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e had just moved to the Tamworth area and my two-year old son had come down with a cold; his coughing and wheezing had kept us up all night. I called the doctor’s office and the receptionist told us to bring him in; the doctor would see him in between patients. We had just sat down, when Dr. Cowan came running into the waiting room, demanding to know which child was barking. “He’s got croup. Take him to the hospital immediately. I’ll call ahead and they’ll be expecting him.”

Thus began our first experience of rural medicine and for the next thirty years, we’ve been fortunate to have caring physicians who know our family, who have at times made house calls and who have overseen our care as we required visits to specialists or have had to undergo hospital procedures. Many city friends marvel at the high quality of care we have received and we’re not alone in knowing that for many of us, we’ve been fortunate to have a medical clinic in our community staffed by two extremely knowledgeable and experienced doctors: Dr. Laing MacFadzean and Dr. Sandra Cowan. Like many of us, they are both getting close to retirement age, but unlike so many of us, they have to consider

the health and care of thousands of patients in their practice.

People living in rural communities may be spread over a large geographic area, but word gets around. Recently, we heard that the doctors/owners of the Tamworth Medical Centre approached the Township of Stone Mills about the possibility of the Township becoming an active participant in the provision of facilities for future local, medical practitioners. Attracting young doctors to rural communities is increasingly difficult for a variety of reasons, but young doctors often dealing with huge school debts are not in a position to enter a rural practice that includes the cost of buying a building. The word on the street is that the Township turned down their request.

I don’t know whether this was the right decision or not because at this point we don’t know Council’s reasons for rejecting the offer. But, I think it’s important for everyone to start thinking about the impact this will have on our health care and we should start asking some questions. Speak to your doctor. Speak to local council members (remember municipal elections are coming up in the fall), seek out and discuss this issue with members

of community groups. A well staffed medical clinic ensures not only the delivery of good medical care to its patients who come from all over the County, but it impacts on the economic viability of the community. It only makes sense that young families as well as seniors settle in a community that offers medical care. Let’s start asking our community leaders to show leadership by opening up a dialogue; let’s start discussing a proactive plan that will ensure the delivery of medical care in our area. Other communities have come up with innovative and creative solutions. So can we. Below are a few web sites about the difficulties of attracting doctors to rural areas in Ontario and possible solutions. “Growing the Number of Rural Physicians”, Queen’s School of Business: http://tinyurl.com/rural-1 “HealthForceOntario Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative Guidelines”, Province of Ontario: http://tinyurl.com/rural-2 “Rural Canada: Access to Healthcare”, Library of Parliament: http://tinyurl.com/rural-3

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Letter to the Editor Dear Terry (Sprague): I concur with your take on forest bathing. I’ve been lucky enough to get daily infusions for the last 30 years. But it’s a hard sell. The concept is utterly foreign to the MNR and local governments. We have a 65 km network of beautifully scenic paths for nonmotorized use only meandering through a wide variety of habitats in the forest heartland surrounding Shabomeka Lake in the Madawaska Highlands of the Land O’ Lakes region of Eastern Ontario at the SE corner of Bon Echo Provincial Park, produced and maintained by more than 30 000 hours of volunteer labour. The MNR assigns a value to volunteer service, based on $21.36/h, for Friends organizations whose efforts specifically benefit Ontario Parks, but assigns a value of ZERO or less to volunteer service whose efforts accrue to the common good on crown land just metres outside park boundaries. Thus, our path network would be worth $640 000 to the MNR if it were motorized, but $0 as is.

The Land O’Lakes Tourist Association is hamstrung by the MNR. The MNR won’t allow them to even mention Shabomeka LEGPOWER Pathfinders in their promotional material because the MNR has a policy that any facility on Ontario Crown Land has to include motorized use. The recreational rototiller industry is a partner of the MNR – we minimal-impact guys are not. Guess who gets the mine and who gets the shaft. They appear to be the tail that wags the MNR dog. The MNR can’t even show the sLp path network on the MNR Value Maps. If you have a non-motorized facility on Crown Land in Ontario, the MNR gives you two options – you can either turn it over lock, stock & barrel to the motorized thug partners, or have it destroyed by the MNR by whatever means they can think of at the moment. The preferred method is clear cut logging, which the maximumimpact partners love because it makes a present to them of lots of new ready-made routes to ravage the wilderness. Our paths are too ‘natural’ for a lot of visitors, whose idea of wilderness appears to be a golf course with more than three trees. Glen Pearce is the President of Shabomeka LEGPOWER Pathfinders, Cloyne ON. You can reach him by phone at 613.336.8036.

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Monarchs in the Classroom By Stella Thompson


he girls and boys stood in their school playground in awe, gazing up into the brilliant blue September sky following four jeweled orange wings. They sang “Mariposa adios, journey well to Mexico” and marveled at how such a tiny insect could travel some 4,000 km to escape the frigid Ontario winters. Their teacher, Anne Powers, has been bringing the magic of the monarch butterfly story into her primary classrooms for most of her twenty-five year teaching career. In the beginning, she would scour milkweed patches in nearby fields for a monarch caterpillar and raise it in a large mason jar for her young students to observe, wonder and imagine. The caterpillar would eat and grow and grow and eat. It would form a beautiful green chrysalis and secretly begin its stunning transformation. Invariably, the orange and black monarch butterfly would emerge on a Saturday morning to the delight of Anne’s own young children. The birth announcement on Monday morning wasn’t much of a magical sensation for her young students. By the end of September, that was it – pack it all in a box until next year. About ten years ago, Anne, who has taught a variety of primary grades in the Limestone District School Board, attended a threeday workshop where someone somewhat flippantly said, “Well, it doesn’t really matter where you release the butterfly and the butterfly doesn’t really need to eat for 24 hours.” Those words transformed her teaching. She now spends most of the summer raising and releasing monarch butterflies from the eggs collected in her own garden (Many predators consume the eggs: only 1 in 400 eggs laid by a single female survive to adulthood). The first day of school now begins with about 25 eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides and butterflies. Anne integrates the amazing life cycle and journey of

the monarch butterfly into all areas of the curriculum. If you peek into her classroom during the first weeks of September you’ll find various monarch ‘stations’. Long white tulle-framed holding cages contain butterflies awaiting gender identification, tagging and release. At another station, students use microscopes to observe the pinhead-sized egg lying on a milkweed leaf. Sometimes the students even catch the sight of a caterpillar hatching. Move onto the next station and observe the various instars or stages of the monarch caterpillars busily eating; they are enclosed in tomato cages that are covered in black tulle. In their final or fifth instar, caterpillars become restless and venture on a walk – about in search of a sheltered place to pupate. Signs of an imminent chrysalis dance include hanging upside down in the shape of the letter ‘J’. The dance is a marvel as the caterpillar sheds its skin for the last time and transforms into a jade-green chrysalis with gold sparkling dots. With some slight adjustments of temperature and light, Anne has been able to time a butterfly’s emergence during class time. It’s a stunningly captivating transformation which becomes a cherished memory for all. For a number of years, Anne organized Monarch Parades to bid a fond farewell to the September monarchs journeying to Mexico. Monarchs born during the summer months spend their three to six week-long life laying eggs and building up their population. In contrast, monarchs born towards the end of August and September live for eight months, migrate and live at elevations of 3,000 metres in semi-hibernating clusters upon the oyamel trees of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Many monarchs have begun their long travels to Mexico with Anne’s students bidding them Bon Voyage! Her class invites the entire school community, parents and community members for the event. Students write the script to accompany Anne’s photos and retell the monarch’s story. Decked out in monarch costumes and face paint, the students release their beloved monarchs to the wonder and awe of all in attendance while they sing, “Mariposa adios.” If the September weather is Anne Powers. warm and sunny, Powers might sprinkle some sugar water NAPANEE PIONEERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB on a nose or finger and the monarch We start dancing again on September 19th and 26th butterfly will often at Southview Public School in Napanee at 7:30 p.m. stick around for a few minutes longer First 2 Fridays are FREE for new dancers before beginning No partner or special dress required its long flight Donna McHale 354 -7139 riding the warm Muriel & Wilfred Brough 354 -4595 air thermals.

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Students gazing at monarchs in a butterfly net. Photo by Anne Powers. butterflies have begun their journey to Mexico, Anne concentrates on the environmental issues which enable this fragile insect to survive here in Canada, the United States and in their over-wintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico. She sees the monarch butterfly as a symbol for conservation. Milkweed is the only food source for monarch caterpillars. No milkweed means no monarch butterflies. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to stop cutting them down thinking they are just noxious weeds. Nectar flowers such as purple coneflowers, black-eyed susans and golden rod are a vital source of food for the adult butterfly. Planting monarch-friendly gardens, reestablishing native meadows and eliminating the use of any insecticides are key to ensuring monarch-friendly habitats and wild spaces for people to re – connect to the land. Anne hopes to establish more school gardens pushing the boundaries of the classroom outdoors. “It’s important for students to learn about the native plants and animals that live right here in our own backyard.” Anne also sees the monarch butterfly as a symbol that represents people working together to solve environmental issues of the 21st century. Canadians, Americans and Mexicans need to work together to ensure the survival of the monarch. She is so passionate about the survival of this beautiful butterfly that she has traveled to Mexico several times to witness the miracle of the over-wintering sites

and to connect with the people who live in the communities bordering the monarch sanctuaries. She has visited schools in the mountainous villages of Michoacan sharing books about the monarch’s life cycle and journey. Anne spent part of a summer working with Alternare, a nonprofit organization run by Mexicans passionate about empowering people to live more sustainably upon the land. The threat to the monarch’s survival in Mexico is the loss of the oyamel forests which are being extensively logged – legally and illegally. The entire population of monarchs east of the Rockies in Canada and the United States funnel down to the oyamel forests. The oyamel and pine forests provide fuel for the villages nestled in the mountains. Alternare has been a driving force in the construction of more fuelefficient stoves using 50% less wood and posing less health risks than traditional wood-burning stoves. Tree-planting efforts by Alternare have helped ensure habitat survival for monarchs and people. A number of years ago, mud slides destroyed many homes in Angangueo, Mexico and Anne and her students were involved in some fundraising to help purchase new books for the school whose library had been destroyed by the eroding mud. In bridging the travel path of the monarch butterfly, Anne has involved her students in a number of other projects which help connect her students to people and to the issues of the environment.

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Destination – Perth: Visiting Gardens and Going to the Theatre With Barb Wilson and Angela Saxe


arden envy. All you gardeners must have had this feeling when you’ve visited other folks’ labours of love. Like my friend Angela’s garden – the one she’s carved out of the wilderness and introduced exotic flowers, shrubs and trees. The flower garden is just one aspect of the small park-like landscape that she and her husband continue to enhance. Grecian foxglove, hybrid colourful day lilies, roses, gorgeous irises all competing with each other to say “look at me”, intermingled with masses of hostas, bergamot, and oriental lilies. This is a mature garden although not as mature as some of the older flower gardens that have been planted and tended by generations of romantic and slightly obsessive gardeners. Don’t get me wrong, I love my humble garden, nestled in the dry, less than rich soil of the Canadian Shield. Maturing along with me, my garden has the signs of my impetuous youth—-all the gardening mistakes: mostly placement mis-steps such as overcrowding and sadly, including plants that deer love to munch on. No roses in my garden. It seems that now I spend more time in my garden “undoing” rather than adding, like trying to control the runaway Jerusalem artichoke. But I love my garden just the same. And when I do introduce new flowers or shrubs I’m more careful about placement: I want some showcase specimens among the lupines, cone flowers, day lilies, rose campion and rudbeckia.. So, purchasing presents a whole new set of considerations; for instance, the plants must be deer resistant and able to handle dry spells and neglect when I travel. So you can see this narrows the options. Angela and I have visited, and oohed and aahed over, many well maintained and exotic gardens during our travels: the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, the Japanese garden on the UBC campus in

Vancouver, the Annapolis Royale Historic Gardens in Nova Scotia as well as smaller but no less beautiful ones. My favourite, so far, has been the Jardins deMétis near Mont Joli, Quebec that Elsie Reford masterfully designed during the 1920s. Seeing the Blue Poppies that grow in the Himalayan Mountains in her garden earned my admiration and desire for the rare and exotic plant. So, we were amazed that neither one of us had visited Kiwi Gardens, an easy back road destination near Perth. Kiwi Gardens has a reputation for unusual plants but we were pleasantly surprised at the variety and the design of their gardens. Colourful masses of “unfamiliarto-me” flowers; meandering trails coursing through ten acres of gardens and woods and scattered throughout were many sculptural installations that have been added over the last 26 years. The array of flowers and shrubs that I had not seen in other nurseries or in the seasonal setups outside Canadian Tire or Loblaws, enticed me into breaking my rule “I don’t need it so I’m not buying anything.” I came home with some colourful hybrid echinacea—with names like “Secret Lust” and “Marmalade”. A nameless, strange-looking succulent and a couple of new-to-me perennials such as Plumbago ( Leadwort), First Blush spurge and fiery red Lucifer Crocosmia filled out the lot. The Kiwi Gardens nursery boasts an astonishing one thousand varieties from which to choose what’s perfect for your needs. The nursery plants are hardy and strong because they have been over wintered, making them more reliable for transplanting to your own garden. So, we both came home with unusual specimens to ooh and aah over in our own gardens. The gardens were so extensive and fascinating that we spent way more time than we had planned to, so we had to scoot into Perth, grab a very delicious sandwich from Foodsmith (worth

Kiwi Gardens. Photo by Angela Saxe.

Cast members take a bow at the Classic Theatre Festivals’ performance of Come Blow Your Horn. Photo courtesy Classic Theatre. a trip in itself) and head to the theatre in time to catch the matinee.


s Barb mentioned, we had ten minutes to eat our lunch before the doors opened to admit all the eager theatre goers into the new premises of The Classic Theatre Festival which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Two excellent plays are being offered this summer: Neil Simon’s play, Come Blow Your Horn (July 11 to August 3) and Frederick Knott’s mystery thriller, Dial M for Murder (August 8th to 31st). The theatre has moved into a new venue on 54 Beckwith Street East and it provides free parking and is wheel chair accessible. The pre-show talk was just ending and as we filed in we realized that we were the youngest people there. Cars and buses had brought seniors from near and far for the matinee performance. “This is a wonderful excursion,” my elderly neighbour from Toronto told me as we waited for the lights to dim. “First we took the theatrical historic walking tour through Perth. We didn’t realize how many fascinating and entertaining stories there are about this town and the talented troupe of up-and-coming performers did such a great job bringing them alive.” Come Blow Your Horn is Neil Simon’s Broadway debut in 1961 and like his other popular plays, The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys, Barefoot in the Park, to name a few, it’s filled with funny lines and great characters. The plot may appear simple, but it reveals the complex interactions between people. Come Blow Your Horn focuses on two brothers. The older brother, Alan Baker played by Lindsay Robinson, is a playboy who is always juggling girlfriends while trying to find stability and meaning in his life. His younger brother Buddy, played by Matthew Gorman, is a shy, nervous boy who tries to emulate his brother’s lifestyle while dreaming of being a writer. The laughter comes from the inter-generational conflict they have with their parents, especially the hard-working father who owns a waxed fruit business.

Barb and I were impressed by the quality of the acting. Lindsay Robinson has been studying drama intensively and has appeared in performances at the Citadel Theatre and summer theatres across the country while Matthew Gorman has directing as well as acting credits to his name. Refreshments are available at a small canteen, but we spent a lot of the time during intermission browsing through their book sale. For anyone who enjoys live theatre, we certainly recommend checking out the next play: Dial M for Murder. Originally written for television, it eventually made it to the London stage and then was on Broadway in 1952. The director Alfred Hitchcock turned it into a smash Hollywood movie starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. Knott also penned the enormously popular thriller Wait Until Dark. “A key aspect of this play that is often overlooked is that it contains within it elements of a love story, as well as the fact that it could have been torn from today’s headlines about women who are forced to defend themselves against acts of violence, but then pay the price of criminal charges and jail time,” explains Artistic Producer Laurel Smith. The Dial M cast is made up of a collection of crackerjack Toronto and Ottawa performers, both newcomers and Festival veterans. The story of a fading tennis star who plots to kill his wife and inherit her fortune is filled with twists and turns and lots of surprises. The Classic Theatre Festival’s first murder mystery includes a series of “Saturday Night Specials” that will feature mystery and crime writers reading from their works at 7 p.m. prior to the 8 p.m. shows. The August lineup features some of the region’s top authors, including Barbara Fradkin & Vicki Delany (August 16), R.J. Harlick & Linda Wiken (August 23) and Brenda Chapman & Thomas Curran (August 30). The attendees will

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Where Is Anna Zoe Haugo Now? By Angela Saxe


nna Zoe Haugo was born and raised in the Tamworth area. Her parents were American transplants who had come to Canada to evade the draft during the Vietnam War and had been swept up in the “Back to the Land” movement. They left Toronto and settled on a remote stretch of the Arden Road north of Tamworth hoping to realize their dream of “living off the land.” Anna Zoe, who was their first daughter, (her sister Clea was born five years later) attended Tamworth Elementary School from Pre-K to Grade 8. She went to Napanee District Secondary School for Grades 9 and 10, and finished high school in Sydenham. Known as Anna in her early years, she started going by her middle name Zoe, when she moved to Montreal to attend McGill University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies with a minor in Spanish. Zoe’s passion throughout school was theater, and she won the Theater Award in her final year at Sydenham High School for her performance as the Stage Manager in the play Our Town. While studying at McGill University, Zoe performed in school and in student productions as well as working behind the scenes on productions with the Montreal Fringe Festival. After graduating Zoe traveled extensively and has studied or worked for short periods of time in a variety of jobs including research assistant, house painter, tour guide, yoga instructor, baker, candlemaker, retail shipper/receiver and clown. Due to her interest in writing, the position Zoe found the most interesting during her high school and university years was working as a live-in nanny for several summers in New York and in Australia for award-winning Australian novelist Peter Carey and his family. Zoe also enjoyed spending a year living off the grid in an intentional community near Algonquin Park as a WOOFer (Willing Workers on Organic

Where Are They Now? In the last issue of the Scoop, we caught up with John Zaritsky in Toronto, (a former resident of Erinsville), whose contributions to documentary filmmaking in Canada was being recognized and honored by his peers. We know that there are many, many more friends and relatives who have left the rural communities of Lennox & Addington and Frontenac Counties and have made contributions elsewhere or they’ve done really interesting things in their lives. I’d like to invite our readers to send me their stories (and a photograph) and we’ll print them in The Scoop. Contact Angela Saxe at angela.saxe@gmail.com with your idea or story.


Farms), where she stayed in a one room A-Frame cabin that was about the size of a pickup truck with no electricity, phone, or running water. In 2001 Zoe moved to Decatur, Georgia to work with her husband, Dr. Neil Shulman who is an author, physician, comedian, motivational speaker, children’s performer and Emory University professor. Neil is popularly known in local and national circles as the “real” Doc Hollywood, after his second book became the basis for the 1991 Warner Brothers blockbuster movie Doc Hollywood which starred Michael J. Fox. Over the past decade in Atlanta, Zoe’s interests in writing and performance have remained constant. She trained under Steve Wilson with the World Laughter Tour, and as a Certified Laughter Leader has led therapeutic laughter sessions with groups ranging from executives at conventions in Phoenix, Arizona, to senior citizens with Alzheimer’s in nursing homes in rural Georgia, to “at risk” teens in Montana. She has also participated in many outreach events across the U.S. as a clown, both independently, with husband Neil’s “What’s in a Doctor’s Bag?” live kids shows, and with various groups such as Patch Adams’ nonprofit organization, the Gesundheit! Institute. Zoe has lived a busy and creative life. She has collaboratively written and edited screenplays, fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, and articles relating to health and humor. She has worked as lead director, cameraperson, and video editor on various independent produced documentaries for non-profit organizations, and public service announcements for Georgia Public Broadcasting to provide health messages for kids. She spent several years learning and getting her feet wet in the production field by directing, shooting, editing, and acting in a feature length romantic comedy titled “Who Nose?” for which she was nominated “Best Emerging Film Director” at RIFF (the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Georgia). Zoe has also developed an interest in event planning over her years in the Atlanta area. She has acted as administrative coordinator for various humanitarian-oriented events at Emory University, including Soccer For Peace (to raise funds and ship donated soccer equipment to war-torn South Sudan), a Festival of Faiths (to encourage openness and compassion towards religions other than one’s own), and a Global Health & Humanitarian Summit hosted by Emory’s School of Medicine which happened annually for 4 years. This Summit involved speakers, exhibitors, and performers, and was attended each year by @1500 volunteers and leaders in all areas of humanitarian work from Atlanta and around the world.

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Zoe and family. Photo by Daphne Emmanuel. Apart from her creative work, Zoe has put a lot of energy into social activism organizing and mobilizing for V-Day and Eve Ensler’s global One Billion Rising movement to demand an end to violence towards women worldwide. This past year, Zoe started a grassroots campaign in Atlanta to pressure the UN to send peace-keepers to police the brutal gang-raping and slaughtering of women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been coined the “rape capitol of the world.” Unfortunately, there does not seem to yet be an end in sight of this tragic situation. Hard to believe but Zoe, has managed a work on many of these projects while raising her seven year old son Myles, who is the shining light of her life. She enjoys taking him to the playground, the pool, Capoiera (Brazilian martial arts), games with the YMCA youth soccer league, and they have also enjoyed parent-child piano lessons together. This summer when Zoe came back to visit her father Lynn Haugo who still lives in the Erinsville area, she organized a book signing event for their newest book venture: a poster book called Make the World Happy at Chapters’ in Kingston. This book is special, in that it’s a family project. “Neil and I have been writing and editing books together for the past decade so it was just a matter of time before Myles would start getting involved too. He loves story-telling. He will often sit down and spend half an hour or so drawing a very elaborate and detailed abstract picture while telling us the story out loud, trying to express what he wants to portray in the picture. Neil suggested that I might try to help Myles write and illustrate a book over spring break this past year.

Myles dictated the story to me and then I helped him decide on the best picture needed to illustrate each part of the story. He did these wonderful pictures by looking at models on the Internet while I sat beside him coaching him and keeping him focused. “It seemed to us that there were some good messages that could be extracted from the story and if we published it as a poster book, the messages could be reinforced on the poster side. I took the story and pictures to psychologists and early childhood educators to get ideas, suggestions and feedback for the poster side. “Both Neil and I feel that children have a lot of wisdom and sometimes the world may pay more attention to a message coming from a child than they would if it was the same message coming from an adult.” The proceeds from book sales in Kingston are going to Martha’s Table and the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, which donates books to underfunded public schools. Make The World Happy! is available for $5.99 at Chapters’ and online through the Eagle Eye Book Shop and Amazon.ca.

Aleta’s Journal By J. Huntress There are metres iambic And metres trochaic And metres in musical tone But the metre That’s sweeter And neater Completer Is to meet Aleta ALONE (written by Matthew.....)


ir William MacDonald of Montreal and Mr. James Robertson, Federal Commissioner for Agriculture during the late 19th century, became partners in creating an agricultural college which would help the young country of Canada to grow and prosper. In 1905 Sir William purchased over five hundred acres of land near Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec and by 1907 construction had been completed on MacDonald College, part of his endowment to McGill University. The college’s focus was to be on the study of biology and the physical sciences. It would go on to become one of Canada’s preeminent agricultural and dairy schools, along with Guelph University. A program of government grants and scholarships for young people was established to help promising farm students learn the latest methods and technology for agriculture. Aleta Donovan, a young woman of twenty years, was one of the fortunate MacDonald Scholarship recipients. Born in Sheffield, Ontario, she grew up on her parents’ farm on Shibagau Road south of Tamworth (Mary Huffman and Jerre Donovan, parents, Thomas Donovan was her brother). She attended Bell School, the country school used before Tamworth School opened and began classes in 1912. She wanted to become a teacher of Household Science, and in September of 1914 she waited with excitement at the Enterprise Station for the CPR passenger train to Montreal. There she would be driven to Ste. Anne de Bellevue to the Women’s Residence at MacDonald for her first extended stay away from home. Aleta recorded her impressions of her MacDonald College experiences in a school journal; a subsequent owner of the old

Donovan farmhouse found it tucked away in the rafters of the original home. The journal provides insight into how young people in the early years of the 20th century spent their leisure time at school and at home, despite the feeling that war was on the horizon. Young men were being drafted into the First World War Canadian Forces—the First World War was declared on June 28, 1914. Aleta’s journal describes a life that would never be the same again because the world and its peoples did change— everywhere. The Globe & Mail’s K. Ashenburg (July 19, 2014—The Written War) calls that time “...the blighting of a generation’s hopes.” Just like today, new technology was appearing and being adopted by young people of that time. One of their favorite new toys was a Kodak camera with which they took “snaps” of friends, outings, etc. They planned picnics and tableaus around “snappies” and sent one another photographs — just like the sharing of a “selfie” today. Dances came with dance cards on which a young woman wrote the partners scheduled for the evening’s waltzes; calling cards were left to remind others of one’s visit; written letters from the troops were kept in bundles tied with a ribbon and everyone was writing to friends and relatives who were being stationed in Europe. The booklet of “Rules and Regulations” for MacDonald College’s residence and dining halls

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(separated for men and for women) reflected the brutal Victorian segregation of the sexes and the strict and prudish expectations for behaviour. Breaking of the rules could lead to punishment. Examples of some regulations were: It is strictly forbidden to bring men upstairs to rooms; all students must render willing obedience to orders, conduct themselves in a ladylike manner, avoid noisy conduct, observe neatness of dress and keep rooms tidy; students must use a proper chaperon to leave College after 6 p.m. However, it seems all rules were broken for the hazing ceremony senior and junior residence men gave initiating freshmen and sophomores. Aleta wrote, “The poor freshies in the men’s residence. Each one was plainly distinguished by a shaved patch on the back of the head and the Juniors—well, you know them by their mirror like shoes which the lordly sophomores had brought forth on the night of initiation and ordered the freshies to shine. After that we were often in the building to go to basketball games and also the never to be forgotten masquerade dances.” Despite the rules and regulations, the young men and women still found plenty of time and opportunity to have fun! Aleta describes a mushroom hunt: “Nelson came and we planned our memorable mushroom hunt. Thanksgiving morning we were awakened before six by the telephone ringing and we knew it was Nelson trying to awaken us. We put on long rubber boots and Dorothy, Percy, Nelson and I started out. We walked for about six miles along the river and found very few mushrooms but the boys suddenly originated the brilliant idea of buying some from a French woman and to make a good story of it they bought two baskets.” Other extracurricular activities were: snow shoeing in winter; dances, tennis matches; and attending the theatre on weekends. They would take the train by day to and

from Montreal where they could shop and dine. The last trip of 1915 was one in which they witnessed the parade of the 3rd Uniformed Montreal Division of Canadian Forces on Ste. Catharine’s Street. This division of young volunteers would earn great honor in 1917 defending Vimy Ridge. Aleta’s journal recording her one year away ends with graduation and the receipt of her diploma in June 1915. For the Commencement Ceremony, the MacDonald Choral Society chose to sing “Onward Christian Soldiers” to honor the young men. The young Canadian women were called to help at home as Canada organized its farm and manufacturing businesses to help troops abroad. Aleta took the train back home to Tamworth, only to be in a horse and carriage accident near the family farm: “In the June afternoon we were out driving and the horse ran away—frightened of a pennant on the car. Mother was hurt; Margy not even bruised; my arm was hurt. We needed Dr. O’Connor in twice.” She would teach in school for several years and marry William J. Smith, an insurance agent for the Napanee area. He died in 1969 and it is assumed Aleta died in the late 1970’s. Her green notebook was meant to describe to future generations the youth of her “first school year away from the farm”. Memoir writing continued in the Donovan household until 1966 when Aleta’s Mother, Mary, wrote Memories of Sheffield, a description of the Huffman farm years of the 1870’s. In Aleta’s journal train tickets, “rules and regulation lists”, postcards, and letters are pasted next to her written memories. Aleta did not want her memorabilia to be forgotten and so she hid her book sometime in the 1970’s in a wall of her home, hoping that someday it would be found by new people in a new century who could read of those “crazy times” at Macdonald College.

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Look Who’s Coming to Our Next Concert Series By Mark Oliver


he line up for the 2014-2015 TECDC Concert Series is finalized and it is going to be a stellar season. The new series sees an increase from four shows last year to six with the first scheduled for October 25 and the final concert May 2, 2015. Here is a brief introduction to the performers. The first concert features Del Barber. He was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award for Love Songs of the Last Twenty in the category of Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Later in 2011 he won two Western Canadian Music Awards for Independent Album of the Year and Roots Solo Recording of the Year. As of March 2014, his new album, PRAIRIEOGRAPHY was number one on the Canadian Folk/ Roots/Blues charts and his videos were being featured on CMT. Del is one of Canada’s rising stars and we are thrilled to have him start off the series. Corin Raymond follows up on Saturday, November 22. Corin was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Ensemble for Paper Nickels, a project paid for entirely with Canadian Tire money – $7,333.75 in Canadian Tire money, to be precise, all handed or delivered to Raymond throughout 2012 by fans from across the country. Corin’s album There Will Always Be a Small Time went to #5 on the Roots Charts in the US, and the album won the Alt-Country Album of the year. Corin’s show combines a stage full of talent with well – crafted songs and a warm, engaging presentation style. The 2015 segment of our not –forprofit series begins with Trent Severn performing on January 10. Trent Severn is a trio from

Stratford, Ontario comprised of indie songster Emm Gryner, the multi-talented Dayna Manning and violin whiz/songbird Laura C. Bates. Emm Gryner is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with several albums to her credit. She won the Canadian Music Publisher’s Songwriting scholarship, the Radiostar Songwriting Contest and has been nominated 3 times for a Juno Award. She was also a member of David Bowie’s touring band. Dayna Manning has released three solo records, one Junonominated and has toured the country with 54-40, Joe Cocker, Burton Cummings and opened for Radiohead. Laura C. Bates is the first violinist to receive a Bachelor in Jazz and Contemporary Music from Humber College. Her career highlights include performances at Massey Hall, The Glenn Gould Studio, The West End Cultural Centre, on Canada’s Got Talent (Citytv), live on CBC Radio, four national tours and numerous dates at Canadian folk festivals including Mariposa, Hillside, Shelter Valley, Northern Lights, and Blueskies. February’s Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with a presentation by Fearing & White. Canadian singersongwriter Stephen Fearing and Belfast troubadour Andy White have over 20 albums between them. Stephen Fearing is a multiple JUNO Award-winner who has become a hero of the international roots and folk scene through his acclaimed solo performances, as well as his work with the supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Originally from Belfast, N. Ireland, Andy White has been honored with many of Ireland’s most prestigious songwriting awards. He is an author and songwriter who has collaborated with Peter Gabriel,


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Sinead O’Connor and Neil and Tim Finn. World champion harmonica player, Carlos del Junco pays a visit on Saturday, March 28. Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it’s either retire the category or rephrase the question to “Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos”. With multiple JUNO acknowledgements, 8 times Harmonica Player of the Year, and several Blues awards, to say he plays the harmonica is like saying Jimi Hendrix played the guitar. His music, although having an emphasis on the blues, blurs the lines across pop, swing, Latin, and jazz lending that quality to the name of his band, the Blues Mongrels. The final concert of the series takes place Saturday May 2 and features Canadian music icons, Lunch At Allen’s. Lunch at Allen’s is Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 CDs, penning hits for Chicago, Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher, and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s “Farmers Song”, Marc’s “Marina Del Rey” and Ian’s “Painted Ladies” just to name a few. These artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western Orchestra) to form Lunch At Allen’s. Along with the Order of Canada, Murray has won 10 JUNO awards and had more than 30 songs hit radio charts. Marc, Cindy, and Ian are also JUNO winners with each having multiple charting songs, totaling another 30 between them. They are Canadian song writing royalty who will take you on a journey with humour and stories playing their familiar hits

and new songs as well creating an evening of music for the heart and for your soul All the above shows take place at the Tamworth Legion and start at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Seating is by general admission and prices vary from $25.00 to $40.00 per ticket. Call 613 .379.2808 for ticket information. As an additional feature, brought to you the County of Lennox & Addington Public Libraries and the Tamworth Legion on Sunday November 23 at 2:00 p.m., Corin Raymond will be presenting his widely acclaimed Bookworm show; the story of a father reading to his son, growing up in a library with the stories of Spiderman, Ray Bradbury, and the Minotaur. This is storytelling that has comedy, drama, plenty of beauty and lifeinspiration, and a climax no one could possibly predict, all wrapped into an hour. Bookworm won Pick of the Fringe at the 2012 Victoria and Vancouver Fringe festivals, as well as the Producer’s Choice Award at the London Fringe during a busy year for Raymond. Although Bookworm earned rave reviews and sold-out houses, its greatest success was its cross-generational impact. Suitable for ages 12 and up. This is a free event at the Tamworth Legion. We are fortunate to have in our community, Abbott Hall which offers great sight lines and wonderful acoustics. The variety and depth of talent coming to perform in Tamworth for this series is very gratifying and the Tamworth Erinsville Community Development Committee hopes you will find these shows to your liking.

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Amherst Island – Great Home, Super Destination By Sally Bowen


here are so many reasons people have chosen to live on Amherst Island and why so many choose to visit: only one of them being the beauty of the island with its bountiful landscape surrounded by water on all sides. It is a warm community, with an ‘old-fashioned’ feeling generated by people who are mutually supportive and who have close interactions. There are many stimulating, interesting events taking place, places to visit, a choice of accommodations and a variety of places to eat. And there is a multitude of birds and animals. And there are beaches. And peace! In the privately owned Owl Woods, where chickadees perch on your head or hand to feed, the public is given free access to a wondrous stretch of land where they can observe common and rare species of birds. Amherst Island happens to be on the flight path of many migratory birds and since the Ontario Field Naturalists own a good stretch of shoreline bird lovers are able to spot unusual avian visitors to the island. Photographers abound. But there are other creatures worth seeing. Two gorgeous teams of Percheron horses can be booked for wagon rides. Thoroughbred trotters watch curiously from



fields. The island has several beef farms and one active dairy farm, where young calves may be seen (and perhaps fed) in spring. Last year we had a group that went out by horse wagon for an official cow count (the only known cow count in Ontario) gently spoofing our birders. There are llamas and donkeys and goats and free-range pigs. Visitors may bottle feed and cuddle tamed foster lambs at Topsy Farms and one of our neighbours even has a pet, litter-box trained pig – named Kevin Bacon. Summer events pile one atop another. The community at large is often invited to celebrate notable birthdays, anniversaries or reunions. An unusual example is the annual “Cardboard Wars” event, organized by a 12-year old for his mother’s birthday. We have a Fish Fry, and New Year’s Eve and Spring Dances. Our Island museum recently had its first annual Island Fiesta, a day of over twenty workshops offered by a wide variety of talented Islanders. The St. Paul’s Garden Party is an annual joyful event, with renowned island pies for sale by the slice or whole, books, white elephant, clothing boutique and much more. Canada Day is celebrated with a wonderful wacky parade followed by games, a delicious treat of strawberry shortcake and then the truly impressive fireworks. The Fall Festival, once a 4-H event, is still rooted in the rural active farm tradition. A Parade of Lights heralds Christmas, as does the ecumenical carol service. Music is a vital part of our existence. The Waterside Summer Series brings top caliber classical performers to the beautiful setting of St. Paul’s Church. The Emerald Music Festival in August provides informal camping facilities and an impressive lineup of Bluegrass, Country and Celtic music performers for a three day event. Islanders used to have a dance band (all the older generation grew up learning to dance, and they are pros) and we now have a group called The Islanders that performs at many big gatherings. There are many places of interest to visit. A former, venerable store now has a new life as the Neilson’s Store Museum where it offers professionally designed displays of our history. There are Back Room Talks monthly on a wide range of topics and it houses our Weasel and Easel quality shop for hand created products. Topsy Farm’s Wool Shed has the largest selection of pure wool blankets in eastern Ontario, as well as many sheepskin and other products made of wool.

Canada Day on Amherst Island, 2014 Emerald ‘Float’. Photo by Zander Dunn. Artist Shirley Miller has recently published a book of her work, and welcomes visitors to the gallery in her home. She has taught painting to many eager students. An additional service for both Islanders and visitors is the Internet Café, where expert computer assistance is available for a toonie donation. The Lodge on Amherst Island combines a gorgeous venue for events, and offers many seasonal workshops, as well as art shows and live music. Visitors can rent rooms or cottages, meals or selfsufficiency. Poplar Dell B&B has been in operation for many years, welcoming visitors to their historic home and working farm. Stella’s Café is a joyful, informative oasis for visitors and hungry farmers alike, with some of the food coming from their own garden and from other Island sources. Boaters who use our safe, deep harbours and fine public docks feast there. The owners fill the cafe with historical memorabilia and they will answer visitors’ questions providing suggestions of where to go and what to see. Not to be missed is their Friday night feast and sing-along.

group is a school-related volunteer association, supporting our Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 School. The two churches provide services and wonderful feasts and bake sales. The Emergency Response Team, trains intensively to provide quality support in an emergency, critical given the time and distance from area hospitals, Honouring our history, the Women’s Institute train volunteers in Irish traditional stone wall building. The group beautifully restored five walls. This year the W.I and AIMS joined to send an Island stone mason to Ireland to a Stone Walls Festival, with plans to hold a similar event this year or next. Our small population supports CJAI, local radio broadcast from a barn that features a vivid range of programming. It operates 24 hours/ day, staffed entirely by volunteers. The Island Beacon, a monthly newsletter which is published by Topsy Farms, has been in production for over 40 years, bringing good news and sad news (but not bad news) to Islanders. A couple of things to remember if you are just visiting, or considering moving here: trust the ferry crew – they are skilled at their job. Have a wonderful time exploring but please – remember to wave to us as you drive by.

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Big Changes at Your Local Library By Catherine Coles


n the past year, the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries has embarked upon a huge process of transformation. Our programming attendance has improved 197%, our e-book usage 26% and our number of library card holders has jumped 12% — and we’ve only just begun! Whether you want to enhance your digital literacy, learn a new language, download the latest bestseller, pick up a set of books for your book club, get tips on researching your next vacation or get some help with your homework, our team, our facilities and our resources are here for you.

Programs & Events Across our eight branches, we have dozens of regular programs each week. From storytelling for tots, kids and families, to book clubs, crafting, LEGO and Rainbow Loom workshops, local heritage and tech support, there is truly something for everyone at your public library. We also offer special events and programming at different times of the year. One exciting event to mark on your calendar is our first ever author gala with special guest Terry Fallis. Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans, has won numerous awards, including CBC Canada Reads, The Stephen

Leacock Award for Humour and the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award. This event will cap off our “One Book, One L&A” community reads program, in which we have urged all members of our community to “get on the same page” by reading Terry Fallis’ new novel No Relation. All are welcome to join us on the evening of October 9th for a talk, reading and book signing in the new County Museum & Archives building. Tickets are $10 will include a wine and cheese plus, of course, a fantastic presentation by one of Canada’s bestselling authors.

Collections As demand for certain collections have increased, we have listened. Our e-books, in particular, have soared in popularity, so we are continuing to invest in adding to this collection, offsetting waitlists wherever possible. People are always so surprised to learn these e-books are completely free and available for any L&A library cardholder to download to their computer, e-reader or tablet. Our online databases are another of the library collection’s hidden gems. These databases, accessible through our website at www. countylibrary.ca, are great for both research and play. For example, we give you access to Chilton’s

complete database of auto repair manuals as well as in-library access to Ancestry.com. Another example is Mango Languages, a language learning software that works much like Rosetta Stone, except this one isn’t hundreds of dollars. It’s all free using your library card. We’re also always looking to expand our library collection into non-traditional areas. Case in point: Tamworth/Erinsville Community Development Committee has recently donated to us a telescope (perfect for use at the Dark Sky area!) which we will be adding to our circulating collection for you to check out, just like you would a book.

Outreach Are you unable to travel to your local library branch? You’ll be interested to know that we offer a Books By Mail Service. Alternatively, if you live in Napanee, you can also take advantage of our partnership with Seniors Outreach Services. Their dedicated volunteer drivers circulate library materials to the homebound in our community. Let us know your likes, dislikes and preferred formats (large print? talking books?) and we’ll find a way to keep you well-read.

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Another way we’re ensuring access to library services outside the traditional bricks and mortar of library facilities is by taking our show on the road. You may have noticed that lately we’ve been frequently out and about in the community. We’re always pleased to attend local events, present to book clubs or community groups and make visits to school classrooms. Give us a call and we can come to you!

Facilities One of our next endeavours is to transform library spaces, both physically and virtually. Work is already underway with the latter. Our new online catalogue was launched earlier this summer. Using our new catalogue, you are able to search our whole collection of materials (including e-books and e-audiobooks), place and manage holds, see where you are on a item’s waitlist and do some research on what you might like to read next – and you can do all of this remotely.

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Inequality of access to the Internet and reliable technology, commonly referred to as the “digital divide”, is a common issue in the rural communities we serve. Our physical spaces will continue to have a significant role in reducing the number of individuals in the population without access to the Internet and related services. Providing access to the Internet and computer software via our public computers, public WIFI and related technology (plus assistance in navigating the technology!), however, is not just important in terms of building

capacity of human capital but also in relation to community economic development. However the library transitions in the next few years, technology and the learning opportunities it presents to our community will play an important role. It is a fallacy that technology will mark the death of libraries. If anything, it is providing us with interesting opportunities for growth. We invite you to join us and see what’s taking shape at your library. In the spring we completed a comprehensive community survey to help inform and further guide our planning process. We are grateful to the many individuals, current library users and those who are not, who took time to offer their thoughts and feedback on our services. Your suggestions will help us set the stage for our ongoing evolution as a valued community hub and resource centre for the next several years. Catherine is the manager of library services for the County of Lennox & Addington Public Libraries. She can be reached at ccoles@lennoxaddington.on.ca.

GrassRoots Growers Mystery Garden Tour By Mary Jo Field


n Saturday, July 12 Tamworth/Erinsville GrassRoots Growers held our third annual Mystery Garden Tour. Our garden tour is different from many others, in that we sell only 24 tickets and all participants travel together to the garden sites, where we spend some time with the property owners to hear about the history of and plans for the gardens, as well as enjoy the visual delights. The two gardens we visited this year could be considered a study in contrasts. One is a large farm, relatively recently purchased to focus on growing organic edibles, including fruits, vegetables and herbs, and raising chickens for meat and eggs. The other is a well-established village garden dedicated about 50/50 to edible and decorative plants but constrained in size by the Napanee River and property boundaries.

Miracle Green Farms on the 9th Concession north of Enterprise is owned by Mehrnaz Kaviani and Gordon Frith who purchased the 300 acres in 2010. After spending the previous seven years in Huron County surrounded by cash-crop farming with its attendant heavy spraying of chemical pesticides, Mehrnaz and Gordon decided to relocate and spent a year looking for land that had not been previously cultivated. What they liked about their current land was that it had been used only for grazing cattle

and growing hay, and that while a portion of the acreage was boggy, the fall of the land would allow them to create drainage ditches and ponds, leaving behind rich loamy soil. As a bonus, the pond water could be used for irrigation in drought years. They saw various growing areas encompassing perennial crops (asparagus, barberry, currants, blueberries, honeyberries and grapes), orchards, annual vegetables and culinary and medicinal herbs. Despite the challenges of a harsh winter and delayed start to the spring growing season, everything looked lush and promising. It was readily apparent that the couple is passionate about what they are doing on their land and that they have brought much knowledge to their endeavour. Mehrnaz and Gordon sell their products at the farm gate and at Yarker Farmers’ Market. You can visit their website at www. miraclegreenfarms.com. Hooper’s Mill in Newburgh was purchased by Wendy Cain and

Planting bed with greenhouse in background at Newburgh. Photo by David Field. David Hunt in 1975. In addition to taking on a huge renovation project to make the abandoned and derelict mill into their home, they decided to try their hand at growing things in a shady, dry area with almost no soil. Many truckloads of manure and many years of composting and mulching later, they are in their 39th year of gardening. Wendy and David are artists and have had careers teaching at the Ontario College of Art and Design so it is no surprise the gardens here show artistic influences in structure and plantings. Multiple terraces have been built using rock from an adjacent mill torn down in the 1930s and the resulting “garden rooms” are revealed as you wander the paths on bank of the Napanee River. The shadiest area to the south of the mill is filled with unusual varieties of perennials. Along the river, the contours of the land create a heat sink where vegetables thrive on terraced slopes and tomatoes grow in large pots where soil depth is not sufficient

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to support their heavy feeding requirements. A greenhouse, cold frames and climbing structures all fit perfectly into the landscape. Even the garden waste compost pile looks attractive and happy!! At the end of the morning’s tour, light refreshments prepared by Abram’s Bakery in Newburgh were enjoyed in the shade of the tall trees at Hooper’s Mill. The desire to stay on in the cool, colourful and restful atmosphere had several people lingering in the comfy Adirondack lawn chairs provided, seemingly, just for that purpose. It was a lovely way to end a highly successful morning. We are very grateful to Mehrnaz Kaviani and Gordon Frith and to Wendy Cain and David Hunt for welcoming us to their properties, for all the work they put into preparing for our visits and for sharing their enthusiasm and their knowledge. It was indeed a pleasure and privilege to see their gardens. 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; to improve our practical knowledge of all aspects of plant life; and to provide networking opportunities for gardeners. We welcome new members. To see more pictures of the 2014 garden tour, visit our website at http://tegrassrootsgrowers.weebly.com


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The Positive Side of Honey Bees By Tawlia Chickalo


eeswax is produced by honey bees from the pure and abundant natural nectars of Mother Nature’s flowers. Bees transform the pollen and nectars of flowers into a most amazing array of products including honey, royal jelly, propolis, bee pollen and beeswax.

were greatly lessened. Studies by Dr. Jonathan Wright, Hiroshima University and the Yokohama City University Medical Center, all concluded that negative ion therapy had favorable effects in relieving respiratory allergies, while also improving mood and mental alertness.

Cappings beeswax is the thin seal of wax that the bee places over the honeycomb cell after it has filled it with honey. This hair thin seal is then removed by the beekeeper just prior to centrifugally extracting the honey from the frames of honeycomb cells.

Outside of our home environment, we are very limited as to how we can improve the quality of the air we breathe. However, within our own homes, we do have options.

An interesting and important thing to remember is that only a candle made of the pure natural beeswax will emit negative ions. Positive ions and negative ions are naturally occurring charged particles found in the air. Positively charged ions cause toxins, allergens, pollens and other substances to become and stay airborne. Negative ions are drawn toward positive ions, neutralizing the positive charge, and causing the weighted contaminates to fall to the ground. Nature produces negative ions in a few forms: lightening, which is the largest negative ion generator, followed by rainstorms, waterfalls and ocean waves crashing on the shore. This is the wonder of Mother Nature as each of these natural phenomena manifests an abundance of negative ions making the air cleaner and healthier. The Nikken Research Institute White Paper concludes that negative ions are a beneficial atmospheric phenomenon, referencing and citing numerous research studies conducted from 1977 through 2006. The focus of many of the studies was to compile data on the effects of positive and negative ions on human mood and behavior. Conclusive results indicated that positive ions increased with exposure to electrical equipment and electromagnetic frequencies in the immediate environment. Since these studies were conducted, the frequency of exposure to electrical equipment and EMF’s has tripled and will likely continue to increase at exponential rates. Exposure to excessive positive ions, were reported to cause a feeling of fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability, tension, dizziness, nausea and migraines. By increasing the amount of negative ions in the atmosphere, these conditions

Alternative health practitioners, entomologists, historical records and our grandparents speak of many things that can be utilized to help de-stress our lives and help bring back a state of balance. Beeswax candles, water fountains, salt lamps and ion reducing apparatuses are being utilized successfully in ion therapies to help reduce the effects of positive ions. The Kobe Electric Wave Company of Japan conducted a study comparing beeswax candles to paraffin candles for their ability to produce negative ions. Paraffin candles produced an average of 72,972 negative ion particles per c.c. of air while beeswax candles produced 101,276 negative ion particles per c.c. of air.

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• The Environmental Protection Agency cautions the burning of paraffin candles indoors, especially in poorly ventilated areas like bathrooms, due to the toxins contained in this fuel. A pure beeswax candle, which is free from additives, poses little concern to air quality, however, it is still recommended that all candles be burned in a properly ventilated space and not be burned unattended. Beeswax candles are certainly useful as well as healthy, but honey bees provide us with another extremely important product: bee pollen is one of Mother Nature’s Super foods. According to Steve Schecter N.D., “Bee pollen is often referred to

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Bees are the only creatures in the world who can harvest this bounty of nutrition, and although it should actually be called ‘Flower Pollen’ the bee definitely deserves credits. One bee can carry two granules of pollen only per trip. Whenever I eat a teaspoon of pollen, I always give thanks for the amount of work it takes to form the pollen into granules and to fly it home. Pollen is the second primary food source that bees eat and raise their young on, honey being the other.

• Contains Vitamin C, A, E, The American Lung Cancer Association website clearly indicates that the burning of paraffin is very detrimental for anyone battling lung cancer. Clearly it cannot be beneficial to anyone, particularly young children and seniors.

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as nature’s most complete food. Human consumption of bee pollen is praised in the Bible, other religious books, and ancient Chinese and Egyptian tests. It has long been prescribed by traditional health practitioners. Bee pollen rejuvenates the body, stimulates organs and glands, enhances vitality, and brings about a longer life span. Bee pollen’s ability to consistently and noticeably increase energy levels makes it a favorite substance among athletes and those interested in sustaining and enhancing performance.”

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magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, silica, phosphorus, sulfur, naturally occurring chlorine and manganese Rutin – a plant based bioflavonoid Higher in protein and free amino acid content, by volume, than any other food source, even meat Rich in enzymes and co-enzymes that are necessary for good digestion Phytonutrients, which have health-promoting properties including antioxidant, antiinflammatory, and liver-healthpromoting activities

Bee pollen is an excellent antioxidant, proven in clinical tests to effectively reduce the threat of free radicals resulting from everyday dietary toxins. It has also

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received acclaim as an anti-aging tonic for its immune strengthening and weight balancing effects. As well, bee pollen is beneficial for balancing weight as it is an excellent snack food in between meals, while satisfying the body’s nutritional needs. It also is a quick appetite suppressant and to assist with weight loss, it is recommended to consume 1 tsp. 30 – 45 minutes before meals. This facilitates two benefits: 1 – immediately reduces your before meal hunger, discouraging snacking, 2 – introduces live enzymes into your tummy allowing for better absorption of the nutrients in the meal being eaten. Bee pollen is known for its high rutin levels, which helps to support cardiovascular health by strengthening blood cell walls, capillaries and also the heart itself. According to Rita Elkins M.H., author “Healing from the Hive” the sheer value of Bee Pollen’s high rutin levels would justify taking a minimum of a teaspoon daily for its cardiovascular health benefits. High quality bee pollen is smooth and has a soft sweet flavor and aroma. It can be eaten just as it is; however, it is easily disguised for ‘tastier’ consumption by adding it to smoothies, sprinkling on fruit and yogurt or adding to a salad. The granules will simply soak up the dressing becoming tasty and sweet vinaigrette soaked morsels. The kids and husband won’t even notice! References: The above information is based on numerous research papers, studies and information available on the following websites. National Candle Association (www. candles.org) American Lung Association (www. lung.org/healthy-air) US Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov) Tawlia Chickalo has been making beeswax candles for many years. Visit her site: www.purebeeworks.com or visit Synergy Artisan Gallery in Napanee, ON – www.synergy-gallery.com.

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Summertime in Yarker! Story and photo by Lena Koch


fter a long winter and a long cool spring, summer arrived almost overnight. Rain came pouring down in sheets for two days and the river was almost as high as when it swells with the snow run-off in early spring. But now, the water level has gone down and the waterfall that was roaring with the wild waters just a few weeks ago appears calm and tame. The haze over the river valley is thick and the day promises to be a hot and humid one. The grass is getting high and wild flowers have started to bloom on the road side. The hot sun burns the haze away and leaves a clear blue sky with only a few cumulous clouds shaped like white ornaments, hanging in the brilliant azure colour. Butterflies dance and a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, looking like a big Bumblebee, takes pleasure feeding on the flowers that are everywhere. Hummingbird Clearwing Moths are very graceful and astonishing. Many people don’t know what they are and have never seen one, although, they are not uncommon. A hawk circles over the trail looking for his breakfast. He dives down quickly to where he sees his breakfast coming out of a chipmunk hole. But the chipmunk is smart and eludes him by running deep into the green, where he has another hiding hole. The hawk continues to search until he flies off to find his breakfast somewhere else.

The natural world has become an artist’s palette: Blue chicory, white Queen Ann Laces, red poppies, yellow sunflowers, snap dragons and so many more sweet smelling flowers filling the air with their aromatic scent. The pink wild rose, which is actually the national flower of Alberta, is just as common in Ontario as the wild phlox that comes in different shades of colours. And of course, the cheerful daisies are everywhere. However, hidden amongst the gorgeous colours of various wildflowers, the treacherous poison ivy sticks its three-leaf head out to the sky forcing us to be on alert. This harmless looking plant with small white-yellow flowers in the spring and brilliant red leafs in the fall, needs to be avoided. Late afternoon a fox comes out of his den to see if he can find some food. This gorgeous reddish-brown animal appears to be the Yarker Village Fox. He is right at home on every property. Tonight he is showing off his bushy tail and looks like a well-cared-for pet and not a wild animal. A loon’s cry echoes in the now quiet evening air. The sun is receding to let the moon appear. The air is cooling off but the sinking sun that turns the western sky into streaks of bright red and pink, forecasts another hot and lovely day for the village of Yarker.

The yarker Village Fox resting on a bench.

Lennox & Addington th 150 Anniversary Celebrations! Don’t Miss All the Fun!


lot has happened since the counties of Lennox (named after Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond) and Addington (named after Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth) separated from the County of Frontenac to become a single entity in 1864.

First settled by United Empire Loyalists and later by American and European pioneers, Lennox & Addington County is alive with reminders of a rich past. The family names of the earliest settlers endure and hundreds of grand Victorian homes and Circus orange, to perform at the L&A farmsteads still stand as County celebrations on August 23 in symbols of an era of hard Napanee. Photo courtesy L&A County. work and bustling growth. Their survival and vitality is a testament to the vision of the of the L&A County Court House founders. located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee. In 2014, Lennox & Addington County celebrates 150 successful The evening highlights an years while looking ahead to a impressive list local musicians and vibrant future. After an extensive internationally-known performers. renovation, the Lennox & ‘Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Addington County Museum and Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle’ Archives will re-open for the first headline the event. Known for time in August. The beautiful incorporating a mix of traditional expansion – consisting of a new Cape Breton tunes, step dancing addition that includes a large and electrifying fiddle playing, research room, enhanced display MacMaster and Leahy have toured areas, archival storage, and event the globe, entertaining fans at facilities – will host free tours and every stop. an open house on Saturday, August 23rd from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and again Also performing is Circus Orange, a cirque show that combines circus from 5:30 – 7 p.m. acts with pyrotechnics. They will be performing a variety of This grand occasion coincides with crowd-pleasing acts, including a the 150th anniversary celebration ‘Pyro Mobile’, which features three of Lennox & Addington County aerialists that revolve around a beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the mobile rig suspended from a crane. Saturday evening. An amazing line-up of free entertainment is Several talented Lennox & scheduled outside on the grounds Addington County entertainers will also take to the stage during the event, including ‘The Kim Pollard Band’ ‘Sam And Emma McNichols’, ‘David Archibald’ and ‘Dallas Daisy’.

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Get Ready: 20 Great Years School Starts Soon at Adair Place! By Jordan Balson, Grade 12, Napanee District Secondary School

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new school year is right around the corner and with it comes a whole new world of possibilities. Back to school means so many things: new lessons, new friends, new opportunities and last but not least, new classes. A new class can end up being so much more than just a class – it can be where you meet new people, learn something phenomenal that can change you or just be in a place where you can have fun. However, there are a lot of programs and classes offered that most students are unaware of and as a result don’t take them. But if you take the risk and sign up for the new class it can pay off in the long run. Some people may have heard of Focus Programs but may not be familiar with what they offer. “Focus programs are packages of courses that concentrate on a particular field of interest or training to provide students with both academic and work experience that will give them a foundation in a career or area of study.” (www.focus.limestone. on.ca/programs) It’s a great opportunity to study what you love. Whether it’s the arts, the environment, physical activity, technology or other practical learning there’s an opportunity to study the subject intensely with a particular “focus”. For example: New House Construction gives students real life experience completing a construction project. Because some of these programs are located in other high schools, a lot of students don’t sign up for these programs due to fear – fear of going to a new school, fear of meeting new people, fear of the unknown. However, students in a focus program eventually form a tight-knit group so it’s easy to feel at home once you get there. For many people, taking the plunge into the unknown and taking a risk pays off tenfold. An issue that a lot of students deal with are class conflicts, that’s when classes you want to take are scheduled at the same time or they are not being offered at all. There

are, however, alternatives that you can look into. Some people go to summer school to pick up the extra credit. A lot of students may not want to do this but sometimes going to summer school for an extra credit can be a positive experience, whether you’re learning a new subject or improving a prior grade. Another alternative to class conflicts is taking an E-Learning course. A student earns the credit online usually with another teacher or from another school board. If you take an E-Learning course in your own school, you typically take it during scheduled class time or during a spare. E-Learning courses are also offered for a month in the summer, like summer school, and if you take it over the summer they ask that you put in four hours a day to complete your work on time. You have to be regimented and ambitious to make E-Learning work for you but if you are, E-Learning can work out perfectly for you. Another alternative to earning a credit is by taking a correspondence course, which is something that I’m hoping to do. In my instance, I have two classes running at the same time. I need them both, so I’m hoping to take one as a correspondence credit. A correspondence credit is basically where you do all the course work independently and it’s graded by a teacher in the school but you are not sitting in a class. You can work in the library or in another location. This is a great option for people who need the credit and are capable of working on their own yet; they still want the opportunity to get help from a teacher. With a new year comes a new world of options. Even if it’s just taking a new class that you’ve never heard of before or taking one of these learning alternatives, taking the risk could be an amazing adventure that you’d never considered before. No matter what you choose, you’ll never know unless you try and by taking the risk you could have the time of your life.

dair Place is celebrating its 20th anniversary on August 23rd from 1-3 p.m. and everyone in the community is invited to drop by for some cake and ice cream. The folks at Adair Place want to celebrate but they also want to thank the community for its support over the years. Entertainment is being planned as well, so it should be a fun event. Twenty years ago the late Earl Smith had a vision to create a Seniors Retirement Residence for the Tamworth area and he made it happen. His sister Joan Storring became the administrator and a coowner approximately 5 years later and together with Monica Smith, they have been offering first class service for their residents. Adair Place is not a nursing home. It falls under the Retirement Homes Act recently introduced by the Ontario Government thus making it mandatory for all Retirement Residences to meet criteria set out by the Government. Some of services include: 24 hour supervision, three homecooked meals served daily to meet personal dietary needs, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, assistance with bathing

and personal grooming as well as helping to administer medication. There’s a wide range of accommodations: a deluxe suite with a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and a full bath; a large room or a smaller room with shared full bath and kitchenette. Residents enjoy a range of social activities that include: bingo, cards, crafts, painting, exercises and other special occasion events. For a fee, there’s foot care and hairdressing available, and what most residents love is that the Tamworth Medical Centre is in walking distance. Adair Place is situated on the south side of town right next to the Salmon River. The grounds are well maintained and residents can sit and enjoy the beauty and serenity during the mild weather. Many residents would agree with Joe Peterson when he says: “I’ve been here four years. The food is good, some days it’s excellent and it has never made me sick yet. I like it here. The main reason I’m here is I had a head injury years ago long before I came here. I have difficulty walking and they look after me really good”.

Adair Place residents. Back row: Gordon hamilton, Bill McAdoo (the longest resident for 13 years), Pat Dwyer, Joyce Petty, George Warburton, Peter Normile. Front row: Pearl oliver, Lily hundey, Joyce Jones, Joan McKinnon, Eileen hart. Photo by Barry Lovegrove.


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Frontenac Wildlands Community Day Cloyne, September 6th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. By Gray Merriam & Susan Moore


he Frontenac Wildlands – from Highway 7 north to Big Gull Lake and from Highway 41 east to Hungry and Mink Lakes – over 6,000 acres – is an outstandingly rich landscape. It is a wealth of lakes and wetlands. In a 1991 assessment, this area was called the provincially significant “Kennebec Wetland Complex.”

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• Satellite Image Map of the The people living here are the important stewards of this naturally rich area. The Community Day on Saturday, September 6 will allow many of these folks to get together for an exchange of knowledge about their natural riches. Questions and information about the social, economic and ecological elements of stewardship can be discussed. Pride of the people on the land, for the lands and waters where they live, is the goal of the day.

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The Sleepy Bear that Got a Second Chance at Life By Leah Birmingham


eople ask me what the most exciting or memorable patient has been. It is often hard to answer because we see thousands of wild animals every year, each of them memorable in their own unique way. Even if it is a commonly seen species, the story of how they arrived at Sandy Pines is often memorable. However, if you ask me that question today, I can easily answer because we recently admitted our first bear cub. His story isn’t very unique: he was hit by a vehicle and left at the side of the road presumed dead. People drove past his lifeless body for a couple of days, assuming he was dead. That is not a new story, unfortunately it is one we hear far too often. Many species can survive lifeless at the side of the road for days, turtles and porcupines are two common examples. Finally a passer-by decided to stop and pick up his remains to take in for taxidermy. When he picked up the 20 lb cub it moved. Startled by this discovery he took the bear home, and he and his wife cared for the bear cub over night until they called Sandy Pines the following morning. Sue took the call and suggested they bring the cub in as soon as possible. I hadn’t heard what species they were discussing, so afterwards when she said with excitement: “Guess what is coming in?” I couldn’t. She gave me two hints, “It is a mammal and one that we have never had as a patient before.” A bear was the most likely of all the patients we haven’t seen. I suggested contacting Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre in Sprucedale, ON. Sue agreed but hoped that maybe we could triage and tend to this patient until he was stable enough for transportation. This would give us a few days to enjoy the experience of working with a species we have never had the chance to before.

The bear arrived wrapped in a blanket and cradled in the woman’s arms just like a toddler. My first thought was that this little guy must be in bad shape for someone to be able to swaddle him up and carry him in their arms. After filling in the necessary documents, I began a physical exam to determine the extent of his injuries. For the most part he appeared to be suffering from a substantial head trauma and had several neurological symptoms. He was unable to walk around very well, but had no obvious trauma to any of his limbs. We fed him some berries, and started him on a milk replacer. He was alert enough to eat small amounts frequently; however he was very dehydrated so we administered sub-cutaneous fluids (sterile fluids placed by needle under the skin to help rehydrate the patient faster than oral fluids). We placed a call to Bear With Us and asked if they had room for another cub, and for some suggestions on how to best care for him until we could find a volunteer to transport him. For the rest of the day and evening he had moments of extreme rest, followed by activity. Our staff and interns were reveling in the experience. Not too many people are lucky enough to say that they have fed a wild bear cub. In the wee hours of the morning he started to get much more ‘bear like’ and was attempting to escape the secure cage he was being housed in. His attempts were so loud it woke Sue up out of a deep sleep that night. The following morning I received a text message from Sue asking me to post on Facebook that we needed a volunteer to transport this once sleepy, and now lively bear to the specialists! This is a process that often takes hours if not days to arrange, but within minutes of posting our need on Facebook an eager volunteer had offered to drive him to Sprucedale (a five and half hour drive one way) that day! The response was astounding; needless to say there are a lot more bear lovers out there than I had imagined. Within an hour of posting Sue had sent me another text...Please take the transportation need off of Facebook, getting

overwhelmed with calls! Bear With Us recently shared an update on this little bear cub that they are calling Benny, he is slowly progressing, but certainly has some hurdles yet to face. He still has some issues with movement, and eats better when his food is provided to him elevated, as his symptoms are worse when he bends downwards. But they are hopeful, and so are we that he will make a full recovery and one day be released back in the area where he was found. Bear cub orphans are kept for a year and a half before they are mature enough Benny the rescue bear, with intern Rachel to survive on their Selwyn. Photo courtesy SPWC. own. They require a large enclosure confirmation that we are pursuing that provides them with all of the right course of treatment. the elements of their natural environment, so that they are There are other centres like us that familiar with normal activities and admit a variety of patients but have the resources available to them specific housing requirements for after release. certain species that we do not. For example: orphaned beavers and I think Benny’s story not only otters. We do not have the housing demonstrates the extreme will requirements to properly raise to survive that I have seen in orphan beavers that require a two injured wildlife, but also wildlife year rehab with large semi-aquatic rehabilitation at its best. Many mammal housing. Thankfully people are likely unaware that Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary wildlife rehab centres work in does, and they take those patients conjunction with each other, that and care for them until their there are centres like SPWC that release date. On the other hand see a large variety of species, and other centres transfer their fawns, others that specialize in particular fox kits, and young raptors to us, species. Wildlife rehabbers put because we have the housing, and their own ego aside and make experience with those species. decisions based on what’s best for the patient. Would it be Just like the wild patients we work great to work with that bear all with, wildlife rehabbers have to be summer, of course, but for him resourceful, knowing where and the best option is to go where when to find the best place for our there are other bears. There he patients to recover in. So they can will have specialized care by very once again be strong and healthy. knowledgeable and dedicated When released they will face the caretakers who also have the land challenges of life in the wild, and to provide very large enclosures the world is often a cruel and tough for their orphan bear cubs as they place, a wild animal must be at its grow. We are lucky to work with top form mentally and physically other specialist organizations like to survive. When Benny is ready Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, to be released, he will have no and The Owl Foundation. With memory of Sandy Pines and the those organizations we often people who initially rescued him. only need their assistance on the But I can guarantee you, he will really difficult cases; many times not be forgotten by the interns and all we need is some advice and staff who felt privileged to help him through those initial moments of his second chance.

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A Natural View One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest By Terry Sprague


he tropical groove-billed ani is one, as are the couas and coucals of Madagascar. Even that star of cartoons, the famous roadrunner that is relentlessly pursued by Wiley Coyote, is also a member of the same family. In total, this large family comprises some 130 species. Here, in our area though, we have only two species in this diverse family known collectively as cuckoos. By the way, contrary to the famous cartoon, real roadrunners don’t “beep, beep”, but produce a series of low dovelike coos dropping in pitch.

about predation as Nature always has back up controls.

It was hard to miss the forest tent caterpillars four summers ago in the Deroche Lake area just north of Moneymore Road. The forest tent caterpillar invasion and the damage they had done was actually the first I had ever witnessed. It is not a common occurrence, and cycles about every 15 years. Their name is a misnomer for they really don’t build a tent, like our better known eastern tent caterpillar, although we did come across a few caterpillars intertwined with some sort of silky webbing on a lower branch, the leaf curled, perhaps harbouring a cocoon. In some areas we walked, the defoliation was close to 90 per cent while other trees fared better. There was concern from the woodlot owner about the future of his bush that summer near Marlbank; however, Nature is very resilient, and it was early enough in the season for the trees to generate new leaves. In fact, this type of defoliation can probably take place for two years, even three, without weakening the tree substantially. Like crossbills that follow pine cone harvests around in the boreal forests, forest tent caterpillars are very nomadic, and the adults might not be present the following year to attack again. Already there was evidence that the outbreak was weakening when we walked his trail, and we came across one caterpillar displaying classic signs of a virus that usually breaks out in massive invasions like this. We seldom have to worry

Don’t expect the same explosive outburst that we associate with cuckoo clocks though. Rather, listen for a very soft, but rhythmic “cucucu”, delivered in groups of three or four. That they call before a rain is a persistent myth. Their happy calls have more to do with the abundance of tent caterpillars, both the forest tent species that defoliate large trees, and our more familiar eastern tent caterpillar that builds the familiar webbed tents we see in bushes and on trees each year.

It was also hard that summer to miss at least one member of this family nearby, the black-billed cuckoo, for it is an energetic connoisseur of these hairy caterpillars. If you listen right now, you can hear cuckoos calling this month. I have yet to understand why this species becomes more vocal in the late summer, when the oppressive heat and humidity keep most other birds rather quiet. But I’m working on it.

A long tail contributes to the bird’s large size, much longer than a blue jay, but it’s decidedly thinner, and certainly shyer, rarely being seen, despite its size. During a series of guided bird walks I conducted one spring, a hidden cuckoo called tantalizingly from the thickets in the same location almost daily. On one of those hikes, the cuckoo thoughtfully remained perched for at least ten minutes on an exposed dead limb at almost eye level, only a few metres away. Everyone commented on the experience of seeing one so clearly thanked me profusely. I saw no reason to let on that it was one of few times that I had experienced such a good view myself! The almost identical yellowbilled cuckoo is more southern in its distribution, but is becoming established in our area. One called almost daily for a

Black-billed Cuckoo. Photo by John Vieira. week along a road I walk near our home. Unlike the low song of the black-billed cuckoo, this was a more robust call, a rapid, rattling clatter slowing down at the end. As the names indicate, their beak colour is a diagnostic feature of both species. While both species occasionally occur in Europe as very rare North American vagrants, displaced on migration during prolonged winds, the image that comes to mind of most European cuckoos is much different. We have all heard of European cuckoos that spend their time there, as cowbirds do here, searching out other species of birds in whose nests they will deposit their eggs. Like our cowbirds, European cuckoos have no interest in raising their own offspring, but leave the job instead, to foster parents. The cuckoos here in our area are less inclined to leave the worry of their young to another species, but raise their own young responsibly. During July and August we often hear the low rhythmic cooing of the black-billed species floating gently through the dense foliage, though few may realize what it is they are hearing.



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However the most amazing thing about cuckoos is their obsession with tent caterpillars. They are one of few species that have evolved the skill of consuming tent caterpillars in their entirety. Most birds avoid tent caterpillars as the hairs and spines will puncture the stomachs of birds. When they do eat tent caterpillars, they open up the soft skin and devour the contents, leaving the hairy, dehydrated carcass behind. Not so with cuckoos. Both species have evolved the ability to swallow entire tent caterpillars. With great dexterity, the cuckoo rips apart the tented nests of the caterpillars, and consumes the hairy creatures as though they were fine caviar. When its stomach becomes so congested with indigestible spines and hairs that it cannot hold one more caterpillar, the bird throws up, disgorging the entire contents, stomach lining and all. The regurgitated sack probably resembles a miniature Glad Kitchen Catcher. Immediately, the cuckoo grows a new stomach lining, and off he goes again to feast on more tent caterpillars. And when tent caterpillars experience a population explosion as they do every ten years or so, there is a correspondingly higher number of cuckoos to eat them. In less than a month, both species of cuckoos will commence working their way south. Nature is forever evolving, devising new and intriguing ways to preserve the fittest. If we stick around another thousand years or so, likely the tent caterpillar will have devised a way to once again outwit the hungry cuckoo. For now though, hairs and spines are no problem for these birds with their disposable stomachs. For more information on birding and nature and guided hikes, check out the NatureStuff website at www.naturestuff.net. Terry Sprague lives in Prince Edward County and is self-employed as a professional interpretive naturalist.

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Saturday Night Fair Story and photo by Bill Gowsell


ince the 1950s the Gowsells have been spending the summer on White Lake at the family cottage near Verona, Ontario. My father has often told me about the times his parents would pack up the car for the summer, drive out Highway 38 and stay until Labour Day. As a kid I traveled the same roads as my dad did and stared at the small towns we passed by. He taught my brothers and me the same things his father taught him during those warm summer days at the cottage. We fished, swam, and learned to water ski. Continuing with tradition, every July we would go to the Verona Jamboree. Organized by the Verona Lions Club, the Verona Jamboree has been entertaining the locals and the summer folk for over fifty years. My dad loves to tell me stories of his childhood at the Verona Jamboree. The main street of the small village would be packed with cars and visitors would be enjoying the entertainment behind the main street stores-the original location of the Jamboree. Families would come from near and far to attend the carnival and spend their time on the midway. Each year my father would buy tickets for the draw to win a new boat and trailer. Each Saturday night of the Jamboree my dad would purchase as many tickets for the boat that he

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Two years ago my dad and I, and my brother Brian and his family met in the field off Verona Sand Road where the Jamboree is now located, so that my nephew Owen could have some fun. Owen was ten, and raring to go on the Scrambler, Tilt a Whirl, and the Bumper Cars. While my father and brother entertained Owen while he lined up for his rides I stood back and watched the fun they had. When my father entered the gladiator pit, also known as the bumper car pit, it was amusing to watch him battling against young children while driving his electric ramming machine. He got a few good bumps in, but Owen

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could afford. Printing the phone number for Kingston, because they didn’t have a phone at the cottage, he waited on Sunday for his grandparents to come out and tell him the good news that he had won. He never did. Though I was frightened of most carnival rides as a kid, I loved going to the Verona Jamboree, especially to play the midway games that cost so much and gave you such a little prize. I probably collected so many of those little prizes that I could have filled a garbage bag. God knows how much of my dad’s money I spent.


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The author and his nephew Owen enjoying a ride at the Verona Jamboree. dominated the ride. Owen led them off to those awful spinning rides next. I stood back with a smile and a camera to capture the moments and thanking God I didn’t have to go on them. The boat raffle changed to an ATV draw and we bought some tickets but tradition held and we didn’t win, but we had fun. The summer of 2014 brought my father and I back to the Jamboree. As usual my dad told me about the times he was here as a kid, and I smiled and listened. I will never get tired of hearing those stories. We walked through the hayfield with the shinning lights of the midway guiding us. We went to buy our raffle tickets but now you have to win your tickets. On a corkboard at the back of the field, a member of the Verona Lions Club hands out five darts for a dollar and you have to spear one of the tickets to win one. After spending a few toonies we ended up with eight tickets for a 50/50 draw with a grand prize of $1000. Not quite as exciting as a boat but a good prize nonetheless. Next we stopped at the Crown and Anchor game and dropping quarters on different symbols my father and I played for almost twenty minutes winning and losing change depending on how the wheel spun. Even in the midst of a swarm of mosquitoes, I was

totally enthralled with the game. Like roulette, you bet on where you think the wheel will land. You will not get rich playing this game, but you will have fun like we did. Fortyfive minutes was enough for us and we headed back to the cottage with cotton candy and the hope of winning the cash draw. We didn’t. The Verona Jamboree is where I had my first deep-fried Mars bar, and it was good. A couple of years later I asked if they had any but was told by a worker, “We don’t have anything like that here. Maybe at one of them big country fairs but this is only a jamboree.” Every year I hope to see the deep-fried Mars bars but I end up coming home with a bag of cotton candy instead. The Verona Jamboree is as much a part of our cottage life as water skiing or swimming in the lake. As the snow melts, we start to think about getting ready for the cottage season, and the drives up Highway 38. I look forward to passing through Verona and seeing the white sign displayed on the road advertising the date of the next Verona Jamboree. Maybe next year I can bring my daughter along and my dad and I can share our joy and love of the Jamboree with her. Maybe we will finally win the draw too.

Off the Beaten Path: Petworth, Ontario Story and photos by Barry Lovegrove


have seen signs for Petworth Road while driving along Highway 38 but I had never ventured in to check it out. One day when I was playing guitar at a “SOS” Seniors Outreach luncheon in Odessa, a very nice lady came up to me and asked if I would be interested in playing and singing at one of their special Sunday series events at the Community Church of God in Petworth. How could I refuse, and I immediately said “yes”. The lady that I’m referring to is the pastor at the Church, Rev. Ruth Ann Paul. Shortly after playing there I made arrangements to go back and have a chat with her. She told me that she and her husband Ron (who plays the piano during the services) have been in Petworth since 1999. The Church was a very active Free Methodist Church from 1890 to 1979 then closed but to keep its charitable classification it had to have services there twice a year. “Ron and I were asked by the caretaker of the Church in Petworth if we would be interested in officiating over a Christmas service in 1998. It turned out to be very successful with a lot of children present. Henry who was looking after the church then asked if we would be interested

in running an invitational Bible school for children, to which I said no problem but not without a bathroom. The next thing we knew Henry had built a very nice outhouse close to the Church. It wasn’t long after that we heard that the church was going to be sold; the only stipulation was that if anybody wanted to buy it they would have to pay the full amount. The next obvious question was ‘How much is it?’ The total asking firm price was $10,000.00. A little bit of time went by and both Ron and I thought long and hard about purchasing it. Well to make a long story short we ended up buying it and have been running services from that day on. It’s not a big church and the congregation changes in size now and then but a lot of love has, and still does flow through its doors.” Ron sent The Scoop a lot of interesting history about Petworth that I thought you would like to read:

somE PEtWorth historY From ron Paul oF EntErPrisE The village of Petworth was established in the early 1840s. The first Free Methodist Church

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services at Petworth were in the Orange Hall in 1888 and the Petworth Church (Free Methodist) was built in 1891 and dedicated on 4th December 1892. Regular services were held until 1979. In 1999 the Community Church of God purchased the above building and has been holding regular services until the present time. The rev. ruth Ann Paul, on the steps of the Church. church building is still on the east huge tracts of land in both L&A and side of German Road which marks Frontenac Counties. the boundary between Camden Township and Portland Township. The last log drive on the river was in 1905 and the post office which In 1878 Petworth was one of several opened in 1861 closed in 1913. thriving villages in Portland Farmers raised sheep on local farms Township including Bellrock, in Petworth area and drove the Verona and Harrowsmith. In 1907 sheep to the river for washing and the bridge in Petworth that crosses shearing. The fleece was then taken the Napanee River collapsed when to the carding plant for processing. a steam engine went across it. A Farmers brought corn and wheat new sturdier steel bridge (one lane) to the gristmill for grinding and was completed and still in use milling. The cheese factory built in today. 1892 burned down in 1912. A large three storey limestone grist The Petworth Public school has mill was built in 1845 where flour been closed since 1961. It used to be and feed was ground. High grade on the east side of the river. A 1929 flour was manufactured for export. picture shows the school with the The gristmill, sawmill, carding mill belfry on the roof for the bell. and woolen mill were operated by water power in the 1800s. In As well as the mills, there were 1922 the existing dam which had two blacksmith shops, two general replaced the original dam of the stores, a hotel, bakery, post office, 1800s was removed. Only one of the two churches, and an Orange Hall deteriorating stone pillars of the in the thriving village of Petworth dam still remains. in the early 1890s. John Stevenson, who was the first Today everything is closed except warden of Lennox & Addington for the Community Church of God. County a hundred and fifty New houses have been built in years ago, played a major role in Garrison Court – a new subdivision developing Petworth in partnership attracting young families. Petworth with Edward Wilkes Rathbun. has changed over the last hundred They cut and floated logs down the years from a busy logging town into Napanee River and built the mills a bedroom community. in Petworth; both of them owned

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s autumn approaches, there is something about the crispness of the turning leaves that brings the bookish side of so many of us to the fore. Maybe it’s the lengthening nights, maybe it’s the memories of back-toschool days gone by, maybe it’s the knowledge that gardening season is nearing its end. Whatever the cause, Kingston WritersFest is aptly timed to meet that bookish urge. Now in its sixth year, Kingston WritersFest will bring more than 60 authors to the stage from September 24 to 28: readings, conversations, master classes, and special literary events. The Festival is an opportunity for readers of every ilk to mingle with the authors they love and discover new favourites. This year, the Festival has grouped the events by theme to help you plan your own unique Festival visit. The environment is high on the list of current global concerns. With three Festival events focusing on the environment and our relationship with the planet, there’s an amazing opportunity to hear the latest thinking on how to mend that relationship and move forward in a healthy and sustainable way. On Thursday, back

to back events “Sustainable Future” and “The Future of Food: Urban Agriculture” look at the macro and the micro of sustainability. In “Sustainable Future”, Chris Turner, one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on culture, politics, and environmental issues invites us to meet the political, ecological, economic, and cultural challenges of building a viable green future. Following that, Jennifer CockrallKing, author of Food and the City leads a wide-angled tour on how re-localizing food is possible, with examples of urban agriculture from all over the world. On Friday night, in “The Wild Within & Without” the Festival welcomes local musician and environmental activist Sarah Harmer to speak with James Raffan, author of Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic, Trevor Herriot, author of The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul, and Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of The Sweetness of a Simple Life: Tips

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for Healthier, Happier, and Kinder Lives Gleaned from the Wisdom and Science of Nature. This is an event that will inspire all of us to lead healthier, more mindful lives that are in keeping with our hopes for the planet’s future. Kingston WritersFest’s second grouping of events, Memories of Kingston Pen, will appeal to the history loving and social justice streaks in all of us. On Thursday, a pair of events, “Caged Pens” and “Memories of Kingston Pen”, examines the relationship between the incarcerated and the written word. In “Caged Pens”, Wally Lamb, Stephen Reid, and Susan Musgrave engage in what is sure to be an eyeopening conversation about the relationship between the written word and incarceration. Whether it’s Wally Lamb’s 14-year volunteer history with writing groups in a women’s correctional institution in Connecticut, Susan Musgrave’s very personal experience as spouse of an inmate, author and ex-con Stephen Reid, and Stephen’s firsthand experience of 30 years spent in more than 20 North American Prisons. His most recent book, the critically-acclaimed A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden, was written while Stephen was serving time. Following “Caged Pens”, Stephen Reid joins award-winning photoessayist Geoffrey James for a conversation about Kingston Penitentiary and our collective memories of the institution. Stephen Reid wrote his first novel, Jackrabbit Parole while incarcerated at Kingston Pen. Geoffrey James’ Inside Kingston Penitentiary features his series of photographs of the interior of the pen just before its closure. The book also includes his reactions to the prison, and reactions from the written accounts of nineteenthcentury visitors. Geoffrey James’ photos will be on display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre from August 30 to December 7. Kingston WritersFest also looks to the future with a collection of events titled The Digital World that examine the pleasures and perils of connectedness. During the day on Thursday as a part of the Festival Field Trip (events that are open to the general public and to

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of author of The Sweetness of a Simple Life: Tips for Healthier, Happier, and Kinder Lives Gleaned from the Wisdom and Science of Nature. Photo courtesy KWF. high school classes) we look at the connectedness of digital media from two sides. In “Status Updates or What Should I Do With My Life?” Montreal novelist Guillaume Morissette and local poet Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang talk about the difficulties of growing up in the digital age and the authenticity of the digital experience. Later in the day, Paula Todd will be on the Kingston WritersFest stage to discuss her latest book, Extreme Mean. In a presentation that is sure to be both harrowing and informative, Paula Todd shares some of the stories that led to the writing of Extreme Mean and exposes the roots of online abuse. She talks about why people fall prey, and offers a new way of understanding the online world and how we can protect ourselves against virtual attack. On Friday, award-winning novelists Kate Pullinger and Charles Foran will look at the inspirational side of the digital world in an event titled “Posts on the Wall of Life.” Foran and Pullinger write with reference to the ways current technologies shape our tastes and identities. The tension between traditional and digital fictions comes alive in their work and in this conversation, they talk about the decisions they make as writers to incorporate digital materials into their stories, and share insights into the very contemporary questions of how the internet has altered what readers – and writers – expect from novels. Kingston WritersFest is also taking a good long look at the idea of the heroic. In two separate events, “Heroines: Women in Verse” on Friday and “Heroic Poetry” on Sunday, poets Susan Musgrave and Sandy Pool, and George Elliott Clarke, Wayne Clifford, and Jeramy Dodds respectively, will discuss the heroic in their work, and look

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henever people ask me where I live, the response to my answer has become predictable: “Everything seems to happen in Tamworth! Of course we’ve heard of it.” That’s pretty good for a small community of over 400 people. Dynamic, thriving communities happen when someone imagines an event, gets people on side to help organize it and, as shown in the film Field of Dreams, – they will come. (The film is based on W.P. Kinsella’s novel, Shoeless Joe.) Lorie and Robert Wright are Tamworth residents who had a dream of offering Poetry Readings at their Tamworth Book Shop – a terrific two-storey bookstore filled with interesting used books in excellent condition. The Book Shop is now a popular destination for many enthusiastic book buyers. Since 2009, the Wrights have invited poets and writers to read

their work and on a beautiful Sunday afternoon this past July, three poets came to read for an enthusiastic audience. Light refreshments are usually served in the leafy backyard next to the century-old red-brick coach house located on Bridge Street East. People from near and far sit on lawn chairs and listen to the various poets read and as an additional treat, three flautists Tout Ensemble, entertained the listeners in between readings. Presented here is a sample of each poet’s work. Please note: Maureen Scott Harris and Stan Dragland will be reading on Sunday October 19. The Tamworth Book Shop Hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other times by chance or appointment. 613.379.2108 or info@tamworthbookshop.com

John Clare in Love (1818) He first saw her from afar – tramping across the field, a kind of moving statue, a girl heavy in good places. He scrambled up a pollarded tree to mark her shape and direction. He’d fallen from trees before. This time despite the ale, he hung on. Even from a distance he knew she’d look fine milking cows. Her sturdy form, those hands would draw the milk, would work the teats. High in the tree, he was more besotted than a bird, and happier. His eyes followed her vanishing over the grassed horizon. He climbed to earth, penned two poems to her beauty. Anyone in love will recognize this, the heart’s highest moment, this ledge of clock before the beloved’s mouth opens and awry things go and go until the end of time. But there’d be buckets to fill with wildflowers, the greensward to harvest, before that befell them, her name to discover. Could she love a lime-burner? Like any decent girl she’d send him away. But he’d return. Until then, in his choking shifts at the kiln she’d cross that pasture in his mind a thousand times and what he began to think was, she walked like someone who could read. By Jeanette Lynes (The poem was originally published in The New Quarterly) Jeanette Lynes is the author of one novel and six collections of poetry. Her seventh book of poems, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, will be published in 2015 under Wolsak and Wynn’s Buckrider Books Imprint. Jeanette is Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

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200 yellow roses (LC Barrow recollects his brother’s funeral) out of a low flyin plane petals onto Clyde’s shared grave an outburst of my tears I tried to hold up Momma but we could neither of us stand out of the blue Texas sky some gambler threw his chips into the open grave dark jackets hangin off the bones of those who press up close heard there’s a bigger spellbound crowd across town for Bonnie but no roses seen fallin there if faith could raise them they could highjack that gambler’s rented plane getaway arrow through the weepin day By Carolyn Smart Carolyn Smart’s sixth collection of poems, Careen, is forthcoming in 2015 from Brick Books. An excerpt from her memoir At the End of the Day (Penumbra Press, 2001) won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest, and her narrative poetry collection Hooked has been performed at the Edinburgh and Seattle Fringe Festivals. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and since 1989 has been Director of Creative Writing at Queen’s University.

Minnows So ... unlikely: so many feet above the lake, in ponds filled with nothing but rain minnows are springing half a finger length out of the water, little Gothic windows flashing and sinking back into rings of ripples. How did they get here? — How did any of us? A biologist friend explains they must have climbed the tiny streams whose dry black beds run inches deep in spring and fall; or birds may have dropped them – poetic beginnings, romantic but scientific. Until she said they’d be there I never saw them. What else lives in here? A lifetime couldn’t count them all yet once there wasn’t a single living thing on earth: chemicals, complex mixes, lightning, and something began remaking itself, stubborn, creeping like happiness across the landscape. By John Donlan A native of Baysville, in Ontario’s Muskoka region, John Donlan is a poetry editor with Brick Books. He spends half the year in Vancouver and the other half on 200 acres of bush near Godfrey, Ontario. His collections of poetry are Domestic Economy (Brick Books, 1990, reprinted 1997), Baysville (House of Anansi Press, 1993), Green Man (Ronsdale Press, 1999), Spirit Engine (Brick Books, 2008), and Call Me the Breeze (Alfred Gustav Press, 2013). He is also the author of A Guide to Research @ Your Library (Ontario Library Association/Vancouver Public Library, 2002). He was the 2012/2013 Barbara Moon Editorial Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.

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The Mouse is Family Lessons Learned By Grace Smith

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iction, whether it is found on a page or on the screen, has always been one of my favourite sources of entertainment. And I was not disappointed when I recently watched the Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks.

egendary comedian Joan Rivers recently dedicated her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, to rap music provocateur Kanye West because he stated in an interview once that he is a proud non-reader of books. As she said, “Why not? He’ll never read it anyway!” Echoing YouTube star, Sweet Brown’s famous line, when it comes to reading “has anybody got time for that?” To read or to click, is this the state of our culture?

The film, for me, reinforced what I’ve known since I was just a child: that Disney ignites the imagination of adults and children alike. It manages this by telling the story behind the making of the Disney classic Mary Poppins based on the stories by author P.L. Travers. The film focuses on Travers’s reluctance to hand over her beloved characters to Walt Disney, especially the father of the story, Mr. Banks. For her, Mary Poppins provided her family with the happy ending she felt they deserved. This teaches us all that we can do anything with the power of our imaginations as Travers uses hers to rewrite her family history. Disney teaches many lessons through its films: Frozen recently taught us about the power of love, in all its forms; Mulan showed us the importance of protecting one’s family; Tangled helped us realize the importance of independence and following our dreams. Aladdin and his genie showed us the wonder of magic. And Beauty and the Beast taught us that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Disney movies have always held a special place in my heart and they still continue to do so. Their whimsical animation and wonderfilled musical numbers have always managed to fuel my imagination, provide a place to escape, or simply entertain me. Ultimately, Disney films have taught me about the importance of fiction.

In my opinion, it doesn’t need to be one or the other, but a balance is necessary: One ought to go with the other. For instance, in what is turning out to be the best book (I’m reading it on an iPad so I guess I should say e-book) I have read in years, Alain de Botton’s The News: A User’s Manual offers an easyto-read evaluation of our current dependence on the news and how news-savvy we really are.

For me, this is the meaning inherent in Saving Mr. Banks. Fiction is the means through which one can escape and live a fantasy, a way to rewrite one’s own history, or a chance to be enchanted by the magic. The movie tells us that Walt Disney used Mary Poppins to amaze and bring wonder to his audience, both young and old, but also as a way to bring to life the ending Travers had always envisioned for her father.

Of the many topics considered (politics, celebrity culture and environmental disasters) he asks a poignant and simple question: Once we have completed our formal education, from where do we learn? His answer: the news.

And this is where the real magic of Disney is found. It is found in its ability to ignite the imagination and creativity of all who watch, its willingness to show adults and children alike all the wonders of the world, and its desire to allow everyone who watches to escape into this wonder-filled world.

Consider his claim, “For all their talk of education, modern societies neglect to examine by far the most influential means by which their populations are educated. Cocooned in classrooms for only our first eighteen years or so, we effectively spend the rest of our lives under the tutelage of news entities which wield infinitely greater influence over us than any academic institution can.” Quite simply, in what I believe to be the best line in the book, he writes: “Once our formal education has finished, the news is the teacher.”

And like Travers’s unwillingness to give up her character, Walt Disney’s determination to hold onto his mouse is what led to this magic. Mickey Mouse is the face that represents all this hope, wonder, and magic; he is the symbol that started it all. And as Walt says in the film, “The mouse is family.” Not just to him, but to all of us as well.


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at new ways to think about this old notion. Bravery, courage, adventure, mythology, and history all appear in the works of these poets and the way they engage with them imbues old stories with new meaning. For the “how-to” approach, Kingston WritersFest has a pair of Writers Studio master classes that focus on the heroic. “Writing to Change the World” with Brad Cran whose Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside won the City of Vancouver Book Award, and “Writing the Female Hero” in which YA author Lesley Livingston

Kingston WritersFest focuses on who we are and where we came from in a special series of events titled Canada Made Me. In a first for Kingston WritersFest, one of Saturday’s events will be conducted en français; Kim Thúy joins the Festival to discuss her latest work, Mãn. The event is open to all, and will be delivered entirely in French, including Kim’s answers to questions from the audience. Later the same day, Kingston’s own Wayne Grady will moderate “Identity: Either/Or/ Neither” with Shani Mootoo and Cecil Foster, in which they talk


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about how the sights and sounds of warm beginnings can be kept alive in works written in a cold country, and what techniques these talented writers use to evoke in their writing the foreign lands of their births. Earlier in the week, on Thursday evening, comes the key event of this theme: “Canada Made Me” award-winning Canadian-born authors Eleanor Catton (now living in New Zealand) and Kate Pullinger (now living in the UK) join Britishborn Nancy Lee (now living in Vancouver) in an event moderated by Jared Bland (Globe and Mail Arts and Books Editor, and American ex-pat now living in Toronto) to discuss what Canada has – or hasn’t – meant to their writing

doesn’t end with the completion of school, isn’t it true that for most of us, the news really does take over the educational aspect of our life? Isn’t it more common than not, that once we leave our formal education behind and cash our first paycheck, the idea of the teacher and the textbook goes out the door with it? I see it on a day to day basis in the classroom, but I’d never quite thought of it in this way before. And so, as summer draws to a close, I leave you with these same questions: As readers and nonreaders alike, where do we turn for instruction once the confines of formal education have been replaced by the confines of the workplace? Or, to state it more directly: In the roles we take on in today’s world (mothers, fathers, grandparents, small business owners, managers, etc.): Outside of the news, who do we consider our teachers?




358-2629 and their lives. This is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in the idea of what defines Canadian literature. With more than fifty-seven events, it’s impossible to give an overview of all of them, but for details on all the authors, events, and ticket packages, visit the Kingston WritersFest website at www. kingstonwritersfest.ca Tickets for this year’s Festival go on sale to the public August 7 through the Grand Theatre Box Office in Kingston in person, by phone or online. Happy reading!

The Joys of Paddling The Frontenac 150 Showcase


By Isabel Wright


anoeing is a preferred summer activity for many: cottagers, students, families, and many others enjoy relaxing hours of paddling during the warmer months. Perfect for either a workout or a leisurely social occasion, paddling is a peaceful way to spend active time outside.

Ontario offers many amazing opportunities for day trips, weekend outings, or longer excursions. Besides the dozens of lakes spread around this area, there are many parks available for use by the public for little or no charge. I have been lucky to experience a great number of Ontario’s parks, and they are incredibly varied. Bon Echo’s unique pictographs are certainly worth an afternoon’s paddle, and the wilderness of Temagami is wonderful to explore. Killarney’s turquoise lakes, Algonquin’s wildlife and endless possibilities, and the rocky islands of Georgian Bay are all absolutely amazing. And, of course, Frontenac’s proximity makes it perfect for short, close-to-home canoe trips. Regardless of the scenery, canoe tripping brings many challenges

We’re hoping you’ve heard by now: 2015 marks the County of Frontenac’s 150th Anniversary! SAVE THE DATE for The Frontenac 150th Showcase: August 28, 29, 30, 2015 A farmer has stepped out of the 1870s to greet you at the gate with a nod and a warm smile. He stamps your hand, passes you a program and offers his best to you and your family as you enjoy your weekend. You can hear the music, smell the barbeque and can’t decide where you want to head first – the carnival rides, the plowing match or the heritage displays. It’s August 28th, 2015 and you’ve passed through the gates of the County of Frontenac’s 150th Anniversary Showcase, a three day festival celebrating our region’s past, present and future.

Moose river near Moosonee. Photo by Alex Van de Kleut. and joys. First of all, trip partners quickly become the closest of friends. Sharing a tent, struggling through the same portages, and spending time on the water together are experiences unique to canoe tripping. Earlier this summer, I spent two weeks on the Missinaibi River in northern Ontario, including six consecutive days of pouring rain and horrendous quantities of mosquitoes and moose flies. Being completely exposed to the elements is the best way to experience nature, and, though difficult at times, it can result in amazing emotional highs. It is also refreshing to disconnect from technology and the complications of materialistic society – the difficulties you encounter when canoe tripping are almost always much simpler (but not usually easier) than those of everyday life.

The County of Frontenac invites you ‘out to the country’ to participate in this historic event that will feature activities celebrating our way of life and the rich lifestyle in the Frontenacs. Look for a finalized program of events next summer. For now, the preliminary schedule includes: Friday, August 28 • Opening Ceremony • Parade • Fundraiser Barbeque • Heritage Exhibitions • Vendor Kiosks • Food & Refreshments • Family Activities • Live Music Saturday, August 29 • Plowing Match • Fundraiser Barbeque • Heritage Exhibitions • Vendor Kiosks • Food & Refreshments • Family Activities • Live Music • Heritage Ball

• Of course, there are also many small pleasures of canoeing. Floating picnics on a sunny afternoon greatly enhance the flavor of simple sandwiches, and a campfire at the end of a long day makes the effort well worthwhile. The bugs of northern Ontario are never welcomed, but from now on, I’ll be sure to appreciate any snatches of Thunderhouse Falls, Missinaibi river. pest-free living that Photo by Alex Van de Kleut. come my way.

Sunday, August 30 • Sunday Brunch • Heritage Exhibitions • Vendor Kiosks • Food Tents • Family Activities • Headlining Concert! • Closing Ceremony

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this historic milestone, but we need your help to celebrate throughout the year. Hundreds of community events happen every year throughout the Frontenacs. If you’re planning an event for next year in the County of Frontenac, turn it into the “150th Edition” and become part of history! If you want to make your 2015 community event part of Frontenac history or you’d like to volunteer for The Frontenac 150th Showcase, please contact Alison Vandervelde, Communications Officer: avandervelde@frontenaccounty.ca or 613.548.9400 ext 305.

“Put Art in Your Life” Show & Sale Napanee Golf & Country Club

Sunday, October 5, Noon until 5 p.m. This event was inspired by ceramics artist Harlan House’s generous donation of five pieces to be raffled to raise funds for the Concerned Citizens opposing the new dump (BREC) west of Napanee. The show will focus on art from natural or recycled materials. Visit www.leakyland.com


The 8th Annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival 4504 Verona Sand Rd. Verona, ON

August 30th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. PARKING FREE, ADMISSION BY DONATION Fresh local garlic, vendors with a variety of products, 9 hole mini golf, Verona Express train rides, fantastic food, great for the whole family

No pets permitted on site

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Room for Rant


illiam Buffet owns a company called Hathaway that buys stocks of other companies like Heinz. Heinz owned a factory near London Ontario that made ketchup. Hathaway closed it down and moved the operations to Ohio. 100+ families lost their jobs and livelihood. That’s not including the farmers who supplied the tomatoes and now have equipment that doesn’t plant or harvest potatoes or corn or wheat or anything else. It was a rotten thing to do. Hathaway and Heinz and W. Buffet are terrible citizens and I’ll never buy another Heinz product. Caterpillar Corporation bought a company near London that made train engines for the past 128 years. In six months they closed the factory and shipped the machines, the blueprints and the patents to the States. 400+ people lost their jobs, hopes and dreams. It was a rotten thing to do and Caterpillar is a rotten citizen. I’m glad I never wore one of their hats and I never will.

Hershey Corporation in Smith Falls laid off 1700 employees and moved to Mexico. Don’t buy Hershey products. I don’t. Hershey is a rotten citizen. If you ask W. Buffet, Hathaway, Heinz, Caterpillar, Kellogg’s or Hershey why they closed down factories and took jobs away from people, they will say it was the bottom line. Their profits are more important than the health of a community and shareholders are more important than our citizens. (By the way, all these companies make profit, but they want to increase their profits). These companies often get subsidies and grants from our governments, yet they make decisions that cost us jobs. When corporations make these types of decisions, they produce rotten results that should be thrown right into the compost pile. Richard Nichol

Kellogg’s Corporation had two factories in Ontario: one near London the other near Belleville. The one in London was unionized; Belleville wasn’t. They closed down the London factory leaving 100+ people without jobs. It was a rotten thing to do and I will never buy another Kellogg’s product again.

Room for Rant


his issue makes me so mad; I want to talk about it.

I want to talk about the problem of living on a private road with deeded access and not being able to get all property owners to contribute financially to its maintenance. Part of maintenance includes paying extra to bring the road up to safety standards to enable access for emergency vehicles, if and when needed. There is incentive offered by The Township of South Frontenac to reimburse us for a good sum of the cost.

by all those who use it to get to their property. Anyone not contributing in keeping it in good repair is taking advantage of the other users; this is called “unjust enrichment”.

Jim Cashman

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and really, that’s a lot closer than heading to any major city if you want to see some theatre.



inistry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers remind campers of the 21-day camping limit on Crown land. Canadian residents may camp for free on Crown land for up to 21 days in a calendar year at any one site, except where posted otherwise. The camper and the camping unit must move a minimum of 100 metres to a new site after 21 days. This ensures that sites are available to other campers. A camping unit can be a tent, trailer, tent-trailer, recreational vehicle or camper-back. Any mobile type of accommodation is allowed. The ministry may post signs to limit certain kinds of travel or activity, including camping, and close forest access roads for reasons of public safety or environmental protection. You may contact your local ministry office for more information about the Crown land in the area you want to visit. Non-residents of Canada, 18 years of age or older, who wish to camp on Crown land north of the French and Mattawa rivers, may need a Crown Land Camping Permit. Permits are available from fishing

and hunting licence issuers and from ServiceOntario centres in northern Ontario. Please visit Camping on Crown Land at http:// www.ontario.ca/environment-andenergy/camping-crown-land for more information. Campers are responsible for cleaning up their campsites, and should use Crown land in an ecologically sound and responsible manner. Leaving or illegally disposing of garbage on Crown land damages the natural environment and could be hazardous to the public. Offenders can be fined up to $10,000 under the Public Lands Act and be required to pay the cost of cleaning up. To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free 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).

No excuse is legitimate as we all must pay for the services we benefit from. If deeded property owners are not allowed to keep the road up to safety standards, are they legally liable for its maintenance and safety? After all, everyone profits when the land they sell can only be reached via this road.

A private road is privately operated

get a chance to meet the authors, buy their books and have them signed. Meantime, the Perth through the Ages theatrical historic walking tour, with the popular play, The Preacher and the Leading Lady, continues until August 31, Wednesday to Sunday at 11 am. Heading back home, Barb and I talked about the rich diversity of places and events that we can find right in our backyards. Perth is equidistant between our two homes; it takes us about an hour and a quarter to get there

Camping on Crown Land

As for Kiwi Gardens, I too came away with plants that are waiting to be planted in my garden. This time, I’m going to take my time and think about the right spot for them because like Barb, I want to avoid having to move it when it crowds out its neighbours! Barb’s List of favorite books on Gardening: Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire Michael Pollan, Second Nature Jennifer Bennett, Lilies of the Field

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Merilyn Simonds, A New Leaf: Growing With My Garden Richard Darke, The Living Landscape For theatre tickets and information, call: 1-877.283.1283 or go online: classictheatre.ca

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Lions Pontoon Boat/Barbeque Verona Lions Garlic Festival Photo and story by Wayne Rice


n a beautiful day in July the Tamworth and District Lions Club held their 4th annual Pontoon Boat ride and barbeque for seniors and those with challenged mobility. The event was attended by long term care residents from Tamworth, Napanee, Tweed, Selby, Kingston, Deseronto and

Northbrook and their staff. Over 180 people participated in pontoon boat rides and barbeque hosted by the members of the Tamworth and District Lions Club at Lions Beaver Lake Park in Erinsville. Many, many positive comments came from all who attended and they look forward to the event in 2015.


he Verona Lions Club presents the Eighth Annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival, Labour Day Saturday, August 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Verona Lions Garlic Festival is celebrated at the spacious Verona Lions Club facility, 4504 Verona Sand Road, 20 minutes north of Kingston on Road/Highway 38. This is a rain or shine event with both indoor and outdoor venues. Entry is by donation, with free parking on site. All money raised helps our Club support local and international focuses such as: The Diabetes Society, The Blind; and The Hearing Society to name a few causes that our efforts support to make life better for others less fortunate. Numerous excellent Eastern Ontario garlic producers attend this event vending a large quantity of many different varieties of garlic and garlic products. Purchase your annual supply of garlic, garlic braids, sauces, and spreads. This is an excellent opportunity for you to acquire tips and advice to assist in you in “making your garden more productive”! The Lions Club offers a broad breakfast menu, and a fabulous lunch. Menu items include Frontenac Farmer’s Market garlic pork sausage, as well as hot dogs, fries and veggie options. Garlic condiments

are available to top your menu selection. Rivendell Golf Club will attend once again this year to cook garlic marinated roast beef in the outdoor wood fired broiler. Roast beef on a bun will start being served at 11:00 a.m. with sales continuing until the beef is all sold. This is a popular lunch item that sells quickly. This is an excellent family event with something available for all ages. A Children’s Centre with arts and crafts, mini-golf, and the popular mini-tour train provide popular entertainment for all ages. There will be wine tasting and beer tasting. This will take place in the Lions Club Hall from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Verona Lions Garlic Festival has been the host of the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards, with prizes for the best single bulb, 12 – variety display, educational display, and braid. With attendance increasing each year the numbers of vendors have increased. Vending sites are available, but limited. Welcome back to those returning vendors and a warm welcome to vendors who are new to this event, your presence makes the difference! For information and vendor applications, space details, and special needs, please contact Wayne Conway at 613.374.3807 or wayneconway@sympatico.ca. No fee applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations for informational and educational displays.

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Answers to the crossword on the Puzzle Page (page 28):

Free to private individuals or not-for-profit community groups. To place an ad, phone 613.379.5369 or email stonemills.scoop@gmail.com.

Gordon McDiarmid WANTED: Volleyball players –

Lawyer Outdoor Volleyball will be starting 3 Rideau St. Kingston every Tuesday in Tamworth. 3-546-3274 gmcdiarmid@on.aibn.com Location is between The Stone Mills Family Market and the Tamworth Fireareas Hall.of Starts atLaw, 6:30 ave practiced law in the Family p.m. l Estate, Wills and Estates and Small Business

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which comes with an operator. Perfect for landscaping, drainage, and clearing. Let us know your needs and we will fulfil them. Steve @ Dynamic Digging: 613.539.8015.

The Sharbot Lake Farmers Market John McClellan runs 9 a.m. to 1Chartered p.m. every Saturday, Accountant May 17 – October 11 at the 6661 Wheeler Street,Sharbot Tamworth, ON K0K 3G0 Lake (Oso) Beach. Fresh farm 613-379-1069 produce, hot coffee, @omniglobe.ca breakfast and lunch items, homemade baked goods, local crafts, live music, .beesbusinesshelpers.com a@beesbusinesshelpers.com shiatsu massage, a full park with Solid Gold Organic Pet Food. playground, swimming, and friendly conversation all100% at organic! No Chemical our picturesque beach setting!Beef, Preservatives! Brenda Mayhew Lamb and Fish/ Vegetarian Formulas. AUGUST 2 – MAPLE DAY Pick-up or delivery AUGUST 16 – HERITAGE DAY available. Please call for more information OCTOBER 11 – TASTEFEST and catalogue. Call the Regal Beagle: 613-379-1101 www.sharbotlakefarmersmarket.ca Tel: 613-379-9906 P.O. Box 386, Tamworth K0K 3G0

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Networking • Business Seminars Gary & Denise Frizzell Programs That Can Save Businesses $$ Free delivery to abattoir! We sell breeders & rams too! Ask Us About Membership Loyalist Cove Marina 100 Bayshore Drive Bath, ON K0H 1G0 Tel: 613-352-3478 Fax: 613-352-5209 Email: info@loyalistcovemarina.com

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Dockage * Storage * Service * Boat Transportation Awlgrip Refinishing * Bottom Blasting * Osmosis Repair New Repair and Additional Storage facility 3.5 km’s from Marina www.moorepartners.ca 613 • 379 • 5958 Owners: Dave & Michelle Hinton

The Stone Mills Fire Department is holding a Blanket Drive. We are looking for blankets to use at emergency calls. If you have any blankets you would like to donate please drop them off at the Township of Stone Mills municipal office. Thank you, Stone Mills Fire Department

LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKETS McDonald’s Corners (Saturdays)

(Verona on Saturdays) ag CumannFrontenac na Gaeltachta cur bhfuil féilirí pleanála le fáil ar (Harrowsmith on Friday evenings) Frontenac tionscadal tiomsú airgid É faoi Christ Church Tamworth invites GHaeltacht Napanee Bhuan Thuaisceart (Every other you toSaturday) a YULETIDE LUNCHEON n Úir. Taispeánann grianghraif e tírdhreachYarker Cheanada (1st agus & 3rd Saturday) and BAKE SALE at the go háirithe áiteanna sa GhaelTamworth Library Tuesday, Bath (Saturdays) nne S2 Architecture, faoi stiúir Murchú, an dearadh mar dheon14 from 11:30 a.m. Memorial CentreDecember in Kingston (Sundays—this s é $20 an cóip an costas (nó toand 1:30vendors, p.m. A homemade lunch M.), móide $5 postas (Ceanaon local producers Meiriceánach). Thig ordaithe a will served with loving hands omhphost do: not to be confused with the

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book s h o p Tyner’s One-Room Schoolhouse 1509 Limelake Road, Marlbank September 27 & 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Refreshments & baskets galore Guest Caners Corner displaying

cane, rush, & splint seating Quality Second Hand Books www.tamworthbookshop.com

Bridge Street East at Peel, AllTamworth Welcome

County of Lennox & Addington

Public Library Programs august Amherstview Lego Club – Thursdays @ 6:30 a.m. and Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. Puppy Tales – Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. Bath Lego Club – Wednesdays @ 7 p.m. Storytime – Fridays @ 11 a.m. Camden East Lego Club – Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. Napanee Lego Club – Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. and Saturdays @ 11 a.m. Puppy Tales – Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. Odessa Lego Club – Thursdays @ 4 p.m. South Fredericksburgh Lego Club – Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m. Tamworth Lego Club – Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Yarker Lego Club – Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. End of Summer Reading Parties – a celebration for children who registered and reading 10 books over the course of the summer will take place August 19th at 2 p.m. in Napanee or August 19th at 6:30pm in Yarker or August 20th @ 2 p.m. in Amherstview. Congratulations to all the super readers.

sEPtEmBEr Please check out www. countylibrary.ca or visit your local branch the first week of September for an up to date listing of events. All County of Lennox and Addington branches are participating in the One Book, One L&A 2014 program. Why not reserve a copy of this year’s book No Relation by Terry Fallis. Fallis will be visiting L&A on October 9th, details to follow.

KiDs & ParEnts

Welcome Back By Chad Taylor


elcome back to the 2014-2015 school year. I am very excited and honored to be the new Principal at Tamworth Elementary School and Enterprise Public School. I am also very happy to introduce our new Vice Principal, Jennifer Osborne. We have been working throughout the summer with all of our staff to get ready for this exciting year. As the school year resumes in September, I would like to welcome everyone back and introduce some changes to the school day: Our new start time is 8:55. The class will be 100 minutes long, then there will be a 20 minute nutrition break followed by a 20 minute break outside. Our second 100 minute instructional block will start at 11:15. The second nutritional break will be at 12:55, with the outside time at 1:15. The last 100 minute block will start at 1:35, with dismissal at the same time 3:15. The school offices will be open the week of August 25. We are always looking for

volunteers at both schools. Volunteering in the school can take many forms so if you are interested, please contact the school. To qualify as a volunteer (which includes field trips) you will need to have a current Criminal Record Check. Contact the school office for the forms to take to the O.P.P. any time after August 25th. If you are new to the area, or have a child in Kindergarten that has not been registered yet, please come and see us during the last week of August. We look forward to a GREAT start, and a school year. If you have any questions you can contact me or Jennifer Osborne at the schools. Please enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you in September. Chad Taylor is the Principal at Tamworth Elementary School and Enterprise Elementary School. You can reach him by email at taylorch@ limestone.on.ca.


first four

Saturday, August 16 10 am - 3 pm Main St.,

sunday afternoons in august 2014

august 3, 10, 17, 24

2pm – duskr


The garden at Avenstone is a natural space filled with birds, butterflies, bees and other creatures that support its growth. The rows in the cutting garden are mulched and the paths around the property are mowed grass. Remember - your safety is your responsibility.


Old Fashioned Family Games Young Cowboy / Cowgirl Fashion Show Irish Schoolroom from the Old Days Local Musicians Kids Hunt for Bad Bart II Cow Patty Bingo Burgers & Hot Dogs For Sale WESTERN WEAR REQUIRED ... Or Face the Judge in Jail!

www.gardeningandgiving.ca > open gardens > visit > Avenstone Read about “The Garden That Keeps on Giving” in Kingston Life magazine, May-June 2014

Monarchs in the Classroom ... continued from page 4 She organized a monarch quilt project where students across Canada and the United States created quilt squares and then mailed them to each other and sewed the squares together to represent the artistic efforts of hundreds of students celebrating the story of the monarch butterfly. Many of these quilts also hang on the rather Spartan walls of Mexican schools. Students have also hooked up with many classes across Canada and the United States

through the exchange of pen pal letters. The students learn that we are not so different from each other but the differences we do have are fascinating aspects of our lives upon the earth. Learning about Mexico and their connection to the monarch butterfly leads the students to expressing themselves artistically through Day of the Dead art. Mexicans celebrate Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead on November 1 to honour and celebrate their loved ones who have passed away. November 1




coincides with the time that most of the monarchs arrive in Mexico and it is a traditional belief that the monarchs are the souls of their departed loved ones. Murals are an integral part of Mexico’s history and some monarch inspired murals grace the halls and school yards of several schools around the Kingston area.

only what we are taught.” Anne hopes that sharing the monarch butterfly’s stories will inspire her students to learn and work together. By teaching and learning with monarch butterflies, we are ensuring that the story of the monarch butterfly, the land and our relationship to it will continue to be told for many more generations.

The words of Baba Dioum, a Senegalese conservationist resonate deeply for Anne. “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand

For more information about the monarch butterfly, check out Anne Powers’ self-published book at http://www.blurb.ca/b/522565-j-isfor-journey

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Back to School WordWord Search Back to School Search

PuZZlE PagE New York Times Crossword by Elizabeth A. Long / Will Shortz ©The New York Times Across


1. Cutlass or 88, in the auto world


5. Result of a serious head injury


9. Refrigerates







17. *It rolls across the Plains


19. Poverty-stricken


20. Church music maker


21. Bean from which sauce is made


24. When repeated, a Hawaiian fish












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29. Psychiatrists' appointments





19 21


27. Kevin of "Field of Dreams"

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23. 18, e.g., as a minimum for voting




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14. Hilarious happening 15. Not new



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8. Like some committees

40. Land east of the Urals

36. Spoke roughly

59. Saint ___, Caribbean nation 63. Range maker

9. Card game with melding

42. Eats

39. Former coin in the Trevi Fountain

65. *Beehive contents

10. Bullfight cry

45. Cautions

41. Barely chewable

68. Put back to 0000, say

11. *Juice drink brand

50. Easter bloom

43. "It is so"

69. Preppy shirt label

12. Where Moose meet

51. Big-billed bird

44. California city on a bay, slangily

70. Jai ___

13. Follower of nay or sooth

52. Bedazzling museum works

46. Shooters' org.

71. Birch and larch

18. ___ B'rith

72. Politicos with a donkey symbol

22. See 25-Down

53. Person who shows promise

73. Barber's call

49. Responsible for, as something bad


52. Wife of Marc Antony

2. False witness

56. "The Tell-Tale Heart" teller 57. 1967 Montreal attraction


1. Roughly 3. Rapper Snoop ___ 4. Really ticks off 5. Snarling dog 6. The Buckeyes, for short 7. Result of a ransacking

Back to School Maze

25. With 22-Down, what the ends of the answers to the four starred clues are examples of













26. ___ way, shape or form 28. Try out 29. ___-help 30. Mideast leader 31. *Alluring dance 32. Moved like a pendulum

54. Green garden bug 58. Seep 60. ___ slaw 61. Large-screen cinema format 62. Not much 64. Maiden name preceder 66. ___ de plume 67. Mag. staffers

37. Coin across the Atlantic 38. Unhearing


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Daily Sudoku: Mon 4-Aug-2014

7 1 9


(c) Daily Sudoku Ltd 2014. All rights reserved.

48. Edith who sang "La Vie en Rose"

55. Vivacity


Summer Word Scramble

34. First responder, say: Abbr.

47. Coach Parseghian



33. Western Indians

35. ESE's reverse


Help Save the Animals


y name is Andrew Pare and I want to tell you about the Land O’ Lakes Rescue Petting Farm and the wonderful people named Barry and Donna Smith who rescue animals. Before coming to the farm, most of these animals have had a really bad life. A donkey named Eeyore was left to die. He had been tied up and not fed until his knights in shining armour came and saved him – now he is doing much better. Another animal there is a horse with blue eyes that had been attacked by a cougar that had jumped on the poor horse’s back and would not let go. A young lamb was being nursed back to health after it had been attacked by a fisher.

Bell tower of the yarker Free Methodist Church. Photo by Barry Lovegrove.

Yarker Bell to Ring Again

Barry and Donna have been there for these animals through thick and thin. All the animals are so very friendly and have such wonderful personalities. It breaks my heart to know how these animals were treated before

Barry and Donna took them in and gave them a second chance at life. Unfortunately they have had to dip into their savings to help these animals. Now they need help from the community: people to donate hay bales, fruit and vegetables would help a great deal, not to mention help paying for the vet bills. This might be their last summer in operation unless they get some help and support. I am so worried about all the hurt and abused animals they won’t be able to help if they are forced to close. You can help by sponsoring an animal for 75 dollars. Your name will be posted on that animal’s paddock or living space. Help us help these poor animals without your support where will these wonderful animals end up. This is their second chance to live care free and without pain. To make a donation or to contact Barry and Donna Smith, call: 613.336.0330 or write to: landolakespettingfarm@gmail.com

By Sharon Irish


n the summer of 1977 Mr. Merrill Wright, a former trustee of the local school board, donated the school bell from the original Yarker Public School to the Yarker Free Methodist Church. At this time the church stood on the corner of Branch and Bridge Street in the former Royal Oak Hotel. The bell rang from the third floor of the church twice on Sunday mornings and once in the evening calling parishioners to worship services. The bell was given with the agreement that the bell remain with the church as long as it stood or if the church was relocated, the bell should be moved to the new location as well. In the year 2000 the former Oddfellows Hall was purchased by the church members and after some renovations it became the new home of the Free Methodist Church. Over the intervening years donations have been received from various sources with a view to building a bell tower and installing the old bell. The time had finally arrived: a plan was drawn up, a building permit was obtained, a contractor located and volunteers recruited. Many hours were spent

building scaffolding, climbing on the roof, toting up the bell and finally it was done, and thanks to one special person a cross was built and installed on top of the tower. There are many people to thank, but so no one is forgotten I will not mention names except I will say: THANK YOU to all who had anything to do with putting a beautiful bell tower and cross on the roof. In 1859 two brothers named George W. And James S. Yarker gave a school bell to the inhabitants of Yarker and today and beyond, that bell will once again ring out over the village of Yarker.

Napanee District Community Foundation

47 Dundas Street East, Napanee, ON K7R 1H7

Ph: 613-354-7333 F: 613-354-4613

info@ndcf.ca www.ndcf.ca



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 6:30 p.m. Tamworth Legion

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tamworth Elementary School

Adults $15 / Teens $7 / Children Under 12 FREE

Kelli Trottier

Stephanie Lepine

REMEMBERING BERNIE Proceeds will benefit Bernie’s Fiddle & Guitar Camp

OPEN: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 7 Sat. 8 - 6 Sun. 11 - 5

Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ CHECKAugust US OUT 23, FOR11ALL Saturday a.m.YOUR - 4 p.m.

Featuring Gordon Stobbe

Sherryl Fitzpatrick

Mickey Moo getting his scratch under the chin. Photo courtesy Land o’ Lakes rescue Petting Farm.


For more info & to register: faun.fiddlecamp@gmail.com 613.379.2469 Sponsored by the Bernie Jaffe Music Fund

Fresh Bakery • Deli • Produce • Fresh Meats participate in funCut activities come meet Lily the Fairy with our local fire

& have a fairy makeover department

672 Addington St., Tamworth

672 Addington Street, Tamworth



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Barry’s Photo Tips By Barry Lovegrove

Photo courtesy Cathy Burrell.


ost cameras have the letter “A” somewhere in the menu settings or on the camera itself. It stands for aperture, which according to Webster’s Dictionary is “A hole or an opening”. It’s the opening on the lens that lets the light in. The bigger the opening the more light is allowed to land on the sensor. The smaller the opening obviously the less light comes in. This will also impact the speed required to get a correct exposure. The larger the opening say f/2.8 the shorter the exposure. The smaller the aperture like f/22 the longer the exposure is required. Before automatic cameras came on the market we used to use what is known as an exposure meter. You would manually set the ISO on a

dial hold it up to the subject then read off what the exposure that the camera would have to be set to. If you wanted f/2.8 or something in-between like an f/11, then you would set the exposure or speed on the camera accordingly. Setting the right aperture is important as it will affect the focal length…. “OK” what is the focal length? Without getting too complicated it is the length or the part of the image that stays in focus. As an example I have taken two photos both set on “A” aperture priority with the ISO set at 200. The one titled “Aperture f2.8” has a very short focal length… The one titled “Aperture f22” has a much longer focal length so more is distinguishable but not necessarily in sharp focus. In the next issue of The Scoop I will show how important this subject is when taking portraits and landscapes. Keep your shutter going and practice using different apertures. Have fun. ********** My wife told me the other day that she heard on CBC morning radio that The Purple Finch is

going down in numbers… We get lots of them at our bird feeder so I hope this isn’t true. Is anyone out there in Scoop–land aware of this decline? If so please let us know. I took this photo of one of our regular purple finches while he was waiting his turn on the feeder that was full at the time. Those of

you that follow my photo tips can see how I used the depth of field in this photo by using a large aperture, thus throwing it out of focus in front and behind the finch… This is a good example of emphasizing a subject and making it stand out.


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Bus: 613-354-3550 . Fax: 613-354-3551 Toll Free: 1-866-461-0631 Cell: 613-484-0933 BARRY BRUMMEL Email: barrybrummel@sympatico.ca Sales Representative

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Meet Mark Konarzycki and Krysta-Lee Woodcock Owners of Heritage Harvest Grocery in Napanee By Stella Thompson


ark and Krysta-Lee have recently opened up a grocery store that will make fresh local food available during the growing season as well as providing foods of excellent quality: Seed to Sausage meat products, Wiseacres certified organic free range chickens, Haanoover View Farms Eco Pork, Glutino breads, Pyramid Ferments from Prince Edward County that produces fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha as well as organic eggs from Reinink Eggs. A juice bar is now up and running and customers can choose from an array of fresh fruit and vegetables. The young couple who met in Toronto moved to Napanee after

the birth of their daughter. KristaLee’s family is from the Newburgh area and having grown up in a small community they want their child to grow up in an environment that has clean air and easy access to locally grown foods. Krista-Lee also has her own business: Napanee Design Studios. She designs websites, creates promotional videos and manages the Town of Greater Napanee Facebook page. Renovating the store front on Center Street required a lot of hard work and help from friends and family. Mark’s family in Toronto has always cared about the quality of their food and his father gave the young couple packets of seeds that he’s been collecting from the plants he’s grown in his own garden. Seeds

LANE Veterinary Services

Since 1983

Serving Pets & Farm Animals Mon, Tues, Thurs: 8:30am-5pm 211 McQuay St. off Cty. Rd. #6 Wed: 8:30am-7pm (between Colebrook & Moscow) Fri: 8:30am-4pm RR#3 Yarker, ON K0K 3N0 Sat: 10am-1pm Emergency Service By Appointment

are a strong symbol of what’s important in life as well as a symbol of hope and success in their new life. Dreams often come true but there’s lots of hard work that needs to be done to realize those dreams. This young couple’s dream of making their community a better place to live, is by providing healthy food Mark and Krysta-Lee. Photo by r. Saxe. choices while producers. We wish them all the supporting local farmers and food best.

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Beaver Lake, Neville Pt. home offers spectacular southern views, good swimming, fishing & boating. Features open concept dining area to living rm so have full view of lake. Well appointed kitchen, 3 bdrms & bath on main level. Lower level all finished with walkout from huge rec rm, woodstove, den or extra bdrm and bathrm. Deck access on upper level and patio access lower level. Separate workshop building has ample room for all the toys. See www.beaverlakewaterfronthome.com


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CHARACTER PRESERVED! Victorian home features good size principal rooms, 3 bdrms, 1 ½ baths, separate dining room, main floor family room with fireplace, den or hobby room, and even a hidden kids play room or perhaps mums retreat! Extra bonus is the huge garage with upstairs. Walk to the riverside park or kids to the splash pad. www.napaneehome.com $264,500 MLS 14602305 COUNTRY HOME Has lots of room for a family! Near Centreville. 1800 sq.ft., features large principal rooms, main floor family room, separate dining room & master with ensuite bath. Doors to large back deck, 1 ½ car garage & full basement awaits your touch. www.centrevillecountryhome.com $249,900 MLS 14602483 August/September 2014 • THE SCOOP


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11 Concession St. S., Tamworth, ON SERVING FRESH MADE PIES ~ TARTS ~ SQUARES COOKIES ~ CINNAMON BUNS ~ DANISHES ~ BAGELS ~ BREADS Come in and try our new multi-grain croissants! Come in and see the summer line of fresh made savory items featuring the Jerk Patty, our authentic Scottish Sausage Rolls, our Savory Tarts, and Spinach Feta Roulades Daily specials ~ Fresh homemade soups Fresh organic salads topped with homemade dressings We always have something available for our vegetarian friends! Proudly serving great Reubens, Chicken Clubs, Cosmos and more! WE CARRY FARM FRESH REININKS ORGANIC EGGS SLOW COOKED RIBS READY TO GO EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WE NOW CARRY SOME SEED TO SAUSAGE PRODUCTS

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The Scoop // August / September 2014  

The Scoop is a quality magazine that has been celebrating rural life in the Ontario communities north of the 401 and south of Hwy 7, since 2...

The Scoop // August / September 2014  

The Scoop is a quality magazine that has been celebrating rural life in the Ontario communities north of the 401 and south of Hwy 7, since 2...