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For the Love of Pinot Noir Five Gables

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Mysteries of the Marysburg Vortex SUMMER 2009 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING




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In tHis Issue For the Love of Pinot Noir – by Bruno Francois,



Dining in the Great Outdoors – by Cynthia Peters,


Summertime Picnics


Kayaking in the County – by Bernie Gray,


Art - Something to shout about – by Lisa Longworth, Black Bear Ridge Golf Course – by Jodie Jenkins, Five Gables – by Robert Karp,



Anderson/Davidson House

Canada’s Bermuda Triangle – by Steven Petrick,


The Marysburgh Vortex

Walking back in time – by Peter Lockyer,


Gallows and Graveyard Walking Tours

Eating Clean – by Kathy Terpstra,



The Sustainable Garden – by Garnet McPherson, Growing your own food supply


The Green Alternative Plan – by Henri Girand, A small scale energy solution for Ontario


Lifestyle Trends – by Jennifer Lester,


Implants, the hottest dental trend

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Summer for me means biking, hiking, and kayaking. Of those, I’m happiest in a kayak. There is something about being on the water on a warm sunny day that is very calming.

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Bernie Gray is well known in Belleville and Prince Edward County for his kayak instruction and tours. When I kayaked with Bernie last year, he mentioned he does an annual kayak around the County. I may not get around the whole County this year, but will at least start with one of the routes mentioned in his article. Our home feature this month is a beautiful waterfront home that is rich in history and character. The renovations were extensive and the results nothing short of stunning. Look at any local map of Prince Edward County and you will be surprised at the number of dive sites. Numerous dive sites mean numerous wrecks. Last year I heard Kenn Feigelman of Deep Quest 2 Expeditions give a presentation on the Marysburg Vortex and the sunken ship they ‘re-discovered’. Chatting with local sailors, many have mentioned their compass does strange things in certain locations.

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Those who enjoyed last year’s series ‘A Year in the Life of a Vigneron’ will be delighted to read Bruno’s story of his love affair with Pinot Noir. If you haven’t had a picnic in a long time, Cynthia Peters has the answers on how to make it even more interesting. Cynthia is an expert on picnics, has great ideas and prepared her delicious seasonal pasta salad and lemon chicken for the picnic photos. Have a wonderful summer. Donna Kearns

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egas is not my kind of city. I don’t gamble and I don’t like mega shows. Even the glitzy crass of their main drag is lost on me. In fact, I wouldn’t be there at all if it weren’t for business. Yet it was in Vegas, of all places, that I had my first bottle of profound pinot noir. The restaurant was Picasso at The Bellagio. The wine was a Volnay from grapes grown in 1978. Haunting scents of acacia and violets rose from the rim. From that moment, I was captured by the sirens of pinot noir. The wine swirled in my glass and I was no longer in Vegas. I was in Burgundy. VosneRomanée, Pommard, Echezeaux, Vougeot, Chambolle-Musigny, such beautiful names, how could they not make beautiful wine? Great pinot noir, more than any other wine, is the reflection of a place and a time. People spend years and their retirement fund searching for that elusive high. What did I do? I planted it. A late morning walk in my vineyard after a rainstorm and the cool, musty smell of damp earth permeates the air. I examine the tiny tendrils gripping the trellis wire and ponder why the vine is so happy growing in this heavy limestone till. Like Burgundy we say, but in reality, they are only second cousins twice removed. The sticky clay weighing down my boots is black not the reddish brown a vineyard worker in Morey-Saint-Denis would scrape off. Ordovician bedrock twelve to sixteen inches below my feet is a tad older by some three hundred million years and medium grey not sandy yellow. No Jurassic dinosaurs roamed Prince Edward County when our sediment was laid down, only ancient crustaceans, coral, and trilobites. I run my fingers across the hundreds of fossils that dot the surface of a larger stone. It feels like braille. I close my eyes and imagine life as it once was on this seabed. Pinot noir is thought to be the oldest variety of European grapevine, the mother of all other Vitis vinifera. Perhaps, for this reason it loves our primordial land. It is at home.

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Sometimes, life mirrors itself in surprising and contrasting ways. Pinot noir is like that. The beauty of its expression is as rare as its home, the quality as difficult as its viticulture. It is a red wine with white wine structure not judged by darkness, but by the beauty of its ruby hue. Other varieties hang their clusters loose and breezy. Pinot noir tightly packs its progeny the size of my fist, a bountiful home to pathogens that bore through thin skins. How many vignerons have watched their vineyards rot away in the time it takes to say the word vinegar? I shudder. I knew all this before I started, so who can I blame during frequent nights of insomnia? Some mornings when it’s hard to get up, I understand how much harder we work here, growing these grapes. Hills of dirt are thrown up to ward off winter’s wrath. Burgundians prune at leisure through the cold months. We cannot, blocked by an icy wall. Then, in April, the ground finally thaws. Prince Edward County is mad with activity whilst the French blithely relax, reading Le Monde and sipping a strong café au lait. Dark cherries and chocolate, rosehip and raspberries, pinot noir made in the County begins to show the promise of greatness. The vines are still toddlers learning how to speak the language of the land they have rooted. They won’t be lonely, more are coming. Rickety mechanical planters march down row after row placing upright vines eager to grow and explore. Me, well I haven’t been back to Vegas. I continue to search for that elusive bottle, an aging monarch full of poise and dignity with so much to say. Maybe, just maybe, it will come from the County. Bruno François The Old Third Vineyard Photos by Jens Körberg

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Pack a basket with a selection of Buddha Dogs topped with Black River and Fifth Town cheeses and seasonal sauces. Include a big Buddha Salad with field greens, grilled asparagus, fresh strawberries and croutons. To beat the heat pour some Pop Shop for the kids, try their wonderfully odd Pineapple. Finish off with maple and rhubarb butter tarts, a good book and long, cool dip in Lake Ontario. Photo taken at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

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a 1950s tin basket. Modern coolers with freezer packs are suggested, though, to ensure your goodies do not spoil.

Eating outside is one of the joys of summer. Whether it’s in your backyard, on a boat or at a park, dining al fresco can be a wonderful experience to share with family and friends.

Setting the table for an outdoor feast also contributes a great deal to the experience. Try going “green” this summer and take along your reusable plastic dishes. I have an extra set that I store in my picnic basket so they are ready at anytime. Also keep other essentials such as a corkscrew, cutting board with a paring knife, serving platters, glasses/cutlery, tablecloth and some extra cloth napkins. A small vase is also handy in case you gather a few wildflowers along your travels.

Creating dishes ahead of time that serve well at room temperature make it a lot easier for the hostess and great for travelling to a picnic site. Part of the fun is also displaying and carrying your food in interesting vessels. I have a whole collection of vintage baskets from wicker wine holders to 12 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SUMMER 2009

Finding the perfect setting to dine is easy in the County and Quinte area. With many waterside parks and beaches throughout the region, there is a wide variety of scenic spots. For families, places such as the Sandbanks, Zwicks Park or North Beach are popular destinations. For a more secluded setting for couples, Lake on the Mountain is a romantic location. If you would like a little music with your picnic, the band shell at Centennial Park in Trenton features live bands every Sunday night in the summer. When you decide on your favourite spot, planning the meal that suits your family or guests is the next step on your list. When I reflect on my childhood picnics, I recall my mother’s homemade potato salad and macaroni salads, cold roasted chicken, and tea biscuits. While all good, today’s picnic can offer a lot more in regards to variety and tastes. Some of my favourites for a crowd include, Lemon Chicken*, grilled corn salad, and orzo with lemon and spinach. For couples, I would suggest some cold poached salmon with a seasonal pasta salad. Make everything the night before and package them in travelling containers. Having the dressings permeate the other salad ingredients enhances the flavour. Pick up a baguette or two and some local fruit to round off your meal. Also a bottle of chilled rosé would work well with all of the above dishes. Some of my favorites include Huff’s Rosé and Long Dog’s Tumbling Stone. Photo taken at West Zwicks Park in Belleville. Bamboo plates, napkins & placemats, table accessories courtesy of Susan’s Just Because in Picton. Antique accessories courtesy of Cynthia Peters.

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Now, if time is not on your side, there are some great take-away solutions that make fine picnic fare. Waring House Gourmet in Picton offers a ready to go boxed lunch called “The County Exploration Kit”. It includes a freshly prepared sandwich, small salad, dessert, drink and County maps and brochures to help you find your way. Down the street at Pinch, there is a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, charcuterie, cheeses, and desserts that travel well. Or, if you want a local dog, drop in at Buddha Dog and pick up a few gourmet mini beef hotdogs served with local cheeses and sauces. In the Belleville area, L’Auberge de France offers bistro style items from homemade quiches to croque monsieur sandwiches and, if you’re lucky enough to get there in time on Saturday, heavenly croissants. If seafood is your preference, look no further than Maritime Lobster Express for a fresh lobster roll to go or other prepared foods. And, whatever you plan to serve, bring along a few blankets, a fun tablecloth and, of course, some bug spray!

LEMON CHICKEN *my favourite Lemon Chicken (adapted from the Silver Palate cookbook)

2 chickens (about 2 ½ pounds each, cut into pieces) 2 cups fresh lemon juice 2 cups unbleached white flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 2 eggs (stir in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of water) 2 cups panko bread crumbs (put on a plate for easy coating) ½ cup sunflower oil


3 tablespoons grated lemon zest Âź cup chicken stock 2 lemons, sliced paper thin Combine chicken pieces and lemon juice, divide and place them in two zip-lock plastic bags and marinate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chicken thoroughly and pat dry. Fill another plastic bag with the flour, salt, and black pepper and shake well to mix. Put 2 pieces of chicken in the bag at a time and shake well to coat. Dip into egg wash and then into the panko breadcrumbs. Heat oil in a large frying pan until hot and fry chicken pieces a few at time until well brown and crisp (about 10 minutes per batch).


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Kayaking in the County Summer is here, County waters beckoning, and, after a few years of promising yourself a gift, you’ve finally relented and bought yourself a kayak.

Hopefully, you have taken – or intend to take – some lessons. A lesson or two will help you cut down on some muscle soreness, make you paddle more efficiently and, if you get around to learning the exit and re-entry, could save your life. I can’t count the number of times former students have said how much more they enjoy their kayaking since they took a lesson – even if I shouted at them! Once all the above have been accomplished, the next question is, “Where can I paddle in the County?”. Prince Edward County is by far one of the best and safest places one can flat water paddle. For example, as we are an island of sorts and we are going to paddle, let’s say, out of Wellington, and there is a strong east wind blowing, you can paddle safely out on the Big Lake. A wind coming out of the west then makes West Lake your ideal paddling spot without a great change in your itinerary. One of my favourite trips is from Wellington, across the first part


of West Lake, through the gap to Garret Island, now known as Camp Trillium. When you get through the cut, set your sights to the right to the first of the dunes – an ideal spot to get out and stretch your legs. A walk over to the Lake Ontario side to swim or play in the surf is fun, but be careful of the undertow! And watch out for poison ivy which is everywhere – not a nice souvenir to take home!

Back in the kayak, one has to return by the same route, back through the gap. However, if the wind is out of the west and not too strong and you would like to experience a “Big Lake” paddle, when you come out of the cut, head west to the banks – we call it “Granny’s” – there you will find a short portage – about 60 feet and very well marked to Lake Ontario. Now you are off to finish your paddle back to Wellington. The scenery and wildlife on the trip are exceptional – eagles, carp, mink, deer, swans and wolf have all been seen on this short journey. The return trip from the portage is also neat. If there is a low wind, the swell can give a wee thrill. When you get to the


lighthouse cut and channel, be aware of the boats coming in and out. Never argue about right of way! Just be careful and come in on the right side (wall side) of the channel (starboard side). If the wind is high, take extra care. I have had a swim myself entering the cut. Pay attention and watch for reverse waves.

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A few minutes and you are home. The above excursion is approximately five miles and would take about three hours. By adding more shore time, a swim and a picnic, this trip can easily be turned into a memorable day trip. Some other trips you might want to add to your list are Lake on the Mountain, a quiet morning or afternoon paddle, lunch at the restaurant, and a fabulous view over the bay. There are four other inland lakes suitable for paddling in the area, Lake Consecon, East Lake, Roblin Lake, and Fish Lake. If you lived to be a hundred you would not cover all the paddling water of the County. Last but not least is the circumnavigation of the County. I try to do this once a year. It is not for the faint-hearted – doing this in one trip, point to point, takes four days and three nights if the weather is kind – a distance of one hundred and five miles. In some locations B&Bs are right by the water, or camping is an option. But this, too, can be done in parts – Wellington to Brighton, Brighton to Glenora, Glenora to Prinyer’s Cove, Prinyer’s Cove to Waupoos and so on. There is great kayaking waiting for you in Prince Edward County so get out and enjoy. Be safe and remember – life jackets on at all times.

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- Something to SHOUT about! Residents of Quinte and Prince Edward County have long known this is a haven for artists and artisans. The stunning geography, relaxed attitude, and mix of urban and rural environments have created an atmosphere which draws artists from around the world to live and work. Many have become well-known locally while others are better known outside the area and are just beginning to establish a presence here. Bert Henderson, Brian Lorimer, and the husband and wife team of Bruce and Lori St. Clair are four of the artists living and working in the Quinte area. Their styles of work are all very different from one another and yet each brings with them a unique flavour to the arts community here.


‘Summer at the Lake’ by Bert Henderson

Bert Henderson was educated at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Owens School of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, where he was taught by famous Canadian artist Alex Colville. Other instructors included Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley and Lawren Harris Jr., son of the Group of Seven artist of the same name. Bert studied history at the University of Waterloo at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. “History and fine arts are two interests that parallel each other. My interest is in ancient history, mainly the Greeks and Romans. It’s why I am a classicist,” Bert explains. Bert settled in Belleville because he was attracted to the hills and the water as well as to the fact that it was away from the rat-race of southwestern Ontario. At an age when many artists may have stopped producing work, Bert is still active. Now 80 years old, he is still creating major realist and figurative works in oil. The name Brian Lorimer may not be well-known locally, but if you have travelled outside the Quinte area you have probably seen his work. Brian is from Belleville originally

‘Totem’ by Lori St. Clair

and began his career designing exhibits for trade shows. He later received a commission from Peter Oliver to create a mural for his flagship restaurant, Oliver’s Restaurant and Bakery. Brian began a new career as a muralist, opening Lorimer Studios Inc. He has created dioramas for the Toronto Zoo and massive backdrops for the Peabody Awards in New York. Brian has painted custom murals for The Hard Rock Café, O’Charley’s Restaurants, and the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville. In his artist statement, Brian says that he prefers “to work large, letting the painting command its environment.” The theme of his first show, solitude, is a reflection of his life, and the comfort he feels being alone. He now lives and paints in his home on Missassagagon Lake, north of the Quinte area. Bruce St. Clair is a modern master now living and working in the Belleville area. In 1983, Bruce won the gold medal in the prestigious Grollo d’Oro International Competition in Italy in the painting/realism category. His works hang in many public, private, and corporate SUMMER 2009 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 19

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t was the photograph from The Settler’s Dream that grabbed me. The listing agent had cleverly included it in the sales brochure, along with tantalizing facts that the County’s architectural “Bible” had missed. So I was predisposed to love Anderson/Davidson House (c. 1898) when I drove out from Toronto to see it. The original soft yellow lap siding was covered with fleshtone vinyl. Green asphalt shingles hid original cedar shingles. The stained glass and gable finials were gone. The working shutters had been replaced with The site of the old ones that couldn’t clear a unique pump architectural detail: Greek Revival the base of the best window casings shaped into a toboganning hill shallow pediment with a moulded hood—a strange nod to the 1830s that I have seen elsewhere only in a book. There was a bump out on the east elevation to add an indoor bathroom. The front porch and the balcony above it had been enclosed, affecting the symmetry of the front elevation. And the house had been elongated in the 1980s following a fire, by two family room additions. Happily, most of the original exterior architectural trim was intact, including the adornment of the original four gables (I added the fifth) and the support brackets that my contractor thought should be replicated for the new porches. Many original interior details were also intact: a panelled front door; a Victorian filigree doorbell; a graceful, curved staircase with a cherry handrail patinated by 105 years of caresses; wideSUMMER 2009 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 29

plank hemlock floors (with faux hardwood graining); heavy old doors with skeleton door locks; and 12-inch baseboards. The previous owners had furnished it beautifully with antiques and had created beautiful perennial gardens. The home inspection confirmed my mistaken belief that the house needed only cosmetics. A tin roof on one of the balconies needed some nails “banged back down” and the leaning chimney “needed to be repaired”. No mention of the thousands of bats that had taken up residence in the chimney, which was half-filled with toxic bat guano. No mention of the two bird’s nests in the attic, or the enormous hive of maneating wasps inside an interior second floor wall. Or the rotten floor in the bathroom, or the crumbling cellar walls. Or that the house was uncomfortably cold in winter. It was just the sort of thing I secretly hoped for, having devoured every episode of PBS’s This Old House. So the fix was in: I would buy, restore and renovate. Bob Vila was unavailable. But an office colleague with a place in Cressy insisted that I call another Bob: Rob Richmond of Loyalist Contractors in Picton. Thankfully I did, because Rob, his business partner Gary Taylor and their team were incredible and had enormous influence on the finishing details. Rob kept me from making mistakes, inspired with his ideas and solved problems seamlessly. With him on the job, I never worried. The work of personable and talented Trevor Jones (Terra Vista Landscaping) is maturing beautifully. And there were many wonderful local contractors, such as Mike Brown (B&B Plumbing), Dan Claxton Electrical and Atlantis Irrigation. Wonder-woman Amy Mayhew of Loyalist Contractors


The cabinet and wall colour was matched to the original paint, discovered when an old window sill was removed.


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coordinated everything. I am grateful to them all and humbled by their skills.

Rob quickly put me in touch with wonderful local architect Brian Clark (who, with Anne House, owns Mad Dog Gallery at East Lake). It took the winter to settle the architectural plans. I wanted the house to be preserved but completely modernized and to be comfortable for friends and for entertaining. The roof lines and four original gables presented Brian with a real challenge when I asked for one more bedroom. His ingenious solution—to create a fifth gable—corrected the 1940s bump out and created an impressive east facade. And Brian gave the house back its much needed front porch, and then integrated the existing family room additions with a wrap-around porch.

The dining room was largely unchanged, except for the removal of ductwork around the perimeter of the ceiling.

I asked Brian to ensure that each bedroom could accommodate a king-sized bed. Two of the four ensuite bathrooms would have two-person jet tubs with heated backrests (one with a rainforest shower and the other with a separate shower stall; a third would have a steam bath shower). The home theatre would recycle a deep blue, cast iron propane fireplace, so that friends would be warm as they lounge in their electrically reclining theatre seats, window blinds lowering remotely. Two of the bedrooms would have wood burning fireplaces with marble hearths, their wood mantels matching custom headboards, courtesy of Loyalist craftsmen. One bedroom would be opened to an adjacent sunroom and another to a balcony. The doors to the upstairs rooms, with their imported crystal knobs, would carry inscribed plaques identifying them as Gable Nos.1 through 5. On the main floor, the front foyer would be opened to the mudroom, and a former music room would be converted to a food prep area (with second sink, fridge and dishwasher), a bathroom and a laundry area. There would be a new bay side sunroom addition with a floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace, and two more wood burning fireplaces with wood mantels and

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stone hearths, bringing the total to six. At water’s edge, a deck, a new dock and marine rail from Larry Wagner at Glenora Marine, and—my favourite—a boathouse. During the renovation, I learned that Anderson/Davidson House has a fine provenance. There was a 1798 grant from the Crown, then successive conveyances to members of the Wallbridge family, the last to the indefatigable Elias Wallbridge in 1875. In 1885, Elias sold to prominent farmer George Anderson, who in 1888 willed the land to his two sons Morley and Shelley Anderson. In 1896, Shelley bought his brother’s interest and began construction of Five Gables, where he lived with his wife Emily (Grass), their daughter Emily Elura and a 12 year old farmhand from Scotland, Jimmy Lee. He chose the then popular high-Victorian, Queen Anne style, no doubt influenced by the nearby hotel that he would come to own and eventually lose—the Massassauga Park Hotel, a threestorey, 83-room, grand Victorian, built in the 1870s. Shelley Anderson and family lived here until 1916, when he sold the house and acreage to Brighton Township’s David Richmond Davidson, born in 1867 (the year of Canada’s Confederation). He and his wife Addie May (Glenn) lived at Five Gables with their three children: Raymond Glenn, Emma Marjorie and Morley Richmond. Davidson started a diary operation which in the 1920s featured pure bred Holstein dairy cattle (the fourth

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such operation in Prince Edward County). They sold their milk to (Leonard) Reid’s Dairy (until 1965, when most of the farmland was sold to Harry Top). The property devolved to Morley Richmond Davidson following the death of both of his parents. During the 1940s and later, Morley cultivated an export market for the sale of cattle with visiting cattle drovers. Each year, he would sell pure bred stock for export to the United States, Mexico, South America and Japan, and he held the first licence to remove cattle from Prince Edward County for export. Morley and his wife Anne Grace (Brown) raised their three children, David, Jane and June, at the house. David Richmond Davidson, who had a cattle allergy, tells me that “the best swimming spot was out front of our property and the best tobogganing hill was from the top

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(garden) of the hill past the pump house. The only catch was you had to go through a hole in the fence at the bottom of the hill...which was a test of skill to steer a toboggan. If you did, you could go way out on the bay! It (the fence) was a little tough on the clothing, much to Mom’s chagrin.” The builder of Five Gables bought the Massassauga Park Hotel on 60 acres for $7,000 in 1922, and is thought to have built the dance pavilion on the site. But a famous legal battle ensued with George S. Wallbridge, who owned the abutting western lot and who restricted land access to the hotel, concerned that his livestock would escape. But by then the hotel’s popularity had waned and in 1934 Shelley Anderson lost the hotel through foreclosure to the Ontario Rock Company. Today, the site is a provincial park and not much remains of the original structures. But there is an enormous scale model of the hotel, sitting atop two telephone poles, that was built by Doug Barnes (and rebuilt in 1990 by John Poneta). It was the inspiration for the 107 other commemorations at Birdhouse City in Picton. Birdhouse City No. 1, one of 21 miniature silk-screens by local artist Carl Wiens, hangs in the foyer of Five Gables to celebrate the linkages between house and hotel ( Prince Edward County is the most incredible, special place, and I am blessed with wonderful neighbours and many new friends. Five Gables nourishes and sustains me, and gives me a place to care for and gather with people I care about. It will outlast me, and I hope that its restoration preserves for Prince Edward County a little piece of its remarkable history.

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George Louder died first. Even as the hangman tightened the noose around his neck, Louder resolutely maintained his innocence about the botched robbery and shooting in Bloomfield on Friday, December 21, 1883 that killed Peter Lazier, a visiting salesman from Belleville. Late on that winter’s night, two masked, armed men entered the home of Gilbert and Margaret Jones intending to rob them of the $550 they had just received for their hops. There was a struggle, and a single shot fired that left Lazier dead. Despite their pleas of innocence, Louder and Joseph Tompsett were found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang on June 10, 1884. The most damning evidence against the two men at their trial in May of that year were the trails of footprints in the fresh snow that matched their boots and led to their houses near West Lake. But county folks were uneasy about the guilty verdict. Even the Jones, stalwart Quakers opposed to the death penalty, had some doubts about the convictions. Gilbert Jones testified that the robbers who burst into his home were taller. But his testimony wasn’t enough to save Louder and Tompsett from their grim fate. As the nearby church bells tolled at 7:56 on that June morning, Louder and Tompsett swung from the newly-constructed gallows at Picton’s stately courthouse. Louder died in four minutes. But his cellmate Tompsett took longer, a full fourteen minutes of horrific struggle witnessed by a crowd of curious spectators gathered in the courtyard below. Sheriff James Gillespie had been overwhelmed with requests to attend the event. Within the dreary context of frontier life, hangings – wherever they were held – were popular, and there was always a certain festive atmosphere that accompanied them. Gillespie’s invoice for the day totaled $96.34 including $40 for the hangman and another $6.50 for his refreshments.

Louder was buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Picton. His simple headstone was found two years ago by cemetery staff as they cleared brush from an area of the cemetery known as Potter’s Field, a section set aside for poor families who couldn’t afford a plot elsewhere on the grounds. Louder’s gravestone is crudely inscribed with the words “G. Louder, Hanged 1884 Unjustly” proclaiming his innocence through eternity. Tompsett is presumed buried on the grounds of the old courthouse – perhaps under one of the two pine trees planted in the rear courtyard where local folks witnessed their deaths 125 years ago. During this anniversary of their deaths – the only hangings in Prince Edward County – visitors can re-live this moment of local history. Four community organizations, The Glenwood Cemetery, History Lives Here Inc., Macaulay Heritage Park, and The Regent Theatre have forged a partnership to offer historic “Graveyard and Gallows” walking tours of Picton. The Saturday “Gallows” tour takes you along Main Street east to the harbour, on to the old courthouse and its gallows and to Macaulay Heritage Park. Sunday tours head west along Main Street to the picturesque Glenwood Cemetery, a visit to its elegant chapel recently restored to showcase its six spectacular, stained glass windows, and to the graves of famous Canadians such as Letitia Youmans, the founder of the Women’s Temperance movement in Canada, Wellington Boulter, the father of the canning industry in Canada, and to George Louder’s humble grave. Tour information can be found at Peter Lockyer is a former CBC broadcaster living in Prince Edward County. His company, History Lives Here Inc., develops local history projects with community partners. Photos by Sandra Foreman SUMMER 2009 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 39

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The high concentration of wrecks, in such a relatively small area, has fascinated many over the years. “It is a strange place where ships, planes and people vanish into thin air, where weird fogs and globes of light abound, where ominous waters shroud sinister events,” wrote Hugh Cochrane, in his 1980 book, Gateway to Oblivion, a document of mysterious events in the region. The book proposed that the area was subject to some kind of paranormal activity – in other words, it was Canada’s Bermuda Triangle. This area is now known as the Marysburgh Vortex. A vortex is, by definition, a spinning, often turbulent, flow of water. Those who coined the term honestly believed ships were being sucked to the bottom of the lake, like a speck of dirt amid

a draining bathtub. Of course, anyone who’s sailed through the area in modern times can tell you that is not true. But there is a fascinating story behind the so-called vortex with many unanswered questions, for which there can only be theories. “They are very dangerous and treacherous waters, there’s no doubt about that,” said Kenn Feigelman, Director of Operations for Deep/Quest 2 Expeditions, a Kingston-based underwater research, exploration, and film production company, which specializes in underwater filming. Feigelman and a team plan to dive into those treacherous waters later this summer to film shipwrecks for a documentary intended to air on PBS TV network. (One episode

of the 13-part series will be devoted to the Marysburgh Vortex, he said.) Through research and prior filmmaking, he already has theories on why the area has such a high number of shipwrecks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a very strange situation there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a geographic phenomenon where the lake starts to narrow and you have all of this water from the Great Lakes area, suddenly being compressed into a funnel.â&#x20AC;? That, he said, creates rough sailing conditions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often rougher than what a sailor would normally experience in an ocean, where high waves can dissipate amongst the vast space. Also, the area is known for humongous fog banks that suddenly roll in from nowhere, and, at times, heavy winds, often coming from the southwest. Imagine experiencing these conditions centuries ago when sailing was the main mode of transporting goods and sailors didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the technology taken for granted today â&#x20AC;&#x201C; radar, sonar, or GPS. Most of these shipwrecks, Feigelman said, are believed to be from an era when many

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the vessels existed before electricity and thus were lit by lanterns, making them prone to set on fire, especially during rough seas. Lake Ontario in that era was what Highway 401 is today – a heavily used transportation route where accidents were bound to happen. It was also used late in the year with prevalent storms emanating from the southwest, commonly called the Gales of November, and thus during months when it was really unsafe to be on the water. All of these factors, Feigelman said, “were a recipe for disaster.” Others have some more interesting – though far-fetched – viewpoints on the Marysburgh Vortex. A group called ParaResearchers, which encourages people to write to tell them their alien abduction stories, mentions on its website that Lake Ontario generally “has been the scene of numerous UFO sightings over the years.” However, it acknowledges, “whether or not the sheer volume of planes and ships that have gone missing in or on this area of the lake is anybody’s guess.” But Cochrane seems to be the leading researcher on Vortex’s mysteries. His book, Gateway to Oblivion, documents in detail the story of the Bavaria, a vessel that went

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been interrupted in his work, intending to return. But for some reason he never came back to finish the task. He, along with the captain and the rest of the crew, had vanished from the Bavaria and none were ever seen again. The only living thing on the ship was a canary that still chirped in its cage in one of the cabins.”

Despite such tales, Feigelman has no second thoughts about venturing into the Vortex to film this summer. “Are you going to be sucked in by some mysterious phenomenon? Of course not,” he said, flatly. Nonetheless, he hopes to discover more shipwrecks this summer that will perhaps unlock more mysteries of the Vortex.

His book tells another, more modern story, about a 10,000 Ttonne Greek freighter named Protostatis, which took off from Detroit in September of 1965, but never made it to the sea. “By the time she had reached her rendezvous with the vortex, she was being battered by mountainous waves that rose with a fury and slammed the ship from end to end,” Cochrane wrote. Despite an experienced captain and crew, the freighter slammed into a shoal off Prince Edward County and later crashed into Wolfe Island. Later, it lost power and the captain discovered that two crew members had gone missing. “With the Protostatis powerless, the captain had no means of escaping whatever it was that was wrecking his ship. Forced into a decision that no captain cares to make, he, along with what was left of his crew, abandoned the ship and left the country.”

“Whether we’ll learn more, it’s hard to say,” he said. “We want to let the audience decide for themselves what the Marysburgh Vortex is all about. It’s a very mysterious and enigmatic area. We’re not there to debunk any theories. We’re there to document,” he said, explaining the mandate of his Deep/ Quest 2 Expeditions is to explore, educate, enlighten, and entertain. Feigelman acknowledges that the lake may be rough and he recommends that any sailor passing through the area be careful. Check the weather forecasts beforehand, he suggests, and make use of our modern technology previous generations didn’t have. “Common sense should prevail at all times,” he said. By Steven Petrick

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One of the things that inspired me to recommend this book to my clients is Tosca’s story. She was a 40-year-old mother of three children who had put her family first and in the meantime had not spent much time cultivating her own well-being. A lot of women out there can relate to this story already. She went through some tough times, as she outlines in the introduction to her book, and ultimately discovered the benefits of exercising to increase her self-esteem and lose weight. When that wasn’t enough, she turned to the principles of clean eating that have been used in the fitness and bodybuilding fields for years. She adopted these practices and immediately began to see the changes that she was looking for. Tosca went on to be a fitness model, columnist, motivational speaker, bestselling author and now star of her own TV series called Tosca: Flexing at 49. She takes the approach in her book that if she can do it, so can you. Tosca also has roots in this very area. She is originally from Kingston and her daughter just graduated from the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. At the beginning of this article, I posed the question of how truthful we are to ourselves when it comes to what we are eating. Many people feel that they are eating very nutritiously and don’t see why they are not getting the results that they want. I have heard a lot of excuses – birthday parties, dinners out,

having to cook for family, genetics, convenience, no time – you name it. And I think we need to address these situations as the excuses that they really are. We are the only ones responsible for putting the food into our mouths regardless of the occasion – we make that choice, no one else. Tosca refers to this in her book, too, and is very blunt but encouraging in her approach to deal with these excuses. She offers helpful chapters on packing your meals for the day, menu planning, a kitchen checklist, eating out at restaurants, how to get your kids to adopt the idea of the Eat-Clean Diet, and some recipes that you can try yourself. She even addresses the topic of cheating and how to learn from the experience. As we enter the season of abundance here in the Quinte region, I encourage you to shop at your local farmers’ markets, get outside and be active, and take a good hard look at what you are really putting in your mouth. You have the ability to transform yourself into a healthy, vibrant being – full of energy and good nutritious food! And if you need some extra guidance, pick up a copy of Tosca’s book – The Eat-Clean Diet – you’ll be glad that you did. Kathy Terpstra, natural health practitioner, nutrition & wellness specialist, and co-owner of Mindful Movements:


The Sustainable Garden Growing your own food supply. At a point in history when the quality, purity, and accessibility of the food we have available to us and the security of our food supply itself are being brought into question, the idea of having a sustainable or permaculture garden is being explored by more and more people. It is becoming clear that it is only prudent for all of us to start taking more responsibility for the security and quality of our food supply.

There are many techniques that are designed to promote and encourage the hundreds of micro organisms that live in organic soil and help to provide the micro nutrients that plants need to be healthy and vigorous. Use raised beds and do not disturb the soil structure

To a large degree the agricultural, chemical, and bio-tech industries have changed the nature of our diet from the one our ancestors traditionally ate, and there is a growing concern about the impact of genetically modified foods and pesticides not only on our health but on our environment. So it becomes all the more important to take charge of your own food sources and supplies and the one thing that most of us can do is to start asking for more organically grown food at our grocery stores or doing what our ancestors did, growing our own organic food. By applying the principals of permaculture, an organic garden can provide harvests for generations to come without the use of toxic chemicals or artificial fertilizers. It is an integrated system that provides ongoing nutrients to the plants by working with the natural systems within the garden. 50 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SUMMER 2009

spring. This replenishes and enriches the nutrients in the soil of the garden every season. Once the seeds and plants are planted, mulch the beds with straw to control weeds and to reduce evaporation. This keeps moisture levels in the soil within an optimal range throughout the hot days of summer. Water a little longer than you normally would so that the water infiltrates deeper into the soil; this assists the plants in developing a deeper and more drought resistant root system. And water only the beds and not the walkways â&#x20AC;&#x201C; conserving the water for where it is needed most.

except for weeding and lightly cultivating the surface to accept seeds. Only walk on the pathways between the beds so that the soil structure in the beds is not compacted.

Other techniques to use are crop rotation and companion planting. With crop rotation, the crop is rotated each year so that the nutrient demands of that species are distributed evenly throughout the garden. Companion planting requires a little forethought. Certain plants have beneficial impacts on their neighbouring plants when grown next to each other, resulting in fewer pests and a better harvest. There are several good books and web sites that explore the advantages of companion planting. Both rotation and companion planting require a little more time in planning but vastly reduce the problems with pests and improve your yields.

Just like in a natural forest, top dress the earth in your beds with compost each

Composting is critical to create a rich and sustainable garden. Soil, like any living

organism, needs to be fed. By collecting all the organic waste from your garden and your kitchen and putting into a composter or a pile in your yard you can create a rich and productive soil supplement that can be added to your gardens each year. Composting is an art, but the basics of composting are easy. In simple terms you layer green organic matter on top of brown material which is on a layer of soil. By repeating this you create a “lasagne” of sorts in your compost pile. Oxygen and moisture is critical to the process of breaking down the organic material. Turning or forking and moistening the compost regularly is important to speed its breakdown into a usable soil.





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Biodiversity is also important to the garden. Plant flowers and herbs among vegetables and have several naturalised landscape areas to aid in maintaining a healthy variety of organisms within the garden environment. This encourages pollinators that all our crops need to reproduce. I would recommend using heritage seeds and collecting the seeds in your garden in the fall for planting the next spring. Organic produce, though not always picture perfect, is a lot better for you. An organic permaculture garden is a beautiful addition to your home that helps you to create a healthier diet while creating a more sustainable and edible landscape around your home. Garnet McPherson is the Director of Earthwalk Eco Education Centre and Managing Editor of Sustainable Living Magazine He is the local ambassador to Al Gore’s Climate project and Earthday Co-ordinator for Northumberland.

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Some rural residents, usually those off-grid, already rely on one or more forms of renewable energy, but full systems are costly even with incentive programs of small government grants and tax credits. GAP makes the systems affordable for everyone by covering all purchase and installation costs with a 70 per cent grant and a 30 per cent interest-free loan. Savings on electricity offset the loan repayments so participants do not incur greater costs than nonparticipating Ontario residents. GAP would be funded by a 1.5cent per kwh surcharge paid by all residential electricity users. Is GAP better than centralized power generation such as wind projects? Consider the following: •D  oesn’t lead to an industrialized countryside, whether of wind turbines or new pylons and transmission lines; •D  oesn’t provide huge subsidies to a few developers for the purchase of foreign-made turbines;

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“Implants should look just like your natural teeth,” says Mascarin. “The colour and shape are custom-made to be exactly what you want.”

Dr. Steve Mascarin owns and runs the Family Dental Centres in Belleville, Frankford, and Cobourg. He says he rarely fits a patient for dentures anymore. The reason: dental implants are the way to go.

A report by the Canadian Dental Association suggests the large baby-boomer population is also a reason for the rise in popularity of cosmetic dentistry. In their May 2008 Report on Seniors’ Oral Health Care, the national agency states people age 65 and up are unlike generations before them in that they take better care of their teeth. The report says as a result, seniors have more teeth to lose as they age, and are now looking for visually pleasing, comfortable solutions.

Dentures are becoming a thing of the past.

“It’s a solution for all ages,” says Mascarin. “Young people are doing it, too.” Dental implants are a permanent solution for people with faulty teeth. No more dentures soaking in a glass on the bedside table. “Dental implants have been around for 40 years,” says Mascarin. “The procedure has a proven track record.” Mascarin says candidates are anyone with good general health, failing or missing teeth, and enough bone density to hold the implants. Rather than have a loose-fitting denture that fits only with the help of Polygrip, implants are actually embedded in the jaw bone and a denture-like set of teeth simply clicks into place. The teeth can be removed for daily cleaning and brushed like natural teeth.

The rise in popular cosmetic dentistry over the past decade is undeniable. From teeth whitening to adult braces, the trends are visible in the smiles of people everywhere. Experts say dental implants have become trendy for various reasons, including recent advancements in dental materials like ceramic and plastic.

Dr. Steven Bongard is another local champion of dental implants. Bongard says he’s especially enthused about the All-on-4™ method used by himself and Mascarin, also known as Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day. “The idea of being able to provide highly aesthetic fixed teeth with little trauma and cost to the patient in just one day went against everything I thought was possible.” Mascarin says another reason there’s minimal pain in the procedure is there are no nerve endings involved. He says many of his patients ease their initial discomfort with overthe-counter pain relievers. The cost of dental implants can be pricey. It’s not uncommon for a patient to pay $20,000 or more for their new teeth. As a result, many dental centres offer financing or payment plans. Mascarin says the price tag actually makes dental implants the most affordable solution over the long run. Whereas bridges or dentures have a limited shelf-life, implants are forever. Jennifer Lester is a freelance writer/broadcaster from Prince Edward County. She can be heard anchoring the news desk every Sunday morning on CJBQ radio. For a look behind the scenes, visit

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Presented by the Wine Route of Prince Edward County Join us on September 26, 2009 for TASTE! a celebration of regional cuisine, Prince Edward County’s annual one-day epicurean experience featuring the finest artisanal products, wines, beers, ciders and cuisine that the region has to offer. Set against the backdrop of Picton’s picturesque Crystal Palace, it’s a feast for the senses as mouth-watering aromas tempt taste buds and the sound of live jazz fills the air. Sample savoury and sweet confections—all prepared with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients—and enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere as chefs, artisanal food producers, winemakers and, cider and beer masters happily discuss their craft. Get your tickets in advance and join in an unforgettable celebration. | 1.866.845.6644 TASTE! is an adult only event, attendance is limited to those 19 years of age and older.

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For further events visit the event calendar at Events are subject to change, please confirm event details with the organizer. Events may be submitted to June 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 5th Art in the County The premiere juried art show and sale in Eastern Ontario. Featuring 72 artists and 100 works. Free Admission. Old Town Hall, Picton. June 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept. 6 Summer Concert Series Wed. & Sun. concerts 6:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 Centennial Park, Trenton. 613.392.2841 July 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 18 The New Northumberland Calling Normandy A musical tribute to Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triumphal breakthrough at June Beach in 1944. Tickets $15. Brighton Barn Theatre, 96 Young St., Brighton. Call for exact dates. 613.475.2144

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July 9 - July 25 Ship of Fire Presented by Festival Players Prince Edward County. Mt. Tabor Playhouse, Milford. Call for performance times 1.866.584.1991 July 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 Frankford Island Blues Festival All Blues, all weekend. On site camping available. Tickets online or 613.392.1025 July 11 Mariners Museum Fish Fry A rollicking good evening of dinner, music and silent auction. Tickets $20 Mariners Park Museum, 2065 Cty Rd.13, South Bay, Prince Edward County 613.476.8392 July 12 Canadian Law Enforcement & fire Games A full day of games and Highland heavy events, fire challenge and live amateur boxing. Tickets 613.392.1025 Centennial Park, Trenton.

July 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 18 Summerfest and Belleville Idol Fun for everyone. Downtown Belleville. July 17 Rotary Loves Kids Kids and adults golf at 3 local clubs. Dinner and dancing to follow as part of Riverfire at Belleville Market Square. July 18 Quinte Garden Tour & Tea 10th Annual self-guided tour. Musicians from Quinte Symphony will be playing in select gardens. Tickets $20 613.962.6323 Quinte Gardens, College St., Belleville. Friends of Wellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Bass & Salmon Fishing Derby Great prizes, fun for the whole family 7am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm 613.475.1824

Belleville Berrylicious Choose your favourite Berrylicious creations from 14 downtown area restaurants. 613.968.2242 July 18 & 19 Pioneer Days At The Red Barn Artist demonstrations and hands on fun for kids. 167 White Chapel Rd, east of Picton off Hwy 49. 613.476.6808 July 22 A Night with ABBA & The Bee Gees The Regent Theatre, Picton. 613.476.8416 July 22 - Aug. 8 Schoolhouse Festival Players of Prince Edward County. Macaulay House in Picton. Call for specific dates and times 613.471.1991 July 23 A Night with Tom Jones & Tina Turner The Regent Theatre, Picton. 613.476.8416 July 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26 Empire Rockfest The Doobie Brothers, Hippiefest 2009, Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Empire Theatre 321 Front St. Belleville. 613.969.0099



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Aug. 1 & 2 History Weekend Relive Presqu’ile’s past. Boat building bee for kids, 1812 skirmish reenactment, concerts. 10am-9pm Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Aug. 6 A Comedy of Errors Live outdoor presentation by Driftwood Theatre. Centennial Park Amphitheatre, Trenton. 7:30 pm 613.392.7635 Aug. 6 – 21 Colours in the Storm Festival Players of Prince Edward County. Performance at Fields on West Lake outside Bloomfield. Call for specific dates and times 613.471.1991 AuG. 8 7th Annual Funkfest The Regent Theatre, Picton. 613.476.8416 Wellington Lions Club Dragon Boat Races Wellington Harbour, Wellington 613.399.3081 Fish Fry Rose House Museum, 3333 Cty. Rd. 8, Waupoos, $15 reservations req. 613.476.5439

Aug. 1 Artfest August Outdoor arts show and sale with music in the Gazebo. 10am-4pm Memorial Park, Brighton. 613.475.0114

Aug. 8 & 9 Odessa Antiques Show & Sale Odessa Fairgrounds, Exit 599 S. off 401. Odessa Fairgrounds. Sat. 2pm, Sun. 8am-4pm 613.283.5270 Aug. 14 BMW Riders Rally Open to all motorcycle riders. Centennial Park, Trenton. 613.372.7357

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Aug. 24 4th Annual Harvestin’ the County Supper Celebrating and supporting the local agricultural community. Advance tickets recommended Sept. 5 Artfest September Outdoor show and sale with music in the Gazebo. Memorial Park, Brighton. 613.475.0114 Sept. 5 & 6 Vicki’s Veggies Heirloom Hurrah Tomato Tasting Over 100 varieties of tomatoes. 10am-4pm. Prince Edward County Monarchs and Migrants Weekend Bird banding, monarch tagging and guided nature walks. 8am-9pm Presqu’ile Provincial Park Sept. 5 – 7 Rednersville Road Art Tour Drive the scenic Rednersville Rd., Cty Rd. 3, Prince Edward County. Wide variety of studios 10am-4pm 613.394.5733.

Sept. 10 – 12 Art Walk Downtown Belleville Sept. 11 Jukebox Hits Live!! With Freddy Vette & The Flames!! The Regent Theatre, Picton. 613.476.8416 Sept. 11 – 13 Trenton Scottish Irish Festival 19th Annual Celtic Festival and Ceilidh. Pipes and Drums, Dancing and Entertainers. Centennial Park, Trenton 613.392.2841 Picton Fair Picton Fairgrounds 613.476.6154 Sept. 17 – 19 Prince Edward County Music Festival A musical feast that promises to include something to satisfy every taste. Sept. 18 – 20 Prince Edward County Studio & Gallery Tour Explore the work of over 100 artists and artisans at over 30 locations.

613.476.7901 County Antique Show Crystal Palace, Picton. 613.966.3937 Sept. 25 – Oct. 12 When the Reaper Calls A comedy/thriller by Peter Colley. $15. Brighton Barn Theatre, 96 Young St., Brighton. 613.475.2144 Call for exact dates. Sept. 26 TASTE! A celebration of regional cuisine An unforgettable epicurean experience, over 40 vendors offering food and wine samples. Crystal Palace, Picton Fairgrounds. Advance tickets available. Annual Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony. The annual ceremony is held at the National Air Force Museum in the RCAF Memorial Airpark to remember and recognize all of the installed Ad Astra stones. Relatives, friends and

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