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You are going shopping anyway so why not do this?

Bancroft Pregnancy CareI have recently been told of a program here in Bancroft that in my humble opinion is absolutely amazing. You can buy gift cards and support The Bancroft Pregnancy Care Centre … a win win!

How it works is you just purchase a card for the store of your choice (No Frills, Shoppers Drug Mart, or Foodland) from one of their pick up locations (Bancroft Pregnancy Centre, McMicheal Jewelers or Alice’s Pantry). You get the same value that you’ve paid for the card ($100 cash = $100 grocery card). The Pregnancy Centre receives 5% of the card value automatically. This is a huge help to them, since they rely completely on donations to keep their doors open, and it’s no extra money out of your pocket.

But if you think for a minute … it is an amazing budgeting tool as well. OK, I am going to come clean, it was actually Heather Johns that informed me of this program as she utilizes it herself in her work with clients. It is particularly helpful for people on a fixed income and people who like to spend money (which is all of us, right?) . Heck, they will be working great for me soon as I can be an impulse shopper.

With these cards, they make you think twice before tossing that extra bag on chips, or chocolate bar or…. into your cart. We all have a spending plan whether we realize it or not and sometimes can use that extra helping hand in order to to keep things on track.

My challenge to you is try it for one month (as I will be) not only are you supporting a great cause but you are also supporting yourself.

Urban Girl
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Community Partners Are Key

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CREATIVE PARTNERS: Claude and Beth Pepin and their local NoFrills store support the Bancroft Village Playhouse and Hospice North Hastings with the new event board that displays upcoming Playhouse shows. By becoming creative partners they support the Playhouse and also offer one more complimentary service to shoppers who now have up to date details on all the wonderful theatre events, concerts and films that are offered at our community theatre. Thanks to NoFrills for their support!

Submitted by Barb Shaw of Plan B

Local Businesses Support the Achievement of Another

truescarlette5 404x252It is hard to believe that it has just been a year since Sandra Pilkington took over True Scarlette. As many of you know True Scarlette is one of the best places North of 7 for aesthetics and tanning.

On Friday, March 11 Sandra held her 1 year anniversary and to show her clients appreciation for the support they have given over the last year she reached out to other businesses in the area to see if they would be interested in donating door prizes.

The response was phenomenal and I have to say I was impressed by each donation. The grande prize was a night at the Teddy Bear Bed and Breakfast, dinner for 2 at the Granite and Bancroft Taxi donated the ride to and from the Granite. Other business that also donated was one of our gems here The Old Tin Shed, The “Hair”itage House, and Ambient Glow. Uvalux who is one of Sandra’s suppliers also donated a wealth of tanning products and gift basket to be given away.

As Sandra spoke to both Bancroft This Week and Mary Kavanagh town councillor and with the BBIA she explained that although a year of up and downs, it has mostly been up. By expanding products and services after listening to her existing cliental she has been able to grow the business and looks forward to keep doing so in the coming years.

The winners of the prizes are being drawn this coming Monday morning and I’ll update you with the winners then.

There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child….I think this could be adopted to small rural businesses in supporting each others milestones. Just food for thought.

 

Urban Girl

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This Hour Has 22 Minutes Star coming to Hospice North Hastings

Cathy-Jones-Final-page-001-232x300Canadian cultural icon, comedienne and one of the funniest women on television, Cathy Jones, is set to bring her one-woman show, “Stranger to Hard Work” to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Thursday, February 18.

In this new show, Cathy shares her unique perspective on a variety of topics from food to money and the troublesome people in her life. It’s a funny, thought provoking look at what she’s learned in life so far.

Master of a thousand voices, Cathy Jones is a Canadian television icon and an audience favourite for an unprecedented 25 years. She’s a founding member of the award-winning comedy troupe CODCO, past member of the Wonderful Grand Band, and has starred in every season of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Cathy is as popular with her peers as she is with fans, winning an incredible 18 Gemini Awards for her work as a writer and performer. Cathy is a passionate advocate for the environment, a Buddhist, a mother, and a proud grandmother who works and writes from her eco-home on the East Coast.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see this Canadian icon in such an intimate setting,” says Playhouse Manager Heather Brough. “We can’t wait to see Cathy on our stage and because we like to get up close and personal with our favourite Canadian stars, we’ve invited Cathy to do a live audience Q &A right after the performance and she agreed!”

Tickets are now available at Hospice House, Posies, Harvest Moon or online atboxofficebancroft.com for $35 plus HST. This is a licensed event and all proceeds go to the Bancroft Village Playhouse Repair Fund. Please note, this is Cathy Jones so there is an “adult language” advisory in place.

Barbara Shaw

NowPlanB

613.334.4164

bjshaw@sympatico.ca

Never really liked the dentist….but Northern Pines Dental changed that

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After losing two veneers I finally bit the bullet (pun intended) and went to the dentist. Ok, I was actually kidnapped by my dad on the pretence of going to lunch but he took me to Northern Pines Dental. This was a referral from Dave Rattle who knows me and the look of panic on my face when he approached if I had been yet…

I think that dad was tired of my being cranky as probably were Heather JohnsSandra Pilkington and Dista Goguen. If not for the support of these 3 ladies … I would have really lost my mind … I am pretty sure they lost theirs with me though 🙂

Walking into a dentist office for me is like jumping off a bridge when you are afraid of heights, but from the first moment I entered they immediately sensed my unease and quickly started to try to put me at ease. The receptionist was vibrant and patient with just a bit of well placed humour that started to relax me.

Dr. Wayne Lord is who treated me and he did with kid gloves. He explained my options and went through both the pros and cons so that I was able to make an informed decision. Sometimes cost is a factor and Dr. Lord, I have to say is more reasonable than you can imagine and I thank him for that. The time alone he spent with a walk in /kidnapping is to be commended.

Although I knew what was going to happen ( throw in an over active imagination) Dr. Lord informed me of each step before beginning … also asking me to please breathe every few minutes. From the tone of his voice and gentle style, I have to say that this was probably the best experience I have ever had with going to a dentist.

All I can end with is if you are looking for a dentist that is just plain amazing I highly suggest that you contact Northern Pines Dental … you won’t be sorry.

Urban Girl

xoxo