By theWedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. To comment click text at story’s upper right. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper right column–it’s free and confidential. We continue to celebrate our two years completed and the start of our third with this “photorial,” images that elicited oohs and aahs from our readers. Maggie’s … Continue reading
Category Archives: Almonte
Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty
By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE — NOTE: This is a new category, “Opinion.” The wedge is super positive–no deaths, no crime, no politics; but, a little edginess once-in-awhile is valued by our readers. So, here it is. This writer has seen Amazon’s packages–that unmistakable smirk in its logo–stacked high at our Canada Post locations through … Continue reading
Our Surprising Local Megastars – Case for a Walk-of-Fame?
By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE We had a cursory look into the wedge (Pembroke to Hawkesbury to Kingston and all cities, towns, places within) and found the riches of fame. Some of the world’s most renown were born here and many remain–and return. This is a glimpse–we barely scrape the topic here. We’ve not … Continue reading
Big Names Play Nooks and Crannies in East Ontario
By Maggie M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE “It started in PEI first, then opened in Australia. Ottawa Bluesfest brought it to East Ontario,” recounts Kelly Symes, General Manager, The Festival of Small Halls. Every once-in-a-while an idea strikes this writer as exceedingly special. This idea stems from the creative mind of the man who founded renown, Ottawa … Continue reading
Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away
By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A village, town or city that gives its residents a sense of place is in good stead. It will stave off migration of talent and stimulate growth. This sense of belonging to something special is not achieved by spaghetti nights at the local hall. It requires far more. Where we … Continue reading
Secret Solaces : Escapes minutes from the noise
By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE At times everyone feels the tug of tranquility, an escape from mobile ringtones, tedious routines and gnawing responsibility. We forget to breathe deeply, to commune with the earth from whence we came. Our region is covered in secret places that heal, places of solace. This writer frequents a few spots … Continue reading
Ottawa declared, “No. 1 place to visit in the world,” New York Times
Businesses in the wedge are you ready for tourism this 2017? Here is one of the chief reasons why tourists are flocking to the region. Watch MAGGIE M’s interview of Guy Laflamme and how he is changing Ottawa, for ever. Be ready. Paint your awnings, shine your windows, and practice, “Hello” and “Thank you,” in … Continue reading
ENDORPHIN HIGH : Our comedic videos begin !
We are jacking up our promise to be positive at thewedge.LIVE ! Now we are getting positively silly. We want you to giggle, cackle and howl with laughter. Let’s get endorphins coarsing through your body! (No, it’s not an aquatic mammal, it’s a happy brain hormone.) I, MAGGIE M, will be holding the mic and … Continue reading
First entry to The Wedge 150 Challenge : Mississippi Mills
This idea from the Mississippi Mills Beautification Committee is what makes for a real contender and a winning entry to The Wedge 150 Challenge. Outstanding! The Wedge will attend to film and capture the artists and the pieces once erected. The images shown are not entries but images of like-minded sculptures found on the web. … Continue reading
Our Hunger Heroes : it’s no game!
By Maggie M This writer was one of the last guests to arrive on-time at a unique event organized by Hugh Colton of Host, Town and Country Chrysler. The Perth venue was packed–even my chair was snuffed from me when I sneaked to the buffet. You see, I arrived hungry, and how fitting that was. … Continue reading
Pop-up Christmas Fun Yields Mountain of Food
By Maggie M I kick myself when I run into special moments without my digital film camera, sound boom and spotlight; but, one does not expect a grocery trip to become an impromptu party. As I exited the car at Andress’ Your Independent Grocer, I almost forgot my purpose. Elvis Presley singing Christmas songs blasted … Continue reading
the wedge 150 : a rural conquest, takes-off!
Canada kicks-off its 150th birthday celebrations on January 1, 2017! And the wedge is getting knee-deep into the fun of it. thewedge.LIVE is launching the wedge 150 : a rural conquest for every town and city in the wedge (East Ontario). Everyone in the wedge can participate: individuals (18+), businesses, schools, groups. Ottawa is doing … Continue reading
Will Jordan, Shaq celebrate Dr. Naismith invention?
One of our greatest shining stars in the wedge is an educator and doctor born in 1861, Almonte, Ontario. Dr. James Naismith became a sports coach as well as a physician. While employed by the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, Naismith was given 14 days to create an indoor sport to occupy restless young men during … Continue reading
WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M?
And now…we started this! Action! Unchartered, fresh, real. “It’s a bird! It’s plane!” No, it’s Maggie M with a film camera. Shooting everything and anything in The Wedge! Foodies and treasure hunters (everybody) will love it. Continue reading
“It’s ‘Almont’ not ‘Almontay’!”
“It’s Almont not Almontay,” announced Baker Bob, owner of the Baker Bob’s, Town of Almonte. “I know this, yet I say it again and again,” this writer replied, huffing and puffing, soaked and seeking respite from the excruciating heat. “It must be the French in me,” I gasped. “Actually ‘Almont-ay’, is more hispanic sounding,” Bob … Continue reading
Beautification By Brushstrokes
Smart towns and cities encourage beautifying of downtown walls and windows by local creatives. Walls become canvases awaiting a brush, an artist and surprising iterations. They are a delight to the eyes, covering up weather-worn, ignored and dull surfaces. In Perth, a plain brick wall on the ‘main drag’ is covered-over with a touching painting … Continue reading
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