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A LONG LITTLE DOGGIE (continued): • Traditionally, dachshunds have been seen as a symbol of Germany. During World War I, they were not wanted by the people of England or the United States. Americans began calling the dogs “liberty pups,” and political cartoonists drew dachshunds to ridicule the Germans. Some dislike for the dogs lingered during World War II but was not as widespread. Their popularity from 1930 to 1940, before and during World War II, actually advanced from 28th to sixth. After the big wars, love for dachshunds became the predominant emotion.

Known for being incredibly strong for their size and the world’s fastest diggers, badgers are small but fierce animals. • Badgers are nocturnal omnivores, meaning they are active mainly at night and eat both plants and animals. They are known to eat insects, grubs, earthworms, birds, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, reptiles, amphibians, porcupines, honey, roots, snakes and fruit. After badgers eat rotten fruit, they appear to be intoxicated. • There are seven species of badgers that are found on four continents: North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Most species of badger weigh 17-26 pounds (8-12 kg). • Badgers have a shovel-shaped head, sharp, strong claws and low-slung bodies. They have short legs, short necks and short bushy tails. Most species are black or gray and have white stripes down their faces and sides.

• Dachshunds have been recognized as a breed • The burrows that badgers dig for their living quarters, called setts, are usually in sandy, porous by the American Kennel Club (AKC) since soil. They dig extensive tunnel systems to their setts. An interesting fact about badgers is that they 1885. Today, they consistently rank in the top really get into their digging — with all four feet! They can dig faster than very fit humans with a 10 breeds for popularity. shovel. • While the most popular dachshunds are black • Badgers have poor eyesight but excellent senses of hearing and smell. In fact, it is believed that the and tan or solid tan (red) in color, many badger’s sense of smell is 700-800 times better than humans! They smell many things that humans different colors for the breed exist. The reds do not and can even recognize each other by smell. can vary from strawberry blonde to deep auburn; there are chocolate, crème and gray coats as well. Some interesting colorations are brindles, dapple and piebalds. There are three varieties of dachshund that can be any of the colors: wire-haired, smooth and long-haired. • The following story has never been confirmed, but it makes for great reading about hot dogs: In 1852, the butcher’s guild in Frankfurt, Germany, developed a smoked, spicy sausage in a casing that resembled the low-riding German Dachshund. It was dubbed the “littledog” or “dachshund sausage.” Legend says that cartoonist Tad Dorgan was inspired by vendors at a 1901 polo match in New York who offered “red-hot dachshund sausages” to fans in the grandstands. Dorgan drew a smiling dachshund in a long bun for one of his cartoons. He couldn’t spell dachshund, so his caption read “hot dog!” • There are many famous people who have loved their pet dachshunds. The first (and maybe only) dachshunds to live in the White House belonged to U.S. President Grover Cleveland. Actually, according the New York Times, September 26, 1893 edition, the dogs were a gift for Mrs. Cleveland from the Unites States Consul in Bremen, Germany. They were sent on a 4,000-mile (6,437-km) journey to live at the nation’s capital. Surely that was an entertaining trip for the crew. • Pablo Picasso painted many canvases and even a lunch plate with the likeness of his dachshund, Lump. Picasso actually painted a copy of a famous painting by Velazquez, called “Las Meninas.” In Picasso’s version, a large mastiff is replaced by a much smaller dog, Lump! (Lump is pronounced loomp in German and means “rascal,” appropriate for a dachshund!) • John Wayne’s family had a dachshund named Blackie who became a hero when he awakened Wayne’s wife during a house fire in 1958 with his tenacious bark. • The first dachshund in England was owned by Queen Victoria in 1839. Her husband, German Prince Albert, gave her the dog as a gift and soon brought more of the puppies to the country. The breed quickly gained popularity and was recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1877. • Gergweis, Germany, the “Dachshund Capital of the World,” once had so many dachshunds that they outnumbered people two to one. They were used as a tourist attraction!

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THE EVERGLADES Usually when thinking of “wilderness,” we have visions of thick green forests with tall trees, but Everglades National Park is a bit different. It is the largest wilderness area in the United States east of the Mississippi River. • Everglades National Park, established in 1947, protects over 1.5 million acres (607,028 ha) of land and water. It is the third largest national park in the continental United States, behind Yellowstone (2nd) and Death Valley (1st). • Marjorie Stoneman Douglas came up with the phrase “river of grass” in a publication that she authored in 1947. “The Everglades: River of Grass” was a guide that raised awareness of the Everglades and helped the public to recognize that the area was not just the “proverbial swamp” that many considered it to be. It technically is a river, flowing southwest through Florida at the slow pace of about a quarter mile per day. She was a leader in promoting the Everglades to national park status. Twenty-two years later, she helped to found the “Friends of the Everglades” conservation → On Oct. 6, 1847, “Jane Eyre,” a book about organization. the struggles of an orphan girl who grows up to become a governess, is published. Charlotte • The elevation in the Everglades ranges from sea level to 20 feet (6 m) above sea level. The top spot is on a shell mound made by Native Americans located on the Gulf Coast side of the park. Bronte, the book’s author, wrote of her experiences at being sent to a boarding school at the age of 5. • The original size of the Everglades was much larger than the area protected by the National Park

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→ On Oct. 1, 1920, Scientific American magazine Florida Bay. Only 25 percent of the historic Everglades is in the park. reports that the rapidly developing medium of radio soon would be used to broadcast music: • There are 15 endangered species within the park boundaries. Sea turtles, crocodiles and West Indian Manatees are among the protected animals. “Experimental concerts are at present being conducted every Friday evening from 8:30 to • Deeply interwoven in the park are towering palm trees, endless marshes, tropical fauna, dense 11:00 by the Radio Laboratory of the Bureau of mangrove stands, alligator holes and much more. All of these are important in maintaining the Standards.” integrity of the Everglades. → On Oct. 5, 1930, a British dirigible crashes in • The mangrove forests cover an estimated 469,000 acres (189798 ha) in the state of Florida, with much of that within the protected Everglades. Mangrove roots and branches are essential for the Beauvais, France, killing all 56 people aboard. The marine animals of the region. The roots provide protection for fish, crustaceans and shellfish to R-101, Great Britain’s biggest blimp, was flying raise their young. The branches are nesting areas for many beautiful coastal birds such as roseate only 250 feet above the ground, unbeknownst to spoonbills and brown pelicans. the pilots because of the dark night. The blimp skimmed treetops before hitting a ridge, igniting • Everglades National Park is a wonderful place to explore, but a knowledgeable guide is a great the hydrogen supply. → On Oct. 4, 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributes to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that reveals the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat. Based on this evaluation, American commanders judged that the average soldier could last about 200 days in combat before suffering serious psychiatric damage. → On Oct. 2, 1968, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson strikes out 17 Detroit Tigers in the first game of the World Series, breaking Sandy Koufax’s record for the most strikeouts in a Series game. → On Oct. 7, 1975, a New York State Supreme Court judge reverses a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to remain legally in the U.S. The judge wrote that “The courts will not condone selective deportation based upon secret political grounds.” An FBI investigation of Lennon had turned up no evidence of involvement in illegal activities.

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A LONG LITTLE DOGGIE (continued): • All three “Toy Story” movies have had a “Slinky” dachshund in them who has been a big hit with kids and adults alike. The second movie actually had a real dachshund puppy in it, Buster, who helped save a toy taken to a yard sale. • There are some exciting “wiener dog” events around the world that draw crowds for fun and laughter as the popular little dogs entertain. Even when dachshunds don’t intend to entertain, they are entertaining!

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• The 20th Annual Weiner Walk and Dachshund Picnic was held at Winskill Park in Tsawwassen, British Columbia in August. Some years have seen as many as 300 dog lovers and their canines. The event is put on by the Western Dachshund Club and includes walks around the park, a costume parade and contest, contests for best trick, longest dog, oldest dog and more. As could be expected, there are drinks and snacks for sale, including hot dogs!

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• Dachshund Races are fun events that can be found in numerous places. Dachshund lovers as well as those who just want to enjoy the comedy of the sight gather to watch the large races that are part of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals in Buda, Texas; Los Alamitos, California; Findlay, Ohio; and San Diego, California. If you missed these big events this year, don’t worry, the finals are held prior to the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade in December before the Holiday Bowl. The finalists get to be in the parade on the Wienerschnitzel float. (Wienerschnitzel is a chain of hot dog restaurants that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.)

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Pet Bits Keeping a Clean (Fish-Friendly) Home

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My mom has taught me many things over the years, not the least of which is the importance of having a clean house. Not just because it looks nice-but because it helps keep you from getting sick! Not surprisingly, Mom's advice translates to fish homes, too. Good fish aquarium maintenance doesn't have to be a huge time commitment-it's mainly a little elbow grease and a lot of common sense. Here are some simple tips to keep your fish happy and healthy:

snuggles. Shane does have a heart-murmur but that doesn’t seem to have an impact on his playful nature. If you’re looking for an affectionate, social cat, please come out and visit with Shane. Angelina is a talkative and incredibly affectionate girl. You can’t miss her - she’ll make sure of it! She insists on being the centre of attention, and is not impressed with having to share her space or human affections with her kitty roommates. Looking for a lovebug to be your one and only? Angelina would be thrilled. Come and meet her to see for yourself!

604.463.7917 Keep the water clean. Water is a fish's air, and when it isn't clean it's very difficult for them to get the oxygen they need. A water filtration system helps keep it the water pure on a day-to-day basis, but to really ensure a good environment for your fish, change 20% of the aquarium's water twice a week. Clean the tank monthly. Once a month, do a complete deep-clean of your aquarium. Completely replace the water, wash the gravel, change the filter and thoroughly clean every inch of the tank. Do not use soap or detergent to clean the tank-hot water works just fine and won't make your fish sick. Check the temperature and pH regularly. Too much fluctuation in water temperature can be very stressful for fish. Make sure your aquarium is in a stable place away from A/C vents or direct sunlight. Test the pH of the water when you're doing your twice-a-week replacement, and if it's

1. When Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel set a rookie record in 2011 for saves in a season (46), whose mark did he break?

for a season.

2. Name the last major-league team to have an ERA below 3.00

3. Carolina’s Cam Newton had 14 rushing TDs in the 2011 season to set an NFL record. Who was the former record holder?

DEAR SHARON: You’re right: While accidents do happen, many can be prevented by knowing how to correctly walk your dog on a leash. Reinforcing your dog’s basic obedience training, including sit, stay and heel commands, is an important daily task. If you’re having trouble controlling your dog on the leash despite following common leash-training techniques, contact a professional dog trainer for group or private sessions so you and your dog will learn to walk together safely.

off, you can add chemicals to balance it (you can find them at your local pet store). Watch your fish. If your fish are sick, they'll show it. Watch for patches on their scales, sliminess, clamped fins, erratic behavior...just about anything that doesn't look normal. If you have a fish you think is sick, quarantine it while you figure out what's wrong with it. There are a lot of good websites out there to help diagnose fish diseases and appropriate treatments. And of course, be sure to feed your fish regularly! Finally, don't get suckered into buying expensive chemicals or treatments that you really don't need. The best way to keep your tank clean and wellmaintained is by doing it yourself using the steps above.

4. Who recorded the highest points per game average as a freshman for Duke men’s basketball team? 5. In 2011-12, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos set the record for most overtime goals in a season (five). How many other players had been tied with Stamkos? 6. What school has won the past two championships in NCAA women’s bowling? 7. In how many weight classes did boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley win world titles?


There are over 100 cats at Katie’s Place at any given time. While the adjustment to life in a shelter can be a challenge, most cats do well eventually with time and patience. However, there are always those that simply aren’t fans of other felines, so life in a shelter is extra hard on them. Shane and Angelina are both such cats who love people but are patiently waiting for a home where they can have their humans all to themselves.

1. Neftali Feliz had 40 saves for Texas in 2010. 2. The Los Angeles Dodgers had a team ERA of 2.95 in 1989. 3. Steve Grogan had 12 rushing TDs for New England in 1976. 4. Johnny Dawkins averaged 18.1 points per game in the 1982-83 season. 5. Nine others. 6. Maryland Eastern Shore. 7. Three -- lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.



DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Last week a really tragic accident happened just down the street. Our neighbor was walking his 1-year-old German Shepherd, ?Champ,? on a sturdy leash. The dog tended to tug on his leash or jump away from his owner when something grabbed his attention. Sadly, when the owner paused to let his dog sniff at a tree on the curb while he waved to a neighbor, Champ suddenly darted into the busy street. Before his owner could tug him back on the curb, Champ was struck by a car and killed almost instantly. Please warn your readers to keep their dogs under control and on the sidewalk, even while on a leash, and to pay attention to their dogs during their walks. My neighbor is suffering terrible grief, and I hate to think of anyone else, or their pets, suffering from preventable accidents. -- Sharon

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Community Events Open Mic/Stage at Kanaka Creek Cafe Every week until January 30, 2013; 101-24155 102 Avenue, Maple Ridge. Do you sing or play an instrument? Come out every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30pm! An acoustic only evening, open to musicians and audience alike…a really good way to spend a couple of hours, perform or just come and have a good time. Haney Farmers Market Memorial Peace Park: 11995 Haney Place This popular event is held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm beginning in May and ending in October in Memorial Peace Park. The market features locally made baked or grown products. For details email: or visit Ladies Coffee/Tea ‘N More get-together Every Thursday morning from 10:30-12noon at Grace Community Church, 12240 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows. All Ladies are invited and welcome for friendship, caring, sharing, snacks n’ more. The theme for Fall is “The Joy of Friendship’. Look forward to seeing you - any questions call Jayne @ 465-6897 Living food un-cooked Class for a living Body Nutrient dense RAW food. Living food (Raw) for proper PH balance, inflammatory parasite free, anti-oxidant and anti-Tasty Cocktails for beauty and health Nut milk, butter and cheese. Mexican raw tortillas and nachos; Healthy desserts. Introduction to the basic equipment used in a raw food kitchen, food processors, of other important culinary equipment Date: Friday October 26th, 2012 Time: 6:00 pm Location: Christian Life Assembly: 11756 – 232nd street Maple Ridge, BC. Cost: $50.00 RawBC current Members: $45.00 Call to reserve your seat 604-355-5433 4th FREE MOVIE NIGHT!!! Includes healthy snacks and recipes! Hungry for change? Your health is in your hands! HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes chocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about. hings like deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Presented by: Patricia Dominguez; Registered Holistic Natural Nutritionist, Life Coach and Certified Raw nstructor. Share this information with friends and family. It’s time to go Back to Basics... and take control of your health. Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 Time: 6:30 pm Location: Christian Life Assembly: 11756 – 232nd street Maple Ridge, BC. Call to reserve your seat 604355-5433

Do you have a community event? Send info to: Q: I watched the “Price Is Right” 40th birthday show, and was dismayed to see that Bob Barker wasn’t there to celebrate. Was he not invited, or was he unable to attend? I can tell you his presence was definitely missed!

Q: What can I see Jennifer Garner in next? -- Vivianne A., via e-mail A: Jennifer stars in a new movie called “Butter,” which hits theaters Oct. 7. I’m not only eager to see Jen, but check out this cast: Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, Ty Burrell and Hugh Jackman. I can’t begin to explain the movie (which is about a butter-sculpting competition) -- you’ll just have to see it for yourself. ***

A: Bob Barker, the original emcee for the long-running game show, was not invited to the birthday bash, which came as a shock to many longtime viewers, and to the man himself. Bob told “TV Guide Magazine”: “I don’t know why I wasn’t asked to take part in some way. But I do know I am ashamed of the show and surprised at their complete disregard for the welfare of animals. (When I was there,) we never did anything that condoned animal cruelty. Apparently, things have changed.” *** Q: I saw a video on CMT by Shooter Jennings, and he sounds and looks so familiar. Is he

related to the late Waylon Jennings? -- Travis R., via e-mail A: Shooter is the country-music star’s son with wife (and fellow country singer) Jessi Colter. Shooter grew up surrounded by legends: Waylon, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. You can catch Shooter beginning Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. EDT on Ovation, where he participates in the six-part documentary series, “Johnny Cash: Song by Song,” sharing his recollections of the Man in Black. Shooter shared some memories of Cash with me when we spoke recently: “One of the first things I think that has not been documented very well about Johnny Cash is how funny and goofy and charming he was. He wasn’t a brooding, dark, stoic character. He’d play jokes on people and do things to make little kids laugh. He was like a big kid. My dad

was like that too. That’s the way they were together too.” If you want to read more about Shooter, Waylon and Cash, as well as how Shooter has carved his own niche in the countrymusic world, check out our interview at *** Q: What does Patrick Wilson have planned since CBS’s “A Gifted Man” was canceled? -Nicki C., via e-mail A: Patrick’s next role is opposite Alec Baldwin in the big-screen thriller “Caught Stealing.” Alec plays a sadistic cop to Patrick’s downon-his-luck former hot shot who gets caught up in a web of very bad things. The movie is based on a book of the same name by Charlie Huston, which is the first installment of the “Hank Thompson Trilogy.”

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Bring Home Country Living Raise chickens in your back yard in the city? “Why not?” said 36-year-old Alison Holmlund of Santa Cruz, Calif., when the opportunity came her way this past summer. The busy Silicon Valley software executive and mom of three kids under 5 might appear to have enough going on in her life without adding “chicken farmer” to her resume. “I simply couldn’t refuse when two adorable chicks became available for adoption after being lovingly cared for by children at a farmyard summer camp. I thought adding Ruby and Penny to our family would be a great way to help my city-raised kids better understand where their food comes from,” she told me on a recent visit. Just then, 3-year-old Jude announced that he found a “Penny egg” in the “Holmlund Hen House,” a sturdy structure built with recycled paneling from a 1970s bedroom remodel, a repurposed refrigerator shelf for a screen, and simple knobs from a dilapidated cabinet. “It’s so much fun for the boys to check for eggs during the day -- sometimes we get up to four. Penny lays light-green-colored eggs, and Ruby’s are brown,” says Alison. Raising chickens is a real-life application of recycling and learning about the food cycle. “We give them food scraps from our kitchen, and they fertilize the garden and eat

pests,” she adds. Raising chickens might not be on your to-do list this fall, but there are other activities to bring home a bit of country life. HARVEST FALL FINDS While farmers bring in their crops, your pre-schoolers also can “harvest” natural items on walks. Look down and not just up as you hunt for acorns, branches with berries, pinecones and fallen bark. As leaves turn brilliant colors, press them in a book between waxed paper when you get home. On a rainy day, make collages, necklaces, place cards and centerpieces for your kitchen table. MAKE IT A COUNTRY WEEKEND Spend a Saturday in the country and enjoy a prearranged farm tour for an up-close look at farm life. Hang out with chickens, goats, cows and sheep. Climb in a hayloft. Or go to a pick-your-own farm to experience how fruit and vegetables are grown. GARDEN IN YOUR BACKYARD For nonstop learning, clean and dry remaining herbs growing in your garden. Pick the last sunflower, press and frame it. Till the soil and plant some bulbs for colorful blooms next spring.

**** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2012 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

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◆ “To clean the mouthpiece on the telephone in my home, I dip a soft toothbrush into rubbing alcohol, shake off any excess and use it to brush the holes in the handset clean. I do this weekly during cold and flu season.” -- M. ◆ To keep track of rolls of tape or other rolled items in your shop, hang a length of chain from two “S” hooks on your pegboard. They will be readily accessible, and you can tear off what you need. ◆ “If you use those little plastic key-ring cards for store rewards accounts and discount programs, you can keep them easily organized in a small photo brag book. These books can be found at drugstores and big-box retailers, and are meant for a small collection of wallet-size pictures. However, if you put your cards in one, it’s easy to flip through to find the correct card to scan.” -- R.I. ◆ Fill an easy-to-use hand-soap dispenser with body wash or shampoo for kids to use in the bath or shower. ◆ “Here’s a fun idea for place cards at Thanksgiving (coming up in Canada): Scan in and print out a photo of each guest as a child. Laminate it and attach it to a pretty piece of ribbon with a glue gun. Use the ribbon to tie up a napkin and/or utensils. Guests will have a good time trying to guess who’s who and reminiscing about days gone by.” -- P.D. in Ontario, Canada ◆ When working with juicy items (lemons, watermelon, etc.) on a cutting board, try placing the board on a kitchen towel. When the juices run off the edge, they’ll be caught by the towel. Cleanup will be easy!

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Today I am starting a new series called “You are what you eat”. I will connect the dots between how your body works and feels with the food you put in your mouth. Furthermore, how your active life helps you maintain good health, and how what you think about yourself is what you reflect to others. There are 4 basic principles for optimal health. • Eat Real Food • Exercise regularly • Eat nutrient dense foods • Write down how you want to look and feel, now believe it and live it every day! Eat Real food – When you walk into a grocery store, what percentage of the food does not come in a box or can? Not a lot! This is because most of our food has been processed. The quality of processed food has gone way down. This processing brings toxins to our body. The problem is that we do not realize how bad this could be. There is a common phrase that says “everything is fine

in moderation”; but we do not know what moderation actually means in terms of food. If you have a little bit of something bad in 50 products, then it totals up to a lot of bad for you. You should be cleansing your body from all these toxins by the use of real food on a regular basis. As a nutritionist, I help my clients get rid of the toxins and maintain good levels of absorption of nutrients. A cleanse releases waste materials and toxins out of the body. Cleanses should be done throughout the year, as we are absorbing toxins not only from the food we eat but also from the environment. If you want to be healthy, you need to cleanse your body regularly and have zero tolerance for anything that is not a whole food. As a general rule, if a product has more than 5 ingredients or if it has ingredients that you do not understand and struggle to pronounce then is not healthy for you. You are what you eat. You should take control of your health. In our next article we will talk about the importance of regular exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle , until then be nourished.

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Thanksgiving Approaches! I just love Autumn. I love everything about it! The colors, the weather and I especially love Thanksgiving. Although it’s a lovely holyday, for some people it might be a stressful time because perhaps it’s their turn to have the family over for Thanksgiving dinner. They have to do the shopping, the cooking and the baking. That’s why here at Delizie Italiane we would like to offer you, our customers, our services and expertise so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. Let us do all the cooking and worrying for you! Order a Thanksgiving “Delizie Feast Package”. You tell us at what time you would like it ready for and it will be ready for you to pick-up on either Saturday the 6th or Sunday the 7th .We will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Invite family and friends and sit down to a delicious meal -- all without fussing in the kitchen! Our “Delizie Feast Package” is $299 plus HST, it feeds 12-15 people and it consists of: (You can order ½ package [5-7 people] for $175 plus HST) -Two appetizers of your choice (call and ask for details) -15-20 Lbs. Turkey -Fresh herbs and caramelized onions bread stuffing -Homemade gravy -Homemade cranberry sauce -Roasted garlic and cheese mashed potatoes -Butter & dill green beans OR Brussels sprouts -Glazed carrots with fresh thyme -Garden Salad -Homemade bread -2 homemade pumpkin pies (or upgrade to a 9” (12-15pp) Pumpkin cheesecake for $15)

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