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ROLE REVERSAL HOW TO MANAGE COSTS WHEN CARING FOR AGING PARENTS CANADA’S SENIORS OUTNUMBER the country’s children. The 2016 Census, which counted 5.9 million people aged 65 and over and 5.8 million people aged 14 and under, was the first to reveal this shift.1 That’s in part because people are living longer. The fastest growing age group was people over age 100.2 The growing aging population brings health care challenges, and associated costs, in large part to adult children. One estimate pegs the cost to Canadians of caring for aging parents at $33 billion every year, factoring in both out-of-pocket spending and time away from work. Out-of-pocket spending alone averages $3,300 annually for every caregiver who is contributing financially to a parent’s care.3 For seniors who are considering or require accommodation outside the family home, costs may include the following4: • Independent living: $1,400 to $1,500 monthly • Assisted living: $1,500 to $5,000 monthly • Around-the-clock care: $2,500 to $8,000 monthly For seniors who prefer to stay in their own home, there may be expenses associated with home renovations to improve access and safety which may include: • Personal care worker: $20 to $30 hourly • Registered nurse: $40 to $69 hourly • Live-in caregiver: $1,900 to $3,500 monthly • Electric hospital bed: $3,000 to $5,000 • Scooter: $2,400 to $5,000 • Walker: $100 to $450 • Bath lift: $1,200, etc. The good news is that adult children and their parents can work together to prepare for potential expenses. Focusing on budgeting, short term and long term planning, insurance protection and tax strategies can go a long way to putting a plan in place.
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New-mown grass, flowers in bloom, sunscreen and something tantalizing wafting from the grill. If these scents could be bottled, the result would be the perfect aromatherapy blend for summer. They are all produced in Tom and Linda Raymond’s Tecumseh backyard – except for the new-mown grass. The couple opted for faux turf in their resort-inspired, low-maintenance escape, as you will read in this issue of Windsor Life. Grilling can be mastered by anyone, Glen Muir believes. His simple recipe for barbecued lamb is accompanied by a side dish and dessert prepared by his wife, Linda, for our Look Who’s Cooking at Home feature. Pam and Bill Seney have ventured forth from Windsor again, adding Peru to their list of countries visited. Ancient Inca ingenuity at Machu Picchu and other preserved sites left them in awe. Tecumseh’s Maria Giorlando, a registered nurse and chair of the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach, is now traveling the country in her new role, Miss Canada. Shannon Manery of Belle River has written an insightful book, Gloria, the true story of her mother’s 15-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Interwoven throughout are personal notes journaled by Shannon’s dad, Bob, as he transitioned from Gloria’s husband to caregiver. Sun County Panthers have learned that playing in their home community on Friday the 13th is a winning combination. The young players scored the All Ontario Pee Wee AAA Hockey Championships in April. At the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear June 1 to 3, all eyes were on champion motorsports driver Will Power, hot off his Indianapolis 500 win. Windsor Life was there to see Ryan Hunter-Reay first across the finish line, with Will in second. Winning isn’t as important as having fun for Orest Spooner, who at age 81, continues to be an avid golfer and the associate professional at Beach Grove Golf & Country Club. Windsor has a new resident, Daniel Wiley, originally of California. Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s new assistant conductor has already discovered waterfront trails and will be lacing up his running shoes as soon as he unpacks. Happy reading!
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Festival Chamber Orchestra, performing in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve in July 2015. The featured compositions were entries in the Composers in the Wilderness program, demonstrating that great music can be created and played anywhere. Compared to Alaska, Powell River, British Columbia felt almost tropical to the California native when he served as an assistant conductor for the PRISMA Music Academy. Now Daniel is about to settle into his new home in Windsor. Maestro Wiley is picking up the baton set down by Peter Wiebe, who became the WSO’s first assistant conductor 14 years ago and held the position until recently deciding to step down. He continues as a cellist with the symphony. Peter was also instrumental in establishing the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra under John Morris Russell. Throughout the coming months, Peter will work with Daniel and be a resource during the transition. Daniel paused in his packing to chat with Windsor Life. WL: Pursuing your education and career in music has taken you from your native Riverside, California to Idaho, Texas and now Windsor, Ontario. When you started out, did you envision the possibility of leaving the U.S. and moving to Canada?
MUSIC & MOVEMENT Introducing WSO’s Daniel Wiley STORY BY KAREN PATON-EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN KRUITBOSCH BACKPACKING IN THE BOONDOCKS, going for long runs or conducting classical musicians, whatever Daniel Wiley is doing, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s new assistant conductor has energy to burn. The 27-year-old’s motto could well be: Have clarinet and baton, will travel. Daniel has boogied across the Boise State football field as the drum major leading the Idaho college’s marching band at half-time. “Performances with this group were always exciting because the audience for a Boise State football game usually ranged anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 people,” he says. Daniel graduated from that college with a bachelor’s degree in music education. In the land of the midnight sun, he stepped onto the podium to guest conduct the
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DW: “My education and career has always been an adventure. It has taken me across North America and even to Italy and Russia. That being said, I never would have imagined that my first professional opportunity would be outside the U.S., but I am extremely excited that it is. I have a running joke with my family that each new opportunity takes me one-time zone further east.” WL: What was it about the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s assistant conductor position that enticed you to look northward? DW: “My first experience with the WSO was last November when I attended a workshop designed to help young conductors plan and execute educational concerts. In the very brief time I spent with the WSO during this workshop, I immediately noticed a deep sense of passion and commitment to connect the people of the Windsor Essex community through music. This drive to be an indispensable cultural asset makes the WSO a very appealing place to work.” WL: Your job description includes taking
over the youth orchestra and junior strings. You will also be planning and conducting concerts for educational and community outreach initiatives. Is there anything else you will be called upon to do? DW: “Yes! In tandem with my responsibilities with the youth orchestra and education concerts, I will also be responsible for cover conducting every concert. This means that it is my responsibility to be prepared to step in and take over if the music director for some reason is unable to conduct. This is an interesting task as a young conductor because you must prepare as though you are going to conduct knowing full well that you probably will not.”
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WL: What WSO strengths do you believe you can build upon? DW: “I think one of the WSO’s biggest strengths is its commitment to education and outreach. This past season, the WSO presented 41 education programs that inspired over 8,000 students. Additionally, 21 outreach programs engaged 1,100 seniors in care facilities and the eight Neighbourhood concerts aided fundraising initiatives for many community causes across WindsorEssex. I am excited to bring my own unique experiences and perspectives as a public music educator to help continue this impressive record of providing musical experiences to the youth of the Windsor-Essex community.” WL: Your principle instrument is the clarinet. What other instruments do you play? DW: “Well, as an educator, you sort of have to be able to play everything to a certain degree in order to effectively teach it. But I would have to say singing would be my secondary instrument followed by saxophone and piano.” WL: What is your dream concert that you hope to conduct one day? DW: “This is difficult to nail down, as I am so early in my career. There are so many great pieces of music that I cannot wait to conduct. This might be a great question to ask me in 15 to 20 years!” WL: As a former Boise elementary and junior high school music teacher, what do you enjoy most about introducing young people to music?
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DW: “My playlists is generally on shuffle and I like to think I have quite a diverse taste in music. But if I am being honest, something from a musical is probably on. I am a very big Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen fan.”
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DW: “I am an avid runner. I have already been looking at potential runs to do along the river. I also have a deep connection with nature. I spent much of my childhood backpacking in the Sierra Nevada wilderness and find I am quite at home out in the middle of nowhere.”
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WL: What do you do for fun?
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WL: When you received a job offer from the WSO, you had already earned your Masters in orchestral conducting from the University of North Texas and were working on your doctorate in orchestral conducting at the same school. Do you have plans for completing your advanced degree, back at North Texas or perhaps closer to Windsor?
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DREAMS DO COME TRUE! In March Maria Giorlando, from Tecumseh, was crowned Miss Canada 2018 at the national pageant held in Laval, Quebec. After months of preparation, Giorlando was confidently optimistic before the pageant. “I’ve been preparing for this for probably six months now and I never wanted to doubt myself during this process. So when I heard my name called it was a great sense of validation. I would say that I was shocked, but shocked in a way that I knew it was going to be me. I felt like it was part of my destiny that I was supposed to be Miss Canada.” The 23-year-old registered nurse beat out 25 other women from across Canada to win the title. The competition is open to women aged 19-30. The Miss Canada event has been around since 1946. The women are judged on their charisma, intelligence and dedication to a cause close to their heart. According to the Miss Canada organization, “Becoming Miss Canada is not only
Above left to right: Maria (left) and Miss Teen Canada, Joani Leclair; Maria (centre) with the group at the Milestone Modelling Bootcamp where she helped teach the girls about walks and confidence; Maria was invited as a special guest to the Women of Influence conference and met exchange students from China that attended the event.
synonymous with being the most beautiful women of all the participants of the event. Miss Canada is first and foremost a personality and attitude contest. During their year of reign; The “MISS” will become an ambassador for a cause they care about.” Having this platform is one of Giorlando’s primary motivations for competing. More than anything she wants her accomplishment to be motivation for others. She says she’s proof you can do anything if you put your mind to it. “If a small town girl from Windsor can do this, why can’t somebody else. I just want to really push that other girls can do this. Believe in yourself. You are all unique and beautiful in your own way and I had a dream, I turned that dream into a goal and there’s no reason why anybody else can’t do that too.” Giorlando is no stranger to pageant competition. She was Miss Tecumseh 2016. “Winning Miss Tecumseh was a lot of fun and allowed me to make a difference in my community.” Giorlando was a competitive soccer player for 15 years. She attributes the years of soccer experience to teaching her the values of teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship. She has also been involved in bringing support and awareness to various charities by participating in events for the Alzheimer’s Society, Hospice of Windsor-Essex, and the Sick Kids Foundation. She is currently the chair of the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach and plans to use her year long reign as Miss Canada to promote the club’s values of positivity and kindness to others. In addition to the winning “titles,” Giorlando has found the competitions very rewarding. “It brings you so much confidence, so many different opportunities. You have the ability to network yourself, to meet so many amazing people that can help you forward yourself in your career, in your social life. Overall, it gives you opportunities to volunteer out in the community and to just showcase who you are as an individual.” Aside from her accomplishments at pageants, Giorlando is a registered nurse. Since graduating from the University of Windsor in 2017 she has been working at a nursing home. She would love to combine her passion for giving back and nursing by becoming a travel nurse. “I would love for my work to involve children. They will build the future and deserve the best medical care possible.” WLM
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THIS TIME OF YEAR, chances are your dog is showing signs of seasonal allergies. The incessant itching is probably driving your pooch and you crazy with frustration. Maybe you’ve tried antihistamine or immune suppressing drugs to curb the symptoms. However, the source of the problem may go beyond environmental allergies in the spring and summer months. Food allergies can be the real culprit. “Itching, red paws, swollen eyes, dry skin and yeasty ears are all indicators that your dog is reacting adversely to something,” says Alina Sherman, co-owner of The Hungry Pooch, a health and raw pet food store that offers complementary nutrition consultations. “Set aside thoughts of seasonal allergies and consider what might happen if you consumed only processed foods. Would your body begin to break down? Would your skin break out?” Alina asks. “If you suddenly cut out foods in your own diet that were hard to digest, it’s a pretty good bet your body would start functioning more normally and your symptoms would be reduced. It’s much the same for your furry family member.” As a pet nutrition specialist, Alina maintains, “Canines (and they are indeed canines) are not meant to consume heavily processed diets comprised mostly of carbohydrates and starches. That typical practice has resulted in what we see as an allergy epidemic. Commonly, food allergies are known to be an allergy to a certain food. People who seek a remedy by cutting out grains or switching to a more expensive bag of dry dog food often only see a slight improvement or a brief hiatus before symptoms come back again.” “Ideally, your canine’s diet should be composed primarily of meat with small amounts of vegetables.” The Hungry Pooch specializes in pet allergies. “We see it all day, every day. Concerned pet owners, just like you, fed up with seeing their pets suffer and paying costly vet bills, who just want
their pets to feel better. They come to us for help,” Alina says. Owners and their dogs or cats are invited to sit down for a free consultation with The Hungry Pooch’s trained staff, certified in nutritional information. “We’ll go through your pet’s individual needs, help you find the root of the issue and discuss all the options with you,” says Alina. To help your pet make the successful transition to a healthy balanced raw diet, staff will educate you about solutions. Alina says, “We’ll let you know where to start with our raw foods and how much they will cost. Then it’s up to you.” Further supporting pets’ wellness, The Hungry Pooch also carries a wide variety of natural supplements and digestive aids. Natural antihistamines, gentle herbal detoxes and natural sprays that reduce redness and swelling can help rid pets of their symptoms from the source. “We’re happy to help you get to the bottom of those symptoms, whether they are environmental, food related or rooted in a gastric issue,” says Alina. “Changing your pet over to a diet that is natural to the body and made with the best, fresh ingredients can sometimes eliminate allergy symptoms entirely.” “There is no need to let your pet go another summer suffering and heavily medicated. Come see us for natural supplements and solutions that address the source of the problem - not mask it,” Alina invites. “We hope to
see you soon, so we can help you understand your pet’s needs.” The Hungry Pooch’s South Windsor location is at 1243 Grand Marais Rd. W. and its Tecumseh/Lakeshore location is at 110-486 Advance Blvd. near EC Row Expressway and Patillo Road. Store hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday; from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday; and from noon to 4 pm, Sunday. The shop also offers convenient home delivery. Alina says, “Our knowledgeable staff are happy to help your pooch on the road to better health.”
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A WOMAN CARRYING A FLAT OF PLANTS nods hello to a family strolling along the pathway. She appreciates the soothing sounds of birds singing in the adjacent Devonwood Conservation Area. Reaching a small, tidy garden, the woman begins planting her flowers. As she gently pats soil around the roots, she talks quietly to an unseen listener, whose name is inscribed on the headstone marking the personal garden. In another part of Windsor Memorial Gardens, a couple pauses now and then before different glass-fronted niches in the new mausoleum. Numerous niches glow softly with LED backlighting, illuminating personal items that help tell the stories of the lives that have been lived. A pair of dance shoes graces one niche. Motorcycle dog tags are placed in another niche to accompany the deceased on his last ride. Conversation between the couple flows naturally as they consider what mementoes could symbolize their own lives. Noting that it is unusual for a cemetery to permit people to plant private gardens on grave sites or display personal items in the mausoleum, “as an independent, non-profit and non-commission cemetery, we can personalize each experience according to an individual’s wants and needs. We are not obligated to follow a corporation’s rules; we do what we believe will best help Windsor-area people,” says Ed Shabsove, General Manager of Windsor Memorial Gardens. “If someone finds that planting a border and watering the flowers every day is therapeutic, then that is what we invite them to do.
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Established in 1968 at 1100 Division Rd - what was then the outskirts of the city - Windsor Memorial Gardens Cemetery is now part of the urban landscape, where people walk, remember and reflect. Adapting to changing needs and providing more options is a priority, such as the new outdoor columbarium with multiple niches to inurn a loved one’s cremated remains in the park-like setting. “This is a calming place that is very family-oriented,” says Ed. “We get to know the people who come here regularly. People find our grounds very welcoming, in fact, so comfortable that interaction between everyone - both staff and patrons - is commonplace. We are truly a community in itself! Bereavement is a shared bond.” “We are non-denominational, receiving people of all faiths and no faith,” Ed says. “We are respectful of everyone’s traditions and we do accommodate them.” The one thing all people share is a surge of powerful emotions when a loved one dies. “Families have a lot to deal with when they are freshly grieving,” Ed notes. “It is so much easier on them when arrangements have been pre-planned in advance.” Transparent about its services, Windsor Memorial Gardens posts its prices at windsormemorial.com. Ed says, “We don’t offer anyone anything they don’t need.” Pre-planning at Windsor Memorial Gardens can be as simple as taking a complimentary full tour of the grounds while a consultant explains all the available options. “We discuss options with people so they can make educated decisions about whether they want burial or cremation; a full religious service or a less formal memorial service; and other important considerations,” says Ed. Any or all arrangements can be pre-paid. The cemetery’s interest-free payment plan makes the cost manageable. “Prices for everything increase over time. Between the funeral home and our cemetery, it does add up,” Ed says. “With prepayment, you can lock in future arrangements at today’s prices, removing an additional burden from your loved ones when they are grieving.”
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BOB PROBERT RIDE Gearing up for the 8th annual Bob Probert Ride, organizers introduced the 2018 road co-captains: Former NHL player Scott Parker a.k.a. The Sheriff and WRIF’s Meltdown. On hand for the May 30 announcement were (left) Bill Marra, vice president external affairs at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Rob Reeb, Thunder Road Harley Davidson sales manager, Scott, Dani Probert, ride organizer, and Meltdown. The ride is in memory of Bob Probert, a Windsorite who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. His wife, Dani, and four children collaborate with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare to host the annual motorcycle poker run in support of Cardiac Wellness programs in Windsor-Essex. With 1,200 participants expected, support for this year’s ride already indicates the eight-year total for the fundraiser could reach $900,000. Kickstands go up on June 24. Registration and online donations are now open at www.probertride.com.
Natural Health Services Ltd. (NHS), a medical cannabis clinic, hosted an open house for the public during its May 30 grand opening at 7900 Anchor Dr. in Windsor. NHS clinics use a unique triage system that provides an uncompromising standard of care from full-time medical professionals across its clinics. NHS provides consultation, medical cannabis education and an introduction to the products and strains available through Licensed Producers across Canada. NHS clinics are staffed by physicians, nurses, educators and patient care representatives on-site, and is the largest referral network in the country, operating seven patient-centric clinics in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The NHS Windsor clinic is accepting new patients. Call 1-844-262-0942 to book an appointment. Pictured above are Melissa Legarg, Medical Office Administrator, Lisa Hogan Regional Manager and Business Development & Corene Groves RPN.
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DOUGLAS MERCER, LOIS FAIRLEY NURSE OF THE YEAR The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario Windsor-Essex Chapter in partnership with the Fairley family presented Douglas Mercer with the 2018 Lois Fairley Nurse of the Year Community Service Award. Working primarily in Windsor hospitals since graduating from St. Clair College’s nursing program in 1994, Douglas exemplifies Lois Fairley’s own gifts of leadership, advocacy, professionalism and compassion in the nursing profession. (Left) John Fairley, Brian and Carol Fairley, Doug Mercer and Grant and Emma Fairley attended the presentation on May. 4windsoressexrnao.org
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The Weber BBQ Academy Tour made its only local stop at Forest Glade Fireplaces on May 30, temporarily turning the 11400 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor store into a cooking school. Forest Glade Fireplaces owners Thomas and Sue LiCausi welcomed AM800’s Lisa Shulman (centre), as well as Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield and other VIPs. Students learned to grill salmon, steak, asparagus and pineapple upside-down cake. 519-735-2229. forestgladefireplaces.com.
GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF WINDSOR On May 11, the Greek Orthodox Community of Windsor officially opened the doors of its new Hellenic Community Centre at 3052 Walker Rd. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were (left) GOCW president Panos Sechopoulos, Father Evangelos Aravantinos, Mayor Drew Dilkens and Multicultural Council executive director Kathleen Thomas. The Greek community was joined by Villanova High School horticulture students on May 26 to plant trees on the centre’s grounds. The public is invited to visit the Hellenic Community Centre during Carousel of the Nations June 15 to 17 and 22 to 24. 519-252-3435.
CARSON REAUME Applauded for his role in The Shack, LaSalle’s Carson Reaume has returned from the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios in Hollywood with the award for Best Supporting Young Actor-Feature Film at the Young Entertainer Awards on April 15. The Town of LaSalle congratulated Carson by presenting him with its citizen award on May 22, his 15th birthday. These honours will join the Best Principle or Supporting Actor in a feature film award Carson received at the 2017 Joey Awards celebrating young Canadian performers. The busy actor will be in Los Angeles for the 39th Young Artist Awards on July 14.
SILVER STITCH Upon learning of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that injured passengers and claimed the lives of 16 people in Saskatchewan on April 6, Silver Stitch owner Karen Cichon put her company at 1304 Lauzon Rd., Windsor into action, selling Humboldt pins, crests and t-shirts to show support. Within a few weeks, Windsor-Essex County residents and other Canadians had snapped up the commemorative items to help Silver Stitch raise $20,143 for the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund. Pins were also sent to Regina for the Canadian Hockey League’s 100th Memorial Cup championship in May. 519-948-0049. silverstitch.ca.
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“ended up being one of the highlights, but I thought the islands and salt pans were even better.” “We found all these little gems that made the trip spectacular,” Pam says. After flying from Toronto to Lima International Airport, the Seneys took a short flight over the snow-covered peaks of the Andes to Cusco, the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere. “The Andes were full of colours - red, brown, yellow and green,” Bill says. “Cusco is spread over the valley and the mountainside. Sheep, alpaca and llama cover the landscape. The houses are mostly mud block with clay tile roofs.” Driving on, the Canadians paused at Centro Textile Liuvia to see alpaca and llama wool washed, spun, dyed and woven the same way its been done for thousands of years. The Seneys purchased sweaters and capes during their stay in Peru. ▼
TRAVELLING IN OTHER COUNTRIES can drive home appreciation for different ways of doing things. Trying to keep their balance while standing on a little floating compound in Peru, Windsor couple Pam and Bill Seney were fascinated to learn how family disputes are handled on the world’s highest navigable lake. “So, you’re a family starting out and you make your own island by compacting a lot of reeds. Your kids grow up and get married and they add to your island. If you get in a fight, you cut the kids’ section loose,” Pam explains. Peru presented one surprise after another to the couple during their 2017 trek through South America, beginning in Peru on Oct. 30, then on to Argentina and concluding in Brazil on Nov. 13. “The thing that brought us to Peru was Machu Picchu,” says Bill. The 15th century Incan citadel perched in the Andes Mountains
Clockwise from above left: Finding their footing on a floating island they built from reeds, Uros Indian women sing a farewell song to visitors while a small girl dances; the Inglesia Santa Isabel Church in Pukara, Puno in Peru was built by Jesuits in 1767; a baby and older sibling are the next generation of Taquile island residents, who live much as their families did 200 years ago. Small solar panels powering radios and televisions bring the modern world in; focused on crossing the 16th century colonial Checacupe Bridge, Bill and Pam Seney didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize till afterward that it was made of leather; wearing traditional dress, an elderly woman rests on Taquile Island; Pam and Bill scramble over the Maras Salt Pans, built into the hillside in the 1400s by the Incas and continuing to yield salt today; artistic bulls, the symbol of fertility and hard work, adorn many buildings.
Next day, the Seneys and Mekesh and Shari, tourists from Toronto, set out from Urubamba to explore the Sacred Valley. Their guide stopped at the Maras Salt Pans, comprised of 3,000 ponds terracing down the hillside. Originally established by the Incas in the 1400s, the salt pans continue to be passed down through the 300 families who own them today. “The salt pans were one of most spectacular things I’ve seen in the world,” Bill says. “The Incas found salt water underground and created the pans so water flows from one pan to the next. Natural heat causes evaporation, leaving salt that people use to preserve and flavour their food.” At ancient Moray, the Seneys scrambled over the terraces of the bowl-shaped hollow dug into the valley floor. Resembling an amphitheatre, Moray’s purpose is not confirmed but it is believed to have been an agricultural research station devised by the Incas. More agricultural terraces as well as aqueducts are on view and still in use at Chinchero. They formed part of the 15th century country estate of a noble Inca accountant, Inca Tupac Yupanqui. The Sacred Valley’s fertile soil yields potatoes, quinoa, fava beans and other crops for modern Peruvians. After sleeping overnight in Urubamba, the Seneys eagerly boarded the morning expedition train to Aguas Calientes and then traveled by van “on a crazy roadway” up to Machu Picchu, 8,200 feet above the valley. “We walked a fair distance to enter the grounds,” says Bill.
Clockwise from the top: A guard stands in position before the Government Palace in Lima, Peru; boats, houses, furniture and the floating Uros Islands themselves are all made of reeds growing in Lake Titicaca; ancient Moray is believed to be an agricultural research station built by the Incas; two Peruvian women welcome Bill to their small town near Cusco.
Built by the Incas in the 1400s and later abandoned, Machu Picchu was overtaken by the jungle. The Lost City of the Incas was hidden for 400 years, until Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911. Viewing the ruins of dry-stone walls fusing enormous blocks without mortar, Bill says, “The thing that surprised me was the different levels of sophistication in the architecture and construction. Stonework was cut to mind-blowing precision. Yet in areas of less significance, it was more like rocks thrown together. The terraces where they grew crops had incredible drainage systems.” No one is certain of Machu Picchu’s purpose. “It may have been an education centre and also important for religious rituals,” Pam says. After the exertions of touring the mountain-top lost city and feeling short of breath in the high altitude, the Seneys welcomed a gentle pace next day, prowling around Cusco’s old streets. Their next destination was Puno. Driving through the highlands, the Seneys’ tour bus first stopped in Andahuaylillas, a small town renowned for its San Pedro Apóstol Church, built by Jesuits in the sixteenth century over a pre-Columbian ceremonial space. The ornate sanctuary, resplendent with colourful murals and rich colonial art, is referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the Andes. “We visited numerous churches in Peru and they all had lots of detail and gold. You couldn’t put a price on the artwork. Massive paintings, statuary, ceilings and altars of gold - every inch done to perfection. Some required 300 years of artisans to complete the interiors,” says Pam. “Artists used incredible natural plant-based paints; there is no fading on the pictures, even though they are hundreds of years old.” A guide informed the Seneys that gold once meant little to the Incas. Bill says, “They had a seemingly endless supply. They would trade gold for mirrors with the Spanish.” From 1532 to 1572, the Spanish engaged in a struggle with the Incas, ultimately conquering the Inca Empire through warfare, enslavement and Old World Eurasian infectious diseases. Many of the indigenous people were then forcefully converted to Christianity. The predominant religion in Peru today is Roman Catholic. Keen to see firsthand how Peruvians live now, the Seneys boarded a boat to Lake
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Titicaca to visit the floating Uros Islands and Taquile Island. As they have done for centuries, the Uros Indians cut totora reeds that grow in the lake. They lay the reeds on their side and pack them deeply on top of the reeds’ dense root system to form human-made islands. “It felt like walking on straw – spongy,” Bill notes. Since the building material is constantly composting, “everyday, they keep harvesting new reeds and making new layers to walk on and live on,” Pam says. “Everything else is also made of reeds – their houses, furniture and boats. The Uros’ greatest fear is that cooking on an island made of reeds, everything could catch on fire.” For food, the residents make dirt piles in the reeds and grow potatoes on their islands. Bill says, “They also have guinea pigs in cages and use them as a meat source. They catch fish four inches long in the lake and dry them for a main source of protein.” “Much of the Uros’ income is dependent on tourism,” Pam says. “When they do well, they buy tiny solar panels. A woman showed off her little TV, no larger than a toaster, to us.” Pam adds, “We didn’t see one bug” on the lake, which has a surface elevation of 12,507 feet. Simple living conditions are the norm on Taquile Island, formed of actual land. “There is no electricity or running water, so people use propane to cook and small solar panels for lights,” says Bill. Taquile’s reputation for the friendliness of its residents held true. Pam says, “We loved meeting the people.” The Seneys climbed to the top of the island where most residents live. “There is 40% less oxygen at top and I was exhausted. It’s bad when a 70-year-old woman carrying a big pack leaves you in the dust,” Bill chuckles. The following day, the couple flew back to Lima. “When we returned to sea level, our bodies were producing all these extra red blood cells after being at such high elevations. We had energy like we couldn’t believe,” says Bill. The Seneys fairly bounced around Lima, seeing the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the Torre Tagle Palace. Wandering through the Larco Museum, they admired gold and silver treasures from ancient Peru. Too soon, it was time to say goodbye to Peru. The Seneys prepared to greet Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city. WLM
ROTARY CLUB OF WINDSOR (1918) A Gala, 100 Years In The Making
STORY BY KAREN PATON-EVANS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH HURST
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MARKING A CENTURY of service to the local community and global neighbours, Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) and its well-wishers gathered for a memorable Centennial Gala on Sat., May 12 at the Greek Orthodox Community of Windsor’s Hellenic Community Centre. Many of the club’s achievements and relationships came to life in One Hundred Stories: A Rotary Play written by Peter
Hornstone and presented by actors Michael O'Reilly and Shayla Hudson. Peter read the poem, A Certain Truth, written as a dedication to Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) by poet laureate emeritus Marty Gervais. Among the speakers was Rotary International president Ian Riseley, who presented guests with the club’s vision for the future.
Above: Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) President Colleen Mitchell and Peter Hrastovec. Photo by Dr. Gordon Drake. Right: Carolyn, Mike and Paula Alexander
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OREST SPOONER IS A NAME well known to most Windsor and Essex County golfers. Since he was first exposed to the game more than 70 years ago…the sport has been part of his life. As a golf professional and club manager, his resume shows a vast experience. Oh sure, he’s played in a number of pro tournaments including the Canadian Open, and has logged numerous rounds in the 60s but these days his preference is to get together with a friend or a fellow member at the Beach Grove Golf and Country Club and play a round …just for the fun of it. He’s quick to point out that he never got into the business for the money, the glory, or the fame but because, “I love the game — it’s just as simple as that.” He admits he wasn’t a great tournament performer because he’s not a competitive person and is a stickler on the rules. In fact, he says, “golf and curling which were both introduced to North America by the Scots are the only two sports in the world where players who
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violate the rules call the penalties on themselves!” The Honor System. He’s been a fixture at Beach Grove for nearly 30 years, which included at least 15 years where he was also involved in the curling program during the winter. Despite his love of golf, Spooner says he never wanted to be a head professional. “I’m not cut out for that,” he says, “but when I left my position as pro-manager at the now closed Lakewood Golf in St. Clair Beach, I immediately called Dale Thompson, the pro at Beach Grove and got a job as Associate Professional, a position I still have to this day.” However, he has scaled back many of his activities and generally covers the first tee as a starter. Orest Spooner was born in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, the son of a Ukrainian immigrant father, who spent four years in the Canadian Air Force and a mother who hailed from the prairies. Following moves to St. Thomas Ontario, Ste. Jean Quebec and Vancouver, the family settled in Toronto where Orest spent most of his formative years. At the age of 9, hoping to earn some money to buy a bicycle, he got his first taste of golf as a caddy. Over the next few years, he golfed and even spent time studying engineering at the University of Toronto until 1958, when he decided to give the air force a try. He spent two days undergoing assessment interviews at the Clinton Air Force Base north of London…but when he crashed the Link Trainer (a grounded flight simulation machine), his career move crashed with him and he returned to Toronto. Eventually, after being interviewed by the head pro at the prestigious Toronto Golf Club, he was handed a broom and told to sweep out the back shop. As Orest recalls, “I swept the floor as he watched me. When I was done I handed him back the broom and he said….you’re hired. So I became a caddymaster — in my first year in professional golf.” A short time later, Spooner became the head assistant pro, a position he held for about seven years until 1967 when he was named head professional at the London Hunt Club. “I was not a good fit,” he says, “but they were kind enough to keep me there for five years until I resigned and moved to Windsor where I went to work as pro-manager at Lakewood.” His original contract was only for one year, but lo and behold, he’s still here with no plans of going anywhere. In March of 1989, following a change in management, he left Lakewood and moved down the street to Beach Grove
where he says, “I just love the course, the atmosphere, the club — it’s like one big happy family.” Spooner attributes his happiness to the game of golf and a successful marriage that produced three children. In the late 1950s, being as he says “socially inept”, he managed to strike up a friendship with Anna May Mills, a Northern Ontario native who had joined the wait staff at the Toronto Golf Club while she attended teachers’ college. “She’s the only girl that I ever had any relationship with as a steady,” says Spooner, “and I was the only guy that she ever had a steady relationship with. They were married in August of 1961…a love journey that the couple says, in golf parlance, “that they hope will break 60.” In September of last year Orest’s contribution to Beach Grove and to golf in general was recognized by the organization. He was given an honorary membership and presented with a large framed plaque with a club flag on the upper portion and a painting of the venerable old clubhouse on the lower half. As he looks back on his career and his life in general, Orest stops in mid thought and says: “I am now 81 and I have yet to figure out what I want to do for a living! SERIOUSLY...that’s the honest to goodness truth, because I never had a driving desire to be anybody, or anything. I loved sports to see how well I could do, but I never had that burning desire to be a great pro golfer on the PGA tour.” At the same time, he also shows his side as an amateur philosopher and has come up with a suggestion on how to cure the world’s problems… “through unselfish co-operation, or love, plain and simple.” He still plays golf regularly, even though time has slowed him down a bit and the scores have inched upward. As he likes to say “I’m majoring in Golf 101 — in my last four games I shot 101. I did have an 82 on one occasion last year. After all, you can’t expect much more from a guy who has suffered from A-fib, two torn rotator cuffs, bad knees and a hernia from hitting a shot out of foot-deep rough.” And, just like he lives his life, Spooner adds: “when I’m faced with a choice of shots, I pick the one I’m least likely to make. If there’s a tree in front of me, I try to go through the crotch of that tree. As a result, I get some balloon scores.” Finally on possible retirement, Spooner slyly smiles and makes it abundantly clear. “I’ll retire when I drop dead, or become incapacitated, or they kick me out.” WLM
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A Tropical Getaway in Tecumseh STORY BY KAREN PATON-EVANS/PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PIETRANGELO
HELPING GENERATIONS of local families find adventure on the open road, Tom Raymond has just nailed the summer staycation in his own Tecumseh backyard. Warm weather months comprise the busy season for the owner of Leisure Trailer Sales in Tecumseh. Taking care of customers who want travel trailers and motorhomes, Tom remains close to home. In the off-season, however, he and his wife, Linda, pack their suitcases and go. “We have traveled a lot to different resorts. Anytime we’re at one, we always look around and talk about what we would do if we ever put in a pool,” Tom says. In August 2017, the couple decided to take the plunge. They engaged Chris Powers, a freelance designer who also works with Bellaire Landscape Inc., to design their personal escape and shared all the ideas they had collected for years. The Raymonds were thrilled when they saw Chris’ design. “It’s from different vacation spots that we’ve been to,” says Tom. “Each section of the yard has its own uniqueness.” Clockwise from top left: It’s Tom Raymond’s business to help people relax, so when he and his wife, Linda, brought in a team to create their Tecumseh backyard escape, the couple insisted everything be low-maintenance. The salt water pool is operated from the homeowners’ iPhones; a wooden shed was customized to become a tiki bar. The window swings up to serve thirsty guests seated at the bar counter; casual meals are shared at the outdoor dining table, protected by a patio umbrella; colourful tiki figures watch over the family enjoying summer fun; beneath a metal gazebo, a sitting area is illuminated by brass and beaded lanterns.
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To make it happen, various local businesses collaborated to carry out specific components of the project. “It was a great team of people who worked well together. It all turned out beautifully,” Tom says. Physical work got underway in midOctober, beginning with the removal of large trees and the excavation of a long, rectangular hole for the pool. With depths from 42 to 66 inches, “the pool is for playing around,” Tom says. Three submerged steps lead down into the shallow end. Underwater LED lights in 30 different changeable colours put on a show at night. “Ours was one of the last pools that Relax Pools & Spas installed last year,” Tom recalls. “We just got it in and then the weather shut us down.” The sounds of returning spring birds competed with the productive noise of the team hard at work. Joe’s Cement Work poured the concrete decking around the pool. Rock Solid Interlocking & Landscaping built a triple waterfall that flows from a contemporary concrete box into the pool. On top of the box are two large terracotta plant urns designed like fish, found at Origins World Inc. Requiring minimal maintenance, the landscaping was also done by Rock Solid. Ornamental cedars were planted against the privacy fence. Lush ferns grow in urns. A Japanese maple provides year-round interest. EuroSheds Inc. built the 10’ by 14’ wooden pre-fab shed housing the tiki bar, with a contained area for the pool equipment, electrical panel and storage. On one side the building, a big painted oar bearing the words ‘Tiki Bar’ hangs above a wide window. When Tom swings up the window and secures it out of view, a well-stocked bar inside is revealed. Four all-weather wicker bar stools line the bar counter. “That’s where everyone wants to sit,” Tom observes. Decorating the tiki bar is a fun, ongoing project. For years, the Raymonds had picked up quirky and tropical accents, wall décor and other bits here and there. Tom says, “We stored them in my office, at home and in the garage. Now they are all in the tiki bar.” With all the big features in place, Creative Homescapes enclosed the yard with a taupe vinyl privacy fence. Appreciating the importance of recreation and relaxation, the Raymonds insisted their backyard be as low maintenance as possible. “I control everything to do with operating
the pool on my iPhone,” Tom says. To keep the salt water pool in sparkling condition, “every week, I bring a water sample to Relax Pools & Spas for testing,” says Tom. “They tell me if adjustments need to be made.” Perhaps the easiest feature to look after is the 12’ by 20’ patch of green grass near one end of the pool. The faux turf never needs mowing or weeding. “It really brightens up that spot. We put it in mainly because we have a little dog,” Tom says. Any mess just hoses off. When it comes to maintaining the backyard’s décor, “Linda is the one who arranges everything out there and keeps it looking great. I move some thing and she puts it back,” Tom chuckles. There are plenty of spots to kick back in the backyard. Loungers for swimmers and sunbathers line one side of the pool. Under a big patio umbrella, a dark brown outdoor dining table and vinyl weather chairs from Patio Palace comfortably accommodate six hungry people. A metal gazebo covers a sitting area arranged with coordinating brown all weather wicker armchairs and a loveseat. Brass and beaded lanterns suspended from the ceiling cast soft light after dark, encouraging family and friends to linger and swap stories. The seat of honour is reserved for Tom at the shallow end of the pool. It’s a colourful Muskoka-style chair that the Raymond kids bought from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Surf Shop to gift to their dad 15 years ago. The chair now has company: primary red, blue, green and yellow Muskoka chairs form a row beneath an umbrella. “Linda and I are Jimmy Buffett freaks. We’ve seen him in concert and play channel 24, the Jimmy Buffett station on Sirius Satellite, on surround sound in our backyard,” Tom says. The crew’s work on the backyard wrapped up in May – not a moment too soon for the excited Raymond family. “Now that the great weather is here, I’m tempted to leave work a little early each day,” Tom admits. Chances are he will find the pool already occupied by one granddaughter, age 5, and grandsons, ages 7 and 14. “They come over now and don’t want to leave,” Tom laughs. Summer days spent with grandma are already booked. “This is a terrific spot for everyone to relax, chill and enjoy,” say Tom. “We’re WLM going to have fun this summer!”
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CINDERELLA SEASON Sun County Panthers Win All Ontario Pee Wee AAA Championships at Home STORY BY KIM WILLIS
IT WAS A TRUE CINDERELLA STORY on Friday, April 13 when the hometown Sun County Panthers won the All Ontario Pee Wee AAA Hockey Championships. The Panthers shut out the Ottawa Myers Automotive 2-0 at the Essex Centre Sports Complex in Essex. Sun County is the first Pee Wee team to host and win the tournament. The Panthers went 7-1 at the tournament. “We couldn’t have asked for a better experience,” said Trevor LeDrew, a member of the organizing committee. “As a host team to get to play in the finals and then win the championship is simply amazing. What more can you ask for?!” This year 17 teams of 12 and 13 year old boys participated in the tournament that ran from April 6-13. In the nail-biting, gold medal game a power play goal in the first period saw the Panthers take the lead. This one-goal lead remained until a goal late in the third period with 30 seconds remaining and an empty net goal. “What an amazing way to wrap up the season!” said Danny Anger, Head Coach, Sun County Panthers.
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Winning the big game in front of the hometown crowd is every athlete’s dream. It is very rare and special to be a host city. It is made even more exceptional when the hometown wins the championship!! To be awarded the host city is no easy task. The city and team need to submit a “bid” to demonstrate that they have the facilities, accommodations and volunteers to ensure a successful tournament. This year it came down to Waterloo and Windsor-Essex. One of the benefits of being awarded host city is that your team automatically gets to participate in the tournament. This year the Sun County Panthers did not enter the tournament as favourites, in fact they were ranked low amongst the 17 teams; making their win even sweeter. Once Windsor-Essex was selected as the host city the organizers lead by Will Metske, Cliff Tucker and Shannah Dalphe quickly got to work. Together with their committee they spent the next six months working tirelessly on the tournament. Committees were organized to focus on sponsorship, marketing, ticket sales, merchandising, open ceremonies and awards. “Our highest priority throughout planning was to ensure that the players, parents and families had a great experience that they would remember,” said LeDrew. This was achieved through excellent facilities and amenities along with some unique personal touches such as thoughtful snacks provided to the players or having players’ names, sweaters and gear fully set up in the locker room before games. They were also successful in creating a special experience for the host team. The Panthers used the Essex 73’s junior hockey team’s suite throughout the tournament. The organizers have already received letters and emails congratulating them on a great event. The opening ceremonies included the mayor of Essex along with other dignitaries and Windsor Spitfires goalie, Michael DiPietro. The celebratory banquet at the conclusion of the tournament included guest speaker Ryan Donnelly, who talked about life after hockey. Donnelly was a successful athlete who had his career cut short due to concussions. Donnelly now works at the University of Windsor. “The kids (Sun County Panthers) were absolutely fantastic throughout the week. They did an outstanding job representing this region,” said LeDrew. They will have little time to celebrate though, try-outs for next season began two WLM weeks after the tournament.
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While 14 guests sipped chilled beverages in the backyard of Glen and Linda Muir’s Riverside Drive home, the hosts felt at ease. In the outdoor kitchen, grill master Glen chatted with friends while keeping watch on the lamb sizzling on the barbecue. He says, “Linda’s lemon orzo pasta salad and white Lindor key-lime cheesecake were prepared in advance with no one around,” leaving her free to focus on guests. “Our combined styles of cooking take the pressure away for both of us because it’s a relaxing way to entertain.” “Our menu is not designed for a sit-down meal,” notes Glen, RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. broker/owner who values homelife. After helping themselves to the casual spread, friends eagerly dug in.
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White Lindor Key-Lime Cheesecake Crust Ingredients: • 2 cups crushed ginger snaps (28 cookies) • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1/3 cup melted butter Combine into 9-inch springform pan Filling Ingredients: • 1 envelope unflavoured gelatine • 6 tablespoons lime juice • 100 grams white chocolate Lindor Bar • 2 ½ cups whipping cream • 3 packages cream cheese (room temperature) • 1 cup sugar • 1 tablespoon lime zest Sprinkle gelatine over lime juice and let stand 1 minute. Microwave on high for 10-20 seconds. Melt Chocolate with ½ cup whipping cream liquid. Let cool slightly then stir in gelatine mixture. Heat cream cheese and sugar. Gradually add chocolate mixture to cream cheese then add lime zest. Beat 2 cups whipping cream then fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust and let chill overnight. Just before service, decorate with fresh limes, additional whipping cream and Lindt white chocolate.
HOROSCOPE ARIES MAR 21 - APR 20: You may get tired of others being able to take action while you are forced to stay on the sidelines. If you rush in too soon, you may feel a backlash. Before you know it, you should be able to jump back in to what you really want to do.
TAURUS APR 21 - MAY 21: Money, money, money makes the world go round. You notice it more so than usual. You begin to see a huge gap between what someone says they will do and what they actually do. Get promises in writing and follow up on an important situation rather than leave it to chance.
GEMINI MAY 22 - JUN 21: Too many irons in the fire applies now. You may get burned if you go too far in terms of grabbing an opportunity, or two or more, all at once. Complete the task at hand before you start another. Too much talk, not enough action, will be noticed by those who are important to you.
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Plans you put into motion in the past begin to bear fruit. Enjoy the chance to move forward on steady ground. You have built a good, solid foundation upon which you should be able to stand and smile. Sometimes you need to have more faith in yourself. Don’t put yourself down.
LEO JUL 24 - AUG 23: There are days you feel like you want to go and hide to get away from all that attention and activity. Even you can only do so much. It can be frustrating when you feel as if you have to assist everyone. It could be helpful if you can relate to a lead which comes to you in an unexpected way.
VIRGO AUG 24 - SEP 23: It could be possible that good luck comes your way. However, you may have to step forward to meet it. You can’t just sit on your front porch and wait for it to land in your lap. You need to stop worrying. Start to create or finish projects.
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LIBRA SEP 24 - OCT 23: At times, you may need to take a step back to review what you started. You just don’t seem to have enough energy. Rest if you must. Then go with the flow until you reach a better place or position to put ideas into play. Life is not easy, but, it really does have rewards along the way.
SCORPIO OCT 24 - NOV 22: Oops! Here comes the monkey wrench. You really don’t like change. You, more so than many others, seem to have the ability to turn lemons into lemonade. Just when you have it all figured out, the game of life takes on new twists and turns. Your patience is truly being put to the test.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 21: It may feel as if your emotions are being held in check. You want to say and do things, but for some reason you appear reluctant to do so. Ongoing situations around you are a large part of the reason you hold back. Shouldering responsibilities now brings recognition in the future.
CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 20: The tree that sways with the wind lasts longer than the tall, sturdy oak that falls. You may need to bend a bit and break free from overly social inhibitions. It is not possible for everyone to dance the exact same way to the same tune.
AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19: You may find yourself being given new opportunities to brighten up your life. The key is to use your mind and your time in positive pursuits. Do not waste your energy on thinking negative thoughts. That will only bring you down. Look for the silver lining if dark clouds appear.
PISCES FEB 20 - MAR 20 Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind on the way you drive. Be aware of those around you who are not careful. They will go through stop-signs or red lights. It may not be your driving, but the driving of others, that should be of concern to you right now.
A LOVING DAUGHTER’S TRIBUTE TO HER LATE MOTHER IN A NEW BOOK STORY / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DICK HILDEBRAND
THE YEAR WAS 1957. 21 YEAR-OLD GLORIA MANERY and her sister were in their car when a tie-rod broke. Gloria lost control of the vehicle. It hurtled across the highway, smashing into a hydro pole. She suffered a severely detached foot and head trauma causing the loss of many teeth. Determined to walk again and with husband Bob by her side, the pair began the long road to rehabilitation. But that wasn’t the end of it. In 1996, at the age of 59, with Bob as her caregiver, Gloria became the victim of Alzheimer’s and passed away 15 years later. Fortunately, her death has not been in vain, since her journey with the disease has been chronicled in a memoir which could become a worldwide phenomenon. Totally factual, it’s based on Bob’s diary and written by her daughter Shannon. Shannon Manery was born in Leamington and grew up in the Wheatley area. After her high school years at the Leamington District Secondary School, she attended the St. Clair
College campus in Chatham where she earned a Developmental Service Worker diploma. Along the way she took several courses in psychology and gerontology from the University of Waterloo and Ryerson in Toronto. In her career as a support worker, she’s been involved with the disabled, with kids that have behavioral problems and with both kids and adults with special needs. She’s currently an educational assistant at the Queen Elizabeth elementary school in Chatham, where she also coaches volleyball. In her spare time, she plays the game, enjoys landscaping, is a freelance writer and a painter. In fact, she once owned an art gallery in Mitchell’s Bay. Shannon and John Brum live in Belle River and share five daughters ranging in age from 9 to 28 along with a 2 year-old grandson. Her first foray into writing was an essay on her mother’s condition that had been required for one of her university courses. She continued writing until her mother’s passing, thanks to the observations contained in her father’s meticulously detailed diary that he had kept during his wife’s illness. The end result is a 241 page book titled ‘Gloria’, which was officially launched this past April. “This book,” says Shannon, “goes through my mother’s teenage years and shows her as a gentle and giving person, S u m m e r
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so that when it gets to her later years of having Alzheimer’s, you can see the difference in personality. It shows the relationship between mom and dad over the years, how my father slid into the caregiver role while documenting details throughout the Alzheimer’s years.” Shannon’s dream is to have the book utilized in gerontology, nursing and personal support worker programs, along with dementia study courses in all colleges and universities since it provides readers, particularly those who are caring for Alzheimer’s patients with at least three perspectives of the disease; “it’s written from my dad’s perspective, it shows my mom’s thoughts and it shows the dedication, commitment, sacrifices and joys that come with being a caregiver. Those perspectives,” she adds, “could prove to be invaluable for those who care for Alzheimer’s patients. You cannot read this book and not emerge without an enriched sense of compassion and enlightenment.” The book’s 25 chapters open with the tragic accident. It travels back five years for a look at Gloria’s teenage years and her elopement in 1956. The story continues, in chronological order, depicting Gloria’s life. With each chapter containing quotes from Bob’s diary, Shannon fills in the rest of the story with details that have been provided by other members of the family and medical people who had been treating her mother. As she writes; one of the first signs that something was wrong happened at Point Pelee National Park in the summer of 1996, where Gloria had just finished playing catch with her grandchildren. “The sun felt warm and slowly increased its intensity as Gloria’s balance began to mimic the heat waves. Her vision began to blur and she started to get dizzy as she raised her arm to get Bob’s attention for help and security.” Roughly a year later and numerous tests, Gloria and Bob received the stunning news from her doctor: “No other cause has been identified. We suspect, Gloria, that you are in the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s disease.” In the ensuing years, Gloria began taking Aricept, a drug that had been successful in lessening symptoms allowing some patients to think more clearly. It worked for a while, but when the dosage was increased, Gloria experienced chest pains, so she was taken off the drug. It wasn’t long after,” that Bob quickly noticed a decline in her memory along with her new struggle that made her very sad, trying to tell time. She stared at the clock and started to count the minutes.” By the year 2003 the disease had progressed
to the point where Gloria could “still thankfully go to the washroom by herself, although her sanitary skills were lessening. She could feed herself, but finding her way around the kitchen was troublesome.” Within two years, the disease’s effects had become more rapid…. “Bob could see a huge difference in her personality, ability, moods, cognition and confidence level. She was starting to fall asleep in church, during family get-togethers and car rides …whenever she was required to sit for long periods of time.” By 2005, as Gloria’s condition had steadily worsened… “yet Bob was amazed at how quickly Gloria could tie her shoes. She had forgotten almost everything, but she could tie her shoes as fast and as efficient as anyone.” Eventually Gloria was admitted to a nursing home where she lived out her remaining years. Reading about the changes that happened to a once-vibrant and exciting woman will bring tears to the reader’s eyes…along with an awareness of exactly what Alzheimer’s can do to the patients and to those who provide care. The book covers the entire gamut of the disease from memory loss and physical changes to anger, frustration and sadness …at the same time, illustrating periods of lucidity exhibited by the Alzheimer’s sufferer. On Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 12:05 pm…Gloria closed her eyes for the last time…her earthly journey had come to an end. ‘Gloria’, at $22 is available at Indigo in Lakeshore and Chapters in the Devonshire Mall and at Barnes and Noble in Michigan, from Shannon Manery through email at email@example.com and on Amazon as an e-book for $9. For every paperback that’s sold, Shannon is donating $1 to the Alzheimer’s Society. Already, the book has generated a huge interest and sales are brisk. It’s into its second printing and Shannon has heard from 9 different colleges and universities…7 in Ontario, 1 in Scotland and another in Ireland which have requested a copy of the book for review by faculty, with the aim of fitting it into one of their programs. There is little doubt that when the memoir catches on, it could easily become a best seller and likely will be included in the curriculum of many facilities of higher learning that deal with aging and the causes of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. ‘Gloria’ should be considered as a must read for everyone. It is truly an eye-opener! WLM
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To Sun., June 17; also Fri., June 22 to Sun., June 24. Named one of Ontario’s Top 100 festivals for the 10th consecutive year, Carrousel of the Nations will be showcasing cuisine, music and art from around the world. Local ethno-cultural groups welcome the public to their cultural centres in celebration of their home countries. carrouselofnations.com. TASTE OF TECUMSEH
To Sat., June 17. Local cuisine, wines, craft beers and live entertainment can be savoured during Taste of Tecumseh. Admission is $11.50 for one day, $16 for two days. Open to guests 19 years and older. Lakewood Park, 13451 Riverside Dr. E., Tecumseh. 519-996-6507. tasteoftecumseh.ca. Saturday, 16 ESCAPE THE FORT FESTIVAL
The first ever Escape the Fort Festival challenges participants to escape from as many escape rooms as possible to win prizes. 10 am to 8 pm. Fort Malden National Historic Site, 100 Laird Ave S., Amherstburg. parkscanada.gc.ca/malden. Saturday, 23 SPRING OUTDOOR FLEA MARKET
To Sun., June 24. Bargain hunters can browse over 60 vendors at the Spring Outdoor Flea Market. Refreshments are served in the Boarding House and 50s Diner. 8 am to 3 pm, Sat.; 9 am to 3 pm, Sun. $3 admission; free for kids age 12 and younger. Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village, 6155 Arner Townline, Essex. 519-776-6909. ctmhv.com. Sunday, 24 SUMMER CRAFT & GIFT SHOW
Janine’s Jewelry is hosting the fourth annual Summer Craft & Gift Show, featuring 100 vendors and raising funds for the local Second Chance Animal Rescue. From 1 to 3 pm, Mickey and Pluto will pose for photos with kids. 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission. Serbian Centre, 6770 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor. Jewelry.by.Janine@hotmail.com. RIDE DON’T HIDE
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Till Sun., July 1. Over 70 artists will display their artwork at the 26th Annual Arts at The Marina, which also offers a children’s art activities tent, live entertainment, food and refreshments. 10 am to 5 pm daily. Free admission. Leamington Marina, 90 Robson Rd. 519-326-2711. leamingtonartscentre.com.
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Celebrating Point Pelee National Park’s centennial and Canada Day, the park is actionpacked with a park wide scavenger hunt; Canada Day Craft Centre, creature feature and birthday cake at the Visitor Centre; shuttle rides to the Tip; and the Canada Day Beach Bash at Northwest Beach with kids’ activities, shows by Windjammers International Kite Performance team and more. 1118 Point Pelee Dr., Leamington. 519-322-2365. pc.gc.ca. WINDSOR CANADA DAY CELEBRATION AND PARADE
Marching off at 11 am, the Windsor Canada Day Parade starts at the corner of Ouellette Avenue and Giles Boulevard and proceeds to Pitt Street. At 1 pm, everyone is invited to the cake cutting at Festival Plaza and Ouellette Avenue and Pitt Street. Family entertainers will perform throughout the day. summerfestwindsor.org. AMHERSTBURG CANADA DAY FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS
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Fort Malden is hosting the Amherstburg Canada Day Festival & Fireworks, presenting free activities, live entertainment throughout the day and a fireworks finale along the Detroit River. 9 am to 10 pm. Fort Malden National Historic Site, 100 Laird St. 519-730-1309 parkscanada.gc.ca/malden.
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Presented by Windsor Eats, the inaugural Whiskytown Festival is serving a selection of whiskies and cocktails on the grounds of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, built by the sons of Hiram Walker, whisky baron, creator of Canadian Club and founder of Walkerville. 6 to 9 pm. Admission is $30; open to guests 19 years and older. 1983 St. Mary’s Gate, Windsor. windsoreats.com.
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RACING IN DETROIT
DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS year’s Detroit Grand Prix weekend was one of the most successful, the future of the event remains in doubt. Negotiations between organizers and the Department of Natural Resources are continuing to keep the races on Belle Isle. Chairman Bud Denker is optimistic that the three-days of motorsports one week after the Indy 500, will continue and it will be on the island…“nowhere else. We don’t have a plan B,” he says. “If there is no race on Belle Isle, there will be no race in Detroit.” The city, by the way, is the only venue to feature two IndyCar races in one weekend. This year, race 1 was fast and relatively uneventful. New Zealander Scott Dixon took the checkered flag for his second win at Detroit since 2012. Generally recognized as one of the most competent drivers
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on the Indycar circuit, Dixon has 42 wins under his belt in a 14 year career. RACE 2. The Sunday start was delayed because of an accident on the parade lap. When the green flag was dropped and the cars began their trip around the 2.3-mile circuit, fans were treated to a great race. Second place finisher and Indy 500 champ Will Power calling the track “brutal, requiring a good driver,” had nothing but praise for the organizers. He lauded the performance of winner Ryan Hunter-Reay who had finished second the day before. Former Indy winner and pole sitter Alexander Rossi led for many of the 70 laps until his car ran into problems forcing him out of a podium finish. For motorheads, race weekend in Detroit is Nirvana. There were 7 races, including the highly popular Stadium Super Trucks — 600 HP custom-built vehicles that can go more than 130 miles an hour and jump over man-made ramps set up in strategic locations (normally around grandstands). The trucks are capable of flying through the air nearly 25 feet off the ground, landing hundreds of feet away. Fans love the IMSA sportscar championship, the series in which 3-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves now competes. This year’s race card was rounded out by Trans Am events featuring so-called ‘pony cars’, and a 100-minute Chevrolet sports car challenge. Since 2007, more than $13 million has been spent on improvements to Belle Isle. Two new bridges have been constructed, areas once prone to mud have been paved, new infrastructure has been created and drainage problems are being rectified. This year, the Penske gala on the island, raised more than $1 million(net) for the Belle Isle Conservancy. Bud Denker says much of the money will be used to keep the aquarium open, free of charge, all year long. In 2017, the action-packed weekend generated more than $55 million in total spending for the region, more than 70 corporate sponsors stepped up and the face of Detroit was spread over the world through television coverage. “The winners,” says Denker,”are Belle Isle and the City of Detroit.” And, as far as the main sponsor Chevrolet is concerned, Jim Campbell, who is vice-president of the corporation’s racing division says simply: “If the negotiations work out, we intend to continue to be part of it.” The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix...truly WLM a family event.
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