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Celebrate Pollinators

By Lyn Chimera, Master Gardener – Cornell Cooperative Extensino Without pollinators, our lives would be radically different. About 75 percent of all flowering plants depend on pollinators for fertilization. This includes about one-third of all our food and beverage plants. (Imagine life without coffee and chocolate!) Seriously, pollination is one of the requirements to complete the life cycle of plants. ... Read More »

Laughter Yoga — Getting in Touch With Your Inner Loon

  By William Thomas Would you drive seven hours from Northern Ontario to Niagara Falls just for a laugh?  Kari Sterling did and she’ll no doubt do it again.  As a devotee of the Laughter Yoga movement and a former mental health worker, Kari knows firsthand the power laughter has to break through to patients, to connect with them, to ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Sweat This, Not That!

  By Kim Duke NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer One of my favorite book series is The Eat This Not That! Diet, by David Zinczenko. In his books and many articles, Zinczenko shares his uncanny knowledge of food and nutrition to show the reader that by just eating smart you can not only shed pounds, but also eat what you ... Read More »

Warning to Seniors – No Mumbling

  By William Thomas A long time ago, when my mother came to live with me for a short period of time, we had some very testy moments.  Margaret was 85 years old at the time, and she had this harmless peccadillo … no, it was more of constant peculiarity … no, it was a bad habit … okay she ... Read More »

Dog That Drives Tractor Into Highway Accident Not Charged

  By William Thomas I hate to say I told you so, but … exactly four months ago, I wrote about Eclipse, the black lab in Seattle who had been taking trips on the public transit bus all by herself.  Not willing to wait for her lazy owner, Eclipse was boarding a bus in front of the apartment building where ... Read More »

Pest Control + Humour = The Way the World Should Work

By William Thomas Here’s how the world is supposed to work: Last fall, I got a “pay up or else!” call from a collection agency in Hamilton concerning a $100 debt owed to a pest control company in St. Catharines.  There were missed messages and a mix-up, in which I thought I was owed an extra application. Tired of walking ... Read More »

LEGAL MATTERS: Good fences make good neighbors, and so do easement agreements!

By Kathleen G. Moriarty, Peters & Moriarty,  Attorneys and Counselors of Law Legal Matters is a regular column intended to address general legal concerns. Since every client walks in the door with a different set of circumstances, you should not rely on this column to provide specific legal advice. If you are in need of specific legal advice, please consult ... Read More »

Health & Fitness- The Success Triangle: Fighting Childhood Obesity

By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 18 percent of American children age 6-11 and 21 percent of teens age 12-19 are overweight enough to be considered obese. Sadly, childhood obesity tends to mature into adult obesity. About a third of the adults that are obese got that way in their childhood. ... Read More »

Deja Vu – Cuban for ‘Please God, Not Again!’

By William Thomas Five months ago, when I heard that President Barack Obama was normalizing American relations with Cuba, I got this sinking feeling.  It was like reading that Chris Brown and Rihanna were dating again.  “No, don’t do it girl!” I wanted to yell. “’Cause he knocked you around pretty good the last time you two hooked up.” Sex, ... Read More »

Health & Fitness

  The Fitness Evolution: Fad or Fixture? By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer Present day fitness centers look nothing like they did when I first walked into one back in the 80’s.  Gone are the outdated machines for each isolated muscle group:  one chest press, one shoulder press, one leg press and so on. What you now find are ... Read More »

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