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Remembering Christmases past

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

Christmas means many things to many people. We all have special memories of that special time, and for some of us the memories can go back decades. Take Laura Desjardins for example. This year she celebrates 103 Christmases! Mary Cook asked Desjardins to share some of those memories with our readers. Y@H: I’m sure your
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Retired General Paul Manson

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

General Paul Manson of Ottawa is one of Canada’s most honoured and respected citizens, even though many people are unaware of his achievements and his devotion to his country. His work played an enormous part in establishing the Canadian War Museum, and yet the general public have little knowledge of his role. Mary Cook talked
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Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist

Sep 14th, 2018 | By

Lucas Haneman came into the world against all odds. Little did his parents, Wayne and Darcy, know, not only would he survive, but he would go on to become become a successful musican. In January of 2018, Lucas and his band, The Lucas Haneman Express, represented Ottawa at the International Blues Challenge in  Memphis, finishing
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The owners of one of Eastern Ontario’s top eateries

Aug 17th, 2018 | By

The Antrim Truck Stop in Arnprior is one of the busiest restaurants in Eastern Ontario. It is many faceted, highlighted by its home-cooked menu, its unusual gift shop, a busy bakery, a convenience outlet, and is a haven for truckers. Mary Cook talked with co-owner Gail Cameron about the restaurant, and how it reached the
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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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