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What’s New and Fresh? (Posted On: Tuesday, March 24, 2009)

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Spring to me means new and fresh.  A time to clean house and freshen things up.  Time to store the winter gear and donate the stuff that you won’t be using again next year.  It’s a great time to toss your closets and get organized.  One of the things I always do at the end of ski season is to wash all of the socks and long underwear and then zip lock them and label them for each member of the family.  Sometimes I throw in a sheet of fabric softener because ski socks sometimes need help.  This is such a great way to make sure your kids don’t use their ski socks (which cost a fortune but are important) for gym class or steal their brother’s (or step-mother’s) ski socks for gym class.  When the kids were younger, I would then keep all of the zip locks bags in a special place ready for the next ski season.   You can do the same with hats and neck warmers too. 

This is also a good time to wash your ski suit so you know that when you put it away, it will be fresh and waiting for you next season.  It is very important to read the label inside your gear.  Not all makes have the same cleaning instructions. Some gear likes the dryer and some does not.  If you are unsure or can’t read the label, phone the folks at your local ski shop because they will be able to help you.  We use a special detergent for sports gear that helps preserve the waterproofing attributes and if necessary, I pre-treat stains like hot chocolate spills with a gentle spot remover and some elbow grease.  Never use regular laundry detergent or assume that it can go to the dry cleaner. 

Some sound advice from Jurg Gfeller, Director, Co-founder and Head Coach at the National Ski Academy about storing your skis at the end of the season.  Jurg tells us that “When the ski season comes to an end, you should always put wax on your skis before you store them away. Sharpen the edges and put some WD40 on the bindings. Remember that investing in top of the line skis is only a smart investment if you take the time to properly maintain them.”  If you don’t know how to do this yourself, leave it to the pros at your ski shop because it’s money well spent.

At the end of March we will be saying goodbye to the weekly ski tips brought to us by the National Ski Academy.  The coaches at the Academy will be back in September to start prepping us on some dry land training but in the meantime, we are very pleased to welcome Jeff Palmer as the author of the weekly Palmer Golf Institute blog starting on April 1st.   

Nominate a Collingwood business for recognition at the 2009 Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. This awards ceremony is an annual opportunity for the Collingwood community to salute those businesses and/or individuals who they feel deserve recognition for a job well done.

So take a moment to think about all those folks that you do business with on a daily basis or just once in a while. Who stands out from the rest? Take a moment to thank them by nominating them for recognition that is well deserved.

Congratulations to all those who were recognized at the Town of the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Summer sports registrations are happening now!  If you’re interested in Rugby check out the Titans.  The Beaver Valley Athletic Association Summer Sports Registration is open now!  Register the kids on line for soccer and baseball at

We pop into Dags & Willow fairly often, always interested in seeing what new product offerings they have for us.  Sure enough, we found the Brie Baker.  Packaged in a very smart looking box, this bright red ceramic dish works with pretty much any soft cheese and the price is right at only $15.95 this makes a great gift for mom, a lovely housewarming present or hostess gift or just a treat for yourselves (pssst…Dan, this is on my list for Mother’s Day).

There are some great events coming up in Downtown Collingwood like the Championship Bed Race, the Spring Restaurant Walking Tour and the Great Easter Egg Hut.

The Georgian Sound Festival is coming up at the end of April and now is the time to buy your tickets.  Visit their website for all the details and if you’re interested in more things to do in our area check out our events and activities calendar.

Happy Spring


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