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Summer Fun has Begun

Look around. The birds are singing, canoes and kayaks are back on Subaru roof racks and my neighbour seems to have an urge for gardening at 11:30 p.m. These are signs of summer. It’s a change from spending much of our time inside, sipping hot tea and feeding the woodstove to living the wild and …

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Christmas in Dawson

Christmas is a time of gatherings with family and friends.  But what if you find yourself alone at that time of year? Well, if you’re in Dawson City, you have nothing to worry about. The community will make sure that everyone has somewhere to go. Dan Dowhal has first-hand experience with the Christmas spirit of …

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Blowin’ strong

After playing harmonica for more than 40 years, George McConkey finally feels he is getting to the venerated status of “old blues guy”. Nicknamed Harmonica George, he started playing when he was young. Through sheer stubbornness, he has never let up on music since. Growing up in Toronto, McConkey spent every summer at the family …

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

I’ve got the creeps, the willies, and the jim-jams. I’ve just heard ghost stories from Heidi Bliedungand Aaron Burnie from the love-worn, historic Westminster Hotel in Dawson City. I’m also relieved that Bliedung and Burnie, who both work at the Westminster, were willing to talk to me about ghosts. Recently, another fellow told me he …

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Keeping Their Music Playing

When beloved members of a community pass away, thoughts about how to commemorate their lives begin to be tossed around. Sometimes a bench is adorned with a plaque or a seedling is planted. In the case of Gord Polichek and Wendy Perry (Trapp), the community of Dawson City wanted to do something a little different. …

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