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May 22, 2013

Vol. 1, No. 25




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53rd Annual Hey Day Yard Sale In 1961, the Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary organized the first Hey Day — a giant yard sale to raise funds for the hospital. Kemptville area residents donated items for the sale, volunteers sorted and organized the items, and shoppers came from miles around to snap up the bargains. (That first year, donations included a litter of puppies and a Hereford calf.) Hey Day is still going strong — 2013 marks the 53rd year it has been held. The event always takes place the second weekend in June, filling the North Grenville Curling Club arena on Reuben Crescent in Kemptville. Sale hours this year are Friday June 7 (7-10 pm) and Saturday June 8 (9 am -1 pm). Shoppers are usually lined up for a block or more on Friday evening, waiting for the 7 pm opening. They are hoping to get first crack at bargains in appliances, books, clothing, craft items, dishes, furniture, jewelry, linens, plants, sporting goods, toys, ornaments and more. They also want first choice of goodies at the bake sale table. During the event, tired shoppers can refresh them-

selves at the upstairs canteen with fresh sandwiches, coffee or soft drinks, and slices of homemade pie. Raffle tickets will be on sale, including the final round of tickets for the Auxiliary’s annual 50-50 raffle (last year’s winner received $2,859 —a huge return on a $2 ticket!). All raffle prizes, including the 50-50 winner, will be announced on Saturday June 8 at 1 pm. Hey Day proceeds go toward buying needed new equipment for Kemptville District Hospital, to help keep patient care at KDH up-to-date. Largely due to funds raised at Hey Day, the Auxiliary has over the years contributed over $930,000 to the Kemptville District Hospital. You can help by donating items for sale. Hey Day welcomes usable (“gently used”) items. Drop-offs will be accepted at the Curling Club on Thursday June 6 from 9 am to 8 pm. Please make sure that the items you donate are clean, saleable and in good working condition. The Auxiliary pays hefty dumping fees for anything that must be discarded, and those fees cut into the amount that is available to buy hospital

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equipment. We try hard to keep dumping fees to an absolute minimum. There are items we cannot accept for health and safety reasons, and others we reject because they do not sell. We do not accept: box springs, mattresses, sofa beds, refrigerators or freezers, propane tanks, tires or car batteries, microwaves, computers, monitors, printers, television sets, console stereos, sports helmets, suitcases, used venetian blinds, strollers, playpens, car seats, highchairs, cribs, encyclopedias, textbooks, technical manuals. Volunteers are needed from Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, to help sort, display and sell donated items. “Heavy lifting” assistance is also needed on Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Friday morning to help move furniture and other large items. You don’t need to be a member of the Auxiliary: to volunteer, phone Hey Day convener Jane Wolfe at 613258-3108. Jane says:“We very much appreciate the support the community has always given to Hey Day, and we look forward to another very successful result this year.”

In the early hours of Monday morning, fire destroyed a barn just outside Bishop’s Mills. Yet another fire and yet another building gone. Rob and Carolyn Day woke to find a stranger in their driveway. He was, in fact, a volunteer fireman responding to a 911 call. A storage barn, within a few metres of their home was burning. A passing motorist had called 911 to report it on his way past, but did not stop to warn Rob and Carolyn of the danger. By the time they got outside, the barn was almost completely gone, as the pictures show. All that remained was the

metal skeleton of a tractor and some horseshoes. Rob and Carolyn are relieved that neither they nor their animals were harmed. The fire must have been very intense, given the extent of damage, and the scorched tree branches that are just a few feet from their home. The fire had consumed custom-designed saddles, harness and expensive horse-riding accessories. Wheelbarrows were reduced to metal wheel rims. Bales of hay had totally disappeared without trace. The sudden and complete devastation was shocking. Rob had nothing but praise for the North Grenville

Fire Service personnel who immediately took charge. Their professionalism and courage was impressive, with even the Chief getting involved with shovel and hooks to pull away what remained of the walls. The training of the Fire Service volunteers was apparent, and their concern for safety of all those on the scene was reassuring. In many ways, it was just another fire; but the role of the passing motorist was worthy of serious reflection. Calling 911 was the work of a Good Samaritan; but driving straight on without trying to warn Rob and Carolyn could have led to tragedy. Apparently, according to the Fire Service, this is becoming more and more common in those circumstances. The cause of the fire was unknown at the time of going to press, but it seems an electrical source is likely. Given the disturbing number of fires throughout the community in recent weeks, it would be a good idea to recheck those smoke detectors, and make sure you have an escape plan in your home just in case.

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The eQuinelle Grand Prix is back! Come out and see NASCAR on two wheels – cyclists racing wheel to wheel and elbow to elbow on the streets of Old Town Kemptville reaching speeds of 50KM per hour. It is something that must be seen live to truly understand cycling as the thrilling spectators sport it has become. We promise you will not be disappointed and best part it is free for the entire family.

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(Premium pre-owned vehicles),a monetary donation from Dr. Frederick Bray, and the cycling team. The Dandelion Festival offers a weekend of live music, festivities for the kids, and a spectacular venue for bike racing in the heart of Kemptville’s downtown core.The EQ GP will take place in the afternoon and early evening on Sunday May 26

beginning with theOpen Citizens’ race at 12:30 pm. Proudly, the EQ GP is entering its second year of being on the Canadian National Road Calendar where the Elite Women and Elite Men will be competing for a cash purse of over $6,000 in front of close to 3000 festival spectators; and yes, a beer tent lines the start/finish area! We’ll see you on race day.

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Tournament. The proceeds from that event will go to both St. Michael Catholic High School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds & Grenville. The tournament will take place the Saturday of Kemptville Ribfest June 15. There will be 2 divisions, competitive & recreational, Co-Ed and 6 players per team (Minimum 2 women per team). Team registration is only $250. Register today, spots are filling up fast! w w w. k e m p t v i l l e r i b or call 613.258.4440. Don't miss out on a day filled with lots of laughs, sand & grass courts, plenty of sportsmanship and hopefully a little sun all while supporting a great cause.

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Editorial Page A Timely Philosophy by David Shanahan When we started the NG Times, we called it “The Voice of North Grenville” because we wanted it to be just that. It seemed to us that the people of this community had no forum in which to express their ideas and positions on the issues that affected them. But we also wanted to give the politicians and bureaucrats space too, to speak directly to the people who elected and/or hired them to do the work they do on our behalf. What has been clear over the past six months is that we really did need such a voice. Instead of having Councillors tell us we should be attending their meetings if we want to have a say, or even if we want to know what’s going on, we can talk to each other in these pages and give them a chance to respond, or to tell us what they think we need to know. It has been many years since North Grenville had that voice, perhaps not since Peter Nicol wrote his weekly column for the old Advance. But we need to be aware

of the downside to all this too. This is a fairly unusual experiment in popular democracy. The voice is everyone’s, whether you agree with them or not. Letters to the Editor, or Municipality Matters columns, are not edited for content. Letters may be cut for length, or if they contain something a little too strong about individuals. But people are allowed to speak their minds: that is the essence of democracy and we have to live with it. So, if you don’t like something you read in the Letters to the Editor section, don’t blame us! Write something yourself if you feel strongly enough about it. Or sit at home and swear at the paper - throw it in the fire if you want. But remember, the voice is for everyone. Believe it or not, the word “mean” was used about my Editorial last week. Just because I suggested the benefits of learning to count to ten, some people were offended. They were, of course, the people I was referring to even though I never used their names. Fair enough. Be upset. But tell me when

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I’m incorrect in my facts and I will apologise. Don’t get upset when someone points out what was actually said or done. The fact is that the Voice of North Grenville was also needed because there was no other voice questioning the way things are done, much less criticising it. Council meetings, for example, are simply not attended by the public anymore, unless there is a particular planning meeting they have a personal interest in. In the old days (before this Council was elected), one or two did attend regularly to keep an eye on things. I’m thinking of Dr. George Blake, whose presence is sorely missed now. At the time of amalgamation, newspaper reports reported when less than a couple dozen people attended Council: that was considered a bad sign. What happened? I think it was partly a matter of people feeling that attending meetings didn’t affect anything. Instead of hearing from the public, or debating among themselves, Councillors seemed to sit there

like bumps on a log, voting through whatever came in front of them. There was rarely debate of any real content. The idea that “Council speaks with one voice” was abroad in the land: a most insidious undermining of the democratic process. Given the lack of debate, or even disagreement among Council and staff, it becomes ever more important that we the people, speaking through the NG Times, act as the unofficial Opposition in our Municipality. Issues need to be debated. Questionable decisions need to be exposed and questioned. Alternative ideas need to be brought to the table now and then, and not just when we are “consulted” every five years or so for an Official Plan, or a Strategic Plan that never seems to change anything. And we all know there are things that really deserve exposing. Like the By-Law Officer who claims there’s nothing he can do about horses and Highland cattle roaming the roads of South Gower, but does find time to tell a resident that he can’t have chickens on

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his land. Or the Council and staff members who were so sure selling Acton’s Corners School would not result in the loss of heritage assets to the community, in spite of being warned by the experts. The fact is that North Grenville is growing. We would all like that to be, as the motto says: Green and Growing. None of us are against progress, growth or development. But these things, which will affect all of us in the coming decades, need to be directed, planned and deliberately considered. This is not a job for elected representatives alone. It is most certainly not the job of municipal staff alone. We all need and deserve a say in the location of pits, quarries, shopping malls, seniors residences, schools, landfill sites, housing developments and high-rise condominiums. We all need to be aware of the disadvantaged among our neighbours, and that more and more are being left behind. We at the NG Times are not nearly as arrogant as some seem to think (although my mother thinks I should

not write as much, and let other people have a chance!! Thanks Mother!). We do not think we should have the monopoly on opinion either. That is why there is an open door policy on letters, articles, or whatever the community sends us. Some people were surprised to see who wrote the Letter to the Editor a couple of weeks ago. But they shouldn’t be surprised. This is the Voice of North Grenville: not just mine, or yours, or the people who like or agree with us. We all live here. We all have a right to be heard. Just don’t blame me if you don’t like what you read all the time!

Letter to the Editor Mr. Editor: Congratulations on another North Grenvillespecific edition. I am in full agreement with your ‘Learning to Count’ editorial.   It is frustrating to realize that it is as easy as passing a by law to increase the needed number of councillors--such as was the case when they realized they had made a major ‘whoops’ when creating the B.I.A. Board.  But, it  will probably require an Act of God or dynamite to move some council members to action.  Or, a groundswell of voter indignation.  It is regrettable that the very people who seem to have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo are the same people who must initiate and bring about change--if there is

going to be any. And we all know how conservative, ‘Conservative’ politicians in this area can be.  Change for them, could actually be physically painful--potentially damaging to their psyche.   The sheep will just have to keep bleeting and hope that the shepherd doesn’t mistake  them for ‘bleeping’ sheep.  MPP Clark’s ‘Municpality Matters’ piece was encouraging.  For anyone who has had an aggregate company take interest in your area, it can be a scary thing.  Once an application is made to the Ontario Municipal Board, you are done like dinner.    There  WILL be a quarry located where they  applied for one and they  WILL get all of licensing regulations that they ask for.  You, as a resident, haven’t got a leg

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to see their property values take a nose dive, it is that Act...very depressing. So, kudos to the N.G. Times.  We would be quite uniformed if we didn’t have this community paper, the voice of North Grenville.   So, let’s flock together folks.  Keep bleeting.  The bleeting sheep need to get the attention of the bleeping politicians.  No wool will be pulled over our eyes.  That would be baaaaaaadddd.  And like those loathsome quarry operators, we  are dy-namite, and we too, can ‘dig it’.  We will not be taken for granite.  We will hunt down our quarry.  ‘Power to the People!’ (and all those other 70’s slogans).  Oh, and remember to call and/or write your local politicians.  They are probably lonely and bored and need someone to talk to. Peter Johnson

to stand on.  And good luck going to your local municpal government for support.  You will be met with blank stares and silence.  Best to put your house up for sale and move away before your property value goes right through the floor... of your basement...which sits just above your well... which will sooner or later run dry once the quarry operators break through the aquifer--which they weren’t supposed to do.  But, like the town councilors they can just say, ‘whoops’ and move on, to continue doing what they were doing all along. Mr. Clark is right when he says that there is a need for a complete review of the Aggregate Resources Act.  If ever there was a steam roller that routinely and regularly rolls over residents who don’t want

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Free Backyard Composting Seminar North Grenville’s Waste Reduction Committee is pleased to offer a FREE Backyard Composting Seminar on Saturday, June 1st from 1pm to 4pm at the Giving Garden. By attending this seminar you will learn the how-to’s (and how NOT to) and receive problem solving tips for successful composting. The Provincial waste diversion target is 60%; currently North Grenville averages approximately 30% through current waste diversion initiatives like the Blue Box, Household Hazardous Waste, Take It Back and Backyard Composting Programs. Why compost? Composting reduces the amount of waste sent to a landfill, reduces your environmental footprint and decreases your bag tag costs. Reduce, recycle and compost everything that you can; let’s work together to achieve the Provincial waste diversion target of 60%. Register for the free Backyard Composting Seminar today by contacting Christa Stewart, Public Works Clerk at 613-258-9569 ext 133 or cstewart@ Mailing Address P.O. Box 35, Oxford Mills, ON, K0G 1S0


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Heritage Committee celebrates the Kemptville Armouries by Rowena Cooper Within a few weeks, the North Grenville Municipal Heritage Committee will be unveiling a plaque commemorating the former Armouries building that still stands on Reuben Street in Kemptville and is now home to the Navy League. So it is, in fact, back to serving the original purpose for which it was built, namely, to train local young men and women in the defense of this great country. The first Armouries in Canada were built following the American Civil War and the Fenian Raids but to look at the beginning of the Militia in Canada, we have to take a trip back in time to the American Revolution, the United Empire Loyalists and LieutenantGovernor John Graves Simcoe in the 1780s and

1790s. Defense of the Province of Quebec (as it was known until divided into Upper and Lower Canada in 1791), was left largely to three groups – the provincial corps, mercenaries and militia. This system had been es Repeated requests from Sir Frederick Haldimand in the 1770s and 80s and a little later, John Graves Simcoe, for more regular troops to serve in Canada was ignored, hardly surprising when history shows that Britain was at war in several places during that time and Upper and Lower Canada were comparatively peaceful. Of the three militia groups named above, we are most concerned with the provincial corps. The mercenaries, more often than not, returned to their individual countries, those that did stay moved to the western areas of Upper Canada. The regular militias were usually

given grants of land (if you were an officer you received much more land than if you were a regular soldier) and the officers were kept on half-pay so that they could be called to serve at a moments notice. The provincial corps were companies of loyalists raised locally by a leading citizen in their community and it was they who, together with the local regular militia, were able to wage an effective defense against invaders from the south all through the 181214 War with the United States. It was at this time that we find records of musters, when armed to the teeth with brooms, shovels and whatever else came to hand, the volunteers were trained into some kind of shape to defend the border of Upper Canada. Following the upheaval of those years, a period of comparative peace followed, disturbed

by the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837, and followed by the unfortunate happenings of 1838 when American Patriots decided that it was time Upper Canada was “liberated” from British rule and invaded in various places along the St. Lawrence, including the Battle of the Windmill, close to Prescott. By the time the American Revolution and the Fenian Raids took place, concern for the safety of our border with the United States was expressed throughout Ontario and the Canadian Militia was strengthened. The first Armouries were built in the early 1870s by local militia groups who erected the halls at their own expense. But by the 1890s the Department of Defense had taken over responsibility for building of the halls with more than 100 Armouries being built across Canada

sumably came to pass that milk maids would make the journey to big market centers to sell their wares around this time, and it came to pass at some point in the mid 17th century that they would roll into London town together, dressed up and dancing with pyramids of foliage, flowers and silver platters and mugs upon their head. In time young chimney sweeps joined at the edges and eventually took over the revels, with the milkmaids flashy pyramid of foliage walking away on its own two legs to become the Jack-in-the-Green. There is common ground in the May Day traditions of the milkmaids and the chimney sweeps who came after, in that each echoes deeper, older rites of spring.  Shakespeare pronounces them both quite low on the social scale. In Antony and Cleopatra he says of the maids “ ...and commanded by such poor passion as the maid that milks and does the meanest (lowliest) chores.” In Cymbeline he

compares the highest golden lads and girls, to the lowest chimney-sweeps when he writes” Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust.” Dust and ashes and soot. Milk. About as real as it gets. Maids and sweeps also allude to fertility in a way that only grows stronger the more you stop and consider.

PRIBBLES & NIBBLES ... 7 Weeks Remain Marc’s Food and Folklore Ramble Tuesday, July 9 the Association has invited the Company of Fools to present The Merry Wives of Windsor at Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills. You are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. It is said that May Day waits on the hawthorn’s blooming, and to that end we begin our ramble with the May Day tradition of hanging branches of hawthorn blossoms on houses to ensure good fortune, and on the barn to ensure the cows produce creamy, rich, and abundant milk. FAIRY MILK-MAIDS The above custom may have taken hold because of the strong association between hawthorn and fairies, and the equally strong association between fairies and visits by them to barns to steal or spoil milk. In speaking of the hobgoblin Puck and his proclivities, Shakespeare writes “Are not you he that frights the maidens of the villagery; skim milk (remove the butterfat) ... and May 22, 2013

bootless (uselessly) make the breathless house-wife churn.” The house-wife cannot churn the butter no matter how much she toils (hence breathless from exertion) since the fairy Puck has removed that butterfat which would if churned enough eventually transform the milk to butter. One source claims that milk spilled in the dairy belongs by right to the fairies. Others speak of milk put out for the fairies by way of bribe for their good behaviour. Left to their own devices, the fairies are said to obtain milk from goats and deer, the latter kept like herds of cattle by certain maids, who milk them as one would a cow. MAY MAIDENS Cows are presumed to thrive on the lush new pasture available as spring opens up fields of new grass, and so around May Day have an abundance of creamy milk to offer the milk-maids who tend them. It therefore also pre-

The Armoury in 1914 between 1896 and 1918. Preparation for Kemptville’s Armouries began early in 1902 when the municipality purchased seventeen acres of land from Elijah Bottum. These lands would subsequently become Riverside Park, an area still greatly enjoyed by residents and visitors of Kemptville. The date of the sale of part of this property to the Crown for the express purpose of building a Drill Hall is unknown, but we do know that the building was possibly designed by the Chief Dominion Architect, David Ewart. It was built by Robert Beggs of Hallville, and opened at the beginning of July 1914 when Captain T. Ashmore Kidd of Burritts Rapids took the building over on behalf of the Department of Defense. Captain Kidd, a handsome young man, was later wounded in France and shipped home. The building was named after Sir Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia and Defense during World War I. It served as a drill hall for Kemptville and the surrounding area throughout the remainder of the war.

Following World War I, the Kemptville Branch of the Great War Veterans Association was formed, and held their meetings in the Armoury. The High School Cadets were allowed to use the firing range in the basement, for their rifle practice, and the hall was also used for dances. Fire Department records show that two fires occurred in the building, one in 1920 and the other in 1933. In 1968, the Kemptville Fire Department moved from the Town Hall on Water Street to the Armoury, and the building was adapted to house all the Fire Department equipment. In 1972 the Federal Government conveyed ownership of the Armoury to the Village of Kemptville. In 2009, the Fire Department moved out of the Armoury, which is now the home of the Navy League of Canada. I would like to thank Phil Gerrard for his research on the Armouries and also William Perkins Bull, whose 1935 book “From Brock to Currie” gave me much information on the early militia in Canada.

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Dandelion Festival Local framer receives CPF designation

Fun for Kids of All Ages! The Dandelion Festival is excited to announce that this year not only do they have the usually spectacular Kids Zone but they have also added a Teen Zone; a teenaged based area of fun and adventure. The Kids Zone at the Dandelion Festival is sure to not disappoint again this year. With reptiles, princesses and super heroes, climbing and jumping, balloons, and more. The Kids Zone is located inside Ball Diamond #1 along with the Main Stage and Teen Zone. Come out on Saturday and meet Brave and Ironman, read a story with Library Sue at the Library, climb on the giant inflatable obstacle course, jump on the bouncy castle, visit with your favorite Big Sky Ranch animals, and learn about reptiles with the Reptile Rainforest. On Sunday have your photo taken with Tinkerbelle and a Transformer, dunk your favorite town celebrity in the dunk tank, play some more with

your favorite animals from Big Sky Ranch, bounce away the afternoon on the bouncy castle and come watch the amazing Brad the Balloon guy twist and create masterpieces with balloons. The Teen Zone, with its main focus on Saturday to coincide with the My View Film Festival, will include a rock climbing wall, giant slides and tippy ladders. The festival organizers are excited to be adding fun and excitement for the tween and teenaged attendees at the festival. Julia O’Grady, the Production Coordinator of the festival, explained that “a gap in our entertainment has now been filled by providing entertainment specifically geared to the tween and teen age groups. This enhancement to the festival will now make the festival truly entertainment for the entire family.” A big thank you to the Kemptville Mall, managed by Bentall Kennedy, for sponsoring this year’s Teen Zone.

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Focus on Nutrition WHAT TO EAT NOW!

by Heather Westendorp In this series of articles, we have discussed many aspects of food, calories, balance, exercise and the importance of moderation. In order to lose weight, you must decrease your calories, but you should never deprive yourself of nutrients. Keeping nutritional balance is indeed a challenge in both losing weight and maintaining health. The truth is that not every food is the same and in order to maintain the balance, you are looking at a wide variety of foods. Not everyone is a foodie and trying new foods can present a huge range of likes and dislikes. I have met many people who hate celery, lettuce, tomato, oranges, quinoa, tofu, walnuts and even dark chocolate. Expecting people to change every food they have enjoyed for years is a tall order. Historically foods have been very sparse and often not available, so many people in our culture see supper as meat, potatoes and either corn or peas. Breakfast consisted of bacon, eggs and toast. Lunch was generally a sandwich and maybe a glass of milk. None of these foods are bad all on their own, but you add margarine, salt, pepper and gravy made from the fat drippings and you have the makings of high cholesterol and nutrient deficiency. There is little variety and colour to foods. Going international to capture the good elements of colour, flavour and fresh ingredients is often a hard sell to people who are generally quite satisfied with their current diet. There is not one of us who would rather sit down to a large serving of poutine or chocolate cake with lots of icing rather than a tossed salad with legumes and balsamic dressing. Somehow, items full of fat and sugar simply slide down our throats and require very little chewing and time to consume. Pour the gravy over your mashed potatoes and you can practically drink

your supper. Health foods require time to prepare and work to eat. This makes them far less desirable and often, if you have not been exposed to certain foods, your taste buds are simply not going to be happy. Jumping from white bread to whole grains and adding ground flax or chia causes your stomach to have to work. This can be a shock when fibre intake is fairly low. Jumping from 5 grams of fibre a day to 30 grams of fibre can cause much discomfort. The problem with human nature is that we are extreme beings. We go from zero to a hundred in no time flat. We figure if something is good for us and nutritious, we have to eat large portions of it. Going from eating 2 pieces of fruit/vegetables a day to consuming 8-10 is going to cause some issues in the short term. We go through phases of eating “healthy” foods, eat far too much volume and end up returning to the diet we are traditionally used to. Diets high in sugar/salt and fats are unhealthy but trying to make up for mass amounts of fat and protein with celery sticks is going to leave you feeling hungry and dissatisfied. The transition to move from an unhealthy diet that is contributing to health problems is not something you can snap your fingers and change overnight. You can rush to the grocery store and fill your cart with “Healthy” foods upon the decision to lose weight. After a couple of days on celery sticks, whole grains, fruit, legumes, tofu, raw carrots, quinoa and water, you wonder why you would kill for something with fat/ sugar/salt. A diet is not meant to be something that creates instant results. People who already eat all these foods every day have had plenty of time to adjust. The vision of a beautiful crisp colourful salad makes them salivate. Eating a healthier diet is a step by step process. It takes time to change your taste palate. Decreasing salt and

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sugar changes the taste of foods. Choosing less fatty meat and cheese affects the feeling of being full. Drinking large amounts of water can give you slushy belly. Eating more vegetables with less dip lets you taste the actual vegetable rather than the dip you have scooped up. How you cook vegetables compared to raw is a completely different experience. It is fine to say you must decrease calories and eat healthy foods, but you have to recognize your current diet and the way in which you eat, cook and flavour foods. I believe that a slow and gradual change to diet and lifestyle is going to result in long term success. Thinking you are going to eat “rabbit food” until you lose the weight and then you can do what you want is a recipe for failure. The road to successful change in diet is to find things that you enjoy and simply choose not to overdo it. Find cooking methods and spices that please your palette and taste buds. Work with your doctor and nutritionist to find healthier alternatives and foods that will enhance your general health. Keep a copy of Canada’s Food Guide on your counter and check off each time you have the required number of fruits and vegetables, milk and alternatives, meat and alternatives and grains. Take note of the serving sizes and read the labels for salt/sugar and fat in each product you buy. Get back into your kitchen with basic, unprocessed foods and know what goes into the foods that you eat. You have the greatest investment in your own health. Take the time to learn about the foods that fuel your body. I have discovered a whole new world of wonderful, rich, colourful and tasty foods that I actually miss if I don’t get them for a few days. It has been over a year of eating differently and trust me… your desires do change. Heather Westendorp is a graduate of the University of Guelph: Food, Nutrition and Risk Management Diploma. She has also lost over 50 lbs. and is now a healthy weight, improving her health status!

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is reassuring its patients that its mammography machine is the type that is most effective at detecting breast cancer. This is in response to the Ontario government’s decision to scrap nearly one-quarter of the mammography machines in the province after a new study revealed they are significantly less effective in detecting breast cancer than other mammography technologies. Conducted by researchers at Cancer Care Ontario, the study indicates that mammography machines using a form of digital technology called comput-

ed radiography (CR) detect 20% fewer breast cancers than machines using either direct radiography (DR) digital technology or filmscreen(similar to an x-ray) technology – amounting to about 1 missed cancer for every 1,000 women screened. KDH is reassuring patients that its mammography machine, purchased in the fall of 2011, uses digital DR technology. This is the machine type that will replace the less effective machines, according to a statement Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews made today. KDH CEO Colin Goodfellow said, “We want women who had

their mammogram done at our hospital to know that it was done with the best machine, and for women who had mammography done at other locations and have doubts, that KDH can accommodate them in its service immediately if they wish.” Direct referral for mammography is available at KDH: women aged 50 to 74 can call to book a mammogram and the hospital will contact their doctor for a requisition. Mammograms at KDH are performed by highly skilled medical radiation technologists who have additional training, education and experience in mammography.

No safe time, no safe type, no safe amount Help give your baby a health start! Have an alcohol-free pregnancy. by Kimberley Marshall, RnBscNK, Public Health Nurse For the first time ever, Canada has one national set of low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines. These guidelines, intended for Canadians of legal drinking age who choose to drink alcohol, aim to provide consistent information across the country to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption. The new guidelines outline standard drinks sizes, limits for men and women, recommendations for youth and when zero is the limit. Specifically, guideline 4 recommends that the safest choice for those who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding is no alcohol at all. Alcohol exposure in pregnancy can cause birth defects and brain damage to your baby. This lifelong disability is called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and it does not go away as the child ages. For more information

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and resources, call the health unit or visit our website. Over the next few months, the health unit, along with local partners, is promoting the message “No safe time, no safe type, no safe amount.” This message refers to the recommendation that there is no safe time (or trimester) during a pregnancy to drink alcohol, no safe type or brand of alcohol during pregnancy (including coolers, beer, wine and spirits) and no safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. 50% of pregnancies are unplanned, so it is possible you drank alcohol before you realized you were pregnant. If this is the case, stop drinking immediately and contact your health care provider.

It is important to maintain your health throughout your reproductive years, even if you aren’t planning to have a baby any time soon. This includes monitoring your drinking and living a healthy lifestyle.  Remember, if you are not actively preventing pregnancy with a reliable method of birth control, you are planning a pregnancy. A great alternative to drinking alcohol at any time is to substitute alcoholic drinks for nonalcoholic cocktails, also known as “Mocktails.” Mocktails are a delicious and fun way to have a drink without the effects of alcohol. For Mocktail recipes, visit the health unit website http://www. htm  

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Dandelions? It is hard to grasp that more than a decade has passed since the first Dandelion Festival. It seemed so ambitious then, so much more than we thought we could handle. A group of North Grenville’s creative community got together to see what could be done to organise and “network” to promote the arts in the municipality. The magnificent eight were: Linda Lee St. Louis, Maureen McCleery, Bill Kilfoyle, Nadia Gray, Jae Shaw, Barb McDerby, Louise Mortimer and Maggie Boyer. This creative gang met with Allan Martel, who led the brain-storm-

ing sessions looking for ways to promote the creative arts in North Grenville. The result of those early explorations was the North Grenville Arts and Culture Committee (NGACC). I remember so well the evening my wife came back from an early meeting of NGAAC asking for ideas about raising some funds to put on a festival of the arts. I thought: “What about a coffee house?” Soon, the musicians were playing a monthly event and we had a real 60's vibe going. Starting at Acton’s Corners School, and then moving to Maplewood, the Dandelion Coffee

Houses were great in and of themselves, as we learned how much people could do when they worked together. But the big dream was an Arts and Culture Festival, and that was what everyone worked towards. Those first few years were amazing. Out at the Ferguson Forest Centre, on the site where the Municipal Centre now stands, there were booths for artists, crafters, musicians, creative people of all kinds. The old shelter was fitted out with a sound system, provided by Pat Maloney, and the musicians did their part in creating an atmosphere

that was so encouraging and positive. We had done it! We had put on an event that was everything we had wanted and more. And it just went on and on. L e t ’s b e h o n e s t , though: it was not without effort and tremendous energy supplied by so many volunteers. In time, the wonderful dandelions and other decorations made the site look like a real North Grenville happening. The rows of booths, the food and drinks supplied by the Lions Club and Amanda’s Slip, the Lion’s Club Stage rented from Merrickville after the first couple of years,

all contributed to the buzz we all felt from doing something we perhaps never really imagined could be so good. If there was a negative side, it was that the Festival actually came to overwhelm the NGACC, and over the years it became an end in itself. Today, the Dandelion Festival is enjoying its new location in downtown Kemptville. Big crowds, lots of music, dance and creative activity. I think back to that first night at Acton’s Corners, as the very first Dandelion Coffee House began a series of events that has led us to this

day. It took time, but the Municipality has come to recognise the importance of the event (even if the financial help is limited), funding is coming in from more reliable sources than us old Folkies. But, for those who were around at the beginning, although it may have outgrown us and our vision, the Dandelion festival remains a source of pride and a genuine sense of accomplishment. We, the people of North Grenville, have done this. We continue to do it, year after year. This is our Festival. Why Dandelion? Why not?

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Curbside Giveaway Weekend Are you doing some spring cleaning and have some items in good condition that you’ll never use again? Residents are invited to take advantage of this year’s Curbside Giveaway Weekend on June 1 and 2. This is a great opportunity to find a new home for those reusable unwanted items or to browse the curbs for some great finds. Tips if you are giving away items: · Place unwanted household items at the curb. · Label each item with a FREE sticker or sign. · Keep any items safely stored away that you don’t want to give away. · Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday. Examples of giveaway items include: · Books, CDs and DVDs · Furniture, electronics and small appliances · Sports equipment and toys · Yard and gardening tools and equipment (e.g., lawn mowers, snow throwers, rakes, shovels) · Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans · Unwanted gifts · Construction material (e.g., nails, paint, wood) · Clothing Please do not put out: · Items that could be unsafe. · Items infested with bed bugs (e.g., mattresses, furniture, bedding). · Toilets (with a flush volume of 13 litres or more). Tips for cruising the curbs in search of treasures: · Take only the items at the curb marked “FREE.” · Respect other people’s property – don’t walk or drive on people’s lawns or gardens. · Don’t discard any items on another person’s lawn. · Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don’t block traffic, park illegally or block people’s driveways with your vehicle). · Watch for children. For information regarding items that aren’t safe to give away (e.g., baby walkers, lawn darts), visit: For more information, including what to do with leftover items visit for other waste diversion programs or contact Christa Stewart, Public Works Clerk at 613-258-9569 ext 133 or May 22, 2013


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by Doug MacDonald On Saturday May 25, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, our pioneer past will be on display at the Court House, 15 Water Street in Kemptville. The Archaeological Road Show will bring recently excavated artifacts from a First Nations dig site on the South Nation River and from a dig at a mid-19th century pioneer farm house in Richmond. At a special Show and Tell that morning the North Grenville Historical Society will display documents, relics, objects and artifacts from its Archives that are from the period 1784 through 1914. For a true Show and Tell the public is invited to bring documents, relics, objects and artifacts from the pioneer past of Oxfordon-Rideau, South Gower and Kemptville. Such items from personal collections will reveal a richer and more detailed portrait of early days in North Grenville. This will be a family friendly event. The Show and Tell will begin outside. The North Grenville Fire Department is bringing the gleaming red and beautifully maintained 99-year-old 1914 fire engine. It will be parked in front of its former bay. Take a step into history at 15 Water Street. Behind the parging is the original stone 1873 Kemptville Town Hall. From 1881 to 1968 the Town Hall was also the Fire Hall. Perhaps one of the visitors will know the fate of Kemptville’s first fire engine, an 1855 horsedrawn wagon that was used in the disastrous 1873 fire.

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This 1st fire engine was retired in 1881. Once inside check out the 1878 jail cell, perhaps taking a picture of an incarcerated friend! Take time to examine the North Grenville Historical Society display and to chat with Dr. David Shanahan, Archivist of the NGHS, and with members of the Society. Show them examples of North Grenville’s past that you may have discovered and tell the stories behind the artifacts, relics and documents. Linger over the excavated artifacts that Dr. Paul Thibaudeau and his colleagues from the Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society have brought with the Archaeological Road Show. The historians and archaeologists are an enthusiastic group and have knowledge to share that will help identify and illuminate the objects on display and the items brought to the Show and Tell. It is also very likely that the public will enlighten the experts! Who knows what pioneer era and pre-contact First Nations artefacts are lurking in attics, cellars, tool sheds and barns and will be brought to the Show and Tell? Early deeds, letters, and photographs, for example, can be scanned for the Archives Collection and then the original documents returned to the owner. An ultimate Show and Tell find would be mill stones from one of the grist mills that long ago operated along the South Branch of the Rideau! Just joking! Each day as we walk, jog, cycle or drive along the streets and roads of North Grenville we pass

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built heritage. From the forests are the hand-hewn log structures and timber frame buildings from long demolished local saw mills. From the quarries we have handsome stone homes and buildings. There are impressive homes and commercial buildings of brick. We live with, and in many cases, in history. In 2013 we are privileged to share this unique heritage. The brochures North Grenville Walking Tours and the NGHS book North Grenville Glimpses of the Past feature photographs plus a brief history of many of these historic buildings. Until very recently the tax payers of North Grenville were the proud owners of 6 of these historic buildings. In 2011 the municipality sold the 1905 SS No. 6 Acton’s Corners School (including all school room furnishings) and in 2012 sold the 1912 Carnegie Library. Now only 4 of these heritage buildings remain in public trust: 1873 Kemptville Town Hall 15 Water Street 1875 Oxford Mills Township Hall 100 Maplewood Avenue 1875 SS No. 8 Oxford Mills School 98 Maplewood Road 1912 Sir Sam Hughes Armouries Reuben Crescent We must ensure that these 4 historic buildings don’t slip from public trust but remain proud examples of local architecture and of those who built, worked on or studied in them. Copies of the 1991 Facsimile edition of J. Carr Anderson’s 1903 book Kemptville Past and Present and the NGHS 2011 ‘coffee table’ book North Grenville Glimpses of the Past will be available for sale on the 25th of May. We welcome new members to the North Grenville Historical Society. The membership fee is $15.00 per person or $20.00 per household. A special invitation is extended to newcomers to North Grenville and to parents, teachers and school children. A warm welcome awaits old friends and new at the Archaeolgical Road Show and the North Grenville Historical Society Archives Show and Tell on Saturday May 25 from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Court House, 15 Water Street, Kemptville.


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No planning approval for Assaly’s project As the Ontario Courts continue their enquiries into the North Grenville development planned by the Assaly Group of Companies, doubts have been cast on Assaly’s intentions to follow through on the scheme. Almost $3.5 million invested in the various companies set up by Thomas G. Assaly to develop land on Whitney Road into the Nature’s Walk exclusive residential project and a retirement residence in Smith’s Falls called Villa Montague. However, the Times has learned that, although an initial planning application to the Municipality’s Department of Planning was received, nothing was done by Assaly to follow up on the application. No planning permission or rezoning was ever passed by the Municipality and the project was never brought before Council for discussion. The reports of the Inspector assigned by the Ontario Superior Court to examine the events surrounding the Assaly gated community project in North Grenville were presented to Judge Paul Kane on May 7. [See the Times, April 24, 2013] Both projects, according to the Inspector’s report, “are hopelessly insolvent and in stages of abandonment”. The O.P.P. also seem to have become interested in the story and contacted the Times for information on the story. However, any hope the

original investors might have had of recovering their money seems to have been dealt a serious blow by the revelation that what was left of the investment funds were moved from a charitable Foundation account, also owned by Assaly, just days after the investigation began in February. From having more than $4 million deposited in the Foundation in January, 2012, the account dwindled down to just $1,500 by the end of February of this year. The funds were transferred to Assaly company accounts in the United States, where he and his wife are now living in a large home he calls “Canada House”, and which was recently refurbished using $750,000 of the investors’ money. The investigation into the North Grenville development project has shown that all of the forty-four investors in Assaly’s scheme were Ottawa residents, and no-one in North Grenville seems to have put any money into the Nature’s Walk plan. There are, however, a number of local people who were employed by Assaly during the period when he was working out of the Whitney Road property, and these included the Financial Officer and Assaly’s Executive Assistant. Nature’s Walk, had it gone ahead and been successful, would have been the first gated community in Eastern Ontario and it was clearly an attractive

investment opportunity for some. One of the strangest aspects of the case, however, is the fact that the individual who actually sold the project to his clients, Patrick Caicco, a financial advisor and President of Advantage Wealth Building Strategies, Inc., is now backing the investors in their actions against Assaly. Caicco signed an Affidavit regarding the entire project in support of the investors. In June, 2012, he began proceedings to wind up his own company, and hired Brian Doyle of Doyle Salewski as his Trustee in Bankruptcy. Brian Doyle is the Inspector later appointed by the Superior Court to investigate the situation with Nature’s Walk and Villa Montague. His first draft reports were rejected by Judge Kane for containing conclusions on guilt. Doyle revised his reports and these have now been accepted by the Court. Doyle’s final report to Judge Kane states that there was “a limited amount of due diligence” performed by Assaly and Caicco before selling the investment to Caicco’s clients. Given the fact that the planning and permit process would take years to complete, it was said Doyle, not possible to fulfil the promises made by Caicco to the investors when he took their money. “Whether the projects were ill-conceived or fundamentally not feasible, the immediate returns promised to inves-

tors could not be achieved as the zoning and permit process was realistically a three to five year time frame.” As reported above, this process was not even properly begun, much less followed through by Tom Assaly. The promise held out by Assaly and Caicco to the investors was very tempting. They were guaranteed an average annual minimum of 10% return on their investment. Dividends were to begin as soon as the investment was made, and principal and interest were to be fully repaid after five years. The minimum investment was $150,000. If Doyle’s report is correct, there was absolutely no chance that these terms could be met, even if the project had begun as scheduled. In that case, Patrick Caicco must be seen as either quite an incompetent financial advisor, or as equally responsible with Tom Assaly for the manner in which the investors lost their money. Judge Kane will revisit the case on June 19, and it remains to be seen what course this case will take after that. Civil and/or criminal proceedings are possible, and no doubt further investigation will fill in many of the gaps in the story. The role of North Grenville residents will also become the subject of enquiry and discussion. What had promised to be a major residential coup for North Grenville is rapidly a major financial scandal instead.

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All are welcome to the Annual General Meeting of the Oxford Mills Community Association held in Maplewood Hall. The President's Report will lay out the highlights since last year's AGM in May of 2012 and the Financial Statement for 2012 will be presented. The outgoing Board of Directors will describe the options presented by the Municipality regarding the future management of Maplewood Hall and will make their recommendation. Nominations to the new Board will be accepted and an election will be held, followed immediately by the first meeting of the new Board at which officers (President, Treasurer etc) will be appointed. This is a very important meeting and we encourage all members of the community to attend.

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Youngsters of Yore, Kemptville Public Library, 1:30 pm. Group from the Giving Garden, discussing their project Convivium Fellowship will meet from 6:45-8:45 pm at the NGPL Meeting Room. Join a good discussion around the articles in the Convivium (Faith in Everyday Life) magazine and other related topics. Everyone welcome. North Grenville Historical Society. Show and Tell of artifacts, relics, objects, and documents from North Grenville’s pioneer past 1784-1914 + a display of recently excavated artifacts Road Show, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 15 Water St. Oxford Mills Community Association will host May festivities. It will be a family friendly event with May Pole dancing and a potluck lunch. Annual Chicken BBQ, Kemptville Christian Reformed Church, 2455 County Road 18. Price per ticket is $12 (Children under 12 $6) and includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Dinner Roll, Dessert and Beverage. Serving hours are from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm with eat-in or take-out option available. Tickets can be purchased from Albert Dyks (613-258-7470) or at the door. Men's Prostate Cancer Support Group - 2:00-4:00 pm at the Kemptville United Church 400 Prescott Street, for more information please call Bob at 613-258-2623 or Business seminar “Business Networking and Relationship Marketing” Kemptville Campus, Purvis Hall. The event is free with light refreshments served. Doors open at 6:00 pm for networking, seminar begins at 6:30-9 pm. To register, go to Seating is limited, so register early. Planting Day at the Giving Garden- community members invited to garden located on Hwy 43 at 9 am. Bring your clippers, sunhat, watering can and your smile! Masonic Fish Fry at the Municipal Centre 5-9 pm. Tickets $15 for Adults, $8 for under 12. Entertainment by the Gruff Sisters Kitchen Party. Tickets available at Grahames Bakery, T's country Pawn Shop and Jim Perry Motor Sale. St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Car wash – 9:00-1 p.m.; Bake & plant sale – 10:30 a.m.; Cold buffet luncheon 11:00-1 pm Ham, beef, turkey, salads and dessert, cost $8.00. The church is handicap accessible, ramp at parking lot at side

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The North Grenville Photography Club - Meeting first Wednesday of every month at the Old Fire Hall, 25 Reuben Crescent. For more info see Bingo- First and third Wednesday of the month, Kemptville Legion. Games start at 1 pm. All welcome. Refreshments available Bridge - Every Thursday, St. John’s United Church, Kemptville, 6:30 and 6:45 pm. Cost $5, partner preferred but not necessary. For more info, contact Elaine at 613-258-3783 North Grenville Toastmasters - Meeting first and third Thursday of the month, 7 pm at O’Farrell’s Financial Services, Cty Rd 44. For more info, call 613-258-7665 Friendship Lunch - Leslie Hall from 11:30-12:30 pm. Everyone welcome. BNI Networking Group Breakfast- Alumni Building, University of Guelph, 7-8:30am. Call 613-258-0553 for more information Mixed Adult Pickup Basketball Game- Every Tuesday night at Holy Cross School gym, 7-9pm. Cost is $5 per night or $50 for the season. All skill levels. For more information, contact Jeff or Samantha at 613-258-1847 or Samantha.rivet-stevenson@rbc/.com Bridge- St. John’s United Church, Kemptville, 12:15pm. Cost $3, partner preferred but not necessary. For more info, contact Ellen at 613-258-7778 Mothers of Preschoolers Support Group-St.John’s United Church, 6:30-8 pm. Whether you’re a townie, rural, stay-at-home, working, teen, adoptive, special-needs, single or married, MOPS is for you! For more information, call Angie Brown at 613-223-3979 The Branch Artisans Guild - The third Tuesday of each month, (except during the Months of July & August), NG Community Church, 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Sharon Billings at 258-4382. Kemptville and Area Walking Group, Municipal Centre - Early birds: 8 A.M. Others 8:30 A.M. Contact: Eva 258-4487

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Don & Anne Gilchrist & Family Wish to acknowledge our most sincere heartfelt thanks for all the cards,letters & telephone calls we have received recently during the loss of our beloved Grandson Thomas Donald Raftis. To all who attended the visitation & those who came to the funeral May 15,2013, our sincere thanks, your friendship has been a great source of comfort to all our family. Love & Blessings, Donald & Anne Gilchrist.

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Gabriel Tam-Poudrier performing at Municipal Centre Music sings lullabies that surround us. The sound and sensation are one and have the ability to take us to new heights where the spirit soars. Music shares whispers while it ministers to our spirit in these powerful moments of peaceful solitude.

G a b r i e l Ta m - P o u d r i er will be performing a solo piano recital at the Municipal Centre on May 25 at 3:00 pm. Mr TamPoudrier has won 1st and 2nd prizes at the Kiwanis and Musicale Competition Musical over the past three years. He was also chosen to go to the provincial competitions this coming June organized by the Ontario Music Festival Associations. He will be performing: L.Van Beethoven -Sonata op.57 “Appasion-

ata” 3 movements; F.F. Chopin-Scherzo no.1, op.20; A. Ginastera-Sonata no.1 op.22,   movement 2 & 3; S. RachmaninovEtudes-Tableaux no.3, op.33; A. Scriabin-Etude op.8, no.12. This will be his last recital in Kemptville as he will be moving along to University this coming Fall. The tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. Prices are: $5.00 for students, $10.00 for adults and $20.00 for a family.

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Know the Signs of Lyme Disease If you are going to be hiking or walking in natural areas, wear light coloured clothing, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes. Tuck your pants into your socks. This can make ticks more visible if one gets on you, and harder for it to attach to you. Using an insect repellant with DEET also provides some protection. Follow directions for use. When you return from being outdoors, check yourself for ticks (include armpits, groin, scalp and have someone else check the back of your body). Protect your pet; contact your vet.

Recognize Ticks Approximate size of the Black Legged Tick (Deer Tick)


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Fed (engorged) tick

Unfed tick If you see a tick on your body that looks like the unfed tick pictured above, it means that the tick was probably attached for less than 24 hours therefore there was not enough time to transfer the bacteria.

Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a black legged tick infected with the bacteria. A red rash may appear days to weeks after a bite. A bulls-eye rash may be present around the bite.

If the tick on your body looks like the fed tick pictured above, then this indicates that the tick has been attached for a longer period of time and may have transferred bacteria.

Symptoms of the disease may include fever, headache, fatigue or muscle and joint pain. These may disappear, but if left untreated, Lyme disease can progress and affect the nervous system, joints and the heart. Consult your doctor if you have been bitten by a tick and are developing the symptoms of Lyme Disease.

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by Barbara Empey, Travel and Food Consultant Last January 2012, my girlfriend and I were having tea and I mentioned my dream of seeing Grand Manan, N.B. Years before, I had heard about it as a place to revive your soul and regroup and literally just get away from the world. Before I could believe it, Air Canada tickets were purchased and we were on our way. In Saint John, we picked up the small car we rented and threw in the gear needed to go whale watching, seeking out the puffins, harbor seals and dolphins. We drove to Blacks Harbour where we waited in the lineup for the ferry to arrive. Our host for the bed and breakfast coincidentally was on the ferry as well. Now that’s hospitality I would say! Actually, he was just coming back from doing business on the mainland but, we took it jokingly as the warmest welcome we had ever received. The ferry ride took an hour and a half and if you are lucky you may spot the occasional whale, seal, or dolphin doing his dance on the ocean waves. We drove off the ferry to an inviting two storey yellow home surrounded by maple trees and lots of big windows. Our hostess was waiting on the porch with a warm welcome and we knew that The Grand Manan Inn was going to be just wonderful. We were taken to our room, the “Cora Belle”. We later learned that all the rooms were named after fishing weirs. The first sight we saw upon opening the door to the room was of fresh, white curtains blowing in the daily island breezes, which must be a godsend on laundry day, especially with the local fishermen’s heavy woolen socks and clothing. We looked forward to getting under those crisp, white sheets and smelling the fresh clean scent of the wind-blown sheets, what a joy in itself. After unpacking, we met with our hosts who had booked a whalewatching adventure on a 50’ sloop for us. I couldn’t wait to go and get over my May 22, 2013

fears of the past. Years ago my family camped on Cape Cod and while there, booked a whale watching tour on a converted coast guard boat. When we got out, there were fifteen foot waves and the boat was very long and narrow and actually it was a terrifying experience. Somehow I knew I wanted to try it again while here in the Bay of Fundy with our respected hosts, Debbie and Claude Tremblay. We were told about many wonderful spots to eat. Our hosts had booked two restaurants to ensure that we would get in as they are very popular. Debbie wanted to make sure that we had a chance to experience the food, the quality and service was superb. The first night, we ate across the road from The Grand Manan Inn and had our first meal of seafood and then fell into our inviting beds. It had been a long and interesting day. Being foodies, we were both looking forward to being spoiled by Debbie’s famous breakfasts. Debbie and I are both graduates of University of Guelph, formerly KCAT. After graduation I went into the healthcare sector while she was more interested in the restaurant side of things. Debbie had her own café called the Cinnamon Kitchen Café in Kemptville, where she tells me that 50,000 cinnamon buns were inhaled by local folks and out of town guests in a beautifully clean and well-appointed little homey place on Van Buren Street. Several years later, she left when her husband’s job took them to Simcoe Ontario. Later I had the good fortune to discover her at a yard sale on my street. I then discovered that they were back in Kemptville and that she was in the process of buying an inn that needed lots of renovations on Grand Manan, so as to be near her father and her roots again. Her plans were to work on it for three years and to open in May of 2013 on the May 24th weekend, 2013. Book now, I can highly recommend it.

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So morning came and at a pre-arranged time we met downstairs for the later breakfast. We walked into the separate dining area, where freshly prepared sliced fruit was waiting, beautifully garnished with lemon verbena, something I had never tried before and I really liked it. Delicious entrees came every morning after being served fresh juice and hot tea or coffee. Our hostess also has a tea shop with the freshest teas. Any connoisseur of tea drinking would be in heaven. I loved her personal touch, such as ironed napkins and seafaring decorations on the walls. She had homemade heart-shaped scones and hot baked oatmeal with pecans and chunks of apple, both tasty, hot and filling for the upcoming adventure of the day, whether whale watching, combing the beaches in search of seashells, art shops, coffee shops, rock climbing or finding all the local lighthouses. This area has the highest tides in the world and it is just amazing to see how quickly the water goes in and out and, to discover what is left on the beaches when the tide goes out, which happens two times a day. We went to an area called Dark Harbour where the few residents live in tiny huts and get up before daybreak to gather the dulse seaweed. It is world famous in sushi and is broken up and put in salads and is very healthy -- if you like that kind of thing. I tried it and found it very salty and chewy, but dulse supposedly has lots of iron and health benefits. It is a personal preference sort of thing, but not mine. Coming up in Part 2, whale watching, hiking and more….

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Giving Garden sign restored Kevin White of Classic Graphics and Tom Graham of TD Graham + Associates together with Rebecca McEvoy and Don Munz of the Giving Garden admire the restored Giving Garden sign on Highway 43. The sign which was badly damaged by the sun over the past 4 years was generously brought back to its original lustre by Classic Graphics and TD Graham + Associates. The Giving Garden is a living legacy of its founder, Terry McEvoy, who believed that we were placed on this Earth to share whatever we harvested. Following his sudden death, friends and volunteers have given their time and energy to complete his dream and foster greater giving and sharing in the community. For more information on the Giving Garden visit www.

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