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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

 

And the winner is?

“Introducing our Fabulous Five Win This Space Finalists”

Win This Space Industrial FHave you always wanted to be your own boss, to manage your own business? The Municipality of Huron East embarked on an initiative in the spring of 2016 that helped do just that!  As part of a revitalization project within the former RCAF/Canadian Forces Base, now the Village of Vanastra, the Municipality invited budding entrepreneurs to take part in a competition that is sure to kick-start their enterprise.

Now, after months of training and hard work by the contestants, Huron East is pleased to announce the five finalists (see below), who will take part in the Grand Finale on Saturday, August 27th at the Seaforth Golf Course vying for a prize valued at thousands of dollars.  Come meet these five fabulous entrepreneurs and cheer them on. The event is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Refreshments served.

Contestant: Gerrie Huenemoerder

Business: “Avelina Jewelry”

Avelina is an ancient Germanic name whose meanings include strength, life, and desirability. And Avelina Jewelry embraces all of these, as does its designer.

Gerrie HeadshotAward winning jeweller Gerrie Huenemoerder is first and foremost an artist. Her beautiful creations are formed from silver, gold, and platinum, many of which involve vitreous enamelling—an age-old process of fusing glass to metals.

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But most of all, Avelina Jewelry is unique. Whether it be in a pendant, a bracelet, earrings, or a necklace, Gerrie’s distinctive style is evident. And many of her pieces have a touch of whimsy about them. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind enviable and memorable present, Gerrie is able to personalize that gift in exceptional ways. And perhaps it will be a gift from you for you!

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Contestant: Debbie Nassar

Business: “Imagine Creative Centre”

headshot DebbiejpgDebbie Nassar was born an artist. As a young girl who loved the arts but from a family with limited resources, she recognized that there was a definite need to facilitate the nurturing and development of everyone’s creative side. This has stayed with Debbie throughout her life as she explored fine art, learned much, and enhanced her innate gift—speaking through paint and canvas.

20160715_095410 (2)Although life took her down a path that did not allow much time for innovative painting, Debbie found a way to cultivate her imaginative side by hosting an adult art club in her home—budding artists bring their supplies and current project and get together with other like-minded individuals.

Debbie 2The Imagine Creative Centre will be Debbie’s next step—one that will welcome children seven to eighteen years of age into the world of art. And for those who need help with the modest fee for this introduction to imagination, sponsors will be arranged. In age appropriate groups, kids will get to experiment with a variety of materials and methods, and have fun. Their sessions will be held once a week for two hours over a twelve week period. Adult art classes will be organized as well, led by Debbie and with experts in various media to allow exploration of the many ways to express one’s creativity.

Little girl paintingAs the late, great singer/songwriter Harry Chapin once wrote about a young child, “There are so many colours in the rainbow, so many colours in the morning sun, so many colours in the flower, and I see everyone!” Let the art and the artists begin!

Contestant: Jackie DeWit

Business: “No Nonsense Natural Products”

There are those among us who are pioneers, ahead-of-the-curve people—they explore uncharted waters. A few years ago, Jackie DeWit began to think outside the box when it became obvious that ‘the box’ did not offer nor contain what she needed.

13483004_10154193694440140_467074663067683624_o (1)Given her children’s health issues, Jackie’s family switched to organic foods, but regardless of their diet change, they eventually realized that there were many products in their home that were far from non-toxic. And so began her quest to develop completely natural commodities for all their needs—and to be able to afford them! Hence, No Nonsense Natural Products was launched.

14022374_10154327158610140_3286546704325466973_nExtensive research, experimentation, and modification have led to 25 new products that neutralize the toxic soup often existing within a home No Nonsense cleaning supplies, cosmetic necessities and personal care items include glass and floor cleaner, dishwashing and laundry soap, bug spray, sun screen, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, and deodorant, to name a few. And none of these cost more than $20—in fact, a three month supply of laundry detergent is priced at just $20. In addition, Jackie utilizes minimal packaging and re-usable containers for her leading-edge products.

13939497_10154314098895140_5580883458668685085_nIf she needed confirmation that there is a market for her ideas, it came in the response to a simple message on Jackie’s personal Facebook page, stating that No Nonsense Natural Products would be part of Vanastra’s Win This Space contest. This announcement resulted in 130 orders!

Through Jackie and her new enterprise, families and individuals are able to take charge of their environment, make healthful changes, and do it all with a ‘green’ slant. It’s a win-win-win! People are getting on board with this in a big way, and Jackie has the Good Ship No Nonsense going full steam ahead.

Contestant: Marcie Riegling

Business: “Marcie Media”

Marcie Riegling is an idea person—and sometimes her brainwaves stem from other ideas—an extrapolation, an offshoot of an initiative already underway. Concepts are often organic.

Marcie RieglingA couple of years ago, Marcie was asked to create a calendar featuring men who donated their time and talent to helping the Huron County Women’s Shelter. With a background in graphic design, she readily took on the project. And it was during its process that the seeds were sown with her to develop a similar calendar profiling women in the community who had made a difference.

Pin Up CalendarsThe “Inspiring Women of Huron County Pin-up Calendar” for 2017 will come off the presses in late August. It highlights women who, much like their male counterparts, have contributed, have cared and who stand out!

Marcie Riegling2As a result of the support and success of previous calendar projects, Marcie Media has been commissioned to create similar calendars for other charities. Win This Space offers the opportunity of a dedicated operations office and studio that will help to bring more of Marcie’s ideas to fruition.

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Contestant: Kymm Moore

Business: “Khaos Artisan Bakery”

_MG_5961-EditThe artistic and creative mecca of Huron County and area is about to welcome yet another inspired entrepreneur. It is said that from a young age, we are drawn to professions and areas of expertise that just feel right, that are where we belong. And for Kymm Moore, that’s always been in the kitchen!

image3As a Red Seal Certified Baker, Patissier and Chef, Kymm has been concocting delicious dishes for appreciative patrons for years—all the while, yearning to have her own business, her own spot from which to operate. The education and mentoring she’s received through Win This Space are a huge step toward realizing her dream.

image1This talented chef focusses on quality ingredients and optimal flavour, utilizing local and seasonal products. The bakery-bistro Kymm is planning will offer fresh baked artisanal breads, European style cakes and pastries (both sweet and savoury) and eventually, light lunches—all of which will tempt the palate, treat the taste buds and definitely satisfy customers’ appetite for excellent food.

image7 (1)Her broad experience in the industry will allow Kymm and Khaos to provide catering, as well as to extend Pastry Chef services to local restaurants wanting to include additional desserts on their menus—desserts that are original and delectable.

image5[1]There is nothing as tasty as food created by someone who loves cooking!

Contact:
Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Huron East, Seaforth, Ontario
519.527.0160 jhawley@huroneast.com

Written for the Municipality of Huron East by Carolyn Parks Mintz, Author & Freelance Writer

CBC’s “Still Standing” is Huron County bound…..

The Municipality of Huron East’s Village of Vanastra in the Spotlight of CBC’s Hit TV Show starring Jonny Harris

JohnnyHarris-501sIt’s been said that people and communities are their history, with all the good, the bad and the complex that entails. Certainly, the residents of the present Village of Vanastra can relate. Once Canada’s top-secret radar training centre during World War II, this former Royal Canadian Air Force base was one with no runways, and no airplanes. But what it accomplished was outstanding, remarkable, exceptional – all that – an initiative that helped the Allies win the war and led to its successful and comprehensive educational programmes, which continued until 1971 when the base was closed.

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The community’s rich history and recent checkered past have attracted the producers of the popular television show “Still Standing” and the series’ gifted star Jonny Harris who, with their talented crew, will soon be developing an episode featuring the Village of Vanastra.

Stillstanding“Still Standing” seeks out small towns that have seen better days, but where community spirit still runs strong and where residents smile through adversity, make jokes about hard times, and foster a ‘stand and deliver’ attitude no matter what happens. As the team likes to say, “We are on a mission to find humour in the funniest of places.”—in places that surprise viewers.

Hailing from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland-Labrador (population 1,866 in 2011), award-winning comedian Jonny Harris transports his infectious humour and upbeat outlook on life in small town Canada to every community he visits. He obviously enjoys meeting new people and infuses every encounter with a huge chunk of his heart. If you aren’t taken with Jonny within five minutes of meeting him, you probably aren’t capable of loving anyone—so says one of his team anyway. Harris also plays Constable George Crabtree on CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries with the same tongue-in-cheek, down-home but keen acumen he brings to “Still Standing”, which is described as a toast rather than a roast—a salute to villages and hamlets that never close their doors.

Colleague Chuck Byrn reports that, in developing its first season aired last year, Harris wrote and performed over eight hours of original stand-up material, visited 13 towns, eight provinces, two oceans and many lakes, met trappers, cowboys, farmers, beauty queens and businessmen, and birthed, caught, sheared, milked and probed all sorts of animals. Talk about daunting dedication to one’s art!

Executive Producer Maureen Riley feels Canadians particularly enjoy shows about themselves—and a light-hearted half hour is welcome relief from some of the bad news stories in the headlines. Riley reports that the crew and cast feel like “Super Tourists”—residents of the towns they visit are so open, so welcoming. The “Still Standing” troupe gets the red carpet treatment within a hometown welcome that’s special every time.

In addition to clips from conversations with interesting characters in the village, the programme will include a live comedy show, starring Jonny Harris of course, to be presented and filmed in the Vanastra Community Christian Reformed Church on February 5, 2016.   This no-charge event is on a first come-first served basis with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Further information about the performance is available from Huron East’s Economic Development Officer, Jan Hawley, at 519-527-0160 or at jhawley@huroneast.com.

And so Huron East’s historic village that recently launched a revitalization project after decades of benign neglect, will star in a 2016 episode of the CBC show, which recognizes it’s the people who make a place. Their stories enrich the fabric of their town and their laughter enriches all of us.

Watch for the new season of “Still Standing” expected in late summer or early fall. It’s refreshing. It’s original. And it’s definitely funny without being ‘precious’ (as Jonny says).

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