Sto­ries for all sea­sons in this is­sue of Grand

Grand Magazine - - IN CHIEF - MELINDA MARKS, edi­tor-in-chief [email protected]­magazine.ca

For most of us, fall is one of four sea­sons. But for Michael Faulds, head foot­ball coach of Wil­frid Laurier Univer­sity’s Golden Hawks, there are only two sea­sons to speak of – “in sea­son” and “off sea­son” – and “in sea­son” is in full swing. With the Golden Hawks busy work­ing to de­fend their ti­tle as On­tario cham­pi­ons, we thought it was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to give read­ers a glimpse into life beyond the side­lines for the reign­ing Cana­dian univer­sity foot­ball coach of the year.

We caught up with him dur­ing the “off sea­son” as he made the most of family time with his wife, Stacey, and their two young chil­dren, Chloe and Lu­cas.

Re­gard­less of the sea­son, it seems it’s al­ways ren­o­va­tion time in Water­loo Re­gion. Tara O’Don­nell thought she could tap into the cu­rios­ity we all have when neigh­bours up­date their home. What did they do? What does it look like? Can I take a peek? The re­sult was a tour of kitchens in the area cov­ered by the Au­di­to­rium Neigh­bour­hood As­so­ci­a­tion in or­der to raise money for Haven House, a women’s shel­ter in Cam­bridge. Was the tour suc­cess­ful? Let’s just say an­other one, with a dif­fer­ent theme, is planned for this win­ter.

There are times, how­ever, when re­mod­elling just isn’t enough to fix a house with mul­ti­ple prob­lems. In that case, it might be a bet­ter idea to de­mol­ish it and start all over. That’s what Ge­orge Ivanoff and Eve Sch­mitz-Hertzberg de­cided to do with a house near down­town Guelph. They cre­ated a custom-de­signed dwelling that bet­ter meets their needs. The house has many in­ter­est­ing fea­tures, not the least of them be­ing a pair of kachelöfens, or ma­sonry heaters, that are both func­tional and artis­tic.

Nearby, in Elora, the past is mix­ing with the fu­ture as the ma­jor ren­o­va­tion of the Elora Mill Ho­tel and Spa aims to pre­serve some of the town’s time­less fea­tures while rein­vig­o­rat­ing tourism and cre­at­ing jobs. Leanne and Aaron Cian­cone, the sis­ter and brother team be­hind the family busi­ness, Pearle Hosp­tial­ity, are driv­ing the project.

“If some­one doesn’t take it and ren­o­vate it and do it right, it’s not go­ing to last,” Leanne says of the his­toric mill. The first phase of the project is un­der­way and will in­clude a 30-room ho­tel and event venue over­look­ing the Elora Gorge. The sec­ond phase, planned for two years down the road, will in­clude con­do­mini­ums, an­other res­tau­rant and re­tail space.

The Elora de­vel­op­ment will surely be­come a place that hosts many wed­dings, just like the Cam­bridge Mill, an­other venue owned by Pearle Hos­pi­tal­ity. That was the site of a unique wed­ding held this sum­mer in which twin brides mar­ried twin grooms!

Su­san and Sarah van de Merwe opted to walk down the aisle on the same day to wed Steve and Chris War­ring­ton. The two cou­ples pur­chased homes next to each other in Water­loo and will even be shar­ing cus­tody of the sis­ters’ cat.

It’s a great story, no mat­ter what sea­son it is.

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