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I had a great day yesterday at the Shelburne Residence here in Shelburne. Without the help of Barb Burnley and Christine Downton of Shelburne Residence, I could not have achieved doing this. Quite a few of the Residents came out to have their pictures made. Music is courtesy of Matt Stanfield To download the music.

Now that the printing process has come to a close. I removed the images to give the participants their due privacy.

Update… Shelburne District Fire Dept Get Involved In Movember! Results

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Well tonight was the night that all the Fire Fighters got back together to compare, brag and rib each other on their “staches”.
Last month I mentioned that some of the members of the Shelburne District Fire Department were getting involved in a fundraiser for Prostrate Cancer. See this blog article.

The total amount raised was $3340.00. With FF Oluf Jensen bringing in the most with $815.00! There were a total of 22 FF involved in the fundraiser. FF Kelly Elderfield is pointing at Capt Dave Hardick, who in her opinion won the “hottest stash contest”
The monies raised are being donated to researching Prostrate Cancer in Canada.


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On December the 10th I will be getting involved in a movement called HELP-PORTRAIT where we, as photographers, give our time and resources for a day to those we feel are less fortunate or who may be alone this holiday season. I will be doing my part at Shelburne Residence here in Shelburne. Shelburne Residence will be hosting their annual Christmas dinner for residents and their families. I plan on making a portrait, or a family portrait, for all the residents who would like to have a memento of a time in their lives.
Please if you are a pro photographer, amateur photographer or hobbyist photographer GET INVOLVED! Even if you’re not a photographer you can do something to help those who are alone, or who are less fortunate. Please show you care by helping someone, with anything – any little thing, you will be glad you did!

2009 Remembrance Day Ceremony. Shelburne, Ontario

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Today I was assigned to cover the Remembrance Day Ceremonies here in Shelburne. I was more than happy to take the assignment as I have an affinity for our Veterans, for without them we may not be here today. I arrived early to find the best camera vantage point, and in looking, I ran across an fair number of people from Toronto to Windsor. At first I approached it as another photo assignment, and then when the parade Veterans started to march it hit my emotions full force, tears started to well up in my eyes so that it was getting really hard to focus the camera, I had to take a few deep breaths to regain my composure.
There are roughly 163,500 Canadian Second World War Veterans who are still alive, but with an average age of 86, their population is quickly dwindling.
There is only one surviving Canadian Veteran from the First World War, 109-year-old John Babcock. And as of today we have lost 133 of our finest young men and women in Afghanistan.

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The Army Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
‘Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
My Church have you been true?’
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had to much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
‘Step forward now, you Soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.’

~Author Unknown~

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


Shelburne District Fire Dept Get Involved In Movember!

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The Shelburne District Fire Dept is getting involved in Movember.  Movember is the month formerly known as November where men start clean shaven and commit to growing a Moustache. To raise funds and awareness for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer.  If you would like to join a global movement changing the face of men’s health sign up for Movember 2009 or you can contact Captain David Holmes at S.D.F.D @ (519) 925-5111 for more information.

The guys are all starting “clean shaven”, I am sure there is going to be some locker room testosterone flowing around over the next month for bragging rights as to who will have the longest stash!

In the first picture S.D.F.D. Chief Steve Horsley is a little reluctant of his Deputy Chief Ed Walsh giving him a shave with a fire axe! Deputy Chief Walsh needed some assistance to keep the Chief still! he is being held down by his Captain’s Eric Horsley, David Holmes and Dave Hardick.

The second picture is showing most of this band of merry firefighters, who are getting involved in this fundraiser. From left to right back row, Dan Prince, Mike Glassford, Rob Matthews, Eric Horsley, David Holmes, Dave Hardick, Duane Foulger, Oluf Jensen and Mark Elderfield. Front row left to right, Tony Quesnelle, Rob Sellar, Jamie Thornington, Ed Walsh, Steve Horsley, Mike Morrell, John Hodge and Shawn MaCrae. Missing from the picture and also in the charity is; Jamie Dempster, Dave Clarke, Rob Crathern, Duane Kettlewell, Os Fleming and Joel Chisholm.

Fathead In Studio Session For New CD Release

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I was invited to go and photograph Fathead at Canterbury Music Company in Toronto. So yesterday I dropped in on the guys to see what is entailed in the making of a CD. When I opened the front door of the studio, I could hear them playing in one of Canterburys three studios down the hall. All I could think was man they were laying it down!! Let me tell you the tracks that they  cut, was some sweet soulful blues. I will be totally shocked if they do not come away with their third Juno for this CD.

I asked Al Lerman when the new CD should be released, he tells me January 2010 for worldwide distribution. So keep looking on their website for more information.

Again i’d like to thank Al, John, Bucky, Omar, Teddy  and producer/musician Lance Anderson for letting me sit in on this project. Thanks also go out to Jeremy from Canterbury Music Company for letting me get under foot, thanks Jeremy!

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Shelburne Fiddle Parade

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59th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship

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Here are a couple of images from April Verch‘s show last night. And 3 of the youngest competitors from today.
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Orangeville Summer Dodge Rodeo Tour 2009

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It’s a Green Day

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Yesterday I was asked by Sideroads magazine of Dufferin County, to photograph an assignment for them for the upcoming fall issue. It involved going out to a farm in the Shelburne area to photograph the process of making goat’s milk soap. So I quipped back to the editor “uh huh goat soap on a rope…” yeah yeah I know don’t give up my day job!

If you would like more information on goat soap not on a rope…

You can contact Tracy Mercer at Green Day Farms