December 4, 2012 3:49:18 PM
What does the hockey lockout mean to fans around Canada and the world?
It means that owners and players are not playing because they cannot decide on a fair way to split up the almost three and a half billion dollars’ worth of revenue that comes into the league each year. And where does this money come from? You guessed it; the hard earned dollars come from the not so deep pockets of your average hockey fan. They are fighting over how to split up the money that WE pay to watch THEM play. Without getting into too much lawyer talk, let’s just say this is terrible news for hockey loving men all over the world.
This means your life, as you know it, is over. It means that your Thursday nights will no longer be spent laying out on the couch watching the Oilers battle the Wild, instead you will be cuddled up in a blanket trying to figure out why seemingly all shows on TV have become overrun with Vampires. Then you will go out for a romantic Saturday night movie only to find, yes you guessed it, more vampires. It is like you dozed off one night and the Vampire apocalypse struck. Just a quick head’s up; the epic conclusion of the Twilight Saga is in theatres, so get your popcorn ready.
Do not put away the tools from your summer projects just yet, because your to-do list has now been extended into the fall. You have the time to tackle all those remaining DIY projects. New floors will be laid, shelves will be made, pictures will be hung, and pipes will be fixed.
Visiting the in-laws no longer consists of a polite hello followed by a quick exit to the living room to catch the final two periods. You now get to sit quietly and listen to stories about Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gerald, as you sip cold Earl Grey Tea, munch on digestive biscuits and pretend to be enjoying this wonderful night out, because as all men know, there is nothing more exciting than a Wednesday night filled with Earl Grey Tea.
What about all the time in between games, when your workplace is usually filled with the banter of the NHL. How many hours are killed every winter discussing last night’s game, the latest trade, or the fact that Bob Cole still does not seem to know the names of any players not in Toronto blue?
The final problem with the lockout and perhaps the worst consequence is that all men will now become pseudo babysitters for more frequent girl’s nights out. Now that there is no reason to go out with the boys and have a beer, there are all the more free nights for your better half and her friends to go out and paint the town red. Well, look at it this way, at least you have basketball. It’s time for you to start brushing up on your knowledge of the Charlotte Bobcats, the three point play, personal fouls, and James Harden’s beard.
Through this sea of negativity that the NHL lockout creates, there is but a ray of the positive. You can now go out into the great outdoors and enjoy all the countryside that our beautiful land has to offer. From the Peace River Valley to the foothills of the Rockies to a trip to the Vegreville Pysanka; our region is full of many things to enjoy, or keep your mind off the fact that they STILL aren’t playing hockey. All we can hope is that the powers that be fix this travesty and give us hockey fans something to cheer for besides the continuation of Twilight.
But until then, wherever your travels take you remember us here at Pomeroy Inn & Suites; we’ll look forward to seeing you.
*Photos Courtesy: Fan Pop, Cinema Blend, News OK
October 18, 2012 3:55:04 PM
Ryan Pomeroy was nominated and selected as a Prairies finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in the category of Business-to-consumer Products and Services.
Of the 81 nominees spanning our region, the judges narrowed the field to 34 deserving entrepreneurs in 10 categories. In Ryan’s category he was one of 3 finalists selected.
Per the Press Release issued by Ernst & Young in July, “The Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.”
The recognition Ryan received is a tribute to the hard work that our employees do every day to make our company so successful.
On behalf of the entire organization we congratulate Ryan on his nomination. The winners were announced at an awards banquet on October 11th in Calgary, and although Ryan did not win in his category, it was a great experience for both Ryan and the company as a whole. We look forward to re-applying next year!
October 10, 2012 12:01:49 PM
I’m sure some of you are in the same boat as me this week, and enjoying some delicious turkey / thanksgiving leftovers! We unfortunately were a little behind the eight ball when we went to purchase our free range turkey from a local butcher, here in Grande Prairie and ended up with a 17 pounder to split between three of us! Needless to say we have been getting a bit creative with our recipes and altering them to include turkey, the last few days! These include, Turkey Soup and Turkey Chili (Perfect for a SNOWY day like today!!) and also the classic turkey dinner sandwich - All of your leftovers between two pieces of bread, dipped in gravy… heaven!
We have also resulted to "gifting" pre-packed containers of turkey, dressing and potatoes to all of our friends! What are some of your favourite ways to use up your Turkey leftovers after the holiday?
And now for something that doesn’t have anything to do with Turkey! I tried out a great recipe this weekend that is fantastic for Fall, that I thought I would share. My mother shared it with me, and here is her recipe! It can also be found, on her blog.
Maple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
½ pkg. vanilla instant pudding
¼ Cup milk
1 Cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ Cup butter – melted
1 large egg – lightly beaten
1 pkg. active dry yeast (2 and 1/4 tsp.)
1 Tbsp. sugar
¼ Cup warm water
4 Cups all-purpose flour
1/3 Cup butter – softened
1 Cup brown sugar - packed
1 ½ Tbsp. cinnamon
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 ½ Cup icing sugar
6 Tbsp. cream cheese – softened
¼ Cup butter – softened
¼ tsp. maple flavouring (I used 2 Tbsp. pure Maple Syrup as well)
½ tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. milk
Whisk together the pudding and the milk. Stir in the pumpkin and whisk to combine. Add the salt and nutmeg. Whisk in the melted butter and egg. Set aside while you prepare the yeast mixture.
Combine the warm water and sugar and sprinkle on the yeast. Stir lightly just to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes till mixture is foamy. Slowly add the pumpkin mixture and mix on low till combined. Mix in the flour – 1 Cup at a time. If using a stand mixer – use the dough hook and mix on low for 7 minutes or knead by hand on lightly floured surface for 9 minutes until smooth. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
Meanwhile prepare the filling and soften the butter.
Turn risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 11 X 18 inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter, sprinkle on the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and press into the butter. Roll short ends (on left and right sides) over slightly to keep filling in. Now roll as tight as possible on the long edge – rolling away from yourself. With a serrated knife cut into 14-16 pieces for regular sized rolls or 7 for jumbo cinnamon rolls. Place cut side up in lightly greased cake pans. Cover again with plastic wrap and let rise for 20 minutes. Prepare the icing while dough is rising – beat the cream cheese with the butter till smooth, add in the flavouring and beat till smooth. Add in the icing sugar a ½ Cup at a time and beat till smooth and soft. Add 1 Tbsp. milk if needed to make a softer icing.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Frost the rolls while they are still warm. Enjoy!
Here are some photos I took while Baking these yummy little rolls!
With this being the last weekend of summer, we at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites brand office were thinking this would be the perfect time to plan one last weekend getaway to get the most out of the season before the cold of winter arrives. Nothing accompanies a road trip like a good playlist, so without further ado here is the perfect playlist to get you ready for fall.
September – Earth, Wind, & Fire – 1978
This disco hit, that reached number 8 on the charts, is about a whirlwind fall romance. The song opens with a date of September 21st; many wonder the significance of the date. Is it someone’s birthday? The first day of fall? In reality this date has no real significance and was chosen simply because “It just felt right.”
Maggie May – Rod Stewart – 1971
This song acted as Rod Stewart’s coming out party. He burst onto the scene with this risqué song, which remains one of his most well-known and was first number one hit.
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground – The White Stripes – 2002
With a title like this Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground this White Stripes hit has to be on any fall playlist. While, not about the season itself, The White Stripes give us a sad journey through a troubled relationship with this one.
Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole – 1956
We have to trip back in time to this fall classic sung by Nat King Cole. Recorded in English in 1956 for the film Autumn Leaves this song was originally written and recorded in French in 1945 with the title Les feuilles mortes (literally "The Dead Leaves").
Harvest Time – Luke Bryan – 2011
From 1956 and Nat King Cole we jump in our time machine and move forward to 2011 where we find Luke Bryan and his song Harvest Time. Nothing says fall like the combines and tractors, and no song projects this view more than this (except for maybe one song, which you will find a few spots down on our list).
October – U2 – 1981
This title track from U2’s 1981 album was entirely improvised. The original song was lost when Bono had his briefcase stolen by a group of fans, and was not recovered until 3 years later.
The Boys of Fall – Kenny Chesney – 2010
Nothing screams fall like the return of Football! And nothing screams Friday nights under the lights watching your high school go facemask to facemask with their bitter rivals. This song became Kenny’s 18th number one country single.
Moondance – Van Morrison – 1970
Though this song was the title track for his 1970 album, Van Morrison did not release Moondance as a single until 1977. This song also was ranked as the 226th best song of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004.
International Harvester – Craig Morgan – 2007
This may be the only song that is more about combines and fall time then Luke Bryan’s. This song was released in 2007 and reached number 10 on the country charts.
Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – 1988
We will finish up our playlist with this Halloween themed beauty of a song.
We hope some, if not all, these songs make it on to your playlist for your last road trip of 2012. Wherever your road trip takes you we hope it takes you to a Pomeroy Inn & Suites.
Did we miss a song? What is your must-listen fall tune? Let us know and we’ll add it to our list.
Have a great weekend!
As we gear up for a weekend out at Evergreen Park for the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Guitars & Wagons Weekend, I want to take a minute and reflect back on our fantastic Triathlon that ran (swam, and biked) last weekend in Grande Prairie.
The event went off without a hitch! Here is a teaser photo from the swim….
More photos will be posted soon on Facebook and also shared in high quality with all of the participants! In the meantime, here are links to our photographer, Heather’s blog, where she shares some of her favourite photos from the day!
These photos come from the two lovely photographers we had in attendance. They both wrote blogs about the event, and I wanted to share an excerpt from the second photographer, Shari’s blog (www.talesfromasmallkitchen.com). A wonderful story fit for Father’s day!
This morning, H & I woke up ridiculously early. H was photographing the Pomeroy triathlon and she hired me to be her assistant. I was basically in charge of taking a few shots of the pool from the stands, random shots of people in the transition area and then pictures of each athlete as they crossed the finish line at the end of their run.
We were waiting on one runner. He was very far behind the rest of the group. Eventually, they started the medal ceremony and H had to go shoot it. I was left at the finish line by myself.
It took a while but I realized, eventually, that there was a family behind me. I asked the young girls if they were waiting for their dad. They were. The man's wife explained that the man I was waiting for is a runner but had never participated in a triathlon before. And, he signed up for the Olympic distance, not the sprint. This means, in addition to his swim, he had to bike 40 km and run 10 km.
I was beat just thinking about this.
Then, his wife informed me that he only made the decision to sign up for the triathlon two weeks ago. Not much time to train for such a huge undertaking!
After hearing the story, I told the girls that if they wanted to head down the path, they could wait for their dad and then cross the finish line with him when he passed by them. At first, they thought I was crazy but then their mom told them that, if they wanted to, she'd go down with them and wait.
Here's what happened next...
The mom, her stroller & baby, and two small girls started to head down the path. They got a short way down and the mom, stroller and one girl turned back, heading towards me, while the other ran like heck down the path, away from the finish line.
Her dad was coming towards her.
She ran all the way to him, grabbed his hand and ran the 1/4 km to the finish line with him.
I said to his wife, "That's awesome.'
She said, 'No, that's the best father's day gift ever.'
While no one else was around to cheer this man on, I don't think he cared. They were so proud of him and I'm sure it was his greatest father's day to date.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our BBQ yesterday at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Grande Prairie! We had a great turn out and collected a truck-wagon full of food and cash donations for Ecana’s Race Against Hunger! Our own Mark Sutherland was the lead driver or last year’s Race Against Hunger and we hope we can help him reach first place again this year!
We will be cheering Mark on at the Grande Prairie Stompede tomorrow night, and will be handing out sheriff badges, so keep your eye out for us!!
Here are some photos from the event! For more, check out our Facebook Album
April 27, 2012 4:46:27 PM
For our Facebook followers, you may remember the article I posted last week about current project in Olds, to our page. We are currently in the midst of constructing a brand new Pomeroy Inn & Suites that will not only be a hotel, but will also be utilized in conjunction with the newly developed hospitality program at Olds College.
Recently it was announced that our new Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Olds will also be home to the brewery for Western Canada’s only post-secondary Brewmaster program. The program will provide students the unique opportunity to achieve a diploma on how to brew and market beer, and will partner with Niagara College’s current Brewmaster program.
When the hotel opens in July 2013, it will include a 2,000-square-foot addition for the teaching brewery that includes state of the art equipment and a private entrance, to ensure it will not disrupt any hotel guests.
If you’re interested in becoming a certified Brewmaster, or for more information about this great new program, check out this article,
I know I’m not the only one anticipating that 5 o’clock Friday Beer after a long work week….
Cheers, to a great weekend!
April 12, 2012 12:02:41 PM
We are very excited to announce the launch of our newest initiative in tourism, www.WeGoNorth.com!
For those of you who don’t know what We Go North is all about, the site is an initiative funded by the Rural Discovery Destination Marketing Fund dedicated to promoting tourism in the Peace Region and surrounding northern areas. WeGoNorth.com welcomes businesses, attractions, events, and other tourism organizations to work together to promote our area and who knows our areas better than our local businesses and residents.
We are asking Local Businesses to create their FREE business page listing on the site which will be linked directly to their community. Think of this as sort of a Trip Advisor for Northern businesses.
The site will also host an extensive list of events in our regions. The extremely user friendly layout allows users to easily search for events / accommodations / restaurants / shopping, etc., and will no doubt quickly evolve into the best tourism resource for all visitors to our area.
If you are a business in the Peace Region, you may have already received the lovely brochure in the mail. (pictured below) We hope you had a chance to check out the site and register for your listing! If not, you can register here: www.WeGoNorth.com/partners
Also – don’t forget to check out the We Go North Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/WeGoNorth
March 30, 2012 10:56:25 AM
Are any of you like me, and tend to procrastinate on any sort of major cleaning initiatives throughout the winter? Well, with spring right around the corner (we hope) and the snow SLOWLY disappearing, I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I should be doing for Spring Cleaning this year. This being the first spring in our new house, I wasn’t even sure where to start!
Luckily for me, there are people out there who are much more organized than I! I stumbled across a few great sites with Spring Cleaning Lists….. check them out here:
I have always tried to be conscience of the products I use in around my house and try to stay away from those with harsh chemicals. I am always looking for great natural cleaning tips, and I found a few great suggestions on this blog:
(photo from here)
We also take Green Cleaning very seriously at our Pomeroy Inn & Suites! Rest assured that when you stay with us your room is cleaned with all natural EcoLogo certified cleaners.
What Spring Cleaning Tips can you share? Do you have any Natural Cleaning methods that you use around your house?
Cheers to a (hopefully) sunny spring weekend! Happy Friday!