Remembrance Day 2014

rememberAs each year passes, it seems like we take more notice of our veterans and have more gratitude for those men and women who served in our wars of yesteryear and today.  As you remember, please continue to remember our veterans locally.  Your support of the Legion helps to off-set costs of medical equipment, home services and long-term care for ex-service men and women in our community, and assist them with Niagara Hospice and retirement homes.  Remembering always …not just November 11th.

The Poppy

Remembrance Day is symbolized by the artificial poppies that people wear and place at war memorials. The poppies may be worn or placed singly or as wreaths. The use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance comes poppyfrom a poem written by John McCrae, a Canadian doctor serving in the military. The poem is called “In Flanders Fields” and describes the poppies growing in the Flemish graveyards where soldiers were buried.

Poppies grow well in soil that has been disturbed. They also grew in large numbers on battle fields. The red color of their petals reminded people of the blood lost by victims of and casualties in the conflict.

Other symbols of Remembrance Day are the war memorials, which are often near the geographical center of communities. These commemorate members of the community, who have died in military action. A particularly well-known memorial is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, Ontario. The military parades held on November 11 are also symbolic of Remembrance Day.

If you would like to gain more insight into what Remembrance Day in Canada means, check out Veteran Affairs Canada  which will provide you with information on why we should remember, who and what we should remember, and how we should remember.

Remembrance Day – A National Holiday?

soldiersOur NDP Party is in the works of amending Bill C-597, which would amend the Holidays Act to make Remembrance Day a statutory day off like Christmas or Canada Day.  It passed a second reading in the House of Commons this past Wednesday by a margin of 258 to 2.

However, it would be up to the individual provinces where Nov. 11 is currently not a holiday — Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba, representing slightly more than half the country’s working population — to change their individual labour codes.  Harris said he’s confident the measure will become law, particularly in light of the recent deaths of two Canadian soldiers — tragic attacks that remain fresh in the minds of Canada’s federal parliamentarians.

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed Oct. 20 in Quebec when he was hit by a car driven by a man with jihadist sympathies. Two days later, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while standing guard at the National War Memorial.

The lingering memory of the attacks is expected to spill over into a collective show of mourning during Remembrance Day services across the country on Tuesday.

It is predicted that making Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday will result in more people attending remembrance services.  If the bill passes before the next election, scheduled for next October 2015, the bill will be in force for November 11, 2015.

(taken from the Globe and Mail, November 2015)

Halloween 2014

pumpkinsThe fall weather has been a pleasant surprise lately, but winter will soon be upon us!  Hope it will hold out for a great Halloween night for kids and adults alike.  Read on for some tips on carving your pumpkin like an expert and staying safe on Halloween night.

T.

Pumpkin Carving

carvingCarving a pumpkin is easy, according to Tom Nardone of Extreme Pumpkins. Although many of the methods he uses apply to anyone, he gives a few suggestions, shortcuts and tricks on carving the perfect pumpkin.

Here are Tom’s Top 8 Pumpkin Carving Tips:

1. Choose the right pumpkin. I like them taller than they are wide because that is the shape of a face. I also like them big and ugly because that makes them look interesting.

carving22. Decapitation or Back Surgery?: You don’t have to take off the top, you can also take of the bottom or the back,. I cut off the bottom if I want the top to look untouched and I cut off the back if I want to use the entire front, top, and bottom for a design. Regardless, you do want to get in there and remove the seeds, if you don’t the squirrels will.

3. Cutting the Plug: Decapitating is the toughest thing to do, the top of the pumpkin is woody and tough. You need a strong blade. I use a drywall saw for this. They don’t cost much, about $6 and they are hard to match. If I didn’t have one, I’d use a filet knife and I’d be cautious. Cut the plug to be a cone-shape with a little jog in it, so that it comes out easily and fits back easily too.

carving34. Scoop the goop: I use my ice cream scoop. Not only that, but I’ve gotten my arm dirty enough times to have developed a way to stay fairly clean. Scrape around the sides, starting from the hole opening to the bottom. Then, after all of the walls are scraped, dump the pumpkin into the trash. Easy!

5. Draw the face: I use dry erase markers because if you don’t like your work, you can erase it! Also, after you are done, your pumpkin won’t end up with an accidental layer of guy-liner that screams “sloppy”.

6. I’m really lazy, so I use power tools to carve my pumpkins. Sure, a kit from the store will do the trick, but I want it done quickly. Mostly I use my jigsaw to remove chunks (like eyes and the mouth) and then a rotary tool to carve away the skin. For big areas I’m not afraid to break out an angle grinder. It removes the pumpkin skin and can even be used to shape the pumpkin.

carving47. Great Props Are Everywhere. I look for fun props everywhere, but my favorite places are the grocery store, home depot, and the craft store. I like to use twizzlers for dreadlocks, wood chips for teeth, taffy for tongues, home insulation for brains, all sorts of things. I’ve become the best pumpkin carver on the block by using some really cheap gags and you can too.

8. Preserving Your Pumpkin: Pumpkins rot. But yours doesn’t have to rot as quickly. When my pumpkin is done, I spray it with bathroom cleaner with bleach. This keeps the bugs, mold, and animals away.

Now to find the perfect place to show off your creation!  Enjoy!

Halloween Safety

…from our Fire Department

BEFORE HALLOWEEN NIGHT 

  • costumePlan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglemnent or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick or treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Secure  emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire.
  • Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
  • Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical lightsticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
  • This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home smoke alarm.
  • Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.
  • Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll” should their clothes catch fire.
  • Take extra time to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.

BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN

  • ghost-lightsA good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider safety when decorating.  Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block exterior doors.  To light up your path or sidewalk, why not take some empty plastic bottles, paint on a face and throw in a glow stick?  Safe and easy!
  • While children can help with the fun of designing a Jack O’ Lantern, leave the carving to adults.
  • Always keep Jack O’Lanterns and hot electrical lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children or pets will be standing or walking.
  • Plan and review with your children the route and behaviour which is acceptable to you.
  • Do not permit children to bicycle, roller blade or skateboard.
  • Agree on a specific time when revelers must return home.
  • Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare the household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds.  Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.
  • Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
  • Adult party-goers should establish and reward a designated driver.

Fireworks!!

fireworksVictoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria‘s birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign‘sofficial birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada. This holiday weekend may also be known as May Long or May Run and the term Firecracker Day is also used in Ontario.

Fireworks are a big part of celebrating the Victoria Day Weekend.  Explosive pyrotechnicdevices are used for aesthetic purposes to make the fireworks brighter and grander.  Fireworks take many forms to produce the four primary effects: noise, light, smoke and floating materials (confetti for example). They may be designed to burn with flames and sparks of many colors, typically redorangeyellowgreenbluepurple, and silver.  Displays are common throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural and religious celebrations.

 The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is a part of the culture of China and had its origin there; eventually it spread to other cultures and societies.  Important events and festivities such as the Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights.  China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

Fireworks are generally classified as to where they perform, either as a ground or aerial firework. In the latter case they may provide their own propulsion (skyrocket) or be shot into the air by a mortar (aerial shell). The most common feature offireworks is a paper or pasteboard tube or casing filled with the combustible material, often pyrotechnic stars. A number of these tubes or cases are often combined so as to make, when kindled, a great variety of sparkling shapes, often variously colored. The skyrocket is a common form of firework.

 Improper use of fireworks may be unsafe, both to the person operating them (risks of burns and wounds) and to bystanders; in addition, they may start fires after landing on flammable material. For this reason, the use of fireworks is generally legally restricted. Display fireworks are restricted by law for use byprofessionals; consumer items, available to the public, are smaller versions containing limited amounts of explosive material to reduce potential danger. Fireworks may pose a problem for animals, both domestic and wild, who can be terrified by the noise, leading to them running away or hurting themselves on fences or in other ways in an attempt to escape. With proper desensitizationtraining the number of pets going missing due to fireworks can be reduced.

Congratulations Timothy!

Congratulations to Timothy for receiving recognition from the Executive Director of the Royal LePage Foundation for being part of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s TOP 10% DONORS!  These donors are an extraordinary group of champions who are helping to provide a safe haven for abused women and their children across Canada.  Through generous donors like Timothy, across the country, the Shelter raised $2.08 million, which allowed the Shelter to help more women and children than ever before rebuild their lives after violence. The Shelter expressed extreme gratefulness to Timothy for all he does on behalf of the Shelter Foundation and for being such an important part of the movement to end family violence in Canada.  What a proud moment!

To read the ‘Stories of Hope’ and the difference the Shelter Foundation has made in women’s lives, read here.

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Beetles Tribute band ‘The Caverners

Hey Bloggers;

Good friend of mine and client stars in the Beetles Tribute band ‘The Caverners” playing April 26th and 27th.

I’ll be there on the 27th!!

Click the image below for additional details.

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T.

Salisbury Team Super Bowl Contest!

2013 begientertowinns with your chance to win the Salisbury Team Super Bowl Contest!  It’s Super Bowl 47 with the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens playing on Sunday, February 3 at 6:30 pm!

For all football fans or for those who just want to join in the fun, post your comment on my BLOG (link) for the team you think you will win the Super Bowl this year and your guess of the final score.

The Grand Prize Winner will have his/her choice of a night at a Buffalo Sabres game (pick you up at your door!) with Timothy or a $100 Gift Certificate to Wildfire or the Keg.  Your choice!!  All entries must be submitted before the game starts on Sunday!

 

Community Care’s 8th Annual Holiday Food Drive

Dear Bloggers;

Something I personally do each and every year to give back to the city, please read…

Community Care will be holding the 8th Annual Great Holiday Food Drive in front of CKTB on Friday, December 7th, 6 AM to 6 PM.  All are welcome to attend and donations of food, new toys and monetary donations will be accepted.  Timothy will be attending the Drive at approximately 11am-12noon on Friday to present a cheque from donations collected at his Annual Appreciation party back on November 14th. $1,525 was raised from this event and Timothy will be matching this amount.  Over the last 5 years Timothy has raised close to $10,000 dollars for Community Care. Click here  for more information on the Great Holiday Food Drive.  Hope to see you there or tune your radio into 610 CKTB on Friday morning.  Click here to listen!