Solar’s Bright Future: North Hastings’ Gallo Charts Innovative Energy Path

Solar’s Bright Future: North Hastings’ Gallo Charts Innovative Energy Path

Story and photos by Michelle Annette Tremblay
Through his company, Gallo-Teck, the entrepreneur designs and installs automated renewable energy systems and collaborates with some of the biggest names in the industry. What does all that mean in layman's terms? Basically, Michele got into renewable energy right at the cusp 18 years ago and has been on the cutting edge ever since, constantly upping his game with new skills, knowledge and groovy innovations.Like his solar-powered pontoon boat. As far as he knows, it’s the only one like it in the world.

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Come On and Rescue Me: Local rescues save lives with social media

Come On and Rescue Me: Local rescues save lives with social media

By Michelle Annette Tremblay
As hard as she tried, Alison Sabo couldn't sleep. Restless in bed, she kept thinking about a social media post from earlier that day. It had been a photo and brief description of a big friendly dog, likely a Briard, named Kevin. He was a province away, in a Montreal shelter, due to be euthanized within a matter of days because no-one had adopted him...

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Springer on Yoga: A Lifetime of Spiritual Movement and Healing

Springer on Yoga: A Lifetime of Spiritual Movement and Healing

By Michelle Annette Tremblay

Kalamazoo, Mich. The early 1960s. Summer. As he walked outside, the yoga instructor couldn't quite believe his eyes. There, standing in the yard next door was a blond girl he'd never seen before: a child, with eyes closed, deeply focused inward. She was moving her body slowly and deliberately. He recognized the ancient Indian asanas immediately. After watching for a few minutes he approached, bewildered. “Who have you been studying yoga with?” he asked over the fence. “Yoga?” She responded. She'd never heard of it.

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Grape Expectations: Potter Settlement Sets a New Gold Standard with Heirloom Vines

Grape Expectations:  Potter Settlement Sets a New Gold Standard with Heirloom Vines

By Michelle Annette Tremblay

Disclaimer: by reading this article you may find yourself sacrificing a tank of gas, a sunny afternoon, and perhaps even an hour or two of sobriety. If you shudder at the thought of fine wine, day-trips, stories of tenacity and toil, overcoming unbeatable odds, family legacies and unwavering passion and commitment, then this story isn't for you. But who are we kidding? Don't we all love stories of grit and gusto? Don't we all enjoy getting a little buzzed on dreamy dreams coming to fruition?

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Witching you well: Exploring the age-old tradition of dowsing for water

Witching you well: Exploring the age-old tradition of dowsing for water

By Michelle Annette Tremblay
Photos by Sean Buk and Michelle Annette Tremblay

Sixty-five years ago Floyd Shatraw broke a stick. Specifically it was a hazel crotch: a forked branch from a hazelnut tree. He didn't mean to break it. He was a young lanky teenager, and had watched earlier as a visiting cousin had used it as a divining rod to find water, in the ancient tradition of dowsing, or witching for a well. 

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