For the Love of Crows By Sheila T

I had never paid much attention to crows. I thought they were just noisy, obnoxious pests. At least, that’s how I saw them when I lived back in Ontario. But then we moved to “Supernatural” British Columbia in 2012, and a couple things changed my mind about these black rascals.

It was low tide and we were strolling along the beach out in front of the 486-ton white rock looking for interesting stones and shells. Although I heard no sound other than the light lapping of waves, I started to get an odd sense – as if we were being followed.

I stopped suddenly, turned around and saw one lone crow following in my footsteps as I picked up and discarded unwanted stones. My sudden stop and about-face caused this crow to stop suddenly as well, and he seemed to look around as if to ask, “What’s wrong – is someone following us?” It was a comical moment and I began to wonder if there was more to crows than I’d previously noticed.

Shortly after that day, we noticed a particular crow near our own home. He had a broken beak but it never seemed to prevent him from hunting for food and having success. We named him “Brokebeak” and began throwing a few peanuts out for him and a couple of his pals.

About this time, we also embarked on an intensive walking program to both lose weight and get in better shape. Our walks would usually take us from our East Beach location heading west along the White Rock Beach promenade, all the way uphill on Oxford Street, then east on 16 Avenue into town where we would stop sometimes for a cold drink before continuing the trek back home.

What we noticed when we reached the alley leading to our home – and with still about one kilometre to go – was the sudden appearance of our new friends. I commented that they seemed to recognize us. Ric threw them some peanuts that he had in his pocket and they dove for them.

Yes, they had recognized us as we’ve since learned. They can recognize faces and they know people who are kind to crows and those who aren’t. While they can be both thieves and pranksters (more on that to follow), they also demonstrate a lot of intelligence.

They tend to follow us some distance when we go for walks – even as far as the White Rock pier or farther. Often Ric has gone out among the tidal pools at low tide with his tripod and camera, and our feathered friends will show up, patiently waiting for treats to follow after he takes his pictures.

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Our crow pals also seem to watch the house, and when they spot our car pulling out, they swoop in and fly along beside the car to get our attention. They’ll often fly along side until they get their peanut rations. And they also watch for us to return home. But we have one rule: if they’re noisy, they get no reward. Only quiet birds get treats.

Edgar Allen Crow - Approved Recipes to Feed Crows

NOTE: Humans will enjoy these as long you do not add any bugs or roadkill to these recipes.

We don’t expect everyone to share our love of crows, but there’s no denying their intelligence and cleverness. While that might not encourage affection, it should at least afford them a bit of respect.

8″x 8″ print of Edgar Allen Crow in a
14″ x 14″ black MDF wood frame$110 all taxes included.
Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Contact Ric Wallace at RICco.ca

 8″x 8″ print of Edgar Allen Crow in a
12″ x 12″ black aluminum frame$125 all taxes included.
Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Contact Ric Wallace at RICco.ca

What is “The Virtual Edge?” Simply put… Your Unfair Advantage

What is “The Virtual Edge?”

Simply put…

Your Unfair Advantage

No matter what kind of business you have – big or small – you can get the unfair advantage we refer to as The Virtual Edge over competing businesses. We consider business a game and we play to WIN, in turn generating business for our clients. In business there are usually other companies wanting the same thing. We like to use the analogy of a sled dog team. There can only be one lead dog, as the other dogs are only following the lead. We like the lead dog view as he can see everything – the others are simply looking at dog BUTT.

Visit VirtualEdge.ca for more information and contact info. We cater to businesses worldwide. If you are in Newfoundland, Ontario, California, New Zealand — NO PROBLEM, we are only a click or email away.

The above image shows the last 100 visitors on WhiteRockBeach.ca

Virtual Edge Communications & WhiteRockBeach.ca are excited the visitors to our site have been increasing daily. The above map shows the last 100 visitors to the site. We even have visitors from Canada’s other coast on the Atlantic Ocean, in St John’s, wanting to see what is going on in White Rock Beach in beautiful British Columbia. Another site we run had over 500,000 visitors last year and recently as many as 14,000 visitors in a 3-day period. On WhiteRockBeach.ca we are logging visitors from Argentina, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan, etc.


If we can put White Rock Beach on the map, just imagine what we can do for you.
Through our parent company (the people that own all the toys we use), Virtual Edge Communications, we offer website design, digital photography, and digital video with professional titling and special effects. With our writing/editing/design services we offer the following: press releases, brochures, flyers, manuals/reports, newsletters, eBooks, resumes, and cover letters. We don’t simply cater to large companies; small businesses or even individuals wanting exposure can use our services.

We shoot more than just pretty sunrises and sunsets.

We photograph just about everything!


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Promote White Rock Beach and your name / business / website to the WORLD. Ideal for hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, real estate agents, restaurants, gift shops, dentists, or any business catering to tourists or newcomers to British Columbia. Using the White Rock name in your business name - get the goodwill of investing in your local neighborhood.

Our premium sponsored postcards are printed on a thicker whiter stock, standing out from other postcards on the market. Want to sponsor a custom postcard with colour theme, subject, view, etc? Contact Ric Wallace and he will come up with an idea. Below are samples sponsored postcards with text printed on 5,000 postcards. CLICK HERE to see all current postcards.

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New postcard designs (to be printed) are listed with a Read more button.

Sponsor and receive postcards to sell* for $1.50 or give away:

  •  1,500 postcards for $250*
    • You get 250 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost $1.00 each for the ones you receive) and make a profit of $125 ($0.50 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 1,250 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 2,500  postcards for $350*
    • You get 350 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost $1.00 each for the ones you receive) and make a profit of $175 ($0.50 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 2,150 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 5,000 postcards OPTION A for $600* 
    • You get 1,000 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 60 cents each for the ones you receive) and make a profit of $900 ($0.90 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 4,000 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 5,000 postcards OPTION B for $500* 
    • You get 350 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 1.43 cents each for the ones you receive) break even and netting FREE adverting & $25 Profit for your business..
      • 4,650 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  • 5,000 postcards OPTION C for $450* 
    • You get 100 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 4.50 cents each for the ones you receive) and netting a cost of $300 for advertising for your business on 5,000 postcards (6 cents)
      • 4,900 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
  •  10,000 postcards for $1,200*
    • You get 3,000 postcards
      • Sell for $1.50 (cost 40 cents each) and make a profit of $3,300 ($1.10 each) directly from your adverting.
      • 7,000 postcards will be sold though various retailers and at the beach* with your name on the back of the postcards.
    • NOTE: Sponsored postcards sold through retailers, online or at the beach are non profit sharing; sponsors benefit by having their name on our products. Reprints may have a minimum order of 5,000 as they have proven to be a good seller. There are other conditions that apply to sponsor a WhiteRockBeach.ca postcard. Contact Ric Wallace for details. Interested in postcards not under the WhiteRockBeach.ca brand? Ric Wallace can create one for you - see PostcardKing.ca. Sponsored postcards can also be sold as WhiteRockBeach.ca greeting cards.

White Rock photographer Ric Wallace has produced over 118  White Rock Beach (more planned for 2018) and 50+ Wildlife of Canada postcard and greeting card designs. Due to increases in production costs and not wanting to raise prices in stores, he is seeking sponsors to help offset production and printing costs. Ideal for individuals and families wanting to have a memorial keepsake or businesses wanting a unique opportunity to maybe gain more recognition by having their business name and website purchased by local residents and tourists as keepsakes or to be mailed around the world.

You can sponsor a current postcard in need of a reprint or a new design. Interested sponsors with the highest sponsoring level will be given first choice.

Want to see and receive some samples or more info? Contact Ric Wallace.

White Rock Beach Website Design Services With A “Virtual Edge”

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Q: How much does a website cost?

A: The cost of a site is determined by numerous factors: type of site, complexity, number of pages, number of images, videos, input forms, shopping cart or buy-now capabilities. A small website with a few static pages could cost around $500, but we have also done complex, multiple-page sites in excess of $10,000.

You need to have an idea what your budget is in advance, and then we can tell you what can be done for that price. For instance, if you have a budget of $1500, we won’t waste time trying to sell you a $5000 website.

Virtual Edge Communications — Get the Virtual Edge advantage for your Business

Q: Do you redesign websites?

A: Yes! We prefer to put the new version in a temporary location while it’s undergoing its redesign. In order to minimize disruption, within minutes at an off time, we can delete your old site and replace it with the new site.

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Q: How long will it take to design my company’s website?

A: This is almost entirely up to you. We’re happy to bend over backwards to meet any deadline you have; however, delays are almost always the result of us waiting for content to be sent by the client. Depending on the size of the website, a two- to three-week time frame is realistic.

The quickest turnaround on a website for a customer, who had some degree of urgency, was four days – the contract was signed at 10 am on a Tuesday and the site was completed by that Friday at 10 pm. We put in 52 hours of work to complete by the deadline, which we were able to meet because the customer had supplied all the necessary information in digital form (text and high-res photos on CD). Numerous phone calls were exchanged and the customer remained available for checking the site’s progress online (in the site’s temporary online location).

While we can’t always accommodate such urgent deadlines, we’re like pit bulls when we take a job on – we’ll work like dogs to get the site done in a reasonable amount of time. We understand that sometimes unexpected delays like life emergencies can occur, and we’re very understanding in that respect. But if you’re contacting us to do a job, procrastination won’t cut it. If the online presence of your company is important to you, then make sure you’re available to provide the necessary information and make decisions.

Q: What info do you need to get started on my site?

A: You can assemble any past advertisements, letterheads, brochures, logos, business cards, even any advertising failures you’ve done in the past. Giving us a view of what has worked and not worked for your company will help focus our direction for your site.

Give us a list of your competitors, as well as a list of some websites you like, and even those that you strongly dislike. We also need full contact information, a list of key people, distributors, etc.

With medium to large-sized companies, delegate one or two key people who will be our go-betweens for all contact until the site is complete.

Q: Can I register a domain name through Virtual Edge Communications?

A: We can help you register a domain name, but we are not a domain register. We can narrow down a few choices and recommend a company like 10Dollar.ca so that you are not paying any markup fees on a domain.

Q: Do I get email with my website?

A: Yes, you can have emails personalized to your domain. And that is part of the hosting services package. We can help set those up for you. For example: [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected]

Q: Do you have any ideas to combat spam?

A: Yes. Use a contact form on a website as opposed to publishing an email address, which spammers can easily harvest off the internet.

There’s also a great software program – Mailwasher Pro – which we use every day. It allows us to preview, delete, or bounce from all our email accounts, preventing us from downloading viruses to our computers. Besides eliminating junk emails and viruses, it also reduces the number of total emails downloaded to our inbox.

Most web hosting providers also allow their customers to set up various filtering options.

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Q: Will you host my company’s website on your server?

A: No, but we can recommend a few good companies to deal with for web space hosting services. And we can work with the company of your choice to make sure the site we design you is uploaded and functioning properly. Plus we’ll be happy to act as a go-between if you run into any difficulties with your web hosting service.

We’re like a car dealership: We provide the “vehicle” (your website) for you to advertise your business online, and we offer “servicing” (site maintenance and updating). But the “license and registration” – i.e. the domain name registration and web hosting services – are your responsibility to obtain and maintain through regular renewals.

By looking after your own domain name registration, hosting, and renewals directly you avoid the additional costs that other companies mark up when they bundle those services.

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Q: Will my website always be available?

A: No company can guarantee 100 percent up time. Your website sits on another computer connected to the internet. Hosting providers are susceptible to the same issues as your home computer, but they have battery and data backups and constant scanning for viruses. They have technicians working around the clock to ensure down time is kept to a minimum.

Sometimes when people can’t see their websites, it often turns out the problem can be traced to their Internet Service Provider (ISP such as Rogers, Telus) and NOT their website hosting provider. For example: If you don’t see your site and you’re surfing the internet with Telus, find someone you know who uses Rogers (or a provider other than Telus). If others can see the site, then the problem is with your own ISP.

But if we’ve designed a site for someone and they find the site’s not coming up – let us know! We’ll be happy to look into the matter.

  We sell all White Rock Beach postcards online

 White Rock Beach Postcard Sponsors WANTED

 Promote White Rock Beach and your name / business / website to the WORLD. Some of our sponsors include White Rock Pharmacy, White Rock Photo, José & Co. Custom Jewellers
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Ideal for individuals and families wanting to have a memorial keepsake or businesses wanting a unique opportunity to maybe gain more recognition by having their business name and website purchased by local residents and tourists as keepsakes or to be mailed around the world.
White Rock Postcard Photographer Ric Wallace - Mr White Rock on Shaw TV
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These are some of the current White Rock Beach & area postcard retailers:
    1. Save On Foods (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre) 1641-152nd Street, Surrey, BC V4A 4N3
    2. White Rock Pharmacy, 102 – 1440 George St., White Rock BC V4B 4A3
    3. WhiteRockBeach.ca- Buy Online - We ship worldwide
    4. The White Rock Beach Gallery - Waterfront Promenade Gallery – (weather permitting)
    5. Mr White Rock - Ric Wallace 604-259-0105 - VISA, MasterCard & CASH - soon Debit
    6. Sunnyside Evergreen Pharmacy - 2397 King George Blvd. Surrey BC V4A 5A4
    7. Whitby's Books and Gifts - 14877 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C2
    8. Canadiana Gifts - 14853 Marine Drive, White Rock BC V4B 1C1
    9. Shefield & Sons Tobacconists - (unit 109) (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre)
    10. Heavens Angels Gifts & Gelato 15557 Marine Drive Dr White Rock, V4B 1C9
 

NOTE: Some retailers will have limited postcard selections due to space. PLEASE NOTE: The White Rock Museum does NOT sell our products (turned down 3 times) as they have no interest in our products. Please support the above local businesses that support out efforts.

This is the ONLY location you can see most of the 118+ White Rock / South Surrey postcards & greeting cards on display at the same time (even the winter and Christmas postcards - weather and time permitting).

Q: What format should I supply information to you?

A: We appreciate everything in digital format. Images should be provided as full-sized .jpg, .tif, or .psd files at highest resolution possible. Basically, where images are concerned, give us the biggest file size you have. NEVER supply anyone your original files – always make copies for them and keep your originals. You should provide us copies of your original images on CD/DVD, USB drive, or by email depending on file size (e.g. Do not send 50MB of images attached to one email. Ten separate emails each with 5MB attached would be okay with different subject lines.) Please contact us to make arrangements in advance if you want to provide images by email, otherwise any such emails will be deleted.

Regarding text, we prefer everything supplied as a Microsoft Word file or Notepad file. Our quote for web design work will be based on receiving information in digital format. If information has to be retyped, there will be additional charges beyond the quoted price.

Note: You are responsible to insure that all information you provide is free of copyright or that you have the necessary written permission to use the information. If you are an independent distributor or licensee, you may need to seek additional permissions. We refuse to use copyrighted material without permission.

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Q: I’m not happy with my photos. Do you offer photography?

A: Yes! We have over 25 years of photography experience. Please take a look at some of our online galleries to see the quality of work we do. But before you trash your own photos, let us take a look at them. Through digital imaging, we can remove backgrounds, straighten buildings, sharpen images … any number of things can be done to possibly make your images usable. There’s no charge to review the images you already have. For more information, see our FAQ – Photography.

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Q: Can I look after the updating of the site myself?

A: There are many different methods to updating a website. How the site will be maintained should be discussed in advance of starting any work, as that will the dictate the platform your website will be designed on.

For example: If you want to be adding regular postings and other updates, the WordPress platform would be ideal, as you can make changes and additions to your site from any computer anywhere (with your own username and password).

If you have access to programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver and/or Contribute, we can design a site using these programs, which will allow you to maintain your site. If you have access to an older program called Microsoft FrontPage – forget it! It’s software of the past and totally unacceptable for updating websites.

If updating and maintaining the site is too time consuming for you, we’d be happy to look after that for a nominal fee.

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Q: Will search engines find my website?

A: We design sites to be search engine friendly. Having external links to related sites and having reciprocal links can help immensely with search engine placement. We have a few other strategies for driving web traffic to our customers’ sites, which we’d be happy to discuss once we’ve been hired.

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Q: How can I accept online payments?

A: The easiest and least expensive way is to sign up for a PayPal account. There is no cost to join, and you pay transaction fees only when a sale has been made.

If you have products you wish to sell online, they can be displayed on a page with a “Buy Now” or shopping cart button.
charge-cardsTo see how simple it is to sell online ~ Buy one of our Lucky Coins in this posting.

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Q: When the website is completed, who owns the rights to the site?

A: Once payment is made in full, you have full rights to your website*. You can modify anything on the site, as you choose. *But any graphics, images, or clipart that we have created and/or provided for your site cannot be resold to others for their use. They are for your company’s use ONLY.

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Q: What other service or products do you provide?

A: Please explore the rest of our site via the top menu bar: Photography, Photo Retouching, Graphics, Animations, PowerPoint, Computer Instruction, Writing and Editing, just to name some.

Q: What are your hours of operation?

A: We consider our hours of operation to be 8 am Pacific Time to 10 pm Pacific Time, seven days a week. We do not charge extra for work done on Saturday, Sunday, or off hours.

We do like taking pictures — and sometimes just horsing around — so if you call and we’re not here, just leave a message and we’ll get back to you.


Give WhiteRockBeach.ca POSTCARDSGREETING CARDSMAGNETS & LUCKY COINS open-wrb

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Virtual Edge Communications uses this COOL device to process charge card payments as well as document cash sales. We can use this on our iPad, Mini iPad or iPod (we do not have an iPhone).

If you sell products or services, you can boost your sales by offering to accept charge cards.

We use the Square device to accept sales at The White Rock Beach Gallery – Waterfront Promenade Gallery. Want to see how simple this Square is to use? Come to White Rock Beach and if we are set up, buy some postcards, greeting cards, magnets or canvas prints and we will show you how simple it is to use and email you a receipt, saving the trees for the squirrels or postcards. LOL