Picture perfect…..

Life’s Precious Moments

7 Halifax Street, Vanastra, Ontario N0M 1L0  ●  Telephone (519) 440-1537

The Village of Vanastra gains momentum as another business opens its doors.

Diane Proper’s photography has come a long way.  From kitten photos she took as a child with a small plastic camera to on-site innovative shoots and the studio she recently opened, this lifelong photographer has pursued her love of the lens and all it can create.

In 2009, her photo venture (and adventure) was established as a mobile business and by 2017, it had grown to needing a dedicated space that would accommodate the varied tastes of her clients.  Whether it be for a newborn baby, a beloved pet, a happy family, or an anniversary couple, Diane develops a setting that fits. 

And this dedicated photog is sure to capture the essence of that extra-special event—your wedding day, with all its happiness, its remarkable moments.  And wedding packages include an engagement shoot.

Getting to know her pictorial subjects beforehand allows Diane to make the most of time with the bride and groom, to recognize what works for them, and to match their personalities to the finished product.  It’s all about advance planning, even for the photographer.


Life’s Precious Moments is also able to provide photo restoration.  Those old pictures which have faded or lost their depth can be expertly restored either in black and white or sepia.  Diane’s deft touch with computer software brings those photos into focus again, gives them new life that evokes memories of the past and renews the warm smiles of loved ones.

In addition, her studio regularly hosts exceptional photo events, such as pet day and kids costume picture parties.  Diane can produce slide shows, collages, and offers business services as well.

In addition to all of the above, it is the mission of Life’s Precious Moments to provide high quality personal service at affordable prices.

A wonderful opportunity to not only record today, but also to leave behind photographic memoirs for the future!

For more information contact: Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer – Municipality of Huron East 519.527.0160

Written for the Municipality of Huron East by: Carolyn Parks Mintz,

Photography by: Diane Proper – Follow on Facebook @ Lifes Precious Moments

 

Feeling lucky?

Try your hand at a chance to win big $$$ as the Seaforth Lions Club prepares to launch its newest fundraiser.

Hey Seaforth…..the Ace of Spades is off and running, and the Seaforth Lions Club is offering you a weekly chance to “Catch the Ace” for a potentially big win starting Wednesday, July 5th, 2017. Modeled after the viral fundraising campaign in New Brunswick, “Chase the Ace” has proven to be an outstanding success. Not only does the accumulative jackpot have the potential to reach as much as $30,000, there is also a chance to snag a nice little pot along the way to the big catch.

Here’s how it works. At the beginning of the lottery/raffle a fresh deck of cards is shuffled and placed in individual, unmarked envelopes. The envelopes are then shuffled again and marked with numbers from one to 52. Each week, 1,000 tickets are printed (and hopefully, sold).

Lion Member Cathy Elliott & Catch the Ace Participant Maureen Agar

Players (must be 18 years of age and older) who buy a $5 ticket write their contact information on the stub and then a guess as to which envelope contains the Ace of Spades, which they write at the bottom of the ticket.

Each Wednesday at 7:30 pm, one ticket is drawn at the Seaforth Royal Canadian Legion hall and that ticket receives 20 percent of that week’s accumulated ticket money.  The envelope number on their ticket is then opened and if it contains the Ace of Spades, another 30 percent of the pot goes to the winner. If the draw goes to its full run of 20 weeks and all the tickets are sold that will mean a $30,000 payout!

Once an envelope is opened, it is withdrawn from play, so you can only pick a number from the envelopes remaining in play (one of which still holds the elusive Ace of Spades). In order to be in the weekly draw you must purchase a ticket, as each ticket is eligible only for that week’s draw. You do not have to be present at the draw to win. The draw will conclude at Week 20, and if no one has managed to “Catch the Ace”, a random elimination draw will determine the overall winner of the top prize. There will be no envelope numbers on the tickets in the last draw. Instead, a ticket will be drawn and that ticket will get the lowest numbered envelope. If that envelope doesn’t have the Ace of Spades, we keep drawing tickets until it comes up.

Each weekly draw that sells out guarantees ticket purchasers a 1 in 1000 chance to win $1,000.00, in addition to a 1 in 52 chance to catch the Ace of Spades for an additional accumulated jackpot that starts off at $1,500.00. An excellent gift for birthdays and Father’s Day. Great odds to win money while helping the Seaforth Lions Club help your community!

Tickets for the July 5th draw are available now at Rona, Paget’s Place, and Blooms ‘n’ Rooms, all of which, are located on Main Street, Seaforth or through Lion Cathy Elliott (519-522-1323). After the first draw on July 5th, tickets will also be available weekly, not only at the afore mentioned locations, but at the Seaforth Legion Hall each Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Good luck everyone!

For further information on this raffle contact Seaforth Lions Member Cathy Elliott at 519.522.1323

Re-birth of Historic Downtown Brussels…

Change is in the Air……

“Brussels Four Winds Barn – Wedding, Market and Events Centre”

Over the years, the Village of Brussels has made strides to revitalize its historic downtown. With support from the Municipality of Huron East, local community and business groups and numerous student-lead programs lead by the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo, this quaint rural Ontario village is finally starting to show signs of a come-back.

This can be seen in the attractive streetscape and wall murals lining its downtown, the re-birth of the Brussels Public School, the renovation of its cherished Carnegie Library, and the development of walking trails that wind along its tree-lined streets and scenic waterfront.

The latest undertaking is the construction of the Brussels Four Winds Wedding and Event Barn: a visionary, re-purposing project that will incorporate a vintage barn within a multi-functional site hosting community events, weddings, celebrations, bakery and year-round farmers’ market, while providing a venue for the collection of unique shops.

The talk of ‘barn re-purposing’ may beg the question: Does a barn cease to be a barn when it no longer shelters livestock, when haylofts are empty, or when its threshing floor is silent? Perhaps. 
Nevertheless, this structure’s massive, hand-hewn, rock-elm timbers have made the journey to their new home, and will receive a renewed lease on life.Its arrival to downtown Brussels begins another chapter in this local heritage barn’s history.

Built by Alexander Stewart in 1862, the 57’ by 80’ “Wheeler Barn,” as it is known locally, has withstood severe weather, and many years of heavy use, while faithfully serving generations of Stewart and Wheeler homestead families for over 150 years. Once a vital structure, it was now standing unused; it was deteriorating, a testament to the agricultural history of the region, and to an industry much changed.
Enter…..Bryan Morton. While chatting with local property owner and businesswoman Barbara Terpstra, the retired farmer contemplated the notion of moving an old barn to downtown Brussels—and the rest is soon to be history.

Herman Terpstra donated the barn, and skilled Mennonite work crews led by Cleeson and Abram Martin were marshalled. Locals pitched in to arrange food for workers, and Bryan Morton and Project Coordinator Herb Jacobs numbered, catalogued and tagged each piece of timber. The barn was disassembled, new foundations poured, and the former Wheeler Barn was transported piece by piece to its new location, adjacent to the historic Brussels Carnegie Library. 
Its reconstruction has been exciting to watch, and the merging of past and future has indeed been heartwarming to all.This “old-new bank barn” will integrate modern insulation, lighting, and renovations with original barn board, granite stonework, foundation rubble stone, and items such as a vintage curry comb box and a working windmill. The structure will even feature a piece of concrete reading “S.W. 1922” recognizing Stanley Wheeler, who took over the farm from his father in 1919, a tradition handed down by many homesteaders over the years.
Weather vanes will adorn the top of four cupolas perched on the British Columbia red cedar shingled roof of the Four Winds centre, aptly named given that it is sure to draw visitors and shoppers from all directions. This new structure’s design complements the existing Carnegie Library in material and architectural detail, and will not interfere with sight lines to the building’s impressive façade and roofline.

The Four Winds development is a perfect fit for the soon-to-be-implemented Brussels Community Improvement Plan, which will facilitate restoration of historic storefronts along its main street.

Refurbishment of 19th century structures has proven to be an important aspect of archi-tourism, together with renewed economic development. As respected heritage restoration specialist, Dr. Christopher Cooper maintains, “Quaint never goes out of style!” 

 “I have a great fondness for timber-frame barns, and they are rapidly disappearing, being torn down or falling down,” says Bryan Morton. “When I was farming, I was too busy to participate in the community, but it is now time to give back. Providing Brussels with one of my favourite pieces of function and form, just seemed in order.”

 The “Wheeler Barn” therefore remains a barn, but a barn with a new purpose.

To be continued……

For more information contact: Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer – Municipality of Huron East 519.527.0160

Written for the Municipality of Huron East in collaboration with: Carolyn Parks Mintz, Kylie Hendriks, & Jan Hawley

Photography & Conceptual Drawings prepared by: Lynne Moreland – Westcoast Photography, Dr. Christopher Cooper, Edifice Guild & Atelier and Herb Jacobs, Brussels Four Winds Project Coordinator