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Vol. 1, No. 1

G R A N D B E N D ’S L I F E S T Y L E



May 16-29, 2007


FIRST PITCH Local ladies know how to hit a home run - p. 12 This page: Christy Heckman cheers on her team from the dugout

Second Wind Yacht Club prepares for season’s first race - p. 6

Third try It’s a summer for favourites at the movies p. 10

PLUS: COOL PEOPLE, GREAT MUSIC, SPRING FLAVOURS, AND OUTDOOR ADVICE Meet the Publisher p.  - Mom’s advice & Sudoku p.  - Living in Balance & Golf Tips p.  - Spring Recipes p. 

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To Do List

To Do: May 16 to May 29


:pm - Leisure Club, Parkhill Parkhill Area Horticultural Society Plant Auction

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-pm - Greenway United Church Bake, Yard And Plant Sale -pm - Grand Bend Legion Meat Draw

all weekend to May  - Pinery Park Migration Weekend: Join park naturalists and special guests to learn about the wonders of spring migration. Programs will include a nocturnal Owl Prowl, bird banding, birding hikes and more!

Diabetes Support Program Potluck lunch.

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1/2 scale racing: 6.5 & 9 MS, 440, JLM, Please bring a healthy dish to share. Contact Aileen at 238-1556 ext 4 for details. MT (rain date: May 20) ~pm - Grand Bend Yacht Club Sail past salute to Commodore to start sailing season


am - Grand Bend Yacht Club Sailing Regatta – race weather permitting



am - Grand Bend Yacht Club Sailing Regatta – race weather permitting

-pm - Grand Bend Legion Meat Draw

pm Scout Bottle Collection Night, proceeds for equipment for July Quebec Jamboree

All weekend to May  - Grand Bend Motorplex Spring Blowout - Friday: Fastpixs T&T; TUESDAY, MAY 22 Saturday: Thunder Series , TD/TS, Jets & ERD pm - Grand Bend Legion Big Dog Q8; Sunday: Box, No Box, Bike, TD/ Bingo TS, Jets & Show Cars, Concert am-pm - Greenway United Church

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am - Benders Foodland, Parkhill Parkhill Santa Parade BBQ

am-pm - Grand Bend Opening day of Grand Bend Farmers Market, Gill Street Parking Lot Sand Hills Golf Resort Huron Country Playhouse Guild May monthly luncheon meeting. Cost is $20. Guests and new members are welcome! Please call Mary at 519238-5640.


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- pm - Grand Bend Community Health Centre Stress Management Program: Join social worker Mickey Gurbin for this 3 week session. Topics include the anatomy of stress, triggers that increase stress anxiety and strategies to cope. Contact Cindy Maxfield to register 519-2381556 ext 6

- pm - Grand Bend Community Health Centre

-pm - Parkhill Legion Parkhill Legion Fish Fry. Grand Bend Speedway 1/2 scale racing: 6.5 & 9 MS, 440, 4-Cyl Widder Station Golf Club Campus Life/YFC Annual Golf Tournament @ Widder Station. Contact Earl 294-6326


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Finding new ways to remember Legion uses entertainment to remain relevant & viable By Casey Lessard With a smile on her face and a friend in her arms, Doreen Chester looks like a good time personified. The Legion president is cutting a rug on the dance floor while Saturday afternoon’s entertainment performs a song. Partner after partner, male or female, it’s obvious Chester loves to dance and this has benefited the Legion and the community. “It started with entertainment on a Saturday afternoon,” she says of her seven-year involvement in the Grand Bend Legion. “I was told there was entertainment here, and I love to dance and I love music, so I came. As I made friends, I was asked to decorate the hall for New Years’ Eve and then the Christmas trees. Then I worked upstairs at one of the banquets and one of the fellows heard that I was a teacher so he convinced me to join the executive as education chair. “I knew I would be involved in the community when I moved in,” she says. “The people that I know in the Legion make you want to be part of it. If they ask you to help, you just want to say yes. And I’ve found that if you need help, people say yes right away.” President-elect Ron Crown agrees. “This town is known for its volunteers,” he says, “and a good example was the 2001

It takes an army of volunteers to keep the Grand Bend Legion running. Outgoing president Doreen Chester (left) spends hours helping with entertainment and fundraisers; Joan McCullough and Dave Guyett (above) are among those who help at bingo Tuesday nights. Canada Summer Games; we had to turn people away. A lot of people are looking for something to do and you don’t have to take a lot of their time. People want to support the community they live in.” “We have at least 12-14 people who work the bingo every Tuesday night and some of them are in their early 80s,” Chester says. “They have that vivacious energy and drive that they want to give back to the community.” Volunteering with the Legion can support the community in many ways. Its members fund local charities in addition to work with veterans and remembrance.

“The basic focus has not changed,” Crown says, “but the things you have to do to keep going certainly have. We still look after veterans and their dependants. But the problem is that the veterans are becoming fewer and fewer. Because of their age – most of them are at least 80 – we see a lot of them going into homes like Parkwood. We spend a lot of time making them more comfortable.” The demographic change means the Legion must do things differently to remain viable, and that includes opening its doors to the public. Harry Young is an expert at promoting the Legion’s attributes. The entertainment coordinator wants everyone to come

Band Profile

Band Profile

Bob Finlay

Mike Fagan

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Hometown: St. Thomas Personal Style: Everything from early war tunes to East Coast Canada to Elvis, 50s, 60s, 70s. Canadian folk music. Audience participation. Influences: My dad; high school teacher Frank Hurlehay; vocal coach and Caledonians accompanist Dr. Wayne Carroll What people can expect: A fun, lively, entertaining high caliber afternoon. Who inspires you? My dad. My dad’s passed now, but he got me into music. Andy Stewart, a huge Scottish entertainer. When I came to Canada, Gordon Lightfoot and the Guess Who. Then Neil Diamond and Elvis, the Eagles.

What makes you want to sing? It’s my very being. I’ve been an entertainer since I was 15 years of age. It’s going on 38 years I’ve been playing Legions and around the world. There’s a deep internal drive. It’s a God-given talent that needs to be shared.

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Where do you like to perform? I perform many different ways. The Caledonians play stage shows; that’s the top professional level of what I do. I’ve played in Scotland, Vegas, Disneyworld, New York, East coast, West coast. But I also play Highland Games and I enjoy that. I also love Legions and war tunes because it gives people memories of times past. When people come in, they Hometown: Originally from East Coast; curcome from all walks of life, but they go out rently London Personal Style: All over the place. Started saying they had a good afternoon with Bob. out playing classical; folk after school; session musician in L.A.; rock solo act in Canada. When do you find time for yourself? I’m a therapeutic music recreationist at Influences: Bob Dylan to Pink Floyd to Regional Mental Health Care at St. Joseph’s Buddy Guy. Heavily influenced by jazz. I’m in London. With that, I’ve done a lot of re- constantly studying that type of music. teaching musical instruments to clients who What people can expect: At the Legion: Irish, in turn go out and perform at seniors’ homes. older tunes, dance music from the swing era, 50s, 60s. At the clubs: Stone Temple Pilots, Tragically Hip, Black Sabbath, etc. Why did you become a musician? It’s my destiny. When I was a boy, our Who blows your mind? family would have get-togethers and music Miles Davis. What he did was took jazz and was always there. Everyone would pick up an instrument and then I took lessons. infused it with rock, which has become the Eventually it’s all you do. Music is the very focus of all musicians these days. Pink Floyd essence of who I am. It shows the minute I acknowledges that he was the inspiration for Dark Side of the Moon. I like Buddy Guy but step on stage or when I talk to someone.

and spend money on a good cause, whether it be attending meat draws, bingo or Saturday afternoon entertainment. “Giving back to the community is the most important thing,” Young says. “Coming here is your little part you play in helping them. We need $250,000 a year to run this place just to break even. And at the same time, we give away the rest of our money to all the different charities.” “I believe that everyone has something they can offer to the community,” Chester says, “and that if they got involved in one organization they would realize how much they could get involved and how much fun it is.” that’s in my personal time. What inspires you? My kids; I have three. And my wife. My family is the source of the magic. Where did you get your first big break? When I was around 19 I was playing at the Kee to Bala (in Muskoka). I was the house band there and they asked me to open for a band called Max Webster (with lead singer Kim Mitchell). I had to walk on with just a guitar in front of this big crowd, and it actually went really well. That’s when I realized that I could make a go at it as a professional musician. When is your favourite time of day? Early morning, but I don’t see it very often in my line of work. I love the sunrise. The only time I see six or seven o’clock is when I’m on holiday, whereas most people try to avoid that when they’re on holiday. Why do you do it? I’m a musician. I don’t have a choice (laughs). It’s always called me and I just keep doing it. I decided a couple years ago to cut back on the traveling and have focused on teaching because I was away too much. So now I play three times a week, and I get a big kick out of teaching and watching the people I’m teaching on the verge of going pro. Mike is working on a book called Campfire Guitar, which will be released in 4-6 months.

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Strip Thoughts

The New Kid on the Block I

’m sure some people think it takes about a day or a week to make a newspaper,

but with a birthday of May 16, Grand Bend Strip comes into the world about nine months after it was conceived. I think that’s appropriate because I view it as my baby, and it’s likely the only one I will ever have to give birth to. My girlfriend, Anjhela Michielsen (she’s one half of the Stone Angels profiled in this issue) has been very patient while I pursued my dream to become a newspaper photographer. We were living together last winter after I left the television news business to try to pursue freelance work fulltime. As a starving artist, fate offered me an amazing opportunity when I was at the peak of my despair. I moved to the cottage country town of Haliburton, where I did photos and some stories for two weekly newspapers and a summer weekly. I was told hard work would pay off, and it did (make no illusions: working for a small-town newspaper is not the place to make your millions). Not only was the lifestyle wonderful, I made good friends and worked with the best in the business. That was evident at the recent Ontario Community Newspapers’ Association awards, where we earned top honours for newspaper of the year (both won in their readership class) and another dozen awards. Among them, I received two: best feature photo and second best photographer of the year. Hard work does pay off. Throughout that time, I’ve wanted to return to the area where I was raised, and work on building a life with my girlfriend in a town close to our families. Not many good jobs come up in the newspaper industry around here, so I thought I’d create my own. I could see how difficult it was to know what there is to do here other than lay on the beach or get drunk. Grand Bend is a tourist destination, so people should have a simple way to find out what’s going on. And that’s why Grand Bend Strip focuses on literally anything that you can do with your precious spare time. At the Motorplex or the Playhouse; on the water or in the air; sitting at the bar or walking the fairway; at the beach or in your kitchen: we give you enough ideas that you won’t have time to do them all this week. In fact, we give you two weeks worth of ideas. Sometimes I feel like I’m all alone doing this. I don’t have a corporation backing me, and no salespeople or graphic designers. It’s me selling the ads, drawing them up, interviewing and photographing the people you see in the paper, and me picking up the newspaper at the printing plant. My fingerprints are on every page of the newspaper you are reading, and that feels great. I hope you can feel it, too. Many others have left their mark on this project, directly

Our commitment to you: You will never again wonder what to do around here. You will learn something new about your community and your neighbours. You will see local faces on the cover and in each issue. You will have a chance to contribute your thoughts, your event listings and your personal stories. You will feel good about reading this local newspaper. If you feel we are breaking our commitment to you, please let us know: Casey Lessard Grand Bend Strip P.O. Box 218 Grand Bend, Ontario N0M 1T0 (519) 614-3614 The publisher with his very supportive mother, Rita (see pg. 5). or indirectly. My advertisers are supportive local businesses and I encourage you to tell them what you like about this paper during your next visit. I have great contributors like nature writer Jenipher Appleton, chef James Eddington and pro golfer Cameron Rankin; these people know what they’re talking about, and I’m proud to have their names in these pages. Deserving thanks go to Martha Perkins, Greg Hoekstra, Jessica Young, Lance Crossley, Steve Galea, Darren Lum, the rest of the staff at the Haliburton Echo and Minden Times and the people who live there. Thanks to my amazing Haliburton roommates Jamie Hurley, Bruce Bozec and Teddy Penn. Carmen Kinniburgh at the Canadian Cancer Society has been a great supporter as has Mike Rennie. Working at CKCO/CTV in Kitchener funded my education, and former news director Larry Rose gave me my first break in the television industry. Colleague James MacDonald at CNN Hong Kong and and his wife Heather have always inspired me. Working at the Woolwich Observer in Elmira resulted in my first Canadian community newspaper award, and I earned two more after their glowing recommendation to Haliburton. I also wish pirate sailor Matt Jaques could be here to be part of this adventure. Most deserving of credit are my families: my brothers, their wives and kids; my aunts and uncle; and the Michielsens, Masfrankcs and Martins. All of them give encouragement; some their time and money to get me started. My girlfriend, Anjhela, and my mom and dad are my big-

Publisher: Casey Lessard Editor: Casey Lessard Advertising Sales: Casey Lessard Advertising Design: Casey Lessard Chief Photographer: Casey Lessard Grand Bend Strip P.O. Box 218 Grand Bend, Ontario N0M 1T0 CANADA Phone: (519) 614-3614 Fax: 1 (866) 753-2781

Contributors: Rita Lessard - my mom Jenipher Appleton - nature/birding Cameron Rankin golf pro, Sand Hills, Port Franks James Eddington owner/chef, Eddington’s, Exeter Distribution: Casey Lessard, Rita Lessard and Joan McCullough

gest fans, and I couldn’t do this without them. All three have done whatever they can to do help my dreams come true, and I can’t thank them enough. If you’ve read this far, I also want to thank you. My goal is to give you a very personal newspaper that is a testament to the power of getting off your butt and doing something. All of us have that power, and when it comes to your leisure time, sometimes you need a hand figuring out how to spend it. Volunteer, take up a new hobby like birding or golfing, soak up the culture of live theatre or drag racing, enjoy a good meal, spend some time in the garden. Grand Bend Strip is dedicated to giving you ideas for things to do around here. And yes, that includes laying on the beach or sitting on the patio. We simply advise you to also try something else this week. Finish reading this paper, but keep it around for a couple weeks. Show it to a friend from out of town, and brag about the people making great things happen in our community. Write us a note and tell us what else you like about the Grand Bend area. Share your experiences so others can discover something new. And if you run out of ideas, remember our motto: For a good time, Strip!

Grand Bend Strip is printed every two weeks in the summer and 4106 copies are delivered free to all homes and businesses in Grand Bend, Zurich, Dashwood and Port Franks using Canada Post. An additional 900 copies are available to other residents and visitors at local stores and restaurants.

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Advertising is accepted on condition that, in the event of an error, the portion of the ad occupied by the error will not be charged for, but the balance will be paid at the usual rate. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to check their ads on first publication, and the publisher accepts no responsibility for errors in multiple insertions. The Grand Bend Strip reserves the right to reject or edit any advertisement likely to offend community standards and/or the law. All material herein, including advertising design, is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any form.

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Sudoku This is an “easy” puzzle from - solution pg. . Fill the grid so that each column, each row, and each of the 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9.

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Strip Fun

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What I’ve learned – advice from mom Compiled by Rita Lessard

How tea bags can help you

Stress busters

For dry skin Bathe in green tea. Just throw a few tea bags under a running faucet and the antioxidants will rehydrate your skin. Tidy cats Allow used tea bags to air-dry, then add the contents to kitty litter. Tea’s antibacterial properties neutralize odour. Natural deodorizer When cooking with fish or garlic, wipe the palms of your hands with wet tea bags after handling the food. Odours will disappear.

Review your purpose – remember why you are doing what you’re doing. Take stretch breaks – if you’re overwhelmed, take five minutes to walk the dog or smell the coffee (that’s easy for me because I work at Tim Horton’s). Listen to your intuition – there have been times when I have wondered what to do in a situation and I trusted my intuition. It’s always worked for me. Rub your feet and hands – there are points in your feet and hands that, when rubbed, will relieve stress. I tell the girls at work to do this when they have headaches. I do it, too, because I know it works.

Quotes of the week

No more rust After washing, wipe cast iron pots and pans with used tea bags. The tannins in the tea You make a living by what you get, but you create a rust preventing layer. make a life by what you give. – Anonymous Live to learn and you will learn to live. - From Women’s World magazine – Portuguese proverb

Save money. Buy local. Why waste your gas going to the city when the best shopping and fun are so close? You’ll save time and money, not to mention avoid a headache, by visiting stores in Grand Bend, Zurich, Exeter, Parkhill, Thedford, Port Franks, Dashwood, etc.

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Strip: Feature

Put some wind in your sails this long weekend Head to the pier to see sailboats racing Victoria Day Regatta Grand Bend Yacht Club River Road Saturday May  to Monday May 

“Sailing is not a sport; it’s a way of life.” th Bill Newton should know; this is his 40 season at the Grand Bend Yacht Club, and there’s no stopping the Grand Bend resident. “You’ll never find anything more relaxing than sailing,” he says. “The lack of motor noise and the lap of the water on the side of your hull. Adjusting your sails to get the most out of your boat. It’s always a challenge to go faster than the next boat. If you think of a sailboat doing seven or eight knots, that would be equivalent to a car doing 100-120 miles an hour, versus one knot less 60 or 70. It’s like the difference between a racecar and a slow car.” The Grand Bend Yacht Club is dedicated to racing, and anyone interested in the sport should make the trip to the dock this weekend for the Victoria Day regatta. Saturday’s Commodore’s brunch (members only) is followed by a sail past salute just after noon. Races run Sunday and Monday starting at 10 a.m. weather permitting. While not guaranteed, you might earn your sea legs much like Newton did those many years ago. “I was 17 and in the air cadets and I was coming back from the Toronto Island airport from a session flying, and I was out at one of the yacht clubs. Somebody yelled out, ‘Where’s my crew? Anybody here who can crew?’ I had never been on a boat before, but of course, I said, ‘Yeah, I can crew.’ He invited me on his boat and it took about two seconds for him to realize I don’t know anything about sailing, but he sort of liked my courage and asked me to come back to sail for the rest of the season.” Commodore Tom Quigley suggests interested rookies should contact him before trying to catch a ride. “In our club, you have to be a boat owner. There are people who are here who go racing every week and are looking for crew. But we can’t accommodate everybody. It’s a good way to get some experience; email me at and if there are people looking for crew we can link you up with them.” After his early experiences, Bill Newton moved to Grand Bend in 1968, joining the club with its 28 slips – one for each member. The club now has 52 slips for 35 full members. “When I joined we didn’t have a clubhouse,” he says, “so what you see behind you is what we call our overnight success that took 25 years. We couldn’t get a mortgage for it, so all the money for it came from our members.”

A crane lifts the sailboats into the river at the end of April. Masts have to be raised into place; Jerry Jean, Terry O’Rourke and Randy Brown help carry one to its boat (above). Chris Dipietro (below) puts on special paint before the boats are put in the water.

You don’t need to take out a mortgage to become a sailor; Newton says someone bought a boat last year for $2000. The cost can go much higher. After some prying, he says he’s invested more than $100,000. “We encourage first-time boat owners to crew on other boats. It gives them confidence on the racecourse. We have a summer school for sailing. We are really trying to encourage young people to learn how to sail; not only the technique but also the safety.” “Our idea is to promote the sport of racing and sailboats,” says Quigley. “We have racing every Sunday in the spring and fall and a few other races in the summer.” “If you can always keep in mind it’s got to be fun,” Newton says, “and have respect for the water. Learn how to interpret the weather and wind conditions so you don’t get in trouble. That can take a lifetime of learning. What direction the winds are coming from will determine what kind of day you will have.” “It’s quite exhilarating,” Quigley adds. “It’s something you have to experience to appreciate it.”

How to watch the regatta

Advice from Anne Bannister Race official since  Canada Summer Games Best place to stand: On the pier

If the wind is favourable, you can see the race very well. If the winds are unfavourable, you won’t see anything. Bring: Binoculars

We’re very willing to explain to people what’s going on. The only thing is that people can’t talk to us during countdown because we’re very focused on that. Length:

Victoria Day regatta: we set our rules so that if nobody makes it to the first mark within an hour, the race is over. You also have to finish within 30 minutes of your first class finisher or you’re disqualified.

Everybody races against each other, but the person who comes across first doesn’t necessarily win. It goes back to the computer and the computer decides based on the rating who won. We also have some one-design racing here, which is the shark fleet; in that case, the first person across the line wins. The start sequence is a series of flags and signals. You cannot go over the line early or you’ll be called back. Time over distance is how it’s measured. We have four racing classes here. So we usually have three starts at every race. It’s fun to watch. We have a rolling start the first time, which means it’s one-two-three, all in a row. Flags go up that signal people what class is going, what course they’re going to be doing. We do the countdown over the radio with a pier start so that everybody hears it. Then we finish them from the pier, or in a perfect world, we have a committee boat go out into the middle of the course and start them out there.

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Grand Bend Strip • 7

Strip: Feature

Boating Safety Tips Canadian Safe Boating Council Wear your Lifejacket - If everyone wore their lifejackets while in small open boats the Canadian Safe Boating Council predicts there could be an instant 50% reduction in boating deaths. Don’t Drink & Boat - It is dangerous and socially unacceptable to drink and drive a vehicle. The same holds true for drinking and boating. Take a Boating Course - Like any activity, more knowledge brings more competence and pleasure. Boating is no different. Be Prepared - Mechanical breakdowns account for approximately 50% of the calls for help. Most of these embarrassing incidents are preventable by ensuring your vessel is serviceable, you have sufficient gas. And part of being prepared is also making sure that the weather and water conditions are suitable for your day out on the water.

Cold Water Immersion - Cold water is an environmental factor that all boaters should understand and prepare for.

Boating Risk Factors • 83% of boating fatality victims were males. • An estimated 60% of boating fatalities occur in very cold water (under 10°C) with most fatalities in water under 20°C. • The colder the water, the higher the death rates. • In 85% of boating fatalities the victim was not wearing or properly wearing a PFD • If everyone on the water wore a PFD, most lives would be saved annually • Alcohol is involved in about 40% of all boating fatalities.

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Strip Outside

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Birding more beneficial than you might think Living in Balance By Jenipher Appleton

Living in balance can be enhanced by our connections with nature. The way in which we are brought up can have a great impact on our view of natural surroundings. I am just a country girl, having lived in rural southwestern Ontario for the past 28 years. I was born and raised in Muskoka in a family of nature enthusiasts. I am also an elementary school teacher, and have been for so-o long that some of my students’ parents were taught by me. Yikes! Barring catastrophes, over the next series of articles I hope to share with you some insight and ideas for living in balance with the ecosystem. Birding is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Millions of people, through organized birding activities, contribute billions of dollars to the North American economy. This fact is a very hopeful sign for the birds themselves. You see, the more we know, observe and understand about our feathered friends, the better we are able to protect them for the future. Their presence here is a legacy which warrants our respect. At the rate we are destroying habitat with our daily activities, it is predicted that over the next hundred years we will lose 1200 species, or one in eight (R. Bateman, Birds).

Birding and ecology Ignorance of how ecosystems work is directly related to the amount of negative impact we have on the earth and its species. Birding is a perfect vehicle to help raise awareness of ecology and nature’s delicate balance. My own interest in birds began early in life in the forests of Muskoka where my father taught me how to identify the names of the native species. He was exceptional at bird calls; whistling their specific song would often fool some of them to come in quite close. This provided us a much better look. Supplying me with books like Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wild Animals I have Known and a subscription to The Young Naturalist magazine also helped to instill a

respect for wildlife in general. Although cultivating a love of nature in the young is important, many nature converts do not embrace such activities until well into adulthood. It is never too late to take up a hobby; especially one that invites you into the great outdoors. Changing from a couch potato into a birder hiking through woods and fields can have incredibly positive health implications, both physically and mentally. Your blood pressure is bound to decrease and your sense of well-being to increase. Sharing my enthusiasm with my own offspring is the ‘piece de resistance’. One night when our son Andrew was seventeen, he climbed a ladder outside to scrape some wet snow off the satellite dish. When he reached the top, his face was level with an open vent. Something caught his eye and he shone the flashlight inside. When he came back into the house he said, “Mom, you’ll never believe what I just saw!” He had come face-to-face with a screech owl seeking refuge from the snapping cold. The fact that Andrew was so excited by the encounter was a reward for me. I’m sure that it was not only the owl ‘whooo’ was wide-eyed.

Where to birdwatch Birding opportunities in our immediate area are within easy reach. Visiting Point Pelee to see the spring and fall migrations, a Sunday drive to just north of Greenway to see the Tundra Swans, or Jack Miner’s naturalist museum at Kingsville are a few examples. Plenty of websites are at your fingertips to entice you further afield. However, so many species can be enjoyed right in our own back yards if we just create the habitat for them. Sure signs of spring are the rose-breasted grosbeak, white-throated and white-crowned sparrows, and goldfinches in their bright yellow plumage. I have filled the hummingbird and oriole feeders in anticipation of their arrival. One more example of trying to live in balance.

Helping you find balance

Educator Jenipher Appleton is Grand Bend Strip’s nature columnist, with a focus on birds and their role in the ecosystem. Her column will feature birdwatching advice and tips on Living in Balance with nature. To contact Jenipher, write Attn: Jenipher Appleton at

Get your clubs ready! Golf tips by Cameron Rankin Having your clubs ready for the season would be my #1 tip to get the new season off to good start. Check your grips: Oil and perspiration from your hands form a build up of an oily residue. When combined with keeping your clubs in the trunk of the car during hot summer days, this hardens and cracks your grips over time. The cure: clean regularly with Comet or Ajax in the power form. Use a scrubbing brush and warm water to remove residue to increase the life of your grips.

Cleaning your grips will relax your grip pressure at address and throughout your swing, which in turn will increase your clubhead speed, translating to more distance. This relaxed grip pressure should also improve accuracy and feel on your shots. For more tips on your game, see your local golf professional. Cameron Rankin is a member of the CPGA and British PGA, and the head pro at Sand Hills Golf Resort ( between Port Franks and Thedford.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Simple Spring Salad A sweet and sour dressing made just for spinach

Dressing: 3 tbsp 1/4 cup 1/4 tsp 2 tbsp

Apple Cider Vinegar Granulated Sugar Worcestershire sauce Sesame seeds, toaster (see tip below) 2 tsp Poppy seeds 1/4 tsp Onion powder 10oz 2 cups

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Strip in the Kitchen

Bag / Bunch of Fresh Baby Spinach Fresh Strawberries

Dressing: Put first 6 ingredients into blender. Process until smooth. Pour into small bowl. Combine spinach and strawberries in large bowl. Add as much dressing as needed, just before serving. Toss until well coated. Tip: To toast almonds and sesame seeds, place in single layer on ungreased shallow pan. Bake in 350°F oven for approximately 7 minutes, stirring or shaking often.

Celebrate the Season recipes for a spring lunch By James Eddington Eddington’s of Exeter As summertime approaches, the warmth of a new season inspires a change in menu, away from the melded flavors of simmered stews to lighter and fresher fare. Each day early vegetables arrive, salad greens become abundant and fruit blossoms become alive with berry season just around the corner. Its time to clean off your barbecues, sweep the deck, dust off the patio furniture and

enjoy the outdoors as much as the food that accompanies it. Local farmers markets, roadside vendors and grocers stock their shelves with all the riches that Ontario’s West Coast has to offer. These three recipes showcase local seasonal ingredients. Enjoy… James Eddington

It’s planting time! Asparagus Quiche 1 lb.

Fresh Asparagus spears, trimmed of tough ends and halved Water 1/2 tsp Salt 8 1 cup 1

Bacon Slices, diced Grated Swiss Cheese Unbaked 9 inch pie shell

4 3/4 cup 3/4 cup 1/8 tsp 1/2 tsp 1/8 tsp

Large Eggs Milk Skim evaporated milk Ground nutmeg Salt Pepper

Cook asparagus in water with 1st amount of salt in large sauce pan until tender. Drain. Cool. Chop. Fry bacon until golden. Drain. Cool. Scatter cheese over bottom of pie shell. Lay asparagus over cheese in spiral pattern. Scatter bacon over top. Beat eggs in medium bowl until frothy. Add both milks, salt , pepper and nutmeg. Beat until blended. Pour over asparagus mixture. Bake on bottom rack in 350°F oven for ~60-70 minutes until knife inserted into centre comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Serves 6.

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Rhubarb Cheese Dessert Wonderful tart rhubarb flavor with creamy cream cheese and complementary graham crust. Dress up individual servings with fresh Mint leaves Graham Crust 1/3 cup Hard margarine or Butter 1-1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs 2 tbsp Icing sugar Filling 2/3 cups 3 cups 2 tbsp 4 tsp 12oz 1/2 cup 2

Granulated sugar Chopped fresh rhubarb Water Cornstarch Light cream cheese, softened Granulated sugar Large eggs

Graham Crust: Melt margarine in medium sauce pan. Add graham crumbs and icing sugar. Stir until well coated. Press into foil lined 9x9 Inch pan.

Filling: Combine first amount of granulated sugar and rhubarb in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until simmering. Simmer until rhubarb is soft. Stir water into cornstarch in small cup until smooth. Stir into rhubarb mixture until simmering and thickened. Set sauce pan in cold water, stir until cool. Beat cream cheese and second amount of sugar together in bowl. Beat in eggs (1 at a time). Spread smoothly over crust. Drop dabs of rhubarb mixture here and there onto cream cheese mixture. Swirl with knife to make marble effect. Bake in 350°F oven for ~35 minutes until toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean. Cut into 12 pieces and serve.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Showing with Wild Hogs Star-lite Drive-in, Shipka - -- Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images) Website: Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Chow YunFat, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Kevin R. McNally, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook, Andy Beckwith, Reggie Lee Director: Gore Verbinski Plot Summary: In the follow-up to the record-breaking smash 2006 hit Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, we find our heroes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a

desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones’ locker – while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company, wreaks havoc across the Seven Seas. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, they must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Chinese Pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). Now headed beyond the very ends of the earth, each must ultimately choose a side in a final, titanic battle – as not only their lives and fortunes, but the entire future of the freedom-loving Pirate way, hangs in the balance.

Wild Hogs

Rating: PG (for some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action) Website: Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Justin Timberlake, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, John Krasinski, Ian McShane Director: Chris Miller, Raman Hui Plot Summary: When Shrek married Princess Fiona, becoming the next King and Queen of Far, Far Away wasn’t part of the plan. So when his father-in-law, King Harold, falls ill, it is up to Shrek to find a suitable heir or he will be forced to give up his beloved

swamp for the throne. Recruiting Donkey and Puss In Boots for a new quest, Shrek sets out to bring back the rightful heir to the throne, Fiona’s rebellious cousin Artie. Back in Far, Far Away, Fiona’s jilted Prince Charming storms the city with an army of fairy tale villains to seize the throne. But they have a surprise in store because Fiona, together with her mother, Queen Lillian, has drafted her fellow fairy tale heroines to defend their “happily ever afters.” As Shrek, Donkey and Puss work on changing Artie from a royal pain in the you-know-what into a future king, Fiona and her band of princesses must stop Prince Charming to ensure there will be a kingdom left to rule.

Blades of Glory Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language, a comic violent image and some drug references) Website: Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, William Fichtner, Jenna Fischer, Romany Malco, Nick Swardson, Rob Corddry, Craig T. Nelson Director: Will Speck, Josh Gordon Plot Summary: When rival figure skaters

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Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy ( Jon Heder) go ballistic in an embarrassing, no-holds-barred fight at the World Championships, they are stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life. Now, three-and-a-half years on, they’ve found a loophole that will allow them to compete: if they can put aside their differences, they can skate together – in pairs’ figure skating.

Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, and some violence) Website: Starring: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, Jill Hennessy, Ray Liotta Director: Walt Becker Plot Summary: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy hit the road in this rollicking comedy-adventure about a group of middle-aged friends who decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip. Taking a long dreamed-of breather from their stressful jobs and family responsibilities, they can’t

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wait to feel the freedom of the open road. When this mis-matched foursome, who have grown far more used to the couch than the saddle, set out for this once-in-a-lifetime experience - they encounter a world that holds far more than they ever bargained for. The trip begins to challenge their wits and their luck, especially during a chance run-in with the Del Fuegos, a real-life biker gang who are less than amused with their novice approach. As they go looking for adventure, they soon find that they’ve embarked on a journey they will never forget.

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This summer savour locally grown produce from the Grand Bend Farmers’ Market as your favourite restaurants present recipes from the “Simply in Season” cookbook

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Strip at Night

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Band Profile:

Stone Angels

Oakwood Inn May 18, 19, 20 8pm to 12am The Stone Angels are Parkhill residents Gloria Martin (left in photo: lead guitar, percussion and harmony) and Anjhela Michielsen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard and harmonica)

Personal Style:

A: It seems like I’m attracted to something that’s really authentic and genuine. That transfers into all aspects of my life; not just music - also my personal life choices. It seems to be a whole lifestyle. G: I’m a really soulful, reflective person. That carries over into my music and my life. I’m interested in the environment and social justice. I love animals and enjoy relating to people.


What is the most common thing you hear from your audiences?

A: Sarah McLachlan and Jewel definitely influenced my new immersion of music in the last eight years. Before that I was totally into musical theatre. But when I first played guitar I started out strumming Jewel songs and my style has evolved G: They love our sound. from that. A: They love the harmonies, love the way we sound together G: My parents were a big influence; all five of us as children and the selection of music. They always comment that they got musical training and we eventually performed as a family. From country and gospel to folk rock and popular music, love what we’ve done with the music. G: They often comment as well about how professional our I have an appreciation for a wide range of music, and that’s reflected in our show. I love music with strong harmonies and show is. They seem to really respect that. groups that harmonize well together.

What people can expect:

A: They can expect to have a good time. We’re not a dance band, but they can expect to be entertained. They can sit back and enjoy and have a more intimate kind of concert. G: We’ve been told it’s a classy show and that we have really strong vocals. It’s a stripped down show but it’s a really nice sound to listen to. They’ll hear a lot of their favourite songs with a new twist. A: They know the music, but we add a signature sound that makes it Stone Angels.

Where was your first show together?

A: At the Grate in Parkhill, actually. We had done some weddings, but our first real venue was the Grate, which was a restaurant. G: We did a party for our friend Lynn. It was a big birthday bash so the place was just filled. We performed for the night and had a really great reception. The Grate liked what we did and asked whether we wanted to come back and do something on a regular basis. Anj started doing some solo there and I joined in. A: Singing covers alone can turn into glorified karaoke. Adding the second person allows you to be so much more creative in covering songs. You can add harmonies and two instruments and instrumentation, which helped me a lot with A: I’m in charge of choice of music and arranging. A lot of arranging the music. the creative process is something that happens from us playing together. It’s all a process where we discuss everything. G: We respect each other’s strengths and we defer to each other’s area of strength. I handle a lot of the business management and the public relations stuff.

Who’s in charge here?

When did you realize you could do this full-time?

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A: We did a buskers’ festival and we had a great reception. We got second place in our first year. G: We got first at the St. Thomas buskers’ festival the following year. After having a great reception at the Port Stanley buskers’ festival, we approached a small café called Jimmy C’s that had live entertainment. They gave us a regular gig and we got quite a following there and made friends. There we found a guy who was interested in managing us and we made a CD.

Why have you decided to remain in Southwestern Ontario?

A: We both grew up around here, so our families and friends are here. So we both feel comfortable in this area. This is the place we love to be. We’re in a hub; we’re not far away from a lot of things. We can still enjoy country living but we’re close to London, Stratford, Grand Bend and even Toronto. It’s all within driving distance. G: What is difficult is doing the driving, the hours on the road late at night and all that’s involved in that. We just discovered over the years that that becomes a burnout situation. You’re competing with all the locals in any of the cities. If they can hire a band and they’re earning the same as us, but we have to drive there, it’s not financially viable. So you want to get something as close to home as possible. It’s difficult to find a partner whose voice blends well with yours, and when you find that you want to hold onto it. This is where we want to be and it hasn’t been attractive enough to go elsewhere. Hear samples of the Stone Angels’ music at their website:


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Strip Outside

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The girls of summer hit the field Photos by Casey Lessard

Six teams play slo-pitch each Tuesday night in Grand Bend and Centralia. The league was formerly based at the Crediton d i a m o n d s , b u t t h i s ye a r Grand Bend hosts one game at 8 p.m. and Centralia hosts games at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Marcy Peaker of Team Gables and base coach Jeff Arnold prepare for a hit.

Marie Broom keeps score for the AKAs.

Shelley Snider of Team Gables pitches to AKAs batter Mandy Andrews.

Left: Laura Bowerman comes around third on her way home. The AKAs went on to a nail-biting 12-11 win. Above: Brittany Kadlecik of Team Gables (they’re getting new shirts soon) has fun with seven-month old Jaden Arnold.

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May 16, 2007 edition of Grand Bend Strip community newspaper

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