History of Motorcycles: PART II – Harley Davidson Super Glide
Jun04

History of Motorcycles: PART II – Harley Davidson Super Glide

It was 1969, and the movie “Easy Rider” had just hit the theatres, and quickly became the standard for an anti-establishment, hit-the-road movie; one that still lives on today in terms of iconic motorcycle cinema. Posters depicting Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper perched on their custom choppers, heading down the highway with the wind in their hair were seen everywhere, and can still be found in many garages, man-caves, bike shops, and...

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Horses and Hounds – Ultimate Country Living
Jun04

Horses and Hounds – Ultimate Country Living

People always seem surprised when I tell them that in our immediate area there are three, count ‘em, three, active groups of horses and hounds, red coats and all! “Riding to hounds” is all about the horses and dogs (referred to as “hounds” in hunting circles), and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Living Spaces talked to two “hunts”, The Eglinton and Caledon Hounds in the Caledon area, and the Wellington Waterloo Hunt near Guelph....

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The Art of Sewing … handmade!
Jun04

The Art of Sewing … handmade!

The aim of this article is to address the question: “Is the art of sewing dying?” The problem with this question is that it might be somewhat vague. It could, or perhaps should, be two questions. One being “is sewing, as an art form, dying?” and the other being “is it as necessary to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of sewing as it once was?” The answer to both would essentially be no. Regarding the first question, sewing, as an...

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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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A Day at the Races
Jun04

A Day at the Races

I’m usually not one to “tell tales out of school”, but this one I think I can share. My father always wanted to own horses. Just before he fell ill, he was making plans to return to Canada, purchase some land, and fulfill his dream of being a horse owner. There have been many things I’ve been able to do as his daughter that would lend themselves to experiences he never got to have. However, I never thought that fulfilling his dream of...

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Living Off The Grid: Peaceful, Sustainable and Smart!
Jun03

Living Off The Grid: Peaceful, Sustainable and Smart!

“Sustainable Living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the earth’s natural resources, and of one’s personal resources. Its practitioners often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet.” Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is. We’ve recently had the pleasure of sitting...

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MILESTONES: PART II – Did Work Make You Smile Today?
May30

MILESTONES: PART II – Did Work Make You Smile Today?

At some point in life, everyone begins their personal journey towards a chosen career. For some, that looks like a well-planned education, graduation and job application. For others, we stumble into a field of work and fall in love with it. Some professionals change their career path several times throughout life and experience a combination of the two. In my experience, the common denominator for everyone is the pursuit of happiness....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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