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Dear friends The summer season is coming to a close and there are so many things happening in your own backyard. The Lindsay Exhibition this year is going to be one of the best. There is always the midway rides and attractions and if you get the chance...catch the RCMP musical ride...it really is a fantastic experience to see this if you have the chance...it happens Friday, Saturday and Sunday Sept 21 -23 and should not be missed. We have also featured another very successful business that is right in our own backyard, Confederation Log Homes. They have set the standard for log home building and if you have the chance to visit Kawartha Setters Village, it is well worth the trip to Bobcaygeon. You will not be disappointed. Look for our Christmas issue coming in early November and new next year is when we become a monthly magazine. Cheers my friends...enjoy the Kawartha Lakes area...it really is the best place on earth! Regards,
Don MacLeod Publisher - Kawartha Life n Here’s looking at ewe. Thanks to Shelley James Photography for the LEX photos. A CIRCLE OF LIFE Karen Y. Hogg ..............................................................6
WHAT’S HAPPENING Karen Y. Hogg............................................................21
FOR ONE AND ALL: LEX Marjorie Fleming.......................................................9
DID YOU KNOW? Marjorie Fleming ....................................................22
TRENT SEVERN WATERWAY AND REGIONAL MAP......................................................12 NATURAL BEAUTY Marjorie Fleming ....................................................14 ENNISMORE & BRIDGENORTH Birgitta MacLeod.....................................................16
n ON THE COVER: Beautiful horses at the Lindsay Exhibition. Special thanks to Shelley James Photography
PUBLISHER: Don MacLeod ACCOUNT MANAGER: Rylee Rae Hynes Don MacLeod ART DIRECTOR: Darren Catherwood EDITORIAL: Birgitta MacLeod, Karen Y. Hogg, Brian Markle, Geoff Coleman and Marjorie Fleming ©Copyright 2012: All rights are reserved and articles may not be published without the written permission of the Publishers. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this paper, the Publishers assume no liability for loss or damage due to errors or omissions. The Publishers cannot be held accountable for any claims or results thereof as advertised in this publication.
FARM, HOME AND LIFE Karen Y. Hogg
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Life is a journey, not a destination. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
OR THE CARERE FAMILY THE JOURNEY HAS HAD ITS HILLS AND DALES, BUT, THE DESTINATION HAS RESULTED IN THEM BEING ONE OF THE LARGEST SHEEP PRODUCERS IN ONTARIO.
Although Marc and Helen Carere came to the Lindsay area thirty-one years ago, it wasn’t until 1980 that they purchased a 300 acre farm there, which they named Ballinahistle, a Gaelic word meaning ‘place by water’. With no actual agriculture background, they knew only that they wanted good land. Still, the two did have decent backgrounds to help them farm, hers was in veterinary medicine, his in environmental science—both have served them well. Asked why they wanted to farm in the first place, Marc says, “We both wanted a healthier lifestyle, a good place to raise a family. Eventually that lifestyle would include five children. For the first seven or so years the couple raised beef cattle, then obtained dairy cattle and quota, but preferred the dairy business as there was a higher level of income and more of a commercial mentality as opposed to simply making a living from a small farm. Eventually they moved to raising sheep. Today they have 900 ewes, they practice accelerated lambing and produce 1500 lambs a year. These are finished to market at about 110 pounds. Marc has always been interested in the genetics of his stock and strives to get the highest quality animals. He believes that professional farmers look not only to genetics, but also to care of the land and the soil and notices a widening gap between commercial farmers and people making a living from small farms. Today they farm 500-600 acres by renting land, harvesting corn, soybeans and hay makes them self sustaining and they are able to sell any surplus crop. “Helen is the brains behind the livestock, her mother is a pediatrician and Helen has the same dedication, she knows the animal health stuff inside out,” he says.
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“Our sheep are Suffolk Black Face, British Milk sheep, Rideau Arcott and Charllais. Utilizing the best of each breed—maternal traits and terminal traits works for us”, says Helen. She adds that two of their largest issues are parasite resistance and predators, although their five livestock guardian dogs help considerably with the latter. Marc notes that another area of concern is getting people to look at rules and regulations in the making, from an agriculture perspective. “Farming is difficult enough without being encumbered with rules for drainage, endangered species, land utilization etc. We have to respect wildlife, but it is important people recognize, agriculture is a more holistic enterprise and even marginal land is necessary part of food production.” Even though sheep provide diversity, both wool and meat, prices can be volatile, rising and falling, while inputs continue to rise. The family uses radio frequency ear tags, and has a state of the art handling facility with electronic scale and tag readers. They also feel strongly about the need for traceability in livestock. Ballinahistle is one of 25 farms across Canada selected to test traceably. 8
To market their product the Carere’s were involved in a Value Chain Direct Market with 10 Core producers, shipping weekly and working on a branded product. This course provided feedback as animals were graded and paid on quality produced. That way a producer knew what to do to get better results; they now market through the Ontario Stockyards and miss the kind of feedback that would help them going forward. Marc notes however, that all their lambs bear a stamp and are recognized so are often bought by the same people. Farming continues to be a difficult profession. Marc explains that there is a need for a work ethic and motivation and he and Helen worked to teach the children those life skills that would help them. “Problem solving is crucial”, says Marc. The children, who are all grown, (now ages 22 to 27) continue to come home to help out in the summer and whenever they can. Still, Marc enjoys the variety provided by farming, “I’m selling one day, doing office work one day, welding another. It’s all about the land, the soil and the animals. It’s a large circle of life,” he adds. There is nothing he and Helen would rather be doing. &
LINDSAY EXHIBITION Marjorie Fleming
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or the last 157 years the coming of September heralds for the town of Lindsay the biggest event of their year. Formerly the Lindsay Central Exhibition and rebranded as the Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) this fall agricultural extravaganza has grown in size and stature over the years and this year’s 158th season promises to be among the best ever. Running Sept. 19 to Sept 23 this five day fair offers a dizzying array of things to do, see, eat, ride, watch and experience; this Exhibition is after all the 3rd largest of its kind in all of Ontario. We met with Andy Letham, the General Manager of the Lindsay Agricultural Society and discussed what’s both old and new for this year’s fair. First and foremost, Andy wanted us to know that all the old traditional favourites are back again. He adds “We want to keep it fresh but we also don’t want to lose what the fair is all about; it’s about finding a happy balance. The best part is that there is something for everyone and every age group.” Andy says that the Lindsay Exhibition is truly a community event. He explains “This fair has been a huge part of Lindsay and area for what seems like forever. We get massive sponsorship from the community and we have over 350 volunteers who really help make
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logistical challenge for a fair and it has taken this large undertaking work.” Andy further a lot of plotting and planning to make this explains that a survey several years ago stated that the economic impact of this event happen. The RCMP Musical Ride will is over two and a half million dollars into the perform three shows, one at 7pm Friday evening and at 4pm on both Saturday and local community. As the Exhibition has grown over the years the prestige and quality Sunday. The addition of this to the LEX will be important because the Ride is a huge of the fair has grown also, resulting in grant draw whenever it appears and can boost the money from the government and very impressive prize money paid out for the various agricultural shows. With 3000 entries in a vast number of categories, the LEX has become a major fair and a major tourism festival. All the hard work, planning and man hours that go into putting on a large agricultural event kick off on Wednesday, Set 19th. Wednesday is 4H Day, the Midway opens at 1pm and at 6pm the parade commences downtown. Opening ceremonies take place at 7pm and the first day wraps up with one of the most popular events of the five day fair; the Demolition Derby. Andy Letham wants everyone to know that this year’s offerings will be a great blend of the old and the new. “We have a very exciting lineup this year of new shows and events but we are also careful to make sure all the old favourites are here again.” Andy explains that many people have been coming to this fair all their lives, as did their grandparents and great grandparents. Some come just for specific shows or events, n Around and around we go some come for the Midway, others head straight to the horse or cattle barns and others come and simply take it all in. What’s new and exciting this year? Andy is numbers and prestige of the LEX considerably. most excited about the RCMP Musical Ride. Also new this year is the Bull Riding Getting the RCMP event is a real coup for Lindsay. They go to different provinces every Rodeo on Friday night at the Grandstand. The Monster Truck Rides and helicopter four years and they usually do stand alone shows, not fairs. This year they are doing two rides are returning for a second year due to their popularity last year. The Bowmanville fairs, Lindsay and Ancaster. Andy notes that Zoo brings a portion of their Zoo to the LEX The RCMP Musical Ride, which is synchronized riding and charging, is a huge for all five days. Last year there were
elephant rides for the kids; this year there will be camel rides instead. Another new addition to the Exhibition this year is ‘kidomo’. This hugely popular kid’s show has an amazing lineup of stage shows, meets and greets and all manner of interactive stuff for kid’s to do with all of their favourite characters. There will be a kid’s tent set up, story times, a Camp Nurf, paint balls; it promises to be a blast for the kids. Andy comments that ‘kidomo’, which is very popular on TV, will be a great addition to the many other events geared towards entertaining the little ones. It’s hard to know what people want sometimes but the Lindsay Exhibition truly has made great strides over the years in providing something for everyone. From Premier Livestock to an excellent, large Midway, from tractor pulls to cattle shows, from the RCMP Musical Ride to the Blackfly Boogie Band, or ‘kidomo’ to the Market Livestock Sale the LEX reaches out to entertain everyone and then wraps it all up on Sunday evening with its incredibly popular Demolition Derby. Andy Letham says “I think this fair is the best bang for $10.00 you will ever find.” It’s hard to imagine he’s wrong. Five days of non-stop shows and events will draw upwards of 45,000 to almost 50,000 people. Attendance at the LEX has been fairly consistent for the last fifteen years or so. Andy would like to see this year break the magic barrier. His wish for this year “I would really love to break the 50,000 people mark. I think with the blend of old and new this might be the year.” With the lineup being presented we think he might be right. Put this year’s Lindsay Exhibition on your must attend list. &
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867 Confederation Log Homes are more than just a manufacturer of log homes and cabins; they are a marriage of history, tradition, innovation, quality and experience. These homes are the ones you dream about, nestled on wooded lots, close up to nature and encompassing all the best craftsmanship their industry has to offer. Fortunately, a Confederation log home is not just a dream, it is a reality. The company’s sales office, manufacturing facility and model home are located just one kilometer outside of Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Rick Kinsman is co-owner of the company and has been involved with it from its earliest beginnings. His engineering background and passion for log homes is such that he designed, cut and built the first three homes that Confederation produced,
almost 33 years ago. In 1998, with two other partners, Rick became co-owner. “I liked the company so much I bought it” he quipped when asked why he took the leap from employee to owner. Rick is very active in all aspects of the company, from sales and design to marketing and construction. The first thing a potential buyer realizes when contemplating building a log home is the very nature of logs, their strength and versatility. Logs are a natural product, recyclable, biodegradable and renewable. Locally grown trees help reduce our carbon footprint and air dried, as opposed to kiln dried wood, uses a lot less energy. Additionally, log walls eliminate the necessity for an interior wall that contains vapour barrier, drywall and paint; all these materials can produce toxic fumes and promote the growth of mold.
In the beginning Confederation Log Homes built two to three log homes a year. Today they are the number one log home manufacturer in the world, building between 30 and 40 homes a year and shipping some of them worldwide. Rick Kinsman says “I would say we sell primarily in Ontario but over the years we have built and shipped log homes and cabins to England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and of course the US.” Rick explains that the company’s continued innovations and improvements, coupled with their one on one work with clients to create the perfect desired floor plan, plus their standard package, sets the standard for the log home industry. Add to that a 50 year guarantee and Confederation’s global export experience and it is little wonder that their log homes can be found in so many corners of the world. Every one of Confederation’s log homes
and cabins are custom built. Rick comments “Right from the first interaction with a customer to the finished home kit delivered, the customer’s wishes and ideas are followed scrupulously, which is why no two homes will ever be the same. With our designers and architectural draftsman we take our client and create every aspect of their home on our computers; everything they want incorporated into their home from walls, floors, finishing’s, even down to placing furniture – they have a good understanding of exactly what kind of home they will get.” Rick goes on to explain that most Confederation Home buyers are generally third and fourth time home buyers. These customers have been home owners before and been through the ups and downs of construction and designs issues and have a very clear understanding of what they want for their “dream log home”. They want quality craftsmanship, durability, energy efficiency, all the latest technical and environmental advantages and of course they also want unique designs, classic looks
and the warmth and natural beauty that comes with choosing a log home in the first place. Confederation’s log homes are not suited to the city environment. The very essence of the homes and cabins cry out for a natural setting; trees, long laneways, rolling hills, ponds and streams, and wildlife sometimes see up close and personal. One has only to look at Confederation’s web site and peruse the many different designs and settings to truly get an appreciation for the country life they seem to capture so well. With these homes you are getting not just excellent quality and craftsmanship, you are getting a lifestyle that you have been planning and designing in your mind for quite awhile. Putting your dreams on paper and building and designing the log home or cabin you envision is what Confederation Log Homes is all about. To truly appreciate the many choices available visit their website at www.confederationloghomes.com and dream a little dream with them. &
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LOCATION Birgitta MacLeod
Ennismore & Bridgenorth
hemong Lake, a delight for boaters, fishers and cottagers, was once a muddy obstacle to early settlers. The area’s fertile soil brought healthy harvests but it was an arduous trek to bring it all around the lake to the mills in Peterborough. The first European to admire Chemong’s natural beauty was Samuel de Champlain. In 1615 he came by canoe and portage and spent a few nights near present-day Bridgenorth. Two centuries later, European
settlement began in earnest, when Irish immigrants arrived in the area once known as Emily Gore. Contrary to what you might think, Emily Gore is not the name of a winsome young settler or folk heroine. According to the staff at the Peterborough Archives, a “gore” is an area of land that wasn’t surveyed like the surrounding area. An odd section. “Emily” was the name of the nearby township. As things often happen, however, there was an apparently deserving, recently deceased M.P from Ireland named William
Hare, who was the Viscount of Ennismore. In 1829 the name Ennismore was officially attached to this scenic piece of Ontario. For decades the settlers scrambled over rough trails to get to market. Eventually a steamboat and ferry service were up and running, but it was expensive and time consuming and wouldn’t it just be better to build a bridge. The contract to build such a bridge went to William Trennum in 1869. His company constructed a floating bridge and towed it into place, linking Ennismore and Bridgenorth. For a time it was the world’s longest floating bridge. But as anyone with a wooden dock will know, the maintenance was never ending. Convenient, yes. Adventurous, yes. Carefree, no. The floating bridge was replaced in 1949 by the James A. Gifford Causeway, complete with Swing Bridge. The swing bridge was replaced by the elevated section in the 1970’s. Even now an assessment is underway to review the future rehabillitation and widening of the causeway. Today the shores of Chemong Lake are dotted with both cottages and year-round homes. There are many choices of charming, local accommodation. There’s a laid back, unpretentious air and plenty of family-owned restaurants and shops to explore. One such family-owned landmark is the Chemong Lake Lodge. Built as a family cottage for wealthy Americans in the 1890’s , it’s now home to a relaxed patio, where you can often enjoy live music, and more formal indoor dining. In September the Curve Lake First Nation hosts its annual Pow Wow. A small band of Anishinaabe (Ojibway) settled around Curve Lake and Mud Lake (Chemong) in the 1880’s. The community officially became a reserve in 1889. Today the Curve Lake First Nation welcomes 80-100,000 visitors annually. The welcome centre is open year round and there events and workshops throughout the year, but the Pow Wow is perhaps the highlight. This year’s Pow Wow takes place September 15th & 16th. It’s a time of gathering, that includes dancing, contests, performances and a variety of vendors. It’s a memorable experience for all ages, participant and visitor alike. &
NEVER BEEN TO A POW WOW? The Curve Lake First Nation offers these helpful tips so you can enjoy yourself while respecting Ojibway traditions and heritage: POW WOW TIPS: During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, the flags and the dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect. n Consider the privacy of the participants. Ask permission before you photograph or record people. This includes the spectators and craftspeople as well as the dancers and singers. n Certain dances and ceremonies are not to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed. n Do not touch the dancers’ regalia. These have special meanings and the handmade regalia, which can cost thousands of dollars, are cherished and often made by a respected family members. n Feel free to join in the intertribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join. n No drugs or alcohol are allowed at Pow Wows. n Pets are not permitted on the Pow Wow grounds. n Remember to bring your lawn chairs, sun block and a good appetite. For more information about the Curve Lake First Nation and the Pow Wow, visit www.curvelakefirstnation.ca
LOCATION Marjorie Fleming
Kawartha Settlers’ Village W
hen you visit Kawartha Settlers’ Village you take a step back in time; you enter a simpler era when family, farming and the fall harvest were a way of life for so many of our forefathers. Kawartha Settlers’ Village, located at 85 Dunn Street in Bobcaygeon, is the site of a collection of 20 historic homes and buildings from Bobcaygeon and the Kawartha Lakes area. The Village is set on 10 acres of the original Murphy Farm which was a thriving
family farm in the 1830’s and it includes the Murphy barn, the General Store and Fairburn Church, a school and many other relics of a bygone time. As you wander through the Settlers’ Village you experience what life was like for the pioneers in the Kawartha Lakes. The Kawartha Settlers’ Village Museum has collected, researched and preserved their current exhibits and present a wonderful and varied collection of historical artifacts and buildings dating from the early 1830’s. The Village is also home to the Kawartha Region Arts and Heritage Society.
Without the support of a wide variety of groups the Kawartha Settlers’ Village would not be able to survive. Some of the groups who use the Henderson House and the Wray House include Basket Weavers, the Caygeon Carvers, Settlers’ Village Quilters’ Guild and Settlers’ Village Artists. In the true spirit of old time community involvement the Village also offers a wide range of arts and crafts programs for both adults and children, as well as hosting nine major special events annually. &
n FALL EVENTS On Saturday, September 15, Kawartha Settlers’ Village welcomes the public to their 1st Annual Settlers’ Harvest Festival, from 1pm until 6pm. To celebrate a true harvest there will be pie and preserve making demonstrations, followed of course by contests for the best pie, farm activities, lessons on how to make a scarecrow and a fall wreath with vines, children’s games and of course pumpkin races. Much more is planned for this afternoon so be sure to check out the Settlers’ Village website for the full schedule of activities.
n HALLOWEEN On Saturday, October 22, from 5:30 until 9 pm the Settlers’ Village will be a “Haunted Village”, an evening of scary fun for the whole family. Wearing your favourite costume you can tour the Haunted Village and bob for apples, have your face painted and sit by the bonfire to hear ghost stories. There will be hot dogs and French fries and admission is by donation. Be sure to spend this Halloween having a howling good time.
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n 1 — Boyd Heritage Museum Book Sale, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Boyd Bldg. Corn. William and Canal Sts. n 7-8-9 — Quilt Show, Quilting at the Lakes at Buckhorn Community Centre info at www.buckhornquilters.ca n 9 — Lakefield Walking Tour along the Lakefield Trail. Focus on Christ Church Museum Cemetery and Hilltop Cemetery. Everyone welcome. Details at www.lakefieldtrail.ca n 9 — Bobcaygeon Cruisefest. Antique and Classic Car Show. Bobcaygeon Fairgrounds. Info. www.bobcaygeon.org/cruisefest. n 10 — The City of Kawartha Lakes 100 Mile Dinner Olympia Restaurant, Lindsay. Enjoy the traditional local fare produced by local farms in a warm friendly atmosphere. For more information contact Kelly Maloney 705-324-9411 Ext 1208 n 10 — Kawartha Settlers’ Village Harvest of Quilts Show. Kawartha Settlers’ Village. n 14-16 — Beaverton Fair for more information call 705-426-456 or email email@example.com n 19–23 — Lindsay Central Exhibition. For more information call 705-324-5551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org n 22-23 — Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour, 37 artists taking part self guided tour through Art Gallery of Peterborough. Info. call 705-743-9179 n 23 — Gun and Military Show, 8a.m. - 2 p.m. Norland Recreation Centre, www.NorlandGunShow.com n 29-30 — Victoria County Studio Tour. 22 artists in 14 studios, self guided tour. Map and info 438-5567 or email@example.com n 29-30 — Bobcaygeon Fair. Bobcaygeon/ Verulam Community Centre. Pre-events 27th (demolition derby) 28th hunter horse, miniature horse shows, tractor pull and 4 by 4 truck pull. For more information call 705738-3445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org n 29 — 10th Annual Kawartha Farmfest – Sites Open: 10am – 4pm Kawartha Farmfest is a self guided driving tour of farm attractions throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes. Your admission includes a map and guide to all of the Farmfest sites. For information call City of Kawartha Lakes 705-324-9411 ext 1208 or 1-866-3976673 n 30 — Lakefield Animal Welfare Wag’n Walk event.
Registration 10-11 a.m. Isabel Morris Park. Info. and pledge sheets at www.lakefielldanimalwelfare.org
OCTOBER n October 6–8 — Lindsay Farmers’ Market – Thanksgiving Weekend Victoria and Kent St. (Downtown Lindsay). For more information contact 705-878-1392 or Lindsay Farmers’ Market: www.lindsayfarmersmarket,ca n 6-8 — Norwood Fair For more information call 705-639-5283 or email email@example.com
NOVEMBER n 2–11 — Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Exhibition Place, Toronto for more information visit http://www.royalfair.org & This list is compiled well in advance of the events and may be subject to changes. We recommend that you check times and dates for these events. All phone numbers are in the 705 area code unless otherwise noted.
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n The Trent-Severn Waterway is 386 kilometres long, stretching from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. n On April 17, 1865, the day of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral, the little town of Lindsay Ontario closed its stores and schools, put its flags at half mast and with two small cannons, fired off a memorial salute to the slain American President. n The Bethany Post Office was built in 1875 and is one of the oldest restored Post Office’s in Ontario. n The town of Norland, located at the north end of Shadow Lake was originally called “Nordland” but was recorded in error by the province as Norland so has been known by that name ever sin n The Youngtown Museum in Omemee, Ont. 22
is named in tribute to one of Canada’s most outstanding singer/songwriter’s, Neil Young, who spent his childhood in Omemee. n The Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Reserve is 1164 acres, much of it forested wetland and is located between Norland and Kinmount. The Reserve is home to a wide variety of species such as red-shouldered hawks, hermit thrush, least flycatcher and ovenbird as well as moccasin flower, showy lady’s slipper and northern beech fern. n The first white settler’s to Bobcaygeon heard the Mississauga Indians calling the area “Bobcajewonuk” which evolved into meaning “narrow place between the rocks, where the water rushes through”. n Transportation of firewood is a common way for invasive species to spread. Balsam
Lake Provincial Park, like many other parks, is careful to screen firewood brought onto its sights. The emerald ash borer is an extremely invasive bug, highly destructive to ash trees so use caution when choosing wood to take to your campsite. n The Peterborough lift lock is the world’s largest hydraulic lock. This marvel of engineering lifts boats floating in 1,040 cubic metres (228,093 gallons) of water up and down 20 metres (65 feet), which is the approximate height of a seven-story building. n William Samuel McGee (1868-1940) was born on a farm just outside of Lindsay. His name was to be the inspiration for the poem ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’ by Robert W. Service. &