The wintry scene of rural Newfoundland life depicted on our December cover is a slice from Lloyd Pretty’s painting “Winter Moonlight”. Lloyd is a Stephenville-based artist whose work has appeared on Republic of Doyle sets and is in collections across North America.
Newfoundlander Cavelle Dove now lives in Yangon, Myanmar in southeast Asia where she is one of four women behind the Yangon Bakehouse, a bakery and training program that employs disadvantaged women for 10 months in hopes that their new skills will help them find long term employment.
The story “For the Love of Humanity” highlights the work of the Salvation Army and members Brian and Rosalie Peddle. The couple has traveled around the world on charitable missions and they’ve seen firsthand what a Salvation Army Gift of Hope can do for a family in Malawi.
In our Healthy Living section this month we explore the role of grandmothers in assisting new moms with breastfeeding. To find out more about breastfeeding and what a grandmother can do, click here.
Looking for a laugh? In What's on the Go, we remind our readers about the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour. Click here to find out when the comic crew will be in your area.
Appropriately scheduled to hit the stage in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day) is Jake's Gift. The multiple award-winning play tells the story of a Second World War veteran's reluctant return to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. For more tour dates, click here.
In our Reminiscing section, Dennis Flynn talks about Bonfire Night traditions as they're practiced here and across the pond. To hear more fiery tales about this occasion, listen in to the following interviews, recorded for Memorial University's Digital Archives Initiative.
In our Discovery section, Linda Browne introduces us to the talented artists who make up Wandering Brush Corp. For them, the best canvas is the human body. Click here to check out more of their amazing work.
Lynette Hillier provides a thoughtful column about helping loved ones through cancer treatment in our Healthy Living section. Hillier is the executive director of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, which last year released "Patient Passport," a free app for iPhone and iPad that helps cancer patients and their families manage information while on their journey with cancer. Download the app here.
In this month's Explore section, we celebrate fall by meeting the farmers behind some popular local pumpkin patches. For a more complete list of places offering fall fun, click here.
We showcase clever cooking apps in Downhome Picks - and with Thanksgiving around the corner, we could all use a little help around the kitchen. Find them by clicking the links below:
If the photos of jam jams, muffins, cupcakes and other delicious desserts in our Food & Leisure section left you yearning for even more "berried treasures," check out our huge collection of recipes - formed through seven years of receiving our readers' "best berry recipes."
September 2013 Issue Hot Links
In Notes From Home, we continue catching up with former Newfoundland and Labrador celebrities, bringing you an update about Carl English, the basketball star from Patrick's Cove, N.L. His fans in Madrid and around the world created a YouTube video inspiring the young athlete to recover from a recent injury. We also chat with former Canadian Idol contestant Jason Greeley, whose new music video is gaining popularity on YouTube.
Lay's has selected four finalists in its "Do us a Flavour" contest. One of those finalists happens to be Tyler LeFrense of Isle aux Morts, N.L., who came up with the idea for Maple Moose potato chips. The winner will be decided by public vote, taking place until October 16. Click here to vote for your "flavourite."
Our feature photographer in Sure Shots this month is Lee Gilbert. Check out his blog - and more of his stunning photography - here.
In Explore, Dennis Flynn describes a special visit to the Brigus tunnel to see and hear an out-of-the-ordinary art exhibition. To find out more about Michael McCormack, the 2013 Rooms Provincial Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador Landfall Trust Artist in Residence, and the creative mind behind the work, click here.
In the Food & Leisure section, we introduce you to Wayne Wells of St. John's who's passing on his passion for stained glass. To see examples of his work and connect with him regarding upcoming classes, click here.
Looking for ways to get more organized this fall? Our Downhome Picks this month aim to help with just that. Click the following links for more information about each item:
In Notes From Home, we share how tossing a message in a bottle has gotten technical. Click here to find out how.
Starting this September, Newfoundland and Labrador's four English language school boards will amalgamate. A new government website highlights the progress of the amalgamation and will keep the public updated and informed.
In Healthy Living, we make mention of a Facebook page, created by a family from this province, which offers support to those suffering from a rare disorder known as Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Our Downhome Picks section features four products that'll help you pull off a better backyard bash. For more information on any of these products, click the following links:
In our Healthy Living section, we share the story of a young woman who nearly drowned during what was supposed to be a routine swimming excursion. For information about drowning prevention, visit the website of the Lifesaving Society.
In our Explore section, we endeavour to help families with young children plan their summer vacation by profiling a few kid-friendly getaways right here on the rock. For complete details about each vacation spot (including fees and restrictions), click the following links:
And for folks of all ages looking for help planning the perfect summer staycation, check out our extensive listing of events, festivals, campgrounds and accommodations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador at www.exploredownhome.com.
In our Reminiscing section, Darrin McGrath reveals the true, tragic - yet touching - story behind a song most recently made famous by Great Big Sea, called "Concerning Charlie Horse."Click here to watch them perform it.
June 2013 Issue Hot Links
In the June issue, we re-cap the most exciting moments of the Downhome Expo, which took place in April at the Mount Pearl Glacier. Catch the anxious final five minutes of the Out-standing Cruise Giveaway contest here.
In Have you Heard, we report on the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador's new online tool that allows restauranteurs to determine their operations' impact on the environment. Access it here.
The provincial government recently announced changes to its Community Relocation Policy to better reflect rising housing prices and declining outport populations. A new website outlines options and offers other information pertaining to relocation.
Founding editor Ron Young chats to local artist Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara for his column "Between the Boulevard & the Bay." You can visit her online to virtually hang out in her artist's studio, view a collection of her prints, or find her on Facebook.
In our Healthy Living section, we profile Brooke Gidge, a little girl with a HUGE heart. The seven-year-old has been raising funds and bringing cheer to children suffering from cancer while she herself battles the disease. To become one of Brooke's Buddies, visit her on Facebook. To sponsor her in the Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles (June 9, 2013), click here.
In What's on the Go, we highlight Hockey Night in Canada's Play On!, a 4-on-4 street hockey tournament and outdoor hockey festival. Click here to find out about Play On! events happening in NL and across Canada.
Dennis Flynn dives into the world of shipwrecks around Newfoundland and Labrador, and a local society's efforts to document and preserve them. Find out more about the group's work here.
The weather's finally brightening up and those with green thumbs are itching to get into another season of gardening. Downhome helps you out by tracking down some helpful gardening apps. Find them online at the following web sites:
In our Healthy Living section, we warn diabetics of an urgent recall on a particular brand of blood glucose meters. To find out if you are using a defective meter, click here.
In What's on the Go, we highlight events happening across Atlantic Canada during the Month of May, including the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival happening in Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park. For details on what's planned, click here.
This month, we've also got a special web feature for you - a collection of photos (new and old) we've received of the province's resettled communities. Click here to check out those images.
April 2013 Issue Hot Links
In Have you Heard this month, we open with the Newfoundland Pony Society's plan to take a census and oral history to determine the exact number and histories of the province's hardy breed. For more details on the project, click here. Any readers owning a Newfoundland pony or who have information they would like to share should contact Joelle Carey at 1-888-739-1892, Ext. 5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in Have You Heard, we highlight a new business app called "Shop The Rock," a free app listing Newfoundland and Labrador businesses created by Brandi Gosse of Bay Roberts. Click here to download the app and start receiving exclusive deals.
In Healthy Living, we bring you the inspirational story of 11-year-old Christian Legge, who will shave his head for the seventh time this year as a participant in Young Adult Cancer Canada's annual Shave For the Brave.Click here to support Christian and fellow shavers.
Lin Crosbie-Marshall shows us how couponing can be about much more than just saving money - it can also be about helping those in need. Featured in the story is expert couponer Bonnie Emerson. To check out Bonnie's couponing blog, click here.
March 2013 Issue Hot Links
In Have You Heard, we introduce you to the Avalon Sleeveens, a local performing group raising some serious cash while having old-fashioned, light-hearted fun. For more about the group, and for upcoming performance dates, visit them on Facebook.
Also in Have You Heard, we inform Newfoundland and Labrador high school students about the iDiscover Contest, aimed at getting youth interested in entrepreneurship. To find out how you could win one of three exciting prizes (iMac, iPad2, or iPod Touch), click here.
In Between the Boulevard & The Bay, founding editor Ron Young has a cuffer with beloved local musicians The Sharecroppers, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Click here for videos and lyrics.
In the Discovery section, we feature innovative products that help us save water. For more information, or to purchase these products, visit the following websites:
Haven't seen the Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism TV ads yet? Check them out here and be inspired.
In our Food & Leisure section, we tip our hat to the penny with stories of folks making the most of the last of our red cents. Find out more about Eastern Edge Gallery's "Million Pennies Project"here.
February 2013 Issue Hot Links
In the Notes From Home section, Dennis Flynn catches up with Libby Earle DePiero, daughter of the late Captain Guy Earle - the last master of the SS Kyle. Libby's annual "Swim to Save The Kyle" has turned more than a few heads, but will it ultimately save the iconic ship? Click here for more on her unique campaign.
In "What's on the Go," we share the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador's latest creative endeavor: a province-wide tour of hooked mats depicting lighthouses. Click here for complete tour details.
In the Food & Leisure section, Dennis Flynn talks to Walter Peddle about antique appraisals and his exciting new role with the Spaniard's Bay Heritage Society. For more information on the Spaniards Bay Heritage Society, their illustrated talks, and upcoming projects click here.
January 2012 Issue Hot Links
In the January issue, we introduce you to the Port au Port folks who make world-class snowboards. Click here for more about Magine Snowboards.
In Healthy Living, we talk to the Churchill family of St. Philip's, Newfoundland whose young son, Carter, has battled more health problems in his first two years than most of us will in our lifetimes. Now, this sweet boy is inspiring more than his family to give back. Visit www.reasonfortherink.com to find out how you can help Carter and his family help others.
Heather Pollett, a policy and program analyst with the Canadian Mental Health Association, discusses depression in our To Your Health column. If you think you might be depressed, or know someone who suffers from depression, click here for more information.
Downhome magazine isn't the only one celebrating its silver anniversary! Blue Rodeo are hitting the road for a 25-city tour in celebration of their first 25 years. Click here to find out if they're coming to a city near you.
December 2012 Issue Hot Links
In the December issue, we talk about internet safety and how to avoid scams online. If you are the victim of a scam, or would like to report a scam, visit the website of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for helpful advice.
And in related news, we announce the Atlantic Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women has launched its Cybersafe Girl website, which provides young girls, parents, caregivers and educators with information on how girls can experience violence and abuse on the internet and what can be done to protect them.
In Food & Leisure we offer Timely Tips on how you can have yourself an eco-friendly Christmas. We feature the company Gift-it-Green, which specializes in eco-chic reusable fabric gift boxes.
In Explore, we encourage you to take part in the fourth annual Mummers Festival, capped off with the Mummers Parade in St. John's. For all the events taking place during the festival, click here.
November 2012 Issue Hot Links
In Have You Heard, we roundup recent news stories, including the federal government's Helmets to Hardhats program, helping connect former Canadian soldiers with construction jobs; 13-year-old guitar phenom Nick Earle's triumphant win in "The Quest to Open for the Legend Ron Hynes"; and local internet comedian/rapper Donnie Dumphy makes the big screen in How to Be Deadly. To watch a trailer for How To Be Deadly, click here. (Viewer discretion is advised for offensive language.)
In Vital Stats, we warn fireplace users about an important safety advisory from Health Canada. Consumers using Majestic brand fireplaces that bear the trade names Insta-flame or Northern Flame (Models FSDV22, FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series) should read the full advisory.
In the Food & Leisure section, we give our readers a helping hand with Christmas shopping with our "Holiday Hit List" – all the latest and coolest must-have items this season.
In our Have You Heard section, we tell you about a fantastic foodie event happening across Newfoundland this fall. The grand finale of an island-wide culinary roadshow is From This Rock: Dinner of Local Fare. The eight-course meal, to be served up at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's, will celebrate local food, beverages, chefs and farmers. For more information about this event, click here.
In Explore, we introduce you to "A Man and His Mule" – that is, Bernie Harberts and Polly, who spent the summer taking a very different tour of Newfoundland. To read about all their exploits, click here.
To get you in the mood for Halloween, we celebrate all things spooky in our Discovery section. For an extra thrill for techies, check out these creepy smartphone apps sure to send a few chills down your spine:
See what you’d look like as a part of the living undead with Zombie Booth 3-D – an interactive app that “zombifies” your self-portrait, or a photo of a friend or pet. It will even record and share photos and videos of you and your pals gettin' your zombie on – October Facebook profile pic taken care of.
The Ghost Radar is a portable, entertaining and affordable ($0.99) paranormal activity detector. It attempts to pick up ghostly goings-on by using sensors and analyzing their readings to determine if there are any inte