Author: Perry Lefko

Don Cherry excited about Canada’s hockey teams in the 2018 Winter Olympics

By Perry Lefko Don Cherry is pumped about the men’s and women’s hockey teams that will represent Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Even though the men’s team will be comprised of a bunch of relatively unknown European-based players, some of whom have experience in the National Hockey League (NHL), Cherry believes they will put on a good show. The popular figure of Coach’s Corner says in the absence of NHL players, who won’t be participating in the Games for the first time since 1998, this is a feel-good story for the lineup of players chosen to represent Canada....

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Former Innisfil resident Amber Bowman wins Dr. Oz trainer competition

By Perry Lefko Dreams do come true. Just ask high-performance athlete/firefighter Amber Bowman. As a young girl, Amber had a dream to perform on a world stage in sports and go on to inspire and motivate others to live a healthy, fit life. She also dreamed of one day being on Oprah Winfrey’s show. Now that is all happening. Amber, who was born and raised in Innisfil, currently lives in Caledon. She’s employed as a firefighter for Central York Fire Department of Newmarket and Aurora and has been selected as Dr. Memhet Oz’s Next Great Trainer. Last August, at...

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Hockey Hall of Famer and longtime Mississauga resident Johnny Bower passes away

By Perry Lefko Toronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower died on Dec. 26 at Credit Valley Hospital following a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 93. Bower was a prominent Mississauga resident for about 30 years and had a park in the city named in his honour. Nicknamed the China Wall, Bower played goalie for the Leafs from 1959-79 and was part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 60s. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. Bower recorded a song called Honky (The Christmas Goose) in 1965. Based on a children’s book written by...

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Collingwood woman raises money for My Friend’s House selling golf balls

By Perry Lefko Marylou Gollert has come to be known as the Golf Ball Lady in Collingwood. For the past seven years, the retired principal has been selling used golf balls that she repurposes to raise money for children’s needs at My Friend’s House, a non-profit agency offering support for abused women and children living in the Georgian Triangle of Ontario. Gollert has collected about $20,000 through her endeavor, which continues to grow yearly. In 2017, she collected $5,000, the most since she began doing this. Gollert, who worked as the Principal at Grenoble Public School in Brampton, originally...

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Collingwood resident has interesting golf ball collection

Bobby Charlton loves golf, in particular, playing and collecting balls. The 68-year-old retired resident of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada has been playing recreationally for 30 years. He plays about 75 times a year at various courses in North America, has an eight handicap and usually hits the ball straight. Bobby’s brand ball of choice is a Titleist Velocity because his clubhead speed at impact isn’t as strong as people considerably younger, and thus he needs something with a softer cover to “pop off the end of the club.” Golfers with club head speed greater than 100 miles per hour prefer...

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