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  • Posted: Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM

November Issue Hot Links

The Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society is hosting an online exhibition of artifacts from the Maritime Archaic culture collected in Back Harbour, Twillingate - featuring some of the earliest artifacts ever found in the province. The private collection is owned by James Anstey and documented by his son Robert, who is in the PhD program in Archaeology at Cambridge University, England. Click here to view aanti gallery of images from the collection.

Chris Sheppard, Cook instructor at College of the North Atlantic's Bonavista campus, and Roger Dewling, an instructional assistant, travelled to Toronto to take part in an episode of the Food Network's "The Donut Showdown," vying for a $10,000 cash prize. Click here to see them in action.

October Issue Hot Links

This year marks 50 years of CBC's "Land & Sea." In the October issue of Downhome, we talk to current host Pauline Thornhill, plus former hosts Dave Quinton and Bill Kelly, as we take a look back at the show's past. We've also pulled out a few poignant episodes that highlight the history of the province's most beloved TV program:

The End of Land & Sea?

Land & Sea Remembered: Part One & Part Two

Click here to check out the show's archives.

The leaves are falling, the hills are changing colour, and there's a growing chill in the air - all signs that it's pumpkin carving time! Click here for downhome-themed jack-o-lantern stencils.

In the October issue, Downhome staff share their favourite berry recipes. For more delicious berry recipe ideas, visit our sister site,

September Hot Links

It's September - the month of "back-to-school." And as all the youngsters are heading back to the books, take some time to pause and remember your own school days. Check out our School Days Database of old school photos submitted by our readers from around the province. Do you have a photo to add to our collection? Click here to submit.

In our Explore section, we take a look at the province's cruise industry - and we get a taste of cruising the province ourselves. To view the schedule of cruise ships set to visit St. John's to northern Labrador and many ports in between, click here.

In the September issue we feature the photography of Gerry Farrell in Sure Shots. View a slideshow of more photos from Gerry here.

August Hot Links

Our cover story this month is all about doing things - not just seeing them - during your travels around Newfoundland & Labrador this summer. We feature four attractions in our feature story, "Hands-on Holidays." Find out more by clicking the below links:

Reel in Fishing Fun

Dig in to Archaeology

Become a Boat Builder

Live like the Vikings at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Norstead

In the story "A Life in Focus," Linda Browne introduces us to humanitarian photographer Chris Boyd. We offer just a taste of his incredible work in the August issue. To see more of Chris' inspirational photography, click here.

Summer ain't over yet. Check out Downhome's annual Explore Guide - the ultimate resource for summer vacation planning in Newfoundland & Labrador. It's available online and in print at hundreds of convenient locations throughout the province.

July Hot Links

Summer's here and hikers are out in full force! For those who'd like to add a little extra excitement to excursions in the great outdoors, geocaching is a fun hobby. To find out more about geocaching - and to hunt down Downhome's geocaches - click here.

Jenn Brown, originally from Upper Amherst Cove, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland is out to prove that eating a veggie-only diet is easy and tasty - even when you're around the bay. Read her guest column in the July issue of Downhome. For more of her recipes and lifestyle tips, read her blog.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are on a mission to remember our World War One veterans, especially this year - the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. We feature two massive projects in the July issue of Downhome. Find out more about The Rooms efforts, and about a retired soldier's inspiring project.

In the July issue, Dennis Flynn introduces us to Megan Lewis, an adventurous spirit who's travelling the world by horseback. She's currently trotting across Newfoundland - and you can keep up with her online.

June Hot Links

Downhome subscribers have an extra offering packaged with their magazines this month - our annual Explore Guide. It's the ultimate resource for summer vacation planning, available in print and online.

In this month's Explore section of Downhome, we reveal the highlights of Newfoundland's coolest festival - the Iceberg Festival - taking place on the Great Northern Peninsula June 6-15. Click here for a schedule of events.

This year, the province celebrates renowned American artist Rockwell Kent's legendary stay in Brigus, N.L. and we've got the story in this month's Explore section of Downhome. Click here for complete event details.

Are you into jazz & blues? A ton of talented musicians will be descending upon Edmundston, N.B. for the city's annual Jazz & Blues Festival, June 25-28. Click here for a complete list of musical acts.

In The Everyday Gourmet, Andrea Maunder of Bacalao offers up her secret ingredients to the perfect lobster roll, including homemade Garlic Butter.

May Hot Links

Looking for some help planning your summer holidays? Downhome's got the ultimate guide to summer vacation planning. Check out the Explore Guide online.

The Marine Institute turns 50 years old this year - and they've created a special website for the occasion. Check it out to learn about the history of the school, and what they have planned for their 50th anniversary.

The May Sure Shots gallery features the work of photographer Michael Winsor. Check out Michael's portfolio website for more great photos, or follow his photographic adventures on Facebook.

Our "Jerry'd Alive" contest is now over. Congratulations to winner Creina Twomey - we hope you enjoyed the show!

April Hot Links

The story On Thin Ice tells of climate change research in northern Labrador, and the effect it is having on people of the region. Learn more about the issues facing Labradorians through the website of researcher Ashlee Cunsolo Wilcox and the Inuit Mental Health and Adaptation to Climate Change Project.

The unexplained disappearance of the schooner Mina Swim devasted the small town of Burin in 1917. Read Ashley Colombe's story in the April issue, then learn more about the lost ship online at

If you can't control your spending habits, perhaps you need a techie purse that locks your wallet away. At least, that's what the makers of the iBag were likely thinking when they invented their handbag for shopaholics.

March Hot Links

In Notes From Home, we share what we learned about Navy hammocks from the many readers who responded to our "What is This?" letter that originally appeared in the January 2014 issue. One reader, Orville Reeves, even sent us this video, which shows the making of the hammock "clew."

This month, we introduce you to our new columnist, funny man Paul Warford, and his column "What Odds." If you didn't get enough of him in the March issue, follow his blog.

In the March issue, we profile John O'Malley, who lives on The Rock but hails from Achill, Ireland - touted as the best place in the world to spend St. Patrick's Day. John's first brush with Newfoundland and Labrador happened at seven years old, when he helped his father rescue transatlantic rower Don Allum, who had departed Canada's eastern-most province 77 days prior.

In Sure Shots, we profile photographer Dustin Silvey. Click here to see more of Dustin's amazing work.

The folks at Academy Canada's Culinary Arts Program bring us recipes for delicious breads and buns this month. For handy, printable recipe cards for all these and more recipes, click here.

February Hot Links

Actress and model Pamela Anderson visited Newfoundland and Labrador on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to offer sealers a $1 million cheque, split between local sealers if they agreed to quit killing seals. This Hour Has 22 Minutes actor, comedian, and native Newfoundlander Mark Critch, in turn, offered Pamela Anderson $1 million to stop acting. You can watch a video of it all happening on YouTube here.

The Innu-Aimun group at Memorial University has developed a new Innu language dictionary app. More information on the group, and a link to download the app, is on the group's website:

With just a few clicks of the mouse you can see who says what and where they say it, thanks to the Dialect Atlas created by researchers at Memorial University.

Looking for printable recipe cards? You'll find them over at

10 Websites to Brighten Your Day

This curiosity collection features miniature people playing with life-sized food. It won't make you go "Ha!" but it is cute and very distracting.

Keep this site bookmarked for the days when you really need some confidence boosting and you're not good at fishing for compliments.

We have to attach a "mature themes" warning to this one, but it's on the list because it will make the sophomore in you laugh out loud.

Sometimes cheering up just requires a new perspective. Are your family members getting on your nerves? Browse these awkward photos, share the laughter with your family and you'll all feel better.

This site has no age/taste filter, so viewer beware. But there are some creative and oh-so-funny photos and video clips on this site.

Goodreads, a website for bookworms, has tagged more than 3,000 literary quotes just about happiness. Enjoy!

This couple exudes sweetness, always posting and tweeting words to uplift and inspire. They are a powerhouse of positivity!

The title says it all. If you need a positive statement to start or end your day, or a motto to personalize your mug, you'll find it here.

"Happiness and Awesomeness Tips that Work in Real Life." That pretty much sums up this site.

This site not only offers hilarious images, it makes it super easy for you to share the jokes with everyone on social media. Nothing brightens your day like making someone else laugh.

January Hot Links

Harry Hibbs, the late Bell Island accordion player who recorded 26 albums of traditional music, deserves a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, say his supporters. To convince the powers that be, an online campaign was started by Hibbs' nephew, Jay Tucker.

To add your voice to the chorus of support, visit

Staying warm in the winter is a little easier with the help of technology. For the cold-footed, the remote-controlled Thermacell Heated Insoles will warm your sole. Find out more at

Wearing headphones and a toque at the same time can be uncomfortable, but not if those headphones are built into the hat. The Tooks FlapJac does just that, with two small speakers inside the hat's lining.

Ski goggles with a built-in camera are the perfect thing for sharing point of view videos. Sharper Image has put a 12.0 megapixel camera into their anti-fog, UV protected goggles. Get all the details on their website

It's cold, you're outside, and you want to use your touchscreen device but don't want to take off your gloves. If this sounds like you, then check out the gloves from Mujjo. The gloves work with all major brands of smart phone. Now you can tell somebody it's cold outside without getting frosty fingers. Find them online here:

Have you ever found yourself wishing your space heater would fit on your desk? If you're looking for a way to warm up your hands without turning up the heat, the WamrMe Heated Mouse may be just the thing you need. Get all the details from the company's website:

December 2013 Issue Hot Links

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.

Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador native Karen Huxter founded Hands Across the Sea (HATS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children in Haiti. Follow the adventures of HATS on their blog.

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.

Our story "Youth Empowering Youth" tells the story of how high school student Caighlan Smith connected with disenfranchised Ugandan girls. The connections were made possible by UNICEF, the Ugandan National Teachers' Union and the Canadian Teachers Federation.

Trinity Loop is a historically important piece of railway engineering and was once a vibrant recreation area. Now it's abandoned, the remains of the park slowly disintegrating. A Facebook page for Trinity Loop has been established, and an online petition has been setup. Downhome staff writer Grant Loveys visited the site with his camera and brought back these images of Trinity Loop as it is today.

November 2013 Issue Hot Links

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.

Fire, Culture, and Festival: a Public Talk on World Fire Traditions

Dale Jarvis interviews Robert "Bob" Balsom on the subject of Bonfire Night

October 2013 Issue Hot Links

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:


Converter and Calculator

Thanksgiving Menu Maker


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:

Quirky Cordies

Folding Wooden Laptop Desk

Stick UM!

myKeyO Bluetooth Keyboard

August 2013 Issue Hot Links

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:

Appetizers on Ice

Food Tent

Tablecloth Weights

Beverage Dispenser

July 2013 Issue Hot 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:

Splash N Putt

The Lakeside at Thorburn

Funland Resort

Square Pond Friends & Family RV Park

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

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:

Garden Tracker

Food Gardening Guide

Landscapers Companion

North Woods Garden Insect Guide

May 2013 Issue Hot Links

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

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:

Flapperless Toilet

Waterless Car Wash

Soil Moisture Meter

Also in our Discovery section, we offer up a detailed guide to Advanced Recycling. For more information on recycling everyday items you might be tossing in the trash, click the following links:


Brita Water Filters

Wine Corks


Dentures (To read more about the founder Isao Myoshi and this project, click here.)

CDs and DVDs


VHS and Cassette Tapes


Electronics (or contact E-Waste NL at 953 Topsail Road, St. John's, NL, 709-689-7402)

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 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.

The Do-it-Yourselfer:

Magnogrip Magnetic Wristband

Black & Decker Sure Grip Laser Level

Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities

The Outdoorsy-Type:

The HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition camera

MEC Spirit 30 Daypack

Atlas Mini 17-inch Snowshoes

The Traveller:

Kobo Mini

Moleskine Passions Travel Journal

Backseat Survival Kit

The Fitness Fanatic:

Custom Yoga Mat

Fitbit One

Nickelodeon Dance 2

The Cook:

Totally Bamboo cutting board

Cuisinart Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor

Minnie Mouse Bow-tique Flipping Fun Kitchen

The Techie:

iPod Touch Fifth-Generation

Nintendo Wii U


The Crafter:

Brother NV-950D Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Gelarti Designer Studio

October 2012 Issue Hot Links

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