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Don’t Let Your Investments Take a “Vacation” It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long? Here are a few suggestions: Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want the potential for growth. Other investments, such as guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), provide you with a regular source of income and stability of principal – two valuable contributions to your portfolio. However, investments like GICs don’t offer much in the way of growth potential. So if you own too many of them, you might be slowing your progress toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. You can maximize the productivity of your portfolio by owning a variety of investments – domestic stocks, international stocks, corporate bonds, GICs and more. How much of each investment should you own? The answer depends on a variety of factors, including your age, income, risk tolerance, family situation and specific objectives. Over time, your ideal investment mix may change, but you’ll likely need at least some growth potential at every stage of your life. Don’t let your portfolio go “unsupervised.” Your investment portfolio can be subject to “drift” if left alone for extended time periods. In fact, without your making any moves at all, your portfolio can move in directions that may not be favourable to you. Suppose you think your holdings should be made up of 70% stocks, but due to strong gains, your stocks now make up 80% of your portfolio. This development could lead to a risk level that feels uncomfortably high to you. That’s why you should review your portfolio at least once a year, possibly with the help of a financial professional, to check your progress and make adjustments as needed. Don’t stop at the nearest “resting place.” Some people hope that if they can get that one “winner,” they will triumph in the investment arena. But the ability to “get rich quick” is much more of a myth than a reality. True investment success typically requires patience, persistence and the resilience to continue investing even during market downturns. In other words, investing is a long-term endeavour, and you need a portfolio that reflects this reality. You need to establish your goals and keep them constantly in mind as you invest. And you will never really reach the end of your investment journey, because you’ll need to make choices and manage your portfolio throughout your retirement years. Hopefully, you will enjoy a pleasant vacation sometime this summer. But your investment portfolio shouldn't take time off. Diane Santing
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If just for the day, perhaps a week or so, chances are you’re on the move this summer, seeing what lies beyond Essex and Kent Counties’ borders. This issue of Windsor Life reveals the interesting things people are discovering. There are pleasant ideas for staycations, as well. Motivating people to play outside, Rotarian and former Windsorite Dianne Moore created the Outdoor Ping Pong for Parks campaign 4 years ago. There are now approximately 100 concrete tables in Canadian parks with more coming. Another native, Josh Jorgensen, has settled in Florida yet spends much of his time on boats as he fishes his way around the U.S. Josh’s BlacktipH Fishing program is the most subscribed online saltwater fishing show in the world with over 184,000,000 views. Pam and Bill Seney encountered countless fish and spectacular coral around the Indonesian Islands. It was the Komodo dragons Pam loved best, though. Windsor Life joined the 100,000 people who went to Belle Isle in June for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, capturing the action for you. Try to keep up to Mark Chichkan, making music for over 30 years, playing along the way in Hitmen, Helix and other bands. Today, he juggles being a solo artist and a member of 4 groups. Have voices, will travel is the motto of Heart of Essex Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Singing acapella, barbershop style, the women share camaraderie over the sheet music. A world of flavour awaits in local restaurants, unveiled by Jonathan Pinto, author of The Best of Windsor Cookbook. It features signature recipes shared by 31 establishments, including pub grub and fine dining. Tasty home cooking is happening in the backyard of Marlene and Brett Corey, who invite you to try their recipes for grilled steak and vegetables. The Tecumseh Area Historical Society is growing again, expanding its Tecumseh Museum with a pioneer railway workshop. This summer, as always, is punctuated with dandelions. Yank, curse, eat and now, read about their positive contributions to cancer therapy research. Enjoy!
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YOU COULD CALL MARK CHICHKAN the musician’s musician! Just ask him about his career and you’ll get a detailed, unabashed look at a man who loves what he’s doing. In fact, he proudly states, “music is the only thing I’ve been doing since I was 20 years old.” Having turned 50 in June, Mark is showing no signs of retiring, although he claims to have cut down on his playing schedule a bit – to 3 or 4 nights a week. Then again, as a member of four bands: ‘United Snakes Seventies Rock’, ‘Bombsquad’, ‘80s Inc’ and Riot House along with a highly successful solo act to boot, the question is – where’s he cutting down? Mark, who was born in Windsor, has virtually been surrounded by music since he was a toddler. His mother was a singer, his father played the guitar and his grandfather, who had come to this country from Russia, was a multi-instrumentalist – not to mention that his grandmother also played the guitar and sang. Aunts and uncles chimed in with their musical talents, while Mark’s older brother was a drummer. No wonder that with all that genealogy in his background, it wasn’t long before little brother showed a musical interest of his own – and naturally, he didn’t want to be outdone by his sibling! He got his first guitar – an inexpensive acoustic model on his 7th birthday. It was a gift from his parents, coming at a time when he says, “I was sitting in the corner of my room spinning Elvis records.” Turns out the King has been Mark’s biggest influence in the music scene. “When I got that guitar, I had no idea what I was doing”, says Mark, “but I knew that music was going to be part of my future.” Anyway, without any formal training and limited knowledge about the guitar, it remained idle for several years, until Mark picked up what he calls “a mediocre electric guitar” and decided to go for lessons.
MARK CHICHKAN Windsor’s Self-Described ‘Hired Gun’ Guitarist STORY BY DICK HILDEBRAND / PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANK PICCOLO
Top: Mark performs at the Rock This Way Benefit Concert at the Chrysler Theater. Photo by Suzanne Laprade. Above: 18 year old Mark opens for Honeymoon Suite at the St. Clair College outdoor amphitheater. Photo by Tim Cornett.
One of his instructors was an excellent player, who led his eager student down the path of rock and roll picking – and combined with his excellent ear for music and his ability to patiently practice for long hours at a time, Mark himself became an accomplished guitarist. He was still in grade school when his dad, having heard him play, decided it was time to upgrade the equipment…and young Mark finally got his first professional guitar, a Gibson Les Paul model…which, after 40 some years, he still uses today! He was only 15 years old, in high school and a member of the bands ‘Mynx’ and ‘Marauder’, when he started making money by playing in clubs. “I was doing something I loved,” he recalls, “and it was intoxicating.” After high school he immediately went to work at the former GM Trim Plant on Lauzon Road (currently the site of the WFCU Centre). However, driven by the music bug, Mark auditioned for, and was hired as lead guitarist for ‘Mindstorm’ an Aquarius Records group that had just released its first album and was getting set to produce a second one. After being granted an unprecedented six-month leave of absence by the automaker, Mark joined the group for a Canada-wide tour. He also gained some notoriety as a member of Windsor’s popular ‘Hitmen’ in the late 80s, continued gaining a reputation as an excellent solo performer and teaching music during the day to make ends meet. “Nobody said this business is simple,” he muses. Some time later he hooked up
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with ‘Helix’, a gold and platinum-winning Canadian band which toured the country a number of times and recorded two albums which contained a couple of Mark’s tunes. ‘Wrecking Ball’, which he co-wrote with other members of the group was featured on the album titled Half Alive and ‘Devil’s Gate’, his very own composition, can be found on the album Bsides. He remained with the group for five years. His days at GM were history. 16 years ago, Mark formed ‘Bombsquad’, a four-piece combo with a diverse musical repertoire that’s enabled it to cash in at area casinos. The group remains together today with the original members – Mark is lead vocalist and guitarist, Tony Calabrese is on keyboards, Brian McDonnell is on bass and Phil Charette is the drummer. A diverse group, the guys do everything from rock, to Motown, soul, disco and funk, along with “the current stuff on the radio.” They’re featured regularly at festivals, corporate events, weddings and any other celebrations requiring a high-octane sound. And they still grace the stage at casinos on both sides of the river. More information about the band can be found at bombsquadboom.com. His groups have shared the national stage with some legendary performers, like Randy Bachman, Trooper, Peter Criss of Kiss, Georgia Satellites and Foghat just to mention a few. And yet, it’s Mark’s solo act that continues to be his bread and butter. “I play everywhere on both sides of the border,” he says, “being solo still is my main source of income.” In 2012, Mark was inducted into the Windsor-Essex County Musicians Hall of Fame… “a moment,” he says, “I’ll never forget.” To find out more about Mark Chichkan, his music and his busy schedule, check out his website at markchichkan.com. Also, log on to the United Snakes site, unitedsnakes70srock.com, for information on what this innovative tribute band is all about. Certainly not lacking in ambition, Mark says he would like to record a solo album in the future…which would be a collection of his best original material. And he adds that musicians from his four bands would obviously be a major part of the project. At the moment, though, that’s in the planning stages. For now, Mark is quite content with his life. He and his wife, who’s a pediatric nurse at Met Hospital and their pets spend a lot of time together and he continues to do what he loves…making music, on his terms! WLM
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Clockwise from left: Josh carefully handles an Alligator Gar caught in Texas. Being bitten by fish with big teeth is always a danger on the job; a shark, hooked on a line, gets a pat from Josh, who reassures the animal it will soon be released; Josh and Donald Trump Jr. show off the bass they landed; a Double Threat Charters mate, Quincy Acy, forward for the Brooklyn Nets and Josh proudly display the sailfish the NBA star caught; Josh along with world record power lifters Blaine Sumner and Layne Norton, and NFL linebacker Sam Barrington hoist an amberjack.
Ekpe shook his head. “It would be your last fight. Not me. Not me.” With Josh’s coaching, Quincy successfully landed the sailfish. Admitting to feeling tired, the athlete psyched himself up to go after mahi and swordfish next. “I’m a fighter," Quincy said. “I was scared of the [sailfish’s] little sword thing, though.... When you get on a boat, you never know.” Moments later, Quincy's big fish was back in the water, swimming away. Josh’s catch and release policy preserves the fish. The anglers he guides are content to take home photos, video and bragging rights. Video of the NBA players’ BlacktipH Fishing trip also made ESPN. Dewayne happily hooked a mahi, watching in fascination as it turned from blue to green. While Josh prepared eel for bait, he told the basketball players, “Swordfish will eat anything. You drop down a squirrel, they’ll eat it!” Unfortunately, no swordfish appeared for dinner that day. Useful information, interspersed with tips on technique and fun banter, makes BlacktipH Fishing highly watchable. Since he began uploading the fast-paced videos in 2006, Josh has travelled with his camera crew on hired boats to fishing spots in the salt waters off New Jersey, the Florida Panhandle, Texas, California and Montana. “I’m trying to fish all around the U.S.,” he says. Whether angling for kingfish, cobia, snapper, grouper, tuna, ahi, permit, snook, tarpon and other monster fish, “my shows are all about entertainment,” says Josh. Back on land at his Florida studio, he enjoys the editing process and applying his science degree in web design and development from Full Sail University to create an engaging experience for viewers. Watching the programs, the thrill for viewers and anglers alike is, as Quincy pointed out, the unpredictability of what will happen next. One of Josh’s most memorable excursions occurred in August 2016, when he brought in a giant sawfish, about 18’ long. “It’s a very rare fish. That was the first time I ever saw one in the water,” he says. “I was very cautious around that animal – probably one of the scariest animals I ever handled. If he bites your leg, he’ll snap it in half. It’s game over. It was exciting to see and touch him.” A sawfish is much different than the bass, muskie, pike and other fish Josh started
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LOOKING DOWN FROM HER HIGH-RISE condominium onto the public park below, Dianne Moore was dismayed there was nothing that would motivate people to be active. As a lifelong ping pong player, Dianne envisioned kids, teens and adults playing the accessible, affordable sport in the fresh air. “Was there such a thing as an outdoor ping pong table available in Ontario?” she wondered. Blue-skying and numerous phone calls led Dianne to Alpha Precasts, located in Brampton and Owen Sound. Although the company had never made an outdoor ping pong table, Dianne’s enthusiasm was so infectious they were keen to design and engineer a prototype. The result is a concrete table crafted to withstand Canada’s changing seasons. Built regulation size, the table features a smooth playing surface and a durable steel mesh net. Dianne is delighted that instead of standard legs, four giant cement ping pong balls support the table. “I loved the design from day 1. I only asked that the table corners be rounded for safety’s sake,” she says. “You can’t move the table or steal it. It’s virtually indestructible.” The proof of the design is in the playing. “It’s a different feel, playing on cement versus wood,” Dianne finds. “It’s the same game, though.” With the tables ready for custom ordering, Dianne established the campaign, Outdoor Ping Pong Tables for Parks.
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Clockwise from left: Rotarian, lifelong ping pong player and former Windsorite Dianne Moore is the visionary behind the Outdoor Ping Pong for Parks campaign; a game for all ages, outdoor ping pong is tried out by children playing in a public park; the design of the outdoor ping pong table is almost sculptural. Made to endure Canada’s seasons by Alpha Precasts, located in Brampton and Owen Sound, the concrete table sports giant cement balls for legs. A crane operator deftly moves an outdoor ping pong table over a wall and onto the grounds of Toronto's Ronald McDonald House.
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She drew on extensive experience gained during the many years Dianne and her husband, Jim, were members of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918). Six years ago, the couple made the hard decision to leave their community and move to Toronto, where their 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren reside. The Moores joined the Rotary Club of Toronto Bay-Bloor, which began seeking sponsors and donors to partner with the organization in advancing the ping pong table campaign. People are embracing the initiative. “The table costs $6,000,” Dianne says. The total outlay for the project depends on whether the site already has a cement base to support the table. The mesh net can be powder coated or a plaque can be placed on the table’s edge to display the sponsor’s name. The Rotary Club of Toronto Bay-Bloor will issue charitable receipts for donations made in any amount toward a table purchase. The first table was installed at Mel Lastman Square in May 2013. Surrounded by office buildings, “the square now has two tables because the first one was so busy,” Dianne says. “People race out there at lunchtime to play. There are benches for spectators.” Ninety ping pong tables have popped up in the GTA. “We had to get a crane to lift the heavy table onto the grounds of Ronald McDonald House,” says Dianne. London and Ottawa also boast the distinctive tables. “We were reading the sad news of kids committing suicide in the Cross Lakes First Nation in Northern Manitoba and we thought they needed something positive to do,” Dianne says. Consequently, two tables were donated to the community’s youth. “The requests keep coming from all over,” says the table’s visionary. “I had no idea outdoor ping pong would be so popular.” Upon learning that a Toronto Bay-Bloor Rotarian was a liaison for the Battle of Vimy Ridge commemorations in France, held in May 2017, the group decided to mark the 100th anniversary with a symbol of wholesome play. “We sent an outdoor ping pong table by truck to Montreal and then by boat to Givenchy-en-Gohelle, where Canada’s Vimy Ridge monument is erected in honour of the soldiers who died in World War I,” Dianne says. The Rotarians were astonished to receive a medal from France, in appreciation for the gift. Outdoor ping pong is inspiring others to share the positive benefits. At Fairmont Park in Toronto, an east end ping pong tournament was hosted to raise scholarship
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monies, enabling a young local woman to attend school. After Pakistan Rotary members saw the tables during a visit to Toronto, they returned home and built 3 tables of their own. Hearing about Outdoor Ping Pong Tables for Parks, the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) eagerly embraced the campaign. After Dianne received “wonderful help” from the City of Windsor Parks and Recreation Department, the first local table was placed in Kiwanis Park at 7801 Riverside Drive East in August 2016. Dianne is pleased “it’s handicap accessible so a child can roll up in a wheelchair and play.” The family of Norma Brockenshire sponsored a table in her memory on University of Windsor grounds. “That one is used a lot,” Dianne observes. “All that the players need to do is bring their own paddles and balls and start playing,” she explains. Noting that fees for swimming, hockey and other sports can be out of reach financially for many families, Dianne says, “For a few dollars, you can have a lot of fun playing ping pong. And it’s great physical exercise.” Janet Kelly, past president of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), says, “Our club is now fundraising to create a legacy project to mark the club’s hundredth anniversary, the Rotary Centennial Plaza on the downtown waterfront. The Moores are donating a concrete ping pong table to the Park.” She is not surprised the outdoor ping pong project is such a hit. “When Dianne lived in Windsor, she did a lot of great things for the community. For instance, she spearheaded the Hart Walker Project. The walkers were built by local companies and Rotary volunteers and have helped many children with physical disabilities stand up and walk,” says Janet. “It’s amazing what one person can do,” Janet reflects. “You don’t have to have a million dollars. You just have to have passion and good partners.” People hoping to have outdoor ping pong tables put in their communities can simply contact Dianne at 416-935-0290 or Dianne@mooreglobal.com. She is ready to put the ball in motion. When Dianne sees families playing outdoor ping pong, she is reminded of her father teaching her how to hit the little white ball over the net, strategically directing it on the table to score points. “My dad and I played every day,” Dianne recalls. Now active in a ping pong group, she is still playing strong. WLM
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TECUMSEH AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Proudly Operating A Museum Showing The Town’s Origins LIKE MANY OF US who regularly drive on Tecumseh Road, you’ve probably wondered about the old building in Tecumseh, just west of the train tracks and east of Lesperance Road. Therefore, I have one suggestion: pull into the adjacent Naples Pizzeria parking lot and take a look for yourself…just like I did the other day. What you’ll find is a treasure trove of local history in a quaint little museum. At one time the building was a coal storage depot. It also served as a place where gasoline and oil were stored and was even a garden centre before the Tecumseh Area Historical Society which is a registered charity, bought it, added a porch and other renovations, gradually transforming it into a museum. That was 20 years ago in 1997. Since then, the facility has done very well mainly through the generosity of local citizens, even though the society is eligible for various government grants which were apparently used in the early days. Today the operations are covered totally by money raised within the community. The annual fundraiser in November, complete with pasta dinner and silent auction, usually collects enough money for the museum to exist for the following year. At the same time,
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Clockwise from top left: The Tecumseh Museum; the original Lesperance Log Cabin built in 1799; a wood carving of famed chief Tecumseh; genuine Sioux Tunics from the prairies. Even though they aren't from this area, they do show how the natives dressed; Ojibway 'MAKAKS" or baskets; native arrowheads in the indigenous display. Some of the weaponry dates back at least 10,000 years; Doug Drouillard, president of the Tecumseh Area Historical Society and Marilyn Prior, society secretary treasurer.
many of the artifacts inside that have contributed to the history of the town, are donations from local citizens who love their town. Andre ‘Andy’ Roy and the late Duff Lemire, a former Tecumseh fire chief are most often named as architects of the historical society and assembling the museum and its contents. In fact, Roy has been treasurer of the organization since its inception. Attorney Brian Sherwell, a history buff, has and continues to be, one of the most active benefactors of the society. His diligence has ensured that articles depicting the municipality’s history including many of the original, handwritten deeds to town properties were among the first items to be housed in the museum. Visitors are also treated to a wooden carving of famed First Nations Chief Tecumseh, for whom the town was named, a dugout canoe that’s at least 400 or 500 years old and a hand-made kayak from the early days. Also on display are arrowheads and other indigenous paraphernalia, French-Canadian and pioneer showcases and even a small library featuring printed material from a bygone era. “We think people will be surprised at how much is inside this small building,” says Doug Drouillard, president of the Tecumseh Area Historical Society. A retired history teacher from Holy Names High School in Windsor, Drouillard is thrilled to share Tecumseh’s history with the public and he has nothing but praise for members of the community who are “generously involved all the time.” Currently, society members are in the process of expanding the museum into a red storage shed which is located on the property. “It wasn’t in the greatest of shape so we got rid of the storage,” says Drouillard, “and are making it into a pioneer-railway workshop.” And, there are a number of interactive activities that coincide with the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. “For example,” says Drouillard, “we’ll be doing woodworking stuff for the guys and some old-fashioned crochet for the ladies. As you can see, there’s always something going on.” Got questions? No problem, since members of the historical society are always on hand to impart valuable information to school groups and others who tour the museum. The museum is open every Thursday and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and there is no admission charge. However, donations are always gratefully accepted. A visit to this very ‘local’ facility should be included in your calendar of things to do – definitely a couple of hours well spent! WLM
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redesigned and new models this year including the Q5, S4 and A5/S5 which are all hot sellers. From the moment customers enter the facility they are greeted with outstanding customer service. An Audi Brand Specialist assists customers in finding the perfect vehicle to meet their needs. A Customer Privacy Lounge is available to use to spec out your Audi. Here you can also utilize the “Audi Exclusive” program, a program that allows customers to completely customize their vehicle on a big screen TV. “At Audi we are all about the process,” says Hardy. “We are focused on customers’ comfort and providing complete transparency through the sales process.” After purchasing a vehicle customers will spend one to one and half hours with an Audi Brand Specialist in the Delivery Room before driving away. Here the Specialist will go through all the features of the car ensuring the customer is comfortable with the vehicle. The Audi Sport Lounge provides another option for customers to completely customize a R8, RS7, RS5, RS3 or a TTRS. These are all Audi Sport models. For new and old Audi owners, the dealership offers full
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STORY KAREN PATON-EVANS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAM AND BILL SENEY
FASCINATED BY ALL CREATURES, Pam Seney was likely the first passenger to unbuckle her seatbelt after the plane touched down in Bajo Labuan on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Although the travel itinerary that the Windsorite and her husband, Bill, had chosen was packed with adventures, Pam was most eager to reach Komodo Island, where dragons have been dwelling for millions of years. The couple had already fed bananas to grey long-tail macaques and big nosed Proboscis monkeys, met wild boar on the road, spotted sunbears ambling in the forest, heard the flap of leathery wings in a cave filled with bats and got covered in cockroaches on their treks through Brunei, Bali and the rainforests of Borneo. Although they could have lived without the cockroaches, the couple were having a blast in Southeast Asia. Now on day 16 of their trip - Tues., April 26, 2016 - the Seneys met their guide, Asis, and driver, Marcel. First stop was Labuan Bajo’s local market, selling clothing, furniture, groceries and other basics. “This is a very poor island. People’s diet is basically rice and vegetables,” Pam notes. A 20 minute drive out of town brought the couple to Batu
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Cermin Cave. Donning helmets to protect their heads from stalactites hanging from the cave’s ceiling, the Seneys prowled through three rooms. The limestone walls are naturally adorned with fossilized sea creatures, evidence of the cave being submerged underwater a million years ago. “There was coral everywhere in the cave,” Bill says. His wife was intrigued by the bats and “very large, strange crickets.” The island of Flores is 360 km long. Although the Seneys didn’t have time to explore its volcanic lake, craters and other geological highlights, they were able to pause at Panorama Point, colloquially called Love Point, and savour a spectacular view of the region. The couple got an early start the next morning, up at 4:30 am and on the road by 5, in their quest to see as many Komodo dragons as possible. Komodo National Park encompasses the major volcanic islands of Rinca, Komodo and Padar and numerous smaller ones. About 5,700 Komodo dragons live on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and nowhere else in the world. The planet’s biggest lizards have been in existence for millions of years. They measure up to 10 feet in length and weigh over 300 pounds. Scaly skinned and bowed legged, Komodo dragons have
long, muscular tails, flat heads and rounded snouts. Their saliva has 60 types of bacteria, often fatal to its prey. The carnivorous lizards feast on deer, pigs and even humans – the most recent victim was a tourist attacked on May 4th, who survived. “Komodo dragons are also cannibals. They eat dragon eggs and young lizards. Fortunately, the young can initially climb trees to survive. Infants live in trees for three years,” Bill says. To reach Komodo Island, the Seneys sailed for four hours on tropical waters on their private boat staffed by four crew members, passing hundreds of small islands. Disembarking at their destination, Pam and Bill were introduced to a local ranger who led them on an hour long search for dragons through the forest and savanna. Pointing with his forked stick, the ranger soon remarked, “‘There’s one - 20 feet away underneath that tree.’ It scared the heck out of me because I wasn’t prepared yet,” Pam admits. “As we walked farther on, there were more and more.” “Rangers and their families live on the islands. Their little children walk around near the dragons. There’s no antidote on the island and the chances of being flown to rescue in time are not good,” Bill says. A two hour boat ride from Komodo brought the Seneys to Rinca. “Our guide showed us the sensus plant. The residents use it for toilet paper and to put on cuts,” says Pam. “They make alcohol from the geban palm tree. Pods taken from the tree are
Clockwise from above left: The swimming pool at the Bintang Flores Hotel mimics the blue of the ocean waters surrounding the nearby island of Flores in Southeast Asia; Windsorites Bill and Pam Seney meet children living in Sukarara Village, where artisan weavers and their families live; breakfast is served on the beach deck at Qunci Villas in Senggigi, Lombok; white sand beaches and coral rainbows make Gilli Ringgit Island a paradise; Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok attracts surfers with its waves and surfing school.
used to make pillows and mattresses. The inner part of pod is softer than cotton.” Tired yet satisfied at the day’s end, Bill tallied the creatures the couple had encountered: a troupe of macaque monkeys cavorting on the ground, yellow orioles flying overhead, three deer, a number of Drungo birds, wild boar, wild chickens and 23 dragons, including several finishing off a water buffalo calf killed that morning. Bill explains, “Komodo dragons hunt alone but will share the food once it’s killed.” Unexpected generosity in such an aggressive predator. After breakfast on Thursday, the Seneys flew to Lombok, one of the two largest islands in the West Nusa Manggara Province of Indonesia. They checked into Qunci Villas in Senggigi and looked forward to the next day’s full schedule. As Bill soon found, “Lombok is one of the top five most beautiful places we’ve ever been in the world. It’s a must see.” The next day began with their guide, Nasap, and driver, Opic, taking the couple southward on the island, which is 80 km long and wide. More than 3 million Indonesians reside on Lombok. They speak Sasak, Balianese (Hindu) and Bahasa; 80% are Muslim, 15% Hindu and 5% Christian. The capital city, Mataram, is called the Land of 1,000 Mosques and 1,000 Markets. Wet and dry rice farming is the major industry. The Chinese control most of the business. The Seneys entered Banyumulek Village, renowned for its wonderful pottery. The village is filled with artisans who make the earthenware that is shipped around the world. At a pottery centre, Pam made her own creation on a pottery wheel.
This page, counterclockwise from top: On Komodo Island in Komodo National Park, Pam gambles with her life to get close to a Komodo dragon, about 10’ long, 300 pounds and armed with lethal saliva; Bill journals outside of a livestock pen on a tour of Sukarara Village; a farmer prepares a rice field for planting; six women plant an entire, multi-acre rice field to earn $5, shared by the group.
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This page, clockwise from top right: Donning the traditional handmade outfits of Sukarara Village, Pam and Bill pose on the porch of a thatched house; a postcard perfect sunset tints the ocean waters lapping the shore of Senggigi, Lombok; with an artisan’s guidance, Pam weaves on a handloom in Sukarara Village, known for its ikat and songket fabrics; blue, white and deep pink coral are washed ashore on Lombok’s beach; Qunci Villas’ infinity pool invites relaxing in Senggigi, Lombok.
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Journeying inland, the Seneys entered Sukarara Village, where skilled weavers craft weavings of ikat and songket fabrics on simple hand-looms. The pieces are patterned with symbols and figures derived from the Indonesians’ traditional beliefs. Both Bill and Pam sat down, placed looms on their laps and tried their hands at weaving. Afterward, they dressed in traditional handmade outfits and posed for photos on the porch of a thatched Sukarara Village house. With tropical temperatures steaming, the Seneys were glad to be heading to the beach in hope of a reviving sea breeze. The pure white sand of Selong Belanak Beach rims the turquoise bay. People can walk for miles or learn how to catch a wave with instruction at the surfing school. Another surfer’s heaven is Mawun Beach, next on the Seneys’ itinerary. Professional surfing competitions are held there. The Windsor couple were delighted to spot eight buffalo en route. Short pauses at the giant cave of Gua Raksasa and Genung Perabu Lookout, with its stunning views of Kuta Beach, followed by stops at Tanjung Aan Beach and Seger Beach, reinforced the Windsor couple’s belief that they had landed in Paradise. At the Sasak Village of Sade near Kuta Beach, traditional ways are upheld by the 147 people (29 families) who reside there. The houses are constructed of straw thatch woven onto wooden frames. Walls are bamboo or more thatch. The Seneys were intrigued that the clay floors were polished with cow dung. “The women sleep inside with the kids. The men sleep outside. When a son turns 12, he joins his father outside on the porch,” Bill says. The kitchen is housed in a separate building, equipped with a wood stove for meal preparation. The Seneys were shown how a special leaf is used to brush teeth and corn husks are used in rolling tobacco. One water well serves the entire village. To earn money, women make sarongs and men produce wood carvings. They also plant rice and store the harvest in one building shared by the community. “Girls carry 145 pound bags of rice on their heads; men carry 220 pound bags on their backs. These are small people by our standards,” says Bill. While at Sade, Pam and Bill observed six women planting rice in a multi-acre field. “They plant at incredible speed and work
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together in unison,” Pam says. Upon learning the women would be paid $5 split between all of them for planting the entire field, “we gave them $20 for letting us watch. This was a week’s pay for them. They were elated with joy.” Saturday was a day of lolling about and enjoying the resort. “I thought Bill had had enough monkeys and I gave him a break,” Pam jokes. Booking a private boat on Sunday, the Seneys snorkeled around the islands of Gilli Berahu, Gilli Ringgit and Gilli Lugar. “Our guides brought us to every beach and let us play in the water as long as we wanted. We had Ringgit Island to ourselves,” Bill says. He was astounded by the variety: “One would be a coral beach, one would be a white powder beach and met at a point. It was fascinating to have two contrasts side by side.” “Lombok has the best coral reefs we’ve ever seen, brilliant in blue, mauve, purple, green, multi shades of brown, orange, rust, lime green, white, cream and pink. “It’s the most beautiful coral of any place I’ve snorkeled, and I’ve snorkeled in many places,” Bill says. Swimming with schools of thousands of fish, the Seneys also paused to appreciate the beauty of five-point blue starfish and other sea creatures. “The water is fast and crystal clear,” Pam recalls. “Being there was incredibly peaceful.” Transferring next morning to Gili Trawangan, where there are no motorized vehicles, the couple took a horse and buggy taxi to their hotel. They spent the day in the pool overlooking the ocean, then dressed for dinner, riding again in the horse-drawn buggy to the restaurant. “At night, the whole area comes alive. The Australians show up to the hot spots to party,” Pam says. “It was a happening place.” Afterward, as she and her husband packed for their return flights home, Pam tucked a hand-carved Komodo dragon into her case. Reflecting on all she had enjoyed in Southeast Asia, she says, “It’s going to be hard not to go back to Borneo Rainforest because that will be one of the highlights of my life forever.” Happily, the Seneys already had their next adventure lined up for November, 2016: the mysterious and ancient Egypt. Pam, a lover of all animals, had her heart set on kissing a camel. The Seneys’ Egyptian experiences will be shared in an upcoming issue of Windsor Life. WLM
Sweet Adelines Advancing The Musical Artform Of Barbershop STORY BY DICK HILDEBRAND / PHOTO BY LILLEY PHOTOGRAPHY
THE SWEET ADELINES have been around for many years, proving that women can produce four part barbershop harmony just as good as the guys. The music is strictly a cappella – no instruments – just a pitch pipe. And they sound good! The Heart of Essex Chorus is part of region 2 of Sweet Adelines International. There are 21 choruses in the region which covers most of southwestern Ontario up to Owen Sound and the state of Michigan. The group makes regular appearances at retirement homes, nursing homes, festivals and other special occasions. This past October, for instance, the chorus stood on the entrance stairs to the Caboto Club and welcomed guests to the Do Good Divas annual gala with song. The singers, who have also been featured at the Applefest and Pumpkinfest, aim for at least one appearance a month.
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In order to remain in the organization, choruses are required to participate in an annual competition. This year, a total 17 choruses gave it their all at the Ford Center for Performing Arts in Dearborn. And, as in past years, the Essex group did itself proud by winning second place in the small chorus division, of which there were 13 other competing choruses. Participation in the competition is mandatory and if any chorus fails to show up for more than 2 years, its international charters will be terminated. Winners don't receive prize money, but are awarded a medal or a special ribbon, along with the all-important bragging rights that they outsang their peers! The Sweet Adelines first came together in Tulsa Oklahoma in 1947 with the aim of women singing in fourpart harmony and furthering barbershop music. Today there are at least 24,000 members throughout the world.
There are 30 singers in the Heart of Essex chorus which was organized in the late 1980s. Members come from all walks of life, there’s a fairly large age range with the oldest singer in the group at 86 and still going strong. “You should see the energy in her,” says Linda Jadischke, a 25-year veteran and spokesperson for the chorus, “and we’re very active – we aren’t like a church choir – we smile, we move, we’ve got choreography and we have a lot of fun. Nobody among us is a soloist. We’re all ordinary people trying to sing together and just have fun.” Members all aim for the best vocal production and receive regular professional coaching. The music repertoire is vast and covers pretty much everything from the 20s to today.... “they’re modern songs,” explains Linda, “and certainly not classical. For instance, we do Abba songs, we cover the Drifters’ Under the Boardwalk and do a lot of stuff from the 50s, 60s and 70s.” Membership requirements are quite liberal…. “anyone who can carry a tune is welcome to join,” says Linda. Members pay dues to cover their participation in both the local chapter and the international organization. The Heart of Essex chorus gathers every Wednesday evening at St. Mary’s Hall in Oldcastle for rehearsals and is directed and coached by Lois Kelly of Chatham, a 36 year veteran who devotes all her time to our chorus. The chorus relies on donations, special events and regular bingos throughout the year to cover expenses and costumes. The big fundraiser takes place at the Caboto Club on the last Sunday of November. It’s a pre-holiday extravaganza and features a collection of songs, including the best in Christmas Music. Often there are special guests – like an Elvis impersonator…Vendors are on hand giving guests an opportunity for some early Christmas shopping, there are gift baskets and plenty of door prizes. Tickets are sold in advance and, not surprisingly, the show is generally well attended. Everything you need to know including a regularly updated Heart of Essex schedule, along with ticket prices and special events can be found by logging onto www.heartofessex.com. Linda Jadischke says she’d like the chorus to grow and would definitely welcome more members. “People feel they can’t sing,” she says, “but that’s just not true. If you can sing Happy Birthday, you can sing our songs as well.” WLM
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IN THE 20 YEARS THAT DR. DENNIS DIONNE has treated patients at his own orthodontic practice, there have been huge changes in technology, communications and advances in treatment options. The one constant is that Dr. Dionne and his team always remembers they are in a caring profession, first and foremost. “I believe it’s my responsibility to ensure that anyone requiring orthodontics has access to affordable care,” Dr. Dionne says. “Forty years ago, orthodontic treatment could cost as much as a new car. Orthodontic care is much more affordable today. The practice provides interest free payment options to fit within your family’s budget. At Dr. Dionne’s office, the first examination is complimentary and no referral is required. If the patient is not ready for treatment, Dr. Dionne provides follow up growth and development exams every 6-9 months at no charge. Multiple family members requiring treatment are always given a family discount. The ideal age for your child’s first orthodontic exam is age 7. Families can feel comfortable knowing their young children’s teeth and jaws are being monitored by a “specialist in orthodontics”, without paying for ongoing examinations. “It’s our aim to remove barriers so you can get answers to your concerns.” Dr. Dionne warns about the “do it at home” orthodontic videos and companies that provide orthodontic care without the requisite knowledge and training. The Internet is sometimes an unreliable source. “I worry about the harm that may be caused to the uniformed consumer”. We provide an in depth comprehensive exam for children and adults. “It used to be that 5% of my patients were adults; now it’s 40%,” he says. “We’re treating problems that weren’t addressed in their youth. Or we’re collaborating with their family dentist to shift crowded teeth to make room for tooth implants or other dental issues.” Since graduating as a general dentist from the University of Western Ontario Dental School in 1987 then graduating from Oregon Health Sciences University 1995 and becoming a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Dr. Dionne has experienced significant advancements. “The transition from x-rays dipped in chemicals to digital X-Ray technology and 3-D CT imaging helps reveal issues with patients’ teeth, gums and bones, which is better for everyone. His practice also uses intra-oral optical scanners, which eliminates the need for “Gaggy ” tooth molds.
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Cancer Fighting Agent Growing in Your Backyard STORY BY KIM WILLIS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DONGJAI LAI MOST PEOPLE THINK OF DANDELIONS as the annoying ubiquitous yellow weeds that show up in their lawns. However, dandelions could hold the key to being the most effective cancer-fighting compound in the world. The Dandelion Root Project started in 2009 when Dr. Caroline Hamm, an oncologist at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Cancer Program, contacted Dr. Siyaram Pandey a Professor of Biochemistry from the University of Windsor. Dr. Hamm noticed the interesting properties of dandelion root while treating an 85-year-old woman with leukemia who saw a dramatic drop in her white blood count after drinking dandelion tea. Tests in petri dishes and in mice have shown the dandelion extract attacks the cancerous cells, but does not impact healthy ones. This could provide an effective alternative to traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation which cause collateral damage to the patient. Together they started investigating the anticancer effect of the root extract of dandelions against cancer cells in the lab (in cells and in animal models). Previous research, as well as recent research from the University of Windsor, has found that dandelion root may be especially effective in treating and defeating cancer and much more so than immune system-destroying chemotherapy. Dr. Siyaram Pandey, along with his fellow researchers, have shown successfully in the lab how the dandelion root extract causes cancer cells to go through apoptosis, or cell suicide, while leaving healthy cells intact. The dandelion root formula in use in the Pandey lab is about five times more concentrated than the extract and has been proven to kill leukemia, melanoma and pancreatic cancer cells in lab mice. This formula is under Phase 1 clinical trial, and is not available for public until approval from health Canada.
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The research could one day lead to a cancer treatment that is non-toxic and not derived from synthetic chemicals. “It triggers a very specific kind of suicide,” Pandey said of the process in which the dandelion root extract causes cancer cells to die. “The fantastic observation was that it was very selective to cancers.” In other words, the extract only targeted cancer cells and not healthy cells. This is a contrast to current chemotherapy treatments, which are very toxic and damage normal cells in the process of killing cancerous ones. Researchers are confident that they have finally developed the correct dosage of the extract. They are delighted that Health Canada approved the first round of clinical trials that began in 2016. Clinical trials were opened to 30 patients with blood-borne cancers such as leukemia, all of whom had already exhausted all other cancer treatment options. Three patients are currently participating in the trials and are doing well and not in the hospital. “This is for people who have exhausted all other options,” said Dr. Pandey. “As far as clinical trials go, this has progressed quickly. We need to be impatient because people are dying,” says Dr. Pandey. Patients can be from across Canada, but treatment will be provided out of the Windsor Regional Cancer Program through Dr. Hamm. Researchers are now exploring how dandelion works in combination with chemotherapy. Other recent progress includes having reports about the research published in a number of science journals. They have also partnered with Calgary Company Advanced Orthomolecular Research for quality-controlled production of the dandelion root extract. Dr. Pandey’s research laboratory is focused on evaluating the activity of natural extracts against human diseases, in particular cancer.
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“Relatively well-tolerated and nontoxic natural health products have great potential for developing cancer therapeutics, but the scientific validation of their activity, mechanism of action and standardization of the quality control is needed to bring them to mainstream therapeutics,” says Dr. Pandey. “We are working on identifying the anticancer components of dandelion root extract and investigating the mechanism of action. We are also working on 4 different natural extracts that have similar potential. We have a state of-the-art cell culture facility and established models of different human cancers and a highly-skilled group of 4 graduate and 10 undergraduate students working at the University of Windsor in collaboration with Dr. Arnason at the University of Ottawa.” Since the start of this project, the team has been able to successfully assess the effect of a simple water extract of dandelion root in various human cancer cell types, in the lab and have observed its effectiveness against human T cell leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, pancreatic and colon cancers, with no toxicity to non-cancer cells. Furthermore, these efficacy studies have been confirmed in animal models (mice) that have been transplanted with human colon cancer cells. Melanoma skin cancer, which has become one of the leading cancers among adults ages 25 to 29 in North America, is oddly resistant to chemotherapy. Treatment, then, is limited to surgical excision of the primary tumor site followed by immunotherapy and mostly ineffective chemotherapy for metastasized melanoma. Not only do standard treatments often prove to be inadequate, but patients suffer harsh side effects, often with no results. In an effort to find effective and alternative therapies, Pandey and his colleagues recently investigated the effect of dandelion root extract (DRE) on human melanoma cell lines in vitro. Specifically, they prepared extracts of dandelion root using a variety of techniques, including filtration, lyophilization, constitution, and sterilization. After they prepared the DRE, they treated in vitro cells with the DRE, experimenting with different specific concentrations and time points. The extract they had created targets the mitochondria, the site of cellular respiration, and generates reactive oxygen species molecules which damage the cell. Although it is unclear which components of the DRE were active when successfully destroying the
human melanoma cells, it clearly acted as a “natural chemotherapeutic agent that may be extended to other chemo-resistant cancer lines.” This is not surprising as many cultures have long asserted healing properties of dandelions. One of the most beneficial attributes of the dandelion as medicine is that side effects are very rare. When the rare symptom does occur, it tends to come in the form of mild gastrointestinal upset, contact dermatitis, or diarrhea. Among Native American cultures, including the Iroquois, Ojibwe, and Rappahannock, the root is prepared with herbs to treat kidney disease, upset stomach, and heartburn. Meanwhile in traditional Arabian medicine, the dandelion is frequently used as a treatment for those illnesses that originate in the liver and the spleen. Dandelions have other health benefits as well. The dandelion greens contain extremely important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folate, magnesium and manganese. They may contribute up to 535% of the suggested daily intake of vitamin K, not to mention over 110% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. It is believed that some of its flavonoids such as zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin have specific healing properties. Zeaxanthin seems to provide protection for the retina when confronted by the sun's UV rays, while cryptoxanthin can potentially defend the body against the development of mouth and lung cancer cells. With a proven record as a healing agent, the dandelion has earned the attention it is currently receiving in the scientific community. “Although we have proven dandelion to be effective, there is still lots of work to do to prove effectiveness as many are still skeptical of natural extracts as forms of treatment,” states Dr. Pandey. “We are extremely grateful to Windsor community for its generous support for this project, in particular to the Couvillon family, Knight of Columbus, Seeds4Hope grant from Windsor and Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation, Pajama Angles, 100 Who Women Who Care, 100 Men Who Give a Damn and Windsor Mold Group, and Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation’s Ride for Dad.” says Pandey. The clinical trial is funded by Lotte and John Hechct Memorial Foundation in Vancouver.’ WLM
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STORY BY DICK HILDEBRAND / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAURO CHECHI FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, the name of Jonathan Pinto has become synonymous with Windsor’s dining scene. He’s been regularly featured on CBC Radio’s Windsor Morning with Tony Doucette discussing various restaurants and local vendors who supply the food. Pinto’s love of dining...either fine, or just plain pub fare is well known...and his opinions carry great weight among local gourmands. He comes by his love of food naturally. He is the son of Indian immigrants who arrived in Canada in the early 1980s. Jonathan’s father is a chef and as he says, his mother is an “incredible cook.” Ever since his very young days growing up in Peterborough, Jonathan has been exposed to good food. “The kitchen,” he says, “not the living room or family room, was the central meeting place of my childhood home, the place where anything could happen, and quite often did.” Admittedly he’s not the best cook in the world, but as he says, “I know my way around a kitchen…but I’m better at eating a meal and talking about it!” Jonathan spent his undergraduate years at Trent University in his native Peterborough where he majored in Canadian Studies and wrote a bi-weekly restaurant review in a student
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newspaper...the only food critic in a city that was home to 2 newspapers. He also attended the University of Waterloo where he got his master’s degree in Urban Planning. He landed a 4-month internship at the CBC in Toronto where he learned about the operations of a newsroom, with no concrete plans to ever get into the business, even though he was frequently approached to do fill in work in subsequent months. In 2012, he applied for a job at the CBC in Windsor, where the network had been planning to add a regular food feature to the morning show. Knowing absolutely nothing about the city, Pinto’s first exposure to the area was his attendance at a Tigers’ game at Comerica Park with an American friend in Detroit. On his way to the job interview he says, “I came here with no preconceived notions but after taking the radio job and getting to know the people and the culinary delights that abound, I was hooked.” Today, he and his wife Leslie are in love with the place – “It’s affordable, the weather’s great and there are so many fantastic places to eat,” he says. Hence a new book titled “The Best of Windsor Cookbook.” Oddly enough, it was not Pinto’s idea, but rather it was the brainchild of Dan Wells, the owner of the bookstore-publishing company Biblioasis, who was one of Pinto’s regular listeners.
Sales of the book, which was released just before Christmas last year, have been brisk. It’s available at Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Biblioasis and most of the restaurants featured between the covers. It can also be ordered online from Amazon.ca. At $24.95 a copy, it’s definitely a worthwhile addition to anyone’s kitchen...especially for people that have patronized some of the places that are listed. 31 businesses are featured – ranging from fine dining establishments, to others that have great pub fare. Each has its own biographical story and each contains several recipes of signature dishes. Contributing to the fine quality of the book is the exceptional colour photography of well known Windsorite, Mauro Chechi. The book covers a wide variety of delights, ranging from burgers to pizza to the finest prepared lamb and everything in between, including a detailed look at several of the area’s finest wineries. There are special cocktails from Hiram Walker and lessons on fine baking. There’s guaranteed to be something in the book for everybody’s tastes. In addition to the places featured in the book, is a list of local vendors of groceries and food staples that Jonathan frequents. No detail, it seems, has been overlooked. Narrowing down the number of establishments in the book was by no means an easy task. “Essentially,” says Pinto, “it boiled down to some of the classics in town, and some of the more hidden places that I discovered randomly on my own – places that I found interesting and that were really reflective and unique to this city….places I think showed the best of Windsor.” I would suggest he succeeded in his efforts. When asked what his favorite aspect of Windsor’s food scene is, Pinto has a very political answer: “Without a doubt it’s the people. This region is filled with tales that you just can’t find anywhere else.” He’s quick to say that the cookbook is a reflection of his continuing discovery of the food and people that make Windsor-Essex County great. He began assembly the book late in 2015 and it was ready to hit the shelves last November, just in time for the annual Bookfest. And, will there be a Volume 2? No answers to that question yet...but judging by Pinto’s reaction, it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility. And, what is Jonathan’s favorite restaurant in the city? Again, a very tactful answer: “every place I’ve written about in the book!” WLM
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Marlene Corey, Producer/Director with Cogeco, loves to garden. Her husband, Brett Corey, retired Windsor Police Sargeant, is the BBQ master. Together they enjoy cooking for family and friends poolside. Capturing the natural flavour of thick rib steaks, Brett allows four hours for his zesty marinade to take hold. In the meantime, he and Marlene catch up on their news while preparing the vegetables, dressing, glaze and garlic butter for two simply tasty side dishes.
Strawberry Salad Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos Mushrooms Mushrooms Ingredients: • 5-6 large Portobello Mushrooms, stem Garlic Butter and gills removed, washed and dried • 2 tablespoons butter • 5-6 fresh mozzarella cheese balls • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or parmesan cheese • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley • 1 cup grape (or cherry) tomatoes, sliced thinly Balsamic Glaze • 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes sliced • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional) • fresh basil, shredded to garnish Preheat oven to grill/broil settings on high heat. Arrange oven shelf to the middle of your oven. Combine all of the Garlic Butter ingredients together in a small saucepan (or microwave safe bowl), and melt until garlic is fragrant. Brush the bottoms of each mushroom and place them, buttered side down, on a baking tray. Flip and brush any remaining garlic over the insides of each cap. Fill each mushroom with the cheese and tomatoes, and grill/broil until cheese has melted and golden in colour (about 8 minutes). To serve, top with the basil, drizzle with the balsamic glaze and sprinkle with salt to taste. For the Balsamic Glaze: Prepare while mushrooms are in the oven. Combine sugar (if using) and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until mixture has thickened and reduced to a glaze. (If not using sugar, allow to reduce for 12-15 minutes on low heat).
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Ingredients: • Mixed greens • Strawberries, sliced • Red onion, diced • Mandarin orange pieces Dressing • 1 clove of garlic • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 5-6 tablespoons olive oil • Pinch of dried parsley and dried thyme • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Combine mixed greens with strawberries, onion and oranges. Drizzle fresh dressing – balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil, mustard, salt, pepper.
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Till Sun., Aug. 13. Q & A panels, autographs and photo op sessions with celebrity comic guests and voice actors are highlights for fans attending the third annual Windsor ComiCon. The event includes vendors and programming for comics, sci-fi, horror, gaming and anime– cosplay genres. The action is 10 am to 5 pm at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E. WindsorComicon.com.
New Staff Sought for Hundreds of Permanent, Full Time Positions ONE OF WINDSOR’S LARGER EMPLOYERS is significantly increasing its team of 1,000 members due to steady, exciting growth. “We’re hiring an average of 150 people per month to fill new positions for the next 6 to 12 months,” says Mark Harrietha, the new national leader of Sutherland. “These are full-time, permanent positions. Our services are in such demand, we’re working three shifts.” There are also opportunities for students, graduates and other adults looking for part-time work. “We’re opening our doors,” Mark says. The expanding workforce is a great news story, arising primarily from the quality of work the local staff has demonstrated over the past 11 years. “One of our main clients that our company services globally is so happy with the performance of our team in Windsor that they want us to bring their business here,” Mark observes. On a continuous basis, Sutherland hires employees for multiple clients offering varied pay rates and requiring different skill sets and qualifications. Mark says, “We’re eager to meet people who want to work.” Under new leadership in Canada, “Sutherland is changing our culture and ways of doing things to be more employee-centric,” Mark explains. “We’re listening to our employees and using their input to make our company even stronger.” Rachelle D. says, “I was fresh out of college when I started working for Sutherland. My leaders were a tremendous help when I was starting out. Having great managers and leaders really helped me understand the business; they encouraged me to push forward in my career. “I have gained so much valuable experience during my eight years at Sutherland by taking on the opportunities that were available to me,” Rachelle finds. Staff are offered management training after the first six months
so they can expand their skills and excel. Senior leadership roles are mostly filled from within the company. With Sutherland’s huge operations spanning 19 countries, “our employees here in Windsor have opportunity to travel the world,” Mark says. Four major positions are currently open to new hires: Technical representative/consultant, starting at $13 per hour; inbound sales representative, with an earning potential of up to $16 per hour; accounting software support specialist, earning up to $14 per hour; and tier 2 technical representative, paid $13 per hour with quick advancement opportunities. Full-time staff are given full benefits. Sutherland is seeking people who have strong customer service abilities. “It is imperative to us that we take care of our customers,” Mark says. Technical aptitude is another attribute in new team members. The company provides 4 to 6 weeks training. Mark assures, “We’re invested in helping everyone be successful in the positions they’re hired for.” Staff work in bright, professional offices in downtown Windsor. A state of the art employee recognition process enables employees and supervisors to recognize peers for outstanding performance. Free parking is available for people who drive to work. Those who ride Transit Windsor are given a corporate monthly discount. The employees and Sutherland volunteer and fundraise for the Downtown Mission of Windsor, Habitat for Humanity and other charities. Mark says, “Our team members get more than paycheques here. They are also part of a caring company that gives back to the community.” Interested candidates can contact Sutherland’s offices directly at 519-254-7430 or apply at sutherlandglobal.com/careers.
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Credit Union in aid of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund and Little Hands Kids for a Cause, the annual Drive Out Cancer Classic Golf Tournament begins with registration at 10:30 am. The fee of $120 includes the day of golf with cart, dinner, prizes and more at Sutton Creek Golf Club, 2135 County Road 12, Essex. 519-796-1067 or driveoutcancer.com. Wednesday, 16 THE BANK THEATRE PROUDLY PRESENTS GRACELAND
Till Sun., Aug. 20. Opening on the 40th anniversary of Elvis’s death, Graceland by Ellen Byron is a play focused on two women hoping to be the first to enter the superstar’s mansion, Graceland, in June 1982. The show is a fundraiser for The Bank Theatre Starlight Stage. For $25 on Wednesday, a ticketholder can see the play at 7:30 pm, eat Elvis fare by Ray’s Ribhouse at 8:30 pm and enjoy Elvis Karaoke at 9 pm. Admission only to the play at 10 Erie St. S., Leamington, Wed. through Sun., is $10. 519-326-8805 or graceland.bpt.me. Thursday, 17 ESCAPE ROOM @ FORT MALDEN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
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Friday, 18 CHAPS & SPURS COUNTRY FEST
Till Sat., Aug. 19. The Libro Credit Union and charitable partner Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex encourage everyone to attend the inaugural Chaps & Spurs Country Fest at Lanspeary Park, 1250 Langlois Ave., Windsor. Performing live are national recording artists Steve Oriet, Eric Ethridge, Leah Daniels, James Barker Band and others, plus musicians playing tributes to Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain. Lip sync contest, mechanical bull riding, beer gardens, barbecue and more are happening 4 pm to midnight at the Friday Night Hoedown and 1 pm to 1 am at Saturday’s The Big Ticket. Fairground admission is free. Main stage area admission is $15 and up. People age 19 years and older only are permitted. chapsandspurs.com.
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Also Thurs., Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. Breaking out of Fort Malden National Historic Site’s new escape room in the soldiers’ barracks calls for skill and imagination to decipher riddles and clues. Reservations are required for 5:30 and 7 pm escapes at 100 Laird Ave. S., Amherstburg. Pre-paid admission is $24.50. 519-736-5416 or pc.gc.ca.
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Vintage, classic, custom, collector, retro, special interest, street rod and muscle cars will be on view from noon to 11 pm during the second annual Ouellette Car Cruise. Participants gather at Civic Terrace next to Windsor’s Riverfront Festival Plaza at noon; the cruise starts at 6 pm. The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association hosts the free event. Sunday, 20 10TH ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY
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The Secret Life Of Pets is the featured outdoor film at the 5th Annual Movie Night in the Park, hosted by Community Living Windsor. Complimentary popcorn will be served at the all ages event, held from 8 to 11 pm at Willistead Park, 1899 Niagara St., Windsor. Admission is one canned good, which will be donated to the Downtown Mission of Windsor. 519-974-4221 or Facebook: Community Living Windsor. SEPTEMBER Sunday, 17 OPEN STREETS WINDSOR: ONTARIO 150 EDITION
Windsor’s largest free recreation program, open to all ages and abilities, is enabling people to play, walk, cycle, do yoga and other activities outside together on an east-west route covering approximately 8 kilometres from Ford City to Sandwich. Held from 10 am to 5 pm, Open Streets Windsor: Ontario 150 Edition also features an immersive Ontario150 Hub. citywindsor.ca. Thursday, 21 WALRUS FOUNDATION: LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S VISIONARIES PRIZE
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Tomorrow’s visionaries will be presenting their ideas for improving Ontario to a live audience, who will vote on the most innovative pitch on Inclusive Prosperity. Admission is free to the Walrus Foundation: Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize event, beginning at 7 pm at The Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., Windsor. 519-973-1238, ext. 3 or capitoltheatre.ca.
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DENTURES DON’T HAVE TO LOOK or even feel like dentures. In the hands of a skilled smile builder, a set of dentures can appear even more attractive than your original teeth. Equally important, a caring denturist will ensure the dentures are secure and comfortable on the gums. For men and women who don’t like the fit or look of their current dentures, Parisien Denture Clinic blends artistry with technology to create custom smile makeovers. “By characterizing each tooth, other people can’t detect that you are wearing dentures. When you look in the mirror, you won’t be able to, either,” says denturist Barry Parisien DD. “People are getting away from the Hollywood-style, perfectly straight, uniform teeth,” Barry finds. To avoid the “picket fence effect,” he very slightly turns one tooth here, another one there. “If the patient was content with her original smile, I use her old photos and try to model the dentures after her natural teeth.” Barry selects the most flattering shade of white, making teeth appear authentic and cared for. “The premium quality teeth we use achieve outstanding results,” says the denturist, who has been practicing in Windsor for 17 years. Addressing each patient’s unique needs, the clinic offers removable partial and full upper and lower dentures, custom fabricated with durable materials. Although the Parisien Denture Clinic team makes dentures that are as secure as possible, Barry acknowledges, “Full lower dentures often do not fit well.” He recommends a minimum of two implants be placed in the jaw. A removable denture snaps onto the implants, staying nicely in place. The dentures unsnap for cleaning. An even better solution is permanent teeth that are installed on the implant posts in one day and then worn around the clock afterwards.
“You can virtually forget you have dentures. Eat, laugh and smile with confidence. Brush like you did with your natural teeth,” says Barry. Implants offer a higher level of comfort and function. “Normally, people’s biggest hesitation is the cost,” Barry believes. “However, after they get implants, they are astounded by the difference and glad they made the investment.” Realizing people who have never worn dentures before have a lot of questions, Parisien Denture Clinic helps by beginning with a free initial consultation. Listening to their concerns and hopes, Barry then explains options and walks patients through the process. “We provide transparent pricing for various solutions and work with people’s budgets,” he says. “My team and I take as much time as the patient needs. There is no rush. We go through all the steps to ensure the outcome will be the best for the patient.” To ensure everyone has access to his knowledge, the denturist posts his educational videos on the Barry Parisien DD YouTube Channel. Viewers can learn about dentures; implants; smile veneers; mouth guards; lightweight, hypoallergenic devices to address snoring and sleep apnea; and other services and products offered by Parisien Denture Clinic. “When patients and their families are better educated, they understand what is happening and feel more at ease,” says Barry. Giving someone a smile makeover is a feel good experience for the Parisien Denture Clinic team. Barry says, “It’s wonderful to see people happily grin with their attractive new teeth for the first time.”
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RACING IN DETROIT
BELLE ISLE...at just under 1,000 acres, Michigan’s third largest island is nestled in the Detroit River, between Canada and the United States. Over the years, it’s been a popular picnic spot and a great place for a walk or a bike ride. At one time, a thriving zoo brought thousands of people to this so-called “jewel” of Detroit and the stately Detroit Yacht Club on the eastern end of the island served as a great viewing spot for the Gold Cup Powerboat races. 5
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2. Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato 3. Frantic activity in the paddock area 4. Canadian James Hinchcliffe 5. Tony Kanaan (left) and Helio Castroneves joking in front of reporters 6. The captain Roger Penske intently studying the action 7. Former Detroit Grand Prix and 1986 Indy 500 Champ, Bobby Rahal
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Despite its popularity, Detroit’s financial woes eventually spilled over to Belle Isle – it fell into disrepair, prompting the state of Michigan to make a deal with the Motor City to take over the property and restore it. Today, that restoration effort is highly visible. Every year things are getting better...the grass is being cut, dead trees are removed and crumbling buildings are torn down. Cracked pavement has been replaced and new areas have been created enabling visitors to park their cars and attend year-round community events. There’s new landscaping along with pedestrian walkways and new bicycle paths. Washroom facilities are being refurbished, the Scott Fountain, the Casino (which serves as the Media Center on race weekend) and the Belle Isle Boat club on the western end of the island have all been renovated. New LED lights have been installed on the bridge and around the fountain, adding to the night-time ambience. In fact, over the last decade, the Penske organization and its contributing partners have pumped more than $13 million into permanent improvements on the island. In return, race weekend has generated more than $45 million in annual total spending by visitors to Belle Isle. Since 2007, on one exciting weekend of the year…following the Indy 500, hundreds of thousands of people travel across the MacArthur Bridge for the dual in Detroit – three days of auto racing, combined with fun and games for the entire family. And, for the first time in three years, the weather remained virtually perfect for the 2017 celebration. Souvenir sales boomed. Kids and adults alike jammed into the Meijer Fan Zone which was abuzz with interactive action. For the first time, ‘older kids’ were invited to attend Club Patron, described as a premium experience where guests could “get a great selection of adult beverages including Patron tequila, while watching the races on closed circuit TVs.” Needless to say, there was no shortage of visitors. When the race track was quiet, a walk through the fan zone, or a simple tour of the island utilizing new pedestrian bridges, was always an option – lots of people brought their very young to the event and didn’t mind pushing the strollers through various displays. And there was certainly no shortage of refreshments – visitors were drawn to the Bud Light Beer Garden and Food court by the intoxicating aroma of hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages, onions, peppers and French fries cooking on open grills. The MotorCity Casino Hotel Entertainment
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Stage featured top musical acts, while the ever-popular Detroit Sports District had interactive displays from Detroit professional teams with special guest appearances from past and present athletes. At the same time, your favorite drivers make themselves available for special autograph sessions, while car buffs got up close and personal with the latest and best from General Motors on display, particularly the cream of the crop from Chevy, which is a major sponsor of the event. The Corvette exhibit, alone, presented eye-candy at its absolute best. Simply stated, Grand Prix weekend in Detroit has been meticulously designed for every member of the family. Then, of course, there’s the reason for all the hoopla: AUTO RACING! – 7 races in all. This year fans were treated to the very popular Trans Am series featuring Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers, just to mention a few of the competitors. There was IMSA Weather Tech sports car championship racing, along with the SPEED Energy Stadium Super trucks...a perennial fan favorite. And there were two IndyCar races with Belle Isle being the only venue in the world that features a weekend doubleheader of open-wheel racing. Both times the checkered flag was taken by Graham Rahal, son of Bobby Rahal, a one-time winner in Detroit and Indy 500 champ in 1986. For the first time this year, a new grandstand was situated along the back straight of the racecircuit where cars reach their highest speeds. Getting to and from the track is absolutely no problem. Even though public parking isn’t allowed on the island itself, round trip shuttle service runs continuously from two downtown Detroit locations as well as from Windsor. The Detroit service is supplied free of charge. For specifics on the shuttles, ticket prices and other information log on to www.DetroitGP.com. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 866-464-PRIX (7749). The Detroit Grand Prix has seen its ups and downs, but since its return in 2012 after a 4 year hiatus, it’s been a successful venture. At least 70 sponsors are involved including Chevrolet and this year, for the first time, Lear Corporation which had asked to be part of the annual spectacle. With this support the race will undoubtedly be a fixture in this part of the world for a number of years to come. Race enthusiast, or not, a visit to Belle Isle on this very special first weekend of June is guaranteed to be an incentive to come back again and again. WLM
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