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April 24, 2013 Vol 21 No 8

Rose Cousins Awarded JUNO Award

celebrating a new arrival

We Have Made A Spark

Nap time for a two day old Drum Horse colt from Dam- Hearts and Horses Little Gem and Sire-Diamond Cutter’s Eli.

Owners Mike and Julie Taylor are thrilled with the arrival of this

little colt. Drum Horses are actually named after a “job” performed by the

horse as an important member of the Queen

On Saturday, April 20 Rose Cousins, who grew up in Park Corner, was awarded a JUNO Award in Regina, Saskatchewan. Rose took home the award for Solo Roots and Traditional Album of the Year “We Have Made A Spark”. Halifaxbased, Cousins finds insight in solitude and strength in numbers. Supported by cont’d on p. 5

Re-launch of A Water Strategy For Kensington North Kinkora Place/Community Centre Celebrated cont’d on p. 4

we cannot afford to take our clean and ample supply of water for granted

Shipyard River, Hamilton Water issues are recently making headlines and causing concern across the country, around the world, and here on PEI. The combined demands of growing population

and economic activity has created stresses on our waters that has resulted in a reduction in water supply and habitat for fish and wildlife in many locations. Models

for climate change paint a grim picture for the future of water supply in many parts of the world. We are indeed fortunate on PEI to have our cont’d on p. 5

Kinkora Place/Community Centre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony L-R: Renovation Chair Pat Duffy, Committee Member Karen Duffy, the Hon George Webster District 19 MLA and committee member Roger Savoie.

On Saturday April 13 the Community of Kinkora celebrated the re-launch of Kinkora Place/Community Center. The evening featured

recognition of all donors who donated toward the renovation fund and a tour of the newly renovated community center. Following the official

ceremonies the crowd was entertained by local Island comedian Patrick Ledwell. He gave a great evening of entertainment cont’d on p. 5


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Keep The STORM In Prince County

King George Place 61 Broadway Street Kensington, Prince Edward Island Published twice monthly by MJS Marketing and Promotions. The contents of this newspaper are protected by copyright. To make use of any of the material, you must first obtain permission from the publisher. Publisher: Michael J. Smith Editor: Isabel Smith Feature Article(s): Andy Walker Mailing address: PO Box 601, Kensington, PE, C0B 1M0 Tel: 902 836-3196 Fax: 902 836-4889 E-mail: thecourier@eastlink.ca We Welcome Your Letters: The County Line Courier welcomes letters on topics of interest to our readers. Publishing of any letter is at the discretion of the editor. Any submitted articles, letters or features, may be edited for length, clarity, grammar and content. All letters must be signed with the writer’s name and telephone number for verification purposes. Unsigned or anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. Short letters have more impact. Opinions expressed are those of the people who submit them and not necessarily those of The County Line Courier. Next edition May 8 (deadline for submissions for this issue is May 1)

by Andy Walker Editor, Island Farmer / Freelance journalist President, Canadian Association of Journalist, PEI Vice president, Atlantic Farm Writers Association No sooner had the final whistle blown on what has to be termed a banner season for the Summerside Storm than rumours began to circulate that they would soon be leaving town. When Duncan Shaw and Darren MacKay announced that they had obtained an Island franchise in the new National Basketball league of Canada then bidding began between the Island’s two cities to play host. Summerside won the sweepstakes, signing a one year deal to make Credit Union Place the team’s home for the 20112012 season. While the team has attracted a good following with attendance in the 2,000-3,000 range for most games, it is still not a paying proposition. Unfortunately, that is not an isolated incident when

it comes to minor professional sports. Even if the franchise eventually reaches the point where it is making money, it probably won’t be much more than break even. After that first year, there were rumours the team might move to the Charlottetown Civic Centre. As anybody who has attended an event at both venues knows, Credit Union Place is a much better place to be a fan. For some reason, the designers of the civic centre (it was built for the 1991 Canada Winter Games) rejected the bowl style used at most arenas including Credit Union Place. That had a negative impact on sightlines in many areas of the building. In terms of attendance, they would unlikely do much better in Charlottetown. Don’t

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forget Charlottetown has already lost one minor professional franchise of its own—the PEI Senators of the American Hockey league who called the Civic centre home from 1993 to 1996. Despite being first in their division in the last two seasons, they were last in the league in terms of attendance with crowds usually in the 2,000-2,500 range. Fast forward to today and the PEI Rockets (who recently changed their name to the Islanders) have also struggled at the gate—irrespective of how the team has performed on the ice. Rumours that the team is gearing up to leave the province have become so commonplace fans hardly pay attention to them anymore. It may well be that 2,500-3,000 is the saturation point for a franchise in PEI. Let’s not forget the entire province is a small market. The Storm has done a good job reaching out to potential fans in Charlottetown, with a bus going west from the capital on game day. The one thing the Storm owners say is needed to help attract more fans and provide more advertising revenue is a jumbrotron. Neither Island arena has one and it is doubtful either location would go to the considerable expense of installing one unless there was a multi-year contract. Even then it would be

a questionable expense. While there is no doubt the league would prefer the Storm be able to offer their fans the same experience as in larger centre, it may just not be possible. Even in the big leagues, not every venue offers the same amenities—there has to be concessions to smaller markets. Shaw and MacKay deserve high praise for the commitment they have shown in bringing the team to PEI and for the way they have worked to establish themselves in the Island communities—everything from basketball clinics in schools to food drives. That effort has not been limited to the Summerside area and that in itself is smart marketing. A youngster who got lessons from a professional basketball player is more likely to want to see them play. If you think that doesn’t have much influence with parents or grandparents, then you probably haven’t been around kids much. They have established a base in Summerside and their best prospect for long term survival lies in building on that in the Prince County city. While I understand having options does give the Storm ownership some bargaining room, offering fans assurances the team is going to be around for the long term is the best way to proceed in the long run.


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Kensington Intermediate Senior High School News “Knowledge, Inclusion Success, Health” Agriculture More Than Ever Join the conversation The Prince Edward Island Agriculture Certificate Program at KISH, Kinkora and Westisle is ready to join the conversation as a partner of Agriculture More Than Ever which is a new initiative which invites students and the public

to champion the agriculture industry, assist the industry to reach its full potential and ensure its long-term viability and play a role in changing perceptions about agriculture. Aggies’ General News: The Agriculture Certificate students would like to thank Clare Waddell, Tara Huestis, and

Joan Moore-Dennis for providing WHMIS and Workplace Health and Safety Training on Thursday, March 28 at Kensington Intermediate Senior High. Did You Know? Canada is the #1 Maple Syrup producer in the world? The AgriScience 801

class was busy this week producing their first batch of maple syrup thanks to Edwin Gills with the Department of Foresty. We would like to thank Edwin for teaching our class about Maple Syrup production and assisting us with tapping sugar maple trees.

for Grade 10 and 11 students to go the “Big Apple”--New York. If interested contact Mr Andrews. Grade 7   Late French Immersion Thanks to everyone who attended the Grade Six information session on April 9th meeting. A reminder that registration deadline is Friday April 26. Please contact KISH at  836-8901 or The English Travel & Tourism Trip Language School Board A trip is being planned  at 888-8400

Zumba classes   will be held every Wednesday (7pm) this month at KISH as a fundraiser for our Track and Field team heading to a National Competition in Toronto. Classes are by a mininum donation. Should be fun! Hope to see you there!

Drum Horse

cont’d from p. 1

Drum Horse colt with Dam- Hearts and Horses Little Gem.

of England’s Band of the Life Guards. These horses carry two large solid silver kettle Drums, plus a fully outfitted rider, through crowds of thousands, during the Queen’s processions! The fact that the Drum Horse can remain quiet in large crowds of people while being controlled entirely by reins attached to their rider’s feet is a testament to the Drum Horse’s extraordinary disposition. Although Drum Horses are usually piebald or skewbald in color it is not uncommon to see them in solid colors as well.

As we have no Queen’s processions, Drum Horses are being redefined in America for use in various ridden and driven disciplines. They combine the size and stature of the Shire and Clydesdale with the color and hair of the Gypsy Horse to create an animal that possesses the best traits of each breed. When viewed in person, this magical creature of history will render you speechless. They are unlike any other breed in the world!


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Last week of April IMMUNIZATION Awareness Week

100 yrs ago, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death worldwide. In Canada, they now cause less than 5% of all deaths – thanks to immunization programs across the country. Immunization protects individuals and communities by preventing the spread of disease. As more people are immunized the disease risk for everyone is reduced. Immunization has probably saved more lives in Canada in the last 50 years than any other health intervention. Immunization is the single most cost-effective health investment, making it a cornerstone in the effort to promote health.

Water Strategy cont’d from p. 1 water table recharged on a regular basis. The snow and rain that makes our maritime climate often grey and damp provides us with a dependable source of water. Climate change models indicate that we will continue to be supplied with ample rainfall in the decades to come, even though many parts of the world will experience severe water shortages. That being said, we cannot afford to take our

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Major Midget Hockey ComingTo Kensington April 18, 2013 Hockey PEI has announced that the new entry into the New Brunswick / PEI Major Midget League will be based out of Kensington. Hockey PEI completed a bid selection process and detailed review before making its final decision. The Kensington franchise will replace the Cornwall Thunder franchise. The new Kensington franchise that will play out of the Community Gardens and will join the clean and ample supply of water for granted. On PEI we have seen localized water shortages, such as in the Winter River/ Tracadie Bay watershed, high nitrate levels in some agricultural areas, sewage spills, occasional fish kills, and many areas of stressed habitat for fish and wildlife. In a nutshell, things aren’t real bad, but there’s room and need for us to improve. Kensington North Watersheds is exploring ways of tying together water usage in our area

Charlottetown Islanders as the second franchise in the New Brunswick / PEI Major Midget League beginning in September 2013.

be ready to go for September. New look a new name and a team ready to compete,” stated Mike Gallant representing the new franchise.

“This is an exciting day, we are thrilled to have been given this opportunity. A major midget team in Kensington will be good for our community and surrounding areas and plan to involve our team into the Communities of our players. Community Gardens is a great facility and is centrally located for our players and fans. We will

Both the, yet to be named Kensington team, and the Charlottetown Islanders participate in the NB interlocking league through regular season schedule. The two Hockey PEI teams then compete annually in a provincial championship finale to determine Hockey PEI’s representative for the Regional Telus Cup Championships.

into a general strategy. In the months to come, we will consult with water users big and small in our Kensington North area, try to raise our collective awareness to water issues, promote wise water use, and develop a plan that will help protect our water for all users in the decades ahead. Bruce Smith is the Executive Director of the Winter Bay/Tracadie Bay Watershed. Their watershed is home to the majority of the wells that provide the City of Charlottetown with water. Increased demand for water, plus drier than normal summers has recently created a series of

challenges for this watershed. Streams in the area have run dry, and valuable habitat has been damaged. Mr. Smith will be the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting to be held on May 8, 7:00 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, 5559 Rte. 20 in Spring Brook. At that time, Bruce will share with us lessons that the Winter River/Tracadie Bay group has learned, which will no doubt serve us well as we look ahead. Please join us at our AGM in Spring Brook. Residents of Kensington, rural residents, farmers, cottage owners, all are welcome.

JUNO Award cont’d from p. 1

collaboration. “We Have Made A Spark” follows Cousins’ two multi-award-winning albums “The Send Off ” (2009) produced by Luke Doucet and “If You Were For Me” (2006) produced by CBC in Halifax.

a thriving Halifax music scene and welcomed by an equally vibrant Boston community, her album “We Have Made A Spark” was made in the spirit of community and

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Kinkora Notes and Updates

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Awarded Roger Savoie (left) receives the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee Award from the Hon. George Webster District 19 MLA On Saturday April 13 at the celebration of the relaunch of Kinkora Place one resident of Kinkora was awarded a special award. Community Resident Roger Savoie was recognized as a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in honour of the Queen’s 60th anniversary. Roger has been a dedicated volunteer. Roger, a past chair, and current councillor for Kinkora has volunteered on many committees and functions for the community. The council, on behalf of the residents of Kinkora, would like to congratulate him on receiving this wonderful achievement. CONGRATULATIONS ROGER!

Kinkora Place cont’d from p. 1 and kept the audience laughing with his comedic humor of life on PEI. A great night was had by all. Council expressed a big thank you to all the sponsors and to everyone for coming and, are looking forward to many visitors coming to use and rent the newly renovated facility and doing business with the public for years to come. Gold Sponsors Prolux Lighting, Hon. Madame Justice Michele M. Murphy, Pat & Amy Duffy, Duffy Construction Silver A & R Adventures “Big Dog Convenience, Prince County Auto Parts, Genivar Inc, R & L Farms, Callbeck’s Home Hardware & Summerside Home Furni-

ture, BDO Chartered Accountants, Senator Catherine Callbeck, Bill & Helen Callbeck, Kensington Argi Services Bronze Lennie & Jean Keefe, Bedeque Farms, Lawless Funeral Home, Roger Savoie, Arsenault, Best, Cameron, Ellis, Noonan Petroleum, Toombs Howard McDougall Chartered Accountants Inc Friends of Kinkora Place Maritime Electric, Shamrock Early Learning Centre, Mechanics Inc, PEI Argomart Ltd, Island Lime Linc, Hickey & Hyndman Insurance, MWM Farms Ltd, District 19 Liberal Association, Country View Farms, Mid Isle Farms, Bedeque Used Vehicles, Bio Vectra Inc, Regis & Joan Duffy.

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Guides/Pathfinders Fundraiser for International Trip to London, England in 2014

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On a rainy but warm Saturday, April 20 members of the Kensington Guides and Pathfinders, along with a couple of leaders and parents, set up their Girl Guide Cookies and the Cavendish Fry Wagon for their latest fundraiser. In August of 2014, the group of 9 girls (aged 11 to 16) and 3 leaders will be traveling to London, England, to witness where Guiding and Scouting all began. In London, 1909, Lord Robert Baden-Powell was having his first Boy Scout Rally at the Crystal Palace when a large group of girls showed up - uninvited, but eager to join the Scouting movement. Seeing that so many young girls wanted to be a part of Scouting also, he asked his sister, Agnes to head up a similar organization just for girls . . . and the rest is history. This is the first international trip by any Guiding group from Kensington and the girls are extremely excited for the opportunity. They will work hard to raise $18,000 before July of next year in order to go - selling 100 cases of cookies, hosting spaghetti dinners, bake sales, barbecues, and various other fundraisers that are planned over the coming 15 months. With determination, effort and the kindness of the community, the girls will certainly reach their goal and make it to London. The Girl Guides would like to thank all those that showed up to support their fundraiser. After a long day in the rain, they were able to raise $975 towards their trip!!

WANTED Delivery Driver Mon. - Sun. (hrs 5:00 - 10:30pm) Must have valid driver’s licence/Insurance References required Cavendish Pizza Delight Contact 439-7190


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Breaking new ground in Kenya garden plots with simple pitchforks What can a simple donation of $15.00 buy you? If you lived in Kenya... $15 would provide you with a pitchfork. In February Roger Henry of Stanley Bridge with Farmers helping Farmers, based in PEI, went to Kenya and worked directly with members of the Kenyan Farmers Women’s Group. The two Women’s groups, one in Ruuju and one in Muchi consists of approximately 180 women. While in Kenya, Roger purchased two manure forks (locally made) and let those making a compost pile use them. The fork changed the entire process for these farmers. “The pitchfork reduced the daily labour on the farms, reduced the back strain and eased the burden for those women required to do this heavy labour with a child on their back.” With this in mind Roger would like to raise sufficient funds to purchase a fork for each farm woman - approximately 180 in total. The forks would be bought in Kenya as it would cost too much to ship them from Canada. Farmers Helping Farmers has staff in Kenya that oversee the purchase and distribution of the forks to ensure: money is actually spent on pitchforks, a fair price is paid for the forks, and that the pitchforks are distributed to the intended people. Roger provided hands on extensive advice to the small (1-3 acre) farms on many aspects of crop production. The goal was to help each farm be more sustainable and better able to provide food for the family and have some produce left over to sell to pay for the school fees for the children. Roger worked mainly on crop rotation, more sustainable farming technique and composting. Given his background, he was asked to help improve the composting for those with a compost pile and teach the composting process to new farmers. Given the lack of access to cash, any method whereby a farm was able to produce their own fertility would be very beneficial and quite important to the success of the farm. Most of the shambas (farms) in Kenya do not do a good job of managing their animal and plant wastes. Often the manure is left to decompose in a manure pack and, when the manure pile gets 3 feet high the tethered cow is just moved to a different place. Generally these farms only have 3-4 different tools: 2 types of heavy Dutch hoes either solid blade or forked blade known as a jembe, a couple of types of machetes and some would have a short handled round pointed shovel (spade), none of which are well suited to turn or make a compost pile.

Pitching in with the Kenya Pitchfork project are staff memers from Malpeque Bay Credit Union - Dawn Holmes, Tracey MacEwen, Mary Ellen McCarville and Ambyr Clark. Also pleased to make a donation to the project is County Line Courier Community Newspaper publisher Mike Smith shown presenting a cheque to Tracy MacEwen to aid in the Farmers Helping Farmers fundraiser effort.

Donations may be dropped off at Malpeque Bay Credit Union. Farmers Helping Farmers will issue a tax receipt for donations of $10 or more. There is no administration charge for any of the work. All funds received go to purchase pitchforks for the women.


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QEES Heritage Fair - fostering an interest in History and Heritage Family, friends, students and teachers had a wonderful opportunity to see a diverse number of Heritage projects at the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Elementary School Heritage Fair on April 19th. The Fair fosters an interest in history and heritage by encouraging students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to explore themes or stories they are interested in or curious about. It is a fabulous learning opportunity and often results in great projects! This year judges Reg & Nancy Murphy, Gordon & Pam Coffin, Theresa MacLellan, Nicole Ward, Stephanie Stewart, Emma McDermott, Medea Parent, Stacy Moase, Ben McKenna & Nancy Ramsay viewed 114 entries. Winners Gr. 4: 1st - Lucy Maud Montgomery Skye Boutilier and Avery MacDonald 2nd - All Aboard Mallory Clark 3rd - Kensington Fire Dept. Lauren Folland and MacKenzie Mill 4th - History of Lego Dylan Moase 5th - Stompin’ Tom Conners Kylie MacLellan Winners Gr. 5: 1st The Hockey Stick Hannah LeClair 2nd - By the Old Mill Pond Carter Champion 3rd - Goalie Mask Maggie Johnston 4th - Life of Tim Horton Julia Weir 5th - Titanic Maritime Connection Jack Donald Winners Gr. 6: 1st - Scoop on the Hoop Hillary MacLean and Callie Champion 2nd - 60Yrs of Hockey in Canada Logan Saulnier Tie for 3rd History of Fox Farming Cameron Mill P.E.I. Fox Farming Cole Gallant & John Lockerby 5th - Figure Skating of Canada - Abby Christopher.

QEES Heritage Fair winners go on to the Provincial Heritage Fair at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown on May 16th. Congratulations To ALL!

a sampling of just a few of the 114 projects on display

Cassidy Gallant Grade 6 teacher Stephanie Thompson

So Long Old Friend (the penny), Jacob Burt Grade 4A, Teacher Miss Webster

Stompin’ Tom Connonrs Kylie MacLellan Grade 4

Zachary Pendleton Grade 4

Quinton Schurman Kyle Reeve-Baker The History of Fox Farming Cameron Mill, Grade 6, with his grandparents Clayton & Marie Mill

Faith Campbell Gr 5

Anna Oslawsky Gr 5


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ANGLING SEASON HAS BEGUN ON THE ISLAND

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Fishing is Fun and is a great activity for everyone - adults, children, parents and grandparents. Fishing is something you can do for your enjoyment, for sport, for togetherness, good times.....and oh yeah! for a tasty meal. April 15th marked the start of angling season for 2013 on PEI. Special low-cost, five-day Family fishing licences are available and the Free Family Fishing Weekend will be held on May 17 - 20, 2013. During the Victoria Day long weekend, no licence will be required to fish but anglers must still comply with all fishing rules, regulations and restrictions. Enjoy your fishing experience.

Two anglers enjoying the sport of fly fishing, one using the bank fishing technique while the other uses waders to access shallow waterways in which to fish.

thank you from Dawn Marie McGuirk First of all there are a few people I need to thank for making the Benefit Auction possible: Charlene Gill, Rhonda Montgomery & staff of Family and Friends Restaurant, Stacey Holmes, Wanda & Carrie Campbell, Anjie Gallant & staff of Sobeys, Janice MacKenzie, Ladies Auxiliary, the Legion, staff of Credit Union, Mark Wall, Allison Smith, my Uncle Everett and my mother Cindy. Also a big thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, all the people who donated items for the auction and money into an account at the Credit Union, The County Line Courier Community Newspaper for promoting the Benefit Auction, all the people who bought/sold tickets for the Boat Cruise and anyone who helped out in any way. It is truly appreciated. I would like to thank everyone for taking time from their busy lives who came out to support me at the Benefit Auction on March 20. Each and every person has touched my heart and made some impact on my life. I have the most precious family and generous friends that any person could ever wish for. I am overwhelmed by the love that I feel from you all every day. Whether you’re by my side or miles away you are all very close to my heart and I can feel your prayers and the love you send to me every day. Again I Thank You and God Bless Dawn Marie McGuirk

photo top right Ryan Reeves of Kensington enjoys a day of fishing on Sunday, April 21.


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Army Cadet Corps Tour Local Food Bank

Adam MacLennan Memorial Scholarship Fund TRIVIA

The Cadet Experience FUN - CHALLENGE - FRIENDS 1231 Kensington Army Cadets

Members of the 1231 Kensington Army Cadets recently participated in a tour of the local Food Bank in Summerside.

Trivia will be held on Friday, April 26th at Boxcar Lounge Emerald at 8:00pm Proceeds going towards a KISH Graduating student. The kitchen will be open so, come early and have supper. Bring quarters, friends and a good sense of humour For more info call 836-3987

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The cadets were shown where the food for the Food Bank is stored and, given a short talk on the importance of the food bank in this area.

The cadets will be continuing their food bank donation run until May 6th, 2013. If you would like to make a food donation, please drop your items off at the Food Bank in Summerside or, to the 1231 Kensington Army Cadet Corps at 10 Parkview Drive in Slemon Park. Any boy or girl ages

12-18 interested in joining the 1231 Kensington Army Cadets may come visit the corps on Monday evenings from 6:009:00pm. For more information on 1231 Kensington Army Cadets please contact: Captain Tracy Enman at 854-2215.

Black Dress Soiree Calling all ladies 19 yrs + •Complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres Entertainment: •Patrick Ledwell •Louise Arsenault •Misty Water •Furious George Friday, May 10th 7-10pm Centre Belle Alliance (Just off South Drive in St. Eleanor’s) Tickets $30.00 available at Roberts Petro Can in Kenington, the Canadian Cancer Society 1 Rochford St. Charlottetown (902) 566-4007 or by calling Heather Carver 954-0197 Proceeds to the Kensington Relay For Life and the Canadian Cancer Sociey


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Unusual Bird Visits Feeder The following note is from Frank Giles: “I have a red bellied woodpecker visiting my feeder lately. This bird is a long ways from its normal range and a bit early. I have seen red winged blackbirds, robins, (finches and chickadees all winter), a mourning dove and, of course, blue jays.” Thank you for your report, Frank! We hope that the red bellied wood pecker is the first of many unusual birds that readers will report this spring. The PEI Field Checklist of Birds lists this woodpecker as an occasional visitor in winter and spring, accidental in fall and not recorded here at all in summer. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website tells us that this woodpecker, which is common throughout eastern USA, has been steadily pushing it’s range northward for the past 100 years. It’s good to know that it’s population is increasing throughout most of it’s range despite the fact that’s it’s nesting cavities are often taken over by starlings. It’s interesting to contemplate why this bird would be likely to show up here in winter and spring but not in summer. If home is the eastern seaboard of the US and that’s where they

nest, why would they head north in the winter? Maybe someone can shed some light on this. Looooong name While researching the red-headed woodpecker, I came across another woodpecker that I never heard anyone mention, yet, it is supposedly common here in spring and summer and even thought to nest here – the yellow -bellied sapsucker. The following info was gleaned from the Cornell website. When you come right down to it, you could say that the yellow bellied sapsucker runs fast food establishments for other creatures. Can’t you just see the sign hanging from the tree - “Don’t fly past! Drop in !” This wood pecker makes neat, orderly rows of holes in trees from which the sap oozes. The woodpecker eats the sap and the insects that are caught in it. The holes are made in lines and there are two styles - round holes that go deep into the trees and

rectangular holes that are shallower and must be looked after all the time to keep the sap flowing. These little holes are called “sapwells” and are a source of food for other birds, bats and even porcupines. However in some parts, the ruby throated hummingbirds rely on them so much that they time their arrival back north in the spring to coincide with the arrival of the yellow bellied sapsucker. The Audubon Nature Encyclopedia also has some interesting facts related to these birds. They tell us that while other woodpeckers do make holes in trees on the yellow-bellied sapsucker makes them in rows around the tree or up and down. A single tree could have a thousand or more of these holes and an area in which there are a number of trees that this bird has worked on is called a “sapsucker orchard”. When the young leave the nest they are brought to the orchard for some fast food. In the nest, the young are first fed sap and then weaned onto insects. I’ve seen those rows of holes lots of times but never knewwho made them. They favor poplars and maples but will also drill in maples, pines and others. Audubon enlarges on the list that Cornell made of the creatures that feed off the sapwells.

They tell us that bees, butterflies, red squirrels and chipmunks also dine there. Peterson’s “Eastern Birds” tells us that they can be recognized by a “nasal mewing note or squeal” and that their drumming in nesting areas is very distinctive - “several rapid thumps followed by several slow rhythmic ones”. If you live near a woodlot, listen for them. However Cornell tells us that they don’t limit their drumming to whacking away at trees. They drum away at street signs and chimney flashings too. Readers, let us know if you happen upon a yellow bellied sapsucker this summer. Flyer watching Most seasons of the year, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the flyers that land in my mail box every week but, spring is the exception. Slowly and carefully I go through the relevant ones this time of year looking for bargains on perennials, flowering shrubs and trees. Take a look around your yard. What could you use in that line? Firstly, our flowering shrubs are great sources of color during the various seasons. Soon the bright yellow forsythias will be providing yards with a sunny splash of color. The bloom before the leaves come out. I will say that the rest of the season they are a bit boring but you can add

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color later with another bush. Then late spring, early summer we get to enjoy one of my favorite shrubs, the weigela. It is available in various colors and with variegated foliage. Then we have oodles of different spireas and another of my favorites, the ninebark. The latter is a vigorous shrub grown primarily for its foliage. Readers, I’ve just mentioned a few of the easy – to – grow shrubs that are

favorites of mine. What are your favorites? Gardening or bird watching comments or questions? Drop me a line at 471 New Glasgow Rd, ebenezer, PE, C1E 0S8 orbcobb06@gmail.com <mailto:bcobb06@gmail. com> .

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May 11, 8am-1pm at Kensington Community Gardens Complex 25 Gardens Drive, Kensington, PEI Open to everyone. All Proceeds go to Relay For Life If you would like to tidy up your garage and want to get rid of items but, don’t want a table, let us know. We will sell these items with proceeds going to Relay For Life. Canteen Service available For more information or to book a table contact Linda at 836-5348

8th Annual Tree Planting Ceremony is taking place at The International Children’s Memorial Place Scales Pond South Freetown Sunday, May 5th at 2:00pm Parents who have lost a child and wish to plant a tree in their memory, should contact Gus or Rhonda Houston @ 902.892.3267 or email ghouston@pei.sympatico.ca before March 31st. For more information check the web-site www.icmplace.com

Horse Carriage Driver & Light Maintenance Person The Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park Corner is looking for a “Matthew”. We are currently looking for a Carriage Driver/light Maintenance person. Experience with horses is an asset and capable of light maintenance . Please mail resume to : Anne of Green Gables Museum 5 G. McCarville Drive Unit #3 Kensington, PE, C0B1M0 or email us at lorraine@annesociety.org.


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Anglican Parish of New London Rev. Margie Fagan May Worship Schedule: 9 am - St. Mark’s and St. Stephen’s 11 am - St. Elizabeth’s and St. Thomas’ April 24 7 pm - Youth Group games night at St. Mark’s April 25 10 am - Bible Study at St. Mark’s April 25 7:30 pm -Parish Council at St. Elizabeth’s April 28 7:30 pm - St. Thomas’ Fishermen’s Service May 2 St. Thomas’ ACW May 16 7 pm - St. Stephen’s Rogation Service

Kensington United Church of Canada Rev. Robert McCarthy April 21 9:30 Sr Sunday School 10:30 – Worship & Sunday School April 28 9:30 Sr Sunday School 10:30 – Worship & Sunday School On Saturday, April 27th the “Celebrate Our Youth Talent Show” will be held in the Murray Centre . To sign up, please contact Rev. Robert McCarthy at 836-3639 or e-mail at kensingtonunited@ bellaliant.net For updated information and to view all our programs,check out our website at: www.kensingtonunited.ca <http://www.kensingtonunited.ca>

St. Thomas Anglican Church in Spring Brook will be having it’s annual Fisherman’s Service and Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. Special musical guest Tim Archer. Refreshments to follow.

Annual Meeting North Granville Cemetery Committee The Annual Meeting of the North Granville Cemetery Committee will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Granville Community Centre. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

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Do you have a special event, meeting or gathering coming up? Why not rent the Murray Centre or Amy MacKay Parlour. •Centrally located at 17 School St. •Affordable, and comfortable wheelchair accessible facilities •Ideal for small or large meetings and social events •Breakout rooms available For more information please call: 902-836-4823 or email: kmccrentals@gmail.com

St. Mary’s Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish Kensington Father John Molina Masses: Saturday: 7:00pm Sunday: 9:00am St James Church (Summerfield) Sunday at 10:30am Clinton View Lodge: Every first Friday. Prayer Service At Clinton View Lodge every second Wed. at 1pm. Fellowship: Last Sunday of the month following Mass in the parish centre. Meetings: Knights of Columbus: Second Monday of the month at 8pm. Catholic Women’s League: Second Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Spiritual Meditation: Each Monday evening 6:00 to 7:00pm

Princetown United Church Southwest River United Church new church office: 58 Victoria St. East

“All are welcome, all are welcome in this place.” Worship and Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. - Princetown 11 a.m. - Southwest River April 28 - Song service at both morning services May 4 - CGITea & Coffee party, 1-3 pm at Southwest River Church. Tickets available. May 8 - Clinton View Lodge worship service at 10:30 am

Kensington Nazarene Community Church 47 Victoria St., Kensington Pastor Ray Hinchey •Worship Meeting: Sunday 11:00 a.m.

Kensington New London Presbyterian Church Rev Alan Stewart

9:30am New London Worship & Sunday School April 9 - May 14 Spring Bible Study will begin.

Time Out

“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:12 (NLT) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (KJV)

Lauretta Balderston free-lance writer

Margate Pastoral Charge Rev. Anne Dalziel Singer

All are WELCOME.

April 28: 11:00am Kensington Worship & Sunday School

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•Adult Study and Discussion Group Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Kensington Community Church Pastor Gene Carson Where: Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge Victoria Street Kensington Every Sunday Evening at 6:30pm Pastor Gene Carson RR1 Kensington, PEI, C0B 1M0 Tel: (902) 836-5220 CSSM Ministries

April 21 - 27 National Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness Week Thousands of Canadians are alive today, because someone said yes to organ donation. Thousands more are waiting. Show Support and Give Hope to Live On

Garden Workshop April 25, 7PM sponsored by the PEI Rural Beautification Society at Malpeque Bay Credit Union Boardroom speakers: Jody MacDonald, Clinton, starting a new flower bed etc. Heida Carmichael, from Veseys Seeds, planting and growing seeds, and bulbs Kevin Cook, Norboro, planting various trees suitable to our climate Free Admission Everyone Welcome! Light Lunch will be served. Door Prizes given.

There are days when we need a “ time out” from all the demands placed upon us by others as well as ourselves. Needing a “time out” and accepting a “time out” are very different experiences. I remember when our children were being uncooperative or especially challenging, we would tell them to “settle down or they would have to take a “time out” and think about their behaviour. Predictably one, or both, would be sent to a chair set apart from the family to do some soul searching and thinking. The ritual was always the same: arms folded tightly against their chest, an abrupt turn of the whole body in one swift movement, the feet stomping noisily in the direction of the chair and with a loud sigh of surrender, the body would clump onto the chair. In case all this went unnoticed, a loud, “I’m sitting now! I’m thinking now!” would be yelled across the room. They were sitting all right but we knew in our hearts that they were really defiantly standing up in spirit.! (There were times when we, as parents, had to actually hide our faces so the children would not see the smiles we were trying to hide. They were so cute even when they were not in the best of mood or behaviour.) After a lengthy five seconds they would announce they were really sorry and would not be like that again. This, in their mind, was to be marked by a quick release from the chair and the end of the sentence of “time out”. Most times it didn’t work and they had to remain seated for longer than they liked! I have a “time out” chair in the den where I place myself on a selfimposed time out when my inner self is trying to do things in my own strength with no success. (Just because one retires doesn’t mean that pressures, demands and problems suddenly disappear.) We still need to allow ourselves time to consider our next comment or step when dealing with others. “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:12 (NIV) “Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23: 12 (NLT) Whatever way we read this passage,

the essence is the same: we need to take time to listen to what God is saying to us- even though we may not really want to hear! I was a shy child but once I started giggling I couldn’t stop. This landed me in the corner all through grade 3. Many years later I worked at the same school where my grade 3 teacher was still teaching. (Truth be told I had lost most of my shyness by this time!) When my former teacher asked me what I remembered most about grade 3, I politely smiled and told her that I remembered the four corners of the classroom. She asked why the four corners. I said, “That’s where I spent most of my time!” “Oh yes; you were a giggler!” she said and we laughed at the memory. “Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last and God considers it very special.” 1Peter 3:3-4 (CEV) I still find this verse difficult to accomplish even at my age! “Time outs” are important to refresh us and help us clear our head. Even those times I spent in the corner helped me to listen more carefully to the lesson and allowed others the opportunity to learn. We hear more when we choose to put ourselves away from the noise of our surroundings and let His words sink into our mind, calming our spirit. Our journey of life and faith needs a “time out” to give a fresh perspective on whatever challenges we may face in our day. Let’s try to accept these interruptions as opportunities and allow God to draw close to us as seek to know what words to say or what steps should come next as we live our day. “My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when He corrects you. For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3: 1112 (NLT) Let’s try to set aside some “time out” space this week and see what a difference God will make in our life- every day! “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (KJV) He is willing. Are we?


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Special Area Camp Made Possible Through Fundraising, Donations, Grants and Volunteers

As you drive toward beautiful Malpeque Bay, you see the towering peak of the Camp Triumph lodge silhouetted against the sky. Camp Triumph has put down its roots in this perfect location. The camp has settled in to this lovely community and for the many staff and campers who return annually, it now feels like home each summer. It has become known in

the area and recognized as a valuable experience for children who live in families that have been affected by chronic illnesses or disabilities. Many of you will have heard about the funfilled, adventure based activities that we provide for children as they get away for a bit of respite from the stress of their family circumstances. Camp Triumph is only

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Clinton View Lodge

A warm spring welcome from all at Clinton View Lodge. Wishing all a Happy, Healthy, Spring Season.

Music Thank You to the following for their talent of music: Between Friends, Malpeque Trio and Darlene Harding, Erma Campbell, Gordon Blacquiere & his sister, Backporch Jammers, Jack & Doreen, Liz LeClair & Friend. You all are truly appreciated. February Birthday Party Thank You to Mary Smith & Friends for the wonderful music for our February Birthday/Anniversary Party. Special Birthday people were Gordon Tannahill, Evelyn Thibeau and Hilja Laukkanen. Happy Anniversary to Wallace & Joyce McInnis. Play Presented

On February 21 we had the pleasure of having the play “Extraordinary Women” presented by Young at Heart Theatre. Thank You. Church Services Thank you to: Rev. Margie Fagan, Rev. Anne Dalziel Singer, Kensington Nazarene, Salvation Army, Summerside Central Christian Church, Rev. Robert McCarthy, Rev. Alan Stewart, Carol Evans, Father John Molina and Spring Brook ACW for providing inspirational services. March Birthday Party Our March Birthday Party was held with entertainment by Ernie Gallant & Friends. Special Birthday people were Peach Duggan, and Miriam Bernard. Happy Birthday ladies. Our Sympathy

made possible through fundraising, donations and grants, and it operates almost exclusively through the unpaid work of volunteers. We would like to acknowledge and thank the many people, organizations and businesses who have generously supported the development of this special camp. The PEI government leases the land to Camp TriManagement, staff and residents wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Margaret Smith. She will be missed dearly. Good Friday Service Thanks to the following very special folks who helped put together a Good Friday Service at Clinton View Lodge: Carol Evans Laura Pidgeon Malpeque Trio & Darlene Harding Sandi Clark Gordon Tannahill Linda Deschene Welcome We would like to welcome Eleanor Martell,

umph, which has been fundamental in allowing us to establish a permanent facility, and for this we are very grateful. Contributions and support have come in many forms and from far and wide over the past four years. We would like to focus on the wonderful community efforts and involvement from the local and surrounding areas. There are many people to thank! There are numerous ways in which to help the camp and many people have seen the need and stepped up to do whatever they can. Dozens of local people have come out to work in our kitchen, many returning each summer. We appreciate every one of them! Carol Evans has been finding and scheduling kitchen volunteers each summer, as well as planting and maintaining the gardens. We are so lucky to have her! We want to note the ongoing contributions of Dr.Chris MacNearney and Dr.Paul Christensen, as well as Mike James at Spring Valley Building Center. They, along with Dan Viau, have been involved in many aspects of camp as well as serving on our Board of Governors. Darren Cousins tills the gardens each year and Green Diamond, Helena Crossman, and Frances Cousins to our home and hope they will enjoy their stay. Next Card Party Our next Card Party is being held on April 29, at 6:30pm. All Are Welcome To Attend Employee of the Year Congratulations to Donna McFadden for being voted Employee of the Year for 2012. Well Deserved Donna! Donations Thanks to all who donated items to the Lodge. All your kindness is Truly Appreciated. Vera MacGregor

in Summerside loans us a mower to maintain the property. Donations have been too numerous to mention here, but rest assured that everything from ice cream to ironworks has been received with great appreciation. We would like to highlight the work of Brian MacIsaac, who has not only been our building contractor, but has also given additionally of his time, as have his wife Celine and sons, Jake and Kyle. Many in the community are involved during the time camp is in session, but, of course, the need for support and volunteers continues throughout the year. Many people have been part of our fundraising work, helping to make these events a success. The Malpeque Oyster Barn has supplied and shucked oysters for our annual fundraising Gala Dinner and Concert at the lodge, as well as mussels for other events. George MacKay donates fabulous flower arrangements for the gala. The Malpeque Community Center loans us chairs and dishes for the gala, as does the Stanley Bridge Country Resort. The St Leonard’s Lion’s Club did a BBQ for the participants in last year’s annual Scotia McLeod Kayak Relay. The Malpeque Credit Union has organized fundraising and has volunteered to do annual cleaning of the facility. Potatoes have been donated through Shorelane Farms and turkeys by Larkin Brothers. These acts and so many more like them, are evidence of the kindness and hospitality for which the

Page 15 people of the island are so well known. We have felt very welcomed here! As plans progress for the upcoming summer, we look forward to gathering once again at this awesome facility. We have added another week to the summer this year and hope to continue to expand the sessions as funding allows. Anyone who would like to get involved may contact us at info@camptriumph.ca. We are so pleased that our vision to engage the community has been so easily realized. We know that Camp Triumph is sitting within the beauty of the island and is surrounded by a caring and helpful population. Debbie Fredericks long time volunteer Camp Triumph

“Music In Motion” SeaView Hall, Route # 20 Sat., May 4 7-9:30pm

Presenting a special Saturday Night Ceilidh Performers Include: Erma Campbell, Jason Campbell, Mary Mullins, Clifford MacIntyre, Ivor Price, Judee Patterson, Step-Dancer Veronica Murray, Fraser Squires, Leo Gallant and Norman LeClair. Refreshments Served 50/50 will be drawn Doors open at 6PM Wheel Chair Accessible If you have any concerns call Dave or Judee Patterson: (h) 368-8449 or (cell #) 314-8449.



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