Beauty Secret in coffee grounds

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One cup of coffee and coffee grounds rubbed into hair and scalp.

I have discovered new use for coffee and used coffee grounds. I like that it’s natural and re-purposes a harmless food product. After I had my coffee this morning, I took a cup with the used grounds to the shower. I say, “if you can eat it, you can wear it.”

So what was my aim? To darken my brown hair and overcome a few strands fighting to become grey. It beats the 1,000 chemicals in hair dyes, some of which are carcinogenic.

According to this recipe I did it wrong because I did not use the darkest coffee and I only left it in for a half an hour, rather than the one hour recommended. I also did not rinse with apple cider vinegar (organic with mother) which makes the dye last. I wrote about this beauty secret previously. Despite my rushing and missteps, it still worked. The grey is considerably reduced and there is luster in my hair. And to boot, it works as a good scrub for the skin and then the tub.

Coffee grounds: eat them, wear them and scrub with them.

Stay-tuned for my next Beauty Secret. It’s a doozie. Hint: Fountain of youth for your skin.

Evening of flicking fun

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Louis Gauthier, Crokinole Champion . Half off the chair, chin aimed, building a sweat.

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Matt Brown, Crokinole Champion and convivial Host of the Quinte Regional Crokinole Club

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QRCC groupshot. Eric Mittenburg in foreground, right, visiting from Toronto.

I arrived at the Avaya Centre, to a room clustered on one side with intelligent looking people seated in teams around tables, flicking small pawns across large, round boards. In the throws of flicking, the Quinte Regional Crokinole Club, poked their heads up and received me wholeheartedly.

In proper journalism form, I tested the group, “Are you all nerds with a high IQ?” My question was met with breakout laughter. Test passed in flicking colour.

I settled in with camera, spotlight, sound boom and tripod and drilled the teams while they shifted to the next table every eight minutes; I didn’t have to move a muscle to meet everyone (there is an action film on its way).

I don’t remember enjoying conversations so much in recent past. The group was ready to talk about anything. And so we did.

The etymology of crokinole is actually a word for cookie; effectively, the group was flicking cookies. Perhaps in the ol’ days they used real cookies (wonder if that is where “tough cookie” comes from).

In turn, the group tested me on its origins; I guessed French accurately. Now I passed their test. This explains why I kept pronouncing it “croquignole”, a throwback to my French father’s pronunciation.

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Sisters, Shirley Wager and Betty Waite. Not to shabby earrings!

My English grandparents had a crokinole board at their cottage on Lake Erie; so, as a young child I flicked a lot when we visited. We own a board in the house at present because it elicits good memories; however, it was on its side, ignored. Now it is back out of the shadows and I am practicing for this group. I am no challenge to them, yet. I’ll flicking show them.

All kidding aside, if you want to join a great social group and enjoy a competitive game that won’t put you in the hospital, this is it. The only missing thing is a cheese platter and a good glass of wine from the County. I am promised this tomorrow at their tournament. Be there. Be square; it’s “in” again.

WHERE, WHEN IS IT?

Trillium 2000 Bldg. (behind police station), 75 St. Paul St., Belleville

September 20, 2014 – 11:00 am

Surprising Centre of Style: Brighton

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Fascinator on “Sondra”, a notorious hat model at Dragonfly

“My husband Chet orders all the fascinators”, Sandy Pasko, founder of Dragonfly, announces grinning ear-to-ear. I curled over in laughter catching her husband’s affirmative nod. Chet is a builder and looks very much the tool-belt type; yet, he procures quirky headdresses made famous by the royals in England for his wife’s elegant shop. The irony was not lost on me.

It was a beautiful Saturday in August when I visited the six apparel shops in the picturesque town of Brighton. My aim was to define its unique place in East Ontario’s style consciousness. I quickly came to the realization that Brighton is in fact a style centre, rivalling nearby Bloomfield and Downtown Belleville by the sheer number of its shops. This is surprising for a small town that features only two street corners at its centre.

More mystifying, these are not the predictable quirky little country stores which sell homemade jam on the side; the unique sourcing and quality of the products featured is astonishing. These shop owners know their trade and their markets, tourists and locals.

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Rieker sandals, The Shoe Store (CLICK ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

Take Kate Lewis, who has been running her shop, The Shoe Store, for forty years. Perhaps it is the most enduring shop in Brighton. She was reluctant to speak of her early years as a foot care specialist for the VON, consequently getting pegged as same. A visit into the store dispels this notion. Shelves billow with beautiful, high quality, stylish footwear for women, from sandals to winter boots, even purses.  It doesn’t hurt that the world renown Rieker brand is the shop’s staple, assuring customer loyalty. The hidden value shoppers don’t see on the price tag ($60 to $160) is the secret Kate keeps close, until now: a deep understanding of our anatomy related to feet and posture.

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Joseph Ribkoff dresses, The Clan Shoppe

Hop across the street and enter, The Clan Shoppe, owned and operated by Louise Boers, for thirty years. The shop is legendary in the region. Its inventory originates mostly from Canada, featuring brands like Joseph Ribkoff, J.R. and Libra. The price point ranges from $22 to $200. The two buttoned-down women serving customers at the time we visited, Trish and Debbie, were simply extraordinary; the love of serving people came from a deep place. It speaks volumes about Boers’s leadership.

I muse on the longevity of these shops. Clearly, Brighton provides a solid foundation by its geography just off the 401 and on the way to Prince Edward County. A community with substantive disposable income provides continuity.

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Sandy Pasko, Dragonfly

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Gina Boyd, G. Boyd Boutique

Walk a few doors eastward and you’ll find Sandy Pasko at Dragonfly. There are so may unique items competing for your attention when you enter the small shop, including bling and more bling; you find yourself wanting and touching everything. The atmosphere gets a boost from smart audio; Peggy Lee belted out, Give Me Fever, a cheerful throwback for the forty-plus visitors. Pasko encapsulates her offering as “affordable ($20 to $100), fashionable clothing and unique accessories”; but, truly it is a fun place to visit.

Pop back across the street and visit Gina Boyd, the acclaimed fashionista, at G. Boyd Boutique founded in 2009. This woman is always arrayed in the most beautiful colors and style, head-to-toe. You wish to purchase what she is wearing; yet, her core product is footwear. The shop is peppered with other temptations like artisan jewelry and handbags. “I am a retired motorhead”, Boyd exclaims, in reference to her previous employment at GM. Boyd’s low-brow comedy is part of her charm; frankly, it’s a sale closer. She adds, “G.Boyd is sass, class and sophistication”.

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Connie and Chuck Howell, Red Stone Clothing

Two recent openings, Red Stone Clothing, for men and women, and, Magnolia Cottage, a vintage shop, refresh the Brighton style experience. Red Stone owned by couple, Connie and Chuck Howell, opened a year ago this August. This shop is located behind the main drag, in a new strip mall off Prince Edward Street. Chuck embroiders all day, to order, on products purchased in the store for a small up-charge; this is a unique offering. The store offers all that men need in seasonal casual wear from slacks to polo shirts at the front of the shop; the back is stocked with women’s products that are uniquely sourced. Designer Cheryl Marigold’s exclusive tailored jackets look good on the rack; they are unmistakably beautiful and worth the ticket price of over $100.

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Carole Pare, Magnolia Cottage

Carole Pare is well-known in Brighton, having founded many stores, shuffled a few and moved down the road a bit. Now she is back in the heart of town since May 2014 with a vintage store replete with authentic pieces and reproductions from the roaring “flapper” 20s and forward. In the Magnolia Cottage, small furnishings and dresses are pressed together beautifully into what seems art form. Meanwhile, the natural perfume of artisan soap quaffes through the store; the patchouli-lime is the rage and was sold-out when I returned two weeks later. The crocheted gloves–gone. The white cotton “Southern-Belle” sleeveless dress–gone. It doesn’t hurt that the price-point is the lowest of the six shops at an easy $8 to $60. This gentle, elegant woman is a precious treasure to Brighton. The memories the items revive is also good for the heart.

Enjoy the following gallery for a deeper look:

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Vintage clothing closet, Magnolia Cottage

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Exclusive Leather Jacket, Cheryl Marigold AKA Fashion Cartelle, Red Stone Clothing

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MJUS and B. Unique boot, G. Boyd Boutique

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Bertolli Handbag, Black faux opening Putorti sweater (made in Canada) , green CMC cardigan, Dragonfly

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Rieker sandals, The Shoe Store

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Joseph Ribkoff dresses, The Clan Shoppe

 

Lonnie Herrington UpClose – Part 1 : “Exodus or Evolution”

2014 Candidate for Mayor of Belleville, Lonnie Herrington, has smashed two on-line polls, one conducted by The Intelligencer and another on its heels by QuinteALIVE . The internet chatter and jockeying for position that ensued was eye-opening and on occasion, an “embarrassement of snitches”.

When QuinteALIVE first interviewed three candidates, Bill Glisky, Pat Culhane and Herrington, on August 7th, all three were new acquaintances. Taso Christopher had not thrown his hat in the ring as yet; so, only a fourth candidate, Richard Courneyea was missing. Courneyea told QuinteALIVE he was “on holiday”; yet, we received reports that he was standing on the sidewalk near his store at the time of our interview.

We entered this political arena for a brief time with the objective of presenting candidates more intimately to voters; we trust our work serves them well.

Quinte Travel Agent ‘Gets Mugged’

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Wendy Phillips, Maritime Travel, Napanee, Quinte West resident, is QuinteALIVE’s 1000th Tweep

We were off to a hilarious start in meeting up with our 1000th Tweep, Wendy Phillips (“spelled like the screwdriver not the appliance”, she quips). We were waiting for her inside Captain George’s, Trenton, who hosted this rendez-vous; she was waiting outside. And so, we waited and waited for each other. Finally, QA rang her…in the parking lot!

Once together, we gave Wendy her loot, our QuinteALIVE Miracle Mug, which revealed her high and unique ranking as our 1000th Tweep (Twitter follower @QuinteALIVE). And we also proffered Wendy with gift certificates from Quinte’s retail heavyweights, Natural Sequence, Captain George’s, OffTheHook and Wish Home Accents and Gifts.

“I never expected this much”, she exclaimed. (Phew… I breathed again at her elation.)

Getting mugged” is becoming a meme in Quinte; even candidate for Council in Quinte West, Duncan Armstrong, asked us if he could “get mugged”. If only. He was our 1,031st Tweep. Our 1,100 Twitter follower will get mugged; there is no escape.

ABOUT THE SPONSORS

1- Natural Sequence is Quinte West’s top purveyor of Natural Health products and foods. Cindy King and her staff know the body and its needs–they are indispensable to our health in Quinte. They also manage a full-fledged wine-making facility at the rear.

2- Captain George’s Fish and Chips in Trenton is clearly one of the most successful restaurants in the region. The place is always abuzz. QA has often commented, this establishment is probably the cleanest in QuinteWest.

3- OffTheHook is one the top two mid to high end fashion stores in Quinte West, drawing regulars from the whole region. Brandy Brown is our most renown fashionista and a truly affable retailer.

4- Wish Home Accents and Gifts on trendy Front Street is hard to leave. A mini museum of home decor items from lamps, through stuffed chairs through mesmerizing accents. Splurge items like jewelry and scarves fly off the shelves.

 

Duncan Armstrong gets dunked for ALS

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 In The Air” with National Defence

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.

See related story below.

POLL: Public chooses 2014 Belleville Mayor

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A screen shot of our settings–to prevent repeated voting.

NOTICE : POLL IS NOW CLOSED AUGUST 22ND

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:

Lonnie Herrington

Jill Dennis Raycroft

Richard Courneyea (Twitter)

Pat Culhane

Bill Glisky

Taso Christopher (stay-tuned)

Meet 2014 Belleville Mayor Candidates LIVE CHAT

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.

Meet LIVE:
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!

http://youtu.be/108oAy6z1lI

900th Tweep gets “mugged”

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Tanya Calvo of Carrying Place, Ontario

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!

8 Wing Commander reaches One Year Milestone

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8 Wing Commandeer, Colonel David Lowthian, Inaugural Day

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).

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8 Wing Commander Lowthian’s first address.

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!

Fantastic flight over Trenton without getting off the ground

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Bridge high above ground leading into simulator. Captains Brunet and McCulloch-Drake greeting us at entry.

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.

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James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence, and, MP Selkirk-Interlake.

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.

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Mike Greenley, Vice President and General Manager, CAE Canada

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.

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CAE Simulator raised up high on hydraulic legs at 8 Wing Air Mobility Centre.

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

My Cell Was Resurrected in 12 Minutes

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Surgery in progress.

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.

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iPad before surgery CLICK to enlarge

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iPad post surgery.

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

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Paul Holley and daughter, Hailey.

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:
(613) 970-2774
LocalCellDoctor.com
QuinteCellDoctor@gmail.com

Change of Command at now massive 8 Wing Operations

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L-R : Honorary Colonel A. Quickert greets incoming Lieutenant-Colonel A.W. Cleveland, 8 Wing Operations

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).

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8 Wing Commander, Colonel David W. Lowthian presides ceremony. CLICK to enlarge.

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L – R : Chaplain, Captain Allan Lynk delivers benediction. Captain Bowley delivers prayer in Hebrew.

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.

 

 

In the Globemaster with pilot Captain Elizabeth Thebault

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.

ARRIVA! ARRIVA! Waterfront Festival is delicioso!

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?

Incredible Shrinking Woman in Brighton

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Toadstool houses in thimbles

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Miniature house, the interior richly appointed with miniatures.

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Husband and acclaimed winemaker, Paul Battilana

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.

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Nichola in dramatic form; she drank the “growing” bottle.

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.

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Hobbit door in a berm.

“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.

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Beautiful Alice in Wonderland shadowbox.

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.

 

Business Card:

PIXIE HILL
Nichola Battilana
Maker of Messes
Believer in Fairies

PIXIEHILL.COM

MOST BEAUTIFUL : I love you Canada

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.

 

Mayor Williams’ “Holy Cow” understatement to disarming hero

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Globemaster CC-177 Pilot, Captain Elizabeth Thebault

“[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.

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Captain Thebault simulates flight

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”.

90th 8-wing on podium

L- R : Captain Elizabeth Thebault, 8-Wing Commander Lowthian, Quinte West Mayor John Williams

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.

 

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C-177 Globemaster on display to public at 8-Wing’s 90th Anniversary

A video for our time : MUST WATCH

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.

8-Wing Invites You to its 90th Birthday – Saturday!

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View from inside the RCAF Museum

 

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Afghanistan Memorial, Lone soldier in foreground

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.

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View from inside a hangar. Impressive scale.

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.

RCAF 90th logoShuttles 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.

Quinte businesses are waking up

WATCH!

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.

Beauty secret tested and revealed by QuinteALIVE

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.

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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar “with mother”

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.

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Ingredient list on popular shampoo : Methylisothiazolinone

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.

Test #1:
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.

Test #2:
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.

Test #3:
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 Video : National Day of Honour, 8-Wing

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.

RCAF rehearses for National Day of Honour : VIDEO

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.

The two great Marinas of Belleville

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Marina in a Victor Costa design, a tudor-styled jacket, beaded taffeta. Period unknown believed to be 80s.

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+):

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Heavily beaded wool crepe, crinolined dress. A Rae Hildebrand design–trademark crested R/H on every label. T-length (mid-calf). Believed to be 30s or 40s.

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Turn of the century (1900s) purse and muff bag with Victorian applique. Black sheared beaver, velvety to the touch (may be mink).

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Cameo broche (cameos are carved from shells). All are handmade, unique. Estimated from the 20s. This one already caught someone’s eye.

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“This is friggin’ old”, Marina bubbles. Rhinestone jeweled Lorgnette, pops open by pressing jewel on handle. Great for opera programs. “Very uppety”, she adds.

“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.

WHERE:
BORETSKI GALLERY
300 Front Street
Downtown Belleville, Ontario
T: 613.967-0070
Web Site: http://BoretskiGallery.com

CFB calls on public to toughen-up

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2013 Surf ‘n Turf – Biking Leg

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).

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2013 Surf ‘n Turf Kayaking Leg

“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.

Surf 'n Turf logoRegister 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.

For more information, please visit:

www.cg.cfpsa.ca/cg-pc/Trenton/EN/FitnessandSports/MilitaryFitness/surfnturf

QuinteALIVE Uncovers Secrets of Teflon Mayor

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.

 

Will Mayor Williams Walk or Run?

Mayor John Williams, Quinte West, kicks-off a previous Half Marathon

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.

2013 Half Marathon Start at Quinte West City Hall

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

MARATHON4FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER GO TO:

http://raceroster.com/events/2014/918/quinte-west-healthy-half-marathon

 

 

QuinteALIVE delivers 800th Tweep Miracle Mug

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Phyllis Leavey-Gimpel – Andy Warholesque-styled image

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 !

Front Street success that surprised many

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!

 

NEST : Quinte’s First LIVE Home and Reno VIDEO

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.

Masterchef Canada airs groundbreaking episode at 8-Wing Trenton

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MasterChef Judge, Michael Bonacini, presents to 8-Wing Members the top ten participating home cooks

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

POSTSCRIPT !

This story has put our traffic through the roof, so we are adding a few more pics to satiate your appetite.

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8 Wing members enjoy the delicious dinner served by MasterChef Canada.

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8 Wing members cast their vote for their favourite team.

ABOUT 8-WING:

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:

8-Wing Captain Daniel reports on mission to the Philippines

429 Squadron and DART Go to the Philippines

8-Wing Hercules Human pull Contest

New 8-Wing Commmander, Colonel Lowthian, takes over

Outgoing Colonel Friday makes final farewell

429 Squadron, “Bisons”, change command

NEW VIDEO : HEALTHY YOU – for the health of Quinte

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.

Quinte ALIVE Interviews DocFest Co-Chair, Gary Magwood

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.

Local Chefs battle it out again

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Trophy awaits 2014 Winner

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

Footnotes:
* 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

Quinte Film : Ambush Hugs

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.

Love a Stranger

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Mrs. B’s Belgian Valentine’s Chocolates – Made Here in Brighton

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.

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Victorian Heart Lollies by Mrs. B’s

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

Florists:
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

Greeting Cards:
Rock Paper Scissors, Brighton 613.475.1781

For Pets:
Global Pet Foods, Trenton 613.392.9191
Love Em’s Brighton, 613.475.5544

Dr. Jim : Belleville’s Central Processing Human

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Jim Sanders guts a hard drive to show its fragile components

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.

IMG_0200Sanders’ 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.

IMG_0194The 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
DowntownBelleville, Ontario

FREE PARKING ON FRONT STREET
Lots of parking on Pinnacle and Front St. South in front of City Hall

http://Plugnplayland.com

Facebook/PlugnPlayLand
e: admin [@] PlugnPlayLand.com

A few goodies on the shelves (BlueTooth products, car audio, video-data projectors, routers, antennas, etc…)

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