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Good hearing is essential to living a full, enjoyable life. Yet hearing loss affects a large number of Canadians – more than 1 million adults. Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing and prevalent chronic conditions in Canada.

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• Difficulty understanding certain parts of words • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves • Turning the television or radio volume up higher than most others would find comfortable • Difficulty understanding words in noisy environments • Trouble hearing certain people like women or children

Your Hearing Test: A hearing test is painless and simple to take. The audiologist will take a detailed case history. They will then look into your ears to check for things like excessive wax or other issues, then check on your middle ear status using specialized equipment called tympanometry. This can tell us if there are other abnormalities like fluid in the ear or a perforated eardrum for example. The hearing test itself consists of earphones worn where the patient presses a button whenever they hear tones. These tones vary in pitch and intensity, but are softer than the level of conversational speech. The test can tell us many things about your hearing, including whether it is a permanent or medically treatable type of loss. The results are explained in a way that applies to the person’s lifestyle in terms of the particular difficulties that type or severity of loss might affect the patient. Treatment options are discussed and recommendations/other referrals may be made at that time.

People are always interested to find out what things they would have particular trouble hearing. It is always good to have regular hearing tests as hearing loss occurs so gradually over time that it can be difficult to perceive a decrease.

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Publisher’s Note As I write this the calendar says April but it feels like the 106th day of January. Fat snowflakes are piling up on our deck. Noting the crust of ice that is forming everywhere, I’m considering not opening the pool and using it as a skating rink instead this summer. If that season ever decides to show its sunny face, that is. I have to tell you, right now it feels a bit odd to edit articles that encourage our readers to head outside, arrange the patio furniture and start planting green, growing things. One family in Lakeshore is eager to do all of that and more. Ron and Svetlana and their two young daughters, Emelia and Mya, were able to enjoy their completely renovated backyard for the first time last summer. Their property is incredible. The parents prepare meals in the fully equipped outdoor kitchen while chatting with the kids lounging in the adjacent great room, designed with a stone feature wall displaying a fireplace and TV designed for outside use. After jumping into their inground pool or unwinding in the hot tub, family members can rinse off in the outdoor shower or the gorgeous bathroom attached to the pool house. Check out their story and photos in this issue and be inspired. To unearth other ways that professional landscape companies are transforming yards, Windsor Life made the annual trek to Toronto to cover Canada Blooms, the nation’s largest flower and garden festival. Every year, I believe the landscape designs become more inventive. Essex and Kent County landscapers and gardening supply retailers are on top of emerging trends, helping homeowners define and achieve their own personal style of outdoor living. Hopefully, by the time this May/June Inside Out issue of Windsor Life lands in your hands, spring will have sprung at last. Before we know it, we’ll be cranking up the air conditioning. Update: As we go to press the forecast for the next few days has us reaching a high of 18C/65F. That’s better! Oh yes, and last night we had an earthquake. What next? Sincerely,

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ROLE REVERSAL HOW TO MANAGE COSTS WHEN CARING FOR AGING PARENTS CANADA’S SENIORS OUTNUMBER the country’s children. The 2016 Census, which counted 5.9 million people aged 65 and over and 5.8 million people aged 14 and under, was the first to reveal this shift.1 That’s in part because people are living longer. The fastest growing age group was people over age 100.2 The growing aging population brings health care challenges, and associated costs, in large part to adult children. One estimate pegs the cost to Canadians of caring for aging parents at $33 billion every year, factoring in both out-of-pocket spending and time away from work. Out-of-pocket spending alone averages $3,300 annually for every caregiver who is contributing financially to a parent’s care.3 For seniors who are considering or require accommodation outside the family home, costs may include the following4: • Independent living: $1,400 to $1,500 monthly • Assisted living: $1,500 to $5,000 monthly • Around-the-clock care: $2,500 to $8,000 monthly

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For seniors who prefer to stay in their own home, there may be expenses associated with home renovations to improve access and safety which may include: • Personal care worker: $20 to $30 hourly • Registered nurse: $40 to $69 hourly • Live-in caregiver: $1,900 to $3,500 monthly • Electric hospital bed: $3,000 to $5,000 • Scooter: $2,400 to $5,000 • Walker: $100 to $450 • Bath lift: $1,200, etc. The good news is that adult children and their parents can work together to prepare for potential expenses. Focusing on budgeting, short term and long term planning, insurance protection and tax strategies can go a long way to putting a plan in place.

I can help you understand, evaluate and prepare. 1Statistics Canada, Canada [Country] and Canada [Country] (table), Census Profile, 2016 Census, Statistics Canada Catalogue

no. 98-316-X2016001, released August 2, 2017, 3Yves Decady and Lawson Greenberg, “Ninety years of change in life expectancy.” Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-624-X, last modified

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In This Issue What new trail will you blaze this spring? Our Inside Out issue of Windsor Life is your map to fresh experiences. Journey vicariously on these pages and then get out there and make your own travel stories. The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) forged new territory when concerned residents came together a century ago. Read about the club’s highlights. Follow in their footsteps by walking in the new Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza and Centennial Hub. A more in-depth look at the hub and the community trails it connects is in our article on the local rails-to-trails movement. Windsor Life congratulates Essex Region Conservation Authority and its partners on their 20-year commitment. Globe-hopping Pam and Bill Seney are back from South America. Our three-part series begins with the Argentina leg of their tour. Melissa Lyons was vacationing in Thailand last year when she was suddenly inspired to draft I Will Always Love You, her awardwinning book intended to comfort bereaved people. She is now working on two more titles. The journey of the mind is unique to each person. Teenager Olivia Colomba is helping people understand how it feels for her to have Attention Deficit Disorder with her poem, Distractions. Please join Windsor Life in honouring Mental Health Week May 6 to 13. Nino Maniaci and his band, The Mixx, juggle day jobs with gigs around southern Ontario. The Windsorites cover classic rock, new country and top 40 hits from the 70s to now. When it comes down to it, there really is no place like home. With help from professionals, a Lakeshore family have created a backyard oasis perfect for daily life and staycations. Our coverage of Canada Blooms may give you ideas for upgrading your own yard or balcony. Food and home naturally go together. Drop in on Meighen and Tony Nehme and see what they have prepared for Windsor Life’s Look Who’s Cooking at Home feature. Everyone will make a final journey someday. Consider bestowing gifts to charities through your will, life insurance or other means. May is LEAVE A LEGACY month. Happy reading!

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UNDERWHELMED BY THE AVERAGE landscaping surrounding their 14-year-old house in Lakeshore, Ron and Svetlana knew that with creativity, patience and a substantial budget, their property could be transformed into a wonderful space. They imagined a place that would entice their two young daughters out of the house to play in the fresh air. A pool and hot tub would let the family relax together. Maybe they could cook their meals in an outdoor kitchen. Now, if there was a TV and comfy armchairs…and a bathroom, they would really only need to go indoors to sleep during the summer. Minds bulging with ideas, the couple realized they required a comprehensive strategy and a team to carry it through. Landscape Effects Group was called in to create the landscape design. A separate architect was engaged to draw plans for the new pool house. The Geek Squad would handle running conduit underground to carry wiring for speakers throughout the yard. Urban Home would ensure everything worked visually. Raring to go by midsummer 2016, Ron and Svetlana couldn’t help but feel disappointed when the project was delayed. They


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Clockwise from opposite left: A contemporary triple fountain flowing into the pool brings soothing sound to a Lakeshore backyard; rocks, shrubs and flowering perennials appear uncontrived in the revamped front yard; flames licking through ornamental rocks are fed by natural gas; all weather wicker lounges stand up to the elements and wet swimmers.

Clockwise from opposite top: Blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living, the family savours being in the pool house's great room and sharing meals around the cast aluminum dining table; a fireplace and TV engineered for outdoor rooms grace the stone feature wall; stainless steel appliances and a big grill make the kitchen fully functional; in the outdoor kitchen, durable granite countertops and brushed aluminum bar stools retain their great looks in every season; arms outstretched, diving sculptures secured to the pool house wall serve as towel holders; a three-piece bathroom attached to the pool house offers convenience and style with a walk-in shower area, modern white floating vanity and heat-on-demand system for hot water.


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needed to wait for their request for property variances to be approved by the Township’s Planning Services in order to proceed with the building of their pool house and other features. With approvals in hand, the landscaper sprung into action. Accustomed to working on properties where the house is already constructed and care must be taken in manoeuvring around sheds, fences and other fixed features, the team advanced methodically to get the required machines and materials into the yard. “The first thing our landscaper did was take out existing trees and shrubs. They worked from the back of our lot to the front,” Ron says. Taking advantage of the comfortable autumn weather, the team next focused on moving a whole lot of earth. A huge hole was excavated to accommodate the new inground pool. Footings for the pool house and retaining wall were dug. Excess dirt was hauled away. The crew continued working as weather permitted. Long before the first snowflakes spread a blanket of white over the yard, the pool was installed and the new back steps were in place. The extensive hardscaping was underway. Plans then had to be halted until spring 2017. Spending the winter pouring over their drawings, the family eagerly anticipated the final thaw. The returning team received an enthusiastic welcome. The big item on the to do list was the pool house, M a y / J u n e

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intended to be far more than a place to change out of wet bathing suits. Designed as an al fresco great room fully enclosed on two sides, the pool house would be large enough to accommodate a spacious seating area and an outdoor kitchen. One full wall in the pool house is now dressed in stacked ledger stone. A natural gas fireplace with a television built in above it focuses the eye on the stone feature wall. The special outdoor TV came from California. A trio of porthole mirrors line up along the second wall, giving a nod to the Lakeshore location. A big, chunky slice of tree supports a glass top to form an authentically organic coffee table. Contemporary boxy wicker armchairs with thick greige cushions offer comfortable spots to land. The great room’s cedar ceiling will gradually age to a soft grey. Drop screens cover the pool house’s two open walls when wanted. Granite countertops that are in such demand for indoor kitchens were a smart choice for the outdoor counters and eating bar. The natural stone product can withstand the extremes of changing seasons. Dust wipes off easily. Brushed aluminum bar stools are also proving resistant to the elements and regular use. Intending to prepare complete meals outside, the couple made certain the kitchen would be fully functional with stainless steel appliances built into the cast concrete stone cabinetry base. A bar-sized fridge and icemaker ensure beverages are properly chilled, even on the hottest days. Meat, vegetables and desserts are cooked on the barbecue. A rangehood overhead extracts excess heat and draws smoke out of the outdoor great room. Attached to the building is the pump house and bathroom. The water for the outdoor shower and three-piece bathroom is warmed by a heat-on-demand system. A thick glass wall separates the walk-in shower area and the modern white floating vanity with chrome hardware and faucet. Grey and white river stone flooring provides slip resistance for bare feet. Wide white ceramic tiles run floor to ceiling. Outside the pool house on a stucco exterior wall, small black metal sculptures of divers are mounted like a down-swooping flock of birds. Their outstretched arms double as hooks to hold towels on swim days. Facing the pool near the water’s edge are lounges made of all-weather wicker and softened with ivory cushions that can handle rain and wet swimmers. Ready to hold drinks, grey ceramic stools bearing a diamond pattern stand between the lounges.

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The elegant simplicity of the furnishings looks well with the concrete stone decking around the pool. The filigreed dining table and its latticebacked chairs are deceptively “robust,” says Ron. “They are made of cast aluminum and left outdoors year-round.” Triple streams of water flow from the concrete box fountain set at one end of the salt chlorinator pool. Another striking feature is a ledger stone pillar that contains a 5’ linear burner. Its flames are fed by natural gas. “We sit in the hot tub and enjoy the esthetics of the fire,” Ron says. Cedar spires and potted ornamental grasses green the backyard. For security and privacy, the homeowners agreed to the removal of an existing wooden fence and the replacement choice: A 6’ high vinyl composite fence bordering the whole backyard. “I imagine that’s a 30-year fence,” says Ron, who appreciates the easy maintenance of occasionally hosing off the vinyl planks. “The landscaper brought in skilled tradespeople to do the plumbing and electrical work,” Ron says. An interior designer was enlisted to advise on major colour decisions, finishes and furnishings for the outdoor design. “Everything done to make this a cohesive space was the combined result of both companies working together.” Attention was also paid to the front yard, redone with rocks, shrubs and flowering perennials. “It requires five minutes of grass cutting,” Ron chuckles. The landscaper’s maintenance team visits weekly to keep the property in order. All work was completed by the spring of 2017. “It was exciting to see the yard emerge. I think all the correct decisions were made along the way. We got everything we wanted, considering the spatial limits,” Ron reflects. Daughters Emelia, 8, and Mya, 11, will soon be retrieving their mermaid suits and splashing in the pool. The best thing about the yard makeover, Ron believes, is “we’re not staring at our yard anymore. We’re acWLM tive in it.” Windsor Life Magazine is always searching for interesting homes, landscaping, gardens, patios and water features to show our readers what others in the community are doing with their living spaces. If you have a home that you feel would be interesting please email photos to Photos need to be for reference only. If your home is chosen we will arrange for a complete photo shoot. If you wish, you may remain anonymous and the location of your home will not be disclosed.

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THE SHORTEST DRIVE YOU’LL EVER MAKE to Chatham! Ok, so you’re as far away as Belle River or Windsor or perhaps London. Well, let’s just say, it will be worth your drive! We’re not just a garden centre, we are a ‘destination’ where people return time and time again…even from as far away as you may be from. Read our customer reviews, visit our Facebook page, see what people are saying about us. Then join our weekly email club and keep updated about everything gardening and lifestyle…because that’s the kind of place you’ll find us to be. You like gardening? Read our weekly gardening blog and keep up on the best things to do at the right times in your yard and garden. Our emails are designed to be informative, up on the trends and packed with information on our many events, including sales, seminars and workshops. You’re likely to become one of our over 12,000 garden club members who take advantage of exclusive offerings and regular discounts. Get in your car and discover the most beautiful garden centre around, with our parklike setting including waterfalls and winding pathways through the largest and most unique selection of plants from across the continent. We cater to outdoor living with everything you’ll need for your patio, yard and gardens. Discover several brands of quality patio furniture including Woodard, Alfresco, Darlee, CRP and more. We love water gardening and you’ll see why when you arrive: The centre is loaded with water features. They’re at every turn! The home décor selection alone is worth the drive, featuring a huge inventory of handcrafted Indonesian distressed furniture, so unique. We can custom order, too! Still wondering about that drive? Well, ladies, we also have one of the largest ladies fashion stores in the area. Just Google Betula Boutique and you will see for yourself! Visit the Glasshouse Nursery and Garden Centre in Chatham today and get inspired in ways you never imagined. We’re at 56 Creek Rd., Chatham. Take Hwy 401 to 40 Hwy north and turn left on Creek Road. Drive for 5 km. It’s that easy!

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ON COURSE WITH THE NEXT GENERATION OF MARINE SPECIALISTS BOATS ARE SYNONYMOUS with the Brazeau family whose three generations have been selling and servicing boats in Essex County since 1947. The family logbook opens with marine mechanic Maurice “Mo” Brazeau, then age 20, launching Dominion Marine & Boat Works in Windsor. Mo did more than repair boats: He designed and crafted custom-made moulded lap strake boats bearing his brand, Mo-Bra, in the 1950s and 1960s. When the marine industry began favouring fiberglass and aluminum watercraft, Mo transitioned to selling the latest models in Dominion Marine’s boat shop. Expanding the selection of new and pre-owned boats, Mo and his son, Paul, moved the company to 1475 Cabana Rd. E. in 1974. Working in the family business since age 13, Paul was just 20 when his dad retired. Paul rebranded Dominion Marine as Happy Days Boat Centre and remains at the helm today with his wife, Jan, handling Administration. Their sons, Jay and Chris, take care of Sales and Service respectively.

HUGE SELECTION OF NEW AND USED BOATS AND OUTBOARD MOTORS New customers entering Happy Days’ Quonset hut style building are amazed to see more than 20 boats on display inside. Taking pride of place is a 1957 wooden Mo-Bra 15-footer, beautifully preserved. The 5,500 sq. ft. showroom is one of southwestern Ontario’s largest. “We carry the full line up of Bayliner boats,” Jay says. “Affordably priced, the 16’ and 18’ Element models are a terrific introduction to boating. The M hull maximizes space; it’s wider at the bow and has more storage than many larger boats. You can fish, pull a tube and take your family for a ride.” Happy Days Boat Centre also carries Heyday, maker of wake surf boats that are blowing competitors out of the water with unbeatable value and fun features. Designed by millennials, Heyday’s new WT series has a sleeker profile and increased ballast to create longer surf waves, perfect for wake boarding and wake surfing on the Great Lakes. Day boaters appreciate Heyday’s hot tub style seats with generous seating in the bow, cockpit and stern. “You can use your tablet to operate this wake boat’s gauges, stereo and Bluetooth speakers,” Jay notes. StarCraft boats are also big sellers at Happy Days Boat Centre. Building boats for over 100 years, “StarCraft is the originator of aluminum fishing boats, built by fishermen for fishermen,” says Jay. “The company manufactures in Indiana and does much research and development on Lake Erie, so the boats are ideal for our marine environment.” To ensure a good day on the water a boat needs a dependable motor. Happy Days Boat Centre sells and services Suzuki, Honda

and Mercury outboard motors. “Suzuki invested significantly in R&D and revamped most models, making them lighter, quieter and more fuel efficient. Electronic fuel injection outboards are now available from 9.9 horsepower up to the new 350 HP,” says Jay. “Honda’s four-stroke outboards are a reliable product and operate easily.” Mercury outboards come standard on all of the Bayliner models. The Brazeaus encourage browsers to bring their kids to the showroom. “Boating is for the whole family to enjoy,” Jay says. “Life is richer because of Sundays spent on the boat with my own family.”

BIG SHIP STORE WITH PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MORE “We recently expanded our Ship Store to more than 5,000 sq. ft. It’s the biggest of its kind this side of Toronto,” Jay says. Jessica Pope and Ryan Veltman look after boaters in search of O.E.M parts and accessories for maintaining, repairing and customizing boats, including electronics, safety equipment, paint, sail, stainless hardware, docks and hoists. People who aren’t boaters come in for water sport toys, specialty children’s flotation vests and more. Lines and ropes are used for equestrian training. Woodworkers and restorers buy fiberglass, resin and stains.

THE BOATER’S PERSONAL CREW “We want you to spend your time on the water so we can take care of tasks like preparing and readying your boat; delivering it to the water and storing your trailer,” Jay says. “You don’t need a tow vehicle as we offer boat drop-off and pickup service. And we have indoor and outdoor boat storage.” When the boat needs servicing, it’s placed in Chris’ experienced hands. Trained at the Marine Mechanics Institute in Florida, he is Master certified and repairs Mercury, Suzuki, Honda and Volvo engine brands.

MAKING CUSTOMERS’ DAYS HAPPY At Happy Days Boat Centre it’s all hands-on deck when it comes to serving each customer. After Todd and Dave picked up their new bow rider they remarked, “This has been the best purchase experience we have ever had. Everyone we dealt with at Happy Days Boat Centre was friendly and knowledgeable. Chris was our first contact and although not in the sales department, he did a great job of guiding us before passing us to Jay who was initially working with another customer. Jay was very knowledgeable and excellent to work with. We never felt pushed and feel very comfortable that we made the right purchase decision.” The new boatowners added, “The experience today with Chris for the last 3 1/2 hours showing us how to put the boat in the water, how to operate and close up the boat and showing us some of the waterways and hazards was first class.” It’s customer testimonials like Todd and Dave’s that prove the company’s motto: We don't just sell boats, we build relation ships!

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DR. DAVID MADY Celebrating a Silver Anniversary of Dental Service This year marks Dr. David Mady’s 25th year practicing dentistry in Windsor. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Mady has been committed to providing exemplary dental service to his community, patients and their families. Dr. Mady’s mandate has always been to provide a wide range of dental care services to help improve and maintain the oral health and wellbeing of his patients. Serving Six Communities – Over 25 years, Dr. Mady has expanded his professional portfolio by practicing at and managing six family dental practices across southwestern Ontario, located in Windsor, Belle River, Tecumseh, Amherstburg, Leamington, and Ridgetown. He is honoured and privileged to serve these communities and keep patients smiling. Dr. Mady ensures that community involvement is a priority across his teams. Whether it’s a charity fundraiser, providing free dental care to those in need, or local sponsorships, he encourages his staff to support patients and locals as often as possible. “Supporting the community is very important to me” says Dr. Mady. “Our patients support us and make our work worthy, so we get involved as much as we can, especially if we have the chance to keep people healthy. It makes everything worth it.” Dedicated, Friendly Teams – Dr. Mady believes his passionate, friendly team has made the past 25 years special. His caring staff is committed to helping patients feel comfortable and confident about their dental health. Members of his team speak several languages, which allows them to provide an improved experience for non-English speaking patients.

As oral care providers, they help diagnose, treat and prevent dental conditions that affect the teeth, gums, jaw and face. As part of their commitment to patient experience, they ensure patients are fully on board with healthcare decisions. Services for Every Smile – Dr. Mady offers a full range of services. Each location offers cosmetic procedures, Invisalign®, periodontal services, general dentistry and more. Whether it’s a simple checkup or a full mouth restoration, Dr. Mady and his teams can help improve your oral health. In the social media age, cosmetic services are increasingly popular for people looking to improve the look of their smile. Veneers, implants, teeth whitening or Invisalign® orthodontic solutions help patients achieve the smile they dream of. Dr. Mady and his dedicated professionals proudly offer these services to improve their patients’ smile. For more serious dental concerns, Dr. Mady and his associate dentists provide gum therapy, bone augmentation and dental implants with the goal of ensuring all patients have optimal oral health. Committed to Patient Wellbeing – Many attribute Dr. Mady’s success to a clear passion for dentistry and genuine care for patients. He’s grateful that he is able to educate patients about oral health and help form lifelong dental care routines, especially for children. “We work hard to ensure we offer patients the best care options. Every day is an adventure and I look forward to each appointment I have with patients. It’s satisfying to see a patient smile!” says Dr. Mady. Interested in booking a visit? Call to schedule one today. (Windsor: 519-977-6453 Belle River: 519-728-2171) For more information on services or other locations, please visit or ask the team.

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LAKESHORE LANDSCAPING Transform Your Outdoor Space

Design is just one part of Lakeshore Landscaping’s package, the other being customers’ field technicians which is actually even more important. An extremely creative group whom take great pride in their work, always staying informed about the latest trends/products in order to remain on the cutting edge of their craft. Lakeshore Landscaping has won numerous Awards of Distinction with Landscape Ontario. They also won the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce's “Young Entrepreneur of the Year.” If you are interested in transforming an outdoor space simply contact Lakeshore Landscaping at 519-974-2000. Staff are happy to meet with clients to complete a site visit and provide ideas and estimates. They can work with any budget. Don’t delay in booking an appointment as spring and summer are their most busy times. Visit to view some of Lakeshore Landscapes’ previous projects.

As the weather warms up it is a perfect time to spruce up your yard. Whether you are interested in enhancing a current space, or creating a new outdoor retreat, Lakeshore Landscaping has the experience and expertise to help. Founded by Ryan and Matthew Pawluk, a family run business which includes their sister Andrea, Lakeshore Landscaping is one of the most sought after residential landscaping companies in this area. A full service landscape design and installation firm specializing in custom residential work. At Lakeshore Landscaping they are passionate about the outdoors and can offer countless possibilities for beautifying yards of every shape and size. Whether it’s preplanning with new home construction or reworking a tired old yard, their Consultation and Design Team is ready for anything. An extremely talented, friendly group who creates something special and unique for each client. “Having vision and the confidence to do something different has really helped us build good long lasting relationships with our clients, it’s that trust that really fuels our passion every day to be different,” says Ryan. Lakeshore Landscaping have recently added to their highly qualified team of professionals. “Some fresh, new, young faces are mixing with our experienced techs and its making for some great synergies.” Together they offer a myriad of services needed to create your new outdoor space. Projects may contain everything from softscaping with trees, shrubs and perennials as well as hardscaping with interlocking brick, poured concrete and outdoor structures such as pool houses, decks, fences and pergolas. Additional elements include outdoor kitchens, water features, pools, spas, irrigation systems, outdoor lighting and outdoor fireplaces…the list is endless. Over the years they have established solid relationships with a variety of pool contractors, concrete finishers and home builders. Each one contributes a piece to the overall puzzle. “Often times these relationships speed up the project while keeping costs low, quality high and timelines achieved,” says Ryan. With the long cold winter coming to an end people are really motivated and eager to squeeze the absolute most out of their outdoor spaces. Adding fire features, outdoor kitchens and covered cabanas extend the use and functionality of these areas is definitely on the rise. “Some people come to us with a ton of information ranging from magazine clippings, internet pictures and a laundry list of likes and dislikes and others with nothing at all.” “Our strength and structure as a team has 3110 Jefferson Blvd. enabled us to push the envelope of what is possible within the landscape industry. We love a challenge and love helping people!”


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Putting You In Control Of

Sunlight, Shade And Security AFTER THE WINTER that didn’t want to quit, Windsor-Essex County residents are stepping outdoors and embracing the sunshine. That is, until insects start buzzing around, UV rays threaten to burn tender skin, the heat becomes uncomfortable or spring showers drive everyone back inside. Seaton Sunrooms addresses those concerns and more with its sunrooms and screen & shade products. Building on the innovative structures originally created in 1978, Seaton Sunrooms continues to design, engineer, manufacture and install custom three and four-season sunrooms as well as retractable screens, made to endure the extremes of southern Ontario seasons. “We make everything here in Windsor,” says Jason Watorek of Seaton Sunrooms. “We don’t import from China or the U.S. Our Seaton products are made with our own proprietary component moulds and aluminum extrusions that won’t rot or rust. All glass and roof panels are cut to order by Seaton Sunrooms’ own staff. Our own skilled team installs the sunroom on your property.” “Because we custom build, we produce a sunroom that is unique to your home. It doesn’t look like an afterthought; your sunroom will complement the house’s architecture,” explains

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Brooke Watorek, whose parents founded the company. The homeowner’s preferences dictate finish colours and features such as solar blinds, a heating and cooling system for year-round comfort and a pet door in a glass panel. A property’s existing structure can be easily converted to a pest-free zone with Talius Habitat Screens. “We install these screens on porches, gazebos, pool houses and garages,” Jason says. “We can also erect an attractive spa enclosure or a freestanding screen room on a patio or balcony.” Intelligent Talius Habitat Screens are completely retractable using manual or motorized controls. Compared to curtains or blinds, the superior vinylcoated polyester outdoor fabric screens reduce solar heat gain by 80%. Available in different mesh densities, the screens let in breezes to circulate the air while providing daytime privacy, shade and a view of the yard. When rolled in or out, the screens glide smoothly along a special screen edge retention system. Guide rails secure the screens on windy days. The screens retract neatly into a slender panel box, finished in one of more than 1800 colours. Cleaning is easily done with a garden hose. “Mosquitos and flies aren’t the only nuisances people want to keep out of their living spaces,” Brooke notes. To protect homes, cottages, businesses and schools from vandals, thieves and invaders, Seaton Sunrooms installs Talius Rollshutters on windows and doors. The strong roll-formed aluminum shell covers a high density, hard resin core to forge a solid barrier. Talius’ U-Sill component foils intruders attempting to pry up the Rollshutters. “You are in charge, operating the Rollshutters manually or with motorized controls from inside your building.”

“It all comes down to security. Whether away from home or in bed asleep, people feel safer knowing their property is guarded by closed Rollshutters,” Brooke observes. “Rollshutters also prove useful in lockdown situations at schools and businesses.” “When closed, Rollshutters can display your company or school logo. We can take care of that enhancement for you,” Brooke says. Peace of mind is assured with Seaton Sunrooms’ experienced workmanship and dependable warranties. “You can relax in comfort and safety this summer with the help of our team,” says Brooke. “To get an idea of what we do, please view our Seaton Sunrooms collection at our 4600 Rhodes Drive showroom or

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ROTARY CLUB OF WINDSOR (1918) Celebrating a Century of Service Above Self


CAN DO, WILL DO, DONE. Now, what needs to be addressed next? That sums up the attitude and drive of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), demonstrated ever since a group of concerned residents came together and established the first local club in June 1918. These people envisioned the kind of community they believed Windsor-Essex County should become. Building on the region’s great qualities, the club chose to not settle for the status quo. Seeing need in its own backyard and globally, the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) continues the practical and innovative work it began 100 years ago. 1918: Inspired by the 1905 founding of Rotary International in Chicago, Greater Windsor Area residents established Canada’s third club, Border Cities Rotary Club Walkerville, Sandwich and Ford City in June, with Harry Neal serving as the first president. The club was later renamed the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) and became the parent of four other local Rotary Clubs. Today, it is the largest club in Rotary District 6400, which includes 51 clubs across Essex County and Southwestern Michigan. 1920-1930s: Healthcare was top of mind as the club launched the Ontario Society for Crippled Children (renamed the Easter Seals Society) and partnered with the Windsor Chamber of Commerce to establish the former Metropolitan General Hospital. 1940s: With the world at war, Rotary supported nursing programs at Windsor hospitals and set up the Active Service Club in Windsor to offer armed forces members a place to relax. The club purchased a mobile kitchen for Portsmouth, England for wartime use. Everyone grieved when Rotarian, Major Thomas Hayhurst of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, was killed during the Dieppe Raid. In 1943, Rotary adopted the crew of


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Clockwise from top left: One hundred years of volunteer effort by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) has witnessed many achievements: Completing new legacy projects, including the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Hub; raising money through the Easter Seals Telethon; helping to eradicate polio globally; fostering global citizens, like Malcolm Grant and Sydney Helbich, through Rotary’s youth exchange initiative; donating corn tanks to a Tanzania community; and encouraging local leadership, beginning with club founder Harry Neal.

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the HMCS Border Cities minesweeper and helped furnish the ship’s operations room. After peace returned, the Rotary Club of Windsor Foundation Fund was established in 1947. 1950s: Realizing Happy Days weren’t enjoyed by everyone, Rotary provided seed money to start Goodwill Industries. Giving residents opportunity to exercise and cool off, the club supported the building of two outdoor pools in the City of Windsor: Atkinson and Shore Acres. In 1951, Windsor’s Lorne Hunter became the first local student to travel in Rotary’s international youth exchange, spending three months in the Netherlands. 1960s: With Rotary’s aid, a swimming pool was built for Prince Road and the Senior Citizens Centre was developed. Club contributions bolstered the IODE Hospital and University of Windsor Development Fund. With other partners, Rotary established the Greater Windsor Foundation (now the WindsorEssex Community Foundation). 1970s: Kids, culture and wellness were Rotary’s big focus. The club built the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre (now John McGivney Children's Centre) and started ALPHA House, a project of the Association for People with Physical Disabilities. The Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation program was introduced. Rotary built the Children’s Room at the original Art Gallery of Windsor and took over Art in the Park, ultimately raising more than $1.3 million for Willistead Manor renovations over 40 years. 1980s: Eradicating polio became the main focus of Rotary International, and the Polio Plus campaign was established. Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) provided generous and continued support to these efforts. The club also sponsored Vietnamese refugees, bringing them to a new life in Windsor. 1990s: Commemorating the club’s 75th anniversary, Rotary planted 1,000 Carolinian trees along the waterfront. Rotary supported kids by founding Rotary Homes for Children and Youth at Maryvale; beginning the Rotary Children’s Safety Village; and starting Children’s Fest, an annual family-focused community event. Garnering the support of local businesses and manufacturers, Rotary launched the Hart Walker campaign to build and distribute Hart Walkers, an assistive device that allows some children with disabilities to be mobile. 2000s: John McGivney Children’s Centre and Maryvale received significant funding from Rotary. Looking beyond its own




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community, Rotary advanced its history of international care by providing essential services and support to 30 countries including Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, India, Ghana and Tanzania. The Dr. Clare McLeod Student Volunteer Awards were established to honour local secondary school students who exemplify Rotary's motto, Service Above Self. Since establishing its Community Service Grant program in 2013, the club has encouraged the work of other local nonprofit organizations by providing more than 50 grants valued at over $200,000 total. 2018: To commemorate its milestone anniversary, the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) is showing it is as committed as ever. On Jan. 8, Rotary launched its centennial year celebrations with its Kick-Off luncheon. Nearly 300 people attended the event and learned more about the club’s achievements. Rising to the tree-planting challenge issued by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, Rotary District 6400 members volunteered on April 28 to help plant trees in the new Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Hub. Building a physical link in community, the Hub features a three-kilometre trail that connects the ERCA Place for Life Chrysler Canada Greenway, Herb Gray Parkway Trails and Town of Lasalle Trails. Partnering with the City of Windsor and with significant sponsorship provided by Heritage Canada and ENWIN Utilities, Rotary has created the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza on the city’s riverfront. Residents and visitors can unwind on swing benches overlooking the Detroit River, eat at picnic tables, meander through the landscaped gardens and view plaques illustrating the club’s history. A geodesic light sculpture created by artist/sculptor Nicolas de Cosson will be powered by ENWIN and is engineered to perform a light show. Maureen Lucas, chair of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Committee, says the club hopes the unique plaza “will attract visitors from near and far, and that they’re not just going to see a wonderful community project, but they’re going to see Rotary as a partner with the City of Windsor.” On Sat., May 12, Rotarians and wellwishers will gather for the grand opening of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza. That evening, the club is hosting its Centennial Gala at Caesars Windsor, pausing to remember the good work accomplished by generations of its members. WLM

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ETERNAL IMAGE INC. Specializing in scalp micropigmentation design, the new Eternal Image Inc. is now open at 152 Lesperance Rd., Tecumseh. David Dunn and Charmaine Farrugia RN perform scalp micropigmentation to simulate realistic hair follicles to restore hair lines to balding heads or areas and also add density to camouflage thinning hair on both


men and women. 519-564-8010.

An influx of new patients has prompted Guthrie Optometry to relocate into

a new, larger facility at 7786 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor. With more square footage, Dr. Tim Guthrie and his team can expand every area of their family eyecare and medical optometry practice. Providing comprehensive eye exams and Optovue OCT scans, Guthrie Optometry welcomes new patients. Pictured here (l-r) are: Robin Marentette, Dr. Tim Guthrie, Lisa Dahl and Natasha Quinn. 519-945-8000.

MD AMBASSADOR MATTHEW BEATON Matthew Beaton is the ambassador of this year’s Muscular Dystrophy Walk in Windsor on Sun., May 27. His service dog Arnie helps Matthew deal with the challenges of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Together,


they will be out in force at the fully accessi-

On April 12, the Windsor Essex County Association of REALTORS observed its 100th

ble fundraising walk, a celebration in sup-

anniversary and kicked off its Thank You! campaign, showing appreciation for residents’

port of individuals and families affected

support of REALTORS and the local real estate industry. WECAR’s official Appreciation

by neuromuscular disorders. The event

Day event is its BBQ Bonanza with live music and family fun at the Ciociaro Club on

includes activities for kids, snacks, refresh-

May 26. Additional events will be held in coming months. The association is also launching

ments and prizes. The action is from 10 am

a fundraiser in benefit of Windsor Regional Hospital’s new campus. Board members in-

to 2 pm at Assumption Park, 2319 River-

clude (left) Elica Berry, executive director Krista Gionet, Maggie Chen, board president

side Dr. W., Windsor. Walk participants can

Daniel Hofgartner, Lorraine Clark, Tina Roy and Jeween Gill.

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LEISURE TRAILER SALES FUNDRAISER Welcoming guests to its Campers Have S’More Fun Open House on April 6 to 8, Leisure Trailer Sales and its partners served a free barbecue lunch at 204 Patillo Rd., Tecumseh. In the company of Spiderman and Batman, Fight Like Mason volunteers sold their


merchandise to fund kid-friendly IV poles for superhero youngsters fighting illness. Leisure

Taking bicycle repairs on the road, Steve

Trailer Sales matched the $500 that customers donated to support Fight Like Mason.

Drouillard has just opened Velofix in

Pictured here are (l-r): Edward Raymond, Spiderman, Stephanie Holding, Tom

Windsor. As a member of North America’s

Raymond, Nicole Ellwood, Dawn Holmes, JT Raymond and Batman. 519-727-3400.

largest fleet of mobile bike shops, Steve and

his team travel to wherever customers are and services all models. Appointments can be booked at or scheduled by phoning 1-855-VELOFIX.

RICK MERCER AND HOLY NAMES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Grade 12 students Gabby Botica (left) and Angela Hormiz spearheaded Rick Mercer’s Spread the Net Challenge at their Windsor school to raise approximately $2,500, becoming the top fundraising secondary school nationwide in the challenge. The CBC TV star and his crew visited Holy Names Catholic School on Mar. 26 to recognize students’ commitment to buying bed nets to reduce malaria in Africa. 519-253-2481.

PATRICIA SOULLIERE, ATHENA AWARD WINNER At the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards on April 11 at St. Clair College Centre for


the Arts, Patricia Soulliere was presented

Looking to beat 2017’s record-breaker of

Soulliere Financial in 1978 and continues

70 teams with more than 1,000 partici-

as its CEO and president. As the Roseland

pants and volunteers involved in its one-

Rotary Club’s first female member, Pat in-

day FUN-raiser, the Seventh Annual

spired other women to join; today, women

Windsor Corporate Challenge launched its

comprise 65% of the club’s membership.

registration on Mar. 13. Teams of col-

Pat’s volunteerism over the years includes

leagues will compete in fun events at Vollmer Complex on Sat., June 16. Raising over

serving the Windsor Essex County Devel-

with the ATHENA Award. Pat founded

$715,000 since its inception, the challenge this year is supporting the Fight Like Mason

opment Commission, Windsor Western

Foundation and its mission to help children diagnosed with cancer. Information and

Hospital, Coalition-12 of Entrepreneurial

registration details are available at 519-968-3636 and

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HELPING LOCAL PEOPLE with their mobility and accessibility challenges, Xperience Home Health Care has been in constant growth mode since opening its doors on May 1st, 2017. Increasing the client XPERIENCE has prompted the addition of more staff and new product lines, indicating the need for Xperience Home Health Care! Xperience Home Health Care has grown from one service technician to four as well as one mobility and medical sales consultant to four sales consultants in less than a year,” says Cindy (Fuerth) Wickens, the original sales consultant and paediatric equipment specialist who looks after the needs of seniors and their special equipment requirements, including home accessibility, mobility and vehicle adaptations.

Cindy operates Xperience Home Health Care with general manager Jody Gosse and service manager Rob Meyerink. Combined, the three partners offer clients more than 70 years Xperience in the home health care industry. Xperience Home Health Care is authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care Assistive Devices Program which allows it to provide walkers, manual and power wheelchairs, scooters and custom and modular seating to Ontario residents with long-term physical disabilities. To ensure Xperience staff are informed of advancements in mobility devices, vehicle adaptation, custom moulded seating and other life-enhancing product solutions, the partners provide ongoing training. “The equipment that manufacturers are producing is making it possible for people to be independently active at home and in community like never before,” Cindy finds. “We are also the southwestern Ontario dealer for both sales and service of Stannah stairlifts, a leading international stairlift company and manufacturer,” Rob says. “Our own certified team can install a stairlift in your home, giving access and safety to different floor levels. With our modular ramp system and strategic grab bars, you can continue living in your home confidently for as long as you want and Xperience Home Health Care can help you.” CPAP supplies, bracing options, compression stockings, urology,

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diagnostic equipment and other medical supplies for use at home, work and travel are all available at Xperience Home Health Care. “If you can’t come to our showroom, we’ll gladly come to you for a no charge consultation. For your convenience, we can set up a monthly delivery schedule of your medical supplies,” Jody says. “Our team’s aim is to make every customer feel like they haven’t paid enough for the services received – we will exceed your expectations.” Customers receive 25% off everything in the store up to $500 on the last Wednesday of each month. Additionally, Xperience Home Health Care’s X Point Rewards program will let customers earn points to spend on future purchases. “Later in 2018, in collaboration with community partners, we are launching an equipment support program for people in need, which we are very excited to share in our communities,” says Cindy. “Our Wickens, Gosse and Meyerink families are vested in our community, as local members of fundraising organizations, serving as volunteer firefighters, participating in sports events and coaching sports,” Cindy says. “We congratulate the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) on its 100th anniversary. I’m proud to be a memMother’s Day ber.” Xperience invites wellness groups Lift Chairs starting at to inquire about holding meetings at Xperience’s facility. The Windsor Chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada meets there monthly. Everyone in the community is invited to Xperience Home Health Care’s first birthday party on June 20. With ponies, clowns, cake and more, Cindy promises, “It will be a real birthday party!”

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FOUNDATION BUILDING MATERIALS Custom Mixing PPG Paint that Celebrates Your Homestyle It is very satisfying to see how a fresh coat of paint completely transforms the home, indoors and out. “For making the greatest impact at the least cost and effort, applying superior quality paint onto your walls is your best value,” says Phil Bonadonna of Foundation Building Materials, a building supplier in Windsor. “You are immediately rewarded with a clean, rejuvenated finish that updates the décor and changes the home’s personality to be in synch with your own.” “Since most people hate painting, they want products that will give them a professional finish with minimal mess and hassle,” Phil finds. He and his team at FBM offer do-it-yourselfers and pro painters an outstanding paint selection in unlimited colours. “PPG’s Manor Hall is the easiest paint to use, ever,” Phil believes. “It is a primer, paint and stain repellent in one intelligent acrylic formula. The paint goes on smoothly, with virtually no spatter. No mess, no fuss – even people who have never painted a room before can be proud of the beautiful results they achieve.” For indoors, Manor Hall is now manufactured with increased titanium dioxide levels to provide exceptional hiding and coverage on the walls and ceilings. The durable finish is also washable. In exterior applications, Manor Hall’s ManorShield urethane technology forms a tough, flexible coating suitable to cover aluminum, ferrous metal, stucco, brick, fiber cement, vinyl, concrete, masonry and wood. It is engineered to help prevent the paint from cracking, peeling or flaking. As one of the world’s leading paint manufacturers, PPG makes finishes for the home’s every surface. FBM expertly mixes PPG interior and exterior paints, stains, specialty finishes and primers to give customers the perfect shades. “With PPG, I invite you to think outside the can,” Phil says. Homeowners who want to explore the latest decorating inspirations can begin with PPG The Voice of Color®, a resource created for interior design professionals. There are more than 2,000 paint colors from which to choose. The 2018 colour trends can be checked out in person at FBM at 2975 St. Etienne Blvd. or online at In choosing shades for 2018 painting projects, homeowners be aware that each colour can evoke a certain mood. Serenity graces the room painted in blush, soft yellow and other delicate pastels. Raspberry and deep gold bring intensity. A glamourous or edgy effect can be achieved with jewel tones or elegant browns and military grays. Believing that people’s tastes are as equally important as emerging trends, PPG has created different Generational Palettes, a series of colour schemes to reflect the individuality

and character of experience driven Millennials; identity driven Gen X; life driven Boomers; and seasoned Silents. “For fun, visit and see if your colour palette matches your generation,” Phil encourages. Homeowners can try on new colours before picking up a roller with PPG’s Paint Color Visualizer at “Just upload a photo of your room or house exterior and digitally paint with any of our 2,000-plus colours,” Phil says. Professional contractors and homeowners who rely on FBM to supply the products they need for their construction projects know they can depend on the team’s advice. “We explain the benefits and uses of our products, including the many new and enhanced decorating and construction solutions,” Phil says. “From our own experience, we are able to offer our customers tips for achieving the final outcome while saving money.” PPG Paint is on sale at FBM May 15 to June 15.

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Create the Garden of Your Dreams with

Bellaire lanDsCape inC. AFTER A LONG, cold winter it’s time to get outside and give your landscaping the attention it deserves. Whether you have a small garden that needs some attention, or a large property in need of a make-over Bellaire Landscape can help. For 25 years, Bellaire Landscape Inc., a family owned and operated business in Maidstone has been serving Windsor and Essex County home owners. Bellaire Landscape Inc. is a full service design and build landscape Construction Company. Mike and Olivia along with brother Bob have grown their business with a dedicated team of passionate and capable landscape professionals. Over the years, Bellaire has created extraordinary gardens and landscaping that speak for themselves. They work with homeowners and businesses to create spaces that are both functional, easy to care for and are aesthetically appealing. Your property is a reflection of you and with Bellaire Landscape we will ensure that your property is impeccably maintained. “Homeowners want to create their own sanctuaries and are investing in staycations. They want to create serenity in their own yards. This includes everything from pools, cabanas, landscaping with night lighting – anything is possible these days. At Bellaire Landscape, we have the ability to help you interpret your outdoor needs and the ultimate vision of your finished space. Show us a

picture or two of your style and we can design and build your dream outdoor space,” says owner Mike Bellaire. Bellaire provides consultation on small to medium projects including Do-It-Yourself weekend warrior projects, as well as full service design work for larger more intricate scale projects. Our experienced design staff can work through preliminary landscape concepts to landscape construction costing and 3D rendering and fly- throughs. “We work very closely with our clients through every step of the design and construction process to ensure that all the owners’ goals are realized and financial budgets are respected” says owner Mike Bellaire. We build what we design and pride ourselves on completing projects in a timely quality driven fashion. All aspects of the outdoor space are possible; including pools, cabanas, gazebos, fences, pergolas, pavers, concrete patios and sidewalks to planting, sodding, earthworks, irrigation and lighting systems. “We work hard to exceed our customers expectation and ensure our client’s satisfaction”, says Mike. Essex Landscape Supply located on-site carries a full line of landscaping materials for enthusiastic gardeners. They offer a wide selection of trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, annual flowers, rocks, decorative stone, mulches and other bedding materials. Staff are happy to provide landscape hints and tips on how to maximize efforts and create a personal paradise for relaxation, outdoor activities and entertaining. All of Bellaire Landscape installed projects can be seen in the Gallery pictures on the website at We have been honoured to receive numerous ‘Awards of Distinction’ and ‘Awards of Excellence’ through our Windsor Chapter and Provincial chapter of Landscape Ontario. As well, we are Authorized Unilock Contractors and have been recognized through their Award Programme. We are members of Landscape Ontario Horticultural Association, Windsor Construction Association, Better Business Bureau and are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Feel free to call us for all of your landscape requirements. Visit our yard at 2025 Ellis Side Road, Maidstone to see our work displayed in our outdoor showroom. Call anytime 519-723-4948.


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ROLLING OUT THE GREEN CARPET for fans eager to glimpse trend-setting gardens starring new flowers and show-stopping outdoor rooms, Canada Blooms 2018 dazzled with its Let’s Go to the Movies theme. Like film buffs, gardeners look for coming attractions, watching for previews of great things to come, like the green tips of daffodils and tulips pushing through the soil. Or gauging the success of a new show by the number of buds appearing on magnolia and lilac trees. Gardening enthusiasts also know that, like movies at the theatre, a flower’s performance is only on for a limited time. So see it while you can. In The Movies by the Pool garden by Aquaspa Pools Landscape & Design and Royal Stone Landscaping & Design, homage was paid to the cinema with the duo’s representation of an outdoor theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A large outdoor screen was mounted above the waterfall fountains pouring into the swimming pool. The huge image of the movie playing on the screen was easily seen from


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Clockwise from opposite top left: Founded by Landscape Ontario and the Garden Club of Toronto, Canada Blooms 2018 wowed with its Let’s Go to the Movies theme. A landscape painter’s work is glimpsed in the conservatory of the Midnight in Paris garden; white loungers sit partially submerged on their platform in a blue swimming pool; circles and swirls on a mosaic privacy wall represent life in the Never Forgotten garden by Genoscape for the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute Organization; a huge screen shows movies above the colourfully lit swimming pool, overlooked by outdoor sofas under a black pergola; shows are also seen on the TV in the adjacent outdoor great room, warmed by a fireplace in the stacked stone feature wall. A wrap-around kitchen is equipped for family meals and entertaining.

the opposite end of the pool, where a black pergola framed a lounging area furnished with three long outdoor sofas. A smaller TV was mounted on a grey stacked stone feature wall in the accompanying great room, furnished with an allweather wicker sectional in driftwood tones. Munchies and movies go hand-in-hand, so the garden designers included a U-shaped outdoor kitchen for producing meals, served at the eating bar and dining table. The pool house, clad in ledger stone, functioned as a snack bar with a glass case displaying candy. An old-fashioned red cart was filled with popcorn. Water features always steal the show with their vibrant movement, appealing sound and changing colours. Thin streams of water arced over a swimming pool at Canada Blooms. Another pool used submerged lighting to change the water’s colour, morphing from blue to purple to other hues. Even when filled with still water, like one large metal bowl with a few floating waterlilies, the feature can be a source of admiration. Great applause was earned for the Oscars After Party garden by Bancheri Brothers.

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Above: Streams of purple water arc over the herringbone paved walkway leading to more water arcs playing over the swimming pool in the Hollywood After Pary garden by Land-Con Ltd.

The landscapers believe “a great garden requires hard work, dedication and innovative vision. Just like a wonderful film.” Their feature garden was more about relaxing after the landscapers have done the tough tasks. Ongoing maintenance would be minimized by lots of hardscaping softened by rows of cedar spires, ornamental grasses and raised planters filled with masses of tulips.


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As with a winning Oscars after party, it is important to see and be seen. The garden accomplished both with comfortable furniture arranged on a raised patio. Another tier was built into one side of the blue swimming pool, where heavy white loungers, partially submerged in the water, sat securely in the raised alcove. Like box seats at the theatre, the loungers were perfectly positioned for watching swimmers show off their

strokes or the water fountains dance. Or the automatic pool scrubber cleaning the liner. Sometimes one scene in a movie is the sole inspiration for a garden design. Canada Blooms garden entries were inspired by Under the Tuscan Sun to brighten a front yard with sunflowers and Jungle Book to create a lush tropical garden using Japanese maples, pink hydrangeas and other Canadahardy plants. Small succulent plants formed the Star Trek logo in a patio of grey pavers. The film, Midnight in Paris, evoked the glamour and charm of the City of Lights in the 1920s and was stimulus for a Canada Blooms garden, created by Julie Moore Modern Landscape Designers & TriMatrix Construction Inc. Julie drew on her appreciation for French landscape artistry preserved in Monet’s Giverny and the Rodin Museum’s Gardens. At Canada Blooms, time seemed to stop in the green framed conservatory, where there were signs of a gardener potting on one side and an artist painting landscapes in another corner. Clouds of blue and white hydrangeas bloomed around the statue of a woman in a formal bed framed in dressed limestone blocks. An allée or avenue bordered by lavender led to the conservatory.

For authenticity, Julie traveled to France and purchased an orange tree box used at the Palace of Versailles. Painted green, the box planter made its first appearance when Louis XIV began his orange tree collection in 1663. As any set designer knows, lighting is key to setting the mood and drawing the eye to the most important elements. The profusion of new lighting products in big box stores and home and garden centres is in direct response to people’s wish to enhance their garden rooms’ ambiance after dark. “Adding lighting to your garden can have a transformative effect,” says Denis Flanagan, a gardening expert with Landscape Ontario. “It not only allows you to enjoy the beauty of the garden after the sun goes down, but it casts unique shadows and creates silhouettes that bring a new dynamic to the garden. Lighting can be the toughest thing to show.” Tapping into leading lighting trends, Canada Blooms’ professional gardens demonstrated different methods of mixing illuminating products. Strategically placed spotlights cast silhouettes of plants and garden statues on nearby walls. A spotlight or two affixed higher up in a tree spread light over things growing below.

Professional landscapers often use special clamps that secure the light in the tree while keeping pace with the tree’s growth. String lights woven through the shrubs and foliage gave a soft glow and festive air to the gardens. LED bulbs keep the effect bright and the energy cost low. One of the easiest ways to add lighting to the garden is to entwine a wire string of fairy lights around a patio umbrella pole, flower pot or bush. Battery-operated, the outdoor fairy lights may be placed almost anywhere, eliminating the need to bury or camouflage an unsightly extension cord. The tiny LED lights can be set to race, twinkle like fireflies or put on a mini light show. Romantic comedies, sci-fi thrillers, action dramas – blending two genres in one production can make for a stronger film. The same concept is being applied in fusion gardens. At Canada Blooms, Landscape Ontario and Parklane Landscapes unveiled their Fusion Oasis Under the Stars, combining structured elements of traditional garden design with new eco-friendly plants. “The whole idea behind fusion gardening is to not have to water it,” says Mark Cullen, celebrity expert gardener and Canada Blooms guest speaker. “It uses innovative

ways to capture and use the rainwater that falls on your property, so you never have to get out the hose and sprinkler.” Inventive by nature and necessity, gardeners are motivated by concern for the environment and municipal water restrictions to conserve resources. The old practice of trying to shed water off properties to swales and storm sewers as quickly as possible has contributed to problems with streams, rivers and lakes and the wildlife they support. Past attitudes toward maintaining a green lawn and lush garden with sprinklers and herbicides are being corrected with healthier habits. Creating a contemporary design for the modern view of gardening, the landscaping team built concrete block wall sections to give foundation to its fusion garden. They incorporated smart and decorative elements, like a hanging ornamental chain that directed rainwater running off the pergola down to a mosaic floor made of river stones laid in a swirling pattern. Rows of ornamental grasses swayed whenever a visitor to the fusion garden walked past. When planted in an outdoors garden, the grasses will certainly dance gently in the summer breeze – just one more pleasing performance in a garden’s non-stop show. WLM

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Your Indoor & Outdoor Rooms DELIVERING HOME ENHANCEMENT trends that Windsor-Essex County residents desire, Hi! Neighbor Floor Covering Company has just completed its latest phase of showroom updates and product expansions. “We’ve been introducing new lines of high fashion flooring for the past three years,” says Erik Rorseth, who co-owns the independent Windsor company with Terry Darbyson. “You can find indoor and outdoor flooring and tile products that complement your style here at Hi! Neighbor Floor Covering Company. By taking advantage of our huge selection, you can make your design statement on your budget.” In business since 1939, Hi! Neighbor Floor Covering Company attracts every generation with more than 1 million square feet of inventory in hardwoods, laminates, bamboo, tile, carpeting and more. “New customers are surprised to learn we outperform national chain stores on selection, price, quality and service,” Erik says. “Save with cash and carry. We also deliver and install everything we sell.” Manufactured and natural stone veneers, faux stone siding and manufactured stone panels are in demand for indoor and outdoor rooms. Building on its Canyon Stone Canada display, Hi! Neighbor has expanded with two big towers faced with 60 stone varieties, including sparkling quartzite and tumbled limestone. “These products are ideally suited for fireplaces, feature walls, outdoor kitchens and exterior façades,” Erik notes. “By upgrading with ledger or other stone veneer, your home will become extraordinary.” Installation of Quick Fit panels and faux stone panels is so straightforward, do-it-yourselfers can handle the job. Outdoor rooms, porches, stairs, patios and pool surrounds are transformed with Hi! Neighbor’s products, including 100 rolls of fade-resistant outdoor carpeting. Landscape turf by Rymar Canada puts an end to mowing and weeding. “Roll it over your yard, balcony or patio. Choose from finely detailed grass varieties that

almost look genuine,” Erik says. “Forget about watering or pesticide bans - these durable synthetic grasses keep their great looks for generations.” Landscape turf plays hard. Pets can’t turn it brown like real grass. Dirt hoses off. Golfers lay down a personal putting green with faux grass, cup and flag from Hi! Neighbor Floor Covering Company. Faux turf is also engineered for athletic fields. Wedding couples and trade show exhibitors buy artificial lawn material for their events. Providing solutions for clients’ every need, Hi! Neighbor also carries rubber athletic flooring engineered for home gyms. Fabricated from premium recycled tires, the dense material is available in rolls and interlocking tiles and installs easily. Gold’s Gym endorses the shock and sound absorbent flooring. Now presenting the largest display of Kane Carpets in southwestern Ontario, Hi! Neighbor has more than 200 contemporary, rustic, Persian and other carpet designs in various colour

options on view. These plush and patterned carpets are manufactured around the world and grace executive homes, The Plaza in New York and The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Carpeting can be ordered as wallto-wall, staircase runner or custom sized area rugs. Over 300 area rugs are on full view in Hi! Neighbor’s area rug showroom. A new addition is the Nourison collection, offering thousands of moderately priced styles in synthetic and wool, including designs by Calvin Klein and Kathy Ireland. “New products arrive here weekly,” Erik says. “Come see what we have in store now!”

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stained to your choice of colour. Customers can select the stain to match the colours in their yard, or pick colours to accentuate nature. It creates elegance and ambiance in any yard. Installation is quick and seamless for the customer. Typical installation is a halfday to a full day depending on the scope of the project. Often times, sheds that look good do not offer durability. This is definitely not the case with EuroSheds. Built out of solid pine wood, they are built to last several years. One inch pine boards are used for the construction of the roof and the floor to provide solid strength in the areas of the shed that take a lot of weight and weathering. Customers can choose to have cement as their floor and take advantage of the no floor discount. Another selling feature is the reasonable price. Customers have the option of choosing the style and size of their shed starting at $1,589. Prices include a 36 inch wide single door, two windows, flower boxes, shutters if there’s room, floor, PT framing for floor, concrete blocks, on-site assembly, 30 year shingles, staining and free delivery within 75 km of Windsor. The average installation time is just three to four hours. Customers are thrilled with their EuroSheds once installation has been completed. They exclaim “it’s more than just a shed!” Whether it be for your garden, as a pool house,garden pub, or tool storage shed, these sheds will accentuate your landscape for years to come. EuroSheds offer free personalized consultations.



After reading the poem her counsellor posted it on her wall for others to read. “So many kids are suffering and don’t know how to express it,” said Olivia. “People are amazed after they read it.” The poem, entitled, “Distractions” is an intimate account of Olivia and how it feels to have ADD.




WITH OUR HECTIC LIFESTYLES, onslaught of social media, and the daily pressures of school and work, adolescence and young adulthood can be particularly challenging. Sadly one outcome is the prevalence of mental illness across all age groups. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), it is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. They also state that “mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.” Olivia Colomba, 15, suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Symptoms of ADD include focusing difficulties, hyperactivity, and impulsivity (acting before considering the consequences). This diagnosis has been difficult for Olivia and her family. She has worked diligently with her support system which includes her family, school and therapists on strategies that help to minimize the effects of ADD. One of the most therapeutic outlets for Olivia has been her writing. “It has been quite challenging to say the least but Olivia is an exceptional girl and a great student. Last year she was asked to write a poem as an assignment and she wrote about her illness regardless of her classmates,” said Jules Colomba, Olivia’s mother.


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The moment I step in the school, It’s like I’m jumping in a deep, dark pool. When I see my name on the list, I feel anxious and clench my fists. People don’t seem to understand, That I try my best but just need a hand. I try to stay focused but it doesn’t last, I have great ideas but forget them fast. Missed explanations is the hardest of all, Made to stay in from recess while others play ball. When I’m deep in thought then hear negative things, Tears roll down my face when I feel the bee stings. The butterflies I get are like falling from the sky, And bricks on my shoulders no matter how hard I try. As I’m doing my homework I can feel the stress rise, The nerves overcome me but it’s no surprise. The anxiety pests, they keep filling my ears, They won’t leave me alone and always fill me with fears. Mamma and papà don’t always get it, I’m not doing it on purpose, sometimes I forget it. Family and friends’ support I will need, To be happy and successful and finally feel freed. Olivia attends Ecole secondaire E.J. Lajeunesse, a French Catholic high school in Windsor. She first started experiencing ADD in the seventh grade. “I shared my feelings with family and friends, but they had a hard time understanding my experiences.” She found understanding homework frustrating and when she was unable to complete the assignment her anxiety would increase when she found her name on the detention list. “I would clench my fists and feel very anxious and stressed out,” said Olivia. The grade eight writing assignment proved to be beneficial in a number of ways. Not only did it allow Olivia a platform to express her feelings and experiences, but it also allowed those around her to better understand and seek help. “I really just wanted people to understand the rough times that I had and that I continue to have. I want people to know to be brave enough to speak to someone when they are struggling.” The message to speak up about mental illness has become increasingly mainstream over the last decade. This is in large part thanks to Bell Let’s Talk campaign and the countless celebrities such as Margaret Trudeau, Olympian Clara Hughes, comedian

Howie Mandel and many others who have shared their stories of mental illness. Mental Health Week is celebrated May 613, 2018. This year CMHA encourages Canadians to #GETLOUD about their mental health, a theme that they have highlighted the last couple of years. They encourage Canadians to think about our mental health, just as we think about our physical health. Once Olivia was diagnosed with ADD her family sought additional supports for her including a counsellor at Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services. Maryvale is a children’s mental health treatment centre where adolescents experiencing very serious emotional, psychological and mental distress can receive therapy and assistance from a team of experts. They help young people (aged 13 to 17) and their families who feel highly anxious, depressed, suicidal, worthless and hopeless, or who have lost their willingness to care about others. They may be dealing with debilitating learning disabilities. Olivia’s family also met with teachers at her school so that supports could be included as part of her learning plan. Together all of these are helping Olivia and her family. Olivia finds the support and assistance of her counsellor at Maryvale very helpful. Through this work she has discovered four meditation apps that have helped. She also finds school to be better now that she is in high school. “High school is much better, they modify my work and allowed me to take more time to write tests. This has really helped. They also tell me to do a maximum of 1.5 hours of homework per night. My stress levels are improving all the time” She also credits her pet dog and cat with providing emotional supports. “Everyone should have pets!” stated Olivia. Today, Olivia’s future looks much brighter, something she didn’t think possible just a couple of years ago. Her favourite subject at school is math and she would love to be an elementary school teacher someday. “I just love kids and I like to be happy so I think I would be good at it.” Her experiences will definitely allow her to empathize with children who are struggling due to mental illness. At the end of the day, Olivia is grateful to have her poem read and for people to know that there are lots of different ways for people to get help. “I hope that people get help from my poem and feel free to share their difficulties.” WLM



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Create a Lasting Legacy in Your Community A program of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGPACPDP), it is a collaborative effort of donors, charities, not-forprofits and professional advisors. LEAVE A LEGACY™ has 19 local Canadian programs that operate under the CAGP-ACPDP. CAGP is a national association that inspires and educates the people involved in strategic charitable gift planning. They advocate for a beneficial tax and legislative environment that strengthens philanthropic giving, create a networking environment with likeminded professionals and experts and provide access to outstanding learning opportunities and professional development.

Have you ever thought about making an impact on your community through a legacy gift to charity? It is something that many people do not consider when creating a will. Yet the impact to a charity can be enormous and the tax savings significant. The month of May provides an opportunity to bring awareness about the possibilities of making a legacy gift to charity. LEAVE A LEGACY™ is a national public awareness program that runs throughout May and encourages Canadians from all walks of life to make gifts through a will, life insurance or other gift-planning instruments to the charitable organizations of their choice.

“LEAVE A LEGACY™ month provides an opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of making a will. It also allows information to be shared about leaving a gift for charity as part of your estate plans,” says Kim Willis, Chair of the WindsorEssex CAGP Chapter. The Windsor-Essex Chapter has a special workshop planned for LEAVE A LEGACY™ month on Thursday, May 17 at Essex Golf and Country Club entitled, “Having the Difficult Conversation with Your Client/Donor.” This panel discussion includes; Jonathan Santos, CFA, RBC Wealth Management Securities Inc., John T. Clark, Clarks LLP and Derek Spalding, a legacy donor. The event is open to the public. The cost is $35 for CAGP/AFP members and $40 for non-members. To find out more about the May 18th workshop contact Pat Valleau at For more information about LEAVE A LEGACY™ and the Windsor-Essex Chapter contact Kim Willis at

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When Mrs. Alvira Wigle passed away on April 15, 2017, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation and the Windsor/Essex region at large lost a good friend. Mrs. Wigle had enjoyed a long and successful career as a librarian. She contributed significantly to the community of Kingsville over the years. She was founder and first president of the Kingsville-Gosfield Heritage Society; Planner of the two volume edition of Kingsville’s history 1790 to 2000 “A Stroll Through Time”; member of the committee for the preservation of the Mettawas Train Station in Kingsville, a member of the John R Park Homestead Advisory Committee and much more. She also had a significant interest in current events. “Whenever I saw Alvira she would comment on something that had been in the newspaper or a story she heard on CBC Radio,” remembers friend Janet Cobban, the Homestead’s retired curator. “She loved to drive late model cars – usually in the colour red. She was interested in all sorts of topics and all kinds of people. When a new gas station opened near her, Alvira got to know the family who operated it and arranged for their teenagers to speak at the Heritage Society about the experience of being immigrants in Kingsville. She had friends both younger and older than herself and to me she always seemed ageless.”

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“Mrs. Wigle has left our community with a wonderful legacy and bequeathed her estate to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation,” explains Richard Wyma, Executive Director of the Foundation. “She wanted to ensure that the Carolinian species in her property were preserved in perpetuity and chose us as the guardians of this legacy.” A new eight-acre conservation area will be established at this Kingsville property. It will be known as Grovedale Park, dedicated to the memory of her late husband. His family established the farm in the early 1800s and the featured grove of pear trees were a special feature. “I think she chose ERCA to protect her family’s legacy because it straddled her own interest in human history and her late husband's passion for agriculture, science and nature,” Janet reflects. “She was a volunteer in ERCA’s early years and she respected the dedication of the people she met there.” Alvira Wigle was highly regarded for her contributions to the preservation of human history and was recognized with the John R. Park Homestead Award in 2012. She is also remembered for her sense of humour. “At the remembrance event held at the Legion after her death, the story was told that Alvira, anxious to resolve an issue on Wigle Grove Road, called up the Mayor and suggested she may leave her property to a motorcycle gang, rather than to ERCA,” Cobban recalls fondly. “Of course, the problem was quickly solved.” In addition to this generous donation of land, Ms. Wigle’s legacy will continue to ensure the protection of human and natural heritage in the Place for Life.

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Help make a difference in your community with Erie Shores Health Foundation’s Leave A Legacy Program to ensure great health care for generations to come. For more information about Leave a Legacy options contact the Foundation Office. Alycia Bento 194 Talbot St. W. Leamington, ON N8H 1N9 (519) 326-2373 (ext. 4143)

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Support for your community comes in many forms. Some people give generously by digging deep into their pocket books, while others volunteer tirelessly for the causes dearest to them. But it’s surprisingly rare for people to think of a charitable organization when drawing up their wills. The idea of donating my life savings or my house, in the event of my death, occurred to me shortly after buying my first home. Knowing that 16,000 children in the Windsor region live in poverty — 40 per cent will never get out of that cycle without any help — I wanted to help. If I got run over by a bus tomorrow, there is no question where I want my estate to go. I know every dollar will count for more in the hands of the United Way, given the organization’s reputation for leveraging

For over 50 years Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association has dedicated itself to ensuring that both children and adults in Windsor and Essex County receive physical, emotional and cognitive therapy. Nearly 200 persons with special needs receive therapy at WETRA’s farm each week. Children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, head injuries, post stroke and learning disabilities enjoy the physical and psychological benefits of equine (horse) assisted therapies. WETRA runs exclusively on the generosity of volunteers and the community. Leaving a legacy to WETRA would go a long way to help maintain and grow our programming.


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resources and increasing its spending power. More importantly, the organization offers a wave of support for low-income families ranging from breakfast programs to unparalleled educational support. Investing in my community, through the United Way, is exactly the type of legacy I want to leave behind. Fortunately for me, the folks at the United Way knew exactly how to help me. They quickly connected me with financial and legal experts. I now have a mortgage policy that gives the United Way $250,000 after I die, which is even higher than the value of my home right now. The second phase of my plan involves buying a charitable insurance policy. That’s the best part about planned giving — you can go as big or as small as you want, depending on your comfort level. Charitable insurance policies also give you a nice tax credit. Once you create the charitable policy, there’s no hassle to you because the policy belongs to the organization right from the start. If my parachute doesn’t work in my next skydiving attempt, that policy pays out to the United Way immediately — the same as my estate. If you’re updating your will or haven’t made one yet, consider how your estate can benefit your community. My plannedgiving donation will be a large part of my lasting legacy, without question reducing poverty in our region thanks to the United Way. Derek Spalding is a marketing specialist with Web Geeks Marketing in Windsor. The former journalist also volunteers with the United Way's marketing and communications committee.

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AS THUNDERING WATERS FLOWED over Iguaçu Falls and pounded onto her television screen, Pam Seney sat mesmerized. She felt destined to travel to Argentina and experience the world’s largest waterfall system in person. “Pam taped the falls on a nature show 10 years ago and said, ‘Someday, we’re going there.’ When my wife says we’re doing something, it’s a guarantee we will,” Bill laughs. Someday arrived in autumn 2017. In addition to the falls, the Windsor couple wanted to see the country that Juan Perón and his iconic wife, Evita, believed was so worth fighting for. Flying to South America on Oct. 29, the Seneys first stopped in Peru to explore Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains and ramble over other ancient Inca sites. Then they were off to Argentina, followed by Brazil, before returning home on Nov. 13. Dramatic in nature, geologically and politically, Argentina is a country of contrasts, with wealthy residents living in Old Europeanstyle mansions and non-traditionalists moving into new floating apartments. Roughly 27% the size of Canada, Argentina has more than 44 million people. The Seneys were eager to meet some of the them.


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On Mon., Nov. 6, the couple landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s vibrant capital city. After their guide delivered them to the hotel, Pam and Bill connected with the only other people in their tour group, Mukesh and Shri, two Toronto men. The foursome headed for Puerto Madero, the city’s revitalized dockside area, drawing tourists and residents to its cafés, steakhouses, upscale skyscrapers and eco trails. “There is an outdoor gymnasium where people work out in the middle of the street,” Pam says. Streets in the neighbourhood are named for important and famous Argentine women. “The whole area is very safe and really gorgeous,” Bill notes. Impressed by the naval yard and tall ships, the Seneys were fascinated by the Puente de la Mujer – the Woman’s Bridge – spanning the river. In designing the graceful lines of the pedestrian suspension bridge, the architect was inspired by the synthesis of a couple dancing the tango. “At night, the white bridge is covered in purple with white polka dots – a lighting effect that’s just spectacular,” Pam says. The Seneys and the Toronto friends, hungry from their walking tour, found a pleasant outdoor restaurant. “We ordered multiple

local dishes and shared them so we could try each. Empanadas are a specialty,” Pam says. “We got lost on the way back to our hotel, finally making it after much help from the locals.” Next morning, Nicolas the guide led the Canadians to the city’s major sites. Entering the Plaza de Mayo, the Seneys felt they had wandered into Paris. “The massive courtyard in the city centre has the feel of old Europe,” Bill observes. It is surrounded by important buildings, including the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitano, the primatial church of Argentina (90% of the population is Roman Catholic). Rebuilt numerous times over the last 400 years, the cathedral is a glorious mix of architectural styles behind its neoclassical Parthenon-like façade. One of the planet’s biggest cultural centres, Centro Cultural Kirchner, was opened in 2015 in the century-old former post office. The grand building’s nine floors contain six theatre and concert auditoriums; 18 halls for poetry readings and performance art; and art and history galleries. Also overlooking the plaza is the Italianate executive mansion and office of the president of Argentina, colloquially known as Casa Rosada – the pink house – for its signature paint colour. The building was frequently prominent in international news coverage when Juan and Eva Perón stepped onto the balconies to speak to the assembled masses during the 1940s and 50s. Moving on to the bohemian district of San Telmo, one of the most fashionable and desirable places to live in Buenos Aires, the Seneys were struck by the fact that the tango was born in that neighbourhood’s houses of prostitution.

Clockwise from top left: A statue of Juan Perón striking his trademark pose stands before the Pink House, the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina; the Catedral Metropolitano, founded over 400 years ago in Buenos Aires; Pam and Bill Seney of Windsor refresh themselves at a patio bar with a caron, a personal beer keg with a tap for self-service at the table; the embalmed remains of Eva Perón were frequently moved after the former First Lady’s death in 1953, until finally coming to rest in upscale Recoleta Cemetery in 1976; full-size figures are arranged on balconies and in outdoor cafés in La Boca, where the tin buildings are painted in multi-tones. The artsy community has a lively street vibe. M a y / J u n e

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Above: The Iguaçu Falls system is the world’s largest, with more than 270 individual falls spread over 2.78 km, making it twice as wide as Niagara Falls. When Eleanor Roosevelt visited the South American natural wonder, she exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!.”

A sombre walk through the Memoria Verdad Justicia Park informed the Seneys of a dark period in Argentina, when more than 30,000 people were kidnapped and terrorized by the 1976–83 violent military regime, the National Reorganization Process. Near the remembrance park is a military airport once used for the government’s flights of death that threw victims into the river and sea. The cheerful, quirky community of La Boca provided an alternate, upbeat view of Argentine life. An Italian settlement from 1910 to 1940, today, “the whole town is done in bright colours,” Pam says. A kaleidoscope of paint makes each multihued tin house pop along the lively streets. Full-sized cartoon-like figures of people are posed on balconies and in street cafés, including Argentina’s native son, Pope Francis, giving passersby a wave. “La Boca is trendy and artsy, with a lot of very cool restaurants and cappuccino bars,” says Bill. “It is definitely one of the most colourful places we’ve ever seen in our lives.” Affluence and influence are on display in the exclusive Recoleta district, dominated by former palaces; massive mansions in English Tudor, French and neo-colonial styles; parks; and the free public university. One expensive address is Recoleta Cemetery. “There are 4,789 mausoleums, including Evita’s. Not one of them is under $50,000. You’ve never seen anything so extravagant in your life,” says Bill. Eyeing the bronze, ironwork, marble and stonework, “the architecture and artworks on the outside of these structures is mindblowing.” Two of the most famous inhabitants of the huge cemetery are


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Juan Perón, president of Argentina in the 1940s, 50s and 70s, and his First Lady Evita. The working class’s heroine secured the vote for women before dying at age 33 in 1953. The subject of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, “Evita is world famous. Her gravesite and many statues are major tourist attractions,” Bill says. “Evita’s image is also shown large in lights on the top of fairly new buildings after dark,” Pam adds. In listening to different Argentines, Bill concludes, “There’s a real mix of feelings. A lot of people don’t think much of the Peróns.” The Seneys knew they could not leave Argentina without taking in a tango show or tasting the country’s renowned beef. Both were enjoyed that evening at a dinner show, where costumed dancers tangoed to bands playing violins, accordions, cellos and drums. The couple rated the talent “unbelievable” and the steak dinner “terrific.” Pam says, “We found the Argentines such a social group of people. They love getting together and eating and drinking.” While Spanish is Argentina’s official language, the Seneys appreciated that English is also spoken. The next morning, Pam and Bill flew to Iguaçu Falls. The waterfall system flows into the Iguazu River on the border of Argentina and Brazil. “The local expression says Argentina has the show, Brazil has the view. This is true,” Bill attests. Determined to get the full experience, the couple rode a helicopter over the falls, sailed the river in a boat and walked 11 km on the lower, middle and upper trails, “getting up close and personal. We saw it from every view we could,” Pam says.

Spread over 2.78 km, there are more than 270 falls, the largest of which are Devil’s Throat and San Martin. Bill recalls, “Argentina had an exceptional amount of rainfall in the tropical forest so the water was double the normal volume going over the falls. That drove the mists up, blocking some of the visibility of the falls. The power was pounding in our chests. Pam could still feel it when she got in the car afterward.” Overnighting in Brazil, the Seneys continued their exploration of the falls next morning. “On the Brazilian side, you get an unbelievable view. In Argentina, you’re basically in it,” Bill says. “There’s Niagara Falls, then there is Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, then there are these falls,” says Pam, who has visited all three. “The beauty of the endless Iguaçu Falls in the backdrop of the subtropical rainforest cannot be described, it must be experienced. We just kept saying, “Wow.’” Also straddling Brazil and Argentina is the National Park Iguazo, 185,000 square hectors of rainforest housing lizards, venomous snakes and giant toco toucans. “The little kotei looks like a racoon and scrounges for food, walking next to you,” Pam says. On a boat safari, Bill peered closely at timbauva trees when the guide explained how they were used by indigenous peoples. “The tree is thrown in the water and sucks in the oxygen so the fish come to the river’s surface,” Bill says. “It’s a great way to catch fish! The tree’s pod is used for shampoo and insect repellent.” Another species, the guajuvira tree, produces delicate orchids when in flower. Its wood is so hard it is used to make tools and baseball bats. Always on the lookout for things not found at home, the Seneys delighted in spotting red pineapples growing on their trees and an unusual waterfall. “Its stream was white because the waterfall releases manganese and other minerals,” says Bill. The highlight of the entire trip for Pam, of course, was the long-awaited encounter with the Iguaçu Falls. “They exceeded my expectations,” she says. “If you can’t go in person, at least see them on YouTube.” Feeling extremely fortunate, the Seneys said goodbye to the rainforest on Fri., Nov. 13 and turned toward the golden beaches and bright lights of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazil and Peru legs of the Seneys’ South American journey will be featured in upcoming issues of Windsor Life. WLM


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STORY BY DANIELLE BREAULT STUEBING ERCA General Manager Richard Wyma enjoys cycling along the Chrysler Canada Greenway, a multi-use trail used for cycling, jogging, hiking, nature photography and in some areas, equestrian use. Photos courtesy of Essex Region Conservation.

who now serves as ERCA’s General Manager, notes that through environmental design such a planting rows of trees, creating berms and erecting fences, these concerns were addressed and the fears never came to pass. In the year 2000, the first 42 kilometres of what is now known as the Chrysler Canada Greenway was opened in honour of the new millennium. It also became the southern-most connection to the Trans Canada Trail. “Experiencing our landscape on foot or by bike is very different than driving past in a car,” he says. “We know that in our fast-paced world we have to make purposeful efforts to connect with nature around us for our health and well-being. When you’re walking or cycling, you can stop to look at a particular leaf or marvel at the size of a tree, examine a tiny insect and hear the frogs and birds calling. Being engaged in your natural surroundings creates attachment to the space.” ▼

WHEN THE COMMUNITY GATHERED last October to open the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub, the section of trail which connects the Town of Tecumseh, Town of LaSalle, and Herb Gray Parkway trail systems with the Chrysler Canada Greenway, it was celebration that was over 20 years in the making. The effort started in 1994, when the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) began discussions with the Canadian Southern Railway Company (CSX) to purchase an abandoned line running from Oldcastle to Kingsville. This rail line had a rich history. It was created by industrialist Hiram Walker in the late 1800s as a means of efficiently delivering freight and farm products and to provide transportation to his summer home in Kingsville. Walker eventually incorporated it as the Lake Erie, Essex and Detroit River Railway. At its opening, the line went south from Walkerville to Harrow and then east to within four miles of Leamington. The eastern terminus for passenger traffic was Ruthven. After several changes in ownership, CSX took over the line in 1950 but abandoned it in 1991. In 1995, with $500,000 raised through the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, a 42 kilometre section from Oldcastle to Harrow and Ruthven was purchased. A summer intern at the time, Richard Wyma’s job was to visit every neighbour along the rail line to hear any concerns from the landowners. “Farmers were worried about city people coming to the county and taking produce, trespassing on fields and generally just not respecting agricultural properties,” he recalls. “The rails-totrails movement was still in its infancy so the Conservation Authority’s efforts to create a region-wide trail system were met with early resistance.” However, after meeting each of the more than 350 adjacent landowners, Richard,

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John Chisholm, President and owner of Rose City Ford agrees. He took up cycling in earnest a few years ago, and reports that he’s become an enthusiast following his experiences on the local greenway trails. “Getting off the road and onto the trails gives you a sense of peace and quiet,” he reflects. “It allows you to connect with nature and with yourself.” For the past number of years, John has been the top fundraiser for the annual Essex Region Bike Tour, a multi-level cycling event with routes ranging from 15K – 110K. “It’s so important to support these trails,” he says of his involvement. “You get a great appreciation for the natural beauty of our county, vegetation, forests, and the agriculture. It’s absolutely beautiful. Becoming immersed in nature, rather than just seeing it from the road is like being in the picture rather than just looking at it.” In 2003, because of the community’s positive response to the Chrysler Canada Greenway trail, Canadian National donated an additional 26 kilometres of abandoned rail line to the Conservation Foundation, in hopes of replicating this success. ERCA and the Foundation got to work, raising funds to open the first few kilometres of trail in McGregor, a high-use area that created a safe passage for school children. Then, in 2017, thanks to a $250,000 investment from the Cypher Systems Group, Canada 150 funding, and $100,000 from each of the Towns of Essex and Amherstburg, the Cypher Systems Group Greenway, a multi-use trail that extends from the urban centre of Essex to the Town of Amherstburg and intersects with the Chrysler Canada Greenway in McGregor. “The comments from the community were much different this time around,” Richard notes. “Rather than expressing hesitancy and concerns, people couldn’t wait until the trail was ready for use. People appreciated access and connection.” The greenways have also become a driver for real estate, with listings boasting their proximity to the trails. There are countless studies documenting the economic and health benefits of having these types of trails accessible to our residents. The Ontario Trails Council estimates that trails contribute at least $1 billion each year to the Ontario economy. The Canadian Medical Association lauds the benefits of trail accessibility, noting a 10% increase in physical activity could reduce direct healthcare expenditures by $150 million each year. Across the region, municipalities are also

investing in trails. In both Kingsville and Leamington, the towns have created connections and extensions to the greenway trails. The City of Windsor and the countywide active transportation system, known as CWATS, make significant efforts to provide pathways, trails and widened paved bike lanes to encourage residents to ‘walk, ride – county wide’ through a regional committee at planners who implement this vision. “If you build it, they will come,” promises Geno Wendland, long-time member and past president of the East Side Riders Cycling Club, the largest cycling club in our region. “The new Cypher Systems Group Greenway from Essex to Amherstburg has been amazing,” he enthuses. “We’ll start riding in Windsor, have coffee and lunch in Amherstburg, the head back through Essex.” And it’s not just the hard-core cyclists that utilize the trails, he notes. “Joggers, walkers, families with dogs and strollers and in some areas, equestrians can all enjoy easy access to beautiful nature trails in our own community – wonderful not just for cyclists but for families and everyone.” John agrees wholeheartedly. “I want to shout out to everyone – take your kids, grab your bikes and get out,” he says. “Ride 5k, 10k, 50k or as far as you want to go. I want to support something that will last forever. Everyone can have a piece of this beauty.” But, until recently there was a missing link to the long-term vision of a seamless connection between Windsor and the greenway system. Numerous alternatives were considered over the years. “Initial attempts to include a solution within the Highway 3 expansion were rejected as too unsafe,” Richard says. “When plans for the Herb Gray Parkway were taking shape, the idea started to gel. If on-road options were not going to work, could we investigate rear property options?” After initial discussions with the Town of Tecumseh proved very supportive of the concept, a number of parcels of property were obtained and the 3 kilometre section completed. And after two decades of dreaming of a region fully connected by trails, the completion of this section of trail turned that vision into a reality. “This really shows us if we can dream big as a community and work together, we can make remarkable things happen,” he adds. “There are a lot of opportunities on the horizon which we are continuing to pursue in hopes of further expanding recreation and active transportation in our community.” WLM

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LEO JUL 24 - AUG 23: It is what it is. There is not much you can do about it. However, you can and should take better care of your health. Find something to smile about every day. It really is amazing how effective a good laugh can be. Remember to look for a silver lining when ever a cloud appears in the blue.

VIRGO AUG 24 - SEP 23: Loved ones and friends enjoy being in your company. You have a way with others that helps provide solutions and ease tensions. You need to remember when to move and when to hold back. There is a right time for you to wait till a red light turns green.


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SCORPIO OCT 24 - NOV 22: Count your blessings instead of sheep and you will fall asleep counting your blessings. Revenge will not save the world. Faith, hope and love are most likely to give us the strength and courage to carry on even in the face of defeat. Being angry only bounces back on you.

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CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 20: There are still a lot of good people in this world and together you can do more than most people would. You are well focused and on-point. That much needed trait helps others weather the storm. We all have bridges to cross and mountains to climb.

AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19: It may be time to go back and retrace your steps to where you took a left turn when you would feel better if you had gone right. There is still time for you to get a second chance, but it may take a lot of hard work. Anything worthwhile does not come easy. You will have to build a strong foundation.

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Helping People Move Forward SPOTTING SOMEONE manoeuvring a walker that is a bit out of kilter at the mall, Jessica Fase-Senay typically approaches the person and asks if she can make an adjustment. Part professional impulse, it’s more natural compassion that prompts her actions. Jessica was raised in her family’s mobility equipment businesses and today, she works alongside her parents Julie and John and brother Jonathan in their Windsor-based company, Comfort Mobility Inc. Home Health Care. Empowering people to move safely in their homes and beyond, Comfort Mobility sells, rents, delivers and maintains manual and power wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, folding transport chairs, scooters, lift chairs, stair lifts and hospital beds. Also available are canes, crutches and other aids that help people feel more secure. “There is no one mobility device that is the right choice for all people,” says Jessica, the customer service manager. “When a wheelchair is the best solution, we custom-fit the appropriate model to our client to ensure it is safe and easy to operate.” “Comfort is also important as our client will likely spend a lot of time in the wheelchair,” says John, the company founder and a 33-year registered nurse with 23 years’ experience in fitting and supplying clients with mobility solutions. Each wheelchair is assembled by Comfort Mobility’s service manager Jonathan and trained technicians in the service centre onsite. Since it may take up to a month for the necessary custom components to arrive at the shop, the Fase family offers the client free temporary use of a sanitized loaner wheelchair or other mobility device. Peace of mind for clients, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, is vital. “We take our responsibilities very seriously,” says Julie, the vice-president. “Until you are in need of mobility equipment, you likely don’t realize how regulated our industry is. That is all to your benefit.” Comfort Mobility is authorized as an Assistive Devices Program vendor by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The provincial government also sets prices and approves equipment. While Comfort Mobility is frequently contacted directly by new clients or their concerned family, “often we are brought in by the therapist helping the person with challenges,” John says. He is glad

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“THE INTENTION OF THIS BOOK is to bring peace and comfort to those of us who have lost someone we dearly love.” With those words, Melissa Lyons introduces her first book titled ‘I Will Always Love You.’ Melissa is a transplant to our city. Hailing from a farm north of Toronto, she and her husband Terry, a Windsor native, along with their two daughters, moved here in 1999 so he could continue his career in the education field and join the coaching team of the University of Windsor Lancers football team. Melissa herself graduated from the University with a Master of Business Administration and held several jobs in the banking and pharmaceutical industries before starting and selling several of her own enterprises. After the final sale, she decided to take 3 months off. “I needed to figure out what I wanted to do,” she says, “because I never felt completely fulfilled in my professional career, even though my businesses did well, there was always something missing in my life.” That three month hiatus turned into a 30 month leave of absence that eventually moved her into an unexpected direction. In fact she says, “it turned my entire world upside down.” It happened during a vacation in Thailand in January of last year. One day, while Terry was scuba diving, Melissa stayed on shore enjoying a cup of tea and writing in her journal hoping to figure out exactly what was missing in her life. Without moving in any specific direction, she jotted down random words like, “tree, wood, beach, boat etc.” and when she looked down, “it was like a story had just appeared in the middle of my page – more


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HALL OF FAMER NINO MANIACI has been enmeshed in music for the past 40 years. As he tells it, he began taking lessons at the age of 15 while attending W.D.Lowe High school. “My parents, who had come to Canada from Italy, wanted me to take up the accordion,” recalls the Windsor native, “and I asked them if they wanted me to get killed in school, so I started with the guitar.” Eventually, he switched over to the bass and the the saying goes…is history. “I played in multiple bands over the years,” he says, “and I’m still on the bass.” His attitude is in the right place. As a financial adviser with Sun Life for the last


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Starting at 6 am, birders will try to spot more than 100 species of birds at Point Pelee National Park. Marsh Boardwalk parking lot, 1118 Point Pelee Dr., Leamington. $25 per adult, $22.50 per senior. 888-707-3533. Friday, 11 – A CELEBRATION OF BIRDS AND BIRDING

Till Sun., May 13. Books and birds are centre stage at the 17th Annual Springsong – A Celebration of Birds and Birding. The 2018 guest author is Madeleine Thien. Margaret Atwood will present rubber chicken awards and the Botham Cup to the winning teams of the green bird race and rally, who have 24 hours to spot the most bird species. Pelee Island Heritage Centre, 1073 West Shore Rd., Pelee Island. 519-724-2291.

fun festival. It is organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Windsor in partnership with the City of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital. 8 am to 2 pm. Registration at 226-946-1527. Thursday, 24 WINDSOR ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS BIENNIAL AWARDS & GRANTS CEREMONY

Mayor Drew Dilkens and the Windsor Endowment for the Arts are recognizing the contributions of some of the community’s artists and arts leaders at WEA’s biennial Awards & Grants Ceremony and the Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and entertainment. WFCU Centre, 8787 McHugh St., Windsor. 6 to 10 pm. $40. Friday, 25 24 HOUR DRUM MARATHON WITH JEFF BURROWS


Supporting prostate cancer awareness, Windsor’s TELUS Motorcycle Ride for Dad is a poker run that begins and ends at the Riverfront Festival Plaza. Parade of motorcycles through Essex County, concluding with a steak dinner and live bands. 7 am to 6 pm. 519-796-1067. AMHERSTBURG RHODODENDRON GARDEN TEA PARTY

The Belle Vue NHS Conservancy, in support of the Amherstburg Community Foundation, is helping host the first annual Rhododendron Garden Tea Party. The Downton Abbey-themed event is set amidst rhododendrons and azaleas in the Kings Navy Yard Park, Dalhousie St. Seatings at 11:30 am and 3 pm. $30. 519-730-1309. JUNE

Madison Violet, a JUNO nominated singer songwriter duo, is in concert, presented by the Kingsville Folk Festival. Lions Hall, 23 Mill St. W., Kingsville. 8 pm. $25. 519-825-7436.

Till Sun., May 27. The Tea Party’s Jeff Burrows is drumming non-stop with guest bands and acts during the 12th Annual 24 Hour Drum Marathon with Jeff Burrows. Presented by LIUNA 625, the event supports Maryvale, Harmony In Action, The House Of Sophrosyne and The St. Clair College Fund. Good Time Charly, 4715 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor. 4 pm, Fri. kickoff party with Jeff starting to drum at midnight; he puts down his sticks at 1 pm, Sun. $10.


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The Tecumseh Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee and École Secondaire Catholique l’Essor are serving up Soirée Coffee House at the school, showcasing the talents of performers of all ages. 13605 St. Gregory Rd., Tecumseh. 7 pm. 519-735-2184.


The 9th Annual Ribs and Ragtime garden party dishes up ribs, chicken and an evening of jazz music. Amherstburg Freedom Museum, 277 King St., Amherstburg. $50 advance ticket required. 519-736-5433.



The free public science festival delivers with explosive experiments, chemistry and physics shows, raffle prizes and booths for Adventure Bay, Exodus Escape Rooms and more. Education Gym and CAW Centre, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor. 10 am to 4 pm. Free parking pass on RUN FOR WINDSOR & FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL

Supporting the future Windsor Regional Urgent Care Centre, the 2nd Annual Run for Windsor is a 1k run/walk and 5k run that starts and ends at the Riverfront Festival Plaza, where there will also be a family


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The Annual Mayor’s Walk; the grand opening and tours of the new Windsor City Hall; and a party with stage entertainment, food, activities and more in Senator Croll Park at City Hall Square are part of Windsor’s 126th birthday celebration. 10 am to 2 pm. 2K2K TUTU RUN & RIDE

Sporting tutus to raise money for ACCESS County Community Support Services, participants in the 2K2K Tutu Run & Ride can walk, run or bike in the 2k + 2k event. 23 Mill St. W., Kingsville. 9 am registration. 519-733-8983, ext. 23.

Saturday, 2 ART IN THE PARK

Till Sun., June 3. Presented by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), the 40th annual Art in the Park returns to Willistead Park with arts and crafts exhibitors, Kids Playsphere and performances by local musicians. Proceeds support the restoration of Willistead Manor. 1899 Niagara St., Windsor. 10 am to 5 pm. RIBS AND RAGTIME


Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch’s annual charity golf tournament begins at 10 am at Essex Golf & Country Club. 18 holes of golf with cart, meals, gifts, prizes and entertainment. Proceeds support the Griefworks program for children and youth. Thursday, 14



Crawling through mud and climbing walls are part of the 6th annual Heart Breaker Challenge, a 5 to 7k mud obstacle course in aid of the Cardiac Wellness & Pulmonary Rehab Centre at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. Malden Park, Matchette Road entrance, Windsor. 1 to 6 pm.

Advocating for better health and security for older Canadians, the not-for-profit Windsor/Essex Chapter 7 of CARP is hosting its annual general meeting, pasta lunch and senior services information sessions. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, 4030 Howard Ave., Windsor. Noon to 3 pm. RSVP

A NIGHT TO SHINE! Tim Tebow Foundation Hosts A Night To Remember For 102 Special People STORY BY KIM WILLIS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAREN DETMAR

On March 25, 2018, 102 glammed up individuals attended a prom, Night to Shine, at Western Secondary School. This was definitely a night that they will never forget! Guests enjoyed a red carpet welcome, limo rides, dancing, photos, karaoke and of course crowns, tiaras, corsages and boutonnieres. While this may sound like a typical prom, a Night to Shine is far from ordinary. It is

The Gathering Church Windsor proudly presented The Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine at Western Secondary School.

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