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When spring cleaning keep in mind there are many items that should not be donated to charity, such as dirty, stained, chipped and cracked kitchen dishes. (Black Press file photo)

Hints from Heloise: Spring cleaning organization hacks

Dear Readers: Spring cleaning is in full swing. Closet cleaning? Here are…

  • Mar 20, 2021
When spring cleaning keep in mind there are many items that should not be donated to charity, such as dirty, stained, chipped and cracked kitchen dishes. (Black Press file photo)
Linda Tomlinson

Gardening: Prune trees to remove deadwood, broken branches, correct shapes

Now is the time to prune deciduous trees. The shape, size and…

  • Mar 18, 2021
Linda Tomlinson
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

Opinion: Good health includes healthy financials

Vaccines are now reaching the wider community, and Spring is near. As…

  • Mar 16, 2021
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones
Treena Mielke

Family: Not a fan of daylight savings

As surely as the seasons change, we can be sure that one…

  • Mar 16, 2021
Treena Mielke
Harley Hay

Harley Hay: Dream a little dream about dreams

I was dreaming about nightmares the other night. That is to say,…

  • Mar 13, 2021
Harley Hay
This six-inch random orbit sander is the ideal machine for pre-finish preparation of wood surfaces. A tool like this is roughly twice as productive as the more common five-inch random orbit sanders. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)

Houseworks: Converting cottage to full-time home

Q: How realistic is it to convert a seasonal cottage built in…

  • Mar 13, 2021
This six-inch random orbit sander is the ideal machine for pre-finish preparation of wood surfaces. A tool like this is roughly twice as productive as the more common five-inch random orbit sanders. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
A Bernese Mountain Dog sits on a Toronto front porch Saturday, July 6, 2019. There are new warnings from the FDA about certain brands of grain-free dog food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Hints: Dealing with a mess made by a dog

Dear Readers: If your dog wets on the carpet (and let’s face…

  • Mar 13, 2021
A Bernese Mountain Dog sits on a Toronto front porch Saturday, July 6, 2019. There are new warnings from the FDA about certain brands of grain-free dog food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Linda Tomlinson

Prune while you wait for snow to melt

Warm days and melting snow have gardeners looking longingly at their yard,…

  • Mar 11, 2021
Linda Tomlinson
A SAGA member (left) poses as Jessi Hanks (right) with Castle Restaurant puts up a safe space sticker to display on the restaurant’s front door. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

SAGA Wetaskiwin works with local businesses to display they are a safe space

The safe space stickers show that its a safe and inclusive space.

A SAGA member (left) poses as Jessi Hanks (right) with Castle Restaurant puts up a safe space sticker to display on the restaurant’s front door. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Treena Mielke

Seasons changing: Hope around the corner with vaccines

The month of March is leaving its muddy footprint on the land…

  • Mar 8, 2021
Treena Mielke
Harley Hay

Harley Hay: Just don’t call it cod liver oil

Many people swear that a daily dose of various vitamins is an…

  • Mar 6, 2021
Harley Hay
Linda Tomlinson

Gardening: Decide if wild creatures are friend or foe in garden

Wild creatures do what they do best, seek food and shelter. Creatures…

  • Mar 4, 2021
Linda Tomlinson
Treena Mielke

From record player to CD

When I first began dating my husband, he drove a little old…

  • Mar 2, 2021
Treena Mielke
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

Health: Keep blood pressure under control

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You must do the things you think you…

  • Mar 2, 2021
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones
Hay's Daze

Hay’s Daze: Biffy bear bites blonde’s bare behind

Well if you haven’t heard about it by now, you either live…

  • Feb 27, 2021
Hay's Daze
Need a knife? There are knives of all shapes and sizes at The Kitchen Store.

Hints from Heloise: Finding a good set of kitchen knives

Dear Readers: A good set of knives in the kitchen is a…

  • Feb 27, 2021
Need a knife? There are knives of all shapes and sizes at The Kitchen Store.
Thorough sanding of a table top is usually the first step to renewing a finish. Wax contaminants can sometimes still remain on a surface like this after sanding. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol and a rag gets rid of these contaminants without leaving a residue behind. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)

Houseworks: Fixing wood finishes

Q: How can I stop polyurethane from beading up on a mahogany…

  • Feb 27, 2021
Thorough sanding of a table top is usually the first step to renewing a finish. Wax contaminants can sometimes still remain on a surface like this after sanding. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol and a rag gets rid of these contaminants without leaving a residue behind. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
Treena Mielke

Family: Changes can be comforting at times

It has been close to a year since the pandemic swept our…

  • Feb 23, 2021
Treena Mielke
Roscoe received a drive-by parade from family, friends and the Wetaskiwin Fire Service. Submitted/ Karen Grant.

Wetaskiwin resident celebrates his 100th birthday

Roscoe Grant marked a milestone historical event with a major milestone birthday.

Roscoe received a drive-by parade from family, friends and the Wetaskiwin Fire Service. Submitted/ Karen Grant.
This rust-prone cast iron hook has been outside for 30 years and has no rust. A coat of Tremclad every decade does the job. (Contributed photo by Steve Maxwell)

Houseworks: Tremclad paint still top choice after 100 years

There’s one product that I can remember happily using over the last…

  • Feb 20, 2021
This rust-prone cast iron hook has been outside for 30 years and has no rust. A coat of Tremclad every decade does the job. (Contributed photo by Steve Maxwell)