a stable hip girdle plays a significant role in maintaining the health of not only the hips, but the knee and ankle joints as well. And, of course, strong abdominal and back muscles translate into a stable spine, good posture, and less chance of back injuries. Core strength and injury prevention are not just relevant to sports performance. You can just as easily turn your ankle walking down the street, or pull a muscle in your back when lifting groceries, as you can playing basketball. Core training can provide a higher level of general fitness so that everyday tasks can be performed with greater ease. This way, muscles won’t be pulled or strained quite so easily and loads of laundry won’t feel as heavy. As core strength increases, so too does muscle density and fat burning capacity. By incorporating core strength and stability training into our exercise programs, we are building a solid foundation for our bodies to look, feel and function better. This is what Pilates can do for you as it relates to core strength. In summary, it strengthens one’s core muscles over time, improving stability, balance, strength, flexibility and posture, producing again, over time a longer, leaner look. Deborah Bunn is a Certified Pilates Instructor and has been teaching Pilates for over 5 years with a speciality in Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. To learn more and /or to reserve space for her classes: 705-444-2849.

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Elephant Thoughts After 5 Elephant Thoughts (ET) hosted an After 5 at their global head office here in Collingwood. ET is a national award winning children’s education charity and has celebrated their 10th year of delivering exciting and sought after education outreach programs in schools in and around the Georgian Triangle. Guests got to pet and hold snakes and turtles and watch the lemurs bounce around. Drop into the Explore Store sometime - 10138 Hwy 26 East right across from Hyundai. You can find out more about ET on their website Photos: Selena Blais

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Ontario Track 3 Ski Association Art Charity Event Their mission: Discovering Ability through the Magic of Snow Sports. The Ontario Track 3 Ski Association is a volunteer non-profit charitable organization that teaches children and youth with disabilities to downhill ski and snowboard. If you ever have the opportunity to witness some of the enthusiasm, joy and sheer excitement of these physically challenged participants flying down the slopes, you’ll understand just how amazing this organization and their programs really are for those who take part. In support of this wonderful cause founder, Doug Keary, Henk Engels (Executive Director) along with local artist, Art Cunanan, and volunteers all held a charitable art show and sale at the Tremont Hotel over the weekend of Feb.22-24th. Congratulations on a great event and thanks as well to the Probus Ski Legends for kicking off the weekend fundraiser with a donation of $1000. Kudos to all! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

Daredevils on boards The eyes of the ‘winter sports world’ were focused on our region once again as Blue Mountain hosted a stop on the FIS World Cup Snowboard Cross schedule. Three days of exhilarating high-speed snowboard action as those ‘daredevils’ entertained the crowds through training and qualifying sessions and, of course the amazing finals with four competitors in each heat going ‘for broke’ head on! It just doesn’t get any better... well except of course for the fact that two proud Canadians ended up on the podium and took home the hardware! Congratulations to Christopher Robanske for finishing 1st in the Mens and Dominique Maltais who finished 2nd in the Ladies. Another simply awesome showing and a spectacular event! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography


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Ask yourself what makes you happy? If you had all the money to do whatever you wanted, what would you do? Who would you do it for and what would make you happiest? Where would you live? What would your days look like? How would you spend your time? Retirement for some is a date in time, for some a life event… Some events can be anticipated, some can’t. Some people are forced into retirement by a health crisis of their own or of someone they love. Others have a service pension and golden handshake. Retirement is change and preparing for the next phase in your life is critical to your happiness… and those around you! So how do prepare for this next phase? I suggest to my clients that writing a “bucket list” on a piece of paper of all the things they ever thought of doing, places they ever thought of going and people they would love to meet is a good place to get started. Asking yourself why you think these things would make you happy is a clue to future happiness in retirement. If retiring to play golf every day is your idea of being happy, go for it. I would suggest that you should probably dig into the bucket and get a couple of other ideas of things to do. Just be happy at what you do.

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SPECIAL EVENTS LISTINGs - MARCH 2013 March 1 • Live Music - Georgia Fox - The Dam Pub Thornbury 7pm • “Pete Would Go Ski Day” Osler Bluff Ski Club.

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March 14 • Charlotte’s Web: March Break kids theatre! Meaford Hall 2pm $15 adult $8 kids. 519.538.1060 x1203 in advance to reserve your child’s space. • Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting 50/60s Diner 78:30 a.m Register 705-429-2247 March 15 • Seniors Got Talent! Collingwood Leisure Time Club 705-445-9685 or www. • Shenanigans - Collingwood Museum March Break Programming - The Station, 45 St. Paul Street $10 per child. Pre-registration and prepayment are required (705) 445-4811 March 16 • Irish Coffee Party -All Saints Anglican Church 10am to 12 noon. $5.00 March 17 • Gospel Bluegrass Concert – Nottawa - Emmanuel Presbyterian Church 1:30 p.m. 705.444.6823 March 18 • WINGS (Women in Networking Growing Strong) Networking Meeting - At the Scandinave Spa March 20 • Focus on Seniors Speaker - Finances for Seniors, Andrew Duncan - TD Waterhouse Meaford Hall 1pm free • *No pre-registration required, accessible transportation available to area seniors free of charge, call toll free 1.877.538.0463 • Take This Waltz film - Meaford Hall 4pm & 7pm $10 March 23 • Beaver Valley Banked Slalom - Beaver Valley Ski Club • Mom to Mom Sale Trinity United Church, 140 Maple Street 8-11:30 am March 24 • Truck Farm documentary film - Meaford Hall 1pm $7adult $2student www. March 26 • Whitehorse Luke Doucet & Melissa McClelland - Meaford Hall 8pm $ March 30 • Easter Eggstravaganza -Wasaga Beach RecPlex10am to 3pm outdoors 705.429.3844 x 2287 or

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Meaford Rotary Club 75 Years! On February 2nd at the Meaford Hall, the Rotary Club of Meaford celebrated 75 years of service. The Rotary has supported many local projects including Handi Van, the Meaford Arena, Curling Club and The Harbour Rotary Pavilion and Harbour Entrance. During the celebration, the Rotary Club presented a Cheque to the Meaford Hospital Foundation in the amount of $1,000. Dignitary Bill Murdock and Bill Walker sent their well wishes for the continuing growth and future of the club. Good Luck to the future of the Club. Photos/Story: Julie Paleczny

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Stonebridge smash up! The 1st Annual Demolition Derby at Stonebridge attracted the largest crowd of the weekend with mini smash, figure 8 races and more! Story/Photos: Enrique Miranda

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STAY | PLAY | EAT | SHOP WASAGA BEACH Thanks Mr. Architect The Treasures of Collingwood – The Architects Who Built Our Town (which runs from Feb. 15th through March 31st at the Press Gallery - the former EB Building at 65 Simcoe St.) is a remarkable exhibit that highlights the works of six notable Collingwood architects who are responsible for some of the most impressive buildings erected through the early years (late 1800’s through early 1900’s) of our town’s development. An exhibit not to be missed! Thanks to the Collingwood Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, corporate and private sponsors and, of course our wonderful friends Richard and Anke Lex. You’re simply the best! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography


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Beans for breakfast. Beans are high in fiber and protein which help to regulate blood sugar, keeping you energized and satisfied between meals. Black beans are my favourite. Similar to blueberries, they are loaded with antioxidants to help fight the effects of growing older and living in a toxic world. Doctor’s Rx: enjoy a ½ cup of cooked black beans beside your eggs instead of toast or a bagel. Garnish with sliced tomato, fresh cilantro and a pinch of sea salt for a savory start to your day. By replacing baked goods with a serving of beans, you will blast away that winter wheat belly and supercharge your energy.

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Orange is the new beige. Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A that helps to strengthen your immune system and prevent heart disease and cancer. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of potassium, which helps to prevent hypertension and stroke. Doctor’s Rx: use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes in any recipe. Mash them. Bake them. Put them into soups and add to any stir fry. Slice them into super thin rounds and you’ve got raw crackers. Remember to leave the skins on for added fiber.

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Cybergnome Spaghetti supper and silent auction at Stayner Collegiate. Proceeds will support Cybergnomes Team 2013 Robotics. The funds will assist a group of students from SCI who hope to travel to Boston to compete in international Robotics competitions. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography




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The Dance for Hope Wasaga A charity event organized by Ehab Masad, owner of Harvey’s, Wasaga and his wife Dr. Dina Ghobrial of dental offices in Wasaga and Collingwood, was held at the Recplex and almost $8000 was raised to help with their humanitarian efforts in the Dominican. Way to go! Photos/Story: Enrique Miranda

Tame Your Unruly Paperwork As bookkeepers we come across multiple types of businesses in varying degrees of disarray. The reoccurring theme seems to be that many business owners are great at providing their service or product, but when it comes to organizing their paperwork, they’re lost. They tell us they just don’t know how to get it organized and they don’t know where or how to start. Don’t overthink it, just choose a starting point and work on getting organized a little at a time. Have a filing system that doesn’t include the kitchen table or the dash of your vehicle. Lost receipts equal lost expenses and HST credits; don’t throw your hard earned money away. We have two suggestions: the first is to purchase a portable filing box, hanging folders, file folders and tabs, organize the files so that they work for you. As an example, you might make files for banking, credit cards, HST, customer invoices and vendors. Break down your vendors by type, such as advertising, auto, office, job supplies, tools, vehicle etc. Our second suggestion: simply organize your files by month. Purchase an accordion file folder with the months, or numbers 1-12 already printed on the taps. And then pick a time to sit down and start putting your receipts in order. You don’t need to do it all at once, just work your way towards making it a new habit. And, remember that you need to keep a detailed record of your invoicing, expenses and HST. Find a method of keeping track that works for you. It could be manual, using a spreadsheet or accounting software. Regardless of the method you choose it has to be accurate and it has to provide enough detail to determine your tax obligations and entitlements. Organizing your paperwork is about finding what works best for you. It can be overwhelming, but once your paperwork is organized your spirits will lift, and soon you’ll notice that you’re able to focus on the real task at hand, selling your product or service. Rhea Burns is a Business Support Specialist with Officeology. She can be contacted at 705-293-0851 or toll free 1-800-295-8561 •

Superbowl at the Gayety Sid Dickenson and Kathie Houghton hosted a Super Bowl party at the newly restored Gayety Theatre. New seats with cup holders, an improved lobby and consession area and best of all, new washrooms including a wheelchair accessible washroom! Guests brought food donations in support of Beaver Valley Outreach and filled the lobby with non perishable food items. Photos/Story:


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“Brother can you ‘spare’ a dime?” Notice how adeptly I ‘coined’ that and worked an old Depression Era song title, bowling terminology, money and part of the name of one of my favourite organizations into that pun... wow sometimes I even amaze myself... not! What does amaze me is the great effort and energy that the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle put into their Bowl for Kids’ Sake each year! This is their largest annual fundraising campaign and it is vital that dollar goals be achieved in order to continue to provide the wonderful programs for the ‘littles’ in our region. Individuals and businesses in our community have always been tremendous in supporting this cause but we can never rest on our laurels. Please help if you can and let’s make this year the be$t ever! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Snowman Mania kick off party! The Snowman Mania 2013 on Family Day weekend attracted lots of residents and visitors to the events that took place in Wasaga Beach during a very cold and windy weekend. The opening Ceremony on Friday held at the Canadian Tire parking lot was the place to be with the snow fun maze that kids enjoyed. There was an Ice Carving competition, a magician and human piĂąata, music, face painting and a balloon artist followed by magnificent firework display. Photos/Story: Enrique Miranda


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Team Approach Planning Open House It was a packed house as Team Approach Planning (Brian, Patrick and Arlene) welcomed their clients, families and friends to their new offices at 450 Hume Street in Collingwood. The walls adorned Brian’s amazing collection of original water colour artwork. Team Approach Planning can assist you with any of your financial needs, and with tax season just around the corner we could all use a little help! If you missed the open house, feel free to drop in to meet “the Team”. Photos/Story: Selena Blais

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2013 Wasaga Beach Recognition Day The Town of Wasaga Beach “Recognition Day” was held on February 23rd at the Wasaga Recplex. A wonderful day to recognize athletes, outstanding achievements and to say thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers in our community. Photos: Enrique Miranda

Certificates were presented to for outstanding Hockey Certificates for outstanding Soccer achievement were achievements were presented to the Wasaga Beach Novice presented to the 14 Girls Soccer Team for being the 2012 Rep Team for being The 2012 Georgian Bay League “C” under 14 Girl’s President’s Youth Cup Champions. Playoff Champions. Team Members: Dara Ayotte, Hailey Bennett, Jocelynne Team Members: Marcus Collins, Owen Collins, Jackson Blackier, Cheryl Buckland, Tayah Cameron, Brianna Flatt, Kyle Glaubitz, Justin Kalaj, John Claude Leveque, Carnegie, Oilvia Connell, Arabella Dalmus, Oakley Mackenzie Milne, Elliott Phillips, Riley Pitt, Dreydon Ring, Hockley, Ricki Langan, Rikki Isaacs, Kathryn LockhartAndrewThompson, Alyssa Walden, Shayne Woodlock, Gibson, Ashley McArthur, Summer Osmond, Brianna Perry Rowan Ison and Cooper Robson. Coaching Staff : Greg Schalle, Kelsie Ricks, Jessica Robins, Cassandra Shore & Pitt, Don Woodlock, Brian Collins & Charles Flatt. Lyndsey Tuck. Coach: Doug Gibson

Cal Patterson, Owen McKechnie & Dawn Braid with awards for their work with Wasaga Recreation & Kellie Leitch

Joanne Saunders receives an award from Roy & Elaine Schoenberger of the Wasaga Ganaraska Hiking Club

Certificates for outstanding achievement were presented Cal Patterson and volunteers of Wasaga RecPlex Youth to the Wasaga Beach Bantam Team #2 for being the 2012 Dance Chad and Jodi Baldwin, Marlene Hayes, Tori & John Georgian Bay Local League “A” Hockey Champions. Arrigo & Kellie Leitch Team Members: Johnathan Adamec, Aleczander Allcok, Tyler Bifolchi, Angelo Dolic, Jacob Fleer, Stephen Goulding, Brady Hammill, Jordan Kell, Tyler Leblanc, Andrew Liauba, Jordan Marin, Liam Sauve-Sundberg, Curtis Sheppard, Jordan Stewart and Robert Suszter. Coaching Staff : Todd Moreau, Ronals Fleer, Joe Manchisi & Mike Marin.

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Cal Patterson, Mari Thompson of Prime Time Club with volunteers, Hazel Smith, Stella Gosselin, Shirley Cook & Kellie Leitch

Brooke Sheffer was recognized for her volunteer work with the Wasaga Beach Youth Centre

Certificates for outstanding Soccer achievement were presented to the 16 Girls Soccer Team for being the 2012 under 16 Girls Simcoe County Soccer League and President’s Youth Cup Champions. Team Members: Alexis Chomiak, Aljandra Dalmas, Nicole Dwyer, Katrina Ferrari, Breanna Gilpin, Victoria Greene, Jennifer Harris, Brook Leferink, Maddison Morris, Meaghan Perry-Schalle, Syndey Riley Sabrina Stinson, Chelsey Tuck, Katrina Turrie, Tara Walton & Sarah Willie. Coach: Steve Ferrari


Cal Patterson, Fran O’Donohue of Wasaga Sunbird Probus with volunteers Liz Ness & Dianne Dove & Kellie Leitch

Donald McDonald receives a volunteer award for his work with the Knights of Columbus

Cal Patterson, Brian Brethauer of Wasaga Community Theatre presented an award to Mary Watson & Kellie Leitch

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Polar Bear Sighting at Sunset Point! Okay, maybe a little extreme, and parents no reason to keep your kids indoors, but there really were people acting like Polar Bears... or should that be almost ‘polar bares’? Over forty brave (possibly crazy) participants dipped and jumped into the frigid water as Meridian Collingwood held its 1st Annual Polar Bear Dip in support of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation! A very chilling tale but absolutely wonderful fundraiser! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Profile on Business - Osteria Vitto A new restaurant opens their doors in Stayner - wonder what all the talk is about? An innovative flare has arrived in the tightly knit town of Stayner and it’s considered a place where families, friends and neighbours, and just about anyone, can enjoy a relaxing glass of the finest wine, a Prosecco drink or Bicicletta Spritzer, a bite to eat and a fun evening away from home. Yes, Osteria Vitto/Bar Bivio is open for business. At Osteria Vitto, Italian restaurant and bar, you are sure to enjoy delectable dining that is tasty and unique all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The lighting alone is sure to set the perfect mood for your memorable dining experience.

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Osteria Vitto opened its doors on Friday, February 15th, and seats 56 people downstairs and 46 upstairs. This savvy yet exclusive restaurant is a hidden treasure that won’t stay hidden for long. Over the last 40 years, the Osteria Vitto building has been owned by only four different owners including Osteria Vitto. Originally, the building was built for the Ford Restaurant. Next, the Dutch House Inn, then CJ’s Bar, Fud Main Street Bistro and now, Osteria Vitto Restaurant and Bar Bivio (for private parties and functions in the upper level). Bivio stands for junction or intersection and that is exactly where they are located in Stayner; across from the Royal Bank and at the lights. Partners, Bruno Cohen and Chef Adam Barone both emphasize that each and every dish is prepared with care. They have been involved in the industry since they were very young and it truly is their passion. “Adam has been cooking since he was twelve years old with his Nonna in Sicily and throughout Europe and I have been in the industry since I was about 14 years old working for my mother, busing tables, dishwashing, cooking and managing,” says Bruno. The average pricing for a couple dining is just under $100 and usually hovering around the $60 mark. Their food is sourced out as sustainable and as local as possible and some of their pastas are even rolled out by hand. “We have a lot of gluten free options and I have created a gluten free pasta which we hand roll on site,” says Chef Adam.

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Osteria Vitto/Bar Bivio is located at 7304 Highway 26 in Stayner, Ontario. For Reservations please call 705.428.9998 or email Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 10 pm | Friday & Saturday 4 pm-11pm Stay tuned... lunch will be served in the near future as well. To book a private party or make a reservation contact Bruno by phone at 705-444-3913 or email or Adam

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Collingwood’s Lifestyle Centre A truly unique experience awaits you at Cranberry Mews, one of the most convenient and fun retail spaces you’ll find anywhere in cottage country. Our lifestyle centre is home to a variety of businesses, ranging from healthcare and quality of life service providers to retailers who cater to both your whimsical and essential needs. Not only are we easy to find, but we also have trouble-free parking. So, what are you waiting for? Come see us today. Located at 10 Keith Ave, Collingwood (on Hwy 26 by Cranberry Resort). A place for health, wellness, and fun …where you can shop, dine, recharge and renew

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Magic of Children in the Arts Inspired in encouraging children to create, exhibit and celebrate art, Derivative Abstract Painter, Lory MacDonald, founded The Magic of Children in the Arts Show in 1994 and continues to enthral the community with her commitment and passion for celebrating children’s art. With the help of volunteers and strong partnerships, this registered charitable organization has enlightened the hearts of many people with thousands of beautiful pieces of artwork created by our community’s children over the years. New this year, Lory introduced workshops into a few schools to help guide each child when creating their masterpiece. Celebrating their 20th anniversary next year, The Magic of Children in the Arts continues to review children’s artwork giving a positive comment and a prize of art materials for each and every child. The celebration culminates with an opening awards reception at the Collingwood Library on March 23rd from 1-4pm so be sure to receive your prize package and celebrate children’s art! The artwork will be displayed starting March 4th through to the 31st at the Collingwood Public Library. Show your support and check out the amazing display of children’s artwork. Photos/Story:Melanie Vollick


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You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) and locals know the real party is at Molly Blooms anyway! Once again, thanks to The Great White Skippy Gators (Paul Young, Whitey Somers and band) Collingwood folk had a blast. Great musical entertainment, some colourful beads and masks and yes, enjoy possibly the odd beverage or two! Great night as always gang and thanks again! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Snow Run For Fun Why not go snowmobiling and support a great cause! The Wasaga Snowmobile Club first annual event on Family Day Weekend raised money for Breast Cancer. Sledders arrived to hot chocolate, coffee and snacks and returned to a hot turkey meal. Photos: Enrique Miranda

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Battling it out for top spot at Winterfest Over a hundred of some of Ontario fittest athletes gathered at Valley Ridge Farms in the Town of the Blue Mountains ready to crush some WOD’s (workouts) that would take them way outside their normal boxes and comfort zones! The 3rd Annual Winterfest event which was created by Crossfit Indestri in Collingwood 3 years ago, was meant to challenge athletes by bringing them outside their boxes/gyms and exploring our natural environment. This year the UG Series took over the event and blended adventure racing and snowshoeing with Crossfit to create a new sport that challenges all athletes. The UG Series is already planning the WOD’s (Workouts) for their return to Wasaga Beach on Saturday, July 27th, 2013!   Photos: Jennifer Nichol


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28th Annual Royal LePage Hospice Ski Day This is a landmark year for Hospice Georgian Triangle. Construction is underway on the new six bed palliative care residence in Collingwood and while this wonderful new facility, when completed, will be a blessing to the many families who rely upon the terrific care and programs provided by HGT, further community and corporate support is imperative. Thanks to our friends at Royal LePage Locations North, sponsors and participants, the 28th Annual Hospice Ski Day at Craigleith Ski Club was another overwhelming success and the perfect way to kick-start the year! Let’s keep it rolling. Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Big Heart Festival Creemore BIA and local sponsors presented the 2nd Annual Big Heart Festival. Events such as an Outdoor Family Skate, Crafts and Play at Cardboard Castles, Story Hour at Curiosity House Bookstore, a Snowman building contest and Country and Western Night at The Legion. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography

VISIONS OF POSSIBILITIES When we think of “green” living , it often conjures images of that dreaded “DO NOT...” list. Daily, we are told by the media that we need to be living “green”. Where do we start? If we begin with preservation in mind and strive to improve habits, we open the door of possibilities. It really comes down to simple behaviour modifications. Start with a vision of sucesss with ideas of well-being that are followed with practical solutions. Every day can be a step towards a world that provides us all with clean air, water and food. It’s all in our way of thinking. The descisions we make daily in our homes, in our communities and our relationships, permeate to everything around us. Remember that children absorb information and behaviour like sponges. If we model respect for others and the environment, this imprinting will last for generations to follow. Along with all the regular energy and water saving practices, we can borrow instead of buying by swapping with friends or on-line communities. There are many ways to exchange and share materials at less cost and less waste. When heading out on the road, plan ahead and get directions... you’ll save time and fuel. Even upon surfing the web you may find the opportunity to help the environment. For instance, if you make your search engine users help to generate revenue from Yahoo. The simple click of a mouse can contribute to worldwide environmental projects. Try not to view the effort as sacrifice but rather embrace it with the knowledge that you are creating a better today. If we focus on people -- individuals in households, and communities, and as members of organizations and institutions, we will discover that common needs are the key. If we strive to overcome our resistance to change we can improve life today and for tomorrow. The solutions lay at the roots of our beliefs. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”--Helen Keller Achieving sustainability is a partnership; if we live each day aware that we have infinite impact on all life and that everything is brought about by nature, just imagine the bright future ahead of us for generations to come. For more information on the programs offered by the Environment Network for our children and youth please visit or call 705.446-0551

Curiosity House Art Opening The theme in February was Farm Animals. Eight local artists displayed and sold their rural work to receptive crowds.

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Eat your heart out! This Valentines Day I treated my loved ones to heart shaped pizzas at Boston Pizza. For every heart shaped pizza that was sold $1 goes to the Boston Pizza Foundation. Since its inception in 1990, the BP Foundation has raised more that $10 million for charities across Canada. It was a nice evening supporting a great cause and eating our hearts out! Photos/Story: Selena Blais

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Big Bad Trio at BP Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Trio performed at Boston Pizza in Wasaga Beach on February 20th. It was a preview of the much anticipated Wasaga Beach Blues Festival to be held September 13-15 at Stonebridge, a free event that has helped to raise funds for the new Wasaga Beach Public Library. Story/Photos: Enrique Miranda

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Scrub your home in preparation for a spring sale (NC)—Thinking of selling your home this spring? The single most effective and budget-friendly way to ensure your home is at its most appealing is to make sure it is meticulously clean, says Ron Abraham, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. Abraham says that elbow grease and an eye for editing are the real keys to springing your home to the head of the pack. So what should be on your spring cleaning checklist? “The exterior, entryway, main living space, kitchen and bathroom(s) tend to make the biggest impression on wouldbe buyers so make sure to take special care with these areas,” recommends Abraham. Here’s a helpful checklist to guide your spring scrubbing: • De-clutter: Clutter distracts buyers from your home’s features. And don’t just throw everything into a closet! This will make it seem like the home doesn’t have enough storage space. • Depersonalize: To help buyers envision themselves in the space, remove personal items like family photos, toys and children’s art. • Make sure the exterior of the home is well maintained – Georgian Life • March 2013

this means snow removal in early spring and landscaping in late spring/summer. • Kitchens are the heart of any home. Make sure the kitchen is clean (pay close attention to floors counters and appliances), free of last night’s cooking smells and appears organized and functional. • Bathrooms should be sparkling clean, free of clutter and as spa-like as possible (Stocked with fresh towels and soaps, and well-lit). • Windows should be washed on the inside and the outside – clean windows will really brighten up your home. • Furniture should be polished, upholstery and drapes cleaned and carpets and rugs steam cleaned. “Spring cleaning efforts will help prepare your home for sale. Remember, making your home look its best does not require spending a ton of money on costly projects; rather, make sure your home is sparkling clean and talk to your Realtor about else you can do to stage your home for sale.”


If The House Is A Rockin’ Don’t Bother Knockin’ The house (otherwise known as the Collingwood Curling Club) was really rockin’ with this year’s 7th edition of the bonspiel in support of Breaking Down Barriers. Not only did the curlers and their supporters have a great time but the event raised in excess of $10,000... now that’s a winner! Kudos to all those who lent their support to this marvellous event! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Drop by The Cheese Gallery for all your easter cheese needs!


Our grapes come from the vines growing on the hills overlooking Georgian Bay.


Georgian Hills VINEYARDS

13% alc./vol 750 ml WHITE W INE - VIN BLANC Product Of Canada / Produit Du Canada

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10 am - 6 pm

WinterSeyval Wine Blanc Experience

Add some fun to your winter, taste incredible local wines and bring your snowshoes. 496350 Grey Road 2, Blue Mountains (at Victoria Corners) • 519 599 2255


...edible art

11 Bruce Street South, Thornbury, Ontario N0H 2P0

Red Seal Chef ~ Suzette Gerrie Après Ski ~ 650 Whiskies ~ Whisky Tastings



Watch us The Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!” 53 Bruce Street South Thornbury 519-599-2110

All Day Breakfast starting at just $6.99!


199 King St. E., Thornbury 519.599.5151


21 Arthur Steet West, Thornbury 519-599-3334 Reservations accepted LLBO Menus & Hours: BRUNCH | LUNCH | DINNER Visit Our Café & Roastery for a Unique Experience! Open Daily 7:30am - 5pm

“Ashanti coffee is grown on our own farm. We import it ourselves and hand-roast it fresh daily at our Café/Roastery in Thornbury, giving us control from start to finished product. The result is a brilliant cup of coffee.”

39 Bruce Street South, Thornbury

Elegant, cozy and a relaxing atmosphere. A very unique place located by the bay. An ideal destination for family gatherings and special occasions. 15 Harbour St., Thornbury 226.665.1100

Thornbury is bustling with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and artisans. It is situated between Collingwood & Meaford on Hwy 26, just minutes from the ski clubs & Blue Mountain.


THORNBURY Clarksburg




47 Bruce Street, Thornbury 705.446.7831

• Take Out • Lunch & Dinner • Sat/Sun Breakfast • Private Functions • Live Music & Jam Nights • Billiard Table



An exquisite array of freshly prepared foods & specialty items for every event!

Hours: 7am- 3pm We will be open Easter weekend including Good Friday & Easter Monday

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Blue Mountains




Monday - Pasta Night Tuesday - 1/2 Price Wings Wednesday - Rib Night Thursday - Martinis Friday - Fish & Chips Saturday - Drink Specials Sunday - Kids Eat Free (incl Toy & Treat)

54 King Street East Thornbury 226.665.0255

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