Getting You Vacation Ready!
Mar13

Getting You Vacation Ready!

“Vacation Ready”? Or maybe “spring ready”? Or simply just ready to say “Buh-bye winter”? Well, whatever the reason, the talented team from Beauty Bar on Main, located in downtown Grand Valley, have what it takes to get you feeling beautiful from head to toe. When you walk through the door of this upscale salon, you’re instantly greeted with a lovely, soft scent, provided to instantly put you in a relaxed mood. “We’ve designed not only...

Read More
Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey
Mar13

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey

Here we are again, back in The Reading Room with the very lovely and talented Hazel McGuiness, discussing a topic that’s not only difficult to talk about, but also to explain. Hazel and I begin our conversation by admitting that the concept of “life after death” is not only a challenging one, but is a topic that not everyone will understand, accept, or agree with. Hazel tells me, “The idea of life after death is one way that some may...

Read More
Pelee Island: Enjoying Island Life in Ontario
Mar13

Pelee Island: Enjoying Island Life in Ontario

I feel so guilty letting this secret out! You really don’t have to go far, board a plane or spend a fortune to get away from it all to have an island experience. Ontario’s Pelee Island offers it all: peace and serenity, no traffic, friendly people, ecotourism and birding, culture, bicycling, history and … a winery! The beaches are great too, stretching way, way, out with shallow, warm waters…even I went in to enjoy the waves. Pelee...

Read More
The History of Motorcycles: PART I  Motorcycles and the War: a two-wheeled legacy of service
Mar13

The History of Motorcycles: PART I Motorcycles and the War: a two-wheeled legacy of service

As you spend time this summer driving throughout the beautiful backroads and winding highways in and around Dufferin and Wellington counties, it’s not long before you’ll see a motorcycle rider enjoying the day as well; the sun and wind in their face as they lean through the curves. My husband and I spend many a summer weekend just this way, twisting the throttle on our Harley-Davidson (affectionately known as “Mickey”), enjoying the...

Read More
Success in Our Community: Student Profiles
Mar13

Success in Our Community: Student Profiles

Having an institution of higher education located right here in our backyard, is a true asset of our community. Not only because of its positive effect on the people, economy, and strength of the community, but that it provides people from all walks of life an opportunity to further themselves, in a way that can be customized to who they are, and what they need. For our spring edition, we are thrilled to profile two students who took...

Read More
Milestones – PART I:  The Importance of Short Term Goals
Mar13

Milestones – PART I: The Importance of Short Term Goals

How do you define a ‘milestone’? Is it something you check off your bucket list? Is it a birthday or anniversary? Is it triumphing in the face of adversity? To me, milestones are a long-term goal made real. Setting a goal for yourself and working to achieve it. They are integral to a happy life because people need to celebrate their triumphs, individually and socially. Celebrating milestones gives us strength, hope, meaning, community...

Read More
Layers [Lairs] in Time: Anthony’s Farm
Mar12

Layers [Lairs] in Time: Anthony’s Farm

When you drive by local places on outings, do you ever wonder about their roots? Take Weybread Hill Farm between Orangeville, Fergus and Erin, for example. Passing by its sign on the 11th Line, East Garafraxa, it tells you this beautiful farm offers riding lessons and horse boarding. Superficially you can glance at the sign and the old house and barn on lovely rolling hills with beautiful views, and well drained pastures, and just...

Read More
Making Dreams Come True
Mar12

Making Dreams Come True

On a quiet Friday evening several months back, two teenagers out on a date walked into Being There Audio, picked out a record (Dark Side of the Moon, by Pink Floyd) and sat down. They were absolutely spellbound as they listened to this entire classic recording. They considered themselves fortunate as opportunities to hear a quality audio system in a retail environment have all but disappeared. Peter Wolter, owner of Being There Audio,...

Read More
Planning for the Present and the Future
Dec03

Planning for the Present and the Future

It’s not often we get an “insider view” of an educational institute’s strategic plan. Humber College has done an incredible job in creating a 5 year strategy plan in order to ensure the college is aligned with the best practices, and community vision. There are 3 main pillars of the strategy plan at Humber College, which drive all aspects of the organization: Career-Ready Citizens Accessible Education Healthy and Inclusive Community...

Read More
Christmas Decor – A Commitment to Family Values
Dec03

Christmas Decor – A Commitment to Family Values

For thousands of years, there have been numerous debates about the true meaning of Christmas. What everyone agrees with, though, is that Christmas is a time of tradition … not the least of which is to adorn our homes with festive greenery. Today, we can deck the halls with boughs of faux holly and gather around the beautiful artificial tree. It is practical and still parlays the festive feel; yet the spirit of tradition calls for the...

Read More
Classic Cars – Jaguar XK-E “E-Type”
Dec03

Classic Cars – Jaguar XK-E “E-Type”

Famously referred to by Enzo Ferrari upon its release in 1961 as “the most beautiful car ever made”, the Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was known in the North American market, is one of only a handful of automobiles that can truly be classified as iconic. Manufactured by Jaguar Cars from 1961 to 1975, the E-Type pioneered many modern automotive engineering standards, including a 150 mph top speed, disc brakes, independent front and rear...

Read More
Maple Leaf Diamonds – Northern Adventure Trip
Dec03

Maple Leaf Diamonds – Northern Adventure Trip

A second generation small business, Ron Wilkin Jewellers is located in beautiful downtown Fergus, ON. If you’ve already visited this lovely store, you likely know well the extraordinary product lines they represent, their impeccable attention to detail, and their strong commitment to providing each and every customer with nothing but the highest standard in service. What you might not know, is the amount of time, dedication, and...

Read More
Luxury & Quality in an Intimate Local Space
Dec03

Luxury & Quality in an Intimate Local Space

In 2015 Orangeville’s Broadway won the title of Top Street in Canada, thanks to its character and the many gorgeous, unique shops which decorate it. I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting the owner of one of these local stores, and was blown away by her business, her experience and her products! Located at 185 Broadway in Orangeville, Pear Home is so much more than a regular retail store. Here you will find an astounding...

Read More
A Must Stop When Visiting Elora
Dec03

A Must Stop When Visiting Elora

There are so many reasons to visit beautiful Elora, ON. The history and heritage alone could take you hours to explore and learn about, and once you’ve discovered how beautiful this little town is, it’s almost a certainty you’ll keep coming back. But history, nature, and inherent beauty are not the only reasons to visit Elora on a regular basis. Let me tell you about a quaint shop set down a small cobbled pathway called “Seasons Home...

Read More
Making Your Holiday Destination
Dec03

Making Your Holiday Destination

So where do you go to “get into the Spirit of the Season” and start the Holiday feeling going?  London? Paris?  Vienna?  How about nearby Violet Hill!  Granny Taught Us How and Heidi’s Room become a veritable Santa’s Workshop and winter wonderland just when the snow starts flying. Granny Taught Us How is actually celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!  Heidi Baufeldt, the owner whose mother, a sewer, bought what was the Orange...

Read More