ROOTS SadiesJune18The cover of The Sadies’ new album is a powerful image of the northern lights made by photographer David Kilabuk in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a sight few of us will ever get to behold with our own eyes. Yet the awe-inspiring natural beauty and mystery captured in the photo are an ideal reflection of the music contained within.

No further embellishment seems necessary.

That’s been the essence of The Sadies’ story ever since the quartet comprised of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky first exploded onto the North American scene 20 years ago. Back then there was still something called “alt-country,” a catchall for artists striving to carry on traditions with punk rock attitude. The Sadies certainly fit that description, but the breadth of their skills and musical knowledge was unparalleled since a group of fellow Torontonians left Ronnie Hawkins in the mid-‘60s to take a job backing Bob Dylan.

As the aurora borealis shifted with each album The Sadies made, the overall picture took on more defined colors. On top of that was the incredible list of collaborations—Neko Case, R&B legend Andre Williams, The Mekons’ Jon Langford, Jon Spencer, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gord Downie, Neil Young—each one pushing The Sadies’ own sound into new, unmapped territory. Eventually, more time was taken in between albums as focus shifted to their original songwriting, and what was once the best live band in Canada became the best band in Canada, period.

Is it fair then to call Northern Passages their masterpiece? Yes, at least until the next album comes along. With “Riverview Fog” setting a haunting tone off the top, the sense of time collapsing is palpable. The psych-folk touches are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it. The song began as a letter to their friend Rick White, whose contributions, both musical and visual, have played a huge role in The Sadies’ story. Although White wasn’t involved with Northern Passages, embedded within “Riverview Fog” is hope that White will return to the fold.

Conversely, other friendships are on display, specifically the track “It’s Easy (Like Walking),” sung by Kurt Vile who became a convert after touring in support of The Sadies years ago. Without a second thought, he laid down his vocal part in the midst of his own grueling tour schedule. It’s one of the album’s standouts to be sure, but resides in the shadow of Northern Passage’s centrepiece, “The Elements Song.” Perhaps never before has everything The Sadies do best been harnessed in the span of five minutes. And perhaps fittingly, it was the starting point for Northern Passages when the band convened at the home of Dallas and Travis’ parents north of Toronto to record throughout the winter of 2015, with Dallas once again handling production duties.

“That was the first song I wrote for this album, and it was completely an extension of our last record, Internal Sounds,” Dallas Good says. “It took the longest to write and took the long-est to record, so in a way it gave the record this daunting feeling.”

However, Dallas is quick to note that Northern Passages contains several humourous moments, albeit of the extremely dark variety he’s known for. One is the album’s most overt “country” song, “God Bless The Infidels,” a scathing takedown of religious hypocrisy perfectly suited to our current social climate. Although Dallas has never proclaimed any political allegiances in his work, there are times like now when reality checks such as this are absolutely necessary.

As Dallas has found his songwriting voice over the last several albums, so too has Travis on Northern Passages. That’s evident on the tracks “Through Strange Eyes,” “Questions I Never Asked” and “As Above, So Below,” some of Travis’ strongest material yet. “I always want to hear Travis perform songs that show what he’s capable of,” Dallas says. “He did that all over this record, especially the three songs on which he sings lead.”

The overall group mentality of huddling in a basement for several months, Big Pink-style, actually led to some parallels to the 2004 project The Unintended with Rick White and Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor. Northern Passages’ hazy instrumental “The Noise Museum” would have fit nicely alongside that record’s deep woods psychedelia, while closing track “The Good Years” (containing among other killer lines, “He haunted her before he was dead”), is a prime example of the “northern gothic” approach The Sadies have all but patented.

Despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies’ sound, Northern Passages’ main strength is a cohesiveness that gives it a more consistent feel overall. Dallas credits this in part to recording with no time restrictions or distractions, and, significantly, by returning to the same space where he and Travis first started playing in bands. “We had nothing to lose by trying to make the record down there, and we weren’t sure if anything good would come out of it,” he says. “But removing any unfamiliar elements allowed us to focus a lot better. My parents’ basement turned out to be my favorite studio yet.”

Given all their associations and tireless touring regimen, it can seem at times as if The Sadies are everywhere, all the time. Yet they are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we’ll be better off because of it.

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After an exceptionally long and snowy winter, we deserve and are ready for some warm spring days. As nature finally awakens with longer days, budding trees and green fields, it’s an exciting time for us car enthusiasts.  A time to renew old friendships, see our old favorite collector cars, meet new enthusiasts and get our first view of the newest cars completed by dedicated car lovers who worked throughout the winter in their home shops to complete their latest vision.

One of the new cars being debuted this show/cruise season is a gorgeous black & white 1956 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan, owned and built over last winter by Gerry Milidantri.  The 1956 is the middle year of one of Chevrolet’s most popular body styles ever introduced and is often referred to as the “Tri Fives” (1955-1957).  It is safe to say if you are a “baby boomer” you, a family member, neighbor or friend owned a “Tri Five” Chevy, and it is not easily forgotten!


Between 1950 through 1975, the Chevrolet division of General Motors produced the full size Chevrolet Bel Air in the United States. The 1949-1952 hardtops in the Chevrolet Deluxe Styleline model range were the first to carry the Bel Air name.  In 1953 Bel Air became one of three new distinct series introduced.  The other two series were the 150 and 210. The 210 was the midrange model from 1953 to 1957 that replaced the Styline Deluxe model available the previous years and was discontinued after the 1957 model year to be replaced by the Biscayne model.

The second generation of the Bel Air is categorized as the 1955-1957 (“Tri Five”) model years. The 1956 model year, the year of this month’s featured car, was the center year of Chevrolet’s three-year market share growth, fueled thanks to buyers’ enthusiasm for the new style Chevrolets and the new optional V8 engines. The ’55, ‘56 and ‘57 Chevy’s looks, power and engineering made them among America’s most popular cars in the mid- fifties during a time in which consumers bought cars as never before.  The fresh styling and updated design provided great market flexibility across a broad spectrum of the car market in response to the needs of both personal and business vehicles.  Unique grilles, “wrap around windshields” and a beltline dip below the rear side window added to the “Tri Five” Chevy’s new “longer-wider-boxier” style, which was somehow magically fitted on the new 115 inch wheelbase frame.  The Bel Airs came with the same features found on cars in the lower model ranges (150 & 210) plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, stainless steel window moldings and full wheel covers. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering later in the year.

The true catalyst for the consumer excitement was the introduction of Chevrolet’s first modern V8 engine, the 265 cubic inch “Turbo Fire” (the start of Chevrolet “Small Block Dynasty”).  The new engine was lighter than the six cylinders and much more powerful, rated 162 horsepower with a standard transmission and 170 horsepower when equipped with the PowerGlide automatic transmission. An optional 180 horsepower version tagged “Power-Pak” featured a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.  The reliable 235 cubic inch six cylinder rated at 123 horsepower was still available, but the V8 was what people wanted.  In support of the V8 option Chevrolet introduced an updated chassis with new ball-joint front suspension and standard tubeless tires.

Featured Car

The 1956 Chevy was purchased in October of 2016 from the estate of its past owner by Gerry Milidantri. The car was rust free, had its floors and rocker boxes replaced, had a beautiful body and the original 6 cylinder engine with a manual three speed transmission. Gerry’s vision for his “Tri Five” project was to create an all stock looking 1956 Chevy, but update the engineering and mechanical to the speed and performance level of a modern muscle car.  By starting with a beautiful original car, Gerry saved months if not years of build time, thousands of dollars in sheet metal work, (smartly avoiding the one area of automobile expertise he doesn’t do which is “body work”) and was able to focus on the car’s transformation from a “Granny special” to truly something very special!

Once home, Gerry removed the original engine, transmission, differential, front suspension, interior and wiring. The now shell of the 1956 was pressure washed, all undercoating was removed, the chassis painted and the following activities competed;

  • Installed new front suspension with Heidt tubular control arms, new spindles, coil springs and shocks.
  • Installed new steering box with CPP power assist unit, new tie rod links and   idler arm.
  • Modified the rear chassis and relocated the leaf springs to facilitate wider tires.
  • Installed new high performance fabricated 9” Ford rear equipped with adjust-able Cal Trac traction bars.
  • Installed Wildwood Disc Brakes all around.
  • Wanting an old style gasser engine for  his ’56, Gerry started with a 1966 Corvette 327 block that was modified and rebuilt with the best of new components into a 430 Hp “tire spinning beast”.
  • To get the power to the rear, Gerry installed a Hay’s steel flywheel, a Center Force clutch, a pressure plate, aluminum titanium lined blow proof bell housing and a Tremec 5 speed manual transmission.
  • Installed all new wiring harness, MSD distributor and digital ignition control.
  • Interior floors were insulated with Dynamat and new carpeting installed.
  • Replaced all window crank handles, door levers, and outside door handles.
  • All of the cars bumpers, emblems, tail lights, grill, parking and headlights (over $4,000.00 worth) was replaced.

Gerry’s painstaking effort, commitment to detail and quest for perfection has created another timeless beauty destined to be one of this season’s newest head turning, smile generating crowd pleasers!


Gerry is now semi-retired and living in Durham, Connecticut running his own consulting company providing managerial and technical support to the aircraft and industrial turbine marketplace. When not in his office, he can usually be found in his huge barn (garage/workshop) doing what he loves, tinkering.  Whether he is working on his latest car project, planning his next, fixing his tractor or grandkids’ quads, as long as it has an engine he is happy. When most kids are young, they played with cars pushing them around making noises, building models, eventually got bored, lost interest and stopped playing with cars and trucks.  Gerry hasn’t stopped yet. He loves cars, always has and always will!  He has owned and built numerous great cars across the spectrum of the car hobby including Corvettes, muscle cars, antiques, race cars and street rods starting back to his early teens.

He is a perfectionist who enjoys the challenge and restoration/build journey as much as the final product.  He is unselfish in giving of his time and expertise to help a fellow hobbyist.  He continues to host Tuesday night barn nights where his friends gather to share their projects, knowledge and camaraderie.  So if you happen to be cruising in Connecticut and see a bunch of kids eating ice cream in a beautiful black and white 1956 Chevrolet 210, honk and wave, the big kid’s name is Gerry!



While most aspects of spring are revitalizing, homeowners may find themselves dreading that inevitable spring cleaning.  But tidying up for warmer months doesn’t have to be hard – just look at it as a way to allow your home to breathe.

“The snow is melting away, and the grass is green,” says professional organizer, Nancy McKinney, owner of S.O.S. Solutions, Madison, WI. “It’s just nice to get rid of that extra dust, open the windows, and feel refreshed in your house.”

Breathe in that fresh spring air and follow these expert tips to get your spring cleaning done right; you may never have to gear up for a massive home cleaning again.

RedCircleWithNumberStart with a purge splurge

“Many of us live with items we don’t like and never use that just clutter our homes,” says Annette Besaw, owner of Design Matters, South Burlington, VT. “When you give the items you absolutely love space to breathe, that is when you can finally see and enjoy them.”

But parting with items is a struggle for many.  To decide what stays and goes, Besaw says to honestly answer the following questions:

  • Have I used this item in the last six months? “Excluding holiday decorations, if you haven’t used an item for half a year, chances are you don’t need it,” Besaw says.
  • Do I love it? Do I even like it? “We all have too many excuses to hold on to things – it was a gift, it was expensive, it was my family’s,” she says.  But if disaster struck and you lost all your belongings, would you repurchase it?  “If you wouldn’t, then maybe it is time to say goodbye,” she says.
  • Is it worth the space it takes up? “Figure out what your home costs per square foot each year,” Besaw says. “Now, when you look at an item, ask yourself if the item is worth the space it sits on.”

Once you’ve recycled, donated, or tossed all of your “no” items, you’ll have already conquered a huge part of your task, and the rest of your spring cleaning will be a much lighter load.

RedCircleWithNumberGear up

Before you start scrubbing sinks and polishing wood, make sure your home is stocked up with all necessary cleaning supplies, McKinney says.  “Make sure you’re prepared. If you want to wax the floor, make sure you actually have the wax.”

RedCircleWithNumberClear out cabinets

Shannon Bartley, ASID, interior designer for Rembrandt Interiors, Ferndale, MI, says even after a major purge, cabinets and drawers often get left behind.  “People tend to shove their items out of sight, out of mind,” she says.

Bartley recommends wiping out every drawer and cabinet to ensure you’re truly looking at each item they hold.  And don’t forget the pantry.  “I make a note if an item is going to expire within the month. Take everything out of that deep pantry and deep cabinet.  Wipe it out and put everything back in.”  And remember: Prescriptions and other medications expire, just like food.

RedCircleWithNumberDitch old clothing

Parting with old clothes is one of the biggest challenges homeowners face, especially those who aim to lose weight.  But owning clothing in four different sizes is a bit excessive. “If people really truly believe they’re going to lose weight, then keep a size up and a size down,” Bartley says.

As for the rest of your closet, Bartley offers a helpful hint to figure out what needs to go.  “Turn all of your hangers one way, so the hook of each hanger is facing the same way.  After you’ve worn an item, turn the hanger the other way,” she says. “Then, in six months or a year, look at what you’ve worn.”  If an item hasn’t been used, you know what to do.

RedCircleWithNumberMake it a family affair

“Spring cleaning your home can be fun and can bring a family together,” Besaw says.  Put on some music and get your family together so you can all appreciate the work it takes to keep a clean home.  Afterward, do something fun to celebrate. “Come up with an activity you all love to do as a reward for getting it all done.”

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By. Anna Sachse

There are many benefits to enlisting an expert. Realtors – agents who are members of the National Association of Realtors and who adhere to its Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice – are versed in which homes are a good value in the current market, what locations are most desirable, what characteristics determine resale potential and how real estate law and contracts work. “If a buyer doesn’t have extensive knowledge of all the aspects of a real estate transaction – such as negotiating price terms and conditions of purchase – they can easily be taken advantage of,” says Mark Minnis, a broker/owner and buyer’s agent with InSight Real Estate Portland, Ore. “But a Realtor is obligated by law to protect your interests.”

Retaining a Realtor usually requires no out-of-pocket expense on the part of the buyer, says Brady Moore, a Dallas-based Realtor with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. An agent’s commission will depend upon the listing and the contract.

To find a licensed broker or real estate agent, your best bet is to start with referrals from friends or family, says Minnis, especially if they are located where you are looking. If new to a city, use the “Find a REALTOR” function at Realtor.org, the website for the NAR. Sometimes new buyers are tempted to find Realtors by calling listing agents for properties they like or stopping by open houses in favorite neighborhoods, but be cautious. Working with an agent who also represents the seller may not be in your best interest. Consider finding a buyer’s agent first and have that person help you pick out properties, Moore says.

SOLDpic            To ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible, the experts agree it’s also important to find someone who is a good personality fit. “Buying a house is probably the biggest financial transaction most people will make in their lives, and it can take a while,” says Moore. “You should do it with someone you can trust [and] enjoy spending time with.”

A good way to gauge if you will get along is by interviewing potential agents in person.Ask about their areas of expertise, the neighborhoods in which the majority of their sales occur, if they own any real estate themselves and how long they’ve been in the business.

Keep in mind that many (not all) agents may require you to sign an exclusive-representation agreement, says Moore, the details of which can vary. In addition to reading over the contract, have a friend who understands real estate also read it over. Keep in mind that a good agent will work hard to meet your needs. They may put in a lot of time helping you search, and they won’t get paid until the sale. When they see that you are committed to working as a team, they know they can dedicate all their effort to your home search.

Area Real Estate Pros

Bridget Gelderman

Davis R. Chant Realtors

Bridget Gelderman, Realtor in Pike & Wayne Counties, PA is known for her innovative use of technology, social media and video in real estate. She uses cutting-edge technology to get homes sold!

e | bridget@geldermangroup.com

c | 570.840.1314

o | 570.226.4518

w | www.sellingwallenpaupack.com


Stephanie Matolyak

Davis R. Chant Realtors

Enthusiastic and very service oriented, Stephanie continues being a top agent as referrals keep rolling in!  Establishing good relationships and cultivating a deep understanding of what her clients need results in a high level of sales.

e | stephaniesfarm@yahoo.com

c | 570.647.5353

o | 570.226.4518


Tim, Heather & Paul Meagher

RE/MAX Wayne & RE/MAX Best

A local family-owned business that has helped thousands of families buy and sell real estate in Wayne & Pike Counties for over 30 years. Honesty, integrity, aggressive & innovative marketing.  Supporting our community and 100% client satisfaction are the core values of our company. Our motto is “To treat everyone we work with as a member of our family.”  These principles help us to continue to be the top-selling real estate team in Wayne County year after year!

e | tim@remaxwayne.com

c | 570.647.5045 Call/Text

w | www.remaxwayne.com


Cindy Wildermuth

Woodland Living Realty, LLC

As a Realtor for over 20 years, Cindy recently established Woodland Living Realty, an independent brokerage, offering knowledgeable customized service.  Cindy specializes in large rural acreages, and recreational opportunities with broad experience ranging from first-time

homebuyers to real estate investments.

e | cindywildermuth@gmail.com

c | 570.470.4055


How will your 2018 Valentine’s Day be remembered? Good, bad, or, worse yet – indifferent!?

Fear not – there is a way of attaining the best outcome this Feb. 14, which is just around the corner.

Abandon old traditions and do something to sweep her off her feet with these five steps:

oneBefore the big day, drive her wild with anticipation by telling her that you have the most amazing surprise for her. This promise will keep her guessing and make her think about your evening.

twoKnow her favorite flowers. If you don’t, don’t panic. You can find out by making a comment, like “I’ve noticed plants blooming early this year …” and steer the conversation from there. In a beautiful vase, arrange an exotic bouquet and hide it somewhere in your home on the special day. She’ll like that you created the presentation.

threeGo to your local chocolate shop and select her favorite kinds of chocolate. Have it boxed and nicely wrapped to prevent her from knowing what it is when you present the chocolates to her.

fourCreate a dish and name it after her. For example, if her name is Anne, you might call the dish “Tournedos Princess Anne.” This step is the most important. I can assure you that after having spent time in some top-notch restaurants, food that is named after a person is a special honor. We all know how women love it when their men do the cooking. What I do is cut and precook the vegetables, and I even make the sauce beforehand to make sure I get it as perfect as I can. Leave everything in the fridge. Then, on Valentine’s Day, I set the table before I start the cooking part. On both plates, place a fresh RED ROSE. The single rose is just part of making her think that is all the flowers she will be getting (but we know differently). When she gets home, make sure to get her to promise you she’ll stay out of the kitchen. Tell her not to spoil the surprise!

fiveWhen everything is ready, plate the food, cover it and take it to the dining table, and then ask her to come and sit. Before you uncover the lid, have her close her eyes. Retrieve the hidden bouquet, place the flowers on the table, and ask her to open her eyes. Pay attention to how she responds. Tell her what you’ve named the dish.

But that’s not all – after the meal, take her by the hand, walk her to the living room and sit her down. Bring out the boxed chocolate, go on one knee and tell her, “This is for you,” or, “You make me feel whole,” or, “You are the most beautiful woman in the world and I love you.”

Overkill? – Not at all. Remember, you don’t have to know why this works, but only that it does work.

About Ernest Quansah

Ernest Quansah (www.relationshipadviceforsuccess.com) is a love relationship success expert with more than a decade of experience. He is the president of Relationship Advice for Success, and founder of Online Dating, Relationship, and Marriage School (ODRMS). After much research and experience with heartache – divorce, breakups and the devastating consequences – he has discovered the keys to finding and maintaining meaningful, long-lasting romantic relationships. He is also the author of Do’s and Don’ts of Relationships: Nine Steps to a Deeper, Richer Love Relationship, 2nd edition.