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Recently, our friend Florence suffered a setback threatening her already fragile vision. Like many of those profiled in this issue, the 91-year-old dynamo faced the situation with strength, dignity, independence, and above all, hope. Hope is the common thread of the fabric of these phenomenal people. They could not accept anything but success when stepping beyond their comfort zone; they just could not give up on life in a new world, love with a new partner, or victory over a word we all hope we never hear a doctor speak. They refused to be defined as immigrant, widow, or patient. Labels are easy, but these people gently coax us into seeing their layers, and they are never onedimensional. They teach us humility, compassion, and through their sheer bravery, strength. They teach us we can make a difference with small steps – whether it is preserving heritage buildings and landscapes or conserving energy. They take the first steps and start the conversation, they build a community, and then we find ourselves taking large leaps together. Florence’s recent vision scare shone a new light on the goodness of a diverse group of people connected by one common friend. Within hours of learning of the problem, one great volunteer was whisking

her off to Kingston, others were planning home visits for the next week, and waiting in the wings was a group ready to drop everything to drive, clean, cook, and chat. Most of these people knew of each other only by name, but our friend’s need brought us together, making us a formidably capable group. As Florence continues to recover, she will see how her inspiration created a new community. The people who share their stories in this issue are similarly chapters of a larger book. They found ways to enrich their lives as individuals while starting a dialogue about greater issues. They found within themselves the ability and courage to take the next step, to face the next challenge, and in doing so, they inspire so many. This summer, may you seek and discover your own inspiring moments, may you meet fascinating people who encourage you to accept and conquer new challenges – whether they are thrust upon you or a personal choice – and may you find heroes in everyday people. They are out there, they are part of your community, and fortunately for us, many of them are profiled in this issue of County and Quinte Living. Thanks for turning the page. Kathern works pretty hard to make sure you want to.

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There is nothing on the outside of the nondescript workshop of CMR Racing Products to indicate it is a beacon for historic and vintage motorcycle racers from around the world. There are no hints the Trenton business is a leader in the replication and updating of classic racing motorcycles and the steel tube frames on which they are built. Classic race bikes were made famous in the 1960s to 1990s by names like Vincent, Velocette, Norton, and BSA and later by Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki and for those who are into this niche market, Denis Curtis is a celebrity. Denis has had a love affair with motorbikes since he entered his first race at the age of 16 in 1965 at Cadwell Park, one of the earliest road racing tracks in the United Kingdom in Lincolnshire, England. He placed third and was hooked. At the time, Denis was apprenticed to a local engineering company as a jig and tool design draftsman and attending technical school for his production and engineering degree with the City and Guilds of London Institute. By 1967, he was racing Cadwell Park again in the local Vincent Owner’s Club High Speed trials on his own custom built Curtis Vincent. The double-barreled name indicates he designed the bike using a Vincent engine and a Norton-Manx frame he modified to hold the big twin engine. Denis immigrated to Canada in 1970, working at Alcan’s aluminum extrusion plant in Toronto. He built a Norton Dominator/Commando special

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road motorcycle which he then rode across Canada to Vancouver where he found employment with the Fred Deeley Company servicing and selling Yamaha, BSA, Triumph, and Harley Davidson bikes. When he found an old racing BSA motorcycle in a back shed, he asked his boss Trevor Deeley if he could rebuild it for local racing using a variety of parts available at the dealership. He combined the best attributes of BSA and Yamaha and hit the tracks in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and Edmonton. His next project was to build a replica of a Seeley MK III Norton. Deeley realized Denis’ talents were wasted in the retail store and suggested he start his own company making racing frames. Deeley would refer all the Deeley Yamaha Racing Department business to him, from the Deeley Yamaha Canadian Distribution Centre in nearby Richmond, B.C. Curtis Racing Frames was born in 1972 producing frame kits for road racing, dirt track, drag racing, motocross, and Bonneville

Salt Flat land speed record attempts. He also customized street bike frames for owners looking for something more stylish. During this time, he encountered many of the major racers and leading racing frame fabricators. Although this was a dream job for a young man, the market was changing and in 1977 he received an offer he couldn’t refuse from Honda Canada and sold the business to his partners. Twenty-five years later, after several career moves in the automotive industry, Denis found himself in Belleville teaching in the automotive division at Loyalist College. He became heavily involved in the Vintage Motorcycle Road Racing Association (VRRA) and was racing again. The bikes from the 1960s through to the early 1990s were now called classic or vintage motorcycles with huge appeal in Europe, Australia, and North America. “I was delighted to find out my Curtis Racing Frame bikes of the ’70s had become legendary,” shared Denis. “Several of my

bikes from that era are still in circulation and being raced.” Racing greats Stevie Baker and Freddie Spencer have spoken highly of Curtis Racing Frames and their durability in interviews. Jay Leno, who has a large collection of automobiles including vintage bikes, owns a Curtis Vincent Special from 1975. Denis’ return to racing was cut short. In 2003, he was rear-ended on the racetrack and the resulting fall broke his back. His racing days were over. As he recovered his mobility, his wife Lindi encouraged him to go back into building racing frames as a hobby to keep his ties with the sport. Using the latest developments in tire, brake, and suspension technology and newer materials, he was able to take vintage engines and develop stronger and faster motorcycle frame kits for classic and vintage racing events. He made his first prototype in 2006. “It wasn’t pretty, but some of the racers in the VRRA Club took notice of what I was doing, and within a year I sold my first

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frame to a Canadian racer. It was a Replica Harris Yamaha TZ350 GP Lowline Special.” Word began to spread that Denis Curtis was back in business. When he launched his website in 2007 orders started coming in immediately. One particular order from Russ Bigley in New Jersey was to be the tipping point when the hobby became a business, CMR Racing Products Inc. “He wanted to use the engine from a vintage race bike from the ’70s and put a new updated

frame and suspension around it to conform to US and Australian regulations for Vintage and Classic Racing,” explained Denis. The resulting CMR framed Yamaha TZ750 four-cylinder

two-stroke-engined racing motorcycle broke numerous track records in the US and Australia in its first year. CMR has since built 28 replicas of this bike and they are regular podium finishers on circuits around the world. Denis explains contrary to popular opinion it is not the engine that wins the race. “You can have the most powerful engine but without a good frame it’s going nowhere. We always use chrome moly steel tubing to make our frames; it’s used in the airplane industry and is light but incredibly strong. Our standard frame kits require us to design and build the chassis, swing arm, suspension, and the braking systems so it looks as much like the original bike as possible. We also build customized aluminum gas tanks, seats, and exhaust systems. “Because safety regulations now insist racers use wider stickier tires than they used in the ’70s, we’ve had to alter the weight distribution and suspension from the original models so the customer can use the bike to its fullest extent. I’m continually experimenting to increase the speed by making changes to the wheelbase, the suspension, fork angles, and placing the engine higher and further forward. Because our customers are some of the fastest classic racers in the world, they know what they want and they give us feedback on our designs to allow us to continually upgrade that style of frame for future orders.” In 2009, Byron Cox joined CMR Racing Products. Byron had worked in production at the Invar Manufacturing plant in Batawa making

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Belleville Heat

Words by Cindy Duffy Photography by Daniel Vaughan

Three dragon boats glide rhythmically as they are paddled away from the docks at Victoria Park out onto the Bay of Quinte. Alongside in a small motorboat is their coach Pat Bradley, identifiable by the megaphone around his neck. The paddlers are on the water at 9 a.m. sharp on this chilly Saturday morning of the

long weekend in May. The thermometer reads eight degrees Celsius but the wind blowing off the bay makes it feel colder. The paddlers - there are about 20 on each boat - are all members of the Heat, the competitive team of the Quinte Dragon Boat Training Centre (QDBTC), which now finds its home at the Victoria Park

docks, by the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, thanks to the generosity of the City of Belleville. This practice is just one of three to four times a week the Heat is on the water as part of its May to October training. The team is preparing for competitions across Canada and, if they do well, around the world. These paddlers are training in a traditional sport traced back more than 2000 years in southern China. There, dragon boat racing began as a springtime competition among villages - some of these villages are now gone, flooded by



the Three Gorges dam. The first modern dragon boat festival was held in Hong Kong in 1976. Pat’s involvement with the dragon boat world began about 15 years ago when he was asked to help organize a dragon boat festival as part of the Belleville Waterfront Festival. “It was a resounding success and I was smitten with it,” he said. So smitten in fact, he started a local dragon boat crew and for the next five years he ran a crew of about 18, mostly recreational paddlers. Things got a bit more competitive when, in 2006, he was

asked to be part of the National Dragon Boat Senior B Team. Senior dragon boat teams are divided by age groups. Senior A is 40 and over, B is 50 and over, and C is 60 and over, with men’s, women’s, and mixed teams in all divisions. In Pat’s first year with the national team they won the 2007 World Championships in Penryth, Australia. Since then the Canadian team has won gold medals in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 2009, Tampa, USA in 2011, and Szeged, Hungary in 2013. During this time Pat has been a crewmember, captain, and coach and is now the program director for the hugely successful Senior B national team. In the meantime he wanted to get a competitive team going locally to qualify for the World Club Crew Championships. Held in the intervening years of the World National championships, this competition features the best teams from dragon boat clubs around the world. To qualify, the team must first win nationally. Recruiting began and the new program was dubbed the Heat. The Heat made it to the 2008 World Club Crew Championships in Penang, Malaysia and won multiple gold medals in Mixed, Open, and Women’s divisions. Since then the Heat has won multiple gold medals at two subsequent World Championships including Macau in 2010, and Hong Kong in 2012. They qualified for the upcoming World Crew Club Championships to be held this September in the ancient Italian city of Ravenna. Liz Bradley is the QDBTC’s business manager. She and Pat met on a dragon boat while competing for the national team. She moved to Belleville from Cobourg to be part of the competitive team and since then she and Pat have become partners in life as well as on the water. She says the Heat has built an international reputation. “It’s pretty neat to go around the world and in the dragon boat world people know who the Heat is. You go to Europe, they’ve heard of the Heat. Go to Asia,

people know who the Heat is. Australia, they’ve heard of the Heat,” she said. Heat members are now drawn from the Quinte area to Kingston and the team has a satellite training site in Pickering for members in the Greater Toronto Area. The coaching staff includes Pat as the head coach, along with Konrad Doerrbecker who is also on the national team and coaches the National Senior B Open and Mixed Crews. Miles LeClair and Liz are assistant coaches, both are certified level 1 coaches with national team experience. “Over the years we’ve taken people who didn’t even know what a dragon boat was to being part of a World Champion team. Some are still competing with us and some have progressed to the national team too,” said Liz. Sylvie Plante is one of those success stories. A full time surgical nurse in Kingston, Sylvie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. At a loss, friends suggested she go to Breast Cancer Action Kingston (BACK), a breast cancer support group. It was there she saw a poster on the wall of women in bright yellow jackets paddling a dragon boat. Although she knew nothing about the sport at the time she was interested in trying it, but it had to wait until after her treatment. She eventually joined the Chestmates, BACK’s breast cancer survivor dragon boat team. In 2007 Sylvie met Pat at a breast cancer survivor dragon boat camp he was coaching - one of many he does in both Canada and the United States. “I think Pat, he’s got that energy. He will give everybody a chance. He believes in you so you believe you can do it.” Five years ago Sylvie asked if she could join the Heat and she’s been with the team ever since. Sylvie wanted to push herself even further so she tried out for the 2011 national team narrowly missing, ranking sixth when the cut off was fifth. She tried again and made the 2013 national team competing in the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary for both the Women and Mixed

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the years. As well, most have their own gym memberships or fitness regimens. One of the training perks is a weeklong camp in Tampa, Florida in April. This year while on a three-hour paddle to the Gulf of Mexico, the team spotted a stingray and were visited by a group of dolphins with one leaping in front of the boats. Along with being on the water twice a day, staff from the Right Fit Gym did dry land training with the athletes at the camp. At the end of the week they competed in the Tampa Dragon Boat festival and this year won four gold medals. The Heat athletes personally cover most of the cost for training and competing including club membership, festival entry fees, travel and accommodation costs, and any fitness club memberships they

may have of their own. Pat is quick to say no one would be turned away because they couldn’t afford it. All of this effort has made the Heat the most successful Senior B dragon boat program in the world. Pat gives most of the credit for this success to the athletes themselves. “What these athletes do when nobody’s looking is the real key to success for our group. The amount of practice we do together is important but what they do on their own - the stuff they eat, the sleep they get, the fitness they do and the way they look after themselves is the reason we are so successful in my opinion.”


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If the Heat sounds a little too intense or time consuming, the QDBTC offers other programs too. Miles LeClair, also coaches the Totally Rec’d team, the tonguein-cheek name for a group of recreational paddlers. They get out on the bay once a week and compete in a couple of dragon boat festivals a year. The Kindling Youth program, now in its second year, is for paddlers 17-years-old and under, and is coached by Brenda Dettlinger. Drawing on her background in developmental services, Liz is working with the Helms program of Quinte West Community Living to develop a program for them. The QDBTC has grown to about 100 members total across the programs. “I think this sport is just in its infancy now. It’s just growing legs. It’s just going to explode. All you need is a t-shirt and shorts. It’s simple, it’s on the water, it’s fun, and you meet so many people,” said Pat. The sheer numbers of competitors illustrate the growing popularity of

the sport. Pat estimated there will be 6,000 athletes at the World Dragon Boat Championships in Italy – that’s twice as many as competed at the last winter Olympics. The warm breezes off the Adriatic Ocean in Ravenna may seem very far away, especially with the brisk May wind coming off the Bay of Quinte, but in reality the world championships are only three months away. The paddlers are now out of their boats, shivering, trying to keep warm after their first round on the water. Pat is sitting on the tailgate of his truck, clipboard in hand, working with the other coaches to figure out the next combinations of paddlers. He gathers everyone around and they listen attentively while he assigns them positions on the boats for the next round on the water. It’s an ongoing process to see what combination of paddlers works best, and hopefully on race day is going to make the fastest boat.


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Ecclesiastes 3:8

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My soul yearns for those who still believe in life’s truths of honesty, of sincerity, and of true friendship, but most of all, I long to know those few people who really know what love is and how to be a loving person. On May 8, Frances Marks emailed the stanza from Deanna Beisser’s A Time to Make a Change to Herman Luymes who was more than 2,500 miles away, signing off the correspondence with, “So nice, right? And it is much what you and I are practicing.” Honesty, friendship, to love and be loved, epitomize Herman and Frances, who met through an online Christian dating service and married at 79 and 80 years of age. Frances, an American of Baptist faith, posted her profile after losing her husband the year prior. Loneliness and grief along with the physical and emotional stress of caring for her husband culminated in a period of poor health, signaling to Frances the need for change. Selling her home, seeking

What started with initial salutations the last week of February 2008 evolved in a matter of weeks to pages of emails detailing the histories of their lives. Previous relationships, children, grandchildren, hobbies, employment, travel, and all the assorted bits of memories and adventures, joys and sorrows cobbled together throughout a lifetime. Central to

Frances recalled, “I had to pray about it but Herman’s profile was what I wanted from morals to golf so I called the next day. I tried the Internet because it is better than looking around at church. I knew what Herman was like from how everything was set up online.” The similarities in past experiences and the solid foundation in God’s grace led the

the grief manifested in health problems, requiring Herman to be on oxygen and make life changes, including taking better care of himself. After a passage of time and finally coming off the oxygen, loneliness pointed Herman to the world of online dating as well. When asked about his first impression of Frances, Herman’s eyes light up as he recalled, “I looked at her profile picture and thought, Hey! I immediately took a liking to it, you might say, and I already liked her profile name, ‘A Lady who Cares’ and so I thought to myself, she is what I am looking for in a partner.”

each story was a faith in God, His leading and provision during both times of blessing and times of trial. Frances and Herman both speak of being baptized later in life and the support of their church families during many hard times. Both believe prayer answers everything. Both knew His hand was in their relationship from the start. Both had children warning them of the perils of Internet dating. Both had no concerns of their own. “No! I may be old but you can feel whether something is real or put on,” Herman stated.

two to quickly trust their instincts and God’s leading. Correspondence in early March, following the initial exchanges, hinted at a visit, despite Herman living in Trenton, Ontario and Frances in the west coast community of Ocean Shores, Washington. Although both were practical about the need to know each other better by email and phone prior to travelling, they simultaneously discuss a paragraph later when visits may be possible as well as moving. Photos were exchanged. “We had quite a correspondence and I knew I could not just set it aside,” Herman

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shared. “I had to go there and meet my future lady.” With the March email subject lines escalating from “Dare to Visit,” to “More Good News,” and “Happy, Happy,” all within one week, the relationship, rooted in honesty and sincerity, progressed quickly. Following the face-to-face visit, where neither Frances nor Herman wanted to part, the emails changed again. Suddenly ‘love’ appears in the closing along with the witty new signature of “Her Man,” from Herman. April’s subject headings reveal the sadness of their recent separation despite only knowing each other five or six weeks. “Home Alone,” and then the questioning of how to move forward, “More to Explore,” while remaining committed to what they shared, “A

wife, of the joy each offers the other, they revolve around marriage in seamless unity, a heliocentric perspective of their relationship. Except, they would argue the centre was always the Son. “There was no need to ask permission,” Herman recalled with Frances joining in, “He started to call himself husband.” Simple. Though etiquette for the couple did require each to email the other’s children and declare their plans and ask for their blessing – which was received. A brief medical setback with Frances in May thwarted the lovers’ plans for an immediate marriage and again reveals the honesty evident from day one. Frances wrote, “We are missing so much of our lives, darn

officially pronounced husband and wife, though both thought of the other as their spouse long before. The wedding occurred in the United States on July 12, 2008 with all the trimmings and Herman returned to Canada with his new bride. Frances left her family and friends, to come to a new home, all for love, and was warmly received by Herman’s nuclear and church family. After almost six years of wedded bliss, it seems Herman and Frances did know in a matter of weeks what it takes many a lifetime to figure out. Both knew what was possible despite deep personal losses, both knew how to trust and perhaps more important, who to trust. “That is how life is. You can question what is next but it is all done for a purpose,

“That is how life is. You can question what is next but it is all done for a purpose, God’s doing, He’s in control.” Promise Made.” With the arrival of May, only four weeks later, the truth of their feelings and depth of relationship is captured in the headings, “A Love Letter,” “Very Much in Love,” “Long to be Together,” and “Missing You.” With no proposal nor even official discussion, love and marriage emerges throughout the emails like the dawning sun, rising closer with each click of send, the break over the horizon always silent in texts juggling the logistics of immigration, health care, taxation, and moving. Never doubting each other’s commitment as husband and

double darn,” and “I am ready to take my journey to you and Canada.” Discussion over how to transport the ring reveals Frances, “Won’t send the ring. I want to put it on your finger with love.” With more than 350 emails exchanged and numerous phone calls, the five months of dating/courtship/engagement until marriage passed slowly for the couple. “When you’re this old, you know,” Frances simply stated and Herman echoed her sentiments, “You can’t fool around anymore, no need to waste time.” At long last, the happy couple were

God’s doing, He’s in control,” Herman attested Frances also stated, “Our lives aren’t lonely anymore and we are fortunate to have found each other.” “How rich our love is, thank God, and our beliefs in salvation, that we must share them in a world where love is lacking,” Frances wrote to Herman and he concurred. A time to love, a time to make a change, a time to live with truth, honesty, and sincerity because of God’s great blessings. Herman and Frances are souls satisfied and shining with loving and being loved.



Finding serenity where peaceful waters flow.

Words by Sharon Harrison Photography by Sharon Harrison and Ramesh Pooran

On a balmy day at the height of summer, the garden is at its lush and radiant peak. Colour abounds, and over the small pond an iridescent dragonfly moves through the air, skimming the surface of the water. The eye-catching, vivid blue and green stripes of the springtime darner gleam in the strong

sunlight. Strikingly beautiful up-close, it sits awhile, sunning itself upon a warm rock. As the darner takes flight again, it playfully darts back and forth across the pond’s expanse, as if putting on a show for any who may be watching. The darner’s four-part, fine lace wings give off the tiniest whirring

sound as they beat in a rapid blur and, as with other dragonflies, their intricate flight is both captivating and calming to the soul. As summer heats up, water attracts numerous species of both damsel- and dragonflies. These friendly and gentle insects are as individual as the flowers in the garden. Each differs in size and colouration, and many have unusual markings, perfectly complementing the insects’ rich jewel tones. A water garden quickly becomes a magnet for wildlife, and a habitat for all manner of creatures, and once built, they will surely come. Many birds appreciate the presence of water in the garden. Mourning doves, blue jays, and goldfinches are often seen creeping closer to its source, hopping from rock to rock, wary at first, but gaining confidence with each small bird step as they take a refreshing drink on a stifling day. Shelves built into a garden pond allow for a shallow splashing area, as colourful songbirds partake in a welcome bath; it’s not uncommon to see birds queuing patiently, waiting a turn to cleanse their dusty feathers. The plants themselves truly make a water garden come to life. Whether it is the greenery living within the pond, or the landscaping surrounding it, plants play a significant role in any water garden design. The lush and interesting foliage of the hosta family play a lead role in the landscape. The giant green leaves of larger

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whether from the soothing trickle of a stream, a serene fountain, or even a bubbler. The soft sound of water is instantly relaxing, and not only provides rejuvenating qualities but visual effects, too. A water garden becomes the ultimate sanctuary, a place to go and sit quietly, and to forget everything else going on in the world. The experience is sweet simplicity, where a little therapeutic solitude can be found and the moment fully enjoyed. Whether it is the shimmering waters that captivate the attention, or the enchanting beauty of a cooling waterfall, the serene environment offers a soulful and meditative atmosphere, wholly embracing the spirit of the garden. The pond itself needs as much care and attention as its borders and surroundings for it to work effectively, and to be ecologically balanced. Whether it’s oxygenating or floating plants, each one brings life to the pond, cleaning, and stabilizing its environment. Floating plants, such as the wistful parrot feather, textured water lettuce and flowering water hyacinths extend their roots beneath the surface, keeping the pond clear and sparkling. Plants in pots add variety and height, from creeping Jenny hugging the surface to purple-flowering Siberian iris extending its exquisite blooms skyward.

In between, Black Magic taro, exotic zebra rush, and deep-wine water amaranth provides layers of interest. Hundreds of everproducing duckweed fills any remaining gaps, as they grow and multiply almost by the day. The star of the aquatic garden, taking centre stage, must surely be the hardy water lily. These stunningly beautiful specimens are truly the jewels in the crown, precious and delicate, but with an understated elegance. Much like teenagers, they are not early risers.

With no rush to open their perfect petals, they begin to awaken sometime after midmorning. The showy and majestic flower is only on display for a few hours. By three or four o’clock in the afternoon, the lily folds away its bloom once more, closing its petals into a neat cone-shape, for its overnight rest. As the late day sun begins to set, a shaft of light casts through neighbouring trees, and the garden pond is suffused in a dappled

warm glow. Light dances and shadows play on the refractive water, as a leopard frog makes a home among the water lilies, and oxygenators. A smaller frog balances effortlessly upon a lily pad, sitting perfectly still, as if relishing the golden moment. Glimpses of deep orange and flecks of yellow appear beneath the crowded lily pads, betraying the presence of a family of goldfish. They seem quite content with their lot in life, as they swim lazily beneath and through the lush vegetation. A water feature takes on a personality and life all its own, fed and nurtured by its creator. As the art of outdoor living is explored, there are no rules when it comes to creating a unique water feature, and there is no wrong way to do it. Just like any garden space, it can always be changed, and plants can always be moved. A garden should be a fun space, never to be taken too seriously, and a water garden is no exception, where enjoyment is the always the order of the day. A bespoke landscaped pond offers many pleasures, delightful enchantment, and an evocative sense of place. The allure of water is difficult to resist; a garden pond invigorates, energizes, calms, and inspires the spirit, all at the same time. There is serenity where peaceful waters flow.




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The girl remembers.

It is the 1950s - both she and the time seem so innocent. She visits her Grandmother’s house, so different from her own rambling frame farmhouse a township away - a house built of grey stones with a curious stone privy, stone smokehouse, and bedrock floor in the woodshed. She creeps into the parlour, awed by the stately pillars, and delves into the woven basket filled with family photos of serious men and dour women. She recalls Sunday dinners in the dining room, overlapping adult conversations, admonitions to be still. The woman remembers. She was born in the house in 1923. She was of the fourth and next-to-last generation of her family to call the stone house home. In her memoir she recalls the rooms of the house, the narrow summer kitchen where the family took evening meals, cooled by the breeze through the vines on the verandah outside.

The woman recalls the woodstoves and the cavernous woodshed which fed them - her father’s neat woodpiles, her chore to pick up chips for kindling. Electricity arrived in 1938, but still she remembers the small kerosene lamps in the bedrooms and a gas lamp with its bright and terrifying light hung out of children’s reach. She remembers the big kitchen where most family life took place - the large table in the centre, wide window seats where she and her sisters played. A large pantry, the dining room for Sunday company, 18 long steps up to the centre hall with its proud window, the girls’ room warmed by a stovepipe from the kitchen. A treasured photo shows the sisters astride the tall second hand bicycle belonging to brothers Gordon and Vernon.



The stone house remembers, too.

Old houses have stories to tell - of the times, the people who made them. It has stood proudly on Royal Street (as it was once called) near Milford since around 1865. Its beams, worn plank floors, and stone walls hold the history of Sampson Striker, one of two United Empire Loyalist brothers forced to leave their homes during the Revolutionary War. With him on the 1786 trek up frozen Lake Champlain and across the St. Lawrence River were his wife Ursula Clapp and her brother Joseph, who became Milford’s first miller by 1808. By 1829, Sampson’s son Joseph had purchased land in Marysburgh and built a small house. Joseph lived long enough to see his son Isaac construct a fine stone house next door. Isaac was one of Prince Edward County’s pioneer cheese makers. After Isaac died in 1889 the cheese factory remained in the family until 1910; production finally ceased in 1956. Today the designated 1870s structure houses the award-winning Exultet winery. The dignified house is one of only three stone houses in South Marysburgh. A one and a half storey dwelling, it is unornamented but for a central gable with a pointed arch window,

a plain board cornice cut to fit it. The kitchen tail at rear (in the more formal British manner, unlike the folksy American side wing) includes a woodhouse, privy, and smokehouse. Its interior boasts fine joinery; the exterior, two stone chimneys. Five Striker generations called the stone house home. But today’s sons don’t want to farm so by 1999 Vernon, now a widower, put the old Striker homestead up for sale. It was Vernon’s stories which led Janice and Gord Gibbins to choose the stone house for their country home. For Janice loves stories. She and Gord restored the old house and are filling it with their own stories - and with their adult children and grandchildren whose growing-up years will always include summers on Royal Road. Janice and Gord grew up with rural roots, in places now absorbed by Toronto’s relentless appetite for nearby small communities. Highway 401 runs through Janice’s Dunbarton/ Rouge Hills farm. Gord’s memories of nearby fields and deer have been paved over by Scarborough. The couple wanted country memories like their own for their sons and

grandchildren. In 1999 they began inquiring about available country places, and were sent by a Carrying Place antique dealer to look for the South Marysburgh house. It was not love at first sight. They saw the place on a rainy grey day. The house was almost empty, modernized inside and out. There were mice, wasps, the occasional snake. Gord and Janice eventually fell in love with the house and its history and determined to preserve both. By 2003 the couple left their city condo and moved to Royal Road for good. Janice speaks lovingly of life there - a woodlot of hickory trees, swampy woods and cattle, deer along Maple Lane. A son has come to love organic gardening; her grandsons adore the freedom and discoveries - good bugs, magic rocks, the shore. She recalls New Year 2000, skating on Milford millpond, celebrating with new friends and neighbours - the beginning of a new life in rural Ontario. In the way of old houses, the circa 1865 Striker house had seen many changes. In the early 1900s the front sash windows were changed to plate glass, back stairs removed, and the drive shed built. Decades later, a

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modern avocado green and gold kitchen was fitted into the former pantry; a bathroom succeeded the stone outhouse. The formal parlour lost its pillars; modern carpeting covered the wide pine plank floors. Vernon’s pride and joy was the fieldstone fireplace he built in the dining room in the 1980s. Through all the changes the stone house kept its dignity, with the formal symmetry of its centre hall plan, the deep windows with their panelled reveals, front door transom and sidelights, the elegant staircase, the second floor landing with the large Gothic window in the front gable letting in clear north light. Janice and Gord worked with local trades people to restore the stone house’s serene 19th century ambience. The iconic Prince Edward county false casement sash windows with their heavy muntin bars were reinstalled. A modern screened sun-porch was removed, and replaced by a handsome portico. The screened west side verandah was reinstated and became a perfect summer living space. A bathroom retreat filled with early furniture and decorative objects fits nicely into the original hired girl’s room. Gord

and Janice have even given some thought to rebuilding the back staircase, which would have kept the hired boys well separated from the daughters of the family in the day. The Gibbins family reworked the narrow summer kitchen, retaining many original features. As in the old days, open steps lead down to the woodshed now housing a stone-walled office lit by the transom above the original doors. Gord and Janice had the fieldstone fireplace in the dining room removed and installed a Rumford fireplace with a neo-classical mantel and matching wall cupboard recovered from a demolished home. The home is filled with interesting and important early furniture, 18th and 19th century pieces from PEI to PEC - each with a tale to tell. Janice favours the delicate curves of the Regency and Empire period. Indeed, the house is now much more elegant and beautiful than the home a farmer, even a wellto-do one, would have managed to create. Every piece has a story. Several Prince Edward County examples, including a curious sideboard with four chubby carved lion feet, grace

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the collection. A few unique pieces hail from Gordon’s ancestors’ embattled estate in Northern Ireland, including a drum or rent table, with a top which turned to enable the landlord to access the drawer pertaining to the tenant standing before him. Janice points out a high-backed and gloriously carved bordello settee in the north parlour. An 1820s dining table set from Hay Bay, composed of two D-shaped tables and a separate drop-leaf section, was purchased for its exquisitely carved legs but also for the story of the perfect circular hole burned into its cherrywood surface, since perfectly mended. Rugs scatter about on the original painted plank floors; Janice’s painted floor cloths brighten the kitchen and front hall. The glazed bookcase in the south parlour originally formed the kitchen wall of an early house, paired with the dining room fireplace mantel and wall cupboard. The bookcase, now flanked by additional cabinetry, is filled to overflowing with treasures and collections. Janice and Gord spend their evenings in front of the



dining room fireplace in their favourite chairs, a c.1825 Nova Scotia wing chair and an early PEI turned wooden armchair. Gordon recounts his journey into antique clock collecting. A Christmas shopping trip led Gord to his first two long-case or grandfather clocks; as his tastes changed, so did the collection which now includes a significant number of tall-case and bracket clocks. Intriguing as their history (the works were imported in early years, the cases built in Ontario or Quebec), their operating mechanisms, and the beauty of case and face are, Gord’s passion is the quest for something rare. One bracket or shelf clock, “Has history from 1790. I drove a lot of miles and coped with French to gain this made-in-Quebec clock with English movement.” The unique collection of rare Canadian grandfather and bracket clocks fits the era of the home, Gord explains. They provide the finishing touches to a formal interior of the 1800 to 1840 period. The original Striker family kitchen has regained its early simplicity. The Gibbins found

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original wainscoting under modern panelling, preserved most of the lath and plaster, and took the room back in time. Furnished with a simple scrubbed pine table, original paint chairs, plain benches, crockery and a hutch filled with miniatures, and decorated in red and yellow ochre and stencilling, the room conveys the domestic serenity of a Vermeer painting. Now, though, this peaceful life and harmonious future is challenged. A bitter and divisive debate is raging over the proposed establishment of industrial wind turbine farms throughout the open fields and bucolic village in the township. For some, it has been a long wait to gain some economic advantage from marginal farmlands. For others like the Gibbins, seeing the countryside dotted with 40-storey industrial structures is a nightmare. They feel, despite many well-researched deputations it seems that arguments concerning environment and health, wildlife, heritage character, natural beauty, and real estate values are being swept aside by local politicians, a seemingly anti-rural provincial government, and big business interests. Only time will tell whether this heritage landscape evocative of a country lifestyle will include industrial turbines. A love of heritage buildings is a love of the past, a commitment in the present, and a promise to the future. After they restored


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the old Striker place, Janice and Gordon have gone on to relocate and preserve three unique historic Ontario buildings. In the way of all heritage rescues (see Spring 2014 CQL), the enormous labour of disassembly, transport, rebuilding, and restoration of these structures seem forgotten as they stand in their new locations. In a field just west of the 1912 Striker drive shed stands a sophisticated c.1840 log home from the Ottawa Valley. Constructed of massive hand-hewn logs, the house has a brick chimney and exposed exterior hearth, unique second floor kneehole windows, and is furnished in period style. An 1820 mantel from Bath adorns the recreated panelled fireplace wall built by heritage carpenter Kip Brisley. Two years ago the family made memories as they celebrated Christmas in the cabin. A one-pot dinner seasoned with homegrown herbs and cooked over the open fire was the best tasting Christmas dinner ever, and by the end of the afternoon they actually were warm enough! At an appropriate distance from the fine log house stands an historic barn, the c.1810 Trumpour horse barn. Built by War of 1812 cavalryman Paul Trumpour or his son, it was the oldest standing barn in Lennox and Addington County. The asymmetrical structure housed a horse stable and tack room off to the side of the soaring centre bay. Local

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While Janice and Gord cherish their historic home restoration, and the priceless buildings they have preserved, they are not resting on their laurels. Gord, a senior executive with a U.S.-based firm divides his time between head office and home office in the lofty former woodshed at the house...and the airport. Janice, a former art educator and therapist, is a talented mixed media artist, showing work in Art in the County and selling at the Great Canadian Art Auction. She is a member of AQ5, a county-based group of art quilters; her latest work in response to the group’s most recent challenge is stunning and original. Janice is also a dedicated heritage activist. For several years she has served as chair of the county’s Heritage Advisory Committee, a provincially mandated committee whose role is to preserve heritage buildings and landscapes. She sounds discouraged. These days, committee members are disappointed by a lack of support from the community and the council. “The 2010 destruction of the 1875 Wesleyan Methodist church in Picton seemed

to galvanize public opinion for a while, and several homeowners have requested heritage designation, but heritage preservation and its tourism/economic spinoffs appear to be a hard sell,” says Janice. It seems ironic when the region is being marketed for its natural beauty and its wineries. Add in the prospect of industrial wind turbines dotting the bucolic landscape and even the most dedicated historic preservationist may be forgiven for despairing. Janice walks the Royal Road property. “We wanted to make sure Vern’s family’s history was preserved for his grandchildren to see. Our childhood homes have gone - Gord’s ancestral home in Ireland burned, my grandparents’ home in Russia has disappeared. We want to have this home to share with our grandchildren.” She looks across to the field beyond the log house and barn, where three of the proposed turbines would be sited. “We want to live here forever - that’s why we’re fighting so hard.”


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At 7:50 p.m. Friday February 23, 1945, 17-year-old Albert Stierle could have never - even in his most desperate dream – imagined that at 1 p.m. on a calm and overcast Saturday May 3, 2014 he would be standing at the edge of the Presqu’ile Yacht Club (PYC) boat basin gazing out over the placid waters of Brighton’s Presqu’ile Bay. Yet, there he was, dark eyes, unblinking, staring east towards his home in Trenton, towards Quebec City where he first set foot in Canada, towards his birthplace in Pforzheim, Germany. Standing on ground that had become his second home. Two years after joining PYC in 1976, Albert was elected harbourmaster, and then re-elected as commodore for 60




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13 consecutive years. In his still-strong German accent, Albert makes it very clear he became commodore because, “I was a very poor harbourmaster.” He will also say as commodore, “I was very cheap.” For 36 years, until he sold his 22-foot Hullmaster sailboat Portus in 2010 (a boat he watched being built in a former aircraft hangar in Picton) Albert sailed the waters of the Quinte region and loved it. Although sailing is what Albert loved most about the Quinte region, the Second World War and his father gave Albert the will to take a chance on a new life in Canada. Albert’s father Curt was the director of a Pforzheim silverware manufacturer, fluent in three foreign languages – English, French, and Spanish – and travelled extensively throughout Europe. The Stierles had friends in the United States and England.

Albert’s father always told his three children they must leave home and learn new things. To help prepare the children, throughout the war Albert’s father ensured the family conversed only in English once a week at dinner. Albert recalls often running out the front door of his 5 Etivalstrasse home - still a stately home today - to look up in awe as streams of Allied bombers passed overhead, on their way to other places. That all changed on April 1, 1944, when - for the first time - Albert heard the dull thud of bombs hitting ground at Pforzheim. It was bombed several times between April 1, 1944 and February 23, 1945 to the point where Albert recalls, “I got used to it. It is unbelievable, but I got used to it.” Nothing, however, could have prepared Albert for February 23. At about 7:40 p.m. the air raid warnings sounded over Pforzheim and Albert and his family scrambled into their basement bomb shelter. Ten minutes later, the bombs started falling. Albert knew it was bad. He had never heard so many bombs fall so close. Albert could not know two kilometres overhead 381 Allied bombers were disgorging 1,825 tonnes of high explosive and incendiary bombs. At 8:12 p.m. the dull thud of exploding bombs stopped. About 20 minutes later, Albert and his family emerged. Their neighbour’s house was ablaze. His own house had been hit by an incendiary bomb. Albert


and his father worked desperately in the attic, sawing at roof beams to cut away the part of their home on fire. Albert was so absorbed in the struggle to save his and his neighbour’s home it was not until about 1 a.m. he noticed Pforzheim was on fire. Albert recalls standing in front of his home and, “Leaning into a wind so strong you could not move. A wind of maybe 120 kilometres per hour.” Albert was leaning into the winds of a firestorm - the hot, violent hurricane caused by the rapid ascent of superheated air from burning buildings. That morning of February 24, 1945 Albert walked the streets of Pforzheim and witnessed terrible sights forever seared into his memory. The 22 minutes of bombing killed 17,600 of Pforzheim’s 79,000 inhabitants. Albert cannot recall events or conditions of May 8, 1945, the day the Second World War ended in Europe, but he recalled it being a great relief and his father saying, “Thank God it’s over.” Albert completed high school in a former German Army barracks and then a restaurant in 1946. In 1950, he earned his certification as a production engineering technician. Throughout his post-war high school and college education, Albert worked weekends as an electrician’s helper and for the city, clearing the rubble of war-damaged buildings from the streets of Pforzheim and

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cleaning the mortar off fallen bricks so they could be reused to rebuild Pforzheim - work he had to do to get a ration card. After graduating from college, Albert went to work for Schaub, a Pforzheim teletype, radio, and television manufacturer with about 1,000 employees. In August 1953, Albert married Ursula Spies, his high school sweetheart of seven years. Despite being very happily married and loving his work at Schaub, Albert’s father’s admonition that he must leave home kept ringing in his ears. As Albert said, “His brainwashing worked.” Albert wanted to see what lied across the ocean and recalled the decision to immigrate to Canada as, “Very easy.”



Although his family had friends in the United States, it still had conscription. Even though he had an aunt in Australia, it was too far away. On a sunny day towards the end of October 1953, Albert took the first of what he describes as, “The two most important steps in my life.” At Bremerhaven, he boarded the Holland America Line passenger ship SS Waterman - a 139-metre long former Victory ship built to haul Allied troops and supplies to war – and left Germany. Among the hundreds of immigrants, mostly Dutch, was 25-year-old Albert. Until he set foot on the Waterman, Albert had never been on a boat bigger than a 5.5 metre sailboat; had never been on salt water. Albert’s trans-Atlantic voyage was, “An awful trip, it was horrible.” Until the Waterman reached the shelter of the St. Lawrence River, it pitched and rolled its way through storm after storm. Albert was never afraid of the ocean or sad about leaving Germany. Even though he recalls thinking, “God, it’s a big trip, I don’t know what will happen,” he always thought of leaving Germany as a positive thing. After about 10 days at sea, on November 8, 1953, Albert caught his first glimpse of Canada; small houses, barely visible through the fog, along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. One day later, the Waterman tied up at Quebec City and Albert first set foot in his new country.

It would be reasonable to think Albert’s longest-lasting memory of arriving in Canada was the beauty of Quebec City or relief at having survived a very stormy voyage, but it was the prices. On the dock was a small store selling chewing gum and cigarettes. He could not believe how cheap everything was. After being processed through immigration, Albert and the other passengers of the Waterman boarded a train. Two days later, he stepped off the train into Toronto’s Union Station and his new hometown. There he stood - engulfed in the racket and jostling of a cavernous train station. No job. No contacts. His life packed into one suitcase and $50 stuffed in his wallet. His only thought was, “What do I do now?” Albert needed a place to live. A salesman at a car dealership just outside of Union Station gave Albert his first piece of Canadian advice. As clear as if it were yesterday, Albert recalls the salesman telling him, “Don’t pay more than six bucks a week for a room.” The day he arrived at Union Station, Albert found his first home in Canada – a four-metre square room with a desk, chair, bed, and hotplate in a rooming house on Barton Avenue in Toronto’s Koreatown. Next, Albert needed a job, so he got a phone book and looked up the addresses of large electronics manufacturers – Motorola, General Electric, Admiral, and Phillips – and started walking, with no luck. Many potential

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employers had “No Help Wanted” signs posted on their doors. Albert started walking door-to-door to downtown radio and television shops. After three days he found his first job in Canada - fixing appliances and televisions at a small shop on Mount Pleasant Road. Albert would work at part-time jobs fixing appliances, televisions, and radios – at small shops in Toronto until 1959. In May 1954, Ursula sailed to Halifax on the SS Zuiderkruis, a sister ship of the SS Waterman. Albert borrowed a friend’s car and with his newly-minted Province of Ontario chauffeurs license drove to Union Station. Albert will never forget his joyous reunion with Ursula. The day after she arrived they walked to the unemployment office on Spadina Avenue looking for work. Trained and certified as an accountant, Ursula eventually found work - packing purses, earning 80 cents per hour. Soon after, she found full-time work in the accounting department at the Sears head office on Mutual Street. In early 1959, Albert found his first fulltime job in Canada. He earned $1.25 per hour as supervisor of the service department at Chicago-based Mall Tool Company’s brand-new branch plant on The Queensway. That same year, Albert left Toronto to work as a production inspector at Westinghouse Canada in Hamilton,

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where Albert and Ursula purchased their first new home. In 1961, Albert was hired by Connecticut-based Stanley Tool Works to establish and manage its first electric tool plant in Canada, in Hamilton. As manager, Albert was in charge of laying out the factory, hiring employees, and producing power tools. Clear as day, Albert recalls the day a Stanley salesman ran into his office shouting, “You passed!” The prototype of Stanley’s first drill in Canada, built under Albert’s direction, had just been certified by the Canadian Standards Association and was cleared for sale in Canada. An advertisement in a September 1964 edition of The Globe and Mail brought Albert to the place he came to love - the Quinte region. Murata Erie, located on Creswell Drive in Trenton, needed a manager for the new department manufacturing electronic filters to be used by NASA in its Apollo rocket and satellites programs. Albert and Ursula bought their second home, a modest three-bedroom bungalow on Warren Road in Trenton, where Albert still lives after the recent loss of Ursula. Here, Albert took the second of his “two most important steps in my life.” Albert recalls the joy and pride of the 1966 day when he brought his newborn daughter Andrea home from Trenton Memorial Hospital.

For all of the 28 years he worked at Murata Erie, it was an everyday event that most stands out in Albert’s mind. He was in his office, waiting for three NASA scientists who would be inspecting Murata Erie’s production facilities. Albert’s jaw dropped when they walked into his office and, in unison, said, “Wie geht’s.” German for “How’s it going?” Before him stood three Germans who had survived the war and immigrated to the United States. By 1992 Murata Erie had become a shell of what once was a thriving industrial facility and Albert retired. Today there is nothing left of the plant. Towards the end of the interview on that calm May 3, 2014, gazing eastward and back over his life, Albert quietly said, “Our brains are marvellous.” He was speaking about his ability to recall places, events, and people he had not thought about for more than 60 years. As if to prove the theory, Albert recalled the story, “I’ll never forget to this day.” It was a sunny summer day in 1938 in the village of Bodman, Germany on Lake Constance, and 10-year-old Albert was strolling along a wooden dock when he spotted a man rigging a 5.5-metre wooden sailboat. Albert walked up to the boat and asked the sailor questions about the speed and size of the boat, but what he really wanted to do was sail. Albert hit pay dirt when the sailor asked him if he

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thought his parents would let him go sailing. Albert and the sailor walked back to Albert’s hotel room to get his parents’ permission. He was free to go. Albert recalls the exhilaration of accelerating on a cool breeze, skimming across Lake Constance on his first-ever sailing trip. As the interview ended, and as if to juxtapose the peacefulness of sailing with the horror of war, Albert very quietly - almost in a whisper - said what a person who has witnessed the horrors of war can best say, “I am against war. I am really against war.” All of Albert’s stories – those of beauty and those of horror – are infused with a wondrous joy for life; a sense of wanting to see and know what was around the next corner. Around one of those corners was a conversation with a freelance writer who happens to be a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force - the same RCAF that participated in the bombing of Pforzheim. A freelance writer, whose father – himself a son of Italian immigrants – was a veteran of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. The wonder of it all – the link closing the circle that is Albert’s story – is throughout all of the interview for this story, Hercules airplanes of RCAF 8 Wing Trenton droned peacefully overhead, protecting Albert and his family.

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Albert Stierle’s story of surviving the brutality of the Second World War - as the enemy – immigrating to Canada and starting a new life fully lived and then being able to sit down and talk about it, surrounded by the beauty of the placid waters of the Quinte region, is true testament to the greatness of Canada and the lasting peace we all enjoy.



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Words by Catherine Stutt Photography by Daniel Vaughan It was, on the surface, as is perhaps typical of a bio medical researcher, a logical process – locate a solid investment property in an attractive tourism region close to home base in Toronto, build an energy efficient home, and enjoy it on weekends and holidays until retirement. The charm of the destination soon made this much more than a rational experiment and the continuing journey quickly became a much more personal adventure for David and Louise Bazett-

Jones. After combing Prince Edward County for the perfect land, the couple had a rather daring introduction to the property where they would eventually build their retirement home. Their realtor, Sandra Foreman, recalled the day they found the ideal property. “I wanted to show them every aspect so I drove along the adjacent secondary road for a close-up view. It was passable a few days earlier, but heavy rain turned the lane into a lake, completely covered with water from one side to the other. Afraid of COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING SUMMER 2014



losing traction and becoming mired, I gunned the borrowed pickup truck and we made it. David and Louise instantly broke into applause and laughter, and lauded my driving skills. I’m happy to say, they bought that property and we’re still friends!” Much of David and Louise’s journey from The Beaches in Toronto, where they still maintain a condo until they fully retire, to their 85-acre haven at the eastern reach of the County was equally planned, and substantially less dramatic.

property in this attractive tourism region was a target destination. David began reading about energy and living more intelligently with nature. He renewed his interest in architecture and a larger plan developed. “We were fortunate to have a great realtor, and Sandy understood we were looking for specific features, not just an open field.” Located on County Road 7 near an accessible beach, the property has 55 acres of cropland used by a neighbouring farmer, a bog, and a woodlot. The custom-built über-energy efficient 2,000

depending on the season the overhang of the roof either blocks or allows sun penetration to the polished concrete floor. “In the summer, the sunlight barely gets to the window sills, and last December 21, the sunlight reached the back wall of the great room,” explained David, noting the floor as a heat sink is a key element to the efficiency of the home. Solar collectors on the sun porch roof collect and pre-heat domestic hot water and the water for the 100 per cent efficient electric 12 kW boiler. In-floor radiant heat supplied by

David is a respected researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children and Louise is an English teacher. Their familiarity with the area came via sending their two children to music camp in Milford every summer. “We came to know the County well,” laughed David. “I think we’ve been in every church and community hall for recitals.” For several years, David and Louise considered different ways of investing, and

square foot home is strategically placed on four acres of clear land where David is strongly considering working with a local beekeeper and planting clover or buckwheat to help the local bee population. Set well back from the road, the home faces due south with a wall of triple-glazed argonfilled windows customized with a specific film to allow maximum solar gain. Deliberately calculated to work with the tilt of the Earth,

the boiler is zoned and sensors engage a pump to regulate even temperatures throughout the home. A woodstove augments the heat, and as a result, the boiler rarely engages. “In winter, the boiler might come on one hour a day, but it we have the woodstove lit, it is far less frequent,” said David. The basis to this energy-efficient home is the building envelope, starting with the double stud exterior wall - a two by six load-bearing


All of our projects have strong elements of sustainability but in this case, we were able to incorporate so many technologies and achieve superior results. David’s home is definitely one of the darker green projects with all of the bells and whistles,” said Christine.

wall, and then a second wall built four inches inside of two by four studs. The cavity is filled with cellulose resulting in an R-50 value. The slab floor was prepped to provide R-30, and the ceiling with 19 inches of insulation has an R-70 value. David and Louise trusted this intricate engineering to Solares Architecture – a Toronto firm with strong roots in the County. Started by architecture school classmates Christine Lolley and Tom Knezic after graduation, the business and life partners are dedicated to incorporating new standards of energy efficiency into each of their projects. Getting Solares to accept the project was a challenge in itself. “We had to write an essay on what we see as a typical day in our new home, we had to collect photos of things that reflect our interests, and we had to supply measurements of all the furniture we’d bring. Tom and Christine really wanted a sense of who we are,” recalled David. He liked the young couple’s specialization in passive solar energy design and as the relationship grew, he appreciated their interaction with the family and the project.

David would read about an energy efficient component or design and email his architecture team. They’d respond with the pros and cons, and they decided as a group what to use. David and Louise learned much from their reading and collaboration, and the theory translates to reality in their home. In addition to the exceptional insulation, the building envelope is tightly sealed, resulting in fewer than two complete air exchanges per hour. The roof is pitched to allow the cellulose insulation to stay in place and to maximize the efficiency of the 10 kW photovoltaic array on the south exposure. “We are minimally dependent on the grid for electricity,” confirmed David. “Our heat and hot water is almost totally passive, and we generate more electricity than we consume and the surplus feeds back to the grid. The house is sealed so well it retains heat even under extreme conditions.” Last December, when much of the region was without hydro for days after the pre-Christmas ice storm, David and Louise arrived to find the home at a balmy 60 degrees, two days into the outage. They have

since purchased an auxiliary generator for the mechanical system – it generates so much heat the circulation pumps need to work. The house is more than an aggregate of its high tech parts – it is a comfortable and attractive home for a busy family. With a large master bedroom, a guest bedroom, a study each for David and Louise, and an open concept kitchen, dining, and great room, David admits is actually larger than they initially planned. It is also a different building type. “We considered a straw bale home and almost went that direction but it requires a little more maintenance in the first year. If we were younger and here full time, we probably would have gone with it.” There were many surprises along the way, including the easy sourcing of building materials. “We researched high tech options but our architect said we could achieve the same results with what we could find at Home Depot.” Melodie Coneybeare, the project architect for Solares, said simple solutions were available. “We went with traditional framing because it is a familiar construction process for the trades

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“We’re in a precarious situation. Our ecosystem is in peril; our economy is coming to a crisis point with debt and consumption. It is really important as we look into the future to have resilience. There will always be energy resources but they will not always be affordable.”

and we achieved superior insulation values with an easy build.” We used cellulose because it is economical. We started with a tight, economical floor plan and our first energy reduction comes from examining what we need for space. We then apply a really good building envelope and make it tight.” As design turned to construction, the homeowners and architects brought Kyle den Ouden of Hickory Homes into the project. For Kyle, it was the first double-walled house in his substantial experience, and the most extensive foray into energy efficiency. “We learned so much from working with Solares and the family,” said Kyle. “We saw and implemented the design and more importantly learned the reasons behind each component and how they all worked together.” Acknowledging this calibre of energy efficiency isn’t for everyone, Kyle is pleased with the opportunity. “We were part of a project to deliver one of the most energy efficient homes in Canada, and with that experience, we can provide more options to new clients. We’re certainly pursuing this technology and enthused with the potential.”

From the production to construction, the team looked for ways to incorporate responsible methods, mechanical equipment, and fixtures. The spectacular kitchen is from IKEA. “It’s flat-packed and assembled on-site,” explained Melodie. “Flat-packing means fewer packaging materials, and reduced shipping space. IKEA follows the stricter European standards in volatile organic compounds and the adhesives are benign.” For Solares, it was a dream project. “All of our projects have strong elements of sustainability but in this case, we were able to incorporate so many technologies and achieve superior results. David’s home is definitely one of the darker green projects with all of the bells and whistles,” said Christine. After the last independent test concluded the home was indeed one of the most energy efficient in Canada, David and Louise rained high praise on the architects and builder, and Melodie echoed the sentiment. “It’s a testament to how good Hickory Homes is; it’s about craftsmanship and how well they understand and use their tools and work with new ideas.” The project is now a home.

David and Louise both play the grand piano in the great room. David also plays the pipe organ and takes lessons at St. James Cathedral. He is working his way through the works of J.S. Bach and mastering the 20th century French organ repertoire is a goal. Their son Jeffrey is a viola and violin teacher, and daughter Emily plays the cello, but her goal is to have Dad build a woodworking shop in the detached garage. Milford was certainly a target destination, and music is a focal point. David envisions billeting teachers from Music at Port Milford. For David, music is a good balance from his lab, but he sees the connections. “Research, nature, music, they all have structure with freedom, and there is always the thrill of discovery,” he smiled while looking out over his pasture, thinking about the large vegetable garden he will one day plant, and talking about the nutritional benefits of a wild plant most would consider a weed. He is serious about this house, this community, and the conversation. “We have to reverse the tide,” he admonished in his gentle style. “We’re in a precarious situation. Our ecosystem is in peril; our economy is coming

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next generation. The focus will be on local sourcing and more hands on than manufactured off shore. We’re going to bike lanes and public transit and China is the largest consumer of private automobiles.” Listening to this renowned researcher discuss the rapidly flooding banks of the Rubicon in such a gentle yet defiant manner is both unsettling and reassuring. David clearly

sees the problem and with even greater clarity sees the solution – even small steps matter. David and Louise took larger leaps than many, opting for self-sustainability upon the land, harvesting energy resources in the most responsible of ways. When asked what they sacrificed in terms of comfort to achieve this goal, David’s response was succinct. “Nothing.”

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Name one universal rule of friendship. Be unconditional in your loyalty which means always having nice wine on hand to bribe them with.

What recipe for a successful home life do you want to share? Totally immersing yourself in your home life… cooking, exercising, relaxing, reading, napping, entertaining, decorating, sharing, shovelling, and enjoying it all. We all hope there will be one more time. One more time for what? One more time to experience the thrill that comes from an amazing new travel destination; one more time for eating the elusive perfect meal; one more time for witnessing a life changing art installation; one more time for telling those closest to you how much you appreciate and adore them.

Jeff Stober spent 20 years as CEO and founder of an international IT outsourcing firm before pursuing his additional passions of art, architecture, interior design, hotels, food, and culture. Jeff united these interests into the creation of The Drake Hotel, a cultural community centre in the Queen West Art and Design District as well as a globally known destination before further expanding the brand into Drake General Store retail establishments, Drake One Fifty downtown, and the upcoming opening of the first outpost hotel - Drake Devonshire Inn in Prince Edward County. Drake Devonshire Inn is slated to open this summer in Wellington, Ontario. The beautifully renovated historic Inn will have 14 rooms, an 80 seat dining room, a 40 seat patio overlooking Lake Ontario and will have a delicious menu of food and cocktails with ingredients sourced from Prince Edward County.

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Name one secret you do not want to discover before you die? I prefer living in real time, not knowing what the future holds in store and thus being the best I can be day in and day out. I really don’t need to see what I’ll look like in 30 years. Not yet. What is it that we need to understand about surrender? Surrender is the most empowering state of being. I used to think I knew everything at 20 years old. By the time I turned 40 I realized I knew only some things and am way happier, stronger, and fulfilled as a result. In other words, less is more. If you knew the truth, how would you reveal it? The only way I know how...honestly, respectfully, empathetically, constructively.

When they say ‘follow the fear’, what fear are you following? We all know taking a leap of faith is the only way to get to the next level of life fulfillment. It’s a cool part of the journey, so I guess for me it is fear of failure. What would your father make of you now? My father is sort of my personal historian. He marvels at my continuing sense of curiosity, passion, and pursuit. He loves that I teach, share, and contribute. What is the best way to get licensed as an adult? By taking responsibility to do your part. And knowing how to make a great negroni.

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Picture Perfect! Nothing beats life at Kingfisher Cove.

A beautiful sunrise on the Bay of Quinte. A visit to an award-winning winery. Fine dining restaurants, chic shops and boutiques. All this and much more just minutes from your doorstep at Kingfisher Cove. Come see how wonderful your life can be at Kingfisher Cove on the shores of the Bay of Quinte. Our beautifully decorated model home is open daily.

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Rebecca McNevin Office Manager Deseronto

Tanya Queen

Registered Dental Hygienist - Deseronto

Dr. Gokhan Shevket Doctor of Dental Surgery

Team Effort. For the past six years, we’ve been striving tirelessly to raise your expectations of what a dental practice should be. The secret? It’s all in our “A”-Team of Dental Professionals. From the enthusiasm of our Office Manager Rebecca, to the thoroughness of hygienists like Tanya, and the serious passion of Dr. Gokhan Shevket - our Deseronto team will make sure that you and your family are in good hands. After all, you only have one set of teeth.

Isn’t it time you raised your expectations?

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