Duncan is a favorite, running for Quinte West Council. Here he is raising dough for ALS. A friend has described in detail how much his brother suffered from ALS–this is a serious disease that needs to be cured!
Duncan is a favorite, running for Quinte West Council. Here he is raising dough for ALS. A friend has described in detail how much his brother suffered from ALS–this is a serious disease that needs to be cured!
Up we went! QuinteALIVE gathered with media and dignitaries at 8 Wing’s Air Mobility Centre recently. We were taken on a fun “flight” by Parliamentary Secretary to the National Defence Minister, James Bezan, assisted by an instructor from the Squadron.
Enjoy a rare peek at the technology that is indispensable to RCAF on all missions across the globe.
Thought we’d do our own poll of candidates for Mayor of Belleville and offer a view of voter sentiment. The Intelligencer conducted their own poll on-line which was live for one day, August 15th. Their poll closed at approximately 6:15 p.m. showing Lonnie Herrington in the lead at 25% followed closely by Bill Glisky at 24%. We are on good report, it was a frustrating process to Intell team since many voters cleared their cache and voted again and again. We have set our poll to prevent this from happening.
This poll (below) is set-up to prevent any IP from voting twice; so you can consider it organic. If an individual wants to “hack” the poll using complex means we cannot stop them; but, we will investigate any reports of wrongdoing. Three of the candidates are live in our Round Table in the previous post below.
IMPORTANT: The Poll will close in one week. So be patient and watch the numbers climb. SO VOTE because time is running out. We believe you have until August 22, 16:35. This Friday.
NOTE: Jill Raycroft just announced her candidacy to QA informally, August 16 evening; so we added her quickly before voting waned. On late evening August 19, the day of her official announcement, we re-started her poll herein with a clean slate as it had been brought to our attention that the poll included several ineligible voters and that Stanley Jones had voted for her at least twice. We appreciate his coming forward with this. We hope that everyone voting will be honest and allow this poll to reflect public opinion. This is not an election: only a preview which can shift during the campaign. Polls are conducted during election time everywhere and frequently. Can they influence the vote? Yes and no. Ostensibly, polls offer those campaigning meaningful directional data.
CONDITION TO VOTING:
1) You assert that you are of voting age 18+; otherwise, your vote will be of no value.
2) You assert that you live in the voting jurisdiction
3) You assert that you are voting only once
Don’t know the candidates–undecided?
Here are their websites:
Taso Christopher (stay-tuned)
QuinteALIVE recently hosted a round table with 2014 Mayoral candidates for Belleville at beautiful Dinkel’s Restaurant on Bridge Street. It’s early out the gate; but, we’d like to give 46,000 voters a chance to get to know three popular candidates, each with their own appeal and viewpoints.
1) Ms. Pat Culhane (currently Councillor in Belleville),
2) Bill Glisky (formerly Managing Editor of The Intell) and
3) Lonnie Herrington (a business owner in the race for a second time).
CAUTION! We started with light humour to “prime the pump” and show you the human side of these potential leaders. Enjoy!
Not too long ago, Tanya Calvo became our 900th follower on Twitter (we’ve since passed 1,000). We’ve been trying to “hook-up” for weeks for this photo-op and to gift Tanya with QuinteALIVE’s miracle mug (it reveals a message when filled with hot water). We finally met at The Boathouse near Meyer’s Pier; could not think of a better backdrop.
Tanya is a Sales Executive with Sandbanks Estate Winery. The winery’s Baco Noir variety is its claim-to-fame.
Now we prepare to meet Wendy Phillips of Quinte West, our 1000th Tweep, who returns from Nashville shortly. This milestone demands a Miracle Mug Plus!
We media “scrummers” shared the tarmac at 8 Wing yesterday with dignitaries from the Ukrainian community, National Defence and 8 Wing leaders among others. 8 Wing Commander Colonel Lowthian disclosed to me that August 7, 2014, was the anniversary of his induction (into the base’s highest position).
Lowthian made it through a bumpy year unscathed; but, with surprises along the way (the heart of our upcoming interview). The road is about to get craggier given the seat-of-our-pants gathering this day, an urgent mission to Ukraine. It was a beautiful day, everyone adding to our collective, convivial spirit; yet, it was sweet sorrow reminding ourselves of the daunting challenge Ukrainians and the world are now facing.
Congratulations Colonel Lowthian!
A few weeks ago, dignitaries, 426 Squadron and media gathered for a fantastic flight at 8 Wing’s Mobility Air Centre. Following orations, we were taken up “virtually” into CAE’s remarkable CC-130J “Herc” flight simulator.
James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Rob Nicholson, took the helm and up we went into the skies over Trenton aided by programmed voice commands and a real technician from the Squadron (a film of the event will be uploaded shortly so you can share the experience).
Bezan earlier announced the Government of Canada’s $32.5 million investment awarded to CAE, a Canadian corporation headquartered in Montreal. The contract amended in the same month featured a full suite of CC-130J training systems as well as 20 years of in-service support for the Air Mobility Centre (AMTC) in Trenton. All 17 CC-130J are stationed at 8 Wing.
Vice-President and General Manager of CAE, Mike Greenley, who recently joined the corporation, was present to receive the award and present the CAE systems’ capabilities to us initiates.
The bottom line is: The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the Canadian Armed Forces with the right equipment to do their jobs and modernized training is critical to that end.
Serious business but great fun nevertheless.
STAY-TUNED FOR LIVE ACTION
This has nothing to do with Quinte; but, we all need to summon the child inside sometimes. We are all too serious. Enjoy!
Last Friday, I dropped my cell phone (yet again) rushing to shoot film at a client compound. As I retrieved it, my heart sunk. The device’s face was gone, replaced by a hundred cracks and a hint of its digital past life. I didn’t go nuts as I was on client turf, convincing myself I would obtain contact with humanity again one day. I continued filming, clients keeping watch in case I had a coronary.
To my surprise I was able to receive calls on my Blue Tooth; so, able to explore my options with loved ones, I drove to the Quinte Mall. The familiar chorus of nubile, cellular droids began: “breaking contracts” KACHING!, “signing a new contract” KACHING!, “buying a new device”, KACHING! My pulse raced with each iteration. My amygdala said, “RUN!”. So I did. I packed my lifeless S3 and rode five minutes away to a residence rumored to be the answer to my dilemma. The sign at entry states, “Don’t panic, the Doctor is in”. I entered, gladly.
Once in, a high counter revealed a perfect row of cell phones, awaiting to be picked up by “others like me”. I felt I belonged. I don’t remember if I said, “hello”, to the many persons inside. In a trance-like state I released my cell phone to the man sunk-down behind the counter who took the little corpse without a word and began surgery. No words were exchanged about the state of my phone.
Twelve minutes or so later, my phone was handed to me, reborn and flawless. My gait was changed from Eyeore to Tigger. I had to restrain myself from hugging all the strangers in the room. I was back in business!
ABOUT THE MYSTERY MAN BEHIND THE COUNTER
Paul Holley is on call seven days a week, working alongside his daughter Hailey who handles clients, calls and invoicing. Family members enter and exit the business quarters of the house, including pooch, Whiskey, to partake of the energy within. It seems the room has gravity pull, drawing everyone to it.
This happy family moved to 241 Bellevue Drive, Belleville, two years ago. “Your Local Cell Doctor” was launched a year later. Paul was formerly an auto mechanic in Hillier; yet, he continues to tinker on a smaller scale, no de-greasing required. The bills are smaller now and the smiles are bigger.
TO CONTACT PAUL OR HAILEY HOLLY:
On June 25th, 2014, Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Roy, outgoing Commander of 8 Wing Operations, passed the baton to Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Cleveland. We interviewed Cleveland after the ceremony stealing him away for moments during the reception (in the film below, you can hear guests mingling in the background at the Officer’s Mess).
While high officers exhibit decorum and great discipline, it is truly a pleasure to discover their human side. It is fitting to say Cleveland is an affable man (the camera never lies) and we expect he will do well at 8 Wing. We at QuinteALIVE send him our best wishes in meeting the daunting demands of a base that is blossoming into one of the largest in the world, right before our eyes.
8 Wing Commander, Colonel D.W. Lowthian, presided over the ceremony. Honorary Colonel A. Quickert also attended. Chaplain Captain Allan Lynk and Captain Bowley gave the benediction in English and Hebrew respectively. It was a flawless and enjoyable event as usual.
The acoustics are terrible in this short video–cooling fans in the craft and perhaps other interference; but, well worth a listen. Get acquainted with our acclaimed Globemaster pilot here at 8-wing, Captain Elizabeth Thibault.
QuinteALIVE was early at the Belleville Waterfront and Ethnic Festival yesterday. We were especially committed to covering the least covered areas, the ethnic food vendors, who were barely set-up as we filmed! Isn’t the fastest way to your heart is through your palate?
Last Saturday, memories of C.S. Lewis came to life at Brighton’s, “Pixie Hill”, on Bullis Road. Pixie is a fitting name for Nichola Battilana’s miniature creations (one wonders if she has partaken of Alice’s shrinking drink in order to produce objects so small, in thimbles no less.)
On this special day the public was invited to tea in true Mad Hatter form. Little girls dressed as fairies dotted the extensive grounds, mothers in tow. They erupted at each discovery of miniatures peering through bushes and trees: toadstools, fairies, little houses and a hobbit door on the hill.
“Can I drink it?”, a young Alice look-a-like asked her mom holding up the little corked bottled perfectly inscribed, “Drink Me”. It was all too charming.
Meanwhile, husband Paul Battilana edified me on the history of his creative wife. (I might add that Paul is a widely recognized winemaker, currently touted as “the man to watch” by Maclean’s Magazine.) I enjoyed a rather fine Pinot Noir from CasaDea where he is employed.
Nichola, Paul and son Dante moved to the unique property in Brighton from Trenton in 2009; formerly, they lived in Hamilton. Set on a meandering hill, Pixie Hill functions as an ideal sprawling canvas for Nichola’s creations; yet, the front room in the house displays crammed-to-the-gills miniatures, shadow boxes, hamlets in tea cups, toadstools in thimbles, Alice in Wonderland mementoes… Nichola is schooled in the arts having graduated from Sheridan College Graphic Design. Her creations are a breakaway artform, irresistible in their playfulness and detail.
“You notice things here you don’t see in the city”, Nichola waxes about Pixie Hill, “stars twinkling, pumpkins sprouting in the garden, tree frogs sitting on our second story window ledge…” Iveson, her British maiden name, alludes to an affinity for fantasy; we agreed, it is endemic to British life.
“No assembly line creations here”, she underscores,”[yet] this is affordable art”. This is a well-funded artist, the dreaming public as her patron.
Nichola handed me her business card. It was covered in tea stains, authentic bumbling tea party style. I had to wonder if I was being punked when Dante divulged to his mother that he had discovered a decapitated (plastic) pink flamingo. Off with his head!
What great fun.
Maker of Messes
Believer in Fairies
Brett McNaueal is Quinte’s own son; but, he is known in music circles across North America for his lyrics (Rascal Flatts), his musical prowess (a guitar expert) and his beautiful voice (and heart). He has cut a few CDs which are impressive and cut to the heart as does this love song to our blessed nation, Canada.
Happy Birthday Canadians. This is QuinteALIVE’s gift to you. Play this in open air, loudly, and see what happens. I have seen the catharsis; experience it yourself.
Spread it out far across Canada and the nations and raise the spirit of many, especially our men and women in the Forces abroad.
“[Wow if you can do this, anyone can]“, fumbled the event commentator at 8-Wing’s 90th anniversary. You could sense the collective, “ouch!”, on the tarmac from the hundreds who heard it. Captain Elizabeth Thebault (formerly Crozier) gracefully held back a response.
Let me state categorically, “No, anyone could not fly the largest transport aircraft in the Canadian Forces, the CC-177 Globemaster”. Thebault has now been flying the craft for two years, since the budding age of 25. She has smashed the glass ceiling, able to hold dominion over this enormous, complex aircraft and garnered the respect of her peers and superiors; this was palpable to me as all who crossed her path while I prepared to photograph and interview her on film greeted her with earned and rank respect. Let’s not forget she flies on missions, the stuff of conflict and disasters.
I was very impressed by this pilot’s self-effacing and graceful manner. In my cathartic response to her disarming small frame and gentle manner, I mused on any hidden power. “It’s just a hydraulic system”, she humbly responded.
About her personal experience piloting the Globemaster she responds, “This is my office”, “it’s a mixture of reward, pleasure and adrenaline”.
Mayor Williams who followed 8-wing Commander Lowthian at the podium bellowed, “Holy cow, I wouldn’t mind flying with Beth”. Me too.
Stay-tuned for related film.
P.S. My apologies to the commentator; I am not immune to faux-pas. Who is?!! It just makes for a fun opener.
I have had the pleasure of speaking to Mike Adams many years ago; he hailed from Arizona then. Later he moved to Vilcambamba, an Ecuador town far above sea level, where the longest living humans were to be found (stands to reason since their lifestyle and diet inspired a great deal of health-related research.) He has returned to U.S., setting up operations in Austin, Texas.
I have watched his natural health launchpad, NaturalNews.com, grow from its fledgling start to the data and natural health behemoth it is today. His on-line publications and broadcasts are consumed the world over and unsurpassed. Just a few weeks ago he was a guest on Dr. Oz. His voice is a revolutionary one; but, also deeply compassionate and courageous.
This video released by him today reveals he has many talents beyond what I had imagined, a tireless passion to awaken the good in all of us. Watch Mike become a leading voice in the Western World, perhaps a singing one.
Among the myriad events that this region offers citizens and tourists, not much beats a full-bore presentation of aircraft and suited-up parades at CFB Trenton. This event is in QuinteALIVE’s estimation one of the top “go-to” events of the year.
8-Wing Canadian Forces Base Trenton will be celebrating the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) 90th Anniversary on Saturday, May 31 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Military Parade: Visitors to the 8 Wing/CFB Trenton RCAF 90th Anniversary Open House and Air Display can begin their day by watching a military parade as it winds its way to the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial from the City of Quinte West’s municipal’s offices starting at 9:00 a.m. The principal route will be Dundas Street East via Bay Street.
The gates behind the National Air Force Museum of Canada will open, granting access to static aircraft and community displays, a children’s area and live entertainment. A flying display, involving a variety of modern and historical aircraft is scheduled to take place between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy the following video of aircraft shot by QuinteALIVE just a few weeks ago:
Parking: Parking for visitors will be available at the following locations with shuttle service provided to the event site on the North side of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton: Loyalist College (Belleville), Mystical Distributing (420 Sydney Street, Trenton at the old crane building), and Prince Charles Public School (138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton). Public parking at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton will not be permitted.
Shuttles and Road Closure: Shuttles to the event site are expected to operate every 15 to 30 minutes continuously starting at 10:30 a.m. Shuttles returning to the parking lots from the event site will run until approximately 5:00 p.m. For safety reasons, Old Highway 2 between RCAF Road and White’s Road will be closed to traffic between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. Please choose alternate routes if you are travelling in this area.
Note to visitors: For safety and security reasons, all visitors are kindly asked not to bring coolers, backpacks or pets to the Open House and Air Display.
This video is uploaded for Quinte area business owners still digging in their heels to a reality; perhaps, this is the key factor to any stagnation or decline they may be experiencing. QA is immersed in all things web; it shifts every few years, but the trend is directional.
P.S. We have known Erik Qualmann for years; he is known and respected around the world for identifying the trends.
QuinteALIVE is beginning a new category namely, Secrets Revealed. We simply keep too many secrets to ourselves; it’s time we share these golden nuggets with our readers. We begin with something that everyone can experience now, especially women frustrated with products on the market, often expensive and over-promising benefits.
We have heard of and tested a natural item, something you would keep in your pantry, that promises to restore hair to its intended beauty in one wash. In fact, it is used as a rinse. As the hair dries, shine returns and the frizz is nearly gone to reveal smooth, soft, silky hair.
Ready for it? It’s apple cider vinegar, not the kind you get off big-box shelves for a few dollars; this version is fermented retaining its “mother” (the bits floating in it). This product is a miracle cure for many ills so it comes as no surprise to us. ACV is filled with nutrients your body craves which can restore PH balance. Your scalp is alive and will benefit greatly by simply using ACV and avoiding toxins in many brands.
SHAMPOO DISCOVERED AS CAUSE OF SUFFERING
You may not be aware that some hair products, shampoos and conditioners, are filled with toxins that cross the brain barrier. Not too long ago, I purchased a global, renown brand because it touted lavender. I normally only use truly natural, organic products. Weeks later, I read an article about how patients were showing up at their physicians’ offices across U.S. complaining of poison ivy-like sores on their backs and burning, itching all over. The discovery was made that it was “methylisothiazolinone” in shampoos and conditioners. It may also be found in lotions. This ingredient is also a neurotoxin which kills brain cells; so be vigilant and read the labels.
The timing of my stumbling across this research was uncanny. Lo and behold I had the same symptoms and this ingredient was listed last on the bottle. I ceased its use immediately and all the symptoms disappeared.
In discussion with a client here in Quinte, she too had the same experience with the same product. I have seen this ingredient on miniature hotel bottles; I suspect its use is widespread. It is shameful that corporations spend millions luring you to their “trusted” brands in advertising with these practices. I caution you to read the ingredients list to protect yourself and your family against this toxin or any variant thereof. This is why I am so receptive to a natural ingredient such as ACV–I know what it is!
ACV strips lingering hair product from your hair gently to reveal its natural appearance. Now you may not get the same effect if you are born with frizzy hair; but, your hair will be softer, cleaner and shinier. Let us know how you do if you try it. We recommend test #2 below i.e. lightly rinsing.
Shampooed with a natural brand. Rinsed hair in a cup of warm water with a few tablespoons and left to air dry. The odor was barely present, the hair gleamed and was extremely soft with no fly-aways.
Shampooed with a natural brand. Rinsed hair in same as test #1 but this time, rinsed out briefly. The effect was as #1 and again, no odor remained.
Shampooed with a natural brand. Rinsed hair in same as test #1; but this time, rinsed out excessively. The effect was slightly less. Again, no door remained.
We used “raw, unfiltered, Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “Mother”. You will find it in natural health stores or natural/organic sections at some grocers. Cost app. $5.00 to $8.00 . There are many good brands to choose from. Don’t even think of buying heated “pasteurized”, dead apple cider vinegar (the clear stuff).
Now stay-tuned for what else this indispensable item will also do for you. It will astound you. We recommend you buy two bottles; one for the pantry and one for the bathroom.
QuinteALIVE filmed the ceremony attended by hundreds of men and women from CFB Trenton, 8-Wing, the Canadian Legion, and, dignitaries. All were gathered for Canada’s, National Day of Honour, commemorating the end of its mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014. The weather was beautiful as was the site, Bain Park, adjacent to CFB Trenton, where the memorial stones and engravings are located. This video is a short montage of some of the highlights.
We will not forget you, Canada’s fallen brave ones.
It was a challenge to capture these craft from this angle (straight on, under belly). The camera can adjust focus quickly for helicopters; but, not so with jets. I mucked with footage to give you something that would not have you grabbing for the Gravol. It was great fun hanging with the usual gaggle of talent from our local media.
Tomorrow is the big day: The National Day of Honour. This event officially ends Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.
We are all familiar with the marina in Belleville, Meyer’s Pier, a truly beautiful site, especially at sundown; however, there is another Marina of a whole different sort. The other Marina features memories from the turn of the previous century, through the roaring twenties right up to the eighties. Everyone who experiences her finds comfort in shared cherished memories, the boomer set among them; a deep emotional experience naturally ensues. Visitors’ childhoods come to mind, mother, father and grandparents. Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire among others are also in the narrative. This Marina and her “gallery”, releases dopamine in the brain the moment you cross the threshold.
“I have visited vintage shops across North America”, exclaimed an ebullient Sara Jessica-Parker look-alike from Beverly Hills California, “this is the best one I have visited yet”. (It was uncanny how she appeared, sounded and bristled just as the famous actress.) I witnessed this excitement as I too was releasing my own to the owner present; imagine being on the receiving end of a spontaneous chorus of adulation; however, this is a common experience.
Marina Boretski, Founder of Boretski Gallery, downtown Belleville, is accustomed to this catharsis. Marina is present daily to nurture these emotions, sharing tales of days past through artifacts, beaded purses, pillbox hats, cameo brooches, taffeta dresses with crinolines, long white cotton gloves, velvety evening capes, gold encrusted pill boxes, festooned opera glasses and endless objets d’art worn in the years some of us still remember. She may be a purveyor of historical goods; but, truly she is a skilled curator.
Here is a peek at a few of thousands of items within (we estimated 10,000+):
“I was fascinated as a young teenager, I had a love for fashion; but, I had to be different. I even taught myself to sew. As years passed, I combed through antique stores for antique apparel relentlessly”, Boretski explains. Such is the genesis of the current, bulging inventory at Boretski Gallery.
300 Front Street
Downtown Belleville, Ontario
Web Site: http://BoretskiGallery.com
The public is invited to join military Members for the 28th Annual Surf ‘n Turf Relay Race, which will take place, Friday, June 6th at CFB Trenton. The relay includes running, canoeing-kayaking, biking and swimming. From where I sit, I wish there were a “gurney” leg; this event is not for the faint-footed (I just made that up).
“This year’s event will see close to 100 teams consisting of over seven hundred competitors and support personnel from all over Canada. As a grand total, including all those volunteering to organize and run the event plus spectators, the event will involve more than a thousand people,” said Major Neil McMahon, lead organizer for this year’s Surf ‘n Turf.
Surf ‘n Turf, a fast-growing sporting event in Quinte West, is organized by CFB Trenton. It is an eight-leg, cross-country fitness challenge of 60KM spanning the Quinte West area which finishes with a “glory run”. Athletes can either work in teams of up to eight members, race in pairs (Tin mates) or as individuals (Tin man/women).
“This event has grown year after year and continues to provide an excellent opportunity to foster camaraderie among military members and cultivates the spirit of sportsmanship, community involvement and strengthening the bonds of friendship between our military personnel and the local communities,” said Major McMahon.
Register online at www.onlineregistrations.ca/surfnturf/ by May 27, 2014.
Entry fees include race entry, race T-shirt, post-race BBQ, and on-course refreshments.
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Politics is not for the faint-hearted; thick skin is a pre-requisite to surviving public redress, the dark side, endemic to the task . Once in awhile a Teflon politician emerges, surviving time in office without a bruise or a bump; but rather, an unusual, high approval. Enter Quinte West (Trenton) Mayor John Williams.
Williams’ attendance at events and business openings in the region verges on omnipresence. “He was there for everybody”, I have often heard. (QuinteALIVE has quite an inventory of images to prove it!) It’s no understatement that he is a champion of small business and community fund-raisers.
Under his leadership, the once dog-eared facades and infrastructure of this large community have bloomed–roads, bridges, waterfronts, buildings, parks, memorials, signage, etc… He’s been no slouch at cleaning up the much maligned “riffraff” that lingered in the crevices of the downtown Trenton core. Perhaps it takes a hotelier to transform a community; service and aesthetics are bred-in-the-bone. (Williams owns several hotels currently headed by his sons, Brad and Ryan.) Quinte West’s community pride seems restored, palpable, this 2014. Ask anyone.
Williams was elected in 2006, eight years ago. As he approaches the end of his final term this October, QuinteALIVE captures the man in this episode of “Up Close”, live on camera, unscripted, unplugged. You will enjoy his quick wit and repartee with Dave Shoniker, Guest Host. Keep an ear open till the end for capital projects in progress, his down-sized focus at the homestead, and, emotions in relation to the people he works with every day.
The word is, the Mayor will walk, this April 27th after he delivers his last oration to kick-off the annual Half Marathon in support of Trenton Memorial Hospital. The Half Marathon event is purported to be highly esteemed by the Mayor.
“We have to raise over $750,000 this year for priority medical equipment like telemetry that monitors cardiac patients, operating room equipment, ultra-sound for ophthalmology. We need a camera for cervical cancer screening. We need a glidescope to open the airways…”, Wendy Warner, Executive Director, Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation, lists ex-temporally. “The government does not finance equipment; only operations in hospitals”, she explains regarding the Foundation’s unrelenting quest to raise funds. Clearly, Warner’s work is “life or death”, even if she does not find herself in the surgical theatre.
In the political race, Mayor Williams will not run again; it is expected he will be in office until Election Day, October 27th, 2014. Stay-tuned for QuinteALIVE’s live fireside chat with this successful Mayor about the past, the present and the future to be aired later this month.
Quinte West Healthy Half Marathon in support of the Trenton Memorial Hospital offers something for everyone “sprinters to shufflers”. Choose from a schedule that suits your physical form:
HALF MARATHON SCHEDULE – April 27, 2014
8:00 AM – Registration opens (for those not already registered on-line)
8:45 AM – Mayoral address
9:00 AM – Half Marathon Starts
9:30 AM – 10K Walk OR Run Starts
10:00 AM – 5K Run OR Walk Starts
10:00 AM – Hospital Mile Starts (a mile with no competition, bring your friendly dog, children, wheelchair friendly. The Mayor will be heading this leg of the Half Marathon.)
Route begins and ends at City Hall parking lot.
PLEDGE AWARDS TO TOP EARNERS:
1st place: 2 tickets to Justin Timberlake concert with overnight accommodation in Ottawa from Williams Hotel
2nd Place: Running shoes from Tri & Run Sports
3rd place: 6 month membership to the YMCA Trenton
RACE TO REGISTER:
The first 200 participants who register before Friday, April 18th, 2014 will receive a Race Kit/T-Shirt.
Race kits will be available for pick up on:
Friday April 25th after 12:00pm noon at City Hall,
Saturday April 26th at Tri & Run Sports from 10:00am until 3:00pm
Sunday April 27th 7:30am on site at registration table
Could’o knocked us over with a feather when no other than Quinte West’s famous songstress, Phyllis Leavey-Gimpel, and, owner of Beams Lighting, clicked the follow button on our Twitter account.
It is with great pleasure that we deliver our Miracle Mug with 800th Twitter Follower rank (Tweep) to her. When you fill the dark mug with a hot beverage the message appears. We trust one day these mugs will become collectors’ items in the history of QuinteALIVE !
We celebrate our approaching second anniversary by re-posting of one our most successful videos during the reign of a hotelier, Mayor John Williams. It took a hotelier!
We’ve just uploaded our latest, NEST, a video aimed at Quinte homeowners looking to renovate or obtain a new home. The people and businesses featured in this movie are reputable and talented, participating by invitation.
NEST gives a fresh, deep experience to homeowners beyond the usual search and text results available on the web (or even phone books). Our co-op videos get viewers acquainted with Founders, their missions, their voices and their works. We call our series “LIVE Source Guides”; they save a lot of time and we all know how little time we have these days.
One of the few shows I watch and enjoy on television, Masterchef Canada (also US with Gord Ramsay) is featuring our cherished air transport base and its troops. This CTV production team and its location scouts are truly innovative. 8-Wing has been desirous for some time to get closer to the community; this is a great big spoonful in the right direction.
The episode is coming up quickly this Monday, March 10 at 8 p.m. EST on CTV. The top ten home cooks face their biggest team challenge yet at the hub of Canada’s air mobility forces.
Masterchef Canada used military field kitchens set-up at the air park of the National Air Force Museum of Canada and were assisted by 8-Wing military cooks to safely operate the field kitchens. The teams were challenged to prepare a delicious dinner for 151 troops. They battled unfamiliar equipment, inclement weather, each other and the usual pressure test.
To know more about MasterChef Canada, please visit: http://www.ctv.ca/MasterChefCanada.aspx
This story has put our traffic through the roof, so we are adding a few more pics to satiate your appetite.
8 Wing / CFB Trenton is the hub of air mobility operations in Canada; it delivers supplies to the high Arctic, airlifts troops, equipment and humanitarian loads worldwide. Most personnel and equipment deployed to any destination within Canada or around the world pass through Trenton at some point. 8-Wing assets have provided ten years of continuous service in Afghanistan through its Task Force Canuck, supported the NATO missions over Libya, and recently, the humanitarian assistance mission in the Philippines.
MORE RECENT 8-WING COVERAGE:
Today, we launch, Healthy YOU, a video that will guide citizens of this region to local, alternative solutions to prevent and battle health decline. Cancer, heart disease, organ malfunctions, malnutrition, depression, sleep depravation and pain are rabid among us. It is clear that the health status in the region (and the world) is not improving and in fact, declining.
QuinteALIVE respects the great effort made by traditional care practitioners who are time and cash strapped; but, it is time for people to take charge of their own health, seeking ALL safe measures available to them to improve and restore their health and vitality.
Visit the reputable experts in this video; they offer a watershed of knowledge and experience about the human body and its needs. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Healthy YOU is the first in a film series aimed at improving Quinte’s health. We realize it will be seen worldwide on the web; the information still applies.
Stay-tuned for Healthy YOU II, the sequel.
Gary Magwood and the indefatigable, growing DocFest team are one of the “Seven Wonders of Belleville”. Their vision and tenacity is surely but slowly establishing Belleville as a hub for film development worldwide.
This interview gives insight about the effort it took to get here.
P.S. Don’t ask us what the six others are. Our cup truly runneth over.
The Chefs are poised for the perennial battle to win palates in Quinte. Yes, Savour The Chill, in Downtown Belleville is here again with 20 businesses collaborating. While the finest restaurants are participating, surprising businesses such as recently opened ladies’ fashion shop, Hello Gorgeous, haberdashery, Richard Davis, and technology shop, Plug ‘n Playland, are souping up for the event.
It is always great fun to join thousands scampering up and down Front Street to line-up at each venue and cast their ballots. A horse-drawn carriage, story time for children at the library (10:30), winter sales, free hot chocolate and coffee at DBIA offices add excitement.
WHEN-WHERE:Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10:30amDowntown Belleville
DBIA for ballots: 267 Front Street
* Each sample cost $2 (far below retail)
* BRING Non-perishable food items to donate to The Gleaner’s Food Bank
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
People’s Choice : eCafe
Judges’ Choice : Sans Souci
Enjoy this Valentine’s Day ambush on Main Street. We were surprised to say the least.
Rachel Comeau, Founder of Art For Everyone, is featured in this production by QuinteALIVE.
The day of love is closing in quickly. Men and women in Quinte have their heart set on an amour, someone that will surely be endowed with the perfunctory chocolate, jellied confection or floral bouquet. In some cases the object of their affection may be canine or feline. Nevertheless, this expression of love is perennially expected by many at this appointed time, absence of which can trigger months of servitude by the forgetful party. So it is.
What if you reach out to a perfect stranger on this special day? What if you double your purchase, buying an additional box of chocolates or any gift on theme, including a Valentine shopping gift card? What if you venture out this Friday gifting a stranger who seems to deserve it the most, that single person, elderly widower or an exceptionally kind person serving you. Now that’s a random act of love–the clean kind.
People are buying coffee for the driver behind them at coffee shop drive-thrus. I trust this will increase this Friday and perhaps be accompanied with a Valentine donut.
This is a lonely day for many, emotions heightened by awareness of this day’s meaning. Seek these strangers out and love them–make them your Valentine, even as couple. QuinteALIVE aims to set out with goodies made locally and document the responses on film. Getting that fuzzy feeling already.
A few suggestions – local not global :
(Some are featured in this site-just enter their names in the search field)
Chocolates and confections:
Mrs. B’s (Belgian Chocolates) , Brighton 613.475.5644 (shown above)
Donini Chocolates, Belleville 613.967.2378
The Crust & Crumb Bakery, Belleville (at the Pier) 613.779.1115
Taste of Country, Belleville North 613.967.3985
Trinkets and unique gifts:
Hello Gorgeous, Downtown Belleville 613.689.3333
Boretski Gallery, Downtown Belleville 613.0070 (rare vintage items)
Wish Home Accents and Gifts, Downtown Trenton 613.392.9900
H.D. Rolf The Jeweller, Trenton 613.392.3383
La Maison d’Eva Fine Lingerie, Downtown Belleville 613.771.0333
Quinte Antiques, 521 Dundas West, Belleville 613.962.1991
The Blue House, Brighton 613.661.9596
Glamour Junkie, Downtown Belleville 613.967.4438
GBoyd Boutique, Brighton 613.475.5682
Dragonfly, Brighton 613.475.6275
GreenGables, Bloomfield 613.393.1494
A day at the spa:
Polish Day Spa, Belleville 613.969.1212
Monacoe’s, Brighton 613.475.6292
Blossoms Flower Shop, Brighton 613.475.9991
Forget-Me-Not Florist, Trenton 613.392.3040
Thrasher’s Garden Centre, Belleville (potted orchids, azaleas, mini roses) 613.962.0690
Flowers By Dustin, Downtown Belleville 613.966.5555
Rock Paper Scissors, Brighton 613.475.1781
Global Pet Foods, Trenton 613.392.9191
Love Em’s Brighton, 613.475.5544
Injured hardware, software, platforms, pc and Mac, communications, all fire neurons in Jim Sanders’ brain circuitry from the time he rises until the time he puts it to sleep. He is known to many as “Dr. Jim”; people entrust him with their beloved gadgets whatever their affliction. There is a Dr. Jim following that finds customers hanging around the shop to visit a friend, long after recovery–this writer no less.
Sanders owns and operates Plug ‘n Playland, a computer shop on Bridge Street, Belleville; however, the store’s stock is secondary to Sanders own technological prowess. On most days you will find him salvaging data from hard-drives that have ceased to spin or changing computer screens that have gone dark; but, these are not challenges to Sanders. Spelunking corrupt software or operating systems that paralyze the initiates among us–these get his attention.
Sanders’ knowledge base extends to satellite products, antennas, networks and connectivity. It wasn’t long ago that he left full-time employment in this field to deal with increasing demand for tech services at the store; until then, his wife Kim ran the store and waited for him to squeeze numerous service calls into evening hours. This can be hard on the body when meals have to be skipped to meet deadlines.
This gentle, affable man is anathema to the pubescent peacocks we often find in the service side of big boxes. Invariably, the latter use a shorthand language of models, brands, technologies and acronyms, a secret code of sorts, that identifies customers who can be fleeced vs. who will not; yet, their typical hourly rate at $85 per hour is often not justified for the skill level present. On the other hand, Sanders’ depth of knowledge comes at a less daunting $55 per hour without the mumbo-jumbo. This scenario is endemic to the endless battle, small business vs. big business.
“I have all the Certificates required; but, if I don’t know something, I will find out”, Sanders qualifies. I seldom hear such humble words from techs. Sanders just applied to become a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher with Microsoft; he expects this accreditation will be final within a few weeks.
My recent experience with Apple’s “Genius Bar” in Toronto was an experience fraught with errors (my name is apparently Kenyetta!) , misdiagnosis and service slow as molasses requiring five days of separation from my beloved Mac. I passed.
The Dr. Jim experience is comforting. He listens, shares probable diagnoses, in such a manner that you feel you are already in recovery. In a day or two life returns to the tip of your fingers and you re-emerge into the great vapor that is binary language and the internet.
Dr. Jim Basic Tips:
1- Do not go into hibernation or sleep when travelling with your laptop; rather, turn it off. This will extend the life of your hard drive (and your data!)
2- Scan disc for diagnostics at least once a month.
3- For PCs run virus software often. Clamwin is excellent and free.
4- Defrag often on your PC; Mac is a bit tricky. Call Jim.
How to find or reach Jim Sanders:
PLUG ‘N PLAYLAND
30 Bridge Street East
FREE PARKING ON FRONT STREET
Lots of parking on Pinnacle and Front St. South in front of City Hall
e: admin [@] PlugnPlayLand.com
A few goodies on the shelves (BlueTooth products, car audio, video-data projectors, routers, antennas, etc…)
Rick Dutta arrived from Europe to Canada 15 years ago armed with an entrepreneurial spirit that propelled him to open a service centre on the 401 and franchise a Mr. Sub outlet in Belleville. The fruit of these projects has now been invested in the one and only full Indian Cuisine restaurant in Belleville, the Tandoori Lounge.
“You have to drive two hundred miles to get [authentic] Indian cuisine”, Dutta claims. He clarifies that there is a smaller Indian restaurant in the city, “mostly take-out”.
Tandoori has deep historic meaning in Indian Culture. The menu details the origins and meaning of tandoor, stating, “Tandoori dishes are probably among India’s most famous food internationally”; indeed, when I last visited London, U.K., I consumed a Tandoor meal.
Along with partner Mohan K., a seasoned restauranteur, Dutta intends to win the hearts of diners seeking adventurous fare. In fact, their entire families are engaged in the process. Rick’s wife, Anu, has painted authentic Indian art covering two walls of the restaurant. Their marriage was arranged 13 years ago; the two had only met twice before they were wed. Rick flew to New Delhi to collect his bride, a tall, serene beauty gifted with creative talent. Mohan’s wife and Co-Owner, Emy, serves with a beaming smile and hospitable aplomb. This fare is a family affair and a chance to re-connect with their New Delhi roots. The restaurant is beautifully appointed by Anu, perfect for romantic evenings or special occasions.
My meal was preceded by the perfunctory ‘papadum’ accompanied by a delicious chutney, prepared by Chef Simon. On its heels, my favourite Indian dish arrived, “Butter Chicken” with Naam bread for the dipping. This recipe shifted from what I was accustomed to with a sweeter taste; Dutta explained that it was a Moghul version. Different regions in India express this dish differently, Dutta used Scarborough and Markham as uncanny parallels.
“Tandoori Lounge is a fusion between all all kinds of Indian foods”, Dutta explained. Motter Paneer Masala, the most popular side dish is a Northern curry; while, Bombay Aloo, is a Western delicacy. Prices range from $8.99 to $12.99 for individual dishes. I did not try the Mulligatawny soup, with regret, a staple that says a lot about the Indian cuisine one is experiencing; priced at only $3.49, it is an ideal lunch option.
Where : 366 North Front Street (enter from Bell Blvd. South) across from Quinte Mall
For reservations : 613.968.9696
On Facebook : TandooriLounge
QA Star Rating (on 5): 4
Every once in awhile an event occurs that galvanizes people to do great things. It was very touching to witness the passion and commitment of our Canadian Forces at 8-Wing and the DART team in assisting our friends in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. See and hear Captain Christopher Daniel first-hand account of a mission that lasted more than a month.
Just popped into indefatigable Michael Fortis’ latest exploit, Captain George’s Fish and Chips, on the West side of the Quinte West bridge. Fortis is cooking up (and brewing up) a Super Bowl party that will surely go down as the “go to” Super Bowl event in Quinte.
Seven wide screen televisions and surround sound will air the pre-game events at 4:00 pm right up to the finish line–who knows when the clock will run out. Will the Seattle Seahawks be there? Let’s see.
A 39 inch High Def Toshiba TV donated by Rental City will be raffled off at no extra charge to those who attend. The odds are good–better than any lotto. Super Bowl Tee-shirts and Labatts caps are also being raffled. Expect the sound to be loud, spontaneous cheering and masticating no less!
I am partaking of the Michael’s Super Bowl Wings and I must say they are delicious–not too much batter, just the right sweet and enough meat on the bone. Wash that down with one of many Labbatt-owned beer brands and it’s a protein dinner of sorts.
To reserve your Super Bowl seats call 613.394.2888 .
Sounds good right? “Sabaaaatical”. Time off to take a break or deploy neurons to seek new meaning; but, this is an obfuscation of the first order. Spent the last month (which is why QuinteAlive has been silent) under the tyranny of weather. All infrastructure affected by the temperature: house, car, production equipment and lastly, the human vessel.
We think ourselves Northerners of sorts; but in actuality, are we ready for the wallop of unrelenting ice storms and -36 windchill?
It’s all moot now. We have overcome. The devil loses again. And here we are writing this on yet another ugly day, the “weather man” having set us up for better weather and sun. Ha!
We’ve all become somewhat dull, talking about weather–all the time. Now QuinteAlive is back ready to spice it up, literally.
This is our Christmas greeting on behalf of a smattering of our beloved Quinte customers. It was fun to visit so many in a few days. We missed a few hundred customers in this video Christmas card; but, we and they wish you all a tender, joyful, peaceful holiday–with or without the insolence of ice storms!