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Carm Michalenko knows the value of literacy and education (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson)

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Getting a READ on adult literacy

hen Carm Michalenko moved to Canada. Italian was the main discovered READ Saskatoon, it language in our home until I started going was like love at first sight. to school in Saskatoon.” “I had gone with others in the business She attended St. Goretti Elementary communications field to conduct a miniSchool for two years, then St. Gerard workshop with READ Saskatoon. I was so School, E.D. Feehan High School, gained impressed by the passion of Sheryl Harrow a bachelor of commerce degree from the and Mavis McPhee. I told them to tell me University of Saskatchewan and a master’s more. Before I knew it I was on their board degree in business from the University of of directors,” said Michalenko, who is the Regina. community relations manager at Affinity “I knew all too well the importance Credit Union. of literacy and education. It is After joining the board through education that one is in 2006, she quickly became empowered. Crossing paths chairperson of the Peter with READ was a sign for me Gzowski golf tournament, to do something about literacy. which is READ’s biggest We knew that 42 per cent of fundraiser. She filled the adults were struggling with low position for five years. She was literacy.” elected as READ’s chair of She took up the challenge the board from 2009 through of a national golf tournament. 2012. While in that role, she There was one being held was instrumental in overseeing in every province and the shifts at READ. Those included Northwest Territories, but there People adopting a three-year strategic wasn’t one in Saskatchewan. business plan and moving the “I find myself often driving organization towards being proactive in the bus. I believe you cannot do things determining its path. alone. So I created an incredible team Now as past-chair, her vision for a to organize the tournament and begin financial literacy program is coming to life spreading the hidden issue of literacy to through grant support from TD Financial. the corporate sector. New as well is a three-year partnership “There was an awareness of how much with Affinity Credit Union for a provincial the Gzowski tournaments supported program. literacy in Canada, but we had never gone “That first meeting with Sheryl and directly to the people of Saskatoon. There Mavis was a huge light-bulb moment for was some fear of the unknown. Would me,” said Michalenko. “I felt an immediate corporations respond? Would golfers pull to the literacy cause.” enter? How do you choose a golf course? It’s an interesting relationship, Even how do you predict the weather in considering that for the first five years of September? Michalenko’s life, English was not the “As we went out into the public, the language used by her family. social and economic impact of how the “I was born in Italy, and when I was tournament would help literacy and affect two years old my working-class parents our clients drew an amazing response,”

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said Michalenko, noting the first tournament raised $20,000. It has raised $200,000 since its inception. She charted the course for the business plan with a newly-engaged board of directors. She knew she could build on READ’s leadership and well-respected reputation in providing quality literacy programs to individuals, families and work places. “Demographics in our community are changing rapidly. We grow to meet the evolving definition of literacy and the needs of our adults, families and communities. We are reminded that having good literacy skills makes it possible to learn all other skills. Literacy is an essential skill. It represents a diverse set of inter-related skills that enable an individual to gain access to information, acquire knowledge, learn, understand and communicate in a variety of settings,” she said. Drawing on a number of sources, including surveys and learner impact research, Michalenko set a number of priorities. Among them were exploring new partnerships and market opportunities, strengthening the profile, reputation and brand awareness, and collaborating with other organizations to enhance public dialogue and influence innovation. There was also the sad reality of infrastructure, having space that is accessible to those who need the service. “It takes great courage for a learner to make that first step, and having the accessible space is the key to supporting them.” Now there is a new partnership with the Kinsmen Club of Club of Saskatoon to develop a first-ever Community Learning Commons for Saskatoon. “Our vision is that this innovative space

will provide new efficiencies, enhance resources and lower costs to the non-profit partners,” said Michalenko. One of the newest thrusts is READ entering a new three-year partnership with Affinity Credit Union to try and improve the financial capabilities of many of its clients. Before Affinity signed on, READ delivered 48 workshops to more than 300 people from within 28 organizations on a shoestring budget. Before attending the workshops, 49 per cent struggled to pay monthly bills, 32 per cent spent beyond their means, 63 per cent wanted more control over their spending habits, 69 per cent did not put aside money in a savings account, and 64 per cent wanted to know how to create a budget. Three months after attending the workshops, 68 per cent started a family budget, 44 per cent changed their spending habits, 46 per cent starting taking steps to repair their credit, and 32 per cent opened an RSSP. “The partnership is all about building the essential skills in financial literacy, getting families to stick with it, measure it and succeed.” Harrow, who is executive director of READ, said “the presence of people like Carm helps people face reality by drawing them into the action. She makes things happen. Under her leadership there has been a trust in the room that things will happen. In my 12 years with READ, I couldn’t have grown my skills without her guidance.” Harrow adds that 87 per cent of READ long-term learners have reached their goals, many are entering Kelsey SIAST and the University of Saskatchewan, and 80 per cent of adults and families are changing their circumstances in employment fields.


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dle thoughts while eating the mailbox is full a postal worker driest peanut butter sandwich will ring your doorbell and hand you can imagine. it to you. He or she won’t be • I like calling Ken Noskye. happy. I know this to be true. At most times of the year he will • I enjoy my 15 minutes of answer his phone and sing some fame each week with Mayor Johnny Cash. Ken Atchison. I ask him sounds more like June questions — many Carter. At this time of which come from of year Ken sings readers — for his Christmas carols. He column. When you put has a delightful little tax increases, snow 12 Days of Christmas removal, garbage rendition he has been pickup, bridges, singing for the past overpasses, red-light couple of weeks. cameras, recycling, He never gets past sidewalks, the landfill, three though. I am Christmas greetings okay with that since on buses, art galleries, Editor long-distance charges police stations, railways apply. and potholes aside, he • Since moving over here from is a great guy to shoot the breeze The StarPhoenix, my motto has with. been “There’s no stress at the • What has happened to Express.” Ned Powers takes that feature writing? I see more and to a different level. Look at the more stories in publications photograph. He is taking over being presented in a questionformer premier Lorne Calvert’s and-answer format. I see pages office. Ned is not going to be with pretty pictures and a couple happy when he sees the photo. I of nuggets of info. They call like surprising him. them alternative writing styles. • For those that will embark Where’s the writing? I call them on having community mailboxes, lazy. fear not. There is a way for you • When you see a witty to get home delivery. I have tried headline in our paper, chances this, so I know it to be true. Don’t are it was written by RJ Currie. pick up your mail. When your When you see one that is boring

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Ned chills in former premier Lorne Calvert’s office and has a spelling mistake — and we have had some beauties — it was written by me. Earlier today I wrote that there was a “cowboy shooting seminar.” People sign up to shoot cowboys? • I was on Twitter the other evening when a columnist retweeted a typo — the old its or it’s — from somebody else’s work. Glass house, Dude. I went back and read his latest column and found a number of grammatical mistakes, including ye old was/were. My house is wrapped in cellophane. • People have different styles for pointing out our mistakes. There is the I-am-a-formerEnglish-teacher approach. I go stand in the corner after these. There are emailers that are rude and indignant. And there is a guy who has been pointing out my shortcomings from Day 1. (My shortcomings have also been pointed out in locker rooms, but that’s another story.) Anyway, the last time I heard from him there was an error in his email. I pounced. “My name isn’t spelled Hutcheson.” Or maybe it is, and I’ve been spelling it incorrectly for all these years.

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Dianna Stampe

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Going where no yogi has gone before

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t took a scary health diagnosis for Dianna Stampe to leave her comfortable career and begin her journey into the world of yoga. “I worked at the same public sector job for over 33 years,” said Stampe. “In 2010 I was diagnosed with very high blood pressure and other health issues, leading my doctor to prescribe time away from work and suggest I try yoga.” Stampe purchased a Groupon deal. With that, her yoga journey began. “I eventually settled myself in at Inner Peace Yoga,” said Stampe in an interview from her warm, light-filled front room. The low southern sun causes her blonde bob to virtually glow. “The owners (of Inner Peace Yoga), Joelle Mcdonald and Nicole Golden, have a very nice way of making you feel welcome and special.” Stampe said yoga helped her achieve inner calm and finally feel good in her body. “I used to do gymnastics as a child,” she said. “When I do yoga, I feel like I did when I was a kid and I mastered my first cartwheel.” Stampe took her instructor training at Inner Peace Yoga, where part of the curriculum involved teaching 10 karma classes in the community. “I started doing private sessions with a friend in her home and she suggested that I expand my practice,” said Stampe. “Not

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everyone is comfortable with or able to get to a yoga studio class. That is why I started Yoga 2 U. I bring private yoga lessons to different environments, such as office buildings, conferences, elementary and high schools, even hospitals. I provide the yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and straps — everything we need to enjoy our practice.” Stampe’s daughter, Jackie Cook, told her mom about the Vinyasa Yoga for Youth Program. Stampe immediately knew that she wanted to be part of a program that targets inner-city youth. Founded by local yogi Ryan Leier and his popular One Yoga studio, Vinyasa Yoga For Youth “empowers youth aged five to 22 through the practice of Yoga. Yoga helps discipline the body and mind and leads youth towards healthier life choices, an enhanced capacity for love and compassion, and ultimately a more meaningful life experience.” “It’s sad that so many children do not get enough exercise and do not know how to physically exercise and take care of their body and mind,” said Stampe. “Yoga teaches us how to use our breath to calm our mind and body. I would like to bring yoga to all people, but especially children, so they can learn in a healthy way how to cope with stress.” Stampe’s goal is to boldly go where no yogi has gone before: taking yoga to environments where she feels it is needed the most. One is Ronald McDonald House when its renovations are completed. “The families staying there will benefit

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Saskatoon Farmers’ Market building. Stampe recently completed a month of private sessions with a client who was a patient in the Dube Centre for Mental Health at Royal University Hospital. She is working with the Dube Centre to offer yoga to its patients on a regular basis. “It seems like more and more people are being diagnosed with anxiety and stress,” said Stampe. “Yoga is a drug free way to calm the mind and exercise the body,” she said. “I believe that yoga can cure what cannot be endured, and help you endure what cannot be cured.”

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uestion: What is the significance had never heard of that, but it is perhaps of the 25th Street extension something we can look at. In the meantime linking First Avenue and Idylwyld we are out sanding. We are doing the Drive? bridges approximately once every two Mayor Atchison: It is going to change hours. downtown Saskatoon. The reason I say Interesting about the bridges. The that is 25th Street between Idylwyld and Queen Elizabeth power plant heats the First Avenue is going to carry more than river water so steam comes up on the 25,000 vehicles a day. That means these bottom of the bridges and freezes. This vehicles are no longer on 22nd Street, 23rd makes them colder. Then the wind blows Street or 24th Street. It allows above and below the bridge for the streetscaping of 24th deck. Bridges are actually Street, perhaps even 23rd Street, colder than streets. Then you to make those streets into what have vehicles with warm tires they should be. It is going to which turns that energy into help encourage development in more icy patches. Sand doesn’t the warehouse district. People stick to the bridge deck because are finally going to see the city it so cold. So the best advice is yards, and the potential of what slow down. can be developed there over Question: The budget has the next few years. The yards been finalized. Can you break project and our new City Centre down how the money will be Plan could see 35,000 people spent, and what work we will Ask the Mayor see in 2014? living and working downtown. The impact will be tremendous. Mayor Atchison: With the Easing traffic congestion will help 7.43-per-cent increase in the mill rate this shape downtown. For example, our City year, 4.29 per cent of that is dedicated to Centre Plan talks about First Avenue being roads. What I heard loud and clear when a thoroughfare, as well as 25th Street, we did the Mayor’s Town Hall meetings 22nd Street and 19th Street. I believe this fall, and prior to that, is people want Fourth Avenue should be included in the city to invest more money in roads, that. Spadina Crescent is not meant to be repairing of roads, sidewalks, back alleys, a thoroughfare. What Spadina Crescent street sweeping and snow removal. Those is going to be and is intended to be is a are things that were a really high priority neighbourhood street with restaurants with the citizens. In the survey we have or cafes where people can sit out in the done every year, residents said they were spring, summer and fall and enjoy the prepared to spend $15 a month just for beauty of the river valley. So 25th Street better roads and more snow clearing. plays an integral part in all of this to get We came in at just over $9 a month for the traffic to flow around the downtown everything. It’s not that bad. It’s not that core. great, but it’s not that bad. I don’t know of Question: What is your message for anyone who wants to pay more taxes. drivers, especially those using overpasses What people told me loud and clear and bridges during cold weather? There is “if you are going to take 4.29 per cent, seems to be an unusual number of and you claim you are going to use it on accidents so far this fall. roadways, sidewalks, back alleys and Mayor Atchison: I think the biggest snow, you better make sure that is what thing people need to know is city crews you spend the money on.” are out there sanding the roads. When it is Councillor Eric Olauson is going colder than -16, putting salt on the streets forward with an enquiry. He is going and bridges actually makes them worse to ask the administration to account for because there is a quick melt and a quick every dollar spent on the roadways, snow freeze making them icy. I had one person removal, the sidewalks and back alleys. today ask why we aren’t using beet juice We want to be able to show citizens where on the roads, because one of the parking the money is spent. lots in the city is apparently using it. I We increased our street sweeping

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by $605,000. We increased snow removal by $500,000 and added another $635,000 outside the dedicated levy. We added $220,000 to do smooth backlanes, just over $1 million for patching potholes and another $4.38 million for restoring roads and sidewalks. Add all of that to last year’s budget allocations. Between last year’s budget and these funds, we are at more than $25 million for roads in 2014. I think people are going to see a significant improvement. Over the next three years there are going to be almost 500 lane kilometres of roadways restored in the City of Saskatoon. That takes you almost from

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Saskatoon to Calgary. We have given administration the financial ability to fulfil that obligation of making our roads better in Saskatoon. (Want to ask Mayor Atchison a question? Send it to editorial@saskatoonexpress.com. Please put LS908447.L16 “mayor” in the subject line.)

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It was great seeing Kyle Riabko again

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ow! When Riabko starred in the lead role I recently spent a week in of the Broadway production of Hair, I was New York, where I watched the lucky enough to be in New York with my Macy’s Day Parade, attended the fabulous family and took in the musical. Riabko’s Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carol talent had grown to new heights. King Story, saw the sights and ate great Now Riabko was at the NYTW. The cuisine. theatre itself is worth a visit for The last night was special. a different side of New York — We went to the New York away from the bling and bustle Theater Workshop (NYTW), of much of midtown. The an Off-Broadway venue. That’s venue is small and intimate, where our group watched with great seating out front and Saskatoon’s Kyle Riabko lead with rows of sofas on stage. the way through an amazing In fact, hanging from the 90-minute musical journey back wall, atop a cluster of called What’s It All About? carpets and fabrics stapled to It’s built on the music of Burt the walls buffering the sounds Bacharach. on stage, hung two couches on Columnist Riabko is the musical which the actors sat. Separating director, arranger and cothe two couches was a colossal conceiver of the idea. He is also a star. backdrop of musical instruments and Those of us who know him from sound equipment offering a stage platform Saskatoon know he is a real nice guy as or perch to be used every now and then by well! the performers. My friendship with Riabko goes back What followed wasn’t a play or a to when he was 12 years old and playing concert, but a spectacular with the music the Saturday afternoon jams at Bud’s on of Bacharach. Woven throughout was the Broadway. theme line, What’s It All About? And it I was avoiding housework and would culminated in a beautiful acoustic delivery often take in an afternoon music break. of the song by Riabko. Riabko had a passionate style like no other, The music (arranged by Riabko) was being a strong singer and guitar player. I slowed down or sped up, jazzed up or remember booking his band (Bluesway cooled down, rockified and romanticized. Express, with Roger Mercier and Ryan It was amazing! I was reminded of the Boldt) for an afternoon gig at Lakeview treasury of music Bacharach had given to School, where my students loved seeing the world: The Look of Love, Breaking rocking musicians of their own age. Up Is Hard To Do, I Say A Little Prayer, When Riabko was 13, I had the Do You Know The Way to San Jose? opportunity to introduce him to bluesman and so many more. Each led seamlessly Keb Mo, who visited and signed the young into another song with threads of other musician’s baby-blue electric guitar. The Bacharach songs throughout. They two met years later when Riabko opened were presented with quirky, modern and for Mo. Each remembered their first delightful choreography. JW11225.L16 encounter Riabko introduced the theme of the James fondly.

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n a recent mundane and snowy to pick up a copy of Oprah magazine. evening, I found myself in a With Oprah by my side my confidence conundrum. It was around 6 level increased significantly. I wielded p.m., and all I had put in my tummy the glossy Christmas issue like a shield that day was a Starbucks Chegger (a after telling the hostess that, yes, I senselessly scrumptious combination needed a table for one. of a Starbucks chai latte and Settling into what eggnog latte). would have been a booth Leaving point A, I realized I for four, the server made had at least three hours to burn no special note of my until having to be at point B. solo dining status. That I was starving, and there was earned her a fine tip later nothing to eat at home. Cooking on. Without looking at something was a possibility, the menu, I ordered the but not an attractive one. Firing only thing any selfoff a few texts, I hit up my respecting solo diner friends to go grab grub, but no would order. one was interested. Plunging “I’ll have the lobster,” temperatures and blustery I told the server. Columnist streets trumped the pleasure of She stared at me for a my company. moment, almost as if she This little idea kept popping into my was biting her tongue. I realized, given mind, and I kept batting it away. Then the mild panic in her eyes, that despite I realized I wasn’t just batting it away, her concerns she couldn’t bring herself I was downright terrified of the notion, to stop me from ordering the most which could only mean one thing — I expensive thing on the menu. At this I had to face my fear. was certain the crustacean I was about I was going to a sit-down restaurant to inhale had probably gone to Jesus to eat alone. I travel relatively circa 1992 and been flash frozen. But I extensively and am used to sidling up was okay with that. to airport counters for mass-produced I opened my Oprah magazine and tex-mex fair or even hitting a hotel began studying it in earnest, noticing bar or restaurant on my own. But this I was receiving a few side-eyes from was different. I was going to drive to a other diners. The bread and salad came. restaurant, solely of my choice, to ask I thoroughly enjoyed the notion that if for a table for one. By choice. Again, I wanted to eat all the bread myself, I the idea terrified me so unreasonably could. (And I did. Suck it, gluten). It that it forced me into it by nature of was harder than I thought to eat and that very fact. read simultaneously, so away went the I opted for a fairly ubiquitous magazine. It was my turn to cast some franchise on Eighth Street. It is one side-eye. that is too overpriced to ever take First thing I noticed is nobody my kids to, and it’s uncool enough to dresses up to go out anymore. Note to ever hit up with friends. My first stop, friends: If I ever, ever show up to go however, was Shopper’s Drug Mart out anywhere wearing an oversized

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man’s bunny hug, I have officially given up. The number of women in the restaurant wearing that very item —paired with yoga pants or jeans — was exponentially high. Ball caps abounded: young or old, male or female. This restaurant, in which the price point of the average entree is around $20, was absolutely chock-full of slobs. (Okay yes, I was also wearing yoga pants, but they were a tight, black style. When tucked into the knee-high boots I was wearing, they easily passed for cute leggings.) I noted another strange phenomenon: the larger the group, the less anyone speaks to each other. A mid-late life couple next to me spoke little to each other either, but their silence was much more comfortable. As they were getting up to leave, a lady from the next table leaned over and asked them how many years of marriage they were there celebrating. “Forty-one,” replied the husband with a smile. As they walked away, the curious woman turned back to her partner, who immediately launched into a verbal evisceration because she should “mind her own damn business.” My lobster arrived, and this I shall recommend: eat lobster like no one is watching. Honest to Pete, I had to shower and put my clothes in the wash when I got home. My insides and out were covered in a thin layer of congealed drawn butter. But who cared? No one, that’s who, because I was eating alone. “Would you like dessert?” asked the server, when it was clear by the twostorey pile of napkins on my plate that I was indeed finished with my poor little lobster, who was very good. (I would like to take this moment to thank him

or her for their sacrifice.) “Sure,” I responded. Why not? I still had an hour to kill. The server promptly returned with my bill folder. Alrighty then. Maybe she forgot that 47 seconds earlier I had just hustled for some Key lime pie. Maybe she knew too much about the desserts to allow me to do that to myself. Either way I didn’t argue with her. I paid my bill and made my way back into the company of humans. Would I do it again? Nope. It was mildly amusing to be able to order whatever I wanted, eat with abandon (but still with civility, let’s be clear) and focus on my inner dialogue while unabashedly eavesdropping on everyone else’s. But in my world the act of eating a meal serves two purposes: to nourish the body with food and to nourish the soul with conversation and companionship. While both these goals cannot always be met, when the latter is missing, I’ll be eating Kraft Dinner over the sink from now on. LS908442.L16 Liza

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renda Kwiatkowski is a wife, a mom and a nurse. She also packs two sixshooters on occasion. Kwiatkowski is a member of the Saskatchewan Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and is its secretary-treasurer. “You know we shoot blanks, don’t you?” she asked a visitor, with the pops of gun fire ringing out in the background. The .45-calibre guns, replicas of those used in the days of the Wild West, shoot blanks which include black powder. Embers from the powder break balloons that are used as targets as participants ride and shoot their way around a course. The embers have a range of 20 feet. Kwiatkowski , a nurse at Royal University Hospital, said the romanticism associated with gunslingers from more than a century ago is part of the appeal of the sport. “That’s part of it absolutely; the feeling they must have felt 100 years ago and more.” The club is five years old. Kwiatkowski’s husband, Lionel Duh, is one of the five founding members. “It is something we can do together, unlike other sports — like barrel racing which I used to do and team roping that he used to do,” she said during a seminar last week at Prairieland Park. “We did those separately; now we can JW11249.L16 do this together. It’s more fun that James way.

Cain Quam was the instructor at a shooting seminar at Prairieland Park (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson) “I wouldn’t have gotten into this if it had just been myself. I have never been around guns. My husband has been all his life, so his enthusiasm and the fact we could do it together got me to try it. “Once I tried it, it was way too much fun,” she said with a laugh. One of her thrills was competing in front of 3,000 people last month at the Agribition in Regina. Have guns and horse, will travel. “It was a humongous success. It was awesome.” She said it wasn’t intimidating with so many people in the arena.

“It was great to have their support; they come out and they cheer for you. It feels great.” The sport may have Hollywood appeal, but safety is the No. 1 priority, she said. There are many legal requirements that have to be met before a person can join the club. Included is having a licence to carry a restricted weapon. The club had to meet strict criteria, including being registered with the RCMP, before it could be formed. For more information visit www. saskcowboymountedshooting.com.

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ear Lianne, I moved back here to reunite with my old flame. He and I were engaged when I was in my 20s. I now am 42 and living a life of misery. He is an alcoholic. He has temper rages, and then he is sweet as pie. He will cook me a beautiful meal and then call me fat. I hate the fact I am alone. He has had many failed rehab attempts. I can’t seem to escape from his madness. — Stacey Dear Stacey, You were fooled by a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You bought into his con job. Often people who have addictions are the best manipulators around. You truly have a choice to make. Ride the rollercoaster of insanity with him, or get off at the next stop and start to normalize your life. I would urge you to join a hot yoga program and start to reconnect with yourself. You will need to find your inner strength to move forward if that is what you choose. You must understand that he is who he is, and you know that he may well want to provide all the things he promises, but he is unable to fulfil his promises to himself, let alone you. Ask yourself if you are happier with him or without him. I would strongly urge to you to attend an Al-Anon meeting. The people there will give you a clearer picture of what is happening. Life is short, and it is worth living to the best of your abilities. Being in an unhealthy relationship is cheating you of a wonderful harmonious life. Dear Lianne, My daughter is insisting I never date. She acts horribly when she meets my dates. I cannot believe an eight-year-old girl can have so much control over my life. Her dad and I split two years ago. What should I do? — Jennifer Dear Jennifer, The first thing you need to do is to stop introducing your daughter to men you are dating. Should you enter into a serious relationship with someone, then it is appropriate to introduce your daughter to the fellow. It is threatening to a young girl to see her mom with a variety of men. She may also be hoping that her mom and dad will reconcile. The new fellows are sabotaging that dream of hers. Go slow and get to know people without her involvement. Lianne Tregobov is a matchmaker and the owner of Camelot Introductions. Questions for this column can be submitted to camelotintroductions@mymts.net.

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Character sketch

Merv Burgess: a life of drawing, painting and hairstyling

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t was more than 40 years ago that Brown Crescent began magically morphing into Charlie Brown Crescent during the holiday season. Merv and Marlene Burgess have been there since the beginning. Merv was at the neighbourhood meeting that led the crescent to becoming a staple on Christmas light tours. Thousands of cars filled with bright-eyed children have made the loop. “At the time, our crescent was all young people like ourselves,” said Merv Burgess, an 84-year-old retired businessperson. “I drew up a bunch of Charlie Browns and then went down to The StarPhoenix and got a roll of newsprint. Everybody took the pattern off what I drew. That’s how it became Charlie Brown Crescent. It made our crescent well known.” It could have been called Charlie Brown and Friends Crescent. Linus, Lucy and Snoopy are among the characters appearing on the sheets of plywood. Burgess estimates about 10 families from the original group still live on the crescent. When people moved, most left their display for the new home owner to erect. There are now approximately 20 homes with the various characters from the Charlie Brown comic strip on their lawns. “It is not as prevalent as it used to be, which is too bad. We used to get a lot of traffic. There used to be buses of people, especially the week before Christmas.” That Burgess would draw the characters for the display was no surprise. He has had a passion for art since he was a boy growing up in Moose Jaw. “I can remember on Saturday nights listening to Hockey Night in Canada on the radio. I would sit in the kitchen and draw. I have always loved drawing. “I have never taken a class or anything. I would have loved to have gone to an art college when I was younger, but I don’t know if they even had them in those days.” He started with pen and ink, then moved to water colour. “Now I am into acrylics and oil. I sold quite a few pen and inks, and then I got tired of that and started water colour. “I get bored easy,” he said with a laugh. “I have just started oil after being with acrylics for so long. I am getting used to it now. I like them both.” He has sold quite a few, he said. One of his first sales was to a professor at the University of Saskatchewan. “It was pen and ink. She asked me if I could do a drawing of her home in Germany. I said, ‘Sure. Give me a picture and I will see what it looks like.’ I did and she bought it.” He has also been dabbling in cartooning

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Merv Burgess has had a passion for art since he was a boy growing up in Moose Jaw (Photos by Sandy Hutchinson) for more than 25 years. He has developed a panel called Brother’s Keeper. He has 90 and hopes to push it over the 100 mark in coming months. He said it was inspired by a pastor at his church. “He was a big fat guy; a good guy. He was humorous. I got the idea from that.” Burgess moved to Saskatoon approximately 50 years ago. A family friend in Moose Jaw suggested he get into the hairdressing business. There was a school in Saskatoon. “The owners of the biggest (salon) in Moose Jaw were friends of mine. I played football with their son. The mother thought I should take up hairdressing. I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ I thought about it later and came to Saskatoon. And I started hairdressing school.” In a female-dominated profession, he was one of two males in a class of 25. When he graduated, he got a job in the business. After a couple of years he got the itch to open his own salon. A man named Stafford Gould, who was in the beauty supplies business, loaned him the money to get started. “I opened my first shop in Brevoort Park in a little shopping mall there. It was all on a handshake; I never signed a thing. That first salon was around $6,000 — which was a ton of money at that time. I had it paid back (to Gould) in about two years.” Soon after, Burgess opened Mervyn’s Clip Joint downtown and sold his Brevoort Park salon. Mervyn’s Clip Joint

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regularly with a group of friends who often take advantage of the early-bird special at the Willows. Merv and Marlene, who have been married for 58 years, have four children: Jeff, Dale, Christy and Cathy.

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ld Granny used to say, “Take care of the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves.” Well, the government is phasing out pennies. And a buck today won’t buy you a decent cup of coffee. But there is still merit in the adage. While most councillors were looking at the big-ticket items on the expense side during budget debate, it appears that Coun. Tiffany Paulsen looked at the revenue column and pointed out that out-of-towners should pay more than city residents for use of civic facilities. Or perhaps her comments were driven by constituent complaints. Either way it is not a new idea, but one worth examining. It may not have been a big deal when Saskatoon’s bedroom Columnist communities were a few small towns, but those small towns have now become cities. According to the administrative report, outof-towners account for 20 per cent of the usage of city leisure services, thereby impacting on availability of programs for city residents, especially swimming classes held in high-cost aquatic centres. City taxpayers have and will continue to pay the capital cost of those facilities and supplement 35 per cent of the operating costs. It is disconcerting to have leisure services manager Cary Humphries respond to Paulsen’s concern, saying he is not inclined to change the pricing structure at this time and will wait until the results of a market study before deciding what changes, if any, should be introduced. (Oddly enough, I thought this would be council’s decision.) It is the “if any” that is objectionable. If one-fifth of usage is by out-of-towners, then their local governments should strike a compensation agreement with the city for both the use and capital cost of leisure facilities or use their property tax dollars to build and operate their own facilities. And the city should not stop at leisure centres. A decade ago our library board began asking to build a new downtown library for upwards of $50 million. There were many questions being asked at that time. If the purpose of public libraries is to provide reading material and promote public literacy, would construction of an expensive edifice in the city centre achieve that goal? Or should library services be focused on developing more branch

outlets in city neighbourhoods rather than a massive downtown complex? Better yet, why not partner with the school boards and cost-share school libraries which could be used by students and the public-at-large? Almost every neighbourhood has a least one school, and some have two. If nothing else, citizens could order their books online and ask for pick up at the school nearest them. Then the library services need only build a warehouse to store materials for delivery to outlets. About that same time, I asked a Corman Park councillor how they delivered library services to their resident and how well it worked? He replied he really didn’t know, because he never used it; he only used our downtown Frances Morrison library. It was then that I started thinking that non-residents of Saskatoon should have to pay an annual fee to access our libraries. While our leisure centres are subsidized, our libraries are totally funded by Saskatoon taxpayers. If they are to be used by Saskatoon and region, then the surrounding municipalities should share in the capital and operating costs of our libraries. Sure, out-of-towners might stimulate the local economy by shopping or buying breakfast or lunch, but that doesn’t entitle them to access tax-subsidized public services. Any spending that non-residents do in Saskatoon is merely for their convenience. And residents of this city stimulate the local economy daily and still foot the bills for civic services. This is not about the city being petty. It is about reality. Saskatoon residents are facing a huge tax increase in 2014. And the cost of living in Saskatoon is increasing to a point where many residents cannot afford to use the facilities they are paying for. In the grand scheme the amount of money being recovered by a higher fee structure payable by non-residents, comparative to the annual budget, may seem small. But 20 per cent of something is better than nothing. Even more so when you consider that Humphries suggested the city may have to add more programs, such as swimming lessons, to accommodate demand. Or that other sports organizations are calling for more facilities to be built. Although adding programs and building new sports venues may address the needs, it does not address the costs. We don’t know where other councillors stand on this issue. But kudos to Coun. Paulsen for raising the concern and holding firm on her position. ehnatyshyn@gmail.com

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hrough a 50-year Saskatoon friendship, Al Anderson held the utmost respect for Howard Stensrud, calling him “a unique individual and the most compassionate person I have ever met.” Stensrud, who devoted much of his life to helping those with special needs, died Dec. 8. Stensrud joined the Saskatoon Cosmopolitan Club in 1957 and was active with Elmwood Residences, Cosmopolitan Industries, Jubilee Residences and the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres. He served as president of each of the organizations for at least three years. As parents of a daughter born with cerebral palsy in 1961, Stensrud and his wife, Rita, were drawn to a meeting of what was then called the Saskatoon Association for the Mentally Retarded. Stensrud said in the book At the Heart of the Elmwood Family that “Joanne has always been a blessing, the light of our life for the entire family, and she gave us a different look at life.” Anderson and his wife, Joan, were also parents of a special needs child, Doug, who was diagnosed with a severe form of cerebral palsy. “I saw ours as a working family relationship,” said Anderson, who was side-by-side with Stensrud in most of the undertakings. “I saw him as a friend, a co-worker, an associate. I admired his leadership and the unbelievable commitment to people with special needs. He was a strong, firm man. And it was that kind of toughness that made him a good man to have on our side as we challenged governments to do better for those with special needs. “I’m not sure we would have the services in Saskatchewan today if it hadn’t been for Howard. Maybe we would have in time. But a lot of things we were able to do were firsts in Saskatchewan. Howard said Saskatchewan did things better in our field than anyone else in the world. “Howard was a man of incredible energy. He could step out, make contacts and draw people to the cause. As a fundraiser, you couldn’t ask for anyone better.” Stensrud’s motto was “Society is finally judged by what it does to – and for – the least capable of its citizens.” Stensrud was born and raised in Meacham. He took a summer job at Miner’s Construction and bought the company in 1977. At 85 he was still turning up at the office as recently as late November. He was recognized for community contributions by the B’nai B’rith We’re Proud of You award in 1979 and by the naming of a Jubliee Residences lodge in his name. He was also a recipient of the Order of Canada in 1994. He and Rita were married for 64 years.

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ear Reena, Is there a way of unsticking five photos in a pile that were soaked with water and then dried before being discovered? — Jane

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Dear Jane, Photos that are stuck together cannot always be separated. And whenever the attempt is Re: What is a good way to clean a commade, there is a risk of photo tear. Consider tak- puter screen and/or TV screen? ing the photos to a professional restorer. If you One tip on this subject: make sure the screen decide to attempt this risky business on your has no standby power to it. For TVs, the unit own, you will need to cover and soak the photos should be unplugged from the power source. For in water and a drop of liquid computers, make sure they are powered fabric softener or hair condioff. Standby power causes static electricity tioner for 30 minutes. Remove which can damage the unit. — Ivan photos from water and slowly separate them. If the photos Christmas Is Coming begin to rip, soak them again Get the house ready for company. for a few minutes, then use a Remove clutter. plastic spatula to unglue them Wipe down the bathroom, change the without tear. Air-dry photos garbage and put out fresh towels. and place them on a towel. Clean the toilet, sink and faucets using Weigh down the edges of each a non-toxic product. photo to prevent curling edges. Create a natural bathroom aroma. Fill a bowl with water and a few drops of esHousehold Dear Reena, sential oil. Add an additional Christmas Solutions I am new to the world of accent by floating decorative poinsettias on cooking and wonder how to the surface. glaze a ham. — Elaine Before company arrives fill a slow cooker with a British drink known as Wassail. Let the Dear Elaine, aroma of Christmas fill the air all evening while There are many recipes and ingredients that guests help themselves to a delicious cup of this you can use to glaze a ham: mustard, brown hot drink. sugar, pineapple juice and honey are popular. Wassail Recipe: Combine 1 litre apple cider, A half hour before the end of cooking, brush 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, half cup the ham with equal parts of brown sugar and (125 ml) honey, quarter cup (60 ml) lemon honey, or equal parts brown sugar and powdered juice. Simmer the Wassail on the stove or in a mustard. Line your roaster with aluminum foil slow cooker. and slowly cook the ham at 325F for 20 to 30 Candy Cane Air Freshener Recipe: In a minutes per pound for ham that has not been spray bottle combine 5-10 drops of peppermint precooked. Follow package directions for preessential oil with enough water to fill the bottle. cooked ham. Pre-cooked ham is an easy food to Spray this holiday fragrance in every room of set in a slow cooker for a few hours with enough the house.    pineapple juice to cover the bottom. Baste each hour. When your oven thermometer reads 160F, Harness The Power of Words! the meat is ready. Candy canes, though high in sugar, only contain 50 calories. They have no fat or cholesFeedback from Readers Who Care: terol and make a great addition to a cup of hot Re: Darkening Gravy chocolate. National Candy Cane Day is Dec. 26. People have contacted you regarding the making of brown gravy. If you come from I enjoy your questions and tips; keep them England you would know that the only way to coming. Missed a column? Can’t remember a make brown gravy is to use a product available solution? Need a motivational speaker for an from the grocery store called Bisto. The recipe upcoming event? Check out my website: reena. requires a quarter cup of Bisto, a quarter cup ca. ML42136.L16

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uy Few thinks it has been 23 years since he first hooked up with the Fireside Singers and their exciting Christmas music celebrations. Few, who is originally from Saskatoon but is now based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., is coming back to join the orchestra for the Fireside Christmas shows at TCU Place on Dec. 20-21. “I think Fireside produces one of the most amazing Christmas shows in Canada. I often tell my friends in the east about it,” he said. “There is a quality in the voices and the performances. There is a sense of family, right from the stage out into the audience. For me, it feels like I’m in someone’s living room. Yes, I come home to visit with my parents at holiday time, but it is doubly positive because of the chance I get to work with the Fireside Singers, which I consider my musical family.” While growing up in Saskatoon, Few remembers singing with Fireside when they’d occasionally appear at the Centennial Auditorium’s Noon Festival of Carols. He’d also take part in the Christmas celebrations at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church. There was also an association with pianists. One was Sheila Shinkewski, his first teacher and once the accompanist with Fireside. The other is Bonnie Nicholson, with whom he studied under the mentorship of Robin Harrison. She is now the pianist with Fireside. “I have faith in Marilyn Whitehead and all the people she brings together,” said Few. The faith is even stronger after Few was asked twice this year to return to conduct when Fireside mounted Les Miserables: first for three nights at Lakeview Church in June and then for two nights at

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Cam Hutchinson & Friends: Class-action settlements, pleading guilty and getting Suh-ed

• Instead of Dief the Chief, I’m thinking he was more Dief the Mischief. • Janice Hough, on Oprah Winfrey saying she never wanted children because she has been so busy with her career that her kids would hate her: “Shame Kris Jenner never had that thought.” • Factoid: The longest word in the English language with letters in alphabetical order is “almost.” • Torben Rolfsen, on the major league baseball rules committee saying it plans to end collisions at home plate: “Ray Fosse said he would like to block the decision.” • Bill Littlejohn, on a U.S. Congress bipartisan agreement on the budget being reached to prevent a shutdown of everything significant in Washington: “Well, everything except Robert Griffin III.” • TC Chong, on Pope Francis being named the Person of the Year by Time Magazine: “When the pontiff received the news, he screamed ‘Yes!’ and then Tebowed.” • From Littlejohn: “Now that homeplate collisions have been banned, will they rename Crash Davis?” • I kind of like Brian Burke’s Ted Kaczynski look. • Hough, on a woman agreeing to plead guilty to second-degree murder for killing her husband by pushing him over a cliff in Montana just a week after their marriage: “Is she blaming it on the seven-day itch?” • Chong, on a sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial being exposed as a fake: “All he was messaging was that vuvuzelas are 50 per cent off at all airport outlets.” • From Rolfsen: “The sign language interpreter from the Mandela memorial has returned to his day job: signalling in plays from the sideline for the Houston Texans.” • Another from Rolfsen on the same topic: “The South African government has admitted that hiring that fake sign language guy was a mistake. Apparently, it was his first gig since Manti Te’o’s Notre Dame graduation ceremony.” JW11221.L16 • A plastic surgeon in California gave his daughters breast implants as a gift. The James

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• Three global tragedies since the Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup. 3. The AIDS pandemic; 2. Chernobyl’s meltdown; 1. Disco. • As president of hockey operations for the Flames, Brian Burke said he didn’t need to drive the bus. That was before he threw GM Jay Feaster under it. • South Carolina police clocked defensive end Jadeveon Clowney going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. In metric, that works out to 177 km/h slower than he clocks quarterbacks. Ted Kaczynski (Wiki Photo) • Chargers quarterback Phillip RivDon Cherry (Wiki Photo) surgery took the two women from B to C ers went to Thursday’s NFL Network cups. “Having surgery done by my dad post-game interview in rattlesnake boots. has been arrested over 1,500 times was makes sense — he’s the best at what he Seems appropriate; he certainly left the back in jail as of Thanksgiving. He’s does,” one said. And I always thought my Broncos rattled. been visited by one brother, two cousins sons were a handful. • Some interpretations of Mayan and 19 NFL scouts. • From Hough: “Although the male prophecy have the world ending this • Two recent headlines involve cheerleader didn’t actually trip the player, December. In related news, Heidi Klum Portland’s hot NBA start and the fate of Oklahoma State announced it will discijust announced she will no longer model Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner. Headline pline the student who extended a foot as lingerie. one: Blazers making noise; headline two: one of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrated • Mike Tyson scrapped a visit to NBA West leaders. his end-of-game touchdown. Wonder if the London after being banned from entering • According to a new study, male young man has been offered a job with the the UK. No one was more relieved than fruit flies that rarely mate lead shorter Pittsburgh Steelers?” Prince Charles. lives. They are also married. • In the game against the Rams, • Littlejohn, on the cheerleader facing • The arena crew at a Florida PanVernon Davis of the Niners was pulled punishment for attempting to trip OU’s thers game replaced the glass behind down by his manhood. Even worse, he Erik Striker: “No word yet on whether the net but didn’t take the backing off, came up short. OSU will lose a draft pick.” blocking the view from the stands. • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will re- “Good idea,” said Sabres fans. • I might be more disappointed that Jon portedly join the U.S. radio show Sports Cornish won the Lou Marsh Award if I • Major League Baseball wants to Junkies. Judging by the title, Ford is knew who Lou Marsh was. make it a rule runners must slide to score certainly qualified, but what’s he know if there’s a play at the plate. I can’t see • A study found class-action lawyers about sports? this being much of a concern to Cubs make millions of dollars in settlements • CNN reports a Kentucky man who base runners. JW11256.L16 while their clients get 12 per cent or less of the money awarded in judgments. This James is news? • Factoid: The longest one-syllable word in the English language is Campaign for Royal University Hospital “screeched.” • Littlejohn, on Arizona Cardinals deDay-to-day, Today and Tomorrow fensive tackle Darnell Dockett deliberately stomping on the hand of St. Louis Rams On any given day, 159 adults will enter offensive tackle Chris Williams during a game last week: “Later Darnell said to a the Emergency Department and sports writer: ‘So Suh me.’” 79 surgeries will be performed at • The federal government is planning to Royal University Hospital, spend $500,000 on a project to offer seal meat in stores. When I buy a package I’m Saskatchewan’s busiest trauma centre. going to use my club card. For 30 years, donor support of

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for cold sores of the face and hot sores of ver seen a fish fish? No no? Well say hello to the anglerfish, the nether regions. a disgusting looking denizen of the A patient’s worse fears are too often deep that actually fishes for other fish. followed by a patient’s burst tears as the diagnosis of herpes is explained to them. She has a fishing rod that hangs off her head and emits a little light to attract They often desire deeply to bring a fatal conclusion to that attractive source of supper. This is not unlike the way my uncle Ernie hunts and fishes. The light is their herpes. also used to attract a potential mate who, A total of 60 million adults in North unable to see well deep in the ocean, is America have genital herpes. This is the attracted to the light. same number as there are Yankee fans, which is why one should never Upon realizing it is a cheer for the Yankees. One in female, he sinks his teeth into five adults has genital herpes. her and is her mate for life. Even if the light gets bright While this could lead to an and he actually gets a peek at interesting dinner party guesshis repulsive bride, it’s too late ing game or an office pool for cold fins. They are wed (“I’ll put $20 on Ralph, Frank until a shark do them part. and Loretta”), the numbers are changing precipitously. There The fish was part of a are one million new infections museum exhibit entitled Fatal served every year. For overall Attractions that showed the prevalence, genital herpes mating behaviours of creatures infects more people than all of the wild, including bugs, Doctor other sexually transmitted fish, confused moose, a rather infections combined. obscene snail and his love dart, and Charlie Sheen. The problem is that 90 per cent of The male octopus (a known cannibal) those with genital herpes don’t know it. Most actually only find out after someone will either mate or eat’m the meat (spot they’ve been with contracts symptomatic all three anagrams?). A male grouse has to expose himself (so to speak) in an open herpes from them. This little devastation in the life of that patient begins in my area in order to properly show off his office (not the infection part). The vast plumage. But this also attracts predators majority of transmissions of this highlywho give him plenty to grouse about. The mandrill, not unlike Barbara, caught infectious virus are from asymptomatic my eye as this baboon-like creature with carriers who honestly haven’t got a clue. When it does become symptomatic, a brilliant blue, red and gold face also develops the same colours in his butt and it may range from painful sores (known genitals in order to appear more attractive. as ulcers) or small fissures (cracks in the skin) to even burning on urination. It is a The male Hobo spider is asked to common misconception that you have to shake what his momma gave him. And if he dances, she has him over for dinner have some glaring painful bleebie in order for it to be herpes. and they mate. If he dances poorly, she You might not ever notice it. There are just has him over for dinner. Come across now readily available, antiviral medicaa spider practising the eight-legged Macarena, leave the poor guy alone, his eve- tions that can really knock the stuffing out of those recurrent herpes of the genitals or ning/life depends on it. “I’m gonna kill the face. him” is also the usual response of those who have discovered that their liaison of Besides the obvious unpleasantness, love has left them with skin sores. I am herpes can be dangerous and even fatal to talking about the all-too-common experi- a newborn as it passes through an infected ence doctors undergo of telling a patient birth canal. Next time you head to a bar or they have herpes. club — especially after a Yankees game Herpes simplex is the virus responsible — be careful what you fish for.

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fibreglass wolf sculpture that went missing for about a month near the University of Saskatchewan has been found. In early November a new Placemaker Public Artwork known as INFRA by Tonya Hart of Toronto was installed on College Drive near Bottomley Avenue. INFRA is a sculpture installation comprised of 10 life-sized wolves created with fibreglass and polyurethane resin. Fluorescent pigment gives the

wolves their bright colours during the day and LED lighting provides their glow at night. Sometime between late evening Nov. 13 and early morning Nov. 14, one wolf was stolen and two others damaged.  The missing wolf was found last week by Campus Security in a U of S parking lot, and returned to the City. The wolf pack was to be scheduled to be reinstalled this week at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink. C

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YRENIA, North Cyprus — You might campaigns. It is thought that the first observation choose to have a light breakfast before tack- towers at St. Hilarion were built during these atling the final few kilometres of the mountain tacks, and there are written accounts that the castle road that leads to the entrance of St. Hilarion Castle. existed when Richard the Lionheart captured the Switchbacks cause you to look over your shoul- island in 1191 on his way to the Third Crusade. der as you make your way through the 360-degree In 1192 Richard sold the island to finance his corners. There are enough steep drops that your army to the Knights Templar and then to Guy de Lucar’s AC does nothing to prevent you from breaking signan, the last king of Jerusalem before Saladin’s conquest. For about 300 years the island was under out in a sauna-like sweat. the Lusignan rulers, who refurbished and fortified But once you glimpse the sight of the castle, its the castles. walls spiralling up near vertical mountain sides and turrets stark against the By the mid-1400s it was the Venetians pale blue skies, you’ll forget the whitewho occupied the island, and defence knuckle journey it took to get here. strategies changed. The new occupiers If you’re visiting North Cyprus opted to build new forts and reinforce (since 1974, the north has been the some existing ones (including nearby Turkish Cypriot side of the island, while Kyrenia), leaving mountain strongholds the south side of the island is controlled like St. Hilarion to sit and wait for tourists to arrive. by the Greek Cypriots), a visit to St. And arrive they do. The castle is one Hilarion Castle should be high on your of the most visited places in Cyprus. If itinerary. Overlooking the ancient you can make the marathon stair climb harbour city of Kyrenia (or Girne as it is Travel and brave the winding road to get here, now called), the 12th-century fortress is you’ll enjoy some impressive vistas to impressive by any standards. However, add to your photo album. situated on a formidable mountain peak, the castle The castle has three major sections built on difmakes an almost surreal picture. For its defenders it ferent levels. The first section was built to house the must have been reassuring as a refuge and a headache to any would-be attacker. soldiers and castle staff. It is where you will find A common story is that Walt Disney was inspired cisterns, stables and other structures. by the castle in his production of Snow White and The second section includes a church, royal the Seven Dwarfs. The towers used in many of household apartments, kitchen, another cistern, Disney’s animations are similar to the towers of this pantry, workshops, barracks and medieval privies — castle. gravity operated of course. It is a mystical sight, although the 700 or so steps The climb continues to the third section, which you have to climb to reach the highest point of the reveals a castle garden, a kitchen with an oven, and castle are very real and very vertical. There is noth- more cisterns. To the west, the garden ends with the ing mystical about them, as your muscles will tell Lusignan-period royal chambers, where the Gothicyou. style windows (known as the Queen’s Windows) are St. Hilarion was one of the numerous castles well worth visiting. A short climb from the garden built in Cyprus’ mountains as protection from atwill take you to the highest point in the castle, tacks by Arabs. The chain of stone fortresses also 732 metres above sea level. It is a viewpoint that included Kyrenia, Buffavento and Kantara. delivers incredible panoramas of the surrounding Battling the Arab threat began in the 7th century countryside, Kyrenia and the Mediterranean. and lasted until the 10th century, with long breaks For more information on North Cyprus visit in between as both sides recovered from exhaustive http://welcometonorthcyprus.co.uk/.

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Dec. 16-19 Noon Festival of Carols. TCU Place. Free admission. 11:30 – Musical interlude by the Saskatoon Academy of Music. School choir groups from noon until 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch or purchase it at TCU Place.

Dec. 21 What: Vesti and The Vexations join the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s Diva series for a trip through soul and rhythm and blues. Amy Matisyo is special guest vocalist in a show that starts at 9 p.m. Where: The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets: $15 for SJS members, $20 for non-members.

What: The Fireside Singers will present Christmas Memories, a two-night production borrowing on the talent of Marilyn Whitehead’s singers, supported by a strong orchestral section. Many Christmas favourites plus a couple of specials, Nella Fantasia from the sound track of The Mission and Nessun Dorma by four tenors. Show time each night at 7:30 p.m. Where: TCU Place. Tickets: $33

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Saskatoon Amateur Radio Club presents its Basic Amateur Radio Dec. 22 Class series. 14 Saturday mornings, 9 Traditional Folk/World group a.m. until noon. Western Development Willoughby Widdershins will be Museum. Adults $100. Student and presenting an evening concert on family rates available. Email: ve5aa@ Sunday December 22nd 7:30 pm at rac.ca for details, Web Page: ve5aa. the Unitarian Centre (213 2nd Street dyndns.org/ East). The music will reflect the ***** season, everything from Medieval MENSA is an international, non-profit and Renaissance to World music: songs society for people who score among and instrumentals with harps, guitar, the top 2% of the general population oboes, hurdy gurdy, English Horn and on a standardized IQ test. A supervised more. This is “not your usual Christmas IQ testing session is being held in concert”. Admission $10/15 includes Saskatoon on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 refreshments. Tickets at the door. For p.m. The cost is $90, or $70 for stumore information call 306-653-5092. dents. If you are interested in attending this session, please call Tim at 306Jan. 1 242-7408 or e-mail trf674@campus. Prairie Virtuosi presents its LS908408.L16 usask.ca. annual New Year’s Day conLiza cert featuring Haydn’s Symphony #85, Wiren’s Serenade for String Orchestra and Handel’s Organ Concerto No. 3 performed with organist Janet Wilson.  Start the new year off with fresh, fantastic classical chamber orchestra music. 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan.1 at Grace Westminster United Church. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, 10 and under free. Available at: McNally Robinson and the door. Call 306-242-6983 for more information or visit www.pvorchestra.ca.

First Monday of every month

Lyell Gustin Recital Series 10th Anniversary Season opens with superb piano music! Glories of the Piano’s Golden Age — Nikolai Choubine, pianist. 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (436 Spadina Crescent East). Russian-born and trained and now based in the United States, Nikolai Choubine will perform the monumental Chaconne of BachBusoni and the complete dramatic work, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, along with Romantic pieces by Tchaikovsky and Chopin. Prize-winner at international piano competitions, Dr. Choubine concertizes and teaches in several countries. Rika Asai Choubine, originally from Saskatoon, will give the pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

Jan. 11 University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet (Marla Cole – violin; Rudolf Sternadel – violin; Geoff Cole – viola; Terence Sturge – cello). Concerts at Third Avenue United Church at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 adult, $25 seniors (65+), $15 students. Online: www.persephonetheatre.org. In person: Remai Arts Centre, 100 Spadina Crescent East, 306-384-7727. Two-forone appetizers at The Ivy Lounge, 306384-4444 (just show your tickets)

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Third Tuesday of the Month

Saskatoon Ostomy Association meetings. 7:30 p.m. at Mayfair United Church. We meet the first Monday of the month except when there is a holiday. Then it is the second Monday.

What: Monthly Drop-In Caregiver Support Group. Who:  Caregivers for adult family members or friends. Cost:  Free (presented by Saskatoon Health Region). To Register: Jeanne (306-6553426) or Karen (306-655-3427). First Tuesday of every **** month The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer What:  FROMI - Friends and Relatives Support Group is a local community of People with Mental Illness. These group of men who have or who have meetings run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. had prostate cancer, and their spouses/ Where:  W.A. Edwards Family Centre, partners/caregivers. We meet monthly 333 Fourth Avenue North (wheelchair for sharing, for support, and for inforaccessible).If you have a loved one or mation. Location: W.A. Edwards Centre, friend with a mental illness and you 333 – 4th Avenue North. need understanding support, contact Carol at 306-249-0693, Linda at 306- Every Second Wednesday 933-2085, Lois at 306-242-7670 or  What: Friendship Force e-mail fromisk@gmail.com. International, Saskatoon and Area Club. We are a non-profit cultural First and Third Sunday of exchange organization promoting friendeach month ship and goodwill through a program of What: Pet Loss Support Group, homestay exchanges. We are an orgaSupport and comfort to people who are nization of more than 360 clubs in more struggling with the loss of a beloved than 50 countries throughout the world. companion animal due to old age, FFI allows you to enjoy economical travel while forging new friendships with club members from around the world. Visit our website at www.thefriendshipforce.org Find out more about us or come join us at our next meeting by contacting Bill Gulka at 306-249-0243 or by email w.gulka@sasktel.net.

Every Tuesday and Thursday Bridge City Senioraction Inc: Classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration is $20, drop-in fee is $2. For information, call Sheila at 306-931-8053 or Kathy at 306-244-0587.

Jan. 10

Winnie-the-Pooh tales puppet party, Dec. 20 featuring six classic vignettes. Frances What: Karnnell is a Saskatchewan Morrison Central/Pooh Corner. 2 p.m. fiddling star, a 2012 winner of the to 3:30 p.m. both days. Tickets can be Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award, com- picked up (at no charge) at the desk 30 poser of more than 200 pieces and he’ll minutes before the program. The probe joined on stage by some musical gram is for all ages. friends at 9 p.m. Where: The Bassment, All Saskatoon branches of the public 202 4th Avenue North. Tickets: $17 for library will be closed Dec. 25-26 and SJS members, $23 for non-members Jan. 1. Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

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Jan. 18 Prairie Hospice Society’s Volunteer Training Program starts January 18.   For further information call 306 249-5554 or visit prairiehospice.org.

Feb. 4 Justice Rising presents Love! The Art of Changing Lives. Gala Dinner, Silent Auction and Dessert Auction. German Cultural Centre, 6 p.m. We appreciate all donations for the auctions as well as financial donations. We would have your logo and name visible on event materials. Financial donations will receive a charitable receipt through our partnership with Hope for the Nations.

Jan. 30 A look at kidney disease. Anyone over the age of 18 is invited to attend. Find out what causes and how to prevent kidney disease. Where: Station 20 West (206- 1120 20th Street West), multipurpose room south. When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

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sickness or other sad reasons.  The no-obligation support group meets the first and third Sunday of every month 2 p.m. at the W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon. For more information or telephone support, call 306-343-5322.

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The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval is open for the 2013-2014 season. Public skating hours are as follows:  Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and all skating skill levels are welcome to enjoy the 400-metre outdoor oval; speed skates are not necessary.  A modern warm-up building provides change rooms, public washrooms and an area to lace-up skates in comfort.

What: Free art drop-in at the SCYAP Art Centre. All ages welcome, all materials supplied, no registration required. Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Every Thursday What: Depression Support Group — free group runs on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is open to anyone struggling with depression and family members wanting to support them. Where: 311 – 38th Street East. This is a wheelchair accessible building. For more info, call 270-9181.

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The Saskatoon Mood disorder sup3can19j Dream Team port group for people with bi-polar, What: The MindFULL Café, part of the depression and other related mental international Alzheimer Café movement, health problem meets at the Zion is an opportunity to meet in a relaxed Evangelical Lutheran Church at 323 4th social setting for persons with demen- Ave. South (south entrance) at 7:30 p.m. tia, family, care partners and other For more information call Al at 306interested people. The Café is a two716-0836 or Lindi at 306-491-9398. hour get together with refreshments, ***** entertainment and information. First What: Singles Social Group - “All Saturday of the month from 3 p.m. to About Us” for people in their 50s and 5 p.m. Where: Sherbrooke Community Dec. 31 60s. Events such as Centre. Saskatoon Summer Players kicks weekly Wednesday restaurant supoff its 50th anniversary in 2014 with a Every Tuesday pers, monthly Sunday brunches, movie New Year’s Eve Gala on Tuesday Dec. Tops #5273 meets at St. Mathews nights, dances, 31. Enjoy cocktails while you peruse a Hall (135-109th Street West). Weigh-in pot luck and more. Meet new friends. variety of displays, followed by dinner, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15. Meeting from No membership dues. For more infora live show, and a dance, all leading up 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Experience a mation email to the midnight countdown. The show healthy weight loss.For more informaallaboutus10@hotmail.com or phone will be a revue of some of our favourite tion call 306- 249-2029 or 306-931(306) 978-0813. songs from some of our favourite shows 3286.

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A six-speed automatic transmission is debuts alongside the launches of about a dozen fresh standard, but a six-speed manual is also available (for concepts. four-cylinder Work Truck models only) and a 2.8-litre turboWith the global economy continuing to show signs of diesel option will be added to the Colorado catalog for the life, an estimated 1,000,000 spectators passed through the 2016 model year. Pricing has yet to be set. turnstiles during the 10-day event (Nov. 22 to Dec. 1) that unofficially kicks of the North American auto-show season SO, What else? Production models weren’t the only vehicles making every fall. headlines at the L.A. Auto Show as the usual parade of Automakers pulled out all the horsepower and starpower to attract both thrifty and lavish new-car buyers this quirky and fascinating concept vehicles drew plenty of attention. year in an ultra-competitive market. By far, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo creTennis great Maria Sharapova climbed from the driver’s seat of the new 2015 Porsche Macan during its un- ated the most chatter. This striking sports car features veiling -— one of the most anticipated world debuts at the gull-wing doors and was designed to resemble a big cat on the hunt with a blend of some old-school classic Mercedes show — while NBA star Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was in house to promote a long list of vehicles Kia race cars nicely blended in. Inspiration for the design came from the new Gran Turismo 6 video game. And while there brought to L.A. are no plans for a production version of this car, a few Sharing the same opening date as the 2013 Tokyo design ideas are expected to find some future Mercedes Motor Show, the L.A. 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Instead of this year to speed, power, status and excess. plugging in at night as you might with a battery powered The sleek and sexy 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe car, you just make sure the tank is full of hydrogen and emerged as the headline act among the debut vehicles. you’re good to go. No “range anxiety,” as long as there’s Not even TV mogul Simon Cowell and supermodel Miranda hydrogen around. Honda plans to have it ready for producKerr could hold audience attention as the new Jaguar tion and launch sometime in 2015. 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For those with slightly smaller budgets, Porsche The LA Auto Show might never attract the media or countered with its own show-stopper in the 2015 Macan, a compact tall wagon that combines pizzazz, performance industry interest of the annual show in Detroit (coming up in January). But when it comes to celebrating big names and and nearly endless customization options. memorable debuts, nobody does it better than the folks in Porsche debuted two Macan models in L.A. with differing V6 powerplants: the 300-horsepower Macan S; and Tinsel Town. the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo. The Turbo goes from Todd Burlage is a feature writer with Wheelbase standstill to 100 km-h in 4.6 seconds. Both models are Media. He can be reached on the Web at www. scheduled to arrive at Canadian dealerships late in the spring of 2015, with base pricing set at $54,300 (Canadian wheelbasemedia.com by clicking the contact link. 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Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata/Kia Optima duo. Up to now for Honda, the electric motor operated only in tandem with the gas engine (referred to as a partial or mild hybrid). That makes for good, but not exactly leading-edge fuel economy, and Honda has come up short in challenging Toyota and others for its rightful share of the expanding hybrid market Until now, that is. Honda claims it has leap-frogged the pack with a class-leading 3.7 l/100 km in the city and 4.0 on the highway. The top-selling Toyota Camry Hybrid is rated at 4.5/4.9 and the Ford Fusion at 4.0/4.1. The Accord

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ore of a motorcycle than a car, the Morgan Runabout earned the public’s admiration and helped popularize three-wheeled vehicles. A three-wheeler? Morgan has always gone against the grain and done its own thing. How so? The first three-wheeler was built more than 100 years ago, but you can buy a brand new and fully modernized 2014 model, configuring it just like a new car by selecting colours and options online (www.morgan3wheeler.co.uk), starting at 26,000 British pounds. Morgan cars have actually been painstakingly hand built since the company’s founding in 1909 by H.F.S. (Henry) Morgan and the three-wheeled car that began it all was both simple in design and innovative in its engineering. The seven-horsepower Peugeot two-cylinder engine was positioned ahead of an independent coil-spring front suspension (still in use on Morgans to this day) while the dual-speed manual transmission (no reverse gear) resided behind the driver’s seat, directly in front of a single chain-driven rear wheel. The light-weight chassis consisted of a series of steel tubes that supported the running gear and the rudimentary single-seat convertible body with wooden floorboards. Two of the tubes also doubled as exhaust pipes, a design that was quickly abandoned after it was discovered that the corrosive effect of the exhaust gasses caused the tubes to rot away. Since the engine was held in place by just four bolts, servicing or repairing the Morgan’s key mechanical component was a relatively easy process. The original Morgan’s extremely favorable power-toweight ratio became a hallmark for future models and a key reason for the car’s early success in hill-climb races and other events. A photo taken during a 1911 cyclecar competition depicts H.F.S. Morgan, grinning from ear to ear, accompanied by a riding mechanic, sliding his machine around a sharp turn. Morgan set numerous class speed and endurance records in his early vehicles, earning widespread praise (and a significant sales boost) for his three-wheeled wonder. By 1912, the Runabout, as it was called, was beginning to make a name for itself in England as well as on the European continent. The car’s low purchase price and a top speed that exceeded 100 km-h ensured a strong demand. In fact, Harrods, London’s premier

department store, lured shoppers to its establishment by placing a Morgan on display in one of its store windows. Following the First World War, Morgan created a four-seat three-wheeler that sold alongside his twoseater model. For a time, this Family Runabout was extremely popular, helping bring total production to 50 cars a week. By the 1920s, numerous improvements had been made to the Morgan, including electric lights, frontwheel brakes and the availability of an electric starter. A variety of V-twin engines were also employed, the most popular being the eight-horsepower 1.1-litre J.A.P. motor that could propel the Runabout to speeds in excess of 160 km-h. Such was the demand for Morgans that, by 1920, a licensing arrangement with the French Darmount company resulted in the car being produced in that country for nearly 20 years. By then, two distinct Runabout models were being built: exposed-engine sports models; and the Family series, with their motors contained inside the bonnet (hood) and optional four-place seating. The little three-wheeler was thoroughly updated in 1933, including a pair of small doors and the option of a 10-horsepower Ford four-cylinder engine. Three years later, the first four-wheel Morgan, called the Plus 4, was added to the lineup, allowing the auto maker to compete against more modern and powerful sports cars from MG, Triumph and Singer. The Runabout was suddenly obsolete. Morgan continued to make limited numbers of its original model right up until 1951, when the tap was finally turned off. For H.F.S. Morgan, the Runabout was far from dated. Instead, he claimed it was public taste and the public perception that spelled the end for his three-wheeler. In any event, the Runabout’s durability and performance had made it popular and helped make Morgan a successful family venture that continues to this day with a modern successor to the original.

Malcolm Gunn is a feature writer with Wheelbase Media. He can be reached on the Web at www.wheelbasemedia.com by clicking the contact link. Wheelbase supplies automotive news and features to newspapers across North America.

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One man’s guide to what women really want . . .

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out and buys a sports car in hopes of being more attractive. Me, I’m very wary of any woman superficial enough to like a man for his or possessions, but the inverse of that is do you really want to be with a woman (or a man, if you’re a woman reading this) who judges you, at all, by what you drive whether a sports car or Nissan Leaf? We all should have learned by now that buying things simply to please other people or make them like us is a foolish waste of money. You would be better off giving the cash to charity for someone who really can benefit from it. Otherwise, buy items that you like, items that you use and items you enjoy and make you feel good. That’s why I own sports cars. The sound. The beauty. The capability. And if any woman were to actually ask me, that’s what I would tell them. So, pay no attention to this survey and drive what you like on Venus or Mars because you like it. Use your intelligence and conscientiousness on their own. — Jeff

conscientious or intelligent (are there two l’s or three in intelligent?), but the absolutely hilarious contrast is that I don’t know of one guy who drives either of the two cars that women apparently like. Zip. Zilch. Not a one. So, for the guys reading this, your hot-looking Mustang convertible or Corvette Z06 isn’t really earning you any points with the ladies (53 per cent of them, anyway). In fact, just of the opposite. So, be “intelligent” and “conscientious” and immediately rush out and get a nice Nissan Leaf, right? No, you say? Don’t worry, I’m with you on this one. I’ve owned various sports cars for a lot of years, and I will say that the survey is correct in one respect: not one time has what I drove ever aided a relationship. When I was 16, I really thought it would help, but after spending most of my cruising time alone, it was apparent that I had to actually get out of the car and talk to women to have any chance at a date. If you start young enough with the car hobby, you realize this right away and avoid becoming that 50-year-old divorcee who goes

he cool car gets the girl, right? Well, a study out of the United Kingdom shows that, if nothing else, men are indeed from Mars and women are from Venus, because they have drastically different — almost diametrically opposed — definitions of what “cool” means. Apparently on Mars, sports cars are the big thing, and on Venus it’s all about electrics and hybrids. That’s all well and good, but the Men from Mars — like any men from any planet, I imagine — clearly have no clue what women want. Forty eight percent of men surveyed thought that buying a sports car would woo a gal into the passenger’s seat. But, according to the survey, 53 per cent of women perceive men who drive sports cars to be arrogant, wasteful and wreckless, while men who drive a Toyota Prius hybrid or a Nissan Leaf electric are keepers because they are “conscientious” and “intelligent.” SS50522.L16 There are some obvious holes in those statements, beginning with the notion that men who drive sports cars are in fact not exactly James

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FullThrottle

Throwing a wrench into the usual gift ideas

By COURTNEY HANSEN www.wheelbasemedia.com

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t’s supposed to be a joyous time of year, but there you are in front of the computer, terrified. Frozen stiff with terror. And terrified. Did I mention terrified? You’re not a car person, but the responsibility is yours to buy a gift for one. There is only one easy way out of this debacle: to get a shopping list from the recipient, but that doesn’t show the kind of ingenuity for which you’re famous, now does it. Sadly, that blank computer screen isn’t much help because it’s not telling you what to look for and where to look. So, what have you got to lose by taking a few minutes to read this column for a couple of good ideas? (Did I mention terrified?) Wrenches, booster cables and jugs of antifreeze might be the obvious easy way out, but there’s a whole other world of automotive gift giving that has nothing to do with busted knuckles in the garage. I, for one, absolutely love coffeetable books. There are about 10 of them on my living-room table at any given time. And I like to switch them up to keep the room fresh and the guests entertained. Some of my favourites are the big, thick books on American muscle cars, pretty much everything Chrysler and Ford Thunderbirds and Mustangs. I typically thumb through them while chilling on the couch and they make perfect gifts for car lovers such as the one you’re shopping for. Drop some hints about what your recipient likes and then head down to the local book store. Yes, you’ll find that once you get off the computer, there’s a big world out there that you can actually touch, feel and smell. The local bookstore is part of that world. There’s so much variety that there’s likely a book or two about your recipient’s favourite cars, no matter how obscure. Don’t forget how-to guides such as restoration books or guides on how to weld, for example, if that’s something your recipient is thinking of getting into. For that, a great gift is an evening course at the local college since hands-on is the best way to learn about mechanicals, paint and body and electrical systems. Now, there’s a gift that keeps on giving. Switching to the big screen, there are many automotive titles, such as American Graffiti, Smokey and the Bandit, Bullitt, Days of Thunder, Grand Prix and, of course, Le Mans that features Steve McQueen. There are also newer car films such as the extensive Fast and Furious series and Gone in 60 Seconds. DVDs are very inexpensive these days and make great gifts and/or stocking stuffers. A quick search online will even turn up instructional DVDs for learning the basics of restoring a vehicle to building engines and painting. For fans of the TV show Top Gear, you can subscribe to a year’s worth of the monthly magazine, which is irreverent, feature-packed and quite hefty. DVDs last pretty much forever, and if you find an automotive show your recipient loves, they’ll watch it again and again on a rainy days on evenings when they’re feeling the need for something familiar. For example, my column editor has a healthy collection of TLC’s Overhaulin’ episodes and racing flicks that he plays while working on the hotrods in the shop. For more of a fashion statement, or times that call for a suit, I recently stumbled upon what is now one of my favorite gift ideas. While leaving a department store through the men’s floor I saw many unique sets of funky cuff links, including the perfect pair: a vintage design by Paul Smith that read, “I ‘heart’ cars.” And they were afford-

able. You can search automotive cufflinks online and then hit the local stores to see what they might have. Again, seeing and feeling is preferred to hoping for the best and waiting for an online order that might disappoint. Along the same lines, there are numerous auto-themed timepieces. The Tag Heuer Formula One watch is a fine choice on the pricier end of the scale, but there are many others, in the Bulova Precisionist line, for example. Bulova even has a line of Harley-Davidson timepieces. → RS31422.L16

When talking about my favourite classic ride, the 1957 Thunderbird, my dad was telling me that I should frame a photo of one to hang above the fireplace. I now own a real, live ‘57, and dad’s comment got me thinking that a photograph is actually a really great a idea for a gift. Even better, a unique pencil drawing from an artist such as Ed Tillrock or more of a hotrod-cartoon-style drawing from Scott Fisk (look them both up on Facebook) will warm up any space. It might even inspire a collection. These

are just two artists of many out there, but each is very unique in the styles and subject matter. There’s obviously no end to unique gift ideas, but shopping for a car nut is indeed a unique experience that needn’t have you frozen in terror in front of the computer.

Among her numerous accomplishments, Courtney Hansen is the author of her own book, the host of Spike TV’s “Power Block,” the former host of TLC’s

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He didn’t want to be compared to his predecessor Lee Iacocca, but Bob Eaton was just as memorable.

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is career as the head of an automotive company wasn’t the longest in the industry. In all, Robert Eaton spent just five years as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Chrysler Corporation. But those five

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headed for the depths of financial despair. best-managed companies. And Business Week recognized Eaton was not as flamboyant. He wasn’t as arrogant or Eaton and Lutz among its top managers for 1996. outspoken. He was no Iacocca, but he was just as memoThe good times were rolling but few could have anticirable, and for many reasons. pated what was about to happen. Eaton not only helped orchestrate one of the biggest In his most memorable move, Eaton began piecing toand most controversial mergers in the business — joining gether the deal that would unite Chrysler and Mercedes. Daimler-Benz with Chrysler to form DaimlerChrysler in the Within two years, the name DaimlerChrysler would late 1990s — he also changed a culture. It was exactly dominate the news. what Chrysler’s board wanted. Eaton said he made the deal based on a sensible apConcerned that the automaker’s legacy would be inpraisal of the world automotive market. His company was a escapably linked to a persona instead of performance, the regional player in a global marketplace. A downturn in the economies of Chrysler’s prime markets in the board was looking for a new approach when United States and Canada could have reduced it bypassed legendary car guy Bob Lutz, who the company to also-rans. Few people, includwas a top executive at Chrysler at the time (and then went on to head General Motors), ing the United Auto Workers’ union, executives for the mild-mannered Eaton. and Wall Street, disagreed. For a kid from a small town in Kansas, the Two years later, with Eaton having anposition was perfect. nounced his retirement from the management Born in 1940, Eaton’s interest in engines board and his exit from the auto industry, the began as a child when he took apart a Maytag were lining up to take their shots. P r o - f i l e s critics washing machine and turned it into a go-cart. “The legacy of Bob Eaton today is not very greg perry Automotive legends He tinkered with car and motorcycle engines, pretty: the once-vibrant Chrysler Corp. over w w w. w h e e l b a s e m e d i a . c o m and heroes funding his hobby through jobs such as which he presided is now the diminished subdelivering the Arkansas City (Kan.) Traveler sidiary of a German holding company,” wrote newspaper and working as a janitor and a the Detroit News when Eaton retired in 2000. farmhand. Eaton stuck to his guns. “By the time I was out of high school, I had had 10 or 15 He called it a sensible plan for Chrysler that would cars and motorcycles,” Eaton once said. “I knew I wanted to eventually pay dividends. He thought Chrysler would go into automotive engineering.” benefit from the $76 billion “merger of equals,” as he once Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, Eaton proclaimed. joined General Motors in the Chevrolet Motor Division. He As part of the deal, Eaton received $3.7 million in cash, held several design and management positions and in 1974 $66.2 million in stock, and options to buy 2.3 million more he was promoted to executive engineer. In 1988, he was shares at a favourable price. named president of General Motors Europe. Not bad at all for a guy not named Iacocca. Not bad at But Eaton left GM in 1992 to become vice chairman and all. chief operating officer of the Chrysler Corp. Nine months However, DaimlerChrysler never seemed able to later, he succeeded Iacocca as chairman and CEO of the capitalize on the blending of the two companies. The union company. Working closely with Lutz, Eaton led the comproduced little or no shared product or cross-branding and a few years later it had all come apart. pany to banner years. What has happened since that time, with Daimler sellPlants were built, product sizzled and profits soared. Just a year into his tenure, Chrysler was selling V10ing off Chrysler to a management company, to acquisition powered Viper sports cars and high-profit trucks. At the by Italy’s Fiat, is an entirely different chapter in the history same time, Chrysler’s “cab-forward” LH-series sedans of Chrysler and one that’s far from over. (Dodge Intrepid) caught the design world by storm, improvFrom high times in the mid 1990s to the lowest of low ing interior space by pushing the tires to the corners of the times in 2009, Eaton was either lucky to have been at Chrysler during his time, a corporate genius or perhaps a vehicle and stretching the front dashboard area. years turned out to be some of the most pivotal bit of both. All of it worked. years in the history of one of Detroit’s “Big Three” The debate will rage on, but regardless, his influence In 1994, Chrysler was back on track. automakers. By 1995 the company set 19 separate all-time car and forever changed the course of Chrysler. So did these five words, made by Eaton to Chrysler’s board of directors before being hired as truck sales records. A year later, it was selling vehicles in Jason Stein is a feature writer with Wheelbase 100 countries worldwide, compared with 22 countries just CEO: “I am no Lee Iacocca.” Media. He can be reached on the Web at www. five years before. In truth, Eaton was right. He was hardly wheelbasemedia.com by using the contact link. Chrysler was named “Company of the Year” by Forbes Wheelbase supplies automotive news and features Iacocca, the legendary ex-Chrysler boss who Magazine. Industry Week named Chrysler among the 100 to newspapers across North America. rocked boats and turned around a ship once

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