Jennifer and Kristin Head to Italy

Jennifer and Kristin are off to Italy for a 16 day tour! They will be spending 3 days at the Grand Metropole in Venice, followed by a couple days in Gianni Franzi, Vernazza (Cinque Terre) and a day in Volterra.

After that, they'll meet up with sister/aunt Jocelyn and Mark for a week at a villa in Tuscany. The final three days will be spent in Rome.

Hopefully we can persuade both to write some stories of their adventures once they return.

Photography Showcase

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Greetings! Dan here to let you know I have finished building a new website to showcase some of my personal photography. I really wanted to get, but it was already taken by an artist named Daniel Clements. The next choice, was also taken -- by a professional photographer. So, that left me with

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Kristin Scores Big at Barrie Fair

Kristin's nature photo entry

Kristin went BIG at the Barrie Fair this year, entering items into eleven different categories. She came away with four first place ribbons, plus a second, a third, two fifths, and three merit awards.

She scored first place ribbons in the 'Banana Muffins', 'Flying Critter Made From a Clothespin', 'Photography - Nature Closeup' (shown at right), and 'Christmas Decoration Using a Snowman' categories. And the last one -- the snowman -- is the best story, but more on that later.

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Jakob Wins in Eco-Journalism Contest

Jakob wins Eco Journalism award

Jakob's short essay on The Dangers of Drive-Thrus took second place in the Simcoe Country District School Board's Eco Health Initiatives 2008 Eco Journalism Award.

On Wednesday June 4, he attended an awards ceremony at the school board office where he received his award from Mr. Lancaster (Bear Creek Secondary School) and Kayla Secord from the board office. Besides the plaque, Jakob received a $200 cash prize which he was quite pleased with.

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You must have been a beautiful baby...

Kristin graduates from grade 8

...'cause baby, look at you now!

It seems like just nine short years ago Kristin was off to her first day of kindergarten. And now here she is, graduating from grade 8 (with straight As) and getting ready to walk onto the springboard of life called high school.

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Duran the Seeing Eye Dog

Duran the Seeing Eye dog

Duran is Jack "Grandpa" Clements' new Seeing Eye Dog. He arrived around May 15, with a trainer, who spent 10 days training both of them. Now the 10 days is up and they're on their own. Duran is very well behaved and is working on getting used to all the new things in his life.

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