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An Industrial Furniture Revolution Have you ever walked into someone’s home and your eyes instantly go to a unique repurposed coffee table? Or perhaps you have been heartbroken to hear that your neighbour’s beautiful mid-century industrial writing desk was a one-of-a-kind treasure found at an estate sale? Cornwall’s newest furniture shop, Neo Vintage Furniture, is having its grand-opening Monday, February 11 to help make finding that unique conversation piece for your home easier than ever to find. Guy St-Jean, owner of Neo Vintage Furniture, (pictured above left with his partner Charlie) has travelled from the ancient “blue city” of Jodhpur, India to the jungles of beautiful Costa Rica to find furniture that is as unique as you are. ...continued on page 5


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FOR SALE: Toy trains "O" gauge all kinds (engines, freight cars, accessories and much more) from an estate. Hundreds items to choose from. Call 613-360-0504. SMART CITY TOASTERS CLUB - We meet at St. Lawrence Secondary School (library). 1450 second St. East- 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm. Everyone welcome! Each Info: Bob LeBrun ( 613-932-4792) or Claudette Pilon (613-938-2394).

FOR SALE: Lare Airens snow blower, 9hp, very good condition. Asking $500 OBO. Call 613-577-0329.

Please be advised that BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CORNWALL AND DISTRICT will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence College in the River Room Boardroom on the third floor.

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EYE ON SOCIETY

Arts and Culture News for Cornwall and SDSG! Liberal leadership candidate M.P. Justin Trudeau will visit Cornwall on February 12th! The Stormont Dundas South Glengarry Liberal Federal riding association announced that National Liberal leadership candidate M.P. Justin Trudeau will visit Cornwall on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The event which runs from 4pm to 5:30pm is hosted at the Best Western Parkway Inn Cabaret Room at 1515 Vincent Massey Drive in Cornwall. This is an open event, anyone from the public that would like to hear Mr. Trudeau speak or meet him is welcome to attend, there is no admittance charge, and the event is open to the public.

“Losing Jovie” at the Art Gallery brings tears to audience! There is a new exhibit at the The Art Gallery in Cornwall from February 6th to March 15th 2013. The artist featured in the exhibit is Renee Lalande. This high school art teacher was born and raised in Cornwall Ontario, and she studied Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. The inspiration for this exhibit was the lost of her only child, Jovie Denise Butcher who passed away in February of 2012 due to a genetic disorder. The artist has used her artistic talents and creativity to express the grief of losing her daughter. According to Renee, “the inspiration for my series entitled ‘Losing Jovie' stems from my impressions and reflections of losing my daughter… the paintings reflect my emotional journey as I experienced the different stages of the grieving process. Art became a therapy for self-exploration and understanding as I questioned my my future, my spirituality and my life. Painting became my refuge. My art was an outlet where I felt safe to release my pain and my sorrow”. Sylvie Lizotte said, "The opening reception was a great success! Over 150 guests gathered at the Art Gallery to celebrate the talent of the very gifted local artist Renée Lalande. A very emotional exhibition and a must see! The show will be ongoing until March 15th. Take a moment to view and if you can to drop-off a donation for Roger's house". http://www.rogershouse.ca/en/aboutus/visionmission/ Seaway Valley Theatre Company presents Chicago starting this Friday! The Seaway Valley Theatre Company presents Chicago from February 8th to February 16th 2013. Tickets for SVTCs Musical Production “Chicago” are now on sale. You can purchase tickets at: Cornwall Square Administration Office (1 Water Street East Cornwall, Ontario). Phone: 613-938-2118. Cash or cheque only. Tickets: $20 – Adults, $18 – Student/Senior 60+, and $16 – Children 12 and under Show dates: Evenings: February 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm and Matinée: February 10, 2013, at 1:30 pm Location: Aultsville Theatre (2 St. Lawrence Drive in Cornwall Ontario). The Heritage Fair takes place this Saturday at the Cornwall Square! Cornwall and The Counties Tourism announced that the Heritage Fair is taking place this Saturday February 9th from 9am to 4pm at the Cornwall Square. Local History buffs can get their fix at the Heritage Fair with exhibits from Heritage Cornwall, South Dundas Historical Society, the Lost Villages Historical Society, and many more. Learn all about the history of this great region while you break from the great shopping of the Cornwall Square Shopping Centre. Kinsmen Club Of Cornwall annoucnes it is Pizza Time again! The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall will be hosting the 7th Annual pizza party again this year on March 22,at the Best Western Parkway Inn. Tickets will go on sale in a few weeks for this great community fundraiser that supports Cystic Fibrosis plus other community causes. Past chair Rick Shaver, Big brothers executive director Amanda Brisson accepting a cheque for $2,000 from Pizza Party chair Dan Carbonnell. This instalment from the Kinsmen fundraiser will support the "Game On" after school program supported by Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Bloodshot Bill returns to Cornwall on February 22nd at Lola’s Pub! Blootshot Bill returns to Cornwall Ontario on Friday February 22nd at Lola’s Pub and Grub in Cornwall Ontario. The event is 19+, starts at 9:30pm, and there is a $3 admission at the door. Rockabilly legend Bloodshot Bill is from Montreal. He is a true performer, playing for approximately fifteen years, he has over 30 releases throughout Europe, the USA, and Canada. His newest LP, “Thunder and Lightning” is on Norton Records. Last but not least! The Seeker would like to extend congratulations to The Cornwall Hospital Foundation and it's volunteers, donors, and supporters for reaching their goal of $3.5 million dollars! Absolutely Amazing!! Read the full story here: http://www.choosecornwall.ca/eng/news/563/57/Cornwall-HospitalFoundation-Campaign-Reaches-Goal/

My name is Jason Setnyk, and this is my eye on society. Jason Setnyk is a local high school teacher, journalist, published and award winning author, photographer, arts and culture event coordinator, and a community volunteer sitting on numerous boards and committees. http: //jason-setnyk.blogspot.ca

Upcoming E-Biz Seminars February 19th, 2013 - 7:30 to 9:30 am “Buying & Selling On-Line” McIntosh Country Inn, Morrisburg March 8th, 2013 - 8:30 to 11:30 am “Using Google Analytics” Cornwall Civic Complex March 12th, 2013 - 8:30 to 11:30 am “Web Accessibility” South Glengarry Municipal Office, Lancaster March 21st, 2013 - 8:30 to 11:30 am “Blogging” Cornwall Civic Complex To Register - Call 613-930-2787 ext 2276 Registration Fee - $15 per person Refreshments provided

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FINANCIALLY SPEAKING with Brian Seguin

What’s My Retirement "Number"? There’s been a lot of talk lately about how everyone needs to hit a certain “number” before they can retire comfortably — a number that is, frankly, intimidating to many Canadians. Is it true? First of all, your so-called "number" or retirement savings threshold won’t come from a simple formula. Contrary to what some may think, the same number doesn’t apply to everyone and will likely change as our lives evolve. Also, we all have different lifestyle goals for our retirement years. Some want to spend their later years travelling the world, others want to stay at home and tend the garden, and yet others plan to work at a job they love indefinitely. In each case, different savings are required and a number of variables, ranging from spousal contributions to your health status, can impact the amounts needed.

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Advocates of the “number” often refer to a 2010 C.D. Howe study that suggested most Canadians who want to retire at age 65 and replace 70% of their working incomes, must save 10%-21% of pre-tax earnings every year for 35 years. That can be a daunting goal for many people who find it challenging to save even 10% of their paycheque each year. As others have since pointed out, a 70% income replacement goal is a “gold standard” and many can be quite comfortable having 50%-60% of their income in retirement.

That said, smart savings and investment choices today are critical to ensuring you have access to a secure post-retirement income. It is also true the longer you delay saving for retirement, the more money you will need to set aside in later years. So, how do you take the first step toward figuring out what your retirement savings goal should be? Working with an advisor can help. Rather than worry about achieving a single large number, an advisor will take a structured approach to figuring out what you need to be comfortable at various points in your life. His or her questions will range from "How will I generate income in retirement?" to "How will inflation and taxes affect my lifestyle?" To figure out what you need to save now, an advisor will help create a customized plan to reduce your risk for the years to come. For many, the simplest step is to open an RRSP or TFSA, and apply a structured approach saving a little each month. Your advisor should also help educate you on managing money after or as you near retirement. It is important, for example, to understand the impact of inflation and identify safe withdrawal rates that account for today’s longer life-spans. As you age, your advisor should also help you avoid high risks, and keep investment costs and taxes low. To create your own investment strategy, speak with an advisor to begin taking small steps toward your future retirement or other life goals. Dodge, David A., Alexandre Laurin, and Colin Busby. "The Piggy Bank Index: Matching Canadians’ Saving Rates to Their Retirement Dreams." C.D. Howe Institute e-brief No. 95. March 2010. Edward Jones, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Local Edward Jones advisor, BRIAN SEGUIN (613) 932-6161 89 Tollgate Road West, Unit 2 Cornwall, ON K6J 5L5 www.edwardjones.com

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Or drop by on Monday, February 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to join Guy and Charlie for the grand opening party. Moustache Joe’s will be providing catering and one lucky guest will win a grand prize.

...continued from cover Many of the handpicked items at Neo Vintage Furniture are 1920s and 30s industrial-inspired designs, such as the signature mango wood and cast iron coffee table that was at one time a real factory cart used in factories worldwide.

For more information contact: owner Guy St-Jean

“Our products are not reproductions per say,” explains Guy. “We have taken the concept of working with metal and wood and have come up with new and creative ways to design quality products from that time period.”

Email: info@neovintagefurniture.ca Phone: 613-935-5558 or 1-800-935-0687 5-17305 Cornwall Center Rd

The showroom, which is located at 5-17305 Cornwall Center Road, includes tables, coffee tables, sideboards, lamps, screens, leather chairs, dining tables and chairs, as well as a variety of décor items to complement the design, including industrial wheels, wine racks, planters, and figurines.

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All pieces are high-end in quality and sturdiness and because of its sustainability, mango is the wood of choice for giving the pieces a vintage look, says Guy. He adds that merchandise will be refreshed on a regular basis. Visit their website to see all their exciting pieces at neovintagefurniture.ca

Make Your Life Easier - Get to Know Your Insurance Hi, I’m Debbie Villeneuve, your local Allstate Canada Insurance Agent here in Cornwall. I regularly encounter people who have questions or want to learn more about their insurance and I’ll be using this space over the next few months to discuss ways you can ensure your family, home, car, and belongings are properly protected and to also talk about ways you can save money on your premiums. We often purchase insurance because we’re told to, and we only think about it when buying a car or moving into a new home. Then we file it away and forget about it until the time comes to make a claim. But you should think of your insurance policy as a means to help get you back to where you were prior to an unexpected event – whether it’s a storm, car accident, or fire. It’s important to review it and know your coverage will properly protect you before the unexpected happens. When you’re about to purchase your insurance, whether it’s for a car, a home or a recreational vehicle, I advise everyone to sit down with an insurance professional. Always be sure to give your agent a very clear picture of what you’d like to have covered. Getting an assessment done prior to purchase will not only ensure you’re properly covered, but it will help you both figure out if you’re eligible for discounts, or if there are other ways to save money on your premiums. After you’ve purchased your insurance- it’s also important to check in with your agent when circumstances in your life change. If you have a teen that’s about to start driving or to move away to University, call your agency to let them know. Altering the occupancy in your home

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(renting a room or your basement), making structural changes or installing a swimming pool can affect your insurance. If you’ve decided to retire and will no longer be driving to work on a daily basis, a call to your insurance agent could save you money on auto premiums since you won’t be using your vehicle as much as you did while working. An open dialogue between you and your insurance agent is a great way to make sure your policy provides the proper coverage, and peace of mind – which is something we all want from our insurance. For more information and resources to help you get to know your insurance better, visit goodhandsadvice.ca/learnmore, or contact me at: Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, 89 Tollgate Rd W, Cornwall, ON, K6HJ5L5, (613) 933-3512 x5050 dvilleneuve@allstate.ca.

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Fire at Cheese Factory! Firefighters were on the scene at a fire that has destroyed the St. Albert cheese factory in St. Albert Ontario. The fire broke at about 9:45am Sunday morning. The OPP report no injuries. The fire is now under investigation. Established in 1894, St. Albert’s cheese is very popular in the area for a variety of its dairy products, especially it’s cheese curds sold at many local stores in the Cornwall Ontario area. Cornwall Zellers targeted to close this March 2013! Target Corp. who bought Zellers in 2011 is planning to close most of its stores including the one at the East Court Mall in Cornwall Ontario. The closure is set for this March 2013. StarTek's final voyage! StarTek, Inc. announced the closure of its company’s call centre in Cornwall Ontario. The closure is planend for April 30th 2013. StarTek which laid off approximately 400 workers in April 2011 and another 250 in March 2012 is now completely shutting down it’s Cornwall Ontario operation.

Atelka announces 300 new call centre jobs coming to Cornwall Ontario soon! Atelka announced a new call centre will be situated in the former Teleperformance building on Tollgate Road in Cornwall. Teleperformance announced in December that they were closing their Cornwall call centre, resulting in the loss of 120 jobs. “Atelka’s announcement means that Teleperformance workers’s have an opportunity to remain in the call centre sector,” said Mayor Bob Kilger on the Choose Cornwall website. Atelka is seeking customer service agents in the Cornwall area and has set up two job fairs at the Cornwall Civic Complex: Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 5PM to 9PM and on Wednesday, February 13th 2013, from 5PM to 9PM. Atelka has created a Facebook event page for the Job Fairhttp://www.facebook.com/events/220846198040353/?ref=22 A penny for your thoughts? The days of the copper maple leaf have come to an end. The Royal Canadian Mint has officially ended its distribution of the penny. The move makes a lot of sense because it actually costs the government 1.6 cents to make each penny. Discontinuing the one cent piece will save the government approximately 11 million of our tax dollars each year. The Federal Government has also sent instructions to store owners to start rounding prices up or down to the nearest nickel for cash transactions while electronic purchases (such as debit and credit) will be billed to the nearest cent.

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Packrat Organization 101 with Marie Morrell

EYE ON ECONOMY

Here are some of the stories that appeared this past week on theseeker.ca!

How Clutter May Eventually Lead To Hoarding There comes a time when one must realize their living space may be an unhealthy environment, worse, and a hazard for the whole family. This article may serve as that eye-opener; this could be your opportunity to change your life for the best. What is clutter? Wikipedia's encyclopedia defines clutter (organizing) as: a confusing or disorderly state or collection, and possible symptom of compulsive hoarding. Disorder and reduced effectiveness interfere with one’s life. Anything taking up space and disorganized in your home can cause stress. Causes of clutter • Lack of time • Mental exhaustion due to work or a social situation. • Physical health: An injury or chronic condition can make cleaning up or re-organizing difficult. • Procrastination or lack of motivation: wanting the problem to disappear but choosing instead to do something enjoyable. • Feeling overwhelmed: when a task becomes too great, tackling it might seem too difficult. • Compulsive shopping: buying to relieve anxiety and over time the buying creates a dysfunctional lifestyle. • Emotional avoidance: being afraid of the loss of memories from someone in your past if you discard a physical object. • Denial: convincing you it’s not that bad.

How clutter affects you -You may genuinely believe your clutter to be an asset. Some items may indeed be worth something, practically, financially or emotionally but when it isn’t used it becomes useless. It is only when you start decluttering that you will realize how much better you feel without it. Clutter can make you feel tired and lethargic. It can keep you in an emotional past. It can affect your body weight. The confusion it creates may cause you to waste perishables, to lose things, to spend on things you already have. It will certainly affect the way people treat you. You may have reached a stage where your home is so cluttered that it has become a mess. This can leave you too embarrassed to invite people to your home. It can cause outright panic should people turn up unannounced. If the problem is serious enough, it can lead to costly repairs from rot and mold, or worse, an eviction notice. You can live in lonely isolation with your belongings, but wouldn’t you prefer to declutter, repair your self-esteem and reclaim your social life with confidence?

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Decluttering creates a sense of relief - Letting go of old and unused items can be hard at first, but if done properly, it is completely freeing. If you are constantly buying things you do not need, decluttering will definitely help you. You can also earn money by decluttering. Some of the things you no longer need, someone else might. Gifts you never liked can be appreciated by someone else. What is a hoarder? A hoarder is a person who is unable to get rid of items even though they are useless, because doing so will cause anxiety. The result is a cramped living condition where a home becomes filled to its capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some hoarders also collect animals, keeping dozens of pets in unsanitary conditions. Hoarders often don't see a problem, which makes things challenging. Intensive treatment can help people who hoard understand their compulsions and live a safer, more enjoyable life. This behaviour can be a symptom of obsessivecompulsive disorder which is a distinct mental health problem. The five levels of hoarding - Based on the condition of the home, there are five classifications of hoarding to be introduced on February 22nd.

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FOR THE MIDDLE LAYER: -Combine the cocoa and hot water in a small bowl; set aside. Melt the chocolate in a large, heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan filled with 1" of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, for about 2 to 5 minutes. -In a clean bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream, sugar and salt at medium speed until it begins to thicken, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and whip until soft peaks form, about 15 to 60 seconds. -Whisk the cocoa mixture into the melted chocolate until smooth. Using a whisk, fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. Now, using a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining whipped cream until no streaks remain. Spoon the mousse over the cooled cake and gently tap the pan on the counter 3 times to remove any large air bubbles. Gently smooth the top with an offset spatula. Wipe the inside edge of the springform pan with a damp cloth to remove any drips. -Refrigerate the cake for at least 15 minutes while preparing the white chocolate mousse. FOR THE TOP LAYER: -In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatine over the water, allow to stand for at least 5 minutes. -Place the white chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring 1/2 cup of cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the gelatine mixture, stirring until the gelatine is fully dissolved. -Pour the cream mixture ove the chocolate and whisk gently until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Allow to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes until thickened.

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THE MIDDLE LAYER: 2 tbsp. Dutch-process cocoa powder 5 tbsp. hot water 7 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine 1- 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled 1 tbsp. granulated sugar 1/8 tsp. fine salt THE TOP LAYER: 3/4 tsp. unflavoured gelatine 1 tbsp. water 6 oz. white chocolate, chopped fine 1- 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled shaved chocolate (optional, for garnish)

-In a clean bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the remaining 1 cup of cream at medium speed until it begins to thicken, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and whip until soft peaks form, when the whisk is lifted, 15 to 60 seconds. -Using a whisk, fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture to lighten. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining whipped cream into the white chocolate until no white streaks remain. -Spoon the white chocolate mousse over the bittersweet chocolate layer. Smooth the top with your offset spatula. Return the cake to the fridge and chill for at least 2- 1/2 hours. -Garnish the top with chocolate curls if desired. To serve, run a thin knife around the inside of the springform pan, remove the sides of the pan. Smooth the side of the cake with a clean knife. Cut into slices and serve. ENJOY!

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The kite club began in 2010 and is committed to promoting kite-making and kite-flying as a DIY (do-it-yourself) activity. Whenever possible, we combine workshops with flights. We have had some very successful festivals under the auspices of The Parade of Nations every September. February 15 will be our first group winter flight, to celebrate Winterfest. Newbies are welcome.

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Reader Rabbit word game where you open cupboards and have to find things that begin with the letter provided. Three ingredients were chosen and then strung together with the word “surprise” at the end. Brad would love it when I would make concoctions out of what we had at the time; it was like the game he loved so much. One of the words for q was quinoa and at the time, I didn’t know what it was, but I tried it at the college during a health break this past summer and really enjoyed it. While out shopping earlier in the month, I picked some up and I have to say it was so easy to make and so tasty and apparently good for you too. I unpacked a few more boxes and revisited my walk in closet. It is a great space, but I have to be creative to make it work efficiently. Of course my vast shoe collection is giving me headaches trying to fit them so I can see them best. More things have been cast aside for donation and the new pieces I purchased after the holidays are being worked in with my old wardrobe. With this cold weather, there are a lot of outfits waiting in the wings for just that hint of warmth, some sun and dare I say it, thaw. As I write this, I am looking out my patio window at the winter wonderland that I will journey out to meet shortly. It is a work day, and the planned outfit will have to wait. It is still too cold. No, I am not one of the brave that enjoys the outdoor winter. But thanks to my DVR, hockey, music and all those looming projects, I will enjoy the hibernation time.

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To Critique or not to Critique, that is the question? Whatever your particular Artistic Discipline one tool that is invaluable to you is the critique. The unfortunate thing is it is also the most misused and abused tool. In the right hands this tool will help to zero in and assist the Artist who although talented is having difficulty moving their work to the next best level of their ability. In the wrong hands it can take an emerging artist’s confidence and leave it in an eviscerated heap. I look at the Critique like a Cosmetic Surgeon at work; a skilled surgeon will take a broken, damaged or even slightly off the mark face and with grace and a fine hand make it better; a surgeon that doesn’t have a clue what they are doing will take a good face and when they are finished have it resemble something between a frog and a cat. In visual art the only criteria for the critique is the “Elements of Design”. In other art disciplines there are a similar set of elements that over time have been proven criteria for a music and song writer; dancer; writer and movie maker. These elements are, the Commandments, so to speak of artistic discipline and when followed will not only help you to produce a successful creative product but will help you to see where your work is failing. Anyone who critiques your work without referring to these elements are “Blowing Air” don’t listen to them. Once we know these elements you would think that we would be able to be objective when it comes to our own work, unfortunately this is not always the case. You know something is off but you are not sure what it is. This is when you need the help of the second opinion. The critique is an important part of the creative process and only should be done by someone who you feel safe with. Critiques that do not focus on the elements of design (or your disciplines elements) are injecting personal likes and dislikes. Avoid this person.

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On February 6th, 2013 I had the pleasure to attend a phenomenal exhibition called, "Losing Jovie”, by a talented local artist, Renée Lalande. The exhibit was attended by many of the artist’s family, friends, colleagues, and a former high school teacher along with the general public. It was a truly unique experience to live through a family's sorrow and intense love for the loss of their child. Amongst the beauty of the representation of different mediums such as paintings and other multimedia, the intense feelings felt by the artist and portrayed in the pieces reflected back on the viewer. Like many who attended, I succumbed to the intense emotion and wept and grieved for their loss. It is hard to imagine the courage it took for the artist to outwardly present her grieving process for everyone to observe. I really admire this about Renée. What I loved most about this exhibit was the beautiful footage that Renée and her husband shared with us. They were so many incredible and loving moments with their beautiful daughter, Jovie. It was so touching. I encourage everyone to go and see this wonderful Exhibit. "The opening reception was a great success!

In the case of Visual Art if the person critiquing your work is not talking about balance, value, focal point and unity they don't know what they are talking about and you can basically ignore anything they are saying. These design basics are what make a weak painter's painting great and a great painter's painting fail. This formula rings true in every artistic discipline; the elemental basics are the only true judge of good or bad when it comes to Art.

Things like technique, control and subject are things that come with time and practice but great technique and control of the tools will not make up for a lousy overall production this is true for painters, musicians, dancers and writers. I have seen paintings that are so technically realistic you have to look twice to see if it’s a photo but the design of the canvas is poor and the colour has no value changes (think about a photo with a big tree stuck in the middle with the top and bottom exiting the image). On the other side I have seen newbie painters create powerful images because although the brush strokes were not controlled their overall design was impressive. Design trumps ability every time, have both and you’re on your way! All the great abstract painters knew this fact and used it, the great dancers and song writers knew it, the writers of the best novels and plays used it to the enth degree. In my opinion, if it was good enough for Leonardo, Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Mozart and Spielberg then it is good enough for me.

Sandra Taylor Hedges, Fine Artist, Art Instructor, Lecturer, Writer and Creative Coach staylorhedgesart.com focusartonline.org studioonecatsquared.com rulesforpainting.blogspot.com Cat Scratches - Studio Blog

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SEEKING THE ARTS . SEEKING THE ARTS make an effort to attend. These events are so enriching to the soul. It is so much better for you than sitting in front of the TV!

Making the best of Winter For those of us who really enjoy the outdoors, the winter can be long and dark when the weather conditions are as cold and icy as they have been. Here are some tips to make the most out of the winter: • Find a new hobby or workout routine. Since we have so much time to spend indoors, winter is a great opportunity to learn something new. You can learn to knit, take a dance class, learn to run, and/or take up Yoga and meditation. Spirit Tree Yoga offers some very unique practices and workouts not found anywhere else in the city. You can heat things up with our Hot Yoga classes, or slow things down with our meditative Gentle and Yin Yoga classes. • Get out of the house, away from the TV, and learn something or see something new. The public library, The River Institute, Aultsville Hall, your local gyms and community centres, even Spirit Tree Yoga, all offer something interesting like workshops, plays, and musical events. There is so much going on in Cornwall that no one should be saying “There is nothing to do here”. Stay connected with your community on Facebook, bookmark their webpages, read the local papers like The Local Seeker, etc… to find out what is coming up, and

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• Learn to cook. Since it is so dark so early, take this time to learn how to cook. Why does dinner need to be a rushed event? Savour the time in the kitchen and cook with your LEARN-TO-RUN family or partner. Turn the INFO MTG: music on, have a glass of wine Monday, February 16th at 6pm or sparkling water, and experiment. It is so rewarding INTRO TO YIN YOGA WORKSHOP: to create a meal for your family Wednesday, February 13th, 7-9pm and loved ones. Don’t know JUICING CHALLENGE: how? There are many places Saturday, February 16th, 6-9pm that offer nutritional and YOGA & CREATIVE JOURNALLING: yummy cooking classes. The Sunday, February 24th, 2-4pm $30 incl. journal Health Nut-Sylvie Thibert offers monthly Healthy 117 Eleventh St. W, Cooking Seminars and is a (entrance 2nd door on side of building) featured guest at Spirit Tree Yoga on March 6th. For $10, you can www.spirittreeyoga.net attend her mini-health seminar and 613-330-4494 learn about cooking naturally. Winter can be a time you take to get connected with yourself and find out what really makes you happy. Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, a poet and mystic, states “Open the inside door: touch the deep knowing within you”. Plotinus states “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” When we take the time to really listen to ourselves, we connect to a deeper sense of ourselves and realize that we don’t need a lot of stuff to make us happy. Most of the time, listening to a good song, talking to a good friend, enjoying a yoga class, is all it takes to be really happy and contented. It really is the small stuff that feeds our souls, not stuff we buy. So enjoy this season of long good nights, become friends with yourself and do what makes you happy! Namaste Lisa Blanchard www.spirittreeyoga.net

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Black Dots and Other Distractions There is an easy exercise I use when facilitating. I take a black marker and draw a dot in the middle of a large piece of flip chart paper. Do this for yourself. Take out a sheet of white paper and with a pen or marker simply place a dot in the middle of the page. Now, staring at the paper, ask yourself, “What do I see?” When I ask participants what they see, most people respond, ‘a black dot’. Is that what you see?

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Is this a black dot, or simply a distraction? Before you give your energy and attention to any black dot, ask yourself what is in the white space. In other words, enumerate all the amazing things that happened in your day and give your energy and appreciation to these. When you return to the black dot, ask yourself how important the distraction is? Most times you will discover it is simply just an annoyance. Put the dot in perspective, don’t allow it to grow. Balance the dot with the white space.

You might consider this conversation regarding black dots to be abstract or not important. If that’s where you are, ask yourself how you feel at the end of every day. Are you exhausted? What consumed your energy? Or Are you uplifted? What fed this feeling?

Now look again. Notice that the dot takes up less than 1% of the entire page. What is left is a whole lot of white space. Apply this same principle to life. During any given day, there are black dots that occur. These dots come in many forms – a mistake you made at work, a conversation with a friend that disturbed you, an item of news on the radio, or any other potential distraction. Unfortunately black dots are coated with Velcro – they seem to stick to you. They occupy your thoughts and dampen your emotions. They are usually charged with something that triggers you and because of that they grow in size and take up a lot of space. You forget about all the white space around the dot.

The white space, by the way, represents reality. For every black dot or similar distraction, there are many more events going on in your life that are positive. Unfortunately when your focus goes to the black dot, the white space is forgotten. There is an old adage that states, ‘where your attention goes, energy flows’. This is exactly what happens with the Black Dot Syndrome. That one less than perfect event of your day is the event that consumes you. You dive into it again and again, examining it from all sides. As you do so it grows and grows. All the great things that happened in your day are pushed aside and all but forgotten. This, by the way, is a recipe for undermining yourself! What is the alternative? Perspective. Black dots are small and deserve an equivalent amount of energy and attention. Your ability to contain them makes a difference. Begin by asking yourself the following:

You have choice to make every day, and believe me it is YOUR CHOICE. You can choose to let the black dots dominate your landscape or you can pull you focus to the larger part of the canvas, the white space. Remember, the white space is filled with all the good and great things that happen to you in a day. Unfortunately they will slide by you unless you pull them into consciousness and examine them. Begin making a choice today to choose thoughts and feelings which uplift you rather than deplete you. As Mike Dooley says in his daily ‘message from the Universe’, thoughts become things, choose the good ones. Choose to be conscious and aware of what is playing in the background. Bring your attention to what really matters – the white space. This is reality more than any black dot you can identify, for in truth, it represents 99% or more of what is in your life. Making this choice will allow you to live a more authentic and optimistic life for truth lies in the white space.

Until Next time… Betty Healey Betty Healey is an award winning author, coach and inspiring speaker. Betty and Jim Healey will be starting a weekly coaching circle, late January, in Cornwall. To find out more about this opportunity, contact Betty at betty@roadSIGNS.ca or go to http://www.roadsigns.ca/programs/upcoming-events.html

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On Saturday, February 2nd, I was lucky enough to take part in my first Tim Horton’s Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Bowl for kids’ sake. My son Alex and I loved being a part of The Local Seeker Team. Woohoo!!

Great Chinese dinner at the Boys and Girls Club on Friday, February 1st. I always look forward to volunteering a couple of hours a month, cooking with these teens in the beautiful kitchen at the main club house.

3 New original services being offered by The Health Nut for 2013 Dinner party workshop “Live it up in your kitchen” *Want to learn how to prepare healthy, delicious recipes? *This is sure to promise you an amazing evening with friends without leaving your home. *Up close and personal with The Health Nut. *Great idea for a girls’ night out, retirement party, special birthday, special occasion. *The Health Nut will help the host/hostess decide on the vegetarian theme and menu.

Workplace mini cooking seminar The workplace is more stressful and competitive than ever before. The employees need to multi task and exceed expectations on a daily basis. When your employees are healthy, happy and well nourished, the work environment benefits will be more productivity and less sick days. Bottom line, your employees will feel better about themselves and have great tools to allow them to be more focussed. In return you become a more reliable organization.

Shopping with The Health Nut Would you like to feel more confident and stay on track when it comes to purchasing healthy food items? -With this option, I would help you write up your menu for the month. I would meet you at the grocery store once a week (up to 4 weeks) to guide you along the way . -You would receive all the step by step recipes. This would give you a great meal plan for the month. For more information on these new services , please feel free to e-mail me at thehealthnut@cogeco.ca or call me at 613-931-3119 and I will be very happy to give you all the necessary details. Thanks! In health… Sylvie Thibert www.c leanwa terguy.com

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We all know that winter is the season of the “Cold” and perhaps you have been following news reports that this year we have been plagued with the flu virus in record numbers. There are many natural herbal remedies available that can help with symptoms and speed recovery; some can even be used to prevent illness. Before I begin it is important to note that if you have any health concerns you should consult your heath practitioner before taking any herbal medicine as herbs can interfere with medications, and may cause serious and potentially fatal side effects. As a qualified Herbalist I can help you to understand how herbs work. Many of us assume that because herbs are natural that they are safe, but this is not always the case. Herbs are often powerful medicine in fact many of our current pharmaceuticals are derived from herbal medicine. I can answer many questions including what you should NOT be taking if you are taking other medications. In this issue I would like to discuss the benefits of Elder (Sambucus Canadensis), one of our oldest known medicinal herbs. This common indigenous shrub has powerful properties that work wonders in fighting colds and flu as well as cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. They have antiviral and antibacterial properties and will help to reduce fever and inflammation. Powerful antioxidants they will speed up the elimination of toxins from our bodies. The berries are loaded with vitamin C as well as vitamins A and B. Elder has long been believed to be one of our most trusted immune boosting herbs. If I believe that I have be exposed to illness I drink a tea containing elder flowers or take some elderberry tincture at the first possible opportunity, and I never travel without it. I keep an eye dropper bottle of tincture in my carry on and take it every 4 hours as a preventative measure whenever I am in an enclosed environment such as a plane, train or bus. Elder is also beneficial for treating bladder and urinary tract infections and it is believe to help lower cholesterol. I harvest elder from the wild throughout our region it is abundant near marshy areas. I do not harvest from roadsides or near agricultural areas where pesticides are used. I use only the flowers and berries, in fact the remainder of the plant is poisonous as are the berries if ingested raw, uncooked. I dry the flowers and make tincture from the berries which also make wonderful wines and preserves. While we snuggle under blankets to keep warm during this deep freeze, why not imagine drinking a lovely cup of elder flower tea on a hot summer day. As it gently lowers your body temperature you will feel cool comfortable and invigorated. If you would like to Ask the Herbalist please send in your questions and comments to info@thelocalseeker.com

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Community Strikes Again Article by Sara Murphy Photos by Sara Murphy and Grant Reso The Tim Hortons Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bowl for Kids Sake” City Challenge took place on Sat. Feb. 2 at Olympia Bowl and Nativity Lanes in Cornwall. Over 1,000 bowlers took part in the event, raising $56,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District. “We so appreciate everyone in the community who came forward, putting in new teams to help us make up the difference this year, and also to all our returning teams who, year after year, are there for us,” said BBBS Executive Director Amanda Brisson. The annual bowling event provides a very large portion of funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District, allowing the organization to offer seven free mentoring programs to area youth. Without the community rallying together for events such as Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake, the valuable programs that BBBS provides local children and youth would not be possible. The Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake event includes the City Challenge, the Counties Challenge Cup and an in-school Wii bowling activity. The Counties Challenge Cup happens on Feb. 10 in Chesterville. “We hope to raise over $5000 in Chesterville. We haven’t raised as much as last year, but we will find ways to make up the difference,” said Brisson. “The community always comes through for us.”

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