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Kristopher Smith

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Be Careful With Bees

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As May ended, the town of Bay Bulls, located about twenty minutes outside of Newfoundland’s capital city had a bit of unusual request for residents: pardon your weeds and feed the bees. Dads and lawn boys throughout Bay Bulls must have rejoiced with the town’s rhyming announcement because it meant keeping the lawnmower in the shed and letting dandelions on your lawn grow in hopes of attracting bees and providing them with a free meal and some Newfoundland hospitality after a long winter. Ashley Wakeham, the Assistant Town Clerk for Bay Bulls said that this campaign stemmed from a Facebook post by local business Pat’s Plants and Gardens. “One of our Councillors Joan Luby suggested we should send this out…

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Okay St. John’s, Now Let’s Get in Formation: Beyoncé Dance Party Set for June 23

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Ladies, grab your “Freakum Dress” and leave your man at home; or let him play the “’03 Clyde” to your “Bonnie” and take him along if he appreciates the musical stylings of Queen Bey because Club One and FreeForm Events are hosting Flawless: The Beyoncé Dance Party. The third annual event will take place on Saturday, June 23 featuring the music of DJ Slaylist. The event which according to Facebook, is “[y]our annual reminder that you. are. #flawless.” and is one night only in honor of the music and cultural impact of Beyoncé. FreeForm Events isn’t just in the business of bringing people together to dance to Beyoncé, they are also a “full-service event company delivering customized events to communities…

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Saxx Underwear Challenges the Status Quo With New Campaign

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In mid-April, an email from SAXX underwear appeared in my inbox and instead of advertising the newest styles for summer, the subject line read “A note from our CEO”. The body of the email spoke about the underwear’s innovative “Ballpark Pouch” and the problems facing the planet and the people who were doing something about it. However, what did it all mean? The underwear company that launched a decade ago and exceeded 75% growth in revenue annually for the last five years has recently launched their #nostatusquo campaign. According to the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Braden Hoeppner, SAXX wants to do more than just provide the world’s most comfortable underwear to men. “Our planet and society face many challenges today…

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Good Friday: I Know the City Getting Ready

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It’s Good Friday, and if you are a good Newfoundlander then you know what you will be eating on today, fish. I am not a good Newfoundlander, or at least I wasn’t. That is, I didn’t eat fish or anything from the sea. All that changed at a friend’s birthday nearly two years ago at the St. John’s Fish Exchange Kitchen & Wet Bar when I took the plunge. Ironically, I didn’t order fish, (I had chicken tacos) but I ended up trying a piece that the birthday girl was too full and too busy mingling with her guests to finish.   Shortly after this “exchange” with fish, I ate it again, this time as part of the 2016 St.…

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Taking a Bite Out of The Overcast’s Burger Battle 2018

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My belly and my inner food critic was excited to receive a Facebook message from a friend at the end of January informing me that The Overcast’s Burger Battle was back for the fourth February in a row. My wallet certainly did not share in the excitement as I made a mental list of all of the restaurants I wanted to visit and burgers I wanted to try. This year, twenty restaurants participated in the Burger Battle and there was certainly something for everyone. This year, beef, chicken, moose, rabbit, chorizo and a Portobello mushroom all went to battle and I managed to try seven of the twenty offerings.

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