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t has to be close to spring because the good folks at Proctor Marine are busy preparing for their annual show. The event takes place April 12th from 10 am to 4 pm at the store, located at 487 Queensway West in Simcoe. Doug Heighington and I had a little chat about how long and cold this winter has been. We both agreed that folks are just itching to get outside and get active. The long hibernation is coming to a close, soon the ice will slowly start to fade from the lake; bringing back that vibrant blue we love to play upon. Doug explained that the show is a nice way to welcome back customers, to see old faces and new ones as well, to catch up on the latest boating news, to check out the latest accessories, to meet Charlie Ray from Fishful Thinking, maybe to sit in on one of Larry’s seminars (the man knows his stuff!), give the new line of boats a look-see, or perhaps win great door prizes and enjoy the charity BBQ. Boy lots going on! A lot of people return every year for the show, enjoying the hospitality and catching up with old friends at the store. The show is our reconnection to the water, an opportunity to browse and ask questions, to climb aboard boats by Chaparral, Key West and Creatliner and immerse ourselves back into our boating lives while still on land!

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The Games


t was easy to get caught up in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Every morning, bright and early the TV would go on and no matter what the sport, or which country, I would watch. When the kids woke up, they would join in and watch as well. It, like the last 18 years of the games, has become a family event. I, myself, remember watching the games for the first time in 1976 and that silver medal by Greg Joy. I was hooked! Ever since, winter or summer, I have made sure to watch, so I guess my kids have never had much of a choice. The games offer our kids so much to see with the different sports, the heights to which can be achieved, the adversity, and the raw emotions… only to be followed up by the amazing athletics of the Paralympic Winter Games.

The gold medal ladies hockey game was, for myself, the highlight of this year’s games. I honestly can say, it was a come back for the ages. All over this country, young girls and boys were watching, seeing firsthand how strong of a culture we are at sport. That game probably created more athletes than any commercial ever could. It spoke to our hearts and filled our souls with a belief of what can be accomplished! You know, if you were born in 2002, the women’s Olympic hockey team has only won gold in your lifetime… talk about a commitment to excellence! With all this being said, I wanted to say one final thank you to Canadian Tire Simcoe and to all who supported Jumpstart the Games for your belief in our athletes. When the Canadian Tire Jumpstart fundraiser drew to a close, over $30,000 had been raised. Thank you for keeping the Olympic dream alive… for the kids of Norfolk… WE ALL PLAY FOR NORFOLK!

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Henry and Lena Eising

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Meet the Eisings B

eing born in Canada, it is all I know. It is the way I see things. My sight, my sounds, my way of thinking, are about as Canadian as you can get. I don’t understand war on our soil. I grew up with free education, food, water, and the basic necessities of life.

I have always been fascinated by the conversations I have had with folks who grew up during the war. There is just something about that era of people that reminds me of how lucky I am. Their stories of life are spot on. They have the right perspective; one we all need to have. They understand history and lessons learned. They know what it is and what it takes to appreciate life and all it has to offer. As a lot of you well know, Henry Eising Junior is someone who has appeared from time to time in our paper and magazine. Over the years I have often wondered about the story behind

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the Eising Greenhouses & Garden Centre business. The sign says over 40 years in business. So where did it all begin and why? I sat around the dining room table with Henry Eising Senior and his wife, Lena, both 77 years old and as keen as ever. I soon realized why Eising Greenhouses has been successful for 48 years… however to start this story, we have to travel back to WWII in Holland. Henry fondly remembers the family fruit farm along the Rhine in Holland. The farm held a sense of family that Henry understood and enjoyed; it was part of who he was. He thinks back to the war years and how nothing was wasted. His dad was a member of the underground at that time and it was nothing to see planes in a dogfight over the skies of the farm. He recollects one time seeing a Jewish family being hidden by his family and other farmers. When two German officers came to the farm, Henry clearly recounts shoving papers in his pocket that his dad had given him. His dad told him to

go play and he did, keeping the papers hidden. Lena at that time lived in Rotterdam on the third floor of an apartment building. She remembers hearing thunder at night, thinking it was bombs and her mother telling her not to worry, it was only thunder. She recalls hearing bombs falling, and of planes wiping out city blocks. Her family wasted nothing in those days. With the war going on there wasn’t a lot of food, hydro or gas. Education was at a standstill. For both Henry and Lena, the war was a time in their lives they wouldn’t forget and one, as children, they didn’t really understand. It did, however, provide a backdrop to their personalities that they would carry throughout their lives… waste nothing. In 1949 at 12 years old, Henry moved from Holland to Burlington, Ontario with his parents to start a new life. Henry spoke no English and that first year was tough. He had to start all over in grade two. It was rough being this big kid in

grade two. Other children laughed and ridiculed him, but he hung in there. They soon moved to Ancaster. His brother picked up a job in the mines in Hagersville and Henry found a job washing dishes at a restaurant for $2 a day. It was part of the income for a family of six kids and two parents. By the time he was 15, Henry was driving for J.B. Jackson in Simcoe. In those days you could get your operator’s licence from the Chief of Police to say you could drive if your parents didn’t. In 1952, Lena and her parents came to Canada. Her father was a stationary engineer and a friend of his had convinced him to come to Canada. One of Henry’s brothers was on that same boat and met her family briefly. Little did they know that the two families would be connected in the future. Lena agrees that the first year was tough. She was 15 years old and did not want to leave all her friends in Rotterdam. She could speak some English and her parents relied heavily on her since they knew very little of the language. She remembers her dad going to the bank to cash a $90 cheque to feed the family. As a result of the language barrier, he came home with a bankbook but no money. He then took Lena back to the bank

to help him communicate and get the funds. Another time, her brother needed his tonsils out and Lena had to explain everything to her parents. She had to grow up quick and help the family where she could. …Ah yes, 1954, skating on New Year’s Day at Talbot Gardens in Simcoe… both Lena and Henry remember it well… it was the day they first met. As they recount the day to me I cannot help but notice the smiles and twinkles in their eyes as they think back. Lena says coyly, “I never went out with anyone else.” The two were engaged in 1955 and got married in 1956. Henry always knew he wanted to work for himself someday. He thought maybe farming, but for the time being he was working for the Lindsay Furniture Company in Simcoe. Lena worked at the hospital and in retail. Both were developing customer service skills that would serve them well down the road. 1959 was a big year, as the two built their own home. Henry thinks back to all the work that summer and how they moved in just around Christmas with their two small daughters, Judy and Sandy. The two worked hard and enjoyed their new home. Henry soon began growing tomatoes and selling a few here and there.

From left: Henry Eising Junior, Lisa Slofstra, Henry and Lena Eising.

The idea of owning his own business was still a goal he was striving for… and then one day it happened… he came across the property on the Cockshutt. It had an old tobacco greenhouse on it (where the store stands today), a half built house that had burned down a few years earlier, and junk buried around the yard. Lena said that after looking at it, she cried… but they decided to go for it. Henry’s first crop of tomatoes in 1966 was a success. At the time they were holding down extra jobs and running the farm, but it wasn’t long before the business started to grow and 20,000 square feet of tomatoes were filling the greenhouses. Young Lisa (1967) and Henry Junior (1970) soon filled out the Eising family. There was always a big family garden that Lena tended to, learning about growing a variety of flowers and vegetables. Out front of the home stood a self-help veggie stand where folks would get their tomatoes and cucumbers and throw money in a dish. The business continued to grow, branching into cucumbers and in 1973 the Eisings rebuilt the family home. The older girls, Judy and Sandy helped around the business. Both parents are extremely proud of all of their children saying, they never complained, worked hard and earned

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Meet the Eisings Continued... their money for school. Henry remembers back over the years when December would arrive… if it was a good year, they would try and take a family holiday somewhere warm like Florida. They knew once January hit it would be back to work, preparing for another season. In 1977, Lena announced that perhaps they should start growing plants. Henry agreed and the Eising team took another big step. By 1978 they were selling wholesale to the local grocery store. Everything was falling into place. It wasn’t easy and both Henry and Lena say there were some very lean years, but they both agree hard work and their faith saw them through… For Henry it was getting back to his roots doing the farming he had known as a kid and being his own boss. For Lena, she loved living in the country and working in the greenhouses. Henry tells me that he drove to Toronto to the wholesalers with their products for 30 years (over 4,000 trips). Lena and Henry grin as they remember

the days of having only one garden hose for the greenhouses. That was all they could afford at the time, so you had to make it work. On long cold nights, Henry would stay in the greenhouse to make sure the heat didn’t go out for fear of losing his crop. In those days you didn’t look too far ahead and you took things as they came along. They built slowly, nurturing the tender business just like the plants they were tending to… baby steps along the way. Henry Junior was proud to have the opportunity to follow in his parents’ footsteps and run the family business when the time came. Lena and Henry Senior helped young Henry along the way. Today it is Henry Junior’s business; mom still works in the greenhouse and dad is the official ‘bean counter’ keeping a watchful eye over his son’s business. I asked Henry Senior about the changes a few years ago, when the store was added. He laughs thinking back of the time when they were installing the front, automatic, sliding doors. Junior told him they were $11,000… boy he thought, that is what I paid for the whole farm back in 1965! Over the years the Eising family has

employed folks from all over Norfolk and still boast of staff that have been with them for 30 years. After 48 years of business there seems to be no slowing down for Henry Senior and Lena. They wanted to make sure they thanked the generations of families who have come to their store and shopped. I asked what the secret was to their success. They stopped for a moment and thought, quality and reasonable prices. Oh, and Lena smiles and says, when they started selling cucumbers locally, no one really knew what they were, so they would tell the customer to take one, try it and come back to buy some if they liked it. I think we can add exceptional customer service to contributing to their success as well! I have to tell you, it was a really wonderful chat with the Eisings. They are the salt of the earth. They are the type of folks who have helped this country grow. They are hard working, caring and humble as can be. When you see the two of them together you understand they are a team and they enjoy what they do… 48 years in business and still going strong… from war torn Holland, they both came to Canada, found each other, raised a family and grew a successful business… and followed their hearts!

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y friend, Terry Sheppard, has always kept me updated on the current events of the Simcoe Lions Club. A few weeks back, he let me know about the 63rd Simcoe Lions Club Show entitled, College Daze. I decided I had best pop by the Simcoe Composite School music room, have a listen and perhaps get a few words about the show.

Keith Ashley, who is the show’s director, gave some insight into what the crowds can expect from this year’s event. The show hits the stage Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th at 8 pm. The music is really great again this

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Eating Well for Digestive Health

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Now is a Good Time to Take Care of Your Perennials!

f the dead tops of your perennials are starting to become an eyesore to you, then maybe now is a good time to clean them up. A plus to doing it now is that with the frozen soil surface, especially early in the morning, there will be less compaction to the soil and reduced damage to the soon emerging bulbs. There are basically four types of perennial growth patterns to be aware of when it comes to cutting things back in spring:

Evergreen Perennials

Evergreen perennials, including many alpines will require no cutting back or only a minimal amount of tidying up. If the plant looks green and healthy, then leave it alone. If just a few leaves are tattered or brown it’s simple enough to trim them back or remove them using sharp scissors or hand pruners. Springflowering alpines, for example: Basketof-Gold (Aurinia), Pinks (Dianthus), Candytuft (Iberis), Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata). No major pruning should be done until after they finish blooming. At that time plants may be trimmed back to half their height using a pair of hedge shears, to encourage a dense and bushy habit.

Among these are: Bergenia, Coral Bells (Heuchera), Foamy Bells (Heucherella), Foam Flower (Tiarella, Japanese Sedge (Carex), and various ferns.

True Herbaceous Perennials

The True herbaceous perennials are those that die completely back to the ground in winter. With these, just cut everything right back to ground level. A few examples: Peonies, Daylilies, Summer Phlox, Solomon’s Seal, and Hosta. The tall, upright flower stems of Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum), Coreopsis and Rudbeckia die back in late fall, but these plants keep low ground-hugging rosettes of evergreen leaves that become especially obvious in early spring. Remove the dead upright tops first, then see what the bottom leaves look like. If they look untidy, remove dead tips with scissors or shears.

Woody Perennials

Semi-evergreen perennials sometimes stay completely evergreen in mild winter regions but for many of us they may look so beat up by spring that some of the more tattered leaves need to be removed.

Woody Perennials are better left alone until well into mid-spring before pruning them back. Generally about 6 inches of woody stem is left at the base for the new buds to appear from. Accidentally cutting them right back to the ground will sometimes cause these plants to die. Some examples of woody perennials: Artemisia ‘Huntingdon’ and ‘Powis Castle’, Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Bluebeard (Caryopteris), Shrubby Wallflower, (Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’), Fuchsia, St. John’s-wort (Hypericum), Lavender (Lavandula), Tree Mallow (Lavatera), Russian Sage (Perovskia), Cape Fuchsia (Phygelius), Lavender Cotton (Santolina).

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Semi-evergreen Perennials

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type feeders where they will scatter the feed in every direction, usually on the ground, until they find just the right seed. They seem to prefer Sunflower seeds. Downy Woodpeckers on the other hand like to attack a piece of suet. They will sometimes peck away for many minutes before flying off. Downy Woodpeckers are sometimes confused with their larger cousins the Hairy Woodpeckers. Generally the difference in size is enough to tell them apart; if not look at the bill size, that of the Downy is very short and small whereas the Hairy's bill is quite large and thick at the base. Also the Downy usually has dark spots or bars on its white outer tail feathers. The outer tail feathers on the Hairy Woodpecker are entirely white. Both Downys and Hairys can be found in the forests of Norfolk and both like to visit Suet feeders. We are all familiar with the "Thief, Thief Thief' or "Jay, Jay, Jay" call of the Blue Jay but they also make many other sounds (I have heard as many as 17). Their one cry is often mistaken for the cry of a Red-shouldered Hawk.

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The reason for this is that saving early in life enables you to take advantage of compound interest, interest that is earned on the interest earned on the original savings. Compound interest is likely the most powerful wealth accumulation tool. Starting to plan for retirement while in your 20s will leave you about 45 years to plan and save for retirement. The longer saving time means that less is required to be saved each month than if saving is started later in life. Retirement planning is just one element of a comprehensive financial plan. There should be a balance between retirement planning and other important financial objectives, such as saving for other goals, budgeting, insurance and

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reducing debt. While there is no one standard blueprint for smart retirement planning by young adults, there are numerous shrewd financial practices that people who achieve financial independence follow. For example, they have a written plan and they don't spend more than what they make. This means that they are willing to make hard choices about lifestyle now to increase the probability of having their desired lifestyle in the future. People who achieve financial independence pay themselves first, even when times are tough. A portion of every paycheque is automatically used to purchase investments held in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), or Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). One of the better rates of return on your investment is to pay down nondeductible debt. One should start saving right after addressing the debt situation. The debt payments are flipped into

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pring has Sprung! Or so I would I think as I’m writing this article with the sun shinning and the temperature above freezing!

When you think about spring and spring cleaning, it is also a good idea to check over your CPAP machine, masks and other parts to check their condition to see if they need replacing. You may ask why to replace your CPAP mask or other supplies. One of the biggest reasons is that as your mask wears, the seal will also wear, which means it is not functioning as well as it should. When your mask doesn’t seal as well, then you are not getting the full benefit of your CPAP machine, as well this often leads to over-tightening your mask causing discomfort. The other primary reason why you should replace your mask and/or seal is that after six to twelve months, no matter what you clean your mask with, the bacteria does not completely come off. The bacteria

~ By Lyndsey Ross, RRT, BSc. Respiratory Homecare Solutions Simcoe

growth will continue the older your mask is. A good guide to replacing your mask and/or seal would be every six to twelve months or by asking yourself any of the following questions. If you answer yes to any of these, it’s good idea to replace. • Have the edge of your mask seal or pillows become stiff and/or cracked? • Has your mask cushion discoloured or become opaque? • Are you experiencing any skin discomfort or irritation where your mask sits? • Are you having difficulty getting your mask to seal as well as it did originally? • Has your headgear stretched and do you have to tighten it significantly more than originally to create a good seal? • Has your tubing become opaque or discoloured? • Are there any tears in your tubing or is air escaping from the tubing? • Has your water chamber become cloudy or discoloured? • Are there cracks or pitting on your

water chamber? • Has your filter discoloured or does it have any particles stuck to it? If you need any parts or replacements and you have private health insurance, it’s a good idea to contact them and find out what your coverage is. Most insurance companies will cover the replacements and parts needed on CPAP equipment. If you are unsure if your equipment is in need of replacing, you can ask your CPAP vendor and we can examine everything and help you replace it. RHS Services:

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magine a place in Norfolk County where you could go to: work out on exercise equipment, take fitness classes, swim, skate or play hockey, practise soccer or baseball skills, run on a track, walk on trails, receive physiotherapy, attend cultural events, eat a healthy meal, purchase sports equipment or engage in seniors' activities. That is the bold concept being investigated independently by a group of forward-thinking local citizens including Ross Keegan, Mike McArthur, Mike Frederiks and Dave Scott. This committee, along with Mayor Travale, met with reporters on Wednesday, February 19 to discuss their vision of a large sports and culture complex, which they refer to as a Norfolk

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Centre of Excellence for all. Mike McArthur stated that, "We think it is achievable but we know we have a long way to go." The group has been studying similar already established centres and engaging in exploratory discussions with some potential user groups. The hope is to create a space for all ages and all abilities. Ideally, it would be located in a 30 to 40 acre parkland setting with a series of buildings. The committee wants an emphasis on excellence with the best model possible from a structural and operational standpoint, incorporating the use of state of the art efficiencies. Separate buildings might include a Field House (for soccer, baseball, fitness training, physiotherapy), an Arena, a Pool, a multi-purpose Arts Centre, and a Seniors' Centre. Outdoors, there could be a track and walking trails.

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A retail area, including a restaurant, is possible. The ballpark working number for the cost is $40 million. Financing might be one-third federal, one-third provincial

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and one-third to be split between the county and public donations. The goal is to have the facilities municipally owned. There has not yet been any commitment of funds and no location has been selected. The volunteer committee and the Mayor want the project to be communitydriven. It is thought that the proposed Centre could be an economic driver and that it would make Norfolk a more attractive place to live for young and old alike. Next steps for the group include the following: 1. A Community Input Information Night, possibly in April or May of this year.

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There is Good News for this Cold Winter


am writing this column while waiting for another great, white, winter storm coming over the next couple of days. We have certainly had our share in Ontario this winter season. While most of us have had enough of ice, snow, winds and extremely cold temperatures, there is good news for boaters and anglers alike. This could mean an increase in water levels within our water courses and lakes. What a difference over the past several years. Most of the Great Lakes are experiencing ice coverage of at least a large majority, if not all, of their surface area. This has not happened in many years. The result is less water evaporation. This in itself is welcoming news. Since snow and ice are highly reflective surfaces, sunlight is reflected back into space instead of warming Earth. The absence of presence of snow and ice affects the heating and cooling of the


Earth’s surface. Less snow cover on the ground and reduced snowfall can reduce the beneficial insulating effects of snow for wildlife and vegetation. This also affects transportation, water supplies, travel, cultural practices and recreation for our world population. Snow and ice influence sea levels, air temperatures, ocean currents and storm patterns. What we need is a slow ice and snow melt. This will ensure maximum benefits of the melting snow and ice. Too fast of a melt will cause flash flooding with now sustained water level increase. Increased lake levels will cause river levels to increase as it holds back the water within these systems. For many years now river systems have not had a good scouring in several

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years. Riverbeds require scouring to clean the substrate materials. All good news for the littlest of aquatic life which in turn results in more food all the way up the food chain. Higher water levels will result in increased habitat for fish, birds, mammals and aquatic invertebrates. It will slow down vegetation growth and algae blooms. As well boaters will be able to navigate water systems with less worries of hitting underwater objects and running aground. Let’s try and look at this winter’s conditions on a positive note and what we could be looking forward to for the rest of the year.

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