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Vol. 4 Issue 7 February 22, 2013

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and all that Jazz!” Reporting for the Local Seeker, Bob Sloan

For the past two weeks Cornwall has experienced the “The Razzle Dazzle” of Chicago. Our local community Seaway Valley Theatre Company has left their audience with an unforgettable outing. These neighbourhood volunteers have put together a performance that Upon arrival you are enticed by two flirty flapper gals (left: Liz Adams and Jackeline Pettero, with Lynn Bergeron centre) who bring you into the genre of Chicago during the Roaring 20’s. The show consisted of no less than nineteen choreographed dance routines knitted neatly together and blended the talents of a live orchestra, amazing vocals and the portrayal of great acting. Judging by the reaction of the audience, it speaks volumes of the success of this theatre company’s ability to deliver a top notch performance. The impressive part, to me, was how this all came together so smoothly. At first I couldn’t quite figure out how this was achieved! From my audio background as a mobile DJ came my first question. With dozens of microphones prancing around the stage how did they keep volumes and feedback in check? An insightful, personalized tour with the Stage Manager, Mike Petrynka was in store. Read about BOB’S BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE on page 4 & 5 ....

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EYE ON SOCIETY

Cowguys have trained and done workshops with Ringling Brothers Clown teachers, Cirque du Soleil instructors, university level courses, Circus schools, Commedia Dell Arte, and other performers. They draw on this training at each of their performances The Cowguys show is a proven crowd pleaser. Tickets are available at Scotiabank near Brookdale Avenue. Visit Mad Hatters website for more info: http://www.madhproductions.com/

Arts and Culture News for Cornwall and SDSG! Start your thumbs! RRRoll Up the Rim to Win is back! Visit your local Tims to start rolling for a chance to win. There are many places to pick up the Local Seeker including the Tim Hortons at the Cornwall Square food court. For more info on the contest visit: www.rolluptherimtowin.com

John McDermott plays Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall on Saturday April 27th! 20 years and more than 25 albums later, John McDermott is an international recording star and household name. Besides his stellar musical career – platinum, double-platinum, triple-platinum albums and multiple Juno nominations – he is also known for his commitment to veterans’ causes – the U. S. Congressional Medal of Honour Society’s Bob Hope Award, the Ted Williams Globe & Anchor Award from the USMC, and here at home, a commendation from the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs for this ongoing work, which includes his foundation McDermott House Canada, which is dedicated to improving care in the final stages of terminal illness and providing a warm, welcoming place to stay for Canada’s veterans, military, first responders and their families. In Concert, whether he is sharing the stage with a topnotch group of musical friends or touring the world as part of the famed Three Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to enchant audiences with his beautiful tenor voice and sensitive renditions. Though time and travel have introduced him to a wealth of new material and experiences, he manages to incorporate that diversity into his performances, while retaining the charm and humour that endeared him to audiences from the beginning. For this 20th Anniversary National Tour – a two decade retrospective – McDermott will highlight a variety of songs from his early recordings through his latest releases. John McDermott plays Aultsville Theatre in Cornwall on Saturday April 27th. Reserved seating tickets for John McDermott go on sale Monday, February 11. Tickets are $47.50 (tax and facility fees included; handling charges may apply) and are available from the box offices listed below. Showtime is 7:30 pm.

East Coast Juno-award winning singer songwriter Amelia Curran visits Morrisburg on March 2nd! East Coast Junoaward winning singer songwriter Amelia Curran visits the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage in Morrisburg on March 2nd. She has been described by Liverpool’s Seven Streets as “that rare thing: the real deal. A singer-songwriter with no agenda, no social media creation myth, just a guitar, a voice and that unswerving attention to detail that separates out the very best folk singers from the hype. Her honesty and purity might win her kudos on the acoustic circuit, but its the beauty of her compositions (some reminiscent of early Paul Simon, others as rootsy as Emmylou’s finest) that linger longest.” As much a poet as she is a songwriter, Amelia is an artist who has charted a course through longing and loss with lyrics that face life’s beauties and terrors with disconsolate urgency. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (all tickets are general admission). Tickets are available at Basket Case, Morrisburg; Strung Out Guitars, Cornwall and Compact Music, Ottawa or online. For more info on shows: http://www.stlawrencestage.com/shows.html

Women's Day Breakfast set for March 2nd! Each year, the Cornwall & District Labour Council celebrates International Women’s Day with a networking Breakfast. Everyone is welcome. This is the day women worldwide recognize their progress toward full economic, political and social equality and renew their commitment to that goal. The headline speaker for this year is Jill O’Reilly of Ottawa, and she will be speaking of The Living Wage. The breakfast is at The Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Coffee and networking at 8:30 and breakfast at 9:00 sharp. The price is $15.00. For tickets to the event, call Elaine MacDonald at 613-938-7763.

Over $64,000 raised at Bowl for Kids Sake! Here is a message from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall & District: Thanks to the efforts of over 1,000 local bowlers, the Tim Hortons Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake raised over $64,000 this year! Thank you to all our bowlers, volunteers and sponsors as well as our Honourary Chairs, boxer Tony Luis and Cornwall-born soccer player Christina Julien. Kudos to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cornwall & District!

The Cowguys are in Cornwall Ontario on February 22nd! The Cowguys are an Ottawa based performing duo who have been delighting audiences worldwide since 1990. They expertly blend circus, western and magic skills with dexterity, wit, juggling, and comedy for all ages in their award winning show. With over 2500 performances to their credit, they have delighted audiences again and again with their unique comedic style. The Cowguys have been featured on AChannel, CBC, CTV (CJOH), Rogers 22, The New RO, Global, Homegrown Café, Xfm 101.1, in numerous newspapers, and news broadcasts, corporate and community events, talent shows, conventions, schools and festivals. The

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

SNIPPETS OF NEWS THIS WEEK from www.theseeker.ca Winners of the Cornwall Library’s - 6th annual Writing Contest Winners Announced!

The Cornwall Public Library encouraged aspiring writers to put pen to paper with the launch of its 6th annual Writing Contest at the end of 2012. The contest was open to anyone living in Cornwall and SDSG. “The intent of the contest is to get people started and to help writers develop their skills,” said Dawn Kiddell, Chief Librarian of the Cornwall Public Library. Here are the winners of the Library’s 2012 Writing Contest:

POETRY 1ST PLACE – ”A PEARLED LADDER“ by KEN SMITH 2ND PLACE – “WINTERBERRIES” by PETER ELWOOD 3RD PLACE – ”HOMELESSNESS GROVE“ by TESS MCDONALD HONOURABLE MENTION – “PORCELAIN“ by JESSICA SÉGUIN

FICTION TEEN 1ST PLACE – “LOLA’S ESCAPE” by EMMA SIERRA CAPPELLO 2ND PLACE – “BEWITCHED” by KARINE POMILIA GAUTHIER 3RD PLACE – “SHATTER POINT” by CHRISTOPHER MCKEN

FICTION ADULT 1ST PLACE – “THE HITCHHIKER” by JANIS CHANG 2ND PLACE – “FLIGHT-A THREE ACT DRAMA” by DAVID RAWNSLEY 3RD PLACE – “CHRISTMAS 1942” by STANLEY BROWN HONOURABLE MENTION – “THE STORM” by LORNA FOREMAN

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Back Stage with Bob (Article and photos by Bob Sloan) It all starts well above the audience, 3 floors up, where the lighting center and command post are located. Here is where Mike can oversee the show, keeping a watchful eye on things by communicating commands as needed. Connected to him by headsets are his key team leaders who manage the various components for him. There is a complex computer controlled lighting system that was designed, tweaked and operated during the show by Alex Powell. Meanwhile, below on stage are two very busy stage managers responsible for everything that was happening on the set. Considering this is a musical, one can only imagine the complexity of keeping all the vocals, and orchestra in

a dedicated sound team that is located midpoint in the audience where sound could best be judged. At this point my palms were sweating with empathy to my fellow sound guys. “Relax Bob”, said sound engineer Gary Beaudette sensing my apprehension, “we gate the sound with compressors” He then showed me these magic boxes where all the wiring is routed and the sound is “compressed” keeping everything balanced to avoid these issues. “Whew”, I said with a sigh of relief. With that out of the way, I was content to learn more. Moving backstage, Mike led me through a Sound Technician Assistant, Sue Kingston host of rooms that further support the production. I first met Sue Kingston who prepares the performers with their microphones. Imagine the wrong mic on the wrong performer? That’s not going to happen on her watch, as seen by her work station where the mic distribution is so well mapped out. It may seem minor, but even the position of the mic’s mouthpiece is critical to sound quality.

Stage Manager, Mike Perrynka sync. Thirty microphones in operation can only lead to a greater risk of potential popping and feedback noise disturbances. Compounding this problem are the 15 wireless mics used by the performers who are continuously moving around. To complicate

Lighting Design Assistant, Alex Powell

Sound Technicians, L-R - Carter Kingston, Cory Lalonde and Gary Beaudette

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matters further, the orchestra was placed on stage, rather than the usual pit out in front. This competed further for priority on the already volatile sound stage. To help manage this nightmare is

The Green Room Another critical room is dubbed the “Green Room”, which serves as the ready room with a live monitor to cue the performers when they next go on stage. In this room I struggled with the anomaly of all the action happening on stage compared to the inaction and relaxed demeanor of everyone waiting their turn. Along the tour there were other important areas such as the costume, changing and makeup areas. During this show there were a multitude of stage changes that involved the movement of many props. This was usually done quickly, during a brief blackout. Watching the show, I chuckled at the ingenuity of the prop department’s ability to recruit the actors to assist them to push larger objects on stage then disappear leaving the actor behind and ready for the next number.

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During this show there were a multitude of stage changes that involved the movement of many props. This was usually done quickly, during a brief blackout. Watching the show, I chuckled at the ingenuity of the prop department’s ability to recruit the actors to assist them to push larger objects on stage then disappear leaving the actor behind and ready for the next number. This theatre company relies on a pool of more than 200 volunteer theatre enthusiasts. In this production the director chose the talents of Penny Brie Wheeler who played Roxie Hart Watson as Velma Kelly, and Brie Wheeler as Roxie Hart. I had a chance to speak to both of these leading ladies. It was quite interesting to learn how they worked outside their normal comfort zone and performed so superbly. They both

reminded me of the importance of community sponsorship. Winmar leads the list of their sponsors who contribute generously to all their productions. Now with the show over, I had a chance to meet with director, Leslie Ellam. She reflected on the seven month effort by all involved, meeting three times a week, to prepare. “It’s only by this conscientious effort that we leave with a win/win for everyone.” Leslie elaborated further on the feeling you get by contrasting this to competitive sports, where there is a win/lose outcome. She found this a profoundly more rewarding experience because in theatre, there is no loser. Everyone experiences personal growth, new friends, and fond memories. While the director and I spoke, the crew was busy tearing down the set, and the dreaded cloud known as the “Tuesday Blues” hung over their heads. The sad reality of production closing neared. Just the thought of not being together as a family each week, after such a long journey, was certainly a tender moment felt by most involved. What were they going to do next Tuesday?

Musical Director, Brian McCartney

Some of the cast and crew sharing the task of tear down. GOODBYE CHICAGO!

For me, looking out into the audience, I noted all the faces I knew, and looking at the stage all the faces I knew as well. I saw my old guitar teacher, an old neighbour, and even the guy who serves me at Winners. All this defined, for me, what community theatre is all about – based on the strength of our neighbours, whom I will always continue to support.

Construction Team: L-r - Lloyd Chaput, Bob Earle, Dennis Durham and Mike Lalonde echoed the commitment of everyone involved as an incredible experience where they supported each other. “They are one big family within a social setting that provides a fearless environment to foster the group to grow and improve.” Co-producers Christine Taylor and Lise Richer who also performed,

It’s not all sad news! On the horizon the

promise of the gang being back together again is only a few months away. Auditions for the next musical take place in September and it will be just as spectacular I’m sure – Les Miserables. CAN’T WAIT!!! L-r - Christiane Taylor - Producer, Alicja Francis - Assistant Director, Lesley Ellam - Director, Lise Richer - Producer

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT FOR CORNWALL...

Breaking the Ice: Winterfest 2013 by Jason Setnyk

Several politicians were in attendance last Friday night at the Lamoureux Park Bandshell including MPP Jim McDonell, MP Guy Lauzon, and acting Mayor and City Councillor Syd Gardner. They broke the ice to symbolically start the 2013 Storm Realty Winterfest Carnaval celebrations. Over a thousand were in attendance to watch the fireworks that night.

The 2013 Winterfest Continues To Be A Family Favorite by Grant Reso The Storm Realty Winterfest was once again a great success. Family Day weekend was visited by thousands, as children of all ages and their families trenched through the snow filled Lamoureux Park to enjoy the festivities.

Outside, there were musical performances, dancing, iceskating, and the inflatable midway. Families enjoyed spending the day together during the weekend festival. Not only was there outside activities, the insides of the Civic Complex was also a place to enjoy Winterfest, as there was plenty of entertainment, fun and games for everyone to enjoy.

Kudos to Jason Mitchell, organizer extraordinaire, Storm Realty, sponsor extraordinaire and all the volunteers and agencies they pulled together to bring Winterfest Carnaval 2013 to the city. The festival is only in its fourth year and has grown dramatically in the variety of its offerings, the participating clubs and community groups, including city departments, and especially in the overwhelming public response. The excitement and activity in the Civic Complex salons and halls was at a fever pitch from Friday afternoon to late Sunday and it overflowed into the park and the other city venues that opened their doors to all comers through the weekend. Inside the concourse of the Civic Complex, over the south entrance, there’s a sign that says you don’t need to be rich to have a rewarding life in Cornwall. Jason Mitchell and his cohorts of sponsors and volunteers are proof of that sign. They organized a fabulous and totally free Family Day holiday, sustained it over three days and showed us all a good time. Big thanks to everyone who was part of it. Elaine MacDonald City councilor and member of the Cornwall Kite Club

Organizer Jason Mitchell (below) was very happy with everything and is looking forward to planning a bigger and better event next year!

photos on this page by Jason Setnyk and Mai-Liis Renaud

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Laughter: It’s Truly The Best Cure Article by Grant Reso Photos by Grant Reso and Mai-Liis Renaud

As I navigated my way through the large flowing crowd of children and their parents, young and old, at Winterfest, I studied the room for photographic opportunities. My journey began from the salons of the Civic Complex so I wouldn’t have to face the brunt of the cold air. I came to terms knowing I would have to face the cold weather to take photographs of kids enjoying the outdoor activities. It was then that I heard the voice of woman gaining the attention of the children. It was Frisotine—a clown from Montreal. I first met Frisotine when I exited the vehicle of my coworker. Frisotine was doing the same. I, with my camera and her with her… What in the what? She was dressed completely in her clown outfit and had a wagon full of boxes which was filled with props and treats. One word to describe Frisotine: Animated. “Allez-vous au salon B?” Are you going to Salon B is what she was asking—this, however, did not translate to me at present time, since my understanding of French is subpar. Did she think I was part of the show? I simply told her that I wasn’t going to the salon even though I ended up there to begin with. The energy she had. Oh yes, quite the animated character. She was truly into whatever it was she going to do. After what felt like hours outdoors, I ventured back into the salon to warm up. Frisotine was well into her act and the kids were loving every minute of it. Even the adults were enjoying the performance—I was too. What is her story? How did she get involved and how long has she been doing this gig? After snapping endless pictures, the performance had come to and end. Children asked to have their picture taken with Frisotine, and she obliged.

your life is over, perhaps think of Sophie’s story—some people have real problems after all.

“It’s my therapy”, Sophie explains. Perhaps it’s the positive energy she thrives on that has helped eradicate the cancer from her body. The smiles and laughter she gets from children and their parents, keeps her going. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

"Frisotine is available for events and birthdays. You can contact her via email at frisotine74@msn.com or by calling 450.432.9158"

I approached her with a warm smile and complemented her on her work. I revealed that I was simply a member of the press— a hired geek of sorts and was snapping pictures for our paper. “How long have you been doing this?” I asked. That’s when I Frisotine joyfully told me her emotional story. “I started twelve years ago.” She replied. Frisotine’s story began when she was working for a car dealership. Her doctor had revealed that she was diagnosed with cancer. Even worse, she only had two years to live. This tragic news is enough to send anyone into complete depression. For Sophie Davison, it would change her life. “If I only have two years to live, I don’t want to be selling cars.” It was with that realization, that she became involved with entertaining children. Sophie Davison became Frisotine and twelve years later, she’s still living life and enjoying every moment of it. Next time your smart phone dies, and you think

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 MOVIES @ CPL - 2:00 pm - MALCOM X - PG 13 In celebration of black history month.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 DROP IN FAMILY STORYTIME / HEURE DU CONTE FAMILIALE PORTE-OUVERTE 10:00 am to 11:00 am

You are cordialy invited to The Grand FinaleOf the Eagle’s Nest Business Plan Competition

Join panelists Julia Lucio, Brock Frost and Francois Desormaux as they evaluate and crown the winner of the competition on February 27th at 7pm LIVE at the Cornwall Civic Complex

YOGA FOR KIDS - 10:00 am to 11:00 am READ DOGS FOR KIDS - 11 am to 12 noon. Reading to your best friend is Pawsome CHECK MATES - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 TIME FOR TWOS - 10:00 am to 10:30 am Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts TRANSITION CORNWALL PRESENTATION - 1:00 pm Topic: Inner Transition

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 THE PACK - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm A group created by teens for tweens - DROP-IN LIFE & CONSCIOUSNESS - 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm Philosophy course

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Casino du Lac Leamy Bus Trip departing at 4:30 pm. For info or reserve call 613.932.6534. Proceeds to the Auxiliary to St. Joseph's Continuing Care Center Cornwall Budget Steering Committee Cornwall City Council budget steering committee proceedings at city hall Agape Center Spaghetti Dinner & Country Music Dance Dinner: 4:30 pm to 8 pm, Dance: 8 pm. Army Navy Club, 14 Marlborough St. N. Music by Switchgear. Admission: 10$ Manage Knee or Hip Osteoarthritis Pain from 1 pm to 4 pm. Seaway Valley Community Health Center, 353 Pitt St. Call Chanelle: 613.930.4892 x 102 to register. Dinner Out At The RCAFA Wing 424 from 4:30 pm. 240 Water St. W. Special: garlic or sambuca prawns with rice pilaf & vegetables. Also seafood chowder, fish & chips, munchies.

SATURDAY FEB 23 Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Excellence Awards & Citizen of the Year Banquet. Civic Complex

SUNDAY FEB 24

Tri-County Literacy Council Anti-bullying Day Carnival from 1 pm to 4 pm, 1450 2nd St E. Children ages 2-12 are invited to enjoy fun and games. Admission: 2$ with proceeds to the CHEO project. Ontario Seniors Eastern Regional Games Chicken Dinner from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Cornwall Legion, 415 2nd St. W. Tickets 10$ available at Scotiabank Brookdale Center or at the door.

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Knights of Columbus Family Breakfast from 8:45 am to 12:30 pm, St. Francis De Sales Parish Hall, 434 2nd St. W.

Worship and the Word @ Fountaingate Christian Assembly 10:30am 949 Mohawk Drive

MONDAY FEB 25

Welcome Wagon Bridal Show @ the Cornwall Civic Complex. By invitation only.

TUESDAY FEB 26

Bereaved Families Adult Afternoon Support Group Meeting from 1 pm to 3 pm, 216 Montreal Rd. Topic: grief, a journey of discovery. Call 613.936.1455 for more information

WED FEB 27

Variety 104 and the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce present Chamber Pub Nite! @ the Glengarrian 841 Sydney St 5:00pm 7:00pm Eastern Ontario Secondary Skills Competition from 10 am to 2 pm. St. Lawrence College, 2 St. Lawrence Dr. See students compete in trade contests such as welding, team carpentry & drama. CBN MINI TRADE SHOW 8am to 11am at the Ramada Inn. Come see what we are all about! Royal Canadian Legion Seniors General Meeting at 7:30 pm. 415 2nd St. W.

Pump up the music in pink. Join zumba fitness with Jasmine in the fight against bullying. 6:45 to 8:00 at St. Lawrence intermediate school $10

THURSDAY FEB 28 Free 7-Week Course: Train for Today's OfficeLearn the essential skills needed to work in an office, meet interesting guest speakers & practice skills in real-time situations. Call TriCounty Literacy: 613.932.7161

Encore Seniors Daytime Classes For Adults 50+ Offering 35 topics to choose from with no exams or grades. For more information call: 613-937-1525 or or visit encoreseniors.ca Women Entrepreneurs Dinner Meeting 6 pm. Ramada Inn, 805 Brookdale Ave. Speaker: Gary Gzik "Businesses Don't Grow-People Grow". Members: 21$, non-members: 25$ Visit: WeCornwallArea.ca

FRIDAY MARCH 1 World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Worship Service at 2 pm. Salvation Army Cornwall Community Church, 500 York St.

Singles 55+ Meetup & Activity Night from 7 pm to 10:30 pm. The Seaway Center, 1010 Guy St. Email: singles55PlusGroup@yahoo.ca for more information réunion spéciale à 15h30 Centre Charles-Émile-Claude, 146-B rue chevrier. Plus d'info: 613.932.1035

COMING SOON

Boys & Girls Club Pink Shirt Day Buy your Pink Shirt for 10$ at Baxtrom's Independent Grocer or ScotiaBank and support anti-bullying initiatives.

Vagina Monologues 15th Anniversary Presentation Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm. Ramada Inn, 805 Brookdale Ave. Tickets on sale at Scotia Bank, Brookdale Center & benefit Sexual Assault Support Services for Women

Focus Art Show Cornwall Cultural Center, 124 Anthony St. Featuring displays of paintings, photography, pottery & jewellery.

I AM WOMAN SHOW @ the Civic Complex, March 3 10:00 to 4:00pm. $10. All proceeds go to SASS for Women

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POSTCARDS FROM THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY BRAIN by Sandra Taylor Hedges

SEEKING THE ARTS . SEEKING THE ARTS Let go of the Outcome While here in the south I have had the opportunity to join a Yoga center and practice yoga daily. Recently one of my regular instructors referred to me as a Yogini or Female Yogi. I found this a bit strange to my ears and asked her why she described me as Yogini as this was a term I would apply to someone who had arrived so to speak at yoga perfection. She corrected me by first stating that anyone who is dedicated to the daily practice of Yoga was a Yogi and secondly by explaining that yoga never reaches perfection and the moment you think you have arrived at it, you truly haven’t because you don’t get it. You “Arrive” so to speak at the state of being a Guru of Yoga when you have let go of the outcome of your practice and listen to your body tell you what it needs. Letting go of the Outcome, hmmmm, this is an interesting. It made me wonder where else we should be letting go of the outcome after all we live in a world that strives for perfection and control of our lives and careers. One area that without a doubt needs this “Letting go attitude” is our Art. Letting go of the outcome isn’t as easy as it sounds as it is in our nature to be competitive and want to do things perfectly; partly it’s needed for survival and partly as we are educated to do something correctly not half way. Whichever your motivation may be we will never know our true potential until we are willing to let go of the outcome. Why? It’s simple, the more we want perfection the harder we try; the harder we try the more stressed we become; the more stress we experience the more tense we are and therefore have difficulty focusing our mind. When we can’t focus it is impossible to reach our full potential. By letting go of the outcome we start to shift from stress induced motivation to letting your right brain free to do what it does best. Without stress we are free to let whatever will be, be and that more often than not has amazing results. Sounds simple, right? In truth it’s a little harder and requires two things; patience and a leap of faith in yourself. Without over simplifying it let’s look at a couple of ways to get mentally in the right space. First give yourself permission to fail, it sounds counter-productive but without the stress of having to be perfect you are more capable of reaching it. Secondly set an intention for your time creating that is positive and uplifting which can either be related to the work itself or to you generally. For example: Today I will paint without fear or stress; Today I will not care if I don’t write the most profound sentences; Today I will just make music and take it wherever it goes. Third listen to what your Right Brain is telling you, if something is not feeling comfortable or forced just listen to the creative energy and let it tell you what to do to modify it. Last but not least give yourself permission to have fun, play and laugh at yourself.

Remember through a lifetime of practice of what we love to do and a spirit of not being attached to the outcome we get our egos out of the way and reach the true heights of our abilities, which by the way were always there you were just too busy trying to be perfect to see it.

The iconic Broadway musical Chicago made its way to Cornwall via Seaway Valley Theatre Company. Those

who have seen this play performed on Broadway, would agree that this talented list of actors, performers and musicians did it justice beyond expectations. The Seaway Valley Theatre Company thoroughly entertained the audience. The choreography was outstanding and creative. The Aultsville Theatre, which was the venue for this wonderful musical, was utilized to its fullest. It was truly amazing how well choreographed this play was. This allowed the talented cast and orchestra to utilize the limited space available to them on that stage and they were all able to ‘STRUT their stuff’ and to produce a remarkable show. They should be commended on their accurate portrayal of the 1920's. The superb lighting, amazing set design, bright coloured costumes, and the outstanding makeup and hair design added to the brilliance of the show. The orchestra was fabulous and they played many fun songs while accompanied by a gifted group of singers and dancers that brought this show to life. The actors were very convincing in their roles and they frequently had the audience roaring with laughter.

Bravo to the cast, crew, orchestra, and to all involved for entertaining us and showing us all that the local arts and entertainment is in superior hands thanks to the leadership from Producers and Directors from the Seaway Valley Theatre Company. I enjoyed this wonderful musical and I look forward to the next SVTC production. Written by Franca Raco

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NATURALLY DELICIOUS ... with the Health Nut

My brain and energy just keeps going…I tell you, new ideas are always flowing through! I have become very good at writing down all my thoughts which then allows me to have a good night sleep….thank goodness!! I am presently involved in organizing an event that we are hoping will bring something new and different to our community. This unique Saturday afternoon would allow individuals living with celiac, gluten/food intolerances or just anyone wanting to live a better, healthier, wholesome lifestyle, the chance to meet local businesses that offer great health-related services. It will be a great interactive afternoon, full of amazing information, recipe demos, taste testing as well as great local healthy, organic products that you could purchase. This is a great opportunity to highlight all that our Cornwall and surrounding area has to offer. We have so many great local resources right here in our own back yard, let’s discover together all that they have to offer…I will keep you posted as soon as I get more details. We are aiming to hold this event early April….. very excited to bring this original event to you….

We had our 5th juicing challenge on Saturday, February 16th….a great group of individuals interested in making their life the best that it can be. Lisa (Spirit Tree Yoga Studio) and I are always so happy when people take the time to really invest in themselves. Once they see how easy it is to do and taste it…then they are good to go. Our goal is really to take the fear of the unknown out of juicing and really showing everyone that it can have amazing health benefits to anyone that is willing to give it a try. Best of luck to our participants…Our 6th juicing challenge will be on Saturday , March 23rd, 6 to 9 pm …. Spots are already filling up quickly….come and see what has Cornwall excited!! E-mail me for more details…. This week, I became a student in a cooking class and had the most awesome afternoon at Zengarry Vegetarian Cuisine in Alexandria. Together , our group prepared a Mexican Fiesta, I got to prepare 3 of the many specialty dishes. So much fun and the smell was out of this world. The best part was actually sitting down and enjoying this amazing , scrumptious meal in a beautiful setting with great company. Lynda and Jeannette are amazing hosts and they guide you through your recipe preparation step by step. I actually tasted palm hearts for the first time and learned how to make gluten-free tortillas from scratch ….sooo delicious…I will never go back to store bought…..yummy….!!!

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Lynda offers a wide variety of classes, check out her website at http://www.zengarry.com/ she also provides plant based/vegetarian catering in our area…. Unique, original and delicious…. In health ... Sylvie Thibert (The Health Nut) thehealthnut@cogeco.ca (email address) www.thehealthnut.ca (official website) 613-931-3119

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SEEKERS SNIPPETS - SEEKERS SNIPPETS Scoop just in ........ FAB-Flash-Mob Birthday Surprise at the NAV CENTRE Article by OOOh Hooo and photos by Mai-Liis of the Seeker.

Imagine this. You are enjoying a smooth, delicious Sunday Brunch experience at the all new Propeller Restaurant at the NAV Centre and it turns into the talk of the town.

and WOW! it's FUN!

On Sunday February 17th Jacques Baheux was celebrating a birthday brunch with his family when out the blue he was, much to his surprise, Flash Mobbed. It seemed as though, out of nowhere the music volume pumped up as people got up to join the party dancing in tune to the steps of " moves like Jagger".

The enthusiastic atmosphere was so inviting that Jacques (above top) joined in as a great sport. Every one wore a tie around their head in celebration of one of Jacques' favorite dance ritual jokes. (In memory of Peter Sellers)

His wife, Carole Jeghers, (far right) had a Big idea.. and with the help and support of our very own Zumba Queen Christal Huizinga (seen bottom right with Carole and Jacques) plus her Cornwall Zumba family all joined in to offer a memorable, entertaining and oh so exciting event.

More than 100 Zumbas, guests, customers and staff partook in the surprise flash mob dance that after days of plotting lasted seven minutes.

Jacques was blown away and is still talking about the great surprise.

Mai-Liis from the Seeker was there to capture the feel good, weekly dose of positive news event. People laughed, danced, filmed, took photos and as one dinner said " This is great, not only is the buffet to die for, the ambiance exceptional, the service fantastic but we did not expect such entertainment.

Thank you to everyone that made this possible but beware YOU may be next... OOOh Hooo!

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Jacques Baheux is the Director of Hospitality for the NAV Centre Carole Jeghers is an award winning visual / voice artist and Certified International Laughter leader Christal Huizinga offers aqua zumba and Sentao at the NAV Centre. For more information: zumbacornwall.ca

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SNIPPETS OF NEWS THIS WEEK from www.theseeker.ca Band with Cornwall connection nominated for a 2013 Juno Award!

Singer Songwriter Jesse-James Cameron who had spent some time living in Cornwall Ontario is a member of the band Makeshift Innocence. A few years ago you could have seen that band playing at local bars and pubs. Since that time they have relocated out west to Calgary Alberta where their popularity has exploded.

Cameron broke the news on the bands official Facebook page. He wrote, “Thank you so much for believing in us! This has been the most incredible journey. We are just so honoured to share what we do with everyone out there, and now to be nominated for a JUNO for it! Wow.. Just wow!!!!!

Makeshift Innocence play La Maison in Cornwall in 2009. Photo by Jason Setnyk.

The song “Yours to Keep” by Makeshift Innocence was nominated for the Reggae Recording of the Year. Congratulations Jesse-James Cameron and Makeshift Innocence!

For more info on the Junos: http://junoawards.ca/

For more info on Makeshift Innocence: http://www.iriemi.com/

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OFF THE MAT with Lisa Blanchard

Over $3300 raised to help local resident get MS procedure Article and Photos by Jason Setnyk

Life Lessons from the Yoga Mat. Yoga is actually a complete path that brings us into reality. It is a path that allows us to experience “union” within ourselves, with others and the entire universe. Yoga is not only asanas (physical postures), but a complete system that teaches us to live in the moment, to not judge or harm others, and to not overreact and stress. Yoga is like a manual that literally teaches us how to live and be good people on this planet. Below are a few lessons we learn on the mat that we can apply to our day-to-day lives and take “off the mat”!

1. In difficult situations, don’t react just breathe. —When we are practicing a pose that is difficult, we are reminded to focus on the breath and to just observe the pain or awkwardness. We are guided to not get caught up with it and react to it, but to just simply breathe and observe it, as we know that we will soon come out of the pose. This same principle can be applied to life. When we find ourselves in a difficult or painful situation, instead of overreacting (yelling, crying, swearing), try to simply breathe and observe your feelings and emotions. Most of the time, things get worse because we overreact. If we were to just stay calm and breathe, answers come to us and we can deal more compassionately with any situation. 2. There is a time for action and a time for calmness.—Yoga teaches us balance. On the mat; if we stretch the front of the body, we then stretch the back. If we engage in vigorous asanas (postures), we then take time to relax. Most often, we do not apply this principle to life. We continually move at a fast pace, only to stop when we sleep. But this is not a life in balance. If we rush around, we should make time to rest. If we have strong mental activity, then we should take time to meditate. Yoga teaches us to take the concept of balance “off the mat” and into our day-to-day lives. 3. Practice non-attachment to things and thoughts.—Yoga teaches us to become non-attached to outcomes. One day you may be able to do the Tree Pose for minutes and the next, you can’t hold it for 10 seconds. Things change from moment to moment. We must accept ourselves as we are today. If you are attached to ideas from the past or certain beliefs, these can limit you and hold you back from moving forward. When we become attached to material possessions, we forget that happiness comes from the inside. When we come to the mat in yoga, we are reminded of our internal happiness, that we are perfect just the way we are. If you find yourself out of balance, seeking happiness and/or are sad and depressed, drop by Spirit Tree Yoga and let Yoga help you to reconnect and renew yourself. More money and more things will not bring you happiness but taking the time for yourself and going within, will!! Visit us at www.spirittreeyoga.net and join us for only $50 for 30 days unlimited yoga. In 30 days, you can transform your life. Come see us and let us show you how!

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Over $3300 was raised Friday and Saturday night at La Maison to help Julie Smith diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) get a surgical procedure only available in the United States and overseas. The procedure, which is called CCSVI Liberation, costs over $13,000 and could help improve her quality of life.

Many local bands volunteered to play the show this past weekend: Shake The Tree, Whiskey Sour, Heatley and Freakboy, Maximum 80, Elly May, The Trevor Walsh Group, Lovesick Mistress, Switchgear, and Heroes Fall.

Friday was a very busy night, and the Saturday show sold-out after just one hour. Julie Smith said, "Its overwhelming to see the love and support from my loved ones and friends." The musicians who played the benefit concert were happy to help out.

Trevor Walsh who played an eclectic and amazing set Saturday night was ecstatic about playing the concert which featured some top-notch local music talent. He said, "Great night last night at the Julie Smith benefit. We were so happy to contribute our time and talent to help out a great family. Cornwall is still where Canadian talent is rocking."

Jamie Jarvo, who is the lead singer of Switchgear, had a similar opinion about the night and about Cornwall's music community. According to Jarvo, "it was a great night of music tonight at La Maison for a great cause, so many great bands! We had a blast and enjoyed ourselves a ton! This is one of the very reasons I love our City of Cornwall, especially musicians in this city, together we can accomplish anything!" Julie's husband Brian Smith, who plays in both Shake the Tree and in Lovesick Mistress, reflected about the success of the two-day concert and how the music community came together to help out.

"As I wake up this morning I am reminded of the old saying, "We take care of our own". Cornwall and friends did just that this weekend. Brotherhood is strong in the City. We raised about $3300 not counting the private donations on the website www.help-ms.com. Thank you", said Brian Smith.

If you were unable to attend the concert, but would still like to make a donation, donations can be made online at help-ms.com

The Seeker would like wish Julie and the Smith Family all the best.

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by Betty Healey

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WORK versus J.O.B. I was inspired this morning after listening to an interview with a favorite author of mine, Simon Sinek, who wrote the book ‘Start with WHY’. In the interview he began by saying that when you do something that you love, it’s called passion. When you work at something you don’t love however, it’s called stress. This for me defines the difference between your WORK versus your J.O.B. Your work is connected to your ‘WHY’, your sense of purpose or mission, or what you want to stand for in this lifetime. It is rooted in your early years, something that you are deeply connected with and something that you felt would make a difference in the world. As I think back, my earliest memories are linked to playing in my back yard, lining up my dolls and teaching them what I then knew to be the important lessons of life. Even at the early age of ten I knew that I wanted to influence the world in a way that allowed others to believe in themselves and to see the beauty and power of who they are.

Isn’t it interesting that you can know that so young and somewhere along the way lose track of it. Why does that happen? You learn more, life becomes more complicated and you lose sight of that simple truth, your all important work. Then you find a J.O.B. – a Justifiable Occupation or Business, which pays you a good salary but, (and here is the rub) does not light you up. It is simply a job. It is not connected with your passion and you lose sight of who you really are. Can Your J.O.B. be your WORK? Yes. Skeptically you may look at what you are currently doing and think that there can never be a connection between what you are currently doing and your passion. Frankly you don’t really know, at least not until you take the time to search back to your roots and consider what is really important to you. In our roadSIGNS work we call this your Personal Guidance System which is formed by your core values, the guiding principle by which you choose to live, and your ‘WHY’, what you really stand for and who, as a result, you choose to be. Only in remembering your ‘WHY’ can you understand whether or not this is connected to your J.O.B. Those workplaces which truly value their employees will understand that any time an employee can connect their ‘WHY’ to the ‘WHY’ of the organization, passion and performance are unleashed. WHY, How and what In his book Sinek describes the Golden Circle. Like a bull’s eye with WHY in the center, the next circle is your how and the third circle your what. You will notice that most of you focus on what you do and how you do it, both in your work and other aspects of your life. Ask yourself if this is where you currently play? What would change or be different if you took the time to re-connect with your ‘WHY’, your sense of true purpose.

Living Authentically Living authentically requires consciousness and courage. First it requires that you actually slow yourself down and step off the treadmill which has become your life. Secondly you must ask yourself what is really important to you, what contribution are you here to make to the world around you. Everyone wants to make a difference and reflecting on this allows you to claim your unique desire to change or shift the world in some way. Next is courage. It is one thing to become aware of what lights you up, your ‘WHY’, and it is another to live it. There are plenty of naysayers out there who will put you down once you stand up and start living your ‘WHY’. I refer to them as crabs. Crab fishermen know that you never have to put a lid on a crab bucket because as soon as one crab tries to escape, the others pull him back in. It takes courage to live from your ‘WHY’ and ignore the crabs. Take the time to step back and discover your work by remembering your ‘WHY’. This has the capacity to release your passion and we sure could use more of that in the world!

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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Try Something New

There’s a rule I would imagine every parent has said – try one bite. When my kids were very young they ate everything. Somewhere along the line their little personalities kicked in and suddenly my borderline vegetarian son decided he didn’t like carrots. My daughter developed an aversion to grilled cheese and they both stopped eating bread “with seeds”. For those of you who don’t know me, I cook for a living and I’m lucky enough to feed many of you every day. I love when you come in out of the cold and are torn between which soup you’re going to order for lunch – but what I don’t love are the times my own children leave their thermos of soup untouched. “I think it seemed like it might be too spicy,” was a recent comment from my daughter about a Chicken and Vegetable soup I gave her. “It was a soup I never tried before so I wasn’t sure I’d like it.” “H, you need to try new things,” I explained to her. “The soup I gave you had your favourite vegetables. I absolutely KNOW you would have loved it.” “Well Mom,” she replied, “When was the last time YOU tried something new?” Long pause. Thinking… “I try new things all the time,” was what I WANTED to say but the truth was, it has been inordinately busy at our house the last while and I’ve actually been bringing home food I make for customers at the shop. “You’re right,” I replied instead. “Mom promises to try something new this week but you have to eat it too.” We shook hands (and then pinkie swore) and I started looking through the pantry/fridge for inspiration. That night, I made Pomegranate Honey Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables including Golden Beets I’d seen that day. Both kids ate everything (except red onions). I added it to the Dish To Go menu the next day – I figured if my newly picky eaters liked it, my customers would too! My next Try Something New night might not result in such success – but that’s okay! I used to always joke in my cooking classes that the worst thing that could happen if you made something horrible was that you’d have to wait an extra 20 minutes for the pizza delivery guy to arrive – but in all the years I’ve been cooking it hasn’t happened yet.

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