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Kristopher Smith

Kristopher Smith has 29 articles published.

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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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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No Split Decision Here: Split Rock Brewing Co. is a Unanimous Hit

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As the year winds down and the heat needs to be turned up, memories of summer fun are fading away. As we said goodbye to what was a pretty great season in Newfoundland, my friends and I took a little trip out to Split Rock Brewing Co. in Twillingate. We visited the Stage Head Pub just days after it opened for business this past August. I had not really planned to write an article about Split Rock because I just wanted to try some brews and enjoy a Saturday evening with friends as a tourist at home but the beers, atmosphere, and company changed my mind. After a flight and a few pints of Combines Ale, I changed my mind.…

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While The War in Syria Rages On, What Can We Do To Help?

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It seems that we have been watching the civil war in Syria play out forever now with images of war, people without homes, children washing ashore, and debates about refugees seeking shelter in our own backyards dominating news headlines and being etched in our minds. These images and debates have no doubt affected us, forcing us to question humanity or even those in our own family as to why they think the way they do. At the end of the day, there are innocent people dying at the hands of their own government and they need help. If you are of the mindset that we should do nothing, let alone welcome these people with open arms, I almost considered asking…

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All My Friends Are Waste(rs)?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends. I love them despite the fact that I often have trouble making plans with them, and even when they can’t see the truth; that Taylor Swift is a snake. I love them despite our differences but that doesn’t mean that they sometimes disappoint me (and surely I, them). A lot of my friends here in St. John’s (and I suspect many of the city’s residents) do not recycle and I do not get it. For as long as I can remember, recycling has been a part of my life. Does anyone remember the sketch that used to air during Sesame Street on CBC back in the day? From what I remember it…

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