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June 2012 Archives

Todd Newton of the Price Is Right Live!

Come on down...Todd Newton, the host of the Price is Right Live show now on at Caesars will be my guest on the Bridge.

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State of Canada's Birds

They migrate through this area every spring and fall. But over the years, there have been changes to their populations. A new report released today shows just
what kind of change there has been to Canada's bird species.
The report is called "The State of Canada's Birds". Ted Cheskey is the manager of Bird Conservation for Nature Canada, an avid birder and co-author of the study.

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Making Seniors Stronger

It's common for seniors to fall. But a local initiative it taking steps to teach seniors how to get stronger and prevent potential falls. We'll hear about a new video and booklet launched today.


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The Bridge's Book Panel discusses Paul Vasey's "A Troublesome Boy"

The Bridge's Book Panel comes together this afternoon.
They'll tell us what they thought of Troublesome Boy...the latest novel by Windsor's Paul Vasey.

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Photography Display at the Art Gallery of Windsor

Tonight at the Art Gallery of Windsor it's the opening reception for several new exhibtions.
Among them is Made In america: 1900 -1950: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada.
In that collection you'll see the early works of pioI met with her and began by asking her how she went about choosing these photgraphs for the exhibit....neering photographers like Ansel Adams and Paul Strand.
You'll also see the progression over those 50 years of photography becoming a true art form.
Ann Thomas is with the National Gallery of Canada.

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We'll tell you about a local history buff who's setting the stories of war of 1812 to music.

Saturday night at Mackenzie Hall, the War of 1812 is being put to song. A new cd inspired by stories from the war of 1812 is being released Saturday night. Featuring the music of Peter Boyer and his band Same Latitude As Rome, the songs took shape
with the help of local historian Dan Lonke.Dan has had a life long interest in the history of
the war of 1812. Dan joins me in the studio.
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We'll talk about social behaviours.... not with humans. But with fish.

We like to eat them and fish for them.....but have you ever thought about how fish
behave with other fish? The social behavior of fish is an area of research that's always interested Sigal Balshine . She's a behavioral ecologist and a professor in the department of psychology, neuroscience and behavior at McMaster University. She's in town for a major fish conference taking place at the University of Windsor this week. Sigal Balshine joins me in the studio.
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We'll take a step back in time with Walkerville Publishings' latest book, "500 Ways To know Your from Windsor".

Do you remember the Hi Ho Drive In ? The Elmwood Casino? The Skyway Drive-In Theatre? Whether you're young or old, everyone will enjoy taking a step back in time with a new book from Walkerville publishing called "500 Ways You Know You're from Windsor".
Inside you will find hundreds of photographs capturing a day in the of life of Windsor and area from 1940 to 2000. Chris Edwards is with Walkerville Publishing.... the company that created the book. Chris joins me in the studio.
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A Windsor man's bicycle will be inducted this week into an Ohio Museum.

Two years ago, LouTortola introduced an inovative bicycle design to his hometown of Windsor. He called the bike the Roundtail. And only two years later, his creation is being inducted into the Bicycle Museum of America, in Ohio. Matt Staugler is with the Bycicle Museum in New Bremen, Ohio. We've reached him on the phone this afternoon.
And Lou Tortola, creator of the Roundtail joins me in the studio.
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A stamp commemorating Chief Tecumseh was released by Canada Post today.

One of Windsor's major roads is named after him... and just a few kilometres away,
a town carries his name. I'm talking about Tecumseh...named after
Chief Tecumseh....the man who allied with the
British in the War of 1812. Stamps commemorating Chief Tecumseh and British General Isaac Brock were released by Canada Post today. Tecumseh and Brock
fought alongside each other during the War of 1812 and were said to be good friends.
For a look at Tecumseh's role in the War, we've reached James Jenkins. He's the
research advisor for the Walpole Island First Nation. He also sits on the First Nation War
of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Committee.
James Jenkins joins me on the line.
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Some residents in Belle River want trains to sound off their horns less when they pass by.

It's a sound residents in one Belle River neighbourhood hear every day. And it's a sound
they want to hear less of. They've started a campaign to reduce the noise of trains passing through their neighbourhood.
CBC Reporter Cara Campbell has been following this story.
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I'll chat with Mike Jones. He's on a three and half month cycling trip from Dawson City Yukon to Windsor.

It's been about a month since Mike Jones embarked on a 5600 kilometre
cycling trip. Mike is riding his bike from the Yukon all the way back to Windsor in an effort
to raise money for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital.
Mike suffered a heart attack a few years ago and this is his way of saying thanks.
We're talking to Mike as he makes his way back to Windsor. We spoke with him two weeks ago and at that point he'd made it to British Columbia.
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The war if 1812 is on full artistic display at the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg.

A collection of art by local painter Peter Rindlisbacher is on now at the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg just in time for the war of 1812 celebrations.
For years he has been painting historical scenes of maritime warfare during the 1812 era....doing it in Amherstburg, where he has lived for many years and which is the location of many events related to the war of 1812 .
His works have appeared on magazine covers, in historical publications as well as on television's the History Channel and National Geographic.
The exhibit at the Gibson Gallery is titled, "Fighting Sail on the Great Lakes: 1812 Era Paintings"
I dropped by the Gibson Gallery earlier today to speak with Peter Rindlisbacher and began by suggesting that this exhibit was perfect for him considering his love of marine art and history....
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A crew of dedicated volunteers is keeping the Spirit Of Windsor Locomotive looking good.

On Windsor's waterfront there sits a fine example of the steam locomotives of the past.
Locomotive number 5588 or the Spirit of Windsor was retired from service in 1961.
It was then saved from the scrap yard and put on it's pedastel on the waterfront in 1965.
Over the years and thru all kinds of weather you can imagine the deterioration that can occur but thanks to a group of volunteers from the Windsor Chapter of the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society, the Spirit of Windsor is being maintained and repaired.
A group of those volunteers were on site today, making some repairs to the engineers cabin.
That's where I found volunteer Bob Mitchell...
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Sunday night you'll have the chance to see and hear Kenny G. in concert at the Carousel by the River Festival.

He has sold more than 75 million albums since breaking out in a big way back in 1982 and that makes Kenny G. the best selling instrumentalist of our time.His sound is so identifiable, you need hear only a few notes before you recognize the sound of Kenny's soprano saxphone...a sound that made him a darling of the smooth jazz format.
This Sunday night you'll have the chance to see and hear Kenny G. in concert at the Carousel by the River Festival. He'll take the stage around 7 o'clock joined by Alexander Zonjic and Friends for the evening concert.
This afternoon Kenny G joins me on the line.
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Many people make their own jam. But have you ever made jam out of roses? Mary Jo Rusu has...she'll be my guest .

Uncooked Rose Jam

1 cup of fragrant rose petals (pesticide free) and rinsed

1 cup of water and the juice of 1 lemon

4 cups of sugar

1 small box of Pectin (Certo)

1 cup of water

1. Clip the white tips off the petals and place in a blender with the water and lemon juice.
Puree liquid and roses until the mixture is well blended.

2. Add 4 cups of sugar and blend until combined.

3. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add the pectin stirring constantly until dissolved for 1 minute.

4. Add the pectin mixture into the blender and mix slowly for approximately 3 minutes.

5. Pour the jam into sterilized jars. Scoop off any foam with a spoon.
Keep the jars on the counter for 4-6 hours to allow the jam to settle.
Refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to six months.

****This jam can be used to glaze ham or chicken or as dessert sauce but the best way to eat it is on a snowy winter's morning on toast.

Many people like to put jam on their toast or their muffin. But have you ever had Rose Jam? That's one of the treats Mary Jo Rusu will be teaching folks how to make this weekend. Mary Jo is a passionate gardener and she loves herbs. She's giving a workshop this weekend called "Get Growing and Using Herbs in the Kitchen".
Mary Jo joins me in the studio.
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The history of roller derbies in Windsor. The Border City Brawlers are looking for women who played roller derby back in the forties and fifties.

The Border City Brawlers brought roller derbys back to Windsor a couple of years ago and it's been growing in popularity ever since. The local club now boasts close to 60 players. But there was a time when roller derby's were even more popular in Windsor....back in the forties and fifties. And it's that history the Border City Brawlers want to know more about.
It's putting a "shout out" out to any women who may have played roller derby back then.
Nicole Dupuis is with the Border City Brawlers.
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It's a program that gives underprivileged kids an opportunity to play hockey every weekend. And it's founder...Knobby Knudsen... was honoured for that and his many other contributions to youth hockey with the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

He was known as Knobby to kids in Windsor. And he was responsible for starting a hockey program for under-priviledged kids. Knobby Knudsen died this past November....but yesterday his accomplishments were recognized with the Bridgestone Mark Messier Leadership Award. The award honours people who've made a
significant contribution to youth hockey. And according the Knobby's son Robert,
no one was more deserving than his dad. Robert, his son Zackary and Marty Kerester
of Knobby's kids were flown to Los Angeles this week to accept the award and to catch Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Robert spoke with the CBC's Denise Kristof
about the experience. He started off by talking about their day yesterday which started off with a private luncheon with Mark Messier.
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There's a celestial show happening Tuesday that you won't want to miss.

Cross your fingers and hope for clear skies tomorrow (Tuesday) . If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a celestial event that will only happen once in your lifetime.
Starting at 6:05 Tuesday evening Venus will pass in front of the sun.
Local astronomer Steve Pellarin tells us all about it.
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We'll meet one of the actors from Theatre Windsor's production of The Beverly Hillbillies.

This weekend and next, Theatre Windsor presents The Beverly Hillbillies. It's a story about a man named Jed, a poor mountaineer, barely keep his family fed. Then one day, he was shootin' at some food, and up through came a-bubblin' crude. You probably know how the rest of the story goes. One of the actors bringing the television comedy classic to the stage is 14-year-old Amerie Novosad. She's a Grade 9 student at Kennedy High School, and she's here with me in the studio.
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