Layers [Lairs] in Time
Feb26

Layers [Lairs] in Time

IODE: Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire The IODE, a uniquely Canadian institution, dates to the beginning of the previous century. In 1900 it was the brainchild of Montreal’s Margaret Polson Murray to form a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty and service to others. Fredericton, New Brunswick, was the location of the first chapter in January of that year (then the Federation of the Daughters of the Empire); other...

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The Pride & Joy of Classic Cars
Feb26

The Pride & Joy of Classic Cars

Who doesn’t like the chance to go and admire beautiful gleaming cars of all makes, models and ages? One great place is Orangeville’s “Blues Cruise” at their annual Blues and Jazz Festival. The whole of Broadway is closed off on a Friday night to make the space to display and admire those classic cars, to start the weekend off with the lively music scene! The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival is held in historic downtown...

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FEATURED ARTIST: Karen Dodds Rodd
Feb25

FEATURED ARTIST: Karen Dodds Rodd

Walking Art What does one always look for when it comes to our clothes, accessories, hairstyles, and everything else we have or convey in our every day lives? We search for uniqueness and individuality. We crave something colourful, bright, exciting, something which is inviting and creates a vibe that is ours, and ours alone. Sure, we can pop into a big box store and come out with something nice but it doesn’t compare to the...

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Lairs [Layers] in Time: Peace on the Hill
Dec02

Lairs [Layers] in Time: Peace on the Hill

Written by: Diana Janosik-Wronski | Photography: Cory Bruyea Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, Guelph Driving into Guelph along Eramosa (or Charleston) Road, the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate stands out from literally miles away. The basilica was sited well! John Galt gave the hill in the centre of town to his friend Bishop Alexander Macdonell, who was also the first Catholic Bishop of Upper Canada, as well as Bishop of Kingston....

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ARTIST FEATURE: Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist
Dec02

ARTIST FEATURE: Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist

Labour of Love: Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist Written by: Jillian Kent | Photography: Cory Bruyea Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist Clay Artistry is a fluid thing – it’s kinesthetic and engaging, drawing the artist in and demanding their full investment. It’s about diving into the clay and really getting your hands dirty as you try to find the shape that it was meant to take – dare I say, the story it’s going to tell. In fact, it’s...

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Unsung Heroes of WWII: Alice McMahon
Sep04

Unsung Heroes of WWII: Alice McMahon

What strikes you first about meeting Alice McMahon is just what a firecracker she is! What she then tells you about serving in WWII is not only the courage and competence of the men and women, but how much of the real “glory” and credit were never publicly recognized. And just how much of a big contribution Canadians made in World War II! At age eighteen in 1943, when she reached the legal age for enlistment, Alice Watson signed up to...

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Back To School Safety: Refresh Your Knowledge
Sep04

Back To School Safety: Refresh Your Knowledge

Since it arrived on the scene early in the 20th century, the school bus has been an intrinsic part of society.  The familiar yellow vehicle is a mobile cradle, of sorts, entrusted to ferry our kids to and from school and into the future. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that school bus safety is a paramount concern and that strictly enforced regulations are in place to ensure this. Failure to comply with the rules can...

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LAYERS [Lairs] IN TIME: Going to the Poor House – Wellington County Museum
Sep04

LAYERS [Lairs] IN TIME: Going to the Poor House – Wellington County Museum

“You’re driving me to the poor house”! How many times have we, as parents, said this to our kids when yet another demand is made? Now you really can! In this case, you will be driving them to the Wellington County Museum in Fergus! Now a designated National Historic Site, the building became the Museum and Archives in 1974 and was presented the 2013 Business Beautification Award by the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce for its...

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Abbeyfield Caledon – for Community Living
Sep04

Abbeyfield Caledon – for Community Living

Almost twenty years ago, a group of Caledon residents watched as elders in their community left to spend their life elsewhere as no support systems were available to assist them with the increasing limitations of growing older. Especially troubling was the departure of a couple in their nineties who remained very involved in the Caledon East community, who moved to Ottawa because their home was too difficult for them to cope with. In...

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ARTIST FEATURE: Ralph Scheiwiller – Inspired Iron
Sep03

ARTIST FEATURE: Ralph Scheiwiller – Inspired Iron

We all have that artistic spark; you know the one that makes us delve into the worlds of music, dance, art and so many other mediums. We all have the capability to create something wonderful, intricate and uniquely ours so long as we allow ourselves to foster that spark. Often that spark gets buried under the white noise of the everyday rat race. However there are some fortunate individuals who break free of the normal work-a-day life...

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Headwaters House Tour 2019
Jun04

Headwaters House Tour 2019

The Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary has teamed up with energetic and passionate community volunteers in celebration of the 23rd Headwaters House Tour. Traditionally, the Tour was organized solely by the Headwaters House Tour committee, which is no small feat; having organized over 22 home tours and raising $500,000 to date to support hospital needs. Originally, the committee of twelve had rallied friends, family, neighbours and...

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The Timeless Craft of Blacksmithing
Jun04

The Timeless Craft of Blacksmithing

In existence since the bronze age, the metalworking industry has undergone the necessary metamorphosis to keep pace with an ever changing world. Today, metal forming and fabrication technology features computer numeric control (CNC) machines that automatically perform a number of tasks that were once done manually. Modern metalworking professionals are more computer programmers than they are tradesmen. The timeless craft of...

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Layers [Lairs] in Time: Westminster United Church, Orangeville
Jun04

Layers [Lairs] in Time: Westminster United Church, Orangeville

The tower of Westminster United Church certainly dominates the skyline as you approach it from any distance. Most of us take for granted that it is just “there” as a major landmark of the town. But what is its story? It has actually been that landmark since 1879! Born in 1851, the architect, Cornelius J. Soule, started his career initially in designing a high school for Campbellford in 1871. Besides Westminster United Church, he...

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FEATURED ARTIST: Margaret Peter
Jun04

FEATURED ARTIST: Margaret Peter

Tucked inside the old Quebec Street Shoppes, inside the Guelph Artisans Store that’s run by the GCAA (Guelph Creative Arts Association) is a wall that proudly displays some amazing works of art. Amongst them are the works of Margaret Peter, a local Guelph artisan who has been contributing to the local art scene for many years. Having always fostered a love of art, Margaret has been making a name for herself since her graduation from...

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