Todayville Top 5 is a sponsored segment produced by Jock Mackenzie (learn more about Jock below). In this feature we learn (you guessed it) 5 things about some really cool aspects of Red Deer that make this city, our home.
If our very first segment, Jock features a staple in Red Deer’s dining scene since it opened in … well let’s leave that up to Jock. Welcome to the Todayville Top 5 with Jock Mackenzie.
Todayville Top 5 Featuring Earls Restaurant
Earls in Red Deer was the seventh-ever Earls in existence. Bill and Rhonda Olafson purchased the franchise and opened the current restaurant in 1984. Chef at the time, Andrew Lam, is still involved. Over the years, additions to the west and north have been added as has the covered, heated patio. The patio is unparalleled by other outdoor dining facilities for comfort and its Hawaii-like greenery. Today there are over 70 Earls restaurants across Canada and the United States. The founder, Leroy Earl “Bus” Fuller, brought A & W to Canada and is also the founder of the Fuller’s and Corkscrew restaurant chains.
2 Community Support
Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of the Earls Red Deer philosophy. Those in need come first: rebuilding the youth camp at Camp Alexo, the Youth and Volunteer Centre, support for the Women’s Shelter at their annual gala, title sponsorship for the last six years at Rotary’s Black Tie Bingo, a 5-year ongoing plan to support the new Child Advocacy Centre, wine and wine service at the preview dinner for the Festival of Trees since the Festival’s inception . . . and many more.
With over 80 people on staff, Earls has provided employment for high school and college students over its 35 year history. The Earls philosophy, the practical skill set, and menu knowledge make up the intensive training each support staff and server undergo. Consistency is a hallmark. Numerous staff members have made life careers at Earls–and that’s one reason why you can count on a great meal every time.
Fresh ingredients are key! The kitchen deals with “just in time” orders so that produce and proteins (delivered three times per week) come fresh to each table. The menu is becoming more and more inclusive–it meets an ever-increasing variety of dietary needs: numerous gluten free and plant-based options are available.
5 Interesting tidbits
Beer? Earls brews its own Rhino beers (pale ale, lager and a seasonal beer) in Surrey, BC at Central City Brewery. There are also local products from Troubled Monk, Blindman and Snake Lake as well as a wide variety of domestic beer.
Four Earls “Test Kitchen” chefs travel the world looking for new ingredients and dishes. A “Test Kitchen” in Vancouver will roll out a new dish and tailor it to an appropriate market in the 70 locations across North America–the furthest away is Miami.
Want to know more? Click to go to https://earls.ca/locations/red-deer
Todayville Top 5 features the freelance writings of Jock Mackenzie.
Jock is an original Red Deerian! Educated at Lindsay Thurber and Red Deer College (with a stint at the U of A), he became an educator himself, spending 31 years with the Red Deer Public school system.
It’s safe to say Jock knows Red Deer about as well as anyone (OK.. maybe not Michael Dawe). As a confirmed life-long learner, Jock never tires of getting to know his surroundings even better. That’s where the Todayville Top 5 comes in. In each feature, Jock shares a few ingredients that go into the mix that makes this delicacy called Red Deer the place we want to call home. As a well organized person who knows you’re busy, he’s choosing just 5 juicy tidbits to share each time.
If you’d like to be featured by Jock Mackenzie on the Todayville Top 5, just contact us at email@example.com.
Parts – the difference between Good, Better and Best!
This month we want to talk about parts.
Your GM vehicle is a finely tuned piece of machinery, and while it’s designed to run beautifully right from the factory, parts will wear out over time. We know you’ve probably heard the old saying “parts is parts” and maybe you’re thinking that there’s really no difference when it comes to what parts you use.
When it comes to parts, you’ve probably heard the name ACDelco. What you may not know, is that ACDelco provides GM with Factory Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts for all of their vehicles and manufactures parts to fit most other makes and models. When it comes time to replace those parts, Kipp Scott GMC’s Parts Department has choices from good, to better, to best.
First, the Good, ACDelco Advantage. These parts are designed to fit both your GM vehicle and your budget. From Brakes to Wiper Blades and everything in between, Advantage products offer fit, form and function for most makes and models, but a more attractive price. This provides a competitively priced, quality alternative to unbranded aftermarket components.
Next, the Better, ACDelco Professional. These are the parts that you’ll find being used in the shop when higher quality is demanded but cost is a factor. The Professional category of high-quality aftermarket products covers most GM vehicles as well as many other makes and models.
Finally, the Best! GM Original Equipment. OE parts replace those installed during the production of a GM vehicle and are designed to meet or exceed original equipment specifications. Kipp Scott has access to the ACDelco portfolio of more than 33,000 parts that fall into this category.
In closing, parts matter, and Kipp Scott GMC’s Parts department works with your needs and budget to provide the parts you need to keep your ride rolling!
Chronic pain with no real reason?
Do you have chronic pain without a specific cause of injury? Do you have pain that has recurred several times over the course of the year, but never resolves completely? Is your pain persisting without ongoing inflammation or tissue damage? Do you have an injury that is not healing at the expected rate of recovery?
Some chronic pain conditions involving the musculoskeletal system do not seem to improve despite massage and stretching.Tight bands of muscle tissue can develop, which may create pain or cause pain by compressing a nerve that in turn causes pain. This type of dysfunction is called neuropathic pain. When the tight bands of muscle cross over a joint, additional issues can arise due to decreased space for joint movement and stiffness. This can cause issues such as bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis. Along with muscle shortening, tissues often become supersensitive.
Gunn IMS is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain involving the musculoskeletal system when there is no clear sign of recent injury). This approach involves assessment of the whole body to determine where pain is stemming from and what other areas need to be addressed to get long term relief. Not all needling is Gunn IMS, although sometimes the terms can be mistakenly interchanged.
Although comparable, Gunn IMS is different from trigger point needling and acupuncture. A practitioner, knowledgeable in anatomy, completes a thorough physical examination of the whole body to find physical signs of neuropathic pain. If you show signs and symptoms indicative of neuropathic pain and there are no barriers to treatment, Gunn IMS needling can be commenced. Treatment involves a dry needling technique using acupuncture needles to loosen tight bands of muscle tissue. Needling of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened supersensitive muscle will grasp the needle or cause a cramping sensation. The effect of the needle causes the muscle bands to relax and lengthen, helps draw blood to the area to support healing, and stimulates the nerve to function normally again. The effects of Gunn IMS are often experienced immediately, with improvements in range of motion, muscle tension and/or pain.
If you think you can benefit from Gunn IMS, contact us and we will get you on the right path to recovery! You can find out more information about Gunn IMS and certified practitioners at www.iSTOP.org
A Little About Us:
Pursuit Physiotherapy in Red Deer, promotes balanced, healthy living through dedicated, individualized physical therapy for those in pain, unable to participate fully in their daily activities, wanting to maximize their function for work or sport, and wanting to prevent potential problems.
If it is affecting your quality of life, then we want to help you to optimize your function and minimize your pain.
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