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Inside: Getting the right fit for Back to school shoes West Coast College of Massage is turning 20 Careers in Horticulture Nature-based after School Care

August 2019

A program that offers children a safe, supervised place to experience and explore nature; a knowledgeable staff team to teach and mentor young minds, and an opportunity to play and explore in a natural environment both indoors and outdoors. We offer transportation from school, a healthy snack and a licensed facility. GRADES: K - 5 7,0(éQDOEHOOSP $IWHUVFKRROSLFNXSIURP6DQJVWHU&ëVKDUW(OHPHQWDU\ /2&$7,210HWFKRVLQ5RDG 0RQGD\)ULGD\LQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6'  3UR''D\DQGKROLGD\FDPSVDYDLODEOHWKURXJKDGGLíRQDOUHJLVWUDíRQ

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Monk Office

One-Stop Supplies at Monk Office Free Pick and Pack program makes shopping quick and convenient


chool supply shopping can be as easy as a quick email. To help busy parents avoid the crowds this summer, Monk Office is once again offering their free Pick and Pack program up until Sept. 11. CEO Caitlin McKenzie says Pick and Pack allows families more flexibility when it comes to shopping for their list of school supplies. “We know that summers are busy,” says McKenzie. “We wanted to offer a solution that lets parents skip the lineups and not have to worry about finding specific items on their lists.” Last year, McKenzie stepped into the role of CEO and president — a position her father, James, and grandfather, Ron, have each held since the family-run

business was opened in 1951. No more navigating the aisles looking for a special binder or specific type of pen. Email or call your closest Monk Office store with your supply lists and they will do the work for you. Going on vacation? Kids at summer camp? Just let Monk know when you’ll be back, and a bag filled with everything they need for school will be waiting for you at your nearest store. If your home workspace feels less than inspiring, Monk Office’s full selection of chairs and desks for every style and budget are on sale during the month of August. Email:

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New Balance

The right fit for back to school shoes


LEGE DARY C OM F O R T Step into first class with the N E W LY U P D A T E D 990v5. Blending the perfect combination of cushioning and stability for uncompromising comfort. With a legacy that spans over 30 years of performance and iconic style the 990v5 remains transcendent and timeless in its appeal.

When you buy new shoes for your kids, they should feel good from the moment they put them on.


s parents, we want nothing but health and happiness for our children. We worry about getting their teeth and eyes checked, but rarely do we pay attention to their developing feet. Children’s feet are not fully formed until they’re in their late teens. Shoes that don’t fit properly can prevent natural growth, cause discomfort, adversely affect your child’s walking development and lead to health problems. When you buy new shoes for your kids, they should feel good from the moment they put them on. For athletic shoe company New Balance, being a kid doesn’t mean you have to compromise fit, comfort and support because you are not ready for adult sized footwear. Multiple width fittings, sizes, removable insoles and supportive heel counters are basic New Balance standards that help ensure proper fit and support for your kids. Whether your child’s feet are average, wide or narrow, New Balance offers the fit selection to ensure your kids have shoes to get them comfortably through a busy day. When it comes to shoes for school, there are two features to consider. First, kid’s indoor footwear for pre-school and grade school usually needs to be non-marking. The second feature most often requested by schools is Velcro closures. Be sure to clarify what specific requests your child’s school may have regarding indoor footwear before you make your purchase.

Fitting Tips for Children’s Shoes

• Young children’s feet can grow as much as two full sizes in one year. Make sure you have a thumb’s width of empty space at the end of the shoe beyond their longest toe to allow for growth. Your child should be able to comfortably wiggle their toes inside their shoes. • With shoes laced up, check the space between the two rows of eyelets. They should be one to two finger widths apart, and fairly parallel to each other. A distance greater than two finger widths may indicate a shoe that is too narrow. A distance less than one finger width may indicate the shoe is too wide. • Always get your kids to untie and open up the laces when putting on or taking off their shoes to prevent damage to the supportive heel counter. Get your kids in the habit of using their hands and not their feet to take off their shoes. • Avoid hand-me-down shoes. Once a shoe has formed to a child’s foot, it might not fit another child’s foot properly and could adversely affect walking development. • Have your child’s feet measured every time they get new shoes to get the correct size. Too big and it can cause blisters, too small and it can impede growth. If your child is experiencing a diagnosed foot problem, it is beneficial to get a more precise fit to their current size, not allowing a lot of extra room for growth. A shoe that is a bit big does not always provide the support needed to aid properly in recovery.



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Pacific Horticulture College

Grow Your Career

Pacific Horticulture Colllege graduates are employed by landscaping companies, nurseries, garden centres, golf courses and municipalities. Many PHC graduates go on to start their own horticulture businesses.


By Laura Biggs, College Director ften referred to as the “Hidden Gem of Victoria”, the Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) boasts nine acres of beautifully diverse West Coast demonstration gardens. Nestled in this unique setting is the Pacific Horticulture College (PHC), an institution that has been training landscape horticulturists for 32 years. Established in 1987, the PHC offers full-time and part-time training opportunities in all four levels of the Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship. The PHC is designated by the Private Institutions Training Branch (PTIB) and is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) designated training provider. The mission of the PHC is to provide excellence in horticulture training, enabling students to maximize employment opportunities while encouraging environmental stewardship of green space. Imagine exploring the various aspects of horticulture throughout the growing season in a dynamic learning environment, surrounded by staff, volunteers, industry partners and peers who share your passion for plants. At PHC, you are part of a small group of like-minded students from varying backgrounds and locations, learning about theoretical and practical elements of horticulture from experienced instructors. Together, you accomplish projects and practice maintenance

techniques throughout the gardens, building your skill set, knowledge base and confidence along the way. Courses at PHC encompass a wide range of horticulture topics, including soil science, botany, pest management, plant identification, landscape design, turf grass management, irrigation, permaculture and sustainable food production. Courses are supplemented by guest speakers, field trips and work experience placements, creating a well-rounded learning experience while providing opportunities for networking within the local gardening community. PHC graduates are employed by landscaping companies, nurseries, garden centres, golf courses and municipalities. Many PHC graduates go on to start their own horticulture businesses. Grow your career in 10 months: the next full-time Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program runs from January to November, 2020. Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2019. There are also Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeship programs starting this November, as well as part-time training options. Contact: or: 250-479-3210 for details, or visit: Learn about the College, the programs, the career and the gardens at the next info session on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., 505 Quayle Rd.

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Top 10 Tips for Fitting Shoes FOR A LIMITED TIME

Matt Cecill photo.

1. Shoe sizes are not standard Shoe sizes will vary according to the brand and the style. Do not buy a shoe according to the number associated with the size; go with how the shoe feels. 2. Both feet may not be the same size or shape It is necessary that the bigger or most “troublesome” foot is fitted first — sacrifices may have to be made. 3. Wear the same socks that you will normally wear with the shoes 4. Be fit for the shoe late in the day or after physical activity Your foot expands later in the day after bearing weight. Further, prolonged physical activity may cause your feet to swell slightly. 5. Select shoes that match the shape of your foot Everybody has a unique shape to their feet (e.g., wide forefoot, narrow heel) and need to be fitted accordingly. 6. Shoes should be slightly longer and wider than your feet Furthermore, the balls (i.e., front) of your feet should fit comfortably in the shoe. Do not assume the shoe will “stretch” to fit your feet. Ideally, you should feel like you could “play the piano” with your toes inside the shoe. 7. Shoes should fit comfortably in the heel The upper of the shoe should not rub on the ankle bones and the heel should not excessively move inside the shoe.

8. Bring orthotics/inserts when you try on shoes If you have them, the orthotic/insert may change the fit and/or function of the shoe. 9. Compare a variety E.g. two or three different pairs of shoes, and test them out in the store 10. Choose shoes appropriate for the activity E.g. Aerobics shoes are generally not good for running on the road. What Frontrunners Has to Offer The staff at Frontrunners recognize that each individual (and their feet) are unique. Essentially, we strive to fit a pair of shoes to meet each individual’s needs based upon a number of factors. Initially, the measurement of the length, width and general shape of the foot will provide valuable information as to the proper sizing and what sort of shoe contours will be most comfortable for your foot type. In addition to assessing the wear pattern of your shoes (e.g. forefoot versus mid foot wear), biomechanical needs will be considered when choosing the appropriate degree of support required. A foot orthotic can only achieve its goal in combination with a shoe. It is the shoe that holds the orthotic in its proper place under the foot. Therefore, our staff ensure the orthotic is properly matched to the shoe in order to maximize its potential value. Many people have problem feet or have special considerations that must be taken into account when buying footwear. The staff at Frontrunners are sensitive to these needs and take every step to assure these people have their requirements fulfilled.




Keep these smart tips from Frontrunners in mind when you’re shopping for back to school footwear.



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Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Lesson Plans on Compassion

The Dog was inspired by a visit to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, where Poppy the therapy dog is a companion to children with lifethreatening illnesses, their families, and the hospice’s clinical care team.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides comfort and care for over 765 children and families with life-threatening illnesses all across BC and Yukon. Together, we grow care. Please give at


t Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, learning, play and emotional growth are key elements in the children’s palliative care program. Children and their siblings attend Canuck Place school while receiving care at two provincial hospices. The Canuck Place classroom is a place where imagination flourishes and children learn in a supportive environment. Kay Lever, a full-time teacher at Canuck Place, provides specialized classes that enable children on program and their siblings to maintain a sense of normalcy while receiving Canuck Place care. “Our focus in the Canuck Place schoolroom is always on empowering each child to express themselves, and to have that communication recognized and validated,” says Lever. “At Canuck Place, we can be creative and adapt resources to fit the needs of individual students. These children deserve the best I can give them.” Inspired by the children’s passion for reading and their love of Poppy the therapy dog, Canuck Place embarked on a children’s book project with B.C. publisher, Greystone Books. The Dog was inspired by a visit to Canuck Place where Poppy, the therapy dog was a companion to children with lifethreatening illnesses.

Author, Helen Mixter, and illustrator, and Margarita Sada combined their talents to guide young readers through the unbreakable bond between a therapy dog and an ill child. Their book is filled with tender moments, magnifying the importance of compassion, being present and empathy, especially when times are tough. The Dog has a special classroom curriculum guide for primary educators that explores learning modules in social responsibility. Curriculum developer Diane Nelson, Director of Instructions, Learning and Innovation at West Vancouver School District, Kay Lever and former Canuck Place Counselling Coordinator Susan Poitras, developed lesson plans for students, K to 4, to encourage children to identify, express, and understand emotion and compassion. The curriculum can be found at Canuck Place is BC and the Yukon’s pediatric palliative care provider to over 765 children and families from across B.C., including medical respite care, pain and symptom management, art, music, and recreational therapy, end-of-life care and grief, loss and bereavement counselling. The program is provided at no cost to families. You can support Canuck Place care by donating at:


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Wallace Driving School

West Coast College of Massage Therapy

Is turning 20! By Lindy Lovett, Executive Director, Operations he West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) offers opportunities for individuals seeking an elite program with the highest standard of training. WCCMT opened its doors in September 1999. As part of their training, students are required to complete 550 hours of clinic practicum to graduate and write their provincial board exams. Therapeutic massage has proven to positively affect the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems, to rehabilitate physical injuries and to improve health. WCCMT outreach program offers students the opportunity to treat a wide variety of patient populations, allowing them to gain invaluable experience working with a number of different pathologies.


Massage therapy is also beneficial as part of preventative care and can support wellness programs such as pre or postnatal care, infant massage, stress management and injury prevention. On average, the College participates in over 60 events a year on top of our weekly placements, totalling close to 1000 hours of volunteer participation in the community each year. Visit the website for info on these programs, or call: 250-381-9800, extension 221. The West Coast College of Massage Therapy would like to thank all those who have supported our students over the past 20 years. We are committed to continuing to deliver massage therapy to a wide variety of patient populations within our community. For info on booking treatments and clinic hours, call 250-381-9800, ext. 221 or visit:

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Choose only the best to teach you


riving lessons are a lifetime investment. What other death-defying service can you buy that will last a lifetime? Parents, grandparents and others make good co-pilots, but for a complete driver education experience, a Graduated Licensing (GLC) approved course from driving school is the best option. Only about 50 of the almost 700 provincially approved driving schools carry the GLC qualification. Wallace Driving School is one of the 50 offering this course. Parents are more than willing to buy the best sports equipment, clothing options and other related accessories for their teens. They insist on the best dental and medical care for their kids. They would never personally attempt a root canal or a complicated medical procedure on their teen. Yet many would attempt to teach a skill which is more

life-threatening than the two above mentioned activities. Motor Steve Wallace vehicle crashes are not only the leading cause of untimely death for teens, but also exceed all other forms of accidental death combined. Wallace Driving School offers full courses and individual driving lesson instruction. Students get to choose their instructor, the time of day and day of the week for their one-on-one lessons. Pick-up and drop-off are at the student’s convenience, whether at home, school, work or other customer chosen locations. Lessons can be booked online, by phone or in person. Patience is our virtue, choose only the best to teach you.

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Boys and Girls Club of Victoria

Nature’s Playground


ids today spend 90 per cent of their time indoors. Their schedules are packed with extra-curricular activities, leaving little time to do the thing that kids do best — play! Gone are the days of kids playing and exploring for hours with friends in neighbourhood forests and fields. Unfortunately, for many families in today’s society, the thought of their children outside alone unsupervised is frightening. Are kids missing something by not having the same chance to play outside

with one another? The answer to that question is ‘yes’. The time children spend outside playing together is integral to their mental, physical and cognitive development. Outdoor play aids a child’s cognitive development by encouraging creativity and imagination. Outdoor play provides a space for children to navigate risks, begin practicing their own risk management, and testing their limits. Outdoor play is a time when kids learn to socialize appropriately with one another in an unstructured fashion, and learn to resolve their own conflicts and work together. It may seem obvious but


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play is a great source of physical activity for kids. Perhaps less obvious is that physical activity in a natural environment has a significant and strong impact on encouraging the long-term adoption of a physically active lifestyle. Time spent in nature can also be a healing time for children with mental health concerns such as anxiety, ADD or ADHD. Being in nature provides the brain a chance to relax and recharge, which rarely happens in the over scheduled lives of today’s kids. Nature based programming is a great way to encourage kids to learn to view

outdoor time as a valuable component of their lives. This September, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria is opening a licensed nature-based after school care program for kids in the Westshore. Children will spend time outdoors each day, engaging in structured and unstructured playtime and activities. The licensed indoor and outdoor facility sits on 98 acres of ponds, fields and forests offering a unique opportunity for kids to learn and experience, first-hand, the benefits and joys of playing and spending time in nature’s playground.


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Greater Victoria School District #61

Back to School!


e are excited to welcome new and returning students for the 2019-20 school year. The Board of Education and dedicated staff are ready to continue the important work of building on our tradition of excellence in education. We work incredibly hard to deliver quality education to more than 20,000 students in 47 schools across the Capital Region. Our team of professionals strives to create safe and engaging learning environments for students. We believe diversity is our strength and we aim to provide each student the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. To support this vision, the Board of Education and district staff will develop a new strategic plan that will renew our commitment to world-class learning and support student success. The process will proceed through the fall with hopes to have an updated strategic plan by the new year.

In our on-going commitment to build inclusive schools and provide optimal learning spaces, we continue to invest in facilities. School upgrades will improve accessibility, e.g., new ramps, regulatory circuits and sensory spaces. The District aims to provide equitable access and flexible learning spaces. We will advance to the next school in our seismic program this year. Richmond Elementary School will reopen this September to support students from Braefoot Elementary while their school undergoes seismic upgrades. Improvements will also be underway at S.J. Willis Education Centre in preparation of supporting Victoria High students in 2020 as the iconic school undergoes an extensive seismic upgrade. The District remains focused on investing in technology and classroom resources to support all learners. New classrooms continue to be equipped with technology packages — screens, projectors and laptops — to engage

Welcome Back to School!

and support students and advance their skills in technology. Digital safety being an important focus, our information technology department is also upgrading the operating systems and software of all IT infrastructure and devices as part of a cyber-security initiative. Staff have been working over the summer to upgrade over 7,000 desktops and laptops for staff and students. We continue to improve the way we engage parents in their children’s learning. It is our responsibility to work with and alongside parents and guardians, as they are one of the most important factors in the educational success of their children. We continue to strengthen our community partnerships to ensure we are creating a support system that empowers youth to become

confident life-long learners who are encouraged to follow their aspirations and help build a brighter future. We see the greatest success for our children when we are one learning community working together with students’ best interests in mind. We look forward to working with you and the entire community for the 2019-20 school year. We have a busy and exciting year before us, and eagerly await the arrival of our students and staff. Shelley Green, Superintendent of Schools Greater Victoria School District #61

First Day of School is Tuesday, September 3, 2019 The Greater Victoria School District welcomes all new and returning students for the 2019/2020 school year.

First Day of School Schedule: &+!"/$/1"+01/11&*"03/61" %0 %,,)Ç˝, ,+Ćœ/*1%"Ćœ/01!6 of class visit your school website.

ELEMENTARY: Students attend from 9 am - 11:30 am Please note the following exceptions: Eagle View students attend from 8:30 am - 11 am View Royal students attend from 9 am - 11 am MIDDLE: Students attend from 9:30 am - 11:30 am Please note the exceptions: Colquitz Grade 6 students attend from 9:30 am - 10:30 am Colquitz Grade 7 & 8 students attend from 10:30 am - 11:30 am SECONDARY: Students will attend as follows: Esquimalt: Grade 9’s meet in Theatre, 9:30 am - 11 am then report to Teacher Advisory Grades 10, 11, 12 report to Teachers Advisory  11:30 am - 12 pm Lambrick Park: Grade 9’s meet in Gym, 9:30 am - 10:15 am Grades 10, 11, 12 meet in Gym, 10:30 am - 11 am All students report to homerooms, 11 am - 12 pm


Mount Doug: Grade 9’s meet in Gym, 9:30 am - 11:30 am Grades 10 and 11 meet in Gym, 12 pm - 12:30 pm Grade 12’s meet in homerooms, 12 pm - 12:30 pm Oak Bay: Grade 9’s meet in Teachers Advisory, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Grades 10, 11, 12 meet in Teachers Advisory, 9:30 am - 10 am Reynolds: Grade 9’s meet in Gym, 9:30 am - 11 am Grades 10, 11, 12 meet in Gym, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Spectrum: Grade 9’s meet in Gym B, 9:45 am - 11:15 am Grades 10, 11, 12 meet in homerooms at 12 pm Vic High: Grade 9’s meet in Auditorium, 10:30 am, then report to homeroom, dismissal at 1:30 pm Grades 10, 11, 12 report to homeroom, 9:30 am - 10:30 am SJ Burnside Alternative Programs: 9:00 am - 2:15 pm on Friday, September 6 * Greater Victoria Schools will reopen for new student registrations between August 26 to August 30, 2019 from 9 am – 1 pm daily

One Learning Community

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Capital Iron

There’s no store like it!

Check out Capital Iron for a great assortment of Back to School clothes, shoes, backpacks and supplies.

1961 - Front of Buildings & Harbour 1962 - Hardware and Marine Department


s one of the city’s most well established businesses, Capital Iron is an iconic landmark in downtown Victoria. The company was originally founded as a scrap metal business in 1934 by Morris L. Greene. Morris utilized his considerable knowledge of ships and the company’s waterfront location to develop Capital Iron into a successful ship dismantling business. Throughout the Second World War, Capital Iron was a popular spot for

1962 - Busy Operations in the Scrap Yard

salvaged and surplus items. In 1971 Ronald Greene acquired the company from his father. New product lines were added and Capital Iron greatly expanded the retail side of the business. In 1988, Ron expanded operations and opened the doors of a second location in Sidney with his son-in-law Mike Black as Store Manager. In 1997 Mike took the helm as Capital Iron’s third generation owner alongside two other senior managers. During a time of transformation, Mike introduced

additional product lines and in 2014, opened their third location, in Langford. In 2017 Mike’s daughter rejoined the business adding a fourth generation to the operation. Now celebrating its 85th year, Capital Iron has evolved into an innovative general store for the modern consumer. Capital Iron houses a unique and extensive product selection from housewares, hardware, sporting goods, barbeques, patio furniture, hot tubs, clothing and gardening.

During the winter months, the store is decorated to match the festive season and offers the largest selection of Christmas products on Vancouver Island. From 1934 to 2019, the store has continued to evolve with consumer demand while never forgetting its roots. From the historic building to the treasured antiques throughout the store, Capital Iron remains rich in history and charm.

Custom Music

Customize every aspect of your music lessons


very student learns differently, and Custom Music wants to make their lessons the most enjoyable, rewarding and uplifting experience they can be. Students can customize every aspect of their music lessons to suit their needs. They decide on the price, location, including in-home lessons and lessons in every area of the city, music style, learning pace, scheduling, the teacher’s approach and their teacher’s age and style. If a student needs to resched-

ule, it’s no problem. Custom Music won’t charge extra for make-up lessons and they will offer to move lessons to a new permanent time slot if needed. Custom Music teachers are experienced, lifelong musicians, and many of them are recording artists. Custom Music is second generation, having been borne from the Arcade Music Centre chain of music stores from the 1950s to the 1980s. Register any time by calling: 250-419-9727.







Students Decide On: • Price • Scheduling • Location • Teacher by music style

• Music style • Learning pace


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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Connecting by Disconnecting


xperts agree that children need access to nature the same way they need good nutrition and adequate sleep. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society understands that and offers your child programs whereby kids have the opportunity to learn and explore outside. There is an ever growing disconnect between the residents of Greater Victoria and nature. This is, in part, I believe, due to a rise in the use of electronics. Youth in particular are spending less time playing and discovering outdoors which can isolate them from nature.

Being in nature promotes awareness of the natural world around us, this is especially true with children. Research indicates that when a child plays and learns in nature, they do so with more enthusiasm, imagination and cooperation than in an artificial environment. An added benefit to their overall wellbeing, for some, can be reduced symptoms of attention deficit and depression. The educational programs at Swan Lake aim to connect children to nature, instilling an appreciation for the natural world around them, which can lead to advocating for the protection of special

Swan Lake — fostering the community’s understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experience ­— one child, one family at a time.

places like the Sanctuary or a wetland near their school, or the bees in their own backyard. Classes like Biology Buddies and other nature classes focus on the natural wonders around Swan Lake. Each class has a different nature theme, interpreted by your child through games, stories, crafts and an outside ramble. A joyful nature experience is always the goal. Programs like Home School Science offer a series of four two-hour classes for home-schooled children, ages 7 to 10. They are provided nature-themed programs with games, discovery and

activities that encourage science-based learning while socializing with other home learners. Various programs offered at the Sanctuary can help restore your child’s relationship with nature by bringing it back to the discovery, exploration and giggles, all while learning about nature as a part of everyday life. To learn more about the various programs offered at Swan Lake for the young and the young at heart, visit: Kathleen Burton, Executive Director Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society Eileen Canon photo


science Topics: Chemistry, Mycology (mushrooms), Biology, Paleontology

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Back to School August 20, 2019  

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