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Hammonds Plains ice-skater spins for kids & ‘smashes world GWR’

Speed spinnerCongratulations to Olivia Rybicka Oliver, from Hammonds Plains, NS on smashing the existing Guinness World Record for the fastest spinner on ice skates with 342 RMP in Warsaw Poland today.

She beat the officially recorded speed of 306 RMP.

Read her remarkable story and the children she’s helping here:

Hammonds Plains ice-skater spins for kids.

Watch her world record-breaking spin here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6d7aKyQm80

Halifax Citizen: Crafting a Maritime Christmas

Christmas baubles filled with tiny pieces of driftwood, shells and sea glass by Rita Laidlaw of Sea Glass Design from Dartmouth.
Christmas baubles filled with tiny pieces of driftwood, shells and sea glass by Rita Laidlaw of Sea Glass Design from Dartmouth.

Searching for that uniquely crafted Nova Scotian gift this holiday season, but missed Christmas At The Forum?

Fear not, many of these crafters will showcase their wares at the upcoming Dalplex Christmas Craft Market and their homespun flare can add a touch of maritime magic to a season often filled with commercially packaged, over-produced products.

Handmade wooden games and crafts by Ken Grandy of Uncle Ken’s Woodwork displayed at Christmas At The Forum on Nov. 7.
Handmade wooden games and crafts by Ken Grandy of Uncle Ken’s Woodwork displayed at Christmas At The Forum on Nov. 7.

Wooden Games
“I love games,” says Ken Grandy of Uncle Ken’s Woodwork in Lawrencetown. Grandy hand carves his games locally and sells them on Kijiji under the name UKW.

“I have washer toss and the jenga game, called Stacked, goes up to six feet tall,” says Grandy.

For the full story see the Halifax Citizen.

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Crocheted hats by Gabs & Eddy are for everyone in the family, even the furry members. Gillian Allen crochets her hats at her studio in Fall River

“We’re taking orders up to about the fourth of December, depending on where it has to be shipped … we also do gift cards,” says Allen.

A portion of every doggie hat sale goes to Bide Awhile animal shelter in Dartmouth. People can purchase at her home studio, by appointment or visit http://www.GabsandEddy.com.

Beachy gifts, forgotten treasures and seaside jewels

Traditional Marine harnesses quintessential maritime, selling everything from mermaids, to cod jigs and hand painted ores. The family business is based in Annapolis Royal, but despite the distance, owner John Edelmann says they sell their products online at http://www.traditionalmarine.com, shipping around the province. “We paint paddles in varying colours starting from about $40, and we also do the buoys,” says Byron Edelmann.

A little glow for the holidays

Dalplex Christmas Craft Market takes place Nov. 28 to Nov. 30. in Halifax.

Commmunity Herald: Lights off, green on!

The energy dashboard is lit and students at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth are making the connection between their power to reduce power, for a better future.

Students, teachers and energy officials helped launch the first of 40 energy dashboards to be completely operational by the end of this school year.  As part of the Lights Off – Green On! energy efficiency initiative, 90 schools are preparing to install the real-time dashboards by 2017, plugging in HRSB students and staff to their direct impact on energy, water and gas consumption.

The energy dashboard shows the school's water consumption in terms of how many bathtubs have been filled by 11 a.m.
The energy dashboard shows the school’s water consumption in terms of how many bathtubs have been filled by 11 a.m.

“Right now we’re lighting 6,664 light bulbs,” explained Lee Anne Amaral, Vice Principal at Prince Andrew.  It’s 11:15 a.m. on Wed. Oct. 8 and the school is in full energy mode and the dashboard shows they’ve already used enough water to fill 43 bathtubs. The dashboard has been aptly placed in a freshly painted bright green trophy case outside the cafeteria, the perfect location, she says, to invoke conversations about electricity demand.

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Vice principal Lee Anne Amaral says one of the biggest differences noticed, is the high electricity consumed on weekends. “It raises questions about electricity usage and what can we do to help out,” she says.

“We have more than 900 students.  They’ll come down and look at the dashboard … they’ll look at the weather and once you get to the bars you can see a comparison of one week to another,” says Amaral.

She says a PD Day last week sparked great curiosity amongst the students.  “I probably had 30 students here wondering why we didn’t use water last Monday … I asked them, did none of you use the bathroom?” she laughs.

Click for complete story.

Click the pict to take a peak at Prince Andrew’s dashboard:dashboard

 

Glamping in the Herald Part 4: Glamping R&B: Rest and Break

Herald Glamping 4 R&BEditor’s note: This is the fourth in a six-part series about camping in style.

When considering a family holiday, I think of rest and relaxation from the busy pace of everyday life. And I crave a break; from cleaning, from cooking and from the everyday chores synonymous with family life.

Camping simply doesn’t tick those boxes.

This week’s column shares a few tips on getting a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors and taking the grunge out of washing-up.

For more tips, recipes and tales of glamping around the Maritime follow our blog or like us at East Coast Glampers on FaceBook.

Happy Glamping!

When sleeping with nature, sometimes you simply need a comfy picnic table for an afternoon nap in the sun, like during this canoe trip in Kejimkujik.
When sleeping with nature, sometimes you simply need a comfy picnic table for an afternoon nap in the sun, like during this canoe trip in Kejimkujik.

Community Herald: SWAT a splash for success

SWAT Coach Ryan Laustsen gives stroke technique instructions during a summer camp at Sackville Sports Stadium. A second Skill Development camp will run Aug. 18 - 22.
SWAT Coach Ryan Laustsen gives stroke technique instructions during a summer camp at Sackville Sports Stadium. A second Skill Development camp will run Aug. 18 – 22.

Community swim team training Nova Scotia’s next great competitive swimmers

Swimmers work their techniques, arching their back just the right way and pointing their toes outwards to master the front crawl, as SWAT team coaches Heidi Miller and Ryan Laustsen are on the sun-flooded deck at Sackville Sports Stadium pool during a Skills Development camp.

Sackville Waves Aquatic Team dares swimmers to be awesome, according to their website logo and SWAT president Peter Bush says the team is training future Olympians and Nova Scotia’s next great competitive swimmers.

“The team won two provincial championships for top team by Age Group and Novatech, to add to the two championships in 2013 and three medals at the last Canada Games,” says Bush.

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For the full story, Click.

SWAT is accepting swimmers across a variety of ages in September for the 2014/15 swim season.  Details can be found on www.swatswim.wordpress.com

 

Community Herald: Glamping inspiration for foodies

Ready to grill, bell peppers stuffed with goat cheese, aka chevre, mixed with herbs, tomatoes or your fave mix.
Ready to grill, bell peppers stuffed with goat cheese, aka chevre, mixed with herbs, tomatoes or your fave mix.

The third installment in six part glamping summer column about camping with style.

Hot dogs and toasted s’mores are synonymous with camping.

But, often a head of lettuce or round watermelon can push a camping cooler beyond maximum capacity, sparking the dilemma: how to make space to enjoy a little luxe in your weekend camping menu.

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Here’s some inspiration gleaned from a recent trip to P.E.I. where we were heaving at the seams, packing for two adults and four children for a total of three nights.

For the whole story including menu planning tips, click here.

Marinated kebabs with pre-soaked skewers and dips
Marinated kebabs with pre-soaked skewers and dips

See www.eastcoastglampers.com for more recipe like grilled stuffed peppers, campfire brie and menu ideas or follow along on ECGlampers Facebook page.

 

Happy Glamping!

Community Herald: Putting the glamour in camping

IMG_7501Here’s where my two worlds collide. In my spare time I’m an enthusiastic ‘glamper’ and blogger. The two hobbies came together a couple of years ago and it’s since evolved. I’ve been asked to write a summer series on glamping for the Community Herald.

Here’s my first ever column: Thanks for adventuring along!

Meet the East Coast Glampers

We are not about luxurious European bell tents with room service and pot-bellied stoves.

But we are about buntings, cooking with local fare and getting down with nature, infusing European glamping style, a.k.a. ‘glamorous camping’, into our Maritime camping adventures.

We are East Coast Glampers, an online blog about sharing glamping tips, tricks and inevitable blunders, with the hope our mishaps won’t become yours.

After moving to Nova Scotia from Ireland almost three years ago, we now spend our summers in search of ‘beautiful places to get lost’, while finding ways to ensure a camping holiday is a holiday for the entire family.

Fancy trying a little glamping?  Here’s a few tips to get your family started.

Click here to read on.

For recipe ideas like Smokey Campfire Brie with Sizzling Peach Salsa, menus and marinades see www.eastcoastglampers.com.

For more ideas on putting a little luxe in your camping adventures, follow our blog or check out our new FaceBook page.

East Coast Glampers is guest blogging for DIY Passion on Halifax Bloggers in August, showing how to make Glamping Lap Mats for dining around the campfire.

This is the first of a seven part series appearing in the Community Herald.

Happy glamping!