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Nellie Dale

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Walls Can Talk, Folk Art In The Forest & Memorial Benches columnist Nellie Dale is a regular freelance writer for What's Up Yukon.  She  writes regularly about unique buildings and heritage features in Whitehorse. Her caring work on people memorialised by benches along the Millennium Trail has made sure we don't forget people who are dear to us.


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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

According to Darwin Murray, after sitting in a desk all day, it is fun to get up and run, play games and meet new people before heading home from school. Tuesday after school, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., an enthusiastic group of children from Grades 4... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

Krystal McKenna, a Grade 1 teacher at Jack Hulland Elementary School, sets young authors off on a great writing adventure. At the beginning of the year, students draw pictures in their journals. McKenna talks to the student about the drawing and... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

I have been told the "winner writes history." Taking this idea a bit further and you might think history is all about battles, economic or ecological, or just about power. But history is much more than that. I recently had an opportunity to touch... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Alex Gibson

Looking out my window at pristine snow, there are no human footprints on the forest floor. White, frosty, elemental, shadow. I can only imagine that similar images influence the spectacular work of Mark Preston... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Sue Starr

The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre, located at 38 Lewes Boulevard, is a unique location in Whitehorse. Involvement of community members across generations is the focus of the centre. There is programming to nurture children and youth as well... more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

Whitehorse resident Peter Long is an avid walker. He has explored many trails in and around Whitehorse. He believes he has found a city trail which could become an exciting historic walk. Today at Miles Canyon, just above the parking lot on... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: by Halin de Repentigny

Artistic genius runs in the de Repentigny family. Halin de Repentigny agrees. Over the phone, he said his dad loved to draw – he was always drawing something. De Repentigny’s mom loved music. Today the genius continues with Halin de Repentigny... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Leslie Leong

Question: What does a steam roller have in common with wood block printing? Answer: Joyce Majiski and Linda Leon. The two Yukon artists are hosting a spectacular event from August 5 to 7. Each day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the skating ova... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

We saw the queen recently. She wasn’t wearing a crown. She was sporting a big blue dot on her thorax though. The Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association, founded in 1899, has great information about queen marking on its website. The queen is much easier... more

Jul 7, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Roger Jackson

Nine ladies in a voyageur canoe whose ages range from 23 to 62; 715 kilometres; paddling for Yukon Cancer Care Fund. Stix Together is a team of Whitehorse women participating in the 18th Annual Yukon River Quest. The race begins with a mass start... more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Kirsten Pattimore

The father of my daughter’s and I started taking our daughters for Dempster Highway camping adventures around 1991, and the magic and fun times of those trips stayed with them, helping them to become independent and adventurous souls. Here is an... more

Jun 9, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

I had a great chat recently with Heidi Loos. She is organizing the first Yukon Chalk Art Festival for Unlikely Events Yukon. The Festival will run June 11 and 12, 2016, 10 am. to 5 pm. at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre parking lot... more

Jun 9, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Kirsten Pattimore

The gentle, warm summer breeze touched our faces as we stood watching the bees. The bees were just doing their thing: flying in and out of the hive, gathering pollen. Suddenly we noticed a large black cloud forming in the southwest... more

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

Canadians have a rich history of community knitting. A family friend in Winnipeg loves second hand stores. At Christmas he sent me a vintage World War Two Corticelli pattern book. The book is in fantastic condition. A great example of wartime more

May 12, 2016 12:00 AM , Hobbies

A Past Yukon Stikine Regional Heritage Fair

Picture from YHMA’s website taken by Bruce Barrett

My great great grandparents, Alexander Fraser and Jane Hastings Fraser left Dumfrieshire, Scotland in 1795. They settled in the Ottawa Valley with many Scottish immigrants. I have visited the cemetery near Renfrew, Ontario where they rest. In 2010, more

May 5, 2016 12:18 AM Family and Health

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PHOTOS: Nellie Dale

Blönduós is a small town situated at the mouth of River Blanda, in northwest Iceland. Iceland is largely an Arctic desert punctuated by mountains, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls. Most of the vegetation and agricultural areas more

May 5, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: kozzi.com

Kudos to Mad Trapper Alleys. The generosity of this business has enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon to hold their annual fundraiser. Over the past few years Bowl for Kids Sake has become the biggest fundraiser for the organization. Bowl for... more

Apr 21, 2016 12:00 AM Making A Difference!

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Issue: 2016-03-24, Photo: Nellie Dale

Well, that is not a 2016 clue, but one from a past Egg-stravaganza event at Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Lindsay Caskenette, Manager of Visitor Services, is busy getting ready for the 2016 Egg-stravaganza event, scheduled for Easter Monday, March 28, ... more

Mar 24, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2016-03-03, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

I love to travel; seeing new places, meeting new people. Experience, after all is priceless. I also love to knit. Imagine my delight when I purchased Silk Road Socks by Hunter Hammersen, with 93 pages of history and knitting. The book is... more

Mar 3, 2016 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2016-02-04, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

Mark your calendar: Feb. 11, between 6 and 9 p.m. is the All Ages Valentine Craft Night. This free public event is sponsored by YuKonstruct, located at 135 Industrial Road. Nominally priced kits for the special Valentine craft are available; step... more

Feb 4, 2016 12:00 AM Hobbies

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