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Grand Bend’s School of Rock The Band In You is building a following for bands that might hit their peak 10 or 20 years from now Photos and story by Casey Lessard Sitting outside a basement studio in the Dalton Subdivision south of Grand Bend, four teenagers wait their turn in Ken Dinel’s domain: his professional music recording studio. Surprised by the success of his project, The Band In You music school, Dinel has had to abandon basement space to expand the studio and the lounge, which is still in the renovation stage. “I thought I might get five students and teach a little music,” Dinel says. “I didn’t expect a big turnout, but it just took off. And it took off fast. I didn’t do any advertising other than in the Strip, and the word of mouth spread. Kids started telling their friends they were in a band. My five-year-old group members are six now, and they went to Florida for a month; they drove their mom nuts telling everyone they’re in a band.” Their passion for being part of something bigger than themselves has led to performances by The Band In You students at various community events this summer, including at the Canada Day celebrations and the Relay for Life. “It’s different from what I’m used to, but a good different,” says 14-year-old Blake Percy of Grand Bend, a guitarist in the band Sweet ‘N’ Toxik. He joined the school after his mom saw the ad in this paper. “I’m learning a lot of new things. Before I would learn how to play the guitar and go home and practice for hours and hours. Here, you’re learning how to play with other people in a band. The timing is a whole different thing. It’s like comparing an individual sport like tennis to a team sport like soccer.” The band members range in age from three to 18, and there are seven bands in total. Band members come up with the names, such as Famous, Victim, and Rocket

Stars. Everyone is involved in songwriting, which is the main thrust of the school. “They come in and sit down, and we start writing,” Dinel says. “We’ll rewrite together until the song’s somewhat complete, and then it’s introduced to the band. If the bands are less capable of writing, we each take a turn writing a line and then it’s edited that way. The Rocking Kids are five years old, and they all wrote me a bunch of lyrics about being rock stars and I put it together for them. With Sweet ‘N’ Toxik, Kyla came in with a semi-finished song (“Building My Time Machine”), and we tore it down and rewrote it with new elements. Then we sat down and worked on the music for it. It all came together very quickly. “From there, we go into the studio and lay down a bed track where the band performs the song together to a click track. Then we just start replacing parts one at a time. We redo it until it’s radio-worthy.” That level of professionalism and solidarity is what attracts Dinel’s students. “I thought I was the next Taylor Swift,” says Sweet ‘N’ Toxik singer Megan O’Brien, 15 of Zurich. “But then I got into the band and this is so much cooler because you get to share the hard work and pride with other people. I really want to hit it big with the band. I love sharing our music with people. When I’m listening to the radio, I’ll hear a song that makes me say, ‘I’m so glad they wrote that.’ I want to share that with people.” Sharing the music is part of the appeal for Kyla Hunt-Beach of Grand Bend, also a singer with the band. “I like being able to perform and entertain,” says the 17-year-old. “I like being able to work in a team as a band. It’s been really amazing. (continued on page 4)

Sweet ‘N’ Toxik singer Megan O’Brien, 15, of Zurich

Sweet ‘N’ Toxik singer Kyla Hunt-Beach, 17, of Grand Bend

Sweet ‘N’ Toxik guitarist Blake Percy, 14, of Grand Bend

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Megan O’Brien waits for the music to start during her turn in the recording studio. She aspired to be a soloist, but has found her home with the band.

Ken Dinel gives direction to O’Brien through the studio glass. Dinel’s basement is half studio, half lounge for his students, who write, perform and record music in hopes of future fame. The school’s success was a pleasant surprise for the musician, who moved from Vancouver last year with Deana and family.

Once competitive, Kyla Hunt-Beach and Megan O’Brien now work together to make music they hope will lead them to success beyond Grand Bend.

“There’s an It Factor,” says Dinel, as he plans a local tour (Continued from page 3) “The highlight is playing at concerts,” Kyla says. “The first one at the Grand Bend Public School Family Fun Day was amazing. I loved how there was a big crowd and how enthusiastic they were. I loved how they came up afterward and complimented us.” Blake Percy agrees. “It’s great seeing people come out to watch you play because I’m not used to that. Our band is good, so we get good applause and that’s a rush.” Dinel estimates the school’s show has about 200 loyal fans, so he’s looking forward to taking the bands on tour locally. Coming off well-received shows this summer, Dinel has started picking up paying gigs for his students. “The original goal of the school was to teach them how to write songs and record them,” he says. “Now that the school’s full, we’re going to develop a show. They’ll write and perform originals and covers, and each band will have its own set. “We’ve been promised radio. Next year, I want to take these kids on tour locally. Then it’s TV. They’re very young, but there’s an It

factor. We’ve performed with some bigger that one. They’re the real deal, and in two bands, and the bigger audience seems to be years they’ll only be 10! “Most garage bands typically envision when the kids are on. We don’t see kids play, so it’s a rarity. And it’s coming out of Grand these ideas (touring, recording, etc.), but don’t go any further Bend.” because they don’t That said, the have anyone to help performers are still them get there. I kids, so they’re not Most garage bands always push them polished professiontypically envision to look forward. It’s als, although there more of a preparaare a few prodigies. (touring and recording), tion mentality than For Dinel, career a practice mentality.” l o n g e v i t y i s t h e but don’t go any further “I had lessons key, and that comes because they don’t before,” adds Megan from accountability O’Brien, “and you go and desire, even if have anyone to help home and play, but their age sometimes them get there. it ’s not fun. With shows in the lyrics and sound. Ken Dinel, The Band IN You a band, people are depending on you. “There’s a lot of We’re looking at the editing at this stage,” bigger picture.” Dinel admits. “But Mom Yvonne O’Brien is impressed. they get better each time they do the process. “On several occasions, our daughters have They’ve been here six months, so imagine them in two years. Grand Bend’s going to been jamming and performing with other have some serious music out of this. Victim friends who have a lot more formal or trais a very committed band; my daughter’s in ditional training. Their experience with The

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Band In You’s format was very apparent, and helped produce a more confident performance.” Shannon O’Brien, 13, plays drums and is learning the bass. She agrees that the experience has helped boost her confidence in performance. “Before, friends would come over and I’d be totally lost,” she says. “Now I can play with bands and it’s a lot better.” “Ken is phenomenal,” Kyla Hunt-Beach says. “He’s really good to work with and easy to get along with. He gets you on track when you need to. It’s really fun and you don’t even realize when you’re practicing because you’re having so much fun. You get lost in the music because it’s so much fun.” Dinel believes his process helps students relax, creating a desire to come back for more. “When Kyla came in, she was conservative, safe and tense. Now, you see her in there and she’s a whole different person. “I’m trying to put together bands that really get along well. There’s no inner dating. They’re respectful to each other. For the sake of longevity, they have to share the limelight, be respectful and encouraging to each other.”

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Thirteen-year-old Shannon O’Brien started out as a drummer, but is now learning the bass. “I’d like to see people know our band. That would be the coolest thing.” Once a shy teenager, teacher Ken Dinel credits the band approach for bringing O’Brien out of her shell. “She’s jumping hurdles,” he says. “We try to teach them how to jump here. She’s had personal battles in terms of getting out there, but she has done it.”

That was a challenge at first for Kyla and Megan, who share the stage as singers in Sweet ‘N’ Toxik. “At first, when we didn’t know each other, we kind of competed,” Megan says. “Not too bad, but we’d almost scream trying to get over each other. Finally we said, we want to sound good, and we sound good together. We’re

both equally in this, so let’s just do it. Now we hang out all the time. We’re good friends. It wasn’t like that before, but now it is.” Together they are stronger, they say, and they’re in it for the long haul. “I want our band to get big and become well known, ” Kyla says. “ To be able to travel and tour. I just hope it grows. It’s going to be

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hard, but that’s how you get big.” Thirteen-year-old Shannon’s prepared for the ride. “I’d like to see people know our band. That would be the coolest thing.” For Dinel, the end result is up to his students. “It’s a self-defined experience,” he says. “We have a great time, but I do have expectations.

Kyla Hunt-Beach likes being a leader, and the band has helped develop her leadership skills. “It’s going to be hard, but that’s how you get big.”

If they don’t come in prepared, it’s not cool. As a band, they all feel part of something greater than their everyday life.” The school’s roster is full, but has a waiting list that could be drawn upon in the fall. To join the waiting list and be part of the process, contact Ken Dinel at


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Aquafest celebrates water One day event includes visits from Maude Barlow and Cindy Cook Story by Casey Lessard Considering the fact that Grand Bend’s economy is based on the attractiveness of the waterfront, it’s surprising no one thought of celebrating the natural resource before. Aquafest 2009 runs Saturday, August 9 all day at locations around the area, including the main beach, Pinery Provincial Park, and River Road. The free event celebrates the value of water and stems from the Grand Bend Community Foundation’s environment committee. “It’s a natural for this area to think about water,” says Pat Morden, who co-chairs the event with Jennifer Mossop. “It’s something we see every day. “It occurred to us that a beachfront festival that drew attention to environmental issues in a fun and celebratory way would be very appropriate with what Grand Bend is. We have this magnificent resource and we want to be able to swim every day when it’s hot and sunny. We want to enjoy clean water and feel good about our kids paddling in the water. We now have these wonderful enhancements to the beach that make it more attractive. We want beautiful and clean water for us to enjoy.” It’s good for the greater community, too, especially considering the fact that most of the water for the region comes from the lake.

“We have a role as stewards of a precious resource and one that’s becoming more rare all the time. This is our way of drawing attention to it without too much gloom and doom, but with an attitude of ‘Let’s see what we can do.’” The event was scheduled for mid-summer so the committee could reach cottagers, residents, and visitors in town for the day. The hope is to raise awareness of water issues and to promote conservation and preservation. “We’re emphasizing the usual things you can do at home to conserve water,” Morden says. “We can think about our water use and our septic systems and avoid pesticides and harsh cleaners. I’m hoping people will become more involved in the broader issues related to water and the first step is to create awareness and activity at the grassroots level. Every time you do something for the environment in your own life, that’s going to prepare you and encourage you to take broader action.” The event includes activities for children and adults, and includes a visit from Cindy Cook of Polka Dot Door fame. Author and activist Maude Barlow, the senior advisor on water issues to the president of the United Nations, is the event’s keynote speaker. Everything is free and runs rain or shine.

Special advisor on water issues to the president of the United Nations, Maude Barlow is the keynote speaker for Aquafest 2009, which runs Saturday on the main beach and the Pinery Provincial Park.

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10 a.m. - Oakwood team building games 11 a.m. - Live music by Pedro Quintana 12 p.m. - Lambton Main Street Players 12:30 p.m. - Cindy Cook (Polka Dot Door) - environmentally themed children’s show 1:15 p.m. -- Mr. Something Something - Juno-nominated afro-jazz band powered by the SoundCycle. 2:15 p.m. - Maude Barlow 2:30 p.m. -- Brian Dale and other local musicians take the stage 4 p.m. -- Mr. Something Something


• Children’s activities & face painting • Kite surfing demonstration by Eclipse Kites • Vendor/exhibitor Fair • Shoreline aerobics provided by Workout For Your Life      11 a.m to 5 p.m. - River Road Gallery Aquafest Art Exhibit featuring underwater photography by Mary Lynn Fluter. 11 a.m to 5 p.m. - GB Art Centre Children’s Art Exhibit. Amateur photo contest submissions on display.


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8 a.m. - Riverside Trail Birding hike guided birding tour. 9 a.m. Nationally renowned canoe maker Skip Izon will discuss canoe design/construction. 2 p.m. - General Store Parking Lot Lambton Main Street Players 7:15 p.m. - Outdoor Theatre Maude Barlow: keynote address at O utdoor T heatre. If severe weather approaches Ms. Barlow will speak at the Grand Bend Legion (20 Municipal Drive) 8 p.m. - P9 beach parking lot Sunset hike

Do one (or more) of the following to conserve and protect our water • Take shorter showers • Wait until your dishwasher and clothes washer are completely full before running them • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth • Instead of washing your fruits and vegetables under running water, use a partially full sink • Avoid using fertilizers on your lawn • Avoid watering your lawn during the day • Use refillable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles • Get a rain barrel to collect water for your garden • Get your septic tank checked professionally for leaks

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Aaron Pedlar of Grand Bend

Janice Tadgell of Port Franks

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Scenes from the Not So Pro beach volleyball tournament

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Stefan Larrass of Guelph

Angela Jolic of Milton

Steve Gratton of Port Franks and Matt Kelders of Grand Bend

Becky Healy of Forest

Left and above: Ainsley Martinez of Toronto

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Have your say on Main Street the Main Street for years to come. The project will likely consist mostly of roadwork and new sidewalks, but there are always surprises.

View from the Strip By Casey Lessard

We’ve been through this process before, but now that funding is coming through, it seems a good idea for anyone interested in the future of Grand Bend to attend next week’s meeting concerning the Main Street Enhancement Project that is set to be completed by next summer. The meeting is Thursday, August 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Grand Bend Public School. I’ve talked about this in the past, but I think it’s important for you to attend to have your say on a project that will change the face of

I actually took two days away from the paper this week, spending time at Anjhela’s cousin’s camp on the Bruce Peninsula. It was heavenly. Even the busiest small business owner should take a day away during the summer to appreciate the weather and our fortune in living here. Even a day at the Pinery, which we do often in the winter, is a nice respite from the business of staying busy. One unpleasant surprise on my return was discovering that I had lost an interview with Maude Barlow, who will speak on water issues this week at Aquafest. You’ll have to attend one of her speeches to find out what she has to say. My apologies.

Run to See How They Run Review by Casey Lessard Like a train ascending a mountain, See How They Run (playing now to August 8 at the Huron Country Playhouse) starts out slow but picks up speed as the comic antics get out of control. The first laughs come almost near the end of the first act, courtesy Ida the maid, played by Karen Wood. “From day one, our director Marcia Kash said to keep it real,” Wood says. “It may not have seemed totally real to you or the audience, but in our world, on stage, whatever we’re doing, if you play it for real, that’s where the comedy lies. We’re in unbelievable situations and because we’re playing it for real, that’s what makes it funny. If you go for stupid, it’s not nearly as funny.” “You try to walk on and be debonaire and in control,” says Paul McQuillan, who plays a smooth soldier visiting an old friend, “and that all goes away very quickly in this melody of craziness that happens on stage. You think you’re insane like everyone else is. That’s the premise of the piece. You start with your sanity and then you question it.” If looking like a comedian helps make one funny, Clive Walton is a step ahead of his castmates. Walton resembles Rowan

Atkinson, better known as Mr. Bean. “My kids sometimes tell me I look like him,” Walton admits. “He’s a bit shorter. I wish I were as successful and rich as he is, though.” As Reverend Lionel Toop, Walton is the centre of the confusion after he is attacked by a Soviet spy on the loose from the local air base. Performing in a play set in war-time England, Walton need not learn a new accent: he’s a recent immigrant to Canada. “I just came over about five years ago. I don’t know how I ended up here. I didn’t know where Grand Bend was. I must admit I’d never heard of it. But it’s lovely. It’s like the Mediterranean going down to the beach.” Back in the theatre, McQuillan admits the actors often didn’t know how they ended up where their characters were. “When we were in rehearsals,” McQuillan notes, “we had to ask each other questions to make sure we were all on the same page. ‘Do I know that this person’s in the closet right now? Who do I think is Rev. Toop right now?’ Sometimes nobody had the answer, and you’d connect the dots.” That, to Wood, is the secret to the success of the play’s humour. “There’s lots of embarrassment and frustration and that’s real life.”

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Distribution: Joan McCullough, Rita Lessard and Casey Lessard Contributors: Rita Lessard - my mom Tom Lessard - my dad Anjhela Michielsen - social justice Jenipher Appleton - nature/birding Lance Crossley - national affairs James Eddington - fine dining Lorette Mawson - interior design Yvonne Passmore - pet training

Monetary reform: necessary, but how? Alternative View By Lance Crossley

(The last in a four-part monetary system series) It is astonishing to see how little the idea of monetary reform is up for political debate. Nevertheless, there is a small but growing chorus of voices offering an alternative vision to our money system. Here are a few of the more realistic proposals I have encountered. While none is a panacea, each is capable of improving the current system.

Return Bank of Canada to its former glory Canada’s central bank was created in 1935 and nationalized three years later. It is supposed to be owned by the public in the interest of the common good. In effect, however, it has become a vehicle of Bay Street bankers. It wasn’t always that way. From WW2 until the early 1970s, money creation was shared by the private banking system and the government (through the Bank of Canada). The central bank would lend government money with what amounted to an interest-free loan. This paid for massive undertakings like the war and costly infrastructure projects like airports and the Trans-Canada Highway. This “government created money” would eventually find its way into the private banks, which would then use the cash as its reserve base to lend to businesses and individuals. In the words of Paul Hellyer, a former Trudeau cabinet minister: “It was the system that gave Canada the best 25 years of the 20th century.”

fee, goldsmiths held people’s gold in safes and provided the depositor with a receipt that was good as gold in the marketplace. The goldsmiths soon noticed that only 10-20 percent of their clients would redeem their gold at any one time. This meant they could “safely” lend gold at interest many more times over the amount they actually had in the vault – as long as they held at least 10 percent reserves. This deception worked as long as people trusted there was actual gold backing their paper receipt. Mandating a 100 percent reserve requirement on banks would take away their money creating privileges and prevent runs on banks like the one we witnessed last fall in the United States.

Local currencies

Bernard Lietaer, a former Belgian central banker, argues that people and corporations are actually competing for money, not markets and resources. That is why he and a growing number of activists are promoting the idea of local currencies, which can circumvent the need for legal tender. The idea is that as long as there is an agreement between two people, paper money doesn’t matter. For example, in Ithaca, New York, community members can use time credits to shop at the farmer’s market or even pay rent. Farmers and landlords can use the pledged “hours” to get help with the harvest or building maintenance.

While all of these ideas differ in their application, they share the common belief that the money system has gotten away from us and has become detrimental to the common good. The modern banking system is based upon Perhaps Lietaer says it best: “We’ve forgotten the “fractional reserve” scheme created by the that we designed it, and it’s now leading us goldsmiths in the 17th century. For a small around.”

The 100 per cent reserve system

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Steamless drive-in Learning to swim Advice from Mom

Keeping the Peace

By Rita Lessard

Last week, our son Glenn brought his daughters Olivia and Abby for a two day visit. Since Tom has been having trouble with his leg, he stayed home while we went to Grand Bend for a great time on the new and improved beachfront. Tuesday night we went to the Star-lite Drive-In in Shipka to see the latest Harry Potter movie. I have never had the chance to see any of these movies, so it was quite a treat. At the drive-in, Glenn impressed me with his ingenuity. In the past when we went to the drive-in, we always had to put the windows up because of the mosquitoes and other pesky insects that would invade us. Before Glenn went to the movie, he bought some window screening, cut out the pattern of his windows, and just before the movie started, he taped the screening to the open window. We all enjoyed an insect- and condensation-free night with the breeze flowing through the screening. What a neat idea. Glenn’s pretty smart. He also gave me a tip for my coffee-drinking customers. He said that in order to prevent spilling his coffee while he’s driving, he inserts the lid tab inside the cup instead of the outside, thus drinking the coffee as opposed to wearing it. I guess it works because I suggested this trick to a lady customer who asked for a straw to drink her coffee, and she said a truck driver told her that that was what he did. Who knew?

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Metal tools left on a damp lawn or stored in a humid garage can quickly develop rust. To clean them, dip the metal portion in a pot of cider vinegar for 24 hours. Remove and wipe with a clean dry rag. Rust will come off easily.

Our society is too automated

Have you ever noticed that when a traffic signal turns green, it automatically activates the horn of the car behind you? Found in The Sun magazine: Pete was telling a friend that he had just lost his job. “Why did the foreman fine you?” the friend asked in surprise. “Oh,” Pete said, “You know how foreman are. They stand around with their hands in their pockets watching everybody else work.” “Sure,” replied his friend, “But why did he let you go?” “Jealousy,” answered Pete. “All the other workers thought I was the foreman.”

My family moved from W indsor to Waterloo in 1944 because my dad was starting a new job. Since my siblings always told me that I was adopted and that I was a German, it didn’t sit too well with me living a German community during World War II. But I struggled through it. It was winter when we arrived, and we had seen no snow in Windsor. What a pleasant surprise. As I was only seven years of age, I wasn’t very tall and the snow piles were over my head. Our house was on a hill on Allen St. W., so it was no problem to fly down the street on our sled for about three blocks. Most of the schools had outdoor rinks. If we wanted to skate or play hockey, we had to scrape the ice, and sometimes help to flood. There was a shed with a potbelly stove where we could thaw out our skates, as well as our feet, which were usually frozen after a short time on the ice. Our school had a hockey team, and when I was old enough, I tried out and was accepted as goalie. I also played in the bantam team. I wasn’t the best, but I put in a good effort. Our house was on a corner,

so on the side street Bill Lavigne and I played a lot of shinny - almost everyday. Winter was a wonderful time of the year, even though I had to do a lot of shoveling and ice chopping. Summer was good, too. Kitchener had an outdoor swimming pool that which was quite far from our home, but if we left early enough, we’d get there for opening. Most of our time at the pool was spent lying on our towels, soaking up the sun so we could get a sunburn. We knew that after the peeling of our skin was over, we usually ended up with a tan. Nobody told us about the perils of cancer. One time, my older brothers took me to Waterloo Park to swim in the lake. I didn’t know how to swim yet, and could only dog paddle for a short distance. I got out too far to get back. Luckily Billy Armstrong saw me and dove off a platform and rescued me. From that experience, I forced myself to quickly learn how to swim. Sunday, the Lessards will enjoy a biennial tradition as my siblings and their families meet at Wildwood Park in St. Mary’s for a reunion.

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Hit me with your best shot! Members of the Gables women’s slo-pitch team tempted all comers to knock them into the dunk tank set up at Gables July 20 during Jam Night as a fundraiser for the team and the Grand Bend Baseball Project. The team needed extra funds to pay this year’s diamond fees, and the Baseball Project aims to make the diamond better. The evening included other games such as Test Your Toss, a raffle and 50-50 draw. Above: Heidi Klopp asks, “Is that all you’ve got?” Left: Tim Bolen of Toronto takes his best shot, and sinks his victim... twice.

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Strip Outside

Canada: the best vacation destination Living in Balance

By Jenipher Appleton ‘A change is as good as a rest’. The old adage carries much truth. A short getaway during the summer months can be just what the doctor ordered. Whether you choose a local day trip, or a few days in or out of province, the benefits can be outstanding. In July, my better half took me on a fiveday trip to Quebec City. It was an experience not to be missed. We felt as if we were transported to some European town, without the hassle of passports or overseas flights. The people were welcoming, friendly, and helpful. Our attempts to order meals in French were greatly appreciated, but all of the employees were equally fluent in both official languages, a claim that we could not make about ourselves. A daily highlight was sitting in a café, at a table by the open window (no screens) watching the people and bicycles passing by. The horses clip-clopping on cobbled streets pulling calèches (open carriages) full of happy tourists added to the old European charm.

The place is dur ing the 17th steeped in Canadian and 18th centuh i s t o r y. J a c q u e s ries. Possession of Cartier and Samuel the city was tossed de Champlain were back and forth the first Europeans between the French to discover the narand English sevrowing of the St. eral times during Lawrence River those years, ending where Quebec City up in the hands of now stands. A tour the British Empire. of the P lains of Quebec City truly Abraham, where the is the birthplace of great Battle of 1759 this great country of was fought, helped Canada. us to visualize what Today, a Frenchreally happened speaking regiduring the line ment occupies the battle between the Citadel. This is English and French none other than troops, led by the famous VingtGenerals Wolfe and Deux (nicknamed Montcalm. Both Van Doos by their Jenipher and Tom Appleton on Quebec City’s generals perished as Anglophone comCitadel, with the Chateau Frontenac behind. a result of the battle rades during WWI). and the English claimed victory. They are the 22nd Regiment of her Majesty The Citadel is an active military base sit- Queen Elizabeth II. This group may speak uated on Cap Diamant (Cape Diamond), French, but they dress in the red coats of the Quebec City’s highest point. It has an obvi- British, complete with the tall bearskin hats ous vantage point for anyone who might you would see at Buckingham Palace. The be looking down the St. Lawrence for Vingt-Deux were originally formed as the approaching enemy ships, as the French did 22nd French Canadian Infantry Battalion

and went to France in WWI as part of the 5th Canadian Brigade. They have fought in every war since and are currently serving in Afghanistan. Each morning at 10 a.m., they perform the changing of the guard, complete with their mascot, a white goat descended from a goat gifted by Queen Victoria. Following this ceremony the soldiers return to their combat uniforms to go about the business of being a Canadian soldier. They are proud to be in a position to protect and serve our country. The tour guide explained to us the importance of keeping alive the French language and culture of the 22nd Regiment. It is their very essence, and it makes them stand out as the unique group they are today. The motto on their coat of arms is “Je me souviens” (I remember). The inhabitants of Quebec are proud to be Canadian but wish to maintain their individuality of language and culture. The Quebec experience commands a great deal of respect and admiration, from both an historical and human perspective. It can be said that if you understand your history, you may have a better chance of knowing where you are going. Our excursion to La Belle Province has certainly helped us to understand better how our country came to be. You really don’t have to leave it to be both enriched and entertained.

Life with mamma’s boys and daddy’s girls Fido... Come... Sit By Yvonne Passmore

Do you find that men get along better with female dogs and women with male dogs? That’s seems to be the way it works in my household. I have two female dogs and one male. My boy dog is crazy about me. He seems to love me unconditionally. He doesn’t get antsy about not going for a walk if the weather is lousy. He isn’t always looking for something to do when I’m with him. When we go out for off-leash runs it’s almost impossible to get

him out of my sight since he is always checking to see where I am. At home, he’s happiest lying in bed next to me. He just wants to be by my side. I love my mamma’s boy. My girls are a different story. I love them as well, but their love and adoration towards me seems to come from a different place. Their first priority, or so it seems, is themselves. They are always looking to me for something, whether it be a walk, a run, a swim or a round of fetch. My one female will follow me around all day waiting for a big event. My other female pays no attention to me at all until it’s time for a big event. I know they love and respect me, but I have the feeling that they are using me. I think they feel that I’m here for their amusement. I suppose I am. I do take care of their emotional and physical needs and

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wants. It just seems a little one-sided. They are all great dogs. They are respectful and mindful and I enjoy taking them out and watching them run, swim and play. They keep me busy and active. Without them I know that I’d be putting on a lot more pounds than I already am. I guess that’s my pay off, but I still have the feeling that the girls aren’t giving me the same unconditional love that my boy gives. Maybe part of the explanation is that I have sons. I admit that I have a better mental connection with little boys than I do with girls, especially young ones. After all, dogs are like two-year-old children. Is this connection the reason I prefer male dogs to females? With my male dogs, what I see is what I get. With my girls, there is an ulterior motive for their actions. I know that if they are giv-

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ing me kisses, they want something. I spend all day with my dogs. I walk them, feed them, groom them, pet them and take care of all their needs. Once my husband is home, I may as well fall off the planet. At that point the girls have no further use for me. Again, I know they love and respect me, but my girl dogs adore my husband and vice versa. They have a way of lowering their heads and raising their eyes to him that makes him give them all the food from his plate. My husband likes my boy dog, but he doesn’t have that same urge to be willing to starve when my boy dog tries to look at him the same way. Good thing I’m in charge of feedings.

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6:30 to 9 p.m. to August 26 Life Drawing Group (Space limited; pre- MONDAYS registration required) 8 to 9 a.m. - Lion’s Pavilion, by BMO Workout for Your Life. $8/class; $5 spouses/students. Beth Sweeney 519-238-5555. FRIDAYS 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - GB Youth Centre Grand Bend Drum Circle. Contact Anita 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. - Anne’s Yoga Works at the Youth Centre or call 519-238-8759. Beginner Yoga. To Aug 31. 519-243-3548 or THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 6:45 to 8 p.m. - Anne’s Yoga Works 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (pre-registration Beginner/Intermediate Yoga. To Aug 31. required) - Grand Bend Art Centre Photography Workshop (Beginners - pt 1 519-243-3548    of 2) with Mary Lynn Fluter. $80 (members $75). 519-238-8978 or TUESDAYS 9 a.m. – Pt Franks Community Centre Healthy Lifestyle Exercise Program. Free. SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 519-238-1556 ext 6 to register. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - GB Art Centre Aquafest. Open House and Registration 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Anne’s Yoga Works DROP IN Yoga/Pilates for Adults. 2 to 6 p.m. - Bliss Studio, Port Franks The Art of Bliss. Lorraine Thomson and Residents and Tourists Welcome – 519-243Tony Miller. Opening Reception. Music by 3548 or   Joani Paige. 519-243-3598. 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. - Anne’s Yoga Works DROP IN Kids Yoga – 519-243-3548 or 3 to 6 p.m. - Grand Bend Legion Live Music with The Persuaders   6 to 7 p.m. - McNaughton Park, Exeter MONDAY, AUGUST 10 Workout for Your Life. $8/class; $5 spous9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (pre-registration es/students. Beth Sweeney 519-238-5555. required) - Grand Bend Art Centre

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Strip in the Kitchen

A “smashing” pork barbecue

Grilled pork loin chop with smashed cherry and Cabernet reduction Recipes by James Eddington Eddington’s of Exeter, 527 Main Street, Exeter, 519-235-3030 -

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Grilled pork loin chop with smashed cherry and Cabernet reduction Ingredients: 1 cup 1 tsp 1/4 1/4 2 tsp

Centre cut pork loin chop (Ontario) - marbling in the meat is good! pitted fresh cherries Generous splash of cabernet sauvignon Dash of balsamic vinegar honey roasted red pepper finely diced red onion butter Garlic, salt and pepper to taste Fresh rosemary Generous splash of Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine)

Marinate pork tenderloin with chopped garlic, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary. Grill on medium heat until just a hint of pink. Remove pork and cover in tinfoil and let rest about five minutes. In a saucepan, heat butter and add red onion and red pepper. Sauté until soft. (Low heat to sweat out flavour). Once soft, turn heat to high, and add cherries and remaining ingredients until mixture is reduced by half and has started to thicken. Slice pork on the bias or leave whole (as pictured) and drizzle with smashed cherry sauce. Served with smashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables.

Garlic smashed potatoes In a sauté pan, smash last night’s baked potato leftovers with a fork, and add equal parts butter, white wine and heavy cream. Add a teaspoon of chopped garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce until liquids have soaked into potatoes. Should be soft, steaming hot and delicious. To make variations, experiment by adding Parmesan cheese, chives, fresh herbs, etc.

Wine Pairing Mission Hill (British Columbia) Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is medium-full bodied, with: ripe blackberry and cassis aromas; cedar mocha, mint and smoke taste; and a long f irm f inish.

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