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13 10 Editorial: We salute the people in our ‘village’ who make life better for all 11 Opinion: Climate emergency is the burning issue of our time 13 Cover Story: New style farming is small, sustainable, local It’s a fresh approach using social media, direct relationships

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Old Mill could be restaurant, art gallery

I just read with great interest the article in the June Advocate entitled ”The Art in Community” by Nancy Payne and would like to make a suggestion regarding the furthering of the arts in our community. I have long advocated utilizing the Old Mill in Lindsay as something beyond a couple of stone walls that are historical but nevertheless an eyesore.  My “vision” is to see it amalgamated into a threestorey structure, keeping the history alive, but turning it into something that could serve the community. I would like to see a restaurant on the lower level with a landscaped patio overlooking the river, the second level turned into a display area for the Lindsay Art Gallery, and the third level a working studio for artists.  The restaurant would attract boaters to tie up, stop and enjoy local cuisine, enjoy a visit to the art gallery and all it has to offer, and then see artists at work and hopefully be able to purchase their creations. As it is now there is little to encourage boaters to actually stop on their way through the town. As an added bonus there is ample parking available to the south of the building itself. Perhaps the building could be marketed towards bus tours as well.

“Come to the Academy Theatre for an evening performance, but come early so you can enjoy a meal at the Old Mill Restaurant, a visit to the Art Gallery and perhaps do a little shopping as well.” Maybe I’m wrong but it sounds like a winning formula for tourism. Mary Anne Richardson, Lindsay

Trevor’s Take hits nail on head

I just finished “Trevor’s Take” (July Advocate) and I will be smiling for a while — and it made my wife laugh. He seems like a guy I could “support the local economy with” if he ever finds his way to Fenelon Falls or Coboconk. He seemed to hit every nail on the head. As we move forward as a community, I thank him and our many local folks who help at our clinics for highlighting the need to trust science and get the jab. We may not share every concern, but I love a good discussion. Mark Lowell, Burnt River

Doctors, nurses, paramedics thanked

I would like to comment on our COVID vaccines given at the Lindsay fairground. We got our first shots at the end of April and our second shots in June. We were extremely impressed by how incredibly organized the process was and how kind, funny and helpful the doctors, nurses and paramedics were. Under the circumstances it was a relaxing experience. We want to say thank you to them and the behind-the-scenes organizers — an excellent job. Eva Molnar, Lindsay

Cemeteries story appreciated

I really enjoyed the cemeteries story in the July issue of the Advocate. Where did writer Ian McKechnie learn about inactive cemeteries? Is there a list? The city website only lists active cemeteries, and doesn’t even list the two in Lindsay. Charles Grayson, Lindsay The city maintains a master list of cemeteries. A Google search will often supply a site that lists the geographic coordinates, such as ~ Ian McKechnie

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Rights and responsibilities

In the article by Leah Barrett Werner, “The value of being productive and the stigma of being not,” (July Advocate magazine) I detect an undercurrent of the devaluation of the work ethic. “Being able to work or not work, to be productive or idle...” seems to imply an equation between being unable to work and being idle. Being idle may fit into different categories, including those who are willing to work, but are unable, and those who are able to work, but are unwilling. The example is given of the man who “had lived with back pain his whole life and had always walked hunched over. When he began receiving a basic income, he bought a new back brace, and suddenly he was walking upright.” Does our present health-care system, with its social backups, not provide for those with such disabilities? If not, it should, but is that an argument for basic income as implied here? The article states, “Let’s stop punishing people for not working.” Agreed; there should be no stigma attached to disability. We should all enjoy certain basic rights: to live with dignity, a roof over our heads, food on the table, the right to vote in democratically held elections, and more. But with rights come responsibilities. All should contribute to society in accordance with their ability to do so. Carl Sweetman, Lindsay



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Sharing the joy of gardening with residents of Caressant Care Feeling overwhelmed by how the pandemic had affected life for residents of long-term care homes, Leslie Creeden wondered if she could help in some small way. Creeden, whose lives near Caressant Care’s Mary Street location, decided to do something about it. “I thought about how much joy I got from gardening and spending time in my garden and backyard,” says Creeden. “I decided I could bring some of that enjoyment by working on an outside area for them to look at and hopefully enjoy when they were able to get outside.” Creeden says the manager of the retirement home wing “was very positive” about the project. When Creeden mentioned the garden idea to friends, people were eager to help in various ways, from providing manual labour to finding materials to making financial donations.  Andrea Keay, George Pineau and Judy Pinto were some major contributors, along with many others who wished to stay anonymous. 

Omemee at 200 }} Councillor says there is ‘incredible interest’ in village

Leslie Creeden, Andrea Keay, George Pineau, Erin O’Grady, David Crombie, Lion Miles, Margaret Downing and Sheilagh McGreevy. Photo: Sienna Frost.

“It turns out many people are just looking for a way to help,” Creeden tells the Advocate. The Lindsay Lions Club also helped out with a $500 donation to help cover the cost of materials for the raised garden beds. “It was a great community effort,” says Creeden.

Omemee is about to celebrate its bicentennial. First called Williamstown and then Metcalfe, it was incorporated as a village in 1821. Councillor Ron Ashmore says by the late 1800s, Omemee had a gristmill, two sawmills, a tannery, a foundry, a shingle mill, a cloth mill, three churches, four hotels, elementary and secondary schools and a newspaper. Today, new kinds of development are happening. A modern medical centre was built in 2008 with a grant from the Omemee Legacy Fund with two fulltime doctors and a nurse practitioner. The city has plans to build a splash pad at the Omemee Beach Park, with completion targeted for 2023. It has also applied for a $2 million grant to repair the portion of Hwy. 7 running through the village and allow for a total rebuild of the downtown. “We are dependent on the provincial government supporting us in this,” Ashmore says. Discussions are also underway for a new gas station and restaurant in Omemee, too.

New developments are coming to the village of Omemee. Photo: Roderick Benns.


Business UPFRONT

Home bakery specializes in cookie decorating kits

Leaha Denney outside Kawartha Artisan Market in Fenelon Falls. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

According to Leaha Denney’s website, she’s never met a cookie she didn’t like. She certainly went into the right business then, opening A Dash of Denney in April of this year. The business is a home bakery in Lindsay that specializes in cookie decorating kits. “I began to bake seriously in January,” Denney says. After her mother-in-law’s death in 2017, Denney says she would use her cutters “special for Christmas, for my husband and brother-in-law. We would decorate together, and it became an activity I so looked forward to. So naturally, I wanted to share,” she says. A Dash of Denney is fully licensed and regulated. All of the kits’ cookies and icings are made fresh and every kit has and intentional and thoughtfully themed design. “I try to add challenges, activities or gifts from local makers to my kits to add some fun,” and to make connections with other businesses, she explains. Denney does custom orders for birthdays, weddings, baby showers and bachelorette/ adult parties. She has more than 200 cookie cutters of various themes and shapes. “I am also able to collaborate on events to design a kit related to specific needs of any business or organization,” she says. To learn more about A Dash of Denney, visit or call 905-809-5790.

Lindsay Chamber of Commerce hires summer tourism ambassadors Thanks to a grant from the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce was able to hire two tourism ambassadors this summer. The summer students — Rachel Love and Darren Jaglall — are easy to spot in their bright green T-shirts. The ambassadors are responsible for putting together visitor information packages that will be handed out all summer. A survey done for our tourism region identified that people will not be travelling far this summer, so there should be lots of regional travel occurring. “Everyone is super friendly and welcoming,” says Jaglall, who had some experience in a similar role in Port Perry. Jaglall was impressed at the diversity of businesses he’s seen locally. “I hadn’t spent a whole lot of time in downtown Lindsay prior to working here and was very surprised by the number of shops downtown.” Love, who comes from the Oakwood area, says, “Lindsay is a lot bigger than I thought.” In addition to their work during the week, the students are responsible for running a visitor information kiosk on the weekends Rachel Love and Darren Jaglall are new tourism at 190 Kent St. W. ambassadors. Photo: Sienna Frost. by the library. They also manage the chamber’s social media channels on the weekends. In addition to providing enhanced tourism information and experiences for visitors, the tourism ambassadors are the administrators for the chamber’s COVID Rapid Testing Program through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the province. Any business in Kawartha Lakes can acquire the tests from the Lindsay Chamber. To learn more, visit


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Mission-oriented capitalism

Last month this space focused on how the market has extended its reach into our daily lives by ensuring that everything is for sale, from air for our tires to bottled water to our free time. More than ever, the value of something is equated with its monetary value determined by the market — not for its intrinsic worth to you or me. As Mark Carney writes in Value(s), “the logic of buying and selling no longer applies only to material goods but increasingly governs the whole of life from the allocation of healthcare to education, public safety and environmental protection.” The author shares a clear example. Consider the valuations of Amazon, the corporate behemoth, and the Amazon region in South America. Amazon the company is valued at over $1.5 trillion in equity, reflecting the market’s belief in its worth. In contrast, it is only when the Amazon rainforest is cleared and the space used for agricultural purposes that will one day ensure the Amazon region is finally given a market value. The cost of its wanton destruction — the cost to our environment — will appear on no ledger. The market, on its own, can never figure out what the important values are to support. That’s what we’re for. That’s what we must demand of the market, by identifying what’s important to us and then ensuring politicians and civic leaders are held to account for these shared values. This takes more than government, though. We desperately need more purposeful companies. These companies must do more than stand for “corporate social responsibility,” a tired afterthought used to distract while ensuring the business of capitalism goes on. But the business of capitalism cannot go on, at least the way things are right now. We need what Marianna Mazzucato, a British economics professor, calls a “mission economy.” (Carney calls it mission-oriented capitalism.) Either way, we must restructure capitalism to make it inclusive, sustainable and innovative, focused on real-world problems. As Mazzucato states, that means “changing government tools and culture, creating new markers of corporate governance, and ensuring that corporations, society, and government coalesce to share a common goal.” The world has just endured the deadliest health crisis of our lifetime. While we are coming out of this fight (at least in the western world) our nation is burning as the climate crisis demands to be taken seriously. The market is not here to save us from this disaster, either, just as it didn’t save us from the global pandemic. Canada, though, is an idea — an idea that can be shaped to our will. We must build consensus then, citizens, government and business, to tackle the greatest threats before us and improve life for all. Mission-oriented capitalism is worth fighting for.



Finding our way, with thanks It’s only been a couple of weeks since we have been able to do more, like visit our favourite restaurants or gather in larger groups. We’re back out in the world, thanks to the heavy lifting done by the vaccinated. It feels like a cautious victory, and the optimism it engenders is well deserved. Walking down the street and seeing people hugging or shaking hands makes one do a double take after being isolated for so long. But these taboos are rightly falling away, at least for the double vaccinated. If there is a feeling of gratitude, to whom should it be directed? For starters, we salute the health scientists who every day are watching and learning the behaviour of the coronavirus and its variants. They are our first line of defence against this and other health threats sure to come. Doctors and nurses and other health professionals are on this gratitude list. They are the critical front-line workers who continue to meet this challenge head on. We also think highly of our parents and teachers. Scientists and doctors are not hatched in a lab; they are people of sufficient curiosity and knowledge who were likely inspired by a parent or one or more teachers in elementary or high school. That spark was enough to carry them into university where they specialized, chose a path, and whether consciously or unconsciously began making a meaningful contribution in their careers. Others among us chose the path of business — and we all benefit when our neighbourhood businesses do well. Three cheers for our small business owners who have weathered this pandemic that threatened so many livelihoods. Only the trifecta of ingenuity, government support and loyal customers ensured their survival. In other words, our individual success depends on everyone else in our village, which is literally the meaning of this country. (Kanata was the Iroquoian name for village.) If we have found our way, we do so with thanks and with the knowledge no one did this alone.

LETTER SPOTLIGHT Cameron concerns with development While there is something true about the Advocate’s July editorial (“Kawartha Lakes Life for All”), it also had a bit of an ominous ring to it, given some of the advertising in that issue. In an issue that reflects on whether Kawartha Lakes is being “Muskokaized” isn’t it just a tad ironic that we have advertising from Flato Developments? What would a five-star resort and Douglas Carrick-designed golf course in the community of Long Beach be, if not Muskokaization? Let’s be clear: if we had the basic income program in Ontario that the Advocate has championed from its inception (including in this issue in the fine opinion piece by Leah Barrett Werner), no one on that program could afford to golf at this course or live in that community of one-acre estate homes. I get it. The magazine needs advertising revenue. But perhaps a little more discernment in selling that advertising space could be exercised. I hope that the Advocate will not be part of the Flato public relations strategy in Kawartha Lakes. Brian J. Walsh, Cameron Advertisers play no role in our editorial content. The Advocate will continue to fight for the social policies we need and tell the community stories that need to be told. ~ Roderick Benns



Climate emergency – a burning issue GINNY COLLING Ginny Colling was passionate about the environment before retiring from teaching college communications students. After retiring she trained with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and has presented to numerous groups about the climate crisis and what we can do to help. Hundreds dead. A billion sea creatures baked in their shells. Fruit cooked on the trees. Canadian heat records shattered three days in a row in Lytton, B.C. Then, on day four, the community burned to ashes. Many of us switched our attention from COVID coverage to the devastation of the climate crisis as we heard the news from the West this summer. Those with family or friends there heard their alarm. Repeated days of 40 C-plus temperatures had them scrambling to stay cool, with their bags packed in case nearby forest fires forced an evacuation. My concern came in hearing of that new Canadian temperature record in Lytton, 49.6 C, a heat usually associated with Jacobabad, Pakistan, one of the hottest places on the planet. Maybe for some it’s still a faraway concept, this climate heating. We in the milder climes of the Great Lakes Basin have been spared much of the worst effects, so far. But we’re seeing it here now. And it’s in my backyard. Literally. In mid-November a tree leafed out behind our house, obviously confused about the season. Globally it was the hottest November on record. In May last year, our elderly dog picked up a blacklegged tick — the Lyme disease-carrying kind — in our backyard. These ticks are recent arrivals to the Kawarthas. They’ve been expanding their range, in part thanks to warmer, shorter winters that mean fewer of them die off. The warm temperatures that allow ticks to survive and thrive do the same for gypsy moths and the emerald

ash borer. Two years ago our neighbours had 20 trees — mostly ash — removed because of that invasive insect. And while this year we haven’t experienced the drought that we’ve seen in some recent springs, last year we did. The farm where we buy our vegetables lost 2,000 broccoli and cauliflower plants, and a thousand row-feet of several types of greens. Droughts aren’t new, but now they’re longer, more frequent, more extreme. For us, a 30-degree day is extremely hot. In the not so distant past (1976-2005) we saw about eight extremely hot days a year. In recent years, we’ve seen 25 of those days or more. That number is expected to reach 50 in coming decades if we do nothing, according to the Canadian Climate Atlas. So what can we do? 1. Talk about it. Since Canadians love to talk about the weather, that should be easy. But weather is not climate, so let’s make the connection and share what we’re doing to help. Someone once said talking about the climate crisis was a little like passing gas at a cocktail party. It tended to clear the room. Most wanted to avoid that uncomfortable discussion. We need to turn that discomfort into action — maybe look at how we can reduce our own energy consumption such as our use of gas on the road and natural gas at home. 2. Call or write our politicians at all levels. Push them for stronger action, like regulations for electric vehicles and energy-efficient homes and buildings, and diversion of billions in oil sands subsidies to transition us to a clean, low-carbon economy with good-quality jobs. What we saw in the West, and what we’re seeing here in our own backyards, isn’t going away. Our kids will never experience the climate we did. That’s gone. But we can improve the climate they will inherit if we do everything we can, as fast as we can, to shift to clean energy. It’s up to us now. Because the status quo is burning us alive.


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New-style farming in Kawartha Lakes }} Small, sustainable and social CONNOR CHASE

Small local farms are bringing a fresh approach that complements traditional ways of raising crops and livestock, thanks to savvy use of social media and building direct relationships with their customers. Add an emphasis on the environment, and local producers such as Bobcaygeon’s Three Forks Farm, the Mariposa Woolen Mill and the Kinmount area’s Brandeston Farm are helping change the way agriculture looks in Kawartha Lakes. CONT’D ON PAGE 14



ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS Jarod and Elecia Chinnick, owners of Three Forks Farm in Bobcaygeon, have thought a lot about the farming practices they use. It’s right there in their mission statement: “Raise wholesome, nutrient-dense food using farming practices that respect the natural tendencies of our animals and the sustainability of our farmland.” Three Forks sells “pasture-grazed and naturally raised artisanal chicken, pork and turkey,” according to its website. Customers can buy monthly boxes with several varieties and quantities of meat available. “We used to, in our early days, think of ourselves as sustainable farmers,” says Jarod, “the presumption being that you farm and manage land and shouldn’t make it any worse.” But they realized their philosophy on farming had changed. “It became clear that we need to be doing more than just being neutral, but actually having positive effects on the land. We can rebuild the nutrients and the carbon,” he says, both of which are needed for healthy growing.

Elecia Chinnick from Three Forks Farm in Bobcaygeon. Photo courtesy of Three Forks Farms.

Known as regenerative farming, this newer philosophy is becoming popular in smaller-scale farms throughout North America and parts of Europe. While it has no fixed set of practices, the goals typically include improving water cycles and enhancing topsoil regeneration. At Three Forks, for instance, the Chinnicks use smaller pastures and move their animals frequently to control the grass. “They clip it down really low, deposit lots of manure, then they move onto the next pasture and come back a couple of months later, improving the ecology of the soil.


Raise wholesome, nutrient-dense food using farming practices that respect the natural tendencies of our animals and the sustainability of our farmland. This actually improves the land instead of just maintaining it,” Jarod says. The diverse diet produces healthier livestock which become healthier food. “They have more good omega fatty acids... We always think of it as ‘you are what you eat,’” Elecia explains, noting that consumers should watch for “greenwashing” by large companies. “They’re really good at putting pictures of pastures and things on the labels, but it’s not necessarily true.” She describes regenerative farming as a “slow game” for farmers. “There are no hard and fast rules on how to set this up. It’s about responding to the environment you’re working within. It’s about taking your time and fine-tuning things as you go.” Over at Brandeston Farm in the Kinmount area, owner John Stinson says he’s already noted the negative impact of climate change on things like growing seasons. He says he hopes governments and people in general will “start taking this seriously.”

John Stinson harvesting beets at Brandeston Farm, Kinmount.

His farm sells an assortment of fresh vegetables and herbs using the Community Supported Agriculture method. Customers pay a set amount for a given size and receive a weekly box of organic produce from June to October. Brandeston’s crop plan for the 2021 season includes things like beets, carrots, beans, basil, peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts and many more vegetables, along with other microgreens and sprouts. It can be hard to find truly environmentally friendly, ethical products in the food industry’s supply chain, Stinson says. When he first purchased compost for the farm, he ordered a dump truck’s worth. “And as I started shovelling through it, I realized there’s all sorts of trash in here, and it’s in every shovelful.” Perplexed, Stinson called the company to complain. “I was told I should’ve ordered premium compost if I didn’t want garbage in it.” He has also tried to make sure Brandeston Farm’s own supply chain does as little environmental harm as possible. Packaging ranging from microgreen containers to salad bowls to bags of salad mixes is made from sustainable materials.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCE Another one of the things that unites many successful new-style local farms is their extensive use of social media both to build a clientele and to forge relationships with their potential customers. Elicia runs an Instagram page for Three Forks that has just shy of 600 followers. “I’m not by nature a salesy person, so that’s probably why it feels so intimate. I really want to help educate people on what we’re doing here on the farm.” By using social media for more than a sales pitch, she can give followers a glimpse of reality. “There’s a lot of romantic ideas about farming, but I want to show the ups and downs.” Ellen Edney, owner of Mariposa Woolen Mill, had a similar intention for the Mill’s Instagram page. “I want people to show behind the scenes, what goes right and wrong — the real-life things. Not everything is kind of perfect or works out all the time, but showing it builds trust on a human level,” says Edney. While the Mariposa farm got its start as the original location for Mariposa Dairy, the livestock portion of the farm now consists of six flocks of sheep and one herd of Angora goats, all endangered heritage breeds. CONT’D ON PAGE 16



Authenticity also matters. Elecia Chinnick says she was inspired by what happened in 2017, when a variety of so-called local vendors at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market were found to be telling customers their products were homegrown, when in reality they were just reselling products they had purchased wholesale. “Peterborough was in really hot water with some farmers not being honest about what they’re producing — it created a level of mistrust between farmers and customers. So the social media was about creating that opportunity for consumers to see what we’re doing, and create a sense of honesty.” Brandeston Farm’s Stinson recognizes that social media’s information-gathering capabilities can help build connections to niche markets. “Some people really appreciate a direct relationship with where their food is coming from. They’re really curious,” says Stinson. Social media allows him to offer what his customers want with more precision. There are both benefits and pitfalls when bringing businesses online, says Edney, where “you have just two seconds to grab someone’s attention.” The internet is “a big vast abyss, unlike at a farmers’ market where we might be the only ones selling some certain product.” That said, it’s also true that online there are also “are always people looking for specifically what we offer.” The mill has a page on Etsy, the popular website where artisans from all over the world offer unique products.


Edney has picked up on another trend by creating the Kawartha Box, a monthly collection of seasonal items from various local businesses. It allows customers to try local products they otherwise may not have heard about — “basically a Kawartha sampler box.” The box was a response to the unique opportunities of online shopping and the disruption COVID had on normal business, but also a chance to try something different. “People get stuck in their routines, only go to shop at ‘x’ businesses and don’t venture beyond that. But with the box you’re testing other businesses’ products.” By showcasing many different items, a box sparks interest in a wide range of small local producers. She also has an in-person store on the farm that features wool and woolen products milled from their flock and processed right on the farm. They also carry goat and sheep cheeses.

Ellen Edney, owner of Mariposa Woolen Mill, with one of her popular Kawartha Boxes

Combined with Three Forks’ meat boxes and online website and Brandeston’s community supported agriculture, there are many retail innovations created by local farms.


While a mix of approaches to agriculture is essential to growing enough food for people in Kawartha Lakes and beyond, these farms often choose to operate on a more modest scale so they can address social and environmental concerns close to the farmers’ hearts. Besides his focus on climate change, one of the key reasons Brandeston’s Stinson, a former software engineer who moved here from downtown Toronto, became interested in farming was global food insecurity. The lack of enough nutritious food is obviously a problem worldwide, he says, “but it’s also here,” even if many of us can’t see its presence in our communities. “We don’t have many people dying from caloric deficiency, but if someone’s low on income here and they have to decide between going to the grocery store or making a rent payment, they’re going to pick shelter,” he says. To that end, Brandeston Farm donated more than 1,800 kilograms (4,000 pounds) of produce to local food banks via Kawartha Lakes Food Source over the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Farmers like Stinson, Edney and the Chinnicks are part of a new wave of agricultural entrepreneurs. By farming on a smaller scale and harnessing technology and direct sales, they’re creating new market niches that add to what larger operations offer while bringing innovation and choice to local consumers.



Downtown Vibes in Lindsay Melissa McFarland, Executive Director, Lindsay Downtown BIA

As summer kicks into full swing, it’s hard not to be reminded of summers past. A bustling Saturday Farmers’ Market that was just as much a social occasion as a shopping experience, a great place to take the family, and bump into old acquaintances.Thriving patios, which were an ideal place to watch the pedestrian traffic on a Friday afternoon. The annual Classics on Kent on a Sunday in July which would bring thousands to our main street. A myriad of community events, fundraisers and barbecues in Victoria Park, and sidewalk sales taking place along the retail shops of Kent Street. We’d see the boaters and cottagers arrive through the weekend and make a day trip of shopping and eating. The summer of 2020 seemed like one disappointment after another, as any event that might promote a gathering of people was no longer feasible. Community organizations scrambled to reimagine their annual events, and it many cases, just cancelled them altogether with promises to be “back in 2021.” Nobody pictured that summer of 2021 would roll around far more quickly than the end of the pandemic, and you can see the disbelief in people’s eyes that we’re facing another summer of restrictions, and a downtown that is still very much under construction. CONT’D ON PAGE 18

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Many of us remember a hometown branch of the Royal Canadian Legion somewhere in the shadows of our past. Growing up, I knew it as the hall where people celebrated their family’s milestones with a dance. But, if you still think of the Legion as the members only club of yesterday, perhaps the time has come to take a closer look. The Lindsay Legion has been working behind the scenes in our community for years, providing donations to organizations such as Ross Memorial Hospital, Kawartha Lakes Food Source and Five Counties Children’s Centre. Still, countless members of the public pass up the chance to visit the Legion at their York Street North location to enjoy on-site museum exhibits or take part in an event. Elected officers like Howie Johnston and Bill Neville as well as legion volunteers want to see this change. They have put out the welcome mat for the community. “The Legion is more than a place where people drink beer and we have to invite the public to come see us,” says long-time volunteer Claus Reuter. It’s an opinion echoed by other volunteers, members and elected officers, such as Howie Johnston. Stepping through their front door takes visitors back to a time of old-fashioned hospitality. As the largest branch in Kawartha Lakes, their building has the space to enable


dedicated volunteers to present one of the top military legion exhibits in Ontario — and admission is free. Exhibits change two or three times each year, with past displays covering such topics as the 109th Battalion, D-Day, and the War of 1812. More than 450 local school children will no doubt recall being invited to interact with the Legion’s largest and most complex display so far, commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge. No need to be shy about asking staff, volunteers and members questions about the artifacts. You never know when an impromptu chat will unlock a wealth of knowledge and personal stories to enrich your experience at the legion, or simply lead you to a new friend. Artifacts in the collection come from several different sources, including other area legions that lack sufficient display space. The Lindsay branch welcomes donations from the public too; just contact the office for more information. Your ancestor’s war medals might find a new home in the legion’s display, or a family collection of military memorabilia may be incorporated into one of the rotating exhibits. In appreciation, the legion makes every effort to invite families in to view displays that include donated items. Beyond physical artifacts, the legion values stories of military service as oral history and encourages the public to submit them for posting online. According to member and website designer Dave Francis, “We are slowly posting our comprehensive selection of military records to the reference section of the website. We would be grateful for any suggestions from the public.” Visit for hours of operation and details about upcoming projects and events, as pandemic restrictions allow. Add a visit to the legion’s military exhibits on your list of things to do this summer.


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The Locker by the Falls Fenelon Falls Full sun or in-the-shade views of Fenelon’s falls. The Locker Extreme Burger is in the big leagues when it comes to great taste.

BEST PLACES FOR CRAFT BEER The Pie Eyed Monk Lindsay Six varieties of craft beer in a renovated industrial building that makes you feel like you worked hard all day and deserve a good meal and a distinctive brew.

Old Dog Brewing Company Bobcaygeon Flipping the European practice of bringing wine to a restaurant, the brewery suggests patrons bring their own food to the patio, and Old Dog will provide the beer.

Fenelon Falls Brewery Fenelon Falls Another old building given new life, the pub has a patio adjacent to the windowed overhead door leading right to the brewing tanks. You can almost reach out and refill your own glass. MaryBeth Buckley serves up a cold one at The Pie Eyed Monk in Lindsay.

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BEST PLACES FOR SCENERY That Place On Cameron Fenelon Falls Awesome sunsets from a two-level patio. Expect to struggle to find parking on wing nights. CONT’D ON PAGE 24




BEST PLACES FOR ATMOSPHERE El Patio Bobcaygeon With a brightly painted food truck on-site and coloured flags strung above the seating area, there is something about this place that makes you feel like you stepped into another country when you enter the gates.



Ziraldo’s Fenelon Falls Brick walls on each side, canvas awnings overhead and a wooden deck below your feet make this patio smack of Italy(grapevine included). The restaurant shades the patio perfectly on hot afternoons.



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BEST PLACES FOR PEOPLE-WATCHING Murphy’s Irish Pub Fenelon Falls The pub is situated at the corner of the locks and shopping, and the raised patio gives a good view of exotic boats, beautiful cars and the people in them. Always a chance that an authentic Irish fiddle tune will be heard, whether the popular open mic night is on or not.

The Royal Moose at The Bobcaygeon Inn Bobcaygeon The Kawarthas’ largest waterfront patio is also the first restaurant other than one in Toronto to offer The Tragically Hip’s new Lake Fever Lager.

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The self-propelled boater is fortunate to live in Kawartha Lakes. The opportunity to use a stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak to explore our diverse wetlands never disappoints. Home to birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plants, the interface where land gives way to lake always has something on display, from splashy carp spawning in the spring to rafts of waterfowl in the fall. The west shore of Sturgeon Lake stretches roughly 20 kilometres between Fenelon Falls and Lindsay, and provides numerous sheltered, morning-sun friendly spots to observe wildlife. The entire trip can be done in a day. However, if you don’t have a full day to spare, these four segments will give you a good taste for what the full trip offers: the section from Fenelon Falls to the end of Raby’s Shore Road, the area at Long Beach, the Ken Reid Conservation Area zone, and north from Lindsay’s Rivera Park.The Fenelon Falls end is the most geographically diverse, while the Scugog River gets the nod for best birdwatching. The photos that follow will give you a glimpse of what you might see when strike out alone or with a friend with nothing but a paddle and the gift of leisure time. All photos: Geoff Coleman




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If Julia Taylor had her way, one of the best-loved stores in Fenelon Falls would simply be called “Jars.” After all, getting so many people to give up their plastic habit in favour of reusable glass jars is one of her favourite accomplishments since she took over as owner of Country Cupboard in early 2018. But then, as she points out, “I knew if I changed the name everybody would still call it Country Cupboard.” No wonder. The little store at 9 May Street has a long history, celebrating its 40th anniversary this month – and the words “country cupboard” were used from the beginning. The original owner, Barb Torry, called it Country Cupboard Whole Foods ‘n’ Things. Her husband Fred joined her after retiring from Hydro One. They owned the store for 30 years. Then it became Val’s Country Cupboard, owned by Valerie Hunter, and then the more alliterative Carson’s Country Cupboard, when Carson Keeler took things over. Keeler still works part time for Taylor, after passing the torch to her more than three years ago. But did Country Cupboard always have the same business focus? “It started off as a specialty food store with bulk foods, a deli counter, some supplements and natural products, as well as kitchen and wicker wares. Frozen yogurt started the second year, in 1982,” Keeler recalls.

Julia Taylor, owner of Country Cupboard in Fenelon Falls, with Carson Keeler, the former owner. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

It was in the last 10 years that the store “morphed more into a health food store with mostly supplements and bulk foods,” he tells the Advocate. In fact, when Keeler bought it, he called it a health food store, let go of the non-organic products, increased the healthy bulk food products, and brought in new fridges and freezers that allowed him to carry a greater variety of foods. “Of course, the frozen yogurt is still here and now has a plantbased option to serve our diverse customers better,” he says. That’s one of Keeler’s favourite memories, serving frozen yogurt through four generations, “watching kids grow up year after year.” Taylor had shopped at Country Cupboard weekly for years. When


Keeler mentioned that he wanted to sell, she was immediately interested. “He thought I was a good fit and I started coming in weekly to transition the ownership,” she says. Given that Keeler has almost 30 years experience in the health food industry, “Everything I know about supplements comes from him. He also taught me how to do almost every aspect of running Country Cupboard as I had no retail or ordering experience,” Taylor says. The owner takes pride in the changes she has overseen at the store, including using up those last plastic bags, plastic spoons and Styrofoam cups and replacing them with paper bags, free jars, and compostable spoons and cups. “I remember when a farmer brought in their old Player’s tobacco cans to fill up with oats. I really knew (then) I had done what I came to do — make an impact in our community’s overall waste.” A couple of years ago, Taylor was second-guessing her decision to get the store online, wondering if it was worth all the effort. She spent a year inputting all of the products and data — and then came COVID-19. “The pandemic hit and we were ready for online sales. That was a real grateful moment, and I knew that I could trust my big decisions,” says Taylor. Another shift from previous owners is Taylor’s conscious decision to use her business’s voice to advocate for social and environmental change. Country Cupboard was not involved with the local chamber of commerce or community events until Taylor took over. She is a board member on the chamber and the business participates in most community events and makes regular donations to the local food bank. It supports Kawartha Lakes Pride and other community groups. She is also an active member of the Fenelon Landfill Committee Taylor approached the Fenelon Falls Rotary Club and successfully lobbied for a water bottle refill station at the new beach washrooms. She also bought two recycle bins for the beach and got Rotary to donate two more, all of which are managed with some volunteer help. As for what comes next for the little store that seems to punch above its weight in the community, Taylor has her eye on setting up a commercial kitchen to create plant-based foods. “This will continue to fulfill our role to serve the community healthy food options and reduce even more waste,” she says. As for Jars, the hypothetical business name that will probably never be, Taylor points to Country Cupboard’s graphic which she redid when she took over. “At least I snuck a jar into the logo.”

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PRESENTED BY Cucumbers were on sale recently, inspiring Diane to find new ways to use them. A bit of research and experimentation led her to discover that any kind of cucumber can be roasted in the oven or grilled on the barbeque. Diane found that the mini ones, which are roasted whole, were the most flavourful with the best texture when roasted. Large cucumbers need to be sliced in half then deseeded. She prefers them chilled rather than warm from the oven or grill.

Roasted Cucumbers Set the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly brush cucumber with your preferred cooking oil. Place on a cooking tray in the oven for around 15 minutes, turning once. Cucumbers are ready when the outside is crispy and almost charred, but the inside is still crunchy. Cool the roasted cucumbers to room temperature, then chill.

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Slice baguette diagonally to create ovals and brush with cooking oil or butter. Toast under broiler. Spread with spreadable cheese or mayonnaise. Top with slices of roasted cucumbers. Garnish with slivers of raw cucumber. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper. Diane’s tip: Leftover roasted cucumbers can be sliced and marinated overnight in your favourite jarred pickle juice (like dill or bread and butter). Leftover pickle juice has lots of uses. Think of it as flavoured vinegar. Story and photos by Sharon Walker


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Planting for the Future Every spring it’s the same story: I look at the seed catalogues and my seed packets and realize that some of the plants I want to start needed to be sown in August of the previous year. Or they needed a couple of months outside in the snow and ice to germinate. Every year I promise myself: this August I will start those plants and order those fall seeds. August-sown plants are usually biennials that grow a set of leaves and strong roots the first year and bloom the second. After blooming they die, scattering their seed in mid-to-late summer to start the cycle again. These include many cottagegarden plants like hollyhocks, sweet William, Canterbury bells and foxglove. A long cycle of snow or ice before germination is nature’s way of ensuring that perennial plants don’t germinate at the wrong time during warm fall days or a mid-winter warm spell. Many of these seeds can be forced by placing them in moist sand in a Ziploc bag in the fridge for six weeks. However, I don’t have much plastic in my home, and find it easier to sow these plants in October directly in the ground or in safely placed reused pots outdoors so that they experience snow and ice for the winter. When they sprout in the spring they are ready to grow in place or be transplanted to their permanent location. These fall-sown plants will increase biodiversity in your garden dramatically: lupins, bergamot, catmint, echinacea, lavender, St. John’s wort, liatris, milkweed, marsh marigolds, black-eyed Susans and delphiniums. Dreaming about these plants and seeds, planted in the fall for next year’s abundance, turns snow and ice into a time of nurture and hope.

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Angie Kim and Isaac Jeon }} Connecting to the community through Japanese food

WILLIAM McGINN Writer-at-large

that would be more friendly to this community, and that The best customer by far, of Angie Kim and Isaac really worked well.” Jeon’s Teriyaki Town — at 10 years old, the first-ever All of their tables are four-seat booths, except a speJapanese restaurant in Kawartha Lakes — is Joan Philips. cial one set up near the back. Angie told the Advocate the Ever since the restaurant first opened its doors, Joan, restaurant is busy on Saturday evenings, so rather than then 84, began a tradition of showing up every Saturday. have Joan occupy a big booth during dinner rush, Angie Dinner service started at five, and she’d get to her parking set up a one-person table specifically for her. spot 10 minutes early. She no longer drives, but friends The restaurant gives off the feeling of being back drop her off, and she has continued the tradition by with nature, with all of its booths (both tables and seats) ordering takeout. She expects she’ll return through the made from the same dark brown doors when possible. wood, with a silver brick-shaped Before Angie and Isaac tile wall and a display near the roof moved to Canada in 2000 from of green plantation decorum. The South Korea, Angie was familiar side walls are dark golden yellow with the food industry. Trained and adorned with gorgeous paintas a nutritionist, she worked for ings, and the relatively dim lighting a dietitian and in a huge cafealso makes for a great atmosphere. teria. When she and Isaac immiAngie and Isaac keep serving grated to Canada, deciding to painting-worthy dishes with, in their start their own business was the words, “local produce, sustainable route they chose. They ran a Japfish, and innovative ingredients.” anese restaurant in Toronto for When asked what their personal 15 years, while Isaac operated a favourite dishes were, Angie said catering business, organizing the she really enjoys the dishes with dishes for various events across sushi, such as dragon rolls. Isaac Toronto: hotel relaunches, wedrecommends maki bento from dings and grand events. A marthe lunch menu, and their dinner keting manager for a construction menu’s best-seller combo. conglomerate in Korea, he made Outside the restaurant, Isaac new connections and established Angie Kim and Isaac Jeon of Teriyaki Town in Lindsay. loves sports, tennis particularly, and good relationships through the Photo: William McGinn working out in his at-home gym. catering business. Angie is a big fan of gardening, taking care of her own Angie had a friend from Cameron who knew restauvegetable patch. She is also beginning sewing, something rant space was available in Lindsay — a former VietnamJoan is teaching her after giving her a sewing machine ese eatery. They decided to take a chance and relocate. that she had owned and used for 40 years. It’s the same When asked where the name Teriyaki Town came from, machine she once used to knit two aprons for her favouIsaac said, “When we set up the restaurant, we felt this rite restaurant owners. town was not familiar with sushi and foods with raw fish, so rather than advertising that, we thought of a name



Plunging into the Past

}} Recreational swimming in Lindsay

IAN McKECHNIE Writer-at-large

Post, before urging local police to “extend their beats Back in the late summer of 2005, when I entered LCVI, down along the river banks.” I discovered that I had phys ed slotted into first period Public propriety was the least of the concerns on my timetable. If the weather cooperated, we Grade 9 for those who had a swimming hole somewhere on boys would often be trooped outside to run circuits on the their property. “Very often these swimming holes ofenormous track immediately east of the Lindsay school. fer no chance for learning the art of swimming, beAs we angled our way northwest along the track, anticiing too circumscribed in area, too deep, too shallow, pating yet another several laps in short order, few of us or the bottom is too muddy or too full of rubbish,” probably realized that we were running across the site of observed an editorial in the Aug. 10, 1911 issue of Lindsay’s long-gone inground swimming pool. By that point, the pool had been covered over for more than a quarter of a century, with scarcely anything left to commemorate this once popular local landmark. Fondly remembered by two generations of local citizens and Lindsay expats alike, the old swimming pool was but one chapter in the long story of recreational swimming here in town. Indeed, for many Ontarians, the local river or millpond was the place where they were first immersed in the world of public swimming. Others took advantage of swimming holes scattered throughout the countryside. Sharing the water with canoeists and steamboat excurLong-time residents fondly remember Lindsay’s outdoor pool. sionists, those taking a dip in the Scugog River during the 1880s were occasionally beratLindsay’s  Watchman-Warder. Swimming holes — or ed by prudish local editors, who were scandalized by bathrather, the lack of sufficient facilities for swimming ers’ seeming indifference to public decency. “People who and opportunities to teach swimming lessons — were are using the river in the way of boating evenings do not deemed by the Watchman-Warder to be a public health care to behold a parcel of naked humanity capering around issue. the lumber piles and striding over the boom logs attired in Something more permanent and regulated was less than one suspender and a pair of socks,” vented one clearly needed. Young men, often railroaders looking correspondent in the Aug. 13, 1886 edition of the Canadian to pass time between shifts, could take advantage of


YMCA facilities located in a three-storey building at the southwest corner of Kent and Lindsay Streets. Now the site of a parkette opposite Ridout Street, the YMCA sported a 10-pin bowling alley and swimming pool in its basement. (Presumably more law-abiding than those who took to the river, and more cognizant of health concerns than those who splashed around in swimming holes, patrons at the “Y” nevertheless attracted editorial comment in the summer of 1901, when some carelessly threw their swimsuits over an electric wire to dry and received an electric shock when they went to retrieve them.) A wading pool was completed under Kiwanis Club auspices in Kawartha Park, just north of LCVI, in 1927. More than 20 years would pass, however, before discussion turned to an outdoor pool. The Rotary Club put forward a proposal for a pool in 1949, and the new in-ground facility was officially opened a year later. This pool holds a special place in the hearts of those who worked at it or frequented its waters. “I worked at the pool for two summers after Grades 10 and 11, having taken the Red Cross Instructor course in Peterborough over the winter,” remembers Liz Shanks, née McQuarrie. “We taught swimming lessons, mainly to young children, in the mornings and during the afternoons the job was lifeguarding. There were two chairs, and a third guard walked around the Young swimmers shallow end. I don’t recall ever wearwho were unable to ing a hat, and sunscreen was yet to afford swimming be invented. We used baby oil with lessons or recreational some iodine in it to get a better tan!” Though the pool was unheatswim passes were ed, Shanks recalls that it was always subsidized by the packed with kids. Young swimmers who were unChildren’s Aid Society able to afford swimming lessons or in conjunction with recreational swim passes were subthe Town of Lindsay. sidized by the Children’s Aid Society in conjunction with the Town of Lindsay. “It was wonderful to know that no one was left out of enjoying summers spent at the pool,” observes Karen Hughes, née Burns, who coached the Optimist Swim Team in the early 1970s. Long-time pool patrons like Karen Ford remember the smell of chlorine in the adjacent concrete change-house. Upon entering the change-house, says Ford, everyone had to walk through a foot bath (for sanitary reasons). “Your clothes were put in a wicker basket, and one would get a king-sized safety pin that would be attached to your bathing suit,” she recalls. This pin matched each basket of clothes and ensured that matching each patron with their clothes basket didn’t become a logistical nightmare. By the mid-1970s, pool maintenance had become onerous, and through the combined fundraising efforts of the Lindsay Kinsmen, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs a new 25-metre indoor pool known as the Aquatorium was opened in December, 1977, off Angeline Street. It remains active today, carrying forward the long tradition of recreational swimming in Lindsay.

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Reconnecting and making memories

I live and breathe politics and am what some people call a policy wonk. The impending federal election should have me feeling like a kid in a candy store. But I’m just not feeling it at the moment. After the last gazillion months of COVID, I’m feeling the need for a break. I just want to turn off Netflix, go out and reconnect with people and places. If there’s one good thing about getting older and being a “lifer” here, it is that every place, street or corner has a memory attached. Of course, not all these memories are great: Suzie broke my heart on this Fenelon Falls corner; I received that bad news phone call in such-and-such store. Many of these memories end up encapsulating a mini history lesson: “This happened at that empty lot which used to be the Irish House which used to be the Central’” type of thing. And sometimes the memories aren’t mine but have become part of me. I am connected to a certain place because an ancestor was. A recent walk down Kent Street brought one of those connections back. Back in the day I had a great-uncle who was a bit of a legend in town. Sandy (not his real name) worked the hydro camps (the teams who were bringing hydro to more remote locations) as a cook. Sandy would be gone from late spring to early fall, returning to Lindsay with some cash which, allegedly, would be spent at any number of Lindsay’s bars. Like all good things, the money wouldn’t last. So Sandy would go downtown, call the police and tell them, “I am going to throw a brick through Tangney’s window. I’ll be standing outside waiting for you.” (For those not as old as me, or newer to the area, Tangney’s was a huge furniture store located in Lindsay where A Buy and Sell Shop is now.) The police would always say, “Don’t do it, Sandy.” Sandy would always reply. “No, I’m doing it.” After a night in the drunk tank, Sandy would be taken to the courthouse (now part of Kawartha Lakes City Hall). The judge would ask, “How long do you need this time, Sandy?” Sandy would reply, “Three months oughta do it.” Then it was off to the Lindsay jail (now the Olde Gaol Museum) where he was welcomed like a returning hero. Sandy would immediately become the main jail cook and the quality of the food, so the story goes, would drastically improve.  Are there sadder undertones to this story? Undoubtedly. Will I ever not think of this when I walk down what I call the bottom of Kent Street? Very unlikely. So to everyone out reconnecting and making new memories I wish you a safe and fun month. And if you see someone laughing outside of the old Tangney’s, that just might be me. 


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