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Mayor Dennis Travale (left); Sue Veltri, Olympic Torch Bearer from the 2010 Games; and Mary Taylor, Canadian Tire Simcoe at the Jumpstart the Games Opening Ceremony.

We All Play For Norfolk! W

ell the games on both fronts are well under way as I write this. I am referring to the Winter

Olympics in Sochi, Russia and Jumpstart the Games at Canadian Tire Simcoe. Friday, February 7th saw the opening of Jumpstart the Games with storeowner, Mary Taylor, accompanied by Mayor

~ By Dave Scott

Dennis Travale and Sue Veltri (2010 Olympic Torchbearer), proudly carrying an Olympic torch down the main aisle of the store to the applause of the awaiting crowd. The Mayor made a short speech, proclaiming that, ‘We All Play For Norfolk!’

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Donors on hand at the Jumpstart the Games Opening Ceremony. We All Play For Norfolk! Continued... Brad Smith of McKiee and Farrar, TriCounty and R.E. Mann Insurance Brokers also spoke and touched on how excited his company was to be a part of Jumpstart the Games. Brad announced their donation of $1,000, challenging other businesses and groups to donate as well! Jeff Schaus, bank manager of Scotiabank Simcoe echoed Brad’s comments that the bank was proud to be part of the event. Next up was Mary Taylor, storeowner, who officially declared Jumpstart the Games open! Photos were taken and 98.9 myFM morning show host, Adam Liefl, began radio remotes as he worked on letting all of Norfolk know that Jumpstart the Games were under way. The staff from McKiee and Farrar, Tri-County and R.E. Mann Insurance Brokers, who had been working out since 8 am that morning continued on their steady pace throughout the day, until 9 pm that evening. I guess this would be a good opportunity to explain what exactly Jumpstart the Games is.

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Jumpstart the Games is a fundraiser for Canadian Tire Jumpstart, which is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. To raise money and awareness, someone will be working out in the fitness area just inside the doors at Canadian Tire Simcoe, during every business hour that the store is open, throughout the Winter Olympics (February 7th till the 23rd). Many different companies and organizations have signed up to take part. Check out this list of awesome community supporters of the event! Scotiabank Simcoe, McKiee & Farrar, Tri-County and R.E. Mann Brokers, North Shore Nation, Clark’s Pharmasave, Simcoe Volkswagen, HollisWealth, Bachmann Law, The Personal Injury Group, Simcoe Special Olympics, Roulston’s, 98.9 myFM, Norfolk Fitness Centre, Demeyere Chrysler, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie, Port Dover KIA, SportChek, Victoria Eldercare, Norfolk Association for Community Living (NACL), Port Dover Health and Fitness Centre, The Cider Keg,

Above photo, back row: John de Witt, HollisWealth; Ross Keegan, McKiee & Farrar, Tri-County and R.E. Mann Brokers; Jeff Schaus, Scotiabank Simcoe; Sonya Greenslade, Simcoe Volkswagen; and John Race. Front row: Deena Denton-Wojtowicz Scotiabank Simcoe; Deb Mather, Scotiabank Simcoe; Mayor Dennis Travale; Sue Veltri, Olympic Torchbearer from the 2010 Games (also representing Victoria Eldercare); Brad Smith, McKiee & Farrar, Tri-County and R.E. Mann Brokers; Mary Taylor, Canadian Tire Simcoe; and Adam Liefl, 98.9 myFM.

Homes on the Gold Coast, been raised over the weekend. WOW, their commitment to helping kids in our what a great start to our Games! The community. Jeff stated that, "Scotiabank Norfolk Hub / Sports Norfolk, Scotiabank Simcoe crew were out in full was proud to support Jumpstart. It is an and of course, Canadian Tire Simcoe. force working out in two hour sessions, amazing program and they were happy So how can you help? Simply stop by switching up with other staff to ensure to be part of Jumpstart the Games." the display the next time you are in the everyone got up to Canadian Tire and As day three ended the total was over store and make a small donation, purchase had a opportunity to participate. Deb $9,000. Incredible! 100% Money raised in a cool Jumpstart carry bag, or enter the Mather went above and beyond logging Norfolk – Stays in Norfolk! draw to win some amazing prizes (which in six hours and accomplishing 32 km For myself, I’ve jumped on the is another cool thing). Every time Canada between the treadmill and the bikes. treadmill everyday at Canadian Tire and wins a medal some have been blown away lucky person will by the enthusiasm of win a prize… and the all the participants. prizes are excellent! Their focus and drive One of the prizes is to help Jumpstart, to an autographed Brett help local kids get in Lawrie bat donated the game (local sports) by our good friends at is fantastic. We are SportChek. lucky to have such Day One finished caring folks in our up with McKiee and community! Farrar, Tri-County and It is funny when R.E. Mann Insurance you see customers Brokers and 98.9 myFM enter the store. They doing a fabulous job. all look over and see Day Two belonged folks working out. to the Canadian Tire They really don’t Simcoe staff. Mary know what to make and her family took of it. They stop by the part, leading the way Jumpstart area and the as family and staff smiling Canadian Tire stepped up and got staff explains what is all the equipment in going on. They look the Jumpstart gym and smile at the folks humming. working out and make Day Three saw a donation, which in the arrival of the turn helps one more North Shore Nation Norfolk County child Jeff Schaus and Deb Mather of Scotiabank Simcoe decked out in their get in the game. running colours. The presenting Mary Taylor, owner of Simcoe Canadian Tire Now more than group cranked up with a $5,000 donation to Jumpstart. ever, it is crucial that the treadmills and we, as a community bikes an extra notch and set the pace. A get kids back into sports. The physical Just after 5 pm, Jeff Schaus and Deb couple of runners completed 30 km runs exercise is a must for a healthy life. The while Charlie Upshall, a 100 Mile Man, Mather presented Canadian Tire owner, camaraderie of play, the development of completed his first treadmill marathon Mary Taylor (who had just finished her social skills, the self-confidence and drive workout) with a cheque for $5,000 on going 45 km… amazing! will take them places in life. All these behalf of Scotiabank Simcoe. Mary was On Day Four, Wendy Inglis from little pieces ad up to the whole person so pumped that she logged in another Canadian Tire (a tireless supporter and we, as a community need to lead by hour of working out! She thanked of Jumpstart) got the day jumping by example and inspire… Scotiabank for their generosity and letting us know that close to $4,000 had

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~ By Dave Scott

met the Nagy family at Mike’s No Frills in Port Dover. Christina and Mike Ramirez, owners of No Frills,

asked if I could stop by. First up, from what I have seen over the past couple of years, Christina and Mike are great community orientated folks who help out where they can. True to form, they would be presenting the Nagy Family with a $14,000 grant from President’s Choice® Children’s Charity to provide Jordon and Crystal with a lift at their home. You see the Nagy family children, Jordon (15) and Crystal (11) have a condition know as Friedreich's ataxia (also called FA or FRDA), which is a rare inherited disease that causes nervous system damage and movement problems. It usually begins in childhood and leads to impaired muscle coordination (ataxia) that worsens over time. The disorder is named after Nicholaus Friedreich, a German doctor who first described the condition in the 1860s. The Nagy family moved to Vittoria six years ago to get away from the noisy city and so their kids could do fun things like ride their bikes. Six years later, Jordon and Crystal can no longer ride, because of the progression of Friedreich’s ataxia. ® The generosity of the Vittoria community shines through. Steve and Sherrie Nagy say they cannot believe the kindness of the folks in Vittoria and how much they have helped them out! This is their home and they are thankful for such a wonderful community. They are like every other parent, they want the best for their kids, they enjoy seeing them smile, they are proud of their kids, and you can see they love them with all their hearts. They take each day one at a time, and are always looking to find a way to help Jordon and Crystal have the best day possible. Jordon Nagy is your usual 15 year old boy that cannot wait to be 16 and get that licence. He tells me he attends Valley Heights Secondary School and he likes math, computers and art. He is involved in the 4-H, participating in a variety of their clubs such as rabbit, goat and archery. He seems by all accounts a happy-go-lucky kid. He has his cell phone… so life is good. The only difference being that Jordon has a wheelchair and the day we met, the family was accepting a nice grant to have a lift installed at their home in Vittoria (previously, dad had to

carry them up and down). Jordon, with a big smile, explained that the lift would make life a lot easier to get out of the house and give him more independence. Jordon who recently had a titanium rod placed in his back had a long, slow recovery (three months in the hospital) but is feeling much better these days. Crystal, who is 11 years old, attends Walsh Public School and tells me she enjoys gym class, but not math and French so much. Her shy smile comes alive when she tells me how the new lift will help her get out of the house and go for a walk. Like most 11 year olds, she likes video games and reading. She seems very happy with the cell phone she got for Christmas, and enjoys texting her friends. With a new wheelchair coming as well, she is looking forward to getting out even more. She told me she is feeling pretty good these days. Some days she says are not so good, her balance is off and she falls a lot. Crystal wanted to let PC Charities (President’s Choice® Children’s Charity) know that is was very nice they are helping them… Can Friedreich's ataxia be cured or treated? As with many degenerative diseases of the nervous system, there is currently no cure or effective treatment for Friedreich's ataxia. However, many of the symptoms and accompanying complications can be treated to help individuals maintain optimal functioning as long as possible. As I sat down to put this story together, my mind kept turning back to just how rock solid this family is. Both parents admit it has been tough. There are good days, bad days, long days and sad days, but they continue on. You can tell by their outlook that they will do whatever it takes for their kids. As for Crystal and Jordon… their smiles light up a room. Crystal’s small, soft whisper of a voice speaks volumes of her caring personality, who does not see herself as one with an illness. And Jordon, in the face of adversity he has drive and determination; his resilience is amazing… he is strong! I am proud to have met this amazing family and as a community we should help in any way we can! Here is some information according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke ( In Friedreich’s ataxia the spinal cord and peripheral nerves degenerate, becoming thinner. The cerebellum, part of the brain that coordinates balance and movement, also degenerates to a lesser extent. This damage results in awkward, unsteady movements and impaired sensory functions. The disorder also causes problems in the

“It’s wonderful to be able to help a child reach their full potential. We are so proud to partner with President’s Choice Children’s Charity and to help children right here in our own community,” says Mike Ramirez, of Mike’s No Frills.

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Christina and Mike Ramirez, owners of Mike’s No Frills in Port Dover (back row), presenting Jordon and Crystal Nagy (front row) with a grant for a lift at the Nagy Family home. heart and spine, and some people with the condition develop diabetes. The disorder does not affect thinking and reasoning abilities (cognitive functions). Friedreich’s ataxia is caused by a defect (mutation) in a gene labelled FXN. The disorder is recessive, meaning it occurs only in someone who inherits two defective copies of the gene, one from each parent. Although rare, Friedreich’s ataxia is the most common form of hereditary ataxia, affecting about 1 in every 50,000 people in the United States. Both male and female children can inherit the disorder. What are the signs and symptoms? Symptoms typically begin between the ages of 5 and 15 years, although they sometimes appear in adulthood and on rare occasions as late as age 75. The first symptom to appear is usually gait ataxia, or difficulty walking. The ataxia gradually worsens and slowly spreads to the arms and the trunk. There is often loss of sensation in the extremities, which may spread to other parts of the body. Other features include loss of tendon reflexes, especially in the knees and ankles. Most people with Friedreich's ataxia develop scoliosis (a curving of the spine to one side), which often requires surgical intervention for treatment.

Dysarthria (slowness and slurring of speech) develops and can get progressively worse. Many individuals with later stages of Friedreich’s ataxia develop hearing and vision loss. Other symptoms that may occur include chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. These symptoms are the result of various forms of heart disease that often accompany Friedreich's ataxia, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (enlargement of the heart), myocardial fibrosis (formation of fiber-like material in the muscles of the heart), and cardiac failure. Heart rhythm abnormalities such as tachycardia (fast heart rate) and heart block (impaired conduction of cardiac impulses within the heart) are also common. About 20 percent of people with Friedreich's ataxia develop carbohydrate intolerance and 10 percent develop diabetes. Most individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia tire very easily and find that they require more rest and take a longer time to recover from common illnesses such as colds and flu.

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Gardening Trends 2014! of planting for a continuous supply of nectar and pollen in our gardens. Your local garden centre will have native plant options for you that will provide nectar throughout the seasons, such as Dogwood, Bergamot and Rudbeckia.

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nlike the fashion industry, there are no fancy runway shows to highlight what’s new and trendy in garden styles, décor or award winning plants for the upcoming season. Instead, during

Gardeners, especially the younger generation, are interested in reducing the amounts of inputs they put in the garden, from fertilizers to chemicals and more. The healthier soil and plants will further benefit from the sustainable practices of composting and collecting rainwater.

the doldrums of winter, the good people at your friendly local garden centres are doing all the research for you in coming up with the best new garden ideas for 2014. After deciding which ones appeal to you, you can then plot, plan and dream about your own plans for Spring.


There is an increasing interest in trees. So many limbs and full trees have been lost this past year in storms and this reinforces the message that we should all plant trees and/or care for our existing trees for ourselves and for future generations. New introductions such as Columnar Sugar Maple, Continental Appeal Linden or Snow Cone Japanese Snowbell may be worth some investigation.

Growing at Home Vegetable and herb gardening continues to be on the rise with the desire to know the origin of your food and to make your dollar stretch, but added to this trend are growing super-foods (like quinoa and goji berries) as well as fruit to use in drinks (grapes for wine, hops for beer, blueberries and raspberries for smoothies).

~ By Dave Zeldon Plants of the Year

One way to keep on trend is to add must-have plants to your garden each year. This year the Perennial Plant Association has chosen Panicum virgatum “Northwind”, a tall, native switchgrass, as the must-have plant for 2014. It is a graceful, zone 4 grass that turns golden yellow in the fall. The Hosta of the Year is “Abiqua Drinking Gourd”.

Colour of the Year

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everal studies have found that Canadians who engaged in financial planning report significantly higher levels of financial and emotional well-being compared to those with limited or no planning. Those with professionally

written plans experienced an improved ability to save, and improved confidence in their approach to managing life’s inevitable ups and downs. Regular rainfall is required for a healthy forest, just as regular income is required for a family. When it rains, the leaves of the trees absorb most of the impact, protecting the soil and small plants from damage or being washed away. If you have ever walked through a forest after a summer storm you can feel and hear the water dripping from the leaves for hours after the rain has stopped and the sun has come out. It gives the rain the time required for absorption into the soil in order to be available as a backup supply for possible dry days ahead. Without the leaves holding back some of the deluge, the rain would have little time

to absorb into the soil. Instead, it would run over the soil surface, creating flash floods with little conserved for the future. Like the trees in a forest, a financial plan moderates life’s events, giving stability to the lives of all family members. Income, like rain, usually comes regularly. However sometimes a drought occurs, as a result of unforeseen events, such as job downsizing or illness. Then we may suffer through the income drought, especially if funds haven’t been set aside. Other times, the income is similar to a rainstorm, with extra income, such as a raise or bonus, flowing in short bursts. Without a financial plan, the temptation to spend it all in ‘celebration’ is increased, just like a flash flood in a forest with no trees. Without a financial plan there are no steps to follow to enable holding back a portion of raises or bonuses to help us work toward reaching our life dreams and goals. Without a financial plan insufficient funds are held back to help us in times when our regular income may diminish or disappear. Planning for the future involves

making difficult choices about delaying some of our present gratification in order to ensure future gratification, for example, a retirement with no financial worries. An investment advisor with expertise in writing a financial plan has the ability to guide you through the necessary calculations to arrive at a sensible, DundeeWealth, part of Scotiabank, written, savingnow system. This resource is has become HollisWealth. Yes, our name has invaluable for assisting you to reach your changed, but our commitment to your financial financial goals and confidently approach success has not. Contact me to learn more. your future with peace of mind.

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young lady from Ottawa who developed Pulmonary Fibrosis and required a double lung transplant. Helene spearheaded a national campaign to promote the Gift of Life program, which is our Provincial Organ Donation Program. I thought I would shed a bit more light onto exactly what this condition is. Pulmonary Fibrosis or Interstitial Lung Disease is a group of diseases that cause lung damage, resulting in lung tissue becoming fibrotic with decreased lung volume and decreased lung areas. Many different things can cause Pulmonary Fibrosis or it can be of a completely unknown origin. The causes include exposure to


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Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect the heart. These include angina (chest pain), arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm) and coronary artery disease resulting from hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) or plaque buildup. Fatty plaque deposits are a main contributor to heart disease. They begin in artery walls and thicken over time, slowly hardening the arteries and blocking blood flow. Worse, plaque can suddenly rupture, creating a blood clot that causes a heart attack or stroke. In fact, blocked arteries caused by plaque buildup and blood clots are the leading cause of death by heart attack.

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It’s well known that smoking, being overweight and having high blood pressure puts you at a higher risk of having heart disease. A family history of heart disease also increases your risk of coronary artery disease – especially if a parent developed it before age 55. Your emotional state can also be a factor. Depression, anger, anxiety, chronic stress and even loneliness can all promote heart disease. Research shows that atherosclerosis seems to advance faster in people who score high on anger or hostility scales. Anger can also trigger heart attacks. According to one study, one in every 40 heart attack survivors reported an “episode of anger” two hours prior to the attack. Science is also finding that women are more susceptible to heart disease than once believed. Although men generally are at greater risk than women – especially during their 30s and 40s – the reality is that more women will die from heart disease than men. It’s the leading health problem that kills women. The main difference between genders is that women tend to develop heart disease later in life. The reason behind this is still not fully understood, one theory is that women are

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Michael Marini, B.Sc. Phm. Pharmacist somewhat protected as long as they’re still menstruating because of the effect of hormones. However, it is difficult to diagnose, since most women don’t start to show symptoms until at least ten years later than men. What should you do if you’re concerned about your risk? Talk to your doctor. Bear in mind that there is no onesize-fits-all solution to heart disease treatments. They may vary, depending on the severity of your disease state. You may need lifestyle changes, medications, surgery or other medical procedures as part of your treatment. The most important thing to remember, is that your heart health depends on how well you take care of your overall health. Even small lifestyle changes can reduce your risk by 50 percent. A little awareness – plus committing to a better diet and exercise – can help you live a longer, healthier life.

The Dangers of Prolonged Sitting

Sitting for hours on end isn’t just bad for your back – it may even shorten your life. The latest research found that sitting can lead to obesity and heart disease. Women who sit for more than six hours a day have a roughly 40 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, versus those who sit for fewer than three hours – regardless of their fitness levels. Moreover, daily exercise isn’t enough to offset the risk. The solution is to move around for at least ten minutes for every working hour. It could be as easy as standing up every time you take a phone call, or taking a walking break.

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ost of us are familiar with the Great Blue Heron. They are relatively common around

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y mom had died in early November. I sat on

the worn, wooden back stairs that lead from our kitchen to the side door. I put on my ear muffs and coat and laced my skates up tightly, first the right boot, then the left, wrestling a bit with the frayed lace ends, taped up to help get them through the eye holes. Then I grabbed my stick and clomped out the door, closing it firmly behind me and headed along the side of the house on our snow-covered walk. I went down the little hill and through the backyard, on the flat area that was bordered in the summer by a long row of asparagus on the right and a wide swath of raspberry bushes on the left. Near the rear of our property, I turned westward through a grove of small birch trees, then rows of spruce. There was a narrow opening into the neighbour's backyard. Their yard was quite open and I stepped easily in the snow, passing between the garage and house and out the driveway. When I reached the road, I could skate part of the way because it was not paved and, thus, was not ploughed often or well, resulting in it generally being covered in bumpy ice. The road slanted downhill a bit, with my destination half a kilometre away. It was all VLA (Veterans' Land Act) housing on both sides. Soon I could see the northern end of the rink at the park, looking glassy in the late afternoon light. It was my magic place, my Maple Leaf Gardens, my sanctuary.

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I was the first one there after school and I skated a few laps on the perfect, fresh ice, inhaling the cold air, before the other neighbourhood boys arrived. There were about a dozen or more, ready to play shinny until dinnertime. Two of us stood together picking teams as the others stood off to the side waiting. Each captain called over his players after everyone had been selected. It was the way we always did it so that no one had to suffer the ignominy of hearing himself being picked last. The rink itself was a bit special. It no longer had boards so it could now be larger (about 160x60 feet) than any other local school or community outdoor rink. We had snow packed up around the outside, usually thick and a couple of feet high.

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131 Queensway West Simcoe like us on facebook barrelrestaurantsimcoe That made for some modifications in how we played. We couldn't bank the puck off the boards and we had nowhere to practise shooting. (I am likely still known for having one of the weakest shots in the history of organized minor and university hockey.) With the teams chosen, we set up our goals with snow piles or boots as posts. The rules were few. There was absolutely no raising the puck ("no raisers") as we didn't wear any pads, no offsides, no face-offs and you gave the other team centre ice after you scored. We played until it was time for dinner. After our meals, some of us came back for another game, usually with some older players. It was as thrilling for me coming down to the rink a second time each day. I could see the lights in the distance, shining through the pitch black night. I heard the sounds of the happy voices, the skate blades cutting on ice and the slapping of sticks. I couldn't wait. Sometimes my pal Suds and I would just play checking roles, trying to drive the older guys crazy with our doggedness. Occasionally, I would stay after everyone had left. I would do skating and stickhandling drills on my own to prepare myself for what I dreamt would surely be a bright hockey future. A local retired farmer, Mr. Fisher, arrived late in the evening on his tractor to flood the rink. He was very reliable and made great ice for us. We did have to remember to check each day for the frayed ends of his cigar butts embedded in the new ice. That was my routine all winter, with Saturdays being two even longer, bigger games with up to fifteen or so on each side. I had my lunch on the back steps, with my skates still on, before heading back. I never once tired of seeing the beautiful, sparkling ice in the daytime, or the lights shining brightly in the dark, cold night, or of working on my signature move racing up the left side, starting to cut into the middle, then sharply going outside around a hapless defender, protecting

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the puck with my body and then swooping in at an impossible angle, pulling the puck back away from the goalie's pokecheck, before moving it back behind me and depositing it softly in the short side. (At least that's how I remember it!) I even loved shovelling when necessary. It was so pleasurable skating back and forth across the ice, using one of the snow shovels we always left at the park. We handled our games with very few stoppages or disagreements. After all, we wanted to be playing more than anything else. Nobody had to tell us what to do - we just knew. Our parents didn't seem to worry about where we were and we went straight home after the games were over. How lucky we were - we had our friends, we had the outdoor rink, we had freedom, we had safety and we had hockey. I remember it so well and can feel it still. It got me through a tough winter - the winter of 1956-57. We had open air hockey - yes, how lucky we were.

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