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Christmas Store Spotlight

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Brockville’s Favorite and Most Popular Magazine!

LeŌ Photo - Santa arrives at the 1000 Islands Mall on November 18th, Right Photo - Vanier Public School held a flash mob against bullying for Bullying Week at the 1000 Islands Mall. Christmas Recipes - Find some great old fashion Christmas recipes in our December issue.

WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME! A Christmas story wriƩen by 9 year old Tamara Fox.

To The Right - Sarah Laturnus from the 1000 Islands Mall, Tim Sharpe publisher of KnowBrockville and Dwayne Smith Charlie Smith’s father are in this photo with KnowBrockville making a donaƟon of $1000 towards Charlie’s Fight to be Upright!

Shawn Davidson Fitness

Lisa Quenneville Healthy EaƟng

Shanna DaSilva Blogger

Don Corneil Photographer

Melissa Denny Salesperson

Ashleigh Longmore

COVER PHOTO: Photo was provided by Ashleigh Longmore

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WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME! by: Tamara Fox Age 9 Grade 4

I asked my mom what she wanted for Christmas and she said, “Tamara, the only thing I want is a break from being a mommy.” I’m not sure how Santa can do that for her but I hope he tries.

I think Christmas means giving and having a good me as a family. It also means to love. I love to get together as a family and celebrate the day of Christmas and what it really means to me. It is my favorite me of year. In my school we have a Christmas concert and I am an elf this year. I really love the Christmas songs. Singing is my favourite thing to do. I love to see all the pre y lights that light up our town like stars do to our sky. My favourite is the Christmas tree. Our family tree has many special ornaments which include my favourite which is my first Christmas bulb. And my mom always has the beau ful Christmas colors on our tree RED, GREEN AND WHITE. In my family we have our very own family tradition. Every Christmas we get a new set of special Christmas PJs that we get to wear on Christmas Eve and we also watch the Santa tracker on the computer to make sure we are in bed before he gets to Canada. We also leave cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. The hardest part of Christmas is trying to fall asleep when you are so excited for what Santa will bring. And on every Christmas morning me and my brother are always the first to wake up. But we have to wait for everyone else (but we don’t) Instead we open 1 or 2 or 3 presents. I try to hold back but it is so hard when I’m so excited. And I always give my best friend a present, as well as my mommy, daddy and brothers Here is a funny story, four years ago when me and my brother were only 5 and 3 years old. my mom woke up to see us jumping on her bed screaming excitedly, ‘’ we opened all our presents Santa got us…“ Mom went to the tree and all the presents were unwrapped and there was paper everywhere. We were so excited but our mom was not. She was very sad. she did not get to watch us open our presents. Now we know not to open everyone’s presents and to wait. My mom says we can open only our stockings. In our stockings we get small toys, candy, bath stuff and fruit. It is nice but not what I’m excited for. This year for Christmas, I would like a orbeez spa, a cake pop maker, a monster high doll and a 2013 Christmas Barbie oh but wait I also want an Ipod Touch.

The Christmas Season is upon us, and it is my greatest pleasure to wish each and everyone of our readers a very Merry Christmas as well as a Happy and Successful New Year. As we come into a New Year we see future edi ons of YOUR KnowBrockville. In the future we will be bringing more local ar sts and business profiles as well as highligh ng great volunteers in our community. As publisher of KnowBrockville I cannot say enough how proud of what my business has grown into. We are also known for helping the community which was my mission from day one. There are many great things happening in and around Brockville and it is my hopes that in 2013 KnowBrockville will be able to bring you all of your local events. KnowBrockville is a 100% locally owned and operated business which means 100% of our revenues stay in the Brockville economy. As a local small business owner myself it is my hopes that some how I can help other local small businesses. Whether it is local business features, connec ons through our fast growing Facebook campaign or simply offering the most reasonable adver sing rates in the Brockville area. Sincerely Tim Sharpe Owner/Publisher

KNOWBROCKVILLE Publisher Tim Sharpe


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Merry Christmas from KnowBrockville and the staff and tenants at the 1000 Islands Mall

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Page 8 Tradi on Tradi on. What pops into your mind when you hear this word? I think of holiday tradi on. The holidays are fast approaching and many of us are going about decora ng our homes by pu ng up those brightly coloured lights and sparkling trees, and dashing around from store-tostore in hopes of finding the perfect gi for our loved ones. O en, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we forget to take the me to enjoy the smaller, less commercialized aspects the holidays bring upon us. As I look back on my childhood, I fondly remember certain tradi ons my parents carried on through the years. It is funny how vividly I remember certain tradi ons such as decora ng our Christmas tree as a family with holiday music blas ng in the background, then once the tree was completely decorated from top to bo om, it would be my father’s turn to place the star on top. I also remember gathering together to write Santa a li le note to be placed beside the fireplace and, once finished, we were allowed to open one - and only one present. That one gi usually consisted of a set of warm cozy pajamas to be worn on Christmas Eve and the coming year. The week before Christmas, my brother and I would have a gingerbread house compe on and would leave them out for Santa and his helpers to view on that special night. When Christmas Day arrived, it was always filled with family and friends si ng down together and enjoying a fabulous feast. I can remember the sound of laughter that filled the air, and the smell of the homemade apple pie baking in the oven. I always look forward to the holidays as I associate them with memories and tradi on I use as markers for something I might otherwise have forgo en.

I know it can be diďŹƒcult with our busy schedules, family commitments and ghter than ever budgets, but we need to remind ourselves a tradi on can be something as simple as gathering the family and going to a Santa Clause parade, taking an evening walk to enjoy the lights, singing carols, gathering food for the local food bank, dona ng clothes we no longer use, stopping by the local nursing home to bring joy to someone who may be away from their own family, or simply dressing up in your most fes ve winter sweaters and taking a family photo each holiday season.

As a mother of two young children and with the arrival of the holiday season, I want to carry on those holiday tradi ons. My goal for the next several years is to introduce my children to the tradi ons I have had the honour in partaking and also allowing our own family to incorporate new holiday tradi ons. I want my children to look back and be able to describe all the wonderful memories and tradi on they experienced instead of Tradi ons are an important part of one’s life. Remember the holiday tradi on you may start this year could the most popular toy of the month. be carried on from genera on to genera on. Happy Holidays! Shanna DaSilva

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613-803-2295 12 Days of Fitness: All too o en as the holidays approach we find ourselves caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping, entertaining in-laws, guests, co-workers and all the like. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with any of this, but as the days get busier and shorter, so does our mova on. Our nutri on and balance of healthy ea ng tend to slack, as does our drive to hit the gym, get out for a run, or whatever else it is we do to stay in shape. We need to set some short term goals and expecta ons to drive us through the Christmas holidays and make it into a new year (which will be my next ar cle - Resolu ons and Fitness Tac cs) So, what do we do then? Well, we sit down and come up with a strategic set of goals, write them down, post them on your fridge or desk at work and s ck to them. Here is a simple “12 days of” layout that may be just the help you need: DAY 1: Keep on track Begin with a list of what you would normally do in a regular week. Now look at it and take note of what it is you may have to do, who you are visi ng and so on and come up with a solu on to stay within your fitness needs. DAY 2: Short bursts So, you’ve got your in-laws coming for dinner and you’re catching a Christmas movie a er work with your colleagues. Time is o en precious and in short supply at Christmas, but on days like this, break down your exercise into small, 10 minute sec ons. 10 minutes when

you get up, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes when you get home in the evening. There are a number of great fitness rou nes that follow this exact layout (CrossFit) DAY 3: Santa Run Santa runs have become more popular in recent years and you can see why; dressing up in a Santa ou it and running with other fes ve folks is a great way to stay ac ve and have some holiday fun. Registering for a Santa run will mean that you will stay focused before Christmas and won’t let your fitness regime slide. Most Santa runs are 5k or 10k, so everyone can get involved and walking isn’t frowned upon. DAY 4: Switch it up Switch it up; over the holidays there are a lot of great clubs within the city that offer a variety of classes and programs. Many clubs accept drop in visits. So grab a friend and try something new! Brockville, for example, has a vast number of clubs that offer specific classes as well as special programs over the holidays. DAY 5: High intensity Zero me means that you should swap longer workouts for shorter, high intensity sessions. Circuit training, interval training or intense strength training sessions with weights are all great ways to get the most out of a shorter workout. Jumping rope, burpees and other exercises using your bodyweight are also effec ve, high intensity workouts. To make your sessions fes ve make a Christmas playlist full of your favourite tunes – just make sure if you’re in the gym you don’t get lost in the moment and start to sing ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ to a lady or gent squa ng more then you!

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For the hunter in your family Fernleigh Lodge has everything on their Christmas List.


Prince GiŌs have many giŌ choices that will help you complete your Christmas shopping list.


Are you looking to give a truly personalized giŌ for someone? Things Engraved is the place to go.


Chayak GiŌs have a great selecƟon of giŌs from Ecuador, Mexico, Indonesia and Nepal


Laura Secord is your Sweets ts and Treats headquarters this his Christmas


Carlton Cards has much more then cards for your Christmas shopping list.


Get ready for the long cold winter by shopping for winter boots and cozy slippers for the enƟre family at Tootsies Shoe S Market.


Jack’s Toyland has many toys that will please any child.

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Vanier Public School Flash Mob Against Bullying

Boston Pizza’s fundraiser in support of Charlie Smith

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Page 14 There are so many very simple ways we can help. Have you ever purchased a household cleaner and thought “geezzz, I don’t like the smell of that”, tried a new laundry detergent to find out it made you itchy? How about when you go out and purchase new blankets or sheets or towels because they may be too warn out for you? I know I’ve personally ran into all of those situa ons in my personal home life. Instead of throwing all of those things out in the trash, put them all in a bag and drop them by the OSPCA. Those old sheets and blankets will make a nice li le bed for a lonesome pooch, the house hold cleaner will clean cat cages for a week.

OSPCA PET OF THE MONTH Volunteering, giving, sharing, and contribu ng. All of these words become a focus for many of us par cularly during the Christmas holiday season. Many kind people are ac ve in these prac ces all year round, on very many levels. We give to food banks, friends and family in need during tougher mes, monetary dona ons when we see a jar on the counter of a retailer, even our me for a charity. A great example of these great people can be found at the OSPCA

Please, there are so many ways to give, to help. Our OSPCA thrives on your dona ons and the volunteers. The next me you do groceries and see the box of cat li er for $8, the $5 bag of cat food, the $3 bo le of cleaner, pick one up and drop it off on your way home to the shelter.. Ar cle wri en by our staff writer Melissa Denny

The Brockville OSPCA has 15 + ac ve volunteers currently. Some are on a weekly basis, some monthly, some even daily. These incredible people give themselves, their me, energy and love to some amazing li le creatures. The volunteers dedicate their me in the form of walking, cleaning cages, simply si ng in a room talking, holding up a piece of string. All of these li le ac ons make a monumental difference in the lives of many dogs and cats currently without forever homes. Although most of you know that the OSPCA is a NON profit organiza on, many of you don’t know the operating costs. As an example, you can adopt a new member to your family for roughly $375. That $375 includes your new canine companion, all of the necessary shots updated, it will have been spayed/neutered, de-wormed, ect. It costs the OSPCA $503 to care for that same dog. For those who have go en a dog from a pet store or breeder plus have had to pay the vet bill to do all of the above listed… I bet it’s added up to far more than $375. How many more of you now have your eyes open, a be er understanding? When speaking with the staff and ge ng some facts I was in awe at the fact that with housing a dog, caring for it, ge ng it ready for adop on they don’t even break even, they lose money.

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Page 15 to waste if I don’t eat it”. Pack up le overs for freezing––ham, turkey, and many other items can all be Holidays are usually the me we throw cau on to the wind, frozen. Holiday meals don’t have to give you a holiday belly By Lisa Quenneville, From No More Excuses

and forget our diets when it comes to what we eat. But you can enjoy the holidays without compromising health with Roast Turkey with rice stuffing and gravy these great recipes and ps. Focus on the people, not the food. Remember that holiday par es and social func ons are meant to be a me to get together with loved ones. Get in the spirit of the holiday season by celebra ng your personal rela onships, and recognize that you’re not just there for the food. Make the occasional party the excep on to your diet, not the rule. Splurging once in a while is not generally a major problem, as long as you get back to your diet the next day. Don’t let one or two holiday events be the excuse for falling off the wagon ll New Year’s.

Ingredients: - 12-15 lb fresh organic, or free-range turkey - Stuffing: - 1 1/2 cup wild rice - 1 red onion, chopped - 3/4 cup diced celery - 2 cups sliced mushrooms - 1 medium green or red apple, diced - 4 medium cloves garlic, minced - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts - 6 dried apricots, chopped - 1/2 cup craisins or fresh cranberries - 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley - 2 tsp dried sage - 1 tbs dried thyme - 1/2 Tbs fennel seeds - 1/2 cup chicken broth - Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Prepare so you don’t arrive at a holiday party on an empty stomach. Have a light, healthy snack shortly before leaving for the party. Choose protein-rich foods, such as yogurt or co age cheese, as the protein will s ck with you and help you feel full longer. Alterna vely, eat a small green salad as the fiber will also fill you up. By taking the edge off your hunger, you can approach the buffet table with control and be less likely to make impulsive choices at the party. Never skip the meal before a party. You’ll arrive ravenous and vulnerable to overea ng. Gravy: Choose wisely from the foods available at holiday func ons. If you look carefully, you’ll find there are o en acceptable healthy choices available to you. Concentrate on the cocktail shrimp, smoked salmon, and fresh fruit, salads or vegetable pla ers. Go easy on the accompanying sauces and dips. Eat slowly and mindfully. It takes our body about 20 minutes to realize that we are full. Also, the more slowly you eat the less food you’ll eat as opposed to ea ng fast in the same amount of me. As you eat, appreciate the food and acknowledge how it tastes because also mindful ea ng is a way to slow down the process of gulping down food. Stay ac ve during the holidays. Mingle, dance and do what you can to stay ac ve (and as far away from the buffet table as possible). Keep your metabolism up by staying ac ve and including lots of healthy exercise during the holiday season.

Be careful of le overs. Don’t eat a lot of calorie-high foods for days a er a special event just because the food needs to be eaten up. Por on all treat food le overs in small amounts and ensure that everyone is sharing it, so that you’re not tempted to finish off the remaining half of a cheesecake by yourself. Never use the excuse “It will go

- 6 cups chicken broth - 2 large carrots, chopped - 2 medium onions, chopped - 2 celery s cks, chopped - Giblets from cooked turkey - 1/3 cup Knorr Velou ne Instant Thickener - 1 tsp dried rosemary - 2 tsp dried thyme - salt and black pepper Serves: minimum of 8 Direc ons: Stuffing: 1.Bring 3-1/2 cups of lightly salted water to a boil. While water is coming to a boil, rinse the wild rice under running water in a strainer. When water is boiling add wild rice, cover, turn heat to low and cook for about 45 minutes, un l tender. Do not overcook. You will most likely have excess water when rice is cooked properly. Put cooked rice in a strainer and drain out excess water. Set aside in a large enough bowl to mix everything together.

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1000 Islands ArƟsans’ CollecƟve - A great place to buy local handmade Christmas giŌs and at the same Ɵme support local arƟsts. Please visit their store at 1842 County Road 2 in Brockville or feel free to call them at (613) 3453234

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DAY 6: Hit the streets Although online shopping is handy, I think you should dedicate one full day to shopping in the non-virtual world. Walking around shops, carrying bags and dashing about as the stores begin to close will mean that you’re ge ng a decent workout without realizing it. DAY 7: REST This is easier said than done for some of us. But it’s important. You’re body needs that rest to recover and recuperate. This will also allow us some me to reflect on other projects that s ll need a en on as well. Hit up a spa! Treat yourself to some pampering. Brockville is home to many great spas. Heavenly Touch Spa for example hosts daily specials and great pamper packages for men and women. Yes, I said men too! DAY 8: Keep it real, get your own tree You don’t always have to hit the gym or go for a massive run to keep healthy and fit on your 12 day Christmas program. Today, you should go out with family or friends and pick a Christmas tree. Lots of places let you wander through their woods to pick the tree you’d like. Then you and your family or friends can carry the tree to your car..

Page 10 DAY 11: Ac ve gi s The best way to s ck to the 12 day program is to buy gi s that make everyone want to be ac ve. Bikes, skates or fitness memberships are all great presents, but they’ll also make you and your friends or family get up off of the sofa and get moving. Like I said earlier, there are a number of programs and clubs in Brockville, all with holiday specials too. DAY 12: Do you really want it? Christmas o en involves kicking back and throwing off your normal restraint. Yet, o en this means that we indulge in too much mindless ea ng. When you reach across for another handful of chips, or another helping of potatoes, just think: do I really want this? Obviously you are likely to have some treats, but overea ng just makes you feel uncomfortable and will mean you have to work harder in the New Year to get your pre-Christmas body back. Follow this basic layout over the holidays and you will not only stay on track but feel be er as well! On behalf of CrossFit Brockville, the staff and members wish everyone a happy holiday season and a

DAY 9: Exercise & food If you’re going out for a fes ve meal tonight, try to fit in an exercise session a er you’ve eaten. Studies show that exercising a er you have eaten reduces blood sugar spikes. This means that you’re much less likely to reach for those fancy pigs in a blanket or sinful pastries later in the evening. If you can’t get out for your normal session, you could suggest going for a walk with the people you’ve eaten with. Perhaps carolling is your thing? Bring back some tradi on to the holidays, heck call me up and I’ll go out with you! DAY 10: Mo vate Everyone knows someone that can benefit from fitness, it’s a given. Start your own fitness blog (look for mine in the New Year). This will help keep you on track and make you more accountable for what we do. Share it with your friends, on your choice of social media and see it grow. You will be surprised at the amount of people who will be flocking to you for help and insight.

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Page 17 2. Heat 1 Tbs chicken broth in a large stainless steel skillet. Sauté onion in broth over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and celery and con nue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes. 3. Mix all the stuffing ingredients together in bowl and season with salt and pepper. Note: Always stuff the turkey just before roas ng—never ahead of me—to avoid the growth of harmful bacteria. Have the stuffing hot and pack it loosely in the body cavity. Turkey: 1. Rinse turkey well inside and out. Pat dry. (If you had to buy a frozen turkey, make sure it is completely thawed.) 2. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and put the oven rack on the bo om shelf. Right before roas ng the turkey, stuff it loosely with the stuffing.. 3. Cut about 48 inches of heavy kitchen twine. Truss the turkey by first binding the legs together with the center of the length of twine. Run the twine along the sides of the turkey toward the neck ghtly holding the wings to its sides with the twine. Cross the twine around the neck end of the bird and back to the legs. Loop around legs and e a knot. Rub the turkey with a li le salt and pepper. 4. Place turkey breast side down on a flat or V-shaped rack in roas ng pan. Make sure you use a rack inside the roas ng pan. Otherwise the skin may s ck to the pan and tear. Add a cup of chicken broth to the bo om of the pan. Roast breast side down, bas ng about every 30 minutes with the pan juices for about 2-1/2 hours for a 12-15 lb turkey.

5. Bring turkey to the top of the stove, turn it to its back and remove the trussing twine. This will now allow the inside of the legs to brown along with the rest of the turkey. Baste again, and return to the oven. But first, check the breast for doneness by inser ng an instant reading thermometer at the thickest part of the breast toward the neck. This will give you an idea how much longer the turkey will need to cook. It should read about 125°F (52°C) at this point. When the thermometer reads between 165F° and 170°F (74-77°C) in the thickest part of the thigh the turkey is perfectly done. Check the stuffing by inser ng the thermometer into the center of the cavity. The stuffing should read 165°F (74°C) to be done. If it has not reached this temperature, you will have to remove it from the turkey and finish cooking it in a baking pan on its own. It’s important the stuffing reaches this temperature to be safe to eat. Check the thighs for doneness. Remove your turkey to a pla er, but don’t carve it for at least 20 minutes.. Gravy: 1. Simmer all the ingredients except gravy thickener, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper for about 1 hour on medium heat. 2. Strain and discard solids. Heat 1/4 cup broth in a stainless steel skillet. Whisk in flour a li le at a me to incorporate. Using a wire whisk, add the rest of the broth a li le at a me on low heat. Keep whisking to avoid lumps un l all the liquid is incorporated. 3.Add rosemary and cook for another 20 minutes on low heat, s rring occasionally. Season with chopped thyme, salt, and pepper.

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Building isn’t just for boys: Ge ng girls engaged in construc ve play me

The learning benefits of block play are further enhanced when layered with open-ended, imagina ve play, such as make-believe with dolls. Children begin to understand their world and give it perspec ve by playing with toys that enhance explora on through customiza on and storytelling. This combina on of block play and role play is a boost to your child’s development. Make construc on play me a group ac vity – Girls are able to spend me collabora ng, assis ng and suppor ng one another over a building project when in groups. This strengthens interpersonal rela onships.

How many mes have you walked into your child’s classroom only to see the boys and girls separated into two different groups, playing with completely different toys? The boys are likely huddled around the building blocks, crea ng skyscrapers and forts, while the girls are busy pain ng and colouring. Sure, you can chalk it up to society’s gender expecta ons to explain this play divide but does it mean girls have no interest in construc on play at all? Unsurprisingly, the answer is no. Toy companies that specialize in the design of building toys have long researched the pa erns of construc on play among girls, specifically, and understand its long-term benefits. From developing language skills to boos ng a sense of achievement, construc on play serves as a stepping-stone for a young child’s intellectual future. “Playing with building toys provides children an ideal way to engage in discovery-based learning,” says Dr. Maureen O’Brien, developmental psychologist and child play expert. “It is through this type of learning that children are able to build their confidence through trial and error and develop a sense of achievement, enabling them to physically link their world to the play world, building their brains in the process.”

Emphasize storytelling – By connec ng a story to their crea on, children learn and understand problem solving skills, language development and the elements of decision making – all important next steps in the learning process. Construc on toys designed specifically for girls can help them tell their story. Have you seen the Mega Bloks Barbie Build n’ Style Luxury Mansion, for example? It is considered the perfect balance of building and playing. The playset allows girls to build, design and re-design, decorate and style Barbie doll’s home any way they want. Incorporate familiar characters A way to mo vate girls with construc on play is with characters they already know and love. The Mega Bloks Barbie example is a great fit here as well. The construc on line features mini figures and iconic Barbie details that appeal to girls. When girls recognize characters, they will likely be more inclined to try something new. Join and guide the fun – Playing with your daughter during building me increases her chances of learning from the ac vity. Even when parents and children sit and walk through building instruc ons together, children are exposed to problem solving skills needed to assemble the construc on set. O’Brien encourages parents to break through the tradi onal play me expecta ons to ins ll life-long benefits of construc on play – especially for girls. The skills they will acquire through a simple shi in their play rou ne can expose them to numerous future opportuni es.

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