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Posted On December 1, 2017By seasideIn Regulars

First Word with Sue Hodgson

I do love the holiday season and I often find my thoughts drifting back to family memories. Growing up, the highlight of every Christmas was heading out in the bitter cold of the Maritimes, on snowshoes, with the entire family, to find a perfect tree. Even with six feet of snow on the ground Sandy, our Chesapeake retriever, would have eyes wide open, tail wagging, ready for the adventure. After a few hours we would finally arrive home. The next day was time for the ultimate tree trimming process withRead More

Posted On December 1, 2017By seasideIn Local Dish, Regulars

Trendspotting: Beyond Christmas Cookies

  by Susi McMillan –  Always on the lookout for amazing local products, Seaside’s Trendspotter Susi McMillan brings you unique treats to grace your table this holiday season! Bar Essentials Sanbitter 6/$4.99; Phillips Tonic 4/$11; Sparkling Pomegranate 4/$8.99. Brentwood Bay Village Empourium. Quick & Divine Appies $6. Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts. Italian Tradition $8.99. Deep Cove Market. Hot Off the Cocoa Press $17.99. Mother Nature’s Market & Deli. Melting Surprise $9.99. Lifestyle Markets. Essence of Canadian Life $38. Muffet & Louisa. Pickles UnitedRead More

Posted On December 1, 2017By seasideIn Regulars

Deb’s Day Out: Feeling Good About Giving Back

by Deborah Rogers –  My Day Out this month allows me to give back (a little) to my community, and gives a glimpse of a vital not-for-profit service: I’m volunteering at the Food Bank. On the Wednesday morning that I join Executive Director Bev Elder and her team, the Sidney Lions Food Bank at Iroquois Park is a bustling place. At the front counter there are many clients arriving with their shopping bags, and behind-the-scenes there are deliveries, collections and a number of workers busy sorting donations and serving clients.Read More
by Stu Rhodes –  How often does an apprentice finish their technical training, and finish logging their work-based hours before their 18th birthday? Well, I don’t know the actual stats on this, but I can assure you: it rarely happens! No big deal for Julia Scheuer though. Julia graduated from Claremont Secondary last June, and earlier this month she logged the last few hours required to complete her Hairstylist apprenticeship. She has been working at Copa Hair Studio and Day Spa on a continuing part-time basis since grade 10. SheRead More

Posted On December 1, 2017By seasideIn Top Stories

Festive Highlights on the Southern Gulf Islands

by Janice Henshaw –  As you relax on the ferry while travelling from Swartz Bay to the mainland this December, you may look out the windows and think that the Southern Gulf Islands look chilly and isolated at this time of year. In reality, there is a whole host of activities going on behind all those evergreen trees and cozy cabins. If you have some time and wanderlust, you might like to check out some of the events and good cheer that keep these islands warm during the shortest daysRead More