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Shelley Byers

Shelley Byers has worked in the charitable sector for over 25 years promoting her passion through newsletters, local newspapers and various publications throughout the region. In 2007, she wrote and told stories on behalf of Pride Stables and won the United Way Speakers Award. Currently, she is working on a graphic children’s story with a local artist and hopes to one day give a copy to her mother.

The Remarkable Life of Norman Lightfoot.

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February 11, 2015

It’s hard to know where to start in the remarkable life of Norman Lightfoot. He is a photographer and naturalist whose images capture secret moments hidden in the depths of the wild. His video camera has followed portions of the artistic lives of Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman and Canadian author R.D. Lawrence, among others. […]


Every day is Christmas for Mayor Craig

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January 5, 2015

Inside the City Hall on Dixon Street in Galt, Christmas trees and festive garnishes twinkle on the way to the Mayor’s office. Santa has yet to climb down the chimneys on Christmas Eve; the anticipation of the holiday is still in the air. Doug Craig believes in Santa Claus. There’s a sign on his desk […]


Hitting the CANVAS Very rare disorder has Cambridge senior down but not out

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December 8, 2014

A lot can change in a year. With another one ringing in the near distance, many of us take stock of the things we would change if given that chance. What if the moment of possible change could not be pinpointed with any clarity, so that even if we could see into the future, the […]


The Quilting Angels

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May 8, 2014

The meeting room at Trillium United Church in Preston is bustling this morning with busy hands and the cheery murmur of conversations. The Quilting Angels are at it again, discussing and sometimes solving the world’s problems while they stitch love into brightly coloured quilts. From frogs to purses, each puffy creation has a unique theme […]


Senior Stars and Their Stories by Shelley Byers filmed by Gerhard

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December 19, 2013

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPmoRFSe5cY   The end of another year is approaching. It has been a year chock-full of memories revisited and stories told. On November 17, the Cambridge Libraries and Galleries and Chartwell Select Queen’s Square Terrace hosted the Senior Stars and Stories event that featured those inspirational people I have been privileged to interview for the […]


The little old schoolhouse with the llama “student”

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October 7, 2013

At the end of the room, a tiny stage beckons and conjures up the voices of children from long past singing Silent Night or yelling “Marco Polo.” Holes still remain where school desks with pull-down seats were once screwed to the wooden floor. A graduation cap from the days  of old sits atop the bust […]


Providing more than just haircuts for Cambridge

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September 12, 2013

“I was born to be a barber,” says Done Katsorov, better known as “Danny the Barber.” Danny has been a fixture in Galt for over 30 years. Photographs cover the walls and ceiling of his shop and he has a story for each. Well-used chairs line the edge of the room. It seems that waiting […]


A century in the making, local woman turns 100

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July 24, 2013

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” George Burns On July 30, 2013, Irene Poynter will celebrate an important milestone. She will turn 100 years young. Her family joined her in a party at Queens Square Terrace in Galt on the 23rd, complete with cake, cards, flowers and special greetings […]


A stitch in time tells a story

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May 2, 2013

A quilt lies on a table ready to relinquish its mystery; its story; its history. A quilt-sleuth, Helen Martin carefully studies the fabrics, patterns, and colours used for the artistry. The thread used for each intricate stitch will tell if she has found the treasure she is searching for. With a careful snip, she inspects […]


A rich family history told in farming

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April 24, 2013

Eleven miles east of here stands a farm ­– family owned and operated for nearly 125 years. Through World Wars, the Great Depression, fires, and family losses, the 100 acres still stands firm, as does Kenneth Hood, one of the four generations who made a living and raised a family on its soil. “I can’t […]


Elinor’s Garden

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December 18, 2012

“Digging in the dirt is good for the soul,” says my mother, Edna, who still enjoys her backyard garden at the age of 80. However, the overwhelming heat these past years has made it difficult to get out. As well, her knees, at times, decide that they are staying on her gardening mat, in the […]


“Kenpo Kathy” visits Cambridge

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December 16, 2012

“What’s the definition of a black belt?” Students at Diamond Martial Arts were asked by special guest, Kathy Owen, 8th degree black belt and member of the American Kenpo Karate International Association. The answer was simple, and held a special meaning for each student including Kelly Allan, owner of the studio, head instructor, and one […]


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