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No matter how far we roam, all roads lead back to home. That is certainly true for the locally connected people featured in this issue of Windsor Life. Drawing on Windsor-Essex County’s bluecollar work ethic, several local hockey players who turned pro have successfully transitioned into NHL coaches. The impressive lineup includes St. Louis Blues assistant coach Steve Ott, fresh off his team’s big win. He brought the Stanley Cup to Lakeshore in July, where fans filled it with canned goods for food banks. Alyssa Boston, a model from Tecumseh, is adjusting to wearing her favourite accessory: The Miss Universe Canada crown. She is now preparing to compete for the Miss Universe title. Craig Forget, a reclaimed wood artist in Essex, is sending his imaginative pieces to clients around the globe. Sisters Jordan, Chelsie and Carlie Duffy, supported by their parents Sandy and Brad, didn’t see much of their Amherstburg home this summer. The Duffy Girls Racing team was on the track, racing cars. Young author/artist Matt Bhanks takes his readers to alternate realities and is penning the fifth book in his popular Master Defenders sci-fi series. Jazz singer Russell Drago has played top jazz clubs in Toronto but has never performed in his hometown, Windsor. That is being rectified when he brings his jazz combo to the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Oct. 17. Windsor Life learned more about what makes this entertainer swing. Maria and Roger Bramhall and Pam and Bill Seney of Windsor traveled to India where they encountered snake charmers, painted elephants, the Pink City of Jaipur and the marble Taj Mahal. Interesting things happen right here as well. A LaSalle recreational golfer wanted to hone his skills so he excavated his basement deeper to accommodate his swing and installed a golf simulator that he and his family use daily. He tells us how he made it all happen. A mom with design sense has invited Windsor Life into her Russell Woods family home, filled with style and soft spots for everyone to land. Photographer John Liviero and his wife, Anita, teach our readers how to make homemade pizzas in our Look Who’s Cooking at Home feature. Give it a twirl. Happy reading!
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FROM SINGING “CHIM-CHIM-CHEREE” on the Cleary Auditorium stage as a 9-year-old Cub Scout, to his recent stellar performance at Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, baritone jazz singer Russell Drago has come a long way. And for one night only, he’s bringing his world-class jazz combo—and his ‘Old School Love’—back home. When Motown tunes on CKLW wafted out of transistor radios and Prince Charles Public School still stood on Edward Street, young Russell Drago was winning medals for piano playing, singing in the St. Aidan’s Anglican Church choir and “putting on shows” for family and friends in his basement on Isabelle Place.
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When Russell was in Grade 10 at Riverside Secondary School, his family moved to Toronto. It was tough to leave Windsor behind, but Russell was excited about continuing his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music and University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Fast forward a few decades. When asked why he decided to become a performer, Russell says, “I can’t really explain that. In so many ways, performing is an irrational pursuit. It doesn’t really make sense. It’s not like studying to become a doctor or perfecting a trade. I do it because I feel compelled to. I can tell you for sure there’s no how-to guide. Believe me, I’ve looked!” Knowing how challenging it is for most Canadian performers to make a living, Russell says, “I’ve just kept working at it. I’ve had singing lessons and vocal coaching from some of Canada’s best, spent truckloads of money and have lost track of how many days and nights of practice I’ve put in. But in the end, you teach yourself—you sift through everything and discover what works for you. You’re the one putting yourself out there.” So, we just had to ask Russell about “Chim-Chim-Cheree!” “I guess I really wanted to have my solo moment. They were talking about needing someone to sing a verse from the Mary Poppins movie song. I piped up, saying, ‘I know that song!’ and it was a
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go! The only thing was, I had no clue. What nerve for a 9-year-old! I guess I did okay because I sang it a few more times in smaller venues. I even got my picture in the Windsor Star!” Performance anxiety is very real, even for seasoned celebrities like Diana Krall. But Russell says he never worries. “I do feel butterflies, but I’m calm before I walk on stage. That being said, I probably know ten ways out of a song that’s in trouble. That’s the blessing of jazz. You’re in the moment.” However, there have been some hairy incidents. “Like the time I had a sneezing attack right in the middle of a song. I turned slightly away from the audience toward my band mates, signaling them to play another chorus while I stifled every sneeze. Or the time a pianist I’d never worked with before confessed she could only play three keys—none of which worked for my set list. I don’t know how it happened, but our audience had no idea that anything was amiss. Then the pianist said we should do it again sometime. No thanks!” Which prompts Russell to tell us about his world class jazz combo. “They’re some of the best musicians anywhere: Kevin Barrett—my Guitar God—is a multi-faceted studio musician, band leader (and also my Musical Director). Louis Simão on keyboards has been composing and recording in a variety of genres for two decades and was named 2017 Solo Artist of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Clark Johnston on bass has played with Peter Appleyard. He’s released three CD’s of original recordings. Then there’s Rakesh Tewari on drums, who’s shared the stage with Alicia Keys, Rufus Wainwright, K’Naan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, kd lang and Nelly Furtado—to name a few!” Russell is very excited about The Homecoming Concert. “The Olde Walkerville Theatre felt ‘right’ as soon as I walked in. I still have family and friends here; I can’t wait to bring my Old School Love back to them… my hometown…and you!” Tickets: $35 each at The Olde Walkerville Theatre Box Office (1564 Wyandotte Street East, 519 253 2929) or visit oldewalkervilletheatre.com/russelldrago. Doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019. There’ll be a Meet ‘n’ Greet with Russell and his band immediately following the show. Their newly released CD “Live at the Isabel” will be available for purchase. WLM Back to Contents
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HOCKEY NIGHT IN WINDSOR The NHL Coaches of Essex County STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN
WHEN IT COMES TO TALENT, Windsor is a startlingly diverse community. Artists. Athletes. Entertainers. Entrepreneurs. The breadth of Essex County’s ingenuity is dizzying. However, if there’s one caliber of person Windsor-Essex seems to excel at creating, it’s hockey coaches. Windsor is home to a great deal of professional playersturned-coaches. The list includes, but is certainly not limited to: Steve Ott, Assistant Coach of the St. Louis Blues, Bob Boughner, Assistant Coach of the San Jose Sharks, Joel Quenneville, Head Coach of the Florida Panthers, D.J. Smith, the Head Coach of the Ottawa Senators and Bobby Jones, the Assistant Coach of the same team. It’s difficult to find five bigger industry giants in the same county. Each one distinguished themselves as players for a variety of teams, such as the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Islanders and many, many more. Most remarkably, each has successfully made the transition from professional hockey player to the professional coaching community. And for many of them, hockey is about community. “My Mom and Dad were both 25-year Canadian Air Force,” Ott recalls. “We moved all over the place. Hockey was common ground with people. Because then you know where you fit in right away. It helps with making friends growing up. It’s an easy way to communicate with others and find friends at a young age Clockwise from above: Joel Quenneville, Head Coach of the Florida Panters; Steve Ott, Assistant Coach of the St. Louis Blues; Bobby Jones (left), Assistant Coach of the Ottawa Senators; Bob Boughner, Assistant Coach of the San Jose Sharks; D.J. Smith, the Head Coach of the Ottawa Senators.
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when you’re moving every couple years. It really helped, having those roots through hockey.” A common connection these local legends have is the Windsor Spitfires. Bob Boughner himself purchased the team in 2006, during the NHL’s lockout year. “2006 was the lockout year,” Boughner states. “During the time off that I had, I always came back to Windsor. And I watched a ton of Spitfire games. I’ve been watching them since I was a kid. I was always a fan of the Spitfires. I heard the team might be for sale. So with Warren Rychel and Pete Dobrich, we inquired. That was the year I hurt my knee, so I thought what better way to stay in the game than by buying the Spitfires, becoming a coach and learning on the job?” The Spitfires soared under Boughner’s leadership. Over time, others were brought in, including D.J. Smith and Bobby Jones. “I worked with Bougie, D.J. and Rychel —who was our general manager,” Jones recalls. “I spent nine seasons here. We saw great success.” In May 2009, Boughner led the Spitfires to their first Memorial Cup in 21 years. Boughner’s team defended their championship again the following year. In addition, Joel Quenneville even played with the team the first year their skates hit the ice, back in 1971. “Playing with the Spitfires the first year they got a team was a privilege,” Quenneville states. “It’s great to see the Spits doing so well. I’m happy for that crew, seeing all their success. They’re still doing well today.” When asked about making the leap from the ice to the bench, many agree that the transition was difficult, but necessary. Especially considering the physical toll pro hockey takes on the human body. “It was a calculated decision on my part,” Ott states. “I could have still played hockey. I still had a contract offer to play in Montreal so I could have pushed forward, but I chose to retire and take on a coaching job with the Saint Louis Blues. I had 15 surgeries in 15 years. To say that I was pretty beat up is an understatement.” “It’s a very, very demanding sport,” Boughner states. “I’ve broken my nose 6-7 times. I’ve had two shoulder surgeries, a knee surgery. I’ve broken wrists. Multiple injuries. To this day my knees are pretty arthritic. That’s essentially why I retired when I was 35. I think I could have played another year or two but my knee just
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wouldn’t allow it.” For some, the transition was a natural one. “Getting into coaching was pretty seamless for me in terms of what worked and what didn’t work, system-wise,” Jones says. “It’s easier your first couple of years because you’re fresh out of the game. You’re inexperienced as a coach behind the bench, but you’re really experienced as a player. You have to stand behind the bench and coach for a number of years before can get good coaching experience.” “The one thing you want to do when you’re putting everything together is create a team identity,” Quenneville explains. “We want to be a hardworking team. We want to play fast. We want to possess the puck and do everything we can to keep it. On top of that, a lot of things positive can happen.” “It’s very rewarding!” Ott exclaims. “It is so satisfying to see your team maximize who they are as players. You see them gain confidence after you have a private meeting with them. Seeing it all come together—it’s amazing.” Steve Ott won his first Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins this past June. “Winning the Stanley Cup… there really are no words for it because it was that amazing,” Ott admits. “That emotion, that lifelong dream of having a chance to win and play for the trophy. The whole trip, the whole ride was outstanding. It still doesn’t feel real. It took me 20 years to get it, hopefully I’ll be able to do it again!” And, as many will attest to, growing up in Windsor helped prepare them for their careers on the ice. “Windsor is a blue collar town full of people that work extremely hard,” Ott states. “Those things are a staple of your life. I’ve taken that blue collar work ethic into my own life, and it helped to make me the coach that I am. I don’t take anything for granted in our town or community. I think a staple of who you are is where you come from.” “There’s so many professional hockey players and coaches in the area,” Jones explains. “It’s like no other area that I’ve lived. You can have a barbeque and invite Bob Boughner, D.J. Smith, Steve Ott, Mike Weber and Warren Rychel—all these guys that played in the NHL! We have a great group of guys here. We’re all good friends. We hang out together. Our kids hang out together. It’s a fun spot for us!” Sticks will hit the ice on October 2, 2019, for the next WLM NHL hockey season. Back to Contents
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FAMILY BOND Duffy Girls Take Racing Community by Storm THERE ARE FEW THINGS more powerful than the bond between family members. Well, other than a 496 Chevy Big Brock crate engine. Duffy Girls Racing is a hobbyhorse of the Duffy family of Amherstburg, which consists of the parents, Brad and Sandy, and their three daughters: Chelsie, Carlie and Jordan. For the Duffy family, racing entered their lives after Brad purchased a 79 Chevy Malibu in October 2011. He and his second oldest daughter, Chelsie, started racing together right away. “When you get suited up and you’re at the tree, you lose all sense of hearing,” Chelsie explains. “I don’t even hear the engine. I don’t see anyone. It goes to tunnel vision. It’s a rush. I love it. After my first race, I said, ‘Dad, can we go faster?’” Two years later, Carlie, the youngest daughter, entered the junior
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league after they purchased a second car. Ever since, the three have become nearly glued to the asphalt of the Grand Bend Motor Plex, their home track. And some might say racing is in their blood. Sandy’s father was John Banks Sr., the owner of Banks Alignment in Windsor. Banks won a world record at the Daytona 500 for flipping his car end-overend 26 times in 1976, walking away with only a broken collarbone. He was admitted into the Checker Flag Hall of Fame in 2010. “My Dad used to do the circle track, so we’ve always been interested in racing,” Sandy reports. “I grew up around it. He would do Daytona, Talladega, Atlanta—he did the circuit there. Every time I go to the track, everyone’s always telling me stories about him. When I tell them I’m his daughter, they can’t believe it. He was such a good racer.”
Duffy Girls Racing involves the whole family. Although they do not race themselves, Sandy and Brad are part of their daughter’s ten-person pit crew. Meanwhile, Jordan, the oldest daughter, proudly identifies as the team’s cheerleader, assisting with photography and promotions. “I love going to watch them,” Jordan says. “It’s fun. It makes me proud. They’re really, really good racers. A lot of people know them. I work at Dominion Golf Course and everybody knows us. People will say, ‘Hey Jordan! I saw you in the newspaper!’ And they cut the clippings out and wave them at me.” However, the real prodigy in the family might just be Carlie, the youngest daughter. Carlie won her first awards four years ago, at the age of 13. “In 2015 I won a championship during the 330 Outlaw class,” Carlie explains. “And I won two Iron Mans. Those are the biggest awards you can win.” “We know people that have raced 40 years and have never won an Iron Man,” Brad says. “Going into the Labour Day weekend, Carlie was leading championship points,” Chelsie says. She ended up winning the competition, making her the champion of the junior 13-17 class. However, despite the competition, the atmosphere at the Grand Bend Motor Plex is remarkably inclusive. “We all race against each other,” Chelsie explains. “But afterwards they come up and tell you what a good job you did. At the end of the day, we all pull together. Last year we did a transmission swap and we finished at midnight. And the guy that lent it to me let me keep it for the rest of the season. He didn’t even hesitate. We went to Indiana with it.” “If something breaks, nobody is letting you sit there,” Brad states. “At the track, you’re a family.” And family is what it’s all about. What is perhaps most remarkable about Duffy Girls Racing is not the tremendous amount of awards they’ve pulled in or the fame they’ve accumulated, but how it has strengthened their familial bonds. “What you see here, with us sitting around?” Brad says. “This is how we are. Constantly. I think that’s what get’s us a lot of respect at the tracks. Because people see that this isn’t just a show we’re putting on. This is how we actually are.” “This is an expensive sport, but it’s a
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family hobby and it’s something to do every weekend with the kids,” Sandy laughs. “We’re amazed they still want to hang out with us!” Still, expensive may be a bit of an understatement. The first year they raced, the Duffy’s put $14,000 into the cars, while taking home $2,500 for the whole season. However, since then, a number of local sponsors have stepped forward to help cover equipment costs, such as Integrity Tool & Mold, Briadco Fixture & Gauge, Dominion Bar and Grill and Shooters Roadhouse, among others. These donations have helped to cover the equipment costs. In addition, the maintenance involved in the sport is staggering. “Sometimes you just work until the next weekend,” Sandy admits. “There’s a lot more that goes into it other than just driving.” “It never stops,” Brad states. “We get home, and then we have to unload all the parts. Everything has to be washed, cleaned. The girls do all their own maintenance.” And racing, as it turns out, is not just mechanically taxing. As Brad explains, the sport also involves a great deal of mental gymnastics. “It’s not like the days of Fonzie where they drop their arm and the first one to the finish line wins,” Brad states. “You got to put a number on this car and you got to run as close to that number as possible. Before a race you do two time trials. Say the first time, the car runs 8.15 seconds in a quarter mile. And then the next run is 8.16 seconds. Well, now you got to figure out where you want to dial the car for the first round of the race. If she’s got an 8.07 on the car and then gets an 8.06, she loses the race because she went too fast. There’s a lot of mathematics involved.” “It’s a mental game,” Chelsie says. “It depends on your reaction time. You want to be dead on. If I put an 8.08, I want to run an 8.08.” Despite their dedication to their craft, Duffy Girls Racing is also very involved in the community. They drive in the Christmas parade. This year, they served as judges at the second annual Cream of the Crop car show at the Tecumseh Corn Fest. Regardless of what the future holds for the Duffy family, the local community will undoubtedly continue to be enriched by their example. “I did twenty weeks of placement at school,” Chelsie recalls. “All I had to say to the kids was, ‘I drive a racecar.’ And then they started listening to me.” WLM Back to Contents
Warm Up Your Home Life Indoors And Out With Fire Features LAUGH AT THAT CHILL IN THE AIR and extend the shoulder season with fire features from Scotts Fireplace. Cozy up to an outdoor fireplace in your backyard. Feel comfortable outside around a fire pit or table. Be mesmerized by playful flames swirling in torches. “The simplest choice is to plug in an Amantii electric fireplace, approved for both indoor and outdoor use,” says sales representative Grace De Vito. “Our non-vented natural gas outdoor fireplace options are straightforward to install. They can be finished in stone or concrete that endures year after year,” Grace says. While many of Scotts Fireplace features are intended to be professionally installed, the company also carries an extensive selection of do it yourself kits. Stainless steel burners available in round, square and linear forms are ideal for pits formed from stone pavers or concrete fire tables. A column of spiralling flame contained within a tall glass torch is a definite attention-getter. Travis Industries is the maker of this Tempest Torch and Scotts Fireplace sells and installs the award-winning collection of outdoor gas lamps. Lit by natural gas or propane, Grace finds, “Tempest Torch is an easy installation. Imagine where you want to make a lighting statement and our technicians can likely put it there.” The lanterns are available as pillars, ground posts and wall mounted sconces. “The effect of big flames enclosed in glass atop a column on either side of your driveway or illuminating a pathway or patio is stunning,” Grace says. Once the snow flies, everybody can sit by the outdoor fire to enjoy a grilled lunch or thaw out after building snowpeople. Or they can head indoors and gather around the hearth. Memories of summer will leap up with the flames licking ceramic driftwood logs set on a bed of sand. “Take the beach inside with one of our natural gas fireplaces,” says AJ Godwin, who co-owns Scotts Fireplace with Emile Anhorn. If you’d rather something more traditional, opt for ceramic split oak logs on glowing embers in a dark metal frame. Elevate modern glamour with a clean-faced unit with a thick bed of clear or coloured heat glass that winks in the blue firelight. In addition to its great looks, a strategically located fireplace delivers zone heating within the home. “When you want to warm up one room without cranking up the furnace, using a natural gas or electric fireplace is a beautiful way to do that efficiently. It also provides instant ambiance and creates an attractive focal point in the room,” Emile says. Natural gas fireplaces are a dependable backup heat source during power outages. Rather than going to a hotel or relations, “stay calm and turn the fireplace on,” Grace says. You and your family and pets will feel toasty in a room warmed by the fire. Share stories by the light of the flames and a few candles. Necessitating everybody to unplug, a blackout may prove to be one of the most pleasant times you spend together. To ensure your fireplace will perform when wanted, it is important to have it professionally installed and routinely inspected and maintained. Rely on the Scotts Fireplace certified technicians to keep all your fire features functioning efficiently and safety. Discover countless ways to incorporate fire features in your home by visiting the Scotts Fireplace showroom in the Home Gallery, 2 North Talbot Rd., Maidstone.
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BIBLIOASIS PRESS On October 1st, Biblioasis Press will be celebrating their fifteenth anniversary. The festivities will include refreshments and readings from four authors from their 2019 lineup: Martha Wilson (Nosy White Woman), Patrick Warner (My Camino), Stephane Larue (The Dishwasher) and Taras Grescoe (Possess the Air). Pictured is Dan Wells, the Publisher of Biblioasis Press. biblioasis.com. 519-968-2206.
NEROS STEAKHOUSE Neros Steakhouse has opened a new space where guests can gather and socialize. The new area features elegant, Canadian-made quartz tables, a casual, refined style and a shareable menu. The lounge is an excellent option for after-work cocktails or pre-show appetizers. Pictured is Director of Food & Beverage Joseph Moore and Executive Chef Patrick McClary. caesars.com.
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BLACK TIE TAILGATE On August 16th, 2019, Beach Grove Golf and Country Club hosted the fourth annual Black Tie Tailgate Fundraiser. Nashville country music star Jake Maurer appeared as the headliner. The event raised over $100,000 for the Windsor Essex Care for Kids Foundation and the Windsor Spitfires Foundation. Pictured is the Black Tie Tailgate Planning Committee: Ashley Weeres, Mike Brain, Shannon Brain, Bob Boughner, Jen Boughner, Lisa Schwab and Brain Schwab. wecareforkids.org. 519-985-2608.
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On August 10th, 2019, an international Back to School program organized by Carl H. Bernat of Henry Schein, Inc. provided over 77 children in need with new backpacks, clothes, sneakers, water bottles and school supplies. Now in its 22nd year, this was the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year in Windsor thanks to Carl and was made possible thanks to local donations from Dental Health Centre, the Royal Bank of Canada and Baker Tilly. Pictured is Carl H. Bernat of Henry Schein Canada.
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COMBER FAIRGROUNDS PARK On July 30th, the Comber Fairgrounds Park received an accessible swing that will allow children with special needs the ability to socialize with other children. The new addition was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Mark Jones of New World Park Solutions. Pictured is Councillor Steven Wilder, Councillor John Kerr, Mark Jones, Councillor Linda McKinlay, Rolf Keller, Mayor Tom Bain, Carol Pavlov and Deputy Mayor Tracey Bailey.
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THE WORLD STAGE TECUMSEH’S ALYSSA BOSTON CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2019 STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLUMSKI ALYSSA BOSTON, a 24-year-old from Tecumseh, was recently crowned Miss Universe Canada. Alyssa will be representing Canada at the 68th Miss Universe competition later this year, which will be hosted by Steve Harvey. Full of fits and starts, Alyssa’s modelling career has been a five-year long journey that has taken her all over the world, from Poland to Egypt. Alyssa first competed at the Miss Tecumseh Pageant in 2013, where she failed to place. However, she was then approached by the directors of the Miss Universe Canada Western Ontario Preliminary Competition, where she placed in the top 5. From there, Alyssa competed in the 2014 Miss Universe Canada National Finals, where she again failed to place. Alyssa’s first major victory came in 2015, when she won Miss Swimsuit Canada. This achievement allowed her to compete in Puna Cana for two consecutive years, representing Canada. She later won Miss Supranational Canada, one of the top five pageants in the world, after being first runner up as Miss World Canada. This year, Alyssa decided to compete as Miss Universe Canada. The competition took
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place at the John Bassett Theatre in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in August. There, Alyssa was pitted against 50 other girls for the title. “When you’re surrounded by 50 other beautiful girls from Canada, it can be hard to stay in your own space and focus on yourself,” Alyssa admits. “In this industry, you always want to compare yourself to who you’re competing against. But, you just have to focus on your greatest strengths and not let the other girls intimidate you. Because if you’re showing up there in your best physical and mental state, you should be pretty confident going in.” Alyssa credits her previous pageant coaches with helping her develop her ironclad confidence. “Over the years I’ve grown to love myself even more,” Alyssa states. “I’ve had a couple great pageant coaches that have given me such positive messages. You kind of turn into this whole other person that you never thought you could be. You’re just so happy and content with who you are and what you have that it just radiates through your performance.” Alyssa was crowned Miss Universe Canada on August 17th, 2019. “I was in shock,” Alyssa admits. “My whole family was in the audience. There was about 14 of them that came to watch me. I saw them all jump in the air and heard them scream. It was such a surreal moment. I was so happy they got to witness it.” However, for Alyssa, the most rewarding part of winning the Miss Universe Canada 2019 pageant was the bonds she formed along the way. “My proudest moment was after I won, when all the other girls hugged me,” Alyssa states. “After you win at a pageant, all the girls will run up to you and hug you for the cameras. But I genuinely felt like these girls were happy for me. I made so many friends that week in Toronto. Over the years I used to be so in my own shell. I was kind of shy. But this year I really took the initiative to make as many friends as I could and be a role model to all the girls there. Having these girls generally be so happy for me, it made me feel so much better winning. It really helps us empower each other, for everyone to be together in this great positive mindset.” And Alyssa’s experiences are not altogether that unusual. Pageants, Alyssa states, are remarkably inclusive, empowering spaces. “I consider pageants body positive places,” Alyssa explains. “The internet is
crazy and always says negative things about you even if they’re not true. People edit photos and make a mess of things. But pageants aren’t like that. There’s no specific size or height you have to be. You just have to be healthy. Some girls are built a different way, so there’s no reason that they should have to be a size zero or a size two. Some girls are more muscular than others. Some are leaner. However your body looks, that’s how you should show up. There’s no specific approach for what you should look like. The current Miss USA is a D1 athlete.” A date has not been confirmed for the Miss Universe 2019 pageant. And while the road ahead remains challenging, Alyssa remains characteristically optimistic. “There’s still a lot of work to do,” Alyssa admits. “These other countries live and breathe pageants, so it’s a different level to compete at. But, I’m definitely up for the challenge. I’m ready to work hard to be the best in the universe.” Working hard is something Alyssa seems to excel at. A graduate of the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce, Alyssa currently works on the marketing team for Muscle Cars and Classics. She also serves at the Kildare House and works as a Community Living Companion. Alyssa encourages young people to try out pageants if they’re interested. “Don’t be afraid to try something new,” Alyssa says. “I think a lot of people stick to what they like and don’t really want to venture out. But you never know what you like until you try it. There’s a lot of local pageants, like Miss Tecumseh or the Western Ontario pageant.” However, Alyssa stresses that the most important quality for any model to have is persistence. “I took a lot of rejection,” Alyssa states. “There’s so many times I just never placed, or I didn’t do as well as I thought I should have. You have to stay in a positive mindset and keep trying. I really do love pageants. I believe that they empower women. They’re always something I wanted to be involved in. But rejection is challenging no matter what career you’re in. You have to keep going even if you feel that you didn’t get what you deserved and that your hard work wasn’t good enough. You have to keep moving, keep trying. It’s taken me years to get to where I am, but it was worth all the hard work. And, here I am. I did it.” WLM Back to Contents
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This page: A fieldstone fireplace brings coziness to the home office. Opposite: The white marble dining room table is often used for family game nights. Mirrored chests in two corners display photos of the kids.
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RUSSELL WOODS RETREAT A NEW HOME GROWS WITH ITS FAMILY STORY BY KAREN PATON-EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PIETRANGELO
AMONG THE MANY SMART HOMES being built in Essex County today, one residence in Russell Woods has proved to possess intelligence of another kind. It anticipated its owners’ needs before they were even aware of them. The couple had spent long hours determining the features and the amount of space that would suit them and their two teenaged sons. “After we started construction of this home, we unexpectedly found ourselves pregnant,” the woman says. Fortunately, the house design was adaptable. “Some rooms we thought would be one thing turned out to be another,” says the wife, who has worked on many design build projects with her husband. The space designated as the wife’s home office became the baby’s play room, while a secondary living room was repurposed as the home office. Plans for the sophisticated guestroom were scrapped to make way for the nursery. The designer decided to forge ahead with her original palette of light hues; she admits now that she had forgotten the spectacular messes one little baby can generate. “I had a vision for our house: I wanted it to feel like a family home,” the woman says. “The challenge with the size of the home was keeping the spaces warm.” Incorporating natural gas fireplaces certainly helped, visually and physically. There are three fireplaces on the main level, another one in the lower level and three more outside. Another aim was to create interiors that would appeal to the father and sons, as well as the mother and daughter. “My husband says if I could roll in glitter on the way out, I would. I love everything that catches sparkle,” the wife laughs. That is evident by the crystal and chrome chandeliers twinkling throughout the home. Balancing the bling are masculine features, like a rugged fieldstone feature wall and a home theatre clad in old barnwood. A u t u m n
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Clockwise from top left: Wood planking on the kitchen ceiling makes the huge room feel more intimate; Mom chose a round crib for the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom and designed a window seat where her little girl will someday curl up and read; big windows in the master bedroom command a view of the lake. The couple sit in his and her taupe armchairs to watch the sunset; a soaker tub in the master bathroom revitalizes the busy mom; soft furnishings help baby-proof the great roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sitting area; the family unwinds in the home theatre, stretched out on leather recliners.
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Unifying the house is the same dark brown, wide planked oiled hardwood laid in all the rooms on the main and lower levels, excepting wet areas. “The great room is the heartbeat of our home. When you come through the front door, you immediately walk into the great room and kitchen. My husband has eight siblings and I have two. With our extended family plus our own kids and their friends, there is always someone in there. It’s a nice atmosphere,” says the woman. Spanning the great room’s peaked cathedral ceiling are exposed support beams painted white. “The wood planks on the ceiling bring down the height and add warmth,” the woman says. Hovering over the sitting area is a contemporary chrome chandelier with a solid crystal centre and slender silver candlesticks, each encircled by a crystal ring. Fieldstone covers a feature wall at one end of the sitting area, providing the backdrop to a ceiling-height fireplace crafted of a stucco product that resembles carved limestone. The baby can toddle in safety in the sitting area, where there are no hard edges to pose a risk. Soft upholstered pieces are covered in cream fabric accented by taupe, grey and cream toss pillows. A pair of taupe wing chairs flank the fireplace, while a long button tufted ivory footstool stands guard in front of the hearth. For extra precaution, there is also a white faux fur pouffe.
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Two giant ottomans stand in the place of a coffee table before the extra long sofa. The woman says, “The ottomans are on casters and move to the opposite side of the sofa to serve as additional seating when we have a big party.” For the kitchen, “I wanted a timeless space,” says the woman. Wayne’s Custom Woodcraft was engaged to design the room. “I’m humbled by the look that Wayne’s was able to achieve in our home.” Three sides of the huge kitchen are lined with cabinetry. The traditional wood panel doors are painted off-white; some doors are solid panels and others are fronted with textured glass, giving glimpses of art glass on display. Countertops are fabricated of grey and white swirl granite. The subtle sheen of the brushed nickel hardware is echoed by the six-sided backsplash tile. “It’s greige porcelain with a beveled edge that grabs the light without taking away from the cabinetry,” the woman says. The centre of the kitchen is dominated by a big angular island built in a semicircle. The outer curve is filled with lower cabinets. The inside curve embraces builtin bench seating that wraps around a long dark brown maple table crafted in Canada. Blue, maize and taupe toss pillows provide a comfortable backrest and inject colourful pattern into the room. Wayne’s also designed matching pull-out benches that are used when guests are over. “The table easily seats 15,” says the woman. “Whenever dinner expands beyond the five of us, it’s a great place to sit. Just looking at that table makes me happy, remembering all the times we have laughed till we’ve cried.” Cooking for a crowd is made easier by the BlueStar range equipped with eight burners and a double oven. “I have a big family, so I have a big stove,” the woman says. Whoever is cooking often has a hungry audience seated on the white leather stools at the eating bar, built into the end of the island. Illuminating the kitchen are large chrome and glass pendant lanterns encasing candlestick lights and a white-shaded rectangular light fixture with crystal drops dangling from its silver branches. Formal meals are shared in the dining room, off the great room. “On a winter day, it’s also the place where my family congregates around food and to play games,” says the woman.
A round, white marble topped table with a dark brown wood base is surrounded by six white leather club dining chairs supported by dark brown wood frames. “I haven’t had time to put my character on this room, but the views of the lake are absolutely amazing,” the woman says. French doors lead out to the yard and when left open, catch lake breezes. On two walls, tall windows are topped with deep, white crown moulding. What the lady of the house loves best in the dining room is the chandelier. Her frequent interaction with the building trade present constant temptation. “I’ve had my eye on that chandelier for years and was excited when I could finally put it in my own home,” she says. The curved ribs of the chrome frame are encircled by beveled crystal slabs that bounce prisms around the room. This and other fixtures in the home, as well as appliances, were purchased at The Lighting Boutique. Much of the furniture was bought at Façade Interiors & Furniture with Francesca Fregapane. “I like rooms to have their own character, but that it appears as though the house was put together by the same person with a clear vision,” the woman says. Similar materials and finishes flow through the home, harmonized by beachinspired accents. Vases are in hues of sea green and soft blue. Sun-bleached driftwood, twig-framed mirrors and mounds of faded green mosses all hint at the residence’s lakeside location. “I’ve wanted to live by the water my whole life,” says the woman. “The perfect night is my husband and I getting home in time to watch the sunset. It’s a goal each of us has. We’re not avid boaters. It’s all about the views. Our sons, who are teenagers, have jet skis. When it’s really calm and they’re really bored, they’ll invite me along for a ride.” A favourite indoor spot for the guys is the home theatre, with four cream leather recliners on the floor, and behind them, four recliners on a raised tier. Wood boards salvaged from an old barn create interesting patterns on the walls. Wood from the same barn forms mantels in the home office and master bedroom. “The home office is where I often meet my staff – and where I hide out when the volume in the house goes up in decibel,” the woman says. Twin standing clusters of birch trunks and a fieldstone fireplace are softened by teal paisley armchairs and an ivory
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sofa. A chandelier festooned in crystal drops puts the lady’s feminine stamp on the room. When there is yet work to complete at day’s end, the wife rolls up the desk designed to straddle the king sized upholstered sleigh bed in the master bedroom. Set before big windows that stretch almost from floor to ceiling are matching his and her armchairs and ottomans, clad in a taupe fabric. Faux fur and plush toss pillows piled on the chairs ensure the couple always has a soft place to land. “Those are our sunset watching chairs on cold evenings,” the woman says. By the master bedroom’s fieldstone fireplace, a mechanized therapeutic massage chair eases muscle tension and delivers instant relaxation at the touch of a switch. The master bathroom is a retreat, featuring a soaker tub and a combination walk-in shower and steam room. The off-white background with grey veining of the polished bianco carrara marble in the shower and on the floors and walls is picked up by the quartzite countertops. “I was looking for a soft spa look that wasn’t clinical,” the woman says. A gentle touch was applied in decorating the baby’s bedroom. “It’s neutral with touches of pink and gold throughout. It’s very girly,” says the mom. The baby who has “brought so much joy into our lives” sleeps in a round crib. The large window was reconfigured after the mother found she was pregnant. “I always thought a little girl needs a window seat to read her books and dream by,” she says. The baby was born just before the family moved into the residence. The parents figure she came early because she was as eager as they to be in the new home. “We’re all super happy here. Our sons have given us strict marching orders that we’re not to move again,” the woman says. “My husband has said this is the last house he is going to build for me – ever.” WLM Back to Contents
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“Floors Worth Coming Home To” Designer Kim Wuerch encourages her clients to build a room design beginning with the floors. “Paint, furniture, window coverings, lighting, artwork – these are all things that can be changed out easily when you want to refresh the room’s look. Flooring has a longer lifespan so if you choose a product that is fashion forward, it can bridge any style changes made later.” Fashion forward flooring has enduring, classic style that makes a statement. For a dependable yet striking new floor, Kim suggests Beckham Brothers, a Canadian line carried by Great Floors. She fell in love with the collection after joining Great Floors in Windsor this past February, when the store opened in a newly renovated building at 853 Division Rd. Customers benefit from Kim’s 25 years of experience in flooring sales and design. Beckham Brothers products are designed to appeal to Canadian tastes ranging from traditional to modern. They are engineered to withstand high humidity levels in summer, forced air heating in winter and dirt, snow and salt tracked in by footwear.
absorption makes the room quieter overall. It’s wonderful for condos as it helps muffle sound between floors.” Beckham Brothers has simplified installation. “SPC’s cork backing is already attached, whereas some laminates require buying a separate underlayment.” Kim’s personal experience taught her if an underlayment is too cushy, the laminate’s seams will peak. “I find SPC’s all-in-one construction is far superior – and long-lasting. After 20 years of normal household use, Stone Plastic Composite floors will still look terrific.” “This floor is water-resistant, too. If clean water lightly floods the floor, lift the SPC and then relay it once everything is dry,” Kim says. SPC is ideal for entranceways, kitchens, bathrooms and mud rooms. Active households with kids or pets can look their best with naturally imperfect or distressed flooring that disguises inevitable wear and tear. “Montana Plank, a wider-plank hardwood at 7 1/2 inches, has rustic charm built in,” Kim notes. For the designer’s own home, Kim installed an engineered
One exciting option is Beckham Brothers’ stone-plastic composite (SPC) floors. “SPC is so new, customers don’t know to ask for it yet. They think they’re looking at a vinyl; however, it’s a stone-plastic composite. The stone provides the strength and the vinyl plastic makes it flexible and more comfortable,” Kim explains. SPC can be laid over existing grouted tile or hardwood flooring, saving time, labour, money and a trip to the landfill. Old 1 ¼ inch hardwood provides a layer of insulation when covered by SPC. The Big Ben SPC line by Beckham Brothers is “an all-in-one solution,” Kim maintains. Backed by cork, Big Ben SPC flooring is warm and quiet underfoot. “The click-click-click sound you get from walking on laminate is gone. This product’s exceptional sound
hardwood, Underwood Grey from the Charleston Plank line, throughout her main level. She was dealing with a mishmash of flooring: cherry hardwood, two types of oak hardwood and kitchen tile. “With this 3/8” hardwood from Great Floors, I was able to go right over top of all the existing floors. I basically floated the floor, unifying the entire main level. A bonus I wasn’t expecting was that by changing the flooring, the cabinets became more attractive, which meant I could forgo a full kitchen renovation. This product is beautiful and budget-friendly.” “When considering which floor best suits your style,” Kim recommends, “remember to also look for quality, value and service you can count on.”
Fall Style Guide RENEE’S PICK: A “POP” OF COLOUR Anyone that knows me as a designer knows that I love to include colour inspirations in my presentations. This collection highlights the importance of a featured piece within a room. Although it comes in a beautiful white finish, my personal favourite in the media, occasional, dining and bedroom pieces are those that are available in the gorgeous teal colour shown in this timeless media wall. Combining the white and teal pieces in your home helps create a soft and welcoming essence in the space.
DAWN’S PICK: ASYMMETRIC ELEGANCE This sofa is a showstopper and while it does not lend to every household it is designed to be beautiful from all angles. It is an ideal solution for large bedrooms or an open concept room or window bay where traditional straight lines do not bring visual interest or practicality. The base plate is available in gold and pewter and with a variety of body and toss pillow choices this piece brings subtle elegance and sophistication to your space. As a designer I can help you determine what suits your room’s needs.
JESSICA’S PICK: BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE There is nothing like enjoying a film at a theatre but many households have installed impressive sound systems and large flat screens that have turned their home into a miniature screening space. Theatre seating is very adaptable and allows everyone to enjoy the best view. Elran has always had a great selection of theatre seating with fabric and leather options that come 2, 3, 4 seats and more and now with an adjustable head rest option your seating is personalized to fit you.
SHERRI’S PICK: FAMILY FUN This chair puts the fun in functional. This oversized swivel chair is available in 2 sizes and with hundreds of fabrics to choose from there is certainly a way to make this accent piece adapt to work in your space. There is no better feeling at the end of a long day than to cuddle up with the kids or even that special someone. This chair is built to be enjoyed by the entire family.
BECKY’S PICK: THOSE FINISHING TOUCHES It is the little things that often make the most difference in life and in design. Whether it is an accent table, ottoman or print it is important to add texture and dimension to the room. When in doubt of where to start, add an area rug to help fuse the room’s vision by grounding the larger furniture pieces and then continue to decorate but not clutter the space. It is easy to become overwhelmed with a project and as a designer I can help pull the whole room together.
CHERYL’S PICK: COZY COMFORT There is nothing that speaks to making a house a home like warm and comfortable surroundings. Franklin specializes in upholstered suites built with that in mind. Oversized frames like the one shown that boast over 101 “ in length and feature deep seating and supersoft foam for the ultimate in relaxed comfort for your everyday living. Loose pillow design allows for ease to “fluff and stuff” as required for practical maintenance.
CHALENE’S PICK: GATHERING SPACES Being social and entertaining brings great joy to many households. Gathering at a large table with friends and family to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner, a special birthday or evening dinner with the kids helps build memories that last a lifetime. This table extends to 120”. The 2 tone top has a refined grain and shaped corners that perfectly complement the timeless trestle style base.
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THE GEOMETRIC TREE IS, like all great art, immediately arresting. And not easy to describe. An oak tree emerges from the bronze earth—tall, dark and angular. Its jagged branches—more like claws—reach out, black and grasping. The effect is haunting, that of something barren and forlorn. And, what’s more, it’s composed entirely of wood. The Geometric Tree is just one of many reclaimed wood art pieces decorating Craig Forget’s workshop in Essex. His workshop is every father’s dream. Separate from the rest of the house, with a built-in office and rock climbing wall. Craig pauses for a minute by the piece. “Recently, I’ve been working on these geometric tree sculptures. I literally cut hundreds of these triangle pieces and I let them do the
Clockwise from opposite: Craig Forget with The Oak Tree, one of his geometric trees; Sound Wave, another of Craig's pieces; a tree piece called Jeffery Pine; a Geometric Deer.
work. They let me go in the direction I want to go. It’s like I go in with a sort of vision, without knowing how it’s going to go, how that tree is going to be built. I just keep putting piece after piece after piece together. They’re time-consuming. They’ll take me anywhere from a week to three weeks to build. And that’s just the building process. Getting the wood, drying the wood. All the other stuff, that’s like a whole different backlog besides building the artwork. There’s a lot of work that goes into reclaimed wood.” Craig began spearheading this growing and emerging trend in the local arts community almost a decade ago. “I’ve been doing this full-time for about eight years now,” Craig estimates. “Before that, I was a finished carpenter for well over 23 years. I’ve been working with wood since I was a kid. Even after high school I worked in a woodshop building roof trusses. But I always had kind of an artistic view to things. When I was A u t u m n
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doing finished carpentry work on big houses you could do some elaborate woodwork on fireplaces.” After working in construction for 15 years, Craig was forced into an early retirement after developing tendonitis in both arms. “I had to quit construction,” Craig reports. “I couldn’t do it any more. I mean, with the combination of rock climbing full time and working construction I was abusing my body and I just couldn’t do it any more. I was like, I have to do something else.” Using his newfound free time, Craig began experimenting with reclaimed wood pieces using the remains of torn down barns. “I would find out about these barns that were taken down,” Craig reports. “And, at the time, the wood was free. They were just like, just take it, otherwise we’re gonna burn it. So I would go out with my truck and trailer and load up on this material. Back then I was building furniture, I was building mirrors and I just started dabbling into artwork. I wouldn’t even have called it artwork back then. It was kinda like wall décor, plaques, whatever you call it.” Craig’s talent and range grew exponentially. So much so that, in 2012, Craig was invited to do a show at Windsor’s Art in the Park festival. “It was a pretty good success,” Craig recalls. “Which was great. But it still wasn’t at the price point I wanted in order to make a living from it. Honestly, if you asked me back then if I could have done it full-time I would have told you, ‘Nah. I could probably make some side money, but never a good living.’ But it was kind of a down point in my career. So I decided to put all my focus into woodworking. I’m like, it’s been my passion since day one. It’s what I want to do. I’ll make it work.” Around that time, Craig experienced his first glut of serious success after launching his Etsy store. “Around the same time I did Art in the Park I launched my Etsy store. It was June 2012, I think. But with Etsy it takes time. You don’t just put something on there and then all of the sudden boom, boom, boom. But as the months progressed the more I was selling. And it wasn’t even necessarily furniture I was selling, it was the small pieces of art—the mirrors and the picture frames. They were flying off the shelves. And then I’m like, ‘Okay, if people like the artwork then let me come up
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with something else.’ I just put all my focus into the artwork.” Over the years, Craig has built up an impressive list of clientele. While he claims 90% of his artwork goes to the United States, he’s shipped pieces to clients in Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Germany and more. Some of his patrons even include high-profile educational institutions like Harvard and Kansas State University. In addition, Craig also provides his clients with all the tools and instructions they’ll need to install the artwork. “I send everything to make it just supereasy to install because I’m shipping these things out to people who may only own a screwdriver and maybe a hammer,” Craig laughs. “So I have to make it easy. And these pieces weigh a lot. I mean, most pieces weigh anywhere from 30-40 pounds. So, it’s like I have to make it easy for people to install them. And I definitely get good feedback. Some customers literally just get it to their house, and twenty minutes or an hour later they’re already sending me pictures. I’m like, holy! You guys don’t waste time!” The feedback is appreciated. As Craig states, creating reclaimed wood artwork is not easy. One of the most difficult parts of the process is actually finding the materials. “Over the years I’ve gathered a lot of connections from people who take down barns and old houses,” Craig explains. “So, a lot of times I’ll buy the wood from them. So they’ve taken it down, a lot of times they’ve de-nailed it and then it’s stored either in barns or in yards. Sometimes somebody might call me and say hey, we just took down this fence, do you want this wood? How much are you willing to pay for it?” Craig believes that using natural materials is what gives his pieces such a unique intersection between art and local history. “80-90% of the time I’m just trying to use the colors that are naturally aged from the wood,” Craig elaborates. “Whether it’s the different colours of greys or different colours of browns. And every now and then I’ll get some cool faded red pieces that will give me sunset looks, just from the way the hardwood was aged. But it’s hard to find that type of wood and I keep running out. You can’t replicate it. Just the way the iron oxide paint ages, and then you get this silver-gray in between the red. It’s something that you can only find on the southfacing or west-facing barns. The sides that get the most sun? Those are the money makers.” WLM Back to Contents
Resolving Plumbing and Wet Basement Problems for Your Peace Mind GROWING UP in his parents’ home, a Windsorite never knew a time when the basement was totally dry. There were only varying stages ranging from damp to flooded. When ownership of the family home passed to him, the man was determined to end the cycle and called in Dry-Rite Home Solutions. “The house’s foundation had been buckled for decades, allowing moisture to enter,” says Gary Quinn, owner of the independent business in Maidstone. “After we repaired the foundation and waterproofed, the basement dried out and has remained dampfree. The homeowner is really pleased.” In Riverside, “the basement of every house on a particular block always experienced water damage when widespread flooding occurred. One homeowner called us in. We installed a sump pump with a backup battery and a back-water valve. When a big storm hit last year, that house was the only one on the street that didn’t flood,” Gary says. While these are the typical results achieved locally by Dry-Rite, “owners of new and older homes have been so frustrated by flooding, they are skeptical that we can actually help them,” Gary observes. “Many don’t realize there are proven solutions that are also affordable. In fact, a lot of homes qualify for Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Programs offered to owners by the City of Windsor, Tecumseh and some other communities.” Serving Essex County for nine years now, the Dry-Rite team are experts in the problems home and business owners encounter. In addition to sump pump and back-water valve installation, the company also does basement waterproofing; slabjacking for sunken, cracked or lifted concrete floors, pads and patios; and foundation wall reinforcement. Complete plumbing services are available, as well. When property owners are confronted with a clogged drain, overflowing toilet or frozen pipes, Dry-Rite sends in its staff master plumbers to take care of all plumbing needs. From repairing and replacing burst pipes in an old house to installing plumbing in a new build, the company does it all. Micro cameras to inspect inside pipes, electric eels to bore through clogs and other sophisticated equipment assist the plumbers in doing a thorough job. Dry-Rite can provide the water heaters, boilers and in-floor heating systems the team installs. For the convenience of property owners, Dry-Rite just added interior home renovation services. “We’ve hired the general contracting team we used to recommend to our clients,” says Gary. “When you need skilled, reliable professionals to do drywall, tiling and more to complete your new or renovated kitchen, bathroom or finished basement, just make one call to Dry-Rite.” Fall is a good time to discuss home improvements. Before work begins, however, wet basements must be fixed. “We only use the highest quality products, like Delta and Blueskin Waterproofing Membranes and other interior and exterior waterproofing solutions, backed by a 10-year guarantee,” Gary says. Dry-Rite Home Solutions offers free, no-obligation estimates on all its services. When estimating basement waterproofing, the company provides a complimentary on-site inspection and a written solution. Clients are so pleased they have given Dry-Rite a 5-star Google review. The Better Business Bureau has rated the company A+. David of Windsor found, “Everything went as planned and my basement no longer leaks. Gary told us what he would do, gave me a timeline and price and stuck to it. I would certainly hire Dry-Rite again as they were very professional both on and off the job site.”
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Years of Developing, Designing and Constructing in Community WITH A DESK AND TYPEWRITER set up in a bedroom closet for Olivia and a 1969 Ford F-250 pickup truck for Vince, the couple was ready to open their family business. Vince and Olivia Rosati, both immigrants from Italy, founded Rosati Construction 50 years ago back in 1969. Little did they know at the time they were building the first blocks of the foundation of a long-term prosperous company that would lead to the Rosati Group building more than 15 million Sq. Ft. of commercial and industrial space in this region. Initially Olivia single handedly managed the office while Vince was focused in the field. They humbly began as a masonry contractor and evolved to becoming one of this area’s first Design-Build construction companies with a specialty in fast-track design-build turnkey construction solutions. Along their journey they had two sons, Tony and Nick who proudly took over the reins on January 1, 1999. At that time they together officially took ownership and moved to the forefront of the Rosati Group to continue their parent’s legacy. They both vowed to maintain their parent’s vision, philosophies and commitment to the highest integrity in business values. Since then, Tony and Nick have continued to build on the company reputation and brand and focus on key sectors such as Design Build, Construction Management, General Contracting, Machine Foundations, Butler Pre-engineered Building Systems and Industrial and Commercial Land Development and Leasing. What makes the Rosati Group so unique is that Tony and Nick have built an in-house Team complete with a full Engineering Department, Legal Counsel, Real Estate Agent, Masonry Division, Site Services Division and as well Foundation Crews. They have a Team member for every step of the way of any construction project or development, making the process faster and smoother.
Top to bottom: The first Rosati truck in 1969; staff photo from 1989; left to right are co-owners Nick and Tony Rosati, MPP Sandra Pupatello, with Founders Olivia and Vince Rosati celebrating Rosati’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.
“We have simply created a One-Stop-Shop for any construction project. Our customers enjoy being able to look only to us for accountably from the first sketch to the first shovel in the ground and right to handing over the keys,” Tony says. Another strong passion of the entire Rosati Family is that they all believe it is a very important to give back to the community. The Rosati Family Foundation have contributed funds and countless hours to many charitable causes over the years but there are a few closer ones to their hearts such as Transition to Betterness, Windsor Lifeline Outreach, Italian-Canadian Handicapable Association and Windsor Goodfellows. “We feel this community has embraced and supported us over the years and we strongly feel that we have a responsibility to help the people in it. We are fortunate enough to be in a position where we can give back and we are very proud to do so,” Nick says. As the company moves forward into its next chapter, the Rosati Group would like to extend a special THANK YOU to all our valued customers, sub-trades and the Rosati team of employees since the beginning in 1969, for believing in our vision and contributing to the success our company. “You are all the foundation of our success and for this we are extremely grateful,” said Tony and Nick Rosati.
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Capri Pizzeria - Check out our take-out menu and be tempted by our famous pizzas, great pastas, fresh salads and much more! Penny more, penny less, Capri Pizza is still the best! 3020 Dougall Ave. 519-969-6851 Casa Mia Ristorante - Experience authentic Italian food, local wines and homemade desserts served in a casual, completely handicap accessible setting. For many years, chef and owner Frank Puccio has been making lunch and dinner fresh to order. Gluten free options. Closed Sunday and Holidays. 519-728-2224 523 Notre Dame St., Belle River. Cramdon’s Tap and Eatery - South Windsor’s friendly gathering place. Offering great food at affordable prices. Satellite sports and billiards in a pub-like setting. www.cramdons.com 2950 Dougall Ave. 519-966-1228 Frank Brewing Company - FRANK is pure, straight-to-the-point, old-fashioned beer crafted with dedication and pride. Beer-loving folk enjoy FRANK's small-batch brews made with only four natural and simple ingredients: water, hops, grain and yeast; and foodies enjoy the small plates, pizzas and sandwiches for pairing, and all the peanuts you can shell. 12000 Tecumseh Rd. E., Tecumseh, ON 519-956-9822 Fratelli Pasta Grill - Offering flavour drenched “woodfire” grilled steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. A fresh and healthy selection of modern and time tested classics. Located behind McDonald’s on Manning Rd. in Tecumseh. Take-out, catering, private parties. For reservations call 519-735-0355. www.fratellipastagrill.com
Joe Schmoe’s Eats N’ Drinks - Family friendly restaurant in LaSalle. Handcrafted burgers, sandwiches and salads. Fresh ingredients and house made sauces. Local wines; 12 Ontario craft and commercial beers on tap. HDTVs. Fast, cheerful service. 5881 Malden Rd. (behind Rexall) 519-250-5522 www.eatatjoes.ca
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Clockwise from below: three photos of the floor demolition and reconstruction; a view from the tee; a functional beautiful reckroom for both players and spectators; enjoy a beverage while playing a round of golf at the custom built bar area.
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STORY BY DICK HILDEBRAND / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PIETRANGELO
OVER THE YEARS, golfers have tried just about everything to improve their games. Many have taken lessons. Others have spent thousands of dollars on magazines while some have bought strange looking devices that fit over various body parts and are designed to result in the perfect swing. Some even trade their clubs every year, hoping the new designs and changes in technology will straighten out errant shots and add yards to their drives. However, in LaSalle, a 46 year-old software developer has raised the bar to new heights. The homeowner is a family man. He and his wife have four daughters and lead a fairly normal life. Both are avid golfers. “I got into golf when I was 35,” he says, “and took it up basically out of frustration. Most of my friends played and I felt left out. It was more like I wanted to fit in…it was a social thing. But after A u t u m n
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path was a little out to in, etc.” The equipment includes a putting module for the launch monitor which provides valuable information on getting the ball into the cup. The screen itself is huge, measuring 12-feet wide and 10-feet high, about the same size as ones found in commercial establishments. Players can use every club in their bag and play the game with genuine balls. Special safeguards have also been installed to ensure that bad shots and stray golf balls don’t damage any part of the room. In the off-season, an instructor comes to the home regularly to provide lessons, while the owner uses his simulator every day. During the summer, the equipment is used less, since the owner spends a fair bit of his time on the course. As he says, “Even
Above: Controlling the simulator software is done through the secondary screen on the left.
though I started golfing about ten years ago, I didn’t really take it up until about 4 years ago. And since I got the simulator, my handicap has virtually been cut in half.” It now stands at 15 and he shoots anywhere between 85 and 90. By next season, his goal is to reduce the handicap to 10 which would represent scores in the very low 80s. The man’s family has a construction background, which proved to be a bonus in completing the ambitious project. “People thought I was nuts for doing this,” he says, “but when you know what’s under the floor and you take the correct steps, it really isn’t as bad as one might think. But I can totally understand how they feel, even though everything turned out fine.” One thing is certain. The simulator will never sit idle. Both the owner, his wife and one of their daughters use it regularly and on occasion friends will drop by for a game and some refreshments. The nice thing about it: he doesn’t charge admission! WLM Back to Contents
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Journey to India Taking Holy Cows and Painted Elephants in Stride STORY BY KAREN PATON-EVANS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAM AND BILL SENEY EDGING THEIR WAY TOWARD the holy Ganges River in northern India, two Windsor couples were caught up in an endless stream of Hindus on pilgrimage and attending the final passage of loved ones. “Imagine 200,000 people, like the city of Windsor, on one road. That was the most people I’d ever seen in my life. There were only a couple inches between people and bikes and tuk-tuks, yet we never saw anyone get hurt,” says Bill Seney.
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He and his wife, Pam, and friends Maria and Roger Bramhall didn’t encounter all of India’s nearly 1.4 billion residents while touring the country, but at times, it seemed possible. Home to approximately one-sixth of the people living on Earth, India is definitely bustling. The travelers were drawn to India by its ancient culture and modern vibe. Enriched by thousands of years evolving its mathematics, astronomy, architecture, literature, music and the fine
arts, India has entered a new era of innovation and for some, prosperity. While planning the trip, “we had all talked about wanting to see the Taj Mahal, the Pink City and the Ganges,” Roger says. Always up for adventure, in early spring 2018, the friends flew from Toronto to Dubai and on to Delhi for a 12-day tour of India. The country’s capital is divided into Old Delhi, the historic city that was the seat of Muslim rulers from the 1600s to 1857, and New Delhi, built in the early 1900s during the British Crown’s rule over much of India (lasting from 1858 to 1947). On Mar. 23, the Canadians entered Old Delhi to see the Red Fort, built of red sandstone in 1648. Ever since the nation secured its independence from Britain 72 years ago, the prime minister of India hoists the flag above the octagonal fort’s domes to celebrate Independence Day every Aug. 15. Further evidence of the architectural vision of 17th century Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, builder of the Red Fort and Taj Mahal, is
Clockwise from left: A Rajasthani dancer balances a fire bowl on her head as she entertains dinner guests; jauntily painted, an elephant carries passengers down the road; The Royal Gate of the Taj Mahal is built of red sandstone with semi-precious stones inlaid in the white marble; the 42 metre high arched India Gate in New Delhi commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who fought and died for the British Army during World War I; Windsorites Bill and Pam Seney and Maria and Roger Bramhall don traditional Indian garb to visit the Taj Mahal. Their beautiful wardrobes were gifts from Indian-Canadian friends living in Windsor. Millions of tourists annually visit the Taj Mahal, a memorial built of white marble and combining Indian, Persian and Islamic styles; boats carrying pilgrims, mourners and tourists float down the holy Ganges River flowing through Varanasi.
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the Jama Masjid mosque. Constructed of red sandstone adorned with white marble, the mosque can receive 25,000 people in its courtyard. Mahatma Gandhi, regarded as the father of the nation for leading India to independence, is remembered for his strategic nonviolent civil disobedience. Raj Ghat, a black marble memorial platform glowing with an eternal flame, was raised on the spot where he was cremated on Jan. 30, 1948, a day after his assassination. The Canadians paid their respects to the activist who continues to inspire global civil rights movements. In a land rich in Indo-Islamic architecture, the travelers wondered how high a minaret would go. They learned firsthand at the Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the planet’s tallest stands 73 metres. Pausing the cultural tour for a retail break, the Bramhalls and Seneys caught rides on bicycle tuk-tuks through Chandni Chowk, an old bazaar with twisted alleys crammed with traditional artisans selling their wares. A five-hour drive next day brought the travelers to Agra, the medieval city that boasts the Taj Mahal. Before seeing the masterpiece, they did an architectural warmup with a visit to the Baby Taj, the Tomb of
Itmad-Ud-Daulah, thought to be a draft for the Taj Mahal. Rising early on Mar. 25, the Canadians dressed carefully in the colourful long tunics, trousers and scarves worn throughout India. “Our beautiful outfits were given to us by Indian friends in Windsor. We felt glamourous and comfortable,” Pam says. “They helped us feel like we fitted in with everybody as we partook of the culture.” The special outfits were donned in honour of the visit to the Taj Mahal. “We were so pumped to go!” Maria says. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj turned rose and gold in the rising sun’s rays, delighting the Canadians standing before its white marble walls. Construction of the Taj mausoleum began in 1632, with 20,000 workers labouring for nearly seven years. The octagonal tomb is harmoniously balanced with arches and minarets, culminating in a huge dome rising above the centre. “The intricacy of the craftsmanship inside and out is very interesting, with ornate marble carvings on the walls, ceilings— everywhere,” Roger says. Filigreed marble screens, panels and other features are inlaid
with 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones. “When the sunlight shines through the coloured stones, it’s dazzling.” “The Taj was originally built to withstand earthquakes. It’s an engineering marvel,” Bill notes. Surviving wars, plundering and periods of neglect, the Taj’s modern threats are environmental. To help control the acid rain that is turning the white marble yellow, the Indian government has regulated emissions by establishing the Taj Trapezium Zone, a 10,400-square-kilometre area surrounding the mausoleum. By this point of the journey, Pam was feeling overwhelmed by the presence of so many people and eager to meet four-legged residents, preferably with orange fur and black stripes. The friends went on two safaris in the Ranthambore National Park, a tiger reserve between the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges. “We saw all the tiger food: various deer, jackals, mongoose, owls, crocodiles, blue bull antelope, langar monkeys and tigers’ favourite food - sambar deer,” Roger says. “Sadly, we only got a glimpse of the backend of a tigress as she walked into a bush,” says Pam. “Royal Bengal tigers are very solitary and so it’s not easy to spot them
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on safari. They’re very elusive. We waited hours and hours hoping the tigress would come back out. It was also very hot, one of the reasons the tigers weren’t out and about.” Animals that would startle Windsorites if they spotted them meandering along Tecumseh Road were commonplace in India’s rural villages and huge urban centres. Pam was thrilled to see camels and monkeys all over the place, including a herd of wild camels clomping together near Jaipur. “In every city we were in, cows had the right of way. They are considered sacred by Hindus, who comprise about 80 percent of the country’s population,” says Roger. With six million cows roaming freely in India, “residents collect cow pies, dry them on the roadside and then burn them as fuel. That heats a lot of homes.” “The cows are well-fed. We didn’t see any skinny ones. There were also piles of offerings that people left in little temples,” Maria says. “The smell of incense was everywhere.” Elephants painted with colourful motifs are a slow mode of transportation in Jaipur, the Pink City. Observing that Jaipur is a soft, earthen pink, “not Barbie pink,” Pam was charmed by the tale of the maharaja ordering the entire city to be painted pink,
the colour of hospitality, to welcome the Prince of Wales when he visited in 1876. By law, residents must keep painting their town pink to this day. The Bramhalls and Seneys toured Jaipur in tuk-tuks. “We went to artisan shops where they handmake carpets, tables inlaid with mother-of-pearl and jewellery with semiprecious stones. The workmanship is unbelievable,” Roger says. While Pam loaded up on metal and glass bangles, Bill purchased an oil painting of tigers. He recalls, “I was here on business 30 years ago. Much has dramatically improved. They now have buildings instead of tents for stores.” Enticed by tailors to have custom suits made, Roger and Bill were pleased when their new clothes were delivered next day to their hotel. “The suits fit perfectly and we’re very happy with the quality,” Roger says. Open to new experiences, the friends traveled to Varanasi (also called Kashi), an ancient, cultural city on the Ganges River. It is a sacred city in Hinduism and Jainism, calling to pilgrims from around the globe. “Pious Hindus believe that to be cremated on the banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death,” Roger says. “Their ashes are
scattered in the river.” Stone slab steps called ghats line the riverbank. Most are reserved for the devout as they pray and ritually bathe. Other ghats are for open air cremations and are alight with funeral pyres continuously burning. “We saw bereaved families waiting their turn on the steps,” Bill says. “It was an experience we’re not used to, but very interesting.” Visiting the ghats at night, the Bramhalls and Seneys were transfixed by the impact of prayers, fragrant oils and flowers. They returned in the morning to board one of the many small boats on the river. On their last night in India, the friends attended a dinner show, where dancers performed with multiple bowls stacked on their heads. “The top bowls were aflame,” Maria says. “We loved eating Indian food, so flavourful and spicy,” says Bill. “Roger and I became very adventurous and enjoyed the experience.” “We’re all glad we went,” Pam says. “We know now why they call it Incredible India.” On the way home, the friends paused for a week in modern, mesmerizing Dubai. Their travels are being featured in an upWLM coming issue of Windsor Life. Back to Contents
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SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 21: You are due for a promotion. However, it does not come easily. It will not be handed to you on a silver platter. Effort that you put into your position is important for you to follow up and make sure that you have all the dots connected. Sometimes you may not be given the credit you deserve.
CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 20: It is time to fix it, whatever it is. When you did not think it would, everything seems to start falling into place. You planted the seeds. Now they begin to grow, adding strength and energy from a good foundation. This is a good time to act. Keep your eye on the ball. React and then act again.
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COOKING AT HOME JOHN AND ANITA LIVIERO, SOOTERS PHOTOGRAPHY In the Liviero home, “Sunday is Pizza Day,” says John, owner of Sooter’s Photography. He and his wife, Anita, fire up their outdoor pizza oven in warm seasons and the kitchen oven in winter. “ We enjoy cooking pizza as a family. Occasionally, we invite friends over. It’s something we can do quickly that is also very good.” The self-taught pizzamakers set out healthy ingredients to create personal pizzas. “My teenage son likes his with ham, tomatoes and mushrooms. My daughter who is 20 just likes cheese and sauce. Everybody loves the Nutella pizza, which I serve with espresso. The flavours just go together.”
Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Ingredients: • 1 cup warm water • 1 teaspoon instant yeast • 1 teaspoon sugar • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon salt To flavour dough, add dry spices to taste.
Above: Nutella Pizza. Using a grapefruit size amount of dough, roll it to desired thickness. Spread with Nutella and toppings of your choice. The Liviero family used fresh blueberries and sprinkled the pie with powdered sugar. Cook until crust is golden brown. Right: Prosciutto Pizza. Follow above steps and add toppings of your choice. The pizza shown is made with prosciutto, mozzarella and stewed tomato paste.
Instructions: In a bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until the mixture foams on top, about 5 minutes. In a food processor, attach the plastic blade or dough hook. Combine flour and salt on low speed. Increase speed to medium and add the yeast mixture. When ingredients form a soft ball, remove dough from the mixing bowl and knead for a few minutes on a floured surface prepared to prevent sticking. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in a warm, draft-free area. Cut the dough in half. Use the pizza dough immediately or refrigerate it (less than 48 hours). Or put it in an airtight bag and freeze for future use. Bake in a preheated pizza oven at 500˚F for approximately 5 minutes or a preheated kitchen oven at 475˚F for approximately 10 minutes. Makes 2 small to medium pizzas. Back to Contents
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Rocking the Sci-fi World with Unique Story-Telling Talents MATT BHANKS WAS BORN IN TORONTO. His family moved to Windsor when he was 3 years old. “I’m 25 now,” he says, “and I like it here, although I’d always be willing to go back to Toronto because of the larger population and greater career opportunities.” He holds an honors degree in Communications, Media and Film from the University of Windsor. An accomplished artist and prolific writer, Matt is the author of four ‘Master Defenders’ books that have garnered a wide appeal over the last 6 years. Blessed with an incredible imagination and a talent for telling a story, Matt unwittingly began his quest for literary excellence at the tender age of 4, the same year he developed an interest in drawing. He loved drawing Batman and Sonic the Hedgehog and as he says, “I was pretty good at it.” By the age of 5, he had expanded his artistic horizons and developed his own character, ‘Canavin’, an alien who happens to be the central character in his novels. “I also grew up watching a lot of sci-fi, adventure, action films, which obviously had an effect on what I’m doing now,” he says, “a very strong, positive effect too.” Those younger years in Windsor were a fun time for Matt. In addition to his love of drawing, he enjoyed playing basketball and video games… “average kid stuff, which is pretty much what I do now, except most of my days are spent writing and being an entrepreneur.” He also works part-time to make sure he has enough money to pay the bills. He began writing during elementary school, but by the time he had reached the age of 10, his endeavors began showing real advancement and he became more serious about it. His first ‘Master Defenders’ novel started taking shape when he was about 18 as a grade 12 student at St. Joseph’s High. It began life as a short story for one of his English classes. “I did pretty well with it”, he says, “so I decided to expand it and turn it into an actual book – something I was very passionate about doing. So I put all my stories together into about 300 pages. I started in April of 2012 and finished late in July the following year.”
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His main inspiration, he says, was the first of ‘The Avengers’ movies which was released at the time. Knowing nothing about the publishing business, Matt got together with an editor and the two of them polished and tweaked the manuscript until its release late in July the following year. He says it’s a classic sci-fi story and can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. The second book in the series grew to about 350 pages because the stories kept getting “bigger and bigger” and the situations became more intense. The third book is larger still at more than 400 pages, while the fourth and final edition is a doozie, something akin to a Stephen King effort at around 600 pages. “It was actually longer than that, but I took out 200 pages.” He’s currently working on Volume 5, because the stories “just won’t quit, as each conflict grows.” At the same time, he’s considering some short stories and is always hoping that his books could eventually be turned into a series of movies of tv shows. One of his closest friends would like to see the books’ characters turned into a series of video games. ‘Master Defenders’ are sci-fi action novels featuring many diverse characters in two alliances who are searching for rocks that give off wave-lengths to aliens, who in turn threaten civilization. And, it’s up to the heroes to prevent this from happening. Each volume, in turn, then presents more plots and sub-plots as the intensity grows. Matt never plans out a book, a task he describes as impossible. He simply starts writing and lets the story develop through his mind. As he says, “all you need is the main idea and trust your brain to develop and move the story forward.” BOOK 1 is simply titled Master Defenders. It introduces readers to the main characters and sets up the plots. “Seeing every hero together made their thoughts speak bold words of encouragement. Together we are powerful”. BOOK 2…‘Codes of Corruption’, continues the story but delves deeper into the plot. ‘“Canavin gawked up at the others. They all had related sentiments, believing in the final key to save the city and eventually the world. Canavin intensely eyed all of them and said, ‘We defend.’ They nodded, finding their last bit of faith and courage.’ BOOK 3…‘Shields of Hope’. Primarily designed for older readers, this volume continues the story, growing in intensity. ‘“What if…” his mind pondered. “No it can’t be,” he said out loud. Canavin
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calmed his power and stored his energy back inside. He moved his hand to punch in letters. As he finished, there was an instant arduous ringing that lasted five seconds.’ BOOK 4… ‘Origins of Anarchy’ is an excellent prelude to Volume 5 which Matt is currently writing. Recommended for ages beginning at 12, the book provides some answers to questions raised in the previous three novels, but leaves the door open to more. ‘Moabero was in awe, seeing the blue and black armoured master. Star-Pix illuminated in the night sky, reflecting off the eye visors of his notable mask. His full body appeared like a supernatural defender. Most importantly he had three antlers, resembling his true alien origin.’ The demand for Matt’s books continues to grow, as more teenagers absorb themselves in the stories, which generally have a moral backbone. Some of these kids have been reluctant to pick up a book, but have now become avid readers. Many parents have praised the young author for his work and the fact that he’s inspired their kids to actually enjoy reading. He’s a regular guest at various schools in the area as he encourages young people to read. He says one of his most rewarding visits was at the Queen Elizabeth elementary school in Leamington in April for ‘World Book Day’. While he sees the demographic for his books starting at the age of 10 and moving on up to older adults, he has sold quite a number of volumes to 60 year olds and 8 year-olds. Sales have been brisk and Matt can often be found at local festivals. One of his biggest thrills came about two years ago at the Windsor Comicon when Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars fame took an interest in the books and actually bought one. Each book with color illustrations done mainly by the author, with artistic contributions from his brother Malcolm, sells for $35, while black and white versions go for $25. Discounts are available for purchases of multiple volumes. In addition to the personal sales, which Matt prefers, ‘Master Defenders’ can be bought at the University of Windsor book store and is available as an e-book on Amazon.ca and Google Play. Matt’s books are designed to be read. His characters, alone, have some of the most imaginative names and the plots, with their underlying sub-plots, will keep lovers of science fiction and action engrossed for hours. And, like one particular brand of potato chips, you can’t have just one. Read the first book and you’ll have to get the other three while anxiously waiting for number 5. WLM Back to Contents
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SMALL BUSINESS MONTH Fifth Annual WindsorEssex Shop Local Show The month of October calls to mind several things. The changing of the seasons. Thanksgiving. Halloween. And, thanks to the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, Small Business Month. For nearly 30 years, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre has been helping small business entrepreneurs reach for the stars. “We exist to provide support services to new and existing small businesses in the Windsor-Essex region,” Sabrina DeMarco, the Executive Director of the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, explains. “We provide a number of resources including business development workshops and micro-startup programs, as well as one-on-one consulting with new and existing business owners about their proposed ventures. We help them navigate rules and regulations, funding sources, business planning—all the information they need to start a business.” Last year the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre facilitated over 200 workshops, along with over 1300 business consultations. The Small Business Centre has helped create 360 jobs from over 130 business startups and 50 business expansions. Some notable success stories include Cedar Valley Selections, Healthy Mama, Little Foot Foods, The Art Lab, GreenerBins Composting Company and many, many more. The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre also maintains a special focus on youth entrepreneurship, thanks to the growing trend of self-employment. “We do outreach to area high schools, colleges and the universities,” DeMarco states. “We run a number of programs to help young entrepreneurs test the waters.”
One program the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre has recently wrapped up is Summer Company. The program, geared towards students ages 18 to 29, teaches young entrepreneurs how to start and manage their own business. Each participant is given up to $3,000 in startup money to kick-off a new business, as well as hands-on business training. “We give them the opportunity to start their own business during the summer months,” DeMarco explains. “They receive guidance and mentorship at the Small Business Centre, as well as ongoing training in marketing and sales. It’s a really fun program. We get to meet a lot of enterprising young adults.” On October 25th, from 5 to 9 pm, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre will be hosting their fifth annual Windsor-Essex Shop Local Show at the Fogolar Furlan Club. “The event showcases the vibrancy of the small business community and the importance of supporting local small businesses,” DeMarco states. “We’re expecting about 50 small business vendors. It’s grown leaps and bounds since we launched it. We’re really proud of the fact that many of our vendors have been with us since the beginning of the show in 2015. That tells us that we’re doing something good and that these businesses are really benefitting from being part of our show.” Vendor exhibitor fees are priced at $150. Small and medium-sized businesses interested in attending can apply at windsoressexsmallbusiness.com. The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre operates as a department of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
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IN HONOUR OF THE ONES WE LOVE SUPPORTING PATIENTS WITH CANCER AND OTHER LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES! Community Based. Community Focused. Community Funded. WINDSOR HAS ALWAYS BEEN a very giving community. However, no charity exemplifies that generosity better than Anita Imperioli and In Honour of the Ones We Love. In Honour of the Ones We Love is a charitable fundraising organization dedicated to supporting patients afflicted with life-threatening illnesses. Despite originally focusing on oncology services, In Honour of the Ones We Love has since expanded to include all types of traumatic illnesses that impact patients and their families. The charity was founded in 1998 by Anita Imperioli after losing her son, Michael to cancer. “I had lost a child to cancer,” Anita recalls. “We wanted to enhance Windsor’s cancer patient care services as much as possible. But over the years our focus has expanded to include all health challenges for patients.” In Honour of the Ones We Love has become one of WindsorEssex’s most prolific charities. Over the last 22 years, the charity has completed many projects, starting with the creation of a blood lab. Teresa Silvestri, a member of In Honour of the Ones We Love, recalls that when her father was going through chemotherapy he would sometimes have to wait for four or five hours before he got his bloodwork results. In Honour’s first project was a glowing success. The blood lab provides more efficient processing for inpatient and outpatient care, while also allowing for more immediate response testing in biochemistry, hematology and transfusion medicine.
“We do specific equipment and program-based projects,” explains Laura Imperioli, Anita’s daughter. “Things that directly impact and relate to any individual going through life-threatening illnesses. We didn’t shut the doors when the oncology services increased. We expanded our service and scope and mission statement.” However, when asked about her proudest accomplishment, Laura mentions Play McGivney, where children and youth with special needs and their families can play together in an accessible and welcoming environment. Inclusion is the main focus of the playground’s design. While still funding the programs already established by In Honour, Anita has currently turned her attention towards mental health. In Honour of the Ones We Love recently hosted a fundraiser with BK Cornerstone to view a beautiful new home. In early 2018, BK Cornerstone began building a home with the intention of giving the proceeds to benefit mental health care for the community. “Our intention was that when the house was done we’d have a few events here over the summer for charity and then we’d sell it off,” Ben Klundert, president of BK Cornerstone, explains. “We wanted to raise money for mental illness. There’s currently a lack of funding for it. It’s this big animal that nobody can put their arms around. We thought if we could create an impact that would get the ball rolling.”
Proceeds from the 2019 Charity Golf Classic were donated to Maryvale
“The funds raised here will be going to In Honour of the Ones We Love, which we will in turn be giving back to mental health,” Anita states. “The support here is amazing. It’s just phenomenal that something like this is happening in our community.” In addition, on July 15th, In Honour of the Ones We Love hosted their annual 2019 Charity Golf Classic at the Essex Golf & Country Club. Over the course of the day’s proceedings, they collected $50,000 in donations. Anita presented Maryvale with the cheque herself. Maryvale is a children’s mental health treatment centre in Windsor, where adolescents aged 13 to 17 experiencing significant psychological and mental distress can receive assistance from a team of experts. Maryvale provides a number of programs, including counselling services, the Positive Parenting Program and the Acute Care Mental Health Hospital Program. The organization currently employs five full-time child psychiatrists. “Mental health for kids is not the same as mental health for adults,” Connie Martin, Maryvale’s Executive Director, explains. “With kids it’s anything significant that’s going to keep them from being successful later in life. We get a lot of high school students. We get a lot of kids with tremendous talent who have hit a wall. They can be so depressed that they’re actually suicidal. You get kids that are limited in a number of ways. They’re upset. They’re acting out.” The demand for Maryvale services has proven taxing. The wait list for treatment is currently 10 months long. However, thanks to In Honour of the Ones We Love, the money will go towards staffing, which will significantly diminish the wait time required for their services. Gordon Orr, a board member at Maryvale, was incredibly moved by the donation. “I thank Anita from the bottom of my heart,” Gordon states. “She’s a woman that takes action. She’s a woman that wants to better this community. And that need, desire and passion comes from a place of tremendous loss and love for her and the people she’s surrounded herself with. So we’d like to say thank you very much.”
What’s more, In Honour of the Ones We Love does not show any signs of slowing down. “In Honour is going in so many different directions,” Anita states. “We are focusing on children’s mental health at this time. But, of course, we look at everything. Every day we look at what is needed in our community, and that’s what we focus on. If the need is there, we focus on it. Because that’s what we’re here to do for our community.”
For information about volunteering for In Honour of the Ones We Love
Please call 519-972-0083 Anita at 519-791-8633 or email email@example.com
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CALENDAR september/october 2019
SEPTEMBER Friday, 20 RENDEZ-VOUS VOYAGEUR
Till Saturday. First Nations, French and Métis cultures of the 1600s to 1700s come to life during Rendez-Vous Voyageur, a historical commemoration with jigging, drumming and other live music, re-enactments, voyageur encampments, ancient lacrosse demonstration, traditional cuisine, pyro musical fireworks show and more. Gil Maure Park, 1180 Front Rd., LaSalle. 10 am to 4 pm, Fri.; 10 am to 9 pm, Sat. Free. 519-969-7770, ext. 1235. lasalle.ca. Saturday, 21 CHILDREN’S FEST
Till Sunday. Co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) and the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association, the 25th Annual Children’s Fest is designed for kids ages 12 and under, with live entertainment, costumed characters, hands on activities, sports, games, science experiments, wellness zone, dog shows and more. Central Park Athletics, 3400 Grand Marais Rd. E., Windsor. 10 am to 5 pm both days. $5 per person; children two and under enter free. 519-253-6382. Facebook: Children's Fest Windsor. DROPPED ON DROUILLARD URBAN FEST
The Ford City crew has packed a load of action into Dropped on Drouillard Urban Fest, with BMX Stunt Team Krusher putting on a street show; street artists producing live mural art; 20 local bands playing on two sound stages; craft beer tents and more. 1000 block of Drouillard Road, Windsor. 2 to 11 pm. Facebook: Dropped on Drouillard. FLAGS OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
Veterans Voices of Canada is raising 128 full sized Canadian flags in Windsor’s Flags of Remembrance Ceremony, honouring the 128,000 Canadian military and RCMP killed and missing in action and service personnel lost in armed conflict from the Boer War to current missions. Assumption Park, Riverside Dr. W. 1:30 to 2:30 pm. All are welcome. 403-358-6313. vetvoicecan.org. Sunday, 22 SEIZE THE DAY 5K RUN / 2.5K WALK
Raising funds for epilepsy education, support and community engagement programs for the Windsor-Essex area, Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario is hosting its 3rd annual
Seize the Day 5k Run / 2.5k Walk, followed by a community barbecue. Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex, 2121 Laurier Pkwy., LaSalle. Starting 10:30 am. epilepsyswo.ca/seize-the-day-windsor. THE KIDNEY WALK
The Kidney Walk’s participants and sponsors will help fund programs and services for people living with kidney disease in Ontario. Riverside Sportsmen Club, 2017, 10835 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor. Beginning at 8:30 am. kidney.akaraisin.com. DAVID’S STORY
The MacLellan family is hosting David’s Story, a family event that brings awareness of homelessness and raises funds so the Downtown Mission – Windsor Youth Centre can continue programs for young people in community. Pasta dinner, cash bar, 50/50 draws, raffle and live entertainment. Moose Lodge, 777 Tecumseh Rd W., Windsor. 1 to 7 pm. $20 per adult; $10 per child under age 10. 519-973-5573. Windsoryouthcentre. Thursday, 26 EXCELLENCE IN FOCUS
Till Sun., Oct. 20. Paintings by Nancy A. Bauer and photo art by Linda Monin form their joint exhibition, Excellence in Focus. The Gibson Gallery, 140 Richmond St., Amherstburg. 11 am to 5 pm, Thurs. to Sun. only. Gallery admission is free. 519-736-2826. gibsonartgallery.com. Friday, 27 GHOST TOURS
Also Sat., Sept. 28, Fri., Oct. 18 and Sat., Oct. 19. Spooks reportedly residing in the 250-year-old Park House Museum may be glimpsed by candlelight during guided Ghost Tours. Park House Museum, 214 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg. 6 to 10 pm. $10 per person; tours must be reserved and paid in advance. 519-736-2511. parkhousemuseum.com. AMHERSTBURG UNCOMMON
Till Sunday. For all ages, Amherstburg Uncommon weaves wizardry, art, music, dance, aerial display, magic, Teapot Race, Cosplay, STEM-based activities in the WFCU Innovation Pavilion and more, inspired by Harry Potter and the steampunk genre. The Kings Navy Yard Park, Toddy Jones Park and downtown Amherstburg. 4 to 10 pm, Fri.; noon to 10 pm, Sat.; and noon to 6 pm, Sun. Free event. Fantastic Feast ticket is $75. 519-730-1309. visitamherstburg.ca/uncommon.
Saturday, 28 RUTHVEN APPLE FESTIVAL
Till Sunday. Starring all things apple, the 40th annual Ruthven Apple Festival is for everyone with non-stop music and entertainment, children’s rides, more than 100 craft and food vendor booths and a Farmers Market with local produce. The classic car show is on Sunday. The host, Community Living Essex County, has earmarked event proceeds for the purchase and maintenance of wheelchair accessible vehicles for local people with disabilities. Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, 1550 Road 3 E., Ruthven. Free admission and parking. For schedule, check with 519-776-6483, ext. 246 or communitylivingessex.org/events/ruthven-applefestival. OCTOBER Wednesday, 16 NOT MY KID: MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION
Windsor Essex Community Health Centre and the Community Support Centre of Essex County are presenting Not My Kid: Mental Health & Addiction, a community forum providing warning signs and risk factors for substance use; lived experiences; system navigation of community supports and law enforcement perspective. Atlas Tube Centre, 447 Renaud Line Rd., Belle River. 6 pm start; Naloxone training is available at 5:30 and 8 pm. Free. 519-253-8481. notmykid2019.eventbrite.com. Friday, 18 WINDSOR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Till Sunday. Evoking the spirit of the 1880s, the Windsor Craft Beer Festival is an oldfashioned neighbourhood party that showcases craft brewers from Ontario and the U.S. Hosts WindsorEats and Motor Craft Ales are pouring on the fun with entertainment, local culinaria, craft beers and even an ode to beer. Willistead Park, 1899 Niagara Rd., Windsor. 5 to 11 pm both days. Ticket price is $27 to $54. windsorbeerfestival.com. Saturday, 19 TOGETHER FOR THE KIDS: AT ALLSOP FARM PUMPKINS & MORE
Warty Goblins, classic orange and loads of other pumpkin varieties are being sold at Allsop Farm Pumpkins & More, with a portion of sales donated to the Windsor Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre to support vulnerable young people in community. Kids entering the colouring contest may win a prize. 195 Rd. 3 E., Kingsville. 10 am to 4 pm. Back to Contents
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Investment in Math Education Adding Up to Students’ Success EVERYONE IS A MATH PERSON – even the people who struggled with long division or didn’t score high grades in math class. Those are the research findings driving a progressive and evolving approach to teaching and learning math launched by the Greater Essex County District School Board. “People who were good at memorization were usually considered good at math. They could recite the multiplication table, yet most didn’t have a conceptual understanding of what they were doing,” says Kyle Pearce, the public school board’s math consultant for kindergarten through grade 12. “I was one of those students. I had memorized what 12 x 12 was but couldn’t add on another dozen to figure out 12 x 13.” The school board and its educators are determined to take students “beyond regurgitation of information” and help them become truly “proficient in mathematics,” Kyle says. Four years ago the school board created the GECDSB Math Task Force, comprised of trustees, classroom educators, school administrators, parent/guardian representatives, central office staff, community and university experts and university students. “We came together to learn ourselves what it means to be good at math. We looked at how students learn and examined research to see what worked. Then we created our Math Vision,” says Kyle. The Math Vision is “to provide mathematics education that engages and empowers students through collaboration, communication, inquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving in order to support each student’s learning and nurture a positive attitude towards mathematics.” “The idea is to develop a truly proficient student who acquires procedural knowledge, conceptual understanding, adaptive reasoning, strategic competence and also a positive disposition toward mathematics,” says Clara Howitt, GECDSB program superintendent. To advance 21st century learners, educators are turning to new ways to teach mathematics that are rooted in the basics while also going beyond fundamentals toward excellence. “Back in the day, we emphasized modelling problems using the I do, we do, you do model. That still has its place at times, when we teach procedural math techniques,” Kyle says. Research indicates that young students learn best by using concrete materials, playing, modelling and visualizing mathematical concepts. That is The I do and I understand model. “We’re putting rich resources into the hands of students to support them in their learning, whether they be manipulatives, textbooks or virtual tools. A huge investment has been made so every classroom has math kits appropriate to each age level and students have resources at their fingertips,” Clara says. Arithmetic racks, square tiles, connecting cubes, 10-frames, base-10 blocks, relational rods and algebra tiles enable students to put math in action. Digital tools include Zorbit’s Math Adventure designed for
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kindergarten to grade 3 students to play on their school’s or personal iPads, Chromebooks or computers. The game-based app sends kids on intriguing quests that make math fun and accessible. Kyle explains, “The app has tracking features for teachers so they can identify where students are in their learning journey, target intervention wherever they are struggling and implement next steps.” Ensuring teachers are educated in new instruction methods, “math teams are established in every school to run professional development for teachers, support students and build content knowledge,” says Kyle, who provides model lessons and coaching for “teachers looking to take math class deeper.” “Proficiencies are at the core of what we are trying to achieve in the classroom. We are learning what it means to be proficient ourselves as educators. The process will take time. A 10-year journey is likely ahead for teachers,” Kyle says. Families are fellow passengers on that journey. With the shared goal of taking a young person grappling with numbers and equations to enjoying playing with math concepts and understanding answers, Clara believes, “It’s important for us to develop and foster partnerships with our families to support mathematics learning with all of our students.” Parents and caregivers can stay connected conveniently through the printed school newsletters and the Edsby online engagement tool which gives them confidential access to their kid’s progress. Much more than a subject to pass, math is a vital component in a young person’s development. Learning and using mathematics develops the brain’s ability to think critically, creatively and flexibly. Acquiring math skills increases self-confidence and helps prepare students for the workforce and adult life. “I’m extremely proud of the work our public board has done toward our common goal of math proficiency,” says Clara. “We are moving in the right direction to support student learning. There has been a really positive reception from our staff and our students are now highly engaged in learning math.”
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