The Scoop April-May 2012

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Brynhild Hansen Fore Left!

A Snake in the Hand

Adair Place

Wandering Amy


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A newsmagazine that celebrates rural life in the communities north of the 401 and south of Hwy 7. Published six times yearly by Stone Mills Scoop 482 Adair Road Tamworth, ON K0K 3G0 Voice: 613-379-5369 stonemills.scoop@gmail.com Circulated for free to about 7000 households by Canada Post. Subscriptions by first class mail in a plain brown envelope: One year: $30 + HST = $33.90 THE PUBLISHER / DESIGNER Karen Nordrum stonemills.scoop@gmail.com THE EDITOR Angela Saxe angela.saxe@gmail.com THE ROVING PHOTOGRAPHER Barry Lovegrove barrylovegrove@bell.net All photographs are by Barry Lovegrove unless otherwise noted. THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE Sally Bowen, The Oracle Cassandra, Don Cheery, Kate Clarke, Andrea Dingwall, Mary Jo Field, Jane Foster, Mel Galliford, Judith Huntress, Thomasina Larkin, Barry Lovegrove, Blair MacDonald, Susan Moore, Karen Nordrum, Cora Reid, Blair Richards, Jeffrey Richards, Angela Saxe, Linda Selkirk, Grace Smith, and Terry Sprague Copyright©2012. Articles may be reprinted only with written permission from the publisher and author. The Scoop is an independent publication and is not affiliated with nor funded by any corporation or interest group. Letters and submissions are most welcome and encouraged. This is your community newsmagazine devoted to celebrating the stories and lives of the folks who live here. Get involved! Let us know what’s happening in your area.

Here’s The Scoop... By Angela Saxe

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he report from the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (available at www.eowc.org) painted a bleak picture of the state of affairs in rural areas of Eastern Ontario. Within the next ten years, our population will grow 5.7% less than the rest of the province while the median income is expected to be 10% lower than the provincial average. The proportion of people aged 65 and older is higher than the province’s average as is the unemployment rate. Fewer people, making less money having to pay for a rapidly aging infrastructure from tax revenues that are shrinking. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? We love living in Eastern Ontario because of its diverse geography: the Canadian Shield is beautiful with its granite outcroppings and ridges but terrible for development. The wetlands attract a rich diversity of bird and animal life but are uninhabitable for humans. Crown land, which accounts for more than a quarter of the landmass, is available for recreational purposes but doesn’t provide any property tax revenue. And criss-crossing this diverse area are 35,000 kilometers of roads and more than 5,000 bridges or large culverts that have to be maintained and repaired. Currently $450 million is being spent

CORRECTION: Credit for the quilt accompanying the article: The Heritage Quilters Guild in the February-March 2012 issue of The Scoop was mistakenly attributed to Brynhild Hansen. Members of The Farmhouse Quilters made the quilt.

annually; $500 million less than what is really needed. That’s quite a shortfall. Many of the small communities in the area are struggling because they cannot attract businesses to their communities. It’s not unusual to drive through a small town and see boarded up or empty storefronts. More than half the people who live in rural areas work in another municipality; everyone is commuting to work and probably shopping closer to where they work. Our transportation costs are high and without services close to home, our access to activities and opportunities are also limited. Surprisingly rural dwellers are less “green” than city dwellers. City roads, sewers and power lines are shorter and use fewer resources. People drive less. Dense cities tend to emit less CO2 per person than the national average and apartments take energy to heat, cool and light than houses. Yet, few of us are willing to give up our rural lifestyle to move into a city. Sometimes it’s beneficial to look beyond our own borders to see what happens when rural areas are abandoned for the perceived advantages of living in a city. An agrarian country like Greece saw a huge movement of its population in the last thirty years: Villages throughout the

country emptied as people moved into cities to find work. Now that the economy has fallen and high unemployment and austerity measures are making life in the city extremely expensive there’s a movement back to the countryside. Farming is becoming a very attractive way to make a living. Thousands of applications have been received to lease state land for farming, most of them from young, unemployed people. As provincial and federal governments cut spending, our rural municipal governments may also have to make cuts to community programs and services. Will rural dwellers stay if the cost of life becomes too expensive, if programs are cut, if our roads and bridges fall into disrepair? For those of us who can’t imagine living in an urban environment, we just may have to live more frugally growing more of our own food, raising chickens to collect eggs, chopping and burning wood from woodlots, and driving only when we have to. We may have to make a conscious commitment to support our local businesses so they can stay open to provide services. The future may seem bleak but we can make some conscious decisions to help make a difference.

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Cover photo: Brynhild Hansen, with her quilts at home near Enterprise. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove, 2012.

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ast Christmas my wife June and I went to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Montreal. While there, our daughter served us a loaf of bread that she had just freshly made from a bread machine that we gave her a few years back. It was delicious, just full of flavor. We are probably like a lot of people that have a bread baking machine: when it was new we used it a lot then over time it got pushed back further into the cupboard collecting dust and taking up a lot of space. Since that visit our machine is now either on our counter top or close to the front of the cupboard for easy access. I got out our old Black and Decker cookbook that came with the machine and searched for a recipe that was close to what our daughter had served us. There it was not quite the same but with a bit of modification I thought it would do the job. The recipe 1-1/4 cups Water 2 Tbsp Powdered Milk (we use 2% real milk it works) 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Honey 1-1/4 tsp Salt 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour 2 cups White Flour 1 tsp Yeast

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The Little Things

Lessons Learned

By Grace Smith

By Blair MacDonald y students always laugh when I mention that I keep a notepad by my side when I watch TV. “You make notes when you watch TV?” one student called out once. “Of course,” I somewhat joked, “where do you think I get my material?” The answer, on the surface, seemed to only generate more confusion; however, all jokes aside, my purpose is clear: We are surrounded by teachable moments if we choose to take them in. For instance, since the last time we spoke, I’ve become hooked on a little gem of a television series called Friday Night Lights. The show focuses on the highs and lows of a high school football team in the small, fictional town of Dillon, Texas. While I don’t want to go into detail about the characters or the storyline of the actual show, there was one scene that I thought was worth sharing. After being benched for a few games for taking off to Mexico, star fullback Tim Riggins, (played by Taylor Kitsch, a Kelowna, BC native) begins to question whether he should stay on the team. When the star running back for the team, Brian ‘Smash’ Williams, learns of this news, he confronts Riggins reminding him that without football there is no Tim Riggins, and for that matter, no ‘Smash’ either: “Who are we without playing football? It’s all we got. It’s the key to the ignition. Without it,

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’m currently taking a philosophy class at Sydenham High School and we’ve been blabbering on about all sorts of deep topics, such as “What is reality?” and “Is the unexamined life worth living?” And lately I’ve been thinking about what makes life worthwhile. What provides the light that illuminates our lives? Is it our achievements? Our connections with other people? Our talents? Well, I say it’s all of the above and everything in between. I believe that the people we love the most—our family and friends— prov ide the most significance in our lives. These are the people who know us the best; they are aware of everything about us both good and bad and they accept us for who we are, flaws and all. They’re the people who make us better people and who allow themselves to be shaped by us. They listen to all of our problems, even the most trivial ones, and they swallow up everything we have to say. They are the not-so-silent witnesses to our lives. They rally around us in times of need and give us space to grow. We need them and without us, they are broken. Our family and friends are our closest relationships. They are the brightest lights in our sky. And they give life meaning. Another important aspect of life is our skills and accomplishments. Doing something with our life will always give it value. It could be anything: providing for our family, reading our first book, running a marathon, writing a novel, going to university, travelling the world,

making a friend, having children, playing a sport, learning to tie our shoes, being a good person. All achievements are worthwhile. All of our experiences shape who we are and what we know. They provide us with a sense of pride in ourselves that nothing else can. They help us see everything we are capable of and present us with an explanation of our worth as a person. Our accomplishments twinkle above us as a constant reminder of where we’ve been and they will always shine a light on what makes us important. However, sometimes we find the most powerful moments where we least expect them. It’s the little things that are vital to the significance of life. Those tiny flashes of happiness can help make up who we are. Things like: the book that we couldn’t possibly dream of putting down, the innocence of a baby’s laugh, the aches and pains that often accompany hard work, the movie where everyone gets their happy ending, the smile that won’t disappear, the test we aced after studying for hours, the funny truth of someone who always speaks her mind, the game where our team does everything right, the moment when we realize we can tell that person anything, the warmth of the sun streaming into our very being. There are many layers to what gives life meaning. It could be the skill we’ve honed all our life, an important relationship, or a moment as deep as the ocean—deeper than we could have ever imagined. The hardest part is wandering out into the light to find them.

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we are nothing.” It was a powerful m o m e n t for R i g g i n s ’ character that also reminded me of a similar identity crisis that Ken Dryden grapples with in the opening pages of his book The Game, where he asks in all seriousness: What is to become of me without the ‘precious safety net’ of a life in hockey? What is my purpose without it? Both of these moments reveal the same powerful anxiety that each of us will face at some point in our life: How do we define ourselves independent of what we do? Sometimes the things that make us unique are only understood when the threat of their disappearance hangs in the balance. If who we are is bound up with what we do, what happens to our sense of self without it? Each of us holds the key to our own ignition and the same key doesn’t work for everyone. Nonetheless, the ‘Smash’ Williams’ metaphor of ‘the key to our ignition’ proves instructive. Part of the answer, I believe, requires remaining connected to something bigger than yourself. What that is exactly is up to each of us to figure out. Success comes when we turn the right key; after all, the right key ignites everything.

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Get Fit for Spring By Thomasina Larkin, RMT

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he big thaw in March brought some annual traditions a littler earlier than usual this year. Some of us have already tackled springcleaning, others have hit a patio pub or two, and then there are those of us who have pondered unpacking our summer clothes and have wondered just how they’ll fit this year. Sudden warm temperatures usually trigger an increase in the number of fad diets on the market. With the desire to fit into tops with spaghetti straps and those cute shorts we bought with the intention of having lost enough weight to fit into, we’ll try just about anything to shed pounds fast. Ever heard of eating just grapefruit for two weeks? Or how about cabbage? Then there’s the liquid diet or the one where you eat lots of meat and little carbohydrates. While these fad diets promise rapid weight loss, they are unfortunately little more than quick fixes that usually result in a depressing cycle of events: The dieter loses about six or seven pounds of what is mainly water weight. That weight is regained soon after the diet ends (nobody can live off cabbage for very long). Selfesteem suffers and then the dieter may choose to binge or overeat to feel better. That person starts to feel guilty and then embarks on another fad diet to get back in control. Dieting sucks. It’s rigid and unnatural. It compels you to ignore your body’s hunger signals and to act compulsively. It makes you dependent on what someone else has told you is best for your body. It can lead to overeating, increased weight, and resentment. Don’t do it! There is a simple recipe for weight loss that’s made up of three age-old ingredients: nutritional balance, physical activity, and lifestyle management.

NUTRITIONAL BALANCE The way to have lasting results is to take a long-term approach that’s centred on healthy food choices you can make for a lifetime. It may seem like a monumental feat, but usually once we get started on the right path we become addicted to the

journey and it just keeps getting easier and more rewarding. So start small and make gradual changes. Maybe try one of the following tips for the next week or so and then add another change once you feel comfortable. • Become aware of portion sizes. You don’t have to clean your plate. Listen to your body’s hunger signals and eat according to how much energy you’re expending. • Reduce the amounts of refined carbohydrates you eat. This includes anything made with white flour (bread, pasta, crackers, cakes, cookies). Instead, choose whole grain products and make sure the ingredients say “including germ” so you’re getting the grain’s fibre, B vitamins and essential fatty acids. • Maintain a balance of 55% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 30% essential fat (with less than 10% being saturated). • We need carbs, so eat them! Just choose the right kinds and then beware of what you’re eating with them. It’s the spreads, dips and sauces that pack on the pounds; not the carbs. • Eat a rainbow of colours in fruits and vegetables, with at least one serving of orange and green vegetables each day. • Try the 80/20 rule, where 80% of the time you eat healthy and 20% allows for interruptions in your regime. • Choose food wisely when in social situations. Summertime means pub grub, BBQs and lots of beer, so remember your 80/20 rule. • Avoid adding sugar and salt to your food – or at least try it first to see if it needs it. • Chew well. Digestion begins in the mouth and the better your chew, the more easily nutrients are absorbed and wastes are excreted. • Consume less than two alcoholic beverages a day. • Keep hydrated!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Health Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living recommends 60 minutes of accumulated activity

every day. This could be accomplished by taking a 20-minute walk, stretching for 10 minutes, working in the garden for 20 minutes and doing 10 minutes of crunches and push ups, for example. Endurance and flexibility training are recommended four to seven days a week and strength training two to four days a week. Endurance training strengthens your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. It should be 30 minutes or more most days of the week but it doesn’t have to be continuous. For example, you could turn on a few of your favourite songs and rock it out while making breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or take 15-minute power walks on two breaks at work. Flexibility training includes gentle reaching, bending, and stretching to keep muscles relaxed and joints mobile. This can also be done at intervals. If you watch TV in the evenings, perhaps you could target a different body part during each commercial break. Strength training targets muscles and bones and improves posture. A minimum of one set of 8-12 repetitions is recommended to develop strength and endurance. You could try working the lower body (e.g., squats or lunges) one day a week and the upper body (e.g., wall push-ups or crunches) another day. Most importantly, exercise for strength, fitness, and health rather than weight loss. Start to appreciate how your body works for you rather than how it looks. Every minute you

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LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT Quality of life is mainly influenced by lifestyle. Lifestyle is a choice. The first place to start feeling and looking better is in your head. It’s estimated that people have about 50,000 thoughts each day. Most of these are negative and most are the same thoughts we had the day before. Think of what that means over a lifetime! For an entire day, notice how many negative thoughts or complaints you have. Are they about things you can control? Is there any point in continuing to think them? How is it making you feel to hold onto those thoughts? Try training your brain to let go of things you can’t control and to search for solutions to things you can control. Mental training is just as important as physical training. With mental fitness comes self-esteem, a positive attitude and inner calmness. The mind and body are interconnected. Physical activity releases stress and has a direct positive effect on the mind. By thinking more positively we reduce stress, which lowers cortisol levels and decreases fat deposits in our tissues. To contact Thomasina Larkin: www.thomasina.ca


Libraries: Balsam Poplar, The medicine chest of the soul Populus balsamifera By Blair Richards

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ver since I was young, I have loved going to the library. I can clearly recall receiving my very first card, and proudly scrawling my ‘signature’ on the back. While I’ve gone through several cards by now, my childhood fascination with libraries has not changed. Our public library has been a wonderful outlet over the years. Whether I wanted the ridiculous rhymes of Dr. Seuss, the glamorous gossip magazines, or the juvenile journeys written by young adult authors, the library never failed to supply me with whatever I was currently interested in. I go to the library almost every Tuesday night, and never have to look long to find an interesting read. Entering the library can be overwhelming, shelves upon shelves filled with hundreds of books on every subject. Even if you can’t find the specific title you’re looking for, all Kingston Frontenac Public Library branches share their collections; thousands of books are at your disposal. Even if reading isn’t your thing, the library offers expansive collections of music and movies. You can make use of a study room, or pull up a chair to do online research.

With a library you are free. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how. ~Doris Lessing

To my mind, the library is an invaluable institution in any community, yet so many never take full advantage of all it has to offer. When I heard of the new library being built in Sydenham, I was overjoyed. Our library gets the most use out of any of the rural KFPL branches, and it was time for an updated facility. Bringing up the topic of the new building with friends, I was surprised that they didn’t share in my excitement; several had never even been in our library. Thinking about how the library

When I got my library card, that’s when my life began. ~Rita Mae Brown has enriched my life, I couldn’t imagine never having set foot in it. Since the service is paid for through our taxes, you can borrow as many items as you like, “for free”. The public library provides countless wonderful opportunities to the citizens of our community. The number of people, especially teenagers, who actually enjoy reading for pleasure is decreasing rapidly; social media and gratuitous gadgets are on the rise; electronic entertainment to immediately cure boredom. With technology advancing at such a rapid rate, it is not difficult to see the future; libraries are going out of style. While it can be argued that more efficient resources are available, I remain a lover of the experience of visiting the library, being surrounded by so many books that you couldn’t hope to read them all. I also cherish the tactile experience of reading a book, dog-eared pages curling as you near the end, the musty smell of a classic novel. It is very evident to me that I’m a part of a minority as a high school student who likes to read outside of school, a fact that in my eyes needs to change. Books are invaluable in life; they enrich your vocabulary, teach you about the outside world, and broaden your view of the world. In my opinion, there is no better place to begin a lifelong relationship with books than at your library. I encourage everyone to make a trip to your local branch and see for yourself the many amenities offered to you; you won’t regret it! Kate Clarke is a Grade 12 student from Sydenham High School.

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hen the snow melts and the buds on the trees start to swell, I walk around scanning the treetops not wanting to miss any new event: the blooms on the silver maples swarming with bees; the silverysoft pussy willows or the balsam poplar buds swollen to perfection. All winter long the delicate orangebrown buds cling tight to the similarlycoloured, young balsam poplar branches waiting for the warmth and moisture of spring to release the awesome power of growth trapped inside each bud. Just before the leaves and flowers appear, the buds are at their full potency. The buds alternate along the branches, but as they mature the branches change from orangey- brown to grey. The young trees have grey bark with blotches of white and green. The older trees, which reach up to 25m (70feet) tall, have grey furrowed bark, illustrating their rapid growth. Growing in clusters around the mother tree, balsam poplars spread by root suckers. Since they like to get their feet wet, balsam poplars are often found in moist places and along fields and in their role as a pioneer tree, they help create a hospitable growing environment for pickier slow-growing trees. This native species is also a valuable wild life plant providing habitat and sustenance for birds and wild life who like to eat the highly nutritious bark, buds and leaves. The stand of balsam poplar that I visit is surrounded by its cousins. I can see the trembling aspens with their pristine white bark and humble buds and standing in the distance is the towering eastern cottonwood with its gigantic finger-like green buds pointing up towards the sky. These trees have similar medicinal uses and their bark has been used to a certain extent, interchangeably. All belong to the willow family and contain acetylsalicylic acid which is the primary ingredient in aspirin. The largest balsam poplar buds are at the very top of the tree and out of reach of the wildcrafter. I look around on the ground for wind-fallen limbs. These are ideal for harvesting. When gathering off the tree, I remember that each bud is a new twig with leaves and flowers waiting to grow. I prune a few of these off each branch, leaving plenty of buds to grow. Every year I collect the sticky brown buds to make tincture and oil. The tincture is used year round to combat colds and coughs, and the oil is used for everything from impetigo

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to hemorrhoids, swollen joints and dandruff. The sticky resin on the buds and new leaves is also collected by honey bees to make propolis. The antibacterial qualities of the balsam poplar help to keep sickness out of the hive. The balsam poplar is one of the first trees to flower and leaf out in spring. The shiny, oval leaves are pointy with blunt teeth along the edges, lighter and resinous on the underside. Before the leaves reach maturity, male and female flower catkins emerge. Seeds develop rapidly, surrounded by fluff that will float through the air. Unless they find a moist place and germinate swiftly, the seeds die within a matter of weeks. When getting to know a plant, it is very important to be 100% certain of its identity. Find a reliable field guide, like the Lone Pine, Trees of Ontario

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by Linda Kershaw, or someone with a knowledge of plants who is willing to show you. Visit it regularly and know how it changes during the season; create a relationship that brings you out into the woods. Even if harvesting tree buds is not your cup of tea, learning to appreciate the wild plants that grow around us is one of the biggest steps that anyone can take in protecting wild places. When you look out your door and see a balsam poplar instead of “a weed”, you understand that this is a useful member of an ecosystem, valued by people as well as by animals and bees, and in doing so you have become a guardian of nature. Being well informed about what grows around us and interacting with it, either as a respectful forager or awe-filled observer, creates a place for us in nature, and a place for nature in us. Before using any plant for medicine consult a good herbalist, and start out taking very small amounts, even if a plant is non-toxic you may be one of the unfortunate few with an allergy. Do not use if you’re allergic to aspirin! Blair Richards is a Chartered Herbalist and Plant Geek who lives in Marlbank. You may reach her at blisstian@gmail.com.


is a valued and trusted asset. Student Sean Bodzasy, like other students in the past, was able to complete his volunteer hours there and is now another assistant Dalton can rely on. One way I can enjoy both their businesses is when I go to purchase fresh bread, smoked almonds or specialty cheese, I bring one of my dogs, sit on the patio and talk “dogs” with Dalton. Sounds like a new show: Dogs with Dalton… never a dog’s breakfast! The website for the Regal Beagle www.regalbeagleunleashed.com offers a wealth of information dog lovers. Hosts: L&A for Stewardship Council, FSR and of Canada TheNature websiteConservancy for the Bakery is in (NCC). progress: www.riverbakery.com

Friends of Salmon River Update By Susan Moore

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ll landowners on the Salmon River from Moss’s Mill in Tamworth and north to Beaver Lake bridge will receive a letter inviting them to the shoreline program. We will provide those landowners with reports on habitat, vegetation present, erosion signs and solutions, and recommendations to improve shoreline health. We will follow up with them, and coordinate an improvement program, based mainly on low-cost or no-cost purchase and planting of trees and shrubs. The program recommendations are not compulsory and each landowner is free to decide on any action. The assessment phase will take place in August 2012.

May 5 Tree Workshop and Seedling Trees On Sat. May 5 at 9:30 am, all FSR members are welcome to come and get seedlings to plant on their properties. A donation will be requested. Many varieties of trees and shrubs will be available, including potted 2-3 year old shrubs. Steve Pitt, forest technician, will demonstrate tree planting, tree care and use of cuttings/slips. There will be discussion of shoreline habitat and attracting wildlife. The location is 36 Ballantra Dr, Tamworth (just south of Tamworth Elementary School, on west side of Cty. Rd. 4). For information on above, contact Susan Moore at 613-379-5958 or moorepartnersusan@gmail.com.

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ers, this is a huge relief knowing that their pets are in good hands. Even as a youngster, Dalton was drawn Mountain Rd. to dogs, caring for Simmentals his own family’s dogs and for those he walked as a Ernie & Agnes Hagerman part-time jobtowhile growing up. Bev want announce also that lovesas dogs and Reof April 1st,Labrador 2012 we will no longer be selling meat. trievers have a special place in her heart as she always had a loving Lab We want to thank all our customers growing whoup. have supported us The has- many home overkennel the years we have greatly appreciated comforts including air conditioning, your business. homemade and branded organic treats andThanks CBC radio for their listenagain, ing pleasure.Agnes Some visitors of the canine kind stay for a month or 6 weeks at a time. There is a feeling of comfort and safety communicated by the resident dogs to newcomers and plenty of time to enjoy human

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Centreville Community Hall, 4504 County Rd 4 • 9 am: Indoor sessions/slide shows on 1. Grassland ecosystem and land conservation on the Napanee Plain by Nature Conservancy of Canada 2. Plants & birds unique to the alvar/ grassland habitat • 11 am: Field trip to NCC Scheck property, N. of Newburgh (on alvar flora) June 10, Canadian Rivers Day This is our inaugural celebration of Rivers Day and we will host activities up and down the Salmon River. Hiking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, picnics, art, and photography – stay tuned to our website (friendsofsalmonriver. ca) for much more detail. Mark your calendar, you will want to be along for this ride. For information, contact Gray Merriam at 613-335-3589.

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The Wonder of Sweet Potatoes

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he Tamworth / Erinsville area is poised to sow and reap a bounty of sweet potatoes, if the size and enthusiasm of the crowd who gathered recently at the library in Tamworth is any indication. On March 21, the Tamworth / Erinsville GrassRoots Growers (GRG) hosted a presentation by Ken Allen, author of Sweet Potatoes for the Home Gardener, and Brian Burt, owner of Burt’s Greenhouses in nearby Camden East. They spoke to a standingroom-only crowd about a vegetable that has become well known for flavour, nutrition and versatility. While the two speakers took turns talking about starting, growing, curing and storing sweet potatoes, they were peppered with questions as the audience strove to understand the finer points, and it became obvious there was serious interest in the topic. It is not possible to do justice to the subject in this short article, but here are a few perhaps little-known facts. Sweet potatoes are not potatoes; they are related to the morning glory. They pack a much bigger nutritional punch than the regular potato, containing more vitamins, minerals and fiber. Being a tropical plant, they are damaged by cold temperatures, so harvest before the first frost, and do NOT refrigerate, EVER. If cured at a warm temperature and stored properly at room temperature, sweet potatoes continue to improve in flavour and texture, reaching their peak the following spring. Where else can you find a vegetable that tastes even better six months after harvest? Continuing the theme of the evening, and giving evidence of the versatility of this popular vegetable, trays of sweet potato cookies and sweet potato bread, prepared by local baker Marilyn McGrath from The Sweet Side of Town, were passed around after a halt to the animated questions was finally called. Delicious!!!! A marvelous way to end a wonderfully successful evening.

The Lure of Ed Lawrence

The eagerness for things gardening endures. Is it the weather? Or is it the luster of Ed Lawrence? Either way, the 120 tickets for the GRG’s upcoming event: An Evening With Ed Lawrence, sold out faster than anyone anticipated! There was barely time to get the posters up before we had to scurry around to plaster “Sold Out” stickers over them. Ed Lawrence is the recently retired head gardener of the National Capital Commission where his responsibilities

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included overseeing the gardens at Rideau Hall as well as the residences of the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. The author of the book Gardening: The Glory and the Grief, he continues in his role as expert on the phone-in gardening show, CBC radio’s “Ontario Today”, on Mondays at 12:30 pm. Ed Lawrence is a proponent of gardening without pesticides, and this topic will form part of his presentation on April 23 at the Tamworth Legion. He will also give tips and suggestions for pushing the zone boundaries for plants in this area. Thanks to all the eager purchasers of tickets. For those who missed this chance, Carolyn Butts of Bon Eco in Tamworth (613-379-3074) has kindly offered to keep a waiting list in case of returns.

May Plant Sale

As gardening season gains momentum, keep another date in mind!! On Saturday, May 26, starting at 10:00 a.m., the GrassRoots Growers will again hold a plant sale, at Beaver Lake Park in Erinsville. On offer will be a great selection of vegetable seedlings, annuals, and perennials, all donated by community members. There will also be a limited number of seeds, left over from our seed exchange, which will be offered free of charge. The plant sale is a major fundraiser for GRG, allowing us to hold a number of free-admission events in the community each year. If you have plants or seeds to contribute to the sale, please contact Colleen Martin-Fabius at grassrootsgrowers@gmail.com. Tamworth / Erinsville GrassRoots Growers is a not-for-profit organization of community members with common interests in growing locally and organically, supporting agriculture, and increasing knowledge in these areas. If you wish to be on the e-mail list for advance notice of upcoming events and topics, contact Colleen at the above e-mail address. Check out our new website at http://te-grassrootsgrowers.weebly.com

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Topsy Farms Celebrates its Fortieth Year! By Sally Bowen

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eah, Ian and Randi Murray’s daughter, is probably the reason we are here. When Ian and Randi discovered they were expecting a child, her parents wanted her to be raised by an extended family: by a tribe. However, relatives were scattered, but they had other friends who were interested in living communally, so on December 31st, 1971, some of our Amherst Island property was purchased for the unheard of Island sum of $40,000 by the five original owners. A significant amount of work was done to make the house habitable, and by spring, 1972, massive gardens were prepared, planted and mulched with old hay from the barn, and ambitious plans were debated. The original thought of tearing down the barn and using the wood to build a geodesic dome was discouraged by an Islander, disturbed by the thought of destroying a sturdy, hand built structure. He also just happened to have several heifers to sell. Someone else had a tractor we could buy. Thus began the ‘slippery slope’ of farming. By this time, there were a number of members and more visitors, and lots of enthusiastic labour. Then Christopher arrived, seeking to emigrate from Britain, to a place where he could raise sheep and eat well. For a time the farm had both cattle and sheep then chose to focus on the latter. We started with a flock of 50 head of sheep from Manitoulin Island. When the commune broke up, reasonably and amicably, on June 30, 1975, those who stayed behind were determined to repay debts as quickly as possible to those who left. The latter were kind enough to wait for repayment, allowing the farm to survive. We are still in touch with many of those who left, and they are still our friends. Over the next 36 years, we have been creative in finding new ways to make

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mistakes, but we’ve learned from them. Our five shareholders: Ian, Christopher, Don, Dianne and Sally each contribute as we are able, and have found an amicable tolerance for each other’s foibles, and respect for each other’s strengths. We raised another barn, planted four large gardens, and are starting a fifth. We’ve had children and are now helping to raise their children. Our families now live in five different homes on the Island. We started the Wool Shed to try to use our wool by selling yarn, wool blankets, fleece blankets, and hand knit hats, and that is growing too. We try to contribute to our Island community in a wide variety of ways, especially with the publication of the Island Beacon, our monthly newsletter, which just recently passed the 400th edition. The flock has increased from the original 50 to a breeding flock of 1100 and 1300 lambs in 2011. We’ve had our setbacks: Scrapie hit our flock in 2008 and the government “harvested” all but 670 pregnant ewes in order to remove those who were potentially ill. (There is no live animal test.) We are recovering from that, though the financial picture still is difficult. But we are still proudly here with a good reputation. In farming, that’s a success story.

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In the snow, February 1973: Joanna, Dick, Dylan (upside down) Judy with Shannon, Ian, Kitsy, Bill, Alice, and Alan. In front is Randi with Leah, and David. Photo by Patrick

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Window to the War of 1812 Generation: The 200th Anniversary of Union Lodge No. 9, Napanee, 1812-2012 By Jane Foster

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n Friday evening May 25, 2012, the Lodge will hold a “Meet and Greet”, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Lennox and Addington County Courthouse and Museum as part of their 200th anniversary celebrations. Ernest Doughty, Union Lodge Historian, will present a historical review of Union Lodge No. 9 at 7:15 p.m. at the Courthouse. The public is cordially invited to attend. A guest exhibit from the Bruce County Museum, “Freemasonry, A History Hidden in Plain Sight”, with additions from the local lodge including the regalia of R.W. Bro. W.S. Herrington, K.C., Napanee, 37th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, will be displayed at the Lennox and Addington County Museum from May 25 – July 14, 2012.

A brief history

On a cold winter day in February 1812, the Freemasons living in the area of the fledgling settlement at the Napanee Mills made their way by horse and cutter over the winding, hilly road several miles south to a meeting of the St. James Lodge in Fredericksburgh. Attending the meeting of the lodge was an opportunity for male comradeship. Bound by formal ritual and oaths of fidelity and loyalty, the members dedicated themselves to selfimprovement and mutual aid. These meetings made life less lonely in the thinly populated rural countryside of the Bay of Quinte townships. St. James Lodge No. 7 had been warranted in 1794 under R.W. Bro. William Jarvis, Provincial Grand Master. Jarvis had been appointed governing head of the first Provincial Grand Lodge of Upper Canada by the Grand Lodge of England. As a young man, Connecticut born Jarvis had served in the Queen’s Rangers under Colonel John Graves Simcoe, witnessing the surrender of Cornwallis at the siege of Yorktown, the last major land battle of the American Revolution. In 1785, he went to England where he married, then became an officer in the Western Regiment of

Militia in Middlesex. He was made a Mason on February 6, 1792 and in April, he was admitted to the Royal Arch in Lodge 240. The following month, he was appointed Provincial Grand Master of Masons in Upper Canada by the Duke of Athol. Then in July, he was appointed Secretary and Registrar of the Records of the Province of Upper Canada, arriving at Quebec on board the Henniker June 11. After several days at Quebec, Jarvis sailed to Kingston where the provincial government under John Graves Simcoe as Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, was inaugurated. Bro. Jarvis left Kingston with official staff on 11 September 1792 and was present at the first session of the Provincial Parliament, September 17, 1792 at Newark (Niagara on the Lake), relocating to York (Toronto) in 1796. Fredericksburgh, where lodge No. 7 met, was one of the oldest settlements in Upper Canada, settled by disbanded soldiers of Sir John Johnson’s 2nd Battalion KRRNY and the King’s Rangers. To accommodate the desire of members to settle in the same township, surveyors had taken an additional 13 lots from neighbouring Adolphustown. They had also set aside a reserve for a village of Fredericksburgh. The Masons in Fredericksburgh were the first to build a Masonic Hall, possibly at the Village of Fredericksburgh. The hall was built by Bro. Henry Finkle, reputed to have also built the first frame house in Upper Canada. At a meeting held February 4, 1812, the members signed a petition to establish a new lodge in Richmond Township, a mile west of Napanee. Several members of the lodge lived a considerable distance away, making it difficult to attend lodge. Their petition was successful. Jarvis instructed the officers of St. James lodge No. 7 to install the officers of the new lodge, without number, to be held in Richmond Township. On March 11, 1812, members of the Fredericksburgh lodge assembled at Abel Gould’s tavern on the Napanee River west of Napanee Mills. A ferry crossed the Napanee River at this site, making it easier for members living

along the south shore of the River and Hay Bay to cross. Joseph Pringle was installed as Worshipful Master, Jehiel Hawley, Senior Warden, and Elisha Phillips, Junior Warden. Subsequently, the Lodge met at Joseph Pringle’s, a farmer and magistrate, who lived a mile from Napanee on the Deseronto Road, near a settlement at the corner of the York Road and the Slash Road, later dubbed” Liverpool”. The Lodge appears to have remained active during the War of 1812, with new members initiated during 1812 and 1813, including Eleazer Penney, William Pringle, David B. Pringle, John Pringle, Ephraim Scott, Reuben Scott, Lawrence Dickinson, Andrew Thompson, Warren Noble, and Seneca Rider. The Lodge worked under the original warrant until 1817. By 1818, the Lodge was known as Union Lodge, Richmond, and received its number 25. Members were drawn from families living north of Hay Bay, along Big Creek and the Napanee River, upstream and downstream. George Schriver, known as “old Uncle George” and his neighbour, John Bradshaw travelled in from Close’s Mills, climbing the high escarpment at Napanee and then downward over the floating bridge at the Napanee River. Jacob Schriver and his neighbour Daniel Overrocker at Big Creek had to cross the Napanee River the same way. Jacob Quackenbush, a tanner in Clarksville, a cluster of shops, and homes at the base of the escarpment on the Fredericksburgh side of the Napanee falls, had a couple miles to travel, while Jehiel Hawley, who lived two miles up the Napanee River in Fredericksburgh, adjoining Camden, had further to come, as did Peter VanValkenburgh. Barnard Forsehee and Peter Barnhart at Hay Bay could cross the Napanee River west of the Pringles where a ferry linked the Fredericksburgh and Richmond sides at Abel Gould’s tavern. The location was easiest for members living in Richmond Township, John German, John Windover and John Demorest, the Pringle brothers, Joseph, Simeon and John and their neighbours to the west, Gilbert Markle and William Sager.

R.W. Bro. Walter S. Herrington, K.C. , Napanee, 37th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, appointed July 20, 1931. Herrington was also President of the Lennox and Addington Historical Society, 1916-1947.

In 1823, the Lodge petitioned to “remove to Fredericksburgh, a few miles east of Richmond Mills, to be held at a shop occupied by Quackinbush (sic) and Fortier until we can build for the purpose of holding the Lodge there or near that place”. Whether their petition to move to Clarkville was approved remains unclear, but by 1832, the Lodge had located to Village of Napanee as indicated by a certificate initiating William Bowen into Union Lodge No. 9 of the Village of Napanee. Samuel Benson, a surveyor from Belleville, had just completed laying out the streets for a village. Buildings were few. The Red Tavern (which still stands) defined the junction of Dundas and Bridge Streets. Daniel Pringle’s frame Lennox Hotel was a short distance to the west along Dundas Street. Allan Macpherson’s gentry inspired home had been built above the falls. Likely, the lodge building was never built. Daniel Pringle, who was Worshipful Master in 1848, may have offered his hotel. During the 1800’s, the Lodge rented other rooms including the upper rooms of A.B. Dunning’s Dry Good Store, the Academy north of the Western Methodist Church (Grace) and the A.C. Davis Building. In 1941, the Lodge purchased the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and continues to meet there in 2012.

Looking Back: The Lens CPR Station By Cora Reid

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ave you ever been delayed by trains crossing Country Roads 4 or 14 at Reidville? Have you ever thought about how big this construction project was one hundred years ago? Surveyors came into Camden Township in 1910 in preparation for the construction of the Lake Shore Line in 1912-3 between Agincourt and Glen Tay (near Perth) by The Canadian Pacific Railway. The construction would radiate out from points that could be reached by rail. Because C.P. had a main line at Tweed, the Bay of Quinte Line was used to deliver equipment and construction material to a point north of Enterprise. Railway ties piled in the yard on the present day Wilson farm had to be peeled because they came with the bark still on. Gravel pits were purchased from farmers from Country Road 4 to Edge’s Road as

well as from a farm at Croydon Road and Country Road 4. The farmhouse was used by surveyors and some workers (such as engineers, firemen, conductors, and steam-shovel operators) boarded in homes in the neighbourhood or lived in tar paper shacks near their work. Married men brought their wives to live with them. On today’s Wilson farm were boarding cars used by managers, bosses, timekeepers, store keepers, and Italian workers. A section house (double) was built in 1912 and demolished in 1978. A small station named Lens followed (named after the French city of Lens), which is also long gone. Farther east a dynamite explosion in June 1913 killed 10 Italian workers whose remains are buried in the Church of Annunciation Cemetery at Chippewa.

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Lens Station, 1975-6

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community life. It was a door to the outside world and distant places, and through which goods and news from far away found their way into rural life.


Fore left! Playing the Historic Napanee Golf Club By Jeffrey Richards

The History

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rea golfers know how fortunate they are to have such a wonderful choice of courses to play – all at reasonable rates. A classic parkland course is sited on our doorstep in Napanee and, since 1897, golf aficionados have had their mettle tested on a track that offers scenic views, challenging shots and often-awkward lies and stances. It’s a nine-holer with a second set of tee blocks that make it a most enjoyable eighteen hole course finishing at one of the most charming clubhouses this golfer has ever seen. It is as well one of the oldest golf courses in Canada and is on its original site. It rivals Niagara-on-the-Lake, Perth, and Royal Montreal, all just a bit older – but Royal Montreal is not on its original site. The location of the present course is on land originally leased from Sir Richard Cartwright, a major landowner in Napanee, then purchased in 1926. One account has the land being donated by Cartwright. There is a surprising lack of historical documentation on club activities but the local archives has provided some photos and background proving most helpful. If you are on the course’s website, you’ll find a most interesting and well researched article by Art and Cathy Hunter along with old photos and reporting of tournaments and past club events. It’s certainly worth a look.

Slammin Sam Sets Course Record

(From the Napanee Post Express, September 3, 1959) Sam Snead, one of the world’s greatest golfers, left Napanee Sunday after a weeklong holiday of fishing. He managed to work in 36 holes of golf while here, incidentally setting a new record for Napanee Golf and Country Club. The fishing expeditions produced some wonderful catches, which while not record-breaking drew the envy of many ardent anglers. His mark on Napanee is a 63 score for 18 holes, compared with the previous score of 65; a record left standing a few years ago by Glenn Wagar; a 27-pound muskellunge, caught off Amherst Island where some men have spent a lifetime fishing for muskie without success; and a share of 15 beautiful black bass which he caught with a party of four people on Saturday. When he arrived in Napanee as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Kimmerly and their daughter Barbara, he said he was on vacation and had no intention of playing golf. A couple of days of fishing produced only two perch until Thursday when he landed the 27-pound muskie off Amherst Island. He was fishing with Mr. Kimmerly and his daughter at the time. The golf champion purchased his fishing gear at Napanee and landed the fish

with a fivepound test line. He was trolling with a y e l l o w flatfish plug. The tally s h e e t showed a 33 on the first round of the par 35 course, with 34 on the second for a total of three under par. Snead scored five birdies in the match, which was watched by about 20 admirers who trailed behind him. His terrific drives went straight down the fairways for 250 to 300 yards every time. As one of the boggling followers said, “the ball just goes up and up and up. It never seems to come down at all.” But Friday’s score of just two strokes above the best score ever attained at the Napanee club was knocked out on Sunday when he shot at 31 and a 32 on two rounds beating the Wagar record by two strokes. Mr. Snead had met Miss Kimmerly in Florida where they golfed together in the winter months. He visited Napanee during the duck-hunting season last fall and bagged a full complement of whistlers at that time. Slammin Sam’s scorecard is still mounted on the wall in the clubhouse.

Highlights of the course

Quinte Cup Team of 1936: Doug Davidson, C. Graham, Don Robinson, Ken Ham, Bill Wiggins, Andy Eagan, Don Nicol, Fred Bentley

For a long hitter, the first hole (&10th), a 305 yard par 4 seems drive-able. But if you miss right or left, there’s trouble and par is elusive. Better off with two mid irons and, if you chip close, birdie is a distinct possibility. Hole #2 (&11) is one of the best par 3s in eastern Ontario and the signature hole of NGCC. The elevated tee block overlooks a valley that becomes deeper as you walk towards the hole. At the base of the valley is a creek/water hazard. You’ll need some extra club to reach the pin, usually about 180 yards on a two-tiered green. The 6th (&15th) hole is a short but challenging test. A water hazard before the green is not visible from the tee on this dogleg right layout. Sand bunkers are on both sides of the hourglass shaped green. The not-so-subtle contours of the green make this short par 4 a real test. Hole #7 (&16). Many players relax

Napanee Golf and Country Club, circa 1927

when teeing off on this hole and it is often to their peril. Sand to the left and long steep slopes to the right and rear protect this green. The water to the left 1 of the green is a lateral hazard. A ball Napanee just short of Golf the in hole is a much better shot than one Aover or to the right of the History from 1897 Written, researched and edited by Art and green. The sand to the leftCathyisHunter likewise a With research help from Janie Alkenbrack, Glenn Wagar and Charles Gordon 2010 better alternativeCopyright than over or to the This written history is dedicated to the two foursomes of: Bill Moore, Dick MacDonald, Doug Blakely, and Bill Norris and Bev Grange, Joan Elm, and Janet Millikin. They represent all those right ofPatricia theCulhane, green. members who have gone before and are now playing on a Greater Course.

Aerial view of Napanee Golf and Country Club’s course

The 9th (and 18th). Some say that this should be the signature hole. The view from the tees is a treat to enjoy and the fairway with its rolling contours sloping up to the elevated green offers many varying lies. The waterway in front of the tees is a water hazard. You can’t see the surface of the green until you walk up over the bank. Be careful not to overclub the approach. Many new players often overestimate the distance to the hole and more than one has awakened a player or two snoozing on the enclosed veranda just behind the green. As you finish putting, glance back toward the townscape of Napanee with its restored courthouse and church spire. It’s a great view and a great finish to a round of golf at an historic course. For tee times call 613-354-2313. Cost to play is most reasonable during the week and on weekends.

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In Conversation with Amy Gillan By Barry Lovegrove

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oon after the distribution of the latest Scoop, Angela, The Scoop’s editor, Karen, The Scoop’s new publisher and designer and myself sit around Karen’s kitchen table and start planning the editorial content for the next edition of The Scoop. Amy Gillan’s name has been brought up a couple of times as being a person with an interesting story to tell. I volunteered to give her a call to see if she would be interested; we hooked up a couple of weeks later. It was an unusually warm afternoon in March when I went over to see her. Spring was certainly in the air, birds were singing and geese were flying low overhead as we walked to the end of her driveway and sat on a fallen tree. I knew a little bit about Amy as we teamed up for a while at one time and played some music together. Amy, the daughter of Ron and Mary Lynn Gillan, was brought up, along with her brother Darrell, in Tamworth. She attended Tamworth Elementary School and Napanee District High School. After finishing high school, she got itchy feet and wanted to spread her wings and explore life beyond Tamworth. With that in mind, she applied to take a course in Interior Design at Algonquin College in Ottawa and was accepted. Amy ended up living in Ottawa for about six years working for a firm in the Commercial Design industry doing design work for the Embassy of Finland, Tyco and other big corporations. But the long hours and stress was wearing so after a while the old itchy feet syndrome started to set in and the appeal of a city lifestyle started to wear thin. Just around that time she received an email and a phone call from a friend asking her to come on over to Asia: I’ve got a place for you over here and a bit of work, her friend told her. Amy went on to tell me, “I was just finishing off a restaurant design project and asked the restaurant owner if he needed me as a project manager. When he told me that the contractors could take it from there and that my drawings were in order, I told him that it was perfect since I would be leaving the country shortly. “It didn’t take me long to pack my bags and get on a plane to Taiwan where I based myself because it was a good jumping point to all the surrounding countries. When I was there, I joined the GAA, the Gaelic Athletic Association, and played in the Gaelic football

(rugby) league, which worked out great because I was able to travel with them but mostly I traveled through Asia on my own. I had many good experiences, traveling on a scooter and seeing the various countries and meeting its people. Unfortunately, one of the big problems was getting clean drinking water and the air pollution; I ended up getting quite sick so I decided to head for home for some fresh air and familiar faces. “I hadn’t been home for long before I heard from a friend who was living in Alaska, training and mushing sled dogs. When she asked me to come out there and help her, the timing was right so I packed my bags again and off I went to the wilds of Alaska. I really didn’t know what to expect and it turned out to be a real hands-on-job. The first day on the job was spent picking up dog poop and feeding the dogs and eventually training them. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the place and its surroundings. I got to love the sound of the dogs especially at night; their haunting howls would carry over the cool Alaskan night air. It sure was a special place.

Amy strumming next to the Salmon River. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove.

animals around me. “After a while I ended up moving down the road to another kennel where a musher wanted to get his dogs ready for the Iditarod – an event that’s equivalent to an Alaskan Super Bowl.” (The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual longdistance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome Alaska. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days) “In the new kennel I had the opportunity to run the dogs each day. I would start with six dogs then work my way up to ten. These young dogs had never been harnessed up before so they chewed through the ropes and fought with each other. My job was to teach the dogs to run with harnesses through the backcountry. This involved going up twists and turns, dodging trees, standing moose, and running up river for distance trailing. We encountered many irritated cow moose with their babies and escaped some really hairy situations. I was using a sprint-sled so we were able Training dogs to run with harnesses to cover a lot of ground. One winter alone we ran “The kennel that I was working for about two thousand miles through the had several small cabins for us to live in. Alaskan trails. I sang out loud while It was modest living but I came to like running them, which upset my boss the one that I was living in. The staff who thought he would have to sing to worked well together. It was definitely them during the Iditarod race. Those a different lifestyle and it suited me. dogs that I helped train have just Working, training and living with the finished this year’s 2012 Iditarod Race dogs - I felt like something in me was and placed very well. changing and I was finding a deep “Other responsibilities while working connection with the people and the and training for the race was to butcher

meat and make food packages to drop off at strategic places along the route so the dogs could feed. Being brought up in the country and since my dad is a hunter, I’ve seen wild animals being field dressed so the butchering didn’t bother me too much. I was there for about two years: it was hard work and it had started to take a toll on my body. I ended up with a small injury, which was enough to help me make the decision to return home to Tamworth. “It was hard at first but getting a job here and there, and with some good support from people here in town, I started to settle in. In some ways I feel that I have brought back a little of Alaska with me. Especially now that I’m living in a cabin on the Salmon River. I’m currently working for Karen Whiteman, owner of The Bee Queen that produces honey and beeswax products. Working with bees is a humbling experience and I have so much to learn; luckily I have a great teacher to learn from. “I have always enjoyed singing and I have always wanted to play the mandolin. When I met Bruce McConnell who plays the banjo, he started teaching me how to play the mandolin. We have spent many hours in our little bit of Alaska on the Salmon River playing and practicing together learning Bluegrass, Jazz and even some Country tunes. Fiddle player Andrew Richmond has joined us, so we formed a little band and call ourselves The River String Band. I’m very lucky to be playing with such talented fellows!” So folks, keep your eyes and ears open this summer. The River String Band will be playing in and around the neighborhood and Amy would love to have you come out and see them!

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A Natural View: How to recharge one’s soul By Terry Sprague

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e came upon it suddenly along the Salmon River as we rounded a corner in the trail. There was no doubt that it was as much startled as we were that morning. It was a fairly large black bear and we could feel the vibration as it took off and crashed through the forest litter and disappeared out of sight. Still, despite its size, only a few of us managed a glimpse of it, so quickly did it vanish. The bear encounter was soon forgotten as we marvelled at smaller things while we worked our way along the trail. I shall always remember the story a fellow author told me about the time he was going for a leisurely stroll at Rock Dunder, located near the village of Morton, about a half hour’s drive north of Kingston. Walking, as a form of therapy after his mild heart attack, was suggested by his doctor who advised him to walk, but to “exercise in tolerance.” Anyone who has ever been to Rock Dunder knows that “exercising in tolerance” and “Rock Dunder” are not terms that are synonymous. Anyway, at one point in his mindful stroll, he sensed a presence behind him, and glanced over his shoulder in time to see a black bear casually ambling along behind him. The bear continued to keep its slow pace for some distance and eventually lumbered off onto a side trail. My friend’s heart survived the sudden jolt and he has been healthy since.

good to fortify us on the hike ahead. No stop in Tamworth is complete without spending at least a little quality time at the Tamworth River Bakery. Spring is the season for wildflowers and nesting birds on our leisurely walk. If we time it right, both yellow and orange hawkweed will be in fine form. There is something special about hiking in the Canadian Shield with its granite rocks, crevices, gullies and small beaver ponds and creeks which seem to spring up magically around each corner. At one such pond a distant great blue heron was all but hidden by the tall grasses in which it stalked its prey, menacingly, at times totally disappearing as it craned its neck even lower to peer into the waters. A green frog bonged its banjo like notes nearby from another small wetland. It is also the land of snakes, likely lured into the open by the sun-warmed rocks. We have found several garter snakes on our walks, and a possible water snake that slithered away far too quickly for identification. A pair of sharp eyes came upon the emerald green of a smooth green snake once. I continue to hold my record of having never observed a live smooth green snake. All those I have ever seen have been quite dead. Even this one managed to give me the slip. In some spots along the trail, it feels like being at a major migration point in the spring. Chestnut-sided warblers always call from several separate

This chestnut-sided warbler is always present on our walks. Photo by Greg Barteluk

Every year I am invited to accompany a group of outdoor enthusiasts as we make our way across a piece of property just north of Tamworth, towards the Salmon River. I keep remembering our bear encounter from a previous walk and actually hope that we may see one again. I am generally quite comfortable among bears and have done flora and fauna inventories on remote properties while in their presence. I knew they were there, and I am sure they were quite aware of my presence. I am not much of a proponent for bear spray since one needs to check for wind direction before using and wait until the bear is but 10 feet from you before activating the spray! So, I have willed myself to accept their presence. I plan my visits so as to arrive early in Tamworth, and head directly for the bakery, the moment it opens. I had been told long ago about their hot cinnamon rolls, and the thought of one after the hour drive always sounds pretty darn

locations, probably nesting birds at this latitude, although we do get them in the Bay of Quinte area in summer too. Common yellowthroats pour out their

Several participants on a guided walk to the Salmon River relax before heading back. Photo by Terry Sprague

“whichity-whichity” notes from wet areas, and we always hear at least one black-throated green warbler and one black-throated blue warbler, along with several yellow warblers on territory, and ovenbirds bursting from the woods. If we are lucky, a distant scarlet tanager may call out its hoarse notes - described by a colleague once “like a rose-breasted grosbeak needing voice lessons.” From up on a high ridge, accessed by a detour off the trail, the Salmon River is somewhere down below, masked among the conifers and deciduous trees. In the dry crevices of the barren rocks, harebells, sheep sorrel, and sprigs of pale corydalis fight bravely to bloom. Yet, down below in the moist lowlands, ostrich fern and sensitive fern take on a much different struggle - mainly to stay erect, so heavy are they from excess foliage due to their own little microclimate. For some on the hike, it is the adrenalin surge of seeing bear scats, reinforcing that we are not alone, or the individual wood lilies peeking above the grasses, or the plaintive whistled notes of a distant pewee. For others, it is the eventual sight of the river, still rushing over the granite rocks on its long route to the Bay of Quinte. For me, it is always the veery, its haunting flute-like notes filtering through the deciduous forests, hidden but eerily present. All of us need walks like this from time to time, a break from our normal routine, where we can recharge our batteries. Nature can do that for us, directing our thoughts and energies in more positive directions. What do I get out of it, as a hike leader who does this for a living? It is the thrill of sharing information and seeing the enthusiasm and excitement

from both young and old on these treks, and the interest in that almost overworked word, “biodiversity.” How everything we come across interconnects and functions in the natural scheme of things. We hike for different reasons, I suppose. If there is any common purpose in our goals, it has to be that lightly warmed cinnamon bun to prime our engines. For more information on birding and nature and guided hikes, check out the NatureStuff website at www.naturestuff.net Terry Sprague lives in Prince Edward County and is self-employed as a professional interpretive naturalist.

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Brynhild Hansen: A Viking Quilter By Judith Huntress

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rynhild Hansen is a fit and a good work surface for Brynhild and attractive woman of seventy- members of her quilting groups. An old three years, known by many chicken pen was converted and made quilters from Kingston to Scarborough, into Hans’s workshop where he worked Ontario as a gifted craftswoman. She on farm machines and fabricated metal works in an charming old farmhouse at parts for the machines he used for the Hansen Farm near Enterprise, baling hay, tilling, and clearing brush. Ontario, where she has lived for twenty Settling into their rural life, the couple years. When I visited her, she hung my was busier than ever: Brynhild saw to coat up next to her well-used winter the care of a few milk cows, pigs and a skis, and then we ascended the stairs hen house and she grew a large vegetable to her living room where she graciously garden that could provide food through served me homemade Norwegian most of the winter. Hans and their sons butter cookies and dark coffee. The helped to process and bottle the Maple sunlit room was warm from the wood syrup tapped from their trees. In the stove burning firewood she had herself evenings when they could catch some had chopped and we talked briefly free time, she made quilts and Hans about the maple trees she tapped this read. For many of those initial year and the climate shifts that mean “country years” Brynhild would drive a shorter supply than normal. Her to Toronto once a month, taking her living room is comfortable and filled quilts and stories to share with her old with interesting objects. On the walls friends in the Yorkshire Rose Quilters hang some fine paintings by her uncle, Guild which met in Scarborough. examples of her and her sister’s hooked Unfortunately in 2000 Hans became rugs and photographs of her late seriously ill and in 2003 he passed husband, Hans, her children and nine away. Brynhild channeled her grief for grandchildren. Three pet cats slept her husband of forty-nine years into against pillows as we began to talk. making community quilts to donate Brynhild was born in 1939 into a large to adults and children in need and she family living in Kristiansand, Norway, continues to make these quilts to this a southern Norwegian town. In her day. twenties she married Hans Hansen who In 1988 Brynhild had started to worked at the Falkenbridge Refinery in learn how to quilt at workshops in Kristiansand, and the couple had a son Scarborough. There were no quilters and daughter (both of whom still speak in Brynhild’s family in Norway at the some Norwegian today). In 1969 Hans time; she surprised me by telling me announced that in Norway to his family there was not that he had an a tradition of oppor t u n it y quilt making to work in a l t h o u g h Canada for today quilting one year at the guilds do exist. Falkenbridge Whenever she Mines in makes a return Sudbur y, visit there she Ontario. takes patterns The family for fabric blocks Some of Brynhild’s quilting ribbons and awards. cou ra geou sly and examples of Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove. moved from her miniature Norway as immigrants and they quilts to try and teach the craft to two have resided in Canada permanently of her sisters. Norwegians historically since then. In Sudbury Brynhild gave practiced the fabric crafts of loom birth to her youngest son and the weaving, knitting, rug hooking and family spent two years there before needlepoint, embroidery and crochet. Hans was promoted and transferred to By contrast, early settlers in Canada Falkenbridge’s offices in Scarborough, made linen and cotton quilts to provide Ontario. Brynhild’s impressions of people with warm coverings at night. that charcoal-gray colored mining Many settlers in isolated areas found landscape, combined with memories of it difficult to afford or even obtain, the long dark Norwegian winters gave clothing and wool blankets, which were her a permanent desire to see and often considered to be luxuries. The create decorative, brightly coloured and new immigrants began to use worn functional art. flannel and cotton clothing, indeed In 1977 the Hansens purchased land any worn cloth at hand, as material to with pastures and woods, a house and make patchwork quilts. Eventually soft outbuildings near Enterprise, Ontario. cotton quilts predominated and beds From 1980 to 1992 the family traveled displaying hopeful colours and original there nearly every weekend to work patterns could be seen in remote log on updates and renovations to the 170 homes. Many of these hand sewn year old farmhouse and to enjoy hiking, quilts are displayed today at historical skiing in the woods, swimming and sites and in art museums if not being fishing. Hans, by then, was part-owner cherished and handed down within of a company in Toronto, and Brynhild families for generations.** assisted him and his partner with office In the mid-1990’s Brynhild joined work for fifteen years until 1992 when the Kingston Limestone Quilters both retired. They decided to move Group. One of its members, Lydia again and left the Toronto area for the Quigley, taught her how to piece quilt farm in Stone Mills Township. In 1993 tops using a sewing machine: a much Hans built, with help from his two faster method than hand sewing. By sons, an addition to the farmhouse, then Brynhild had become passionate making one of the new rooms into a about quilting and joined the Napanee game room/workroom centred around a Heritage Quilters Guild and started large billiard table; it eventually became attending their monthly meetings. The Scoop

Recognition for her excellent craft soon came: she has received numerous blue ribbons from these groups and her quilts were displayed at the Centreville Fair. She has proudly framed these ribbons and awards and they hang on her walls. In 2005, nearly twenty years after the 1986 nuclear plant accident in Chernobyl Russia, Brynhild started to make medium to small community quilts for the orphaned children and needy women in Chernobyl; she also collected Brynhild in her workroom. Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove. used clothing and necessities and sent them there worn shirts; she titled this special through The Canadian Aid for Chernobyl quilt Shirttail Corners. She then led group from Brockville, Ontario. At the me to a wood framed Song of Norway same time she began to make scrap Quilt that won the1996 Kingston quilts from bags of donated fabric Challenge Award. This is a medium scraps given to the Heritage Quilters sized wall quilt that has a fabric frame. Guild of Napanee. The satisfaction It depicts two young Norwegian girls she gained from making and then dancing as a third girl plays the horn in donating her quilts led her to organize a Nordic landscape with a lake enclosed the Farmhouse Community Quilters by snowcapped mountains. A gift to in 20009, a group of a dozen quilters a friend was titled The Alley Cats, and from the area who meet monthly at it featured silhouettes of black cats the Hansen Farm to make community between contrasting red, black and scrap quilts for needy children and white pattern blocks. My favorite quilt was The Poison Ivy Quilt, which she adults in the local area. made under difficult circumstances: she got poison ivy at the time she was making the quilt. It has a simple “When life throws you scraps, hand quilted border (white threads on make a quilt.” cream-coloured cloth) showing the vine -Brynhild Hansen and its tendrils; this border sets off the patterns in green and blues within the Scrap quilts, also known as patchwork grasp of the poison vine. She laughed quilts, begin with a patterned design and said, “When life throws you scraps, for the blocks (usually 6”x”6--smaller make a quilt.” This spring Brynhild plans to go or larger) arranged with a border and sewn to a measured top cloth called to Norway to see her brothers and the “face of the quilt.” The quilter sews sisters; she will take small “treasures the individual blocks and arranges from the trash bin” as gifts for her them on the top cloth before piecing siblings. Her courage to adopt another them together by sewing machine or country as her home, the sacrifices she hand. A layer of cotton or polyester has made for her family and farm life, batting is tacked under the face piece her perseverance in making objects and a layer of cloth is added to enclose of beauty is all reflected in her good the batting. All three layers are then health and lovely face. I hope she sewn and bound together to make the will be able to maintain her fulfilling quilt. Many of Brynhild’s hand sewn life on the farm for the rest of her quilts take two to three years to make life. Her modesty serves as a veil to and the recent community quilts take her wisdom and optimism, and she has less time because the quilters work much to show and teach every one of together to fabricate and they use us. Norwegians would say of Brynhild sewing machines to make piecing, Hansen: She is a Merkelig Norske Kvinne! (an extraordinary Norwegian woman ) seaming and binding go faster. Brynhild showed me her workroom (the former game room) where several large quilts can be laid out on the table. ** Thanks to M.& B. McGrath for She pointed to small scrap quilts on the lending Quilts and Other Bed Coverings walls, called miniature quilts measuring in the Canadian Tradition, by Ruth approximately 6”x 7” in overall size. McKendry and thanks to A. Halverson “The smaller the better,” she said with for her help. a smile. She then showed me the quilt she made with much love from Hans’s

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new neighborhood group called Local Shopping Bags would like to see everyone carrying their own cloth bags on shopping trips. We are pursuing a new program to encourage fabric multi-use bags and reduce the use of plastic (one-time use) bags. We want to supply the village with large numbers of sturdy cloth bags branded with a Tamworth logo. This concept began after seeing the movie Bag It. Can we go a day without plastic? Plastic is everywhere. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even on our bodies. The touching and often funny film shows us how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us, and what we can do about it. The plan is to: • Have a movie night at the Tamworth Library and invite everyone to see Bag It, serving popcorn in real bowls, BYOB • Apply for funding to employ a local person to manufacture cloth bags with a Tamworth brand • Stage a community scrap fabric drive and a sewing bee • Have Tamworth Elementary School hold a design contest: Families create unique art together. We will involve several groups: with moral support from the Tamworth/ Erinsville Community Development Committee, the GrassRoots Growers, the Friends of Salmon River, and perhaps more, we can become a cohesive community unit. This has potential to be a precedent-setting movement in Ontario and we will work with the media to put Tamworth on the map. Shop locally and carry your distinctive bags. With your help, we can establish: an environmentally sound practice, a shop locally ethic, and a model for other towns. The committee so far consists of Susan

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F Problems with Plastic Bags • made from a non-renewable resource • their production & disposal create GHG & use energy • many end up in landfills, break down slowly & remain in the environment for a long time • if littered, they can harm wildlife, and may end up in storm drains and waterways • add cost to grocery bills, municipal waste, and litter management. Plastic Bag Facts • The average Ontarian uses approximately 200 plastic bags each year • Annually, over 2.5 billion plastic bags are in circulation in Ontario alone From: www.rco.on.ca Recycling Council of Ontario • A plastic bag takes 400 to 1,000 years to decompose From: www.worldwatch.org Moore, Susan Howlett, Patty Day, Robin Hutcheon, Carolyn Sinclair and Marilyn McGrath. We have only just begun, but we are on the road to a sustainable, shopTamworth vision. We are happy to have input from everyone. If you wish to get involved or share your ideas, please call Susan Moore at 613-379-5958.

ifty or more years ago magazines were just as popular as they are today, yet at first glance much appears to have changed. Many of the best-selling weekly star-studded magazines in the 50s included Photoplay, Motion Picture, and Modern Screen among them. TV was still in its infancy. Motion pictures and their stars held an allure that held for the first decade of television. We read Life magazine, a staple for years with much of the best photography available. There were no instant stories on the Internet with photo-ops but the stories are still the same. In the 50s, the headlines proclaimed: Elizabeth Taylor, widow of Mike Todd, steals Eddie Fisher from the lovely Debbie Reynolds! Now it’s: Angelina Jolie, former wife of Billy Bob Thornton, steals Brad Pitt from the lovely Jennifer Aniston! Today, stats tell us that fewer than 51% of the population is following the traditional route: romance, wedding and then children. The rest co-habit and, when children come along, a wedding sometimes, but not necessarily follows. Single mothers abound. In bygone days of stardom, we would smugly note the foibles and follies of celebrities who failed to get these events in the right order. We still flip those magazine pages searching for word about the possible nuptials of Brangelina, with all six kids in attendance. Some tabloids’ main pursuit is to capture images of our icons “caught” without the benefit of make-up or acting inappropriately. Police mug shots of celebrities after being arrested for drunken driving sell a lot of magazines. But most people still prefer to look at the airbrushed snaps of them as they walk on the red carpet for awards shows. We want to believe that they wake-up

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Adair Place: Retirement living in a country setting By Karen Nordrum

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dair Place Seniors Residence began with a vision. Earl Smith (former Councilor and Reeve, Sheffield Township) imagined a place for local seniors who wished to remain in the community when they could no longer stay in their own homes and who weren’t ready for a nursing home. He found the perfect location, hired local builders and contractors, and in 1994, Adair Place was officially opened. Located just outside Tamworth (a 25 minute drive north of Napanee), Adair Place sits on the banks of the Salmon River amidst rolling fields, numerous trees, and expanses of grass. Residents were strolling and sitting on benches, on an unseasonably warm spring day, when I recently sat down with Joan Storring (sister to Earl and co-owner/ administrator/manager of Adair Place since shortly after it opened), Monica Smith (Earl’s widow and co-owner), and Edith Sagriff (Joan’s daughter and bookkeeper/secretary) to learn more about the history of the residence and how it serves our local community. Why “Adair Place”? Joan explained that it was named in honour of the Adair family whose land was purchased to build the seniors residence. John Adair (1804-1888) and Eliza (Hannah) Adair (1807-1883) settled in Tamworth in the 1800’s and raised 11 children. Earl chose the picturesque location beside the Salmon River as it is within walking distance of the medical centre across the

street (Joan spoke highly of the excellent local doctors who practice there) and is just a short drive into Tamworth. The welcoming town offers banking, a drug store, post office, library, Seniors Group, grocery store, and other amenities for seniors. The country setting of the residence offers a quiet and serene atmosphere where you can feed the chipmunks, hear the birds singing, and see deer and other wildlife right outside your window! When it first opened in 1994, the first two residents were Ron and Ilene Shelton. Ray McLaughlin and then Flossie Scott, were the next to arrive to make Adair Place their home. Monica informed me that her own parents were residents for a while, and greatly enjoyed their time here. Today, there are 15 residents and 11 employees who supervise the residence (there’s always someone on the premises around the clock, I learned), prepare home-cooked meals (“Nothing out of a box,” Monica proudly added), perform housekeeping and laundry services, and assist with personal services. The average resident is in their 70s: the youngest is currently 62, and the oldest will be 96 this year. The oldest resident to date was Rena Weir, who was profiled in The Scoop in 2010 and who lived to be over 100. Joan brought out a large photo album full of happy memories: Earl in cheerful conversation with residents, jolly Christmas celebrations, and fun Tamworth parades. She wistfully noted

Earl Smith (on left, wearing hat and tie) with residents

with a sigh that the greatest challenge faced by staff is getting close to residents who pass on. Since the bu i l d i n g i s recent, Adair Place of fers m o d e r n amenities in all its suites, equipped with complete bathrooms, and large common areas with a fireplace and a piano. The outdoors is readily accessible, and assistance with daily activities is never far, something that becomes more and more important as we get older! Ageing is never easy, but it’s nice to see that there are places that offer the help we may all need at some point with meals, laundry or personal care in such a pleasant setting. Residents can never get bored or lonely by the look of this month’s calendar in the lobby, there’s almost always something going on. Social activities include bingo, cards, exercises, interdenominational Church services by local pastors of the various churches in the area, painting, musical entertainment and sing-alongs, crafts, and special occasion events. Musical entertainment in the past has included such local talents as the Frizzells, Amy Gillan, the McCutcheons, Barry Lovegrove, and many others. “Every year, Santa Claus comes Christmas morning, and brings everyone a gift,” Joan told me with a smile. During my visit, I peeked into the game room, where several residents and volunteers were playing euchre with great enthusiasm– the room was filled with animated voices, and the cards were flying across the tables! Staff also organize a much-anticipated monthly bus trip to Napanee. While chatting with Joan, Monica, and Edith, I learned that residents were eagerly anticipating the upcoming afternoon trip to Walmart, the Dollar Store, and Giant Tiger. With the recent hiring of a new Event Coordinator, new plans for this year include Easter activities, perhaps an antique car show in the parking lot later this year, and barbecues in the summer, and more. Independent, active living is promoted

Time for Bingo! Photo credit: Barry Lovegrove.

and encouraged at Adair Place. Easing into retirement and beyond sometimes means making difficult choices. But it is comforting to know that there are options like Adair Place, that offer independent living in such a lovely, supporting setting.

Joan Storring with Santa

Did you know? Canada’s aging population: • Between 2006 and 2026, the number of seniors in Canada is projected to increase from 4.3 million to 8.0 million* • The number of individuals aged 65 to 74 will almost double, from 2.3 million to about 4.5 million* • The 80+ age group is the fastest growing in Canada. This group will nearly double, rising from about 500,000 in 2006 to over 900,000 in 2026* • 600+ people turn 65 every day • Almost 50 percent of those over 65 will need long term care during their lifetime * Statistics Canada 2006-2007

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et’s start by addressing a very important question? Why is foot care important? People depend on their feet more than they may realize. Over a lifetime, people will walk, on average, about 185, 000 kilometers. It is easy to take healthy feet for granted, but foot problems are actually among the most common health problems. Good foot care can help prevent many of these problems. In September 2011, L&A Seniors Outreach Services expanded their very popular foot care program to the Stone Mills Township Municipal office in

Centreville; answering the call of many seniors stating that travelling to the existing Napanee or Amherstview clinics from rural areas is difficult. Operating every Thursday morning our program offers people of all ages to make appointments to have issues such as calluses and in-grown toenails addressed as well as foot disease prevention education. We offer the best, most affordable foot care treatment by trained, professional nurses in Lennox and Addington County at $23 per visit. L&A SOS works diligently and strives The Scoop

to accommodate the many changing needs of the individuals we serve. This is why we offer foot care clinics in three different locations.

Napanee

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 9am3:30pm 310 Bridge St. W. (the old Lenadco building)

Amherstview

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Thursday from 9am-12pm 4504 County Rd. 4 (Stone Mills Township Municipal Office) Please call L&A SOS to inquire or to make an appointment 613-354-6668 1-800-991-0141


KIDS & PARENTS County of Lennox & Addington Public Library Children’s Programs Tamworth Branch Kid’s Club- Wednesdays @ 615715pm Come to the Tamworth Branch for an exciting evening of crafts, stories and games. Registration at 613-379-3082 is appreciated. Drop-in participants are always welcome. Camden East Branch Toddler Tales- Mondays @ 1015am A story time for children 1-4 years, and their care-givers a 30 minute program focuses on simple stories, rhymes, songs and action plays. Registration at 613-378-2101 is appreciated. Drop-in participants are always welcome. Napanee Branch Baby Time- Tuesdays @ 1030am Caregivers and children (0-2 years) will enjoy reading stories, rhymes and simple fingerplays at this program. Literacy information will be provided to caregivers. Registration at 613-354-2525 is appreciated. Drop-in participants are always welcome.

Puppy Tales- Thursdays @ 1030am Read your favourite stories to Matisse, Child Therapy Certified, Bichon Frise Chi ldren w i l l enjoy read ing stor ies, sing ing songs, a nd participating in craft activities while interacting with this gentle dog. Registration at 613-354-2525 is appreciated. Drop-in participants are always welcome.

Playgroup Information & Locations Come join us for a fun filled time of socializing and interacting with your children through crafts, music, and play.

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T EA Amherstview Playgroup RS CA INIC Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Yarker Branch CL h Wit Amherstview Community Hall T.S . .A S.E ada 108 Amherst Dr n Bedtime Buddies- Tuesdays @ 630pm Ca

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This weekly story time program is designed for the whole family. Bath Playgroup Children, their adults and best bedtime Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. buddies will enjoy the “pyjama party” Chat with Bath United Church atmosphere of this sleepy time activity Early Literacy 402 Academy St Specialist that includes stories, songs, and Bath, ON Susan Ramsay bedtime snacks. Make sure you wear your pjs. Ontario Early Years Centre PlayThis program runs for 5 weeks groups starting on April 17th. Fri. and Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration at 613-377-1673 is see1178 County Rd # 8 me appreciated. Drop-in participants Napanee, ON K7R3K7 Co & joy e are always welcome. n e c pa r s Flinton Playgroup ou County Rd Drop-In on1178 Thu. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Flinton Recreation Centre 72 Edward Street Flinton, ON

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Napanee Playgroup Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Trinity United Church 25 Bridge St E Napanee, ON

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2012 at Newburgh United Church 446 Main St Newburgh Fashion Doors open at 2:30pm, show begins at 3pm Admission $5 with proceeds going to Newburgh United Church For more information please call 613 539 3314

Let’s Play with Baby Playgroup Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Ontario Early Years Centre 1178 County Rd # 8 Napanee, ON K7R3K7 and Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Kaladar Community Centre 113047 - Hwy 7 Kaladar, ON

Choral Music Celebrated at Spring Concert The Young Choristers Limestone will celebrate the power of choral music Tuesday, April 24 at Sydenham Street United Church. The Junior, Senior, Northern and Western Choirs, under the direction of David Rankine, Elizabeth Convery, Catherine Lee, and Christina Wotherspoon, will perform with special guests the Rob Roy Pipe Band and Mr. Charlie Walker - Organ. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Cost: Freewill offering.

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Lacy and Louis Target (yes, he is so special he has his own last name). There are two Labs, three Beagles, a Bloodhound and a Coonhound; all of them serving as excellent hosts ers, this is a huge relief knowing that welcoming the other dogs into the their pets are in good hands. Even kennel. as a youngster, Dalton was drawn Some dogs may never have to dogs, caring for his own family’s experienced this before, but dogs dogs and for those he walked as a love to socialize with other dogs. part-time job while growing up. Bev Since they are free to mingle and also loves dogs and Labrador Repanics! This is what roam in a safe environment, they trievers have a special place in her causes many people to enjoywhat the comfort of a rouheart as she always had a loving Lab to learn experience tine that includes a nap and, yes, a growing up. we call functional weekly campfire night on Saturdays The kennel has many home hypoglycemia. If you when humans and all the dogs are comforts including air conditioning, have not eaten in a quite literally “happy campers”. homemade and branded organic while, you feel shaky, Dalton was pleased to learn that the treats and CBC radio for their listensweaty, ravenously burn ban been lifted for now so ing pleasure. Some visitors of the hungry and has anxious. the dogs won’t have to miss this specanine kind stay for a month or 6 You crave something cial campfire night. Returning “cliweeks at a time. There is a feeling of carbohydrate-r ich: entele” recognize their holiday spot comfort and safety communicated bread, pasta, pop, and jump out of the cars looking by the resident dogs to newcomers candy. The frequent forward to another visit. For ownand plenty time to enjoy human Someofare better than others. feelings of anxiety experienced by so market. many people may be due in part to eating In general they are highly processed too much sugar! Maintaining a more and expensive. opinion, the best The Scoop SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2011 In my Page 7 stable level of blood sugar often helps approach is to keep added sweeteners anxious people feel calmer. to a minimum, regardless of what the Another harm that arises from eating particular sweetener is. sugar is the impact on your immune Sugar is not just empty calories: Its system. Research has shown that after effects are far-reaching. So, next time an intake of sugar, the body’s immune you are craving sugar, try a piece of fruit system actually becomes temporarily or a sweet-flavoured tea. You can also depressed. This leaves you more be really proactive and reduce sugar susceptible to becoming infected with cravings before they even hit by eating a bacteria or virus. regular, filling meals that include protein Refined sugar and high-fructose corn and fat. Some of us have the inclination syrup are broken down into glucose and to eat just one cookie. Those of us who fructose. The liver primarily processes could easily eat the whole batch need fructose and when the liver gets hit with to limit our access to sweet treats by a big whack of fructose, it has no choice purging them from the house. That way, but to convert some of it into fat and indulging becomes inconvenient. store that fat right where it was createdUntil next time, happy snacking! in the liver. This produces a phenomenon called insulin resistance, which may be Andrea Dingwall is a Naturopathic Doctor an underlying factor in obesity, diabetes licensed through the Board of Directors Type II, polycystic ovarian syndrome of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy. Her and heart disease. practice is in Sydenham. Sugar substitutes have flooded the

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Tamworth, The Birthplace of Happy Hockey By Don Cheery Happy Hockey Helmets on Hit the ice Tip the nets Dark ‘gainst Whites A pick- up game For a shared price Give n’ get Give n’ go Men set up plays So women score

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a bunch of hockey nuts - god love ‘em - crawl out of bed in the wee hours of the morning and stumble down to the local arena to play a new game they call Happy Hockey. A few simple rules keep Happy Hockey safe, unselfish, and fun. Veteran and new players aged 7 -77 are welcome - everyone gets a good on- ice workout and a chance to kid around. If you’re ready to play fair, stay fit and have fun next season then come out to Happy Hockey (fans encouraged)! I’ll be there (in spirit anyway) to pick up a few more ideas to share with Ron on Couches Corner. Do I have time for one more thing? Just one more thing…OK take a look at this picture… now that’s a winning team! Congratulations to Susan Moore for winning the prestigious 2011-2012 “Don Cheery Award” of Excellence in Hockey Management. Cheers to Susan and the rest of you good folks for another great season of Happy Hockey at the Stone Mills Arena in Tamworth…. I can think of a few GM’s in the NHL who might be able to learn a thing or two from you!

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rapping, as an occupation sits of experience to acquire an intimate at the very core of Canada’s knowledge of the natural environment. foundation as a country. The Mike has gained the former, and is fur trade is central to our history, working on the latter, making friends our culture, and our mythology. But with several property owners who there are few dedicated trappers left, have agreed to allow him to trap on especially in southern Canada where their land, and with whom he has been the vast tracts of land trappers require sharing his passion. are scarce. There are still a few, however, Trapping is tightly regulated by the particularly where wilderness can still provincial government, and further Call us today to reserve your space: 379-1128 be found, including right here in Stone overseen by local councils (the Mills and neighboring townships, Frontenac-Addington Trappers Council home to abundant beavers, coyote, and has about two dozen members, of which other furbearers. The Mike is the newest). majority of trappers Trapping JUST 39 BUCKS FOR A BIZCARD AD. $110 FOR 3is not have been active without controversy, YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT! for decades, ISSUES. but something Mike The Scoop learned knows all too well, but recently that a young he is quick to point out, man, father of three, with much evidence passionate about to back him up, that what he sees as an trapping, and the tools important legacy used by trappers, have worth preserving, evolved a great deal was joining their over the past decades. ranks. Most trapping does Mike Murphy is not involve cruelty to passionate about wildlife, and eager animals, and most trappers are strong to share his knowledge and experience conservationists, deeply attached of what he considers a conservation- to the animals they harvest and the minded, sustainable use of a self- environment in which they live. renewing resource. It takes a significant We’ll check back with Mike for our next amount of skill and training to become issue, once his season has ran its course, John McClellan a licensed trapper, and many years for a more detailed profile.

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Free will offering - fund raiser for HFMC expansion project The Stone Mills Fire Department is holdingRefreshments a Blanket Drive. We are looking for blankets to use at emergency calls. If you have more information contact Saturday, May 12like to donateForplease any blankets you would drop them off at the Patsy Schmidt at 613-376-9815 TownshipArena of Stone Mills municipal office. Thank you, Tamworth Stone Mills Fire Department To book a table for either tack or craft sale or to donate any items please contact: Lion Slim Newlove 613-358-2476 Lion Frank Rowan 613-379-2332 Lion Garry Bradshaw 613-379-2228

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For Sale: Canoe - “Clearwater Design” of Belleville, Algonquin Model, 16’ in length x 34” width. Comes with 1 paddle. Asking price $300.00. or best offer.Will deliver if required. Call Frank Rowan 379-2332.

Wanted: Blacksmith looking for donations of scrap metal of any shape, angle iron (old bed frames), old tools, etc. I can pick up on weekends. I’m also looking for old sheet metal, old scrap barn roofing (holes are OK). Phone Jonathan Leonhardt at 613-378-6089 after 6 p.m. or 613-540-3124 during the day. Email: dragonforge@xplornet.com

For Sale:Two Samsonite attache cases, $40 & $20.Two IBM computers with Microsoft software & disk-burners, $75 & $125. Two electronic scanners, $25 & $50. Laser

WHISPERING SPRING RAINDROPS ARIES March 21 – April 19 An inquisitive fox On the vernal equinox Sat by his lair To sniff the spring air Slow down and spend more time relaxing. Your physical energy may not be at its usual peak so reschedule heavy tasks for another week. Staying close to home and shopping at local markets could see you finding a few bargains and meeting with some friends over coffee. Your imagination is at an all-time high so you will be able to sniff out ways to complete some special projects you have on the back burner. TAURUS April 20 – May 20 Raindrops quietly whisper In the night A soft vesper Heralds the light A nice few weeks are unfolding for you and a quiet word from someone will make you see the light about a friendship that has been under a cloud recently. You have left some financial plan languishing in a dark corner of your thoughts and should work on it; it should be easy to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. You should be in a happy, light-hearted mood for the next few weeks.

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GEMINI May 21 – June 20 Ripples on a stream Made gold by the sun Attract the moon’s beam When day is done Someone is attracted to you; concentrate on the people you care about and personal gains will come your way. Perhaps it will be an introduction to a person who will become special to you in your social circle. When all is said and done, your willingness to embrace something new in your life will make you see the past from a fresh perspective. The moon brings tides of good things to you.

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LIBRA September 23 – October 22 A carpet of bright green Covers the meadow See the creek flow Spring’s no longer a dream You have been dreaming of trying something new and the time has come to act on that dream. Spend more time with those you love and you will learn more about what you really want. Your charm will help you in your quest and might lead to a new beginning. A surprise is heading your way; just let it arrive in its own time. SCORPIO October 23 – November 21 Birds are singing Swings are swinging Spring swings and sways Along fields and causeways Stay on the path you have chosen. Let your mind swing and sway but keep your feet firmly on the ground. Make some personal changes that will enhance your lifestyle and don’t overload your life with responsibilities. Someone is trying to sway you to their way of thinking by using emotional matters, step back and reassess the situation. Get away for a short trip, go to visit an old friend. SAGITTARIUS November 22 – December 21 Toss your umbrella Grab your best fella Run through the rain Be a kid again Expect happy times to come your way. You will meet some old and a few new friends when you take a trip on an impulse. You may have been rushing around doing chore after chore and now is the time to slow down and enjoy some time away from your hectic schedule. Positive energy will move you toward waiting opportunities. Capricorn December 22 – January 19 Spring is in the air But branches are still bare Soon tiny leaves of green Will watch as birds preen Changes are in the stars and big ones are coming your way. Stay organized and focused so that you will be prepared when things start to move your way. A new hairdo and some new clothes will enhance your self-confidence. Communications are in a forward motion and so now is the time to consider new purchases for your home or plan a vacation. AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18 The fire’s mesmerizing blaze Holds my dreamy gaze As my thoughts roam So very far from home Consider moving out of the realm of the ordinary and imagine a big change coming in the near future. You may roam to a faraway place that you have dreamed of visiting. You close to finding what you have been searching for keep moving forward. Share your ideas with people who can offer suggestions and encourage you to tread along the path you have chosen. PISCES February 19 – March 20 The day’s last birdsong Says so long As twilight fades Over fields and glades Put a song in your heart and some spring in your step and say so long to your old out-dated outlook. Don’t stumble around in the dark, look on the bright side of any situation that your face. Believe in what you can do and make personal changes that will enhance your life.


PUZZLE PAGE New York Times Crossword by Edgar R. Fontaine / Will Shortz ©The New York Times Across

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12. Helen's mother, in Greek myth 15. Bookcase unit 20. Duck with soft down 21. W.C. 22. Bog

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