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LivingBROCKVILLE in Vol 1/Issue 11 September 2009

A Single Dream The Terry Fox Run

Ode to the Apple

Horsing Around Brockville Gina Smith • Janet VanLeyen & More

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Horsing Around Brockville.. 8

Gina Smith and the Brockville Horse Community

Terry Fox Run ... 5

local business... 2 Echo Clothing Company

Home .. 14

A Single Dream

The Home Office

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Health ... 23

Built in Brockville.. 4 Doug Grant’s Tour of Our City

Preventive Dentistry

It’s Closing Time .. 12

departments

Ten Steps to Closing Your Pool

AROUND TOWN ... 6 September Happenings

A Grand Entrance .. 20

Mayor’s Corner ... 7

Ode to the Apple.. 25 Two Old Broads - Abroad .. 26 Destination Fiji

The Brockville Flying Club.. 30

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Echo Clothing Company Bringing Big City Fashion to Brockville If you’ve ever been on King Street, you’re sure to be familiar with Echo Clothing Co., a family owned and operated business since 1998 in Downtown Brockville. Owner, Lynn Libbos bought the business when the 600 sq/ft shop was located below Harringay’s on King Street East. Over the past eleven years, Echo has grown into a successful clothing store that focuses on being fashion forward. Echo Clothing Company moved to its present location on King Street West and now has 2100 sq/ft of ‘up to the minute’ fashions.

have! We are always seeking out new items to offer our customers. We often have unique items from the local artisan community; there are so many talented people in this area. Echo has been lucky to be able to work with many of them.” Lynn explained.

“Moving to the present location on King Street West and being a part of the downtown core was the realization of a dream for me.” Lynn said.

“I see potential in many of the young people who work for Echo and I always try to find ways to encourage them to meet their full potential. One such employee was Sam Crossman, she worked here for a year then went on to George Brown College for fashion and was awarded a bursary. She was one out of five selected from twenty-five applicants and is going on to a promising career in fashion. We’re quite proud of Sam.” Lynn said.

Echo Clothing Company is your fashion forward destination in downtown Brockville. They carry clothing, accessories and jewelry for women of all ages, and new for 2009 is a line of menswear. They have extended hours for the convenience of their loyal and new customers. “Many of the lines we carry are exclusive to Echo, such as Bench and Keen, to name just two. Keen is a fabulous footwear line that is owned by a Brockville native. The footwear is really unique as it includes footwear that can be machine-washed and is incredibly comfortable. They have a particular shoe that is perfect for nurses and medical professionals; a must2

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Echo is more than just a clothing store; it’s a real family run business with an accent on mentoring the employees. As a member of the Retail Counsel of Canada, Echo has been in the position to help its past and present employees prepare for the future.

Lynn has been instrumental in guiding many of Brockville’s young people to rewarding careers. “Katie Galvin who attended BCI and worked with us at Echo went on to Ryerson University and is now a sales representative for FOXY, a jewelry line we carry.” Lynn states. “We feel it’s important to be a mentor whenever possible.”


Echo is an important and committed supporter of many groups and causes in Brockville, such as the SPCA, Big Brother Big Sister, the Jazz Festival and a big supporter of Prostate and Breast Cancer. Echo presently has three employees, Chelsea, Lynn’s daughter has been working at Echo since she was fourteen and two years ago she stepped in as manager. Chelsea’s flair for fashion and her outgoing personality have been instrumental in Echo’s success. Roseanne Richards has been with Echo for two years, “I like to call myself the ‘opening act’ because I usually get to the store first and set up for the day.” Roseanne laughs. Ashton Stotts is a BCI student who works fulltime in the summer and part-time throughout the school year. I always enjoy dropping into to Echo whenever I’m downtown. The staff is always friendly and helpful and I get to see all the latest fashions. My advice, stop in often, there is always something new to see!

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Hubbell’s Building 21 Court House Avenue

Originally built about 1825. Re-designed extensively in 1858 by Kingston architect John Power for the Commercial Bank.

This building has a very long and interesting history. The property is a piece of land given by William Buell to his daughter, Sabina Flynn, the wife of David Flynn, in 1810. She retained possession until 1824 when she sold it to Dr. Elnathan Hubbell for £100. Hubbell had arrived in Brockville from Vermont about 1806. He, at some point, built a brick house on the main street on the site of the former Woolworth Store. That house was said to be the first brick house built in Buell's Bay. It is not known for sure when Hubbell built this stone structure on Court House Ave., what its original purpose was, or even what it looked like at first. The first known reference to this building was an item in the BROCKVILLE RECORDER of August 2, 1833: “Henry Sherwood has removed his office into the large stone house belonging to Dr. Hubbell, situated upon the public ground in front of the Court House.” It has been said over the years that this building was used as a hotel during the War of 1837-38. This may mean that soldiers of visiting militia companies were housed here during the “Patriot” crisis. But no definite proof has been discovered to prove this point. However, we do have a lot of evidence of its use as a bank building for nearly 80 years. The Brockville agency of the Bank Of Montreal was established in Brockville in the year 1843. We don't know where they first located the bank that year, but the first agent is known to have been James Stevenson who remained in Brockville until 1849. The next agent was Thomas Lee, and a business directory published in 1851 gives the information that the Bank of Montreal was located on Court House Square and, therefore, was leasing space in Hubbell's Building by that time. The Brockville map of 1853 shows the “Bank of Montreal” on this site and lists F.M. Holmes as the agent. Dr. Hubbell died on April 8, 1866 at the age of 74, and his property passed into the control of his sons. This was also the time that the directors of the Bank Of Montreal decided to build their, own building. They chose a site south of the Wesleyan Methodist Church (Wall St. Church) on the east side of the Square, and were able to move into their new building in 1857. The same year, one of their competitors, the Commercial Bank, decided to take over their old location on Court House Ave. James and Henry Hubbell sold their father's building to the Commercial Bank on December 16, 1857 for £1387. James Bancroft is listed as the manager that year and also in 1861. A recent discovery was made that referred to this building, in a microfilmed copy of the Brockville Recorder dated January 14, 1858. It was the announcement that tenders are invited from “parties willing to contract

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for certain alterations and additions to be made to a house and appurtenances at the corner of Court House Square and Court House Avenue”. The small ad was placed by John Power, Architect of Kingston for the Commercial Bank of Canada. This was the answer to a question about when the building received the alterations that created its present appearance. This is the common look that many Canadian banks were trying to present in the mid 1850s. The Bank of Montreal in its new location looked very similar when it was built the previous year. The last record we have of the Commercial Bank Of Canada, Brockville branch, was in 1867 with J.H. Roper as manager. It is known that later the COMMERCIAL BANK failed and had to close all their branches. THE MERCHANTS BANK OF CANADA took over their assets, including this building, and put it up for sale in 1869. A Brockville merchant, Thomas R. Sheffield purchased it for $5000. For two years while owned by Alphonzo Brooks, a civil engineer, there was no bank here, but on January 3, 1873, a new branch of the MOLSON’S BANK opened up at 21 Court House Ave. That same year, Brooks sold the building to Mrs. Margaret Hargrave for $6500. The first manager of the MOLSON’S BANK in Brockville was James W.B. Rivers who held that position until the end of 1885. The bank, meanwhile, in January of 1874 purchased the building from the widow Hargraves for $8000. Altogether, the MOLSON’S BANK carried on business here for a total of 51 years, during which time the name “Molson's Bank Building” became attached to the building previously owned by Elnathan Hubbell. Over the years there was a total of eight managers in charge of the Molson’s Bank in Brockville, but none served as long as James Rivers. While the ground floor was the banking hall it appears that a number of the managers following Mr. Rivers, lived upstairs during their stay in Brockville. In 1925 Molson's merged with the BANK OF MONTREAL and sometime after, the bank in this building closed. In 1927 the Directors of the LOYAL ORANGE LODGE NO. 1 purchased Hubbell's Building from the Bank Of Montreal, and for the next fifty years the upstairs housed the Ogle R. Gowan Temple and the Orange Hall. Later, in the 1950s, another tradition started on the ground floor when the law firm of Jack and Ned Stewart rented office space here. They were the sons of the former Federal Minister of Public Works, Hugh A. Stewart. In 1954, a second law partnership, made up of John Corbett and Howard Musclow, became tenants in the small annex (now demolished) on the south side of this building. In 1956 the two firms were merged and the new firm took the name STEWART, CORBETT & MUSCLOW. In 1967, Bob Barr joined as the fourth senior partner. The later firm of STEWART, CORBETT, MUSCLOW, BARR & SIMPSON purchased the building in 1976 from the Orange Lodge who had built themselves a new lodge building just to the east of Hubbell's Building. The law firm took over the entire building for their own purposes, carrying out extensive renovations in 1977. Presently the two firms of Stewart, Corbett Law Office [John D. Simpson, James N. Eastwood & Michael M. Johnston], and Michael J. O’Shaughnessy are housed in the building. Architecturally, Hubbell's Building is a special example of a large 3storey office building created in a earlier period of local branch banking. Its present appearance is representative of a style of building erected by the early banks as a symbol of strength and taste. Historically, it is very hard to determine why this building was built in the first place. As far as can be learned at this point, Dr. Hubbell did not live here at all, or did members of his family. As well as being a medical man, his Interests included operating a grist will on the mill pond west of the Grand Trunk railway station on Perth St. In any case, this building stands today in a proud position on the edge of Court House Square and has a lot of tradition contained in its stone walls.

© Copyright, Doug Grant, September 2009


The Terry Fox Run

A Single Dream - A World of Hope A single dream, a world of hope. This phrase symbolizes the spirit of The Terry Fox Foundation, which in turn, celebrates this iconic figure in Canadian history - Terry Fox. Terry undertook his legendary cross-country Marathon of Hope when he started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with not much fanfare to raise funds for cancer research. But enthusiasm grew and the money collected along his route began to mount. He ran 42 kilometres a day through Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. On September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Cancer had appeared in his lungs and we were all deeply saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. Our nation mourned. The young man with the incredible heart was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. In its 29th year, more than $400 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held not only

in Canada but around the world. Each year over two million people participate in the run. All funds raised by The Terry Fox Foundation result from the thousands of communities, schools and corporations who hold Terry Fox Runs or special events for cancer research. With no registration fees and no required minimum amount of donations, the Terry Fox Foundation believes in fundraising events that are open to everyone. In 2008, Brockville’s’ run raised $ 7462.35 and participants from ages 8 months to 85 years old walked, biked, and rollerbladed in the event. This year’s event is Sunday, September 13, 2009 at Thousand Islands Secondary School. The run is a great family outing. There is NO entry fee. Pledge forms are available online at brockrun@gmail.com, Taits Bakery (both locations) and The Brockville Smoke Shop. The Marathon of Hope is a journey that Canadians will never forget and continue to honor. Be sure to get out and participate this year and keep the dream alive.


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Fall Fundraising

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Celebrity Pancake Breakfast

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Brockville Concert Association - 2009 Fall Concert Series

“Hope and Glory” Come and enjoy the first concert of our series, the Kingston Brass Quintet with Edward Norman, organist and Tim Stiff, tenor. Series Tickets - Adults $60.00 by Sept. 1st $65.00 thereafter - $5.00 surcharge.

First Presbyterian Church, Brockville. Saturday, Sept. 26 - 7:30 p.m.

Brockville Arts Centre 613-342-7122

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Mayor’s Corner Dave L. Henderson B.SC., M.B.A. Mayor - City of Brockville

Time to go to work. September is here, the summer is over, vacations are done and gone. The kids are back in school and most work places gear up to full production - or at least they would in a non recession year. Canada has experienced the sharpest economic drop in recent history and Ontario has been amongst the hardest hit. In Ontario some places are worse off than others Kingston and Ottawa for example would be hard pressed to say times are tough. Both communities have a large institutional / government sector and are relatively immune to the current downturn, unemployment rates remain low, social assistance rates remain stable, the outlook is solid. Brockville is not so lucky. Here we do not have the same level of government jobs, instead we have a higher percentage of industrial jobs. These jobs have traditionally been good paying and the plants paid large property tax bills annually to support a great quality of life. In a recession, like now, industrial jobs get cut back, wages reduced and sometimes eliminated, plants close. In todays world these changes often become permanent. In good times our economy makes brockville a great place to live. In a recession it is economies like ours that bear the brunt of the pain. On the other hand, in the late 90’s, when Paul Martin had to eliminate the federal deficit, goverment jobs felt the pain. When the current recession ends federal and provincial governments will find it necessary to tighten the purse-strings. Where will Brockville be then? Good question, will our good jobs be gone and not returning? Here is what we know; prior to the recesion there was already a trend away from manufacturing towards service sector jobs as plants moved first to Mexico and then China and India We have known for some time that we have to focus scarce dollars where we will get the best return in making the City attractive to newcomers young and old, where we can encourage diversity and creative thought. But here’s something to think about. While we do need to be progressive and our strategic plan pushes us in newdirections and yes the trends all lead away from manufacturing, our bread is still buttered by plants and we still enjoy a more diverse economy than most areas around us. We have potential new manufacturing coming to Brockville and with it new tax dollars to invest in amenities and quality of life. Yes we suffer more in a downturn but our suffering in this downturn is much less than in 82 when we had 14% unemployment or 92-93 when we had 12% unemployment. Today we have 7-8% unemployment and today our social assistance has risen but nowhere near what it was in previous downturns. What this all says is that yes times are tough for us, but they have been worse and they’re going to get better - we are poised and positioned to move forward when the recession is fully ended. We will not soar with double digit growth and cranes on every corner but we will grow - we, being the City of Brockville have a solid strategic plan and a steady hand moving forward. As long as we stay on target we will be okay.

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Cover Feature

Horsing Around Brockville A thousand horses and none to ride! With flowing tail, and flying mane, Wide nostrils never stretched by pain, Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein, And feet that iron never shod, And flanks unscarred by spur or rod, A thousand horse, the wild, the free, Like waves that follow o’er the sea, Came thickly thundering on,...

~Lord Byron, XVII, Mazeppa, 1818

Written By Mary White & Jacqui Lysko

Time slows. Dandelion seeds drift around my head, looking like fairies. The little mare flicks her ears to cast off annoying flies and moves down the sun-speckled trail. The sweet scent of morning dew and her sweat are perfume to my senses. Time slows. The rhythm of the walk and the movement of the leaves in the trees that envelope us become my focus. My saddle creaks with every step and the leather rein in my hand softens with the warmth. The memory of an early morning ride remains fresh in my mind although I haven’t ridden in years. As a young girl I arose at dawn every morning and tip-toed down creaky stairs while everyone was silent in their beds. I hurried to my favorite place in the world - the riding stable located on the outskirts of town. The mist would be rising from the fields, making shadows of the small group of horses huddled patiently at the gate of the paddock awaiting my arrival. The only sound - the whish of a tail and a gentle ‘huff’ as I began my day. Not a word would break the wonderful silence as I brushed coats until they gleamed like silk. My days were spent cleaning stalls, feeding and grooming the ten horses under my charge. Although none were truly mine, I knew each by name and by character - and I loved them all. No other creature on earth has the power to inspire us more than the majestic horse. It’s been many years since I rode, my life took in other directions, away from childish dreams, but still the memory of ‘my’ horses will never leave me.

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I’m sure there are many young and old who will smile at my reflections. I gave up my dream, but right here in our community the dream lives. Brockville and the surrounding area has many accomplished riders. In preparation for this article, I was invited to Franklands Farm, just east of Brockville. There I met Bill and Faith Berghuis and of course Gina Smith.

Franklands Farm is very much a family affair. We sat down and talked to our hosts before taking a tour of the property. It’s obvious that all three have a great love of Franklands Farm and its rich history in the area. Although the business of the farm is to train some of the best horses in the area, there is a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

Faith told me, “We live in Toronto, but try to come down to Franklands at least twice a month, sometimes more. It’s difficult to stay away. Our grandchildren love spending time here riding or just being on the farm. We’re very lucky we can offer them this opportunity. Franklands has been in the family since the 1920’s. We love it here.” I am sure you have all heard of Ian Miller (Captain Canada) of the jumping world, but did you know there is an Olympian living and training in our area. Gina Smith is one of the most accomplished dressage riders in Canada, and has competed in two Olympics. Gina and her mount Malte were part of the Bronze medal winning Canadian Equestrian team in Seoul, South Korea in 1988 and with her mount Faust in Atlanta Georgia in 1996.

Gina’s accomplishments on the national and international horse stage have not gone un-noticed in her home province. She received the Saskatchewan Horse Federation President’s Award in 1985. In 1989 she was named the Saskatchewan Athlete of the Year and in 1991 Gina was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Dressage dates back more than 2000 years where it was a formal method of training horses for battle. Each movement in dressage had a purpose on the battlefield. For example: the piaffe (trotting on the spot), was used as a spring for sudden advances on the enemy. The piroutte (turning on the spot with the hind legs maintaining their position) was used to quickly advance or retreat from the enemy.

Gina’s dream to compete in dressage at the international level began at an early age in Saskatchewan, when at twelve she was riding with the Saskatoon Pony Club. This dream was not easily accomplished though. She started as a working student with Dietrich von Hopfgarten in Vancouver and in 1981 moved east to work for Cindy Ishoy. After the 1982 World Championships, where she groomed for Cindy, Gina decided to stay in Europe and train with the Canadian Dressage Team coach, Johann Hinnemann. Her dream finally started to materialize when she was named to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 1984 and was held as a reserve rider for the Los Angeles Olympics. Gina’s first taste of international competition happened in 1886 where she represented Canada at the World Dressage Championships in Cedar Valley, Ontario. The team finished 5th and Gina and Malte had an individual placing of 12th. Gina decided to return to Canada in 1990 and start training at the Franklands Farm here in Brockville. Since then she was part of the Gold Medal winning Team at the 1991 Pan-American Games and was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team with a 10th place team finish. Individually, Gina and Faust won the 1997 Canadian Dressage Championships and with Fledermaus won the Swarovski Canadian League World Cup Final at the 1999 Royal Horse Show in Toronto.

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What has all this hard work and sacrifice done for Gina’s personal credentials? She now holds a level 3 Coaching status in Dressage and a Level 3 Course Conductor.

Janet VanLeyen & Texas Two Step

All this knowledge and experience in now available in our area where Franklands Farm and Head Trainer Gina, accept some of Canada’s future National and Internal Athletes for training. A lot of people may not realize just how many, young and old participate in the world of horses in this area. There are English & Western riders of every age and they share one passion, a love of the horse. “Those in the area that are involved with horses are a tight knit group of riders. We’re always ready to help each other out whenever we can” Gina said. “This is one of the many perks of the horse world.” An equally accomplished rider in our community shares Gina’s passion for horses although her sport is decidedly different. Controlled elegance is replaced with speed. Janet VanLeyen and her equine partner, Texas Two Step, have qualified for the National Barrel Horse World Championships to be held in Augusta Georgia this October.

Photo courtesy of Mary White The most famous movement in dressage is the capriole which is demonstrated by the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. This movement where the horse takes a giant leap in the air was used to escape over the heads of the advancing troops.

In order to qualify, each horse rider combination must compete and have first place finished in a minimum of six National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) competitions that year. Janet has accomplished this milestone with a best time of 17 seconds. Janet started riding at the tender age of 4 and developed a ‘need for speed’ when she trained and raced Standardbreds; both pacers and trotters. She has raced from Belleville to Ottawa. When she finished racing, she still needed the thrill of speed, so at the age of 46 Janet took up the sport of barrel racing and has never looked back. Now at the

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age of 52, she competes the local shows, including the Horse-A-Rama in Brockville and the Leeds and District Western Horse Club (LDWHC) out of Lansdowne. Janet plans on retiring from completion after the Worlds, but not from the sport. “I want to pass on my legacy. It has already started” Janet said. “I have two grandsons that are now racing”. She also coaches young racers. Haley Larmon-Cod, one of Janet’s students, has qualified for the Canadian Championship this year.

Janet and her husband own the Two Step Stable in Jasper and plan on starting a Paint Horse breeding program next year. There are many horse clubs in this area. Horse-A-Rama, located in Elizabethtown, is just one of them. This club provides young and old riders with the opportunity to compete, network and share in their experiences. The 2009 Horse-a-Rama show had more than 100 participants. Another great sport involving horses is polo and the Augusta Polo Club is right in our backyard. I attended the Peanut Polo Cup on August 30 and have gained a whole new prospective on how diverse horses can be. As a former rider, I was amazed at the control and training these ‘ponies’ have undergone to become tolerant of the swinging mallets and fast moving polo balls. In closing, let me say, there are many venues and clubs for those wanting to become involved in horses in our community, many more than the few mentioned here. Thank you to Mary White for all her wonderful input in writing this editorial and for the great pictures. Happy trails!

Sarah Wheeler and one of her horses on the family property, Sarah is one of the upcoming riders in our community who has a real talent and a bright future.

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It’s Closing Time Ten Easy Steps Yes, it’s almost that time. As summer comes to end so does ‘pool’ season, and it’s important to know how to properly prepare your pool for the winter. If you follow these steps it will ensure your pool will be ready for the season in 2010. The first step is to balance the water chemistry: Approximately 3 - 7 days prior to closing the pool, adjust your water balance within the ranges below: *pH: 7.2 - 7.6 *Alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm * Calcium Hardness: 180 - 220 ppm

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Next, shock the pool with a Chlorine Shock or a NonChlorine Shock, at least 1lb per 10,000 gallons (follow package directions). Allow the chlorine level to return to 1.0 - 3.0 ppm before adding any winter algaecide and your pool cover. Chlorine tends to break down both algaecides and [floating] pool covers. The third step is to remove skimmer baskets, wall fittings, cleaners, solar blankets, ladders from the pool. Put these in a safe location during the winter. Don’t coil pool cleaner hoses tight.


Winterize the plumbing to and from the pool. If you have an inground pool, you should blow out the lines using a Mighty Vac to blow air from the skimmer, through the equipment, and back to the pool. Then plug the lines at the pool using expansion plugs. If you don’t blow the lines, add Swimming Pool Antifreeze into the line (follow package directions). Above ground pools usually just need to disconnect the hoses to and from the pump and filter, and plug the wall outlets. Add winterizing algaecide and other floaters. Remember not to add algaecide and shock at the same time. This tends to result in the chlorine breaking down the algaecide. High chlorine levels can also be harsh to floating solid pool covers. For winter chemical kits, call your pool supplier. The final step is to cover the pool. A tight fit of your pool cover is essential. Your cover should not have holes

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You’re ready to clean the pool. Skim pool, vacuum pool, brush pool. Leaf rake (bag) types skim nets are best. Also useful for scooping large amounts of leaves/ debris from pool floor. If pool is especially silty or has lots of algae, Vacuum Pool to Waste. This means to bypass the filter, and vacuum dirt from floors/walls out the backwash line. This prevents constant clogging/ cleaning of filter. Place the multiport filter valve on drain to waste position (usually 2pm, if viewed as a clock face) If you have a push-pull filter valve, or a cartridge type filter there is no easy way to vacuum to waste, except for cutting the pipe coming out of the pump and then reconnecting afterwards. Brush the pool thoroughly. The pool should be as clean and clear as possible before covering.

I know it’s hard to say goodbye to summer and the relaxation of floating around the pool on a hot day, but it happens every year - especially in Ontario. Besides, summer is only nine months away, maybe it won’t rain so much next year!

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Fall closing of the pool is a good time to lubricate the pump lid o-ring o-rings with Magic Lube. If you have a push-pull valve (also known as a slide valve) on the filter, lubricate it’s o-rings as well. If you have a gas heater with cast iron plugs, lubricate these threads or leave the plugs in after draining to prevent rusting.

If closing your pool seems too difficult or just too darn depressing - hire an expert. They will come out and do the job for you, and in the spring they’ll reopen your pool for you as well. All you need to do is relax and wait for spring. Easy!

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Be sure to drain all pumping, filtering, heating and chlorinating equipment. Every pump, filter, heater and chlorinator has drain plugs to allow water to drain out. All water must be drained or blown out or it will freeze and crack. After draining, D.E. filter grids or Cartridge filters should be removed and cleaned thoroughly. If the filter and pump is small enough to remove it and store it indoors, this may be desirable. If not, using a small amount of air from a shop vacuum, compressor or Mighty Vac is good to blow out any water that may still be in the equipment.

or gaps where leaves and debris may enter the pool. A mesh safety cover provides the highest protection and safety. Solid pool covers are not safe and will require a cover pump or siphon to remove rain water and snow melt. Water Bags or AquaBloks are used to secure an inground solid pool cover. Above ground pool covers use a cable/winch device to secure the cover around the pool. Air Pillows are used in above ground pools to absorb the expansion of ice inside the pool. In areas of high wind, an above ground pool owner will find wall bags or cover seal useful products. A leaf net is very useful if you have a lot of trees surrounding your pool.

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Does your home office consist of a discarded dining room table, a kitchen chair, files in cardboard boxes packed into what used to be a closet? Well, if you can answer yes, you’re not alone.

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With so many people working from home these days, a home office has become an essential space in many homes. A work-at-home spot may replace the guest room, and its important that all the elements contribute to a productive time. Not everyone has a big budget for outfitting a home office and few people can pay to have a professional space planner come into their home to design an efficient home office space. If you’re lucky enough to have a separate room for your home office, the task won’t be so hard. The key to a good home office is to make use of whatever space you have, whether it’s a stair landing, a spare room, or an unused corner of the living room. For greatest efficiency, find a space that can be dedicated to a home office area. You’ll be able to work more professionally if you don’t have to move papers off your desk to serve dinner. Whatever work you can do yourself will save you money! Your home office space is probably not going to be too big, so consider painting the walls yourself. Adding a fresh, lively color or a sedate, calming color will set the tone for your workspace. Can you move furniture or accessories from one part of the house to your new home office? If you don’t have to buy some pieces, you’ll save a lot! Is there a comfortable chair in the guest room? Do you have some pictures tucked away in a closet that would be inspiring and decorative on the walls of your workspace? Look around to see what you can use in your new home office. Think of other ways you can use inexpensive materials to create shelves, filing systems, in-and-out boxes. Use a decorative flowerpot to hold pencils and scissors. Buy several multi-level shoe shelves to put on top of the desk to hold a printer, some paper, or books. As you plan you home office space, think of all the ways you can save money. As always, there will be plenty of ways to spend it! You’d be amazed what you can find at garage sales, flea markets, antique stores, consignment shops, and thrift stores. It seems that people are always getting rid of bookshelves and desks, and you might find just what you need. Clean off the pieces, sand them down, and paint all the items the same color. It will look as though you bought them to match. If you don’t want any handme-downs, take a trip to your local furniture store; they may have something on sale.

You’d be amazed what you can find at garage sales, flea markets, antique stores, consignment shops & thrift stores. for a desk and some file drawers doesn’t mean this room is a great location for your home office. What about equipment? It’s hard to sort through the many choices available for home offices and figure out what’s optimal, what’s optional. How can you set up your workspace to be attractive, efficient, and comfortable? And what about stress and strain; what’s the trick to working at home injury-free? The most successful home office is both customdesigned for the way you will use it and flexible enough to serve multiple functions. But few of us have ample space. So, how much space do you think you need? Nearly every home office needs to accommodate a computer, modem, and fax machine. Remember to allow for extra phone lines and additional electric circuits. Any office design should include a wiring plan and a way to contain electrical cords and cables. If space is at a premium and building an addition is not an option, you may be able to use one of these approaches: Look for a spot in the kitchen, living or family room, bedroom, or hallway where you can fit a small office station.

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You don’t need to spend eight hours a day surrounded by the neutral colors and furnishings that typify corporate decor. Your home office should reflect your personality. If you want double duty for your home office such as a guest room or den, place your desk along the wall or under the window. Equipment such as printers, faxes and modems can be hidden in a closet or cabinet. Don’t make the mistake of over accessorising your space. Use only the necessary furniture, a desk, chair, file cabinet and bookshelves or cupboard for storage. Utilize wall space in a small office, wall mounted shelves and standard kitchen cupboards can help you stay organized without giving up floor space. You don’t need to spend eight hours a day surrounded by the neutral colors and furnishings that typify corporate decor. Your home office should reflect your personality. Home office furniture is available in a range of styles and finishes. You can use color to set the mood for your workday - on your walls and in your upholstery and floor coverings. Pattern and texture in accent pieces can make the space more appealing.

is no need to give up your personal style. If you order your desk chair from a commercial furniture company, consider providing your own fabric for the seat and back. It doesn’t cost any more than using the manufacture’s fabric and will personalize your office. If you do run a home-based business remember this no matter where you put your home office, try to work regular hours! Although this something I personally need to work on, don’t work every night and all weekend. Simply close the door and forget work! It will still be there the next day, and just think - where else can you work in your pajamas? LIB

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hardware can be the accessory that completes the look. Your hardware should match. Choose brass, polished nickel or chrome for door knobs, key plates, doorknocker and mailbox slot or try something vintage. If you live in an older home, consider resurfacing your staircase. Removing old carpet can renew the look of your staircase. Add a runner if you still prefer carpet. Make your foyer say, “Welcome Home” everytime you walk through the door. LIB

Want to make a great first impression? Your front foyer should welcome visitors and set the style for your home’s decor. It should be functional and uncluttered. Making your entrance appealing is really quite easy. Start with colour! Choose a paint colour that suits the era and style of the other rooms in your home, especially if you have an open concept decor. Next, determine the furniture requirements if any, do you need a wardrobe to house coats and boots, a small ‘catch-all’ table for mail and keys, a mirror for those final make-up checks or a place to sit down and remove footwear? Don’t make the mistake of ‘crowding’ a front foyer, this is the welcoming area of your home and the worst kind of impression is one of clutter and disorganization. Flooring should be the next decision in your plan. Choose something easy to maintain and keep clean. Ceramic tile, hardwood or vinyl are more suitable than carpeting - but don’t forget the welcome mat for wiping dirty feet! Lighting is also important! A beautiful crystal light fixture is perfect, but include lighting you can dim to set a warm, cozy mood. Accessorize with your favorite things but not all of them! A few family pictures are great - ten different sizes and colours of framed photos can be overwhelming. Frame all of your pictures in the same colour frame with simple ‘matting’. Your front entrance wouldn’t be complete without considering your choice of front door and hardware. There are many, many styles to choose from! The

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Dental Prevention---The Key to Saving Money It has recently been reported that this has been the deepest recession since World War II. Saving money in any area possible, has been the focus and struggle over this last year. We are writing this article not only to educate about the importance of preventative care but also to inform. By having regular dental checkups you can prevent dental diseases from progressing to a point where treatment becomes in depth and expensive. Preventive care is the modern way of reducing dental treatment and cost. The most thorough and cost effective exam to help detect any dental disease existing or arising is the Comprehensive Oral Evaluation. At this exam you will have an assessment of your gums, a tooth decay screening, oral cancer screening, digital xrays, examination of your existing restorations, occlusion and smile analysis and a thorough review of your medical history. If there are any dental problems arising, this exam will help detect these problems and treatment will be received immediately to insure there will be no progression of any disease. By reviewing your medical history, your dental team will be able to determine any possible medications or medical conditions that may be causing dental related problems. Many medications have side effects, such as dry mouth, that are a direct link to perio disease. Be sure to inform your dental provider of any change in your health and medication on a regular basis. The earlier any type of disease is detected, the easier it is to treat and less expensive it will be. A small simple filling if left untreated, can rapidly turn into a more in depth and expensive procedure, such as a root canal or extraction. An early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis, that can be easily treated, can turn into periodontal disease. This can not only cause loss of bone and teeth but also be a much more lengthy and costly procedure. It needs to be well known that regular dental visits and saving money go hand in hand. There are many different aids and procedures that can be used in a dental office to prevent many different diseases occurring in an individuals mouth. As early as the 1940’s it was noticed by scientists that children who lived in areas that contained fluoride in their drinking water had less dental decay than those who did not. Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in most drinking water. Water with the right amount of fluoride is the best and least expensive way of preventing tooth decay. Residents that live within the city limits where the

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water is treated, will already have fluoride in their water. residents that live outside of city limits, and use well water need to have their water tested to see how much fluoride , if any at all is present. Having strong enamel is a key factor in preventing cavities from forming. Fluoride makes your enamel more durable every time it is absorbed or applied. Fluoride that is absorbed by your body is used by the cells that build your teeth to make stronger enamel. Fluoride that is given to you at your dental office makes the crystals that form enamel more durable. If your dental provider recommends fluoride treatment, it is one of the most cost effective and simple methods of treatment to help aid in the prevention of decay. The top part of our tooth, where the chewing takes place, is not smooth and flat. The surface is filled with little pits and fissures. This is the main place that plaque likes to accumulate. A single bristle off our toothbrush cannot even remove it. To help prevent cavities from forming in these grooves, we use a special varnish called a sealant, to seal off theses little pits and grooves. The application of sealant is very fast and easy. No local anesthetic is required and the cost is very low. By placing sealants, the surface of the tooth becomes flat, therefore easier to clean with less risk of decay. As dental providers we are constantly reinforcing to every patient the importance of flossing. By failing to floss every day you are leaving 40% of your tooth unclean. Could you imagine only washing 60% of your body and leaving the other 40% dirty all of the time? Brushing alone cannot reach in between our teeth or below the gum surface, leaving these areas a great place for plaque to accumulate. When plaque accumulates there are many consequences such as gum disease, bone and tooth loss, and dental decay. Most people who have gum disease do not floss properly or not at all. Have your dental provider check your method of flossing to ensure it is being done properly for the best results. By flossing alone you can save yourself from unnecessary dental treatment and a ton of money. Floss is the boss! The progressive nature of dental diseases with no preventive care, can significantly diminish your general health and quality of life. Failure to prevent dental problems has long term adverse effects that is consequential and costly. Failure to receive preventive dental care almost always results in quick fixes that never last long and are high priced. Call to set up your Comprehensive Oral Exam today. Every minute wasted is money not well spent!


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John McIntosh had the right idea! Fall means apples, and all the wonderful things that come from apples are now available. But, have you ever wondered what the apple is all about? Apples are not only a great snack, but they are a healthy choice for lunch boxes. Composed mostly of water, but they also contain fruit sugars, some vitamin A and C, and small amounts of minerals and are a great source of fibre. Most apples in the Canada are either canned, usually in the form of applesauce, or my favourite eaten fresh. Applesauce, which is eaten as a relish or dessert, is prepared by cooking apples with sugar and water. Apples are used in baked goods, such as pies, crisps, squares, or muffins. The wonderful diverse fruit can be dried, frozen, or made into specialty products such as apple jelly, “apple butter” (a spread prepared by stewing apples in cider and spices).,or apple syrup, a delicious treat on pancakes or ice cream. Apples are also crushed for their juice. The juice is marketed fresh as apple juice, sweet cider, or is allowed to ferment and become hard cider or vinegar. Unfermented apple juice is sold canned, bottled, or frozen. It is sometimes blended with other fruit juices and made into sparkling Apple Cider, a lovely non alcoholic alternative to wine. It may be hard to believe but there are more than 6,500 varieties of apples, all derived from an original Asian species. Only about 50 varieties, however, are economically important. Summer varieties begin to ripen around the 1st of August and include Yellow Transparent, Melba, Jersey Mac and Paulreds. Fall varieties include Wealthy, Snows, Lobo, and Crabapples. Winter varieties are available most of the year by storing them in special sealed rooms in a low oxygen environment. These included McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Spartan, Golden Russett, and Northern Spys. McIntosh are the most widely grown apple in the area and their veracity makes them rightfully so. They are enjoyed in everything from fresh eating to baking to sauce and juice. Cortland is not as widely known but is a real favourite for those that have tried them. Their white flesh won’t brown as quickly as other apples and this makes them the first choice for salads. Empire was developed in New York but became popular when grown locally. A cross between the McIntosh and

Red Delicious this variety stores well and is crisp and juicy long out of storage, even into June and July of the next year. Spartan a tart firm apple shines with their bright red skin and are great for kids lunches as they are often smaller. Golden Russetts are unique in appearance and texture. Their brownish rough skin makes them overlooked, but on bite into this meaty sweet apple you’ll know you have a winner. Northern Spys are usually thought of for pies due to their ability to retain their shape after being cooked. A sharp tart flavour offers an amazing tang rarely found in most apples. Other popular varieties are the Royal Gala and Crispin although not widely grown in this area; they are available at many farms. This highlights a few of the more popular varieties of apple found nearby. New varieties are being developed all the time and are rapidly finding a niche market. Top of this list is the Honeycrisp which has a texture and flavour unlike any other. Its firmness coupled with both sweetness and tartness makes it a must try this fall. Now you know! Take a trip to your local apple Orchard or farmer’s market and get your apples fresh - an apple a day, it’s just perfect!

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TWO OLD BROADS ABROAD Destination: Fiji - First Stop


Travelling is always an adventure!!! We were off on one of the longest journeys we had ever taken...to Australia via Fiji! We had a bit of an inauspicious start when we went to leave the house, only to find the wind had blown open the door during a nasty storm, and had dumped drifts of snow into the mudroom, covering all the boots, gloves, coats...We had to shovel to see the carpet, and pulled all the snow-covered articles into the house to melt and dry...then we were off to the airport, and a snowless destination! The flight to Detroit was delayed by the storm, but after almost an hour of waiting and de-icing, we were above the clouds and away! “Fortunately”, the storm only as far west as Detroit, so the flight there was also delayed a bit, allowing us to get on board!!! The Detroit airport has wonderful underground passageways, and we took a moving sidewalk through the coolest tunnel, softly lit and full of wall paintings, to the departure concourse. We took off and turned back our watches 3 hours, peering through the windows at landscapes where we could see concentric circles cut into the fields; then at flat-topped mesas and snow capped mountains across the western portion of the U.S.. Los Angeles sprawls on for miles, with lots of flattopped buildings to the east and canals, seemingly leading nowhere. There were huddles of tall buildings and flat ponds rimmed by dykes. It’s interesting to get

impressions of a place from so high above! Finally, we could see the Pacific just before landing at “LAX”. There was quite a wait before boarding which turned out to be a good thing, because we had to trek back and forth from Terminal 2 to the International Terminal twice in order to get tickets to insure our luggage would meet us in Fiji (It never did!) During the layover we passed the time with airport games (which we invent as we go along). Shoes were pretty boring to critique in that airport, but noses and jeans became very funny the more we focused on them ...perhaps we were a little punchy after travelling for 15 1/2 hours, with miles yet to go before we landed! We took off and set our watches back another 4 hours and tried to get a little sleep during the almost 11 hour flight to Nadi, the capital of Fiji. Ahh! Fiji, country of 322 islands! We checked into our hotel and almost immediately commandeered a taxi, driven by Shere Khan (seriously, that was his name!). I mentioned earlier that our luggage did not disembark with us in Nadi, so we were off to pick up a few things, and then get the grand tour from our driver.”Senga na lenga”...the Fijian expression for “No worries”, was a great state of mind to adopt! We toured the city a bit, with a stop at an amazing village in the middle of town, complete with Indian temples, built by the local Hindus. We passed through Natalua Village and on to the Sleeping Giant Mountain, where Raymond Burr originally lived and created his magnificent Orchid Gardens, maintained to this day. The trails were slippery with the humidity; there were so

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many beautiful orchids, plants and flowers all around, but very few bugs! It started to rain, yet the sun was still beating down! After trekking for over an hour, the paths lead back to an open air juice bar where we were offered a cool drink. By this time (mid-morning) the tourist busses had arrived with visitors from all over the world, particularly Japan and Germany. We were fading fast and headed back to the hotel for lunch and a snooze. Some of the facts we were told: Fiji has a good schooling system, where the elementary children only pay for books, and high schools require small fees as well as the

cost of books. Fijian villages are built close together, because everyone helps everyone else with all tasks as well as family duties. Tourism is the largest industry and hotel complexes are being built everywhere. Sugar cane is their second largest industry. There is no tolerance for crime...when caught; wrong-doers spend 3 to 4 years in jail no matter what the crime. We learned and saw a lot in a short span of time! We slept well that night and were up early and headed off to the airport. Because the airline had misplaced our luggage, we received a $50.00 voucher each for extra expenses, plus we found out we didn’t have to pay a departure tax, so we bought some locally made Frangipani lotions, and changed the rest of the Fijian dollars for Australian ones. Our last look at Fiji from the air gave us the impression that the islands were sparsely populated except for small pockets of villages here and there. The coastlines were simply stunning. We would love to visit the islands again at length but we’ll pass on the Kava Tea even though it is a Fijian tradition! Stay tuned for the rest of the adventure………..

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Boldly going "Above and Beyond" for almost 50 years! There isn’t any doubt that we live in one of the most spectacular places in the world, but many of us just never get to really see the beauty the way it must be seen - from above! I was lucky enough to be invited to fly over the 1000 Islands this August, the flight was perfect, clear skies, calm water and great company. I am not a professional photographer and although I did snap off almost 250 shots, Rozalind Phillips, a fantastic photographer and as luck would have it - my partner in ButternutZe Publishing also accompanied us for the flight. I’m sure we’ll include many of her photos in future issues of Living in Brockville. Mark is a member of The Brockville Flying Club (BFC Inc.) and was our pilot for the day. The Brockville Flying Club strives to promote fun and excitement to air enthusiasts of all types through the clubs social and flying members. Created in 1960, the BFC proliferated into a successful commercial flight school by the mid 70’s. The school with 6 aircraft and a CFI on staff offered complete pilot training from ground school to multi engine IFR. A slow constant dwindling membership in later years transitioned the club into a small private club. However, in recent years the club has seen a resurgence in aviation with increasing membership.


Airport (CNL3). As well, they are expecting Vintage Wings to attend the event with one of their wonderful WWII era aircraft (weather permitting). Along with this, many other aircraft of current and vintage types are expected onsite throughout the day. Beginning at 8 am, you can enjoy a monstrous breakfast with never ending coffee and then take an airplane ride over Brockville. This is a perfect time of the year to see our community from the air, the trees are just starting to display their colours and hopefully the weather will cooperate. So, get out to enjoy the ‘Flyin’, have a great breakfast and meet the members of The Brockville Flying Club on September 13th. Thanks again to Mark for the fabulous tour of the Islands, it was awe inspiring - when can we do it again?

The Brockville Flying Club hosts a regular breakfast every Sunday throughout the year from 7:30 am - 10:00 am (weather / volunteers permitting). Although no set price they ask for a donation (typically $5) for a very enjoyable feast! Typical items include coffee, toast, eggs, bacon, hash browns, juice (note some items may not be available). Fly in or drop by for a visit and breakfast! The Brockville Flying Club has put on it’s annual club ‘Flyin’ for many years. 2008 was a great success and the weather was perfect that morning seeing the club feed approximately 400 people! The BFC is pleased to announce the 2009 Brockville Annual Flyin will be held this year on Sunday, September 13th at the Thousand Islands Regional Tackaberry

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Summer is at an end and a new season begins. Fall is my favorite time of the year, the trees have on their party dresses, it’s not too hot and the bugs have finally disappeared. Yes, it does mean the cold winter is on the way, but, how bad could it be? I guess we’ll have to wait to see. It’s been a very busy and exciting time here at ButternutZe Publishing. We launched “The Brockville Voice”, our new weekly newspaper on August 21st, and have already received many emails and phone calls about how much everyone enjoys reading it. The ButternutZe team is growing in ‘leaps & bounds’ as we welcome three new sales representatives: Loan Duong, Austin Deluis and Jennifer Sine. We’ve completely out-grown our office space - time to look for bigger ‘digs’ (with an office of my own that actually has a door and a window!). We know that our success can only be attributed to our loyal advertisers and the support from the community. It’s amazing how everyone in Brockville has become such an intricate part of Living in Brockville magazine and now - The Brockville Voice. As always, I can never say enough how much we appreciate the support. Please tell our advertisers you saw their ad in the magazine.

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