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March 21, 2018

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If you schedule a Colonoscopy, you should know laughter is the best medicine.  That process, my friend, has the makings of a Just For Laughs stand up comedy show.

We are talking about a marathon race to drink a concoction mixed by the devil himself only to be followed by repetitive sprints to the washroom in what you hope will be faster than Ben Johnson running from the International Olympic Committee when they wanted their gold medal returned in 88.  If you dare take time to shut the door behind you or struggle with pants that have a zipper, you might find yourself taking the bronze in this race.

With every successful race to the finish, you aren’t met with refreshing water showered upo...

January 22, 2018

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A meeting with local Astrologer Annick Rousseau from Lyndhurst, Ontario.

December 5, 2017

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Something struck me the other week as I was making my way from one meeting to the next. We often talk and express our opinions on the teachers we have when we are in school. In elementary school, we often view them as sometimes strict or even unfair because let’s face it other than our parents these are the first adults that have given us rules, structure, and schedules and expected us to participate in subject and course work we didn’t like or even feel there was a need for.

Even if we got “lucky” and had that teacher that was a little more flexible than the rest or the one that would give us extra free time or put on a film (yes I said film, I am just that old), we still didn’t apprec...

September 28, 2017

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Last weekend I attended Shelli Warren’s Success Summit, fittingly held at the beautiful Maplehurst Manor in Maitland. Many of you already know I am a raving fan of Shelli’s as I have sung her praises on many an occasion. Shelli is known for shining the spotlight on others, and the recent Success Summit was no different.

Billed as a no fluff, all real, business event to inspire and motivate with eight speakers to share their insight it was an event not to be missed. I joined women from all over the region in the hopes of learning, connecting, and coming away with that fresh idea or that nudge that could help me continue on my path with purpose.

Like many in attendance that day I felt comp...

August 28, 2017

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Take the time to visit local parks and businesses in your area you might just find a place worth visiting again.

Last week I did just that with a small group from the Chamber. We held our meeting at Lower Beverley Lake Park and met with the Chairperson of the Park Management Board, Cathy Livingston, and Park Manager William Morris who gave us a guided tour by wagon ride of the park and campground. Everyone was surprised at how large the campground is and what awesome events and services they provide. Listening to William talk about the park, you would swear he was talking about his child. The obvious pride he has in the place makes his job a labour of love.

The park for those of you who...

August 9, 2017

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Recently I shared this picture on Facebook of my father, Neil Banks standing in his soybean field inspecting the crop and I mentioned his strong work ethic along with his 76th birthday that just passed . It was not until someone commented on the picture about senior active living that I realized I don’t view my parents or their colleagues as seniors.

Perhaps it is because I am physically aging yet in my mind, I am still that young woman that couldn’t possibly have parents that age. On the other hand, I think it is because my parents like many their generation are still running businesses and working well over the forty plus hours in their work week with no sign of slowing down.

One might...

July 20, 2017

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Late last month at a local Lyndhurst Seeley’s Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting, I met the owners of a new business in Lyndhurst, and I knew right away that I needed to know more about their farm. Annick Rousseau and her business partner Jean-Sebastien Gagne own Berry Homestead Farm.

The farm name sounds like any other fruit farm might, however, what sparked my interest wasn’t the name or the fact that they are planting elderberries but instead the products they said they were making. They had me at “donkey milk soap.” The notion of milking donkeys was something new to me, and I instinctively wanted to learn more.

I have spent my entire life in the agricultural industry in one form or anot...

July 12, 2017

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The Brockville Farmers’ Market has been in existence long before Confederation and is proudly celebrating its 184th year in operation this year.

The market originated in 1833 as an outdoor market, and over the years, it took on varying forms of both an indoor and outdoor market with different venues, including what is now known as the South Section of City Hall. The present day market is conveniently located on Market Street running May to November on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. Special Christmas markets have been held at the Brockville Museum, the Rowing Club and Wall Street Church over the years allowing locals to stock up on their favourites one more time be...

June 6, 2017

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- I've learned that having 8 wet paws to dry every time you come in from a walk is a little bit like trying to put shoes on a jack rabbit before going for a run. 

- I've learned that the bathroom is just a place for four legged spectators. 

- I've learned that a small house seems to get even smaller when you add two labs to the living quarters. 

- I've learned when you have two dogs on leashes walking beside each other you need to be ready to steer them or the taller male dog can easily pee on the shorter female dog's head. Yes that happens!

- I've learned that one dog will eat an entire bar of soap just to keep the other one from getting it! 

- I've learned that one dog can fit 2 tennis ba...

February 22, 2017

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   No one can write your story as you can. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. 

You do not have to write your entire life story but remember everyone has a story worth sharing and we all learn from one another's stories.

     Telling stories can even bring back great memories. For the elderly, the chance to tell their stories is known to improve cognition, lessen depression and even improve functioning and self-esteem. Let's not lose the valuable connection to our histories and the stories from those important people in our lives. Encourage seniors to tell their life stories so they can be passed down through the generations. 

     There are so many parts of life that...

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