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Year One - Some of the Featured Articles in Town Life

“MY HOMETOWN” - The Great North Town Life
Has the thought of living quietly away from the hustle and bustle of vehicles, sirens, busy streets and traffic line ups crossed your mind or just a vacation away from it all?
Life in Hay River, NWT is exactly that. What began as a seasonal fish camp turned into a permanent home for the Slavey people in 1892.Within one year a trading post and mission station became permanent residents as well.  The small town remained secluded in its quiet aura until Pitch Blende was discovered close to the Great Bear Lake and then gold near Yellowknife in 1930. Of course the ‘Rush’ began. Miners made the toilsome trek on foot or perhaps with the aid of a Mule to carry their worldly possessions across the rough terrain of non-existent roads. Only the use of slight trails which the Dene people had ventured across for many generations, were visible but the need to seek their fortunes over came all hardships. In 1939 a ‘Cat trail’ was mastered across the same route. At this time Hay River became a trans-shipment center to the farther Northern communities.  Due to this achievement, the town has grown to the population it is today of 3606, give or take a few.
For the full article grab the spring edition of 'Town Life' !  This story and more featured in 'Town Life'.  Purchase your digital copy on the subscription/link page.


"MY HOMETOWN" - NEWCASTLETON, SCOTLAND
In the Almost Summer Edition we look at the town of Newcastleton Scotland, population 853.  Known locally as Copshaw Holm.  They call themselves "A Scottish borders treasure".  Long ago, around 500 years ago the hills would be ringing with the sound of clashing steel and fighting Reivers, today visitors experience a warm welcome!
For the Full Article read on in the Almost Summer Edition Available now!  You can purchase your digital version of Town Life on the Subscription Page.  



"MY HOMETOWN" - Minnedosa, Mb Canada
In the Special Summer Edition, we have a look at Minnedosa MB Canada, a popular summer vacation town and home to the Classic Rock Festival for the last 15 years! Located along the #16 highway (The Yellowhead Highway) in Manitoba read about how they pride themselves on being a hot vacation stop for many travelers on their summer vacation!
READ the full article in the Special Edition of Town Life available NOW for digital download to your favorite device!

'My Hometown' - Gull Lake SK
A town in South Western Saskatchewan that isn't settling for the status quo and is taking steps to bring in new residents and businesses!  For the full article you will find it in the Fall Edition.  Subscribe to Town Life or purchase a single edition  on the subscription link.

'My Hometown' - Hudson Bay SK
We'll venture up the highway to the Porcupine forest and the community of Hudson Bay Saskatchewan.  They have endured the ups and downs of the forestry industry and are looking to adapt to other economic drivers to grow their community. You can read the full article in the Winter Edition of Town Life magazine.  To subscribe go to the subscription link and purchase a year or single edition.

"Recipes for the Palate"
Having survived the months of special holiday foods and an overabundance of treats one may find February to be rather mundane in what we consume. Truly it need not be that at all.  The Kiwano Melon can add intrigue to any cold winter day.
Many will ask; what the heck is a Kiwano Melon and how do you eat it?
Kiwano looks like a fruit from outer space and in fact has been featured in an episode of ‘Star Trek’ but it is a very popular snack in Africa, Australis, New Zealand and parts of the U.S. It can also be found in many super markets.
This fruit is also known as a horned melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd and blowfish fruit. While some may describe the flavour of the green slimy interior to be a cross between a cucumber, zucchini and kiwifruit, as it ripens a banana flavour make the fruit a tad more appealing to others.
For the Full Article see the Spring Issue of 'Town Life'.  Purchase your digital copy on the subscription / link page.

"Recipes for the Palate"
February and March can still be chilly months in many provinces thus the desire for a soul warming soup may become prevalent. To break away from the ‘tried and true’ flavours why not try Escarole. This leafy wonder is a variety of the endive family. Like Kale and chard, escarole is a hearty green that thrives late into the growing season. The ‘heart’ of an escarole head is less bitter, simply because the sunlight has not touched it so much. Being in the family of lettuces, escarole is characterized by large, dark-green leaves that have a mild flavour and crisp texture. Like romaine, leaf lettuce and other dark green, leafy lettuces, escarole is a powerhouse of nutrition.
For the full article read about it in our Spring Edition of 'Town Life' magazine!  Click on the subscription link to get your digital copy.

"Recipes for your Palate"
With Summer time comes Grilling Time! Or campfire cooking! We've got some excellent recipes for you to try on your BBQ or on the campfire as you gaze at the stars whilst relaxing at your campsite!  Check'em out and then feed the family and friends!
Read all the recipes in our Special Summer Edition of Town Life Magazine availabe NOW for purchase and digital download to your favorite device!

Hometown Hero
In our inaugeral spring issue of Town Life we're chatting with a resident from the village of Theodore SK who has been volunteering for many years, is one of the key organizers of the local 'Perogy Pinchers' and this past year has become a member of the Village Council.  In her late 80's now, there is no slowing down for Olga Mellen, this month's featured Hometown Hero!   
For the entire article read on in the Spring Debut issue of Town Life. Purchase your digital copy on the subscription page/link.

Hometown Hero
In the Almost Summer Edition we'll be talking with Cameron Lozinski of Gimli MB Canada.  He has volunteered in many organizations and countless volunteer projects.  He is a unique individual who loves to be able to give something back to the community and helping those less fortunate.  
Read more in our Almost Summer Issue of Town Life available NOW.  You can purchase your digital issue on the subscription link.

HOMETOWN HEROES
In our Winter Issue we take a look at another group often overlooked by town residents, The Volunteer Fire Dept.  Read about the uphill struggle town's face recruiting volunteers and the challenge in training and maintaining their fire departments. Read the full article in the Winter Issue available now for digital download to your favorite device.

HOMETOWN HEROES
In the Fall Issue, available now, we take a look at some true unsung heroes - The Town Crew- These are the guys who keep the water flowing, and the roads plowed in the winter.  A job that is rarely 9-5 weekdays. Read the full article in the Fall Issue available now for digital download to your favorite device.

Town VS City
In the spring issue we sit down with Anita who moved all the way from the metropolis of Calgary AB with a population of over 1.2million to the village of Theodore SK and a population of 400!  We'll discuss why such a big move and how it was adapting to a smaller center.  
For the full article, read on in the spring issue of 'Town Life'.  Purchase and download the digital version on the subscription page / link.

Town VS City
In the Early Summer Edition we talk with a couple who moved all the way from Niagra Falls Canada to the small village of Theodore SK!  Why such a move? We'll talk with them and find out why!
For the Full Article read on in the Summer Edition! Go to the subscription page and purchase your digital version of 'Town Life' magazine and download.

SMALL TOWN BUSINESS
In our spring issue we'll talk with a woman who started her own clothing store in the small town of Sturgis, SK and is still going strong today, 32 years after opening her doors!  We'll see why she decided to open up shop and find out what makes it work in a community of under 800 people! Lil's Hometown Fashions, the spring feature in Small Town Business.
For the entire article read on in the Spring Issue of 'Town Life'!  Purchase and download your digital copy on the subscription page/ link.

SMALL TOWN BUSINESS
In the Almost Summer Issue we sit down and talk to a couple who recently bought a business in a small town, and are confident they can make it work and offer their insights on how businesses can be successful in a town!
Check out full article in the Almost Summer Edition Available now!  Go to the subscription link to subscribe for your own digital version of Town Life!

'Regional Parks and Town Campground' -
July and August are the most popular months for vacations and Town Life has a feature for the campers out there on Regional Parks and Town campgrounds scattered throughout Canada and the U.S.A. So many places to park the trailer, or pitch a tent and we were able to touch on only a small sample of what is availabe out there!  A look at a few places you might not know even exist!  
Read the full article in the Special Summer Editon of Town Life availabe NOW for purchase and digital download!

Volunteers - A Backbone of all towns
In the spring issue we'll see what a committee of volunteers has managed to begin in the summer of 2017 and hopes to continue doing in 2018.  A look at the Canora revitalization project and the creation of the Canora Revive group!  What they've begun to do to downtown Canora is fantastic!
For the full article see the spring issue of 'Town Life'! Purchase your digital copy on the subscription page/link.

Storm Chasers
So what actually is a storm chaser?  Why do they do it?  Is there something to be gained from these teams that risk ‘the chase’?  Each issue of Town Life we’ll talk with both Canadian and American storm chasing teams that traverse the countryside during the ‘stormy’ season tracking the weather and sometimes risk their lives in doing so.
In Yorkton, Saskatchewan Canada one storm chaser got the bug back in 2009 and has gone from merely taking photos to full on chasing and streaming while on the hunt for severe weather.  Ryan Crouse was out one day simply taking photos as storms rolled over Yorkton and it was during that photo op that something piqued his interest in going from casual photographer to Storm Chaser.
So, Ryan upgraded his camera gear, gave himself a name (Yorkton Storm Hunter) and created a magnet he could stick to his car door while in local pursuit of storms.  
For the full article read up in our spring issue of 'Town LIfe'.  You can purchase your digital copy on the subscription / link page.

Storm Chasers
So what actually is a storm chaser?  Why do they do it?  Is there something to be gained from these teams that risk ‘the chase’?  Each issue of Town Life we’ll talk with both Canadian and American storm chasing teams that traverse the countryside during the ‘stormy’ season tracking the weather and sometimes risk their lives in doing so.
In the Special Summer Edition we're going to talk with Craig Boehm from Saskatchewan Canada and why he got interested in storms and the urge to take pictures, in turn creating his own library and now website promoting his photographs!  
Read the full article in the Special Summer edition of 'Town Life' Magazine available now.  Go to the subscription page and purchase your digital version to download and read on!

Storm Chasers
So what actually is a storm chaser?  Why do they do it?  Is there something to be gained from these teams that risk ‘the chase’?  Each issue of Town Life we’ll talk with both Canadian and American storm chasing teams that traverse the countryside during the ‘stormy’ season tracking the weather and sometimes risk their lives in doing so.
In the Fall
Edition we're going to talk with Nick Drieschman from Oklahoma U.S.A. and why he got interested in storms and why he became a part of 'Extreme Tornado Tours'.
Read the full article in the Fall edition of 'Town Life' Magazine available now! Go to the subscription page and purchase your digital version to download and read on!

'OH CHRISTMAS TREE'
In our Special Christmas Issue read about a local Tree farm dedicated to growing evergreen trees so people can have the adventure of cutting down their very own tree each Christmas!  Find out about the work involved on the Switzer Family Farm just outside Saltcoats SK Canada.

Small Town Christmas Festivals
In our Special Christmas issue we'll feature the different kinds of festivals that occur during the Christmas Season and how each one is unique! Read the full article in the Christmas Issue. Purchase Town Life on the Subscription link for download to your favorite digital device.

Let's see where the road will take us
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