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‘Big Bright Lights’ set to return
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Mike Bossio says he’s still in the process of establishing a permanent constituency office in Napanee ... Page 2.
Expanded downtown display to be switched on tomorrow
Greater Napanee adds LED lights to streets
New lamps should improve lighting while at the same time save money on energy costs ....................... Page 3.
BY ADAM PRUDHOMME Staff Reporter
Downtown Napanee will be aglow in shimmering colour tomorrow night as the town flips the switch on another season of the Big Bright Lights. Businesses along Dundas Street will be illuminated by more than 400,000 LED bulbs to mark the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. “We’ve got live music from 6-8 p.m., with four different groups performing,” said Lyndsay Tee, Economic Development Co-ordinator for the Town of Greater Napanee. “Santa Claus will also be in attendance and people can once again get their photo with Santa. We’ll have some free give aways throughout the evening as well.” Early forecasts say Mother Nature will be in full co-operation of Friday’s event, offering above-average temperature throughout the night, hovering around 5C into the early evening with little chance of rain. For an added effect, 3-D glasses will also be sold at the event. Those that wear the glasses and look at the lights will see dancing snowmen and falling snowflakes. Admission to the lighting ceremony and block party is free though organizers encourage guests to bring non-perishable food items for the local food bank. The items can be dropped off at the TD Bank. The lights will go on around 7 p.m. and light up every night throughout the holiday season and into early January. Displays won’t be limited to the downtown core as there will also be lights in Conservation Park, Springside Park and throughout the town. Tee says the lighting event was made possible by TransCanada and the Napanee BIA. This will mark the fourth year for the lights, which have proven to be a hit. The ceremony has traditionally drawn packed crowds to the downtown core. For the first time the lights have expanded passed Mill Street and will include The Napanee Beaver office. Tee says the town hopes to expand even further in 2016 and include more lights.
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Napanee Royal Canadian Legion Branch 137 President Chris Ingersoll lays a wreath during the Remembrance Day service in Napanee yesterday morning. Several hundred people attended the ceremony at the cenotaph at the L&A County courthouse.
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New MP Bossio settles into role BY SETH DUCHENE
Four-year-old Malachi Wittaker carefully carved a turtle from a bar of soap on Saturday at the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives. Members of the Quinte Wood Carvers Association mentored about 20 kids with their carving as part of the Museum Kids series.
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New Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Mike Bossio says his first weeks on the job have been busy — and there are no signs that things are going to let up anytime soon. “I’m running really hard. I see this avalanche coming and I’m running as fast as I can to stay ahead of it,” he told the Beaver in a telephone interview on Monday. At the same time, however, Bossio isn’t complaining. “I’m having the time of my life, I really am,” he said. “It really doesn’t get any better.” Bossio reports that he has spent most of his time since the Oct. 19 election in the riding, establishing the necessities for operating a constituency office. Right now, Bossio has a temporary constituency office set up at the Napanee Business Centre, but will move into a permanent space as soon as a location can be secured. He said that his central constituency office will be in Napanee, with the potential for days being set aside each
month in other communities in the riding. “I think that’s the most cost-effective way to do it,” he said. “I hate to penny-pinch, but you pretty much have to. It’s public money, and you’ve got to manage it in as frugal a way as possible, but not at the cost of doing the job right.” He says that, as he and his staff work to get these “one-off” items marked off the to-do list, the constituency caseload is already starting to build. “I’m just trying to stay out in front of things the best I can.” Bossio says that he has spent three days in Ottawa since the election. Although he didn’t attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet last Wednesday, he did attend a reception afterward. The night before the swearing-in, however, Bossio said that he and fellow rookie Liberal MP Neil Ellis of Bay of Quinte took an impromptu tour of Parliament Hill. He said he and Ellis were returning to their hotel rooms for the night when they passed in front of the Parliament buildings. “I think that was the
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first moment when it really hit me. I looked up and said, ‘Holy jumpin’, Neil. That’s where we’re going to be working for four years.’” Bossio said. That’s when Ellis suggested they check it out — despite the fact that it was about 11:30 p.m. at the time. So, they approached security. Since MPs have 24hour access to Parliament Hill, they were ushered inside and given an informal tour. “We went into the legislative chamber, and I’m just standing there, looking around… saying, ‘Wow… this is so incredible.’” Bossio said he and the 213 other rookie MPs from all parties participated in an orientation session on
Parliament Hill. He said that halfway through the session, they were interrupted by Trudeau, who Bossio said talked to them about the fact that, despite their partisan differences, they were “all elected by Canadians to work for Canadians, to do the best we can for Canadians.” After Trudeau left, the clerk presiding over the orientation said that a prime minister had never made an appearance at an orientation session — at least as far back as John Diefenbaker. “It’s those sorts of things that give you that hope and that optimism that he walks the walk,” Bossio said. The new MP also said he’s pleased with Trudeau’s choices for cabinet, and that he’s already spoken informally to new Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay about farming issues. Bossio said that if the prime minister has any specific role planned for him in government, it hasn’t been relayed to him yet. In the meantime, however, Bossio says he’s got more than enough to do at the constituency level. “People elected me to do a job, and I want to try to do that job to the best of my ability. I love it. I’m trying to absorb and live every moment that I can.”
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By the end of the year, streets in Greater Napanee should be better lit due to upgrades to LED lighting. All 967 streetlights will be replaced by Dec. 10 and the energy savings will pay for themselves in three-anda-half years, Greater Napanee chief building official Charles McDonald explained. Additional LED (light-emitting diode) lighting will be installed at Town Hall and along Dundas Street when downtown roads and wiring is redone in 2017. Though the initial cost is a large number, coming in at about half a million dollars, McDonald said the town will be receiving a grant to help pay for the installation. “We’ll be receiving over $105,000 in incentives through the Ontario Power Authority to save on energy. Most importantly, the payback period is actually 3.4 years,” said McDonald. “There’s going to be a 63 per cent reduction in consumption and as we all know, energy costs are doing nothing but going up. I pulled last year’s figures and we spent $167,000 on energy on streetlights alone,
and that makes up 16 per cent of our entire municipal energy budget so we’re really excited about seeing the savings,” McDonald added. Maintenance costs are expected to decrease by up to 80 per cent. The municipality has hired Local Authority Services and its partner RealTerm Energy for the streetlight replacement program, which is the same team that has improved lighting in nearby municipalities, including the Town of Deseronto and Stone Mills Township. Chris Henry, of RealTerm Energy, said they have received positive feedback from neighbouring municipal clients. “The one really nice comment we got was from a pilot in Trenton who said that you can now see the runway because of less light pollution. We also get comments from people who say they haven’t seen the stars in 30 or 40 years and now they’re able to see them because there’s (less) light pollution,” he said, explaining how LED lights shine directly at the ground, rather than wasting energy lighting outward. “LEDs are directional. As long as it’s level, it’s shining straight down so there’s no light pollution going off
A Loyalist Township man has been charged with a number of weapons and other offences after an incident near Yarker last week. The Napanee OPP report that at around 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, officers with the Loyalist detachment were dispatched to the Yarker area to investigate a report of threatening. According to the OPP, the accused allegedly became involved in a confrontation in the woods with another man and his son. The following day at 1 p.m., members of the Napanee OPP Crime Unit and the Tactics and Rescue Unite executed a search warrant at a residence on Wilson Road in Loyalist. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with the following offences: three counts of pointing a firearm; three counts of assault with a weapon; two counts of threatening to cause death or serious bodily harm; and one count each of carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a restricted or prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and being the occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm present. He has since also been charged with production of marijuana. The man, 52, was held in custody for a bail hearing in Napanee this week.
Correction A story on Page 29 of last week’s Napanee Beaver contained some incorrect information. The date of the Bath Public School fundraising bazaar and silent auction is Nov. 21. Also, the school parent advisory council treasurer is Shawna Greyling. The Beaver apologizes for the error and any confusion it may have caused.
Greater Napanee Mayor Gord Schermerhorn helps to install one of the new LED lamps downtown last week. into different areas. The others, they’re not directed anywhere so you get a lot of light that you don’t necessarily want,” Henry said.
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HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY! Family and friends are invited to celebrate this special occasion, from 2-4pm on Saturday, November 14th, at Emmanuel United Church Hall, Factory Street, Odessa Best wishes only.
COMMUNITY PULSE If you have a non-profit community event or program you would like to promote? Let us promote it in our Community Pulse event listings. Send the details to email@example.com (‘Community Pulse’ in the subject line), fax them to 613-354-2622 or drop them off at the Beaver office. Events must be in by the Monday before our Thursday publication to ensure the event is entered into our system in time. Events are listed chronologically and printed when possible. For more details on the Community Pulse listings, please call 613354-6641 ext. 109. ‘ALIGHT AT NIGHT’ BUS TRIP To Upper Canada Village on Dec. 11, fundraiser to support Cornerstone Christian Academy. Ride in the comfort of a Franklin Coach Bus to the historic Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg. See a real winter wonderland in this delightful vil-
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Sunday concert to support refugee family from Syria BY ASHLEY ESPINOZA Staff Reporter
A group of concerned residents are fundraising to support a Syrian family that is fleeing that war-torn country to live in Napanee. The Lennox and Addington Refugee Group Enthusiasts (LARGE) has been meeting once a month since the spring to come up with ways to sponsor a Syrian family in Napanee. There is a core group of nine people working to fundraise the necessary funds to cover the costs of housing, clothing, NOVEMBER 12 MAPLE RIDGE WOMENâ€™S INSTITUTE Meeting at 1 p.m. at the L&A County Memorial building (Robert Street entrance). Guest speaker is Marilyn Kendall, on the topic â€˜From Memories to Memoirs.â€™ Roll call: a favourite memory. For information call 613-354-9898. L&A SOS SOCIAL DINER At Napanee Lions Hall, noon-1:30 p.m. Beef stew with hot biscuits, and delicious desserts. Entertainment by the Dunlops and Friends. Seating is limited so book early. All those
food, medical and dental services, schooling, job training, translation and transportation for one year. Jeffery Sloan, a founding member of the LARGE sponsorship group, said the fundraising goal is at $30,000 for a family of three to four children. However, if the family they choose to sponsor has more children, then more funds will be necessary. He added that federal government dollars are currently matching Syrian sponsorship dollars, which makes every dollar raised locally stretch a lot further. â€œWeâ€™ve all been aware
Emma McNichols, and raised $1,560. The next fundraiser is this Sunday at Trinity United Church, featuring the Shout Sisters choir. Part of preparing for the sponsorship has been learning about sponsorship requirements and responsibilities. Sloan said itâ€™s been a huge learning curve for the group but itâ€™s now prepared to take on a family in early 2016. â€œWe have learned a great deal about the refugee sponsorship process through the diligent work of our members. Sponsorship
over the last years about the war in Syria and how many millions of people have been displaced by that. They are living in refugee camps and in rather disturbing conditions in the Middle East. In the last couple months, weâ€™ve seen a lot more about the people who are moving into Europe and migrants trying to escape the violence. We wanted to respond to that humanitarian crisis and provide a safe haven to even one family,â€? said Sloan. LARGE held its first fundraiser on Oct. 24, which was a concert at Grace United Church by Sam and
is a complex process that involves many steps as well as a considerable amount of fundraising,â€? said Sloan. â€œWe are very excited about this venture and hope to have a family in our area sometime in 2016, so we are starting our fundraising efforts. After the family arrives, we will require many helpers to assist with the family, who will have a lot to learn about Canada and make many adjustments.â€? Sloan added that fundraising efforts would continue once the family has arrived.
COMMUNITY PULSE wishing to attend must reserve their seat in advance by calling the SOS office, 613-354-6668, ext. 0 no later than Nov. 9. Cost is $10 per person. Wheelchair accessible, and transportation provided upon request for a small fee. GROCERY STORE TOUR Organized by the Napanee and Area Community Health Centre and the L&A County General Hospital. Meet at the No Frill entrance at 2:30 p.m. Learn how to save money, read
food labels, compare products and buy healthy food. Please call or email to register. Contact Aleris Cronk, dietician, at 613-354-8937 or email@example.com, or Krista Jacky, dietician, at 613-3546641 ext. 285 or firstname.lastname@example.org a. NOVEMBER 13 FRIDAY LUNCH SPECIAL At the Bath Legion in Millhaven. Home-cooked food. Come and enjoy. From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone welcome.
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At 320 Bridge St. W. from 10-11:30 a.m. All moms and tots welcome. Lots of toys, snacks and crafts. For information, call 613-354-4281. DIABETES EDUCATION TEAM OPEN HOUSE Lennox and Addington County General Hospital Diabetes Education Team Open House at the L&ACGH Diabetes Education room, drop-in between 2:30-4 p.m. In celebration of Diabetes Awareness Month,
come join the LACGH Diabetes Education team for an open house and discussion about what is new in diabetes. Learn about the newest medications and insulins. Bring your questions. All are welcome to attend. FRIDAY EUCHRE At the Bath Legion in Millhaven, starting at 7:30 p.m. Come out and have some fun. Everyone welcome. CLUB 39 DANCE Dance to the country music of Corduroy Road at
LARGE is working on a website to provide the community with information on the family theyâ€™ll be sponsoring, fundraising goals with a link for donating, and more. But until that website is up and running, people can contact LARGE through email at email@example.com to donate or get involved. Tickets to this Sundayâ€™s fundraising event are $15 and available at Grayâ€™s IDA, Napanee Opticians or from Sylvia Chadwick at 613396-5215. The show starts at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church. Belleville Club 39 at the Belleville Fish and Game Club Hall on Elmwood Drive in Belleville, 8 p.m. to midnight. Lunch will be served. Members $10, nonmembers $12. Singles and couples welcome. For information 613-392-1460 or 613-966-6596. NOVEMBER 14 ENTERTAINMENT At the Napanee Legion, featuring Jeff Code and Silver Wings. Starts at 8 p.m. Come out and enjoy a fun evening with great music and great friends. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $5 for non-members.
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It didn’t take long for the new Liberal government to start stepping on toes in Ottawa. So what was the first to end up in the crosshairs? The monarchy. Combined in 1965 with The Napanee Less than a week after he took up his role as Express (EST. 1861) foreign affairs, er, global affairs minister, and The Deseronto Stephane Dion had a large portrait of Queen Post (EST. 1904) Elizabeth II removed from the front foyer of the department’s offices, and had it replaced with a An independent pair of original Canadian paintings by Quebec artist Alfred Pellan, ‘Canada East’ and ‘Canada community West’. The two painting had been there before — for almost 40 years in fact — but they were newspaper taken down in favour of the portrait of the Queen on orders by then-Foreign Affairs Minister John JEAN MORRISON Baird in 2011 when the Duke and Duchess of OWNER & Cambridge came for a visit. And there the porPUBLISHER trait stayed. For those who are indifferent, or perhaps hosSALES MANAGER tile, to the monarchy, we suppose this counts as a SCOTT JOHNSTON small victory. For those who still cherish CanaMANAGING EDITOR da’s British colonial history and our country’s SETH DUCHENE continued connections to the Crown, however, it’s a case of the new Liberal government wanting to BUSINESS MANAGER “downplay the monarchy,” in the words of Robert DEBBIE MCCANN Finch, the dominion chairperson of the MonarPRODUCTION MANAGER chist League of Canada, who was quoted in The MICHELLE BOWES National Post earlier this week. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE Well, if the government was looking to downDIANE GROSE play the monarchy, it happened in 1973 when the paintings were first hung on that wall. The ADVERTISING SALES REPQueen’s presence there is a relatively new addiRESENTATIVES: LISA PREStion. Therefore, we see no problem with re-hangLEY, LINDA WARNER . ing what was there before. CLASSIFIEDS SUPERVINow, the previous government was known for SOR: MARY NEWTON. its fondness for the monarchy, the most noteworCOMPOSING STAFF: JANE thy example of which was the restoration of the WRIGHT, MARION ‘Royal Canadian Air Force’ and the ‘Royal CanaSEDORE, KEVIN ARMSTRONG. STAFF REPORTdian Navy’ designations for those branches of the ERS: ASHLEY ESPINOZA, Canadian Armed Forces. We so no reason to ADAM PRUDHOMME. change those names back. With new governments come new symbolism. Each new government wants to put its stamp on things. This is also nothing new. So, we’re not sure Canada’s ties with the monarchy are in any real threat with the Liberals at the helm. While we’re sure that there are some Canadians that would like us to jettison our connection to the British monarchy for good, we’re not sure it’s a movement that enjoys much popular support. At the same time, we are a sovereign country. The person occupying the British throne has long since abandoned any authority over our foreign policy decisions — and the foreign policy of Great Britain too, for that matter — and we set our own course about how we interact with the Napanee Beaver - 40005335 world. Therefore, it’s fair that a representation of The entire content of The Beaver what we are as a country — embodied in those is protected by copyright. No paintings — should be hanging in the front hallway of the Global Affairs office. It’s a case of a portion thereof is to be reprogovernment making a break with the governduced without permission of the ment that came before, but it’s not much more publisher. than that — and it’s a reasonable change.
The Napanee Kinsmen Club is the latest group getting behind the purchase of ‘Sparks Fly’ stationary bikes for local schools. Above, club members (from left) Kevin McCaffrey, Todd Grant and Ryan Moore give the bikes a try before sending one each to Southview Public School, The Prince Charles School and J.J. O’Neil Catholic School. The bikes are used in classrooms to promote physical activity and enhance classroom concentration.
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Mark Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 If you are reading this, you are someone able to exercise your right to access public information, a freedom not enjoyed by all of the world’s citizens. If you voted in the recent federal election, you accessed your right to freedom of expression regarding our political future. These and 28 more rights and freedoms are enjoyed by all Canadians because Canada is a signator to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This groundbreaking document of 1948, co-authored by Canadian lawyer John Humphrey, is the benchmark for guaranteeing the
world’s citizens freedom from repression and reprisals by their government. Any time you complain about a government policy, access the court system, travel, speak another language, use a lawyer or got to a union meeting without fear of any government backlash, your right to do so is protected by this declaration. International Human Rights Day will be celebrated across the globe on Dec. 10. In Canada, it is a day to celebrate our own freedoms but also to be aware of how many other citizens need help accessing theirs.
Napanee’s Branch 150 of Amnesty International will be marking this day at the Napanee Public Library on Dec. 10 between 2-6:30 p.m. The public library itself is such a symbol in the community of our ability to gather freely and safely with others to exchange ideas. Drop by the library for a cup of cider that afternoon and see how your routine activities fit into the overall pattern of the rights and freedoms we enjoy. Do it because you can! Linda Murry, Chair, Napanee Branch 150, Amnesty International
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Looking ahead to town budget UMEROUS meeting dates have been set to discuss the components of the 2016 budget: Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 19, and Feb. 4. Each meeting will cover a different part of the budget. On Oct. 27, there was an opportunity for the people of Greater Napanee to go to the council meeting to offer suggestions toward the budget process or to offer ways to save money toward a zero budget increase for 2016. When the public was called upon to speak, nobody said a word. In my opinion, there was a misunderstanding in the wording. While council was looking for suggestions for new projects I, for one, was expecting to be asked for suggestions to cut budget expenses. Hopefully, more people will attend future events and present ideas when called upon to do so. Ladies and gentlemen of Greater Napanee, the budget for our town is an important matter to all of us as it will lead to our taxation rates for 2016. It is in our best interest to attend council meetings and share ideas that could save us money and/or give us the opportunity to ask our council members for some information regarding
Cheers & Jeers expenses of special interest to us. If none of us suggests nor questions anything, then we will be in a position where we will have to accept whatever the Council decides. We must all get involved — using email, phone or deputations — to make our voices heard. If none of us asks questions or makes suggestions then it is a guarantee that none of the changes we may anticipate, will occur. Between 2005 and 2014 the operating budget has increased by 69 per cent or $7.5 million; our net levy 79 per cent or $3.5 million; the capital budget 186 per cent or $3.2 million; capital rev-
enue 221 per cent or $3 million; general government 70 per cent or $943,000; police costs have doubled by $2.2 million; arena costs 173 per cent or $1.05 million; fire and emergency 82 per cent or $800,000; garbage and recycling 56 per cent or $237,000; recreation administration 34 per cent or $104,000; animal by-law 40 per cent or $48,000; conservation authority 84 per cent or $70,000; and parks and ball fields 61 per cent or $15,000. Of course, we would expect some increases over the course of 10 years, but what is reasonable? You decide. The overall budget over the 10 years increased by $10,205,558 which is equal to roughly one million per year or 81 per cent overall. Since the rate of inflation averaged approximately 1.6 per cent per year (since the population has only increased by 199 people from 15,312 to 15,551 between 2000 and 2011 according to statistics which is only a .013 per cent growth) how can we not question the average expenditures at 8.1 per cent per year? I did some research over three months to compare what taxpayers pay in Toronto for their taxes compared to those in Greater
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Climate change a priority: MP Re: ‘Bossio urged to address climate issues’, Nov. 5 Napanee Beaver. I would like to thank Cam Mather for his letter. Cam and I both share a passion for dealing with climate issues, and recognize the urgency that these issues be dealt with immediately. I have tremendous respect for Cam as a person who walks the walk when it comes to climate change. I am happy that he agrees that our government has taken some good initial steps to illustrate our commitment for dealing with climate issues seriously and not just play lip service. I am proud that PM Justin Trudeau invited Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to attend the Paris climate summit and I am equally proud that our PM has appointed Stéphane Dion as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Catherine McKenna as Minister of Environment and Climate Change. These appointments send a clear signal that we take climate change seriously and wish to make a breakthrough in these talks and beyond. Where Cam and I differ is on the path to developing a solution. The Green Party
Napanee. The results showed that a $834,000 home in Toronto is taxed at $4,800 per year, while the same taxes are charged for a home in Greater Napanee valued at $278,000 — three times less. Taxes are just too high. Do we really need 61 town vehicles? Perhaps it may be much more economical to rent a car or truck or pay mileage instead? Should the arena be selfsufficient to a net zero for taxes by reviewing expenses and the number of activities, shows and tournaments? All of these are questions to think about. The more I look at the financial reports, the more questions I have. The key here is to focus on how Greater Napanee can do more for all of us, while spending less. It is, therefore, important that you communicate with members of council — to offer suggestions in a positive light — because we all care and want to help be part of this important process. This week there are no cheers or jeers, just a request that as many people as possible become involved with the budget process. Your contribution will be worthwhile.
sees as a carbon tax as the only solution moving forward, but many different jurisdictions within Canada and around the world have already implemented climate solutions that are not carbon tax based. We have tried and failed to dictate solutions from on high. If we expect to deal with climate change it is imperative that we have buy-in from all levels of government. It is unfortunate that we were not able to agree on a solution before the provinces decided to go it on their own, but now that they have started on their own path to a solution we must find a way to agree on overall reductions in energy use and fossil fuels. There is no one-solution-fits-all in Canada; each province has its own unique advantages and challenges in dealing with climate change and reducing dependence on non-renewable energy. We therefore have to work together, all stakeholders, to agree upon a short, medium, and long-term solution. I agree that we cannot waste any time in finding solutions to deal with climate change. We are already going to have to adapt to the
effects of climate change and they are only going to get worse. But we have to go much further than carbon taxes. We must educate society about the serious nature of the issue, as well as the large and small things that both society and each individual can do bring about positive change. There needs to be evidence-based discussion with all stakeholders to bring about the societal changes that will lead to changes in consumption, transportation, energy reduction and production, globalization, etc. I will work hard to make sure that our government stays focussed on finding solutions to climate change. We are fortunate that the Cam Mathers of the world and the Green Party will continue to yell from the rooftops and hold our feet to the fire to make sure we do not allow ourselves to become distracted by the myriad day-to-day problems that also need attention. This issue to too important to us all, we must keep it front of mind. Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings-Lennox and Addington
Details matter in sign cartoon The Napanee Beaver ‘Our Town’ cartoon on Oct. 29 featured individuals reusing election signs, including one seeming to represent my candidacy. The Green Party of Hastings-Lennox and Addington Electoral District Association chose not to use election signs in this election. We felt that with the issue of landfills so relevant in our area it would send the wrong message using a single-use product with a candidate’s name, not to mention the clutter they add to our local landscape. Since the artist was nevertheless aware of our participation in the campaign (despite the lack of signs), it’s just like the bus shelter ads say: ‘you just proved that our strategy worked.’ Cam Mather, former Green Party candidate for Hastings-Lennox and Addington.
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A trip through the pages of The Napanee Beaver 50 Years Ago November 17, 1965
n Lennox and Addington County’s acting medical officer of health Dr. R.A. McLellan said that the county was experiencing a spike in the number of cases of scarlet fever and strep throat, and most of the cases were centred around Tamworth and Sheffield Township. Although the number of cases were higher than usual, Dr. McLellan said that the severity of the disease did not appear to be as acute as previous outbreaks. He indicated that patients could recover without antibiotic treatment, although those who were treated with antibiotics responded well to that therapy. n Seven of nine municipalities in the Napanee high school district gave their approval for a proposed $2 million expansion at Napanee District Secondary School. A majority of at least five municipalities was needed before Lennox and Addington County council could approve the issue of a $650,000 debenture for the project. Up to that date, only one municipality had declined to approve the expansion: Camden East Township. Adolphustown Township had yet to consider and vote on the matter.
35 Years Ago November 12, 1980
n The future of a bus-manufacturing company in Deseronto was very much up in the air — much to the chagrin of the factory’s 106 employees. The Superior Deseronto Division, ShellerGlobe of Canada plant was being put up for sale. The school-bus manufacturing facility had only opened five years earlier. “The whole transportation division (of the company) is closing,” said William Giddy, plant manager. “This is one small facet of the division.” The company was also in the process of disposing of plants in Manitoba and Ohio. The closure was being blamed on a poor economy and declining markets. n After a few years away from council, Lorne Smart was back as Mayor of Napanee. Smart defeated outgoing reeve Ernie Marshall 1,332 to 600. Mayor Glenn Herrington did not run for re-election. Herbert Hayes narrowly defeated Reg Vick for the job of deputy-reeve. Former deputy-reeve Grant Clark had been acclaimed as reeve. Elected as councillors were Jim Madden, Sue Sinclair, Ken Mifflin, Clarence Milligan, Cummings Daverne and ex-mayor Herrington.
8 / COMMUNITY NOVEMBER 14 LOVE IN ACTION CHRISTMAS TEA AND BAZAAR At the Deseronto Legion, from noon to 3 p.m. Tea $6. White elephant, silent auction, baking, crafts, draws. For more information, call 613-396-3009. CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND BAKE SALE Village Green Christmas Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 166 Pleasant Dr. PRIME RIB DINNER A prime roast beef dinner will be served at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Napanee, from 56:30 p.m. final sitting. Adults $15,Children under 12 years $7. Tickets are available from choir members or the church office. Proceeds and donations go to the church organ fund. CRAFT AND BAKE SALE Roberta Struthers Memorial Craft and Bake Sale at Golden Links Hall in Harrowsmith 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch available. For information call 613-372-2410, sponsored by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. ‘FUN DAY ONCE MORE’ Woman’s Christian Temperance Union promotes ‘Fun Day Once More’ with stories, singing, art, scavenger hunt and lunch. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Napanee Wesleyan Church. For children between 4-12, older teens invited to attend. To
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COMMUNITY PULSE register call Iris Berry at 343-363-5162. This is your chance to win prizes for your posters and colouring pages, essays, health booklets, cartoon art and computer art. LOYALIST JUNIOR TENNIS CLUB The Loyalist Junior Tennis Club is holding its annual Christmas Craft and Gift Sale in the St. John’s Hall in Bath, 216 Church St.in Bath from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Please plan to join us for great gifts and gift ideas including. carving, pottery, knitting, jams and jellies, kids clothes, mats, sewing, art, quilts, wall hangings, ceramics, sunset gourmet, photos, hand-crafted jewellery, Tupperware. Free admittance. Complimentary coffee. Breakfast and lunch available. For more information please call Al Beatty 613-352-5220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. COUNTRY CRAFT SALE At St. Paul’s United Church, Hwy. 38 Harrowsmith, will host a Country Craft Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be over 20 local crafters, bake tables, multi-prize basket draws and lunch. The Sunday school will be selling items to support the Verona Community Association ‘Christmas for Kids’ as
well. To book a table or for more information, please call Marni at 613-374-9929. NOVEMBER 15 NAPANEE OLDE TYME FIDDLERS From 1-5:30 p.m. at the Napanee Lions Hall. Round and square dancing, with pot-luck supper at 5:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. CHRIST CHURCH 150TH ANNIVERSARY Christ Church in Tamworth marking it 150th anniversary at 10 a.m. Joint service with St. Luke’s, Camden East. Music will be provided by St. Luke’s choir. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 613-6348757. GOSPEL EVENING At Enterprise Free Methodist Church with Vernon Scott and Friends, Moe Larose and Violin, Nick and Gwen Chakavski. Lunch to follow. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 613-358-2536. CONCERT TO AID SYRIAN REFUGEES Organized by Lennox and Addington Refugee Group Enthusiasts and Quinte Conference of the United Church of Canada, featuring Georgette Fry and Shout Sister choir. Music of Leonard Cohen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sting, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Van Morrison, Norah
Jones and Earl Kings. Starts at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Napanee, tickets $15 each. All proceeds will be used to sponsor a refugee family in coming to this area. Tickets (cash only) at Gray’s IDA, Napanee Opticians, Sylvia Chadwick (613-396-5215). Refreshments at intermission, church is wheelchair accessible. NOVEMBER 16 BATH GARDENING CLUB AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY The Bath Gardening Club and Horticultural Society will meet in St. John’s Hall in Bath at 2 p.m. Nicolette McGraw will speak on ‘Photographing Your Garden’. Visitors welcome. Further details at www.backgroundings.com. MONDAY NIGHT SHUFFLEBOARD At the Bath Legion in Millhaven, starting at 7 p.m. Come out and have some fun. Cost is $2 to play. NOVEMBER 17 HASTINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Hastings County Historical Society presents Doug Knutson of Windswept Productions who will discuss and show his film The Last Day of School: A Final Tour of BCI&VS with Eugene ‘Jeep’ Lang. There will also
be a display of school artifacts courtesy of John Lowry. This free public presentation takes place at 7.30 p.m. at Maranatha, 100 College St. West, Belleville. Ample parking and level access from the rear of the building. Bring a friend. For more information go to www.hastingshistory.ca. LENADCO AUXILIARY MEETING At the John M. Parrot Centre starting at 2 p.m. Everyone welcome. NOVEMBER 18 L&A HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Lennox and Addington Horticultural Society Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Location: Napanee Emergency Services Fire Hall, 77 Advance Ave. Tom will be showing us how to make Christmas wreaths and garlands. All are welcome. Please park at the back along the tree line. WEDNESDAY BREAKFAST At the Bath Legion in Millhaven, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Home-cooked food. Everyone welcome. NOVEMBER 19 LUNCHEON At Riverside United Church in Yarker, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homemade soups, sandwiches, dessert, tea and coffee, $7. Call 613-3771700.
L&A SOS SENIORS DINERS L&A Seniors Outreach Services Social Diner at Odessa Emmanuel United Church Hall, 63 Factory Street, Odessa, noon to 1:30 p.m. Roast beef and gravy, baked beans, mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, rolls and pies. Entertainment by the Bohemian Singer Richard Abernethy. All those wishing to attend must reserve their seat in advance by calling the SOS office at 613-354-6668, ext. 0 no later than Nov. 16. Cost is $10 per person. Wheelchair accessible, and transportation provided upon request for a small fee. VICTORIA II WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Victoria II WI will meet in the home of Elizabeth Adams in Napanee at 7:30 p.m. The topic is education and the roll call is: Name an educational event which changed your life. Please bring 25 cents for each of your teachers you can name. Contact: 613-354-1115. GRASSLAND BIRD CONSERVATION ‘Grassland Bird Conservation: Keep the Cows and Manage Creatively’ on Amherst Island, from 1:303:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1955 Stella Forty-Foot in Stella. Featuring Noah Perlut and his work with Vermont farmers and Kurt Hennige with his research from Amherst Island. Hosted by L&A Stewardship. Information: email@example.com.
Church Services Sunday, November 15th, 2015
DESERONTO-NAPANEE PASTORAL CHARGE 474 Belleville Road 613-354-1083 or 613-354-6934 Pastor: Tom Breeden Come join us in Worship Sun. 10:30am & 6:00pm Wed. Prayer & Bible Study 7:00pm Everyone Welcome
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF GOD 4734 German Rd., Petworth Pastor: Rev. Ruth Ann Paul Phone: 613-358-2824 11am - Morning Worship Everyone is always welcome at all our Services
DESERONTO PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 469 Dundas Street, Deseronto, Ontario 613-396-3841 Pastor: Rev. Howard Dudgeon Assistant Pastor Dan Rooney 10am - Sunday School Morning Worship at 10:45am Evening Service at 6:30pm Tuesday 5:30pm-Kid’s Program “Faith Weaver Friends” Wednesday 7pm - Bible Study Thursday 7pm - Junior Youth Night Everyone welcome Affiliated with PAOC
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Minister: Rev. Elaine Kellogg 613-354-4373 DESERONTO UNITED CHURCH 112 Fourth St., Deseronto 9am - Worship Service GRACE UNITED CHURCH 150 Robert St., Napanee Corner of Bridge St. W. & Robert St. 10:30am - Worship Service and Sunday School
EAST CAMDEN PASTORAL CHARGE 613-377-6406 www.mosriv.com ‘Like us on Facebook’ The United Church of Canada RIVERSIDE UNITED CHURCH 2 Mill St, Yarker, ON 9:30am Worship Service & Sunday School MOSCOW UNITED CHURCH 25 Huffman Rd, Moscow, ON Worship Service 7pm - Social to follow Everyone is always welcome
EVANGEL TEMPLE (Affiliated with PAOC) 320 Bridge St. W., Napanee Pastor: Rev. Jim Somerville Sunday - 10:00am and 6:00pm Sunday School (ages 3-10) Wed. 6:00pm BG Club - Ages 3-11 Thurs. 7:00pm Jr. High (Grades 6 and 7) Sr. High (Ages 13-18) Small Groups 50+ Men’s & Women’s Ministry For more information, call the Church at 613-354-4281 www.evangelnapanee.com
NAPANEE STANDARD WESLEYAN CHURCH 51 Palace Road Pastors: Rev. Ivan and Anne Langdon Sunday Worship - 10:30am and 7pm Children’s Program - 10:30am Wednesday: Ladies Bible study/prayer 10:30am Men’s Bible study/prayer 10:30am Bible study/prayer 7pm “In essentials: unity, In non-essentials: liberty, In all things: charity (love).” Phone: 354-1924, 354-5637 Everyone welcome
NEWBURGH-CENTREVILLE PASTORAL CHARGE 613-378-2511 The United Church of Canada Minister: Rev. Barbara Mahood Worship Service and Sunday School 9:30am at Centreville 11am at Newburgh (Third Sunday of the month is Contemporary Praise Service at Newburgh) Everyone is Welcome!
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER 155 St. George St., Deseronto Minister: Rev. James Gordon 396-3119 or 396-2347 9:00am - Church Service & Sunday School
ROBLIN-ENTERPRISE UNITED CHURCH 3271 County Road 41, Roblin 11am - Worship Service and Sunday School Everyone Welcome
ROBLIN WESLEYAN CHURCH Pastors: Bert McCutcheon, Dustin Crozier, Paul DeMerchant SUNDAY SERVICES 10:15am - Sunday School 8:45 and 11:00am - Worship Service MOMENTUM - Youth - Thursday 7pm OTHER MINISTRIES: Men’s, Women’s & 50+ Small Group Studies For more information 613-388-2518 www.roblinwesleyan.com firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook!
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST ANGLICAN CHURCH 212 Church Street, Bath K0H 1G0 613-352-7464 www.stjohnsbath.ca Priest: Rev. Bramwell Pearce Sunday Service 10am Holy Communion Sunday School Fellowship and refreshments after Service Everyone welcome
ST. MARY MAGDALENE ANGLICAN CHURCH 137 Robinson St., Napanee K7R 2S3 613-354-3141 Priest: Rev. Richard Hetke Rev. Brother D.B. Smith SUNDAY SERVICES 8:00am Holy Communion 10:30am Holy Communion Children’s Ministry Programs WEDNESDAY 10am Holy Communion Visit us at www.stmarymagdalenenapanee.ca
ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 179 West Street, Napanee Rev. Mark Chochrek, Pastor Phone: 613-354-5354 Website: www.stpatsnapanee.com Saturday 5:15pm - Mass Sunday 9:00am - Mass; 10:30am - Mass
SELBY - EMPEY HILL PASTORAL CHARGE The United Church of Canada Minister: Michael Putnam Charge Office: 613-388-2375 Worship for all ages: Selby 9:45am - Worship Service and Sunday School Wednesday 6:30pm - Cornerstone Kid’s Group Saturday, November 14th 9am-2pm Spirit of Christmas Bazaar at Selby Community Hall Empey Hill 11:15am - Worship Service
THE SALVATION ARMY 82 Richard St., Napanee Office 354-4735 Major Craig and Patsy Rowe SUNDAY - 10:30am Morning Worship WEDNESDAY - 12 noon Bible study 1st Wed. - 12 noon Ministry to Women Wed. - 4:30pm Friends Club Ages 5-11 3rd Thurs. - 12:00 noon Sr. Group 55+ Everyone welcome.
TEMPLE OF PRAYER AND PRAISE 261 West St., 354-5910 (near Prince Charles School) Pastor Rev. Stephen Lush Sun. Morning 10:30am Worship Service SonShine Corner Ages 4-8 Little Disciples Grades 4-6 Welcome! Come and Worship with us.
Visit us online at: www.templeofprayerandpraise.org
TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 1840-2015 25 Bridge St. E.613-354-3858 Join us as we welcome and worship with The Reverend William Perry this Sunday at 10.30am. Sunday School is on-going Elevator and wireless hearing devices are available. Fellowship continues with coffee hour after service. Everyone is invited and warmly welcome. www.trinitynapanee.ca Remembering, Celebrating, Renewing
WESTDALE PARK FREE METHODIST CHURCH (across from the hospital) Pastor Derek Spink 7 Richmond Park Drive, Napanee 613-354-2669 www.westdaleparkfmc.ca email: email@example.com SUNDAY 10:00am - Worship Service 11:15 - Coffee/snacks and small groups
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Artist makes stop in Napanee ‘Mellow Lily’ set to perform at Chit Chat Café next week BY SETH DUCHENE Editor
Up-and-coming artist Kathryn Nemcsok will be bringing her show to the Chit Chat Café and Corner Market in Napanee on Nov. 17. Performing a blend of folk, pop and country, Nemcsok — who tours under the stage name ‘Mellow Lily’ — is no stranger to the stage. “I have been performing for over 20 years now, with the last six being professionally,” she told the Beaver. Nemcsok grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ont, but currently calls Rouyn-Noranda, Que. home. She says she draws plenty of musical inspiration from her northern background. Although she has yet to record a full-length album, ‘Mellow Lily’ has recorded two five-song EPs — one of which is available on iTunes. She has also notched a number of achievements along the way, including earning a top-10 finish in a country-singing showcase in Kingston, and being a finalist in the Jason McCoy Caroling Contest. She has also opened for Grammy Award nominee Della Mae and Juno and Canadian Country Music Award winner Crystal Shawanda. While Nemcsok says her ultimate goal is to secure a recording contract, the act of performing is always something that brings her joy — and it’s something that makes her show accessible and engaging. “Her vocals combined with her unique stage presence give her an air of approachability, and she is always open to meeting her audiences. Because of this, she has earned a reputation among her many followers for being a genuine individual with a glowing personality,” her website reads. As for the Napanee show, she says the audience can expect a variety. “I will be playing a mix of covers like CCR, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and more, but I will also be playing a lot of my originals, and I will have CDs for sale with my originals. I am going to be playing a lot of fun, upbeat songs, in case people want to dance,” she said. For more information about Nemcsok and samples of her music, visit mellowlily.com. A buffet dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes soups, salads, entrees, desserts and coffee/tea for $29.95 (taxes included). The show begins at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, all 613-3542900 to reserve.
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Jess Tyner of Selby Creek Stables stands with Lucky, an abandoned horse she rescued three years ago. Completely blind, Lucky was malnourished when she was first found in the woods. Through donations from the community, Tyner was able to afford the medicine Lucky needed to make a full recovery as well as a new gate for her pen (pictured above).
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A book that combines the life of Sir John A. Macdonald, paralleled with the culinary history of the time, makes for a lighthearted piece of local history. Lindy Mechefske released her book, Sir John’s Table, in September and will be in Napanee next week to discuss it. The book travels through Canada’s first prime minister’s childhood, youth and adulthood and shows how the revolution of Sir John A. Macdonald’s life could also be told through what he was eating at the time. “Our earliest knowledge of him is this five-year-old crossing on the Earl of Buckinghamshire to Upper Canada and they’re eating watered-down stew and the most appalling, unsanitary conditions. His family was impoverished; his father’s businesses had failed,” Mechefske explained. “It was a horrendous crossing. Those ships were called coffin ships because so many people died. He goes from that, from poverty and horrendous conditions, terrible food, to dining with Queen Victoria and these lavish dinners with 1,200 people, with champagne. It just struck me that you can tell so much about his life and his revolution to the food,” she added. The story travels through his years of stealing food as a child to later becoming a successful lawyer, father and eventually prime minister. However, alongside that story is the story of food evolving over time. When Sir John A.
Macdonald and his family moved to Upper Canada in the 1920s, all food was prepared on a hearth. The first cast-iron oven wasn’t introduced in Upper Canada until 1935 and preserving and canning did not become the norm until the 1940s and later. “I had no idea if there were enough stories to do what I wanted to do. I read six biographies and then I got into the archives and started digging around for evidence of the food and it turns out there was a lot. It was an interesting process; I was researching two things at once — his life and the culinary history of the time,” Mechefske said. ‘Chapter Two, Boyhood: A Fish Tale 1820-1825’ tells a story of Sir John A. Macdonald as a nine-year-old boy hungry for black bass. The boy introduced himself to a fisherman and after talking for some time, the fisherman cast his rod, at which time John A. stole the largest black bass in the man’s pile and ran home. Later in his career, the man confronts Sir John A. Macdonald and he makes a speech about stealing the fish, which is also recorded in the second chapter of the book: “What my old neighbour has told you about the theft of his beautiful fish is absolutely true. I can recall as though it were but yesterday how frightened I was at that unearthly yell of our good friend, which almost caused me to drop the fish so as to make better speed, but I managed to hold onto it when I saw he was not chasing me. I was clean out of breath when I burst into the house and fell headlong with it on the floor, and
2015-16 TECDC Concert Series presents
Saturday, November 21 Lynn brings the experience of a dozen albums and 25 years of making Canadian music plus: 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year 2005 Canadian Folk Music nomination 2006 JUNO nomination 2011 JUNO nomination for Best Folk and Traditional album 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year
Upcoming Concerts Saturday, January 9 Saturday, February 13 Saturday, April 9 Saturday, May 14
Keith brings the expertise of ten albums along with the history of: 11 Canadian Country Music Awards and 6 JUNO awards with Prairie Oyster
Jack de Keyzer Amelia Curran The Lovelocks David Francey
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gasped for breath as I told my father where I found it, and that there were lots more like it where this came from. I humbly beg your pardon, Guy (Casey), and my only regret is that I can’t steal another one like it here tonight and have it for breakfast in the morning. Mother said it was the best black bass she ever cooked.” Mechefske’s quest to write her book, Sir John’s Table, began with a hunt for a rare cookbook called Dora’s Cookbook, written by Dora Fairfield and published in 1888. There are only two known copies of the book; one in Califonria and the other is in the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives. “I went to find it because she dedicated a recipe to Sir John A., it’s kind of a bread pudding,” said Mechefske, adding it was thanks to the museum’s thorough archives that she was inspired and write her book. “What a brilliant job the archives did. It’s a fabulous resource; it’s really rare. It’s really a treasure of archival material,” she added. “I started going through archives and found out all these fantastic stories about his life that had never been told. It’s funny to me because people keep commenting that I wrote about a politician but that’s all irrelevant to me, he just felt like a historical Canadian figure… For me the idea of using food as the lens to look at life is interesting,” said Mechefske. Mechefske will be taking part in the Tuesday Night at the Museum series next week. She will be talking about her book at the museum next Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 at the door.
BMF BANQUET The Napanee Chapter of the Business Men’s Fellowship in Canada will host a banquet at Selby Community Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. Cost is $16 per person. Reservations must be in by Nov. 17. Men, ladies, and youth are welcome. Guest speaker for the event is Robert Masters. Special music by Barbara McDonald. Catered by Spuds. For tickets or information call Rev. Ron Jost 613539-8855 or Garfield Wilson 613-583-9235 or Michael Hart at 613840-5324.
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Juno-winner Lynn Miles to perform in Tamworth BY ASHLEY ESPINOZA Staff Reporter
NE of Canadaâ€™s most gifted singer/songwriters will be bringing her talent to Tamworth this month. Lynn Miles will be performing in Tamworth next Saturday as part of the Tamworth and Erinsville Community Development Committee Concert Series. She has written hundreds of songs and is now using her skill and talent to teach others. â€œIâ€™ve been songwriting since I was nine years old and I have 900 songs so I feel like I know what Iâ€™m doing. I really enjoy the teaching part of it; I think I learn more than the students do just by talking out loud about songwriting. Itâ€™s a pretty solitary exercise so itâ€™s sort of nice to share it with people and see how other people approach it,â€? said Miles. â€œItâ€™s how you see the world and itâ€™s always interesting to hear other
people talk about that because that inspires my songwriting.â€? Keith Glass, formerly a guitarist and songwriter for Prairie Oyster, has been working with Miles as her guitarist for over 15 years. He will be accompanying her in Tamworth. â€œKeith and I have a really tight show. We have acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmonica, and harmonies. Iâ€™ll be playing some old songs and new songs,â€? she said. â€œJust a real mix of what Keith and I do best.â€? Glass recently built a new home studio and has been working with Miles on producing a new album, which will be ready this December. Miles said itâ€™s an album about winter and though it will be released after Tamworthâ€™s show, she hopes to have some copies available at the concert. Glass has known Miles for more than 20 years and said Miles is an all around exceptional performer and that her next album will be
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no different. â€œPersonally, I think sheâ€™s probably one of Canadaâ€™s greatest singer songwriters. She truly is a phenomenon; sheâ€™s a really great singer, a really great guitar player and just a terrific songwriter,â€? commented Glass. Miles said her music and inspiration for writing has changed over her years as a singer-songwriter, lending her to have a diverse library of songs. She pulls inspiration from everything and everywhere she can. â€œIâ€™ve always, always had curiosity about basically everything. On Sunday I went to the National Gallery to look at paintings, and Iâ€™ll watch a film, read books, Iâ€™ll read poetry, have
discussions with smart people, Iâ€™ll sit in a cafĂŠ and watch other people talk and spy on themâ€Ś Iâ€™ll walk in the woods and just try to use everything that exists in the world to try to make songs out of it,â€? Miles said. Miles has produced 12 albums and has won a number of awards, including multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year. For more information on Miles, visit www.lynnmilesmusic.com. Tickets are $30 each and available in Tamworth at the River Bakery, BON ECO, Stone Mills Family Market, TCO Agromart and the Tamworth Legion. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Tamworth Legion.
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Try a graphic novel RAPHIC novels, books (fiction and non-fiction) composed of comics content, are becoming more and more mainstream. However, despite the growing popularity of graphic novels, certain stereotypes of both graphic novels and their readers still persist. The idea that dominates the public perception is that graphic novels are the same thing as Archie and superhero comics, a form of simplified reading enjoyed primarily by socially awkward pre-teen boys. This is not the case! Like all books, graphic novels tell many different stories for many different readers. I read my first graphic novel only just this year. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian author of the popular Scott Pilgrim series, is the story of a talented young chef with big plans. Katie’s life is going perfectly… until it’s not. All at once, progress on her new restaurant location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. What she needs is a second chance. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-over: write down your mistake, eat a magical mushroom and go to sleep. And just
like that, when Katie wakes up all the bad stuff never happened. The magic isn’t over yet, however. She has a dresser drawer full of more magical mushrooms — and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Naturally, Katie will go overboard and face surprising consequences.
Catherine Coles Coles Notes First of all, the graphics of this novel are beautiful. The whimsical drawings perfectly reflect the whimsical story. Similar to how children’s picture books will interesting details in their illustrations to further engage readers, Seconds has graphics so filled with detail that you could probably read it several times without catching all of it. The story is fun and moves the reader along quickly. It is an easy read, yes, but it was written with a mature audience (teens and adults) in mind. Another book that would be a good choice for the reader who considers his or herself too highbrow for graphic novels is Persepolis, an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi depicting her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution.
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This book and its sequel Persepolis 2 are widelyacclaimed. They have won all kinds of awards, been translated into several languages and even adapted for film. The subject matter is more serious than some might have expected from a ‘comic book’ and, as such, it has been included on the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books. It had been challenged for “gambling, offensive language and political viewpoint” and was banned in some schools. Described as “wise, funny and heartbreaking”, Persepolis is an education for anyone who doesn’t know very much about Iran or its modern history. Who would have thought you could get that from a comic book? If I have convinced you to try a graphic novel, consider joining County of L&A Libraries’ online book club on Goodreads (www.goodreads.com). This month our theme is ‘Try a graphic novel’ and you’ll be able to pick up some suggestions from library staff and other users. Seconds and Persepolis can be reserved from the County of L&A Libraries online at www.countylibrary.ca or at your local branch. Catherine Coles is the Manager of Library Services for Lennox and Addington County. Ashley Espinoza-Staff
James Reynolds, a 95-year-old Second World War veteran, participated in the Wilton Remembrance Day ceremony. He enrolled in the military on his 21st birthday in 1941 and served as a corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force. The ceremony, organized by the Odessa and District Lions Club, was well-attended by local residents, students and members of military.
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