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Mother’s Day clarification needed, cribbage interviews are funny though

I really felt the need to talk to my mom before sharing the Mother's Day podcast with Echo's Lisa Boivin and Scott Clark, where we bare a bunch of deep stuff for the 'To North Bay With Love' episode released Thursday. Missing was some more context and updated info so...

Strong women and Nipissing Junction history highlighted

Just in time for Mother's Day, the Small Town Times interview with Lori Laporte focusses on the strong women in her family. It dove tails well with the Back in the Bay Magazine's Spring 2024 feature on Nipissing Junction history (republished in full below with some...

‘I Won’t Remember Her’

In the depths of sickness and wilting under mounting tasks, the heart and mind mix fears, hopes and regrets into vivid dreams that are difficult to decipher. This week, as my fever broke, I awoke soaked with sweat and eyes welling with tears. A lucid sequence remained...

My ice-off prediction is …

I'm not eligible for the Ferris Business Network's Lake Nipissing Ice Off contest prize package, but I have some juicy insight into the long-time tradition of guessing when the last frozen piece melts into spring. If I wrote one story I wrote 10 of them during my 18...

McGale was lost just as he found new inspiration

John McGale may be the most influential writer/musician in Quebec. He joined the most famous band in the province, called Offenbach, writing eight of the 11 songs featured in their first recording together. He also played guitar, saxophone and flute on these songs....

There’s a pot of gold somewhere …

There's no time to write this. Magazine deadline is dove-tailing with newsletter deadlines in the midst of December madness. It takes this much to get that adrenaline rush, if you know what I mean. Huffing on time constraints and cascading work loads is a bad habit,...

60 years of Ammerata-owned business history

Giuseppe Nazzareno Ammerata crossed the Atlantic as a young man with a suitcase full of dreams. It was 1948 and at the age of 21, Nazzareno joined the waves of Italians who made their way to Canada after the war in search of a better life. With his newly adopted...

To each their own …

For those who still eat meat, the price of steak makes it a luxury item on most budgets. Fortunately, I don't eat much these days and can get by with small portions. Keeping trim is essential. These strip loin grilling steaks cost $12.20 for label weight of .554...

$36K integrity investigation raises questions about freedom of speech constraints

Small Town Times editor talks with former deputy mayor and veteran former councillor about North Bay City Council decision to punish member following integrity commissioner investigation. Sheldon Forgette, was 23 when his 2014 election success vaulted him into the...

Kindergarten: The Adventure Begins

In the lazy days of the summer of 1947, mom started to speak to me about how much fun it was going to be in school. When I started. This Fall. In kindergarten. At some point it dawned on me that this school business wasn’t a subject she was going to drop. Determined...

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