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50TH ANNIVERSARY Article by: Leslie Styles
It was quite the celebration on December 16th, as Al’s Source for Sports celebrated its 50th anniversary. Each visitor to the store was greeted with a warm welcome by owners, Chris and Amanda. The family was excited to welcome Mayor Rick Goldring and many former customers and staff members. On display, was a certificate of congratulations signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Congratulations to the entire McMillan family on achieving their fiftieth!
01: Brenda, Bonnie, Brian, Chris, Amanda, Lorrie & Kyle. 02: Renee & Gisele. 03: An old newspaper article about when Al’s Sports Shop sold bicycles at the Brant Street location. 04: The well-known ‘Al’s Source for Sports’ sign.
JANUARY 20 Robbie Burns Dinner at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre burlington.ca
JANUARY 20 - APRIL 15
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Frogs! Winter Exhibit at RBG ∧ rbg.ca/frogs
JANUARY 21 Spotlight 2018 – Burlington Dance Company ∧ burlingtonpac.ca
JANUARY 23 Taste of Burlington Launch at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre ∧ burlingtonpac.ca
JANUARY 26 & 27 Winter Beerfest ∧ burlingtonbeerfest.com
JANUARY 28 Swing! Swing! Swing! With The Toronto All-Star Band burlingtonpac.ca
FEBRUARY 3 A Night at the Opera ∧ burlingtonpac.ca
FEBRUARY 11 Lego Club Mighty Machines ∧ burlington.ca
FEBRUARY 19 Family Skate Day at Aldershot Arena eleanormcmahon.onmpp.ca
FEBRUARY 21 The Peking Acrobats ∧ burlington.ca
FEBRUARY 23 Rosanne Cash ∧ burlington.ca
FEBRUARY 24 Coldest Night of the Year ∧ canada.cnoy.org
MARCH 4 Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5 K vrpro.ca/events/2018-chilly-half-marathon-frosty-5k
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MARCH 15 Tartan Terrors - Burlington Performing Arts Centre burlingtonpac.ca
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BURLINGTON150 Award Winners As Ontario marks 150 years, MPP Eleanor McMahon is celebrating 150 citizens who have been recognized by Burlington residents as community builders. These individuals embody the qualities and values that make our province truly great and who have dedicated their time and talent towards community service in Burlington. Women Sue Aiken Michelle Bennett Dorothy Borovich Rishia Burke Lana Biro Susan Busby Karen Candy Charlene Cheng Angie Crichton Cheryl De Lugt Kristin Demeny Mary Dilly Amy D'Souza Jody Dugas Erin Dunham Elaine Evenson Tanya Ferro Jasmina Garbus Stephanie Geosits Judy Goodings Shirley Heathfield Janine Hersey Becky Hewis Frances Hillier Beverley Jacobs Paulene Jodry Candice Keem Lisette Kingo Marina Lloyd Jean Longfield Lisa Lunski Heather MacLeod Diane Miller Colleen Mulholland Mary Nichol Sandy O'Reilly Gwen Piller Dorothy Pocock Connie Price Sara Rams Fareen Samji Chloe Schleichkorn Amy Schnurr Peggi Shepherd DeGroote Janice Skafel Sheila Slattery-Ford Joanna Sparrow Hanadi Subhi Almasri Bonnie Sylvia Patricia Vollick Carole Ward Jessica Wesolowski
Pam West Darlene Wierski-Devoe Men Don Allan Andy Barber Rob Bennett Angelo Bentivegna Kale Black Rev. Bill Bond Rick Burgess Colin Campbell John Chisholm Stephen Clarke Casey Cosgrove John Creary John Doyle Ron Foxcroft Gil Garbus David Goodings Brian Hansell Alan Harrington Dr. James Henry Fergie Holland Bill Hughes Cam Jackson David Johnson Ron Kirk Craig Kowalchuk Doug Leggat Bryce Leggatt Marcus Logan Matthew MacPherson Ken Maitland Ted Michaels James Morrison Walter Mulkewich Rainer Noack Fred Norman Angelo Paletta Dr. Bob Peeling Bob Pring Bill Reid Karmel Sakran John Searles Don Smith Jonathan Smith Murray Sutherland Jim Sweetlove John Thorpe Dave Tourchin Jack Van der Laan Peter John Van Dyk
Mike Vencel Scott Wallace George Wright Dan Wynnyk Youth Janna Abdelaziz Sara Ahmed Aiman Akmal Madeleine Barbeau Sarah Bennett Kennedy Boyd Charlotte Brooks Sean Clarke Hannah Doherty Autumn Finley Victoria Finley Jerry Gao Griffin Gervais Grace Hellam Luke Hellam Emma Jackson Riya Karumanchi Megan Lee Jacob Lightfoot Tianmi Liu Aidan MacMillan Carina McDonald Thomas McDonald Brianna Moore Rory Nisan Shawn Patrick Sean Reynolds Pranetr Ranjit Kate Smith Keri-Lynn and Maddie Smith Phoenix Smith Ayden Soares Aleksandra Sorbovski Jessica Sumner Abbey Syer Luis Tavares Noor Toeama Gershon Tsirulnikov David Vandenberg Olivia Walker-Edwards Emma Ward Taylor Ward Connor Withers Grace Aleta Workman-Porecki
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150 AWARDS Article by: Leslie Styles
To commemorate Canadaâ€™s sesquicentennial, Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon honored 150 local residents during a ceremony at Crossroads Centre on December 10th. The award recipients had dedicated their time and talents to improving the city through volunteer work and community service. Congratulations and thank you to all award recipients for selflessly contributing to our community.
01: Janna, Sara & a friend. 02: Olivia Walker-Edwards & her Family. 03: Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon. 04: Mayor Rick Goldring. 05: Jacob Lightfoot & his parents. 06: Kale Black with his friend. 07: John Doyle & his family.
01: Nicole & Josh at the Annual Skating Party. 02: Nasrin & Farzin with Iman & Baran Tobogganing on New Year’s Day. 03: Dominic & Damian Tobogganing on New Year’s Day. 04: Angela & Autumn at the Holiday Street Market. 05: Andre, Roger & Natalie at the Holiday Street Market. 06: Elizabeth & Tara at the Holiday Street Market.
NOT FAIR NOT RIGHT NOT NECESSARY rom the bestselling author and Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this is the story of NHL defenceman Steve Montador - who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after his death in 2015. It speaks of the remarkable evolution of hockey itself and of a passionate prescriptive to counter the greatest risk to the game in the future: head injuries.
Then, in Home Game (with Roy MacGregor), he wrote of the connection between a game and a country, about small towns and big cities, kids and parents, sport as pastime, business, and spectacle - about how both hockey and Canada have changed together throughout their histories. And now, with Game Change, Ken Dryden has written his most powerful and important book yet. In Game Change he explores the relationship between the world of hockey and the impact it can have on those who play it. KEN DRYDEN was a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s, during which time the team won six Stanley Cups. He also played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. He has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. He is a former federal member of Parliament and cabinet minister, and is the author of five books, including The Game and Home Game (with Roy MacGregor). He and his wife, Lynda, live in Toronto and have two children and four grandchildren. His book, Game Change, is available at Indigo bookstores and online at indigo.ca
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Ken Dryden first wrote about one of hockey’s greatest all-time teams, the Montreal Canadiens of the 1970s. The Game offered a universally connecting story loved by both fans and non-fans alike and is widely acknowledged as the best book about hockey.
odern digital photography makes it easy to take multiple shots of the same subject without added cost. There are several reasons to always take several photos if possible. First, one of the photos may be out of focus or you may have cut off an important element. Second, especially with more than one person in the photo, someone may have closed eyes, be looking elsewhere or be unflattering in some other way. For example, in Photo 1 one brother has closed eyes and in Photo 2 the other has downcast eyes. In Photo 3, both have their eyes open and engaged with the camera. That one was selected for the cover! Third, you may wish to take multiple shots to include more or less background, with a view to editing later. Fourth, especially with action photography, you will have an opportunity to select the best image. Photos 4 and 5 were taken exactly 1 second apart. Finally, once you have selected the best image to work with, DELETE the rest. It will make it easier to find your best photo in your collection and will not waste the storage memory of your smartphone or computer.
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Dear The Wine Ladies,
Probably a little slower than most to jump on the bandwagon as a fan of Australian wine, however, my latest discovery was a delicious Shiraz. It came from a biodynamic winery called Paxton and the wine was Paxton MV Shiraz. Can you tell me a little about this winery and how being biodynamic affects the taste of a wine? I am familiar with organic wines but not with biodynamic. - Jeremy
THE WINE LADIES Q&A Dear Jeremy, Absolutely, we’d be happy to. It’s never too late, or better late than never to enjoy and discover new wines. PAXTON, located in McLaren Vale South Australia, is a family owned winery founded in 1979 by David Paxton. Mr. Paxton is recognized as one of Australia’s most highly respected viticulturists, growing grapes of exceptional quality for over thirty years, all biodynamical. The company owns and manages their own vineyards exclusively which are spread across various sites and soil types in the region. Their goal is to showcase the exceptional quality of the fruit, the expression and natural diversity of the grapes, with a particular emphasis on Shiraz, which is well regarded as the region’s top performing variety.
THE PAXTON MV SHIRAZ YOU ENJOYED IS MADE WITH GRAPES from four of the six biodynamic properties they own and manage. MV ‘McLaren Vale’ or ‘Multiple Vineyard’ “was developed to highlight optimum fruit flavours” says David Paxton. You stand in great company as a fan of this wine, as James Halliday, guru critic of Australian wine rated the 2015 MV Shiraz 92 points. David Paxton best describes how a wine may be impacted by biodynamic practices. “Biodynamic is the most advanced form of organic farming. We use natural preparations and composts to bring the soil and vines into balance, resulting in wines that truly showcase our McLaren Vale vineyards.” A few examples of this is the incorporation of bee hives in the vineyards which improves grape pollination, and the use of cow manure as a compost that comes
exclusively from Paxton’s own small herd of cows. Why? Because manure tainted with chemical intestinal worm treatments make poor compost and their own cows will ensure the integrity of the compost.
WITH RESPECT TO THE ADDED BENEFITS OF THIS TYPE OF FARMING - when the viticulture and the winemaking “work in synchronicity” the result is a naturally elegant wine, that radiates purity, vitality and elegance.
AVAILABLE AT THE LCBO Paxton MV Shiraz 2015 Shiraz/Syrah Vintages: 327403 thewineladies.com
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL @ SPRUCE LANE FARM Article by: Leslie Styles
Visitors were ushered back in time at The Victorian Christmas Festival, held at Spruce Lane Farm in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, December 27th to January 7th. The farmhouse, having been impressively restored to its original 1899 decor, brings history to life. Pine boughs and Christmas garlands elegantly decked the six-bedroom homestead for the Yuletide season. Festival Visitors enjoyed Christmas activities like coloring, stringing cranberry-popcorn garlands, and family snowball fights in the yard. Many visited the nearby roost to observe the huge turkeys.
01: Parents Leanna & Emanouil with Ellie & Ivo. 02: Adam, Chrislynne, Sean, Rachelle & Jenny. 03: Farmhouse Staff Sarah, Cathy & Andrew. 04: Michael & Noula with children Mikie & Angelina. 05: Nicholas, Gloria, Emma & Hope.
@ ROTARY CENTENNIAL POND Article by: Leslie Styles
On December 16th, many outdoor enthusiasts were enjoying a skate with family and friends at Rotary Centennial Pond. The pond in Spencer Smith Park, next to Lake Ontario, is a popular spot all year round. In the winter, the pond is open for skating from 10am â€“ 10pm. The hotline to inquire about ice conditions is 905-335-7738 ext. 8587. No skates? There is a skate lending service on-site, as well as a snack bar. Happy Skating by the lake!
01: Charlee & Dave. 02: Burlington crowd enjoying a leisurely skate at the waterfront.
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TOP 5 DATE ACTIVITIES 0I GO SEE ICE ART Icefest is a free event on February 25th and 26th. (Check date closer to event) Walk around the “village” to see all the amazing craftsmanship made out of 20,000lbs of ice.
02 GO SKATING Roller blading and ice skating are both ways to get active on a first or 100th date.
03 WINE/FOOD TASTING Some restaurants have great tasting menu’s and wine pairings. You will have to do a bit of research beforehand.
04 BOARD GAME CAFÉ Sit down in a cozy booth in a café and play some board games. A great way to bond over childhood memories while sipping on your favourite latte.
05 CHEER ON THE HOME TEAM Hockey teams like the Toronto Marlies or Mississauga Steelheads have the potential NHL players of tomorrow and are just as exciting as watching a professional game. Tickets are fairly inexpensive so you can stay within budget while spending quality time with each other!
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