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celebrates rural life

John Hall Curator of the Canadian Piano Museum

Autumn in Erinsville

Blue-Spotted Salamander

Mystery Garden Tour

Grey Stone Trout Farm


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Here’s The Scoop... By Angela Saxe


ecently I had a discussion with some friends about the sense of belonging. Do we have a strong sense of belonging and if so, how, where and with whom? It certainly generated a lot of different ideas on how we see ourselves in relationship to others and to the communities we live in. Most people would say that they belong to a family. A group of friends they’ve known since school. The sport team that meets every week or the volunteer organization they support. They feel a strong sense of belonging in their workplace or to the church they attend. The ties may be very intense or loosely associated, but most people would say that they have a sense of belonging somewhere or to someone. Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW, an American author and research professor at the University of Houston believes that we are “biologically, cognitively, physically and spiritually wired to love, to be loved and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to.” Brown’s contention is that if we either choose not to belong, or we are prevented from doing so then the ensuing isolation can be destructive not just to ourselves but to the community around us. A civil, democratic society has a responsibility to its citizens to ensure that we all have the opportunity to belong to a group of like-minded people if we so choose. We should be able to accept each other’s choices and not feel threatened just because they are different from our own. I believe that this is the essential value of a pluralistic, multicultural

society. The Quebec government’s proposed Charter of Quebec Values disagrees. They assert that in a secular society when individuals who belong to a particular group are identifiable by wearing specific symbols of their faith, they in fact threaten everyone else. Several years ago, when my mother was hospitalized in Montreal, she was seen by a variety of health care providers. One doctor wore a hijab; one wore a sari. A male nurse was a Sikh and wore a turban. There was a physiotherapist who wore a skull cap. And the night nurse was a Jamaican woman who wore a cross around her neck. I was impressed by the diversity of people from around the world who were all working together to care for their patients. At no time did my mother (who was a very devout Christian) ever feel threatened by the religious, ethnic or cultural symbols of the people around her. Yet these people if the charter is ever passed into law will now have to make a choice between their sense of belonging to a particular religious or ethnic group and their livelihood.

If we are confident in who we are and what our values are, we cannot feel threatened by anyone who belongs to a different community or who has a different point of view. Our sense of safety and independence cannot come at the expense of anyone else’s sense of belonging. One of the things that I love about the community I live in is that when we arrived over thirty years ago, we were different; we were newcomers from the city and we didn’t belong to this small village nestled in an agrarian landscape amongst people who could trace their ancestors back to the original settlers. Yet, we settled in and started making connections and building relationships with our neighbours, with other families, with shop keepers and as the years went by, we started to feel as if we belong here. It’s important to remember that a community that not only welcomes but facilitates the sense of belonging helps to build a vital, energetic and healthy society.

A Walk on the Wild Side


ohn Hudson spotted the blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale) while it sunned itself on a piece of metal roofing which was lying on the ground. The salamanders are nocturnal foragers so it was a treat to see it lying there in the sun. They usually like to spend daylight hours under logs and leaf litter and at night they hunt for worms and other invertebrate on the forest floor. During the cold spell in late August it left the nearby woods and inched its way into the sunshine where I was able to take its picture.

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Blue-spotted salamander photographed at Angela Saxe’s home north of Tamworth.

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COVER PHOTO John Hall, Curator of the Canadian Piano Museum in Napanee, by Barry Lovegrove.



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Brueghel’s Warning By J. Huntress “...Brueghel saw it all and with his grim humor faithfully recorded it” Children’s Games-- a poem from Pictures from Brueghel by William Carlos Williams


he great Flemish painter, Pieter Brueghel, lived a short life (1525-1569) as most people did in Flanders as the Medieval period in the Western world came to an end. Kings and Queens, Lords and Dukes all possessed armies that fought one another, massacring peasants and ransacking villages, conquering more land and filling the treasury of the royal empires. A widespread gloom hung over the population and each peasant family, children and adults, toiled hard raising animals, foraging for fuel, and growing food crops. Living conditions were harsh and unsanitary, causing sporadic plagues. Bishops and priests of the Spanish Inquisition Tribunal arrived in Flanders and arrested and tried many people accusing them of being heretics – those who opposed church dogma. The guilty were tortured and imprisoned for heresy. The most famous Flemish artist of the Middle Ages was Hieronymous Bosch. His satirical paintings were unique and bizarre pictures of Heaven and Hell, each populated by fantastic and monstrous creatures. His paintings had implicit moral messages which gave support and hope to the peasants who saw the works. Bosch’s art was an inspiration to Brueghel and both artists’ paintings have survived until today, issuing a warning about wages and excesses of greed and power, religious fervor, vice and violence. In 1562, Brueghel painted a large work (48”x62”, oil on wood panel, exhibited at Museum Mayer van den Burgh in Antwerp, Belgium) which he titled Dulle Griet. Later art historians would call it “Mad Meg.” Across a dark and fiery landscape, an over scaled figure of an angry peasant woman (Mad Meg), her nose sharp as the beaks of Brueghel’s distorted birds, bounds across the center of the picture. She wears an iron helmet and armor breastplate and wields a spear in one arm and carries a bag of silver and metal objects she has looted in her other arm. Behind her figure a group of pillaging troops is being beaten by a group of vengeful village women and in the right corner of the picture an entering troop regiment faces a moat in

which monstrous fish await with open mouths to dine on soldiers’ flesh. A 17th century art historian, Carel van Munder described viewing this scene as “looking at the mouth of Hell” and understanding “the tragicomic spirit of survival”. Later art historians and viewers interpreted the painting to be a bitter and satirical “denunciation of greed and other sins.” In the red sky of the background, fires and explosions proliferate and silhouettes of tiny devils dance atop platforms. Distorted bats and birds fly through this atmospheric smoke and Mad Meg, with a grimace on her face, travels through this wasteland as fast as she can. It is not hard to take Brueghel’s Dulle Griet and compare it to the photographic scenes Canadians saw on July 7, 2013, one day after a runaway train carrying oil tankers full of volatile crude oil shipped from North Dakota to Quebec overturned and exploded in the small rural town of Lac-Megantic. Flames illuminated the sky for days; the centre of the small town was totally destroyed and 47 persons were killed in the night. 48,000 fluid barrels of unrefined crude oil burned for days, releasing dangerous toxic gases and pouring carcinogens into the town’s water sources. It was one of Canada’s worst oil disasters in a summer that also saw an oil spill in Alberta from the June floods. Enbridge’s 2012 reverseflow proposal for “Line B” carrying Dilbit Crude from Hamilton to Montreal brought Enbridge crews to farm fields near Kingston where they started to dig checking the condition of old existing pipelines. Northern Gateway pipeline advocates (Alberta to Kitimat, BC) continued to pressure British Columbia to approve flow westward and international energy companies offered bounty to Newfoundland for prospective fracking very near the borders of Gros Mor National Park. Finally, there’s the midJuly TransCanada proposal: the “Energy East” pipeline project to carry Alberta Crude through existing aged pipeline across the Prairies to the Maritime provinces for loading/shipping for export. Is it any wonder that BP called its Gulf Oil Spill of 2010 “Deepwater Horizon”? The Louisiana Gulf exploitation and mammoth spill now spreads tentacles to Canada’s Arctic (a continental horizon!) and accidents could occur in the future.

Locally we have Jeff Whan of Croydon writing in August/September 2013 SCOOP, “So the Battle Rages On”. He and Carolyn Butts of Tamworth, have been resident “Mad Megs” writing for papers and posting information about specific nearby land, water and air pollution problems. They are part of a large group (220 members) called Concerned Citizens of Tyendinaga and Environs (CCCTE) and their web site is www.leakyland.com (for information, times of meetings and future plans) and they sound a voice which is starting to be heard by local councillors. Carolyn Butts describes how “our task now is to visit all councillors in the area and follow up with presentations to each municipality. The Napanee Council is kept informed of our findings on a regular basis; we are spreading the word that a landfill is not a site-specific problem but one that Detail of “Mad Meg”. has a far reach.” Water, air and land

Dulle Griet, aka “Mad Meg”, painted by Pieter Brueghal in 1562. pollution are not restricted to municipal boundaries. For example, leachate, the toxic fluid that comes from the bottom of the closed Richmond landfill is processed through the Greater Napanee Utilities. The Concerned Citizens discovered a biosolid originating from this facility is being delivered as fertilizer to distant farms in Stone Mills and Tyendinaga townships. On August 15, 2013 the Napanee Beaver wrote a feature article called Waste Soil project Deferred - about the postponement of Napanee’s Councillors’ zoning vote for a soil and wastewater recycling facility to be located on Goodyear Road. No operating approval has YET been granted by the Ministry of Environment. City Councillor Shaune Lucas said, “Every specific question (for the project) didn’t see a specific answer.” And Deputy Mayor Roger Cole said that votes for zoning approval for the soil and wastewater remediation facility are to be deferred until September 10--a short postponement period for citizens with questions.

time and effort for benefits to pay knowledgeable lawyers to defend their concerns in Courts of Law and to organize carpools to attend local council meetings to voice questions. From such cooperation it is possible that new solutions and ideas can be presented; new employment can be suggested and better ways of engineering can be discussed. Call this “runaway idealism and community action.” Brueghel depicted the urgency of Flanders’ situation nearly 500 years ago but it took several centuries for his paintings to become studied and respected. Today’s energy situation in Canada is also urgent--in a different “petrol-state” way. A warning went out from Lac-Megantic and citizens throughout Canada are starting to ask hard questions of energy companies, their processes and equipment and transport. Mad Meg has not been spotted yet but her resolute spirit is starting to be felt. As William Carlos Williams wrote, “Brueghel saw it all.”

ADDENDUM: The famous playwright and Just like the “Energy East “Transcanada theatrical director Bertolcht Brecht built Proposal before Parliament, any little the lead character for Mother Courage amount of time, any small victory from Mad Meg and used Dulle Griet for people who don’t want fracking, as inspiration for the sets of that play leaching, flaring, increased trucking and which he wrote in 1939. In the 1960’s the contamination of surface waters and American poet, William Carlos Williams, soils, is a miracle made by cooperative and wrote a volume of poetry: Pictures From concerned people trying to reclaim their Brueghel and Other Poems. Canadian poet vision for a healthy community in which Al Purdy has paid tribute to Brueghel and to live. Before the concept of Common other painters in some poems from The Good for people and environments Collected Poems of Al Purdy, 1960’s. disappears every person should think about joining with other “Concerned C i t i z e n s ” to question whether or not community and family structures SPECIAL NIGHTS: NEW HOURS (start Oct. 14): Monday CLOSED will be altered Wednesday: Wing Nights Tuesday CLOSED and weakened 75¢/wing Wednesday 11-7 or strengthened Friday: Steak & Shrimp Thursday 11-7 by these big Saturday: Prime Rib Friday & Saturday 8-8 p r o p o s e d Sunday: Pickerel Specials Sunday 8-7 projects and their temptations. Call for reservations Every one of us DON’T Melissa, Addison, and is affected and it FORGET the Addison’s Restaurant is time to start THANKSGIVING! staff thank you for your writing letters to Turkey dinners available continued support. We hope Friday, Saturday & local councillors, to see you soon...the new Sunday October 11, 12 & Members of fall menu has begun!! 13 at noon. Let us cook Parliament, for you. Reservations to the Federal strongly recommended. Ministry of the Closed Thanksgiving Environment Monday. and The National Energy Board. People will have to volunteer OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013 • THE SCOOP


The Canadian Piano Museum By Barb Wilson


ons of pianos - to be exact, thirty pianos and twenty-one organs fill the Edwardian home of piano technician John Hall and his wife Margaret.

room we are introduced to the square piano which is actually rectangular and a precursor to the upright which came along later as a space saver. The spinet followed.

John Hall, a well known Kingston and area piano tuner is a man with a passion and that passion is piano history. And that passion has driven him to collect specimens and aptly start the Canadian Piano Museum in a house built by John Stevenson, a 19th century Kingston piano manufacturer and politician. From the minute we arrive, it is clear that John Hall is keen to tell us his stories about the manufacturing of pianos in Eastern Ontario and how he came to be the curator of this unusual collection of antique pianos and organs here in Napanee.

John points out pictures and memorabilia on the walls and gives us a fascinating mini lecture on the history of piano building in Kingston, which seems to have been a hub of piano manufacturing in the mid 1800s. The old Commercial Mart or S&R building as most of us know it, housed several different builders over a period of about 75 years with names such as Weber, Fox, Wormwith, McMillan and yes, Stevenson. Award winning pianos were produced and many top woodworkers as well as technicians were employed for most of the last half of the century, some of them coming from the renowned Heintzman factory and even from Steinway in the United States. But the piano in the Star Trek corner of the room that seems to tickle John is a Vulcan piano. John has tuned it with a scale that sounds “alien” when he demonstrates it, playing his own otherworldly composition. And there is a signed picture of Leonard Nimoy with John and the Vulcan piano displayed prominently among other Star Trek memorabilia, to the delight of Star Trek fans.

This stately three-storey home at 138 Robinson Street, architecturally Italianate by description, has several large rooms crammed with every kind of piano you could imagine. In fact, John quipped, “I like to say that we live in a piano museum while my wife Margaret says that there is a piano museum in our house.” And indeed, the family lives in the former servants’ quarters –seemingly servants to the pianos at times. Why this location? The connection with piano builder John Stevenson, a familiarity with the area and finally the solidity of the beams and joists of the house made it very suitable to house the myriad of pianos that John has collected over the years. He admits to having difficulty turning down donations even though he may never use them. Those live in a storage facility for retired pianos. Old pianos are hard to sell. “Twenty years ago the market was quite different than it is today.” People want the more convenient electronic keyboards that don’t need tuning or too much maintenance and are easy to move!” But, he points out that most people recognize the superior acoustics of a real piano even though it may be impractical in their homes. One should ideally have both for different applications. John and his whole family recognize how difficult it is to move a 300-500 lb piano, up and down stairs and into tight spots. John systematically takes us from room to room giving the history of each piano, and demonstrating their different sounds with his competent playing. In the first

We move to the main parlour, which seems to contain the bulk of the collection and possibly the most beautiful of pianos--grand pianos, square pianos and the first generation of upright pianos. It is clear that John loves all these pianos and has spent many hours not only tuning but painstakingly restoring some of the more luxurious of them. He is moved when he tells us how some pianos cannot be restored or tuned because they have cracked plates, which often happens in moving or as the result of climate. One intricately carved exquisite piano is sadly beyond repair with a cracked sound board. We hear tinkling in the next room and are introduced to musician Emi Nakazawa, John’s apprentice tuner, who has been with him for two years. After reading an article about a piano technician with 40 years experience, she and her husband decided to pay him a visit. “I was very impressed with John’s knowledge of pianos,” she enthuses. She decided to become a piano technician under his tutelage.

Emi Nakazawa, John’s apprentice tuner at work. Credit: A. Saxe. 4


John Hall, Curator of the Canadian Piano Museum. Learning to tune is not as easy as it might seem. It is an art, like playing an instrument; you are always improving with experience. John cautions, “If you stop, you lose your skill, and have to work your way back.” So, those of you who think you might be able to learn to tune your own pianos—you can’t, at least not easily. Besides, the many tools are very expensive. John’s teacher and mentor is Ted Sambell who at 91 is still tuning and improving even though he was a preferred tuner for Glenn Gould many years ago. John thinks he will never be as good a tuner as his mentor but feels that his forte is rebuilding pianos and now feels that he could design and build one of his one ( he studied engineering in University). But Piano History is perhaps his main interest now. In fact, he has published a tract for the Kingston Historical Society entitled, One Hundred Years of Piano Making in Kingston. “Did you know that Princess Margaret played the piano?” asks John as he points to an old photograph showing her sitting at the same type of piano as the one standing in front of us. We continue from room to room viewing all sorts of keyboards: a player piano for which John has hundreds of rolls, and organs, melodeons, harmonicas which interestingly use metal ‘reeds” similar to those in some organs. There is even an early attempt at a portable piano built in the 1940s modularly for easy shipping. However, the plastic components were impossible to replace so the idea died - although John thinks they were onto something. The bodies of many of the pianos are exquisite pieces of furniture often intricately carved and using such exotic woods as burled walnut. Some are in a less than pristine state. But contrary to what many think, a painted piano does not sacrifice the sound quality as the wood and plate are the resonators so you can fit that old upright into your décor after all. Every piano is unique both in sound and appearance. “I am naming each room after a Canadian composer or pianist,” John claims as we head into the Healy Willan Room (he was a prolific and renowned Toronto composer and organist) which contains an organ that John particularly enjoys playing for its wide range of tone and dynamics. After stopping briefly to examine John’s

father’s old harmonica collection, we move on and John continues to educate us about the different types of organs: reed organs like the Melodeon were used in churches in the early 19th century because they were light and provided all that was needed to accompany a small church choir and congregation. The more complex pipe organs are still being made in Canada. In fact, in 1949, Northern electric was licensed to make Hammond organs in Belleville. Pianos, however, have not been made here since the 1980s. John leads us through the kitchen (which Margaret insisted be a piano-free zone) to a pleasant back deck to answer our questions. What advice he would give to people about care of their pianos? “Because of our extremes of humidity here, ideally a piano should be tuned twice a year but you can go a year or two without harm. Most people get it done once a year but if the piano has not been tuned for a few years, it may require a second tuning a few months after. The best time to tune is the beginning of the dry season or the beginning of the humid season. After the heat has been on for a short while is a good time.” Humidity is an issue as are extremes of temperature so he recommends heat pumps over air conditioners. Because heat sources dry out the air, some humidification in winter is good practice. As well as being a church organist, John is still tuning pianos in the area and he charges just over $100 for a basic tune on a local piano. Grands, special pianos, and travel time will raise the price. But a well tuned piano is a joy to play so it’s definitely worth it. John could conceivably talk about pianos for much longer than we had time for. He is a dedicated servant and seems to have an emotional as well as intellectual connection with his “charges”. Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment to come to The Canadian Piano Museum and enjoy the fruits of his hard work and passion. Much as he loves his collection, sometimes when he and his wife are moving a heavy piano he thinks “Why not flutes?” You can reach John Hall at the Canadian Piano Museum at 138 Robinson St. in Napanee. johnhall@canadianpianos.ca. b. (613) 354 7117 / h. (613) 354 5066

“Should I bother?”

When You Shouldn’t Just Let Nature Take Its Course By Leah Birmingham


any of the calls we receive at SPWC are not the first call that was made by the person who is desperately seeking help for an injured wild animal. Often they have tried local humane societies, veterinary clinics, animal control agencies and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Those calls generally get them directed to us, but along the way these caring individuals have often been told to leave it alone and “let nature take its course.” There is nothing natural about a vehicle travelling 80km, or a wire snare set for a coyote, or a big window that birds often fly into. This advice leads to the same discussion at SPWC of whether or not “nature” caused the initial injury to occur. Either way, our philosophy differs from those the caller may have received before talking to SPWC. We feel compelled to help these suffering creatures regardless of why or how they were injured. Just simply the fact that the animal is struggling with pain, likely somewhat immobilized, and not capable of surviving without some help in the form of medical treatment, nutrition and shelter, is reason enough for intervention and assistance. When the rescuer of the animal hears our views, they are generally very relieved as some of those earlier phone calls may have resulted in ridicule for their desire to help. Once the phone call comes in, the rescue process is rolling. Firstly, the wounded animal needs to be contained. For some people this means overcoming many of their own fears, mostly of the unknown reaction from the animal, but also from fear of causing further injury or suffering. Unfortunately, the latter is a necessary evil that may happen, but regardless, the animal needs help from humans, and along with human help comes a level of danger. Containing injured wildlife can either be surprisingly easy (since injured animals often lack the energy to put up much of a fight), or if the animal still has certain faculties (like the ability to fly or swim away), capture can be impossible until the animal has succumbed further to its injuries. We help talk people through capture, giving them tips and insights as to the best methods to use, based on our extensive experience with a multitude of species.

Since SPWC covers such a large area and we don’t have the resources to have a rescue team employed, if someone is going to help that suffering animal, it likely has to be the finder and/or their friends and family. Once contained (ideally in a cardboard box), the next step is transport to SPWC. The best-case scenario for the animal is if the finder can bring it directly into SPWC, this is the fastest course of action. If the finder cannot transport the animal, we begin the process of calling volunteers from our Volunteer Driver’s List. This can take a while because our volunteer drivers list is far too short, with never enough available people from any specific area. In many scenarios, the injured wild animal is coming from afar and a series of volunteers have to be arranged in order to get the patient to SPWC without overtaxing any one volunteer in particular. When the patient arrives at SPWC they are assessed with a full physical exam, after their assessment skilled staff determines which would be the best course of treatment. This generally involves pain medication, antibiotics, and sterile fluids administered under the skin to help compensate for dehydration. The animal is then placed in a safe, secure, cage with heat if needed. Often the stress of capture, transport and physical exam has left the patient weak. Sometimes we cannot even perform a full physical as the stress level can overwhelm and lead to death due to their poor physical condition. Especially with birds and certain mammals such as White Tailed Deer which experience high stress to begin with. If their assessment reveals injuries, which will prevent full recovery, and eventual release back into the wild, the patient is humanely euthanized. Euthanasia and death are not subjects most people are comfortable discussing, as a vet tech I have experienced a lot of euthanasia; from having to make the decision for my own loved pet to assisting veterinarians during euthanasia in an animal hospital; grieving with the family as they say goodbye to a dear friend; to making the decision for a suffering wild animal. Whatever the scenario by the end of the day, you are often drained of energy, but feel a sense of strength

Map Turtle that came in after it was hit by a car. Courtesy SPWC.

for being the person that helps animals find peace from pain, and release from their injured body. It is always a somber event, riddled with emotions. All too often, it is a sad reality for injured wildlife that must be in peak condition to survive the harsh world they face daily. For predators, they must be agile enough to chase and capture their prey, and for prey species they need to be able to respond quickly to evade predation. Broken wings and limbs, brain trauma, sight impairment can all be injuries that prevent full recovery. With these types of injuries, it can be difficult to fully determine the extent of them on arrival so they are kept pain free and comfortable, while their recovery is closely monitored. This Red Tailed Hawk had to be euthanized We always err on the when her leg wound did not heal, and in fact side of caution and got worse over time. Courtesy SPWC. give the animal the benefit of as much time as their stress level will allow. We result. That reaction often intensifies root for them and hope that they can if the rescuer caused the trauma. Some make a full recovery, sometimes this people resort to insults and name-calling process can take weeks or months to while they deal with their own personal determine. If in the end the patient emotions, people bond quickly to the has to be put down, we may be hugely animals they rescue and upon the loss, disappointed, but we do not spend a lot they go through the stages of grief. of time mourning, there are many other One scenario that demonstrates this patients requiring our assistance. situation was a Red Tailed Hawk from last fall, she came in after a family had Another consideration for whether or a wildlife “management” company set a not a patient should be put through time snare for a coyote that is visiting their in captivity rehabilitating from their property (not attacking or threatening, injuries, is the season. At this time of just visiting). When they were checking year, both migration and hibernation the snare the next day they found a Red become a factor. Will this little songbird Tailed Hawk entangled in it instead of the have time to recover from a broken wing intended coyote victim. We tried hard to and then fly across the Great Lakes and help this hawk regain use of her leg. She the U.S. towards his winter location? Will had nerve damage, tendon and ligament this turtle be healed enough to hibernate damage, circulation damage, and after for the winter? Will this chipmunk several weeks, her leg continued to lose have enough time to build a cache large function and maintaining circulation enough to sustain it through the winter? was very difficult while keeping the leg Will it have a den built in time? Will this immobilized to help the tendons and mangy (caused by a skin parasite) fox joints heal. Her talons were becoming grow enough fur to keep warm in the necrotic, and dying off. She would not harsh climate it lives in after the threeregain the use of her leg, which is critical week treatment? Do we have the caging for a Raptor who has to seize their prey and diet needed to properly care for this and fly away to a safe location to eat. It animal throughout the winter? So many also prevents the bird from using one leg factors come into play when choosing the to grasp the food while eating and the fate of a wild patient. other to balance and remain standing. To release this bird would be unethical When the rescuers call back to find out as she would simply starve to death how the patient is doing, they often do later, and likely suffer from long-term not respond well if the end result was pain. It was suggested that amputating death. They can be especially upset if the leg and keeping the bird in captivity they receive the news that the patient would have been a better option. Not for has been euthanized. Arguing with our this bird, she was wild, and resented all decisions and listing all of the reasons interactions with humans. She would why they disagree, or feel that a life in a sanctuary would have been a better end continued on page 23... OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013 • THE SCOOP


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Now Bev and Dalton, with thewereyear plan when they first moved to for their work. factories mass-producing decoys arrangements of stones, sticks and once lured, the birds could simply be as early as the 1880s, the geography of mud toaid entice prey. who This method, while netted or grabbed. of David, still does the bulk Kingston. While working at a fullBill Chrysler of Belleville, D.W. Nichol of the area, the type of birds found there, effective, was temporary and eventually As time has marched on, both hunting the cultural heritage of the to Smith’s Falls and Reg Bloom of Kingston led to of more creations made theas well practices and decoys have changed. thepermanent baking, have expanded timeas position, Dalton managed were just a few of the decoy carvers of woven grass. Both of these techniques, carver and the region resulted in more Dwindling bird populations and modern menucenturies and offer greater variety fit in several years of part-time work whose work has come to be viewed as hunting weapons have altered the way in localized varieties of decoys. developed ago,aare still used by ofspecialized, excellent representations of which birds are hunted and decoys, no take-out items. Bev always has a learning more about dog training decoys from our region. All longer hand carved, are factory produced decoys were originally produced hundreds or thousands of miles away warm smile to greet everyone who with boarding experts in Kingston. with the intent of being used as from the hunting grounds. Hand-carved effective bird lures. While they bird decoys are no longer tools, designed enters The Bakery and many of her Dalton believes that when dogs are were utilitarian in function, to float in rivers and lakes to attract prey, recipes are now in demand. Annette boarded, they are embarking on the pride in craftsmanship is but are viewed as collector’s items, often often evident and because of destined for the shelf or the auction Wilson, along with Anita Wilson, their own holiday from home. They this, many pieces have come block. to be regarded as folk art by welcome the patrons and provide join the Cowper dogs who live there collectors, fetching hundreds, But the world changes. It is perhaps if not thousands of dollars at unrealistic to expect things to stay first class service. Customers pop (all seven of them) for the duration auction. exactly the same forever. And while the hand-crafted decoy is a thing of the past, by to pick up a bagels, bread, muf- of their stay; they become a part of According to Steven Lloyd, in an we still hang on to its history and, more fins, pies and a wide variety of other the dog pack. Dalton’s love of dogs interview for Collectorsweekly. importantly, to the duck hunt itself. For com, bird hunting has evolved it isn’t simply the material things that baked goods or they can sit down was evident when he rhymed off his a great deal, even in the last create tradition, it is the people and what century. Prior to 1918 and they do as a community that maintain and have a delicious lunch from the own dogs names: Dabney, Saxon the institution of the North traditions in a changing world. In the American Wildlife Act and the coming weeks the hunters will once again expanding menu. The old favou- (the newbie), Porter, Kilty, Cooper, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, there set off in the early morning hours and we rites, such as the much-loved lemon Lacy and Louis Target (yes, he is so were little to no limits on the will hear the sounds of the hunt echoing hunting of migratory birds in across the shores of our rivers, lakes and tarts are still available but look for special he has his own last name). North America. Hunters could wetlands of our communities. 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The Stone Mills Local Food Project

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heard a great story recently about summer in Tamworth 50 or 60 years ago. Local youth would head to the 4 corners in Tamworth during their summer holidays to find some work. Farmers would arrive and take a crew back to their farms for things like bringing in hay bales. This was back in the days when square bales were loaded into the lofts of barns and strong backs were a prerequisite. For the farmers it was first come, first served and there was never enough labour. Fast forward to today when diesel fuel has replaced those strong backs and round bales wrapped in petroleum (in the form of plastic) are moved with the incredible energy of stored ancient sunlight. And the youth today in rural areas are hard-pressed to find local work. The solution for many families is to get a second or third car so their teens can drive to fast food outlets in the city for minimum wage part-time jobs. Again, all made possible through the miracle of cheap fossil fuels. So what if we ran out of this marvelous oil? What if we’d extracted the easy oil and all that was left was deeper and harder to extract, using increasing amounts of energy to extract decreasing amounts of potential energy? The fact that oil was about $20 a barrel decades ago and it’s $110 a barrel today, there are signs that maybe we are entering that time when we are past the peak of the easy oil and into a period of decline. The irony for so many of us living in rural areas is that we’re surrounded by people growing food, but few of us actually eat anything that was grown nearby. Our diet comes from thousands of kilometers away. Our local farmers are trying to maximize their return by selling into a market, which may see their harvest end up in another country. So we have become dependent on other countries for much of our food. Peach growers in the Niagara region couldn’t compete with Chinese and Greek canned peaches so the government paid them to plow under their orchards. Now you can’t find Canadian canned peaches. Meanwhile China’s use of pesticides is so heavy that many bee populations have been eliminated, meaning that peach blossoms have to be pollinated by hand. By people rather than bees. Does that sound like a logical way for people in Stone Mills to get their canned peaches? Our local farmers do an exceptional job producing crops, but they are heavily dependent on non-renewable fossil fuels and capital. They don’t buy those massive tractors using their Canadian

Tire credit card and they don’t plant 500 acres worth of corn seeds from a seed packet. Farmers need capital, and the economic crisis of 2008 showed how quickly capital markets can freeze up. No capital, no new tractors and no big seed orders on credit. During the food crisis of 2008 when $148/barrel oil and brutal droughts drove up food prices, many countries that previously exported food staples like wheat and rice stopped doing so. They wanted to feed their own populations first. Even though we’re surrounded by food in the fields, our food supply is not really that secure.


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So it seems we have to do two things. We have to make ourselves more resilient in terms of our food supply. We have to source more of it from our own communities. And I’m not just talking about an annual foray to the you-pick strawberry patch and the bit of corn you might buy from a local farmer. We need to actually start sourcing a decent number of the calories we consume from our neighbors. And some of those farms need to be of smaller scale, less dependent on massive infusions of capital for seed and equipment, and less reliant on fossil fuels. Right now in Stone Mills there are small backyard gardens and large-scale farms but not much in between these two extremes. Having smaller farms that grow a range of food on a human scale will build up our resilience. They make us less dependent on foreign food, fossil fuels and the credit markets.

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Secondly we need to find a way to provide our youths with local jobs where they learn some practical skills like growing food. The challenge is that most local farms are entirely automated and don’t need the human power. There is some you-pick and smaller operations but they only need help for a couple of weeks here and there. We need to find a way to aggregate this local requirement for labour to provide a summer worth’s of work for students.

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And that is the goal of the Stone Mills Local Food Project. Increase our food resilience and create opportunity for youth employment that doesn’t require a drive to a distant fast food restaurant. We need to do this soon. We have a window now during the transition to a low carbon future where we have the time to find workable solutions. We’ll be looking for partners to help us in our search.

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Go West at the Old Oak Stuffing the Turkey By Alyce Gorter

By Beverly Frazer


orn and raised in the backwoods by poor, non-farming parents, “getting a deer” meant meat on the winter table. Hunting was not a sport. It was a fact of life. But, as we contemplated the approaching deer hunting season we wondered whether we would be able to hunt that year. There were considerations: Our ‘gang’ would consist of a father with very painful feet, a daughter who had never shot anything, a son who didn’t own a gun, a son-in-law who could get lost in the back yard and a miniature poodle for a tracking dog. Due to schedules, our hunting time would be restricted to only three days -- opening day and two Saturdays. Inclement weather could prevent us from actually hunting any of those days. We would have the expense of four licenses; and finally, we questioned the chances of such a group actually getting a deer. After taking all of this into consideration, we unanimously decided to go for it. Now, since Dad had rented out almost every acre he owned, we had precious little property on which to hunt. Therefore, it was extremely important that we follow Dad’s instructions and stay within the boundaries of his land and we had to figure out a way to effectively cover that territory. To ask for a map or to surreptitiously scribble down a few key points on our sleeve would be sue to incur a look of utter disbelief from Dad. He couldn’t imagine that one of his children could be so simple that s/ he couldn’t remember to follow his easy directions. Well as could be expected, there were a few problems with his plan: Dad’s directions usually included an oak tree as a reference point. Well, he was dealing with a group that could barely tell the difference between a coniferous and a deciduous tree. Only Dad had a good understanding of where to locate north, south, east or west when in the bush; and the property we had to cover was about 95% water. Not a big body of open, peaceful lake, mind you, but a deceitful, smirking, unending length of marsh, swamp, and beaver ponds that snaked across the terrain always luring us farther from familiar parts as we

attempted to find a crossing. Not unexpectedly, about five minutes into the third run, hubby and the dog disappeared. Now, I knew the dog could find its way home but Dad instructed me to go find hubby and... And this is where the story changes depending on who is telling it. I’m sure Dad told us to head for the south side of the big pond. Dad says he plainly told me to head for the north side of the big pond. Believe who you will. I rounded up hubby and we struck off trudging up and down, over and around every sort of wilderness object until we got to what had to be the right location! We started the run. “Keep in touch,” I admonished hubby, “whistle and call from time to time so I’ll know how fast you’re going and where you are.” Sure enough, five minutes later hubby and the dog had soundlessly disappeared again. At this point losing hubby was the least of my worries. What bothered me more was that my boots were about half a size too small for me. I’d been on my feet for 3.5 hours carrying a heavy shotgun and my toes felt like someone was pushing slivers into them with a hammer. Walking was almost impossible. And that’s when I heard the gunshot. I started to run. Well to shorten up the story, after my husband and I cleaned the deer, it was up to me to find Dad and my brother. “Hubby has a sore ankle,” said I, (totally true) “and was wondering if you could pick him up with the four-wheeler.” “ Why?” asked Dad. “He’s way over on the South side of the pond. We’ll have to find another way to get him out of there.” “I don’t think he’s that far.” I argued, “He couldn’t have wrestled an 8-point buck across the pond.” Dad looked up at me his eyes wide as saucers, “He got one?!” he exclaimed. He was no more surprised than the rest of us. As it turned out, hubby was exactly where Dad said he was which, apparently, wasn’t where he should have been. But if he had been where he should have been we wouldn’t have gotten a deer. It was a good hunt and we’ve got some great memories.


f you ask anybody, they will say Thanksgiving brings out their Mother’s best cooking. We wait all year and start drooling the second the leaves start to turn. You‘ll hear people say: My Mom makes the best ‘garlic and chive mash potatoes’ and another will say: My mom’s gravy is to die for, and for others it comes down to the turkey itself. But what is turkey unless it is stuffed full of goodness. There’s been a long standing argument at our house as to whose mother makes the best turkey stuffing. But having tried Mrs. Cowper’s stuffing this past year the trophy hands down goes to her. Sorry Mom. Her recipe will keep everyone coming back for seconds. It is in such high demand at Thanksgiving that she always makes a separate casserole dish or two as back up. Crisping the top, she brings it out just as one of us watches the last spoonful settle onto someone else’s plate. Here is a stuffing worth loosening your belt for. Top it with gravy and you are on your way to heaven.

Mrs. Cowper’s Thanksgiving Stuffing • 4 tablespoons butter or non-dairy margarine to keep it dairy-free • 1 medium onion, chopped • 3 celery stalks, cut crosswise in ¼” slices • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • 1 teaspoon ground sage • 1 teaspoon savory • 1 teaspoon thyme • 10 cups dried unseasoned bread cubes • 1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth • 1 egg

• ¼ cup fresh fine chopped parsley • 6 breakfast sausage (remove casing and fry until fully cooked) Chop into ¼ inch pieces (optional) Instructions 1. Turn oven to 350 degrees, (cook time 40 minutes in uncovered casserole dish) 2. Incorporate all the dry spices and bread cubes together 3. In a large buttered fry pan sauté onions parsley and celery for five minutes on medium heat 4. Add the cooked sausage meat to the wet vegetable mix 5. Delicately fold the sausage meat and onion mixture into the spiced bread cubes. Be careful not to crush the bread cubes 6. Slowly pour in the cooled chicken broth and fold into the mixture carefully again 7. In a small bowl whisk an egg and add it to the mixture until fully incorporated 8. Stuff your bird and fill a casserole dish. Cooking time for ‘in bird stuffing’ will depend on the size of your bird. For a casserole dish 40 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees or until crisp on top. Remove from oven and serve. This a great recipe that works well with Capons Turkey and Chicken Double the recipe for large birds and gatherings, you can never have enough stuffing. It goes great with left over turkey sandwiches and can be the topping to a Country Style Turkey Pot Pie.

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Recycling, Reusing ... or Ridiculous? By Sally Bowen


ur parents were kids during the Depression, and the examples they set fit right in with today’s philosophy of recycle and reuse, don’t waste. Sometimes that happens on a fairly large scale. Our men were offered the job of taking down the two-storey grain elevator in Emerald in exchange for the wood. Since it had been built flat board on flat board (instead of edge on edge) we gleaned something like six MILES of mainly useable boards. We re-floored the second story of our barn, and then built a very useful shearing area. Mezzanines were built which immediately filled with “stuff that will come in useful someday.” The shearing area stores our Wool Shed products 360 days/year, and is emptied for shearing five days a year. When Jake rebuilt the barn this spring, there was not one significant purchase needed. Virtually everything was scrounged. A portable saw mill was hired to cut our own logs into boards for our use. The off-cuts make effective compost containment, turning dead plants, weeds and roots into great compost to feed the garden.

Recycling is evident everywhere on our farm. A horse-drawn milk wagon became a tow-able, warm-up shack for construction (with an old pizza oven for warmth). Parked in our back yard it was used as a duck brooder, a boys’ clubhouse, then rebuilt into a sauna with scrounged cedar wood lining and another reused wood stove. Our Wool Shed was once a milk/ice house, then was used for farm storage, a candle production shed, an ATV shed, boys’ music room, and now a neat little outlet shop. Our water wagon was once the body of a neighbour’s dump truck. (We haul a huge tank by tractor to the field where it is needed.) One loader tractor is an amalgamation of two elderly tractors. We are now scavenging an ATV and another tractor for parts. Scrap bits of metal have been stored for years, then found to be just the thing for some patch job. The pole for our Purple Martin house was made out of a grain auger tube. But sometimes we get ridiculous. Each bale of yarn for the Wool Shed is wrapped with double thicknesses of string. For some years, we’ve painstakingly saved those, wrapping them in a knot-filled ball, used for tying newspapers, tomato plants, bundling herbs etc. Our Depressionera parents would be proud. New compost pile framework using off-cuts. Courtesy Sally Bowen.

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Wool Shed in winter – “If we’re home and awake we are open”. Courtesy Sally Bowen.

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Lessons Learned By Blair McDonald


or me, the arrival of September feels like the time of fresh starts. I know what you are thinking: “Well, that’s because you’re a teacher.” True, working in education really does make the first Tuesday in September a New Years of sorts – depending on how you look at it. For some, I’m sure the saddest New Year’s party imaginable. But, in general, I think regardless of whether or not you are in school, there is a collective transformation that everyone goes through in September. This fall, I have been given the honour of teaching a fourth year course which focuses on significant discussions in the role of journalism in society. We cover major voices from the history of the 19th and 20th century on topics like: the freedom of the press, censorship, truth and objectivity in the news, and the effects of television and Internet on public opinion. As not to drone on and on about the course itself, in late August when I was getting the reading list for the course together, I had a meeting with a Professor who had previously taught this course – who, for the sake of this story, must be noted is of the Baby Boomer generation. When he looked at my first reading (a chapter from John Stuart Mill entitled, ‘Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion’ dated 1859) he laughed and said: “It’s too bad these texts have the dates listed beside them. It’s going to be a hard-sell getting students to read something that old.”

I guess I never thought of the Mill reading being a problem in that way. My intention was clear: his [J.S. Mill] concerns are not matched by any contemporary and, at the same time, as original as ever. Besides, it is not the date of something that makes it oldfashioned, it’s the prejudices behind it. Camille Paglia noted this same dismissal of the history of ideas some twenty years ago in her assessment of the education system: “Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the great past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.” In the end, the class did the Mill reading last week, and there was no ‘ageism’ to be found. While relevance might be the new contemporary judgment of information, there is also something to be said for why great books of Western culture continue to be relevant: their insights about the human condition transcend particular moments in history and reveal something at the core of our nature. When it comes to major ideas, age shouldn’t be a determining factor. If all we ever look at is the revolving door of the present, it’s hard to see where are current beliefs are going to take us. As paradoxical as it might sound, I’m in agreement with Paglia on this one: the past really is our door to the future.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 --- 5:30 P.M. Christmas Carolling - Tree Lighting - Refreshments TAMWORTH LIBRARY

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 --- 1:00 P.M. Royal Canadian Legion #458 Santa Claus Parade Starting at The River Bakery and finishing at the Soccer Field on County Rd. 4. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Lions Club Christmas Hamper. Photos with Santa and refreshments at The Legion Hall after the Parade.

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Bringing Back the Bees

Squash Bee Peponapis pruinosa. Credit: Sheila Potter.

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ees are in the news these days. We’ve been hearing more and more about the threats they face: pesticides, corn seed treated with neonicotinoids (a nerve disrupter), colony collapse disorder, winter kill, and parasitic mites, among others. There are many threats to bees these days and people are justifiably worried. However, the talk in the media concentrates on the honeybee, a very important pollinator from Europe, and a well-loved honey producer. But the honeybee is only one species of bee found in Ontario. Most of us know little about our 400 plus native bee species which are also pollinators. They include the familiar bumblebees, mason bees and sweat bees. Unfortunately, our native bees are also facing many threats and suffering severe losses. On Sunday, September 15, a wellattended day-long seminar on bees sponsored by the Stewardship Councils of Eastern Ontario was held in Perth, featuring native bee advocate Susan Chan. Also included on the program was a round-table discussion with Susan Chan, retired Agriculture Canada research scientist Ted Mosquin, and beekeepers Jocelyne Steeves, Phil Laflamme, and Claude Tardif. The focus of Chan’s talk was our native bee species. She began by identifying the five families of bees found here and describing some of their distinctive habits. We learned that some burrow into rotting wood, some live in holes in bare ground or in abandoned rodent holes, some make their nests in old raspberry and blackberry canes, some cut circles out of rose leaves, or collect the fuzz from certain plant leaves to line the cells of their nest. Most of the wild bees are solitary; a few are colonial. Some species are specialists, for example, the squash bee which collects pollen and nectar from squashes and pumpkins. Others pollinate a wide range of flowers in gardens, orchards, fields, and woods. Some bees are managed by farmers to pollinate specific crops – the alfalfa leafcutter bee is one. Bumblebees are another example; they are used to pollinate greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers. As Chan points out, wild bees are often more important as pollinators than honey bees. Many of our fruits, vegetables and berries are pollinated by wild bees. Unfortunately, human activities are threatening the survival of many of these wild bees. Their food sources and nesting sites are often eliminated by modern management practices, such as the removal of hedgerows and the destruction of flowering weeds from roadsides and field margins. Like the honeybees, wild bees are killed by pesticides. Even non-lethal exposure to

pesticides makes them more vulnerable to disease. But, as Chan pointed out, there are actions we can take to protect and encourage bees. First and foremost we should stop using pesticides – they kill beneficial insects such as pollinators along with the target insects. Honeybees are removed from areas being sprayed, such as orchards, but wild bees are exposed to the toxic chemicals. In particular we need to get rid of treated seed and protest the use of neonicotinoids (nerve poisons, banned in Europe). Farmers need to have a choice, and currently all they can buy on the commercial market is treated corn seed. To promote government action, visit ontariobee.com and select Act Now and access the petition, Save Ontario’s bees: ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Another important step is to leave hedgerows, field edges, and natural areas undisturbed to protect important habitat for pollinators. These areas may look “weedy” to some people, but for bees the weeds and flowering shrubs provide food, and the undisturbed ground and vegetation provide nesting sites. Persuading local jurisdictions to weed whip road verges if necessary rather than spraying them with herbicides will also help protect bee habitat.


Chan urged us to plant a variety of bee forage plants, including wildflowers, weeds, heirloom flowers, and flowering shrubs that are attractive to bees and that bloom at different times through the growing season. Some of the ornamental flowers commonly found in gardens offer no nectar or pollen. Try interplanting your vegetable garden with herbs, especially dill and lavender, and let your mustard and brassicas (such as broccoli) go to flower. For ideas, visit Pollination Guelph (pollinator.ca). Participants at the seminar received the booklet A Landowner’s Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario. It contains detailed information about wild bees and how we can help them, and it lists species of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and herbs from which bees obtain nectar and/ or pollen. This very informative booklet, authored by Susan Chan, is available from Farms at Work by contacting sue@ farmsatwork.ca. The day concluded with a visit to a nearby farm where participants scoured a field of squash looking in the spent blossoms for squash bees and visited a field of honeybee hives managed by local beekeeper Phil Laflamme. We returned home with a new appreciation for bees and a desire to protect them.


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A Natural View

Girl of Limberlost and Son of Poseidon Story & photo by Terry Sprague


he photo of the caterpillar that Scoop editor Angela Saxe sent me, taken by Isadora Spielmann, was a mystery. Covered in tiny white spiracles, the caterpillar’s identity was lost in the carpet of these white protuberances. So, I sent the photo to friend Joe Bartok in Tweed who seldom has been stumped by other mysteries I have e-mailed him in the past. Pretty sure that this was an Imperial Moth, he was however curious about the white bumps, whether they were natural or parasites. He forwarded the photo to a website called BugGuide, and inquired about the white spiracles. They replied, “The white bumps you refer to could either be the scoli (fancy word for spines) or the spiracles, both normal features. This caterpillar looks healthy but could still be parasitized.” Moreover, the caterpillar was identified as Eacles imperialis pini, an Imperial moth species that feeds specifically on pine. What was amazing, attributable primarily to the speed of the Internet and electronic messages, it took only the better part of a day to pin an identity on this creature. Naturalist Gene Stratton Porter’s “A Girl of the Limberlost” features E. imperialis prominently in the plot development. Butterflies and moths are fascinating, but in the larva or cocoon stage, their identity can be a little challenging. Two years ago, I walked into my home office to find a huge moth fluttering in front of my face. Earlier I had received an e-mail from a Picton farm supply staff member about a strange cocoon someone had brought into their store. The store sold bird feeders, so surely they must know the identity of a cocoon! It spent several days jostled about on a shelf between farm catalogues and order forms. I was quite certain that the object that I now rolled around in my fingers was the cocoon of a Polyphemus moth, but I would need to take it home with me to verify. The cocoon was placed in the back seat of the car where it rode around for three days before I remembered to bring it into the house where I was able to verify it as a Polyphemus moth. I left it in my office, and later placed it atop a fluorescent light fixture above my desk where it sat for a few more days. I

intended to add the new acquisition to my box of props that I take along on guided hikes. Figured it would be useful on one of those hikes where few things show up and an emergency item is required to add interest to the hike. That’s when I entered my office to do some work and met a large Polyphemus moth fluttering in front of my eyes which then landed on the light fixture. Sure enough, the abandoned cocoon that I had placed on the light fixture, had a small opening at one end, where this creature had emerged, unfolded his wings and dried off. I carried him outside and placed him on the sun deck railing so he could get on with what’s left of his life – roughly two weeks: Hardly worthwhile coming out of the cocoon. What amazed me was the size of this moth and that he had somehow been compacted and folded enough to fit in this cocoon that was barely an inch in width and a little more than an inch in length. The sundeck railing is five inches in width, and his wings extended beyond either edge. So, what’s with the unusual name? Well, Polyphemus was actually the mythological gigantic one-eyed son of Poseidon and Thoosa in Greek mythology, one of the Cyclopes, mentioned in The Odyssey by Homer. The moth itself is actually fairly common and, superficially, resembles the more familiar Cecropia moth somewhat in that it has two large eyespots on its hind wings, which give the Polyphemus its name. Eyespots also serve as startle patterns, a form of distraction should a predator come along. Even its light colouration serves as a camouflage to some degree, despite the moth’s huge size. This is not the only animal that uses these startle tactics. Most startle patterns are brightly coloured areas on the outer body of already camouflaged animals. A good example of the use of startle patterns is the gray tree frog. If you find one, and it is difficult, as they change colour, to match their background, check its leggings. They are bright yellow. When it leaps, a flash of bright yellow appears on its hind legs, usually startling any predator away from its prey. In the case of the Polyphemus and the Cecropia moths, the false “eyes” are believed to be a form of mimicry, meant to misdirect predators. The predator thinks it is meeting its

prey head on, only to see it successfully flutter away in the opposite direction. Insects have evolved numerous ways to ensure survival. So expertly do some match their background, it is often difficult to spot them, even after the location of an individual has been pointed out. Others are transparent allowing the background to filter through so there is no need for the insect to seek out habitat that resembles itself. Any old place will do. Others like the Monarch butterfly contain cardenolides, a toxin that it obtains from milkweed plants, and carries it through the larval stage and into the adult stage. Birds and other predators soon learn to avoid Monarchs. The very similar Viceroy butterfly is not in the least bit poisonous, but uses its resemblance to the Monarch butterfly as a defence. The recently arrived Giant Swallowtail butterfly six years ago – even larger than my Polyphemus moth – has a defence that is guaranteed to thwart the efforts of any predator even as a larva. First, it resembles a large bird dropping which is usually sufficient to turn off most birds from pecking at it. And, if that doesn’t work, it uses chemical warfare, producing a foul odour from its tiny body that permeates the air around it. My moth likely lasted only a few days, having lived out its short lifespan, but not before finding a female (mine was a male, obvious by the feathered antenna) which will lay its eggs singly, and seemingly at random, on the lower surface of leaves. Although the larva feeds voraciously on leaves, it does not feed with thousands of others of its own species like the forest tent caterpillars do that invaded one section of forest along Moneymore Road near Marlbank three years ago. The Polyphemus is common enough, but certainly not invasive. It tends to scatter eggs here and there, rather than concentrate them in masses on individual leaves; consequently, the number of caterpillars on any one tree is usually low. It feeds in solitude, and then, constructs its characteristic cocoon wrapped in leaves on the tree. Here, it overwinters as a pupa in its large, thick, tough, silken cocoon. In late May or early June, the moth emerges from its cocoon where it spent the winter and commences its short life in the wild – or, in the case of the moth I had – in the office of our home, after being unceremoniously jostled about, likely many miles from where it had spun its cocoon, confident that it would not be disturbed.

Polyphemus Moth adult. Credit: Terry Sprague. 12


Meanwhile, if you get a chance, check out Joe Bartok’s website blog, “Tangled Web”, at joebartok.blogspot.ca. Contained in it is some really fascinating information about plants and insects that many of us simply overlook in our travels. I think his quote from naturalist Louis Agassiz, says it all, “I spent the summer travelling; I got half way across my backyard.” For more information on birding and

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Trout Fishing By Barry Lovegrove


have driven north and south on Hwy 41 hundreds of times over the years passing the big Trout Fishing Open sign with a big arrow pointing down Stonehedge Road. I have often thought that I’d like to go there sometime, but like a lot of things that I want to do or think about doing, they never seem to get done. Well it just so happened that we were going to be looking after two of our grandchildren for a couple of days this past summer and were thinking of what we could do. That’s when the light went on - take them fishing! So, I gave Bill Herrington a call. After asking what the procedure was he said in a jolly voice, “Come on down, bring the kids and yourself, I will have everything you need right here.” Our nine year old grandson TJ and Vanessa his sister, who just turned seven, were so excited when I told them we were going fishing. When we arrived at Grey Stone Farm Trout Fishing, Bill was there to meet us. That’s when the adventure started. We followed Bill in his truck driving slower than walking speed along his country trail wide enough for a truck or car for about half a mile into the bush. T J and Vanessa felt like we were driving for hours till Bill stopped and indicated where we could park. TJ and Vanessa were out of the car just full of exitement before you could shout “let’s go fishing”. By the time I got out of the car the children were already at the trout pond. Bill literally took them by the hand and explained and showed them everything. Just then Bill threw a handful of fish food into the pond. All of a sudden the still waters of the pond came alive with speckled and rainbow trout jumping and splashing for the food as it hit the water. A sight to be seen that I have never witnessed before. Of course this just added to the excitement of getting things going. Bill handed both of the children rods and baited the hooks with corn. He then showed them how to cast into the middle of the pond. For safety reasons we all went one at a time so as to enjoy the moment watching the grandchildren catch their first fish. It didn’t take long for TJ’s float to start bobbing and then take a run under the water. He gave his rod just a quick jerk to set the hook and the fight was on. Of course not being a fisherman yet, TJ thought that the fastest way to bring the fish in was to run back with the rod with the trout in tow. Bill soon came

to the rescue and showed him how to reel it in properly. His face shone with exitement and determination as the sound of the fishing reels clutch let out when the fish took a run. Vanessa was next in line and learned a lot just by watching TJ. She hooked in a nice size speckled trout and reeled it in with no problem. By the time we were all finished we had two rainbow and three speckled trout ready to take home for me to clean up and get ready for supper. Vanessa was all keen to watch me clean them and get them ready for the oven but shied away when I started. I wrapped them in tinfoil with lemon, garlic and some Montreal steak spice and cooked them at 350 for around 20-25 minuets... They were delicious in fact Vanessa said they were the best fish she had ever had and TJ just polished his all off without saying anything, which said a lot in itself. It was a great day and one we will all remember and talk about in years to come. What more could you ask for. I enjoyed it so much that I went back a couple of days later to catch some trout for myself and have a chat with Bill. Bill is a carpenter by trade and has travelled all over Canada in the construction business. Twenty years ago Bill had a dream to put in his own a trout pond. There was natural spring flowing out of one of his hills way back in his farm. With that in mind he brought in a backhoe and got his first pond dug deep enough to keep a fairly even water temperature. It didn’t take long for the spring to fill it and he said, “It has never let me down. It’s come close during a couple of dry summers but kept flowing.”He now has two smaller ponds that he uses for breeding the trout and getting them to a good size. At the south end of the main pond he has a little trout hatchery where he starts the little ones off and then moves them to a different location as they get bigger. Bill is there most weekends and through the week and has his family helping out but it’s probably better to call ahead just in case. His phone number is 613-3881199. I know I’ll be one of his regular customers now I know how good those speckled and rainbow trout taste. From the pond to the pan you can’t get much better than that and the nice thing about it is you know where they came from.

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Save the Loggerhead Shrike Story and photo by Jacqui Gunn


aving endangered animals is never simple, but for one particular species of bird, the solution weighs heavily upon the presence of grazing cattle. Eastern loggerhead shrikes are critically endangered songbirds that were once found across Ontario in short prairie grasslands and alvars. Now, the fields around Greater Napanee are one of only two strongholds left for the Eastern loggerhead shrike in Canada. Survey results from the Greater Napanee area this season found seven breeding pairs. While this was a small increase from last year’s results, it is still an extremely small number. Loss of habitat is a problem faced by a lot of declining species and this is also the case for shrikes. Shrikes are even more vulnerable due to their reliance on managed habitat, which was traditionally done by grazing cattle. Cows are an integral part of the grassland habits by keeping the grass short and the trees at bay, which is vital for allowing the shrikes to hunt prey in the ground. In recent years, changes in land usage and agricultural practices have left many fields void of cows. As a result, these unique habitats are becoming increasingly rare, as quickly advancing trees such as Red-cedar are taking over the grasslands. Efforts to save the shrike are being undertaken by Wildlife Preservation Canada. They are a non-profit organisation that fights extinction with a hands-on approach to endangered

species recovery. For the last 12 years WPC has released captive bred shrikes into the wild in Ontario to aid the wild population. These releases started in the Greater Napanee area last year and continued this year with another 35 birds released. The breeding program has been largely successful with a high proportion of released young returning each spring after migrating. But now with a lack of cows, the Shrike Biologists are facing new challenges. Napanee Shrike Biologist Jonathan Willans says, “Red cedars are a big problem at the moment. Without grazing cows in the fields, the trees are taking over, the habitat is becoming unsuitable and the shrikes are being pushed out.” Willans is now working on tackling the problem of cedar over growth and has started the process of selectively clearing areas of key habitat this week. “There is a short window of time between September and March when the birds have migrated south that is ideal for restoring shrike habitat. Now we have to act fast and get as many land owners and volunteers on board as possible to help selectively clear cedar. While we want to remove trees, we don’t want to have fields that are completely clear of Redcedar, as the shrike use them for nesting and perching.” He also noted that the key to creating and maintaining good shrike habitat was to leave some large trees standing, while clearing the smaller undergrowth. There are different ways to maintaining habitat such as pulling

brush hogs over the smaller cedars, but also manually removing larger tress with brush cutters and chain saws. The selective removal of cedar and opening up the fields will not just benefit shrike, but it will also help other declining grassland birds such as Eastern Meadowlarks and Bobolinks.

predation in the future.” Willans is now calling for volunteers to help move cedar and make brush piles. Efforts to save this species are made even more perilous by the bird’s migration. Each year in early September, the birds travel to South East USA. As the exact location of the shrikes overwintering grounds are not known, efforts to help the shrike for now can only be undertaken in Ontario’s known breeding grounds.

The decision was made to make a stand against the cedar after this year’s wild population saw continued predation of wild fledglings and adults. Willans comments “The wild shrikes had poor fledgling success this year, as some of the young were taken by predators. We also lost some adults due to predation as well. Many of these predators, such as Merlins, Blue Jays and Crows, breed and live in the Red-cedar forests that boarder the nesting sites. By pushing back and clearing these stands of Redcedar, we hope to decrease the amount of

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Grassroots Growers’ Mystery Garden Tour 2013 By Mary Jo Field


n July 20, GrassRoots Growers held its second annual Mystery Garden Tour, so called because the attendees are not told which gardens they will be touring until they reach the meeting point on the appointed day. Again this year there were two very different gardens to visit, making it an interesting four-hour ramble with many lovely surprises. It was a perfect day weather-wise. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some pictures to tell the story.

Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers is a community-based group. Our mission is to encourage interest in local and organic gardening for both the home garden and the market garden; to raise awareness of issues surrounding food production; improve our practical knowledge of all aspects of plant life, and provide networking opportunities for gardeners.

A long view in the Woods’ garden, with daylilies, lilies and Echinacea.


Our first stop was Bumblerock Farm, an organic farm west of Roblin. Owners Karen and Maarten ten Cate produce honey and grow numerous heirloom, open-pollinated vegetables on two acres of cultivated land. The ten Cates are committed to conserving seed from their vegetables to preserve the old heirloom varieties. If you shop at the bi-weekly farmers’ market in Napanee you might have bought some of their organic vegetables and honey. Next year they plan to also take part in an evening farmers’ market in Harrowsmith. A garden hidden away on the shores of Beaver Lake was the group’s next stop. Hosts Murray and Margaret Wood, despite having been up since before dawn to deal with a storm-downed tree in their driveway that left them without power, provided a warm welcome and a gracious tour of their acreage. Margaret provides the design direction and Murray the labour in this partnership, and it is obviously a labour of love. Until one sees it, it is hard to imagine such an extensive garden exists in the Tamworth / Erinsville area. After one sees it, it is mind-boggling to think about the passion and energy that goes into creating and keeping such an extensive garden in such beautiful condition.

A young member of the tour enjoys a shady moment under a pergola in the Woods’ garden.

Healthy squash plants at Bumblerock Farm brought admiring looks and questions.

The day ended with light refreshments and time to relax on the Wood’s deck overlooking the lake. GrassRoots Growers is very grateful to Karen and Maarten ten Cate and to Margaret and Murray Wood for allowing us access to their properties, for their time spent in preparation and for guiding the group around and answering many questions. They were extraordinary hosts. GrassRoots Growers’ events are the result of the efforts of many people who devote time and energy to them, and we thank them all. This year’s Mystery Garden Tour was coordinated by Brenda Stinson with help from Colleen MartinFabius, Hilda Cowan and Barb Mahood. Our next offering: Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Tamworth Library, ”Preserving the Harvest – Canning, Freezing and Drying Your Garden’s Bounty”. Angela Moore, a local gardener and preserver will discuss a variety of food preservation methods, after which Angela and other experienced local preservers will answer your questions. The evening will include a tasting of some preserves. Admission is free. Bring your questions, your experience and your favourite preserve recipe. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013 • THE SCOOP


True Colours By Sue Wade


n a previous life as a nursery school teacher, I learned early that the majority of preschoolers already have a favourite colour. Give a three-year-old the choice of what colour that week’s play dough should be and the choice is usually definite: Bailey always chooses yellow. Dakota always chooses red. Jordan always chooses purple. Morgan always chooses blue. For whatever reason, these are the colours of their comfort zones their feel good, true colours.

yellow family car, and I must admit it was easy to find in any parking lot, but I can say with some certainty my mother was expecting to drive a slightly more sedately coloured vehicle.

My true colour is green - that range from sage to avocado green if one must be specific. It draws my eye like an earth magnet to an iron bar. Give me a choice of a dozen wingback chairs of different colours, and I’ll pick the green one, anticipating cozy, comfortable times relaxing in its green depths.

My most recent glass design challenge was a head-scratcher because of colour. It’s a large landscape piece of glass that my client wants - a piece portraying the water and sky and wind and rocks of the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands. Now, I’ve designed and built landscapes before, but this client’s challenge was in asking me to build the piece with no colour. None. No water blues, granite greys, leafy greens. Not a hint of that at all. Zero colour.

Colour is important. The world in my glass studio is one of interacting and changing colour, a world of watching different kinds of light pass through or reflect from a piece of coloured glass. Whether the light drifts through or blasts through or tumbles through or bounces off will change the colour, tone and depth of the glass - alter its mood. Because one must respect what this changing colour does to a finished piece, it takes many contemplative hours in glass supply stores and in the studio to find the perfect bit of glass for each piece in the design. This colour game is played outside the studio of course. You probably know it well. From choosing which springblooming bulbs will look best in your garden to searching for the paint that matches the spare bedroom quilt to finding the right colour scheme for your wedding reception, colour is important. My father was colour-blind. He could build furniture like a master carpenter, grow enough produce each year to feed a small nation and figure out how to turn a bunch of garbage from the back shed into an awesome go-cart for his grandson, but the man was completely inept at finding a necktie that wouldn’t clash with his suit. Send him to the cupboard for the burgundy tablecloth and he’d return with the deep blue one over his arm and a questioning look on his face. He was asked to choose a paint colour only once that I recall. We did get used to the blazing, need-to-put-on-sunglasses-

This request knocked me for a loop - required me to run away from my comfort zone and ignore the importance of colour, concentrating instead on texture and opacity and the lines separating the pieces of glass. It forced me to be completely colour blind in order to see more - a novelty for one to whom colour is important! Here we are in a season famous for its colours. Leaves have changed from fresh clean spring greens, through the strong, dark greens of summer and into the dusky deep greens of leaves breathing their last before morphing into autumn’s jewels. Fall in Eastern Ontario is a gift of colourful artwork to all of us who live and visit here with Tom Thomson views right outside our windows, galleries for absorbing the work of Thomson and so many others artists who paint, photograph and draw this season. Walk, bike, drive, and explore this little piece of heaven to give your eyes a feast of the colours of golden-orange pies, purple side-of-the-road wild asters, multi-hued apples, steel grey skies behind sunlit golden trees. Fall in love with the true colours of our world slipping away from summer. Sue Wade sorts through racks of green glass in her studio just outside of Tamworth.

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Barry’s Photo Tip By Barry Lovegrove


ave fun with your camera especially when taking photos of children... I was asked by the DeMarsh family if I would come down and take a couple of photos of their daughters. I thought I would use this as an example of having fun with your camera. I took the first photo like a lot of people do asking the subjects to stand and smile. I first had them stand in front of a rock out back in their garden and took a photo. Children especially like to get into the action of taking photos so then I asked if they would be willing to jump off of the rock. Well there was a big resounding yes so I set my camera to a fast shutter speed and asked them to jump off the rock after the count of three.

You might have to take a few shots till you get the one that you want, which is usually no problem because they always seem to enjoy it more than just standing like soldiers in front of the camera. Then I asked them to just stand casually next to each other and relax and do their own thing. I find that after jumping around a bit they start to get into the swing of things and even come up with their own pose suggestions. You will probably get a lot of silly photos which are fun so go with the flow. You may also find that there will be a couple of gems among them with more of a natural smile than just asking them to say “Cheese”. If you have any questions on taking photos

Photo #2: 1-2-3 jump!

email me at: scoop@barrylovegrove.ca. I can’t promise to answer all the questions but I will put one in each issue of the

upcoming Scoops. Till next time keep that camera handy...

Photo #3: More casual & silly now.

Photo #1: Usual posed shot.



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Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Remembrance Day

Monday, November 11

Cenotaph Service at 11:00 a.m. Reception at Tamworth Legion following service

Stephanie Cadman Band Award winning step dancer; Plays fiddle in Belle Starr and Bowfire Lead roles in Swingstep, Broadway’s 42nd Street National Tour, Mervish’s Needfire and the dance show Stepcrew. Daniel Lapp, of Spirit of the West is also appearing with Stephanie for this performance. Friday, November 22 at 8:00 pm / Tickets $20

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Santa comes to the Legion Sunday, December 1 after the 1:00 p.m. Parade

Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.


Community Christmas Concert Take a break from the hectic season and treat yourself as the Kelli Trottier Band presents some of your favourite Christmas and fiddle songs. Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. Everyone welcome with donation at the door. Pay What You May (Suggested donation for those who can $20.) Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Lions’ Christmas baskets.

Breakfast with Santa

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rocrastination. We’ve all been there: whether it’s putting off your homework preferring to go to the movies, or neglecting to practice the piano despite having promised your band teacher, or deciding not to do those hockey drills like you’re supposed to. If you’re like me, you procrastinate and then stay up until one o’clock in the morning doing what needs to be done for the next day. School has started again and there’s so much to do, that it’s often hard to incorporate all of your commitments into the time available. So what are some ways to defeat procrastination and get the work done?

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You can’t love everything you do though - some things just have to be done. So motivate yourself! Promise yourself that you can go see that new movie as soon as you practice your lay-ups for half an hour. Make yourself that delicious dinner as long as you finish your English project. Sometimes a small incentive will help you get the work done. I have a group of friends and we motivate ourselves by just trying to beat each other. We’re all very competitive and by turning everything we do into a competition we’re able to motivate each other to be the best; we striving to win! “Hope, Purpose & Belongingare inconstantly Long Term Care” Get rid of distractions. Although it seems basic, you’d be surprised how much easier And finally, eliminating procrastination your math homework is when you log off can be as simple as organizing your time. from Facebook. When I’m studying, I Putting off everything until the night always have to turn off my phone, so that before isn’t only stressful and ineffective I don’t get distracted and start texting. it’s exhausting! But, if you prioritize Turn off your phone, disconnect the your to-do list and do it in moderation Internet, turn off the TV and pause your then each thing is a little bit easier. Set music. Not only will your work get done, aside thirty minutes every night for your but it will be of a much higher quality French project, a few hours for your job at since you’re distraction-free! Tim Horton’s, an hour four times a week for volleyball practice and an hour for Find something you love. A friend of just doing nothing. By setting aside time mine procrastinates doing everything for work, homework, extracurricular except for math, because she loves it. commitments and leisure, you’ll be able Now maybe your passion isn’t math, but to ensure that you’ll have a full schedule everyone has something they love to do. that allows time for everything to get Maybe you hate doing countless hours done. By eliminating procrastination of chemistry homework or practicing from your life, you’ll be able to not only the piano but you love learning about maximize your time, accomplish what biology and practicing the guitar doesn’t needs to be done but you’ll be able to get even seem like work. If you pursue the the most out of the time available and thing you love first then it won’t seem have a higher quality product! like work and you can do it easily without

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the risk. My question is: why take the risk? Think of it this way: what’s worse? Taking an extra half hour to put your assignment into your own words and properly cite your work or plagiarize, getting caught, and having to break it to your parents that you were dismissed from your program? It seems obvious that the extra half hour isn’t going to kill you, and it could save you your mark, or from being expelled.


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s the north wind begins to blow in early October, it is time again for the Christmas Events Committee to bring you news of the forthcoming seasonal events: the Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony (Saturday, November 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at Stone Mills Library), the Santa Claus Parade (starting at 1 p.m.), and the Village’s Christmas Craft and Vendors’ Fair (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), both occurring on Sunday, December 1st. Children’s visits with Santa take place after the Parade in Legion Branch 458. Are you interested in making a festive float or a decorated vehicle for the Santa Claus Parade? Or are you a craft artisan or vendor from the area who would like to reserve a table at the Christmas Craft and Vendors’ Fair? The Christmas Events Committee wants to hear from you! Like so many community events, volunteers, both young and old, always help to make the event a success. There are so many tasks that need to be done: volunteers to participate in the Parade’s organization would really be appreciated but there is always the need for assistance the day of the event. Parade entrants create a spectacular sight and get everyone in the mood for

the upcoming seasonal festivities. The Parade will once again proceed from the Medical Centre parking lot at Adair Road and Concession Street moving north through the village to the soccer fields; the Craft and Vendors’ Fair will be located in the Village Library. Entry forms for the Parade and Village Christmas Craft Fair can be obtained from M. McGrath (613-3792727), Lorraine Prue (613-379-2684), Kathy Hutcheon (613-379-2959), or Carole Maleska (613-379-5018). The Christmas Events Committee is requesting a $10.00 donation for a float/vehicle entry; craft artisans can procure a table and space for $15.00. All proceeds will be donated to the Lions’ Christmas Hamper Fund for Food Baskets.

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Families can get an early taste of the excitement by attending an evening of caroling outside the Library with The Tabernacle Pentecostal Church Choir and then by watching the lighting of the village Christmas Tree. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd. Inside the Library everyone can enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies. Get into the Christmas spirit early by volunteering your time and participating in the events.

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ydro poles throughout the village have never looked more attractive. Mid-September brings a change in weather and light – a harbinger of the autumn days to come and the downtown streets of Tamworth now reflect the glorious change of seasons. The poles are festooned with corn stalks, large sunflower heads and tied with a large orange ribbon; a beautiful reminder that the village sits in the middle of agricultural land and as well, it reflects a community that celebrates its heritage and appreciates beauty.

The Boosters is a community group that fills baskets with flowers during the summer and hangs pine boughs and wreaths in the winter. These folks are proud of their village and we’re thankful that they take the time and energy to bring charm and beauty to our streets. A big thank you to Sean Milligan who cut down the corn stalks and Cheryl Gaffney, Lorraine Prue, and Teresa and Ron Kennedy who did the decorating.


$9,900 in Fines for Buying Hunting Licences Illegally


wo brothers have been fined a total of $9,900 for unlawfully purchasing moose and deer hunting licences. Eric Thompson of Colborne and Bruce Thompson of Burlington, Vermont, USA, pleaded guilty to six counts each of buying a licence tag for an ineligible person. The court heard that over a period of three years, Eric Thompson purchased resident deer and moose licences for his brother Bruce who is not a resident of Ontario. Bruce Thompson’s moose licences were also used in the adult moose lottery system to enable his group to reach the guaranteed group

The Clancy Family

size required to obtain adult moose tags. Justice of the Peace Joanie Glover heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brighton, on September 12, 2013. For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 20132014 Hunting Regulations Summary, available ontario.ca/hunting. To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) tollfree any time, or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The Clancy family at their farm in Camden Township, circa 1897 (L-R): Irvine, Gordon, Albert, Cornelius, Gertrude, Frank, Matilda, Viiolet, Sophie, Grace, and Agnes. Courtesy Meredith Hunter.


ichael Saxe’s article From the Archives: 19th Century Traffic Reports printed in our last issue of The Scoop August/September 2013 elicited a response from one of our readers. Meredith Hunter, and her partner Bob Dougherty, have lived for more than thirty years in the house of Cornelius Clancy who Michael referred to in his article about accidents involving horses. “Here is the old photo of Cornelius and Matilda Clancy & family. They are standing in front of our house, which was their home and dairy farm. Please note the two family horses included!! Maybe it was one of those horses who bolted and tossed them into the river. Also attached is a list of the family



We were also told that Cornelius went to the California gold rush in 1850s. He had asked Matilda to go to California with him but she declined. When he returned, he built our house apparently, and they married in 1870. He was born in 1840, and died in 1905; she was born in 1849, and lived until 1936. They are buried in the Newburgh Cemetery.” Meredith Hunter

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names. The two boys on the left went to Queen’s medical school, and became physicians. We were told that the other children were all ‘educated’ as well: teacher, pharmacist, carpenter. They went to the Newburgh Academy on the road to higher education.

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Lego club: Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Movie time: Saturdays 1:00 p.m. napanee book club: 3rd Monday of each month 3:00-4:30 p.m. Puppy tales (with Karma, the story dog): Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.

OCTOBER Preschool story time: Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. tot tales: Fridays 11:15 a.m. Lego club: Thursday October 3rd 6:307:30 p.m. & Saturday October 5th 2:003:00 p.m. Registration is required. Avid readers Book club resumes Thursday October 17th. Call 613-3896006 for more information.

TAMWORTH BRANCH children’s Programs: Wednesdays 6:30-7:00 p.m. Oct. 2-30: Board Games Nov. 6-27: crafts

CAMDEN EAST BRANCH toddler tales: Mondays 10:15-11:00 a.m. (ongoing).

NOVEMBER 2013 Preschool story time: Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. tot tales: Fridays 11:15 a.m. Lego club: Saturday November 2nd 2:00-3:00 p.m. & Thursday November 7th 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Avid readers Book club resumes Thursday November 21st. Call 613-3896006 for more information.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE September 2013-June 2014

ONTARIO EARLY YEARS CENTRE – 1178 County Road 8, Napanee Let’s Play with Baby Thursday’s 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

(geared to parents & children up to 18 months. Parenting workshops, group discussions & Mother Goose program. Older siblings welcome in the playroom as well)

Public Health Baby Talk Drop In (4th Tuesday of the month)

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Daddy & Me Playgroup

Prenatal Classes-KFL&A Public Health


Classes Throughout the Year Call KFL&A Public Health 613 549-1232 to register

Friday & Saturday – Playgroup 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Erinsville Playgroup!! Beginning October 21, 2013

Do you want to… Have fun with your child? Meet other parents and children? Expose your child to new experiences in a safe environment? Play, sing, laugh, share, and try new things? Then, come along and try our playgroup. We have a great space, lots of toys, and as part of our playgroup time, we do craft, circle and have a singing time.

Monday mornings 9:30 until 12:00 St Patrick School Gymnasium For more information contact 613-336-8934 ext. 257 Or 613-354-6318 ext. 27

Student Artwork Students in Mrs. Stephen’s grade 4/5 classroom explored the art of Kandinsky, who is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Students experimented with geometric shapes and bold colours to create wonderful works of expression. The entire classroom art gallery was displayed at Tamworth Elementary School’s Open House on Monday, September 30.

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Come visit with other dads, and play with your children. Join us for dinner, served around 5:45 p.m. Begins on Sept. 10th

Playroom open for playtime Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

(unless another program scheduled)

Outreach Playgroups

AMHERSTVIEW Tuesday – Playgroup 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Amherstview Community Hall 108 Amherst Drive, Amherstview BATH Thursday – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bath United Church

NAPANEE Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Trinity United Church

NEWBURGH Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Newburgh Community Hall

YARKER Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Yarker Free Methodist Church

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Artwork by Darcee. Courtesy Tamworth Elementary School.

Revised Sept. 2013

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FRee ClaSSIFIeDS Free to private individuals or not-forprofit community groups. To place an ad: Phone 613-379-5369 or email stonemills.scoop@gmail.com. For sALE: Decades of magazines - 200 old Cottage Life & 100 Harrowsmith. $300 obo for the lot. Phone 905-374-2632. For sALE: Garlic - naturally grown garlic. 8 varieties, $8/lb. Seed stock available. RR3 Roblin. Phone 613396-5202 or lisadlloyd@gmail.com. WAntED: Nice home for seven healthy mixed-breed sheep. $500. Contact goldenbough@lks.net. For sALE: Two girls bicycles (suitable for teenagers). Excellent shape, fairly new. Phone 379-5244.

For HIrE: Small Kubota tractor which comes with an operator. Perfect for landscaping, drainage and clearing. Let us know your needs and we will fulfill them. Steve @ Dynamic Digging: 613-539-8015 WAntED: Studebaker memorabilia. Items such as manuals, brochures, old dealer calendars, pens, pencils, lighters, watches, etc. Norm 613-9684400. oFFErED: Exercise classes, Barrie township hall (Cloyne). Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Everyone welcome! Tabatas, pump, and latin dancing (total body). Cost: $8 a class or $45 per month. New members’ discount for the first month is $40. More info: Terrilynn Storms 613 8476666 or 613-478-4720.

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Monthly Jamboree November 10 - Hunters Ball December 8 - Christmas Potluck Party January 12 - Winter Wonderland February 9 - Valentine’s Day March 9 - Irish Hoe Down April 13 - Swing into Spring May 11 - Youth Showcase June 8 - Youth Showcase Finals


Would like to say THANK-YOU to The Lion’s Club, volunteers, and the community for helping support this program. SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR.

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...continued from page 5 have gone insane in captivity, held in a cage and living a life with chronic pain and anxiety. Sue Meech, the Founder/ Director of SPWC has taught me, “There is a fate worse than death”, and for this bird, it would be a life imprisoned in a cage, tended to by humans daily. It is not SPWC’s mandate to be a sanctuary for maimed patients who have to live a lifetime in captivity, to most of our patients that would be the epitome of hell. Another response heard after the finder finds out the patient died (even if it was

because it succumbed to its diseased or injured state), is along the lines of “What a waste of time, I guess I shouldn’t have bothered.” In this scenario, we reassure the concerned person that their efforts are never a waste of time. At least the suffering creature died hydrated, with pain medication, in calm, quite location, and sometimes those who appear doomed, make an amazing recovery. For all those who don’t make it the ones that do are so worth the effort. Not to mention it can be incredibly hard to determine whether or not the patient is suitable for rehabilitation until they are undergoing treatment. Some species can be lying at the side of the road for days, dropping their metabolism and surviving

in extreme amounts of pain, when a passerby notices that they are actually still alive. Turtles can survive with extensive shell damage, if they are given the right care and rehab. It has been said that the only reason to give up on a turtle is if its head is severed! Porcupines also go into this low metabolic state, and once their body temperature is raised, pain medication on board, they can make a full recovery, even if the appeared dead for days. So the answer to the question “Should I bother?” is YES you should, if the roles were reversed, wouldn’t you want someone to help you? Coming across an injured wild animal is never a planned

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event, and often very inconvenient for the person who found this poor suffering creature. But we implore people to accept this one-time small hassle, and offer this struggling animal your time and efforts. One day you may be releasing it back to the wild reveling in its release and a job well done by all. Leah Birmingham is the Assistant Director at SPWC. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, she helps manage patient care and treatment, as well as coordinating a successful Internship Program, handling media relations, and assisting Sue Meech with management of the staff and operations of SPWC.



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69. Historic school on the Thames

12. Bird with a forked tail

46. San ___ Obispo, Calif.

45. Said aloud

70. Deep grooves

13. Put ___ show

49. Tokyo money

21. Fuzzy green fruit

50. "Happy Days" character

22. ___ Lanka

51. Wanness

26. Greek "H"

54. Pacific nation once known as Pleasant Island

48. Flower in the violet family often seen on roadsides


52. Prefix with thermal

2. Olympic track gold medalist Lewis et al.

28. Haul

3. Songs in a 19-Across

30. Clearasil target

53. Grand and baby grand 57. Frilly white flower also called wild carrot 62. It makes scents

1. Biblical land with a queen

4. Places people are drawn to

63. "Open late" sign, maybe

5. Anonymous

64. Old balladeer's instrument

7. Repetitive process

65. Wash off

6. Oil of ___ 8. Pasture

27. "Happy birthday ___" 29. Much-respected person 31. Sorcerer 32. Muslim pilgrimage 33. Mishmash 34. He released a dove in Genesis 38. Old cable inits.



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56. Appears 57. Common cosmetics applicator 58. Eclectic magazine 59. Lighten, as a burden 60. In apple-pie order 61. Aborted

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55. Group of eight

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36. Southwest plant

47. Born: Fr.


See how many of these words you can find in the puzzle. The words can be forward, backward or diagonal.

1. 2. 3. 4.

35. Words of comparison

42. Pagoda instrument


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Terence receiving the L&A Award for Lifetime Achivement.


erence Dickinson received the Lennox & Addington Award for Lifetime Achievement in a location he helped to create. At a special ceremony held at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, Mr. Dickinson accepted the award amongst colleagues, family and friends. Mr. Dickinson has been a resident of Lennox & Addington County since 1976. Editor of SkyNews - Canada’s national astronomy magazine - Terry has had a lifelong fascination with astronomy beginning at age 5 when he saw a brilliant meteor from the sidewalk in front of his home. He has been involved in astronomy full-time since 1967 as a writer, an editor, a teacher and a broadcaster. He is Canada’s leading author of astronomy books for both adults and children. Notable among his 15 books is NightWatch – one of the bestselling stargazing books in the world. Mr. Dickinson has received numerous national and international awards, among them the New York Academy of Sciences book of the year award and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s KlumpkeRoberts Award for communicating astronomy to the public. Asteroid 5272 Dickinson is named after him. In 1995, he was appointed by the Governor General as a Member of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

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Vignettes Home Décor Opens in Napanee By Kate Kristiansen


elen Kosmopolous-Rogina is a happy lady, proud of both her babies. Her son, Nicolas just turned two and her new business, Vignettes – Home Décor and Vintage Designs is still in its infancy. The store is located at 16 Dundas Street East, Napanee. She is an artist. It’s in her blood – she has an older brother who is a gifted photographer and a younger brother who is an equally talented artist and illustrator. She has a gift and is a natural at making pieces work together. Transforming a dusty corner into a stunning spot in your home. What once started as a dream is now her reality. Vignettes sells both new and used items. Re-commissioning pieces of used furniture and sourcing new pieces for the store is her passion. You can find anything from antiques to new candles, bowls, pillows, placemats, furniture and loads of gift ideas for men and women. “I try and source what is fresh and trendy for the season,” said Helen. “I’ve got some new stock in and I am excited. Each new box has something fun inside. It feels like Christmas when they arrive,” holding up an iron deer head hook. “I purchased these last month and they were gone in days. They make great gifts for men and women; they also come as a moose too.” “Not many people know but I graduated from Forestry at Sir Sandford Fleming. I like to bring the woods inside, with natural pieces like wood and birch bark. I have worked in retail home décor for over 17 years as a manager of Urban Barn and Pier One in Toronto. So, I make sure I buy for all my consumers’ taste - even contemporary urban flavors and vintage chic. It’s been helpful having built those relationships with national buyers to be able to source items that you wouldn’t normally see locally.” A visit to her house feels like an extension of her store – there’s a cohesiveness from the outdoors, through her entrance way to the inside interiors. One could sit perfectly happy in the rocking chair, fall flowers and an autumn display on her front door, deliciously inviting. A passerby said they loved to watch Helen’s front door change, “I never know what she may come up with next. Great street appeal.” Inside, the sewing machine is humming, pillow stuffing everywhere, while her son, Nicolas is pulling up a chair to help. Not many have the constitution to start up a business, and certainly not with a toddler bouncing about. Her home is beautiful. Every pillow has a place, each corner a new display of her favorite things. Helen doesn’t have a million dollar house or a million dollar budget; she just knows what patterns and colours work. Helen can help you achieve the same results. By visiting Vignettes and strolling through the store, you get all sorts of ideas. As the name suggests, each display is staged with a variety of colors and pieces to show how it can work in your home. Customers can bring a photo 26

of their room, pieces they like and possible colours and she can pull together a variety of items from the store or source what you need. “As well as in-store interior d e s i g n advice, we have started a custom made pillow ser v ice,” said Helen. “Fabrics are available for customers to choose what works for them, size and color. Vignettes can create these handmade cushions for them.” She returned to the Napanee area for her family. A local girl, she and her husband wanted their son to live in a more rural environment. Helen’s parents are long

Helen Kosmopolous-Rogina in her new Napanee store. time business owners of La Pizzeria, Bill and Marina Kosmopoulos. “Home is here. Napanee is booming,” says Helen. “The community is buying local instead of heading to Kingston or nearby Belleville. I am pleased to offer something they can’t discover anywhere

else. It’s good to be back.” For more information about Vignettes – Home Décor and Vintage Designs follow them on Facebook or visit the store (located inside Ellena’s Café) at 16 Dundas Street East, Napanee, open Monday through Saturday.

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Ian & Coco Perform at the Legion By Barry Lovegrove


t might have been a cold and damp Sunday afternoon but it sure was hot in the Tamworth Legion. A small but enthusiastic audience sat back and took in the lovely sounds of Ian Sherwood and Coco Love Alcorn. A lot more great music is coming to the Legion over the next little while so keep your ears and eyes open and get the tickets fast before the show sells out.

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