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Harley Hay

Harley Hay: English language can be understood though tough thorough thought, though

Scientists say that apart from a whole lot of hair what really…

  • Feb 6, 2021
Harley Hay
Heloise recommends people prune trees and shrubs before the spring comes. (File photo by Black Press News Services)

Hints from Heloise: Get organized for spring

Dear Readers: It’s still chilly in February in most parts of the…

  • Feb 6, 2021
Heloise recommends people prune trees and shrubs before the spring comes. (File photo by Black Press News Services)
This 100 year-old table had a badly deteriorating dark finish that was mottled and flaking. Rather than strip it all back to bare wood, Stave Maxwell says he completed a light sanding followed by chalked paint and distressing as an easy route to good looks. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)

Houseworks: Chalked paint delivers classic look

Want to create an attractive distressed finish on furniture and interior woodwork?…

  • Feb 6, 2021
This 100 year-old table had a badly deteriorating dark finish that was mottled and flaking. Rather than strip it all back to bare wood, Stave Maxwell says he completed a light sanding followed by chalked paint and distressing as an easy route to good looks. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
Linda Tomlinson

Place air plants in open containers or terrariums

Air plants, Tillandsia, add interest to the decor because they are attractive…

  • Feb 3, 2021
Linda Tomlinson
This area is part of a wetland conservation project located in Beaver County southwest of Kinsella. (Contributed photo)

World Wetlands Day: Saving wetlands is a resolution Canada must keep

Amid all the heartening and hope-filled ways Canadians have resolved to make…

  • Feb 2, 2021
This area is part of a wetland conservation project located in Beaver County southwest of Kinsella. (Contributed photo)
At its best, good soil is home to worms, beetles, bugs, and untold numbers of microscopic organisms that serve important functions. (Black Press file photo)

Health: Depleted soil at the root of poor health

We recently wrote about the gut microbiome – the remarkable digestive ecosystem…

  • Feb 2, 2021
At its best, good soil is home to worms, beetles, bugs, and untold numbers of microscopic organisms that serve important functions. (Black Press file photo)
Treena Mielke

New normal opens door to new talent

It has been close to a year since COVID-19 raised its ugly…

  • Feb 2, 2021
Treena Mielke
South Pigeon Lake firefighter Cade Johnston organized the “Walk for Wayne”. Johnston poses at the end of the walk with the fire hat he carried during the walk, signed by all who joined the SPL firefighters that day to be given to Wayne, and the donation boot. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

South Pigeon Lake fire walk across Pigeon Lake in fundraiser for Chief battling rare cancer

Firefighters from SPL and community members took to the lake for “Walk for Wayne”.

South Pigeon Lake firefighter Cade Johnston organized the “Walk for Wayne”. Johnston poses at the end of the walk with the fire hat he carried during the walk, signed by all who joined the SPL firefighters that day to be given to Wayne, and the donation boot. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Hay's Daze

Hay’s Daze: Thinking inside the bubble

A good friend and band mate whom I will call “Len” because…

  • Jan 30, 2021
Hay's Daze
When looking at sunflower seeds, choose a short seasoned variety to insure they flower before the first frost. The colour palette ranges from light yellow to dark bronze. The seed heads will attract birds. (Black Press file photo)

Gardening: What flower plants do best in full sun and partial shade

With the push of instant gardens and bedding out plants, less people…

  • Jan 28, 2021
When looking at sunflower seeds, choose a short seasoned variety to insure they flower before the first frost. The colour palette ranges from light yellow to dark bronze. The seed heads will attract birds. (Black Press file photo)
'The Coronavirus Isn't Scary' by Kristy Walker.

Sylvan Lake author pens first children’s book about COVID-19

“The Coronavirus Isn’t Scary” by Kristy Walker teaches children to take care of themselves

'The Coronavirus Isn't Scary' by Kristy Walker.
Professional-quality tools don’t just last longer, they’re also more comfortable and better balanced. This drill and impact driver are perfectly balanced on the triggers, which is ideal. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)

Houseworks: In praise of professional-grade tools

When I was 10 years old, my dad began renovating our kitchen,…

Professional-quality tools don’t just last longer, they’re also more comfortable and better balanced. This drill and impact driver are perfectly balanced on the triggers, which is ideal. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
A readers suggests using a hairdryer to open a tight jar lid. (Photo by The Associated Press)

Hints from Heloise: The handy hairdryer hint

Dear Heloise: Whenever you have trouble opening a tight jar lid, set…

  • Jan 23, 2021
A readers suggests using a hairdryer to open a tight jar lid. (Photo by The Associated Press)
A reader submitted this political cartoon about American president Donald Trump. (Art by Sophie Anning)

Political cartoon: Trump’s Military Sendoff

A reader submitted this political cartoon about American president Donald Trump. (Art…

A reader submitted this political cartoon about American president Donald Trump. (Art by Sophie Anning)
Gifford Jones

Health: Questions about ketogenic diet

What is a ketogenic diet? How does it differ and is it…

  • Jan 19, 2021
Gifford Jones
Treena Mielke

Family: Enjoying this year’s postcard-perfect winter

COVID is still here complete with all the spinoffs each and everyone…

  • Jan 18, 2021
Treena Mielke
Super Valu has experienced an increase in demand for products such as toilet paper as people prepare for the coronavirus. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Hints from Heloise: Stock your closet

Dear Heloise: If this year has taught me anything, toilet paper, wipes,…

  • Jan 16, 2021
Super Valu has experienced an increase in demand for products such as toilet paper as people prepare for the coronavirus. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Harley Hay

A bit of whine about wine

I’m one of those guys. I’m sorry, but I just don’t get…

  • Jan 16, 2021
Harley Hay
One way to get infloor heating is with electrical cables installed underneath ceramic tiles. Here DITRA-HEAT cables are snapped into an uncoupling underlay that goes down before tiles. (Photo by Robert Maxwell)

Houseworks: Heating a basement under renovation

Q: Will DITRA-HEAT electric infloor heating be enough to make my finished…

  • Jan 16, 2021
One way to get infloor heating is with electrical cables installed underneath ceramic tiles. Here DITRA-HEAT cables are snapped into an uncoupling underlay that goes down before tiles. (Photo by Robert Maxwell)
Harley Hay

Hay’s Daze: What’s in a word?

What’s in a word? Good ole Bill Shakespeare posed that question in…

  • Jan 9, 2021
Harley Hay