Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day is around the corner, and we are proudly wearing our poppies at Afterglow. While the 11th falls on a weekday this year, we hope you take a moment to remember, even if you can’t make it to the ceremonies.

War is a hard subject to teach kids. It’s even a hard subject for adults to understand. War feels like something that happens in far away places and doesn’t affect us personally. Yet, with the recent tragedies in Ottawa, we see how scary and close to home violence can be.

Wearing a poppy is a tradition which dates back to World War I, and was inspired by the famous poem, “In Flanders Fields” written by Guelph’s John McRae. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I which changed the world forever. Canadian forces continue to be active in conflict zones around the world.

We have so much to be thankful for living in Canada. So thanks to all the soldiers past, present and future. May we never forget.

Local Ceremonies on Tuesday, November 11th:

Waterloo — Royal Canadian Legion branch 530: parade leaves the Regina Street hall at 10 a.m., and marches to the Waterloo cenotaph for a 10:15 a.m. ceremony. The parade, which will include members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, a military band and vehicles, and soldiers in Second World War-era uniforms, will proceed along King and Princess streets.

Kitchener — Royal Canadian Legion, Fred Gies branch 50: a ceremony will be held at the Kitchener cenotaph, at the corner of Frederick and Duke streets downtown, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Area streets will be closed for the duration of the ceremony. A special Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at Veterans’ Green, a commemorative parkette at the corner of Spadina Road East and Glen Road at 3:30 p.m.

Cambridge (Galt) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 121: parade march will begin at 9:40 a.m. at the legion hall on 4 Veteran’s Way and will continue on to the Galt cenotaph. Wreath laying ceremonies will follow.

Cambridge (Hespeler) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 272: service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Tannery and Queen street cenotaph, reception to follow at the Schofield Street legion hall.

Cambridge (Preston) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 126: parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall at Westminster Drive and Margaret Street, and will continue down Westminster Drive to King Street and Argyle Street to the cenotaph. The parade will return along Argyle Street to Duke Street to Westminster Drive.

Wilmot Township — Royal Canadian Legion branch 532 (New Hamburg): parade forms at 10:15 a.m. at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron St., making a stop at the Huron Street cenotaph before proceeding for an 11 a.m. indoor service at the New Hamburg Arena.

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.

Why You Should Buy A Furnace From Afterglow

Did you know the average life expectancy of furnaces in the home is 16-20 years? If your furnace is close to this age or older, you should begin shopping.

Afterglow technicians are trained and have experience with nearly every make and model of residential furnaces in Waterloo and Kitchener. But that’s not the only reason why you should purchase a furnace from us! Provided below are the top 6 reasons:

1. Friendly, No Pressure Sales Presentation:

Call one of our experts today to talk about what solutions are right for your home. No question is too small, or too big! Furnaces are a big investment and we want to make sure you are happy with your choice.

Give us a call: 519-747-7732.

2. Red Carpet Treatment:

Afterglow protects your house and doesn’t leave a mess! We want to improve your home with the best system, and part of that is making sure installation isn’t too messy and intrusive. Our team of professionals work quietly and neatly, ensuring that they only leave behind high quality work! Don’t believe us? Watch this video.

3. Competent Installers:

We only hire the best, most professional installers. Afterglow will ensure that your new system is safely connected and working perfectly, so you don’t have to worry.

4. Startup Testing and Commissioning:

From beginning to end, we ensure our systems are the highest quality and in excellent working order. We make sure that everything works properly, and is correctly and safely installed, so that you can just relax and enjoy the comfort of your improved home surroundings.

5. Industry’s Best Warranty:

Did you know that Afterglow offers the industry’s BEST warranty? We warrant everything we install for 10 years. Yep, ten years. All you have to do is get it serviced by us once a year. 

6. Follow Up Service/Protection Plans:

When we install your new heating system, our job isn’t finished! We want your investment to last a LONG time, so we offer follow up service. It provides maintenance, cleaning, and system checks, along with great advice on how to keep your system working efficiently! We also offer protection plans for added peace of mind.

Want more information? Give us a call today: 519-747-7732. 

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.

Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival

Everyone at Afterglow is excited about the Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival this weekend, August 21-24!

It’s not only one of the top busker carnivals in Canada, but also one of the oldest: last year it celebrated its 25th anniversary!

If you haven’t already heard, there are a total of 11 acts: 9 first-timers and 3 fan favourites, coming to uptown Waterloo.

First Time buskers to Waterloo:

Performer: Originated: Skill:
Dream State Circus Australia Acrobatics, juggling, fire dance.
Funny Bones Japan Comedy, magic, fire eating.
Lisa Lottle Netherlands Contortions, hula hooping.
DerekDerek Colorodo Chinese pole acrobatics, comedy.
Copper Cowgirl N/A Mime, human statue.
Jonathan Burns Philadelphia Contortions, stunts, comedy.
Pyromancer Netherlands Fire breathing.
Kilted Colin Boston Bagpipe, unicycle, comedy.
Mario, Queen of the Circus N/A Comedy, circus artistry – all to Queen music.

Fan Favourites:

Performer Originated: Skill:
Rob Roy Collins  England World-renowned escape artist.
Chalkmaster Dave  Toronto A perennial favourite.
The Red Trouser Show  Boston Acrobatics, fire, juggling, ladder stunts.

To find out when the acts will be performing click here. The performances will be all along King Street from Erb to William. Remember, these streets will be closed! But there is plenty of free parking in uptown, or if you want to avoid the congestion take advantage of Waterloo’s public transit system. 

Although The Weather Network is calling for rain throughout the weekend, we won’t let that dampen our spirits! Our families are going to catch as many of these performances as possible. We’re especially excited to see Mario, Queen of the Circus. You really can’t go wrong with Queen music!

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? It’s the Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival!

See you there.


What you need to know about Furnace Maintenance.

Do You Ever Wonder How Your Furnace Works?

Watch our latest video on how your furnace works and how to keep it safe and save money.

At Afterglow, we want YOU to understand your furnace and know how to care for it before it’s too late! Taking care of your furnace regularly can prevent many furnace breakdowns. Just like your car, your furnace should be cared for regularly. If you perform regular maintenance checks, you are far less likely to deal with breakdowns and expensive repairs. We recommend a 15 point check once a year to keep your furnace clean and in top condition.

You’re probably thinking: “I don’t even perform maintenance checks on my car!” And it’s true that many people do not. If you’re one of those people, you’ve probably also experienced unexpected breakdowns and expensive repair bills, maybe even on your furnace. All this can be avoided by getting your furnace, (and car!), checked regularly. Don’t take the risk!

Get a 15 point check!

A 15 point check includes cleaning, adjusting for optimal fuel efficiency, checking carbon monoxide levels, replacing your filter, and everything else your furnace needs on a yearly basis. It is important keep your furnace clean and change your filter regularly. Your furnace circulates warm air throughout your house. This is the air you breathe whenever you’re at home!

Care for your furnace, family and finances by making sure your furnace receives a 15 point check once a year.