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To all a good night
Cory Richardson is a craftsperson and activist trying to bring a good night’s sleep to people around the world who rarely get one.

Stitch Uganda Together is a grassroots initiative started by Cory, who makes and sells hammocks in support of the people of Uganda.

“I was invited to Uganda a year and a half ago. I did some research and I started learning about the number of orphans and [homeless] youth there. There are so many kids that are homeless due to AIDS, war and landslides.”

During his first trip to Bunanumali, Uganda, Cory brought along some sewing machines and helped teach local people how to make hammocks.

…Hammocks?

“There’s just tons of [homeless] kids everywhere, and if they have a hammock that means they have a place to sleep,” explains Cory. “They’re great because you’re up off the ground in the rainy season. These hammocks are a cocoon-style hammock, so you can cover yourself up. The mosquitoes won’t bite you and you can stay clean and dry.”

A Stitch hammock would make for a good Christmas present for a number of reasons, says Cory.

“For every hammock that we sell, we’re also going to give a hammock to a child in Uganda,” he says. “And the money will go back to supporting the ladies there who are making the hammocks. Everybody wins!”

The hammocks and Cory’s own label of clothing, Action Hero Clothing, are being sold at Hempware and Living Planet boutiques downtown. To learn more about the Stitch project, go to www.actionheronetwork.net, or contact Cory at corcontact@gmail.com.

Play it by ArE
Who says you can’t make your own brand of handmade audio equipment?

Richard White is a music lover who’s been a sound recorder/engineer/mix master since high school. Three years ago, he wanted audio gear that would give him the best sound during his in-studio and at-home recording sessions. So he and his friend Ross Connelly started making their own designs under the name ArE audio.

“I’ve always been a big Hi Fi nut and with a little electronics background, serious research, and studying, I made some reputable speakers and word got out,” says White.
ArE’s designs are mostly made using wood and glass materials, a choice that makes for a sound product, says White.

“We use wood primarily on the speakers for acoustic reasons, but I’ve been working on glass prototypes as of late, with different types producing different results. Amps get everything from metal to wood to glass. Aesthetically anything can happen; paint,textiles, natural wood… it’s endless.”

Right now, ArE Audio is selling made-to-order speakers and everything is produced by hand. Says White, “It takes Ross and I about two weeks to do 2 to 4 pairs of our popular monitor speakers. Any other speakers or custom orders, give it another couple of weeks.”
If you’re interested in checking out ArE Audio’s equipment, www.areaudio.com is in the works and will be online in the new year. In the meantime, contact either Richard or Ross for information: richie@areaudio.com, ross@areaudio.com.

Foot loose and fancy
Shoes flash! A second Gallery Shoes shop has opened in a new location next to the Save Easy in Churchill Square. For now, Gallery Shoes in the Square is the holding place for extra Spring, Summer and Fall stock, with all footwear selling at 50% its original price. And over the next few months, the Gallery Shoes in the Square will renovate into a specialty footwear store for ladies and men.

Paper cut
On Thursday, December 4, the Quebec-based newsprint maker AbitibiBowater announced the definite closure of the 103-year-old papermaking mill in Grand Falls-Windsor.

How might this affect the island’s newspaper industry? Tom Over, manager of Canada’s largest printer, Transcontinental, doesn’t foresee the closure having much of effect on the business.

“We use paper from Abitibi but it’s not the grain of paper that’s produced in Grand Falls,” says Over. “The closure really has no bearing on us at all.”

This imminent closure places the Kruger mill in Corner Brook as the sole heir to the island’s papermaking industry.

“All of our newsprint comes from the Kruger mill in Corner Brook,” he says. “None of the [newspapers here] have been using the paper from Grand Falls. I think their market was more of an export market.”

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