VIDEO : 2014 Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – 6th : Audrey Prenzel PART 1

Enjoy Part 1 of Audrey Prenzel’s Live Interview; stay-tuned for Part 2. This interview (both parts) will be helpful to everyone seeking to improve their career options.

2014 Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – 6th : Audrey Prenzel


Audrey Prenzel, Award Winning Career Transition Specialist

“They don’t know how to market themselves”, Audrey Prenzel underscores in our animated discussion about military higher-ups in transition. “They can’t articulate [their value].” Helping senior military personnel transition to the civilian sector is her bread and butter; but, Prenzel’s reach goes far beyond this daily bread.

“I am a boutique level Service Provider,” she qualifies. “I am the leading authority”, she adds referencing her leading share of this market niche. Military personnel from all departments–Army, Navy and the RCAF–account for 60% of her customer base. It’s opportune that Trenton’s largest employer is RCAF. She also serves the civilian sector including Police, Fire, IT, Engineering and all manner of corporate employment.


Honorable Audrey Prenzel, Commissioned as Kentucky Colonel

“Preparing these individuals for the corporate world is no small task. They come to me with a binder full of reports, “atta boys”, and no CV (curriculum vitae/resume),” Prenzel declares. The distillation of inches of documents into a few pages, highlighting soft and hard skills begins–herein is where Prenzel’s widely acclaimed talent comes to life. On the matter of accolades, her shelves and walls are covered with them. She reluctantly let me photograph the prestigious Kentucky Colonel Commission, wherein she is referred to as, “Honorable Audrey Prenzel” (shown here).

Prenzel’s relationships with customers often begin years before a career move and continues long after. “Some clients keep in touch to update their C.V. annually”, she states. “It’s not good when they are already jobless and terrified. They should not let it go this far. You are more marketable when you are confident.”


Audrey’s Vehicle is a moving business generator in Trenton

Economy and precision of words are Prenzel hallmarks–in a bold and energetic frame. I found myself counting to ten in German, a language in which she is fluent, and regaling about Maureen Forrester’s German arias; it seems a part of me wanted to earn an “atta-girl” from this powerful human. Instead, I got a furtive, comical look that seem to say, “let’s stick with the program.” I was curious how she would handle my going off the reservation; she remained ever so courteous, playing along, playfully. I trust Prenzel’s radar is attuned to every human frequency–alpha, delta, beta, theta, gamma–she knows which one you are operating on. After fourteen years meeting with c-suiters and six-figure types all opening up their lives, pursuits and angst to her, it is safe to say she reads people well; printed and LinkedIn pages that will have a better chance at being read, flows from that instinct.


Customers often drop off resumes

“Some people find me abrupt”, she confesses without concern. Prenzel cuts to the chase so she can get to the marrow of every customer–preparing them for the minefield ahead .  “If they’re arrogant, I show them the door. I have done it to one of the highest ranking officers.”

Prenzel calls herself a “trailing spouse”, a term reserved for spouses of military personnel continuously re-posted. Prenzel has been in Trenton for seven years running her practice from impeccable offices, sectioned-off in her home. Her husband, three children and two pugs have settled-in nicely here; thus, she plans to stay put and helicopter-in wherever she is called across Canada and internationally.

She invariably travels for speaking gigs. Just last week University of Toronto engaged her to speak to Grads about their career prospects. “U of T is really progressive”, she exclaims, qualifying, “but most career centres at Colleges and Universities suck.” Prenzel is comfortable on stage, engaging audiences and peppering her talks with humor. (I think I received my own private presentation; so engaging was she that time flew by.) “I had my first speaking engagement in Grade 6 and by the time I was in High School, I was working at the Collingwood and Barrie radio station.”

Audrey Prenzel Career Transition Services

Book Cover – Military To Civvie Street

Now Prenzel adds Author to her own C.V. by publishing her first e-book, Military to Civvie Street : The Complete Job Transition Guide for those leaving the RCAF, Army and Navy. You can view the details at Prenzel’s site.

Helpful Articles by Audrey Prenzel

5 Technical Resume Mistakes by Audrey Prenzel

Add the WOW Factor to Your Resume by Audrey Prenzel




Audrey Prenzel’s Awards from CDI and TORI

Prenzel hails from the Simcoe County area, Collingwood/Wasaga Beach, Ontario, where she was employed as an Elementary and High School, Special Education teacher, for 13 years; in the last years, she launched her solo practice, “Resume Resources”. Within a few years, she made the full switch leaving the teaching world to run her practice full-time. She changed the name a year ago to the current; but, the top level key words and domain on the web guide many to her door.


Audrey Prenzel Excellence and Achievement Awards CDI

As our interview evolved, I began to wonder where her strength came from. Digging deeper, I found a young girl raised in a good family with a stay-at-home mother and a father, also a teacher, who was an encouraging force; there is no driving trauma as history often proves. The family was not economically set to finance Prenzel’s higher education; so, as young as fourteen she began to work, often holding down three jobs, scraping and saving. Prenzel often wrote eulogies on the side–for pay–a unique skill that clearly informed her then fledgling service writing living stories we call, “resumes”. This combination of circumstances are clearly the catalyst in shaping a woman of unusual confidence.

“You need to change your Twitter avatar,” I advised gratuitously to Prenzel, “you are a powerful individual and the current image does not reflect that.” Prenzel was not above my advice and received it in the light it was intended. It seems we found a kinship in our hours together. The biggest challenge in her career would be to guide this writer who has been self-employed all her adult life–a wild one of sorts. That could be her undoing.

Certified Advanced Resume Writer
Canada’s FIRST Certified Employment interview Consultant
Internationally Certified
TORI Toast of the Resume Industry Winner
CDI Expert
Colonel, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels


When Belleville businesses danced in top hats

A few years ago we created this video with our old film cam, an old spotlight, using stills, music, sound effects, a bit of live footage and…hats. The performers were all small business owners in downtown Belleville and the periphery. Lest we forget, former Mayor Neil Ellis was a good sport.

Getting this production done was not easy–to say the least. Getting people to say ‘yes’ and share a vision took perseverance. At some point, we almost quit; but, that’s just not in our DNA.

We believed that adding the periphery businesses to the story anchors Downtown more deeply in visitors’ and locals minds. In our view Meyer’s Pier area, Coleman and Pinnacle businesses are key to anchoring the Downtown area–they add value and scope. These are in our video too.

We also discovered that Downtown is authentically an entertainment centre; this needed to be communicated. So this was to be our storyline. After all, the area is replete with theatres, art galleries, fine restaurants, cafes, street events. Enjoy a look at The Heart of Belleville not so long ago. We saved the best for last.

Are we set for a redo? Yes, when the revitalization is complete.

West Trenton : Music and stills can bring it !

We produced this video almost three years ago of West Trenton. We had an old Canon film camera with a so-so sensor and an old spotlight; yet, we opted for stills and editing. A couple of the businesses featured are gone; but, it sure feels good to see this again. Try not tapping or wiggling while you watch.

Four quickies featuring Quinte’s best !

QuinteALIVE shot and edited these quick videos of local businesses. Now they have rich content to use for their websites and social media. (And these productions did not break their bank accounts!) Hope you enjoy. We know these business operators and we stand behind their quality and integrity 100%.

I met Royalty in Prince Edward County


Liz and Kimball Lacey, Owners, Lacey Estates

“People think the circles in our logo are grapes; but, they are actually cannon balls,” Liz Lacey reveals. The history of Lacey Estates has legs, dating to Loyalist lore–the Laceys are to-the-ready with tales to regale visitors.

Each year wineries in their respective regions celebrate Wassail, an old tradition celebrating the harvest before the onset of winter. Prince Edward County winemakers vote each year for their King and Queen of Wassail. In 2014, Liz and Kimball Lacey were crowned by their peers. It is a romantic tradition that keeps the wine conversation fermenting right up to the Christmas season.


Kimball and Liz Lacey donning their traditional Wassail crowns, hand-made by a local artist.

This author was greeted by King and Queen Lacey a few weeks ago. The sun beamed through the windows of their sparkling winery where I was able to view the Lacey vineyards. These acres are the progenitors of an excellent, aromatic Gewurztreminner and a velvety, Pinot Noir (shown above). I had the pleasure of tasting them Lacey-style. Kimball taught me how to aerate the wine, extracting the fullness of its bouquet–we sniffed, gurgled and swished.


Handmade quilt by Liz Lacey, Lacey Estates. CLICK TO ENLARGE

The winery’s tasting room is replete with Liz’s extensive creative talents. Walls are covered with quilts she has stitched with her own hands; they are beautiful in composition and exquisite detail. The sideboard where crowds lean during a wine tasting event is another creation which houses thousands of Lacey corks under glass.

King and Queen Lacey are consummate hosts, graceful as royalty would be. A visit leaves nothing to be desired of a wine tasting experience. I recommend!

Lacey Estates
804 Closson Road
Hillier, Ontario
(Prince Edward County)

QuinteALIVE : 2014’s Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte (VIDEO)

At the “barely ripe” age of 25, Erin Keats purchased a long-established business in Trenton, Ontario. Learn of her methods, her talents and maturity in making such a big leap in this video. Make no mistake, Keats is wise beyond her years. (There is another person in the picture.) Entrepreneurs should be inspired!

Quick Fun Survey about People in Quinte

2014’s Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – 5th : Erin Keats


Erin Keats, New Co-Owner of Established, Trenton Specialties and Delicatessen PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE

She turns 25 tomorrow; yet, Erin Keats exhibits maturity uncharacteristic of a person so young. Keats was born in Belleville and moved to Brighton with her family as a young girl. She attended Quinte Christian High School, graduating in 2008. A Small Medium Enterprise Management program that develops young entrepreneurs at Algonquin College gave Keats the impetus to make a bold step into a promising venture.


Current storefront, Trenton Deli. PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE

Keats had spent months deliberating about the purchase of Trenton Specialties and Delicatessen, previously owned and operated for 34 years by Trenton’s European food purveyors, Rika and Bert Mouw. Bert had such deep roots and friendships in the community that when he passed away four years ago, friends gathered to plant a tree nearby in his memory. Keats has big shoes to fill; but, she has the wisdom to know it. This writer observed Keats serve customers with aplomb and intuitive warmth.


Current store interior, before Keats’ alterations. PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE

In her due diligence, Keats worked at the deli under Rika Mouw’s direction for several months, learning the ropes and assessing the opportunity–keeping her intentions hidden from the public.

“Erin has bought my business,” bristled Mouw, as she prepared my take-out lunch. I was awestruck by the news; I knew we had found one our “ten most fascinating people in Quinte” in Keats.

I had met Keats often as she managed two different retail shops over the years–one in Belleville and one in Trenton. I knew the Mouws’ legacy would live on in her. Rika Mouw still clocks of few days a week serving patrons; but, Keats is now in charge.


Erin and Adam Keats

In my preparation for our live interview, I discovered the wind beneath Keats’ wings, Adam Keats, her husband of three years and business partner behind-the-scenes. He maintains work during the day elsewhere; but, he is very present in the business assisting on store upgrades. The love and respect these two share for each other is touching and clearly strengthens their resolve to succeed.

“I met Adam in Ottawa he’s a phenomenal man, and has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. He is very talented. He’s an excellent salesman, great merchandiser and has great business sense. I couldn’t do this without him. I’m the face behind the counter, working with the customers. Adam does a lot of behind the scenes work. We are successful as a partnership. Adam and I have always had the goal to be business owners together. “


Imported chocolate is a staple in Trenton Deli. PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE

“It’s Trenton Deli now,” Keats exclaims. The official name was a little long; but, it was most often referred to by customers as, “the Trenton Deli”. Re-branding was a natural first step.

“I asked Rika for European music and she pulled out all of these CDs,” Keats explains on my remarking the European music playing overhead. Keats understands the meaning of a retail experience–in this case, an authentic European one.


A wide variety of meats keep customers coming to Trenton Deli. PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE

“I didn’t enjoy it, but I was good at it,” Keats opines about her studies in Graphic Design at Algonquin, prior to completing her business program.  Little did she know these skills would serve her well. She looks at the Trenton Deli with a trained eye. New blackboards await the store’s offerings which will be inscribed by her own hands. Objects that compete with an authentic European market have not escaped her eyes; they will be cast away or concealed. The transformation will be subtle but surgical.

“As a young child, I always wanted to own my own business. Parents and grandparents are business owners; entrepreneurship is in the blood,” Keats sums up.

Enjoy the gallery below.

Erin Keats at the service counter, Trenton Deli. PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE


Unique, cultural imports bring European customers back, Trenton Deli . PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE


A large variety of cheeses at Trenton Deli. PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE


Current decor at Trenton Deli is distinctively European. PHOTO BY QuinteALIVE

STAY-TUNED for the live interview at our show, Up Close at QuinteALIVE

O! it’s Hugging Time Again in Quinte

We shot the great Rachel Comeau hugging the public in Quinte West last Valentine’s Day. We thought it would be a comedy; but seems everyone needs a hug. Hold till the end (4 mins in)–there is a little drama!

Quinte is a hugging place!

All You Need is Love

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All You Need is Love band PHOTO BY Bob House

All You Need Is Love–the bandresonates with this writer. The first 45 I purchased as a teenager was The Beatles’, “She loves you.” I played this vinyl wonder on Dad’s turntable over and over when my parents went out for the evening–a nice break from Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Schubert. I never got caught–so I believe.

All You Need Is Love logoThe chance to experience The Beatles’ music with this extraordinary band is upon us this Valentine’s evening in PEC. This event is near and dear to us boomers who lived through Beatlemania, love beads, flower power and John and Yoko’s “Bed-in”. All You need is Love  features Andy Forgie (lead vocals), Mark Rashotte (lead guitar and vocals), Steve Smith (drums and vocals), Al Haring (guitar and vocals), Paul Lockyer (keyboard and vocals) and Vitas Slapkauskas (bass guitar). While the group is known to us here in Quinte, its performances have reached far into Europe and USA over many years.

The goal is to help PEC Memorial Hospital acquire equipment desperately needed by its doctors and nurses–the government does not fund equipment. There’s nothing like unselfish love–one that gives expecting nothing back. Nevertheless, the pleasure you get in knowing you could be helping a very ill stranger to heal is exhilirating. All You Need is Love  opens with a Silent Auction and moves to the concert an hour later.

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Cover of Abbey Road.

Many corporate Sponsors are sponsoring the event including Huff Estates Winery and Inn (Platinum Sponsor), Royal LePage ProAlliance and RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities.

You too can be a Sponsor by purchasing one or more tickets to the concert at $50 each–you can still purchase seats.

QuinteALIVE has donated art to the silent auction. Many businesses including Beams Lighting, Vivacious and Wish, Trenton, and, individuals have donated precious items. You may still be able to donate; but, you certainly can put in bids.

For a romantic dinner you may wish to make reservations at Wellington’s:

Or in Bloomfield:

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their Peace Bed or “Bed-in”.


We can’t imagine a better Valentine’s evening in Quinte! Can you? Gentlemen, this will impress the lady in your heart.

When: February 14th. The auction opens at 7:00 pm; the concert kicks-off at 8:00 pm.

Location: Wellington Community Centre’s, Highline Hall,  Wellington

TO GET TICKETS NOW: Go to to get info on tickets. Or call 613.476.1008, ext. 4503 or 4425.

Downtown Trenton Blooming Before Spring


Nicolas Servel, Manager, l’ Auberge de France, Trenton, takes a pause for QuinteALIVE

New growth continues in Trenton unabated. The blush is not off the rose. Downtown is quickly becoming the flower on its lapel–where a decade ago, the city had no lapel.


Patisserie at L’Auberge de France may have special meaning.

A new and exciting tenant, LAuberge de France, opens its second location on Front Street, a tributary to its long-established downtown Belleville restaurant. Founder, Jean-Marc Salvagno, a famed French Chef in the region, increases production to meet the demand by local palates seeking new and indulgent fare. Nicolas Servel runs the bistro juggling the frothing of cappuccinos, patisserie and “sandweech”. In the four seated sections, guests can experience “la belle vie”, French chansonniers, Aznavour, Piaff and Trenet quaffing from above.

Two formerly “connected at the hips” shops have moved into two locations, across the street and around the corner with different offerings. Wish etc… took over Rosehips, the florist, adding accessories and items to serve the events market. Wish, the home design shop, has expanded on Elgin street in a larger location, surprising everyone on entry with its scale, aesthetic decor and expanded selection.


Andrew Josey, Founder, Sox It To Me, poses for QuinteALIVE

Now to really sock it to us, a rare treat for our feet opened in September on Dundas. Sox it to Me founded by Andrew Josey is chock-full of socks, stockings, hats, gloves, PJs, scarves for men, women and children. Zero Point is the big brand in the store. Josey has a long history in the socks business originating in Trenton; he works the week heading a leading sock corporation in Toronto, supplying retailers everywhere. There is nary a sock store in the greater region; you could say this shop is a destination location.


Angela Wildish, Owner, Vivacious, framed by bridal moms dresses. CREDIT QuinteALIVE

Sox It To Me’s neighbour, Vivacious, was purchased by Angela Wildish from Hope Stone last June. Wildish has rebranded the apparel store’s graphics beautifully and added her touch on a new, expanded line-up of merchandise serving all sizes and ages 30 and up–70% is Canadian made. A new spa, Vivacious Day Spa, anchors the store at the rear, offering pedicures, manicures, facials, waxing and massages.


Trenton Specialties & Delicatessen storefront

Vivacious’ neighbour, Trenton Specialties & Delicatessen, has changed hands after 34 years. Former owners Rika and Bert Mouw, built a solid clientele of regulars looking for high quality Europeean foods–Dutch and German are currently the staples. It is now under the control of Erin Keats, a bright 24-year old. Keats aims to add imports from several other Europeean countries thus expanding its customer base. Who does not yearn for foods from whence you hail?

Giant Tiger is due to vacate to its new digs on the East end of Trenton; we await to see who will house this empty spot. The tenant will have to live up to a new standard–an upwardly mobile downtown Trenton, ready to serve travellers docking at its sparkling new marina this summer and locals looking beyond the big boxes.

Can Downtown Trenton* now take its earned place as a “hub of style”?

* Also known as Quinte West

VIDEO: 2014 Ten Most Fascinating People in Quinte – No. 4 : Katie Uhlmann

Enjoy the promised live interview of Katie Uhlmann in Trenton, Ontario, at the delightful Thai Sushi. Katie is shifting her role on red carpets around the globe–learn how so. Enjoy!

NOTE: Also read the story below this post on Katie Uhlmann.

2014 Ten Most Fascinating People in Quinte – 4th : Katie Uhlmann


Katie Uhlmann interviewing George Stroumboulopoulos, “Strombo”

I chuckle at the idea that I interviewed an interviewer who in turn, interviews interviewers; hence, our prefacing with Canada’s own, Strombo. In her blooming 20s , Katie Uhlmann has clocked 3,000 interviews of celebrities in the entertainment industry. In 2009, she graduated in Drama at Queen’s U. While at Queen’s she performed in community theatre and was also an on-campus reporter for the university’s local TV show. Two years later, she launched “Katie Chats”, a communication brand she boot-strapped, foisting herself into the entertainment community with a microphone.


Katie Uhlmann, Actress, Entertainment Reporter, Writer, Director

I could not help wonder from where this confidence and boldness arose in such an affable young woman (there is an Mentor revealed in her live interview). “Katie Chats” was a smart entry-point bringing Katie into contact with powerful background and on-screen players. QuinteALIVE has watched her career progress for awhile (she is an avid Tweeter.) This Trenton born and raised young woman is now well-known by many across Canada’s growing entertainment industry; but, she is also acquainted with movers and shakers South of our border.

Katie is the daughter of highly respected Optometrist, Dr. Bernard Uhlmann, Trenton. Her mother, Joanne Uhlmann, spent years developing “Spy Moms”, short, comedic video-spoofs produced here in Trenton and posted on YouTube; clearly, she was an inspiration to Katie.

Rarely do I witness a more patient, well-bred guest from my own domain. As our sound battery died out, a new take was required. And another. Our spotlight broke off our film camera and catapulted into a sea of chairs; Katie remained calm and helpful with each “slapstick” moment. She reminded me of the Queen, who reportedly spilled her tea to make her clumsy guest feel comfortable. This empathy and patience is surely a key ingredient in her quick rise and successful exploits.

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Katie Uhlmann in leading role as Cassie in “Pyramid Scream,” to be released this Spring 2015.

We watch as Katie is now in post-production on a short, dark comedy, “Pyramid Scream”–Writer, Co-Director and Lead Actor. The storyline is brilliant in this 8 minute film seeking to be programmed at TIFF, Cannes and Sundance–the big three. She called in favors and built a crew of 20; but, who could turn this delightful creative down. “I will owe many beers,” she quipps in her live interview.

Katie continues on as Entertainment Reporter; but, her attention and time are now aimed at developing her acting career. She refers to herself as, “all-round goofball”–how fitting since comedy is the genre she favors. She has been in countless television shows, indie films and commercials priming her career in acting.


On set as Rachel O’Hara in feature film, “Kingdom Come.”

On December 2nd, “Kingdom Come,” a feature film where Katie plays disturbed teenager Rachel O’Hara, was released across Canada (it’s available online, retail and on Rogers on Demand.)
Katie was also cast in feature-length, “Recall” (coming out soon), with lead actors and directors, Michael James Regan and Andy Sechi  .


Soon, we may not see her holding a microphone on red carpets around the world as much; but, on the other side, speaking into one, well prepared to answer questions she has spent years forming.


NOTE: Thai Sushi, Downtown Trenton, hosted our live interview in their beautiful restaurant–there is no staged studio in Trenton, yet. Thank you Ken and staff!

STAY-TUNED for the live interview.

Enjoy the gallery below of Katie with other stellar guests:


Katie Uhlmann interviews Canadian Director, David Cronenberg, about “Maps to the stars”, his latest film heading for Cannes Film Festival


Katie Uhlmann interviews Canadian Comedian and Winner, Rick Mercer, at Canadian Screen Awards


Katie Uhlmann interviews Academy Award Winning Actress, Juliette Binoche


Marina in Trenton speeding toward launch date

Peeked in at the land designated along the Trent River, Trenton, for a look at our sparkling new Trent Port Marina. Despite the biting cold and frozen ground, it is advancing at a good clip. Here is a photo shot last Friday, January 23rd. Framing is up, including a tall architectural tower.


Trent Port Marina progress, late January 2015.


Architectural drawing of the main building.

The new marina is due for opening Spring 2015. It looks timely for boaters to make plans for one of 370 slips. Downtown Trenton’s beautification has been progressing at an unrelenting pace over the last few years. The city is ready to serve the most discerning visitors with new and refurbished bistros, cafes, shops and stylists.

It seems slips and hence, boats and yachts, will be visible from the seats in the swanky Quinte West library. It will make an already glorious view a little more interesting–making seats at its own windows and outdoor tables prime reading real estate. Mark our words, the Trent Port Marina will be a boon for Trenton–and the whole region.


We produced the short video below at (shot at 24fps) when we just launched in Spring 2012. It features our tiny marina which is rumoured to be closed. Enjoy the memory here. Or visit while you still can.

2014’s Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – LIVE interview of Sherry Karlo

Sherry and Richard Karlo founded Karlo Estates in Prince Edward County ten years ago. The story of Karlo Estates’ growth is impressive. It seemed there was no stopping this dynamic couple; yet, the unexpected occurred in 2014. This is a story that moves emotions and inspires.

STORY : You can also read the story published a week ago by scrolling below.

NOTE: The pitter-patter you hear in the video’s background is freezing rain hitting the roof of the winery’s Tasting Patio.

Quinte : Your body will love this and it will show

Gold Bullion

Gold Bullion

There is one food so powerful for its multiple effects on your health it probably should be gilded–and valued higher than gold bullion on the commodities exchange. Its principal ingredient is, “medium chain fatty acids (MCFA).” I read that it is, “the next best thing to mother’s milk”–we all know how this gives every human life a critical start and contributes to long-term health.

A few years ago this writer was literally unaware of an enormous tumor draining me of life’s essential nutrients. I entered emergency surgery blessed with a surgical team, the Departmental Chief in a leading hospital and quite a retinue–simply this “thing” was unusual. I say no more. Once removed, they would not let me see it in a jar–and that just as well. I was so glad to be rid of this burglar of life, I was ebullient on awakening; yet, the problems did not stop there. My heart began to fail for the next few years, experiencing tachycardia events which can take your life in moments. Suffice it to say, I have been acquainted with many ambulances and emergency wards. One cardiologist awarded me with the “lowest B12 he had ever seen”–apparently this is a death sentence. I am a walking miracle.

It seems my body was missing vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals (perhaps enzymes and amino acids too)–I had a malabsorption issue. In those days I tended to buy the wrong foods along with good foods; I truly believe I suffered from malnutrition. So it is imperative I share my discovery with you. I am an avid promoter of all things natural, organic–leveraging the healing power of God’s nature at our fingertips. These foods and supplements have healed me; but, today I focus on the most powerful of all foods. This story is merely one of many solutions for your health issues; but, this one food is so powerful you simply must include it in your kitchen and in your bathroom.


Coconut Oil, solid in a jar

There are bad fats and there are good fats–the latter are essential to good health. The good fat I feature here has received a ridiculous, unwarranted bad reputation for years–one can only wonder who was behind the smear campaign. Coconut oil is the super-hero of good fats.

This author lathers herself in coconut oil after a shower and before going to bed. It removes make-up perfectly. It conditions hair. It pulls bacteria from your mouth and your teeth–it is antibacterial. It can literally rejuvenate your gums and perhaps, arrest gum disease. I admit vanity is difficult to quell; so, you will also enjoy coconut oil to heal wounds, scars and the much-sought, reducing of wrinkles.

When ingested, coconut delivers nutrition missing from most diets, making organs function better.  It can be used to cook and in endless dishes; but, its true power is in ingesting it unfooled-around-with,  straight from the jar. Considering that you can eat it, you can fearlessly wear it–you cannot claim that for any marketed beauty lotions and creams.


Mya at 75 in human years. Beauty eh?

Moving beyond my own testimony, I give you Mya, our family cat. She is old. Her vitality seemed to be fading, her fur was thinning, her teeth crumbling, her gums inflamed. All visible signs of decay have ceased since a daily regime of coconut oil, a good mouthful in the morning and another at night. She loves it and will forego all foods to have it. She is obsessed with it–you could say she is addicted. Her former loving gaze directed at me goes straight to the jar on my bedside. Today, this cat is healthy. Her fur is shiny with new growth and her mouth is healthy and pink again. At 13 she tears up the house in play–that’s 75 in human years. This is one time it is good to claim, “this food was animal tested.”

A paragraph from says it all:

Eating coconut oil on a regular basis has numerous health benefits. If you do some basic research on the health benefits on coconut oil you will discover just how amazing this food really is. These benefits include healthier skin and hair, lower cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased levels of immunity, proper digestion and metabolism. It has been show to provide relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and other viruses, cancer, and bone strength. The reason it is so effective and healthy is because of high levels of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. The presence of these acids contributes to coconuts antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial and general body nourishing properties.

You should only choose “virgin, organic, unrefined, expeller-expressed” coconut oil available in health food stores. Some chains are beginning to carry this by sheer demand. It keeps for years without refrigeration–it can liquify and harden without losing its effectiveness.

The maxim, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is limited, as many are saturated in pesticides; look for organic apples–the extra dollar is worth it. “Coconut oil each day keeps the doctor away,” is unimpeachable.
NOTE: Natural Sequence in Trenton carries the brand shown above. See column on right.
Excellent links:

2014’s Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – No. 3 : Sherry and Richard Karlo

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Sherry and Richard Karlo, Founders of Karlo Estates, PEC   PHOTO CREDIT: Marc Polidoro

“His house was like a wine cellar with a four-post bed in the middle,” Sherry Martin quipped of her early days with Richard Karlo. They met just over ten years ago in the most pedestrian manner. She was a creative who ran her own boutique advertising agency in Toronto and a realist painter who also taught at OCADU; he was an engineer climbing to the top of the ladder in a company serving the auto sector.

“We met on Lava Life (an on-line dating service),” Sherry confessed, “I winked at him first, and he winked at me (a tool on the website that signals interest to a potential mate). And then he gave me his phone number.”

“I was too old for him,” she qualifies. “Richard wanted to have children.”  Ironically, she was ten years younger than he–and a single mother of a 14-year old daughter. Overlooking these hurdles, they agreed to meet at a local wine bar, the choice made from a mutual interest in ‘wine’ posted in their dating profile–one word is worth a thousand pictures as this story proves. At their first meeting, Martin reports how struck she was by his considerable height at 6’4″, carried with such “kingly-ness”, she maintains. Martin learned of Karlo’s consuming foray into amateur winemaking dating back twenty-five years. He learned of her marketing skills, ones that would soon be instrumental in realizing his long-held dream of becoming a full-fledged winemaker on his own land.


Drystone bridge built without mortar at West end of the vineyards at Karlo Estates PHOTO CREDIT: Sherry Karlo

“I didn’t want him to think I was high-maintenance, so when he served me carpaccio I ate it without disclosing my vegan lifestyle,” she confessed.  “He courted me by taking me to Prince Edward County to look at properties for eighteen months. One day we tripped on a property in Wellington but no one was available to show it to us; so, we drove away only to be ensnared by a stake on the driveway, blowing out our tire and forcing us to stay. It’s as though the land was calling us. While waiting 1.5 hours for CAA to rescue us, we were able to visit the property. We knew then this would be where we would start building our dream.” Karlo took possession of the limestone-rich land on Danforth Road in 2005–all 93 acres of it, 60 acres plantable. A large barn dated at 1845 and a stream flowing through the property also fitted perfectly into his vision. And so was the genesis of Karlo Estates.

“The limestone in PEC is four times older than the limestone in wine producing regions of France,” Martin informs. This is the sweet spot for all wineries and vineyards in the region now counting 40 and and 90 respectively.

Sherry's painting of Karlo

Painting by Sherry Karlo of Karlo Estates viewed from the West.

Pitchfork in hand, the couple proceeded to clean out and restore the barn. They soon began working five acres of land using a truck equipped with a GPS (Karlo’s engineering background shows up here), planting their first three vines in 2006: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Frontenac Noir. The first vintage in 2008, included 9 varietals, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Lake On The Mountain Riesling, Frontenac Gris Rose, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Quintus (5-Bordeaux blend) and Frontenac Gris Dessert Wine; their award-winning VanAlstine port was still in the works. All grapes were either grown on the estate or bought from County vineyards. By  the time Karlo Estates opened their winery to the public, May 22, 2010, thirteen wines were on sale, available for tasting. Karlo Estates showed profit within two years of going to market–a rare, fast return in the industry. Today, seventeen acres are ‘under grape’. This is a remarkable achievement.


Sherry and Richard Karlo Wedding Day – “On the gator” PHOTO CREDIT : Marc Polidoro

Last June 2014, the couple found a brief respite to marry, exchanging vows on the dry-stone bridge they built over a stream on the estate–now the die was cast on this partnership.

Martin intimates to me in a letter, ‘Let it be known, Karlo was a Bordeaux lover at heart. He loved the heavier, fuller-bodied, more masculine wines. He made Quintus (means five in latin), his favourite wine, a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The only Bordeaux varietal it’s missing is Carmenere which we planted two years ago; so, in a year when we get a half crop of that one acre of grapes, we will put it in into Quintus.’

Quintus will soon be trumped by a feisty little brother, “Sextus”, Quintus with the addition of Carmenere–same DNA but with the addition of the sixth grape expected to result in a more luxurious taste. Karlo Estates has the only commercial planting of Carmenere in Canada as it was thought to be extinct. Sextus will be the first six Bordeaux blend in Canada.

Karlo Estates Barn Exterior

Northern view of 1845 restored barn at Karlo Estates. PHOTO CREDIT: Steven Elphick

It is this kind of cutting edge winemaking that has made Karlo legendary–bottle after bottle crowned with nominations, awards and medals. Karlo was not preoccupied with winning awards, although it is good for business; his innate desire was to produce wines that pleased the public palate. “People buy what they like, not what won awards,” Karlo would state again and again, placing relationships ahead of all.

Karlo’s imprint reaches far beyond Karlo Estates. He became one of 13 Founding Members of Slow Food in PEC and was a leading voice on food safety. He lobbied the Vintners Quality Alliance. He joined PEC Winegrowers Association and took over the design and promotion of the Wine Tour Map. His investment in time and effort in the community was indefatigable.

KarloEstatesTastingRoom WCO

One of several tasting rooms, the bar, at Karlo Estates. PHOTO CREDIT: Steven Elphick

“What brilliant wine…” Zoltan Szabo, Good Food Revolution (on Quintus wine)
“The most innovative winery in Ontario.” Angela Aiello, iYellow Wine Club
“…a stunning achievement.” Michael Pinkus, Ontario Wine Review (on Frontenac Gris Rose)


Sandbanks Harvest

Sherry Karlo pruning the vines at Karlo Estates. PHOTO CREDIT: Horst Herget

Sextus will be the first posthumous launch at Karlo Estates, Martin (now Karlo) as a solo act. The community will surely embrace her leadership. This new wine conceived by the couple will be brought to market under her watchful eye and with her marketing prowess.

Richard Karlo, larger-than-life community leader, winemaker, friend who enriched everyone he encountered–more than is common–succumbed to cancer on the evening of  November 26, 2014. His passing leaves a gaping hole in the community’s heart. For his spouse, an abrupt end to their blossoming love and vibrant life together can only be assuaged a little with the Herculean task of continuing on with Richard’s dream.

“C’mon in. C’mon in. Tell me everything that’s going on in your life,” Reverend Steve Spicer reiterated, words often spoken by Karlo–now laying inches away, lifeless, before all his friends at Wellington United Church last December 4th.


The view from Richard’s bed, monitoring construction of the new building at Karlo Estates.

“Every minute of his life was lived in true grace”, the Reverend continued. He spoke of how Jesus’ disciples were grief stricken by His departure,  paralleling the grief in the room. Warm reflections by those who knew him are innumerable. ‘His laugh was like a great big hug’, writes one. Indeed, his laugh was full-bellied filling every place he visited. “People would always come to talk with him,” Martin reflects. “He was so generous with his time.”

“We were doing so well. Everything was falling into place. Everything was good”, his spouse reflects, incredulous. She will spend years making sense of a dream cut short; yet, she will continue on with added vigour, recalling ‘Richardisms’–phrases Karlo used for each crisis.

“Don’t put things off. Do it now.”
“Don’t make anyone wrong.”
“People Appreciate Appreciation.”
“Go right up to people, say hello and give them a handshake or a hug. Even if you don’t agree with them, it puts them at ease and makes them easier to get along.”
“Move it. Move it. Move it! In the time it’s taken to complain about it, you could have had it done by now.”
“Let it be their idea.”
“People connect to authenticity. Be genuine.”
“What happens in the County stays in the County.”
“Don’t cheat. If you’re going to be the best you want it to be real.”
“In life, bite off more than you can chew and just keep chewing.”
“Don’t tell people what to do. Ask them.”
“What’s good for the County is good for us.”
“It’s relationships that matter.”
“Starting is the most important thing.”

Building the Shed

The new building at Karlo Estates to house increased production. PHOTO CREDIT: Sherry Karlo

Richard chose to spend his last weeks in the porch at the back of the trailer, laid out on a hospital bed in a weakened state, where he could watch “the shed” being built–a gargantuan building that will house increased production. Now almost complete, Karlo Estates is set for the next phase in its evolution under the leadership of the other Karlo, one who has learned the business and the art of winemaking by working 24/7 with one of the best in Canada.

On the day of his passing, Karlo approved his wife’s bottle label design for his last vintage, a 2013 Sangiovese. Tragically as his life ended, “finishing [became] the most important thing.”


Sherry Karlo pouring Quintus, Richard Karlo’s favorite. PHOTO CREDIT: Marc Polidoro

“I want to honour him by continuing on his work”, she states as her voice breaks. Camera rolling, I  listened and watched her communicate with such aplomb their ten-year journey despite overwhelming grief. This beautiful woman is perhaps unaware of her own strength. Over time, as her heart  heals, able to gaze at images of his “kingly-ness” and smile, the public will see her hand. It will be remarkable.

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Oddly, as our time together wound down on January 2nd, my film camera ran out of power–both batteries. My ‘big enough’ digital chip ran out of space. This never happens. Perhaps it was the biting cold. It seemed we were deemed to open our hearts as we sat in her truck. I was so inclined to act on a Richardism and hug her, saying, “there there.” No, that would not do. No one can ease such pain. Then from above the words came to me, “You have been given a tremendous gift, such love and such a wonderful journey so few ever receive.” As I drove away, I realized I forgot to say, “You made an enormous difference in Richard’s life. He found a great love, a muse and a talented partner to share the last ten years of his life. You enriched his life immeasurably. He too was given a tremendous gift.” What a blessed man he was to have tripped on a woman of such “queenly-ness”–one who dared to ‘wink’ at him ten years ago, unwittingly enriching what little remained of his life.

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Have a look at few more images below before you go! (all pictures above and below can be enlarged by clicking on them)

Richard's fav

Acclaimed Quintus, Richard Karlo’s favorite. A blend of five Bordeaux varietals.

Wine display

Award Winning VanAlstine on display and at-the-ready.

6 bottles left

Only 6 bottles left : 2010 Strange Bedfellows. A little whimsy.

Sherry's atelier

Unfinished portrait of Richard Karlo by Sherry Karlo, rests on easel in her atelier.

Sherry's fav portrait

Portrait painted by Sherry Karlo hangs in Loft Gallery above. It is her favorite.


2014 Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – No. 2 : Adam Short

Adam Short at his desk, assisting mobility impaired customers at Maritime Travel

Adam Short at his desk, assisting mobility impaired customers at Maritime Travel

“My head was over here”, Adam Short demonstrated, approximating the distance his head moved from his neck after his motorcycle catapulted into a road curb.

“I knew I was in trouble because I could not move”, he continues, reliving the moments before his rescue in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked as a skilled  driller, a long way from home in Belleville, Ontario.

“I was out the whole time the doctors put my head back in its place, so I didn’t feel anything”, he continues, describing these events with a remarkable cheerfulness. We could have been discussing fixing a blown gasket.

Adam Short's truck adapted to his wheel chair

Adam Short’s truck adapted to his wheel chair

Short was only twenty-three years old when his life was turned upside down by making a single wrong decision. Undoubtedly, he has been asked to repeat this story frequently over the ten years since the accident; yet, this is not why his co-workers at Maritime Travel, Belleville, nominated him as one of QuinteALIVE’s “2014 Ten Most Fascinating People in Quinte“. The focus shifts on how he has lived his life ever since.

Short with friends surfing in Costa Rica

Short with friends surfing in Costa Rica

Short is a quadraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down since this fateful event; yet, he acknowledges he is a living miracle. He reports he lives more fully today than he did before the accident.  After a year in the hospital, Short married his high school sweetheart, Francine, studied at Loyalist College for two years and traveled extensively–even surfing in Costa Rica.

Equally remarkable is Short’s foray into the travel business. Now thirty-three, he is leveraging his travels with impaired mobility into a cottage industry, serving customers with their own physical limitations. He recently joined Maritime Travel in Belleville where he is encouraged to develop a service with a virtually unmet demand in Canada.

“If you have impaired mobility, you can see the world”, he says. These pearls role off his lips throughout our live interview. Stay-tuned!

GROUP PHOTO L -R (list by Adam) : Jason – Friend of mine; Sara – We met in Costa Rica; Scott – Good friend of mine; Jeannie – My travel partner and really close friend; Adam – Me ; Chris Mo’e – Owner of Shaka Surf Retreat and Pro surfer; Francine – My wife; Cynthia – Good Friend and Scott’s Wife; Jerry – We met in Costa Rica, he is a Captain on private yacht’s

RCAF gets $415 million Christmas present

On December 19th, QuinteALIVE, filmed and broadcast the speech from our Minister of Defence, Honourable Rob Nicholson, announcing the addition of a fifth CC-177 Globemaster.

Stay-tuned for the full story.

St.Paul’s Flash Mob at Quinte Mall

A few girls from St.Paul’s Secondary School, Trenton, stood up and danced to the Spirit of Christmas. Suddenly…their numbers mushroomed. So nice of QuinteMall to do this! Great fun for everyone present.

Surprising secret : Does it kill diseased cells ?


Squeeze lemon into clean, tepid water when you rise in the morning to raise your PH and oxygenate your body. Will also cleanse your digestive tract.

Good health eludes almost everyone. Life-sustaining nutrients are disappearing from our foods and the air we breath is laden with environmental toxins. The cumulative effect is our immune defenses deteriorate. So many share their health problems with us that we are committed to helping in any way. Today we share something special that if withheld any longer would be a tragedy. Be warned items herein are controversial items; but, we cannot ignore the expert voices that support them full-heartedly.

The maxim, “Knowledge is power”, holds up here. There is so much vital information missing from the discourse on alternative solutions; yet, many experts and people are aware of what we are about to reveal.

Did you know that viruses, pathogens and parasites are anaerobic? This means they do not require oxygen to thrive. Here is the amazing fact reported by so many: pathogens cannot survive when the body is well oxygenated. Wait…they report, even cancer cells cannot exist in oxygen. This has been proven time and time again by throngs of experts; but, there are those who remain opposed.


PH test strips. Dip in saliva (in spoon, not mouth) and urine (not first after rising). Available in Natural Health stores.

You already have oxygen in your blood. You simply may not have enough if disease is developing. A telling sign is your PH which should be more alkaline (7.5 to 8.5) than acidic (7 and down). These intruders are very happy and thrive in an acidic body. So how do you raise your PH in order to oxygenate your blood? There are simple things you can do. It’s easier than you think to prevent and overcome illness.

1) THE OBVIOUS: Stop eating foods that fuel an acidic environment. Junk food, processed foods, pesticides, sugars (fermenting glucose), GMO, nitrites, etc… Eat raw live produce as much as possible. Buy organic as much as possible especially meats. Remember the powerfoods: blueberries, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), avocado, legumes (black beans, kidney beans…), walnuts (not peanuts), quinoa (protein); we will write about this shortly. You will be surprised.

2) EASY: Start each day with a clean, tepid glass of water and squeeze half a lemon into it. Drink and wait 20-30 minutes. This will raise your PH, oxygenate your body and clean your digestive tract. This writer does this before coffee every morning.

3) BOTTLED OXYGEN : Food grade hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with water and consumed as a method of oxygenating cells. “Food grade” means it’s pure and without harmful stabilizers (unlike the 3% H2O2 sold over-the-counter), making it safe for consumption–if properly diluted. Again, the 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide has to be properly diluted. It must also be handled with care because of its concentration. You can start with a few drops in a clean glass of water (not chlorinated water) for daily maintenance or work your way up to 10 or more drops, drinking several glasses per day, if you are disease stricken. Some adherents promote higher concentrations; but, we would suggest the supervision of a Naturopathic Doctor if you intend to increase the ratio (see link below). We are receiving reports of renewed energy from cancer victims currently following this protocol. This may be a sign that the pathogens have been breached the cancerous cell walls and are being destroyed by this increased blood oxygenation.

4) FREE OXYGEN: This one solution you can enjoy immediately. Most people do not breathe deeply enough. Here is a powerful method:

  1. Breathe in slowly from your nose long and deeply into your abdomen (taking in as much oxygen as you can).
  2. Hold for the count of ten.
  3. Expirate from your mouth slowly until every last drop is out.
  4. You can do this for up to five minutes.
  5. Do this frequently every day.

You will flood your bloodstream with disease-fighting oxygen with this exercise. The benefits are myriad including stress relief and improved sleep.

5) BICARBONATE OF SODA: This inexpensive kitchen item will raise your PH and oxygenate your blood. For some with high blood pressure, it may not be the best choice. A tablespoon in a glass of water will do wonders. Do not choose the top brands which contain aluminum. Instead look for pure brands like El Peto or Bob’s Red Mill.

We could go in depth on this subject; our goal was to catch your attention and give you fresh ideas to pursue for your health. Happy trails researching this on the web.

Here are links you may wish to read:

Nancy Hearn, Certified Health and Nutrition Consultant

Dr. David G. Williams, H2O2 as remedy, full details including dosage

Prolific Health Author Peter Ragnar

Great story from renown Jonathan Landsman

Excellent article explaining what H2O2 does to cancer cells and pathogens


TO BUY RELATED PRODUCTS, LOOK TO THE RIGHT—> See Natural Sequence in Trenton on Highway 2, Cindy King, Owner.

New Store Feeds Locals Safe Protein

Brian Clement

Brian Clement, Founder, Clement Poultry, Brighton, proudly displays the first $20 earned and fresh turkey

“I’d rather be called a farmer, not a butcher”, Brian Clement gently responded to my first words. The Founder of the sparkling Clement Poultry store in Brighton, has lived on a poultry farm all of his life, a family heritage dating back seventy-five years. Clement took over the farm from his father in 1990, after completing high school.

The Clement family maintains forty acres in Newcastle, Ontario, on which chicken, turkeys, capon and duck are raised and processed–free range, grain fed, hormone and antibiotic free. They are ostensibly organic fowl. This is a rare treat for the people in the area yearning for safe, unadulterated protein in their diet.


Fresh, organic fowl including capon, turkey and chicken whole or prepared sell quickly. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Clement began seeking Organic Certification in 1981, mastering and earning the accreditation for the farm by 1985. The farm now processes two-thousand bird every 10 weeks.

Every week Clement drives to the farm thirty minutes West of Brighton loading up with fresh, just processed poultry for the store.

“I got to know Brighton while camping in the area and I loved it”, Clement explained on his choice of Brighton as a location for his store and home (next door).

It seems Brighton is impressed by Clement too; the store was rife with customers, many placing orders for their Christmas turkeys. To say Clement is pleasant and attentive is an understatement. A scarce offering with great service will propel this store’s success, already drawing from as far as Campbelford and Prince Edward County.


Clement Poultry store front as seen from Highway 2, sparkling with Christmas lights.

The store opened September 5th is located on 8.5 acres, east side of town on Highway 2, land formerly owned by a nursery. Clement shared surprising expansion plans with us for Spring 2015.

In an earlier phone call, I announced excitedly to a relative in Toronto that we are serving an organic turkey from the Clement farm this Christmas. She replied that she has just cooked a Clement chicken purchased at the St. Lawrence market where they maintain a permanent stall. Such is serendipity, a nod from the aether.


15617 Highway #2
Brighton, Ontario
Tel: 613.922.7291

VIDEO : 2014’s Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – No. 1

Here is the promised video interview related to our article posted yesterday below.

Discover this amazing entrepreneur, Lorie Boychuk LIVE–our first selection for 2014’s Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte. Find out what drives her. Learn her surprising history.

Try not to be distracted by her surroundings!

SEE ARTICLE BELOW related to Lorie Boychuk.

Stay-Tuned for our interview featuring our No. 2 choice!



250 JPG Flyover rehearsals CFB T.


8 Wing/CFB Trenton will conduct a routine emergency response exercise between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10 in the vicinity of 8 Wing Trenton. The training is aimed at testing the abilities of the Wing to response to emergencies through simulated live scenarios.

Residents in the Quinte West region will see visible smoke on the airfield as well as in the residential housing units (area of base housing). People will also hear emergency sirens and see Military Police and fire vehicles throughout the morning. This exercise should not have any impact on individuals conducting business around the base.

The activity is part of a regular training event at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton to test emergency response procedures. 8 Wing/CFB Trenton ask motorists to exercise caution if they encounter emergency vehicles during this time.

For reasons of public safety, 8 Wing encourages local residents not to linger or loiter in the vicinity of the training scenarios.

2014 Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – No .1 : Lorie Boychuk

We begin today to reveal QuinteALIVE’s and our readers’ choices for the ten most fascinating people of Quinte in 2014.  We will release each individual story and live interview, progressively this month and over the holidays. We hope you enjoy learning about some of our human treasures; we truly enjoy meeting them.

No. 1 – LORIE BOYCHUK : Military woman turned Chocolate Empress


Lorie Boychuk, Founder, Mrs. B’s Country Candy, prepares orders for corporate gifts

Lorie Boychuk was an easy choice for one of QuinteALIVE’s 2014 Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte. There are few people in the region who are not acquainted with Boychuk or her brand, Mrs.B’s Country Candy. For fifteen years, this fireball of energy and creativity has built a small empire of delights, single-handedly and from scratch. She started in 1999 with a mere $500 loan, frequenting fairs and craft shows with her confections; this is the genesis of a brand that grew despite economic hiccups.

“When the recession came, we launched wholesale and began [mass producing and marketing to corporations]”, Boychuk explains as a reason for Mrs. B’s endurance.

Taffy table

Candy cane taffy, chocolate snowmen and hippos filled with surprises, candy canes greet upon entrance

We met with staff at both Mrs. B’s operations in Brighton, Ontario, the retail store and the kitchen where confections are produced. Evidently, Boychuk’s success is largely derived from a respect and affection from her staff. It is a truism that you cannot build a business without good people and in turn, good leadership. This admiration does not end internally.

As we stood waiting to film our segment, first-time customers entered the store. Boychuk attended to them with such aplomb and enthusiasm, they were still there when we finished our live interview; it is hard to leave when you feel at home. In this resplendent store, every shelf awakens your senses, visual, olfactory and taste. It is clear Boychuk loves her work; moreso, she loves to make people happy.

Tray of chocolates

Cream-filled Belgian chocolates made in the Brighton kitchen. “Fleur de sel” (back upper left) is popular.

Where does this dedication to service stem from? Here is the 180 degree surprise. In the 70s, Boychuk was far from the public eye, employed in the military as a radar tech at RCAF. Perhaps the discipline one acquires in this environment is impetus for successful entrepreneurship, a foundation to get things done in lock-step; in fact, Boychuk stated as much.

“I was up in the towers fixing them”, she states as she straightens, harkening to her earlier days in the military. “I was one of the first females in radar tech”, she exclaims proudly. “In those days, radar was nothing like today. We had tubes.”


Dips and nuts (rear shelf) are surprising brand extensions.

Boychuk also credits her father for her independence, bred in her bones watching him build a floor installation business in Peterborough.

“He installed all the floor in the old Brighton School”, she beams, making an early connection to a town she would soon inhabit.

Shifting from military to chocolate confections may seem counter-intuitive; but, her 35-year marriage to the love of her life, Wesley, is unchanging. Her eyes light up upon mere mention of his name. Both ex-pats from Peterborough where they met, the couple opted to migrate to Brighton.

Corporate boxes

Mrs. B’s corporate gift boxes made to order, ready to deliver. Peanut brittle, fudge, nuts, chocolates, turkish delights…

“My husband fell in love with Brighton”, Boychuk exclaims. “I love it here. I will never move my business anywhere else. The people here are amazing, so nice!”

Boychuk is not constrained by her location; Mrs. B’s delivers from Toronto to Ottawa in a van often filled to legal limits with confection-filled boxes for corporations and retail customers.


Cupcakes baked at Mrs. B’s. Note marshmellow icing lightly torched. Famous Empire cookies made from shortbread and rasberry jam (shelf below).

As our time elapsed, my penchant for sweets was satiated with an iced mocha-chocolate cupcake, a famed “Fleur de sel” soft-centered Belgian chocolate and a fresh-brewed cup of Heurig Columbian. I was able to consume no more. So Boychuk packed a buttery, classic Empire cookie filled with rasberry jam for the road.

“Have it with a nice cup of tea when you get home”, she whispers.


Small section of Northern wall covered with creations.

candy jars

Small and large Grumpy Cat keeps watch throughout the store. Currently in limited quantity; but the felines are for sale.


To reach Mrs. B’s Country Candy:

Store location: 7 Prince Edward Street, Brighton, Ontario

Store Phone: 613.475.5644

Click here to view website

Bell Boulevard Bubbles with new life

Maritime Travel

Two of three Travel Agents, Tracy Bertrand (rear) and Sheila Little (front) at the new, beautiful Maritime Travel agency in Reid’s Dairy Plaza

Party City

First store getting ready to open at former Zellers, Belleville, location.

New life is springing uptown Belleville, on the shopping “strip”. The gargantuan ghost of Zellers  is turning into a fresh strip mall, already donning the Party City banner. We wait to see what other shops will sprout from this real estate.


Panera Bread as viewed from West Bell Blvd. At the rear,  Drive-Thru is busy.

We’ve heard of Panera Bread for some time; it opened three weeks ago. On visiting, it bristles with customers in its near 3,000 square feet of space. Manager, Charles (formerly of East End Mario’s), is blissfully happy running this 88 seats venue. There is no end to standing room in the large-take out section where bread is displayed like precious goods under key lighting. No gluten free choices yet; but, for dining there are plenty of salads and soups without gluten. This restaurant with will take foodservice into the space age in the region; it is physically built and laid out to serve people at rocket speed (more on this soon).


Maritime Travel storefront on the West side of Reid’s Dairy.

Maritime Travel just opened in November in Reid’s Dairy Plaza. The agency is managed by Tracy Bertrand; both she and Sheila Little are formerly of Sears Travel. An interesting factoid is their height. I consider myself tall at 5 feet 9 inches; but, they towered over me at 6’1″ and 5’10” respectively. Not to be outdone, Adam Short, also at the agency is a specialist in physically challenged traveling; this is a rare service sought by many. Funny how the names Little and Short are no reflection of this group!


New Pioneer gas station at Bell and Wallbridge.

Drive a little further West and the new Marriott, owned by Williams Hotels, is almost ready for ribbon-cutting. At the end of the road at Wallbridge, a new Pioneer Gas Station, is now stealing market share from the Northern side’s Ultramar; perhaps, this will generate a price war?

New Life. It’s a good thing.


John Williams : From His Worship to His Honor


Certificate Signing. L- Outgoing Hon.Col. Armin Quickert C- 8 Wing Commander David Lowthian R- Incoming Hon. Col. John Williams

8 Wing invited former Mayor Williams as Honorary Colonel 8 Wing and he accepted. It’s no surprise since his relationship with the base has been strong for years.

In our recent interview of the Mayor QuinteALIVE asked what his plans were going forward, “I’ll be in my garage”, he stated. Clearly, his planned tinkering is offset a little longer; but, not his comedy routine. Almost everyone who knows Williams smiles and chuckles when speaking of him–the man is funny.

The Investiture Ceremony was held yesterday afternoon at 8 Wing’s beautiful museum, National Airforce Museum of Canada (NAFMC), RCAF Road. It was a formal affair with the perfunctory proceedings; but, it was imbued with a camaraderie that could not be suppressed. Some higher-ups flew in for the occasion in support of their friend. High ranking officers present could not resist the banter as he spoke at the lectern.


L- Colonel Cochrane C- Brigadier-General Friday R- Major-General Hood (all former 8 Wing Commanders)

“Stand up straight!”, howled Major-General Hood from the front row. The quips continued.

Williams got his in too; after all, it was overdue from the roasting he endured a few weeks previous. It was payback time.

“Anybody looking for a singer? Commander Lowthian [is looking for work]”, Williams announced at the lectern. (It’s true! We filmed Lowthian singing on the CP Holiday Train a few days ago.)

Many regretted seeing Williams leave his post as Mayor of Quinte West; now, he continues to be accessible and visible in the press for a few more years.


Hon. Col. Quickert gifts bouquet to Heather Williams, spouse of incoming Hon. Col. John Williams.

Outgoing Honorary Colonel Armin Quickert delivered a protracted but poignant speech at the opening of the ceremony. Among his many talking points, he spoke about military families and our need to support them, bringing the reality of their personal experiences to the audience. He too got a few laughs in deferring to his wife Marilyn.



Tea with Charles Dickens : Bonisteel Tribute




Drawing of Old Church by Roy Bonisteel’s grandson

The Old Church Theatre doubled as Roy Bonisteel’s studio. We lost him last year; but, not in spirit. He loved and refurbished this very old church. It is Christmas atmosphere at its best.

Can’t think of a better activity this Saturday, pre or post shopping, than an expert reading of A Christmas Carol. Fun for the whole family.

VIDEO Phenom! Fantasy of Lights at Fraser Park

Each year a group of Trenton volunteers work tirelessly in the cold, staging Fraser Park with Christmas lights. Each year they tweak a few changes to refresh the experience. We’ve seen a lot of beautiful Christmas displays and parks for public enjoyment; but, Fantasy of Lights is perhaps the best for its scale and detail.


CP Holiday Train : Pop-Up Show-Stopper at RCAF Rd.

The crowd at RCAF awaited the CP Holiday Train at RCAF Road last Saturday. It was a biting-cold, overcast day; yet, everyone pressed up together generated warmth a left a little wiggle room for music. The train screeched and tooted into a full stop, featuring a boxcar that doubled as stage. The effect was unique and thrilling.

The CP Holiday Train has been on tour since 1999 donating and generating donations from the public for local foodbanks. The train stopped on November 29th in Belleville, Trenton and Brighton.

Colonel Lowthian and Mayor Jim Harrison joined “Odds” and Roxanne Potvin at this stop near CFB Trenton, on RCAF Road. Enjoy!

TOOT TOOT ! Show on rails for food.


CP rail boxcar wall flaps down to reveal outstanding band performing

This initiative gives new meaning to “dancing for your supper”. This morning, the CP Holiday Train made stops just long enough to incite donations and thank the public for their gifts of food and cash for families in need. Excellent performances by Odds and Roxanne Potvin erupted from a boxcar as its wall dropped-down to double as a stage floor.


Father and son watch from the sidelines at RCAF Road by CFB Trenton

The CP Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank fundraiser since its inception in 1999. The program has raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food.

Over the three weeks program, musicians will play more than 150 concerts from a boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage!

8-Wing Commander, David Lowthian, appeared on stage with newly elected Mayor JimHarrison at the RCAF stop. It was a great morning with everyone smiling and jigging to great Christmas music–even Police Officers couldn’t keep still!

The public brought food and cash donations; all contributions stay within the local community.


The Free family have been running The Trenton Care and Share Food Bank for years. Donations piled up to the brim of their truck.

You can view a good video at  produced by CP.

Annual labor of light now complete


Dave Shoniker (L) and Ross Livingstone (R) complete the Festival of Lights in time for Christmas parade.

Behold two of a small army of volunteers behind Trenton’s annual Fantasy of Lights at Fraser Park, Downtown Trenton, Dave Shoniker and Ross Livingstone. The park is visited by people across the continent and a “must-go-to” for locals;  its beauty and its scale are legendary.


Christmas train display

“We’re going to put stuffed animals inside the train”, announces Dave Shoniker, “…and we’re going to make it look like it’s snowing inside the band shell.”

As tired and as cold as he was, Dave’s right brain was making that “click-whirl” sound of creative brain cells firing at high speed.

Ross Livingstone who cheerfully assisted Shoniker in staging all these wonders, a little helper of sorts, is ironically Santa Claus in Quinte West’s Christmas parade.

Now, all is ready for the public and hundreds of photo opps.


First and foremost is Doug Whitney (QW Councilor), he is the backbone of this endeavour and has been for more than a decade along with Ross. Now you take Sylvia and Jerry King, who have been there a number of years; Mrs. King is the woman behind all the nice touches that you see in the Park such as the wrapped presents under the huge centrepiece tree (donated to us by Tim Colasante and his family). Sylvia has a way of giving the displays that little something extra that makes them standout. Our new recruit Don Fry whose tireless work ethic is greatly appreciated and he fits in well on our crew. Then there is Paul Coveney (Firefighter) on his off-days has been such a great asset as well as Dave McCue (volunteer Firefighter and soon to be a Councilor) and my good friend Wendy Quellette who on her spare time has dropped by and lent a hand to the cause. Last, but not least, is Dunc Armstrong (soon to be another of our new Councilors) who has been there working at the Park nearly everyday when he isn’t working on some cause for the City of Quinte West. One more thing is the support from the everyday workers of Quinte West, who do a great job of maintaining and keeping our city looking great: Chris Angelo, Ryan Andrews, Matt Weiser and their staff, Sean and Steve. Brian and Randy and a few other great guys whose names escape me. So you see, it takes the MANY to make this Fantasy of Lights in Fraser Park come to fruition. And I almost forgot our good corporate friends (James father and son) at Trent Cold Storage who dress up their building with many lights which adds to the grand allure of Fantasy of Lights.

Read our 2012 post on the Festival of lights here.


RCAF and RCMP little helpers bound for the North


Colonel Alexander (R) hands Barbie toy to Captain Sandor Gyuk (former 8-Wing Chief Warrant Officer) before loading onto Hercules belly.

This morning, the tarmac at 8-Wing FCB Trenton seemed many degrees colder than anywhere else in the region; yet, our hearts were warm with the notion that RCMP and RCAF partnered to deliver gifts to children in remote locations of Canada.


Toys For The North logo on trucks.

Twenty-one skids (10 aircraft pallets) left in the belly of the Hercules bound for Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Goose Bay, Labrador, in support of the RCMP’s program, Toys for the North. 413 Squadron at Greenwood, Newfoundland, awaits its cargo today.

“RCAF were asked to help with transporting toys to big nodes’, stated Colonel Alexander. “From there we will move them into isolated communities in the North of Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland.”

The donors of toys are major manufacturers including Lego, Mattel, Hasbro and Crayola. The use of our Forces’ surplus time and transport equipment to assist our communities is smart; supporting the RCMP in this heartfelt endeavor is “everyday” Canadian generosity.


RCAF team co-ordinating  transport of toys for RCMP campaign, Toys For The North


Stuffed kangaroo sits on RCAF forklift truck during upload.

Renown Quinte musician’s connection to The Beatles


Brett McNaueal with spouse Rosanna


February 9th, 1964, may not mean a lot to most people; but, that was the day that changed my whole life, the day The Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. I was the ripe old age of 11 at the time, a very shy lad, hailing from Kirkland Lake, Northern Ontario. I had always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I used to wax my brother’s 1952 Mercury, just to get the money to buy a set of ‘Black Diamond’ strings for an old guitar that we used to beat each other over the head with. There wasn’t much of a back left on this guitar, one too many ‘El Cabongs’ like on the Quick Draw McGraw Show. Still, the front was okay, and I was sure I could learn to play.

That night, shortly after the Ed Sullivan Show began, I sat intently in front of our old metal frame Admiral black and white television, and I witnessed something truly remarkable. Four young men from Liverpool, England, walked onto the stage and changed musical history forever. They played the song that was recently introduced to American and Canadian charts; it was titled, Please, Please Me. So, with my eyes glued to their every move, I figured out what chords they were playing, basically from where their fingers were. After the song was over, I went into my bedroom, picked up my out-of-tune guitar and played what I thought they were playing. Across town were friends of mine who were doing the same thing.


Guitar built entirely by McNaueal. CLICK TO ENLARGE

I remember getting together next day with these friends and collectively we would show each other what chords we might have missed while watching the Beatles play the night before. After watching many more performances of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, we eventually ended up with enough songs to perform. Wow….we had a band! My first band! The Beatles made that happen for me.

Though many years have come and gone from then until now, many broken strings, many broken hearts, the Beatles were the ones that taught me how to play guitar and how to write songs. What an awesome experience it was to relive that once again this past February 9th. Ringo and Paul, the remaining two Beatles, and a host of the world’s best talent gathered to perform the Beatles songs. What a rare opportunity to see something that will probably never be repeated again.

I often wonder, what the world would be like if John Lennon was still alive. If George Harrison had not been taken away by that awful disease …..cancer. What an incredible reunion that would have made! Nonetheless, their music will live on forever. They were the best! They are the best! No-one will ever come close to the difference they made and continue to make in the music industry.


Brett McNaueal dubbed “The Guitar Guy”,  by customers of his prior business, Arpeggio Guitar Boutique, is continuing to provide a much needed service in the Quinte West area.

Master of Realism baffles beholders in Belleville


Bruce St. Clair, Canadian Master of Realism. Historic backdrop is actually his own canvas. Realism is the hallmark of St. Clair’s work.

“Marie, you must go to Bruce St. Clair’s exhibit tonight”, my friend exclaimed, racing after me before my flight back home, “he’s at The John M. Parrott Art Gallery above the library at 6 o’clock!” I sensed this was an event I should not miss; so, I scrubbed any hope of lifting my feet onto my distant couch and steered my car toward the event.

As I arrived, I met a most affable man; lo and behold, it was St. Clair himself. I was privileged to be guided by him through his prolific exhibit, works that span fifty years. I restrained my inclination to fawn over his work; yet, I witnessed cathartic gasps in the swelling number of visitors. Guests were clearly tempted to touch the paintings as they seemed so real. Many perched their eyes inches from the canvasses to confirm they were indeed not photographs. This is the stuff of realism.

Marked Jesus

“It is finished”. Oil. An experiential painting by St. Clair, superimposing his own face on the suffering Jesus Christ.

“I am influenced by Andrew Wyeth” , St. Clair declared. Wyeth is a world renown Realist Painter.

“From early in my fifty-year career I gravitated towards Realism, finding it the truest artistic expression of my personality, vision and inspiration”, St. Clair writes.

Marked Entanglement

“The Entanglement”. Oil on panel. 1998.

“Why is Bruce not world renown?”, I asked his spouse, Lori St. Clair, a creative literary powerhouse herself.

“[The powers-that-be in the art world could not agree on Bruce’s style, claiming his works were too varied.]” Such is the inane oversight of supercilious judges in the higher circles of the art world. St. Clair is clearly a masterful Realist. Picasso’s blue period was atypical of his abstract works, the most renown, Guernica. My mother was a prolific painter who experienced three distinct periods, each unrecognizable from the other. Art expression is anathema to consistent form.

Marked Feed My Sheep

“Feed My Sheep”. Oil on canvas.

St. Clair has been awarded the Gold Medal in painting/realism in the Grolo d’Or International Competition held in Italy, for his works, “Three Chairs” (not shown here); you can view it and other pieces at his web site below.

St. Clair’s first solo exhibition was held at the Wynick-Tuck Gallery (formerly Aggregation Gallery) in Toronto. He has since exhibited in many public galleries across Canada and been reviewed in major dailies and art periodicals.

Loyalist College and Kingston School of Art are beneficiaries of St. Clair’s prowess where classes are delivered by the artist; this high value instruction is a real asset to these institutions. Southeast Ontario wears him well.

Visit St. Clair’s web site here.

To contact Sinclair:

NOTE: These are photographs taken in the gallery where the lighting was low. Accordingly, hues are not accurate.


NOTICE : POLL closes when ballots close tomorrow

Thought we’d do our second poll of candidates for Mayor of Belleville and for the first time, Candidates for Council in Wards 1 and 2. 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%. Let’s see where we are today. (We were 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 polls once again to prevent this from happening.)

WARNING: 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 are assured by WordPress that they can uncover such deception.

IMPORTANT: The Poll will close tomorrow as ballots close. Have fun in this process. VOTE because time is running out.


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

Kenzo Dozono



QuinteALIVE presents : Comedic minutes with Council Candidates

QuinteALIVE asked a few Candidates for Belleville Council to attend Lonnie Herrington’s official launch event so we could give them camera time. The room and hall were full as you can tell from the voices behind us–such are political events.

We are four days from the 2014 elections; everyone has debated many issues. Frankly, it’s not been a lot of fun. The fight to the top has proven to be pretty callous at times. So we thought we’d have some fun with a few candidates–break new ground. Hope the video makes you chuckle. (It’s not Rick Mercer guffaw quality; but, it fits the bill.)

2014 Ten Most Fascinating People of Quinte – Nominations

Fascinating Person

2014 Ten Most Fascinating People in Quinte

QuinteALIVE has begun selecting some of the most fascinating people in Quinte, from Belleville to Colborne, PEC to Marmora. These are not famous people (although one or two may be by virtue of their works).

Five will be selected by us and five by you, our readers and followers. The successful nominees will be featured here and on live film at our channel, interview style, in the last week of 2014. We are always focused on tourist attractions; but, our people are the most magnetic.

CRITERIA: The nominee may have exhibited extreme kindness, extreme courage, extreme talent or is simply, an extremely unique individual. The nominee must be 18 or older, male or female, and, a legal resident in our area. Deadline for nominations is November 21st, 2014.

INFO REQUIRED: Please nominate a person in confidence: 1) real name, 2) city/town, 3) contact info 4) Your name and contact info and most importantly, 5) their story here .