Seaside Magazine August 2013 Issue

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Reach For The Top

August 2013


Boulders Gym Hosts World Youth Climbing Championships

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Friends & Neighbours Conversations From the Past Ignition Trendspotting West Coast Gardener On Design

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Common Cents Peninsula Restaurant Profile Seaside Arts Scene New & Noteworthy What's Happening Brainteasers & Stars

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Since my husband and I moved to Sidney 18 years ago, we've met many wonderful people, some of whom have become part of our extended family. One such person is Krista Hargreaves, the subject of this month's Friends & Neighbours column. She and her family welcomed us to Canada and into their family. Over the years, it's been a joy to watch Krista and her sister, Jamie, grow from effervescent children, to questioning teenagers, to the remarkable young women they've become. Krista's enthusiasm, commitment to her work, and deep understanding of her role in peoples' lives is nothing short of inspirational. Writing her story led me to want to say thank you to all the other caregivers in our community. We are so very fortunate! linda hunter

I have spent 20 joy filled years as an independent writer and event planner and, for 18 of those years, have been blessed to be participating in a multi-generational home, raising family and living on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Involved in a wealth of exciting and fulfilling projects, I remain convinced that life and business are about building authentic relationships, supporting passion and each other, and celebrating change and growth, however that shows up. I feel fortunate to share the latest news from those doing business on the Peninsula in New & Noteworthy each month and writing exciting features including, in this issue, a first for North America: the IFSC World Youth Championships at Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich.

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On my desk sits a plaque. It says: "If I agree with you we would both be wrong." I cheekily bought this for my husband's benefit. We work together as business partners and fellow designers. A little gauche of me, I know. I have asked a few of my most-loved customers what their thoughts are on my strong opinions, and they have told me that they appreciate my decisiveness and when I speak off the cuff. I used to worry about this, but now have realized that this is exactly how I should be. If I'm not saying anything, that's because of my humility and a deep desire to find the perfect solution to make every project a true reflection of their personality … to be at peace in their homes. In this issue I talk about cost saving when doing kitchen renos.

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Adolescents Dental Clinic Society (ORCCA), that intends to care for children from families who would otherwise not be able to afford dental treatment. (see page 41) On page 22, we meet the Just Love Animals Society, which brings awareness to animal welfare issues with events such as PET-A-PALOOZA, happening August 10th and 11th at Ogden Point in Victoria. And finally there is local hero Richard LeBlanc, a "soft-spoken man who has developed an innovative holistic program to take people off the streets and rebuild their lives." At Woodwynn Farm on August 24th, Richard is hosting an event to celebrate his vision. (see page 16) And whether taking photographs for work, school or pure pleasure, our first annual Seaside Photography Contest is on. Deadline is August 14th! (see page 26 for details) We invite you to take some time "after work" and relax with this issue of Seaside. We hope you'll find your spirits refreshed, and perhaps your own definition of recreation, whatever it may be, strenghtened. "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." ~ James A. Michener

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Boulders Climbing Gym Hosts World Championships by Linda Hunter

For Vancouver's Sean McColl, the 2012

World Men's Youth climbing champion, hosting the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Youth Climbing Championships makes him "immensely proud and represents a huge step towards worldwide participation in our sport," a sport he has loved since age ten. For the first time in North America, from August 15th to 19th, more than 2,000 people, including over 500 athletes aged 14-19 from over 50 countries, will descend on the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich for this world-class competition. The sport, overseen by the IFSC governing body, includes three disciplines: lead/difficulty climbing, speed climbing and bouldering. Athletes at this year's event will complete in two disciplines: difficulty (highest on the wall) and speed (first to the top). Kimanda Jarzebiak, volunteer chair of Boulders and the Championships, hopes the event will be exhilarating for both those on the wall and on the ground, and that bringing the world's youth to Boulders will raise climbing's profile and introduce the competitive side of a sport that, for many, has been traditionally viewed as a recreational venture. For those less familiar, Kimanda explains that climbing is an interdependent sport, "one of the few sports in which competitors

actually help each other, even at the highest level. Someone else is at the end of a rope and you need each other." If you haven't seen it yet, Boulders is the giant structure reaching into the sky behind Stelly's Secondary School. Boulders, a not-for-profit society that makes climbing accessible for everyone regardless of ability or ability to pay, boasts over 13,000

"Climbing is one of the few sports in which competitors actually help each other, even at the highest level." square feet of climbing space and provides adaptive recreation and rehabilitation programs, youth recreational and competitive programs and facilitates a climbing academy at Stelly's. Boulders is also the national training facility for Team Canada, a team that includes 27 athletes, five of them hailing from the local facility. Kamloops native Alison StewartPatterson was so committed to her sport that three years ago she pulled up stakes and moved for it, attending her final two years of high school at Stelly's and climbing at

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Boulders. Alison has been climbing for as long as she can remember and thrives on challenge. She credits climbing with helping her grow as an athlete and person and believes that bringing the Championships to Boulders is a great opportunity for Canada, one that wouldn't have been possible five years ago. With the infrastructure now in place and a sport that is growing, this local climbing wall continues to gain traction as a world-class facility. Alison's hope is "to represent my country well, to improve as a climber, and ideally to place in the semi-finals." McColl, who will coach this time around , hopes to inspire many of the Juniors to reach their goals and for many, the final round (top 8). We invite you to support Team Canada and watch Alison, Sean and others as they reach new heights, welcome the world, and showcase a first class climbing gym. The event is free to spectators until the 19th, when the semifinals and finals take place ($5 at the gate) and will also feature a marketplace with a farmer's market, food fair, climbing retailers and sport-related products. Interested in volunteering at or sponsoring the event, or need more information? Email Boulders Chair Kimanda Jarzebiak at or visit


f riends & nei g h b ours community support workers provide vital services to the individuals and families they work with

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Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and by Susan Simosko collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share something of their stories. Even if Krista Hargreaves were twice her age she would still be remarkable, not only because of what she does but also because of her profound understanding of the role she plays in people's lives. The 21-year-old North Saanich woman is a community support worker (CSW) with Community Living Victoria, an organization dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities. Krista has worked with the organization for two years and did similar work in Quebec and Scotland. Why and how is part of her story: "When I graduated from high school, I didn't know what I wanted to do," Krista tells me. "College was an option, but without focus, I didn't think I'd do well. So I joined Katimavik, a national community work experience program. That's when I had my first experience as a CSW – it was one of my placements." She was 18. During this placement, Krista began to understand how alike people are, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. "When I worked in Quebec City," she recounts, "I couldn't really speak French. That's when I realized that my need – and inability – to communicate was just like many of the people I worked with. My ideas and emotions were trapped inside me. I was so frustrated! Really, there is so little difference between any of us. We all want the same things – to communicate, express ourselves, and feel cared about." From Quebec City, Krista went to Edinburgh, working for L'arche, an international organization that offers residential and day care for people with developmental disabilities. "I learned so much," Krista says." I was given a lot of responsibility very quickly. It was a challenging, but extremely worthwhile experience." Community support work is not always simple or easy, Krista tells me, particularly when individuals do not feel well, are hospitalized, or are dying. "Sometimes they take their frustrations out on the staff. But that's a signal that you need to look closer and help people express what they really want or need and above all, be flexible!" With a smile, she recounts some of the communication strategies she finds helpful including gestures, miming and picture boards in which she or the individual can point to an image and begin to communicate from there.

"Hugs go a long way, too," Krista adds, "regardless of the situation." Every day is different for community support workers. Unnoticed by most of us, they provide vital services to the individuals and families they work with. A typical day might involve getting individuals up, dressed, washed, shaved, toileted and fed – and helping them do whatever they'd like. "You need to honour individuals' preferences," Krista says. "That's a big part of our job. No two people or days are alike – that's one of the things I love about the work. Everyone wants to look good, feel good, and have some fun – and if I can contribute to that, even in a small way, I'm very happy." Long term, Krista hopes to become a nurse. "I'm a born caregiver," she tells me with a smile. "That's what I do. I can't think of anything more important, can you?" No, Krista, I can't, and for that I thank you and the many caregivers in our community for their ongoing care and compassion. Where would we all be without you?


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Doug Stuart, and his sister Sherril Gazarek, are responsible for the culinary creations that are on offer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Sunday throughout the summer. The Tasting Room is a friendly space ideal for small gatherings and is managed by Claire Sakiyama, who after four years has a complete knowledge of their 13 wines on offer. I was introduced to Muse's crisp Ortega, and was particularly impressed with their 2009 cabernet merlot, a smooth blend of B.C. varieties. "We buy grapes from growers in the Okanagan and locally," Peter says. "We pride ourselves on producing only B.C. wines." Outside is the comfortable Wine Terrace, and to the right is the Ortega Terrace. "This is where we put on our summer events," Peter indicates a covered space complete with stage and theatrical lighting. Recently, they hosted a ballet, which was a sell-out success, and have frequent musical events. On Saturdays and Sundays in July and August the Peninsula Players are performing "One Flew Over the Cabernet" by Sasha Moriarty-Schieven. "We have had these performances for a number of years and they are always great fun." The Bacchus Room, which seats 80 people, is atmospheric and suitable for both musical and art events, as well as intimate meals and the enjoyment of fine wines. Jane sums up their philosophy: "We are committed to involving the local community." "I named the vineyard as a tribute to my wife," says Peter. There is no doubt the Muse Vineyard delights the senses and is well worth a visit.



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Building a Humane Community: Woodwynn Farms by Doreen Marion Gee

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Thirty people died on the streets of

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police or fire incidents!" Homelessness can happen to anyone; nobody chooses or deserves a life that is one dice throw from the morgue. Richard's farm is "an antidote" to mental health and addiction problems: a beautiful country environment with "healthy food, exercise, structure and a supportive community." His program utilizes a caring community as a catalyst for change, instead of focusing on individual deficits. Richard models his community after Italy's

"When stereotypes strip us of our humanity, maybe it is time to seriously examine those stereotypes." "San Patrignano," the world's largest drug rehabilitation community. San Patrignano boasts a mind-boggling success rate of over 70% ( According to Richard, this compares to a dismal five to 10% with conventional North American therapies. "People have to want to change" to be accepted at Woodwynn. Before coming, they must be stabilized through a hospital "detox" and in treatment for any mental illness. Residents benefit from a highly structured farm work program, starting at 5:45 a.m! There are no drugs or alcohol at Woodwynn

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and there is a zero tolerance for violence. Woodwynn teaches employment skills with opportunities for apprenticeships in farming, mechanics and carpentry. Woodwynn Farm benefits this community immensely. Richard talks of "Community Building" – over the years 5,000 volunteers have helped him bring a neglected farm back to life. Many work beside residents in farming, painting and repairing 16 run-down structures. Woodwynn also has a variety of venues for community courses, conferences and meetings. Richard's "Food Sustainability" practices are revitalizing the soil and bringing vegetable and fruit crops to Woodwynn for the first time in 150 years. And they are solving a serious social problem. On August 24th, show Richard your support at "Believe In People SUMMER CELEBRATION AT WOODWYNN FARMS." Enjoy a hay maze, crafts, celebrity chef cookoff, a marketplace and kids' activities and stomp your feet to some darn good fiddlin' by Daniel Lapp. For admission prices and info visit Everyone deserves a chance at a better life. With his therapeutic farm, Richard LeBlanc is giving us all an opportunity to reclaim our collective humanity. Main photo by; inset photo by Doreen Marion Gee.

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It's Fair Time! "HEE HAW IT'S FAIR TIME!" The Saanich Fair is just weeks away. Entertainment has been booked, with Shaky Ground headlining on Saturday night and That 70's Band will be returning to the Sunday night spot. Come and hear continuous entertainment all three days of the Fair. Added attractions are back and Jonny Flash will be at the Fairground for the first time – putting on a show on Monday on the main stage plus roaming the grounds daily showing off his juggling comedy stunt show routines. All the great ethnic and regular concessions will be back again plus there will be a Chinese food concession behind the Main Hall this year. Ever thought of entering one of the Departments? Just check out the catalogue to see the best category for you. For men there is a Men Only! Apple Pie Baking Contest. For everyone there is a Donkey's Favourite Carrot Cake on page 40 of the catalogue. Juniors (ages three to 16) have a huge department with 310 different categories. Check out pages 49 to 54 and see what you would like to do. "The Colour Blue" is a new category for the Photography Department. Do you have a backyard garden with fruits and/or vegetables? Enter them in the Fruit/Vegetable departments. Ever pick up a needle and thread? You should check out the Needle Arts and Crafts Department: they have everything from sewing to quilting, crocheting, weaving and other textile crafts and needle arts. There are even assisted entries and entries for 70 to 79 and 80 years or over. There is something for everyone. Catalogues available at The Duct Tape Contest is back, sponsored by 103.1 JACK fm. Info and forms are online. There will be great prizes and four categories will be displayed this year – 12 and under; clothing; prom dress/mens suit, table centrepiece. Pick up your polka dot duct tape and start making whatever suits your creativity. Animal entries are the most popular to see at the Fair. Don't miss the draft horses, mini horses, llamas, alpacas, sheep, dairy cattle, swine, dairy goats, rabbits, cavies, poultry of all shapes and sizes, and of course the donkeys! The Midway is always a family favourite. If you would like to save a few dollars you can pick up a ride-all-day wristband from the Saanich Fair office for just $32 and save $8. SEE YOU AT THE FAIR!

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con v ersations f rom t h e p ast An Imaginary Interview With roy olmstead, the "king of bootleggers"

Roy Olmstead by Valerie Green

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. During prohibition, vessels containing smuggled liquor regularly crossed the waters between Washington State and Vancouver Island. One particularly colourful smuggler was a man named Roy Olmstead, a Seattle Policeman who turned bootlegger. Known as the "King of the Bootleggers," he became equally well-known here on Vancouver Island. I understand you have recently been released from prison and were given a full pardon from President Roosevelt, Mr. Olmstead. Yes, and all my constitutional rights were restored to me including fines and court fees. So tell me how you landed in prison after having an illustrious career as a police officer. Well, I was raised by honest farming folk in Nebraska. I moved to Seattle in 1904 and worked in the shipyards until joining the Police Department in 1907. By 1916, prohibition was in effect and Washington had become a "dry" state. Many people still ignored the liquor laws though. Meanwhile, I was rising up in the force from sergeant to lieutenant. And then your honourable police career turn into illegal bootlegging? Why? (laughing) Good question! As a law officer, I learned everything about the bootlegging business but soon discovered a better way to bring in liquor from Canada without being caught! I operated my own business on the side but eventually I was caught and dismissed from the force. What happened then? I became a full-time bootlegger operating

a fleet of boats bringing liquor into Seattle. I used coded messages on a radio program from my own home-based radio station. My wife told children's stories over the radio which all held coded messages understood by my fleet. For some time we avoided capture. Prohibition was a stupid law. Many sailors came into Seattle to have a good time and this involved drinking liquor. We were just filling a need. By 1924 you were one of the largest operators in the Puget Sound I believe? Yes, and most of Seattle's elite (and the police) were my customers, so everyone turned a blind eye to what I was doing. But you were arrested in 1925, convicted and sentenced to four years in the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, right? I was indeed. Then, over the next few years, I made many appeals to higher courts, because the way I was caught was

unconstitutional. My case – Olmstead v. United States – became one of the most famous on record. Is it true you were once delivering at least 200 cases of Canadian liquor into the Seattle area daily, and were grossing $200,000 a month? Yes, but I am a different man today. I converted to the Christian Science faith while incarcerated. I now believe that liquor is a curse. Today I am a Sunday school teacher conducting Bible study courses as well as visiting prisoners in King County Jail talking about the evils of drink. A complete reversal of character yet again! The "good cop" has returned? Olmstead gave his last interview to the press shortly before his death in 1966. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be contacted at

A legacy that started with a motorbike. Trevor Deeley was a visionary. He introduced the first small motorbikes to 1960’s Canadian youth and then built success after success. It didn’t stop there. Trevor and his wife Joyce were generosity personified, helping many causes and people. They saw our hospital as the heart of the community. Their estate plans included a gift to ensure that our “heart” continues to beat strongly. For more information about bequests, please call Karen Morgan


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Join the Fight Just Love Animals Society brings awareness to animal welfare issues

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A new animal advocate society has popped up on Vancouver Island and has made a big scene in the past year in Victoria. Just Love Animals Society, a local registered non-profit, has been voicing its concerns over animal welfare issues and the ethical treatment of animals via social media outlets and large fundraising events. The society was founded by three friends, Lonnie Powell, Jordan Illingworth and Anne Lee, in March of 2012. The team at Just Love Animals Society are the creative masterminds behind festivals such as PET-A-PALOOZA, the West Coast's largest outdoor pet-friendly pet festival, and The Modern Bride Show at The Bay Centre, which hosted a live wedding as a finale to the event. Lonnie Powell from J.L.A Society says: "We do things a little differently here. We host large events to bring awareness to our society and causes that matter to us. The Bridal Show allowed us to hit a completely different demographic and from that event, our society and cause were seen by over 20,000 spectators. We were able to get over 2,000 signatures on our petition to ban the sale of animals in retail pet stores here in Victoria, B.C." Aside from the extravagant events the 22 SEASIDE | august 2013

society hosts, J.L.A runs several campaigns throughout the year that bring awareness and educate the general public on various animal welfare issues. Just Love Animals Society's current "I GIVE A S#!T" campaign is to bring awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. The society will also

Just Love Animals Society has been voicing its concerns over animal welfare issues and the ethical treatment of animals host multiple spay and neuter clinics on the Island with hopes of expanding the clinics to the mainland. "We are working with Dr. Chris Forbes from Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital to host free spay and neuter clinics on the Island," says Anne. "Our goal is to cut down on the overpopulation in our local shelters and to minimize the number of 'accidental' litters in British Columbia." J.L.A Society hopes to host at least two free clinics by 2014. The two day PET-A-PALOOZA pet

festival, taking place August 10th and 11th, is held on over 35,000 square feet of oceanside property at Ogden Point where the cruise ships dock. "We have some incredible local sponsors on board with the show, including Paws and Claws, Growlies for Pets, Buddies Natural Pet Foods, Bullwrinkles, 103.1 Jack FM, Ocean 98.5, Black Press, Used Victoria, Travel Lodge Victoria, and Seaside Magazine, to name a few," explains Jordan. "We also have some amazing attractions this year including Dock Dogs, Running of the Bulls, AVID agility demos and Victoria's largest outdoor adopt-a-thon. It's going to be an amazing day." The three directors make a pretty dynamic trio, and quite an efficient team. "The three of us are pretty different in terms of personality traits, and we all bring something different yet important to the table to make this work," says Lonnie. Just Love Animals Society is an independent, non-profit organization that receives no provincial or federal funding. They rely solely on fundraising, private donations and dedicated volunteers to continue their mission. For more information on the foundation please visit

Vocal For Local The Team 4 Hope for Neuroblastoma Research will be hosting a very special fundraiser event benefiting neuroblastoma research, which will be held at the beautiful Sidney Pier Hotel on September 7th, 2013. The 2nd Annual "VOCAL FOR LOCAL" is a formal night to celebrate our local businesses in style. The evening will include a silent auction, local beer and wine and local food. Just a sampling of some of the local businesses participating as food sponsors of the event include Salt Spring Island Cheese, Moonstruck Cheese and The Red Barn Market. Live entertainment will be provided by The Archers and other local artists. All proceeds from VOCAL FOR LOCAL benefit neuroblastoma research in B.C. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive and deadly childhood cancer with minimal research funding. In 2013 to date, there have been nine kids in the Victoria area affected by neuroblastoma. Four are in remission, two have relapsed and three have passed away. Nationally, the amount of research money being spent on childhood cancer is less than 2% and the majority goes to leukemia as it has the highest incidence rate in children. Thankfully, due to the money spent on leukemia research, the survival rate is almost 90%. Unfortunately, this is not the case with neuroblastoma. It sadly takes as many lives as leukemia, even though it affects a much smaller population, and it comparatively receives little research funding. In North America alone, a child dies from neuroblastoma every 14 hours. Team 4 Hope wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to Seaside Magazine and ALL of our local sponsors for their continued support. Special thanks to The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa for once again providing such a gorgeous venue for our popular event. To purchase tickets to VOCAL FOR LOCAL, visit or call Terra Munro at 250-661-9937. Tickets are $35 and include local delicious finger foods and a complimentary beverage (local beer, wine or non-alcoholic drinks).

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inside out The lasting gifts of a life in sport Racing around the world since the age of 18 as a professional runner and triathlete has taught me quite a few things about by Lucy Smith life. To name a few: lessons in Champion Distance Runner goal setting, health, taking on and Triathlete challenges, dealing with setbacks, developing emotional fortitude, and coping in unexpected situations. Many of the practices I gained in my professional athletic career became so ingrained into my daily life I will never let them go, long after I race for my last paycheque. While I amassed a collection of provincial, national and world championship medals in my time as a professional athlete, those items are tucked away in boxes, and the best parts of my career are certainly the less tangible but vital parts of the person I am today. Training as an elite athlete is a twice-daily occurrence, so my physical well-being was and still is very important. While the intense self focus can sometimes become overwhelming, the discipline of being physically active is a positive force that I won't give up. It is also why training programs and race goals are very helpful for beginner athletes. After a while being active feels so good it becomes a reason enough. Along with the physical training is the fuelling for all that calorie burning. Healthy athletes learn to eat to train, and spend enormous amounts of time ingesting food. The habits of eating well and feeling great becomes a way of life. Luckily for us in Victoria, eating fresh, whole, healthy and local is easy. To this day I have a healthy respect for the benefits of consistent


solid sleep. Sleep, recovery and time away from training prepares you to perform well. (If there is one aspect of high performance training I don't miss, it's the stress about not getting enough rest before races!) I drink water and lots of it. Our house is usually littered with my random half full glasses of water on shelves and tables. I drink water all day long, taking sport bottles in the car every time I leave the house. My kids drink water too. Nobody needs sport drinks unless they are training for an endurance event. Those are the positive physical side effects that running has had on my life. However, by far the greatest impact of sport has been my understanding of the human mind, and the psychology of personal success. One my greatest achievements was not a single medal, but was when my belief that I could achieve my goals became greater than my doubt that I would not. The intensity and pressure of sport can either chew you up and spit you out, disillusioned and jaded, or you learn to focus on what matters and learn really strong emotional management and coping skills. Bad weather, hills or a poor performance all give athletes a chance to be great. The rain becomes your friend, not your enemy. Racing gave me daily opportunities to practice positive mental strategies and reframing. It wasn't always about coping and being tough (though sometimes it was, like when my pedal came off twice in a race, or I crashed out of a triathlon in Mexico). This practice helps me deal with all of life's unexpected situations. These days I try to pass these skills onto others and allow them to discover for themselves that the greatest gifts of being active are much greater than what you do. And there is no App for that! LifeSport coach Lucy Smith is a Champion distance runner and triathlete, author and mother of two.


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Deadline is August 14th • One entry per person per category • One winner per category Winners have the chance to be featured as our September cover photo (vertical format only) Submit your contest entries to: The four chosen will have their work published, with a brief biography, in the September Issue of Seaside Magazine. Images of people require the subject’s consent to appear in a published photograph. By entering the contest, winners automatically consent to having their work used by Seaside Magazine. Only files submitted via email will be accepted. All files must be high resolution (300 dpi). Label all files with your name and subject category.

ignition Buying a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of Motorize Auto Direct, this month we turn on the Ignition for our readers.

Subaru Forester by Julian Sale

As manufacturers tweak and tune, they

continually change and their models to better meet the needs of consumers. Car makers are accountable to their shareholders, and profit is the name of the game. Nowadays, vehicles are way, way better than they have ever been before – but I guess that goes without saying: so are cell phones, buildings, airplanes, and pretty much everything else we see, use and touch. Sometimes, though, I can't help but think that enough is enough, and wish for a manufacturer to leave well enough alone. Subaru Forester: a no-brainer for folks looking for unquestionable reliability Welcome Subaru Forester. This fabulous car arrived in 1997, and like a shiny red bike a price drop. Until 2008, prices climbed every year, but the recession under the Christmas tree, it was welcomed was the catalyst for the pricing roll-back for all manufacturers except the with open arms. The Japanese-built, ultra high quality all-wheel-drive ultra exotics. For the first time in over a decade, a consumer could own wagon was a little taller and offered a taller seating position than the Forester for $25,000 plus options. This tremendous value further its popular brother, the Outback. Canadians loved the car from the pushed sales for the ex-airplane manufacturer, propelling the Forester as get-go. These cars were, and still are, a staple in Canada's north, a nothe number one seller in Canada. Although many Subarus are built in brainer for folks looking for unquestionable reliability. We routinely Lafayette, Indiana, the Forester is built by die-hard Subaru lovers in their see these units with 400,000kms or more come in on trade. 2009 brought us the third-generation Forester, which gave us bells well-proven facility, located in Ota in the Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Fingers crossed for the all-new 2014 Forester to live up to its and whistles like never before. Better safety ratings, a superb sound predecessor's reputation with its CVT transmission and spicy styling system, heated seats, a gigantic sunroof and better cargo management – my guess is that it's, although hard to believe, via folding seats. This Forester was my favourite, and was produced another step in the right direction. until 2013. We also experienced something super with this generation:

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3rd Annual Family Festival Event at the Market! Last

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month the Peninsula Country Market introduced the "Growing Families At The Market" program. To supplement our focus on families, we are proud to announce a new community partnership we've formed with the Saanichton Village Association (SVA) and Seafirst Insurance Brokers to bring you the 3rd Annual Saanichton Family Festival on Saturday, August 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market still opens at 9 a.m. for our regular power shoppers; however, we've extended it by an extra hour that day so we can take full advantage of the great space the market offers to host families from all over Greater Victoria! The Family Festival event is all about listening to great music, enjoying local foods and crafts, and celebrating the importance of family: the heart of our community! We are pleased to partner with the Saanichton Village Association, a local non-profit that has worked to build Saanichton into a great little Village through their dedication and hard work, and Seafirst Insurance Brokers which has been a community leader by starting

the event two years ago; we're proud they've brought the event to the market! "We believe combining the Family Festival with the already popular Peninsula Country Market made a lot of sense. Having access to such a great group of vendors to support local families is exciting," notes Dan Olive, spokesperson for the Festival. The energetic staff of Seafirst, and volunteers of the SVA, will be there in full force to make sure your children have a great time in the bouncy castle, and playing a host of other games planned with the support of the Panorama Leisure Centre. There will be lots of prizes for the kids. Remember, the Peninsula Country Market offers more than just locally grown food: it offers the opportunity to spend quality family time in the fresh air, sunshine, with live music and the chance to connect with people you know, or might like to know in the community. The Peninsula Country Market is located at 1528 Stelly's X Rd. (Saanich Fairgrounds) and offers FREE admission, FREE parking, LIVE music each week, and we're completely dog friendly! For more information, visit our website at

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Sip & Savour … at the end of the North Saanich Flavour Trail! Sip on complex wine … & Savour a delicious meal. On August 24th, 2013 you will have the opportunity to awaken your taste buds to the variety of food and beverages grown and made on the Saanich Peninsula. Sip & Savour will showcase products to promote eating and drinking locally as the North Saanich Flavour Trail evening event. The North Saanich Flavour Trail is a community celebration taking place over August 24th and 25th that provides opportunities to experience and taste the quality and creativity of Peninsula farmers, fishers, food producers, chefs and vintners. Some of the featured events include garden and orchard tours, agriculture lessons and afternoon tea. For more information on the Flavour Trail tours and events, including Sip & Savour, visit At Sip, enjoy a glass of wine, cider or spirit. The Sip portion of the event features a variety of local wineries, cider houses and distillers. You can purchase a tasting package that provides you with six tastings from any of the beverage producers. Here, you will be able to indulge in the Peninsula's finest beverages and find your new favourite. At Savour, enjoy a meal prepared with local produce and meats.

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This event follows Sip and provides a glimpse into how eating local can be a delicious and rewarding experience. The buffet dinner, prepared by Red Seal certified Chef Graham Little from Island Culinary Services, will highlight the exceptional foods produced on the Saanich Peninsula. Be prepared for an evening of culinary excellence from quality local products! Sip & Savour is a new event by TIDES – The Island's Destination and Event Services, and the Mary Winspear Centre. Sip & Savour is excited to be a part of the North Saanich Flavour Trail's weekend events, which promotes local and sustainable farming and agriculture. For more information on the Sip & Savour event, email info@tidesgroup. com or visit Tickets can be purchased from the Mary Winspear Centre via, 250-656-0275 or in person at the Centre. Tickets as follows: Sip – $25, Savour – $50. A combined ticket that provides access to both events will be available for $70 (saving $5). If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email A variety of positions are available. Support local and become immersed in the region's beverages and foods at Sip & Savour, an event that will delight your palate and an opportunity you don't want to miss!

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A ll You Need Is … Love For The Salish Sea Explore the Aquarium of the Salish sea to get prepared for your next trip to the beach. Pack a bucket and a local map. Questions unanswered? The knowledgeable volunteers and staff are ready to help you to solve ocean mysteries on your next visit. There are two chances to win a pack of four-day passes: just email streetteam@ with the subject line "I love the Salish Sea" to enter. (octopus bucket and sieve $14.99 + tax; discovery maps $7.95 + tax)

A Master Chef BBQ Tool The Island Grillstone, made of naturally porous volcanic rock, allows you to get most out of your barbecue. You'll keep natural flavour, moisture and nutrients while preventing BBQ flare-ups that cause charring. Available at the unique Capitol Iron Summer Store – a "must see" for everybody who likes outdoor living. (small grillstone $39.99 + tax; large grillstone $49 + tax) Capital Iron Summer Store #111 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney (behind Woodshed Restaurant)

Summertime is the perfect time to find your favourite brew. The cottagestyle Gulf Islands Brewery bottles entirely by hand, making beer in small batches using traditional, unhurried methods. Saltspring Island beers have it all: smooth malts, nutty flavour, a touch of citrus and much more. ($6.30 + deposit + tax) Liquor Express 2134 Keating X Rd, Saanichton (and other locations)

The #1 Stop For Foodies Mouthwatering BBQ favourites from the Red Barn Market Deli will make your summer party legendary. Island raised and Island grown where possible by your local farms that have fed our communities for decades. Ethically raised meat, free of hormones and antibiotics, make the selection easy. Adding delicious, double-smoked bacon to your menu will get you hooked on the local quality. (striploin cut from AAA $30.99/kg; marinated pork chops $13.99/kg; veggie kabob $2.50/ea) Red Barn Market 5550 W. Saanich Rd, Victoria (and other locations)

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The Scent of Summer Enjoy the outdoors in the August sun, then nourish your skin afterwards with Luxury Skin Lavender Cream. Explore Lavender products at the Victoria Lavender store in Sidney or go to the farm and enjoy lavender fields and a number of farm animals. Be surprised by the selection of diverse lavender products, all made in Sidney! (250 ml Luxury Skin Cream $30; bunch of lavender $5 ea; plus tax) Victoria Lavender Store Victoria Lavender Farm 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 1899 John Rd, North Saanich

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Like life, the entrance to Joyce and Paul Pearlstone's very special property presents oneself with choices. Framed on one side by a rustling bamboo hedge and on the other by a beautifully built dry stone wall, paths and steps of sandstone lead one on different journeys of discovery, with fresh perspectives, enchanting surprises and blissful moments of serenity. Home and garden form a creative synergy, as if one evolved from the other, and no wonder, as the design force behind both is Joyce herself.

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Joyce's Japanese heritage features in all of her creative endeavours, including pottery, cooking and furniture design. Husband Paul is equally gifted – turning his hand to cabinetry, wine making, fishing, prawning and culinary treats such as complex granolas and delicious jams. This dynamic duo met while graduate students and made their first piece of furniture together back then, a practical sofa that has come with them over the years. With their property in Deep Cove, Joyce and Paul have fashioned for themselves a home and lifestyle rooted in simplicity, free from extraneous distractions and in tune with the rhythms of the natural world. Rock, plants and water in an informal setting form the basic elements of the couple's garden. "I designed the garden out of my head," explains Joyce, using as the backbone large sandstone boulders from the wooded, steeply sloping building site. With an innate talent, Joyce knew where each stone needed to go, such that the whole composition appears as a natural geological placement. "I just have a feeling for rocks," she confesses. Now gently weathered, softened by moss and shade-loving underplantings of maidenhair ferns, grasses, hostas and Japanese maples, the stones provide a timeless, reassuring permanence. From the upper reaches, water flows, spilling into a deep reflective pool by a private courtyard, with an inviting bench and access to the home. Goldfish dart amongst the waterlilies and the comforting "clunk" of the shishi odoshi – or deer scarer – measures time in quite a different way to clocks. The water of the pond extends under the slab floor of the courtyard, suggesting a mysterious, unseen confluence. At night the pool reflects light from a large Japanese paper lantern inside the

Joyce and Paul's open concept home presents a classic post and beam construction, using custom Douglas fir now weathered to a rich orange colour, evoking the forests of the West Coast.

house, giving the illusion of a harvest moon. "I like views that are always changing, different shades and textures of green with bursts of burgundy and chartreuse, and interest throughout the seasons," explains Joyce. Solomon's seal, dogwoods, mock orange, eucalyptus, Japanese evergreens, fatsia japonica, hydrangeas and sedums offer rich textural elements. Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries provide fruits in season, while pots of wasabi, shiso and konnyaku form staples for Japanese dishes such as sushi, pickles and soups. Thoughtfully positioned throughout the gardens are Japanese pottery lanterns made by Joyce in her studio, lighting the way from one area to the next, like reassuring beacons along life's path. On the steeply-sloped waterfront side of the property, ground covers of stonecrop, Japanese spurge, seasonal licorice ferns and woolly thyme enhance and soften the stone terraces and paths, all laboriously hand built by Joyce. Below the multi-level decks the crushed shell beach extends out some 50 feet at low tide. Rich eel grass beds provide the spawning ground for herring that bring seals, sea lions, dolphins and bald eagles to feed, while migratory salmon provide occasional sightings of orcas. Joyce and Paul's open concept home presents a classic post and beam construction, using custom Douglas fir now weathered to a rich orange colour, evoking the forests of the West Coast. Running the full length of Continued next page


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the cathedral ceiling within the beams are planked cedar cladding, providing a rich textural balance to the neutral walls. The interior space is suffused with warm luminescence from generous windows, recessed lighting and artfully placed skylights. In-floor heating ensures a dustfree environment throughout the home, which keeps cleaning to a minimum and allergies at bay. The kitchen and adjoining pantry provide Joyce and Paul with plenty of ergonomic space, rich granite work surfaces with ribbons of colour like waving kelp running through the stone, warm maple cabinetry and sensible tile flooring. The wonderful loaves of freshly baked bread and blackberry scones bear testament to this couple's enjoyment of all things culinary. "From your house you look out," expresses Joyce, "and windows frame the ever-changing views." Two large oculi, aligned at either end of the ridge posts like the lenses of a telescope, enchant the viewer with vistas of Mount Prevost and the ocean. The courtyard pool garden seems suspended as a painting within a wood-framed window by the stairs. Even the little alcove off the master bedroom was created to offer a living landscape through the glass. The profound simplicity of the furnishings, many designed by Joyce

and built by Paul, using Douglas fir left over from the building of the home, showcase the timeless quality of Joyce's pottery, from platters perfect for serving sushi and seafood, to wheel-turned pots that function not only as cooking vessels but also as beautiful works of art. This dual functionality extends to the furniture, where a bench may also serve as a storage facility as well as a table and be completely moveable. While the main floor of the home provides communal living spaces, both indoor and out, the lower level, being cooler, contains the sleeping and office areas. Shoji-style edge grain fir doors with translucent glass inserts slide open to reveal the guest bedroom that also doubles as a study, where sofas, created by Joyce and Paul, transform effortlessly into beds when needed. Ambient lighting from Joyce's Japanese lanterns and shoji-style wall inserts in the hall reflect softly on the Noh theatre masks brought back from Japan by the couple's son. The office contains an unobtrusive Murphy bed unit, complete with fold-out night table, ready for visiting family members and friends. Furnishings in the master bedroom were made by Paul in his workshop to Joyce's specifications. The reassuring simple lines of the solid wooden bedframe and attached night tables as well as soft illumination from Japanese lanterns create a soothing environment conducive to restful nights. The windows are in perfect proportion to the size of the room, and overlook the little stream and bamboo sluice where birds frolic and bathe. A walk-through closet leads into the master bathroom, where the generous open shower with thoughtful seating accommodation provides the first stage in the Japanese bathing ritual, to be completed by a lovely soak in the sumptuous air-jetted tub. Natural lighting comes from piano windows, so effectively used in the guest bathroom and bedroom as well. The master bathroom has been widened to showcase the Douglas fir post that extends to the upper level, a timely reminder of our connection to the forest. Joyce and Paul seem to carry within themselves a serenity that nurtures their appreciation of the natural world in all its infinite variety. "Everything is simple," declares Joyce, explaining her design philosophy. Japanese elements run like a leitmotif throughout the home and garden, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces into an oasis of creative calm, freeing perception from the burden of clutter and busyness. What a perfect tribute this place is to the creative energies of a remarkable couple.

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by Barry Mathias As the son of a dentist, I suffered a number of extractions due to a crowded jaw. However, it was not until I recently met Dr Mitra Hashemi that I realized how lucky I had been. "Many children from low income families do not get any dental treatment," she explains, "because their parents cannot afford the insurance or the large dental bills." The result can be a lifetime of discomfort and frustrated ambitions. "Poor teeth affect children's health and their future." Dr Hashemi, of Coast Dental Care, is the driving force and only dentist on the Board of Oral Care for Children and Adolescents (ORCCA) Dental Clinic Society that intends to care for children who would otherwise not benefit from such important treatment. The Board of six (pictured) includes Keith Andrews, president of NU-View Homes and Martine Kiliwnik, its office manager and designer; accountant Chris Cowland, CA of Cowland Paterson & Co.; Manley McLachlan, the CEO and president of the B.C. Construction Association (BCCA); and Heather Burkett, the former district principal, Saanich School District #63, on whose property ORCCA. intends to establish a clinic at Sidney Elementary School. Martine Kiliwnik is the designer of the building that will be equipped with two operatories, enabling children to have fillings, extractions, X-rays, and other basic dental care. "I joined ORCCA because I want to

help children," she says. "I'm aware how poor teeth affect children's self-esteem." Keith Andrews and Manley McLachlan bring expertise to the building and liaison aspects of the project. "We will be forming a number of sub-committees to handle the fundraising, insurance issues and the many other aspects of this project," Keith says. Eventually, he estimates as many as 30 people will be involved. "I have two children of my

ORCCA will be treating any child whose parents or guardians are unable to afford dental treatment for them. own. I know the importance of dental care when they are young." Families who earn $21,000 a year or less are able to apply to the Healthy Kids Program for up to $1,400 every two years towards each of their children's dental treatment. But, those whose income is in the range of $21,000 to $40,000 are unable to apply for any help, even though they may need such assistance. In Victoria, Cool Aid provides dental care for adults, but there is no such existing organization for children, which is why Dr Hashemi is intending to donate a

number of hours each month to help young people whose teeth need professional care. Her whole team at Coast Dental Care has also volunteered their time, and other dentists are invited to join the project "We are going to need a lot of community support," Keith says. "ORCAA has formed a non-profit society and is seeking charitable donations." He points out that this is the start of a complex project. "We will be treating any child, or young person up to the age of 19, whose parents or guardians are unable to afford dental treatment for them," says Dr Hashemi, who trained at the Dental College in Tehran, and studied at University of Western Ontario. She set up practice in Sidney five years ago, after taking a number of advanced courses, and it was her interactions with young patients that alerted her to the problems that exist for lowincome children. "I want to give back to this community which has made me so welcome." ORCCA gives special thanks to Tom Vickars, principal of Sidney Elementary School, and Saanich School Board #63 for their support in this project. Donations are gratefully accepted, and cheques should be made out to School Division 63 and mailed to our accountants, Cowland Paterson & Co, 200 - 2377 Bevan Avenue, Sidney, B.C., V8L 4M9. A charitable donation receipt will be provided for donations of $25 or more. Please mark "ORCCA" on your cheque.


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If you just want a regular old "cuppa joe," don't go to the Fresh Cup Roastery Café in Saanichton. But if you want a premium cup of delectable aromatic coffee that will make your taste buds dance – then treat yourself to this little java hideaway! The owners have glorified coffee making into a precise art form, with every stage of the process done with meticulous care and a healthy respect for the environment. They also know how to pair that delicious cup of black gold with just the right sweet stuff to make them both explode in your mouth. This is not just "coffee:" this is an experience.

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Arts and Music in the Gardens There's something for everyone at this outdoor art show, a fundraiser for the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (previously Glendale Gardens). As visitors stroll through the scenic gardens they can admire the work and meet over 60 Island artists while listening to a variety of music by talented local musicians. Unique "Land Art" displays created by the Victoria Flower Arrangers' Guild will raise more oohs and aahs. And for those with a different vision of beauty, the classic cars on display in the Auto Art Show will surely satisfy. August 10th and 11th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 505 Quayle Road. 250-479-6162 or

One Flew Over the Cabernet Laughter, food and wine are a winning formula at Muse Winery this summer. The Peninsula Players return to the Vineyard Theatre in a romp which takes place in an insane asylum complete with inmates who believe they are fairy tale characters. When the doctor admits and awakens a new patient, a sleeping princess, things get even crazier. Watch out for Nurse Wrench! Tickets: $25 for the performance. Saturdays August 10th,

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Come and experience new music every Sunday at the Beacon Pavilion (Sidney's Outdoor Opera House!) Be entertained by some of the most popular local musicians. Full line-up available on the Peninsula Celebrations Society website (above). Admission by donation; if you like the gig, feed the pig! Every wednesday Bingo at "The Centre"

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Please bring a new baby item for donation to Beacon Community Services family programs. Tickets $20. august 17 & 24

Summer Tango in the Bandshell Beacon Park Bandshell Sidney, 1 - 4 pm

Come tango at the beautiful Beacon Park Pavilion! Featuring DJ's Ken Brown and Eric Lanoix. No charge, but please make a donation to help cover costs. Note: polished cement dance floor, so choose your shoes accordingly. Potluck supper to follow at 271 Coal Point Lane, North Saanich. august 18

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Planting Peace: A Two-Evening Event with Dr. Will Tuttle Ukranian Cultural Centre 3277 Douglas St, Victoria, 7 - 9 pm 250.721.1101

Dr. Will Tuttle, author of World Peace Diet, and recipient of the Peace Abbey "Courage of Conscience" Award, delivers an inspiring presentation on how our food choices have caused us to become disconnected from nature, and how to make positive changes that improve our health, encourage compassion and minimize our ecofootprints on our world. This is followed by a musically-infused life-changing workshop, on September 2nd, on how to access and be guided by our unique inner intuition and wisdom. Earlybird pricing until August 15th: $30 (both evenings). After August 15th: $45.

Panorama Recreation Announces New $59 Annual Youth Pass Panorama Recreation is offering a new annual pass option for any youth under the age of 19 at a cost of $59 each. This is less than $5 per month! In addition, children of adult annual pass holders will qualify for complimentary annual passes. Panorama is excited to announce this bold effort to improve community health and make recreation more affordable and accessible for families and youth. The Centre currently offers free access to preschool children age five and under. This latest initiative ushers in a new era of recreation opportunities in response to the increasing concern over obesity rates among children in Canada. "Panorama Recreation is committed to improving individual and community health through recreation services. We are pushing the envelope on traditional business models, believing that reducing barriers will lead us to

a more healthy and vibrant community," says Carl Jensen, chair of the Peninsula Recreation Commission. "The Peninsula Recreation Commission is extremely excited about the innovations at Panorama Recreation and fully supports the new initiative." "Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. It's a troubling statistic because excess weight has many negative effects on children's health. They are at a much higher risk of developing health problems later in life. We wanted to be leaders by significantly reducing the barriers to participation and this program does that." says Ian Hennigar, senior manager at Panorama Recreation. "Recent research confirms that Canadian Youth spend more than six hours a day outside of school in front of a

screen. We want them being active, playing and socializing in a very safe and welcoming environment" says Hennigar. (Source: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.) Hennigar stated that Panorama will offer complimentary 12-month passes to all dependent children (ages six to 18, living at the same address) whose parent or legal guardian has purchased a 12-month pass. There are no restrictions to the number of children in each family. Single parent families will effectively have unlimited access to drop-in activities such as swimming, skating and fitness classes for a monthly fee under $33. Two parent families will immediately save $110 by purchasing two Annual Active Passes rather than the Family Pass that was available previously. Single parent families will effectively get unlimited drop-in access for less than half the normal cost of an annual family pass.

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of operations require decisions for yourself or others. Secure the future for the long term as best you can. Get rid of what you don't need or want. Changes give you a feeling of moving forward. Go with the flow.

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direction it could take. CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) Look at where

you can benefit from others or joint resources. Wade through necessary papers or info to reach the bottom line. A fair division will pave the way for additional collaboration. Share ideas with those involved. AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Bring others

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KEEP YOUR BRAIN HEALTHY The Alzheimer’s Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. *Sudoku Solutions may be found on opposite page

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9 3 2 8 4 6 1 5 7

6 1 7 3 2 5 9 4 8

4 8 6 7 3 9 5 1 2

5 2 3 4 6 1 7 8 9

7 9 1 5 8 2 6 3 4

8 6 5 1 7 3 4 9 2

4 9 2 6 5 8 7 1 3

1 7 3 4 9 2 8 6 5

9 2 6 3 8 7 1 5 4

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3 1 8 5 4 6 9 2 7

7 5 4 2 1 9 6 3 8

2 8 7 9 6 5 3 4 1

5 4 9 8 3 1 2 7 6

6 3 1 7 2 4 5 8 9

Sudoku Solutions

2 7 8 6 1 3 4 9 5

Middle of the Road

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That appears to be the case: for my May issue column I wrote about marriage being in the near future, and shortly after that I got engaged. In the July issue I wrote about the seemingly fruitless house hunt my fiancé and I were in the middle of and two days later we had an offer accepted on a great property. This column appears to be my own personal wishing well, and I'm so happy that my life is moving in the right direction. Since moving out of my childhood home, I have lived in 12 different places, and none of them have really, truly felt like "home." It's hard to pour your heart, soul and personality into someplace when you know it's only temporary. Why put a lot of effort into making a place yours when ultimately it's someone else's? For the last year I have been collecting … readying myself for the time when I will have my own home to decorate. There is a stack of artwork, mirrors etc. tucked in beside my couch, just waiting for their turn to finally be hung on a wall! So now the keeping, tossing and donating begins and I have to admit this is my favourite part of moving. While I may "collect" future décor (and recipes, as those of you who read my Last Word

every month know) that's where the hoarding ends: I absolutely love getting rid of stuff. There's something so cleansing about paring down your belongings to those things you actually use and enjoy. Moving can be emotionally stressful: "Although we recognize that life is constantly evolving, some people like change, while others are hesitant and resist uprooting themselves. If you can embrace the move and view it as an opportunity for new experiences, you will tend to reap the benefits more than those who resist it." ( For me, change is essential to life. It helps us grow and better ourselves. There are a lot of big changes coming my way in the next couple of years, and I can't wait!

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If you write it, will it come true?

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