For a year, a team of women in Barrie has been scouting out special houses, marshalling the creative talent of designers and florists, selling advertisements and publishing a home tour guide, organizing a complex schedule of home ‘hosts’ and hoping their tickets sell out. The May Court Club of Barrie holds its 26th Homes for the Holidays tour this weekend and each year seems to top the year before.
As town crier for the City of Barrie since 2002, Steve Travers has built a fine reputation for Barrie and for himself. He remembers applying for the position when it was first advertised. It was 2002, the year before Barrie’s 125th birthday, and the call went out for this civic position. Several people thought it was a full-time job with benefits and wrote a sales pitch about themselves.
This is a good news story with a daunting finish line. Just warning you. Drive anywhere in the region these days and you’ll see the ‘new’ ditch-weed... intense clusters of blue-green feather stalks, some seven to 10 feet high, with grey seed pod heads blowing in the wind at the top. Actually, if they weren’t so harmful, they’d be attractive. It seems a bit late, but local news reports indicate that municipal governments — both lower and upper tier — are starting to be concerned about these plants.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".