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Vol 21 No 23

Linking Island Communities Together With Community Powered Stories and Events

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There’s Nothing Better Than A Small-Town Parade!

Snow Creates A Wonderful Backdrop for Kensington Christmas Parade

Down to the village With broomsticks in their hands Running here and there all around the square Saying catch me if you can!

A large crowd gather to watch the 10th annual Town of Kensington Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1st. Freshly fallen snow added to the festive spirit of the day and put ev-

eryone in the Christmas mood. Spectators who donned toques, gloves, heavy winter jackets and even snow suits perked up as the sounds of sirens from our area fire trucks and

Police Service grew louder foretelling the start of the Kensington Christmas Parade. It was a great parade with a lot of community spirit from area businesses, service organi-

The Importance of Supporting Local Businesses Who In Turn Support our Communities! As the holidays approach don’t forget to BUY LOCALLY. Think outside the box. Hair cuts? Everyone gets their hair cut so, how about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber shop? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about

some health improvement. Car wash or detailed? Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car washed or detailed? Purchase a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates from your small, locally owned car wash or detail shop. Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like

their driveway plowed all winter, driveway sealed, lawn mowed for the summer or, what about a green fee gift card at one of our local golf courses. There are lots of owner run restaurants in our area so, why not think about purchasing a gift certificate. How many people

zations, individuals, and members of Town Council showcasing 56 floats, each decorated with a festive theme. Many entries had Elves running alongside the floats handing out candy and well

wishes. The Kensington 1231 Army Cadets marched in unison with the Triservice Band, consisting of air, army and sea cadets, while playing festive tunes.

The jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus and Mrs Claus made an appearance, waving, with Santa offering his trademark ho-ho-ho to all the children.

couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run locally? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? What about the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. Need a computer tuneup - try a locally owned repair business. Local crafts people have a treasure trove of unique gifts to choose from: jewelry, pottery,

beautiful wooden crafts, knitted items, clothing, table centerpieces and the list goes on. You could also plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. How about going out to see a play at a local theatre or a venue with local musicians and bands.

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Next edition December 18, 2013 (deadline for submissions for this issue is December 11)

NEW LONDON Community Complex November Draw Winners

L-R: Barbara Doughart and Wendell Thompson.

$1000 Dollar Winner Phillip Henderson, Margate $100 Dollar Winners •Opal & George MacEwen, Stanley Bridge •JCB, Long River •Scott & Pam Cousins, Summerside •Alan Brennan, New London •Joyce & Kenneth Stewart, Spring Valley

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Upcoming KISHMAS Semiformal

Submitted by Makayla Oatway and Teila Coulson

KISHMAS Semiformal The first KISHMAS Semiformal will be held on December 5 from 6-8:30 for juniors and 8:30-10:30 for seniors. All tickets will be sold in advance on Fridays and December 2, 3, 4 and 5. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, visit the KISHMAS semiformal Facebook page. Sign in sheet will be in the office until December 4. KISH Variety Christmas Concert December 12 The Annual KISH Variety Christmas Concert will be held on December 12. Planning has begun and both the concert and jazz bands will be performing along with the drama group and many individual/group performers. If you’re interested in performing with a Christmas song or the like, auditions will be held on Tuesday, December 3. Sign up in the office for an audition time and indicate what song you’re performing, instrumentation and if you’re performing with others. Come on out and show KISH your talent! KISH Library Literacy Reading time is Thursday, Dec 12 (period #4) for all students and staff. Enjoy whatever you have selected to read. A new collection of books have arrived, come in and check out the selection. The library Theme for December is Celebrations Around the World.

KISH Students Receive Kensington Pay It Forward Certificate

L-R: Student Nick Mann, Mr. Younker-KISH teacher, student Jensen Mayne, and Pay It Forward Kensington Chairman Rowan Caseley.

Kensington’s Pay It Forward chairman Rowan Caseley recently presented Mr. Younker’s 9B KIH class with a certificate for getting the most Pay It Forwards slips. The reward was a Pizza Party at the school. Classes at KISH joined Kensington’s Pay It Forward project which is a campaign to get Pay It Forward submissions for the town’s 100th birthday in 2014. Students are encouraged to do nice things for each other and to recognize that when something good has been done for them that they in turn will do something nice for someone else.

KISH’s Pick, monthly book(s) choices for December selected by Teneisha Duffenais are: Haunted, Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, and Untamed. Grads Grad write-ups (130 words or less, quote included), last will and testament and baby picture were due on Wednesday, the 27th. If you have not submitted them you can email them to and give your baby picture to Jenna Moase ASAP Next activity is a potluck on December 17th.

Later details to follow. Important Dates Dec. 1 Christmas Parade Dec. 5 KISHMAS Semi-formal Dance Dec. 12 Christmas Concert

Dec.17 Grad Potluck Dec. 18 Student Council Potluck Dec. 20 Last Day of Classes for 2013 Jan. 2 First Day of Classes for 2014

Saturday, December 14, 7 - 11am at Kensington Legion Adult tickets and Children tickets (under 12) available at the door or you can contact Jaunita @ 836-5329 All proceeds to go towards the Kensington Girl Guides/Pathfinders trip to England in 2014.

The draw made by Barbara Doughart.

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Kensington Heritage Library 6 Commercial Street


Tues. 9:30am to 12:30pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm Wed. 12 noon to 5:00pm Email: Thurs. 2pm to 7pm Sat. 9:30-12:30pm Sat. 9:30-12:30pm to 1-3pm It’s hard to believe that November is over! It sure seemed to zoom by! I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who helped to make our first book sale at the KISH Craft Fair a success! It would not have happened without you! xo Puppet Show On November 19th, Preschoolers were treated to a puppet show, The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark. Many thanks to Karen Slater for volunteering her time and acting talent to help put on this fun show!! It was a big hit! National Child Day I was happy to volunteer some time to help

preschoolers from local daycares celebrate National Child Day! The over 40 children and their teachers/parents joined me at the library for some music and stories. Coming up in December Saturdays are funfilled for kids!! Sat. December 7th: Celebrate SNOW - Stories and Art @ 1:30 pm Sat., December 14th: No Ordinary Ornament with Sculptor Candy Gallant @ 1:30 pm Sat., December 21st: Kids Wrap & Rap @ 1:30 pm - KIDS! Bring Christmas gifts to wrap at the library, listen to some music, chat with friends and munch some treats! Supplies

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provided. Remember to “like” us on Facebook - Kensington Heritage Library! Stay warm & cozy! “I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened” Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Shelley Tamtom, Library Technician at Kensington Heritage Library, facilitates an entertaining music program to celebrate National Child Day.

Successful book sale at KISH Craft Fair.

Art created by kids at the November 23rd Kensington Heritage program- Winter Art.


To celebrate National Child Day, youngsters from Fun Times Day Care bundled up and paraded to the Heritage Library on Commercial St.

Christmas Quotes “Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.” -- Lenore Hershey “My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.” -- Charlton Heston

1-4 pm and 6-9 pm

hosted by St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Kensington Houses: •Cyndy & Eugene Crawley 1207 Burlington Rd •Bonnie & Kevin Cook 2402 Highway 2 Norboro •Christene & David Champion 201 Thompson Point Rd. Margate •Katherine & Shane MacLennan 2 Imperial St. Kensington •Gail & Bill Mc Gregor, 72 Broadway N Kensington Refreshments will be served at St. Mark’s Church Hall Tickets available from Myrna Profitt 836-3405 Doris Moase 836-3827

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Area Resident Makes Donation 2014 Calendar of PEI Churches Edition #2 Displayed by Jeremy J Paynter To Prince County Hospital Foundation

Recently, Gordon Coffin, President of the Prince County Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors, second from left, accepted a donation of $10,000 from George M. Caseley. Mr. Caseley made the donation to the Prince County Hospital Foundation’s Annual Equipment Fund this fall in memory of his son Chris who passed away in 2005. Coffin and Caseley are joined by Chris’ daughter (George’s granddaughter) Kim Caseley, right, and Chris’ daughter-in-law Jessica Caseley. The gift was made in front of a tree planted in Chris’ memory by his graduating class of 1979 from Kensington Intermediate Senior High.

Jeremy J Paynter will be showcasing his 2014 Calendar of PEI Churches Edition #2 at the Summerside Farmers Market on Saturday mornings until Christmas so, drop by and say hello. The calendars make excellent Christmas gifts and are great conversation pieces about historical memories of PEI. These calendars have travelled as far away as Brazil, New Zealand, all across Canada and into the US. This is Jeremy’s tenth year of creating calendars using the beautiful, historical buildings of PEI that he loves to sketch. While drawing older architecture is his favorite thing to do, he appreciates many other buildings that may not have the fancy finishing touches. For 2014, Jeremy has included some of both styles in his sketches. In his first church calendar, he included a lot of the work of William Critch-

low Harris as his guide. This year, because there were so many churches that he had to leave out last time, he decided to do another calendar with the idea of looking at the many other churches that dot our countryside. Jeremy J Paynter

2014 Calendar PEI Churches Part 2 •Original St. Joseph’s in Kellys Cross, built in 1898, designed by W.C. Harris and destroyed by fire in 1914. (front cover) •Bedeque United Church, is located in Prince County in the central part of PEI •St. John’s Presbyterian on Rte 6 in New London •St. Peters Anglican Church Lot 11 on Rte 12 Foxley River •St. Pius X Catholic ChurchSt. Peter’s Rd. Charlottetown •Calvin Presbyterian Church

on Rte 21 in Mermaid •St Peters Bay United Church on Rte 2 in St. Peters •Rose Valley United Church on Rte 225 •Miminegash United Church on Rte 13 •Trinity United Church on corner of Spring St. & Winter St. In Summerside •West Point Presbyterian off Rte 14 •St. Bridget’s Catholic Church at Foxley River •Elmsdale United Church Rte2

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Warbler Makes Crash Landing

The following is from a note that I recently received from Edith Perry of Millview: “Today I found a teeny warbler sitting on my south porch floor. It let me pick it up and move it to a safer spot. A while later it was gone and since there were no feathers left behind, I assume that it flew away. I think that it flew into a window and was still stunned when I found it. This seems a little late for a warbler’s northern stay.” Thank you for writing, Edith. I checked with the PEI Field Checklist of birds. There are only two warblers listed there that we are likely to come across in PEI in the winter – the Canada warbler and Yellow – rumped warbler but several are seen in the fall. I wonder which one landed on your deck? Stunning Colors Have you noticed the vibrant colors that have been showing up recently in the displays of cut flowers that are for sale ? The flowers are ordinary in terms of their species but there’s nothing ordinary about the colors for they are extremely intense. It doesn’t take a horticulturist to figure out that those flowers didn’t come from the garden in those shades. So, what’s going on? The website tells how to get these intense colors in the flowers. First you place water and food coloring in a container, varying the amount of food coloring according to the intensity of the color that you want in the flowers. The flowers most often dyed by this method are white roses and carnations. Make fresh cuts on the stem

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ends of the flowers and then place stem ends in the water. After a few hours, the flowers should be showing evidence that the dye has travelled to the petals. The longer the flowers are left in the water, the deeper the color is likely to be. The Proflowers website tells us that people who dry flowers by one means or another sometimes dye them in this manner with the hope that the colors will remain more intense with the passing of time. I have pressed flower pictures and bookmarks around here that are maybe 20 years or more old and I will say that there is not much color left. It would be interesting to see what difference a bit of dye would have made. And there is still more to this business. You can get more than one color in a flower! Set up three containers with water and food coloring with a different color in each container. Carefully split the end of the flower stem into three sections and place one in each container . You should get some interesting results. Chomp! Chomp! One day last week I found some croutons in my cupboard that had seen better days. I decided to dump them on my platform feeder, sure that someone would enjoy them - and I was right. As it turned out, the bluejays got there ahead of the

crows and made off with them all. But there was one bluejay that amused me. He managed to get one large crouton in his mouth and believe me, it was a tight squeeze. Now normally, they grab whatever they are going to eat and away they go. Not this chap. He stood there with this crouton in his mouth, and stood there and stood there........ He looked about as bewildered as a bluejay can possibly look. After a while I got wondering if possibly he realized that he had overdone it and were he to stand there long enough that this lump in his mouth might dissolve. Somehow I can’t see there being a whole lot of saliva in a blue jay’s mouth. So – do birds produce saliva? A bit of research on my part turned up some interesting results. The only birds that I came across that produce saliva are members of the Swift family such as chimney swift. They produce a sticky saliva that is used to hold their nests together. Now how sticky can that be because from what I can make out, these nests are built on vertical surfaces such as the inside of chimneys, rock faces, si-

los, boathouses, old wells, cisterns, lighthouses,etc. (www. The twigs from which it is built are gathered by the birds in flight as they fly through the trees! How fast must that gluey saliva dry for it to cement the twigs to a vertical surface? This same website tells us that the nestlings outgrow the nest by two weeks of age and then must spend the next while clinging to the vertical surface to which their nest is attached. At this point, their eyes may not even be open. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website tells us that the swifts are the most aerial of all birds – even bathing in flight. They cannot perch like other birds when resting but with their long claws they cling to vertical surfaces. According to the PEI Field Checklist of Birds, the chimney swift on PEI is an occasional visitor in spring, summer and fall and not seen here in winter. Bird watching comments or questions? Drop me a line at 471 New Glasgow Road, Ebenezer, PE, C1E 0S8 or bcobb06@

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Bucket List?

They say a “Bucket list” is a list you make with or without your friends of things you always say you’re going to do and don’t. Not before you die... just for fun! But, for Wenda Taylor, she was able to check off almost all the things she wanted to do on her bucket list except for one thing. So, in the fall of this year Wenda’s sister- in- law Linda Crozier, secretly arranged for her to finish her last item on her bucket list- to drive a tractor trailer. With help from Wayne Locke, Wenda was able to drive the loop of Hamilton/ Indian River.When asked if she would like to go again around the loop, her reply was ”YES”. It’s never too late to start a bucket list!

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A Blue Jay enjoying some tasty seeds that have fallen from a feeder unto the snow.

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PEI Heading For Major Population Crisis by Andy Walker Editor, Island Farmer/Freelance journalist President, Canadian Association of Journalist, PEI Vice president, Atlantic Farm Writers Association When the federal government announced tougher rules for seasonal workers last year, one of the big fears that surfaced immediately was the prospect of a significant decline in population.

sounds like, namely how many people move from one province to another. Out migration has been a fact of life on PEI for decades—long before the current EI changes—but it does seem the problem is getting worse.

Everybody from politicians to fishermen to unions was predicting the new rules would leave many Islanders who traditionally depended on seasonal work with little choice but to move west. While many people, especially in industries like fishing and tourism, were going out west for part of the year to make some extra money offseason, the fear was they would see little reason to come back. It is beginning to look like those fears were justified. Each year, Statistics Canada measures what it calls “interprovincial migration”— which is just like what it

Last year, 1,074 Islanders decided to pull up stakes and move elsewhere in the country. That is the largest number in close to 40 years and represents the second year in a row there has been a major jump. Last year, PEI lost 680 people compared to 210 in 2010. The high point in the population sweepstakes recently was in 2009, when the province attracted 60 more residents than it lost. It would be simplistic to say the EI changes are the only factor accounting for the stagnant population. There is now the question whether it is a

major part of the equation but, the truth is, people make decisions on where to live for a variety of reasons. Regardless of what the EI rules might be, the lure of good paying jobs in other parts of the country will always attract many Islanders—especially many of our youth. In many cases, those heading elsewhere do so with plenty of mixed feelings. They don’t want to leave but feel their opportunities here are limited. Even those who could find jobs here will likely have less earning power since PEI has long had the lowest average wages in the country. That is understandable from an individual perspective, but collectively it is a great loss to the province. So, just how great is the lure of Alberta?—last year that province saw 52,677 peo-

ple move there from other parts of the country. However, the loss of over 1000 people is much more than economic. There is a tremendous social impact as well. Those leaving might be minor sport coaches, service club members, or volunteer canvassers. Now they will be sharing their collective talents in other parts of the country. It is long past time that we as a province developed a long-range strategy to address this issue. We simply have to develop ways to not only keep Islanders at home but to attract new residents. It is no exaggeration to say our future as a province depends on it. This trend has to be viewed in tandem with another demographic—an aging population. The latest Statistics Canada figures show 17.3 per cent of the population is over 65. That is the third highest percentage in the coun-

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try—our sister Maritime provinces occupy the top two spots (Nova Scotia at 17.7 and New Brunswick at 17.6. Newfoundland and Labrador is hot on our heels at 17.1. Not surprisingly, Alberta has the lowest percentage of its population over age 65 at 11.2. We are now at the point, not just here in PEI but nationally, where the number of residents retired is equal or greater to those still working. If more and more Islanders of working age are working somewhere else, how will the province afford to provide services to residents both young and old?

This is not a situation that is unique to PEI. Virtually every economic measurement taking in the country—whether it is employment, job growth, economic confidence, shows the country is divided on east-west lines. From Manitoba west, the employment picture is rosy and the long-term prospects for growth are high. Ontario, traditionally the economic engine of the country, has been hit hard by the economic downturn of the past several years, and the Maritimes are at the bottom of the pack— lowest growth and the highest unemployment figures.

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Kensington Lions Club Important Dates To Remember Dec. 8th Lighting of Memory Christmas Tree at 7am Dec. 9 Christmas Party for the Disabled at 7pm Dec. 20 Christmas Hampers Recipients will be called and given a pickup time.


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Happiness is the joy and wonderment of gingerbread houses as seen through the eyes of children!

KISH Student Council One and half year old Jericho Thunder eyes sparkle at seeing the colorful gingerbread houses.

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Kensington Wild Major Midget team members Wed N Wild Car Wash Lighting of the Christmas Tree by Mayor Coffin and Santa Mayor Gordon Coffin Drives Tractor for Food Donation

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Automotive Heritage PEI

Reaction to the Vote The results of the automobile vote at the school district meetings were a resounding denunciation of the auto. The districts voting in favour of repealing the 1908 Automobile Act and allowing cars in their area was spotty at best. The statements by auto proponents such as Creelman MacArthur speaking on behalf of the businessmen of Summerside that there was not now the objection there once was to the running of automobiles and that the feelings toward the auto had changed proved to be wishful thinking. As well statements from legislators such as Hon John Maclean of 1st Kings and seconder of the bill that ”…the benefits of using the autos would be seen by all.” and that “any man who understood the provisions of the bill would not hesitate to give his assent to it.” was shown to be inaccurate as well. MacLean said, “Let the people decide whether they want the auto or not.” The people decided in the negative. The result of the plebiscite showed rural animosity to the automobile remained as strong as ever. A Summerside newspaper, “The Agriculturalist” reported: The vote on the automobile question at the school meeting held throughout the province on Tuesday, according to returns so far in, shows a majority against allowing this modern means of transportation to be operated here. The Charlottetown Guardian felt the issue had been settled at least for a year, possibly thinking until the next annual school district meetings. The following editorial seems to confirm this stand as it implies the auto question is on hold for another year. On June 21 the editorial comment was as follows: The majority of the school districts, having voted down the auto-

This is another in a series of articles on Automotive History on PEI, researched and written by Rudy Croken, a 40 year member of the PEI Antique Car Club and past-director of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada (NAACC). If you have information on early automobile history you would like to share you can contact the author at

L-R: Rudy Croken with D Alex MacDonald looking over Mr. MacDonald’s 1915 Model T Ford. The car, known as the Tin Lizzie, was produced by Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908 to May 27, 1927. It is regarded as the car that opened travel to the common middle-class person. The Ford Model T was named the world’s most influential car of the 20th century in an international poll. mobile proposal, motorists will have to restrain their order for another 12 months or so. The surprise was not that the majority polled in opposition but that so many districts favored the running of the automobile, this too, with practically no canvassing in its favor. The Editor was mistaken in his belief that the automobile question was settled for another year as the Act allowed for the repeal of the 1908 Automobile Act and for the running of automobiles in any district voting in favor of the auto. In the June 25 edition of the Summerside Journal the editorial dealt with “The Automobile Vote” and almost seems to dismiss or at least minimizes the outcome of the vote as not being reflective of what the feeling of Islanders really was toward the automobile and feels the negative vote is only a temporary setback. It reads as follows: “The reports of the automobile vote taken at the school meetings held

throughout the province last week are coming in slowly. There are about 480 school districts and so far less than 200 have been heard from. The vote, so far as reported, indicates that a substantial majority of those who voted are opposed to the operation of the automobile. The returns are quite interesting in their way. Over and above everything else they indicate that the vote taken was small and that little interest was evinced in the plebiscite. In some districts a good many people did not vote at all, and these may fairly be presumed to favor the operation of the automobile. The vote in many districts was small and there was little difference between the majority and minority votes. In some districts the vote polled is reported all for or all against the auto but attendance is not stated, while in other districts it was almost equal or a tie. ... But the vote polled was not a fair test of public opinion, and few people will accept it as such. Only the ratepayers, that is, property owners or householders, were allowed to vote. The young men, the bone and sinew of the province, were not permit-

ted to express an opinion. The older men had things all their own way. Under all the circumstances the vote is not surprising. It shows that in this province today there are a good number of rural districts which favor the operation of the automobile. It indicates, moreover, that a vote of all male persons over the age of 21 years of age regularly qualified to vote would demonstrate that the feeling against the automobile is not so great as some people think. It is regrettable that when a vote was taken it was not arranged that it should be a representative expression of public opinion. Throughout the campaign The Journal has favored the automobile. …If what we have said has influenced any to vote in favor of the automobile we are glad of it. While the movement has received a temporary check at the hands of the older men of the province it is not dead by any means.....” It is obvious from the editorial that the Summerside Journal is not accepting of the fact that the people have spoken in many districts. It is interesting to note that the argument the Journal is now putting

forward in questioning the legitimacy of the vote as to only ratepayers voting was not mentioned earlier before the vote was held. It also didn’t acknowledge the fact that the legislation allows for the repeal of the Automobile Act of 1908 and the prohibition of the automobile lifted in areas that voted in its favour. Clause 22 of the The Automobile Bill clearly states automobiles would be allowed in areas that voted for it. While this was not a large number of districts, the wheels of the automobile would once again be turning on Prince Edward Island. Deborah Stewart in her article in the FallWinter 1978 Island Magazine explains that in the wake of the 1913 plebiscite vote, the Island found itself with a unique circumstance; some communities allowed cars while others were closed to cars. This created all sorts of problems, as motorists had to have their cars towed through districts that had voted against the auto. Charlottetown granted car owners the right to use the streets on July 9, 1913. City council changed the law so that effective July 9th, 1913 cars would be allowed on the streets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The following report appeared in the Guardian. “ You couldn’t drive your motorcar on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, of course, because that would interfere with market traffic(horses) and Sundays, well, we all know how long it takes Islanders to be allowed to do anything but contemplate Scripture. A front page article in The Guardian on July 10, 1913 stated that “…residents of Charlottetown and Royalty who may have motorcars stored away in hiding may bring them out today for an airing, and more than that indeed, without any fear of transgressing the law and risking a prosecution and the infliction of a heavy penalty.” After autos were allowed in Charlottetown the following letter to the editor of The Guardian appeared on July 12, 1913, under the heading “Motors Wanted For Kings County”. Sir: Why cannot we country people in Kings County run an automobile as well as the Charlotte-

Page 13 town people. I think we should be allowed to run as well as them; in fact, automobiles ought to be run every day and all over the province, as they would be a great convenience for the travelling public as well as farmers and others. I am Sir etc, Geo. R. Keife, Bear River, PEI Some residents of Kings County had been opposed to the law prohibiting automobiles back in 1908 and this is the first request to have the autos running every day of the week and all over the Island. Possible the idea of running autos in some districts, and having them towed through neighbouring districts was seen by some to be a poor solution to the issue. The automobile advocates in Summerside quickly followed Charlottetown with a request for automobiles and in little over a week a petition was put together, delivered to the Government and granted. On July 23, 1913 on the front page of the “Guardian” the following article appeared: Summerside to Have Autos. “At a meeting of the Governor-in-Council yesterday, a petition from the electors of Summerside was presented by Dr. MacLellan and Mr. Frank Tuplin asking to have Summerside open to motor cars. The petition which was signed by upwards of 500 electors was granted.” A week later in the July 30th, edition of the “Island Farmer: the following article appeared announcing the arrival of automobiles in Summerside. “The new Automobile Act comes into force in Summerside on Monday It is now open to anyone owning a car to dodge under certain specified restrictions up one street, down another, within the town limits. Whether anyone is really going to do so or not; we do not know at present. We should imagine, however, that any real autoist would find, running a high speed vehicle within a restricted radius of one mile not particularly laid out as a motor track, rather like talking to himself.” While the supporters of the auto had only a limited area to drive their cars they had their proverbial foot in the door and the door to the auto was open and more changes were coming.

December 4, 2013

Crane Not Scared To Debate Size of Legislature

Andy Walker Editor, Island Farmer/Freelance journalist President, Canadian Association of Journalist, PEI Vice president, Atlantic Farm Writers Association You have to give independent MLA Olive Crane marks for going where few politicians fear to tread. The former Conservative leader, who was unceremoniously dumped from her party’s caucus earlier this fall, is calling for a review of just how many representatives Islanders have at Province House. History has shown the size of the legislature is a topic politicians like to avoid. Back in 1893, legisla-

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tors developed a model that saw each county divided into five ridings each represented by two members. That system remained in place until 1962, when an additional riding with two members was added to Queens County. That system would likely be still in place if not for Don MacKinnon. The Charlottetown architect took the matter before the Supreme Court, saying the diverse size between the ridings

meant the weight of ballots cast was unequal across the province. The Fifth Queens riding that MacKinnon then lived in had more eligible voters than all five Kings County ridings combined. The court ruled in its favour, and politicians were forced to examine the issue. After a series of reports and some oldfashioned horse trading, Ross Young (who was then a government backbencher from the Souris area) was able to get a private members bill through the house that created the 27 member system. The boundaries are reviewed after every third election, and the names of some ridings have already been changed once, but the basic system established by Young’s bill remains in place. Unless Crane is able to persuade the governing Liberals to support her motion, that is likely to remain the case. Crane’s argument is a

familiar one, namely that PEI just has too much government for a jurisdiction of 145,000 people. It is certainly tough to argue the merits of that argument. In addition to the 27 MLA’s, the province has four Members of Parliament, four Senators and close to 90 incorporated municipalities. Each level of government carries its own costs, and it is legitimate to question if the province can afford to continue footing the bill given the current economic climate. It is important to note Crane is not making any recommendations about the legislature’s size. Instead, she is suggesting Standing Committee on Community and Intergovernmental Affairs hold hearings on the issue and then submit its recommendations to Elections PEI—the non-partisan agency that oversees provincial, school board and municipal elections in the province. Crane suggests Elections PEI

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should have the final say on the issue rather than the legislature. Just how small the legislature could be and still operate is a subject for debate. Keep in mind a speaker and a cabinet that varies from 8-10 members including the premier, has to come out of that number. The only assemblies that are smaller than PEI are the three territories. The Northwest Territories has a 19 member assembly with seven cabinet ministers while Nunavut has 22 MLA’s and a ten member cabinet. However, both of those legislatures operate what is called a consensus government— there are no political parties, the MLA’s pick the premier and cabinet ministers from among their number, and legislation is passed by a majority vote. Therefore, the closest scenario to PEI would be in the Yukon. They have a 19 member assem-

bly with representatives from three political parties. The governing Yukon Party has 12 members—when the cabinet and a speaker are taken out of the equation that leaves three government backbenchers. Currently, there are seven MLA’s on the opposition benches --six New Democrats and a Liberal. If there was an election where the results were much closer, the role of the government backbencher would disappear altogether. With the margins that tight, there would likely be more potential for minority governments. While Crane’s idea may have merit, it won’t likely get far. Cutting the number of MLA’s doesn’t usually appeal to the government side (no matter what the political party) since they have the majority of the seats and therefore the most to lose. In politics, as in many other facets of life, selfinterest can be a powerful motivator.

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Kensington Officer Completes Drug Recognition Training Program To Combat Impaired Driving by Drug Recently Cst. Shaun Davis of the Kensington Police Service, was chosen by the Provincial Coordinator of the Drug Recognition Expert Program as a candidate to attend a three week Drug Recognition Expert course in Jacksonville, Florida. Cst. Davis successfully completed the course and received his certificate and is now recognized as one of five DRE evaluating officers in Prince Edward Island. In his capacity as a DRE evaluator Cst. Davis is also on call within the province if needed. As a DRE Evaluator he will utilize Divided  Attention tests  in conjunction with clinical indicators while following a standardized and systematic 12 step process to determine drug influence. When a person is  believed to be under the influence  of a drug, they are evaluated based on seven drug categories (central nervous system (CNS) depressants, inhalants, dissociative

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anaesthetics, cannabis, CNS stimulants, hallucinogens, and narcotic analgesics). When conducting an investigation to elevate suspicion of impairment to probable grounds, a police officer may use a divided attention test battery known as the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests or SFSTs. The evaluation of a suspected drug impaired driver is conducted by an evaluator who is accredited by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The Drug Recognition Expert uses a 12step procedure in performing the evaluation. These steps are: 1) Breath test to rule out alcohol as the primary cause of impairment 2) Interview of the arresting officer 3) Preliminary examination (includes the first of three pulses) 4) Eye examinations (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Vertical Gaze Nystagmus and the ability of the eyes to converge) 5) Divided attention

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tests (SFSTs plus finger to nose and Modified Romberg balance test) 6) Vital signs examinations (blood pressure, temperature, second pulse) 7) Darkroom examination of pupil sizes (includes examination of nasal and oral cavities) 8) Muscle tone 9) Search for and ex-

amination of injection sites 10) Statements and interview of the suspect 11) Opinion of the DRE 12) Toxicological sample (urine, oral fluid, or blood) Toxicological sample is sent to a forensic laboratory for analyses.

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Kensington Lions Club Card Party Updates Important Dates To Remember Dec. 8th Lighting of Memory Christmas Tree at 7am Dec. 9 Christmas Party for the Disabled at 7pm Dec. 20 Christmas Hampers Recipients will be called and given a pickup time. Kensington Lions Club have regular meetings on 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s each month. They continue to have regular Card Parties every Friday evening and Crib Parties every Tuesday evening. Card Party Results Friday, November 01 1st-Betty Carr 2nd-Glynn Paynter 3rd-Emmett Hagen Low-Lois Sinclair Door Prize-Lloyd Profitt 50/50-Kenny Simmons

Friday, November 08 1st-Roy Campbell 2nd-Nancy Heaney 3rd-Betty Millar Low-Lois MacLeod Door PrizeMadeline Roberts 50/50-Lois Sinclair Friday, November 15 1st-Lloyd Profitt 2nd-George Clark 3rd-Brad MacArthur Low-Glenda MacLelland Door Prize-Dot Paynter 50/50-Fannie Roberts Friday, November 22 1st-Brad MacArthur 2nd-Pat Brennan 3rd-Dianne Cole Low-Mariy Rogers Door Prize-Stella Hagen 50/50-Betty Carr Crib Party Results Tuesday, November 05 1st-Earl Murphy and Allison Roach 2nd-Barry Chappell and Janet Lyle 50/50-Brad MacArthur Free NightEmmett Hagen High HandShirley Walker(24), Brad MacArthur(24), Earl Murphy(24), Ronnie Clark(24) Tuesday, November 12

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1st-Jane Peters and Mel Reeves 2nd-Doreen MacLean and Robert Jorgensen 50/50-Ivan Gallant Free NightClaude Lyle High Hand-Glen Marsh and Stella Hagen(24) Tuesday, November 19 1st-Ronnie Clark and Claude Lyle 2nd-Barry Chappell and Lois MacLeod 50/50- Emmett Hagen Free HandCorinne Kay High HandGeorge Wall(24) Tuesday, November 26 1st-Glorn Lucus and Connie Reeves 2nd-Eleanor Harding and Lois MacLeod 50/50-Ruth Crocken Free NightHelen Marsh High HandGrant Buchanna(24) Please let us know how we are doing in your community, by email at or by phone 836-5060.

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QEES Receives Kensington Pay It Forward Certificate

Princetown United Church Southwest River United Church

“All are welcome, all are welcome in this place.” Sunday worship: 9:30am - Princetown 11am - Southwest River

Kensington’s Pay It Forward chairman Rowan Caseley recently presented Ms. Waugh’s class with a certificate for acquiring 147 Pay It Forwards slips. The reward for the class was a Pizza Party at the school. Classes at QEES joined Kensington’s Pay It Forward project which is a campaign to get Pay It Forward submissions for the town’s 100th birthday in 2014. Students were encouraged to do nice things for each other and to recognize that when something good has been done for them that they in turn will do something nice for someone else.

Just Because

“There is a time for everything and a season for everything under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) “Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.” Psalm 119: 90 (NIV)

Lauretta Balderston free-lance writer The season has begun! Decorations and lights appear on lawns and in windows. Music to lift the spirit and warm the heart echoes through the air. Much loved songs sung only at this time of year are rehearsed for the upcoming concerts and programs. Yes, the season has begun! We linger over greeting cards received last year and recall family and friends who are no longer with us. We cherish those memories and hope for new ones to be made this year. Like the presents under the tree, we are wrapped in nostalgia and sentiments that invade our minds more so at this time of year than at any other. This is the season for such feelings. The season of advent is a time for reflection and anticipation. Old relationships may be re-

stored and new ones forged; old hurts and disagreements may be resolved or just forgiven all together, releasing our spirits to heal and look forward to a new tomorrow. Whatever we may need to feel, let go, forgive or surrender, this is the season for it. And the season has begun! “There is a time for everything and a season for everything under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) A long time ago a special gift was given to all of us just because God loved us so very much. There were no strings attached and we didn’t have to be anything but receptive to this precious giftGod’s son, born as a babe in a stable surrounded by the animals. The very first Christmas was begun and has been celebrated every year since.

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There were no emails sent or digital phones to tell all about it. No newspapers headlined the story. But still we pause and reflect at this season of the year- every year- and remember that God sent his Son just because of his love for us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV) A shining star, an angel, a few shepherds on the hillside and a chorus of angelic voices announced this gift to the world. “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13,14 (NIV) A gift given in love from God just because He loved us then and loves us still! The season has begun and we too can experience the hope, peace, joy and love all wrapped up in this time of year and presented to us by a God who loves us so much. This season of advent let us reflect on that love and on what the season really means. Then let us smile and tell everyone we meet, “Merry Christmas!” Why? Just because!

Dec. 5 - Advent study Dec. 8 - CGIT Vesper Service at Southwest River, 7 pm Dec. 9 - Carol Service at Kensington United, 7:30 pm Dec. 10 - Seniors Communion & Dinner, 11 am Dec. 10 - Princetown UCW supper, 6 pm Dec. 11 - Southwest River UCW supper, 6 pm Dec. 15 - Southwest River Christmas concert, 6:30 pm

Kensington Nazarene Community Church 47 Victoria St., Kensington Pastor Ray Hinchey •Worship Meeting: Sunday 11:00 a.m. •Adult Study and Discussion Group Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Kensington New London Presbyterian Church Rev Alan Stewart Welcome Dec. 8 Kensington Worship & Sunday School 11am New London Worship & Sunday School 9:30 am Dec. 15 Kensington Worship & Sunday School 9:30 am New London Worship & Sunday School 11am White Gift Sunday on the 15th - gifts and food for the Kensington Lions Club Christmas Hampers Blue Christmas Service Friday night, December 20th, 7pm at Kensington Presbyterian Church. This service is to provide an opportunity for those who may be grieving, lonely or experiencing a loss of any kind to come together in a time of worship. An ‘Invitation’ is extended to all in the community who feel the need for such a worship service in their lives at this time.

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Margate Pastoral Charge Rev. Anne Dalziel Singer

L-R: Isabella Paynter, Mrs. Waugh-QEES teacher, Emma Ellsworth, Ben Shannon and Rowan Caseley-Pay It Forward Chairman.

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St. Mary’s Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish Father John Molina Masses: Sat: 7pm, Sun: 9am St James Summerfield Sunday at 10:30am Clinton View Lodge: Every first Friday. Prayer Service 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. All are WELCOME.

Anglican Parish of New London Rev. Margie Fagan December worship: 9 am - St. Stephen’s 11 am - St. Thomas’ & St. Mark’s Country Christmas House Tour Dec. 6th 1-4 pm & 6-9 pm. Contact Doris Moase White Gift & Hillsborough Christmas Appeal - All donations accepted by Dec. 8. Ecumenical Choir Concert - Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Kensington United Church. (Storm date: Dec. 16)

Kensington United Church of Canada Rev. Robert McCarthy Dec. 5th - Join us for our manor services at Summerset Manor 9:45 or Wedgewood Manor at 10:30 7pm – Communion Service in the Amy MacKay Parlour Dec. 8 10:30 – Service of Worship & Sunday School 2nd Sunday of Advent Dec. 9 Christian Council Carol Sing 7:30 in church Dec. 12 7pm- Communion Service in the Amy MacKay Parlour Dec 15 10:30 pm Our Sunday School presents our White Gift Service For updated info and to view all our programs, check out our website at: <>

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

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is HOPE, The spirit of Christmas which is PEACE, The heart of Christmas which is LOVE.

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An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:9-14

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Christmas Recipes from area kitchens Christmas Fruit Drops

Gingerbread Loaf 1/2 cup margarine 1/2 cup white sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1 egg 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup hot water 1 cup molasses

Since 1987 a Christmas tradition for Bernie MacDonald and her mother has been making these delicious cookies. Brown Sugar Sauce 1/4 cup margarine 1 cup packed brown sugar 4 tbsp flour 1 1/2 cup boiling water 1 tsp vanilla extract

Loaf - Cream sugar and margarine together, beat egg and molasses together, add to sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients to cream mixture. Add the hot water, beat until a soft batter forms, pour into lightly sprayed loaf pans lined with parchment paper and bake at 350º degrees for 1 hour or until knife inserted comes out clean. Sauce - Melt margarine and sugar while stirring constantly (try not to burn), add flour gradually to hot mixtures stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes and then add vanilla. Slice gingerbread loaf and pour brown sugar sauce over it and enjoy! Happy Holidays Jaunita Boucher Darnley

1 cup butter 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tbsp rum 3 1/2 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 c. chopped maraschino cherries

In a large bowl, cream butter and beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs and rum. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture. Blend in raisins, walnuts and cherries, mixing thoroughly. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough, about 1 inch apart, onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350º F for about 12 minutes or until golden. Makes 6 to 7 dozen cookies. Seasons Greeting Bernie MacDonald Kinkora

Recipe for a Merry Christmas 4 cups of good memories 2 Tablespoons of joy 1 cup of relaxation 3 teaspoons of anticipation A dash of faith 2 1/2 cups of “jolly” beans A splash of eggnog A barrel of good cheer An assortment of good friends and loving family

Take good memories and joy, mix thoroughly and add relaxation. Blend anticipation and faith; fold in “jolly” beans and eggnog. Sprinkle abundantly with good cheer. Garnish with friends and family. Bake with love.

Sisters Cathy Mountain (left) and Cindy Toombs remove two golden brown Christmas meat pies from the oven. During the Christmas Holiday many families enjoy preparing special Christmas dishes. For sisters Cindy Toombs and Cathy Mountain, making Christmas meat pies has become a tradition. During the latter part of November Cindy’s kitchen is filled with the delicious aroma of meat pies that she and Cathy cook to golden brown perfection, wrap and then freeze to enjoy with family and friends during the Christmas holiday. Cindy and Cathy use their friend Tanya Haslam’s Christmas Meat Pie recipe. This year they made 23 pies. Meats: 15 lb turkey, beef 6 lbs approx, 6 lbs of pork (save juice) 3 cups of meat juice 4 lb onions cut up

Place meat in a large pot and bring to boil. Reduce temp. and simmer until cooked. Cool meat mixture and cut up into bite size pieces. Add cut up onions and add to meat mixture. Add juice to meat mixture and set aside over night. The next day fill pie crusts with meat mixture, top with another crust and bake at 350º F for 20 or 30 minutes. Ingredients for Pie Crusts 8 heaping bowl of flour (cereal bowl size) 6 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup salt (approximately) 3/4 pkg of lard 3 cups of water 3 cups of meat juice

Makes enough to last the whole season.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in lard until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a bowl mix water and meat juice and pour into the lard mixture. Stir until dough is thoroughly moistened and forms a ball. Divide into portion sizes and roll out for pie crusts.

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