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Down Memory Lane (Posted On: Wednesday, October 15, 2008)

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The last three months of 2008 bring with it a special feature for our e-newsletters.  For the months of October, November and December, we wind up Collingwood’s Sesquicentennial year with a look back on the history of Downtown Collingwood and the BIA. 

Are you ready for Halloween?  With fondness I remember the days when I would make my daughter’s costumes by hand.  Staying up late with the sewing machine to make the perfect princess costume wondering at the last minute why I had decided that making a costume would be a better idea than buying one, but the expectation had been set and there was no turning back.

Looking back over the years, it’s funny…I can remember all of the Halloween costumes that I made, or we made together, but I can scarcely remember the costumes that were store bought without looking at photos to jog my memory.

So get your glue guns out and get ready to party…no matter how old you are…Halloween is fun for everyone

Looking for a job?  Know someone looking for a job?  We all do.  Did you know that the Town of Collingwood has a great website?   Did you know that they have three pages of job listings for great employment opportunities in our community? 

Yum!  It’s time for Copper Blues Annual Steak and Seafood promo

Also, don’t miss your chance to reserve your seat for the upcoming Fashion Show at First Street Bistro. 

Our friends at Blue Ridge Meats on Hurontario Street have given us a bunch of new recipes for this newsletter that have an international flavour and are also seasonally inspired.  This content coincides nicely with the number of new restaurants that have opened in our area in the past 2 years that bring with them influences from the homeland.  Check out our listing of Amazing Restaurants.

What an absolutely amazing Thanksgiving weekend we all enjoyed!  How fabulous was the weather?  Check out the great photos we have covering the Apple Harvest Festival in our Community Photo Gallery.

With Christmas Shopping around the corner…you don’t want to miss the opportunity to double your Christmas Shopping dollars by taking advantage of the Double Dollars Marketplace.  Each week local merchants and offer gift certificates at half price.  Gift certificates don’t have an expiration date…so this is a great way to spend half and get double the value…either for you or someone on your Christmas list.  It’s also a great way to keep your Christmas Shopping dollars in our local community. is pleased to welcome our new sponsors:

Sunvale Homes

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Charles Davies Custom Fine Furniture

Charles Davies, the owner of Charles Davies Custom Fine Furniture and Built-Ins, specializes in the making of quality one-off furniture pieces and built-ins, including fine wall units and kitchens, mainly for the Georgian Triangle region (Collingwood, Thornbury, Meaford and Owen Sound), Toronto, Caledon and Muskoka. Charles Davies' philosophy on furniture and cabinet making is akin to Biophilic Design philosophy; nature is revered and pieces are made eco-responsibly. Only the best quality materials and finishes are chosen. For example, Davies chooses North American plywood (verses plywood from China) over MDF (manufactured high density fibre board) and particle board which both 'gas-off' toxic elements, not only because ply is eco-friendlier but because it's much more durable. Furthermore, none of his work is sprayed with heavy lacquers, but rather finished by hand with healthier alternatives that are more durable and aesthetically pleasing.


Happy Halloween

Julie Card
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