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BOAA Art Instructor, Paul Livingston’s Support During This Time

BOAA Art Instructor, Paul Livingston’s Support During This Time

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Bowser’s Demolition Business            

Paul Livingston 2019


 Mr. and Mrs. Folie had one son.

For some reason, they named him Bowser.

They brought him up to be a strong , independent person. They nurtured in him an appreciation of music.  They loved him dearly and wanted  him to succeed in the world , able to support himself in the future.

The boy was large and clumsey and had a reputation for breaking things.

He would go about the day, happily singing to himself, oblivious to all around him

and seemingly harmless, but no matter what he did or touched, something got broken.


The Folie’s , experiencing their own declining health beginning to weaken them ,

one day called  Bowser in to discuss a strategy for the young lad.

They told the boy…”You should find some line of work that suits your particular skill set, something that comes naturally to you…then you will be prosperous and happy for the rest of your life.”


So Bowser gave this some thought and settled on a plan.  He started a demolition company under his own name, specializing in the home renovation sector.

Following his father’s suggestions, he made business cards with a slogan and

produced television and radio ads to promote his services.

He even  wrote a catchy jingle.


On any given evening, you could turn on the TV and there was Bowser,

cheerily pitching his  demolition business while singing his musical jingle to

would-be home renovators …

The jingle went…

“Wreck the walls with Bowser Folie, fa la la la la la la la la.”


Clan Tartan

Paul Livingston 2014


Two brothers bearing the family name of Baird, became joint owners

of an old Scottish country estate after their great uncle passed away.

Wanting to embrace the tradition of tartan attire for more formal occasions, they contacted a local kilt maker at his shop  in the nearby village

and asked if they might  commission him for kilts in the proper clan tartan.


They invited the kilt maker to come out to their castle the following afternoon in time for tea, and suggested he could take measurements and fit them for their tartans at that time.

The merchant  gratefully accepted the invitation and offered to bring the tea biscuits as a reciprocal social gesture.


When the shop keeper went to the bakery, however, he found the shelves almost empty, and all he could get was a large ,flat, baked biscuit with raisins. He figured this would  serve the purpose, and as he was running late,  he payed for the item and hurried along his way to meet with the brothers Baird.


At the estate, tea was served , business conducted , and the kilt maker returned home , happy that he had secured the order.

His wife met him at the shop door and asked how the meeting had gone.

He answered enthusiastically and said, “Actually, quite well, my dear.

I was able to kilt two Bairds with one scone.”


Gladys Sings Off Key

Paul Livingston 2019


At the local seniors centre there were several individuals who volunteered their time as  singers and musicians, travelling out of town a few times a month to perform at band stands and other senior centres. Most of the members were quite accomplished amateurs, even a few retired professional performers. And then there was Gladys, who joined the group simply because she just loved to sing. The trouble was, though, that Gladys  could not carry a tune in a bucket, and consistantly sang off-key.

Being a volunteer group, they felt they were obligated to make room for Gladys, and somewhat

reluctantly gave her a slot in the program when they had a gig.


In an effort to deliver a good show to their audiences, the leader rearranged the program, sheduling Gladys as the last performer on the line-up… for beter or worse.

He felt then , the volunteers would be able to give a smooth and entertaining performance.

Gladys, bless her heart, was delighted to be the closer at every show.


The groups reputation grew. They were booked solid across the region. Audiences all over

looked forward to their coming to perform in their town.

One town, however, was new on the schedule,  only just beginning to run these concerts in the park, so most people were unfamiliar with the visiting perfomers and the show times.

One gentleman made some inquiries and was told that the show

started at 7 and ‘aint over till the flat lady sings.


spring be all right __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________pl


All we can do at this time is take deep breaths and respond in a way that serves you best. We hope that you know how much we care about our followers, members and the community at large and will continue to do our best to provide you with what we do best.

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In these extraordinary times, we are committed to continuing to provide exceptional older adult programming, services and events to our members safely. We are an organization that’s always done things a little differently… although it might not be what was always done, we are thrilled to announce
our reopening plan for our gradual re-opening starting in the Fall of 2020. Our organization is implementing important new measures to safeguard our members, staff and volunteers in order to make participating at the BOAA enjoyable.

Like many businesses and organizations, we’ve had to work incredibly fast with extreme flexibility to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and to reflect ongoing government mandates. In response, on Monday September 14 th we will be safely reopening the doors to the BOAA with LIMITED ACCESS
available for members and guests. Pre-registration for indoor and outdoor programs and events is required.
1. Stay home if you are sick
2. A signed admission checklist that includes a temperature check will be required
3. Masks are required at all times within the building
4. All participants must remain six feet apart when possible
5. Please wash your hands frequently
6. Maximum 50 persons inside the building (we will be starting with much less)
7. Please use hand sanitizer frequently
8. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
1. Updated Office Hours – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
2. Our team will be following social distancing protocols and our floors will have distancing guidelines
3. Our team will still be smiling (as always) but they’ll be wearing masks
4. We are encouraging the use of tap & chip debit or credit cards at this time
5. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building

We will continue to monitor the situation, doing our best to make the right decisions for our members, our team and our community. What is important for all to remember is that this will only be possible if we are COVID FREE and able to meet all Federal, Provincial, Regional & Municipal guidelines. Updates should always be expected and all planning is tentative.

We are honoured to be a part of your lives and look forward to our gradual reopening. Please follow us on our Facebook page to stay informed:  https://facebook.com/BowmanvilleOA 

If you require immediate assistance, please contact our emergency line 905-242-5585 or execdirector@bowmanvilleolderadults.com

Stay Informed & Stay Safe.🙏🙏

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