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More Shopkeeper's Secrets
In the November 2014 issue of Downhome, Shannon Duff and Dennis Flynn speak to the fine folks behind some of Newfoundland and Labrador's longest running businesses. Here they share the stories of two more experienced retailers.

Got 'er Knocked at Nic Naks
Lorraine Welsh, proprietor of Nic Naks store i...
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Nic Naks in Green's Harbour, Trinity Bay has stood the test of time. (Dennis Flynn photo)
The Sea Adventurer in St. John's

Come Sail Away
Adventure Canada, an expedition cruise line that's been bringing passengers to Newfoundland and Labrador for two decades, has perfected many aspects of the cruise experience. One is the wake-up call.

No, it's not a monotone voice on the other end of the phone gently nudging you from your cabin. At least on the morning this Downhome editor was aboard the Sea Adventurer, it's the booming voice of the captain over the PA, announcing
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Find Downhome's Geocaches
Magazine staff have hidden three Downhome geocaches in the spectacular great outdoors of our beautiful province.

For those of you who don't know, a "geocache" is a container filled with small toys and other inexpensive trinkets. Seeking them is the goal of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. When a geocacher uncovers a cache, he or she usually takes an item and leaves an item of theirs behind in its place.
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A WILD Encounter
There are two main reasons to visit the Little, Big Bear Safari, located about 90 minutes from Moncton in Acadieville, New Brunswick. One, of course, is to safely view black bears as they roam onto the wilderness site. Another is to meet Richard Goguen, a.k.a. "the bear whisperer."

"My husband has a gift with animals," says Vivianne Goguen, who co-owns the attraction with her partner. The couple built an observation tower in 1998
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25 Ways to Survive May 24 in NL
Whether you're spending the weekend boating, camping or partying at the cabin, here are some tongue-in-cheek, but surprisingly practical, things to take or do to make the most of this May Two-Four. (In order of no importance.)

1. Pack several changes of clothes: rubber clothes, wool clothes, flannel clothes, summer clothes. Be like the Scouts, prepared for anything.

2. At least 5 tarps - one to cover the cold, wet ground; one to
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Winter Wilderness Survival 101
Picture this: It's a pleasantly crisp afternoon in the middle of winter and you're bundled up in a scarf, hat and mittens for a leisurely stroll through the woods. All of a sudden, Old Man Winter gets rowdy and you become lost. What do you do?

"Certain things always come to mind, like staying warm and staying dry is key. Long-term extended care is what you want to be thinking about if you're
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The Return of Canso 704
In the July issue of Downhome, Dennis Flynn profiles Captain Roger Penney, who flew the Canso 704, a water bomber, into St. Anthony Harbour for its final flight in August 2007. The airplane is now part of a memorial park in the town, dedicated to Captain Ronald Penny and pilot Yannick Dutin, who lost their lives fighting a forest fire in the Bay St. George area in a similar plane. To watch a video of the plane's final flight into St. Anthony, click here.

If you are interested in supporting the memorial project, mail a donation to the Fallen Pilot Memorial Park via The Rising Sun Developers, c/o Town of St. Anthony, P.O. Box 430, St. Anthony, NL, A0K 4S0.

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A Decade of Music and Friends
By Shawn Hayward

When she first went to Vinland Music Camp a couple years ago, Rosemary Lawton had never played the bodhrán. Now, the 15-year-old can pound out a beat that would make The Navigators proud.

Vinland Music Camp near Woody Point will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year - a decade of teaching the skills needed to play and write music in the traditional style.

"I really liked being
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The Story of L'Anse aux Meadows
L'Anse aux Meadows is hosting a summer-long party in 2010 and everyone is invited! In the February issue of Downhome, Chris Hodder takes a look at what's in store for the site as it approaches its 50th anniversary. Here is some more information about the discovery and fascinating history behind L'Anse aux Meadows.

The Discovery of L'Anse aux Meadows

The early accounts of Viking discoveries, including their initial landing at North

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