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There is nothing like curling up with a good book at any time of the year. And if you’re sitting in a big comfy chair by the fire, even better. The winter is especially suited for this pleasure. The nights are long and dark, the heat of the fireplace warm and inviting. A truly restful experience. Being an avid reader, I’m a regular at the library and always looking for new authors to add to my reading inventory. ‘Read local’ has become my mantra, it may become yours too once you come to know what inspires each of the seventeen local authors mentioned in this story. Yes, seventeen, and this is the ‘short’ list. Kerry Lorimer enlisted the help of local bookstore owners, David Sweet and Tammy Grieve, to make the list and it was a difficult task to limit to that number. There is no shortage of books by local authors to read this winter. Our home feature grows more popular with each issue. We are pleased to feature a lovely stone home that was included in The Settler’s Dream. The new owners have retained the original charm and have made improvements that have enhanced even further.

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What started off as a small hockey story, ended up growing to several pages. If you’re new to the area, or even a long time resident, this is a great primer on the top teams in each of the local towns and cities, and may even whet the appetite of those who have not ventured to a game for a while. There are quite a large number of hockey greats that have spent time in this region and more being groomed. Robert Karp has a great sense of humour and every time I read the story of his adventure with the Ironright ironer, I can’t help, but laugh. It takes one back to the days of Leave it to Beaver, the crazy ads on TV and a different way of life. With his self-described ‘obsession’ a little of that has been recreated on our pages. The saying ‘music is all around us’ is a cliché. And it’s a very true one in this region. Whatever your taste in music, it’s here and there’s lots of it. You can catch a big name show at the larger venues or have fun at the pubs with the many local and very talented garage bands. Every year, with the first blow of winter, I wish I could escape to a warmer climate. It’s snow tire time, shoveling time and I’m never ready for it. However this year I’m looking forward to a beautiful white winter. As someone who snowshoes and skis, it’s nice to go right outside the door or a short drive to a conservation area to enjoy the activity and have a gang together after for potluck. That’s the real winter. So whether you’re on the trails or in a rink watching a hockey game or enjoying a Saturday skate, embrace the winter.

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Authors: D  iscover the Personalities Behind the Print By Kerry Lorimer



It’s that time of year when you burrow into bed with a good book and leave the world behind. As the mind races off, the body slows down under a heavy blanket of winter. To survive the long cold months, a well-stocked bookshelf is key.

history books here will be best sellers,” he says. Tammy agrees,

One of the best places to collect new titles is the local bookstore.

When asked what makes local books so popular, she doesn’t

In downtown Belleville, Greenley’s independent bookshop has

hesitate, “I think everybody wants to write a book. It gives them

been welcoming the winter rush for over 30 years. “The local

encouragement that people they know are writing.” Certainly,

table is one of the first places our customers go to when they

everybody has a story to tell. While most of us may only ever

come into the store,” observes owner Tammy Grieve. “That’s our

dream of putting it in print, hundreds of others have invested

most popular.” Laden with books, the tiered display showcases

the time and confidence to make their voice public. Here, 17

works by authors who reside in the area.

of those admirable local authors open up and discuss how or

“Local history gives us roots. People love knowing where they came from and about the place they live in. It’s a thread to the past.”

why they wrote their most recent book. A few are internationally Books & Company in downtown Picton has the same local

acclaimed, some proudly call themselves ‘midlist’ and others are

literary draw. “It’s getting to be quite diversified,” notes owner

self-published. All command equal respect for telling their tale.

David Sweet. “When we first opened the store 17 years ago, there were a lot of people who were writing poetry and being

The following excerpts from each interview give a rare glimpse

published.” Now, there is a complete selection of fiction,

of the personality behind the print. The candid responses reveal

mysteries, biographies, history, cookbooks, health, religion,

different perspectives on a shared love of writing. Here’s what

philosophy, business, travel, and children’s books. “Any of the

each author said…

Charles Beale Manly E. MacDonald - Interpreter of Old Ontario (landscape book of the life and times of a great Canadian painter) Plumley Press and Friesen Corporation, August 2010 “I saw Manly MacDonald paint when I was a boy of 12 in Napanee on the river, and I talked to him. But, I didn’t know then that this would be serendipitous. It was through my education, I taught art, and was a collector of many things. We started collecting his paintings because we liked them very much. That led to an interest in his life and wondering why he was not considered as good as the Group of Seven. He’s the same era. He certainly was every bit as talented, if not more, because he was a wonderful portrait painter. He did pastels, etchings and linocuts; so many things that they didn’t do. I just felt that he’d been left behind.” Gerry Boyce Belleville: A Popular History (history of Belleville, on the Bay of Quinte) Dundurn Press, 2008 “It’s really a personal history because when I describe things like dealing with the police force, it takes me back to the days when I worked as an editor at CJBQ. I used to cover the news beat back in the 50s. So it’s really a reflection on all the historical tidbits and trends that I’ve noticed over the past fifty years. For instance, Oscar Wilde, the British writer, visited Belleville in the 1880s. He left very quickly, but he did a presentation at the theatre, which was on the second floor of City Hall. He was one of the distinguished people to visit Belleville. He was noted for his flamboyant costuming. He was somewhat of a sensation.” 10


“Local history gives us roots. People love knowing where they came from and about the place they live in. It’s a thread to the past.” Steve Campbell (with Janet Davies and Ian Robertson) Prince Edward County: An Illustrated History (local history) County Magazine Printshop, 2009 “We like quirky history things. Things that are unique to the County and so there’s a lot of good, fun anecdotes and some great stories. Our goal was not just to present the history but make it interesting and entertaining. We’ve done a lot of history stories in County Magazine over the last 35 years so we gleaned a lot from our library of photos and stories that we had. Then we added some new material, researched pieces, and started to assemble it altogether into chapters. It runs chronologically from the Indians right on up to today.” J.D. Carpenter Twelve Trees (murder mystery); also, mainstream fiction and poetry Dundurn Press, 2008 “I take my area of expertise, or one of them, and use it as the canvas. Then I figure out a crime that is plausible within that topic – jazz, or horse racing, or Shakespeare. It really shows in your writing if you know a lot about a subject because you will write with a certain ease. And your research won’t be transparently clear. It’s the old advice: write about what you know about. That quote is often attributed to Hemingway, but I’m pretty sure it was Sherwood Anderson who offered that advice to William Faulkner, the great southern writer who wrote The Sound and The Fury. So I try to do that.” Gale Canniff Cole When you Stand Alone Stand Tall (a true story of living through different types of abuse; and acceptance of oneself) Essence Publishing, August 2010 “It’s been hard because I put my whole life out there and I’m still working in the field and it was scary. I’m thinking, ‘All these people are really going to know who I am.’ So it felt like I was leading a double life. I’m living in a situation, but counseling women who are getting out of abusive relationships. So, it was pretty hard. Writing has helped me 100% and since my dad passed away and then my sister, I’ve lost two more brothers and then my baby sister, so it all just seemed to come together. It was like ‘I have to do this. I had to finish this.’ It’s been an amazing road though.” COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2010/11


Vicki Delany Negative Image (crime novels) Poisoned Pen Press, November 2010 “I publish two books a year. I’m fairly prolific. It’s all imagination and how you envision things. The one thing I have trouble doing is switching from writing the Constable Molly Smith series, which deal with fairly serious issues to the Klondike Gold Rush books, which are intended to be quite humorous. When I started the one I’m working on right now, I realized after the first couple of days that the book was far too serious. It just didn’t have that light touch that I wanted, so I deliberately went out and got some comics, or light-hearted books, really. Just to try and get my mood back, to switch from one to the other.” Tanya Huff The Truth of Valor -Book 5 in the Confederation Series (science fiction: space opera/military) DAW Books Inc., September 2010 I’ve been a full time writer since 1992 – 27 books, 69 short stories, a few pop culture essays, one screenplay and intermittent reviews for the Globe & Mail. Most of that science fiction or fantasy. It’s what I grew up reading. Science fiction fans weren’t – and aren’t – exactly the popular kids at school. We’re a little too smart, a little too clever, and not at all afraid of letting people know it. As science fiction is the genre of the outsider, it’s a perfect fit. Science fiction and fantasy both look at real world situations from an outsider’s perspective, using technology or metaphor or archetype to encourage the reader to see things a little differently. C.W. Hunt Dancing In the Sky: The Local Flying Corps in Canada (history on the Royal Flying Corps’ plan to train pilots in Canada) Dundurn Press, 2009 “It’s one of those episodes in Canadian history, which was very important. The plan really catapulted Canada into the aviation age, but it was only a two-year duration and the historians have overlooked it. I have a degree in Canadian history and I didn’t know about it. I only learned about it when I was getting my pilot’s license and a local aviator who flew in WII spitfires pointed out that there was an airfield in the Deseronto area. Later on, a retired World War II bomber aimer, who was shot down and taken prisoner, turned all his notes over to me, and stories he had been collecting from old timers who were involved in that training program in Deseronto.”



Janet Kellough On the Head of a Pin (historical mystery of serial murder in 1840’s Upper Canada) Dundurn Press, 2009 “It’s funny, because the people in your books become very real when you’re writing them and you have very personal reactions to them. It’s intense. You spend so much time with them and actually you tend to get sort of fed up with what’s going on in the so-called real world and you go, ‘Okay, I think I’ll go over to this world that I created.’ With On the Head of a Pin, I learned a lot. When you go to school you get the Mackenzie Rebellion and then it’s a hop, skip and a jump and you’re at Confederation. But there’s a whole heck of a lot of history in there that people are not that familiar with.”

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“Until the author can write their story down and get it out to people, they don’t have any peace about it.” – Sherrill Brunton, Essence Publishing, Belleville Deborah Kimmett Outrunning Crazy (fiction – the man is gone, the dog is dead and Tammy Babcock’s life is like a bad country song), June 2010 “I go to an art class. I don’t draw. I just write while they draw. I realize that there’s a process to it: you do a lot of thinking. When I’m starting out with a new idea, the writing never comes at the right speed. It’s either coming out too fast and I can’t get all the ideas down on paper or it’s not coming at all. The discipline that I get from visual artists is just to sit and think about it. Let it gel. Play with it. There’s a sense that everything has to be fast today. Writing really slows you down into wanting to capture these moments that go by every day. The writer’s or artist’s job is to record that and give it to the people.” Sherry Pringle All the Ship’s Men: HMCS Athabaskan Untold Stories (history – personal stories of the crew of HMCS Athabaskan, one of Canada’s worst naval disasters) Vanwell Publishing Limited, April 2010 “I had a phone call from the Navy and the conversation sparked my desire to write a book. I had no writing experience. I just knew that I had to do it. So it started out as my personal story. Almost like a genealogy; a discovery of what my uncle was all about, how he died, what life was like onboard ship. My family didn’t know the answers and they couldn’t really talk about it. But along the way, because I had befriended these sailors, I decided that their stories needed to be told and that it was very urgent to record them.”


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Elaine Small Priests in the Attic (life writing – an eclectic memoir describing the triumph of spiritual longing over worldly desires) AuthorHouse, August 2010 “Writing through reverie is my passion. Reverie is the condition of being lost in thought, as in the Glenn Miller song: ‘Come to me in my reverie’ – a state of abstracted daydreaming, which moves into the realm of memories. Men have always fashioned reveries out of sight, sound, scent, taste and touch; it is a common phenomenon of human nature. We do it all day long; when we’re waiting for a bus, or someone’s late. We slip into reveries, which recall our life stories and past emotions. All of us possess our own emotional truth and each of us has a unique story to tell. This is mine.” Mary Thomas Turning Point (parallel histories of a pioneering woman and two brothers caught up in the 1837 Rebellion) Epic Press, 2007 “There’s always something interesting, funny, different or curious in everybody’s life and that’s what I’m looking for. Both David’s War and Behind Enemy Lines portray women, but the focus was more on a man because they were war books. Turning Point was different. It gave me an opportunity to focus on a wonderfully interesting woman. I actually had that in my file, that idea, before I ever started writing any book. So then I got to it. Anna Jameson was an author and a feminist. Can you imagine a feminist in 1837? When she came to Canada she thought, ‘When can I go home?’ Her husband was Attorney General of Upper Canada. The story also has the intrigue of the 1837 rebellion at the same time.” Colin Frizzell Just J (young adult – Mom’s dead, Dad’s an idiot and J has issues. Lots of issues) Orca Book Publishers 2007 “There is something freeing in writing, especially in writing about problems and situations that you feel you have no control over in your life. You then have control over them on the page. It can help empower kids. It’s been shown in studies how getting the bad stuff out on paper can benefit self-esteem and health because you’re not carrying that stress around inside you. And through reading fiction, you get to see the world through somebody else’s eyes and feel things with somebody else’s heart. It builds empathy and understanding, which is very important.”



Heather Williams RD Happy Heart Recipes, Volume II (cookbook – all the recipes are low in sugar, sodium and cholesterol, and great for the whole family) Epic Press, 2007 “I wanted to take the guilt out of eating. I want people to really enjoy good food. I’m from Prince Edward Island and my mother was just a wonderful cook and really enjoyed good, wholesome foods. My father always had a garden and I used to eat everything so healthy. We just really enjoyed family meals together and so that’s what I try to do with my clients. I try to make it as healthy but as exciting as possible. Food is really important. I spent six years developing each cookbook. The first one is a best seller in Canada and the second is more than half way there.” Melissa Willis The Basket Case Files (personal stories of motherhood by eight basket case mommies) Essence Publishing, August 2010 “I couldn’t find anything while I was pregnant that really helped me get through. So I wanted to write a book about things that were going on with me in 2009 and 2010. In 1979, they had the book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Although it was very informative, it was difficult because there wasn’t a lot of current information. Especially issues like postpartum depression, which one of our girls talks quite frequently about. Basically, it was rewriting the book on pregnancy between eight women. There’s nothing more rewarding than becoming a mom. We’re all sharing the common bond of motherhood and we all have the desire to inspire other moms.” Astrid Young Being Young: Scott, Neil and Me (biography) Insomniac Press 2009 (second edition) “I just had to clear the slate at one point and sit down and start writing. I thought: I’m just going to write whatever comes to mind. I wanted it to have a stream of consciousness, almost a psychedelic rollercoaster kind of feel. To engage the reader to a point where you draw them in and take them on your journey through timelines. It’s what I accomplished in the end. That allowed me to find my voice as a writer too. It just seemed to be very easy for me to flow a narrative strictly off the top of my head. Many people who know me say that sitting down with the book is like sitting down and talking with me. And that’s the way I wanted it to come across.” Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who lives in Prince Edward County. 16


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HockeyThen Towns and Now By Janet Jarrell Photos courtesy Aaron Bell/



“When you are involved in hockey, you understand that

hockey is all about community.



If there is one thing for sure, this area of Eastern Ontario is rich in hockey history. And this time of year, everywhere you go there is hockey in the air. Start up a hockey conversation and you will get teams and names. Teams such as The Belleville McFarland’s, with team captain Floyd Crawford, won the World Championship gold medal against the Soviet Union in 1959. The Belleville Bobcats saw Rick Meagher drafted into the NHL and win the Selke Trophy in 1990 with the St. Louis Blues. Marty Savoy, Commissioner of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, explains “When you are involved in hockey, you understand that hockey is all about community.” The team is involved in the community and the community is responsible for the team. Jason Supryka, assistant couch with the Belleville Bulls, agrees, “Supporting a team is a great learning experience, the players are like your kids.” Everyone locally that has been or is involved in hockey, know this, this community spirit helped launch such greats as Bobby Hull, Dennis Hull, Brett Hull, Marc Crawford, Lou Crawford, and Billy Reay, just to name a few. The Hulls are hockey. Bobby Hull spent 23 years in the NHL and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Brother Dennis Hull also went into the NHL and played for Team Canada. And finally, Brett Hull, son of Bobby, had a successful NHL hockey career and was inducted alongside his father in the Hall of Fame in 2009. Marc Crawford, son of Floyd, played in the NHL and is now one of the best known coaches in the league. His career consisted of many years coaching the great one himself, Wayne Gretzky, and winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. Players from all over have spent time in our hockey clubs because they know it is a solid training ground for their hockey goals.

The Belleville Bulls Founded in the late 70’s, this team flourished under the ownership of Dr. Robert Vaughan, who purchased the team in 1981. “Doc Vaughan”, as he is known locally, attracted hockey great Wayne Gretzky who shared in the interests of this team for a few years in the early 80’s. With this high profile support, the Bulls were well on their way to carving a name for themselves in junior hockey. Year after year, the Vaughan’s held a summer BBQ at their home, a pre season morale builder. This family picnic welcomed the rookies and their families to the team, celebrated the current roster and awarded those leaving the team for future endeavours. Doc Vaughan says he is “proud of the players in this area.” One player that stands out is Dunc McIntyre. “Dunc was a crowd favourite, an 11th round draft pick, a great player on the ice.” says Dr. Vaughan. His jersey #15 was retired, the only player in this club yet to have that honour.

This season marks the 30th anniversary for the Bulls in the OHL; 30 years of hockey greats at the Wally Dever and the Yardmen arenas, greats such as Steve Bancroft, Dan Quinn, and Marty McSorley. 30 years of listening to Jack Miller and the play-byplay on CJBQ 800. Under the dedicated coaching of Larry Mavety, who coached the Bulls for 14 seasons, the Bulls have garnered an impressive record as well as a long and strong list of alumni. Larry Mavety prepared Lou Crawford, former NHLer, to take over coaching duties in 1997, and under Crawford, the Bulls had their most successful season in 1999, when they won it all, becoming the OHL Champions. After more than twenty years with the Bulls, Dr. Vaughan sold the Bulls in 2004 to Gord Simmonds. Doc Vaughan was honoured with the Bill Long award for distinguished service to the OHL. With the change of ownership, Jason Supryka, former Belleville Bobcat who was drafted to the OHL in ’86 and coached for ten years in Triple A hockey, was added as Assistant Coach. Together, with Head Coach George Burnett, who briefly coached with the Edmonton Oilers, the Bulls finished second in the Memorial Cup round robin in the 2007/08 season. The club still draws upon the local talent for this team. On the current roster, we have Steven Broek of Tweed and keep your eye out for Tyson Teichman, from Belleville. Player development locally incorporates a Belleville Bulls Hockey Camp. One of the instructors is Belleville’s own Chris Longo, former OHL player that went on to the AHL/IHL.

Belleville Bearcats On the women’s side of hockey we have the Belleville Bearcats. Locally, we recognize Tanya Casey for her dedication to the sport for more than 30 years. In the last decade we have seen Jackie Jarrell and Jessica Jones who both played for Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania, Christina Ashley spent the 2009-10 season playing in Sweden, Laura Martindale is at Princeton under a full scholarship, and Breanne Hadley signed with the UOIT Ridgebacks. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2010/11


The Wellington Dukes Matte Cooke, Andrew Raycroft, Brad Richardson; this team has quite an impressive local alumni! Matte Cooke won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008/09 hockey season and competed with Team Canada to win the 2004 World Championship. Andrew Raycroft, who won Goaltender of the Year during his OHL time, is now playing in the NHL with the Dallas Stars and Brad Richardson is currently playing centre for the LA Kings. The Dukes are a Junior A team in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League and rivals of the Trenton Golden Hawks. They have been around since the 1970’s operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. This Board is quite extensive and has worked hard to ensure the success of its players and the club. This winter is to be much celebrated as the new Duke Dome opens for its first season of play under the talented guidance of Head Coach and General Manager Marty Abrams.

Trenton Golden Hawks Every winter, the Glover’s in Trenton flooded the back yard for a rink. With boards and nets, this spot was a natural attraction where the neighbourhood kids spent most evenings playing hockey. This town needed a team. The history on hockey in Trenton dates back to the early 1960’s when the owner of an apple orchard, Howard Weese, started the Trenton Apple Kings. At that time Gord Webb and Rex Glover pitched in to assist with coaching and training, and the town of Trenton had their hockey team. In 1968 the ownership of the team changed, as did the name, and the Trenton Golden Hawks were born. For almost three decades this town supported the Golden Hawks. During this time, the team moved through the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League and by the mid 90’s the status of a Junior ‘A’ team. This change also brought a new name ‘The Stings’. For the most part, the team has been owned by locals including Doug Whitley, John Gibbons, the Huffs and Brad Teichman. The coaching staff has seen many locals too, like Billy Glover, son of Rex. Billy coached the team for three years starting in 1991. He comes by a passion for hockey naturally, is still coaching in the minors today and says about hockey “What else would you be doing?” After the Stings, the team became the Quinte West Pack, then the Trenton Hercs under local Head Coach Jason Supryka. After another ownership change, the town of Trenton voted in an actual team naming contest and the Trenton Golden Hawks were back! John McDonald, Director of Player Development & Advancement, adds “These are good kids.” They work hard at their game and at school. They volunteer, reading to younger kids in the public schools and participating in local charity work. John tells his young players, “You don’t know where you are going, if you don’t know 22


Trenton Golden Hawks vs Wellington Dukes Picton Pirates vs Napanee Raiders Belleville Booster Club ring ~ The Belleville McFarlands, Allan Cup Champions ~1957/58 Ontario Hockey Association gold medal – The Belleville McFarlands, Allan Cup Champions World Cup Hockey Championship ring - The Belleville McFarlands – Prague 1959.

where you are coming from.” This young team has many talented local kids developing under the coaching of former NHLer Tom McCarthy; keep an eye on Scott Boultbee, Tyler Donaldson, Liam McFall and Dylan Stavely Watson. These boys are on the same path as many other great local hockey players that came out of this Junior team. Names like George Ferguson and John Garrett, both played in the NHL, and Bim McFall (Liam’s father) who went on to play in the American East Coast League.

Picton Pirates Locally, we have Picton and Napanee in the Empire B Junior C League. The Pirates, founded in 1989 by Ron Norton of Picton who, after a few years, sold the team to the community. It is now governed by a volunteer executive with the intention to keep this team local. Jason Parks, General Manager, has been going to the Pirates games at the Prince Edward County Community Centre since it all began. He remembers locals asking “Are you goin’ to the Rats game tonight?” The long standing nickname for this team has been the ‘Patcheyes’, however, a more recent moniker has been ‘The Rats’, and they now have the logo to prove it. In the late 90’s the Pirates fondly remember bringing to the team a young, notable player, Eric Coles, who played for a short time and then went on to the NHL. Over the years, many locals have developed their game in Picton including Ryan Woodward and CJ Thompson. Both went on to play for the NCAA Division 3 Champion Oswego State Lakers in 2007. “Ironically, Woodward is now the assistant coach with the Pirates.” remarks Jason.

Napanee Raiders Hockey at this level dates back to the 1960’s in Napanee with The Red Wings, which soon changed its name to the Napanee Legion and finally the Napanee Kelly Tiremen.

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The Raiders were founded by Morris Hart and Pat Moore in 1988/89 after Napanee went for three seasons without any junior hockey. The town was happy. And the team was successful. Morris credits the team’s success to a “very dedicated coaching staff, executive and all of the volunteers.” It is that support that has taken the Raiders to the playoffs every year consecutively for the past 23 years. In 1993 this team won the all Ontario Junior Championship. Notables include Justin Williams, Brian Allen and Jay McKee who all went on to play in the NHL, Shawn Wansborough of Deseronto went on to play in the AHL. Many times, we see prominent players from a team come back and coach, and that is the case with Mike Casselman, who played for 5 years with the Raiders and went on to play in the United States including the AHL and then came back to give back to the team. Janet Jarrell was raised in Bellville, attended school with many of the players and continues to be a hockey fan.

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“Hello, out

there. We’re on the air.

It’s hockey night tonight.” The Hockey Song by Stompin’ Tom Connors Photo Courtesy of Aaron Bell/

By James Hurst

The Wellington Dukes and the Trenton Golden Hawks play in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. Seasoned hockey pundits refer to this level as “Tier II Junior A”, the next level below the OHL. Dukes’ coach and General Manager Marty Abrams summed up his team’s performance in early November: “Any time that you are battling for first place, and that you are ranked high on the national scale, it’s great. Abrams and the rest of the community can’t wait to move into the impressive new Duke Dome in mid-December. “Hockey is alive and well in this area” reported John McDonald, Director of Player Development and Advancement for the Golden Hawks. There are great families and traditions in the entire Quinte region: the Crawfords, the Hulls in Belleville, the Lavenders in Wellington, and the Glovers in Trenton.” The team has recently hired former NHL player Tom McCarthy to coach. “He is a God-send to us,” added McDonald. “He is making the kids accountable to the community.”

As the winds of winter begin their annual trek across the fields of North America, hockey fans push their way through the turnstiles of arenas to welcome the new season. Across the Quinte region, people in the hockey business have been preparing for the puck drop for some time: Zambonis have been reconditioned, rows of seats have been cleaned and polished, and fresh sheets of ice have been laid to welcome another season of hockey enthusiasts. Rarely has it been better said: “Hello, out there. We’re on the air. It’s hockey night tonight.” The words of ‘Stompin’ Tom Connor can be heard in every arena, everywhere. The game has developed into an important winter pastime for Canadians. From the frozen ponds and lakes, skaters have migrated to the indoor facilities to play the game. George Burnett has been behind the bench of the Belleville Bulls for a little more than six years. The Bulls play in the Ontario Hockey League, the best Junior development league in the world. “For me, personally, it has been a wonderful experience. I really love this area.” 24


The Picton Pirates play at the Junior “C” level in the Empire League. Jason Parks assumed the role as General Manager following the 2008-2009 season. “Scott Aiken was the former GM. He planted the seeds for the future of the team before he left. He thought this was a great place for kids to develop, and then move on to the Golden Hawks or the Dukes,” Parks reported. “It has been a tough go. But I think we have turned the corner towards future success.” From the early hours of every morning of the week, players of all ages, at all levels, file into dressing rooms to work on their games. This is the training ground for future stars. They may move on to great success on a professional level or they may qualify for scholarships at colleges and universities. Either way, they will definitely benefit from the training, and the camaraderie they experience with their friends in the arenas in the Quinte region. Drop the puck. It’s game time! James Hurst writes a weekly sports column, is a Commissioner of the Belleville Minor Football League, the Vice President of the Wellington Dukes and the General Manager of the Belleville Club.

Peak Phosphorus: are we running out

of the building block for

life? By Conrad Stang Stang By Conrad

Most have heard of ‘peak oil’ and the gloomy outlook of a future when supplies run short; however, another inconvenient truth is more rapidly approaching.

Phosphorous = Food = Life

Phosphorus, the 15th element in the periodic table, has been termed “life’s bottleneck”. It is the building block for all living beings for which no substitute exists. The element phosphorus cannot be created nor destroyed, but is endlessly recycled throughout the environment. Since phosphorus is highly reactive, it is never found as a free element in nature. However, phosphorus compounds are used in many products such as commercial fertilizers, pesticides, matches, explosives, fireworks and detergents. Phosphorus is also a critical component of our DNA and cell structure. It is an essential element for all living

organisms and, in most cases, is the limiting nutrient for the growth of crops. However, an abundance of phosphorus in water bodies, such as lakes and rivers, will cause the growth of algae resulting in oxygen deficiency, death of fish, and ultimately the ecosystem. This is known as eutrophication. Interesting History of the “Light-Bearing” Element The history of phosphorus is very interesting. Phosphorus was first discovered by Henning Brand in 1669, an alchemist who was searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, said to turn metal into gold. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2010/11




Brand distilled and evaporated large quantities of human urine and produced a few grams of glowing white phosphorus, thus giving phosphorus its name from the Greek mythological word meaning “light-bearer”. Ironically, the allies used phosphorus bombs to level and burn the city of its discovery, Hamburg, Germany, during World War II. One of the first industrial uses of phosphorus during the 19th Century was at the tip of friction matches. However, poor working conditions caused employees (mostly girls) to get a painful and disfiguring disease called “Phossy Jaw”. This resulted in the London matchgirls strike of 1888, which gave way to the start of unions and safe working conditions for employees. Essential Nutrient of Life Today, by far the largest use of phosphorus is in fertilizer. In order to grow crops and feed an ever growing population, the agricultural community spreads large quantities of manure and/ or fertilizers that contain a mixture of the nutrients phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. Nitrogen is the most abundant of the three essential nutrients as it is available in a gaseous form and can be obtained from natural gas. Large quantities of potassium are stored primarily in Canadian potash mines and are largely controlled, currently, by the Saskatchewan based company, Potash Corp. However, of the three essential nutrients, it is often phosphorus that gets over applied and many analysts feel that the global availability of this resource may be running out.

The long-term security of our global food supply and available surface water resources is thus dependent on the conservation of this precious nutrient resource.

Conservation programs such as nutrient management, no-till farming, and vegetative buffers along sensitive watercourses are helping. However, as observed by the algae blooms that covered large areas within the Bay of Quinte in the fall of 2009, a problem still exists that must be addressed. In extreme cases, the oversupply of phosphorus causes water bodies to be so nutrient enriched that they become dead zones that cannot support life.

This has been termed the ‘algae bowl’, a devastating time of food and water shortages similar to the dust bowl of the 1930’s. A Sustainable Future: Urban Mining There is hope! Just as Henning Brand did when he first discovered phosphorus from human urine, we can make the phosphorus cycle sustainable for many generations by tapping into a new source: our local wastewater. Wastewater Treatment Plants are often limited by the ability of the receiving water body to dilute treated wastewater effluent. As such, phosphorus and nitrogen compounds are removed from treated wastewater in the form of nutrient rich biosolids that are fit for most agricultural application. The nutrients in biosolids can be further extracted to create small pellets that are an excellent renewable fertilizer from a limitless natural source. The only hurdle is convincing society to trust engineers that this resource is safe from the contaminants found in wastewater. Would you feel comfortable knowing that your own waste was used to grow the food you eat? I would! Admittedly some contaminants are hard to remove from wastewater (e.g. pharmaceuticals), but commercial fertilizer also contains contaminants from the mining process. Unfortunately it is this mindset that hinders our ability to close the nutrient cycle.

Phosphorus the Geostrategic Ticking Time Bomb The nutrient phosphorus in fertilizer originates from phosphate rock, a gift from shallow seas tens of millions of years ago. According to a 2009 U.S. Geological Survey, almost 90 percent of worldwide reserves are located in only four countries: China, Morocco/Western Sahara, South Africa, and the United States. A gloomy prediction is that the world’s mineral rock phosphate reserves are estimated to peak as early as 2030 (Global Phosphorus Research Initiative, 2008). This fear and the growing demand for biofuels to calm the peak oil crisis caused the price of phosphate fertilizer to unexpectedly increase fivefold in 20078. This resulted in a surge in food prices, an industry already heavily subsidized by government.

We are sitting on an urban gold mine yet are afraid to benefit from it.

From Land to Lake to Algae Bowl Although educational tools are currently in development, the agricultural community often applies excessive amounts of phosphorus on land, which becomes adsorbed to sediment and is washed into rivers and lakes via rainfall-runoff-erosion processes.

Conrad Stang is a young engineering professional with an expertise in modelling non-point source pollutants and creating decision making frameworks for integrated watershed management and source water protection.

References Global Phosphorus Research Initiative (GPRI). (2008). Phosphorus (P). Retrieved November 2nd, 2010, from  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). (2009). Phosphate Rock. Statistics and Information. Retrieved November 2nd, 2010, from commodity/phosphate_rock





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No Longer an Afterthought By Bryan Bondy

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The music reflects the diversity of our area. Visitors and locals alike enjoy music ranging from the rustic and rural to the worldly and sophisticated.

Years ago – before I moved back to Prince Edward County after a decade-long hiatus – I would visit my father and stepmother for weekends, and part of our routine was to take in local live music acts at the pub on a Saturday night. Live music in the County was a novelty, and we were very fortunate to have venues like the Barley Room Pub and acts like the Frere Brothers, without whom my jaunts home would have been very quiet indeed. These days the music of the Quinte region is notably less limited, heard from Picton to Comfort County, from Brighton to Napanee, and in the communities in-between; the music reflects the diversity of our area. Visitors and locals alike enjoy music ranging from the rustic and rural to the worldly and sophisticated.



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Classical lovers have such options as the Prince Edward County Music Festival while Music at Port Milford offers both a chamber music festival and a summer school for young performers to learn in an idyllic rural setting. The Belleville-based Quinte Symphony and Belleville Choral Society each provide programs for classical aficionados; more recently, Picton’s Regent Theatre has broadcast, live by satellite, operas and shows like the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.

Empire Square. Zwicks Park, located on the Bay of Quinte, has been host to the popular Big Music Fest featuring well-known classic rock acts. Indeed, classic rock titans, country-rock veterans, and modern rock stars including Canada’s own Bachman-Cummings, Blue Rodeo, and Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip have been perennial favourites and big draws for the Quinte region. Juno-nominated and award-winning performers like Jenny

The big event for jazz fans is the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, also centered at the Regent but with many satellite events at local eateries, wineries, and galleries. Performers have ranged from the avant-garde to nostalgic big band acts, famous names, and up-and-comers. Throughout the year jazz and blues artists attracted by the historic vaudeville theatre setting also regularly book the Regent for one-off shows. Other genres have their own annual traditions, including the Frankford Island Blues Festival to the north and the Shelter Valley Folk Festival to the west. Havelock’s famous Jamboree draws country music crowds from across North America while Trenton’s Classic Country Music Reunion and Jamboree this year celebrated its 19th year. Kingston-based blues singer Georgette Fry’s choir Shout Sister! – “A celebration of life in song” – has boasted a Picton chapter since 2005 (a Belleville chapter was formed earlier this year). Especially in the summer months, wineries both north and south of the Bay feature live music to accompany tastings. Given our location between large-venue rock stops like Toronto and Ottawa and university towns like Kingston and Peterborough known for alternative and modern rock gigs, Quinte’s pop and rock scene is focused on our largest population centre, Belleville. The most popular bands in recent years have played the Empire Theatre and its newer, adjoining venue, the 30


Whiteley and Matthew Barber have played smaller venues in Prince Edward County because of their local connections – Whiteley is linked to prominent folk-rock performer Emily Fennell and Barber, a graduate of Queen’s, has family based in the area. While Belleville has the largest number of bars in Quinte, some carving out a niche by featuring specific genres – the Tucson Flats’ blues nights being just one example – pubs in smaller communities often feature house bands enjoyed by regulars and friendly, intimate settings that give patrons the opportunity to interact with well-known local performers and returning favourite acts ‘from away’. Picton’s Acoustic Grill even has its own label of releases, Acoustic Jams, recorded from the tiny yet lively stage of this gem of a pub tucked in off Main Street.

Free and family-friendly options include Music in the Park in Tweed and the summer series in Benson Park, Picton. Porchfest Belleville audiences move from house to house in Belleville’s East Hill neighbourhood, listening to music of all types performed by young and old. It is the existence of those smaller venues for live music – pubs, wineries, town halls, cafés, and public sites – that keeps Quinte’s music scene going through the off-season for the benefit of local residents and visitors who have discovered the vibrancy of the counties of this

An ever-expanding number of annual festivals have made our region a destination for music tourism.

PREVIOUS: Prince Edward County Music Festival - Stéphane Lemelin, pianist and artistic director. Quinte Symphony – photo by Audra Kent. Belleville Command Performance at The Regent Theatre. Porchfest – photo by Brandy Gale. LEFT: Blue Rodeo, Bachman Cummings and Randy Travis. Credit Photos: Empire Theatre/Bob House Photography. Georgette Fry and Shout Sister Photo by Phil Norton. Prince Edward County Jazz Festival – Dixie Demons photo by John Morgan. Picton Performances in the Park Jamie Stever and his newest band member - his son! - photo by Rick Zimmerman

region, even when beaches and campgrounds are in hibernation. Whether visitor or local, a fan of big festivals or small shows in cafés and pubs, Quinte offers the listener a range of music to suit our varied communities. No longer is entertainment in our region limited to the summer season or a handful of isolated venues as Quinte has evolved into a year-round destination for music from classical to country, from folk to funk. In fact, an ever-expanding number of annual festivals have made our region a destination for music tourism. A Quinte excursion is about the finer things in life, after all: scenic drives and bike rides, boating in the Bay, wineries, beaches, and boutique shopping. What better accompaniment than music of all genres to suit all tastes. Bryan Bondy is a freelance writer specializing in arts, entertainment, and social media coverage in the Quinte region. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2010/11




The Canadian Customs officer at Sarnia now knows me and laughs when he sees my truck. For in the past six months, I have travelled twice to Michigan, former home of the mighty Ironrite Ironer Company of Mt. Clemens, to bring no less than six of these 175 pound machines back to my house in Prince Edward County. I had never even heard of home ironers until my cousin, Elaine, told me about her mother Ann’s 1940s ‘mangle’, after I complained about having to iron cotton bed linens. But, I soon stumbled upon a fully functioning 1936 Thor rotary iron, which I bought for $95 from Quinte Antiques in Belleville. It came from the late Dr. Farley’s house in Trenton. The Thor worked great, having lasted seven decades with no service, until I killed it with kindness, attempting to dismantle the heating shoe to clean it. So I donated the Thor to the Steel Style Garage, a hip clothing store in Gananoque, which uses vintage equipment as clothing props. Wanting to replace the Thor, I went online to discover that Miele makes a rotary iron. But it was too expensive and I wanted a no-plastics, vintage machine. So I went back online and discovered the Ironrite brand, manufactured in Detroit and then in Mt. Clemens, Michigan from the early 1920s to about 1962, when the factory closed as a result of the invention of permanent press fabric, the merger with an electronics company, the increasing use of dry cleaners and the entry of the American housewife into the work force. The old 1950s Ironrite ads proclaimed design advantages over my Thor and every other manufacturer of home ironers. Only the Ironrite could completely replace the hand iron, they claimed, because of its two open ends and its two ironing points on the heat shoe. It is the only ironer that has a fixed bottom mounted shoe and a Bakelite forming board, inscribed with the stylized Ironrite logo, to guide the material. Instead of pushing the iron point into the clothes, you push the clothes into the iron point. And the claims were largely if not completely true. The machine, as the ads claim, “Irons anything you can wash” and can steam things you can’t wash, like wool. “Pleats by the hundreds” and “ruffles by the thousands”. Ironrites, the ads claimed, created more leisure time “for living” and were “rhythmic and restful”. The

1938 Ironrite ‘Health Chair’ designed by Ironrite principal Herman A. Sperlich sits in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. An archival 1946 movie (search Making a New Day Out of Tuesday), produced by the Ironrite Company, was essential viewing to learn how to properly use the contraption. (Had I bought one new in the ‘50s, an instructor would have visited my home to train me.) The footage features fictional “Mary Jones, the wife and mother of America. Her job is to make a home. The American home. Today, it is perhaps the most important job in the world. How many years before the job gets her down? Will it take her youth, her good looks, her health? Will it spoil her disposition and finally wear her out? If Mary Jones loses her looks, her health, her disposition, the break down is most likely to begin over the ironing board. But it need not happen. As soon as someone shows Mary the Ironrite story, her days of drudgery will be over.” I was immediately hooked. Once trained, Ironrites are very easy to use. So easy, in fact, that Ironrite instructors ironed men’s shirts blindfolded (do not try this at home). Today we would cringe, as there are no warnings anywhere on the machine and very few warnings in the instruction manuals. The most ubiquitous of all, the Ironrite Model 85, had a streamlined design, with height adjustable casters and knee lever operation, so that the hands are always free. All Ironrites have a gear case that requires oil changes, like cars. In the early ‘50s, Ironrite began making furniture cases for their ironers, such as the ‘Model 88 Cabinette’. Mechanically identical to the Model 85, the Cabinette could be located in the living or other rooms of the house. The last large model made by Ironrite was the Model 95. It was essentially the same as the Model 85 but the chrome badging was updated and it had a gooseneck light reminiscent of the alien spaceships in War of the Worlds. Most were white, but a few very rare pink models were made, undoubtedly inspired by the 1955 Dodge La Femme, a car created exclusively “By appointment to Her Majesty—the American woman”. (The La Femme came COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2010/11


“Pleats by the hundreds”

“Ruffles by the thousands”

with matching pink accessories and had a make up table in the back seat. It did not sell well, perhaps because men refused to drive or be seen in them.) What else was happening in the ‘50s? Well Charles and Ray Eames were designing furniture. And Ironrite got in on the craze by designing an Eames inspired Model 88 and a smaller version called the Model 880. The Eames era Model 88 was my first purchase. Good friends Bruno Francois and Jens Korberg convinced me that it would look great in my family room. So I bought it on eBay and Bruno and I hopped into my truck to pick it up in Michigan. But before we left, I went online and found a first generation Model 85 listed on eBay and a dark wood Cabinette Model 88 in an online classified. So I arranged to buy them also (thinking I might need them for spare parts, but all three work perfectly). 34


So, an overnight Ironrite Express run to Port Huron, a perplexed Canadian customs officer (“Every ‘50s housewife had to have one!” proclaimed Bruno) and a stopover in Niagara so that Bruno could pick up a bottling machine. And when a pink Model 95 and matching Health Chair came available on eBay while I vacationed in New Hampshire, I bought it too, as well as an Eames era Model 880 and Feathertouch Model 85, bringing to six the total number of Ironrites I own. Crazy, yes, but I am having an absolute ball finding, restoring and using these well built, well engineered, environmentally friendly, vintage machines. Robert Karp, a retired lawyer, made Prince Edward County his full-time home in 2007. See more photos on page 35.

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ABOVE LEFT: The Rare Dodge La Femme era all-pink Model 95 and Herman A. Sperlich designed Health Chair. ABOVE RIGHT: Fictional “Mary Jones, the wife and mother of America.” From the 1946 instructional film, Making a New Day Out of Tuesday. Ironrite instructors ironed men’s shirt blindfolded. Do not try this at home.

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Jim Vice and Mary Kelly both have Eastern Ontario roots, so when it came time to look for a country property, they naturally looked east. Prince Edward County was an obvious choice. It combined a distinctive country feel with a vibrant and creative arts community. The Vice-Kelly twosome share a great respect for history, they agreed they wanted a stone house and ideally one near water. But finding such a property proved extremely challenging. “Most of the houses we looked at originally were either falling down” says Jim “Or else they had been ‘redone’ in the 70’s with fake wood paneling and arborite.” As an afterthought, their agent suggested they take a drive by the Vader-Roche House. Sitting on 2½ acres of land, surrounded by a dry stone fence, facing the Bay of Quinte on a quiet rural road, it was exactly what they were looking for. The former owners, the Roche’s, had clearly valued the historic character of the house and had not only retained but enhanced many of its classic features. “We didn’t buy the house immediately” Jim said “The stream running through the basement and the cattle farm next door scared us a bit.” But, they kept coming back. They purchased the house in 2005. For the first few years, they made no major renovation decisions. “We wanted to get to know the house” said Mary. The former owners had operated a bed & breakfast for a time, utilizing some of the house for the business, while spending most of their time in the back part of the house. The latter open area contained a very small kitchen with a large brick fireplace and seating area and also included a bathroom and a back shed at one side. This area was the “heart” of the modern house; it had not been updated for some time and, as such, showed the wear and tear of many years of use. Jim and Mary wanted to keep the historic character of the house, while making it both attractive and functional for their family of

LEFT: The addition combines the well-aged stone exterior on the north side with a contemporary window wall of glass on the opposite southern exposure. A ‘nook’ was created to allow views of the water, front yard and the dry stone fence. Perfect for morning coffee with the sun streaming in. 1846 – the original plaque. The brass door knocker still in use.

five. So they designed a new addition, abutting the back stone wall of the original home, to provide space accommodating the essential modern amenities. The addition combines the well-aged stone exterior on the north side with a contemporary window wall of glass on the opposite southern exposure. The floor in the addition is easy care ceramic subway tile. The tongue and groove pine vaulted ceiling and support beams are stained in dark hues to reinforce the home’s historic character and remain consistent with the original pine floors throughout the rest of the house. COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2010/11


Gleaming granite countertops are inset with two sinks with brushed nickel fixtures. The large central preparation and breakfast bar area is supported by dark wood cabinetry, which is echoed in the raised butcher block countertop at one end. Some of the backsplash tiles are embossed with ferns and other plants native to the property. The fireplace was relocated keeping a roughhewn mantle and indigenous stone. It can be enjoyed from both the kitchen and the former “birthing” room.

Entering the house from the circular driveway on the west side, you step into an open hall that then extends the length of the house. The vestibule area offers bench seating and a coat closet to your right, and a frosted glass-fronted utility closet on the left where the original door had been. Wall inserts of glass block rectangles are used both upstairs and down to bring added light into the home. The home’s former unused brick fireplace (where a racoon was apparently making its home, only to be discovered and chased off as demolition began) was converted to a wide entranceway into the kitchen, with its back wall stonework recycled to fill some of the original exterior doors and windows. An open staircase leads to the second storey and the addition includes a new downstairs bath and laundry room. At the farthest, most easterly end of the addition, wrapping around the old house, is a cozy new sunroom. “I wanted a place where I could enjoy the morning sun with a cup of coffee” says Mary. “So we designed 40


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says. “Our builder suggested that we use butcher block material as an alternative.” Because family gatherings are important and the family loves to cook, the large gas stove includes two ovens and six burners. The remainder of the kitchen cabinetry, walls and windows are cream coloured, giving the large kitchen an even more spacious ambiance. An artist friend created the cream-coloured backsplash tiles, some of which are embossed with ferns and other plants native to the property. On the east side, a large refrigerator is tucked away behind matching cabinetry. Adjacent is a built-in window bench which offers magnificent views of the Bay of Quinte. The small “birthing” room connecting the front parlour and kitchen is now furnished as a cozy den with built-in bookcases. With a fire warming the room and the magnificent sunsets over the Bay visible from the large west-facing window, it is a favourite evening retreat for the couple.

The “birthing” room has been transformed into a study. The front parlour, now the family room features an original stone fireplace, with built-in candleholders. RIGHT: New dormers were installed to allow additional light to the guest bedroom and master bathroom. The historic curved staircase from the second storey. The master bedroom now includes a luxurious ensuite. The tongue and groove pine vaulted ceiling and support beams are stained in dark hues to reinforce the home’s historic character.

this space which also provides views of the water, the large trees in the front yard and the dry stone fence that surrounds the house.” Inside the original home, the kitchen renovation is outstanding. The fireplace has been reborn using propane, while keeping a roughhewn mantle and indigenous stone. It has been relocated to the west side, where it can be enjoyed from both the kitchen and “birthing” room. “Arriving here late on a winter Friday night, it used to take a while for us and the house to warm up. Now we turn on the fire and are feeling comfortable almost immediately.” Gleaming granite countertops are inset with two sinks with brushed nickel fixtures. The large central preparation and breakfast bar area is supported by dark wood cabinetry, which is echoed in the raised butcher block countertop at one end. “We didn’t want to have to buy a third slab of granite for the little bit extra we needed” Mary 42


A doorway from the north-east side of the kitchen leads to an elegant formal dining room and more vistas of the Bay from large north and east-facing windows. Jim has inherited his grandmother’s vintage art prints, which enhance the room’s historic furnishings, chandelier and window coverings. The front parlour on the home’s north-west corner features an original stone fireplace and white mantle, with built-in candleholder boxes. A modern entertainment centre is cleverly recessed into the wall, conscripting some of the space from the now-closedin original staircase to the basement. Although Mary sees it as a somewhat jarring element in a home filled with antiques sourced from various shops and shows over the years, the large and comfortable sectional sofa draws a crowd, particularly when their three teenage boys invite friends to visit. The historic curved staircase to the second storey is recessed behind the home’s formal entrance foyer. Upstairs are two goodsized original bedrooms plus a third smaller one that is tucked into the home’s roofline. Two dormer windows were added to provide additional light and space in the smaller bedroom and the new master bathroom. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet in what was formerly an unfinished area under the eaves. On the floor, in that hidden away part of the house, are 20 inch wide pine planks – hidden because at the time of construction, such wide planks were unfashionable. Light flows through the generous upper hall which opens to a second storey porch at the front of the house and the spacious addition at the back. Although there was no front porch when the owners bought the house, the upstairs door and tar stains on the outside wall indicated the previous existence of one. The owners added the wooden porch supported by columns, with an upstairs walk-out, that they felt was consistent with the original look of the house.


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A private room in the basement has a barrel ceiling and was possibly designed to store guns and ammunition. An unusual door closes off the main basement entry.

Surrounding the house proper is a four foot high, original, dry stone fence. The owners have been told that after the building of the Rideau Canal in the 1820’s, the Scottish stonemasons imported for the job were later used in other private and public construction; like the fence surrounding this house. When the fence was refurbished in 2009 by a local stonemason, it was discovered that the original fence opening onto the county road had been reduced from six feet to four by later, less exemplary labour. The recent work has returned the fence to its original size, although some of the capstones on the wall have been lost forever. The family has frequently been entertained watching the squirrels that play on the stone fence and the deer that hang out under the two apple trees waiting for the apples to fall. Owned Locally rated e p O &

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Jim and Mary wanted an additional guest bedroom upstairs – but were not able to find a two-storey design that did not overwhelm the original house. So they built a “bunkie” with an exterior that matches the board and batten used on the addition. Their boys love the cabin which features bunk beds, a card table, lots of comfortable chairs and a TV/DVD unit. The basement is largely unfinished. While a stream no longer runs through it thanks to a new cement floor and a heavy-duty sump pump, it does have some unique features. One room, which has a barrel ceiling, was possibly designed to store guns and ammunition, given that the house was built just three decades after the War of 1812. A large slab of limestone, about 8 feet by 4 feet, sits in the basement elevated to table level by smaller limestone rocks. While it would have been wonderful to bring it into the light and use it as an outdoor table, its sheer size means it will remain hidden in the basement for the foreseeable future. The home they now call ‘The Stone House’ was formerly the Vader/Roche House (1846). You can read more about its history and architectural detailing in The Settler’s Dream: a pictorial history of the olderis buildings of Prince Edward County Cynthia Peters an advocate for Food Security issuesby Tom Cruickshank, Peter John Stokes, John de Visser. in the province. She is a board member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, Chair of the Advisory Cheryl Mumford is an award-winning, Quinte Committee of FoodShare, and a member of thebased Food writer and photographer. Security Network of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties.

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Following the trend toward modern farmhouse style is easy when you live in a rural décor and design destination. Local residents need look no further than their pastoral surroundings for inspiration. Think rustic barns and historic homes swaddled in patchwork fields. Here, Mother Nature has a tight but comforting hold. Contemporary country is sophisticated but inviting with a laidback aesthetic. It’s all about reclaiming objects from the past and pairing them with sleek furnishings, finishes and hardwood floors. Designed for functionality, old pieces create a refreshing contrast in living spaces that focus on form. The colour palette is soothing, with shots of espresso and mocha served up against icy blue reminders of the outside. Textiles are rich and patterns layered to create touchable luxury and elegance. To get this look, start by venturing into the attic for frayed maps, faded books, and tarnished lanterns. Simply dust them off and display on walls and side tables. Salvage bits and pieces from the old barn. Weathered beams, hinges and windows take on new life above a fireplace. Embrace imperfections and wear. They add character and tell a story. If you’ve exhausted your resources, then hit the local boutiques, antique markets and artists’ studios. On weekends and holidays, you’ll join the throngs of big city dwellers who descend on the area. Braving sub-zero temperatures, you’ll experience the rush of scouring country troves to find your treasures. Kerry Lorimer is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who lives in Prince Edward County. 46


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Chi mangia bene, vive bene. Who eats well, lives well.

By Janet Jarrell


Mark. Growing up, the boys always worked at Tomasso’s after school, on weekends and during the summer. Further to that, at any given time, numerous extended family members were contributing to the working success of this family business. Andrew Kotsovos, General Manager, recalls coming home for the summers to work at the restaurant during his years studying Commerce at Queen’s University. His time away certainly gave him a valuable perspective on his family run business. While at university he was learning technical commerce strategies, and when he returned home he noticed “the family had been successfully implementing these business strategies for many years.”

When people in this area are making a decision on where to dine, the answer is often in Trenton at one of the most popular eating establishments, Tomasso’s. In fact, people from Port Hope to Kingston make the drive to experience Tomasso’s ‘Good food. Good wine. Good company.’ as the motto reads within this lovely waterfront restaurant. It all began in 1962 when the Kotsovos family immigrated to Canada from Greece. Landing in Halifax, the family traveled and settled in Montreal. It was there that a hard working Tom Kotsovos learned to cook under some of Montreal’s best known chefs, at the same time completing his education. A few years later, the family headed east, settling in the Quinte area. By 1970, Tom and his brother Greg opened Jim’s Pizzeria (keeping the name used by brother Jim, who started a Pizzeria in Belleville two years earlier). The brothers kept to the concept of good Italian cooking; use the freshest and best ingredients possible. Eventually, Tom and and his wife, Cindy took over ownership, and the restaurant underwent many changes and developments, including the addition of Tomasso’s in 1999. Cindy’s input was key to the warm design and theme to Tomasso’s, which opened up the dining area allowing for a complete water view and further included an expansive patio overlooking the mouth of the Trent Severn Waterway. As the restaurant grew, so too did the menu and the family. Tom and Cindy had three boys of their own; Michael, Andrew and 48


The three brothers all manage different facets of the business; furthermore, they work together as a team to oversee everything. When I asked Andrew what was the recipe to the success of Tomasso’s, he had a clear list: look after your customers, look after your staff, support community initiatives and work hard. Andrew added “If your staff is happy, your customers are happy.” When you enter Tomasso’s you are warm. The atmosphere is warm and alluring; the smell of fresh baked bread is welcoming, and the staff is exceptional and inviting. The menu remains loyal to traditional Italian cooking including baked pasta dishes, delicious fresh breads and, of course, pizza. Andrew explains, “There is warmth to Italian cooking.” Another tradition can be observed in the pizzeria where one can view through a window the pizza dough being prepared. It is at that very window that you can also observe a small taste of the community involvement by Tomasso’s and Jim’s Pizzeria over the past 40 years. A myriad of local sports teams and events are sponsored annually and if you look close enough you even find young Kotsovos family members amidst the teams supported there. This family is truly ingrained in this community. All combined, this is one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in this area, and one of the best success stories too. Tomasso’s 39 Front St., Trenton 613.392.4333 Janet Jarrell is a writer, lives in the Quinte area and is a self ascribed bon vivant.

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Tomasso’s Fettuccine California Ingredients 5 oz - chicken breast, sliced in strips 12 oz - fettuccine 6 oz - Tomasso’s signature extra virgin olive oil 2 oz - fresh garlic, minced 2 oz - green peppers, sliced 2 oz - red peppers, sliced 2 oz - mushrooms, sliced 2 oz - sun-dried tomatoes

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Bring a pot of water to boil. Meanwhile in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken and mushrooms and sauté until they start to brown about 5-6 minutes. Add the green and red peppers and sauté until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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A taste of old Ontario in the heart of Prince Edward County Amelia’s Garden

Located in the heart of beautiful Prince Edward County, The Waring House is a landmark, historic building and home to the Inn, the Conference Centre, The Barley Room Pub, the Cookery School and the charming restaurant, Amelia’s Garden. In 1981, the impressive stone home of the Waring family, situated at Waring’s Corners, was adapted for use as a restaurant featuring a unique dining area; “The Veranda”. The Veranda overlooked the well-tended flower and herb gardens and what was the Waring farm fields beyond. In 1998, after several rejuvenation projects, The Veranda was screened-in, thereby offering diners a bit more protection from the vagaries of the weather, without obscuring the glorious garden views. Even in its early days, The Veranda had certain elegance with carpeting underfoot, draperies and chandeliers. A classic, full menu was offered to diners and service was, as always, impeccable. Waring House owners, Chris and Norah Rogers, responded to the demand for a four season, fine dining experience by constructing Amelia’s Garden, with lushly draped windows creating an atmosphere of gracious elegance while giving diners a veranda feeling. Over the years, Amelia’s Garden has come to be the cornerstone of fine dining in Prince Edward County. For over ten years, Executive Chef Louis de Sousa’s cuisine has been inspired by fresh, locally sourced food products, old family recipes and a mix of seasonally inspired dishes with classic favourites. Start your dining experience with a steaming bowl of Prince Edward County Apple Cider and Old Cheddar Soup. “A wonderful combination of County apple cider, Black River Cheddar and a hint of Vader’s maple syrup”. If a salad starter is more your liking, try the Char-grilled Polenta and Shaved Fennel Salad, made with Fifth Town Artisan feta, heirloom tomato chutney and 50


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drizzled with a zesty tarragon citrus dressing. If you love bread, a basket of warm dinner rolls accompanies each and every meal, a “secret family recipe”. Take a big breath, a sip of wine and enjoy the garden just beyond your table while your server presents your main course. Consider the succulent House Smoked Ontario Pork Tenderloin, topped with subtle apricot and raisin chutney, delicately bathed in a maple, apple cider glaze and served with snappy Granny Smith Apple Crisps. Wines! Does Amelia’s Garden have a wine list! On the red wine side, choose from a dry rosé to lively, rustic and rich reds. On the white side, enjoy everything from sparkling to fresh and rich whites. The wine selection is extensive and many of the wines featured are local vintages. Amelia’s Garden staff is well versed in the subtleties of pairing wine with food. If Executive Chef de Sousa and Sous Chef Pat Theriault have not satisfied every corner of your appetite, then you must make time for a decadent dessert prepared by Pastry Chef Marianne Sanders. Chef Sanders is responsible for such delights as Maple Crème Brule, Coconut Cream Pie and a fluffy Pumpkin Roulade and during the festive season, a rich plum pudding and fruitcakes. As with the appetizer and entree selections, many of the desserts come from Norah Roger’s extensive family-recipe collection. From the buildings to the furnishings and onto the menu offerings, Amelia’s Garden is all about generations of heritage and delicious local food experiences. Theresa Durning has been living, writing and creating iconic images in Prince Edward County for almost forty years.

The Cake 7 oz. good quality dark chocolate (we use Callebaut) 4 Tbsp. strong coffee 7 eggs seperated 3/4 cup sugar Preheat the oven to 350 F Line a jelly roll pan 12” x 16” with a piece of parchment paper.

Ameilia’s Garden Bittersweet Chocolate Roulade This flourless chocolate cake roll is a rich dessert that can be dressed up or can be iced and decorated for a traditional French dessert at Christmas (the Yule Log) or tucked in the freezer for a last minute dessert served simply with fruit and cream as we do here. Chocolate Ganache This is the filling for the roll and needs to be prepared the day before. 8 oz. dark chocolate 1 cup whipping cream.

Place the egg yolks in the bowl of a mixer. Beat with 1/2 cup white sugar until very thick and pale yellow. This is called “ribboning”. While the eggs are beating, melt the chocolate carefully in the microwave or in a double boiler. Whisk in the 4 Tbsp. of strong coffee and then whisk into the egg yolk mixture. Set aside in a large bowl. Clean the mixing bowl and beaters very well and beat the whites until fluffy. Gradually add the last sugar (1/4 cup) and then fold into the egg yolk mix. Spread this into the prepared cake pan and bake at 350 F for 20 -25 minutes. It should look just dry on top. As soon as cooled run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn upside down on top of another piece of parchment on top of your counter. Don’t let the cake dry out or it will be difficult to roll up. Beat half of the ganache until thick and spread over the cake. Gently roll up from the short end and wrap tightly in large piece of plastic wrap. If the cake cracks while rolling, don’t worry...the plastic wrap will help to shape the roll and once chilled, it will hold its shape fine. Chill until firm or freeze for future use. To serve, cut in inch slices and serve with fresh or frozen berries and softly whipped cream.

Melt the chocolate, then whisk in the first cup of cream and cook for about three minutes. This can be done in the microwave. If you want to use this as a glaze , it is ready at this stage. To make the filling you must add one more cup of whipping cream at this stage. Let chill overnight in a covered container.

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Language and Intellect Understanding the Special

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By Susan Rollinson

We all love to wake up to the early morning calls of the many songbirds in our backyards. But did you know that their melodies have a meaningful message behind them? Birds have a deeper connection with the natural world and we can learn volumes about their unique intelligence by listening to their vocal interactions.

Some songbirds like robins, wrens and sparrows are feathered guardians of other wildlife. When a bird sounds an alarm, often a deer or rabbit will stop, gaze, and run if necessary. Their sounds are not just random chatter in the forest, but rather meaningfully articulated and distinct vocalizations to defend their territories, or to express their happiness.

Crows, for example, speak in three languages. They have one loud call warning other crows about danger, either an elusive predator, human or animal in the midst, another loud call for attracting mates, and a softer language amongst their families.

Science has allowed us to study songbirds and challenge the belief that only humans have the capacity to speak in ‘sentences’. A researcher at UCLA used food as a reward, in over 15,000 trials, to get songbirds to recognize the basic grammar in their


language. In his experiment, he hung three buttons in which he’d inserted different versions of bird songs with ‘clauses’ and some with just rambling warbles. When the birds pecked buttons that played similar patterns they were supposed to hit it again with their beaks. If it did not follow a similar pattern, they were supposed to ignore it. Recognizing the similar patterns earned them the food reward. His findings revealed that 9 of his 11 songbirds could distinguish a phrased bird song from a warbling rattle 90 percent of the time.

Birds have far greater intelligence and can develop language and cognition much more profoundly than we previously thought. Another skill birds develop is the ability to use visual spatial cues to identify objects. They will always remember where in an area they once hid their stash of seed for the winter, even if it is covered with snow or if something like a branch or log has been moved. They can remember what was in an area if something new enters that space that was not there previously, and they can



fly for thousands of miles using visual spatial cues to find food, nesting and wintering shelters. Birds also have the unique ability to identify quality food sources. Have you noticed your bird feeders have been emptied and seed thrown on the grass underneath? Birds will scoop out poor quality seed that is old, or contains loads of fillers and grit and some birds know the gardens with the tastiest menus. They have picky palates. For example, birds are able to distinguish sunflower seeds that do contain kernels from those that don’t; a skill humans have not mastered. Not all sunflower seed is of the same quality, depending on which area of the heart the seeds come from. Many seed blends contain immature, insect damaged seeds, and these are found in bargain shops and depots. I remember a quote from an area conservationist and bird expert, “budget seed brings budget birds”. So find a green space outside and hang a bird feeder. Listen and watch them respond to the sound of you filling it. Sit quietly as they warn each other of cats and squirrels and as they invite their friends. Offer a place to perch and eat or drink. It is one of the most pleasant encounters you can ever have with nature and her creations. Susan Rollinson is a former teacher, artist, writer, athlete, nature photographer and co-owner of A Place to Perch in Belleville.

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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 Nov. 19 – Dec. 31 Hansel and Gretel Panto – family and “naughty” versions Stirling Festival Theatre www. Dec. 9 - 30 Totally Scrooged: A Naughty Panto Show. The Empire Theatre

Dec. 2 - 18 A Child’s Christmas in Wales Based on the story by Dylan Thomas. Set in Wales it is the musical story of Christmas day from its quiet, magical beginning full of thrilling expectations to the evening when the boy Dylan creeps up to bed. Special $10 student admission. Pinnacle Playhouse, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville. www.

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Dec. 6 - 12 Memorial Trees Event Hospice Quinte Memorial Trees event 10am-6pm Quinte Mall, Belleville.

Dec. 18 Christmas in the Air The Country Church Players present “Christmas in the Air” at Albury Church, 2681 Rednersville Road, Prince Edward County. 7pm Christmas fun for the entire family, with lots of familiar songs and carols, comedy and more. Freewill offering, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Quinte Health Care. 613.966.2842.

Dec. 12 Quinte Symphony presents A Christmas Celebration Guest artists: The Belleville Choral Society, Katie Hinchliffe, soprano. 2:30pm Bridge Street United Church, Belleville. 613.962.0050

Dec. 19 The Nutcracker The Bolshoi ballet peforms in live broadcast from Moscow. 11am-2pm The Regent Theatre, Picton. Phone 613.476.7042 for ticket information.

An Old-Fashioned County Christmas At Macaulay House. Hearth

Command Performance Choir Wassail to Keep Out the Cold a concert of seasonal music.



Dec. 31 Rockin New Years Eve with Freddy Vette and the Flames At the new Wellington & District Community Centre. Come dance the night away to your favourite 50’s and 60’s music. 613.476.2148 ext 424 New Year’s Eve Dance With live entertainment by Rudy & Saddle Up. Performing today’s hot country and classic rock. Picton Community Centre Totally Scrooged: A Naughty New Years Show Hors d’oevres, gift bags, Adults only. The Empire Theatre, Belleville.






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Adults $15, students $12. 2 pm St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 31 King St. Picton. Tickets available at Quinte Arts Council and Books & Co. or call 613.966.7637.


4H Club Christmas Nativity Scene 4H fundraiser featuring live animals, narration, choir and actors, carriage rides and more. 10am Downtown Stirling at covered bridge. 613.395.3341.

Puppet Show/Christmas Open House All ages.10:30-11:30 am. 3rd Floor, Belleville Public Library

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Dec. 11 Don Carlo (Verdi) – New Production Live from the MET. Performance begins at 12:30pm (4.5 hour event). The Regent Theatre, Picton.

sometimes just a little bit scary. Musical fun for the whole family. All ages. The Empire Theatre, Belleville


Dec. 10 & 11 “Quartet” Prince Edward Community Theatre presents “Quartet” by Ronald Harwood. A comedy that celebrates life and music. 8pm Prince Edward Community Centre. For tickets call 613.476.5925.



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Jan. 15 Fred Piston and his Seven Trumpets Family concert presented by Belleville Library. A joyous and viruosic interactive show that takes you on a musical journey from prehistory to tomorrow. 11am and 1:30pm Belleville Library. Jan. 22 Beat the Winter Blahs! Gleaners Tri-County Food Network’s 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner. Banquet Centre, Belleville. Tickets $100 per person. Call 613.962.7097 or 613.966.8728 Jan. 26 Finger Eleven Canadian rockers, Finger Eleven, in support of their new album “Life Turns Electric”. The Empire Theatre, Belleville. Jan. 28 Big Brothers Big Sisters Trivia Challenge Royal Canadian Legion, 19 Quinte St. Trenton 7-10pm Cost is $20 per person. Call 613.962.3666 to register your team. Jan. 29 Caillou’s Greatest Skate of All Join everyone’s favourite pre-schooler, Caillou, for a fun romp through the wonderland of winter. Sing alongs, thrilling roller blade displays, audience participation. 12:30 pm The Empire Theatre, Belleville. Andrea Martin: Final Days! Everything Must Go! An evening of outrageous comedy and song. Empire Theatre, Belleville.


Chocolate & Cheese Festival Participants are judged on their baking skills using chocolate and cheese. 1pm United Church, 50 Bridge St. Campbellford. 705.653.5767 for details. Jan. 29 & 30 Remember Me Presented by Prince Edward Community Theatre. A romantic comedy by R. King & S. Bobrick. Prince Edward Community Centre. 613.476.5925 Feb. Empty Bowls Quinte Regional Food Banks fundraiser. Bowls hand crafted by local potters, delicious contents prepared by Loyalist College culinary students. Held at Loyalist College, Belleville. For exact dates call 613.962.9043 or Feb. 3 - 19 For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again Michel Tremblay’s homeage to his mother is hailed as one of the “most exciting and touching plays in Canadian theatre”. Pinnacle Playhouse, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville. Feb. 5 & 6 Remember Me A romantic comedy presented by Prince Edward Community Theatre. Prince Edward Community Centre 613.476.5925 Feb. 10 - 27 Gingerbread Ladies Presented by the Bay of Quinte Community Players. 55 King St, Trenton 613.398.0006 Feb. 10, 11 & 12 Brighton Beach Memoirs Albert College, 160 Dundas St. W. Belleville. 613.968.5726


Feb. 11 & 12 Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Stirling Festival Theatre Feb. 12 Cheers Quinte! Celebrate 31 years of Bridging the Gap supporting local children with after school and summer programs. Ramada Inn, 4-9pm. Tickets $30 includes 4 free tasting tickets – wine, beer, food. For information/tickets call Bridging the Gap 613.962.3239 Feb. 13 Affairs of the Harp Presented by Quinte Symphony. Guest artist Sharlene Wallace, Orchestra & Celtic Harp. 2:30pm Bridge Street United Church, Belleville. 613.962.0050

Feb.18 Lighthouse Innovative blend of rock, jazz and classical influences. Nine gold and platinum albums. With original members and an all star horn section. The Empire Theatre, Belleville. Feb. 19 Heart of Winter Gala Fundraiser For CML Snider School. $75 per person. Event to be held at Casa Dea Estates, Hillier. For tickets call 613.399.4374 Anabelle Canto Family concert presented by Canadian Federation of University Women and the Belleville Public Library. 11am and 1:30pm Belleville Library.


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Natureworks Soup Hike Guided walk followed by a hot bowl of soup and a slide show. $2/per person, $5/per family. Presquile Provincial Park, Brighton. Pre register at 613.475.1688 ext.2. Mar. 5 10th Annual Guardian Angel Gala Held at the Sears Atrium, Belleville. Contact the Quinte Children’s Foundation for tickets. 613.962.9292 www. Mar. 8 The Pink Floyd Experience The world’s premiere Pink Floyd experience. A Pink Floyd stadium styled production in the intimacy of a theatre setting. Hits performed live. The Empire Theatre, Belleville.

Mar. 10 The Rocky Road to Dublin A celebration of Irish music and humour. Over 20 classic Irish songs performed on guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin, accordion and tin whistle. A party that sets everyone’s toes tapping. Stirling Theatre www. Mar. 11 Echoes of Ireland Pulitzer Prize winner, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) and best selling author Malacy McCourt collaborate with the Magic of Ireland for this stunning new musical. The Empire Theatre, Belleville. Mar. 15 March Break Pizza-cato Fest Quinte Symphony will entertain at Boston Pizza, Belleville. Enjoy great food, live music

and meet members of Quinte Symphony. 5-8pm 180 Bell Blvd., Belleville The Irish Rovers The Empire welcomes back by popular demand, the one and only, Irish Rovers. A rollicking, hand clapping and foot stomping time will be enjoyed by all. The Empire Theatre, Belleville. Mar. 17 Quinte Symphony’s St. Patrick’s Day Ceilidh Held at Boston Pizza, Belleville. Enjoy great food, live music. 5-8pm 180 Bell Blvd, Belleville Shamrocks on the Wall Gleaners Food Bank fundraiser held at Quinte Mall. Silent auction, live entertainment, grand prize. For info 613.962.9043 or

Mar. 19-22 Waterfowl Weekend Celebrate the return of spring. Volunteer naturalists will help you view and identify over 25 species of ducks, geese and swans. Presquile Provincial Park, Brighton. Mar. 22 Colin James…Up Close and Personal An acoustic tour with special guest Chris Caddell. Multiple Juno and Blues award winner. The Empire Theatre, Belleville. Mar. 26 Bowfire Catch them live as the world renowned musicians journey from jazz to classical to bluegrass, Maritime’s celtic and rock. The Empire Theatre, Belleville.

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Mar. 26 Earth Hour Celebrate Earth Hour at Canada’s only “off-grid” winery, sipping our organic wines while we turn all the lights “ON” courtesy of our solar system. Reserve early. Mar. 26 & 27 Maple in the County The Waring House and Prince Edward County Maple Syrup Producers bring us a two-day festival to commemorate one of Canada’s favourite treats. Pancake breakfasts, tours of maple bushes, sugar shack demonstrations, music, dancing, shopping, fine dining and family activities.

Mar. 31 – April 16 She Stoops to Conquer Delighting audiences for over 200 years, Oliver Goldsmith’s best-known play provides a raucous tale of mistaken identities, spirited hijinks, and a good dose of lighthearted romance. Pinnacle Playhouse, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville. Apr. 2 Take it to the Limit – the Music of the Eagles Presented by Quinte Symphony Pops. Jeans ‘n Classics, internationally renowned pop/ rock group, with lead singer Michael Shotton. Maranatha Church, Belleville

Mar. 27 Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Quinte Bowl, Belleville. Call 613.962.3666 for more information or to register.


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Richard Gwyn answers fourteen Gravitas Questions What questions are best left unanswered? Any that begin, “Frankly…” Give one example of life’s absurdities. Nothing is more absurd, nor more magnificent, than that humans, while knowing they are going to die, spend their lives as if they were going to live forever. If you wanted to disappear, where would you go? To a big city, where to be anonymous is easy; to live in the countryside is to live in a community. Who do you wish would call you? As a Catholic, a call from Jean Vanier of the L’Arch hostels for the mentally handicapped; no-one else would make me feel as lucky, or as small. If you knew the truth, how would you reveal it? From the house-tops. What’s the best thing you’ve found? Two women who have loved me: my late wife Sandra and now my wife Carol. To find love twice is as good as it gets. What makes your heart stand still? See above. If you were overcome with exuberance, what would you do? Cherish it: a moment of exuberance, or of ecstatic forgetfulness, is a rare treasure. When do you feel most grounded? Listening to a Newfoundland fisherman (we have a summer place there) talking about the price of fish, the weather, the Fisheries Department. How can you tell when someone is lying? Whenever they use the word “frankly”. What do you wish your mother understood about you? Just about anything; we occupied different spaces. What is the essence of charm? Lightness of being. That light at the end of the tunnel—what does it shine on? On our lives; we’re all going to get hit by that engine one day. How are you eccentric? When I’ve got a challenging writing assignment, such as the bio of John A, I talk to myself especially when I’m out walking my dog. Most who witness this must assume I’m either a lonely geezer talking to his black Lab or a drunk. 70


Richard Gwyn is one of Canada’s best-known and most highly-regarded political columnists, and the winner of multiple awards. Gwyn has been a journalist since 1953, excepting for the period 1968-73 when he was Executive Assistant to Communications Minister the Hon. Eric Kierans, and subsequently a Director-General in that department. In 1985, Gwyn moved to London to become The Star’s international affairs columnist, writing analytical articles about the end of the Cold War and of the Fall of the Wall, about the end of apartheid in South Africa, the intifada in Palestine and the Gulf War. Gwyn is the author of six books, all highly-praised and all best-sellers. His latest, John A; The Man Who Made Us. John A. Macdonald, 1815-1891. Volume One was published by Random House Canada in September, 2007. Volume Two, which continues the story to Macdonald’s death in 1891, will be published in 2010. In 2002, Richard Gwyn was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees. Richard Gwyn is associated with a project to erect a statue of John A. MacDonald in Picton, where John A. MacDonald lived and tended a law office 1833-35.



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