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REGULARS Editor’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Winning Number Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 & 27 Tropical Escape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Local Legends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Reader Survey & Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 & 51
ARTICLES Eco-friendly Winter Survival Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The FAB Light - Linda Pond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Perth’s Annual Nick of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Christmas in Merrickville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Winter Fun in Lanark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
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Dear Readers, e received so much positive feedback and valuable constructive criticism on the Spring W (launch) issue of My Community; thank you all so much for your participation! —We made a few mistakes, missed a few typos, but overall it was as well received as I could have hoped for. Our advertisers reported some great feedback from their customers and we got lots of surveys sent in to us with positive comments. So again, thanks to everyone who enjoyed reading it and I hope you enjoy this issue even more. We’ve made a lot of friends in the preparation of this issue of My Community. When you aim to provide quality, informative editorial pieces on local business owners and their stories, you can’t help but get to know them and develop a keen interest in their future success. I hope you’ll get to know them too by reading about them and taking the time to visit their places of business. My new friends are Jan, Val, Rob, Kathie, Debbie, Brian, Alanna and Linda, to name only a few. You’ll find their stories and more in these pages; they are our community small business KEMPTVILLE owners and I admire them all for 613-258-0877 their independence, courage and the integrity they build into their BROCKVILLE businesses. 613-342-3217 We’ve followed up our Readers’ Survey — “Just for the fun of it.”—with some of the results of our first survey, and a new one with a different type of question. We thought we’d give you an opportunity to express your true quirkiness; we are all eccentric in one way or another! These questions will show us the real weird you. Again, feel free to remain anonymous.
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Each and every copy of My Community is labeled with a unique six-digit number. In the Spring 2013 issue of My Community the winning number will be announced, so keep your copy of My Community Fall 2012 until April 2013 to see if you’re a winner! The reader who submits a complete and intact copy* of My Community Fall 2012 with the winning number printed on the cover will get 20 vouchers valued at 25-dollars each to spend at any of the participating vendors. That’s $500 spending cash! See below for a list of participating vendors, and the reverse page for complete rules and regulations. *with the exception of tear-out pages such as the Readers’ Survey and/or colouring pages. Evergreen Concepts Inc, Winges Carpentry Service, Residential Plus Inc, Cabinet Shop The, Rideau River Music, Rideau Home Building Centre, Re/Max Connections Realty, Perth Veterinary Clinic, Madden Hearing Centre, Finnegan Insurance Broker, McAdoo Don Construction Ltd., Charles Ebbs Photography, Victory Farm Alpacas, Goliger’s Travel Plus, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Echo Tours & Travel, HeritageTravel Plus, New Beginnings Hair Stylists, Purest, Rebecca’s Parkside Beauty Parlour, Sugold Jewellers, Farrell Hall/Jameson’s, The PickleDish.
THE MY COMMUNITY “WINNING NUMBER” CONTEST THE MY COMMUNITY “WINNING NUMBER” CONTEST (THE “CONTEST”) IS INTENDED TO BE CONDUCTED IN CANADA ONLY AND SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO APPLICABLE CANADIAN LAW. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE OF THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR PROVINCE OR TERRITORY OF RESIDENCE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID IN WHOLE OR PART WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE CONTEST RULES (THE “CONTEST RULES”). 1. ELIGIBILITY. To be eligible for this Contest, an individual must: (a) be a legal resident of the Province of Ontario; and (b) be of the age of majority in the Province of Ontario or older at the time of entry. Employees or contractors of Performance Printing Limited (the “Sponsor”), its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates and/or related companies and each of their employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents, sponsors, administrators, licensees, representatives, advertising, media buying and promotional agencies, and any person domiciled with any of the above are not eligible to participate in the Contest. The Sponsor shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and/or eligibility to participate in the Contest. Failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification. All personal and other information requested by and supplied to the Sponsor for the purpose of the Contest must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant should such an entrant at any stage supply untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading personal details and/or information. 2. CONTEST PERIOD. The Contest begins at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on October 19, 2012 and ends at 5:00pm EST on March 31, 2013 (the “Contest Period”) after which time the Contest will be closed and no further entries shall be accepted. 3. CONTEST MECHANICS. A unique six digit number will be printed on each copy of the fall 2012 issue of the My Community magazine distributed with the EMC Your Community Newspaper (the “Unique Six Digit Numbers”). One of the Unique Six Digit Numbers will be selected at random on or about February 15, 2013 (the “Winning Number”) and will be published in the spring 2013 edition of the My Community magazine. 4. HOW TO ENTER. (a) There is no purchase necessary to enter the Contest. Enter using the method of entry outlined below. No entries will be accepted by any other means. (i) To enter, submit a complete (with the exception of any tear-out survey page and/or colouring page) copy of the fall 2012 issue of the My Community magazine bearing the Winning Number (the “Winning Submission”) in-person to the office of the Sponsor during regular business hours. The office of the Sponsor is located at the municipal address known as 65 Lorne Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario, K7A 4T1. (ii) The prospective winner must submit the Winning Submission in the form set out in 4(a)(i), above, before the end of the Contest Period in order to be considered valid. Invalid entries will not be accepted. 5.
PRIZE. (a) There is one (1) prize available to be won by the prize winner (the “Winner”) consisting of twenty (20) C$25 vouchers, representing an aggregate value of C$500, for products and services in Ontario offered by the Sponsor and/or the companies or persons that have products or services advertised in the fall 2012 issue of the My Community magazine, as listed in Appendix “A” to these Contest Rules (the “Prize”, and each voucher collectively, the “Vouchers”). (b) The Prize has an approximate value of C$500. The Winner shall not be entitled to the monetary difference between the actual Prize value and stated approximate Prize value, if any. Any taxes, fees or surcharges in excess of the value of the Vouchers are the sole responsibility of Winner. (c) The odds of winning will be dependent on the number of published copies of the fall 2012 issue of the My Community magazine. (d) The Prize will be provided to the Winner by the Sponsor within five (5) business days after the Winner has successfully fulfilled the requirements set out herein. (e) The Prize must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Any unused portion of a Prize will be forfeited and will have no cash value. For greater clarity, the Winner will not be entitled to receive cash equal to the difference, if any, between the total purchase price of a product(s) or service(s) and the value of the Voucher. (f) The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if a Prize (or any portion thereof) cannot be awarded for any reason. (g) Any shipped element of the Prize shall not be insured and the Sponsor shall not assume any liability for lost, damaged or misdirected elements of the Prize. 6.
The Winner shall be selected as follows: (a) Before the end of the Contest Period, the prospective winner will submit the Winning Submission in the manner set out in 4(a)(i), above. The prospective winner will be required to attend the office of the Sponsor at the prospective winner’s sole expense. (b) If, as a result of an error relating to any other aspect of the Contest, there are more eligible winners than contemplated in these Contest Rules, the first prospective winner to submit a Winning Submission shall be awarded the Prize. (c) Before being declared the Winner, the prospective winner shall be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skilltesting question to be administered by the Sponsor, to comply with the Contest Rules and sign and return the signed Release (defined below in section 7). (d) In the case of a dispute regarding who is entitled to submit a particular entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the person who attends at the offices of the Sponsor as set out in section 4(a)(i) above. 7. RELEASE. The Winner will be required to execute a legal agreement and release (the “Release”) that confirms the Winner’s: (i) eligibility for the Contest and compliance with these Contest Rules; (ii) acceptance of the Prize as offered; (iii) release of each of the Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates and/or related companies and each of their employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents, sponsors, administrators, licensees, representatives, advertising, media buying and promotional agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in the Contest, participation in any Contest-related activity or the acceptance, use, or misuse of any Prize, including but not limited to costs, injuries, losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy,
defamation, or portrayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising therefrom; and (iv) grant to the Sponsor the unrestricted right, in the Sponsor’s discretion, to produce, reproduce, publish, broadcast, communicate by telecommunication, exhibit, distribute, adapt and otherwise use or re-use the Winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice and biography, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in connection with the Contest and the promotion and exploitation thereof. The executed Release must be returned within two (2) business days after being provided to the prospective winner or the prospective winner will be disqualified and the Prize forfeited. 8. INDEMNIFICATION BY ENTRANT. By entering the Contest, the entrant releases and holds the Released Parties harmless from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person, including personal injury, death, or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Prize, participation in the Contest, any breach of the Contest Rules, or in any Prize-related activity. The entrant agrees to fully indemnify the Released Parties from any and all claims by third parties relating to the Contest, without limitation. 9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for lost, late, unintelligible/illegible, falsified, damaged, misdirected or incomplete entries, notifications, responses, replies or Release, or for any computer, online, software, telephone, hardware or technical malfunctions that may occur. The Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems, failures or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, e-mail, players, or browsers, on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing. Entrants assume liability for injuries caused or claimed to be caused by participating in the Contest, or by the acceptance, possession, use of, or failure to receive any Prize. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability in the event that the Contest cannot be conducted as planned for any reason, including those reasons beyond the control of the Sponsor, such as infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or corruption of the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest. 10. CONDUCT. By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to be bound by the Contest Rules, which will be published in the fall 2012 issue of the My Community magazine. Entrants further agree to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant found to be: (a) violating the Contest Rules; (b) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; and/ or (c) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. 11.
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22991 If you have the Spring 2012 issue of My Community with this number on it, please claim your prize! Please note: Contrary to our Contest Description and Rules the Spring 2012 copies of My Community were numbered with 5-digit numbers, and some copies (approximately the 8000 to 9999 range) did not have their leading zero’s, due to an ink-jetting error. Sorry for the confusion! So we’ve drawn a 5-digit winning number, and had we drawn a number in the above mentioned range, we would have made clear that the leading zero is implied. It also says in the Contest Rules that you must present a complete copy of the magazine in order to claim your prize. Please know that tearing out your Readers’ Survey to send it in to us, or tearing out the colouring page, will not make you ineligible to claim your prize. We merely aimed to discourage readers from saving only the front cover of the magazine.
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Glenview Iron & Metal Ltd. is a privately owned family operated business, specializing in scrap metal processing, demolition and waste removal. The Cassell family started the business in 1937 and now, three generations later, GIM is still growing and changing to meet the needs of the scrap metal industry. Our processing equipment allows us to get a better price for our product and that means better prices for you! Our state-of-the-art shredder allows us to process light and heavy grade scrap quickly and efficiently. Our qualified staff are always on hand to grade and process your metals so you, the customer, are treated with fairness and professional courtesy.
We turn your scrap into cash! Bring in your old vehicles, appliances, barbecues, copper piping, wire or any other metal items you have around and we will pay you cash on the spot! Thatâ€™s not all! GIM offers a number of services for individuals and small and large business owners throughout the Ottawa Valley & St. Lawrence Seaway & beyond.
The Cassell family started the business in 1937. Three generations later, GIM is still growing and changing to meet the needs of the scrap metal industry. sizes for your convenience. We can designate a container for cardboard and one for garbage. Please call our office to discuss your disposal/recycling needs.
Roll-off Containers: GIM offers 16 to 40 yd. containers for customers to accomplish everything from small clean-ups to large renovations. We accept all materials in our containers excluding hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, asbestos-based materials, etc. Please call our office for further information on what we accept and what can or cannot be placed in our bins (such as propane tanks & car batteries, which you can bring in separately).
Frontload Containers: Have a business but donâ€™t know what to do with the pile of packaging material you accumulate every week? How many garbage bags and/or cardboard boxes do you stack at the back of your building waiting for garbage day? GIM has your solution. Our frontload containers come in 2 to 8 yard
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Waste Transfer Station: GIM is a licensed Ministry of the Environment Waste Transfer Station. At our facility in Smiths Falls, we accept all non-hazardous waste materials where we process it and haul it to a landfill site. Bring in your household garbage, construction materials or yard clean-up waste for disposal.
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McAdoo offers top quality custom homes in Perth Quality products, unmatched attention to detail and an ideal location. That’s what awaits customers looking to establish their new home in McAdoo Construction’s Ashgrove Estates in Perth. Company Vice-President Sean McAdoo says the houses in the new subdivision, located along Mac Campbell Drive, are built with top quality products that far exceed requirements under the Ontario Building Code. Everyone who makes a purchase with McAdoo is guaranteed a home that offers unparalleled energy efficiency and comfort, he says. “We try to stay ahead of the curve,” Sean says, referring to the company’s efforts to keep up to date on the very latest innovations for ENERGY STAR homes. “Energy efficiency is key.” This means every home features airtight construction, effective insulation, in-floor radiant heat in concrete slab, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and high-performance windows. Several factors have gone in to building McAdoo Construction’s excellent reputation over the years, not the least of which is the company’s ability to involve the customer in the building process right from the start. Starting from the choice of beautiful designs offered in Ashgrove Estates, each home features between 1,200 and 1,600 square feet of living space.
The custom options are impressive—from stone, brick and stucco for the exterior—to choice of high-end kitchen cabinetry from Ottawa Valley Kitchens, bathroom fixtures, windows, flooring and trim inside. A security system and central vacuum are standard, with radiant heat built into the floors that helps ensure each home is warm throughout the winter from top to bottom. The construction process is completed in stages, Sean says, “so that it’s not too overwhelming” for the customer, adding McAdoo Construction works hard to provide the very best quality—whether that’s the products used in each build or the licensed professionals hired to complete the work.
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Having selected the design of their custom home—from the cozy 1,176 square foot two-bedroom McIntosh to the elegant 1,540 sq. ft. three-bedroom McDougald – customers are engaged in the construction process every step of the way. They can even choose their options from the comfort of the McAdoo showroom, located in the former Brown Shoe building off Rogers Road. Sean says the Ashgrove Estates homes appeal to a specific demographic. “Our target is seniors who are 60 and up and are looking to right size,” he explains. “We may have limited ourselves to a smaller market, but that’s what we want to do.” Some customers are former town residents who have chosen to return home, continued…
while others have come out from the city looking to set down roots in a smaller community with a high quality of life.
his son Sean joined in 1995, the third generation to enter the business. Sean says, “No pressure.”
“Perth is a very central location, if they have family in Ottawa or Toronto,” Sean says.
McAdoo Construction Ltd. has been a member of Tarion for 37 years (formerly known as Ontario New Home Warranty Program), which gives the customer a seven year warranty, in addition to McAdoo Construction’s in house warranty, Sean says, “we build every house like it will be our home.”
Company history Don McAdoo Construction dates back to 1949. First established in Kingston by Donald McAdoo Sr., it focused primarily on residential construction and light commercial work. Over the years, the company continued to grow, building a strong reputation for quality construction and customer satisfaction.
For more information on what McAdoo Construction can do for you, call them at 613-264-1172, email d.mcadoo@mcadoo. on.ca or visit them online at www.mcadoo.on.ca.
Donald’s son Sandy moved the company to Perth in 1980, and
Make raking leaves easier and maybe fun Raking leaves is an annual event for people in many parts of the country. Some people enjoy getting out in the crisp, autumn air and spending a day cleaning up the yard. Others do not relish the idea of hours upon hours of leaf removal from their lawns. The majority of homeowners realize that in order to keep their lawn pristine, leaves and debris must be routinely removed from the yard. Raking leaves is an activity that takes time and energy. It also can be strenuous work. However, by employing a few techniques, the work doesn’t have to be that difficult and it might even be fun. * Invest in a quality rake, particularly one that bends a bit with raking. Have contests to see who can rake the largest pile in each stroke. This will help maximize the number of leaves that the shortest amount of time. Take breaks so that everyone can will be collected with each pass. enjoy jumping in a giant leaf pile or horsing around. * If raking routinely causes aches and pains in your arms, * Host a leaf-raking party with friends and family members. shoulders and wrists, look for ergonomic rakes that are the * Use two garbage pail lids to pick up leaves and put them into proper height for your body. disposal bags. You’ll grab more leaves in each pass. * Move your legs when you are raking instead of remaining * There are some leaf blowers that can vacuum up leaves and stationary and just using your arms. This will help reduce your mulch them at the same time. * If your town collects leaves risk of back pain. * Use smaller passes of the rake to collect leaves. This method curbside, be sure to keep them in a neat pile to reduce the likelihood of leaves making their way into a nearby sewer. is more efficient and less taxing on your muscles. * Be sure to rake downwind; otherwise every pile of leaves you Leaf cleanup is a necessary task, but the task doesn’t have to be tedious and time-consuming. collect may end up blowing around and giving you more work. * Rake leaves in groups. Enlist the help of all family members so that it will take much less time. * Use a leaf blower sparingly. It may seem advantageous to simply blow the leaves to the curb, but this can take more time and leaf blowers are much more Ê UÊ,i>Ê ÃÌ>ÌiÊ*ÕÀV >ÃiÃ]Ê->iÃÊ>`ÊÀÌ}>}iÃ noisy. Use the blower to dislodge leaves Ê UÊ7ÃÊ>`Ê*ÜiÀÃÊvÊÌÌÀiÞ from hard-to-reach areas, like behind Ê UÊ ÃÌ>ÌiÃ bushes or under decks. Then rake the leaves into manageable piles. Fax * Wait until after the peak time for leaves Suite 202, Code’s Mill, 53 Herriott Street, Perth to be falling before you do the majority of raking. www.reidlaw.ca * Create family-centered games while
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Are you looking for gifts with originality, quality and attention to detail? Then forget the big impersonal box stores with their foreign merchandise and get an old fashion shopping experience at the Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show November 3 & 4 from 10-4pm. Over 25 local and area artisans, crafters and bakers will be showcasing their hand made creations and delicacies that will surely make for memorable and thoughtful gifts for those on your shopping list…or maybe something for yourself! The Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show strives to bring in new vendors and old favorites to give you a wide variety of hand crafted items for those special people and pets on your shopping list. Realistic wildlife carvings, sun catching stained-glass and fused, rustic pottery in many forms, doggie treats that look good enough to eat, scented soaps and scrubs, maple products and gift baskets, flavoured honey and beeswax candles, silky scarves to dress up a winter coat, jewellery in wire and fair trade beads, delicious cakes, cookies and sweet confections, framed miniature quilts, twinkling glass boxes wrapped in pretty bows, creative floral arrangements to adorn your home, decorative and useful woodworking items are just examples of what you will find at this popular Almonte Christmas sale. This year we are collecting for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society. A donation of Canadian Tire money, canned tin of dog or cat food, a roll of paper towels, container of bleach, dishwashing soap or bungee cords would be of great value and completely voluntary (admission to the show is free). Or check the LAWS website for other items on their wish list. www.lanarkanimals.ca
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The canteen will be hosted by The Friends of the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum who will be serving tasty snacks, sandwiches and drinks with the proceeds going towards museum projects. Free admission to the Almonte Community Centre show, lots of parking, wheel chair accessible and a fabulous door Upper Hall 182 Bridge Street. prize for a lucky winner. November 3 & 4, from 10am-4pm Are you looking for gifts with originality, quality and attention to detail? Then come join us where a juried selection of over 25 artisans, crafters and bakers will be presenting their work in a relaxed, friendly and festive atmosphere.
Make plans to come to the Almonte Community Centre Upper Hall 182 Bridge Street to begin your 2012 Christmas shopping and visit the pretty village of Almonte. More information at www.valleyartisanshow.blogspot. com and updates on Facebook.
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t Evergreen Concepts, the idea of building “Greener”, more environmentally sensitive homes and cottages is important of course, but often this vast and complex concept is lost, or at least misunderstood, as states Pat Shank, who together with his wife Celine own and operate this successful custom design and shell package company. With a design office and models located on highway 7 near Perth, their strategic location serves a market stretching from the Perth area itself to cottage country and beyond. In fact, some of their clients live as far away as Georgian Bay in Ontario to the far reaches of Quebec. Their main focus is strictly based on efficient “Budgeting and Custom Designing” while incorporating cost effective methods of building wisely. In many cases, green aspects are as simple as creating energy efficient designs, while taking the site conditions into account. This keeps the home or cottage footprint where it needs to be while removing unnecessary and sometimes very expensive wasted space. “Green isn’t always about solar arrays and wind mills,” Celine says… “it’s also about showing people that even the most modest budget can and should incorporate certain basic things that do make a difference in the end.” The idea they use every day is to simply use common sense while putting a home or cottage project together. This could be anywhere from reducing or eliminating unnecessary features and/or space within a design to, for example, taking advantage of passive solar for partial home heating. “It often also includes well thought out site plans that make sense…environmentally speaking” Pat says. He goes on to say that “one of the most critical things is to seriously consider and evaluate what we are doing to our sensitive waterfront and other building sites in order to reduce our environmental impact.”
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At Evergreen Concepts, their philosophy is simple, says Pat…“if a design is cost effective and logically put together as a complete building project, no matter what the budget level is… and it also happens to be a little friendlier than others to our eco system as a result… then it is in fact “GREEN” !!” Please check out both their websites at www. evergreenconcepts.ca or www.cabinkits.ca for more info and model home hours. You can also reach them on their toll free number 1 877 267-6721. www.cabinkits.ca
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Eco-friendly winter survival tips The winter season is right around the corner, soon to usher in cold temperatures, snow and ice for many people across the country. There are plenty of people who revel in the idea of frolicking over snow-capped hills or skating on a frozen pond, but many others hope winter passss them by rather quickly. Much of the focus each winter is on staying warm and surviving this often harsh season at whatever the cost. But there are ways to survive winter while helping the environment. Lighting: Thanks to daylight savings time, many areas of the country experience nightfall around 5 p.m. during the winter months. That means people are more likely to turn on artificial lighting to illuminate homes and surroundings. If you must use nighttime lighting, select a low-wattage bulb and point it downward. Motion sensor lights save energy and also will turn on intermittently, not enough to disturb animals. Reconsider winter traction techniques. Before you throw down chemical ice melt products, think about safer alternatives. Regular table salt will melt ice and may not be as harmful to the surrounding environment. Sand can offer improved traction when scattered on walkways and it’s nontoxic. Select a real tree.When holiday decorating, choose a real tree. These trees are harvested from tree farms that replenish stock as soon as trees are felled. They can be recycled into mulch, and real trees are also biodegradable. Keep houseplants thriving.Houseplants serve as natural
air deodorizers and provide fresh oxygen inside of a home. Considering most people spend the majority of their time indoors when the weather is cold, breathing poor air can result in illness. Houseplants are an all-natural way to filter out offensive air without relying on powered air purifiers or chemical air fresheners. Weatherproof the home. Do yourself -- and the environment -- a favor by weatherproofing your home. Add a storm door, check weatherstripping or caulking for drafts, seal entry points for cable, phone and water lines with foam insulation, and also be sure attic and other spaces of the home are thoroughly insulated. This will keep from wasting energy on heating, which is harmful to your budget and the environment. Don’t warm up the car. Many cars can do a cold-start and get on the road without the need for idling in the driveway. Instead of wasting gasoline and pouring engine emissions into the air unnecessarily, just get in and drive. If you’re sensitive to a cold car, try to park it in the garage during the winter.
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Carpool. Individuals who used to bike or walk to work when it was nice outside may be tempted to take the car when it’s cold. Maximize energy savings by carpooling with like-minded individuals. Invite people over.Instead of turning up the heat when the indoor temperature drops, invite friends and family for an impromptu party. Research indicates that each guest is the equivalent of a 175-watt heater! Not only will you have fun, you’ll feel toasty, too. Surviving the winter in an environmentally friendly way really isn’t that difficult when you employ some simple strategies.
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With three decades working in the profession, Tim has worked throughout Ottawa and the Valley. Just a few of his career highlights include: • the restoration of nine large oak doors at McKay United Church in Ottawa in 2000,
With more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of the profession, Tim will treat your project as though it was his own home.
• the restoration of the main Victorian fence around the Pakistan High Commisioner’s Residence in Rockcliffe Park in 1998,
Now a Period Restoration Specialist, the carpenter has learned his craft over the years, ever since taking on his first real job at age 17, working for D. Kemp Edwards Lumber Company in Ottawa as the Lathe Operator. His work involved turning balusters, newel posts, table & chair legs, etc. on a turn-of-the-century lathe that could handle material up to 14 ft long. Winges Carpentry Service has been a registered business for 16 years now and is registered with The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Ontario. While Tim specializes in bringing heritage pieces back to life, he also does all aspects of carpentry including small additions, plaster repair, drywall, painting ceramics, flooring special and plain decks, bar tops and more. He also reproduces certain pieces of special woodworking. “I always try to get as much detail out of my clients as possible,” he says. “So then I am able to show them how I will achieve the results that they want. I always love a good challenge.”
• various jobs in the Glebe and New Edinburgh neighbourhoods in Ottawa such as vinyl tile floors, window replacements, kitchen storage cabinets, basement insulation and water proofing, painting and trimwork, ceramic work, porch and deck work. He has also completed many bathroom restorations in the nation’s capital, as well as a large porch restoration on Main Street in Winchester. For more information, be sure to contact Winges Carpentry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Linda Pond has an infectious smile and an infectious enthusiasm for everything she undertakes. She is an inventor, an author, a CEO and a public speaker. It all began for her one summer night some seven years ago when, at a meeting of her local ladies fastball league, her daughter Rhonda, a fellow player, went to the cooler for a drink and exclaimed in evident frustration, digging blindly through the ice water: “why is there a light in a fridge and not a light in a cooler?” Voila: an idea was born. But it was only an idea. Linda’s company Customer Connects was, at this time, hosting an event called a “needs event”—a workshop geared to new community members to help them find new opportunities and brainstorm on business ideas. At the event Linda used the “light-in-a-cooler” idea as an example of the process of finding a solution-to-need match that gives rise to innovation. But people started saying: “that really is a good idea!” Linda heard this remark so many times when she mentioned the light-in-a-cooler idea she felt her destiny was
slapping her in the e face. She needed to go for it! Her two partners in the needs event, engineers Dave Watson and Gary Baker, were so enthusiastic about the idea they agreed to make the first prototype and partner with her in the patenting process. And so Linda started the long, often arduous, often inspiring, spiring, expensive process of patenting, producing and distributing an invention. Her first stop was the engineering firm Panasis based in Ottawa. It was Steve Carkner and his team that came up with the prototype and the critical design elements of what would become the “FAB Light”. The challenge facing the engineers in the design of this “light-in-a-cooler” was that the mechanism could not interfere at all with the seal of the cooler lid; it had to be very bright and it had to last. They determined to use an LED light source diffracted into a plexi array so that it illuminates out from the edge and doesn’t direct glare into the eyes of the user. They engineered a mechanical activation switch that uses gravity to trigger the illumination; when you close your cooler lid, the gravity switch interrupts the circuit and the light extinguishes. It is completely self-contained and compact; it sticks to the underside of the lid of any cooler with no wires or gizmos. It’s inexpensive and effective— it’s just simply fabulous. continued...
The engineering firm was so excited about the FAB Light that they agreed to be paid for their services with future royalties from sales. That’s how much faith they had in Linda and Rhonda’s idea, and that’s how a woman of moderate means can follow a dream of entrepreneurship without bankrupting herself and her family. Even so, there were hurdles, obstacles and delays before Linda found a manufacturer and distributer and saw her FAB Light on store shelves. Linda refers to the notion of “need” when she talks about the creative/innovative process of identifying “holes” and finding solutions to fill them. “It’s more like scratching an itch—they make life that much more convenient; that much less frustrating.” To her point: We didn’t need 3M’s Postit Notes before they were invented but now that we have them—darn but aren’t they handy to have around? The FAB Light is bound to become the same kind of indispensible convenience for our fast-paced culture. “FAB” originally stood for “find a beer” in the spirit of the camping/cooler scenario, but really the FAB light can be installed under any lid where shadow tends to obscure your search through the contents. I put one in my fabric chest; I’m an avid sewer and I have a fabric chest the contents of which are often hard to differentiate without the added illumination of my FAB Light. In fact, I hadn’t realized the degree of frustration I was incurring with every rummage through the contents until it was relieved and I could discern the black brocade from the black jersey without squinting and blinking. So in my case, FAB is “find a brocade”. The FAB Light, after a lengthy process of designing and patenting, is now distributed by the Winnipeg-based company Coghlan’s “The Outdoor Accessory People” under the brand “Cooler Light” and can be found in Canadian Tire Stores across Canada, and Walmart and Target stores throughout the US. Imagine that: our neighbor from Carleton Place Ontario invented a product, had it prototyped, patented and produced— and she lived to tell about it! In fact, Linda is such a seasoned entrepreneur after her experience with the FAB Light, she has written an inspiring book, Top Secrets of a Girl Entrepreneur, and speaks publicaly on the theme of innovation, collaboration and following ones dreams of entrepreneurship to fruition. Linda also offers consulting services to other budding entrepreneurs who have found a “needto-solution” match and need help and guidance in getting the invention process started. Linda has an electrifying personality and that spark tends to ignite everyone around her. Not only is she CEO of her own company, she is closely involved with many organizations in her community including the legendary Ladies Fastball team, now dubbed the “ F.A.B.u.Lasses “ in honor of the invention that was born on that late summer evening. The F.A.B.u.Lasses even took the invention to the ominous and fearsome moguls of the television
show “The Dragon’s Den” to see if the FAB Light could gain some investment and national momentum. Linda was also featured in Entrepreneur Magazine explaining the merits of the royalty arrangement she struck with the engineers— this is an inspiring story for anyone out there with a brilliant idea but little investment capital [http://www.entrepreneur. com/article/222811]. Linda is now pitching her invention to a broader audience of corporations as a branded corporate gift: visit www.lumincity.com to see how the FAB Light can carry your company’s corporate band or logo and illuminate many different types of product displays. You can learn more about Carleton Place’s Girl Entrepreneur and her F.A.B.u.Lasses by visiting www. lindaleepond.com and if you, like so many of Linda’s friends did, find yourself saying “yeah, that is a good idea!” you can pick up some Coghlan Cooler Lights at any Canadian Tire Store in the camping section, or just contact Linda herself through her website.
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Hearty meals and roaring fires lie just ahead for the lucky among us. Home owners want the house to be ready for whatever Mother Nature will dish out. Your house will need to be scrutinized using a Fall/Winter checklist. Before the snow flies, repairs could still possibly be addressed. Categories on your list could feature the following areas including exterior, interior, doors and windows, water and septic (if applicable), plumbing including bathrooms and laundry, attic garage, kitchen, heating and electrical. Include the individual elements to be assessed and make notes beside them. Having a handle on the status of your home can help you make the necessary updates and relegate other work to a more appropriate time. Once you have made notes or checked off all list items it is time to reap the rewards. Grab your hot chocolate and join your loved ones by the hearth knowing that you are well prepared to enjoy cozy days and nights over the next few months.
Stop clogged home gutters Faced with the prospect of another season spent precariously climbing a ladder and reaching inside to clear out debris and leaves, many homeowners are considering the installation of a gutter protection system. A gutter protection system is a cover or barrier that prevents leaves and large items, such as twigs or blown-around matter, from lodging in a home’s gutters and eventually preventing rain runoff from draining effectively. Clogged gutters and downspouts have been known to contribute to rainwater pooling around the foundation of a home, potentially causing seepage issues. Blocked gutters can also be a haven for stagnant water, which breeds mosquitoes and other insects and potentially harmful bacteria. To combat these issues, manufacturers have come up with a series of protection systems that allow water to enter the gutter while keeping debris out of it. Gutter protection systems range from do-it-yourself options to professionally installed products. There are a few different styles, and each offer their share of pros and cons. * Screen: A mesh or screen system consists of a screening material that fits inside or over the gutter. It serves as a sieve, allowing the water through but blocking leaves and debris. This system is affordable and can be a DIY project. But over a period of time the mesh itself can be blocked with a build-up of debris and will need periodic cleaning.
Also, in some screened systems water can freeze up in the screen openings, causing ice dams. * Aluminum covers: There are many different aluminum options. Some work with a small crevice along the top that is narrow enough for the rainwater to enter but not allow debris inside. They may not allow as much water to enter as a mesh system because they cover a greater surface area over the gutter. Closed systems also may provide an area for insects to make nests. *Foam inserts: A relatively inexpensive protection system is a foam insert. These pieces of porous foam are fitted inside the gutter, allowing water to flow through (albeit a little more slowly) while keeping leaves out. Foam inserts are an easy do-it-yourself project and can serve as a test of the efficiency of gutter systems before a more expensive system is purchased. * Surface tension products: These are closed plastic or aluminum products where the water entry holes or channels are on the bottom and sides of the product. This way nothing can ever get clogged from above. The system works by water surface tension; the rainwater will adhere to the product and then flow into the bottom or side holes. The nose of these products may have to be kept clean or the surface tension may not occur.
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My visit to Victory Farm Alpacas I drove down the narrow lane and pulled up in front of the Victory Farm shop on a sunny Friday morning. It had just rained for a few minutes and the air smelled dewy and earthy. A white Turkish Akbash (I would later learn) barked at me persistently but non-threateningly as if to say “Dad, someone’s here!” like a little kid answering a strangers knock at the door. I was a little bit early for our meeting. I could see my host Brian walking up from the barn leading two Alpacas by a lead. “Hello, you must be Brian” I said. Brian greeted me warmly and turned to introduce his friends. “This is Riley” he said, petting the long slender neck. Riley was black and small—like a pony; his head came only up to my eye-level. The curly tuft of hair on his head reminded me of a French beret and his black glossy eyes looked timidly into mine. I approached cautiously, a hand extended to pet his neck and he withdrew shyly, like a toddler clinging to a parent’s leg. But with some encouragement from Brian he relaxed, and I touched his soft coat, a little damp from the light shower, but dense and warm. The other Alpaca, a black colour as well, was introduced as Maze. These Alpacas, I sensed from the moment of this introduction, are more than just livestock to Brian and his daughter Alanna of Victory Farm. They are their livelihood, their passion, and their cherished friends. Alpacas are bred for their fibre and for showing; each one a registered individual with lineage and pedigree precisely mapped and tracked with DNA testing and imbedded electronic identification markers. Brian and Alanna are breeding for the dark brown or black fibre particularly as quality dark fibre is rarer than the light brown or white fleeced alpacas. continued...
We went into the cozy farm house and Brian put on some coffee while Alanna showed me around the Alpaca shop situated in what was once the original hewn log farm house. “What’s the best-selling item in your shop?” I asked. Alanna showed me a pair of terry socks made from alpaca fibre. What struck me first about them was how soft-textured they were, yet how dense and bouncy they felt—like Riley’s coat when I tried to pet him. A comparable pair of wool socks would have been limp and scratchy; these were almost like slippers. Alanna explained that they get them from a Mill in Palmerston Ontario where they also sell their fibre. So though the fibre of the socks is not directly made from the fibre produced on their farm, they may well contain some of their animals’ contributions.
*The term “wick” refers to the capillary action of a candle wick which draws forth wax as it burns. Materials that wick away moisture possess capillary qualities that draw moisture away from the skin (where it can evaporate) rather than absorb and hold it, as do other fibres.
Visitors to the shop, Alanna continued, sometimes balk at the price of the alpaca socks and the mitts. At forty dollars per pair, you won’t find them in an econo-six-pack like you might see at Wal-Mart when they’re blowing out cotton tube-socks. These are high-quality socks and mitts. And they treat your feet like royalty. They have innumerable advantages over the pilly cotton variety already mentioned, but they are also superior in quality to the typical wool sock often worn by the Ontario outdoorsman/ woman in his/her winter boots. They have superior thermal qualities over sheep’s wool and they wick away moisture.* Alpaca Fibres are also hypoallergenic, i.e. they do not contain common allergens sometimes found in various other fibres, such as the lanolin found in wool or the chemicals, irritants and plastics found in other fabrics. I put the alpaca terry socks to my nose and inhaled deeply and smelled….nothing. These characteristics of the alpaca fibre sock happen to be perfectly suited to the needs of diabetes sufferers. continued...
You can’t even talk about the lifespan of an alpaca fibre sock over that of a cotton tube sock; they’re not even in the same league. A cotton sock, worn and washed maybe once per week, will last about six months during which time you’ll be shunned by your spouse due to the odor your feet emanate. The alpaca fibre sock doesn’t wear the same way; it won’t make your nose hairs curl after one wearing; you don’t even need to wash them as often — get over it germaphobe, it’s true: Socks go nasty when sweat harbours bacteria and the sweat stays around. Alpaca fibre is naturally anti-bacterial and because the sweat doesn’t hang around in the sock, but is wicked away and evaporates, bacteria does not proliferate. When you do wash your alpaca socks they just need a run through the gentle cycle and an air dry— just like your bras and lingerie. MY COMMUNITY
A “thrum mitt” is a mitten with fuzzy-soft alpaca fibers sewn into the inside so your hand basks in a silky heaven of unbelievable softness while you’re strolling on a bitter winter day. Over time the thrum felts up and forms to your hand, like a print in sand, making a wind-resistant, custom fitted mitten just for you.
I’m an expert-byassociation when it comes to diabetes as my partner has had Type 1 diabetes most of his life, so I know what the deal is when it comes to diabetes foot care. A diabetic needs to make sure their feet don’t get wet, don’t get cold, and don’t get cut—and all this without being able to feel their feet much, if at all. That’s a challenge. The tiny blood vessels and nerves in the feet of diabetics are sometimes so damaged that they become the perfect site for an opportunistic bacterial infection which can escalate very quickly in a damp, poorly oxygenated environment into a serious condition called cellulitis. The alpaca Fibre sock keeps them dryer and warmer than any other fibre, and Victory Farms even offers a “relaxed -fit” variety that omits the elastic band around the ankle which can contribute to poor circulation. So there’s your Christmas gift conundrum solved for the diabetes sufferer on your list—or, of course, any loved one for whom you wish warm, happy feet and hands this winter.
As I walked around the shop my eye was caught by the skeins of knitting and crocheting yarn; the colours were so rich and varied. I picked one up and touched it to my cheek. I’ve never felt anything so soft! The fiber has a slight sheen to it so the colours reflect beautifully and with vivid contrast. Alanna showed me a pair of elbow-length kids’ fingerless gloves in bright pink and explained that, what with texting being such a perpetual activity among youth nowadays, these fingerless gloves are all the rage. The next item that caught my eye was the alpaca duvet. Brian showed me a cut section of duvet used to diagram how the fleece is quilted into small 6-inch squares keeping the fibres uniform and stationary. A traditional feather duvet contains small down feathers which eventually break free from the quilting and form “bunches” in the pockets, leaving bare spots with no thermal protection. An alpaca fiber duvet, on the other hand, requires less bulk due to the superior thermal value, and because of the length of the fibres and the anchoring effect of the stitches, there is consistent thermal value all over (or I should say under) the whole duvet. What results is a lighter, yet warmer, duvet. Victory Farm’s duvets are made by hand in Ontario with the fibre of the alpacas living on the farm.
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Next I got a lesson on the intricacies of spinning; I learned such terms as “roving” and “carding” and two-ply and three-ply—(I’m trying not to think of toilet paper). Alanna explained the continued...
mechanics of the spinning wheel and how the twisting forces of the plies keep the yarn strand intact and keep it from twisting up on itself. She showed me examples of various plies of yarn available in the shop as well as some products made from that very yarn. The striking thing about the scarves and sweaters, to a person used to the feel of wool or acrylic, is the weight; the density of the knitted fabric. I commented on how a sweater of alpaca fibre would be an investment for life; a garment you would cherish and wear into your elderly years. Alanna, as it turns out, is part of a group called Fibre Roads which strives to promote the heirloom quality—the artistic value—of handcrafted, locally made garments and textiles. Imagine how your great, great grandchild might cherish an alpaca sweater that was passed down to her by you and your children. (It seems incongruous to think of garments having that quality in today’s consumer-driven economy where nothing is priced according to what it actually costs and we cycle through our “stuff” and send it to the landfill after a brief and unexciting life….) For a small shop it certainly offers a variety of products: There are felting kits for those looking to learn a new
hobby, all types of winter apparel to keep your neck, head and hands warm, even thick felted insoles to add extra insulation between your feet and the cold ground. I loved the little knitted finger puppets and immediately thought what adorable stocking stuffers they would make. Some of the alpaca products in the shop come directly from the farm but many are purchased from Peru— Fair Trade organizations through which Peruvian villagers are able to earn money for their crafts and are free from exploitation. You can see the villagers’ imaginations at work in the variety of the little colourful finger puppets; there are bears, rabbits, lions and monkeys (with bananas!) and so many more. After my tour of the shop (and my coffee) Brian invited me to come down to the barn and pastures to see the alpacas up close. The sun was out in full force by then and the numerous farm dogs— and even the neighbor’s dog apparently—greeted us with excitement. The grass where the alpacas were grazing was short, like a golf green. I asked Alanna if, after this dry summer we’ve had, the grass is in low supply and the alpacas are short on nourishment. She said they have indeed continued... MY COMMUNITY
had to supplement the alpaca’s diet with more hay than usual this year. There were about thirty alpacas in various fenced off sections, all looking very contented and relaxed. The aromas surrounding me were totally inoffensive as were, I found, the little patches of pellet-like dung looking almost organized among the other elements of terrain: the tree stumps and stones poking up through the ground. (Alanna informed me that alpaca dung is a particularly good fertilizer as its nitrogen content is moderate so it won’t burn the crop.) Some of the alpacas were snoozing on the ground, some of the little ones were play-fighting, and some babies were nursing. The baby alpacas are called crias, Alanna explained, and when they are in a playful mood they sometimes engage in a activity called “pronking”, a sort of bouncing around using all four limbs to jump off the ground, like cartoon reindeer. I was lucky enough to see a brief example of this by one of the crias and I found it irresistibly comical. Alanna told me of a time when Brian plowed a pathway after a particularly heavy snow-fall and the alpacas joined together (even some of the adults) in a celebratory pronk parade around the path. What a site that must have been; I laughed at the picture it painted for me. Victory Farm is less than thirty kilometers outside Perth, or about a half hour drive from Perth, Almonte or Carleton Place. The drive takes you through beautiful countryside and weaves through the towns of Lanark and Balderson if you come from Perth, as I did. Being a rocky and hilly part of Ontario you won’t see too many field crops, just lots of trees, rocks and old buildings; remnants of the textile industry that once flourished in the mills on the Clyde River. Brian and Alanna have their shop open to visitors on a drop-in basis or by appointment, though regular shop hours are 10 - 4 on Saturday and Sunday. “If one of us is home”, says Brian, “we’re open to visitors”. You can make an appointment by visiting Victory Farm’s website where you will also find detailed driving directions from any originating direction. This is a fabulous destination for a day-trip with the kids; lots of pit-stop locations on the way, beautiful scenery and an alpaca experience you won’t soon forget—not to mention the warm hospitality of Brian and Alanna who love to share their passion for alpaca farming with anyone who has time to drop in. I said goodbye and thank you to Riley and Maze and their two devoted caretakers and drove back toward Perth reflecting on my experience. I now have a perfect birthday gift for my diabetic partner who is, as are so many men, impossible to buy for. (He may get another pair for Christmas, or maybe some mitts…) and I’m already planning a trip with my two “city” kids, if I can entice them away from their technology for a day with descriptions of “pronking” and promises of fingerless gloves. I’m sure it will be a day to remember and cherish.
The PickleDish on Bridge Street No…it’s not a deli, it’s a quilting pattern actually. It looks like a dish…of pickles. But PickleDish— the shop—is a place where quilters go. Novice quilters visit PickleDish to be inspired and maybe take a lesson or two. Experienced quilters go to use the long-arm quilting machines, buy fabric and supplies and see Jan, proud owner and long-time expert quilter. Novice quilters come to PickleDish ...and turn into experienced quilters. Jan’s been quilting for decades. She started with a sewing machine, as so many do, and as her craft established itself into a real passion, she invested in a long-arm quilting machine, and started a business of finishing quilts for customers. A month ago she opened her business in a new store-front on Carleton Place’s Bridge Street where the public is invited into the world of quilting with open arms—men and women alike. Jan offers quilting lessons, sells quilting supplies and machines and offers her own skill with the long-arm continued... MY COMMUNITY
quilter for those wishing to have their works completed by a pro. She also rents time on the long-arm quilter, much like a pottery studio will rent out time with a kiln. Handi-Quilter’s™ long arm quilters are specialized machines that transfer a design, called a pantograph, from a computer to the quilt in thousands of carefully placed stitches. The machine can be used “free-hand” or with the guided precision of the computer. Any imaginable kind of thread can be used, from the traditional cotton, to glossy polyester—even iridescent mylar that adds glimmery highlights to your work. Quilting is more than the traditional pinwheel or flower-basket patchwork you might know from continued...
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Quilting 101: Making quilts involves two distinct phases: there’s the piece-work (or patchwork), and the quilting. The piecing is obviously the sewing together of many small pieces, and the quilting is the step of securing the pieced fabric to batting and the back with many, many, close-together stitches. This part of the work is best done with a long-arm quilting machine, as keeping those three layers together without puckers and wrinkles is a tricky thing.
your grandmother’s spare bedroom; there’s no limit to the possibilities, the fabric combinations, and the stitching styles. Visit PickleDish and get in touch with your inner quilter. If you’ve never tried quilting before allow me to share with you some of the crafts special qualities: - you can be very much a novice quilter and still make something very beautiful; it doesn’t take three years of practice to get good enough to make something you’re not embarrassed to show off. Your first project will be a quilt you will display proudly. - Quilting satisfies your innate craving for colour, colour combining and colour variation. If you’ve never experienced this craving, you will when you see all the quilting fabrics displayed like a rainbow at PickleDish. - Quilting is therapeutic. It is a creative process that takes you into the state known as “flow”. It calms nerves and thoughts and gives you a sense of proud accomplishment. It is an expressive vent for anxious energy, or a meditative diversion from busy thoughts. You can quilt in solitude, or quilt with friends. Start a quilting guild! There are no limits to what quilting can be for you as a creative outlet; we are all, every one of us, artists awaiting a medium.
Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.[
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ecember and the holiday season are just around the corner and so is Perth’s own Annual Nick of Time Show featuring some of the area’s finest artisans. Over the years the Nick of Time Show has established itself as in integral part of Downtown Heritage Perth’s olde fashioned traditional Christmas festivities at McMartin House, 125 Gore Street East. You will be able to enjoy browsing through a wide array of fine arts and crafts. Admission is free. The Nick of Time show is more than just another craft show. It’s a juried show with high quality, one of a kind gift items fashioned by skilled local artisans. It is also a unique shopping experience in one of Canada’s most elegant homes. Styled in the Federalist tradition, McMartin House’s history goes back to 1830 when a wealthy young Perth lawyer decided to build the most imposing mansion in Perth. Today, 175 years later, we can still enjoy the results of his dreams. McMartin House will host the Nick of Time Show where you will be welcomed into cedar and pine draped halls of the old mansion by greeters dressed in period costume offering up free hot cider and cookies. continued... MY M Y COMMUNITY CO OM MM MU UN NIITY
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Three floors of stately rooms will be filled with a diverse range of creations from heritage pewter, hand woven clothing and quilting to handmade soap and beeswax candles providing you with unique gift ideas for that special person. The aim of the show is to offer traditional, original and exceptional items that can’t be found anywhere else. This year the 15th annual show has gone “green” offering ‘50-mile’ gifts made by artisans using organic, renewable and recyclable materials. Handmade quilts, twig baskets, natural centrepieces and carvings made from driftwood will be among the many green creations. So step back in time and take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas activities to enjoy some relaxed shopping in a truly festive atmosphere. While in town, check out the dozens of unique shops in Downtown Hertiage Perth, stay to watch the Santa Claus Parade and don’t forget to visit the Perth Museum for a gracious Victorian open house (1:00PM - 5:00PM) For more information call Bonnie Jehu (613) 278-2712. Heritage Downtown Perth takes you back to the late 1800s to present an Olde Fashioned Christmas. A town crier, merchants in period costume, carolling and music in the streets, chestnuts roasting on the fire at the Perth Museum, a special Christmas Farmers’ Market and seasonal specials at the local restaurants and pubs all contribute to the feeling of an Olde Fashioned Christmas. This Festival has been combined with the Annual Festival of Lights, the Crystal Palace full of Christmas trees decorated by local merchants and businesses, an old fashioned bon fire and a Grand finale of Fireworks over the Tay Basin.
The Perth Veterinary Clinic
Established to service large and small animal needs in Perth and district, it has grown from its small beginning to a progressive multi-service practice for all needs. Our sister practice, Westport Veterinary Services, is an exclusive small animal practice at the head of the Big Rideau and serves the Westport and Rideau Lakes areas. The Perth & Westport clinics are owned by three well known veterinarians: Dr. Steve Scott, Dr. Scott Robertson and Dr. Andrea Stringel. They are joined by Dr. Sarah Logan, Dr. Kim McGrimmon and Dr. Julia Brown in Westport.
Our practices strive to provide state of the art preventative medicine, elective surgery and, when needed, emergency care and surgery. With a friendly welcoming staff and four fulltime registered veterinary techniciansâ€”Anita McLean RVT, Amy Campbell RVT, Kristyn Knapp RVT and Roseanne McGill-Shawâ€”our team is here for your needs. Both clinics offer preventative examinations, consultations and surgery. We have in-clinic laboratory facilities, x-rays, ultrasounds and endoscopic exams on site. We also have an ultrasonic dental unit to provide your pets with state of the art dental care. For large animals these services are available by our field veterinarians on farm. Our latest purchase is a therapeutic class 4 laser, used to treat acute and chronic inflamatory conditions. This will be used to reduce pain and enhance healing, especially for hard to treat problems like arthritis. We cover a large area and have been a proud sponsor in our communities. PDCI revitalization sports field project, Stewart Park Festival and the Perth Fair are just a few of our beneficiaries. We look forward to being part of the Perth and Westport communities as we go forward.
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