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Adopt-A-Thon Challenge this weekend 20/10/2016 10:38

If you’ve ever had a pet, or still do, and I’m just guessing that most of us have at one time or another, you know how special they are, how they literally become part of the family. Whether it’s at the urging of your children, your spouse or just because you love the companionship, there’s nothing like having a dog or a cat or other lovable pet around. My wife and I have had our adorable little buddy Furkin the cat for over 16...
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20 Pounds of Emptiness 19/10/2016 13:40

Most of you know, my family lost a huge part of it this week.

His name is, and always will be, Kozmo.

Who would have thought a lost 20 pounds would leave a home so empty?

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New lows in U.S. politics 19/10/2016 10:07

It’s safe to say, there has never, ever been anything close to the election campaign that is winding down, or ramping up, in the U.S.

The battle lines have been drawn for quite some time now between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. The trash-talking, the dirty tricks, the accusations, and from time to time, even minor details like the issues facing the country, have been keeping millions of people, not just in America, but here in Canada, glued to the on-go...
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That Someone Special.... 17/10/2016 15:02

Do you have that special someone?

That someone who gives you a hug & kiss when you walk in the door….no matter what mood you’re in?

Do you have that someone who knows what you’re thinking.. without you even saying a word?

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'C' is for... 17/10/2016 11:42

This picture came across my Facebook ‘memories’ timeline yesterday

It reminded me that I still don’t have my Cookie Monster onsie

It also reminded me that its BAKING SEASON!

And just in time for baking season…I found the

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe...
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Leafs are doing it right......finally!! 17/10/2016 10:06

Let's face it, for years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been, for the most part, a laughing stock in the National Hocley League. The problems began in the 1960's, when Harold Ballard started his power grab to take control of the franchise from the Smythe family and his other partner John Bassett. With Pal Hal in control, the team floundered through the 70's and 80's, and continued to do so for many years after Ballard's death, with various ownership groups pursuing their own agendas...
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Canal Bank Shuffle in Thorold this weekend! 13/10/2016 09:52

My buddy Pat Porter has written a blog on this fine website that contains all of the information you'll need about this weekend's Canal Bank Shuffle in Thorold. He does a fine job of outlining the details, some of the artists, the venues, ticket information, there's no need for me to go into great detail on that. However, I would just like to's going to awesome!

When you combine the wide variety of styles of blues music that will be fe...
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ALL HAIL TO THE CASSETTE 11/10/2016 11:08

So did you celebrate like there was no tomorrow this past weekend? There was certainly a reason to pop the cork off the champagne bottle, and no, I’m not talking the “Blue Jays” or even Thanksgiving.

This past Saturday, the world celebrated the 4th annual “International Cassette Day.” Yes the cassette which many of us would have playing and blaring in our car is making somewhat of a comeback. It...
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Jays unite the country 11/10/2016 10:02

It's funny what sports can do. More particualrly, what a sports team can do. Politicians can talk and try all they want about national unity, but there is nothing like a big-time sporting event involving a Canadian team to bring this country together. For anyone who was around in 1972, there was of course the iconic Canada/Russia Summit Series. Other hockey events have followed, the '76 Canada Cup, various Olympic events, the Grey Cup (even for non-fans) and of course, the two World S...
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Happy Birthday JOHN LENNON 09/10/2016 07:57

Today would have been the 76th birthday of JOHN LENNON. He was born October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, and had his life tragically cut short in Manhattan, when he was only 40.

John wrote over 100 songs, and together with the Beatles, sold more than 600 million albums worldwide.

Lennon left a huge number of thoughtful reflections on the nature of Life.

"Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."

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Easiest Thanksgiving Soup Recipe EVER! 07/10/2016 10:06

Most people are scared to make soup...and it's the easiest thing.

I got a craving last night and walked to the fridge...

Hmmm....I have onions, potatoes, celery, carrots and butternut squash....What can I do with this?

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup!

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Hidden Agenda show this Saturday night in Ridgeway! 06/10/2016 09:50

One of Niagara's premiere indie bands is heading to the Sanctuary-Centre for the Arts in Ridgeway this Saturday night. Hidden Agenda, with original members Marina Ross and Terry Darling, have been writing, recording and performing since 1997.

Over the years, they've shared the stage with the likes of April Wine, Honeymoon Suite, Goddo, Kim Mitchell, the Wild Strawberries and many others, and have performed in clubs, halls and at festivals across Niagara, througough...
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Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival 03/10/2016 20:32

Here's something I'm really looking forward to. The Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival is celebrating it's 15th anniversary this year, and coming up fast. The dates are October 13-16 at eight venues in Thorold. 30 Shows, 25 Bands, 4 Days of BLUES.

Some of the names you might recognize are: Hamilton's Jack DeKeyzer and Juno Winner Harrison Kennedy. From Mississippi- Grammy nominated John Primer, Fort Erie's The Pappy Johns, Six Nation's Joel Johnson Band. From At...
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Political correctness is killing hockey 03/10/2016 09:01

We live in a world of political correctness, where the least little thing is bound to offend somebody. That being the case, I’m guessing some people are offended by fighting in hockey, and that small group has complained long and loud enough that those running the game are ruining the game by all but eliminating fisticuffs from the sport. Fighting has always been a part of hockey. It has served many purposes, among them, offering protection to the game’s best players. Ba...
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The Band is back! 29/09/2016 10:04

If you are a fan of The Band or know someone who is, here's a heads up on a possible (gasp, it's too soon to think about it!) Christmas gift idea. The Band will be releasing four new 40th anniversary editions of "The Last Waltz" on Novemberr 11th. The set, available in all formats (except the collector's edition), showcases the group's 1976 U.S. Thanksgiving concert at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco, the final show to feature The Band's original five-man lineup. The...
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Keep your eyes up here! 28/09/2016 18:11

Seriously, what do you think this guy was thinking about as he shook hands with Melania Trump at the Presidential debate on Monday night? His wife? The weather? How to fix the economy? How to defeat ISIS? Maybe........maybe not!

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SUMMER IN NIAGARA....THE BEST 26/09/2016 10:21

I couldn’t believe it when last week we said goodbye to summer of 2016 and now here we are just days away from October.

Many friends and co-workers took off for the sunny south over the last couple of months or if that was too warm for them, they headed out to explore this beautiful country of ours.

I prefer the “staycation” and this year I vowed I would try and see as many events and attractions around the Region as ...
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Crossfire Wrestling coming to Welland!!! 26/09/2016 10:07

A jam packed Merritton Community Centre witnessed a first for Crossfire Wrestling this past Sunday: a ladder match, but not just any ladder match, a three-way tilt pitting three of the brighest, most talented stars on the roster. The match featured current Champ Cody Deaner versus Phil Atlas, who's really starting to make a name for himself in the squared circle, and the massive, and I mean MASSIVE Kongo Kong! Hailing from parts unknown, this frightening behemoth stands about, I'm gue...
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Fall Weekend! 25/09/2016 13:16

It was a Great Fall Weekend. Jef, KK and Chrishon were with Giant FM at the WINE FESTIVAL. Jef took 97 selfies with his new selfie stick. You can see them all on the Giant FM Facebook page. Maybe spot yourself with the Afternoon Team?

Chrishon was official 'Wine Taster' at the Festival at Montebello Park. No calling in sick tomorrow, Chrishon.

I had the pleasure Friday Noon, of delivering Free Food Friday to Bella Luna Inspirations in Welland. T...
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Team Canada SHOULD run the table 22/09/2016 10:02

There is no way Canada should lose a game at the World Cup of Hockey. Absolutely, positively no way.

As this fine blog is being written, Team Canada is waiting to find out who it’s semi final opponent will be, and that has been narrowed down to either Russia or Team North America. Either way, Saturday night could be one of those epic nights in international hockey. O.K., never to the extent of Paul Henderson’s heroics in September of 197...
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