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Monday, March 28, 2011

Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Prediction

The winner of Kraft Hockey 2011 will be announced 5 days from today, April 2, 2011.  It has been a long and enjoying battle for many communities competing to be number one for Kraft Hockeyville this year.  I say Good luck to all Kraft Hockeyville top 5, but here is my prediction on which town will be the winner this year.
On April 2, 2011, all five will be winners, but only one will be crowned number one for Kraft Hockeyville 2011.  There are four runner-up prizes of $ 25,000 and a grand prize of $ 100,000 for arena upgrades w/ a complementary per-season NHL game.
I hope Wolfe Island is Kraft Hockeyville 2011 and takes home the competition.  Over the last week, after CBC announced the Kraft Hockeyville 2011 top 5, I had done a little research.  Here is my findings with predictions.
First Round Voting for Kraft Hockeyville 2011
Conception Bay South, NL outnumbered Antigonish, NS -- 460,287 to 298,867 votes.  Saint Raymond, Que outnumbered Chateauguay, Que -- 204,894 to 81,644 votes.  Wolfe Island, ON outnumbered Navan, ON -- 265,299 to 149,921 votes.  Bentley, AB outnumbered Brandon, Man -- 242 055 to 77,641 votes.  Mackenzie, BC outnumbered Fort Nelson, BC -- 242 055 to 147,047 votes

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Successful Blogging

How do you define successful blogging?  Is it; having views? Having followers? How often you blog? What is it?
Are you a successful blogger if you post amazing articles but no one reads them?  Is successful blogging when others respond?  What if you post once and a while and get your friends to read it?
There is no drought in my mind to be a successful blogger you need to use your public relations skills to get your information cycled around.  Twitter one of the most amazing tools for bloggers to use.  Twitter can have your information seen across the globe in seconds; you just need to know how to say it properly in 180 characters.   Facebook however can be a useful tool but takes a little more time to get started and build a group of followers.
I would say I have been successfully blogging.  Most other classmates have less than 250 views. 

I would never hide how many views i have had, unlike others. Thank you to my trust worthy followers I have had 11,357 page views in the

Loyalist PR Comes to an End

Thirty three posts about Loyalist PR later and it’s OVER.  It’s been a long time coming and I am so glad it’s here.  What trip it has been to get to today.
The last few weeks have been busy with events, assignment and reports.  Loyalist PR does so much work in March.  March is by far the busiest month for Loyalist PR.  What the future leads for us public relations students I am not sure.  For the next four weeks our class will be on our internships. 
First semester was a breeze, didn’t even notice it passed by.  Second Semester started similar but quickly picked up pace.  When March hit we were stormed with work.  February was steady.  March, I Blinked and it’s the 26th.  Where did the time go?
Currently classmates are going all across Ontario and a few across Canada.  Will we ever meet again?  My theory is; if we are good at what we do, than I’m sure we will hear about each other?  Will they all follow in the same field?  Only the future will tell.  Now is only the beginning.
Our class filled with a wide verity of people with a wide range of skills.  Some classmate I will miss more than others, but I was also too busy to get to know everyone well enough to call them all friends.  Good times and bad, Loyalist PR was an experience I will never forget.
I’ve posted now 33 times about Loyalist PR, I am not sure if I’m done yet.  I should pass this torch on to next year’s students.  It’s been a long year, alot has happened. 
If you Google “Loyalist PR” I’m the only student to show up on the first page.  I would say I’ve promoted them really well.  More views on my blog than all other classmates.  I assisted my town and

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Assist Wolfe Island as Kraft Hockeyville Winner

Good Luck to every arena in the top five for Kraft Hockeyville 2011, but I have sent out my support to WOLFE ISLAND, ONTARIO.  Wolfe Island, I have been honoured to lend you my experience on social media for this contest to become KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE 2011.  I have gotten the support of others from Belleville, Ontario and surrounding area.  We are all behind you, and the votes have already started. 
Congratulations again to all the arenas but GO Wolfe Island GO.
There is only 37 hours left to vote, that is just over a day and a half.  Everyone had two days to vote as of last night when they announced the Kraft Hockeyville Top 5 on Hockey Night In Canada, during the intermission. 
The Kraft Hockeyville  top five arenas are;  
  Alan Sheppard Arena, Mackenzie.
  Bentley Arena, Bentley.
  Robert French Memorial Arena, Conception Bay South. 
  Wolfe Island Arena, Wolfe Island. 
  Arena Saint Raymond, Saint Raymound.
Congratulations again to the Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Top Five.
They need a roof, they play on a lake, they are in Ontario, and it would be much easier for me to travel there.  Wolfe Island's story touched me and it’s closest to home, I ask everyone else reading to vote for Wolfe Island, Ontario.
I ask that you support Wolfe Island in Kraft Hockeyville 2011, and make them the number one winner in Kraft Hockeyville 2011, which would extremely help their arena in upgrades.  Wolfe Island is a friendly little island, with small amount of people and I am sure they would thank all the supporters of their competition for Kraft Hockeyville 2011.


Saturday, March 19, 2011


Congratulation, Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Top Five.

Go  Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Top Five Go
Kraft Hockeyville Winners are:
Pacific Winner:
   Mackenzie, BC
Central Winner:
   Bentley, AB
Ontario Winner:
   Wolfe Island, Ont
Quebec Winner:
   Saint Raymond, Que
Atlantic Winner:
   Conception Bay South, NL

Good Luck To All Kraft Hockeyville Top 5, Sorry to the arenas that didn't make it.
Congrats. Hockeyville Top Five
Go Wolfe Island Go, Vote at:

Rovers Irish Pub Review

Over the last week I have spent a good amount of time at Rovers Irish Pub in Belleville, Ontario. 
Planning events is not easy but it is always good to see when you have a successful one.  In public relations you need to be able to deliver success in your event planning.
This year I was working with some classmates from Loyalist PR on this event, which was held this week.  The event was for the QAC (Quinte Arts Council), which was held at Rovers Irish Pub in Belleville Ontario.  The event was also Rovers Irish pub’s grand opening.
I would say the event was a huge success, our team leader Grace Scutella did an amazing job as leader holding the group together and getting things done.  Rovers Irish Pub was in my opinion was lead by their amazing food.  Their head chef Paul cooks amazing food no matter what it is.  During our event Stirling Friend (Grace’s Son), assisted Paul in the kitchen and the two of them ran waves of orders, always sending out success.  The two chefs were some of the fastest working chefs i have ever seen.
I would like to thank everyone that attended the event; it could not have been a success without everyone.  I would also like to say thank you to Rovers Irish Pub for being great hosts & assisting in the success of our event.
Rovers Irish Pub is in my opinion has some of the best food in Belleville Ontario. Rover Irish Pub is also a pub with good beer but beer just tastes like the brand of beer.  Rovers Irish Pub does have a variety of Irish beer, which I am not experienced in.  Rovers Irish Pub is Located in downtown Belleville.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Great New Music Album Hits Peterborough

News has struck across eastern Ontario.  Everyone is invited to attend the Sam Ferguson Band's (S.F.B.) officially release of their single from their album “Oh Baby Damn”, alone with other great hits from the band.  Sam Ferguson Band will be at The Red Dog in Peterborough, ON., Saturday, March 26, 2011 you can’t miss the great entertainment.
Sam Ferguson Band is an entertaining band with some talented members.  Lead guitar and vocalist is Sam Ferguson, also on guitar is Scott Garvey.  On Bass is Corey Hendren with Tyler Tarkington on drums.  S.F.B. has a long history of great entertainment and was headlined in the coast to coast comedy tour title “The Boob Tour”.  “The Boob Tour” was the comedy tour in support of breast cancer; the tour was also assisted by Phil PR.

S.F.B. has been focusing on getting their next album out, which is set to release in June 2011.  This event will be the official release of their hit single.  S.F.B. Single Release Party looks to be a great night full of talented entertainment.  I give my recommendations out to attempt to make that memorable event.
The Red Dog is located at 189 Hunter St., which is the home of live music in Peterborough, ON.  You can find The Red Dog on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday March 26, 2011 – “S.F.B. Single Release Party” – Opens at 9 PM.  Purchase in advance or at the doors.  The Red Dog, 189 Hunter St. W., also RSVP on Facebook.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Great Stay at the Capri Inn in St. Catharines

I have been involved with youth darts since I was a youth playing in darts.  You can read more about youth darts in Belleville, Ontario in an earlier post.  I enjoyed play darts my whole life and the sport was huge for both my social and education parts of my life.  Some of my life-time friend I meet through youth darts.  I will always recommend darts to all youth for those reasons.
Youth darts every year has NDFC (National Darts Federation of Canada) championship.  The championship is built up of a number of tournaments until you become number one in the world.  Every year, the Eastern Ontario Championship is held St. Catharines at the Quality Hotel Parkway Convention Center.   This year the hotel was doing renovations.
Last year friends had stayed at the Capri Inn, just down the road.  This year we choose to stay there with them.   We had chosen to stay there because of the good experience last year.
Capri Inn Located at 391 Ontario St. In St. Catharines was an amazing motel to stay at.  Two year now I have gone there and had an amazing experience.  The staffs were some of the friendliest people I have meet in St. Catharines.  The motel I found was the cheapest in the area and had no sacrifice in style or comfort.  Capri Inn i found offered as much as the others for the best price.
I recommend anyone looking to get away for a few days, visit St. Cathrines and stay at the Capri Inn.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Events in the Quinte West (March 12-18, 2011)

March is a busy month for Loyalist PR, also their last month of classes.  If you haven’t heard Loyalist PR is hosting workshops from March 18-23.  For more Info read my post .
There are many other projects held by other classmates and are approaching.
Saturday, March 12, 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM, will be the End of Winter Blues Fest.   The event will be held in the Shark Tank Pub at Loyalist College.  It looks to be a great an event, with interesting entertainment.  You can RSVP on Facebook.!/event.php?eid=134834536584221&index=1.
Wednesday, March 16, 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM, will be the Gleaner’s Basketball Game.  The game hosts staff vs. students from noon till 1 Pm.  The game costs $2 or a donation of a non-perishable food product.  I will be assisting this event.  You can RSVP on Facebook.!/event.php?eid=197767616912275
Thursday, March 17 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM will be the (QAC) Quinte Arts Councils St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, which will be held at the Rover’s Irish Pub.  I will be assisting this event.   You can RSVP on Facebook.!/event.php?eid=113117795432561
Friday, March 18 5 PM – 8 PM is Gleaners Fill That Bus.  The event is one of the most interesting event to check out.  For more info or to RSVP, veiw the Facebook event.!/event.php?eid=188372307864559

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Who Should Be Kraft Hockeyville 2011?

Belleville’s Memorial Arena didn’t make top ten for CBC’s Kraft Hockeyville 2011.  I am not sure why we didn’t make it, there could be many reasons.  We had the nomination and the needed amount of facebook supporters; double both of the Ontario Winners; Navan and Wolfe Island.
I assisted the Memorial Arena in Kraft Hockeyville 2011 because I have known of the arenas problems and I truly think it will not be around to enter into Kraft Hockeyville 2012.  I joined support just over a week ago and brought more than 100 “facebook likes” to CBC’s Kraft Hockeyville site in support of the Memorial Arena.
I was going to give up with Kraft Hockeyville 2011, but there were some touching stories I had heard.
I post on Kraft Hockeyville’s Facebook page “the question is who will I assist with my vote?”.  I thank Fort Nelson BC, for being the first to comment; you will receive votes because of it.  I thank, Mackenzie, BC for being the second to comment, I am sorry but I can’t vote more than once.  I would like to say to Mackenzie, BC that is was a good fight for the most facebook support, but I guess it didn’t matter, Good luck anyways.
Good Luck to every arena in the top ten for Kraft Hockeyville 2011, but I have to send my support to WOLFE ISLAND, ON.   Wolfe Island I am honoured to lend you my experience on social media to your campaign to become KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE 2011.  I will get the support of Belleville, Ontario behind you, and the votes have already starting, congratulation again.
I am sorry Fort Nelson & Mackenzie BC the reason I chose Wolfe Island, and why I think they should be Kraft Hockeyville 2011 are;
They need a roof (They Play with no roof), they play on a lake (in,2011?), they are in Ontario, and it would be much easier for me to travel there.  Wolfe Island story touched me and it’s closest to home, I ask everyone else reading to vote for Wolfe Island, Ontario.


March 8 2011, on CKWS Kraft hockeyville named the top ten:
Naming two from five different regions of Canada:
British Columbia winners are;
First Named: Fort Nelson, BC
Second Named: Mackenzie, BC
West winners are;
First Named: Bentley, AB
Second Named: Brandon, Man
Ontario winners are;
First Named: Wolfe Island, On
Second Named: Navan, On
Quebec winners are;
First Named: Chateauguay, Que
Second Named: Saint Raymond, Que
Atlantic winners are;
First Named: Conception Bay South, NL
Second Named: Antigonish, NS

Breakfast & Idea Exchange

Have an idea? Want to network? Loyalist College's Public Relations students are attending the 2011 News Canada Breakfast & Idea Exchange for anyone interested on March 9 2011 from 8:30 AM till 10:30 AM.
The event is being held at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites in Belleville, and will have an honourable guest speaker, Martin Waxman, Co-founder and Managing Partner of EnergiPR in Toronto. 
The cost is $ 15/person and $10 for alumni of Loyalist College.
During the event the friendly staff of the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites will be serving a tasteful breakfast, as everyone enjoys the opportunity to network with others from all areas of the Quinte West.
I feel the breakfast will be an interesting morning and I personal can’t wait for it. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

What Have You Done for Your City Lately?

The Belleville Memorial Arena located in downtown Belleville Ontario has had its problems.  The arena is the second oldest arena in the world and has developed millions of memories with thousands of people over the years.  Named the Hume Arena, Home of the Mac Farlands, and renamed the Memorial Arena in 1946, is only a small amount of the history that has come out of this building.
I have never played hockey in the Memorial Arena, or played on one of its many hockey teams, but I myself have grown up in this building.  The arena was almost like a second home to me.  My mother had held a career at the arena long before I had been born, and the job was one of my mother’s first part-time jobs as a youth.  She enjoyed the job and it became a career for her, so the staff had became like family.  My mother was a single parent and my brother and I had often had to go to work with her.  We had spent a lot of time in that arena for that reason and time passed by so fast before I knew it, I had even obtained one of my first jobs at the arena.   The staff at that arena provided me some of my longest life-time friends.
Currently, the Belleville Memorial Arena has been entered in to a competition.  You can read about the competition in an order post titled “Belleville is Kraft Hockeyville”.  I volunteered to assist the arena in the campaign to win the competition.  The arena could really use the reward to repair its floor; the floor has had problems in the past couple years and is 80+ years old.  The arena isn’t currently being used for that reason. 
Saturday March 5, 2011, I assisted with the rally to show Belleville as Kraft Hockeyville 2011, assisting with the rally was not easy.  It rained all day, which made setting up and tearing down a cold one but we had made the best of it.  I would say the day was a success overall.  We had some honourable people show up, such as the Crawford family, the respectable Memorial Arena staff, and a few local business owners in the area, along with all of the amazing volunteers & general public.
In my opinion I would to have liked see a better turn out.  The day ended up a good day of networking and fun.  There was a good amount of public that dressed in hockey attire for the costume contest, which happened during the opening ceremonies.  The day continued into the Memorial arena where the children had played some hockey with mini sticks and everyone enjoyed Kraft Food products, such as Kraft Dinner, hot dogs, and coffee.  Also available were clothing items for sale in support of the Memorial Arena, such as jerseys, t-shirts, and hats. 
To support the memorial and vote for the arena in the Kraft Hockeyville competition, voting lines open March 8 – 13.  You can call 1-866-533-8066 and follow the voice automated prompts, or you can vote at  You can also follow the competition at BMAPS (Belleville Memorial Arena Perservation Society) blog site which I created for their members.
Video will be added here in couple days.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Experience with Roland Thunder Motorcycle Clothing

Roland Thunder is located at 74 King St. in downtown Trenton, Ontario.  For almost a year Roland Thunder has been open in Trenton providing quality motorcycle gear.  The business looks to be doing well as you can watch the variety of products grow.  All his products are available at the store front in Trenton, Ontario.  Roland welcomes all to visit his business.  He also has appearances at bike shows around the area.
The store offers much more than just motorcycle gear, like Helmets, jackets, gloves, boots, motorcycles and more.   There are also guitars, T-shirts and clothing of all sizes plus others.  In my opinion, it is just best to go and check out what is there.  There are so many amazing products there you need to see them for yourself.  The store is open Wednesday – Sunday, at 74 King St.
I personally know Roland, he is a friendly local business owner.   He always accepts new customers even if they only have a question.  He enjoys riding motorcycles himself and I would say is knowledgeable about the subject, which led him to create this business and offer quality motorcycle gear for good prices.  If he can’t provide something for you, he most likely can help you find what you are looking for. 
If have never ridden a motorcycle before and are interested or if you just need some products he is a good person to go talk to.  He enjoys interesting others in riding and looks to increase the amount of motorcycle riders in the area.  Anyone interested please visit Roland Thunder.
Roland Thunder is looking into expanding to another location, possible in the Ajax area; stay tuned for that information later.
you can also find Roland Thunder on facebook.

Support Belleville is Kraft Hockeyville in March.

The Belleville Memorial Arena has been entered into the Kraft Hockeyville contest, which was created by CBC in 2006.  The Hockeyville contest has four rounds. We have been nominated (which was round one) and now are in the second round of the completition.  Belleville Memorial Arena can use all the support they can get.
BMAPS (Belleville Memorial Arena Preservation Society) is hosting a rally to support Belleville in the Kraft Hockeyville contest.  The rally will be at Market Square, downtown Belleville, on March 5 from 11 AM till 1 PM.  You can find more information about the rally and what is happening at the BMAPS blog site.

The Belleville arena is one of 101 other arenas entered into the competition in Ontario.  The third and fourth rounds need your votes to support the arena.  The competition is tight and the winning vote could be yours, so help make Belleville Kraft Hockeyville 2011, with your support it can happen.   It is currently the second round but that will end in a week and Belleville will need your votes, to continue to the fourth round and compete for the grand prize.  For more info about the contest visit;

I will personally be stopping by to see how it is going and check out the contest.   I think it would be great for our city to win this national competition, which is why I show my support in this competition and ask that you would too.  The event downtown will help the local Gleaners Food Bank and be a live broadcast so the more support the better and we can show CBC, ‘BELLEVILLE IS KRAFT HOCKEVILLE’.

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