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My writing career has spanned many years and a variety of writing genres. My first love remains history but, in more recent years, I have also explored the world of true crime – as in my latest book Vanished – The Michael Dunahee Story. I continue to enjoy being part of the Seaside team of writers with my column "Conversations from the Past." It is great fun conducting imaginary interviews with colourful characters in Greater Victoria's past. In this month's issue, I "talk" with Matthew MacFie, one of Vancouver Island's first visitors. He stayed here for five years and then returned to England to write a book about his experiences which, in essence, became the first tourist guide to British Columbia. Please visit www.valeriegreen.ca and add a blog comment about the column or anything else on your mind. I'd love to hear from you. barry mathias
Writing is a pleasurable activity, and so is the drinking of wine. Consequently, the article on Church & State Wines, following my June profile of Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, has been a "labour of love," and it was interesting to discover how successful B.C. wineries have become. I find that most subjects can have their humorous side, and my second article on Outside Activities is aimed in that direction; I hope readers will share this quirky way of looking at life. My latest novel, Celtic Dreams of Glory, will be launched at Poets Cove Resort & Spa on Sunday, June 30th. Perhaps I’ll see you there? peter dolezal
After earning a BA and MBA from Queen's University, my career spanned many executive positions in the automobile, oil sands, mining and government sectors. During this period I served a total of 14 years as Chief Executive Officer of two major corporations. I've been a lifelong student of, and extensive participant in, Canada's capital markets. Through my company, Dolezal Consultants Ltd., I continue to provide consulting services to companies and individuals and also write monthly articles for various publications. In the past four years I've used my expertise in writing three books – each designed to assist Canadians of all ages in optimizing their financial well-being. In this month's Common Cents I focuse on the significant tax-reducing benefits of available income-splitting options for retirees.
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Since the beginning of my writing career over 30 years ago, I've focused on challenging social issues. But there was one I'd never tackled. When I was about to leave for India to take up an invitation as Writer-in-Residence following my 70th birthday in February, I mentioned to my honorary daughter that if I died over there, she was to send money for firewood so I could be cremated on the ghats and my ashes floated down the Ganges. It sparked a conversation that decided me to gather my loved ones together and let them know my wishes following my death. It turned into a bigger conversation than I'd anticipated – and a lot more fun. I share it with you this month in Grey Matters.
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f irst word Ah, summertime! I want to take you back for a moment … What are your favourite summertime memories from when you were growing up? What were you doing? Where were you? Who were you with? When we were kids, those precious three months of escape from the routine of school days produced cherished memories like no other season. I've been told that I'm still too young to say "back in the day," but looking at this photo of my mother and I brings back memories of how I used to spend weeks in the summer on the waters of the Baie des Chaleur with my family. The smell of the saltwater, the bonfires and the feeling of the hot black sand burning my feet still takes me back to remembering our lazy, endless days at the beach. Our experience with summer is so sensory: when we conjure these memories, all of our senses tingle. The sounds of waves and seagulls, the smell of sunscreen and campfires, the slap of canoe paddles hitting the water, the tart taste of lemonade, and the feeling of getting out of a cool lake and drying on the dock in the sunshine. So, when brainstorming with my photographer, Jo-Ann Way, for this issue's cover, I really wanted to produce something that would portray a delicious snapshot of summer. What else but a Lemonade Stand? So, Ava, Emma and their dad Peter built this stand just for Seaside Magazine. The girls painted the signs and even got to hammer some nails on the front to help build it with their Dad! Another great memory. I reached out to my staff, writers and readers to share some of their best childhood memories. I hope you enjoy and don't forget to take a minute and think about your summers past.
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"Summers meant becoming a 'beach baby' at my grandparents' home on the Sunshine Coast. In and out of the water all day long, hair streaked from the sun; constantly wearing a damp bathing suit; running across the "minefield" of parched grass in their yard where dried-out pine needles would prick the feet of the unwary; endless games of badminton; having contests to see who could make it all the way to the red dock without falling off the logs; and, of course, lots and lots of cousin time." Allison Smith, Editor In Chief "Endless freedom to spend the day barefoot on the beach, building moated castles, paddling my log boat out to the point, swimming with curious seals, and then, as day slipped into night, watching a giant moon rise up over the bay, making the water all silvery, and looking in awe as the Milky Way spangled across the night sky while I held the sound of the sea in the curve of a moon shell forever." Linda Langwith, writer "Dad would turn down the fifth line outside of Orangeville and stop the car. I would climb onto his lap and take the wheel. We would travel the last three miles down the side road in our Galaxie convertible, and I would often glance into the rear-view mirror and you couldn't see anything because of the dust cloud behind us. I would pretend we were in a jet plane and all that was in front was sky." Jim Townley, avid reader "Summer in New York, driving down from Toronto, lying in the back of the station wagon with my brothers. Spinning on a red stool in my Uncle's diner in Sayville, Long Island. Grilled cheese with fries on the side and a milkshake. After lunch, a walk through town with my favourite Aunt who tells everyone about us, her fabulous relatives from Canada, feeling like a celebrity in her small town. Heading to Coney Island for a foot-long hot dog, walking barefoot on the beach. Family!" Linda Hunter, writer
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I just wanted to say that your magazine is absolutely wonderful! This last issue was great, so well put together and worth reading right to the last page! A little bit of everything and lots of people commenting on how great it is! As a business owner it is nice to hear positive feedback so I just wanted to let you know you and your staff are doing a fabulous job! Nikki Tyrrell Going Platinum Hair Design Enjoy your magazine very much – it covers Saanich Peninsula
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I just wanted to congratulate you and your dedicated team on June's Seaside Men to Watch magazine, which is undoubtedly the most detailed and packed version of Seaside Magazine to date. The Men to Watch pages are intriguing to read and colourful to the eye, enticing one to read from one page to the next so as not to miss anything! The Mattick's Farm article too is really informative, giving the reader an encapsulating picture of the offerings awaiting them when they visit. The magazine is bursting with life and flooding the reader with information from cover to cover, and is truly a dedication to the people who work so hard to make the Peninsula the outstanding place it is to live here. An avid fan who can't wait for the next edition! Vivienne Scott Cabinet Works
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Victoria Lavender Farm "A Touch of Provence" on the Peninsula by Doreen Marion Gee
In July, a Lavender Festival will ignite Victoria Lavender Farm and promises to charm and entertain all ages
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Farm is like entering a fairy tale world of purple delights that time left behind. Sunlit mauve fields undulate under a soft breeze as the sweet lavender smell wafts through country air. Roman statues stand guard over acres of beautiful North Saanich farmland with white peacocks strutting around like kings. This is a different kind of heaven: unique, unusual, enticing. In July, a Lavender Festival will ignite the farm and promises to charm and entertain all ages. This Peninsula Eden reminds us of Provence, that historical province of southeastern France. Alan Mayfield and his partner, Dixie, are genial and warm hosts as we sit under a glowing sun amidst the mauve ambience of his seven-acre spread. With his thick Kent accent, Alan tells me about many trips to Australia to work in and research the blooming lavender farming business. Alan knows his stuff: "Certain cultures have lavender close to their heart. Europeans have had lavender in their culture for 2,000 years. It once grew wild in Southern France but then it was cultivated for medicinal purposes." In the same group as rosemary, lavender can be used as a spice. Alan's lavender farm is self-sustaining, organic and pesticide free. After 30 years as a globe-trotting marketing consultant, Alan
went back to his roots: "Being English myself, I knew how important lavender was to the English culture." After harvesting lavender on Salt Spring Island, Alan moved to Sidney in 2005, started the Lavender Shop and eventually bought the John Road farm in 2008. His thriving "Victoria Lavender Farm and Store" is a multifaceted enterprise: Alan and his team make 65 lavender products, including soaps, body creams, syrups, cakes
"We want to focus on our community and the agriculture on the Peninsula as well as our lavender." and scone mixes. Lavender honey comes from the farm's own hives. These products are sold on the farm, by email and at their shop in Sidney. Visitors can pick their own lavender as they stroll through 10,000 lavender plants in long sunny rows or buy one of 30 varieties of lavender plants. On July 13th and 14th, Alan and Dixie are hosting their first lavender extravaganza, "The Victoria Lavender Festival," from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1899 John Road, beside the Pat Bay Info Centre. It is only $5 admission for
adults; free for kids under two; $3 over two. The couple are community-minded: "Our festival is multi-dimensional. We want to focus on our community and the agriculture on the Peninsula as well as our lavender." The Festival will have a "significant children's program" with a Petting Zoo, new lambs, chicks and ponies, face painting and clowns. Alan is passionate about children enjoying the real natural "farm experience" and seeing where their food comes from. Just a hint of the goodies for adults: Live music by Brad Prevedoros, lamb sausages with lavender; salmon burgers; arts & crafts tables; u-pick organic produce; garden tours with master gardeners and free samples of lavender ice cream and syrup! "We love this community and this place on the planet." Alan and Dixie wish to thank the community for all their support of their farm. As for their upcoming Festival: "Come and give us a chance! We will do everything that we can to give people a good time!" Go experience a "Touch of Provence on Beautiful Vancouver Island!" The farm: www.victorialavender.com, open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,1899 John Road, Sidney, 250-857-2526. The store: Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., #107 2506 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, 250-656-1149. Photo by Doreen Marion Gee.
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weat h erwit "as we head into july, my pie-in-the-sky sentimental forecast for july 1st is a nice slice of warmth and sunshine."
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been years since I made a pie, so while my wife was away I thought I would try to make one just by Steve Sakiyama to see whether I still had the knack. Although it turned out OK and the house didn't burn down, it was a bit of an adventure so I made a list of do's and don'ts just to make life easier the next time I attempt this. • Don't make a pie while watching the final game of the U.S. College Basketball playoffs. • Don't start unless you have all the proper tools (I couldn't find our rolling pin, and there wasn't a suitable substitute in my tool box) • Don't use your fist and a spatula to flatten the dough in place of a rolling pin. • Don't (and I mean don't) wear a fuzzy sweater while making pastry. • Do make sure you have all your ingredients before starting ("Hi, do you have some flour I could borrow? Oh, silly me look how late it is – is this a bad time to ask?") • Do check your face and hair after doing anything with flour, especially if you are rushing out to buy more flour. • Do let the pie cool down before tasting it. Speaking of ingredients and mixing bowls, let's talk about the stuff in the air and how it's all mixed together. Air consists of nitrogen, oxygen (the two most abundant gases by volume) and smaller amounts of other gases. Although air seems weightless, the molecules of these gases are pulled by gravity toward the earth and the accumulated weight of all the air molecules above creates pressure (called "air pressure") on everything below. Due to temperature and density differences over the surface of the earth, air pressure can vary from one location to another. A map that shows the differences between high and low pressures at an altitude high above the earth will show a wavy pattern that stretches around the globe. The wave peaks are huge areas of high pressure (called ridges) and the wave dips are areas of low pressure (called troughs). Sometimes a wave will form into what looks like a huge Greek letter omega (Ω) – called an "omega block," which refers to the shape of this pressure pattern as well as its ability to block any Pacific storms heading our way and deflect them to the
north. This pattern is persistent, so if it sets up over coastal B.C. during the summer the result is many sunny and warm days, conditions that are the hallmark of our summer south coast weather. So what is cooking in the meteorological oven for July? Based on the long-range outlook, we just might see an Omega Block as there is a bias toward both warmer than normal temperatures and dryer than normal conditions. As we head into July, my pie-in-the-sky sentimental forecast for July 1st is a nice slice of warmth and sunshine – perfect for Canada Day celebrations. No need for umbrellas, coats or even fuzzy sweaters. Any weather or pie questions? Email email@example.com or post it on my blog at weatherwit.worpress.com.
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t r a d e st u d e n t s p ot l i g h t saanich school district jumpstarts student careers
The instant I
walked through the door at Splinters Millworks I noticed this young worker with a big smile on his face. Any time you see a worker by Stu Rhodes completely engaged in what he is doing, and smiling about it, you know it's a good thing. I visited the shop to interview Tyler Tremblay, and if his enthusiasm for what he is doing wasn't immediately apparent when I first saw him, it certainly became crystal clear as soon as he started to describe what he gets to do in that shop. Strangely enough, one of the first things Tyler told me he likes about working at Splinters is that he gets to learn new stuff almost every day. This coming from a student who has not attended high school on a regular basis since grade 10 but is looking forward to graduation from Parkland Secondary at the end of June. How can this be? With the help of his career counselor, Roger Pires, Tyler was able to participate in a trades training partnership program where he attended regular school in the mornings of his grade 11 and 12 years to complete the essential courses for graduation and worked part time at Splinters as an apprentice cabinet maker/joiner in the afternoons. Tyler was so keen about this trade pathway that he even spent most of the summer between grade 11 and 12 attending "level one" technical training at Camosun College. While we regard it quite an accomplishment for students to graduate from high school and complete the first level of technical training in their chosen trade, Tyler took it the extra mile. At the beginning of May he returned home from the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he successfully completed "level two" of his technical training. This is an amazing accomplishment for a high school student to be halfway through a four-year apprenticeship by the time he/she graduates from
high school. Tyler's first successes in woodwork came in middle school where he enjoyed all the elective shop classes. "I just love taking a piece of rough lumber and turning it into something beautiful," Tyler says. His dad owns a construction company and Tyler credits him in part for encouraging him to pursue his passion, but he is particularly grateful for the mentoring and instruction provided by his Parkland shop teacher, Tyler Caddell, who, he says: "… always pushed me and made me challenge myself to take on more complex projects and raise the bar for perfection." Tyler is not the first secondary school apprentice to work for Dave Sheridan of Spinters Millworks. Dave is a community-minded employer who believes in the power of youth and his business is reaping the benefits of their passion and enthusiasm. Tyler admits that he is very fortunate to have had this opportunity, but also admits that he took full advantage of it. As a young worker who has found his niche working in a craft that is chockablock full of rewards and learning, he has this advice for other youth contemplating their future: "Find your passion, and make a career out of it!" For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250-655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250-514-0259; Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211; Kathy Stefani, 250-704-4956; or Patti Jordanne, 250-744-4782. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/saanichcareers to view the promotional video Jump Start Your Career.
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Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant: A Commitment to Excellence by Doreen Marion Gee On the opening day of the Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant in 1990, a patron handed Bill Singer a bottle of bootleg rum. Eric and Pat were his first customers in a 24-year legacy of a thriving restaurant business by the sea, and there are solid reasons why the Rumrunner has weathered all storms and stayed afloat when others have sunk. Owners Bill and Jane Singer are committed to providing an excellent dining experience, but there is another piece of magic in this success story that almost guarantees longevity. On June 10th, 2013, Bill and Jane
celebrated 24 years of a flourishing restaurant enterprise. Sitting in his iconic restaurant with the five-star ocean view, Bill talks lovingly about the Rumrunner: "We are one of the oldest restaurants in Sidney with regular return customers. We serve fresh wholesome food." Staying on top of constant fluctuations in the "sea and weather conditions" of the restaurant business keeps them in the game. With new drinking and driving laws, hearty fare took priority: "Good food at a fair price became one of my trademarks." As patrons became more health conscious, Bill started
serving gluten-free dishes. He raves about his fish and chips with "gluten-free" batter: "People say it is the best in the market. I have had people literally crying, saying that they have not been able to eat fish and chips in years." What is the secret of your success, I ask? "Tenaciousness!" Bill laughs. "I have always tried to stay very consistent and keep my food quality very high." He loves what he does and is in it for the long haul. "My wife and I are hands-on owners. I am here six to seven days a week." The owners always accommodate
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Seafood, to get the highest quality seafood we can find," he says. "We have a 'fresh sheet' every few days and we are pretty creative with what we do, putting different things together." An important revelation about the roots of
"Every businessman should be thankful to the people who want to walk through his doors and buy his products" their success can be summed up in one word: Gratitude. Bill Singer is a savvy businessman – always appreciative of the people who support his family business. He and Jane extend a warm "thank you" to his loyal customers.
"My customers have helped me keep this place alive and helped me take care of my family," he confides. "It is the customers who pay our wages. I need them more than they need me." Bill has a winning attitude: "Every businessman should be thankful to the people who want to walk through his doors and buy his products. That mentality will take people through the tough times!" Customers know when they are appreciated. They know when they are treated well. And they will come back for more. That may be the biggest factor in the longevity of the Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant. There is a clear view of the sapphire-blue ocean and sun-sparkled water outside the window. The Singers seem to have the same clarity about what really matters. Contacts: www.rumrunnerpub.ca, www.facebook.com/RumrunnerPub, email@example.com.
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An Open and Closed Case for Business Just Ducky Books, Booktown's newest addition, quacked open its doors on May 1st in the Sidney Centre. Owner Jeff Hutjens, aka Dr. Mallard, offers attractive "asnew" books for all ages and carries comic books and manga (Japanese comics) to encourage reading among youth and children. While the store's main attraction is books, Jeff, a self-avowed "duck nut" also features resident domestic ducklings which he hopes will bring added joy to his customers. Open seven days a week, you can reach Dr. Mallard at 778-3512665 for more info. Danielle Studios is now open for business on the Peninsula. Having operated in Langford for the past three years, this mother-daughter team is excited to be in downtown Sidney offering a relaxed family friendly environment in which to create beautiful personalized pieces in contemporary ceramics and fused glass. Ready to decorate, and fired and glazed onsite, Danielle's offers a selection of ready-to-customize pottery pieces along with classes, workshops, birthday parties, and fundraising and teambuilding events. Open Tuesday through
Sunday, the studio welcomes drop ins; try out a class, no commitment necessary. www.daniellestudios.ca. After 21 years, Sidney's Video Express will "fade to black." Roland Fernando has regretfully closed his family business and the note on the store's front door says it all – the times they are a-changing; diminishing rentals, sales and rising online competition contributed to his decision. The Fernandos are grateful for a dedicated staff, loyal patronage and community support during their time in Sidney. Wake up and smell the coffee! Any day now, in the Beacon Plaza next to Safeway, Tim Hortons will be serving it up fresh in its newest Peninsula location. www.timhortons.com. tourism
A Decision Worth Sleeping On When Arlene and Mike McInnis moved to the Saanich Peninsula, their new home proved perfect – for them, and for opening Quail Rock Vineyard B&B (see article on pg. 37). This picturesque rural location in Saanichton provides visitors with country chic accommodation on a 10-
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Playwrights, Paintings and PADI William Shakespeare said: "Show me someone who doesn't dream about the future and I'll show you someone who doesn't know where they are going." We invite you to marketh your calendar for September 6-8, when the Bard on Beacon, Sidney's inaugural Shakespeare Festival, will take centre stage in Beacon Park and at the Mary Winspear Centre. Details coming soon. In 1996, Telus, (then BC Tel) commissioned Ice Bear, a status member of the Chippewas of Nawash (Ojibway Nation) to create the large public mural "Nil/tu, O" on their building at Resthaven and Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Sixteen years later, with an eye to repairing years of sun and salt damage, Ice Bear has restored
his dramatic rendering of 10 Coast Salish warriors in a canoe escaping a looming storm. Appreciation goes out to a very supportive Sidney Mayor and Council and sincere gratitude to Telus for their desire to restore what they consider to be a key cultural piece and to their "Telus Day of Giving" team who so generously provided hands-on assistance during the preparatory stage. The mural was rededicated in late June. www.icebearstudios.com. Rockfish Divers was established 10 years ago, and owners Tyler and Alisa Preston are proud to be continuing a tradition of exciting programs and community connections. Their commitment to education and the environment is supported in their work with the new Marine Science Program at Parkland Secondary, their ocean cleanup events through project AWARE, and their partnership with Sidney's Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Located at Brentwood Bay Marina, Rockfish is a full service five-star dive resort, offering charters, diving instruction, equipment sales, service, rentals and guided dives. www.rockfishdivers.com. News, changes, updates, launches? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Growing Families at the Market!
We often refer to the Peninsula Country Market as an amazing "Community Gathering Place" for residents of the Saanich Peninsula. This season is more exciting than ever with the launch of two new programs on the field! Last month, we announced our "Weekly Shopping Spree" that runs all season, and so far it's been a big success. A different winner each week receives $50 Market Bucks they can use to buy anything they want on the field in a shopping spree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To enter the contest, all you have to do is "Like Us" on Facebook and your name will be in the draw each week for the remainder of the season. Contest Rules: 1) Winners* must use their entire $50 worth of Market Bucks during one Saturday shopping session during market hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (how simple is that !) *Winners will be contacted via Facebook notification only. The second program we're launching this season, with the support of the B.C. Farm Market Association and Van City, is all about family. We're selecting 50 local families from the Saanich Peninsula to by Jim Townley
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