Beachy-keen gift ideas for Christmas

Dear Santa, I figure you must have a pretty hard time finding all those presents for everyone, so I thought I’d help you out. Here are some things I especially like because they’re quick, easy and inexpensive. And you can find many of them right here in the Beach. Calendars There are lots of fancy […]

Open House dos and don’ts

So, you’ve finally done it. You managed to find that perfect Beach property. If this was your first purchase, it may not have taken too long to find. It might have been the first home you looked at, or maybe it was after too many showings to remember. You may have come across it after […]

Reindeer Rudolph has Toronto accent

You watch the Santa Clause Parade, every year, but can you name Santa’s reindeer? (And don’t say ‘Olive’, the other reindeer!) You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally written in […]

Hawks and eagles

KNOCK KNOCK. “Sir would you mind if I take a picture of a bird in your tree?,”   I asked.  “Sure,” the homeowner replied. “What is it? A cardinal? A blue jay? A woodpecker?”   “No, it is a bald eagle!,” I told him.   “WHAT! Are you joking?!” On a cold, wintery day Walter and I headed […]

Turtles, turtles, yah, yah, yah!

If we apply the Six Degrees of Separation rule to this tale, Evelynn has the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to thank for saving her life. Those Heroes in a Half Shell took North America by storm! Ask any kid of the 80s and they’ll tell you it was totally tubular, dude! Every Halloween, we were […]

A year in the life of Mary-Margaret, City Councillor

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since my first day as city councillor of Ward 32! I’m forever grateful to you for your relentless pavement-pounding, for banging up signs and delivering brochures, for hosting coffee parties, for spreading the word to your friends and neighbours, and for generously donating to the ‘McMahon Can’ […]

The Main Menu: Christmas with panache

It’s that time of year again: the Christmas season, when parties predominate and the appetizer reigns supreme. Every self-respecting host is on the lookout for a fresh food idea – something tempting, just a little different and with any luck, pretty too. Fortunately for us, Foodland Ontario has developed some tantalizing ideas featuring our own […]

Should we honour the humble Boardwalk?

I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words on behalf of that beloved symbol of this area, the Boardwalk which has sturdily made its way along the east end of the waterfront ever since it was built in 1932. It is a warm and wonderful symbol of this blessed part of […]

Bottoms Up: Dr. WineKnow’s wine tidbits

Grappa King Still Going Strong Sandro Bottega is well known among lovers of wine and spirits. His Proseccos are very popular here in Ontario and his Grappas – especially noted for the beautifully designed, artistic, hand-blown bottles they come in – are renowned worldwide as among the best. I spent a week with Sandro in […]