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Venerable snowshoe gets high-tech makeoverSnowshoes trekking poles

Snowshoeing is a low impact aerobic activity that builds strength and endurance. With the addition of trekking or snowshoe poles the activity becomes an upper body workout that helps condition arms, shoulders and back muscles.

Suffering from withdrawal because you can’t walk or run on the city’s trails as you did before it snowed?

Looking for new ways to spend time with the family in an outdoor winter activity?

Then strap on a pair of snowshoes.

Thanks to a high-tech makeover this centuries-old method of travelling on snow is easier to manage than ever before.

Gone are the days when the only snowshoes available were heavy and awkward to manoeuvre.

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Today’s snowshoes have lightweight aluminum frames and innovative design features.

These include a suspension system, front and back metal claws for traction in all snow conditions. Adjustable bindings are easy to fasten and unfasten.

The interlaced rawhide strips that created the sole (deck) of traditional wood snow shoes have been replaced by solid, maintenance-free, synthetic decking material.

Designs for men, women, and children are available in a variety of sizes.

Unlike other types of foot wear, the wearer’s weight, not foot measurement, determines snowshoe size.

When we walk, the weight of our body puts pressure on the surface we’re travelling on – which is why we sink when walking on deep snow.

By wearing snowshoes, we distribute our weight evenly over a larger area – with less pressure on the snow we can walk or ‘float’ on its surface without sinking.

Snowshoe lengths generally range from 18″ to 36″ and widths from 7″ to 10.”

A person weighing between 120 to 180 pounds, for example, would suit an 8″ x 25″ size.

Snowshoe models are designed for recreational trail walking, rugged hiking and racing, or trail running.

Runners are beginning to embrace snowshoeing as a way to maintain their fitness levels during the ‘snow months’ when their regular outdoor running routine is difficult to maintain.

Snowshoeing is a low impact aerobic activity that builds strength and endurance.

With the addition of trekking or snowshoe poles the activity becomes an upper body workout that helps condition arms, shoulders and back muscles.

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THE GREEN SPOT

Hopper Feeder Green Spot

Small Hopper Feeder

• This feeder’s screens are made of patented, expanded mesh with a rust-resistant polyester powder-coat finish keep its new appearance year after year.
• The durable, plastic construction is made from 14 recycled plastic containers, with built-in drainage to help keep the seed dry.

Today’s Throwback

Beaubier Hotel Daly House Museum

Beaubier Hotel, ca 1912

Thomas Jefferous Beaubier (1830-1915) opened Beaubier House as a boarding house in 1882.

The building was located at 201 8th Street and was operated by Beaubier from 1882 to 1891.

In 1893 the original building was destroyed by a fire and later rebuilt as the Beaubier Hotel.  – Eileen Trott, curator, Daly House Museum

Source: Magnacca Research Centre, Daly House Museum

ROLLING SPOKES

City Hall Brandon's original City Hall was completed in 1892. The building, which stood where Princess Park is today, was demolished in 1971. This photo was taken in the early 1900s. (Source: Howard Fuller / Library and Archives Canada / PA-026014)

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Product care tips

Marlene LeFlar, co-owner, Lasting Image custom framing

Marlene LeFlar, co-owner, Lasting Image

Today, we offer these tips from Larson-Juhl about caring for the acrylic on your framed piece:

Acrylic is an alternative you can choose instead of glass.

It is much less likely to break and if it does, it won’t shatter into hundreds of pieces.

The downside can be the ease with which acrylic can be scratched.

Avoid cleaning it with abrasive cleaners or abrasive cloths.

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There are abrasion resistant and UV filtering acrylics available.

The best way to take care for acrylic is:

  • feather dusting
  • acrylic/plastic cleaner
  • soft, non-abrasive cloths

Our best advice is to clean it before it appears to need it.

If you have to rub hard to remove particles or smudges, you increase the chance of damaging the finish.

LASTING IMAGE

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