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To each their own …

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...

Happy 83rd birthday Mike de Moree

Happy 83rd birthday Mike de Moree

My college photography teacher Mike de Moree turned 83 years old today and I was happy to post a video of us talking about his life and interests, specifically what he considers when creating art. We talked for about an hour and a bit, although I cut out a bunch to...

Powwow guide brings back memories

Powwow guide brings back memories

The 29th annual Great Lakes Powwow Guide is circulating and it's impressive. I scored a free copy at the Duchesnay Store. Not sure if they have any more, but it's published by the Anishinabek Nation, which has its head office on Highway 17 West, just a few kilometres...

Driving his own destiny

Driving his own destiny

Watching my son’s first mixed martial arts fight was everything I suspected it would be – intense, brutal and bloody. Many asked: "What were you thinking or feeling as your boy stepped into a cage to fight?” I tried writing a piece after the Jan. 28 match but it...

‘Flat earth’ road trip covers plenty of ground

‘Flat earth’ road trip covers plenty of ground

Chatham is an interesting small city in southern Ontario that probably isn't on your bucket list, which is understandable. I took a rare road trip a bit ago and stayed there for five nights visiting a good friend. We checked out the 'Rims and Ribs' classic car show...

Batter up! Diamonds are shining in the Bay

Batter up! Diamonds are shining in the Bay

I had one of those cool interviews the other day, it sparked a lot of memories about baseball. There's a video below where I talk to two young men I watched grow up immersed in multiple sports, with my lad just a year or so behind for all of a decade. They're now in...

Podcasters worth considering for your online library

Podcasters worth considering for your online library

There's a lot of junk online and it can be exhausting to sift through it. I understand your pain. My work takes me many places and it's getting harder and harder to keep my attention deficit in check. Making it worse for me, I'm a next level procrastinator. Especially...

Ralph Diegel, 96, shares West Ferris memories

Ralph Diegel, 96, shares West Ferris memories

Nestor Prisco, one of North Bay's unofficial historians, and I dropped by Antiques at Deegan's March 3 for a chat with 'Mr. Downtown' Ralph Diegel, 96. We talked about his youth growing up in Ferris, scouts, Camp Tillicum, cadets, his Second World War service in the...

Doc said I have ‘chronic sinusitis’

Doc said I have ‘chronic sinusitis’

The three-month headache I whined about in my BayToday.ca column a few weeks ago has been diagnosed following a CT scan as "chronic sinusitis". Now I feel really bad because we could have saved the health care system an unnecessary visit had I listened to my neighbour...

More than just another ‘cat’ video

More than just another ‘cat’ video

I was at the Corbeil hacienda tickling the keyboard on Wednesday afternoon, trying to write my last BayToday.ca column. The intention was to cap off what I hope is my first Village Media series that lasted 85-straight weekly opinion pieces. To be honest, I actually...