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                                             Scary Noises at Night
                       DRAWING YOUR FEARS AWAY
                                      By Beth Newell M.Ed., CCC, RCT, Expressive Arts Therapist
                                    ized they were noises made by

         ave you ever tried to
         explain your child’s       different things in her house. I
         fears away only to find    suggested she draw these things
they are even more afraid?          that were making the scary
Words do not get into the imag-     noises.
ination of a child the same way           As Sarah was drawing the
a picture can. Especially a pic-    source of the sound she was
ture they draw themselves.          becoming less scared with each
      Several years ago a little    stroke. Once she could see
girl named Sarah, (not her real     where the sound was coming
name), age 7, came for therapy      from, her fears diminished.
because she was so afraid to go     Drawing the familiar items in
to bed at night. All the noises     her house and the noises they
she heard conjured up scary         made had a greater impact on
visions of monsters and robbers     her than talking about them.
and creepy things that made         The drawing made it plainly
                                                                       Beth Newell is with Jacqueline Milner-Clerk and Associates, which is a prac-
her shake and cry. As Sarah         obvious she had nothing to fear.   tice that employs male and female psychologists/therapists who provide psy-
began to describe the various       Sarah had faced and conquered      chological services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She
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                                                                                  CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT:
                                                                                By Dr. Virginia L. Walford. – Registered Psychologist, Roth Associates in Psychology
                                                                          pain without IT managing you!    • use medication appropriately     tively. Consult a psychologist     Psychologists and other pro-
                                                                          Chronic Pain Management can      • increase quality of life         who is qualified in Chronic Pain   fessionals offer assistance to
                                                                          help you learn how to:                Chronic Pain Management       Management to talk about your      children, adolescents,
                                                                                                                                                                                 adults, couples and fami-

                                                                          • reduce pain with proven        is not magic. It is a cognitive-   situation and find out if this
                                                                          mind-body techniques             behavioral approach that can       approach would benefit you.        lies. Daytime, evening
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“Learning to live with chronic pain
is a challenge and requires a change
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       iving with chronic pain is   Chronic pain does not have to

L      difficult and stressful.
       Chronic pain is often an
invisible condition. Many peo-
                                    take over our lives and be the
                                    focus of our life. We need to
                                    accept and recognize who we
ple who suffer with chronic         are within the context of living
pain do not show it. They func-     with chronic pain. If you have
tion at a high level; they look     chronic pain do not let your
good, exhibit no pain behaviors     condition define who you are!
and don’t talk about their pain           CHRONIC PAIN
to other people.                          MANAGEMENT
      There are also people who       a cognitive-behavioral
have serious injuries with                     approach
intense pain. Their chronic               Let me clarify. Chronic
pain has significant impact on      Pain Management is a cogni-
their lives. They are unable to     tive-behavioral approach to
work, daily chores are difficult    managing chronic pain. It is a
to do and their pain levels are     change in philosophy and a
high and consistent.                change in thinking patterns. It
           Stressful                is a shift from acute care treat-
      People who live with          ment to chronic care treatment.
chronic pain usually suffer         The goal of acute intervention
from depression and anxiety.        is cure. The goal of chronic
Their quality of life is threat-    pain management is manage-
ened and reduced. It is very        ment of symptoms, physical
stressful living with a condition   and psychological. Again, here
that has to be managed rather       is the delicate balance one
than cured.        Our society      needs to keep when living with
applauds people who produce.        chronic pain.
Chronic pain conditions that              Acceptance of your condi-
result in an inability to work or   tion should not be understood
function in other areas of life     as giving up. It is looking at
often stigmatize people.            your situation realistically.
      Learning to live with         Perhaps one day a cure for your
chronic pain is a challenge and     condition or injury will be
requires a change in philosophy     found and that would be won-
and way of life. Managing           derful. However, right now you
rather than curing means we let     are dealing with a condition

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go of our quick fix philosophy      that is chronic and you can
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That does not mean that we do       giving up hope!
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                               We Should Be Modeling The Behavior
                                    We Expect From Our Kids
                                                                                                                    By Angela E. Rudderham
         ell there have been                  most powerful teaching tool an                     know this is good advice but we

                                                                                                                                     “bad”. I am not advocating that     aren’t listening) and then sur-      need to have the last word and
         poems, quotes and                    adult has with a child is to lead                  often lose sight of this rule and   kids today should not be            prised their kids become teens       this is the behavior of the adults
         studies on this topic                by example. I believe we all                       then blame the kids for being       responsible for their actions but   who think parties are only fun       in the situation. When we our-
but we still seem to forget the                                                                                                      who is holding us adults            if they are “hammered”. If you       selves see students or cowork-
                                                                                                                                     accountable for ours? Do we         are going to lie to a waitress and   ers being bullied or treated
                                                                                                                                     really want to send the message     tell them your child is under        without respect do we report it?
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                                                                     the                                                             enough you can do what you          you think you are teaching           Heck we even tell the kids if
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                                                                                                                                           I believe a lot of the        become carbon copies of us nor       “hours” we are going to ignore
                                                                                                                                     behaviours we see in our stu-       are parents to blame for all bad     it. Isn’t that the definition of a
                                                                                                                                     dents and children are our own      behavior, but, the evidence is       bystander? Don’t we tell chil-
                                                                                                                                     behaviours mirrored back to us.     out there that it is more impor-     dren if you’re not part of the
                                                                                                                                     The weirdest thing I remember       tant to demonstrate the kind of      solution you are part of the
                                                                                                                                     as a kid is playing at my           behavior you are asking for          problem?
                                                                                                                                     friend’s house when she decid-      rather than just hypocritically            I believe our children and
                                                                                                                                     ed to hit her sister to solve a     demanding it.                        students will learn the skills we
                                                                                                                                     problem. Her mother came in               Our schools and teachers       are trying to teach them faster if
                                                                                                                                     and said; “In this house we do      need reminders of this topic as      we can pay more attention to
                                                                                                                                     not hit!” as she said this she      well. I am regularly in schools      the messages we are sending
                                     Kids Helping Kids                                                                               spanked my friend to teach her      throughout the Maritimes and         through our own behavior. If
                                      A NATIONAL INITIATIVE WITH A GLOBAL REACH                                                      a lesson. I eventually drifted      must say all the bullies are not     we can’t hold ourselves
    Woodbridge Art School and Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital are developing awareness                                           from that friend as she seemed      just on the playgrounds. Like        accountable where will they
    through an art competition. Children are asked to create artwork reflecting one of the                                           to solve all of her problems by     parents, teachers work hard for      learn to?
    following: “A MEMORABLE MOMENT”, “A BEAUTIFUL PLACE”, or “A DAZZLING                                                             hitting and was very unpre-         their students but now and then           Angela Rudderham is
    DREAM”. The ongoing competition will close November 30, 2012. Winning pieces will                                                dictable. Gee, I wonder where       we could all use a reminder to       the Director of Turning Tides
    be displayed in the 25 rooms of the newly constructed Children’s Respiratory Unit in the                                                                                                                  Community Outreach. We
    hospital. There will be 25 grand prizes and many honours awarded. The competition is open to                                     this pattern developed? I’ve        exercise common sense. If you
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                     ASK AWAY - Questions & Answers with Dr. Nina Woulff

                                     The Perils of Perfectionism
                                    and self-deprecation when they     don’t think they can do            Question: Can perfec-
                                    are less than 100% successful at   them perfectly.                    tionists be helped to
                                    anything and everything they                                          become more relaxed
                                    do. They rarely take pride in      Question: How would                and reasonable?
                                    their accomplishments are          I recognize perfection-            Answer:
                                    intensely focused on their per-    ism in myself?                     Psychotherapy can help sub-
                                    ceived errors.                     Answer:                            stantially with perfectionism.
                                                                       Perfectionist parents can also     Therapy helps identify and
                                    Question:            Are you       be intensely competitive, fre-     understand the underlying
                                    saying that perfection-            quently comparing themselves       beliefs that perpetuate and
                                    ists are too hard on               with other parents. They may       motivate perfectionism and can
For over 25 years, psychologist     themselves?                        be very demanding of them-         help perfectionists develop
Nina Woulff provided answers        Answer:                            selves as well as of other peo-    more a realistic and appropriate
to questions posed by CBC           Definitely, they push them-        ple. Some perfectionist parents    outlook.
radio listeners on the popular      selves to the point of possible    spend huge amounts of time         Dr. Nina Woulff has a
Maritime Noon live phone-in.        injury. Perfectionist athletes     and energy reading parenting       private practice in Halifax
In a series of columns for          tend to over-train, thereby put-   books trying to find the parent-   where she and her associ-
Parent-Child Guide she will         ting their bodies at great risk    ing formula that will transform    ates provides psychothera-
share some of the most fre-         for injury. Their intense self-    them into perfect parents.         py for children, teens,
quently asked questions she         criticism puts them at high risk   Perfectionist parents who          adults, parents and cou-
has encountered.                    for the development of anxiety     demand perfection of their chil-   ples. For more informa-
In this issue she will deal with    and depressive disorders.          dren and spouses can provoke a     tion, phone 492-1271 or
questions about perfectionism.                                         great deal of resentment and       check her website at:
                                    Question: How would                negativity in others.              www.DrNina.ca
Question: I really don’t            I recognize perfection-
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good to give your best
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                             When Once Isn’t Enough
                                     H E L P                                                    W I                                       T H                       O C D
                                                                             by Dr. Daniel Chorney, Registered Psychologist

                                                    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder “ can be one of the most distressing,
                                                    misunderstood, and problematic childhood mental health concerns.”
                                     can be the spread of misinfor-                                                         thoughts that can sometimes be      makes no sense at all. Common        that help children gradually
                                                                          friends, and family members
                                     mation.                                                                                very painful or upsetting to        compulsions seen in children         face their fears and break the
                                                                          who are often forced to work
                                          On screen, individuals                                                            have (e.g., thoughts that are       include specific touching or         cycle of obsessions and compul-
                                                                          around the numerous rituals
                                     with OCD can be portrayed as                                                           graphic, violent, or bizarre).      arranging of items, asking the       sions.
                                                                          that continue to grow and
                                     “quirky” or simply “irritated”                                                         These thoughts persist until the    same question repeatedly,                  It is important to note,
                                                                          become more severe and time-
                                     when things don’t go to their                                                          “compulsive behaviour” or ritu-     excessive counting of objects, or    however, that these treatments
                                                                          consuming over time when left
                                     liking. Sometimes they are                                                             al occurs – a behavior the child    prolonged hand washing or            should only be used under the
                                     shown as eccentric or even                                                             does in order to banish the         cleaning.                            guidance of a professional. The
                                                                               While it’s normal to have
                                     comical. While it makes for                                                            thought temporarily. This cycle          Other children show the         approach may sound simple at
                                                                          worried and anxious thoughts,
                                     entertaining television, in reali-                                                     repeats itself continuously, with   urge to confess (divulging infor-    first, but it requires a careful
                                                                          children and adults with OCD
     Almost everyone has             ty OCD can be one of the most                                                          a constant build-up of anxiety      mation almost uncontrollably),       and balanced approach to make
                                                                          can’t stop their upsetting
heard of obsessive-compulsive        distressing, misunderstood, and                                                        and frustration followed by the     hoarding (collecting otherwise       sure that progress is gradual,
                                                                          thoughts without performing
disorder, or “OCD,” given how        problematic childhood mental                                                           release felt immediately after a    useless objects), or checking        safe, and always forward mov-
                                                                          some behaviour to make the
often it is featured in television   health concerns. To complicate                                                         compulsive behavior occurs.         behaviors (e.g., repeatedly          ing. While the work involved
                                                                          thoughts go away. Everyone
and movies. Despite the benefit      matters further, OCD often                                                             Again, and again, and again.        questioning whether doors are        in overcoming OCD can be
                                                                          goes through a day when they
of increasing public awareness       affects more than just one indi-                                                            Sometimes this chain of        locked, stoves are shut off, or      challenging      to    everyone
                                                                          can’t shake a song or picture
of OCD, the negative side effect     vidual. It can cause problems                                                          events seems somewhat logical,      someone is safe). It’s not           involved, the reward for suc-
                                                                          out of their mind but children
                                     for the person affected, their                                                         while in other situations, OCD      uncommon to hear a child say         cessful treatment completion is
                                                                          with OCD “obsess” over these
                                                                                                                                                                something has to be or feel “just    often well worth the effort!
                                                                                                                                                                right” before they can stop                Dr. Daniel Chorney is a
                                                                                                                                                                doing whatever it is they are        registered Psychologist with a
                   ALWAYS SO GOOD FOR SO LITTLE®                                                                                                                doing.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                     private practice in Halifax that
                                                                                                                                                                                                     provides counselling for chil-
                                                                                                                                                                assessed and diagnosed, finding      dren, teens, adults, and fami-
                                                                                                                                                                the right treatment provider         lies. Both male and female psy-
                                                                                                                                                                and approach can feel like a         chologists are available, along
                                                                                                                                                                daunting task. There are effec-      with daytime and evening
                                                                                                                                                                tive treatments for OCD that         appointments.
                                                                                                                                                                are supported by research evi-            For more information,
                                                                                                                                                                dence (such as exposure and          please call (902) 444-1160 or visit
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                                                                                                                                         Centennial Pool is
                                                                                                                                         Centennial Pool is
 Family fun at Alderney Landing                                                                                                           Home to Many
                                                                                                                                           Home to Many
                                                                                                                                          Amateur Sports
                                                                                                                                          Amateur Sports
     Family fun abounds on the    that live under his bed. “HOU-      and the “Geary Street
Dartmouth Waterfront in           DINI: The Man, the Mason and        Interactive Media Tour” are
October! Alderney Landing         the Master Magician” is a play      also featured events during the
presents the Bluenose Ghosts      based on the fascinating life of    Festival.
Festival 2012, a celebration of   this great artist. The ever popu-        Each Saturday in October,
the book and characters from      lar “Fear the Darkness Haunted      the Alderney Landing Famer’s
Bluenose Ghosts, written by       House” will be in full swing.       Market celebrates the pumpkin
Helen Creighton in 1957. As       Not for the faint at heart this     with the “Pumpkin, Food and
part of this popular Festival,    annual Haunted House is sure        Folklore Festival”. Try pumpkin
Halifax Theatre for Young         to scare even the tough guys!       muffins, cheesecake, spiced cof-
People presents “The Monster      (Parental discretion is advised)    fee, ice cream and pie while
Under the Bed” a sweet story            Daily “Youth Horror           enjoying the tunes of live local
about a boy named Ben and his     Movie Trailer” screenings,          musicians every Saturday from
encounters with the monsters      “Fear the Darkness Portraits”       10am to 12:30 pm.                       COMPETITIVE SWIMMING           SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
                                                                           All of our events are
                                                                      offered to elementary, junior
                                                                      and senior high schools and
                                                                      daycare groups. Please check
                                                                      with your child’s school if you
                                                                      wish this programming to be
                                                                      included with your child’s cur-
                                                                          Please note: We will
                                                                      be    offering   G-rated
                                                                      Hunted House Tours on
                                                                      Friday, October 26 and
                                                                      Saturday, October 27!                    SPRING DIVING                  WATER POLO
                                                                      www.bluenoseghostsfestival.com                   We Offer a Variety of
                                                                      for further information or call
                                                                      Linda at 461-8401.                            Lifesaving Society Courses
                                                                                                         1970 Gottingen Street, Halifax • Info or to Register 490-7219
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   MUSEUM OF                                         Illegal Killer Trade
 NATURAL HISTORY                                           September 15, 2012 - January 13, 2013
1747 Summer Street, Halifax, 424-7353        This Fall Museum of          After they have chosen their        guide them when shopping.                  The Museum is pleased to
     nature.museum.gov.ns.ca            Natural History visitors will     destination at the travel agency,         They will then enter a         be home to the first Science on
                                        embark on exotic travel and       they will have to go through the    bazaar where animals are at the      a Sphere in Canada and will
                                        have the chance to live a very    airport's customs where they        basis of many products: orna-        offer a live show every half
                                        particular shopping experience.   will receive information to         ments, clothing, fashion acces-      hour featuring the best of what
                                                                                                              sories, remedies, pets, food... It   this digital projection unit can
                                                                                                              will be tempting. Visitors will      do. See live weather, air traffic,
                                                                                                              be confronted and will need to       facebook connections, and so
                                                                                                              make choices. Before leaving         much more as the Museum of
                                                                                                              the exhibition, they will have to    Natural History shows you the
                                                                                                              go through customs again.            world in a whole new light.
                                                                                                              Beware: a luggage detector sen-            The Museum will also
                                                                                                              sitive to endangered species         host artist projects and other
                                                                                                              awaits them! Illegal Killer          special events.
                                                                                                              Trade, from the Sherbrooke           For more information please
                                                                                                              Museum of Nature and                 call 424-7353 or visit
                                                                                                              Sciences will open to the public     nature.museum.gov.ns.ca
                                                                                                              on September 15, 2012.

                                        Exploring the history of mankind allows us to see how we have
                                        evolved as a species and archaeology is one tool that helps unlock
                                        the secrets of the past. The Archaeology Gallery at the museum,
                                        allows visitors to experience the rich cultural history of Nova
                                        Scotia by examining early artifacts of the Mi'kmaq and Acadians
                                        as well as the history of Halifax and how people lived.
    Join Us For The 19th Annual
                                        Here you'll find examples of early tools, nails, arrowheads and
 NEW ROSS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL            pottery. This permanent gallery gives people the opportunity to
          December 8 & 9                learn more about Nova Scotia's past.                                   Deer and Moose - one of the permanent displays at the
                                                                                                                          Museum of Natural History

                                                                                   SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 - JANUARY 13, 2013

                                                                                                                   1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS
                                                                                                                   Tel: (902) 424-7353
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                         Helping Students Rediscover Motivation
                                                                                   by Lorelei Burgess, Oxford Learning Centre

                                                                                motivated the child is to learn.    recognize as important, but         is a great example of how, with       develop better thinking and
                                                                                That’s because motivation is        children need to understand the     a little motivation, any goal can     learning skills will get better
                                                                                key to improving grades.            importance of these things in       be achieved.                          grades. It’s no surprise that
                                                                                Without motivation, students        ways that makes sense to them.             Children can be taught to      with better grades comes the
                                                                                have no personal drive to                 Children need to under-       read. They can be taught how          motivation to get even better
                                                                                improve or make an effort when      stand the reason why an activi-     to count. They can be taught          grades. It’s a great thing to be
                                                                                it comes to school.                 ty is important to them and the     how to create the most compli-        able to watch students become
                                                                                      Parents can become very       reason must be in the context of    cated sentence structures and         excited about learning once
                                                                                frustrated by what they may see     their lives. Each child is unique   the tricks to solve the toughest      again.
                                                                                                                    and the motivating reasons will     algebra equations. But without             Oxford Learning offers
                                                                                as apathy in their child. What
                                                                                                                                                                                              programs for children from 3

                                                                                is sometimes difficult to under-    be as individual as each child.     motivation, they are just being
                                                                                                                                                                                              years old through university.
                                                                                stand is that motivation is an            All children are capable of   taught. They are not learning         We teach students the skills
                                                                                inner drive, so yelling about the   possessing great amounts of         nor are they thinking actively        they need to be successful in
                                                                                importance of school is an inef-    motivation. Give any 12 year        about learning.                       school and in life. Oxford
                                                                                                                    old a new video game and he                Without         motivation,    Learning has locations in
                                                                                fective way to help children
                                                                                                                                                                                              Halifax, Hammonds Plains
                                                                                develop interest or an inner        has the drive to get to level 5     school performance might be
                                                                                                                                                                                              and Bedford. For more infor-
                                                                                desire to learn.                    without much prompting or           good, but it is rarely good           mation about our programs
     t’s easy enough to recognize                                                                                   coaching. In fact, in life one of   enough. Without motivation,

                                            happy student.                            While telling a child that                                                                              and services or to learn how
     a student who isn’t motivat-                Not surprisingly, school       strong reading, writing, and        the greatest learned feats is the   students have no inner desire to      to motivate your child to suc-
                                                                                                                                                        do it for themselves.                 ceed in school, contact us at
     ed in school. They forget              dissatisfaction usually goes        math skills are important to be     acquisition of language. Babies
                                                                                                                                                                                              423-4484 or 405-4166 or by
about homework and assign-                  hand-in-hand with poor grades.      successful in life, it rarely       begin to learn language because            Students of all ages need to   e-mail at
ments, don’t perform well on                     When we’re asked by par-       means much of anything to the       they are driven to understand       learn to tap into what excites        halifax@oxfordlearning.com
tests, and frequently complain              ents to help their child get bet-   average ten year old. Yes,          and make sense of their world.      them about learning, whether it       or
about disliking school. An                  ter grades, one of the first        learning, achieving, and suc-       It’s a huge feat that requires no   is hockey, art, dancing, history,     bedford@oxfordlearning.com.
                                                                                                                                                        or space travel. Students who         Visit us at
unmotivated child is not a                  things that we look at is how       ceeding is something that adults    small amount of motivation. It

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                                                                                   E D U C AT I O N
                                                                                               Submitted by Birch Hills Academy

                                                                               D     ifferentiated instruction
                                                                                     utilizes    instructionally
                                                                               intelligent strategies based on
                                                                                                                    assess acquisition of material.
                                                                                                                         To the observer: Students
                                                                                                                    are actively engaged in learning
                                                                               best practices that enable teach-    activities in large and small
                                                                               ers to create different pathways     groups. The teacher is working
                                                                               to learning that responds to the     with the whole group, small
                                                                               needs of diverse learners.           groups, or individual students.
                                                                               Differentiated        instruction    Both students and teacher
                                                                               respects student’s learning pro-     understand and carry out their
                                                                               files, readiness, and interests as   roles in the classroom.
                                                                               they develop and move along               Students may be working
                                                                               the learning continuum.              independently, in small groups
                                                                                     Behind the scenes: In a        (that change over activity), at
                                                                               differentiated classroom teach-      learning centers, with activities
                                                                               ers engage their students in         that are problem-based, and/or
                                                                               activities to determine their        with activities that are project-
                                                                               learning styles, identify multi-     based.
                                                                               ple intelligence, interests, and          Birch Hills Academy is a
                                                                               prior learning. Simultaneously       private, day school that pro-
                                                                               they are teaching the students       vides today’s children with the
                                                                               the routines and rituals of the      educational foundation they
                                                                               classroom and school, while          require to prepare them for
                                                                               with the students developing         their place in an ever changing
                                                                               the rules under which the class-     world.
                                                                               room will function.                       The environment and cur-
                                                                                     Anchor activities are          riculum is based on the funda-
                                                                               taught and practiced for compe-      mental philosophy that students
                                                                               tency which when used in the         move fluidly along a learning
                                                                               classroom will allow the             continuum. This movement is
                                                                               teacher to work with individual      most effective when students
                                                                               or small groups of students.         actively and meaningfully
                                                                               Assessment tools are used prior      engage in their learning. A dif-
                                                                               to the teaching of new content       ferentiated approach ensures an
                                                                               to determine prior learning;         effective learning environment
                                                                               ongoing to identify the learning     for our students.
                                                                               that is taking place to inform            For more information
                                                                               the teacher regarding areas that     contact Pam Streeter at
                                                                               need to be revisited or to con-      832-5437                      or
                                                                               tinue with the content; and at       pstreeter@eastlink.ca.
                                                                               the end of content areas to

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                                                                                     Back to School, back to the Pool!
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                                                                                    With another great sum-         Stay in shape at any                obesity, respiratory disorders      using an AED (automated exter-
                                                                              mer over and school back in         age at any level of                   and more.                           nal defibrillator) machine.
                                                                              session it’s time to pick some      mobility                                  Become a lifeguard              Lifeguards are able to address
                                                                              extra-curricular activities to            Not only are water activi-            Each day HRM Lifeguards       and solve problems effectively,
                                                                              compliment the education            ties one of the more beneficial       are responsible for watching        are good decision makers with
     CENTENNIAL ARENA                                                         received in school. Though it’s
                                                                              never too late to start any exer-
                                                                                                                  forms of exercise, they are
                                                                                                                  appropriate for almost all age
                                                                                                                                                        hundreds of people in water, on     professional attitudes in the
                                                                                                                                                        shore or poolside while using       face of difficult and challenging
           27 Vimy Ave., Halifax                                              cise regime, instilling this work   groups and fitness abilities.                                             situations. Lifeguarding is seri-
                                                                                                                                                        skills and training to prevent
• Ice Rental 24 Hrs. a Day                                                    or school and exercise balance      Whether training, learning the        accidents and mishaps, perform      ous business. Keeping pool and
• After 5 pm to 8 am, Call 430-8221                                           early can set the stage for an      basics or participating in group      rescues, deal with emergency        beach patrons safe is an impor-
• Parents & Tot’s Skate Mondays 9 am to 10 am                                 active life overall. No matter      classes, swimming is good for                                             tant job that teaches life and
                                                                                                                                                        response teams and continuous-
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                                                                                                                                                        ly hone fitness and survival
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                                                                              swim, if you are afraid of the      benefits those suffering from         joint, and respiratory emergen-     are in your area or to see
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                                                         The Leaky Bladder – what is it all about?               By Janice Webber, PT, CAFCI (acup.), CST
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              identified to work the pelvic floor.
                                                Contrary to popular belief, inconti-             for women after childbirth.                        embarrassing problem that is rarely            Treatment for bladder problems             You may also find physiotherapists,
                                                nence is not a natural part of                   Incontinence is a medical condi-                   talked about or acknowledged but               and/or pelvic pain often involves          like myself, who have developed a
                                                aging for women or men and it is not             tion that should be treated with                   women, men, and children do not                manual (hands-on) therapies to             specialized exercise program to assist
                                                a natural consequence of having chil-            the same concern and respect as                    need to be held hostage by the condi-          realign the pelvis, back, and/or hips,     with prolapse issues. The program
                                                dren. It is also not linked to prolapse          any other medical problem.                         tion. Education and proper treat-              to release of restrictions in the pelvis   also addresses pelvic floor weakness
                                                but prolapse can also be a concern               Urinary incontinence is a socially                 ment including exercise are the keys.          and low back, and exercises, which         and can assist with urinary inconti-
                                                                                                                                                    You may have seen lots of commer-              include more than the traditional          nence.
                                                                                                                                                    cials on television making it seem             Keigel, to strengthen the weak pelvic      For information on how you can get
                                                                                                                                                    that wearing leak protection or spe-           floor muscles, lower abdominals, and       assistance for this problem, call A
                                                                                                                                                    cial underwear is a social norm for            low back. Machines such as biofeed-        Body in Balance Therapy Centre. We
                                                                                                                                                    our aging population. This is not              back may be used by some physio-           have 2 physiotherapists, Janice
                                                                                                                                                    true.                                          therapists to help clients regain their    Webber and Allison Reid, who can
                                                                                                                                                    The pelvic floor is a muscle and just          pelvic floor muscle function.              assess your problem and start you on
                                                                                                                                                    like any other muscle it needs to be           You can now find specialized exercise      your recovery. Both our physiothera-
                                                                                                                                                    exercised and the pelvis is a set of           program like Pfilates which uses           pists are certified Pfilates Instructors.
                                                                                                                                                    bones and joints which have liga-              Pilates exercises, and Yoga move-          Call 469-3214 or e-mail
                                                       Holistic and Traditional Physiotherapy                                                       ments and muscles that attach to               ments that have been specifically           info@abodyinbalance.ca
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                                                                                                                                                    to them, to tighten and relax proper-
                                                                                                                                                    ly. The pelvic floor attaches to the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   I  f you want to avoid getting head
                                                                                                                                                                                                      lice there are some easy things that
                                                                                                                                                                                                   you can do. The following steps will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the family from getting lice. Build a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              regular head check into your family’s
                                                                                                                                                    prolapse, or pelvic pain issues can be                                                    weekly hygiene practice. Check-A-
                                                                                                                                                    assessed and treated by physiothera-                                                      Head and avoid the spread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Step 1. Educate your chil-
                                                                                                                                                    pists who treat women’s health and                                                        Step 4. Report a head lice
                                                                                                                                                                                                   dren. Have a talk about head lice
                                                                                                                                                    men’s health issue.                                                                       infestation ASAP. Tell your
                                                                                                                                                                                                   with your kids. Let them know the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   things that they can do to avoid get-      school, camp, day care or other fam-
 KIDS HELPING KIDS                                                                                                                                                                                 ting head lice. Children are most sus-     ilies that you have been in contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ceptible to getting lice and usually       with so that they too can check and

National Art Competition                                                                                                                                                                           bring them home from school, camp
                                                                                                                                                                                                   or day care. Use tools such as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                   educational coloring book or web site
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to show pictures and share informa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              treat if necessary. If you don’t speak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              up lice may spread and continue to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              go around and eventually you may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              get it back too.

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By Lois Kalchman                                                                                                                                     “Hopefully, it will set them up for a life-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion. Lice Squad Canada can provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                   you with both.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Step 2. Avoid head to head
                                                                                                                                                                                                   or hair to item contact.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Step 5. No Nit Policy. Ask
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              your school if they do regular head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lice screening or education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Checking children after any school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              break upon return from summer hol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Keeping the hair up and away from
                                                                                                                                                  time of participating not only in programs                                                  iday, winter break and March break
Nine-year-old Reilly Therrien is one of                                                                                                           related to their own community but to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   other people’s heads is the best thing
8000 children from across Canada par-                                                                                                             look beyond into the Global Community.”          that you can do to avoid getting head      is essential to stopping and lowering
ticipating in ‘Windows to the World’ a                                                                                                               ‘The posters will be sent across Cana-        lice. Sharing hats, combs, towels,         lice cases in most schools. Camps
National Art Competition with a Global                                                                                                            da for awareness to show how kids can            and other hair items is not advised.       and day care centers can also benefit
Reach that will help to brighten the rooms                                                                                                        make a difference.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Keep in mind that you may also get         from this as well and can modify
of children on respirators in the non-de-                                                                                                            Submissions will be accepted until
                                                                                                                                                                                                   head lice from car seats, bus, plane       their screening times to suit. Does
nominational Herzog Hospital in Jerusa-                                                                                                           November 30, 2012 and an independent
lem, Israel.                                                                                                                                      panel of judges will select 25 winners in        and train head rest. Never try on          the organization allow children with
   The competition which asks children                                                                                                            various categories to be announced in            hats in department stores and don’t        lice to attend? What is their protocol
ages 5 to 19 to draw a ‘memorable mo-                                                                                                             March 2013.                                      share head gear for sporting events.       or reporting like? Another helpful
ment’, a ‘beautiful place’ or a ‘dazzling                                                                                                                                                                                                     thing to do is hold a head lice educa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   If you must share then use a hair net
dream’ is now open with 25 winners to                                                                                                               Anyone can enter. No one is ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   or do a visual inspection first.           tion day. If your school, camp or
be announced in March 2013.                                                                                                                       cluded. The rules and regulations are
   Two of the lucky winners will receive                                                                                                          posted on these two websites www.Wood-           Wiping, vacuuming and blowing the          organization does not do these things
one year tuition to the Woodbridge Art                                                                                                            bridgeartschool.com, and www. Herzog-            item off before use is also a good         suggest that they consider it as this
School and Gallery. Other prizes include                                                                                                          hospital.ca                                      measure to take. There are some pre-       will help avoid and decrease lice
sport memorabilia from the Toronto                                                                                                                                                                                                            infestations in the general popula-
Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs, Ganz
                                                                                                                                                                                                   vention products available that will
                                                                                                                                                                                                   leave a scent on the hair but these are    tion.
(toys), Cineplex passes. Wonderland pass-
es, hockey equipment from Winnwell,
                                                   Catherine Sgro, the
                                                2004 Woman of the Year
                                                                                                                     not necessarily recover,”
                                                                                                                     Sgro explains of her in-
                                                                                                                                                  Sponsors                                         not 100% effective. They do help but       For more information check out
                                                                                                                                                  BrandBuilders                                                                               The Facts of Lice located on the
and many, many more.                            for the City of Vaughan                                              volvement. “Our goal is                                                       must not be completely relied on.
   Reilly of Welland, Ontario is still debat-   is the Woodbridge Art                                                to make children aware       Lonsdale Gallery                                                                            resource page at www.licesquad.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Step 3. Take a peak once a
ing which of the three prerequisites her        school founder and the                                               and enhance the sur-
art will reflect.                                partner of the initiative.                                           roundings with colour-       Prize List                                       week. Catching a head lice infesta-        You may reach Lice Squad Canada at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              888 LICE SQUAD (542-3778) or visit
   “I am doing this to make the children           “We get involved in                                               ful art work in their hos-   Woodbridge Art School and Gallery                tion early is key. It helps to avoid a
in the hospital feel like we are all here for   philanthropic events like                                            pital rooms. “               Barrington Brolly                                sever infestation, the spread to others    www.licesquad.com for your free
them,” said the Alexander Kuska Catho-          this to teach our children                                              This summer approxi-      Bijoux Village Jewellry                          and makes getting rid of lice much         head lice help kit.
lic School grade four pupil. “Pink, purple      about a bigger world                                                 mately 40 camps from 9       Brampton Flight School
and blue are my favourite colours.”             where things aren’t al-                                              provinces and the Yu-        Canada’s Wonderland
   “If I decide to draw a memorable mo-         ways pretty,” Sgro told                                              kon Territory have had
ment , it will have to be when I went to        City Parent Magazine. “I                                             campers drawing their
see Mary Poppins in the theatre, and if         believe through drawing                             Reilly Therrien  submissions as well as
it is a beautiful place then it would have      and expressing their feel-                                           individuals like Reilly.
                                                                                                                                                  Just Hockey
to be my grandma’s house on Trout Lake          ings that kids are all artists and they can     Both private and public schools have              Laser Quest
near Bancroft (Ontario).”                       help illustrate good things in our world for    shown enthusiasm for the contest and are          Ontario Science Centre
   And, her dazzling dream is to be in a        good people especially other children.”         expected to run the program when stu-             Playdium
commercial on television or in a show.             Sgro also believes this initiative will      dents return for the school year.                 The Toronto Raptors
                                                teach children like Reilly good things par-        Lorne Saltzman, Executive Director             The Toronto Maple Leafs
                                                ticularly when they realize that the win-       of Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital            Reptilia
‘The posters will be                            ning pictures will be hung in the 25 rooms      speaks of their aim for the initiative.           Royal Lighting
                                                in the new children’s wing currently un-           ”This is strictly an awareness campaign
sent across Canada for                          der construction in Jerusalem.                  to encourage kids to participate in an
                                                                                                                                                  Spin Master
awareness to show how                              “This is an international initiative about   initiative focused on giving back to the
                                                                                                                                                  The Bay
                                                Kids helping Kids who are in the hospi-         world and showing them that they really
kids can make a difference.’                    tal with a condition from which they may        can make a difference.
                                                                                                                                                  Winnwell Hockey
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                                                                                 time professional theatre for   ration of the monsters that
                                                                                 all ages, is producing 'The     live inside all of us, and a cel-
                                                                                 Monster Under the Bed', by      ebration of imagination and
                                                                                 Kevin Dyer, at Alderney         its ability to help us face our
                                                                                 Landing, October 19 - 28, in    fears.
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              Your Eyes Are Worth It!
                                                By Stephanie Blackmore, OD
                          A full
                     eye examina-
                                     tial problems could go unno-        cussing with you the various
                                                                         options that are available for
                                                                                                               would be very different from an
                                                                                                               adult eye exam, however, much
                                                                                                                                                        STAYING SAFE THIS FALL
                                     ticed and untreated for long
                     tion by an      periods of time. As is most         correcting blurred vision, such       information can be obtained by
                                                                                                                                                             During Your Family’s Busy Routines
                     Optometrist     often the case, an early diagno-    as single vision glasses for dis-     an Optometrist regarding the               By Jennifer Russell, BScHP, Health
                     provides a      sis often means vision can be       tance activities like driving, sin-   binocular vision and refractive
                     full ocular
                                                                                                                                                         Promotion Specialist, Child Safety Link
                                     preserved for the future with       gle vision reading glasses, com-      status of an infant’s eye. At age
                     h e a l t h     the right management, appro-        puter glasses, bifocals, and con-     3 the next eye exam is recom-              The leaves are changing color and the crisp autumn air is
                     assessment      priate treatment, and appropri-     tact lenses.                          mended; then again, before           starting to settle in – our fall season routines are well underway!
                     as well as a                                              Other visual tests that may     school begins (at age 5-6).                With your children settling back into school and your partici-
                                     ate monitoring by an
refractive assessment of the eye                                                                                                                    pation in various community activities on the rise, families are
                                     Optometrist.                        be completed either during a                Children are recommend-
(also known as a “glasses pre-                                                                                                                      often very busy during this time of year. Child Safety Link would
                                           The refractive assessment     routine exam or at another time       ed to have their vision checked
                                                                                                                                                    like to share some tips with you on how to stay safe during some of
scription”). During the ocular       of the eye is the part of the eye   include binocular vision tests,       yearly until age 18, especially if   your busy Fall routines:
health assessment, the various       examination       where       the   during which the muscles and          any visual problems are present                                      School
layers of the eye are assessed for   Optometrist assesses the eye-       nerves of the eye are assessed;       or diagnosed. Between the ages             When you add up the weight of books, school supplies, gym
any signs of ocular problems.        glass prescription, often with      color vision tests, which can         of 19-60, full eye exams by an       clothes, lunch bag, sneakers, various pieces of art, birthday invita-
Any problems related to the          the help of the patient. Most       determine if any color deficien-      Optometrist are recommended          tions, and random show-and-tell items…you can end up with one
eyes or ocular symptoms are          people will book an eye exam if     cies exist; and visual field tests,   every two years, while those 61      hefty backpack! Although children have more youthful and limber
often discussed and evaluated        they notice big changes in their    which test peripheral vision. In      years of age and over are recom-     bodies, they can still be susceptible to injuries from carrying too
during an eye exam.                  vision, however, even small         some cases, the eye needs to be       mended to be seen yearly.            much weight. When packing your child’s book bag, make sure it
      The ocular health assess-      changes in an eyeglass prescrip-    dilated to allow for a better               These are full exam guide-     weighs no more than 10% of their body weight. Heavy items like
ment section of the full exam is     tion can lead to eye strain,        view of the peripheral parts of       lines only and the frequency of      textbooks should be packed close to your child’s body, and chil-
very important as many ocular        headaches or visual blur at var-    the back of the eye.                  visits may be modified by an         dren should wear both shoulder straps of the book bag, to carry the
diseases can be asymptomatic,        ious distances which leads to             If dilation is advised, the     Optometrist if eye diseases or       weight evenly.
meaning that they do not have        difficulty performing routine       Optometrist will instill drops        other risk factors for eye prob-                                 Commutes
symptoms that can be felt by an      tasks.                              that will make the pupil larger.      lems are present.                          What great news that the speed limits in school zones in Nova
individual. One example of an              Optometrists can help to      Depending on the findings of                Of the five senses, vision     Scotia have been reduced this year! But, there are still many pedes-
eye disease that is often asymp-     put vision back into focus with     the eye examination and your          is often the sense that people       trian safety tips to keep in mind. Teach children who are walking
tomatic is glaucoma, where the       a prescription for glasses, help-   symptoms, your Optometrist            cannot imagine living without.       to school to look left, right, then left again before crossing the
pressures inside the eyeball         ing the spectacle wearer experi-    will determine which tests need       Caring for your eyes involves        street. Children under age 9 should not walk to school without the
itself can reach levels that can     ence more visual clarity and        to be performed.                      routine eye assessments with an      help of an older child or an adult. Consider organizing a “walking
cause damage to occur to the                                                   Believe it or not, it is rec-   Optometrist to help preserve         school bus” in your neighborhood, where a group of children walk
                                     comfort with various activities
inner structures of the eye,                                             ommended that a person's first                                             with adults along a pre-determined route. Children over age 9
                                     like driving, reading, and using                                          and maintain healthy, comfort-
leading to irreversible vision                                                                                                                      should walk facing traffic, in groups if possible, and use sidewalks
                                     computers. When it comes to         eye exam be completed at 6            able vision and prevent avoid-
                                                                                                                                                    or stay far to the shoulder of the road when walking to school.
loss. If the eye is not routinely    choosing your glasses, your         months of age. This exam              able vision loss. Optometrists
                                                                                                                                                    Children who ride bikes to school should always wear a properly
assessed for eye diseases, poten-    Optometrist can help by dis-                                              do much more than prescribing        fitting helmet.
                                                                                                               glasses and contact lenses to                                Halloween Safety
                                                                                                               focus the outside world, they              Many families will be taking their children trick or treating
                                                                                                               focus on the world inside your       this Halloween. Make sure children have eaten before they go trick-
                                                                                                               eyes!                                or-treating. If they are hungry, they will be tempted to snack on
                                                                                                                     See your Optometrist, you      candy before you have checked it. It is important to check treats
                                                                                                               and your eyes are worth it!          when you get home for open wrappers or anything strange, and
                                                                                                                    For further information or      throw away homemade treats from anyone you don’t know. When
                                                                                                               to have an eye examination,          in doubt, throw it out! Choose bright colored costumes made of
                                                                                                               you can see Dr. Stephanie            flame-resistant material, decorate costumes with reflective tape and
                                                                                                                                                    have children carry a flashlight. To prevent falling, make sure cos-
                                                                                                               Blackmore or any of her col-
                                                                                                                                                    tumes are not too long. Face masks can also make it difficult to see,
                                                                                                               leagues at the following Family      so use face paint instead. Children under nine years old should be
                                                                                                               Vision Clinic locations. Halifax     supervised by an adult when trick-or-treating.
                                                                                                               Location: Park West Centre:                There are usually many people out and about on Halloween
                                                                                                               287 Lacewood Drive 457-2224.         night, so drivers should be extra careful. Children can get excited
                                                                                                               Dartmouth Locations: Queen           and forget safety rules.
                                                                                                               Square: 45 Alderney Drive                  We wish you a fun, safe and healthy school year!
                                                                                                                                                          For more information on these and other children’s
                                                                                                               469-8230, Tacoma Plaza:
                                                                                                                                                    injury prevention topics, and to download our wide range
                                                                                                               50 Tacoma Drive 434-1231,            of educational resources, visit www.childsafetylink.ca or
                                                                                                               Superstore Mall: 650 Portland        call us at 1-866-288-1388.
                                                                                                               Street 462-4600.

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                                                                                    Wishes at Work
                                                                                                Submitted by Make-A-Wish
                                                                            When Make-A-Wish® was founded           uals rally around a particular wish child,
                                                                      – from the granting of the very first wish    magic can happen. To reach out to a wish
                                                                      – the business community became a             family and connect on a personal level can
                                                                      strong supporter of the Make-A-Wish®          have a profound and lasting impact for all
                                                                      mission. As time went on, the employees       those involved.
                                                                      and other stakeholders of these organiza-          Sharing in the power of wish is what
                                                                      tions asked how they could become even        makes Wishes at Work such an amazing
                                                                      more involved in making wishes come           program. Depending on the level of sup-
                                                                      true for children with life-threatening       port, a company or a department may
                                                                      medical conditions. The Wishes at Work        choose to fully adopt a wish and raise
                     COMFORT INN                                      program was established to help encour-       enough in cash and in-kind support to make
                         Clean, Comfortable,                          age employee participation in raising         an entire wish experience come true.
                                                                      funds and granting the most cherished              The staff at Make-A-Wish Atlantic
                          Affordable Rooms                            wishes of sick children. Along the way,       Provinces would be happy to chat with you
                                                                      employees have fun, build bonds, and          about how you can help grant a wish. A
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                                                                      connect with their community.
       Tel: 902-463-9900 • Fax: 902-466-2080                                Wishes at Work enables employees,       wish to come true. Consider donating
       Toll Free Reservations 1-800-228-5150                          as well as other stakeholders including       towards a wish as a tribute to a colleague or
              www.choicehotels.ca/cn249                               suppliers or family members, to join          in lieu of a holiday gift or card. Please
  Employment Opportunities: www.dartmouthhoteljobs.ca                 together and design a fundraising event       phone today at 1-877-466-WISH (9474) and
                                                                      or an ongoing workplace campaign that         ask to speak with Melissa.
                                                                      fits the needs of their particular work
                                                                      environment. When a group of individ-

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                                                  CORNER                  Pumpkin Patch
                                             By Jenny Joan Larisey, Craft Consultant for Maritime Hobbies & Crafts

       This year I spent the first few                     cious pie. I could write for hours      for decoupage, pipe cleaners and       stand out. Think outside the box,
weeks in September building a bul-                         just on the deliciousness of pump-      googly eyes can be used to make a      think pumpkin!!!

letin board of inspirations, gather-                       kins, muffins, pie, soup, etc...        creepy spider. Painting on a pump-          Please drop in to Maritime
ing fresh new ideas for my fall &                          although not all pumpkins are tasty     kin is another way to keep it simple   Hobbies & Crafts to see our craft
winter projects. Attaching post                            and have much better uses for dec-      yet very chic, pumpkins with           corner, 1521 Grafton Street,
cards, photographs, sketches and                           orating.                                smooth skins are best for painting     Halifax, 423-8870
other things I collected over the                                Pumpkin decorating does not       or decoupage. Paint your pumpkin
summer months. Also take clip-                             have to be about carving jack-o'-       black and after it drys add a design
pings from magazines, September                            lanterns for Halloween, using them      by scratching off some of the black
issues are always full of trends for                       to create a centrepiece for a dinner    or add your design with white
the upcoming season and I like to                          party, as a display on your mantel      paint. Use silver and gold paints
pay special attention to the latest                        or an outdoor display like a pump-      for an added touch, or add some                                                        This Christmas think
color trends and recipe ideas.                             kin path. There are many ways to        glitter for a sparkling look. Think                                                Lionel Classic Model Trains
     Biggest Inspiration                                   spruce up a pumpkin without get-        about using chalkboard paint or                                                      to bring back memories
       One of my biggest inspira-                          ting the sharp tools and digging out    turn your pumpkin into a bat by                                                     Available at Maritime Hobbies & Crafts
tions thus far did not come from a                         all the guts, although if you like      painting it black cutting out wings
                                                                                                   and ears from cardboard and glue
                                                                                                                                                                                         Your local Lionel Trains Dealer
magazine but rather a pumpkin                              snacking on roasted pumpkin
patch, my mom had an abundance                             seeds go for it & light that pumpkin    on some googly eyes. Many of these
of pumpkins growing in her glori-                          up!!! Decorate a gourd instead of a     ideas can be simple and will still              Come in to see our selection.             MARITIME
ous garden this year. Seeing the                           pumpkin, smaller pumpkins can           make a statement of your creative              Our friendly and knowledgeable
patch of pumpkins with a lovely                            be used as props. Attach them to a      ideas.                                              staff is ready to help.               HOBBIES
golden glow from the afternoon sun                                                                        Don’t be afraid to choose a
inspired my favorite color for the
                                                           larger pumpkin using skewers or
                                                           long nails, I have hallowed out and     pumpkin other than traditional
                                                                                                                                                            STORE HOURS                      & CRAFTS
season, a rusty peachy-pumpkin.                            used small gourds as tea light can-     orange, having a different colored
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It wasn't long before I found my                           dle holders.                            pumpkin makes yours instantly
self trying to re create the color in                          Dress With No Mess                                                                              w w w. m a r i t i m e h o b b i e s . c o m
a dye pot with a silk dress I found                              Steering away from tradition-
at a thrift shop a few weeks back.                         al pumpkin carving, here are a few
Pumpkins are often the center of                           ideas to dress up your pumpkin             Distinctive Gifts For                          CARNEGY ANIMAL HOSPITAL
attention during harvesting season                         without all the mess or rather a dif-
with festivals and competitions,                           ferent kind of mess. To make it            Animal Enthusiasts!                        Dr. Eric Carnegy (Halifax Veterinarian Since 1977)
who can grow the biggest pumpkin                           nice and easy for the kids, get out                                                   Dr. Shannon Lindsay, Dr. Kyla Wuhr, Dr. Bonnie Harrison
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The standard of
and who can make the most deli-                            the craft supplies. Paper and glue                                                    Dr. Tamara Hollinger                                               Veterinary Excellence

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                                                                                                                                              • Experienced, Friendly Staff
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                                                                                                                                              • Full Service Veterinary Facility
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  •   Kitchens and Vanities                            •   Refacing a Specialty
  •   Countertops                                      •   Disappearing Wall Beds
  •   Sinks                                            •   Broan Range Hoods
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          75 Akerley Blvd., Dartmouth 468-8118
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