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4-H, the world-wide youth development organization

Jul 19th, 2018 | By

The Carleton Go For the Gold Team at the 2017 Region 2 Competition. Team members were Patrick Sullivan, Kendra Stanley, Kirsten Talgoy and Mark Ruiter. Coaches were Brianna Sullivan and Cheryl Sullivan. Photo: Cheryl Sullivan 4-H is a national organization that we tend to associate with the rural community. It has a long and proud history
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Spinning in the Valley

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By

The purchase of a partial great wheel at an auction and the discovery the maker’s stencil, started Gordon Moat of Chesterville on a quest to learn all he could about the history of spinning wheels. Mary Cook talked to Moat about how his interest in the common spinning wheel came about and where his research
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The artistic director of the Classic Theatre Festival

May 11th, 2018 | By

Why has a small town in Eastern Ontario become the Mecca for theatre productions bringing both amateur and professional performers to the stages of not one, but at least three venues? It has a lot to do with unleashing hidden talent already in the community, but also by bringing in performers well known to theatre,
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The Chief of The Ottawa Fire Services

Jan 26th, 2018 | By

The Ottawa Fire Service (OFS) has been kept busy this winter. News reports about area fires have been plentiful. It is a mammoth challenge for the firefighters working to keep our community free of fire devastation. The responsibility falls directly on the shoulders of Ottawa’s Fire Chief, Gerry Pingitore. Mary Cook talked with Chief Pingitore,
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Looking for love? Meet a modern-day matchmaker

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

Misty River Introductions is a matchmaking service for people who are looking for long-term relationships. Mary Cook talked to Linda Miller about why and how she began what has grown into one of the most popular matchmaking services in the country. Y@H: When did it all begin? LM: I was always good at matching up
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Naturalist Michael Runtz

Nov 15th, 2017 | By

Michael Runtz is well known throughout Canada as one of the country’s true naturalists. His interest in wildlife goes back to when he was a small boy, when he held his first pair of binoculars. Since that time, he has authored many books and written countless articles on everything from birdwatching to Algonquin Park, and
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The Executive Director of Parrot Partner

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

Judith Tennant has devoted years to her interest in parrots. Her passion for these birds has led her not only to caring for them, but teaching others how to treat and develop special parrot skills. Mary Cook talked to Judith about her interest and where it has led her. Y@H: What got you interested in
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An exercise program for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

One hundred thousand Canadians suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, and it is estimated that 25 new cases are diagnosed every day. Early symptoms can include a tremor, slowness in movement and stiffness. Most Parkinson sufferers are in the 60 and over age group, although some who are under 50, called early-onset cases, have been diagnosed with
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OPP Chief Superintendent East Region

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

Just being a police officer in this day and age is a challenge. Being the Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police for a huge area like the Eastern Region of Ontario, comes with its own ups and downs. Chris Harkins, a native of the Ottawa Valley, is the Chief Supt. for the Eastern Region.
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Dog trainer Derry O’Byrne

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Many people find training and raising a dog a challenge. Having more than one at one time would be considered by most as an impossible responsibility. Well, how would you like to have many dogs under your care, and not only keeping them under control, but fed and happy? Recently, Mary Cook saw a young
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