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Jack & Carey

All the latest happenings in the world of Jack & Carey!

 

 

 


Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Cesar Millan thinks Jill Priest is one of the best.

YOUR DOGGIE QUESTIONS WELCOME.!

 

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Jill Priest knows dogs and knows how to train them.    She does it all the time with Time and Patience Dog Training.

Jill is the first Canadian to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Canine Professionals, the group of dog experts recommended by Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel’s The Dog Whisperer. Jill has also spent the last four years working with Purina Dog Chow, promoting fun and safe relationships with Canadian families and their dogs.

We thought it would be great idea to get your dog questions answered by one of the best around and Jack and Carey will do that Tuesday morning (March 10th) when Jill Priest joins us.   In advance of us talking to Jill, here’s your chance to submit a question you have about dog training.  We’ll include some listener questions in our talk with Jill.

Submit your question here and be listing Tuesday morning March 10th.

 


Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Country Icon Award Winner

The People’s Choice Awards announced (January 8, 2014) that Tim McGraw is The Country Icon this year.

 

Tim was up against some tough competition for the award this year.  Those also nominated were Alan Jackson, George Strait, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson.

 

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Congratulations Tim and to all who were nominated.

 

Who would you have voted for as Country Icon?

 

There were 58 award categories and winners can be found here.  http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/awards/nominees/

 

 

 


Monday, November 25th, 2013

Congratulations Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka!

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Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka has received the highest rating from the international organization Cancer Support Community.

 

A standards review team from Cancer Support Community’s international headquarters, located in Washington, DC, rated Gilda’s Club “An Affiliate of Distinction.”  A team from Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka accepted the award in Washington and will be unveiling it at Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, 10 Quarry Ridge Rd, Barrie on Tuesday November 26th at 6:00pm.

 

Jay Lockaby, Senior Vice President Affiliate Relations and Sara Goldberger, Senior Director of Program at Cancer Support community Headquarters, completed an exhaustive review of all aspects of the organization. In awarding this rating to Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, Lockaby and Goldberger said “Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka is extraordinary in its quality and serves as a role model for other affiliates of the Cancer Support Community.”

 

“This is such a powerful endorsement of our program, available to everyone living with cancer here in the region,” said Deborah Loosemore, Managing Director. “Gilda’s Club has focused on providing excellence since opening its red door in 2010,” she said.

 

Loosemore noted that two other organizations received this rating in 2013, and both had been in existence for more than 15 years. “Everyone here has worked so hard to make sure that every man, woman and child who needs emotional and social support to live with cancer can find a warm, welcoming community at our Clubhouse, ” said Loosemore. The program is offered free of charge to everyone who needs it, thanks to the generosity of people and businesses in the region.

 

Gilda’s Club sees more than 1,000 visits a month and provides a community of support for anyone who is living with cancer. More than 860 people have registered as members and about 20% of members are under 18.

 

For everyone who joins Gilda’s Club, living with the impact of cancer is more manageable because they can rely on the emotional and social support they find at Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka. People who have been diagnosed with cancer, at whatever age, and their family and friends, can be part of Gilda’s Club for emotional and social support.  The program is free for everyone who is living with the impact of cancer.

“The warm welcome  we found at Gilda’s Club at a time of such fear and uncertainty has made all the difference in helping us cope. I’m so reassured knowing that we are in such good hands” - Gilda’s Club Member

 

Since opening its signature red door three years ago, membership in this unique cancer support community has grown by 50% each year.

 

Gilda’s Club does not receive any government funding so donations and other public support are vital.  It costs about $860,000 a year to keep Gilda’s Club open for everyone in Simcoe, Muskoka, Grey-Bruce and Dufferin Counties, and Parry Sound and area.

About Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka

 

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka is one of two Gilda’s Clubs operating in Canada, and is part of an international network of 56 affiliates. The Mission of Gilda’s Club is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The innovative program offered is an essential complement to medical care, consisting of support and networking groups, educational workshops, lectures  and social activities FREE of charge to men, women, teens and children – along with their family and friends – whose lives have been touched by cancer.

 

Gilda’s Club does not receive government funding.  Donations from individuals and businesses in Simcoe Muskoka keep our signature red door open.

Calling 705-726-5199. 


Monday, November 18th, 2013

Out & About at 4Cats

Jack & Carey enjoyed a 4Cats Art Studio experience in Barrie on Friday (Nov. 15/13)

 

Christine and Nicole have the new and fun art studio that is great for individuals and unbelievable for birthday parties and even adult outings for team building, a hoot for bachelorette parties or anything different when you are looking for something special for any group.

 

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(Nicole & Christine)

 

Visit 4cats.com/barrie for all the details.

 

The full details can be found at 4cats.


Monday, November 4th, 2013

Good News Story!

Food Drive Success

 

We received a good news story from Bob Wright this morning and we want to send out a big thank you to the residents of Bass Lake Woodlands, Warminster, Bass Line and the Marchmount area who helped to make the good news story possible.  It surrounds the success of the food drive this past Saturday which was a huge success in support of the Salvation Army.

 

Bob said; “Thank you so very much for all of your help with this fall’s food drive. I estimate that with your help we collected at least one & a half times as much food for the Salvation Army this time, as we did last fall.  (By the way they filled 2 trucks last year)

 

It is incredible how giving and willing to help others, the folks in our collection area are. It is awesome to see God’s hand at work in our community. Again I thank you for all that you folks do in & for our community. We’re already looking forward to our spring food drive.

 

Many thanks,

 

Bob Wright

Men of Marchmont Baptist Church


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Old family tradition, new again

I love pretty much everything about Christmas, but what I love most is the family traditions that are carried on from generation to generation.

As a kid, Christmas Eve was the most special time of all. We always spent it at home. Sometimes we would have family and friends over, but even when it was just the four of us, we all got dressed up, my mom put out a spread of goodies, and we’d listen to Christmas records.  My dad would monitor the radio for the Reindeer reports and we’d head off to bed when Santa got close. I rarely slept a wink.

When we got a bit older, we would watch a classic Christmas  movie before bed. My favourite was – and still is – the original “A Christmas Carol”, in black and white, starring Alistair Sim.

By the time we got up the next morning – the magic of Christmas was gone, replaced by the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong I love presents, visiting family, and turkey – but the real magic was in the preparation.

As a mom, I wanted to establish similar traditions – and I hope my children are willing and able to pass some of them down to their kids.

For the past few years, I have had a snowflake themed tree – silver, white and blue. But this year I am bringing back a tradition that made my “Little Darlings” groan every year. But even though they tried to get out of it year after year, a little bird has told me that they actually miss it – and want me to revive it!

This year, my tree will be gold, cream and cranberry. Which means an afternoon of egg nog, Christmas music and stringing cranberries and popcorn for a garland.

Billy’s in Edmonton, so he’s safe – but fair warning Cayla and Bethany. We’ll see you on December 1st. I’ll supply everything, you just bring your festive spirit!

Retiring the Snowflake Tree - back to the traditional Cranberry Tree this year.

Retiring the Snowflake Tree – back to the traditional Cranberry Tree this year.


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Remembrance Day vs Christmas? What?

I love Christmas, and I’m not going to apologize for it!

Driving in winter weather causes me so much stress, that I have to have something positive to hang my hat on and at this time of the year it is the holiday season.

As soon as the boat is put away, I start working on Christmas – that means shopping, packing my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, planning parties and working on special craft gifts for my family. This year, I am also planning my tree as I am switching from a snowflake theme to something new and will have to be creative to do it without spending too much.

So with all this going on, I happened to mention on air today that my heart was gladdened by the sight of a big, beautiful fully lit Christmas tree at the front of the Martyr’s Shrine on my way to work this morning.

I even played a bit of the Jingle Dogs, because it makes me happy (and, perhaps more importantly, annoys Jack).

I know that some people don’t appreciate this. I have been taken to task before, but the one complaint that really gets under my skin is from people who say I shouldn’t put up decorations before Remembrance Day.

Who made up that rule?

Enjoyment of one does not mean a lack of respect for the other. I am proud to say that I wear red every Friday as a show of support for our troops and their families; I support the Royal Canadian Legion through their annual poppy sale; and I will be in the crowd at the Penetanguishene Cenotaph for ceremonies once again this November 11th.

My understanding is that the sacrifices made by our veterans, the same sacrifices that are still being made by our soldiers and peacekeepers today, is to ensure all Canadian citizens have the freedoms we hold dear – including the freedom to celebrate Christmas where and when we choose.

So, Lest We Forget – Merry Christmas!


Friday, October 18th, 2013

Hydro One, senators…ticking me off!

The news is ticking me off this morning.

First off – Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin.

As a fellow member of the media – I am ashamed to call these people former colleagues.

Both, but especially the uber Tory Duffy, made their bread and butter by exposing government scandal and the rampant misuse of taxpayers money. Since being appointed to the senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, their bread and butter has come at our expense, and apparently they are screwing us over by submitting claims for the peanut butter and jam as well.

I applaud the senate for taking action to suspend them both as well as Patrick Brazeau (also a Harper patronage appointee), without pay. I’d make the suspensions permanent, but two years is a good start.

Secondly – what do you think about the impending Hydro One Rate Hikes?

Our hydro bills are about to go up 3 per cent in a couple of weeks, which works out to an extra $4 on our monthly  bills. But the customers who will be hit hardest will be those who  take advantage of cheaper hydro on off peak hours. Off peak rates are jumping 7.5 per cent.

I don’t know about you, but after the Smart Meter was installed at my house, I re-arranged my life to accommodate off-peak hours; doing things like laundry and running the dishwasher overnight, holding off on the vacuuming until the weekend, and even making the rest of the house shower or bathe at certain times, and not at others.

I thought the goal of the time of use billing was to encourage people to use less power at peak times. Could I be wrong? Because it really feels like they are penalizing us instead by hiking the off peak rates to the tune of more than double the rate hike for peak times.

Does anyone else think we are being screwed without being kissed?

Thanks for letting me vent. I will now step down off the soap box and focus on enjoying the weekend. Happy Friday all!


Thursday, October 10th, 2013

What’s Your Law of Life?

If you were asked to give your most important Law of Life, what would you say.  Area

students are being asked to think about that as the Kiwanis Club of Orillia presents once

again the Law’s of Life Essay Contest to Orillia high school students.

 

There is no right or wrong answer. The goal of the contest is straightforward. Students are

asked to identify a personal “Law of Life”—an idea, principle or value that guides them in their

life. Then reflect and write in a short essay why they believe the Law of Life is important.

 

The contest is divided into two divisions. The Junior division includes students in

grades 9 and 10 and the Senior Division, students grades 11 and 12. The winners in

each division will receive $400, while the second and third prizes will be $200 and $100

respectively. In addition, four runner up prizes of $25 will be awarded in each division.

 

Students are urged to take advantage of TWO submission dates: December 15, 2013

for first semester submissions, and April 15, 2014 for second semester submissions.

 

Contest winners will be announced in May, 2014.

 

Upon completion of the judging process, an awards ceremony will be hosted by the

Orillia Kiwanis Club to celebrate the winners and their essays. The essays will be

published in a booklet for distribution throughout the area.

 

More details are available at Orillia’s high schools, Orillia Library or visit www.kiwanisorillia.ca.

 

Laws of Life 2013

 

 

Photo (LtoR): Joanne Watson, Laws of Life committee chair and Sheri

Nicholls, teacher at Twin Lakes Secondary School


Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Country artists among AMA nods

The American Music Association has announced the nominations for the upcoming AMA Awards – The awards show will air on ABC on November 24.
There are a couple of country acts up for some big mainstream awards including:

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Pink
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line
Ariana Grande
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Phillip Phillips

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Justin Timberlake