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Happy Mother’s Day

Vol 21 No 9

community powered stories and events

May 8, 2013

Setting Day 2013 A Toast to our Island Fishers - calm waters, gentle breezes, a bountiful catch of lobsters and a safe return back to port

Lobster boats heading out of French River Harbor Setting Day 2013. It’s lobster fishing time on the north shore. Photo shows boats prepared and ready to go just prior to the annual lobster season.

Lobster boats line up to wait for the 6am signal to start the 2013 lobster season along the north shore.

GREAT Community Spirit!

At 6:00am Monday, April 29 lobster fishers from French River, New London and Stanley Bridge left French River wharf for the start of the north shore lobster sea-

son. On the beach, for the 4th year in a row, was Piper Alyson MacLean of Spring Brook who played as the boats paraded out of the harbor.

Though the temperature was only 2+, there was no wind so, all in all, it was a perfect morning. A crowd of a hundred plus people from surrounding communi-

ties turned out to wish the fishermen good luck and get some pics of the boats as they made their way out to set their traps. A narrow band of cloud just above the horizon

blocked the sunrise but, none the less, it was a wonderful sight to see the lobster boats sail out in single file. To warm up, many headed to St. Thomas’ Church

Hall for a hot drink and some fresh baked treats, prepared by the women from the community and, to spend some time catching up with friends and family. photos CLC

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Motorcycle Awareness Month by Frank Simon Aka Dr. N. Thusiast Two parts steel, a dash of aluminum, one part chrome, two parts leather. Toss in some rubber (soul) together with a pinch of spice, and mix with oil together to create, what many of us know already, is a delectable and irresistible solution to the summer times blues. Some choose as their pastime, golf, others gardening… we love the feeling that comes with twisting the throttle, leaning into a curve, the camaraderie of riding to the Sun or chasing a distant horizon. Many years ago, when I was pondering a name for my motorcycle shop, Freedom Cycle came to mind. I mean what is biking if not the feeling of freedom, right. With this freedom comes responsibility, after all… nothing in life that is worth anything, truly is free is it? Let’s face it… we’re hard to see and often our choice of gear doesn’t help our situation does it. Black leather, black helmets, black bikes… I used to tell my students that if you held a pen at arm’s length, you could hide an approaching biker literally from view. That’s why we ride as if we are invisible. Our safety is primarily in our own hands. On the other side of the coin, even though public attitudes have,

ahem… modified some over the last few decades, the motoring public still does not understand us, are oft times pre-occupied with kids, burger, cell phones and a hundred other distractions. This is a fact of life, our life. If you haven’t gotten used to it by now, then you may be missing the proverbial boat. Most places in Canada require a winter hibernation for our favorite pastime. Come spring we dust off our gear, pull the cover off the bike, stick the new decal on the plate and head out on the road. How many of us immediately drop by the local school or supermarket parking lot, and polish our skills over a few hours… Be honest! Not many I’d bet, and as a former CSC* Chief Instructor, I am speaking from experience. Like many things, we get rusty. Sure, we check our tire pressures and oil level, do a walk about inspection and service our wheels don’t we. How about our riding attitude? Let’s give those less fortunate than ourselves, strapped into their SUV’s, a break. Ride with common sense, leave the racing for the track and remember, you’re not really a Hell’s Angel, you’re an accountant during the week. Loud pipes don’t save lives, they just annoy people. Do yourself a favor, go out and practice your slow speed park-

ing lot maneuvers, do some quick stops, crank that neck into shoulder checks, and behave as if your life depended on you, because for the most part, it does. As for the average motorist driving the average car, remember this… you may be enveloped in crash test dummy approved steel bars, 16 air bags, shatter proof glass, multi disc/XM/GPS/ DV D / Q u a d r o p h o n i c , state of the art equipment, but behind all that, you are still a danger to us, if you don’t pay attention to the road. Please, PLEASE watch out for us. Remember this… if you look twice, the life you may save could be your son, your daughter, your grandchild or your

photo Frank Simon

Photo of Frank Simon on his southern tour of Greece. Dad or Mom. After all… Underneath that black leather, we are people too!

Kensington Lions Club Update Meeting the needs of our local communities

The Kensington Lions Club held two meetings in April. The following donations were made: •$100 to a local Benefit •$100.00 to Upper Nashwack Lions Club to help with the serious flooding in the community of Stanley, N.B. •$50.00 to Special Olympics P. E. I., •$50.00 to Canadian Council of the Blind (Prince County Chapter) for the Atlantic Sports and Recreation weekend •$100 to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Telethon. Card Party Results: Friday, April 05 1st-Buddy MacEwen 2nd-Glenda MacLellan 3rd-Edwin Wall Low-Marion Woodington Door Prize-Anna Windsor

50/50-Mary Cousins Friday, April 12 1st-Diane Cole 2nd-Mary Houston 3rd-Ken Simmons Low-Betty Carr Door Prize-Duncan Cole 50/50-Don MacLellan Friday, April 19 1st-Robert Jorgensen 2nd-Glynn Paynter 3rd-Ernestine Simpson Low-Walter Giovannini Door Prize-Connie Paynter 50/50-Dot Paynter Friday, April 26 1st-Dianne Paynter 2nd-Edwin Wall 3rd-Lindsey Seaman Low-Ernestine Simpson Door Prize-Marjorie Moase 50/50-Don MacLellan Crib Card results: Tuesday, April 02 1st-Stella Hagen & Eleanor Harding

Ride/Drive safe. *Canada Safety Council Blog spot 2nd-Robert Jorgensen & Ruth Croken 50/50-Emmett Hagen Free Night-Pat Brennan High Hand-George Wall with 21 Tuesday, April 09 1st-Corrine Kay & Barry Chappell 2nd-Eleanor Harding & George Wall 50/50-Ivan Gallant Free Night-Joyce Campbell High Hand-Doug Perry & Robert Jorgensen Tuesday, April 16 1st-Brad MacArthur & Mary Rogers 2nd-Bernie Earle & Shirley Walker 50/50-Hilda Jorgensen Free Night-Betty Carr High Hand-Hilda Jorgensen & Helen Marsh with 24 Tuesday, April 23 1st-Eleanor Harding &

Thelma Moase 2nd-Donald Sinclair & Hilda Jorgensen 50/50-Dana Coulson Free Night-Claude Lyle High Hand-Helen Marsh with 24 Tuesday, April 30 1st-Mary Moase & Barry Chappell 2nd-Fred Lamont & Thelma Moase 50/50-Janet Lyle Free Night-Claude Lyle High Hand-Gail Chappell, Dana Coulson & Wilber Lamont with 24

Card party’s are held on Friday nights at the Lions Club starting at 7:30pm. Crib cards are held on Tuesday nights at the Lions Club starting at 7:30 p.m.. All money raised goes back into the community. ALL ARE WELCOME

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Participate in the Purina Walk for Dog Guides MAY 26 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: 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.


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NEW LONDON Community Complex

April Draw Winners

Laura Pidgeon andJerry Balabik.

$1000 Dollar Winner Erwin Howatt

Kensington $100 Dollar Winners •David Haslam Springfield •Gordon, Mary & Colleen Mill Clermont •Bev & Velma Haslam Springfield •Joy Moase Kensington •Karl Wruck Springfield Draw made by Jerry Balabik.

A project of the Kensington Lions Club

Ready... Take your first step, register online at Set... Thanks to support from our sponsors, your fundraising efforts will truly impact the lives of Canadians with disabilities. Each Dog Guide costs approx. $20,000 to raise and train. With a growing numer of people living with disabilities, Dog Guides are needed now more than ever. Walk... When it is time to participate you will be ready to join thousands of others in walking for Dog Guides. Each step you take will bring someone with a disability closer to greater safety, mobility and independence! The Purina Walk for Dog Guides is a fun, 1hour walk that takes place in more than 250 communites across the country in support of Canadians with disabilities. This year, we need you, your family, friends, and colleagues to dedicate 1 hour to walk with us. You can even bring your dog! Your participation can help provide one of the six kinds of Dog Guides: Canine Vision - for people who are blind or visually impaired Hearing Ear - for people who are deaf or hard of hearing Special Skills - for people with medical or physical disability Seizure Response - for people with epilepsy Autism Assistance - for children with autism spectrum disorder

Diabetic Alert (NEW) launching in 2013. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides’ mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them Dog Guides at no cost.

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Workforce Partnership Long Overdue Idea by Andy Walker Editor, Island Farmer/Freelance journalist President, Canadian Association of Journalist, PEI Vice president, Atlantic Farm Writers Association It seems like one of those things that are so obvious it should have happened a long time ago. During a recent meeting in Nova Scotia, the four Atlantic premiers agreed to harmonize the requirements for their apprenticeship program. Having four different sets of rules when it comes to trade certification makes absolutely no sense—especially at a time when the region is bleeding skilled workers to the west. Economists and educators are continually warning of shortages in the trades. There are likely several factors to blame for the projected shortfall—until recently,

the trades were simply not promoted as a career option like they should have been at the high school level. Many high school teachers and guidance counselors clearly favour university over trades training when it comes to promoting career options. Despite the fact the earning potential is higher as a skilled worker, more and more people who might have otherwise opted to pursue trade careers in the past are now heading for the promised land of Alberta. In reality, it is hard to blame them. As a high school graduate, the lure of making in the neighbourhood of $30 per hour

is pretty enticing. It can allow them to start buying cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and even houses while their peers heading to university or college are building up debt in their quest to obtain an education. Will those who opt for education be better off 20 years from now? Probably some will. However, it has been my experience that people in their late teens and early 20’s tend not to be big picture thinkers. To paraphrase any old saying, a dollar earned now is worth two earned 20 years from now. The entire Atlantic region is facing an uncertain job market—the major factor out migration. When the employment statistics come out each month, they actually show a country divided

Kinkora - Somerset Elementary Home of the Panthers

Concert Band

Receives Bronze Grade at Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax Somerset Concert Band consists of grade 7 and 8 (and occasionally a few grade 6) band students from Somerset Elementary School. This

dedicated group of students practices Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school to prepare music they will play at both the Christmas and

spring concerts, as well as the Atlantic Band Festival. Each year, preparation for the Atlantic Band Festival trip requires a lot of practice on the part of the students, but it also requires a lot of fund raising. The fund raising this year, organized by the band parents’ committee, was in the form of ticket sales, grocery bagging and a dance. People in the community of Kinkora are always very quick to support the band by

almost down the middle. The lowest unemployment rates are found in the western princes, Ontario and Quebec do better although widespread manufacturing closures have shot their rates up and then the Atlantic region brings up the rear. It is actually a double whammy for Atlantic Canadians. Those who work probably earn less than people who are doing the same job anywhere else in the country. The major exceptions are the federal government and companies that pay to a national scale. PEI is the lowest of the low when it comes to wage rates—an unenviable position the province has held for decades. Obviously, the ideal is to keep apprentices within the province. The next best scenario is retaining them within the region. buying tickets for Christmas baskets, raffles, etc. Because of this, the band was able to raise the $6000 required to make the trip to Halifax and the cost to the students remained low. Thank you very much, Kinkora, for your support of the Somerset Concert Band. The band just recently returned from performing at the Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax on May 2 and 3, where they received a bronze grade and had a wonderful time. They are looking forward to preparing for the trip again next year! Claire Caseley Smith Music & Language Arts Somerset Elementary School

It is better for family life, but it also increases the chances of hopefully attracting them back home at some point. That is basically due to simple math—the wage spread between PEI and Nova Scotia, let’s say, is not near as great as between here and Alberta. Virtually every Islander now knows at least one family that is doing the Alberta shuffle—despite the need to keep two residences, it still makes economic sense for them. As a first step, the provinces will bring four trades affecting 20 percent of apprentices into alignment within the next 24 months. The first four trades to be aligned are Cook, Instrumentation Technician, Bricklayer and Construction Electrician. The premiers also identified a goal of harmonizing additional high volume trades that meet key labour market demands covering an additional 40 percent of apprentices in the following 24 months. Changes will be phased in starting in 2014. The four jurisdictions will be introducing measures that will support the use of apprentices on major projects and government operations. Furthermore, Atlantic governments will amend hiring practices to increase the number of apprentices within their workforce.

May 8, 2013 Aligning apprenticeship is one step in a series of initiatives under the Atlantic Workforce Partnership. Building on a successful model established in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic provinces are supporting immigration and attraction through events to recruit internationally, and are working together to provide online training supports for small- and medium-sized businesses. More than $2 million is being invested, with over 20,000 workers in over 1,000 businesses taking advantage of this free online learning. Over 20,000 courses are available, including human resources, purchasing, and marketing. The region is also mounting a joint effort aimed at Atlantic Canadians interested in coming home to work. Over 100 vacant positions with 14 companies from Atlantic Canada were advertised during a recent job fair in Toronto, with over 750 candidates pre-screened prior to attending the event. That shows there is obviously a pool of workers wanting to come home if the opportunities are there. Making that path as smooth as possible is one of the best ways the province can spend our tax money. Quite literally, our future depends on their success.

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Kinkora Notes and Updates Kinkora Regional High School Happenings Dates to Remember May 14 - Spring Concert @ 6:30 p.m. May 16 & 17 - Gr. 11 Ag. Cert. Program Western P.E.I. Agricultural Tour. May 20 - Victoria Day. No school. May 25 - K.R.H.S. Prom. 2013 PROM The 2013 K.R.H.S. Prom will be held on Sat., May 25 from 8-11 p.m. Music will be by Derek Arsenault. All grads and their escorts are asked to be at the school by 8:10 and meet in the lower corridor to line up for their walk-in which will begin promptly at 8:30. Interfaith Service And Grad Supper The Grad Supper will be held on Thurday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Kinkora Place. The Grad Supper will immediately follow the InterFaith Service which begins at 6 p.m. at K.R.H.S. 2013 K.R.H.S. GRADUATION The 51st annual commencement exercises of Kinkora Regional High School will take place on Tues., June 18th at 7 p.m. Student Council Elections The Student Council Executive elections for

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Radio Controlled Helicopters becoming a fun and popular hobby!

next year will take place on Tues., May 14. The position of President is open to students who are in Gr. 12 next year and the other three executive positions are open to students who will be in Gr. 11 or 12 next year. Students interested in running are to submit their names to Mr. Stewart by 12:00 on Mon., May 6.

On Tuesday, April 30 RC enthusiasts got together at Kinkora Place/ Community Centre to enjoy their hobby of flying Radio Controlled heli-

copters. With countless types of RC helicopter models available and, varying price points it’s pretty easy to get started in this Tom Mallett manuevers a RC helicopter through its paces.

hobby. The great thing about radio controlled helicopters is that they don’t require a large mowed or paved runway; they take-

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off vertically so, any open area will do and, depending on model and size, they can be flown indoors. The more a hobbyist flies and practices, the better and better their performance potential gets - hovering, landing, loops or rolls etc.. There is also the accomplishment of knowing the technical side of understanding and maintaining a RC helicopter. For many this popular hobby challenges participants, sharpens the mind and gives one a great sense of satisfaction. This hobby is now one of the most popular activities and has a growing number of fans across the country.

Music News Special thanks to Peter Wynne for the excellent work he does with our music program. The Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax was May 2-4. Spring Concert is May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Agriculture Cert. Program The Gr. 11s will be participating in an overnight Western P.E.I. Agricultural Tour on May 16 & 17. Gr. 10 Tractor Safety Day will be held on May 30. Ag. Cert. Program Closing Supper will be held at Lotus Gardens on June 7.

Target landing with a RC model “Huey” helicopter.

Blazer Sporting News Badminton ~ Briar Roberts & Hillary MacLeod won silver at the P.E.I.S.A.A. Provincials on Apr. 27. Well done, girls! Cafeteria Specials May May 9 Pizza May 10 Hamburger & Fries May 14 Chicken Ceasar Salad May 16 Pizza May 17 Hot Turkey Sandwich

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Roger Savoie, Tom Mallett and Scott Jay and John Jay prepare some helicopters for flight at Kinkora Place/Community Centre.

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Brian Chappell puts his RC model “Huey” helicopter through low level flying exercises.

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Vessey Continues Account on Impaired Drivers by Andy Walker Editor, Island Farmer/Freelance journalist President, Canadian Association of Journalist, PEI Vice president, Atlantic Farm Writers Association Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Robert Vessey is continuing his all out assault on one of the province’s major social problems—impaired driving. There is a solid rationale for his battle— on a per capital basis, PEI has almost twice as many impaired driving convictions annually than the national average. That’s definitely not something to be proud of. The tragic consequences that can result from drinking and driving hit the headlines frequently—injury, death and ruined lives. Vessey has made perhaps the most determined effort at combating the problem since a conviction for impaired driving started to carry a penalty of several days in jail. Last year, the transportation minister made the ignition interlock mandatory for all offenders. Previously, the system, which requires an alcohol free breath sample before the vehicle will start, was only required for repeat offenders. Now, if it is a first offence, the device will stay in place for a year, two years for a second offence and five years for a third conviction. A year will

be added to the program if there was a passenger under 16 in the vehicle when it is stopped. As well, drivers convicted of any three criminal code driving offences within the last 10 years will see their vehicles impounded for six months if the charges involved bodily harm or death. Previously, the maximum time for impounding a vehicle following a conviction was 60 days. Later, Vessey mused about instituting what could be called a scarlet letter for those convicted of impaired driving. Under that system, those convicted of impaired driving would get a different coloured licence plate. The minister travelled to several American states where the system has already been instituted and came back full of enthusiasm for the idea. However, the proposal did generate a great deal of flack and, to date at least, the government has been reluctant to move on it. Instead, the province is now in the process of putting up signs across the Island reminding drivers to call 911 if they spot any of their fellow drivers exhibiting clues

they might be driving drunk. “We all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe and getting the message out that there are absolutely no excuses for driving while drunk or impaired by other drugs,” the minister said when the sign campaign was unveiled. He is absolutely right. Let’s say you see somebody driving erratically and didn’t report them. Perhaps you knew them and didn’t want to risk losing a friend. Perhaps you just say “I’d rather not get involved—it’s not my problem.” Now think of how you would feel if you heard later on the news that that vehicle was involved in an accident. Perhaps the driver killed or injured themselves or somebody else. Would you be ok with the fact that you could have perhaps prevented the tragedy but chose instead to sit on your hands? The signs were a recommendation from an impaired driving summit hosted by Vessey’s department earlier this year. The summit brought together representatives of the RCMP, municipal police forces, MADD Canada and local chapters, Addiction Services, and the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice.

“We are so pleased to see these signs going up at key locations across the Island,” said Russ Stewart of MADD. “They will remind the public of the important role they can play in helping police take impaired drivers off the road. We are very thankful to the Minister and his office for their leadership on this project.” Stewart reminded Islanders there are certain signs that can be a potential tip-off to impaired drivers including: Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed; Drifting in and out of lanes; Tailgating and changing lanes frequently; Making exceptionally wide turns; Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance; Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights; Disregarding signals and lights; Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly; Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on and Driving with windows open in cold or inclement weather . “These signs, as well as the legislation our government introduced toughening penalties last fall, will help combat impaired driving. But I recognize there is still much more work to be done,” said Vessey. “We must do all we can to make sure everyone knows impaired driving won’t be tolerated.”

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National Road Safety Week May 14-20 Canada Safety Council’s goal is to increase awareness and educate the public on traffic safety to make our roads safer for all Canadians. This includes aggressive driving, driver distractions, impaired driving, seat belts, photo enforcement, and many other topics.

Prepare your vehicle Before leaving on vacation, have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is working properly. Repair or replace worn parts to avoid the worry and time-consuming costly repairs that could ruin your trip. Check fluid levels and tire pressure. Make sure all lights work, including signal lights. Keep your passengers safe Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up properly at all times. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe while on the road. If you are travelling with young children, make sure to make regular stops. Bring plenty of items to keep them occupied. Special travel games and songs also help. Drive defensively Drive at a safe speed. Speeding increases the likelihood and severity of a crash. The faster a vehicle is moving, the less time the driver has to react to a hazard, and for other road users to react to that vehicle. A speeding vehicle requires more time and distance to stop. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. Apply the three second rule so you can see around the car ahead and plan a manoeuvre to avoid potential dangers, add more time if you have a heavier vehicle, and in poor weather conditions. The Canada Safety Council estimates that 85 per cent of collisions are preventable. But simply being in the right will not save you from injury or death. You must be prepared for the unsafe actions of other motorists or for poor driving conditions. Obey all signs and signals, including speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs and railway crossings. If you drive with a wireless phone, avoid unnecessary calls and always make the driving task your top priority. Absolutely never drink and drive. Carrying a heavy load or towing a trailer Driving a heavily loaded car or towing a trailer means you need more space to stop or pass. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. Keep your distance – at least three seconds for each six metres (20 ft.) of vehicle length. When traveling slower than the flow of traffic, be courteous. Pull over where possible to let faster vehicles pass. Share the road With the warmer weather, comes the prevalence of vulnerable roads users. Motorists must be cautious of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Always be on the lookout for and yield to vulnerable road users, even if they don’t have the right-of-way. Summer also brings increased construction on our roads and highways. Be prepared to stop or slow down in construction zones.

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A Fun Scouts Fundraiser for CJ’13 model trains, RC flight simulator, RC Helicopters and RC Trucks bake table and BBQ photos CLC

Fun and Informative L-R: Shawn Connolly, Dylan Connolly and Ashton Cole with avid railroader and member of UMG Derwin Cole.

The Kensington Scouting Groups hosted a fun and informative Model Train Show at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 9 on Sunday, April 28. The UMG of model HO scale railroaders agreed to set up their modules at the Kensington Legion Home at no charge to the Scouting groups in order to help with fundraising activities for their trip to Sylvan Lake Alberta this July for the 12th Canadian Jamboree. The event also had a bake goods table as well as a canteen and a BBQ. Also, Brian Chappell from Summerside came out with his radio controlled helicopter and a flight simulator, which the youth had a great time trying to fly the aircraft on the simulator. There were balloon animals as well. Lots of activity during the day.

Thanks to all that attended. There are 16 from Kensington, youth and adults, attending this Jamboree in Sylvan Lake. This is quite an adventure for these youth, for some this might be the only time they will get this experience. They will get to do white water rafting, ziplining, Calgary Stampede, water events and mud events. They will get to know other youth from across Canada, some of these friendships last a lifetime. No doubt all that attend will be having a blast.

Brian Chappell demonstrates flight patterns of one of the RC helicopters to onlookers at the Scouts fundraiser. A model trail runs speedily around a track that winds its way through a replica town of houses and businesses.

Upcoming events: Indoor Yard Sale May 11 at the Silver Fox in Summerside Indoor Yard Sale June 16 at the Kensington Legion Home

A flight simulator gives a very realistic radio control flight training experience, without having to leave the house and allows one to hone their piloting skills. One of the RC Monster Trucks on display at the fundraiser.

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Lions Club Inducts New Member and Presents Service Award

You are invited to a Birthday Party for Gladys Stavert at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church Hall, Spring Brook May 19th 3 - 6pm Best Wishes Only family of Gladys Stavert

L-R: Kensington Lions Club King Lion Wilfred Gillis, new member Lion Andrew Windsor, Lion Don Campbell and Lion Frank MacKinnon.

On Wednesday April 17, members of the Kensington Lions Club inducted new member, Lion Andrew Windsor, and recognized 30 year member Lion Stavert Huestis for his years of service.

How Much Water Is In 10mm of Rain? Kensington North Watersheds Association For many, the extremely dry summer of 2012 was the watershed story of the year. How many conversations did we each have with neighbors and acquaintances about the dry weather, its impact on crops, lawns, gardens, tourism, water tables, fish habitat, forests, wildlife, and our own lives in general?  The reality is in the Kensington North area it did not really rain from May until late August.  There were a few localized showers, that definitely helped, but they did not soak into the soil and recharge the water table.  They kept crops alive, but did not promote good growth, especially in our valuable late potato crop.

King Lion Wilfred Gillis (left) is shown presenting Lion Stavert Huestis with his 30 year Chevron to mark 30 years of dedicated service to the Kensington Lions Club.

In metric terms, which are much easier to calculate, a similar question would be how much water is required to cover 1 hectare to a depth of 10 mm. The answer is 100,000 litres.  Again, it sounds vague.

down to the water table, some may be lost as surface runoff, and some evaporates from the surface back into the atmosphere. The remaining water remains in the root zone, and a portion of that available water will be used by plants.  As The tanker milk truck well, there are many oththat picks up at Nobra er variables.  If the rainFarms in Irishtown has a fall occurred very quickfull-to-the-brim capacity ly, in a big downpour, of 33,000 litres.  A Cana- more may be lost to surdian Football Field, such face runoff, in comparias the field at Kensington son to an equal amount Intermediate Senior High of rain that falls over School, is 101 by 59 me- several hours that can tres, which is 5959 square gently soak into the soil.  metres, about 0.6 hect- Hot weather increases ares.  So, it would take al- the amount that is lost to most 2 very full trucks to evaporation.  Different cover the K.I.S.H. playing soil types and soil condifield to a depth of 10 mm.  tions have a wide range An acre-inch would be a in the soil’s ability to relittle over 3 very full milk tain water, sandy soils A very common unit trucks to the acre.  A lit- low in organic matter beused to measure water on tle easier to imagine, in ing the worst, and a loam land is the acre-inch.  An a sense, but what does 10 soil high in organic matacre-inch is the volume mm. of rain or irrigation ter being the best.  Also, of water that would cov- mean to a crop in a field?  the topography, the lay of er one acre to a depth of the land, has great influone inch, which amounts Only a portion of wa- ence on water retention.  to 22610.7 Imperial gal- ter that falls on a field A higher sloped field lons or 102,790 litres.  It is available to plants.  will tend to have greatsounds like a lot.  But it Some of the water may er amounts of runoff.  also sounds very vague.  soak into the ground Large late season plants

An acre-inch of rain would be the equivalent of a little over three very full milk trucks (shown above) to the acre.

can uptake and transpire more water than young, early season plants. Lucky for us, for the most part ample amounts of clean water fall from the sky, and we don’t have to bring it in over the Confederation Bridge!

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Kensington Police Service

2013 Fishing Derby

CONGRATULATIONS to the organizers for a day of FISHING FUN and, to the derby winners photos CLC from the County Line Courier Community Newspaper and its readers! Sunshine and blue skies were the order of the day at the Kensington Police Service annual Fishing Derby, held this past weekend. The nice weather and the large number of trout that were stocked in the Alysha Toombs Memorial Park pond brought many families out for a day of FISHING FUN. Part of the day’s activities also included a BBQ held for all participants to enjoy. Food and supplies were donated by Kensington Food Basket and Kensington Save Easy. Cooking and serving up the food were staff members from Malpeque Bay Credit Union staff and Kensington Police Service. Grand Prize winner of the BBQ donated by the Town of Kensington was Wilbert Rammelaere.

Chief Sutherland with Lucas Hickey

Eric Paynter shows off a big fish caught by Reid MacKinnon

Russell Paynter with sons Jaden, Caleb and Cameron.

Marissa Stewart accepts a fishing rod from Chief Sutherland

photo above Ellen Murphy shows off her catch. photo right Ashlyn Beairsto accepts her fishing rod from Chief Sutherland

Ross and Allie Morell enjoy a day of fishing together.

photo left Riley Warren

Chief Lewie Sutherland presenting fishing rod to Jaden Paynter.

Chief Lewie Sutherland with Lauren Ferguson who caught the biggest fish of the day

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May 8, 2013

Cadet from 1231 Kensington Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp Travels to Ottawa To Take Part in ENCOUNTERS CANADA Program

1231 Kensington Army Cadets Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age, is a one week program conducted by Encounters Canada in Ottawa Ontario. This year Sgt Jacob Brown from 1231 Kensington RCACC travelled to Ottawa from April 7th to the 13th to take part in a jam packed week of activities showcasing many of the national historical sites in Ottawa as well as exposing the 125 participants to the cultural diversity the nation has to offer. The highlights of the theme of this week were the commemora-

tion of the battle of Vimy Ridge at the National War Memorial on April 9 and the Peace Module on April 11. The Peace Module included a ceremony at Beechwood Cemetary where the students placed candles on the graves of fallen soldiers while reciting a poem. The last post and reveille were played in solitude on a lone trumpet and this, along with the cold wind and cloudy skies created a solemn event for the students. Cultural activities included trips to the War Museum, the parliament buildings and, of course, free time to shop. The students had the opportunity to particpate in a variety of cultural activities including slam poetry, remembrance art, a harlem globetrotters

game, african dance and live theatre. One week may seem like an insignificant amount of time but, on the final evening the students participate in a pass the stick ceremony where they each had the opportunity to share their feelings on the week. Emotions ran high and there were many tears as students lamented the lives lost during war and the friends they will miss upon their departure from the centre. Boys and girls ages 12-18 are encouraged to check out the army cadet program on Monday nights in Slemon Park, 10 Parkway Drive. For more information contact Captain Tracy Enman at 8542215.

QEES Update - B-Ball Tournament and Heritage Fair Winners QEES Boys Basketball Team QEES Girls Basketball Team

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Front L-R: John Lockerby, Cole Gallant, Zach Cole, Jared Mann, Logan Saulnier. Back L-R: Krystof Wigmore, Cameron Mill, Logan Mann, Bailey Stavert and Peyton Lauwerijssen.

The QEES boys and girls basketball teams recently attended the annual Athena Consolidated Friendship B-Ball Tournament. The girls team had a perfect 3.0 record. Everyone had a great time.

QEES Heritage Fair Winners

Front L-R: Logan Saulnier, John Lockerby, Cole Gallant, Cameron Mill, Julia Weir, Lauren Folland. Middle L-R: Dylan Moase, Hannah LeClair, Jack Donald, Abby Christopher, Maggie Johnston, Avery MacDonald, Skye Boutilier, Mallory Clark. Back L-R: Hillary MacLean, Callie Champion, Kylie MacLellan, Carter Champion, MacKenzie Mill.

Front L-R: Hillary MacLean, Marilyn Sheen, Abby Christopher, Paige Arden. Middle L-R: Shianne Adams, Callie Champion, Emma Gillis. Back L-R: Lexi Murphy, Elizabeth Burt, Cassandra MacLeod, Chloe Greenan, and Emily MacDonald.

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Hon. Wes Sheridan makes cheque presentation on behalf of the province. L-R: Ashton Cole, Shelley Cole, Joshua Burt, Brianna Davison, Katherine MacLeod, Colin MacLeod and Tara Davison.

Front L-R: Colin MacLeod, Wilbert Rammelaere, Steven Dyment, Dylan Moase, Marcus Johnson and Katherine MacLeod. Back L-R: Ashton Cole Treina Lochart, Kevin Dyment, Trevor Moase, Shelley Cole. Shown above are members of the Kensington group of Scouts Canada, along with leaders who attended the Kub Kar and Truck Rally held on Saturday, May 4 in Charlottetown. Ashton Cole, Shelley Cole, Joshua Burt, Wes Sheridan, Brianna Davison, Katherine Macleod, Colin Macleod and Tara Davison. background The Kub Kar Rally and Truck Rodeo brings together Cubs and Scouts to compete for fun and prizes in a variety of different categories. The rally is a provincial rally, open to all registered Cubs across PEI.

The Honourable Wes Sheridan presents a cheque on behalf of the province to help defer costs for the Kensington group of Scouts Canada attending Canadian Jamboree 2013 in Sylvan Lake Alberta. background The Canadian Scout Jamboree 2013 (CJ’13) is a week full of fun, friends, camping, adventure and challenge for Scouts. The Jamboree includes exciting activities to challenge Scouts - hiking near glaciers, digging for bones, raiding the castle, and diving for buried treasure! This year the Canadian Scout Jamboree event is being held in Sylvan Lake, Alberta from July 6 to 13. CJ’13 brings youth, leaders and volunteers from across Canada and from around the world together for the ultimate Scouting experience. Scouts will share friendship and adventure while experiencing personal development that only a jamboree experience can bring.

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Hours of Operation Tues. 9:30am to 12:30pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm Email: Wed. 12 noon-5pm Thurs. 2pm to 7pm Sat. 9:30-12:30pm to 1-3pm Ruth McKenna I hope everyone is enjoying the May days of warmer weather with the grass growing greener every day and everthing coming to life again! I want to thank all the wonderful people I have seen on a regular basis during my time here at Kensington Heritage Library. I know we all still miss seeing Stephenie but it’s been a pleasure getting to know the different people who visit

the library and to serve you all to the best of my ability. You will soon be seeing another face, Shelley Tantom, who will be your new library technician. Shelley will do a great job and hopefully, I’ll see you all occasionally either visiting the library or out and about in the community! The Summer Reading Program will be happening again this summer


Gearing Up For Summer Reading Program and introduction of New library technician so watch for the registration date sometime in early summer. Thanks again for being such a wonderful community to work in! Ruth McKenna Kensington Heritage Library

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Come and Enjoy Some Down East Entertainment Reuben’s Jamboree May 18 Starts at 7:30 PM Come and Enjoy A Great Evening Of Entertainment Open Mic Also a 50/50 Draw Bring Lunch To Share Small admission (Ceilidhs will take place the 3rd Sat. of every month through till Nov) Everyone Welcome

Kensington Legion Kitchen Party and Ceilidh

May 4th CANCELLED New Date May 25th at 7:00PM Admission applies. Open Mic Ceilidh 50/50 draw Light lunch to be served. Come and enjoy local talent. 19 years and over

“Music In Motion” Presents Special Ceilidhs at SeaView Hall Rte 20 Sat., June 1st 7-9:30pm Doors open 6 PM Refreshments Served 50/50 will be drawn. Upcoming CeilidhDates: July 6th, Aug 3rd, Sept. 7th and Oct 5th.

Ceilidhs fall on the first Saturday Night of each month with a great line-up of new and old Entertainers. Come and enjoy a nice evening out and bring your friends!!! Some of the top musicians will be there.

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Our Community Churches Events Calendar

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

Kensington New London Presbyterian Church Rev Alan Stewart May 12th: Kensington Worship 11:00 a.m. New London Worship 9:30 a.m. May 14th: Bible Study Tue, May 14th, 10:30am in Kensington Church May 19th: Kensington Worship 9:30 a.m. New London Worship 11:00 a.m.

Kensington United Church of Canada Rev. Robert McCarthy May 5, 2013 –9:30 Senior Sunday School 10:30 – Worship & Sunday School

St. Mary’s Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish Kensington Father John Molina Masses: Saturday: Sunday:

7:00pm 9:00am

Free clean up bags and Contest Pledge Sheets to enter the contest are now available from the following locations: Kensington Potato Services, Access PEI sites in Summerside, Alberton, Charlottetown, Montague, Souris, O’Leary, Wellington and

Princetown United Church Southwest River United Church “All are welcome, all are welcome in this place.”

St James Church (Summerfield) Sunday at 10:30am

For updated information and to view all our programs,check out our website at <>

Clinton View Lodge: Every first Friday.

May 8 - Worship at Clinton View Lodge

Prayer Service At Clinton View Lodge every second Wed. at 1pm.

May 14 - Princetown UCW meeting

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

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE May 11th - Roadside Cleanup Contest Scholarships and Provincial Convention PEI Women’s Institute finalizes preparations in May for the Island wide Roadside Cleanup, WI Provincial Convention, scholarship and Royal Beautification deadlines. To mark the 40th WI Roadside Cleanup on May 11, partners have come onboard to issue a challenge to all Islanders for the opportunity to win $500 per category. Categories include schools, family/individual, organizations, or businesses and are asked to fill out a pledge sheet and followup by sending a photo of your team in action. Pledge sheets can be filled in online by visiting or available for downloading by visiting or www.peiwi. ca. Thank you to Island Waste Management Corporation, Maritime Electric and Pepsi Bottling Company and the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry.

Margate Pastoral Charge Rev. Anne Dalziel Singer

May 12, 2013 - Service of Worship and luncheon at Camp Abby

Kensington Community Church Pastor Gene Carson

Tignish as well as at the Maritime Electric (Kent St., Charlottetown), Cornwall Town Office, Stratford Town Office, Charlottetown Agricultural Research Station and. Litter collection bags are also available at IWMC Facilities: Waste Watch drop-off Centres at New London, Brockton, Murray River and Dingwell Mills, GreenIsle, Charlottetown (Superior Sanitation) and East Prince Waste Management facility in Wellington. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will pick up the waste bags along our Island roads. Only those marked with the WI logo will be picked up. We hope all Islanders participate in the contest as part of this annual Island wide event. PEI WI Board Member Myrna Murray along with her committee have organized this year’s Convention at Credit Union Place on June 1. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The afternoon session includes business, reports, memorial service and entertainment with guest speaker Kim Rashed on fashion trends for any age. Also during this year’s convention committee invite all to wear hats from any decade as part of the prov-

ince wide celebration of PEIWI’s centennial anniversary. If you are not familiar with WI, join in to meet representatives from your area at this convention - contact the WI Office for further information. PEIWI Board of Directors wishes to bring notice to several upcoming deadlines. As part of ongoing centennial celebrations PEIWI is pleased to sponsor a Community Improvement Competition for the PEI Rural Beautification Society’s annual competitions. Competition books listing all categories are available in the WI Office at 40 Enman Crescent. Entry deadline is June 1. PEIWI Scholarships PEIWI offers several scholarships for Island students entering any form of post secondary education. May 31 is the application deadline for the “Louise MacMillan Memorial Scholarship” and the “PEIWI Education Scholarship”. For a complete scholarship list and more information please check the WI website at or WI Office at 368-4860. FWIC National Officer Carol MacLellan reminds everyone to check out the FWIC website www.fwic. ca for “Growing a Healthi-

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“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12b,

14b (NIV)

Worship and Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. - Princetown 11:00 a.m. - Southwest River

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 Thursday evening 6:00 to 7:00pm All are WELCOME.

Practical Living

May 21 - Southwest River UCW meeting May 22 - Session meeting

Anglican Parish of New London Rev. Margie Fagan May worship: 9 am - St. Mark’s & St. Stephen’s 11 am - St. Elizabeth’s & St. Thomas’ May 8 - 1:30 pm - St. Mark’s ACW May 11 - 9 am - Cleanup at Peoples’ Cemetery, Kensington May 14 - 1:30 pm - St. Stephen’s ACW May 16 - 7 pm - St. Stephen’s Church Rogation Service May 21 - 7 pm - K’ton & Area Christian Council at St. Thomas’ Church May 26 - Teresa Doyle concert at St. Elizabeth’s

er YOU” each month. It offers both educational and fun methods to improve both personal well being and physical health. The “Spring Is in the Air” Gala Dinner Committee were pleased with a sold out attendance. Proceeds will be presented to the Souris Hospital and the Kings County Memorial Hospital. Audrey Farquharson and her committee sends a thank you to attendees, those who donated to the live and silent auctions, as well as monetary donors. A sincere Happy Mother’s Day from the PEI Board & Staff of PEIWI This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, Executive Director for the PEIWI. For more info on the PEI Women’s Institute, visit, phone 368-4860 or email

“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a

Lauretta Balderston free-lance writer

There were times over my life when I found little pleasure in what I perceived to be the menial tasks of everyday life: cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing. I wanted to make an impact and be remembered for something of importance. But God opened my eyes and my heart to the fact that there are no menial tasksonly things to accomplish, like cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing- that should be done with the right attitude and in the right spirit. My mother never worked outside the home but she did work- a lot! She cooked wonderful meals, cleaned with gusto and did her daily household tasks with a purpose. She loved to iron and she ironed everything with pride in a job well done. She baked and shared her baking with others. She was never idle! “A job worth doing is worth doing well, no matter what the job is at that moment.” she always said. Her words, and actions, demonstrated the verses in Colossians 3. Unfortunately I was not always appreciative of the work my mother lovingly did to keep our home running well. But, in retrospect, I have come to value the lessons she demonstrated and instilled in me. She was an amazing woman! The book of Proverbs gives the qualities of a woman of God: hard work, fear of the Lord, respect for those in her family and her neighbourhood, encouragement and care for others, concern for the poor, wisdom in handling money and able to make wise decisions. “A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30b (NIV) When my mom passed away I was blessed to have

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a dear friend who quickly assured me she would be there for me- like my mother- whenever I needed or wanted someone to lean on. She didn’t always agree with me, ( neither did my mom!), but she did offer me her strength and the wisdom of her years. Neither of these special ladies was influential in the sense of worldly accomplishments. Neither was rich or famous. But both were sincere, genuine and always available, always patient and always loving! Both worked hard inside the home to do the best for their families and both were examples of a Proverbs 31 woman- Godly women who loved their Lord and shared that love in practical ways! Over the years I have had many wonderful women in my life, some mothers and some not, who graciously taught me and influenced me in my walk of life and faith. Let’s take time this week to reflect on the women who have impacted our lives in positive ways. Let’s read Proverbs 31 and decide if we are the kind of woman God can use in everyday situations and be a blessing to those around us- in our home and in our community. Our journey of faith is also a journey of learning and growing in our love to God and to others. As I always say, “I am a work in progress. God is not finished with me yet!” He won’t give up on me so I will keep trying to “ enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4a (NIV) (I will also try to remember this includes ironing too!) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)

An Evening of Music Celebrating Our Gardening/Farming Season Thur., May 16th 7:00pm

Come out and enjoy an evening of music by our mens choir and church choir members to celebrate our gardening and farming season and all the bounty of the earth at St Stephens church in Irishtown. Free will offering and refreshments. All are Welcome.

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2014 Committee Following The Lead of KISH Students As part of the Kensington 2014 Celebrations, the 2014 Committee would like to encourage residents and visitors to “Pay it Forward”. The goal is to record 2,014 acts of kindness before the Town’s 100th Birthday on May 23, 2014. The Pay It Forward Committee are taking the lead from our very own KISH students who have been Paying it Forward by doing random acts of kindness throughout their regular school day. Students have been “caught in the act” doing such things as helping a fellow student carry their books, cleaning up the classroom without being asked, welcoming a teacher back after being out sick and the list goes on. Pay it Forward Sometimes being contagious is a good thing....KISH students have started Paying it Forward and we want the entire Town of Kensington to keep it going. It’s simple! If someone does something nice for you...a random act of kindness, please let us know by emailing payitforward@ By telling us, we can celebrate all of the kind and generous people who live and work in our community and you’ll be helping us reach our goal of recording 2,014 good deeds before our 100th Birthday.

“QEES Battling for Buddies” 5th Annual Relay for Life Breakfast Carr’s Oyster Bar, Stanley Bridge Saturday, May 11th 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tickets available (adults, students) Entertainment/Silent Auction Tickets in advance from Team Members or at the door.

In the photo are KISH Students: Haley Evans, Lindsay Ramsay, Paige MacKay and J.R. Dennis.

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Masonic Motorcycle Riders Aids Annual Shriners Fundraiser Shriner Doug Smith of the Red Oak Shrine Club thanks members of the PEI Masonic Motorcycle Riding Assoc. for volunteering their time and help in delivering over 100 Shriners Roast Beef Takeout Dinners in Kensington and area which is an annual Shriners fund-raiser. “We do it because we want to help the Shriners Hospital For Children”, said Skip Beairsto, President of the PEI Masonic Motorcycle Riding Assoc..

L-R: Greg Beairsto, Doug Smith, Nevin Murray, Skip Beairsto and Morle MacNeil.

National Road Safety Week May 14-20 Canada Safety Council’s goal is to increase awareness and educate the public on traffic safety to make our roads safer for all Canadians. This includes aggressive driving, driver distractions, impaired driving, seat belts, photo enforcement, and many other topics.

Play it Safe on the Road

Stay Calm Behind the Wheel Plan ahead. Allowing yourself enough travel time will prevent a time crunch. Obey the speed limit. Obeying the speed limit will ensure proper traffic flow. Identify alternate routes. Try to find routes that will enable you to avoid traffic congestion on busier roads. Just be late. Being late for work or an appointment is better than endangering your life or the life of someone else. Drive sober. Absolutely never drink and drive. Keep the kids content. With young children, take regular stops and bring plenty of items to keep them occupied. Don’t let traffic congestion get to you. Keep in mind that traffic congestion is often a regular part of driving and is best handled with a calm attitude. Stay Alert Behind the Wheel Sleep. Make sure you get enough sleep before your drive. Pull Over. If you’re feeling tired while driving, pull over to a safe place and take a nap or perhaps spend the night in a hotel. There is no better cure for tiredness than sleep. Be cautious. If you suspect someone else is driving drowsy on the road, keep alert, drive courteously and don’t get angry. Protect Yourself from Aggressive Drivers Don’t take it personally. Be polite, even if the other driver is not. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and move out of the way. Keep your eyes on the road. Don’t provoke an aggressive driver further by making negative eye contact or gesturing. Show them they can’t distract you from driving safely. Always be a courteous driver. Set an example for other drivers by always being courteous and driving defensively. Take all safety measures. The number one passenger safety precaution is to make sure everyone is properly buckled up. Take Action! You Can Prevent Aggressive Driving Just as community groups have banded together to protect their neighborhoods, drivers must take an active role in preventing aggressive driving on our roads and highways. Here are some simple tips on how to make a difference. Report incidents of aggressive driving. If your safety, or the safety of someone around you, is being threatened by an aggressive driver, contact the police. Set an example for younger passengers. Children are keenly observant. Educating them at an early age through your actions will teach them the importance of being courteous. Source: Canada Safety Council and The Steel Alliance

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Squirrel Has Interesting Stash of Food This past winter we had a squirrel visiting our feeders – the first one since we moved to Ebenezer in 2008 – and he had evidently spent the winter in my shed in the yard. Last week I took it upon myself to clean up the shed and I was amazed and amused at what I found. Well, first of all, I found two cozy nests made from shredded newspapers and flyers, bits of burlap and cotton fabric. That was rather straight forward

and predictable. Then I came across a tall, skinny box. A pump for blowing up air mattresses had come in the box. Down in the bottom of the box there were two pieces of tea biscuit, a couple of fragments of toast and several pieces of soda crackers. Inter-

esting to note that this little stash of food was not especially close to either nest and would be only accessible to something capable of climbing cardboard walls. And here I thought that the birds were cleaning up the stale baked goods that I tossed out! Living on the Edge? I am always fascinated by the starlings that nest in the light standards that support our traffic lights and it strikes me as being a challenging spot from which to make your first flight as a fledgling. Well,

some starlings don’t take chances like that. I went by a light pole recently and there was an opening in the bottom of the pole very close to the ground. Mrs. (or Mr.) Starling was perched in the opening – the doorway to a groundlevel nest I expect. Feathered Friends My little friends, the American tree sparrow and the song sparrow, are still regular visitors at the platform feeder attached to my deck. This evening I got out the binoculars and checked out the “back

Floating row cover held down with some old bricks. forty”. To my delight I could make out two adult bald eagles in the nest that has been here ever since we came in 2008. There was one year that I didn’t detect any activity back there but, it looks like there’s going to be some this year. Both birds were in the nest. I wonder if they were doing some housecleaning? When you use the same nest year after year, does the decor ever change? Garden Season Time to get head and ears into gardening again. I recently tackled my raspberry patch, cutting off and removing last year’s fruiting canes. Okay, I guess that it would have been better to do it last fall after fruiting was over but I didn’t. Last spring my raspberry patch was rather pitiful looking with extensive cane die back. There appears to be very little of that this year. Simon and Schuster’s Encyclopedia of Practical Gardening recommends cutting the tips off canes in early spring, thus removing winter damage and encouraging lower buds to break. My everbearing raspberries have been slow to get established here on this property. Is the soil too heavy for them, retaining too much water? Maybe they simply don’t handle weed pressure as well as our conventional varieties and they surely have lots of weed pressure!!! Season Extender Have you ever used floating row cover in your garden? If not, I’d recommend that you give it a try for it can significantly change your first harvest date for some vegetables. I’ve not tried it on all my veggies yet but I give it rave reviews when it comes to early potatoes. The potatoes under floating row cover in my garden are as much as a

week earlier that those left to their own devices. You’re not familiar with floating row cover? It’s a light fabric that allows water, light and air to pass through it while increasing daytime temperatures around your plants and providing a small degree of frost protection. This is available at Veseys and Stokes. Veseys, this year, has it in more than one weight and different sizes. Floating row cover requires that you secure it well for otherwise in a strong wind you might see it floating over the neighbor’s back pasture. Pick a perfectly calm day to spread it out (not easy to come by sometimes) and place clods of soil or rocks along the edges of it to hold it in place. Keep in mind that anything that helps our vegetables to grow stands a strong likelihood of encouraging weeds to grow too. In my potato patch, I don’t leave the row cover on all season. If you take good care of it, you should, with luck, get at least two seasons out of it. It should to be rolled or folded up and stored in a dry location. This year I’m also using some landscape fabric topped with bark mulch around my shrubs and perennials. It does help to suppress weeds but, any weed seeds floating by that happen to settle on the mulch-covered fabric might just settle in, take root and thrive. However you may find it worth giving this product a try. It’s carried by many department stores and garden centers. Gardening comments or questions? Drop me a line at 471 New Glasgow Road, Ebenezer, PE, C1E 0S8 or

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From The Wharf To The Table

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Now that the north shore lobster season is open lobster enthusiasts are able to enjoy fresh succulent lobster.

succulent north shore lobster

One traditional way to eat lobster is to first prepare a pot of boiling salted water. (approx. 2 tbsp. of salt per litre/qt of water) Use enough water to cover the lobster. Grasp the lobster by its back with your hand or tongs and plunge it headfirst into the water (some people prefer to remove rubber bands before placing lobster in water to cook). Cover and return to a boil, and then lower the heat to a bubbly simmer. Lobster will cook in 12-20 minutes depending on the size. Smaller lobsters will cook in 12-15 minutes, while larger lobsters will require up to 20 minutes or more of cooking time. Timing should start only after the water has returned to a boil. Pull the front leg and if it pulls out easily, the lobster is cooked and ready to eat. Include some home-made potato salad, rolls and butter and ENJOY!

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Eating Lobster In The shell - life is good! Be prepared to dig in and get messy - it is part of the lobster eating experience. Might be an idea to have a bib to protect your clothes and lots of napkins. • twist the claw and knuckle from the lobster body • crack the claw and knuckel shell with a nutcracker or heavy knife and remove meat with a fork or small pick • twist the tail to remove from lobster body • hold the lobster tail in your hand, with the underside facing you, squeeze the sides together to break the shell down the length of the tail. The shell should now be able to be split apart to remover the meat. Remover the dark vein in the center of the tail flesh before eating the meat. You can also break off the tail flippers and push out meat. • the shell covering the body can be removed and discarded by grasping the body itself and prying the shell away. Inside you will find additional white meat. • don’t forget the tasty morsels of meat found in the small legs. These can be broken off and the meat squeezed out.

Yummy Lobster Cakes •1 lb. cooked lobster meat, chopped (2 lobsters yield about 1lb of meat) •1/2 cup bread crumbs •2 eggs •1/4 cup mayonnaise •1 tsp. dry mustard or yellow mustard •1 tsp. crab seasoning •1/4 tsp. black pepper •dash Worcestershire sauce Instructions: Mix eggs, mayo mustard, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Blend in lobster meat and bread crumbs. Form into cakes and place on a platter lined with wax paper. Chill cakes for 30-60 minutes before cooking for best results. Fry in a hot cast iron skillet until golden brown or broil in the oven until brown, flipping once. Serve on sandwich rolls or fresh bread. Garnish with fresh tomato slices and Dijon mustard, a little mayo or tartar sauce.

Note: Lobster shells. Added to the garden, they help produce large tomatoes.

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