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George Pond welcoming guests at the Norfolk County Fair Opening Ceremonies.

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By Dave Scott It doesn’t matter how old you get, there is still something magical about the fair and all it holds. I was reminded of this last Tuesday morning as I stood in front of the grandstand snapping photos of the various high school events as they unfolded. The students from all the local high schools were absolutely enthralled. Every last cheer and scream hung on the balance of their team winning or losing, may it be boys or girls tug of war, the races, cheerleading competition or the decorations. It was pandemonium! Of course then the music would fire up and the singing would start. At one point all the schools were in unison, singing Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy. The two ringmasters stirring the pot were Dave Pond and his dad, George Pond. George has been the emcee for over fifty years now… that is wonderful! After the school festivities finished I headed over to the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored this year by McKiee & Farrar Limited, TriCounty Insurance and R.E. Mann Brokers Limited, where I again had the pleasure of listening to George Pond emcee. One thing for sure, this was a hectic day for George. With the fair officially open, folks enjoyed the tasty treats at Eat Drink Norfolk. Of course my day was just getting under way, later that evening we attended the Harvest Dinner located in a horse barn… and it was

fabulous (quick thanks to Mike for the invite). The food and drinks served were nothing but the finest from around Norfolk County. With our tummies full, it was time to head over to the Sail Rock concert at the grandstand to take in Christopher Cross, Gary Wright, Player Orleans and John Ford Coley. Hearing Orleans sing, Still the One and Gary Wright sing, Dream Weaver was the highlight of the night for me, and the perfect cap to an awesome day at the fair! You know that is the great thing about our fair… you are never too old to be a kid again… to feel the experience… to see the sights… to reconnect to our heritage, and to appreciate and understand its importance in today’s society… Thank you to all the volunteers,

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Without food, nothing else matters… when everything boils down, you need it to survive… you will do anything and everything to find that next meal… you don’t care what it is, just as long as you can eat it. The phrase I often hear these days in food bank circles is the working poor a growing base of the population, eighteen percent of folks have a job, but not enough income to pay all the bills and put food on the table. It is a growing demographic and it is touching folks all over the country… young and old alike. Thirty-eight percent of those turning to food banks are children and youth in this country… can you imagine going to school hungry? Your focus would be limited, your stomach empty. You’re trying to make a better life, and your only hope for food is the food bank. Thank goodness it is there. Another crazy number is 93,000 folks every month access a food bank for the FIRST time… 93,000 people not knowing where their next meal will come from, walking into a food bank… hunger overtakes pride… they need to eat. I share this information because we need to recognize the continuing trend in our area and across the country. The numbers will continue to grow… we need to face the fact that there will always be someone in need of food. It will never disappear. I checked out some statistics from Hunger Count 2012 (www. foodbankscanada.ca/HungerCount).

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Jim Lowry is a board member of the Simcoe Caring Cupboard. Many people do not realize the extent of hunger’s reach in this country. Each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks. - 93,000 people each month access a food bank for the first time - 38% of those turning to food banks are children and youth - 4% of adults helped are over age 65 - 11% of people assisted are Aboriginal - 52% of households helped receive social assistance - 18% have income from current or recent employment - 14% receive disability-related income supports - 14% of food banks ran out of food during the survey period - 55% of food banks needed to cut back on the amount of food provided to each household. I also found this interesting chart that puts the food crisis in perspective for Ontario. Chart courtesy of WHY POVERTY? www.ww3.tvo.org/whypoverty/info/ hunger-in-ontario. So what can be done? At this time of year it is important to drop off food items at local food banks or caring cupboards in your area. If you are in Simcoe, the Caring Cupboard recently moved to a larger building, which will provide more space and allow for much more storage area on sight. Kim Scoyne, chair of the Simcoe Caring Cupboard, is happy to be settled into their new home and reminds folks if they want to make a donation give her a call at (519) 428 1713.

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Thank You from Lynndale Heights Public School!

Courtesy of Jen Van Netten and Rebecca Wiebe Each student was given a Terry Fox tattoo and a paper bracelet during the Terry Fox Challenge at Lynndale Heights Public School. Music and hearts were pumping for a whole hour. After each student completed a lap of 300 metres, a staff member hole punched their bracelet and by the end of the day we collected all the bracelets and determined that collectively we ran 3,900 laps, equal to 1,170 kilometres. It's like running from Simcoe, Ontario to Moncton, New Brunswick! We also raised a total of $1000 for the Terry Fox Foundation to help support cancer research!

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Kim who has been the chair for almost three years now has seen a lot in that time and sees the need in our community. She told me these days they are seeing more working poor and students… all needing help from the Caring Cupboard to get by. The Simcoe Caring Cupboard is in the process of adding an evening to their schedule to make the cupboard available to those who are working or going to school during the day. Without evening accessibility, people may have to skip work or school to obtain the food. This way they can continue their day and stop by after. Jim Lowry (in photo) is a board member and on this day stopped by to help Kim. I asked Jim why he got involved. His answer was simple and to the point, “To help others.” That is all we really need to do… is to help… to make a donation!

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The pronghorn, which lives on the southern grasslands of Alberta and Saskatchewan, uses the white patch on its rump to warn other herd members of danger.

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As I travelled across the Canadian prairies for the second time in a month on my return journey from the mountains, I was, as usual, on the lookout for wildlife. Because of the flatness of the topography, I could see for miles and any large animals were easily spotted. Northwest of Yorkton, Saskatchewan I spotted one such large animal sauntering, and I really do mean sauntering as if it was king of the prairie, across a recently harvested wheat field. I had only ever seen moose in boreal forests or in marshy areas and was very surprised to realize that this is what this animal was. Considering the number of “Moose on the Loose” and “Caution: Moose are a night danger” signs I had seen on my trip, I had expected to see one long before the last week of my journey. However, this one ended up being the one and only moose I saw. And it turns out that there are several thousand moose found south of Saskatchewan’s northern forests. Although this southern migration is welcomed by hunters, the moose are causing problems in the agricultural areas by damaging fences, feeding on

crops and causing a risk of animalvehicle collisions. Once I neared the southern Saskatchewan grasslands once again, I was on the lookout for the pronghorn. Although often referred to as pronghorn antelope, they are not actually antelope. This species, Antilocapra Americana, is only found in western and central North America and is the only surviving member of the Antilocpridae family, the rest having gone extinct thousands of years ago. The scientific name for this animal translates to “American antelope goat”, but the pronghorn is actually more like members of the deer family. They are the only animals that have branched horns, not antlers, and the name “pronghorn” comes from the odd shape of their horns, which resemble forward facing double prongs. Both males and females have horns, which are made up of keratin growing over a bony centre. In the fall, the hairlike part of the horn sheds each year. Pronghorns are about a metre (three feet) tall and are sandy brown, but have white stomachs, wide, white stripes on their throats, and white patches on their rumps. Their sandy colour serves to provide some camouflage protection from the barren landscape of the flat lands on which they live. When startled, they raise the hair on their rumps in a rosette form to make it more visible and use it as a warning of danger to other members of the herd. This white patch is what confused me

when I finally saw two animals in a field not far from the highway. I was looking at them from the back and at first I thought they were elk, which also have white rumps. On a closer look, however, I realized that I was seeing two pronghorns, probably a female and a fawn. Although once almost driven to extinction with less than 20,000 left in the world, down from millions, the pronghorns have made a nice recovery and their overall population is once more stable, although some subspecies are still endangered. While most of their range lies in the United States, pronghorns can be found on the grasslands of southern Saskatchewan and south-eastern Alberta. Pronghorns roam the prairies, feeding off the grass and shrubbery, mainly sagebrush, they live near. Unlike deer, pronghorns are not able to leap over the fences that ranchers have erected and have to crawl under them instead. This has had the effect of reducing their habitat, but some conservationminded ranches are now removing the bottom wire of the fences to allow the pronghorn room to get past the fences. The pronghorn’s main predator is the coyote, but they are well adapted to evade capture. Pronghorns are the fastest animal in North America and the second-fastest in the world, after the cheetah. Unlike the cheetah, however, which can only maintain high speeds for a short distance, the pronghorn seems to possess

an almost inexhaustible supply of energy and can maintain a speed of about 60 kph (40 mph) for long periods of time and over varied terrain. They have been clocked at speeds of up to almost 90 kph (55 mph), leaving pursing predators in the dust. Two physical adaptations have enabled the pronghorn to have this great running ability: their legs and their windpipe. Their legs are very long and strong with ankles that have shock-absorbing pads of cartilage that act as launching pads for taking off at a high speed and as braking devices when coming to a standstill. The windpipe is exceptionally large, allowing for a greater oxygen intake. In addition, the pronghorn has an oversize heart that enables it to cope with the strain of high-speed running. Although I wasn’t able to see every species of wildlife on my western Canada wish list, I was thrilled to be able to add the pronghorn to the list of those I did see. Having a lessthan-fulfilled list gives me a reason to once again venture west in the future.

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