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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MILESTONES: Part III  Leaving the “Nest”
Sep04

MILESTONES: Part III Leaving the “Nest”

Moving out of your parent’s home for the first time is a HUGE milestone for everyone. You flew the nest! Buying your first home is even more significant in my opinion. All those years of hard work, and little wins have finally materialized into a massive milestone. A place you can really call your own. There are no rental agreements or damage deposits. You can renovate and decorate however you want. You can bring home a dog, or as...

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Happy Motoring This Winter
Sep04

Happy Motoring This Winter

We instinctively transform ourselves when summer turns into winter. We trade in our t-shirts and Bermuda shorts for parkas and heavy jeans and we might switch from a diet of fruit salad to that of beef stew. It makes sense that your automobile be given the same consideration. It is wise to have an expert check out and troubleshoot your vehicle prior to the onslaught of winter. Not only are experienced, reputable auto specialists able...

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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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Maintaining the Quality of Our Precious Water
Sep04

Maintaining the Quality of Our Precious Water

As Canadians, some of us might not take our water resources as seriously as we should. After all, water seems to be everywhere in the great white north, (there are over 250,000 lakes in Ontario, alone). We have learned, however, that accessible water fit for consumption is a precious commodity and maintaining proper residential and commercial water quality as our population grows is critical. Fortunately, water quality technology is...

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FEATURE HOME: Aqorpions Villa
Sep03

FEATURE HOME: Aqorpions Villa

Situated in Dorcas Bay, near Tobermory Ontario, where crystal blue waters meet the rugged Lake Huron shoreline, is a vacation home unlike anything else in the area. The Aqorpions Villa is a luxury retreat and vacation home with unforgettable views of the Lake, and interior finishes that could compare to any of the finest residences in Muskoka. The name “Aqorpions” itself, is a true reflection of the unique nature of this property. It...

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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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