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Our Fall 2019 cover is credited to Mark Leahy, one of the people who entered photographs of our area into the Country Roads Magazine’s photo contest. As you can see by the beauty of this visual why it was so incredibly difficult to make decisions regarding the contestant submissions — as snapshots of our area were outstanding. Together they created a vignette of Hastings County that is truly remarkable. Leahy provided Country Roads Magazine with the accompanying information: “Picture was taken above the Marmora Dam on a gorgeous fall day, while on a daily walk along the relaxing Brian Goodchild Memorial Trail following Crowe River. Fall colours reflected on the water added lustre to the usual seasonal beauty.” Truly a lovely souvenir of a day in the life of Hastings County and, with Leahy’s gracious permission, we can share his view of our countryside with Country Roads readers. We hope that you, like Leahy will spill a little time out from a pre-set schedule, to take a walk on a glorious fall day and admire the incredible scenery our area has to offer.

Barry Penhale & Jane Gibson are recipients of the O ­ ntario Historical Society’s Carnochan Lifetime Achievement Award. broadcasting, and publishing. His syndicated TV series on CBC and TVO, “Sketches of Our Town” showcase the historical significance of Ontario’s small towns and cities. Founding Natural Heritage Books, (now part of Dundurn Press) upon Gibson’s retirement from Educational Administration with the East York Board of Education, (where her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, the development and implementation of the Board’s Multicultural and Anti-Racism Policies) they joined both Chair of the OHS Honours & Awards Committee Dr. Ian Radforth (left) presents the intellect and mutual interests to 2019 Carnochan Lifetime Achievement Award to Barry Penhale and Jane Gibson. increase an already impressive Photo Courtesy Daniel Dishaw, Ontario Historical Society. historically-based publishing effort. This non-stoppable team Readers of Country Roads Magazine are familiar have now tethered together a long list of publications with the personal musings and historical articles that span decades. One would think this would be written by columnist Barry Penhale, but many may more than enough, but community volunteerism not be aware of his life-long extensive effort made has, and continues to be another important area to preserve Ontario history. With this being said, of interest, and their combined contributions have congratulations are in order for both Penhale and garnered them the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal his wife, Jane Gibson for being recipients of the and the Ontario Black History Society’s Harriet Carnochan Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented Tubman Award, presented to both in 2016. on June 15, 2019 at the Tyndale University College To quote an excerpt from the OHS announcement: and Seminary, this particular Ontario Historical “a letter from one of the many letters of support Society (OHS) award recognizes an outstanding submitted with their nomination for the Carnochan contribution to the preservation or promotion of Award reads: “as dedicated writers, teachers, Ontario’s history over many years. publishers and speakers, they have created a Quite a dynamic team, both Penhale and Gibson legacy that is at once an inspiration and a call have lead distinguished professional careers. Penhale’s to action.” extensive experience includes all aspects of journalism, Well done.



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letters to the editor Dear Country Roads Magazine: My wife Nancy and I first discovered Country Roads when we stopped for a Kawartha ice cream cone at a store in Bancroft. Your magazine is full of interesting stories and advertising. On our way back from Ottawa we took Highway 7 and based on one of the items we read in Country Roads we stopped for a Kawartha ice cream cone at The Ice Cream Shoppe, next to the Ultramar, in Marmora. We were outside opening hours for The Ice Cream Shoppe, but a very helpful Rebecca at the Ultramar store served us our cones. Great service and tasty ice cream! We look forward to returning to parts of Hastings County! In the meantime, we shall mail your summer edition to friends in Belgium who will, in particular, enjoy the Citizen Science article and accompanying photographs. In today’s hurdy-gurdy internet world, Country Roads (we’ll pick up another copy!) with its stories and advertisements – as well as that splendid Hastings County map – will guide us on further travels in Hastings County! George Czerny-Holownia, Collingwood, ON

Dear Country Roads: I was out of the province when your Summer 2019 edition of Country Roads was released. When I arrived home, I was pleased to find a copy at my front door. It was provided by a former Wallbridge resident who picked up a copy at the Black Dog Restaurant in Stirling. She was thrilled to see her childhood community featured in the centerfold. Since getting home three days ago, two people in the village have also mentioned to me their pleasure in your publishing of Vic’s article.  I sincerely thank you. My speaking engagements about A Place Called Wallbridge and informative articles, like Remembering the Forgotten Village of Wallbridge, are now acquainting/informing people to our rich cultural history in Hastings County. I believe an understanding and appreciation of our past is important to understanding who we are and how we fit into the present. Keep up the good work of sharing interesting topics about nature, people and places along our country roads. Alex McNaught  Wallbridge, ON


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Lorraine Gibson-Alcock has come to Country Roads Magazine via a circuitous route. She grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, moved to the big city (7 moves, 6 cities scattered across Canada in her retail career with the Hudson’s Bay Co.), and has met and worked with some very interesting characters...Sophia Loren, Oscar de La Renta to name two. After “retiring” from corporate life, she and her husband Doug moved to Marmora to live by the water and “relax”. Now in her 5th year with Country Roads, as the Director of Sales, Lorraine somehow finds the time to write stories that share her enthusiasm for the rural experience. Writing professionally since 1993, Teddy Ryan holds a Bachelor of Public Relations Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. She managed communications at Provincial and Federal government levels, where Ryan’s career included penning various forms of communication including writing hundreds of speeches for leaders in Canada. Once, Ryan produced talking points for Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Canada. Today, Teddy lives on a farm in Madoc Township with her husband, Lee, two cats, one dog and six chickens. Sarah Vance freelances articles for publications such as Bancroft This Week, The Haliburton Echo, Municipal Monitor and Country Roads. Sarah’s interest in cultural and social themes led her to pursue a masters’ degree, under the guidance of British philosopher Keith Ansell-Pearson. Sarah is always on the lookout for interesting angles and projects that will take her off the beaten path.



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Hello Autumn We believe that this issue of Country Roads contains a good ole Fall bounty of articles celebrating life in Hastings County. At the core of many of our favourite stories are the people, past and present, whose actions have left their mark on the area. It’s the people that make a community and we’re proud to tell you some of their stories. So, we’re going to tell you the story of the community of Tweed’s commitment and dedication to honouring their war veterans. A story that begins post WW1 and lives on in the beautiful stained-glass piece housed in the Tweed Public School. And we just had to share with our readers the kindness of a Madoc area couple and their twenty-fiveyear commitment to making young ladies the centre of attention at an annual girls’ only tea party. The day is always one of fun, friendship, creating memories and feeling a little bit like royalty. Like the song says – “The times they are a changing.” In recent years many country churches have found their purpose changing from a place of worship and gathering to homes and studios. For Nancy Woodall and her late husband Patrick Nash, transforming the Bannockburn church north of Madoc into a home was one they took to heart always honouring the buildings past. Fall brings those last visits to the local farmer’s markets, and the anticipated changing landscape ablaze with colour. It’s the season when Mother Nature dips her hand into a jumbo size box of crayons and puts on a show for us. Her stage is the perfect backdrop for days spent soaking up the talents of artists on the numerous annual fall studio tours, where creativity overflows and taking in the art that abounds is good for the soul. Yes, Fall in Hastings County is overflowing with bounty. Aren’t we lucky? …

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Restored – a Love Story

When a couple’s dream comes true … well almost BY TEDDY RYAN


hen people think of turning a church into a home, there’s one thing that may not immediately come to mind: the height of the windows. Typically, churches are designed for services where the light shines down from above on worshippers and that light is spectacular, especially when it filters through at 11:00 in the morning. For Nancy Woodall and her late husband, Patrick Nash this was only one of many surprises in their quest to turn a decommissioned church into a beautiful, inspired home. The search for the perfect church began as Woodall and Nash, a new couple who shared a common love for the arts, met and fell in love in Fenelon Falls, where they both lived at the time. Nash, an art framer with his own framing business and Woodall a visual artist with a respectable body of work, decided to combine their separate artistic quests into a common one: to find a church that when renovated could provide them with a home and studio. As two people with mature careers in the arts starting out on a new journey together, they were keen to find just the right church. It was a journey that would take them through many of the country roads in Hastings County, from Belleville to Stirling, and Madoc to Malone. To refine their search, they sought the help of Jennifer



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Reid, a real estate agent and got to work seeking their sacred space. In the months that followed, they looked at a number of decommissioned churches but many of them were in very rough shape. “In one case, the second floor had been installed by one renovator and then demolished by the next. Not everyone who wants to renovate a church is a planner or a carpenter. We looked at every option even a duplex in Madoc, but that wasn’t at all what we were looking for,” Woodall explained. With the help of Reid, Woodall and Nash found what they were looking for in the former St. Bartholomew Anglican Church in Bannockburn – a charming white ‘brick’ clad building that was structurally sound and in reasonably good condition. The congregation was no longer able to support it financially and found that they had to sell. As Reid remembers “All I had with me that day was a Canon Sure Shot camera and I didn’t think it would do but it captured the awesome light coming through the windows, perfectly.” And so, on a cold, sunny day in early December of 2005, the couple moved in and set about taking care of ‘first things first.’ Right from the get-go it was like camping – very cold camping. The furnace couldn’t quite manage to keep two humans warm all the time and it sure

let them know that they would be purchasing another one — and soon. Many of the windows were single glazed and would also need replacement. The couple put those windows on the ‘as soon as spring comes’ list. Whatever calamity raised its head; Woodall and Nash embraced the pioneer spirit of the situation and dealt with every need with love, humour and creativity. And then, with the frigid winter upon them they turned their minds to creating a second floor where they could install a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, which they could temporarily heat with a space heater. As the church had 14’ ceilings, this meant building a complete second storey and stairs to connect the two floors. The entire plumbing project followed this construction. They designed it in such a way that they could run the plumbing from the back of the church where the male and female bathrooms and the kitchen had been located, all the way to the front where the plumbing was needed in this new incarnation. And now there was a serviceable bathroom on both floors as well as a lovely bedroom with magical views. One of the major considerations of renovating an old church is the sheer size of the space. Churches are often designed to hold hundreds of people. Add to that the great height of the ceiling and you’ve

Top left: A lovely, comfortable style kitchen became host to visitors popping by for a look at the ongoing renovation. Top right: With an eye for design and light effects, moving the window was going to prove to be a challenge, but Patrick Nash was up to the task in order to create his vision. Bottom left: Once the walls were stripped bare to the studs, there was no turning back and the renovation was in full force. Bottom right: Intensive labour cannot be under-estimated when each floor board has to be pulled up and replaced. Photos courtesy Nancy Woodall.

got a lot of room to fill. For Woodall and Nash that meant levelling the altar floor and creating a 700 sq. ft. dining room. Now, a dining room of that magnitude needs a window that’s worthy of such generous space. The couple removed a beautiful specimen from the top of the church and repositioned it in the dining room. Not an easy feat, but Nash was up to the task. Woodall recalls that there was a lot of work that had to be done where the results were not always obvious. “We took all the panelling off the walls so we could insulate behind it — and then put it all back again. It was just too expensive a venture to cover the walls in anything else,” she said, “so af-

ter we reinstalled the panelling, we filled the seams with plaster, painted it and it looked great but you’d never know we did all that work behind the scenes.” The floor also had to come up. Woodall remembers prying every single floorboard up and then replacing them with new lumber. “The new wooden planks weren’t straight so we had to wedge them into place on the floor. In the end, though, they looked perfect.” Just as the two new owners had distinctly different personalities, they also had disparate but complementary talents and skills to bring to the renovation project. Nash brought the ethereal, ‘the spiritual sense’ to his vision, while Woodall brought a

warm, old farmhouse vibe. Yet they both did the hard work together. “While Patrick and I had very different ideas, we had very similar tastes in aesthetics and worked well together.” She recalls, “He was leaning toward a gothic sensibility while I wanted to make it cozier, open it up yet keep it elegant.” But these two new church owners found a miraculous middle ground in shaping the creation of their home. Nash’s deep sense of the spiritual nature of the space kept him tuned into its sensibilities even when it seemed a bit over-cautious. Nancy says “Patrick simply refused to consider locating the bedroom or the bathroom on the altar. Fall 2019 • Country Roads

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Now finished, the stained glass window becomes a showcase over a relaxing nook. Nancy Woodall shown here is enjoying the benefits of Patrick Nash’s decision to move the window. Photo courtesy Nancy Woodall.

A complete transformation from a house of congregational worship, taken down to rough walls and ripped up floor boards, and re-invented to become a calm, spacious and inviting home. Photos courtesy Jennifer Reid.

He felt the old church wouldn’t approve.” They did however find a way to enjoy the altar space. “In the early days before we leveled the altar, we would turn on the music and just dance after a hard day’s work. We danced on the altar all through all our early days until we turned it into our dining room. It was so romantic!” Nash had an affinity with the spiritual nature of the building. He took special care not to speak ill of the place in its presence – he didn’t want to offend the spirits. The choir loft offered an opportunity to continue the theme of spirituality. Nash built arches, pedestals, sconces and generally places where he could honour the Divine throughout their new home.” And although it’s not Woodall’s style, she somehow felt just fine with bringing the sacred into the new residence. “I’m not normally into gargoyles or angels as a part of the décor but Patrick’s sense of it was that they belonged here. So, we scoured yard sales and auctions and found, just as if they were waiting for us, two large, sculpted angels to bring home.” With a firm belief that the Divine has a great sense of humour, Woodall and Nash chose a couple of statues depicting two very different aspects of nature. One had eyes raised heaven-ward and hands folded in prayer, while the other was far less pious and much more passionate. With these two forces, they felt they had found just the right balance of nature and would continue to nurture goodwill with the church. The placement of the angels in the remodeled church meant that the pillars that were there would

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not accommodate them, so Woodall designed and Nash built pillars and archways that would highlight the angels’ place in their new home. Woodall said, “I would sketch out what I wanted, like a column or a post and I’d come home from work, and there they’d be all done!” She continued saying that the history of the old church was very much a part of their sense of their new home. She said that “When we thought of all the christenings, weddings, funerals, celebrations and tragedies that have been commemorated here, we felt the energy of the church’s past and its relationship with generations of parishioners. We felt the church liked us because in everything we did, we had good intentions. It’s like the church approved of us and made us welcome.” When the renovations started, local folks would drop in to see what was happening to their church. Woodall remembers that “They were often surprised to find someone cooking in the kitchen, but being the kindly neighbours they were, they would stop and visit for a bit and some even offered to help.” However, even in the midst of an incredibly inspired journey, tragedy can strike. And so it did for this couple. After what had started out to be a promising, enduring romance and one heck of an amazing five years, Nash passed away in his sleep one night in November. He had suffered a massive heart attack and couldn’t be revived. Woodall was numb and devastated all at once. Her grief almost took over; however, there was still so much to be done. Projects had been started and needed to be finished.

An angel, a piano and other acoustic musical instruments play homage to the years of choir and congregational singing. Photo courtesy Nancy Woodall.

With some time behind her and a lot of help from some very good friends, Woodall threw herself into picking up the work that they had initially done together. She knew that Nash would have wanted her to. “There was railing and panelling to be installed, plastering, painting and restoring to be completed. I don’t know how I was able to do it, but I felt his presence there … I knew Patrick was with me.” Woodall worked through the winter finishing projects and sewing 10’ drapes to help keep the warmth in. She was working through her grief. With most of the planned work behind her, Woodall felt that the memories were too strong. And so, there came a time when she decided to sell. As luck (or serendipity) would have it, soon after her decision to sell was made, she got a phone call from a friend who worked in a local shop in Madoc. Her friend relayed that she had, at that very moment, a woman in her shop that was in town looking to buy a renovated church. Of course by this time the renovations in the church were finished and the building was quite something to behold. The rest, as they say, is history. Woodall moved on. She found another house in Madoc which she also renovated. The new owner moved in to what was now a very livable home; and a beautiful old church found its new purpose and was reincarnated yet again. And the cycle of life continues.


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Left: The World War I Memorial Window in its new place of honour. Photo credit: Jozef VanVeenen. Below: Easy does it as the window is raised inch by inch. Photo courtesy: The Rodger family.

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icture this: an enormous and beautiful piece of stained glass, created in the early 1920’s to honour Tweed, Ontario’s fallen soldiers from World War I and installed in the local high school amid much fanfare. Imagine yourself amongst the excited crowd in attendance, including dignitaries Brigadier General A. E. Ross and the Reverend Dr. Bruce Taylor, Principal of Queen’s University at the time. Now consider the intricacies involved in moving that window post-dedication, not once but twice. “I don’t know if the Robert McCausland Company actually made the Memorial Window in Toronto and moved it to Tweed, or if they worked on it here,” claims Evan Morton of the Tweed Heritage Centre, hinting the window’s very first journey might well have been a long one, via early 20th century quality roads. Morton can’t confirm the window’s cost, either, as the Toronto glassworks company won’t say for privacy reasons. He does know that McCausland’s has been in business since 1856 and continues to operate to this day. Could those long ago glass artisans possibly have foreseen the window’s later close calls with disaster when they first created the gorgeous three panel piece of art depicting a soldier armed with bayonet at its centre

These photographs show Bob, his sons Thom and Tim, plus colleagues Pat Peck (orange shirt) and Tom Holmes (glasses) as they move the window from its second home in the old school to its third home in the new school close by. Bob said (and I quote) “It was scary” and gives Thom full credit for having both the courage and ingenuity to make the move work. Photos courtesy: The Rodger family.

and bookended either side with the names of the dead? Highly unlikely. But one fact remains certain. Since its initial 1921 dedication within the walls of the town’s brand new high school, the Memorial Window has represented an essential part of Tweed’s cultural history. A local restoration team from Sunrise Glass Works even performed some repair work in the early 1970’s to help ensure its survival. According to Morton, the window has not always gotten the appreciation it deserves, but preserving the piece for future generations has become an increasingly important mission to more than a few townsfolk over the years. Perhaps support for the window ran strongest before the stained glass had even been made. Countless articles Morton has accumulated from century old issues of the Tweed News regal the area’s efforts to establish a fitting monument in honour of those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. Local residents, inspired by other tributes seen around the province at the time, enthusiastically fund-raised to cover costs of the memorial window. And like similar commemorative tokens of respect already established in nearby communities, the project would require big money. A memorial

The memorial plaque honouring World War I soldiers. Photo credit: Jozef VanVeenen.

dedicated at a Belleville high school had come with a $1,000.00 price attached. Tag sales and bake sales soon became a part of everyday student life, with local businesses pitching in to help where they could. An ad published in a 1921 edition of the Tweed News promised a sack

of Reindeer flour and a piece of furniture “of equal value” to the top winners of a baking competition, as well as $5.00 vouchers towards the purchase of an impressive Barnet kitchen cabinet to all who entered. All profits from a post-contest bake sale went straight into the fund-raising coffers. A series of lectures by Queen’s professors at the Presbyterian Church promised to educate and make money for the window project at the same time. Attend a single session for a quarter or all seven for a single dollar. Members of the audience happily dipped into their pockets to help make the dream of a war memorial a reality. But time marches on and even Morton admits his own ignorance about the window’s significance during his 1950’s school years. He figures everyone saw the beautiful piece of glass, but did they really value what it stood for and the efforts the town had made to bring about its existence in the first place? Still, some must have held the memorial in high regard. Just consider the first time circumstances pointed to the window’s imminent demise in the 1970’s. The school board was in the midst of tearing down the original part of the high school, erected near the end of World War I. Suddenly fate intervened in the form of an unlikely guardian angel. Fall 2019 • Country Roads

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Top Left: Bob Rodger in full story-telling mode, relaxing on his Stirling porch. Photo credit: Angela Hawn. Right: A sample of local fundraising efforts for the High School Memorial Window. Photo courtesy: Tweed Heritage Centre. Below: Postcard of old tweed high school. Photo courtesy: Tweed Heritage Centre.

A pic of a black and white photo that appeared in the Tweed News. Photo courtesy: Tweed Heritage Centre.

“A man who happened to be a member of the Legion was driving by in his truck and saw the demolition team at work,” marvels Morton with a small smile. “He pulled over and threatened a lawsuit if the window was harmed in any way.” Fortunately, good sense prevailed and the window migrated to a safe spot in a newer addition to the school, untouched by wrecking crews. Tweed residents in the know breathed a collective sigh of relief. Now zoom ahead about 40 years and enter demolition team number two. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board’s plans to open a brand new educational facility in 2012 adjacent to the site of Tweed’s old school meant the brick and mortar housing the Veteran’s Memorial Window had to go. “The old school stood where the new playground is now,” reminisces Morton. But what to do about the stained glass window? When Morton called the school board to express

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Postcard of old Tweed High School. Photo courtesy: Tweed Heritage Centre.

concern, he found out he wasn’t the only member of the community worried about the window’s well-being. “Several other people had already called them as well,” he says. “That window is an important part of Tweed’s history.” But moving this fragile piece of art a second time would prove tricky. Fresh off a lengthy gig working at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, stained glass expert Steve Boyd from Westport, Ontario examined the window and pointed out a couple of cracks. Otherwise the panels seemed in relatively good shape. But estimating the value of something like the Tweed Memorial Window can get complicated. Though no real market exists for such items in today’s world, the very idea of the memorial seems priceless. In practical terms, simply replacing the glass alone could cost nearly $20,000.00. According to Boyd, the fact the window carries the McCaus-

land brand likely ups the value even more, especially considering the piece stems from a bygone era in quality stained glass craftsmanship. “You’d be hard pressed to find someone to paint glass like that today,” Boyd acknowledges, noting the antique nature of the memorial really renders the window irreplaceable. “You can’t reproduce the history of it.” Fortunately, this magnificent example of stained glass artistry had found a second guardian angel in the form of Thom Rodger. Working as part of a carpentry team hired by the board to assist with both getting rid of the old school and building the new one, Rodger custom built a carrier with protective supports suitable for lifting by hoist and prepared the window for its latest, approximately one hundred metre, trip. “Never broke a bit,” chuckles Rodger’s then supervisor and dad, Bob, a strong Scottish brogue be-

lying the semi-retired contractor’s Glasgow roots. “But it was scary.” Placed carefully in a specially designed frame, the stained glass window, approximately eight feet by eight feet, now resides in its third home to date: high above a bookshelf in the new Tweed Elementary School’s Learning Commons within the library.

No matter how future generations might come to view the Memorial Window, it’s easy to see how this gorgeous tribute to World War I veterans inspired long ago Tweed citizens to fund its creation in the first place. Perhaps the window even stands as a bit of a metaphor for the human condition. The body can be so fragile, crumbling

during times of great duress. But the human spirit inevitably triumphs, carrying on despite hardship. Like the stained glass dedicated to the fallen in a century old conflict, we march onward, determined to survive the ravages of both time and change as best we can.


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The Sun Shone Through the Clouds for Judy’s 25th Annual Tea Party BY LORRAINE GIBSON-ALCOCK

Judy Tunnicliff, centre, shown here with long time kitchen helper Mary Jo Brooks (Tweed) on the left and first timer Sue Ann Ducharme (Windsor) on the right. The humungous paper mache tea cups, shown in the foreground are the original creations of Mary Joe Brooks. Photo Courtesy Lorraine Gibson-Alcock

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ugust 18th … As dawn broke on Moira Lake, the day was overcast and the skies were threatening to unleash another downpour. I wondered if there was an alternate rain day. As noon approached, then 1 o’clock, the sky suddenly cleared, and the sun shone once more. “Good,” I thought, “the Gods have uttered once again … Nothing is going to hinder Judy’s Annual Tea Party”! A special one this year … the 25th! I first met Judy Tunnicliff last fall when we were working the advanced polls in Stirling for the Ontario Provincial election. As time sometimes drags while waiting for voters to come through the door, we filled the non-busy time chatting. One day Judy brought in a few binders with pictures. I assumed as I opened to view what I thought was going to be multiple pictures of her kids and grandkids “here is a doting Grandma”. I was wrong and right. Her photos were not Tunnicliff kids or grandkids, but nevertheless she cherished each and every one of those children as if they were her own! Judy and Tom Tunnicliff came to Madoc one summer more than 35 years ago to visit friends on Moira Lake and fell in love with the area. Shortly after their first visit they bought their lake property and continued to make lifelong friends. Twenty-two-years ago they retired from the Big Smoke (East York) and moved lock stock and barrel to Madoc. In the meantime, three years before

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Photo Courtesy of Judy’s long time photographer Beth Hennessey (Windsor)

Judy’s 25th Annual Tea Party in full swing! Photo courtesy Lorraine Gibson-Alcock

making their big move, she noticed that the new friends they had made in Madoc and area were starting to have grandchildren. Judy, being Judy, wanting to show her affection and appreciation, decided that the best way to do this was to host a “tea party” for her many friends’ grandchildren. The first party had eight kids … all from friends and family. But this was not a common, every day “tea party”! Oh No! No! Judy and her husband Tom had arranged a truly magical event! Friends’ closets and thrift stores had been scavenged for “tea

dresses”, and any other necessary accessory needed so that these children, almost all girls, would have a special day and a memory to last a lifetime. To date, only one boy has ever crossed the lake cottage threshold, a little boy about one year-old, by the name of Darcy (who became Darlene for the afternoon). This young man has since graduated from college, and is apparently quite proud of his Auntie Judy and his “tea party” presence. Well fast forward to 25 years later, and the tea party is now part of the Moira Lake summer social

Judy and husband Tom set the stage for an inviting whimsical Tea Party. Photo courtesy of Beth Hennessey and Judy Tunnicliff

The Alumni Table: (left to right) Peyton McNevin, now 21, a guest for 20 years; Hannah Cowell, 10 years; Marly Danford, and Aida Peters. Photo courtesy Lorraine Gibson-Alcock

“3 Little Girls” eyeing the jewellery selection in the “Shoppe”. Photo courtesy Lorraine Gibson-Alcock

Tom and Judy Tunnicliff in their “Cottage Tea Party Shoppe”. Photo courtesy Lorraine Gibson-Alcock

scene and all look forward to the annual event. It has become quite an extravaganza with the Tunnicliff’s working full-out for at least a couple of weeks beforehand to complete the necessary set up. Guest invitations are sent; tables, umbrellas, and extra seating are set up. Decorations including tea cups dress up the local bushes and trees – just to name a few of their activities. … The combined effect is reminiscent of the “Alice through the Looking Glass” type of tea parties. Over the years, the party has now become an almost week-long event. All the attendees, little girls, young ladies, and some mothers stop by the “Cottage Tea Party Shoppe” during the week before the official tea party day to “shop” for their ensemble. The Tunnicliff’s have a full “shoppe” set up on their property, complete with clothing racks filled with dresses to suit every age, and tables laden with hats, scarves, handbags, jewellery and even shoes. The youngest little girls, some as wee as one-year-old come to the cottage prior to the big event and “dress up” to choose their outfit. As Tom laughingly says, “only one outfit ... no double dipping!” The Big Day arrives, and Mr. Tunnicliff has been banished from the property. The invited guests (47 children this year, along with Alumni and mothers) came in from Madoc, Tweed, and as

far away as Toronto and Windsor, walk along the street and into the Tunnicliff driveway. There, they were greeted by Judy and had their picture taken for posterity, signed the guest book and selected their own “tea cup and saucer”. These were used during the party and later taken home as personal mementos. Tables were assigned, group pictures taken, and voila, the “tea party” began! The youngsters that are 11 years-old and younger were seated at their own tables on the covered deck, where each table was covered with linen table cloths and supplied linen napkins. Young ladies 12 and older were the “servers”, a most coveted position. The mothers were all relegated to the backyard and their own party. The servers took their “clients’ orders” and retrieved their food and drink selections for them – a selection of sandwiches and drinks. When the main course of the “tea” is finished, the dessert room was visited … and as true to tradition the guests were offered a wide selection of desserts. This herculean event requires additional help, because of course, the Tunnicliff’s cannot do this all by themselves. This year, Judy’s army of helpers consisted of long-time kitchen helper Mary Jo Brooks (Tweed) and first timer Sue Ann Ducharme (Windsor), plus Beth Hennessey (Windsor) as the photographer, along with Kathy

Bancroft and Kelly Mumby who supplied the majority of desserts. Once the food had been devoured, the party continued on in the back yard where willing guests performed. They sang, danced, recited, showed off their gymnastic skills or told stories. The traditions continued until the end of the afternoon soiree when the little ones danced to the “Diddly Dance” and Judy performed “I’m a Little Tea Pot”. It was truly a sweet and magical afternoon for all. The Tunnicliff’s are definitely a team and Judy is very adamant in her praise of her husband. “I cannot do this without my Tom, or my helpers.” She added that, “the party is always held on the 3rd Sunday of August and only one year was missed due to an away family wedding.” When asked why she has done the tea party all these years, she said “it all started because I wanted to do something special for my friends and their grandchildren … then the kids and grandparents kept asking me year after year if I was doing it again next year”. Twenty-five years later and no end in sight … so far over 700 children have attended, with many repeating every year. “I will do it as long as I can. I’m 72 so I hope for many more years! But if someone wants to take over for me when I am finished … I’ll welcome and help them”. This year’s 25th edition of Judy’s Annual Tea Party ended with the sun still shining, the children and adults still smiling, and many more memories made. Only joy rains at the Tunnicliff’s on Moira Lake on Judy’s Tea Party day! Future donations of cups and saucers are gratefully accepted.

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Belleville Author

Susanna Moodie Remains an Icon in Canadian Literature BY BARRY PENHALE

In The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie an important voice from the nineteenth century comes alive in a book of “creative fiction” many believe Susanna Moodie would have loved.


nterred in what at the time was the new cemetery in Belleville overlooking the Bay of Quinte, author Susanna Moodie’s (1803–85) legacy of published work remains of interest to a whole new generation of readers. The same can be said of her older sister, Catharine Parr Traill (1802–99), an indomitable woman whose writings, though perhaps not of Susanna’s literary quality, remain among the most authentic observations of a pioneer’s experiences in the Canadian bush. Together they are our “Bronte” sisters and it is to our advantage that not only their early books remain available, but that the women themselves continue to fascinate. They have become the subject of books by present-day writers, most notably Charlotte Gray’s best-selling Sisters in the Wilderness1 and Sisters in Two Worlds2 by our foremost Moodie/Traill authority, Michael Peterman, Professor Emeritus, Trent University. In introducing readers to Susanna Moodie through references to incidents in her late-in-

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Sisters in the Wilderness, a beautifully written biography by Charlotte Gray adds to an already impressive body of work that includes bestselling biographies on Canadian icons Alexander Graham Bell and E. Pauline Johnson.

Susanna Moodie’s final resting place in Belleville is marked by an imposing marble angel. Photo credit: Community Archives Belleville and Hastings County.

life but productive Belleville/Quinte years, I have elected to also mention her remarkable sister, Catharine. I also point out the importance of our having at least some modest awareness of their family background in the United Kingdom to better appreciate the upbringing that shaped them. In her award-winning book about the two English gentlewomen, popular biographer Charlotte Gray reminds us that prior to their arrival in Upper Canada the Strickland sisters had for a period of time in their lives known a comfortable existence at Reydon Hall in Suffolk, a rambling brick manor home that was built in 1682. To quote from Sisters in the Wilderness: “Reading was our chief resource, Catharine would recall in later years. We ransacked the library for books, we dipped into old magazines of the last century” and ended with the statement: “We wanted to be very learned. …” In many respects the daughters of Thomas and Elizabeth Strickland, five in all, would appear to have known an idyllic life until their father’s

passing in 1818. Without her husband’s income the widow Strickland was compelled to let staff go and shutter many rooms. To the extent it was possible in that era, the family put on a brave face. Though of widely differing temperament and personalities, Catharine and Susanna’s affectionate and rare relationship was forged in those difficult times and the two sisters would remain close throughout their lifetimes. Much has been documented of their Suffolk countryside childhood and the most fulsome accounts of their lives appear in the celebrated works cited by Gray and Peterman. Since the intent of this article is to consider Susanna Moodie’s time in Upper Canada, it is necessary to leap “editorially speaking” to the year 1832, when Susanna and older sister Charlotte, both now married, had crossed the Atlantic to take up roles as pioneering wives in the backwoods of Upper Canada. By candlelight, as they built new lives in a harsh almost uninhabitable environment the sisters be-

The attractiveness of this visual biography, Sisters in Two Worlds, is only exceeded by the authoritative text reflecting a lifetime of study into the lives of the two pioneer writers.

gan writing their lived experiences of those times, ultimately giving us such classics as Roughing It In the Bush (Susanna) and The Backwoods of Canada (Catharine). In Peterman’s informative and lavishly illustrated Sisters in Two Worlds, a most helpful map shows the areas where the sisters settled: “Though only forty miles separated the Moodie’s first farm near Cobourg from the Traill homestead in Douro [Township], getting from one to the other was an arduous journey of a day or more.” Things did not go well for Susanna and John Dunbar Moodie and after 13 disappointing months they took up a land grant north of the Traills who were now nicely settled into their bush home with its view of Lake Katchewanook.3 Now a mere one-mile walk through woods separated the sisters. But the constant struggle of life in the Peterborough hinterland was to prove most disheartening for the Moodies and following six years of unsuccessful attempts at farming they moved to Belleville in 1840. There John took up his appointment as the first sheriff of the newly formed County of Hastings. Though once settled, their circumstances were to improve over time, the Quinte years were to prove to be “bittersweet” with the couple being called upon to endure great personal losses. Undoubtedly the worst of these involved their young son, John “Johnny” who aged five years and six months accidentally slipped on a wet dock and fell into the Moira River and drowned on June 18, 1844. It was “the saddest and darkest [hour] of my sad eventful life,” she later wrote in Life in the Clearings — Belleville, Canada West, 1852 where she included her heartfelt poem “To the Early Lost,”4 (refer to Country Roads website) which declared that “the voice of mirth is silenced in my heart.” This was a particularly difficult period for the Moodies, having had earlier dealt with

the death of another male child only one month following his birth in July 1840. In Roughing It In The Bush, (first published in two volumes in the 1850s and reprinted many times since) Moodie’s observations of pioneer life chronicle an era that continues to fascinate readers. Various early editions of the work in the hands of either British or American publishers suffered from the extremes of too much editing or too little, and input from the author was minimal. Most volumes were published as small paperbacks and the public had a long wait before a Canadian edition was available. But in spite of questionable editorial decisions along the way, it became the author’s most widely-read book and is considered a Canadian classic, an important part of our literary heritage. For Susanna Moodie the Belleville years, family losses not with standing, found the writer gaining a wide readership for published poems, articles, and stories. Hardly surprising, it was only a matter of time before several prominent Canadian writers of a more recent vintage discovered the Strickland sisters who then made their way onto the pages of books by Margaret Attwood, Timothy Findley, and Robertson Davies. More recently a charmingly illustrated “toolkit” for historical cookery based on Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide5 (I855) and a highly praised fictional book of diaries,6 which Susanna Moodie could easily have kept, have further delighted the sizeable and growing audience of Traill/Moodie admirers. Today the profound influence the Moodies had on Belleville can easily be found by visitors to the city. The attractive stone cottage once occupied by the Moodies, now a heritage site, still stands at the corner of Bridge and Sinclair, marked by an historical plaque. Susanna Moodie and her sister Catharine remain of much interest to scholars and to those of us whose interests include Canadian literature. Historical plaques to both can also be found in the Kawartha Lakes within the village of Lakefield. That even more publications and deserving recognition is to follow, I have no doubt.

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Acknowledgements/Sources 1. Sisters in the Wilderness. Charlotte Gray, 1999. Penguin Group. 2. Sisters in Two Worlds. Michael Peterman, 2007. Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. 3. The site of Lakefield College, Lakefield, Ontario. 4. See Country Roads website: w for Moodie’s lament for her son Johnny. 5. C  atharine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant‘s Guide /Cooking with a Canadian Classic, edited by Nathalie Cooke and Fiona Lucas, 2017. McGillQueen’ University Press. 6. T he Lost Diaries Of Susanna Moodie, a novel. Cecily Ross, 2017. Harper Collins Publishers Limited.

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Over the Rainbow

…the negative to positive beat goes on


harmed lives. You know them. They belong to those happy people who seem to have everything wrapped up as snug as a softball in a catcher’s mitt. They’re usually super nice people too, so it’s not really right to envy them. We just admire their worlds that are filled with family adoration, fulfilling jobs and ready smiles. I could name about three off the top of my head, but I wouldn’t want to embarrass them. Did I mention their humility? No kudos for them, just a quiet satisfaction as they tumble freely through their marshmallow-lined lives. So, that’s how it looks, but when you’ve spun around the sun enough times you start to realize that it’s really no happy accident that puts some people on the sunny side of life. It starts to look like they just pay close attention and then figure out the rhythm of life. This past summer, visiting friends were discussing their lives and choices. They said it all comes down to doors number one through four. Each door has a plan behind it and you have to work with whichever one you choose. Pro-active optimism for sure, but with a hint of those old adages, ‘lemons to lemonade’, ‘when one door closes, a window opens’. Doors, windows, paths. Maybe they really do hold up, and not just as testimonial plants at an inspirational life coach rally. Is it possible there is evidence of their popping into your own life when you, perhaps, weren’t looking? That job you worked really hard to get and then got it. Did it follow a really bad job? Maybe even a bad job you were released from?

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It happens. Like a wind-driven propeller. Difficult circumstances sometimes make us prove ourselves and try even harder. An eternity ago I had a clerk/ typist job at an insurance company in Winnipeg. No one liked me. I was a very slow clerk and even slower typist which may have contributed to my unpopularity. That and my unrelenting bragging about my previous radio station job in Ontario. Was the universe listening or was I just motivated to get away? Whatever the reason, when I saw that door starting to close, I turned my attention to the window and after five tortuous interviews I landed my dream copywriting job at a Winnipeg radio/ TV station. My co-clerk/typists didn’t believe that I could possibly be qualified to write and voice commercials but they were wrong. Without so much as a backward glance I jumped through that window before anyone could say ‘seven words per minute’! Now, I’m not saying I have a charmed life, that’s for sure, but I am starting to recognize charmed moments and I believe they are no accident. Lemons come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes it’s hard to recognize any upcoming transformation but virtually all can be stuffed into the squeezer. Case in point, when a sudden demise befell my cherished dachshund, Casey. Without going into detail, suffice to say he met his end in the Trent River and for a while I thought I didn’t deserve to be a dog mama. Then I met ‘her’. She’s a woe-begotten Shih Tzu type deal, named Pip, and she quite literally fell into my lap from the arms of my young friend, Hannah.

No, Pip doesn’t make losing Casey okay but there’s no denying she is a life-enhancer extraordinaire that arrived by way of staggering grief. When you’re folded into despondency it can be hard to stretch your neck out to see what’s ahead, but rainbows are lurking. So, enough of my little, slice-of-life anecdotes. Let’s take this to world politics. Do I dare mention the ‘T’ word? Well, the pendulum never swings harder than it does in the White House but let’s not take on the ‘T’ word just yet. We can find the whole lost and found push closer to home. Locally, just as hard right provincial politicians were cutting social programs and making the news, LGBTQ+ communities rose up to celebrate the freedom to be themselves and our own Quinte Arts Council hosted its very first annual Everyone Under the Rainbow show — featuring works that reflected, respected, and spoke to the modern LGBTQ+ community. Whomp! Pendulum swinging at its finest. Now let’s touch on the ‘T’ word for just one New York minute. On the world stage, in 2016, the United States loss of a dignified U.S. president in favour of his polar opposite may have shaken many to their core, but it also shook up North American complacency. So much so that a resistance formed and new, amazing, fresh, ideas have made their way to centre stage. Last year, the socially conscious, former barista, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a seat in congress; this year, 37 year-old, small town mayor Pete Buttigieg is progressively pushing past a veritable herd of Democrat candidates while very effectively running for president. Will they make it? Right away? Who knows? Eventually, yes, because that’s how the universe works. Lemons to lemonade, door/window … however you frame it, the results bear out. Little lives and big organizations all benefit from that same rhythm. And, how about that A&W Beyond Meat burger that is getting raves from carnivores and vegans alike, as non-meat eaters become more vocal than ever before? Wait, that doesn’t quite fit in the same tidy negative to positive box, as it’s really just brilliant marketing … but it is good and I am hungry.





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Farm to Table HASTINGS The Pumpkin - Fall Harvest’s Guest of Honour By Heather-Anne Wakeling


o doorstep worth its ghoul of Halloween impact can be without a carved Jack-o’-lantern. Long holding the honour of being the beacon of candlelight welcoming trick-o-treaters to the door, folklore links a connection between the pumpkin and the supernatural: witches turning people into pumpkins, the Jack-o’-lantern’s candlelight warding off imaginary demons. Cinderella’s fairy godmother turned a pumpkin into a beautiful carriage only to reverse the spell for the wee lass at midnight. A spookier reference is found in the folktale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, where the headless horseman is purported to use a pumpkin as a substitute head. Vegetable lanterns were common in Britain and Ireland, where there was a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, mostly turnips, mangel-wurzel, or swede, and apparently their use originated from an Irish myth about a man named “Stingy Jack”. Used particularly in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, early immigrants to North America traded the turnip for the pumpkin, being that the plant was much easier to carve. In 1837, the term Jack-o’-lantern appears as a term for a carved vegetable lantern, and by 1866 the pumpkin lantern was well associated with emerging North American Halloween celebrations. But in the light of day, the magnificent pumpkin is actually a cultivar of a squash plant. Its orange coloured round, smooth ribbed shell contains hundreds of seeds and a pulp that are often used in baking. When ripe it weighs in at an average of between five to 10 pounds, but can be much heavier. The plant also has a “Giant” variety, or what is known as a Cucurbita Maxima. Farming competitions cultivate these enormous squashes and at a “heaviest pumpkin” competition some of these massive plants can exceed one tonne in weight.

There is a botanical controversy about the plant … is it a fruit or a vegetable? Depending on what is researched, there are two opinions. Some cite it as a fruit, others a vegetable and there is sufficient logic on both sides to support either category. Whatever one’s opinion, pumpkins are native to North America, especially northeastern Mexico and the southern United States, and are one of the oldest domesticated plants, estimated to have been farmed as early as 7,500 to 5,000 B.C. They are a warm weather crop and require soil that holds water well. Frost will severely harm the plant, but in the right conditions they tend to be hardy plants and have a tendency to re-grow secondary vines if the original growth was damaged or removed. Nutritionally, the plant is an excellent source of A beta-carotene and vitamin A. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the shell, seeds and the leaves. Pumpkin purée is commonly used for pies and other baked goods. Ripe pumpkins are also roasted, boiled or steamed. Roasted seeds are a delicious, high-fibre snack. Pumpkin seed oil, made from roasted pumpkin seeds is a good alternative for salad dressings. Some farmers feed raw pumpkin to their poultry, as a supplement to their regular feed during the winter to help maintain egg production. Medicinally, pumpkin pulp has long been known as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats which are experiencing digestive ailments such as constipation, diarrhea or hair-balls. An Indigenous medicinal use for the pumpkin was so effective that it was adopted by Western doctors in the early 19th century as an anthelmintic

for the expulsion of intestinal worms. Chinese studies have found that a combination of pumpkin seed and areca nut extracts are effective in the expulsion of tapeworms in over 89% of the cases studied. After the pumpkin has been carved, seeds roasted and the pulp made into a purée, instead of the usual pumpkin pie, you might want to try this delicious recipe. Just remember to add water sparingly, as the high water content of pumpkins do vary with each harvest, and using a narrow loaf-pan helps to ensure that the bread is thoroughly baked.

PUMPKIN BREAD Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Note: Use a narrow loaf-pan in order to bake thoroughly and avoid an under-baked “sticky” middle. ½ cup vegetable, safflower or corn oil 1½ cup sugar (or substitute equivalent sweetener) 2 eggs 1 cup puréed, cooked pumpkin or canned 1¼ cup flour ¾ cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking powder Water (sparingly added to form a batter consistency as pumpkin pulp holds a large amount of water and moisture content will vary with each harvest) ½ cup raisins ½ cup nuts (walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, or other) ½ teaspoon each: allspice, cinnamon, ground clove, nutmeg Mix sugar, oil, pumpkin, eggs in a large bowl. In another large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the wet mix to the dry mixture and gradually add water and stir until you have a well-moistened batter. Pour into greased loaf-pan and bake for one hour. Bake until the top of the bread has a crack down the middle. This usually indicates that your loaf is thoroughly baked, but check first. Move to a rack to cool before taking out of the loaf-pan.

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While many local fishing outfitters are selected by tourists for the shore lunch they boast, what better completes a rainbow trout fry, than locally sourced accents? It’s one thing to put a can of beans in the fire but we tried Milkweed au gratin; roast Plantain; and a mix of locally sourced wild rice. For dessert forage black berries, chokecherries, and autumn blueberries.


ew people want to be labelled a scavenger, but at any given moment, we’re all just a few notches away from becoming one. While it’s one thing to perform the action of ‘scavenging’ as a verb, there are entirely different connotations to being ‘named that,’ or ‘called one,’ as a noun. But we’ve all done it. Maybe it’s that good deal at a thrift store; your featured furniture found curbside; or a piece de resistance that emerged from someone else’s junk pile. Trust me, anyone who tells you they haven’t scavenged, is lying. When scavenging occurs in relation to naturally living species, this art is called foraging, and recently I’ve been testing my skills, down by the river, in the town of Bancroft. The pitch to my editors was quite simple. “I want to eat things I find in nature, over a period of time, and instead of dying, I will thrive in new and unforeseen ways. ...” I didn’t even have to sign a waiver. We agreed that the project would be executed in full, if I could feed my family using found plants that they would actually want to eat, and ask me to prepare again.

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I would need to develop a culinary repertoire with a balance of foraged ingredients at its core and because a shore lunch is as important as Sunday dinner for my family, strategies for both domains presented importance. Being a pragmatist I know it is unrealistic to make my family’s diet 100 percent found; and in all likelihood, my kids would retain lawyers if I were to try. But since my eldest two girls have their gun licences, it’s foreseeable that sometime in the future I will find myself “dogging for them”, so foraging could stabilize my stock value, despite the fact that I am not myself, a hunter. At a community level, I wanted to consider outcomes that might be produced if wherever possible, we ate food growing 100km around us; and relied more on what is here now, instead of bringing things in. Some research suggests that we could radiate new ethical accountability into how we build relationships; that sustainability would ripple into countries where vital food crops are disproportionately exported onto our grocery store shelves; and that everyone might be healthier and wealthier in the long-term.

Parallel research tells us that it takes 21 days to rewire our brains to produce new responses towards existing stimuli. So, with a reach of 52 days before I had to turn-in my article, it occurred to me that I could potentially forage out a whole new identity — and food sovereignty — before press-time. A possible, but unlikely goal. Instead I focused on leveraging resources growing in abundance and in close proximity to my home, as if my survival were, in fact, on the table. Because sadly, worst case scenarios do sometimes happen, and in my experience, (borrowing words from the late Gord Downie) ... “when it starts to fall apart, it really falls apart.” If you find yourself up the proverbial, “creek without a paddle” this autumn, my research has everything you need for whipping-up a gourmet shore lunch, because sometimes you just need a little snack before sinking your teeth into the bigger problems. ... In foraging culture, spring can be a tough act to follow — there are leeks for digging; fiddleheads nestling between leaves; and wild asparagus shoots. However, when I discovered BroadLeaf Plantain

Bulrush roots can be pulled whole from ditches, where they are often just a stone’s throw away from local restaurants. There may be a market for incorporating, root and pollen into local culinary offerings, as an attractant to foodies. It is important to keep an eye on these crops which grow in plenitude, and that flower and become mature at different times. Bulrushes or cattails are a common sight growing in wet or marshy areas.

— a perennial, classified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as a weed and invasive species — my autumn repertoire expanded. Often called White Man’s Foot, sadly nothing on the MAFRA website describes this plant’s medicinal uses dating back to the 10th century in Persian communities, where it is a remedy for neurologically related ailments. Today this plant’s derivatives are providing breakthrough results in trials involving seizures in mice GABA systems, in a dialogue with Western neuroscience. With leaves that distribute in a rosette and grow to 30cm in length, Plantain has a taste and texture similar to Kale. In the kitchen Plantain is dynamic — served fresh as a green; salt-baked to become a chip; blanched then wrapped over savory mixtures for dolmades; or pulsed with walnuts and parmesan into pesto — anyway you choose to prepare this leafy vegetable it will make an impressive accent dish. When foraging, I always ask if my actions are sustainable, and consider if my meal could deplete the resources where I am picking. But this is a nonissue with Plantain. It’s everywhere, precisely because it is invasive, but it isn’t your enemy. Generally foraging involves leaving the city, but Plantain offers a handy urban staple, if you are mindful not to seek it from places where pesticides are used. Both a root and pollen vegetable — Cattail has also become a dynamic ingredient in my cooking, as everything from its inner core, to its flower is nutrition laden and reasonably easy to locate and process. Late summer and early autumn are perfect times for shaking pollen from small maturing flowers, and I recommend just dipping the flower into long empty cups, and then tapping them. Nothing is harmed in this process.

Boil and put Choke Cherry seeds through a cheesecloth in order to make a jelly reduction; Pickled Cattail roots, picked early in the season and peeled like an onion; many Milkweed pods are still juvenile in autumn and can plucked, blanched and baked au gratin, or be pickled, as pictured here.

Harvesting Cattail flour is easy, but ‘finishingthe-job’ (a.k.a. picking out bugs) developed my appreciation for what goes into table preparation. Foraging is a verb for a reason — it can take a whole day to obtain enough resources for a meal that will be consumed in 20 minutes. Finding, harvesting, cleaning, and then preparing and process-

ing Cattails for the table can be an endeavor and it is important to consider time as a factor. It’s worth it though, because Cattail flour is suitable for pasta, bread, bannock, muffins, cakes, crepes, waffles, or as a thickener. The root on the other hand, can be used in grilling, soups, fried, sautéed, or even pickled — and it is gluten free. Fall 2019 • Country Roads

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Plantain has several seasons, growing from start to maturity in frequent, quick autumn cycles. Young plants are too small to use as wrappings, and you might want to blanche the older leaves in order to ensure they are not too bitter. Baked in the oven, with olive oil and salt, Plantain becomes a chip in less than five minutes.  

While you don’t hear many people boasting about time spent in the bulrushes, there may be an untapped market for harvesting and selling these, and other crops, locally. Wildcrafting, is a name given to social movements, that are increasingly gaining traction. They involve harvesting found foods and selling or trading them at retail locations, in a conscientious effort to put food production more into the hands of the people. Some millennials are eyeing this craft because, unlike farming, there are limited start up fees, and little to no crop maintenance or cultivation responsibilities. Cattail could prove to be a low-risk crop for breaking into the market, as it nestles most highways in North and Center Hastings. Also called Locovore movements, one speculation is that carbon emissions could be reduced, as a result of less energy put into food transportation, if foraging activities occurred close to home. In rural communities where nutritional insecurities present as every day realities, foraging could be one route towards achieving self-reliant networks

of food supply. First, however, there needs to be an ontological shift, or decolonization, in our thinking about what makes something “food”. While it is not for me to tell you why we value some plant species over others, it can be educational and inspiring to spend an afternoon in a swamp, so don’t knock it unless you’ve tried it. Do be mindful of whose land you are on, get permissions as required — give thanks, and be humble in all of your endeavors. Autumn brings signs that winter is just around the corner, and what really, is more humbling for a forager than an up-coming snow cover? Using canning as a strategy I became proactive. I set myself to pickling blanched cattails and milkweed; making crab-apple jellies, and I boiled down most of the black-berries growing around me on the Heritage trail and in ditches for jams.

Never under-look the ditch. When using an asset based lens, ditches can provide nutrition, learning, and maybe even new levels of solidarity with animate and inanimate others.

Tannins in Maple leaves mean that it is sometimes important to set them in sugar or salt for several weeks before cooking. For this recipe, I bathed Maple leaves in a flour bannock mixture, (but any batter would be suitable). I then fried the coated leaves, much like a pancake. Maple leaves can also be egg washed and battered with your favorite savory herbs, then fried up like a partridge fillet. It is suitable to pick spring leaves, and freeze them until Thanksgiving where they make a rustic impact.

And why else are we all here? Autumn foraging can happen close to home — it can produce food experiences that delight guests; quench the palette; and make for genuinely affordable meals that are just as intriguing as the conversations they inspire. As a rule of thumb, you don’t need an abundance of one species to deliver a good meal, and I would stay away from that — focus instead on curating an assortment of different tastes and textures. This will keep your efforts sustainable, even if you only have a few acres to work with. As a community it might be worth considering how targeted education and decolonization could help us chip away at the food-security issues systemic to rural living, using innovative and localized approaches.

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The origin of Halloween A TRUE TALE By Victor Schukov Once upon a time, there was a village named Pumpkintown on the outskirts of a deep forest. Neighbouring towns shunned the villagers because they were goblins, ghosts, witches, mummies, ghouls, werewolves and investment counsellors. The “scaries” had been banished here by decree of the king. So eager was the ruler to please his subjects, he staged regular referendums, resulting in all kinds of unwanted items like spiders, bats, snakes and broccoli also being banished to Pumpkintown. But the monarch felt compassion for the outcasts, so he built his castle nearby. To lessen their pain of social stigma, he held a gathering in the village square to declare a new holiday called, “The People’s Forest Day,” whereby any villager could lay claim to any woods that started wherever the trees stopped. The scaries cheered. Then, a hand rose at the back of the crowd. Silus Boo, a ghost, casually asked, “Begging your pardon, sire, doesn’t that make as much sense as “People’s Lake Day” where we could claim parts of the lake that did not have any water?” Boo was immediately hauled away and hung at the adjoining gallows. Boo put on quite a show when the trap door fell. He hovered above the hole. This was the sixth time that he had been hung. Then he did the trick where he split into two identical ghosts. It amused the ghouls so much that they started to exchange heads. One shocked visitor asked the king: “Can they do that?” “Of course!” said the king. As long as they return it to the original owner.” Later, the king summoned Boo to his court: “Why do you persist in putting your spin to all of the proceedings?” asked the king.

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Boo replied, “Your greatness, all of your kindness does not fill the void in our hearts. Just once a year we would like to feel that we are part of the world.” “Out of the question!” barked the king. “You would scare them out of their skins.” “What if they didn’t know we were monsters? What if they thought we were normal people dressed up as monsters?” “You’ve lost your mind as well as your body,” sighed the king. “How about a holiday to celebrate the banishment of the monsters? On that day, people outside of Pumpkintown, dress up as monsters and knock on strangers’ doors, asking if they can stay for supper. We join in and nobody knows the difference,” said Boo. “Too dangerous,” said the king. “Someone may pull on a werewolf’s beard and find that it doesn’t come off. Besides, monsters have terrible table manners.”

“Okay. Everybody carries a cooler and asks for leftovers.” “Good idea but coolers haven’t been invented yet. How about treats like candies and fruit?” asked the king. “Little wonder that you’re the king,” beamed Silus. He slaps the king on the back but misses. “We can have people say stuff like, ‘Give us a treat or we’ll move back into the neighbourhood.’” “Too scary,” said the king. “It’s just a trick to get a treat.” “I’ll get back to you on that one.” Just then, a guard entered and said, “Sire, the 50 carts of hot dogs you ordered for tonight’s gala have arrived. We put them in the corridor next to the kitchen, like you asked.” “Good.” Turning to Boo, the king says, “We need a name for this holiday.” Just then, the chef entered and said, “Excuse me, exalted one. What do I do with the hall o’weenies?” “Hmmm . . .” said the king.

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e added a dog to our household at the start of the summer, and the element of the process that was most stressful for us was how the new addition, Mika, would fit in with the two cats that have had our undivided attention for almost a decade. The cats had some brief experience with canine companionship when they were very young, but on that occasion the dog had been in the house first. Now, they were the incumbents and the new dog was intruding on their territory. It helped that Mika was herself middle aged, but she was still the one on new territory, and we prepared ourselves for a summer of turf wars. To understand the situation better, it is perhaps useful to have some insight into the power dynamics between our two cats. Although they are within six months of each other in age, Skittles is male and Cori is female. As in most animal relationships, that is a significant distinction, and as in most relationships between men and women, Skittles thinks he is in control. He exerts this illusion of power in a variety of ways. For example, between the two cats, he is the one who will make a big fuss over meal times. He is the one that wakes me up in the morning or nibbles on my ankle in the evening to remind me that it is time to replenish the feeding bowls. This would lead you to think that he is setting the agenda. But I am convinced that it is the female who sets the process in motion and sends the male to disturb me. After I have been aroused by the male cat in the morning, I will make my way to the top of the stairs and see the female at the bottom, looking up as if to say, “Oh good, he got you.” As with most males, Skittles’ technique is very vocal and direct. His visit to the bedroom to wake me is usually accompanied by incessant meowing and biting at any appendages that are not safely secured under a bedsheet or blanket. Cori, however, is more subtle in her approach. When she chooses to ring the breakfast bell herself, she won’t go to all the trouble of climbing the stairs and trying to rouse me, but will instead claw at a favourite bannister near the bottom of the staircase. When I groggily come around the bedroom door to investigate the noise, she looks up at me in mid scratch with an expression of, “Oh, I’m sorry, did that noise wake you? Anyway, since you’re up now, how about filling the food bowls?” The litter box is another area where Skittles will display his false male bravado. There are times I worry whether Cori is actually using the litter box; she is so quiet and demure about her bathroom breaks. But no such issues with Skittles. His visits are accompanied by a lot of scratching and thumping around, followed by him emerging



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ART GALLERIES/EXHIBITIONS ART GALLERY OF BANCROFT, 10 Flint Avenue, Bancroft. 613 332-1542. S ept 4 – 28 – KIMBERLY TUCKER SCULPTURE Opening reception Sept 6, 7:30pm. Also: Studio Tour sampler in gallery shop. Oct 2 – 26 – DOUGLAS BACK – INSTALLATION MEMORY, PROCESS, LOGIC. Opening reception Oct 4, 7:30pm Nov 1 – 30 – ROB NIEZEN – PAINTING NOCTURNAL REFLECTIONS. Opening reception Nov 1, 7:30 pm  Dec 5 – Jan 25, 2020 – 37TH INVITATIONAL JURIED SHOW Opening reception Dec 6, 7:30 pm

BELLEVILLE ART ASSOCIATION STUDIO AND GALLERY, 208 Front Street - Tues to Sat 10 am to 4 pm  Oct 3 – 31 - BA JURIED SHOW – PERSPECTIVES, at the Belleville Public Library STIRLING LIBRARY ART GALLERY, 43 West Front St., Stirling, 613 395-2837. Public Viewings: TWT: 10-7; F&S: 10-3. U ntil Oct 26 - “FABRICATION”: A MULTI-MEDIA EXHIBITION AND SALE featuring the Quinte Fibre Artists along with Diana Burr, Fibre Artist in the Main Gallery.  Joined by Stained Glass Artist, Esther Noel.  Nov 1 & 2 and 8 & 9 –  CHRISTMAS ART MART daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Visit our talented artisans displaying scroll saw wood art, felted pictures, ornaments and kits, paleo granola, jewelry, gourmet preserves, silk on canvas, photography, wood turnings, essential oils, and more.  This event held in conjunction with the Stirling & Area “Over the Hills for Christmas” tour. An amazing raffle draw will be take place during the event. Nov 12 - Jan 18, 2020 - THIS IS ME! CLASSICALLY CONTEMPORARY: A MULTI-MEDIA EXHIBITION & SALE featuring Artist Bob McIntosh of Stirling and Blown Glass Artist Mark Opening Reception:  Saturday, Nov 16 from 1- 3 pm

THEATRE/LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BELLEVILLE THEATRE GUILD, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, 613 9671442. Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10. Oct 3-19 - OUTSIDE MULLINGAR by John Patrick ShanleyBittersweet and quirky story of Irish romance amid a generational land quarrel. Nov 28 – Dec 14 - CLIFFHANGER by James Yaffe - Is Socrates a bust when life and death hang in the balance? STIRLING FESTSIVAL THEATRE, West Front St., Stirling, 613 395-2100, or 1-877 312-1162. S ept 21 – MENTALIST/COMEDIAN BUZZ COLLINS 7 pm. Preshow dinner 5pm. Sept 28 - WE WALK THE LINE: A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH –7 pm. Pre-show dinner 5pm.  Oct 4 - MY BIG ITALIAN STIRLING WEDDING, Dinner Theatre – 6pm Oct 17 - 26    ROBIN HOOD Young Company – 2pm  &  7pm  Oct 19 - LET’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL with Pete Paquette - 7 pm. Preshow dinner 5pm. Nov 9 - STAND UP, STIRLING: LADIES NIGHT – 8pm Nov 22  - Dec 31  - MOTHER GOOSE brings back Panto favourite J.P. Baldwin as our Dame in the title role!  Mother Goose is a writer and she has run out of ideas. She calls on her Fairy Tale and Nursery Rhyme friends to help her. Come see if Mother can get her Goose back. 2 pm  &  8 pm.  Naughty New Year’s  9:30pm   

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TWEED & COMPANY THEATRE, Tim Porter, Artistic Director, tim@, The Marble Arts Centre, 13 Bridgewater Road, Actinolite, On S ept 28 – ANNUAL HARVEST DINNER & DARK NIGHT CABARET! - Join some of your favourite Tweed & Company performers, as well as top Canadian musical talent, and some incredible local performers for this cabaret. The Harvest Dinner is Sold Out at this point, but tickets are available for the Cabaret portion, only $20.00, available in person at the Tweed News, or  Oct 24, 25, & 26 – THE HAUNTING OF HUNGERFORD HOUSE – a hilarious and spooky musical murder mystery dinner theatre. YOU decide who did it, and the show changes every night based on your decision!  Filled with all your favourite classic rock hits, a cast of 9 incredible actor musicians who play the instruments live on stage, a stunning set created just for this production at Stoco Lake Lodge, and a delicious three course meal.

ART STUDIO TOURS Sept 21 & 22 – APSLEY AUTUMN STUDIO TOUR – 24 artists, 12 studio locations. 10am – 5 pm

Sept 25 – TURKEY SUPPER AT ST. ANDREW’S UNITED CHURCH. Home-baked turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce and all the fixings (including homemade pie) at an old-fashioned church supper. St. Andrew’s Church, 812 Bosley Rd., Queensborough. For more info Betty Sexsmith, 613-473-2188, St. Andrew’s Facebook page: St. Andrew’s United Church, Queensborough. FB Sept. 26 , 7 pm — FRIENDS OF THE TWEED PUBLIC LIBRARY present a special evening with Journalist Max Wallace. Tweed Public Library, 230 Metcalf St., Tweed. Oct 5 – HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE PIE. The sequel to our hugely popular Pie Crust Class of 2018, this afternoon session on pie fillings will show you how to turn fresh fruit into a delicious homemade pie. Learn from the best – the master pie-makers of Queensborough! Open to men and women, young and old. Start time 1 pm Spaces are limited – register by Sept. 28 by calling Elaine Kapusta, 613-473-1458, or check our Facebook page: Queensborough Community Centre. FB Oct 5 — HASTINGS HIGHLANDS HILLY HUNDRED. Billed as “The Toughest Century Ride” in Ontario, it will leave you in awe as it weaves its way through the colourful fall hardwood forests, lakes, hills and valleys of the Canadian Shield. Start and finish at Bancroft Ridge Golf Club, 30 Nicklaus Drive, Bancroft.

Sept 21, 22, 28 & 29— BANCROFT & AREA AUTUMN STUDIO TOUR — Self-guided tours. Brochures available at local businesses & Art Gallery of Bancroft. 10am – 5pm., or Elaine Butikofer, or 613-332-0790.

Oct 18 – OKTOBERFEST - the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 99 Belleville is having an Oktoberfest commencing at 5 pm Please call 613968-9053 for full details.

Sept 28 & 29– 22nd ANNUAL TWEED & AREA STUDIO TOUR - 10 am – 5pm. Free Admission, Studio map and artist information

Oct 24 – 26 – FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, Drama, Art, Music, Books, Reading, Workshops. St. Peter’s Church, 240 College Street, Cobourg.

EVENTS Sept 11 & 18 – MODERN SQUARE DANCING. This is a modern square dance group that meets weekly. Male & female, singles & couples are welcome. Square dancing is a great way to get some daily steps, become connected with people, socialize and learn how to square dance too! Join us for 2 nights of FREE modern square dancing lessons on Sept 11 and 18 at 7 pm - Harmony Public School, 626 Harmony Road, Belleville and be introduced to a great dance club. Call David Dunham for info at 613-403-2882 Sept 14 – HARVEST FESTIVAL. We celebrate all that’s great about fall with a community barbecue, pop-up farmers’ market, fireworks and a street dance. For more info Elaine Kapusta, 614-473-1458 or Katherine Sedgwick at 613-473-2110, or check our Facebook page: Queensborough Community Centre. Sept 15 — TERRY FOX RUN. It is a day of celebrating Terry’s legacy and helping to keep his dream alive of finding a cure for cancer. Sept 20, 21 & 22 - MADOC FALL FAIR. Established in 1905, Madoc has a great country fair. Experience animal shows, live entertainment, horse pulls, tractor pulls, home craft and school displays, midway, great food, one of the best demolition derby’s and more! 35 Cooper Rd., Madoc. Sept 21 & Oct 19 - 2019 SOUTH – CENTRAL / EASTERN ONTARIO, COIN, POSTAGE STAMP & POSTCARD EVENT King Edward Community Centre, 75 Elizabeth Street (Hwy. #2 East), Brighton. 10:30 AM .  – 3:30 PM  Sept 22 - ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 99 BELLEVILLE FUNDRAISER for the Branch. Yard sale in the morning, lunch available at noon, music 1 pm with a very wide variety of our local musicians/ entertainers (Shirley Diane Baker, Naomi Bristow, Cold Creek Cloggers, Rita & Brad Harpell, Ted Lalonde, Steve Piticco, Dennis Whitty to name but a few), dinner available 5 pm with the music continuing for the evening.  Tickets available at the Branch, 132 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, or by calling 613-968-9053. 

Oct 26 – FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY. Dancing, games, lots of treats; prizes for the most creative costumes and the most family members in costume. Come and enjoy some old-fashioned Halloween fun! For more information, call Katherine Sedgwick, 613-473-2110, or check our Facebook page: Queensborough Community Centre. FB Nov 1 & 2 - BELLEVILLE WEAVERS & SPINNERS GUILD ANNUAL FIBRE ARTS SALE - see what’s new in one-of-a-kind creations — exciting handspun yarns, felted jackets and vests, botanical print scarves and shawls, - all handcrafted and unique. - Nov 1 from 3 - 6pm and Nov 2 from 9:30am to 4pm at St. Thomas’ Church Hall, 201 Church St., Belleville. Free admission & parking, wheelchair accessible. Payment by cash, cheque or major credit cards. Nov 1 & 2 - ARTS AND CRAFT SALE; Stirling & District Lions Club, 9 am – 4 pm At the Lions Hall (upstairs at the Arena) (New Elevator available) 435 W Front Street, Stirling, ON. 613-395-4199 or 613-395-3261 Nov. 1, 2 & 3 — THE MAKER’S HAND FESTIVAL OF FINE CRAFT - a juried artisan show and sale featuring both established and up-andcoming artisans from Ontario and Quebec, produced by the Prince Edward County Arts Council. Fri & Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 10am-4pm – Highline Hall at Lehigh Arena, 111 Belleville St., Wellington, ON. Admission $5 // Children under 12 free // Free parking // Wheelchair accessible // ATM available Nov 16 – CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Our Candy Cane Lane Bazaar features:  Artisans, Baking, Crafts, Gift Baskets and two Unique Treasure Rooms.  Admission:  $2.00. The bazaar is held at Bridge Street United Church, 60 Bridge Street, Belleville on Saturday Nov 16th from 09:30 a.m to 3:00 pm E-mail for additional information.  Nov 22 - TRENTON WOODLOT CONFERENCE, hosted by Quinte/ Limestone Ontario Woodlot Associations and Hastings Stewardship. A premier forestry event in Ontario with a variety of speakers and a field tour. 8 am to 4 pm at Batawa Community Centre, 81 Plant St., Batawa. Admission is $40; includes hot, locally sourced lunch. Please register by Nov. 18. Tickets and information, contact Russell Scott at or 613-921-3085. Nov 22 & 23 — RALLY OF THE TALL PINES. Bancroft.



Things to see and do in and around Hastings County.

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Dec 5 to 8 – 16TH ANNUAL TWEED FESTIVAL OF TREES. The theme this year is “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”. $2.00 admittance fee and a $2.00 raffle ticket can win one of over 80 Decorated items. All proceeds donated to projects involving youth in the Municipality of Tweed.  Final draw: Sunday, Dec 8th at the Agricultural Building.   Tweed Agricultural Building, 617 Louisa Street, Tweed. Contact Barb Gunning 613-478-3225, chairperson,   Dec 8— PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR. 10th Anniversary (In support of the Built Heritage Fund) Visit unique and historic homes in the County all Decked out for the Christmas Season! 11 am – 5 pm Tickets go on sale in Nov. For more information contact Marilyn Kennedy:

Dec. 14 – CHRISTMAS IN QUEENSBOROUGH. Dress warmly and join members of the St. Andrew’s United Church choir for carolling throughout the hamlet, hot chocolate to warm us afterward, and Christmas skits and fun. All ages welcome! For more information, call Katherine Sedgwick, 613-473-2110, or check our Facebook pages: Queensborough Community Centre and St. Andrew’s United Church.

Sept 23  Wasps! Moving From Fear to Appreciation - Wasp expert, Dr. Thomas Onuferko, will dispel some of the common misconceptions about wasps, describe their ecological and economic importance and introduce some of Eastern Canada’s common and unusual species.  Quinte Field Naturalist meeting, 7:00 pm Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville.  All welcome, by donation.


Oct 28 - Best Places to Bird in Ontario. From his new book, professional birding guide and field biologist, Mike Burrell, will take us on an avian tour of some of his favourite spots to enjoy the province’s birding. Quinte Field Naturalist meeting, 7:00 pm Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville.  All welcome, by donation.

HASTINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Free public presentations held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm at Maranatha, 100 College St. W., rear entrance, Belleville. Bring a friend and enjoy refreshments, conversation and displays following the presentation. Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19 QUINTE FIELD NATURALIST MEETING. Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, 60 Bridge St. E., Belleville. All welcome, by donation.

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Nov 25 Keeping Caribou - Caribou are a culturally important, biologically fascinating, keystone species.  Trent Biology Professor and passionate advocate for the North, Jim Schaefer, will explain why saving them may also represent Canada’s most daunting conservation challenge.  Quinte Field Naturalist meeting, 7:00 pm Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville.  All welcome, by donation.







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Dear Country Roads: Great article about birds (CITIZEN SCIENCE…The Democratization of Researching the Natural World, Summer 2019). It is important to help people understand how important birds are. However the woodpecker on page 10 is in fact a Hairy Woodpecker not a Pileated. Jane McCulloch Country Roads apologizes for our mistake in bird identification.

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This picture shows a young Alice Norma Lennox Nicholson on her first day of school, with her mother in the background. Born in Oshawa in 1893, she was the daughter of Charles F. Nicholson and Francis [sic] A. Cummings. Her parents separated between 1897 and 1901 and this photograph was taken at 72 Geddes Street in Belleville, the home of her mother’s parents, where Francis and her children settled after Charles moved away. Norma became a teacher and married William Douglas Graham, an optometrist, in 1924. Photo courtesy of Community Archives of Belleville & Hastings County.

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APSLEY Apsley Autumn Studio Tour BANCROFT Ashlie’s Books Bancroft General Mercantile Bancroft Sport and Marine Fudge Factory & Emporium Jungle Imports McMichael Jewellers Necessities Retail Store Niffers Old Tin Shed The Stone Kitchen York River Concrete Zihua Clothing Boutique BELLEVILLE Loyalist College Ruttle Bros. Furniture HASTINGS COUNTY SERVICES Daryl Kramp, MPP Hastings-Lennox and Addington Dream Travel Connections Firewood Plus Heart of Hastings 2019 Christmas Tour Welcome Wagon Well Dowsing MADOC Chances Fitness Centre Fine Line Design Hidden Goldmine Bakery Kellys Flowers & Gifts Mackenzie Mills Emporium Madoc Home Hardware Oats and Honey Bulk Foods Renshaw Power Products MARMORA Esso Marmora, Pizza Pizza, KFC Firewood Plus Iron Rooster Rotisserie & Grill Orange Motorsports Possibilities Inc.-furniture & home décor Powell Powersports MAYNOOTH Arlington Hotel Brush with the North Gallo-Teck Electrical Contractor Hastings Highlands, Municipality of Highlands Hot Tubs Madawaska Art Shop Gifts & Gallery Maynooth General Store York Valley Cedar Shakes & Shingles ORMSBY Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery SPRINGBROOK Springbrook Diner STIRLING Back 40 powersports Barrett’s satellite solutions/Xplornet dealer Black Dog Family Restaurant & Lounge Brad Comeau Law Office Kings Mill Cider Lavish Gardens Pro Gas Stop Rawdon Creek Soap Co. Rona Rollins Building Supplies Skinkle’s Feed Depot & More Stirling Dental Centre Stirling Manor StirlingFEST A feast of Classical & Jazz Music Stirling-Rawdon, Municipality of The Apple Store TWEED Quinn’s of Tweed Fine Art Gallery Stoco Jewellery Studio

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COUNTRY ROADS, Celebrating Life in Hastings County FALL 2019  

A quarterly, lifestyle magazine celebrating life in Hastings County, eastern Ontario, Canada. The publication is available complimentary thr...

COUNTRY ROADS, Celebrating Life in Hastings County FALL 2019  

A quarterly, lifestyle magazine celebrating life in Hastings County, eastern Ontario, Canada. The publication is available complimentary thr...