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Saturday, June 30, 2012 the Simcoe Community Policing Committee (S.C.P.C.) will be hosting a Car Seat Clinic during the BIA Open Streets 2012 event. Volunteers from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, O.P.P. Norfolk County Detachment and Norfolk County Fire Department will be checking car seats and booster seats between the hours of 11am and 3pm on behalf of the S.C.P.C. For those interested in having their car seats checked visit the clinic at the north Kent Street parking lot. Safe Kids Canada tells us that the data over the years indicates, “that the risk of injury can be

significantly reduced by protecting children with the appropriate car seat or booster seat for their age, height and weight and by using it correctly.” Carol Greentree-Gibbons, Chair of S.C.P.C. says, “Parents, grandparents and other family members want to keep their children safe and minimize their risk of injury. It is because of this that we are hosting this car seat clinic. We are providing an easy and convenient way for family members to check these seats.” The S.C.P.C. is part of the Norfolk County Community Policing Committee. Community Policing Committee members are active within our communities assisting with presentations to Norfolk

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We have made $1368 through our Fundraising Yard Sale for Annaleise’s Radical Crossing and Camp Trillium. Thank You Gerry Hamil and Cd98.9 for taking part in helping to get word out and being a great supporter of Annaleise’s Radical Crossing Special Thanks goes to the organizers of PDCS’s yard sale for donating a tremendous amount of goods for us to sell. Thanks also to the family and friends of this terrific “family” we call North Shore Runners/swimmers/cyclist for donating some fabulous treasures. We really pulled together to help Annaleise get closer and closer to her goal. We enjoyed a beautiful day with Annaleise, we love seeing her smile over and over again!! Her determination/ motivation is exceptional and infectious! I did say to Annaleise Saturday, “ You do know Annaleise, you have inspired people of all ages… kids younger than you, your age and older than you… like my age”!! at which she looked into my eyes and gave me her beautiful infectious smile. Christine Zammit

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expressed themselves through their painting… the sun shone and it made for a great afternoon… next time you are down in Port Dover, check out the alley, the wonderful art and pop in and say Hello to Christie. If you would like more information, call the Twisted Fish at (519) 583-1200.

the Community are Welcome to Participate in the Show. Please Join Us by Entering Floral / Vegetable Arrangements. A Program for Categorized Entries will be made Available upon Request or Simply Come Out and Enjoy the Show! View our local artists exhibit, browse through the Country Emporium, relax in the Flower Show Tea Room. Thursday, August 23rd, 2pm 7pm, Simcoe, Junior Farmer’s Building 519-443-8025 | www.

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Thirty-three artists from Norfolk County have been accepted into the inaugural Arts Country Juried Arts Competition. Hosted by the Norfolk Arts Centre, in partnership with the Norfolk Arts, Culture, and Heritage Alliance (NACHA), the regional competition features artists from throughout the South Central Ontario Region (SCOR), which includes Norfolk, Brant, Middlesex, Elgin, and Oxford County. Artists were asked to submit up to three samples of their artwork to be considered by the jurors. To be accepted into the competition, a work of art needed to get at least one ‘yes’ vote from the jury. In total, close to 180 pieces were submitted for consideration. Samples were reviewed online. The artists representing Norfolk County include Port Dover’s Carol Gerrett, Charly Buck, Cristina Zanella, Darleen Degrieck, Eve Yantha, Jeremy Hayes, Joanne Munzar, Megan Lumley, and Nikki Campbell; Simcoe artists Anda Kett, Arjan Lamers, Ellen McIntosh-Green, Garry Walker, Jeannette Muir - de Montfort, Kathleen Pickard, Lanny Horne, Larry Monczka, Miia Virtasalmi,

Robert Tannahill, Sally Gable, Sherry Dresser, Sherry Lloyd, and Sierra Barber; Chelsea Brant, Randy Wilson, Sandra Stewart, Susan Goble, and Vera Cline-Hayes of Waterford; Port Rowan’s Susan Bennett; Vittoria’s Ron Bezzo; Jen Lados and Lindsey Taylor of Delhi; and George Conklin of Walsingham. The Arts Country Juried Arts Competition is a fundraiser to support the annual Arts Country publication, which features studio tours and artist profiles within the South Central Ontario Region (SCOR). The 2011 edition featured over 150 artists and included profiles and listings of unique tourist destinations, restaurants, and accommodations in throughout the five partnering counties. The unique steering committee overseeing the catalogue includes a combination of artists, studio tour leaders, not-for-profit arts organizations, and municipal tourism and heritage and culture departments from the five SCOR communities. The project is managed by Norfolk County-

based strategy and design company Patricia Deadman, Curator of the Barber & Veri Inc., and is the only Woodstock Art Gallery; and Robert regional marketing project that Achtemichuk, former director of supports artists in five separate the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery counties. Partial funding for the in Waterloo. The jurors visited the 2012 edition of Arts Country has Norfolk Arts Centre on Monday, been contributed by the Ontario June 18 to view the art in person Trillium Foundation. and determine the winners, will be First prize is $2500 and a minimum formally announced at the opening two-page feature in the 2012 Arts of the Arts Country exhibition on Country publication. The first and June 29. second runners up will receive For more information about Arts $1500 and $1000 respectively, Country, studio tours within and a profile in the magazine SCOR, or regional artists visit commensurate with the space www.artscountry.ca. The June 29 available. An additional prize of opening night exhibition is open to $500 will be awarded to the artist the public. The Norfolk Arts Centre whose piece receives the most votes is open gallery is open Tuesday to from exhibition visitors. Friday and alternating Saturdays The three jurors that reviewed from 10am - 4pm. For more on the the submissions are Laura Norfolk Arts Centre visit www. norfolkartscentre.ca. Woermke, Executive Director and Curator of the St. ThomasPort Dover Yacht Club Sailing School Elgin Art Gallery; is now offering online registration!!! The PDYC Sailing School is open to all youth aged 8 to 16 from July 2 to August 24 in one-week or multiple week sessions. The Canadian Yachting Association certified program runs from Monday to Friday 9 to 4. Everyone is welcome. Please note, spaces are limited to 16 youth each week. Adults can learn to sail too! PDYC Sailing School offers dinghy sailing and keelboat programs.

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By Dave Scott Annaleise Carr was busy Saturday, she attended the North Shore Runners Yard Sale in Port Dover and then spent the afternoon out at the Cider Keg raising awareness about her upcoming swim in August to cross Lake Ontario in support of Camp Trillium… you can now purchase bracelets, T-shirts or just stop by Scotiabank in Simcoe and fill in a post card wishing her luck on her endeavour… and make a donation. All the proceeds go to Camp Trillium. Of course Sunday morning at 6am Annaleise headed out of the beach in Port Dover for a 4 hour training swim… roughly 12 km… this is young lady is very dedicated… Great work Annaleise!

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The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show is excited to announce the lineup for this year’s Grandstand performances at the fair. Tuesday October 2nd, 8pm will have concert goers dancing in their seats to the classic songs of Motown. It will be a celebration of 50 years of Motown with original artists like the Miracles notable for over fifty hits, songs like “ Shop Around”, “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”, “I Second that Emotion” and “Ooo Baby Baby”. The Original Vandellas were among the most successful groups of Motown with a nine year run on the charts with hits like “Dancing in the Street”, “Love Is like a Heat Wave” and “Nowhere to Run”. The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts will bring to the stage “Do You Love Me” the groups biggest hit and Motown’s fastest Climbing hit of all time, as part of the smash hit musical “Dirty Dancing” We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of U.S. Steel Canada, and the Simcoe Reformer in presenting this concert. On Friday October 5th as part of the Eastlink Concert Series, Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk takes the stage with her Band. Kreviazuk's work has appeared on many soundtracks for films and television shows and is a staple of Canadian radio, including almost daily play on CD98.9. In 1998, Kreviazuk scored her only international hit to date with a cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane", a song written by John Denver and popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the blockbuster film Armageddon and was that album's followup single to Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing". In 1999, Chantal recorded a cover of the Randy Newman ballad "Feels Like Home" for the Dawson's Creek soundtrack, as well as "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days." Chantal also performs a cover version of The Beatles' "In My Life" for the television drama Providence. In 2002, Kreviazuk recorded Another Small Adventure which was played in Stuart Little 2 and was on the soundtrack. In this Life was featured in the film Saved! and also in a trailer for the film The Door in the Floor starring Jeff Bridges, as well as in an episode of the CW Television Network's Smallville. In May 2003 was the soundtrack of the "Episode 20" from "Everwood" in WB. Kreviazuk's "Time" was played in the credits of the movie Uptown Girls, and featured in an episode of the MTV reality show, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the pilot episode of the ABC romantic comedy/

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mind. “People come out to shows, they don’t want to sit around listening to heavy songs on a Friday or Saturday night, they want to have a good time.” Brody has lots of songs to keep audiences on their feet. All concert tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday, July 18th. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the fair office at 172 South Drive, Simcoe or by telephone at (519) 426-7280 x 233 or online at www.norfolkcountyfair.com with Visa, MasterCard or PayPal. A $5.00 shipping and handling fee applies. The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show is the fourth largest fair in Ontario and has an annual attendance in excess of 100,000 visitors. The Fair has earned a “Top 100” event designation through Festivals and Events of Ontario and is one of the top fairs in the country according to the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.


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By MARG WERDEN Species-at-risk Monitoring Just how much effort is put into monitoring species at risk to determine their current status? If the effort that is being put into monitoring the Williamson’s Sapsucker in British Columbia is any indication, then a great deal of work goes into trying to help species at risk survive. My daughter, Laura, is currently employed by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF), a non-profit agency working on various research projects. During my recent visit with her, I had the opportunity to go out on a day of work with her. Laura’s day starts very early, around 6:30am and often does not end until late in the evening and, throughout the day, she and her co-workers drive down rough logging roads and then hike through the bush on the lookout for Williamson’s Sapsuckers, a medium-sized woodpecker. This species is unusual in that the male and female are so different that at one time they were thought to be two different species and the female was known as the Blackbreasted Woodpecker. The male has a very bold black and white pattern, while the female has a barred back and wings, a brown head and dark breast, resembling the juvenile of many other sapsuckers. Like other sapsuckers, the Williamson’s drill sap wells in a variety of trees. These wells serve a double function: the sapsuckers drink the sap that accumulates in them and the sap attracts ants, which the sapsuckers then eat and/or feed to their young. Earlier in the spring, Laura, and the crew with which she works, spent weeks doing call playbacks to find potential nesting sites. The call playbacks consisted of playing a taped version of the bird’s call and listening for an answering call. Approximately 1,000 sites were surveyed, of which 150 had a positive result. These 150 sites are now being revisited to determine whether any of the Williamson`s Sapsuckers are nesting there. Finding the nest is not a simple matter since the birds do not want to attract attention to the nest. Thus, when the recorded call is played to find the parents, they have a tendency to fly away from the nest site to their drumming tree to warn intruders away. However, once the birds are spotted, at this time of year, they are busy foraging to feed their young and they make frequent trips to the nest so finding the nest becomes somewhat easier. As well, my daughter and her co-workers have become adept at identifying the type of nesting habitat favoured by this bird and can quickly zero in on likely nesting sites. When we arrived at the first site on which I was tagging along, we couldn’t find any suitable nesting habitat so we headed off into the bush to look a little further afield. And “heading into the bush” does not mean following nicely groomed trails; we were bushwhacking through brambles, over fallen logs,

through dense bush, and around swampy areas. At the same time, we were hollering out “Yo bear!”, which I took to be a warning for the bears to leave the area as we were coming through. However, after spotting our second bear, I had to wonder if that was really the purpose or if we were calling them to come to us! After about an hour of tramping through the bush, we were unable to locate a Williamson’s Sapsucker nest. However, we did find a nesting site of a Mountain Chickadee, which was quite interesting. Just before we arrived back at the truck, we finally saw a female Williamson’s. However, we were unable to follow her back to her nest, if she had one. At our second site, the nest was spotted within minutes in a small grove of Trembling Aspen, a favoured site of the Williamson’s. Laura’s co-worker found the nest by the noise the nestlings were making while begging for food from their parents. Both parents were present and were not happy to have us hanging around looking at their nest. However, the researchers collect a variety of data while observing the birds, including the age of the nestlings, which can be determined by the behaviour of the parents. For instance, the fact that the parents were not fully entering the cavity to feed the chicks indicates that the chicks are between 10 and 18 days old. Before this age, the parents completely enter the cavity to feed them, but don`t wait for their mate to return to the nest. While incubating the eggs and for the first few days after the chicks are born, the parents wait until their mate returns to the nest before heading out again themselves. Of the 150 sites that had the potential for nests, 57 have been found to have a nest so far. The work is not yet finished and the crew expects to find several more nests in sites that will be resurveyed in the coming week. So why do all this work for one bird? The BCCF is trying to establish Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHA), which will protect species-at-risk habitat, nesting sites and foraging grounds. In addition to working on Williamson’s Sapsuckers, the BCCF is also trying to protect the habitat of Western Screech Owls, Rattlesnakes, Tailed Frogs, Giant Salamanders, Mormon Metalmark butterflies, and the Great Basin Spadefoot, as well as a variety of plant species. Although it seems to be a lot of work to protect just one species, in reality, creating WHAs benefits many species and, in the long run, will benefit us as well since a healthy planet depends on the largest possible diversity of species.

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The male Williamson's Sapsucker with his bill full of ants to feed to his nestlings.

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FENNEL AND GRAPEFRUIT SALAD

2 large pink grapefruits 1 medium-sized fennel bulb 1 small bunch of fresh dill 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled Extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground black pepper & sea salt Cut off top and bottom ends of the grapefruit. Stand on 1 flat side. Starting at top of fruit, cut off all peel and white pith, following curve of fruit. Working over bowl, cut between membranes, releasing segments; squeeze any juice into bowl. Transfer segments to another bowl. Cut fennel in half length- wise; remove core. Using mandolin or sharp knife, slice fennel thinly. Combine fennel and grapefruit segments in a large bowl, add dill & goat cheese. Arrange salad on platter. Drizzle lightly with oil, then grapefruit juice, if desired. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Serve.

URBAN PARISIAN STRAWBERRY BRUNCH BRUSCHETTA

Balsamic vinegar and strawberries make a great pair! Mel makes a balsamic reduction of vinegar, sugar and a touch of vanilla bean. Serves 2-4 4 slices of baguette cut in 1/2” slices Butter Cinnamon-sugar 1 cup strawberries halved 1/2 - 1 tbsp mint finely chopped Balsamic reduction or balsamic vinegar to

taste. In a bowl, combine strawberries & mint. Toss with balsamic. Toast baguette lightly, spread with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Top baguette slices with strawberry mixture. Garnish with a sprig of mint. In place of mint, pineapple sage or thyme works wonderfully.

Scrumptious strawberry recipe courtesy of Melanie and Brad of the Urban Parisian FENNEL CHIPS

1 fennel bulb 1-2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 1-2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese Sea salt Red pepper flakes or freshly ground black pepper 1-2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice Preheat the oven to 250F Trim off the fennel fronds, and cut the bulb into quarters through the core, leaving the core intact. Use a mandolin or knife to slice the quarters very thin. If fennel is very moist, pat slices dry. Toss with enough olive oil to just coat the fennel. Spread onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle with parmesan, salt and pepper of your choice and lemon juice. Bake until crispy. This can take up to an hour, but check the chips often and turn them if necessary.

Fabulous fennel recipes courtesy of Robynne Hubert


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By MPP Toby Barrett What do perch, pumpkins, natural gas and mudcats have in common? From Delhi to Dunnville, Port Rowan to Caledonia, we pay homage to the many wonders of our two counties. From long-established huge events to newer, quainter functions, our area is rich in festivals and community spirit. These festivals are a good time for the young and young at heart. But they are much more than that – they highlight what our two counties have to offer, from our rich cultural diversity to nature’s beauty. They also bring in people – sometimes huge crowds- from outside the riding to support local business. For me, the festivals and parades are the highlights of the summer. I look forward to dusting off my W-4. While two of the larger events – Dunnville’s Mudcat and Dover’s Fish Fest – have already taken place, I hope to see everyone in Caledonia and Port Dover July 1st. Also on July 1st Backus Conservation Area hosts an Ice Cream Festival, and a Butterfly and Dragonfly Festival on July 8. Simcoe Lions host their Ice Cream

Festival July 28 and 29. Along with tasty treats, check out the rides and live entertainment. Although the Ice Cream Festival may be the tastiest, Simcoe’s largest event of the summer happens a week later with the Rotary Friendship Festival and Parade. It provides shopping opportunities in Wellington Park, music and a variety of attractions for all ages. The Mighty Grand provides backdrop for Cayugafest July 20-21 – with the parade, car show, soap box derby and baseball. The roar of speed boats echo off the banks of the river in Dunnville during Thunder on the Grand, Aug. 18 and 19. Classic cars roll in on Sunday. One of my favourite parades is during Fisherville Fundays, July 12-14th including a car show and fastball tournament. Turkey Point’s Summerfest runs over five days Aug. 8 to 12. Selkirk’s Gasfest also features a parade, music and motorcycle show between Aug. 10 and 12. Continuing a busy weekend, Forest Fest is held Aug. 12 at the St. Williams Interpretative Centre. I am pleased to learn of the resurgence of Jarvis Cornfest, August 17, 18 and 19th - a long

held tradition which is enjoyed by all. The same weekend is always a busy one in Port Dover. Art in the Park attracts artisans and antique dealers. The Good Brothers, Tia McGraff and others take the stage in the evening for the Silver Lakes Roots Festival. As summer winds down, there is one last blast of fun at Port Rowan’s Bayfest. Sunday morning’s parade, and the fireworks highlight a weekend chock full of activities. Delhi celebrates its diverse heritage during HarvestFest between Sept. 13 and 15. The parade draws a good crowd, and you can’t get a bad meal

in Delhi. And of course, Waterford means PumpkinFest Oct. 12 - 14 No article on the festivals would be complete without paying tribute to the agricultural fairs. Norfolk County’s is the largest but don’t miss Dunnville, Tillsonburg, Caledonia, Donnybrook (in Walsh), Langton and Houghton. And unique for this year are events in the riding in conjunction with the War of 1812. Watch for details and don’t forget take in one of these historical treats. Take the time to enjoy what we have in our backyard this summer.


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