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Airborne at Provincials

May 2010

2 The Bulletin | MAY 2010

Finally, on the net!

At the end of last year, about 28 million people were online in Canada;

84.3% of the population, according to ITU.

More and more people are looking for services and products on-line than ever

before. Peoples' habits are changing. People move to a new area and very

often rely solely on the Internet to learn about the new area, research and find

out who to go to for what. Many people research and find homes, jobs and

services over the Internet. Most people are coming to expect that any professionally run business

will have a web site.

It has been on our list of to-do’s for some time and it is finally coming to life. We will be up and

running in about a month, we’ll be sure to let you know in an upcoming issue. Yes, the print

version will continue to be in your mailbox month to month, but there will be a few changes.

On the site, you will have access to community events (and there will be room for plenty more),

the “Ongoing” or regular monthly events will have a place of its own too. Advertisers in our print

version will have a chance to advertise online, and can be linked to their own website, and so

much more. The Bulletin online will be a great source of information for everyone in East

Gwillimbury and beyond.

Why now? We’ve been wanting to get this up and running for a long time, but our only excuse is

that when you are a business or magazine with limited time and budget, it doesn’t always happen

as fast as you’d like. No more excuses, it’s been long overdue.

Take care – Christine Benns, Editor

MacWilliam Farms

22645 Leslie Street, South of Ravenshoe Road






Everything we sell is grown on

our farms in Ontario.







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NEXT ISSUE: June 2010

Advertising & Editorial deadline is

MONDAY, May 17, 2010 with delivery

beginning Monday, June 7.

8,000 copies are mailed

by Canada Post to:

Holland Landing, River Drive Park,

Sharon, Queensville, Mount

Albert, Cedar Valley

and Zephyr.

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Centre & Main

Mt. Albert

It is with great regret to announce the

closure of the dry cleaning services. We wish to

thank you for your dedicated support and

patronage these past few years.

We will continue to provide Sears

Catalogue/Retail Agency services.

Hours: Weekdays 9-7 • Saturdays 9-1




Advertising Sales: JULIE SMITH

Design & Layout: CHRISTINE BENNS




Peg Bill, Ian Hawkins, Anne Hill, Lake Simcoe South

Master Gardeners, Brad Morissey, Moira Sanders,

Owen M. Smith, Janet Wheeler, Anne Wicks


Editorial correspondence should be addressed to:

4819 Holborn Road, Mount Albert, Ont. L0G 1M0

Editorial email: bulletin@xplornet.com



Advertising: 905.473.9788 - JULIE SMITH

or 905.473.9742 - CHRISTINE BENNS

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MAY 2010

VOL.12 NO. 4


12 Hort Happenings

by Anne Hill

17 A Sense of Belonging

by Peg Bill

28 A View of HST

by Ian Hawkins

Around the House:

Inside & Out

30 DIY: Q&A

32 Decorating on a Budget

by Anne Wicks

34 A Natural Dilemma

by Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners



37 Porches:

Finishing Touches

38 Get that deck ready

for stain

by Janet Wheeler

3 Editor’s Note

by Christine Benns

6 Community Events

Listing of Current Monthly Activities

19 Sports Report

by Owen M. Smith

22 Ongoing Events

List of Events by the Day of the Week

25 RECIPES from The Good Egg

Moira Sanders


Two E.G. girls, Danielle Martin of Sharon (pictured on the left) finished 2nd and Jordan Scott of

Mount Albert (right) placed 3rd in the Gymnastics Ontario Competition in Oshawa last month

for all Ontario Championships in Provincial. C level trampoline. Jen Lee (centre) is their coach

from Airborne Trampoline North. Danielle has landed a spot for Team Ontario and is competing

in the Eastern Canadian championships, May 7-9 in Mississauga. Well Done!!!

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community events

This space is provided as a public service for non-profit organizations.

Saturday, May 8

80th Birthday Celebration

The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren

of Shirley Rose invite everyone to celebrate at the

Mount Albert R.C. Legion. 2 pm - 4 pm.


Saturday, May 8

Annual Plant and Yard Sale

9 am to 1 pm

Christ Church, Peter St., Holland Landing.


Sunday, May 9

50th Wedding Anniversary

Please drop in and share some memories with

Bill and Ann Potts in celebration. 1pm to 4pm.

Mount Albert Lion's Community Centre

5057 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert

Best wishes only please.


Thursday, May 13

EG Historical Society

7:30 p.m. Queensville Community Centre

Speaker: Daryll Withrow, author of the book From

Hands Now Striving to Be Free which has an

inventory of almost 100 rebellion boxes with

historical information about the men who created

the boxes as well as many other interesting facts.


Saturday, May 15

Opening of the Literacy Garden

At the Holland Landing Public Library

11 am – 1 pm. Music will be provided by the

Holland Landing Fiddlers and light refreshments

will be served.


Saturday, May 15

2nd Annual Plant Sale

Master Gardeners of Lake Simcoe South

9 am until sold out, rain or shine

Church of Christ, 230 Davis Drive East, Newmarket.

Perennials, annuals, herbs, member-grown divisions,

select nursery-grown plants, drought and shade

tolerant plants, natives, grasses. Info and Master

Gardeners advice: lssmastergardeners@gmail.com


Saturday, May 15

Annual Yard Sale

Anglican Church Women of St. James the Apostle

are hosting the annual event. 18794 Leslie Street,

Sharon from 9 am - 12 noon.

Baking and perennials will also be on sale.


Monday, May 17

Free Community Information Night

7 pm to 9 pm. Week of May 16-22 is the Fourth

National Infertility Awareness Week. To promote this

awareness and the fact that 1 out of 5 Canadian

couples experiences infertility please join us at the

Glenway Golf and Country Club, 470 Crosslands

Blvd., Newmarket. Sponsored by Northern

Reproductive Therapies, 72 Prospect Street.

Please call for further information 905-967-0852 x2.


Tuesday, May 18

Mt. Albert Horticultural Society Meeting

7:30 pm. Mt. Albert Community Centre. 53 Main St.

Speaker: Judith Rogers Topic” The Accessorized

Garden. We will have our first flower show of the

year. Junior Gardeners will be working on their

section of the Millennium Garden that evening

at 7 pm.


Tuesday, May 18

Newmarket Horticultural Society Meeting

8 pm. New Location: Ray Twinney Complex,

100 Eagle St. W., Lounge 2. Guest Speaker: Anna

Leggatt “Container Gardening on a Budget”.

Annual Membership fees: $15/Single $20/Couple

$25/Family - $2 Guests

Call 905-898-6381 or visit www.nhs.usethis.com


Thursday, May 20 - Saturday, May 22

Mount Albert United Church's Annual Yard Sale

Home Hardware Building Centre Parking Lot

Hwy 48 & Princess St., Mount Albert

Opens 9 am each day. For more information please

call the Church 905-473-2562.


community events

This space is provided as a public service for non-profit organizations.

Saturday, May 22

Plant Sale @ Holland Landing United Church

16 School Street. 9 am – 12 noon

Perennials – Herbs – Hostas & more.


Friday, May 28

Dice-4-Doane Casino Night

6:30 pm Dinner, silent auction, casino games,

prizes Tickets $75. Phone 905-967-0259, or



Saturday, May 29

Mount Albert Horticultural Society Plant Sale

Mount Albert Community Centre from 10 am - 12

noon. Plants for sun and shade from our members’

gardens along with nursery-grown perennials and

annuals at excellent prices - and delicious baked

goods! Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer

your questions. Plants sell out fast so come early.


Saturday, May 29


Newmarket Horticultural Society


This is our annual fundraiser where we offer a wide

variety of healthy perennials, annuals, herbs,

shrubs, and indoor plants. All plants are grown by

Society members and available at bargain prices.

Don't be disappointed, please come early for the

best selection! Call 905-898-6381 or visit



Saturday, May 29

CAR WASH @ Mount Albert Public School

5488 Mount Albert Road. 9 am – 2 pm

The Grade 8 graduates are raising money to help

with the cost of Graduation night. Have your car

washed by a team of enthusiasts! Please come out

and show your local support!!!

Cost: Donations accepted


Saturday, May 29


Environmental Park, Woodspring Ave., Newmarket

10 am to 2 pm. Take part in various free outdoor

interactive classes including: Yoga, Meditation, Pole

Walking, Tai Chi, Kids Yoga, Pilates and more. Learn

how to relax and reenergize your body.

Presentations and information booths will focus on

health and physical well-being. Weather permitting

(no rain date). Free.


Every Tuesday Morning

10:00am to 11:00am in the basement at

Queensville United Church. We are not a religious

group - we just meet at a church and everyone is

welcome. There is no admission fee, and no

registration is required. We don't have a specific

program. For our kids, it's an opportunity to learn to

interact socially with other children and adults. For

Moms, it's a time to chat, laugh and share

experiences. Snacks are provided each week by

volunteers from our group.


Sunday, June 13

Memorial Service

Christ Church, Holland Landing

In remembrance of loved ones buried in our

cemetery. Time 10 am. Everyone welcome.

Wayne N. Dargus

Financial Advisor

19101 Leslie Street

Vince’s Country Market Plaza

Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

Office: 905-478-8963

Fax: 905-478-1842



Life Insurance Agent for Edward Jones Insurance Agency

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85th Mount Albert Sports Day Weekend

Hosts 8th Annual 5km Run/Walk

Located at the fairgrounds within

this quaint, rural community, the

Mount Albert Sports Day Weekend

is a well-loved annual tradition with

a variety of activities for all ages.

The 5km Run/Walk, held this year

on Saturday, June 5th, is a key event

promoting community fitness

which typically draws about 200

participants, from children to

seniors. Participants in prior years

largely came from Mount Albert

and GTA with representation from

as far away as Edmonton,

2003 Sports Day 5km Run/Walk

The first year the event began.

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Uxbridge, Tottenham and Barrie.

Whether you’re from the area,

looking for a day out, or driving

north to cottage country on Hwy

48, the Mount Albert Sports Day

5km Run/Walk is a perfect detour

for some fun and fitness!

An added attraction for participants

this year, is a draw for a Norco

Scrambler Mountain Bike partially

donated by one of our sponsors,

Spoke O’Motion. Each race

participant will automatically be

entered into the draw while

spectators will have an opportunity

to purchase tickets. The bike, ridden

by one of the sponsor’s race team in

full race regalia, will lead the racers

before being given to the

lucky winner.

Top 10 reasons to participate

in the Mount Albert

5km Run/Walk:

1. The Mount Albert Run/Walk

offers a premier 5km O.T.F.A.

certified course with a safe and

slightly rolling scenic route.


(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.

File Photo

2. This ever-growing event is ideal

for all participants from casual

walkers and runners looking to

have fun while getting fit to highly

conditioned athletes striving for a

personal best.

3. Great prizes to be won by the top

individual and team finishers

including Race for the Record

($100); First, Second, Third

Walker; Team Prize; First Overall

Male, First Overall Female; First

Male Mount Albert Resident; First

Female Mount Albert Resident.

4. Medals will be distributed 3

deep in each age category from

under 14 years to 60 plus years.

5. Body Design, a local personal

training, nutrition & lifestyle

coaching firm will lead a warm-up

stretch routine prior to the race,

and York County Physiotherapy

and Sports Injuries Clinic will be

there to treat you after the race.

6. The first 200 racers will receive

a free t-shirt uniquely designed by

local artist Ian McTavish.

7. Post race food tent for


8. Proceeds go directly to the

Mount Albert Community Centre

to support programs for children

and seniors

9. Mount Albert is conveniently

located at Hwy 48 and Mount

Albert Sideroad and is easily

accessible from all directions.

10. All race participants have free

admission to the Mount Albert

Sports Day Events on race day.


There is no better way to keep you

fit and motivate you to get out

there than by registering NOW for

the Mt. Albert 5km Run/Walk.

Register online through the

Running Room at


Save on your entry fee by

registering prior to May 5. Last

minute registrations can be made at

the fairgrounds on race day.

For more information see the

Sports Day website at


or email info.mnt.albert.5km

@gmail.com, or telephone the

Race Director at 905.473.3766.

85 th Mount Albert

Sports Day & Spring Fair


June 4, 5, 6, 2010

Community Appreciation Night!

Thursday, June 3 @ 6:00 pm - All RIDES A LOONIE!


All funds raised stay in our community!

Funds are used to upgrade and add to our Community

Parks & Facilities.


Discounted Advanced Ride Coupons

Check the website for local merchant locations.

Get them before they are gone!


Bracelet Day - Saturday, June 5

Unlimited rides from 11 am to 6 pm for ONLY $15


Entertainment Tent Featuring

2X JUNO Award Winner JACK DE KEYZER & Rotunda



with music by The Lincolnaires


Registration now open for the 5km Run/Walk &

the Slow-Pitch Tournament

Visit our website to sign up!




ALL details on the web. www.mountalbertsportsday.com

For information contact Cathy @ 905-557-0304

Have some extra time? Always looking for volunteers & students.

MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 9

ECO/ARTS @ Queensville PS

Queensville Public School hosted an Eco/Arts night on

Wednesday, April 21 and had the pleasure to have Chris

McKhool perform for our staff, students and community.

Our school council planned the evening and we had a

fantastic turn out for this celebration.

Chris McKhool engaged the students and captured the

audience with his music. The ECO team at Queensville

Public School wishes to thank the school council and the

many parents and children who helped to celebrate this

environmental occasion.

Chris’ songs had a very important message about loving and Pictured: Trevor Tourangeau, Tanner Douglas and Chris McKhool

caring for our Earth. At Queensville Public School, our ECO

team is made up of staff and students working together to promote environmental action, initiatives, and

programs within the school and the community. The ECO Club has several important roles to fill in supporting

education and awareness about many environmental issues. Thank you to the student members for their

continued efforts. We are dedicated to promoting the 4 R's: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, AND RETHINK.

It is never to late or too little to take on a role in promoting a greener world!

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hort happenings...

Mount Albert Garden and Horticultural Society is in a

celebratory mood this month. Seven of our members

have just received Volunteer Service Awards from the

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

One of the members honoured this year has 25 years

of service and another 20 years! Congratulations, and

thank you for your contributions to the community.

The philosopher Cicero once said “If you have a

garden and a library you have everything,” and we

invite you to join us as we celebrate the opening of the

Literacy Garden at the Holland Landing branch of the

East Gwillimbury Public Library on Saturday, May

15th from 11am – 1pm. Music will be provided by the

Holland Landing Fiddlers and light refreshments will

be served.

It’s been a joy to work outside in the recent warm

weather. May is a good time to divide perennials and

our horticultural society members are busy potting up

divisions from their plants for the Spring Plant and

Bake Sale to be held on Saturday May 29th at Mount

Albert Community Centre from 10am till noon. We’ll

have plants for sun and shade from our members’

gardens along with nursery-grown perennials and

annuals at excellent prices - and delicious baked

goods! Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer

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by Anne Hill

your questions. Plants sell out fast so come early.

There are still some seats available for our bus trip on

Saturday July 10th. We will visit Plant Paradise

Country Garden in Albion, where we will enjoy a

catered lunch and guided tour, and Lost Horizons

Garden and Nursery in Acton. There will be

opportunities to buy plants at both gardens.

At our meeting on Tuesday May 18th at 7:30pm Judith

Rogers will be speaking on The Accessorized Garden

and we will have our first flower show of the year.

Junior Gardeners will be working on their section of

the Millennium Garden that evening at 7pm.

We’re a friendly group of gardeners from all over East

Gwillimbury who welcome visitors and new members

at our meetings on the third Tuesday of the month

from February to November at 7:30 pm at Mount

Albert Community Centre, 53 Main Street, Mount

Albert. Visitors pay just $2 per meeting. Come early,

enjoy refreshments and socialize with other

gardeners. The Hort is a great place to cultivate

lasting friendships.

For more information on the youth or adult programs,

or our bus trip, please call 905-478-8450 or visit






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Watch for great things to come soon!

MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 13

How Handy Are You?

Did you know that non-stick vegetable

spray can be used to lubricate fishing

reels, squeaky hinges, sticky locks,

bicycle chains, etc.




Old Photographs/Negatives - Old Postcards

Old Advertising, Flyers, Maps, Catalogues, Magazines,


Posters, Printing Plates, Camera and

Camera Accessories.

Please call: 905-898-2213 or 416-564-0251

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16 The Bulletin | MAY 2010

A Sense of Belonging

submitted by Peg Bill, Mount Albert

When I arrived in Mount Albert in 1969 from London, I referred to my new place as ‘this’

village. Now I believe I can call it my village too.

No two villages are the same. We have originality, tradition, uniqueness, home-grown summer fruit, vegetables,

and original recipes captured from early experienced settlers.

A genuine hand-me-down-inherited village, mixed with the new arts, shops, and gifts.

A church attended by the faithful that surely helped to comfort and unify early settlers. Enormous hardships

endured that only the love of the land and faith could withstand. The birth of a community through word of

mouth has allowed us to inherit the depth of their courage, kindness and ways of doing things. These have not

changed, only the machinery in rural farmlands.

A walk in the old Cemetery speaks of more than departure. The heroes of the by gone days so long ago. They

could plough a straight line and seed with their eyes closed. With great storage rooms in barns, all surviving

on what the farmers could grow in Summer, along with animals in Winter. Struggling with the weather and

being surrounded by swamp and poorly drained areas and praying for good crops. They knew hardships, heart

breaks, bone chilling winters and not enough food. These were the family’s worst nightmares. Today I feel we

have inherited the real heroes of our food chain. Some will remember the horses being whipped up steep hills

on slippery winter slopes to deliver provisions to out lying areas and our shops. No heater for the driver, just a


continued on next page

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MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 17

lanket in temperatures that left white whiskers on the

horse and the farmer’s beard. Wood had to be cut and

seasoned a full year before it could be burned in the

cookstove or in the fireplace.

In hardships and in loss, settlers found within the

community they had earned a welcomed sense of

belonging. For many who choose our village to settle

in today, choose their new homes with a feeling it was

always there, without knowledge of the pain in the

roots of the land they walk on. For the early settlers, it

came at great cost.

But now there are watchful eyes towards the new mix.

They come to grow a family in rural peace far from

the big city problems, they are happy to commute.

Those who disturb the reason they come here in the

first place are reminded, here and there, they are not

welcomed. Fields of pain, loss and tragedy now house

with their new roots, new generations.

They enjoy our village shops, our restaurants;

gourmet European style with French cuisine and an

Asian fusion of food from places you may never have

been. The pub, a wonderful meeting place for

millionaires, doctors and people from all walks of life.

Today you will see, brave new farmers with tractors

on their shopping list, a mortgage in their pocket and

cattle they can‘t get much for on the market, still

struggling and also at great cost. It’s hardly a reward

for the effort.

Things have not changed in this respect.

The pharmacy stays, because we do here, at the

medical clinic. We are very dependent on one another

being so far from the nearest big town and gas prices

going up and down. Comforting like the bank, it’s

always there, the look of solid trust like the doctor’s

office. They all know your name and remember your

account number when doubt drifts across your face. A

priceless smile from Jane, the bank manager, “Hello

Peg, nice to see you” - so helpful and listens to

problems. The bank contributes to the wealth and

security of small towns undergoing transition.

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The shop window reflects the professional approach

inside and very much describes the manner of

business, even if there’s not much going on outside.

Our school is our pride and joy. It gets great results.

Always high on the list of top grade schools.

I can’t imagine a village without a doctor. The doctor

helps to remove anxiety when hope of wellness is a

personal problem. Patients who have something to

tell, your doctor cares and carries your secret to safety.

Like a friend you trust, they like you the way you are,

a lot of folk haven’t the confidence to believe they are

likeable. So the solution is a shared discovery of trust.

A good diagnostician is pure gold. Dr. Gail Firestone

recently of the Emergency Department of North York

General, is all of that and more.

Our village doesn’t think it’s perfect. It is like nature -

no straight lines - bends and curves to adjust to the

changes. You choose to live here, so you help to

contribute. Take the dog and kids in your family for a

walk and see the village with new eyes especially to

rediscover the reason why you chose to settle here in

the first place. We do have one or two police around

somewhere, sharing with towns a distance away.

North, East, South and West of everywhere, we’d be

sad to see our peaceful village change.

We now have people like Dean and Brian at the

garage, two hardworking mechanics; organic food,

fresh vegetables and meat; Lucy’s Banana Bread café;

two convenience stores; Chinese food, pizza; car

washes and laundry; the men and women of the

valuable Lion’s Club providing community service;

computer help for business; a friendly Post Office; our

firemen and EMS help us to appreciate that

everything is under control keeping us safe

from harm.

Unless my family sends me a one way, first class air

fare, I’m staying in my village where I feel a

belonging to a community like Mount Albert.


“THANKS” To the People Who Make It

Work – So We Can Play & Skate


Alan Miller President

Wayne Patterson 1st Vice President

Lyle Van Every Treasurer

Joanne Stolte Deputy Treasurer

Eric Kopsala Secretary

Roy Short Vice President Rep

James Suderman Deputy Vice President Rep

Al Whittaker Vice President House League

Karen Strumos Deputy VP House League

Wendy Anderson / Cathy Kopsala Registrar

Darren McIlwraith Vice President Ice Operations

Jeff Butterworth VP Player & Coaches Development

Cheryl Berardi Officer at Large (Sponsorship)

Donna Miller Co-Officer At Large

Ruthanne Campbell Equipment Manager

Kevin Wainright Referee-In-Chief Rep

Paul LePage Webmaster

Mary Barcellos VP Parents Aux



Skating Club

President: Catherine Rhinelander

Past President: Patti Thompson

Secretary: Maureen Patterson

Treasurer: Sarah Chetwyn

Registration: Ailsa Oxley

CanSkate Coordinator: Leigh Anne Pitre

Starskate Coordinator: Susan Smith

Test Chair: Marina Hollingworth

Synchro Coordinator: Jackie Fisher

Music Coordinator: Trish Reid

Communications: Danyel De Bruge

Special Events Coordinator: Robin Kelly

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20 The Bulletin | MAY 2010

Presented to

Joshua Sears

receives Gala

Spirit Award from

Mayor Jamie



Recognized - Mark

Stolte, Donna Bogers

Miller, James

Suderman, Cheryl

Beraldi and President

Alan Miller

House League Coach of

the Year - Brent McIntosh

L-R: Alan Miller, Mary

Barcellos, Al Whitaker,

Cathy DeRoeper,

Brent McIntosh

Rep Coach of the Year

and recipient of the

Sean Gentry Award -

Coach Randy Courts

L-R: Alan Miller, Mary

Barcellos, Coach Randy

Courts and James


lan Case Award awarded to

Jacob Langford

L-R: Alan Miller, Mary

Barcellos, Jacob Langford

Sam Lorimer - winner of the Allan Allbright Award.

Kenny Clarke Memorial Trophy Winner - Kalvin Dalmer.




SHIVER synchro skating team visited with

Mayor Young and Council at the EG Town

Hall in recognition of the team's bronze

medal at the Canadian Championships.

Above: Doing what we do best, have fun!

Below: Skaters receive medals at the Fun

Skate On-Ice Event.

PS… PLEASE SEND SPORTS STORIES… it makes our job so much easier! If you have a story or picture for the EG Sports

Report – please forward to: Christine: bulletin@xplornet.com or Owen: osmith@dundeesecurities.com

PLEASE NOTE: The Sports Report is not limited to younger athletes... we would love to celebrate all active athletes, of all

AGES! If you have a story you would like to share, send us an email.

MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 21

22 The Bulletin | MAY 2010

ongoing events


Mount Albert Run Club

Sundays @ 8:00 am & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Ross Family Complex/Mount Albert Library

For information contact Steve at 905-717-9431


SUNDAYS (No Holiday Weekends)

Spinning Spurs Dance Classes

7:00 pm. Couples $5.00

Queensville Masonic Hall

Call Darlene or Al Crofton at 905-895-3835

Dances include: Country, East Coast Swing, ChaCha & Waltz



Square Dance Classes

7:00 pm

Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place, 474 Davis Drive

Call Doug or Heather at 905-478-2200 or


Couples of all ages welcome. Learn the basics of modern square

dancing. Low impact exercise.



York Region Community Choir

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

York Region Admin. Building, Room B, Yonge Street, Nmkt.

Call Pauline at 905-715-7487 or pmccarthy.is@rogers.com

If you love to sing, give us a try.



Holland Landing Golden Anchor Seniors Bid Euchre

1:00 pm & 7:30 pm, Everyone is welcome to join in.

Holland Landing Community Centre

Tuesday Evenings: Plain Euchre - 7:30 pm

Wednesday Afternoons: Bid Euchre - 1:00 pm

Friday Afternoons: Carpet Bowling - 1:00 pm



One Parent Families Newmarket & Area Chapter

We can offer you subsidized programs for you and your family

or grandchildren. Social outings, meetings with speakers,

dances, Christmas Party and much more.

Call today at 905-557-0143. Membership $50 annually.



The Gwillimbury Quilt Guild

1:00 pm

Queensville United Church, 20453 Leslie Street

Guest fee is $5.00 Contact: Liz Born 905-853-0173



Newmarket Citizens Band

8:00 pm. Sir William Mulock High School, Newmarket

Looking for teens and adults that can play a brass, woodwind

or percussion instrument.



York Highlands Chorus Rehearsals

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Old Firehall, 140 Main Street S., Newmarket.

Call Cheryl at 905-895-5595 or yorkhighlandschorus.com

Also available to perform at a variety of venues.



Seniors Play Euchre

7:00 pm

40 Royal Oak Road. Mt. Albert

Call Barbara @ 905-557-0143



Holland Landing Chapter IODE

7:00 pm

Call Anne at 905-895-4699

We are a Canadian women’s charitable organization, committed

to improving the quality of life for children, youth and those in

need through educational, social service and citizenship




The Newmarket-East Gwillimbury Kinsmen Club

Community Centre Hall, River Drive Park

Call Bob at 905-478-5333.



York-Simcoe Naturalists Meeting

7:30 pm

River Drive Park Community Centre, 20 Oak Avenue

Call 905-898-2329. All welcome. Bring your own mug.



Business Women’s Networking Association (BWNA)

12:00 pm

Shoeless Joe’s, on Woodbine Avenue, Sharon

Check out www.bwna.biz.



Sharon & District Lions Club

6:45 pm

Temperance Hall in Sharon

Ellerby Farr at 905-478-4337. New Members always welcome.



Mount Albert & District Lions Club

6:45 pm Lions Hall. New Members always welcome.



Holland Landing Snowmobile Club meetings


61 Cedar Street, Holland Landing

Check out www.hlsc.on.ca



Members of the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce

7:00 am, breakfast at 7:30 am, personal intros at 8:30 am

Location varies

Contact the office at (905) 478-8447 or www.egcoc.org



Mount Albert United Church Community Luncheon

11:30 am to 1:00 pm, continuous serve

Cost: $7.00.

41 Alice Stree, Mt. Albert



Mount Albert Garden and Horticultural Society

7:30pm – February to November

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm - Youth Group (not July or August)

Mount Albert Community Centre, 53 Main Street

Guests pay $2 per meeting.

Call 905-478-8450 or gardenontario.org/site.php/mountalbert

A friendly group of gardeners from beginners to experienced

who welcome guests and new members. We have interesting

guest speakers and refreshments.



The Newmarket Horticultural Society

8:00 pm – January to November

New Location: Ray Twinney Complex, 100 Eagle St., L2.

Guests $2

Call 905-898-6381 or www.nhs.usethis.com

Interesting and knowledgeable guest speakers, raffle draws and

refreshments. New members and guests are always welcome!



Mt. Albert Sports Day Committee Meetings

7:30 pm

Mt. Albert Community Centre, 53 Main Street

Call Lee Sitarz 905-473-9388

Looking for input & new members to keep the tradition going!



Jackrabbits Trail Run Club

Wednesdays @ 7 pm - Holborn Forest (1km east of Hwy. 48)

Saturdays @ 8 am - Ravenshoe Trail (McCowan, south of

Ravenshoe Rd.) Request info at cshawac340@rogers.com



Seniors play Bingo

7:00 pm

40 Royal Oak Road, Mount Albert

Call Barbara @ 905-557-0143



Mount Albert Friendship Club - For Seniors

Ross Family Complex, Centre St., Mt. Albert

Call Joyce Brown at 905-473-2770

New members are welcome. We have Bingo, Euchre, Bid

Euchre, Bus trips, Shuffleboard, Dinners, BBQ's and more.



Newmarket and Area Newcomer’s Club

A social group for women. Gatherings, plus special interest

groups meet throughout each month.

Call Judy 905-841-6741 or Nancy 905-841-4094



North Union Hall Euchre

7:30 pm

Boag Road, east of Woodbine

Admission $2.00, includes lunch. All welcome.



Union Street Women’s Institute Branch

1:30 pm. All ladies welcome.

North Union Community Centre, 2624 Boag Road

Call 905-989-1679 or 905-473-6411



East Gwillimbury Historical Society

7:30 pm

Queensville Community Centre

Call Nancy Eves at 905-478-2149 or eghs@neptune.com



Holland Landing & District Lions Club

7:00 pm

Holland Landing Community Centre on Yonge Street



Holland Landing Country & Western Jamboree

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Holland Landing Community Centre

Call Jacquie or Walt at 905-473-7072


Widows and Widowers Social Group

We offer fun, social events, and support for all ages.

Meet new people and make new friends.

Call 905-967-3274 or 905-836-4417



Mondays: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Holland Landing C. Centre

Wednesdays: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Ross Family Complex

An opportunity to finish a project you are working on and

meet others who have the same interests.


FREE DROP-IN CENTRE @ The Family Place

Mon - Fri 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Lower level of the Mount Albert Community Centre

Call 905-473-5929.

MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 23





Dr. “Bob” Prendergast

Full Service Animal Hospital

Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 8am-6pm

Tues 8am-7pm

Grooming by Denise


19144 Highway 48, Mount Albert

(Across from Home Hardware

Building Centre)

24 The Bulletin | MAY 2010





May 9

RECIPES from The Good Egg


peaking of asparagus, spring just isn’t official without the arrival of this beloved

vegetable. These simple hors d’oeuvre are so good, don’t be surprised if they disappear

before your very eyes. This recipe is easily doubled if you are serving a group.

Savoury Asparagus Appetizer

1 pound asparagus, tough ends


½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 ½ cups bread crumbs (I like using


¾ cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Combine the mayo, mustard and

lemon juice in a medium bowl.

Combine the bread crumbs and

Parmesan cheese. Dip an

asparagus spear in the mayo

Asparagus is one such

perennial and oldest

known herb to the

human civilization.

mixture, covering the entire spear. Roll the asparagus in

the bread crumb mixture so that the spear is completely

covered. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet lined

with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining

asparagus. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and turn the

asparagus over. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until

golden brown and smelling delicious.

Let cool for a few minutes and serve immediately.

Serves about 4 as an appetizer.

Since 1991, Moira Sanders has worked in many different aspects of

the food industry, across Canada and abroad. These days, she

writes a charming recipe blog (www.thegoodegg.ca), teaches

cooking classes, and is currently collaborating on a cookbook with

her sister, inspired by country fairs. Contact her at


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The Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners provide

free gardening advice to home gardeners on

plants, soils, pests and fertilizing for ornamental

and vegetable gardens. Look for us each Saturday

at the Newmarket Farmers Market, or email your

garden questions to our hotline at



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MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 25

Fire Safety in Cool Summer


As cool and damp weather continue to dominate this summer’s forecast, East

Gwillimbury Emergency Services Department is urging residents to use caution with

heating appliances to prevent fires and related injuries at home or at

the cottage.

With plans for a holiday getaway to the cottage or trailer, residents need to pay close

attention to the potential fire hazards related to the use of fuel burning appliances

especially space heaters and fireplaces. For early warning of an emergency, particular

attention must be paid to ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working order.

“With low temperatures this summer, Ontarians often need to turn on the heat to stay warm at night. Make sure all heating

appliances and chimney have been inspected. Blocked chimneys can result in build-up of deadly carbon monoxide gases

and must be clear to be in proper working order.”

26 The Bulletin | MAY 2010

Important fire safety tips for the cool summer include:

• Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and

woodstoves to reduce the risk of excessive creosote build-up

in chimneys.

• Allow ashes from your woodstove or fireplace to cool

before emptying them into a metal container with a tightfitting

lid. Keep the container outside.

• Watch for smoke coming into the room. This could

indicate a blockage in the chimney or a faulty damper

control mechanism. Chimneys and stovepipes should be

cleaned as often as necessary to keep them free from

accumulations of combustible deposits. A qualified

contractor should inspect them annually.

• Ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are

installed and working in cottages, cabins and seasonal


East Gwillimbury Emergency Services reminds everyone

that the Ontario Fire Code requires smoke alarms be

installed on every storey of your home and outside all

sleeping areas, this includes cottages, cabins and

recreational vehicles. Failure to comply with this law can

result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

For more information contact Brad Morissey, Fire

Prevention Officer at 905-853-8842, Ext. 1102


Tri-Axel Float Trailer $2500

Older Case Model S Tractor

(running condition) $1000

Call (416) 677-4993

MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 27


A View of the HST

Your Ontario government considers that the plan contains a fair and balanced package of tax cuts for people

and businesses.

For people, the tax rate on the first income tax bracket was reduced from 6.05% to 5.05% on January 1, 2010.

As a result, they say, 93 per cent of income tax payers will pay less personal income tax. Note the wording. This

move does nothing for the thousands of Ontarians (low income and many seniors) who do not pay tax. In addition,

two new tax credits – the Ontario Sales Tax Credit (OSTC) and Ontario Property Tax Credit (OPTC) will be

introduced in 2010 and will provide $1 billion in additional sales and property tax relief compared to the old

credits they replace. Ontarians will also receive temporary Sales Tax Transition Benefit payments in June 2010,

December 2010 and June 2011 totalling up to $1,000 for families (including single parents) and up to $300 for

single people to help them adjust to the HST.

Will I end up paying more taxes?

While the first income tax bracket was reduced from 6.05% to 5.05%, making it the lowest provincial tax rate in

Canada on the first $37,106 of taxable income and while the province will provide $11.8 billion over three years

in temporary and permanent tax relief for the people of Ontario, and $4.6 billion over three years in tax relief for

businesses the simple answer is yes! Many services that did not charge PST will now be forced to charge you

HST. Costs for these services will increase by 8% of the pre-tax total.

However Ontario families and individuals with up to $80,000 of income will get an average personal income tax

cut of 10%.

Will the government provide Ontario taxpayers with assistance to transition to the HST?

To help people, the Ontario government is providing $11.8 billion in personal tax relief over three years. This

includes tax-free payments to help individuals and families (including seniors) transition to the HST:

• Eligible families - including single parents and senior couples - with adjusted family net incomes $160,000 or

less will receive three payments totalling $1,000.

• Eligible individuals with adjusted family net incomes $80,000 or less will receive three payments totalling $300.

• For families and individuals with higher incomes, each of the three maximum benefit payments will be reduced

by 5 per cent of income over the thresholds specified above.

These transition payments will be delivered to eligible Ontario tax filers aged 18 and over or who have a spouse

or common-law partner or live with their child in June 2010, December 2010 and June 2011. Note "Tax Filers"!

If you have not filed your 2009 Income Taxes you will not receive these cheques.

These transition payments will be delivered to eligible Ontario tax filers aged 18 and over in June 2010,

December 2010 and June 2011.

28 The Bulletin | MAY 2010

by Ian Hawkins



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To qualify for the two payments scheduled in 2010, a 2009 tax return will have to be filed. A 2010 tax return

will have to be filed to qualify for the June 2011 payment.

Low-income support

• Almost 3 million low-income Ontario families will receive a new, permanent sales tax credit of up to $260

for each adult and child per year - one of the most generous in Canada.

• 90,000 Ontario taxpayers with low incomes will pay no Ontario personal income tax thanks to changes

included in the comprehensive tax package.

• A new Ontario property tax credit will provide an additional $270 million in property tax relief every year

to low- to middle- income Ontario homeowners and tenants.

Just one more reason to file your tax returns on time! As tax filing has become increasingly complex with so

many new credits and schedules, we strongly recommend that you seek professional help when filing income tax.

Ian Hawkins owns and operates Mount Albert Tax Company – "the LOW-COST provider of professional tax

services.." next door to the Post Office in Mount Albert.

MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 29

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Questions & Answers

Source: www.readersdigest.ca

Cleaning Siding

When I try cleaning the siding on my house, I always end up with ghostlike

dirty streaks running vertically up the outside wall. What am I doing wrong?

You are cleaning from the top down! While that appears to be the logical thing

to do, the soapy dirt that flows down over the still-dirty wall below tends to

create streaks. Always clean exterior walls from the bottom up. Work on the

shaded side of the house and move fast enough to keep the whole area you are

working on completely wet until you have reached the eaves at the top. Dirty

water flowing over the clean surface below won't have streaks, and keeping

the wall wet until it is all clean and rinsed keeps any dirt

from drying on the surface before reaching the ground.

Concrete Floors

I plan to install a bathroom and wood flooring in my

unfinished basement. The concrete floor that is there

now is very uneven. What should I do to even the

concrete floor before installing the hardwood floor?

Shimming up a wooden subfloor can take out some

valuable headroom. There are two things to consider

here: the degree of unevenness of the concrete floor and

the height of the basement itself. If the degree of

unevenness is 2.5 cm (1 in.) or less, the best solution is

to use self-leveling concrete. It is much thinner than

regular concrete and its slippery texture can be easily

trowelled out to a featheredge, where regular concrete

has to be spread thick across the entire floor. Selfleveling

concrete can be applied thickly where

necessary, but more importantly, a very thin layer will

hold. This way the entire floor can be coated with new

concrete without losing too much headroom. Once the

self-leveling concrete is cured, plywood can be glued

and/or screwed into the concrete with or without foam

insulation. Over that you can install hardwood floors,

vinyl, or carpeting.

Inside & Out CHECK OUT PAGES 30 - 39

Removing Tiles

A number of tiles have come loose from the drywall in

my bathroom. I want to know how to remove the other

ones that are loose without doing too much damage.

What is the best method?

The strength of drywall rests with the paper covering

either side of the plaster. If the paper is removed from

the drywall, you cannot

glue the tiles to the

surface. Unfortunately,

when tiles glued to

drywall are removed,

often the paper comes

off with it. Try removing

the tiles gently and you

might avoid tearing the

drywall paper. If you are

unsuccessful, try the

following. Once the tiles have been removed, a thin

layer of plaster can be added to the wall, and the tiles

can be placed on the plaster. Remember that the

exposed drywall should be sprayed with water before

the plaster is applied. If not, the moisture from the wet

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MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 31

decorating on a budgetby Anne Wicks

How often have you looked through a decorating magazine wishing that you could achieve “that” look in your

home, but it’s not in the budget to buy new furniture or accessories this year? Fear not, achieving a new look

in your home, be it the living room, dining room, kids room, office or kitchen … you name it, it can be done

on a budget.

Creating a new look in the home by using what you already have and re-purposing it in other rooms is the way

to decorate on a budget. It all comes down to re-thinking the use of rooms and the furniture within them. It’s

the “3 R’s” of decorating; Re-Use, Re-Purpose & Re-Think (along with reduce and recycle!).

Instead of replacing pieces of furniture consider repurposing them in another room in the house. An old chest

of drawers could be used in a home office for storage, in the dining room for linen storage or in the baby’s room

as a change table. The list of possibilities goes on. Don’t throw that 2-drawer filing cabinet out; it still has good

use as a bedside table (freshened up with a coat of paint!).

Kids toys are all over the place? How about changing up the bedrooms? Bunk two children in a larger room

and use the smaller room as a toy/play room. If the rooms are virtually the same size; then consider giving the

master bedroom as a room for the children to share, after all – does the master bedroom need to be so big to

sleep in?

If you don’t use the formal dining room or breakfast nook; then consider changing it to serve as the home office

or study. After all, how many times do the kids come home from school and start their homework at the table

when you’re preparing dinner?

Once you’ve decided what items of furniture will be re-purposed and which rooms will be changed around,

then all that’s needed is a new coat of paint and maybe a few new accessories. All on a very manageable budget,

with nothing more then some sweat equity and time.

Anne Wicks is a Professional Green Design Consultant and an Interior Re-design Professional. For more

information on ECO DecoR visit www.annewicks.ca. Anne can be reached at info@annewicks.ca

32 The Bulletin | MAY 2010


In the summer months, municipal

water use doubles. This is the

season when Canadians are

outdoors watering lawns and

gardens, filling swimming pools

and washing cars.

Summer peak demand places

stress on municipal water systems

and increases costs for tax payers

and water users. As water supplies

diminish during periods of low

rainfall, some municipalities must

declare restrictions on lawn and

garden watering. By applying

some handy tips, your lawn and

garden can cope with drought

conditions and you can minimize

water wastage.

Much of the summer peak

demand is attributed to lawn and

garden watering. Often water is

applied inefficiently, resulting in

significant wastage due to over

watering, evaporation or run-off.

Here are some general watering

tips to help avoid wastage:

• Before watering, always take

into account the amount of water

Mother Nature has supplied to

your lawn or garden in the

receding week. Leave a measuring

container in the yard to help you

monitor the amount of rainfall

(empty it once per week) and

follow the tips below to help

determine how much water to add.

Also bear in mind any watering

restrictions that may apply in your


• Water in the early morning,

before 9 a.m., to reduce

evaporation and scorching of

leaves from the sun. Water on

calm days to prevent wind drift

and evaporation.

• Set up your sprinkler or hose to

avoid watering hard surfaces such

as driveways

and patios. If


not careful,

it’s water and


down the


• Water

slowly to

avoid run-off

and to ensure

the soil

absorbs the


• Regularly

check your hose or

irrigation equipment for leaks or


• Collect

rainwater from


roof in a rain

barrel or other

large container

and keep it

covered with an

insect screen.

Direct the down

spout of your

eavestroughs into

the rain barrel.

• Choose an



system. A soaker

hose placed at

the base of plants on the ground

applies water to the soil where it

is needed—rather than to the

leaves—and reduces evaporation.

Drip or trickle

irrigation systems are highly

efficient because they deliver

water slowly

and directly

to the roots

under the soil

surface. This


deeper roots,


improve a



resiliency. If

you use a


choose one

with a timer

and that sprays close to

the ground.

Soaker hose

MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 33

garden talk


How many birds have you seen in your garden this spring? It is estimated that in the last 50 years we have lost

50% of the population of many bird species in North America. Why is this?

Well, we all know that when Europeans arrived on the eastern seaboard of North America the demise of the

great eastern forests began. Over the centuries, the whole continent has been affected by clearing the land of

its native plants to make way for farms, roads, and cities. In Douglas Tallamy’s book “Bringing Nature Home”

he states that an incredible 95% of the land in the Continental 48 States has been modified for human use. This

percentage would be the same for the southern part of our eastern provinces.

Then, we who live in the urban areas, which is now about 80% of the population, have replanted our little plots

- but often using ornamental plants and trees from non-native sources. There is a problem with this.

Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University

of Delaware, has been especially interested in how insects interact with plants, and noticed how non-native

plants would be untouched by insects, but native plants in the same area would have bits of leaves eaten. It is

apparent that for the most part, native insects cannot eat non-native plants - they simply do not recognize these

plants as food. If we have a decrease in insect population we will doubtless have a decrease in bird population.

This is because 96% of birds of North America rely on insects to feed their young.

There are, of course, many other reasons why the bird population is decreasing. It is a complex, many faceted

problem. Two familiar reasons are the loss of habitat, and pesticide and herbicide usage in their winter homes

down south; also many songbirds fly at night during their migration and many collide with tall buildings,

especially those that are illuminated.


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Douglas Tallamy states that with so many problems threatening the birds, we can no longer rely on there being

enough habitat left in the wild that will support the diversity of wildlife that we have now and would like to see

continue into the future.

So it is up to us in suburbia, to take up the challenge.

We can do this by each gradually redesigning our outdoor living space to provide both food and shelter for

wildlife. This does not have to happen overnight.

The first step is to make the decision to actively seek out native plants when we are looking for a replacement,

or a new plant. Or if you have a plant such as the butterfly bush – which is not native – add the native butterfly

weed (Asclepias). You will now be supplying food for the larvae as well as the adult monarch butterfly. Don’t

let the name ‘weed’ fool you. The butterfly weed is a lovely plant with orange or pink flowers depending on

the species.

Adding just one native shrub and perennial a year is a great first step to help the birds around our homes. And

to help the birds survive better in their winter homes – buy shade grown coffee.

Books you might be interested in reading (along with

lists of native plants): “Bringing Nature Home, How

Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens”,

Douglas Tallamy. “Silence of the Songbirds”,

Bridget Stutchbury


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MAY 2010 | The Bulletin 35

Organizing Any Room

in Five Easy Steps

Has the clutter really piled up in your living space? Do you have a room that you are ready to reorganize? Use the following

five-step approach to ensure that you cover all the bases when organizing any room.

Determine the goal for the room.

Before you begin sorting through your clutter, take a few moments to articulate the specific goal for the space. This step helps

you define the desired function of the room and stay on track. For example, “I want a living room with enough seating for

family and guests and enough storage for our books, games, photo albums, and movie collection.”





36 The Bulletin | MAY 2010


Identify the limitations of the room.

Make sure your goal for the room is

realistic and takes into

consideration any features of the

room that you can’t change, such as

its size, layout, dual function, and so

on. For example, you may have your

sights set on creating a tropical

island guest suite, but you still have

to account for the fact that the room

is also a home office.

Sort the room into four


STAY: This item is in good shape, is

used frequently, and will definitely

stay in the room.

MOVE: This item doesn’t support

the goal of the room and needs to be

moved to the proper room in your


SHARE: This item is in good shape

but hasn’t been used in at least a

year, is a duplicate, or is cluttering

up your room. Share it with a friend

or donate it to charity

GO: This item is trash, plain and


Build and install your projects.

Which organization projects will

help you maximize the function of

your space? Build one or more, as

determined by your space.

Reassemble your room.

Return all the items to your room

and add the finishing touches.

PORCHES: finishing touches

A pleasant ambience. Coordinating your porch furniture and plants will create a more inviting environment.

Rattan or wicker pieces look best with exotic tropicals like palms, hibiscus, and oleanders; ferns are also a nice

complement. Sleek contemporary furniture, on the other hand, looks more at home with terra-cotta planters

filled with brightly colored summer annuals and flowering shrubs.

Open or enclosed? For an open porch, metal, resin, or tropical-hardwood furniture

will stand up to the elements better than rattan or wicker. Grow annuals and

perennials in pots or plant a climber to cover the railings. An enclosed porch is safe

for painted wood or antique furniture.

Allow for air. Both you and your plants will be more comfortable if the porch is

well-ventilated. Make sure a breeze can move through; if not, install an overhead

paddle fan to keep the air circulating.

Watering porch plants. If you have many, install a spigot close to the porch to make

watering easier. Make sure any rugs and mats on the porch are water resistant.

A vacation for houseplants. Putting houseplants on the porch in summer gives them a break and affords more

protection than they would have in the yard. Place small plants on shelves and large ones on the floor. Locate

all where they will get bright and indirect light, but no direct sunlight, from midmorning to late afternoon.

Overwintering. An enclosed porch is a good place to store tender plants during cold winters. But you'll need

to use a space heater or move the plants to a warmer location if the temperature dips close to freezing.

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Get that deck ready for stain

Proper preparation of your deck for staining or restaining is key to lower maintenance and will create a beautiful

look. Since decks are exposed to the extreme weather elements such as direct sun, snow and rain preparation

is important.

New or previously stained decks must be cleaned and dry with a moisture level of less than 15%, before applying

the exterior stain.

Clean and wash down your deck well, with a pressure washer or a garden hose, remembering not to drive the

pressure of the water into the wood too close with the spray nozzle, it will take longer for the wood to dry out.

Dry time may take 2-3 days of dry weather.

Sanding your deck is another way of preparing the deck for staining. The advantage of sanding is that it is ready

for staining almost right away and there is no dry time which is often takes a few days.

Depending on the condition of the deck there are products available to remove, brighten and restore a previously

stained deck. Also there are cleaners for mould and mildew. All are available at Benjamin Moore.

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Choosing a stain

Exterior stains are available in 3 finishes, semitransparent,

semi-solid and solid, and in a variety of

colours outside of the traditional colours of cedar,

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edwood and walnut. Test the colour you have choosen on a spare piece of the actual wood or on an area that

is inconspicuous on the deck to be sure of the colour.

Applying Stain

Step 1– Properly prepare your deck and test your colour.

Step 2– Stain vertical sections (rails and spindles, etc.) first as not to have spills or drips on finished work.

Step 3– Next stain the deck surface working 2 to 3 boards at a time, this will prevent lap marks as will trying

not to stop in the middle of a board to prevent lap marks also. Always wipe excess stain.

Staining Tips

• Avoid staining in direct sunlight the stain does not have a chance to penetrate properly

• If stain puddles, brush stain into wood or wipe the excess off.

• If you decide to roll or spray your stain, remember to back brush

• Stain needs to be stirred often during the application time

• Use thick 4" brush for staining it gives a more even application of stain and cuts down on time

Annual Maintenance

In general recoating for transparent and semi-transparent stains should be applied every 1 to 2 years and solid

finish every 2 to 3 years.

Keeping an eye on the weather elements and normal use of your deck will help you determine when to recoat.

Now the work is done sit back and enjoy your deck this summer.

provided by Janet Wheeler / The Corner Decor and More, Benjamin Moore, Mount Albert

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