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                                      February 2011

                                                          elizabeth cowie, rmt

                                                                   PROFESSIONAL HANDS YOU CAN TRUST

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                 CALLING ALL SPORTS
        Do you know a special athlete, group, or team?
    Are you a snowboard racer, cross-country skier or rugby
                  player? TELL US ABOUT IT!
         If you have a story or picture for E.G. Athletes (of any age) – please forward to:
        Christine: or Owen:

   CLICK TOWN HALL, see Sports Complex Renovations (we will provide updates in the
   next issue)

2 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                                   
             WHAT’ ON
             ON THE COVER
             HORT HAPPENINGS                  aro und
              “a small act”
              Vicki Pinkerton
                                               ho use
               In the Kitchen                 Featured on pages 16-20
     12       with Moira Sanders
              Simple Rosemary Focaccia        18                    HOW TO DESIGN A
                                                                          MAN CAVE
              EG Athletes                     Tips on designing the ultimate sanctuary
     14       Compiled by Owen M. Smith

              Decorating                      21                     HOW TO PREPARE
     16       SPRING MARKET...                                        FOR PLANNING:
              ARE YOU READY?                                KITCHEN ZONES & LAYOUTS
              Susan Crema-Martin

     22       WHY SHOULD I BE
              HEALTHY?                             MacWilliam Farms
              Brandi McCarthy                         22645 Leslie Street, South of Ravenshoe Road
              Tax Tips                                               MAPLE SYRUP, FRESH BROWN
     30       NEW FOR THE 2010                                        EGGS, JAMS, PRESERVES,
              TAX YEAR                                             PORK SAUSAGES, BACON, CHICKEN
              Ian Hawkins                                                  & MUCH MORE
                                                                           Everything we sell is grown on
                                                                                our farms in Ontario.
                                                                    Call for Hours
      Many of our contributors live or work
            within East Gwillimbury.
      They volunteer their time to provide
       these articles. Let them know you
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Editors’ Note

Here we are in the dead of winter
2011, a new year and new decade.
We begin our 13th year serving
East Gwillimbury and we hope                                                   Editor: CHRISTINE BENNS
you like what we’re doing! This year we will provide                Advertising Sales: JULIE SMITH
some fresh new ideas as well as keep your favourites.               Design & Layout: CHRISTINE BENNS
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everything in order. We’ve now put the ongoing events
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The first few months of most years I feel tired and in
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use sprucing up, it’s usually my surroundings – the
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there’s lots of local business people to help you with
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winter seem more cheerful!
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        FYI                                       special
NEW WEBSITE                                      The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library, in
We are pleased to introduce our new website.     co-operation with the Town of East Gwillimbury &
The site will grow                               East Gwillimbury Public Library presents
into the new year                                NINO RICCI
with the addition                                Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm
of events in our
calendar,                                        Nino Ricci’s first novel was the internationally acclaimed
additional fact                                  Lives of Saints. It spent 75 weeks on the Globe and Mail‘s
sheets about plants and cultivation, and links   bestseller list and was the winner of the F.G. Bressani Prize,
to other valuable sites. The public can also     the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Governor
access our gardening helpline directly
                                                 General’s Award for Fiction.
through the site.
                                                 Published in seventeen countries, Lives of the Saints was
Master Gardeners provide free gardening
                                                 the first volume of a trilogy that continued with In a Glass
advice to home gardeners anytime.
                                                 House, hailed as a “genuine achievement” by The New
                                                 York Times, and Where She Has Gone, nominated for the
                                                 Giller Prize. The Lives of the Saints trilogy was adapted
                                                 for a television mini-series starring Sophia Loren and
                                                 Kris Kristofferson.

                                                 Ricci’s most recent novel is the national bestseller The
                                                 Origin of Species, which earned him the Canadian Authors
                                                 Association Fiction Award as well as his second Governor
                                                 General’s Award for Fiction. Set in Montreal in 1980s, the
                                                 novel casts a Darwinian eye on the life of Alex Fratarcangeli,
                                                 who is torn between his baser impulses and his pursuit of
                                                 the Good.

                                                 The Town of East Gwillimbury Civic Centre,
                                                 19000 Leslie Street, Sharon – Council Chambers
                                                 Reception with refreshments will follow.
                                                 Admission $10, $8 FOL members
                                                 Tickets available at the Holland Landing and Mount Albert
                                                 Libraries and by chance at the door
                                                 This event is sponsored by Southlake Cinemania                                             FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 5
                             WHAT’S ON
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11                                      Holland Landing branch, 19513 Yonge St., Holland
Mount Albert United Church Women's Annual                Landing. Call to register. 905-836-6492
Hot Roast Beef Dinner
Lions Hall (5057 Mount Albert Rd). Continuous serve      FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 & MARCH 4
4:30 - 7:00 pm. Take-out available Tickets: Adults       21 Day Sugar Detox Challenge
$15.00, Children $6.00 (12 yrs & under)                  presented by Body Design
For more info please call Betty 905-473-2247.            "Stop struggling with fad diets and New Year's
                                                         Resolutions year after year! Take the 21 Day Sugar
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12                                    Detox Challenge and discover the real key to
Greenbank Folk Music Society Concert                     lasting fat loss, for life. This 2 night, 2 hour
For Valentine's Day, we will be partying once again      interactive seminar taught by Registered Holistic
with authentic Cajun music from Toronto's favourite      Nutritionist Brandi McCarthy will give you the
Louisiana-style dance band, Swamperella!                 education you need to be successful. You will
Tickets $ 25. Phone 905-985-8351 for info & to           learn the basic science of how your body stores
reserve. Greenbank Centennial Hall, Hwy. 12,             and burns fat, what foods trigger fat storage and
Greenbank.                                               what food keeps the metabolic fires burning.
Check our web site & watch for future concerts at:       Location: MSVA Board Room, 72 Main Street, and on       Mount Albert. For more information or to register
Facebook and Myspace.                                    contact Body Design, 905-473-3888,
EG TRAILS WALK                                           SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Vivian Creek Trail. 9:00 a.m.                            Chef Dinner hosted by the HL Lions
Meet at the parking lot, Vivian Creek Park on the east   Holland Landing Community Center. Tickets
side of Centre Street in Mount Albert.                   $20.00/pp or a table of 8 for $140.00. There will
                                                         be a silent auction, 50/50 draw, entertainment.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15                                     Proceeds from the dinner will be going to Lions
A Taste of Summer with cookbook author                   Clubs Camp Kirk, a summer camp for children
Moira Sanders at Mount Albert Community Centre,          with learning disabilities. Contact Paul Taylor at
53 Main Street, Mount Albert, hosted by Mount Albert     905-836-1423 or Ken Blyth at 905-836-6315 for
Garden and Horticultural Society. Moira will             tickets.
demonstrate recipes from the Harrow Fair Cookbook.
7:30 pm, reservations needed. Free to Mt. Albert         SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Garden & Hort members, guests $3. Tickets available      50's Dance & Silent Auction
online at or by calling              Holland Landing Community Ctr., at 8pm
905-473-1322.                                            Cost $15. Tickets contact Joan Bellar 905-836-
                                                         7360 or e-mail
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16                                   Buffet, cash bar. Proceeds - Christ Church Holland
Protecting your Nest Egg                                 Landing local outreach ministries.
6:30 - 7:30 pm. Are you concerned that you may
outlive your money? You are not alone! Join us and       SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19
learn about some strategies that will see your money     Celebrate Heritage Day
safe to the end. East Gwillimbury Public Library,        12 noon to 4pm. Invite your family and friends to
                                                         enjoy activities including military re-enactors,

6 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                                        
                              WHAT’S ON
weavers and spinners, First Nations drummers,           at The Family Place or at the door on the evening
interactive activities, wagon rides and much more!      of the event. Donations are always welcome and
Location: St. John Chrysostom Parish Hall, 432          sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 905
Ontario St., Newmarket. For more information, call:     473 5929 or email
(905) 953-5314, email:          for further details.
Visit us at . Free admission.
Presented by Heritage Newmarket, the Newmarket          TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Historical Society and the Elman W. Campbell            Annual Pancake Supper
Museum.                                                 The Anglican Church Women of St. James the
                                                        Apostle, Sharon, are hosting their annual Pancake
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20                                     Supper in the Parish Hall at 18794 Leslie Street,
Daytona 500 Charity Event                               Sharon from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for
The Newmarket Legion Branch 426 are hosting a           adults and $3 for children under 10. Tickets are
Daytona 500 Charity Event. Door prizes, raffles,        available at the door.
auctions, food, cash bar. Proceeds to Legion, Hospice
Newmarket and the Cancer Unit at Sunnybrook             March 15-19
Hospital.Tickets are only $10.00. Doors open at 11am,   March Break’n It
Race starts at 1pm                                      The Elman W. Campbell Museum will present a
Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley Street                    variety of activities during March Break. Drop in
email:                                 10a.m. to 3p.m. March 15 Creative Crafts, $5.50
                                                        per person. March 16 Mad Hatter Day, $5.50 per
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21                                     person. March 17-19 Museum Mayhem, Free.
TOYLAND AT THE MUSEUM                                   Children under 12 must be accompanied by a
Elman W. Campbell Museum. Try our old-fashioned         caregiver 18 years of age or over. Parents please
wooden toys, walk on stilts and go on a museum          note: this is not a day camp and there are no
scavenger hunt. See our model train, nursery rhyme      lunchroom facilities. The Museum is located at
displays and make a simple toy to take home. 10         134 Main Street South, Newmarket. For more
a.m. to 3 p.m. $2 per participant with donation of      information, please call 905-953-5314, email
non-perishable food item for the Newmarket Food or visit
Pantry. For more information, please call 905-953-
5314. The Museum is located at 134 Main St., South,


Mount Albert Community Centre, 53 Main Street.
7 pm to 1 am
It features a celebrity server competition, silent
auction and appetizers throughout the evening served
by local celebrities!
Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased in advance                                           FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 7
circles: SMALL ACTS
                                                                                                by Vicki Pinkerton
In the movie “Pay it Forward” (2000), a young boy decides to make the world a better place in response to a
challenge by his teacher. His project was to commit an act of kindness, or to pay it forward, for 3 people and have
each of them do the same for three more. By the end of the movie, the concept had swept North America.
Everyone was paying it forward. It was an audience favorite, but could it happen in real life? Do we have time
or energy in our busy lives to commit random acts of kindness for no other reason than to give life to kindness
in our communities? I think we all have the heart for it; it’s just that we forget. We get busy and we stomp through
life sometimes too overwhelmed to look left or right.

Let’s not do that anymore. Speaking to people about this
I realize that there is an active kindness culture here.
Anne told me that she was in the library ready to check
out a pile of books when the librarian told her that she
had to clear her card of over-due fines first. She rifled her
purse looking for change and came up empty handed. Oh
sigh. She would have to go home, get change and come
back before she could take them out. Then a hand slipped
across the counter with money in it. A gentleman had
witnessed the incident and pulled the change out of his
pocket. “Just pay it forward,” he grinned.

Lorraine has found her driveway plowed out after every
snow or blow this winter. She doesn't know who is doing
it but her gratitude is immeasurable. It means that she and
her boys aren't out there shoveling the considerable load
of snow that has accumulated lately. She has tried
unsuccessfully to find out who is doing it, but she feels
good knowing that she has a 'snow' angel out there.

Cathy told me that working in retail, especially before
Christmas can be a thankless job. People are rushed,
tempers are frayed and the hours are long. One day just
as she started work, she found a woman frustrated
because she could not find an item that would complete
her Christmas list. She had searched everywhere and
Cathy's store was her last chance. The clerk who was helping her didn't understand the request. Cathy stepped in,
found the item and that was that, or so she thought. Later in the day, the woman arrived back in the store bearing
homemade cookies. She expressed her gratitude and thanked Cathy for being so patient with her. I could tell by
the look on her face that Cathy still remembered the moment fondly as she told me about it. “It changed the day
that I was about to have. I was filled with Christmas spirit.”

Most acts of kindness are small ones. They don't intend to change the world but often put smiles on faces and
help people feel good about themselves. I try to practice kindness in small ways too. I love to write letters of
thanks to stores praising clerks who have gone over and above. It reminds bosses how important their employees

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are. I love to tell people when they are doing an exceptional job; I know the usual is to tell them when they've
screwed up. Often, smiling and saying, I love your work, causes them to step back and stare for a moment. Then
they smile. I love to feel appreciated and I’m sure that any day can be better if you know that you are valued,
no matter what you do.

That being said, some acts seem small but when viewed in retrospect, the ripples change the world. Because of
my feelings about acts of kindness, I was thrilled to hear a program on CBC radio about strangers and what
can happen when you let them into your life. Because strangers have played such an active role in helping me
see the country during my travels, my ears perked up. There were the usual stories of meetings between two
previously unknown people, a couple of weddings, some pay it forward stories and then there was one that
stood out. It was the story of Hilde Back and the events set in motion when she slipped a cheque into an
envelope with hopes of helping one African child get an education. That donation so profoundly changed Chris
Mburu's life that he vowed to pay it forward and he did. The radio host interviewed Chris and Hilde, and talked
about the resulting documentary, “a small act.” To date the documentary has won awards at almost all of the
major film festivals in the world and it has been called one of the 10 best documentaries of 2010 by
Roger Ebert.

So, what happens when you put a story like that in front of a person who is motivated by community and small
acts of kindness? It was explosive. Even with my bad memory I remembered to go to CBC's website. I got the
number and called them for information about Hilde, Chris and the film. Then I called the distributor and asked
for permission to screen the movie. I had to laugh when they asked me what theatre chain I represented. I
arranged to have one showing of 'a small act' in East Gwillimbury. You would think the story would stop there,
but paying it forward never does. When looking for a place to show it, the Mount Albert United Church offered
me their gym. It doesn't have a screen, but someone found one. The Home Hardware store offered their pop
corn maker and people have said they would help with the details. Southlake Cinemania put an announcement
on their website. So did York Region Transition Towns.

It just goes on and on. And isn't that always the case, one act of kindness is followed by another. It is like a
chemical reaction or a wheel in motion. That is why it is important not only to commit random acts of kindness
but to notice them, to see them when they happen, pull them close to your heart and smile. It is this kind of
energy that will make a community hum and change strangers into friends.

Please join me on February 6, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. for the East Gwillimbury premiere of the award winning
film, “a small act” and a discussion to follow. Admission is by donation. Any profits will be split between
the Hilde Back Education Foundation and the Mount Albert United Church. Remember that
construction in the area means that the parking will be on the street and so wear suitable footwear.
Elevator now available. For info or to reserve tickets email or phone 905-473-1284.

Vicki Pinkerton lives on a small farm just outside of Mount Albert when she is not
driving the roads of Canada. She is a practicing life coach, a writer and adventurer who
wonders about many things. or                                               FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 9
Welcome Home
December 6, 2010 marked a special day for East Gwillimbury, and Queensville resident Justin Wright. His
flight arrived in the early morning and family, friends, students and staff at two E.G. schools, Our Lady of Good
Counsel in Sharon and Queensville P.S. (pictured below), eagerly awaited his arrival. The staff and community
members including York Regional Police and EG Fire Department staff lined the stairs at the Civic Centre on
Leslie Street. As Justin approached the crowd, applause and Canadian flags were waived with pride, and tears
of happiness filled eyes of many. It was an honour to be part of this occasion, welcoming one of our own home,
safe and sound for the holidays.

Justin will be home until mid-February
when he will return to serve our country.

photos: Christine Benns

                                                                            Above: Students & staff from Queensville
                                                                            P.S. line the street waiting for Justin to

Above: Justin arrived at the Town of East
Gwillimbury Civic Centre

Right: Happy to see his grandparents

10 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                                          
Fitness Stat    (

More than 60% of adults don’t get the
recommended amount of regular physical activity.
Worse yet, 25% of all adults are not active at all! Nearly 50% of young people aged 12-21 are not
vigorously active on a regular basis. Only 19% of all high school students are physically active for
20 min. or more in phys.ed. classes every day during the school week.

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                                                                               (Across from Home Hardware
                                                                                     Building Centre)                                     FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 11
             IN THE KITCHEN
                       with Moira Sanders

I was recently driving along Mount Albert side road, just west of Mount Albert, when I saw the most beautiful
sight. A few horses were in a paddock together and they were playing and being very frisky. I drew my
daughter’s attention to the horses and all of a sudden one of them kicked his back legs high up into the air. It
was truly an amazing display of “horsing around” and we felt so happy to have witnessed it. It is the same sort
of feeling I get whenever I make this focaccia bread. The focaccia comes out of the oven smelling of rosemary,
the insides full of steamy goodness and the crust containing the occasional crunch of coarse sea salt. This
dough is simple to make and you can bake off as many as four loaves all at the same time or save the dough
and bake them off one at a time over the course of the next 12 days. This recipe calls for the use of a
pizza/bread stone.

Simple Rosemary Focaccia
Makes four 1-pound loaves.

1 ½ Tbsp. active dry yeast
1 ½ Tbsp. Kosher salt
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil + extra for
baking the loaves
2 ¾ cups lukewarm water
6 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Fresh rosemary
Coarse sea salt

Mix the yeast, salt, sugar, and olive oil with the water in
a large bowl. Mix in the flour using a large spoon or
spatula. Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured
surface and knead a few times until it is smooth. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a lid or plastic
wrap (not airtight). Allow to rest at room temperature until the dough rises to at least double the amount,
approximately 2 hours. Keep covered and refrigerate until needed.

On baking day, dust the surface of the refrigerated dough with flour and cut off a 1-pound piece per focaccia.
Dust the surface of the piece of dough with flour and quickly shape it into a ball by stretching the surface of
the dough around to the bottom. Flatten each ball using your hands or a rolling pin to a thickness of about 1
inch (2.5 cm). Let the dough rest for 20 minutes or more, until the dough has become lighter and puffier. Store
any remaining dough in the fridge for up to 12 days.

If you have a bread stone, place it on the middle rack before preheating the oven to 450 F. Generously brush
the dough with olive oil. Poke little holes in the dough and place little tufts of rosemary in each hole. Sprinkle
                 the dough with coarse sea salt. Let rise for an extra 10 minutes. Slide the dough, still on the
                 parchment paper, onto the baking stone and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Remove
                 from the oven and discard the paper. Slice into wedges and eat warm.

                 Moira Sanders has made a career of food which gives her inspiration for her recipe blog
                 and for cooking for her busy family. Moira and her sister, Lori Elstone, have written “The Harrow Fair
                 Cookbook”, which is now available and is published by Whitecap Books.
                 Moira can be reached at

12 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                                                  
Valentine’s Day
                                                                                                    Wayne N. Dargus
                                                                                                            Financial Advisor
An average person spends two weeks of his                                                        19101 Leslie Street
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or her life kissing.                                                                           Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
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                                                                                                 Fax: 905-478-1842
Two out of every three couples turn their                                          

heads to the right when they kiss.                                            Life Insurance Agent for Edward Jones Insurance Agency

One-third of all Valentine cards are
accompanied by gifts.

15% of US women send themselves flowers
on Valentine’s Day.

Over $1billion USD worth of chocolate is
purchased for Valentine’s Day.

Hallmark has over 1330 different cards
specifically for Valentine’s Day.
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About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s
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        e.g. athletes

Peewee AE Eagles Bring Home The Gold Medal
from the Strathroy & District Minor Hockey Olympics Tournament. The Eagles 3 and 1 tournament record
put them in first place, securing them a berth in the Gold Medal Game. In the final against the Hespler
Shamrock’s and the Eagles battled hard and we were down 1-0, when, with 13 seconds remaining in the 3rd
period Dane Madley scored to tie the game, and put us into overtime. With 5 seconds left in the first
overtime Ricky Mitchell, with a shot from the hash marks, put it in the top corner to win the game. The
whole weekend was an all around great team effort.

Right: EG Synchro Skating teams had great results at competitions in Michigan and Newmarket
last month. Mid-Ice Crisis team captured a silver medal in Michigan and just missed the podium
in Newmarket, while Shiver earned a silver medal at the Mid-American Championships and
bronze at the Newmarket Capers. Zambunnies who, in their first competition of the year, moved
up 2 positions from their previous best at the Newmarket Capers. Although the podium
unexplainably eluded our Hot Flashes once again – their colourful and eclectic performance in
Michigan placed them in a league of their own – unrivaled forever by any peer!

14 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                                    
Above: Hot Flashes Synchro team in action on January 16 at the Mid-American Synchro-Skating
Championships in Michigan.
Below: Zambunnies pictured in the foreground compete in North Bay along with Shiver
February 12, at the Ontario Regional Competition... SKATE GIRLS SKATE!                                FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 15

Spring Market
will you be ready?                                                                          by Susan Crema-Martin

The winter has set in and it is cold out there. If you are thinking of tapping into the spring market, then now is
the time to make preparations! Often I walk into properties that require a lengthy consultation only to hear that
they have to be on the market in the next few days. I feel that the better prepared you are the higher your return
on your investment will be and alleviate the stress later.

Often I hear clients getting frustrated because they don’t see the same “to do list” as I do, as a professional stager.
The best way I describe this is to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes – would they want to buy your “to do list”
when they buy your property? Likely they already finished one of their own.

Last summer I completed a consultation for clients that were aiming for this spring market. They did not know
how to proceed with the preparations to sell their property. They did however realize that they wanted to be
proactive and give themselves lots of time to prepare. I armed them with paint colours, lighting details and a list
of furniture to be removed from their property. Just recently I did a follow-up with them and they said that they
have been plugging away at their “to do list”. Some of the painting and lighting have been completed and most
of the furniture has been given away or posted on ‘Kijiji’ and sold. These clients have been diligently working
on their “winter project” and have their “eye on the prize” at the end of this.

                                   Photo top: before staging
                                       Bottom: after staging
 Continued on page 18

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     Washroom or kitchen need updating?

    Turn your basement into a comfortable
          and enjoyable living space.

  Book your spring additions or improvements

  Call Larry Wilson for a FREE Estimate
     905-954-5923 or 905-836-7600                    FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 17
                                           DECORATING CONTINUED...

                                           Local property: 1 day on the market, $15,000 over
                                           asking price.

                                           If you are a seller thinking of tapping into the
                                           spring market… now is the time to make those
                                           changes. Here are a few tips to get you started:

   WORRIED ABOUT POOR WATER QUALITY?       1) How are the floors – dated, stained or worn?
 BRING US A WATER SAMPLE FOR A FREE TEST   2) Check the walls - is the paint fresh and clean?
                                           3) Open draperies and blinds – does your house feel
                                           dark and gloomy?
                                           4) Clutter - are the countertops free and clear?
   DON’T FORGET RADIANT FLOOR HEATING!     With so many decorating shows and internet
                                           articles out there, buyers are so much more savvy
                                           than years ago. It is so important to have a property
                                           that is “move in ready” than ever before –
                                           remember that preparing your home for sale and
                                           showcasing it will be less than your first price

                                           Visit Martin Designs at the Newmarket Home
                                           Show, April 1-3, 2011

                                            Susan Crema-Martin is a Certified Elite
                                            Canadian Staging Professional – CCSP
                                              Mentor, and President, York Region -
                                              Real Estate Staging Assoc. - RESA. If
                                                  you have a question for Susan?
                                                           Send your questions to

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18 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                         
How to Design

Since ancient times, men have needed a sanctuary to be by themselves. They
need a place where they can devolve to their primal state and enjoy the rougher
things in life. Whether you're designing a new man cave for yourself with a low
budget or have millions, follow these easy steps to design the ultimate
man cave.

Instructions: Man Cave

1. Focus on your taste. This is your space that no one can take away from you. If you like it dark and dank,
that's your prerogative. Whether your man cave is the basement or above the garage, it's important that your
own unique tastes are magnified in the décor. If you're a football fan, run with that and create the ultimate space
for you and your buddies to hang out and watch the games on Sunday. If you're a cinema buff, decorate with
movie posters. You get the idea. Once you have a theme in mind for your man cave, it's time to start filling it
up with cool stuff.

2. Outfitting the joint. The television is the cornerstone of every man cave. Whether it's a 60 inch flat screen
with surround sound or a seven inch black and white without cable, you'll definitely need it. If you can afford
to plop down a few thousand on an entertainment system, do it! If not, pawn shops are great places to pick up

                                                              FAST EDDIE’S
                                                              PAINTING &

                                                              Ed Clark & Son                905-473-9994                                               FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 19

decent media equipment at a fraction of the sticker price. Buyer

beware: Pawn shops aren't exactly known for their honesty. You
won't be able to return what you buy, but it is a potential, albeit

risky, shot at getting a larger television for your man cave. Of
course, you'll need cable or a satellite dish to access every channel

and a DVD player including booming base speakers that turn up
loud enough to drown out airplanes passing overhead.

3. Buy furniture: Now that you have something to watch, you'll need
something to sit on, preferably a huge couch or recliner. If you intend
to keep this man cave to yourself and eschew all visitors, go with the
recliner. However, if you're the social type, get a nice big couch that can
accommodate all of your friends. Nothing is worse than returning from
the bathroom only to discover someone has stolen your seat.

4. Snaz up the place. You'll want to do something with the flooring and walls. Remember, once you spill beer
on carpeting, that bar smell is there for good. If going on the cheap is your objective, leave what's there and
spend your money elsewhere. You'll have to cover those nasty walls with something and nothing is more
impressive than a Fathead. has fan-favorite wall graphics of sports and entertainment stars that
stick to your wall and transform your man cave into a suite at the stadium. also has a wide selection
of posters to fulfill your man cave needs.

5. Decorate: To be truly comfortable in your man cave, you need to feel like you're in your element. One easy
way to do that is to get all of your sporting equipment out of the attic and bring it to the man cave. That way
you and your friends can play a little indoor pickup game during commercials. Any sports memorabilia works.

6. Lock the door. The ultimate man cave is self-contained. You should keep a fridge full of two cases of beer
within reaching distance. A bathroom isn't a bad idea either. To truly make your man cave your own, it's never
a bad idea to put a lock on the door. You don't need the kids barging in while you and the boys are doing keg
stands during half time.

More than anything, the man cave is a sanctuary to let men return to their roots and let it all hang out without
fear of reprisal. Whether you're a millionaire or just moved into an apartment, the man cave principle is the
same. You can spend thousands on a man cave or a few hundred dollars, but the knowledge of knowing this is
your territory is priceless.•

20 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                                         
How to Prepare for Planning:
Kitchen Zones and Layouts
With the help of a few basic principles, you can design a U-shaped kitchen
kitchen that saves you time and effort.                          If you have a large room the U-shaped layout gives you
                                                                 maximum space and plenty of storage options. If the room
The work triangle – creating an ideal work flow                  is very large, it's important that the points of the working
The main work functions in a kitchen are carried out triangle are not too far from one another.
between the cooktop/oven, the sink and the refrigerator.
These three points are called the "work triangle."               Parallel/galley kitchen
                                                                 This layout is geared towards food preparation and provides
The trick is to position these three points so that they are not two great work and storage areas on opposite sides. In fact,
too far from each other (making for lots of walking it's a favorite of many professional chefs!
backwards and forwards) and not too close to each other
(making for cramped working conditions).                         Work zones – simplifying everyday life
                                                                 When deciding where to put cabinets and appliances in
Ideally, the line between these three points should not relation to each other, think in terms of work zones.
exceed 6 feet in total. The ideal distance between the Focusing on function rather than objects to fit in, means
different working points is 35''.                                you'll end up with an everyday-friendly and efficient
Thinking you don't have room for a triangular kitchen?
Don't worry: the working triangle can be achieved in many The three main zones are: storage (fridge/freezer and dry
different layouts, according to preference and room shape. storage), washing (sink, dishwasher) and cooking (cooktop,
                                                                 oven, microwave). Placement is crucial to creating a natural
Common kitchen layouts                                           workflow and putting everything within reach.
In most cases, the shape and size of your room dictates what
kitchen layout you ultimately will choose. However, some Here are some basic guidelines to consider when planning
kitchen layouts may suit your needs better than others. Here your work zones:
are five common layouts and their main characteristics.
                                                                 Cooking zone
Single-line kitchen                                              Place your oven and cooktop/oven near the sink and
Where space is scarce, a single-line kitchen in which the countertops to avoid crossing the kitchen with hot pots and
working triangle is reduced to a straight line, can be the pans.
most practical solution.
                                                                 Washing zone
Single-line with island                                          Your sink is an important area. Plan to have your fridge
This single-line kitchen includes an island. An island close at hand for easy food prep. And close proximity to
provides plenty of storage as well as extra work surfaces, but your cooktop makes it easier to drain your pasta and
it requires at least 50'' of free space around to work well.     vegetables.

L-shaped kitchen                                                   Storage zone
The L-shaped kitchen is ideal when you want to add a small         Make sure you have enough storage for all the food - both
dining table or kitchen island. It also makes the most out of      for dry goods and in the fridge. A worktop near your wall
a corner, as well as integrating the kitchen into a dining area.   cabinets, pantry and fridge makes it easier to unpack
                                                                   shopping bags.                                                       FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 21

HEALTHY?                                                               by BRANDI MCCARTHY, RHN

I have been in the health and fitness industry for over 11 years now and it still never ceases to amaze me how
much confusion there is about what contributes to our health, and what diminishes it, what brings us closer to
our goals and what pushes us further away. Of course everyone has their opinion, their anecdotes, their
agenda’s, but what it really comes down to is cold hard facts - knowledge. Knowledge is power......and anyone
who has ever seen a Spiderman movie knows that with great power comes great responsibility! Super hero
references aside, it holds true, we all have a responsibility to ourselves, our families and our communities to
be the healthiest we can be, to thrive and grow and be free from dis-ease (no, not a typo).

What does my health have to do with my community??
In a recent press release from the Canadian Diabetes Association they announced that if we don’t make some
pretty drastic changes, by the year 2020 type 2 diabetes could cost the province a whopping seven billion
dollars annually! Even Dr. Evil would be astounded by such a staggering number. Those seven billion dollars
are tax payer dollars. Your dollars and my dollars. By those estimates the association believes that by 2020 one
in four people will be affected by either type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. The associations’ president, Michael
Cloutier said in a news release, “The economic burden of diabetes in Ontario is staggering and threatens the
sustainability of our health-care system and the provincial economy.”

The provincial economy. One disease, one preventable disease is threatening the entire provinces economy!
This is exactly what I mean when I say that we have a responsibility to our community to be as healthy as we
can be. The cost of poor health is more than a trip to the doc’s, a monthly prescription and a larger pair of pants;
it threatens to cripple our provinces health-care system. And it’s not just type 2 diabetes. There are hundreds of
diet related diseases that are 100% preventable. We are just not taking enough interest in preventing them
because we don’t feel that it will affect anyone except ourselves.

I know this all sounds incredibly harsh, but unfortunately it’s also incredibly true. We all need to understand
the implication of poor health beyond our own front door.

And what about behind our own front door?
Fortunately this story is not all doom and gloom! There is so much you can do right now to positively impact
your own health! Making simple changes one step at a time can go a long way to improved health and
longevity! Get outside and go for a walk in the evenings, this one simple step can help lower your risk of
diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and countless other preventable ailments. Need something a little
more fun? Join a fitness class or a gym! I promise, they are not nearly as intimidating as you may think – you’ll
get a great workout and interact with other members in your community too.

And of course I can’t forget the food! Start small and just keep moving forward. Try to double the number of
fruit and vegetables you eat over the next month, if you are still buying white breads and pastas switch to whole
wheat, if you already eat whole wheat, try sprouted grains. There is always a way to improve what you are
currently doing. When you hit a roadblock or have no idea where to start, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you
aren’t sure where the heck to start, hire a nutritionist, we really can help! If you would prefer a group setting,

22 The Bulletin | 13TH YEAR                                            
 check out for the next 21 Day Sugar Detox Challenge running in your area and get
 involved with your community!

 Make one small change. When it is no longer a change and it’s just what you do, make another change. Before
 you know it you’ll have reduced your risk of preventable disease, feel pretty darn good about yourself and
 maybe even be down a couple of sizes. When you take responsibility for your own health and well being the
 possibilities are endless.

            By Brandi McCarthy, RHN. Brandi is a Registered Nutritionist and certified Personal Trainer at
            Body Design. Body Design offers personal training, nutrition and lifestyle coaching to assist
            individuals achieve their fitness and weight loss goals.

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        in the garden

Tropical Garden Explorations
       Part 2: Exotic Flowers of the Caribbean
       by Georgie Kennedy, Lake Simcoe South Master Gardener

The sun’s rays peeping through the louvered windows confuse me for just a second. Overhead, a fan rotates
lazily; I hear birds chirping and waves lapping. Then I realize....I’m in the tropics, on a beautiful island, maybe
Jamaica or Barbados. The sky is bright, not overcast, and greenery, not snow, is everywhere. This is the
morning of our first long-awaited tropical garden tour.

“Welcome,” says Tyrone, our guide, in his melodious lilt. “Today, we’ll have plenty of time to learn about the
flowers on this estate.... Golden Chalice Vine, Shrimp Plant, Ixora, Desert Rose, Ginger Lily, Parrot’s Beak,
Coffee Rose, and more.” The exotic names capture my curiosity immediately. He promises to explain the
flowers’ ideal growing conditions for anyone interested. To a fanatic gardener, this is heaven.

He begins with the tropical climate. “The island never experiences freezing temperatures. Many of the plants
we‘ll see today could not survive in your country, unless brought indoors or otherwise protected, because they’re
not adapted to go into winter dormancy.” I’m interested to learn there are distinct growing seasons here. The
best planting times are April and May, October and November, the periods of heavy rain. Tourists commonly
visit in the cooler months from December to March when there is absolutely no risk of hurricanes. However,
the hot, dry summer months have their own appeal; many plants, notably Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spp.) and
Oleander (Nerium oleander), produce more blooms in drought-like conditions. I have already noticed walls and
fences covered with colourful bougainvillea bracts; I can imagine their greater glory in July and August.
Graceful oleanders along the roadways will wave with even more pink, yellow and white flowers.

continued on page 26

   Left to Right: Coral Bougainvillea (B. spectabilis ‘Kenyan Sunset’), yellow Oleander, red Frilly Hibiscus, purple Allamanda,
   orange Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis), red Hibiscus, red and yellow Parrot’s Beak Heliconia, white Coffee Rose
   (partially hidden), yellow Shrimp plant, yellow Golden Chalice, pink Ginger Lily, mauve Bougainvillea, red Ixora, white
   Bougainvillea, pink Hibiscus, red Fringed Hibiscus (H. schizopetalus)

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                                       Of course there is no formula for
                                       success except perhaps, an
                                       unconditional acceptance of life and
                                       what it brings.
                                                         - Arthur Rubinstein                     FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 25

The area around the great house, which was built of imported cut limestone in the 18th century, is manicured
and carefully tended. Our guide patiently leads us on a path through the gardens. Desert Rose (Adenium
obesum), Golden Chalice Vine (Solandra maxima), Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea), Purple
Allamanda (Allamanda blanchetii) and Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) have been planted in open sunny
areas. I’m fascinated by the colours and varieties of hibiscus because I grow hardy ones at home. Most
hibiscus hybrids, especially doubles and triples, need more watering and attention than the hardier disease-
resistant indigenous hibiscus with its pretty variegated leaf and simple red flower.

Tyrone gives botanical names, describes medicinal and herbal uses and tells traditional stories about the plants.
As we climb a hilly trail beside a stream to the less cultivated part of the property, we’re madly taking pictures
and writing notes. It may be relatively cool for the Caribbean, but I’m feeling warm. Tyrone points out flowers
thriving in the dappled shade of overhanging branches. A large Ixora (Ixora coccinea) shrub is covered in
clusters of bright red flowers. The dark shiny leaves of the Coffee Rose shrub (Tabernaemontana divaricata)
make its white flowers pop like rich camellias in a bride’s bouquet. Clumps of breathtaking pink ginger lilies
(Alpinia Purpurata), Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia spp.) and Parrot’s Beak Heliconia (Heliconia pendula) cause
us to stop and click furiously. These arresting flowers do well in shady, moist areas of the forest and well-
composted home gardens.

The air becomes more humid. Around the final bend, we hear the welcome sound of falling water. We grab
hold of vines to swing out into the cool pond for an unforgettable swim in the flower forest. All refreshed for
the return trip downhill, I ask permission to gather a few favourites. Back at the villa, I arrange them on a large
leaf and take pictures to share with my fellow garden enthusiasts. Perhaps these images will entice them to
join me in future tropical garden explorations... but first I’ll mail one off to Tyrone as a gesture of thanks.

                                 Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners provide free gardening advice. Send
                                 your questions to our gardening hotline at

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  8:00 pm – January to November
  Please Note New Location: Newmarket Legion,
  707 Srigley Street.
  Call 905-898-6381 or visit
  Interesting and knowledgeable guest speakers,
  raffle draws and refreshments. Annual
  Membership fees: $15/Single $20/Couple
  $25/Family - $2/Guests. We are a friendly group
  of experienced and beginner gardeners. New
  members and guests are always welcome!

  For all ongoing events visit:
  under the WHAT’S ON tab                                  FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 27
The Mount Albert & District Lions as they do every year held the Santa Claus Parade the first
Saturday in December. It takes many sponsors for the parade and Santa, the most anticipated guest
of all, to arrive in Mount Albert. Thanks goes to: Al Dorman Insurance, Smalley’s Produce, Mount
Albert Children’s Academy, Taylor Brothers Truck Sales, James Campbell Insurance, Skwarchuk
Funeral Homes, Mount Albert Girl Guides, JF Kitching & Son Ltd., Mount Albert Boy Scouts, Mount
Albert Foodland, Wayne Dargus (Edward Jones), Skelton Truck Lines Ltd., Ontario Sawdust Supplies,
The Bulletin Magazine, Mount Albert Family Place, Mount Albert Public School, Mount Albert Home
Hardware Building Centre and those who participated in the parade. Thanks too for food donations
and to any other helpers in any way. A special thanks goes to our Santa who came a long way from
                                                        home, as well as Cindy-Lou Jardine and Ken
                                                        McKennon for marshalling the parade.

                                                      AWARDS PRESENTED TO:

                                                      Holt Free Methodist Church
                                                      Best Float

                                                      Mount Albert Cubs
                                                      Best Community Float

                                                      Mount Albert Bible Fellowship
                                                      Best Youth Entry

                                                      Hillside Church
                                                      Best Walking Entry

                                                      Thanks to our judges, who as usual had a
                                                      difficult time deciding on the winners.

                                                                       Below: Mount Albert Girl Guides

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            hort happenings

Had Enough of Winter?
By Anne Hill
Have you had enough of winter? Snow getting you down?        Hort members, this event is included in your membership
Mount Albert Garden and Horticultural Society invites        fee. Guests are $3. Reservations must be made in
you to enjoy a Taste of Summer with Moira Sanders,           advance; tickets can be purchased online from
co-author of The Harrow Fair Cookbook, as she                Ellen Power at or by phone at
demonstrates recipes from one of Canada’s favourite          905-473-1322. No tickets at the door. The Harrow Fair
country fairs at Mount Albert Community Centre, 53           Cookbook will be available for sale at $25.
Main Street, on Tuesday. February 15 at 7:30 pm.
                                                             Then on Saturday, February 19 you can again escape
Moira will be preparing recipes including Cream of           winter at Get the Jump on Spring at the Toronto
Mushroom and Tarragon Soup, Skillet-Sizzled                  Botanical Garden, 77 Lawrence Avenue East, from
Cornbread and Frozen Custard. Members of the MAGHS           10:00am to 4:00pm. There will be presentations and
will be preparing other delicious treats from Moira’s book   demonstrations by garden experts, garden advice, a
for your tasting pleasure. You will be able to sample        marketplace full of creative garden gifts, and many
Rhubarb Punch, Cheddar Loonies, Three-Onion-Dip,             horticultural organizations will have friendly people
Raspberry Squares and other delights.                        available to talk with you. Admission is free but a $2
                                                             donation gives you hourly chances to win great prizes.
Please join us and bring a friend or two. Don’t be           More information at
disappointed: get your tickets early. For Mount Albert
                                                             That same weekend, February 18th – 21st, the Great
                                                             Backyard Bird Count will be taking place all across
                                                             North America. Anyone can participate; you can even do
                                                             it without leaving home! All the information you need is

                                                             This is the time of year to revel in garden books,
                                                             absorbing ideas and making plans. What worked really
                                                             well last year? What would you like to add or change this
                                                             year? Will you grow vegetables? The seed catalogues are
                                                             available and it’s a great time to dream. It’s also a good
                                                             time to get your garden tools sharpened.

                                                             Our Junior Gardeners program starts up again on
                                                             Tuesday March 15th at 7:00 pm. For more information
                                                             about our youth and adult programs, call 905-478-8450
                                                             or visit our website at

                                                             We are an enthusiastic and friendly group of gardeners,
                                                             from beginners to experienced, who welcome guests and
                                                             new members from all over East Gwillimbury and
                                                             beyond.                                                 FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 29
            Tax Tips

by Ian Hawkins

Ontario has created the Children’s Activity Tax Credit. Under this program, parents and guardians can claim up to
$500 of eligible expenses per child. They will receive a refundable tax credit worth up to $50 per child under 16
years of age or up to $100 for a child with a disability under age 18. As a refundable tax credit this program benefits
low-income parents who pay little or no income tax. A truly made-in-Ontario solution, using the income tax system
to further the socialist agenda.

Parents are able to claim the tax credit beginning with the 2010 tax year – eligible expenses incurred on or after
January 1, 2010 will qualify for the credit; but only if you cannot afford to enrol your child in the programme in
the first place. A somewhat cynical programme aimed at bolstering re-election chances. Will you remember come
next October?

The Ontario credit covers both fitness and non-fitness activities. For fitness, the same rules apply as for the federal
Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (re-capped below). Non-fitness activities include music, drama, language instruction
and activities with a substantial focus on wilderness and the natural environment.

To qualify a program must:
       • Be ongoing (either a minimum of 8 weeks duration or in camps 5 consecutive days)
       • Be supervised
       • Be suitable for children
For more information on non-fitness programs, Google – Ontario childrens activity tax credit.

New for 2009 but still good in 2010 - First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC)
If you bought a home in Canada during 2010 you will qualify for the HBTC if:
        • You or your spouse or common-law partner acquired a “qualifying home” and
        • You did not live in another home owned by you or your spouse or common-law partner in the year
        of acquisition or in any of the four preceding years.

A qualifying home is just about anything you buy except a share of a unit that only provides you with a right to
tenancy instead of an equity interest.

Then there is still the Ontario first-time-homebuyer programme that refunds part of your Land Transfer Tax.

How much is the refund?
The maximum amount of the refund is $2,000. If the refund is claimed at time of registration, it may offset the land
transfer tax ordinarily payable. If not claimed at registration, the refund may be claimed directly from the Ministry
of Revenue. No interest is paid on this refund.

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Who qualifies?
To claim a refund, you:
       • must be at least 18 years of age;
       • must occupy the home as your principal residence within 9 months of after the date of transfer; and
       • cannot have owned a home, or an interest in a home, anywhere in the world.

In addition:
        • your spouse cannot have owned a home, or an interest in a home, anywhere in the world while
        being your spouse; and
        • in the case of a newly constructed home, you must be entitled to a Tarion New Home Warranty.
Purchasers of New Homes in 2010 should also have received a HST rebate. HST is not charged on re-sales
of housing.

As tax rules become ever more complex it only makes sense to have a professional prepare your income taxes
to make sure that you get every credit that you are entitled to.

               Ian and Dorothy Hawkins own and operate Mount Albert Tax Company next door to the post
               office and Holland Landing Tax Company in the Gristmill Plaza, Holland Landing

                              (approx. 1,600 square feet on the first floor for immediate occupancy)

                                    Sharon House Commercial Centre
                                       19027 Leslie Street, Sharon
                             (Mt. Albert Rd. and Leslie St. across from E.G. Town Offices)

                                    Original and superb craftsmanship throughout, including: elegant trim,
                                    crown moldings and archways, oversized baseboards, 9 ½ foot ceilings,
                                    original doors and pine floors.

                                    Updates include: high efficiency gas furnace, central air conditioning, gas
                                    fireplace, large windows that replicate the originals, eave lighting, outdoor
                                    lanterns, plumbing, electrical, and improved insulation.
                                    Ample parking and signage.

                    Phone David or Cindy Bates (905) 478-8440.                             No agents please.

 To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on
 the boundary of disaster.                     – Sterling Moss                                                         FEBRUARY 2011 | The Bulletin 31
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